I Used to Be a Cats Only Person

Our Day 2 assignment for Blogging U’s Blogging 101 is to “Take Control of Your Title and Tagline.”

This subject actually came up at an interview I went on recently. The interviewer asked me why I named my blog lifewithdogsandcats vs. lifewithcatsanddogs. I didn’t have an answer; because normally, I would have done it the second way (alphabetically).


So, I thought about it and decided I liked my Blog Title, but I did change my Blog Tagline a little.

Was ~
What’s life without pets? My blog will offer advice, helpful links, and funny stories for man’s best friend and our feline companions.

Now ~
What’s life without pets from a former cats only person? My blog will offer advice, helpful links, and some great stories for man’s best friend and our feline companions.


Old Habits Aren’t Forgotten

I signed up for Blogging U’s 3-week Blogging 101 course. Our first assignment is to write and publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post. So, I looked at what I wrote when I started blogging in 2012.

Can I Retire Yet? The older I get, the more I think about this question. I want to sleep in, lounge around the house, spend time with our grandchildren, write a children’s book…. Until that time comes though, I enjoy cooking, crafts, gardening, photography, reading; and of course, spending time with our pets. If you’re like me, your pets are part of your family.

What’s life without pets? My blog will offer advice, helpful links, and funny stories for man’s best friend and our feline companions.

That is all still true, but I think I’ve gotten away from what I love . . . photography & writing. It’s more about attaching cute or funny web images and quoting articles. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I started my blog to keep my mind active. You see, my Mom has Alzheimer’s, and I’m scared to death of getting this awful disease like millions of other people. Don’t worry . . . the cute/funny web images and quotes won’t stop, but there might be less of them.

~ So, old habits aren't forgotten by humans or pets.

~ So, old habits aren’t forgotten by humans or pets.

It was so cute! While Casey was licking his paws, Jake jumped up in my lap. He usually curls up and goes to sleep; but instead, Jake went and sat in front of Casey. Then, he bowed his head down, wanting Casey to lick his head. Casey didn’t understand though. He just looked at me . . . Ugh Mom, why is Jake being chummy with me?

You see, Jake used to do this with Zack, and Zack would give Jake his Mr. Wethead look. But gosh, that was two and a half years ago.

So then, Jake just layed down by Casey, stretching one paw out touching Casey’s leg. Casey flinched and then jumped down off the couch. Here’s Jake & Casey sleeping side-by-side.

Need Help Trying to Brush Your Doggie’s Teeth?


It’s probably not hard to imagine why your dog might not want a plastic item covered in weirdly textured paste shoved into her mouth as you pry it open. To make the process of brushing easier, you can get her used to the brush, the paste, and the handling of her mouth before you get to the actual brushing. It helps to choose a location where positive things happen to her, like the room where she is fed. That way, she won’t associate one area with getting her teeth brushed. Then, you can get her used to the brush and toothpaste (at least the smell of it). Put the toothbrush on the floor with her toys, on her bed, on the counter—wherever she will see it and get used to it. Next step: the mouth. If your dog has been aggressive when you try to handle her mouth, or is very fearful, it’s a good idea to ask your vet how to proceed. Otherwise, pick a time when your dog is hungry, grab a handful of treats, put your dog on her leash and sit on the floor with her. Pet her body, moving toward her chin. Pet her there, then feed her a treat. Do this a few more times. If she seems relaxed, you can move on to the next step: pet her chin, then run your hand up over the top of her muzzle. Then it’s treat time. Repeat two times. If your dog is relaxed and cheerful, you can try using the toothbrush. If she starts looking concerned or frightened, go back a step. Keep using soothing words and treats. Soon, she’ll probably be happy to open up and let you brush. See? Having clean teeth doesn’t have to be a traumatic process for either you or your pooch!


If your dog still fights you tooth & nail though, Nylabone Dental Chews, Quado Bones Dog Treats, or even Rawhide Chews that soften as your dog chews are another option for plaque removal. I used to buy Virbac’s C.E.T. Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews for Zack, and we did not have any choking issues with this brand. I had to stop buying them for Casey simply because one of the ingredients is Poultry Digest.

And, here are 2 more dental care articles:



Happy Valentine’s Day 2015!


Here’s 3 tips from ~


1. Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Theirs. Everyone knows that chocolate causes abnormally high heart rhythms in dogs, among other problems. But not everyone is aware that baking chocolate is especially toxic. While an M&M or two may not do any harm, a dog or cat that snatches a large chunk of baking chocolate from the counter may end up in the ER. It is essential to keep all chocolates out of your pet’s reach. Yes, even that last raspberry-filled nugget from the assorted box of chocolates no one ever seems to want to eat.
2. Skip the Candygram. Sugar-free candies and gums often contain large amounts of Xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to pets, especially dogs. If ingested, it may cause vomiting, loss of coördination, seizures; and in severe cases, liver failure.
3. A Rose is Just a Rose. But then again, it can also be something that hurts your pets. The aroma from your floral arrangement may be too enticing for your dog or cat, and it only takes a nibble to cause a severe reaction. Even small amounts may lead to cases of upset stomachs or vomiting, particularly if the plant or flower is toxic. Be extremely careful if your arrangement contains lilies, as these lovely flowers are fatally poisonous to cats.


It’s Pet Dental Health Month


Guess True or False to the following statements:

1. The hard smooth covering on a tooth is called the “enamel.”
2. Cats have fewer permanent adult teeth than ferrets.
3. Puppies have 14 fewer teeth than adults.
4. Another name for baby teeth is “deciduous teeth.”
5. The lower jaw is called the “mandible.”
6. The upper jaw is called the “maxilla.”
7. The large fang in a cat is called the “canine” tooth.
8. Abnormal tooth alignment is called “malocclusion.”
9. Some teeth of a dog have 3 roots.
10. The hair-like structures on the tongue of a cat are called “papillae.”
11. The condition in which the lower jaw protrudes out past the upper jaw is called “prognathism.”
12. Stomatitis is an inflammation of the soft tissues of the mouth.

1. True
2. True
3. True
4. True
5. True
6. True
7. True
8. True
9. True
10. True
11. True
12. True

0-2 Major review required
3-5 Ongoing study needed
6-8 Upgraded learning suggested
9-10 Technical knowledge applauded
11-12 Highest regards given


And now, here’s some funny pictures to add a little humor to this serious pet health issue.