Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Purrformance Review 2015 and Mom Drops the #BlogPaws Ball:Big Time!

Well hello my furiends! It's Cody and today I am joining my fellow members of the National Union of Cats, better known as NUCAT to present to you my Mom's Purrformance Review for 2015.

After readng the purrformance reviews of my fellow card carrying proud cat furiends, Austin and Spitty, and after events that have taken place over the past few days, I felt it was time to FINALLY voice my displeasure.

Below is the list of criteria my Mom is being judged on:

Here is my assessment of my loser Mom:

My Affiliate Typist’s
Annual PurrFurMance Review
May 2015

Review of: Caren Gittleman aka “Loser Mom”
Date: May 26th 2015
Reviewed by: Cody

Quantity of Output:  Has your purrson posted to your blog daily to give you maximum exposure worldwide and make you famousDAILY???? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? Oh you make me laugh! Mom adamantly REFUSES to allow me to post seven days a week (except for the less than a handful of times that come up that she actually comes to her senses and loses count of what she has done). An example of her poor purrformance on "Quantity of Output", this post was supposed to be live last Friday!! Oh and  “Make me famous?” as if THAT is ever gonna happen!!

Quality of Output Are you, as snoopervisor, satisfied with your purrson’s choice of photos, words, creativity, imagination, truth, fun and general interest in your postings? Well, this one I will have to cut her some slack on. Mom has worked hard on improving the quality of the photos on my blog. Yepper, instead of investing in decent photographic equipment (ever hear of a camera MOM!!?) Mom upgraded to the iPhone 6. Baby steps folks, baby steps. Mom has a digital camera but she says that “uploading photos is too time consuming and HARD.”

Mom DOES do a pawesome job on product reviews and book reviews. She has stuck to her guns and pretty much (but not always!!) will ONLY feature a product if we can have a give-away for it. We don’t like showing our readers things that they can’t have for themselves. She tries to have give-aways that are open world-wide, but that is often out of her paws.

She does speak the truth in her reviews and works hard at coming up with blog posts that will be of interest to our readers.

She could stand to be a little more creative though….You would think that after nearly SIX years of blogging she would get a clue.

Client Pawticipation:  Does your purrson provide sufficient ways for your fans to contact you and for you to contact them? Yep, this one she is fine!

Pawticipation (Part II):  Does your purrson allow you to take part in fun blog-world special events, pawties, contests, and more? When Mom isn’t being lazy, yes she does!!  I will say pertaining to this, she does her best!

Client Satisfaction:  Are your friends purringly contented with what they see and read on your blog? BWAHHHH!! Now THAT’S a good one….HELL NO!!  I have a lot I could say about that one but think I will quit while I am ahead!!! MOL! MOL! MOL!!

Overall rating and comments and suggestions for improvement (in your own words):

                                                                (  )  High                                Four paws
                                                                (x  )  Medium                     Two paws
                                                                (  )  Low                                                One paw
                                                                (  )  Worse than low         Claw swipe
                                                                (  )  Pawful                           0 (zero)

I guess after going through this list Mom isn’t QUITE as bad as I previously thought.

Where she DID drop the ball, BIG TIME, is she was supposed to be winging her way to the BlogPaws Conference 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee tomorrow with many of her furiends. Well, due to poor financial planning on her part (as in, she didn’t want to be kicked out of the hotel and find herself on the street like a kitty with no home), Mom had to cancel the trip. Mom DID have the airline ticket all paid for too...what a LOSER!!!

This would have been her fourth BlogPaws conference and the first that she wasn’t sponsored. The two companies that Mom and I blog for regularly are not attending the conference this year, hence no sponsor.

Guess we are staying put this year!

Mom waited til maybe two weeks before the conference to look for a new sponsor because she was confident that she didn’t need one and could pay for the entire trip herself. Once she realized that Dakota and I wouldn’t be able to eat if she went on this trip, she was forced to cancel.  I want to be mean about this because Mom should have planned better, but Mom is extremely sad and depressed so I am going to cut her some slack.

Mom was so excited to  be a finalist in the Nose-to-Nose Awards for the photo she took of me, and wanted to savor every moment because God knows it is highly unlikely Mom will ever in life be a finalist for a blogging award again. She also wanted to cheer everyone else on and wish them good luck in pawson.

Guess that wasn’t meant to be this time around.

Mom wants me to tell you that she will deeply miss everyone and will pick herself up, brush herself off and know in her heart that “life goes on.”

There will be two less faces around the table this year. This photo is from last year I believe? See The Cat On My Head mom in the background? To the right. wearing   pink is MOM!!! 

To say Mom is sad is an understatement.

Mom and I both hope that everyone has a pawtastic time in Nashville and we are certain that they will.



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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

This post first appeared on Memorial Day 2014. This year, in honor of Bob Dylan's 74th birthday which was yesterday, we decided to add his iconic song that speaks volumes. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day all! Much love from Cody and Caren.

I long to return to a time when Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30th, a time when Memorial Day was NOT the "official kick-off to summer" in the U.S., a time when it wasn't a reason to consume copious amounts of beer and burgers and frolic with family and friends over the course of a three-day  weekend.

Don't get me wrong, I will be enjoying sunshine, family and the sumptuous taste of a char-grilled burger myself, but it is important that I, and all of us who are Americans, stop and REMEMBER what Memorial Day actually IS and why it is commemorated.

Somewhere through the years, many Americans have lost touch of WHAT significant holidays in our history MEAN.

There is nothing "happy" about Memorial Day. Memorial Day is the day in which we REMEMBER the men and women who DIED while serving our country.

Memorial Day has become lost in the ridiculousness that was created when Congress,  on June 28, 1968 signed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act which  officially took effect on January 1, 1971. This act moved holidays such as Memorial Day,  George Washington's birthday (remember him? The "father of our country" whose birthday REALLY IS FEBRUARY 22ND), Labor Day (now celebrated the first Monday in September), and Columbus Day (Columbus Day USED to be on Christopher Columbus's REAL BIRTHDAY, October 12th, but is now celebrated the second Monday of October). The act was officially designed to "increase the number of 3 day weekends for federal employees."

Well, "isn't THAT special?"

Thankfully, July 4, (Independence Day), has remained unscathed.........

So while I, and many of you, are enjoying this time with friends and family, take a moment, STOP and REMEMBER the reason this day exists.

Friday, May 22, 2015

#Ad Purina Cat Chow Announces the Winner of the Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest!

This is a sponsored post, written by me on behalf of Purina.  Purina is not responsible for the content of this blog post.  All opinions are my own.

Back on March 5th I blogged about the Dearborn Animal Shelter being one of the finalists in the Purina Cat Chow Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest!

About The Contest:

As part of its “Building Better Lives” program, Purina Cat Chow conducted a contest in early 2015 to honor the “Shelter Volunteer of the Year.”  The contest recognized and thanked the volunteers who tirelessly care for cats as they await their forever homes and work to make their temporary shelter homes gentler, less stressful places.  The winning shelter – as determined by consumer voting and a judging panel – received a $25,000 shelter makeover to improve the cat adoption areas. Purina Cat Chow donated nearly $100,000 among the 50 participating shelters in recognition of their volunteers in cash donations, cat food and cat care supplies.

Purina Cat Chow asked its 50 shelter partners – one in every state, (I am proud to say that a shelter volunteer from a shelter that I feature frequently on both Dakota and Cody's blogs, The Dearborn Animal Shelter, was one of the finalists),  – to nominate a volunteer who spends countless hours providing additional support to lessen the stress on the cats and kittens in the shelters’ care while they await forever homes.  From Feb. 23 to March 15, Purina Cat Chow invited people nationwide to vote for their favorite volunteer story.  Individual votes and a judging panel determined the top shelter volunteer and four runners-up volunteers.  More than 272,000 votes were cast in support of the 50 shelter volunteers.

 Sue Barna, featured  on March 5th on our blog, a dedicated volunteer at The Dearborn Animal Shelter was one of the finalists. I reached out and asked for votes to help her win,  (A HUGE THANK YOU to those of you who voted!!), because to say that The Dearborn Animal Shelter is in dire need of a "make-over" and increased space, is an understatement. I visited them last November, so I know this, all too well.

As you can tell by the wording above, sadly, Sue and the Dearborn Animal Shelter did not win. That being said, it was an honor for the Dearborn Animal Shelter to be one of 50 cat-focused shelters nationwide that was recognized during the contest.

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter.
  Sue Barna, pictured with one of her own cat family members

did not win the contest, but she is a proud volunteer!
The winner is announced below!

Every participating shelter will receive $1,000 donation, plus Purina Cat Chow Gentle Formula brand food and cat care supplies. The four runners-up shelters each receive an additional $5,000 donation.

Photo Courtesy Of  Purina Cat Chow

 The runners-up volunteers are:
Bob Anderson, Cat Adoption Team (Portland, Ore.)
Lauren Godail, Animal Rescue New Orleans (New Orleans)
Barrett Henderson, Atlanta Humane Society (Atlanta)

Desiree Muench, Hillside S.P.C.A. (Pottsville, Pa.)

Meet the Winner!!
 Liz Taranda
who volunteers at
 the Friends of Clifton (N.J.) Animal Shelter

Liz Taranda, Photo Courtesy of Purina Cat Chow
For more than 10 years, Liz has volunteered thousands of hours toward helping cats at the Clifton Animal Shelter feel comfortable while staying at the shelter and find forever homes. 

The improvements they will receive  include: front office renovations to improve guests’ and adopters’ experiences at the shelter; improvements to cat visitation areas; new windows for better insulation and ventilation; and fresh paint, furniture and epoxy coating on the floors.

 A team of Purina Cat Chow volunteers
 visited the shelter on May 19 to help with the renovation.

Photo Credit Purina Cat Chow

Photo Credit Purina Cat Chow

The final photo is of the newly finished lobby
 at The Clifton Animal Shelter. They did a great job!!

Photo Credit Purina Cat Chow

You can read more about Liz
 and the four-runners-up
 by visiting the Purina Cat Chow website/Building Better Lives.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

$50 Gift Card Give-Away Winner!!!

Thanks to all who entered our give-away for the $50 gift card from  Jodi Jarvis-Therrian, the author of Furry Philosophy and Memoirs Set In Stone.

There were a number of you that I KNOW would cherish a piece by Jodi, and it breaks my heart not to be able to have all of you win who wanted this so desperately, but sadly we can only have one winner.  The entries were all put in at random.org....and the lucky number that popped up belonged to:

and thank you to Jodi
for this wonderful give-away!

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