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12 Songs Inspired by Cats and Dogs

cat dog songs lizBy Linda Cole

In Roman and Greek mythology, the nine Muses were daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. Each goddess presided over the different arts and sciences, symbolizing artistic inspiration in writing, poetry and song. Some musicians found their muse in their pets. Below are 12 songs inspired by cats and dogs; each title links to the song on YouTube, so grab yourself a snack and have a listen!

Delilah – by Queen

Freddie Mercury, front man for the band Queen, adored cats. Most of his kitties were adopted from shelters. Mercury would call home when on tour to talk to each cat. His felines played an important role in his life and inspired his music. “Delilah” was written by Mercury as a tribute to one of his favorite cats, a tortoiseshell with an assertive personality. She was without a doubt the most famous Mercury cat. Album: “Innuendo” 1991.

CATcerto – by Mindaugas Piecaitis

If you are a fan of Nora the Piano Cat, you will love this piano piece for chamber orchestra composed and conducted by Mindaugas Piecaitis, featuring Nora on the keyboard. CATcerto was performed in 2009 by the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra with conductor Piecaitis, who composed the piece for Nora.

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Who Are Those Dogs in the Subaru Commercials?

subaru dogs paulaBy Linda Cole

Subaru has been airing TV commercials featuring cute dogs for quite some time. Their newest ad series features the “Barkley’s,” a family of three Golden Retrievers and one Yellow Labrador Retriever. The commercials definitely put a smile on your face as the adorable canine family “acts out” common everyday driving experiences in five different ads. What makes the commercials work is how the director of the ads was able to portray the dogs spoofing humans. So, who are those dogs in the Subaru commercials?


At five years of age when the commercials were made, Auggie is a purebred Golden Retriever and plays the Doggy Dad perched behind the steering wheel of his Subaru. When not driving the family around town, he spends his time at home on a farm in Canada with 10 siblings, although he isn’t related to any of them. He loves stuffed animals and is often seen carrying one around. Auggie isn’t a newcomer to TV commercials. He has an impressive resume under his collar already, with roles in other commercials, TV shows and movies.

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Clicker Training Your Cat

clicker train martijnBy Julia Williams

Not many people use the words “training” and “cat” in the same sentence. The myth that cats are untrainable is firmly entrenched in society’s mind, right up there with the false belief that all felines are aloof and unloving. The truth is, most cats are perfectly capable of learning, but most people don’t have the patience, the knowledge, or both.

Is it harder to train a cat than a dog? I’m no expert, but I’d say yes because dogs are typically more eager to please us, which makes them more receptive to learning. I doubt anyone could train a cat using only praise as a reward. Treats are the way to get a cat’s attention.

I became interested in clicker training after watching videos of highly trained felines doing basic stuff  like sitting and touching a target with its nose, as well as fun tricks such as the high five, paw shake and hoop jump. “If these kitties can learn, so can you!” I said enthusiastically to my three cats, who didn’t bat an eye and promptly went back to sleep. Apparently they’d need some convincing. Oh, and lots of CANIDAE cat treats. Rule number one: never embark on a cat training expedition without a stockpile of the cat treats your kitty loves.

Next on the list: a clicker. You won’t get far trying to clicker train your cat without one. Although some say you can use a ballpoint pen, the click doesn’t seem loud enough to me to really get their attention. Clickers are inexpensive, though – I paid a whopping $1.99 for mine.
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Funny Cat Videos That Will Make You Meow Out Loud

By Julia Williams

It’s no secret that watching cat videos on the internet is a favorite pastime for many. Remember, this entertaining time waster is so popular nowadays that hordes of feline fanatics flock to internet cat video screenings across the U.S. to watch the videos together, on a big screen (cat attire optional). But thankfully, you don’t need vacation days or travel plans to watch funny cat videos from home on your own computer.

Since Facebook is a virtual water cooler for work-at-home people like me, I see my fair share of funny cat videos. OK, more than my fair share. There are worse ways to take a “comic relief” break from work, right? Plus, laughter is good for the soul. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Here are some of my favorite, recently viewed YouTube videos of cats doing funny things. Enjoy!

Cat plays peek a boo

Cat imitates boxers on TV

This kitten just wants to play – why does he get the cold shoulder?

A compilation of epic jumping fails

Cat drinks from water cooler (this could get expensive)

Cats versus the mirror, vacuum cleaner, an aquarium, their own tail, a lizard and more

A game of one potato, two potato gone wrong

Three cats watch tennis on TV

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The 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival

catvidfest 1By Julia Williams

I’ve never been to Minnesota, but I’ve wanted to go ever since the shopping mecca known as the Mall of America opened. Now I have another reason, a much more compelling one actually, to add this fine state to my travel bucket list – Minneapolis, MN is where the annual Internet Cat Video Festival takes place!

The What??!

Yes, I heard you say that. This is likely what I also thought the first time I heard about the Internet Cat Video Festival, aka Catvidvest. Now I just say … what a great idea! That, and why didn’t someone think of this sooner?  I mean, we all love to watch funny cat videos, right? What could be better than sharing the experience with thousands of other cat people?

catvidfest 3Catvidvest is billed as an “offline celebration of online cat videos.” The live festival offers feline fanatics an opportunity to come together to watch a curated collection of cat clips in a social setting. In other words, the Internet Cat Video Festival provides people like me a much- desired way to “be among my people,” i.e., those who adore cats and aren’t afraid to tell it to the world.

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Lights, Camera, Action: A CANIDAE® Video Contest!

Have you ever lost yourself in adorable YouTube videos? Do you follow your pet around with your camera phone? Do you enjoy watching others perform their best talents? Then our next contest is for you!

For the first time, CANIDAE® is holding a video contest. Whether it is your first time filming your pet, or you have a variety of videos already ready to go, we want to see what you’ve got.22393 CAN Video Contest-Instagram Thumbnail

The theme is “Talented Pets,” but as we all know, talent is in the eyes of the beholder. A dog’s bark can sound like singing, or a cat’s jump off the couch can look like they’re taking flight!

And, for the most talented pets, there is a prize to be won! This pawsome prize is—of course—FREE CANIDAE® kibble! Two lucky winners will receive six months of premium quality pet food.

All you have to do is visit the CANIDAE contest page on Facebook, enter the link to your video on YouTube, and submit your entry!

If you don’t already have your pet’s video on YouTube, visit
their website, drag and drop your video file, and upload. Easy enough!

Next, you’ll need to share the contest with your friends, since one of the prizes goes to the video with the most online votes. The other winner will be chosen by a panel of pet-loving judges from the CANIDAE® team, so even if you don’t get the most online votes, you still have a chance to win!

CANIDAE® Prizes to Be Awarded

6 FREE months of CANIDAE® dry food to the video with the most online votes

6 FREE months of CANIDAE® dry food to the video chosen by our pet-loving panel

Good luck! Or—should we say—break a leg!