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Monday Mentions: Cats, Dogs, Writing & Cute Kitten Videos

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and blogs and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. This past weekend I’ve managed to finish two new puppy articles on hypothermia and frostbite first aid, edit/upload a new video (see below, SQUEEEE!), and edit several more fiction chapters. Oh, and I’ve written (in advance) all the blogs for this week. Whew!

That’s because I leave for the Cat Writers’ Association annual conference this Thursday and will present the Shojai Mentor Award at the banquet. Friday evening I partner with Susan Logan, editor of Cat Fancy Magazine, as the entertainment for the event. We’ve had some challenges putting together the musical accompaniment, but I think finally the orchestration (on CD) is ready. I hope to see y’all there!


Kitty Ball Bed–buy a raffle ticket, win a fashionable snooze spot for your feline, AND benefit Floppy Cats. Oh, a “floppy cat” is a Ragdoll kitty, a stunning breed, and this raffle item from The Refined Feline benefits Ragdoll Cat Rescue.

Darlene Arden’s PerPETually Speaking Blog offers a lovely post on Adopting Older Pets

Lisa Mac’s shares tender remembrances of a brown spotted tabby in Across the Rainbow Bridge

Last winter Christine Davis lost two very special fur-kids. This always leaves a hole in a pet parent’s life. But when your livelihood also is intrinsically linked to the furry loves in your life, every waking moment (and even when you sleep at night) you are reminded of that absence.  But Christine did something about her pain and the result is FOREVER PAWS, a gentle and tender fable that comforts those who hurt while celebrating our cherished relationship.

I don’t have children, don’t understand ’em, can’t write for ’em (they scare me!) and almost NEVER review kid books. Although this small gift book is appropriate for children (I think–what do I know?),  it strikes a chord with this adult. I was already a fan of Christine’s other books–but this one is extreeee spashul. I hope you won’t lose the furry love of your life for a long, long time. But when it happens, Christine’s book FOREVER PAWS will help.


Cat Writers Association Annual Conference in White Plains, New York, November 17-19. Yes, folks that’s THIS COMING WEEKEND! Currently there are 11 editors/agents scheduled for one-on-one appointments, over a dozen seminars, sparkle-icity during the awards and receptions, and–oh yes–a nearby cat show. Lots of dog-centric folks and just dang fine writers of all stripes will be there.

When Can A Young Child Testify? from Dr. Doug Lyle’s forensics blog and guest blogger Leslie Budewitz

Bloody Good-And She BITES! another from Doug’s awesome blog about a woman who truly believes she’s a vampire (and sets out to prove it, ew!)

Build Tension With Physical Intimacy–In your novel, of course! Great info in time for the Na-No…aka Nonny-Nonny-BooBoo novel writing month. But seriously, Jenny Hansen nails it again.

A Sure Thing–Not! from Dystel & Goderich Literary Agency (prepare to gnash dentures)

10 Absolutely Fantastic Intensifiers You Should Really Avoid–awesome, dude!

In early November I received a delightful note from Darlene Jones, thanking me for the Tuesday Tips series on Kindle-ization. She says the tips helped her through the process publishing her novel EMBATTLED which has already garnered a positive review. Congrats, Darlene! May your book be read and enjoyed by many, and your royalty statements have commas!

KOBO (an Ebook Platform) sold to Japan’s Rakuten for $315 million. And they say there’s no money in Ebooks. Pshfffft.

Beware The Social Media Snuggie from Kristen Lamb–she knows this schtuff! And she’s funny, too. *s*

Gene Lempp has an incredible blog and each Saturday his mashup of awesomeness lists some of the best blog-icity on the planet, including priceless info for writers. Here’s the most recent blog treasures post–you’ll want to bookmark this.


Dog Seminars Directory A site that lists a variety of dog-centric seminars scheduled around the world.

Awesome dog writer Caroline Coile has launched a new blog–yay!–and you MUST read this very kewl post about 11 Famous Canine War Veterans.  The second on the list, Sgt Stubby, probably wouldn’t be welcome in many circles today. *huge sigh*

Nominate A Dog Hero  for the 2012 Dog Hero Awards through The American Humane. Categories include police, military, service, therapy, guide, and search and rescue dogs.

Susan McCullough, another talented dog writer/author, blogs over at the Northern Virginia Dog Blog about her “Nine, Going On Two” senior dog. Lovely post.

November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month with some great info from the experts at VCA Animal Hospitals, check it out! Since diabetes is often a disease of aging pets, it’s appropriate to learn about this the same month we’re encouraging “aging pet” adoptions. Learn about doggy diabetes here, and for the kitties you can learn about feline diabetes here. 

Jake the Dog Daily Blog, the life and times of a yellow lab.


How’d I get so lucky, eh? This past week a bunch of us behavior consultant types gathered together for a very tough assignment. Seems my colleague Dr. Amanda Florsheim took in a feral kitty who was “too preggers” to fix. The resulting four babies currently are about 6-7 weeks old by the time you read this. Our fantastic fun evening arduous task was to help socialize them. You can tell from the video it was a harrowing experience.

Prime kitten socialization period is 2-7 weeks so Amanda has exposed the babies to friendly dogs, kids, many adults, different locations–and scary-R-us behavior consultants. Once the pizza arrived the kits turned into cheese-heads. I still have my fingers so the bite inhibition training has worked very well.

Please contact me if you fall in furry love with one of these babies and I can arrange an intro–although I hope you’ll consider adopting a senior kitty, doggy or other fur-love in your own locale.


This month as a special “thank you” to all my furry-fantastic-followers, I’ll give away a paw-tographed copy of Complete Care for Your Aging Cat and Complete Care for Your Aging Dog. To get in the running, simply post a comment in the blog about your special pet (old fogey or not) and I’ll draw two names at the end of the month. You can use these award-winning updated books as a resource for yourself or wrap up for a pet-friendly holiday gift to a fur-loving friend. And as an EXTRA-special incentive–and to encourage all of y’all to mentor each other and spread the blogging/twitter/Facebook love–the two winners get to name one purr-son who gives them wags of support and deserves a book, too!

#AskAmy Sweet Tweets

Folks who “follow” me on Twitter are the most awesome Sweet Tweets around–they love #cats and #dogs and #pets, many #amwriting. We’ve become a great community including those in the #MyWANA social network twibe hosted by the awesome @KristenLambTX.  So I’m stealing borrowing Kristen’s methods and creating my own hashtag. Just follow and include the #AskAmy in your tweets if’n you’re interested in pithy links to articles, books, blogs, experts, fictioning and sparkle-icity!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!

Monday Mentions: Travel Tails & Celebrity Rescues

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Seren hates travel, but wants to help pack.

Are you enjoying your holiday weekend? I confess to not getting NEARLY as much work done as planned–we did get Magical-Dawg bathed, and a start on weed wacking the garden. Yep, we stayed home but I know lots of folks planned to travel. Did you take the fur-kids along with you to visit Uncle Zeke and Aunt Ethel? Car rides aren’t a problem for Magic (it’s HIS car, after all!) but reluctant furry puppy travelers may benefit from these car ride training tips.

My colleague Carol Bryant has all the must-knows on traveling with your pet. For eleven years her FIDO Friendly magazine has provided the very latest hotel and destination reviews along with health and wellness topics, dog training advice, rescue and feel-good stories, contests, and the latest pooch products to hit the market.


The AKC Companion Animal Recovery ( AKC CAR) Canine Support and Relief Fund recently awarded more than $340,000 in grants, the majority to K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. Among other things, grants fund training seminars, GPS Units, Cooling vests, safety vests & repelling harnesses, disaster agility equipment, and radios, kennels, crates, leashes & toys.

Check out the first episode of a new web series, Lifestyles of Celebrity Pets, with my colleagues Nikki Moustaki (featured interview) and series pet expert consultant Darlene Arden. Fun stuff!

 If you’re like me, you love horses–and although I don’t currently have one I am scared and anguished over the recent devastating outbreak of equine herpes. Learn more about the condition and what you can do.
The latest Pet Peeves Radio Show features the book Caring for Special Needs Pets, don’t miss it!
Best-selling thriller author James Rollins fund raiser book promo supports THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF AMERICA  to help save pet lives (nope, it’s different than HSUS). His Sigma Force saves puppies and kittens, too
This fun video puts people in the “paws” of pets for a quirky look at pet adoption–I love this! Just don’t tell Magical-Dawg about it, or he’ll swipe my car keys . . .

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions–and to stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!

Monday Mentions: Books, Ear-ie Cats & Possum Luv

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Today’s Monday Mentions is a PETpourri mashup of lots of kewl links, weird stuff, and furry fun. First up (pun intended), April is National Pet First Aid Month–so I want to give a shout-out to all the fantastic folks who teach pet parents how to help their fur-kids. Hopefully y’all got the word about Easter lilies and gifted only non-pet folks to keep these poisonous plants away from your cats and dogs.

Diane Troup contacted me years ago about using one of my books (yep, the 1st aid one) as a resource for her classes–yay! So imagine my surprise when a couple weeks ago she emailed me that she’s created CParf! and includes the book as part of her classes to continue that furry dream. How many pet lives have been saved because Diane saw a need and ran with it? Nobody wants to think about a pet emergency but if it happens, you want to be prepared!

It’s sort of like CPR for writing. Nothing sucks quite as much as finishing a manuscript that’s DOA–and anyone able to rescue-breathe life back into a project gets lots of wags and purrs. Editors have pulled my tail outta the fire more than once.

Four-eared breed? Mee-ow!

So . . . does this kitten need editing? I love Caster, this site comes up with some of the neatest feline stories–funny, strange, kewl, and…weird. For instance, check out the EARS on this little beauty! The story features two kittens, each supposedly with double sets of ears, and speculation about creating a new feline breed.

What d’ya think? Would you go for a four-eared feline? Would these kitties hear twice as well as the two-eared variety? Spontaneous mutations aren’t new–the hairless Sphynx, for instance. But should all of ’em be candidates for founding a kitty dynasty? What would you do?

Maybe that’s a question to pose to author Darlene Arden. Her latest book, the spectacular The Complete Cat’s Meow includes some of the more popular breeds (none with 4 ears!) and great info directly from breeders. Darlene is an award-winning writer, lecturer and Certified Animal Behavior Consultant who researches thoroughly and writes with flair, passion and authority for her subject. This is a book you don’t want to miss, and covers kitten-to-adult-to-senior choices, care, behavior and more.

Rather listen to a radio show, or chat up the experts yourself? Betcha Animal Café  would pounce on the topic of doggy and kitty mutations. You gotta check out this podcast/chat site, what a great concept! Every week on Monday you’ll find a new podcast interview by one of the Café’s team: Eric Goebelbecker, CPDT-KA (Dog Spelled Forward),  Dr. Lorie Huston, DVM (The Pet Health Care Gazette), Edie Jarolim, Author, Pet Travel Expert (Will My Dog Hate Me) and Mary Haight, Animal Welfare advocate  (Dancing Dog Blog). Tune in Monday night to hear interviews with authors, business owners, not-for-profits, experts and enthusiasts, people doing good things for animals. On Wednesday night at 9pm EST, the interviewed guest comes to the Chat Café to answer your questions and respond to comments.

Finally, just for some bizarre weird fun, check out this video. Y’all know that I’m a cat and dog behavior consultant but maybe I need to branch out?

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions–and to stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!