Monday, October 31, 2011

Tricks and Treats from Kelly

Natural Redhead??
Do you think I'm a natural redhead?

Kelly dons this costume because her human brother and sister are redheads. So she wants to join the fun!

I'm happy to announce Weight Loss with a Wag Blog Book Tour! I'm so excited about these pawsome blogs hosting a stop along the way.  From Nov. 1 through Nov 18, join these blogs as they ask their own questions about dieting (for both humans and canine!), getting fit, and writing the book Dieting with my Dog! We hope you visit these stops on the tour:

Go Pet Friendly-  Nov1
Pip Gets Back in the Game-  Nov. 2
Coffee with a Canine- Nov 2
George the Lad-- Nov 3
Two Little Cavaliers-  Nov 4
Foley Monster and Pocket- Nov 5
The Poodle and Dog Blog Nov. 7
Pet Blogs United- Nov 8
Julie Garmon-  Nov 9
Kol's Notes  Nov 10
Joyful Paws  - Nov 10
This One Wild Life-  Nov 11
Grouchy Puppy- Nov 12
Cindy Lu's Muse-- Nov 14
Pet Health Care Gazette- Nov 15
I Still Want More Puppies- Nov 15
Five Sibes-- Nov 16
Something Wagging this Way Comes- Nov 17
My Brown Newfies-- Nov 18
All Things Dog Blog

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Best Dog Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween! For our Saturday Pet Blogger Hop today, here are some of my favorite Halloween Costumes for Dogs!

From Spoiled Rotten who could disagree that this bassett is an angel?

From Woof Warehouse, here's Prince Charming.

Also from Spoiled Rotten Doggies, an adorable piggie!

From Halloween Costume News, this furry Buzz Lightyear.

And my favorite is this original costume, the winner of the Most Original Prize on All Things Dog Blog and Dog Tipper's wonderful Halloween Fido Photo Contest.  Don't forget to check out their slideshow of all the fantastic contests!
Operation by Aladdin and Phoenix.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Kelly Visits President Arthur

We have a U.S. president buried in one of our local cemeteries in Albany NY.

Chester Alan Arthur (President from 1881-1885) lived and attended school in the Schenectady, New York area.
Every year on the anniversary of Arthur's birth (October 5, 1829), the sitting president at the White House sends a wreath, and there is a small ceremony with military color guard and local dignitaries.

Kelly joined us in visiting theArthur grave site at Albany Rural Cemetary in Menands NY, which is actually quite beautiful, as is his sarcophagus on a corner plot.

While we were there, we met a couple who were traveling across the country, visiting the grave sites of every U.S. President.

While it's not the type of vacation I'd be excited about venturing upon, I'm sure they've seen some very interesting sites along the way.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!

* What are the safest chew toys for your dog? Find out on All Things Dog Blog.

* Win a FurCode ID tag at Pawcurious!  The new FURminator Towel at Bocci's Beefs. And don't forget there's still time to win the new book OINK (entries close Friday).

* Learn more about T-N-R (Trap-Neuter-Retrun) feral cat program, on Cindy Lu's Muse.

*A 6 yr old blind Great Dane and her 7 yr old Great Dane seeing eye dog need a home in the U.K....and Fox News reports that more than 200 people have responded with offers of help. The pair will not be separated.

* Halloween Preview: Check out the Boston Globe's tips on dog costumes that a finicky dog might wear, and the slide show of a corgi dressed as a bus and more dogs on parade on

Monday, October 24, 2011

Oink Oink! Piggy Book Giveaway!

 Once upon a time, Matt Whyman enjoyed the quiet life in the English countryside. Whyman was content taking care of four challenging children, a wolf-like dog, and an anxious cat. But his wife, thriving on the chaos that a big brood can bring, needed something more. And when she discovered the existence of a pig that can fit inside a purse – the trendy pet celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Posh and Becks carry around – their lives changed forever.

With the addition of not one, but two mini-pigs to their already diverse clan, The Whyman family could not anticipate the ruckus those two little squealers would cause.

Oink; My life with mini-pigs by Matt Whyman (Simon & Schuster) is funny, touching, and friendly. When the mini pigs join the family they live NOT outside in a shelter, but in the house! In the chapter, "How Much Trouble Can they Be?" Whyman confides to a friend about the exhausting schedule of  potty training piglets, keeping their ever-expanding bellies full, and competing for space on the couch.
Eventually Butch and Roxi find home in a proper sty outside, with conditional visiting rights inside the house.

Throughout the book there is always the underlying fear that Butch and Roxi aren't going to make it to the end. Maybe Whyman's wife will change her mind when she discovers they're no longer tiny enough to carry around in a purse. Maybe the children will grow tired of their noisy, messy housemates. Maybe Wyman's friend Tom will haul the pigs off to the butcher. But, truth be told, there is a happy ending to the piggy tale, and you'll be glad you stuck around for the fun.

For anyone who loves a matter how messy.

You can win a free copy of OINK! Just leave a comment below answering this question: What do you think is a good name for a pet pig? Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you. Contest closes on Friday 10/28.  I'll announce the winner on my Pet roundup next Wednesday.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pet Friendly Walks and Ways

I saw this recently at the World's Largest Garage Sale. Plenty of dogs roamed the sidewalks, enjoying the event, so it was great to see such a pet friendly vendor. Many dogs took advantage of the offerings.

I've been thinking, is my town pet friendly? I live in a small city in upstate New York. There are no dog parks in my community, although I know of some in neighboring areas.  I looked up and found several hotels that do allow dogs, with various different policies. I don't take my dog to restaurants or shops locally, but here are a few attractions in the area that allow dogs:

Hudson River Pedestrian Bridge: 650 foot connecting Albany's historic riverfront to the Corning Preserve welcomes leashed dogs to enjoy the stroll and the views.

Howe Caverns: Leashed dogs are allowed in all above-ground cave areas and walking tours. Dogs are not allowed in the caves.

Stuyvesant Plaza: 60 store shopping mall. Dogs are welcome to explore this outdoor mall, and it is up to the individual shop owners if dogs are allowed in the stores.

Albany Riverfront Park: Offers a boat launch, bike trail and amphitheater. Leashed dogs are allowed in the park, but are not allowed during special events.

Is your town pet friendly? Have you been to an event recently that was made easier because someone thought to accommodate your furry friend?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Co-Founder of Petfinder Barks Back!

Today I am honored to have as my guest Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of

There probably isn't a pet lover around, with access to a computer, who hasn't heard of Petfinder. Founded 15 years ago, it is now the go-to site for bringing people together with their furever friend. I am delighted that I found Kelly through Petfinder! I think back to how we got our pets when I was a kid.  Some people bought a purebred dog from a responsible breeder. But more often than not, the people I knew got a puppy or kitten from some neighbor whose dog had a litter, because in those days the dogs and cats almost all ran loose, and almost none were fixed.

Today we know a lot more about responsible pet ownership and overpopulation. Most people I know have their pet spayed or neutered. And most people know about the horrible, inhumane conditions of puppy mills and pet farming. However, many people are still purchasing puppies from pet stores.

A recent press release that arrived in my mailbox posed the question: Does the average American family realize that the “doggy in the window” most likely comes from a Puppy Mill? Do they know the repercussions when they choose to purchase a puppy from a pet store? I asked Betsy about this as we talked on the phone last week.

Me: Where are most people getting their pets today?

BBS: We all know that puppy mills are bad and adoption is good, yet less than 25% of pets coming into homes come from shelters. People walk by a pet shop in the mall and see that furry face in the window and they want to buy it now. Even people who are committed to animal welfare may see that adorable puppy in the cage and fall in love.

Me: How can people tell that the pet they are buying comes from a puppy mill?

BBS: Many pet stores have signs in front that say "Our Puppies are Not From Puppy Mills" but in the vast majority of cases that is so not true! How do we know? Because a responsible breeder would not sell to just anyone. They would want to interview you. They would want to ask you questions about things such as how much time you would be home and what your yard is like. What responsible breeder would not want to meet the potential pet parents?

Me: Some people feel that by purchasing a pet shop puppy, they are at least saving one life. While admirable, is this misguided?

BBS: Unfortunately, yes. They may be giving that dog a better home than it knew before. But they are perpetuating a terrible, terrible industry. In addition, puppy mills produce pets that are more chronically afflicted with disease and socialization issues.

Me: How can we understand why puppy mills continue to exist? Why are they legal in some states?

BBS: The reason puppy mills exist is because they are profitable. Look at proposed laws aiming to regulate conditions and standards for dog breeding, such as Proposition B in Missouri. Who was against it? Pet industry brokering and shipping companies, and also the agricultural community feared that this would be a gateway for regulations for all of agriculture.

Me: What can we do?

BBS:  1. Don't shop for pets in pet stores.
2. Spread the word.
3. Adopt a shelter pet.
4. Consider fostering a pet.
5. If you're on Twitter, tweet about an adoptable pet on Petfinder on Tweet a Pet Tuesday.

Me: Thank you Betsy for joining us today, and helping shed some light on this problem. As you know, Petfinder is where I got my dog Kelly and she's been the best friend ever! I hope everyone who is looking to add a cat or dog or other pet to their family will look into Petfinder.

With 181,000 homeless dogs on right now, there are many options for people who want a family pet. Simply type in your zip code and the criteria you are looking for – whether it’s a purebred, a large dog, an older pet with special needs or a young pup who is house-trained – will show you all potential canine companions who are in need of homes starting with those closest to you.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Butterfly Landing Strip

This weekend we were taking a walk, and a beautiful monarch butterfly decided that Kelly was definitely the place she wanted to be! Kelly wasn't bothered at all by her new friend.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Celebrate! Giveaway!

Today's the Day! My Book is Here!!
Oh my dog, I'm so excited that the day is here! Dieting with my Dog is out! (Who let the dog out, woof woof woof!)

Saturday I had my first book signing at the Healthy Pet Center in North Greenbush, NY. And tonight is an exciting book launch party, with Kelly as Guest of Honor! 

I'm so happy that the book is finally released, and to celebrate, I want to give away free stuff!

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the other books in which I have dog stories. I love writing for Chicken Soup for the Soul, and some of my favorite personal dog stories can be found in these books. Little Sister for Hudson is about how we solved the sibling rivalry between our yellow lab and Kelly. In the Ultimate Dog Lover, my story Happy Together is about the devotion of my childhood pet, a beautiful beagle-lab mix named Happy.  And in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul, Phone Friend tells about how walking the dog, combined with a loving connection with family, was just what I needed to get motivated to lose weight. I hope you enjoy these stories, and all the other great stories in these books. I hope you enter--contest rules are below-- and good luck!

1st PRIZE:
Autographed copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul, My Dog's Life with my story: A Little Sister for Hudson
Autographed copy of Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul with my story: Phone Friend
Paul Frank collar and leash set, size Medium
mini canvas tote

Autographed copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul, My Dog's Life with my story: A Little Sister for Hudson
Autographed copy of the Ultimate Dog Lover with my story Happy Together
sneaker squeaky toy

 *Due to a distribution glitch, the contest has been postponed until a later date. All entries will be carried over to the new contest. I'm sorry for any inconvenience.
How to Enter

1. Post a picture of yourself with your copy of Dieting with my Dog on Dieting with my Dog Facebook page. (or email me the picture and I'll post it up for you.)

2. OR leave a comment below and tell me how you and your dog lose weight or get fit together! You must mention how you and your dog lose weight or get fit together in the comment section to be entered.

And yes,  you can enter BOTH ways!
For extra entries, follow this blog, follow Dieting with my Dog on Facebook, or tweet about the contest (#dwmdog).

But wait! There's more!

BONUS! I want to thank you for helping spread the word about Dieting with my Dog, so I'm offering another prize to whoever refers the most people to the contest. Just ask your friends to mention your name when they enter so I will know they sent you.

Autographed copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul; My Dog's Life with my story: A Little Sister for Hudson
sneaker squeaky toy

1. Leave a comment below telling me what you did to enter. (Be sure you include a way for me to contact you if you win!) You only need to leave one comment per person, but I will count up your different entries.
2. One photo per person.
3. If you prefer, you may email me your photo, peggyfrezon(at) gmail (dot) com, and I can post it up on Facebook for you.
4. Your name must be mentioned in the entry comments of people you referred in order to be counted for the BONUS prize.
5. Contest ends November 11.
8. Contest open to U.S. and Canada only, excluding Quebec. (Canadian winners will need to answer a skill testing question.)

Peggy and Kelly

Tell your friends to enter the contest. You may win the prize for whoever refers the most people to the contest!  *Due to a distribution glitch, the contest has been postponed until a later date. All entries will be carried over to the new contest. I'm sorry for any inconvenience.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Blog the Change, Just say NO to Puppy Mills

Blog the Change!

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and Peggy's Pet Place, along with dozens of blogging friends and the rest of the staff at Be the Change for Animals, have decided this is the perfect time to help spread the word about PUPPY MILLS.
 We all know that puppy mills are bad and adoptions are good, yet statistics are dire. Recently, I spoke with Betsy Banks Saul, co-founder of, and she told me that less than 25% of the pets coming into homes in the U.S. come from shelters. What the bark?!

Puppy mills keep dogs in small cages without human contact or socialization, keep females pregnant producing litter after litter, often feed poor quality food and provide inadequate medical care. Puppy mill puppies are more chronically afflicted with disease and socialization issues.We all know that dogs are a part of the family, NOT livestock, or worse.

Knowledge is spreading about the inhumane and horrendous practices of puppy mills, but there is still much work to be done. Here is one way you can help:

 On September 9, Petland Canada announced that they would no longer sell puppies and kittens in their stores. But Petland USA has yet to reach this conclusion. Mary Haight, of Dancing Dog blog, did a little investigative journalism and discovered that,
           "Investigators visited Petland’s breeders to check living conditions and found that most had hundreds of cages of
dogs that were never walked or socialized, stinking of urine,
living lives of desperation."

Please join in and save lives. Sign the petition to ask Petland USA to STOP selling pets

All of the dogs pictured are adoptable pets, waiting for their furever home, and can be found on

Friday, October 14, 2011

Pit Bull Healed with Love
Recently I read about something that really touched my heart, Harper the pit bull puppy who was deformed, discarded in a trash bag, and literally LOVED back to health.

His rescuer is Erica Daniel of  Dolly's Foundation.
Mission: The purpose of Dolly’s Foundation is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome homeless, neglected, and abused American Pit Bull Terriers and other bully breed dogs. As well as preserve, promote, and bring positive awareness to the breed and the negative stereotype bestowed upon them.

The organization is named after a very special dog. Dolly's story will break your heart...and make you cheer. She came to a Florida shelter as a stray and eventually was adopted into her forever home. Months later, however, Dolly was returned to the shelter, dirty, frightened and bloody. She had been used as a bait dog in a fighting ring.

The poor sweet girl was so hurt.

Erica Daniel helped heal her wounds and her heart, gave her love and made her a part of her own family. Now Dolly has her Canine Good Citizen award, has her own facebook page, and is an ambassador to her breed. 

Dolly's Foundation is helping dogs everywhere, changing laws, and making a difference. Check out their dogs for adoption, and spread the word. You can also look for events in your area or find out more about education programs.

And, click here for more information about helping Harper.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

We've Got Winners!

834 Entries...51 Kampers...hundreds of miles walked and hops hopped....Here are the official winners of K9Kamp!

We've had an amazing 6 weeks of Koly and Kelly's K9Kamp and first I want to thank Jodi and Kol of Kol's Notes for being the most fantastic organizers, partners and Kamp co-director and co-coach ever!

Also, to our fantastic featured bloggers who endured every challenge with grace and style! And to everyone who participated, visited, and supporting our kampers! Way to Go!!
This has been so much fun!
What? You say you want prizes? Okay, well here they are! We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our fantastic sponsors who have donated all the great prizes.


Jen from My Brown Newfies!!!

Heather Beals  - Our World on Four Legs!!
Katie Mitchell!!

Challenge 1: Walk It Off: Melissa Freer of No Dog About It
1 year e-subscription to FIDO Friendly Magazine featuring tips for travelling with your pets,
 Marley and Me: The Puppy Years DVD
handmade matching Sam's Wardrobe Leash and Collar Set from Krazy for Pets
designer metal pet tag from Tag Me Pet Tags.
Challenge 2: Fetch It yourself: Cynthia Downer at My Household Zoo
1 year e-subscription to the fabulous FIDO Friendly Magazine
Marley and Me: The Puppy Years DVD
 Fortune Flyer fetch toy from Purrfect Play (Kelly's favorite toy!)
a pair of Juniper Wood Fetching Sticks from Molly Products,
handmade collar from Mutt Mania
pet tag from Silver Paw Tags.
Krazy for Pets shared an adorable fetch themed tag and graciously decided to add one to our prize package, as a little surprise!

Challenge 3: Tug With Me: FiveSibes Mom at FiveSibes
1 year e-subscription to the fabulous FIDO Friendly Magazine
Marley and Me: The Puppy Years DVD
beautiful collar from 4 Black Paws,
pet tag from Silver Paw Tags
handmade tug of war toy, plus a fabulous designer leash bag from Wags and Wiggles!

Challenge 4: Jump Around: Shiloh from Shiloh Acres and his adorable goats
1 year e-subscription to the fabulous FIDO Friendly Magazine
Marley and Me: The Puppy Years DVD
Water Bottle Bud Toy from Fugly Friends
pet tag from Silver Paw Tags,
leather leash and collar set from Doggie Stylish
a selection of Tasty Treats from Pet Botanics.

Challenge 5:  Catch Me if You Can: Gretchen Kuhns and her pups Biskit, Slater and Izzy 
1 year e-subscription to the fabulous FIDO Friendly Magazine 
Water Bottle Bud Toy from Fugly Friends
pet tag from Silver Paw Tags
handmade collar from Pooba Pooba 
$40 Gift Credit to DoggyLoot.

Along the way, we got to showcase our fabulous Featured Bloggers and a fantastic product at the same time-- Handmade, All Natural Juniper Wood Fetching Sticks from Molly Products to:
Ashley C
Kelly Ann T
Sharon Gilbert
Carrie Boyko at All Things Dog 
Kari at Hound Girl Blog
Penny Hyde
Gloria Hood  at Hood's Happenings

And, along the way we also offered surprise Pop Up Prizes on Facebook and Twitter to:
Tina Bartinek: Buzzin' Around Collar from Fido's Fashion Collars and a Silver Paw Tag
Pam and Oskaar at Pet Blogs United: Ants at a Picnic collar and Doggy Pedometer
LuLu from Life With Lulu:   beautiful flowers collar


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Top 10 Things I Learned at K9Kamp Blog Hop

Top 10 Things I Learned at
Koly and Kelly's K9 Kamp 

10. I can't blame Kelly for my laziness...she likes to exercise!

9. Technically, it's still a game of Fetch even when the dog won't return the stick. But, that's something I'd like to work on with Kelly. (Me: Kelly drop it!  Kelly: Make me!)

8. You can burn more calories walking if you let your dog lead you around. Kelly has a different idea of how to navigate the neighborhood than I do, and it often involved side routes and trails off the beaten path.

7. Never jump over obstacles with your dog while trying to capture it all on camera at the same time. Unless you are much more coordinated than I. (My knees still hurt!)

6. Always reward your dog with a belly rub for a job well done.

5. Kelly loves spending time with me, and working out together means we're doing something good for our health as well.

4. I have no upper body strength. None. 

3. I used to think I was doing a great thing by getting off my butt and walking the dog once a day. Now I see that we both really need more, and it's so beneficial to get more active every day.

2. I don't have to just walk with my dog for exercise. There are many other activities that are great exercise and lots of fun too.

1. Dogs make the best fitness buddies!
Join our Blog Hop! Just click here to find the directions and Link on Up! And see what our featured bloggers were up to on their last fitness challenge.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kelly Outsmarts Me

I told Kelly it was time to take a walk is her idea!
Can I get a push here, Mom??

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pilates for Pups

 Sometimes I get down on the living room floor and do some exercises, and Kelly climbs all over me and sits on my stomach and licks my face...turns out, we are doing PAWS-ilates!

 PAWS-ilates is a new fitness program you can do with your dog, created by fitness expert Andrea Metcalf. Not intended so much as a doggy workout, but as a way to spend time with your dog and fit fitness into your schedule, too.
Check out this video. This bulldog Wrigley is some serious cute!

paws_v3 from Adam Boettiger on Vimeo

I love the video of her with the bulldog, doing core waist rotations. Kelly is a few pounds over the suggested weight limit for this exercise, but even so I can't quite imagine her staying still while I twisted and turned. This would be great for a smaller dog who loves to be held, though!

"Living a healthy lifestyle is all about making small changes that lead to big results." Andrea has been teaching fitness, training clients and coaching on the subjects of nutrition and health for the past 27+ years. "I believe that staying healthy can make you happier...and I am dedicated to motivating others to achieve their personal best life."
PAWS-ilates DVD:

  • Easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions from America's Fitness Coach
  • Spend time with your pup after a long day at work
  • Stand taller and firm your waistline
  • Your pet will like it as much as you!
  • Learn simple exercises that shape your shoulders and tone your legs
  • Your pet will love the massage
  • Relax and enjoy time with your pet

Friday, October 7, 2011

His favorite food is bacon

I'd like to introduce you to one of our amazing Featured Bloggers at Koly and Kelly's K9Kamp (To meet another Featured Blogger, check out Kol's Notes too!) And, keep reading to the end to find this week's contest for Juniper Fetching sticks from Molly's Products. Good luck!

Pet Blogs United
Your name: Pam
Age: (or undisclosed!) 44
Occupation: Mom, Blogger
Favorite activity: Reading and reading to Oskar too?
Favorite food: Prime Rib

Your dog’s  name: Oskar
Breed: Miniature Schnauzer
Age: 6
Favorite activity: Chasing my blue ball
Favorite food: Bacon!  Oskar, you sound just like my son here. Bacon on everything!

2. Tell us about your blog.