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Hello, and Happy Tuesday! Do you know what today is? Go ahead... take a guess. Okay never mind, I'll just tell you. It's National Love Your Pet Day!  This is a day where people set aside some extra time to pamper their pets. (Hey, shouldn't that be every day?!) 

We asked our Facebook friends how they know that their humans love them, and we got some great answers! If you'd like to read our post from 2016 you can see it here. And now onto the answers for 2018! You'll just LOVE them all! 

I know my mommy loves me because she is so patient and understanding with me. I came from an abusive home so I do not like to be touched very much. Mommy understands this and she waits for me to come to her. She talks to me a lot and gives me slow blinks and respects that I like my space. - Buddy 




I know my mommy loves me because she still gives me scratches and lots of kisses even after I’ve misbehaved. I’m a little troublemaker! But she makes sure I don’t cause too much mischief and then gives me kisses—which I pretend to hate but secretly I love. - Finnigan




I know my mom loves me because she doesn't mind when I wake her up in the morning by licking her arm. (And she doesn't care that I have a weird addiction to hand lotion.) - Ivy




I know my mommy loves me because she doesn't get mad when I bring her a dead cockroach and put it in her slipper - and she steps on it. When she says "kiss kiss" I give her a head butt. - Amber


I know my Mommy loves me because she gives me belleh rubs for as long as I want them, and she cleans my litter box the minute I demand that it get cleaned mol! She even tells me when the birdies have come to visit cause I know the word "birdies" now. - Kaito




I know my mom loves me because she spend 30 minutes trying to rescue me from a van I was underneath that someone drove. My paw pads were burned but my mom nursed me back to health. - Lucky  



I know my mawm loves me because I do all sorts of funny and weird things every morning in her office to get her attention and I won't stop until she either plays fetch with me or holds me and pets me and calls me her "little Vinnie Poo Poo" until her arm falls asleep! - Vincent Van Jo





I know my dad loves me because he feeds me every morning and cleans our litter box 3 times a day and lets me curl up on his lap every evening. - Shilo



My Mama and I love each other very much. She calls me her "sweet fluffy girl", plays with me, gives me belly rubs and boxes to play and sleep in! And I give her nose kisses. - Sadie Mae




I know my mom loves me because she lets me take her spot on the couch when she gets up to go to the bathroom. - Georgia





All of us here at Squeedunk Whiskers and Warehouses know Z-girl loves us because we have a million catnip bananas and toy mice, flotati rugs and warm blankets to snuggle on, a variety of kitty beds and scratching decks, and she catified a nice portion of the apartment for us. Plus we get great meals, and lots of pets, scratches, and kisses. Each of us was rescued and saved from life on the streets (except one pulled from ACCs kill list!). We all know what it means to fight to stay alive, and we are much happier as tiny little princesses. 
- Bessie 





I know I'm loved because I don't get in trouble for breaking the rules. Like the rule that says I'm not allowed on the table! -Nymphy 




I know I'm loved because I have a "fluffy" belly. MOL I always have a bowl full of good food (which I love!) -Fred




Thank you, everyone, for sharing your stories with us! How do you know that your human loves you? I can't wait to hear! 


Lola 
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Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in on Throwback Thursday. Today I'm sharing a photo from September of 2010, about five months after I adopted Mother. I had this habit of hiding in the blankets for a while after moving in. Whenever Mother couldn't find me she'd look in all the blankets and there I would be. 



She was changing sheets, but when she saw how adorable and comfortable I looked, she didn't make me move. I don't do this, anymore. I think doing this made me feel safe for a while. I feel safe all the time now, but Mother misses finding me like this. 

I hope you enjoyed my Throwback Thursday. Is there something you used to do that you don't do anymore? 

Lexy
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Hello, everyone. This is Lexy checking in with a review of a great product for you. Today I present you with Smiling Paws Pets’ Cat Litter Mat. 








The folks at Smiling Paws Pets were generous and sent us a jumbo mat to test out. And when I say it’s jumbo, I mean it’s jumbo!  




 This is definitely the purrfect solution for messy litter box area. Our, ahem, privy area is in a corner of our apartment and although Lola and I try to be neat, the litter does get tracked around the living room. Did you see the size of this mat? Litter tracking is no longer an issue. The mat traps excess litter from our paws, stopping litter from being tracked all around the apartment.



Smiling Paws Pets creates individual, quality cat and dog products to help pets and their lovers live an easier life by providing simple solutions for everyday problems. The company was co-founded by Victoria Davis, who used to turn her and her neighbors’ old household goods into clever pet products, cat scratchers, toys, sheds, feeding stations, and … you name it! And the idea for Smiling Paws Pets was born!” Smiling Paws Pets has always been about helping others with ingenuity and desire that pets and people are better together and find solutions that benefit pets and caretakers equally. The products you find on our website are all supplies we use ourselves and also realized it may benefit you as well.” We love a company that really believes in and backs up their products by using them with their own beloved pets. 




The jumbo mat measures 47” X 33”. You can see how large it is with our litter box on it in the photo above. It’s extra thick to prevent tears and rips from cats claws and is completely urine proof in case your kitty misses the box. (By the way, Lola loves to scratch horizontal surfaces, and it stood up to her nails.) It also has a skid free bottom and is BPA and Phthalate free. There is also a large size that measures 35” X 23.5”. 

It’s easy peasy to clean, too. All you have to do is shake the mat until the litter falls off, or you can just vacuum it off. In case of an accident, just rinse off with pet-friendly cleaning products and you’re all set. 

Want one of these fab litter mats for yourself? You can order one on the Smiling Paws Pets website. You can choose between  Gray, Brown, Beige or Black. Smiling Paws Pets also has other items such as fab pet beds, pet carriers, and stain and odor removers. And you can get free shipping on orders over $49. Want a 15% discount on your entire order? Use our code Lolatherescuedcat15 at checkout. (Code is valid through March 10, 2018.) 

That’s not all! The folks at Smiling Paws Pets are giving one of our readers the chance to win a litter mat of their very own! 



Just enter via the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. One winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. To qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left on our blog post.  Other entry options are available after a comment is left. The giveaway closes on Friday, February 16th at Midnight Eastern. Good luck to everyone who enters. 

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You can follow Smiling Paws Pets on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook to stay up to date on their products.

Do you think this mat would be helpful in your house? 
Lexy

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Hello, and Happy Thursday Purrsday! Oh boy, are we excited today! Yesterday was Send a Card to a Friend Day and some cat bloggers decided to celebrate this day together. We got the sweetest card from Truffle and Brulee from Sweet Purrfections. 


Hey, Lexy! We got a package! 


Help me open it! I want to see what Truffle
and Brulee sent us! And Mom Paula, too!

What nice gifts, Lola! Mother will love the earrings.
They're purrfect. Let's open the card! 

Oh my stars! What a cute card! 


Awww, how sweet! 

What a cute card! There is a picture of a Persian kitty sitting on an air vent, and the inside says "Venting... it's cheaper than therapy!" The ladies wrote "Thank you for being our friends. We hope you have a wonderful day with no need to vent!"  

Thank you, girls! 

Thank you Truffle, Brulee and Mom Paula! We're so glad to have friends as thoughtful and special as you! P.s. Lexy took the heart. I think she hid it! MOL And Mommy says the earrings will be purrfect for BlogPaws!

You can read about Truffle and Brulee picking out our card on their blog

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Are you still on the fence about attending BlogPaws in Kansas City this year? I bet this post will help you change your mind! 








BlogPaws Changed My Course in This Crazy World of Blogging

When I walked into my first BlogPaws conference in Nashville in 2015, my goal was to learn as much as I could about book marketing because I thought my book was my avenue to promote and support rescue and adoption (I donate 10% of my book sales to shelters.) I did learn a little about marketing, but I learned a lot more about blogging and realized I could have a strong voice for animals through this avenue as well. 


A few of the great things you'll see at BlogPaws!


I networked with brands, sat in on sessions about topics I had never heard of (SEO? Analytics? Disclosure? Huh?) and listened to other bloggers brainstorm. I stepped into a world I didn’t know existed and I didn’t want to leave. I was hungry and eager to learn more, and little by little I felt more comfortable getting involved in the BlogPaws community on Facebook. 


I’m an Ambassador!


I've attended BlogPaws every year since, and I still continue to learn more to help me improve. (I wrote a post about 5 Things I Learned From BlogPaws That Improved My Blog that you can read here.) I will even sit in on sessions again that I've taken in the past to strengthen my knowledge (I think I need about 10 more SEO sessions!) My hard work paid off because BlogPaws invited me to be an ambassador this year! When I got the email from Bernard Lima-Chavez I knew my efforts had been noticed and I could hardly contain my excitement!  Our Ambassador group this year is pawtastic, if I do say so myself. 




You can read all about these fabulous women here.


It's all about the pets! One of the best parts is meeting the famous purrsonalities behind the blogs. 


What I’ll Be Doing

My role will be General Ambassador (cat focused) and I think it’s right up my alley. Here’s what I’ll be doing: 


  • Networking with both the cat-focused attendees and the brands/products.
  • Sharing information about the brands on social media.
  • Helping connect attendees with brands they are looking for or align with the brand’s needs.
  • Helping attendees and brands get answers to any questions they may have.

Of course, if you have a need that is not cat-focused you can still seek me out and I will help you get your answer. 


FRIENDS!

My favorite part about BlogPaws is spending time with people who love their pets as much as I do. People who love animals are my favorite people! I’ve made so many friends through BlogPaws and we all look forward to seeing each other every year. The cat focused bloggers have a Facebook group for those of us going to the conference, which is already very active! We are all very excited to see each other and spend quality time together. 


Friends! I can't wait to see everyone every year at the conference.


10th Anniversary Celebration!

This year marks BlogPaws’ 10th conference! There are many surprises in store for attendees and this is sure to be their best conference ever! Did I already say I’m excited? 




Mark your calendars today! Here is all the info you need: 


  • Dates: April 18 - 20, 2018
  • Venue: The Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center Hotel
  • Location: Kansas Cty, MO

Haven’t registered yet? Get your ticket here. Don’t wait too long because a sell-out is anticipated. Don’t forget to use our Ambassador code to get 10% off: BP-18-Amb-10off.  You can learn more about the conference here, and hotel reservations here




Why You Should Attend BlogPaws

I walked into my first BlogPaws conference in Nashville in 2015 nervous, alone and clueless. I walked out more confident with a new group of friends and an emerging skill set. BlogPaws turned the first page in a new chapter in my life, and the pages haven’t stopped turning yet. At that first conference I learned that BlogPaws is for everyone! Instagrammers, Facebookers and Tweeters, I’m talking to you! You can learn invaluable information to take your presence on your preferred platform to another level. And who knows? Maybe you’ll decide to start a blog! 

If you need some more inspiration, you can read my posts on past conferences here. And don’t forget to leave room in your suitcases because you’ll be bringing home a lot of swag! 


As soon as I come home Lola and Lexy begin their inspections! 

Have you ever attended a BlogPaws conference? What’s your favorite thing about it? And most importantly, will I be seeing you there this year? 
 Dawn

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogPaws. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Hello, and Happy Sunday! I'm super excited that we're back for Selfie Sunday this week! Mommy has changed her work schedule (a little), so every now and then we'll be able to have fun with our friends on Sunday! 

Last week I was posing for photos and liked this one. I think the way the sun is kinda shining one side of my face, and the other is kinda dark makes me look a little mysterious. 




What do you think? Mommy says a girl should always have a little bit of mystery to her. I'm not sure if this is what she meant, but it's a start! 

And since I'm here, I thought I'd tell you about the results for my Gotcha Day Commont-thon! I had 53 comments here and 81 on Facebook for a total of 134 comments. That's $67 for Abandoned Angels Cat Rescue. We're going to round it up to $75! Here's a big thank you to everyone who commented! 

We're part of the Sunday Selfies Blog Hop with our good friends over at The Cat On My Head. Hop on over to their blog to see more selfies. 




Lola

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Hello, and Happy Thursday Purrsday! Some of our friends have been playing along with Stunning Keisha, sharing 20 amazing facts about themselves. We decided to play along as well and we hope you like our answers. 

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?
Lola: It was Weruva Lamb Burger. It was delish! 
Lexy: I had the same thing for dinner. I was surprised Lola ate it. 





2. Where was your header pic taken?
Lola: We don’t have a photo on our header, but Glogirly made the fab one we have.

3. Worst pain you ever felt? 
Lola: Hmmmm….. It was a little uncomfortable when I had my teeth pulled. 
Lexy: I haven’t been in pain since I adopted Mother. But I guess it was uncomfortable when I was spayed. 
Lola: Oh yes, that, too! 

4. Favorite place you've traveled? 
Lola and Lexy (in unison): We don’t travel! 
Lexy: But, of course, the best travel destination was home with Mother to be with her forever. 

5. How late did you stay up last night?
Lola: Mommy goes to bed early and I always follow. 
Lexy: So do I, but then I get up in the middle of the night to bring Mother my toys. 

6. If you could move, where to? 
Lola: We like where we live. 
Lexy: As long as we’re with Mother it’s home. 

7. What do you collect?
Lola: I don’t really collect anything. Is that boring? 
Lexy: I collect my toys at night and bring them to Mother as gifts, meowing the whole time. 

8. Which of your blogging friends lives the closest? 
Lola: That would be Thomas of That Cat Blog and  Haddie and Kip of I Have Cat

9. Amusement park or concert? 
Lexy: We both vote for a concert. Amusement parks are too scary! 

10. When was the last time you cried? 
Lola: I was crying after my oral surgery because the pain meds made me loopy. 
Lexy: I got locked in the closet a few weeks ago and I had to cry loud for Mother to hear me. 

11. Who took your header photo? 
See Number 2. 

12. Who's the last person you took a picture with? 
Lola: It was Lexy. Does that count? 
Lexy: Lola isn’t a person, but I took my last photo with her for a photo shoot. She wasn’t very cooperative. 
Lola: I heard that! 

13. What's your favorite season? 
Lola: We both love Fall. 
Lexy: We love the crisp breeze that comes in the window and watching all of the beautiful leaves blow. 

14. If you could have any career, what would it be? 
Lola: I’d like to be an Instagram sensation! 
Lexy: I’m quite happy being a blogger because we can bring lots of wonderful information to our readers. 

15. Do you think relationships are ever worth it?
Lexy: Oh, definitely. The relationship we have with Mother is just the best. 

16. If you could talk to anyone right now who would it be?
Lola: Maybe Mommy’s former cat, Marvin. We hear he was a funny cat and she loved him with all her heart. 

17. Are you a good influence? 
Lexy: We do our best to be as positive for people as we can. 

18. Does pineapple belong on pizza? 
Lexy: I’m embarrassed to say that Mother likes it, but she hardly ever eats it. 

19. You have the remote, what are you watching? 
Lola: Grey’s Anatomy or This Is Us. I'm Mommy's TV buddy. 

20. Whom do you think will play along? 

Lexy: We hope a lot of our friends join in. 

Did you learn anything new about us? 


Lola and Lexy
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Hello, and Happy Monday! I've got some exciting news to tell you all! If you're a regular reader of our blog you know that Catnip Nation has been giving updates on their project right here on our blog. If you're not familiar with Catnip Nation, I'll tell you a little about it. Catnip Nation, a full-length documentary that looks deep into the soul of a handful of unsung and unseen heroes who feed and care for feral cats. Catnip Nation is not only a collection of stories, but the people behind it are working hard to make TNR legal everywhere. 

Today I'm excited to bring you their new trailer! 

CATNIP NATION - The Documentary - OFFICIAL Trailer - YouTube


Isn't it great? They have an updated website with new videos. Here's a little sneak peek at one: 

CATNIP NATION: Seaside Heights, NJ Website Video - YouTube


This is Ken Salerno, a devoted cat man, who exposed his government for giving up on a successful Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program on the New Jersey Shore, and singlehandedly relocated more than 60 boardwalk cats to a farm sanctuary. The cat world needs more people like Ken! 

You can see more videos from Catnip Nation here. 

The project is now moving from the filming to the editing phase. If you'd like to make a donation to help the film along, visit their website and click on the Donate Now button. For a $50 donation to help complete funding for the production, you'll receive the official Catnip Nation t-shirt. 


We can't wait to see the full length version of this film! Catnip Nation is shedding light on the issues that community cats endure and the struggles the people who care for them face.  We hope this film makes a huge impact on this subject. 

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Hello, and Happy Tuesday! Today is a very special day! I was going to have you guess what it is, but the title of my post gives it away. Today is my seventh Gotcha Day! Seven years ago today I came home - forever.





I actually adopted Mommy a week prior when I met her for the first time, but I had to wait a week to be discharged from the hospital. Here's what I wrote in my diary that day: A lady named Dawn came to visit me today. I was very excited and I tried to look stunning, but this was the best I could do: 



I laid on the charm, though! I gave her snuggles and the silent meow (well, I don't have any other meow right now except the silent meow; I hope my voice comes back someday) and I was just the sweetest little thing. She commented on how skinny I am (which made her very sad) and said how much she loves my long, elegant tail. She didn't even mind when I rubbed my snotty nose on her. Guess what she said next? She said "I had to meet you to see if I thought you would get along with my Lexy. I would love to give you a home if they would let me." She wants to be my new mom! I'm so happy I'm going to have a home and a family. Leslie has to check her references first, but I just know everything will work out. She fell in love with me already! 

That was such an exciting day! Even though I wasn't feeling well I wanted to shout from the rooftops that I had a forever home! 



Well, I tried to, anyway. When I meowed nothing came out! 

On my second day home, I wrote this in my diary: Day two in my new home. I'm a little weak and tired today, so I just lie in my bed for a while. Mommy says she will get me well if it's the last thing she does. She loves me, and that makes me feel good. Sigh... it's great being rescued. 



This is one of Mommy's favorite photos of me. 

Seven years has flown by! Sometimes I just can't believe how much my life has changed. I went from dumpster kitty, to shelter cat, to Facebook purrsonality, to published author, to advo-cat for kitties who don't have a voice for themselves. (Well, I share that honor with the best big sister, ever, Lexy.) 

Okay, now for the exciting stuff! In honor of my Gotcha Day, I'm raising money for Abandoned Angels Cat Rescue.  For every comment on this post, and on the post pinned to the top of our Facebook page (between today and January 31), I’m going to donate 50 cents to AACR. Miss Lynda (who rescued our friend, Shiloh), runs a one-woman operation. Shiloh's mom runs the Facebook page, and there are a few fosters that help, too. Other than that she does it all on her own.  She takes all the calls and emails to her address, goes to the person/cat who is in need to assess the situations, and decides what and how AACR can help. She takes the photos and creates the Craig's List and Petfinder ads, networks within the community to find help, and also to see who she can help. And...  she coordinates the spay/neuter and all vetting and medical needs of the cats. That's a lot of work for one person! We always support AACR and love to help them when we can. 

But that's not all, folks. I'm also giving away a copy of my diary! That's right, you can win a purrsonally pawtographed copy of Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat and read about my rescue and recovery. Just enter via the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada, 18+ years of age, except where prohibited by law. One winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter and contacted via email. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize, and a new winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. To qualify for the giveaway, a comment must be left on our blog post.  Other entry options are available after a comment is left. The giveaway closes on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Midnight Eastern.



Please join me in my celebration by sharing my post so I can raise a lot of money for Abandoned Angels Cat Rescue! And if you'd like to purchase a copy of my book, you can get it on Amazon. (We donate ten percent of our profits to rescues and shelters.)






I am definitely one of the luckiest cats in the world! 
Lola
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