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Reject Resolutions and Be Grateful Instead

Say Goodbye to New Year’s Resolutions!

Happy 2014 too!

We wrote this article at the end of 2011 but  think it is worth changing the date and re-posting. We hope you do too.

Happy New Year, Gracey and Joanne

Happy New Year 2013 Global Awakening

Goodbye 2012!

As we say goodbye to 2012, why not also say goodbye to making New Year’s Resolutions for 2013? Let’s face it, if you are one of the overwhelming majority of humans, and statistically speaking, you more than likely are, you won’t stick to the resolution anyway and this deviation from the plan can lead you down a path of self-destruction!

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Abby and Duncan’s Most Heartwarming Story

Most Heartwarming Story Contest

Thank you to Helen Woodward Animal Center for sharing this wonderful story of pet adoption from their Most Heartwarming Story Contest . Abby and Duncan’ story was submitted by The Animal Rescue League of Elk Grove, an Iams Home 4 the Holidays participating organization, in 2007.

Abby and Duncan's Story

Abby and Duncan

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Pets Add Life Childrens Poetry Contest

5th Annual National Children’s Pet Poetry Contest

cat poetKsenia – Grade: 8 – Eighth Grade – Brooklyn, NY

Those furry paws
And friendly face
Are one in a million
That meow he does
When he wants food
Those eyes he gives
So kind and sweet
When I look at him
My heart beats faster
When he sleeps near me
He warms me up
He greets me from school
He is my cat
And no one can replace that

This poem is just one of the many wonderful poems created by children for the Pets Add Life 5th Annual Children’s Poetry Contest.  The Pets Add Life (PAL) campaign is designed to demonstrate the joys and benefits of pet ownership, thus driving increased adoption of pets and responsible ownership of pets. PAL is produced by the American Pet Products Association (APPA).  The Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest helps to inspire the next generation to express their love and appreciation as pet lovers.

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Walkin’ in a Kitty Wonderland Photo Winners!

Walkin’ in a Kitty Wonderland Photo Winners!

Our friends at Purina and Petco offered  some great holiday decorating tips for you in their latest edition of Purina Purr.  I was super curious how you and your cat decorate for the holidays and asked you to share with me photos of your cat and any special holiday decorating you do with your feline friends in mind.  I want to thank all of you that sent in super cute images of  your cats.  There were so many to choose from that we allowed independent judges to choose the winners.

Miranda’s Missy

Miranda's Missy in the center of a wreathSuper cute Missy is the center of attention in the middle of this wreath!

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GiveLitter Your Vote Donates Litter to Shelters

GIVELITTER™ – A UNIQUE CAT CHARITY

World's Best Cat Litter - GiveLitter

Our friends at World’s Best Cat Litter are donating up to 15,000 pounds each to two worthy shelters. The SPCA of Wake County, NC (http://www.spcawake.org) and the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, AL (http://www.gbhs.org). [Read more…]

Buy The Tiniest Tiger Book Get Coloring Book Free

Have you read The Tiniest Tiger Story?

This holiday season, I have a special offer for members of The Tiniest Tiger community. When you buy The Tiniest Tiger Paperback, you will get a The Tiniest Tiger Coloring and Activity Book FREE!

Buy THE TINIEST TIGER PAPERBACK

The Tiniest Tiger bookThe Tiniest Tiger Book Description:

Children and adults will revel in this charming and brilliantly told tale of a forlorn and scruffy little kitten with a black stained nose and a striped tail that tries to find a home among the “big” cats that reside at the local zoo. Young readers will especially delight in this truly literary and fully illustrated lesson that advocates the protection of endangered species. When a stray kitten loses her way and is displaced from the only alley she has ever known, she squeezes her tiny body under the fence at the zoo and begins a long and tireless hunt for a home. Her search leads her to a tiger and into a lion’s den by way of a cheetah, clouded leopard, puma, jaguar, bobcat, and an ocelot. She learns a lot about what she isn’t, but gets no closer to finding a home until she is spotted by the zookeeper’s daughter and learns that there is truly a special spot for every cat—even the tiniest tiger—under the sun.

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African Lions Need Your Signature Now!

The African Lion needs our help.

African Male Lion photo by Beverly Joubert

African Male Lion photo by Beverly Joubert

Hope for Lions through Protection

Some of you might remember when we talked about The African Lion Hope through Protection last year. If so, you might remember that on March 1, 2011, an alliance of wildlife protection and conservation groups petitioned the Secretary of the Interior to list the African lion as an endangered subspecies pursuant to the United States Endangered Species Act (ESA). These groups included Born Free USA and Born Free Foundation, Defenders of Wildlife, The Fund for Animals, Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

The USA is the world’s largest importer of sport-hunted African Lion trophies

The United States is the world’s largest importer of African lion parts, for hunting trophies and for commercial use.  From 1999 and 2008, 7090 lions from a wild source were traded internationally for recreational hunting purposes.  Most of these lions, 64% of the total, were imported to the United States. Even though there has been a continuous population and range decline for the lion, the United States lion trophy imports have increased.  Imports in 2008 were larger than any other year in the decade and twice the 1999 number.  The Endangered Species Listing would make a significant difference to crackdown the trophy trade.  A listing under the ESA would put strict controls on the import of lion “trophies” by Americans, and would ban the commercial trade of lion parts in the United States.

African Lions are the ONLY big cat not protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act!

On November 26, 2012, the U.S. government issued a favorable finding that a listing may be warranted, but before making a final decision, they’ve allowed for a 60 day public comment period. They want to hear from you.  African lions are the only big cat not protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Take Action! Please add your signature and comment in favor of the ESA listing for the African Lion now!

CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR NAME AND COMMENT!

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International Cheetah Day

December 4 is  International Cheetah Day

Cheetah in front of waterberg plateau

Cheetah in front of the Waterberg Plateau in Namibia

Khayam was the inspiration for today.

The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) has declared December 4 to be International Cheetah Day.  The cheetah is not just the fastest, but the oldest of the big cats having survived over 3 million years of glaciations and warming cycles, and even its own genetic bottleneck. But with habitat destruction and conflict with humans, the cheetah could become extinct in less than 20 years.

In 1977, Dr. Laurie Marker  traveled to Namibia with a female cheetah named Khayam. Dr. Marker wanted to see if it was possible for a cheetah that had lived their entire life in captivity to be released into the wild. But when Dr. Marker and Khayam arrived in Namibia, she learned  the cheetahs needs were quite different from what the wildlife community had assumed.

Cheetahs were considered vermin, pests that should be shot on sight.  The Namibian farmers worried about their small livestock herds, thought of the cheetah as a threat to their own livelihood. Dr. Marker  soon realized that if the cheetah was to survive in Namibia, a solution must be found to enable the farmers and the cheetah to live side-by-side, allowing both to thrive. Shortly after the assessment of the cheetahs’ needs, Dr. Marker also realized there was no group working to find a solution to help the farmers that would in turn save the cheetah.

Gracey in front of CCF Sign

At the entrance of CCF in Namibia.

The Cheetah Conservation Fund

This past summer we had the honor of being able to speak with Dr. Marker as part of our course work in Namibia. When we were sitting in a meeting room at CCF,  talking with Dr. Marker she explained that she realized “There is no “they” and if you want something done you have to do it yourself.”

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Walkin in a Kitty Wonderland Photo Contest

Walkin in a Kitty Wonderland Photo Contest

Decorating with your cat!

In my habitat, things are beginning to get a bit more interesting. Lots of shiny objects are coming out of boxes and twinkling lights are being strung across the mantle.  Even my sunroom takes  on a winter wonderland feeling when the blinking star garland takes it’s place and the Christmas tree is adorned with  ornaments in the shapes of many of my favorite animals.

Gracey looking at the Christmas Tree

Admiring my tree with my animal ornaments

My parents make sure all the super shiny glass ornaments are resting out of my reach and they place the soft satin and other unbreakable ornaments on my little tree in the sunroom.  This is better for everyone, including me, because after all I am a cat and when the lights are twinkling and the glass ornaments are super shiny and interesting to touch, sometimes the glass ornaments leap off the tree and crash to the floor.  Shards of glass are not good for any of us.

Walkin’ in a Kitty Wonderland Photo Contest

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