We are super curious to learn more about what is important to you as cat parents. Our Curious Cat Surveys have helped us to know what you want to learn about and just as important what you don’t want to read about. The past surveys have had great results thanks to you and this year, we are giving away $50 gift cards to two participants in appreciation for the time you take to complete the survey. There are more details at the end of the survey and a place for you to enter your email address if you choose to enter the giveaway.
Kittyo™ Playtime. Anytime.
If you would like to try Hill’s Ideal Balance All Natural treats for your cat or dog, we have the perfect opportunity for you. Twenty friends of The Tiniest Tiger will win a gift package of three treats sent directly to you from Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Twenty Friends Will Receive a Gift Package that includes the following:
Share What You Treasure Most
A few years ago when we were living in a loft apartment waiting for the house renovations to be completed, a tornado brushed by us and took the roof over our kitchen with it. I remember telling Paul, “It’s raining so hard it sounds like it’s raining inside.” And he said, ”That’s because it is!” With Gracey already tucked safely in the bedroom, I bolted out into the kitchen with rain pouring down on me and lightning flashing everywhere. I grabbed Gracey’s food and my laptop and dashed back into the living room. Later, Paul teased me by asking what if he wanted a snack. I told him he was on his own and could fend for himself. We both knew the pecking order; Gracey first.
GAF Roofing Wants to Know What Do You Treasure Most Under Your Roof?
How The Tiniest Tiger Began
Over the last three weeks, we have spent some time reflecting on Gracey’s life with us and I couldn’t help but reminisce about the beginning of our The Tiniest Tiger community that started out on our facebook page. In those first days we talked a lot about the differences and similarities between Gracey and her big cat cousins. One of our first photo albums on Facebook was Compare and Contrast. Do you remember this post?
Compare and Contrast
This beautiful tiger lives at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
Notice the stains on her pink nose.
Notice my stains on my pink nose?
It is the Petties 2013 Nomination Time Again!
Dogtime Media’s Pettie Awards recognize the best among pet bloggers each year. Our The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club won the Pettie for Best Blog Post last year for Cat Obituary Farewell Eastern Cougar. We were so proud to win for this post because our mission is to encourage you to care for all cats big and small. We have been nominated in 2010, 2011 and won Best Blog Post in 2012. I hope you will help us in 2013 too!
Nominations for the 2013 Petties are now open! Voting not only helps us win a Pettie, but you can help your favorite shelter or rescue group win $10,000 in the 2012 Pre-Petties $10,000 Donation Contest
Nominating is super easy! Just visit the Petties Nominations Center once a day between now and June 28, and nominate The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club for Best Cat Blog. Nominate your favorite shelter or rescue group at the same time (must be a non-profit 501c3). I am also fond of the post Since You’ve Been Gone Our Message to Gracey. This post is extra special to many of us as we talk about the healing process we all must go through when we suffer the loss of our loved ones. I would love to be nominated for Best Blog Post too!
3 STEPS TO NOMINATE
You and Your Cat in the next Iams National Advertisement
Starting today, Valentine’s Day, Iams will be on the hunt for real stories from people that share their lives with a cat and or a dog. The folks at Iams want to learn about the unique bond you share with your cat. And, this is super exciting, the winning family will star in Iams next national advertisement!
I told you it was super exciting!
Keep Love Strong Advertising Campaign
The Keep Love Strong advertising campaign that began last November features heart-warming ads inspired by real stories. The campaign has been so well received that Iams created this contest to find the very best Love Tails about the special connections people share with their animals. These commercials really show the deep connection and the importance of the human animal bond. I like them all but this is one of my favorites.
This is one of my favorites:
Here is all you have to do to enter:
Ann Curry sparks 26 Acts of Kindness Movement
Ann Curry, NBC News correspondent asked herself, after the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, what
she could do. And she thought performing 26 acts of kindness, one act for each child and teacher who lost their life that day, would be a small gesture to honor the victims.
Ann then invited everyone to join her by sharing the idea on social media. Within a few days the hashtag “#26acts” was trending on Twitter and a “26 Acts of Kindness” Facebook page began to grow. People began to tweet Curry with photos and descriptions of their acts of kindness such as paying for parking meters, tolls and leaving larger than usual tips.
Curry wrote on the NBC News website that the movement is a way to “help heal us all.”
Daily Kibble’s 26 Acts of Kindness Contest
5th Annual National Children’s Pet Poetry Contest
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.
December 4 is International Cheetah Day
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.
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.”