Friday, November 30, 2012

Brooks Books- Dogs on Wheels

Hi Brooks here! The book I found for you today is called Dogs on Wheels, Traveling with your canine companion. I can tell you already that I highly approve of this book, since I like traveling with Mom and Dad. Here's Mom to tell you more!

Me: Dogs on wheels by Norm Mort, published by Hubble and Hattie (c) 2012
This book starts with an interesting introduction to the evolution of dogs, and the way people tend to humanize their dogs. This all leads up to the point that we like taking our dogs places with us, and in most cases dogs enjoy it too.

Because Hubble and Hattie is an imprint of an automobile publishing house (Veloce Inc.) you will find plenty of authoritative information  here on which types of vehicles are best suited for dogs, with lots of pertinent details-- effect of heating and cooling for the rear compartments, safety of the passenger area in case of emergencies, and considering the height of the windows for seeing out. Various makes and model cars are discussed in detail. If you're in the market for a new car, this chapter would be of great benefit to you.

Other chapters include traveling safety, airbags, travel accessories, and handling dog fears and phobias such as car sickness, claustrophobia and anxiety. There's even a chapter on traveling with your dog on a motorcycle or in a motorcycle sidecar!

The books ends with a chapter on dogs in art and advertising, including numerous car ads that include dogs, and mentions of books and films that include dogs who like to travel in cars.

While the actual "how to travel with your dog" information in this book isn't particularly new or revealing, Dogs on Wheels is a unique book combining two interests. This book would be the perfect gift for the car enthusiast who also loves dogs.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday Pet Roundup, Hat and Scarf Edition

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! The winter is setting in here in the northeast, so time to get out the puffer coats and Uggs. Brooks and Kelly model their warm winter wear for you.

* This singer put her pet's needs above her concert tour. Fiona Apple postponed the last leg of her tour to be with her dying pit bull, Janet. She'd rescued the dog as a puppy from a dog fighting ring. "I just can't leave her now, I hope you understand." Apple posted on Twitter.

*  Did you watch the National Dog Show on Thursday? Which breeds were your favorite? I loved the huge Great Dane, who looked even larger because his handler was on the short side. And the Bearded Collie was so cute. The winner? Sky, a wire fox terrier. Remarkably, a wire fox terrier also took the honors last year!

* Which animals are considered illegal to keep in New York City apartments? Is it permissible to slaughter rabbits in Chinatown? The New York Times interviews Christine Mott, chairwoman of the animal law committee of the New York Bar Association. If you live in the Big Apple, find out how animal laws affect you.

* Cherise Udell from Care2 writes the slightly tongue and cheek 8 Reasons Cats are Better than Kids. Funny or just plain wrong?

*Enjoy this picture!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Great Books for Dog Lovers, Cyber Monday


I'd love to make it cheaper and easier for you to get my books, so today for Cyber Monday I'm offering a great deal on signed copies with a personalized message to you or a friend.


Dieting with My Dog and Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw  BUY ONE, GET ONE HALF OFF the list price. Buy two of the same or mix and match. Great gifts for your pet loving friends and family.

Only $2.00 shipping per order, no matter how many books you buy!

Just email me at peggyfrezon (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know which books you'd like, and how you'd like them signed.

Offer good through 11:59pm Monday 11/26/12.
Thank you!















Dieting with my Dog- List Price $19.99
Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw- List Price $13. 95

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday Finds for Pet Lovers

Nothing like a mini me plush toy!
Looking for great deals on great gifts for pets and pet lovers?



* 2012 Gift Guide from DogTipper! (Including a mention of Dieting with my Dog. Thank you Dog Tipper!)

*I'm also happy to tell you about Chewy.com's Cyber Monday Sale with 50% off of everything but food...that's 3,000 products marked down! Chewy.com is my favorite for their wonderful customer service and super fast delivery.

* And, I'm excited to add my own, very first Cyber Monday Sale. Today through the end of the day Monday, 11/26/12 you can get my books--Dieting with My Dog and Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw for BUY ONE, GET ONE HALF OFF the list price. Just email me at peggyfrezon (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know which books you'd like, and how you'd like them signed. I'd love to sign them for you. Thank you so much.

* Here are 5 great Cyber Monday deals for cat lovers, listed by Catster and 5 great Cyber Monday deals for dog lovers listed by Dogster


More great gift ideas:

* Awesome pet squall jacket in blue, red, green, yellow or orange  for $29.50 from Lands End.

 * Catit Designs Senses Speed Circuit toy $14.41 from Pet Food Direct

* Spot Skinneeez fox stuffing free plush toy 14 inch, $3.00 Pet Food Direct

I hope you find the right gift for your pets and pet lover friends.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Brainy Bone Dog Toy Puzzle Challenge



















Brainy Bones recently sent me 3 dog bone puzzle toys to test. See how they fared. And keep reading...at the end, you can WIN one of 3 Brainy Bones for your dog too!

THE BRAINY BONE DOG TOY PUZZLE CHALLENGE!
The competitors:
Kelly: Cocker Spaniel-Long-haired Dachshund mix, quick, clever, spunky
Brooks: Golden Retriever, lovable, agreeable, easy-going

The challenge:
Who can open their Brainy Bone Interactive Puzzle and eat the treat inside first?

Brainy Bones are anew line of dog brain stimulation toys from Jolly Pets. The toys are for interactive play only and not meant to be used as a chew toy.

They come in 3 different designs:













Peek-a- Bone, the easiest. Just stuff with a treat and close. Your dog works to open the cap and get out the treat.

Whirl-a-Bone- next most difficult. Place a treat inside and close. Your dog has to whirl the top around to open and reveal the treat.

Tug-a-Bone-- the most difficult. Fill inner cavity with a treat and close. Your dog has to tug the middle section, and rotate while continuing to pull to find the treat.

Both dogs were excited to play. Now, before you read the results, let me just say that we love Brooks. We adore Brooks. He's the sweetest dog in the world. Okay, I just had to say that.

I gave Brooks the easiest, Peek-a-Bone.
He worked














 And worked
















 And worked














He did manage to get the cap open, but couldn't figure out how to get the biscuit out! Even when he had it upside down and the treat half sticking out, he didn't seem to get it.He spent a lot of time chewing on the back. Despite his lack of progress he didn't get discouraged, but seemed to enjoy the experience and  texture of the bone (While it is not a chew toy, there is no way to avoid them chewing on it during play. Just be sure to supervise your dog.). I had to "help" Brooks get his dog treat in the end!


Kelly, however, made quick work of the puzzles.
I gave her the Whirl-a-Bone first and she had it open in a matter of seconds.












The Tug-a-Bone took a little longer, but not too long. She did the puzzle 3 times while Brooks worked on his. And she thoroughly enjoyed the process.Her tail wagged the whole time, and she was happily engaged.












































Brooks and Kelly give Brainy Bones 8 paws way up! I highly recommend these toys as a fun interactive way to challenge your dog. If you have a border collie or other clever breed, she will probably be like Kelly and make quick work of it. But if you have an Average Joe like Brooks, he will probably spend much happy time engaged in the toy.
Now, here is your chance to win! Good luck!
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday Pet Roundup - Happy Thanksgiving to you and your pets

My daughter's cat Cinnamon claims equal time for feline!
Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet roundup! Kelly, Brooks and I hope all your Thanksgiving preparations are going well. Have a wonderful holiday!

* Do dogs protect homes from burglars? Would your dog? Check out this CBS Atlanta video as a papillon mix, german shepherd, rotweiller, pit bull and other dogs are taped during a staged burglary.

* From Mashable: a gadget that allows you to feed your pets from your phone.

* People reacted in shock and anger at video of skydiving cats on a television ad for a Swedish Insurance Company. Did the cats really skydive, or was it a trick?

* I want to take a moment to give thanks to all of you who've signed up for my new newsletter, the response has been wonderful! If you missed it, you can always subscribe to Pawsitively Pets now, we'd love to have you join us. Thanks!

* Finally, check out this funny flow chart!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Two Very Different Dogs, One Do it Yourself Dog wash




















Saturday Kelly and Brooks took us to Shampoodle Dog Wash and Spa in Delmar NY. Usually we bathe the dogs in the tub, which requires kneeling on the floor and uncomfortable contortions bending over the tub, sopping towels and a big mess afterward. Would Shampoodle be a good solution?

















The dirty dogs:
Brooks- friendly, calm, senior Golden Retriever
Kelly- anxious, sweet but not reliably friendly with other dogs, Spaniel mix.

We entered the building and were greeted by a friendly receptionist who explained everything we need to know. The dog wash is $13, and two can share a tub for $19. Each tub is in its own little room. We decided one of the rooms with a gate would be best for Kelly. (There were plenty of other dogs there at the time and happily, she didn't have a problem with any of them. But it was nice to have the gate there just in case.)

















The rooms were equipped with aprons for us to wear (although I forgot, which is too bad because I did end up getting rather soaked, due to Kelly's wiggling!), shampoo, conditioner, eye cleaner, ear cleaner, and more.















Kelly went first. She had no problem climbing up the steps and into the tub. It was spacious enough that she didn't feel confined. The tub has a nice, non-slip bottom. We tethered Kelly to the hook and used the nice gentle flow from the shower wand. Everything was in easy reach and convenient. No bending over. We could even get in the tub with her if we needed to, which we did because Kelly isn't the most cooperative when it comes to baths. The staff frequently checked to see if we needed anything, and at one point suggested we used a small rubber scrubber on Kelly, which they said is like a massage, and it really did help calm her.
"Are you sure, Mom?"




















"I guess it's not so bad afterall, Mom!"




















Next Brooks. Because he has skin problems, they brought him a hypoallergenic shampoo. We sprayed the water and he stood there and enjoyed the bath with a smile. No wiggling. Just, "more please!"
















"More please!"

















Two very different dogs. Shampoodle worked great for each of them.

After their baths, the staff brought warm towels, as many as we needed. There is a powerful blow dryer right in the room, which Brooks enjoyed until he was fluffy and dry. For Kelly, I tried using a small hand dryer, but she wasn't too crazy about that. So they brought me chamois which soaked up the water and helped get her fairly dry before we had to leave. I was impressed at how the staff was ready with a solution for any situation, easily adaptable, and agreeable to doing whatever was needed to make it an enjoyable experience for the dog, and pet parent too!

We left with two clean, soft, fluffy dogs...and all the towels, the mess, and wet floor, left behind!
Ready to go!




















We agree, this was a wonderful experience, and the only way we'd bathe our dogs again. If  you live in our area, I hope you try Shampoodle. If not, I hope you have a do it yourself dog wash like Shampoodle near you.
Look how fluffy!

















Brooks Books- The Divinity of Dogs












Brooks: I found this book for Mom because, well, because of the dog on the cover. Isn't it a lovely resemblance? I figure that any book with a golden retriever on the cover has to be good.

 














And this book is full of "true stories of miracles inspired by man's best friend"...I can tell you, and many of my friends can tell you, about miracles. Dogs are great at miracles! Here's Mom to tell you about the book.

Me: The Divinity of Dogs by Jennifer Skiff is a book of more than 70 heartwarming, true stories about dogs and the gifts they bring to us humans. I write frequently about the healing love of animals, a subject which I love, and so I was immediately attracted to this book. In fact, in my book Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw my chapter headings are Animals Heal, Animals Forgive, Animals Teach and Animals Love. Skiff's book chapters include love, forgiveness, and healing. So it's clear we're on the same track!

My favorite section of the book is labeled "Gratitude: Appreciating Home." There I read story after story of dogs who were neglected, abused, or homeless and had been rescued by a loving person. As someone who shares her home with two rescue dogs, I share the emotions expressed by the authors of these tales. I often wonder about my dogs' lives before coming to our home, who they lived with, what their names were, and how they happened to end up alone. It may just be a human foible to think that our dogs are grateful for us rescuing them. Or maybe what we perceive as gratefulness is really their innate ability sense of devotion. Whatever it may be, I am sure dogs feel a sense of peace and happiness when treated with respect and love.

I highly recommend The Divinity of Dogs. The stories are beautifully written and you'll feel like you've shared the joy, the tears, and the experiences told. It's a great book for reading a story or two before bed or when you want to relax for a few minutes.

Friday, November 16, 2012

In Your Mailbox, with Love

Brooks and Kelly are proud to announce our brand new newsletter, Pawsitively Pets, from Peggy's Pet Place.

We're launching this newsletter to bring you more pet news, go in depth on  issues important to you, and to share good news and happy endings--everything PAWsitive!

By subscribing, you'll get the first look at exciting contests and giveaways, special perks only for newsletter subscribers, and totally new content not seen on the blog.

And, when you subscribe, you'll also get FREE my story A Little Sister for Hudson, as seen in Chicken Soup for the Soul, My Dog's Life.

So won't you please subscribe? Brooks, Kelly and I look forward to seeing you there!
Thank you,
Peggy



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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday Pet Roundup-- Fall Fling

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! Kelly and Brooks are enjoying the crisp fall weather and working off a few calories before Thanksgiving.

Here are the links for this week.

*Through love, they're healing. 7 former Vick dogs reunited in California.

* From the Daily News, Rachel Ray has donated $500,000 and tons of food for Sandy pets and also $100,000 for people food banks. "When you make a living in food, you have to give back in the same way," she says.

* Fun Election News: Hank the Cat, a Maine coon cat, came in third in the Virginia Senate race. He garnered 6,000 votes.

* Why do cats paw around their food bowls? Mental Floss has the answer.

*Congratulations to the winners of A Dog Named Leaf:
Kate V
Danielle M
Snoopy

* Friday is the launch of my brand new newsletter, Pawsitively Pets from Peggy's Pet Place. Hope you sign up and join in the fun!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Treats

Thank you Pooch Smooches!
We love our Frosty Paws coupons! And stuffed Frosty Paws dog (but Mom says it's not for us to play with. booo!)
While some people object to the ingredients, which are far from whole and natural, my dogs have done fine with a Frosty Paw treat once in rare a while.

If you prefer you can create your own homemade dog "ice cream" using:
yogurt
mashed banana
peanut butter
honey

Experiment with quantity and ingredients. You can substitute ingredients such as baby food or pumpkin for the banana and peanut butter.
YUM!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Do Dogs Watch DVDs?

Do you leave on the television for your dogs?
Have you ever been tempted to buy one of those dog DVDs for your dogs?

My friend Ellen bought The DVD For Dogs, the Ultimate Dog Sitter DVD for her dogs, a shepherd, a pug, and a great dane. Her dogs did not respond to the sounds and images on the DVD at all. So I offered to try it out with my two. Well, despite the cute picture (I posed them here for the blog, and my husband stood just out of sight to get their attention!), my dogs didn't respond at all either.

Their ears perked up once at the sound of a squeaky toy, but it didn't cause them to look at the dog on the television. For most of the video Brooks napped and Kelly licked her paws. Check out this video.


 The DVD featured scenes of cats, dogs, ostriches (?!) and rats. I'm sure some dogs would be interested or possibly entertained by the sights and sounds of dogs and cats playing but according to my little survey, 5 out of 5 dogs say "paws down" for this DVD.

Despite this review, if you'd like to try this video out for yourself I'll gladly send it to you. Just send me a 6x8 or larger SASE. I'll send it off to the first person to email me and request it. *Update: The video has been claimed. Thank you!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Brooks Says, Adopt a Senior Dog

I'm joining Petfinder in celebrating November as Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month.

Why is this one of my "pet" causes? --If you're a regular here, you know it's because we adopted Brooks as a senior dog. Brooks was 11 years old when we adopted him this spring.


It took a leap of faith to adopt a dog this old. Larger breeds like Brooks don't have a much longer life expectancy, on average. I didn't want to adopt him, only to have my heart broken if we were to lose him in a short time. But my husband sealed the deal when he looked at Brooks and said, "But Honey, he deserves a loving home in his golden years."

Brooks has turned out to be loving, gentle, easy-going, and the perfect dog for us. We've only had him for 6 months so far, and he's stolen our hearts. Even our resident dog Kelly is beginning to come around. She was jealous at first, and put him in his place. Now, at times, she'll lick his face and sleep beside him.


Brooks is easy to care for. "Think of a pet that is already trained and doesn't chew or scratch everything in sight -- a pet who will love you unconditionally," said Kim Saunders, Petfinder.com's Vice President of Shelter Outreach and Public Relations. "That's what you get when you adopt a senior pet."

Some people worry that a senior pet comes with problems. We got lucky. Brooks has fewer "issues" than Kelly, adopted at 1 year old (also through Petfinder.) I think senior dogs just want what any dog wants--love.

Brooks has some health issues--he has allergies and at the moment needs to be on steroids. But no dog, young or old, has any guarantees. A friend of mine paid a hefty price for a labradoodle puppy and after only a month it was discovered that the pup had a life threatening immune condition. (Fortunately the puppy is improving.) When we adopted Brooks, I accepted that we needed to be prepared to provide for additional senior health needs, if they were to arise.

So don't be afraid. A senior dog has lots of love to give. A senior dog deserves a loving home for his or her golden years. During Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month, take the opportunity to get acquainted with the older pets available at your local shelter or rescue group, or at www.petfinder.com.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday Pet Roundup-


Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!
Here are your links for this week:

* More than 600 pets rescued from flood-affected regions. A Facebook group is helping facilitate reunions.

* I love my dogs, but I prefer not to share my meals with them. These pet parents, however, set places for their pets at the dinner table. Check out the Huff Post slideshow. It seems to be more popular with cats.

* A Fox News report theorizes the potential of pets to help provide electrical power to our homes. They found that it would take 765 hamsters running at a reasonable 2 miles per hour to charge your house for one day. (Note: I'm not suggesting we put their theories to the test!)

* From Pawnation, how people are caring for feral cats in Kuwait.

* Don't forget, there's still time to enter to win one of three copies of the book A Dog Named Leaf by Allen and Linda Anderson. You'll love this story about the healing bonds of a special cocker spaniel. Enter today!

*Plus, win one of 3 copies of my book Heart to Heart, Hand in Paw on Goodreads! Contest is open through the end of the month. Good luck!

* Special alert: I'll soon be offering my brand new newsletter, Pawsitively Pets, arriving in your email box twice a month. I'll get more information out soon. I hope you'll sign up for it. Thanks!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Brooks Books- A Dog Named Leaf

Brooks here. I'm always sniffing up the best books about my canine brothers and sisters. And I found a really special one for you today. It's about the special healing capacity of dogs. Well, I know all about that. I was lucky enough to help my human dad heal from a medical situation. Us dogs are great at that, aren't we? I think you should get this book and read all about cocker spaniel Leaf. I'll let my mom tell you the rest.

**Keep Reading! We're giving away 3 copies of the book at the end!!




A Dog Named Leaf
The Hero from Heaven Who Saved My Life
by Allen and Linda Anderson
Release date: November 6, 2012

There are books about dogs helping people. And books about people helping dogs. The best books, however, are about a mutual relationship-- the dog and the person both saving and being saved. Former police officer Allen Anderson and cocker spaniel Leaf's lives come together at just the right time.

"Our paths had crossed at exactly the right place, the right time, and under the right circumstance for us to help each other heal."

Allen thoughtfully relates his anxieties about his upcoming brain surgery, fearing the possibility of sudden death or severe disability. Thoughts of doctors opening up his skull and operating on the very delicate control center of his mind and body consumed him with nightmares. Gradually, thoughts of Leaf--who had revealed himself to be wise and empathetic-- took over Allen's disturbing thoughts. At the same time, Allen gently helped Leaf transform from a fearful dog who growled at strangers and bit the groomer to a friendly, confident and happy companion.

A Dog Named Leaf is a beautiful story told with honesty and depth. You'll be changed by Allen and Leaf's journey. This book will fill you with hope.

Linda and Allen Anderson are speakers, authors, and founders of Angel Animal Network.

Win a copy of A Dog Named Leaf! We're giving away 3 copies!

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*Full Disclosure: I was sent a copy of A Dog Named Leaf for my review. All the opinions expressed here are 100% my own. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Kelly and I Receive Mail from the White House

Look what the mailman 
brought us!


Yup, right in our very own mailbox. It all started a few months ago, when I read that First Dog Bo Obama was on a diet. Well, Kelly and I thought that Bo might just appreciate hearing from another dog who's been on a diet, so we sent him off a nice letter and a complimentary copy of Dieting with My Dog. No political agenda. Just encouragement, dog to dog. If you missed it, we blogged about it here on Bo Obama, Did you Read my Book? 

I knew the President is too busy with business and elections and all and would never see the mail. That's why we addressed it to Michelle and Bo. In my wildest dreams I hoped that some intern would open the package, and think it was such a great idea he'd direct it to the First Lady's attention, who'd take one look at the book, exclaim at how clever it was, open the pages and become inspired by Kelly's and my journey from fat to fit. Heck, maybe she'd even curl up by a fireplace somewhere and read chapters aloud to Bo.

At the least, I hoped to receive a signed photo of Bo!

But this is what we got. 













A form card, thanking us for our "gift." I don't mean to be ungrateful, but no one could even bother to fill in a blank space and at least write "book"? Plus, it would have been nice if they'd sent the reply from the person and/or dog I sent the "gift" to....I didn't send the book to the President, I sent it to Michelle and Bo. It seems as though her staff could have sent a reply. Seriously. 

I'm sure the White House staff has better things to do. But obviously they have people who take care of sending out responses when they receive letters and gifts. It would be nice to think someone actually took the time to look at what was inside the envelope.
This is what Kelly thinks of it all!














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