Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dogs, Pets, and the Best of 2011

A new year causes me to think about new goals. My goals for my blog are connecting with a community of pet lovers, and also to be useful to you. So, to celebrate 2011, here are some of my most useful posts from this year:  

On Animal Advocacy:

Co-founder of Petfinder Barks Back

* Blog the Change- Just say NO to Puppy Mills

* Adopt Me Because I Need You

* The Patrick Miracle- Positive Thoughts

On dieting and getting fit with your dog:

* Top 10 Things I Learned from Dieting with my Dog

* Kelly and My Weight Loss Before and After Shots

* Koly and Kelly's K9 Kamp

* My Bowl


On Our Bonds with Animals:

 * Reasons Why I Love You

* Pit Bull Healed with Love

* 32 Simple things You Do that Matter To Dogs

* The Magical Mystery Mutt Tour


On Great Reads:

* A Pug's Tale

* Animals and the Kids Who Love Them

* Seven Dogs in Heaven

* Spencer Quinn's The Dog Who Knew Too Much

* Zellwood

* and of course, Dieting with my Dog

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Happy New Year! Here's to a fantastic 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dog t-shirts for People

When I saw this cute t-shirt with a dog holding a heart, advertised on All Things Dog blog, I clicked on the image and visited the site about a million times, then I hinted to my husband that I would like the shirt for my Christmas gift.

Well, great guy that he is, he came through! But first, there was a little glitch. He filled out the forms to have the package shipped to a different address, so that the shirt would remain a secret. Unfortunately, the package arrived on our doorstep, very clearly marked from Freaky Dog People, and when I retrieved the mail, I saw it.

Disappointed that the surprise was ruined, my husband contacted the company. He wasn't expecting anything, but just wanted to let them know that there was a glitch in their ordering system. They responded promptly, and offered him another shirt of his choice to make up for the mistake.

Here is the second shirt I received!

We were both happy with their very generous response to the shipping error. And I look forward to wearing my cute new dog t-shirts! Thank you Freaky Dog People!

Lots of good stuff with dogs on it

I love it when everyone knows what I like...dogs! I got some PAWSOME doggy-related Christmas gifts.

Hallmark singing snowman and doggy...they're so cute!
Glass Earrings with dogs

This cute guy is handed down in the family.
Really cute t-shirt.
Isn't this unique?

Laurel Burch pillow

I love them! Thank you everyone!!
How about you? Did you get something dog-related for Christmas?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How long did the dog toys last?

Kelly got 3 new toys for Christmas: a canvas newspaper with crinkly stuff inside, a heavy duty Hartz Angry Bird flying disc, and a ball with feet. She was so excited opening her presents!

Here they are about 20 minutes later.

Kelly: "All in a day's work!"

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pawsome Mr. Chewy

I never considered ordering Kelly's dog food before. I mean, wouldn't that be inconvenient?

Well...I tried it and turns out I was wrong. I visited this cool site called Mr. Chewy and discovered that ordering pet food can be easy, quick, convenient, and even less expensive than buying it in the store.

Mr. Chewy's site is user-friendly. Photos help you identify all those different bags of dog food easily. You can narrow your selection by brand, lifestages, or other categories such as Organic, Grain Free, or Weight Control. And, the check-out process is simple.

Did I say quick? I ordered my food on a Wednesday, and shortly received an email confirmation. My order was broken into two parts. The very next day a box of dog treats arrived on my doorstep. And in only 2 days, a huge box containing a 35 pound bag of dog food arrived!

 No standing in lines! No fighting traffic! No lugging a heavy bag of dog food! I didn't even have to get up from my chair! Okay, now that's convenient! You can even arrange for automatic delivery based on a schedule you set up.
 Plus, Mr. Chewy carries more than 70 brands of pet food and treats including:
Science Diet
Taste of the Wild
Honest Kitchen
and more!

Check out their prices for yourself! And, shipping is free with orders of $49 or more!

 Why else should you order from Mr. Chewy?
Mr. Chewy's Donation Program is great! For everyone you refer to their site who makes a purchase, Mr. Chewy will donate $10 to a pet charity of that person's choice!(Your referrals get 10% off their first order, too!)

Before this experience, I never even thought about ordering Kelly's dog food. I mean, why not just keep doing things the same way I've done them? Now, Mr. Chewy may just have changed my mind! Mr. Chewy has my vote for a pawsome pet food site that certainly delivers as promised!

We were contacted by a representative of Mr., a new online pet retailer, to write a review of their ordering process in exchange for a gift card to their site. We received one bag of dog treats and a 30 lb bag of food (courtesy of Mr. Chewy) and asked for our honest opinion of their service. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Thank you to everyone for making this year a successful one for my first book. And Merry Merry Christmas to all from me and Kelly!
Peggy and Kelly

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Six Ways to Help Shelter Dogs this Holiday

Kelly sends luv to all shelter dogs and cats.
1. Adopt, if the time and circumstances are right for you.

2. Give a shelter dog or cat as a gift, if the recipient is in on the decision and the time and circumstances are right.

3. Foster a shelter pet. There's no place like a home for the holidays.

4. Volunteer to cuddle, play with and walk shelter dogs.

5. Donate food to a local shelter.

6. Donate toys to a shelter. Wouldn't those dogs love a new toy to play with, to brighten their holiday?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Not so Grinchy Paws for Thought

Saturday Pet Blogger Hop

Paws for Thought:

"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more." ~ Dr. Suess

Friday, December 16, 2011

Toy Poodles Prized for Police Work

Photo courtesy Wall Street Journal and Miyamoto Pet Dog Training Center
What type of dogs come to mind when you think of police dogs? German shepherds? Labrador retrievers? Maybe a rottweiler?

What about a toy poodle?

A pair of toy poodles are set to join a Japanese police search and rescue squad as early as January, after passing the local police dog test earlier this month. The dogs, Karin and Fuga, weigh only about 6 pounds each. Other small breed dogs on the force are a chihuahua, a miniature schnauzer and a Japanese Shiba.

Small dogs have the advantage of being able to search in tight spaces and to gain access to collapsed buildings where heavier dogs couldn't go.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, Natsue Miyamoto, who runs the Miyamoto Pet Dog Training Center in Tottori city, says, “I hope that this will show that not all police dogs have to be big and scary types like German Shepherds, but that small cute dogs can also do the work of a police dog.”

Thursday, December 15, 2011

If your dog goes missing...

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LostDogHQ. All opinions are 100% mine.

Recently one of my good friends, and several blog friends, have experienced having their dog escape or break away, and spent many heartbreaking days looking for their lost dogs. I can't imagine the worry of not knowing where Kelly was, wondering if she was hurt, worrying about her running into traffic. If Kelly went missing, I know I'd do just about anything to find her I've heard of PetAmberAlert and how they could help locate a lost dog. That's why I was interested in learning more about PetAmberAlert. Does it really work? How does it work? Has it helped reunite people with their pets?

Does it really work?

PetAmberAlerts reports an 85% success rate if the alert goes out in the first week, 75% success rate if the alert goes out after 2 weeks.

How does it work?

PetAmberAlerts Pet Finder system will send phone and poster alerts with photos, descriptions and details to neighbors, veterinarians, animal control, animal shelters, hospitals, pet stores and rescue volunteers within 10 to 100 mile radius of where the pet was last seen. A pet detective will follow up on leads for both lost dogs and lost cats.

Has it helped people reunite with their pets?

According to the website, many people have been helped by PetAmberAlerts. Here are some success stories.

There is an cost for the service. But if your pet goes missing, it would be extremely helpful to have this company sending out the fliers, making the phone calls, and contacting everyone possible, while you scoured the streets and searched your neighborhood, and/or also made sure you were at home if your pet returned.

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Dogs Have Angels Too Book Review

Could you relate to a woman who has lost her job, divorced her husband, is down on her luck, but loves dogs? This new book, Dogs Have Angels Too, by Sarah Cavallaro, is the tale of just such a woman, making her way through the dog-eat-dog world of recessionary New York City.

Miss Pink, a former marketing exec, finds solace by volunteering in an animal control center. Her "adoption walks" bring her to meet a series of fellow New Yorkers, all of whom are struggling with their own personal and financial crises.

I enjoyed reading a novel about the world of animal shelters and animal welfare, and the narrators passion for helping animals. In the end, the author shows how one woman with a vision is able to enlighten others and bring about change for the needy pups in her community.

Sarah Cavallaro is a filmmaker, poet and author. This is her second novel.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup, Extra Toes Edition

Photo courtesy of AP
Question: How many toes does the average cat have?
Answer: 18
Question: How many toes does Daniel the orange and white tabby from Milwaukee have?
Answer: 26
Find out how Daniel the cat with 26 toes is helping the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center!

* Check out USA Today's slideshow of holiday gifts for your pet. The Rudolph dog in the car seat is adorable!

* If a pet is going to be given as a gift, experts encourage you to get the recipient involved in the decision. The HuffPost Detroit article encourages responsible pet adoption this holiday season.

* Two kittens are looking for a new home after Reagan the yellow lab found the kittens discarded in a Meow Mix bag. Skipper and Tipper have been cared for by the Raccoon Valley (Iowa) Animal Sanctuary.

We hope you are having a wonderful holiday season, with lots of love and attention to and from your pets!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas cards that Give Back

Here’s an easy way to connect with friends and family while supporting a great cause.

Whether you like cats, dogs, or both, there are many beautiful greetings to choose from, and a portion of the purchase price will benefit hard-working animal organizations.

1. American Humane Association 
The Humane Association's mission is "to create a more humane and compassionate world by ending abuse and neglect of children and animals. You’ll find a choice of all dogs, cats, dog and cat combinations, and pets with Santa.

2. Canine Companions for Independence 
This national non-profit organization that provides trained assistance dogs and support to children and adults with disabilities offers a pack with two different designs--one with an adorable pup in the snow, and the other with a sweet black dog with a green bow on his head! Proceeds support CCI programs.

3. Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
This organization provides guide dogs to blind and visually impaired people, or people with other special needs who seek enhanced mobility and independence. These cards feature golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, and include an inspiring photo card featuring dogs helping vets.

4. Puppies Behind Bars
Proceeds from the holiday cards will help fund their work training inmates to raise service dogs for the disabled and train explosive detection dogs for law enforcement. The card features a beautiful black lab with reindeer antlers.

If you love pets, consider ordering any of these cards and support a wonderful cause.

Busy Holidays, Good Food, and Keeping Fit

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Slim-Fast. All opinions are 100% mine.

I've been dieting with my dog, and we both lost weight, but we still have to work hard to keep the weight off. Especially now around the holidays when there are so many cookies, parties and delicious holiday food. Actually, it's me who has to work hard, because Kelly won't be overweight if I don't feed her too much and give her fattening table scraps. So I try real hard to give her only what is good for her. Kelly's a great diet buddy, but  sometimes I need a little more help. I usually eat low fat, whole grain diet but I often get stumped what to eat for lunch. So when I was invited to receive a coupon to try out the new Slim-Fast shakes, I was happy to give it a try and to tell you what I think about the new plan too. (*Not for dogs!)

Have you tried Slim-Fast before? I like the convenience, because I generally can't decide what to have for lunch or am sick of sandwiches or don't feel like washing and chopping veggies to make a salad. The new Slim-Fast 3-2-1 plan  means I just need to drink a Slim-Fast shake or eat a Slim-Fast meal bar for breakfast and lunch. I can also have 3 snacks a day. Well, I like snacks! I try to eat healthy snacks anyway. With the Slim-Fast plan, I can have fruit (which is what I usually pick), veggies (kind of a hard sell for me, but sometimes I'll have carrot sticks or cucumber slices for a snack), nuts (almonds contain healthy fat) or a Slim-Fast snack bar (only 100 calories). For dinner, I eat a balanced, low fat meal and a salad.

I like to use Slim-Fast when I feel I need a little help to get back on track. I don't use it all the time, because I like variety and I get tired of doing the same thing. But it's a good product to use once in awhile. Like around the holidays.

I got my Slim-Fast shake at Wal-Mart, it is also available at Target, Safeway, Kroger and online. I bought Milk Chocolate and Strawberry flavors. The woman next to me in the store told me that she loves the Cappuccino one. There's also French Vanilla and Rich Chocolate Royale.

Kelly can't have Slim-Fast, but I can always grab one to go while we run out and take our walks together, and help me keep fit over the busy holiday season.

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