Today’s Monday Mentions is a PETpourri mashup of lots of kewl links, weird stuff, and furry fun. First up (pun intended), April is National Pet First Aid Month–so I want to give a shout-out to all the fantastic folks who teach pet parents how to help their fur-kids. Hopefully y’all got the word about Easter lilies and gifted only non-pet folks to keep these poisonous plants away from your cats and dogs.
Diane Troup contacted me years ago about using one of my books (yep, the 1st aid one) as a resource for her classes–yay! So imagine my surprise when a couple weeks ago she emailed me that she’s created CParf! and includes the book as part of her classes to continue that furry dream. How many pet lives have been saved because Diane saw a need and ran with it? Nobody wants to think about a pet emergency but if it happens, you want to be prepared!
It’s sort of like CPR for writing. Nothing sucks quite as much as finishing a manuscript that’s DOA–and anyone able to rescue-breathe life back into a project gets lots of wags and purrs. Editors have pulled my tail outta the fire more than once.
So . . . does this kitten need editing? I love Caster, this site comes up with some of the neatest feline stories–funny, strange, kewl, and…weird. For instance, check out the EARS on this little beauty! The story features two kittens, each supposedly with double sets of ears, and speculation about creating a new feline breed.
What d’ya think? Would you go for a four-eared feline? Would these kitties hear twice as well as the two-eared variety? Spontaneous mutations aren’t new–the hairless Sphynx, for instance. But should all of ‘em be candidates for founding a kitty dynasty? What would you do?
Maybe that’s a question to pose to author Darlene Arden. Her latest book, the spectacular The Complete Cat’s Meow includes some of the more popular breeds (none with 4 ears!) and great info directly from breeders. Darlene is an award-winning writer, lecturer and Certified Animal Behavior Consultant who researches thoroughly and writes with flair, passion and authority for her subject. This is a book you don’t want to miss, and covers kitten-to-adult-to-senior choices, care, behavior and more.
Rather listen to a radio show, or chat up the experts yourself? Betcha Animal Café would pounce on the topic of doggy and kitty mutations. You gotta check out this podcast/chat site, what a great concept! Every week on Monday you’ll find a new podcast interview by one of the Café’s team: Eric Goebelbecker, CPDT-KA (Dog Spelled Forward), Dr. Lorie Huston, DVM (The Pet Health Care Gazette), Edie Jarolim, Author, Pet Travel Expert (Will My Dog Hate Me) and Mary Haight, Animal Welfare advocate (Dancing Dog Blog). Tune in Monday night to hear interviews with authors, business owners, not-for-profits, experts and enthusiasts, people doing good things for animals. On Wednesday night at 9pm EST, the interviewed guest comes to the Chat Café to answer your questions and respond to comments.
Finally, just for some bizarre weird fun, check out this video. Y’all know that I’m a cat and dog behavior consultant but maybe I need to branch out?
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