Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and blogs and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Today we’re celebrating lots of dogs, cats, babies and sweet treats. Some of the PEOPLE SCHTUFF at the bottom may appeal to writers for plot twists and the like. ALERT–I had so much writer-icty info that it’s been bumped to tomorrow’s Tuesday Tips blog so stay tuned, you won’t want to miss that.
Please don’t be shy about sending me your own links or suggestions for others to highlight. I love doing a SNOOPY-DANCE-’O-JOY! in celebration of all the savvy writers and animal advocates doing the work of the angels–and to a few angels as well.
Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Protecting and Advocating for Pets a new book by my colleague Allie Phillips, outlines how you can do more to help companion animals. I’ve not yet had the pleasure of reading this book but it sounds wonderful, as it covers the people and organizations who are taking extraordinary steps to help animals. The book can show you how to get involved, from the simplest of tasks to more extensive involvement. Allie writes, “If we all just take one small step to help pets, we will launch the tipping point to end cruelty and homelessness.” Amen to that!
Many of y’all know Pam Johnson Bennett as a cat behavior expert and author–the QUEEN of cat wisdom! But did you know she’s also mom to two-legged kid? She conspired with another screamingly funny mom to create COOKIES FOR DINNER because they say mothers don’t need another “how to” book on parenting. What they need is to know that they’re not the only ones who stand on the supermarket checkout line and share potty training horror stories with total strangers. (Lordy, sounds like me talking about the puppy poop-athon keep-away game, urk!). Amazon share this about the authors and book:
“Pam and Kae are two mothers who bravely (or insanely) fess up about the roller-coaster ride of motherhood. Kae went into labor four months after her husband left to move in with his girlfriend and also the precise day her house was tented for ticks… yes, ticks! Pam is a worrying germophobe who, at the ripe old age of 47 entered into the world of diapers and all things poop… You’ll also discover when it’s appropriate to have a conversation with Guatemalan insects and what it’s like going to bed with normal-sized breasts the night before giving birth and then waking up with the equivalent of a dairy farm on your chest.”
RISKY BABY BUSINESS from Jenny Hansen is a new blog (Saturdays) for anyone who has ever had a less-than-routine pregnancy–offered with compassion and not a little humor. I love all of Jenny’s blogs but this one is particularly helpful for parents-to-be.
SWEET DOGGY & KITTY SCHTUFF
KITTY TREATS FOR PEOPLE, YUM! And no, I’m not talking about munching kitty toes–these are feline theme only.
DOGTOPIA PRIMPS PETS IN THE PINK for breast cancer awareness. Dogs across the country will get primped and pampered in October, all in the name of breast cancer awareness and research. Dogtopia, a full-service dog day care, spa and boutique with locations throughout the U.S. is ‘fighting for the cure’ in their second annual “Paws for Pink” campaign.
DOGS HELP FIGHT BULLYING It makes sense. Having a dog nearby cools a kid’s stress, which more than likely fans the flames of bully behavior. So if a bully breed can chill the chillun, I’m all for it. Great program! And you don’t even need a REAL dog to make it work (although hands-on-petting certainly is more fun for everyone involved).
HARRY POTTER’S DOG NEEDS NEW HOME, say it ain’t so!
STAINED GLASS ANIMAL ART CONTEST, ooooooooooooooh, shiny! Submit any animal design in art glass, ceramics, mosaics or jewelry (Wendy, are you listening?). Some of y’all know in my spare time I make stained glass windows and lampshades (yes, I bleed for my art). This contest is way tempting.
KITTY CAME BACK after a flood–whew! Rough experience but happy ending from Darlene Jone’s blog
HOME EUTHANASIA FOR PETS, a kinder, gentler final gift of love?
BIRTH CONTROL PILLS ALTER MEMORY….for what? Read the article.
WORLD RABIES DAY in BALI by Sophia Yin, DVM
DEPRESSED? GET CAFFEINATED! Coffee may keep depression at bay (yee-haw, vindication!)
DEPRESSION PREDICTS DEMENTIA? So I’m increasing the caffeination quotient, how about you?
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