Movie Review: Susie’s Hope (giveaway ends 12/18/14)


Susie's Hope

I am a big time animal lover. Our five cats, dog and fish might be some good indication of that. All of our pets are adopted – except the fish (one we won at the fair – the other we purchased from the pet store so he had a friend). We are also frequently donate to our local animal shelter (food, supplies, money, blankets…). I even volunteered for a bit of time at the shelter taking photos of the animals available for adoption for location publications and PetFinder.org.

My dream is the own a farm or even a pet sanctuary where all animals are welcome. I would adopt so many more animals if we had the room. I strongly feel that every animal deserves a “forever home”.

I get so upset and angry when I read stories about animal abuse. Don’t people realize that animals are living, breathing creatures too that feel pain just like human beings do? Do people honestly think that dogs don’t feel pain when they are kicked, beaten, burned and tortured? What do they think goes through an animals mind when they are being dragged by a car or purposely drowned? They feel pain, fear and horror and sadness just like people do. They just don’t have the voice to speak up. People who care about animals need to be their voices.

Sadly there are not too many laws that protect the rights of animals. At most someone is usually fined or just slapped on the wrist. These people end up getting more pets and repeating it all over again.

The REAL Susie (in the Santa Hat) and her "sister" Baby Girl from the film Susie's Hope. PHOTO SOURCE: Susie's Hope Facebook page

The REAL Susie (in the Santa Hat) and her “sister” Baby Girl from the film Susie’s Hope. PHOTO SOURCE: Susie’s Hope Facebook page

I enjoy watching movies about animals and reading books about animals. I recently watched one based on a true story called Susie’s Hope.

Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

As I mentioned before, this is based on a true story.

Susie was just a puppy when she licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. The owner’s boyfriend (assuming he was the father of the infant) became enraged and beat up the puppy, dislocating the jaw and smashing out teeth. As if that was not enough he pour lighter fluid on the puppy and lit it on fire. Some how the puppy was able to run away and was later found near dead in a park by Donna Lawrence and her best friend Ramona.

This is a MULTIPLE box of tissues kind of movie. I was in tears several times throughout the film. As an animal lover it broke my heart to know that this movie was based on true events. From the tragic event that claimed the life of Donna’s unborn child to the very end it was a total tear-fest.

The scenes of Susie as a puppy when she was found near dead in the park covered in maggots (they used real maggots in the film!) was played by a lifelike robotic dog (thankfully). Later in the film Susie is played by a real puppy and then at the end the REAL Susie steps in to play herself.


I’m glad that the film had a happy ending, and Susie went on to become a trained therapy dog – even winning the American Humane Association Hero Dog award. Check out and share Susie’s Hero Dog Award Video here.

Susie and how owners even created a website called SusiesHope.com that talks about her story as well as brings to light the plight of abused and neglected animals. Susie’s Hope is also a law in the state of North Carolina as well as a non-profit charity raising awareness about animal abuse and neglect as well as raising funds to help care for abused and neglected animals.

I wanted to hug all of my pets after watching this movie.

Susie’s Hope is available on DVD on the Susie’s Hope website, Amazon and other retail locations.

You can also find Susie’s Hope on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. All the links are found on the bottom of their home page.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.


I have a copy of this film to give to a lucky reader. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply 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?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free copy of this film 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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Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter now available at Dollar General (giveaway ends 12/12/14)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Tidy Cat Litter at Dollar General

Having five cats means that we go through A LOT of kitty litter on a weekly basis. My husband and I are both big on keeping the litter box cleaned at all times. Not only is it better for the healthy and well being of our cats, it also helps to keep our home cleaning smelling. There is nothing worse then the smell of “cat waste.”

We also live on the top floor condo. We have three flights of stairs outside and three inside. Needless to say lugging heavy boxes of litter up the stairs is no fun.

Thank goodness Tidy Cats has created a lighter weight litter. Not only is it much lighter in weight, the container is also much easier to handle and more comfortable to carry. Instead of a small plastic strap to carry the litter you have a nice, thick handle.

Have you tried Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter yet? Aside from being lightweight the litter is also 99.9% dust free. Litter dust gets all over everything when you are pouring it into the box. It’s kind of gross when you see that dust cloud forming over the litter box as you are pouring in new litter. With Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter you don’t have to deal with the dreaded dust cloud.

The litter might be lighter in weight but that doesn’t mean it’s not effective on cat waste. Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter is a clumping and scoopable litter. That is something we find is very important when it comet to litter. I must clump and it must be easy to scoop out without the clumps breaking apart and creating more of a mess.

Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter also provide continuous odor control. With five cats that is also very important to us. I pride myself in keeping our home smelling “cat free”. We’ve had people come to our home and tell us that they can’t tell that we have cats. That is because I keep the littler box clean and fresh smelling all the time.

Dollar General sells Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter. In fact they have it on sale for $11.50 for the resealable and recyclable 8.5 pound jug.

The sale ends on December 1, 2014.

I picked up a container earlier this week.

Tidy Cats

It’s so nice to be able to carry the litter up the stairs to our condo without having to take several breaks to rest and relieve my hands from carrying it up. Carrying up the Tidy Cats was no different then carrying up a jug of milk.

I appreciate the resealable container too. Sometimes I just need to top off the box a bit. I don’t need to replace the whole box. With the cardboard litter boxes once it’s opened you can’t seal it up again so you are obligated to use the entire box.

The only negative I can find is that my cats tend to track this litter all over the place more so than other litters. I guess it sticks to their paws when they hop out of the box. We find that we have to sweep up this litter off the floor more so than others.

I’ts nice to know that Dollar General carries this litter, as well as other Purina® pet foods and treats.

To find a Dollar General near you visit DollarGeneral.com.

For more information about Tidy Cats Light Weight Litter or other Purina products please visit Purina.com.

You can find both on social media too (links found on their websites).

Have you tried Tidy Cats Light Weight Litter yet? Do you shop for Purina products at Dollar General?

I have FIVE free product coupons for Tidy Cats Light Weight Litter to give to a lucky reader. PLEASE NOTE that the coupons ONLY work at Dollar General, so you will need to have one in your area.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place. You must be 18+ to enter this giveaway.

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

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free product coupon in order to do this review. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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“Best for Pets” Sweepstakes from Neato Robotics®


If you follow my blog on a regular basis you might recall the review I did for the Neato™ Robot Vacuum. In case you missed the post here is the link – Hate to vacuum? Let the Neato Robotic Vacuum do the work for you.

We have five cats and a dog (not to mention a couple of fish). I know a thing or two about pet hair and how it gets all over EVERYTHING – furniture, the carpet, clothing and more.

I do my best to keep my home clean. I am proud of the fact that you can’t smell that we have pets. I even have some real estate agents and neighbors tell me that you would never know we had pets with the exception of seeing my pets or their accessories (toys, cat tree, pet beds…).

I can keep the pet odor out of my home, but the pet hair is another story. No matter how much I clean the hair does tend to get everywhere. It either sticks to the carpet or it balls up and blows around the wood flooring. We refer to it as “tumbleweeds”. LOL!

Our Neato helps me out a lot – especially when I’m not at home. I can set the vacuum to go off during the day to vacuum up pet hair and other debris while I’m not at home or while I have other things I need to do.

This little powerhouse goes from room to room and sucks up all the loose pet hair.

I tend to use the Neato when I’m at home because due to the amount of pet hair I need to clean it out frequently so that it performs properly.

To give you an idea of just how well this vacuum cleans, check out these photos.


Please note that in this incident (above) I had just received the Neato and I didn’t know that I should empty the collection container frequently. Most people should be able to clean their whole home without emptying this out but if you have a lot of pets like we do you’ll need to clean it out a few times when you vacuum your whole home. We are used to doing this. We do this when we use our regular vacuum too.

Just look at all that hair! And I vacuum (regular vacuum) 2-3 times per week. I use our Neat on the days I don’t vacuum or simply don’t want to vacuum.

Neato robotic vacuums are super easy to use. You can schedule what day/time you want the vacuum to clean for you. Or you can have it vacuum whenever you want.

The vacuum makes its way from room to room. It knows where it’s already cleaned and once it’s done in one room it moves on to another room.

It’s smart enough to know when it needs to recharge and will make its way back to its charging dock. Once it recharges it continues vacuuming and picks up where it left off. Talk about a smart robot!

What I love about Neato is that it helps me keep on top of the pet hair. Even when I don’t have time to do a full cleaning the Neato helps keep the pet hair in check so it doesn’t get out of control.


Of course Neato is great for picking up other things on the floor and carpet including crumbs, kitty litter, people hair and dust.

If you have pets and would like more tips on what to do about pet shedding please visit the Neato Pet Shedding Solutions page.

For more information about Neato products, including their newest vacuums models BotVac 80 and 85, please visit Neato.com.

Neato Robotics have been recognized as being the “Best for Pets” (indoor dogs and cats) and busy, pet loving households like mine.

Publications such as PCMag.com, CNet, PetGuide.com and Daily Tekk recognize Neato vacuums as one of the best products around for dealing with pet hair.

Neato is hosting a “Best for Pets” Sweepstakes. You could win a Neato Robot Vacuum!

Entering is easy. You enter with your name and email address. You can get extra entries by tweeting about the contest, sharing on Facebook and more.

If you would like to enter the “Best for Pets” Sweepstakes please visit the official contest page.It’s so easy to enter. And if you win you’ll be glad you did especially when you see how well Neato vacuums help you deal with pet hair.

Will you be entering? I hope so!




Visit Neato for more information on why the Neato Robot Vacuum is best for pets! And be sure to enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win your own Neato Botvac™ Robot Vacuum!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Neato Robotics® Best for Pets Vacuums. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with PetSmart


Hello Kitty image

Did you know that the loveable and super adorable Hello Kitty character is celebrating her 40th Anniversary this year? She does’t look a day over five. LOL!

Hello Kitty’s humble beginnings began in 1974 when she first appeared on a coin purse. She first started out in Japan and made her way to the United States in 1976. Now the brand brings in an estimated $7 billion dollars. Who would have imagined that.

These days Hello Kitty is marketed towards children and adults. You an find the adorable little Kitty on just about everything from stationary to clothing and from toys to housewares.

PetSmart has teamed up with Hello Kitty to bring you super adorable Hello Kitty toys for your pet.

PetSmart sent me some of their Hello Kitty products to review with our dog Espn including a really cute Hello Kitty shirt. The shirt is a bit too “girly” for our dog so I gave it to our neighbor. She since moved to Florida with her little dog Willow. I don’t have a picture of her wearing it but I do have a picture that I took before I gave it to her.

Hello Kitty Shirt

It’s hard to tell from the photo but the colorful Hello Kitty image almost seemed iridescent. It’s super cute and very colorful.

PetSmart also sent some great Hello Kitty toys that our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) likes a lot. I made sure to take pictures BEFORE I gave them to him since he has a tendency to slobber all over his toys and make a mess out of them. I wanted you to see how cute they were before getting covered in dog spit. LOL!



Epsn Hello Kitty

Plush squeaky bone. I also included a photo of our dog Espn playing with it (excuse his appearance, he’s in dire need of a grooming. He gets groomed at PetSmart too).
Crinkle Flat


Flat plush toy that makes a crinkly sound when you move it. My cats actually like to lie on top of this toy. They enjoy the crinkle sounds that it makes.



A cute plush toy with a rubber teething-like chew toy attached to Hello Kitty’s paw.

Our daughter loves Hello Kitty too. She kept one of the toys for herself. She thought it was a stuffed animal for people. That is until I showed her that it had a squeaker inside. :-)

Hello Kitty dog toy from PetSmart next to a Hello Kitty lamp.

Hello Kitty dog toy from PetSmart next to a Hello Kitty lamp.

Doesn’t the toy look like a plush for people? It’s a large toy too, almost as big as my daughter’s Hello Kitty lamp.

These toys are really cute and sure to be a huge hit with not only your pet but also the Hello Kitty fan in your life. In fact a die hard Hello Kitty fan might get upset seeing their pup chewing on Hello Kitty’s head. Ha Ha.

Look for this wonderful toys both in PetSmart stores as well as online (www.PetSmart.com). Be sure to check out PetSmart on social media too.

What do you think of this delightful toys?

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*I received free product samples 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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Book Review: My Very, Very, Busy Day!


My Very Very Busy Day

Not too long ago we took our dog to Banfield Pet Hospital for the first for a regular check up and to receive his heart worm preventative medicine.

While we were waiting I saw an adorable book on the counter where the receptionist sits. The children’s book is from Banfield Pet Hospital. It’s titled “My Very, Very, Busy Day!”

This is a super adorable book that is mean to not only entertain children but also to educate them on what it means to be a responsible pet owner. The book also touches upon the importance of pet receiving regular preventative veterinary care, just like why we were at Banfield Pet Hospital that day – getting our dog Espn preventative health care.

Contributing to the forward in the book is Quvenzhané Wallis. She’s a pet lover and star of the upcoming musical movie “Annie.” In the forward Quvenzhané shared her love of animals, including her two dogs, Sammie and Shuga. She also aspires to be a veterinarian one day.

I also thought about being a veterinarian because I love animals so much. I just couldn’t get past the gross stuff like surgery. LOL!

“My Very, Very Busy Day” follows a day in the life of four-legged friends, Captain Noodles, a feisty, energetic dog, and Kitty, a wise cat, as they keep very, very busy eating, sleeping, playing, getting a bath – and most importantly – receiving a very important six month check-up at the veterinarian. The book also includes Banfield’s “Best Friend Promise,” which lists the responsibilities of pet ownership and asks readers to sign, signifying their understanding of what is needed to keep pets healthy and happy.

I have a copy of the book that was sent to me to review. Not only is it a cute story book (with an important message) the illustrations are absolutely adorable. I LOVE all the creatures seen in the book (not just dogs and cats).

“My Very, Very Busy Day!” is available at Banfield Pet Hospital locations nationwide for a suggested donation price of $10.00. The proceeds will go to Banfield Charitable Trust to help provide preventive care to pets in need. Talk about a “win-win” situation – your family get a delightful book about animals that teaches pet responsibility to children and pets in need get preventative healthcare.

To find a Banfield Pet Hospital near you please visit Banfield.com.

To read more about my experience with Banfield Pet Hospital use the search box on my site (upper right side) and do a search for Banfield.

Banfield Pet Hospital Book


*I received a free copy 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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Enter the FreshDance Challenge for your chance to win great prizes



Do you have pets (specifically a dog or cat)? What kind of food do you feed them? Do you feed them dry, canned or both?

Have you ever fed your pet fresh food? One of our former neighbors only fed her dog fresh food. I think that is wonderful. I would love to do that for my pets but with five cats and a dog that is easier said then done, especially when it comes to the cats since they tend to eat at different times.

Our youngest cat, Bella, has sever asthma. Before it was officially diagnosed I thought she had some kind of a food allergy. She would wheeze a lot after eating. I was on a mission to find a food that didn’t make her wheeze. I tried just about every food I found at PetSmart and Petco – grain free, GMO free, loaded with fruits and veggies – even the most expensive foods I could find and nothing stopped her from wheezing. These days the only way to stop her from having asthma attacks is her inhalers (actual people inhalers given through a special device called an AeroKat).

One of the foods we tried that she LOVES is Freshpet. Have you tried this food with your pet yet?

Freshpet is a line of natural, freshly made pet foods. They have to be kept in the refrigerator since they are fresh.

Our cat loves the Freshpet brand Vital cat food. It’s made with real beef and chicken, real vegetables and real fruit. It’s also grain free. After all, why put grains in cat food, or dog food for that matter. In the wild do you see dogs and cats chowing down on wheat? Of course not!

We’ve only tried the Freshpet Vital with our one cat. One day I’d like to try different Freshpet products with our other cats and dog too.

Freshpet Select


Freshpet is excited to announce the #FreshDance Challenge. Freshpet knows our pets dance to celebrate fresh food. Let’s follow their lead for wellness, and get dancing.

Our dog dances whenever he knows he’s going to get fed. He’s in need of being groomed so his nails are a bit longer than usual so when he dances in the kitchen it sounds like he’s tap dancing. It’s funny.

Here is a little more information about the contest.

Taking time out of the day to get moving is beneficial for both our minds and bodies, and doing this with our pets is a great way to get healthy together. So, Freshpet is asking you to do a little experiment with us, and show us you and your pets’ dance moves before, during, or after any meal. Then, share a photo, video, or text of your #FreshDance experience- the point is to get active and feeling good.

“We know that fresh food isn’t only healthier for our families, it tastes better too. The Fresh Dance Challenge highlights how pets naturally celebrate fresh meals.” says Scott Morris, Co-Founder and President of Freshpet. “We are excited to contribute to the Pet Therapy Research at Vanderbilt University, because we know first-hand the wellness benefits pets give us each day.” 

Pet parents are invited to enter the #FreshDance Challenge by simply visiting Freshpet.com/Dance or Facebook.com/Freshpet. You can also submit on Twitter, Instagram, or Vine using the hashtag #FreshDance.

Winners will be chosen by the team at Freshpet to receive the following prizes:

  • 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $500, a custom Freshpet refrigerator, and Freshpet food and treats.
  • 5 Runner-up Prizes will receive a FreshDance gift pack filled with Freshpet goodies and a Whistle Activity Monitor.
  • First 100 entries will receive a $2.00 off coupon.

In addition to this contest, Freshpet is also going to make a donation to Vanderbilt University’s Pet Therapy Research Program. This wonderful program that provides ongoing visit with pet therapy dogs for children undergoing cancer treatment. Their goal is to prove the positive effect therapy pets can have on wellness, especially during treatments.

The contest begins TODAY (November 3, 2014) and ends November 21, 2014.

I’d love to win a new fridge. :-) Plus $500 would be great this time of year with the holiday season upon us.

Will you be entering?

Look for Freshpet in the refrigerated section of your local pet and grocery store. For more information visit Freshpet.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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*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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