Hangout with the Pet Bloggers in G+ Hangouts on Air

Google+ has these really cool things called Hangouts where you can go and video chat with up to 9 other people. As if that’s not cool enough, there are Hangouts On Air where the chat is live-streamed and recorded where it saved on YouTube for everyone to watch.

I thought it would be cool to do panels on different topics having to do with pet blogging.  The first one will be soon. I’ll announce it once everything is set up, but I wanted to share some possible topics for future Hangouts On Air to see if any bloggers would be interested in joining in as a member of the panel. They’ll be in and interview/Q&A type format.

If you are interested in joining in, just complete the form at the bottom of the post and include which topics you be interested in being a part of. To keep the Hangout from going to long, I will most likely limit the number on each panel to 3. And to start I’ll do 1 a month and see how it goes.

Let me know if you have any topics you think would be good for a Hangout in the comments. It can be about something having to do with blogging like time-saving, SEO, (if you have knowledge about a topic like these and want to share, please include in the form at the bottom. We don’t have to have a panel for these hangouts) etc or a pet blogging microniche like the topics below.

And please join us in the Pet Bloggers Community on G+!



Dog Blogs

Cat Blogs

Other Species Blogs

Pets that Blog

Blogs for Pet Businesses

Pet Blog Designers

Pet Authors who Blog

Pet Bloggers with Radio Shows

Pet Vloggers  (video bloggers)

Brand Managers/Agents


Please feel free to share with other pet bloggers!



Pet Blogger Project

There is no doubt what the power of the Internet can do to have a positive effect on the world.

And there is no doubt that pet bloggers are passionate about pets.

So what if we took those 2 things and put them together to make a difference for pets?

I’ve been thinking about a project that all pet bloggers could get involved in by doing something that they are good at- writing.

What my idea was is an ebook where every blogger would contribute their own paragraph or two on a specific theme. Once the book is together, we could offer it for sale with all the income going to a pet organization or two or three.

Here’s a theme I thought would be interesting to potential buyers and also us as bloggers a variety of different topics to choose to write about.

“What I wish I knew before I became a pet owner”


What do you think? It would give us a chance to write practical information, funny information, something sweet or touching. You could write about a specific species or on pets in general. Along with your submission would be a 2-3 sentence bio with a link to your blog and I think we can probably do a small picture from each blogger.


afFURmation Blog News

You may have heard crickets when you visited afFURmation over the past month. I haven’t been too active. Nothing’s happened to me, but I have decided to make some changes in my blogging.

I’ve decided to kind of niche down and start a new blog that is more local to my area.. I will still be posting the same types of posts that I post here so there will still be something for all pet owners, but I am also going to be posting a lot of stuff that is geared toward pet owners in NEPA. What’s NEPA? NEPA stands for Northeast Pennsylvania, the area where I live.

I could have just done that on afFURmation, but I wanted to make the name something that would be easy for people to find. Something they could easily remember without having to find the address on a card. One of my blogging goals has been to make a difference and I think this will give me a great opportunity to focus on shelters and rescues in my region as well as focus on those great local small businesses that cater to pets.

It was a hard decision. And scary. I’ve really gotten back into blogging over the past year and I loved watching the readers grow (and I finally got my blog design to something I really liked). But there is just something that feels right about this.

I’m not leaving the blogosphere so will still be following all my favorite bloggers. I’ll just be showing up with a different blog name and web address.

I’m excited!!  I’m still going to continue some features I started here like Pet Pop Quiz (only it won’t be a contest) and Wellness Wednesday. I have a lot of plans that am going to be working on over the next few months that I hope will be enjoyable and hopeful to my readers.

So where can you find me?  NEPA Pets is the name of my new blog (excuse the mess I’m still getting things together) and I also started a new Twitter account and Facebook page to go along with it. I hope to see you there!



Meet the Pet Blogger- Marta from Bites and Tales

A good dog lets nothing keep him down and Marta from A Husky’s Life shares just what her Siberian Husky can do living with epilepsy. Marta shares the happenings of Rocco and his 2 feline cohorts – Vasco and Ilyich along with product reviews, health information, travel adventures and more!  


Meet Marta from Bites and Tales


Marta and Rocco

Please share a little bit about yourself and your pets.

My name is Marta and I am a professional cat sitter/nurse and soon to be registered small animal massage therapist. I share my life with 3 furry boys (and one, less furry, man) – two cats and a dog. They are three very unique personalities and come with quirks and peculiarities of their own. Vasco, my youngest cat, runs the show and bosses us around. The oldest, Ilyich, is a shy and bit neurotic Siamese cross. Rocco is a special-needs Siberian Husky, truly a girl’s best friend!

How did your love of animals start?

As a child, growing up on the outskirts of a large city, I was surrounded by dogs and cats (and cows and goats and sheep J). However, I do have to credit my grandfather for instilling in me the curiosity and love for animals. I was definitely one of those kids who preferred to spend time playing with and “training” her cats and dogs.


What made you decide to start a pet blog?
While working with animals, I come across a lot of very helpful information and some great stories, too. I felt like I needed an outlet. Also, after adopting Rocco, I realized that talking about my dog 24/7 might drive some people up the wall. So, I decided to start a blog and use it as an avenue to connect with people who love to read about animals and who want to look at an endless stream of cute pet pictures J After Rocco’s brush with death, the blog also serves me as a photo-diary where I can document the wonderful moments I spend with my gang.

How long have you been blogging?
For about 3 years. However, in the past year, I’ve been putting more effort into keeping my blog updated on a regular basis.

How would you describe your blog to a first time visitor?
Bites and Tales is a mixed bag of photos, videos, personal stories, tips, tricks and pet related information gathered through my work, research and/or experience.

If a reader could only read 1 post on your blog which post would you recommend?
That’s a though one! Considering I cover so many different topics…

My spouse and I love to go on road trips and Rocco has been an amazing companion. I think I would recommend the South Cariboo road trip post, if just for the amazing scenery! http://www.bitesandtales.ca/2011/12/14/south-cariboo/


What has been the best part and what has been the hardest part about blogging?
Best: meeting new people, making connections and being able to talk about my pets to my heart’s content!

Worst: writer’s block!

What have you learned from blogging?
That there are many kind and generous people out there, who are more than willing to open up to a complete stranger and provide them with encouragement and support.

The pet community is a very friendly and caring place.

What is 1 piece of advice you would give to a new pet blogger?

Keep at it and be active within the pet blogging community.

Where can readers find you online?

Bites and Tales: http://www.bitesandtales.ca/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ahuskylife?ref=tn_tnmn

Blog Paws: http://community.blogpaws.com/profile/bitesandtales

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/AHuskyLife/



Thank you Marta for being interviewed!



Pet Pop Quiz Answer

This parrot species is one of my favorites. Their quiet intelligence just appeals to me. I included a video of one of the most well known parrots of this species. It’s a clip from a movie that is coming out about him. After watching it, does it change how you think about birds?


Q: What parrot species is known as the most intelligent?

A: The African Grey has earned the reputation of being the most intelligent parrot. One of the most famous African Greys was Alex. He showed the world that animals besides primates have the ability for communication and higher cognitive function.

(Source- Avian Web)