KITTEN BOWL III

Are you ready for some cuteness?! KITTEN BOWL III is on Su-purr bowl Sunday, Feb 7th at 12 PM ET/PT, 11C only on the Hallmark Channel.

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The highly anticipated four-legged game is hosted by Beth Stern with play-by-play announcers John Sterling (iconic radio voice of the New York Yankees) and Mary Carillo (award-winning reporter, sports analyst and commentator) and special guest appearances by Commissioner Boomer Esiason, Kevin Nealon and many more. This year, the half-time show is cuter than ever when the feline players will be introduced to a team of puppies for the first time.

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Additionally, Hallmark partnered with Snaps to launch Kitten Bowl III emojis, available on the Apple Store and Google Play store. The keyboard includes emojis of the cat-letes including Rob Gron-Cat-Ski, Howie Longhair and Coach John Hairball.

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Angela Megrey, Vice President, Social Media, Crown Media Family Networks said “the shareable and adorable keyboard emojis not only connects our fans to the Kitten Bowl franchise, but also helps spread increased awareness for ‘Pet Project,’ Hallmark Channel’s advocacy in pet adoption”. We love that it helps spread the word for pet rescue, and the emojis are really fun too!

You can also see cute Cat Center updates by visiting Cat Center! Hallmark Channel’s CAT CENTER shares weekly FFL highlights and updates hosted by John Sterling and Mary Carillo. You can get to know some of the players before the big event on Sunday!

Beyond being super cute, Kitten Bowl also helps spread the word about animal rescue! All adoptable kittens were provided by North Shore Animal League America and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation and have since found forever homes.

We hope that you tune in Sunday!

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Make a Pet Pledge for 2016

This post is sponsored by Purina. As always, 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.

It’s a new year and while we often make resolutions for ourselves, why not include your furry friends in the fun? This year, Purina is encouraging everyone to make a Pet Pledge for 2016! The pledge can be anything, from spending more time together each day, playing with new toys, whipping up some homemade treats, or anything else you can think of!

Once you’ve made your Pledge, visit PureLoveForPets.com to play the instant-win game for a chance to win a prize box or the grand prize! What better way to help you keep that Pledge:

The dog grand prize is an awesome Deluxe Dog Crate!
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The cat grand prize is a Deluxe Cat Tower:
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Dog Prize Box – Dog Furminator, Kong toys, other dog-related accessories
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Cat Prize Box– Cat Furminator, Kitty Hammock, toys, other cat-related accessories
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The instant win game starts Jan. 29, 2016 and goes through Wednesday, February 17. PureLoveForPets.com will also be sharing great information and tips on different Pet Pledges you can make, as well as how to keep them throughout the year.

Be sure to check your local Sunday newspaper tomorrow for Purina coupons too!

We are pledging to spend more time cuddling and watching funny movies with our little snowball Yuki. She has snuggling down to a science! What is your pledge?

Yuki the hedgehog

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Take time to be a dad today!

It may seem strange to find a post about fatherhood on a blog about animals, but dads are important, no matter what species!

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To be a genuinely good dad, the first step is to spend time with your kids. While being a dad is not THAT simple, much of what it takes to be a good dad is that simple. Every man is capable of being a great dad! Eighty-six percent of dads spend more time with their children today than their own fathers did with them. That is a big deal. The simple fact is, your kids just want to be with you no matter what you are doing.

According to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council, a majority of dads (7 out of 10) also reported that they could use tips on how to be a better parent. But don’t sell yourself short. If you are taking time out of your day and spending time with your kids, you are a good dad.
Take Po for example. He was able to overcome some unique circumstances because of his relationship with this father. With the love and advice from dad, Po came out on top!

Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.
Need some ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

  • Make breakfast, lunch or dinner together.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Collect props from around the house and take pictures of each other.
  • Plan a picnic, even indoors if it is cold.
  • Plan a short road trip.
  • Create a story together and make a book.
  • Get creative! The options are truly limitless.

In an effort to inspire and support men in their commitment to responsible fatherhood, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance’s National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) and the Ad Council are asking us to share a message to dads everywhere: Take Time To Be A Dad Today! Visit the Ad Council or Fatherhood.gov for more resources on what you can do to make your time with your kids count!

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Open Eyes Open Heart – Jewelry that Matters!

I’m excited to share this great shop with you today. The store is called Open Eyes Open Hearts, and they are supporting the ASPCA with each sale of their fun, animal themed jewelry! Half of every sale from the animal rescue collection will be donated back to this worthy cause.
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I love these cut out paw earrings, they would look so fun with just about any outfit. Anything with a cute little paw print wins my heart though!

And of course, they have some fun earrings for the cat lover as well. The silhouette cats are super cute and stylish.

I love knowing that anything from the collection would be helping animals. Not only can I enjoy wearing cute jewelry that shows my love for animals, but knowing that I am helping real animals at the same time makes it that much sweeter!

Be sure to visit them and have a look at all the animal themed jewelry. Feel good treating yourself to something too knowing that half of your purchase will help animal rescue. Great Valentine’s gift ideas for the pet lover in your life too!

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