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WHAT IS PASSOVER?
FROM CHABAD.ORG

What Is Passover?
The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan, April 10–18, 2017. It commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It is observed by avoiding leaven, and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of the Exodus. In 2017,
In Hebrew it is known as Pesach (which means “to pass over”), because G‑dpassed over the Jewish homes when killing the Egyptian firstborn on the very first Passover eve.
The Passover Story in a Nutshell
After many decades of slavery to the Egyptian pharaohs, during which time the Israelites were subjected to backbreaking labor and unbearable horrors, G‑d saw the people’s distress and sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message: “Send forth My people, so that they may serve Me.” But despite numerous warnings, Pharaoh refused to heed G‑d’s command. G‑d then sent upon Egypt ten devastating plagues, afflicting them and destroying everything from their livestock to their crops.
At the stroke of midnight of 15 Nissan in the year 2448 from creation (1313 BCE), G‑d visited the last of the ten plagues on the Egyptians, killing all their firstborn. While doing so, G‑d spared the children of Israel, “passing over” their homes—hence the name of the holiday. Pharaoh’s resistance was broken, and he virtually chased his former slaves out of the land. The Israelites left in such a hurry, in fact, that the bread they baked as provisions for the way did not have time to rise. Six hundred thousand adult males, plus many more women and children, left Egypt on that day and began the trek to Mount Sinai and their birth as G‑d’s chosen people.
To read the complete Passover story click here
To our Jewish friends:
Card from care2.com

To those who celebrate,
Chag Sameach!!

To our friends who will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 21st, we  wish you a Happy Easter!!! 



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NomNomNow has sponsored this post with product and monetary compensation, but all opinions are my own, read important disclaimers throughout this blog post.

Photo Courtesy of NomNomNow

When NomNomNow first began their goal was to enable pet parents to improve the health and wellness of their pets by "equipping them with excellent nutrition, acting as partners in the care of their pets, and providing a range of resources and services to make every aspect of being a pet parent as easy, convenient, and positively impactful as possible."


The NomNomNow:INSIGHTS, kit is an easy to use, at-home microbiome testing kit for pets that will give their parents an in-depth look at the health of their cat or dog's  gut bacteria


What is the microbiome?


"The microbiome, in humans and in our pets, is a unique population of microorganisms that live within and on us. The diversity and types of microorganisms help to keep our pets healthy. Similarly though, these microbes can contribute to pet illnesses if there are disruptions to a healthy balance in the microbiome. So clearly the microbiome is an important part of maintaining our pets’ health!"

Why test the gut?
"The microbiome of the gut is the largest and most studied microbiome, and has been demonstrated to impact a wide variety of different health-related systems including things like food digestion, immune system function, weight management and even mood and behavior."



 I am one who will ALWAYS listen to my Veterinarian FIRST, but agreed many moons ago to test this product, (because I misunderstood what it was and thought it was a DNA testing kit which it is not),  and decided to give it a go and see what it reveals. Regardless of what the results reveal, my Veterinarian is my ultimate "go to" and personally I would never take action in reference to anything pertaining to Cody and Dakota based on results from a kit. Everyone has to make their own informed decisions. I am featuring this product simply because I said that I would. For me, and many others, my Veterinarian is my ultimate source that I trust. That being said, this kit could not  have been easier to use!



Everything you need is in this kit when it arrives.


It comes with step-by-step instructions:


You first collect a stool sample. using the enclosed items:




You then put the sample in the vial and shake it up until the stool dissolves in the liquid.

You put it in the mailing enclosed bag:

You then register your sample on their website:


Put it in the enclosed mailing envelope and mail


 Their scientists will analyze the sample collected from Cody to evaluate the types of bacteria that reside in his  gut, then they will send me a report describing Cody's overall structure and how he compares to other pets. (When I receive my report I will let you know how I read it, they provide detailed instructions as to how to read it on their website.) The results will be sent to me within two to five weeks. Once I have the results, if there is anything at all that concerns me, rest assured I would CONSULT MY VETERINARIAN FIRST. Stay tuned!!!











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Yep, you read this right! It's National Pet Day and Cody and Dakota are BOTH headed to the Vet today. Dad and I will both be joining them. Dakota is being groomed and is having blood work done for an upcoming dental in late May.

Cody is going for his annual first of his two-a-year senior exams. I am rather worried about Cody's exam because he has been having a weird issue for approximately the last month. It is almost like a reverse sneeze that happens a few times a week (never more than once in a day), and a couple of times he had "honking" with it. Please keep your paws crossed that all is ok with Cody.

So, while Cody and Dakota think it is cruel to take them to the Vet on National Pet Day, Dad and I think it is a loving and responsible thing to do. If we didn't have pets in our lives, I don't think that I could function.

Happy National Pet Day to all of you!  Seeing YOUR pets brightens OUR day EVERY DAY!
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Happy National Siblings Day All!

I know Dakota and I aren't "brothers" in the traditional sense, but we all know that sometimes those who aren't your blood (or species) oftentimes make the BEST siblings of all!



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That special lady is  an active
blogger, (you can visit her at Marg's Animals. We love when she tells us stories about the MANY feral kitties she has rescued and cared for with all of her heart and soul. We also love her donkeys!!! Who is this special lady? Well, it is none other than MARG!!






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Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) is reducing and waiving adoption fees on many of its dogs and cats April 5-13, 2019.



“Our generous FAMD Board has donated funds to make sure some wonderful dogs, cats, puppies and kittens find forever homes,” said Elaine Greene, FAMD executive director. “To adopt, simply fill out an online questionnaire to meet with an adoption counselor and start the process.”

“Falling in love costs a lot less this month,” added Greene.
“The FAMD board of directors is committed to furthering our mission of saving all adoptable animals and inspiring healthy relationships between people and their companion animals and, therefore, has offered to financially cover adoption fees,” said MaryAnn Wright, FAMD board chair.

Descriptions and prices for the adoptable animals can be found on the FAMD website at www.metrodetroitanimals.org.  Most of the adoptable animals can be met in the new MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption and Education Center at 16121 Reckinger Road in Dearborn, although some are in foster homes or one of FAMD’s Cat Adoption Centers.

All FAMD pets have been microchipped, neutered or spayed and received a medical exam and age-appropriate vaccinations before they go to their new homes. 


About FAMD

After 25 years of nurturing more than 50,000 animals, the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit has launched their “More Love than Humanly Possible” capital campaign to construct Phase Two of their complex, adjacent to the MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption & Education Center.  For more information about FAMD, a 501 (c) 3 organization, visit metrodetroitanimals.org
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Well hi my furiends! As you can tell by the photo above that was taken the day after my birthday,  I am POOPED!!! I am nearly too pooped to pawty but Mom told me that my 12th birthday celebration is going to continue through today because today is:

WORLD PARTY DAY

Ok, so my birthday isn't really what they had in mind when they created this day, but, as they explained on Days of The Year:

"World Party Day is based on the idea that peace is not the opposite of war, merely its absence. The real opposite of war is party, and World Party Day aims to synchronise a massive, world-wide party to celebrate everything that’s good and optimistic.

“Pass the food and turn up the music” is a common slogan on World Party Day, but it doesn’t really matter how you celebrate, or even whether you celebrate alone or in company. The premise is that everyone in the world is joined in party, so you can really do anything you like as long as it involves celebrating the joy of existence."


So, my birthday is a form of  "celebrating the joy of existence", right? Of course I am right!!!

I had a most pawesome birthday!  I got a great card in my email!  It was from the gang at Meezer's Mews & Terrieristical Woofs


and I got another cute card from my pal Timmy Tomcat and gang that was posted as a link on my blog in a comment:

I relaxed most of the day. I spent my time doing some window whiffing:


I also watched the birds that came by to wish me a Happy Birthday:



It was wonderful!

Mom showed me all of the super nice and thoughtful comments that you all left on my blog, that made me feel extra special and I THANK YOU!!!! I loved each and every one of them!

I received some cute cards on Facebook too but didn't save them all because my lazy Mom has been "too busy" to help me.

I guess I should cut my Mom some slack though. She made my birthday dinner extra special! Mom made some chicken thighs and gave me a plate of cooked chicken that she had shredded, and she even let me get on the forbidden kitchen table while she was eating HER chicken! She let me sit on the table and stare at her until she caved and gave me more!!!

After dinner Mom brought out my Neko toy that I love and we played together. Then I sat down and relaxed and watched baseball with my Dad. Dakota even gave me some doggy kisses!!

Speaking of kisses Mom didn't stop kissing me, she kissed me all day!! Dad gave me extra special belly rubs too!

It was a great day!!!

Thanks to all of you for helping to make my birthday so special!!!


Now maybe I can tell Mom that since today is World Party Day I can have some MORE chicken, right? OF COURSE I AM RIGHT!!! Chicken is just what I need to get extra energy to keep this pawty going!!! 

Love, Cody




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HAPPY, HAPPY 12TH BIRTHDAY 

TO OUR  PRECIOUS, CRAZY, INDEPENDENT,

BRAVE, FEISTY, CUDDLY, LOVING BOY!!!






When you turn 12 you deserve a wonderful photo shoot (whether you want one or not lol), and that's exactly what Cody got!!! He sat patiently too! Tonight he will have his all time favorite, CHICKEN!!!!

If you like Cody's bandana, it is actually Dakota's and came from Canine Compassion Bandanas. All of their bandanas are only $5 and a $1 from each sale is donated to the ASPCA.

I'm keeping this post super light this year because I am actually full of emotion about Cody turning 12. (He was only 2 when this blog began).

Our crazy cuddle bug has brought us so much joy in 12 years, he helped heal my broken heart when my Bobo passed. He is special beyond words. 

Happy, Happy Birthday my Cody, Dad and I adore you and Dakota does too!! 

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Being a veterinarian is an incredibly beautiful, challenging, and rewarding career choice. If your child wants to follow the path of an animal vet, then the best thing you can do to help is encourage them to attend a vet camp.
What’s better for an aspiring veterinarian than a week-long, hands-on training camp at Auburn University? They’ll learn everything they need to know to get a true feeling of what being a vet is like in the modern workplace.
Junior high students, including those who will be entering this year, will be able to follow specific programs that’ll drive their passion for animals further while also understanding the realities of the job. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that any future vet shouldn’t pass up!

What are the Benefits of this Vet Camp Contest?
The three contestants who win the grand prize will have their entire stay paid for. This includes housing, meals, and payments required for the education. While normally this would cost thousands of dollars, your child could have it all for free!
Everyone loves animals, but it takes a special person to work with them during hard times. If you truly believe that your child has what it takes, then have them apply for the possibility of taking massive leaps and bounds towards their goal.
Auburn University is one of the most well-known schools in the country with a vet program, which is another reason why this can’t be passed up! However, such a perfect opportunity wouldn’t be possible without the help of Royal Canin and the people at Vet Set Go.


Who is Royal Canin?
Royal Canin is a pet company that focuses their efforts on the bettering of animal lives around the world. From their nutritionally-packed foods to their constant push for animal rights, protection, and love, this company is working for animals of the past, present, and future.
We all know that veterinarians play an irreplaceable role in the lives of our beloved pets, as well as wildlife in all environments. In order to ensure the health and wellness of animals as long as possible, they’re willing to cover the costs of such an educational trip.

How to You Can Enter
Prior to applying, make sure your child is entering 6ththrough 8th grade during the Fall of 2019. These are the only available years for entry.
To apply, your child must write up to 300 words describing why they want to attend the vet camp. Be sure that they include personal experiences with animals, the reason(s) why they love animals so much, how they’ve helped animals in the past or present, and why they want to learn how to become a vet.

Finally, snap a picture of them with their favorite animal as a testament to their friendship! Submit the application yourself once your child is finished, as an adult of 18+ years must accompany a child during the application process.
That’s it, you’re all set! Good luck, and don’t forget to encourage your child to pursue their dreams of becoming a veterinarian!


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Hi all it's Cody!! Yes, yes, yes, I KNOW that ALL of you are going to say that cats should be respected EVERY DAY and YOU ARE RIGHT!!!  Respecting cats shouldn't be just one day a year at all, I couldn't agree more! But because March 28 is a historic day for me and my feline friends, today is the day that was designated as National Respect Your Cat Day because allegedly,
 on March 28, 1384, Richard II of England forbid the consumption of cats. Why anyone would want to eat a cat anyway is beyond me, but I digress...

So, in honor of this momentous occasion and as a reminder to my Mom EVERY DAY, here is a little somethin' somethin' which will hopefully get through to my Mom for something that SHE does that I take issue with,  AND make YOU laugh!!! My deepest apologies to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin for taking some liberties with the lyrics to RESPECT.  (We loved Aretha and she would have turned 76 on March 25th, 2019 if she hadn't passed last year, August of 2018. I am thinking that hopefully Aretha wouldn't have minded this post)








Kitties what kind of EXTRA respect do YOU need shown to YOU today!!! I know we are shown respect EVERY DAY by our humans, but we can always use MORE!!!

Discuss!

Love, 
Cody

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