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Feline Friday: National Hairball Awareness Day

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That blue bed is as hairy as Seren-Kitty!

Do you know what today is?  It’s National Hairball Awareness Day! RomeoTheCat and FURminator are once again co-sponsoring an event to bring attention to this big-hairy-deal.

Have you ever discovered the latest squishy “kitty creation” by stepping on it, barefoot, at 3 a.m.? Ewww!

Cats, and some dogs (Pomeranian owners, am I right?!) swallow fur during self-grooming. Hopefully it ends up in the litter box or yard. But when it comes out the other end, the cat vomits hotdog or cigar-shaped hairballs.

Cats spend 30% of their lives grooming.

 Shedding season increases the odds kitty will “urk” more often, especially in longhair cats. The techie term for hairball is a “bezoar.”   I warn you, don’t click that link until after breakfast. I’m not posting a picture cuz I don’t want readers to “urk.” (Turns out, humans get bezoars, too, Ewww!)

I’m fortunate that Seren has short fur, but even that can accumulate and be swallowed. We kid that fur in a pet home should be considered a condiment, but if kitty swallows too much, it stops up the system. Baseball-size hairballs have been removed from cats. Most cases won’t need surgery, though, and most hairballs can be easily eliminated.

That's a wad won't go into the cat, or stain my carpet on the way out.

The no-brainer solution is to groom kitty and pull off the fuzz before it gets swallowed. I have grooming tools–the dog Furminator (above) is awesome and works especially well on the Magical-Dawg. (I don’t even wanna think what size bezoars he’d produce!)

I received a kitty-size Furminator to test on Seren-kitty for this month. She is IN LOVE…I have the handy grooming tool next to my chair. Each evening Seren arrives for a session of lap-snuggling and purr-icity while the kitty Furminator massages her whiskers to tail. She has not “urked” up a hairball this whole month, ever since we began getting rid of the extra fuzzies.

Here are more ways to manage hairballs. Do your cats get hairballs? What do you do to prevent ’em? What about your DOGS and hairballs? Cats that groom dog friends increase their hairball risk, too. Do your fur-kids like or loathe grooming. What are some tricks you use to keep a handle on fuzzy-icity? Please share!

Groom the cat. The cheapest, easiest hairball cure is to regularly comb and brush your cat. Any hair you remove won’t be swallowed to end up staining your upholstery. The Furminator eliminates up to 90 percent of shed fur.

Feed a hairball diet. A variety of commercial products are designed to prevent hairballs. They include extra nondigestible fiber. That helps push swallowed hair through the digestive tract, so it is eliminated naturally with each bowel movement.

Add some fiber. If you’d rather not switch foods, just add fiber to kitty’s regular diet. Mix in a teaspoon of plain bran or Metamucil to canned meals. Flaxseeds or psyllium husks, available in health food stores, also act as natural laxatives and work well. Add ¼ teaspoon of flaxseeds or psyllium for every meal.

Offer pumpkin. Canned pumpkin—the plain type, not for pies—is very rich in fiber and cats often love the taste. Get a jumbo-size can, and divide into teaspoon-size servings and freeze in an ice cube tray. Thaw one serving at a time, mixing into the regular food or offer as a treat once or twice a week.

Give a bit of honey. If your cat doesn’t appreciate canned pumpkin, you can offer a natural laxative, two or three times a week. Combine raw oatmeal, honey, and olive oil into a paste. Offer one to two tablespoons as a treat when hairballs are a problem.

Lubricate the gut. Butter will make your cat purr, but it won’t help hairballs. Digestible fats like butter can cause diarrhea and usually get absorbed before they can move the problem out. Instead, offer non-medicated petroleum jelly. It looks nasty but many pets like the taste. It will coat the hairball to make it slide more easily out of the system. If kitty refuses to accept a finger-full scraped into his mouth, just spread the jelly on his paw so he has to lick it off as he grooms. Commercial hairball remedies often add salmon or malt flavoring to similar petrolatum products. Take care to follow label instructions or your veterinarian’s advice, though. Overuse of these products can interfere with the pet’s use of fat-soluble vitamins.

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? 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 excerpts from the forthcoming THRILLER, LOST & FOUND, and pet book give-aways!

Tuesday Tips: Safety for Doggy Table Moochers

Magic day 3

"Can I have a taste?"

Tuesday Tips has been the day for everything from cat and dog quick advice to writerly series on everything from Indy Kindle publishing and advice from best-selling authors to Media Training. This week I prepare to attend the Cat Writers’ Association Conference and also have a few timely topical posts (see tomorrow’s Pet ‘Net Event!). So since the Woof Wednesday blog got hijacked by the cats, it’s only fair that today’s Tuesday Tips goes to the dawgs. And the topic is one of my fur-family’s favorites.

FOOD.

But first you have to get to the treat party.

Holiday Travel

Will you travel to a relative’s home for the upcoming holiday events? My Magic wants to remind you–DON’T FORGET THE DOG! They’re part of the family, too. And unlike cats who often despise new places/people/pets–more on that on tomorrow’s blog–dogs seem to relish family gatherings. For those with canines who have problems with car rides, you can start training now with these car ride tips for dogs and he’ll be ready to roll by Thanksgiving. And yes, you’ll see the Magical-Dawg in the article’s picture in HIS car!

tibetan spaniel

Dogs perfect the "I'm starving!" look.

It doesn’t have to be the holidays for us to want to treat our dogs. Magic has three favorites in his life–car rides, Frisbee and TREATS. We love to indulge ourselves-and them-and are careful to avoid poisoning pets with high-risk foods like chocolate, macadamia nuts, avocados, or raisons/grapes. Artificial sweeteners keep owners lean, but any goodies sweetened with Xylitol could cause canine liver failure. There also are some people foods that we relish that can land our dogs in the hospital–or worse! Some table food can actually KILL your fur-kid. Learn about the high-risk treats here, along with some first-aid tips just in case.

Why is it that dogs beg? Are they really all that hungry? Heck, Magic even begs for green beans and then spits them out. Puppies are notorious moochers so if you have a new fur-kid, take a moment to read these puppy-specific tips on why puppies beg. Learn ways to safely treat puppies without turning them into begging fools.

When the aroma of baking and roasting turns on the doggy drool, what human foods are safe for dogs to snack on? Actually, dogs have been eating the same foods people do for centuries and not only live to tell about it, they thrive. And holistic vets often recommend some of these foods for a more natural way to treat your doggy best friend. The latest Paw Nation article explains about 10 Healthy Table Foods your dog can eat–right in time for the howl-lidays!

Helping the Medicine Go Down

You can find out even more “natural remedies” for your fur-kids in my book New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs & Cats–I just found out it’s available on Kindle, too. And on a related note, if you have a pet that needs medicine, there’s a nifty way to help the medicine go down–with veterinary compounding. I just interviewed a very kewl pharmacist who has all sorts of Pupcicles with pain and antibiotics combined, peanut-flavored treatments for parrots, and transdermal (through the skin) ointments so you don’t have to pill your cat. You can listen on my latest Pet Peeves radio show Helping The Medicine Go Down.

Have happy–and SAFE–holiday meals for your entire family, furry and otherwise.

SPECIAL THANKS

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 @amyshojai and @About_Puppies 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!

Woof Wednesday: That Bites! Keep Halloween Fangs At Bay

Beware werewolves in doggy clothing!

Next Monday is Halloween–are you and your dogs ready? What about your kids? Sure, you and your kids are comfy around your own pets, but what about the strange dogs they’ll meet while trick-or-treating?

Dog bites injure nearly 5 million people every year. Half of all kids in the United States get bitten by age 12, and five-to-nine-year-old boys are at highest risk. You can prevent dog bites, it doesn’t have to happen. Most dog bites result from inappropriate interaction with the family pet, with a neighbor’s or a friend’s dog—or even your puppy.

Many dogs enjoy the holidays. Nonstop doorbell rings and visitors showering attention may be doggy bliss for your pet. But even friendly, laid-back pooches get their tails in a twist over the disruption to routine. That can be dangerous for pets and for people.

Dogs recognize people by smell but also by sight. A dog may not recognize a favorite human behind that Halloween mask. Miniature goblins, witches and other ghoulish visitors often are strange children he won’t know. A flowing cape or sparkly fairy wings can be scary. A frightened dog easily mistakes a waving “light saber” or pitch fork as a weapon aimed to hurt. Halloween can increase your child’s risk for a dog bite–so refer to my latest Paw Nation article for Tips to Prevent Halloween Dog Bites.

PULLING THEIR FANGS–NOT LITERALLY

Don’t forget to train the dog! All dogs bite and chew, but it’s important to teach bite inhibition and stop puppy biting before it gets out of hand. What’s baby-cute or aggravating in your new pup becomes dangerous once he grows up. One accidental bite could label your pet as a “dangerous dog” and result in an expensive lawsuit, increased insurance rates, and costly medical bills. Teaching bite inhibition not only protects people and prevents heartbreak, it could save your dog’s life. You can learn more about how to teach your puppy (or adult dog–it works on the big guys, too!) how to pull their toothy punches and inhibit bites.

Please share! This info can save kids and pets any time of the year, not just at Halloween. But for more Halloween safety tips for your dog in this Halloween Ideas for Puppies roundup, including costume tips and first aid for too much candy.

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!

Woof Wednesday: Howl-oween Spook-tacular

Spooky Beckett

What does he see? Do you REALLY want to know?

Early people honored animals with cave paintings, worshipped them as gods, and felt awed by their mysterious ways. Even though dogs have become our partners and beloved companions, a mournful howl or puzzling behavior still can shiver your spine, especially around Halloween.

These 10 blood-chilling legends of demon dogs and ghostly saviors, creation fables and ancient gods have both reviled and celebrated man’s best friend. But is there any truth to these tales? Don’t ask the dog, he’s keeping his secrets safe!

Speaking of trick or treats, PLEASE be aware that chocolate can POISON your pet! It’s scary how something that tastes so good can be so dangerous, but puppies and chocolate are a deadly combination. With Halloween just two weeks away, many families will have lots of trick-or-treat candy in the house. Be sure to keep all of it out of reach, and refer to this article on warning signs and first aid tips for chocolate poisoning.

On the fun side of Halloween, maybe your dog wants to play dress up for the howl-iday? Does he want to channel his inner were-wolf? Does she enjoy “glamming” up for Halloween? Teach him to accept wearing that wild-and-crazy outfit (and overcome the embarrassment!) with these 7 pet costume training tips. But if he’s reluctant and you still want the dog to be festive, check out these 7 easy Halloween costumes for pups.

Does your dog howwwwwwllllll like the Hound of the Baskervilles? Magical-Dawg howls…when I sing. Check out the Ask Amy on the prowl about howls.

Have you ever seen a ghost dog? I have! My first dog–the reason I became a pet writer–died on Halloween night and a strange black cat came and stood over his body and yowled–and over that weekend I saw him and felt him jump on the bed. And no, it didn’t shiver my soul, it gave me a strange comfort he’d said goodbye. My colleague Dusty Rainbolt interviewed me about this on her very first Paranormal Pets radio podcast.  Since that time Dusty has posted 50 ghostly, ghoulish, uplifting, awesome shows about paranormal pets–be sure to check them out!

What are your Halloween favorites? How do your pets react? Will they be involved in the festivities this year? Please share!

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!

Woof Wednesday: Canine Senility Cure?

Dogs aged 11 to 16 are most likely to develop Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), sort of the doggy version of Alzheimer’s Disease. CCD is a medical condition in which a starch-like waxy protein called beta amyloid collects in the brain and causes behavior changes.

There actually are some ways to treat CCD in dogs–and reverse the signs, at least temporarily. Special dog foods such as Hill’s Prescription Diet bd and Purina ProlPlan Senior 7+ Original include a mix of antioxidants that help “feed” the brain. There’s also a natural supplement called Cholodin, and a drug called Anipryl that work well for some dogs. I discuss many of these options in my Pet Care-Cutting Edge Medicine book as well as Complete Care for Your Aging Dog.

But the biggie–the easiest thing you can do for your dog–is to make them think! That old adage “use it or lose it” works for pets, too. Here’s my latest Paw Nation article with 7 tips to keep doggy brains youthful.

How do you keep your “old dog” connected to life? Do you take him with you to the park or to visit Grandma? How about practicing obedience commands or tricks and games? What if you’ve adopted a shy pooch who hates the leash–like the folks in this Ask Amy video–what other suggestions would you have for Bob?

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!

Woof Wednesday: Storks, Babies & Separation Anxiety

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Baby & Dog

How do YOUR "human pups" get along with the dogs? (Image Copr. Sebastien Garnier)

Whether you’re an expectant parent or grandparent, a new baby can bring joy into your life. But what does a newborn mean for the animals you’ve lived with for years?

Dogs used to adults may not recognize babies as the same species. Newborns and toddlers sound scary, smell funny, and seem to evict pets from your lap because they divert a favorite human’s attention. Here are tips to help you persuade your dogs to welcome babies as part of their family. The latest Paw Nation article offers tips on how to encourage your dog to welcome Baby into the home.

How have you managed the fur-kids when you became pregnant? Did the dog act differently? What was his or her reaction when the baby came home? Was it love at first sight or did the dog drag his furry heels accepting the “interloper?”

I’m always amazed at the folks who share their lives with a wonderful canine companion for years and years–and then decide to “get rid of him” because of the baby! Did you know that infants and kids brought up with pets are LESS LIKELY to develop allergies to them? There are wonderful programs available to help like my colleague Jennifer Shryock’s Dogs & Storks (awesome I love it!) and the free pamphlet from American Humane called Pets Meet Baby.

Safety is always an issue, of course. Teaching children how to interact properly with dogs is as important as the fur-kid learning good kid-manners. You should teach puppy bite inhibition whether you have kids or not. These additional dog bite prevention tips can help you and your kids learn how to be safe around your own dogs and strange dogs.

Adopting a new friend?

Once your dog accepts the infant as a member of the family, a wonderful relationship can blossom. When its a young dog, the kids and pup can grow up together. But that means dogs that become very attached also can suffer when the child loses interest in the pet–or goes away to school. Yep, it’s back-to-school time and especially for puppies acquired over the summer, you may notice some separation behaviors from the little guy. After all, if for the first months of his life he had constant company and attention from the kids and they leave all day for school or–HORRORS!–move away to college, what’s a lonely dog to do? Here are some tips for dealing with separation anxiety and behaviors.

Are your dogs upset that school started? How does their behavior change? Do you have tips to share to help them feel better until the kids come home? Please share!

A great relationship with dogs can result in something like the trust and joy exhibited in this video. Enjoy!

 

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Be sure to get your requests in the comments. Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, 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!

Woof Wednesday: When Pets Hate Your Soulmate

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Who would you pick? The pet or the date?

When love is in the air, everyone’s happy, right? So why did the cat hiss and baptize his shoes? What’s up when your dog growls at his voice? Why can’t your pet love your soul-mate as much as you?

And if your new soul-mate says, “CHOOSE, it’s ME or the PET…” what’s your answer?

Any change of routine can threaten your pet’s sense of security. When you spend time with your new love, the dog or cat misses you and feels lonely–and you smell weird, like that stranger! Dogs and cats often feel proprietary toward their owners and take offense at new people invading their territory.

After all, our dogs and cats love us unconditionally. They don’t care if we have bad breath, or had a bad day at work, or we change our socks. Actually the Magical-Dawg is a sock fanatic and the more aromatic the better! Puppies show their love in any number of ways. And adult cats and dogs show love in surprising and sometimes annoying ways–like chewing up your favorite shoes or peeing on the pillow.

Angry Blue Eyed Grey Cat

I’ve heard from readers with some amazing stories about pets ‘dissing’ their owner’s significant others. Even a couple stories about a pet telling on an unfaithful relationship. On the other paw, I also know pets can bring people together and become furry matchmakers. Heck, our dogs and cats want us to be happy and it’s not surprising pets think THEY are the key to that happiness. Hey, we include them in our birthdays and holidays, right?

In fact, my colleague, best-selling author Eve Adamson understands this about pets and is writing an article about including your dog in your winter holiday festivities in creative ways. She’s looking for dog owners to interview but wants to talk to non-writers.  She says, “Could be anything from making up a dog stocking to marching in a holiday parade or caroling with dog or whatever.” You can contact her about your doggy festivities at eadamson@mchsi.com.

Back in April I posted an Ask Amy video on the topic of pets and date hate that drew so much attention, I had to write an article about it. The key to getting pets to switch on the fuzzy love is to turn that STRANGER DANGER moment into adoration by romancing the pets, too.

How would you do that? Bribes? What floats your pet’s boat? Have you had successes (or failures) with pets in your romantical experiences?

Check out my latest Paw Nation article, where you’ll find tips to convince the cat and dog to welcome him–or her–into the family. And here’s a re-run of that Ask Amy video that got all the attention, enjoy!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? I’m nearly ready to record a bunch of new ones, so be sure to get your requests in the comments. 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!

Furry Friday: ComPETability & Seeing Eye to Eye

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2011: Back in the Water!

"Racy Mooner" cools off, courtesy of Lisa-Maria Padilla.

It’s too darn hot–and even the cats know it. When the temps hit 102 degrees, my colleague Lisa-Maria spread a towel on the deck to protect tender kitty paws, set up a kiddy pool and . . . well, at least one of the clowder accepted the invite. You can click on the pic to see the other cats’ reactions.

Dogs react a bit differently–at least, my Magical-Dawg does. You can check out his summertime fun in the video (below), and these days the cat thinks he’s insane. But nothing new about that. Most cats don’t “get” everything about dogs. And dogs remain pretty clueless about cats, too. If we’re lucky, they still get along fine and just figure the aliens have landed. That’s why I wrote my book ComPETability.

Our pets simply don’t see the world in the same way. Literally. For instance, the eyes of cats and dogs are quite similar to our own, but how are they different?

The cat has the largest eyes of any meat eater; if our own eyes were proportionally the same, human eyes would be eight inches across. But it goes beyond the looks-pun intended. In fact, the way pets see influences how they interact with each other-and with us. This Paw Nation article offers some insight (whoops, there’s another pun…I’d say “sorry” but I’m not. *s*) on seeing eye to eye.

Do your cats or dogs watch TV? Or do they have trouble finding that teeny-tiny last kibble in the bowl? How else are cats and dogs different? Betcha dogs would welcome that climbing and leaping ability that cats manage with poetry-like finesse. And I betcha cats would really like to be like dogs in…wait…well…

Nope. Cats have no dogmatic aspirations whatsoever. (Seren made me write that–I think she saw the video, below).

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? I’m nearly ready to record a bunch of new ones, so be sure to get your requests in the comments. 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!

Feline Friday: Got Herb? Kitty Catnip Delights

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Honest, I didn't inhale...well maybe a little..."

I have no doubt that catnip prompted the Cheshire Cat’s grin. My cat Seren wears the same expression when she indulges. But why do cats find this nondescript herb so attractive? Is it a kitty aphrodisiac, a harmless pleasure or something more sinister?

Nepeta cataria, or catnip, is a strong-scented mint that contains a volatile oil that’s easily released into the air. Biting or rolling on the plant crushes the leaves and releases the oil so cats can get a good sniff. It doesn’t take much. Cats can detect catnip oil in the air at saturations as low as one part per billion. Seren-kitty (in the picture above) can ferret out fresh herb through several layers of shopping bags. I never knew she liked the stuff until some really potent catnip came home with me from the Cat Writers Conference and she went wild.

Do your cats react to catnip? What about other substances? I’ve known some cats that show the same reaction to honeysuckle slices–pieces of the wood–or to other mints, and even a few who rolled and yowled for olives! Here’s more about how catnip works like LSD detailed in my latest Paw Nation article about catnip. And here’s a repeat of an Ask Amy that fits right in with the them.

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Thoughty Thursday: SEX!!! SEXity-SEX-SEX-SEX!

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"SEX? Whutz that? Iz a baby..."

Now I’m waiting for the spam-cops to come arrest me. *looking around, tapping foot, looking at watch…* Well c’mon now, I don’t have all day. SEX-SEX-SEX!!!

*twiddling thumbs, whistling, ROLLING EYES*

I had another blog planned but will bump it to Furry Friday. This afternoon I’ve spent hours playing SEX-games with iContact, the formerly neato-torpedo Email software for my newsletter Pet Peeves. In the interest of improving customer service they’ve upgraded the software.

Damn.

I’m low-tech. Once I learn something, I don’t want to re-learn all the bells and whistles. Maybe they’ve gotten more complaints and iContact does pride itself on low-to-no “spam” complaints. I don’t even subscribe you. Folks need to subscribe themselves to my newsletter–I don’t subscribe you unless you ask, and most everyone subscribes themselves.

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Yep, that was my reaction, too.

So today after jumping through hoops, re-doing the issue several times because the !@#$%^&U! software refused to SAVE as in the past, I finally prepared to SEND. And was told that it had the word SEX and therefore would be recognized as spam.

I could either FIX the word (oh, you nasty thang, you!), or could send it to their spam-cops for review for up to 30 minutes.

Folks, I couldn’t find the word SEX anywhere in the newsletter articles. Newsletter was already late going out. But no choice–So I submitted for review, then discovered the type/formatting (from the UPGRADE) made the test newsletter look wonky. So once it came back with the SEX-issue approved, I had to change a couple of things.

That meant it had to go back for a SEX review again. (Nope, still didn’t find the offending NASTY word…)

Finally the newsletter was sent. I also sent several irate notes complaining and received back quite cordial answers with a screen-shot of the SEX word circled.

HORRORS! I’d suggested choosing a new pet of the opposite SEX (blush, toe-digging, quelle embarrassment!). So iContact was right, I was wrong and all my subscribers got their SEX-FIX this evening.

That’ll put a wag in their tails. Ahem. So to speak.

I suspect that this SEX-ridden blog will rank incredibly high in SEO. Because last I checked, google wasn’t nearly as pure as iContact. Bravo to such companies doing their part to fight spam, but holy crappiocca, Batman! When puppy dawgs and kitty cats cain’t have no fun, just what SEX-ploitation will be next?

Oh, and the next Pet Peeves newsletter may get a new schedule. Because folks, I’m all SEXED out…sorta kinda in a way…

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–or maybe not!