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Monday Mentions: Cat Fonts, Book Reviews & Animal Stars

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Some of this “schtuff” can be hard to categorize and may fit more than one topic so I urge you to at least scan them all.

For the next three nights we’ll be rehearsing and fine-tuning the premier performances this Thursday, Friday and Saturday of KURVES, THE MUSICAL! Last week our preview performance received raves, and we got a GREAT REVIEW in Sunday’s paper, yee-haw! (see comments on the KURVES page) and ticket sales continue to be enthusiastic. But I know that I’ll be worthless this week, and am grateful to two terrific guest bloggers who will provide your Woof Wednesday and Feline Friday furry fixes while I pursue thespian endeavors.

Meanwhile, I’ve been busy creating more puppy-licious content (some of it listed, below). To start the blog off on the right paw, check out these two new books by awesome colleagues and authors. Whether you have the urge to gift a pet-loving friend with a title, or indulge yourself, you can’t get better.

They say that confession is good for the soul–and Alia Zobel Nolan channels her ‘inner dog’ to get to the bottom of some of your furry miscreant’s antics. This fun gift book with gorgeous photos is great fun and leave you second guessing your own dogs’ motivation. Read my review here. Oh, and for the cat-centric folks, Allia has another great companion book titled I’d Rather Be A Cat: The Official “Better Than Dogs” Cat Book.

Touching, inspirational stories abound in David Frei’s latest book. Angel On A Leash celebrates therapy dogs as well as the therapy dog organization of the same name. Check out my review here.


The Publishing Pole Vault, from traditionally to self publishing, interesting blog

Giving Away Books–Huh? Here’s why it’s a good thing

Bob Mayer on Story Ideas & Conflict, a must-do online workshop!

Why Poets Should Avoid Agents

William Bernhardt Writer Workshops

Left Coast Crime Conference 2012 in Sacramento!

Writers League of Texas Agent Conference

2012 Oklahoma Book Awards Finalists Named

WG2E–New Online Bulletin Board for Self-Pub’d Writers


Prevent Sinning with The Sin Collar from the awesome blogger Jenny Hansen…where does she find this stuff!?

Cats As Fonts This could go under any of the cat-egories today.


World Spay Day February 28

FixNation is an LA-based nonprofit that works with more than 7,000 volunteers to implement TNR (trap-neuter-return) of feral cats. They loan traps out to the community, teach volunteers how to trap and provide information about colony management and seek funding to maintain this level of outreach. To date, they’ve “fixed” more than 65,000 cats and also offers low-cost services for companion cats.

Cat Hero Saves Owner’s Life Hours After Adoption! You may have heard of diabetic-alert dogs–well here’s a cat doing the same thing, and more!

Ohio Pit Bull Discrimination Ends

Animal Abuser Registry?

Where Do Research Cats & Dogs Come From? You’d be surprised…or maybe not. New rules …

Toxoplasmosis–the Truth! neat info from the Worms and Germs blog

Westminster Benching Moves from the Gardens!

Hybrid Vigor? Baloney! Interesting article from a vet, no less.

Update on Canine Heartworm Disease, in honor of February being American Heart Health Month.You can also help support feline heart health with donations to the Winn Feline Foundation’s Ricky Fund that seeks solutions to feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

February is National Pet Dental Care Month so check out these articles on puppy teething (when does it STOP!), a how-to primer on brushing puppy teeth, and an informative article on canine dental health.

5th annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event More than 200 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., as well as Canada and Puerto Rico, are estimated to provide free sight-saving eye exams to thousands of eligible service animals. Registration for service animal owners and handlers begins April 1, 2012 at

Birdy Movie Star! visits Dr. Rayya, you don’t want to miss this gorgeous parrot

MORE Animal Stars in time for scene stealing awards

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: Funds for Shelters & Furry Blog-icity

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Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and blogs and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. So I had to share this lovely picture taken by photographer Sherry Aldritch Sineath posted in my Flickr Kitty Publishing group. There’s also a  Puppy Publishing group on Flicker, and the picture (below) is courtesy of Summer Whyte. A number of these great pictures will also get posted over at the Puppies site but of course you can post ‘em directly there with details about your baby dog’s gotcha day and more. Please don’t be shy about sending me your own links or suggestions for others to highlight. Today’s blog is a major shout-out and SNOOPY-DANCE-‘O-JOY! to a whole passel of pet-savvy writers and animal advocates doing the work of the angels.

Pepsi and Pup

ADOPTASHELTER.COM  Chris Ruben and his team have just launched an awesome website that fund-raises for animal shelters. What’s neat about it is you get to choose the shelter–you can add your own shelter, too–and then simply shop for whatever you want from the store-partners (amazon, petmeds, Kmart, Office Depot and 400 more!). Every time a purchase is made through, 100% of the amount displayed is donated to the animal organization or shelter chosen by the shopper. The shelter gets a donation, the site gets a small percentage and the pets win because their volunteers can concentrate on helping cats and dogs instead of beating the bushes for donations. It’s free for you to use the service, there’s no login or password required, they DON’T collect your information–it’s all for the animals. They’re already getting some media attention.

VETSTREET.COM is a new site with some awesome content and contributors–you’ll recognize Dr. Marty Becker and there are a host of savvy veterinarian and animal-expert journalist contributing to the site. They’ve also got an online pet products store which I discovered also links to my own vet’s “pet portal” so Magic and Seren health records are available for ordering authorized prescriptions. Kewl beans!

DR. RAYYA’S ONLINE VETERINARY JOURNAL  offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into caring for our pets. I just discovered her blog and it’s well worth the follow.

CHARLIE, THE THERAPY DOG lives with Patricia Tirrell. She writes a kewl blog called A Dog’s Life and you don’t want to miss this amazing and touching story about Charlie–a blind beagle who provides furry inspiration and love to friends and strangers alike.

MORRIS ANIMAL FOUNDATION does so much for animals–pets as well as wildlife–I’m always excited to read their news. Some of their funded studies look for ways to develop DNA tests for diagnosing kitty cancer, as well as using genetic markers in dogs to breed-and-avoid genetic diseases to improve doggy health. Morris Animal Foundation also funds research to help sea otters and sea lions.

CAT HOUSE RENTAL? ME-OWY NICE! My colleague Jane Denny, creator of  THE PRIDE Cartoon starring Crazy Johnny (the cat) inherited 18+ cats when her mother passed away. She couldn’t sell the NYC house and evict the cats, so she did the next best thing–she turned the house in Queens into a DESTINATION for vacationers who love cats.

Finally, huge CONGRATULATIONS to all the nominees and winners of the PETTIES, awards presented from Dog Time Media to some of the best pet bloggers around. They were presented at BlogPaws Conference this past week and I’m proud to say many of my colleagues and friends are among those honored.

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!