Monday Mentions: Veterinarians, Vaccines, Snakes & Cheese

Amy with Tina Martinez of Morris Animal Foundation

Amy with Tina Martinez of Morris Animal Foundation at the reception celebrating 65 years helping animals!

This past week has been a challenge–exciting, fun, head-pounding angst, and more. This blog migrated from one server to a new one that also hosts my author/speaker website and there were a few hiccups along the way. Not all subscribers automatically transferred over 🙁  and so I hope you’ll please SHARE this blog with all your pet-centric fur-loving and writer-icity friends and colleagues to get the Bling, Bitches & Blood back on track.

If y’all are ever in need of a guru to help with a blog migration, check out Tanya at She made it as painless and saved me many-several gray hairs.

Part of those gray hairs had to do with scheduling the move at the same time I was out of town. I attended the 85th Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, and my eyeballs nearly fell out of my head with all the reading, computer-note-taking, and video-picture-collecting needed. Yep, that’s why I’m wearing glasses in the picture.

I heard veterinarian and other expert speakers expound on the latest innovations in cat and dog health and behavior and attended dozens of sessions. The exhibition hall offered even more great information.

My–head–nearly–exploded! Hopefully, the info won’t leak out my ears before I get everything transcribed.

One of the highlights was attending a Morris Animal Foundation reception celebrating their 65th anniversary–wow! Lots of milestone anniversaries. There also were lots of NEW schtuff that I’ll report on as I’m able to catch my breath. An exciting innovation to watch is ZEUTERIN from Arc Sciences that allows the boy doggies to be neutered without surgery (they’re working on a cat version, never fear!). There’s also some new ways of checking to see if your pet NEEDS that vaccination booster or can wait a bit with an antibody screening test called VacciCheck. And lots of news on the pet insurance front, too. That’s just the tip of the furry iceberg, too–I have an 8-inch stack of materials to sift through.

You can get a taste of what you missed in the video, below. Lots of furry fixes, too! (including snake venom info!).

Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. This week, in honor of the Oscars, you’ll also find some screenwriting (and some teleplay) contests, thanks to my actor colleagues.

From my International Thriller Writer buddies, you can get all the top thriller writers in one anthology, LOVE IS MURDER, out in paperback tomorrow!


Amazon Changes Affiliate Rules and this blogger has his take on the situation.

Anthology Submissions Open from Writers Guide to EPublishing

Penguin Watching Partridge (India Imprint) from Writer Beware

Close-Up TV News & Radio Pay-To-Play I have gotten half a dozen pitches from these folks wanting me to pony-up major $$$ to be interviewed/featured. DON’T.

Facebook & Twitter App in Kindle lets you tweet/FB your opinion right from the book!


Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, i.e. the Oscars.

 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards.

 Austin Film Festival Heart of Film Screenwriting Competition


Script Pipeline.

Blue Cat Screenwriting Competition.


The American Canardly Association, Registration for YOUR pet!

Cheetahs & Shelter Dogs, a win-win partnership *check out the VIDEO below, too!*

Apps for Cats to turn your tablet in the BEST EVAH CAT TOY! thanks to my cat behavior consultant colleague Beth Adelman

Cats Get Frank Lloyd Wright Digs, this is great–thanks to the awesome cat-centric Deb Barnes for the head’s up.

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 radio show, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter. Stay up to date with the latest book give aways and appearances related to my  THRILLERS WITH BITE!


Monday Mentions: Veterinarians, Vaccines, Snakes & Cheese — 5 Comments

  1. James started watching over my shoulder at the litter genie video. LOL I don’t think either of us were quite sure what to make of that one. Though it spurred speculation yet again on what our cats would do with one of those self-cleaning litter boxes. We’re pretty sure Anubis would attack it. 😉

  2. Just thought I’d give this a try and it seems to be working for me using my Blogger account.

    I’m amazed by the conference video! I attend our state’s annual conference every year and just love all the vendors and freebies we get but this one is waaaayyyy cool. The booths are fantastic, really elaborate. Are the freebies better there too? I’m afraid I’m a freebie freak 🙂

    • Hi Andrea,

      Yes, the give-aways were unbelievable. They had drawings for iPads and Kindles, discounts on various vet equipment and even a drawing for a CAR! Lots of food samples, bags of booty everywhere. That last bit on the video was the AVMA Auxiliary and they had some gorgeous pet-themed watches and ties and purses and suchlike.

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