Please note that some posts contains affiliate links & I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links Find out More

Monday Mentions: Blonds, Pirates & Two-Legged Cats

by | Jun 18, 2012 | Cat Behavior & Care, Dog Training & Care, Writing Advice & More | 14 comments

Fresh fruit right off the tree just tastes better than anything you can buy in stores. We had a bumper crop this year on our little peach tree. And last night I turned some of those peaches into cobbler–yum! Today’s blog also has some “fresh picks” that I hope will be just to your taste. 🙂

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Some of this “schtuff” can be hard to categorize and may fit more than one topic so I urge you to at least scan them all.

I also urge you to check out last week’s Woof Wednesday and Feline Friday blogs for a chance to have YOUR pet’s name featured in my upcoming thriller LOST AND FOUND.


Desk Posture Conundrum–Sitting Straight “Bad” for Backs?

Class Action Suit Against PublishAmerica as reported by WriterBeware

Conan the Librarian from the fun blog of Myndi Shafer

Timeline Help from ScribbleCode when you have plot points that require detailed info to get it right! This looks awesome

World’s Smallest Artificial Heart should be great jumping-off point for you fiction authors

Dangerous Compassion–writing villains from real life experience. Scary blog post you’ll want to read!

Why I’m Trashing My “Blond” Card from the awesome writer August McLaughlin

Writing Treasures from Gene Lempp’s terrific blog, links to all-things-writerly

Facebook Friendly How to get FB to “pull” the right content in your posted links

Online Pirates & How to Send A Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Takedown Notice thank you Diana Capri for the link


PetFinder Is Hiring looking for a digital associate producer–love animals? love writing? Check out the link!

Litter Box Issues–Free Online Chat from certified cat behavior consultant Marilyn Krieger

National Dog Party Day June 22 from my colleague and awesome paw-ty animal Arden Moore. It’s also National Take Your Dog to Work Day sponsored by Pet Sitters International

Pet Tips for Road Trips

Alley Cat Rescue National Feral Cats Survey

Golden Retriever Lifetime Health Study helps cancer issues, bravo to Morris Animal Health! Enroll your Golden today.

Training Bras–for Cats? lessons from a true cat-aholic!

Elephant Care & Protected Contact, thanks to awesome dog trainer Gary Wilkes for sending the links to this article.

Iranian Cat Finds New Home

Finally, two videos that bring a smile to my face, and I hope to you, too.

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Do you have a new kitten and need answers? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly PUPPY CARE must knows, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter for your chance to NAME THAT DOG character in the forthcoming THRILLER, LOST & FOUND, and pet book give-aways!


  1. August McLaughlin

    Brilliant mashup, Amy. Thanks for including my post!

    You’re so right about fresh fruit tasting best. Growing up with parents who garden and cook taught me this. I appreciate that more and more as an adult. 🙂

    • amyshojai

      I never liked tomatoes until I tasted some right off the vine…incredible differences!

  2. Marcia

    Fresh fruit and vegetables are my favorite foods. Those peaches look amazing! Pass the cobbler?
    Love the mashup! So much great stuff! August’s post was spectacular!

  3. Tameri Etherton

    Ooooh, peach cobbler. Yum. Now I really, really want some!

    What an awesome line up. I’m just starting my day’s blog reads so I got lucky coming here first. Such a treasure trove of goodness.

    • amyshojai

      Thanks Tameri. We had enough peaches to freeze some for more cobbler later. 🙂

  4. Gene Lempp

    Training bras for cats! Okay, I am definitely reading that one. Great golden mashup, Amy. Thanks for the linkage 🙂

    • amyshojai

      Absolutely Gene! I always read your blogs, they’re great.

  5. Karyl Cunningham

    I saw that thing about sitting. Funny because that’s about the angle I prefer to sit at when I’m at work now. And when I get home, I don’t sit on the couch… I kind of flop instead. Can’t stand couches that don’t have a suitable shoulder resting spot on the edges.

    On the blonde article, I find it interesting: “men act dumber after seeing blonde women compared to others. The researchers attributed the findings to human nature: We tend to take on behaviors of nearby others” I wonder if they have also looked into the correlation between whether these men also consider blondes to be “more attractive”, as some studies have also shown that people, men especially (though I have known MANY women who do it too) actually start to act dumber around someone they find attractive. So is it really because they think the blondes are dumb, or do they think she’s hot and the blood goes… ah… elsewhere? 😉 More often, with my hair, I get mistaken for “sweet and innocent” and they get a little shocked when they try to pull something and find I’ve inherited the Irish temper from my grandmother. LOL Or that I can rough it up with the guys. I asked someone once why people kept mistaking me for this innocent demure little thing (which, admittedly, I used to be) – only thing he could figure was because the blonde hair made me look “angelic” so nobody expected me to crack some of the jokes I do or be as badass in the fencing salle as I was at that time (oh I need to get that back). No fool had mistaken me for dumb, though.

    Sadly with the temporary red dye, I haven’t been out in many social situations to see if people’s reaction to me is any different. The few times I’ve really been out anywhere, though, I haven’t noticed a difference. But I have to admit, being confused for “sweet and innocent” can be a fun little turnaround now and then. People trying to take advantage of my “innocence” can get a nice little scare when I bite back. I like to think that maybe it’ll scare them off from trying it with other people who really ARE that innocent. Yes, the wee elfin girl knows what you’re up to, and she called you on it – and yes, she WILL do it in public and embarass the hell out of you. 😛

    Though on the note of the nutrient deficiencies leading to “dumb” behaviors, I will note there is a certain type of b-vitamin deficiency that is statistically more prevalent in blondes. Not sure if it’s directly related to the hair color mutation, or if it’s linked to something else in the Scandinavian genome, but apparently the link is there.

    I wish more people knew about TNR and how it’s done, what it means, WHY it’s done, and the benefits for it. I’ve seen posts from folks who don’t know freaking out about some cat they saw with part of an ear trimmed off, not understanding why anyone would do such a thing. One even went so far as to worry that someone was doing some kind of horrible experiments on the cats after they were returning with stiches in their bellies. The amount of times I’ve had to explain… *facepalm* It’s usually younger users of some of the social sites I’m on, but not always.

    I have known SO many Goldies who died of cancer. 🙁 Hopefully the study helps them figure it out! Totally tweeting that one to spread the word.

    • amyshojai

      Thanks for spreading the word about the Goldens–Morris does wonderful work for our dogs, especially their cancer initiatives. I had to LOL your comment about the TNR and the “horrible experiments…” That could inspire a pretty weird urban legend about swiping kitty kidneys for transplants or something.

      I used to be blond. Hair has darkened as I got older. I don’t recall if folks treated me differently or not. It’s true that I was more shy and put up with a lot more crap in my younger years but since then I found my inner b*tch, LOL!

      • Karyl Cunningham

        Yeah I’m waiting for that legend to crop up. Or for somebody to write a book where people do that, and come up with some diabolical plan for why.

        My mom used to be blonde too – has hair about the color yours is now. Mine doesn’t seem to be darkening (though even before the dye it was getting some strawberry streaks). Finding your inner b*tch can be so freeing, can’t it? Big improvement from getting walked all over, at least. 🙂 As long as you don’t go too far the other way. LOL

        • amyshojai

          My dog says, “Going too far? I don’t get it.” 🙂

  6. Laird Sapir

    This is such a great mashup, Amy! Thanks for the mention! 🙂


Leave a Reply


Recent Posts

Safe Hot Weather Games for Pets: Keep Cats & Dogs Cool in Hot Weather

Yikes! It’s hot-hot-hot here in Texas. We’ve hit triple digits already. Shadow-Pup is NOT happy. He misses his ZOOMIES in the back garden, but I’m afraid to let him overdo too much. It’s time for hot weather games for pets and keeping cats and dogs cool in hot weather. This year, I’ve invested in more indoor fun for Karma-Kat and Shadow-pup, some with the help of pet products companies sharing neato-torpedo products. Here are some of my favorite pet hot weather games, including Tearribles, Purrini, and LifePro Dog Treatmill (giving some schtuff away!).

What kind of cat toys float your kitty’s boat?  Do your pets enjoy water fountains? Would your hot dog relish a cooling bed, or a wading pool? I offer some more hot weather games and tips in the ASK AMY video, below.

And for a flash from the past, enjoy the Magical-Dawg video of some water fun. I need to get that doggy tub out this year and see if Shadow might indulge.

How do your dogs deal with the weather? Please share your tips for keeping hot dogs cool customers!

Fearful Fido? Know the Signs of Dog Fear, Anxiety, and Stress (FAS)

June is Pet Anxiety Awareness Month. Do you have a fearful Fido? Do you need help with the fireworks and loud thunderstorms happening this time of year that makes dogs scared? It seems silly, but some dogs feel stress when their human wears a hat! I wanted to share some resources for recognizing and understanding signs of canine fear, anxiety, and stress.

While it’s normal for dogs to be cautious and not run head on into traffic, too much stress and anxiety isn’t healthy. Fear, anxiety, and stress (FAS) also affect the immune system, impacting both physical and emotional health.

Up to 20 percent of dogs will be born prone to introversion and fear. Proper socialization improves puppy confidence, but abuse or poor socialization can result in anxiety-ridden adults. Pain or illness also can cause anxiety so these dogs associate certain kinds of handling with discomfort. Ongoing anxiety, stress or fear may lead to fear aggression.

Extreme fear interferes with learning, making it even more difficult to help dogs overcome the angst. Fearful dogs quickly recognize that escape behaviors or fear aggression makes the scary situation go away, so they learn to repeat these behaviors…

Chewy Once a Year Blue Box Event: Pet Products Savings for Your Special Pets

Y’all may notice something different about my blog–yes, it’s been spiffed up, thanks to a fantastic web designer! Seems the perfect time to celebrate with some great opportunities for your pets. Once a year, Chewy price drops all kinds of pet goodies in their Blue Box Event–good from June 21 through June 24, so don’t wait. Stock up on all the must-have dog products and cat essentials, as well as pocket pet supplies. Oh, you’ll find way too many bargains for me to list simply by going to this Blue Box Event link. But here are some of my favorites. Shadow-Pup and Karma-Kat put in their orders. Shhh, keep it a secret or your fur buddies may swipe the credit cards and have a fun time!

Get a $25 eCard Gift Card when you purchase $75 worth of select pet products favorites.

Up to 50% Off Select Toys During Chewy’s Blue Box Event.

Up to 50% Off Select Disney During Chewy’s Blue Box Event

Up to 30% Off Once-a-Year Pet Parent Deals During Chewy’s Blue Box Event

Learn about more savings…

Small In Show: Calling All Pocket (and other ) Pets!

Why do dogs and cats get all the love? Well… they deserve it, but so do the #SmallInShow contenders, as Rainn Wilson says. “Small pets are truly overlooked. Everyone goes straight to dogs and cats. But Kaytee is out to show that these little creatures have big personalities and are just as worthy to be part of your family. That’s something that was easy to get behind,” said Rainn Wilson.

No, I’m not compensated to share this. It just tickled me, and we all need some giggles these days. Back in the day, I loved my hamsters Whiskers, Snowball, and Cinnamon, and the first pet article I ever sold (for real live dollar$$$) detailed the story of my rescue parrot, Venus, a spectacle Amazon. Pocket pets deserve the love, too.

Besides, I miss attending Westminster, and certainly understand where Rainn comes from in his disappointment. Enjoy this fun MOCK-umentary from Kaytee. The company is launching its inaugural #SmallinShow Award Show, inviting pet parents of hamsters, bunnies, mice, birds and other small companions to share images and stories of their mini heroes across social media. The #SmallinShow Award Show will culminate with the crowning of three winners who will each receive a one-year supply of Kaytee products….

Work Goes To the Dogs & Cats: PSI’s Take Your Pet To Work Week!

Today, it’s PSI’s TAKE YOUR CAT TO WORK DAY! At my house, every week is Take Your Pet to Work Week. This year, it falls on June 20-24, with the CATS’ day on Monday, and the DOGS’ day on Friday. For many folks who continue to work at home, they experience the joy–and challenges–of work with furry companions 24/7.

Created by Pet Sitters International in 1999 to help promote pet adoptions, this week celebrates the 24th anniversary of the event. I’ve written about this nearly every year, so you’ll recognize some of the pictures in the blog.

This year, of course, we have a new dog, Shadow, helping us celebrate. And we’re still navigating a new “normal” after losing our beloved Bravo following his cancer diagnosis. You’ll see some pictures of Bravo with Karma and Shadow, below, as I can’t bear to remove them just yet…after all, he’s still one of my Furry Muses…

Heatstroke Dangers: Pet First Aid for Hot Weather Play & Travel

These hot summer days, Shadow loves to run and play outside, but the hot weather can lead to heatstroke dangers in dogs as well as people. This week, we topped the thermostat at 101 degrees, and it will continue to hover near three digits all week long. Fun in the sun can quickly turn to tragedy if pet owners don’t take precautions to prevent cat and dog heatstroke dangers. Pet heatstroke is common because cats and dogs can’t effectively keep cool in hot summer weather. It becomes especially dangerous during summer travel in cars. Here’s how to save your pets’ lives if they overheat…

How to Prepare for a Disaster: Pet Preparedness & Tips

With the latest hurricane on the way, it's time to revisit your pet disaster plan. You do have one, right? After Katrina and Harvey, everyone should understand the importance of disaster preparation. June is National Pet Preparedness Month, and in the fall, September...

Check the Chip: All About Pet Microchips

It's Check Your Pet Microchip Day on August 15! It's early to check but everyone needs a reminder. Your cats and dogs are microchipped, right? When he was (ahem) neutered, Shadow-Pup got his microchip. Both Bravo-Dawg and Karma-Kat already had microchips so that if...

Our Pet Memory Garden: Honoring Furry Muses

Those who follow this blog know about our rose garden tribulations. We live on 13 acres, with lots of area to landscape. It remains a work in progress, and I had several ideas for pet remembrance and plants to honor pets like my Bravo, Magic, Seren and others....

Visit Amy’s Website

Amy Shojai CACB is an award winning author.  You can find all her publications and book her to speak via her website. 

On Demand Writer Coaching is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to



Pin It on Pinterest

Share This