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Lessons on Being a Writer That I Learned from my Cats

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Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures. And cats like authors for the same reasons.
~ Robertson Davies

Cats offer a nearly perfect form of writer procrastination. They are entertaining and adorable, but are constantly hampering progress with their incessant need to be at the center of attention (which is remarkably similar to the behavior of authors).

Despite their interference, or perhaps because of it, I've learned a few things from my favorite felines about writing (and life) over the years, and have endeavored (occasionally with success, mostly without) to apply these lessons to my writing career. Using these sound feline theories, I've been able to write several children's books, a fantasy novel about a woman who communicates with animals (Shepherd's Moon), and still keep a giant website alive with informative articles. Without further ado, here are the lessons my cats have taught me about writing - in no particular order...

Pace Yourself (Or Don't).

Cats apply a 20:80 ratio of work to sleep. While that ratio doesn’t allow me quite enough productive time in a day, its important to feel like I have a life outside of writing. That means getting off the computer, going for a walk, playing with my dogs and cats, taking a nap or just watching a movie with my very patient and incredibly supportive husband.

Make sure your writing career is worth your while. It's easy to get wrapped up in the work, but what happens if you do hit the big league? You need to have something to work towards. (Besides, if you don't experience life once in awhile, you won't have anything to write about at all.)

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Cats Bullying Humans on Rise

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Cat bullying is again on the rise. According to Discovery news, a woman walking with her daughter and French poodle were attacked and bullied by a 'gang of feral cats' on a recent walk. The experience marks the beginning of a long-dreaded feline takeover. Josette Galliot, the victim reports on her harrowing experience, "The cats jumped on my daughter and managed to knock her over. They bit her on the leg and on her arms. They even pierced an artery." Witnesses report that the group of tabbies wore leather jackets and were seen "snapping" as they strolled down a street in downtown Belfort - a town known for its feline street gangs. "They're untouchable," said a frightened resident who declined to be identified. "They've been robbing pet food stores and vandalizing animal control buildings. We fear for our safety."

Domestic cats are rising in support of their feral cousins. Popular cat meme stars all weighed in on the activity.

"Cats attacked humans?" asked GrumpyCat. "Good..."

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Sandy Robins Honored at Global Pet Expo 2013

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This week, we are in Orlando Florida for the Global Pet Expo. We brought 3-D Bree along to tweet the expo and we’ll be following up with some amazing pictures and an article upon our return of all the wonderful things we have seen. Tonight is rather special though, as we will be attending an award to honor our good friend, Sandy Robins.

She is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious “Excellence in Journalism and Outstanding Contributions to the Pet Industry” award from The American Pet Products Association (APPA). Sandy is a pet lifestyle journalist, author and spokesperson and we are very excited to name her as a friend and coworker.

We’ve worked with Sandy over the years on a number of articles and in several special events, most recently as a fellow member of the Pet Safety Advisory sponsored by Toyota.

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Pet Cremation: Resources for Our Canadian Readers

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The hardest thing about being an animal lover is outliving our pets. It’s something we all deal with, but it never gets any easier. After the loss of three elderly cats last year, and our dogs, Roscoe and Tristan, three years ago, we know more than we care to know about saying goodbye. VIP Sitters-> is one of the many great resources that we want to let our Canadian readers know about.

VIP Sitters is a company that caters to the entire life of pets. Besides offering home sitting, dog walking and mobile pet grooming services; VIP Sitters can assist you with the loss of your pet.  With extensive experience in caring for pets, they understand the difficulty you may be experiencing and can help you through the process.

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Wolves, Mules and Cats: Injustices Today

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Photo from okami.buzznet.comPhoto from okami.buzznet.comI’m not sure what’s going on in the world right now. I'm covering three stories from this month that I think you'll be interested in hearing.

The first is the recent declassification of wolves from “endangered” to “predator” status. This move created an open season on wolves amongst hunters in several states with a “shoot on site” mandate. Next, we had situation in Arizona where a man who is suspected of mutilating 40 cats was not only set free; but was only charged with one count of theft. Another situation recently surfaced in Lubbock, TX when the American Museum of Agriculture decided to euthanize two mules in order to put them into an art exhibit.

Let’s take each injustice one at a time...

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