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Live Well & Prospurr

Morris the Cat is known throughout the world as the star of over fifty 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s up through today. He gained even greater notoriety when he became an advo-cat for kitty adoptions with his “Million Cat Rescue” initiative, and just this year, he took a trip to South by Southwest as a feline technology correspondent.

Morris the Cat

It seems America’s favorite ‘charmingly choosy’ feline is always on the go, but I recently had the chance to catch up with him to talk show biz, naps, and how he’s giving back through his new effort called ‘Live Well & Prospurr.’

You’ve been a TV star since the 1970s and yet you look as vivacious as ever. How do you keep your youthful glow?

People ask me all the time if I’ve had work done. But in fact, my whiskers stay perky thanks to a disciplined regimen of napping, sleeping, napping some more, eating (9Lives, of course), and just generally hanging out. I want to emphasize this last one because even though it’s categorically important for our health and happiness, it’s also the easiest to forget as we go about our busy lives. That’s why I developed my Official Guide to Relaxing, Chillin’, Unwinding & More. (I had to take some time away from hanging out to write it, but I hope you’ll agree it was well worth it.)

Moris the Cat

Are humans allowed to know what’s in this guide or is it for felines only?

Oh no, the guide was written for all species, both two- and four-legged. And let’s face it, cats are pretty good at hanging out already. I know relaxing can be daunting—what with work, kids, errands, and chores—but that’s why I created the 5 levels of hanging out. Even the most stressed out person can master Level 1: Kicking Back. Then, as people get more comfortable with the idea of just relaxing, they can move on to the higher levels and ultimately achieve what I like to call Prospurr.

How does someone know when they’ve achieved Prospurr?

Excellent question, Aimee. Prospurr is the Holy Grail of hanging out. It’s not so much an action as a state of mind, but purr-haps I could describe it best like this: It’s like the moment you flop onto the couch after a hard day, mixed with the tingling sensation of getting scratched behind the ears, rolled into the drool-inducing taste of a bowl of 9Lives. You humans out there probably haven’t tried 9Lives, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one. For more tips on hanging out, go to this website that I built with my own four paws: prospurr.9lives.com

Moris the CatI know working in show biz can mean very long hours. How do you keep to your hangout regimen while you’re on set?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Just like Brad Pitt or Liam Hemsworth, I have a stand-in who sets up all my shots for me. That way I can rest in my trailer—ahem, carrying case—until the cameras start rolling. My stand-in is polyester and has a tag that says “Made in the USA,” but he does the trick. All I have to do is show up and look handsome… which is easy since I’ve spent the whole day getting my beauty rest.

Certainly the entertainment industry, and the world in general, has changed a lot since the 1970s. How do you keep up with the times?

I chase the times like a red-laser dot, and I’m always on the lookout for cool new tech gadgets that help cats and humans live well. One of my new favorites is the Apple Watch—it lets me track how much time I spend ‘napping’ versus the time I spend ‘sleeping.’ AND, today it told me that I took 19 steps going from my bed to my food dish—nothing like working up a sweat before a big meal.

What is the best advice you could give to someone who wants to live a better life?

Watch cat videos! A recent study conducted by some really smart people at Indiana University found that after watching a clip of Lil Bub, Nora the Piano Cat or of course, yours truly, participants felt increased levels of joy and energy. Science doesn’t lie, people! Bonus points if you watch said cat videos curled up in bed or on a fluffy couch.

If a cat watches cat videos, does it have the same effect?

Yes—in fact, the effect is multiplied. It’s like topping 9Lives Super Supper with even more 9Lives Super Supper. Some days I’ll watch cat videos the entire four hours I’m awake.

It seems like you’ve got a pretty nice life, Morris.

I’m very lucky, but to me, being a celebricat isn’t about paw-ty hopping or head-booping Hollywood royalty. It’s about enjoying the simple pleasures that let me live well—and helping others to do the same. You may not know this but I was actually a rescue cat in Chicago before I was ‘discovered.’ This year, with your support, I’m donating a million meals to the ASPCA. Every time you tweet using #MorrisFeeds I’ll donate a bowl of 9Lives to a kitty in need. And I haven’t forgotten about my human fans: Go to prospurr.9lives.com for a chance to win $300 towards a relaxing getaway… You deserve it!

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Print your pet photos, or lose them.

We all love taking photos of our pets, and who can blame us?! They are so adorable, and with our cell phones and digital cameras we can click to our heart’s content. But what happens if the cloud goes away, or thumb drives become obsolete? Do you remember floppy discs? Chances are you don’t have anyway to get files off of old technology like that.

It’s easy in the digital age to forget that there is a real possibility of losing your favorite pet photos. Even a hard drive crash could wipe them out. Luckily there is a way to save our favorite pet (and other) photos. Print them out!

When I was looking for a fun and easy way to print my photos I came across the this printer . I got very excited about it, bought it, and have loved using it ever since. What’s cool about this particular printer is that it is made to print right from your phone (via a free app)!

The prints are little, but amazing in color and sharpness. The printer uses ZINK Paper, which means there is no ink to worry about. This isn’t a mini ink jet printer, this is creating a true photo print. It is a very cool little gadget.

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Of course, if you don’t want to print them yourself there are a lot of great options. You can get photos printed a lot of places online, you can even get 50 Free Shutterfly Prints here. I like all the options at Shutterfly for things beyond just prints too, you can make a lot of fun gifts. Imagine your darling pet on a mug, or even a blanket!

Another place that I like is Persnickety Prints because they use the true photo printing technology like my little printer. They also have some fun options for those of us who love Instagram (and what pet owner doesn’t love that app)! Just order online and they send your photos right to your home.

No matter how you choose to do it, just be sure you do something. You don’t want to lose your fun pet photos just because technology changes!

*This post isn’t sponsored, I just wanted to share. It does contain affiliate links, which if you shop through helps support this site.*

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New Reality TV show – Dr Lisa to the Rescue

DrLisa1Forget The Bachelor! Bones replace roses when true, life-lasting love finally comes to TV with the launch of Dr Lisa to the Rescue, a riveting new reality show which finds forever homes for rescue dogs. Dr. Lisa Chimes, of Bondi Vet, is on a personal crusade to change Australia’s view of shelter dogs, one pooch at a time. The show debuts Saturday, July 18, 4:30 pm on Channel 9 (learn more here).

Finding the right match for a life-long commitment is a challenge. Dr. Lisa combs the Animal Welfare League in search of the right rescue dog for each pet-yearning family. For each case several dogs are presented, sometimes with hilarious antics, but which lucky pup will they choose? It’s a heart-warming show that has you questioning just whom is rescuing whom.

“Each year over 100,000 homeless dogs find refuge at shelters across Australia,” says Dr. Lisa. “Sadly, many Australians have misconceptions about rescue animals. They may not be aware that shelters regularly retrain and work with the animals to help them become loving lifelong companions.”

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Over the course of 10 weeks, Dr. Lisa must find and fit dogs to lifestyles ranging from a search for a companion to horses and chickens on a farm, to a single career woman in a tiny apartment; from a grieving couple looking to replace a beloved pet, to a large family excited to own a dog for the very first time. It’s a must-match of personalities and places, people and pets. Along the way, there are tips and guidance on pet care and proper set-up to ensure a happy home.

“All these rescue dogs have stories, but their stories are not over,” adds Dr. Lisa. “My goal is to ensure their stop in the shelter is just the beginning of the next chapter for them, with a very long and happy ending. They have so much love to give, and the reality is, it’s their new owners who are the lucky ones.”

DrLisa3All manner of breeds, tiny to large, some shy,others boisterous and brimming with personality, the rescue dogs have one thing in common- they’re looking for love. “You won’t get a more grateful, loving pooch than a pound dog,” she says. “These dogs know they’ve been given a second chance at life and they are so happy. They couldn’t love their owners more for giving them a home.”

Dr Lisa to the Rescue is sponsored by Nestle PURINA Petcare, who has partnered with Animal Welfare League Australia to provide the dogs and cats at AWLA affiliated shelters looking for new homes, with the best nutritional care possible and to promote the adoption of rescue pets in Australia.

For more information about the Animal Welfare League and how you can adopt an animal visit: http://www.awlnsw.com.au/

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EntirelyPets Deals

EntirelyPets has some amazing deals going on right now. First up, a major sale for toys, treats, and meds at 80% off! Click here to see all the deals.

They are also offering free shipping on orders over $85:

Free shipping on orders over $85, always low prices at EntirelyPets.com

EntirelyPets also offers some great discounts on your pet medication:

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Purina Pets at Work Program

This post is sponsored by Purina. As always, 4 the Love of Animals only shares information that we support. All opinions and statements are our own.

Happy dog at the Purina office.Pets spend so much time waiting for their people to come back from work. And of course, we miss our pets when we go to the office all day too! If you work at Purina you and your pet are very lucky! More than 17 years ago, Nestle Purina started encouraging its associates to bring their pets to work and the program has provided many benefits for employees and their pets through the years.

The pet-care industry leader celebrated national Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 26) by encouraging other companies to join them in this movement and start their own pets at work policy. Purina went all out, planning a day of fun-filled activities for employees and pets at the Purina headquarters in St. Louis, highlighted by an attempt to set a RecordSetter.com World Record for ‘Most Pets in the Workplace in One Day’!

Record set for "Most Pets At Work"

The day-long event included performances by the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Team, pet check-ups by veterinarians, pet photographs by a professional pet photographer and a “Yappy Hour” with ice cream and Frosty Paws cold treats for associates and their pets. Sounds like the best day of the year if you ask me!

Purina Pets at Work logoPurina is encouraging employers across the nation to take the Pets at Work pledge and help advocate for pet-friendly offices. It’s not just the pets who benefit, the people do too! In a recent survey by Purina and the Mississippi State University College of Veterinarian Medicine, we found among 750 U.S. respondents:

  • Almost two out of three employees agree pets should be allowed in the workplace if there is a general consensus among employees.
  • 85 percent of employees of companies with pets in the office say that pets at work policies are beneficial.
  • 72 percent of employees said that their jobs currently do not allow pets in the workplace o More than half of those who want pets allowed in the office are willing to spearhead efforts to make their workplaces pet-friendly

Does your workplace allow pets all the time? Did you get to celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day this year?

If you want to learn more about starting a pet friendly policy in your office, be sure to visit Pets at Work for helpful information. Once there, you can download a toolkit for employees and employers, share your pets at work story, and see a lot of adorable pets hard at work with their people.

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