National Kids & Pets Day: Know an Aspiring Veterinarian? The Vet Camp Scholarship Contest -Dr. Chris Carpenter DVM

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I was 11 years old when I told my mother that I wanted to become a veterinarian.   That doesn’t make me unique.   The majority of veterinarians practicing today made their career choice before they were 13 years of age.  Veterinary medicine is a calling that starts early in life.

Photo Courtesy of Vet Set Go

The challenge is that it is hard to explore your dream at such an early age.  

You want animal experience but so few organizations will let you volunteer until you are older.   You also yearn to see what an animal doctor does but many hospitals have policies that only allow older teens to shadow the veterinarian.   In time, you discover that there are a lot of age barriers to exploring your dream of becoming a veterinarian.  That is why I created Vet Set Go.

Photo Courtesy of Vet Set Go

Vet Set Go  is the first and only community dedicated to teen and tween aspiring veterinarians.  Our goal is simple, ENCOURAGE today’s future veterinarians to explore their dream and show them HOW the can do it today.   We provide lots of ideas and one of my favorites is veterinary camps.  

Veterinary camps didn’t exist when I was a future veterinarian. 

They are amazing programs that a small number of veterinary schools in North America provide for younger students.  While they vary slightly from school to school, campers typically spend 5 days exploring veterinary medicine and getting hands on experience with animals.  In fact, campers often do things that I didn’t do until I was in veterinary school – like gowning and gloving for surgery.   They are truly a future vet’s heaven.

Photo Courtesy of Vet Set Go

That is why we are so excited to be offering three scholarships for future veterinarians to attend this summer’s Auburn University’s Junior VET Camp .  All aspiring veterinarians need to do is share their story and send us a photo   The contest runs through May 4th, 2017.

Surveys have shown us that “veterinarian” is the number one career choice of tweens.  

So chances are good you know a future veterinarian or have one in your family.   Help them explore their dream today.  Share the Vet Set Go website and contest page  with the future veterinarian in your life.

Pet People LOVE Animal Hearted: “Apparel and Gifts for Animal Lovers” Give-Away!

Animal Hearted Apparel has sponsored this post, both in product and monetary compensation, but all opinions are my own.

 is a clothing company with a conscience

They are passionate about animals. Not only do they make fun and creative clothing and accessories for animal lovers, they are dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals. They donate 25% of proceeds from every order to a non-profit animal shelter or rescue. They have helped save thousands of shelter pets. When YOU place an order, you will help save thousands more!

Some of the  organizations Animal Hearted has worked with include the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Place Sanctuary, Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, the North Shore Animal League, SPCA of Solano County, Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue, Yolo County SPCA, and German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California.


Animal Hearted Apparel carries an extensive and ever-expanding collection of tee shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and hats/beanies in unisex, women’s, and youth sizes.

When I was contacted by Animal Hearted founder, Aaron Seminoff, asking if I would be interested in selecting some items and writing about them for both Dakota and Cody’s blog, after reading about all the wonderful things they do for animals and seeing their quirky, fun, sometimes snarky, but full of so much love, products, I jumped at the chance!

As I mentioned, Aaron Seminoff, is the founder of Animal Hearted Apparel. He is a dedicated animal lover, photographer and musician. Aaron shares his life with two rescue dogs (Link and Zelda)

Photo Courtesy of Animal Hearted Apparel

and two rescue cats (Sheba and Abby)! Aaron also plays drums in a band, and loves to take his dogs hiking. With Animal Hearted, Aaron combines his creativity with his passion for animals to provide you with the best source for all of your animal-related products.

The shirt below is one of the dog-themed shirts that I selected for my husband as a special surprise. He LOVES IT!

I also found two more that are on my “wish list!”

The T-shirts that I ordered are  100% cotton  which I LOVE!! Another thing I love? I am rather “fluffy” which is a nice way of saying I am “zaftig” or “chubby”, and Animal Hearted is one of the few sites that has larger sizes that are TRULY LARGER SIZES. They are NOT those T-shirts with a size sticker that isn’t true to size. Animal Hearted T’s ARE TRUE TO SIZE. If you are “fluffy” like me, that is often hard to find and much appreciated!


Poor Aaron!! When I was perusing the Animal Hearted website looking for dog shirts, I noticed that they have a category where you can purchase a shirt by breed. The breeds are organized alphabetically and I went directly to the letter “S” looking for Shetland Sheepdogs. There were none. That is where “poor Aaron” comes in. I emailed him (in a rather “animated” way), asking why there were no Shetland Sheepdog shirts and he told me they WILL be added at a later date. So why was a crisis averted? Because I noticed that you can make a CUSTOM PET TEE on the Animal Hearted site! I could have Dakota’s photo put on a shirt! My problem was solved!

If you didn’t watch the video, PLEASE DO!!!! Designing my OWN SHIRT with one of my favorite photos of Dakota could NOT have been easier! One of many things I loved about the process, that is reiterated in the video, is that you do NOT need photos that are perfect for them to look great on a shirt. That is rare to find indeed.

Once you have submitted a photo, you will be contacted by the Animal Hearted designers who are super professional, polite and friendly. Below you will see the photo they sent me to approve on the left and on the right is the shirt that I received.

See? I told you the crisis of not having Sheltie shirts was averted! I just made one myself! Now, I have a shirt that is unique, there is no baseball memorabilia that I could purchase, that will have Dakota on it! Now THAT’S special!!

Animal Hearted also has  bandanas, that are intended primarily for dogs, and I selected the one you see below for Dakota, but you just might see Cody make an appearance in it too! It is generously sized and just darling!

Speaking of Cody, if you want to see the cat shirts that I selected (and for EXTRA ENTRIES INTO THE GIVE-AWAY THAT WE WILL BE SHARING BELOW), go and visit his blog, he is having a give-away too!

Looking for A Gift For You

Or An Animal Loving Friend?

Animal Hearted has shirts, and Frisbees for dogs, as well as other animal-themed accessories like tote bags, stickers, phone cases, magnets, and key chains. There is so much to choose from that I am certain you will find the perfect gift for YOU or that special someone!!! And, you will be helping animals at the same time!!! They also have FREE WORLD-WIDE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $49 !!

Shop By Animal

Know someone who has:

  • Birds
  • Chickens
  • Ferrets
  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Horses
  • Rabbits


  • Alpacas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Goats

Yep you read that correctly!!!! You can find items for those people too!

 And….you can


  • Bird Breeds
  • Dog Breeds
  • Cat Breeds
  • Goat Breeds
  • Horse Breeds
  • Rabbit Breeds





The shirt featured above, is a shirt that Animal Hearted added to my order that was a much appreciated  surprise!

I couldn’t be happier with my entire experience with Animal Hearted! From their superb communication, customer service, attention to detail, their appreciation of my business, and the items that I received, you can rest assured I will be ordering from them in the future.  You should do the same! But in the meantime,  ONE OF YOU will have the chance to try them yourselves!!!


Aaron is generously offering a world-wide give-away where ONE PERSON who is 18 and over will be given a $30 gift card to their site to choose what they would like. Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!!!! (Be sure to visit Cody’s blog to enter there too!)

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Help the ASPCA Celebrate their 150th Anniversary! Join their 150 Days of Rescue Campaign! #ASPCA150

Courtesy of the ASPCA

Courtesy of the ASPCA

On Sunday, April 10th,  ASPCA will celebrate its 150th anniversary, and in honor of this important milestone, they are launching 150 Days of Rescue, a nationwide action campaign that seeks to unite the country in making a difference in the lives of homeless and abused animals. Animal lovers are encouraged to visit and pledge their time between April 10 and September 7 to help animals in need, with the goal of reaching 150,000 actions for animals in 150 days. Ways to participate include volunteering at a local shelter, donating, fostering, adopting a shelter pet, etc. Animal lovers who log their good deed will also be given the opportunity to nominate their favorite animal shelter to receive a grant prize of $150,000!



Pet Talk, First Prime-Time Talk Show For Pet Owners will Premier February 19th on the Nat Geo Wild Channel

CALIF.- Co-host, Dr. Courtney Campbell, on set of Pet Talk, airing on Nat Geo WILD. (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

CALIF.- Co-host, Dr. Courtney Campbell, on set of Pet Talk, airing on Nat Geo WILD. (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

I love talk shows, and watch many of them. I watch ALL types of talk shows! Most are cookie-cutter versions of each other and none of them are dedicated to pets.  Sixty-two percent of households include an animal family member, but there’s never been a prime time talk show devoted to them, until now!  Pet Talk is a weekly series hosted by two veterinarians, a wildlife expert, and a field reporter who provides the latest pet news, advice and fascinating personal stories.

Pet Talk premieres Friday, Feb. 19 at 10 eastern/9 central on Nat Geo WILD.

Enjoy this clip from one of the segments:



Pet Talk covers topics ranging from health and nutrition to behavior and grooming to the latest pet trends and amazing heartfelt animal stories. The hosts  bring their decades of experience to the toughest cases that walk, swim or slither across the studio floor. Each episode is taped in front of a live studio audience who will ask the hosts their own pet questions, and viewers can Skype, tweet, text and e-mail to chime in with comments, questions and stories. Is that not the coolest thing ever? If you are reading this blog, then you LOVE pets! I MUST check out this show and I think you should check it out too!

CALIF.- Hosts, (left to right) David Mizejewski, Dr. Tina Olivieri and Dr. Courtney Campbell, of Pet Talk airing on Nat Geo WILD (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

CALIF.- Hosts, (left to right) David Mizejewski, Dr. Tina Olivieri and Dr. Courtney Campbell, of Pet Talk airing on Nat Geo WILD (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

In addition to the hosts, Pet Talk will include recurring experts from around the world including animal behaviorists, biologists, grooming specialists, pet food chefs, authors, and animal celebrities who will round out the expert information.

CALIF.- Co-host, Dr. Courtney Campbell, of Pet Talk airing on Nat Geo WILD (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

CALIF.- Co-host, Dr. Courtney Campbell, of Pet Talk airing on Nat Geo WILD (Photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Stewart Volland)

Dr. Campbell is a veterinarian and surgical resident at the Animal Medical Center of Southern California. After receiving his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Tuskegee University, he worked as a general practitioner at the Connecticut Veterinary Center. He received advanced surgical training in Florida and Nevada. Courtney is a regular guest on programs including “The Doctors,” “Home and Family,” “The Real,” “Dueling Doctors,” and he is the featured veterinarian on the YouTube channel, Ask a Vet.



In full disclosure: I was not compensated for sharing info about Pet Talk. After being contacted, I chose to feature it because I felt it would be of interest to my readers.

BlogPaws 2014:Speakers Galore! Meet the Rescues and more!

BlogPaws 2014 speakers

Hi All! Do you believe that it is just a matter of WEEKS until the BlogPaws Conference? I can’t believe it either! The time is flying by!


For the past few years, I have had the pleasure of being the main moderator of the BlogPaws Conference Newbies Group (your go-to source for answers to your pressing Conference questions!)

Click HERE to join the group!



There are a number of active discussions taking place now, and I would like to share those links with you:




















Hope this helps!! When you visit the Newbies Group, take a look at the discussions, don’t see the discussion you are looking for? Click on “View All” on the bottom right corner!


Hopefully this will clear up some confusion and feel free to ask questions in the group or email me your questions at cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com


You can also send me a message on Facebook!



You can get a 10% DISCOUNT by mentioning the code


The Petter™ Planner! It’s an organizer, and scrapbook all in one! Give-Away!

I know this is FAR from the first time you have read about this product, but part of the reason you are seeing it being featured so much around the blog-o-sphere is because it is a MUST HAVE! Today we are featuring:

The Petter™

the petter

Let me ask you this, where do you store copies of vet visits, vaccinations, notes from the vet, etc? I am embarrassed to tell you that I have completely ripped and worn out folders that:

I got at the vet when we got Dakota (SEVEN YEARS AGO)

That I received from Petco when Cody was adopted (ALMOST SEVEN YEARS AGO!)

As you can imagine, they are a MESS!

The other day I was looking for paperwork from when Dakota had his Bordetella shot this past February, could I find it? No! Should I have put it in my Petter Planner? YES!

What’s In The Petter? Glad you Asked!


  • Info pages to keep track of important information (like registration numbers, dietary needs, info for pet sitters, etc.) for up to 6 pets—-If you are going to be going to the BlogPaws Conference or ANYWHERE this is a MUST HAVE! (I plan on using mine for BlogPaws, blogging, appointments and countless other things,  every day!
  • Handy pockets to hold papers—that vaccination info that I had been looking for
  • Pet family tree pages
  • Adhesive notepads and page markers — the larger adhesive pad is removable and magnetic
  • Amazing facts and famous quotes about animals—not just cats and dogs either! I saw a quote about whales! Yes, whales!
  • Important dates and holidays for animals–ATTENTION BLOGGERS! I know MANY of us struggle for blogging ideas or when we see someone else post about a  holiday, we sit back with a look of amazement on our faces and say “Why didn’t I know about THAT!?” Well, if you get this planner, YOU WILL! I am planning on keeping my Petter Planner right with my blogging calendars!

Here is a teaser! Did you know that:

March is Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month?

That March 21 is National Puppy Day?

I didn’t either until I had this planner!

Check out the video below that shows you just some of what the Petter™ Planner has!



There are MANY MORE  things I love about The Petter™ Planner and some of them are smack dab right inside of the handy booklet that is inside of the planner. Here you will find resources/websites for:

  • Adopting a Pet
  • Websites for reporting animal cruelty
  • How to Report a Stray or Injured Animal
  • Medical Resources
  • Pet Supplies
  • Traveling With Your Pet

Our kitchen calendar is not only bogged down with info that my husband and I need to keep track of for ourselves, but info for Cody and Dakota. In fact, I am embarrassed to say that I had forgotten to give Dakota his heartworm pill recently because I had FORGOTTEN to write it on the calendar! With  The Petter™ Planner I can record that, his grooming appointments, upcoming vet appointments, Cody’s allergy medicine schedule that he gets a few times a year, and soooooo much more!

This is a TRULY valuable resource for pet parents, pet sitters, pet bloggers, ANYONE who cares for or who has pets! It is a MUST have resource, that is easily transportable, it can be left out right on a counter or table, (yes, it is THAT cute!), imagine having ALL of this info RIGHT AT THE TIPS OF YOUR HUMAN PAWS!!

Today is your lucky day! My friend at The Petter™  is allowing me to have a give-away for my readers who live in the U.S. and Canada!! One lucky person will win their OWN Petter™ Planner! (A $26.99 value! Shipping is included for those who live and order in the U.S.)  Enter on the Rafflecopter below!!! The winner will be announced on March 21st.  Can’t wait that long? Visit The Petter™ Planner online!   GOOD LUCK!

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In full disclosure:I was sent The Petter in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own!