OC Shelter Partners – Helping People Keep Their Pets

The car comes to a stop, the back door opens and in reaches a woman’s shaking hand to pick up the carrier that’s buckled in on the back seat. Inside, a kitty meows and scratches at the carrier door, unsure of what is happening. Tears fill the woman’s eyes as she turns and faces the shelter, ashamed, but uncertain of what else to do.

Enter OC Shelter Partners, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit that works to keep pets with their people. Founded in November 2015, the group has already kept over 1,000 animals from entering the shelter. Continue reading “OC Shelter Partners – Helping People Keep Their Pets”

Animal Authors Unite: A Day at the OC Children’s Book Festival (and giveaway!)

On a picture-perfect, clear blue sky day, with the aroma of kettle corn filling the air, a young child runs up to a book display, pointing at the book cover and shouting back to her parent in tow – “A kitty, a kitty!” This scene played out numerous times this past weekend, where I had the privilege of attending the Orange County Children’s Book Festival with my friend, author Jaimi Ilama.

Jaimi was stationed in an author booth, where she sold and signed her book, The Upstairs Cat, for her new adoring fans, and I was Jaimi’s steadfast booth buddy. But I brought more to the table than just my payment processing skills. I provided signs for the children to hold and pose with in front of…you guessed it…cats and kittens!

In order to spread awareness about cat adoptions, Jaimi invited Continue reading “Animal Authors Unite: A Day at the OC Children’s Book Festival (and giveaway!)”

Sophie and the SureFeed Review (plus giveaway!)

Raise your paw if you’re a grazer. Raise ’em high and raise ’em proud! In our household, Sophie is the resident grazer. A nibble here, a nibble there…a mid-nibble snooze…then back for another nibble.

As the human who monitors the nibbling, I need to allow for enough grazing time but not enough time for the food to spoil. So, I was more than happy to try out the SureFeed Sealed Pet Bowl from SureFlap.

What is SureFeed and How Does It Work?

SureFeed is a sealed pet bowl and its lid automatically opens when your pet approaches, allowing your pet access to their food at any time. The lid then closes when the pet is done eating and seals in freshness and odors – and keeps out bugs! Pretty simple, but pretty smart. Continue reading “Sophie and the SureFeed Review (plus giveaway!)”

My Dirty Paws – An Art Project About Shelter and Rescue Animals

Stacy Tang is an artist in California who volunteers at a local animal shelter and has created a heartwarming art project called My Dirty Paws. With an eight-year-old, adopted cat at home named Casper, he is Stacy’s inspiration and favorite model. However, it is shelter and rescue pets that truly drive this touching project.

From MyDirtyPaws.com:

MY DIRTY PAWS is a passion project I created in 2014 to document the lovely souls that I met at animal shelters. A lot of shelter animals are instantly labeled as difficult and trouble, but only with a little more patience and love, you will Continue reading “My Dirty Paws – An Art Project About Shelter and Rescue Animals”

Zen Clipper Review and Giveaway

Let’s face it. Most cats love nail trim time. Mine do. Don’t yours?

Perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit. Actually, nail trim time is a two-person job in this household. Human #1 wrangles the cat – then with sweat dripping from the brow, deposits the cat onto the blanket covered lap of human #2. Out come the clippers, a few grunts and grumbles ensue (and also a few yowls from the kitty) – clip, clip, clip – and we’re done! Then, onto cat #2 and cat #3. Sound familiar? Continue reading “Zen Clipper Review and Giveaway”

Pitties and Kitties

Pitties and Kitties is a new foster-based rescue group located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri that focuses on…you guessed it, pit bulls and cats!

Started just five months ago in March 2016, their mission statement is as follows: Pitties and Kitties is a 501(c)3 non-profit rescue dedicated to changing the lives of both pit bull type dogs and feral/stray cats in our community. We aim to alter the misconceptions of the pit bull breed and provide dogs in need a second chance by working with local rescues and pulling from high kill shelters. In addition, we will Continue reading “Pitties and Kitties”

Pet Hydration – all the cool cats are talking about it! #pethydrationmonth

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Sophie: It’s very important for us kitties to stay hydrated. According to PetSafe, July is Pet Hydration Month and Continue reading “Pet Hydration – all the cool cats are talking about it! #pethydrationmonth”

Wings of Rescue: Providing Freedom for 400 Cats and Dogs

kittens in a carrierMany of you may have heard about Wings of Rescue, which is a 501(c)3 group of volunteer pilots who perform life-saving airlifts, transporting high-risk shelter pets from one region to another.

To date, Wings of Rescue has saved 19,882 pets!

Starting tomorrow, Friday, July 8th, Wings of Rescue will be flying over 400 cats and dogs to new locations to save their lives.

Known as “Independence Flights,” Wings of Rescue is transporting the cats and dogs over Continue reading “Wings of Rescue: Providing Freedom for 400 Cats and Dogs”

America’s Family Pet Expo

Last weekend was the fourth or fifth time that I’ve attended the annual America’s Family Pet Expo in Orange County, California. But with my husband busy working on his capstone project to finish up his Master’s degree, this year I had to drag my father-in-law along instead. I think that worked out for the best, as he and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to attending these types of shows. We both need to see every booth and walk through all of the areas of the show – even the creepy reptile exhibit. (Just kidding to the reptile owners out there – I have two tortoises myself!)

What made this year different was that Continue reading “America’s Family Pet Expo”

The Older Brother

I ain’t foolin’ ya and it’s no joke! Three Chatty Cats has gone to the dogs! Well, just one dog…Eddie. Before I became a cat mama, closing in on six years ago now, I was a dog mama. When certain individuals found out I was starting a cat blog, they said, “But what about Eddie?” So for those dog lovers out there, this one’s for you! (With a few cat pictures sprinkled in, naturally.)

The Story Begins…

Eddie, terrierThe hubs (Ross) and I started our “family” before we were even married. 13 years ago this coming June, we decided to get a dog. Our college roommates had moved out of the house and we were ready to start domesticated life with a pet.

We looked at various rescues and settled on a group in Los Angeles (which I don’t think exists any longer). We drove up on a Saturday in June to look at the dogs at their shelter. We had told the adoption coordinator that we were looking for a small dog, so she had bathed and set aside a couple to look at. As soon as we entered the room lined with kennels, there was Continue reading “The Older Brother”