My Cat & Dog Hates My Date! #Valentines Tips For #Pets Lovers

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“He’s looking at me, what do I say?…he IS kinda cute…”

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but all too often I hear the lament, MY CAT HATES MY DATE! Dogs tend to be more forgiving but there can be dogs that hate your boyfriend, too.

The past few years, I’ve recorded a couple hundred videos in ASK AMY quick tips on my YouTube channel. Finally, I’m putting that in order, with some fresh content and reorganizing the videos. So I figured it’s appropriate to share with you one of the most popular ones “My Cat Hates My Boyfriend!” as well as a couple of brand new ones. Scroll down for the latest–some tips for an emergency cat sitter helping out a friend, when the cat HATES the stranger.

The best way to your lover’s heart and affections, though, is to win over the pet. Instead of giving her a gift, bring something for your girlfriend’s dog or cat. That shows you’re not only considerate of what’s important to your date, but that you’re sensitive to her family (the furry ones).

So in addition to these brief videos, you can find detailed step by step info in my quick-tips guides of the same title. Hey, it’s not just about dates…what happens if the pet hates the new grandbaby?

Don’t forget to enter my Valentine’s Contest giving away 50 copies of “CAT FACTS.”

Here’s a fun question, I’d love to know. Would you ever date (or consider marrying) someone who didn’t like your pets? Or that your pets didn’t like? Do tell!

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SEREN TURNS 20! and Celebrating Valentine’s Day

CatBirthday_49873051_originalExactly a year ago I wrote a post about how Karma-Kat arrived just in time to celebrate Seren’s birthday. So now the pair of them share a birthday and gotcha-day, and yesterday (well, it’s the date we chose anyway for her birthday…)

SEREN’S 20 YEARS OLD!

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In fact, ever since the boy-kitty arrived, Seren’s turned back the clock and today is more active and engaged than when she was 16. She’s still my dainty princess…I can’t imagine life without her.

It seems appropriate to celebrate our special brand of love for Valentine’s Day, in honor of Seren and Karma, and all the kitties that make our lives complete. Want a free book? keep reading!

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CAT FACTS CONTEST & GIVE AWAY!

In honor of Seren’s inspiration over 2 decades, I’ve launched a contest give-away of FIFTY (50) E-COPIES my newest book CAT FACTS. I’ll be giving away some coupon discount codes, too.

This is a new kind of contest–and winning is completely in YOUR paws. The entrants who shares the contest the most times and garner the most referrals wins. That simple, just share the paw-some opportunity for a free cat book with your cat loving peeps. You’ll get your own individual URL to share when you click here to enter your email for the contest here.

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Go ahead and check out the link–you’ll see a digital preview of the book, too, so you can see what it will look like on your Kindle or iPad, with all the color pictures and suchlike.

And if you’d prefer the print copy of the book, your entry also qualifies you for a chance to win a $5 discount code for the print version. Click HERE to enter & get your unique URL code to share.

Seren and Karma inspired the CAT FACTS book, and I guess you could say that I spent my last 20 years with Seren by my side researching this book. Now it’s time to share the Valentine’s Day kitty love with this CAT FACTS contest.

WHAT REVIEWERS SAY ABOUT CAT FACTS

“It covers every medical and behavioral issue you can possibly think of in alphabetical order with symptoms, first aid, home care, holistic help (LOVE THIS FEATURE!!!), vet care and prevention…”

“This book is, by far, one of the most comprehensive books about cat health topics I have read…”

The graphics are gorgeous. Very all-inclusive information. Owners, shelters and rescues need to have this book at the ready on their shelves.”

“…you will find over 200 entries culled from Shojai’s 25+ years of experience and her interviews with more than 400 veterinarians on all matters related to feline health and well being.”

THE CLOCK IS TICKING…

CatFactsBe sure to enter before the contest closes at midnight February 14, 2016. The 50 winners will be selected by the nifty software that measures shares and referrals, and sent the download link for EPub, mobi and PDF files, which will be available through the end of the month to the winners. And then the remaining top share entrants will receive their $5-off discount code for the PRINT version.

For all the peeps interested, I’ll share the results of the contest in a future blog, too–even perhaps a how-to so you can use the same strategy for a cause close to your heart.

How do YOU celebrate your cats’ birthdays and gotcha days? Karma’s playing “surfing cat” while I drag him around the carpet on a towel. Seren’s getting extra scritches and treats (Karma, too, of course).

But for me, that’s a birthday and Valentine’s that I get to celebrate all year long.

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#Thrillers Thursday: Brendan Rielly AN UNBEATEN MAN

Chills, thrills and spills with Thriller Thursday by Amy Shojai

Chills, thrills and spills with Thriller Thursday by Amy Shojai

THRILLER THURSDAY is a new occasional feature of Bling, Bitches & Blood. As a member of International Thriller Writers and alumni of the ITW Debut Author Program, it is my honor to showcase select ITW authors and books participating in the ITW Bloggers Program. If you love reading great books as much as I do, check out my guest BRENDON RIELLY! 

Brendan book cover photoAn Unbeaten Man is Brendan Rielly’s first thriller. Brendan is a member of ITW and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and studied advanced fiction writing while attending law school. Brendan is chair of Jensen Baird’s litigation department and lives with his wife and three children in Westbrook, Maine, where he is the City Council President. Brendan is the middle of three generations of Maine authors with his father and son (as a high school senior) also published. Check out Brendan Rielly’s author page here and be sure to LIKE him on Facebook.

 

I met Brendan (in the *virtual* sense) through the International Thriller Writers. We are both members of the “blog-icity” team for the organization, and one of the perks is we get to read each other’s books. And hey, I just found out he was born in South Bend, Indiana, not too far from Elkhart/Bristol where I grew up. Small world, eh? (Of course, now he’s in Maine and I’m in Texas so not sure what that means). :)

Now, my TBR pile teeters dangerously toward the ceiling and my taste in thrillers runs more toward the medical and action/adventure rather than espionage. I’m also a bit leery of Middle East/terrorist type plots (some of y’all know why) so I put off starting the book.

But no worries there…HOLY CATS within the first few paragraphs, the story grabbed me by the throat (in a good way!) and never let go, AN UNBEATEN MAN sucked me into this race-against-time of global proportions. I’m surprised the main character Michael McKeon survives either physically or emotionally, after what he goes through, and the reader continues to root for him all the while knowing he simply can’t overcome the odds…and yet someone “keeps on ticking.” And guess what? the satisfying ending makes it clear that this is just the beginning of what promises to be a fantastic series. BRAVO!

I can see why Douglas Preston offered such a glowing quote for this debut novelist. Be sure to check out other reviews from the likes of Steve Berry, Gayle Lynds and more on this page. 

“An Unbeaten Man is a first-class thriller that starts with a fascinating premise—that a microbe can destroy petroleum stocks—and spins into a story of international intrigue, suspense, and maximum mayhem. This well-crafted novel offers compelling characters, believable science, exotic settings, and plenty of surprises. Highly recommended!” –Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author of The Kraken Project and Blue Labyrinth

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Abandoned by his father, orphaned by his drug-addled mother, and devastated by the murder of his sister, Michael McKeon was once a hardened “street dog who learned to play in traffic.” Years later, Michael is now a Bowdoin College professor with a wife and adopted daughter. When he creates a microbe that instantly cleans up any oil spill, no matter how large, by devouring the oil, that discovery should be the breakthrough that defines a career. But the microbiologist’s life is ruined when The Global Group kidnaps his wife and daughter, forcing him to use his microbe to destroy all Saudi and Russian oil. As Michael races against the clock to save his family, he becomes a threat to the secret efforts of the American, Russian and Saudi governments to douse the flames in the Middle East by implementing a new Marshall Plan.

Haunted by the loss of one family and determined not to lose another, Michael will do anything to save his wife and daughter, even if it means throwing the world into chaos. And heaven help anyone, even his own government, who tries to stop him. From the moment Michael’s family is kidnapped, the action never stops, propelling him relentlessly from Bowdoin College’s deceptively tranquil campus in Brunswick, Maine, to a hidden laboratory in the United Arab Emirates; to Abqaiq in the desolate and unforgiving Empty Quarter; to the bitter isolation of the Sakhalin Island oil fields off Russia’s far eastern coast; and to the final showdown in an isolated dacha outside Moscow, where Michael may not survive the ultimate betrayal of discovering who is really behind The Global Group.
Down East Books is the go-to source for books about Maine, and an imprint of Globe Pequot, the trade division of Rowman & Littlefield. AN UNBEATEN MAN published November 2015 | Hardback $24.95 | 6×9 | 260pp.  (NOOK Ebook $11.99)
BUY THE BOOK on all fine book venues including Amazon and Barnes & Nobel

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Amy Shojai Joins Cat Friendly Practice Advisory Council

Cat Friendly Pratices make exam times fear free fro cats.

Cat Friendly Practices make exam times fear free for cats.

I am so honored to have been asked to serve on the Cat Friendly Practice Advisory Council, along with over 60 other cat care professionals. You can see the full CFP Advisory Council list here, and it reads like a who’s who among the cat community! This is a volunteer position, and I’m not being compensated for this post…other than in terms of feeling good about promoting a PAW-some program.

Cat_Friendly_Logo_lowResAs a member of this group, from time to time I’ll share information that will benefit you, your veterinarian–and most of all, that furry wonder dozing right now in your lap.

What is a Cat Friendly Practice? Take a look at the video, below, for more details and click here to take you directly to the American Association of Feline Practitioners to find out how to find your Cat Friendly Practice. 

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5 #Blizzard Tips from the ASPCA to Save Your #Pets Life!

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This post published February 9, 2015 but with the crazy blizzard-icity hitting the country, it’s appropriate to freshen up the info. PLEASE take precautions for both yourself and your pets. SHARE this post with anyone needing the help.

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In the past I’ve blogged about cold weather dangers for pets and this past week N. Texas has enjoyed some sunny, warm days. But in other parts of the country–yet another blizzard threatens. Thank you to the ASPCA for sending this important and insightful infographic designed to keep your dogs and cats safe!

You’ll find life saving first aid tips for hypothermia, frostbite, CPR, even cat fan belt injuries and more in The First Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats — and in my new CAT FACTS book. But prevention trumps after the fact every time. So please SHARE this post far and wide, and get our fur-kids the protection they need!

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