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When Your Cats Don’t Get Along: Author Brenda Kwon Discusses Life with Her “Catty” Girls

by Brenda Kwon I’ve never liked the word “catty.” It’s always felt sexist to me. I mean, men can compete, insult each other, and fight physically. So why, when women do it, are they likened to cats hissing, scratching, and biting? “Catty” is one of those words that can launch me into a lecture about the way language reveals bias—in this case, in the area of gender.  And that is exactly why I’m so conflicted right now.  Because I live with two cats who more or less hate each other. And they’re both female. Mila and I found each other outside a mall restaurant where she charmed the workers into feeding her chicken and sausage every day. She wasn’t part of a colony, and she…

Calvin & Susie June Newsletter

Aloha everyone, In the June newsletter, we are proud to introduce everyone to Calvin & Susie Hawaii Animal Foundation.  We’ve been working hard to set-up our non-profit charitable foundation to aid animals in need.  We also have the upcoming Anesthesia-Free dental dates and information about new products in stores, have a happy June!   Mahalo, Calvin & Susie Team

What We’ve Been Up To: Calvin & Susie Hawaii Animal Foundation

When Calvin & Susie opened its doors in 2010, we had a lot of goals. We wanted to take the guesswork out of feeding your beloved pets. We wanted pet parents to take comfort in the fact that we hadn’t blindly stocked ourselves with well-marketed pet foods, but rather with foods that we had researched and reviewed. We believed, and still believe that every pet can eat in a wholesome way that directly correlates to their well-being. Well-being. The well-being of animals has always been our impetus. The desire for animal well-being, or welfare, extends beyond the food and products on our shelves. From the very beginning, along with good food for Oahu pets, our eye has been on improving the lives of animals who…

Calvin & Susie May Newsletter

Aloha everyone, Calvin & Susie is happy to present our May newsletter, featuring an article about the important issue of animal welfare. We also have the upcoming Anesthesia-Free dental dates, and we introduce 2 new Jerky dog treats to our original Calvin & Susie line.  We wish you a happy May! Mahalo, Calvin & Susie Team

How Can I Stand Up For the Welfare of Animals in America?

We in the Calvin & Susie community have noticed one thing that unites people from all political parties: animals. No matter who you voted for, where you get your news from, or even if you abstain from politics altogether, the compassion you feel toward animals helps you find common ground with your fellow humans. At Calvin & Susie, we truly believe that animal welfare defies party lines. Just look at all the presidents, Democrat or Republican, who have shared the White House with beloved dogs and/or cats? (Or birds or goats or badgers…true story.) Whether you agreed with his politics or not, I bet most of you would have to admit that Bo and Sunny Obama are pretty darn cute, and that sweet Barney and Miss…

Being a Cat Parent: How Miss Peanut Became Maddie

Welcome to the third installment of our ongoing series of Calvin & Susie Blogs on “Being a Dog Parent” or “Being a Cat Parent”. In this series we’ll share how we, the Calvin & Susie family, learned how to care for our pets. We’ve made some missteps along the way, and we’re still learning, but as people who are passionate about animals, we want to share the good stuff we’ve learned so far.  *** By Brenda Kwon Within a few days after Miss Peanut came home with me, I knew I’d made a mistake. She was a scraggly orange kitten with a funny walk and an empty eye socket. When I met her, she’d made a beeline for me and head-bumped me forcefully, purring loudly. …

Calvin & Susie April Newsletter

Aloha everyone, Calvin & Susie is happy to present our April newsletter, featuring an article about pet joint supplements. We also have the upcoming Anesthesia-Free dental dates, and we introduce 2 new lines of dog food and treats available at both stores. Finally, we have a short message from Calvin & Susie family member and Kapahulu manager Jo. We wish you a happy April! Mahalo, Calvin & Susie Team

Pet Joint Supplements 101

Many of us see our darling dogs and cats as our “forever babies”. No matter how old they get, no matter how grey their muzzles turn, we continue to adoringly call them “pup” or “kitten”. I called my cranky senior cat, “Baby Girl” well into her teens – 70s in human years. My dog was “Hey pup!” all through his 15 spunky years. And while may of our senior pets remain young at heart, stiff, achey joints can be one of the first things to slow them down. Luckily there a lot of products out there that can not only slow the deterioration of their joints, but can even repair them to some degree. And when I say there are a lot, I mean there really are…

Being a Dog Parent: Stocking Your Dog’s First-Aid Closet

Welcome to the second installment of our ongoing series of Calvin & Susie Blogs on “Being a Dog Parent” or “Being a Cat Parent”. In this series we’ll share how we, the Calvin & Susie team, learned how to care for our pets. We’ve made some missteps along the way, and we’re still learning, but as people who make pet care our profession, we want to share with you the good stuff we’ve learned so far. Read the first post, on how the Calvin & Susie Blogger learned to feed her cat, here.  This week’s post comes from our owner and founder, Alli.  —— Do you have a dog closet?  For me, it’s a full-height utility/storage closet in my laundry room. From top to bottom it’s…

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