Thursday, November 24, 2016

Let's "Talk Turkey!" Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today, and every day,
we are thankful for our blessings,
Today, and every day,
we are thankful for YOU!
From our house to yours,
Happy Thanksgiving!!
With Love!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cat has the last laugh when the Kinn Kleanbowl Solved an On-going Problem, YOU can help THEM on Indiegogo!

Disclosure:I was NOT compensated for this review. I was sent a Kinn 8 oz Kleanbowl for Cody in exchange for my always honest review.

As pet parents we often think we know our pets inside and out. When it comes to our pets and their quirks, WE know it ALL and no one can tell us any different. That is exactly how I felt when it was time for me to try the Kinn Kleanbowl out on Cody.

Allow me to back track. I was contacted by Kinn, as were a number of other bloggers to see if I would help them promote their campaign on Indiegogo and in exchange, I could try out their Kleanbowls on MY "boys."

I had read about the Kleanbowls before, and was mostly excited to try the bowl out for Dakota. So much so that I hesitated asking for one for Cody. Why? BECAUSE CODY WILL ONLY DRINK WATER OUT OF DAKOTA'S BOWL. (Or so I thought. I have been trying to break Cody of this habit for NINE YEARS.  NOTHING WORKED...until the Kleanbowl.)

Cody received the Kinn 8 oz Kleanbowl. I decided to bring the bowl into the room and let Cody check it out before I added water to the Biodegradable Nourish-Pet Refill, (The Kinn Kleanbowls comes  with 7 Nourish Pet Refill bowls for your convenience) I figured Cody would never use it anyway, so what the heck.

After trying misc. bowls, fountains, etc. for the past NINE years, I KNEW Cody would NOT drink out of ANY bowl but Dakota's. I was so concerned about Cody not using the Kleanbowl, that I tried to wiggle out of him featuring the bowl on his blog. I emailed my contact and said "don't expect to see photos of Cody drinking out of the bowl. More than likely he WON'T." He proved me wrong, and I could NOT be happier!! I think the Kinn Kleanbowl FINALLY solved my problem!

Product Details

The average pet bowl has more than 1,000,000 dangerous germs that can harm pets, and take years off their life. In addition, when pets drink water from the average pet bowl, bacteria forms a biofilm around the bowl that cannot simply be washed away, water fountain carbon filters and paper food trays spread germs around rather than eliminate them, and dishwashers do not get hot enough to kill all germs. What’s more, these germs create odors that deter pets from eating or drinking from their bowl, and can make pets sick. Pets smell and taste the Kleanbowl germ-free health advantages, and prefer to drink and eat from a Kleanbowl vs. their ordinary pet bowl and water fountain, as you can see at the Kleanbowl Challenge and see Cody's video below (please ignore the dirt on our baseboards, OMG!)  

Meet Kleanbowl The Healthier Pet Bowl

"Experience Healthier, Guilt-Free Convenience"

The Kleanbowl features a germ-resistant stainless steel rim with an anti-skid rubber ring on the bottom to prevent moving and spilling, and secures the biodegradable Nourish-Pet Refill in place. The Nourish-Pet Refills are made from sugar cane fiber, so after each use, pet parents can recycle the biodegradable and soak-proof refill, and replace with a new one to ensure pets are drinking clean water for more effective hydration, as well as enjoy healthier meals.

The Kinn Kleanbowl has many germ-free health advantages including healthier hydration, nutrition and quality of life. Also, independent third-party research from Sterling Consulting and the Pet Sustainability Coalition show that using the Kleanbowl can help reduce consumers’ carbon footprint by reducing the use of electricity by 32%, reducing the use of water by 21% and reducing Greenhouse gases by 43% vs. washing ordinary pet bowls.

Kinn® Announces Indiegogo Campaign
 for the New 32-Ounce Kinn Kleanbowl

Healthier Pets Create Stronger Bonds

Kinn, Inc. recently  launched an Indiegogo campaign (November 1st)  that will allow consumers to support the Kinn mission of creating a healthier, happier world for pets with the widespread production of a germ-free and eco-friendly 32-ounce Kinn Kleanbowl. By supporting the Kinn Indiegogo Page, consumers will help bring the 32-ounce Kleanbowl to retail stores, so pets of all sizes can enjoy the health benefits the Kleanbowl provides.

Kinn believes that Healthier Pets Create Stronger Bonds, and has a vision of a healthier world where all pets and their people have strong relationships. Kinn has been developing products in collaboration with veterinarians for more than 5 years, and has served over 600,000 healthier bowls of food and water to pets around the country with their signature line of 8, 16 and 24-ounce Kleanbowls. The new 32oz Kleanbowl addresses the need for a larger bowl for homes with large pets and multiple pets.

Kinn has completed an initial production run of the 32-ounce Kleanbowl and with the funding of the Indiegogo campaign, Kinn will bring the new product to retail so pets everywhere can enjoy healthier lives and relationships.

 Visit the Kinn Facebook Page

About Kinn™, Inc.

Kinn™ supports an active lifestyle by focusing on the health, wellness and happiness of dogs and cats with products that offer people the ability to personalize and customize how they interact and care for their pets. With a commitment to premium product design and innovation, Kinn creates easy-to-use products that beautifully re-invent how people nurture their companion animals. For additional information on the company and products, please visit

The Impact

Your contribution will uniquely enable you to help make more pets healthier, while strengthening their bonds with other pets and their people.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sponsored: The one about saying "THANKS" and "GIVING" #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hi my furiends both furry and non. It's Cody, and today I am taking over the blog from Mom because I have some things that I need to meow about. I am feeling rather philosophical, so I hope you will indulge me! I am nine years old now. I have spent nine years observing, as well as thinking.

This week the U.S. will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  If you look at the word closely, it isn't just a proper noun, the action of giving thanks is a verb. .  The word Thanksgiving is made up of "Thanks" and Giving."  

From what I have observed, it seems that many humans spend more time preparing for THE DAY AFTER Thanksgiving (Black Friday, which my Mom and I happen to hate, we think it should be called "Greed Friday", but I digress....), than preparing for and celebrating what Thanksgiving is SUPPOSED to be about. A day of giving thanks for all that we have, and if you want to break it down further, for GIVING to others.

It makes me sad when I see humans not acknowledging that. To many humans, it seems that Thanksgiving is nothing more than a bump in the road to get over in order to celebrate the "real" holidays...Christmas..........and this year because it happens to fall at the same time as  Christmas, Chanukah. (Chanukah often falls right after Thanksgiving and a few times it has fallen right ON Thanksgiving).

Each year it seems that Thanksgiving gets pushed further into the background. This year I am putting my paw down and saying "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!"  Hang tight for just a few more days humans!!!  You will be "fa-la-la-la-la'ing" and "Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel'ing" before you know it!!! But for now....


Grab a pen and paper and make a list of what you are giving thanks for. If you want, I will go first! I am thankful for:

toys. I am blessed to have toys to play with!

Home. I am blessed to have a wonderful home. Not all kitties are that lucky.

animal friends all over the world because of my blog. I am lucky to be friends with other cats, and all sorts of animals. I am thankful for each and every one.

Nutrish. For the past couple of years I have been enjoying being an Ambassacat for Nutrish for Cats. I also enjoy EATING my Nutrish!

Kneading comfortable sleeping spots. Gotta get your bed all comfy cozy right?

SUPPER!! Ok, so I call it "dinner" really, but I needed an "S"!! Every night for "Supper" I get MORE Nutrish, I get it for SNACKS too! Hey! That's another "S!"



Mom and I try to donate toys, food, supplies,  and money  to different shelters,  organizations, causes,  etc. It has been harder for us  to do so this year, but we try to give whenever we can.

Mom and I also love  companies who GIVE BACK.Nutrish is one of those companies.  One of MANY reasons why Mom and I love Nutrish is because  of Rachael's Rescue.

A portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals.

So, in this season of giving, while your humans are out picking up more goodies to eat for Thanksgiving, tell them to pick up some Nutrish too!! It's a win-win!!  Delicious Nutrish for YOU and they will be giving back to animals who are in need. Right? OF COURSE I AM RIGHT!! I TOLD you I am a smart kitty!!!!

All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent. 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dr. Elsey's CFA International Cat Show 2016: Nov 19th and 20th Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan

Logo Courtesy of The CFA
Suburban Collection Showplace
  46100 Grand River Ave in Novi, MI
 Spectator hours are 8:30am until 5:00 pm on Saturday
 November 19 and 8:30am until 4:00pm
  Sunday, November 20
This is MY photo of
that I took last weekend
at The Novi Pet Expo
I got a "sneak peek" at a few
of the GORGEOUS kitties
that will be at the show!!!!

Thanks Jim and kitty
for posing for me!!

 Tickets prices are $10 for adults,
 $8 for Seniors (65+)
 $5 for children 6-15,
 and children 5 and under are free.
 There is a $5 parking fee at the facility.

First 250 adults each day of the show
 receive a coupon for free litter,
 to be redeemed at the Dr. Elsey booth!
Click here to print $1 off coupon for the show
Photo Courtesy of The CFA
Family fun for everyone!        Cats rule during this family fun event!
While at the show, visit our Catopia area within the vendor mall

Take a selfie using our cat "cut outs"
Courtesy of the CFA

Free Face Painting!
Courtesy of the CFA
Don't forget to post using #cfainternationalshow

Monday, November 14, 2016

Pet Hair Remover:Lilly Brush "Be Forever Furless" A World-Wide Give-Away!!!

Disclosure: I received a Portable Mini  "Be Forever Furless" with Lilly Brush and a full size  "Be Forever Furless" with Lilly Brush in exchange for my always honest opinion.

If you have cats or dogs most of the time, you have FUR....lots of it (unless you have a non-shedding pet or a fur-less cat).... we love our pets, but we don't love the hair they "get...on...everything!" (By the way, even if you have a non-shedding pet, the "Be Forever Furless" with Lilly Brush will work on dirty paw prints left on chairs, couches, etc!)

Removing pet fur from chairs, couches, clothing, etc., can be a major annoyance. Of course, you can vacuum, but often a vacuum is more of a nuisance to take out (and it annoys and often frightens our pets!!), than it is worth.  And...who wants to keep going through rolls and rolls of sticky tape? Not me!

I was happy to connect with the delightful Elsie, from
and because, like most of you, I have fur EVERYWHERE, I decided to give the full sized "Be Forever Furless" with Lilly Brush  a try! Now, I will admit because of being super busy and rather distracted lately, (between the World Series and the Election..'nuff said!),  I only got a chance to test the brush  out once, that being said, I was pleased with the results!

I chose to remove some of Cody's fur from one of the worst places it accumulates, his carpet-topped cat tower. It might not have been a totally fair place to test the brushes because the fur there has been there an embarrassingly LONG time, and is rather deeply embedded, making it more difficult to remove.  (Keep in mind, Cody is a SHORT HAIRED cat, if the "Be Forever Furless" Brush worked that well with HIS fur, it should work even better for you!)

"The Lilly Brush works everywhere, effortlessly. Home upholstery, car upholstery, clothing, rugs and carpet-anywhere fur lurks."

You can see how much fur was picked up and I was only brushing for a minute or so!

Using moderate pressure, briskly sweep Lilly Brush back and forth over upholstery, bedding or clothing. For the most amazing results on washable fabrics, slightly dampen Lilly.

Here is a video provided by Lilly Brush that shows it in action!

How do I clean it?
Wash Lilly Brush BFF with water and light soap, then tap briskly to disengage any remaining pet hair or lint fibers with the excess water. 

How often should I replace my BE FOREVER FURLESS® with
Lilly Brush is made to last for years. The next one you buy will probably be a gift for someone else!

I also received the "Be Forever Furless  with Lilly Brush Mini"  which  is completely adorable!

Photo Courtesy of Lilly Brush

"Pop the cap and cure the fur"

The case is just the cutest! It reminds me of a toothbrush travel case and I love it! It would fit in a purse, glove compartment, desk drawer at work, anywhere that you happen to be on-the-go! I love that it is red, which makes it easier to find if you store it in a drawer.

With the holidays right around the corner, the "Be Forever Furless" with Lilly Brush  would make a fabulous stocking stuffer, It would also be a great gift to give to your local shelter! Speaking of Shelters, while communicating with Elsie via email she told me she has been known to donate a number of her brushes to shelters which is quite generous!

TALK ABOUT  GENEROUS! WE HAVE A WORLD-WIDE GIVE-AWAY!! Elsie is offering FIVE OF OUR READERS WHO ARE 18 and over and WHO RESIDE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD the chance to win a "Be Forever Furless" with  Lilly Brush of their own! (An approximate $20 value). Entering is easy! Just enter on the rafflecopter below, good luck!
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

It's "World Kindness Day" How am I Celebrating?

It's WORLD KINDNESS DAY, Why are there no cats in this post? Because cats, as well as MY cat are far better and far above much of what is taking place in the world right now............they are ALREADY KIND.........stop, look and listen to your pets....THEY have the answers...WE DO NOT.


Friday, November 11, 2016

#Ad: Let's Celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hi my furiends! It's Cody!  Did you know that this is a truly special week?  Well, it IS! November 6th through November 12 is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week! Now THAT is special!

While I was adopted at an adoption drive at a local pet store, I never lived in a shelter. I had a foster Mom who brought me to events hoping I would find my furever home. Mom and I know that MANY OF YOU who read this blog also foster kitties and woofies and YOU are truly special too!!

My family has close ties to Animal Shelters, and we  DEEPLY appreciate them! My human "bonus-sister" is the Manager at Almost Home Animal Rescue League & Haven,  and Mom featured her on  Dakota's blog last summer .

Animal Shelter workers often are volunteers, Whether paid or volunteers they work countless hours often 7 days a week, many times into the night and often ALL NIGHT!! They provide all sorts of care from giving love to kitties and woofies, providing food and water, playtime, socialization and all sorts of things!


 SHARE ADOPTABLE PETS--Visit a Shelter's website and if they have a widget for a daily featured adoptable animal, you can install it on your blog if you are a blogger. (We have had one on our sidebar for years). If you are not a blogger, you can share an adoptable animal on your Facebook page.

 GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL SHELTER--Visit their website,  "like" them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, stop in and visit in person.

 PURCHASE ITEMS FROM YOUR LOCAL SHELTER--Many shelters have websites where you can purchase items such as  T-shirts, mugs,holiday cards, calendars, there are all sorts of things that you can order and the proceeds go towards helping animals. (In many instances the shelters also offer the items that are for sale online at their physical locations too). For the past few years my Mom has bought holiday cards from Michigan Humane (some of you may have received one in past years). It's a "win-win" for the animals, you and your card recipients.

 VOLUNTEER--Many shelters would appreciate a volunteer coming to walk or play with dogs, clean cages for dogs and cats, help with feeding and so much more....SPEAKING OF FOOD....


Unopened, (be sure that the food hasn't expired),  cat/kitten food, wet or dry, in original packaging/container. (Be sure to call first, to find out what type of food is needed).
 You might want to consider MY FAVE:

 Real Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe: Real chicken or fish is always the number one ingredient in every bag of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® for Cats. There's no ground corn, wheat or soy. And there's never any poultry by-product meals, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives. Just real meat or fish and wholesome veggies plus the vitamins, minerals and taurine your cat needs to be healthy and happy.

For the past few years I have been proud to represent (as well as EAT!) Nutrish for Cats. 

Why? I am glad you asked that question, because:

A portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals.


All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent. 

If you can't donate food

Shelters Can Also Use:

  • Cat Litter
  • Cat-nip toys (mice are great!)
  • Non-porous toys
  • Newspaper for lining cages, paper towels, cleaning supplies and MORE!!!
  • You can always give your local shelter a call to see what they need. 

These are just a FEW of MANY things that you can do to help celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, and because I know that so many of YOU are involved with Animal Shelters on a regular basis, I would LOVE it if you would leave a comment below suggesting things that people can do that we may have left out! sure to...............

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Michigan! Novi Pet Expo Nov, 11, 12 and 13

Suburban Collection Showplace

Dates & Times

Friday, November 11th 2:00p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12th 10:00a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 13th 10:00a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Suburban Collection Showplace

46100 Grand River Ave.

Novi, MI 48374



Adults and children 12 & older: $10
Ages 6-11: $5
Children 5 and under: FREE!
Senior Day (55+) Friday Only: $5 Admission

$2 Adult Discount admission opportunity!!

The Michigan Humane Society will be on site during the Pet Expo, a full adult admission will be discounted $2.00 with donation of pet food or needed supplies, here is the MHS wish list:
  • Any unopened, unexpired dog/puppy and cat/kitten food; wet or dry, in original packaging/container.
  • Cat litter (always in need!)
  • Pet-Safe Brand dog toys, especially their Busy Body line including their Squirrel Dude and Buddy Barnacle items!  
  • Catnip-based mice/toys  (kitties love these!)
  • Non-porous toys
  • Fleece blankets are a slice of heaven for homeless pets! 18” by 18” or so for cats, for dogs, 3’ by 3’ is just about right.



Upon entering the parking lot there will be a $5 charge per regular sized vehicles and for larger vehicles there will be a $10 charge. Parking spots will be directed by the parking attendants as you enter.


The Novi Pet Expo is located at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. The Suburban Collection Showplace is conveniently located at 46100 Grand River Avenue, between Novi and Beck Roads in Novi, MI. Our facility can be accessed from I-96 at the Novi and Beck Road exits.

Had a great time at the Novi Pet Expo  when I was there in 2014, hope to be there this year too! Might be there Sunday, look for me!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Exercise Your Prerogative to VOTE!

Here is an editorial cartoon my father did back in 1980 when he was the Editorial Cartoonist at The Plain Dealer that IS STILL APPLICABLE matter WHO you are voting for, make SURE you exercise your prerogative to VOTE  and if you don't, don't complain.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Book: SHOP CATS of New York by Tamar Arslanian, Photography By Andrew Marttila

A Cat Book Brilliant in Concept and Execution
SHOP CATS of New York

When SHOP CATS of New York arrived at my home, I was immediately taken by the cover. It is intriguing, gorgeous and captivating. I thrive on tactile and visual stimulation.  The book is hard cover, (it even FEELS good!), printed on high quality paper that does justice to  the magnificent photos.

Like  a cat cannot wait to climb into a new box, SHOP CATS of New York became MY brand new box, and I couldn't wait to jump in!

Cover Photo Courtesy of Shop Cats

A book that features two of some of my favorite things in the world, Cats and New York, written by one of my favorite cat bloggers whom I have followed from way back when I first began blogging, Tamar is  PURE (or "PURR") NEW YORK! Quirky, animated, artsy, unique, a trend-setter, full of passion and enthusiasm for the cats, people and life in the city that she loves, NEW YORK.  I knew this was going to be GOOD. I was NOT disappointed. It is BETTER than "good." It is a must have for anyone who loves New York and cats and is curious about cats who reside in shops, and for those who love superb photos of cats that you can gaze at daily, it is a "whack-yourself-on-the-side-of-the-head-saying-why-didn't-I-think-of-that?" kind of a book, a "PURR DELIGHT."

FROM THE PUBLISHER:Shop Cats of New York introduces forty of New York’s favorite felines—all who have an extraordinary story to tell. Popular cat blogger Tamar Arslanian and Instagram pet photographer Andrew Marttila capture these deeply loved and well cared for animals in their city habitat and reveal how they came to reign over their urban kingdoms.

Photo Courtesy of Shop Cats "Lionel"

I was born on Long Island, NY and both of my parents were from Brooklyn. I still have family there, I have friends there. New York is a place that makes you come alive, it is a place where I feel that with my boisterous and loud personality  I don't stand out, I blend in. I feel at home there. But what about these cats? How were they discovered?

For Author Tamar Arslanian, resident New Yorker and cat lover.  It was "only natural" that she noticed cats wherever she went. As she started meeting cats in various shops around her neighborhood she became curious as to where she could find others throughout the city.  After doing some research and meeting superb photographer, Andrew Marttila "at a cat event-where else?" SHOP CATS was born.

"From the Algonquin Hotel to a local yoga studio, felines rule their urban domains. Arslanian and Marttila  expose witty stories of:two meat eating cats who live in a vegan shoe shop, a pharmacy cat with the title "Her Royal highness Princess Ivy of Neegard",  who has one human disciple
who travels two hours to bring her gifts. A pharmacy cat named Allegra, an allergy medicine,
whose owner is highly allergic to cats, a wine store cat with his own chiropractor, (he has a bad back),  a cat who is a the mascot at a dog boutique." Any many more!!!

Photo Courtesy of Shop Cats "Bobo"

Of course I HAD to feature "Bobo" shown above (since my first cat and "soul kitty" was named "Bobo"). The Bobo featured above resides at JAPAN MARKET INC., Chinatown, Manhattan. 

Lest you think that the cats in these shops are merely used as "mousers" and not cared for, think again. That couldn't be further from the truth. The cats often get more mental stimulation and love than cats who are in a traditional "home" environment. They have customers who visit them regularly, who "oooh" and "ahhh", whisper sweet nothings and caress sweet kitty faces more than we might have time for with our cats at home. They have all they could hope for, and then some. Most importantly they are LOVED. As a result, SHOP CATS of New York hopes that shelters in their area will consider allowing more businesses to adopt cats, and that the myth that cats who reside in businesses are strictly used to control mice and insects will be dispelled. 

Years ago before I had a blog, I remember stopping into a Bird Seed shop with a resident kitty, as well as a cat boutique (that has since closed), that had cats regularly strolling in the shop on a daily basis. 99.9% of the reason I even visited those shops were because of the "shop cats" who "worked" there. It makes me wonder, could we be looking at a series of books featuring cats located in various cities around the United States and the World popping up???? Tamar and Andrew, are you listening? We can only hope!!!!

SHOP CATS (Harper Design; On Sale: November 1, 2016;
Hardcover; $21.99/$31 CAN; 176 pages; ISBN:


and wherever you purchase your books!

I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a complimentary copy of SHOP CATS in exchange for my always honest review.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace) #blogblast4peace

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We wish you PEACE.....

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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