Blog  >  CANINE SPOILER ALERT: BAXTER’S BITES MENU COMES TO L’AUBERGE DEL MAR

CANINE SPOILER ALERT: BAXTER’S BITES MENU COMES TO L’AUBERGE DEL MAR

A Dog’s Life in SoCal Just Got Even Better!

L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel, introduces Baxter’s Bites, a menu for furry friends with discriminating taste buds. Now dog owners who want to spend quality time with their best friends can treat them to doggone good fare – any day from 6:30 a.m. to close at Coastline or at The Patio at Night Pop-up every Wednesday through Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Now doggies can enjoy a pooch-perfect meal or treat for breakfast, lunch, dinner or any time in-between.

While enjoying Coastline’s ocean view or gathering on the patio, well-mannered dogs who like to hang with their human pals at a very cool place can lap up wonderful woof-worthy grub that suits their dining preferences. Coastal Bowl with seared salmon, brown rice and peas and carrots and Turkey Bowl with turkey patty, green beans, biscuit and turkey jus are yummy choicesOr, perhaps House Kibble with oatmeal kibble, dried peas and carrots and gravy will appeal. Then for special occasions, there’s the Royal Treat of beef tenderloin, three grain salad and farmers market vegetables. For pups who crave sweet temptations: ice cream on the menu is yogurt, peanut butter and banana, and there are house made dog treats – three flavors – peanut butter, oatmeal and peppermint.

Oh, and for hungry dog owners and their other friends, there’s Coastline’s all-day menu, especially known for its fresh local seafood, including selections such as Day Boat Catch “of the minute” – grilled and served with arugula, citrus and almonds; Baja Bass Tostada with pineapple, guajillo salsa and crema; and Local Albacore Niçoise. Other coastal guest favs are Pozole Blanco with pork belly and a choice of tacos, as well as other Bites, Bubbles and Beers. The Patio at Night Pop-up menu features, depending on the day, small plates and shareables such as Burrata Cheese with grilled peaches, smoked almonds and arugula salad and Speckled Romaine with strawberries, smoked blue cheese and malt vinaigrette. The entrance to The Patio at Night Pop-up is from L’Auberge’s front drive or the resort’s amphitheater (no need to come into the hotel itself).

L’Auberge Del Mar

1540 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, CA 92014

858.259.1515

www.laubergedelmar.com

 

About L’Auberge Del Mar

Located in the heart of the coastal Southern California village Del Mar, L'Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel, overlooks the Pacific Ocean offering a resort experience reminiscent of a private seaside estate. Managed by Destination Hotels, this intimate hotel presents 121 guest rooms and suites, refreshing dining options, a full service beach house-style 5,000-square-foot spa, a private path for easy beach access, tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center and a peaceful pool area with leisure and whirl pools. An array of dining and drink selections includes the award-winning KITCHEN 1540, Coastline for waterfront al fresco dining, the lively poolside Bleu Bar for libations and nibbles and The Living Room Bar, a hub for socializing and people watching, serving handcrafted cocktails and tasty appetizers. For more information, please visit www.LAubergeDelMar.com or www.DestinationHotels.com.

 

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 20 indigenous spas, and 110 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visitwww.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

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Blog  >  AdventureUltra - Portable Power Redefined

AdventureUltra - Portable Power Redefined

While traveling we all rely on our smartphones for directions, looking up destination spots or places to eat and for capturing memories in the form of pictures and videos.

One travel necessity to never leave home without is a quality portable charger so you can stay in control of your trip! myCharge makes a variety of portable chargers that will fit anyone’s needs from the Hub Series chargers, that include convenient built-in charging cables and wall prongs on the back of the unit to charge it, to the Razor series that offers ample extra battery life and a sleek look.

I chose the AdventureUltra to review because we are gearing up for our 9th annual cross-country pet adoption tour: Get Your Licks on Route 66®. We will be traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago, stopping at shelters along the way to support adoption events and to raise money for the shelters.

Knowing what a huge and rewarding effort this is, one of the most important tools we have while traveling for seven weeks is communication.

Checking out the AdventureUltra fits the bill. While we won’t need to power a TV, we do have laptops, iPads, phones and audio equipment to be concerned with. The AC Power Output works great to power my iMac and our boom box while also charging our phones.

The AdventureUltra is one of our largest battery banks and has the highest power output. Designed to replace the heavy and bulky generators used when tailgating or camping, the AdventureUltra is a streamlined power source that can run a 42-inch television for up to three hours. 

 

 

Whatever you’re looking for, myCharge can provide the battery life to power your trip. $129.99  See more and orders yours today - https://mycharge.com

 

 

FIDO Friendly magazine received unit to review.

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Blog  >  Military Hero Dog Reunited with Hero Handler USAFe Staff Sergeant Amanda Cubbage

Military Hero Dog Reunited with Hero Handler USAFe Staff Sergeant Amanda Cubbage

 USAFe Staff Sergeant Amanda Cubbage and Military Working Dog Rick, Who Served Six Years in South Korea, Are Together Once More, Thanks to Effort by American Humane, Hallmark Channel, and Hormel Foods.

 

After being separated from his closest friend and battle buddy, Military Working Dog Rick, who bravely served for six years as an explosives detection dog protecting our troops in South Korea, was finally reunited with his handler U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Amanda Cubbage in an emotional reunion in Tucson near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base where SSgt Cubbage is now stationed.

            The 7-year-old German Shepherd worked tirelessly to sniff out explosive devices in one of the most tense hotspots in the world, protecting the lives of U.S. soldiers. MWD Rick patrolled for bombs, VBIEDs (car bombs), performed security sweeps throughout the installation, searched the vehicles of important dignitaries, swept postal facilities, and swept the travel routes for EOD during bomb threats. SSgt Cubbage and MWD Rick did more than 30 explosives sweeps for distinguished visitors and military officials.

Helping Military Work Dog Rick—whose health has declined due to old age and years of demanding military duties—and other four-legged heroes retire on U.S. soil with their best friends is a top priority for American Humane, which joined with Hallmark Channel and Hormel Foods to bring Rick back from South Korea to the healthy, happy retirement he so richly deserves.

“Rick is my partner, friend, brother, and son,” said SSgt Cubbage. “I needed him more than anyone that isn’t a K9 handler would ever be able to understand. He was there for my happiest days in Korea and the saddest days that I ever had there. It broke my heart to leave him. Thank you for bringing my boy back.”

It is estimated that each military dog saves the lives of between 150 to 200 military service members.

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, has been working to support the U.S. military, veterans, and military animals for more than 100 years. One of their many efforts is working to bring retired military dogs back to the United States and reconnect them with the people who care most about them – their former handlers.  

“I had many days in Korea that I needed emotional support due to family issues in the States,” said Cubbage. “He helped me through missing my husband's military retirement, family members being diagnosed with several health issues, and the loss of a friend in the line of duty. He was my support.  He was there when my family couldn't be.” They were so close, Cubbage even ended up taking photos with Rick as her date for the Air Force Ball (after sweeping it for bombs).

            Despite the heroic service provided by America’s military dogs and the unbreakable bond between our two- and four-footed warriors, they don’t always end up with their battle buddies. Through its Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs, American Humane stepped in, and with the generous support of Hallmark Channel and Hormel Foods, sent one of its top veterinarians to South Korea’s Osan Air Base to pick up and escort MWD Rick back to the States.

            “These heroes have served their country with valor, and saved the lives of our servicemen and women while risking their own,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “It is essential that now we step up and do the right thing for these warriors so they can benefit from the remarkable bond that safeguards and connects them, not only in war, but in peace.”

            “The relationship between a military working dog and its handler is as deep as the human-canine bond goes; they are inseparable in war and it’s only right that they be allowed to stay together on the other side of the battlefield,” said Bill Abbott, president and CEO, Crown Media Family Networks. “As part of Crown Media’s corporate pet initiative dedicated to emptying our nations’ shelters and celebrating the joy pets bring to our lives, we are incredibly honored to support American Humane’s efforts to ensure that these heroic partners, like Amanda and Rick, are reunited forever here at home.”

            “Hormel Foods is inspired by those who serve and have served our country. This commitment is part of our history and who we are today," said Jim Sheehan, chief financial officer and chairman of Hormel Foods veterans' employee resource group. "We couldn’t be more proud to be part of this special day, and to support American Humane’s efforts to reunite service men and women and the animals that served our country. We thank Staff Sergeant Amanda Cubbage and her loyal companion Rick for their service – they have truly inspired us.”

“I couldn't have been any happier than the day I got the email that I could bring him home forever,” said Cubbage. “I can’t wait to pick up where we left off.  He was my buddy and I missed him each and every day.  There is just something about having your partner finally home with you that can’t be explained. He deserves the life of ease and luxury that I will give him.  He is a part of my heart that I will be able to get back.  I need him as much as he needs me.”

 

 

About American Humane

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. American Humane has worked to support the U.S. military, veterans, and military animals for more than 100 years. For more information, please visit www.AmericanHumane.org

About Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Channel is Crown Media Family Networks’ flagship 24-hour cable television network, distributed nationwide in high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) to 88 million homes.  As the country’s leading destination for quality family entertainment, Hallmark Channel delivers on the 100-year legacy of the Hallmark brand.  In addition to its signature new, original movies, the network features an ambitious lineup of other new, original content, including scripted primetime series, such as “Good Witch,” “When Calls the Heart” and “Chesapeake Shores”; annual specials including “Kitten Bowl” and “Hero Dog Awards”; and a daily, two-hour lifestyle show, “Home & Family.”  Additionally, Hallmark Channel is the exclusive home to world premiere presentations of the acclaimed Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise.  Dedicated to helping viewers celebrate life’s special moments, Hallmark Channel also offers annual holiday programming franchises, including “Countdown to Christmas,” “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” “Summer Nights,” “Fall Harvest” and “Winterfest.”  Rounding out the network’s diverse slate are some of television’s most beloved comedies and series, including “The Golden Girls,” “The Middle,” “Last Man Standing,” and “Frasier.” 

 

Hallmark Cards, Inc. owns and operates Crown Media Family Networks.

For more information, please visit www.crownmediapress.com

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About Hormel Foods

About Hormel Foods – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenue across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Wholly Guacamole®, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the ninth year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future - Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ - focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit www.hormelfoods.com and http://2015csr.hormelfoods.com/.

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Blog  >  PETCO PARTNERS WITH NBC AND TELEMUNDO OWNED STATIONS’ FOR “CLEAR THE SHELTERS” NATIONWIDE ADOPTION

PETCO PARTNERS WITH NBC AND TELEMUNDO OWNED STATIONS’ FOR “CLEAR THE SHELTERS” NATIONWIDE ADOPTION

Petco Ambassadors will be dispatched to participating shelters Saturday, August 19 to help pet parents prepare to welcome their new pets home.

Petco returns as a national sponsor of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign for a second consecutive year. On Saturday, August 19, 2017, Petco partners will be present at participating animal welfare organizations to answer questions from potential pet adopters and their families. Petco will also be distributing “Welcome to the Family” packets containing information for new pet parents along with coupons for pet supplies.

Clear the Shelters is a nationwide pet adoption campaign that is spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal that includes 30 NBC and Telemundo-owned stations. The stations’ Clear the Shelters third annual pet adoption campaign has become a popular event for communities nationwide and includes the participation of hundreds of animal shelters. On August 19, participating animal shelters will offer low cost or waived pet adoption fees. The NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ third annual Clear the Shelters effort has helped to inspire local communities to take action and open their homes to animals in need. Since the effort was expanded nationally in 2015, the stations’ Clear the Shelters pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 70,000 pet adoptions.

“Petco has been an fantastic partner to the owned stations and we’re excited to work with a company that is deeply committed to pet adoption issues and helping families have the resources and information they need to provide the best care to their newly adopted pets,” said Bruce Kallner, Senior Vice President of Strategic Sales and Marketing, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “The Petco Foundation has also been a great supporter of our Clear the Shelters campaign and we’re pleased to work with a non-profit organization that shares our goal of matching homeless pets with new, permanent homes.”

“With more than 50 years in the pet specialty business, Petco understands and celebrates the importance of the incredible bond between pets and pet parents,” said Charlie Piscitello, chief people officer at Petco. “Clear the Shelters allows us to extend our year-long animal adoption efforts and offers our immensely passionate store partners the ability to help even more families start out with the tools and knowledge they need to make their relationship with their new pet as rewarding as possible.” 

For more information about the pet adoption campaign, visit ClearTheShelters.com. You can also follow the effort on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the hashtags #ClearTheShelters and #LoveMyPet. To access information in Spanish, please visit DesocuparLosAlbergues.com and follow #DesocuparLosAlbergues and #AmoAMiMascota.

About NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 30 NBC and Telemundo local television stations, a regional news network and their associated websites and digital platforms, as well as a group of out-of-home properties, a production company, an in-house marketing and promotions company and two national multicast networks, COZI TV and TeleXitos. The local stations, which can be viewed in 37 percent of U.S. homes and in Puerto Rico, produce and deliver their local communities compelling and unique local news, real-time weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports and entertainment programming across all platforms to help keep their English and Spanish-speaking audiences informed anytime and anywhere.

About Petco and the Petco Foundation
With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; digitally-delivered pet health advice through PetCoach; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has invested more than $185 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.

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Blog  >  Old World Hospitality Meets Modern Luxury: FIDO Friendly Dossier Now Open in Portland

Old World Hospitality Meets Modern Luxury: FIDO Friendly Dossier Now Open in Portland

Elevated service, understated elegance, gracious amenities and two new dining and cocktail destinations – Opal and Omertà – await guests who check in. Dog friendly too!

Dossier, the highly-anticipated new addition to Provenance Hotels’ collection of award-winning independent hotels, is now open in the heart of downtown Portland. The 205-room upscale hotel located at SW Park Avenue and SW Alder Street, is reminiscent of a private club specializing in Old World hospitality, elegant design and gracious service in a modern setting. An inviting new lobby, art-filled guest rooms including a spacious penthouse suite, two new food and beverage destinations, and a host of luxurious amenities await the discerning traveler and reflect a sophisticated side of the city that both contrasts and compliments the quirkiness for which Portland is famed.

With an emphasis on personalized service and an expert team of VIP guest hosts who boast unparalleled access, Dossier is designed for guests who want to seek out the city’s top restaurant experiences, connect with up-and-coming artists and designers and explore the area’s surrounding wine country, producer of the world’s best pinot noirs. For those visiting the region for business, the Dossier team stands at the ready with on-call graphic designers and the connections necessary to expedite the preparation of a winning presentation. The VIP host team that makes this magic happen is based out of Dossier’s gracious lobby.

From Dossier’s lobby guests can also see into Opal, the newest destination from Portland’s acclaimed Lightning Bar Collective, through windows that give a bartender’s eye view into an architectural jewel box. Named after the precious gem, Opal has its own entrance on Park Avenue and features curved banquettes and a stunningly intricate walnut ceiling that gives the space a warm glow reminiscent of the fiery luminesce for which the bar’s namesake is renown. The opal is considered the stone of inspiration and thought to enhance imagination and creativity. In keeping with that spirit, the bar’s expert team has crafted a menu of classic cocktails and curated an extensive wine list that are sure to inspire and delight.

The food menu focuses on light, sharable options with plenty of vegetarian and vegan choices. Guests are invited to order cocktails, bottles and small plates to share. Opal serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

FOR FIDO - Guests who bring their pets to Provenance Hotels pay a once-per-stay $45 for a pet upgrade.

Pet Amenities - Your pet will be greeted with a pet bed, bowls, toy, tasty treat and comprehensive list of local pet resources ranging from Dog walkers to pet psychics.

 

Pet Room Service - Our pet-friendly menu was designed with pets’ nutritional needs in mind.

Pet Spiritual Services - We have a range of inspirational books on everything from dog massage to pet psychology. Feel free to borrow one during your stay.

 

Dossier introductory room rates are priced from $300 per night, plus tax, and can be booked at www.dossierhotel.com. The hotel is on Instagram @dossier_hotel.

 

About Provenance Hotels
Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Portland, Ore., Provenance Hotels specializes in financing, developing and operating award-winning independent hotels with distinct and deeply integrated art stories. The portfolio includes Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Lucia, Sentinel, the Heathman Hotel and Dossier in Portland, Ore., Hotel Max in Seattle, Wash., Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Wash., the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans, LA., and Hotel Preston in Nashville, Tenn. Provenance Hotels will open Hotel Theodore in Seattle in fall 2017 and the Woodlark in Portland in summer 2018. The company can be found online at www.provenancehotels.com.

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Blog  >  Farewell to a Hero - Storied Military Dog Cena Saved Lives of His Handler and Many, Many Others

Farewell to a Hero - Storied Military Dog Cena Saved Lives of His Handler and Many, Many Others

 U.S. military hero dog Cena, a 9-year-old Black Labrador who served as a bomb detection dog in Afghanistan and saved the lives of his handler and uncounted other American warriors, ended his service to Mankind today after a battle he could not win with bone cancer. Cena died peacefully in the arms of his battle buddy, former United States Marine Corps Corporal Jeff DeYoung, in their hometown of Muskegon, Michigan.

 

 

            The two first met during Improvised Detection Dog training in Virginia in July 2009. They were deployed to Afghanistan later that year and during their service together, the two were part of Operation Moshtarak in February 2010 that was the largest joint operation up to that point. Corporal DeYoung and Cena typically led the way as U.S. troops trudged through the rugged and treacherous sandscapes of Afghanistan. Cena was trained to detect more than 300 different types of explosives and if he smelled something suspicious on patrol he alerted DeYoung, who would then call in an explosives technician to safely remove or detonate the bomb.
 
Cena and DeYoung ate together, slept together, and fought together, forging a deep bond between them. “Once I laid down on top of him to protect him from gunfire,” said DeYoung. “I carried him through a freezing cold, flooded river on my shoulders.”  
 
DeYoung’s protectiveness of Cena was repaid many times over. Each military dog is estimated to save the lives of between 150-200 servicemen and women during the course of their career, and one of those lives was DeYoung’s. Suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and the recent loss of several close comrades in combat, DeYoung decided to take his own life. Cena intervened and saved his comrade from committing suicide.
 
            Despite their seemingly unbreakable bond, Corporal DeYoung and Cena were separated unceremoniously without even the chance for a goodbye when DeYoung left military service and Cena continued working through three deployments. For four years, DeYoung suffered nightmares and flashbacks, missing Cena every single day. Finally, when Cena was retired for a hip injury, the two were brought back together in an emotional reunion made possible with the help of American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, which has also been working to support the U.S. military, veterans, and military animals for more than 100 years. The reunion in 2014 was covered by media across the nation and Jeff and Cena’s story has been carried in hundreds of countries around the globe.
 
            Since then, Corporal DeYoung and Cena have served as military ambassadors for American Humane, traveling around the country to raise awareness about the importance of reuniting service dogs with their handlers, and how the dogs can improve and save the lives of veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress.
 
“Military Working Dog Cena is a true American hero and an inspiring testament to the life-changing power of the human-animal bond,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and who owe their lives to him. His work and his example will live on in the memories of all who knew him and were touched by his story.
 
 
 
 
            “Cena was family to me,” said DeYoung. “It's always been him and me against the world, and losing him has devastated me to my core. Goodbye, my most faithful friend. I will never forget you.” 
 
About American Humane and its support of the U.S. military
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. The group began working with the U.S. military more than 100 years ago when they deployed to the battlefields of World War I Europe to rescue more than 68,000 wounded war horses every month. Following World War II they advanced the field of animal-assisted therapy to help returning veterans cope with the invisible wounds of war, and aided children of military families during their parents’ deployments.
 
Through their Lois Pope LIFE Center for Military Affairs, American Humane has helped change the law to make sure we bring our military hero dogs home to U.S. soil when their service to our country is finished. They also work to provide veterans with lifesaving service dogs, reunite retired war dogs with their former handlers, and provide them with free specialized healthcare so they can enjoy the happy and healthy retirement they deserve.
 
 

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Blog  >  Beating the Heat in the Dog Days of Summer FIDO Style

Beating the Heat in the Dog Days of Summer FIDO Style

August is fast approaching and with many parts of the country already dealing with weather that is hot and muggy (with more likely on the way) it is easy to just stay inside and beat the heat with air conditioning but remember FIDO still needs to get outside for walks and exercise!

Here are 3 tips for beating the heat while still getting outside with your best buddy:

If FIDO is a water baby then you’ve got the easy answer - A swim in the lake or ocean – chasing the ball on the beach … even a baby pool filled with cool water can be the perfect way to get your pooch their exercise and a way to cool down too!

Early morning and later evening walks – it’s a fact – it’s cooler in the morning and in the evening once the sun goes down.  Taking FIDO for their longer walks during these times is the perfect way to keep them on their walking schedule at a much more comfortable temperature.

Mini play times – when it’s hot outside you can still throw the Frisbee and walk around the block, just scale down the amount of time that you are out and about.  Instead of 30 minutes of Frisbee go out for 15 minutes two different times that day … and of course always have fresh water ready for FIDO.

And don’t forget about good nutrition too.  Just like people, FIDO can be a little less hungry when it’s hot and may get picky with their kibble.  Whether you decide to feed your pet an omnivorous or vegan diet, it’s important to ensure that they’re getting enough protein. Protein is an important part of your pet’s diet for a variety of reasons, one of which is energy. With the long, hot, summer days, it’s an especially important time to make sure that your pet is eating enough protein to sustain throughout the day.

A great food choice, packed with protein that FIDO loves?  Petcurean, with their premium-quality recipes that really DO set them apart (and ahead) of the pack.  What makes them different? They pride themselves on being experts in crafting recipes designed to meet the needs of dogs and cats (and cats and dogs) of all different shapes, sizes, backgrounds and ages. If your pet wants the quick energy that comes from eating whole grains, great; they have a whole grain recipe they’ll love. If your cat or dog does better with a grain-free recipe, they’ve got those, too. High protein, moderate protein, limited ingredients, life-stages, different kibble shapes and sizes; they’ve got ‘em all. They are so committed to matching your pet with the perfect recipe, that they’ll actually help you find the food that’s right for your dog or cat, even if it isn’t their own.  

Some examples of their recipes that FIDO finds yummy – we think you will too!

Plant-based Proteins:

  • Peas: A good source of beta-carotene, niacin, Vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, and copper. It’s also packed with dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, thiamin and manganese.
  • Organic flaxseed and sunflower oil: Both contain omega-6 fatty acids that promote healthy skin and a radiant coat. Flaxseed also boasts omega-3 fatty acids which are important for normal metabolism and optimal health.
  • Lentils and Chickpeas: Both are low glycemic carbohydrates that also provide a good source of protein, iron, phosphorus and copper.

Poultry:

  • Chicken Meal: A concentrated source of protein containing meat, bones, and cartilage that is dried and preserved naturally. It should never include feathers, heads, feet, or entrails.
  • Chicken Fat: Although human diets try to avoid fats, animal fat is good for your pet. Chicken fat is a great source of omega-6 which is considered the most important essential fatty acid for dogs and cats.
  • Eggshell Meal: A natural source of calcium to promote bone strength. Eggshell membrane is an added plus!

 

 

Fish:

  • Cod: A good source of high quality protein, phosphorous, niacin, and Vitamin B-12.
  • Dehydrated Cod: A concentrated source of protein that uses the entire raw material. The benefit of dehydrated product is the removal of water, but not the fat. 
  • Krill: As the “superfood of the sea,” krill is growing in popularity as a protein source. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and astaxanthin, krill is also virtually free of pollutants and heavy metals.

 

 

Whole Meats:

  • Deboned Venison, Pork, and Lamb: All are great sources of protein that come from the animal’s clean and de-boned flesh. 
  • Novelty Proteins: This classification consists of proteins your pet may not have eaten before such as venison, salmon, or duck. Novelty proteins can sometimes help alleviate the symptoms of dietary sensitivities.

 

Visit their website for more information about all their wonderful products!

 

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Blog  >  New Pet Seat Belt Crash Tested at U.S. and Canadian Safety Standards for Child Restraint Systems

New Pet Seat Belt Crash Tested at U.S. and Canadian Safety Standards for Child Restraint Systems

Sleepypod crash tests its new Clickit Terrain car safety harness for dogs at Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213 and Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213.

Sleepypod®, a Pasadena-based company known for redefining pet products, today announces it has crash tested its new Clickit Terrain car safety harness for dogs at U.S. and Canadian safety standards for child restraint systems. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 213 and Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) No. 213 are analogous safety standards with speed, test bench, and crash pulse among the similarities. There are several small differences to include belt and bench positioning. NHTSA issues Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in the United States. Find more information here  -   Transport Canada is responsible for transportation policies and programs in Canada. Find more information here.

“Sleepypod is the first pet product manufacturer to test its pet seat belts at U.S. and Canadian safety standards for child restraint systems with successful results,” says Michael Leung, Sleepypod co-founder and lead product designer. “In each test, the Clickit Terrain safety harness kept the crash test dog from accelerating forward and leaving the test bench while controlling rotation.” Watch the crash tests here –

 

 

Sleepypod tested the Clickit Terrain safety harness using DUKE 2.0, Sleepypod’s proprietary crash test dog weighing 75 pounds. See more here: 

 

 

About Clickit Terrain

Clickit Terrain is light and easy to use without sacrificing safety. Shock absorbing sleeves work with a broad padded vest and patented Infinity Loop design for more safety in the car. The same patent pending shock absorbing sleeves make Clickit Terrain comfortable for use as an everyday walking harness and also provide better control for the handler. Reflective patches on the harness shoulders can be interchanged with service patches for working dogs. Clickit Terrain can be used with an optional Terrain Pack. Working dogs and active dogs will benefit from the Clickit Terrain design. It combines award-winning travel safety technology with enhanced safety, comfort, and control features for sustained daily use. Find more information about Clickit Terrain at http://sleepypod.com/releases/031717-Sleepypod-Announces-Clickit-Terrain.pdf.

About Sleepypod

Look behind the beautiful designs and you’ll find multiple functions, durable materials, and safety beyond compare. Sleepypod pet products have earned numerous awards and accolades for safety and design innovation. Every Sleepypod carrier and car safety harness has been certified with a top safety rating from the Center for Pet Safety. Pets travel safer with Sleepypod. Sleepypod.com

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Blog  >  Five New Ways Pups Can Play in the Pikes Peak Region

Five New Ways Pups Can Play in the Pikes Peak Region

Named one of the pet-friendliest cities in the country, Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region have expanded offerings for furry friends. From Jeep tours to pupcakes, tails are sure to wag with these five new ways man’s best friend can play this summer. Find more dog-focused itineraries and four-legged friendly packages at http://bit.ly/2tcHniq

Colorado Jeep Tours –  Located in the Royal Gorge of Cañon City, Colorado Jeep Tours now offer dog-friendly guided jeep tours along the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, Red Canyon Park and the Gold Belt Scenic Byway. Every breed and size are welcome on the tours to accommodate travelers who want to take fido along for their family vacation. For more information, visit ColoradoJeepTours.com or call 719-275-6339.

Cheyenne Mountain and Mueller State Parks – From June to August a new trial policy in Cheyenne Mountain and Mueller state parks allow dogs on specified trails including Acorn Alley, Bobcat Way, Raccoon Ridge and a portion of Soaring Kestrel. Park rules state that dogs need to be on a hand-held leash no more than six feet. Owners must pick up waste and avoid conflict with other animals and park visitors. Doggy-pick-up bag stations are installed throughout the park. http://cpw.state.co.us/

Pub Dog Colorado – The first and only restaurant in the state of Colorado that allows guests to dine with their dogs indoors. This restaurant and bar allow seating both inside and outside for pups to get a whiff of fresh air. Complete with 3,000 square feet of off-leash area, dogs can socialize and relax safely while patrons enjoy a meal and cold beverage. Within walking distance from Bear Creek Dog Park and Red Rock Open Space, Pub Dog Colorado creates a hub for locals to enjoy time with their pups before and after their outside adventures. http://pubdogcolorado.com

Doggie Treat Truck – Furry Friends Inc. is taking to the streets in a food truck to serve delicious treats to pups in the Pikes Peak region. Serving goodies like bacon-flavored ice cream and homemade pupcakes, pooches everywhere are sure to drool. The truck can be found at local farmer’s markets Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. www.furryfriendsinc.com

Bampaws Stay and Play – This brand-new dog day care, grooming and pet boarding facility is in the heart of downtown. Unlike most other boarding facilities, this location is attended 24 hours a day and streams continuous DogTV to check on residents at any time. Options range from half-day care to luxury suite overnights. www.bampaws.com

About Colorado Springs, CO

Founded as a resort town in 1871, Olympic City USA has drawn travelers from around the world for decades offering unrivaled natural beauty, endless blue skies, a mild climate and more than 55 man-made and natural attractions. Home to iconic landmarks such as Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, Garden of the Gods Park, the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center and U.S. Air Force Academy, the city and surrounding region is a popular destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts and couples.

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Blog  >  SURF DOG RICOCHET CHANGES THE LIVES OF COMBAT VETERANS WITH PTSD & KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

SURF DOG RICOCHET CHANGES THE LIVES OF COMBAT VETERANS WITH PTSD & KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

This one-of-a-kind mentorship program matches veterans & kids for a day of paws-on healing through Ricochet’s canine-assisted surfing, paddling, playing and therapy

Last Sunday, Ricochet traded her long board for a paddle board as she took veterans with PTSD and kids with special needs from the battleground to the playground through her Waves of Empowerment program.
 
This one-of-a-kind mentorship program matches combat veterans with PTSD and kids with special needs for a day of empowerment and paws-on healing.  It also incorporates adults with disabilities who want to inspire and encourage kids through the challenges they've faced.

Each veteran or adult becomes a mentor, and is matched one-on-one with a child with special needs. The program focuses on canine-assisted surfing, paddling, playing and therapy. And, thanks to Body Glove who donated two inflatable stand-up paddle boards to the program, and to Redfin who sponsored Sunday’s event, Ricochet is able help even more veterans and kids. ​ Activities are facilitated by Ricochet who is a registered, certified and top AKC titled therapy dog. 

Every 65 minutes a veteran with PTSD takes their life by suicide. That’s 22 lives a day! When service members separate from the military they often feel lost with no sense of purpose. The connectedness they felt with their military brothers and sisters now gives way to feelings of disconnect. Many battle with anxiety, depression, hypervigilance and a host of other symptoms. It’s common for returning soldiers with PTSD to have antisocial behaviors that lead to isolation.

On the other paw, kids with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society. On the other paw, kids with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups in society. Current estimates suggest that there are at least 93 million children with disabilities in the world. Many kids with special needs are judged and defined by their disability, rather than their potential.  Some families face social withdrawal and isolation because of stigma, prejudice and lack of understanding. But, Ricochet enlisted the help of Surf Education Academy to provide expert water safety and adaptability, so every child regardless of their ability could partake in the activities. Plus, this summer, RehabMart partnered with Ricochet in bringing the ocean to veterans and children with special needs through their donation of the Hippocampe Beach and All-Terrain Wheelchair!

One of the most common symptoms of PTSD, Autism and other disabilities is social anxiety. But, through Ricochet’s innovative model, social skills are improved in a non-judgmental environment where everyone feels accepted. Differences are embraced, which allows each individual to demonstrate their potential for making a positive impact in their lives, as well as the lives of others.  Veterans are able to use their skill set and leadership abilities which give them a renewed sense of purpose. Being of service to kids with special need allows them to step outside their own issues as they re-discover themselves and inspire future generations.  This is a great inclusive program for children as well, because they gain independence, confidence and self-worth while being coached by war heroes. 

Play is used as a vehicle to bring diverse populations together which fosters camaraderie, team work and relationships.  Play is facilitated by Ricochet as well as therapy, service and emotional support dogs which deepens the human-animal bond.  For kids who tend to get sensory overload, or prefer to be quiet, a craft and game table is provided so every child feels included. Ricochet is committed to reducing the suicide rate, social anxiety, isolation and exclusion as she unites and enriches the lives of veterans and civilians of all abilities and backgrounds.  The mentors and kids make a connection with, and through Ricochet like this young man who is a double amputee. They end up empowering each other! The transformation that occurs when these diverse individuals are brought together with Ricochet is truly magical.

 Please join us as we celebrate all warriors, regardless of their battle.

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Blog  >  CALMZ® ANXIETY RELIEF SYSTEM FROM PETMATE® Why Suffer? Simple. Proven. Effective

CALMZ® ANXIETY RELIEF SYSTEM FROM PETMATE® Why Suffer? Simple. Proven. Effective

More than 80 million dogs owned by American families suffer from anxiety at some point in their lives, particularly as a result of thunderstorms, fireworks, encounters with strangers, travel and loud noises.  About 24 million of them chronically suffer from these debilitating issues.  Now Petmate introduces a new way to help relieve that anxiety. 

The new CALMZ® Anxiety Relief System for dogs combines high-tech innovation with acupressure in a new non-invasive, drug-free treatment that soothes common anxiety. This innovative system comes complete with an adjustable, wearable Comfort Fit Vest and a therapeutic device that emits proprietary low frequency tones, classical music and delivers a mild vibration.  It fits snuggly over specific acupressure points on a dog’s spine. When the device is activated, the clinically proven NeuroSync Technology® takes over. Dogs will hear and feel a therapeutic blend of classical music, tones and vibration to ease anxiety.

 

During stress events, dogs experience a decreased blood flow in the frontal cortex – the processing area of the brain.  Stimulating blood flow improves neural firing and communication with the spine and the brain, thus relieving anxiety.

  • The CALMZ Anxiety Relief System employs vestibular (audible) and peripheral sensory (tactile) stimulations to achieve test-proven anxiety relief in dogs.
  • Vestibular stimulation is the result of a low-frequency tone that is blended with a modified version of the classical piece, Beethoven's Für Elise.
  • Vibrations massage key acupressure points along the spine on the thoracic vertebrae (above shoulders) and cervical vertebrae (neck area).
  • No prescriptions, no drugs, no edibles, no refills, no veterinarian visits required

To Learn More visit us at calmz.com!

 

 

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Blog  >  On the Road Again – Travel Checklist for FIDO

On the Road Again – Travel Checklist for FIDO

It’s time for summer fun with FIDO!  Whether you’re gearing up for a weekend trip or two or a full vacation week (or two!), it’s time to get your packing list in order … and that includes FIDO.

This handy checklist for packing up your pooch will help make sure everyone enjoys the trip:

A copy of their recent shots and your vet’s contact information

Research the closest vet clinic to where you will be staying, just in case of emergency

Favorite toys & ball

Leash and water and food bowls

A collapsible water bowl (and bottled water) for trips to the beach – longs walks on trails, hiking and exploring.

Doggy bed.

Dog food (to avoid digestive issues make sure to have extra on hand in case FIDO increased their appetite during their vacation adventures).

And of course ... TREATS (because it IS vacation and FIDO deserves to be spoiled a little too).

 

And speaking of TREATS,  may we suggest SPIKE™ treats ? Tastes better than biting the hand that feeds you - SPIKE™ treats have been known to induce lip quivering, bum shaking, uncontrollable drooling, tail-chasing and other unpredictable, unexpected and endearing behaviours such as high-fiving, belly-baring, paw swipes, head-bops, and assorted yipping and yelping due to their unusually high content of premium quality meat proteins, micronutrients, anti-oxidants and “superfoods” like chia, pomegranate and kale, all lovingly prepared by your friends at Petcurean, who promise you that SPIKE™ contains only all natural ingredients, with zero by-products, added growth hormones, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. Whew.  So ….. Who wants a treat?  FIDO does!

 

 

To see all the great products Petcurean offers visit them here and remember - We also love the Petcurean guarantee - It doesn't happen very often, but if your pet refuses to eat one of their foods or has a physical issue with a Petcurean recipe, just return the bag to the local pet specialty store where it was purchased (with your receipt). You will receive a full refund, or an exchange for another Petcurean product.

And if you haven’t planned your vacation yet, there’s still time – check out Petcurean’s picks/ideas  for  Pet Friendly vacations here!  

 

Fido Friendly is proud to be a Petcurean Blogger Advocate.  Petcurean provides products for our review and promotion

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Blog  >  Friday is “Take Your Dog To Work” Day

Friday is “Take Your Dog To Work” Day

For people who need an excuse, this Friday, June 23rdis “Take Your Dog to Work” day. It’s that one special day of the year when dog lovers can introduce their best friends to their co-workers. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society reminds dog owners to follow a few basic rules for success.

 

Dogs help to create a calmer workplace,” according to RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “Productivity is higherBlood pressure drops when you pet a dogDogs create a sense of camaraderie. Creativity and mental recall improve with dogs present.” 

 

Van Zante says to make sure it’s okay with your employer before taking your dog along. “Check with co-workers to see if they’re allergic or afraid of dogs. Make sure that you will be able to take care of your dog during the day and that there’s a safe, comfortable place for your dog to spend his or her day at work.”

 

Items to take along include:
*A dog bed or blanket
*Water bowl
*Snacks / treats
*Leash and Collar with your contact information
*Poop Bags
*A copy of your dog's vaccination records
*Some dog toys or tennis ball

When you and your dog arrive at work:
*Take your dog to where it will spend the day then let it sniff and investigate
*"Set up" for the day with the bed, bowl, water, and toys
*Introduce your "best friend" to your "work friends"
*Remember to take potty breaks and pick up after your dog

 

“Remember that, even though your dog is there, you’re still on the job. ‘Work like a dogso your boss lets you do this again next year...and maybe even throughout the year.”

 

For more information about pet adoption or Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s programs for people and animals call 760-753-6413, visit the shelter at 389 RequezaStreet in Encinitas, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

 

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Blog  >  Speed Into Winner’s Circle with a Napier Truck Tent 57 Series

Speed Into Winner’s Circle with a Napier Truck Tent 57 Series

Grab FIDO and your (other!) best pals, and speed into the 2017 racing season in style with a Sportz Truck Tent 57 Series.

 

Kick off Daytona with a weekend full of high speed, tailgating fun and leave the worry about finding the perfect campsite in the dust. The Sportz Truck Tent 57 Series is guaranteed to get you to the last lap. It assembles in the back of your open-bed pickup, creating the perfect campsite no matter where you park. No more searching for the clean, dry, or level campsite!

 

With eight models to fit virtually every truck on the road, it’s no wonder the Sportz Truck Tent 57 Series is the market leader! The durable tent comes with a full rainfly to keep you dry through the stormy weather, two side vents and two large windows for optimal ventilation. The tent’s rear access panel allows for easy accessibility to the truck’s cab for added convenience and storage. The 4' x 4' awning provides ample shade and securely fastens to the tailgate, offering extra space to enjoy every lap!

The Sportz Truck Tent 57 Series easily packs into an expandable carrying bag, ready to travel to the winner’s circle! Join the millions of explorers and race fans who have already discovered how Sportz Truck Tents offer campers convenience and flexibility for all of their outdoor adventures. For more information on the Sportz Truck Tent 57 Series or any Napier product, visit www.napieroutdoors.com or call 800-567-2434.

NAPIER OUTDOORS Napier is the world’s largest developer and distributor of Vehicle Camping Tents. Since 1990, Napier has been changing the way people view camping, by reshaping and merging the automotive and outdoor industries together. We were the first to revolutionize the camping industry with our innovative and exciting vehicle tent concepts.

Napier distributes Vehicle Camping Tents to automotive manufacturers and retailers across North America, Europe and Australia. Our vehicle tents are the number one selling Truck and SUV Tents in the World!

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Blog  >  Your Dog’s Dream Weekend Getaway

Your Dog’s Dream Weekend Getaway

Tentrr is designed for outdoor lovers and their dogs. Too frequently, campgrounds are not dog-friendly or require dogs to be leashed at all times. 

Tentrr puts fully-equipped campsites on 15 acres or more private secluded land so your dog can run free. In addition, each Tentrr campsite has onsite swimming spots and hiking trails as well as nearby dog-friendly activities such as wineries, hunting, fishing and more. 

Each campsite comes with a platform, large canvas tent, bed, Adirondack chairs, wood stove, picnic table, dry storage, sun shower, camp toilet, fire pit, and more. Campsites fit between 2-12 campers (additional dome tents provided for groups) and average $127 per night.

 

 

 

The majority of Tentrr campsites are 2 hours from New York City in the Hudson Valley and Catskills but by July, Tentrr will have sites throughout the North East. In late 2017, Tentrr will have sites in the Pacific Northwest as well. To learn more cick here! 

 

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Blog  >  Highlight Hartsdale Pet Cemetery’s War Dog Memorial Celebration Sunday, June 11

Highlight Hartsdale Pet Cemetery’s War Dog Memorial Celebration Sunday, June 11

           The historic Hartsdale Pet Cemetery will hold its most poignant annual War Dog Memorial Celebration ever on Sunday, June 11 at 1 pm when Marine Corps combat-veteran Matthew Plumeri shares the stage and discusses his indescribable bond with his partner Gulliver, an 11-year old Visla, a military working dog who was at his side during their deployment  in the most dangerous area of the most dangerous province in Afghanistan.  The public is invited.

            Another keynote speaker is Nancy Schiesari, a director and producer, whose latest full-length documentary, Canine Soldiers, The Militarization of Love, explores the intimate bond between military working dogs (MWDs) and their handlers, combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts of the dogs who lead their patrols.  In recent wars, two out of three American deaths are caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).  The film will air on PBS.

            Schiesari, a professor at the University of Texas, will discuss how military WMDs are bred, how their relationships with their handlers develop, and what it's like to live in interdependence on the war front.  One trainer remarked, "These soldiers don't have battle buddies to the right and left of them like a regular line soldier.  Their only battle buddy is that dog.  They literally place their lives in the nose of that dog."

            "I have no doubt that this will be our most poignant War Dog Memorial celebration ever," said Edward C. Martin, Jr., director of the cemetery.  "Matthew Plumeri will be bringing his dog Gulliver with him.  Matthew overcame many obstacles in the process of adopting Gulliver.  Both Matthew and Nancy will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the foot of the cemetery's famous War Dog Memorial that was built in1923 with donations from dog lovers for man's most faithful friend."

            The cemetery, www.petcem.com, is located at 75 Central Park Avenue in Hartsdale, NY.  Also featured will be a Pet Adoption Fair throughout the day sponsored by the volunteers of the Shelter Pet Alliance. 

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery's 28th annual memorial service is in tribute to the thousands of American canines who served in battle-scarred places from Bastogne foxholes to Vietnam jungles to 9/11's rubble and to all pets that serve humanity including Seeing Eye dogs, and therapy and police and fire dogs. 

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Blog  >  Arcopédico USA Offers Comfort With Chic Style For On The Go Gals

Arcopédico USA Offers Comfort With Chic Style For On The Go Gals

Arcopédico USA, the only U.S. distributor of high-quality, Portuguese-made women’s comfort and travel footwear, keeps the wanderer’s weary feet in mind with its spring/summer 2017 line of travel-ready shoes.  Piloting feet safely from the airport security line to mile-high foot comfort, Arcopédico lightens the load with packable, lightweight, breathable, circulation supporting shoes for all day comfort. 

“For over 50 years Arcopédico has crafted reliable, comfortable, durable, lightweight shoes for women,” says Arcopédico’s Marketing Manager Sydney Simas.  “This collection extends the comfort and practicality for which Arcopédico is known for into a more care-free and stylish genre.”

 Style on the Go – The new Stripe offers an enchanting design to the everyday ballerina style slip-on.  The sculpted satin/cotton fabric upper features a whimsical horizontal stripe pattern, Arnedry® lining, and a rounded toe silhouette. The Stripe flats features a petite rubber sole, narrow footbed, and a feather-light design. 

 (Shown above; MSRP: $115, available in Blue/White, Beige/White, or Black/White – for more info and to shop click here

 

Sample provided to FIDO Friendly for review.

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Blog  >  Jouvé  - Clean and Cruelty Free

Jouvé  - Clean and Cruelty Free

Our Spring issue features our annual cruelty-free editorial and shows that living a compassionate lifestyle is made easy when choosing Jouvé products for your skin care routine.

Jouvé - Real beauty isn’t about the stroke of a brush, the dab of a cream, or the spritz of a bottle, it’s a glow that illuminates from within and a radiance that’s truly you. Jouvé unlocks this inner light through revolutionary skincare products that are driven by results. Using only safe, pure, and effective ingredients, you’ll instantly look and feel your best, because nothing is more beautiful than the true you.

Our Clean Commitment: Jouvé is committed to using only clean ingredients without compromising on effectiveness. You will never find any parabens, phthalates, PEGs, synthetic fragrances, or artificial colors in any of our products.

 

  • Jouvé is an award-winning, luxury skincare line that combines innovative science and superior formulation to deliver immediate and ongoing results for that radiant and youthful look we all desire. 
  • These clean products are free of artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, PEGs, phthalates and parabens. 
  • All Jouvé products are vegan, gluten free and PETA certified as cruelty free.
  • Price: $85-$200

 

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Blog  >  Walkin’ Pets Rolls Out MINI Wheelchair for Smallest Pets

Walkin’ Pets Rolls Out MINI Wheelchair for Smallest Pets

Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com announces its latest innovation in the pet wheelchair business: the MINI Walkin’ Wheels for disabled or injured pets. This fully adjustable wheelchair accommodates toy dog breeds, cats, and other small animals weighing from two to ten pounds. The MINI Walkin’ Wheels is simple to use, and its adjustability makes finding the right fit quick and easy.

“My company was founded on the concept of listening to the pet caretaking community and providing products to enable their pets to live high-quality, active lives,” says Mark Robinson, founder and president of Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com. “The toy dog breeds have increased in popularity over the years, so a MINI wheelchair to accommodate these pets was an emerging need. We’ve also had an increase in owners of cats and other small animals asking for a wheelchair, as awareness of the Walkin’ Wheels has spread.

The availability of an off-the-shelf, adjustable product, such as the MINI Walkin’ Wheels, makes it not only affordable, but possible to ship on the same day as ordered. The adjustability feature enables owners to place the order with just two measurements and the pet’s weight and breed/species. This type of product has revolutionized the world of pet care. A Walkin’ Wheels can provide an alternative to euthanizing pets, when just a little rear limb support might enable them to continue to live happy, healthy lives.

For more information on the new MINI Walkin’ Wheels, go here.

Above Photo Credit: New MINI Walkin’ Wheels pet wheelchair.

 

 

Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com is an online pet product company serving the needs of disabled, injured, and aging pets and their owners. Signature products include the Walkin’ Wheels® adjustable dog wheelchair, the Walkin’® Lift Combo Harness, Walkin’® Splints, and more. 105 Route 101A, Suite 18 Amherst, NH 03031, (888) 253-0777, www.walkinpets.com

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Blog  >  Healthy Summer Fun for FIDO Starts Here

Healthy Summer Fun for FIDO Starts Here

Summer is (almost!) here and FIDO is ready to romp and run and enjoy being outside!  Whether your FIDO loves to play fetch with their ball, swim in the waves or run up and down the beach with you, keeping them fit (and their energy level up) is key to their summer fun.  Exercise and good nutrition always go hand in hand and FIDO’s friends at Petcurean focus on and pride themselves on providing a pet food choice to help keep our precious pets as healthy as possible.

They are known for investing time and resources into educating their partners at pet specialty stores about the nutritional needs of dogs and cats, food intolerances and sensitivities, and pet food ingredients.  And they are also committed to sustainability, transparency and organic ingredients in their pet food.  With that in mind, Petcurean rolled out GATHER to pet specialty stores in the U.S. and Canada. GATHER is a new pet food line crafted from certified, organic, non-GMO and sustainably produced ingredients. The recipes are perfectly blended to provide dogs and cats complete, balanced natural nutrition with premium quality ingredients.

When developing GATHER, Petcurean searched for and found a handful of farmers, growers and fishers of the highest integrity, who were practicing the responsible and sustainable production of extraordinary quality and natural ingredients. Those who earned Petcurean’s confidence have become the secured sources and trusted partners that supply the premium quality ingredients used in GATHER.  A great example of this is their Wild Ocean Recipe.

 

Alaskan Leader, family founded and family run (just like Petcurean), operates out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The fish they provide for GATHER Wild Ocean is the same Alaskan cod that’s sold in supermarkets and served in fine restaurants.  The cod is blended with MSC certified krill, peas, lentils, chickpeas, organic flaxseed and other essential ingredients to provide a hearty, healthy meal for adult dogs.

Catching cod by longline is one of the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable methods of fishing used today. A particular school of cod can be located, identified, and brought on board, without the damage to the ocean floor associated with some net fishing. Individually-hooked fish are handled carefully, and the minimal by-catch of fish other than cod are released, live. These are just a few of the reasons Petcurean chose Alaskan Leader Fisheries LLC to supply them with their Alaskan Leader® brand cod for their GATHER Wild Ocean Recipe.

 

 

To further show Petcurean’s commitment to sustainability, GATHER leverages a USDA certified bio-based packaging to help reduce the product’s environmental impact. By using bags that are one-third plant-based, Petcurean has reduced its use of petroleum-based resources by 30 percent; for every 16 lb. bag the company makes, it saves close to a 4lb. bag worth of petroleum-based material.

Sound like something you want your dog to try?  FIDO fans  can get $5 off a bag by clicking  here    

About Petcurean - Petcurean is a family-owned Canadian company that creates premium-quality pet food recipes; GO!, NOW FRESH, GATHER and SPIKE TREATS for dogs and cats (and cats and dogs). GO! provides solutions for your pet’s unique dietary needs; NOW FRESH is the only dry pet food to use 100% fresh meat and fresh omega oils; GATHER is crafted from certified and organic ingredients, sustainably produced; and SPIKE lets you reward your dog with treats made using all natural ingredients. Petcurean pet foods are sold exclusively through pet specialty retailers in Canada, the United States, and more than 20 countries internationally. At Petcurean, with every decision they make and every recipe they create, they put pets first. Please visit www.petcurean.com to learn more.

 

FIDO Friendly is proud to be a Petcurean Blogger Advocate.  Petcurean provides products for our review and promotion

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Blog  >  Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather - LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about heat dangers

Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather - LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about heat dangers

As the temperature starts to climb in Southern California, remember when it is hot for you, it is even hotter for your four-legged friends. Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means dogs and cats must work extra hard to stay cool.

 

Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for companion animals. LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about the hazards of hot weather and how to keep your furry loved ones healthy and comfortable. Here are some pet safety tips:

Never leave your pet alone inside a vehicle
If your pet cannot go inside at every stop with you, they are safer at home on hot days. Car interiors heat very quickly, even with the windows open. If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block. In fact, it's against the law to leave an animal in a vehicle if doing so endangers the health or well-being of the animal.

Give your pet extra water

Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan. Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.

Care for your pet's coat

Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a clip will make your buddy much more comfortable. Newly clipped and lighter coated pets, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer and they are more susceptible to sunburn.

Don't leave your pet outdoors for a long time 
If your dog has to be left outdoors for awhile, make sure they have plenty of access to shade such as trees, a covered patio or cool spot under the porch. Apply a pet specific or hypoallergenic sunscreen on sensitive areas like the nose, tips of ears and belly especially if they have light or thin fur.

Avoid hot ground surfaces 

While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention to the pavement, sidewalks or sand. Check the temperature with your hand, if it's too hot to touch then it's too hot for your dog's paws.

Know the signs of overheating 

If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing and looks very distressed, they could be having a heatstroke. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your pet and take them to the veterinarian immediately.

Remember, companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.

Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six shelters serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety and welfare of animals and people.

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Blog  >  Charlee Bear Products Celebrates 25 Years of Healthy, Natural Dog Treats Made in the USA

Charlee Bear Products Celebrates 25 Years of Healthy, Natural Dog Treats Made in the USA

More than 25 years ago, a company set out to develop a healthy, natural, low calorie dog treat that would be so delicious, dogs would respond over and over. A treat made in the United States that would be great for training and rewarding dogs of all sizes and ages, plus reinforce the bond people have with their dogs. Original Charlee Bear® Dog Treats were introduced and Charlee Bear has become a pioneer in the natural dog treat market.  “Twenty-five years ago, our simple natural ingredients, our easy to understand ingredient list, and our low calories were groundbreaking,” said Ava Olsen, Charlee Bear Brand Manager, who has been with the company since it started.

Original Charlee Bear Dog Treats

With the help of veterinarians, food scientists, bakers, trainers, people, and dogs, Original Charlee Bear® Dog Treats were developed. “For over 25 years, Charlee Bear has been making the loving bond between people and dogs stronger, one little healthy treat at a time,” Olsen said. “Our earliest treats were made by hand in a neighborhood bakery and delivered to stores in our own cars. We don't make our treats by hand anymore because our ‘Pocket Perfect®’ treats are used by trainers and dog lovers all over the United States and Canada.”

Grain-Free, All Natural Bear Crunch

In response to consumer requests, Charlee Bear introduced Bear Crunch, a low-calorie, grain-free dog treat, in 2014. Three Bear Crunch flavors were created using turkey, chicken, pork, chick peas, berries, fruits and vegetables. “We stuck to simple natural ingredients that are low in calories and high in flavor,” Olsen said. “Trainers and doggie parents regularly tell us that dogs love these treats. Bear Crunch has a ‘special light crunch.’ Our Grain Free treats are also ‘Pocket Perfect®.’ Keep some in your pocket for fun on a walk or outing. Even senior dogs love the light crunch and are able to enjoy it.

Low In Calories

Olsen said there is a growing concern around doggie obesity and how it robs dogs of their health and joy for life. “At three calories or less per treat, Charlee Bear allows dogs and pet parents to enjoy the fun of treats but still maintain a healthy weight,” she said.
    
For more information, contact Charlee Bear Dog Products at 800-880-2327, visit CharleeBear.com, or e-mail info@CharleeBear.com.

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Blog  >  BOTANICAL BASICS by John Paul Pet

BOTANICAL BASICS by John Paul Pet

Dogs have a nose for odors. ...  they possess 50 times more olfactory receptors in their noses compared to humans, while the part of a dog's brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is 40 times greater than ours. Using botanicals is a perfect way to help our pets with anxiety and stress, as well as to provide natural protection from environmental factors.

 

Botanicals are plant oils and extracts that contain soothing and healing qualities. Because plants cannot move to escape predators, they must be able to produce a defense that can repel pests and damaging influences to survive. They do this by releasing compounds that are easily absorbed by inhalation, ingestion or direct contact with the skin. These compounds are what we find beneficial in our everyday life.

It is widely believed that the ancient Egyptians were first to use essential oils. From that beginning many other ancient healing practices discovered the antibacterial, antifungal, antianxiety and anti-inflammatory uses of botanicals; as well as the discovery that oil odors can affect memory and mental states.

Lavender is an excellent example as it creates a powerful calming effect on the brain resulting in a relaxed pet.

Some of the most common botanicals used in pet products are:

Aloe – Soothes and treats skin irritations, is anti-bacterial, and an anti-inflammatory

Oatmeal – Mild cleanser, soothes and calms the skin, moisturizes and is anti-itch

Chamomile – Soothes skin irritations and is an anti-inflammatory

Sweet Almond Oil - Natural moisturizing properties and the ability to soften dry skin, while balancing the amount of moisture skin maintains over time.

Tea Tree Oil – Soothes and protects the skin, and is effective in treating and preventing topical bacterial and fungal infections

Eucalyptus Oil – Excellent for reducing fleas and parasites, is also an anti-inflammatory

Lavender Extract – Safe and gentle antibacterial, anti-itch, and repels fleas and other insects. Nerve-calming when inhaled

Spearmint Extract – Wards off mosquitoes and other insects. Cools the skin, and calms digestive problems when inhaled

Peppermint Oil -  Repels insects and helps with motion sickness when inhaled

Orange Oil – Calms, deodorizes and repels fleas

It is important to note that smaller and diluted amounts of botanical oils and extracts are used in pet products by comparison to those for humans. Because our pet’s sense of smell is much more acute than ours, it makes the effect of botanicals far more pronounced.

Beneficial Botanicals by John Paul Pet are specially formulated for pets. Our shampoos and conditioners work in two ways – through direct application to the skin and coat, and through natural inhalation. All of our products have safe levels of botanicals to keep your pet looking and feeling great!

For more information and to order visit them at http://johnpaulpet.com/

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Blog  >  Pet Adoption Site Now Available Across the U.S. to Help Pets in Need Go Home-to-Home

Pet Adoption Site Now Available Across the U.S. to Help Pets in Need Go Home-to-Home

A simpler, smarter more humane way to adopt while also helping animal shelters?  FIDO gives Get Your Pet TWO PAWS UP!

getyourpet.com, a revolutionary pet adoption site that helps lovable pets go directly from one good home to another rather than to a shelter, is now available across the U.S.  The site offers a simpler, smarter and more humane approach to pet adoption, enabling people who need to give up a pet to connect directly with people who want to adopt.

 

“Get Your Pet will save thousands of dogs and cats from surrender to the stressful shelter system, exposure to illness and the possibility of being euthanized, “said Get Your Pet Founder and life-long animal welfare advocate, Angela Marcus. “We are working closely with local animal shelters to potentially relieve them of one third of their annual intake, allowing them to dedicate their limited resources to strays and abused cases.”

Of the estimated 7.5 million pets entering animal shelters every year, 2.5 million are surrendered by their guardians. Animal shelters in the U.S. euthanize more than 2.6 million animals per year.

Get Your Pet works like a dating website but it doesn’t use algorithms to decide - “who goes home with who.” Guardians and Adopters in the “home-to-home” matching process are in charge. 

Get Your Pet offers people who need to give up their pet (Guardians), the opportunity to post a profile, photos and a video of their pet on the site for free. Those who want to adopt (Adopters) can freely browse “up-to-date” pet profiles until they find a pet they want to meet, then safely message back and forth with the pet’s Guardian.

The Guardian and Adopter arrange to meet in a neutral place, such as a local park, where, unlike in a shelter, the pet behaves calmly and naturally. If both sides agree, a Get Your Pet veterinarian examines the pet at no extra charge and an adoption can be completed electronically, right in the vet’s office.

The total cost of a legally-documented pet adoption through Get Your Pet, including a veterinarian’s exam is $99, which is not paid until the Adopter actually succeeds in adopting a pet. By comparison, a shelter adoption/rescue can routinely cost $200 - $300. In addition, Trupanion will include a certificate providing 30 days of medical insurance for a pet. A portion of the profits from Get Your Pet adoptions will go to benefitting local animal shelters.

About Get Your Pet

GetYourPet.com is an online community where people who have to give up a pet meet people who want to adopt a pet like theirs, making it a simpler, smarter and more humane approach to pet adoption. The site works like a dating website, but it doesn’t use algorithms to decide - “who goes home with who.” Guardians and Adopters in the “home-to-home” matching process are in charge.  Founder Angela Marcus, a life-long animal welfare advocate and former presenter on Animal Planet, created Get Your Pet as a solution to the heartbreaking problem of too many pets in need of new homes and too little space to keep them all.  Get Your Pet is available across the U.S.   A portion of the profits from Get Your Pet will benefit local animal shelters.  For more information visit getyourpet.com.

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Blog  >  AirFree Air Purifiers - Why They May Be a Good Fit for Your Family

AirFree Air Purifiers - Why They May Be a Good Fit for Your Family

Our FIDO Friendly office received the AirFree unit to review and after several weeks of use on a daily basis, we can attest to its ability to clean the air. 

Airfree’s technology was developed through the initiative and creativity of a father in an effort to find an effective way to ease his son’s allergy attacks. The Portuguese businessman scoured the market trying to find an air purifier that would help his son’s respiratory issues but found nothing that suited their needs. He then began to develop Airfree. The first prototype Airfree air purifier was developed for a natural way of using heat to destroy airborne allergens. After successful testing at the INETI microbiological laboratory in Portugal, the idea of large-scale production of the devices began to take shape. More families worldwide would be able to enjoy the benefits of a simple, effective concept.

The Unique Airfree Process

Airfree’s exclusive technology works by eliminating microorganisms and allergens, destroying them in a fraction of a second. Depending on the model, between 4,000 and 6,000 gallons of air pass through the Airfree device every hour, treating all the air in the room in a very short space of time.

The process works in much the same way as sterilising water by boiling it; when water is boiled, the microorganisms it contains are eliminated. In similar fashion, Airfree continually draws in air, heating it to over 390ºF and instantly sterilising it. The purified air is then cooled inside the device before being returned to the room. The entire process is completely silent and requires no maintenance, not even the occasional replacement of parts. All you have to do is switch the device on and leave it to get on with the job.

The Benefits Of Airfree Air Purifiers

Airfree air purifiers are effective against bacteria, viruses, mildew, mold, dust mite allergens, pet allergens, pollen, and tobacco odors. SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and dozens of other international laboratories have proved the effectiveness of Airfree air purifiers at reducing the amount of microorganisms and harmful substances from the air. The TSS technology used is an exclusive and patented technology used in Airfree’s air purifiers, is established in over 50 countries worldwide, and is completely silent. With no fans or turbines, a good night’s sleep is guaranteed. All tests performed on the Airfree air purifiers are available on their website at www.airfree.com.

Only Airfree combines high efficiency with an award-winning design that beautifully complements the appearance of your home. Airfree air purifiers do not require any maintenance or replacement parts and generates no waste. There is no need to change filters or moving parts. It uses less energy than a 60w light bulb, is easy to transport, weighs less than 5 lb, and takes up very little space.

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Blog  >  What’s New at Portland’s Dog Friendly Heathman Hotel? Beverages, Bicycles & Books!

What’s New at Portland’s Dog Friendly Heathman Hotel? Beverages, Bicycles & Books!

Heathman Hotel, the iconic Portland luxury hotel offers guests who travel with their four-legged friends and stay at the Heathman now enjoy Provenance Hotels’ pet program which includes rooms stocked with eco-friendly pet beds, pet bowls, a treat and toy.  For safety sake, each pet who checks in receives a dog tag that says “My home away from home in Portland is the Heathman Hotel.” Owners can also borrow books on pet massage and the best dog-friendly hikes in Oregon during their stay. (Pet guests are charged a once-per-stay fee of $45)

 

And just in time for summer they have rolled out a bevy of new offerings designed to make the hotel’s guest experience even more immersive and reflective of the city’s enviable lifestyle. From made-in-Oregon honor bar items to in-room delivery of local ice cream, perfect pillows and even your preferred book of faith, the Heathman Hotel is upping the ante on Portland amenities. Guests can now sip local beverages all day long, borrow a bicycle and explore the city and peruse the hotel’s private library – and the best part? Nearly all the exciting new offerings at the Heathman are included in the cost of a stay.

The new amenities available to every guest as part of their stay are both indulgent and inspirational. The Heathman Hotel joined the Provenance Hotels collection of independent lifestyle hotels in February 2017 and, over the past few months, the company has implemented their signature pillow and spiritual menus. The hotel will now deliver guests’ preferred pillow options and book of faith – the Bible, Torah, Koran, Tao de Ching and more are on hand – right to their room. If artistic inspiration is of more interest, the Heathman has guests covered there, too. For performing arts lovers, the Heathman offers hotel guests who have tickets to shows at the adjacent Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall exclusive access to the hotel’s private entrance to the theater – the same entrance performers use when they stay at the hotel.

As part of their stay, every guest at the literature-loving Heathman also enjoys exclusive access to one of the largest autographed libraries in the world. Recognized by AAA as the only independent hotel in the country to offer a lending library of this size and scope, the Heathman’s outstanding collection includes signed editions from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winners, U.S. Poet Laureates and a former United States President. The 2,700 volumes represent the collected works of more than 30 years of literary guests who have signed their books to contribute to the collection. Staff can recommend and check out books so guests can enjoy them in their luxury room or suite.

Guests at the Heathman will also find an array of energizing, intoxicating and refreshing locally-inspired sips included in the cost of their stay. When guests check in, they are greeted with a glass of bubbly from Argyle winery, located in Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley. Each morning, they can find an elevated coffee and tea service set up in the hotel’s Tea Court Lounge featuring an array of teas from Portland’s Smith Teamaker and, every afternoon, they can grab a refreshing glass of a seasonal, local drink in the Tea Court Lounge. Right now, the Heathman is serving iced tea from Smith Teamaker. In cooler weather, guests can expect hot cocoa, spiced apple cider and the like.

The happiest hour of the day at the Heathman is between 5 and 6 p.m. when the hotel hosts a Local Spirts Social exclusively for guests. Designed to celebrate the vast array of spirits distilled in the Pacific Northwest, the Heathman’s Local Spirts Social is currently showcasing Oregon-made bourbons like Portland’s Burnside Bourbon, Trail’s End from Hood River, Broken Top from Sisters and Stein Distillery’s bourbon from Joseph. Every day, as part of the cost of their stay, guests at the Heathman can sip a featured bourbon neat, on the rocks or mixed with a house-made craft cocktail mixer in the hotel’s Library and, once a week, distillery representatives are on hand to walk guest through tasting the featured spirit and answer any questions they may have. Throughout the year, the Heathman Local Spirit Social will focus on the full range of spirits distilled around the region.

When it comes time to get out and about, guests of the Heathman can put the pedal to the pavement and borrow one of the hotel’s new Shinola bicycles as they head out to explore this bike-friendly city. Provenance Hotels has long partnered with the Detroit-based cult purveyor of luxury bicycles, watches and leathercraft. Now, as part of the collection, the Heathman Hotel is on board with two sets of his and hers Shinola bicycles – and helmets, of course – on-hand for guests to use at their leisure.

In addition to all the amenities that are included in the cost of each guest’s stay, Provenance Hotels have implemented their most popular and delicious programs at the Heathman Hotel. The company has been partners of Portland’s most famous and beloved ice creamery, Salt & Straw, for years and the Heathman has joined its other Portland hotels – Hotel Lucia, Sentinel and Hotel deLuxe – in offering guests who stay at the property the opportunity to order pints for delivery to their guestroom. Each pint is priced at $12 and the Heathman’s Salt & Straw menu features four of the brand’s most popular Classic Portland flavors – Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons, Almond Brittle with Chocolate Ganache, Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper and Freckled Woodblock Chocolate – as well as a seasonally rotating flavor. Guestrooms at the Heathman are now feature upgraded, locally-inspired honor bar items driven by Provenance Hotels’ deep relationships in the community. These include locally-distilled vodka, bourbon and gin from House Spirits and Dogwood Distilling, chocolate from Xoxolatl de David, olive oil from the Willamette Valley’s Red Ridge Farms, sea salt harvested on the Oregon coast by Jacobsen Salt, and more. Items in the Heathman’s honor bar are individually priced and charged upon consumption.

 

About The Heathman Hotel:
Built in 1927 and located in the heart of Portland, Ore.’s, cultural district just steps from the Portland Art Museum and several performing arts venuse, this 150-room luxury hotel maintains strong partnerships with local arts and culture organizations and is Portland’s premier arts hotel. An independent luxury lifestyle property, The Heathman Hotel is home to Headwaters, a seafood restaurant from Portland’s James Beard Award-winner and Iron Chef America Champion, Vitaly Paley. For reservations, or to learn more visit the website at www.heathmanhotel.com.

About Provenance Hotels
Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Portland, Ore., Provenance Hotels specializes in financing, developing and operating award-winning independent hotels with distinct and deeply integrated art stories. The portfolio includes Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Lucia, Sentinel and the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore., Hotel Max in Seattle, Wash., Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Wash., the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans, LA., and Hotel Preston in Nashville, Tenn. Provenance Hotels will open Hotel Theodore in Seattle in summer 2017 and the Woodlark in Portland in spring 2018. The company can be found online at www.provenancehotels.com.

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Blog  >  K-9 Professor Receiving “Dogtorate” Degree will teach Occupational Therapy Students

K-9 Professor Receiving “Dogtorate” Degree will teach Occupational Therapy Students

Since he was a puppy, Niko has been trained by the head of the Occupational Therapy department at the University of Oklahoma’s campus in Tulsa (OU-Tulsa). 

Niko, a yellow lab, is a certified service dog who teaches Occupational Therapy students how service dogs can assist future patients — such as opening the refrigerator, turning the light on and off, as well as picking up something that has dropped on the floor. 

Niko will be receiving his “Dogtorate” degree at OU-Tulsa’s official graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 9 with the class of OT students he’s been with his entire time on campus. 

Upon graduating, “Professor Paws” will stay as full-time faculty and continue to teach hundreds of students, community members, and healthcare professionals each year about service dogs.  To the best of our knowledge, this is the ONLY program of its kind in the entire country.

Check out Niko in action!

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Blog  >  Yogini and Eco-Tourist Valeria Hinojosa Shares her Travels With Dog Coco

Yogini and Eco-Tourist Valeria Hinojosa Shares her Travels With Dog Coco

Our FIDO Friendly Spring issue features our annual cruelty free edit. We are sure you will enjoy our interview with Yogini and eco-tourist Valeria Hinojosa who travels with her dog, Coco, as much as possible.  Here is a sneak peak at the interview – subscribe today to enjoy full article!

 

1) Where were you in life when you became interested in eco-tourism and leading a compassionate lifestyle?

I’ve always had a love for nature, ever since I was little, but I didn’t realize how my actions could impact nature in a positive or negative way until I reached my 20s and began watching more documentaries and researching pressing topics about Mother Earth. I became vegetarian in my early 20s and, after following that diet for three years, I transitioned into veganism. It was sort of a no-brainer decision for me since veganism is one of the most sustainable choices we can make as human beings.

 2) How does your life now living in Miami compare to living in Bolivia? (people, lifestyle, food, how do they feel about dogs as part of the family compare to USA?)

Living in the US has provided me with opportunities I might have not been able to experience back home in Bolivia. Especially in the lifestyle I’ve chosen to pursue. Veganism, eco-tourism, and sustainability are three movements that were not progressing in Bolivia until recently. It was just last year that a few vegan restaurants began opening their doors in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, (my hometown) and eco-friendly hotels and brands are still in the works. Miami and the US have a greater awareness and bigger and stronger eco-friendly movement. And yes, dogs are a big part of that too. Sadly, people back home don’t respect animals and nature as much as other countries do.

3) When did you start your blog WaterThruSkin and what does that mean? 

As soon as I graduated from college I began my career as a Private Banker. I worked in that industry for five years until I realized it wasn’t what set my soul on fire. I was frustrated, depressed and felt I was missing on life. While in banking, I decided to start a blog to put my thoughts and emotions in writing and connect with like-minded individuals. The focus of it was a conscious lifestyle. A few months into it, I was invited to review an eco-friendly hotel for my blog and right there, in Costa Rica, I realized this is what I want to pursue.

I named my blog “WaterThruSkin” because I wanted to create a platform and movement as refreshing and transparent as water yet with the power to penetrate through skin.

 

Photos courtesy of christinemichelle.photography Follow on Intagram @christinemichellephotography 

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Blog  >  4Knines Premium Pet Covers Introduces New Split Back Seat Covers

4Knines Premium Pet Covers Introduces New Split Back Seat Covers

4Knines has been a leader and innovator in the premium pet car cover market since it launched its line of stylish, durable and tightfitting covers for cars, trucks and SUVs several years back. 

It is leading the market again with its line of split back seat covers that have just been issued a patent for their unique design. A set of cleverly positioned openings with Velcro closures accommodate the many seat configurations offered in today’s vehicles.

These new seat covers offer the same quality of workmanship, durability, fit and finish of their broader line-up so you can add them to your existing 4Knines products and have a perfect match.  They also come in a variety of sizes to fit passenger vehicles, SUVs and trucks. 

 

 

In line with their slogan, these new split covers give you “Nothing But the Best for Your Best Friend.”  They are available online at www.4knines.com

 

 

Click here to check out their super helpful videos for installation, storage & cleaning too!

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Blog  >  Chem-Dry Partners with Best Friends Animal Society to Support Rescue Pet Adoption

Chem-Dry Partners with Best Friends Animal Society to Support Rescue Pet Adoption

With more than seven million companion animals entering U.S. animal shelters each year, Chem-Dry has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society in an effort to encourage pet adoption. Chem-Dry, the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaning company, and its franchise owners across the country will be helping to raise funds toward the company’s goal of donating $25,000 to Best Friends. Efforts will support finding a safe, healthy home for all shelter pets and end homelessness among pets.

For more than 30 years, Best Friends has worked to reduce the number of pets entering shelters around the country and end the killing of shelter pets simply because they don’t have a safe place to call home. Last year, more than 80,000 cats and dogs were adopted through Best Friends efforts and those of its more than 1,800 No More Homeless Pets Network partners. Chem-Dry is looking to help that cause and increase the number of adoptions with its fundraising efforts spanning a network of over 2,000 U.S. units that serve over 7,000 homes and businesses each day.

With 85 percent of Chem-Dry’s customers owning pets, the brand is dedicated to helping families maintain a happy, healthy home for all members including pets. Funds will be raised through multiple methods including the sale of specially marked cans of Chem-Dry World Famous Spot Remover – with each can generating a $1 donation to Best Friends – plus customer add-on donations, local promotional offers with a built-in donation, participation in Best Friends’ “Strut your Mutt” events around the country, and direct online donations at Chem-Dry Cares

“This cause is near and dear to our hearts and those of our customers since so many of the families we serve are pet owners themselves,” said Dan Tarantin, CEO of Harris Research, Inc., parent company to Chem-Dry. “We all know how much our pets are beloved members of our family. We’re proud to be partnering with Best Friends to support shelter pet adoption and we’re also proud to offer a superior array of services to help pet owners maintain a happy and healthy home for their families and their pets.”

Chem-Dry offers a line of safe and effective pet and children-friendly services including its Pet Urine Removal Treatment (P.U.R.T.®), which eliminates the odor as well as the harmful remnants of urine accidents. In recent testing conducted by an independent laboratory, Chem-Dry’s P.U.R.T. process removed an average of 99.9 percent of pet urine odors from carpets and, when used with Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction cleaning process and a sanitizer, removed an average of 99.2 percent of bacteria from pet urine in carpets. An independent lab study also found that Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process removes an average 98 percent of common household allergens from carpets and upholstery, including dog and cat dander.

“We’re excited to partner with Chem-Dry on a national campaign and appreciate their passionate support for our mission,” said Eric Rayvid, director of public relations and content marketing of Best Friends Animal Society. “Without support from companies like Chem-Dry, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our ultimate goal of bringing about a time when there are no more homeless pets.”

To make a donation, please visit www.chemdry.com/chemdrycares.com. A small donation can help keep dogs and cats out of shelters and help find safe homes for rescue pets.

About Chem-Dry

Founded in 1977, Chem-Dry is the world’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service with a network of spanning 52 countries and serving over 11,000 homes and business a day worldwide. Its green-certified solution and proprietary Hot Carbonating Extraction cleaning process provide a deeper clean, allow surfaces to dry faster, and leave homes and workplaces healthier. Chem-Dry has been ranked the number one carpet cleaning franchise by Entrepreneur magazine for 28 consecutive years, is listed as the No. 42 top franchise in the 2016 Franchise 500 list, and has also been featured in the magazine’s Top Home-Based Franchises list among the top 10 concepts for 19 consecutive years. For more information about Chem-Dry or to find a local operator, visit www.chemdry.com, or for more information on franchise opportunities, visit www.chem-dryfranchise.com.

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,800 rescue groups and shelters across the country; regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City; and the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters nationwide from 17 million per year to about two million. Best Friends is determined to get that number to zero by the year 2025. Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All. To become a fan of Best Friends on Facebook, go to Facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety. Follow Best Friends on Twitter (@BestFriends) and Instagram (@BestFriendsAnimalSociety)

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Blog  >  Hilton Reinvents the California Road Trip – FIDO Style

Hilton Reinvents the California Road Trip – FIDO Style

Catch a wave, chase the sunset, eat and drink California style with your best buddy at these FIDO Friendly properties!

In California Summer starts in April.  Travelers from around the globe will enjoy the ultimate Golden State adventure with Hilton’s “California Road Trip,” a destination package that inspires thrill-seekers and value-minded explorers. Discover an array of adventures and authentic experiences with rates starting at $149 per night.  The package will highlight premier destination cities such as San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Anaheim and San Diego with special rates available through Labor Day Weekend 2017. To book, visit California Road Trip Package  and take a Virtual California Road Trip on our YouTube channel.

“With some of the best Hilton properties on the map, “California Road Trip” is the ultimate vacation package for families and friends who want to create memorable experiences on the road with spectacular scenery, fun and adventure along the way,” said Shaun Robinson,  general manager.

The California Road Trip package, featuring exclusive rates and added value inside and outside the hotel, will be available for purchase beginning now until Labor Day at Hilton.com as well as on the Special Offers page of each of the participating hotels’ property websites.

The California Road Trip package features savings of more than $125 per night, with exclusive discount of up to 15 percent on Enterprise/Alamo and National Car Rentals, $25 food and beverage credit (available in MIX Restaurant only), complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, unlimited access to the hotel’s Health Club & Spa and a California Road Trip Road Kit featuring exclusive discounts on local entertainment and attractions. Room rates start at $149 per night, tax not included.

California Road Trip packages at a Glance:

Parc 55 San Francisco—A Hilton Hotel and Hilton San Francisco Union Square package includes (Rates starting at $265):
•       The San Francisco CityPASS® program which covers unlimited cable car rides, admission to four top attractions, priced 42 percent less than the same tickets purchased separately.  CityPASS® ticket book contains helpful information, including insider tips, an attraction location map, attraction and transportation details, directions and money-saving coupons. Books are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. Includes:


o       3-Day Muni Cable Car and Bus Passport
o       California Academy of Sciences tickets
o       Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure tickets
o       Aquarium of the Bay tickets
o       Option Ticket: Exploratorium OR de Young Museum + Legion of Honor tickets

The Fess Parker—A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort package includes (Rates starting at $249):
•       Tote bag, Visitors Guide, Vintners Association and Urban Wine Trail Maps, Downtown Organization Map of Shopping and Cultural Attractions, Waterfront Map, Two for One Santa Barbara Sightseeing Trolley Passes, a Santa Barbara Organic Granola Bar and bag of Santa Barbara Pistachio Co. organic pistachios.

Hilton Anaheim package includes (Rates starting at $149):
•       Tote bag, bottled water, granola bars, $10 Starbucks gift card, Visit Anaheim drawstring bag, visitors guide and map, Visit Anaheim postcard with exclusive deals and discounts on local attractions and dining.

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and Hilton San Diego Bayfront packages includes (Rates starting at $249):
•       Branded bag, San Diego Magazine Spring Visitors Guide w/ coupons, Where Map, Brewers Guild map, sunglasses and mints.

For more information about Hilton’ California Road Trip package, please visit HiltonAnaheimRoadTrip.com


ABOUT HILTON SAN FRANCISCO UNION SQUARE
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a high-energy, world-class hotel that features stunning views and international sophistication.  The hotel is steps from world-class shopping and under-the-radar locales rich with the history of theatre and jazz. Additionally, the hotel is convenient to the Powell Street cable car line, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall and the Civic Center. Featuring 1,919 guest rooms and 151 suites with city views, the hotel is home to a contemporary fitness center, one of the city’s only outdoor heated swimming pools and an array of food and beverage outlets with artisanal flare and modern atmospheres. Dining options include the grab-and-go marketplace, Herb N’ Kitchen, The Lobby Bar with signature hand crafted cocktails, gastropub Urban Tavern with international offerings and the 46th floor Cityscape Lounge with 360-degree panoramic views of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s most popular landmarks. As the West Coast’s largest hotel, the property boasts 134,500-square-feet of meeting and event space, including a 30,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, for scalable meetings from startups to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, please visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com.

ABOUT PARC 55 SAN FRANCISCO – A HILTON HOTEL
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hilton Parc 55 San Francisco is a boutique-style business-class hotel that features stunning views and universal sophistication. The hotel is steps from world-class shopping and under-the-radar locales rich with the history of theatre and jazz. Additionally, the hotel is convenient to the Powell Street cable car line, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall and the Civic Center. Featuring 1,024 guest rooms and 54 suites, with city views, the hotel is home to a contemporary fitness center, an array of food and beverage outlets and shared campus resources with neighboring Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Dining options include Cable 55, Michelin-rated Kin Khao Thai restaurant and Barbary Coast. As the third largest hotel in San Francisco, the property boasts 30,000-square-feet of meeting and event space. For more information, please visit www.parc55hotel.com.

ABOUT THE FESS PARKER—A DOUBLETREE BY HILTON RESORT
The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort in Santa Barbara, an AAA Four Diamond property, is located at 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, steps from the beach and within ½ mile of downtown in one of the world’s most perfect climates. The 360 room guest rooms, with their own balcony or patio, overlook the Santa Ynez mountains, 24 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens or the Pacific Ocean.  Over 44,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including the Parker Family Wine Experience and unique outdoor Plaza del Sol make this a quintessential California destination for weddings and events.

ABOUT HILTON ANAHEIM
Hilton Anaheim is located in the heart of Anaheim’s revitalized Resort District and conveniently situated in the center of Southern California. Hilton Anaheim is just a short distance away from world-class beaches, sports stadiums and concert venues, ultra-trendy boutiques, action sports, lifestyle and tony shopping centers. Hilton Anaheim is approximately a one hour drive to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica and South Orange County and an hour and a half drive to San Diego.

ABOUT HILTON LA JOLLA TORREY PINES
The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines offers a unique San Diego experience with a setting unlike any other in southern California. A coastal retreat situated atop the bluffs of La Jolla and overlooking the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course and the majestic Pacific Ocean, sits the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. With each of the spacious 394 guest rooms featuring a private balcony or patio with magnificent views of the golf course, ocean or beautiful hotel gardens, the resort offers a genuine San Diego experience. Minutes from the beautiful beach communities of La Jolla and Del Mar and 12 miles from the San Diego International Airport, the resort offers a feeling of seclusion, yet remains close to everything San Diego has to offer. Located at 10950 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037. For additional information, please visit: www.hiltonlajollatorreypines.com.

ABOUT HILTON SAN DIEGO BAYFRONT
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, a 30-story, 1,190 room hotel, is located on the edge of the bay in downtown San Diego and situated on 12.79 acres of Bayfront land. The hotel boasts 165,000 square feet of meeting and event space, four restaurants, a 7,300 square foot health club and spa, 3,000 square feet of retail space, a 2,400 square foot business center along with San Diego’s first heated saltwater hotel swimming pool and nearly $2 million of commissioned public art. Hilton San Diego Bayfront is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and PETCO Park, located at One Park Boulevard, San Diego, 92101. For additional information, please visit www.hiltonsandiegobayfront.com.-

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Blog  >  Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks - Six Things You Should Know

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks - Six Things You Should Know

More people are adopting older dogs, according to recent news reports and books, but this raises a question: Can you actually train an older dog?

The answer is a resounding yes, in spite of the time-worn cliché that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  So the veterinarians at BluePearl Veterinary Partners encourage dog owners to promote positive mental and physical activity for their dogs at all ages.

“Adults and senior dogs require just as much interaction and stimulation as puppies,” said Dr. Jill Sackman, a BluePearl veterinarian who is a clinician in behavioral medicine. “It’s never too late to enroll your dog in a training class, and it’s never too late to teach an old dog a new trick.”

Here are six things you should know about training an adult or senior dog:

  1. Start with the basic commands, especially if you are training an older dog with an unknown past, such as a rescue dog. Train your dog to “sit,” “lie down” or “stay.” This can help your dog bond with you and integrate into your home. If your dog already knows these commands, move on to others.
  2. Use training tools such as clickers and treats to train older dogs, just as you would with puppies. (See below for more information on these tools.)
  3. Contrary to myth, dogs do retain the capacity to learn even as they age. In fact, older dogs may have a more developed attention span than puppies, which can actually make the training process faster.
  4. Nonetheless, your dog’s cognitive mental health can decline slightly over time. Fight this by keeping your dog’s brain stimulated on a regular basis. Give your dog interactive toys or practice “nose work” – which involves hiding birch, clove or anise scents around your home and rewarding your dog for finding them. (See below for more information on interactive toys and nose work.)
  5. An older dog may have had more time to develop bad habits, and reversing these habits can be challenging – especially if the dog was previously rewarded for them. With consistent training, most behaviors can be corrected. Just keep in mind that it may take extra time and patience.
  6. Keeping your dog in great physical shape can also aid mental health. Take your dogs on walks, play fetch and don’t let them get overweight.

For more detailed information on some of the techniques mentioned above which can be useful in training an adult or senior dog check out:

  • More info on interactive dog toys can be found here.
  • More information on “nose work” can be found here.
  • An article on teaching basic commands to puppies (with techniques that apply to older dogs as well) can be found here.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners

BluePearl Veterinary Partners is a national provider of emergency and specialty veterinary care. The rapidly growing company currently operates more than 60 hospitals in 21 states. BluePearl hospitals offer specialty care services such as cardiology, neurology and oncology, and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl’s clinicians use innovative procedures, high-tech equipment and the latest treatment methods to provide remarkable care for pets. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, providing access to medicine that is not yet commercially available. Learn more at bluepearlvet.com.

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Blog  >  SuperZoo Honored With Four Awards By Trade Show Executive Including #1 in Exhibitor Growth

SuperZoo Honored With Four Awards By Trade Show Executive Including #1 in Exhibitor Growth

SuperZoo—North America’s leading pet retail trade exposition and conference produced by World Pet Association (WPA)—was recently honored by Trade Show Executive during the publication’s Fastest 50 Awards and Summit.

SuperZoo racked up four awards, including: the number one spot for percentage growth of exhibitors, number 17 in the 50 Fastest-Growing by Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space, number 17 in the 50 Fastest-Growing by Number of Exhibiting Companies and number 98 in Next 50 – By Total Attendance.

 

“SuperZoo has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years and we’re honored to be recognized,” says Doug Poindexter, president of WPA. “Each year, the quality and depth of attendees, exhibitors and education showcase and all contribute to the pet industry’s continued success and we look forward to what SuperZoo 2017 has in store.”

Last August, SuperZoo staged its biggest show to date at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with a more than four percent increase in attendance, eight percent increase in companies attending over 2015 and nearly 1,200 exhibitors. These record-breaking numbers cemented SuperZoo’s position as the largest pet retail show in North America in terms of both buyer and exhibitor participation in 2016.

Building on its more than 65-year history of helping pet retailers and service professionals discover new products, learn how to build their businesses and connect with others who share their passion, SuperZoo has grown from a small, regional event to one of the most productive gatherings and positive trade shows of the year. SuperZoo’s theme for 2017—“Better Together”—reflects the inclusive nature of an event that welcomes everyone from independent retailers to groomers to international and mass-market buyers. SuperZoo will continue to feature more than 820 new products in a New Product Showcase, together with products in diverse pet industry segments from across North America and around the world.

In addition to a bustling trade show floor, SuperZoo offers attendees more than 80 education sessions covering a wide variety of topics including: staff training, human resources, leadership, social media, and customer service and marketing, among others. Grooming and service industry sessions are geared toward building business and animal wellness sessions focus on small animal care in stores and best practices for birds and reptiles.

SuperZoo will return to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, July 25-27, 2017, with conference sessions July 24-26. For more information about SuperZoo: www.superzoo.org.

 

 

About World Pet Association

 

Founded in 1950, World Pet Association (WPA) is the pet industry’s oldest non-profit organization. Based in Southern California, WPA coordinates industry-defining trade shows—SuperZoo and Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference—to promote responsible growth and development of the pet industry. Other popular annual events include America’s Family Pet Expo, a consumer pet and pet product expo, and Aquatic Experience, which combines consumer events with a trade show. Through WPA’s Good Works program, proceeds from these events are funneled back into key industry organizations and non-profits supporting the pet community, making it easier for pet industry professionals to do business. WPA provides thought leadership on consumer and legislative issues for the good of professionals, as well as the industry as a whole, and leads efforts in the public sector to inform consumers and ensure safe, healthy lifestyles for all animals.

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Blog  >  Going Green - Transparency & Clean Labels – It’s What Everyone is Talking About Including FIDO

Going Green - Transparency & Clean Labels – It’s What Everyone is Talking About Including FIDO

We all want to be as healthy as possible, especially with regard to what we eat, AND what we feed our precious pups.

It’s not surprising that more and more pet owners are seeking to find healthy options to feed their pets with the same standards of quality and excellence that they choose for themselves.  One product line that we consider drool worthy?  Petcurean’s GATHER pet food line.  It’s crafted from certified, organic, non-GMO and sustainably produced ingredients. Each recipe is free from rendered or genetically engineered ingredients and features a single source, fresh and dehydrated primary protein.

The idea behind GATHER™ is simple - to craft a new kind of pet food, using certified and organic ingredients, perfectly blended and balanced to provide your dog or cat with premium quality, natural nutrition.  Petcurean kicked at the dirt in their fields, inspected their farms, stood on their boats and found a handful of farmers, growers and fishers who were practicing the responsible, sustainable production of extraordinary quality, certified and organic ingredients. Those who survived their scrutiny have become their trusted partners in GATHER; functional, whole food from the earth and ocean, with nothing added that’s not needed ... and with drool worthy flavors like WILD OCEAN Line-Caught Cod, FREE ACRES Organic Free-Run Chicken and ENDLESS VALLEY Vegan recipes for adult dogs, FIDO gather’s you like that as much as we do!

And it’s not just what’s IN the bag that we give big wags to – it’s the BAG itself -  GATHER™  offers 30% plant based packaging.  So while still having a bag that is strong, durable and preserves freshness, by using bio-based plastic they have been able to reduce the use of petroleum-based resources by 30%; for every 16lb bag they make ….  “Reducing” is the first step in the “reduce, reuse and recycle” loop, and some say the most important step we can make for the environment.  Petcurean doesn’t just talk the talk, they WALK the walk!

 

Pssst - To save $5 on any bag of Petcurean including GATHER, click here to receive electronic coupon - Offer only valid in the USA and Canada.   

About Petcurean - Petcurean is a family-owned Canadian company that creates premium-quality pet food recipes; GO!, NOW FRESH, GATHER and SPIKE TREATS for dogs and cats (and cats and dogs). GO! provides solutions for your pet’s unique dietary needs; NOW FRESH is the only dry pet food to use 100% fresh meat and fresh omega oils; GATHER is crafted from certified and organic ingredients, sustainably produced; and SPIKE lets you reward your dog with treats made using all natural ingredients. Petcurean pet foods are sold exclusively through pet specialty retailers in Canada, the United States, and more than 20 countries internationally. At Petcurean, with every decision they make and every recipe they create, they put pets first. Please visit www.petcurean.com to learn more.

 

FIDO Friendly is proud to be a Petcurean Blogger Advocate.  Petcurean provides products for our review and promotion

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Blog  >  Celebrate National Therapy Animal Day and The Human-Animal Bond, April 30th

Celebrate National Therapy Animal Day and The Human-Animal Bond, April 30th

Pet Partners the nation’s leading organization registering therapy animals for animal assisted interventions, has declared April 30th each year as National Therapy Animal Day.  This is to celebrate the amazing pets that have wonderful qualities that make them suitable to visit vulnerable populations as a therapy animal. National Therapy Animal Day is a day to thank these animals for the positive impact they have on human health and healing and reward their good work.

“The health benefits of animals have been scientifically proven again and again- from child health and development, to healthy aging, mental health and wellness and more, there are many benefits from interacting with animals even for a brief period of time,” said Annie Peters, President and CEO of Pet Partners. “Emotionally speaking, being in the presence of pets, helps us release those ‘feel good’ hormones, helping us cope with depression and certain stress-related disorders, and just making us overall happier people.”

Many animals can be registered as a therapy animal, not just dogs and cats, including: horses, rabbits, pigs, llamas, guinea pigs, and even rats. Certain characteristics suitable for therapy animal work include:

·      Not easily distracted

·      Can handle being touched

·      Is well-trained to follow simple commands

·      Loves attention

Pet Partners registered therapy animal teams assist in their communities on a wide range of circumstances making regular visits at hospitals, schools, businesses and more.  Here are some of the work they do:

·      At-risk or delinquent youth visits

·      Reading programs

·      Speech therapy

·      Psychotherapy and social work

·      Nursing home and hospital visits

·      University visits during exams

·      Employee wellness work

Pet Partners is also proud to announce healthcare insurance provider, Aetna is an official sponsor of National Therapy Animal Day Visit www.petpartners.org to view therapy animal team stories and more.

Pet Partners is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting animal-assisted therapy, activities and education. Nearly forty years since the organization’s inception, the science that proves these benefits has become indisputable. Today, Pet Partners is the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing animal-assisted interventions.

For more information about Pet Partners, visit www.petpartners.org

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Blog  >  A Vacation With Your Dog that Helps Homeless Dogs

A Vacation With Your Dog that Helps Homeless Dogs

Glen Highland Farm is a place of rolling hillsides, flowered meadows and lush forest, 175-acres of gorgeous New York countryside. There’s a 250-year old barn surrounded in fields of green with dozens of Border Collies running around, chasing and playing herding games with each other. Wait… Border Collies?
 
The Farm is home to the largest, one-of-a-kind Border Collie rescue, for dogs of all ages, needing a new home due to a poor fit, divorce or death in the family, or new living situation. Since its inception 15 years ago, the Farm has found homes for close to 3000 dogs. But the most unique thing about this rescue is that you can vacation at the Farm!
 
The Farm opens its gates during the summer months for the Glen Highland Farm Getaway vacations. Dog-lovers travel to the Farm to escape to the countryside with their dogs. There’s a network of hiking trails, cabins tucked into the woods, RVs overlooking meadows and chaise lounges and hammocks by the Creek. You’ll join people and their dogs of ALL BREEDS, enjoy off-leash hiking, swimming and relaxing in a true dog-lover’s paradise. Plus, you can meet the rescue dogs since the 200 Border Collies that come into rescue every year live on-site at the Farm.
 
“This is the place to go, if you are a dog lover. Dogs run freely and they have a blast. My dog was in heaven. The staff and the accommodations are beyond perfect. The staff will go above and beyond all the expectations you may have. We had an amazing time and can't wait to come back to this magic place. This place is every dogs dream.”
  Karl V, Chelmsford MA
 
“Our canine family had a blast! Miles of trails are groomed and there is access to swimming and hiking available at numerous points along the way. At stopping points, there are chairs. loungers, water for dogs and people, and umbrellas for shade. If you love doing things with your dogs, and they are social with other dogs, the Getaway could be for you.
- Dolores M., NJ
 
“My dog thinks it is heaven on earth, I do too.  We loved hiking all the trails and just sitting up on the top of the hill and looking out over the farm it was so peaceful. The great thing about this place, you can follow your dog instead of your dog having to be leashed and following you all the time!”
- Carole J, FL
 
GoPetFriendly.com placed the Getaway as their #1 destination:
 
 “The place we saw last summer that I’d most like to return is Glen Highland Farm. Buster and I could have easily spent a week exploring all 200 leash-free acres, splashing in the creek, and soaking up the sun from a hammock. Knowing that all of this goes to support Sweet Border Collie Rescue just adds to the experience. We only spent one night with John and Lillie last summer, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Rent one of their cabins, RVs, or tents and treat yourself to a truly unique dog friendly vacation.”
Susan, Wade & Megi, NH
 
“For the past three years, we've gladly driven 10 hours to spend a few days of pure bliss at Glen Highland Farm's Getaway. We enjoy cooking over a wood fire, roasting marshmallows, exploring the fields, and relaxing in hammocks next to the burbling stream. The comfortable cabins and hot showers turn this into a luxury vacation. For the dogs... it's paradise. At Glen Highland Farm, our dogs can just "be." They can run, swim, and sleep to their hearts' content. It's not just a vacation with our dogs; it's a vacation FOR our dogs. Bless you, John and Lillie, for opening up your home and giving us the chance to see what pure joy looks like on a dog's face.”
--Danica, Heather, Carter, Dixie and Scotch, CT
 
Giving you and your dog a truly spectacular vacation is surely a bucket-list idea but this getaway comes with a special promise - to help save dog’s lives.   So, while you’re having a great time, homeless, abandoned Border Collies have a chance to find new purpose!
 
View adoptable dogs: www.glenhighlandfarm.com/ghdogs.htm
Book a Getaway today:www.glenhighlandgetaway.com

facebook.com/vacationwithdog
 
All proceeds from your vacation benefit the Farm’s onsite Border Collie rescue!
 
The Getaway at Glen Highland Farm 
217 Pegg Road, Morris, NY 13808
Office: 607-263-5416

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Blog  >  SHOP YOUR FAVORITE GUNAS -  100% Vegan Ethical Luxury Brand at 20% Off

SHOP YOUR FAVORITE GUNAS -  100% Vegan Ethical Luxury Brand at 20% Off

GUNAS NEW YORK: Award winning, zero-cruelty brand, committed to being 100% vegan. The sustainable line of handbags is inspired by classic fashion icons with feminine silhouettes offered in an assortment of playful colors. GUNAS uses a variety of fabrics including coated canvases, nylons, eco-polyurethane, ultra-leather, ultra-suede and up-cycled polyester or cotton canvas for lining.

AND – right now you can  USE COUPON CODE:  EASTER20 to Get 20% off site-wide!

HIGH FASHION . ZERO CRUELTY

GUNAS is an independent high fashion label with a cause! Started in 2009 by designer and animal lover, Sugandh G. Agrawal, GUNAS's heart and soul screams to be the voice of animals. With an award winning design and business background, Sugandh quit her 7-year corporate career as an Industrial designer at KitchenAid to start her own brand of cruelty-free fashion in New York. Her mission is strong and clear. Animals are NOT meant to be a part of fashion. We can look and feel good without harming other living beings. We need to connect our selves with what goes on behind the scenes and question our actions and their impacts.

What initially began as an all MADE IN NYC label, has now gone global to source and manufacture bags and shoes using artisan and small-scale ethical manufacturers from countries such as India, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong. With styles ranging from totes, satchels, cross-body bags, wallets and backpacks GUNAS has a bag to suit your every mood and lifestyle need.

Give the gift of love to yourself or someone special  - a portion of your purchase gets donated to animal welfare organizations. Thank you for supporting cruelty-free luxury fashion.  No Animals or People were harmed in the making of your special bag. 

Love Fashion . Love People . Love Animals 

Follow them on  Instagram for more!  https://www.instagram.com/gunas_newyork/  #gunasgirl #gunasnewyork

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Blog  >  National Dog Bite Prevention Week - Dog Safety Quiz

National Dog Bite Prevention Week - Dog Safety Quiz

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week and we encourage you to take this educational dog bite prevention quiz with your family!   The quiz was compiled by Dog Bite Prevention Coalition members — the Postal Service, American Veterinary Medical Assn., American Humane, Insurance Information Institute and State Farm Insurance. 

Dog Safety Quiz 

1. Is it okay to open a door and let dogs out when a letter carrier drops off mail? Yes OR No

Answer: NO

If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog into a separate room and close the door before opening the front door. Dog owners should remind their children about the need to keep the family dog secured. Parents should remind their children not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet as the dog may see handing mail to a child as a threatening gesture.

2. Does an angry dog wag his tail? Yes OR No

Answer:  YES

People often assume that a dog with a wagging tail is a friendly dog, but this is far from the truth. Dogs wag their tails for numerous reasons, including when they’re feeling aggressive. A tail that is held high and moves stiffly is a sign that the dog is feeling dominant, aggressive, or angry.

3. Do dogs like to be kissed and hugged? Yes OR No

Answer: NO

We humans like to touch and hug people and things when we express happiness. Dogs don’t. Some dogs are very tolerant and will allow hugging and kissing while some try to get away. A dog may tolerate or even enjoy a hug on his terms, but sometimes he will not be in the mood. Think about it, when hugging a person you wrap your arms around the other and hold them in place for a few seconds. That alone is bad news to a dog since they on average do not do well with restrain. They generally don’t like to be held in place. This alone is enough to generate feelings of anxiety as well as a sense of unease and insecurity in your dog.

4. If you know a dog, is it okay to reach through a car window or a fence to pet it? Yes OR No

Answer:  NO

Dogs, even ones you know have good days and bad days. You should never pet a dog without asking the owner first and especially if it is through a window or fence. For a dog, this makes them feel like you are intruding on their space and could result in the dog biting you.

5. If a dog is chasing you, should you try to run away? Yes OR No

 

Answer: NO

Never run from a dog! The dog may think you are playing a game and start chasing you if you begin to run away. Don't shout or wave your arms as this will either encourage or frighten the dog. Remain calm and still and talk to the dog using a soft voice. Loud, angry-sounding words and screaming only make the dog nervous and upset.

6. Is it important to ask an owner for permission before you pet their dog? Yes OR No

Answer: YES

ALWAYS even if it is a dog you know) First get the "OK" from the owner.

Hold out your hand, fingers closed, palm down, slowly toward the dog. Allow the dog to approach your hand and sniff it.

Wait for the dog's "OK." If he wants your affection, he will lower his head, perk ears, or even come closer to you. If the dogs puts his ears back, flat on his head, or growls, or cowers, don't pet him!

Pat the dog on the top of his head, or along his back. Avoid touching his belly, tail, ears, or feet.

7. Is it okay to pet a dog while it is eating? Yes OR No

Answer: NO

Do not try to take food or toy away from a dog. NEVER bother a dog while he is eating. The most common situation where a dog bite occurs is while a dog is eating because they are protecting their source of food. 

8. Is it okay to hit or yell at your dog if it doesn’t listen to you? Yes OR No

Answer: NO

When we hit or yell at a dog, we are applying pain and scaring the dog. For dogs, a natural reaction to being hurt or frightened is to bite. A fearful dog doesn’t trust people and can lead to aggression. 

9. Is a scared dog as dangerous as an angry dog? Yes OR No

Answer: YES

When animals and people are afraid of something, they prefer to get away from that thing. They try to defend themselves from the scary thing. An angry dog is just as dangerous as a dog that is afraid because both will be defensive and bite. 

10. Are there only certain breeds (or types) of dogs that bite? Yes OR No

Answer: NO

ALL DOGS are capable of biting. There's no one breed or type of dog that's more likely to bite than others. Biting has more to do with circumstances, behavior, and training.

11. Do dogs use their body to tell you how they feel? Yes OR No

Answer: YES

Dogs have a language that allows them to communicate their emotional state and their intentions to others around them. Although dogs do use sounds and signals, much of the information that they send is through their body language, specifically their facial expressions and body postures. You can tell how a dog is feeling (sad, tired, happy, angry, scared) by looking at the position of a dogs’ ears, mouth, eyes, and tail.

12. Does a good dog owner leave his dog chained up outside all day? Yes OR No

Answer: NO

Dogs are social animals who crave human companionship. That's why they thrive and behave better when living indoors with their pack -- their human family members. Dogs that are tied up or chained outside are frustrated and can become aggressive because they are unhappy. They can also become very afraid because when they are tied or chained up, they can’t escape from things that scare them.

 

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Blog  >  The “Easter Bunny” Don’t Lay Eggs But it Does Live 8 to 12 years

The “Easter Bunny” Don’t Lay Eggs But it Does Live 8 to 12 years

Every spring cute baby bunnies and fluffy little chicks are bought to be Easter surprises. But the real surprise comes later when parents find out that rabbits live 8 to 12 years and that baby chicks grow feathers and become chickens. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) in Encinitas is reminding families that baby bunnies and chicks make really bad Easter gifts.  

"Every year, a few weeks after Easter, we get calls from people who found stray Easter bunnies in their yards," says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. "In some cases, they chewed their way out of their pens. But just as often the families let them loose thinking that the rabbits will be fine. These are domesticated pets....not wild rabbits. Turning them loose is a death sentence." 

Van Zante says those fluffy, yellow, baby chicks may look cute on Easter morning, but in a couple weeks it's a different story. "A chick that is half fluff and half feathers isn't very attractive. And then it starts acting like a chicken. It becomes a 'pecking, pooping machine' with just one purpose....to become an adult hen or rooster. So if you don't want an adult chicken living in your house, don't get a baby chick."

There are plenty of options for families who decide against bunnies of chicks. "Stuffed animals are a great alternative. You can get any kind of stuffed animal you want. There are no breed restrictions and they don't grow. They're a lot more fun to snuggle with. You never have to feed them or clean up after them. No Vet bills. And unlike pet chickens that live 8 to 10 years and pet rabbits that live 8 to 12 years, stuffed animals have unlimited life expectancy."  

 

 

Van Zante adds, "For families that are prepared to include rabbits in their homes, we encourage them to visit an animal shelter or a rabbit rescue group. Let us help you make an informed decision. Having a pet rabbit can be lots of fun. But, as with any pet, the fun is only temporary if you don't understand the long term responsibility." 

Learn how you can adopt a pet that fits your lifestyle. Visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org. Adoption kennels are open 11 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Monday. (Closed on Easter Sunday.) 

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Blog  >  GUNAS NEW YORK Award winning, zero-cruelty brand, committed to being 100% vegan

GUNAS NEW YORK Award winning, zero-cruelty brand, committed to being 100% vegan

Our upcoming Spring issue features our annual cruelty free editorial. We focus on companies leading compassionate lifestyle’s for you and for Fido!

One that we love? GUNAS NEW YORK: Award winning, zero-cruelty brand, committed to being 100% vegan. The sustainable line of handbags is inspired by classic fashion icons with feminine silhouettes offered in an assortment of playful colors. GUNAS uses a variety of fabrics including coated canvases, nylons, eco-polyurethane, ultra-leather, ultra-suede and up-cycled polyester or cotton canvas for lining.

 

HIGH FASHION . ZERO CRUELTY

GUNAS is an independent high fashion label with a cause! Started in 2009 by designer and animal lover, Sugandh G. Agrawal, GUNAS's heart and soul screams to be the voice of animals. With an award winning design and business background, Sugandh quit her 7-year corporate career as an Industrial designer at KitchenAid to start her own brand of cruelty-free fashion in New York. Her mission is strong and clear. Animals are NOT meant to be a part of fashion. We can look and feel good without harming other living beings. We need to connect our selves with what goes on behind the scenes and question our actions and their impacts.

What initially began as an all MADE IN NYC label, has now gone global to source and manufacture bags and shoes using artisan and small-scale ethical manufacturers from countries such as India, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong. With styles ranging from totes, satchels, cross-body bags, wallets and backpacks GUNAS has a bag to suit your every mood and lifestyle need.

THE BRAND MANIFESTO

 We are committed to being a 100% vegan brand. We believe that animals are not a “property” of humans. We are against the human nature of bullying and the desire to dominate all other species.

We stand up to the culture of violence and suffering that we inherited against our will. Justice, empathy and compassion are our core values. We envision a world of peace, love and kindness that starts with each one of us.

 We advocate conscious consumerism over fast fashion. We make “victim-free” fashion full of love for all. We will not participate in any kind of exploitation, be it towards our planet, people or animals.

WHY VEGAN

Veganism is a lifestyle choice that’s all about protecting animals by avoiding the use of objects made from animals, animal by-products or using animal testing

Let’s just understand that Leather is “not”a by-product of the meat industry. Raising animals for food and leather requires huge amounts of feed, pasture land, water, and fossil fuels. Turning skin into leather requires massive amounts of energy and dangerous chemicals, including mineral salts, formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, and various oils, dyes, and finishes, many of them cyanide-based. Most leathers are chrome-tanned, a lot of which gets washed away into our fresh water supplies during the process of making leather. People who work in tanneries or live close by often suffer from cancer, lung damage caused by exposure to toxic chemicals used to process and dye the leather. “Non-leather” alternatives account for only a fraction of petroleum used in contrast to leather. 

 Leather not only causes suffering for the animals but also causes harm to our environment, the people that produce it and also those who choose to wear it.

To see all their PAW-Some products click here!

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Blog  >  Oldies ARE Goodies – Why A Senior Pet May Be Right For You

Oldies ARE Goodies – Why A Senior Pet May Be Right For You

FIDO knows that puppies are just darn adorable and the first choice for many pet parents when considering adding a fur baby to the family.  As sweet and special as this can be, it is not always the best choice for everyone.  There are many instances when a Senior Pet may just be the perfect fit for your family.

Our friends Petcurean shared some great thoughts with us as to how to determine if a senior pet is right to join YOUR pack:

Calm and Mellow vs Frantic Energy – while a puppy is sweet they ARE a handful.  An older dog provides friendship and love without needing you to chase them around the house at break neck speed. If you are looking for a buddy to cuddle with as opposed to go hiking with, you may want to consider adopting a senior pet.

Housebroken and Content  -  The puppyhood headaches of housetraining are well behind them, and leisurely walks are just fine.  Senior dogs are likely to already know how to sit and stay as well, and if they still like to play fetch they are probably great with bringing the ball pack as opposed to mischievous puppies who often find it more fun for YOU to come get the ball. 

Loving and Thankful – Very often a senior pet is surrendered because their owner has passed on or can no longer take care of them.  By welcoming an older dog into your family you are giving them the stability and family life that they so deserve and they will reward that kindness with their loyalty and love.

FIDO has been a big fan of Petcurean for quite awhile now.  We  just love the passion and purpose they put in to their products, and how they aspire to go above and beyond by creating recipes that nobody has thought of making, while using the finest of ingredients, like premium quality market-fresh meats, veggies, fruits and berries.  AND we love their commitment to animal rescue.

They recently shared their partnership with  Eastwood Ranch Foundation, a non-profit animal rescue organization founded by actress/director Alison Eastwood, has launched FosterFurkids.com a website that connects rescue groups and animal shelters with a nationwide network of pet fosters and transporters. To support the launch of FosterFurkids.com, the first 100 people that sign up to be a foster pet parent will receive a Petcurean care package – FIDO gives that two paws up! To see how to sign up to become a foster pet parent and receive a FREE foster care gift bag from Petcurean premium pet food company - click here

 

 

For more information on all their products and programs visit Petcurean website 

 

Fido Friendly is proud to be a Petcurean Blogger Advocate.  Petcurean provides products for our review and promotion

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Blog  >  Introducing Clickit Terrain Car Safety Harness for Dogs

Introducing Clickit Terrain Car Safety Harness for Dogs

Sleepypod®, a Pasadena-based company known for redefining pet products, today unveils Clickit Terrain car safety harness for dogs. In crash tests, Clickit Terrain delivers higher performance results than any of its top performing Sleepypod car safety harness predecessors. It reduces the forces on the highly vulnerable chest area by 10 percent.

Clickit Terrain was crash tested at the standard for child safety restraints. Chest force data was obtained using Sleepypod’s proprietary crash test dog, DUKE 2.0. Load sensors in the crash test dog’s chest measured the forces when moving forward in a collision. Data collected from these tests revealed a 10 percent reduction in forces.

Sleepypod’s Clickit harnesses have led their category in safety. The Clickit Utility model earned Top Performer honors in a 2013 collaborative Harness Crashworthiness Study by the Center for Pet Safety and Subaru of America. The Clickit Sport harness earned the highest possible five star safety rating in the Center for Pet Safety’s Certification Program in 2014.  

“Clickit Terrain offers unparalleled protection for dogs who travel in cars,” says Michael Leung, Sleepypod co-founder and lead product designer. “In order to reduce accident injuries, there needs to be measurable data to assist in creating a safer product design. Clickit Terrain excels in its ability to absorb kinetic energy while keeping the pet from accelerating forward and leaving the seat.”

Clickit Terrain is light and easy to use without sacrificing safety. New shock absorbing sleeves work with a broad padded vest and patented Infinity Loop design for more safety in the car. The same patent pending shock absorbing sleeves make Clickit Terrain comfortable for use as an everyday walking harness and also provide better control for the handler. Reflective patches on the harness shoulders can be interchanged with service patches for working dogs. Clickit Terrain can be used with an optional Terrain Pack.

Working dogs and active dogs will benefit from the Clickit Terrain design. It combines award-winning travel safety technology with enhanced safety, comfort, and control features for sustained daily use.

Features

• Strength tested for use as a walking harness

• Crash tested for use as a pet seat belt

• Three-point design for use in rear passenger seat secures a dog’s entire torso

• Broad, cushioned, energy absorbing vest for safety

• Shock absorbing sleeves

• Quick connection and release when used as a pet seat belt

• High strength metal slide buckles

• Rear reflective patches for night visibility can be interchanged for service patches or custom patches

• Front reflective logo for night visibility is non-removable

• Loops for quick connection and release of optional Terrain Pack

Specifications

• Colors: Jet Black, Strawberry Red, Orange Dream, Robin Egg Blue

• Size is determined by chest measurement around a dog’s rib cage, just behind the front legs.

• Sizes: Small (16.5-22 inches), Medium (22.5-28 inches), Large (28.5-34 inches), Extra Large (34.5-40 inches)

Pricing

• Small $89.99, Medium $93.99, Large $96.99, Extra Large $99.99

Clickit Terrain Accessories

Terrain Pack: dog backpack with handle that offers extra control for the dog handler

• S-Clip: seatbelt locking clip pre-sets the seatbelt length and also helps prevent the car seatbelt from further retracting• Buckle Shield: seatbelt buckle protector that prevents a pet from unbuckling the seatbelt when stepping on the buckle

• Buckle Shield: seatbelt buckle protector that prevents a pet from unbuckling the seatbelt when stepping on the buckle

Availability

Customers can begin pre-ordering Clickit Terrain starting Friday, March 17 through the Sleepypod online store at http://sleepypod.com/shop/. Clickit Terrain will start shipping in June 2017.

 

About Sleepypod

Look behind the beautiful designs and you’ll find multiple functions, durable materials, and safety beyond compare. Sleepypod pet products have earned numerous awards and accolades for safety and design innovation. Every Sleepypod carrier and car safety harness has been certified with a top safety rating from the Center for Pet Safety. Pets travel safer with Sleepypod. Sleepypod.com

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Blog  >  Flags For Every Occasion - Flagology’s Personalized Flags For St. Patrick’s Day & Spring

Flags For Every Occasion - Flagology’s Personalized Flags For St. Patrick’s Day & Spring

With an incredible range of seasonal and holiday-themed flags available, you can easily rotate flags all year round. Personalize your own or use Flagology’s dozens of premade designs to create a seasonal flag.

 Features of Flagology’s Personalized Flags

Versatile decor- Flags can be used for all your celebrations: birthdays, weddings, graduations, holidays and more.

·        Custom photo flags- Upload a photo of your furry friend or hero, add a personalized message and accents such as a frame or border.

·        Printed on both sides- Flags are printed on each side in your choice of two premium fabrics. Incredible quality!

·        Great gift idea- Whether it is a pet or a human, Flagology is the perfect way to honor someone special. You can also capture landscapes, events, and milestones.

·        FREE personalization- Unlimited personalization is included in every single flag. No character limits.

·        Memorial flags- Their large collection includes memorial flags to honor a beloved pet or hero’s passing.

Available in 2 sizes- Garden (12.5” x 18”) and house (28” x 40”) sizes.

Customers can choose from a wide range of designs or customize their own online. Flagology’s user-friendly website offers an easy-to-use online flag designer where you can be the creative director. Design and decorate your flag by choosing text, clipart, and hundreds of other designs to create a personalized flag for your home.

About Flagology:

Owner, Susan Boaz, was inspired to start a personalization company, Flagology when she rescued her dog Bella. She could not find a flag that looked anything like her unique puppy, so she created a fabulous custom flag herself. Enter Flagology, a family and pet-friendly company that specialized in custom flags and doormats that feature anything people love or care about. Pets, families, passions and causes can now be displayed proudly outdoors. Susan is also a strong advocate for non-profits that help children with OCD and related autoimmune disorders. She is dedicated to providing increased mental health research, awareness and support for kids and their parents. 

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Blog  >  CBD Dog Treats: All-Natural Pain Relief for Pets

CBD Dog Treats: All-Natural Pain Relief for Pets

Pot for Pups?  Not, exactly! You won’t see veterinarians prescribing weed for your dogs anytime soon, but there is a new market of cannabis-based products that can be very helpful for distressed pups

CBD and THC, also known as cannabinoids, are the main chemical substances found in the cannabis plant. CBD is primarily extracted from the hemp plant and it does not get you high like THC. The CBD compound interacts naturally with the immune and nervous systems of dogs to provide them with the calming and pain-relieving benefits of cannabis-based medications, just without the “buzz”.

The success that medical marijuana has had for cancer patients and for those with chronic illnesses has led people to believe that cannabis-based products can provide the same relief to their pets. Pet owners are leaning towards more holistic pet medicines that use hemp-based CBD oils to help manage their dog’s pain. CBD-products have been known to alleviate chronic conditions such as arthritis, stress responses, and digestive issues for dogs everywhere.

Our friends at Simplewag, partnered up with a Denver-based company,

Bark Avenue CBD Dog Treats, to share some information about the benefits CBD dog treats can provide to your canine.

 

Jennifer Chiongbian, founder of Bark Avenue, is a lifelong pet owner and professional pastry chef who set out to create delicious treats for dogs suffering with chronic pain.  With her knowledge of the cannabis industry and the advice from a qualified veterinarian, she created a wholesome and well-balanced CBD dog treat.

Many people who use cannabis-based products for their own pain management know the benefits and are keen on sharing it with their pets.  Pet owners want to see their pet happy and healthy, so if cannabis-based products can provide that. Why not?

Most customer testimonials have been positive and appreciative, with many customers saying that these CBD-infused treats have improved mobility in older dogs, and lessened the pain for dogs suffering with chronic illnesses. One customer shared, “Love this product! I have a 10 year old Dachshund with a leg birth defect. I tried this product and I noticed the difference in him being able to navigate the stairs much more easily, and noticed a spring in his step. And loves to beg for more.

Would you give your dog CBD-infused pet treats? Let us know what you think!

Visit simplewag.com for more information!

 

 

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Blog  >  Dog Fever jewelry mirrors the unique bond and great love affair with man’s best friend.

Dog Fever jewelry mirrors the unique bond and great love affair with man’s best friend.

A relationship of deep affection, loyalty, companionship and unconditional love is perfectly reflected in Dog Fever Jewelry.

Dog Fever is an exciting and unique collection of jewelry dedicated to man’s best friend. With over 50 breeds available, Dog Fever Jewelry is the ultimate fashion accessory for dog lovers!

From Beagles to Boxers, Dachshunds to Dalmatians, Labradors to Spaniels simply choose your breed.  Each piece will become a treasured souvenir reflecting the unique bond between you and your dog.  

All jewelry is made from 925 sterling silver and is designed and handcrafted in Milan, Italy.  The collection includes hug-rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.  All jewelry is available in silver or, for those who want to add a little lifelike realism to their furry friend, silver pieces can be hand painted in colored enamel.  If you fancy some bling, Dog Fever can be custom made in 18kt gold and diamonds can be added to your dog's eyes. Each piece of jewelry is packaged in a Dog Fever gift box with an information card pertaining to the breed of the dog.  A dog's ears say so much about the breed so wear your doggie earrings and stand out in a crowd.

The incredible hug-ring is a signature piece and the ring wraps around your finger.  Dog Fever bracelets are fun and available in three styles; hug-bracelet, charm bracelet featuring mini doggie related charms and head bracelet featuring your breed.  Dog Fever necklaces hold a charm of your dog and are a truly intimate way to show the special connection with your furry best friend.  

Breeds available are;  Akita, American Staffordshire, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bichon Frise, Black Labrador Retriever, Border Collie, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bull Terrier, Cane Corso, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Long Hair Chihuahua, Cocker Spaniel, Collie, Dachshund, Long Hair Dachshund, Dalmation, Dobermann, Dogue De Bordeaux, English Bulldog, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Greyhound, Jack Russel Terrier, Labradoodle (Beige and Brown), Labrador Retriever, Maltese, Pinscher, Pointer, Pomeranian, Poodle, Pug, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Schnauzer, Setter, Shar Pei, Shitzu, Siberian Husky, Weimaraner, Welsh Corgi, West Highland Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier.

 

Visit www.reeds.com to purchase online or visit www.dogfever.com to find a store near you.  A portion of Dog Fever’s profits is donated to the ASPCA each year.

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Blog  >  Kat Mendenhall, Purveyor of Handmade Vegan Goods

Kat Mendenhall, Purveyor of Handmade Vegan Goods

Mending the world through whole-plant based nutrition and cruelty-free products.

FIDO Friendly magazine recently sat down with Kat Mendenhall to talk about her custom made vegan leather cowboy boots and compassionate lifestyle.

Two words you’d never expect to hear in the same sentence, cattle rancher’s daughter and vegan. Call it an oxymoron if you wish, but how I went from beef and leather to tofu and creating vegan cowboy boots is anything but. Seven years ago I embarked on a journey that I had no idea would forever change the course of my life, but it did and all for the better too.

Choosing a vegan diet to improve my overall health and fitness was not difficult. I had to learn to substitute and embrace new ingredients, but in the end I discovered a slew of great food and cuisines to keep my palate more than satisfied. In fact, I went to culinary nutrition school and was certified to help others incorporate more plant-based food into their own diets. I love helping people eat better and improve their health.

Removing leather from my life proved to be a bit trickier. For the first few years of eating vegan, I never thought about what I was putting on my body. A life-long lover of designer cowboy boots, I considered leather a by-product of the meat industry. After learning the truth at the Main Street Vegan Academy, that animals are raised solely for their skins, I made a decision to ditch leather for good.

This decision resulted in a dilemma, how could I live without my boots! It sounds a bit shallow but my boots were an extension of my personality. Worn year-round, I couldn’t imagine removing them from my life forever. A quick Internet search confirmed that was exactly what I’d have to do unless I created my own. By the time I left the Academy I had created a company name, logo and tagline. It’s since changed to incorporate my overall brand which includes coaching and cooking, but the magical experience of that moment still lives on.

The road to developing the first vegan cowboy boot and western wear has not been easy. I’ve been told no way Jose’ on multiple occasions. Yet, I continue to prove that animals do not have to suffer for fashion. By providing an alternative, I’m changing our cultural mindset. I’m giving people an option to choose consciously over cruelty without sacrificing luxury.

It’s important to me to be an ethical driven company focused on putting an end to the animal leather industry. Our materials are sourced in the USA and our shop is located in El Paso, Texas. Our boots are custom designed and handcrafted, one-by-one. My boot makers have 30 years experience in leather making and are surprised by the quality and workability of vegan leather.  Our boots are indistinguishable from animal leather. Proving there’s no sacrifice when it comes to vegan fashion.

My career now involves coaching and cooking instruction, designing and growing my vegan western line, and helping animals find their furever home. This is Genevieve, one of my four. Genevieve is a serious thinker who is smart, pretty and prefers a game of fetch to friends. Protective of her momma, she has taught me the trust an animal can give. We love spending time together at Klyde Warren Park and taking long walks on the Katy Trail.

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LindseyMillerPhoto-KatMendenhall Black Boots

The From Scratch 2016 Cookbook is now available. All proceeds go to Pencils of Promise. 

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Blog  >  Petco Foundation hosts Love Changes Everything Adoption Events in NYC This Weekend

Petco Foundation hosts Love Changes Everything Adoption Events in NYC This Weekend

 The Petco Foundation offers New York City pet lovers a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet award-winning artist and creator of the heart-warming MUTTS comic strip, Patrick McDonnell, during the “Love Changes Everything” adoption events. 

For more than 20 years, fans have followed the adventures of Earl the dog and Mooch the cat in the beloved MUTTS comic strip, and now NYC fans and their pets can meet the MUTTS creator on Saturday, March 4 at the Union Square Petco at 860 Broadway, from 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and at the Turtle Bay Petco at 991 2nd Avenue, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

These celebratory events kick-off the Foundation’s national campaign that runs from March 4 – April 2 and aims to raise more than $3.1 million to support lifesaving animal welfare organizations across the nation. Concurrently, on March 4 and March 5, Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores across the country will host “Love Changes Everything” adoption events. 

“Patrick McDonnell is a true lifesaving champion, spending his time promoting pet adoption nationwide in addition to supporting local organizations like New York City Animal Care and Control in their mission to save lives. Patrick’s artwork designed specifically for our ‘Love Changes Everything’ campaign perfectly captures that emotional moment when you adopt a shelter animal,” said Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Petco Foundation. “This is our second year partnering with MUTTS to promote pet adoption across the country.”

“Nothing makes me happier than when people are inspired to adopt after reading MUTTS,” said McDonnell. “I knew that Petco held adoption events in their stores, but I had no idea that they are so connected with all the wonderful companion animal groups – and that the Petco Foundation does so much for them. Their work is truly impressive.” 

Throughout the “Love Changes Everything" campaign, pet parents making a donation of $10 or more at a Petco or Unleashed by Petco store checkout will receive a reusable shopping bag featuring the MUTTS artwork. Exclusively at the two specified New York City events, Patrick McDonnell will autograph these MUTTS themed bags for all guests making a donation of $10 or more at the checkout.

Local animal welfare organizations that partner with the Petco Foundation will have adorable adoptable dogs and cats available at the “Love Changes Everything" adoption events for those guests looking for their own lovable mutt, like Mooch and Earl. Participating shelter partners at the New York City events with Patrick McDonnell include Animal Care Centers of NYC, Kitty Kind, Rabbit Rescue and Rehab, Muddy Paws Rescue and City Critters.

To learn more about the “Love Changes Everything” campaign and adoption events, please visit petcofoundation.org.  To learn more about Patrick McDonnell and his commitment to promoting pet adoption, watch Episode 6 “Shelter Me: Hearts and Paws” hosted by Kristen Bell and featuring MUTTS creator Patrick McDonald online at ShelterMe.TV.

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Blog  >  Petco Foundation Invests in Pets of the Homeless’ Service & Therapy Animals

Petco Foundation Invests in Pets of the Homeless’ Service & Therapy Animals

 Pets of the Homeless a national organization, today announced it has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its emergency veterinary care program to service and therapy animals that belong to the homeless. This grant will be restricted to service and therapy animals of the homeless.

Pets of the Homeless is a nonprofit national organization focused on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to pets of the homeless, thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets. Since 2008, Pets of the Homeless has created a nationwide network of over 440+ Pet Food Donation Sites and 440+ Pet Food Providers (food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters). These partners have distributed over 473 tons of pet food with an estimated fair market value of over $1.93 million. Pets of the Homeless has provided veterinary treatment to over 15,300 pets across the United States at a cost of over $470,000.

The grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods. During the campaign each October, customers are invited to donate in Petco stores across the country to support service and therapy animals and organizations.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to support its emergency veterinary care program to service and therapy animals that belong to the homeless whom do not have the resources when an animal is ill or injured.

“The PetCo Foundation grant will relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their service and therapy pets. These pets offer a healing power which is very important in the lives of many homeless,” said Genevieve Frederick, Founder.

For more information about Pets of the Homeless or the Petco Foundation, visit www.petsofthehomeless.org  or www.petcofoundation.org -  Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.

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Blog  >  Perfect Bar A Compassionate Lifestyle Choice We Love

Perfect Bar A Compassionate Lifestyle Choice We Love

Our upcoming Spring issue features our annual cruelty free editorial. We focus on companies leading compassionate lifestyle’s for you and for Fido!

Perfect Bar offers the first line of refrigerated, high-protein nutrition bars with peanut butter-, almond butter- and cashew butter-based options. The late Dr. Bud Keith (a.k.a. Dad), a renowned nutritionist and fitness industry pioneer, constantly tinkered with healthy snack recipes to feed his king-sized family. One day, after grinding up dried organic fruits and vegetables, and mixing them with freshly ground peanut butter and honey, he took one bite and declared, “It’s perfect!” And the Perfect Bar recipe was born. 

Inspired by his original recipe, the eldest of the Keith siblings, founded Perfect Bar in 2005. Today CEO Bill and COO Leigh lead head up the family business, as the 13 Keith brothers and sisters carry on the nutrition principles instilled in them as kids to produce the freshest, whole-food nutrition bars on the market. As of April 2017, Perfect Bar will offer 10 flavor varieties that are gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher, and Oregon Tilth Certified Organic.

Perfect Bar is sold nationwide at retail locations, including Whole Foods Market, Target, Kroger, Costco, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Publix and many more. To learn more, visit www.PerfectBar.com.

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Blog  >  Sip in Style with Your Pooch at Lula Cellars of Mendocino County, CA

Sip in Style with Your Pooch at Lula Cellars of Mendocino County, CA

Lula Cellars is proud to welcome 2-legged guests and their 4-legged friends to their tasting room in the heart of Mendocino’s spectacular wine country. Visitors can sample some of the best small production wines in the world, while Fido makes friends with Lula’s winery dog, a sweetheart of Yellow Labrador (with a bit of Rhodesian Ridgeback mixed in) named Honey.

Lula only sells directly to consumers -- which keeps their prices people-friendly -- and their warm and inviting tasting room is the perfect setting for sipping on award-winning wines in the company of your canine friend.

In addition to a tasting room, the 22-acre Lula property features a pond, a 14-acre Pinot Noir vineyard, a small-production winemaking facility, and a 10,000 square foot ‘Events Area’ available for weddings and other private events. A seating area outside offers guests stunning views of the surrounding property and the Pinot Noir growing area known as “The Deep End” of the Anderson Valley. Our furry guests are encouraged to cool off in the pond, and Lula even provides tennis balls for their fetching pleasure.

Lula welcomes all well-behaved creatures to the tasting room, and in the past has hosted a Chinchilla rabbit in a stroller, and even a blue-bellied lizard. Located just off Highway 128 in California’s lush Anderson Valley, Lula Cellars is a delightful destination for you and your furry (or scaly) companion.

Lula Cellars’ tasting room is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is located at 2800 Guntly Road (off of Hwy 128) in Philo, CA.  

 

About Lula Cellars

Lula Cellars is a small production, ultra-premium label with a yearly production of 3,500 cases, comprised of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Dry Gewurztraminer, Rosato and Sauvignon Blanc. The goal of Lula Cellars is to produce quality, world-class wines, entirely from vineyards in Mendocino County, California, and to offer them at reasonable prices by selling directly to consumers (no distributors or retailers involved). 707.895.3737 and www.lulacellars.com.

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Blog  >  Shelter Me New Episode “Community Matters” Premiers This Feb

Shelter Me New Episode “Community Matters” Premiers This Feb

 Animal welfare icon Dr. Jane Goodall is hosting “Shelter Me: Community Matters,” the seventh episode of the inspiring national PBS series that tells three powerful stories about shelter pets and the people who help them.  Premiering in February, the main story in this one-hour episode features shelter dogs performing life-saving conservation work in Africa while providing a message of hope.

The “Shelter Me” series was created by filmmaker Steven Latham who wants to break down any stigmas of public animal shelters and help people realize that shelter pets make incredible pets. “Shelter Me: Community Matters” is presented by the Petco Foundation.

The primary story in Episode 7, “Shelter Me: Community Matters,” features Working Dogs for Conversation (WD4C), a non-profit organization based in Montana that trains American shelter dogs for life-saving conservation work in Africa and throughout the world. WD4C is able to help save wildlife by first saving at-risk shelter dogs that they train to be placed in successful, fulfilling conservation careers.

The cameras follow Vicka, a stray from a shelter in Nevada, on her journey to help battle the elephant and rhino poaching crisis in Zambia, Africa. Viewers will see everything from the intense and vigorous training Vicka goes through at WD4C to her placement in Zambia, where she is searching vehicles for ivory and firearms.

 

The two supporting stories in “Shelter Me: Community Matters” focus on teen volunteer efforts at animal shelters and how communities become stronger when they work together, benefitting both humans and animals. The first story takes place in an open admissions shelter in California that partners with STAMP (Sacramento Teen and Animal Membership Program), and shows teens, ages 12-18, reading to shelter pets to help relax and comfort them while they wait to be adopted.

The film also highlights a high school cross country team in Santa Maria, Calif. that incorporates shelter dogs into their practice runs to offer them exercise, fun and socialization. More importantly, it allows the dogs to be visible within the community and have a greater chance to be adopted.

“Shelter Me: Community Matters” premieres on public television stations in February.  Please go to ShelterMe.tv for local listings. 

ABOUT SHELTER ME

“Shelter Me” is an uplifting film series that celebrates shelter pets and the people who help them.  Shelter Me partners with animal welfare groups to organize effective spay-neuter clinics and humane education programs and helps develop and implement life-saving projects directly at animal shelters. The project also includes ShelterMe.com, which enables anyone to create and share profiles of shelter pets to help increase adoptions. 

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $175 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Blog  >  Seth Casteel and Finding FIDO Sneak Peak

Seth Casteel and Finding FIDO Sneak Peak

Z Living’s newest original series Finding FIDO airs Tuesdays at 9PM EST. The Z Living network brings you the best in health & wellness entertainment.   Finding FIDO is all about matchmaking—only instead of human couples, host (and FIDO friend!) Seth Casteel is pairing people with pooches.  Whether it’s a sociable dog that can help owners overcome shyness, an active dog that encourages exercise, or even a dog that can help detect the onset of an owner’s epileptic seizure, Casteel matches each participant’s specialized needs and criteria to his or her new best friend.  

Here is a sneak peak of the interview FIDO Friendly Editor Susan Sims conducted with Seth – the full article will be featured in our Spring issue!

When and why did you start working with animals in shelters to start photographing them so they would look great to prospective pet parents and easier to adopt?

In 2007, I was working at a movie studio and some friends of mine discovered a litter of kittens on the studio lot.  I volunteered to take a few pictures to help get them adopted.. We snuck the kittens into an executive's office while he was out to lunch and let the kittens hop around on the furniture - taking pictures the entire time. We sent the photos out through the studio email network and twenty-four hours later, they were all adopted. Yay!!! A few weeks later, we found another litter of kittens, took some more pictures, and more adoptions! I then became a volunteer with Los Angeles Animal Services, photographing dogs and cats to help increase adoptions. 

 

Your Underwater Dogs book is a huge success, what made you decide to shoot dogs underwater?

So many people think it was my idea, but it wasn't! It was a dog's idea! Buster the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel decided to turn our "on-land" photo shoot into an "in-the-pool" shoot when he started jumping in after his favorite ball. The above-water pictures just didn't tell the whole story, so I cruised off, bought a point-and-shoot underwater camera, zipped back and jumped in. The resulting pictures were the beginning of the series of Underwater Dogs, and now a tattoo of Buster takes up pretty much my entire arm!

 

 

In your new show Finding Fido, can you share the most memorable moment when matching rescue dogs with their new forever homes?

Each episode is so special to me, so it's difficult to choose a favorite! I just love to see how dogs make us better as humans! It's inspiring!

 

 

What words of advice do you have for those of us ready to rescue a dog from a local shelter?

First, I would say to really sit down and think it through - are you READY for this responsibility? The idea of adopting a dog is so exciting, but you do have to be ready for the commitment. Next, do your homework. What kind of dog might be right for you? And what kind of dog might you be right for? Evaluate your situation - What is your home like? Do you have a yard? Do you have access to nearby park? Do you have stairs?  What is your schedule like? Do you travel? Do you have help to take care of the dog? Do you have kids? The answers to these questions will help guide you in the right direction! Take your time, meet various types of dogs and then be ready when "the one" comes along!

What is next on the horizon?

I would love to see FINDING FIDO continue! We are just getting started - there is so much to do! I think a second season would so awesome! I'm also working on a few new books and calendars, several editorial assignments about other types of animals, and developing UNDERWATER DOGS into a feature film!

 

Find Finding Fido on the Z Living network, Tuesdays at 9PM EST – Z Living Network brings you the best in health & wellness entertainment.

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Blog  >  Celebrating our Love and Finding FIDO

Celebrating our Love and Finding FIDO

February 14 is all about celebrating our love for those who matter most and FIDO is at the top of that list!  While there are many ways to spoil your precious pooch, FIDO put together the Top 5 on our “Love List”.

#5 – NEW COLLAR/Bandana/Sweater  – At the risk of sounding vain most of us DO love it when you bestow us with a fun new addition to our doggy ensemble. It’s probably more about us loving the extra smiles and giggles YOU get when you deck us out in our new doggy wear (and those always necessary pictures you take) because let’s face it, making you happy make us happy.

#4 – TREATS – It’s true – food is always going to make the list and an extra treat is always special to us. Whether it’s a baby carrot, a home-made doggy biscuit or just one more of the normal every day goodies you reward us with, that one extra one makes us wiggle with glee.

#3 – BELLY RUBS -  It’s really just as simple as giving FIDO a few minutes of extra attention and those tickly belly rubs are definitely wag worthy.

#2 -  LONGER WALKS  - Those magic words “want to go out?” are pure joy to FIDO and an extra long walk (or run around the back yard with the tennis ball or Frisbee) really shows us how much you love spending quality time with us.

#1 – CUDDLE TIME!  On Valentines night a GRR-eat way to get in the mood is by curling up on the sofa with your best furry friend and turning in to  Z Living’s newest original series Finding Fido  - it’s all about matchmaking—only instead of human couples, host (and FIDO friend!) Seth Casteel is pairing people with pooches.  

Watch as canine expert and photographer Seth Casteel helps an enthusiastic dog owner-to-be find his or her perfect companion. Whether it’s a sociable dog that can help owners overcome shyness, an active dog that encourages exercise, or even a dog that can help detect the onset of an owner’s epileptic seizure, Casteel matches each participant’s specialized needs and criteria to his or her new best friend. 

 

So tune in this Tuesday at 9PM EST and see how these cuties find their fur-ever homes and add a lot more love to their new humans lives – here’s a sneak peak!

 

Z Living’s newest original series Finding FIDO airs Tuesdays at 9PM EST. The Z Living network brings you the best in health & wellness entertainment.

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Blog  >  And They Call It Puppy LOVE

And They Call It Puppy LOVE

February is the month of LOVE …. For our family, our friends and most definitely our FIDO. While we cherish our precious pups it’s important to remember that hugging and cuddling may not always be appreciated by our four legged friends. 

While some pets love being hugged and smothered in kisses, other feel “claustrophobic” when been hugged, especially if they are not permitted to leave.  While FIDO is the protector of the family and prides themselves on herding and keeping the children in the family safe, the hugs of appreciation of small children (who tend to squeeze a wee bit too hard) are not always welcome. Additionally, a pet should only be hugged when you are feeling calm. In the case of an injured pet, or upset pet, hugging is often not the best solution, as this case often nurtures the unwanted behavior, and creates more of the negative behavior.

Now on the flip side, our furry best buddies definitely live in the moment and one of the best things we can do is to be present with them.  Joining them at their level in a calm and focused way will make them feel safe and special. And whether they are in the mood to play ball or tug of war, or just to look out the window intently and eye up the neighbor’s cat, be their human “wing man or woman” and make your time together all about them.  In times of stress, be your pets rock, and let them know that everything will be ok. For some pups, that may mean just sitting with them, and doing nothing else but lightly stroking their head or giving them a calming belly rub. Being present with them IS the best present you can give them.

 

But of course sharing a yummy treat is also appreciated by FIDO  - and one that we really like? Petcurean’s SPIKE™ treats! With a tagline of “treat others as you’d like to be treated” AND the promise that SPIKE™ contains only all natural ingredients, with zero by-products, added growth hormones, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors, it’s a great choice for your best friend!

 

 

With their unusually high content of premium quality meat proteins, micronutrients, anti-oxidants and “superfoods” like chia, pomegranate and kale, all lovingly prepared by your friends at Petcurean, SPIKE™ treats not only taste great to FIDO, they make our hearts happy because they are also healthy.  Two Paws Up on that!  So ….. Who wants a treat?  FIDO does!

To see all the great products Petcurean offers visit them here and remember - We also love the Petcurean guarantee - It doesn't happen very often, but if your pet refuses to eat one of their foods or has a physical issue with a Petcurean recipe, just return the bag to the local pet specialty store where it was purchased (with your receipt). You will receive a full refund, or an exchange for another Petcurean product.

Happy February!

FIDO Friendly is proud to be a Petcurean Blogger Advocate.  Petcurean provides products for our review and promotion

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Blog  >  Super Bowl Safety - FIDO Style

Super Bowl Safety - FIDO Style

The Super Bowl can be fun for pets, but safety first!
 
Safe snacks for pets:   
·      Fruits: Apples, Blueberries, Cantalope, Pear, and Watermelon are some of the fruits you can safely feed your pet.  (Avoid grapes and raisins they can make your dog sick.)
·      Veggies:  Asparagus, Broccoli (steamed), Carrots, Cauliflower (steamed), Green Beans are great veggie treats for pets too! 
 
Avoid giving your pets: 
·      Alcohol, cooked bones of any kind (including chicken wings). 
·      Any food or candy that has Xylitol as a sweetener.  
Reduced calorie peanut butters with Xylitol will begin to affect your dog in as little as 15-30 minutes.  If your dog consumes Xylitol, contact your veterinarian immediately.   
 
Super Bowl ranks as the #1 day for potato chip consumption.  Chip bags are also the #1 cause of pet suffocation.  Bonnie Harlan (Prevent Pet Suffocation) learned the hard way when her dog raided the trash and got a chip bag stuck on his head.  She came home and found her dog. 
 
Center for Pet Safety and Prevent Pet Suffocation have provided a graphic to help pet owners understand how to help prevent chip bag suffocation.   Simply cut the bottom off of the chip bag prior to disposing.  It takes seconds and can save a life.
            
Other tips: 
·      Ensure lids are secured on food containers before disposal.
·      Keep your trash cans in a room/closet not accessible to your pet and secure the can lid.  Keep all chip bags, snack bags, pet food bags, etc. safely stored out of your pet's reach.
·      Never put any food bag on your pet’s head.  We see a significant number of advertisers using footage online and in commercials – because it looks amusing.  It is actually a very dangerous thing to do and should be discouraged. 
 
…and remember
·      Crowds of people can make pets nervous.  If your pet is one that tires easy and may not enjoy the festivities, provide them with their own quiet space, away from the party. 

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Blog  >  Sleepypod introduces Duke 2.0, Most Advanced Crash Test Dog Ever

Sleepypod introduces Duke 2.0, Most Advanced Crash Test Dog Ever

Our friends at Sleepypod®, a Pasadena-based company known for redefining pet products, today unveils DUKE 2.0, the most advanced crash test dog ever. DUKE 2.0 is a crash test dog with new instrumentation and better biofidelity than any of Sleepypod’s previous crash test pets. DUKE 2.0 provides measurable data that enables Sleepypod to create safer car restraint designs for pets.

DUKE 2.0 weighs 75 pounds and can be compared to a large sized dog. A camera mounted in his head records point of view video footage of a crash. DUKE 2.0 has improved weight distribution than his predecessor, DUKE 1.0. New articulated joints allow the legs and waist to bend. A realistic neck and spinal structure flexes and compresses like the spine of a real dog, helping Sleepypod to assess whiplash.

 

 

Load cells are integrated into the highly vulnerable chest area to measure forces when moving forward in a collision. The data is then downloaded to a computer for analysis. This accurate, verifiable data collected from DUKE 2.0’s crash tests is critical to determining which pet safety restraint designs will lower the damaging forces on a dog during a collision.

“A poorly engineered passenger restraint system can cause more harm than good,” says Michael Leung, Sleepypod co-founder and lead product designer. “A good restraint system needs to be able to absorb kinetic energy while keeping the pet from accelerating forward and leaving the seat.”

DUKE 2.0 allows Sleepypod to create a better pet safety restraint design. Leung continues, “DUKE 2.0 enables Sleepypod to measure the impact of a collision, thereby allowing Sleepypod to design pet safety restraints that reduce injuries.”

About Sleepypod

Look behind the beautiful designs and you’ll find multiple functions, durable materials, and safety beyond compare. Sleepypod pet products have earned numerous awards and accolades for safety and design innovation. Every Sleepypod carrier and car safety harness has been certified with a top safety rating from the Center for Pet Safety. Pets travel safer with Sleepypod. Sleepypod.com

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Blog  >  LA Animal Services provides wet weather tips for you and your dog

LA Animal Services provides wet weather tips for you and your dog

Our friends at LA Animal Services shared these rainy day tips to keep FIDO warm and dry and brave enough to face the puddles!

 
In Southern California, we are spoiled by the beautiful sunny days and the same goes for our pets. When we do get rain, especially when it rains consistently, our four-legged friends can be quite stubborn about leaving the house, which may include not going outdoors to go to the bathroom. You may even happen to find a couple accidents here and there throughout your home, which can be frustrating.
 
Here are some tips to help you and your pup get though the messy rainy season.
 
1. Go outside with your dog. 
If you normally just let your dog out in the backyard, you may need to actually go with him or her when it's raining. Taking your dog for a short walk or stepping out in the yard with them will make your best buddy feel safer and it's more likely that they will feel comfortable enough to go potty.   
 
2.  Use positive reinforcement and treats.
Just like potty training, bring a few treats when you take your dog outside and reward them after they "go." Be sure to praise them enthusiastically as well.  
 
3.  Plan ahead. 
Watch the weather and take advantage of bringing your dog outside during a lull in the storm. Your pooch will more likely be open to going outside when it's sprinkling than when it's pouring rain. Also, think about your walking route. Avoid busy streets where cars will splash through puddles and drench you both and potentially scare your furry family member. 
 
4.  Stay dry.  
If your dog doesn't mind getting dressed up, try purchasing a doggie rain coat and boots for them or grab a large umbrella to shield them from the rain drops. When they get wet, keep a towel on hand so you can quickly dry them off when you return to the house to avoid water and mud on your floors and furniture.
 
5. Play indoors.
If your dog is used to going outside and running around during the day you'll want to provide them with indoor activities when it rains for long periods of time. Teach them a new trick, give them a new chew toy, play hide in seek or let them figure out a puzzle feeder or Kong ball that you can pick up at your local pet store.
 
Some pets do not like rain and some do but regardless, remember companion animals want to be with you! They are safer and dryer inside with you during rain storms, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.

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Blog  >  Make 2017 Both Healthy and Tasty For FIDO

Make 2017 Both Healthy and Tasty For FIDO

Do you know what’s in your pet’s food?  When you actually take a look at the ingredients on the bag/can you might be shocked. If making 2017 healthier for FIDO is on your resolution list we suggest checking out the healthy options our friends at Petcurean offer.

FIDO has been a big fan of Petcurean for quite a while now.   We just love the passion and purpose they put in to their products, and how they aspire to go above and beyond by creating recipes that nobody has thought of making, while using the finest of ingredients, like premium quality market-fresh meats, veggies, fruits and berries.

Ready to Commit to a healthy diet for FIDO?   Petcurean offers great choices of healthy AND tasty kibble.  When it comes to ingredients, their motto is only the best of the best will do. Their trusted network of farmers, ranchers and producers provide them with a consistent source of healthy, premium quality market-fresh meats, veggies, fruits and berries. They cook with creativity, energy and an overarching love for our cats and dogs. Then, with the Petcurean seal of approval, their food goes out to be enjoyed by pets the world over.

And speaking of healthy, yummy (we lick our bowls clean!) pet food , one we definitely wag for is the freshness of Petcurean NOW FRESH™ Grain Free dry dog food.

Featuring 100% market-fresh turkey, salmon and duck as well as 100% fresh Omega 3 and 6 oils from coconuts and canola.  And with zero grains, zero rendered meats, zero by-product meals, or artificial preservatives NOW FRESH gets an all-around TWO PAWS UP from FIDO!

So if this is the year you switch your pets to a premium quality brand like Petcurean a great place to start is by using Petcurean’s Food Finder. This quick and easy online test will help you decide which line to test out with FIDO (or Fluffy – Petcurean loves kitties too!).

Pssst - We also love the Petcurean guarantee - It doesn't happen very often, but if your pet refuses to eat one of their foods or has a physical issue with a Petcurean recipe, just return the bag to the local pet specialty store where it was purchased (with your receipt). You will receive a full refund, or an exchange for another Petcurean product.

Visit their website for information about all their wonderful products!

 

Fido Friendly is proud to be a Petcurean Blogger Advocate.  Petcurean provides products for our review and promotion

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Blog  >  Getting Ready for Ski Season with Fido? Check out these great pet-friendly properties

Getting Ready for Ski Season with Fido? Check out these great pet-friendly properties

It's that time of year for fun on the slopes and what better way to enjoy the winter wonderland than by taking FIDO with you!

Here are some great pet friendly options:

Waldorf Astoria Park City:  Located in Park City, Utah, Waldorf Astoria Park City is the only luxury hotel property situated at the base of the largest ski resort in the country – Park City Mountain Resort.  The mountain-side hotel has 175 rooms & suites that are luxuriously appointed with full kitchens and large private balconies; an award-winning, locally sourced restaurant Powder; a host of new, signature experiences, events & outdoor adventure offerings each season and a 16,000 sq. ft. spa. To compliment abundance of dog-friendly trails and activities in Park City, the Waldorf Astoria “Bark” City offers some of the best in dog-friendly amenities (the hotel even has their own “Director of Pet Relations”).  Waldorf Astoria Park City offers the following during a pet’s visit:

  • Bowls and dog beds in room when a canine companion is in house
  • Homemade dog-treats with the dog’s name specially printed on them
  • 25 minutes canine in-room massage for $60 performed our on-property, certified canine masseuse

 

 

Viceroy Snowmass

  • The resort welcomes pets with a gift bag containing a Viceroy leash,  waste bags, Viceroy bandana, cookie treat and a k9 menu. In the room each dog receives a bed and bowls.
  • Not only is the resort dog friendly, but also guests can "borrow a dog for the day” from the Aspen Animal Shelter and have it stay with them at the hotel.

 

 

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek 

  • Park Hyatt Beaver Creek loves to welcome guests' furry best friend with a bed placed in the room upon arrival, food and water dishes. They also provide a Park Hyatt Beaver Creek leash and toy that guests can take home with them.
  • The surrounding area offers plentiful outdoor recreation options for the ultimate dog fitness program in a scenic setting including hiking trails, bike paths and dog-friendly parks; their concierge can give you the best places to take your pooch for day hikes, dog-friendly patios, etc. around the resort 
  • You’ll often see your pooch with the staff at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek taking him for a walk or just hanging out behind the concierge desk while their owners are busy enjoying their vacation on the mountains. 

 

 

Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail

  • The resort welcomes pets under 50 lbs.

In-room pet amenities include: dog bed, assorted toys 

 

 

Hyatt Place Park City Place

  • Guests are limited to no more than 2 housebroken dogs at any time
  • Pets must not exceed 50 lbs. each.
  • Hotels will charge a Non-Refundable cleaning fee of $150 USD for the 1st pet.  If there are two pets (maximum) in the room, an additional Non Refundable fee of $50 USD will be charged.

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Blog  >  Dog Tales Collection an Award-Winning Collection of Illustrated Books

Dog Tales Collection an Award-Winning Collection of Illustrated Books

The Dog Tales Collection, written by Patricia Brill, Phd, are an award-winning collection of illustrated books that help open a dialogue between parents and children concerning issues they may have with their pets.  
 
These books help children better understand what happens when their pet or loved one has cancer, under goes surgery, has to stay overnight at the hospital or even dies.  

These sensitive and emotionally stirring children's books are written in such a way to simply but gently discuss the obvious.
 
Patricia Brill is brilliant as is her award-winning children's book illustrator Curt Walstead, who has also worked on many of today's popular children's shows such as Dora the Explorer, Dragon Tales, Clifford's Puppy Days and Baby Looney Tunes.

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Blog  >  Ricochet traded her life jacket for a Santa Jacket for Operation Socialization

Ricochet traded her life jacket for a Santa Jacket for Operation Socialization

Ricochet traded her life jacket for a Santa Jacket, and surfed to town to kick off her 8th annual Surfin’ Santa Paws Howliday Giving Drive in conjuction with Paws'itive Teams Emotional Support Dog program (ESD).  She delivered puppy elves, including her new puppy, Encore (Cori) to veterans with PTSD for Operation Socialization.

Every 65 minutes a veteran with PTSD takes their life by suicide. Through this unique initiative, we are committed to replacing suicidal ideation with a healthy perspective and meaning to life. 

Ricochet’s Operation Socialization uses the healing power of dogs in the fight against PTSD. It matches veterans with puppies who are training to be emotional support, therapy or service dogs.

 

 

The veterans and puppies spent the afternoon socializing with stressed out shoppers who wanted to take a break from standing in long lines to interact with an adorable puppy elf.

 

 

One veteran described the afternoon by saying "I was a little nervous about helping these service and therapy dogs in training get socialized in a public setting. I realized how important the socialization is for them, and it didn't hurt that all the attention was on them... we were transparent. What I didn't think about was how the puppies would make me feel. Their unconditional love for everyone that walked by, breaking the invisible barriers between people and melting your stress away with those tiny kisses." 

 

 

Puppies who do not get adequate socialization tend to be fearful of unfamiliar people, dogs, sounds, environments, etc.   On the other paw, military with PTSD have anxiety in social situations, and often withdraw and isolate themselves.  While it's typical for veterans with PTSD to feel awkward if approached by people, in this circumstance the encounter is non-threatening because the interaction is joyful and the focus is on the puppy.  Puppies by nature, elicit positive interactions between people. The puppies learn from the veterans, and the veterans have an outlet that reduces loneliness, anxiety and isolation.  As the veterans help the puppies feel safe with the socialization process, they also reap the benefit of the human-animal bond and realize their anxiety levels have decreased. 

 

 

This initiative enables both the puppies and veterans to experience positive interactions with strangers of all kinds, while feeling more comfortable in social environments.  The Veterans also feel a sense of re-connection to their community, while at the same time they find a new sense of purpose.  This unique concept is a win-win-win because it benefits the puppies by providing an opportunity to meet lots of people for socialization, the veterans whose social anxiety is lessened through the joyful interaction with puppies and the shoppers who get a puppy fix!

Ricochet partnered with Paws'itve Teams for this campaign because she is a certified goal directed therapy dog with their organization. She is also actively involved in their ESD program.  An Emotional support dog provides comfort without having to be trained a specific task like service dogs do. ESD's do not have public access, but they are allowed in public housing and the cabins of airplanes with a letter from a doctor.  Once the veterans learn how to read their dog's body language, they realize the dog is innately hypervigilent. As such, they no longer have to be anxious about potential threats in their environment. 

 

If you are a veteran, or know a veteran who would like to take the ESD class with Paws’itive Teams, please go to http://www.pawsteams.org/pawsitive-teams-emotional-support-dogs/. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to Ricochet's Howliday Giving Drive - Operation Socialization to help veterans with PTSD, please go to http://www.surfdogricochet.com/surfin-santa-paws-2016.html.

For more information, contact Judy Fridono at 707-228-0679 or pawinspired@aol.com. Or check out these links…

Ricochet’s website

Ricochet’s Facebook page
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icochet's Instagram

Paws’itive Teams website

Paws’itive Teams Facebook page

All photos shown credited to Barb McKown

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Blog  >  Amtrak & The Secret Life of Pets Kicks Off Nationwide ‘Pets Ride Free’ Promotion

Amtrak & The Secret Life of Pets Kicks Off Nationwide ‘Pets Ride Free’ Promotion

Riding the rails with a beloved four-legged friend will come with an extra special treat during this holiday season, in which “Pets Ride Free.”   Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) and Amtrak are teaming up for a first of its kind promotion in celebration of the December 6 home entertainment release of Illumination’s blockbuster film, The Secret Life of Pets.  The “Pets Ride Free” offer, available for trips booked December 6 through December 11, 2016 or while supplies last, allows pets to ride at no additional cost on participating Amtrak routes from December 9 through March 31, 2017.

During the first year of Amtrak’s pet program, more than 15, 000 dogs and cats traveled with their owners on select Amtrak trains across the country.  Information on the “Pets Ride Free” offer is available at Amtrak.com/secretlifeofpets (link will be available on December 6, for information on Amtrak's pet policy go to Amtrak.com/pets) at select ticket counters and stations, and on trains, including AmtrakConnect Wi-Fi portals. In addition, a limited number The Secret Life of Petsprizes will be available to customers at select stations. The program will be supported in 40 Amtrak markets nationwide including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas, Baltimore, Cleveland, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville, Charleston and others.

Watson the Jack Russell Terrrier was the first pet to board an Amtrak train for free at Union Station in Washington, D.C., and was escorted by Jason Molfetas, Amtrak Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing, on December 6, 2016 in celebration of The Secret Life of Pets on Blu-ray and DVD out now. 

 

 

To travel with a small dog or cat, tickets must be purchased at least three days prior to travel and are valid for up to March 31, 2017. Only one cat or one small dog are allowed in an enclosed carrier on trips up to seven hours in length. Both pet and carrier must be a combined weight of 20 pounds. To learn more about the Amtrak pet program visit Amtrak.com/pets. To make a pet inclusive reservation, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit a staffed station.
 

 

 

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Secret Life of Pets, America’s top-grossing original film of the year, on Digital HD beginning on November 22, 2016. The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD with nearly an hour of bonus content, including three mini-movies, on December 6, 2016. The film will be available On Demand on December  6, 2016.

 In their fifth fully animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead when we leave for work or school, which has grossed more than $873 million in global ticket sales. Max, voiced by Louis C.K., is a loyal terrier living a perfectly happy existence until his owner, Katie (Ellie Kemper) brings home Duke (Eric Stonestreet) a big, boisterous mutt she finds at the shelter. When Max and his unruly new “roommate” slip away from their dog-walker, they find themselves lost in the urban jungle of New York City.  In an attempt to stay ahead of animal control and a rebel band of abandoned pets led by an unhinged bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart), they put aside their differences to survive the epic journey back home.
 
 

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Blog  >  Rollors ® is a fun outdoor yard game that’s entertaining for the entire family.

Rollors ® is a fun outdoor yard game that’s entertaining for the entire family.

Rollors Game Description: 

Rollors ® is a fun outdoor yard game that's entertaining for the entire family. Players "roll" disks at the goal and points are awarded to the player/team that positions their disks closest to the goal. It's a great game of skill with the element of chance! Convenient carry bag allows you to bring Rollors ® with you wherever you go. Set-up in seconds on grass or in the sand. Now you're ready to roll your way to fun! 
 
Product Detail: 
- ASTM toy safety tested and approved 
- Convenient carrying and storage bag 
- Large wooden pieces feel great in your hands 
- For ages 4 yrs. and up 
 
Contents Include: 
- 2 Goals, 
- 3 Red Disks
- 3 Blue Disks
- Measurement Cord
- Carry/Storage Bag 
- Instructions 
 
Numerous Awards: 
- 2013 NAPPA Award 
- 2013 Product of the Year Award from Family Review Center
- 2013 Toy Tips and Trust (TTT) Award (Toytips.com)
- 2014 - Men’s Journal “Best Gear for 2014
- 2014 Oppenheim - Best Toy Award - Gold Seal
- 2015 “Must-Have” Beach Item (Coastal Living) 
 
Suggested MSRP: $49.95 
 
 
 

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Blog  >  The Good Dog Company Manufactures Durable, Earth-Friendly Pet Products Handcrafted in USA

The Good Dog Company Manufactures Durable, Earth-Friendly Pet Products Handcrafted in USA

The Good Dog Company based in Hendersonville, NC designs and manufactures durable, earth-friendly pet products.  Yes, we are handcrafted in USA!

All of our products are made from 55% Hemp and 45% Certified Organic Cotton.

The hemp fabric (corduroy or canvas) is antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal.  It is good for those dogs with allergies and does not retain an odor.

Our collars having matching leashes and are lightweight, soft and they don’t pull on the hair around a dog’s neck. We make H-style harnesses for those harness walkers.

 

 

The Good Dog Company also makes light weight kitty collars. www.thegooddogcompany.com

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Blog  >  Aquapaw Launches Hands-Free Bathing Tool on Kickstarter

Aquapaw Launches Hands-Free Bathing Tool on Kickstarter

The Aquapaw Bathing Tool is designed for dogs that are hard to control or get anxious during bath time.  It's a combination sprayer-scrubber that straps to your palm and is turned on and off by making a fist. 
 
Because it also works great with dogs that are timid and may have never been bathed before, they're working with local shelters to help prep pups for adoption.
 
Their product is available on Kickstarter now!
 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aquapaw/aquapaw-pet-bathing-in-the-palm-of-your-hand/

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Blog  >  Rest assured when buckling up your furry pals using Sleepypod pet carriers and safety harnesses

Rest assured when buckling up your furry pals using Sleepypod pet carriers and safety harnesses

Your pets depend on you to help them travel safer: Cars were designed with humans in mind so pet passengers require some extra help when climbing in for a ride.

Rest assured when buckling up your furry pals using Sleepypod pet carriers and safety harnesses because they are rigorously tested to include the same dynamic crash tests used to test child safety restraints.

Need more proof? Sleepypod’s Clickit Sport safety harness, Sleepypod mobile pet bed, Sleepypod Air and Sleepypod Atom pet carriers have all received top safety ratings from the Center for Pet Safety. Pets travel is safer with Sleepypod. Sleepypod.com

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Blog  >  goDog’s NEW line of RhinoPlay toys

goDog’s NEW line of RhinoPlay toys

goDog’s NEW line of RhinoPlay toys are exceptionally durable to withstand rough play for long-lasting fun! These deceptively light and incredibly strong toys are made from a unique, non-toxic foam material that makes them perfect for fetching, floating and chasing, all while standing up to the toughest play. The stars of the new line are the Beast and Beast Jr, which have a patented self-inflating valve that never goes flat – even when punctured! And every purchase of a RhinoPlay toy helps support charities that promote play and work to enhance the bond between humans and animals.
 

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Blog  >  Ivalo BUGrip is a convenient and light winter boot with always on traction.

Ivalo BUGrip is a convenient and light winter boot with always on traction.

As the leader in traction footwear, Icebug provides the opportunity to stay active and safe even in the most slippery conditions. Experience total traction and freedom of movement on all kinds of terrain from dry asphalt to snow and ice.

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Blog  >  Release N Run: The Collar And Retractable Leash In One.

Release N Run: The Collar And Retractable Leash In One.

Relax. A leash is always on your dog. The Release N Run, a collar and leash in one, lets you be assured that you can always find and quickly access the leash when distractions are approaching. At Rad Dog our goal is to un-leash our dogs and ourselves to enjoy the amazing outdoors free from the frustration of ordinary leashes, water bowls, and dog gear.

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Blog  >  Solvits New Car Cuddler ™

Solvits New Car Cuddler ™

Solvits New Car Cuddler ™  Protects A Vehicles Interior And Works With the Solvit Safety Harness to Provide Stability and A Plush Bolstered Bed For Pets To Curl Up and Snooze

The Car Cuddler™ is a combination seat cover and cuddling bed developed specially for use in vehicles. It covers the seat protecting it from dog hair and dirty paws and uses multiple connection points to hold it firmly in place.

The plush central section of the cover is surrounded by a generous bolster that provides exceptional comfort for traveling pets. The Car Cuddler™ can also be used with the Solvit Deluxe Vehicle Safety Harness (sold separately) to increase pet safety while traveling. The Solvit Deluxe Vehicle Safety Harness was recently crash tested at a certified  testing facility using standards that are similar to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 213 used for testing child safety seats. 

The Car Cuddler™ is available in two sizes.

solvitproducts.com

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Blog  >  VitaLife makes wholesome and healthy dog treats

VitaLife makes wholesome and healthy dog treats

As a pet parent, we love our companions like family.  Why not feed them an all natural treat that tastes as good as it sounds?

VitaLife makes wholesome and healthy dog treats that are all natural, with only human grade ingredients.

Our pets deserve only the very best and what better way than to use only one or two pure and simple ingredients in the treats we feed them?
Your fur buddies are sure to love them.

http://www.vitalifemadewithlove.com

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Blog  >  Modern Puppies Potty Training Potty Apartment

Modern Puppies Potty Training Potty Apartment

The Potty Training Puppy Apartment is a one bedroom, one bathroom home that teaches and trains your puppy or dog to always go potty in their own indoor doggie bathroom.

Over 50,000 dogs have been successfully potty trained with the Potty Training Puppy Apartment. It's easy and works as fast as 3 days!

Available in 6 different sizes from XSmall to XXLarge. Works great for all breeds of puppies, rescue dogs and older adult dogs.

 

 

Use coupon code FIDO84 for a 5% discount off your entire order. Please visit http://www.modernpuppies.com/ for more details and to place your order. 

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Blog  >  WINEMAKERS LOVE DOGS

WINEMAKERS LOVE DOGS

Wherever wine is made, you’re likely to find a loyal canine snoozing in the cellar or roaming the vineyard – and Wine Dogs has found some beauties. 

Wine Dogs books and calendars celebrate the working (and relaxing) dog in the wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms from some of the world’s greatest wine estates. 

Wine Dogs editions are photographic journals of stunning pictures, featuring canines and magnificent wine estates from all around the world.  The photos are interspersed with short stories by a veritable roll-call of international wine scribes and luminaries, including Robert Parker Jr., (the world’s most renowned wine critic.)

 

 

Each doggy portrait comes with their own bio – including favorite foods, naughtiest deeds and obsessions. Find out which dog ate a couch, who chewed Bill Clinton’s leg and discover the identity of the dog who stole Robert Mondavi’s heart. The answers to these questions are all revealed within the various volumes of Wine Dogs – come inside for a look. Woof!

 

See more here - www.winedogs.com

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Blog  >  Falling Leaves & Temperatures - Yard Maintenance Key For FIDO This Fall

Falling Leaves & Temperatures - Yard Maintenance Key For FIDO This Fall

Fall is a great time to assess your yard, put away summer outdoor power equipment and prep and service winter outdoor power equipment. Doing maintenance and assessments in the fall means that your equipment and green spaces will be in good shape when spring arrives, and you will be ready to tackle landscaping projects again. 

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) offers these tips to homeowners to prepare for seasonal weather changes. 

1.       Evaluate your yard. Determine what your family and pets need. Fall is a time for homeowners to examine their yards and determine where trees, plants or shrubs need to be planted, if anything needs to be pruned and what features to enhance in green spaces. 

2.      Complete a yard cleanup. Clear paths and other walkways for your family and pets frequently so they are clean and clear during the fall and winter season. Pick up leaves, especially the wet ones and brush debris off paths and other walkways. 

3.      If planting this fall, choose the “right” plants and safe ones for pets. Select plants that have soft foliage, but are still sturdy enough. Be sure to check the ASPCA’s list of toxic and non-toxic garden plants for advice on what known toxic plants to avoid, and check the climate map to choose the right trees, shrubs, grasses and flowering plants for your climate zone.

4.      Review the owner’s manuals for all outdoor equipment.  Re-acquaint yourself with how to handle equipment safely and determine if there are any maintenance needs. If the manual can’t be found, they are usually posted online.

5.      Service and store all outdoor equipment. Before storing warm weather equipment, clean and service it or take it to a small-engine repair shop.  Drain and change engine oil and dispose of old/used oil safely. Service the air filter and perform other maintenance activities directed by the service manual. Check and do the same with all winter equipment too. 

For more information on safe handling of outdoor power equipment visit www.opei.org.

For more tips on taking care of green spaces and making them pet-friendly, visit www.LivingLandscapesMatter.com.

About TurfMutt
Created in partnership with Scholastic, the TurfMutt (www.turfmutt.com) program educates children in grades K-5 about taking care of green spaces while learning science. Sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s Education and Research Foundation, the program’s mascot, Lucky the TurfMutt, is a rescue dog who “paws it forward” by inspiring children and their families to take care of the green spaces we all love and enjoy.

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Blog  >  Paw Sponge - The “Simple and LOW-COST” Paw Cleaning Solution

Paw Sponge - The “Simple and LOW-COST” Paw Cleaning Solution

If your FIDO loves to get his paws dirty when out and about Paw Sponge is for you - The “Simple and LOW-COST” Paw Cleaning Solution!

The Handy Dog Paw Sponge is a simple and low-cost paw cleaning solution! It provides a quick and convenient way to clean your dog's paws after walks and play.

Helps to prevent tracking of dirt and germs into homes and vehicles and can be used wet or dry. Just slide on to paw, squeeze gently and rotate.  It’s also easy to take and store anywhere too!

 

 

Order yours Today at: www.PawSponge.com

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Blog  >  PATRIOTIC PAWS SALUTE THE U.S. MILITARY

PATRIOTIC PAWS SALUTE THE U.S. MILITARY

Kicking off this Veterans Day, Helen Woodward Animal Center salutes our military with an “Animals for Armed Forces 3-Day Event.” In partnership with Animals for Armed ForcesFoundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting orphan pets with military heroes, adoption fees will be covered for approved military families, while supplies last.  The special adoption promotion takes place this Friday, November 11th through Sunday, November 13th with adoption fees covered for approved military families.

The Animals for Armed Forces 3-Day Event is one way Helen Woodward Animal Center extends its gratitude towards the wonderful men and women who have served our country.  The unconditional love of a pet provides years of comfort, laughter, joy and devotion – crucial elements to assist military members and their families whose lives have been dedicated to dangerous careers and necessary bravery.  The families, in turn, are lifesavers to orphan pets longing to find their forever homes.  

This is not the first time Helen Woodward Animal Center has partnered with Animals for Armed Forces Foundation.  In fact, the promotional salute to military families has been a special part of Center adoption events for the last three years.  A similar event on Memorial weekend earlier this year helped find homes for a record number of orphan pets - an incredible 108 adoptions during the 3 days, placing 61 of these pets with military families. 

Proof of the symbiotic relationship between pets and the military can be seen throughout Helen Woodward Animal Center programs.  In the Center’s Pet Encounter Therapy program (serving 60-70 veterans monthly at the VA Hospital and the Hawthorne Center) therapeutic animals are utilized to help lower blood pressure, even breathing, improve memory and lift the spirits of wounded soldiers.  The Center’s AniMeals program, in partnership with Blue Buffalo, provides pet food to wounded military clients with beloved service dogs, crucial to physical and emotional healing, through the Recovery Care Coordinator Office (RCC) and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). 

Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages military families (current, former/retired and/or immediate family members of the: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard) to find their furry new family member Friday, November 11thth through Sunday, November 13th.

PLEASE BRING YOUR PHOTO ID AND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TO RECEIVE THE MILITARY ADOPTION DISCOUNT:

• A copy of your Military ID

• A copy of you DD-214 and Driver’s License

• A copy of your NGB Form 22

* Limit one animal per household. Family must meet adoption requirements.

For more information, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 313, visit www.animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

About Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the International Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, the International Remember Me Thursday® campaign and The Business of Saving Lives Workshops, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.  For more information, go to:  www.animalcenter.org.

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Blog  >  November Is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November Is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month and LA Animal Services wants you to know why adopting a mature orphaned cat or dog is a great way to add love to your life.

Many people automatically think of a puppy or kitten when they contemplate adopting a pet. Kittens and puppies are cute and cuddly but they demand a lot of time, patience and energy to help them become well-mannered family members. Older pets, however, can be just as loving and loyal as their younger counterparts and they often come with many wonderful qualities that kittens and puppies take years to grow into.

 

 

If you are considering adopting a furry friend and you are away from home most of the day, you have limited free time, you want a calm pet or you have young children, then an oldie but goodie could be your perfect match. Here are some great advantages to adopting a grown-up four-legged companion:

  • What you see is what you get. You already know what they are going to look like and what size they will be, what their grooming requirements will be and what their personalities will be like sooner. This kind of information will help you pick the right pet for you and your family.
  • Older pets have manners. Unlike kittens and puppies, many grown-up animals have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans. Many dogs are house trained and it takes a matter of hours or a day or two to help them learn the potty rules in their new home.
  • Your shoes will be safe. Older adoptive pets are usually less destructive and well past the search-and-destroy phase. 
  • You can teach an old dog (and cat) new tricks. Adult dogs and cats can focus on the task at hand, are more attentive and are more eager to please their humans (unlike many of their much younger counterparts). This makes them the perfect candidates for learning basic commands.
  • Older pets are relaxing and easier to handle. Senior dogs and cats aren't full of lots energy to burn. If you have small children in the home, a mature pet makes a lot of sense. Select an adult dog who likes kids and the transition will be much easier than adding another "baby" to the family. Adult cats can jump up on a bookcase or table when kids are being kids and observe the action from above.
  • Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older dogs and cats seem to know you gave them a home and a second chance at love.

 

If you are ready to open your heart and home to a lovable senior pet, come by any of our six LA City Animal Shelters. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To find the shelter closest to you,  visit  LAAnimalServices.com/shelters or call (888) 452-7381.

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Blog  >  Petcurean Introduces GATHER, a New Kind of Pet Food

Petcurean Introduces GATHER, a New Kind of Pet Food

With consumers increasingly expecting sustainability, transparency and organic ingredients in their pet food and its manufacturing process, Petcurean today rolled out GATHER to pet specialty stores in the U.S. and Canada. GATHER is a new pet food line crafted from certified, organic, non-GMO and sustainably produced ingredients. The recipes are perfectly blended to provide dogs and cats complete, balanced natural nutrition with premium quality ingredients.

When developing GATHER, Petcurean searched for and found a handful of farmers, growers and fishers of the highest integrity, who were practicing the responsible and sustainable production of extraordinary quality and natural ingredients. Those who earned Petcurean’s confidence have become the secured sources and trusted partners that supply the premium quality ingredients used in GATHER. Each recipe is free from rendered or genetically engineered ingredients and features a single source, fresh and dehydrated primary protein: 

  • Wild Ocean: The single-source fish protein in Wild Ocean is MSC certified fresh line-caught cod, pulled from the cold, clean Alaska coast waters. The cod comes from one of the world’s best managed, most sustainable fisheries and is an excellent source of high quality protein, and provides essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Cod is blended with MSC certified krill, peas, lentils, chickpeas, organic flaxseed and other essential ingredients to provide a hearty, healthy meal for adult dogs.
     
  • Free Acres: The chicken in the delicious Free Acres recipe is sustainably produced, certified organic and free-run. And, it is the single source of poultry protein. Petcurean has included other wholesome foods such as organic peas, lentils, krill, organic flaxseed, blueberries and cranberries to provide dogs and cats with extra nutrition and extraordinary flavours.
     
  • Endless Valley: Endless Valley’s certified organic pea protein and other pure and natural ingredients are crafted into a vegan certified recipe especially for dogs. A plant-based diet can be a great option for dogs, their humans and the environment, and Endless Valley provides all of the essential amino acids and complementary ingredients that provide complete and balanced nutrition. The Certified Vegan Trademark guarantees that Endless Valley does not contain any animal ingredients or animal by-products, uses no animal ingredient or by-product in the manufact

GATHER’s certified organic ingredients meet strict government standards for how foods are grown, handled and processed using organic agricultural methods. Certified organic chicken is raised humanely on certified organic feed with no animal by-products or antibiotics, and access to outdoor, pesticide-free pastures.

To further show Petcurean’s commitment to sustainability, GATHER leverages a USDA certified bio-based packaging to help reduce the product’s environmental impact. By using bags that are one-third plant-based, Petcurean has reduced its use of petroleum-based resources by 30 percent; for every 16 lb. bag the company makes, it saves close to a 4lb. bag worth of petroleum-based material.

 

 

The GATHER line of pet food is now available in pet specialty retailers. To find out where GATHER is available, please visit www.petcurean.com/gather.

About Petcurean - Petcurean is a family-owned Canadian company that creates premium-quality pet food recipes; GO!, NOW FRESH, GATHER and SPIKE TREATS for dogs and cats (and cats and dogs). GO! provides solutions for your pet’s unique dietary needs; NOW FRESH is the only dry pet food to use 100% fresh meat and fresh omega oils; GATHER is crafted from certified and organic ingredients, sustainably produced; and SPIKE lets you reward your dog with treats made using all natural ingredients. Petcurean pet foods are sold exclusively through pet specialty retailers in Canada, the United States, and more than 20 countries internationally. At Petcurean, with every decision they make and every recipe they create, they put pets first. Please visit www.petcurean.com to learn more.

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Blog  >  A Pets World – Designer Dog Clothing That’s Fit for any Catwalk

A Pets World – Designer Dog Clothing That’s Fit for any Catwalk

A Pet’s World has been offering affordable luxuries and necessities of excellent quality and value for pets and the people who love them since 1997; and were one of the first pet web sites in 1998.

Choose from warm winter dog coats and sweaters; Collars, leashes and harnesses; Fun Toys for Fido and unique toys for felines too. A Pet’s World offers more dog hair bows on elastic grooming bands and barrettes for every occasion than anyone! 

We specialize in personalized pet gifts and clothing also, including memorial items, holiday items and every day dog and cat bowls.  

See all their PAW-some products here - http://apetsworld.com/

 

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Blog  >  Pet Travel is Safer with Sleepypod

Pet Travel is Safer with Sleepypod

Your pets depend on you to help them travel safer.

Cars were designed with humans in mind so pet passengers require some extra help when climbing in for a ride. Rest assured when buckling up your furry pals using Sleepypod pet carriers and safety harnesses because they are rigorously tested to include the same dynamic crash tests used to test child safety restraints.

Need more proof? Sleepypod’s Clickit Sport safety harness, Sleepypod mobile pet bed, Sleepypod Air and Sleepypod Atom pet carriers have all received top safety ratings from the Center for Pet Safety.

Pets travel is safer with Sleepypod.  www.Sleepypod.com

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Blog  >  Wet Nose for FIDO

Wet Nose for FIDO

Wet Nose is a monthly box created specifically for pet owners who want to provide their dogs with the highest quality treats and chews available.

Wet Nose believes in an all-natural, grain free, soy free, and corn-free approach to pet nutrition and our boxes were designed from our years of research trying to find foods that worked for our 5 year old boxer with cancer and allergic conditions.

Wet Nose has a goal to help other dogs out there receive quality treats, care product

Visit www.wetnosebox.com for more info!

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Blog  >  Suitical - Comfortable Recovery for Faster Healing for FIDO

Suitical - Comfortable Recovery for Faster Healing for FIDO

Suitical offers faster and more comfortable recovery for your loyal best friend.  Suitical believes it is better to cover the problem area instead of restricting the head to prevents dogs and cats from getting to their surgical sutures, wounds, hot spots or skin problems.

Your loyal friend is recovering from skin conditions, hot spots or surgery.  This can be quite stressful already so don't increase that discomfort and stress level even further by restricting their ability to move, eat or drink normally. This is what happens when you use the old fashioned e-collar.

 

 

 

Here at Suitical, we believe it is better to comfortably cover the problem area instead of using stressful, restrictive e-collars.  Our mostly cotton, breathable products act as a second skin providing protection from further irritation or infection.

See our website at www.suitical.com for the closest reseller to you!

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Blog  >  Keep Your Furry Family Members Happy on Halloween

Keep Your Furry Family Members Happy on Halloween

Our friends at LA Animal Services shared these important pet safety tips.

While many people of all ages look forward to Halloween each year, the holiday's festivities can be stressful and even dangerous for your pets. Even normally mellow pets can be confused and spooked by strange sounds and sights and unfamiliar people in costumes. Here are some tips to help keep your four-legged loved ones safe:

  • Keep pets indoors and away from front door.
    Have your companion animals stay in a room away from an open door when trick-or-treaters are visiting. Pets can become frightened by the "monsters" and "ghouls" causing them to panic and slip outside.
  • Always make sure your pet has up-to-date identification.
    If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar with a current license and/or ID tag on them and a microchip that's registered with your contact information, will help reunite you with your companion animal.

No sweet treats for your furry friend.
Chocolate and other seemingly harmless ingredients can be poisonous to dogs and cats. Put candy where pets can't get to them and dispose of the wrappers right away. Also, remember that children may not understand why Fluffy can't share their treats, so use this as a teaching opportunity.

  • Be careful around Jack-o'-lanterns.
    Tail wagging is a good thing - unless it's done around a lit candle! Keep candles and lit craved pumpkins at an appropriate height where your pets can't knock them over or get burned.
  • Not all pets enjoy dressing up.
    A decorative collar is far more comfortable than a costume for your pet. Make sure your pet thinks a costume is as much fun as you do before you dress them up for Halloween.

    If you do put your pet in a costume, try it on them before to make sure they are comfortable, check to make sure it will not get wrapped around his or her neck causing choking or get tangled around their legs.

By following these precautions, Halloween can be a fun and safe holiday instead of frightful for pets and people alike!

 

Lauren (A1607055) is available for adoption at North Central Animal Shelter.

Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six shelters serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety and welfare of animals and people.

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Blog  >  TAILS OF TRICKS AND TASTY TREATS It’s a Yappy Howl-O-Ween at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

TAILS OF TRICKS AND TASTY TREATS It’s a Yappy Howl-O-Ween at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Canines and their companions are invited for tricks and treats in celebration of Yappy Howl-O-Ween on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. This seasonal Yappy Hour celebration is a chance for pups to strut their stuff in their favorite costume and enjoy lapping up water in their favorite flavors – Beastly Bacon, Creepy Chicken, Ghoulish Beef and Frightful Vegan. Dog parents can relax with a selection of wines from Mutt Lynch Winery including

Emmy Award-winning KTLA television reporter Wendy Burch will serve as emcee for the evening’s costume contest, while a panel of judges will determine which canine will take home the prize in the costume categories of “Dynamic Duo,” “Most Creative,” “Cute, Cuddly & Sweet, and, of course, “Best in Show. There is a donation of $10 per canine, per category to enter.

Proceeds from Yappy Howl-O-Ween, including the costume contest entry fee, will benefit the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence which provides an opportunity for veterans to regain their independence through the support of a Canine Companions service animal. To date, Canine Companions has placed 154 assistance dogs nationally with veterans with 119 active teams that include 39 teams from the Southwest Region. There are also 22 current PTSD study placement teams.  

For more information, visit www.thediamondball.org/Yappy-Hour/

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Blog  >  MEAT TRADE RESCUE - A Fairy “Tail” Ending for Cinderella and Leanne

MEAT TRADE RESCUE - A Fairy “Tail” Ending for Cinderella and Leanne

Helen Woodward Animal Center has been saving the lives of animals-in-need from Southern California and beyond for more than 40 years, but the “beyond” of the latest arrivals is further than ever before.  On Sunday, October 2nd, two female adult dogs named Leanne and Cinderella made the long journey from Thailand to Helen Woodward Animal Center in search of their forever homes.  Rescued from the dog meat trade by Soi Dog Foundation (a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Asia), and with the assistance of Helen Woodward Animal Center staff, trainers and fosters, Leanne and Cinderella have a new journey ahead of them – one that will find them the loving adoptive families they so deserve.   

Soi Dog Foundation, established in 2003 in Phuket, Thailand, expanded its focus from stray animals to meat trade dogs in 2011 with its “Trade of Shame” campaign.  The campaign’s intent was to end the illegal export of an estimated 500,000 Thai dogs per year to Vietnam for use as dog meat. The foundation employed undercover agents to hunt down smugglers and butchers and tanneries within Thailand, worked with the governments of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam to enforce existing legislation, campaigned for stronger animal welfare laws in the region, and is now expanding efforts to Vietnam itself where an estimated 5 million dogs per year (mostly stolen pets) continue to be consumed.  Through the foundation’s efforts, thousands of dogs have been rescued and dozens of arrests have been made.  However, with no government budget to care for the rescued dogs, many of the canines were dying of disease in overcrowded livestock shelters.  Soi Dog supporters rallied and by 2015 a huge complex of shelters was built on government owned land in Buriram to keep the dogs healthy while efforts were made to find homes for them. 

 

“Helen Woodward Animal Center was contacted and explicitly asked to assist these dogs,” stated Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms.  “We are concerned with the welfare of animals not just here but all over the world.  We are honored to assist Soi Dog Foundation which has played such a major part in illegalizing the abduction and trafficking of dogs for consumption in Thailand.  The 750 dogs in the Buriram shelters represent the last of the dog meat trade in the area. But while these dogs are in limbo, without homes or families, there’s still work to do.  By helping find forever families for Cinderella and Leanne, we are doing our small part in ending the dog meat trade.”

Cinderella and Leanne still have quite a journey ahead of them.  They each require a very special long-term foster to help with their socialization and to provide a safe place for recovery as they receive medical care.  Leanne, a female 6-year old “Thai cross breed,” and Cinderella, a female 9-year old “Thai cross breed,” have received full medical exams from the veterinary team at Helen Woodward Animal Center and are in the process of testing and treatment for a variety of conditions associated with their former lives. 

 

 

“Leanne is waiting for knee surgery now,” stated Center veterinarian Dr. Oba. “It’s too soon to tell how much recovery time she will need,” but both dogs are in good hands with us and we will make sure they get everything they need to live happy, healthy lives.”

 

  

 

While on medical recovery, the foster families will be a crucial part of Cinderella and Leanne’s emotional recovery.  Center adoptions staff member Janet Conley was there when the dogs arrived at LAX.   “The flight alone had to be a huge ordeal for these dogs,” stated Conley, “and the original circumstance they both came from was very traumatic.  But animals are amazing.  They have an incredible capacity to forgive and a desire to learn to trust again.  Both of the dogs are very sweet. Cinderella is a bit more friendly and open to human contact but I was actually amazed at how quickly they both seem to be adjusting.  It’s as though they can sense there are good things on the horizon. ”

 

Helen Woodward Animal Center is hoping to assist even more of these meat trade dogs through the Soi Dog Foundation in two ways. The Center is currently reaching out to the over 4,000 animal welfare organizations who partner on the Home 4 the Holidays campaign in hopes that they may be able to assist a couple of these canines with medical care, fostering and eventual placement in forever homes. 

“If a large enough number of the organizations can each take even two,” explained Arms,” we can clear them out of Buriram and officially declare the Thailand dog meat trade nothing but a bad memory.”

 

Additionally, the Center is actively seeking the help of some outstanding animal-lovers to play an important role in the life-saving rescue of additional Soi Dogs.  The placement of these canines with very specific temporary fosters is crucial to the success of their transfer and ultimate adoption.  Undoubtedly, the former lives of these dogs included little to no kindness and thus, the dogs often lack confidence and trust in humankind.   The Soi Dog Foundation has done an excellent job with the beginning stages of their socialization and exposure to compassionate human beings.  The fosters will need to understand that patience and time are two of the key components to bringing these dogs around to their full potential as trusting family members.  

If you would like to be a foster parent to one of the Thailand Soi Dogs, please make sure you meet the following requirements:

  • An experienced dog owner – This foster will have had experience dealing with canine apprehension, and is very comfortable handling a potentially insecure 50 lb adult dog;
  • A very flexible schedule – This foster is either retired or working from home or has the ability to set their schedule to avoid spending long periods (more than 3 hours) away from their foster dog;
  • A mature household – In this foster home, ideally all household members will be 18+, although mature older teens might qualify.  And a stable family situation in which everyone can be on the same page with the foster dog – no roommates – is important.
  • A home with a securely fenced (min 6 ft.) yard – We don’t want to lose anyone!
  • The ability to stick with the foster assignment for at least 8 to 10 weeks – Stability is a key to building confidence and a sense of independence in these dogs.
  • Most importantly, this foster will be amenable to learning how to interact with their foster dog, be able to follow a training regimen set by our trainer, and be willing to devote sufficient time to the project, starting with a home inspection visit and then a pre-foster briefing at the Center. Subsequent as-needed visits to the Center for medical or behavioral support, and perhaps some phone consults or even a visit or two to the foster’s home by our trainer may also be needed.

This foster may have other dogs or cats (some testing will be done to ensure everyone stays safe).  And this foster will need to set structure and discipline and routine to help build confidence.

Individuals who would like to foster but do not meet all of the above requirements are still asked to apply as kitten or puppy fosters!  Helen Woodward Animal Center is constantly seeking wonderful families who are willing to open up their homes for even a short amount of time to allow mother cats and dogs an opportunity to nurse their young in a safe environment.  All supplies necessary are provided by the Center.  All that is required is a big heart, a little space and some time to care.

For more information on Cinderella and Leanne, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center at www.animalcenter.org To inquire about fostering Soi Dogs or others, please contact the Foster Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 375 email fosters@animalcenter.org  or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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Blog  >  CHAMILIA, A SWAROVSKI COMPANY, SUPPORTS HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL

CHAMILIA, A SWAROVSKI COMPANY, SUPPORTS HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL

As part of its “Give With All Your Heart” program, Chamilia  a Swarovski company, announced the launch of a new charm that will support Humane Society International (HSI), one of the only international animal protection organizations in the world working to protect all animals—including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife.

 

 

“When we were interviewing potential partners for our ‘Give With All Your Heart’ campaign, it was imperative that animal protection be included in our initiatives,” said Chamilia Vice President, Global Merchandising and Marketing Catherine Ottaviano. “Humane Society International is doing outstanding things for animals worldwide. Their mission and values are deeply supported by many of our customers. We create jewelry that represents consumer values and this is certainly one of them.”

 

The delicately sculpted sterling silver charm created for this initiative highlights an artistic rendering of a paw print in black enamel. The charm is framed with Chamilia’s signature millegrain pattern and fits any Chamilia bracelet or neck chain. Each charm is sold with a keepsake charm card, and $4 from each purchase will be donated to Humane Society International.

 

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Chamilia in the ‘Give With All Your Heart’ campaign,” said Kitty Block, Senior Vice President of Humane Society International. “Sales of this beautiful charm will help us protect animals and fight against animal cruelty worldwide. We thank Chamilia for making animal protection part of their charitable initiative.”

HSI works to break down the barriers to animal protection in an effort to create a global culture of compassion for all animals with support programs launched from its international offices in Australia, Brussels, Canada, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. The organization serves a critical and expanding role in global efforts to reduce animal suffering. Through fieldwork, policy formation, humane education, direct care and services, and funding of in-country partners, HSI has helped advance the cause of animal welfare in dozens of nations worldwide.

There are more than 400 exclusive charms available from the Chamilia brand. The line is made from sterling silver or 14 karat gold and features genuine Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski Zirconia, or Murano glass. The brand follows strict Swarovski guidelines for quality and aesthetic standards.

 

About Chamilia

Based in Cranston, RI, Chamilia is an American company that was established in 2002. Since its purchase in 2013, it has been a member of the Swarovski Group, a world leader in quality and innovation. Each of the more than 400 exclusive charms available from the brand are made from .925 sterling silver or 14 karat gold and feature genuine Swarovski Crystals or Zirconia, or Italian Murano Glass. The brand follows strict Swarovski Group guidelines for quality and aesthetic excellence. For more information, please go to www.chamilia.com.

About Swarovski

Swarovski delivers a diverse product portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski Crystal Business designs, manufactures and markets crystals, natural and created gemstones, finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The company’s film division, Swarovski Entertainment, produces artistically accomplished feature films with global box-office appeal. The Swarovski Foundation was set up to honor the philanthropic spirit of the company by supporting creativity and culture, promoting wellbeing and conserving natural resources. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach, with over 2,350 stores in about 170 countries and more than 25,000 employees, www.swarovskigroup.com.

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Blog  >  Discover the new Bark & Swagger Boutique!

Discover the new Bark & Swagger Boutique!

Are you a dog parent who loves stylish things? Do you want gorgeous items you can’t find everywhere else? Discover the new Bark & Swagger Boutique!

Created by Jody Miller-Young, Fashion Editor of Hamptons Pet magazine, Official Style Expert of the New York Pet Fashion Show, radio host and owner of the Bark & Swagger blog, her new boutique is an art gallery meets your favorite shop.

“I’ve scoured the planet to find some of the most talented and interesting designers of pet fashion,” Miller-Young declared. “Whether you love the ultra-feminine or the down to earth, the eco-friendly and cruelty-free or the problem-solving fashion to make life a little easier, you an do it in style right here.”

The Boutique is a part of Jody’s Bark & Swagger blog site, where she covers everything from fashion and home décor, to travel and lifestyle with a whimsical flair. She also covers animal rescue, her passion, and brings a journalistic eye for detail into her coverage of organizations, individuals and programs advocating for animals.

As in an art gallery, you’ll find special exhibits from key designers around the world. And, they are diverse!

Luxurious, yak-down, eco-friendly, cruelty-free sweaters in gorgeous colors, complimenting collars, leads and fashion for women, all from and inspired by the culture of Bhutan, via Chews Happiness.

 

 

If feminine, sequined and jewel-encrusted is your  passion,  It-Dogs from Trieste, Italy, is making head-turning, cruelty-free vests, dog bags and more.

 

Lovers of earthy fashion will fall hard for the very on-trend plaids of The Worthy Dog, realized in adorable, classic dresses, boy shirts, sweaters and fleeces.

 

Couture by Sophie, Jody’s Portuguese Podengo muse's namesake brand, has limited edition pieces inspired by fashion icons in music, called The Icons Collection. They, along with some fun Haute Collars, are also exhibited.

And, a brand made right here in the U.S., is Chicago's Heavenly Beasts. Their oh-so-chic wool capes, cheerful harnesses and fashion forward coats all feature a harness system devised to calm your dog, accented by a smart charm dangle, filled with an aromatherapy cloud. Heavenly Beasts' fashions look amazing and solve problems!

 

Who doesn't love savings?!  The Bark & Swagger Boutique has a Special Offers page to see what's new. We love saying thank you to our loyal followers, customers and to those who recommend the Boutique, so please, don't be a stranger and tell your friends!,” Miller-Young enthused.

Outside of the featured Exhibits, you can shop all types of fashion, as well - jewelry, reflective gear and other fun items.

Happy shopping! Take me to the Bark & Swagger Boutique

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Blog  >  STARS SHINE FOR REMEMBER ME THURSDAY® GLOBAL PET ADOPTION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

STARS SHINE FOR REMEMBER ME THURSDAY® GLOBAL PET ADOPTION AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

This month, Helen Woodward Animal Center will once again unite with animal welfare proponents and organizations worldwide for the 4th Annual Remember Me Thursday®

Honored on the fourth Thursday of September, the campaign asks pet lovers and animal rescue groups to create an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them.  Grassroots candle-lighting ceremonies and a global avalanche of social media buzz will shine a light on the millions of homeless animals still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to opt to adopt and reduce the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.  Now some very big names are stepping forward to lend their support to the cause, including CBS’ NCIS star, Pauley Perrette, who has been named the 2016 Official Spokesperson for the campaign. Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the world to join with these philanthropic celebrities and to be a part of this very special day, Thursday, September 22nd, 2016.  

As the campaign’s 2016 Official Spokesperson, Pauley Perrette is best known for her role as the brilliant but offbeat forensic scientist “Abby Sciuto” on CBS' NCIS (2003), the #1-rated drama in the world. She is also a published writer, singer and civil rights advocate, in addition to co-owner of the "Donna Bell's Bake Shop" in Manhattan, which is named after her late mother.  But it is Perrette’s passion for rescue pets that drew her to the campaign.

"It is so important that we give homeless animals loving forever homes,” stated the star.  “We save them, but they end up saving us. The greatest joys I’ve experienced in my life have been from my rescued pets. As Official Spokesperson of the Remember Me Thursday® campaign I have the opportunity to give a voice to these beautiful creatures."

Remember Me Thursday® was established in 2013 by Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms.  Moved by the staggering statistic of the 3.4 million1 homeless pets who lose their lives each year in the U.S., Arms put out a call to rescue organizations in an attempt to create a global awareness campaign.  As creator of the International Pet Adoptathon and the International Home 4 the Holidays program (placing over 12 million pets in homes since 1999), he was able to send out an expansive request and the response was significant.

Now in its fourth year, Remember Me Thursday® has been supported by 164 countries with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 500 separate animal welfare organizations around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, or lighting a virtual candle.  The enormous swell of celebrity support has resulted in the topic trending on both Facebook and Twitter, garnering more than 500 million social media impressions.  

To be a part of the 2016 Remember Me Thursday® campaign, individuals and animal welfare organizations are encouraged to get the entire world talking about pet adoption on Thursday, September 22nd, by tweeting, tagging, posting and sharing the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption using the hashtags  #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday.

NEW THIS YEAR:  Animal-lovers can win life-saving funds, toys and food for adoptable pets looking for forever families at their favorite non-profit, pet adoption organization. To enter the Remember Me Thursday Social Media Contest, simply upload your rescue pet’s photo and story to the #RememberTheRescue Photo Wall for a chance to win!* (*Restrictions apply.  Final selection remains at the sole discretion of Helen Woodward Animal Center).

For more information on Remember Me Thursday® and a full list of participating celebrities and animal welfare organizations, go to www.remembermethursday.org.  For more information, contact PR and Communications Director Jessica Gercke at (858) 756-4117 x 335 or jessicag@animalcenter.org.

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Blog  >  Solvit Products’s Offers Full Line Of Seat Covers Designed To Protect Vehicle Interiors

Solvit Products’s Offers Full Line Of Seat Covers Designed To Protect Vehicle Interiors

Road trips are great fun and for many families these trips will include their faithful companion Fido. Dogs are great fun to have along for the trip, but they can be a little rough on expensive car and SUV interiors. Solvit Products is all about bringing everyone along and offers a full line of protective seat and cargo area covers including the new Premium Seat Covers that look great and offer complete protection from dog hair and dirty paws.

“Dogs make great companions on the road,” said Patrick Hoffman, President of Solvit Products. “but they can be a little rough on interiors. We have solved this problem by creating a full line of protective covers including our new Premium Seat Covers that offer superior protection and look great while doing it.”


 

At the top of the Solvit Products line of protective covers is the new Premium Seat Cover. Designed to cover both the seat and seat back of a bench seat this cover features new Smart Fit construction that allows the cover to fit more snuggly. Its quilted 100% cotton fabric and leather trim will make it an attractive addition to a car’s interior while providing superior protection against dog hair and stains.

The Deluxe Bench Seat Cover features quilted material and the new Smart Fit construction now found on all Solvit Products seat covers. It is available in a standard size (MSRP $59.99) and extra wide (MSRP 64.99) for large SUVs. The Waterproof Bench Seat Cover offers durable protections in both standard (MSRP $44.99) and extra wide (MSRP $49.99).


 

The Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover offers maximum protection for the rear seat area. This versatile quilted cover stretches from the front seat headrest to the back seat headrest to completely protect the rear floor and seat. It is available in standard (MSRP $64.99) and extra wide (MSRP $69.99) sizes. The Waterproof Hammock Seat Cover provides comfort and protection in either standard (MSRP $ 49.99) and extra wide (MSRP $54.99) sizes. Solvit also offers a new and improved Bucket Seat Cover (MSRP $34.99).

 

The Car Cuddler™ is a combination seat cover and cuddling bed developed specially for use in vehicles. It covers the seat protecting it from dog hair and dirty paws and uses multiple connection points to hold it firmly in place. The plush central section of the cover is surrounded by a generous bolster that provides exceptional comfort for traveling pets. It is available in a Small size (MSRP $59.99) and a Large size (MSRP $99.99) that covers an entire bench seat.

All deluxe covers now feature a non-slip backing to help keep them in place and all waterproof covers use a new eco-friendly waterproofing material. Both regular and deluxe covers include closable flaps over the seatbelt slits to prevent hair and dirt from passing through to the seat.   

“A car or an SUV is a big investment that should be protected,” added Hoffman. “If you enjoy traveling with your dog but want to protect that investment then you definitely should consider one of these seat covers.”    
 

All Solvit products are covered by a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For more information please visit the website at http://www.solvitproducts.com.

About the Company
Solvit specializes in highly functional, easy-to-use products for travel, active life, therapeutic and senior care to ensure that dogs and their humans have more quality time together. With a highly selective development process and a dedication to detail, Solvit offers unparalleled safety, mobility and support to make sure no dog is left behind. For more information, visit www.solvitproducts.com.

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Blog  >  Kinzie Hotel Launches Chicago Style Pamper Your Pooch Package on National Dog Day

Kinzie Hotel Launches Chicago Style Pamper Your Pooch Package on National Dog Day

Boutique Hotel’s “Chicago Starts Here” Philosophy Drives Unique New Pet Offerings, with 
Chicago 5 Star Chef-Crafted Doggie Dining Menu, Chicago Landmark Doggie Photography, Chicago Rescue Shelter Support and More!

The Kinzie Hotel’s Chicago Starts Here mantra is underscored in a new overnight package for guests with pets called Pamper Your Pooch, launching today, Friday, August 26 – National Dog Day.  The upscale, 215-room independent boutique, which reopened two years ago following a multi-million dollar reconcepting, boasts a timeless contemporary vibe that pays tribute to the great Chicago historical figure, John Kinzie.  Located in the heart of River North just steps away from the city’s most notable sites, Kinzie Hotel is claiming to be Chicago’s “most pet-friendly hotel” by adding pet photography by a Pet Concierge at local landmarks, a gourmet In-Room Doggie Dining Menu prepared by a local 5-star chef, an exclusive partnership with a local rescue shelter, and much more to its new Pamper Your Pooch offerings.

 

“At Kinzie Hotel, we believe in pampering all our guests, including your four-legged friends,” said GM Andrew Eck.  “Nowhere else offers this high level of pet-friendly amenities.  We like to say ‘Chicago Starts Here,’ so when you stay with us, you and your pooch will enjoy a Chicago-centric experience that is truly second to none.” 

 

Dogs are invited to stay and play at Kinzie Hotel all year-round.  Upon arrival, pooches are greeted with customized welcome gift bags that includes gourmet treats, an “I Explored Chicago” bandana, chew toys, doggie spa amenities, and complimentary copies of FIDO Friendly magazine and Kinzie’s own “Pet Lover’s Guide to the City.”  Upon entering the luxurious-appointed guestrooms, each featuring original artwork that speaks to the local Chicago landscape, dogs will be just as pleased as their owners to find cushy doggie beds and other home-away-from-home creature comforts like doggie water and food bowls.  

 

When it’s mealtime, Kinzie Hotel pulls out all the stops for canine comrades.  In partnership with Chicago’s new boutique gourmet dog food company, Chestnut & Grace, an extravagant, chef-crafted In-Room Doggie Delights Dining Menu is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner (with breakfast being complimentary).   The fine dining doggie dishes are designed and executed by Chestnut & Grace founder John Nelson-Alden, a local chef who has worked in Michelin-starred Chicago kitchens, including Alinea and GT Oyster, before starting his own Chicago-based dog cuisine concept this year.  

The exclusive In-Room Doggie Delights Dining Menu at Kinzie Hotel consists of freshly-prepared, artistically-presented items, including: cottage cheese omelet, banana blueberry smoothie, hand-made granola, wild Alaskan salmon, chicken and brown rice arancini, turkey veggie casserole, beef and potato meatloaf, truffle dessert, and more.  All of the recipes are slow cooked in small batches using only the highest quality human-grade ingredients, unparalleled by any other dog food.

Beyond the pet-friendly accommodations inside, more magic happens outside, as Pamper Your Pooch features a complimentary photo shoot of dogs and owners personally taken by the Kinzie Pet Concierge at a nearby Chicago landmark, such as the Wrigley Building, Chicago Theatre or Michigan Avenue Bridge.  

The Pet Concierge will guide guests to their location of choice within walking distance, and capture a high resolution shot that can be framed to take home or shared on social media.  

In addition, Kinzie Hotel has partnered with local pet-friendly establishments/services, and can arrange the following add-ons to any Pamper Your Pooch package:

-Dog-sitting 

-Dog-walking 

-Dog spas 

-Dog cruising (river & lake architectural cruising) 

-Dog kayaking 

-Dog boutiques 

-Dog supplies / organic foods 

-Dog-friendly restaurant patios

-Dog beaches

-Dog parks 

To cap it all off, Kinzie Hotel has also partnered with the local non-profit ALIVE Rescue for two charitable support initiatives: (1) a rescue “Dog of the Month” social media program, in which Kinzie Facebook fans can help find homeless Chicago pooches a home; and (2) a donation program, in which partial proceeds from each Pamper Your Pooch packages sold will go back to ALIVE in the form of a monetary donation.  

Pamper Your Pooch launches indefinitely on August 26 – National Dog Day, which raises awareness on the plight of rescue/in-need dogs.   The hotel will officially celebrate the Pamper Your Pooch campaign kickoff with a rescue adopt-a-thon outside its front doors on the sidewalk on Saturday, August 27 from 2 pm to 4 pm, with dogs from ALIVE in need of homes on-hand and free activities/refreshments for families and pooches to enjoy!   

To book the Pamper Your Pooch package, visit http://www.kinziehotel.com/specials, or call 312.395.9000.  Regular rack room rates apply.  Pamper Your Pooch is available for all guests traveling with dogs, and is based on availability. 

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Blog  >  MuttNation™ Fueled By Miranda Lambert Pet Collection From Petmate® Now Available At Retail

MuttNation™ Fueled By Miranda Lambert Pet Collection From Petmate® Now Available At Retail

The exciting, new MuttNation™ Fueled by Miranda Lambert collection of pet products from Petmate® worldwide provider of fun, trusted, quality products to enhance the lives of pets and their families, is now available at pet specialty and online retailers.  For more information visit petmate.com.

The much-anticipated collection features a country chic feel with a rock & roll flair, vintage prints and antique hardware that are all inspirations of Miranda Lambert's signature style. The full line includes bedding, collars, leashes, toys, apparel, accessories, feeding and watering products.

Miranda's love for animals has always been a big part of her life. Growing up in a home with an open door policy for people and animals alike, she has adopted that mindset for her own life.  Volunteering at the Humane Society of East Texas in her teens has led her to adopting Delilah and ultimately started the MuttNation Foundation™ along with "Cause for the Paws", a yearly fundraiser now in its 9th year.

"I am really excited to see all our hard work and great product now available, I hope y'all love it as much as we do. I know my dogs do!" says Miranda. "I really hope that we can raise awareness to the joy of adopting a shelter pet through our MuttNation product line."

In keeping with that goal, the product line is highlighted by the Rescue Mutts, collection of six plush dogs – each toy pup was created from a real-life rescue dog with its own story. Each tale is a touching depiction of the dog's adoption and their new family. This particular toy is very close to Miranda's heart, as her own dog Delilah was her very first rescue and is featured in the Rescue Mutt collection.

For Petmate, the partnership with Miranda Lambert is a perfect fit – it has always been at the root of the company's culture to support rescue and adoption efforts.  "It's really exciting to get the MuttNation collection to retail to give our pet families yet one more way to help support the animal rescue community and the great work that they do," says Chris Wilson, the company's executive vice president for product development. "We're proud to share Miranda's passion for pets with the introduction of our MuttNation product line. Our products were designed with the dog's well-being in mind, which is the heart of why Miranda started the foundation."

Toys
In addition to the Rescue Mutts, the toy collection features handcrafted, mixed material toys with a rock & roll style designed for truly engaging fetch, tug and chew play.

Highlights include:

MuttNation Treat Guitar $12.99

  • The MuttNation Treat Guitar dog toy is perfect for fetch, toss and tug, chewing and teething, and stuffing with treats! 
  • Each Treat Guitar is made from molded rubber and comes in blue, pink and turquoise. 
  • Stuff with treats or other toys for added interest and engagement for your dog.

MuttNation Tambourine Faux Suede Toys $12.99

  • Your dog will make music with the extra-large squeaker in the top of the MuttNation Tambourine Faux Suede toys. 
  • These music inspired toys feature the handcrafted, Americana look and feel of faux suede. 
  • Each tambourine has detailed design elements to capture the look of a real tambourine. 
  • The toys are also adorned by the MuttNation logo patch and are available in assorted colors. 
  • Suitable for small, medium and large dogs.

Bedding
The bedding collection has a down home feel providing a relaxed yet stylish look for the home.  Highlights include:

MuttNation Lambs Wool Tooled Leather Printed Lounger $39.99 (24" x 20" x 8")

  • The MuttNation Tooled Leather Printed Lounger with Dig & Burrow™ feature provides cozy comfort for your dog combined with chic country, rock & roll flair – Miranda Lambert's signature style! 
  • This lounger style bed is adorned with a MuttNation logo patch and comes with a faux tooled leather exterior and a soft gathered shearling interior that's perfect for pawing and snuggling. 
  • The unique Dig & Burrow feature satisfies your dog's natural instincts to den and nest at bedtime. 
  • One size suitable for small and medium dogs.

MuttNation Lambs Wool Corner Fringe Printed Lounger $34.99 (20" x 17" x 7")

  • The MuttNation Square Cuddler Bed with Fringe provides cozy comfort for your dog combined with chic country, rock & roll flair - Miranda Lambert's signature style! 
  • Each square lounger has a soft shearling interior and is adorned by a MuttNation logo patch, perfect for snuggling and curling up when it's time to rest. 
  • Available in cowhide, denim or pink plaid prints. 
  • One size suitable for small dogs.

Collars and Leashes
The collars and leashes collection features a blend of "Country" and "Rock & Roll." Collars are custom fit, with mixed materials like denim and faux leather, rhinestones, tassels, and bows with antique brass and nickel hardware.  Highlights include:

MuttNation Bandana Custom Fit Collars $12.99 - $16.99

  • The MuttNation Bandana Custom Fit collar collection with removable neckerchief taps into the Americana spirit of country life that is interwoven throughout the MuttNation brand. 
  • Available in a custom MuttNation bandana print in blue, red or pink that seamlessly blends the brand logo into a timeless pattern for a fresh, new look. 
  • Also available in country chic brown cowhide print. 
  • Each custom fit collar has antique brass hardware and allows for just the right fit for your dog's neck size. 
  • Suitable for small, medium and large size dogs.

Watering and Feeding
This collection features vintage-inspired finishes including mats with tooled leather, red bandana, rustic burlap and chalkboard photo-real prints and a selection of country crocks and bowls. Highlights include:

MuttNation Food Mats $2.99

  • Serve up some love at mealtime on the MuttNation Food Mats. 
  • These mats feature vintage-inspired finishes including tooled leather, red bandana, rustic burlap and chalkboard. 
  • One size complements the MuttNation bowls.

MuttNation Crock Bowls $12.99 - $14.99

  • Serve up some love at mealtime in the MuttNation Crock Bowls. 
  • These vintage-inspired dog bowls tap into the country chic feel of the MuttNation collection with their timeless shape and rustic style finishes. 
  • Made from durable, shatterproof material. 
  • Available in red, blue or white, and in a 2.5 cup and 4 cup capacity. 
  • Top rack dishwasher safe.

Apparel and Accessories: $5.49-$14.99 by Fetch for Pets ®

  • Country Chic, embellished t-shirt designs featuring built in bandanas and rock'n phrases for extra flair. 
  • Reversible tie bandanas for all sized dogs. 
  • Stylized charms with pewter hardware to accessorize any outfit.

About Petmate
Founded in 1963, and headquartered in Arlington, Texas, Petmate is passionate about providing fun, trusted quality products worldwide to enhance the lives of pets and their families. The company's vision, to be the worldwide leader of solutions and excellence in the pet industry, encapsulates its commitment to deliver award-winning, innovative ideas daily to each of its product categories including bedding, kennels, dog houses, feeding and watering products, litter maintenance products, toys, collars, leads and travel. Petmate's portfolio of pet, family-favorite brands include Aspen Pet®, Chuckit!®, Dogzilla®, Jackson Galaxy®, JW®, MuttNation™ Fueled by Miranda Lambert and WWE®. For more information, visit www.petmate.com.

About MuttNation Fueled by Miranda
As an animal lover and the owner of 7 rescue dogs, it was only natural for Miranda to team up with Petmate to create this country chic mixed with rock & roll flair pet collection. This product line represents Miranda's lifestyle and her passion for pets; it consists of dog beds, collars, leashes, apparel, food bowls and of course great dog toys.  The highlight is a plush toy grouping of 6 real life rescue mutts that includes Miranda's first rescue pup "Delilah".  "It's a dream come true to be able to expand the MuttNation brand and continue to raise awareness to the joys of adopting a shelter pet."

About MuttNation Foundation
Founded in December 2009 by Miranda Lambert and her mom Bev Lambert, MuttNation Foundation is a donation-supported 501(c)(3) organization working to find a forever home for every dog.

This mission is supported by a host of volunteers and partnerships with shelters across the country to provide spay and neuter programs, medical treatments, adoptions, preventions, transportation, and education. As a family operated 501(c) 3 organization, their goal is to ensure that every single dollar donated assists animals in need.  For more information, visit www.muttnationfoundation.com DON'T FORGET, LOVE A SHELTER PET.

About Fetch for Pets®
Fetch for Pets! was founded in 2008 and quickly became a leading, New York City-based pet product manufacturer developing pet lines across multiple categories including apparel & accessories, grooming, oral care, stain & odor control, food & treats and more. Fetch for Pets! carries the MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert apparel and accessories.

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Blog  >  Keep Cats Happy & Healthy With Nekochan’s Unique Interactive Toys & The U J I Cat Tunnel System

Keep Cats Happy & Healthy With Nekochan’s Unique Interactive Toys & The U J I Cat Tunnel System

Cats in the wild will spend as much as 20 hours a day sleeping while dedicating their remaining time to hunting or teaching their young to hunt. This active time not only provides food, but also the physical and mental stimulation that is important to their overall well-being.

The same is true for indoor domesticated cats except they no longer need to hunt for their food. Without this stimulation and exercise cats can suffer from stress and anxiety, which can lead to problems such as weight gain, behavior issues and other health troubles. Nekochan’s interactive wand toy lines: Neko Flies, Neko Birbug and the U J I Cat Tunnel System can solve this problem by providing the kind of stimulation and interactive exercise needed to keep indoor cats happy and healthy.

“I developed these interactive toys with help and guidance from my own cats,” says Ellen Tsuyuki, President of Nekochan Enterprises. “I realized that cats never get bored with hunting the real thing, so I set out to create wand toys that looked and moved like my cats’ favorite prey. I then went on to create the U J I Cat Tunnel System, which is a great engagement tool for curious kitties to play hide and seek with their pet parents. These interactive toys are fun for both cats and their cat parents.”

 

 

Nekochan offers a wide selection of very realistic wand toys that are designed to provide many hours of interactive exercise and fun. Each toy is hand crafted to be as realistic as possible using only cat-safe materials. The Neko Flies line of toys includes:

- The Katarantula - a creepy, crawly spider with dangly legs. ($12)
- The Kragonfly - a three-inch dragonfly with iridescent wings. ($12)
- The Original Kittenator - a furry long-tailed mouse. ($20)
- The Kattipede - a long centipede with many dangly legs. ($12)
- The Kittycada - a cicada with long flowing tail. ($12)
- The Foxifur Kitterator - a fluffy furred fancy mouse. ($12)
- The Kiticatterfly - a beautiful iridescent winged butterfly. ($12)
- The Neko Birbug - a five-inch bug that glides through the air. ($14)

 

Nekochan also offers two different wands designed to make cats jump for joy. The Individual Rod ($9) is made from clear acrylic and measures 22 inches overall with a 4.5 inch handle. For some serious high-flying play there is the Telescoping Rod ($35)Constructed using graphite material, this rod can be adjusted to three different lengths 18, 25 and 32 inches and the string can be clipped to various positions on the rod allowing the you to also change the length of the string during play.

 

One of Nekochan’s newest products is the U J I Cat Tunnel System ($55 - $75) This system is comprised of three different shaped ( U, J, I ) tunnels that can be zipped together to create over 20 different shape combinations making it easy for the tunnels to conform to the size and shape of home and furnishings. Once introduced to the tunnels cats and owners will find that they are great for the kind of interactive play that can be so enriching. Neko Flies toys can be dangled through the openings in the tunnels leading to many hours of energetic and entertaining mischief for both pet parent and kitty

 

The tunnels can also create a safe passageway to food or the litter box and make a great hideaway for shy cats. Constructed from a premium, plush polyester with a soft durable inner lining, these tunnels are built to last and can be easily rinsed clean when soiled. Each tunnel has built-in safety pockets for buttons and loops preventing cats from chewing or swallowing them. The tunnels are sold separately and include a stylish compact carry bag.

 

“Our goal is to create products that will both keep cats entertained and provide them with the exercise that they need while providing an enriching interactive experience for everyone,” added Tsuyuki. “Cats can be fickle creatures, but even the most finicky cat won’t be able to resist these toys - I know because I spent many hours with my cats developing them.”

For more information about these and other Nekochan products please visit the website at www.nekoflies.com.

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Blog  >  earthbath’s new Tushy Wipes Go Where No Other Wipe Has Gone Before To Clean & Neutralize Odors

earthbath’s new Tushy Wipes Go Where No Other Wipe Has Gone Before To Clean & Neutralize Odors

It’s a delicate subject that is not often discussed in proper company - the problem of what to do about dirty dog butts. It’s not the most pleasant topic, but it is one that needs to be discussed. earthbath has taken up this issue and developed Tushy Wipes specifically designed to take care of the problem by gently cleaning and neutralizing the odors in this delicate area.

 


“We like to think of ourselves as a producer of needs-based products,” said Paul Armstrong, founder and President of earthbath. “So after talking with a number of professional groomers about the problem of cleaning tushes, we then went to work to develop a product that would address these needs in a way that was both effective and totally safe for even the most sensitive behinds.”

earthbath started by developing an entirely new towelette. Thicker, stronger and with a slight texture (think Cottonelle) these towelettes are designed to be effective at removing cling ons and messes in the fur. Each towelette contains a mild, fragrance-free cleansing solution, odor neutralizers and soothing botanicals.

The towelettes are infused with organically certified saccharomyces ferment filtrate, which safely and effectively neutralizes odors using fermentation technology. It contains enzymes that provide for the bioconversion of a wide range of smelly substances. There is also baking soda to further enhance the odor neutralizing power and soothing aloe vera, vitamin E and chamomile. And as with all earthbath products they are blended without parabens, sulfates or artificial colors.

“Groomers will find these wipes particularly effective for use in the expression of anal glands,” added Armstrong. “They make easy work of a messy job and are extremely effective at neutralizing odors.”  He added with a chuckle,  “The lowdown for pet parents is that there will be no more booty dragging at home.”

 

If you would like a free sample please click here and we will be happy to send one to you.
 


About the Company
Earthwhile Endeavors, Inc. has been a pioneer in natural pet grooming for almost 20 years. The original line of three shampoos and one conditioner was developed and sold locally in San Francisco. The products have now grown organically into a comprehensive line including Totally Natural Shampoo, Totally Natural Grooming Wipes, Totally Natural Deodorizing Spritz and Totally Natural Grooming Foam used by conscientious animal lovers around the world.  earthbath products are natural, non-toxic, paraben free, phosphate free, biodegradable, and made in the USA with human grade ingredients.

People-Tested and Pet Approved!TM Founder Paul Armstrong believes so much in the company's products that he uses only earthbath products in his own shower. He also unconditionally guarantees satisfaction on every product sold.

 

For more information please visit www.earthbath.com

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Blog  >  ASPCA Rescues Louisiana Animals as Flood Waters Rise

ASPCA Rescues Louisiana Animals as Flood Waters Rise

At the request of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has dispatched its disaster response team to conduct water rescue for animals displaced by severe flooding spanning East Baton Rouge and Lafayette Parish. At least six people have died in the disaster, and approximately 20,000 residents have been displaced.

The ASPCA is working with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) to coordinate local resources required to rescue the large number of animals displaced by the flash floods. Residents who need assistance with recovering a pet from their home or emergency sheltering for their pets are encouraged to contact the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP). Residents can find contact information for their parish’s OHSEP office at http://gohsep.la.gov/about/parishpa.  

“If you evacuate your home, do not leave your pets behind,” said Dr. Dick Green, senior director of Disaster Response for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “Many people consider pets as family members, and losing a pet on top of this already tragic situation can be horribly stressful. We want to give people peace of mind while they cope with this crisis by making sure their pets are safe.”

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team frequently responds to natural disasters including wildfires, tornadoes and floods. In addition, they are called on by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare partners to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations.

The ASPCA also has a disaster preparedness mobile app which advises pet owners on what to do before, during, and after a disaster. The app, which works even without internet connectivity, also provides personalized instructions on how to search for and recover lost animals in a variety of circumstances.

More information on the ASPCA’s disaster response efforts can be found at http://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/field-investigations-and-response-team/natural-disasters.

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Blog  >  Keep Your Pets Safe in Extreme Heat

Keep Your Pets Safe in Extreme Heat

When it is hot for you, it is even hotter for your furry friend. Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means animals must work extra hard to stay cool.
 
Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for them. If your best friend has a shorter nose, like Persian cats and Bulldogs, they are more susceptible to heatstroke than breeds with longer noses.
 
If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing, and looks very distressed, they could be having a heatstroke. Heatstroke is an emergency. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your pet and then take them to the veterinarian immediately.
 
The best plan is to keep your dog and cat protected from the hot weather. Here are some pet safety reminders:
  • Give your pet extra water
    Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan. Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.
  • Offer your dog a wading pool
    Dogs who love the water, enjoy walking through or even lying in a child's pool with cool water.
  • Never leave your pet alone inside a car
    If your pet cannot go inside at every stop with you, they are safer at home on hot days. Car interiors heat very quickly, even with the windows open. If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block. In fact, it's against the law to leave an animal in a vehicle if doing so endangers the health or well-being of the animal.
  • Walk your dog in the morning or evening
    The intense heat of the afternoon can overwhelm you and your dog. Early morning and evening walks when it's typically cooler outside will be more comfortable for you both.
  • Avoid hot ground surfaces
    While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention to the pavement, sidewalks or sand. Check the temperature with your hand, if it's too hot to touch then it's too hot for your dog's paws.
  • Don't leave your pet outdoors for a long time
    If your dog has to be left outdoors for awhile, make sure they have plenty of access to shade such as trees, a covered patio or cool spot under the porch. Dark coated pets absorb heat. Lighter coated pets, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer and they are more susceptible to sunburn.
  • Care for your pet's coat
    Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a summer clip will make your buddy much more comfortable. Remember, newly clipped animals can be sunburned.
Companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.

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Blog  >  Animal Aid USA’s Wheels and Wings to the Rescue

Animal Aid USA’s Wheels and Wings to the Rescue

As featured in our FIDO Friendly Summer Magazine issue, we are thrilled to share how hundreds will be participating to save approximately 350 shelter animals from euthanasia in August.

On August 19th and 20th over a hundred volunteers and dozens of animal groups will participate in Animal Aid USA’s largest rescue of the year–saving approximately 350 animals on the euthanasia list at Georgia shelters.

Animal Aid USA co-founders, Lorenzo Borghese and Karen Talbot, along with their dedicated team, will drive to GA to save animals from Liberty, Pierce, Long, Murray and Laurens county shelters.

HSUS, Pets Plus Natural, Friends of Finn, Providence Animal Center, Puppies and More Rescue, Animal Adoption Center of NJ, Camp Papillon Animal Shelter and Delco DAWGS are some of the participating groups that will be assisting in the Wheels and Wings rescue.

“Animal Aid USA provides all the necessary medical care needed, including vaccines, heartworm treatment and spay or neuter,” states Borghese. “The animals then go to our temporary housing center, and when they are ready to be adopted we transport them to our receiving rescues or private adopters across the U.S.”

“We’ve increased our resources this month so we can rescue more animals,” states Talbot. “While 350 new lives will be saved, we will also be transporting the animals who are already at our housing center. Pilots N Paws will fly 75 dogs who are ready for adoption, and the others at the center will be loaded on caravans and transported to our rescue partners in Tampa, Florida and the tri-state area who will find them forever homes.”