Thursday, November 28, 2013

Do You Have an "Attitude of Gratitude" Every Day?

My kitties and I just wanted to wish each and every one of my dear blogging friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for all of the usual stuff, and then some.

My life is not perfect by any means, but I know that compared to many I am truly blessed. And I try very hard not to forget that. I think it's wonderful that Thanksgiving inspires people to be thankful for all the good things in their life. I do that too, but I also try to maintain the "attitude of gratitude" all year long.

According to the Law of Attraction, giving thanks for what you have causes more good to flow into your life. So every morning when I wake up, and every night in bed, I have a little ritual, a short period of thanks-giving where I verbally state what I give thanks for.

I always give thanks that my cats and I are safe, healthy and happy. I say this even when our health is not 100%, because I choose to focus on the positive and state how I want my life to be despite what the circumstance is. I also give thanks for a beautiful, perfect, happy, wonderful, productive day.

Having an attitude of gratitude helps to set the tone for my day, and even when things don't go smoothly it helps to maintain balance. Do I fall off the wagon and forget to be grateful, and find myself wallowing in despair when life throws the inevitable curve balls? Sure. I'm human. But my morning and evening thanks-giving ritual helps restore harmony.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, and a blessed life.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Who Could Say No to This Face??

Oh hai, it's Annabelle today! Don't I look pretty?

Every parent thinks their own baby is the cutest one to have ever been born. No other child could possibly compete, am I right? Even an ugly baby is beautiful in the eyes of its own parent!

The same principle holds true with hoomins and their fur kids. You may not have given birth to your precious four legged baby, but in your eyes they are the cutest kitty or woofie on the planet. We know this, and we take full advantage of it. Yep, we use the fact that you are smitten with our cuteness for our own selfish benefit. As in, who could resist that adorable face when we're begging for another treat even though we've already had plenty? We know you can't!!

In my Warden's eyes, I am the cutest cat she has every laid eyes on, since the beginning of time... well, since the beginning of HER time here, which is almost the same thing. MOL. She is powerless to resist me when I want something -- cuddles, pets, brushing, treats -- I get what I want just by being cute.

She wanted me to ask you guys for a little favor, because if my charm works even a smidgeon as good on you as it does on her, there's no way you can say no! She was wondering if you might kindly put her auction link on your blog for just one day, to make sure everyone knows about it? If so, she would be very grateful, and I would too!

Auction for Annabelle:

Sunday, November 24, 2013

How Do You Like Me Now? (Meow?)

Rocky chilling on an easy Sunday
Pet bloggers are the best kind of peeps, I think. If not "the" best, then certainly in the top five. That's been my experience, at least. I have met so many caring, kind, wonderful people since I began managing the RPO pet food blog 4 1/2 years ago and now having my own personal blog this year.

Everyone is so nice, and one of the nicest is Ann from Zoolatry, who you may remember did the Halloween photos for my three fur babies that I posted here. Ann also offered to do a custom header for my new blog, for FREE (!) and I readily accepted. I was just using one of the Blogger templates and my blog had no style, no freshness or uniqueness.

Look at it now! Isn't it purrty? She asked me what my favorite colors were (pink and purple) and took it from there. I love the new look. As an extra surprise, she even did a holiday header for me, which I'll switch to in a few days. Thanks, Ann! Your generosity and talent is much appreciated.

Another wonder blogger, Alasandra from Alasandra, the Cats and Dogs made a great graphic for me to help publicize my auction for Annabelle's vet bills. Isn't it cute? If you have kitties, doggies, kids, pet lovers and just "regular" folks (MOL) on your Christmas list, I hope you'll take a peek at the auction here.

Today I am thankful for all the good friends and lovely people I've met in the pet blogging world. You are all simply the best, and I feel blessed to know you.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Whoa! I Got Furminated!!!

Kitties! Would you just look at that humongous pile of fur! That's all from me, Annabelle, and it is ONE day's worth of Furminating.

Awhile back the Warden had a birthday (her elebenty billionth I think) and a friend gave her one of those Furminator thingys. Now you might be askin' yourself what kind of friend would give someone a crappy gift like a cat brush. But the Warden will tell you, a VERY GOOD friend! Because the friend knew it was something the Warden has been wanting for a long, long time.

Yes, it's true. The Warden is a crazy-for-cats lady. She had read that those Furminators brushed long furry cats like nobody's business, but she wouldn't buy it for herself (well, really for me) because we're kinda on a budget and besides, she already has a gazillion brushes and combs.

But here's the thing: despite using an arsenal of grooming tools on me every day, my fur has a curly undercoat and it was always getting knotted up which required the dreaded scissor attack. So the Warden wanted to see if the Furminator would help with that.

Meowza! It really does. She gets that much fur offa me EVERY DAY! And I have not gotten a mat ever since.

I like getting Furminated. But as for the Warden's twisted sense of humor, making me wear a fur hat? Not so much. Although I must say, it does look good on me don't you think?


Monday, November 18, 2013

Auction for Annabelle

Oh hai my furry peeps! It's me, your pal Annabelle.

I am aghast at how long it's been since the Warden or I posted to this blog. I don't know where the time has gone. One minute I'm napping in my cat bed and the next, entire weeks have disappeared!!

I have looked for them under the bed, in the closet and even where lots of other things disappear -- inside Rocky's stomach! I cannot find those weeks anywhere. <sigh>. I sure hope they don't go missing again.

Anyhoo, the Warden asked me to tell you that since her CB auction for my vet bills never happened, she decided to have one herself. Now that she sees how much work goes into an auction, she fully understands why they do not happen very often. Meowza, that took years off her life!! MOL.

We have lots of goodies in our auction. Great stuff for kitties, woofies and humans too. She thought she had more items, but some things didn't pass my strict quality control, MOL. If you have something you'd like to donate to our auction, we'd be delighted to include it. Just let us know!

We hope you will take a look at the auction, and if you see something you like, please bid. And maybe, paws crossed, the Warden will be able to pay off my bill before the New Year!! Our wonderful vet has been so very patient, but even she has limits.

Here's the auction link: