Saturday, January 21, 2017

Pet Blogger Showcase 01/21/2017

Twice a month, Bear and I co-host a Pet Blogger Linky Party along with co-hosts PetFaves, Heart Like A Dog, and Felines Opines. If you missed the last Pet Blogger Showcase, you can view it here: Pet Blogger Showcase 01/07/2017; past weeks as a co-host ... Pet Blogger Showcase 10/01/2016, Pet Blogger Showcase 10/15/2016, Pet Blogger Showcase 11/05/2016, Pet Blogger Showcase 11/19/2016, and Pet Blogger Showcase 12/03/2016.

Why do Bear and I like blog hops and linky parties?

  • We've met so many incredible new friends we'd never find otherwise. For the majority of blogs Bear and I visit on a regular basis, probably eighty percent of them or more we found through participating in blog hops. 
  • With the variety of blogs that participate, there's so much to learn for those of us who can never know enough. Not to mention that there are a lot of touching, fascinating, or otherwise unique stories to be told outside of one's "niche." 
  • They are great ways to build relationships within the blogging community. When Momma recently went through a tough time emotionally, our blogging friends were our best supports. So building relationships with other bloggers isn't just about increasing readership, but also connecting in meaningful ways that can often be lost behind a computer screen. 
If you join our Party, please link to a specific post from your blog instead of to your blog's homepage. Since each co-host chooses three posts from the last Party to feature each week - you increase your chances of being chosen by giving us a specific post and not the more general homepage. 

In keeping with the tradition of this particular linky party, my three favorite link ups from the last Showcase follow. A note on the 
last Showcase ... Bear and I were ecstatic at how many link ups we had last time!!! Especially with the great showing of felines! THANK YOU to everyone/everycat/everydog who linked up ... the Showcase is made better by each and every friend who joins.

*** Reggie and Bedtime - Sugar and Spikes ***
Every person owned by a pet knows interrupted sleep. Whether it's food time, a cuddly animal with no conception of a human's need to breathe, or a bed hog, our babies excel in finding ways to wake us up or make it difficult to sleep in the first place. This post about negotiating bedtime with a cat will elicit "awwwwws" and chuckles of understanding. You'll recognize the struggle ... and the pictures of the snuggly Reggie will melt your heart. What do you do when your cat steals you pillow or finds your face the most comfortable place to sleep? With Bear, I've found myself torn between frustration and the heart melting realization that he just wants to be near me. It was quite an adjustment after adopting Bear because I wasn't used to a snuggly kitty ... but I recognized that's what he needed and so I pushed past my comfort zone and had more than a few sleepless nights. Now, I sleep better knowing Bear's beside me ... okay, okay, I only sleep soundly when he's snuggled up to me.

*** The Egyptian Mau - The Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles ***

Cats are exquisite, exquisite creatures. I am always learning new things about cats in general and specific breeds; I find myself in complete awe and wonder of these incredible creatures. This post captured my interest because the traits of the Egyptian Mau describe Bear well (physically, the green eyes, vocalizations, playing "fetch" ...). It's not that I feel the need to change him from the [extraordinary] tabby he is to a breed ... but because it fascinates me to consider the genetics involved in his unique idea of what being a cat means. 


Remember in our list of reasons we participate in linky parties/blog hops, we mentioned meeting new friends we otherwise wouldn't have met? Wag 'n Woof Pets is the perfect example of this! They regularly link up to this Showcase - and not only have their posts brought us much joy - but we've fallen in love with the playful Cricket, spirited Sheba, and mischievous Luke (plus their feline sister Samantha of course). This post is a celebration of Sheba's determination to show cancer who's boss. Unfortunately, Sheba crossed the Rainbow Bridge this past week and my heart broke when I read the post announcing the news,  A Golden Sun Has Set. The beautiful Sheba's wisdom, strength, and beauty of spirit touched my heart and captured my imagination in every single picture and post since I found the blog. If you want warm fuzzies, check out all the posts about Sheba ... she will steal your heart and you will never, never, forget her. 

*** Jon Snow and Ghost - Shelter Cats and Princess - Animal Shelter Volunteer Life ***
Wait! Wait! One ... no TWO more!!!  We're counting this as a chosen ORGANIZATION ... though the blogs themselves are amazing and WELL WORTH your visit. For as long as I cohost, I will praise and raise awareness for PAWS, an incredible rescue in Norwalk, Connecticut that I've come to admire and wholeheartedly support. We LOVE these two blogs because of their upbeat attitude and because they do a phenomenal job of sharing this particular rescue - and the cats available for adoption there. PAWS offers a lot of great programs including a "pension plan" for senior pets up for adoption. We encourage our readers to visit these two blogs, check out the amazing animals up for adoption on PAWS' website, and support rescue efforts at PAWS and locally.

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Welcome to the Pet Blogger Showcase! This is the place for you to show off your favorite family friendly pet related posts, find other great posts to read, show some love to other bloggers and maybe be featured on one of the host blogs!

Meet the Hosts Behind the Showcase

PetFaves- Living the pet lover lifestyle

Heart Like A Dog- The good, the bad, and the Oh My God of living with dogs

Felines Opines- The world from a feline point of view

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat- The humorous and touching tales of a formerly homeless, yet always extraordinary, feline and his Momma, who's just along for the ride.

About the Pet Blogger Showcase

Twice a month, On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, you have the chance to link up one of your blog posts to the linky party link-up. Then visit 3 other blogs that joined the party and leave a meaningful comment. Feel free to share with your followers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Then each week the hosts will feature their favorite 3 posts from the previous Linky Party on the new party post.

Pet Blogger Showcase Rules

1.    Share a pet specific post, past or present, from your blog in the linky below. Family friendly posts only. (We love reading about other topics and niches, but posts that are not pet related will be deleted this includes any posts that don’t mention pets even if they are on a pet blog or if the post could pertain to pets.)
2.    Spread the Love! Leave a quality comment(more than just a few words) on at least 3 other posts from the linky party. Tell them why you love their post, encourage them, share on social media.
3.    Check back for the next linky party to see if you are featured on one of the hosts’ blogs.

*Note: By adding your post to the linky party you are giving the hosts permission to use an image from your post if your post will be a featured post on their blog to help encourage people to click through to your post. The image may be used individually or as a collage.

ALSO ... please link to a specific post from your blog instead of to your blog's homepage. Since each co-host chooses three posts from the last Party to feature each week - you increase your chances of being chosen by giving us a specific post and not the more general homepage.

That’s it! No need to RSVP. No need to bring a covered dish. No need to add the linky to your post. No need to include a button. Just come join the party and PAWTY ON

26 comments:

  1. Thank you for supporting PAWS!
    Happy weekend.
    Maggie

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  2. How can I thank you enough for including our post, and for your sweet words about Sheba? It means so much to me, and made my day start out a bit better (even though it made me cry of course). I am grateful for our friendship as well, and for your support. When I wrote that post, I kind of knew I was tempting fate....but I also knew it was knocking on our door already, so I wrote it anyway. Sheba truly gave us such a gift by making it into the new year!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. There's no need to thank me. I included her because of her impact on my life ... what she's meant to me ... how she's touched me just by being herself. Thank you for sharing her. Sending you more hugs :)

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  3. He did it again last night! and he's getting more and more skilled at getting us out of bed on *his* schedule, not ours. He has discovered that humans don't like it when you lick their toes.

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  4. Oh, that's a great place to sleep! right on top of the head. We luff it. And... we too are very well versed in hoomin sleep deprivation.

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    1. It's brilliant! I know my Momma would be too touched to make me move ... hehehehehe! ~Bear Cat

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  5. I gotta say, I'm looking forwards to meeting my fellow HOP visitors this week, as I usually end up missing this fine Saturday Hop. purrs to you Momma Kat and Bear Cat. ERin

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    1. We're glad! We chose your post as one of our favorite last time you linked up ... we've missed you!

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    2. And I you, I do need to get my act together and plan things better, don't I! And this is despite peep having year planners everywhere. Trouble is they're not on the wall or on the desk just tucked away in draws. purrs ERin

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    3. Hahaha. My peep has to have neon post-it notes ... and even then, sometimes she misses things! I mean THEY ARE RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER ... with stars and underlines and everything. How does she miss that?!?! ~Bear Cat

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  6. Thanks for sharing those with us. We were very sad to see that sweet Sheba departed for the Rainbow Bridge.

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    1. She was such a special girl! Thank you for linking up!

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  7. Always love to see what blogs you are going to share! Sorry to hear about Sheba!

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    1. When I joined the party the first time, I didn't really think in terms of making new friends ... but we've added some truly incredible blogs to our read list in the meantime!

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    1. It truly is! I didn't know about many dog blogs until the first week I joined ... and we have so many new friendships that we treasure too!

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  9. We are going to cut and paste the rules off so we can take a look. Maybe we can do one a month? Would that be OK?

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    1. ABSOLUTELY. Most people don't participate every week. We'd love to see the Dash Kitten Crew link up!

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  10. Wes is missing this week. We forgotted and wes wants to post pictures of BEAUTIFUL mes and not the Artsy Fartsy Gifts.
    And Bear, mes sends yous special Nellie Kisses
    Your Nellie Bellie

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    1. Momma really should do better about reminding people ahead of time. Each time she tells herself she will NEXT TIME and then it slips her mind. And hey, we like your Artsy Fartsy Gifts ... though it's IMPOSSIBLE to create anything better than the original ;) ~Bear Cat

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  11. Phoebe will join for her post tomorrow.

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  12. We love all of your picks, Momma Kat and Bear, and looks forward to checking out all of the hoppers' blogs. :)

    THANK YOU so much for supporting PAWS, and Maggie's and our blogs. You are so kind, and such wonderful pals, and we know your shout outs and good thoughts for us do so much good. Oh, and here's a bit of news that will make you super happy ... Princess went to a permanent foster home today. Bottom line is that she's found her happily ever after! :)

    Hugs!

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