Thursday, February 4, 2016

Get the Best Night's Sleep of Your Life with Morris the Cat #giveaway

Welcome to the final edition of Morris the Cat's advice column, revealing need-to-know information on how to release your inner cat and get the best night's sleep of your life. 

As an iconic spokescat and star of over 50 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s onward, Morris has a prolific career envied by many of the Internet cat sensations of today. The secret to his longevity? Well, for one, the fact that he eats 9Lives. But more importantly, he has a disciplined sleep regimen – racking up about 140 hours per week!

Morris wants to teach YOU the tricks of the trade and give you all the tools you need, so he's hosting a giveaway on his Live Well & Prospurr site [] to win a Morris-shaped plush bed that's big enough for you AND your cat to snuggle up on.

Dear Morris,

My cat and I are BFFs. We do everything together – play, eat, snuggle – we make a purrfect team. But in the bedroom, I prefer to have my space. My cat, on the other hand, thinks there's no better place to sleep than right on my head! Why does she do this? I'm not all that fun when I'm sleeping.


Tired Tails

Dear Tired Tails,

You have been bestowed a great honor. As cats, we don't always wear our hearts on our paws, but one tell-tail sign we love and trust you is when we choose to make YOU our bed. Plus, you're warm. And getting our warmth from you helps us to conserve our own energy for more important things like eating. The rhythm of your breath also creates a calming effect and the curve of your face, stomach, or legs perfectly forms to our bodies. Basically, you're like a waterbed, heated blanket, and memory foam all in one! So the next time your cat goes to curl up on you, think of it as a compliment and drift off to sleep knowing you are loved... and you're very comfortable.

Kitty hugs,


Thank you, Morris the Cat, for your wonderful nighttime tips! See the rest of them here and here
For more info on Morris' mission to help cats and humans live well – including his initiative to donate one million 9Lives meals to rescue kitties – check out his Live Well & Prospurr website []. And while you're there, enter to win the limited-edition, human-sized Morris the Cat plush bed along with a year's supply of 9Lives!

This is a sponsored post from 9 Lives.  I received product compensation for my cats in exchange for writing this post.  
However, k2k9 only writes posts for products we already use! 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Join us for #DoggyDateNight Twitter Paw-ty with Milk-Bone

Get ready tomorrow night, February 3rd, for #DoggyDateNight on Twitter, with Milk-Bone!

Coop and Charlie practicing for #DoggyDateNight  (slurp, slurp!)

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air -- and pups can sniff it too!  That's why I've partnered with Big Heart Pet Brands (makers of Charlie Brown and Cooper's favorite dog foods, including Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs and Milo's Kitchen) to invite you to the first-ever #DoggyDateNight Twitter Party!
Come celebrate with other dog lovers, show off your best puppy pics, and get treated to lots of cool surprises. Just cuddle up with your furry soulmate and tag your tweets with #DoggyDateNight to join in the fun!
For those are you unfamiliar with Twitter Parties, they are really fun and oftentimes, huge, live chats on Twitter that use specific hashtags to connect participants to the conversation stream. 

In preparation for the #DoggyDateNight twitter paw-ty, I found some great doggy outing ideas at, a site with tons of paw-some tips, tricks and advice for dog parents. (It's one of my go-to resources!)
  • How about a sweet treat? Here's a great roundup of DIY Valentines to make for your furry friend. (Bonus Treat: Make and share a photo of your DIY Valentine project at the Twitter Party and you could win a prize!)
With Valentine's Day coming up, this #DoggyDateNight couldn't have come at a better time. I'm excited to do something special for Cooper and Charlie. Though I'm fairly certain their idea of a dream date is feasting on some Milo's Kitchen Steak Grillers. They are a fan favorite!
Because, you know, my next dog is going to be a Pug!!  

Readers, which is your favorite Doggy Valentine DIY Project?  Tell me in the comments below.  Plus, share a photo of your homemade doggy valentine at the Twitter Party and you could win an awesome prize!
I can't wait to see you all at #DoggyDateNight on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 8-10 pm ET(5-7 pm PT). 
Please RSVP here to join the fun:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Catch more Zzzs with Morris the Cat #Giveaway

Hey readers, I'm back with iconic 9Lives cat food spokescat Morris, giving advice to us lowly humans about how to sleep like a pro, and by that I mean, a cat. After all, they do sleep up to 140 hours a week – that's 3.5 times your typical 9-5.

To help on your quest to catch more Zzzs, Morris is also giving readers the chance to win a super-cool, human-sized bed in the shape of Morris himself... because who doesn't sleep better when snuggling up with a cat? Just go to his Live Well & Prospurr website [] to enter and check out his video with more sleeping tips.

Dear Morris,

I'm a cat but as you know, even animals have 'spirit animals.' Mine is an owl – a night owl to be exact. I love to play "catch the speck of dust" or "chase your tail in the middle of the bed" into the wee hours of the morning. My humans have no idea what they're missing out on. They just lay there snoring and swat at me when I come too close. How can I make them see that daytime is lame, and the real party happens under stars (the stick-on, glow-in-the-dark kind)?

Yours truly,
Hyper Harry

Dear Hyper Harry,

Sadly, this is a case you may not win. Humans need their sleep at night. You get to spend all day snoozing and they only get a few precious hours when the sun goes down. Your humans can, however, make sure that they understand why it is you're pouncing about and provide things to make nighttime more fun. For instance, your humans could consider getting a kitty condo or put out bags or boxes for you to explore. For extra credit, they can hide treats around the house so you can go on a midnight scavenger hunt. Or, if you're really lucky, they'll bring home a kitty best friend for you to play with whenever you please. Other cats might be up at night because they get hungry, in which case their humans could try an automatic food dispenser to provide small meals throughout the night. Remember, the more you let your humans sleep at night, the more energy they'll have to play with you during the day!

Kitty hugs,

Thanks for the pawesome nighttime tips, Morris! Read Morris' first advice column here.  Plus, don't forget to check back for the last installment of "Dear Morris," and in the meantime, check out his website [] to see how you can live as well as a cat and enter the giveaway!

This is a sponsored post from 9 Lives.  I received product compensation for my cats in exchange for writing this post.  
However, k2k9 only writes posts for products we already use!  

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Live Well & Prospurr, with Morris the Cat #Giveaway

If you ask me, there's one thing in the world that there's just too little of, and it's not love. I'm talking about  S-L-E-E-P. I'm always trying to get more of it and make the most out of what little time I do get. 

So I had a thought... why not ask someone who's truly an expert on the subject; someone who spends more time snoozing than most of us spend at work? I'm talking, of course, about Morris the Cat. 

For those of you who don't know him – or who've let sleep deprivation cloud your memory – Morris is the iconic spokescat for 9Lives cat food and has starred in over 50 commercials. When he's not in front of the camera or chowing down on 9Lives, you can bet he's napping in his trailer, ahem carrying case.

He's taken time out of his busy schedule to answer some reader questions about the very im-purr-tant issue of sleep. What's more, he's offering fans the chance to win a Morris-shaped, human-sized plush bed AND a year's supply of 9Lives cat food. Just go to his Live Well & Prospurr website [] to enter.

Dear Morris,

I've been experiencing difficulties with falling asleep, tossing and turning once my head hits the pillow. I don't get it because I feel tired all day at work; then I come home, brush my teeth, flip on the TV, and just... lie there. I'm hoping I can learn from the expert. Morris, what am I doing wrong?


Sleepless in San Fur-nando

Dear Sleepless in San Fur-nando,

Your case, unfortunately, is not at all uncommon. When you're going all day long at the speed of a cheetah, it's no wonder your mind darts around like a red laser dot at bedtime. Luckily, as a cat, I spend up to 140 hours per week sleeping and I can tell you there is hope! For starters, I notice you mentioned turning on the TV before bed. Cats don't watch TV – this is partly because the majority of us can't speak English that well, but mostly because it interferes with our snooze time. Scientifically speaking, the 'glow' emitted by an electronic screen enters the brain and slows the release of melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. So next time you want to turn on the tube before bed, try counting sheep instead – or better yet, mice!

Kitty hugs,

There you have it! After getting a good night's rest, tune back in for the next edition of "Dear Morris" and don't forget to check out his Live Well & Prospurr website [] to enter the giveaway and learn how you can help Morris feed hungry kitties with just the click of a mouse.

This is a sponsored post from 9 Lives.  I received product compensation for my cats in exchange for writing this post.  
However, k2k9 only writes posts for products we already use!  

Monday, January 25, 2016

Meow Mix and the 2016 #CatsMeowAwards

2016 Cat Oscars: Meow Mix Announces the Year's Best Internet Cat Moments

Award show season is here and while there are certainly some human actors worthy of purr-aise, I think it's about time we acknowledge those creatures who know the best way to work a red carpet... is to shed on it!

I recently partnered with Meow Mix cat food to recognize the year's top four-legged performances in The 2016 Cat's Meow Awards.    

Meow Mix brand received more than 25,000 video submissions from all over the country for the Cat's Meow Awards  which was established to celebrate the best cat moments of the year and the one-of-a-kind bond that only cats and humans share.  

My personal favorite, before I even knew who won, is "Tissue Box" in the "Best Kitty Hijinks" cat-egory... because, well, obviously, the cat's name is Tux and he looks just like my Tux... but, my Tux also loves to curl up in a 
too-small box.  Here's a picture!

The left paw doesn't quite fit!

Bottomless Pit (er.... I mean Tux... MY Tux, not the one in the video)... also happens to love Meow Mix cat food (all my cats do).  Since I generally only write sponsored posts for products we already use, was I excited to take a break from taking a break (see December's post) in order to work with Meow Mix on this great campaign.

Mom really does feed us Meow Mix!

Did you know Meow Mix brand created a new line of Irresistibles treats so that you can give your cats the award they're really looking for?  With real meat, a wide variety of flavors, and both soft and crunchy textures, your cat will be sure to thank you in his acceptance speech.

Go to and share your cat's irresistible moment to get a FREE bag and see tons of other cool cat content.

View clips from The 2016 Cat's Meow Awards show below:

Con-cat-ulations to all of the 2016 Cat's Meow Awards finalists and winners!






      ^^ Best Kitty Hijinks includes my favorite video "Tissue Box" -- check it out!^^

Which one is YOUR favorite?  Tell me in the comments below, or follow us on social media with a comment there, and be sure to share, Pin or re-Tweet.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life; Week 52: Peace

This is my last post for 2015, and my last regular post for a while, going forward.  I am furthering my education beginning in January and taking a break from social media and non-essential internet for a while.

Many thanks to our friends at The Lazy Pit Bull for hosting this photo challenge all year!

This week's theme is PEACE.  I was at the beach for the Christmas holiday, and took a lot of peaceful photos.  This one is my personal favorite of all the photos I snapped last weekend.  Peace on Earth.

Until next time.....  Happy New Year......

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy holidays

The dogs made it onto the card this year.

Below are recent photos of the cats, taken this week.  Meow-y Christmas!



In spirit, forever in our hearts, always watching over us:




Mr. Kitty

Love Kitty




[Timba and] the first Charlie (cat).

Last, but far from least, The Dogfather himself, Gil Markle (pictured here with his grandson, a year ago)
I love you more than words can say, & miss you more and more each day.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life; Week 51: Friend

This is the next-to-the-last post for #52Snapshots, and I want to thank The Lazy Pit Bull for hosting this fun photo challenge blog hop all year.

This week's topic is FRIEND.  I could not have gotten through 2015 without my amazing friend, Cooper.  He is my "comfort dog".  My very own personal service dog, even though he isn't really a service dog.  I have thought about having him trained and certified to be a real service animal, but he is too reactive, so it would be a huge undertaking.  Maybe some day.  Who knows?  For now, he's my very own personal comfort, service dog.... and my very best FRIEND.  His brother, Charlie, is my friend and comfort dog too, but he still has trouble trusting me when I want to hug him or even just touch him.  For instance, he has just recently started putting his head on my lap when we sit near each other!   It's a work in progress.  One does well socially, the other does well privately.

Last weekend, I took a photo of Cooper at the beach.  He had laid down right at the foot of the dunes, on our way back to the house, and I thought to myself, "I remember taking a similar photo of Hobie many years ago."  I had thought they were facing in the same direction, but, in fact, I located the photo of Hobie, and he is facing in the OTHER direction.  Going by memory, I do recall that we had stopped walking in approximately the same place on the beach on both days.  After our walk last weekend, I told Cooper he had been "channeling" Hobie, because he was acting just like him!  Hobie used to refuse to go home, and would lie down in protest.  I'd have to often sit by the side of the road, and drivers would even pull over and ask if he was all right!!  "Yes," I'd say, "He's just refusing to go home."  I always thought they did not believe me.  Well, didn't Cooper pull the same game last weekend?!  Not only did he lie down on the beach in the same pose as Hobie, except facing the opposite way, he also laid down in the parking lot on the way back to the house, and refused to go home.  I had to sit on the pavement with him while people driving past were staring at us wondering WTH was going on!  To top it all off, with him only having three legs, people always think the worst.  No, he's just refusing to go home, because he's having a good time.  Just like Hobie used to do.  So, Cooper channeled Hobie last weekend, and it made me laugh and cry at the same time.

Here are the two matching photos.  The dogs were roughly the same age when these were taken. Cooper is now four years old, and Hobie was five years old in the photo of him taken at almost the exact same spot on the beach, at roughly the same time of year (between Thanksgiving and Christmas) ten years ago.

My friends.

Cooper, December 2015 - 4 years of age, at Nauset Light Beach at the foot of the dunes

Hobie, November 2005 - 5 years of age, at Nauset Light Beach at the foot of the dunes

RIP Hobie 1/6/2000 - 4/25/2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Nutrition At Affordable Prices #NaturesRecipe

This post is sponsored by Nature's Recipe and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network.  I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Nature's Recipe available at PetSmart, but only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.  Nature's Recipe and PetSmart are not responsible for the content of this article. 

As I mentioned in a post last month, my pets really enjoy Nature's Recipe® natural dog food and natural cat food, and so do I.  Not only are Nature's Recipe products made with quality nutritionally-vibrant recipes with no artificial colors or preservatives, grain-free formulas, protein-packed and delicious, but their products are the way to go when it comes to the budget-conscious pet parent.  You can give your pet great nutritional benefits without breaking the bank, and you don't have to buy your pet food at the grocery store anymore.  Food purchased in pet stores really isn't too expensive, and will fit into most budgets.  Nature's Recipe is a starter-level food that can provide pets with better quality nutrition at approximately the same price as supermarket pet foods.

Mo-oooom, stop writing and feed me some Nature's Recipe!
(Notice kitty, Newman, on the back porch.)

It's hard to believe that I'm still telling other pet parents about Nature's Recipe, since the company has consistently been providing pets with ideal nutrition drawn from nature's inherent goodness for more than 30 years! They really do craft their recipes to make every ingredient count, thus giving pet owners a step up in pet food nutrition, without a steep step up in cost.  You truly can go natural on a budget.

As far as my dogs are concerned, they aren't senior yet (but wow, does that happen quickly, since apparently "senior" is now defined as above seven years of age).  Nevertheless, I know a lot of parents of senior pets follow my blog, and I am proud to say that all but one or two of my pets have lived well into their teens.  With seniors in mind, I wanted to tell my dog-parent readers that Nature's Recipe offers a line of Life Stages Recipes.  These are tailored specifically to your dog's life stage, from puppy to senior.  I recommend this food based on personal experience:  during the last two years of his life, my beloved Hobie had major food allergies, grain allergies, pancreatitis and tummy issues:  it was Nature's Recipe that kept him fed and healthy during those bad times.  But the best part?  I was able to also feed my other two dogs (who were puppies at the time) Nature's Recipe formula for younger dogs!  I love the limited, natural ingredient recipes.

I never noticed that my kitchen looks like a utility room.  Sigh.

Not to overlook the cat parents (I'm one, too!), the Life Stages Recipes for those of the feline persuasion contain the essential vitamins and minerals your cat needs.

I'm a real person who feeds quality Nature's Recipe food, with great results, to my pets every day (without breaking the bank!).  If that's not a true endorsement, I don't know what is!

So, what are you waiting for?  Next time you're at PetSmart, check out their large stock of Nature'sRecipe pet foods and treats!  You can't go wrong with PetSmart and Nature's Recipe. 

Nice Nature's Recipe display at my local PetSmart!

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life; Week 50: Neighbor

When the Nauset Light Preservation Society moved the iconic lighthouse in 1996, my house became Nauset's Neighbor.
This is my neighbor.  "She" keeps watch over us, and her calming and reassuring beacon is a symbol of hope and light.

Week 50!  Only two posts left for The 52 Snapshots of Life photo-theme challenge, hosted by our friends at The Lazy Pit Bull.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life, Week 49: Bokeh (and a special announcement)

I had no idea what Bokeh was!  Well, it turns out I accidentally Bokeh'd (??) a couple of photos from last week.  I was going to look for an old picture, but I didn't have to!

Admittedly, this is not that great!

So, that's this week's 52 Snapshots challenge photo.  52 Snapshots of life is hosted by our friends at The Lazy Pit Bull.

Special Announcement:  Charlie and Cooper's sister, Tess, has some very talented human parents.  They've published some books, including one titled Tammy Does Boston about Tess's predecessor.   A couple days before Thanksgiving, my local shelter Sweetpea For Animals had a devastating fire that destroyed a building and killed over 40 animals that were awaiting adoption.  Our community is reeling from this loss, and today is a fundraiser (Photos with Santa) to raise money to re-build the shelter.  Tess's parents, Judith and Michael, have offered also to sell their book to raise funds for this important charity as well.

Here's how you can participate:

Go to the Tammy Does Boston website and purchase the book ($14.95).  Afterwards, send me an email at and tell me that you purchased this book to help out the Sweetpea Fund.  For every book sold, Judith and Michael will donate HALF of the cost ($7.50 per book) to Sweetpea.  Please note that this offer is only for U.S. sales and is available now until December 25.

Super-huge thanks to Judith and Michael and Tess (and their other pooch, Tina!) for helping out.

Charlie (seated), sister Tess (standing on four paws); brother Cooper (tripawd!)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life; Week 48: Thankful

As we near the end of the 52 Snapshots themed photo blog hop challenge, hosted by our amazing friends at The Lazy Pit Bull, I am pleased to say I'm thankful to have been able to spend some time with these two cuties over the holiday weekend!

'at's right, we're 8 months old!

The twins look on in fascination as their first Christmas tree gets decorated by the older kids and the adults.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#NaturesRecipe dog food is affordable and easy to find

This post is sponsored by Nature's Recipe and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network.  I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Nature's Recipe available at PetSmart, but only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.  Nature's Recipe and PetSmart are not responsible for the content of this article. 

As I sat down to write this sponsored post today, I received some devastating news about some dear friends of mine in the animal world.  The local shelter that I often support, and whose events I always attend, fell victim to a horrible fire last night, and they lost everything including over 35 animals (both dogs, and cats).  The director of the shelter is a friend, and she took care of my dogs, Hobie and Hector for many years as my number-one pet sitter extraordinaire.  The outpouring from our little, tiny community here has been incredible.  In an effort to help the shelter re-build, I am donating all of the money I will receive as payment for this post to the shelter.  Now, on to the Nature's Recipe/PetSmart post.

My dogs have been eating Nature's Recipe ® for several years now, ever since my beloved Hobie developed a grain allergy. So, unlike some reviewers of this product, I am already using it, and very happily so!  And now, I'm honored to help introduce this product to you and your pet family. If you want to be reassured that Nature's Recipe products are the way to go, then look no further, because I'm here to tell you that they are an affordable option for a better nutrition choice for your pet.

Just ask Cooper, he'll tell you about the delicious nutrition in Nature's Recipe, grain-free natural dog food.
Even though my current dogs, Charlie Brown and Cooper, don't seem to have a grain allergy, I've stuck with Nature's Recipe simply because it's a great product with quality ingredients. 

For over three decades, Nature's Recipe has been committed to providing good nutrition for a pet's healthy, happy life.  Ingredients are derived from nature's inherent goodness.  Nature's Recipe crafts its recipes so that every ingredient counts.  Dog food recipes are crafted to help provide specific nutritional or functional benefits, and they contain no artificial colors or preservatives.  I personally like the fact that there are limited ingredients -- recipes for real life.

Cali wants me to remind you that Nature's Recipe also has a whole line of yummy cat foods that include all the essential vitamins and minerals cats need.  They're protein-packed and include grain-free formulas, just like the dog food!

Nature's Recipe products are available at PetSmart retailers.  Click on the following link to purchase dog food at  

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