Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Giveaway: Gift Bag Set from Honest Pet Products


This giveaway is sponsored by Honest Pet Products

Honest Pet Products was born out of founder and president Mary Wolff’s desire to use her creativity and compassion for all living things to do something that truly mattered. The company follows three basic, unrelenting, and uncompromising principles that are reflected in everything they do: to be true to our pets, to be true to our planet, and to be true to our people.

Honest Pet Product toys are made from the safest, natural and durable materials possible, from materials that promote sustainability and carbon footprint reduction. The toys are made in Green Bay, WI and Newfoundland, Canada by people with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Their 100% truly NATURAL wool cat toys are handmade in Mongolia by women of impoverished, nomadic herding families living without many basic needs. Through the Snow Leopard Trust’s Fair Trade cooperative, these families earn a living with their traditional wool-working skills. In exchange, herders are protecting the endangered snow leopards that share their habits.

In addition to all of this, the toys simply look adorable – what’s not to love about a company like this!


Honest Pet Products sent us a big box full of an assortment of their toys. These toys are incredibly well made, with lots of creative touches, and the catnip used in some of the toys must be potent stuff! Allegra went completely nuts over the catnip toys.

Enter to win a gift bag of 8 different toys and a grooming brush

Honest Pet Products is offering a gift bag of goodies to one lucky reader. The bag contains a set of 8 different cat toys and their natural bamboo grooming brush with organic cat shampoo. Because many of the wool cat toys come in multi-colors, the total number of toys in the bag is actually 12.

For up to 6 ways to enter, see the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to readers everywhere. This giveaway ends Thursday, September 1. Winners will be chosen by random drawing.*

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For more information about Honest Pet Products and to order, please visit

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Wordless Wednesday- the New Pet Stamps are Here!

Ike is writing a letter. He needs a stamp.

 Look at these new stamps available now at the post office.  Aren't they adorable?!

Get your pets stamps today!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Operation Homeward Bound: An Idea, a Van, Jackson Galaxy, and 43 Kittens


On June 27, Jackson Galaxy and his wife Minoo embarked on a 1,000 mile journey from Los Angeles to Boulder, CO to save the lives of 43 kittens through a new program by the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, Homeward Bound. I had a chance to speak with Jackson about the successful rescue mission.

Jackson and Minoo were alarmed when they heard about the dozens of kittens in overcrowded shelters in their community. The Humane Society of Boulder Valley had previously told Jackson that “if you’ve got kittens, let us know, because we need kittens!” What could be simpler than taking the kittens from a place where they’re going to die to a place where they could find homes? Well, when you’re Jackson Galaxy, it really does seem to be that simple. “I’m so thankful that I could just pick up the phone and talk to Mark Rovner at Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles, and they found a way to make it work,” said Jackson.


With the support of Best Friends and various corporate sponsors, Jackson, Minoo and the kittens started their journey from California to Colorado in a cargo van. “The trip should have taken 16 hours,” said Jackson, laughing, “but it wound up taking much longer than that. We had to stop every time there was a poopy cage, undo 12 bungee cords, and clean and feed the kittens!”

Jackson provided live updates on Facebook along the way throughout the journey (you can find the videos on the Jackson Galaxy Foundation Facebook page.) “It was surreal at times,” said Jackson. “There I was, in the middle of Death Valley at 1 in the morning. It’s 105 degrees, Minoo is up to her knees in kitten poop, and I’m talking to people halfway around the world watching this unfold. There was this incredible synergy with everyone who loves animals.”

There wasn’t a moment when Jackson and Minoo complained. “It was one of those wonderful moments for us, both as rescuers, and as a couple,” said Jackson. Operation Homeward Bound took place on the couple’s second anniversary. “This is who we are,”  he added.


When they finally pulled into Boulder several hours after their estimated arrival time, there was a large group of volunteers waiting to receive the kittens. “They formed this fire line to walk the kittens into the building,” said Jackson. Once everyone got settled in, Jackson spent some time just sitting in the big, open, airy cat playroom at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. “It was total mayhem, there were kittens racing around and playing, and I had this moment of ‘oh yeah, this feels really really good,'” said Jackson.

Jackson is hoping to do another mission like Operation Homeward Bound in the future. His vision is to foster a society where 20 years from now, kids will say “I hear they used to kill millions of animals.”

All of us can help Jackson realize his vision. “I’ve been saying over and over: do something,” he said. “Donate time, donate money, foster, do TNR, adopt, volunteer, or take a job working with animals. Every one of those saves a life.”

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt charity founded in 2014 by Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell star Jackson Galaxy, is the realization of Jackson’s long-standing dream of improving the lives of animals at risk and helping the people who care for them. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Introducing ZiwiPeak: Natural New Zealand Pet Nutrition


This post is sponsored by Ziwi Peak

ZiwiPeak is one of the brands that has long been included on my list of recommended foods. Today, I’m delighted to offer you a closer look at this brand, courtesy of the folks at ZiwiPeak. Ziwi Peak is a complete and balanced daily diet for all breeds and all lifestages. Their formulas are 95% digestible and palatable to even the most finicky cats (and dogs.)

The equivalent of a wild prey diet for your little carnivore

ZiwiPeak gives your cat the equivalent of a raw, wild prey diet and is made from over 95% raw meat and organs, including natural fat and bone. The food contains no rendered meats or meat by-products. They add no artificial colors or flavors, no carrageenan, no chemical preservatives, no grains or potatoes, and no added salts, sugars, gelatin or glycerines or cheap fillers. These ingredients cannot be efficiently utilized by a carnivore’s digestive system and can contribute to various health issues, including skin & coat problems, itchy skin and ears, yeast infections, allergies, obesity, kidney disease, IBD/IBS and diabetes.

Natural ingredients, sourced in New Zealand

ZiwiPeak uses free-range, grass-fed meat raised on traceable, approved New Zealand farms, and seafood caught using ecologically sustainable practices under New Zealand’s stringent, government-controlled fish-management system. The warm, temperate climate in New Zealand allows the animals to be outside in open pastures all year round. All meat and seafood used must be free from added hormones, antibiotics, growth promotants and GMOs. Any added vitamins and minerals are sourced from reputable, traceable suppliers in the USA, Europe and New Zealand and Japan. They do not source any ingredients from China.

ZiwiPeak adds New Zealand Green-Lipped Mussel to all formulas to provide high levels of natural glucosamine, chondroitin, and omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids. They also add cold-washed green tripe, which provides important vitamins & minerals, digestive enzymes and probiotics needed for healthy digestion. The glucosamine and chondroitin supports healthy joint development and mobility.

ZiwiPeak is relentless in its commitment to quality and care, operating under the most stringent health and safety standards. Every batch of ZiwiPeak must meet both its own in-house specifications and the highest international benchmarks. All ZiwiPeak products meet or exceed industry standards.

Air-dried and moist cat food


ZiwiPeak’s scoop and serve convenience of the air-dried formulas allows the food to be easily added as a topper, an instant training treat or as a complete diet. Their gentle twin stage air-drying process creates a food high in protein and calories, meaning that you feed less compared to raw and kibble. This process eliminates pathogenic bacteria, while protecting the natural nutrition of our ingredients. It also provides a 21-month shelf life. ZiwiPeak recipes have a high level of slow release metabolized energy, meaning your cat will feel fuller and content for longer periods of time.


All canned products have a BPA-free lining, ensuring the contents are as safe and natural as possible.

For more information, please visit

Coming next week: Enter to win 2 cases and 2 bags of ZiwiPeak –
one for you, one for your favorite rescue!

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Kelly and Ike Demonstrate How to Get the Best Dog Food

We love delicious dog food, and we get served up some pretty tasty tidbits! How do we manage this?

Step 1: First, get Mom to order from When it arrives (and it's so fast! It only takes about two days to get to our doorstep!), be sure to investigate the delivery. (Yup! Looks good.)

Step 2: Mom ordered Whole Earth Farms Chicken and Turkey canned food. Sometimes Mom puts it atop our dry kibble. Since we're seniors, we can't chew as well as we used to when we had young pup choppers, so this really softens things up. Look real pathetic until Mom gives you some.

Step 3: Dance at Mom's feet while she opens the can. Whining helps. Take a whiff-- smell that delicious aroma! Whole Earth Farms is grain free and made with high quality natural ingredients. No artificial preservatives, flavors and colors either. See?

Step 4. Devour!  We can just taste that chicken, turkey, chicken liver, sweet potato, peas and carrots. Oh, Mom says it's made in the USA too!

Step 5: Ask for more. Go ahead, it's worth a try!


Step 6:
Repeat Step 2.

Wouldn't you like to try some Whole Earth Farms wet dog food? They make dry food too. And yeah, they also make food for your feline friends (or enemies) (Oops, did I say that?)

*Full Disclosure: I was provided with 12 cans of Whole Earth Farms wet dog food in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day


August 22 has been designated as National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, and while it may not be your cat’s favorite “holiday,” it’s an important day designed to raise awareness about the importance of regular veterinary check ups for cats.

83% of cats are taken to the vet during the first year after they’re adopted, yet over half of them never return for subsequent wellness visit. Given that cats age more rapidly than humans and are masters at masking illness, these statistics are worrisome.

If your cat is overdue for her check up, today is the purrfect day to make an appointment.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners is offering a wealth of resources to help you prepare for your cat’s next check up, ranging from reasons why check ups are so important to how to reduce the stress of a vet visit for both your cat and yourself. You can find more information on their website and Facebook page.

Please share this information with other cat parents!

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Purrs of Wisdom: Your Reviews Are Appreciated!


Yes, I am shamelessly exploiting Ruby’s cuteness to ask you to take a few minutes to post a review of Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style on Amazon. I mean, who could resist that face, right?

Seriously, though – if you enjoyed my book, I truly would appreciate it if you would take the time to share your thoughts about my book on Amazon. Amazon reviews really help sell a book. They not only give potential buyers confidence when deciding whether to buy, they also help the book rank higher on Amazon, which, in turn, means that more people will see it via Amazon’s “you might also like” or “customers who bought this also bought” suggestions.

Reviews don’t have to be long – even one or two sentences help a lot! If you’ve read and enjoyed the book, I’d love it if you would take a minute or two to post a review. Click here to post your review on Amazon.

Not only will the review make Ruby purr, it will also help spread the word about my book to a wider audience. And Allegra and I thank you, too.

Conscious Cat Sunday will return next week.

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