Saturday, April 10, 2021

National Hug Your Dog Day

 Like all of you, I don't need a day telling me to hug my dog, I hug him daily! That being said, it is RARE that there are any photos of ME hugging Levi because I am most often the one who is taking the photos. In the collage below there are a couple of photos of me hugging Levi that are a few months old (he is MUCH larger now!)


  • National Hug Your Dog Day was created by Ami Moore, an author and canine behaviorist
  • It was formerly called National Hug Your Hound Day
  • The day began in the United Kingdom, Ami Moore thought that the US was "less pup-friendly"
  • "Research evidence shows that hugging your dog causes your brain to release a neurotransmitter called oxytocin. Oxytocin is also known as ‘the cuddle hormone.’ This is true both in dogs and humans. Every time a human hugs a dog, both get a dose of oxytocin, which leaves them wanting more"

Sorry about the blurry photo
it was taken on November 21, 2020
the day we officially brought Levi home
he was only about 9 weeks old at the time

Now go hug your dog if you have one, and while you're at it, give your cat a hug too!!!

Friday, April 9, 2021

Wishing Marg the Happiest of Birthdays!!!


The "Newbies" want to wish Marg the HAPPIEST of birthdays!!

Thanks for all you do for the animals!

We love you!!

Roary, Levi and Mom too!!

We don't have  flowers blooming yet

near us here in Michigan,

so we hope this pretty card will still make Marg smile!!

Be sure to leave good wishes for Marg

at the Zoolatry blog  HERE

Monday, April 5, 2021

"Let's Talk About Cats:Conversations On Feline Behavior" by Anita Kelsey #LetsTalkAboutCats

 "A Wealth of Fascinating Cat Facts and Tips"

FROM AMAZON.COM: "features 16 unique in-depth conversations with devoted feline experts, each chapter answering a question about our cats. An abundance of catty conversation points with many useful takeaways for cat owners to improve their own every-day connection with their cats.

This book, the first of its kind, presents the combined wisdom of experts from all over the world on the psychology, behaviour, diet and training of cats, in a relaxed and conversational style.Contributors include Jackson Galaxy, star of My Cat From Hell and composer David Teie,whose ground-breaking album, Music for Cats, was released by the Universal Music Group.Each illuminating chapter exudes a love for cats and a wealth of fascinating insights.

This book also includes advice and real case studies that offer the author’s own professional guidance on cat care topics, explaining the most important cat concepts, giving food for thought and expanding on all the most important issues and debates in the cat world."

Just when you think you have read it all in reference to caring about, caring for and bonding with your cat, you discover you indeed have NOT read it all! Such was the case when I was sent the book "Let's Talk About Cats: Conversations On Feline Behavior by Cat Behaviorist, Anita Kelsey. There is ALWAYS something NEW to learn!

FROM THE AUTHOR: "All cat lovers can say, with hands on hearts, that we've had our lives changed by cats. Cats are masters at weaving their way into the very core of our souls without changing many of their own distinct characteristics"

Author Anita Kelsey's work with cats started ten years ago when she experienced the death of a close friend. She had never experienced grief like that before. She says, "The truth is that cats  saved me."

She continues: "the book itself is not only about cats but also our relationship with them. I hope within its pages the reader will discover a variety of perspectives and approaches that will help them find something new in the relationships they enjoy with their darling mogs."

The conversations with the featured cat experts (one of our favorites, Kate Benjamin of Hauspanther is also featured in this book in the section that involves Catification.), make you feel as if you are sitting on a comfy couch in the company of these wise souls, listening to the years of wisdom that they share on these pages in a warm and professional way. Author Anita Kelsey's knowledge of and love for cats shines throughout the pages of this book. It is a worthy addition to the library of any cat lover.

Each chapter is divided by topic, some of the topics are
  • Do Cats Like Music?
  • Can Our Cats Talk To Us?
  • Do Cats Grieve?
  • Can Cats Communicate Telepathically?
  • and  many, many more!

The book also includes advice featured in a box called "A Catty Sum Up" and true stories, "Cat Chat",  that offer the author's own professional guidance on cat care topics  explaining the most important cat concepts,  that encourage one to think about and expand upon the most important issues and debates in the cat world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behavior and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specializes in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their expert panel answering reader's questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the Canine and Feline Behaviour magazine as well as being a full member. A strong advocate of a vegan lifestyle, Anita is based in London but consults all over the UK and internationally. She is also the author of Claws, Confessions of A Professional Cat Groomer published by John Blake.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Happy 14th Birthday in Heaven Precious Cody


I see this face and the hurt begins all over again. My precious Cody, today would have been your 14th birthday, a year ago I never would have ever imagined that you wouldn't be with us today. One day you were here, and like a blink of an eye you were gone. It's all a blur. A heartbreaking blur.

I miss you EVERY SINGLE DAY. I miss you sitting next to me on the armrest of the couch. I miss looking into your sea green eyes, I miss your quirky little mouth. I miss your cuddle bug ways. I miss yelling at you for trying to chew everything you could get your paws on. I miss sharing chicken with you. I miss your calm and easy-going nature.

Sometimes I think I see you out of the corner of my eye. It comforts me to think that you are here, in some form, I believe you are. Please know that even if Roary joined our family three months after you left us, there is a place in my heart that is ALWAYS YOURS.....ALWAYS......YOURS AND YOURS ALONE.

I love you and miss you my "Codester", my "Jelly Belly", my "Codalicious", my "Cody Boy", my "Cuddlebug". I pray with all of my heart that you knew how deeply you were loved.