Sunday, September 28, 2014

Budweiser Does it Again - This Time With a Dog

If you know me, you know that I don't drink, nor do I particularly like drunks. I have no problem with  social drinking and used to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner before it began triggering migraines.  Red wine, white wine, champagne, it make no difference.

One thing I don't think any of us should tolerate is a drunk driver. To that extent, Budweiser, the beer company known for its wonderful holiday commercials featuring their gorgeous Clydesdale horses never fail to tug at the heartstrings. Their ad agency hits the target every single time and many of us who have never even tasted beer eagerly await their commercials.

Budweiser has recently launched a campaign against drunk driving. It stands to reason that they want to keep their customers alive.  This ad, like their others, truly tugs at the heartstrings but just when you're reaching for a tissue, it continues.  Rather than give away the entire "story," here is the video. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What Cat Owners Need to Know

Photo of Alana by Claire Clayton

Cats are thought to be mysterious creatures. Are they?  No, they're actually social animals who love to be around people and need more attention than many owners give them. 

Cats like to make the first approach. If you ignore them, they will come to  you. They often curl up with their owners or another pet in the house when they want to sleep. They walk on your newspaper or book when you're trying to read, not to drive you crazy but because they are seeking your attention. Your cat loves you!  

Photo of Aimee by Darlene Arden

Your cat will follow you around, wanting to be where you are.  Hopefully, you've already discovered this. But as good as they are about being private, this can work against them when they're sick. They are masters at masking illness. Optimum would be having a feline practitioner who doesn't just know cats but has the extra knowledge that can make a real difference when it comes to a sick kitty.  While all veterinarians treat cats, not every one of them has gone the extra mile to learn even more about cats.  Some feline cat practitioners also treat other species.  I find this particularly helpful with a Toy or small dog because they know how to moderate their touch for a smaller animal.

The American Association for Feline Practitioners has a wonderful website, including a page of things that cat owners need to know.  Point your browser to:

There is always more to lear about taking care of your feline companion. You can also search for a feline practitioner in your area.

If you'll pardon my immodesty, I've crammed a lot of information about taking care of your cat in
The Complete Cat's Meow.  You can find it at your local bookstore or at Amazon for quick, easy ordering: