Happy Thanksgiving from Fido + Fluffy’s #FreebieFriday

Happy Thanksgiving!! We are enjoying a quiet Thanksgiving at home today with our furry family members (and enough food to hopefully last through the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber…



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Friendly Swiss Cat Guides Lost Hiker to Safety

Grimwald Cat

If you sprained your ankle while hiking by yourself, you might get a bit worried. If you then realized that the only trail back was closed, you’d probably get a little scared. However, if you happened to be hiking near the village of Grimmelwald in Switzerland, a local cat might come to your rescue.

According to the Independent, a Hungarian hiker, sc4s2cg posted on Reddit that he was hiking in the mountains around Grimmelwald when he ran into trouble. The route that he meant to take back to the village was marked as closed. With his ankle sprained, the hiker wasn’t sure of a good alternate route.

Then he spotted a cat. Thinking that this might be something to share with his family back home, the hiker began videotaping the encounter. When he shared the story and video on Reddit, he added English subtitles to the adorable video.

Read more about the Swiss cat and the Hungarian hiker.

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A Holiday Window Art Project

I thought Essley was excited for the holidays last year, but this year puts last to shame. She turns 3 on December 28th, and this is the first holiday season where she really gets it. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and it’s basically all she talks about. From Santa Claus and Christmas trees to holiday songs and movies to holiday treats, she is obsessed. But her favorite holiday symbol, one about which she speaks almost incessantly, is the snowman. And more than anything, she loves to draw snowmen, and for her dad and I to do the same. So I had an idea of how we could incorporate three things she loves – art, holiday decor, and, of course, snowmen – into a fun creative project that would likely blow her little mind.

One morning last weekend, before my husband took her to run some errands, I told Essley to get into the holiday spirit because when she got home, we were going make something fantastic together. She was so excited that she insisted on wearing a holiday dress. (And truth be told, I may have been even more excited about it than she was.) I put on some holiday music, washed the big window/glass door leading to our back porch (because when you have a 10 month old babe and a 2.5 year old toddler, glass without tiny handprints no longer exists), and gathered our supplies: some Crayola Window Markers and the new Crayola Air Marker Sprayer. When she got home and I told her that we were going to airbrush a snowman scene on the window, she started cheering and dancing around the room. It was pretty awesome.

The first thing we did was sat down with our supplies and picked out our colors, and then Essley practiced putting markers into the Air Marker Sprayer. Then we got to it! This thing is the absolute coolest you guys – all you do is plug it in, insert a marker (the spray nozzle is compatible with all Crayola Broad Line Markers, not just the Crayola Window Markers we used), push the on button, and spray. There’s no messy paint involved. Just markers. I was amazed.

We started by making the outline of the snowman together, and then Essley worked on coloring in it. It was obvious that the Air Marker Sprayer was designed with kids in mind – it’s so easy to use and I know that even beyond the holidays (and beyond windows; it can be used on paper and many other mediums to create endless craft projects) it’s going to make for hours of continuous creativity. We didn’t look at any pictures while we designed, and instead just made things up as we went along, which added to the adventure. Essley very endearingly instructed me to add buttons, and a red scarf, and an orange nose, and finally, a big hat. Then she decided we needed some blue snowflakes, of course. It was really fun to experiment with the Air Marker Sprayer and see how moving it close to the window and/or far away could create different effects. Clean up was a breeze too. And for people who had never airbrushed in our lives, I was admittedly impressed with how our snowman turned out. He’s still going strong too. He gets a big hug from Essley in the morning and before bed, and she fondly named him Art Project Frosty, which I think is simply perfect.

Essley and I both had so much fun creating our holiday window display together, and we’re both looking forward to designing another one soon. It was really cool to get to create something holiday themed together that went beyond just a piece of paper, or even traditional holiday decor. And I love that you can see it from outside too!

If you have little ones who are excited for the holidays, and/or if you’re excited for holiday decorating and want to do something unique this year, grab a Crayola Air Marker Sprayer (they’re only is $ 29.99 and come with 5 Pip-Squeaks Markers, 10 sheets of paper, and 2 stencil sheets) and some Crayola Window markers, and decorate your own holiday window. I’d love to see your creations! And if you share them on social media, make sure to tag them with #AirMarkerSprayer for a chance to be featured on Crayola.com. Happy holiday decorating!

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WW II veteran is reunited with his stolen dog

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Holiday Gift Guide + Giveaway Extravaganza!

Are you in search of the perfect present for your pooch–or favorite pet lover? Here’s a rundown of some of our favorites for gift ideas–and the opportunity to WIN many of them in the giveaway…



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Dog blood donors help save the life of wounded K-9 officer

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Featured Pet Sitter: Cool Dogs Petsitting, LLC

PetsitUSA’s newest featured pet sitter is Cool Dogs Petsitting in Richmond, VA!  If you are in the Richmond area, you can find their listing here.image441  Cool Dogs offers many services, including:

  • AM, Midday, PM visits and sleepovers
  • Bathing and Brushing
  • Pet Photography
  • Pet First Aid Certified

You can find more information at their website.

Thank you Cool Dogs Petsitting for being a member of PetsitUSA!


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We’d like to say THANK you with some special offers!

Before we all get caught up in the rush of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you. Whether you arrived at the start, over eight…



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10 Great Mashed Potato Recipes

10 Great Mashed Potato Recipes
1. Mashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash, Delish  //  2. Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes, The Faux Martha  //  3. Mashed Potato Puffs, The Cooking Jar  //  4. Honey Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes, The Lemon Bowl  //  5. Parmesan Duchess Potatoes, Tablespoon  //  6. Horseradish and Carmelized Onion Mashed Potatoes, The Chunky Chef  //  7. Mashed Potato Cheese Bites, The Tip Hero  //  8.  Mock Mashed Potatoes (Made with Cauliflower), The Food Network  //  9. Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins, Just a Taste  //  10. Vegan Mashed Potatoes, The Minimalist Baker

When Robbie and I first started dating, I had him over for dinner. This was actually very brave of me as I wasn’t exactly the most proficient chef at the time (and although I’ve very slowly learned to enjoy occasional cooking, I’m admittedly still not, at all). But I wanted to do it. To impress him, I whipped up a batch of one of the dishes at which I’ve always considered myself to be quite good – mashed potatoes. I really took my time with these babies too, adding the perfect amount of butter and garlic and young love, and watched eagerly as he took the first bite. His mouth formed a sort of forced smile as he grunted “mmmm” and slowly continued to take more tiny bites throughout the meal, until he was finally done. I was confused as to why (1) it took him so long to finish and (2) he didn’t pile on a heaping serving of seconds. These were my famous mashed potatoes, after all, and they were freaking dynamite. I knew something was up. Eventually I got it out of him – dude doesn’t like mashed potatoes. I know, I couldn’t believe it either. Talk about a red flag, man. Could I really date someone who didn’t like the most glorious food in all the land? Could I ever really trust him? Thankfully he had plenty of other redeeming qualities, but ten years later, I still give him a hard time about his distaste for the best food that ever there was.

Thanksgiving is exactly one week away, which, for us normal folks who actually appreciate their deliciousness, means (if we’re lucky) we’ll get to consume massive amounts of mashed potatoes. While my favorite type is the boring old traditional version (potatoes, garlic, milk, butter, and a little salt), I thought it would be fun to make a couple of unique varieties this year as well, and got to searching. I came across all sorts of ridiculously tasty looking recipes along the way, so it only made sense to share my favorites for this edition of 10 Great. I mean, how about #9? Mashed potatoes for breakfast? Yes, please! Or #7? Talk about comfort food. What if I just made an entire dinner out of just mashed potatoes – would that be weird?

I hope my fellow mashed potato lovers enjoy these recipes. If you have any others you can add to my collection, please leave them in the comments. And if you’re one of those weird people like my husband who doesn’t like mashed potatoes, just like with him, I’ll still love you. But if I ever meet you in person, just know I’m going to give you a hard time about it.

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Psych Out!

Poor doggie – trying to get that bone every single day. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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