Dorian Wagner is the self-proclaimed Queen of Cute and author of YourDailyCute.com.
She loves all things fluffy and furry, especially her two cats, Pimp
She has a special place in her heart for needy animals, and last year, spearheaded the first annual Santa Paws Drive, a virtual toy drive dedicated to bringing shelter pets worldwide toys and joy for the holiday season. Oh, and she keeps a giant bag of dry cat food, cans of wet food and a bag of bird seed in her car trunk at all times -- because you never know when you might come across a hungry stray friend.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness is waking up to both my cats snuggled next to me in bed on a beautiful weekend beach day. Then, after a good cup of coffee and a lazy few hours at the beach, making the rounds to feed all the "parking lot cats" I feed every day at my office, heading to the gym and finally coming home to crash in bed with my two kitties again. Full circle! :)
If you could come back as a dog or a cat, which one would it be & why?
Definitely a cat. Cats are like royalty. They are supremely spoiled, well fed, petted and doted upon and have somehow managed to convince us all that the most important thing in their lives is a nice sun puddle and a comfy spot to catnap.
What is your pets most treasured possession?
Pimp's most treasured possession is any one of his four cat beds. He
uses each of them everyday, at key intervals, making sure he gets a good
amount of time in each. Four beds! Like I said about cats... spoiled.
Moo's most treasured possession is a stuffed alligator toy. He moves it
around the house every day (although I have never catch him actually
doing it!), but always like he's offering it to me like a present. It's
always on top of some piece of clothing of mine...
Your proudest achievement so far?
My proudest achievement so far is honestly coming up with and working
with two friends (Lynn, @frugaldougal's mom of pawpawty fame and Salina
to launch Santa Paws Drive last year. We raised cash donations as well
as toys and treats to bring the holidays to the dogs and cats at six
different shelters worldwide who weren't lucky enough to have a forever
home and a family to celebrate with. It was a ton of work, but truly a
labor of love. I believe we raised about $7,000 total!
Who are your heroes in real life?
Not too long ago, I probably would have answered with the generic "my parents," and while they are certainly wonderful, I've realized a whole new set of heroes out there -- those people who go out of their way and above and beyond what most normal people would do to help animals. Those who spay and neuter feral cats, those who foster animals who would otherwise have nowhere to go, those who raise money and rescue dogs and cats from kill shelters.
A hero, to me, is as simple as someone who stops to save a wandering kitten or as involved as someone who dedicates their lives to running a non-profit shelter. There are so many heroes out there, and I look up to every single one of them!