Talk To Me!

I would love to hear from pet owners about:

  1. The best advice you’ve received (for cats and dogs)
  2. What you wish someone would have told you before you became a pet parent
  3. What do you cherish most about your furry kids


So much valuable data is floating around the internet, in books and people’s heads. I am collecting this data for a future blog post so my readers can benefit from others knowledge.

Attention Oregon Residents!

I am selling (locally, no shipping) my dog training/behavior books. I have learned SO MUCH from these and want to share this knowledge with others. If you are interested, reply thru the craigslist ad (click HERE).



Attention Dog Owners

I stumbled across these informative graphics created by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants this week. Please share!


Our Lab Marley doesn’t show these body signals but I strongly suspect she is uncomfortable at the dog park (even when there’s only a handful of other dogs present).


Marley drools at the dog park (long strands of drool) and is always happy when I get the leash out signaling it’s time to leave. I no longer take her to the dog park or doggie daycare for this reason.


I’ve seen this scenario countless times at dog parks.


Owners need to accept that their pushy or aggressive dog needs proper training to correct such behavior. They shouldn’t put their dog (and other dogs) in a potentially bad situation by going to dog parks.


Baby It’s Cold Outside


This time of year, everyone can use a reminder to look out for cats around their vehicles. I tap on the hood in hopes of scaring a cat away from our vehicle. So far, I haven’t found any of our cats (including barn cats) this way but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop checking.

Cooper Snowflake

Time to curl up next to the fireplace and enjoy some catnip

Free Holiday Gifts For Cats

This time of the year can be hectic for humans and their pets. I encourage you to take a moment to read this article Holiday Gifts You Can Give Your Cat- All Of Them Free. I bet it will give you some ideas of how you can make the season less stressful for your kittehs.

(Note To Self)


  • Remove the catnip cigar (click HERE for product link) from the cat room to the front room. You don’t need to panic when you see the cigar in front of the litter boxes from the corner of your eye.
  • Research and buy glass or high quality stainless steel cat bowls per vet’s suggestion. You don’t want Cooper’s feline acne to continue because of him using plastic bowls.
  • Make up Marley’s stuffed, frozen Kongs. She needs more entertainment this weekend because she doesn’t like to run in the heavy rain we’ve been getting this week.


Deck The Halls

If you’ve decorated for the holiday season, I hope everything is still intact! I try to keep our decorations to a minimum. It’s really just an excuse to put out more animal “stuff.” I hope you enjoy the Christmas items I’ve collected over the years.

Part of me is glad the cats don’t play with this because of the noisy bells😉

Here’s our pet stockings and photo ornaments.


Here’s the top of the bookcase with ornaments and a photo of Zinger with Santa. The wood carvings are from the Dog Bark Park Inn.


Our cute “cookie” jar made by Scentsy


My attempt at a photo Christmas Wreath


Petsmart Christmas Cat


Two days after putting up decorations, I found a stocking on the ground…


…Looks like a house cat is sending a message to the Barn Cats!