New trailer for The Secret Life of Pets



A few months ago I saw a trailer for a film called The Secret Life of Pets. From the first time I saw the trailer I knew I had to see the film when it was released in theaters. I am thrilled to say that the film will finally be in theaters on July 8, 2016. My family and I are already making plans to go and see it.

We have five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. We pretty much know what our Goldfish (Fishy) does all day – swim. We often wonder what our dog and cats do when we are not at home. Sometimes we see signs of their mischief, like things knocked over on the bookcase, fur spots on the furniture and toys all over the place.

Once our dog jumped up on my desk and ate and entire gourmet chocolate bar I was sent to review. You have no idea how much of a panic I was in. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and could be potentially fatal. THANKFULLY he was OK. In fact, he never even got a “tummy ache.” He was fine. We were really lucky.

We have set up cameras to see what our furry family members are up to, but we never catch them doing anything wrong. We just see them sleeping all the time.

The Secret Life of Pets fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures. It’s a comedy about the lives of pets after their owners leave for the day.

The film stars the voice talents of Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks.

Check out this new trailer for the film.


After seeing this new trailer I am even more excited to see the film when it come to theaters in a few weeks.

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).

Be on the lookout next week for a special The Secret Life of Pets giveaway which will include a $25 PetSmart gift card and The Secret Life of Pets branded products for your furry friend.

Are you going to see the film?



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

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Take cat treats to a whole new level with Inaba Ciao cat treats



Padmé , Velcro and Bella on my daughter messy mount of laundry.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you probably already know that we have five cats, a dog and a Goldfish.

People often ask me how it came to be that we own five cats. Our oldest, Velcro, was adopted to keep another adopted cat we owned, Pixie, company. When Pixie died we adopted Kitty to keep Velcro company. Bella, our youngest, was a foster kitten that we chose to adopt. As for Padmé and Anakin, I can’t really explain how they came to be adopted. We met them at our local animal shelter on one of our many visits to talk to the animals and show them some love. We fell in love with them and had to have them be a part of our family.

Providing our pets with the best is a priority for us. We always want to make sure that they are happy and healthy.

I recently learned about a new brand, Inaba Ciao™cat treats, that takes cat treats to a whole new level.

I’m not one to give our cats too many treats. Most treats on the market are made out of artificial ingredients and preservatives. I would rather treat our cats with pieces of real chicken, turkey or fish.

Our cat Kitty

Our cat Kitty

Anakin - our crazy cat!

Anakin – our crazy cat!

With this in mind, Inaba Ciao cat treats – Japan’s most popular feline treats (now available for American cats to experience) offers premium, natural grain-and-preservative free treats. They are created to be higher in moisture and help provide vital hydration that felines need throughout life. The treats also contain a green tea extract, offering antioxidant benefits.

The one-of-a-kind treats come in two varieties:

  • Grilled FilletsAre made from hand-cut, responsibly harvested tuna from the Pacific Ocean and farm-raised chicken, these tasty treats are lightly grilled and vacuum packed in savory seafood or poultry broth to keep them exceptionally tender. Grilled fillets are available in eight enticing varieties, including ’extra tender’ options, which are especially appealing for teething kittens or senior cats.
  • Churu PuréesAre lickable treats are made with real, ocean-caught tuna or farm-raised chicken and come in five tasty flavors. Packaged like yogurt for kids (similar to go-gurt), pet parents can serve these unique creamy treats to their feline by hand, by pouring the purée into a bowl or adding as a tasty topper to wet or dry food.

I received some of these treats to review with my pets.

I gave them mostly to our youngest cat, Bella. Padmé and Anakin are overweight, so I have to watch what I feed them. Kitty has a sensitive stomach and Velcro is very picky.

The Grilled Fillets are actually fillets of real fish or chicken! I was shocked the first time I opened up the package. They are not little either. It’s a large portion. I would consider this more of a meal than a treat.


Bella could smell it the moment I opened the package. She came running into the kitchen as soon as I opened the package up – the same way the cats come running when I open up a can of tuna fish.

I had to chop this up for Bella into more manageable pieces (it’s just one large fillet). It would have been a lot for her to tear apart and eat.

The fish smells just like fish too (it’s REAL fish), so if you are not a fan of fish you need to keep that in mind. Thankfully it did not leave a stink in our home.

Bella loved it. She gobbled it right up and was looking for more.

There are four individual servings per package.

There are four individual servings per package.

As for the Purées, I think “Go-gurt for cats” is a good description. These have the consistency of apple sauce, for a lack of a better description.

You can serve them “as is” (I would suggest a bowl rather than a dish so it’s less messy) or add them to dry or canned food.

Velcro, who is VERY picky, actually enjoyed these. He’s an old cat and he’s missing some teeth. I think this was enjoyable for him because there is no chewing involved – just licking. Senior cats often have dental complications and require softer foods to easily chew with aging teeth.

Puree 2

Just like the fillets, the Purées are not visually appealing for humans, but the cats really enjoy them.

The Purées are not only good for older cats, they can be used for kittens too. For instance, when helping a kitten become acclimated to dry food, cat parents may need to add a wet food topper to help with the kitten with the transition.

If you would like to learn more about Inaba Ciao cat treats, visit Inabaciao.com. There is a store locator feature on their site to find a pet store near you that sells these treats. The brand is also found on social media (all of the links are found on the top of their website).

What do you think about these cat treats? Do you think your cat would enjoy them?

Ciao Logo


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

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‘Tis the season… for fleas and ticks!



I love our pets. They are an important part of our lives. I cannot imagine a life without them.

Being a pet owner is not something to take lightly. You need to provide that pet with plenty of love, attention, fresh food and water and regular vet visits.

There is a “downside,” of sorts, about having a pet – Fleas and Ticks!

Flea and tick season typically runs from April through September – longer in warmer weather areas of the country.

When I was younger our dogs came home with tick often. We lived near the woods and our dogs would spend their day exploring in the woods. I hate ticks! They are so gross!

Fleas were another issue when I was younger. Our dogs had them often too. They especially liked to bite my mom and sister. Their legs would be riddled with flea bites.

It was gross to see a flea jump on you – especially when you were eating!

I am grateful that our dog Espn has never had fleas. He has however had ticks. None have attached themselves to him (we caught it in time) but we have had them crawling all all over him and even found ticks in our home. In fact, I found a tick in our bathroom just a few days ago. It was alive too.

With five cats and a dog if we get a flea or tick infestation it would be catastrophic. It’s one of my worst fears.

Our cats only go out on our balcony (we’re on the top floor). The likelihood of them getting a flea or tick on their own is slim – it’s our dog that can pick them up and bring them inside to infect our cats.

With the weather now warmer, fleas and ticks can be found every where. You don’t even need a pet to pick up a tick. You can be exposed to them by walking in tall grass or in an area where other animals roam.

It’s important to protect your pets from fleas and ticks.

Flea and Tick

Hartz can help with preventative and real time protection for cats and dogs.  From the popular HUG Pro topical drops to conditioning shampoos to home and garden protection – Hartz has numerous products to keep pets, as well as homes and families, safe.  Hartz was even awarded the Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand in the pet category.

We use Hartz products in our home. Not only do we use them on our dog to make sure he doesn’t get any fleas or tick, but we also use them with our cats just in case. Better safe than sorry!

I like using Hartz Ultra Guard Plus drops for flea and tick protection. Hartz does offer flea and tick collars, which I think are good to use year round, but it’s the skin drops that I like the most.

The drops are super easy to use. They come in pre-measured, individual tubes. Apply one tube per month.

To apply simply open the tube and squeeze the lotion out from inside the tube from your dog’s shoulder blades, along their spin, to their tail. If you have a hairy dog like we do you’ll need to part the hair so that you can apply the lotion directly on the skin. You might also need another person to help you if you happen to have a dog who can’t sit still.

Three monthly treatments.

Three monthly treatments.

After it’s applied you need to let it dry and ideally keep your pet away from other pets for 24 hours. Living in a small condo doesn’t make that easy for us, but our cats usually stay away from the dog anyway, so it’s not a problem.

Each dose lasts for one month. The package comes with 3 monthly treatments.

There are different doses depending on the size of your dog, so make sure you pick up the correct one. It is also not recommended for puppies under 12 weeks of age.

The product kills fleas, Brown Dog and Deer Ticks, flea eggs and repels mosquitoes for 30 days. It rapidly works on fleas after it’s applied to your pet.

I like the this type of protection over the flea and tick collars, but that is just my personal preference. I now plenty of others who prefer the collars. They work perfectly fine too, in fact, Hartz makes those too.

Dogs are not the only ones who need protection for fleas and ticks – cats do too – especially if your cat ventures outside. It just takes ONE flea or tick to reap havoc on your pet and/or home. Hartz has an extensive line of products for cat protection too.


If you have already found yourself dealing with an infestation, don’t fret. Hartz even has products that you can use to rid your home of these nasty pests including carpet powders, sprays and even a home fogger and a lawn/kennel spray to kill ticks and fleas in your yard.

I WISH our condo board would consider spraying for fleas and ticks. That would help the pet owners in our complex A LOT.

When I think of the name Hartz I always think of flea and tick protection. I think that is because growing up that is the brand my parents used when our dogs would bring home fleas and ticks. Hartz is so much more than that. They also carry awesome pet toys (just ask my dog and cats – they love Hartz pet toys). Hartz even makes products for small pets, reptiles and fish.

Two of Espn's favorite toys made by Hartz. As far as the cat toys are concerned they are all over the place.

Two of Espn’s favorite toys made by Hartz. As far as the cat toys are concerned they are all over the place.

If you are interested in learning more about what Hartz has to offer you can visit their official website at www.Hartz.com. Be sure to check out the coupon section for money saving offers. They also have plenty of interesting articles worth checking out.

You can also check out the brand on social media. All of their links are found at the top of their website.

Don’t let your pet succumb to those nasty fleas and ticks. It’s better for them, as well as you and your home, to protect them NOW – before they pick up a flea or tick. Prevention is key!

Look for Hartz pet products where ever pet products are sold.

Are you a fan of Hartz pet products?

Have you had issues with fleas and/or ticks?

Feel free to share your stories. I always love to hear from readers.



*I received free products to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side with Wearable Art That Benefits Animals



I am a big time animal lover. Not only do we have a mini-zoo at home (five cats, a dog and a Goldfish), but I grew up around animals (horses, dogs, cats, birds, fish…). I love all kinds of animals, big and small, domestic and wild.

All of our pets are adopted, except our Goldfish – we won him at the country fair. I believe that all animals in the shelter deserve loving, caring homes. I also feel that animals world wide deserve to be treated well and with respect. For that reason I am always happy to support companies that help animals in some degree.

Animal lover and artist Amy Pugh has combined her passion for painting and her love for animals to create stunning one-of-a-kind vegan bags and accessories – backpacks, pencil bags, wristlets, totes and more – that feature her unique paintings. The name of her company is Salvador Kitti, named after her art appreciation cat by the same name.

Amy donates some of the proceeds from the sale of her products to animal welfare charities. Currently she is donating a portion of the sale of her Purr-fect Cheetah Tote to the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Cheetah Tote

I absolutely LOVE this tote bag. The Cheetah painting is breathtaking.

In addition, she has a “green” company, meaning they do what they can to reduce their “carbon footprint.”

I like the backstory as to how the company name came to be.

When artist Amy Pugh rescued a stray cat she never thought that animal would change her life’s purpose in such a huge way. That cat had 5 kittens inside her Atlanta, GA home, one of them being Salvador, who immediately stood out for his curiosity with her artwork. Soon, Salvador started painting himself, dipping his paws in the paint and walking across the canvas. From here, Salvador Kitti was born.

Too cute!

I was sent a few Salvador Kitty products to check out for myself. I was sent a wristlet, wristlet/coin purse and keychain “charm.”

If you look at the larger wristlet, at first glance you might notice just a colorful pattern. But when you look at it some more you realize it’s the image of a cat looking at it’s self in the mirror. What is looking back at the cat is a majestic lion. I believe the cat featured in this painting is Salvador, Amy’s cat whom the company was named after.

Salvador Kitty 1

The wristlet is very roomy featuring one large inner pocket and two side pockets (on the inside). This lightweight wristlet is roomy enough to carry your wallet, car keys, cellphone and some make up.

The smaller wrislet could double as a coin purse. It features a mother and baby giraffe. There is only one pocket on the inside.

The smaller wristle could hold a small wallet and/or cellphone and car keys.

Both wristlets are sold. I’m not sure what kind of material they are made from.

Light from the window is reflecting off the giraffes. The detail is sharper in person.

Light from the window is reflecting off the giraffes. The detail is sharper in person.

Each one also features a very well made strap.

I don’t have a picture of the keychain charm. I have no idea where it went! I seemed to have misplaced it.

The keychain charms can also be used to adorn your Salvador Kitti bag (or any other bag you would like to clip it to).

Each bag also come with a logo charm (paw print) on the zipper pull. The paw print is made out of a series of hearts.


For me, the Salvador Kitti bags are a win-win-win situation. Win #1 – A beautiful bag. Win #2 – They feature animals and I love animals. Win #3 – a portion of the sales goes to help animal charities.

Salvador Kitti currently has a KickStarter campaign going on worth checking out. There is also a brief video on the KickStarter page that features Amy’s cat Salvador, whom the business was named after.

Here is the link to the KickStarter campaign – Salvador Kitti on KickStarter.

Salvador Kitti also carries other products including watches, aprons, backpacks and more.

You can see more of Salvador Kitti’s work here – www.SalvadorKitti.com. You can also check them out on Facebook.

What do you think about the bags? Has any of Salvador Kitti’s designs caught your eye? If so, which one/ones?

Salvador Kitti Logo


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

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How to make your own “Cat Cave” and help spread some “paws-itivity” for animals in need



If you read my blog on a regular basis I’m sure you know all about our “mini-zoo” which consists of five cats, a dog who thinks he’s a cat and a Goldfish that fears the cat.

Our pets mean the world to us and we are always on the look out for ways to keep them happy, healthy and entertained.

Pet videos are very popular on social media. I don’t think a day goes by that I am on Facebook and I don’t come across a cute or funny cat video, or photos of adorable dogs and puppies.

I rather look at cute cats than see posts about people’s political views. Ugh! I can’t wait for it to all be over with so we can be back to our lives and not share all this political stuff.

I’m not the only one who feels that way. The people behind the “Ugly Christmas Sweaters,” and one of ABC’s Shark Tank’s most successful businesses, Tipsy Elves, feels the same way.

Why do cats love boxes so much?

Why do cats love boxes so much?

You see, Tipsy Elves isn’t just a Christmas sweater company. With emphasis on the ‘tipsy’, they strive to embody the fun holiday spirit no matter the month.  Which is why, as America searches for its next president, they are shocked to see some of the headlines being published on the internet.

In an effort to bring good vibes and fun times back to social media, Tipsy Elves is reaching out to bloggers and cat owners, like myself, to help out. After all, it’s our feline friends that are frisky enough to captivate the internet with such fervor.

As part of Tipsy Elves #CatsForFreedom initiative, the brand sent me a couple of their Patriotic shirts to create a Cat Cave for our frisky family members, as well as to help replace the unpleasant political headlines with some Tipsy Elves ‘paws-itivity’.

What is a Cat Cave you might ask? This brief video provides you with a little more information about them.


The “Donald Trump” kitten cracks me up.

Basically it’s a box with a shirt over it. The neck opening now becomes the opening to the box for the cats to crawl through.

Tipsy Elves sent me a couple of t-shits to make a Cat Cave with.

As a blogger who does reviews I receive packages almost daily. Of course the one time I need a nice, square box I don’t get one.

I did found one box that was somewhat usable.

Our cat Bella was more than happy to be the first cat to try it out. The funny thing is she’s probably the only cat who can squeeze through the opening. Our other cats are rather large, with the exception of one other cat, Kitty. She’s about Bella’s size.

Cat Cave 1

Cat Cave 2

Bella loves it. As for our “wider” cats, they were a bit more reluctant to squeeze inside. They didn’t know that the neck opening is stretchy to accommodate them.

This is so quick and easy to make. You can make several and stack them up too. Try using different size boxes and shirt too.

To see Cat Caves that other have made, check out the hashtag #CatsForFreedom on social media.

If you would like to learn more about Tipsy Elves and check out their fun clothing line, visit TipsyElves.com. You can also check them out on social media.

FYI… Tipsy Elves will be donating 10% of all orders using the checkout codeCATSuntil May 31, 2016 to the San Diego Humane Society, which provides cats of all ages the resources to live freely.



*I received free shirts to make the Cat Cave with. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Jackson Galaxy’s Petmate Line Launching at PetSmart (giveaway ends 5/20/16)


My Cat from Hell Jackson Galaxy

Have you ever watched the show My Cat From Hell that airs on Animal Planet? The series is hosted by Jackson Galaxy – the “cat whisper” (similar to how Cesar Millan works with dogs).

In My Cat Fro Hell, Jackson Galaxy visits cat owners and their psycho cats to help them find solutions to their cats unwanted behaviors.

We have five cats. None of them are psycho (THANKFULLY!) but a couple of them have behaviors we wish we could stop. Take for example our eldest cat, Velcro. He likes to urinate under and around my desk, in front of the bedroom door and in front of the closet door.

With five cats its important to keep the litter box clean at all times. We clean it out several times per day. A dirty litter box is NOT why he does it. The litter box is cleaned all the time. We are fully convinced that he does it out of spite.

Velcro likes to have ice cubes in the water dish (he likes REALLY cold water). If he is at the dish meowing for ice and we don’t give it to him, it seems like that is when he urinates under the desk.

Doing it out of spite is the only thing we can think of. Aside from his Diabetes, he’s a healthy cat who gets plenty of love and affection.

Jackson Galaxy! We need you!


Jackson Galaxy has recently released his own line of pet toys and products, exclusively at PetSmart.

PetSmart was kind enough to send me a couple of products to review with our cats.

JG Toy 1

Jackson Galaxy™ Space Station Cat Toy

This has been a HUGE hit with our cats, most especially our youngest cat Bella and our middle cat, Anakin.

Bella loves to not only swat the little all found inside the Space Station, but she also figured out how to remove the ball and sometimes we catch her swatting it around in the kitchen or dining room (hardwood floors – rolls around faster than on the carpet).

Check out this brief video of Bella enjoying the Space Station Cat Toy.


This is toy, pet bed and scratcher all in one.

Our cat Anakin uses this as a bed. He LOVES sleeping in boxes, so for him, this was a natural fit.

The Space Station Cat Toy is much bigger than I thought it would be. Iniatially I thought it might be too big for our small condo, but it has not been an issue at all. Seeing as how Anakin is a big cat, I’m glad it’s big enough for him to sleep in.

So far only Bella has used the small scratch pad that is found inside of the “bowl.”

I love that this product serves more than one use too, so all of our cats can find something about it that they enjoy.

Marinater valut

Jackson Galaxy™ The Vault Marinater Cat Toy

This isn’t really a toy – but it’s made FOR cat toys.

The plastic box has a smaller box inside. It also comes with a package of catnip.

To use, simply pour the included catnip (or your cat’s favorite catnip) into the outer sides on the inside of the box. Then place your cat’s favorite toy/toys in the middle box, close the lid and let it “marinate” for a few hours, or days. Whatever you see fit.

The catnip in the vault seeps into the toy, giving it a cat nip scent. If you have cats you know how much they LOVE cat nip. Even if the toy is not a cat nip toy you can make it one by marinating it into the Vault Marinater.

I don’t know how long the cat nip fragrance lasts, so I have replaced it a few times since I received this to review. I also rotate the toys so that different ones smell like cat nip.

These are two new products from the Jackson Galaxy line of cat toys and accessories sold exclusively at PetSmart. Here are a few more examples.

Jackson Galaxy Cat Toys

The toys are available both in stores and online at PetSmart.com. You can also check out PetSmart on social media. All links can be found on their website.

You can also learn more about Jackson Galaxy at JacksonGalaxy.com.

PetSmart would love to give both the Space Station and Vault Marinater to a lucky reader.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 20, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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

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