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Influence Positively Questionnaire - Vicki Cook

Vicki at BlogPaws
Vicki Cook lives in Pittsburgh PA with her daughter (Natalie), her rabbit, and her three cats (KC, Zelda, and Breckin). She has had Bunny for about 7 years, and they estimate that she’s about 9 years old. All three of her cats adopted her.  They were strays that showed up at her house over the past two years. She has done fundraising for various nonprofit organizations over the past 17 years, and her life goal is to make real difference by helping the organizations she cares about.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

My idea of perfect happiness is spending time with my daughter. I know it sounds corny, but it’s true. She’s a really neat person, and I’ve enjoyed watching her grow into a young woman.

If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be & why?

I would definitely come back as a cat who is owned by someone like me. I’d like to spend my days eating, sleeping and lying in the sun!

What is your pets more treasured possession?

Bunny’s most treasured possession is a rug in my bedroom. She spends most of her time there, and she’ll chase the cats off if they try to lay on it. KC loves to lay on my desk so I can’t see the computer screen. Zelda loves her Kong ducky, which she “catches” in the middle of the night when I’m trying to sleep. Breckin’s favorite place is my bed. He thinks that it really belongs to him, but he’s willing to share with me.

Your proudest achievement so far?

Besides being a mom, my proudest achievement is belonging to the “anipal” community on twitter. In the past 18 months I’ve watch it grow and develop into a real positive force. It’s amazing the amount of money that has been raised through this group through pawpawties, the Santa Paws Drive, mini-pawties, and nipclub.

Who are your heroes in real life?

Two of my real life heroes are Caroline Golon (@romeothecat) and Lynn Haigh (@frugaldougal). Caroline started monthly Furpower challenges on her blog, and Lynn created the pawpawty concept. I had the pleasure of meeting them both at BlogPaws 2010 in April. They are both creative, fun people and they are great examples of how to “Be the Change”.

Many Faces of Cleo


My female got a little snap happy with the camera this weekend. Because she clearly adores me, I give her a long leash before I stop working it for the camera.


Since it is too hard for me to hide the fact that I love the weekends because it usually means my whole pack is together for a long time - here are my expressions of joy.


Now this last is just embarrassing don't you think? It's not at all flattering for me and if I was a little younger, I might have self esteem issues. Fortunately what comes with age (yes I'm a senior dog) is that I'm pretty comfortable with my chicken breath looks...

Friday Friend - Bagel Dog

Isn't she sweet? This adorable pup was the nicest and most patient while waiting for her female outside the bagel shop. We applaud anyone who stays focused yet without the drool when being hit by toasty, yummy smells. A tip of the paw to you!