Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Selfies: Tofu...Seriouslies?

Hey everybody, it's Truffles! Things are slowly returning to normal in my little corner of the world. The Christmas decorations are gone. My grandpa was able to go back to work this week, 5 weeks after his stroke. (His birthday is on Thursday...I should probably hack up something special for him. Teehee.)

You'll never believe what Mommy is super excited about. She is obsessed with Mexican food, and tomorrow (Monday the 26th) at Chipotle if you purchase a tofu Sofrita, you can bring your receipt back in February for a free burrito. Tofu means no meat, right? I love her but she sure is weird sometimes.

Mommy and I are working on a fun contest and giveaway next month to coincide with the Daytona 500. (Don't worry...you don't need to know anything about racing to play along.) We'll have more details in a few weeks.

I guess that's all my news for the week. You're waiting for my Sunday Selfie, aren't you? I'm rather proud of this one myself :)


Saturday, January 24, 2015

{52 Snapshots of Life} & Caturday Art: Dream

It's week four of the #PBSG #52Snapshots of Life photo challenge (hosted by The Lazy Pit Bull) and the theme is dream. I  love watching Truffles sleep, and often wonder what she dreams about. (Look at those nails!!!)


For our entry in Athena's Caturday Art blog hop, we applied the Charcoal effect using PhotoCat, and then added the cute "sweet girl" frame because I call her "my sweet girl" all the time.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Are You #TeamCat or #TeamDog? #TheLucyBowl

Not surprisingly, we are:


The Lucy Pet Foundation, which aims to start up a fleet of spay-and-neuter vans to travel wherever dog or cat overpopulation is a problem, is giving away iPad Minis and other great prizes with a fun photo contest. Simply take a photo of your pet with a #TeamDog or #TeamCat sign and post your pictures on your favorite social media sites. 


TO ENTER ON FACEBOOK:

* Follow LucyPetFoundation on Facebook. Post your pet's photo (with a #TeamDog or #TeamCat sign) to your Facebook Page, along with the following message: "The biggest Bowl commercial this year may be #TheLucyBowl on Kitten Bowl!"

* Add the hashtag #TeamDog or #TeamCat and @lucypetfoundation to the Facebook post.

* Example: The biggest Bowl commercial this year may be #TheLucyBowl on Kitten Bowl! #TeamDog @lucypetfoundation  

* EARN AN EXTRA ENTRY by making your #TeamDog or #TeamCat photo your profile pic! 


TO ENTER ON TWITTER OR INSTAGRAM:

* Follow @LUCYPETFDN on Twitter or Instagram.

* Post your pet's photo (with a #TeamDog or #TeamCat sign) to your Twitter or Instagram account, along with the following message: "The biggest Bowl commercial this year may be #TheLucyBowl on Kitten Bowl!"

* Add the #TeamDog or #TeamCat and @lucypetffdn.

* Example: The biggest Bowl commercial this year may be #TheLucyBowl on Kitten Bowl! #TeamCat @LucyPetFdn 

* EARN AN EXTRA ENTRY by making your #TeamDog or #TeamCat photo your profile pic!

Contest ends February 1st , 2015 at 12:00pm PST. Digital manipulation of photos is permitted. You may enter once per day per social media platform.



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In case you missed it, here's a sneak peak of the #DogsVsCats #TheLucyBowl football game commercial:


Lucy Bowl Teaser from Lucy Pet Foundation on Vimeo.


Make sure you watch for the Lucy Pet Foundation commercial on Sunday February 1, 2015, during The Kitten Bowl, on the Hallmark Channel at 12/1c.

Terms and Conditions: Contest ends February 1st, 2015 at 12:00pm PST. Winners will be announced at lucypetfoundation.org and on Lucy Pet Foundation's social media platforms on Feb. 1, 2015. We will attempt to notify winners in the manner in which they entered, however, winners are responsible for checking the website to see if they've won, and have 24 hours to respond to  contest@lucypetfoundation.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the subject #TheLucyBowl Winner, or the prize(s) will be awarded to other entries. Winners will be chosen by Random.org. One entry per day per social media account. Entrants must be 18 or older. International entries are accepted. Avoid where prohibited by law. Prizes: 2 winners will receive an Apple iPad mini 16GB Wi-Fi2, SRV: $249 and a #TeamDog or #TeamCat pet jersey. 4 additional winners will receive #TeamDog or #TeamCat sports packs: Pet jerseys and misc #TeamDog or #TeamCat fan items.

This post was brought to you in an effort to raise awareness about Lucy Pet Foundation's upcoming ethical pet population campaign. Lucy Pet Foundation provided all images (other than ours of Truffles) and information about the commercial, and will be entering our site into a drawing for a chance to win $500 towards a 501c3 rescue of our choice! If you are a blogger interested in spreading the word about this campaign, while also enjoying the chance to earn a donation for your favorite rescue, contact bloggers@lucypetfoundation.org and request more information.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Answer Your Cat's Questions Day


Do you ever wonder what your cat is thinking? Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day is a chance to find out, and to answer some of their big questions. 

Truffles is *really* sick of winter and wants her window whiffies back. She's actually become quite difficult. Here's a taste of what I think has been on her mind lately.

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Mommy, I've been thinking. One of us should represent our blog at the BlogPaws Conference in Nashville. Can I go?

No sweetie, you're not going to Nashville by yourself.

You could come too!

I'm sorry, we're not going to be able to go.

Why not??? I want to meet my kitty blogger friends in the fur!

You know that both your grandma and grandpa have been sick. We can't travel that far away from home right now. They need us.

Do you think we might get nominated for a 2015 Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging & Social Media Award?

I don't feel comfortable asking for things like that.

Then I'll ask! Nobody can resist me :) (Psst: the nominating form can be found here!)

You're right, it's very hard to say "no" to you.

If we won we'd have to go! It's in Nashville...you *love* country music! We could load up on kitty swag and meet Waffles (I bet he'll be dressing up as a hunky cowboy...you know, for the ladies!)

It would be amazing, but not this year. Maybe someday the nice BlogPaws peeps will have their Convention in the Northeast.

I never get to go anywhere. How come our neighbor kitty Pumpkin gets to go out by himself?

Just because he roams the neighborhood doesn't mean he's safe. You know the disagreements his mom and I have had on that issue. Kitties belong in the house where their Mommy can protect them.

When can I at least get my screen windows back to catch some window whiffies?

Not until spring.

Will it be spring next week?

No.

Next month?

Nope.

*Truffles walks off pouting and sputtering*

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We Purr for Squirrels!


Hey everybody, Truffles at the keyboard! Just a couple weeks ago we were celebrating National Bird Day, and now it's already Squirrel Appreciation Day! Mommy and I love watching squirrels even more than birds and it really upsets us when we hear about people who don't want squirrels eating from their bird feeders. They need to eat too! Whenever she sees one out the window she calls out "chirp chirp" to get my attention. We have several maple trees in our back yard that the neighborhood squirrels just love to run around and play in. (I'm not sure I care for them invading my bed though!)

Did you know that when frightened, squirrels dart back and forth to confuse predators? Sadly, this doesn't work with cars, so most city squirrels don't live longer than a year. Mommy has been known to nearly put passengers through her windshield when braking for squirrels. (I hope that never happens during a trip to the V-E-T.)

Here are a handful of other cool facts that we "dug up" about our backyard friends:

1. Squirrels can eat their own body weight (approximately 1.5 pounds) every week.

2. They are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia.

3. Their sweat glands are on their feet.

4. They clean and sharpen their incisors every day with a twig, although they sometimes use power lines causing power outages. Their teeth never stop growing, either, so gnawing keeps squirrels' teeth from growing into their necks.

5. Squirrels can detect their scent left on acorns through a foot of snow. They aren't perfect at retrieval, though...squirrels are responsible for planting more trees than all mankind. Forgotten acorns become trees.

6. Baby squirrels are called kittens and kittens are born only twice a year, once in the spring and once at the end of the summer.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#DogsVsCats Football Commercial #TheLucyBowl

Confession time: I don't watch the Super Bowl. Not even for the commercials. Honestly, all the "Big Game" means to me is that the Daytona 500 is right around the corner! Last year everything changed when Hallmark Channel premiered the very first Kitten Bowl. Finally, a Bowl game that I could enjoy!


This year promises to be even more exciting because the best Bowl Commercial of the year may just be on Hallmark's Kitten Bowl! Lucy Pet Foundation's groundbreaking #DogsVsCats football game commercial airing on Super Bowl Sunday, will feature some of the most high-tech CGI ever done using animals, and is bound to be among the most discussed ads of the year, changing the way America looks at cats and dogs forever. The Director of the commercial is Sam Nicholson, one of Hollywood's most acclaimed visual effects wizards, known best for Heroes, 24, The Walking Dead and Star Trek I.

The #DogsVsCats #TheLucyBowl football game commercial will draw attention to the 80,000 pets euthanized each week in shelters across the US, due to overpopulation. The Lucy Pet Foundation has a multi-targeted solution to pet overpopulation:

* Free and Low Cost Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinics across the country (eventually all free!)
* Education
* Grooming and training of shelter pets to make them more adoptable
* Working to enact legislation benefitting pets, including banning gas chambers at shelter

Would you like to see a teaser of the coolest, most technologically advanced, and most societally important commercial ever? Check it out!


Lucy Bowl Teaser from Lucy Pet Foundation on Vimeo.

Make sure you watch for the Lucy Pet Foundation commercial on Sunday February 1, 2015, during The Kitten Bowl, on the Hallmark Channel at 12/1c.

This post was brought to you in an effort to raise awareness about Lucy Pet Foundation's upcoming ethical pet population campaign. Lucy Pet Foundation provided all images (other than ours of Gilligan) and information about the commercial, and will be entering our site into a drawing for a chance to win $500 towards a 501c3 rescue of our choice! If you are a blogger interested in spreading the word about this campaign, while also enjoying the chance to earn a donation for your favorite rescue, contact bloggers@lucypetfoundation.org and request more information.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Truffles' Guide to Heated Cat Beds


Hey everybody, it's Truffles! I don't know about where you live, but here in northern Vermont it has been downright *frigid* the last few weeks. While I love snuggling with Mommy in the winter, I can't tell you how much I miss laying in the bathroom window and enjoying the whiffies coming through the screen. I am definitely suffering from cabin fever...and I'm a housecat!!! There's just nothing to do but take a long winter's nap and dream about the warm, sunny days to come.

I am a connoisseur of comfort, particularly when it comes to cat beds. I have a snuggler bed, a few different donut beds, a kitty lounger, plus I enjoy quality time in Mommy's big girl bed. But recently while browsing Petsmart.com I discovered that Mommy has been hiding something from me...you can buy HEATED cat beds!!!

Today we're participating in the Keeping Pets Warm event hosted by Davinia and Indiana from Two Little Cavaliers (http://twolittlecavaliers.com) so I decided to highlight a few of my favorites here with the hope that Mommy will take a hint a buy me one! (And if she doesn't...I know where she keeps the credit cards.)


Obviously, I have a thing for leopard print. I think it goes just purr-fectly with my tortie colors.

Do you have a favorite? Or are you a lucky kitty who owns a heated cat bed???