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Celebrate a very #GrumpyBirthday with @Friskies and Grumpy Cat!

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There’s really only one thing Grumpy Cat wants for her second birthday – to spread grumpiness! You can join the fun and host your own Grumpy Birthday party to celebrate the grumpiness. One lucky reader will win a party pack full of the following goodies:

• 5 Birthday Hats
• 4 Frowns on a Stick (for humans)
• 2 Frowns on a Stick (for cats)
• 1 Grumpy Cat Plush
• 1 Cat Collar and tag (for Grumpy Cat plush – or your cat!)
• 1 Grumpy Cat Birthday Poster
• 2 Bags of Friskies Party Mix featuring Grumpy Cat

On April 29th, in New York City Grumpy Cat is having a HUGE birthday bash. You too can join in the fun from wherever you might be.

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Are you ready for a chance to win your own grumpy party pack? Use the form below, open to those in the USA only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Party on!

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Purina provided us with a party pack for our review and are providing the prize for this giveaway.

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Urban Resource Institute and Purina Unveil the Purina Play Haven

gI_60094_Picture15Studies show that as many as 48% of domestic violence victims stay in abusive situations out of fear of what would happen if they left their pets behind, and more than 70% of pet owners who enter shelter report that the abuser has threatened, injured, or killed family pets . Among New York City’s 50 domestic violence shelters, URI is the only one that accommodates pets, filling a critical gap by addressing the unique challenges families with pets face.

Urban Resource Institute (URI) and Nestlé Purina PetCare (Purina) today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate New York City’s first-ever dog park in a domestic violence shelter, called the Purina Play Haven and Dog Park. The event marks the official expansion of URIPALS—People and Animals Living Safely—which launched in June 2013 as a pilot program to enable domestic violence survivors to enter shelter with their cats and other small animals. With the opening of the Purina Play Haven and Dog Park, URI will now be able to open its doors to families with dogs!

As part of its sponsorship of URIPALS, in October 2013 Purina also donated much-needed welcome kits tailored to cats —with food, toys, crates and other pet supplies—and educational materials designed to guide families entering URI’s largest domestic violence shelter in best practices for caring for their pets.

To learn more about URIPALS and for tips on keeping the entire family safe in domestic violence situations, please visit http://www.urinyc.org.

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Create Your Own Money Saving Adventure

You may be wondering, why is there a book review about saving money on a site that is about animals? Well, as most pet parents know, sometimes our pets can be pretty expensive. From vet bills, to toys, to cute clothes, and of course, food, we animal lovers can always find ways to spend on our pets!

That’s why it’s great to have a book that can help you learn to save in other areas in your life, like groceries! Create Your Own Money-Saving Adventure (The Standard Edition) (Volume 1) will help you save on everyday items you need, plus help you learn to find savings for other things as well, like travel and online shopping.

Loads of awesome money saving information is packed into this book. If you have ever been interested in using coupons, or even just wanted to know more about how things are priced in your grocery store, you need to get a copy of this book.

I’ve been trying to put more of the tips to use and have found that we are already saving money. I can’t wait until I can really dive into the book and follow it more closely. Food is one of our biggest expenses, and sadly, not one we can cut much on. Saving on our food will help us have extra money for Baby and her vet bills (she is one expensive, but totally worth it, little girl)!

Disclosure: I received a copy of Create Your Own Money-Saving Adventure (The Standard Edition) (Volume 1) for my review.

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Playtime is a special time! #RecipeForMoments

Creating special moments with your pet doesn’t take much effort, just a willing heart and the right “recipe”. Here’s our Recipe For Moments:

  • Cute and playful pet (dog, cat, bird, your choice)
  • Favorite toy
  • Playful attitude
  • A little bit of space

Combine above ingredients together, add a dash of fun, and your recipe is complete! Feel free to add any additional ingredients as you see fit, after all, part of the fun is creating a moment that your pets are going to love most. You know what they like better than anyone else does.

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Is it time to play?
Is it time to play?

Play time is always a special time at our house. Baby looks forward to the moment after lunch when she knows that she is going to get a good amount of rough housing, ball throwing, and chasing. It starts with a lot of rough housing, she may be little, but she loves a good rough up. Lots of scratching, and rubbing, and a lot of her putting her leg up to be rubbed happens during this portion of playtime.

Lazy play is Baby's favorite.
Lazy play is Baby’s favorite.

She’s a bit funny, even though she has a large yard to run around in, she prefers to stay inside where she can play in her “lazy” way. Her red ball is by far her favorite toy. A lot of throwing and chasing happens, and then she settles in for a nice round of lazy play.

I love it because we get down on the floor together, shut out the rest of the world for a time, and just PLAY. It’s just as fun for me as it is for her I think. Though I would love to know what this moment is like from her point of view, I can only guess; judging by her wagging tale and all the “zoomies” she does I’m going to say she loves it a lot too.

Our story is a part of the #RecipeForMoments blog hop hosted by BlogPaws. Link up below to share your story of the bond you and your pet share. What do you think your pet feels in your special moments? Five random U.S. winners who link up their blog post will win a Nature’s Recipe® lightweight collar camera to capture special moments from their pet’s point of view. See BlogPaws for official rules and details.

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