Olden Times and Ancient Rhymes…

Of love and dreams to share!

Ahem. I apologize. The instant the calendar turns to December I feel like I have free reign to belt out as many holiday tunes as possible. The iconic song from the best Christmas special ever is always one of the first on my playlist. It is this time of year when I miss choir membership the most. Christmas, for me, will always be able the music. I don’t care how much my PH teases or how many times the radio plays “Silver Bells”, there is such a small window of opportunity for rocking around the tree that I am compelled to take advantage.

Of course, the start of December marks more than just the ability to annoy people with my out of practice singing voice. It is also the beginning of some pretty big blogging events and I would be remiss if I did not provide the full details.

And the lights. Can't forget those.

And the lights. Can’t forget those.

calendarNumber 1 Today was the very first day of the brilliant Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers. Each day leading up to the 25th all host bloggers will be offering a different dog-themed giveaway. Every. Day. That is a lot of chances to win! Last year I was too distracted over things that did not matter nearly as much as winning doggy prizes and did not put forth my full effort. But this year, this year I have a feeling I am going to win big.

Since I am going to win it all, I guess there is no point in me sharing this with you. Still, I wouldn’t mind a little competition.

Number 2

Today is also the start of Something Wagging This Way Comes’ Pet Blogger Gift Exchange. The best thing about this event is that everyone is a winner! I can’t think of a better way to get to know my fellow online pet lovers. In fact, I found out who I have been paired with today – shhhh – and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Don’t worry, it won’t be a secret for long!

In case you missed the sign up for this exciting holiday tradition, never fear! Submissions will be accepted until December 20th so as many people can join in the celebration as possible. What are you waiting for?

Number 3

This one I am much less anxious to share as I am much less confident of my chances. However, I have such a good time preparing my audition videos that I want to encourage all of you to do the same, whether you decrease Shiva’s likelihood of being selected or not.

Remember the wicked Andrew Grantham of Talking Animals fame? The one who donates 100% of the proceeds from his merchandise sales to the Nova Scotia SPCA? Of course you do. Every year, the talented video editor puts out a special holiday montage based on videos submitted by pet-loving fans. That’s right. Your pet might just end up an Internet star!

Last year Shiva and I auditioned but clearly I did not work hard enough to enable her entertaining qualities to shine through. Maybe this year is her big chance at glory?

006I’ve decided it doesn’t matter. Win or lose, we still have a blast trying. I encourage you to try out with your cat, dog, parakeet, or guinea pig as well. If you win, your video will be featured in a special holiday video. If you lose? You’ll have had a lot of laughs! Besides, it’d be awesome to see a few more Petosphere animals in the mix! Special thanks to Bringing Up Bella for the reminder of this opportunity!

Do you know of any other fun pet blogging events during the holiday season? Please share the details in the comments!

Drumroll Please….Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers Winners Are Announced!

calendarWelcome to the final installment of the Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers hosted by Kol’s NotesPupLoveRescued InsanityWoof Woof Mama & I Still Want More Puppies!

Eeee! I can’t believe it’s finally time for my favourite part of any giveaway. It’s time to announce the winners of the Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers!

For twenty-four straight days in December the above blogs and I tantalized you with wicked dog products. After calculating all of the entries, the official winners have been randomly selected. I have the honour of announcing the lucky individuals who scored the prizes from day 9 all the way to day 16. Woo hoo!

My warm congratulations go to…

9. EMILY GOODMAN has won a custom cardboard cut out of her dog, hand drawn by the talented Jo Malone of Studio Legohead perfect for displaying on a shelf or a desk.


10. SHARON GILBERT has won an Orbee-Tuff Interactive Mazee Treat Ball and EATS Treats from Planet Dog.



11. KATE VOLZ has won a selection of tasty, all natural US made treats and chews from the Jones Natural Chews.



12. ROZY NOZY has won a Big Bone Convertible Cushion from P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You.



13. JESSICA MARIE ROBINSON has won Meaty Bites treats from Addiction Pet Food.



14. KAT ESTRIDGE is taking home a Santa’s House Zippy Burrow Dog toy and a stuffingless Squeakie Pup Husky toy from Zippy Paws.



15. NIKKIE CORSSAIRT has won the new KONG Bounzer and Wild Knots toys from KONG Company.



16. TORI has won a set of the Holiday Angry Birds toys from Hartz Pets!



*happy dance*

If you don’t see your name, that doesn’t mean you didn’t win! Make sure to check out my fellow hosts PupLove and I Still Want More Puppies to see if you won the daily prize. All winners will be receiving an email this weekend with the full details.

And… Don’t forget to head over to Kol’s Notes to find out who won the fantastic Grand Prize! You never know, it might be you.

My heartfelt thanks go out to all who participated. I had such a blast this year and I hope you did too!

Letters to Santa From Shiva and The Cat

Dear Santa,

How are your reindeer? Are they ready for their big trip? I wish I could fly. I try and I try and I try but my feet just won’t keep me up. Maybe I need hooves? Could you get me some hooves for Christmas? That would be cool. Then I could fly over that water and get that stick and I wouldn’t have to worry about the lake monster eating me.

011I want you to know I have worked very hard to be good. I haven’t even chased Mr. Kitty Meister Sir very much! Only once a day, just to make sure he gets his exercise! And I have been working hard to remember to come back when the humans call my name. Sometimes I still forget but only when there is something really yummy and stinky. You understand, right?

I’m still thinking about those reindeer. They have such a cool job! Do they have enough water? Do they have enough food?

Speaking of food, I would like some more of that, please. It doesn’t matter what kind of food. I like it all. As long as it’s food.

Yep, food and hooves! If you could. And maybe for Mr. Kitty Meister Sir to keep his claws in when we play. But if you can’t do that then just more food would be fine.

Lots of licks,



Dear Overly Jolly Human,

I honestly don’t know why I am condescending to write to you. Frankly, I don’t even believe you exist. Perhaps it is the lessons taught to me by the three ghosts? They visit me every year. It would make sense that eventually their teachings would stick. Perhaps it is that saccharine program the humans watched last night, starring that fine fellow The Grinch? If even he has converted maybe there is something to all this holiday humbug.

Perhaps I am just getting old.


I have no idea what lies that canine beast has told you but I do not need more exercise, thank you very much. I am not fat. Perish the thought of it! I am perfectly capable of managing my weight on my own and require no interference from mangey dogs.

In fact, I would like to say that I do not require anything from anyone. I have learned how to hunt for food by calling for it in the humans’ ears. There is nothing you can offer that would interest me, especially since you probably are not real.

003Nevertheless, on the minute chance there is such a person as “Santa”, I suppose I could be so humble as to ask him to bring me some opposable thumbs. Yes, they would serve me quite nicely. If I had them, I don’t think even the humans could stop me from my plans for world domination. At the very least, I would finally gain the respect of the other neighbourhood cats. The ones in this new place have yet to bow to my authority. It’s really quite troubling. Opposable thumbs would show them all exactly who the real Meister is.

If you are real, you will get them for me. If I wake up tomorrow and still have to paw at the door like a useless mutt, I will know the truth. The ball is officially in your court.


Kitty Meister Meister Kitty

Welcome to the Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers hosted by Kol’s Notes, PupLove, Rescued Insanity, Woof Woof Mama & I Still Want More Puppies!

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Pawmetto Pet Treats. Click here to enter to win a all-natural freeze dried meaty treats and be entered to win our Grand Prize package worth more than $1000!

Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers – Day Twenty-two and Day Twenty-three

006It is with almost a sad heart that I help present the penultimate days of the Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers. The two days leading up to December 25th are my two most favourite days of the year. As much as I am enjoying them, I can’t help but feel wistful, knowing they are soon over. It’s been so much fun sharing so many giveaways with you. I don’t know how I can possibly keep up the momentum when all the prizes are won. Holiday excitement is a hard thing to sustain.

How typical of me, already weeping for the end of the celebration before it has even begun. It’s a wonder I ever get out of bed at all with that mindset. Shiva really is a hero for putting up with me. If she could talk, I am sure she’d roll her eyes and tell me to quit my whining and get to the good stuff.

And so I shall!

Welcome to the Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers hosted by Kol’s Notes, PupLove, Rescued Insanity, Woof Woof Mama & I Still Want More Puppies!

The two great prizes we have for you this weekend are some of the best yet, I can assure you. If you haven’t yet entered for a chance to win, you are definitely going to want to check these out. I don’t know about you, but I always feel guilty when I think of getting things for myself this time of year. Now that it’s so close to the big day and all my shopping is (mostly) complete, that shame fades. Thus, I have no trouble drooling over these next two giveaways. Think of them as a reward for all that time spent battling crowds at the mall with a smile on your face.

The giveaway for Day Twenty-two was sponsored by Toby and Max. Click here to enter to win beautiful dog-centric jewelry!



How adorable is this pendant?

How adorable is this pendant?

The giveaway on Day Twenty-three is brought to us by Chet the Dog, Author Spencer Quinn & Atria Books. Click here to enter to win a full-set of the Chet & Bernie Mysteries!



Can't think of a better way to enjoy the rest of the winter than curled up with a good dog mystery

Can’t think of a better way to enjoy the rest of the winter than curled up with a good dog mystery

Don’t forget! Every entry for a daily prize also enters you for a chance to win the Grand Prize worth more than $1,000! You are not going to want to miss that.

Good luck!

Snapshots From the End of the World

As I am writing this and you are reading it, I think it is safe to say we have all survived the latest Apocalypse. While the Mayans may or may not have been wrong, a part of me is disappointed. It would be cool to live in a bus shelter. That and I was hoping to get out of the credit card bills I’ve accumulated. It’s really too bad.

I got the idea for this post from one of my blogging heroes, Karen Walrond. Last week on 12/12/12 she live photoblogged her day, showing bits and pieces of her experiences throughout a typical day in her life. I instantly wanted to do something like that myself, though my photographs aren’t going to be nearly as gorgeous as Karen’s. I may have missed 12 12 12 but what better day to record for posterity than the End of the World? In the future, it will be fun to come back to this one day of my life to remember what the little details looked like.

I will start with the first pictures I took after waking up this morning. As the day progresses, I’ll keep updating with more shots from my thrilling part of the world. Prepare to be stunned with just how glamorous things are at Shiva’s House of Deluded Dreamers. It’s just like something out of old Hollywood.


































Welcome to the Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers hosted by Kol’s Notes, PupLove, Rescued Insanity, Woof Woof Mama & I Still Want More Puppies!

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by the Real Meat Company. Click here to enter to win a prize package of their new freeze-dried real meat dog food and be entered to win our Grand Prize package worth more than $1000!

Watch Adorable Animals and Feed Shelter Pets!

Want to help shelter animals but don’t have a lot of time or money to give? The Talking Animals Guy has teamed up with Iams Home 4 the Holidays to make it pretty easy to make a difference in the lives of rescue pets. Get this:

For every view AND every share of this year’s holiday singing animals compilation – through January 2nd – Iams will feed a shelter animal!

You heard me right. To help animals in shelters, all you have to do is watch an adorable video. Granted, it’s a Shiva-less video so it may not be as cute as others I’ve shared in the past, but I think  it’s at least bearable. Just click the little play button below and you’ve fed an animal in need.

Think you are up to the task?

It’s hard work but someone’s gotta do it.

Now that you have completed this grueling chore, why not force others to do the same? There is nothing worse than suffering alone.


Welcome to the Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers hosted by Kol’s Notes, PupLove, Rescued Insanity, Woof Woof Mama & I Still Want More Puppies!

Today’s giveaway is sponsored by Our Name is Mud. Click here to enter to win adorable dog themed gifts, plus be entered to win our Grand Prize package worth more than $1000!

Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers – Day Nineteen

Welcome to the Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers hosted by Kol’s NotesPupLoveRescued InsanityWoof Woof Mama & I Still Want More Puppies

Every day between now and December 24th, we’ll be giving away great prizes! Plus! Every time you enter to win a daily prize, you’ll be entered to win our fabulous Grand Prize Package worth more than $1,000 featuring gifts from each of our 24 fantastic sponsors! 

Once more, I am excited for the chance to introduce the sponsor of the day. The name alone makes me smile. It doesn’t hurt they are also home to some of the cutest canine accessories I have ever seen.

With no further ado, I am proud to introduce today’s kind beneficiary, Chuckle Hounds!

We all know collars serve an important function. They clip onto the leash and they hold your dog’s tags. At least, they are supposed to do the latter. Shiva’s tags seem to keep going missing and I’ve not managed to get down to city hall to replace them for the 567th time. As a result, she has been tagless for months. Don’t tell the municipality, shhhh!
But I digress… Most collars handily sport your dog’s tags and serve other practical purposes. However, just because they are primarily functional doesn’t men they can’t also be fashionable.
Chuckle Hounds was founded by a couple of dog lovers who were looking for interesting collars to express their puppy’s unique personality. All of their collars are handmade. With tons of adorable patterns to chose from, there’s bound to be something to suit your dog’s spirit!
You can also make your dog’s collar a little extra special by accessorizing with a pretty flower.
Or – perhaps for the canine gentleman in your life – a debonair bow.
Feel free to mix and match and make each collar your own! The fun folks at Chuck Hounds are happy to accommodate custom orders and sizes.
Chuckle Hounds is giving today’s winner a Chuckle Hounds Collar, plus a flower or bow tie to bling it up with!
They’re also adding one of their bow ties, a Chuckle Hounds leash and a $10 Gift Certificate to the Chuckle Hounds store to our fabulous grand prize package worth $1000!

Enter now for your chance to win and 
check out the entire Advent Calendar for more chances to win great prizes!

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