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Thursday, September 30, 2010

THANKFUL FUR 3 THURSDAY BLOG HOP - 9/30


Welcome to Thankful FUR 3 Thursday Blog Hop! Why did I create this Thursday blog hop, you ask? Simply put, my three kiddos (Henry, Buster, and Daisy) want to meet three or more friends on their favorite day of the week and I thought their idea was pawsome!

This pet friendly blog hop is for every two-legged and four-legged blogger who wants to meet new and old friends alike. If you are not a fan of blog hops and do not wish to add your link below, we invite you to simply have fun, leave a comment (or not), and meet new bloggers who might strike your fancy.

Here are the guidelines of the Thankful Fur 3 Thursday Blog Hop:

1. We love your pawticipation and want to show it! In addition to gaining followers, each week we are giving today's Google Friend Connect followers, RSS reader subscribers, and e-mail subscribers a chance to be featured in next Thursday's blog post by doing the following:

a) Become a Google Friend Connect follower or an e-mail subscriber or subscribe in a RSS reader.

b) Leave a comment letting me know that you want to me to post a write-up (along with a profile picture and link back to your blog) for next Thursday's Blog Hop. When you comment please let me know what type of follower you are along with your blog address.

2. To join in the Thankful Fur 3 Thursday, include your link in our list and follow The Teacher's Pets and my co-hosts, Chewy and Brian the tabby cat. Visit other blogs on the list and comment to give them some blog love.

3. When people comment on your blog and let you know they’re a part of Thankful FUR 3 Thursday, return the favor and follow them back. This way everyone gets traffic and followers for pawticipating, and it’s a win-win situation.

4. Remember, YOU can host the link list on your blog too! Just click “GET THE CODE HERE…” at the bottom of the list.

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As promised, let's put our 3 newest blog friends in the SPOTLIGHT! We hope you will make add these fantastic bloggers to your blogroll list today! Introducing......


1. Houndgirl shares her Texas home with two hounds from hell as she jokes.There is Fred the bloodhound and Haylie the Labrador – they are full of energy, mischief, and humor. Houndgirl holds nothing back, stop by and say Hi for laughs, tears, and relief.


2. Maggie May was diagnosed with luxating patellas at 4 months old. This blog tracks her progress before, during and after her surgeries. She is a strong kitty who is an inspiration to us all!

The picture above was hand painted by Maggie May's mom and it is one of the most popular prints available at her Etsy store. Take a look at her other cheery works of art and you will be tempted to buy them all, I pawmise!


2. Between helping his blog mom design quilts, Max The Quilt Cat spends his time composing his mystery novel and shares episodes with his fans regularly. He loves quilts (obviously) and food but does not like the sound of doorbells!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

BLOG HOP CO-HOSTS WANTED! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!


Daisy, Henry, and Buster are still looking for great blog-hop co-hosts for the September 30th edition of the THANKFUL FUR 3 THURSDAY BLOG HOP. No experience necessary! Will train! Interested cats, dogs, and 2-leggers need to have the following skills:

1. Editing Skills - can copy and paste our Thankful Fur 3 Photo and our mom's prepared dogument *ahem* document right after tomorrow morning's breakfast

2. Outgoing purrsonality - able to grab everyone's attention by any means necessary - barking and meowing accepted encouraged

3. Pawsome Manners - no hissing, growling at your visitors - every newcomer is to be greeted with a welcome paw - following bloggers is a requirement even if you have to run at high speed to catch them

4. Handy - able to grab the Mr. Linky code from us tomorrow morning and put it under your blog

TO APPLY:

1. Pawticipants MUST leave a comment with your blog url so we can add your name to our list

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2. Copy and Paste the Information Below



Welcome to Thankful FUR 3 Thursday Blog Hop! Why did I create this Thursday blog hop, you ask? Simply put, my three kiddos (Henry, Buster, and Daisy) want to meet three or more friends on their favorite day of the week and I thought their idea was pawsome!

This pet friendly blog hop is for every two-legged and four-legged blogger who wants to meet new and old friends alike. If you are not a fan of blog hops and do not wish to add your link below, we invite you to simply have fun, leave a comment (or not), and meet new bloggers who might strike your fancy.

Here are the guidelines of the Thankful Fur 3 Thursday Blog Hop:


1. We love your pawticipation and want to show it! In addition to gaining followers, each week we are giving today's Google Friend Connect followers, RSS reader subscribers, and e-mail subscribers a chance to be featured in next Thursday's blog post by doing the following:


a) Become a Google Friend Connect follower or an e-mail subscriber or subscribe in a RSS reader.


b) Leave a comment letting me know that you want to me to post a write-up (along with a profile picture and link back to your blog) for next Thursday's Blog Hop. When you comment please let me know what type of follower you are along with your blog address.


2. To join in the Thankful Fur 3 Thursday, include your link in our list and follow me and my co-hosts,  (insert blog name and link here). Visit other blogs on the list and comment to give them some blog love.


3. When people comment on your blog and let you know they’re a part of Thankful FUR 3 Thursday, return the favor and follow them back. This way everyone gets traffic and followers for pawticipating, and it’s a win-win situation.


4. Remember, YOU can host the link list on your blog too! Just click “GET THE CODE HERE…” at the bottom of the list.

By the way, we are an equal opportunity employer. No matter what your age, purrsonality, or breed we have a job waiting just FUR you!

                                                              Sincerely,
                                                              Daisy, Buster, and Henry


Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Game Of "Show and Tell" With A Girl Named Pumpkin


When I arrived at Pumpkin's house today she invited me to play a game of "Show and Tell" and I was happy to play along.

Okay, Pumpkin, what do you want to show me?


Instead of answering my question she hopped into a blanket filled box and said she had two tiny secrets that she's had tucked away since August 28th. A whole month of silence and then...


she proudly announced that she is the mother of two darling puppies! Believe it or not, I've never laid eyes on one month old puppies before so I just HAD to put them in my lap, one at a time


From the moment I laid this baby in my lap I had a feeling that a boxing career was in his future


             and this little one is will grow up to be a  professional dancer, don't you agree?



Well, Pumpkin, I really did love playing "Show and Tell" with you but you didn't TELL me one thing about the father of your children. Who is the lucky guy? 


What? Your "brother" Brady is the baby-daddy? I always knew you loved Brady but not in THAT way! You sure are good at keeping secrets, Miss Pumpkin!

Now that I know the truth about your romance with Brady I need details so let's set up a "Show and Tell" game soon, okay? Or are you the type of girl who doesn't "kiss and tell"?

Monday, September 27, 2010

Riding In Cars With Dogs


Raise your hands if you've ever watched the movie, Riding in Cars With Boys. Anyone? Anyone? If you haven't watched it then I recommend you rent the movie this very instant so you can understand what I am about to say and it is this....if I were lucky enough to have a movie made about my life it should be called "Riding in Cars With Dogs" because car rides with dogs pretty much sums up my life.


For some reason, I get a lot of pleasure when dogs hop aboard The April Taxi and of course a photography session is always in order and the dogs never tire (no pun intended) of flashing their best smiles for the camera. Take Daisy and her dalmatian mix pal, Shadow, who were wide eyed and bushy tailed to be on their way to the dog park. I think the thrill of a car ride was a close second to a visit to the dog park, if I'm not mistaken.



Every dog has it's own personality and for that reason they all react differently to car rides. Take a look at Rocky, my precious Cairn Terrier friend who preferred to give a standing ovation to every piece of scenery in his neighborhood.



And then there's Moka, my German Short Haired Pointer friend whose smile was at it's all-time widest when I invited her to go for a spin to the nearby park



And then there's my dachshund mix pal, Monkey, who preferred to be in the driver's seat...


But ladylike Jesse always let her pet sitter have control of the wheel



And then there was Fenway, a pug who had some serious road-tripping on her mind



And last but not least , there's Miss Sophie who just pays her cab fee and then smiles all the way to her chosen destination. Now there's a dog who knows her good looks can buy happiness!

So, I wonder, dear doggy friends, what do you act like or look like while you ride in the car with your owners/parents? Are you smiling? Sleeping in the back seat? Looking out the window? Leaning forward? I'd love to know what your owner's "Riding In Cars With Dogs" experience looks like. Please tell me that I am not the only one who loves to snap pictures of canines while they ride the gravy train!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What The "Show Us Your Tongue Contest" Means To Henry


Would you believe that Henry has been sulking inside his favorite afghan for the entire week? Yes, it is true and the reason for that is because all of Blogville has traded their focus from him to focus on National Dog Week and to Twinkie's "Show Us Your Tongue Contest" instead. Since Henry is a C-A-T he doesn't understand what the fuss is all about and he certainly cannot understand why the dogs have been sticking their tongues out at him everyday. As any good cat-mom would do, I told Henry that the dogs couldn't possibly be sticking out their tongues at him and that their tongues were for contest purposes only. Despite my words of comfort, Henry still believes that all of his former dog friends are ill-mannered bullies who deserve one thing ....


a good tongue lashing!

P.S. I hope all of Henry's *ahem* former doggy friends will forgive Henry for being so rude to you. He is just a jealous cat who secretly wishes he was a dog with your privileges. If you have a moment would you mind telling Henry that you were not sticking your tongue out at him? It would mean the world to him and he just might forgive you for his tongue lashing!  Thank you in advance for all of your help!

Henry's embarrassed mother,
April

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sound Advice Arrives At Daisy's Door



When Daisy looked out the window on Wednesday morning to see her new pal, Max, park his van in front of her house she wiggled and barked all the way downstairs



but as soon as a stranger yelled, "Cheese!", Daisy was silent and then smiled broadly, hoping for a piece of cheese as a reward


but instead of a cheesy reward,  Daisy was treated to a tour inside the Seacoast Veterinary Housecalls van where she met her new vet, Dr. Katharina Brandt. At first, Daisy wondered if the vet was going to take pictures of her bones with that yellow machine but that wasn't the case. 

Or was she going to jail?  No, Daisy, you are not as small as Mr. Penguin so you aren't going behind bars anytime soon.


And then Daisy watched Dr. Brandt as she listened carefully to Mr. Penguin's heartbeat. Daisy hoped the doctor would listen to her heart too but that didn't happen either.


The reason why Daisy was in the van became very clear to her when the vet tech and the doctor examined her long, droopy ears. Daisy had been shaking her head back and forth for awhile and I was concerned that she could have an ear infection and ....


when Daisy heard me say, "Ewww!", and the doctor say, "Yeast Infection!" Daisy knew what was coming....



 Two bottles of medicine along with explicit instructions to put drops in Daisy's ears for 10 days and to clean her ears regularly, especially after swimming.

To be honest, Daisy was very happy with everything about the vet visit until the word "medicine" reached her ears and who can blame her? Daisy changed her mind about the medicine after just 2 days of treatment and she now says that Dr. Brandt and company are welcome to visit again soon!

Having a mobile vet in New Hampshire is a brand new service to pet owners throughout the seacoast and to some cities nearby. Daisy and I found Seacoast Veterinary Housecalls to be convenient, cost-effective, and very intimate. If you have a mobile vet in your area, what are your thoughts about the service? If you don't have a mobile vet, would you like one? And why? Please voice your opinions! I'd love to read about them!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thankful Fur 3 Thursday .... Blog Hop!


Welcome to Thankful FUR 3 Thursday Blog Hop! Why did I create this Thursday blog hop, you ask? Simply put, my three kiddos (Henry, Buster, and Daisy) want to meet three or more friends on their favorite day of the week and I thought their idea was pawsome!

This pet friendly blog hop is for every two-legged and four-legged blogger who wants to meet new and old friends alike. If you are not a fan of blog hops and do not wish to add your link below, we invite you to simply have fun, leave a comment (or not), and meet new bloggers who might strike your fancy.

Here are the guidelines of the Thankful Fur 3 Thursday Blog Hop:

1. We love your pawticipation and want to show it! In addition to gaining followers, each week we are giving today's Google Friend Connect followers, RSS reader subscribers, and e-mail subscribers a chance to be featured in next Thursday's blog post by doing the following:

a) Become a Google Friend Connect follower or an e-mail subscriber or subscribe in a RSS reader.

b) Leave a comment letting me know that you want to me to post a write-up (along with a profile picture and link back to your blog) for next Thursday's Blog Hop. When you comment please let me know what type of follower you are along with your blog address.

2. To join in the Thankful Fur 3 Thursday, include your link in our list and follow me and my co-host, Brian the tabby cat. Visit other blogs on the list and comment to give them some blog love.

3. When people comment on your blog and let you know they’re a part of Thankful FUR 3 Thursday, return the favor and follow them back. This way everyone gets traffic and followers for pawticipating, and it’s a win-win situation.

4. Remember, YOU can host the link list on your blog too! Just click “GET THE CODE HERE…” at the bottom of the list.

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As promised, we are THANKING and SPOTLIGHTING 3 of our newest blog followers! Please introduce yourselves to the following new friends:

 
1. Janet is an educator who manages 2 blogs from her Missouri home (Does This Blog Make Me Look Fat? and Stuff I Think About) and she never fails to entertain her readers each time she blogs.
 

2. Emma Rose is a royal combination of Border Collie and Australian Shepherd who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her humans, the Duke and Duchess, and a servant named Sir Bear. She thinks of her surroundings as her kingdom and her home as her castle.


3. Cult of the Greyhound. It's all about Suzanne's greyhounds,  Willow (pictured above), Breeze and Druwell and also about her fantastic photography. Suzanne's dogs are a constant source of entertainment for her as they are to all of her readers.

As always, dear furends, thank you for pawticipating in today's blog hop and we hope you meet lots of new furry and not-so-furry furends today!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What Happens When 2 Greyhounds Hire 2 Pet Sitters


Would you believe that of all of the dog breeds that we've taken care of during our 4 years as pet sitters that not one greyhound ever requested our services? Our self-esteem has dropped significantly over the years because we've tried so hard to win the affection of these beautiful creatures but to no avail until t-shirted Jet and Alice came out of hiding.


We were beyond excited to spend our days and nights with these cuties but they were a bit cautious with us until .....


it was time for dinner. Jet and Alice were so relieved that a stranger knew exactly what to put in each of their bowls without asking for their help!


 And if things couldn't get any better, Alice was thrilled that Amos knew just where her food bowl belonged


and Jet was relieved that Amos put his bowl far away from his food obsessed sister so he could eat in peace.


By the end of the visit, Jet and Alice were literally eating out of their pet sitter's hands and

                                               
we could tell by looking into Jet's eyes that he couldn't wait to see his pet sitters again!

Needless to say, we are thrilled to FINALLY have 2 greyhounds who are sure to rehire us soon!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cremation Jewelry: A Unique Way To Remember Your Pet Forever


Typically, the ashes of our loved ones are tucked away in a decorative urn or box and are soon forgotten but what if I told you that you could discreetly carry a small amount of your loved one's ashes in a pendant, ring, or small urn instead? 

It is possible to keep your loved ones close with cremation jewelry and one company that I recommend is Queen City Eclectics, a small but steadily growing E-bay store based in Manchester, New Hampshire.
 

If you are wary of buying jewelry on Ebay you aren't alone but I can assure you that Connie gained her jewelry experience while working at Kay Jeweler's and went on to become a certified gemologist and engraver before opening Queen City Eclectics. In fact, she was recently ranked as a top Ebay seller and she is proud to be of help to grieving pet owners from around the globe!


Simply put, cremation jewelry is a unique and beautiful way to help you keep your beloved pets close to your heart forever. 

Tell me, dear friends, would you prefer to wear cremation jewelry or would you rather keep your pet's memories in a box or in a frame? How do you honor your pet's memories? Please share your thoughts! I'd love to read them! 























Monday, September 20, 2010

Daisy and Buster: Synchronized Sleepers


Is it just me or do our furry companions know exactly when to strike a pose in order to make their owners late for an important meeting? In my opinion, Daisy and Buster knew that their picture purr-fect pose would take my breath away on sight and they were exactly right! And speaking of "exact" please notice how their heads and front legs are in the same position! Like sister, like brother is all I can say!


I spoke too soon....Buster couldn't hold that Daisy-like pose fur long. He just had to move that 20 pound body for relaxation purr-poses, of course!


By this point, Buster knew he was a plus-sized model for blogging purrposes so he struck a pose to mimic his sister, Daisy, and I think he did quite well, don't you agree?


Leave it to Daisy to ruin a picture purr-fect moment by suggesting that I hurry up and get to my 1:30 meeting on time by raising her head to give me "that look" but how can I help being distracted when my fur-babies  pose like this?