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

 

Pets

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.

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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.

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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?

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Kimberly

*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

 

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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

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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.

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Kimberly

*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)

 

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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!

Anyway…

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.

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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.

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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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Kimberly

*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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Playtime with your Dog

 

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Playtime with your dog is very important for many reasons.  It is a time for exercise, bonding and just plain fun.  Below are all of my tips for you to keep in mind about playing with your dog. You can also check out these video found on the Why My Dog Does website.

First tip is to remember that all dogs have different play styles. Some dogs just want to play chase, others want to roughhouse and some are just fine playing some tug-of-war. It is really important to make sure to pair up a dog with an appropriate partner. Some dogs might not like being chased by another dog and could start a fight. Or if a dog really likes to pin another dog down and bite at them and shake them, they should not play with a dog who could get really afraid but another dog would totally love that!

Some dogs can sound super ferocious when playing. It might sound like they are killing each other . As a dog owner you need to make sure that both dogs are okay with such “mean talk” and are not intimidated by it.

You can roughhouse with your dog yourself, however you need to keep in mind that not everyone likes that. So teach your dog a cue that means, you can roughhouse now. I like to use “Come Get Me” or “I’m going to get you”. This way your dog knows when it is okay to go crazy with a human and when it is not.

Always initiate play first. You don’t want your dog to start roughhousing unless you have approved it. This way he will not “surprise” another person who comes to your house and who might take it as an attack.

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You should always supervise your children with dogs. Even the sweetest dog could accidentally hurt a child and then be put down. Especially when it is not your child!

Personally, I allow my dogs to play bite me, but some people do not like that. Dogs can learn how to play differently with different people. You just need to have a special word for your dog that tells him “go crazy” — keep in mind, that play biting is only when the dog puts his mouth on you. I stop playing if the dog puts pressure behind his bite.

Watch that your dog does not get over aroused. Arousal can turn into aggression. As soon as you think your dog is too wild, just stop playing and be boring.

Same thing goes for playing with other dogs. If at any time you feel like one of the dogs is getting a little “crazed” do a short time out. Then let them back to play.

When dogs are playing together, make sure no one is holding on to teach other. When a dog holds on to another dog’s skin or fur, injuries can result really quickly. Just say “Ah Ah” and/or separate them.

Do not worry about dogs rolling over too much. You dog is not a “sissy” they might just like to play like that or they could be trying to get at other dog’s level. Especially when playing with puppies.

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About the author:

Aly DelaCoeur combines her love of dogs, years of experience, and the most up-to-date animal behavior science in WhyDoesMyDog.com. Her goal is to help you and your dog have a fuller, happier, and more rewarding relationship. Our unique platform optimizes content for consumption and sharing. 

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“Kitty Style Advice” from Morris the Cat, week three.

 

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Readers, have you been putting Morris’s grooming tips into action? I’ve been looking much spiffier since I started taking advice from a cat. We’ve come to the final edition of “Dear Morris,” in which the coolest cat on earth showers us with pearls of wisdom… and a few hairballs.

And if you haven’t yet entered Morris’s good-grooming giveaway, now’s the time! As the star of the iconic 9Lives cat food commercials, he knows how to live large, and he wants us humans to enjoy celebricat treatment as well–that’s why he’s giving away a super-soft, human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe, a $300 Spa Finder gift card, and a whole year’s supply of 9Lives cat food! (That last one’s for your cats.) Enter at his website Prospurr.9Lives.com.

Dear Morris,

Lately I’ve been looking slightly less than my best, which is unfortunate because I just started a new job and I wanted to make a good first impression. But instead, my eyes are all puffy and I just haven’t been my chipper self. I’m not sure how to get out of this style rut. Morris, can you help me get my grooming groove back?

Sincerely,

Fashion Faux-Paw

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Dear Fashion Faux-Paw,

Let me shed some light (and some fur) on this situation. The main thing I took away from your question is that you’re STRESSED! Starting a new job can be stressful and can lead to falling out of typical routines and lack of sleep. I should know because every time I start shooting a new commercial, I only sleep 15 hours a day instead of 16. But don’t despair! There’s one failsafe way to calm those nerves and give you back your glow. I’m talking about a massage, specifically a kitty massage. We kitties LOVE to give massages–well, we think of it more as kneading but you humans don’t seem to know the difference. A kitty massage will help you relax, and in turn, feel and look better. Plus, it’s purr-ty much impossible to feel stressed when you have the love of a cat.

There you have it! Thank you, Morris the Cat, for sharing this invaluable grooming advice. Readers, how many of you have a good-looking, well-groomed feline at home? You could win them a whole year’s supply of delicious 9Lives cat food, plus a human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe and Spa Finder gift card for you! Just go to Morris’ Live Well & Prospurr website to enter. Then, ‘paw it forward’ by tweeting #MorrisFeeds, and Morris will donate a bowl of 9Lives cat food to a kitty in need.

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*I have partnered with 9 Lives to bring you this post. I will be receiving free cat food in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation.

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“Kitty Style Advice” from Morris the Cat, week two.

 

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…And we’re back for the second installment of “Dear Morris,” featuring meows of wisdom from the world’s most famous feline, Morris the 9Lives spokescat. Morris wants to help you look (and feel) as good as he does! And to do that he’s offering advice, plus to chance to win a human-sized, 9Lives-branded bathrobe, a $300 Spa Finder gift card, and a whole year’s supply of 9Lives cat food! Enter at his website Prospurr.9Lives.com.

Dear Morris,

My teenage daughter spends 45 minutes in front of the mirror every day primping and brushing her hair. I think this is excessive but she tells me it’s what makes her happy. Morris, since you always look fabulous, I thought you could give me some advice–what’s the best way to get her to spend less time in front of the mirror?

Sincerely,

Fur-ustrated Mamma

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Dear Fur-ustrated Mamma,

I know it may seem like I just wake up looking this good, but believe it or not, I put in lots of long hours licking my fur. In fact, as a cat, I groom up to 50% of the time I’m awake. Grooming not only makes you look good, it can be used for meditation–kind of like focusing really hard on a red laser dot. So I say, take the time you need to feel your best–whether it’s 5 minutes or 45. It’s a very purrsonal choice.

Morris has spoken, readers. Turns out there’s nothing wrong with a little extra gussying up. And to help you do that, be sure to enter Morris’s good-grooming giveaway at his Live Well & Prospurr website. You can also tweet #MorrisFeeds and Morris will donate a bowl of 9Lives cat food to a hungry rescue kitty.

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*I have partnered with 9 Lives to bring you this post. I will be receiving free cat food in exchange for my participation. There is no compensation. 

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