Friday, August 23, 2013

Furry Fridays: Ali Thompson Art

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Meet Ali & Sparkles from Ali Thompson Art

Hi! My name is Ali Thompson, and I'm an artist and blogger. My website is alithompsonart.com. You can check out my blog and look at my art. Maybe you could buy some art, who knows?
But today, I am talking about my cats, not my art. Which is great, because almost any conversation I have with another pet owner will eventually turn into one about my cats. Were we talking about serious politics? Well, we're not any more because I have cats. And cats are way less depressing than politics.DSC00217
I have three cats-- Tifa, Foxy, and Sparkles. But I really want to talk about Sparkles the most.
Sparkles was 11 years old when I got her from the Philadelphia SPCA shelter. She had been there for 8 months, and she was pretty grumpy. And when I say grumpy, I mean she hated everything and everyone in the entire world.DSC00267
I didn't intend to get a third cat. I was trying to help my mom pick out a cat for herself, and I got caught by ads from people begging someone to take beloved pets they couldn't keep any more. I looked around my house, and I thought to myself, I can take another cat. I have room.
At the shelter, I had already picked out a different cat. A younger cat. A less angry cat.
But the staff of the shelter wanted me to meet Sparkles. She had been there so long, they said. We'll waive the fees, they said. She's really quite sweet, they said.
DSC_0115“RRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrr!” said Sparkles, crouching in the back of a small cage, glaring her panther glare at me.
For some reason, I said ok. I'll take her. It might have been when I saw her vampire fangs.
Did I mention that she has vampire fangs? It's hard to tell in her pictures, and she doesn't really like having pictures taken. I think I fell in love with her a little right then when I saw her fangs.
And it's took a while for her to integrate into the house. She hid in the basement. She hid under the couch. She staked out under the table in the dining room and defended it which much growling.
She'll never be a lap cat, and she doesn't tolerate much foolishness like petting, unless it's from my boyfriend. She adores my boyfriend. And she's funny. She loves treats more than any other cat I've ever seen. We taught her to sit on command, because she'll do anything for treats.
I told you all that to tell you this. If you're thinking about adopting a pet, think about one that's older. Sparkles was someone else's pet, until they couldn't keep her anymore. Older animals have a hard time being adopted because they aren't as cute as a kitten or puppy. A lot of them were pets, and they're upset by being in the shelter. So they may not be as friendly as another cat, which means it's even harder for them to be adopted.SparklesBut I couldn't stand to think of Sparkles spending her cat retirement years in cat jail. And I've never been sorry. She's an excellent and awesome cat. So for your next new animal, think about going older.
Ali blogs at Ali Thompson Art // Tweets // YouTube
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bumps Galore

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Okay, I know most of us bloggers are women and the blogs that I read we are all relatively close in age. You know what age that appears to be? Baby making age! Is it just me or have a lot of pregnancy announcements been filling up your bloglovin' feed? Maybe I am just more aware because I am one of those correct baby makers but I wanted to give a shout out to my fellow mamas to be and if you are interested in their baby making process go ahead and check them out. Their blogs are worth the jump!

In order of image above:
Kathleen from & Kathleen
Bethany from Treasures and Travels and This Ones for You
Melissa from Bubby and Bean
Savannah from Maiedae
Ashley from Southern (California) Belle
Meg from Henning Love
Danielle from Taking Notes Coast to Coast

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

6 years of awesome

On Sunday, August 18th Jonathan and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary! It's so crazy I can't even handle it. Time flies while you're being awesome.

Check out our little 5 year anniversary photo shoot we did last year!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Furry Fridays: Art of the Heart

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Meet Amy and her fur babies!

I'm Amy from ART of the HEART... and these are mine and husband's babies, 
Harper and Brutus....
Harper is our Great Dane and Brutus is our English bulldog.
 Harper is an AKC registered blue Great Dane. My husband got her for me from a 
breeder in AR when she was 8 weeks old. She was 8 pounds, and she was a clumsy, 
floppy little puppy with huge paws and loooong legs. It took her almost a year
 to grow into those legs! 
When I first got her, she would take naps on my chest or lap, now
only her head will fit in my lap! She still thinks she's a lap dog and will sometimes
sit on me (like a person) as if I'm a chair! She grew up SO fast. Since danes grow
at such a rapid pace, it's recommended that you strictly schedule 2-3 feedings a
day in certain size portions. It is also highly recommended that you feed them high
protein, large breed puppy food until they are 2 years old. I use Eukanuba large
 breed puppy. Harper just turned 2 on July 27th and she is about 150lbs now! 
I've been through so much with this baby since I got her. At about 4 months old,
she got parvo. If you know anything about puppies with parvo, you know it's 
pretty much the worst thing ever. She stopped eating and threw up constantly.
She lost tons of weight and refused to even drink. It got to the point where I 
had to force Gatorade down her throat with a large feeding syringe to keep
her hydrated. FINALLY, it got so bad that my husband drove 5 hours (where
his veterinarian uncle works/lives in Chattanooga, TN) in the middle of the night. 
His uncle quickly put her on an IV drip and treated her for about 2 weeks. Thank 
God she pulled through. We traveled back to Chatt. and picked up a hyper, healthy
pup. I could probably write a book of stories about Harper growing up, but that
would take forever! 
Brutus is my husband, Cody's, CKC registered English bulldog. Cody got Brutus at 
6 months old from some friends who could no longer take care of him. It's sad that
we didn't get to raise him from puppyhood but Cody loves him so much. He's a feisty
character who is VERY protective. We also think he's partially blind because he barks
at anything out of the ordinary... even if it's one of us wearing something like a motorcycle
helmet or holding something large. It's like he can only see silhouettes and can't clearly
 identify things. Kind of strange. 
Brutus has remained fairly healthy. He has a form of mange that is hereditary and treatable 
but not curable which makes him unsuitable for breeding, so we got him neutered pretty 
quickly to get that over with. It also makes him shed in massive amounts which kind of
get annoying to constantly clean up. Can you tell which pup I like better? Haha. 
I do love Brutus though, he's very playful and energetic. He likes to rare up on his
hind legs and slam his front feet down on the floor when he plays. He also bounces
around and turns circles when he's excited. It's very cute!
So... Those are our children! They are definitely more than just pets. We love our little family.
Amy blogs at Art of the Heart // Tweets // Facebook

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Baby Bumpin'


The baby bump is real and growing! Dude, the future freaks me out.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Furry Fridays: The Nautical Owl (again!)

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We featured Megan from The Nautical Owl and her pup Jarvis a couple months ago and today we are giving you a little update on his health status.

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Megan posted this about puppy Jarvis:
As you may know, back in May we started our journey in diagnosing him. Lots of support, love and money later we found out he has a disease called SIBO.
In early June, baby Jarvis weighed in at 30 pounds. He was grossly underweight. So much so, that you could see all of his ribs, his shoulder blades and even his hip bones. We knew something was wrong. And we had to act quickly. 
Through so much support with The Hungry Jarvis Fund we were able to cover half of his vet costs other sacrifices made up the rest. 
And I wanted to let you guys know that he is recovering beautifully. 
At last weigh in, he was 50 pounds.
FIFTY POUNDS!
This means in a little over a month, my little man has gained 20 pounds! Isn't that amazing? He's not so little anymore. I think he had a lot of growing up to catch up with. He's almost as big as his brother, Hank. Jarvis is acting more puppy than ever now. And he's really loving life!
Now, we are faced with normal dog issues that we could never address before because of the disease, like potty training. He's doing so well while in the house. But we are still having issues with him pottying in the kennel. It's been rough on that front. We'll pull through though.
Jarvis took us through a toxicity scare this past week. A trip to the emergency vet gave us little information besides the fact that he had eaten something poisonous to him. It was a rough 48 hours, but little man pulled through and it amazing again.
Just another set up. Poor guy has had many. 
And so has our bank account. Ugh.
He is still on his probiotic every day. As well as a vitamin, his prescription Tylan, calorie booster and specialty food. It's an expensive little bugger. But I love him so much. I really do. If you have any extra love to spare, I'd be so grateful if you could donate to the fund. It would me the world to us.
This is a before picture of Jarvis.
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Here are current healthy and happy pictures!
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Megan blogs at The Nautical Owl // Facebook // Twitter // Etsy

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Furry Fridays: Cotton & Boots

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Today welcome Brooks and her two adorable fur children!!

Hello B is for Becky-ers!
I'm Brooks from Cotton & Boots. I'd love to introduce y'all to my two children. Yes, my children are my dogs.
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That's Sinatra and Prim. Sinatra's the big, handsome lab and Prim's the minpin who will give you a run for your money.

Sinatra was my 18th birthday present and 7 years later, he's still going strong. He'll put your stamina to shame.  He is obsessed with water and can even manage to "swim" in a puddle. Sinatra will even play fetch with himself.  Oh, and another thing about Sinatra? He can sing. Yeah, you heard me.. my sweet boy can sing.  He loves to sing to Frank Sinatra, but he's starting to warm up to other artists too. You can see him crooning here.
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And Prim? She's my baby girl, mountain goat, firecracker and pistol. She loves sitting in weird places.
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And she loves Auburn football.
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She's also known to sneak off before bedtime and slide under our covers - she's a smart cookie, that one. She's also our watchdog, our snuggler, and our trouble maker. You know the dogs that panic when you leave? That's her.

And together, they're partners in crime. Protecting our home from one bird at a time.
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When it comes to choosing dogs, it was easy. I grew up with labs, they have such a great temperament and are extremely loyal. Minpin have that spunky personality that makes you wonder if they're human at times. Either way, when it comes to choosing a dog, research, research, research. Find what you want in a dog (coat length, temperament, size) and if all else fail, google it. I found the minpin breed through a friend of mine, so always ask around.

I hope y'all stop by and say hello to us over at Cotton & Boots

Brooks blogs at Cotton & Boots // Twitter // Instagram // Bloglovin

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