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Monday Mentions: Religious Cats, Little Dog Life Lessons & Pet Resources

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I do my best to avoid talking about politics and religion but just had to make an exception in the case of Ketzel, subject of the above book MEWSINGS: My Life as a Jewish Cat by my colleague Greta Beigel. This delightful book just got a stellar review and I had to add my SNOOPY-DANCE-‘O-JOY! to the celebration. Note: you can click on the book cover to go to the “buy” page on amazon.

What about your fur-kids? In centuries past, cats were worshiped as gods and sometimes still seem to expect that adoration. Dogs, on the other paw, sometimes treat their humans with such deference that we get too big for our britches. So what’s up with YOUR fur-kids? Are they spiritual beings? Do they meditate, celebrate or gravitate to more than the food bowl? Please share!

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 it’s all about pets.

RADIO SHOWS & MORE

Pet Peeves Radio – Women Training Dogs Camilla Gray-Nelson trains women to train their dogs–and yes, it’s a bit different than the male viewpoint. If you’re a lady with a pet dog and at the end of your leash with Fido’s antics, you’ll want to learn the tips in this show. Camilla has been training dogs and solving problems for more than 20 years and today runs Dairydell Canine Center in Northern California. She and her staff have helped more than 9000 dogs and owners from all over the United States!

Folks, if you have a suggestion for a guest or topic idea for Pet Peeves please drop me a line or post a comment to that effect. It can be funny to serious about what HISSES you off (or makes you purrrrrr and wag) about all-things-pets.

Four Legged Life with Arden Moore offers a pet community with pet care classes, a newsletter, an award-winning “Oh, Behave!” radio podcast with lots of pet-loving celebs, and more. Arden also happens to be the editor of Catnip, a publication of Tufts University (and I have the honor to write for her once in a while!).

PUPPY-LICIOUS PLUG. Those who visit this blog know I frequently share puppy-licious content from my puppies.About.com site. Maybe it’s not kewl to say it’s GREAT info…but I do have a GREAT time writing it. It’s still quite new so each month about 10-20 new articles and that many blogs (plus a weekly newsletter) get added.

HEARTWORM ALERT! Last week I added an article about canine heartworm disease and the fact that the treatment to cure the disease is in short supply. And I heard back from the American Heartworm Society (a GREAT resource for info!) asking me to share this video with more information–of course, I’m delighted to do so!

You know, of course, that cats get heartworms, too. Seren gets her preventive each month, even though she’s an indoor cat. You can find out more at the American Heartworm Society site. Franny Syufy’s cats.About.com site also offers top notch cat specific content. I had the good fortune to work with Franny last year as the contributing writer on cat behavior. Franny’s site has been around about 15 years so you can image the wealth of info she’s got, check it out!

GORILLA OF MY HEART? UC Davis School of Vet Medicine Newsletter has all kinds of great animal-istic information and special thanks to Lynn Narlesky who keeps me plugged in the fascinating latest. Check out one of the features about a HUMAN virus found in gorillas. Can you say “medical thriller plot?”

HORSING AROUND. Fertility vaccine for wild horse birth control, a study from the awesome folks at Morris Animal Foundation.

DOGGY TESTIMONY. My German dog-writing colleague Bernd Guenter pointed out this neat story about a dog helping rape victims testify in court–and how it’s being challenged. Incidentally if you ever need fanTAStic dog photos, check out Bernd’s books and Berner pictures–just awesome!

DOG FIGHT AP? EWWW! Some of y’all have been following the story about the dog fighting ap–yes, there’s an AP for that, apparently. No one has opposed it more strenuously than my colleague Steve Dale who offers details in his blog. And another colleague, Susan Conant, tracked down the link to report and request that offensive aps be taken down–check it out here.

GOOD NEWS FOR PET PASSPORTS. Apparently your pets no longer need to endure 6-month rabies antibody rechecks when imported to the UK–here’s the details about the new rules on pet passports.

LIFE LESSONS and Little Dogs, a most touching blog post by Catie Rhodes

TAKE YOUR CAT to the VET WEEK sponsored by PetFinder.com invites you to take the furry pledge! You don’t need a pet passport to do the right thing by your cat. Stay tuned for more about this later in the week…

Whew–it’s clear that the critters took over today’s Monday Mentions. I’ve got a slew of publishing/writing tips–so many that I’ll share them on tomorrow’s blog.

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!

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.

MORE MONDAY MENTIONS!

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!

Thoughtful Thursday: Mailing Pups and Valentine’s Love

Tell me that face doesn't say "Valentine's Love!"

Welcome to Thoughtful Thursday—a now-and-then blog that asks the burning question:

Just WHAT were they THINKING?!

Gift giving should be a joyous event for both the giver and the recipient. And I can’t fault a loving parent for wanting to make her child’s birthday wishes come true. Did you read the news article about the Minneapolis woman gifting her child with a puppy? Awwwwww…

It’s all in the delivery. See, she put four-month-old Schauzer mix (“Guess”) in a box, taped it up, and tried to mail the pup to Atlanta. Priority Mail. Sealed box. No air holes. As my dad would say, “Right thoughty of her!”

Thank heavens postal workers discovered Guess. Puppy is all right. Woman has been charged with animal cruelty. But now she wants the pup back. Gee, wonder what she’ll do for a Valentine’s Day surprise?

Pet lovers often delight in “thoughty” gifts for their cat or dog. You can’t go wrong with a pet care book, or maybe a wholesome treat or toy for the cat or dog. They’re easy to mail, too. After all, it’s what we do for the people and pets we love.

As my Valentine’s gift to readers, my next newsletter has free links to some of my favorite cat and dog home care and behavior tips, plus the latest free Pet Peeves radio shows. I’ll also give away autographed copies of my kitten, aging cat, aging dog and PetiQuette books to four lucky subscribers to my Pet Peeves newsletter, going out tomorrow afternoon—so there’s time to subscribe!  

Woofs & Purrs,

amy

Pet Peeves Newsletter, First Issue

The first issue, sent this past Friday, has received rave reviews. It’s the same title as my podcast  and the two go together paw-in-glove. A winner of one of my autographed pet titles will be chosen the last day of each month from current subscribers. That means, if you’ve not yet signed up, there’s still time before the first drawing. Winners may even get a photo of their pet featured in the next issue.

Meander over to the htt://www.shojai.com site, click on the Newsletter page, and sign up. Lots of fun stuff in the works, and I don’t want you to miss out.

Nope, sorry, I can’t offer one-on-one pet advice through the newsletter–there just ain’t enuff hours in the day! But any feedback or suggestions for topics will be considered for a future issue.

 best,

amy

Pet Peeves Radio Shows

What HISSES you off about cats and dogs (or other pets)? The issues-oriented PET PEEVES weekly half hour podcast on www.petliferadio.com has become a wonderfully fun time!

So far, I’ve interviewed David Frei, the “voice” of the Westminster Dog Show, to find out if those frou-frou dogs have any brains beneath the poof. Check out “Only a Pretty Face?” and see if you agree or disagree with the experts.

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, my second show features the president of the American Veterinary Dental Society with tips on how to freshen up Boo-Boo’s nasty breath and prevent heart disease at the same time!

Next up will be “THE COST OF LOVE?” with a heavy-hitting discussion about expense of veterinary care.

I hope that any of the Red Room authors who happen to have a book that includes a pet–or a pet issue–will contact me about being a future guest. Woofs and purrs and see you on the radio!

amy

Radio “Pet Peeves” Show

Today I taped the first of what I hope will be many interesting and exciting radio pod-casts. PET PEEVES can be found at www.petliferadio.com and I’ll have a new show and guests each week for the half hour.

As a writer who routinely interviews for research when writing nonfiction books and articles, it felt pretty darn comfortable doing the same thing for the show. Of course, I invited an incredibly media-savvy first guest, David Frei, who co-hosts the Westminster Kennel Club Show each year.

The most difficult issue for me–I like to talk, too. I need to conciously shutup and make airtime for the guest to speak. And it’s a bit tricky knowing when they’ve finished a thought. I don’t want to talk over them with the next question or comment. It sounds bad and just flat ain’t polite.

Hope y’all will tune in and let me know what you think. This is an adventure for me, one I hope others enjoy, too. Authors of pet books should contact me about being a guest. Or if your novel includes a cat or dog, love to work up a show around that as well.