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Woof Wednesday: Puppy Love & Valentine’s Day

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Puppy Love...it's ALL it's cracked up to be!

Magic runs to me with his ears down and tail a-wag, wanting attention. He rolls on his back for a tummy rub or brings me a treasured toy to share. How do your dogs show love…or do they?

Dogs have well-known reputations as loyal, loving companions—the quintessential “man’s best friend” and deservedly so. Dogs thrive on social interaction. Heck, Magical-Dawg even enjoys the cat’s company (he won’t admit it!). With Valentine’s Day in the offing, I’d love to hear from y’all the various ways YOUR furry wonder’s show love.

To get you started, here’s what I’ve come up with — 12 ways puppies show love.  And on a related note, here’s a fun article on a GREAT way for you to offer the ideal Valentine’s gift to your pet-loving significant other.   If’n your Valentine would like a pet book, well you’ve come to the right place!

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: Valentines and Pet Peeves

Dena is inspired by her cat-writing partners.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s “Monday Mentions” and I’m pleased to intorduce you to a very talented author, humor writer, social media maven, and terrific speaker (how’s that for a build up?), my friend Dena Harris. That’s her in the picture, and you can follow her blog and on Twitter (@Lucy_cat) . Here’s what she has to say about her furry muse: 

My muse’s name is Lucy (“Lucifer” on the days she shreds the couch), a black and white tuxedo kitty, and I owe my career to her. The first article I ever published was a humor piece about Lucy dropping cotton mice into her water dish and me trying to psychoanalyze what it meant. From there, I landed a humor column in a cat magazine which led to my first book, Lessons In Stalking,  all of which led to my current book, Who Moved My Mouse? A Self-Help Book for Cats (Who Don’t Need Any Help). I really do credit Lucy with leading me to my passion for writing.  

Here’s another pair of gorgeous furry muses, from my dog writing colleague Gail Parker–that’s Danny and Mercy, sharing some Valentine love. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Danny & Mercy by Gail Parker

I’m sharing some wonderful cat and dog pictures later today in my  Pet Peeves Enewsletter of subscriber’s pets who just won 6 (yes, I said SIX!!!) of my books.  

Check back tomorrow, when I’ll have an update with more pictures from my friend Heike–she’s planning to go home to Cairo this Thursday, and offers some great resources for those wanting to offer a helping paw to the animal victims of the recent Egypt uprising.

NEWS FLASH! Update tomorrow also about the FIRE FIRE FIRE at my house…powerline downed by a tree sparked a major grass fire, took out the electricity and several acres on the property (that’s why this blog is delayed.)

If you’re an author who shares your life with a furry muse, please drop me an email amy @ shojai.com (no spaces) with how your pet inspires your writing life, and a picture, and I’ll add you to the blog.

Purrs & wags,

amy

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