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The Cat vs. The Dog

At Awakenings today we are celebrating Li’l Woofer Day,
aka National Puppy Day!

Puppy_FaceEven though catnip leans toward the cat, of course, whether a cat lover or dog lover, who could not love that face! Dogs have been labeled ‘man’s best friend’ but that is a matter of opinion. Whether teeny, tiny or great big overgrown sweeties, they do know when they are loved. We hug, they slobber!

So, on ‘Woofer Day’ here is a bit of trivia, Dog vs. Cat: [Dog is first only because today is his/her day!]

Living area preferences

  • Dog people are 30 percent more likely to live in a rural area.

  • Cat people are 29 percent move likely to live in an urban area.

Animal rescue leanings

  • Dog people are 67 percent more likely to call animal control if they find stray kittens.

  • Cat people are 21 percent more likely to rescue the stray kittens.


  • Dog people are 36 percent more likely to use a popular song as a ringtone.

  • Cat people are 11 percent more likely to have contacts in both their cellphone and a physical address book.


  • Dog people are 24 percent more likely to have kids.

  • Cat people are 33 percent more likely to prefer taking care of a friend’s kids than a friend’s dogs.

Favorite Beatle (NOT Beagle)?

  • Dog people are 18 percent more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle.

  • Cat people are 25 percent more likely to consider George Harrison their favorite Beatle.

What makes you laugh

  • Dog people are 30 percent more likely to enjoy slapstick humor and impressions.

  • Cat people are 21 percent more likely to enjoy ironic humor and puns.

Random facts

  • Dog people are 9 percent more likely to think of zoos as happy place.

  • Cat people are 10 percent more likely to be active on Twitter.

Source: Mother Nature Network

For all the woofer lovers,


Don’t forget to visit Awakenings, info, video and poetry!


Spring is HERE!

To all my family, friends, followers and visitors, wishing you a glorious SPRING! Here is a bouquet of Spring flowers for everyone to enjoy and share if you like!


Visit catnip’s sister site, Awakenings, for What’s happenin’! on this day…

What were your first signs of Spring?


Awakenings: Awkward Moments

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Have you ever found yourself in a totally awkward, meaning AWKWARD!, moment—that moment when ‘you wished you could wish‘ yourself back in time?  Wiggle your nose and vanish to a new location, new place in time? Blink your eyes and the entire event simply disappear in a flash? Such moments happen all the time usually when completely unexpected to some folks, of course, more than others.

Today you get to celebrate all of those moments you once wished at the time the ground would simply open up and swallow them to oblivion. Why? Because…

Today is…National Awkward Moments Day

Sharla Shults‘s insight:
Dare to share? There IS a comment section! What is your most awkward moment?

For me, it has to be when I was still a classroom teacher. It was on a day, of course, when the Assistant Principal entered my room for an unannounced observation. He quietly took a seat and almost fell out of the chair when I calmly instructed the students to take out their ‘workshits!’ OOPS! I meant to say worksheets! AW-w-w-wKWARD! 

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Awakenings: Maine: Beacons by the Sea

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This Day in History: March 15, 1820

Maine (the Pine Tree State, also commonly known as the Lighthouse State) became the 23rd state on this day as part of the Missouri Compromise. This geographically limited the spread of slavery and enabled the admission to statehood of Missouri the following year, keeping a balance between slave and free states. The state motto of Maine is Dirigo (Latin for “I Direct” or “I Lead”).

Lighthouses, sea coastal living and lobsters are the most common associations with Maine.
Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Maine is one of few states that has a designated cat. Every heard of the Maine Coon Cat? Check it out @Awakenings!

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Awakenings: Barbie’s Debut

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Today in History, March 9, 1959

Today is one of the few days of celebration to which a reason for this particular day actually exists. This Day in History, March 9, 1959, is the date when an 11-inch doll with a waterfall of blond hair made her debut, her name…Barbie!

Do you know Barbie’s REAL story? Have you ever seen the real-life Ken and Barbie who by the way actually do NOT like each other?

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Barbie has become a global icon of many faces with some body changes throughout her career. She has even acquired different cultural identities. Barbie remains, however, a fashion doll, unlike her predecessors, the baby dolls.

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Awakenings: Getting Nuttier with Chocolate!

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Today is…Chocolate Peanut Cluster Day

Yep! Another food holiday…not just any food but chocolate…not just chocolate but chocolate swirling over, under, around and through salty peanuts! WOW! With all the chocolate and nutty days already celebrated, what is one more? Right? Dieting went to pot during Thanksgiving and Christmas now the push for chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate is making weight watching almost an impossibility.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Check out the recipes for Chocolate Cluster-Peanut Butter Cake, Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters, One Perfect Bite: Chocolate Peanut Cluster! Try creating small clusters to use when decorating cupcakes and desserts, especially yummy when sprinkled over vanilla ice cream!

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Awakenings: Chocolate Strikes Again!

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Today is…

White Chocolate Cheesecake Day


Cheesecake. Just saying the word makes one’s mouth water. What can make cheesecake even better? Adding a chocolate crust? Drizzling it with chocolate? Making the whole thing from chocolate, of course! There’s no better dish to dedicate a day for celebration – especially since it involves eating it. Whoever decided to start White Chocolate Cheesecake Day must have been a big fan of this tasty dessert. Then, who isn’t?

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Is your mouth watering yet? Get to work and get it made! Call some friends over and celebrate together!

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Awakenings: Send a Hug to a GI!

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Today is…

National Hug a GI Day

Whether you send a hug, give a hug, or offer a handshake, one is just as important as the other! While today is set aside as a special day of celebration, don’t limit this one to just today. Show your appreciation for all who serve/have served in the military…today, tomorrow, everyday to come!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

 Show your appreciation for all who serve/have served in the military…today, tomorrow, everyday to come!

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Awakenings: Vermont: Magical Landscapes of Green

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This Day in History: March 4, 1791

On March 4, 1791 Vermont became the 14th state as the politics of slavery threatened to divide the United States. Vermont’s nickname The Green Mountain State is a direct relationship to the Green Mountains mountain range, which runs south to north specifically within this U.S. state. It is home to many beautiful and natural wonders being truly one of those green magical places. Vermont is the leading producer of maple syrup in the U.S.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Find yourself, lose yourself, anything goes
Take off your shoes, exercise your toes
Run the hills, fields, everything in between
Bathe in the magical landscapes of green

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Awakenings: Another Nutty Celebration!

The Power of the Pistachio

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Today is…

The topic of nuts started yesterday, February 25 with its celebration being National Chocolate Covered Nut Day, aka National Chocolate Covered Peanut Day. This led to the Goober Pea Meets the Vendor.  How surprising to find that today continues with a different nut so we get to enjoy another nutty celebration and learn the power of the pistachio!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Check out the recipes for Pistachio Ice Cream, Pistachio Cake and Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes! YUM-YUM-YUMMY!

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