Category Archives: our pets

A look at 2015 and best wishes for 2016

As we come to the close of another year, it’s fun to look back and see how far we have come. I’ll be honest with you dear animal loving friends. This year was a hard year for our us.

When our sweet dog passed away from cancer at the end of January pet blogging became pretty hard. Our bird, who had been our first pet as a married couple, had passed away just 6 months earlier. We felt the loss and absence of both of our sweet pets daily, and it was difficult to be a pet blogger with out any pets.

Baby the Maltese

We carried on of course and did our best to still bring great content and fun contests. The end of the year brought us a sweet surprise with our little hedgie Yuki joining the family. Life feels more sweet with pets.

Yuki the hedgehog

Our sister project, Rescue Lashes, was able to raise over $500 to benefit various animal charities in 2015. We hope to do more with this in 2016 to help even more animals!

As always we are grateful to you dear readers for being here, for your support of our site and efforts. We wish you health and happiness in the coming year!

Posted in our pets | 2 Comments

Setting up an aquarium is as easy as 1-2-3 with API fishcare! #APIfish

API logoThis post is sponsored by MARS Fishcare and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about API Perfect Start but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. MARS Fishcare is not responsible for the content of this article.

I have always loved fish, and have long dreamed of the day when I would have a gigantic tank! You know, like the kind you see in Las Vegas. Well, this might not be a giant freshwater fish tank, but it’s a nice addition to our home. It’s so fun to have a fish again. Do you have fish? API is having a giveaway so be sure to enter for an API aquarium.

We picked out a smaller tank because we knew we wanted to get a betta. The API® 1.5 gallon starter kit was just what we needed.

API fish care at Petsmart

The kit comes with a filter, a light, and several chemicals to help get your tank set up properly. I loved how easy it was to set up too. I really like how nicely the filter system is integrated into the tank. It really helps keep things quiet, and simple to maintain.

Found just the right spot! Now to set it up.
Found just the right spot! Now to set it up.

Like I mentioned, we picked a smaller kit, because we were getting a smaller fish, but they do have larger sizes too! Our kit came with API PERFECT START™ which is 3 envelopes that are clearly marked for each day of use. Day 1 for setting up the aquarium, Day 14 and Day 28 after the aquarium set up. I loved that the system made it simple to get set up quickly. No guess work here! And if you ever do have a question, API is very responsive on their Facebook Page .

Ready and waiting for our new betta!
Ready and waiting for our new betta!

API® Perfect Start™ is also recommended by the aquarium experts at PetSmart. They offer a wide range of products to help you care for your fish.

I do recommend picking up a bottle of dechlorinator when you buy your tank, as you will always need this on hand for water changes. API also has a very helpful website where you can research all of their products to make sure you have what you need for your freshwater fish tank. When you are ready to purchase, be sure to find your local store with the store locator. API is even on Instagram.

We took two trips to Petsmart because I prefer to set the tank up and have it running for 24 hours before adding fish. I was pretty excited when we went back and picked out our betta, as you can see, he has gorgeous colors!

Betta half moon
Our new betta!

He still needs a name actually, we have been hearing some fun suggestions but haven’t settled quiet yet. What do you think we should call him?

Update: We have a name! Our fish is named Sakana, which is Japanese for fish.

Posted in BlogPaws, our pets, pet care, reviews | 4 Comments