Frankly Freddie – Spending money (on me) will make you happy

Dear Human-beings and critters with discretionary money.

Reading dry research is . . . dry.  If you don’t want to read this article, watch the video and . . .  buy me doggie treats so you feel JOYFUL.

There is scientific evidence that when you buy me treats you will feel good:  You probably think spending money on yourself makes you happy but this is NOT true.  

  1. In a series of experiments by Elizabeth Dunn and colleagues,employees were asked about their general happiness levels before and after receiving their annual bonus(2008). Regardless of the size of the actual bonus, employees who spent more of their bonus money on others or on charity reported greater general of happiness than those who spent more of it on themselves.

2. In another experiment, participants who were directed to spend a small amount of money on others (either $5 or $20) reported greater feelings of happiness than those who were directed to spend the same amounts on themselves. The dollar amount didn’t matter.  (Doggie treats cost $5 or $20)

Even human beings around the world get emotional benefits from using their financial resources to help others.  Data from 136 countries found that prosocial spending was consistently associated with greater happiness. (Lara Aknin and colleagues, 2010). 

Your Giving (to me) Brain

“Humans are social creatures, who depend on the ability to foster teamwork with others to survive. To this end, the human brain has a built-in reward system that manages how we interact with others: the neurotransmitter oxytocin.”

“With respect to the happiness that prosocial spending produces, oxytocin might have something to do with the intensity of the feeling. When we spend money on others, it’s usually on friends and family (I consider all you as FAMILY) who we consistently work to maintain good relationships with. When we spend money to help our friends and make our family smile, our brain rewards us for strengthening our social ties.”

In appreciation for your generosity,

Freddie Parker Westerfield, DCD

Deserving Canine Dog

and then send me treats.

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Frankly Freddie, Your Dog Can Help You Get A Better Night’s Sleep (parenthetically speaking)

Dear Human-beings, my faithful fans,

Some human-beings have a bit too much time on their hands, coming up with stupid studies to prove the obvious.  Here’s my evidence:

“According to the American Veterinary Association, currently, over 40 million American households have dogs. Among these households, 63 percent consider their pet dogs as a part of their family. (The other 37 percent are cat owners) However, many of them still are divided when it comes to having their furry family members sleep with them in the bedroom.”

“But, there’s a solution to the problem in a new study published this month, which said that having canine companions could actually improve the quality of your sleep. (Quality of sleep!? . . . we improve the quality of your LIFE) Although, there’s a catch. Letting them sleep in your bedroom is ok, but it doesn’t hold true if your dog is in the bed with you.”

A Mayo Clinic study, titled “The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment,” published in the September issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings  . . . , suggested that people might actually sleep better when their dogs are in the bedroom with them, meaning that shooing your furry friends off might not be such a good idea. (They needed a study to discover it’s not nice to “shoo”?)

The study was based on an examination of 40 people who owned dogs and didn’t suffer from any sleep disorders over the course of five months. They put accelerometers on both the dogs and the owners for seven nights for the study and then determined the results.  (Accelerometers?! – no wonder no one could sleep) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerometer

The study found that people had a greater sense of comfort and security when they allowed their dogs to sleep in the bedroom. The study also differentiated between the dog being on the bed or just simply in the bedroom. It found that owners with dogs on their beds suffered from lower sleep quality than normal.  (What the study didn’t say is that we Canine-dogs suffer from lower sleep quality than normal when humans are on the bed.  Humans kick and turn, hog the covers,  groan and snore. Their accelerometer is off the charts)  

The researchers also said that it is important to consider the limited sample size on which the study was conducted and also to note that none of the dogs examined were under six months old. Younger puppies have more energy and thus might be problematic if they let into the bedroom at night. Thus, further research is required to understand the association between letting your dog sleep in the bedroom or not.

(Further research is NOT needed.  All you need to do is ask your dog)

Frankly,

Freddie Parker Westerfield, SSCD

Sound Sleeping Canine Dog

http://www.ibtimes.com/your-dog-can-help-you-get-better-nights-sleep-study-2588111

Freddie’s Drawing 3 Winners – Mug on a Mug plus

Dear Jack, Human-being B.B.B. (Bounteous Beneficent Benefactor) and Charlie, Canine Dog,  

Jack, You are my new Fan Club PRESIDENT and Joyce (my former Fan Club President is now your Vice President in charge of membership.  For a list of your duties and obligations please click here:

Charlie’s MUG on a mug

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Dear Rick, Human-being,

Thank you for the inspiration of doing a “Follow your KNOWS” mug. We’ve had requests to buy products with pet’s, friends or relative’s pictures.

After some investigation  . . . “we” (the imperial “WE”, read Peggy) would be happy to create a mug, button, t-shirt etc. etc. with photo you send us.

If Zazzle makes it, we can decorate it!

Rick’s “mug” is proof:

Rick’s MUG on a mug-on-a-mug

“Follow your KNOWS” 

  Special Orders – Here’s how:

  1. Go to Zazzle and pick the product you wish your picture to be placed on.  Zazzle has tons of products – clothing, household, posters, . . .
  2. Send the picture and your choice of product via e-mail to   PeggyJudyTime@gmail.com
  3. We will notify you with instructions and a link to Zazzle. As soon as it’s ready you can . . . 
  4. . . . Go to ZAZZLE CATNIP Store to purchase it.  Zazzle will ship it directly to you or to the person you are gifting.

Zazzle has frequent promotions so your particular item will undoubtedly be on sale at some time.

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Dear Joyce, human-being, former Freddie Fan Club President and Current Vice President in Charge of Marketing,

Cookie Klenner is a runner-up since one of the drawing winners never responded! (and she looks like me)  

Cookie’s magnet mug

Frankly,

Freddie Parker Westerfield, S.C.B.M. & FDM

Senior Canine Blog Master and Free Drawing Meister

Freddie’s Mug on a Mug

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Frankly Freddie – No Trick, All Treat

It’s that time of year when my human-beings buy bags of candy in the pretext of passing it out on Halloween. Then they close all the curtains, turn off the lights and eat the candy themselves.

It’s also that time of year when Peggy & Judy revel in all things “gastly and ghoulish” but cover it up by only publicly displaying their drawings that are “sweet & lovable”

I’m putting their artistic endeavors up for sale on 

 Zazzle.com/catnipblog

“True Love is Seen Through the Heart” MUGS and More

All the proceeds go to buying me my own halloween treats which I shall eat on Halloween with the curtains closed and the lights out.

All the designs are on

  • Cups
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Mugs
  • AND special order (like t-shirts for real kids and adult kids)

Please buy a lot of these things because all we get is 5% of the sale and that doesn’t buy a lot of treats (human or canine).

Frankly,

Freddie Parker Westerfield, HMS

Head of Marketing & Sales

 

 

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Pawsitively Tuesday – Freddie’s Forewarning

 You can’t be vain

dancing in the rain

for it’s a sure bet

your paws’ll get wet

your fur will matt

and you’ll looked like

a drowned cat

 

 

Frankly Freddie – Sniffing Around

Frankly Freddie – Sniffing Around

CATNIP readership, is particularly well-read and accomplished, not to mention famous, as evidenced by the current group of winners.

I’ve done a bit of sniffing around and found that the winners of my subscriber drawing, in addition to a prize which will be arriving by mail from Catnip Zazzle store, deserve plugs for their accomplishments.

James Greco

James 

A published author and writes a blog –

https://fjamesgreco.wordpress.com/ Thoughts on writing, music, news, & politics”

He’s owned by Wicket, a Bichon-Poodle Canine Dog

Jacqui Murray

Jacqui

Published author and writes 3 blogs – One of which is Worddreams (if you are a teacher check out her other blogs) https://worddreams.wordpress.com/

Currently owned by a dog and 3 blogs

Vandi Clark  

Vandi

An actress, known for The Lathe of Heaven (1980), Snake with a Human Tail (2014) and Jack’s Bad Day (2010).

Currently owned by 1 dog and 5 cats. 

AND That’s NOT ALL.  

Peggy & Judy share appreciation for two people who donated their time and expertise to helping get CATNIP’s paws off the ground.  They instructed me to send them a thank-you gift from CATNIP Zazzle store too:

Sharon Bonin-Pratt

Not literally Shari

Writer & creative Artist, which is apparent by the creative picture on her blog.

Her blog is Ink Flare Blog  https://sharonboninpratt.wordpress.com/

Currently owned by Grandchildren

Shari spent a lot of time reading and critiquing CATNIP content, linking and formatting which helped Peggy & Judy look like they knew what they are doing. 

Ronna Skinner

Graphic designer extraordinaire 

Ronna

(who I thanked before but NOW she’ll get a thank you gift too!)

Ronna helped get the cats Peggy drew, safely perched onto the letters where they can play with “CATNIP” to their hearts content and make Peggy & Judy look professional.

If you want CATNIP gifts YOU should volunteer.

Frankly,

Freddie Parker Westerfield

Drawing Master

 

Frankly Freddie, You are a WINNER! Come on down.

Dear Human-beings who had the good sense, not to mention the intelligence, to subscribe to CATNIPblog

YOU CAME THROUGH FOR ME!  Treats galore! (not an obscure reference to Ian Fleming James Bond novel Goldfinger  but rather to the fact that this blog is dedicated to a “Pussy Cat Galore”).  I get one treat for every subscriber so keep them coming.  But I digress. . .

Tongue-lick’n good

Unless you are a blogger you might not know that every lick . . .  I mean click, every commenter, every subscriber is catalogued in the statistics.  Which makes my job much easier to keep track of who subscribed and how many treats I get. 

Here’s how I ran my subscriber contest:

  1. I assigned every subscriber a number.
  2. A random number generator on the Web gave me 3 numbers.
  3. I matched the randomly generated numbers to the subscriber number AND

Until now only Ernst & Young have known the winners.

TA DA!!!!

# 38 – http://fjamesgreco.wordpress.com  Come on down. You are a WINNER!

#22 –  vandi.clark Come on down.  You are a WINNER!

#47 – Jacqui Murray Come on down.  You are a WINNER!

If that’s you, e-mail my humans at PEGGYJUDYTIME@gmail.com*

with

  • Your name
  • Mailing address
  • Whether you are owned by a cat, dog or other critter.

You’ll get your treat via U.S. Postal Service as soon as Peggy & Judy get to the Post Office.

*E-mails must be received by Saturday, April 1st (no this is not an April Fool’s prank) or the next random person will be declared a winner and get your treat.

Frankly,

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDM

Certified Drawing Master

 

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