4.20.2014

Hoppy Easter

We are wishing everyone in blog-land a very Happy Easter!





Peace, Love, Barks and Treats Forever,
Cat

4.15.2014

Blog The Change 4 Animals

I am teaming with Team BtC and others that care about animals in need today and for tomorrow in hopes that this blog post and this cause will not be needed in the years to come.

I live a very long way from Imperial Valley Humane Society but they are doing what is right for those fur kids that are lost and have been wronged.  This is a shelter that is a community effort that hangs by the string of its faith, love and hope that animals should be safe during their transition to a forever home.  I found out about this shelter through a FB contest last year that was awarding monetary prizes to shelters that received the most votes.  Imperial did not win, but the contest did bring them more readership and more exposure to their cause.
At the Imperial Valley Humane Society, they believe it is important to place as many adoptable pets as they possibly can into loving forever homes.  Their mission is "To better the community for both the people and the animals by placing as many stray, abandoned, and unwanted pets into loving forever homes and to educate the people of the community about the pet overpopulation and the importance of controlling it through spaying, neutering, and adopting".

They are a private, not-for-profit agency that relies on adoptions and charitable giving to maintain the shelter.


A shelter should do what the word entails..."shelter those from the elements and feed the body and soul of those lost and forgotten"...

I'm proud to be spreading the word about BtC and about Imperial Valley Humane Society and hope that everyone knows that our pets are our lives and they count on us each and every day to keep them safe...and it is up to us to make up for the people in the world that think less of animals and stand up and fight for the animals that did nothing to deserve the fate of cards that they have been dealt.  Make a difference today and use your voice, your keyboard, your funds and your heart to change the lives of animals that are truly in need.
I'm also proud to tweet and share the many animals in the many shelters that in so many ways should NOT be shelters but instead be closed forever from the atrocities that they are known for.
In one particular shelter, an animal advocate Maria Sanchez has risked life, heart and limb to save the unwanted from dying.  You can read all about Maria here at her FB Save The Squishies

There are so many other people and places that are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make things happen for animals in need and if you know of a great cause and would like us to know about them, write us a comment so we can check it out and possibly promote their good work here on the blog.

Peace, Love, Barks and Treats Forever,
Cat


4.09.2014

What Would Happen ...

To your beloved fur kids if something happened to you or your family?

I know it's hard to think about but we love our fur kids so very much and we do everything to keep them safe and sound and fed and loved and taken care of but what would really happen if something happened to you?

We are interested in this book by Cathy Connolly If I Should Die Before My Dog and think that it's a responsible and important task to take care of our fur kids for all stages of their lives....

As humans, we buy life insurance, we take precautions and make plans for our family members but many people neglect (and not out of non-love) to include their fur kids in the plans and then the horror stories that we read about happen....pups taken to shelters by other family members that cannot or will not care for them (Every year, more than 500,000 pets outlive their owners, according to 2nd Chance 4 Pets) in shelters pets deteriorate quickly, become aggressive or despondent and face the ultimate fate at no fault of their own.  Something to think about....even though it's something that we do NOT want to think about....but it's important and if we spread the word to be proactive instead of allowing someone to be reactive and believing they are acting in best interest we can make plans and know that our fur kids will continue to get the loving care that they deserve and what we expect for them all. 

Only YOU know everything about your fur kid...wouldn't you want someone else to know those 'things' if you could not be around?

This article gives a lot of good information about pets that are getting a new "leash" on life....check it out New Leash on Life: After Their Owners Die, Pets Set Adrift Find Hope In New Homes

We are looking at possibly purchasing this book to document all of Jozi's likes, quirks and the wishes that we have in case anything ever happens during our journey and we are separated forever. 


I would want someone to LOVE this face like I LOVE this face if I couldn't anymore...


Peace, Love, Barks and Treats Forever,
Cat

3.31.2014

Mantra For Mondays

We're back!
Here's a GREAT Mantra for MONDAYS!!!



Check out THIS Corgi....taking risks and no fear ~



Peace, Love, Barks and Treats Forever,
Cat

1.24.2014

HAPPY DAY !! Tegan IS HOME and SAFE

Tegan is HOME!!!!!
We are so excited that this little girl is home safe and sound!  She will NEED extra loves and treats! 



Here are words from her mom and dad from https://www.facebook.com/SoCalCorgiBeachDay:
Happy to report Tegan was found this morning. All this time she had been hiding on an old boat in the Marina at MDR and a Mexican guy found her this morning and brought her to a vet in MDR. She still had her collar and ID tags on but was ...very thin. Beth called me at 10:45am as she was on her way to the MDR vet and then at 12:15noon to confirm it indeed was Tegan and she had a vet appointment this afternoon. The first thing I did was "thank God".


She was missing 24 days. Thank you God for her safe return and bless the man who found her.   Jozi and I were saying prayers every night for Tegan's safe return....we are so glad that she is finally home safe and sound!      Peace, Love, Barks and Treats Forever,
Cat and Jozi ♥

1.10.2014

Pet Bloggers Challenge

This is the 4th annual pet blogger challenge hosted by Amy from GoPetFriendly and co-hosted by Edie from Will My Dog HateMe   and I'm so happy to be a part of this great challenge! 

Pet Blogger Challenge 2014
Pet Blogger Challenge Jan. 10

 And now, without further ado, here are the questions for Pet Blogger Challenge 2014










1. How long have you been blogging? Please tell us why you started blogging, and, for anyone stopping by for the first time, give us a quick description of what your blog is about. I have been blogging since February 2010 when I longed for a vehicle in which to document my thoughts and memories about a dear friend that lost her battle to cancer. I needed a place to sort my thoughts and post memories and photos and snippets of life as I moved from a place with her to a place without her.
Then on 8-18-2011 a Corgi puppy adopted us and we named her Jozi Wales Wigglebutt and that was the creation date of my blog that is all about Jozi the Corgi and the pussycats that she lives with. We have photos, reviews of products, information about Corgis and most recently we have been posting about rescue pets and are trying to get the word out that there are so many pets that need homes all over the world.

2. Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2013 that made you most proud. During 2013 I was proud to see our page views increase to over 20,000! We have slowly been developing readership.

3. When you look at the post you wrote for last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge, or just think back over the past year, what about blogging has changed the most for you? I have taken more of an interest in shelter pets this year.

4. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own sites? I have learned many things this year such as frequency of posts and knowing that it takes time to build a brand such as Jozi the Corgi and that the followers will eventually come, stay a while, pick up a few treats and then come back another day to see what new tidbits we are offering.

If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be? I want more readers and more return visitors.

5. What have you found to be the best ways to bring more traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content? Social media is the best vehicle I believe.

6. How much time to do you spend publicizing your blog, and do you think you should spend more or less in the coming year? I spend about a hour each day writing, posting and linking to social media.

7. How do you gauge whether or not what you’re writing is appealing to your audience? Overall, I do not write ‘enough’ about information or causes and I think I should be doing this. I am thinking of starting a Friday Fur-able Tips and Tricks for your dog with a static posting weekly but have not as of yet.
How do you know when it’s time to let go of a feature or theme that you’ve been writing about for a while? I really have only had a theme of “Mantra For Mondays” on my blog and have mixed results from postings and have never thought about getting rid of it.

8. When you’re visiting other blogs, what inspires you to comment on a post rather than just reading and moving on? Some of the most inspiring posts that make me react and comment on are about new ideas for pets, stories of struggle and great photos.

9. Do you do product reviews and/or giveaways? Yes, both.
If so, what do you find works best, and what doesn’t work at all? I have found that putting the contests up with a entry method is best instead of just having readers comment on the product/review is the best.
What hurdle is getting in your way? What has not worked for me this year well is the Rafflecopter giveaway widget so for future giveaways/reviews I plan to use Giveaway Tools since it seems more user friendly and has less ‘bugs’ than Rafflecopter does.

10. When writer’s block strikes and you’re feeling dog-tired, how do you recharge? Jozi belly-rubs and scritches usually work very well for me.

11. Have you ever taken a break from your blog? How did that go? I have taken a break from blogging due to some health issues and during that time I really missed blogging. Glad that I bounced back and was able to continue.

Have you ever thought about quitting your blog altogether? What makes you stay? I have never thought about quitting altogether; maybe a sabbatical someday but I am content with my content and my muse Jozi the Corgi.

12. What goals do you have for your blog in 2014? I really would like to set some goals of integrating more social media sites into my blog and overcoming the challenge of integrating the 'Pinterest" on my blog. I am also hoping that I can get more readers and more followers in 2014.
Peace, Love, Barks and Treats Forever,
Cat


1.04.2014

Sepia Saturday

Today is the second installment of Sepia Saturday and we're feeling rather sad and weepy this being the first Saturday of the new year.  Since I started blogging I had goals of blogging about good things, funny things, happy things and the positive aspects of having a pup own us.  Over the past week I have spent countless hours online (more so that I have before) on Twitter and looking through other blogs and posts and such and there have been some very formidable losses just this past week along with pups gone missing.

I want to take a moment and acknowledge the losses and look towards what tomorrow will bring without forgetting about two Corgi 8 year old brother boys Guss and Woodrow who perished after the new year; they were born and raised together and lived together and ultimately crossed the bridge together...their mama is so very sad.

Paige, the creator and owner and pure corgi lover at Corgi Pals lost her father tragically and we are sending nothing but good thoughts to her.

Two Corgis, Tegan and Tucker, one from California and one from Texas have been missing since New Year's eve and as the time moves forward their families hope and pray for them to be found.  We keep praying and keep tweeting that they are both found safe.

Two other pups were with their mom and dad and there was another car accident in CA on Christmas Day and sadly mom suffered serious injuries that took her life, dad is hospitalized and only one of the pups who is a corgi named Tessi has been found.....BUT the other pup, Graci a chihuahua is still missing.

With the new year comes new worries, sorry to be so somber this Sepia Saturday everyone....our heart seems to be in another place today.

We are posting an "old" photo but one that is dear to mom's heart.....the 'last' photo of her and her best friend at the winery and she is missing her 'girl' that passed away a few years ago. 
Today is a somber day on Jozi the Corgi's blog while mom copes with the current losses, the missing and reminisces about the past with her 'girl'. 






Peace, Love, Barks and Treats Forever,
Cat
We are hoping with ALL PAWS CROSSED that Graci, Tegan and Tucker find their way home soon....



1.03.2014

Rescue HEROES The Hagar's

Hope for Paws

On the Hope for Paws site, a husband and wife team have a goal to rescue pets that are abandoned, thrown away and forgotten about on the streets and in shelters in Southern California.  Animals are strays that are badly injured, abused and need protection and life saving medical care to rehabilitate and live their lives with love and companionship.  This couple is sharing their lives and their expertise to help these animals.  They are telling the stories of the animals when they rescue them and telling the stories is the most important thing to do to find forever homes for these animals.  

Please stop by their site take a look around and view some of their videos; they are so inspiring to see the work that they have done.  
If you have a couple of bucks, make sure to donate too.... You can donate to Hope for Paws HERE 

They need $$ for their cheeseburger fund for the pups. 
The money you donate also goes to provide the basic necessities for doing this incredible work and to help to defray the medical costs that quickly add up with an ill or injured animal. 

Here is just ONE video of Miley a pup that was barely surviving on a trash heap and the miraculous turnaround after being rescued.




One quote I found in one book that this selfless couple offers as a download FREE and receives 10 cents for every download is:  
"Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative" by Mordecai Siegal



Peace, Love, Barks and Treats Forever, 
Cat