Friday, November 30, 2012

I'm a Super Sweet Blogger

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Friday! I've been nominated twice for the "Super Sweet Blogging Award"! Thank you to Kitty Tales and The Musings of a Crazy Cat Lady for bestowing upon me such a sweet surprise. Be sure to visit their blogs, they have some super sweet kitties!

So now, I am supposed to answer a few questions about myself... here goes...

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Purina Frosty Paws ~ Shiner's Review

A little while ago, I entered a contest my friend Garth was having on his blog, The World According to Garth Riley. I ended up winning a cute little plush dog, rightfully named Frosty, and two coupons for free Purina Frosty Paws frozen dog treats. Thanks again, Garth!

My box from Garth

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Kitty Kitty Meow Meow

My cat, "Kitty Kitty Meow Meow", passed away in September. She always loved to lay under the Christmas tree and "help" me wrap presents. I think the holidays were her favorite time of year!

It seems as though she's thinking about something in this picture... How would you caption her? What do you think she has up her sleeve?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Veterinary Medical Terminology 101: What is ADR?

Title: Chapin at the vet.
Today, I'm bringing you a behind the scenes look at the jargon of veterinarians and technicians. Many of you may not have heard of the popular Veterinary Medical Term "ADR". It's a term that I've seen most often used for cats, but can really be used in any other pet. 

Anyways, what does ADR stand for you ask? ADR stands for "Ain't Doin' Right". Yep, you read that right. This super fancy term is something used to describe pets who are most likely vomiting, have diarrhea, not eating, losing weight, and/or lethargic. I wouldn't necessarily call it a diagnosis though.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Kitty Kanteen Feral Cat and Kitten Rescue

Today I bring you the story of one woman's lifelong efforts to help feral cats and kittens. Her name is Charmaine Davey and she has named her rescue "Kitty Kanteen Feral Cat and Kitten Rescue". She has been working with feral cats for 47 years. She has worked with a feral cat colony in her own neighborhood in New Haven, MI for the past 6 years. Charmaine and a few of her neighbors have joined together to make these feral cats' lives better. Sadly, most of her neighbors are not too fond of the feral cats that reside in the neighborhood.

"Boomer" is the spokeskitty for Kitty Kanteen Feral Cat and Kitten Rescue. He was dying from an infection. The rescue  took him in under their wing and provided him with vet care and medication to help him get better.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

National Epilepsy Awareness Month: Epilepsy and Your Dog

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month so I thought I'd let everyone know that dogs can have epilepsy just like people do. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes sudden and uncontrollable seizures. There are two kinds of epilepsy - genetic and idiopathic.

Genetic and Idiopathic Epilepsy

Genetic epilepsy is passed down in a dog's genes. Some breeds are more prone than others to having genetic epilepsy. Some of the most common breeds include the Beagle, Keeshond, Shetland Sheepdog, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, and Viszla.

Left to Right: Lab, Beagle, Golden Retriever, Sheltie

Idiopathic epilepsy is caused by unknown reasons. Most dogs will show signs of idiopathic epilepsy between the ages of 1-3 years old. Idiopathic epilepsy in dogs is highly unpredictable. It's nearly impossible to know when or why a dog might have an epileptic seizure. It is thought that some factors may contribute to seizures, however. These factors could include things like a change in schedule, stress, or weather changes.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Unique Holiday Stocking Stuffers You'll Love

I am a person who loves to receive unique gifts for Christmas. Gift cards are great, but there is something about them that seems so impersonal. I like it when I receive a gift that surprises me. I've come up with a list of unique holiday stocking stuffers that you'll love. I've come across all of these stores over the past few weeks while browsing the internet. These nick-knacks aren't something that you'll find on the shelves of major retail stores, which is another reason why I love them. There are plenty of items on the list to please almost any animal lover out there. Today is Small Business Saturday as well, so why not help support them?

Saturday Photo Hunt: Fall

Nibblet playing in a basket of fall leaves.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Veterinary Medical Terminology 101: Coprophagia - You Eat What?!

I chose an interesting word for today, being "Exotic Friday" and all. Today's veterinary medical term is "coprophagia". Any guesses as to what this word means? I'll give you some hints. It is something that small mammals like rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats, and hamsters do. It's also something that some dogs do... but they probably shouldn't.

Still don't know? Let's break down the word. Copro- means feces and -phagia means to eat. Yes, there is really a medical term for this, but why? I know it sounds disgusting, but it is a very important part of life for some animals.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Thoughts

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you are all having a good time and eating lots of delicious goodies today! I'll try to keep this post short as I am sure that you all are busy baking pies or napping off all the tryptophan you ingested.

I just wanted to let you all know how thankful I am to have found and made so many wonderful new friends through blogging. I also can't wait to meet even more friends in the future. Even though we may have never met in real life or known each other very long through the internet, I still care about all of you. I am thankful that you come to visit my blog and leave your comments and thoughts.Thank you everyone!

So again, enjoy your day and make sure to eat plenty!!! Happy Thanksgiving friends!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Pillow Muncher

Last week, I left the house to go do some volunteer work at my daughter's school. When I came home, this is what I found. 

 Shiner had pulled all the fluff out of a pillow!

 This is her "I'm Sorry" face.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top 10 Things NOT to Do at the Vet's Office

Me and my co-workers
I realize that most of my readers are more than likely very well behaved at the vet's office. And no, I am not talking about my anipals. I am talking about my fellow humans! There are a handful of people out there that seemingly do not know proper veterinary office visit etiquette. I have worked in veterinary hospitals for a total of five years and have had some interesting, disturbing, and outrageous interactions with clients to say the least. I have met many clients over the years who make the whole experience wonderful, but there is that few percent of people who just make you want to rip your hair out sometimes. Just follow my list of things NOT to do at the vet's office and you'll be one of your veterinarian staff's favorite clients in no time!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Pawty, PALs, & Prizes!

I hope that everyone had a great weekend! I saw many blog posts from anipals about napping! I did get a short nap in this weekend too. I don't have much to share today, just a quick update on a couple of things.

I joined in on the #BlogPawtyPALs Twitter party Saturday evening and had a fantastic time meeting some new friends and learning more about PAL. The Pawty was hosted by BlogPaws and PAL.

PAL stands for Pets Add Life. The Pets Add Life campaign tries to increase pet adoption rates by letting everyone know just how much joy pets can bring into our lives. You can visit their website here to learn more.

I also won an awesome prize at the #BlogPawtyPALs... A Kurgo True Fit Harness for dogs!

The winner of the Thanksgiving Photo Contest that I hosted last week was announced yesterday. You can see who won here! Congratulations! The secret judge did a great job picking out the winners. Thanks to all who entered.

My last announcement is that I created an Instagram account. Does anyone out there have instagram? My handle is @pawsitivelypets or you can click on the Instagram follow button at the top of the page. Can't wait to share some cute photos! 

I got so many wonderful responses to how cute Snoopy was on my Black and White Sunday post. Today is Meowtastic Monday, so I'll share with you who Snoopy is. Snoopy was a cat I had when I was young and in middle school. He was a great cat who was very sweet and a little "special". I recently found the photo in my old albums and thought it would be the perfect photo to share since he was a black and white kitty and I absolutely love that photo! Here's the original that I scanned onto my computer. He's laying on the carpet looking up at me. This was before digital cameras existed (I think). I took the picture with a camera that required the user to self focus... wish I could find that thing, I loved it!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Photo Contest Winner

Today's the big day! The announcement of the Thanksgiving Photo Contest winner. I asked you all what your pets are thankful for. Answers ranged from being thankful for lots of toys to being rescued. Thanks to each and everyone of you who entered, I appreciate it and loved seeing all of your cute photos! Click here if you would like to see all of the entries! 

Now to reveal the super secret special guest judge. She is a fair judge and is not biased in any way since she does not know any of the entrants. She loves animals of all kinds as well. Her name is Lily! Lily is my 8 year old daughter. She had a great time picking out her favorite photos! She decided to choose 3 winners. So without further adieu, here they are!

Black & White Sunday: Snoopy


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday Photohunt: Mural

 This is my "mural" of some of the pets that I've known over the years.

PS - The winners of the November Photo Contest will be announced tomorrow!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Basic Pet Bird Care Tips

Today is my first installment of "Exotic Friday". By special request, I've decided to share some very basic pet bird care tips for new bird owners. If anyone out there would like to know more about a specific topic, just shoot me an email or message and I will see what I can do.

Would you believe that the majority of health problems in birds are due to poor husbandry? Husbandry is the basic care provided to animals, such as diet and living conditions. If you've ever considered owning a bird as a pet, you may want to take a look at some of these very basic tips on caring for them. Following these bird care tips can help your pet bird live a long and healthy life.

Pineapple Green Cheek Conure


Bird Seed Mix
The number one reason for poor health in pet birds is usually related to poor diet. What should you feed your pet bird? Pellets!

Yes, the package of seed mix has some pellets in it and says it's a nutritionally complete diet. Truth is your bird probably isn't going to willingly eat the pellets in the mix. Seeds are very high in fat and deficient in many vitamins and minerals. If you could choose between a cupcake or a salad, you'd probably choose the cupcake.

The label on a seed mix may say it is "fortified" with vitamins and minerals. Consider this: if the seeds are sprayed with the vitamins and minerals your bird needs, how is your bird going to ingest them? They don't eat the hulls of the seeds.

There are some species of birds who are thought to require some seeds in their diet, like cockatiels. I would recommend one or two Laffeber's Nutri-berries as a treat once a day. Of course, there are many healthy fruits and vegetables you can and should offer your pet bird as well. And don't forget to always provide them with fresh drinking water.

Cage, Substrate, & Toys

Sun Conure
It's important to choose a bird cage that is big enough for your feathery friend. Allowing time outside the cage for more exercise is important as well. Just remember that you must supervise your bird at all times when they are playing outside of the cage.

There are many substrate products on the market for birds today. Honestly, the best substrate is good old kitchen paper towels. Newspaper is fine also. This allows you to monitor your pet bird for normal poops more easily.

Giving your pet bird good perches is also important. Try adding a variety of textures when choosing purchases. A rope perch can provide a soft place for your bird to put their feet on. 

Also, be sure to provide your bird with plenty of good foraging toys. It's important to keep them busy during the day. In the wild, birds forage all day. Some birds can start to pluck their own feathers out if they become bored, so be sure to provide them with plenty of entertainment.

Band Removal & Microchipping

Many pet birds come with a small metal band around one of their ankles. I highly suggest taking your pet bird to have it removed by a veterinarian. It's not necessary for them to have it. Breeders use these to identify their own birds in their aviaries. The band can easily get caught onto a number of things causing injury to the bird.

Microchip your bird! Microchipping isn't just for cats and dogs. Pet birds can also get a microchip. It may be more popular in larger parrots since a microchip needle isn't all that small. The microchip is placed in the bird's breast muscle.

Dangerous Household Items & Toxic Substances

Birds have an extremely sensitive respiratory system. There are many everyday household items that can pose a threat to your pet bird's health. Teflon and non-stick cookware, candles, cigarette smoke, and harsh cleaners like bleach all create toxic fumes for a bird. If you're going to take on the task of keeping a bird as a pet, try to eliminate these items from your house if at all possible. Also, lead poisoning is a very serious and most often fatal condition in birds.

There are many toxic foods and plants that birds should not eat. There are a LOT more items I could add to the list, but here are some of the most common:

  • Alcohol
  • Garlic (in large amounts)
  • Hydrangea
  • Apricot seeds
  • Lantana
  • Avocado
  • Marijuana
  • Morning Glory
  • Begonia
  • Onions (in large amounts)
  • Caladium
  • Chocolate
  • Peanuts (in large amounts)
  • Apple seeds
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomato Leaves
  • Salt
  • Caffeine

Remember that if you are considering adding a feathery friend to your family that adoption is an option! There are many pet birds out there looking for their forever homes. Also note that birds should visit a veterinarian at least annually for a check-up.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Remy ~ One Blue Dog

Today, I bring you a special interview with Remy from the "One Blue Dog" blog. Remy is a sweet boy who is estimated to be just over a year old. He blogs, tweets, and has his own Facebook page. He lives with his human parents in Orange County, California. Remy was a pleasure to interview. Keep reading to find out just how awesome he is.

Meet Remy!

So Remy, what type of dog are you?

I am a Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix…probably?

Is your name short for anything? Do you have any nicknames?

Well, my proper name is Remington, which is what dad calls me a lot. Mom calls me Remy, or Remy Roo, or Remy Bo Bemy, or muffin, monkey, sweet potato, crazy tomato – it’s a long list.

How did your human parents find you?

I got into some trouble and ended up in puppy jail. I even have a tough looking tattoo inside one of my ears! Mom was working as an RVT at the puppy jail, which is where she met me. She had been tempted to adopt a few other pups, but I was the one that she just couldn’t resist. I think it is because I crawled right into her lap the first time we met. 

 Do you live with any other pets? 

Oh yes! I have two kitties named Linus and Schroeder. They kind of hate me, but at least they will share the couch with me now. And I have a nice little bunny named Artemis. She shares her hay and her poop with me, so we are good friends. I like to give her kisses on the nose.

What's your favorite snack?

Up until recently my most favorite treats were hot dogs. Mom saves them for special occasions, which means really tricky stuff. But yesterday I met a new treat named Bacon. Bacon is my new bestest friend!

What's your favorite thing to do?
Hmmm, it is hard to pick just one thing. I love cuddling with mom and dad when I am tired. I love playing fetch. But I think my most favorite thing of all is a really great play session with other pups, which includes a lot of chase and some wrestle mania.

Canine Good Citizen
I heard that you recently became a Canine Good Citizen. Congratulations! How do you feel about that?

I am really excited and kind of proud of myself. When I first came to live with my family, they said I have an excellent temperament, but I need to learn something called “impulse control.” That is hard to do! But I couldn’t have become a Canine Good Citizen without it. I still have a lot to learn, but this shows how much I have figured out in the last six months.

Why did you decide to start blogging?

There are a lot of other cool animals out there with really neat blogs, and people too. I thought, “Hey! That looks fun! And I love to have my picture taken, so this is perfect!” And now I have all kinds of cool buddies that I might have never met if I didn’t have my blog.

I also got to ask Remy's mom a few questions and learn a little more about the mom behind the dog. 

Why did you decide to adopt Remy?

It was a combination of timing and cuteness. Well, more than that. The shelter I worked at was an hour and a half drive from home, so we really couldn’t have a dog while I was there. Remy happened to come into the shelter just as I was making plans to work closer to home. I had a special feeling about him as soon as we met. Amidst all the commotion of the shelter, he was calm and affectionate.

While every other dog in his dog “cottage” was barking wildly, Remy would be sitting at the front of his kennel looking pretty happy and relaxed for a pound puppy. He was also selected for a special program in which troubled kids learn to train dogs so that they might learn a greater sense of empathy and compassion for both animals and people. Remy got “excellents” on every single part of the behavioral assessment for the program. I was impressed!

It turns out that he was actually a little shut down in the shelter. He is certainly more excitable than that first impression led us to believe, but he is a very quick study and such a wonderful companion. He has brought so much happiness into our home.

Remy's just hangin' out
How long have you worked as an RVT and what do you do?

I have been working as a vet tech for over four years, but I’ve only been licensed for about a year. After leaving the shelter, I worked for a short while at a small animal clinic nearby, but it wasn’t the right place for me. I decided to leave and put my English degree to use doing freelance writing while I figured out where to go next. Shelter work is what I really love, but none of the shelters in our area have medical staff – they send everything out to nearby hospitals.

Now my husband and I are starting a small business together and I volunteer one or two days a week at a local clinic to keep my skills up and satisfy my need to do “tech stuff.” I would love to get back into shelter medicine in the future though.

How much do you help Remy with his blog?

I type it all up for him and handle Photoshop duty, but Remy is the boss when it comes to his blog. He comes up with all of the ideas and, of course, is more than happy to provide photo documentation.

Remy is one photogenic pup

Thanks to Remy and his mom for letting me interview them. I had so much fun! Be sure to visit Remy at One Blue Dog so you can follow all of his exciting adventures. He loves making new friends! 

All photos are property of Remy and his mom, Georgia. Thanks for letting me share them! 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Special Guest Post: Ways to Help Animals for Free

Ways to help animals for Free 

Written by Christina McNeair

I wanted to cover many of the ways that people can help animals for free. Most people think that adoption and fostering are the only ways to help animals in need. It’s the most direct way to help animals but there are so many other ways to help. I’ve covered a few of the basics below.


I can’t talk enough about volunteering. Many animal shelters have a minimum volunteer age of 16. I was 13 when I started volunteering thanks to the local shelter recognizing the need to create a group for those who are too young to be true volunteers.

This group soon became Pet Partners, which soon became a 4-H club which opened lots of opportunities to go to different events and assist with funding. I held the position as secretary which led me to become a summer camp counselor for 3 weeks over two consecutive summers, taken a trip to Gainesville with the other officers to represent the club at a 4-H convention, and I’ve been a part of several adopt-a-thons. 

I have since gone to volunteer for a cat rescue group that partners with PetCo to show their adoptable cats, visited cats at a local humane society to socialize and pet them. Volunteers are always needed; most organizations have a volunteer orientation that you would need to attend so they can go over basic rules.

Volunteer duties range from cleaning cat litter boxes, feeding cats, walking dogs, washing out dog kennels to washing dogs or just simply playing with them. Dogs and cats do get bored while waiting for their forever homes so they need to be played with, talked to and given some love so that they know there is good in the world.

Volunteer and go help socialize homeless pets in need.


Donations are the cornerstone to most animal organizations, many of which are nonprofit or survive on the very meager funds from the city or county. If the funding is provided they can cover basic things like electricity, water, and some animal food.

Old blankets and towels are a good donation to shelters.
You can help by donating used towels, old blankets, washcloths, pillow cases to local shelters/rescues. Most have their own website where they list the most needed items. Some are everyday house items like paper towels and dish soap others are things you may have laying around the house not in use. If you have cat toys, beds, food, treats lying around that your cats won’t touch consider giving them to a group that would make use of them. Newspapers are great for bedding for small furry animals such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and ferrets. 

General office supplies like printer paper, pens, pencils, markers and such are in demand as well. Many of the organizations are non-profit so they depend on donations from the community.

Click to Help

The most basic way to help, no you won’t actually see the benefits of this directly, but it still helps. There are two main websites I’ve found that will allow you to click to help assist in feeding homeless/shelter animals. and (dog kibble) and (cat kibble). Both websites will allow you to share on facebook, post on twitter and like their facebook pages. The free kibble website has some interesting trivia that they ask and whether you select the right or wrong answer kibbles are donated. With animal rescue site you just click and food is donated.

Helping can be as simple as a click of the mouse.

Sharing via Social Media

Share on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, and more!
The internet has been a wonderful place for the animal community, not only to animal lovers get to reach out to each other but there’s this wonderful thing called social networking.  It has saved the lives of many animals on death row (those that are put down by shelters)

Adopt a pet has a wonderful tool that can be used for twitter that will allow you to tweet the name and information of an adoptable pet in your area.

Sharing statuses of animals that are lost, in need, or links to auctions is a great way to help spread the word. There are a lot of different auctions that go on, you don’t have to participate in the auction, but you can share the status to help spread the word.

I would recommend with starting with Fatboy Babushka’s facebook page, he has a list of chip-in pages for kittens in need and asks for a dollar donation to have your pet (or yourself) dressed up. If you can’t afford the dollar share the links. He and his mother verify that all links are accurate and correct.

Attend Events

Those events range from barktoberfests to adopt-a-thons, dog washes, dog walks, and other pet related events. Check local newspapers, local animal organization webpages for these events, many of them need volunteers to help run, as well as donations or mention it to your friends that you’re going to go. If you have a facebook page or a blog, write about it. You never know who you may meet there or what you may learn. Most public events like the barktoberfest features local businesses that offer special discounts, do silent auctions and you never know who you may meet there.

At the local Barktoberfest this year, I got to meet author Sharon Miner who writes horse stories. I also networked with the local SPCA so that I can feature some of their adoptable animals on my facebook page to help spread the word.

My best advice is to not be afraid of helping animals. Sometimes it’s overwhelming because you want to help them all but remember you are but one person. Together as a community of animal lovers we can help many, but you just have to take the first step towards helping that one.

I would also recommend learning more about low cost spay/neuter programs and if you have kids get them started early on learning about animals.

Title: Pet Fest

About the Author

Christina McNeair is the author of the Peace, Love, & Whiskers blog. If you've never visited it, I highly suggest you do! She is an advocate for animals. She spreads the word about pet rescue and animals who are in need, adoption, volunteering, and much more. On her blog, you will find many articles and stories about animals, as well as interviews with animals. Christina loves cats (as well as other animals) and has four of her own. 

Christina also advocates animal abuse prevention. Reporting animal  abuse is another way to help animals without spending money. Image courtesy of Christina McNeair.

Thanks again for sharing such a wonderful topic, Christina! 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Winner of Jasper's Pet Memorials Giveaway!

Very pleased to announce the winner of my latest giveaway from Jasper's Pet Memorials on Etsy! The winner is (drumroll please!) Omi S. from Leftovers 4 Dinner! Congratulations! I will be contacting you by email soon with more details.

If you didn't win but would still like some of these awesome Christmas ornaments, visit Jasper's Pet Memorials on Etsy! Big thanks to the sponsor for donating such a lovely prize! Also, thanks to everyone for visiting Pawsitively Pets and entering the giveaway.

Photo courtesy of Patricia LeBlanc
Be on the lookout for more fun contests and giveaways in the future. Don't forget to enter the November Photo Contest! Click here to enter. See you again soon. :)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Photo Contest: What Are Your Pets Thankful For?

It's November now, which means Thanksgiving is coming up. Many of our pets have a lot to be thankful for. Perhaps they were rescued and brought into a warm and loving home. Maybe they love their toys. Or they might simply enjoy cuddling up next to their favorite human.

To celebrate Thanksgiving, I want to know what your pets are thankful for? For this contest, share a picture of your pet with something they are thankful for. You can email the pictures to me at and let me know that you want to enter the contest. Or you can also submit them to my Facebook page.

I will have my special guest judge choose one winner. The winner will receive an award badge for their blog and be featured on Pawsitively Pets. If you don't have a blog but would like to enter the contest, I will still feature your pet on Pawsitively Pets.

The photo contest begins November 9th and will end on November 16th at midnight CST. Thanks to everyone for entering and good luck! Can't wait to see your photos!

Mmmm... more veggies, please!
I love my bone!

Contest Entries

Here are the contest entries! I will keep updating this post as they come in. By entering your photo, you are giving me permission to post the photo on my blog for the contest (with attribution of course!).

 Cody and Dakota are Thankful for each other! Photo submitted by Caren Gittleman.

 Sasha's favorite holiday is Thanksgiving! She's thankful for her favorite squeaky toy. Photo submitted by Sasha's mom, Anne.

Cupcake is thankful for toys. Lots and lots of toys! Photo submitted by Genevieve Petrillo.

Al and his friends at Honey I Shrunk the Pig are thankful for blankets! Photo submitted by Lindsay Schoures.

Bailey is thankful to be cared for by his family. He shares his vast amount of toys with the less fortunate and he is thankful he has them to share. He is happy and thankful just to enjoy life. Photo submitted by Bailey's mom, Gin.

 My name is Beulah and this is Gator who insists on giving me kisses. I am thankful for my loving home and my many fur siblings. Let's not forgot mommy and daddy too! Photo submitted by Beulah.

Suki and Tahni are thankful to be back in each others paws after being separated for 6 weeks when their original owner moved away. Photo submitted by PepiSmartDog and his mum, Michele.

Lola is thankful that her foster mom saved her life by adopting her. Photo submitted

 Garth is thankful for his momma! Photo submitted by Garth's mom.

I've joined the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop hosted by PepiSmartDog.

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