Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pawsitively Homemade dog treats Giveaway

You're not going to believe these cookies...not only do they look and smell delicious, but they come in amazing flavors, varieties, designs and even colors.
















Have I got you drooling yet? Well they're not for you, they're for your furry friend, and they're made by Pawsitively Homemade. Rebecca sent us a box of their summer designs cookies to review and Kelly and I are here to tell you that they are pawsitively amazing. I wish this computer had smell-o-vision too because they smell like your favorite peanut butter cookies. And they're made in the USA with all ingredients sourced in the USA, and are wheat free, gluten free, grain free, vegan, with no preservatives, fillers or byproducts. The coloring is from natural organic veggie and fruit powders. Every batch of treats is baked by hand and in small batches to make certain the freshest product is received.

Our review: *** Pawsitively Homemade pays attention to every detail that's important to you and your dog --healthy ingredients and careful, quality production--and adds whimsical touches just for fun. And I think they're made with love! ***

C'mon Mom, can I eat them NOW?


















Okay now have we made you want some for yourself--er, your dog? Enter the Rafflecopter below. To enter, you must leave a comment in the comment section here telling me which variety of Pawsitively Homemade cookies you'd like to win.-- have fun checking out all the varieties from peanut butter pretzels to red, white and blue patriotic stars and much more. Three lucky winners will receive their choice of variety! (US only)

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Pawsitively Homemade: www.pawsitivelyhomemade.com
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*Full Disclosure: We were provided with a sample box of Pawsitively Homemade for our review, and three for giveaway. This in no way influenced our review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.


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Monday, April 29, 2013

Love that Helps Heal

Your generous notes and thoughtful gifts to help us heal from the loss of Brooks continue to pour in, and I want to thank you so much. The support of other dog lovers helps. I'm especially touched that many people reach out with touches of nature, from the star from Jodi, Felix and Kol, to the cheerful pink flowers from a dear friend, Lexi.


Here's a wonderful blue spruce tree that will be planted in Brooks' memory, from his caring friends at Natura.





















































Brooks' gramma sent him this marker made of Vermont slate.















 There's also the pawprint, taken at the emergency vet




















In addition, the emails, cards, poems, notes and phone calls touch me greatly. My friend Kim says that Brooks was a heart dog, and I think that describes him perfectly. He touched my heart so deeply. I think sometimes those who have been through a lot have an even greater capacity to touch us because they are still loving and trusting, despite whatever hardships they've endured.
































































Thank you everyone, I want you to know how much we appreciate every word and gesture.
Peggy, Mike and Kelly


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Friday, April 26, 2013

FitDog Friday and Park Day

Who's up for a little fun? Maybe a game of fetch, or tag? Or just a grand ol' romp in the grass. Since the weather is starting to get nicer, it's a great time to take your pal to the park and take a hike, a run, or just play together.

This is the favorite park where Kelly and Brooks liked to play.


















Today is a double treat, because  in addition to being FitDog Friday, it's also Park Day, hosted by Terrier Torrent and Finn and Charley too.
FitDog Friday, Co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place, SlimDoggy and To Dog with Love, is a fun weekly blog hop to encourage everyone to share our excitement and commitment to keeping our furry best friends fit and healthy! So it seems a perfect match for Park Day. Let's take advantage of this beautiful day, get outside and take our dogs to the park.













Kelly likes to run around.


















But chasing a ball? Not her style!















 I guess she'll save it for the retrievers.

















Join the blog hop. Participants in FitDog Friday will be entered into a giveaway for a SlimDoggy frisbee and a Dieting with my Dog bookmark! (Two winners selected by Randomizer.)


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- April 24, 2013

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup. Here are your links today:

* What do you think of this new show: Spoiled Rotten Pets?

 












* Comfort Dogs once again at work, this time in Boston. ABC News calls it Cuddle Comfort.

* Here's another place where therapy dogs are helping de-stress people- at Los Angeles International Airport. Fantastic idea. I love the wide variety of breeds here.





* Contest News: Hurry, still time to enter to win the variety pack of Dynamo Dog treats! Contest ends April 30.


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tasty Tuesday- Dynamo Dog Treats Giveaway

One thing I love about Cloud Star, the makers of Buddy Biscuits dog treats and other all natural pet products, is their commitment to a healthy and happy lifestyle. So when they asked me if I'd like to review their newest treats, Dynamo Dog Functional Treats, I was all in! Even better--they are offering a variety pack of 4 delicious bags of Dynamo Dog Functional Treats to a lucky reader in the giveaway below!



















Cloud Star is a small, family owned company, and for more than a decade have been baking all natural, low allergen treats right here in the USA.  As with a lot of great pet food companies, they got their start trying to find a healthy, delicious treat for their own dog, Samantha.


Dynamo Dog™ Functional treats help support dogs' specific needs for healthy hips and joints, skin, coat, and tummy!


Hip and Joint formula includes added glucosamine and chondroitin (comes in chicken or bacon and cheese)
Skin and Coat formula offers salmon oil and vitamin E supplement
Tummy formula has added probiotics, ginger, and fiber from pumpkin.

All Dynamo Dog™ Functional treats are Grain Free, Gluten Free, All Natural, No artificial flavors, and no byproducts, so I feel confident about their quality. And what about taste? Well, Kelly determines that Dynamo Dog treats are delicious!















Please enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win! I'm sorry, but contest only open to the U.S. only. Thank you!

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*Full Disclosure: We were provided with a variety pack of Dynamo Dog for our review, and one for giveaway. This in no way influenced our review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

When to get a new dog after pet loss?

It's only been a few weeks since we lost Brooks, but Mike and I have dared, a few times, to let the subject of getting another dog escape our lips. We say it in hushed tones, almost like a secret. As if the word got out, we'd somehow seem less loyal to Brooks. When is it time to get a new dog?

The truth is, no dog can replace Brooks. Ever. No dog could ever look at me the same way he did, sprawl across my chair in the exact same way, love me the same way. No dog could be as sweet and gentle and perfect as our Brooks. But there is a hole, and nothing will be quite right again until it's filled. No, we haven't healed from losing Brooks yet. But if we wait for that, well, we're going to be waiting a long, long time.

Besides, there are other dogs out there waiting for homes, waiting for the kind of love and comfort we have to give. A dog who otherwise might be left on the streets or in a shelter. We want to give another dog a place in our home and our hearts--even hearts that might be aching still.

So we told the rescue group who found us Brooks, that when the right dog came along, we're ready. And we smiled for the first time in a long time.

We don't wish to be picky, but we do need to wait for the right dog. Mostly, we need a dog who will get along with Kelly. Kelly isn't friendly with all dogs and we learned from experience that we're not comfortable refereeing and mediating difficult doggy interactions. And the breed must be a Golden Retriever (or mix). Brooks spoiled us for that.

But the big question is age. After adopting a senior and losing him after one year, would we do it again? My son says no--he's begging us, next time, to get a puppy instead. To be honest, we'd like a younger dog, maybe a couple years old, so that hopefully we won't have our hearts broken again quite so soon (although, to be sure, there are no guarantees at any age.) Truth be told, however, an older dog fits our lifestyle well. We loved how easy Brooks was--content with a few walks, throwing the tennis ball around a bit, and snoozing the rest of the day. We loved his calm personality. No, I don't relish the thought of losing a dog again. And I'd prefer a younger dog, for that reason. But if the right dog came to us and he was a senior, we'd do it again.

I miss Brooks. I miss him from the moment I wake up and he's not there beside the bed greeting me, to when I'm sitting in my big green chair and he's not there sleeping on the ottoman, to when I look at his picture and long to feel his soft golden fur, and every moment in between. But I think my heart is able to handle it again. My husband thinks he wants to get another dog before too long.

We're ready, wherever you are.


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Friday, April 19, 2013

FitDog Friday- Furry Fun Run

Running is great for your health, and even greater when it combines running with your furry friend, and raising money for a great cause. FitDog Friday is co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and our new co-host To Dog With Love! Today I want to share a great idea for getting fit with your dog--a 5k race. And you don't have to be a pro athlete to do it.

Last weekend I attended the Furry Fun Run in Saratoga NY, a 5K race to benefit Peppertree Rescue. This group is near and dear to my heart, because they are the group who found us Brooks. They invited me to join in and sell my books at the event, and I donated a copy of Dieting with my Dog to be awarded in one of the prize baskets as well.

You can run or walk the course, and runners' entry fees helped benefit the rescue group. You didn't need to run with a dog, however more than 200 two-legged runners participated, most along with one or more four-legged companions. Everyone was in a great mood, despite the chilly and wet weather.

The quickest time was a bit over 17 minutes (wow!) and the last runners/walkers came in after about an hour and a half. No matter the time, everyone had fun and got fit with their dogs!












 


































This post is part of FitDog Friday, where every week we share ways people are getting fit and healthy with their pets, tips and news bits, our challenges and successes. I hope you'll join in the hop!
 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- April 17, 2013

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup! I miss the country and am always happy to see any form of wildlife here in the city. Here are some baby birds we had last year. I hope we'll see more this spring.

Here are this week's links:

* Interesting article in The Caller, stating that Colorado cops are being trained to be less trigger-happy around dogs, learning to recognize when they are being playful or frightened, rather than aggressive. This is much-needed and important training, saving lives of many beloved pets.

* After the inclusion of Annapolis Maryland's in the 2013 Best City for Pet Traveler's competition created controversy, due to Maryland's BSL (Breed Specific Laws), Go Pet Friendly is urging people to let their voice be heard in a positive way.

* Care2 shares this report on Green pets. What does "green pets" mean to you?

* A woman in Burlington, Vermont has started a service  Sandy Dog Nannies to match temporary homes for pets whose people are still recovering from storm Sandy.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Blog the Change- Meet Awesome Teen Volunteers

Today is Blog the Change, which is great timing--because it comes just before National Volunteer Week, April 21st- 27th. Because of that, we're blogging on a theme, to highlight amazing volunteers who help animal causes.

Caring for animals is everyone’s duty, yet we can’t help but be inspired when we hear about youth who are going above and beyond to take care of our furry friends.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is recognizing some remarkable young women who were named among their states’ top youth volunteers of 2013 for their work keeping animals safe.  

Shaylee Rizzo, 17, of Kenai, Alaska, a senior at Nikiski Middle/High School, started a public service campaign called the “Missy the Moose Program” to raise children’s awareness of the dangers of cars hitting moose on Alaska’s highways, a common occurrence in her area during the hazardous winter months. “Every year hundreds of moose are killed by vehicles, sending people to the hospital and costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage,” explained Shaylee. “I believe the solution is empowering children to help adults drive with greater caution.” 
Shaylee wrote and illustrated a children’s book. Wearing a moose costume, she then began visiting elementary school classrooms as Missy the Moose, sharing her book with the kids and offering ideas on how to encourage their parents to watch out for Missy and her friends. With the help of her father, she wrote a theme song, recorded radio announcements urging children to get their parents to slow down. Currently, she is trying to gain state approval to post Missy the Moose signs in high moose-traffic areas to remind motorists to drive with care. “The incident that made me realize I was having an impact was when a parent told me they were driving down the road on a cold winter night when they heard their first grader exclaim from the backseat, ‘Mom! Watch out for Missy!’”



Devon Rodriguez-Cayro, 14, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., an eighth-grader at Mechanicsburg Middle School, has raised more than $12,000 for homeless pets by participating in the Harrisburg Humane Society’s annual river plunge and selling homemade treats at school and craft shows. When Devon heard about the Humane Society’s New Years Day “Penguin Plunge” in the Susquehanna River four years ago, she wanted to get involved. “I have always loved animals and thought this would be a great way to have fun with others who felt the same,” she said. She began by creating her own fundraising page on the society’s website to solicit donations in advance of jumping into the icy Susquehanna.

Then she started making and selling a variety of treats to students and teachers at her school while dressed as a penguin to draw attention to her fundraising mission. Later, Devon produced a song and video about homeless animals. The money she’s raised has helped the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area add onto its building and pay for animal care. “You need to find your passion and volunteer for what you believe in,” said Devon.

 *The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Since 1995, more than 345,000 young Americans have participated in the program. Each year, the program’s judges select 102 State Honorees to receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. where, on May 6th, 10 of them will be named National Honorees. Watch a live webcast of the May 6th event.

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Congratulations Shaylee and Devon! And let's hear it for all our young people who care about animals and are taking steps to Be the Change.


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Friday, April 12, 2013

FitDog Friday- Tips for Hiking with your Dog

My friend Sarah knows a thing or two about keeping fit with her dogs Charlie and Homie. They've been
taking some pretty impressive hikes together up the mountains in Vermont. I asked her some questions about hiking and tips for others who'd like to hike with their dogs-

 

1. How did you get started hiking with your dogs?
S: I never really hiked until I got my boy Charlie. My best friend Hilary invited Charlie and me on a hike up mount Mansfield one day and so up we went! Charlie did great! He was probably still a puppy. After that, I was addicted. Now, I would never think to go on a hike without at least one dog. The more the merrier!

 






















2. Where have you gone on some typical hikes, how far have you hiked?
S: I have some favorite hikes, but as my life changes and I move around, I generally find new fun hikes as
I go. I love love love Hunger mountain in Waterbury, VT. Most gorgeous view at the summit. Stowe pinnacle is another favorite, close to Hunger Mtn, but a bit shorter in case I'm not up for a big hike. I started working in Vergennes a few months ago and so am exploring the local hikes out here--I hiked Snake Mountain for the first time three weekends ago and loved it so much I hiked it again the next two weekends! That is a nice, easy hike, with an amazing view! I live very close to Mt. Philo in Charlotte, which is a nice, 40 minute or so hike round trip. I do this a lot before or after work. Mt. Mansfield is also amazing!


 

3. How can you tell how much your dog is able to handle?

S: I know my dogs so well that I can tell if they can't handle something and we need to turn around. It's all about knowing your dog and being able to read them. Charlie and Homie have so far been able to handle every hike I've taken them on. I figure if I can do it, so can they! But best to start out hiking something small and work your way up.


 


















4. What are the 5 most important things people should know about hiking with their dog?
S:
1- Check the weather before you leave for a hike. Be very mindful of excessive heat or cold. Either can cause serious medical emergencies with your hiking buddy.
2- Make sure you are prepared in case something goes wrong (see supplies below)
3. Start out doing short hikes and work your way up to the bigger ones. 
4. Watch out for porcupines!
5. Be mindful of other hikers- not everybody wants a dog slobbering all over them...weirdos!
 
 


















5. What are the 5 most important things to bring when hiking with dogs?
S:
Water, leash, poop bags, food/snack, vet wrap (never know when someone's going to cut their pad). Things may vary depending on the season, but these would be my staples if i had to choose just 5. I am a vet tech, so I tend to bring a backpack full of different medical supplies just in case. They make handy emergency dog medical kits you can buy from pet stores. You could take this on the hike or even just leave it in the car just in case.

 

















 
6. What other activities do your dogs enjoy?
S: 
My big dog Charlie loves swimming. That is probably his favorite activity. I've only had Homie for a few months, so this summer I will find out of he enjoys the water, also...I hope he does! I will have to get him a life jacket!


This post is part of FitDog Friday, where every week we share ways people are getting fit and healthy with their pets, tips and news bits, our challenges and successes. I hope you'll join in the hop!


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