Savannah's Paw Tracks

Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

Paw It Forward Commentathon and Blog Hop

 HIYA!!  SAVANNAH HERE!!

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I hope you have noticed I have been doing some redecorating around my blog and my other social media presences.  And I am showing off my new digs with a Paw It Forward Commentathon and Blog Hop!

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Why the need to redecorate you ask???

I want to re-commit to serving as a voice for cats, dogs and other animals who do not have a voice as loud, nor a meow as strong, as all of you have graciously enabled me to possess.

The former subtitle to my blog “Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat” was too limiting, given all the things I have been doing for the last year or so.  When Mom L  suggested to me that my subtitle might limit how prospective followers see my blog…I did one of those *paw slap to forehead* moves…Whap!!  “I may be misleading!!!”  To help keep me focused, I have changed my subtitle to reflect what I want all readers to understand my purpose…”Making a Difference”.

Savannah’s Paw Tracks will focus on three areas…

  • Paw It Forward: Featuring projects dedicated to giving a voice to animals waiting for permanent homes and helping improve the lives of those animals who so desperately need us.

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  • Real Rescue Stories: Because everyone needs to share in the joy of Happy Tails endings.

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  • Savannah’s Progress: Chronicling my personal journey from an adult cat tossed away like someone’s trash to becoming a much loved feline family member. …including lessons in patience with The Kid Sage.

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Humor and laughter inspire me to meow even louder for those who don’t have a voice. That’s especially true when it comes to social media. I’ll be first in line, helping to spread your message far and wide, when any of you have contests, events, parties and celebrations.

Here is a tour of my new blog design elements…

On the right side bar you will see THREE Badges.  Click on a badge and view a series of links to many of the posts I have written about whatever topic is noted on the badge.  Go on… click and check them out!

Across the top pull down menus you will find changes as well.

About: Updated to align with my mission and focus: A Former Shelter Cat Making a Difference
Bling: The awards I receive from furriends
Events & Adventures: under ‘Events’ find a slideshow of many of the contests and special events in which I participate; under ‘Adventures’ find links to International Cross Over Blog Adventures in which I have been included.
Go Shopping: A showcase for any of you who have Etsy shops or other businesses you want furriends to know about (send me links to include if you want)
OTRB: contains badges for furriends who have gone on to The Bridge and also includes the fur family members before me
Useful Information: animal rescue/welfare related information I think you will find meaningful

That’s it!!

Now for the FUN part!

You’re invited to help celebrate my commitment to Making a Difference by participating in the First Annual Paw It Forward Commentathon and Blog Hop.

Commentathon Donation:

  • For every comment left on THIS blog post, from now until midnight PDST, October 7, Mom L and Dad P will donate $1.00 to a US 501c3 animal rescue shelter selected by YOU. (Up to a maximum of $150 USD.) My overseas pals may nominate a USA shelter/rescue they support.
  • From now until midnight PDST, October 4, if YOU write a Paw It Forward story and post it on your blog and join the blog hop, we will donate $.50 USD for every comment YOU receive
    • You MUST link your blog post back to this Blog Hop no later than midnight October 4
    • You MUST write a story, 250 words minimum, not just a photo.
    • Paw It Forward stories should be about a time when you initiated helping others in need of rescue, or helped raise funds for rescue or rescue/animal care efforts such as TNR, Spay/Neuter, ending puppy/kitten mills; etc.

Photo Examples of Paw It Forward posts from my blog:

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Selecting the Rescue/Shelter to Receive the Donation:

  • Between October 1 and midnight PDT October 4, leave in your comment on this blog post who you want to recommend as recipient of the commentathon donation.
  • October 5 I will post a Poll Daddy list for voting. You will have from October 5 to noon October 7 PDT to promote votes for your recommended recipient at which time the poll will close.
  • Winner announced October 8

Please join us in celebrating our commitment to Making a Difference by joining the Paw it Forward Blog Hop.

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Is My Blog Going To The Woofies?: Monday Meowsie Product Reviews

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HIYA!!!   SAVANNAH HERE!!!

What a day, what a day…we were invited by the people at The Honest Kitchen to select one of two treat products they wanted to have reviewed.  I call it “taste testing’ myself…

*slurp* bring it on

*slurp* bring it on

Mom L and I checked out both products, and of course, I, Savannah the blog owner, selected the cat treat which was Smittens Icelandic Haddock treats.  Their website describes them as…

Smittens™ fish cat treats are made from pure, wild, line-caught Haddock from the pristine waters off the coast of Iceland. They’re high-protein, low-fat and low-carb with just 1.1 calorie per treat. Smittens are delicious and perfectly aromatic, with a texture cats love – not too hard with just the right amount of crunch!

So, I thought OK…bring those fishies on over for a little taster testing, but then Mom L said no…let’s check out the ingredients first…

Savannah: Seriously Mom L???

Mom L: Yes Nana, seriously

The ingredients are:
Dehydrated haddock

Guaranteed analysis
Protein, 83.5%
Fat, 0.85%
Fiber, 0.75 %
Moisture, 11.85%
Calories
1.1 calorie per treat

Now these were ‘Mom L’ approved for taste testing and I thought we were finished selecting what product we would use for a product review.

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 WRONG, WRONG, WRONG…

Mom L: You know Savannah, these dog treats, the Duck and Cherry sound so interesting…let’s taste test these too

Savannah: *whiplash neck twist* WHAT??!!

And so…Miss Tammy’s woofies got to taste test the Nuzzle Treats made of duck and cherry…

I would only allow Miss Tammy’s woofies to do this on my blog, I owe her big time as you all know.  She saved my life literally when I was at the kill shelter in 2010.

Only for you Miss Tammy

Only for you Miss Tammy

Now, on to the actual taste testing product reviews

You want to meow about ‘stinky goodness’???  This totally qualifies for the ‘stinky’ for sure!!!  Now the ‘goodness’ determination will need to be left up to finer palates than mine.

As you can see…I just was not ready to give these treats even one claw up…but then I have always had a very discriminate set of taste buds. (hover over photos to see complete captions)

The Kid Sage brought in a big FOUR PAWS UP!!  She could not get enough!

 

As long as Mom L was going over to Miss Tammy’s to get her woofies to do the Dog Treat Taste Test Product Review…I suggested she might want to offer some of her cats, maybe even Tigger, a chance to give these treats a whiffy and lick…just to balance out The Kid Sage (4 UP) and me (4 down).

Here you can see Bee and Tigger…frankly Bee made a bit of a fool of himself.  You see he tried several and then when Miss Tammy tried to offer some to the other cats, Bee made such a fuss, and he followed her yowling for more!!  As you can see Bee gives them a definite FOUR PAWS UP and so does TIgger give them FOUR PAWS UP.

Let’s give you some information about the woofie treats before you watch the chaos that ensued for this ‘product review’…*shakes head…shameful, actually, just shameful*

The Honest Kitchen Nuzzle Dog Treats are described on their website as…

Our Nuzzles™ dog biscuits are made with duck & cherries for a luxurious, rich & irresistible flavor. Nuzzles natural low-calorie dog biscuits might be low-calorie, but they certainly don’t skimp on flavor!

Made from human grade ingredients, Nuzzles all natural dog biscuits are crafted into a larger, heart-shape and have the perfect consistency for a dog biscuit – not too hard and not too crumbly. Plus, with just 2.3 calories per Nuzzle, you can share them often – a perfect bedtime snack.

The treats are made from…Barley flour, duck, molasses, water, eggs, coconut oil, cherries and parmesan cheese

Guaranteed analysis
Protein, 12.5%
Fat, 4.0%
Fiber, 1.2%
Moisture, 8.2%

Calories
Just 2.3 calories per Nuzzle!

And now for the woofie review…first up  is Heidi, a Corgi/Dachsie; then Huntley, a Britany spaniel/Basset Hound and last is Sammy the Dachsie…you can read about Sammy’s rescue here

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The final count for The Honest Kitchen Cat Smitten Haddock Treats is:

4 Paws Down

12 Paws Up

For the Nuzzle Dog Treats with Duck and Cherry:

12 PAWS UP!!

That is my taste test product review for The Honest Kitchen’s Cat and Woofie Treats…and NO…we were totally NOT compensated for our reactions to the taste product assessment of their cat and woofie treats…and NO we were not reprimanded for the fact that I, Savannah, did not care for the Smittens Haddock Cat Treats.  The Honest Kitchen gave us one 3oz Cat treat box and one 3oz Woofie treat box…that is their total involvement in this taster testing product review.

Paw Pats, Savannah

Head Bonks, The Kid Sage

peeEss…just so you don’t forget…

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