Sew Many Passions!
You can't have too many cats or too much fabric!

PASSION: I love to share product reviews! After taking a break I am back to help others find great products! I love doing DIY home projects! WORK: I'm an office manager for three businesses under one roof. The bulk of my work is in logistics and freight. COMMITMENT: CATS... I've become a Professional Cat Wrangler! DREAMS: As I near retirement, I have enough machines and fabric to start my own sewing business!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Blessings of the Beast! Pet Odors!

I take care of 20 cats... most are outside, but I let some in whenever they want. But that isnt the reason for a new product I discovered. Recently, I had a bag of dog food in my car that I was feeding a homeless dog with. While at work, I forgot to roll my window up. There are quite a few feral cats there, and an old Tom decided to help himself to my dogfood.

Upon licking his chops (I presume!) he "blessed the whole car with his scent! The nerve of him! I assume he smelled my dog in there and wanted to let him know that he ate all his food! LOL. I treated it with Febreeze and pulled a towel out of my trunk to drive home. I used a product I have called OdoBan that I get at WalMart in the cleaning isle.

Click the pic for the product website!

Product Benefits

* Eliminates Smoke Odors
* Cleans, Disinfects & Deodorizes
* Controls Garbage Area Odors
* Safe for Use on Washables
* OdoBan is not a Masking Agent
* Use on Pet Odors

That just didnt seem to cut it, but I kept using it several times a day. I do like it for regular animal cleanups though so maybe I just didnt use enough?? OdoBan has a Eucalyptus Scent, is an air freshener, fabric freshener, and kills 99.99% of germs! Its a staple in my house for regular cleaning.

A few days later, my son had taken my car down to my moms, but upon returning he left the windows down for the night. I had warned the boys that all the stray males in our neighborhood would do the same thing, especially since the first Blessing of the Beast was from a totally different neighborhood! Sure enough, I went out the next morning to leave for work and bailed right back out! I sprayed it down, re-toweled my seat then headed for work, leaving the windows cracked to air out. After work I went to WalMart and checked the pet isle to find a new product:

OUT! Multi-Cat Urine Odor Destroyer.

Click the pic for the product website!


* Permanently removes pet urine, vomit, feces, spilled foods and more
* Effective on old or new stains and odors
* Unique natural bacterial enzyme formula
* Use on carpets, pet bedding, upholstery, concrete and other water-safe surfaces

It worked very well. Unfortunately, my son did it again the next week and the inside of my car was sprayed for a third time! My mother's cat was the culprit this time... he laid there about 10 feet from my car, cleaning his privates and legs, and looking up to smirk at me in between licks. I just glared at him and mumbled under my breath about my mother criticizing me in the past for (back then) not getting my cats fixed... and I pay the price now for her hipocrisy! It's a good thing I am a cat lover! And a good thing my mother has a new car! He would have been returned home quite quickly, and I might have decided HER car needed to be aired out! :)

Thank goodness I had vowed to keep towels on all the seats... which helped with the cleanup. I totally saturated ALL the fabric in the car, and used paper towels to wipe ALL the plastic surfaces down. It seemed to do the trick.

People with a sensitive nose can pick up on the smell but only slightly. Its only been a couple weeks, and I have not retreated. **Note to self: Do one more treatment in the a.m.** I added some of the OUT! to the washer with the detergent and let them soak while I was at work. They came out just fine. I also added a little fabric softener to the rinse just for good measures!

The scent of the OUT! is hard to describe. The only thing I can say is it is a neutral scent, yet with a "industrial" smell. I prefer the OdoBan scent all in all, but OUT! truly is a neutral scent. It says it combines enzymes and pro-bacteria to combat urine odors once and for all. It can be added to carpet cleaning machines as well. My cat litter room isnt the best of surfaces, so I spray the room down several times a week and it has made a difference.

Hope you can find it to test out. Let me know what you think of it if you try it out.

And dont forget to click on the Coupon to print out!
OUT! coupon
You have to enter your name and info, but then you can save the coupon PDF to print as many as you like.

And for one more product I do use regular is Clorox Cleanup in a spray bottle.

I have several rooms that are just plywood subfloors. If I see there is a pet-mess, I spray it on and let it set a minute. The area that has urine that may not quite be visible will turn white... sort of like peroxide in a way. It really helps find hidden pet urine. I wipe it up, spray again and let sit about 5 minutes to soak in, wipe it, then do a final spray and wipe. This is a great product as well... but oh the bleach odor! Make sure you ventilate if you use very much at a time!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Agencies That Can Help Injured Animals National & State

How many of us have come across an injured animal or bird. A kitten or puppy, or turtle, wondering by the roadside. An abandoned bird's nest. Injured raccoons, squirrels, birds and other "wild things". Who do we turn to for advice and treatment? While many vets are able, and probably willing, they are sometimes unable to assist, either because of funding and/or time.

This is a listing of "unique" organizations that may be able to help solve your dilemma. It includes Veterinary Schools, Zoos, and other national and local groups that help protect the unprotected.

Phone Numbers Every Pet Owner Should Have

These toll numbers are not only important; they can help to save lives.

National Pet Recovery Hotline: 1-800-984-8638. Whenever your pet is lost, this is one of your first places of help to report your missing friend. This 24-hour service will help you to locate your pet. Lost pets usually end up in an animal shelter before the county or city steps in. Members pay $25.00 for the lifetime of the pet or $55.00 to find the pet for free and non-members pay $50 and above.

Legal Hotline: 1-800-555-6517. "I think my neighbors are abusing their pet. Can I do any thing to stop them?" Here is the number to call. To know your rights and how to go about expressing your displeasures, this number is for you. But try not to call because you don't that like someone's method of training his or her dog. Animal Legal Defense Fund help with landlord-tenant issues, vet problems, neglect and any form of abuse.

National Animal Poison Control Center : 1-888-426-4435. In a life-and-death situation when every minute counts for your cat, dog or other pet, this 24-hour manned emergency number is your pet lifesaver. Sponsored in part by 36 different companies along with a $45.00 charge for consultation.

Emergency Disaster Hotline: 1-800-227-4645. Provided by the American Humane Association, this number is your first point of call in earthquake preparedness for your pets or any disaster, what to do and where to go. They provide support and relief information.

Pet Loss Support Hotline: 1-888-478-7574. Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine provides a source for emotional support for those who have lost an animal friend or are anticipating the loss of their pet. Veterinary students at the college man this free service. A 24-hour touch phone line where you can leave a message and someone will return your phone call. Seven days a week 6:00pm-9:00pm CST , May to August, Wednesdays and Fridays 6:00pm-9:00pm . This free service is funded by the Iams Company and dedicated in memory of Krista Rankin who organized the initial

Spay Helpline: 1-800-248-SPAY. One way to prevent several unwanted lovely pets from ending up in shelters or destroyed is to spay or neuter them. Thousands of abandoned and unwanted pets are euthanized yearly due to over irresponsible breeding and other factors. So before you consider giving off your pet to the shelter, this organization can help you. SPAY USA provides free or low cost services to all. Call them for an appointment and locations of over 950 programs and clinic nationwide. Your local Shelters also help in providing similar services.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

My Graphic Design Company: Lambitious Creations

My website will be online this Fall 2008:

I am teaching myself Adobe Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Illustrator.
I am starting to design some websites right now, and they will be online soon.

If you have any design needs, feel free to contact me at:

You can view my work I have designed with Flash here:
(sites designed by Steven Law)
(Todd Allen's Hollywood Films Business Website)
(Written/Directed/Produced by Steven Rollins
and Co-Produced by Todd Allen)
This website supports:
The Relief Fund for Children of Fallen Soldiers

More Flash files will be added throughout this year.
Check back for updated listings.

Things My Mother Taught Me

(I designed the comment above, but below is something I had saved in my computer. Source Unknown.)

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE .
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL.
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you into the middle
of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC.
" Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you're not going
to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you're in an accident."

7. My mother taught me IRONY
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS .
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM.
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER .
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE.
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who
don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE.
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR .
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS .
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU" !!!

Pawprints On The Heartland (Pls Spay & Neuter!)

I put together this bulletin to let people know of the wonderful service that is provided in the SE KS and SW MO area for animals that need spayed or neutered. Some of the information is pulled off their website.


Prevention, not destruction.

Pawprints on the Heartland is a non-profit organization located in Southeast Kansas, that provides spay and neuter surgery at a low and affordable price. Basic fee is $35 for Spay/Neuter but in some areas, free or reduced prices are available for low income, disabled or elderly clients.

Call (toll free) 1-877-887-7729 or 1-620-232-6836, after 2:00 pm to make an appointment or for more information.

Who we are:
Pet overpopulation is an enormous problem across America and in Southeast Kansas. Spaying and Neutering pets is the safest, and simplest way of preventing animals from from reproducing. Pawprints on the Heartland makes it both affordable and accessible.

The Pawprints Frank and Isabelle Rinehart low-cost spay/neuter van hit the road on January 27, 2000. With one licensed veterinarian and two vet techs, to date has, spayed or neutered, over 23,000 pets in the Southeast Kansas area, eliminating millions of unwanted animals.

Pawprints operates in five counties in Southeast Kansas and two counties in Missouri.

Our Mission:
To maintain a program that combats the problems of pet overpopulation in Southeast Kansas by providing the spay/neuter surgery at a reduced cost, therefore making it affordable and convenient for residents throughout the SEK area.

In cooperation with the SEK Humane Society, the ultimate goal of Pawprints is to maintain a no-kill animal shelter and provide a loving home for every animal in the area.

Your Help Is Very Much Needed!!
In the last few years Pawprints has received a majority of its financing through local donations and various grants. However, at this time these grantors are closing much of their funding requiring Pawprints to seek financing through local donors and entities to continue to operate.

Pawprints has made a huge difference in southeast Kansas and its surrounding communities. Over 28,000 pets have been spayed and neutered, having far-reaching effects on the pet overpopulation problem.

A three year fund-raising goal of $150,000 was set last year to keep the Pawprints van in operation. So far we have raised over $48,000 and we still need your help for the coming years to continue to provide these very necessary services.

We are asking that you please open your heart and your checkbook for these animals and our community. You can help make a difference!!!!

Please send donations to Pawprints on the Heartland.

Thank you in advance for helping provide a better future for these poor animals. Their only hope is you!!!

Pawprints on the Heartland

P.O. Box 644

Pittsburg, Ks 66762

1-877-887-7729 (toll free)

1-620-232-6836 (local)


Note from:

Kelly a.k.a PAWS of SEK on MySpace

The donations sent to Pawprints helps provide financial assistance to those on low income who care for stray cats and dogs like myself. This company has agreed to help me with Spay and Neuter at an even lower cost in regards to my income level. Vouchers can be obtained by sharing your income information and also based on the number of stray animals you are caring for. This company also helps owners of personal pets as well.

At the requested $35 per animal, that in itself is a more than generous price to have your animals altered. A visit to the vet for this (and vaccinations are required) cost over $100.

To anyone that has made donations to this company, Thank You. I'm sure my two momma cats appreciate the fact of not having to care for two litters of kittens per year anymore... sometimes three... but I am more grateful than they are I'm sure !! Many other individuals and families have been aided to help spay and neuter their animals or strays that they have helped.

Animals are healthier when Spayed and Neutered. By spaying the females I have, this has helped ease my financial situation with the cost of food and litter, and sometimes medicines/supplies needed for their care.

Please make donations to this company... it benefits the Health of the Animal and eases financial burden of the care-takers... that have Too Big Of Hearts to turn them away !! Thanks !!

I have used their services before and was very pleased with the cleanliness and sanitary conditions inside this van as I looked inside. A rabies shot was also included in the price the last time I used their services... I am not sure about that at this time.

My animals have never had a problem once the surgeries were performed. My animals recovered from the surgery in a very short time and have been very healthy because of these services provided.

A personal goal for myself is to be able to make donations to this company in the future when my finances are in order by supporting myself with my Graphic Design skills. I am very grateful to the team that has taken on this mission.

Thank You Pawprints !!

For other states that provide these services, check this link that lists the states at the Bottom of the Page:

Also available on Love That Cat: