Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Photo Hunt #16: "My 2nd Job" EXTENDED THRU DEC 12!

It's been requested that I extend this week's photo hunt, so this one will run through Dec. 12th. Be sure to comment with "extra credit" if you've done the extra credit under the Win a Prize! tab above.

All of us know that our first jobs are to take care of our humans. They're very delicate, albeit gigantic, creatures, who need lots of love and dedication, and require constant monitoring of their physical and mental states to determine the appropriate response to make them feel better. As exhausting and time consuming as that can be, many of us manage somehow to actually have second jobs.

Some of you might be babysitters, therapy dogs, moms or dads...

Mom met a golden retriever named Gracie this week at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Gracie's second job is as a therapy dog. She visits people in the hospital every Monday. She's also a really good listener and kids read to her at libraries, when they might not be as comfortable reading out loud to adults. She does other stuff, too, comforting people in different kinds of crisis, with her best friend, human Claudine Singer. She works with several organizations, including Hope Anipal-Assisted Crisis Response.

What's your second job?

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

WINNER! Holiday Hop for Pets Giveaway

We have a winner in the Holiday Hop for Pets Giveaway! The Prickly Pine Cone won the Santa Claws Jingle Bell collar charm, courtesy of, for their family cat. Concatulations!

Everyone else, remember, we have a prize drawing every week for Anipal Photo Hunt participants. Just check the New Rules tab above to make sure you'll qualify. : )



Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #15: THE VET

The vet came to my house two weeks ago. 
I fought him off.

Mom & Dad took me today to a vet's office full of cute ladies.
I scared 'em off.

Tomorrow I have to go back. They have to give me a tranquilizer first.
I don't like vets.

Cokie the Cat
At the vet's today, having proved my point. Can't touch this!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday Hop for Pets Giveaway!

What the hay!? By golly, it looks like The Anipal Photo Hunt & Blog Hop is doin' something different here... Yep. It's true. Two Little Cavaliers talked me into joining the Holiday Hop for Pets Giveaway Giveway!

So check it out - our regular weekly photo hunt is still going on until Sunday night, so continue to add your MOM! posts, and be sure to follow the New Rules tab above, to be qualified to win a prize from Big Paw Designs for our regular blog hop; HOWEVER, we're ALSO having a holiday giveaway, and you don't have to post a photo for this one!

This giveaway contest begins at 12:01am on Thursday November 18th and will end on Thursday, November 25th. The winner will be chosen via

I have several other blogs participating in this event, as well:, and Stop by each of them and all of the other participants' blogs - there are so many in this blog hop, your odds are good to win something!
Big Paw Designs® is one pretty lady and a whole bunch of animals - who, by the way, help design the products (thus the name)... They are our new sponsor, and donate the weekly prize for our Anipal Photo Hunters. Since 2002, they've made dogs hip, cats cool and pet lovers pleased with their unique products that are designed and made in the USA. They also work a lot with animal charities, including a fundraising program they share with Romeo the Cat called Romeo Love!

They've also stepped up on all fours to donate a really cute giveaway for the Holiday Hop, 
this adorable Jingle Claws holiday pet collar charm: 
BUY IT: If you'd like to buy one of one of these silver, red & green bell trios on a sterling collar clip (Hey - maybe one for Mom and one for the furbaby??) Go to They're regularly $12 each, but they're on sale right now for $6!

The winner of this giveaway will receive one Jingle Claws Holiday Collar Charm. There will be one winner chosen by All ages and geographical locations are eligible! See instructions, below.

MANDATORY ENTRY: Follow this blog (The Anipal Photo Hunt & Blog Hop) on Google Friend Connect and leave me a comment below that you have done so.

Bonus Entries: (Please leave a separate comment for each entry.)
1. Follow the Big Paw Designs blog.
2. Follow Big Paw Designs at Twitter @woofcp.
3. Follow Big Paw Designs on Facebook.

Remember, this giveaway ends on November 25th, 2010.

Good luck!
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #14: MOM!

Yes, Mom. It's time to come out of the closet. Show your face as the anipal crazy pet Mom (or Mr. Mom) that you are. No excuses. Let's see your mugs! Here's mine:
If you just can't bear a photo, a self portrait is permitted.

If you would like to qualify to win a prize from, please follow all steps in NEW RULES tab above, and comment here that you have done so! You're on the honor system. I can't keep looking up who's following who on twitter!  ; )   Good luck and Happy Hunting!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #13: From Where I Stand...

This is my view when I'm standing on the balcony:

You can see these palm trees from the Chinese and Kodak Theatres
on Hollywood Blvd. 

What do you see from where you stand?? 

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how to win a prize with this photo hunt!

Cokie the Cat

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #12: All Souls' Day

In many traditions, November 1st is considered All Saints' Day, which is followed by All Souls' Day on November 2nd. Latin America celebrates All Souls' Day as Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Wikipedia has a great page about it here

This is not a morbid affair, not sad, not scary. It is a celebration of those who have gone on ahead. Join us this week in celebrating our loved ones who've gone over the Rainbow Bridge.

Some of you knew my wonderful girl cat, Wynnie Princess Kitten Girl. She went to the Rainbow Bridge very unexpectedly on June 10, 2010. She was a beautiful, funny, skitter lynx point Siamese with deep blue eyes.

She always slept with Mom, who often woke up in the morning with Wynnie's butt pressed against her head, and she sat on Dad's piano keys and watched Mom blog and Tweet late every night.

She loved caramels, and would eat through the plastic wrappers on bread, leaving it to dry out, and she made the most beautiful little kitty chirpy trill noise when she was happy - especially when she was being fed.

This was how we celebrated her 40th day.
Some Buddhists believe that is when the soul reincarnates.
It was very healing for us. 

Tomorrow we're lighting a candle for Wynnie, setting out some milk, caramel, and a bit of steak, and remembering all the fun we had with her and what a good, loving kitty she was.

Please follow the Instructions tab above to join this Photo Hunt Blog Hop, and post photos pertaining to this week's theme on your blog. Follow the New Rules tab to be eligible to win a prize from Big Paw Designs. 

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #11: Trick or Treat!

UPDATE Nov. 1, 2010: This week's random winner is Yoda at Barking Out Loud! Yoda will receive a prize from Big Paw Designs. Congratulations Yoda!

This is our first Anipal Photo Hunt with our new sponsor, Big Paw Designs!

Read the New Rules: Weekly Prizes tab at the top of this blog for the latest info, but basically, anyone who follows the instructions can win - do read the new Instructions Page - and you can now win more than once! We will choose each week's winner using a random number generator. You just have to post a pic(s) related to the week's theme, follow the Twitter& Facebook accounts in the Instructions, and join the Blog Hop!

This week's theme is.... TRICK OR TREAT! How hard can this one be?? I want to see ALL of your Halloween pics, anipals!! Let's go! Come on Moms. Drag out those photos!

Mom's Halloween Postcards of ME. 

Mom's Halloween Magnets of ME.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #10: How Annoying!

You read it right. Annoying. You know what that means. They're late with dinner. They won't let you outside. They won't let you inside. They make you dress up or won't let you get on the table. HOW ANNOYING!

Let's see how you look when you're annoyed.  ; )

Here's a video of Cokie the Cat being annoyed by too much lovin'. Yep, there is such a thing as too much attention! LOL.

Don't forget to go for the Extra Credit, if you haven't won a prize already. We haven't had a winner in two weeks and the first eight winners can't win again! Click on the tab up top for Extra Credit instructions.

Have fun!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #9: Compromising Positions

This weeks's Anipal Photo Hunt theme is "Compromising Positions."
Use your imaginations. ; )

Post your own compromised position pic on your blog, then come back here to link to the Blog Hop, below.

Cokie the Cat and Dad.
I know you love me. Now let me down. 

For a chance to win this week's Anipal Photo Hunt prize, see the Extra Credit tab at the top of this page.

Don't be embarrassed! Let your mom pull out those pics!  ; )

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #7: Hey! That's Not Me!

I hope some of our Less Adoptable Pets have been adopted, or have good prospects! I'm still looking for a home for Boomer the Cheshire Cat.

This week's Anipal Photo Hunt Theme is "Hey! That's Not Me!" The idea is to post pics, drawings, cartoons, videos - that look like you, but aren't you.

To join the Photo Hunt, write your own "Hey! That's Not Me!" post on your blog, then come back here to link to the Blog Hop, below.

For a chance to win this week's Anipal Photo Hunt Blog Hop prize, see the Extra Credit tab at the top of this page. 

Let's see your secret twins!

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #6: Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week Challenge

BlogPaws' Be The Change For Pets is asking everyone to post a 'less-adoptable' pet on their blog during the week of Sept 19-25, so that's what we're doing!

  • Please post a photo and adoption information for a senior, special needs, or otherwise hard to place pet, and link back to the Anipal Photo Hunt here. 
  • Then go to the BlogPaws website and add your blog to their "Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week Challenge" link list.
  • You can also link your post to their Facebook page to get even more exposure, and hopefully a home, for your 'less adoptable' pet.

My 'less adoptable' pet is Boomer, a five year old, 11 pound, neutered male black tabby domestic longhair cat who looks like Alice in Wonderland's Cheshire Cat.  : )
BOOMER the Cheshire Cat: Your new best friend!

Boomer has been in a Los Angeles City Animal Shelter since July 27, 2010. Please help me find him a forever home before it's too late!I'll even pay the adoption fee if someone can guarantee him a good home and lots of love, but can't afford the fee - references required. (Email CokietheCat at forward a link to this post to all of your social networks and pet people. If you or someone you know adopts Boomer, please let me know!

Adoption info: BOOMER - ID#A1136222 
East Valley Animal Shelter
14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405
(888) 452-7381
Click here for L.A. City Animal Services Adoption Information website.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #5: BLOG PAWS

This week a lot of anipals are in Denver, Colorado, at a conference called BlogPaws.

I thought we could use that as our theme for this week. You have a choice of posting your photos from BlogPaws, or photos of you, blogging!

Here are some pics of my stunt double, the "other" Cokie the Cat, at BlogPaws today. He's staying with @teenysfriend's mom, Katy!

My BlogPaws stand-in, at home.
Here he is networking. That's Katy waving!
@pumpkingpuddy took this pic - Hey! Those are my pants!

OK, now it's your turn! Go post your "BLOG PAWS" photos on your blog, then come back here and click the link below to join the Anipal Photo Hunt Blog Hop. Then blog hop!!

For complete directions, or if you want to try to win a prize with Extra Credit, click on the tabs at the top of this blog. 

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Anipal Photo Hunt #4: MY BED

Show us your bed!  ; ) 
And your bedroom, if you like.
Not your human's bed (unless you always sleep there)
but your very own special bed.
My bed is my castle.
In my case, a man cat's bed is his castle.
It's perfect for me because it has a hidey hole
It's really wide (I'm a big guy)
It has two windows (so I can see when HE's sneakin' up on me)
And I can lie on top of it and rest my head on the turrets.
I see you out there!
This is usually my very dark man cave.
The mama used a bright flash for this pic!
Blurry, I know, but mom insisted.
They love it when I stick my head out the window for some reason.

Oh fine. Invade my privacy for my little cousin. OK.

If you ever see a kitty castle like this, please let me know.
The manufacturer, Green Duck, went out of business
And I could really use a new one.

Now it's your turn! Where do you dream your wildest dreams??

There's a prize for the first one to do all of the following:
1. Post your MY BED pic(s) to your own blog.
2. Add the Anipal Photo Hunt button on this page to your blog (it has the new link to this page).
3. Follow @anipalphotohunt on Twitter.
4. Click the Click here to enter link at the bottom of this post to connect your blog to this Blog Hop.
5. Click the Get the code here... link below that to add all the participants' links to your blog.
6. Comment on this post that you completed all 5 steps!
OOPS! I forgot to say you have to make one of your pics from this week's Anipal Photo Hunt your Facebook or Twitter profile pic!! Mariodacat did everything else, so he's our winner this week. Next week though, the winner will also have to change their profile pic...  ; ) 

One prize per week and you can only win once, but keep playing!
Show us your pics!

Playing Catch Up: Anipal Photo Hunts #1, 2 & 3

Anipal Photo Hunt Blog Hops # 1 #2 & #3 are on Cokie the Cat's website.

You can browse all the participants' submissions on their own blogs by following their links below Cokie's Anipal Photo Hunt posts:


There are samples of photos from each Anipal Photo Hunt at the bottom of this blog.
You can see them bigger on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Anipal Photo Hunt Blog Hop Website

Same Anipal Photo Hunt Blog Hop! Just a new place to find it and link to your blogs.

This should be much easier than looking for the new themes each week on my page at, although I hope you don't forget about me, and continue to visit me once in a while!

I'll set up the links here on Sunday, Sept. 4th. I'll also change the links on the Anipal Photo Hunt buttons for your blogs so they redirect here. You'll have to post replace the old button with the new one though - sorry!

This will be far less complicated and more fun, I promise!

Thanks for following us over here!!

Cokie the Cat
(and the mama)