Website Fixed

I’m pleased to report that the www.owfi.org website once again functions as designed. Whew! What a helpless feeling. I want to be able to push an on-off switch, click on websites and easily read whatever and not worry about how it got loaded, servers, domain names, routing, IPs and whatnot. Thank the lord for people who understand such things!

Our “early bird” deadline for the price break of $125 for the 40th Anniversary Conference is March 1st, and thereafter the fee goes up to $150 — it includes two banquets, 40 seminars, a book signing event, editor/agent appointments with 5 agents and 7 NYC editors, and author speakers including a number who happen to be members of International Thriller Writers.

Y’all come! You can contact me at that site, if you have any questions.

amy

Website Hijacked!

I’m the president of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc, and we’ll celebrate our 40th Anniversary conference May 1-3. We are in the midst of receiving registrations and answering questions–and to our dismay, discovered that the www.owfi.org website has been removed from the ether, and replaced with an imposter!

We’ve paid our domain name on time. Our fees to the server are up to date. So we’re awaiting word on exactly what needs to be done to recover our home.

Meanwhile, anyone needing information that can’t wait about the conference can email directly to me: amy@shojai.com with “OWFI INFO” in the header.

Apologies for the confusion. I’m livid! And that’s being kind.

Pet Peeves Radio Shows

What HISSES you off about cats and dogs (or other pets)? The issues-oriented PET PEEVES weekly half hour podcast on www.petliferadio.com has become a wonderfully fun time!

So far, I’ve interviewed David Frei, the “voice” of the Westminster Dog Show, to find out if those frou-frou dogs have any brains beneath the poof. Check out “Only a Pretty Face?” and see if you agree or disagree with the experts.

Since February is National Pet Dental Health Month, my second show features the president of the American Veterinary Dental Society with tips on how to freshen up Boo-Boo’s nasty breath and prevent heart disease at the same time!

Next up will be “THE COST OF LOVE?” with a heavy-hitting discussion about expense of veterinary care.

I hope that any of the Red Room authors who happen to have a book that includes a pet–or a pet issue–will contact me about being a future guest. Woofs and purrs and see you on the radio!

amy

It’s All About the Cat!

I’m still here, in sunny Palm Springs, CA after an energetic and energizing day-and-a-half brainstorming with some of the most caring, influential, and savvy cat-centric people on the planet. I will be writing a couple of columns, perhaps an expanded article, and most certainly a radio show focussed on the subject and will post info and details about that in the days ahead. But what I can say is–we have an ACTION PLAN. Consider this the bare-bones of what’s to come–all the muscles, fur, and c’attitude will soon clothe this furry purring beast, to make it happen. Bottom line–

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CAT!

Here’s the Action Plan:

BRANDING THE CAT
CATalyst wants to better promote the idea that CATS are COOL, and improve the stature of cats

GUIDELINES
CATalyst believes it helpful to provide life stage care guidelines for the cat, and NEWS FLASH! in a collaborative effort the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) will work on this, and pending board approval, have that ready to assist in better defining what constitutes “good care.”

ANOTHER NEWS FLASH! Once the guidelines have been completed, AAHA, AAFP, Winn Feline Foundation along with funding from Hills and additional help from professional cat journalist will, in a collaborative effort, provide a CONSUMER FRIENDLY VERSION of these guidelines. More on that later!

CAT FRIENDLY PRACTICE
CATalyst understands that not all veterinary practices are as “cat-friendly” as they could be, and seeks to work on initiatives to make health care venues more attractive and user-friendly to cats and their people.

CONSUMER AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
CATalyst recognizes we love our cats, and many of us already have education and motivation–but others need extra help to enhance this information.

Okay, I’m late for a meeting, so more later.

in haste, the happy but tired,
amy
www.shojai.com

CATalist Summit–Your Chance to Talk to Vets!

I have a ‘flavor’ to ask you. *s* I know that many writers share their lives with cats–and this is your opportunity to help improve the lives of your pets.

According to the AVMA’s latest poll, 36.6 percent of cat-owning households received no vet care in 2006 compared to 17.3 percent of dog households. So the American Association of Feline Practitioners (cat veterinarians) host the CATalyst Summit next week.

The goal is to understand the decline in vet visits for cats, why cats’ needs continue to go unmet compared to dogs, and how that trend can be reversed and improve feline care. I’ll be there and would love to pass on cat owners’ opinions to these experts. This is YOUR CHANCE to get them to listen!

1. Nowadays, vets recommend twice a year “wellness visits” for cats. Why do you (or don’t you) do this?

2. Do you think cats aren’t cared for as well as dogs–If so (if not) why?

3. What would help you better care for your cats?

The meetings are Tuesday and Wednesday but please post even after those days and I can still pass on the info. You could help improve the care and health of your cats.

best,
amy