Vocabulary Building Project Blog Hop! Mystery Solved.

Hey It’s Jet, Savannah and Texas Here.

By now, you probably figured out that Texas, Savannah and I have put our collective fur together, (ok, our Moms helped, too), to make the Vocabulary Building Project an official Blog Hop!

We enjoyed giving you hints all week: click here for here for Texas’ post, here for Savannah’s post, and here for my post in case you missed them..

How did we begin? Texas and Savannah turn to Jet…you better tell this part, Jet…

Oh, Ok…Jet Here… let me tell you how Mom and I started this a long time ago on our blog:

Mom’s Papa always asked his children and grandchildren to keep pen and paper beside their beds so when they read their books and came upon an unknown word they could jot it down to look up later. When the family got together they played lots of vocabulary building games. So, when Mom and I began blogging, she wanted to avoid word ruts.

Last spring, Mom inquired whether Savannah and Miss Linda might like to collaborate (VBP) on making VBP a hop… Savannah and Miss Linda introduced us to Texas and Miss Carine creating the VBP Planning Committee.

We’ve been working diligently (VBP) ever since! Miss Ann, Zoey and Maggie from Zoolatry created a pawsome badge, which Miss Carine did really high tech thingies to! Check out Zoey, Prop Mistress extraordinaire, helping with badge arrangements.

First, she made sure the dictionary was sitting properly (VBP) on the table… (notice it is our very special dictionary with all our initials on it)…

Then she had to hop up to make sure it was going to stay straight for the photo shoot and she wanted to see if she could get the bookmark stuck in too…

Great job Zoey, thanks for the help!… as you can see, our VBP Badge is pawfect!

So let’s all talk about what to do now…

How to pawticipate


The Vocab Building Project, or VBP, is a blog hop that invites you to

learn new vocabulary and how to use it,

have fun in the process, using new words in a weekly blog post,

discover new blogs and make new friends.


What do you have to do? It is very simple.

  1. Every Thursday, Jet, Savannah, and Texas will write a blog post containing 2 to 3 words or expressions that are not often used in their blog posts (see examples here, here, and here),
  2. If you decide to join us in the fun, you have one week (you can pick any day you wish, from Thursday to the next Wednesday, that’s how flexible this blog hop is!) to write a blog post containing 2 to 3 words or expressions that you do not use often – it does not have to be the same as the hosts’, this is your choice,
  3. Pick one of the following badges by copying its code below (select the text in the box, right-click on selected code and copy), paste the code in your post (you have to paste it in the Text/HTML section when you write your post), write your post and don’t forget to add (VBP) after each new word you are using. We strongly suggest you only use 2-3 just to keep it easy and interesting,
  4. When your post is online, enter its URL/permalink by clicking on the Inlinkz image that you will find at the bottom of our Thursday VBP post,
  5. The following Thursday, at the end of our VBP posts, we will link to all the participating blogs, so that we can all visit participating blogs.

Any question? Leave a comment below and we will get back to you as soon as pawsible!

Jet Savannah Texas
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Another great Vocab Building Project Blog Hop day!



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B4TC – Food Banks for Pets

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Texas-buildingBefore we begin, we piqued (VBP) your mystery of the fun kind yesterday with Clue #1 on my BFF, Savannah’s post yesterday.  Today, may we direct your attention to Clue #2 by visiting my buddy, Texas!

Mom disappeared from early morning until late night with a brief return mid afternoon yesterday.  Remember I mentioned she secured another part-time job?  Well, turns out, she’s now part of the Chef/Instructor team of common threads logoCommon Threads in Miami.   From the Common Threads website: “We teach low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals because we believe that through our hands-on cooking classes we can help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers, while celebrating our cultural differences and the things people all over the world have in common.”  Founded by Chef Art Smith, yes, Oprah’s first personal Chef, Little Miss Kitchen K9 and I are proud Mom will help other human’s eat healthy.

joplin tornadoWe now understand Mom’s “pet peeve” that in an abundant country such as ours, so many humans and animals go hungry.  Multiply by a weather crisis like Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornadoes or Superstorm Sandy and lives can change irreparably (VBP) in an instant.

pet food donationDuring the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, Mom’s ex-Mother-in-law gave her leftover pet food coupons from her grocery demo.  Mom and her friend, Ellen, used a bunch to purchase bags of food for delivery to our Animal Rescue for an organized transport to New Orleans.

pongo warehouseWe know from reading, so many of our blogpals help out.  You may or may not have heard about Pet Food Banks or Pet Food Pantries.  During these stressful economic times, when so many families have lost their homes, unexpectedly downsized, or suffered long term job loss, food banks have made an ever increasing impact.  Pet Food Banks and Pet Food Pantries help keep beloved furfamily members in the home instead of surrendered to overcrowded shelters or worse.  We found a great site which differentiates (VBP) between food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens and other similar terms.

To find national Pet Food Banks or Pet Food Pantries in your area, SEARCH either of those terms.

We think  Sugar and Kol will understand our lack of recipe today and still permit us to join the Tasty Tuesday Hop, today is our forty-first participating post!

tasty tuesdays

Another great, thank goodness for food banks/food pantries day.



Thankful Thursday – Digging Out – Part 1

Hey It’s Jet Here.

We admit it, we fell so behind in showing gratitude and passing on several awards over the last few months, we’re… well… ok… officially… EMBARRASSED.  So many blog pals have kindly bestowed awards and we… (actually Mom, I was ready to dictate as always, could not keep up).  We’re attempting to begin rectifying (VBP – vocab building project) that TODAY!  If we go out of order of receiving, this just means Mom found that particular kind post at that moment. (forgive her, she tries so hard!)

Ok… we begin with our newish friend, Zena, from The Princess Tails, who bestowed, The Addictive Blog Award on our blog recently.  We thank her Royalness profusely (VBP) as any Gentleman would.  We enjoy reading Zena’s posts because this girl knows how to live the Princess life!  Also, as previously mentioned, Mom loves names that begin with “Z”!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the benefactor: Check
  2. Link back to said benefactor: Check
  3. Talk about why I blog and why I started blogging:
  4. Post Award: Check
  5. Share with 10 other blogs

Mom and I began blogging almost a year ago because we both felt sad and lonely after the loss of my golden sister, Koko, may she be frolicking OTRB.   Mom was known for sharing funny stories and tidbits about Koko when they did their pet therapy at the Childrens Hospital and she continued when I joined the family.  People told Mom that my stories made them laugh and she should share them.

Mom figured at worst, she and I would lift our spirits each morning and at best, maybe someone else would lighten their day by reading our posts.  We thought maybe a friend or two, a family member here and there, and/or a work connection would glimpse a post.  Well, with some mentoring from Miss Jennifer we have been welcomed with open arms and paws by the pet blogging community.  We laugh, we cry, we share, we connect, we learn, we educate, we dialogue, we party with the deepest gratitude.

Share:

  • Long Life Cats and Dogs – Incredibly creative and committed to helping those that cannot speak for themselves… be prepared to laugh and keep up with Lady Litchi and Miss Susan!
  • Savannah’s Paw Tracks – Ok, she’s my BFF (best feline friend)… but seriously, Savvy and Miss Linda put out so much good, especially their Real Rescue Cats/Dogs are Talking Series.  Plus, Savvy shares her wit and exquisite writing each day…
  • Texas, a cat in NY and his family give us a worldly and cosmopolitan look at life.
  • Heart Like a Dog – Miss Jodi, Sampson and Delilah teach us much about training (real life tales), life, and such.  We LOVE Miss Jodi’s sassy, honest style and appreciate her recent efforts to create Follow Up Friday.
  • A new friend, Blueberry from Spotty, Spotty Polka Dotty, captured our attention for several reasons: she joined her forever family the same time JJ joined ours, her looks captivated me us, and she likes Tasty Tuesday, too!
  • Suka’s Just Sayin’ – Suka and Miss K keep us thinking.  They deal with Suka’s health issues with grace, all the while sharing art, wonderful quotes, daily activities and such.
  • My GBGV Life –  We love, love, love Miss Emma’s photos!  This girl has supermodel written all over her!  Plus she writes well too! And… does she know how to cook for Tasty Tuesday!
  • Adventures of a Dog Mom –  Miss Emily combines her activities with Boomer and Dottie in Wichita with foodie stuff… the perfect match for us!
  • A Tonk’s Tail  – We enjoy the different personalities of FaRaDaY, Maxwell and Allie as well as the wonderful creativity, wit, information and appreciation their human includes in their posts.
  • Bella’s Dog Diary –  We met Bella through her brother, Alfie, who cohosts the Mischief Monday Blog hop.  Bella shares her puppy-hood with us in beautiful photos, and entertaining posts.  She also visits her brother Alfie, so we can see how the sibs play together.

Another great Addictive Blog Award day!

We just joined the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop hosted by Pepi Smart Dog (formerly by Cokie the Cat!).

Fortunate Friday

Hey It’s Jet here.

Sabre and Miss Susan of Long Life Cats and Dogs, way far away in South Africa, bestowed the Very Inspired Blogger Award on our blog!  Whoo hoo!  Miss Susan jumped right into blogging last month and has already amassed (vocab builder) several well deserved awards.  Her trajectory (vocab builder) went from animal lover, to adopter of “unadoptables,” to student of animal behaviorism, to shelter volunteer. From Miss Susan, “Long Life Cats and Dogs has been started, in order to introduce people to the lives of the people and animals in these shelters.

With a writing style like your favorite author, where you can’t wait to turn the page and stay up too late reading, Miss Susan tackles topics great and small, serious and light-hearted.  Recently we compared horrible buggy creatures; South African Parktown Prawns versus Miami’s Grandpa Palmetto Bugs!    Miss Susan also introduced Mom to a new fruit (Marula fruit) grown only in six African countries.  Mom included this info in her latest Kitchen Counselor newsletter.

The Rules:

Thank the blog that bestowed the award: check.

State 7 things about yourself.  (I’ll let Mom take this one.)

  1. I wanted to share my life with animals since I was young; however, a family member had an allergy. I promised that when my life permitted, I would make up for lost time!
  2. I committed to adopting or rescuing; which began with a kitten in college, a cat found on our townhouse roof during a hurricane warning when I was 25, then Puffy and Fluffy (dubbed Pluffy by Miss Mary Ann) in 2003, Koko in 2005, Jet in 2008 and now JJ in 2011. I’m a sucker for golden retrievers thanks to my Aunt Harriet, who allowed me to dog sit her “once-in-a-lifetime” golden girl, Brandy, during the majority of my teen years.
  3. I try to volunteer as much as having 3-4 jobs will allow.
  4. I miss pet therapy at the children’s hospital.  Now that Koko has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and economic times changed, I will have to wait until another time in my life to pick that activity up again.
  5. I’ve had a windy road career wise culminating (vocab builder) by becoming The Kitchen Counselor, my absolute passion.
  6. I enjoy needle crafts like knitting and needlepoint, reading, photography, and wish I could travel, scuba, rock climb, hike and go to the spa WAY MORE OFTEN.
  7. I think I need a weekly massage to help my hands and arms with all the writing I do!  I’m deeply grateful and appreciative for the warm welcome and comments of support for both Jet’s blog and all of my Kitchen Counselor writing.

Share with (Miss Susan didn’t tell us how many… since she listed six, we will do the same) six other blogs.  We’re sharing with some newer friends.

  1. Clowie’s Corner – We have already learned so much from Clowie.  Transferred from England to Spain, I’m practicing my Spanish with Clowie and the humans are swapping food info!
  2. You Did What With Your Weiner –  We love (and sometimes have pangs of envy) all the adventures Chester and Gretel share.  They have impeccable (vocab builder) fashion sense, attend parties, hike in gorgeous locations and dine at only the best dog shops.
  3. Through the Eyes of Tweedles –  Tweedles published two books and writes with a poetic flare.
  4. Saved by Dogs – Jenny, Gracie and Lil’s human writes, “This is a space for those whose lives would not be complete without their companion dog, or who have had or look forward to having a special dog friend in their life.”  They have felines, too, just like us!
  5. Texas, A Cat in NY – We’ve known this feline awhile, however, he inspired us of late because he handled the traveling of his humans with class and dignity.
  6. Bringing up Bella –  We admire her human’s description of the blog, “Bella is both fearful and reactive and I hope these stories will highlight her amazing resilience, joy and growth as well as my own learning curve as her guide through this life’s journey.”

Another great, very inspiring, day.

Whoops, Forgot Something…

Hey It’s Jet Here.

So, when Mom and I constructed yesterday’s post we forgot something.  Mom tried to think ahead earlier in the week, knowing she had a big event to prepare for and transcribed my thoughts a few days early.  She followed proper procedure: she transcribed, read, saved, previewed, edited and saved again.  What she forgot to do was scroll down past the first page of my NY feline buddy, Texas’ post for Rule #4!

Without further adieu and with apologies from MOM, we will complete the  Versatile Blogger award rules and then… tell the blogs we shared with that there is one more rule!

4. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

  1. I can feel when humans don’t like me and I do not understand… it hurts my feelings a little.
  2. During the last month when we have had overnight storms, I’ve stayed in my man cave #2 (Mom’s walk in closet) and managed my anxiety a little better.
  3. Speaking of Man Cave #2, two years ago, Mom, Koko and I spent 5 hours huddled in the cave on July 4th because I was so freaked out.
  4. I love watching the ducks, fish, and anything that moves in my canal… better yet, I love to swim in there, but, Mom won’t let me.  (Jetty, you do not remember the deadly snake that slithered out of there into our pool before you were born.)
  5. I can’t stand to see a human female cry… so, when I got off leash a few times, Mom cried and I eventually stopped and either slowed down, stood still or began to walk towards her.
  6. Mom calls me Mayor of the dog park because I like all the K9s and make the rounds.
  7. I love to run and wish I had more opportunities. (We do not have a fence.)

Another great, follow the rules, day.