Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- Just too sleepy to help Mom.

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! Kelly and Brooks are just too tired to contribute today. zzzzzz!

* Would you pay $60 or more per night for a luxury vacation for your dog while you go away? What if it included cage free accommodations, plenty of play time and trips outdoors? Fox News reports on k9 Resorts.  

* Four pit bulls were found sick and shivering in the back of a UHaul truck near Albany NY. The man charged is the same man who was charged earlier this month with torturing pitbull puppies in September. The dogs are being cared for by the Mowhawk Hudson Humane Society. Two of the puppies from the earlier case have been adopted, and one passed away.

* We sometimes encounter loose and/or aggressive dogs on our walks and while I feel anxious for my safety, I also feel worried for the dogs and wonder about their home situation. In the news recently,  allegedly aggressive dogs trapped a woman in her car and in another report, two dogs attacked hikers on a trail. What do you do when you encounter a loose dog?

* And now, because we really need a smile after all that... Mashable brings us10 dogs who love winter! Enjoy them sledding, slipping, sliding and springing through the snow!

Happy end of January. Keep thinking spring thoughts!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Straightening Out the Jack, John, Russell, Parsons

I've always loved adorable little Jack Russell Terriers...cute little face, scrappy personality.... but get confused by their seemingly ever-changing name. Is it Jack Russell, or what is this Parson Russell, and recently I read an article about a Russell terrier- no Jack, no Parson. So I did a little digging, and here's the scoop:

Jack Russell terrier-
Photo courtesy of JRTCA
According to the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America, this is the original! They are a type of terrier, however they are not "pure bred" or recognized by the AKC.
They originated in the UK.
bred for: hunting
coat: smooth, rough, or wiry
size: 10- 15 inches at the shoulder
coloring: predominately white, with tan, black or brown markings
temperament: high energy, intelligent

Parson Russell terrier-
Photo courtesy of AKC
This is basically the same dog, only the name has been changed. This is a breed recognized by the AKC in 1997.
bred for: fox hunting
coat: wirehaired or smooth
size: 13 to 14 inches at the shoulder, 13-17 pounds
coloring: white, white with black, white with tan, tri-colored
temperament: high energy, intelligent

 Russell terrier-
Photo courtesy of AKC
This is a new breed recognized by the AKC in 2013.
The main difference appears to be that the legs are shorter.
bred for: fox hunting
coat: smooth, rough, or wiry
size: 10 to 12 inches at the shoulder
coloring: white with tan, white with black, white with tan and black
temperament: high energy, intelligent

Who is Jack Russell anyway?
Jack Russell is the Rev. John (nickname Jack) Russell, who was a respected huntsman in the UK.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Caption This - Orangutans Just Wanna Have Fun

Caption this!


Last summer we visited the National Zoo in Washington DC. The orangutans traversed these high wires to get from one area to another large play area. The ropes were somewhere around 40 feet high and the orangutans had no difficulty swinging along. Visitors below were advised to stay out of the "splash zone" in case nature called while the orangutan was overhead.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Brooks Books- Cooking up some Treats

Brooks here. Okay, what's not to like about a cookbook for dogs? I's a cookbook...for dogs! My Dog Says I'm a Great Cook! is a drool-worthy book from the publishers, readers and fans of DogTipper. These experts certainly know what's cookin'! Here's Mom with the review.

me:  We're all want to feed our dogs quality food, and one way to make sure they are getting the wholesome ingredients we want is to make our own food. Whether you like to cook all your dog's meals yourself, or maybe just an occasional treat, you'll find so many yummy recipes to love in My Dog Says I'm a Great Cook!

***Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of this book!***


Authors Paris Permenter and John Bigley are editors and publishers of Dog Tipper, authors of Barkonomics: Tips for Frugal Fidos, and numerous other books. They're also pet parents to two rescue dogs, Tiki and Irie. One fun part of this book is the recipes from other pet parents and dog bloggers, as well.

You'll find recipes for Turkey Meatballs, Jerky Treats, Peanut Butter Tasties, Bacon-Flavored Biscuits, Fishy Brownies, Liver Treats, Easy Banana Yogurt, Roastcicles, and more! There are even special holiday recipes. There are more than 100 great recipes.

I'm not much of a cook, but I tried a recipe. Here we are mixing up PB and Applesauce Dog Biscuits. I like that the recipe called for ingredients I had around the house. The biscuits were super easy to make, and Kelly and Brooks absolutely loved them. This definitely encourages me to try more recipes soon.

I know Kelly and Brooks will thank me.

Would you like to win a copy of the book for yourself? Just leave a comment below to enter. Make sure you leave a way for me to contact you if you win. (****Note: A second book is being given away to a lucky subscriber of Pawsitively Pets newsletter. Just leave a second comment, saying you are a subscriber. It's perfectly okay to subscribe right now and then leave a comment!)

 Winners drawn at random. Contest ends February 4th. Good Luck!
If you don't win, find out more on Dog Tipper or check out My Dog Says I'm a Great Cook! on Amazon.

*full disclosure: We were given a copy of My Dog Says I'm a Great Cook! for review and two for giveaways, but this in no way influenced my review. The opinions here are 100% my own.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- small dogs, clunkers for cats

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!

*Like small dogs? Quiz yourself-  can you name all 10 of Animal Planet's Top 10 Kid-Friendly Small Dogs? (I got 8 out of 10.)

*Monkey waiters, plumber ferrets, llama golf caddies...Mashable brings you 11 animals with real-life careers.

* Got a car that's seen better days? Donate your old car to the Humane Society's Clunkers for Cats. They'll even tow it away at no cost to you!

*And now for something adorable--- a sheepdog who not only herds sheep, but also holds a bottle of milk for them as well? So cute!

What about you? Do you share your home with a small dog? What are your thoughts on the animals with careers? Wasn't that sheep herding dog cute?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

31 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle

I love focusing on positive approaches to pet care, especially when it comes to pet weight loss. From Show us Your Dog's Waist, to Slimdoggy App, I've recently written about ways to help your pet get fit. And now, here's another. Spring Naturals "Fit With Fido" 31 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle.
Starting January 1st, each day Spring Naturals is highlighting a new Fit Tip on their Spring Naturals Facebook page, focusing on one of four categories: Fitness, Nutrition, Lifestyle or Inspiration. They are even hosting several expert contributors from the fitness, pet and vet sectors throughout the program! And check it out, yesterday, Fit Tip #21, was from me, Kelly and Brooks! In addition, other Fit Tip tippers are: 
 - Kristen Seymour, Vetstreet Associate Editor and Fit Bottomed Girls Columnist 
- Sue Naiden, Personal Trainer and Trio Animal Foundation Founder & President
 -Lindsay Stordahl, Professional Dog Runner and That Mutt blogger
- Dr. Dawn Marcus M.D., Author, Animal Advocate and Fit As Fido blogger
Some may wonder why a line of dinners and treats for dogs is leading the way to a healthier lifestyle. The answer is simple; Spring Naturals is revitalizing the way people feed their pet. According to Rob Cadenhead, Vice-President of Marketing & Sales at Spring Naturals, “A meal is only as nutritious as its parts. Spring Naturals prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients that nourish the pet and support a healthy lifestyle.” The #1 ingredient in Spring Naturals’ formulas is always more real meat, plus a unique blend of high-quality proteins. Next, they add a balanced blend of whole vegetables and fruits – like spinach, blueberries and apples – that are naturally rich in antioxidants.
Follow the Spring Naturals "Fit With Fido" campaign on any one of their social media platforms:


Monday, January 21, 2013

Mobile App Helps Dogs Get Fit and Healthy

Steve and Jack. Look at Jack now!
 When Steve Pelletier adopted his
7- year-old yellow lab, Jack, the dog weighed 105 lbs. and was on Prozac (for anxiety and hyperactivity) and Rimadyl (pain reliever, often for arthritis). Jack was considered unadoptable- he'd been in the shelter for over a year before Steve and his family took a chance on him and devoted themselves to helping Jack reach a healthy weight.

Steve's story immediately touched me, for several reasons. One, because my husband and I had a yellow lab named Hudson who became obese. At the time, we didn't have the understanding we should about Hudson's diet and activity level. (Because I was then 30 lbs overweight myself, I hadn't made health and fitness a personal priority either.) And second, through my book Dieting with my Dog, I aim to inspire others to become fit and healthy with their pets, too.

If only I'd had Steve's app, SlimDoggy! I would have had a hands on, user friendly tool to guide me through everything I needed to know to help Hudson.

SlimDoggy is a mobile app which helps pet parents fight canine obesity and have happy and healthy dogs. The SlimDoggy App contains a calorie database of about 2,000 dog foods and allows for the tracking of the dog’s activity each day. You can input the amount of food you feed them each day, their activity levels, and SlimDoggy tells you automatically whether you are overfeeding or underfeeding. You never again have to guess how much to feed your dog!

Measuring my dog's food is one of the healthy habits I learned on my journey that helped our next dog after Hudson--our spaniel-mix, Kelly-- achieve success and take off  6 pounds and regain her girlish figure! SlimDoggy encourages pet parents to measure their dog's food as well (they even have a special SlimDoggy measuring cup in their store!)

Jack's tale is a success story. By understanding his dog's individual needs, Steve helped Jack slim down to 85 pounds in 3 months time. Jack is off both medications, and is now a happy and healthy dog– his behavioral problems disappeared as fast as his excess weight! And he loves to run with Steve!

Nearly half the dog in the U.S. are overweight or obese. SlimDoggy App tracks activities by intensity level, daily activity time, activity type, duration and distance, or through GPS. Their database contains dog food, snacks and people food (e.g. bacon) or you can add custom food. An "auto feed” function sets up a normal feeding so that you can set it and forget it.

SlimDoggy is committed to addressing both the dog obesity problem and the dog abandonment problem in the US. They donate a portion of their ongoing revenue to dog rescue organizations.

Like Slimdoggy on Facebook
@Myslimdoggy on twitter
Check out the SlimDoggy blog!

We use SlimDoggy. Here are screen shots from the SlimDoggy accounts I set up for Brooks and Kelly!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Two wagging cheerleaders for Super Dog Sunday

Give me an S
Give me a U
Give me a P
Give me an E
Give me an R
What do you get?

Wait! Not Supper? Oh well.

Kelly and Brooks here, cheering for Super Dog Sunday.
Brooks says I know I'm a jokes about the purple hair bows please :(

Super Dog Sunday™

We're on the cheer team! 

Dedicated to telling you all about the big fun--
DogTipper and All Things Dog Blog are combining to bring you the third annual Super Dog Sunday™, a photo contest that is a 100 percent charitable event benefiting Petfinder Foundation. This event encourages pet lovers to enter football-themed photos of their pets and/or of adoptable Petfinder pets. Last year, several pets featured during the photo contest found forever homes and the event sponsors made over $1,000 in donations to Petfinder Foundation! There are even tons of great prizes for lucky entrants.

Start off with some pregame fun with the #SuperDogPics Twitter party on January 20, an event where you can learn more about improving your dog photography and doctoring Petfinder photos to give them a football theme.

Then, submit your photos to The photos will be posted on DogTipper and All Things Dog Blog starting Jan. 20 through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. And don't forget to enter the drawing for great prizes!

The sponsors of Super Dog Sunday™ are:
Petfinder Foundation is a great cause, so I hope you all join in the fun of Super Dog Sunday!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Brooks' Books- How to Cause Mischief

Brooks here! I've got an awesome book for you today. It's not going to take you a long time to read. It's full of pictures of dogs doing lots of cute things. And, if you're a dog like me, you're going to learn something really valuable! How to cause mischief. What's not to love?

 Here's Mom with the review:

 One of the all-time cutest dogs in Blogville might also be one of the most mischievous. How do I know? Because he wrote the book! If you haven't yet read the book Mischief Master Class by Snoopy and Annette Vivian, then you should hurry right now and get a copy, because it's most likely the cutest book you'll ever read!

*Image courtesy of Snoopy's Dog Blog.
Snoopy (left) is a 2 year old Bearded Collie therapy dog and Master of Mischief. He wants all dogs to listen to that little voice, the Mischief Whsiperer, and to know that you don't have to grow out of mischief when you grow up.

Here are some of Snoopy's rules:

* Look cute when you get busted
* Hide the evidence
*Get a good accomplice

Snoopy even lined up help from his friends to tell their mischief tales
Leroy and Sherman
and more!
And full disclosure, Kelly has a story in there too about her mischief chasing ducks, and there's even a story in there about my mom's black labs Topper and Chief and how they ate an entire chocolate cake and hid the evidence.

Full of 100 color photos of Snoopy and friends caught in the act! In the end, you get your own certificate of mischief! And, 50% of the proceeds of the book benefits therapy dogs.
Don't forget to check out Snoopy's Monday Mischief hop on his blog!

In honor of Snoopy's Mischief Master Class, leave a comment sharing something mischievous your dog's done!

*I was provided with a copy of the book for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- Snowdogs and Warm Cats

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!

*It's always nice when I can find something of interest in the sports my husband and son watch so much. Here, two playful retrievers stole the show for a bit was they wandered onto a soccer match in Turkey. I love how playful they were, I wish they hadn't been ejected from the game!

*It's quick. It's safe. It's easy. And it may make all the difference if you lose your pet. This year, resolve to get your pet microchipped. The more I hear about pets being reunited because of a microchip, the more I recognize the importance. Brooks is microchipped, but Kelly is not. It's time for us to take responsible action. Are your dogs microchipped?

*How can we help street cats? From the New York Times, here is a slideshow of low cost cat shelters, made out of insulated coolers, recycled cat food cans, plastic bins and more.

*And from PetPR, here's news of a lightbox for dogs suffering from SADD.

Did you make a new year's resolution involving your dog?
Do you find that your dog or cat suffers from SADD? Or are you enjoying the winter weather to the fullest?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Blog the Change- Dogs Deserve Better

Today and Blog the Cause,
a day where dog bloggers unite and write about a cause near and dear to our hearts.
The way dogs are treated is on my heart today. I'd like to share about the group Dogs Deserve Better.

What does a dog need?
Obviously food and water. And shelter. Most would agree love. Companionship.

What does a dog want?

A steak
Your slipper
That comfy spot on the couch.
To be scratched under the chin.
To be loved.  To be understood. 

What does a dog deserve?
For many, dogs deserve better.
We domesticated them. We decided that, for whatever reason, we wanted to get a dog. And yet, many dogs are relegated to the back yard day and night, chained to a tree. Left to live their entire lives in a pen. Maybe even given enough food. Kept up to date with yearly vaccinations. But never let inside, never taken for walks, never allowed to play, never given a chance to develop a human-canine relationship.

Dogs deserve better.

Take the case of Burro, a large white bulldog who lived on the roof of a business in Florida. Yes, he had shelter to protect him from the sun. He was given food and water. But the extreme heat on top of the roof, the lack of grass and trees and contact with anything else living, must have made for an unpleasant and unfulfilled life for a domestic animal. Animal Services said that this was not against the law.

This dog deserves better.

Dogs left chained outside often live within the same 10 foot radius, day after day, year after year. They often have no way to escape biting black flies or other insect infestations. Even with a dog house, they may suffer in extreme temperatures. In some cases collars have become too tight. But just as bad as the physical pain in the lack of mental stimulation and emotional connection. Dogs are part of the family--that means different things to different people, and you may carry that as far as having your dog by your feet as you watch television, to taking your dog on vacation with you, to dressing your dog in outfits and parading him around to your friends.Whatever you and your dog like.

Dogs Deserve Better is an organization that fights for chained and penned dogs. "Bring dogs into the home and family. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets."

If you have a neighbor who keeps a dog chained or penned, you can obtain a flyer or doorknob hanger from Dogs Deserve Better to help educate the pet owner.

Have a Heart for Chained Dog Week is Feb 7-14. Help spread the word!
Dogs deserve better.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Girlish figure and manly physique

Alert friend Jackie at Pooch Smooches alerted me to this great blog hop over at Dawg Business: Show off Your Dog's Waistline Campaign. Well I just had to join in!

 Pet Obesity is a subject I've blogged about often and it's receiving a great deal of media attention, as more than half our pets in the U.S. are obese or overweight. My yellow lab, Hudson, was overweight. Then my little spaniel Kelly started to get pudgy around the middle. That's when I realized that my bad habits (too much food, not enough exercise!) were affecting my dogs.

So as many of you know, Kelly and I motivated each other to lose weight, and wrote about it in our book, Dieting with my Dog. I lost about 40 lbs and Kelly lost 6 lbs, which put us at exactly the right weight. She's maintained her weight loss and good habits. The thing is with Kelly it is tough to see her waist because she has a lot of thick, flowy hair. But here's her waist!
Under all that fur is a slim waist.

We've only had Brooks for less than a year and still trying to get a clear idea of what Brooks' weight should be or how much we should feed him. But I think he's just about right. Even though he's 11 years old, he loves to go on walks and keep active.

Brooks is doing well at keeping in shape.

Here are some of our tips:
1. Adjust amount of food to make up for treats. My dogs do get a lot of treats during the day, so I feed slightly less at meal times.

2. Measure the food. If you don't, it's easy for your scoop to get out of hand.

3. Offer fruits and veggies. Kelly loves baby carrots. Brooks loves bananas.

You can do it! Keep on keeping fit and healthy with your dogs!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Brooks' Books- Of Wolves and Westies

Brooks here. I'm so far behind on my book reviews, I'm going to bring you TWO books today. One is The Truth about Wolves and Dogs by Toni Shelbourne. Should I exercise my inner wolf? Aroooo!

The other book is You Tell Your Dog First by Alison Pace. Well, naturally you tell your dog first. Who else would you tell?

Here's mom with the reviews:

The Truth about Wolves and Dog by Toni Shelborne
Veloce Publishing ltd
ISBN 978-1-845844-27-1

You've probably heard talk about diet, and how dogs are descended from wolves so they should eat raw meat like wolves. Or about training, and how wolves are pack animals, and you should be the alpha dog to your dog's pack. And then someone may counter, saying that dogs are no longer the same as wolves, they've been domesticated, and thus their needs are quite different.

Well which is true?

This beautiful, coffee-table book takes on the task of explaining the physical and behavioral differences between dogs and wolves, and further, explains that we shouldn't expect our dogs to have the same needs as wolves.
             "(Dogs) have given up a lot to live with modern man and are now so closely linked with us that they have sacrificed the ability to survive long-term in the wild without us."

The subtitle "Dispelling the myths of Dog Training" refers to Shelborne's preference for positive training methods. She encourages the reader to challenge old traditions and misconceptions, and question the advice given by "out-of-touch and out-of-date dog trainers." She dispels the dominance theory of training and explains how to achieve a partnership based on mutual trust, love and respect.

First, you're going to learn a lot about wolves, and packs, and the physical differences between wolves and dogs (wolves have larger brains!), body language, and family life.
 Next are chapters about how to understand your dog. I think that is key to any good dog training, and relationship. I especially enjoyed the numerous photographs of dogs and wolves, with explanation of the body posture and facial expressions and what it meant.
Why is your dog licking his nose?
Is your dog dominant, or in pain?
Are they playing or fighting?
Why does my dog avert her gaze?

This is not a training manual but an excellent reference and myth buster! I think it's a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand their dog.

You Tell Your Dog First
by Alison Pace
Berkley Books

I'm a big fan of Alison Pace's fiction books including Pug Hill, City Dog, and A Pug's Tale, so I was excited to read her newest book of personal essays.

Instead of a pug, the cover is graced by a sweet Westie moseying along a city sidewalk.

Pace lived life surrounded by dogs: Joey the St. Bernard, Morgan the poodle, Mischief the English Bulldog, Boswell the Mastiff, Maxwell the Wolfhound/Sheepdog, Sasha the Shar-Pei, Jake the Corgi, and more. So naturally her essays revolve around dogs. Finding an apartment that allowed dogs. How dogs helped her make friends. How dogs affected relationships. Dog-related jobs.

According to Pace, "you tell your dog first about the date you just had...about the questionable results of a medical test...about the good and the bad...about everything."

You will enjoy reading about experiences with many different dogs, or as it states on the back cover, "...the tales of a dog person who found her dog."

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pet Blogger Challenge - Paws to Reflect

Once again, Amy from Go Pet Friendly has put us to the task of reviewing our goals and achievements with the third annual pet blogger challenge.This is open to all pet bloggers, so grab the questions, put on your thinking cap, and join the linky!

1.  How long have you been blogging? Provide a link to your post from last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge so we can refresh our memories.

 I've been blogging 5 or 6 years

Here's last year's post

2. What do you consider the most important goals you set out in last year’s post?

Last year I challenged myself to step it up with more useful content, topics that will help other pet parents or get them thinking.

 3.  Have you made progress toward those goals, or have your goals changed over the past year?

I’ve added Brooks’ Books (book reviews), more guest posts, and a feature called Pointer and Counterpointer, discussing two sides of an issue.  I’ve also started a newsletter, PPP’s Pawsitvely Pets which is kinda like a short, cool ezine, where I share good news, dog treat recipes, and popular posts, and I’m having so much fun with it, I hope you check it out!

 I don’t tend to take on really controversial topics on the blog, but I think I’ve been successful in steering away from obvious topics that may be common knowledge to most pet blog readers who, as you know, are very smart already.  In my effort to avoid controversy, however, I think sometimes I play it too safe. I may brush the surface instead of revealing my deepest thoughts. I still marvel at some of my favorite bloggers (you know who you are!) and wish I’d said that.

4. How often do you post? 
Minimum of 3 days/week, up to 6 days/week

5. Has your opinion of blogging on a schedule or as the spirit moves you changed?

I love having a schedule!

If you publish on a schedule, why? How strict are you about your publishing deadlines? What do you do for inspiration when it feels like you’ve covered every topic?

As a freelance writer, I have multiple projects going at all times, so I have to stick to a schedule or I’d have papers and notes flying all over the place and no idea what I’m doing. (Haha reality isn’t much different.) I have a general editorial calendar for the year which is subject to change as the need arises. Then I have a schedule of what specifically I plan to write for a couple months, and I try to post at least a week in advance. I love it when I get several posts scheduled ahead, so that takes the pressure off a bit. The key is being flexible, because I often have to shuffle things around.

I have to admit that I’m never stuck for inspiration, I always have more to blog about than there is time to blog. Kelly and Brooks aren’t always in the midst of exciting blog-worthy stunts, so I read the newspapers and check out pet websites to see what catches my eye and what people are talking about. I receive quite a few requests from companies and individuals asking for reviews or offering guest posts, which I also welcome.

 6. How much time do you spend writing your blog per week? How much time visiting other blogs? Share your  tips for staying on top of it all.

Agh! The answer is too much and never enough. Most days I visit other blogs and leave comments, and this takes 2 or 3 hours every morning. It could take even longer because I have so many wonderful blogs in my Google reader that I would want to keep up with, but I never can do it all. I love connecting with so many other bloggers and always feel like I’m missing out when I fall behind.

 I have no idea how long it takes to write the blog, it feels like I’m doing it on and off  all day-- between scouting ideas, writing, designing, posting. Book reviews are the most time consuming because it takes a few days to read the books first.

7. How do you measure the success of a post and of your blog in general (comments, shares, traffic)?

I feel really good when I get a lot of comments because that means the content was engaging enough to initiate sharing of thoughts and opinions. When I don’t get many comments, I try to analyze if it was a boring topic or was it because I hadn’t had time to connect on all my social media networks? I have no scientific method of analyzing this however! I actually don’t check my stats often, and envy those who analyze posts and are so smart about it all. I check my overall pageviews once in a while and I’m really happy with how well they’ve grown!

8. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one issue you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

Great question! Actually, if I may, I’d like to ask for help with two issues

*Do you enjoy reading product reviews?
*If you’re familiar with my Wednesday Pet Roundup, do you have any tips for how I can improve it? Do you click on the links? Are there too many or too few links? Too much or too little details? Should I move it to a different day of the week? Anything else?

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2013?

My goal is to be more personal, to dig deeper, and to focus on quality posts that say what I really want to say. I will continue to support pet adoption and focus on healthy lifestyles with pets. I am so grateful to this community of bloggers and their pets, some of whom we lost this past year, and I thank you all for being a part of my world. I’m looking forward to continuing to celebrate, support, share and grow together in 2013.