Photo credit: Caters

William and BFF Milly Moo. Photo credit: Caters

I love the story of this sweet, sweet tabby cat named Milly Moo and her favorite little dude, William Dutton.

According to the Daily Star, William, Milly Moo and their family live in Sandy, Bedfordshire, UK. William is three years old, just the age of my littlest human so this story is a favorite in our household.

The little boy was super scared to start his first day of preschool at The Maple Tree Lower School back in April. William’s mom said he was so nervous and anxious but somehow, Milly Moo the cat knew just how to calm him down.

The cat sat next to William as he put on his shoes and got ready to go. Vicky, William’s mama, says she could see William immediately relax with Milly Moo next to him.

Then, Milly Moo did something that surprised them all. She walked alongside William and Vicky all the way to William’s school (a 13-minute walk!), calming William’s nerves and showing moral support.

And then she walked back home with Vicky again and went about her cat-day.

Later that day, Milly Moo was waiting for Vicky to walk back to pick up William from school.

How cute is that?  What’s even cuter is that Milly Moo has done that every day since!

Plus, how much do you love this photo of William and Milly Moo? I’m getting my humans yellow “cat” t-shirts. That shirt is da bomb dot com.

So, tell us, friends: what kinds of cute things do your cats do?

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Pugsley: Resident Scratcher Man

Pugsley: Resident Scratcher Man

The staff has been in an uproar lately because Pug has been scratching up the windowsills and female staff’s prized sea grass laundry hamper. And, every time the staff buys a new scratching post for us, it goes unused. I understand her frustration but humans aren’t always smart about cat products. In this instance, there are some things the staff needs to understand about choosing a scratching post.

Here’s the thing: a scratching post isn’t just a fun toy for a cat. It’s actually a very critical tool that will keep your resident felines happy and healthy – and your windowsills and hampers safe!

Scratching is an ingrained feline behavior and cats scratch for lots of different reasons.  According to the Indoor Pet Initiative at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center, cats scratch sharpen their claws, streeeetch, shed cuticles and to leave their scent.

And, even if you don’t like it, these are all very good reasons for a kitty to scratch so you might as well work with your cat to find an acceptable solution.

Here are some things the staff is considering while finding the right scratching post for the Pugman:

Material

There are a variety of materials available in scratching posts but coarse, rough surface that kitties can shred is best, says the article, “Scratching” by the Indoor Pet Initiative.

Cardboard and carpeted scratching posts are other effective materials but make sure the carpet is rough and tightly woven so your buddy’s claws don’t get stuck in the material.

Location

The posts should be in a convenient location and, if your little buddy is already scratching your furniture and rugs (or windowsills, Pugsley, ahem), the Indoor Pet Initiative says to place the posts near these items or areas.p;

Also, if you have more than one kitty, offer more than one option. In our house, there’s only one true scratcher but I could get into it if I had something fun to scratch.  The Indoor Pet Initiative recommends a few scratching posts, both vertical and horizontal, in various hot spots throughout the home, near congregation spots and along “routes” to food, water and litter boxes.

Scratching Post Direction and Size

Your cat’s fave scratching position should dictate what type of post you get.

If your guy likes scratching carpet, a horizontal scratcher is probably a good option. If he targets furniture legs, the walls or curtains or, like Pug, windowsills, hampers and I forgot to mention he also likes the ottoman, then you have yourself a vertical scratcher.

Also, if your cat likes the up and down scratch, make sure the vertical posts are tall enough so he can get a good old stretch in there. If your post is too short, your stretcher-scratcher is going to go back to the place that gives him all the benefits….and if that’s your furniture, you ain’t gonna be happy.

Sturdiness

So, there are plenty of flimsy posts out there on the market. Don’t go cheap! Get something sturdy (there’s a reason some cats choose furniture…it doesn’t move!) that isn’t going to fall over when your cats really gets going.

So what this all boils down to is if you have a scratcher on your hands, take some measures to find him something you won’t mind him scratching up.

We’ll let you know how Pug’s new scratching options turn out!

Readers, any scratching insight you want to share?

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If you’ve been thinking about adding another cat to your family and live near a Best Friends Animal Society location, this weekend is the time to do it!

This weekend, all BFAS locations are running a special promotion through the end of June: 9 Lives for $9.

Here’s what’s up at each center:

Kanab, Utah — Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
$9 for all cats and free transportation for first 15 cats adopted.

Los Angeles — Best Friends Animal Society Pet Adoption Center
$9 for all cats regardless of age; adopt one and get second cat for free
NKLA Pet Adoption Center
$9 for all cats

Salt Lake City — Best Friends Animal Society Utah’s Sugar House Adoption Center
$9 for all cats, ages nine months and older.

Last week, more than 130+ organizations part of the BFAS No More Homeless Pets Network offered specials to their communities as well.

Check out this cute video BFAS created to confirm what we already know: there are AT LEAST 9 (more like 9 million) reasons to adopt a cat.

Thanks, Best Friends, for all you do!

What is Best Friends? Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.

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Why can’t we all just be friends? Check out this hilarious video and make sure to watch until the end. You won’t be sorry.

xo,

R & P

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Be open to new ideas.

I yam who I yam.

Today I’m thinking about how humans are always trying to change other people. And that’s a shame.

We all bring something different to the table and embracing these differences, new ideas, and ways of doing things can benefit everyone involved.

I’m a cat who doesn’t like to be held. The staff is a very cuddly human and she likes to hold cats. This was a problem all those years ago when I first came to live here. She’d try to hold me and I’d try to get away. It seemed we were at an impasse on the cuddling front.

But fortunately, my staff was smart enough to know I wasn’t going to change and suddenly enjoy being carried around like a baby, so she stopped picking me up all the time and gave me the opportunity to show her my way of doing things.

Once she stopped, she says she realized that I am a cuddler….but in my own way. I like to sit next to her, pressed up against the side of her. That’s my way of being close and now she likes it better because we can sit there for hours, all snuggled up together, without anyone’s arms getting tired.

We are all a compilation of our experiences and history and personalities. Each of us is beautiful and wonderful and unique and we offer different viewpoints on how things can be done.

Don’t try to change others. Accept who they are and their lovely unique selves and you just might discover a more cuddly way of life.

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Let Her Sleep

April 3, 2014

For when she wakes she will move mountains….to get my BREAKFAST ready on time.

Sleep Tight

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Anyone who’s ever adopted a pet understands that pets give back to their humans in infinite ways. In some instances, a pet literally can save a person’s life – bring them back from the brink, lift them from depression, make them believe in love again and more.

Halo, Purely for Pets has created this beautiful film that explores the question of “Who rescued who?” Le Sauvetage (The Rescue), stars the Olate Dogs, performing dogs who won America’s Got Talent in 2012. There’s much more to their story, though. The Olate Dogs are almost all rescue dogs! You got it. The Olates find dogs in shelters and train them to be part of their show. In fact, Olate patriarch, Richard, began his show more than 50 years ago, when he would rescue stray dogs and train them to be part of his amateur act. The dogs’ popularity grew and here we are today. Incredible story. And you’ll love watching these cute and talented little guys.

And, the film is going to open the Sonoma International Film Festival on April 2 and is headed for the Court Metrage at Cannes in May. Exciting to see a rescue film get such accolades!

Enjoy, friends. And tell me, who rescued YOU?

As you all know, the staff, in addition to working for me, also performs some freelance work for Halo. But posting here was all my idea. LOVE this film and everything it portrays. xo.

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This had us all rolling with laughter over here. Just goes to show that cats can pull stuff off that humans could never hope to achieve.

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Halo FK Oscar certificateThis year, Oscar nominees will have a unique opportunity to use their celebrity to help homeless pets!

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets, in partnership with Freekibble.com, is giving 20 non-winning Oscar nominees 10,000 meals of natural pet food to donate to the animal shelter or rescue of the celebrity’s choice.

The gift is part of the coveted $85,000 nominee “Everyone Wins at the Oscars®” gift bags from Distinctive Assets that will console non-winning Oscar nominees in the Best Actor/Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress and Director categories with an array of special products and services.

The Halo and Freekibble.com gift is quite a bit different than the usual lavish Oscars gift bag contents. It’s a gift that taps into the generosity and huge hearts of many A-listers.

With this in mind, the 10,000-meal donation to the animal rescue or shelter of the recipient’s choice is one of the more expensive items in the gift bag, a $6,100 retail value.

Celebrity recipients will also receive some Halo Spot’s Stew food and Liv-a-Littles treats for their own pets to enjoy. (YUM! Our favorite!)

We can’t wait to see which lucky shelters and rescues will receive donations!

P.S. As most of you know, the staff here does freelance work for Halo. We are so, SO proud to work with a company that does so much wonderful good for homeless pets!

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Pets With Hearts on Their Fur

February 14, 2014

Guest post by the Staff, Caroline

When we adopted Romeo from the Persian & Purebred Purrbaby Rescue, we didn’t change his name. Romeo seemed completely fitting for this handsome loverboy.

But then, when we gave Romeo his first haircut, we discovered a heart shape in his fur.

Coincidence? Or the mark of a grateful rescue pet who wears his heart on his fur?

In honor of the love that rescues bring into our lives, here are other rescue pets who aren’t afraid to show their love….

Here’s Confetti Joe, an adoptable boy with a heart on his tooshie, who’s adoptable through Kitten Associates in Newtown, CT. Meet him on Petfinder here. He’s 7 months old, vetted, ready to go, but..he HAS to be adopted with his sister, Lil’ Gracey…they are too bonded now to be separated. Meet Gracey here.

Joey, courtesy of Robin Olson of Kitten Associates

I love this boy’s tongue heart! Lebowski’s kisses have extra love in them! Thanks to the Humane Society of Flower Mound, this loverboy now has a home!

Lebowski, courtesy of Jenny Froh

OMG check out this little boo named Effy and the heart on his puppy chest! He’s a big dog now and oh, so loved by his family.

Effy, courtesy of Shan Ross

I would like to introduce Sparky. Sparky is a one-year-old pittie mix located in South Jersey. He is currently being fostered and is part of Don’t Bully Us Rescue. Meet this adorable boy here.

Sparky, courtesy Bill Tierno, Don’t Bully Us Rescue

This next girl is at the Nevada Humane Society, ready for her furever home! She says, “Some call me pampered, but I’m just a gal who knows what she likes. A lap to sit on? Most definitely. Endless pats? Without a doubt. A steady flow of treats and attention? Why sure, if you are offering! Joking aside, I’m truly a sweet gal seeking a sweet person who I can spend my time with and shower with affection. Maybe it’s you?”

Sara is 11 years old, and as part of the Year of the Cat promotion her adoption fee is waived. Sara has been vaccinated, spayed, and microchipped. What a gorgeous heart-girl who will steal anyone’s heart!

Sara, courtesy of the Nevada Humane Society

Sweet little Ella never has to choose between her heart or her head….because they’re on and the same!

Ella, courtesy of Lisa Printz Fishler

Check out cutie Moo who has a secret heart when his legs come together! Here he is with his mama who writes the super cute web site, Your Daily Cute.

Moo, courtesy of Dorian Wagner

Oh, hi Rome! This sweet boy was rescued from a breeder and is now in foster care. Check out his side heart AND do you see the pawprint on his nose? WHAAAAT? I may die from the cuteness. We think he’s found a forever home which he is super happy about! You can check on Rome and more dogs at Unchained NY.

Rome, courtesy of Nancy Hassel, Long Island Pet Professionals

Check out Houndy. He (and his side heart) found his furever home through Underdog Rescue in Phoenix, Arizona. Aroooo!

Houndy, courtesy of Pause Image photography

Here is sweet Iggy! He always has love on his mind. Good boy, Iggy!

Iggy, courtesy of Lisa H.

Pandi’s family found him on a back street in St. Louisville last summer. He was so tiny and had a very badly infected eye. He was only 7.5 ounces when they found him but is now a healthy, beautiful, very playful member of his new household! His side heart shows just how much he loves his people!

Pandi, courtesy of John and Laurie Wright.

Here’s our friend, Dexter, who is such a handsome, good heart-boy who is definitely the love of his mama’s life!

Dexter, courtesy of Carol Bryant

Look at this beautiful lady! I don’t know what’s more incredible – her pretty eyes or her fur heart. She’s just all around stunning. Obviously someone else agreed because she’s now happy with her new family, thanks to Louie’s Legacy in Staten Island, NY.

Pretty girl, courtesy of Carol Locey Photography

Awww Searcher! What a wee girl with a wee little heart! She was adopted from the Helen Woodward Animal Center and so happy in her loving new home.

Searcher, courtesy of the Helen Woodward Animal Center

And look at this little boy Thomas with his heart shaped nose. Don’t you want to kiss it?

Thomas, courtesy of Joan DeMartin

How beautiful is Kya? Love her chest-heart and her pink tutu! Learn more about adopting Kya at Guardian Angel Rescue in Brewster, NY.

Kya, courtesy of snootydog.com, Gina Accurso and Guardian Angel Rescue

Oh and check out THIS handsome rescue boy! He’s my Romeo, my furry little heart. Sigh.

Romeo. Love.

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