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 Savings for rescue groups ends at the end of May!

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Mr Chewy Review

 We here at Big Paw love our pets – and good nutrition is key, of course.  So we were so happy to be selected to review Mr Chewy’s website. As a dog and cat mom – sometimes it can be hard to keep the pet food pantry stocked.  Especially with big hungry dogs and cats.  In fact, if you don’t fee the cats – you will get a paw slap in the face about 2AM.  We also have small children in the house, so running out and filing a shopping cart with a 40 lb bag of dog food and a million cat food cans can be not just a challenge but sometimes down right impossible.  So – off we went to test out this online pet food and more service. I was a little curious how the UPS delivery man would feel about my big old bag of dog food much less the state in which it would arrive.

I went online and selected my food.  Then I went to checkout. And wow – guess what – if you set up your food on auto… get an extra discount AND don’t have to think about it. Bonus.

Overall we were very pleased with the selection and ease of ordering.  Then the waiting began. Ding Dong! Wow that was fast.  A big brown box was delivered from a big brown truck.  And inside was my dog food – the huge bag all in tact and ready to go.

Let’s just say – I am going to set up an auto delivery…..SO much easier and hassle free.  Check  it out and see what you think!

About the Company
Who is Mr. Chewy?
Just an average dog with big dreams…

We asked ourselves: Can we create a household brand and sustainable business that will allow us to pursue our passion for helping animals? From that question, Mr. Chewy is born. Mr. Chewy is the spot for pet people. Mr. Chewy delivers pet happiness by conveniently shipping 70+ brands of pet food and stuff (for free!) while ensuring at-risk animals’ lives are improved across the planet. At-risk animals need a hero — and let’s face it — driving to the store and schlepping pet stuff bites. Unlike the big, corporate, profit-driven pet retailers, is driven by pet happiness not the bottom line.

Where to go and how to buy
 Go to Mr  and select your section.  Oh – and did I mention – free shipping on orders over $49 – so you  even save the gas money on driving to the store!  Create and account and decide if you want auto deliveries (save more!)  or one time shipment…..and check out – and check that task off of your list.


Disclaimer: I was not paid or did not receive any compensation, but did receive samples to review and test out. The opinions in this post are soley mine.

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The Yorkshire Terrier: Canine Fashion Doll

A relatively young breed, only being about 100 years old, the Yorkshire Terrier is believed to have originally been bred for work in the mines, where these tiny lion-hearted dogs could catch the hoards of rats which infested the mine shafts. Others speculate that this tiny toy was the result of selective breeding, in an attempts to create a ferocious little hunting dog that was able to slip down badger and fox holes, flushing the prey out. Originally, the Yorkshire Terrier was a larger individual than what is seen in the modern Yorkies but, through selective breeding the smallest and most delicate members with one another, the breed has been conveniently downsized into the dainty toy sweetheart that we all know and love.

It is believed that the Yorkshire Terrier developed through a mixture of various terrier dogs, brought along by Scotsmen who were seeking work at various woolen mills in Yorkshire. The Skye Terrier and the extinct Clydesdale may have played a major role in the development of the breed, then being crossed with local terriers, such as the long-haired Leeds. Black and Tan Manchesters, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, and the Maltese may have also played key rolls in creating the unique little Yorkshire but, whoever was involved, the end result was a little dog that would not only work as a splendid rat chaser, but would later go on to become the fashion doll of the dog world.

Itís no wonder that the Yorkie has captured hearts, worldwide; wide and expressive eyes stare out from a delicate face as perked, v-shaped ears give this little angel a continual playful or curious expression. The Yorkieís coat is incredibly long, when properly maintained, and is both fine and silky, bearing more resemblance to fine human hair than a dogís coat. Jokes about walking wigs and mops abound, but few can resist the charm of these black and tan beauties. The ideal Yorkshire Terrier stands no more than 6-7 inches at the shoulder and should weigh no more than 7 pounds.

Yorkies are terriers and they carry that spunky attitude that is trademark to these kinds of dogs. Often suspicious of those they donít know, the Yorkshire Terrier may only be bite sized, but sheís not afraid to be aggressive towards strange dogs and other small animals. While they do get along with children, it is advised that they not be brought into a home with small children because Yorkies are so tiny and fragile that bones can break and serious injury can occur if they are dropped or fallen upon. Additionally, problems such as paralysis in the hindquarters, due to herniated disks and spine abnormalities can be seen in the breed, bitches often have problems whelping, and the very tiny variety, or ìteacupî Yorkies, can also suffer from serious health and behavioral problems.

Yorkshire Terriers can tend to lean towards being a high maintenance pet; not only is there that long and silky coat to contend with, but they are often difficult to train (particularly housebreaking), prone to neurotic behaviors, and can lean towards a snappish tendency if they are teased or surprised. This breed is also prone to tooth decay and should be fed mainly dry kibble, to help keep his teeth strong and healthy. Nevertheless, previous and current owners are strong advocates of the breed; you canít know one and not love them. They know how to wiggle right into your heart, just as quickly as they will wiggle onto your lap.

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Abyssinian: The Ruddy-Coated Mystery Cat

 Considered to be one of the oldest known breeds of cat in the world, the Abyssinian cat is an animal whose history is a swirling mix of speculation and intrigue. Bearing a strong resemblance to the same cats depicted in the sculptures and various artwork of the ancient Egyptian people, the Abyssinian is an elegant and lithe cat that possesses a lean muscled body, proud yet delicately arched neck, pronounced ears, and very captivating almond-shaped eyes. The Abyssinian cat is also known to have maintained the appearance of the African wildcat, felis lybica, which has been traced back and pinpointed as the ancestor of all modern-day domestic cats.

The Abyssinian cat has not gained his name from being from Abyssinia, as one might expect, however. Instead, she was given the title simply because cats of this breed, first exhibited in English cat fancier shows, were supposedly imported from the country of Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia). While the true origins of this fascinating feline are obscured by time, it is said that a ruddy-coated cat won 3rd place honors at the 1871 Crystal Palace cat show and, upon further investigation, that the cat had been brought to England at some point during the Abyssinian war. There is also mention of them in the 1874 publication, “Cats, Their Points and Characteristics,” written by Gordon Staples. Featuring a colored lithograph of a reddish cat with ticked coat and lack of tabby markings around the face, neck and paws, this book also points in the direction of Abyssinia, stating that the cat had been brought to England during the end of the Abyssinian war, which would date this unique breed of cat back as far as 1868 in text.

Strangely enough, however, no written records can link today’s Abyssinian with these imported felines and, quite often, skeptics will claim that the Abyssinian cat was created when various silver and brown tabbies were crossed with native British cats that possessed coats which bore distinctive “bunny” ticking. Genetics work may point the Abyssinian cat off in an entirely different direction though – recent studies suggest that the origins of the Abyssinian cat may actually stem from somewhere off the coast of the Indian ocean or, perhaps, parts of Southeast Asia. Perhaps strengthening this theory is the fact that the oldest known identifiable member of this breed is actually kept in a taxi dermal exhibit in the Leiden Zoological Museum, of Holland. Sporting a red-ticked coat, this cat was purchased somewhere between the years of 1834 and 1836, and was labeled as ‘Patrie, domestica India,’ by the founder of the museum. This suggests that, while the breed may have been refined and promoted by English cat fanciers, that she may have originally made her way there via merchants and colonists who first made port in Calcutta, a major trading port along the Indian Ocean.

While the first Abyssinian cats arrived in England as far back as the early 1900ís, it wasn’t until the late 1930ís that quality cats of this breed were exported from Britain and used to found our modern-day American breeding programs. Considered to be superiority intelligent even amongst the cat world, the Abyssinian is known to be a people-cat; a little creature that is never happy to lounge about on a lap but, rather, wants to know what their human litter mates are doing and, most certainly, insists upon helping at every opportunity. Owners of Abyssinian cats are fond of saying that, once you’ve owned one of these unique little felines, you will never want another kind of cat – the Abyssinian cat is sure to become your favorite companion.

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