Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pet Blogger Showcase 02/18/2017

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 02/04/2017; 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, Pet Blogger Showcase 12/03/2016, Pet Blogger Showcase 01/07/2017, and Pet Blogger Showcase 01/21/2017.

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.

*** Northeast Ohio Rocks - Travels With Barley ***

This post follows Barley as she discovers strange painted rocks ... and her search for the explanation behind these beautiful and inspirational works of art. Barley even tries her paw at creating a few herself. I was drawn in to the post because of my own experiences; when I was in treatment for my eating disorder, the facility had a tradition that patients paint rocks much like these ... some just pictures ... some words ... inspiring quotes ... and they all ended up in a rock garden. We were free to take or trade or gift rocks that we found that spoke to us at a specific time. Such a simple concept, with such healing and connecting implications! 

*** Snuffle Mat: Time to Hunt - My Life With Dogs PDX ***

In this post, we're introduced to the Snuffle Mat, a positive training tool using nosework and hunting instincts to train calm behavior. Christy shares how she uses the Mat and includes links to make your own at home if you choose not to buy a pre-made one. I was especially interested in the Snuffle Mat because I'm always looking for interactive toys to keep Bear Cat engaged and stimulated, especially when I'm not available and he gets restless.

Erin is among our closest blogging friends (okay, okay ... closest friends period). She's always got something to say about everything, as you would expect of a Princess ruling her domain ... with eyes on ruling the world. She also happens to be funny and sarcastic ... and sarcastic. In this post, Erin's after an unexpected, strange, and unpredictable symbol on her computer screen. Where'd it come from? Where's it going? And will the rogue punctuation survive The Princess herself? 

*** Shelter Cats and Garfield - 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

17 comments:

  1. Hi! I can't believe the two weeks have gone so quickly! It's great to be here and to meet some new pals. Thanks for being such a wonderful host, too. Purrs, ERin

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    1. PS. Thank you for picking Asterisk, it is one of my funnier true life experiences! Purrs ER

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  2. Phoebe will link up tomorrow, for now , we will check out the showcased blogs :)

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  3. Thank you so much for including my Snuffle Mat post this showcase! Walter is enjoying it today as it's super rainy....

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  4. We don't know those woofies but the sure are sweet looking! We do know Erin and Kevin and Tracey from their fantastic blog!

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    1. One can never have enough cats ... and we LOVE Seal! Thank you for linking up!

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  5. This is a very interesting concept and I agree there are some great posts here.

    Shoko

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    1. Very true! We'd love to see The Canadian Cats link up sometime!

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  6. Thank you again for featuring the PAWS cats, and even more so, for being our friends. We love you guys lots!

    Oh, and you will be super happy to hear that Garfield has been adopted. How cool is that? :)

    Hugs to you! And now we're off to go and meet those woofies, and to visit awesome Erin!

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    1. Yay for Garfield! And thank you for stopping by and being our friends!

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  7. You're right, blog hops leads to some very delightful and unexpected connections (take you for instance!). We saw that snuffle mat post-too cool for school! Am on the hunt for one of those sink mats to make a version for Sam & Elsa. Finding treats could be a full time job for those two. 🤣

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    1. Hahaha. Bear is VERY food motivated. And yes, we've gained many wonderful friends through the showcase :)

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  8. I'm so glad you enjoyed Barley's adventures with the rocks! It really is amazing how much joy a little rock and a little bit of paint can bring to someone!

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