The Secret Life of Pets – a hysterical new movie coming to theaters Summer 2016


The Secret Life of Pets

Don’t you hate it when you see a trailer for a new movie and you are super excited to see it but it won’t be in theaters for many months – or even a couple of years? That happens to me often. Like the first time I heard about the new Star Wars movie. Thankfully that is now only months away.

I recently learned about a new movie from the people who bought us Despicable Me (my family loves that movie) called The Secret Life of Pets. Since I’m an animal lover, and I love Despicable Me, I had to check out the trailer.

Oh my! I laughed so far watching the trailer that I’ve watched it again and again. The Dachshund and the Poodle at the end crack me up.

Here is the trailer. Don’t be surprised if you watch it more than once. It’s cute and funny.


I love it!

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day.

Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.  Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

The film comes to theaters July 8, 2016. Oh! Why do we have to wait that long. I want to see this movie now.

If you would like to learn more about this adorable film visit the official website, TheSecretLifeofPets.com. You can also follow the film on social media (SecretLifeofPets on both Facebook and Instagram and @PetsMovie on Twitter).

What do you think about this film? Are you looking forward to seeing it?



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Purina Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND Adult 7+ dog food for senior dogs


Our dog Espn turns 8 years old this month

Our dog Espn turns 8 years old this month

As a pet “mom” I am always thinking about our pets health and happiness.

I’m the first to admit that we spoil our pets. We don’t spoil them excessively, but they do have plenty of soft, comfy beds, we gave them the love seat to keep them off our couch, and they all get plenty of hugs, pets and snuggles.

Most of our pets are getting up there in age. With old age comes health issues for most dogs and cats. We already have a diabetic cat and an asthmatic cat with heart and thyroid issues.

Our pets range in age from four years old (our cat Bella turned four on June 5th) up to almost 15 years old. Our dog Espn just turned 8 years old as well as one of our cats (they are three months apart in age).

In dog years out dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) is 56 years old. He’s older than my husband and I.

Because he’s an older dog we need to take that into consideration when selecting dog food. Not all foods are created equal. Some are better for certain stages in a dog’s life.

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Purina Pro Plan recently introduced Purina Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND Adult 7+ dog food. This breakthrough formula contains enhanced botanical oils shown to promote alertness and mental sharpness in dogs seven and older, with visible results within 30 days.

I haven’t had a chance to try this out with our dog yet, but I am looking forward to giving it a try with Espn. Although he still seems to be very alert and mentally sharp, it doesn’t hurt to make sure he stays that way.

This week (June 7 – 13, 2015) is Pet Appreciation Week. To celebrate the launch of the new dog food, and to how appreciation for senior dogs, Purina is setting up a “clubhouse” for senior dogs only in New York City.

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Hamilton Pug, Mishka the Talking Husky and Chloe Kardoggian support fellow senior dogs at the Purina Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND 7+ Clubhouse – For Senior Dogs Only at 168 Bowery on Tuesday June 9, 2015 in New York.


The Senior Dogs Only Clubhouse will feature areas to sit, stay and play with adoptable dogs over age seven, as well special appearances by a few “celebrity” senior dogs including Mishka the Talking Husky and Chloe Kardoggian.

The clubhouse opens on June 9th and is located at 168 Bowery Street. It will be open to the public from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

Attendees will have a chance to take photos with the famous senior dogs as well as play or relax with adoptable dogs seven years and older. In addition, renowned veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker will share expert advice and answer questions about owning and caring for senior dogs.

Through Pet Appreciation Week, Purina wants to encourage pet lovers across the country to show their support for senior dogs by sharing what is great about their own senior dog across the social media channels.

Upload your photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so forth using the hashtag #MySeniorDog and tag @ProPlan.

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Senior dogs enjoy a puppy-free zone at the Purina Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND 7+ Clubhouse – For Senior Dogs Only at 168 Bowery on Tuesday June 9, 2015 in New York. Adoptable dogs were brought together to celebrate Pet Appreciation Week and promote the adoption of dogs age seven and older.


For each photo uploaded (and tagged) the brand will donate one pound of BRIGHT MIND 7+ dog food – up to 25,000 pounds – to the Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue network to help adoptable senior dogs nationwide.

I really hope you will help and support senior dogs across the country by helping to now only get them food (BRIGHT MIND 7+) but also to help them to find their forever homes.

For more information about BRIGHT MIND 7+ please visit BRIGHTMINDEFFECT.com.

Do you have a senior dog? Feel free to tell me all about him/her. I love to hear about other people’s “furbabies.”



*I have partnered with Purina to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Find your pet’s favorite foods and treats and BJ’s Wholesale Club



If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that we have a “mini-zoo” at home consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish named Fishy (sadly our other Goldfish passed away a couple of weeks ago).

When it comes to our cats we have to buy things in bulk. It’s just easier that way, otherwise we would be going to the store every week for litter and cat foods. Plus it ends up saving money in the long run.

We do shop at pet specialty stores from time to time, especially for more specific needs. For regular foods there is no need to make the trip there, especially if we have other shopping we need to do.

Did you now that you can find plenty of pet foods, treats, litter and more at your local BJ’s Wholesale Club? They literally have aisles of pet foods and supplies (well, at least our BJ’s did) including pet beds, doggy poop bags and more.

My husband and I went to BJ’s to pick up a few things and we made the trip up/down the pet aisles to check out what they had. Our dog is very picky and only really eats one brad of dog food (canned). Sure enough we found it at BJ’s.

We ended up not buying it during this trip, only because we recently bought him food and didn’t have the space to house anymore. We did buy him the poop bags. We needed those. They even came with another baggie holder which was nice. I like having those bags in bulk because we always seem to run out of them.


I believe we paid $9.99 for 240 bags PLUS the holder. That comes out to about .04 cents per bag.

We picked up a bulk bag of dry cat food for our cats. They are not picky like our dog is. With an entire aisle full of food to choose from it was hard to narrow it down.






I should have stood at the end of the aisle and took a photo looking down it so you could see that both sides were nothing but cat food and supplies.

We ended up getting them a huge box (48 cans) of Friskies as well as a large bag of dry food.


The dog food aisle was even more jam packed with dog food and supplies. There were plenty of pet beds, treats, toys and more.




The man in the photo is my husband checking out the dog foods.

I was very surprised that BJ’s carries Fresh Pet foods. My one cat LOVES Fresh Pet (my other cats don’t for some odd reason). I never tried it with our dog.


I was also surprised to see that they carried different types of Flea and Tick preventatives.


I’ll have to remember that when our dog needs more.

Of course BJ’s had plenty of foods and other goodies. I especially enjoy their baked goods section. Even if we don’t always buy much, they are still yummy to look at.

I like that BJ’s has products I haven’t seen in our local grocery store yet, like these Minions and Inside Out fruit snacks. I even saw a lone package of Disney’s Frozen snacks too.



You can also find plenty of seasonal products at BJ’s Wholesale Club. When we were there we saw barbecues, tents, beach chairs, gardening equipment, backyard furniture and so much more.

I wish we had a house with a yard because there were plenty of wonderful things I would have loved to have purchased.

If you haven’t been to BJ’s in a while now is a great time to check back in and see what’s new. Don’t forget to stock up on your pet foods and supplies too.

If you have never been to BJ’s before you can find a location near you by visiting www.BJs.com. Look at the top of the page can click on “Find a Club” to find a location near you. They often have promotions where you can get a FREE 60-day membership.

You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. The links are found at the bottom of their website.

Do you shop at BJ’s Wholesale Club? Were you aware that they stock their aisles with many pet foods and supplies?

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*I received a gift card to shop at BJ’s in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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See what goes on when you are not home with an Oco Camera


Oco Camera

My husband and I always talk about what really goes on when we are not at home. With a “mini-zoo” we’re curious to see what our pets do all day.

I know our dog usually goes after one of our cats (he’s very jealous of her – she has health issues but he sees it as spending more time with her). I did an experiment where I pretended to leave for work and opened/closed the front door, just to see what our dog did when he THOUGHT I was gone. Sure enough I found him going after that one cat. He doesn’t attack her, per say, but rather he gets a little “frisky” with her, if you know what I mean. Being asthmatic she cannot handle his weight on her and the pressure on her lungs.

We also wonder what our kids do when we are not home. We have teenagers so they are OK to be home by themselves. We know that they spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

We have thought about getting a camera to video tape what goes on when we are not around, but the ones we looked into are too complicated to set up. Not only that, you have to adhere them to a wall, and we didn’t want to do that. We wanted something that offered a bit more flexibility.

A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to review an Oco Camera.

The Oco Camera is a small, unobtrusive camera that is so simple to set up that even a “technologically challenged” person like myself could set it up in as little as 1-2-3. Normally my husband has to help me set up “techie devices.” This was one of the rare times where I was able to set it up on my own.

This is how easy it was to set up.

  • Plug in the camera.
  • Download the FREE Oco Camera app
  • After you create an account on the app a QR code will appear. Place the code in front of the camera so it can “read” it and you are done. That’s it! There is nothing more to do. It literally took mere minutes to set it up.

Read QR Code

With other cameras you have to configure your router (or add it to it), charge the device, or mount it on the wall. They are typically more involved to set up. The Oco Camera was by far the easiest thing I have ever had to set up. It’s almost like a “plug and play” device.

What I really like, aside from the ease of set up, is that you can put the Oco Camera anywhere you want. You don’t have to mount it anywhere (unless you want to). You can move it from room to room and set it up at a different location depending what you want to see.

The Oco Camera sends you alerts too to let you know what the camera is “seeing” or what is going on wit the camera (if it’s turned on, or turned off, detects sound or motion…).

The alerts come to  you via the app which you can view on your phone or mobile device. I have the app on the phone and the app sends me messages when the Oco Camera detects something.

The video you see from your app is a live stream of what your camera sees. We did notice there is about a 1-2 second delay from what we see and what the Oco Camera sees, but that is not a problem at all.

Oco Camera Review

The camera also records at night via night vision.

A cool feature with the Oco Camera is that you can record and send a message via the app. Someone can respond back via the camera too (it’s a two-way talk feature). That is handy when you catch your kids don’t something wrong or if you want to let your dog know you’ll be home soon.

You can even record and save the recordings to the Cloud. The first year is free when you purchase the Oco Camera. After that, if you wish to continue saving the recordings to the Cloud there is a monthly fee. I don’t plan on saving any of our recordings, so I’m not worried about that.

FYI… If you purchase the Oco Camera and want to watch the live streaming (or even recordings) do so with your phone sideways for a larger view. I was watching them on my iPhone in the normal position until I realized turning it on it’s side (the same way you would record a video) gives you a much better view.

The quality of the video is really good too. I was impressed by that. It’s pretty clear. You get a good view of everything that the camera sees.

Check out a live stream demo from the Oco Camera site HERE.

Live Stream

Up to 16 people can also view the streamed content, so my husband and I can both check on things at home. If you use this for your place of business you can allow the store owner and managers to access the content (up to 16 people) so that everyone can check in to make sure everything is OK.

Why would you want an Oco Camera? In our case it’s to check in on our teens when we are not home (it also lets us know that they are home from school) and to see what our pets are up to. The Oco Camera can also be used as a baby monitor and as a security camera.

Oco is an indoor camera. I cannot be used outdoors.

I never thought I would use this camera as much as I do. I like being able to see things going on at home when I am at work. Nothing ever happens (occasionally I see one of my cats walk by), but that is OK with me.

If you would like to learn more about Oco Camera visit GetOco.com/US.

SAVE 20% with the discount code SHESCRIBES20 (Valid until June 21, 2015) on the Get Oco website.

Would you have a need for Oco Camera? If you owned one what would you use it for (security, check in on pets, baby monitor…)? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Zoom Zoom… Cat’s Vehicle Scratch ‘n Shapes from Imperial Cat


Cat Scratcher

As a “mom” to five cats – not to mention a dog and fish – I strive to keep my pets happy and healthy. I provide my cats with fresh food and water daily, clean bedding, plenty of toys and a lot of snuggles and love.

One “must have” for all cat owners are scratch pads or scratching posts. Cats NEED to scratch to keep their nails healthy. It removes the frayed outer layer keeping their claws clean and sharp.

With five cats I need several cat scratchers. I am fortunate that most of my cats know not to scratch the furniture or carpet. Just one of our cats refuses to obey the rules and will scratch the carpet. Ugh!

Cat scratchers are not always the most attractive thing to look at. Either they are sisal wrapped posts or boring brown cardboard scratchers.

Imperial Cat makes the coolest cat scratchers I have ever seen. They came in different shapes and designs from food to seasonal and from animal shaped scratchers to ones that look like furniture.

Scratch and Shapes

Imperial Cat even has sports car shaped scratchers.

Imperial Cat recently sent me one of their race car scratchers (ideal for an Indy 500 loving home). My cats took to it right away.

The Imperial Cat scratcher is made out of a heavy duty cardboard. Pieces of it do flake off as you cat uses it, but they do last a very long time. We had another Imperial Cat scratcher years ago and it lasted a very long time.

Depending on the size of your cat he/she could even take a nap on the scratcher. My cats are pretty big so it wouldn’t be comfy for them to sleep on, but I have seen them temporarly lie on it or sit on it.

Each Imperial Cat scratcher is made out of 100% post-consumer recycled paper and they are 100% recyclable when your cats are done with hit.

They even provide a bag of certified organic cat nip that you can sprinkle on to the scratch pad. Not that they need the incentive. My cats will scratch on them with or without the catnip. The vehicles are availble in two options;

Available Colors: Black, Blue, Green, Orange and Purple
Dimensions: 4” x 19” x 9”

Available Colors: Black, Blue and Green
Dimensions: 5” x 23” x 9”

Check out some of my cats enjoying the scratcher from Imperial Cat. Ours looks like the one in the top photo, except our car is green.

Race Car


Imperial Cat Scratcher


I put the scratcher outside on our balcony when the weather is good. If there is a chance or rain, or at night, I bring it back inside.

As you can see three of our cats – Bell, Padmé and Anakin – fully enjoy the Imperial Cat race car scratcher. It gets A LOT of use in our home.  Anakin is actually the same cat in the first picture (on top of this post) with our very first Imperial Cat scratcher. Needless to say he grew a bit.

I wouldn’t recommend that you leave this outside. They are made out of cardboard and if they get wet it will ruin it. Your cat/cats would be very disappointed.

Here are a few more examples of the adorable cat scratchers from Imperial Cat.




If you have cats you NEED to have something for them to scratch on. Failure to do so will encourage your cat to scratch on your furniture, carpet or other surfaces you don’t want them to scratch on. I can tell you from personal experience cat scratching can cause A LOT of damage. In the past we’ve had to replace carpet due to scratching and the legs on our dining room table chairs are ruined due to scratching. This is why we keep several scratch pads and posts around our home.

Imperial Cat scratch pads, like their fun vehicle shaped ones, would me a great addition to any home. Unlike other scratch pads and posts these are not an “eye sore.”

For more information about Imperial Cat, or where to purchase them, please visit www.ImperialCat.com. You can also check out the brand on Facebook.

What do you think about the adorable race car scratch pad? Does it look like it would be a great addition to your home?

Have you ever owned an Imperial Cat scratcher?




*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.  


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Raise the “ruff” for 48 hours of “pawsome” entertainment from Nat Geo WILD



Attention dog owners and dog lovers – Nat Geo WILD is hosting a weekend full of “pawsome” programming that celebrate’s man’s best friend.

The weekend kicks off tonight (May 15, 2015) and concludes on May 17, 2015. It’s affectionately referred to as “Barkfest.”

Check out the Barkfest program line up.



World’s Greatest Dogs – Friday, May 15 at 8 PM ET/PT

These are the stories of extraordinary dogs: a surfing therapy dog, a bionic dog, a dog with the world record in scootering, and many more. We’ll meet these incredible canines and their dedicated owners.



Cesar 911 Season Finale – Friday, May 15 at 9 PM ET/PT

Cesar rushes to the aid of Joe, a frantic husband and father.



Is Your Dog A Genius? Doggy See, Doggy Doo – Friday, May 15 at 10 PM ET/PT

Is your dog a born genius? Or can you make him one? Duke University dog scientist Dr. Brian Hare uses his groundbreaking research to help dog owners better understand their canine companions. This interactive series will help dog owners everywhere unlock their canine’s true potential.



The Incredible Dr. Pol: Dog-A-POL-oozaSaturday, May 16 at 8 PM ET/PT

In this special episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol, it’s all dogs all day this week at Pol Veterinary Services!

Unlikely Animal Friends: Bark-Tacular – Saturday, May 16 at 9 PM ET/PT

We’ll take a look at some of the most amazing unlikely friendships that prove that dogs are more than just man’s best friend!

Is Your Dog a Genius? Who’s Your Doggy? – Saturday, May 16 at 10 PM ET/PT

Can your dog outsmart you? Does he bend the rules behind your back? Duke University dog scientists Dr. Brian Hare has developed a series of scientific test to reveal your dog’s unique strategies and help you improved your relationship with her.



World’s Greatest Dogs– Sunday, May 17 at 8 PM ET/PT (encore airing) 


Super Underdogs – Sunday, May 17 at 9 PM ET/PT

From smallest to largest, from longest ears to longest tongue, from unique shapes to most muscles. These are the stories of the worlds’ most extreme looking dogs.


Is Your Dog A Genius? Talk Doggy To Me – Sunday, May 17 at 10 PM ET/PT

Dogs and humans share a social bond unlike any two species on the planet. But how does your dog really feel about you? Based on his groundbreaking research, Dr. Brian Hare has created a series of games to help you better understand your canine companion.


It looks like a lot of fantastic programming this weekend.

You don’t have to be a dog owner to appreciate these programs.

We have a dog (Espn). I have always had a dog for as long as I can remember. At one point when I was younger my family had three dogs. I miss all my dogs. They all lived long, happy and almost healthy lives (one dog, Sparky, had bone cancer and passed away when he was three years old).

I hope you’ll tune in and enjoy a “furtastic” weekend of doggy programs on Nat Geo WILD.

For more information about this or other Nat Geo WILD programming please visit Channel.NationalGeographic.com/WILD. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter (NatGeoWild on both).



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted. 

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