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Monday Mentions: Pet Writers, Ghost Hunters & Doggy Feelings

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Today’s blog is a real mixed bag of furry fun and writerly advice. First off, a shout-out to a terrific magazine, THE WRITER and journalist Melissa Hart who interviewed me for a neato-torpedo July story on Writing For Pet Magazines.Melissa also is a journalism teacher University of Oregon. Recently she wrote me, “I talked about your career in class today, and for some students, the whole world just opened up.  “You can write about cat poop, and someone will pay you?  Cool!”

Yes, you CAN write about poop–and cats, and dogs and more–and live your pet dreams. I’m not the only one.

Musetta inspires Clea Simon.

Check out mystery author Clea Simon’s blog “Cats & Crime & Rock & Roll” for the latest on her cat (and dog) theme mysteries, publishing, and…yes,  music. You see, the main character Theda Krakow is a music critic ably assisted by her furry friends. Clea gets some of her inspurrrr-ation from Musetta, above.

For those looking to expand their expertise, connect socially, and market with like-minded souls, LinkedIn is THE place to be. Yes, I know, you’re already connected to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and all the rest–but the business folks gather at the LinkedIn watering hole. You can learn how to become an expert on Linked In–my colleague and terrific blogger/writer Jenny Hansen has all the must-knows on her blog “Cowbell–You Need More Of It.”

Train your dog to be a ghost hunter...really???!

Everybody knows that cats–and dogs–see and detect things humans can’t, including GHOSTS! (cue scary music…) But would you want to train your dog to be a ghost hunter? More information here–provided purely for informational purposes. *s*

I wonder if dogs play with ghostly toys–according to the above, they do feel ghostly tummy rubs. But for REAL pet toys that can’t be beat, check out the Kong Company which has both dog toys and cat toys.

Environmentally friendly concerns? I love Planet Dog products–made from recycled materials with a nifty foundation that funds dog-related endeavors.

Come have fun and support DREAM Dachshund Rescue! The Georgia Dachshund Races 2011 will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2011. See for more information. Race your doxie! Costume contest! Doxie coat contests! Vendor booths! Program with sponorships, ads, and other information.

And for some pure fun–channel your inner dog. Here’s a look at the pet-human bond through the eyes and feelings of a dog. I kid you not! Enjoy.

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Woof Wednesday: Social Media, Pee-Mail & Doggy Wishes

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Cosmo Rules at Barkworld Expo!

Today it’s all about social media–you’re reading a blog that’s also linked to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and all of my inner demons (bwaaa-hahahaha!). I’ve mentioned before that Kristen Lamb’s blog and email course on social media kicked my blogging ass-ets into gear, and my friend and marketing maven Margie Morris urged me to share sparkle-icity via video (as in yesterday’s blog).

So is it any wonder the DAWGS want in on the action? They’re social butterflies anyway, and now they’ve graduated from Pee-Mail to Barkworld, their own social media conference.  More than 40 percent of US households share their lives, popcorn and beds with a furry wonder. We oooooh and awwwwww over cute-and-fuzzy pictures and share doggy stories with each other. At the end of September, dog lovers will learn better how to stay socially connected and keep the virtual fur flying in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Magic-Mobile is ready to roll...

Magical-dawg wants to go–but I think he’s more interested in a road trip than a paw-top computer connection. Besides, the cat won’t let him get near the desktop. I’ve been spending lots of time in my office preparing for a major hush-hush(puppy) project and upcoming speaking engagements, so he’s feeling a bit put upon.

Do your dogs like the car or does it send them howling in horror? My first dog cried and trembled the entire time. I think Magic would drive if he had opposable thumbs able to insert the key in the ignition. Do you take yours with you on vacation, or leave ’em behind? By the way, if’n you’re traveling with pets during April, Red Roof Inn has a 15 percent off special.

Just for fun, wanted to share this video of dogs having a ball doing all sorts of doggy things, courtesy of Critter Concepts and benefiting Make A Wish Foundation. And also just for fun–if your dog could have his/her wish, what would it be? (I think Magic would vote for thumbs…)

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!