Thursday, February 28, 2013

For Dogs who like to Sleep on the Bed

My dogs like to sleep on the bed.
No two ways about it, our bed is the preferred spot in the house. Dirty paws messing up the comforter. Stray dog hairs on my pillow. Our bed just isn't big enough for husband, wife, spaniel and golden retriever. So what is the solution?
Be sure that their own bed is equally comfortable!
Kelly has a nice, cushiony bed she loves. But Brooks had a lumpy old pillow. Since he's a senior, I thought it was time for something special.

I found just what we needed at The Uncommon Dog.















I must say I'm impressed with the products on this site. Mostly dog beds, dog crates, dog carries and strollers, with other items such as dog houses and travel supplies too. I looked through the offerings-- more than 400 different dog beds alone! What I liked best was the way you can search the site: by size, color, shape, fabric, brand, price...you name it.
















We decided that Brooks should have an orthopedic bed. We selected the Carolina Pet Company luxury pillow top mattress bed. This bed has a 4 inch thick foam base with a tufted pillow top above, all covered in a soft, zippered removable cover. The bed comes in chocolate, caramel, earth red and sage, and in 3 different sizes.

















Once we ordered we were sent a tracking number, and the bed arrived in only 3 days! It was packaged in a sturdy box and the bed looked even better than we'd imagined. This bed is really thick and comfortable, and holds its shape.














Best of all, Brooks loves the bed. I feel better that his old bones and joints are cushioned and that he has a comfortable place of his own to sleep. I can't say enough about the quality of the product and the superb service at The Uncommon Dog. If you have any needs for pet supplies, I hope you don't hesitate to visit their site.


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*Disclaimer: We were provided this dog bed for our review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own. 


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup -the best for you this week

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! Kelly and Brooks are waiting for you to come give them a hug!

* Tip for parents: Realize that puppies and babies don't "grow up together." Hire a Nanny blog shares an article, How to Choose a Kid-Friendly Family Dog.

* A dog tongue-scraping brush video channel now has more than 4 million views! What do you think of the videos? What do you think of the product?

* abc news brings a great report about a fat camp for dogs. I hope all of them are reading Dieting with my Dog! You work it, Magic the waffle-chip raiding yellow lab.

* Dogs aren't the only weight-challenged pets. Steve Dale tells us that overweight cats are an epidemic.

* What about people who can't afford pet food? krqe news 10 in Albuquerque reports on a new pet food stamps program.


* Do you like pet product giveaways? I've got 'em! Enter to win Bil Jac liver treats (ends Friday). And check back for upcoming giveaways:
(Friday) Organic cat nip
(Friday) Hoorag bandana
(Monday) PetCake for Dogs
(Monday) PetCake for Cats
(Thursday) Kumfy Koatz warming/cooling harness
and more coming up!


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

5 Tips for Positive, Happy Dog Training, and treats

"Bond to the dog with your heart, but train with your brain. In other words, don’t get emotional about your training efforts. Make it fun for the dog." -Joel Silverman

 During Responsible Pet Ownership month, have you decided to work on some training issues with your dog? (Earlier this week, I asked you to help me with some of my training issues!) To make training a positive experience, dog trainer and Bil-Jac dog food advocate, Joel Silverman, offers these 5 tips:

* Keep reading for your chance to win some free Bil-Jac training treats!  :)

5 Training Tips from Joel Silverman:

1. Get to know your dog and build a relationship with him. Find out what he likes and dislikes. Even notice where in the house he prefers to build the bond.

2. Set a goal of what you want to accomplish. If you display any doubt, your dog will pick up on that doubt and be less responsive. Have a game plan.

3. Understand that you will train only part of the behavior in each session. Keep the training sessions short, about two to three minutes. Repeat the session several times a day.

4. Keep it as positive as possible when working with your dog, but understand there is a right way and wrong way for a correction. Corrections are merely “interruptions.” Be open-minded.

5. Always end on a positive note. You want your dog to look forward to the next training session. When it ends, go play with him, take him out for walk and just have a good time with him… maybe he give him a treat.

Bil Jac sent Kelly and Brooks some training treats to try. They love the Gooberlicious peanut butter treats and Chicken liver treats! They're both soft, and small so that they're perfect for training without overfeeding. Chicken liver and chicken are the first ingredients in both these treats.

Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win some Bil-Jac treats for your dog!











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-About Joel Silverman
For over 30 years Joel has worked behind the scenes training animals for movies, TV shows, and commercials. He was hos of the popular television series Good Dog U on Animal Planet, and has a syndicated TV series, Dog & Cat Training With Joel Silverman.

-About Bil Jac
-Bil-Jac is based in Medina, OH and is a family-owned business that stands for more than 60 years, dedicated to the highest quality and freshest ingredients available. Bil-Jac prides itself on catering to the nutritional needs of your pet, using plenty of fresh chicken and protecting essential amino acids. 


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 *Disclosure: We were provided with this product to try and one to give away, but this in no way influenced our post. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Monday, February 25, 2013

You Be the Trainer- Mine All Mine!

Stuffie--mine, all mine!
I am not very intuitive about training. I've taught my dogs the basics--sit, stay, etc--but when it comes to solving basic household doggy dilemmas, I've got a lot to learn.

That's why I figured I'd go right to the experts--other dog lovers who have perhaps dealt with the same issues and found a solution. So, would you solve my training problem?







 Problem: Toy Hoarding

Toy Box--mine, all mine!

When we adopted Brooks, Kelly let it be known right away that she was the boss. Brooks respectfully backed off, which is really one of the main reasons why we are able to have two dogs. We've worked out most situations, such as feeding them in different rooms. But playtime is a problem. Kelly wants ALL the toys ALL the time. The only thing she'll let Brooks have is tennis balls, which he loves (and she's too girly to bother herself with chasing after them.) But when it comes to any other toys- chewing, tugging, dismembering stuffies or anything else, Kelly won't share.

At least I've got my tennis ball!

I've tried separating them for toys, but now that Kelly has asserted herself, Brooks won't touch the toys, even if she's out of the room. He takes it in his mouth and seems to want to play, but then drops it and lays down and looks at it. I really don't think that he's just disinterested in toys. I think he expects Kelly to come and take it away. I am happy that he at least has tennis balls to play with, but think he'd probably enjoy a variety.

So what do you think? How can I encourage Brooks to play with the toys? Will Kelly and Brooks ever be able to play with toys in the same room?

What would you do? You be the trainer!

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Friday, February 22, 2013

A cute white puppy wants to meet you

When my daughter introduced me to her friend's new puppy, I just knew I had to introduce all of you! That's because Gunner is so cute, I know he'll make you smile. 
Gunner's mom, Jackie, answers all my questions. Meet Gunner, a 7 month old Westie.
Q- What are Gunner's best qualities?
Gunner is super friendly. If we walk into Petsmart he will randomly walk up to strangers and sit down in front of them waiting for them to pet him or give him a treat just for being him. He's bold, curious and smart.
Luckily Gunner is not a yapper but he does let us know when someone is at the door or when something in not right outside. 
Q- What are the challenges?

Westies get bored easily, so you always need to have challenging toys on hand, making sure to change them out every few days.

Gunner knows how to get what he wants. Even though he knows his tricks on command, sometimes he looks at us like, "Do I get a treat if I do this?" He requires a lot of  attention and if I'm not careful, my little sweet westie can turn into a little bossy pants! If I'm on the phone or not paying attention to Gunner he will start walking in front of me to stop me in my tracks, as if to say, "Hey, pay attention to me!"
Gunner is also a digger. He even finds places inside the house to dig, like the couch. My husband and I try to discourage digging between the couch cushions by setting up piles of towels or blankets with treats underneath, so he can still dig but not ruin the couch! 
Q- What is his personality like?  
Where do I begin to describe this furry little creature's personality? It makes me laugh just thinking about him. His top personality characteristics are:
1. Independent
2. Friendly
3. Confidant
4. Curious
5. Alert
6. Loving
7. SMART! 
He always surprises me. Though he can be very obedient if we have a treat in hand, he can also be very "I do what I want."  He can be a selective listener. :)  He is a fast learner, super curious, energetic, happy little puppy. Every morning he acts like he hasn't seen us in ages, full of excitement and energy. When we go out for walks he likes to find branches 2-3 times his size and pick them up and run back to the apartment like he's found hidden treasure. It's hilarious to watch a little 13 lb white dog full of determination running up a stairwell with a huge branch that bangs against the metal railings.

Q- How has Gunner changed your life?
I have an autoimmune condition called systemic lupus erythemastosus. An easy way to describe it is that my body is allergic to itself and makes antibodies against my own healthy tissues causing chronic inflammation. Currently there is no cure but it is managed by suppressing my immune system with medications in order to prevent organ damage. I work as a scientist, but had to take a work break for my health.


Gunner arrived just after I stopped working and he has been my white furry ball of sunshine and joy. Although he is an active puppy, he seems to know when I'm not feeling well and will just lay in bed with me until I sum up the energy to start getting ready. Chasing him around our small apt and our daily walks is just what I needed to help keep my muscles and joints moving. The joy and laughter he fills my heart with is priceless. He is such a wonderful blessing.






































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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Just One Click for healthy pets


If you could take a pledge promising to keep your pet healthy, would you?

But of course, you already do everything in your power to keep your pet healthy.








 So then, why should you take the pledge?
Answer--What if by taking the pledge you could also help shelter animals receive valuable health care products?

That's exactly the case when you take Sergeant’s and the American Humane Association's emBARK on Pet Health Campaign pledge to embark on pet health! The simple pledge is to schedule a “time out” and bone up on your pet’s health needs. For each pledge made, Sergeant’s will send a pet product health kit to American Humane Association shelters. These kits will go home with the newly adopted pets to help ensure their health care regimen is off to a great start. 
Tiffani Theissen displays one of the kits.




















 I took the pledge, and spent some time on the embarkonpethealth.com website. Here is some of the great information I found there:
* alternatives to tooth brushing
* the only reliable way to tell if my dog's itchiness is a food allergy 

* how to get cats to exercise
* signs my dog has an allergy to pollens
* ways to control fleas and ticks
* what steps to take for a weekly health check

This month is Responsible Pet Owners Month. It's the perfect time to emBARK on pet health. 
Take the pledge, and help new pet parents receive some great products to help improve their adopted pets health too.




Disclosure: I was compensated by Sergeant's to participate in the emBARK on pet health campaign. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. See my full disclosure statement.


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- sitting by a tree

Hi and welcome to Wednesday pet roundup! Brooks and Kelly are just hanging around here hoping you'll come on over and visit!

* Need to de-stress? Your dogs and cats can show you how. View this great slideshow of pets relaxing from Huffington Post.

*Does your dog sneak food when you're not looking? From Time news, a study published in Animal Cognition journal finds that this demonstrates your dog's capacity to understand human perspective.

* If you were in the hospital, would you want a visit from your pet? One Chicago area hospital has initiated pet visiting hours for patients!

* From Mashable, the world's cutest frog. The noise he makes sounds like a kitten...or a squeaky toy. It made Brooks quite concerned and confused.

* I have a coupon for a free Cat's Pride Fresh and Light cat litter. (value $12). First person to email me with their snail mail address (Sorry, US only please) gets it! Good luck!

*Congratulations to Jackie Bouchard, winner of The Love Dog, and Jodi Stone, winner of My Dog Says I'm a Great Cook and Gizmo, winner of PPP Pawsitively Pets newsletter subscriber's bonus entry!


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Monday, February 18, 2013

Will Neutering Make Your Dog Fat?

This is part of Be the Change for Animals and World Spay Day blog hop.

 I had a yellow lab named Hudson. He was a sweet, friendly, beautiful dog. Was Hudson neutered? Let me tell you in a minute.

As part of Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, this February 26, organizations and bloggers worldwide recognize World Spay Day, a day promoting spay/neuter as a way to save lives. This blog hop is a way to help spread the message.

Most people understand that there are more cats and dogs in shelters than there are available homes. Unfortunately, the result is that millions of homeless animals are euthanized each year. Yet there are still many pets (those not being bred by responsible breeders and/or being shown in dog shows) who aren't spayed/neutered. Part of the reason is because of misinformation about the risks or disadvantages of spaying/neutering.

One common myth preventing some people from getting their pet spayed or neutered is: If I spay/neuter my pet, he will get fat.


Now what about our yellow lab, Hudson? We did get him neutered, and he did become overweight.
But one event didn't necessarily lead to the other.

Young Hudson. Happy and neutered.
1. Was I feeding him the proper amount for his size and activity level?
2. Did I refrain from giving him table scraps and extra treats?
3. Was he getting several walks and plenty of exercise daily?


The answer to all of these questions is no. Although I loved Hudson and wanted the best for him, at the time I didn't fully understand the importance of keeping him fit and giving him enough exercise. I'm quite sure that the reasons for him being overweight had much more to do with his lifestyle than his being neutered.


Our newly adopted Brooks was neutered just before we adopted him, at 11 years old, and he has not suddenly gained weight. He's fit and healthy, eats an appropriate amount of food, and gets plenty of exercise.


So in the experience with our pets, I would say that neutering does not cause weight gain as long as you are mindful of other lifestyle factors.
So cross that reason off your list! Get your pet spayed/neutered, and help spread the word!

*Join in! Write a blog post sharing the news about World Spay Day and Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and link up to BTC4animal’s World Spay Day blog hop. The link list will remain open through February 28.

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Kelly's Birthday...and baking a cake

It's Kelly's Birthday today!!



Kelly is 11 years old today...well, somewhere around today. We adopted her when she was about a year old, so we're not sure when she was really born. So we just kind of selected a date at random, and today's the day!!


This is the first time I've made a real birthday cake for Kelly. Usually I give her a store-bought pet treat of some kind. This year, I received a PuppyCake Red Velvet cake mix in my BarkBox, and decided that this was just the right occasion to give it a try.















The PuppyCake was easy to make. I opted to cook our cakes in the microwave, which took only a minute or two. You can make one 6 inch cake or 8 cupcakes. I opted to make 4 smaller cakes, since that is the size microwavable dish I had available.
















All I had to do was mix with egg, water, and vegetable oil. Warning: Don't let the fact that you're baking a cake fool you: Do not stick your finger into the bowl and sample the batter. The mix had a definite odor, like cornbread or liver, in the kind of way that just didn't mesh with the cake and frosting visual I was preparing. Kelly and Brooks definitely noticed the aroma. And liked it. They wouldn't leave my side as I was cooking.














The dogs both loved PuppyCake. It's funny, they each had a different tactic for eating it. Brooks took the entire cake in his mouth and practically swallowed it whole. Kelly took delicate bites, and then preferred to eat hers off the floor. I'm surprised neither dog ate the paper plates!

Brooks digs right in, while Kelly sniffs.
















Brooks gulps, frosting sticks to the roof of his mouth!














Brooks is done, Kelly takes delicate bites.
















HAPPY BIRTHDAY KELLY! 

Full Disclaimer: We were provided with one product to review, and one for giveaway. This did not affect my review, and the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentines cards and candy Just for You!

Brooks has Valentines cards for you.

Kelly wants to share her candy hearts with you.

























HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
LOVE, BROOKS AND KELLY


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- Love love love

Hi and Welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup. I'm posting about love each weekday this month until Valentine's Day. For our roundup today, I'm bringing you links from the great site Buzzfeed, all of which certainly say LOVE!

* 30 pictures of Dogs who can do Valentines Day better than you! What's not to love?!

* Nothing shows love more than helping one another, like these 15 Animals who are Caregivers. I love the Corgi with the ducklings!

* Love animals? Love sweets? Here are 10 Crazy and Amazing Animal Cakes.


* Love a big dog? Check out 21 Dogs Who Don't realize how big they are.  I love the dog who doesn't want to go to the vet's!

* Check out Imperial Cat's new line of Valentine's Day love themed Scratch 'n Shapes scratcher toy! We were provided with one for our honest review (see complete review, coming soon!) Here is my daughter's cat Cinnamon, who clearly loves the cute Valentine themed scratcher. Thank you Imperial Cat!




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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Brooks' Books- Here's a Dog Who Loves a Healthy Life





















Brooks here: A while back Mom reviewed the beautiful book, Pukka, the Pup After Merle. Many of you may be familiar with Merle's Door, the inspiring bestselling book by Ted Kerasote. At the time, Pukka had a lot to teach us about being a puppy.

 Now, he's all grown up (and a very handsome yellow lab, at that.) Pukka's Promise contains important information for keeping us--your best friends--as healthy and happy as possible. This book is the perfect for both our Valentine's week posts about love, and Responsible Pet Owner's Month. Here's Mom with the rest of the review:







Peggy: When Ted Kerasote's beloved dog Merle died too soon, he knew he'd want to give his new puppy the longest life possible. What followed was questioning, researching, interviewing, observing, and gathering the must accurate, respected and responsible data to define real-life tactics we can all take to help give our dogs what they need. Using the latest research, he helps us rethink the everyday choices we make for our dogs:
* How many vaccines are too many?
*Can a purebred be as healthy as a mixed breed?
*Is raw food healthier than kibble?
*Should we feed our dogs bones?
*Should we rethink spaying and neutering?

I especially enjoyed the sections on vaccinations, because I've heard of several dogs suffering negative reactions. And what to feed your dog is always an important, and difficult, topic.

Because Kerastoe masterfully weaves in stories of himself and Pukka, and presents the information in a friendly manner, it is never dry or difficult to grasp. I came away from the book feeling like I'd just had a conversation with someone who loves animals and wants all animals to be healthy and happy. Pukka's Promise gives me cause to rethink some of my previous opinions, and feel supported in other decisions. An intelligent and heartwarming read.

Amazon: Pukka's Promise

Watch this video A Day in the Life of Pukka. I love how he runs through the snow! Now that's a fit and healthy dog. Do you think he can resist chasing the moose?



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Monday, February 11, 2013

Dogs Rule This Office!

This month I'm writing something about love every weekday until Valentine's Day, and today I wanted to tell you how much I love my dog themed office supplies!

My mousepad.

I even bought pink tape to look more tongue-like. (But I've foundthat pink tape isn't always that useful!)


















I just added this stapler to the office!

















Hub dog USB ports

















paperclips
















My dachshund bookends!
















This cellphone case makes me smile.
















 Am I dog crazy?! What dog themed office or household item do you hold dear?


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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Who Let the Dogs Out


Have you seen the new show, "Who Let the Dogs Out?" It's hosted by Tillman the skateboarding dog and Norman the Scooter Dog and also features health tips by Doc Halligan--you can check out some of her topics here-- and lots more. It's a really fun show about dogs dogs dogs! (It airs Fridays at 1pm on the Hallmark Channel)

After last week's episode, I found out that BlogPaws is holding a contest for free registration to the BlogPaws Social Media Pet Bloggers Conference, and "Who Let the Dogs Out!" is adding a free hotel stay at the Sheraton Tysons Corner, VA!


All I have to do to enter is answer these 3 questions:

1. Tell us what you like the most about the show "Who Let The Dogs Out" in general.  The best part of the show is, of course, the dogs! Tillman is so amazing to watch on his skateboard, I just can't believe how adept he is at that, and how much he seems to enjoy rolling along. And Norman the Scooter Dog is awesome too, and has the most adorable ears! I enjoy that the show highlights not only talented dogs, but also topics and events that are of interest to pet lovers! 

2. If you've never heard of BlogPaws before, tell us what you learned about BlogPawsfrom watching the episode. If you know about BlogPaws, tell us what you liked the most about the segment. I've heard about BlogPaws before, although I've never yet attended. Many of the pet bloggers I know have attended. On the show, I liked getting sneak peaks of the atmosphere and what goes on at BlogPaws, so that I'll have an idea what I'm in for if I do attend!

3. Tell us what you'd LIKE to learn at BlogPaws 2013I'd like to learn more all-important technical stuff that often boggles me. And any tips on how to make the blog more fun, exciting and engaging. (And I have to admit, I want to meet all the dogs!)

This blog hop is hosted by Tillman’s blog at TillmanSkates!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Brooks' Books- A Cat Who's Almost as Smart As Me

Brooks here. I'm a lucky dog to have read two great books this month, both about LOVE. Today I'm reviewing Love Saves the Day. Gwen Cooper is an awesome author whose previous book is one of mom's favorites. You may have read Homer's Odyssey, a memoir about Gwen and her blind cat.

After so many people told Gwen that their favorite part of Homer's Odyssey was the way she "talked for" Homer, Gwen felt inspired to write a new book, a novel, Love Saves the Day. Whew! We've been reading stories by a lot of very smart animals lately! Well, I have never met a real cat (can you believe it?) so I especially enjoyed this opportunity to glimpse the way they think. Sure are curious critters. I absolutely recommend this book. Okay, here's Mom with the rest of the review.


Peggy: If you're suffering from a lack of inspiring reading material starring felines, then Love Saves the Day to the rescue! Author Gwen Cooper has a profound understanding of cats and a delightful ability to paint a scene.

The story revolves around Prudence, a thoughtful brown tabby with white socks. She lives with Sarah in New York City until one day, Sarah doesn't come home. The author lovingly shares Prudence's world as the cat faithfully waits for her beloved person to return, grieves, and deals with the transition of living with Sarah's daughter and her new husband. The characters are deep and believable. I felt drawn into Prudence's worries, fears and triumphs.

Love Saves the Day is about a daughter healing after the loss of her mother, a new husband and wife learning to adapt to marriage, and how the love of an animal can make us all better humans.

Ultimately, this is a book about LOVE.

Cat parents will relate to Prudence's musings (mewsings?) on The Bad Place (the vet's office) and The Monster (the vacuum). Heartbreaking, heartwarming and heartfelt, Love Saves the Day is a beautiful story that stays with me....maybe even as I contemplate adopting a cat!
I highly recommend Love Saves the Day.

 *New York Times Bestselling Author
* The First Novel Narrated by a Cat
* Inspired by a Real Cat, Gwen's cat Scarlett who will be familiar to readers of Homer's Odyssey.


Read this interview with Gwen Cooper from TIME Entertainment.
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Gwen Cooper's website
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* I was provided with a copy of this book for my review. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Puppy Love- Westie Pup meets Orange Kitty

Adorable little Westie pup Gunner takes cute to a whole new level!
This month I've decided to write about love every weekday until Valentine's Day, and this video my friend Jackie took of her West Highland Terrier fits the bill perfectly. Thank you Jackie for sharing this with us!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- Fatbaby boots

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! Kelly here is all ready for the roundup too, modeling beside my Fatbaby boots!

* Do dogs need hoodies and little snow boots? Steve Dale offers some cold weather tips for your pet.

* Did you see those adorable hedgehog cheerleaders in the Puppy Bowl? Before you rush out to get one, you should be aware that the ASPCA has some warnings about keeping exotic pets, and that hedgehogs carry the risk of salmonella.

* An influx of coyote sightings in northern Illinois prompted NBC Chicago News 5 to issue this warning: Residents urged to watch pets during coyote mating season.

* Check out Be the Change for Animals to learn about the 5th annual National Children's Pet Poetry Contest sponsored by the American Pet Products Association. Deadline is February 22nd.

* The Fort Worth Star Telegram has an interesting article on angora rabbits as pets. Can you guess the fringe benefit?

* A cruise for celebrating pets? Too cool to be true. But it's true! Fido Friendly announces the Petitude Cruise aboard Royal Caribbean Cruises. Humans only, but there will be pet seminars, and a portion of each fare will be donated to pet charities.


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