Monday, January 31, 2011

Walk your dog on Superbowl Sunday

If you're not watching the Superbowl this Sunday, check out Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl.

And, instead of just watching, why not take a break and get outside and walk your dog? Subaru is making that idea even more tempting, with their Game Day Dog Walk Event. Participants who sign up and pledge to walk will be named on Subaru.com and will receive a free doggy MVP pack including Subaru-branded water bowls, flying discs, stuffies, blankets, engraved dog tags and more (while supplies last.) Pledge to walk your dog on game day at Subaru.com/dogs or Facebook.com/SubaruofAmerica.

Now, for a sneak peak! Two new commercials for Subaru, featuring two cute car-driving canines, Olive and Zelda.




(Dramatization! Do not attempt! Always secure your pets!)

According to a press release, two-thirds of Subaru owners are pet parents.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Magical Mystery Mutt Tour

Question: What is this breed of dog pictured? (Answer appears at the end of this post.)

A few weeks ago, Edie, of Will My Dog Hate Me fame posted Name that Breed, a challenging quest to identify the breeds that worked together to make the adorable Wilson. I thought that would be fun to garner reader input on Kelly's possible breeds too. I Still Want More Puppies thought the same. Then, Edie took it a step further, suggesting it would be even more fun to open this up to all of you and your furkids!

So, I'm here to announce the Magical Mystery Mutt Tour Blog Hop, Friday February 4th. Here's what you do: simply write a post including at least two pictures of your dog. Describe your dog's:
height
weight
pertinent personality characteristics.

Post next Friday (2/4), and see what comments you receive.
You can also grab the linky tool, available here or on Will My Dog Hate Me, after 12:01am EST on Friday 2/4, and join the hop. We can't wait to see all the mystery mutts!

So join the fun in the Magical Mystery Mutt Tour and blog hop.
Oh, and the answer to the Question at the top of the post: Morkie (Maltese poodle + Yorkshire terrier.)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Got a great dog photo?

Your dog is sooooo cute!
You know he's special. You know she makes you smile. So why not share that adorable mug with everyone?

Guideposts magazine online announces its new dog slide show. They're looking for smiling dogs, happy dogs, funny dogs. Could that be yours??!

Simply send a photo of your dog (or family member's or friend's dog) that makes you smile, to:


inspireus@guideposts.org (Or if that isn't working, use inspireus@guideposts.com)
Include:
Dog's name
Owner's name
Location
Dog's age
A little sentence about the dog.

The slide show is being updated frequently, so hurry and get those photos in right away!
And don't worry cat owner, kitties turn is coming up soon!

New News:

Just heard of another opportunity to get your pet photos out there now too! (Kitties too!) Thoughts Fur Paws is holding a January Funny Pet Photo Contest. Prizes include treats, toys and more. Send your photos to thoughtsfurpaws@gmail.com.
Smile!

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Cover Revealed!

I can't wait to share this with you all.
As many of you know, my first book is coming out this summer. It's about families, changes, love, losing weight, and of course, Kelly.
After accepting my manuscript, one of the first things my publisher needed was a book cover. This is because, even before the book is actually ready, the cover is displayed in their catalog to help promote and market the book. So, they created a great design, and one day the photographer came over to do a photo shoot.


























































And voila! The book will be released in August. Kelly and I are so excited! Here it is!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Best 2011 Cars for Pet People

What is the best car, designed with your dog in mind? If you're considering buying a new car this year, FIDO Friendly magazine has done the research for you, and put together a list of the Best 2011 Dog-Friendly Cars. These vehicles are tops in traveling safely and comfortably with your dog. Last year the Honda Element earned high marks. Here are some award-winners this year:
Honda Odyssey
* more crate space in the back
* this year's model is lower and wider than before
Toyota Sienna
* tri-zone climate control means dogs in the back can be comfortable too

Jeep Grand Cherokee
* hooks and removable storage bins for all your pet's needs
* power-lift tailgate

Kia Sportage
* five door design
* squared off back for more crate space
* a lot of space for a smaller size vehicle
Chevrolet Traverse
* serious cargo space
* three rows of seats that fold flat

Check out FIDO Friendly for the complete article.
What about you? What features do you look for in a dog-friendly vehicle?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday Pet Roundup

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! Here's Kelly with her snow nose. We sure are getting a lot of snow this week!

*Petside.com presents its list of the Top 25 Pet People of 2010. Some famous, some not so famous, all are credited with helping animals here and around the world. There may be at least one controversial name on the list.

* Deadline Hollywood reveals this cute picture of a cute little dog attending Disney's TCA (Television Critics Association) Presentations ceremony. Apparently the dog belonged to an AOL reporter. And it wasn't even Bring Your Dog to Work Day.

* What do you think of a TV show filming stray dogs, from the dog's point of view? When offered the opportunity to participate, this city said no to "A Dog's Life". Find out why.

* Want to win a totally adorable t-shirt from Freaky Dog People? Check out this cool contest from Doggies and Stuff! Good luck!

* Can your pet predict the weather? Mercury News reports on a poll citing that two-thirds of American pet owners say their pet has a sixth-sense about bad weather. Does yours?

*Also from Mercury News, reader tips on how to keep your indoor cats happy.

* Imagine seeing dogs running loose, living in the streets, starving... Life with Dogs recently shared this post, written by Susan R. Stoltz (Marshall's savior) about a heartbreaking situation in Kayenta Arizona. It has sparked a debate about what can be done and what we, physically far removed, can or should do.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pet Therapy

As many of you know, recently I had some surgery and spent a few days in the hospital. I returned home to a long recuperation. But it is all made easier due to some pet therapy, courtesy of Kelly.

As you can see, I wasn't feeling too well, and Kelly seemed a bit worried. She wrapped herself around my neck to keep me warm and help me recover.










I couldn't get up and around much for a few weeks, and she never strayed too far away.













A few days ago I had my post-op appointment and received my biopsy results--which were negative. Meaning positive results! You know what I mean. Yay! Here is the adorable card my husband gave me to celebrate.



















Thanks for a loving family, I'm feeling stronger every day and well on my way to a complete recovery.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Blog the Change and WOOF

Today I'm taking part in BtC4animals Blog the Change.

I'd like to introduce you to my friend and associate Sharon.
Sharon, a NYC resident, is dedicated to animal rescue, and founder of WOOF: Wagging On and On Forever! The picture at left is Sharon, right after 911, with some of her rescue friends.

Sharon tells me about her first rescue:

"One day I was walking home from being interviewed for adopting a dog--Hero had been shot while protecting his human companion. I took a detour through Washington Square Park. All I could think of was adopting this beautiful, sweet, heroic dog who had risked his life defending the man he lo
ved.

Then I saw a
big, black, furry dog tied with a thin rope to a big tree in a quiet part of the park. He looked so forlorn. A torn cardboard sign hung around his neck: "Owner died; please take dog." I never got to adopt Hero, there were many suitors for him. But I did take Baby Bear home that day, and he was my first rescued dog." (Here's Bear, left.)

Sharon rescues and finds homes for dogs, cats, birds and the occasional snake. Please check out her Petfinder listing for available pets up for adoption (scroll down to WOOF).

Check out Sharon's blog, WOOF!



Friday, January 14, 2011

Glow Little Dachshund, Glow!

Recently I received the opportunity to review a product from csn stores. Trust me, the selection wasn't easy. They have so many great products for dogs, cats, small animals and pet parents. But look what we chose!



















An adorable dachshund shaped lamp.
Here it is in the dark. It would make a great night light.



















The lamp is bigger than you'd think.



















Kelly isn't too sure about her new friend.



















If you'd like this, or other whimsical lamps, or pet products, check out csn stores!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Doggone Excuses

Have you ever tried to walk your dog, only to be confronted by other loose dogs in the neighborhood? Some are just curious, however some Kelly and I have encountered have been aggressive. Kelly, also, is not all too friendly toward other dogs, which is why I keep her on a leash when we walk in the city. It's always a stressful situation, and one that almost led to me give up taking walks--depriving both Kelly and I of healthful exercise. Then I found a solution.

Read our story, Doggone Excuses, in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Shaping the New You, to find out how we learned to handle this stressful situation, and continue to enjoy walking together!

How do you and your dog handle loose dogs on your walks?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Pet Blogger Challenge

Go Pet Friendly and Will My Dog Hate Me created this blogging event, so pet bloggers could unite and reflect upon what we’ve each accomplished on our blogs thus far, and develop a vision for where we’re heading in 2011. I'm happy to participate, and looking forward to checking out the other participants and learning more about you!

1. When did you begin your blog? About 2 years ago.

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog? Admittedly, my original purpose was rather vague. I am a full time freelance writer, and it just seemed like a good opportunity to write about something I love, and to learn more about the digital world.

3. Is your current purpose the same? My purpose has definitely refined.

If not, what’s different? My desire is to share interesting pet news and tips that I hope will help and inspire others, and to connect with other pet lovers.

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you? On schedule (I love schedules!)

If the former, how often — and what techniques do you use to stick to it? I blog on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The best trick I've found is scheduling posts in advance.

5. Are you generating income from your blog? No

If not currently, do you hope to in the future — and how? No, I don't plan to generate income, but I do hope that my blog might generate a bit of interest in my books and articles.

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)? I love the comments! And I always return the favor and comment back to anyone who comments on my blog. It is so encouraging to know someone is really out there reading!

7. What do you like least? I guess I would say that I like the least how time consuming it can be to research, write, post, follow others, comment (although I love doing it!), and keep up to date. It is difficult to do this well, and also eke out time for my freelance writing, editing, other jobs, dog, housework, family, and life!

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011? I hope to connect with even more bloggers and pet lovers!

Thank you Amy and Edie for this challenge!

Friday, January 7, 2011

How to introduce a kitten to your cats at home

Did you, or someone in your family, get a new kitten for the holidays? Do you have other cats at home? Here's some tips from cat owner Mary Beth Frezon, who just added a little kitty to her feline family.

Q- Mary Beth, please introduce us to your new kitten.

MB- My new kitten's name is Molly - she's now about 9 weeks old, she was about 6 weeks old when she was delivered by my co-worker Josh. His cat had four kittens and when he said there was an all black one in amongst the other tuxedo kittens I knew I had to meet her.

Q- How many cats do you have at home?

MB- Molly makes four, although it seems more like 3 honking big cats and a smidge. Deirdre is probably about 10, and the two brothers Archie and Erasmus are about 4. Collectively they're known as the three honking big cats - 3hbc.

Q- How did you introduce the kitten to the cats? How did they react?

MB- I left the newly cleaned and dusted empty carrier out for a few days beforehand and all the big cats wandered in and out and sniffed it all over. I took the carrier to work with me on the designated kitten-pick-up day. She rode home in it (with a little side trip to see my parents).

When I got home, for some reason I thought it would be interesting to take her out of the carrier and set down the empty carrier again. So I put Molly inside my sweater, went inside and let the big cats re-inspect the carrier. Many puzzled looks as they all crowded around it. They paid absolutely no attention to me or to the little black kitten head sticking out of my sweater.

After a few minutes of this, Molly started squirming around and hopped down to the floor. All the big cats came over for a closer look. She did her arched back, puffed out fur thing and without a hiss or growl, all the big cats were just gone. That's sort of the normal thing to happen - small kitten puffs up and maybe gives a little hiss and all the big cats vanish.

Q- What is the cutest/funniest thing about your new kitten?

MB- She was really well socialized and is quite affectionate, although I have to say she's a daredevil and rather fearless. The cutest thing she does is sort of this kitten-godzilla thing where she does a four-footed pounce move followed by walking towards them on her two back legs. They look at her like she's lost her little kitten mind.

Q- Do you have any tips for introducing a new cat to others?

MB- Despite the tales of cat aloofness, they're actually quite social beings. Every group of cats has a clear social structure once you get to know the members. It's important to let the cats adjust to a new member on their own and only take action if it looks like someone is really going to get hurt.

No amount of holding the kitten up to the big cats and saying "look! cute kitten" you should like her!" will help this process, and usually doing that just results in the big cat taking a whack at the little one which makes everyone unhappy. Especially me because I should know better!

After awhile the big cats think the kitten is a special kind of toy that never runs down and there may be some chasing or pretend batting back at the bold little thing. This is usually followed pretty quickly by ear-licking and butt sniffing and next thing you know they're curled up nearby each other.

Another way to introduce a new cat is to keep them in a room separately and let everyone sniff around the door. Screened porches are good for this too.

I always tell people to expect a few weeks of hissing until everyone settles back into place, but I've never had any real cat fights or injuries. (Photo to the left--the black blur you see is Molly, playing with Erasmus.)

The hardest part in all this is of course remaining a neutral human party, especially because there's this adorable new kitten looking for attention and a warm lap. I try to spend some extra time scritching and paying attention to all the big cats individually and as a group. Then I spend time with the new kitten by herself.

Thank you Mary Beth, and all the best to Dierdre, Archie, Erasmus, and little Molly!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Doggy Treadmills

Is one of your upcoming new year's resolutions to lose weight--for your dog? And, have you ever wondered about the benefits of a canine treadmill? This may be a good solution for people who are unable to get outside with their dog, unable to walk or run as fast as the dog needs, or for dogs who enjoy lots and lots of exercise, despite however much you may be able to get out together!

Courtesy of Big Apple Pet Supply in New York, here is a video showing dogs using treadmills, and lots of information about their features and safety.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Do you feel as big as a walrus?

Is your New Year's Resolution to lose weight? Well, if he can do it, so can you!



YOU CAN DO IT!

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