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Special gifts for the pet lover in your life, or for yourself!

Extraordinary Men and Cats (and a giveaway)

This post is sponsored by Purina, who is providing the calendar for our giveaway.
PPC EMWC Stamp LogoPurina Pro Plan set out to shred perceptions of both traditional cat food and the typical cat owner with the Purina Pro Plan #MenAndCatsContest, for the launch of Savor Shredded Blend.

Shredded Blend is an all-new mealtime experience that combines crunchy kibble and tender meaty shreds to provide both extraordinary nutrition and exceptional taste. The best of both dry and wet foods to delight your cat!

Cat lovers were asked to share a photo of an extraordinary man and his cat on Instagram or Twitter. 11 winners were selected that best captured the relationship between man and cat and will represent each month of the 2016 Extraordinary Men and Cats Calendar, along with proud cat guy and “Devious Maids” actor Gilles Marini.

Calendar Cover

This isn’t just a lot of great looking guys and fabulous felines though! The calendars will be donated as a fundraising initiative to Purina Pro Plan Rally to Rescue, a network of hundreds of small rescue groups nationwide, allowing them to raise money for their organizations as they work to give all cats the love, care and forever homes they deserve. And we have a calendar to giveaway to a lucky reader!


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Photos were judged based on three criteria including relevance, composition and originality. Visit to see the winning photos of these proud cat guys and their furry felines:

Mr. January – Gilles Marini and Penelope
Mr. February – James Petix and Fin, Los Angeles, Calif.
Mr. March – Joel Smallbone and Adelina, Franklin, Tenn.
Mr. April – James Benedict and Mr. Eggs, Thomasville, Ga.
Mr. May – John Zeigler and George, Tumwater, Wash.
Mr. June – Matthew Eagan and Inny, Placerville, Calif.
Mr. July – Peter Mikhail and Luna, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Mr. August – Chris Nguyen and Kuma, Rahway, N.J.
Mr. September –Tyler Smith and Moose, Smith Bottom, N.J.
Mr. October – Santino Nava and Tesla, Tacoma, Wash.
Mr. November – Dwayne Molock (@iAmMoshow) and Sushi, Tali & Megamam, Portland, Ore.
Mr. December – Jon Lorentz and Beamer, Orange County, Calif.

The winners will also receive a year supply of Purina Pro Plan’s new Savor Shredded Blend, an all-new mealtime experience that combines crunchy kibble and tender meaty shreds to provide both extraordinary nutrition and exceptional taste.

To buy the 2016 Purina Pro Plan Extraordinary Men and Cats Calendar, visit to find a rescue group near you. And if you want to learn more about the new Pro Plan Savor Shredded Blend, check them out on social media below:
You can also explore the hashtag: #MenAndCatsContest to see more amazing men and cats!

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Top Ten Pet Costumes of 2015

With Halloween just around the corner, you might be wondering what your pet wants to be. Here are the top ten pet costumes of 2015 to give you some ideas. We especially love the Ewok.

1. Despicable Me Minion.
2. Star Wars collection, ewok.
3. Birthday Girl clown hat for dogs.
4. Animal Planet triceratops dog costume.

5. Luau Shirt Pet Costume
6. Sombrero for Pets
7. Rubies Halloween Classics Collection
8. Animal Planet Lion Dog Costume

9. Animal Planet Raptor Dog Costume
10. Rubies Dapper Dog Pet Costume

Do you dress your dog up for Halloween? Which is your favorite costume? Do you have a costume planned already?

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The MUTTS Winter Diaries

We were compensated to share about this adorable new book, but as always, we only share things we think our readers will love. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a fun giveaway!

The MUTTS Winter Diaries

The treasured characters in the MUTTS comics have a special charm to kids and adults of all ages. The friendship, warmth, and humor between characters that are seemingly unlikely matches create a special dynamic that will warm your heart. The graphic novel style collection of the MUTTS diaries introduces some of the cast members through a variety of their most popular comic strips.

With winter on the way, there could not have been a better time to open up this book, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of The Mutts Winter Diaries, the second Mutts collection for kids! If you are a fan of MUTTS, you will love this collection. It, of course, has all of our favorite characters – Shtinky Puddin’, Sourpuss, Guard Dog, Bip and Bop, and even Crabby. The strips that McDonnell uses for this collection are quirky and thought provoking, perfect for inspiring children to care for animals and their environment.

The MUTTS comic

Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “One of the best comic strips of all time.” McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year.

MUTTS also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy: two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award, all for good reason. We love the awareness the author brings to shelter animals and animals that are tied up outdoors. It is such a great life lesson and the MUTTS diaries make it an easy transition into teaching our kids about how to treat animals.

McDonnell’s website,, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. So not only do you get a great, heart-warming book, but you get to feel great about it too!

We think that you will love The Mutts Winter Diaries as much as we did, and we want to give you a chance to get your very own copy of the book, as well as a special Comics sleepshirt. To coincide with the release of the new book, The Mutts Winter Diaries, Richard Leeds International has designed a cozy nightshirt to give you the sweetest of dreams.


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The “tail” of the stinky purse.

As an animal lover I am always on the lookout for cute animal themed things. I’m going to guess this is common among animal lovers, right? Anyway, I found an adorable dog purse on a website, but it was selling for almost $60! Here is the purse:

Cute dog purse

I really wanted to buy it, but just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much on a novelty purse, so I did what I always do in these situations. I looked on Amazon! Sure enough, there was the same purse, but for only $10!! A few clicks later it was on it’s way to my house.

Here’s where the story takes a smelly turn. The purse arrived, and was just as darling in person as I expected. It was nicer than expected too (for $10 who knew what was going to arrive)! However, it smelled so amazingly bad. I don’t know the right words to describe the smell, but it was strong, and there was no way I could use the purse right away… I mean, what if people thought that smell was ME?

So I took the purse down the basement where it could air out without offending noses. And it did air out, and is now just fine for use. In fact, all trace of the nasty smell is gone. Phew!

I’m just glad I didn’t spend the $60 and got it for $10 instead! :)

Has anything like this ever happened to you?

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