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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What’s better than cat videos? GOOD cat videos! Like, for instance, the kind you will find at the Catdance Festival.

OMG if you don’t know what Catdance is, you are missing out, people.

The Catdance Film Festival, sponsored by Fresh Step, celebrates awesome, original short films about, well, cats.

Talented, creative cat lovers all over submitted their best work and five of the coolest were featured at a special event, Catdance, in Park City, Utah on January 18 during the world famous Sundance festival.

(Yes, cats have conquered the Internet AND Sundance. World domination is near.)

The films are entertaining, sweet, funny and completely enjoyable.

There’s a story told from a kitten’s point of view, a short featuring a detective cat searching for a damsel’s lost mouse, a journey through a cat’s dreamworld and the story of a cat who goes to extreme lengths to get to the fish his human is cooking up for dinner.

Then, there’s my personal favorite – the one where the woman inherits her dead aunt’s cat. Or so she thinks. She stands to inherit millions of dollars if she adheres to a ridiculously long list of “Greg’s” needs. The dead aunt’s lawyer is on hand to ensure the terms of the will are met. Find out if she gets her paws on her millions or not by watching it below.

They are all worth watching. You can view all of the finalists and vote for your faves here by February 28. The grand prize film will make off with $50,000 and a “golden” litter scoop award. Ima gonna have to teach the staff some filmmaking skills so she can enter a film about me in next year’s event. Pretty sure my handsome good looks and shining personality would steal the show. Do you think the staff would be capable of such an endeavor? I wonder….

Anyhoo, definitely go vote – you’ll get a chance to win fun prizes from Fresh Step, like t-shirts, coupons, products and more. If you go vote, come back and tell me which you liked best!

An entire film festival dedicated to cats. Life. Is. Good.

Meow!

Oh, and….
This post was sponsored by Fresh Step but of course it’s a totally fun topic that I knew you’d like. Our opinions are our own and all sponsorship revenue on this sitegoes to help kittehs in need! Thanks, Fresh Step!

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5 Years, $85K and YOU

January 22, 2014

Me, the luckiest boy in the world.

Five years ago I launched this site and my FURpower social media fundraising efforts. Since then, we’ve been on an incredible heartwarming and uplifting journey with all of you, my wonderful, supportive readers.

Thanks to your support and encouragement, we’ve raised more than $85,000 for homeless pets. That’s right. $85,000 directly into the hands of the people on the front lines, helping pets across the nation find their forever homes.

And to think, this all started because a scrappy little rescue cat (that’s me) wanted to do a little good in the world. And now, thanks to YOU….we’ve done a lot of good.

The staff recently ran into the lovely lady who conducted the home visit when my staff wanted to adopt me more than eight years ago. We learned that the rescue Pug and I came from has changed hands and is now called Persian Purebred & Purrbaby Rescue.

The woman who did our home visit now runs it. She was so happy to learn that Pug and I are happy, healthy and thriving. And she was amazed to learn how busy we’ve been!

Persian Purebred & Purrbaby Rescue like so many rescues, is struggling to stay afloat. They have been trying to save enough to get their official 501 (c)-3 status (required since the organization changed hands) but cat care keeps taking priority.

I want to help them. So, I’m dedicating my anniversary month (now through the end of February) to these guys. After all, they rescued me from a shelter in Kentucky, paid for 8 surgeries on my ears, cared for me for months and found me the most amazing forever home. They rescued my best pal Pugsley at the 11th hour from Indiana, cared for him and found him his forever home. We are so, so grateful and so, so lucky.

Will you help me thank them?

Here’s my idea:

You may remember the Rescue Mom and Dad magnets and stickers that we sold a few years ago to raise money for rescue. The staff still has inventory that she’d love to put to a good use.

If you buy a Rescue Mom or Dad magnet for $8.00 or a sticker for $5.00, 100% of the money will go to the Persian Purebred & Purrbaby Rescue to help them pay vet bills and save enough to get their non profit paperwork and legal fees covered.

It would mean so much to me to be able to help the place that saved me. Purchase one here.

If you just want to make a donation, any amount is appreciated – even $1!

And, as always, if you can’t donate, know that I love you and appreciate you so much just the same. We’d never been able to do what we’ve done without your support and love.

Thank you all, thank you from the bottom of my furry little heart.

Just a note: since Persian Purebred & Purrbaby Rescue is not (yet) a non profit, this contribution is not tax-deductible. Also you’ll be paying my staff directly via Paypal and we’ll make the donation to the organization. If you don’t feel comfortable with this, no problem! Or if you have questions, please email the staff at caroline(at)highpaw (dot) com. XO!

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Kevin N.’s new fuzzball. Franki would be proud!          Courtesy: NCAL

So many people want to help homeless pets but have no idea what they could do.

How about sprucing up your photography skills?

Truly, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to take great pet photos. And there are oh, so many reasons to take great pet photos. For yourself, for your Facebook fans (Face it, pets rule Facebook!) to help your local shelter or even to win a photo contest!

In fact, one guy from Vermont is a perfect example of how photo skills can pay off in a major way.

Kevin N. won a special contest held by Adobe, the makers of all kinds of software, including Photoshop Elements 12, a user-friendly program that lets you do all kinds of great things with your photos. It makes so-so photographers into great ones by allowing you to adjust colors, sizes, tones, hues and even remove the annoying pet red-eye.

Anyway, Kevin entered Adobe’s Furtography contest, where he sent in a photo of his own beloved dog, Franki, who, sadly, passed away early last year

But, in an amazing turn of events, Kevin’s photo of Franki won the grand prize!

The grand prize package included $4,000 worth of pet food to go to the shelter of Kevin’s choice. Kevin chose North County Animal League in Morrisville, Vermont to receive the food and boy, were they thrilled with the much-needed donation. But they were even more thrilled with what happened next.

Kevin and his wife went to visit the shelter for a tour and to take some photos of the donation and to meet the shelter staff, they fell in love with a tiny little 8-week old puppy.

Well, Kevin and his wife couldn’t get this sweet little girl out of their minds so they went back to see her again and, as Kevin tells the folks at Adobe, “We’ve been waiting for another dog to come along since losing our beloved Franki, whose picture I won the contest with. Now it’s official! We are the proud new parents of the cutest little fuzzball on the planet.”

Can you believe it? What a wonderful story…..all thanks to the folks at Adobe. Sigh.

So, just goes to show you what photo skills can do.

You can also help your local shelter by taking photos of adoptable pets. The North County Animal League is fortunate to have someone to do that for them and
Sallie Scott, Executive Director at North Country Animal League says quality photos help the pets in their care get adopted faster. “A lot of people nowadays tend to look online for adoptable animals before heading out to a physical shelter. You pretty much have one chance to grab people’s attention because there are thousands of animals listed on petfinder.com alone, and that’s with a picture. It’s the pictures that make one animal stand out over another rather than our description of them.”

So friends, if you have any interest in photography, spend a little time getting better and you could help your local shelter, win a photo contest or just take better photos of your pets.

And, if you want to take it to the next level, check out Adobe Elements 12 for an affordable user friendly program to help you turn good pictures into great pictures!

P.S. Adobe provided me with free access to their software but neither I (nor the staff) was not compensated for this post. We have a special excitement for how good photos can make a difference for shelter pets so we love to talk about it!

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A Pug Post

December 27, 2013

For all of you Pugsley fans out there, I thought you would appreciate this picture. He looks quite dashing, doesn’t he?

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