Tuesday, September 24, 2013

3 Tips I can share with my local shelter about how they can use Social Media better

My local shelter is Camarillo Animal Control, California.  I was rescued from there on my kill date.  My parents say that they like the page on FaceBook.  They linked up to them on Twitter.  And the following outlets:  Our local paper, Animal Match Rescue Team, PetStyle.com .  I know that over the years several local rescues have offered to show direct links to the shelter animals and the above ones were successful in doing this! They also have a PetFinder site.

I am glad that my friends in the Camarillo Animal Control have this much visibility. 

One tip I would say to them is that they could use a Pinterest.com page with boards of their available dogs, cats, and other animals.  They need to keep it fresh and up to date all the time.

A second tip I would share with them is the need for a friendly blog which interacts with the community at large here in Ventura County, California and the Internet community.

The page that they have now is  http://www.vchca.org/animal-services/   and it is better than it used to be.

The third tip I would suggest is that the animals need animal interaction with people pictures so that the adopters will want to adopt the dogs, cats, large and small animals.  This shows that the pets (mainly pit bulls and chihuahuas) that are available.  If they would take them outside (if medically safe) the pictures near some flowers or blooming bushes would be really nice.

My parents found me on the animal regulation page of available pets.  I'm so glad that they rescued me  9 years ago!  My mom says that I'm a young 11 year old.

In searching for a second rescue dog, my parents wanted to try breed rescue since they wanted to try and get another companion dog that would be my sister and in their shelter is the beagle mix dog that we adopted on Friday, Sept. 27th!

Meet Darcie!  She's a Beagle Mix.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Halloween Costume Contest for Pets 2013

credit:  Diane Walline

credit:  Diane's cat

What's cuter than a cat or dog dressed up for Halloween? We can't think of much, which is probably why dressing pets in costumes has become a favorite Halloween tradition. This year, snap a shot of your furry friends in their holiday finest and send your photos to carolyncavies@yahoo.com . If your pet looks the most spooktacular of all, you could take home a $15.00 prize package from Sandie And Friends or Me,Him And The Cats  (prize depends on the type of pet that wins)! The finalists of our choice will also be posted here on this blog.

credit:  Diane's cat

Want to MAKE your costume for a dog?  See this link:  http://dogclothespatterns.blogspot.com/ 
 also http://www.ehow.com/how_2049098_dog-costume.html

credit:  Internet Costume for a Dog

Want to MAKE your costume for a cat?  See this link:

credit:  Diane's cat

Credit:  Diane's cat


credit: Diane's cat

credit:  Diane's cat

credit:  Diane's cat

Photo Parameters
Please submit photos that are at least 3 MB in size. (Note: Most digital cameras, when set on their highest setting, take 3 MB- to 7 MB-size photos.)

our new rescue, "Darcie" and she will have a costume soon!

credit:  Carolyn's dog, Sandie

Due to shipping costs, this contest is only open to residents of the USA.

Official Rules
1. To enter, contestants must email their photo(s) as an attachment(s) to carolyncavies@yahoo.com .
2. Entries must be digital files and will only be accepted via email.
3. Contest is open to both amateurs and pros.
4. Contestants must send their photo(s) between September 30, 2013, at noon ET, and October 21, 2010, at noon ET.
5. Winners will be chosen by a panel of friends that are not involved in entering her pets into the contest.
6. Winners may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, grant of rights, and a publicity and liability release within 30 days of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.
7. By entering and/or accepting a prize, contestants release and agree to hold harmless Carolyn and John Mullin and Sandie and Friends and Diane Walline and its directors, officers, employees, representatives and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind, including death, arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of a prize or participation in this contest.
8. By entering this contest, you represent that your photographs are original and of your own creation, that publication and Web posting of the material will not violate the rights of any kind of any third party, and that you have provided all necessary permissions and releases.
9. By entering this contest, you agree to allow Sponsor to use your name, city and state, voice and images in connection with publication and Web posting of your entry and for promotional purposes (except where prohibited), without review, notification or approval.
10. By entering this contest, you agree to abide by the rules of this contest and to accept the judges' decisions as final. Submission of an entry and/or acceptance of a prize grants Sponsor, and third parties authorized by Sponsor, the exclusive, perpetual right to publish, use, edit, adapt, modify, excerpt and/or copy the entry for any and all purposes in any and all media currently in existence or hereafter developed without further compensation to you, which includes, but is not limited to, the right to publish the entry in Sandie and Pets and to use your entry as we see fit in exhibitions and promotions of Sandie and Friends.
11. Income and other taxes (if any) on the value of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. A form 1099 will be filed with the IRS.
12. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the posting process, the operation of the website, or who is otherwise in violation of the rules. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Contest if it is not capable of completion as planned due to, for example, infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort. In no event will Sponsor be responsible for any damages or losses arising out of access to and use of the websites or the downloading from and/or printing of material downloaded from said site. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete or misdirected entries.
13. The names of the winners will appear on Sandie and Friends and Me, Him and The Cats on or before October 29, 2013.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Happy Labor Day from me! Halloween Bash for Pets is being planned now!

Huh?  Oh yeah, HAPPY LABOR DAY to the USA Pets and Humans!

 What am I going to do today?  Find out what Labor Day means to pets and then....

Showing off with my daddy!

Go outside and show off my Labor Day Scarf?  I know what this means...  next is HALLOWEEN and I'm sponsoring a HALLOWEEN DOG COSTUME BASH here on this blog!  I've got to talk with mommy and daddy and find out what we are giving away!  I think because I'm a dog I will do this one for dogs and I already have a couple of items that give 100% of the sale to the http://www.uswardogs.org/   I love military dogs! 

Now I was laboring in my thoughts and sleep!

Do you have pictures for an interview with me?  That's the only LABORING that I'm doing today.   Seeking pets to be interviewed.  Or WILDLIFE Animals!

And get those Halloween pictures ready for the month of October, please?  If you have some that you would like to submit, please send to CarolynJMullin@gmail.com and I'm looking forward to seeing you in your costumes!  Mommy already has a funny wig and the rest of her costume is on order now!  And mine is coming!

This is one year I got to be dressed up the way I wanted!

I'm rocking this shot if I have to say so myself!  This year I'm going to be dressing up with more to wear!