Interview with An Animal Photographer

August 21, 2016: Poor Shine has been overlooked. A friend forwarded my pictures to a family who travelled quite some distance yesterday to meet him. They were at the point of signing the adoption papers when his excitement bubbled over and he jumped at Dad too excitedly. The ACO could not let him go with them. He is so depressed in the kennel that he has chewed the end of his own tail off. He shows no aggression to people just desperate excitement. He needs a rescue by 9/1 or a difficult decision will be made for his quality of … Continue reading Interview with An Animal Photographer

How Guinea Pigs Got Me Into Pet Writing

Over the past few weeks, I’ve introduced you to some of the cats and dogs I’ve owned. Now it’s time to talk about one of my guinea pigs, and how my guinea pigs changed my life. Then later this month I’ll get back to informing you about animal issues. Continue reading How Guinea Pigs Got Me Into Pet Writing

Kennel Quilts: Helping Animals During Natural Disasters

During the floods from Hurricane Floyd in North Carolina in 1999, animal shelters in the area found themselves in need blankets and towels for the incoming animals. Nan aka Brandy soon discovered that while the donations worked great for the … Continue reading Kennel Quilts: Helping Animals During Natural Disasters

Arden Moore: Pet Writer, Health Expert, and Advocate

Arden Moore grew up loving animals and words. These passions led to her becoming a national pet health expert. By her first year in high school, Moore knew that her future was in words, and set about gaining experience. She worked on the high school newspaper staff and credited the editor as teaching her a lot about writing and interviewing. She also landed a position with the town’s weekly newspaper. She’d always been athletic and so she walked into the office of the local weekly newspaper and convinced the editor to hire her as a high school sportswriter. “It was … Continue reading Arden Moore: Pet Writer, Health Expert, and Advocate

Interview with Lincoln 55+ Pet Columnist, Kathy Ward

Since the Summer of 2010, Kathy Ward has been delighting Lincoln 55+ readers with her quarterly pet column. In those seven years, she’s written about her own experiences with our animals, organizations that serve animals, and other pet-related topics such as senior living communities and their pet policies. I’m excited to shine a spotlight on a fellow pet writer. ALLISON: How did you become a columnist for Lincoln 55+? KATHY: I worked in the same agency as Keith Larsen, the editor of Lincoln 55+, for many years and wrote an article or two on health issues. When he mentioned writing … Continue reading Interview with Lincoln 55+ Pet Columnist, Kathy Ward

Review: Men with Cats by David Williams

I believe no one should be labeled as ‘crazy’ for loving a pet.—David Williams, MIC Men with Cats: Intimate Portraits of Feline Friendship is a fun collection of photos and stories by David Williams that breaks the stereotype that only crazy ladies care for cats. Williams himself is a freelance photographer who lives in New York with his wife and their two cats. Men With Cats: Intimate Portraits of Feline Friendship was recognized as a New York Times Best seller shortly after its release in 2016. Each two-page spread of this 140-page delightful photo book consists of a professional photo, … Continue reading Review: Men with Cats by David Williams

July 21: National Craft for Shelters Day

We are calling all fellow blog friends, pet lovers, and crafters around the Nation to join us on this special day. Help us keep National Craft for Shelters Day going and growing! Please spread the word!—Erika Lindquist, Sew Doggy Style Established in 2012 by Sew Doggy Style blogger Erika Lindquist, National Craft for Shelters Day has a simple message. If you know how to make handmade-crafts, you can use your talent to give back to local shelters on July 21 by making budget-friendly gifts. On her site, Lindquist offers the below tips to interested crafters. Decide on a shelter to donate … Continue reading July 21: National Craft for Shelters Day

Pet Origami

To accompany this week’s creative pet calendar events, I thought I’d share a fun activity that my husband and I did with our pets. Inspired by an online photo gallery, we made paper eyes and mouths for our pets. Supplies needed were pretty simple: paper, colored pencils, and scissors. The pets included our then middle-aged toy poodle, our one-year-old tortoise cat, and an adopted senior silky terrier who passed away in May 2015. What follows are the results. Amazingly, Cinder was the most patient. She held a pose three times for me. And then again three times for Andy. She … Continue reading Pet Origami

July 11: National Pet Photo Day

No one knows who created National Pet Photo Day or even much about it except that July 11th has been set aside to get special pictures of your pets. Whether you take candid or posed shots of your pets, photograph pets at home or bring them to a park, or allow pets to stay casual or force them to dress up, be sure your camera is fully charged. Pictures can be put into a photo album, on the refrigerator, framed to sit on your work desk, or posted on the Internet. Looking for tips of how to take the best pet … Continue reading July 11: National Pet Photo Day

Interview with An Animal Photographer

August 21, 2016: Poor Shine has been overlooked. A friend forwarded my pictures to a family who travelled quite some distance yesterday to meet him. They were at the point of signing the adoption papers when his excitement bubbled over and he jumped at Dad too excitedly. The ACO could not let him go with them. He is so depressed in the kennel that he has chewed the end of his own tail off. He shows no aggression to people just desperate excitement. He needs a rescue by 9/1 or a difficult decision will be made for his quality of … Continue reading Interview with An Animal Photographer