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Welcome to our blog! Here you'll find our weekly dog and cat contest winners along with the inside scoop on some of our favorite calendars and more. 

Meet Brody: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Brody - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Brody is a playful and loving 2 year old boy. He loves watching birds, chasing his sister Charlotte, and rolling in the dirt.

Congratulations to Brody, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Copper: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Copper, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Copper is a ten-year-old Labrador Retriever who has grown up alongside his two human sisters; Marissa and Nicole, while enjoying traveling with the family, running wildly through the backyard, and dressing up in holiday attire every Halloween and Christmas. He also loves visiting the beach and having an occasional snack of American cheese.

Congratulations to Copper, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

8 Books That Remind Us How Much We Love Our Pets

Our pets can be barking rabble-rousers, toilet paper mess-makers, and cuddly balls of fur all at once. Here’s a list of fabulous pet books that remind us how much we love our cats and dogs!

1. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

Our pets may not be the most well-behaved at all times, but they are still loveable despite thier occasional disobedience. 

Marley & Me

Image Credits: Goodreads, Giphy | Buy the Book on Amazon

2.  How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal

Cats aren't always straight forward about their feelings. The Oatmeal reminds us that sometimes leaving a decapitated bird head on the living room floor is a sign of affection.


Image Credit: Goodreads | Buy the Book on Amazon

3. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Wilson Rawls takes us back to our childhood when we first experienced puppy love. Billy's relationship with Old Dan and Little Ann stirs up memories of our first pets.

Where the Red Fern Grows

Image Credit: Amazon, Giphy | Buy the Book on Amazon

4. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion; Illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

No matter how muddy our dogs get, we still love them anyway. 


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4. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

Dewey the Library Cat proves that cats can be just as friendly and affectionate as dogs. Dewey's heart-warming story makes us want to curl up with a cat and a good book!


Image Credit: Goodreads | Buy the Book on Amazon

6. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Sometimes a boy’s biggest inspiration is man’s best friend. Just like Jack in Love That Dog, our devotion to our furry friends can inspire us to create works of art.


Image Credit: Goodreads | Buy the Book on Amazon

7. You Need More Sleep: Advice from Cats by Francesco Marciuliano

Good advice might be hard to come by—but our feline friends always have the answer. “Always stay at least 30 feet from a loved one.” “Keep changing where and when you like to be touched.” “Be Adorable.” See? You’re learning to think like a kitty already.



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8. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Sometimes, our feline friends can be aloof rapscallions--such is the case with Cat in Neil Gaiman’s award-winning children’s book Coraline. Even when they’re talking long baths, pretending not to notice us, or in Cat’s case, making sarcastic comments, we love our fiercely independent cat friends anyway.



Image Credit: Goodreads, Giphy | Buy the Book on Amazon

What are your favorite cat/dog books? Let us know in the comments! 

And don't forget to vote for your favorite pets at this week's round of Paws vs. Claws! Vote Now »

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5 Movies That Prove Cats and Dogs Make the Best Friends

As friends to humans or to each other, these big screen kitties and pups remind us of the important things in life.

1. Bolt

Sometimes the impossible can become possible, if you’re AWESOME. Everyone—dog, cat, human, or hamster—needs a hero sometimes. Someone to remind them that, despite impossible odds, they will do what’s right. Bolt, Mittens, and Rhino remind us of this every time we watch Bolt. (And, yes—they are AWESOME.)


Image Credit: Giphy | Buy Bolt on Amazon

2. The Adventures of Milo & Otis

Sometimes it takes a true friend to help you find your way back home. After Milo accidentally falls into a box that floats down the river, his friend Otis follows him through thick and thin until the two pals are reunited and eventually make their way home. 


Image Credit: Giphy | Buy The Adventures of Milo and Otis on Amazon

3. Air Bud

Team sports can be a great way to make new friends. Moving to a new town can be awkward, and making new friends isn’t always easy. But when you’ve got a best friend like Buddy by your side, anything is possible both on and off the court! (And the football field, and the soccer field, and the baseball field, and… well, you get the picture.)


Image Credit: Giphy | Buy Airbud on Amazon

4. That Darn Cat!

Even the purrfect crime can be unraveled with a little help from your friends! A pair of wily bankrobbers don't stand a chance against DC (Darn Cat) and Hayley Mills in this Disney classic. 


Image Credit: Tumblr | Buy That Darn Cat! on Amazon

5. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

No distance is too far when you’re trying to get to your best friend. When Shadow, Chance, and Sassy set out to find their owners, they must overcome some initial differences (“Cats rule and dogs drool,” says Sassy) in order to band together and complete their incredible journey.


Image Credit: Giphy | Buy Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey on Amazon

What are your favorite cat/dog films? Let us know in the comments! 

And don't forget to vote for your favorite pets at this week's round of Paws vs. Claws! Vote Now »

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Get Younger, Stronger, and Sexier!

 CONGRATULATIONS! 

Younger Next YearYounger Next YearYou are about to get younger. (And stronger and sexier, too.) 

A training program for the rest of your life. Science proves that we can turn back our biological clocks through exercise—the right exercise. This illustrated, step-by-step guide shows how. How much aerobics. How hard to hit the intervals. How to warm up. Plus the 25 Sacred Exercises for a whole-body strength-training regimen. By Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry S. Lodge, New York Times bestselling authors of Younger Next Year®, with 1.5 million copies in print.

Learn more about Younger Next Year® and Younger Next Year® The Exercise Program!

How to Retire with Enough MoneyAnd here’s how you’re going to afford it.

No gimmicks, no magical thinking—just financial common sense that’s guaranteed to work. Including why it’s time to “fire your guy” and get into low-cost index funds, how to get the maximum benefit from Social Security, and the dual benefit of downsizing before retiring. By retirement expert and economics professor Teresa Ghilarducci, who writes for The New York Times, PBS, The Atlantic, and Psychology Today.

Learn more about How to Retire with Enough Money!

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes from Molly Gilbert, author of Sheet Pan Suppers

Page-A-Day Exclusive: A St. Patrick's Day Menu from Molly Gilbert, Author of Sheet Pan Suppers 

Molly GilbertMolly Gilbert adapted this Chocolate Stout Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting recipe especially for Page-A-Day subscribers to enjoy on St. Patrick's Day!

When you pair this cake with the Green Eggs and Ham recipe from Molly's new cookbook, Sheet Pan Suppers, you'll create an original and delicious feast to remember. 

(What's so special about the recipes in Sheet Pan Suppers? They require nothing more than ingredients, a sheet pan, your oven, and Molly Gilbert’s inspired approach. Learn more about the book, and get cooking this St. Patricks Day!) 

Sheet Pan Suppers

Chocolate Stout Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Adapted from Barrington Brewery, Great Barrington MA

Ingredients:

For cake:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup stout (such as Guinness)
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch-process)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cups plus 3 tablespoons sour cream

For frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 5.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Chocolate Stout Cake Dessert St. Patrick's Day

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F, with a rack in the center position.  Grease a 9x13-inch rectangular cake pan, and line it with parchment paper.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, then add the stout and stir to combine.  Bring the mixture to a low simmer, then whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth, remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt.  In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sour cream until smooth. 

Pour the chocolate stout mixture into the sour cream mixture, and whisk gently to combine.  Add the flour mixture, and stir just until incorporated.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake the cake until the sides pull away from the pan and a tester comes out clean, about 30 minutes.  Allow cake to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until fluffy and smooth.  Add the confectioner’s sugar, one cup at a time, continuing to beat until no lumps remain.  Add the melted chocolate and beat thoroughly to combine.

Spread the frosting over the cooled cake and serve!  The frosted cake will last for about 4 days, well-wrapped, in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Stout Cake Dessert Recipe St. Patrick's Day  Chocolate Stout Cake Recipe

Green Eggs and Ham (serves 4-6)

I will eat these, Sam I Am. They’re clever and healthy and perfect for hosting some friends for (a clever and healthy) brunch! We just nestle some eggs into a bed of baked kale, and top it all off with some salty feta cheese and meaty chunks of ham. It covers all our bases, especially when served with some simple toast and a big pitcher of fresh orange juice. With friends, on the weekend, in a house, with a mouse (but no mice, because gross), let’s enjoy these greens and eggs and ham.

Green Eggs and Ham - St. Patrick's Day Meals

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 boneless ham steak (7 ounces), cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 4 to 5 cups packed chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 to 12 large eggs
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Crusty bread, for serving

Let's Cook:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees with a rack in the center position. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and mist the foil with cooking spray.
  2. Spread out the ham on the prepared pan and bake, using a spatula to mix and turn the ham occasionally, until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Transfer the ham to a plate with a spatula or slotted spoon. Do not wipe up any grease from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Place the kale on the sheet pan, drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and toss to coat. Spread out the kale in an even layer. Bake for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven but leave the oven on. Use a wooden spoon to make eight to twelve evenly spaced divots in the kale to accommodate the eggs. Crack an egg into each divot. Sprinkle the feta, the reserved ham cubes, and some salt and pepper on top.
  6. Return the pan to the oven. Bake the eggs until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy greens and eggs and ham immediately, with some crusty bread to soak up the warm, runny yolks.

More about Sheet Pan Suppers:

It’s the one-pot meal reinvented, and what is sure to become every busy cook’s new favorite way of getting dinner on the table. It’s Sheet Pan Suppers—a breakthrough full-color cookbook with more than 120 recipes for complete meals, snacks, brunch, and even dessert, that require nothing more than a sheet pan, your oven, and Molly Gilbert’s inspired approach. 

Maximum ease, minimal cleanup, and mouthwatering recipes. In other words, a revelation that will change the way we cook.

Paws vs. Claws: Who Will Win?

Dogs versus Cats. Paws versus Claws. Thanks for voting! 

Willow won Paws vs. Claws, Team Claws

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to US residents of the 50 states, age 18 years as of 03/07/16. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on 03/07/2016 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on 04/03/2016. Click here for full rules. Void where prohibited.

 
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Go Team Paws! Meet the Canine Contestants in our March Paws vs. Claws Tournament

Meet Team Paws!

Welcome to Paws vs. Claws... March Meowness and Bark Madness! Modeled after the NCAA’s March Madness Tournament, we've created a bracket game for the top-voted pets in our weekly dog and cat photo contests. The top eight cats represent Team Claws (#TeamClaws) and the top eight dogs represent Team Paws (#TeamPaws). Each Monday in March we'll start the next match-up series that will result in the ultimate showdown of cat versus dog. 

Play now! Vote for your favorites. • Click for full rules. • Meet Team Claws.

Paws vs Claws Pet Bracket Tournament Game

Click on each player card below to view or download a larger version.

View and share on Facebook and Pinterest. • Follow #TeamClaws or #TeamPaws on Instagram and Twitter

Representing #TeamPaws in the ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN...

  Tucker = Paws vs. Claws

These playful pooches were eliminated in Round 1, 2, and 3 of Paws vs. Claws

Bonnie - Paws vs. Claws

Charlie - Paws vs. Claws  Dug - Paws vs. Claws

Bandit - Paws vs. Claws  Ziva - Paws vs. Claws

Liam - Paws vs. Claws  Scout - Paws vs. Claws

Big Paws vs. Claws Savings!

To celebrate our Paws vs. Claws tournament, you can save 30% on all our pet books. Use the discount code TeamClaws OR TeamPaws to show your team spirit. Shop now!

Go Team Claws! Meet the Feline Contestants in our March Paws vs. Claws Tournament

Meet Team Claws!

Welcome to Paws vs. Claws... March Meowness and Bark Madness! Modeled after the NCAA’s March Madness Tournament, we've created a bracket game for the top-voted pets in our weekly dog and cat photo contests. The top eight cats represent Team Claws (#TeamClaws) and the top eight dogs represent Team Paws (#TeamPaws). Each Monday in March we'll start the next match-up series that will result in the ultimate showdown of cat versus dog. 

Play now! Vote for your favorites. • Click for full rules. • Meet Team Paws.

March Meowness/Barn Madness - Paws vs. Claws

Click on each player card below to view or download a larger version.

View and share on Facebook and Pinterest. • Follow #TeamClaws or #TeamPaws on Instagram and Twitter

Willow - Paws vs. Claws

 

These pretty kitties were eliminated in Round 1, 2, and 3 of Paws vs. Claws.

Cindy-bear Paws vs. Claws

 

Bruno - Paws vs. Claws  Roadie Paws vs. Claws

Klaus - Paws vs. ClawsnBunker - Paws vs. Claws 

Gracie Paws vs. Claws  Yoshi - Paws vs. Claws 

Big Paws vs. Claws Savings!

To celebrate our Paws vs. Claws tournament, you can save 30% on all our pet books. Use the discount code TeamClaws OR TeamPaws to show your team spirit. Shop now!

 

Meet Owen: Our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Owen, Our Page-A-Day Dog of the Week

Owen’s big, dark eyes attract admirers everywhere he goes. After surviving a house fire, he was rescued by Julie Brookbank of Mitchell, SD, with the help of a local rescue group. Those puppy-dog eyes assure that he gets whatever his heart desires!

Congratulations to Owen, our Page-A-Day® Dog of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® dog calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Bridget: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Tabitha - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

My name is Bridget and I live in Hermon Maine with Wayne & Kathy Monson. I am 7 weeks old and full of energy and love. My eyes are a beautiful blue…..everyone comments on how pretty they are.

Congratulations to Bridget, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Tabitha: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Tabitha - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Tabitha was adopted at the local shelter when she was about 4 months old. She’s now approaching 17 years of age! She’s enjoying her senior years!

Congratulations to Tabitha, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Link & Zelda: Our Page-a-Day® Cats of the Week!

Link & Zelda - This week's Page-A-Day Cats Photo Contest Winner

Link is a 6-month old male Bengal that is very playful and mischievous. He’s not a fan of being held, but is secretly a cuddler when he wants to sleep. Zelda is a 9-month old tabby that is a little more relaxed and loves to chill. Photo was taken when they were 3 months and 6 months old (after they first started to tolerate each other).

Congratulations to Link & Zelda, our Page-a-Day® Cats of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Meet Spaz: Our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Spaz - This week's Page-A-Day Cat Photo Contest Winner

Born to a feral mother, Spaz was found by a friend. We took her home and have had her for three and a half years. She greets her favorite person, the man of the house Daryl, every day when he comes home. Every night she finds a lap to park herself on and stays there until it’s time for bed. Spaz is a very vocal cat, meowing nonstop if she deems she needs more attention.

Congratulations to Spaz, our Page-a-Day® Cat of the Week!

Which Page-A-Day® Cat Calendar is right for you?

 

Mark Your Calendars — February Holidays and Observances

February Holidays and Observances - Page-A-Day

We check quite a few sites each month to gather the best observances and holidays to share with you. Here's the cream of the crop.

February is for Feelings!

February is chock full of feelings! 

  • International Flirting Week: If you haven't met that special someone, put your feelers and do some flirting starting on February 14th through the 20th.
  • International Friendship Week: Cupid may not be calling this year, but there's still an opportunity to connect with someone you care about starting on February 10th.
  • Random Acts of Kindness Week also starts on the 14th! Find a way to share the love and pass it forward through the 20th.
  • Love Your Pet Day: One of our ultimate favorites all year 'round falls on February 20th!

Some other exciting monthly observances in February 2015:

  • Library Lovers Month 
  • National Haiku Writing Month
  • National African American History Month
  • American Heart Month
  • International Boost Self-Esteem Month

And some weekly ones as well: 

  • Dump Your Significant Jerk Week - Get rid of the jerk you've been dating before Valentine's Day and then pamper yourself! (Feb 7 - 13)
  • Freelance Writers Appreciation Week - If you work with a freelance writer, give them a hug—or maybe some fabulous moisturizing lotion for those overworked typing fingers. (Feb 7 - 13th)
  • National Entrepreneurship Week - Spend this week developing that idea for a startup you've been sitting on. (Feb 20 - 27th)

And the daily observances that you may want to jot down:

  • Feb 7th: Super Bowl Sunday. Get the nachos, chips and dip and 5-foot long sandwiches ready and throw a party! Who are you rooting for today?
  • Feb 2: Groundhog Day and World Play Your Ukulele Day both fall on 2/2. Why not play your Ukulele in hopes of a short winter prediction from Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog! 
  • Feb 5: National Nutella Day. Celebrate by putting Nutella in everything!
  • Feb 9: Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is a party you can't miss. Travel to New Orleans or Rio de Janeiro to celebrate Carnival! 
  • Feb 20: Let's all get together and give our furry friends a big squeeze on Love Your Pet Day. Share the love with our 365 Dogs Page-A-Day and 365 Cats Page-A-Day calendars.
  • Feb 23: National Dog Biscuit Day. Give that dog a bone for cryin' out loud! 
  • Feb 26: For Pete's Sake (Day), it's obvious what we're doing on National Bacon Day

Whatever you're celebrating or observing in February, mark it down in your Page-A-Day Calendar so you don't forget...

If we missed any, leave them in a comment below! We'd love to celebrate whatever you're celebrating this mont.