{Christmas 2015} Stocking Stuffers…

So it’s never too late to start looking for Christmas pressies is it? I mean Christmas is less than a month away!! Honestly my family hasn’t done stockings since my brother and I were kids but these small but amazing … Continue reading

Winter spoils for your four legged friends…

A while back I was sent a #HillsKittyCuddler for Tilly and Petra and boy did they love it! A few days later during a thunder and lightening storm Roxy (the small legged hound afraid of noises louder than a babies … Continue reading

Hills Kitty Cuddler

As most of you may know I really love my animals… Yes, I am the crazy person who responds to my cat when it meows saying “yes, I know it is…”. Yip, I am a crazy animal lover and there is not really anything that you can do about it. When the wonderful people at Hill’s offered me the #HillsKittyCuddler bed I have to admit that I had to pause and think about whether I thought my two would go for a bed.

Now let me explain; Petra is a lap cap, she will sit where-ever there is a lap and pretty much nowhere else, Tilly is a lot less fussy but likes her certain spots all over the house and doesn’t think about sitting anywhere else. We have tried so many different types of beds, cushion beds, hide-away beds, baby blankets, ottomans everything and the two of them completely ignore them and so I didn’t hold out much hope for the #HillsKittyCuddler.

To my surprise though Tilly popped straight into it after I put it in her ‘usual spot’ then a few nights ago Petra was curled up inside… It would seem the #HillsKittyCuddler is a winner! The #hillskittycuddler super-snuggly beds have been available from the 1st of June, they come in a choice of four colours with each purchase of two medium bags of Hill’s Science Plan (3kgs to 5kgs) or Ideal Balance Feline (2.72kgs to 6.8kgs).

  IMG_9847Petra wasn’t too sure at first.

Hill’s Science Plan and Hill’s Ideal Balance Feline are naturally preserved, completely balanced and scientifically-formulated to meet a cat’s specific nutritional needs. This bed offer is available while stocks last and terms and conditions do apply.  Thank you Hill’s for including a bag of Petra & Tilly’s favorite food… they’ve been scoffing it down and begging for more!

For your nearest participating practice or vet shop contact, Hill’s on infoza@hillspet.com or 0800 228 783. For more info www.hillspet.co.za/News. Become part of a community passionate about pets and learn about Hill’s latest special offers on Facebook www.hillspet.co.za/facebook and Twitter www.twitter.com/HillsPetSA.

Hill's Kitty Cuddler - Drawstring - ONLINE

Here are some tips from Marycke Ackhurst from Hill’s on encouraging your cat to sleep in its new bed:

  • Place the bed wherever the cat usually likes to sleep (which may even be on top of your bed J)
  • Elevate the bed in a raised spot – cats like to look down on the world
  • Place favourite toys in the bed
  • A sprinkling of catnip or valerian may make the bed more appealing.

Go on, spoil your cat this winter with this fleecy lined warm bed… Don’t forget that if you’re cold the chances of your fur-babies being cold is pretty high too!

IMG_9838Tilly posing like a queen.

{Pets} Hill’s – Foodie bins are back!

Another wonderful treat I received after coming back from overseas was an incredible Hills Foodie bin for my three beloved pups… they were kind enough to share so the pups are getting the foodie bin while the cats are going to get some specialized food (Okay okay, the cats actually demanded that they receive something from this wonderful pressie and seeing as the pups don’t mind eating anything [including cat caviar] they gave up their chance of having some delicious Hills Science Plan.)

 From February 2015 – while stocks last – you will receive a FREE* foodie bin when you purchase certain bags of Hill’s Science Plan and Ideal Balance:

  • Buy 2 x Science Plan or Ideal Balance Canine bags sized between 11kg and 13.6kg and receive a FREE large foodie bin worth R500.
  • Buy 2 x Science Plan or Ideal Balance Canine Mini bags sized between 1.81kg and 3kg and receive a FREE small foodie bin worth R250.
  • Buy 2 x Science Plan or Ideal Balance Feline bags sized between 2.72kg and 6.8kg and receive a FREE small foodie bin worth R250
This offer is available while stocks last & Terms & Conditions apply.
How gorgeous are these bins?? They arrived in a HUGE box, my father messaged me during the day to ask me if I was expecting a parcel, I think he may have thought that I bought some amazing new treat for him. But alas it was time to spoil the pups and the cats with the naturally preserved, completely balanced and scientifically formulated goodness that is Hill’s pet food.
The great thing about these foodie bins is that they are not only dog and cat proof, they are ant/ bug proof too! Summer in Durban = ants, they seem to like the heat and humidity and this pressie came at a great time as we’ve had an ant infestation in our dog food this season but no longer! And if you’re worried about injuring your back, never fear this wonderful product has a handle and wheels on the rear to make moving those KG’s of food around easier.

Spoil your pets and you’ll have smiley, happy animals!

For your nearest participating Vet or shop contact Hill’s on Infoza@hillspet.com or 0800 228 783. For more information and special offers on products have a look at their website, Facebook or Twitter pages.

P.S. Somehow the photo’s of my three hounds digging into the container laiden with food has dissapeared (Not quite sure how) I will try my bestest to update with a photo of them enjoying their pressie!

I don’t want to grow up…

So… I’ve made it no secret that I still live at home with my folks, I love it and it’s been a real help to me (and I hope that it has been to them as well)… Well the ‘rents went away for a few days and so I was left holding down the fort… with some help from my brother too… and so this is where the story begins…

On Sunday night my brother decided he wasn’t going to stay over that night and that I could fend for myself. So I decided to stay in my parents room and keep the door open – if you have animals you know that this is a big no-no… but my brother had done it and had no problems with the animals (but then again they don’t really like him). All went fine before bed time – unless you count the swarm of flying ants scaring our little dog Roxy so much that she thought her new home was inside the house and not outside… anyway we I tucked her in the inside courtyard in her little doggy bed (which was originally a cats bed that they refused to sleep on), locked up and went to bed.

Petra, one of the cats, paid me a visit in the bedroom as I went to bed but unfortunately there was no time for evening cuddles and she went to sleep in the lounge. I had a bit of a broken night sleep with the rain but nothing too hectic, until my body decided to wake me up at 4am… yip, 4 am – stupid body clock. So I decided I would attempt to slowly wake up and take on Monday… Petra had other plans… She came for a visit but wouldn’t snuggle and head butted me a whole bunch. Next minute she peed on the bed… yip, pee. Now if you have ever had an animal pee on a bed or lounge suit or the like you will know that all of their insides basically comprise of urine because they literally pee more than their body mass, so this was an incredibly large pee… on the parents bed… of which the duvet inner was new and never peed on… #notimpressed!

So at 4am I was doing laundry, washing the duvet in the bath, cleaning the carpet, trying to find the vinegar and letting Roxy out of the courtyard – yip the sun hadn’t even come up and my adrenaline was already pumping. So that was the start to a very long monday.

Then Tuesday aka yesterday… I got home, walked into the lounge and saw ‘ick’ on the floor…. thank goodness there was still newspaper lying around. Thankfully I had planned to wash the floors as the parents were returning today – so the entire house got spring cleaned. I cleaned that up and decided to carry on with the rest of the house cleaning, feeding of animal (although only half portions because someone was sick), and the rest. There after I was sitting in the lounge Twittering and watching TV when Petra jumps up and rushes to the dining room.

There’s not really anything unusual about that as Petra sometimes gets a ‘flea’ in her fur and tears around the house like she’s had catnip. So eventually I start to hear all sorts of noises coming from the dining room – so I go to have a look, she had knocked over some books on a coffee table and I thought perhaps she’s found a gheko but there was nothing to be seen. This happened three times, I either poked my head in to check on her or I went through to the kitchen to do something and each time I checked and there was nothing there, and she would meow at me like I was doing something weird.

Eventually I went back to the lounge and thought I’ll sneak up on her and check to see what she’s doing…so a few minutes later I jumped up and quickly poked my head around the corner only to find her playing with a teeny tiny mouse!!!

Yip, a mouse – goodness knows how long this ‘vermin’ was in the house for, but it promptly ran away and hid in between the panes of the window/door and the Trellidoor. So great, I now had to get this animal out of the house (rats and snakes are my dads job so…. eeekkk!!!) so I do what any self respecting 28 year old does… I message my mom asking “How do I get a mouse out of the dining room??”. She replied back telling me to hit it over the head – but believe me I couldn’t get close to its head. So I opened our dining room doors and hoped the cat would take the hint and grab it and go but she didn’t. The poor little mouse was stuck in the tiniest of gaps between the Trellidoor and the door frame and was shuddering in the corner, thankfully Petra did eventually play with it and move it from that side of the door frame to the other – where I could more readily try shoo it out.

After it moved I stealthily opened the Trellidoor, praying the entire time that the mouse wouldn’t get a fright and ran into the crevice again – or even worse to me. I then grabbed the keys and thought I’ll poke it while I hold a magazine by the crevice as then I can shoo it with the magazine – well that didn’t work. The next obvious alternative was to pick it up by it’s teeny tiny spaghetti strand tail and throw it over the balcony – but I didn’t want to be bitten by it. So eventually I decide to grab the yellow dish washing gloves… I popped one on in the kitchen after telling Petra not to eat the mouse – yes, she sat by allowing me to rescue the mouse and not attacking me to eat it!

I then decided that with the gloves on I would never be able to grab this little things tail – so my only option is to grab the whole mouse. I had to work up a lot of courage for this and eventually I did it. I then ran out the door and thought “Hang on… I need to take a picture of this” So I used my phone (still in my left hand through all this) and take a photo of this mouse chilling in my yellow gloved hand. I decided to put the mouse on the top of one of the trees that is in line with our deck area – I then thought “What about it’s little ratty family, It may die trying to get down from there and then we could have swarms of mousey vengeance.” So I grappled with myself and grabbed it out of the tree, ran across the deck, opened the gate, ran down the stairs across our pool and deposited said mouse on the lawn with a shrill “Go away and don’t let the cats eat you.”

Whew! I ran back upstairs to close the doors and windows so that ‘if’ the cats caught it again they couldn’t try to eat it inside. Petra promptly went outside and i slammed all doors, closed the windows and bleached my glove. After about 1/2 an hour I decided that it was safe and I could open up, only to have a sulky Petra come in and stay underneath the table because she still didn’t know what happened to her meal. Photo evidence has been posted to my Instagram (@Jane10net)

Well, if this has taught me anything it’s that there is absolutely no way that I’m ready to have my own house, with animals without a husband-y person around to do all these kind of things… oh and never let a cat play without checking on it.

Hill’s Pet Slimmer of the Year

Whew! I hoped I hadn’t missed the deadline for this, this is honestly too cute not to share. I love animals, I’ve said it time and again, there is nothing as sweet as puppy or kitten breath or as sour … Continue reading