Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Flyover Farewell

At 12:55pm Saturday, the animals gathered on the tarmac.  A group of twitter friends, bedecked with aviator goggles, readied to take flight to honor those pets who had crossed over the rainbow bridge.

Sadie D. Doxie offered an opening prayer.
Then The Aviators took to the air!














 When Taz, Daisy and Buddy of @3DogsWhite sent me a twitter message to tell me that Brooks was one of the dogs being honored in #TheAviators tribute mission, I didn't know what to expect. What was the tribute mission? Who were the aviators? Are these real airplanes, or what? I couldn't wait to join in on twitter Saturday to find out!

It turns out that The Aviators Club event is a lovely, touching tribute co-founded by Cori Berman, Dear Clyde and Shelly 338. They organized a detailed program with a special mission.













At 1:10  the farewells began. The planes went into Missing Pals formation and the aviators began calling out the names of departed pets.
At 1:32 Brooks' name was read.
(At 1:42 #TheAviators became a Trending Topic in the United States.)

As each pet's name was announced, pet parents shared memories and photos. One of the most touching tweets was "We wish to honor and say goodbye to all the animals who had no one to say goodbye to them."





























The Aviators even flew near the rainbow bridge.




















Then, at 1:55 The Aviators returned to home base, landed, and closed with a poem and a prayer. Thank you to Taz, Daisy and Buddy, and to all the Aviators, for honoring Brooks and for a special tribute to pets who have passed and are lovingly remembered.


 The Aviators fly missions for special occasions, tours of home towns,  etc., porch parties to deliver treats to sick friends, and tribute missions to honor pets OTRB, and use #TheAviators.

 Oh, and are there real airplanes? That's up to you!



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Friday, July 26, 2013

FitDog Friday Mini Challenge and Slimdoggy


This month we're participating in the first Keeping up with K9 Kamp mini challenge, hosted by Chester and Gretel at YDWWYW. The challenge was to determine if we were feeding our dog the right amount of food.

Kelly checks out the fridge for something good!




















          Even though our vet discussed with us how much to feed Kelly several years ago, things have changed since then. Kelly's older, less active, and other circumstances influence how much food she needs to stay healthy and not gain weight. We know from experience that when we've slipped and not paid attention to this, Kelly has put on a few pounds.

We used Slimdoggy app to find out how many calories Kelly should be eating.




















I entered Kelly's current weight (32) and desired weight (32). Kelly is presently at, or just under, her desired weight. Since she is a mixed breed there is no specific standard weight, but according to the vet she is at a healthy weight.

I then entered her activity level. I chose Low Intensity. Although we do take two walks a day and romps in the back yard, Kelly is a senior and does a lot of sleeping!

The app indicated that we should feed Kelly 694 calories/day. I was surprised at the results, because this is actually more than the 1-1/2 cups of premium dog food that we feed her daily (3/4 cup twice a day). However she does make up for it in veggies and several healthy treats used for training and rewards. And since she has worked hard to slim down (from 42 lbs) and keep her weight off, I feel as if we are probably feeding the proper amount. Sometimes she does pester me for more food late at night, so I give her a small amount, what we call second dinner. This usually satisfies her.

As suspected, most of the treats I feed Kelly don't list calories. I was surprised at the suggested serving size. For instance, I have some jerky treats (made in the USA) that are certainly not small--about 6 inches long by 2 inches wide--suggest that I give a medium size dog such as Kelly 4 jerky treats a day! I can imagine that this would be a lot of calories! 

I may try to increase the amount of her feedings slightly, while keeping tabs on her weight, to see if I can give her more calories without her gaining weight.


Here are some samples of the Slimdoggy app pages:




















Thank you Slimdoggy for the great app!
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- July 24, 2013

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!
Here's Kelly, she enjoys a dip in the lake to cool off.




















* Pets and Heat Wave Don't Mix. One of my concerns is seeing people walk their dogs on the hot pavement. If it's too hot for your bare feet, it's too hot for theirs.


*From Something Wagging This Way Comes, 10 Funniest Reasons not to let your dog go along in your car this summer. Leave your dogs at home, they'll be more comfortable. (Picture borrowed from Pamela!)















*  Introducing the world's first hypoallergenic cat. abc news asks if it's for real, or hype?

* While celebrating the birth in the royal family, mother nature network takes a look at corgis, spaniels and other royal pets.

What about you--What do you do when you see a dog left in a hot car? Would you like to have a hypoallergenic cat or dog?


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Monday, July 22, 2013

My Perch

There is a narrow window sill on our front porch where Kelly likes to perch. She watches the children play, the Fed Ex truck make deliveries, and the neighborhood cats pass by. I think she's rather cat-like in this behavior. Don't you?







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Friday, July 19, 2013

Go Dog Go

Remember the Dr. Seuss book, Go, Dog. Go? That was always one of my favorites--and my kid's favorites when they were little.

Well a fit dog is always on the go, and Kelly is no exception. She likes to join us on outings and vacations whenever she can. Recently I purchased two items that I thought would be helpful for fit dog active outings. One deserves a PAWS UP and one gets a PAWS DOWN.



 


PAWS UP:
To Go Bowl
We have several different kinds of water bottles and travel bowls for Kelly, and they work great when we're outside and put the bowl on the ground. Not so well when we're in the car and want to give her a drink. Then I found the To Go Bowl. It fits in your car's cup holder. It's really handy for short rides or longer trips.

Positives: 
No more worries about the bowl tipping over and spilling
Fits easily in cup holders of all sizes
Includes a splash guard and cover
Easy and convenient!























Negatives:
There are a lot of pieces to this. While each piece is useful and increases the functionality of the bowl, it does make it difficult to keep all the pieces together and to store the pieces that you don't need. It would be nice if the pieces somehow stowed within each other or were adaptable without coming completely detached. For instance, it's easy to misplace the cover in your car!
















Overall, I would not let the negatives deter you from considering the To Go Bowl. It's a handy little product and we use ours often.


PAWS DOWN:
Winnipet seat belt
I wanted to try a seatbelt for Kelly, and saw this one for a good deal on a pet product site that offers monthly specials. Unfortunately, I can't remember where I got it and I can't even find a website for the product. The seatbelt arrived with a hang tag that simply said "Winnipet, all love for it" (whatever that means) and offered no other identifying information including address, phone, website, bar code, etc. And no instructions on  how to use the seatbelt.


































Positives: none

Negatives: To put it bluntly, it didn't work. You'd think, as simple as this seatbelt looks, that all you'd have to do is clip one end to your dog's harness, and slide the other end into the belt, and buckle! Well, when I put the slot into the seatbelt, it wouldn't latch. The design of the seatbelt doesn't allow for the buckle to fit properly into the other end. I tried the seatbelt in several different cars, but the result was the same. What a disappointment. I'd like to return it for a refund, but have no idea where to return it!

If you have recommendations of a seatbelt that actually works, I'd love to hear them!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

True Chews

Kelly loves jerky treats, but today we have to careful about where they come from and their ingredients. So we were excited when Chewy.com invited us to sample True Chews 100% natural premium jerky cuts, made with real chicken. We felt confident in these treats because they are offered by Chewy.com. and because they're made in the U.S.A. True Chews first ingredient is chicken.

Kelly loved these treats! They're larger than the average treat, and provided her a little extra chew time. We highly recommend True Chews!  "Nothing fancy, just natural, fresh, healthy chews for your dog."











































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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- July 10 2013

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Pet Roundup!















* A pit bull terrier named Smoke, who went missing from California, was found all the way in Florida and soon will be reunited with his owner!

Lentil the French bulldog with a cleft lip, inspires children with similar conditions. Check out his Facebook page!

* Congratulations to winners of the Frosty Paws travel pack: Parenting Furkids, Benny and Lily, Bren L. Dawn R was also chosen as a winner but since she already won one on another website, she graciously offered for her prize to be given to someone else. So the new winner is Cheryl C! If you haven't already sent me your mailing addy, please let me know so I can get your prize to you. Thank you to everyone who entered and I hope the winners enjoy their travel kits.

* Another prize winner: dogIDs collar with laser engraved tag: HufflePup! Please send me your address and we'll get the prize right out to you! Thank you to all who entered :)

*Remember, Monday is Blog the Change Day. Write about an animal cause near and dear to your heart, and be sure to link up!

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Am I crazy about dogs...or just crazy?

You'd think I'd be excited when a friend told me, "I just read a book, and it mentions your book!"

Well I was excited...except the book is called Rabid: Are you crazy about your dog or just crazy? What on earth did this author, Pamela Redmond Satran say about my book? Does she think I'm....crazy?





















Satran's book description states, "Rabid holds a humorous mirror up to our dog-centered society,  helping us laugh at our own behavior, and at the even-more-insane antics of all those other dog people." Curiosity got the best of me and I finally decided that I had to order a copy of the book and see what it said.

I found my entry on page 84 in the chapter Arts and Entertainment. Satran states, "There's an endless appetite for dog books, one that writers and publishers are only too eager to keep filling. (Imagine!) Some of the subjects new to the shelves:" She then lists more than a dozen books--Reiki for Dogs; Dog-Friendly Gardening; Dog, Inc.; and....Dieting with my Dog!

Phew! She doesn't think I'm crazy!
I don't think.
The author doesn't really make judgements. The book simply lists current and popular dog products, accessories, services and treatments, including:
pawdicures
creative haircuts
fashion and costumes
dog resorts
treats such as foie gras flavored ice cream
doggie day care
websites such as Dogster, Dogbook, and Life with Dogs
 instructions on how to knit a sweater from your dog's fur

Where the author feels the line is drawn between crazy about our dogs...or just crazy...I'm not sure. 
What do you think--is there a line? Is there anything you feel might be over the top? Do your friends or loved ones suspect you might be a bit over the top yourself?

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Friday, July 5, 2013

A Parade of Dogs

Fit Dog Friday, hosted by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and To Dog with Love, is a weekly place to blog about ways you and your dog get fit and active together!

Here's a different way to get active with your dog--join a parade! 

Two dogs enjoy "canoeing" on the Boy Scout float.

















  I saw these dogs in the Fourth of July parade in Clifton Park, NY yesterday. The parade route gave the dogs (those who weren't riding!) a nice workout. I worried about the heat and the hot pavement on their paws, but at the end of the route, the Mid-Hudson Tri-County Animal Rescue Services provided a dog cooling station with bowls and water available as well.
A chocolate lab joins the Scouts.
























Patriotic girl and her pooch.






I think they were just walking along, but hey, it's a dog!



















Don't forget to hop over to You Did What With Your Wiener today for the first Keeping up with K9 Kamp mini challenge! Chester and Gretel have fun in store for us.











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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Independence Day!




























                       Love, Kelly

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Monday, July 1, 2013

dogIDs Collar with Engraved Nameplate Giveaway

Just like my ever-expanding wardrobe of dog-themed t-shirts and comfy flip flops, Kelly now has several collars in different colors and materials we can rotate between. Lucky dog! But was anything missing from her dog collar wardrobe?

Turns out there was!



















Recently we were offered a chance to review a collar from dogIDs, an online retailer specializing in custom dog ID tags and other products. I liked what I saw on the website--nice quality products and a good variety. (Check it out! You can win one for your dog in the contest below!)

I'd been envious of Brooks' leather collar, so I chose a green Italian leather collar with personalized name plate.
























Here are some of the reasons I LOVE this collar:
*The leather is soft and flexible, allowing for a comfortable feel on my dog's neck.











*The measurements were exactly right according to the "how to measure" charts on the site. Kelly is 32 lbs and took a 14 - 18 inch collar.
















*The name plate is engraved deeply so it's easy to read.













*The name plate is secured on the collar so it won't fall off or become caught on something.
*The name plate sits in the back of the collar, not dangling beneath the chin, so it's easy to locate and read.

*The buckle and hardware are well-made, so I can feel safe that they won't break or open when they're not supposed to.














 *The look of the collar and tag is really classy!

There were also so many choices. Once I decided on the collar, I got to select between brown, blue, yellow, purple, green and more. Then I chose what I wanted the ID tag to say--I chose Kelly's name and our telephone number. There was room for more information if I'd desired. I even got to chose from more than a dozen fonts.



















 Kelly's dogIDs collar is excellent quality and looks great too. We highly recommend dogIDs collars and tags.
Now on to the giveaway!

Giveaway: One dogIDs collar with laser-engraved buckle or plate.

To enter:
*Visit dogIDs website. Leave a comment here telling me which collar with laser engraving you'd like to win! (Choose from options in: personalized nameplate collars, personalized buckle collars, or "ScruffTag" Collars.)

 *Like dogIDs on FB  and leave a comment telling me you did.

*Follow @dogids on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me you did.

*Like PeggyFrezonBooks on FB and leave a comment telling me you did.

*Follow @peggyfrezon and leave a comment telling me  you did.

*Subscribe to my newsletter Pawsitively Pets, and leave a comment telling me you did.

You don't have to do everything, but Kelly would wag if you did! (Extra entries=extra chances to win!)

Contest void where prohibited. Contest ends July 8, 2013 at 11:59pm.
Full Disclosure: We were provided with one collar with laser engraving to review and one to give away. This in no way affected my review and the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.


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