Saturday, April 30, 2011

Meet and Greet Party Blog Hop and Kelly and me

I love a party, especially one where dogs are invited! I'm happy to participate in Dogtipper and Cattipper's blog hop this week.
The instructions are to introduce yourself as if you are meeting friends at a party. So here goes:

My name is Peggy Frezon and I'm an author and freelance writer. This furry friend by my side is Kelly, my cocker spaniel-long haired dachshund rescue pooch, and my office-mate.

My first book, Dieting with my Dog, is being released this October. Yup, Kelly and I had packed on a few too many pounds, and this book shares our journey in getting fit and healthy together.

I also am a regular contributor to Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, pet columnist at Pawsitively Pets, and staff writer at Be the Change for Animals, a great site where you can find easy ways to help animals in need. You can also find my stories in books such as The Ultimate Dog Lovers, Animals and Miracles, Animals and the Kids who Love Them, and in more than a dozen Chicken Soup for the Soul books.

Let's connect here on this blog, at my website, or on Twitter.
Okay, I'm going to go meet you at your site now!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!

* Life with Dog brings us another happy story of a lost dog reunited with its family. After her terrier Charlie went missing, discover Annika's creative strategy to find him.

* This mall pet store is one you would want to patronize: reports on Adopt-an-Shop in LA cooperates with local shelters by featuring adoptable pets in a convenient mall location.

* Employees at Amazon, Zynga, Ben & Jerry's, and many other companies, every day is take your dog to work day. From Bnet, find out why is this idea is working.

* Here's a sweet video. This is a deer guarding a goose's nest. Brought to you by in
Buffalo NY.

*contest: Does your dog dig up the back yard? Does your kitty shred your favorite recliner? If so, your pet may be in contention for America's Naughtiest Pet. You may win a weekly prize, or the grand prize of $100 gift basket of pet products plus $250 worth of training products to a shelter of your choice. Check out The Company of Animals' Facebook page for contest entry rules.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Doggy Makeover-- Before and After

Kelly: "Do I hafta?"

Yup! It had to happen: bath day. Kelly does not take too kindly to getting glammed up. We usually bathe Kelly ourselves, because Kelly doesn't like the sound and feel of the blow dryer. So we give her time to air dry (and rub her with lots of towels) before her appointment.

Then comes a visit from the mobile groomer, Melissa from TransFURmations Mobile Pet Spa. Melissa is so accommodating, working around whatever works best for the dog.Here's the van.

Melissa gets right to work. There is lots of hair coming off! Kelly's just a bit stressed!

Done! "I woof you, Melissa!"

Kelly's paws before

Kelly's paws after

Kelly before

Kelly after. Doesn't she look pretty?! (and about 10 lbs lighter!)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter from Kelly

Look! The Easter Bunny is here!

"Mom, I'm losing the ears. And can you do something about these bunny slippers?"

Happy Easter everyone! from me and Kelly.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guess Who is "Pet Blogs United" Weekly Featured Blogger?

One of the joys of blogging about pets is connecting with other pet bloggers.

We can connect by anything from staying at home and commenting on other pet blogs...or by getting out and traveling to a big conference such as Blog Paws. Another great way to connect is through Pet Blogs United, "your virtual place for snuggles, wags, barks, purrs and fun." Oskar and Pam do a great job at introducing us to hundreds of other pet blogs --just check out that blog roll!

And...I'm excited that Peggy's Peg Place is the featured weekly blog this week!

One of the pictures I shared on PBU is this one (above), which always makes me smile. Kelly is usually curled up somewhere, but this time she just felt most comfy on her back. All that scraggly fur all over cracks me up because it is all blond on the bottom, but...

as you can see from this picture of her right side up, she's sable colored on top! Also her fur on the top is soft and silky like a saluki (perhaps), yet the bottom coat is thick and curly, more like a cocker spaniel. Almost like two different dogs!

Anyway, I hope you jump over to PBU and check out my featured blogger appearance. And keep connecting with all the great blogs listed there. Thanks!

Monday, April 18, 2011

How to get your dog story into a Chicken Soup for the Soul book

Chicken Soup for the Soul books, chock full of heartwarming and inspiring stories, introduces the newest addition to the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog's Life. Subtitled "101 Stories About All the Ages and Stages of Our Canine Companions" you can be sure to find many tales that touch your heart. I'm especially excited about the book, because my story, "A Little Sister for Hudson" is included (page 33).

Because I know you will love to read this book, and maybe even want to share one of your own wonderful stories about your pets in a future Chicken Soup for the Soul, I chatted with Jennifer Quasha (pictured, with her adorable pal), co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Dog's Life, to offer you a special, behind the scenes look.

Q: How many stories were submitted to Chicken Soup for the Soul My Dog's Life? How many did you include in the book?

JQ: We received thousands of submissions for My Dog's Life, and we could only publish 101. It was so hard to choose! We have a lot of repeat writers who know what makes a great Chicken Soup story, but in every books we have many new writers, too.

Q: What made a story stand out?

JQ: Stories stand out because they are well written, or they are just a fabulous story. We can tell pretty quickly if it's good or not by whether we want to keep reading! I happen to love the funny stories -- they are so hard to write. There is a great humorous piece in My Dog's Life about a chihuahua who was embarrassed about his hair falling out. It made me laugh out loud.

Q: What about a story with a twist?

JQ: There is a great story, "Doggone Wake," about a family that had a wake for their dog. They invited their friends over to share stories and they ended up laughing throughout the gathering remembering when he chewed something, peed on the carpet, ate food he wasn't supposed to... universal themes that every dog lover can relate to, but with a twist.

Q: What is the funniest story you read?
JQ: We had a puppy that got stuck in a tree, a senior dog that got stuck in a bush, and thirteen-pound dog that loves to honk truck horns. Dogs can be the silliest of creatures, and their human's recollections kept me smiling. Sometimes it's the humans who do funny things. One woman found her neighbor's dog wandering the street so she brought him safely back home -- only to find out later that it wasn't the neighbor's dog!

Q: Was there a story that touched you the most?

JQ: There is a story about a wandering black lab that was a "neighborhood" dog that loved to chew rocks. One day he was seriously injured, and the entire community came together to save him. It is such an incredible story it makes me teary to think about it! Both the dog and the people who helped him are an inspiration -- to everyone they touched, and anyone who reads their story. Dogs so often bring out the best in us, and that can be found in almost every story in this book.

Never fear, cat lovers! Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Cat's Life is also available now, full of "101 Stories about All the Ages and Stages of our Feline Family Members."

Learn more about submitting your story with Chicken Soup for the Soul writer's guidelines.

Jennifer Quasha is an award-winning writer and editor, and a published author of more than 40 books. She graduated from Boston University with a B. S. in Communication and has been writing ever since. Jennifer has been a contributing editor at Dog Fancy and Dogs for Kids magazines, and has written monthly columns on rescue dogs, etiquette, and travel. Jennifer has also been published in nine Chicken Soup for the Soul books and is thrilled to be a co-author of My Dog’s Life and My Cat’s Life. In her free time Jennifer loves to read, travel and eat, especially if someone else cooks it. She lives with her husband, kids, and two dogs. You can reach her by visiting her website at

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Rabbit Adoptathon

Thanks for hopping over and joining the Easter Rabbit Adoptathon, hosted by All Things Dog Blog.

If you've done your research and are ready for a special long-eared pet, or are considering one for the future, save a rabbit and rescue one from a shelter. (Or wait until after Easter when many more impulse-purchased Easter bunnies have been abandoned in shelters.) Grab a carrot and check out these bunnies, available for adoption. (via Petfinder)

Here are some in my area of upstate NY:

Bashful, adult female English spot mix.

Bob, young male Dwarf/Rex mix

Bern, young male Mini Lop

And a few across more sweet bunnies:

Gladiss, adult female Lionhead

Amber, young female French Lop

Joe, the flying bunny?

Maria, Betsy and Tricia, young female Dwarf mix

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blog the Change and Bark for Life, a canine event to fight cancer

My ten-year old yellow lab Hudson was soft, mellow in his old age, devoted, and had a large, serious growth on his right side. Although never officially diagnosed, it was likely some form of cancer. (Hudson pictured, left. He loved the water!)

Sadly, most of us have been touched by cancer in some way--ourselves, a friend, family member or a special pet. That's why I've chosen the American Cancer Society's Bark for Life, a canine event to fight cancer, as my Blog the Change cause today. The American Cancer Society not only supports research to find cures, but also promotes numerous programs to help us get well, stay healthy, and fight back.

Held on April 16 as part of the Relay for Life, Bark for Life not only helps raise money for the cause, but also participants get great exercise by walking along with their dog. Bark for Life is taking place all across the country. Would you like to participate? Just enter your zip code to find a Bark for Life event near you!

I hope you share the word about Bark for Life. And also, be sure to visit the many blogs participating in Blog the Change today. Share, read and comment around the blog circuit about animal causes near and dear to our hearts.

If you want to participate in Blog the Change by posting a cause and/or committing to a specific, hands-on action for animals in need within your local community, here's how:

1. Grab the badge.
2. Post to your blog.
* Make a fresh commitment to act on behalf of animals
* Inspire others to do the same
* Spread the word
3. Add your link. (Add your post URL — not a link to your main domain – so other animal supporters can find your cause.)
4. Visit others on the list, tell your Twitter (hashtag #BtC4animals), Facebook and email friends about your post too!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! I came across this photo and it made me smile--my yellow lab Hudson, when he was but a pup. Hudson went over the Rainbow Bridge 5 years ago.

* Today, I'm celebrating some extremes in the pet world. Here is Einstein, the world's smallest pony less than 20 inches tall!

Photo (c) Barcroft Media via The Mail Online.

* And this, from Life with Dogs, the 128 lbs overweight dog, a sadly obese collie-mix.

photo (c) Minikin

* And finally, a lovesick goose. This Assignment America video is at first kind of odd, but then I'm struck by how sweet it is. I especially am touched by the part at the end, where Maria tries to fly off chasing her best friend as he drives off on his scooter.

* I was unable to connect with the first place winner of the DNA Kit, so the kit now goes to the second place winner: Vicky! Please send me your mailing information. Congratulations!

*Don't forget to Blog the Change Friday!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pet food on the go

This is how I usually packed when traveling with my dog: a plastic grocery bag filled with food, a random handful of treats, and a leaky margarine tub of water. Not a very glamorous, or effective, packing job.

Fortunately, I've now upgraded. Thanks to csn stores, which recently invited me to test drive some of their awesome pet products, I've discovered two handy products I don't know how we lived without.

First up is the Drinkwell Hydro-Go Canteen. It holds enough water to keep your dog well-hydrated on roadtrips and hikes. Just flip down the convenient fold-out bowl. When your dog is done, if there is any water left over, don't waste it! Simply tip the bowl back up and it funnels the unused water back into the canteen! Can you tell how much I love this? No more drinking out of margarine tubs for Kelly!

Next is the Omega Paw Little Buddy Lunch Box. Simple fill the plastic bin with enough food for your vacation. (This smallest size holds up to 12 cups. Larger sizes are available.) Then at dinner time, scoop out food and pour into the handy built-in bowl in the cover. There's even an extra bowl for water, and a sturdy handle. So this convenient unit serves as both carrying container and feeder.

So now Kelly is all set to go on a trip! If you are looking for great travel supplies for your dog, I think you'd like these products too.

Full disclosure: CSN Stores provides me with a gift card in exchange for this review, however all opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Movie Review: A Dogs Life: A Dogamentary

If you've ever had the idea that you should strap a camera to your dog, follow her around and make a movie because she's just so darn cute and you love her so much, then you may be a bit like Emmy award winning filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum. But of course, her film "A Dog's Life: A Dogamentary" is so much more.

There's no doubt that Kirschenbaum loves her little Shih tzu Chelsea (pictured), and treats her to the good life. Kirschenbaum calls herself a single mom, and Chelsea is her "dog-ter." Equipped with the dog-eye-view "Chelsea-cam," they set out on the streets of New York to capture their story, record reactions and search for love.

The film is blunt (talk of poo and mating) often quirky, and sometimes edgy (scenes of Kirschenbaum and her dog kissing on the mouth and bathing in the tub together). For me, the movie picks up during a time after 9-11, when Kirschenbaum discovers little Chelsea's gift for visiting hospitals and cheering the patients.

Chelsea is so perfectly suited as a certified therapy dog. She is cute, fits comfortably in the crook of an arm, and is remarkably calm and still when need be. These scenes are incredibly moving and I would have enjoyed seeing even more.

In the end, Kirschenbaum and Chelsea (after a failed doggy engagement) continue off in search of their Mr. Rights. But I think that Chelsea has found her true calling, and hope she doesn't let any cute cockapoo get in the way of her volunteer work.

A Dog's Life: A Dogamentary is available on DVD.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! Here is Kelly ready for spring!

* This week, tons of updates on Patrick, the dog dumped down the trash chute, on my positive thoughts for Patrick post, and from Life with Dogs, Ohmidog, The Poodle (and Dog) Blog, Have dog blog will travel, No Dog About It, Cindy Lu's Muse, and many more.

* Also, happy ending for the dog found floating on a rooftop off the coast of Japan for 3 weeks. CNN World reports on "Ban" the dog reunited with his owners.

* Msn Today brings us Smokey the cat, who is vying for world record title as the cat with the loudest purr! Thanks to Off the Leash s.d. for first alerted me to this purring kitty.

* I just couldn't resist this headline: "Oklahoma woman fights to keep her paralyzed pet kangaroo." I'm not including the link because when I clicked on it, about a thousand pop-ups occurred. Article is from the Enquirer (of course!).

* Now for a video and a laugh. I wish I'd discovered this in time for April Fool's Day. Check out this hysterical ad for a dog high chair. Dog not included.

* Note: I have been unable to contact the winner of the DNA kit, Amber Jackson. If this is you, please contact me with your mailing address. Unfortunately, if I am unable to connect with you by Saturday 4/9/11, I will have to select a new winner.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Kelly asks about pet sitting and dog walking

(Photo provided by FETCH! Pet Care)

Kelly interviews Paul Mann, CEO of Fetch! Pet Care about pet sitting and dog walking.

Kelly: I am lonely when my mom and dad leave. What will my day be like with a pet sitter?

Kelly, you might start the day with a yummy meal followed by a walk in your neighborhood. If your neighborhood has off-leash dog parks you will have the opportunity to romp with your friends. If you’re a lucky dog, your pet sitter will come back at lunchtime and again at dinner (or better yet, have the sitter stay overnight at your home). For your cat friends, their litter and water will be changed with each visit. No doubt, you’ll have tons of playtime and you will surely be “dog tired” and fall asleep with a smile on your face by the end of the day.

Kelly: Okay, some people I know are not as trusting as us dogs. They’re uncomfortable about giving strangers a key to their home. They also wonder if pet sitters will spend as much time with me as they’re supposed to. What will help them feel confident?

PM: Have your mom and dad look for pet sitters who are experienced pet owners themselves and understand how important it is to provide an exceptional amount of love and care to pets as your parents would. In addition, make sure all sitters are bonded, insured, background checked and come with great references.

Kelly: I know mom and dad worry when they’re away. Will they receive reports? Will they be annoying if they call to check in every day (I know my mom!)?

PM: A pet sitter should do whatever is necessary to give pet parents peace of mind while they are away. They will leave a detailed report card at the completion of every assignment, but will also call, text or email the parents if preferred. Clients should feel comfortable to contact their pet sitter whenever they wish.

Kelly: I’m very excited about my walks! How long will my walk last? Will I walk alone, or with other dogs? What if we don’t get along?

PM: Most dog walkers offer a choice of private or group walks. Most private walks are a minimum of 30 minutes. Have our mom talk with your dog walker before to ensure compatibility between you, the pet sitter and other dogs you might interact with.

Kelly: Some of my friends are timid about walks. Will dog-walking work for them?

PM: Some dogs simply don’t like to be on a leash. These dogs may prefer play in the back yard or be transported to an approved off-leash area where they can get their exercise.

Kelly (shivering): What if I get loose?

PM: Dedicated dog walkers take special precautions to ensure pets don’t get loose, whether on leashed walks, off-leash adventures, or in their house. However, accidents can happen. Experienced handlers and know how to prevent and deal with situations of a dog getting off leash.

Kelly: Mom and Dad want to take me on vacation with them. Yippee! Even though they found a pet-friendly hotel, they aren’t allowed to leave me alone. Can someone stay with me and walk me while they go out?

PM: Absolutely! On-location pet sitting is available in many locations. Services range from having a sitter to come to your hotel and take you for a walk or if you would prefer the pet sitter may board you at their own home so you have a bit more “free range” that most hotels don’t allow.

Check out more about FETCH! Pet Care.

Founded in 2002 and with more than 1,500 service areas in the United States, FETCH! Pet Care is the pet sitting industry market leader – the new face of pet care in the 21st century. The company offers a humane alternative to kennel boarding by providing loving, in-home overnight and/or daily care to any kind of pet in the most professional and reliable manner possible. FETCH! was ranked No. 1 franchise in the pet industry from Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2011 Franchise 500 ranking, as well as No. 166 overall. FETCH! was also ranked No. 1 in the pet industry and No. 69 out of 300 on the AllStar Franchise list for 2011. For more information, visit or the company Facebook page.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Patrick Miracle. Postive thoughts and prayers for dog dumped down trash chute.

Although this began a sad, sad story, I'm bringing you today a story of hope and compassion. A story with the promise of a future. And hopefully, the story of a miracle. Perfect for this season of the year.

I don't want to dwell upon the heinous circumstances that brought Patrick to this point in life. Many of you have heard or read that the emaciated pit bull was dumped down the trash chute and left to die. I'm not going to include the most awful photographs here because when I see them, I feel like I might not stop crying, I can't even believe I'm looking at something so cruel. Here's what I do want to say:

* Thank you to the maintenance worker who found this dog on St. Patrick's day and saw to it that he got help.

* Thank you to the Sweet Avenue Bake Shop for raising funds to help Patrick.

* Thank you to the Garden State Veterinary Specialists who are taking such good care of Patrick. Check out their website to keep updated on Patrick's recovery.

* Patrick is a strong dog and has a great will to live. (Look at this picture now!)

* Here is where you can send care packages and get well cards.

* Here is where you can make a donation toward Patrick's care.

* Keep updated on the Facebook page The Patrick Miracle.

* Feel the love. Visit Patrick's page.

* Don't forget the positive thoughts and prayers for Patrick.

* Read more on Have Dog Blog will Travel.