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Cokie the Cat: Hollywood Insider: January 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thankful Thursday Giveaway! 100 lbs of Natural Balance Pet Food!

Thankful Thursday is changing it's format for a while, but for a wonderful reason! My buddy Tillman is filming a new TV show for Animal Planet, called "Who Let The Dogs Out!" In my last post, I mentioned that he's going around America, looking for America's Most Talented Dog, which is awesome enough...

His sponsor, 
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Foods, is going to be doing more giveaways on my blog! Every week until April 19th, we'll have a new winner who'll receive 100 POUNDS of Natural Balance pet food!! That's a winner a week for 13 weeks!
Complete terms and conditions here.
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post was sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Are You the Most Talented Dog in America??

OK, No one said life was fair. 
Cats are not eligible for this competition but on the bright side...

You could be a star - and I'm not even kidding!

My bud Tillman the skateboarding/surfing/snowboarding bulldog is holding open auditions online and in person (in canine?) across the country, in search of The Most Talented Dog in America! That just has to be someone I know, right!?

This is part of his new reality show on Animal Planet, "Who Let The Dogs Out" which premieres on February 18th.

All the details of how to audition
or where to send a video of your dog's special talent,
go this website.

Good luck, dawgs!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bark Wars - Saturday Pet Bloggers Hop

This just may make me buy a Volkswagen.

(Pause my stereo up top to listen to this video.)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thankful Thursday

All the talk about SOPA this week has got me thinking about just how much I love the Internet. Srsly. How else would a cat like me have met all you wonderful people and anipals? I wouldn't have, that's how.

It would have just been me, Mom, Dad, Wynnie (while she lasted) and the occasional visitor, or vet to terrorize. But because of the Information Superhighway, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, and the good fortune of being able to afford computers (when some don't even have enough kibble), I'm lucky enough to have wonderful friends like you. 

I really appreciate that, and I really appreciate you. I know Mom does, too. Thanks for taking an interest in this old cat. I'd be bored without you. Except for the Lakers. And ribbon.  =^..^=

Me & @PepiSmartDog at a Lakers Game
Photo's by Pepi's mom. 
She's a freakball. MOL

I really want to get to know you more, and to stay in touch. Please put your pic on my TV Guest Book, on the right, so I can see what you look like, and 'like' me on my Facebook fan page, so we can hang there, too. I'm afraid they might take my regular FB page down, 'cause I'm a cat. (What kind of discriminating cat trap is that, anyway!?)

And join the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop below, and fill me in on what's floating your boat this week!  ; ) 

Love you guys...

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Today is the first annual BlogPaws #BlogPawty on Twitter!
And I'm hosting!!

Join us for this inaugural event at BlogPaws Village Square...
Saturday, January 14 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm (EST)

This is the beautiful new BlogPaws Banquet Hall Atrium, 
decorated by our own @tinypearlcat!

There will be a Parade (Parade Attire Optional)
BlogPaws Pawards
Quizzes & Prizes 
Including 2 Passes to BlogPaws 2012
in Salt Lake City, UT
June 21st - 23rd
Wonderful Music
and Delicious Noms & Drinks!

RSVP & More Info Here: 

See you at #BlogPawty!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

I'm grateful today that Mom got a call back from my mobile vet, 
Dr. Sandy, with all (relatively) good news!
Dr. Sandy
She's nice, but she wants blood!

My kidneys and liver are good, which one always worries about with a (nearly) 18 year old cat, and the vet agrees that the 2 lumps on my ribs are most likely just little benign lipomas. We're going with that unless they get bigger or start to bother me. I'm at the age where I really don't want to be messed with, and quality of life is my priority. I won't go to the vet (they have to come to me!). I can't take sedatives. (I'm opposite cat. Sedatives make me insane, and NOT sedate at all!) They can only knock me out, which I don't want to do because of all the risks at my age. So we're just accepting the 99% probability that they're nothing serious.

My thyroid count is still off, so we're going to double up on my meds and I need to be retested in a few weeks - which means more fun for you, because this time Mom's going to take a photo of me in the muzzle in a compromising position.

I kid you not.
This isn't me, but this is what she put on me!!
Oh, look!
Your Mom can make you one at home!
Don't even...
Wait! Is that @stunningkeisha!? MOL...
Anyway... all thing's told, I'm a strong, healthy mancat. 
I feel good, and I've even been jumping up on the sofa 
and chewing on Mom's hair, which I haven't done in a long time...
And for that, I am grateful.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Natural Balance Blog Giveaway Winners

Check out the winners of my Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Food New Year's Rose Parade blog giveaway HERE!

I began writing the post on January 3rd, and when I published it today, it posted retroactively on the third, so it's not my most recent post - even though it is!?

Confused? No matter. Just go see all 26 prize winners at the link above.  : )

Tillman on the Natural Balance Rose Parade Float!

They work for him!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Dr. Sandy, the house call vet, and her assistant just left, and after doing my best to terrorize them with my gigantic man eating tiger impression for an hour, it's good news so far.

Photo by @eldad75 of Hope for Paws

I have two lumps on my ribs that were scaring Mom, but Dr. Sandy's pretty sure they're just fatty lipomas. We're not going to aspirate or biopsy, because it would cause even more stress for me and it's highly unlikely they're malignant.

Even if they were, at almost 18, I wouldn't want to deal with the drama and trauma of operations or chemo or even going to the vet anyway. I don't even want to go to vet's office or see a vet at home. I'm getting a little Howard Hughes-y as I get older.

Photo by @eldad75 of Hope for Paws

The vets say that my feistiness is good, and it's what's kept me alive this long. 
; )

Anyway, still need to hear back about my blood work, etc. Keeping tabs on my thyroid count and such, but generally a good visit!  Thank Bast!  =^..^=

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Natural Balance Pet Food Rose Parade Float 1/2/2012
Guinness World Record: Longest & Heaviest Float!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Natural Balance Giveaway Winners!

The 123rd Rose Parade has come and gone, and Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Food's Tillman & Friends "Surf's Up" float was a huge success! It was awarded the Guinness World Record for both the World's Longest & Heaviest Float at 119 feet 7 inches, weighing 131,950 pounds. It was also awarded the Tournament of Roses "Extraordinaire Trophy" for just plain awesomeness. 

Check out the ABC coverage of the float below: 
Surf's Up! The Natural Balance 2012 Rose Parade Float
from Natural Balance on Vimeo.

My Natural Balance New Year's Rose Parade giveaway received almost 1000 entries! Thank you, everyone, for entering and spreading the word to "Like" Natural Balance on Facebook. You helped raise $14,000 U.S. for The Tree of Hope to feed homeless shelter and rescue animals! 

And here are the Winners - Concatulations!

Grand Prize Winners:

  1. $200 Petco Gift Card #11 SpookyShorty NY
  2. 1 Year's supply Natural Balance pet food #86 Megan Harrigan IN

Winners: Case of Tillman's Treats

  1. #288: Amy Orvin SC
  2. #932 Betty Curran NE
  3. #630 mattnneb NE
  4. #242 Brenda Witherspoon ON, CAN
  5.  #179 Sarah Walker CA
  6. #857 Becky S. IL
  7. #202 Gromek the Cat MA
  8. #943 Sunshyn V CT 
  9. #926 R Hicks NC
  10. #527 Michelle S. FL
  11. #89 @DaneRay/Chase OH
  12. #182 Olivia the Service Dog FL

Winners: Natural Balance Rose Parade Commemorative Mug and T-Shirt

  1.  #790 Roxanne K. MA
  2. #313 Jackie Craig GA
  3. #291Cassie IL
  4. #207 Cheryl Bravo GA
  5. #264 Kelly Ann Thuet MO 
  6. #943 Betty Neale GA
  7. #98 Janna Johnson OH
  8. #497 Mike McGee AK AR!
  9. #526 Jacob Matthew OK 
  10. #623 Tabitha Evans IL
  11. #635 Lisa Lovegrove TX
  12. #142 Amanda Adams GA

Special thanks to Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Food for sponsoring this great giveaway!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


It's finally here!! I'll be tweeting live from the Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA today! The parade begins at 8am PT, but we'll be there about 6am.  The Natural Balance Pet Food float featuring Tillman and his surfing dog buds will be about half-way through the parade.

Mom's nephew's best 7th birthday present:
Rose Parade Tickets!

And just look how beautiful the tickets are! 
Each one is a work of art - following this year's parade theme: "Just Imagine."
We want to frame them if we get to keep them. : )

Anyway, I need a catnap so I'm not late in the morning! 

This is the LAST DAY to enter my Giveaway for a $200 Petco Card, a year's supply of Natural Balance pet food, Rose Bowl commemorative mugs and t-shirts and more: 26 winners in all!

This is also the last day Natural Balance Pet Food will be donating $1 per Facebook "like" to feed homeless pets. They're goal in the last two weeks has been 25,000 'Likes' = a donation of $25,000!
Let's help them get there! Click here.

See you at the parade!!
Cokie the Cat