Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick or Treat meets Adoptable Dogs

Michelle Riggi is devoted to animal welfare. She loves dogs. She must--she has more than 30.
She also loves Halloween.
She also happens to own an opulent stone mansion in Saratoga Springs, just 30 miles north of where I live. The socialite and philanthropist's home is decorated with banners, autumn wreaths, and thousands of pumpkins.

Photo credit: John Carl D'Annibale, from the Albany Times Union


















Michelle doesn't discourage trick or treaters....she dresses up as Cinderella,  welcomes them to her home, offers them donuts, cider and full size chocolate bars--some with a $100 bill hidden inside the wrapper.
AND
This year Riggi's Halloween festivities will include representatives from Saratoga County Animal Shelter and the group Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist, allowing trick or treaters to meet and potentially adopt homeless animals. Michelle Riggi is well-known for championing animal causes, and has adopted many of her chihuahuas and other small dogs.
























Photo credit: John Carl D'Annibale, from the Albany Times Union 

Happy Halloween!!

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K9Kamp Wrap Up

THANK YOU from your K9 Kamp coaches!














K9Kamp is over! We had a lot of fun and games. Here's what some of our bloggers have been up to:



















* You Did What with Your Wiener focused on fetch, tug games,  nose work. Check out their cute video of Chester and Gretel getting fit on the K9FitBone from Dog Tread.

*Pooch Smooches also opted for games of fetch, while Jackie did jumping jacks. And there were also some dance parties!

* Honey at Something Wagging this Way Comes found that foster dogs made great workout partners. And Pamela found that having two or more dogs helped keep her active and fit as well.

*Jack and Maggie from Slimdoggy tackled the big hill...the really big hill!

* Emma, Katie and Baylie got out all the toys in My GBGV Life, and made a great Chase and Wrestle video!

and more! Stay tuned for more profiles of our Kampers!















Thank you all for a great K9Kamp, to all our featured bloggers, and to all who followed along at home.  Don't forget to enter to win prizes too--ending soon so hurry! If you blogged about K9Kamp, link up here.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Wednesday Pet Roundup- Dogtober

Hi and Happy Dogtober! Here is our Pet Roundup news today.




















* Crash Test Dummy dogs have been put to the test and...those dog harness and seatbelts didn't fare well. The test revealed hardware and construction problems and other issues that resulted in dogs falling off the seat, being pushed into the front seat, or flung in the air. Only one seatbelt passed the test.

* From the always fascinating Buzzfeed, 25 Awesome Breeds of Dog You've Never Heard of-- I have heard of some of these, and even know of a few blogger buddies with some of these breeds. But most of them are new to me!

* Introducing a new blog hop: Give Cancer the Paw, co-hosted by Peggy's Pet Place and Pooch Smooches. This will be four times a year, with the first one on Wednesday 11/6 (next week!) and we'd love it if you'd join in. Just blog about anything related to pets and cancer--tributes, personal experience, tips, news, support...your pet doesn't have to have been touched by cancer to join. Link up next Wednesday at 12:01am (EST).  Our goal is to raise awareness, and offer help and support to each other. And give cancer the paw!













* Have you seen the hilarious photos of dogs shaking? From the book Shake by Carli Davidson.

*K9Kamp is closing at the end of this month. There's still time to enter our Rafflecopter for great prizes including Dogobie flying discs, Fido Fashion collar and leash set, a gorgeous bracelet from For the Love of A Dog, and a $25 Amazon gift card. Enter today!

* Congratulations to the winners--Winner of the Dogobie flying disc is Tenacious Little Terrier.
Dieting with my Dog Guide to Danielle Murgia
Dieting with my Dog Guide gift pack to Katie Waterman.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tasty Tuesday- Nutro Crunchy treats

My dogs love to crunch. So we were super excited when Chewy.com sent us these new Crunchy treats by Nutro. They come in banana, berry, carrot, pomegranate and apple. I guess it was the fall season that influenced me to pick apple.

















I like giving these treats to Kelly and Ike because the ingredients are wholesome and 100% natural...they are low in calories (6 calories per treat).  What did Kelly and Ike think about them?

CRUNCH! Good!

Fun Fact: Did you know that Nutro has been making dog food and treats for more than 86 years?













You can win some great treats for your dog! Contest closes November 7th.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Full Disclosure: Chewy.com sent us one bag of Crunch treats in exchange for our honest review. The opinions are 100% my own. 


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Hurray for HollyWOOF

Each year Distinctive Assets creates HollyWoof Gift Bags--bags of doggy and pet swag delivered directly to 25 pet loving celebrities.  Every year there are new products being introduced to the stars and their canine companions! This year some of the celebs are Drew Barrymore, Kristen Chenowith, Jane Lynch, Kloe Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Eric Stonestreet and Justin Timberlake.













The products include dog jackets, pet carriers, vitamins and more. We were lucky enough to be able to sample a few of the products:


PawTectors are cozy, waterproof, nonskid protection for paws! They are used by search and rescue groups, sled dogs, guide dogs, and also used for dogs who have allergies and licking issues. Your dog can wear them on boats and hardwood floors for traction. They really fit and stay on!

REVIEW: Excellent quality, the material is thick yet flexible, soft inside. Very well-made product. The fit is great and these definitely stay on!

It might take your dog a bit of time to get used to them. Ike was unwilling to stand up on them for a while, then he would lift his feet high in the air when he tried to walk! I feel confident that in time he'd get used to them.







Fresh in a Flash Cleansing Spray by True Blue Pet Products--Easily clean and condition your pet's coat with no buildup, ever. The grapefruit cleans without stripping while the chamomile adds sheen to the coat.

REVIEW: Nice smell. You're able to keep your pet fresh without the mess of getting them into the bath every time. I wouldn't replace bathing with this, but for keeping your pet smelling nice and conditioning fur in between, it's a great idea.








Squishy Pet Product's  collar accessories are designed to look cute and fit any size collar, harness or leash.

REVIEW: If you want to accessorize your pet's look, this is a fun idea. The bow is big enough to be seen even on a furry dog like Kelly. The best part is that it attaches easily and securely.  If you're creative, you could have lots of fun with these!

















Full Disclosure: I received one of each product  to review from Distinctive Assets. This in no way influenced my review. The opinions here are 100% my own.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

FitDog Friday- Dock Diving Lab

Wednesday I wrote about a Japanese artist who illustrated one of my stories about a girl and a horse. The illustrations are unique and amazing. Now I'd like you to meet another artist with a very different style, who has created an absolutely gorgeous painting of one of my dogs. The artist, Margery Caggiano, has entitled the 24 x 36 inch oil on linen painting, "Hi Mom!"






















I love her use of colors, the reflection in the water, and the misty, peaceful feel of the moment. I am honored to have Hudson's memory preserved in this beautiful painting.

The dog is our yellow lab Hudson, who is now over the rainbow bridge. Hudson used to love to swim, and at the time we frequently visited my in-laws cabin in the New York Adirondack's Brant Lake. We would throw floating toys and Hudson would jump off the dock with delight. He was a strong swimmer and enjoyed the water even when the weather turned chilly. We snapped this photo of Hudson and it ended up one day on my blog.


















Artist Margery Caggiano saw the photo and requested my permission to use Hudson as a model for a painting. She changed the background to the San Domingo Creek in St. Michaels, MD. The result is stunning.

Margery Caggiano is an instructor at The Academy Art Museum in Easton MD. Her paintings are in more than 300 private and public collections. The painting will be on display during the Easton (MD) Waterfowl Festival, November 8-10.



Join the FitDog Friday blog hop, hosted by Peggy's Pet Place, Slimdoggy, and To Dog with Love. *Link up any of your posts about health and fitness for dogs. Previous posts are just fine. The more fit dogs the merrier!








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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Beautiful Drawings of Girl and Horse in Japanese Book Translation

I couldn't believe the images. They are such sweet drawings of a young girl and her horse. They are accompanying a story I wrote. And they are by a Japanese artist.

The story is about a true story of a young girl with an immune disease, and how she helps a miniature horse named Patty, and how the horse helps her in return. "Miniature Horse Patty Pat Answers a Parent's Prayers" was published in a book, Animals and the Kids who Love Them by Linda and Allen Anderson in 2011. This year the book was translated into Japanese. The illustrations are drawn by artist Akira Himekawa. My story even made the book cover!
















Here are the images in the book:






















I was so excited to see these beautiful drawings. And congratulations to Linda and Allen Anderson for such a great book that is now inspiring people around the world.



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Monday, October 21, 2013

How to Calm A Dog when you Leave the House

Am I the only one who feels guilty whenever I leave the house? Something about those big, sad eyes staring at me through the window on the door, making me feel like I'm leaving them to the worst fate possible.

















I try to rationalize that they are fine while I'm away. That I deserve this time to go to the grocery store, visit friends, have a life! But no matter what, whenever I leave the house, I still feel a twinge of guilt.

Ike in particular has a problem with being left home. So I heard about this CD of music designed to calm dogs, called Through a Dog's Ear. I was totally skeptical. I wouldn't have thought to try it, except the CD has great reviews and great word of mouth. What the heck? I ordered one on Amazon. It sat around for a while, unopened.

Then Ike got neutered. He hated wearing that cone. He fought it and pawed at it and seemed distressed. I spotted the CD...worth a try. So I put on the music and almost instantly he calmed down! He laid down with that cone, closed his eyes and fell asleep. I really can't explain it. But he did.















So now, every time we leave the house, we put on Through A Dog's Ear CD. The music is slow, pleasant piano music to classical tunes.

The dogs still look at me through the window on the door. They still give me those big sad eyes. But I think the CD helps them feel calm once we're gone.















I've told many people about it and some of them seem as skeptical as I was. But I'm here to tell you it works! If you have a dog who gets anxious, I would give Through A Dog's Ear a try. We think it's a great product.








There are versions to use while driving, and versions for puppies, senior dogs.... and even kitties! There is even a shelter program where your purchase helps provide Through a Dog's Ear calming music free to shelters. Check out this video of how through a dog's ear helps in a shelter:







*Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

K9 Kamp - Let's Play Frisbee

Last week I talked about playing chase with your dog. It's just the kind of simple, spontaneous, fun fitness activity that we're stressing this month in K9 Kamp- Fun and Games. Here's another simple activity you can do with your dog--step out for a game of Frisbee! (Or, if you're like me, you can play it inside as well!)



(Aerobie sent us a Dogobie flying disc to review, and one to give away as well. So read on and enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. Good luck!)
 













I admit, I throw like a girl. In general, the disc doesn't always go where I aim. But, I have to say, the Dogobie was super easy to throw. Which surprised me because it was very lightweight and flexible. But it wasn't so floppy that it was awkward to handle.

















































































The packaging states that the disc makes "long accurate flights" and is from the maker of the Guinness World Record setting Aerobie flying rings and discs! I couldn't test this out, because my back yard is small, but I'm sure when we get the chance to take the Dogobie to an open field, we'll be able to see for ourselves.

It's also durable, resistant to tears and punctures, yet soft and gentle on Kelly and Ike's mouths and teeth. Ike enjoyed chewing on it, although I had to stop him because the packaging also suggested keeping your dog from chewing on it will enable it to last longer. oops!








































We're all about fitness activities that you can do together with your dog, and the Dogobie flying disc fits the bill perfectly. It's soft, durable, and fun!


Enter below for your chance to win. And if you don't win one here, you might win one on our K9 Kamp Rafflecopter, so check that out too!




















a Rafflecopter giveaway



Full Disclosure: I received one Dogobie  to review and one to giveaway from Aerobie. This in no way influenced my review. The opinions here are 100% my own. 

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