Blog  >  Penn Vet Ophthalmologists Offer Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs

Penn Vet Ophthalmologists Offer Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs

Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital is hosting the 7th annual National Service Dog Eye Exam event sponsored by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and Merial.   On May 6, 8, 12-16 and 21, Penn Vet’s Dr. Gustavo Aguirre, professor of ophthalmology; Dr. William Crumley, staff ophthalmologist; and Dr. Stephen Gross, staff ophthalmologist, will join 190 ACVO board-certified ophthalmologists conducting eye examinations across the country.

The ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam is a philanthropic effort generously provided to the public by the board-certified Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, who donate their time and services to provide free ocular exams to qualified service animals.

As a way to serve dogs who dedicate their lives to serving us, these exams are free to registered service dogs across the United States and Canada. Through these efforts, service dog health can be improved and potential disease averted.

How to Make an Appointment

To qualify, animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization or currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization can be national, regional, or local in nature.

1.  Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form at Registration ends April 30.

2.  Once registered online, the owners/agents will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists in their area.

3.Owners/agents may then contact Ryan Hospital’s appointment desk (215.746.8387) to schedule an appointment

What Veterinary Ophthalmologists Look for During the Exam

During the complete ocular exam, veterinary specialists look for problems including redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts, and other serious abnormalities. Early detection and treatment are vital to these working animals.

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three-year approved residency, and pass a series of credentials and examinations.

Sponsors of the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event include: Merial, Ocu-Glo Rx Canine Vision Supplement, Welch Allyn, Aventix Animal Health and Eye Care for Animals, as well as many non-profit supporters including the American Veterinary Medical Association, most state veterinary medical associations in the U.S. and Canada, American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, and other national service animal organizations.

About Merial

Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals. Merial employs approximately 5,600 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Its 2010 sales were more than $2.6 billion. Merial is the animal health division of sanofi-aventis.

About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.  

ACVO MERIAL Annual Service Animal Eye Exam PSA

Every year during the month of May the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists provide eye examinations for Service Animals throughout North America. To register go to

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Blog  >  Meet Woody Meg - The Woodmark Hotel Director of Barketing

Meet Woody Meg - The Woodmark Hotel Director of Barketing

The Woodmark Hotel & Spa, located on the shores of Lake Washington on Carillon Point and the only Seattle-area lakefront lodging.  And they charge no additional fees to travelers with pets.  That get’s TWO PAWS UP from FIDO!

The Woodmark Hotel  recently introduced Woody Meg, a black Labrador retriever, to the property and its guests. As a member of the Woodmark team, Woody Meg  is responsible for developing and implementing the Barketing plan and overseeing the Barketing Department to create an even more dog-friendly atmosphere at our luxury hotel near Seattle. Owing to her technical prowess and understanding of the latest barketing trends, you can find Woody Meg finding joy in welcoming all of the Woodmark’s favorite guests with a wagging tail and wet kisses (if desired).

Woody Meg's official title is the "Woodmark Hotel Director of Barketing". While short on professional experience, her recent training and well-earned pedigree should aid her transition to management. Woody Meg also focuses on vetting fun activities for dogs or dog-loving guests. Some of these activities include:

  • Woodmark’s infamous Yappier Hour, which offers guests the opportunity to socialize and enjoy happy hour specials on the shores of Lake Washington each month from June through September.
  • Raid the Pantry privileges. This amenity, available every night from 10:30pm-1am, offers hotel guests, both the furry-kind and the not-so-furry, a variety of complimentary hot items, sandwiches and snacks in the lobby for late night noshing. This includes an ample amount of doggie treats for guilt-free snacking in the late night hours.


Recently named to both the Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure's global 'best of' lists the Woodmark is located at just 10 minutes away from Seattle in Kirkland, WA on the shores of Lake Washington.


Check out their Special Promotions Section too! 


Receive 20% off the best available rate at our Kirkland boutique hotel when you book and pay with your American Express Card.

Offer includes:
• Overnight luxury accommodations
• Complimentary room category upgrade based on availability at time of check-in

Valid for reservations when you book and pay for your stay with any American Express Card. Subject to room and rate availability. Not applicable towards contracted rates, groups or with any other offer. Other restrictions may apply.

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Blog  >  Do The Dachshund Boogie

Do The Dachshund Boogie

Who is ready for the Dachshund Boogie?  Baxter the Dachshund has some crazy cool moves!

There was NO question in FIDO's mind that this delighful Dachshund would be our video pick of the week - we know you will love it too.

Go ahead a check out this darling dog's BOOGIE - we double dog dare you not to giggle AND wiggle !  You can subscribe to Baxter's channel too, after you watch the video.



Dachshund Boogie

Baxter talks about his summer while practicing some of the moves he learned in Beginning Musical Freestyle class.

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Blog  >  Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Kicks Off in Atlanta

Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Kicks Off in Atlanta

This fun FIDO competition always makes us wag and woof !

Last weekend the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Eastern Regional took place at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta, and top canine athletes travelled from surrounding states to compete in events like high speed agility, dog diving, freestyle flying disc, and more.

There was a Corgi who tore up the arena with her incredible Frisbee skills and there were dogs that dove over 30 feet, into a 19,000 gallon pool of water:

Get more information and where the next events are taking place here 


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Blog  >  These FIDO Friendly Hotels are The Bees Knees

These FIDO Friendly Hotels are The Bees Knees

Provenance Hotels is proud to announce a partnership with Bee Local that will bring local artisan honey, a uniquely Portland culinary experience, to guests of the company’s three properties in the city – Hotel Lucia, Hotel deluxe and Sentinel – and help ensure its sustainability for years to come.

This month, the hyper-local Portland honey producer will install beehives on the roofs of Hotel Lucia, Hotel deLuxe and Sentinel and make its honey available in honor bars at all three downtown hotels. When the hotel hives are harvested, the honey they produce will be featured on the menus at Imperial at Hotel Lucia and the Driftwood Room and Gracie’s at Hotel deLuxe.

Bee Local has been featured in culinary and cocktail creations at James Beard Award-winning Chef Vitaly Paley’s Imperial and Portland Penny Diner since the restaurants opened at Hotel Lucia in fall 2012 and he initiated the collaboration between restaurant, hotel and honey maker. Putting the beehives on the roof was a longtime dream for Paley, who is famed as an instigator of creative collaboration in the Portland culinary scene, and a natural match for Provenance Hotels, a company known for creative partnerships with producers like Portland’s Salt & Straw ice cream and Smith Teamaker that highlight local artisans and bring their products to hotel guests.

“We are so pleased Vitaly brought us together with Bee Local Honey,” said Bashar Wali, President of Provenance Hotels. “We are passionate about supporting local companies and offering visitors authentic, unique experiences. Nothing could exemplify that better than knowing some of the honey our guests enjoy at our hotels was made on site.”

In addition to being local, the hives at Hotel Lucia, Hotel deluxe and Sentinel are profoundly sustainable. There has been a dramatic drop in the honeybee population in the United State in the past six years, with almost 10 million hives wiped because of colony collapse syndrome. The ailment is caused by risk factors common to large beekeeping operations, so fostering small colonies of urban bees, like those that Bee Local manages, aids in the recovery of the overall bee population.

“Commercially farmed bees typically pollinate a field of just one crop, and the honey is a byproduct. A diverse urban foraging diet is beneficial for bees and results in healthier hives and honey with nuanced flavors that reflect the ecology of the local area,” explained Damian Magista, Bee Local’s founder.

“The bees that live at the hotels will only visit plants within a small radius of the hive, so when you taste the honey, you will truly be getting a taste of the neighborhood,” Chef Paley added.

At Imperial, Bee Local is prominently featured in the ever-popular fried rabbit dish and Harlequin cocktail. In celebration of the bees’ arrival at Hotel Lucia, Chef Paley will also make a special honey-inspired four course menu available April 25-27, 2014. Bee Local Honey is also highlighted on the new spring menu in the Local Honey cocktail at Hotel deLuxe’s Driftwood Room.

For hotel guests who want to take the Bee Local experience home, it will also be available for in small, airline-friendly jars in the honor bars at Hotel Lucia, Hotel deluxe and Sentinel for $6. Honey lovers can also buy larger jars in Paley’s Portland Penny Diner at Hotel Lucia.


About Provenance Hotels
Provenance Hotels are award-winning urban boutique hotels with a distinct and deeply integrated art story. They include Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Lucia and Sentinel in Portland, Ore., Hotel Max in Seattle, Wash., Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Wash., and Hotel Preston in Nashville, Tenn.

About Bee Local
Bee Local was founded by Damian Magista in 2011. Since then, the business has grown to include 30 urban hives, including several on top of New Seasons locations and one at Cameron Winery. Bee Local opened its brick and mortar location at 1810 SE 10th Ave., Suite C in August of 2013. Magista and Bee Local have appeared on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and will be featured in the May 2014 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Bee Local will continue to expand in 2014 with additional apiaries and an extensive web store selling unique honeys from across the globe.

About Imperial
Imperial is located in the historic Hotel Lucia in Downtown Portland, showcasing chef-owner Vitaly Paley’s renowned cooking, which helped him earn Portland Monthly’s 2012 Chef of the Year and a 2012 Empire Builder Award by Food & Wine. Chef Paley also received the 2005 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Pacific Northwest award, was nominated as a 2012 and 2013 James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef, and was a recent victor on Food Network’s popular series Iron Chef America where he was paired with Imperial Executive Chef Ben Bettinger. Paley, considered the Dean of Portland Chefs for many years, rediscovers Pacific Northwest culinary pathways and follows the footsteps of Oregon’s own James Beard. At Imperial, Chef Paley explores menu ideas that have historic significance and uses cooking methods and ingredients from Oregon’s diverse bounty. 


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Blog  >  National Fire Dog Monument, Honoring America’s Heroic Arson Dogs and Their Handlers Named Top Dog

National Fire Dog Monument, Honoring America’s Heroic Arson Dogs and Their Handlers Named Top Dog

America has spoken, and one of the newest monuments in the nation's capital has been voted its most popular. After a hard-fought final round, the National Fire Dog Monument took home top honors in the Washington Post's "Monument Madness" tournament, besting some of the most worthy and famous contenders, including the Washington  monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and other longtime favorites by popular vote. The monument, co-sponsored by State Farm Insurance and American Humane Association, the country's first national humane organization, honors the work that accelerant detection canine teams (commonly known as arson dogs and their handlers) do to investigate suspicious fires in homes and businesses around the country.

The challenge followed a bracket format with 16 monuments around the Washington, D.C. area filling out the field. A seven-seed, the National Fire Dog Monument faced tough competition in each round before making its Cinderella run to the finals.

The National Fire Dog Monument is a life-size bronze sculpture depicting an arson dog handler gazing down at his dog after a job well done. Austin Weishel, the monument's sculptor and a firefighter himself, wanted to capture the powerful link between people, animals, and the world we share. His work captures the connection between arson dogs and their handlers, who rely on one another to do their heroic work.

Arson dogs are trained to detect common accelerants (including gasoline, kerosene, and lighter fluid) at fire scenes where fraudulent activity is suspected. If the dogs' highly sensitive noses uncover the scent of one of these chemicals, they will signal to their handlers, who will remove a sample to send to a lab for analysis. Arson dogs have been instrumental in the arrest and eventual prosecution of thousands of firesetters and have helped curb rates of this deadly crime that costs hundreds of lives and billions of dollars in property damage a year.

The monument is the brainchild of Jerry Means, an arson dog handler with the Colorado Bureau of  Investigation. Means was inspired to create the monument because of the noble work done by his previous dog, Erin.  Now, Means and his canine partner Sadie not only work to bring suspected arsonists across Colorado brought to justice, but they help to educate others on the dangers of this crime. In 2011 Sadie was named the winner of the Law Enforcement/Arson category in the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards(TM), a celebration of the nation's bravest heroes on both ends of the leash. Sadie, a black Labrador retriever, served as the canine model for the statue.

"The National Fire Dog Monument is unique in that it honors the roles of both human and animal heroes who work to create a better world, protect our families and our communities, and save lives," said Dr. Robin Ganzert, American Humane Association President and CEO. "We have worked for 137 years to ensure the welfare, wellness and well-being of children and animals, as well as unleash the full potential of the bond between us to the mutual benefit of both. We are also humbled that this monument won the hearts of so many when we were in the same company with such iconic American symbols as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery's National Seabee Memorial. To win this challenge is an exceptional honor for both America's human and animal heroes."

As the largest private home insurer in the country, State Farm has long supported the work of arson dogs. For more than two decades, they have provided scholarship funding for the acquisition and training of arson dogs for law enforcement agencies across the country.

The National Fire Dog Monument is on permanent display outside Engine Company 2 at 500 F Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., and is always available for public viewing.

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Blog  >  Take action and raise awareness during Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Take action and raise awareness during Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

To mark the start of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, the CATalyst Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organizations working on behalf of cats, is urging animal lovers to take action and help raise awareness in their communities.  The month, championed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, aims to raise awareness of the plight of animals that are being treated cruelly across the country.

“During this month, we are imploring people to take steps, even if they are small ones, to help prevent neglect and cruelty in their own communities,” says Dr. Jane Brunt, executive director of the CATalyst Council. “Whether you have time to volunteer at your local shelter, donate items they might need or simply post information on your social media page, do something to help raise awareness. Also remember that cats represent an overwhelming need in most communities.”

The ASPCA offers tips on what you can do to help fight neglect or cruelty to animals, like getting to know the animals in your neighborhood, helping to ensure they receive proper veterinary care, advocating for stronger anti-cruelty laws in your state and teaching your children how to treat animals with respect and kindness. If you have an incident or situation that appears to be cruelty to animals or animal neglect, often the best place to start is by contacting your local law enforcement agency.  They will be able to direct you to the agency or organization in your community that investigates these cases.

In addition, knowing the signs of abuse is important to ensuring you know when to alert local enforcement agents to a situation where an animal is being abused. These signs can range from an animal having an untreated or ongoing medical problem that the owner does not seem to be addressing to actually seeing an animal being mistreated by its owner.

“We need members of communities to be alert to the plight of animals in their area so that we can help those who need help,” says Dr. Brunt. “Ensuring that all pets get the love, respect and proper medical attention they deserve is just one way to make our neighborhoods better places for all creatures.”

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Blog  >  The Lap of Luxury 4 Pet Friendly Resorts for Pampered Pups

The Lap of Luxury 4 Pet Friendly Resorts for Pampered Pups

You've packed your bags, booked the activities and secured that hotel reservations. Before you dial the pet-sitter, consider fetching Fido's luggage too. A study by reveals 72 percent of pet owners feel guilty about leaving their best friend behind while traveling. Why not spare yourself the guilt and treat your fur-child to a much needed getaway? After all, the stress of napping, eating and sleeping are grounds for a well-deserved retreat. From massages and gourmet dining to romping and playing, the ruff life just got a little sweeter. Wherever your travels take you, delight your loyal pooch with a canine holiday everyone can enjoy.

Hungry Hounds

If your culinary canine longs for a fine dining excursion, visit the Hyatt Regency in Scottsdale. The 4Paws pet friendly program knows how to indulge the most discerning palates. No Milkbones found here. Room service offerings from The Beastro menu include the finest selections of pet-approved cuisine. Health-conscious pups can enjoy the Canine Veggie Bruschetta. Furry visitors with a penchant for sweets can savor a tasty organic frozen treat by Yoghund.

Fit Fido

Calling all trophy dogs. A vacation is no excuse to neglect that furry physique. The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami encourages your pooch to strut its stuff on the dog beach. Your active dog will enjoy an exercise play date with the resorts' certified dog trainer before hitting the surf. Every pet parent knows, good looks only get you so far. Proper manners and etiquette take your handsome hound to the next level. For the pooch that's a bit "ruff" around the edges, schedule a training date to address unfavorable behaviors like excessive barking and jumping. For bonding time with your fit and polished pup, enjoy a long ocean side walk. After a long day of fun in the sun, unwind in style. Your pampered pet can get comfortable in doggy bathrobe or a Swarovski crystal studded shirt. When it's time to hit the hay, Fido even gets his own bed, complete with turn-down service of course.

Pontoon Pup

Jumping off docks, playing fetch in the water, and rolling around in the sand... What more can a rugged outdoors-pup ask for? The Wisconsin Dells waterfront is dream vacation for the whole family. Take your pooch along a scenic boat tour of the Wisconsin River. Your furry friend can even join the family on an educational tour of the Mid-Continent Railway Museum. Enjoy lake living at its best with waterfront lodging that enables you and your pet easy access to the great outdoors. offers a complete list of pet-friendly resorts with front-door access to sand, sun and all the amenities your lake-loving pooch dreams of.

Surf's Up, Dog!

California dreamin' canines head out to San Diego for the Annual Loews Surf Dog Competition. Whether your pup is a spectator or a pro, this is must-see event for all pets and human counterparts. The 2013 competition proved a winning success as thousands of two-legged attendees gathered to cheer on over 40 canine contestants. Is your water-dog ready to hit the waves and paddle his way to the championship? Loews Coronado Resort presented reining surf-dogs with a getaway at the beautiful resort, a $500 gift card and year-long bragging rights.


Shared by Guest Blogger  - James Rodriguez
Animal rights activist, professional dog walker, globetrotter

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This incredible story of orphan chihuahua “Wiggles” and how she received state-of-the-art surgery for her crippled back will warm your heart!

With 12 incredible programs combining the healing power of people and animals, Helen Woodward Animal Center has seen its fair share of amazing creatures – from sloths, to puppies to blue-tongued skinks!   The Center’s latest resident, however, is unlike any the staff has ever seen… a spirited little Chihuahua, named Wiggles, whose reconstructed spine and knees verge on supernatural.  Once considered a potential invalid, Wiggles the RoboDog is flying high with her bionic bits and is ready to find her “super human” forever family!

Wiggles arrived at Helen Woodward Animal Center in May of 2013 when she was only 4 months old.  Transferred from a Los Angeles area rescue facility, there was very little background information on the tiny, loving canine that wiggled when she walked.  Upon arrival, however, Center volunteers noticed that her unique wiggle seemed to be stemming from some crippling in her back legs.  A full medical exam revealed a serious spinal deformity that was causing numbness and lameness to her back legs, hips and knees.  Without medical care, Wiggles would eventually lose her ability to walk altogether.

The last 10 months have been challenging for this special, little Chihuahua, only demonstrating that her unwavering spirit and enthusiasm for life are no less than heroic.  Receiving state-of-the-art medical care costing the Center over $7,000; including x-rays, an MRI, surgery, done by a surgical specialist, to realign and fuse her back and reconstructive knee surgery to remedy medical patellar luxation (a condition where the knee cap slips out of the groove), Wiggles never lost her tail-wagging affection.  She arrived to therapy each day with renewed energy and excitement to try out the impressive abilities of her reconstructed body.

“We have all fallen in love with her,” stated Animal Care Supervisor Amy Barnes. “Every now and then you meet a dog that has qualities you wished you possessed yourself.  That’s Wiggles.  She’s beyond human.  Beyond dog.  She lives life with such gusto.  She’s our little RoboDog with the heart and bravery of a superhero.”



Wiggles is currently just over 1 year old, happy and healed and ready to find her forever family.  For more information or to adopt Wiggles, please go to, contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 1, or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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Blog  >  Rescue Film by Halo, Purely for Pets Featuring Olate Dogs To Open Sonoma Film Festival

Rescue Film by Halo, Purely for Pets Featuring Olate Dogs To Open Sonoma Film Festival

“Who rescued who?” is a question often pondered by those who know the joy of rescuing a pet. This question was the impetus of a powerful short film that is opening the Sonoma International Film Festival in Sonoma, Calif. next week. 

“Le Sauvetage” (The Rescue) is a six-minute film produced by Peter McEvilley, award winning filmmaker and composer whose credits include The House Bunny, Last Vegas and Alias, and starring the Olate Dogs, winners of America’s Got Talent. The film is a magical tale about life, love, and finding our true destiny….with a little help from a furry friend.

Sponsored and produced by Halo, Purely for Pets, Ellen DeGeneres’ natural pet food company, Le Sauvetage will open the Sonoma festival on April 2, an honor and exciting opportunity to showcase pet rescue and adoption.  The film has also been selected to appear at the Court Metrage, Festival de Cannes in France this May.

In 2012 the Olate Dogs shot to stardom when they won the America’s Got Talent grand prize. These sweet, funny, talented dogs and their entertaining owners and handlers captured hearts across America.  But there’s more to their story.

Many of the Olate Dogs are rescue dogs themselves. Family patriarch, Richard Olate, developed his act on the streets of his native Chile when he was a poor boy of just 12. He rescued stray dogs and trained them to be part of his amateur show.  He worked hard for years to realize his dream of becoming a professional dog act. Today, Richard and his son, Nicolas, and wife, Rebecca, continue to save dogs from shelters and train them to become part of their professional troupe.

Halo, known for its philanthropic efforts to promote rescue and adoption, admired the Olate Dogs and their dedication to rescue. Steve Marton, Halo’s CEO and Executive Producer of Le Sauvetage, wanted to find a unique way to draw attention to the special bond we share with animals. “We see this film as an entertaining yet meaningful way to show how companion animals add value to our lives," he said. “Producer Peter McEvilley did a phenomenal job conveying this extremely important message by combining his creative story telling and film making capabilities."

Because the Olate Dogs love Halo natural pet food, it seemed the stars aligned to bring the two groups together to do great things for homeless pets.
Halo has a track record of promoting rescue and adoption through film. The company sponsors all three episodes of Shelter Me, a PBS special dedicated to showcasing shelter dogs and the incredible lives they lead. Halo also sponsored the Humane Society of the United States’ video campaign, “Meet My Shelter Pet,” a series of videos featuring celebrities and their adopted pets.

The Olate Dogs will also perform at the Sonoma festival. And, in keeping with the film’s mission, Halo and will donate 10,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew to local Sonoma animal shelter, Pets Lifeline.

To view the film and for more information:


For over 25 years, Halo, Purely for Pets® has created holistic pet products of uncompromising quality. Halo believes nutrition is the single most important factor in the quality of a pet’s life. Ellen DeGeneres – a long time Halo customer – became part-owner in 2008. In 2010, Halo donated 1 million meals to shelter pets for the U.S. Postal Service Adopt a Shelter Pet Stamp Program. Halo now donates over 1.5 million meals to shelter pets annually in partnership with, and sponsors the acclaimed PBS series “Shelter Me.” Halo’s natural dog food, natural cat food, treats, supplements and grooming products are available at Petco, Whole Foods Market, and other fine pet specialty and natural food stores. Learn more at


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Blog  >  March into Spring with FIDO

March into Spring with FIDO

With spring upon us, FIDO is ready to romp and play so when our friends at Purina Pro Plan shared some tips for how to re-enter the world of outdoor activity with your best buddy, we just had to share them with you as well! 

According to Dr. Brian Zanghi, a research nutritionist and one of the canine physiologists behind the development of the Purina Pro Plan P5 training app, dogs should get an average of one hour of physical activity each day, more than twice the minimum recommended time for humans by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Whether people and their dogs are already road-running warriors, or are looking to take the first step into a more active lifestyle this spring, Dr. Zanghi shares some key training and nutrition tips for dog owners to keep in mind:


1. Consult Your Vet – Before you begin running with your dog, check with your vet to make sure they are in the proper physical condition and receive the proper nutrition for this type and level of activity.

2. Start small – Begin your activity program with short walks, jogs and training sessions at fifteen minute intervals.  It’s important your dog understands basic commands to make activity time more enjoyable (the heel command is crucial). Remember to consult your veterinarian and medical professional before beginning any training program.  (Check out the cool video clip below, too!)

3. Pick the right conditions – When possible, always choose to run on grass or a soft path, rather than pavement. This is not only easier on the pads of your dog’s feet, but it’s also less pressure on their joints and bones. If you have to run on pavement, make sure to check the pads on your dog’s feet both before AND after your run, for cuts or abrasions.

4. Ensure your dog receives proper nutrition for exercise – Unlike humans, a dog’s main energy source comes from fat – not carbs. A diet higher in fat and protein will increase an active dog’s metabolism and his endurance during exercise. The Purina Pro Plan Sport line delivers fine-tuned nutrition to promote strength and endurance for dogs of all activity levels. And for highly active dogs, the Purina Pro Plan PRiME and ReFUEL nutritional supplement bars can be fed before (PRiME) and after (ReFUEL) exercise to deliver concentrated targeted nutrients that help optimize performance.

5. Provide proper hydration – It is important to let your dog her have access to water at all times, especially during long walks or locations away from home.

For more information and cool FIDO success stories using Purina Pro Plan visit

Dog Obedience -- Heel : P5 Training App

Teaching your dog to heel makes for more enjoyable walks and runs with your dogs. It's also very valuable for activities like agility, no matter what your dog's skill level is. This is just one of the video lessons from the Purina® Pro Plan® P5 trai

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The poles are closed and the votes have been “tail-ied.” Meet JAZZ, Atlanta’s first dog mayor and the winner of DOGTV’sMy Dog for Mayor!” – a national campaign to elect 100 dog mayors in 100 cities across the U.S. JAZZ is also the spokes dog for Shore Dreams Vacation Rentals and appears regularly in pet-travel articles in FIDO Friendly magazine.

“It was a hard-fought campaign for all of our ‘canine-didates, many of which were neck-and-neck until the final hours of voting,” said Gilad Neumann, CEO of DOGTV. “We hope that JAZZ uses his new dog mayor title to help better his hometown for the good of all dog-kind.”

DOGTV is the first television network for dogs. A trusted source of scientifically developed content for dogs, DOGTV programming is organized into relaxing, stimulating and exposure segments that work together to provide just the right balance for the daily routines of our beloved "stay-at-home" pups. DOGTV's revolutionary content is designed for a dog's visual, auditory and emotional sensibility.

JAZZ, together with owners Herb and Deborah Thompson, helps spread the word about pet-friendly travel and pet-rescue causes. Lifelong pet rescuers, the Thompson family also includes their Yorkie Sophie Rose, rescued through YORKSHIRE TERRIER NATIONAL RESCUE. The family travels frequently together, always “sniffing out” new places to go and things to do with pets.

So named because sometimes he is sweet and soulful and other times wild and crazy, JAZZ (in all caps for his capital personality), interacts with friends and fans interested in pet-travel and rescue causes on, and a page he shares with Sophie Rose,

In addition to being elected dog mayor and barking up a storm in the local “paw-litical” scene, JAZZ is thrilled to serve as Ambassador for the “bow-tiful” city of Atlanta. He vows to continue promoting the benefits of “Adopt; don’t’ shop,” as well as encourage responsible pet-travel so that more doors will continue to open for fur kids everywhere.

About JAZZ:  For more information on JAZZ, please contact Deborah J. Thompson at or 404.310.0009. Deborah is a Marketing Consultant, Writer and Photographer, and the founder of the ATLANTA STEPHEN MINISTRY networking group, currently representing 67 churches around the metro Atlanta area.

About Our Featured Media and Sources:
TV’s first network for canines, DOGTV provides television for dogs as a 24/7 digital TV channel with dog-friendly programming scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs left alone. Through years of research with some of the world’s top pet experts, special content was created to meet specific attributes of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing to support their natural behavior patterns. For more information regarding DOGTV, visit the website:

FIDO Friendly magazine showcases pet-friendly destinations and scours the country for pet-travel information in order to abide by their mission to “Leave no dog behind.” For more information, contact Publisher Susan Sims at

About Shore Dreams Vacation Rentals:  Owned by Atlanta resident and former Entertainment Executive--Renata Circeo-Loudon, Shore Dreams represents property in both Florida and Georgia. They have adopted a pet-friendly policy in most of their properties, evidenced by their slogan: “Pet-friendly Travel for Pet-WELCOMING Memories.” For more information, go to or call 404.440.8005.

About YTNR:  YORKSHIRE TERRIER NATIONAL RESCUE is a 17-year-old organization dedicated to finding the best homes for Yorkshire Terriers in their care; regardless of age, sight, hearing or other handicaps. For more information, go to the website:

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Blog  >  A Hotel’s New Furry Concierge Joins The Jefferson, Washington, DC - Property Pick of the Litter

A Hotel’s New Furry Concierge Joins The Jefferson, Washington, DC - Property Pick of the Litter

Meet Monti   He's bright, cute, and very well behaved - and no, we're not talking about the GM”

Lord Monticello, known as "Monti" to his friends and admirers at The Jefferson, Washington, DC, is the newest furry addition to the hotel’s family. Presiding as the first official Canine Executive Officer [CEO], Monti embodies many of the admirable traits so useful in the hospitality industry; being intelligent, companionable, good humored and willing to do whatever it takes for a unique guest experience, even if that means rolling over in the lobby for a belly rub. Monti, the sorrowful but adorable faced beagle happily serves as good-will ambassador to all guests from the animal kingdom, as well as human guests who might welcome a four-legged companion.

Life for Monti has taken a turn for the better since arriving at The Jefferson, DC as his first home was on a farm in West Virginia where his favorite pastime was enjoying the outdoors. Abruptly, the farm was sold and the siblings were split up. Monti was discarded to the streets wandering along the East coast and found in Ocean City, Maryland. A good samaritan found Monti and brought him to PAW Rescue, an adoption organization based in Maryland. Subsequently, The Jefferson, DC was searching for more ways to bring a part of the community into the hotel and taking the approach to rescuing a dog to become the good-will ambassador was the correct choice. More so, Managing Director Philip A. Wood could not ignore that PAW Rescue had his same initials. It was meant to be and it began with a "woof!” and a lick.

Monti currently makes his home in Wood’s office, but likes to spend as much time as possible meeting, greeting and generally keeping an eye on things in The Jefferson, DC's historic lobby, where his presence adds a warm cuddly touch to the marble grandeur.

Other dogs -- and cats, too -- staying at The Jefferson, DC can expect the warm welcome of a dedicated pet bed awaiting in their elegant accommodations, as well as thoughtful amenities to enhance their stay in the nation's capital. As a pet friendly hotel in Washington, The Jefferson, DC offers pets all the comforts of home including appropriately sized receptacles for food and bottled water, an array of entertaining toys and treats containing only human-grade ingredients that are thoughtfully provided for four-footed guests.  The hotel's excellent concierge staff is equipped with detailed maps of the best nearby dog-walking routes, and can recommend pet welcoming establishments throughout the city.

The Jefferson, DC does not discriminate by size or weight: Irish Wolf Hounds are as welcome as Chihuahuas.  Nor does it charge a deposit for pets, although a fee may be assessed for any inadvertent damage to a room occupied by a pet [and the hotel requests that Guest Services be alerted right away if accidents do happen.]  Crates are not required when the humans leave their companions unattended in the room or suite.

For pets of discriminating taste looking for a change of scenery without sacrificing luxury, The Jefferson, DC is a destination of choice that understands a dog's or cat's particular needs. Monti, the Canine Executive Officer, sees to that for each and every two or four-legged guest.

The Jefferson, DC | 1200 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20036 | 202-448-2300   

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Blog  >  Meatball the Dog - Autistic Bull Terrier Welcomed into Family of 8 Rescues

Meatball the Dog - Autistic Bull Terrier Welcomed into Family of 8 Rescues

This story will warm your heart - it's our video pick of the week!

Having an ill-behaved dog is typically a burden for owners, but for Chris and Mariesa, finding Meatball was a blessing in disguise.

Coming into their home with what behaviorists are calling autism for dogs, the Hughes family couldn't turn their backs on Meatball after he was rejected from 3 adoptive homes. Wearing a weighted vest and frequently getting vacuumed to calm his nerves, Meatball is one happy long as he's got a tennis ball!

Check out Meatball's story in the newest edition of Life in the Dog House!

The Story of Meatball -- Life in the Dog House Ep.14

An inside look at Meatball's health issues and recent autism diagnosis. Learn about some of the ways Chris & Mariesa are helping to improve Meatball's quality of life and keep him a healthy, happy part of their family of 9 dogs! Video shot & edit

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Blog  >  PupYo! Beds Will Have FIDO Sleeping Like A Puppy

PupYo! Beds Will Have FIDO Sleeping Like A Puppy

We recently came across PupYo!, a site focusing on high-end, designer dog beds. What struck us about PupYo! is their dedication to quality and promise to donate a portion of their proceeds to the ASPCA and local shelters.

From orthopedic to chew-proof, PupYo carries a wide variety of beds not available in traditional brick and mortar stores. While these premium beds carry premium prices, PupYo! promises that the bed you buy will last your dog a lifetime.

There are currently over one-hundred different beds in their store – many of which have up to 50 different designs to choose from. 

PupYo recently started selling chew-proof dog beds to help owners with aggressive chewers. They feature Ballistic nylon and 90 day guarantees. If your dog loves to chew, we recommending taking a look here:

To browse their full line of beds, visit

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For more than 125 years, Hotel del Coronado has catered to guests of the two-legged persuasion, and recently expanded its services to accommodate its furry four-legged friends.  And with the announcement of weekly YAPPY HOUR starting May 4th, we knew this had to be a FIDO Friendly Pick of the Litter!

Hotel del Coronado, along with Beach Village at The Del, is welcoming animals through its new “Del Dogs & Cats” program, which pampers pets upon check-in with amenities including a special in-room pet dining menu, Del-ightful dog and cat treats, bedding and more.

To complement its new pet friendly status, the resort is introducing “Yappy Hour” for guests and locals with pets on its Sun Deck, from 4 to 5 p.m., Sundays starting May 4. Pets can snack and schmooze to their heart’s content while lapping up Evian and kibble, while their owners take in the spectacular ocean setting partaking in pet-inspired libations such as a Greyhound or a Salty Dog.

Meanwhile, pets staying at The Del will luxuriate in an array of tail-wagging treats and other special amenities, including:

•“Purrfect” welcome amenities, including a placemat, water and food dishes, waste bags and/or litter box, scratching pad for cats and Del-ightful dog and cat treats by Daphne, the resort’s pastry chef
•Gourmet room service chef-prepared menu available for cats and dogs
•Nearby pet walking, pet-sitting, dog grooming and veterinary services
•Pet friendly guide to Coronado Island, which includes a nearby dog beach, located less than a mile from the resort
•Creature comforts like specialized bedding, crates, collars and leashes available for use during stay


Hotel del Coronado is committed to the safety and comfort of all its guests, furry and otherwise. For complete details on the new pet policies, visit and for reservations call 800-Hotel Del or visit

About Hotel del Coronado

The legendary Hotel del Coronado is located on 28 oceanfront acres on Coronado Island. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Hotel del Coronado is an American treasure with over 126 years of stories to tell. Rated one of the top 10 hotels in the world by USA Today, The Del continues to maintain its rich history while also offering contemporary conveniences such as unique beachfront dining experiences, an award-winning spa, upscale shopping, a variety of recreational activities and the luxurious cottages and villas at Beach Village.

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Blog  >  Eleven Dogs Living In Controversial Primitive Box To Receive New Shelter by Guardians of Rescue

Eleven Dogs Living In Controversial Primitive Box To Receive New Shelter by Guardians of Rescue

Subject of national attention and protests, 11 dogs living in a box in Wythe County, Virginia will be getting a new shelter, provided by Guardians of Rescue. There were many complaints, rumors and protests asserting that he was abusing his dogs. Recent reports stated that Thomas’ dogs were living in squalor and had lack of food and water. Guardians of Rescue, a nation-wide animal rescue organization, instantly stepped in to evaluate the situation and found there is more to the story than meets the eye. As a result of their investigation, the group will be placing a 10’ by 16’ doghouse on the property on March 22, 2014. In addition to Guardians of Rescue, local and state authorities have investigated the situation and determined that the animals were in no danger.

"We heard about the dogs being ill-treated and we instantly sent a representative to visit the property,” affirms Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “We also sent a private investigator to look into the accusations about the dog’s owner, Michael Thomas. “While Mr. Thomas is not the most ideal pet owner, he is not intentionally neglecting the animals. Instead, he lacks the resources to provide them with more. If this was intentional neglect, we would have taken another approach.”

Instead of finding the animals suffering of malnourishment and a lack of hygiene, the dogs were healthy. The makeshift plywood shelter was primitive, but no worse off than their owner’s trailer without electricity or running water. While Thomas couldn’t provide a better shelter, he proved to be a devoted owner. He goes to the store weekly to get water and food for the dogs, putting their needs before his own.

“The ideal situation would be for Mr. Thomas to surrender the dogs and find loving homes but that’s not a reality,” affirms Dori Scofield, vice president of Guardians of Rescue. “We are realists and our focus is on providing him with the proper education and resources to make sure the dogs live a healthy life.”

The doghouse that will be delivered will have five windows and two 10’ by 20’ pens for the dogs. A local animal welfare group will be checking on them to see if they need anything, such as flea treatment. Guardians of Rescue will be footing the bill for any and all vet care. The animal rescue organization plans to stay on this, as they do with all of their cases.

“Thomas suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury, which makes him hard to understand, but he cares a lot about his dogs,” affirms Misseri. “He said he wouldn’t give up his pets for a million dollars, but he welcomed our help in providing a shelter for his dogs. If we walk away from these animals and not provide the shelter or compassion that they need, then we are equally as negligent.”

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at

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Blog  >  Home Made Recipes MADE WITH LOVE for FIDO

Home Made Recipes MADE WITH LOVE for FIDO

FIDO’s friends at The Honest Kitchen recently launched their NEW LOOK and we can’t stop barking about how much we love it!

We were also excited to learn that one lucky FIDO fan will WIN a 4lb box of their pet food AND a copy of their Made Out of Love Recipe Book


Years ago our 14 year old pug's skin allergies and irritable bowel syndrome just kept getting worse. She required antibiotics often for skin pustules that developed on her stomach and often had diarrhea from her IBS. We tried a number of different dry kibble foods, but had no success in improving her allergies and IBS. Finally, we decided to make her homemade food to see if that would help her improve. Here is the recipe that we follow with at times alterations in which meat and veggies we use. We acquired this recipe years ago from someone in pug rescue.

4 pounds frozen or fresh ground turkey
4 cups brown or white rice
6 pounds of frozen green beans
6 pounds of frozen carrots or peas
24 oz of low fat cottage cheese.
1 cup of healthy powder (see recipe below)

Healthy Powder
2 cups nutritional yeast
1 cup lecithin
1/4 cup kelp
1/4 cup bone meal
tablespoon each of powdered Vitamin C and E

We cook the meat, rice and veggies, and then mix all the ingredients together.

This recipe has been a life saver. It helped our pug's IBS and skin allergies immensely and also helped us to better control her weight, which for a pug is not always easy.

We would love the opportunity to win this giveaway to help us find some new recipes to make for our little one. We want her to be around for a very long time.


This pet recipe book is packed with more than 65 recipes of homemade dog and cat food and treat recipes that you can prepare for (and some to actually share with) your animal companions. Some recipes include Honest Kitchen products and many are simply made from ingredients that you’d find in your own kitchen.

There are recipes to cook and some to serve raw, as well as a special section on ‘medicinal meals’ for special needs pets and, of course, a chapter exclusively for cats. Made Out of Love also includes lots of beautiful photographs of finished recipes, raw ingredients and some of our canine taste testers. Made Out of Love is a great addition to your culinary bookshelf and also makes a perfect gift!

TO ENTER - Just send us your recipe (which includes natural ingredients) for a balanced meal for FIDO.  Send to (put MADE WITH LOVE in the subject line).  Please include a HI-resolution picture of your FIDO, as well!

Entries will be accepted March 19, 2014 – March 31, 2014 and winner notified on April 1, 2014.

For more information about The Honest Kitchen visit them on the web at

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Blog  >  Animal Lover Danica McKellar Competing on Dancing With The Stars

Animal Lover Danica McKellar Competing on Dancing With The Stars

FIDO will be in the audience (!)  cheering on Danica as she competes on Dancing With The Stars and we are just wagging with all the excitement !   If you would like to support Danica too – here’s how!

Phone & Online Tips and Instructions to Vote For FIDO’s friend DANICA!

* Vote by Phone *

The number of votes per phone is usually equivalent to the number of dancers competing that week. For example, on March 17, the first night, we were allotted 12 votes per phone… PER PHONE: Our cell phone, our spouse’s cell phone, our home phone….you get the picture. For example, if you had access to 4 phones (with different phone numbers) that’s 4 x 12 votes: you could’ve voted 48 times on the first night, just by phone! It’s a toll-free 800 number and as simple as dialing, hanging up after you hear “Thank you for voting for Danica and Val!” and hitting “redial” until you get a recording that tells says you’ve used all your votes for that phone line.

Danica and Val’s phone number is 1-800-868-3403  (1-800-VOTE-4-03)

You have a 3-hour window for phone calls each week - beginning the moment the shows starts airing in your local time*, and going for only 60 minutes after the show ends. Remember, you can start dialing the moment the show begins.

Troubleshooting: You might get the message you’ve already used all your votes using that phone, and you know it’s not true – KEEP DIALING.  It’s said there’s a glitch in the system that can deliver this message if the phone lines are overloaded.

Busy Signal:  A busy signal can mean 2 things: 

1. You’re calling either before or after the 3-hour window in your time zone and the lines are not open. 
2. The lines are overloaded. 

So if you get a busy signal and it’s still within the 3-hour window in your time zone, please KEEP DIALING.

* Vote on Facebook *

In addition to phone voting, for every Facebook account you and someone in your household has, you can again cast the full number of votes allotted for that week.  And you can use the same computer to vote on multiple Facebook accounts.  Just Log Off from one account before logging on to another.

You have 24 hours to place your votes on Facebook, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time every Monday, and closing at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday. 

Type Dancing with the Stars in the FB search window, and choose  the Official page with the blue circle and white check mark after the name 
“Like” the DWTS page, if you haven’t already - Click on “VOTE”.

A page will open that has small squares with pictures of all the dance teams.  Just click on Danica and Val’s picture the full number of times.  There is a counter on the page that helps you keep track.

* Vote at *

You can cast your multiple weekly votes online at  (In addition to the ones you cast on Facebook!) You have 24 hours to place your votes at, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time every Monday, and closing at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Tuesday. 

In order to vote, you can Sign In with your Twitter or FB accounts, or Register at  To Register, just go to this link and fill out this simple form:

The voting page on will look just like the one on Facebook, with all the teams’ pictures. VOTE by clicking on Danica and Val’s picture as many times as is allowed. There is a counter on the page that helps you keep track, and it will let you know when you’ve used all your votes.

FIDO has been wagging with excitement ever since we heard that our friend Danica McKellar is competing on Dancing With The Stars!  

FIDO has known Danica for some time now, and while we loved her on The Wonder Years, and are now the smartest of the dogs thanks to her brilliant (and fun!) math books, what we really admire most about Danica is her warm personality and love of animals.

Check out this cool video introducing Danica and her dancing partner Val and join us as we BARK our encouragement for her on this season of Dancing With The Stars. 

Here is all the information about how you can vote for FIDO's friend Danica!

The Dancing With The Stars Website

Call in for Danica  1-800-868-3403

Vote on FaceBook

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Blog  >  Delta County, Colorado’s Grand Mesa Goes to the Dogs

Delta County, Colorado’s Grand Mesa Goes to the Dogs

Guest Blogger Kelli Hepler, Delta County Tourism Coordinator, shares:

Delta County, Colo.’s Grand Mesa Goes to the Dogs

Taking your dog on a ski trip takes on a whole new meaning in Delta County in southwest Colorado. Delta County is home to a dog-gone big mountain, the Grand Mesa, which is the world’s largest flat-topped mountain soaring to more than 10,000 feet in altitude. Grand Mesa is a mecca for the fast-growing dog sport of “skijoring” and often has snow well into the summer months.

What is Skijoring?

“Skijoring” is the Norwegian word for ski driving. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors, as well as to exercise and bond with your dogs in cold weather months. Plus, it plays to your pooches’ passion to pull! Skiojoring dogs need to be athletic and enjoy hunting, pulling or herding. The breed doesn’t really matter, it’s just about will and size – they must be big enough to give you some horsepower!

Why Grand Mesa?

Grand Mesa boasts 32.4 miles of beautifully groomed trails (thanks to the Grand Mesa Nordic Council), beautiful snow, and some of the best scenery in Colorado. Most of the trails on Grand Mesa are dog friendly (Skyway Trail is the one exception to the rule). Dog owners are asked to please clean up after their four-legged friends, and bags are provided at the trailheads. Some of the most popular skijoring routes include County Line and Ward Lake, which are groomed trails that provide several routes to choose from as they loop around.  Grand Mesa is also host to the annual Grand Mesa Summit Challenge, which have been held since 2007. This sled dog racing event has the reputation for being the highest international spring sled dog race in North America.

How Do I Get Started?

It may seem daunting at first, but it doesn’t take much equipment to get into skijoring, especially if you are already a cross-country skier. All you is some cross-country skis, poles, a harness, a six- to eight-foot rope, a tether and a motivated dog or two! It’s recommended that you use skate skis, but traditional cross-country skis will do the trick. And, you don’t want to use skis with metal edges as you could hurt the dogs if you run into them. Mesa Lakes Resort on top of Grand Mesa offers both cross-country ski and snowshoe rental, as does The Board & Buckle in Grand Junction.

Skijoring borrows its terminology from the sled dog world. The most common commands are:

• Hike: to make your dogs go
• Gee: to turn them to the right
• Haw: to turn them to the left
• Easy: to slow down
• Whoa: to stop

At first it might be helpful to have a human helper go along to stand ahead of you to ensure the dogs move in the direction you command. Since most dogs have the predisposition to please (and to pull!) it doesn’t take long before most get the hang of it. Another training tip is to go with someone who is a savvy skijorer so your canines can learn by observing.

Getting to Delta County & “Pick of the Litter” Lodging

Delta County is located on the western slope of Colorado’s Continental Divide. It’s about a five hour drive from Denver, the largest city in Colorado, and it’s less than an hour-long drive from Grand Junction. There are a number of dog-friendly lodging options, including: The Comfort Inn in Delta, the Rodeway Inn in Delta, the Cedaredge Lodge in Cedaredge, Alexander Lake Lodge on Grand Mesa, Mesa Lakes Lodge on Grand Mesa, and the Grand Mesa Express Inn in Cedaredge.

To learn more about planning a trip to Delta County, Colo. visit

Guest Blogger Kelli Hepler, Delta County Tourism Coordinator

Kelli Hepler resides in Delta, Colo. near the Grand Mesa. Kelli has lived in the area for more than 30 years and has loved activities on the Grand Mesa year-round with camping, fishing, hiking, biking, skiing and more. She has shared those experiences with her two children and many friends. Kelli has been involved with the Grand Mesa National Scenic and Historic Byway for 15 years. This organization works to preserve and promote the intrinsic qualities of the Grand Mesa.

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Blog  >  Top Ten Irish-Inspired Pet Names for Saint Patrick’s Day 2014

Top Ten Irish-Inspired Pet Names for Saint Patrick’s Day 2014

FIDOs's friends at Trupanion shared this fun pet data with us and in honor of St. PAWtrick's Day, we knew you would enjoy it too!

According to the data, the top ten pet names related to Ireland are:

1.       Bailey

2.       Lucky

3.       Chance

4.       Guinness

5.       Seamus

6.       Clover

7.       Finnegan

8.       Dublin

9.       Connor

10.   Patrick

Irish spirits—of the beverage variety— are plentiful in North America, and several dogs and cats in the Trupanion database are named after Irish drinks. This long list includes 283 pets named Guinness, and a handful of pets named Jameson, Smithwicks and even “Bailey’s Irish Cream.”

Irish music also plays a part in pet names. From instruments—including a dog named Bagpipe—to bands—including U2 and Van Morrison—pets are frequently named after Irish music influences. The band, U2, has an especially strong influence, with dozens of pets named Bono.

Irish cities have made their way into pet names as well, including Dublin, Cashel, Cork, Bandon and Limerick. Dublin is by far the most popular Irish city pet name.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!


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Blog  >  Stocking a Pet First Aid Kit and Poison Prevention Tips from Pet Poison Helpline

Stocking a Pet First Aid Kit and Poison Prevention Tips from Pet Poison Helpline

National Poison Prevention Week is March 16 – 22, 2014, and while much of the focus is on educating parents of small children, Pet Poison Helpline says to remember that pets can be just as vulnerable! Dogs and cats have insatiable curiosity and tend to get into trouble investigating new things by licking or tasting them. This is because some foods, medications and other household items that are safe for humans can be devastating to pets. The veterinary and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline offer two important tips for keeping pets safe:

1)  Keep Dangerous Items out of Reach

Most homes have hidden dangers in medicine cabinets, purses, kitchens and garages. Pet owners should familiarize themselves with things poisonous to dogs and cats, and keep them stowed out of reach. The best resource for information, including a comprehensive list items dangerous to pets, is Pet Poison Helpline’s website and mobile app.

2)  Stock a Pet First Aid Kit

In the event of an unfortunate mishap, a properly stocked Pet First Aid Kit can contribute to a much happier ending. Here are recommended contents:

For Potentially Poisoned Pets:

Phone number for Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680
•Hydrogen peroxide 3 percent used to induce vomiting in dogs– make sure it’s not expired
•Oral dosing syringe or turkey baster – for administering hydrogen peroxide
•Teaspoon/tablespoon set – for measuring appropriate amount of hydrogen peroxide
•Liquid hand dish washing detergent, such as Dawn or Palmolive
•Rubber or latex gloves
•Triple antibiotic ointment, like Neosporin™
•Vitamin E (a small container of oil or several gel caps)
•Diphenhydramine tablets 25mg – with NO other combination ingredients
•Ophthalmic saline solution or artificial tears
•Can of tuna packed in water or tasty canned pet food
•Sweet electrolyte-containing beverage
•Corn syrup (1/4 cup)
•Vegetable oil (1/2 cup)

For Injured Pets:

Phone number for local emergency veterinary hospital
•Gauze roll and pads
•Medical tape
•Ruler or other rigid material for splint
•Scissors and tweezers
•Thermometer and sterile lubricant, like KY™ jelly
•Rubber or latex gloves
•Towel or blanket
•Muzzle (for dogs)
•Cone collar (for cats)
•Triple antibiotic ointment, like Neosporin™
•Ophthalmic saline solution – make sure it does not contain any cleaners or soaps

Store the items in a plastic or other waterproof container, and in a location out of the reach of pets. Especially when poisoning is suspected, it’s imperative to call Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian prior to administering any therapies at home. They will first help you determine if the item ingested was poisonous to begin with, and will then advise what the treatment or antidote is and whether or not inducing vomiting is recommended.

“It’s really important to be wary of ‘home remedies’ found on the Internet when treating a potentially poisoned pet,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT, DABVT and associate director of veterinary services at Pet Poison Helpline. “We hear it all – pet owners who, after Googling their situation, hope to resolve it by giving the pet milk, burnt toast, raw eggs, peanut butter, or table salt. These remedies simply don’t work and can cause additional undue stress for the pet and owner.”  

The Case of Penny

Pet poisonings usually happen when least expected, and are often caused by seemingly harmless events. For example, earlier this year, Penny, a three year-old, 13 pound, Jack Russell terrier consumed 10-12 children’s gummy multivitamins. Within hours, Penny started vomiting, became unsteady on her feet, and collapsed at home. She was then rushed to the veterinarian. After her initial examination, she was found to have very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). While she improved a little after starting her on IV sugar source (dextrose), the veterinarian ended up calling Pet Poison Helpline for further treatment advice.  It was found that the vitamins Penny consumed contained an extraordinarily large amount of xylitol, a common sweetener ingredient that can be poisonous to dogs. Penny had ingested enough to cause fatality. The following day, Penny began to develop liver problems but, thankfully, after two days of intensive treatment, her liver began to recover and she was eventually released from the hospital in excellent condition. In this case, the pet owner could have given Penny 1/4 cup of corn syrup from a Pet First Aid Kit to help raise her blood sugar while being transported to the pet hospital.

Accidents can and do happen, but outcomes are much better when pet owners are prepared. When adverse situations arise, don’t hesitate to call a veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680.

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Blog  >  See What Fido Sees!

See What Fido Sees!

Have you ever wanted to see life through the eyes of your pets?

Nature’s Recipe, the natural pet food brand did and so they engaged some of the most amazing pets and pet parents around the country to participate in the Nature’s Recipe for Moments campaign.  

The brand leveraged new camera technology to create specialty-designed collar cameras that truly capture life from a pet’s perspective. 

You can follow along in the adventures of participating pets by visiting the Nature’s Recipe for Moments microsite or Nature’s Recipe’s Facebook page to see all the photos.

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Last week, Helen Woodward Animal Center added an unlikely mother and baby pair to its list of resident orphan animals.  Found nursing a tiny kitten in Barstow, CA, a Longhaired Chihuahua canine redefined the mother/son bond and charmed Center staffers with her unconditional devotion.  When word of their story hit the front page of Yahoo News, staff members soon discovered that the duo was charming people across the globe as well!

Abandoned in a backyard in Barstow in January, with evening temperatures falling to 20 degrees, the mother dog’s puppies were nowhere to be seen but her strong motherly instinct remained.  Neighbors rescued the canine only to find her nursing a small, gray kitten that certainly would have died without her loving nourishment.   Currently thriving under Helen Woodward Animal Center veterinary care, and named Beignet (canine) and Gumbo (feline) in honor or the Mardi Gras season, the adorable twosome is ready to begin the next step of their journey together.  Center staff intends to keep them together and is seeking one adopter for both the mother and son.

Now, with Beignet and Gumbo’s international popularity, the perfect forever family should be close at hand.  Their inspiring story, featured on, Tuesday, March 4th, ignited Helen Woodward Animal Center’s website, receiving over 28,000 visits in less than 24 hours.  The canine mom with her kitten son are truly touching hearts across the world with international interest from countries such as Switzerland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chile and Finland.  Donations for the pair have come in from across the country and calls and inquiries have arrived from as far away as Kentucky, New York, Guam and the Philippines.  Helen Woodward Animal Center is requiring a 300 word-or-less essay to accompany each application, stating why Beignet and Gumbo would be best suited to the potential adopter.   

“They are such a special pair,” stated Shannon Bush, Customer Service Lead. “We want to make sure that the next part of their lives together is absolutely perfect and filled with devotion and kindness.  They deserve it.  They embody love and comfort and it’s time they received it in return.”

Beignet is currently 1 year and 7 months old and Gumbo is 5 months old.  If you would like to adopt this special mother and son, please submit your application along with a maximum 300-word-essay, no later than Monday, March 10th, 2014.  Applications can be downloaded at: .  Please send to 6461 El Apajo Road, PO Box 64, in Rancho Santa Fe, 92067 or fax to (858) 756-0605.   The selected forever family will be able to pick up their new furry friends on Wednesday, March 12th.

For more information, go to, contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 313, or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

Beignet and Gumbo at Helen Woodward Animal Center

Meet Beignet, the Chihuahua who saved and adopted a kitten, now named Gumbo: For more information on this story, please contact Jessica Gercke at 858-756-4117, ext. 335.

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Blog  >  Character actor Danny Trejo featured in ‘Save Them All’ campaign for Best Friends Animal Society

Character actor Danny Trejo featured in ‘Save Them All’ campaign for Best Friends Animal Society

One of Hollywood’s most recognizable character actors, Danny Trejo, has joined Best Friends Animal Society’s campaign urging people to get involved in saving America’s homeless dogs and cats.

Trejo, currently co-starring opposite comedian George Lopez in the FX Network comedy “Saint George,” debuting March 6 and in Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” in theatres March 21, is best known for his memorable roles in such films as “From Dusk Til Dawn,” “Heat,” “Con Air,” “Spy Kids” and “Machete Kills,” as well as the popular television series “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy”.

Typically cast as a tough guy or hardened criminal, Trejo is all heart when it comes to caring for his five rescued dogs. Trejo will be featured in a Best Friends’ ‘Save Them All’ Celebrity photo campaign that will feature celebrities posed with their personal rescued dogs and/or cats in support of the Save Them All®  call to action. 

According to national statistics, each day more than 9,000 healthy or treatable dogs and cats die unnecessarily in the nation’s shelters. Best Friends has brought increased awareness to how people can get involved in the solution by adopting and spaying/neutering their pets, donating, volunteering and sharing this message with their friends.

"I believe that anyone working with animal rescue has a special place in heaven waiting for them,” says Trejo.  “I think the job that Best Friends is doing is wonderful and I am glad to be a part of the Save Them All campaign. Animals have an unconditional love for their owners; dogs are a man’s best friend.”

About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters.  An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.

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Blog  >  Prosecutors and Animal Welfare Advocates Develop Principles to Combat Animal Cruelty

Prosecutors and Animal Welfare Advocates Develop Principles to Combat Animal Cruelty

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in coordination with animal welfare advocates, including the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), recently released a statement of principles to provide prosecutors and criminal justice partners with the training and resources necessary to raise awareness of the connection between animal abuse and other violent crimes.

As a national association dedicated to supporting and enhancing the effectiveness of prosecutors in their efforts to create safer communities, ensure justice, and uphold public safety, the APA hereby submits this statement of principles regarding the prosecution of animal cruelty crimes:

•Animals are sentient beings with the undeniable capacity to suffer pain.

•Every state’s criminal code recognizes animals’ capacity to suffer, with 49 states identifying certain acts of animal cruelty as felonies.

•There is a direct link between the criminal acts of animal abuse and interpersonal violence including murder, child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse.

•Under-enforcement of animal cruelty laws is directly correlated to a host of corrosive societal ills—such as animal fighting in gangs and the harming or killing of companion animals in domestic violence situations.

•Animal cruelty, both active and passive, is a crime of violence, and as such requires a prosecutor’s full attention, with the accompanying allocation of resources to hold the offenders accountable and achieve just results.

•Prosecutors, in exercising their professional discretion, should give animal cruelty cases priority and make certain they are handled in the same professional manner as other crimes of violence.


“The key to combating violence against animals is for law enforcement to handle animal cruelty crimes just like other crimes of violence,” said APA President David LaBahn.  “There is a link between animal abusers and other types of interpersonal violence including child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse, and prosecutors are aggressively addressing this link.

“The APA is sending a clear message that crimes against animals will not be tolerated in our society, and that perpetrators will be held accountable for their actions,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA. “Their admirable action is crucial to help protect victimized and neglected animals and to elevate animal cruelty as a serious offense worthy of constant enforcement and vigorous prosecution.”

APA, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice, animal welfare organizations, and other law enforcement officials, continues to develop training resources for prosecutors including hosting an annual animal abuse conference, conducting webinars, and distributing the Lex Canis newsletter.

About The ASPCA
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit

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Blog  >  ‘Operation Gimme Shelter’ Provides Free Dog Houses to Protect At-Risk Pets

‘Operation Gimme Shelter’ Provides Free Dog Houses to Protect At-Risk Pets

FIDO is pleased to share that ASPCA, NY Cares has partnered with NYPD Community Affairs Office to help pets and pet owners in Queens.

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) program is partnering with New York Cares and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Community Affairs Office to launch ‘Operation Gimme Shelter,’ a pilot program to provide free dog houses to at-risk pets.

New York City’s recent frigid temperatures and record-breaking snowfall has increased the number of reports to NYPD about dogs left outside without proper shelter. Working on such cases together, the ASPCA has learned from the NYPD that many pet owners lack the resources or knowledge to provide appropriate housing for their pets. In a proactive measure to help animals in need, the ASPCA is partnering with New York Cares and the NYPD Community Affairs Office to launch Operation Gimme Shelter, a program designed to connect at-risk pets in the 113th Precinct in Jamaica, Queens with appropriate dog houses.

“The ASPCA recognizes that providing free dog houses and support can be an effective means of creating a better environment for these animals,” said Allison Cardona, director of the ASPCA Cruelty Intervention Advocacy program. “Much of what we do involves building trust so pet owners understand that our goal is to help both them and their animals. This is exactly the type of situation that the CIA program was built for—helping animals in need by providing critical resources to the people in charge of their care.”

“New York Cares is excited to team up with the ASPCA and NYPD to provide these important shelters to Queens residents,” said Gary Bagley, Executive Director at New York Cares. “This partnership will help us continue to provide holistic and innovative support to communities throughout the five boroughs.

In addition to a free dog house, pet owners will receive ID tags, one bag of free dog food, behavioral support for their dogs, and educational materials. The CIA program will also be providing pet owners with information on the ASPCA’s free and low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary services.

Here is Butler (shown in both pictures above) -   He waits in line with his owner, Kendall Hawkins of Jamaica, Queens and then checks things out! Photo credit: ASPCA/ Anita Kelso Edson

Earlier this year, the ASPCA announced the full citywide rollout of its strategic and pioneering collaboration with the NYPD to provide enhanced protection to New York City’s animals. With this partnership, the NYPD takes the lead role in responding to all animal cruelty complaints in the five boroughs, while the ASPCA expands its direct care support for animal cruelty victims, including medical treatment, behavior assessments and rehabilitation, and housing and placement. For cases outside of the criminal justice system, the ASPCA continues to leverage its innovative CIA program that gets to the root causes of suffering, including intervention in cases involving hoarding and the provision of critical resources to pet owners who find themselves and their animals in unstable situations. Since its launch in 2010, the CIA program has assisted over 4,000 animals that would likely have otherwise become victims of neglect.

To report animal cruelty in any of the five boroughs, the public is encouraged to call 311. For crimes in progress, individuals should call 911. For more information on the ASPCA, please visit . For more information on New York Cares, please visit .

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Blog  >  Inspired by the Farm-to-Table Movement, Innova® Introduces Nature’s Table™

Inspired by the Farm-to-Table Movement, Innova® Introduces Nature’s Table™

FIDO was excited to attend Innova Nature’s Table launch event in New York City - here is the scoop on this FIDO Fabulous new line of pet food!

Inspired by the farm-to-table movement, Innova, a pioneer in the natural pet food industry, announced the launch of Nature’s Table, a new line of premium grain-free, natural recipes that bring the farm to your pet’s bowl. Ranked by the Dog Food Advisor with a top five-star rating, Innova Nature’s Table recipes each start with high-quality proteins like farm-raised chicken, cold water salmon or ranch-raised bison and include fresh fruits & vegetables like apples and carrots from trusted sources, so people can feel confident about the ingredients they are serving their pets.

We know that our consumers care about high-quality, farm-grown ingredients that benefit their pets’ natural lifestyle,” said Dan Jackson, marketing director at Innova. “In fact, Innova was the first brand to create a grain-free product and Nature’s Table recipes continue to follow this movement. By eliminating gluten, grains and white potato and using healthy carbohydrates like lentils and peas, similar to the way so many of us eat, we are proud to continue to provide pet parents with the ability to feed their pets natural products.

Innova Nature’s Table recipes were formulated with more than 20 years of experience by the brands very own veterinarians and nutritionists. The ingredients work together to help foster a natural diet for pets, and pet parents will never find chicken by-product meal*, fillers, wheat, corn, soy, artificial preservatives, artificial colors or artificial flavors in Nature’s Table recipes.

“We want consumers to feel good about the food they feed their pets,” said Kari Liu, senior scientist in formulation and diet design. “Each ingredient found in Nature’s Table recipes serve a specific purpose, like high-quality animal proteins for lean muscle mass, omega fatty acids for a shiny coat, healthy carbohydrates like lentils and peas for sustained energy, and nourishing antioxidants like vitamin E to help promote a healthy immune system.”

The high-quality ingredients found in Innova Nature’s Table are grown and raised by trusted partners, such as the carefully harvested apples from places like Evans Fruit Orchards in Washington State. To see how Innova Nature’s Table uses handpicked apples in its recipes, watch the sourcing video shown below!

Dog owners can choose from five nutritious dry recipes and two treat recipes:

• Grain Free Farm-Raised Chicken & Savory Turkey Recipe Adult Dog Food
• Grain Free Cold Water Salmon & Wild Herring Recipe Adult Dog Food
• Grain Free Ranch-Raised Beef & Red Lentils Recipe Adult Dog Food
• Grain Free Adult Dog Food with Ranch-Raised Bison & Green Lentils
• Grain Free Adult Dog Food with Pasture-Raised Venison & Split Peas
• Grain Free Farm-Raised Chicken Recipe Dog Treats
• Grain Free Ranch-Raised Beef & Garden Peas Recipe Dog Treats

For more information about Innova Nature’s Table, or to find a local retailer, please visit, or follow Innova on Facebook at



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Blog  >  Pets of the Homeless Recruiting Collection Sites and Pet Food Donations

Pets of the Homeless Recruiting Collection Sites and Pet Food Donations

Each year, 3.5 million experience homelessness in America, less than a quarter will be homeless for a short time.  However, over 76% are chronically homeless due to physical disability, developmental disability, HIV/AIDS, mental illness and substance abuse problems. Pets of the Homeless (POTH) estimates that as many as 10-25% have service or companion pets.  The need for pet food and veterinary care is at an all-time high. 

Pets of the Homeless (POTH), is a nonprofit organization that provides pet food and veterinary care to the homeless in local communities across the United States and Canada, is asking for assistance from business owners and managers.

With the increase of the need for food for pets of the homeless, there is a need for more POTH collection sites. These sites provide the public with a convenient location to drop off pet food and supplies. The donations are then delivered to distributing organizations (food banks, homeless shelters and/or soups kitchens) that have agreed to distribute the pet food to the homeless and poor. Businesses can become a collection site at no cost by signing up on the POTH website, Participating business will receive a collection site kit that instructs businesses how to collect and distribute the donations, and gives them authorization to use the POTH logo and photo resources. In addition, partners receive a guide to accessing free publicity in their area.

By becoming a collection site, businesses benefit by unifying staff members, gaining internet exposure and publicizing their business to current and potential customers. These businesses also make the statement that they are socially responsible members of their community. But, perhaps the largest benefit of all is the positive impact that is made in the lives of our less fortunate neighbors and their loving pet companions.          

Since 2008, POTH has recruited over 470 collection sites and over 400 distributing organizations.  Collection sites reporting more than 511,500 pounds of donated pet food and supplies over that time. These statics change daily.

In addition to establishing collection sites, POTH sponsors veterinarians that go to where the homeless congregate and provide wellness veterinary care such as vaccines, spay/neuter and other needed treatments. POTH also assists homeless pet owners with emergency veterinary care.  With cash donations they have provided veterinary care to over 10,400 pets that belong to the homeless.

Interested businesses are urged to visit to join, or email for more information.

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Blog  >  Ready! Set! Woof! The Second Annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” is this Saturday

Ready! Set! Woof! The Second Annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” is this Saturday

For only the second time in history, dogs will be allowed in the San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) in Encinitas for the annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden” this Saturday morning, February 22.  Hundreds of pets and their people will gather to raise funds for SDBG and your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS).

“When we planned the first 5K Paw Walk in the Garden last year we figured that half of the participants would run and the rest would stroll with their pets,” says RCHS spokesman John Van Zante. “Then, on the morning of the event, the first paw ever crossed the starting line followed by nearly 400 people and their pets. We didn’t see any runners. Only animal lovers who enjoyed a morning walk through the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden.” “We’re expecting about twice as many walkers and a lot more teams than we had at last year’s 5K Paw Walk in the Garden,” says Jodie Wiebusch, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for SDBG. “Several breed rescues and meet up groups have registered. The largest team will win the ‘Top Dog’ award and earn bragging rights for the next year. Even though this is only the second 5K Paw Walk in the Garden, it’s already become the walk that every dog is begging to go on.”

Van Zante says, “It’s entirely up to each walker how far they want to go. It’s laid out as a 5 kilometer / 3.1 mile course, but there are lots of options. It’s not competitive. It’s just a good excuse for people, with or without pets, to take a Saturday morning walk through San Diego's most beautiful gardens...while supporting the programs that SDBG and RCHS provide for people and animals.”

Wiebusch adds, “The event is open to any pet that can handle an event of this size with a large number of animals and people. In addition to the 5K Paw Walk, there will be pet products, food (for people), treats (for pets), valuable information, a pet first aid station, and (of course) animals! Afterward walkers will have full access to San Diego Botanic Garden until 2:00. They just need to keep their pets leashed at all times and remember to pick up after their pets.”  

Walkers can register for the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden until noon Friday at a reduced rate. Day of event registration starts at 9:00 AM Saturday and the first paw crosses the starting line at 9:30. To register online log on to or .

More information about the 5K Paw Walk in the Garden is available at RCHS at 389 Requeza Street or SDBG at 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas.

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Blog  >  The Lick That Saved a Life

The Lick That Saved a Life

The Columbia Humane Society has not put down an animal in 8 years for time or space. Other states can’t say that.  Our southern neighbor is one of those states. California has one of the worst save-rates in the country. Statewide, ½ million animals are put down every year.  This is the story about one dog that is getting a second chance…all because of a lick.

Her name is Apple. No one knows where she came from but she somehow found herself in the Baldwin Park Shelter, one of the six Los Angeles County Shelters. These shelters have time and space limits. Apple was given 30 days to find a home. If she were still at the shelter on the 31st day, she would be put down; and that’s where Apple found herself.

She was led into The Room on her 31st day; no living dog ever comes out of The Room. The vet tech administered a sedative to Apple to calm her down so that she wouldn’t resist the next step (the final shot). While the tech was waiting for the sedative to take affect, Apple decided that she really liked this person. So she got off the table, walked over to the tech and licked her hand. She then climbed into her lap, flashed a big smile and gave her a giant lick on the face.

The woman was overcome with emotion and couldn’t find it in her heart to give Apple the fatal shot. Instead she sent out an urgent request for a rescue; a request CHS immediately answered with a resounding yes. Our partner organization, The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, which is located in Los Angeles, has pulled Apple from the Baldwin Park Shelter on our behalf. They are using their own funds to send Apple to us because they know we have the ability to care for her until we can find her a good home. It won’t be easy, finding a forever home for a solid black pit bull never is, but we have faith in our community of dog lovers.

If you or someone you know is interested in adopting Apple please contact the shelter. She is expected to arrive in Oregon in the coming weeks and she will be available for adoption in March.

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Blog  >  The Weather Channel Falls in Love with its New Weather Therapy Dog

The Weather Channel Falls in Love with its New Weather Therapy Dog

It's official! The Weather Channel has a new weather therapy dog to help spread love, comfort and service to hard-hit communities after severe weather strikes.  After weeks of traveling to rescue shelters across the United States and an overwhelming response from weather and puppy fans, The Weather Channel® has selected Butler, a shepherd mix, as its weather therapy dog.

Butler is a 35-pound, 1.5 year-old male shepherd mix who was rescued from the Humane Society of Charlotte, North Carolina, just four days after arriving at the shelter. Butler stole the hearts of producers, on-air talent and representatives from American Humane Association. The perfect therapy dog, Butler is affectionate, loves to kiss and sit in the laps of others. He is attentive, well mannered and energetic, and will play a vital role in the health of communities in times of disaster.“We searched far and wide for a dog who met the criteria to become our network’s severe weather therapy dog – and we fell in love with Butler,” said David Clark, president of The Weather Channel network. “As the number of families affected by severe weather continues to grow each year, The Weather Channel is happy to welcome Butler, who will help bring joy to these families in their time of need.”

The decision to search for a therapy dog came out of the growing need to help people in hard-hit communities recover after severe weather strikes. Last December, The Weather Channel announced a partnership with American Humane Association and launched the nationwide search to find the perfect dog. In searching, several criteria had to be met. Viewers and visitors nominated rescue dogs from all over the country.

 “Butler will bring the healing power of animal-assisted therapy to help individuals, families, and communities in their times of greatest need,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “We are looking forward to deploying with The Weather Channel and America’s newest national emergency response volunteer to make a difference when crisis strikes.”

In the weeks and months following a natural disaster, Butler and American Humane Association handler Amy McCullough will visit schools, hospitals, shelters and other locations in hard-hit communities to bring comfort and service. Fans of The Weather Channel can share in Butler’s journeys and follow his trail on Facebook

The Weather Channel Therapy Dog Announcement

We are proud to announce The Weather Channel Therapy Dog!

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 9:00am, Helen Woodward Animal Center’s AniMeals Program will be on-site at the Oceanside Senior Center to celebrate its new partnership with The Angel’s Depot.  The heartwarming union will provide pet food to an increased number of low income seniors and is being made possible by a truly angelic donor.  A former AniMeals volunteer who passed away in 2013, the anonymous donation has been made in her honor, by her family, through the beneficial coupling of the two non-profits.

AniMeals is a pet-food-on-wheels program that provides regular meals free of charge for the dogs and cats of homebound elderly and disabled people.  The mission of the program is to help keep people and their companion pets together by eliminating one of the logistical and financial impediments to proper pet care. 

The Angel’s Depot was founded in 2005 with a specific goal of meeting the nutritional needs of seniors who are at-risk for malnutrition and living with the anxiety of food insecurity.  Senior Emergency Meal Boxes are provided to 900 seniors monthly, who struggle with an average income of $765 per month.

Now, thanks to one very special donor who devoted her final years to the AniMeals program, The Angel’s Depot can at last provide for its seniors’ pets.  Please join Helen Woodward Animal Center AniMeals representatives, The Angel’s Depot Board of Directors and staff, and benefitting seniors with their beloved pets at the monthly food pickup on Tuesday February 18th at 9:00am at the Oceanside Senior Center.

WHERE:  Oceanside Senior Center, located at 455 Country Club Lane Oceanside, CA 92054

WHENTUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH from 9:00 to 10:00am.


•     Seniors picking up Emergency Meal Boxes with their beloved pets

•     The Angel’s Depot staff and volunteers meeting and greeting with their regular clients

•     Helen Woodward Animal Center AniMeals and The Angel’s Depot staff celebrating their new partnership

•     Food Box display station with coffee/cookies and AniMeals station with banner, balloons, doggie bandanas and treats.

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Many of the Westminster Dog Show participants temporarily reside at the historical Hotel Pennsylvania during the show.  The travel, the primping, and the tension of competing prove to be exhausting for the canines and their humans. Jerry Grymek, Doggie Concierge (wearing a Corgi tie and his Doggie Concierge nameplate), told FIDO Friendly that his job is to hand out delicious Fat Murray cookies and cater to every need of the pooches participating in the show. He arranges “pawtograph” requests, handles the “puparazzi,” and generally keeps the canines and their people happy. Some of the more interesting requests he’s satisfied were finding an opera singer to serenade a dog (while he wore a tuxedo and top hat for the performance) and a red carpet roll out for the arrival of another pooch. Hotel Pennsylvania was named Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year by the Pet Fashion Show organizers who held their event at the hotel on the Friday before the Dog Show. Other Fido-related events are hosted at the hotel, including the Dog Writer Association of America’s banquet.

The midtown hotel located across from Madison Square Garden has been operating since 1919. They welcome dogs of all sizes. You might see a toy breed in someone’s arms or a large Mastiff could stroll through the cheerful, elegant lobby filled with mirror panels, flowers, comfortable bench seating, and a gleaming floor.

During the Westminster show 600-800 dogs stayed at the Hotel Pennsylvania. A doggy spa is set up a floor below the lobby. Some of the things available to the pups are a groomer; a “relief” area; an agility arena; Ball Dynamics, which offers different shaped balls to increase body core strength and body awareness in the dogs; and a masseuse.

The Agility course was popular with the doggies that needed to get a work out to decompress in between showings. Debbie Hetzel who managed the area said that most dogs will happily and quickly learn the course with a yummy treat strategically placed in front of their snout (especially if the dog hasn’t eaten in the last hour or two). Affordable Agility offers teeters (like a see-saw), a tunnel, a “Mini A” frame, and bar jumps for your doggy playground. Any size canine enjoys the mental and physical stimulation.


Many of the pooches visited the treadmill and Ball Dynamics area where they utilized stability balls for strength building. Catherine Rios explained that the peanut shaped balls create Puppy Buns of Steel; Paw Pods build leg muscles for standing in the ring; and a giant, flat ball disc for doggies works their bodies and minds. People can purchase this equipment for their pets to do doga, puppilates, et cetera at home. If you want to do some strength training with your dog see

After the work outs, the dogs visited Diane Cohen of Paws to Relax for massages. She massaged the pups AND their humans! Providing double relief helped them team up for their performance in the ring. She mentioned that one Corgi had a difficult airplane flight and his human reported sleeping “like a log” after the massage. She said her animal clients all “relax, yawn, and then fall down.” Her Facebook page describes her services. She’s based in New York City.

Now you know all about the secret Hotel Pennsylvania Doggie Spa. If you’re so inclined, you can set up your own Doggie Spa gym for your fur baby at home. Don’t forget that Fido likes vacations as well as working out so go to Hotel Pennsylvania if you’re ready for a New York City getaway.

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Blog  >  MY DOG THE CHAMPION - 5 Lucky FIDO Fans Will Win a Copy of This DVD

MY DOG THE CHAMPION - 5 Lucky FIDO Fans Will Win a Copy of This DVD

My Dog the Champion, a story of friendship, love, teamwork, and challenges, is a must-have release for families nationwide. The film is executive produced by Arthur E. Benjamin, the founder of the American Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works to rescue and promote the health and well-being of dogs and other animals all across the world. In addition, Scout, the movie’s starring dog, is herself a rescue!

The inspiring story of an unlikely friendship between a born-and-bred teenage city girl and a cattle dog, the new feature film made its national retail debut on February 4, 2014 AND 5 Lucky FIDO Fans will each win a copy of the DVD - 1 Winner wil be chosen EVERY DAY this week –  Feb 17 – 21, 2014 - check out the details and how to enter below!

A moving and meaningful story for the whole family, My Dog the Champion (SRP $24.98) begins when Madison (Burge), a spoiled city teen, learns that her mother is being deployed to Afghanistan. She is suddenly forced to uproot to the country and live on her grandfather Billy’s (Henriksen) cattle ranch – in the middle of nowhere. Facing the hardships of farm life and her feelings of loneliness, she befriends Scout, the farm’s old and “useless” cattle dog. The new companions quickly form a special bond. And when the family farm becomes threatened, Madison, with some help from Eli (Linley), a teenage dog trainer, trains Scout to be an agility champion and together they compete with the hope of saving their home. Side by side, the determined duo proves the heart of a champion never dies.

We want to know why your FIDO is a champion to you.  Send us your  WHY in a short paragraph along with a high-resolution image of your FIDO. Send your entry to (please put CHAMPION  in the subject line). Contest starts NOW and ends February 21, 2014 at midnight EST.  One winner will be drawn daily from all qualified entries and the winners will be announced on our Facebook Page.   Entries without photos of their FIDO will not be considered.


My Dog The Champion (trailer) - Accent Films

Madison, a modern young woman absorbed by the toys of modern technology and slave to materialism is sent out to a cattle ranch and put to work by her grandfather, Billy. She soon befriends a cattle dog who seems to hate the country life as much as sh

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Blog  >  National Pet Theft Awareness Day - Important Reminders

National Pet Theft Awareness Day - Important Reminders

In honor of National Pet Theft Awareness Day on February 14th, it is time to start increasing your knowledge of pet theft prevention. Many of us tend to think, “Oh, it will never happen to me,” but thousands of dogs and cats are stolen each year in the United States, and the numbers are only increasing. There is no harm in playing it safe by brushing up on your pet theft prevention tips and tricks. After all, Valentine’s Day is meant to be spent with your loved ones, and pets make for the very best Valentines.


There are many various reasons that pets are stolen around the U.S. “Some pets are stolen due to breed, color and markings, or demeanor,” said Dr. Stacy Eckman, lecturer at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Many pets also may not be ‘stolen’ but wander off and get lost, and the finders just fail to look for the actual owner.”

Tips to ensure your pet’s safety may seem like common knowledge, but pet theft rates continue to increase rapidly regardless. “Always keep their environment contained, making sure your yard is secure or that you’re walking them on a leash,” said Eckman. “Keeping them marked with proper identification is also helpful, especially when trying to reclaim a pet. This could include collars and tags or even a microchip or tattoo.” A good rule of thumb is to never leave animals unattended or unleashed, always properly identify your pet and keep the info up-to-date, and have a recent photo of your pet to use for identification in the case they do go missing.

Micro chipping your pet is a safety precaution that has become quite popular in recent years. “Microchips are great because they cannot be lost or removed like a collar or tag can be and the information can be changed if you move or change ownership,” said Eckman. “They are also beneficial because most shelters and other animal facilities scan for microchips when an animal is presented to them, making it easier to reunite an owner with their pet, especially after hours and on the weekends.”

Though microchip implantation can be very beneficial, many pet owners have doubts about the safety and comfort of their pet during the procedure as well as in the long term. “As far as the implantation process goes, it can be done at any veterinary visit and uses a needle slightly larger than what is used for a vaccine,” said Eckman. “Many animals don't even notice it being injected, and in the long term do not even know it’s there.”

If you believe that your pet has been stolen, the first step you should take is to call every shelter, veterinary clinic, and law enforcement office in your region. Posting reward posters around your neighborhood or even information over the internet and social media sites can be very helpful too.

It is best to remember that the chances of your pet going missing are the same as everyone else’s; don’t slack off in terms of precaution and awareness. Always keep a close eye on your pet at all times, do not leave them outside unattended, and do not let them roam loose. In honor of National Pet Theft Awareness Day, make sure you keep your fluffy Valentine close by to snuggle up with you and show how much you love them.

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On February 10 and 11 a frozen Manhattan was charged with canine excitement and glamour that only the Westminster Dog Show can create. There were 2,845 dogs and 185 breeds competing for Top Dog honors. Newly recognized breeds The Rat Terrier, the Chinook, and the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno made their debut. Other additions to the show were an Agility Competition and the inclusion of rescue dogs. One of whom, a cutie named Bud who has triumphed over cancer, claimed fourth place in the Agility Competition. Kelso the Border Collie won first place in Agility.

The Best Of Show competition was comprised of Sky (GCH Afterall Painting The Sky) in the Terrier Group; the Runner Up (or “Reserve”) Ally the white Standard Poodle from the Non-Sporting Group; Nathan the Bloodhound of the Hound Group (who elicited the loudest audience applause); Classy the Mini Pinscher of the Toy Group; Coco the Herding Group’s Cardigan Welsh Corgi; Riley the Irish Water Spaniel representing the Sporting Group; and Matisse the Portuguese Water Dog from the Working Group.

Sky had already captured the winning titles at the National Dog Show and the AKC Eukanuba competition. Sky’s handler, Gabriel Rangel, was in the winners’ circle four years ago showing Sadie the Scottish Terrier who also won the Best in Show award. Terriers have won 46 of 105 Best in Show titles—more than any other group.

A few fun facts about this year’s Westminster Show:

1) Matisse the Portuguese Water Dog is Bo Obama’s cousin.
2) Ryan Hanigan’s (of the Tampa Bay Reys) Australian Shepherd, Vivian, took Best of Breed award.
3) Sky was scheduled to spend the following day on the morning television show circuit, consuming a steak at the famous Sardi’s Restaurant, going to the top of the Empire State Building, and having a walk on appearance on the Tony Award-winning Kinky Boots.
4) Dogs from all 50 U.S. states are competing in this event, with some 127 foreign entries expected, from countries such as Finland, Slovenia, Japan and Thailand.
5) This is the 14th time a Wire Fox Terrier has won the Westminster Dog Show.

The Westminster Dog Show dates back to 1877. Television brought the meticulously bred, beautifully groomed, and extensively trained pooches into our homes almost 50 years ago. For the last few years canine-philes have been able to watch live stream videos of the show and the videos remain on so you can watch the breed competitions, the group competitions, and the Best of Show videos if you missed them or want to see them again.

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Blog  >  Hotel Indigo Miami Lakes - Property Pick of the Litter

Hotel Indigo Miami Lakes - Property Pick of the Litter

Today’s Property Pick of the Litter brings us to the FIDO Friendly  Hotel Indigo Miami Lakes

Pet-lovers are in for a treat on Feb. 20, 2014, because it’s National Love Your Pet Day! To celebrate what our furry friends mean to us, select Hotel Indigo® properties are offering limited-time pet packages for the full month of February, as well as hosting “Love Your Pet” events open to both guests and local pet-enthusiasts. Guests will find plenty of ways to pamper and shine the spotlight on their four-legged pals, including some of these special treats from Hotel Indigo hotels around the country:

Throughout the month of February, the Hotel Indigo Miami Lakes will waive the standard pet deposit and provide complimentary pet treats upon arrival, as well as silver food and water dishes for use during the pet’s stay. Hosted on Love Your Pet Day, attend the hotel’s festive celebration featuring a “cutest couple” contest for pets and owners, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and organic dog treats from the local favorite, Doggie Bag Café Pet Boutique. (Additional details are available at the Hotel Indigo Miami Lakes Facebook page.)

If you’re looking to get out and discover the neighborhood during your Hotel Indigo stay, our friendly and knowledgeable hotel teams would be excited to assist you. As InterContinental® Hotels Group’s (IHG) upscale branded boutique hotel brand, the Hotel Indigo brand is the neighborhood authority and delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community. No two hotels are the same – but they all feature a pet-friendly policy for owners who don’t want to leave their furry pals behind! In fact, certain Hotel Indigo properties even have their own “pet residents” who delight guests with their peppy personality and occasional costume capers:

Get more information and book your stay here

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Blog  >  Hotel Indigo’s Baton Rouge Downtown - Property Pick of the Litter

Hotel Indigo’s Baton Rouge Downtown - Property Pick of the Litter

Today’s Property Pick of the Litter brings us to the FIDO Friendly Hotel Indigo’s Baton Rouge Downtown.

Pet-lovers are in for a treat on Feb. 20, 2014, because it’s National Love Your Pet Day! To celebrate what our furry friends mean to us, select Hotel Indigo® properties are offering limited-time pet packages for the full month of February, as well as hosting “Love Your Pet” events open to both guests and local pet-enthusiasts. Guests will find plenty of ways to pamper and shine the spotlight on their four-legged pals, including some of these special treats from Hotel Indigo hotels around the country:

Hotel Indigo’s Baton Rouge Downtown hotel will greet pet-toting guests with a welcome treat and a waived pet fee throughout the month of February. On Love Your Pet Day, the hotel will partner with a mobile groomer and offer a special Spa Day for all furry friends in the community, guest-starring the hotel’s loveable “pet resident,” Huey. (For additional details, visit the Hotel Indigo Baton Rouge Downtown Facebook page.)

If you’re looking to get out and discover the neighborhood during your Hotel Indigo stay, our friendly and knowledgeable hotel teams would be excited to assist you. As InterContinental® Hotels Group’s (IHG) upscale branded boutique hotel brand, the Hotel Indigo brand is the neighborhood authority and delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community. No two hotels are the same – but they all feature a pet-friendly policy for owners who don’t want to leave their furry pals behind! In fact, certain Hotel Indigo properties even have their own “pet residents” who delight guests with their peppy personality and occasional costume capers:

Get more information and book your stay here -

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Blog  >  NYC Boutique Hotel Ramps Up VIPaws Pet Program, Plays Host to the Nation’s Top Dogs

NYC Boutique Hotel Ramps Up VIPaws Pet Program, Plays Host to the Nation’s Top Dogs

From treadmills to energy bars and a delectable Doggie Delights menu, Affinia Manhattan, an official hotel of the 138thannual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, is rolling out the red carpet for pooches during and after the show from now until Wednesday, February 12.

The newly renovated Affinia Manhattan, a pet-friendly hotel in New York City, is once again an official hotel of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the nation’s premier canine event. In its 16th year of catering to the nation’s top dogs and their trainers, Affinia Manhattan is pulling out all the stops with a variety of canine services and amenities, and welcoming this year’s competitors with all the amenities of its recently launched VIPaws pet program.

A spacious terrace suite will be transformed into a complimentary VIPaws Suite, featuring an outdoor play area, treadmills courtesy of DogTread®, upscale pet retailer Jax & Bones chew toys; and an assortment of YaffBars, the world's first energy bar that both dogs and owners can enjoy.

A Wags & Wines reception on Sunday, February 9, from 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., will feature play stations designed by Architecture for Dogs, YaffBars, a fashion display of protective outerwear for dogs courtesy of YaffBars sister company, Spot the Dog, and a selection of wine from for the hotel’s two-legged guests.

At the reception, guests will can donate to Affinia Hotels’ charitable partner, the Humane Society of New York. Also, when guests reserve Affinia Manhattan’s VIPaws Pet program, a $10 donation will also be made to the charity.

Guests can treat their pooch to the Doggie Delights menu at Niles New York City restaurant.

Rates at Affinia Manhattan start at $199 per night, double occupancy. There is a fee of $75 per pet. For more information or to book, visit or call 1-866-246-2203.


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Blog  >  The Hotel Indigo’s New Orleans Garden District Hotel - Property Pck of the Litter

The Hotel Indigo’s New Orleans Garden District Hotel - Property Pck of the Litter

Today’s Property Pick of the Litter brings us to the home of jazz, creole and gardens - New Orleans and the FIDO Friendly Hotel Indigo.

Pet-lovers are in for a treat on Feb. 20, 2014, because it’s National Love Your Pet Day! To celebrate what our furry friends mean to us, select Hotel Indigo® properties are offering limited-time pet packages for the full month of February, as well as hosting “Love Your Pet” events open to both guests and local pet-enthusiasts. Guests will find plenty of ways to pamper and shine the spotlight on their four-legged pals, including some of these special treats from Hotel Indigo hotels around the country:

The Hotel Indigo’s New Orleans Garden District Hotel will host a Love Your Pet Day event on Feb. 20, in advance of The Mystic Krewe of Barkus, which is New Orleans’ only Mardi Gras krewe created by and for the canine population. Event highlights include: Mardi Gras beads for owner and furry companion alike, gourmet dog treat and a buy one/get one offer for the human-approved Salty Dog Cocktail, available at the hotel bar. In addition, guests staying at the hotel in February will be met with dog treats, a food & water bowl and waived pet fees.

If you’re looking to get out and discover the neighborhood during your Hotel Indigo stay, our friendly and knowledgeable hotel teams would be excited to assist you. As InterContinental® Hotels Group’s (IHG) upscale branded boutique hotel brand, the Hotel Indigo brand is the neighborhood authority and delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community.   No two hotels are the same – but they all feature a pet-friendly policy for owners who don’t want to leave their furry pals behind! In fact, certain Hotel Indigo properties even have their own “pet residents” who delight guests with their peppy personality and occasional costume capers:

Get more information and book your stay here !

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Blog  >  The Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown - Property Pick of the Litter

The Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown - Property Pick of the Litter

Today’s Property Pick of the Litter brings us to beautiful Asheville, NC and the Hotel Indigo.

Pet-lovers are in for a treat on Feb. 20, 2014, because it’s National Love Your Pet Day! To celebrate what our furry friends mean to us, select Hotel Indigo® properties are offering limited-time pet packages for the full month of February, as well as hosting “Love Your Pet” events open to both guests and local pet-enthusiasts. Guests will find plenty of ways to pamper and shine the spotlight on their four-legged pals, including some of these special treats from Hotel Indigo hotels around the country:

The Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown property is throwing a full-scale pet soiree on Love Your Pet Day, complete with pet-themed cocktails, such as Puppy Power and Scooby Juice, complimentary pet treats and a meet-and-greet with local pet vendors. Gift packages will be auctioned off, with proceeds and donations benefitting a local animal shelter. As a bonus, guests staying at the hotel will be greeted with locally-made pet treats and a waived pet fee through the month of February.

If you’re looking to get out and discover the neighborhood during your Hotel Indigo stay, our friendly and knowledgeable hotel teams would be excited to assist you. As InterContinental® Hotels Group’s (IHG) upscale branded boutique hotel brand, the Hotel Indigo brand is the neighborhood authority and delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community. No two hotels are the same – but they all feature a pet-friendly policy for owners who don’t want to leave their furry pals behind! In fact, certain Hotel Indigo properties even have their own “pet residents” who delight guests with their peppy personality and occasional costume capers:

Get more information and book your stay here!

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Blog  >  Your FIDO and Partner’s Chemistry Matters

Your FIDO and Partner’s Chemistry Matters

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, FIDO wanted to share these tips for keeping EVERYONE wagging and kissing!

A recent survey found that 67% of women would end a relationship with their partner if they clashed with their pet!  Pets can be aggressive or wary towards new love interests or even long-term partners, but there are ways to help your pet warm up to your beau.

ASPCA behavior experts offer the following tips and more on how to help your pet and partner get along:

Ask your partner to be the bearer of all good things for your pet each day: food, toys and treats should come from your other instead of from you. Over time your pet will come to see him in a positive light.

Ask your other not to force interaction with your pet. Pets tend to see the approach of someone they fear or distrust as a threat, so it’s best for your other to play it cool and let your pet make the first overture of friendship.

The way to your pet’s heart is through his belly! Reward your pet with treats for every step they take to investigate your beau, whether it be sniffing, approaching or rubbing up on him. Encouraging this social behavior with food will grease the wheels of affection.

Visit the ASPCA for more information about all the wonderful things they offer!

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Inspired by New York Fashion Week hitting runways next Thursday, February 6th, the team at Helen Woodward Animal Center decided to show off the swankier-sides of our fuzzy friends with a furry fashion photo shoot.  With the generous support of local business Chowhound Photography (, Center staff hopes the BeFUR-and-AfFUR Make-Overs will have potential adopters taking a second look to see the true beauty and top-model dispositions of fashion-forward dogs and cats seeking forever homes.

The idea of capturing orphan pets in high-fashion photo settings stemmed from numerous reports citing an increase in adoption rates of orphan pets with great profile pictures vs. photos showing the same pets in less flattering surroundings.  Helen Woodward Animal Center PR Manager Jessica Gercke explained, “It’s amazing how often I meet people who don’t understand that a puppy purchased from a breeder is no different than a puppy adopted at a rescue facility.  Both dogs have the same capacity to love, learn and become amazing family pets but images of orphan animals looking unhappy, behind bars, can lead to misperceptions of what these animals are really like.  A fashion photo shoot allows us to highlight the unique personality of each of these wonderful pets and show off their incredible beauty.”



Amy VandenBerg of Chowhound Photography in Encinitas donated her skills to the shoot.  Though her website displays a preference for more natural settings, she was up for the high-fashion theme.  “Animals are so open and ready to display all of their enthusiasm for life and a fascination with the world around them,” said Vandenberg.  “I absolutely love capturing a pet's personality for my clients, and it's just as rewarding to be able to capture the personality of an animal waiting for their forever home.  It's a chance to let them shine in a photo like they do in real life.  Every pet is unique, and showing that uniqueness in a photo can make all the difference when it means winning over a potential adopter.”

Haute Couture is a thrill on the runway and the latest fashion trend is always in demand, but the true love of a devoted companion is something that will simply never go out of style.

If you are interested in adopting, would like to make a donation, or would like more information, please contact Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoption Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 313, visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

New York Fashion Week for Pets - Helen Woodward Animal Center

Inspired by Fashion Week hitting runways throughout New York, the team at Helen Woodward Animal Center decided to show off the swankier-sides of their adoptable friends with a furry fashion photo shoot. The photos, taken by volunteer photographer Ri

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Blog  >  The Four Seasons Barn House - Destination of the Day

The Four Seasons Barn House - Destination of the Day

The Four Seasons Barn House - A visit to Door County by Susan Sims, Publisher

Door County, Wisconsin is known as the New England of the Midwest. So what better place to spend a few days while visiting then in a renovated Barn with Fido? The Four Seasons Barn House was originally built in the late 1800’s and is tucked away along side a quiet country road between Ephraim, Baileys Harbor and Sister Bay. The quaint setting provides a tranquil getaway and is close to all activities Door County is famous for.

I admit, once we were ensconced in our cozy digs, we were hard pressed to decide whether to venture out or stay home and BBQ dinner with the promise of a roaring campfire under the stars to look forward to. Your hosts also remember Fido with a basket filled with toys.

Located on eight acres, take your morning coffee and stroll around the property. You will discover a sauna, weight room, ping-pong table and even a tennis court.

Your group or just a couple with Fido, can gather around the fireplace in the living room after a day of sightseeing and plan the next day’s adventure. But I warn you; it might be hard to leave the comforts of The Four Seasons Barn House once you settle in.

The Four Seasons Barn House sleeps six and when you visit to make your reservations, you will see a few images of this fabulous getaway. The owners are just across the drive and are there should you need anything. Tell them FIDO Friendly said hello!  

View this property here-

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Blog  >  DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs Names Top Texas Destinations for Dogs

DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs Names Top Texas Destinations for Dogs

FIDO's Destination of the Day is Texas, and this new travel guidebook from DogTipper proves Texas has gone to the dogs!

Looking for an inexpensive day trip or camping getaway with your dog? The answer just might lie in one of the many dog-friendly Texas state parks. From beaches to lakes, piney woods to rolling plains, you and your four-legged buddy will find an array of parks that offer miles of hikes, swims, and relaxation for the two of you to share.

Our dogs love visiting state parks,” explains Paris Permenter, co-author of the newly-published DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs guidebook covering the top dog-friendly attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and shops in the Lone Star State. Permenter and her husband, John Bigley, also traveled the state with their dogs Irie and Tiki to see firsthand if the parks would welcome man’s best friend, especially larger dogs like the couple’s 70-pound rescues.

We found such an inviting atmosphere at the parks,” recalls the Texas-based author. “Our dogs have romped on the beaches, swam in the lakes, and hiked along with us. Dogs are required to be on a leash no longer than six feet long but we found that, with few exceptions such as the designated human swimming areas or the shelter and cabin camping areas, our dogs were very welcome in the parks.”

Although the choice was difficult, the couple—and their dogs—selected the parks they found as the most dog-friendly state parks in Texas - here are a few of their top picks:

Inks Lake State Park. With its crushed granite shallows, the lake waters are some of the clearest in the state. A no-wake zone in much of the lake also makes this park attractive to dogs that might otherwise be frightened of boat noise or dogs that are new to traveling. The 1,200-acre park offers camping, fishing, lakeside picnicking, and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. A 640-acre granite dome, second in size only to Georgia’s Stone Mountain, Enchanted Rock is the largest stone formation in the West. Named for the creaking sounds that the Native Americans heard from the rock as it cooled during the night, Enchanted Rock offers plenty of fun for dogs of all activity levels, from picnicking and a base trail around the rock to gentle hikes up the main formation to more difficult climbs on the smaller formations. In the warm weather months of April through October, it’s best to get out here early before the granite heats up (or bring booties for your dog’s paws). On weekends and holidays, the park limits the number of visitors. You’ll find both primitive and walk-in campsites but bring supplies from nearby Fredericksburg.

Pedernales Falls State Park. Although dogs (and people) are not permitted on the cascading falls for which the park is named, you’ll find plenty of downstream fun beneath the cypress trees. Enjoy a day of swimming and wading with your dog as well as picnicking, camping, and hiking. Note: this park can experience dangerous flash floods. If you notice even a slight rise in the river, you should get to higher ground immediately. The park has sirens to warn of an approaching flash flood but stay alert to changing conditions.

Dinosaur Valley State Park. It’s not just everywhere you can compare your dog’s paw to the footprint of a dinosaur…but here’s your chance. This unique state park contains real dinosaur tracks right in the bed of the Paluxy River. You and Fido can wade in the river (some tracks are submerged, some are in the banks, depending on the water level) and touch the tracks made by Theropod and Sauropod dinosaurs. You’ll also find plenty of swimming, hiking on trails, picnicking and camping, and you can’t miss the two fiberglass dinosaur models in the park: a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex.



About DogTipper’s Texas with Dogs
Published by Open Road Guides and distributed by Simon and Schuster, this full-color guidebook covers the best accommodations, attractions, parks, dog parks, dog-centric festivals and more across the state of Texas. The guide is written by husband-wife team, Paris Permenter and John Bigley who also publish, a 10,000+ page site featuring tips for dog lovers, giveaways, recipes, and more. Paris Permenter, a certified dog trainer and America’s Pet Economist™, also co-hosts the weekly Dog Travel Experts radio show with tips on traveling with your dog. For more information, visit and .

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Blog  >  ASPCA Assists Local Authorities in the Removal of More than 40 Dogs from Kentucky Puppy Mill

ASPCA Assists Local Authorities in the Removal of More than 40 Dogs from Kentucky Puppy Mill

The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and Pulaski County Attorney's Office, is assisting in the removal, transport, sheltering and medical treatment of more than 40 dogs from a large, substandard breeding facility—frequently referred to as a puppy mill—called Dream Catcher Kennels in Nancy, Ky. The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is supporting the ASPCA with the removal of the animals as well as the medical triage and sheltering operation.

The dogs—ranging from Chihuahuas to bloodhounds—were discovered living in filthy, deplorable conditions. Many have untreated medical issues and were found living with little or no shelter in below freezing temperatures.


Pictures courtesy of ASPCA

Dennis Bradley, 61, the owner and operator of Dream Catcher Kennels, is scheduled to appear in Pulaski District Court on January 22 where he is expected to enter a guilty plea to the charge of cruelty to animals in the second degree, an offense with which he was charged with earlier this year after local authorities received numerous complaints about the conditions at Dream Catcher Kennels. As part of the plea deal, Mr. Bradley has surrendered the dogs at his facility and will face six months in jail probated for a term of 24 months. He will not be allowed to operate a kennel or breeding operation for the duration of his probation.

“We commend Deputy Glen Bland for his tireless work and efforts, along with the ASPCA, to bring Mr. Bradley to justice for operating a facility which exposed so many dogs to the deplorable conditions they were forced to live in,” said Sheriff Todd Wood with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. “The collaboration between law enforcement and the ASPCA enabled our agencies to save these dogs from certain demise, and I applaud the ASPCA for being a voice for these animals who otherwise would not receive the care and attention they so desperately need.”

The ASPCA and KHS have established a temporary shelter in Louisville, Ky. where the dogs will receive veterinary exams and care with supplies provided by PetSmart Charities, Inc. Once medical assessments are complete, the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team will begin behavior evaluations and provide socialization and enrichment with support from the KHS before placing them with local and national animal welfare groups to be made available for adoption.

The conditions at Dream Catcher Kennels originally came to light after The Humane Society of the United States submitted an undercover video to local authorities.

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team has rescued countless dogs from puppy mills across the nation. Furthermore, the ASPCA’s Government Relations department has been active in promoting legislation at both the state and federal levels to strengthen regulations and raise minimum standards of care for dogs in puppy mills. Kentucky is one of only 20 states without any regulations in place to protect dogs in commercial breeding facilities. Additionally, the ASPCA launched a national “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign, which seeks to raise awareness about the connection between puppy mills and pet stores and end the demand for puppy mill dogs. For more information about puppy mills and how to fight animal cruelty, visit

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Blog  >  El Portal Sedona Hotel – Property Pick of The Litter

El Portal Sedona Hotel – Property Pick of The Litter

El Portal Sedona Hotel – A Hiker’s Hotspot - A FIDO Friendly Property Pick of the Litter!

Sedona offers visitors a wide variety of activities and excursions – jeep tours, boutique shops, spiritual journeys, and trips to the Grand Canyon among many other ways to pack vacations with sights and sounds.  However, Sedona also has some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the United States.  Sedona is located within the Coconino National Forest – a 1.856-million acre park of breath-taking scenery.  Sedona visitors can take leisurely walks or extreme hikes up into hills and summits of rock formations.  There are more trails than one could hike in two decades - trails of various difficulties and elevations, but each with majestic views and stunning sights.

Designated in 1908, the Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country, spanning nearly two million acres and containing incredibly diverse landscapes.  The area around Sedona is known as the “Red Rock District,” and it encompasses many of the famous red rock buttes and mesas, and canyons that have made Sedona famous.  The trails visitors can access from Sedona are open nearly year around due to the moderate climate.  There are over two hundred miles of hiking and biking trails that sprawl throughout this red rock region alone.  These trails vary in level and difficulty, so visitors can match the path they choose to their own skill levels without missing out on any sights in this beautiful National Forest.

One of the most popular and spectacular hiking destinations in Sedona is Red Rock State Park.  With over 250 acres, the trails that work through this area provide an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the more recognizable Arizona wild – green meadows filled with native vegetation, rock formations, and of course hills of red rock.  Red Rock State Park offers educational sessions for both school groups as well as private groups for any interested in learning more about the area, as well as daily and weekly park events.

Perhaps two of the most popular hikes are Oak Creek Canyon and Devil’s Bridge.  Oak Creek Canyon is a spectacular sixteen-mile long gorge, framed by natural Arizona landscape with waterfalls and running water.   Oak Creek Canyon has miles of trails for biking and hiking with varying difficulty.  The flat paths have spectacular views and an ease of completion, but more experienced hikers can make their way to the floor of the Canyon.  Anyone who’s looking to spend a longer day out on the trials (but not necessarily a harder day!) might want to stop by Devil’s Bridge, the largest natural sandstone arch in the area.  There is an uphill incline that is unavoidable, but the trail eventually diverges into two.  One trail will take hikers to the base of the bridge on a much lighter path, and the other takes visitors up, up, up, to the top of the bridge for a spectacular view of the area.

Everyone needs a base of operations on any vacation, and a trip to Sedona is no different.  Visitors to Sedona who are interested in hiking; whether beginners or experienced trekkers, will benefit from a stay at El Portal Sedona Hotel.  The boutique hotel provides a plethora of amenities, but it is also has a full time hiking guide on staff ready to help anyone plan a day on the trails or take them on a guided hike. El Portal Sedona is a pet friendly hotel as well with enclosed pet patios with many rooms.  Many hiking enthusiasts take their pet with them on the hiking trails.  In addition to a welcoming basket of treats for your pet, El Portal will provide a list of dog-friendly parks and outdoor restaurants, as well as pet food and supply stores.

Whether guests want to spend the day out in the desert or simply take a picnic lunch out for a more leisurely hike, the staff at El Portal is there to help plan and arrange excursions.  With a prime location, wealth of knowledge, friendly help, and personalized concierge services for Sedona, the boutique hotel is ideal for the visitor that wants to spend time out on the trails.

About El Portal Sedona Hotel:   El Portal Sedona Hotel is a pet friendly Sedona hotel where guests can enjoy Sedona and area in historic yet luxurious surroundings.  Each guest suite includes a private entrance, patio, fireplace, whirlpool bath and free WiFi; featherweight cashmere blankets, luxury Egyptian cotton sheets, bath towels, premium down pillows and comforters for the ultimate in restful comfort. At this luxury inn guests have access to unique concierge services for Sedona and area. The owners strive to make a personal connection with all their guests.

Contact Information:

El Portal Sedona Hotel

95 Portal Lane,

Sedona, AZ 86336



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Blog  >  FlipKey: A Travel Resource for People Looking for Fido-Friendly Accommodations

FlipKey: A Travel Resource for People Looking for Fido-Friendly Accommodations

FIDO's own Susan Sims, Publisher FIDO Friendly magazine, shares FlipKey - A travel resource for people looking for Fido-friendly accommodations.

I always enjoy traveling with my dogs and some of the most relaxing times have been when staying at private homes. My husband and I along with our two dogs, Junior and Jake like the comforts of home and when a hotel is not on the agenda, searching for a private home or condo is made easy by using FlipKey.  FlipKey has many pet-friendly properties to choose from where both you and Fido are welcome.

Since 2007, FlipKey has been a great resource for people traveling with pets because it provides an easy way to search and find pet-friendly accommodations with reviews to back up the rental. You are able to stay in a nice, clean accommodation that is pet-friendly and sometimes even caters to those with pets including providing dog crates, toys, etc.

On a recent trip to Door County, I used the FlipKey service to locate the perfect place to unwind and spend a week. Their website is easy to navigate and reading the reviews is very helpful in determining just the right fit for the entire family, Fido included!

How it works:

1. Find an apartment, condo or home to rent on FlipKey
2. Book your reservation and be sure to let them know you are bringing your dog.
3.  Make sure you know where to receive the keys upon arrival and check in!

With plenty of holiday travel ahead for 2014, make it easy to plan for the entire family by using FlipKey, you will be sure to find the perfect getaway.

For more information, check out their website listing pet-friendly rentals here:

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Blog  >  Pet Poison Helpline Top 10 List of Most Poisonous Household Items that Caused FIDO Emergencies

Pet Poison Helpline Top 10 List of Most Poisonous Household Items that Caused FIDO Emergencies

For many people, January is a time for reflecting on the past year and making positive changes for healthier, more fulfilling and safer lifestyles. The veterinarians and toxicology experts at Pet Poison Helpline are helping make 2014 healthier and safer for pets by providing these “Top Ten Lists” of household items that generated the most poison consultations for dogs in 2013. While not all items on this timely list are highly toxic, the list will inform pet owners about the truly dangerous items in their homes. The items below are presented in order of frequency, with number one being the item that caused the most emergency calls to Pet Poison Helpline.

Dogs: Top 10 Toxins of 2013

1)   Chocolate: Dark equals dangerous! Bakers and dark chocolate are the most toxic, and milk chocolate if ingested in large amounts

2)   Xylitol: This sweetener found in sugarless chewing gum and candy, medications and nasal sprays causes a rapid drop in blood sugar and liver failure only in dogs (not cats).

3)   NSAIDs: Ibuprofen, naproxen, etc., found in products like Advil, Motrin, and Aleve. Dogs don’t metabolize these drugs well; ingestions result in stomach ulcers and kidney failure.

4)   Over the counter cough, cold and allergy medications: Those that contain acetaminophen or decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine, are particularly toxic.

5)   Rodenticides (mouse poison): These may cause internal bleeding (brodifacoum, bromadiolone, etc.) or brain swelling (bromethalin), even in small amounts.

6)   Grapes and raisins: These harmless human foods cause kidney damage in dogs.

7)   Insect bait stations: These rarely cause poisoning in dogs – the bigger risk is bowel obstruction when dogs swallow the plastic casing.

8)   Prescription ADD/ADHD medications: These amphetamines such as Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, and Vyvanse can cause tremors, seizures, cardiac problems and death in pets.

9)   Glucosamine joint supplements: Overdose of tasty products such as Cosequin and Move Free typically only cause diarrhea; however, in rare cases, liver failure can develop.

10) Silica gel packets and oxygen absorbers: Silica gel packs, found in new shoes, purses or backpacks, is rarely a concern. The real threats are the iron-containing oxygen absorbers found in food packages like beef jerky or pet treats, which can cause iron poisoning. 

The best thing concerned pet owners can do is get educated on the most common pet toxins, which are listed above, and then pet-proof their homes. However, accidents happen and if a pet may have ingested something toxic, Pet Poison Helpline recommends taking action immediately. Contact a veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. Pet Poison Helpline also has a helpful iPhone application with an extensive database of over 200 poisons dangerous to cats and dogs. “Pet Poison Help” is available on iTunes for $1.99.

About Pet Poison Helpline
Pet Poison Helpline, an animal poison control center based out of Minneapolis, is available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners and veterinary professionals that require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet. The staff provides treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals and exotic species. As the most cost-effective option for animal poison control care, Pet Poison Helpline’s fee of $39 per incident includes follow-up consultation for the duration of the poison case. Pet Poison Helpline is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680. Additional information can be found online at

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Blog  >  Important Tips from Penn Vet to Keep Pets Safe in Cold Weather

Important Tips from Penn Vet to Keep Pets Safe in Cold Weather

Extreme cold weather is here and extra care needs to be taken to keep companion animals comfortable and healthy throughout the winter season. Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, Chief of the Emergency Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, offers the following tips:

When walking a dog, keep it leashed. Avoid icy walkways, as the animal can slip and pull muscles and ligaments. Slips and falls also can aggravate existing conditions like hip dysplasia. If a dog limps after going for a walk, let the animal rest and monitor the situation. If things do not improve after 24 hours, call your veterinarian. Owners of older or overweight dogs should be particularly careful with these animals when they are walked.

Short-coated and small breed dogs should wear a sweater or coat to keep them warm when going outside.

When the snow is deep, clear an area where the dog can relieve itself. Many dogs, particularly small ones, will not relieve themselves in deep snow.

When shoveling snow, keep dogs away. Many dogs like to jump at the snow as it flies from the shovel. However, in their exuberance, they may run into the sharp edge of the shovel and get cut.

After a walk, a dog’s paws should be washed and dried because salt and other material spread on sidewalks causes irritation to the feet.

Dogs get cold, just like people. Do not leave a dog outside for extended periods. In very cold temperatures, dogs should not be left outdoors overnight.

Cats like to climb onto car motors to hide and find warmth. While hiding on the motor, they also like to lick antifreeze that has spilled around the radiator cap. The ethylene glycol in antifreeze has a sweet odor and taste that seems to lure animals. A very small amount of the liquid can be lethal to cats and dogs. If an animal has had contact with contaminated surfaces, seek veterinary attention quickly. When filling the radiator, wipe up any spillage on the engine and under the car.

Because cats like to hide under the hoods of cars during cold weather, thump the hood a few times before entering a vehicle and turning the key. That will give the animal time to scamper away and not be hurt by the fan or fan belt.

In Case of an Emergency
As with any potential emergency, immediate attention from a veterinarian is imperative. Penn Vet’s Emergency Service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  Make sure to keep your Vet’s emergency contact information somewhere easily accessible in your home as well as on your mobile phone.

About Penn Vet
Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.  For more information, visit

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Blog  >  9 Questions to Ask When Looking for a FIDO Friendly Hotel

9 Questions to Ask When Looking for a FIDO Friendly Hotel

FIDO’s new friend  Christie Zizo,  (Blogger,  Life With  shared these great tips with us –and we just had to share them with you too! 

More hotels are going pet-friendly.  But does that mean the hotel is automatically right for your dog?  Just because a hotel allows your pet to stay doesn’t mean they are pet friendly. Here are 9 things to consider when picking the right hotel for you and your pet.

9 Questions to Ask When Looking for a FIDO Friendly Hotel

1. Where do they keep the pet friendly hotel rooms? You are looking forward to a deluxe room with a view of the beach. But the pet-friendly rooms are standard rooms – overlooking a parking lot.  Ooh and the dumpster.

Many hotels have blocks available for people with pets. Sometimes those rooms are not the nicest rooms, or in the prime locations.  For instance, at a resort we stayed at near Universal Studios Orlando we couldn’t bring our dogs to the deluxe room overlooking the pool. Pet-friendly rooms were standard only, on the far end of the resort. It may have had a nice view, but it wasn’t necessarily convenient, and we couldn’t get a bigger room.  Consider this when booking your vacation.

2. What kind of guests does your hotel normally cater to? My family and I attended a convention at a hotel outside New Orleans a few years ago. While the hotel was pet-friendly, it was mainly a business hotel. Our room was surrounded by airline employees just arrived from a flight. You can bet these employees were not happy about our beagle’s howling.

Sometimes you need to make the best judgment about a place. It requires knowing your dog. My beagle has a loud howl. Will that be a problem? You can’t keep a dog muzzled the whole time you’re away from them.

3. What are the rules on barking? Some hotels actually have strict policies on barking. One hotel we stayed at said if the barking continued and we were not there to deal with it they would remove the dog to a kennel. You know your dog. If your dog is uncomfortable with being in a strange room with people walking by, you should probably find other arrangements.

4. Where will the pet be able to use the bathroom? Going back to that hotel outside New Orleans, turns out there wasn’t much of an area for the dog to use the restroom. No grass, no mulch, no special spaces. The only soft areas were the little squares at the sidewalks where trees had been planted. Our dog is not a city dog. She’s never gone on concrete. It was a bit of a challenge.

5. Do you have any pet-friendly amenities? This can be a pet potty area. This can also be special doggy beds, dog bowls, toys, room service or a massage. It’s amazing what some hotels are doing to make your pet feel like a welcome guest. The more people ask for pet amenities, the more hotels may start considering it.

6. What are the rules on accidents? It happens, especially when a pet is in a strange place. You should probably pack some good carpet cleaner and paper towels just in case.

7. Any places dogs can’t be? The restaurant, lounge and bar are wide open and spill into the lobby. But the minute your dog steps inside the restaurant area, you may be told to leave. Know the rules. Even at a pet-friendly hotel there are many places dogs can’t be. Sometimes that’s good to know ahead of time.

8. Are dogs allowed on your shuttle buses? You’re flying in with your pet. How do you plan on getting to the hotel? Some have free buses. But can your pet ride on them? Find out ahead of time. This is also true if they offer free transportation to places like parks, shopping districts or attractions where pets might be welcome.

9. Anything that might spook my pet?  How close is the hotel to main streets? Will they hear a lot of noise from cars, emergency vehicles, trains, or just people outside? If that’s the case, see if you can get a room higher up or not so close to streets.

Check out Christie's blog for more great tips, ideas and FUN pictures of her FIDOs

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Blog  >  Cool Deals for FIDO From Paradise 4 Paws

Cool Deals for FIDO From Paradise 4 Paws

Baby It's Cold Outside – So how about some COOL Deals for you and YOUR FIDO from our friends at  Paradise 4 Paws – A Premier Resort for Cats and Dogs!

20% Off Cuddle Times
Who doesn't love a good cuddle session during these cold winter months? Surprise your pet with some extra Cuddle Time this next stay and enjoy 20% off!

New Pet Package - $30
Did you welcome a new pet into your family this holiday season? Check out our New Pet Packages for your new puppy or kitten! These packages can be purchased at any Paradise 4 Paws location and will help you and your new fur baby get started on the right paw. Contact our Pawcierge for more information by emailing us or calling (847) 678-1200.


Callling All Puppies - it's time for a PUPPY SOCIAL

Saturday, January 25th
1:00pm to 2:00pm - Paradise 4 Paws O'Hare

Please join us January 25th for a Puppy Social! This event is for puppies only (12 weeks to 5 months old) and is great for early socialization! Our Trainers, Sally Bushwaller and Amy Blum, will be on site to give tips to the puppy parents and to make sure your new little family member has a great experience with the other puppy guests.

Please RSVP by January 23rd by emailing us,  or give us a call at (847) 678-1200.

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Blog  >  Holly’s Place - Lake Tahoe Property Pick of the Litter

Holly’s Place - Lake Tahoe Property Pick of the Litter

$99 per night Special Is Back At Holly's Place Lake Tahoes' PREMIERE Dog Friendly Resort.

DOGS RUN FREE AT HOLLY'S PLACE Dog Friendly Cabin Resort! Come to the Lake with your pets and enjoy the weather! The roads are clear so you can drive the good car!! We have cabins available .... Now  ONLY $99 per night, single or double occupancy, NO MINIMUM!

Dogs $10 per night extra. ALL FRIENDLY DOGS WELCOME!!  Offer good through January 30th, 2014!

NO Night minimums, NO blackout dates, just great prices at Lake Tahoes' PREMIERE Dog Friendly Resort.


During this special, we are also reducing our nightly dog fees (normally $20 per night, now $10!!).

Our resort is 2 acres of fenced in beauty where your dogs are allowed to run free and play. We have lots of running room for your furry friends, and we also have barbecue grills and fire pits!  Each studio cabin has a kitchenette with microwave, mini fridge and more.  Our large common room has continental breakfast including coffee, cereal, fixings for pancakes and waffles, etc, and you are welcome to cook full meals there if you desire

Contact for details: (530) 544-7040 or (800) 745-7041

VISIT - for pictures, video and more!

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Blog  >  Cleaning the Easy Way with the FABulous Moneual Rydis

Cleaning the Easy Way with the FABulous Moneual Rydis

I am not lazy; I am NOT lazy; I am, well, feeling guilty watching the FABulous Moneual Rydis run around my house cleaning carpet and hardwood. It is fascinating. This robot has settings for corners, under the bed, a mop feature and side brush attachments. This is not a gadget. This is a workhorse. The charging station will get the Moneual Rydis up and running in about an hour.

Simply turn it on and press start and off it goes. The filter is easy to remove when full and I was surprised on how much this machine picked up as I had vacuumed a few days prior. I am using this green machine every day now in different parts of the house. Not because I need to, but because it is so much fun to watch it move around chairs, under coffee tables and well, beyond addictive, it is also fun to watch the dogs and cats reactions to the Moneual Rydis as it is whizzing by them. (MSRP: $299.99)

Rydis saves you time, allowing you to spend it towards having a Better Home, Better Life! 

Winner of the Red Dot Design Award and Spark Design Award, Moneual RYDIS MR6550 is an advanced hybrid robot vacuum cleaner utilizing a powerful motor and dry mop. 
With creative and technical advances in engineering and design featuring a BLDC motor, lithium iron phosphate rechargeable batter, motion play, sophisticated algorithm, 
smart sensors and contains a high-efficiency washable filter, Rydis is the helping hand that can change your lifestyle with the touch of a button.

Experience Rydis and its 7 different cleaning modes including automatic clean, corner clean, intensive clean, manual clean, shadow clean, 
motion play and reservation cleaning mode to start saving you time to do other tasks.

For more information click here!

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Blog  >  DUKE - A Hallmark Movie Channel Original

DUKE - A Hallmark Movie Channel Original

FIDO loves DUKE - A Hallmark Movie Channel Original inspired by a true story.  It features Steven Weber as a marine sergeant returning from Iraq with both PTSD and a disabling injury. Feeling like a burden, he leaves his family and takes his dog Duke with him to live on the streets.

See a video sneak peak of this wonderful movie below and see how you can enter a fun new contest we are launching January 1st!

Is your FIDO a hero dog?

What does he do to make him a hero in your eyes?

Click here to see our Hero Dog Contest and how YOUR FIDO's story could appear in an upcoming issue of FIDO Friendly (AND The winner will also receive a copy of the DVD Duke!)

Duke - Hallmark Movie Channel - Premiere Promo

Steven Weber ("Wings," "Brothers & Sisters") stars in a touching story inspired by true events, of the special relationship between a broken, homeless vet and his only constant companion and soulmate, a Border Collie named Duke, in the World Premiere

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Have you just got a dog? Congratulations! It’s now your primary task to take good care of him and here are some tips for setting a healthy diet for your precious pet.

Food is fuel for every living being and it’s important to nurture healthy eating habits. Any puppy has to consume food at least once a day, so avoid developing bad habits from the very start. Sketch a feeding plan before you even bring a dog home. This should not only include the menu, but also rules which every family member has to stick to. Never feed your canine from the table, as there will be no point for him in eating his own meal.


Also, keep dog food separately as this won’t let him associate it with products mean for humans. And, of course, stick to a schedule recommended by your vet – this rule works with any babies.

Ready? Then go ahead and choose your pet at

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Blog  >  Holiday Reminders to Keep FIDO and FLUFFY Safe!

Holiday Reminders to Keep FIDO and FLUFFY Safe!

It may be the “most wonderful time of the year,” but traditionally joyous holiday customs can present special dangers for pets, cautions the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). As Christmas quickly approaches here are three holiday customs that pose particular dangers to pets:

FESTIVE FOODS – On holidays, feeding your pet a bit of turkey is okay, as long as it has been fully cooked and is bone-free. Undercooked turkey may contain salmonella bacteria and bones could splinter and get lodged in your pet’s digestive tract. Pets that ingest alcohol can become very sick and may fall into a coma, leading to an untimely death. Chocolate too should be kept far away from pets, as it can cause symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rate and seizures.
DANGEROUS DECORATIONS – Decorations are a fun way to celebrate the season, but they also introduce some danger. Candles are popular, but keep them out of reach of curious cats (and dogs) that might swat at flames, burn themselves or even knock candles over. It’s also important to keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws' reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock, and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus. Shards of breakable ornaments are very sharp and could also be dangerous. Tinsel is very appealing to cats, but a curious nibble can lead to a swallow, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting, dehydration and possible emergency surgery.
PESKY PLANTS – Certain festive plants can also cause some serious damage if pets ingest them. Lilies are popular holiday flowers, but they can cause kidney failure in cats. And festive plants like holly and mistletoe also can be dangerous and cause gastrointestinal upset or, in rare cases with mistletoe, cardiovascular problems. It’s best to use non-toxic decorations such as wood, fabric or even pinecones. Some believe the popular poinsettia is highly toxic to pets, but that’s mostly a myth. Poinsettias cause only mild to moderate gastrointestinal irritation. Keeping it out of pets’ reach is still a good idea, but there’s no need to banish it altogether. Christmas trees are not particularly toxic, but precautions should be taken to ensure the tree is securely anchored so it doesn't tip or fall. Tree water—which may contain fertilizers and bacteria that can cause stomach upset, nausea or diarrhea if ingested— should be covered to protect pets from drinking it.

If your dog or cat accidentally ingests a potentially toxic substance this holiday season, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for immediate assistance.

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Blog  >  Moby Promotes Pet Adoption in “Almost Home” Video

Moby Promotes Pet Adoption in “Almost Home” Video

FIDO loves how these precious shelter pets from Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Los Angeles co-star in Moby’s  lyric video single off of his “Innocents” album - it's our Video Pick of the Week!

Musician and animal advocate Moby speaks up for shelter pets in his touching new lyric video for “Almost Home”, a collaboration with Damien Jurado from Moby’s album "Innocents" ( released on Oct. 1, 2013.

Holding up lyrics from the song, Moby is clearly in his element while interacting with homeless dogs and cats from the Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills, Calif., many of whom return his affection on camera.

The minimalist, near-zero dollar budget video is being released during this season for a reason.

“It's always a good time to adopt an animal from a shelter, but it seems like an especially good time to adopt an animal, as it’s the holiday /Channukah / Kwanzaa / Saturnalia / Festivus / season,” Moby said. “So, I hope you like the video, and I hope you're able to provide a home for a dog or cat (or gerbil or snake or any other shelter animal) this season.”

Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles, commented on the exposure that “Almost Home” provides for the 400 dogs and cats currently awaiting adoption at the Center.

“The sad truth is that more than 9,000 dogs and cats are killed every day in U.S. shelters simply because they have no safe place to call home,” Peralta said. “By showcasing shelter pets to such a vast national and international audience, Moby is an amazing voice for these wonderful dogs and cats. He beautifully illustrates how, as a community of animal lovers, we can work together to Save Them All.”

As an incentive for holiday adoptions, the Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center is offering $25 “Adopt ‘Til You Drop” pet adoptions at its center and the six Los Angeles Animal Services Shelters every weekend through Jan. 6, 2014. All pets are micro-chipped, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered prior to adoption. For more information, visit

Moby - Almost Home (Best Friends Animal Society Lyric Video) (with Damien Jurado)

Music: Moby with Damien Jurado 'Almost Home' More from 'innocents' here: a few weeks ago i went up to best friends pet adoption and spay & neuter center , an l.a city location of best friends animal society and made a short

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Blog  >  Keep FIDO Fabulous All Winter with Petcurean Pet Food

Keep FIDO Fabulous All Winter with Petcurean Pet Food

Cold and flu season is upon us, and  as we boost our immune system through healthy eating and exercise, we can also boost FIDO’s immune system through nutrition.  Our friends at Petcurean introduced us to their Pet Nutritionist, Michele Dixon, who answered 3 of our top questions for keeping FIDO FABULOUS during the winter months.

Psssst – After you read through her answers , email us (put PETCUREAN in the subject line) and let us know your top winter weather concern for your FIDO and why you would like to try Petcurean Pet Food. (A picture of your pup is always fun too!)  One lucky FIDO fan will will be drawn at random from all entries to receive vouchers good for two FREE 12lb bags of your choice of Petcurean Pet Food!   (Entries accepted 12/19/13 through 12/31/13 - winner will be drawn and notified the week of January 1, 2014)


1) What ingredients are best to help boost the immunity of pets and why?

Anti-oxidants included in brightly colored fruits and vegetable, called carotenoids, benefit vision, skin, bones, heart and immune system.  As well prebiotics and probiotic support the immune system, specifically the large intestine, as a large part of the immune system resides here.

2) Dry patches and lack lustre fur are common in the winter- what ingredients can help with this?

Cooler weather usually brings dry air. Drier air can also dry out a pet’s coat and skin. A dog or cat food with omega oils, will help support a healthy coat and skin.

3) For dogs with allergies what are the recommended ingredients that might help with sensitive digestion and food intolerance issues?

Allergies and intolerances are based on exposure to a particular protein source. Typically they are ingredients that are traditionally used in pet food. Often times determining what the offending agent is can be a bit tricky, however using an novel single protein source, such as duck, salmon or turkey, reducing your carbohydrates to one or two novels sources, and limiting the remaining ingredients, can work quite well. For your canine friend, we recommend our GO! SENSITIVITY + SHINE Recipe.

For more information about all the wonderful Pet Products Petcurean offers visit their website

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Blog  >  Wally The Touch Therapy Dog Named “Hero Pet” in Purina GOOD’s Hero Pets to the Rescue Challenge

Wally The Touch Therapy Dog Named “Hero Pet” in Purina GOOD’s Hero Pets to the Rescue Challenge

Purina One shared this news with us!  Congratulations Kathy Howard and Wally!  They won coupons for a year’s supply of Purina ONE dog food, and a donation of $5,000 will be made to Support Dogs, Inc. 

This fall, Purina One put out a call to pet owners in the GOOD Community to share an inspiring photo and story about how their pet has helped someone in need, through our Hero Pets GOOD Maker challenge.  They received hundreds of submissions from across the U.S. with inspiring photos, videos and stories that celebrate the amazing impact that pets can have in our lives. The community voted on 15 finalists, and now they are excited to officially announce the winner as Kathy Howard and her retriever, Wally.

“Wally is a Touch Therapy Dog and visits at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis where he is a hero every week in the Oncology Unit.  Chemotherapy is scary for everyone but when you are 3 (or 7 or 12) years old, all of it can be terrifying. Wally regularly comes to the rescue! With his calm demeanor and his gentle ways, he offers comfort and normalcy in a situation that is anything but normal. He is a wonderful distraction to the world of needles, dressings, procedures and other very unpleasant happenings!”

Read Wally’s full submission and story here.

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Blog  >  California Poison Control System Holiday Pet Poisoning Prevention Tips

California Poison Control System Holiday Pet Poisoning Prevention Tips

Important Reminders!

During the busy holiday season, we often forget about our pets. Dogs are especially prone to poisoning as they can and often DO eat almost anything. Avoid potential pet dangers with some preventive measures this holiday season.

Don't allow your dog to eat chocolate. Chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine, which acts very much like caffeine. Too much theobromine can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nervousness, restlessness, excitement, tremors, seizures, and even coma.

Don't feed your pets alcohol or illicit drugs. It is dangerous. Many pets have had to be treated at an emergency vet clinic because of the foolishness of their owners.

•Have the phone number of your veterinarian and the emergency vet number posted. Keep the poison center number handy 800-222-1222. If you suspect a pet poisoning, do not wait to call. Prompt attention may make a crucial difference in your pet's health.

To make your dog vomit at home (under the direction of a health professional), use 3% household hydrogen peroxide. Have a bottle on hand, and always call California Poison Control before using it.

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Blog  >  DOGTV’s World’s Most Powerful Dogs of 2013

DOGTV’s World’s Most Powerful Dogs of 2013

FIDO's friends at DOGTV shared this fun list with us - see who was chosen as a TOP DOG for 2013.   DOGTV selected pups based on several criteria, including on-air screen time, top-billed costars, ratings, awards and earnings. But, the ultimate decision came down to news coverage. These pup-arazzi targets made national headlines in 2013 for their many accomplishments.

FIDO has the giggles as we share the Top 5 Winners!

Brian Griffin, Family Guy

While Oprah might top the Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities list, she’s no match for 2013’s No. 1 dog – Brian Griffin. Family Guy fans everywhere were shocked about the untimely demise of the Griffin family’s beloved dog, Brian. He might be headed for retirement, but his TV death led the way to the show’s best ratings of the year the following week (2.6 million viewers).

Baxter, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hasn’t even hit theaters and already its canine star has it made. Baxter, Ron Burgundy’s (Will Ferrell) trusted companion, won hearts in the first installment and has been seen doing some major press for the second film. The border terrier is set to play an even larger role in the second film, which, according to Ferrell, has given him quite the ego; nearly costing the entire shoot with his extravagant demands.

Stella, Modern Family

As Modern Family’s resident pet, Stella has become primetime TV’s most famous pooch face. The French bulldog might not be the funniest member of the cast, but she does rub elbows with the likes of Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara and entertains more than 4.6 million viewers each week.

Wilfred, Wilfred

As the show’s namesake, Wilfred, the hallucination of Elijah Wood’s character, has made a name for himself as the bad boy of the canine world. This loveable, yet menacing pooch has “charmed” more than 2 million viewers on a weekly basis since its 2011 premier.

Giggy, Vanderpump Rules/Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

By far the most well dressed pup on TV, Giggy has warmed the hearts of millions on not one, but two BRAVO shows. This Pomeranian has nearly outshined his fabulous owner, Lisa Vanderpump, with his accessorizing ways.


For the full list of winners visit DOGTV.


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Blog  >  Important Tips from Penn Vet to Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays

Important Tips from Penn Vet to Keep Pets Safe During the Holidays

Healthy FIDO = Happy Holidays!

Dr. Lisa Murphy, Penn Vet's assistant professor of toxicology, and Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, Chief of the Emergency Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, shared the the following tips with FIDO, to keep pets healthy and out of the emergency room during the holidays.

Poisonous Holiday Plants

Poinsettias: Toxicity from poinsettias is often exaggerated. The thick sap inside the stem is toxic, but a healthy dog or cat that eats part of the plant will only display symptoms such as vomiting, lack of appetite, and depression. If a pet ingests part of a poinsettia, owners should restrict food and water for a few hours. Symptoms should only last an hour or two. If they persist, pet owners should consult with their vet.

Mistletoe: Mistletoe berries are the most toxic part of the plant, but are fairly mild in toxicity. If ingested, an animal will display symptoms such as vomiting, lack of appetite, and depression. The risk is dehydration. Pets that are very young or very old may require treatment.

Holly: Spines on holly leaves are sharp and can cause injury to the mouth, tongue, and lips. Holly also has some chemical content that is toxic. Eating the leaves can cause vomiting and diarrhea, which may be more severe than symptoms caused by ingesting other holiday plants (such as poinsettias and mistletoe). Animals may also drool or foam at the mouth. Pet owners should gently rinse the animal’s mouth with water or provide water or milk for the pet to drink in order to soothe the mouth.

Yew: Though yew is not typically brought into the house, it is important to know that if ingested, all parts of this bush are incredibly cardiotoxic, except for the red fleshy portion of the fruit.

Lilies: Lily plants can be toxic to cats, causing kidney injury with potentially devastating, fatal effects. The toxic component of lilies is water soluble and present in both the leaves and the flowers, though more potent in the flowers. The exact toxin has not been identified. Pet owners should seek veterinary attention immediately if their cat has ingested a lily plant.

Deck the Halls

  • Tinsel, wires for decorations, and ornaments all pose potential pet problems.
  • Tinsel can cut the intestines and cause severe injuries when ingested.
  • Electric wires look especially appetizing to puppies and kittens. If they succeed in chewing them, they can suffer burns or shock that can cause seizures, loss of consciousness, and fluid build-up in the lungs.
  • Glass ornaments and ornament hooks are hazardous because they break easily. Pets can ingest the splinters, cutting their mouth, esophagus, or intestines.
  • In addition, dough ornaments, because of high salt content, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and in severe cases, seizures.

Good Gift Giving

Give toys that are too big to be swallowed or get caught in the animal’s throat. Do not give anything with a string attached. Be sure to remove bells or squeakers.

Festive Foods

  • Pet owners should maintain their pet’s regular diet. Treats of turkey, ham, gravy, cookies, and other goodies can lead to gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Dispose of all bones carefully so that pets cannot get to them. Poultry bones are particularly dangerous, as they can splinter and cut the intestines or get lodged in a pet’s esophagus.
  • Guilty pleasures for humans, like chocolate and alcohol, can be toxic to pets. Keep chocolate, nuts, and alcoholic beverages out-of-reach from pets, as they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or a condition called pancreatitis, which can be deadly. Yeast-containing bread dough can rapidly expand in the warm environment of the stomach and also produce alcohol as it ferments. Grapes and raisins can be toxic to pets, as well.
  • Be sure that everyone in your family knows and understands what your pets can and cannot consume.

In Case of an Emergency

As with any potential emergency, immediate attention from a veterinarian is imperative. Penn Vet’s Emergency Service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.




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Blog  >  Netop The Painting Rescue Dog

Netop The Painting Rescue Dog

FIDO wanted to share this AWESOME video and introduce you to rescue dog Netop - a FIDO who paints!

He has been raising money for pet causes and rescue groups since he was 3 years old by painting.  He raised enough money to equip all fire and EMS trucks in 2 NC County's with pet oxygen masks.

You can get more info about him on his website

And definitely check out the video below- it's our Video Pick of The Week!

Netop the Painting Dog at Sage Salon + Spa's 2nd Anniversary June 2, 2012

Created on June 6, 2012 using FlipShare.

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FIDO's friend TRAVELIN' JACK'S HOWL-I-DAY 'GIVE BACK' TOUR 2013 continues the 3rd and final leg of the tour with this week’s events dedicated to Meals on Wheels.  The goal is to educate and support this organization’s pet program .  The events are planned to raise funds and provide holiday food gifts for the MOW participants’ pets.  

The 1st event will take place on Saturday, December 14th from 11-2PM at Three Dog Bakery with a Pup-Cakes  & Cup Cakes Howl-i-day Reception for people and pets.  This Open House will provide opportunities for guests to purchase holiday treats for the MOW pets through cash donations.  They will also partake in tasty complimentary pup-cakes for dogs and cupcakes for people.  The holiday pet treats will then be distributed to participating MOW pet families together with their regular quality pet food during the holiday. The normal Meals on Wheels pet component is made possible by pet food donations from Enchantment Pet Resort & Spa.

The 2nd event will be a Howl-i-day Pet Party on Sunday, December 15th at Il Vicino Pizzeria (Corrales Rd & Alameda location) from 2-4PM.  This event will be ‘THE pup party of the season’ taking place on their Pet-friendly Patio. Activities planned at this pup party will include a contest for Best Holiday Dressed Pets with prizes for the cutest holiday attired pets. Photo ops with your pet by Winfoto will be an add-on opportunity to support the MOW program. Participants can purchase a custom Souvenir Photo of their pet in a take-home.  Il Vicino Pizzeria will also donate to Meals on Wheels 20% of  sales that day in ALL 3 Albuquerque locations. Consumers must reference Travelin’ Jack for the cash donation to MOW.

Travelin’ Jack will play “SANTA PAWS” at both events this weekend. The tour goal is to           a) present unique events in which local consumers can participate  b) educate consumers about the organizations and c) help raise funds and gifts for the organizations

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Blog  >  The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Donates $90,000 in Support of Animal Charities

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Donates $90,000 in Support of Animal Charities

FIDO was thrilled to hear this!

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel’s General Manager Bruce Brainerd presented checks to Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets (FOCHP) and the Wounded Veteran Initiative of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) at the resort’s Yappy Howl-iday Celebration, Saturday, December 7.

Dr. Jann Lane and Karen Yeomans accepted a check for $54,000 on behalf of FOCHP and a check for $36,000 was presented to Chris Conlin, CCI’s incoming Southwest Region Board President. Monies donated represented the net proceeds from the 2013 season of Yappy Hour and The Diamond Ball, held November 9.

“Between the popularity of Yappy Hour and the huge success of The Diamond Ball, we are thrilled to make such significant donations to both FOCHP and CCI,” announced Brainerd. “As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary we are reminded that our responsibility extends beyond the day-to-day operations of the hotel. By embracing causes such as these, we can expand and nurture our guest relationships in an authentic and meaningful way,” he added.

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Blog  >  Celebrity DIY Expert Offers Homemade Gifts for Pets

Celebrity DIY Expert Offers Homemade Gifts for Pets

FIDO loves this - you will too!

Nonprofit PetSmart Charities has teamed up with celebrity DIY expert Brit Morin to make sure your pets aren’t left without a special gift under the tree. Brit, commonly referred to as the geek-chic answer to Martha Stewart, is offering fun and creative ideas to help spoil your adopted pet this holiday season, without spoiling your budget!

Brit is sharing tips on how to make pet pillows, paw print stamps, photo ornaments, homemade holiday treats and personalized treat jars, all without leaving home!

And for even more fun, share your creations via photo on Instagram using #petshappyhome for a chance to be featured on Brit’s website.

Get thefull scoop and all the FIDO fabulous gift ideas here!

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Blog  >  10 Things You’ll Need To Travel With Your Pet This Holiday Season

10 Things You’ll Need To Travel With Your Pet This Holiday Season

Sam Bourne shared these great tips with FIDO and we just had to share with you too!  (See below for info about the Holiday Dog Treat Recipe contest too !)

December is a month full of  holiday-related travel especially for those of us freed from the burden of having to host the big holiday dinner. If you are one of the thousands of people making the trek out to a friend or family member’s home this year, and you plan on bringing your trusty companion, here are a few things you will need to pack to keep your furry friend in high holiday spirits.

1. Food

This is the most essential item (your pet probably agrees), especially considering you can never be certain that the stores where you are going will carry your brand. Make sure you pack enough food for the amount of days you will be away from home, plus a little extra in case travel takes longer than expected.

2. Food and Water Bowls

You’re not planning on just slopping their food on the floor, are you? Bring their bowls, or pick up some nifty travel ones if packing space is tight. You don’t want to assume that your destination is going to be on board with letting your pet eat off their flatware. Plus, travel water bowls are super handy for long car drives.

3. Crate or Carrier

To assure safe passage to your destination, keeping your pet safely crated away for the majority of the trip is the best way to make sure they are out of harm’s way. Just remember to give them a pit stop when you can!

4. Their Pet Bed

Since not all homes keep a spare pet-sized bed around (and aren’t too keen on letting pets make their couch a temporary nest), bring their bedding with you. It might also help to make your pet feel at home when they’re in an otherwise foreign place.

5. Your Pet’s Favorite Toys

You want to make sure that your pet has something to pass the time, and better to give them something familiar to chew on than have them end up using your host’s boots.

6. Treats

Travel can do a number on your pet’s nerves. A treat every now and again can help put them in good spirits. Also, there are special calming treats available that work wonders on otherwise anxious pets.

7. Leash, Collar, and ID

If your pet should get loose far away from home, you’ll want to do everything you can to make sure that they are able to be traced back to you. If they aren’t already, get your pet set up with a secure collar and an up to date ID tag. Or, better yet, get them microchipped.

8. Medications and Vet Info

If your pet has any medications that they might need, make sure to pack them. You wouldn’t leave home without your kid’s inhaler or epipen, so remember to bring all your pet’s meds to ensure that they are in good health for the duration of the trip. Their vet records will be important if you have to make an emergency or unexpected trip to a vet you’ve never been to before.

9. Cleaning Supplies and/or Litter Box

If you are traveling with cats, make sure to bring a litter box. You don’t want your cat resorting to using a secluded corner of the basement, or a potted plant. And for dog owners, make sure you pack some plastic bags to collect their little holiday presents -- but check them for holes first!

10. Holiday Stocking and Gifts!

Don’t forget to get your pet a little something special (or a big something) for the holiday! It’s the reason for the season! And a nice, paw shaped, monogrammed stocking to help deck the halls is always a welcome addition to any pet-lover’s mantle.

Want to win $100 at PetCareRx plus other great prizes? Like showing off your crafty side?  Enter our Holiday Dog Treat Recipe Contest

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Blog  >  ASPCA “No Pet Store Puppies” Campaign: Don’t Buy into Animal Cruelty this Holiday Season

ASPCA “No Pet Store Puppies” Campaign: Don’t Buy into Animal Cruelty this Holiday Season

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), as part of its national "No Pet Stores Puppies" campaign, urges holiday shoppers to help fight puppy mill cruelty by refusing to shop at pet stores and on websites that sell puppies. The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year for pet stores as many families hope to give the gift of a new puppy, but many consumers are unaware they are supporting the inhumane puppy mill industry by shopping for anything at pet stores and websites that sell puppies.

“Many pet buyers don’t realize most pet store puppies come from puppy mills,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. “Their purchases keep this cruel industry in business, so we urge anyone looking for a new pet to adopt from a shelter, where plenty of healthy, loving animals are waiting to be saved.”

According to a national poll conducted in 2012 by Edge Research, 37 percent of Americans, roughly 88 million people, planned to buy a gift for a pet during the holiday season. Based on the number of pet gift shoppers and an average spending of $30 per person, Americans could spend more than $2.5 billion on pets during the holiday season. Unfortunately, 59 percent of pet gift shoppers would consider buying gifts at a store that also sells puppies—meaning some of that $2.5 billion in revenue may be supporting the puppy mill industry.

As part of its No Pet Store Puppies campaign, the ASPCA is promoting a holiday video called "What Not to Buy? Pet Store Puppies!” and encouraging viewers to share the video on their social networks, thereby raising awareness about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills. Operators of puppy mills breed dogs in unsanitary, overcrowded conditions where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. The ASPCA believes that consumer action is a critical element in the fight against puppy mills, and urging consumers not to shop for anything—including food, supplies, or toys—at stores that sell puppies is an effective way to stop the demand for puppy mill dogs.

The ASPCA recently launched a new database containing more than ten thousand photos of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) licensed commercial dog breeders and links many of them to specific pet stores throughout the country that have sold puppies from the breeder within the last year. Consumers are able to search the database by pet store name, USDA license number, name of the breeding facility, or by zip code and specific breeds. The photos were taken by USDA inspectors during routine inspections of the facilities.

“Consumers need to know that they should not be falsely reassured when a pet store tells them their puppies come from USDA licensed breeders,” said Gina Miller, manager of the ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “Unfortunately, USDA standards alone do not ensure that dogs are raised humanely in an environment in which they can thrive. We hope this new tool will help holiday shoppers make informed decisions and refrain from buying puppies at pet stores.”

To learn more about the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies campaign and to sign the pledge, visit .

What Not To Buy? Pet Store Puppies!

You should never, ever shop at a pet store that sells puppies. You see, most pet store puppies come from puppy mills—you know, those large scale breeding operations where dogs live in horrible conditions and never receive love. Well, every time you b

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This story, told by video will warm your heart.  Our service men and women fought for us and now it's our turn to help fight for them.  They may be home from war, but they are still fighting a battle.  FIDO encourages you to share this video with your friends and family to help raise awareness!

Ricochet & Randy PTSD Battle Buddy Initiative

In the military, a battle buddy is your battlefield partner with whom you accomplish a common mission. Battle buddies are always ready to assist one another. Surf dog Ricochet's battle buddy is Staff Sergeant Randy Dexter. Together, they have a missi

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Blog  >  Funny Caption Contest to WIN a Copy of Hallmark Original Movie PUPPY LOVE

Funny Caption Contest to WIN a Copy of Hallmark Original Movie PUPPY LOVE

Send us your caption ( - put PUPPY LOVE in the subject line) for this funny cartoon and you could be our winner of a FREE copy of the Hallmark Original Movie "PUPPY LOVE" starring Candace Cameron Bure and Victor Webster.  Please include your name, your FIDO's name and your US shipping address in your entry.  Entries accepted 12/9/13 - 12/16/13 and ONE random winner will be announced the week of 12/17/13.  We can't wait to GIGGLE at your entries!

Hallmark Channel - Puppy Love

Check out this promo for Puppy Love premiering Saturday September 8 at 9/8c.

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The 2nd week of TRAVELIN' JACK'S HOWL-I-DAY 'GIVE BACK' TOUR 2013 salutes the USMC Toys for Tots campaign. Travelin’ Jack is promoted to Corporal Jack for the Albuquerque Delta Unit of the US Marine Corps and is proud to assist the local Marines as their official Toys for Tots Mascot.

This week’s leg of the tour will partner up at TWO different events for Toys for Tots.

The first event will be in conjunction with the Old Town HOLIDAY STROLL on Friday, December 6, 2013. Travelin’ Jack will be stationed at Treasure House Books & Gifts on the plaza from 4 to 9 PM. He will be ‘pawdigraphing’ his childrens’book and greeting people.  For every book purchased that evening at Treasure House Books & Gifts, Jack will donate, on behalf of Enchantment Lane Publications, one of their children’s books to Toys for Tots.

The second event will take place Sunday, December 8 at The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum’s "Holidays Take Flight" event from 11 AM-3PM. Travelin’ Jack  will paw-ticipate in this popular local holiday event. Dressed in his custom made official Marine (canine) uniform, “Corporal Jack” will represent the Marines and will present 500+ books to Toys For Tots. The formal presentation will occur at 12 noon at the museum.

The Goal of these two events: To support the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign, raise awareness and help solicit toy and book donations to needy local children…and to present 2 more easy ways for consumers to “GIVE BACK” to a worthwhile local charitable drive.

For more information on Toys for Tots:

For more information on Travelin’ Jack:;

PHOTO: USMC Major Brian Cillessen, “Corporal Jack”.  and Staff Sergeant Adrian Hernandez

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Blog  >  Turn FIDO’s Food Bowl Into a Gourmet Meal with Doggie Shotz

Turn FIDO’s Food Bowl Into a Gourmet Meal with Doggie Shotz

Doggie Shotz is a healthy & low fat blend of fruits, vegetables & freeze dried meats containing natural vitamins with an energy component allowing longer walks and higher endurance.  It provides an increase in metabolism for weight loss and shedding pounds and is available in 6 different varieties – that’s sure to please every FIDO!

Along with the formula given with each meal, please walk the dog 3 times per day and only give 1 treat after each walk maximum. The dog should not be given any other foods, etc.

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Blog  >  Wholistic Pet Organics Annual Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale is Back

Wholistic Pet Organics Annual Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale is Back

FIDO loves a deal and we know you do too!!

Beginning Friday November 29, 2013, Wholistic Pet Organics is hosting its popular, annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale!

Visit the Wholistic Pet Organics website to receive exclusive discounts on purchases of supplements or health products made between Friday and Monday (11/29/13 - 12/2/13).  Four whole days of savings – that is BARK worthy!

10% off orders between $50-$100

15% off orders between $101-$200

20% off orders between $201-$300

25% off orders more than $300

Discounts will be automatically applied to the shopping cart

For more information visit them at and mark your calendars!

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Blog  >  Hanrob Pet Hotels Launches Perfect Pet Vacay For You and FIDO

Hanrob Pet Hotels Launches Perfect Pet Vacay For You and FIDO

Our dogs are very much part of the family that it doesn’t make sense to leave them at home when you travel. Fortunately, today you don’t have to. Instead join the millions of pet parents who are traveling with their fur babies.


A recent study by Hanrob Pet Hotels demonstrates that a staggering 80% of Australian pet parents would alter or cancel their travel plans if they could not make suitable arrangements for pet care. Pet-lovers know that the Hanrob Pet Hotel offers all professionals the unique and high quality experience of knowing that their pets are safe and well –cared for. Research indicates that nearly 48% of pet owners value the opportunity to spend quality time with their pet before they go on holiday.Hanrob Pet Hotel locations enable them to maximize time with their pets pre holiday, right up to the last minute.

The Hanrob Pet Hotel has suites conveniently located in Sydney (Heathcoat, Sydney Airport and Duffy’s Forest) and Melbourne (Melbourne Airport). Prices for accommodation start at just $32.00 per day, and the Staying Connected Package is available for $49.00.Kenneling is a luxurious experience made possible through Andrew Briggs, CEO of Hanrob Pet Hotels. Offered at all Hanrob Pet Hotel properties, the Hanrob’s luxury pet hotels includes extended stays, emergency veterinary treatment, play time for your pooch with his new canine companions, aromatherapy baths, Skype sessions,, digital photos (PetPics), and pre-recorded videos (PetVideo).

Platinum Paw offers a full day of interactive playtime with other dogs;an aromatherapy shampoo, condition and gentle blow-dry on Fido’s departure day.This package also includes a group of action photos uploaded on Hanrob’s Facebook page.The Gold Paw Package offers half a day of interactive play time with his fellow canine companions, and an aromatherapy shampoo and blow dry.The Silver Paw Package offers a daily afternoon playtime session, followed by an aromatherapy shampoo, conditioning and gentle blow dry on the day of departure. Prices range from $32.00 for standard accommodation to $84.00 for the luxury canine and feline accommodation package.Kitty accomodations range from $21.00 to $84.00.

Luxury does have to not stop with human guests. Pets can look forward to doggie bootcamp- a program that allows dogs to brush up on their obedience skills, whilst perusing the wonderful grounds. Planning a trip with Fido is as easy as finding the Hanrob Pet Hotel website. There is an extensive pet-friendly link helping you determine what activities you wish to include for Fido’s stay and information on dog training and Hanrob’s fleet of pet shuttles and limousines, to and from the airport for your family, dropping you and your luggage at the airport, then taking Fido to his hotel, where a pet friendly staff member will be waiting to greet him with full-service grooming and an exclusive aromatherapy spa with certified groomers. Hanrob Pet Hotels embraces all four-legged guests. This luxurious hotel offers not only a wide range of packages to suit every discerning pet parent, but also a man-made beach for our spirited travel companions. Pet travel has never been so easy!

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Blog  >  Important Tips from Penn Vet to Keep Pets Safe on Thanksgiving

Important Tips from Penn Vet to Keep Pets Safe on Thanksgiving

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR THANKSGIVING FOR FIDO -– Dr. Kenneth Drobatz, Chief of the Emergency Service at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital, offers the following tips to keep pets healthy and out of the emergency room this Thanksgiving:

Maintain your pet’s regular diet. Treats of turkey, ham, gravy, cookies, and other goodies can lead to gastrointestinal upsets like diarrhea and vomiting.

Dispose of all bones carefully so that pets cannot get to them. Poultry bones are particularly dangerous, as they can splinter and cut the intestines or get lodged in your pet’s esophagus.

Guilty pleasures for humans, like chocolate and alcohol, can be toxic to pets. Keep chocolate, nuts, and alcoholic beverages out-of-reach from your pets, as they can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or a condition called pancreatitis, which can be deadly. Grapes and raisins can be toxic to pets, as well.

Be sure that everyone in your family knows and understands what your pets can and cannot consume.

In case of an emergency

As with any potential emergency, immediate attention from your veterinarian is imperative. Penn Vet’s Emergency Service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Emergency Service is staffed by an integrated team of board-certified specialists who attend to each patient’s emergency and critical care needs. Call 215-746-8911 or visit Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital at 3900 Spruce Street.

About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.  For more information, visit

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Blog  >  Ideal Balance Treats Are Cool AND Healthy AND You Could Win 3 Free Bags

Ideal Balance Treats Are Cool AND Healthy AND You Could Win 3 Free Bags

As pet parents we all know that our FIDO’s provide us with the most simple form of happiness in our lives. Whether they are bounding to the door to see us when we get home from work, proudly trotting around with their newest squeak toy or chasing each other through the backyard on a sunny day, they always provide us with an immediate sense of pure joy. So naturally, we want to do the same for them. 

We are always on the lookout for cool, healthy new ways to “treat” our precious pups. Our latest discovery is the new, all-natural dog treats from Hill’s® Ideal Balance™.     

Ideal Balance treats are made with all-natural ingredients like real chicken and they’re grain-free! There is no corn, wheat, soy, added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.  What’s more, all of Hill’s Ideal Balance treats are manufactured locally, right here at home in the USA.  We were happy to find that Hill’s carefully chooses high-quality ingredients, most of which are sourced from the U.S., with all meat and poultry coming from USDA-inspected facilities.  Hill’s has zero tolerance for Salmonella, we like that!

They offer two varieties, “Soft-Baked Naturals” and “Oven-Baked Naturals” How delicious does that sound? Both varieties have plenty of different flavors to choose from, like Chicken & Apples, Beef & Sweet Potatoes and Turkey & Cranberries. 

AND – a whopping TWENTY (!) FIDO Fans will be chosen at random, to receive a variety pack of 3 bags of Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ dog treats to taste test with your FIDO!

All you have to do is visit HILL’s website and tell us which variety of treats your FIDO would most love and why!  Send to  – (Put IDEAL TREATS in the subject line)

We will accept submissions from 11/22/13 to 12/8/13 and will notify winners the week of 12/9/13.  Winners must provide U.S. shipping addresses.


Author has been compensated for completion of this article.  Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Blog  >  Talking Dogs and Kibble Confessions

Talking Dogs and Kibble Confessions

We LOVE this fun video from our friends at The Honest Kitchen!

Check it out - it's our video pick of the week!


Talking Dogs Confess Their Opinion of Kibble Dog Food

Hear what these funny talking dogs have to say about The Honest Kitchen cat and dog food as well as their opinion of processed food like kibble and how eating proper food keeps them healthy! Learn more at:

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Blog  >  Feelin’ Fur when Family’s Far Away

Feelin’ Fur when Family’s Far Away

We love this feel good Thanksgiving story - you will too!

Fifty United States Marine families stationed at Camp Pendleton will get a “taste” of home this Thanksgiving when the Oceanside Yacht Club and Stone Brewing Company “join paws” with Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) dogs from your Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS). During the annual “Thanksgiving with the Troops,” Yacht Club members will take Marine families for boat rides. When they return to the harbor they’ll be greeted by Love on a Leash certified therapy dogs and a Thanksgiving turkey dinner prepared by the chef at the Oceanside Yacht Club.

“Rancho Coastal Humane Society is honored to be included in ‘Thanksgiving with the Troops’ for the first time,” says RCHS Community Liaison Nick Winfrey. “Those of us who have served in the military understand what it’s like when we have no family in the area and cannot go home for a holiday. Our hope is that the yacht rides, Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, and the therapy dogs will make the day memorable.”

The Marines and their families are scheduled to leave the Yacht Club at 1950 N. Harbor Drive in Oceanside at 10:00 AM. As the yachts return between 12:00 and 12:30 they’ll be greeted by the RCHS Pet Assisted Therapy dogs. Members of the Oceanside Yacht Club will have gifts for their guest families. There will be football on television, card games, and hands-on interaction with the therapy dogs until Thanksgiving dinner is served at around 2:00 PM.

RCHS Volunteer Coordinator Mary Pilon was pleased by the number of PAT volunteers who jumped at the opportunity to spend part of their Thanksgiving with the troops. “Almost 25% of our PAT volunteers will be there to share some fur therapy with these Marine families and thank them for their service.”

RCHS does not charge for Pet Assisted Therapy visits to extended care facilities, schools, libraries, hospitals, or shelters for victims of domestic violence. Pilon explains, “You can’t put a price on the unconditional love of an animal.”

For more information about Pet Assisted Therapy visit RCHS at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to

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Blog  >  Purina Hosts First-Ever Better With Pets Summit in New York City and FIDO Was There

Purina Hosts First-Ever Better With Pets Summit in New York City and FIDO Was There

FIDO Friendly was so excited to attend this invitation only event!  The day long summit featured 16 dynamic speakers and presenters, including animal welfare advocate Beth Stern (and 2 time FIDO cover girl), Veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.   Purina hosted this first-ever Better With Pets Summit on Nov. 19, bringing together remarkable thinkers from a wide spectrum of culture to help broaden and advance the way relationships between pets and people are viewed. 

Speakers and presenters included Beth Stern, an animal welfare advocate and author; Dr. Marty Becker, also known as “America’s Veterinarian”; Simon Tofield, cartoonist and author of “Simon’s Cat”; Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit; and several Purina scientists and researchers.

Speaker topics included the healing power of pets, the exploding popularity of pets online, an understanding of pet pain management, and food trends for people and pets. Presentations included a live dance ensemble of the co-evolution of people and pets, a look at how human food can inspire the creation of pet food, and a view of the world from a dog’s perspective.

“As an advocate for service dog accessibility, I know first-hand how pets help people, and people help pets -both emotionally and physically,” said John Hockenberry, host of public radio’s “The Takeaway” and master of ceremonies of the Better With Pets Summit. “The Better With Pets Summit is a great way for pet people of all backgrounds to advance conversations around people and pets.”

For more information about the inaugural Better With Pets Summit, and to view and share presentations and performances from the event, visit .

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Blog  >  Riding a Wave of Hope- The Most Inspirational Video Ever!

Riding a Wave of Hope- The Most Inspirational Video Ever!

Today is the 4 year anniversary of FIDO’s friend  Ricochet’s inspirational SURFice dog video, so we’re re-sharing & re-inspiring!

We encourage you to share it on your Facebook page, with your FURiends too - let’s celebrate by inspiring people.

(Grab a box of Kleenex & pass it on!)

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Riding a wave of hope with Ricochet -- One of the best inspirational videos ever!

KLEENEX ALERT! This beautiful story is about what we all want -- to be encouraged to discover who we really are... to be accepted... to find our life purpose... and to be celebrated for being different. Each person who watches this video finds an ind

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Blog  >  Animals Impacted by Typhoon Haiyan to Receive Assistance; Rescue Hotline Established

Animals Impacted by Typhoon Haiyan to Receive Assistance; Rescue Hotline Established

FIDO's friends at Humane Society International are helping animals affected by Typhoon Haiyan - see how below :

"Following the devastating strike of Typhoon Haiyan, Humane Society International had an expert veterinary team on the ground to assist animals in need. Assessments of the hardest hit areas, including the islands of Leyte, Cebu and Bantayan, took place last week and based on our information, HSI has developed a plan of action to help as many animals as possible.


HSI will offer a mobile veterinary clinic throughout the island of Leyte, with its base in Tacloban. The team will provide direct care to animals, including vaccination, deworming, wound care and food supplies. For those animals that may be roaming and displaced from the storm, HSI will set up strategic feeding and watering stations on the island. And HSI will offer a rescue and transport service to our temporary shelter on the island of Cebu for the many people that had to evacuate and leave their animals behind.

We are asking those families with pets currently in need on the island of Leyte, to contact our rescue hotline 916-386-9126. The HSI team will request details, addresses and photos of pets. The team will do everything possible to find the pets and reunite them with their families."

For more information visit

HSI's Animal Rescue Team On The Ground In Philippines

HSI's Animal Rescue Team files this report from the field in the Philippines to show a first-hand view of the people and animals that are suffering after Typhoon Haiyan. See what our team is doing to help the animals affected by this disaster.

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FIDO is proud to be a sponsor of this Fund Raiser Event for Portneuf Animal Welfare Society.  

The historical Riverside Hot Springs Inn, located in Southeastern Idaho hosts the fourth annual Holiday Costume Dog Parade & Giving Tree on November 30, 2013.

​Show off your dog’s new holiday outfit, socialize with other dog lovers and let your dog strut his/her stuff.  The annual dog parade will be held Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 2pm in the parking lot of the Riverside Hot Springs Inn. 

Prizes will be awarded to contest category winners.  Hot cider & cookies will be served.
Contest categories with prizes include:

• Most original costume with a Christmas theme.
• Best mannered dog model
• Mr. or Mrs. congeniality

Registration for each dog is $5.00 with donations also accepted at the event. Visit the “Animal Giving Tree” in the lobby of the Riverside Inn – a handmade ornament can be purchased to hang on the tree with their name. .All donations will be contributed to the Portneuf Welfare Society. 

Please support our event sponsors to make this benefit possible.  Our sponsors include Petco, FIDO Friendly Travel & Lifestyle Magazine, and Lava Hot Springs based: Shawn’s Market, Brauns Bed & Biscuits Dog Groom, and the Riverside Hot Springs Inn.

About the Riverside Hot Springs Inn
The Riverside Hot Springs Inn is located in the southeastern corner of Idaho in Lava Hot Springs, amidst the secluded community noted for world acclaimed hot mineral springs providing an Olympic pool and soaking facilities.   Listed on the National Historical Register, the Riverside Hot Springs Inn was built in 1914 and was quickly named the “Honeymoon Hotel” for its elegance.  The Inn, located next to the Portneuf River, offers a relaxing & romantic atmosphere with 18 unique guest rooms, the Portneuf Grille & Lounge, meeting & event facilities and on-site hot mineral soaking facilities. The Riverside Hot Springs Inn is the perfect spot for a getaway or retreat. And always, the Riverside Hot Springs Inn is a “Pet Friendly” hotel. 

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Blog  >  Buy A Calendar and Help Save The Greyhounds

Buy A Calendar and Help Save The Greyhounds

FIDO just had to share this wonderful way to help our friends at GREY2K USA and we love their calendar- you will too!


GREY2K USA Worldwide is the largest greyhound protection organization in the United States and we work to phase out dog racing through the political process. Since our formation in 2001, we have helped close 27 American tracks, cutting the industry in half. We also drafted the language that made dog racing illegal in Guam and worked successfully to prevent industry exansion to countries such as South Africa and Jamaica.

Today, we are happy to announce that our Greyhound Freedom calendars are now available! Every sale helps fund our efforts to end dog racing in the United States and all across the globe, support adoption efforts for ex-racers and educate the public about the cruelty of dog racing.

Read about the milestones reached in the campaign to end dog racing, month-by-month and year-by-year.

Meet our wonderful staff.

Plus, see beautiful photos and read the stories of lucky greyhounds rescued
from all around the world.

The GREY2K USA Worldwide calendar is not only a history of the end of dog racing but a beautiful keepsake as well. $20 plus s/h. Get yours today!

Order five or more and receive a 25% discount!

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Blog  >  The Lyme Inn - Property Pick of the Litter

The Lyme Inn - Property Pick of the Litter

Located in lovely Lyme New Hampshire, The Lyme Inn continues in its spirit of historic elegance and contemporary luxury. Our individually decorated rooms and suites entice you with their charm. Our award winning restaurant tantalizes your palate with locally sourced culinary creations, while our hospitality endears you to return time and time again.   FIDO friendly too !

The Lyme Inn has been welcoming travelers for over 200 years and we invite you to experience its beauty and charm. Nestled at the heart of Lyme New Hampshire, The Lyme Inn continues in its spirit of historic elegance with just the right mix of contemporary luxury. Our individually decorated rooms and suites entice you with their sense of charm. Our award winning restaurant tantalizes your palate with locally sourced culinary creations, while our warmth and hospitality endear you to return time and time again.

Traveling with your pup?   The Lyme Inn is now FIDO Friendly!  Please visit us for more information on our dog friendly rooms!

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Blog  >  Balanced Nutrition is the Key to a Healthy Diet For FIDO

Balanced Nutrition is the Key to a Healthy Diet For FIDO

We all have heard the old saying “if a little does a little good; then a lot will do a lot of good”.  We also know  that this is not always true.   While it seem like a good ideas at the time, FIDO knows that when we eat too many treats we get a tummy ache !

The same thing holds true when it comes to pet food.  For example, if our kibble has too much of a basic need for life such as sodium, that is not good for or heath either.   The best approach to just about everything in life is “balance” – work / life balance, and a balanced diet. Nutrients are essential to health for us and for our pets.  We can control our diet choices, but our FIDO’s rely on us to choose for them.

FIDO’s friends at Hill’s Ideal Balance shared the following information with us.  Let’s look at key nutrients that your FIDO’s body needs to maintain good health and energy.  Those nutrients are protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber:

PROTEIN -  is a vital nutrient that helps support lean muscle tissue for adult pets. For growing puppies and kittens, protein nourishes growing muscle tissue. If a pet’s diet is too low in protein this could lead to poor growth. If a pet’s diet is too high in protein, this could increase the workload of the liver and kidneys to get rid of excess nitrogen. That’s because your pet’s body will only absorb a certain amount of protein – everything in excess must be processed by the liver and kidneys. You can see how over time this extra work could affect these organs.

FATS - are very beneficial in your pet’s diet. Fats – in the appropriate levels – are excellent for healthy skin. Fats nourish the skin and make it soft. What’s more- fats help with a luxurious coat and contribute to shiny fur! We know what happens with too much fat: weight gain. But what if there isn’t enough fat? Potential for a dull, dry and flaky coat.

VITAMINS AND MINERALS -  are also essential in your pet’s diet. Vitamins support the immune system; minerals help puppies and kittens grow strong muscles and healthy teeth. If the vitamins levels are deficient, your pet could experience fatigue or weakness.  If the vitamin levels are too high, this could lead to organ stress. If the minerals are too high, your pet could be at risk for bladder stones.

FIBER - we all love fiber! It’s great for healthy digestion, but if your pet’s diet is too low your pet could experience loose stools. Not good! How about too much fiber? Your pet could experience gas! Equally NOT GOOD!

So the moral to the story is “balance.” Each of these nutrients is critical to survival. For optimal health, choose a food for your pet that provides proven, perfectly balanced nutrition... and a great choice is Hill’s® Ideal Balance™

Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Blog  >  Let The Sun Shine In ALL Winter For Your FIDO

Let The Sun Shine In ALL Winter For Your FIDO

FIDO loves to lie in the sunlight and our friends at Pawsitive Lighting have just the thing to see us those winter (sunless) blues!

The powerful Sol Box by Pawsitive Lighting can deliver the equivalent of a sunny day to your pet, anytime.  Emitting 10,000 lux of full spectrum white light, the Sol Box brings the sun inside the home. Simply place the box somewhere your pet finds comfortable, turn it on, and let them gravitate towards the light.  Soon your FIDO will be enjoying the amazing benefits of light therapy including increased energy, decreased anxiety, enhanced sleep and elevated mood.

The minimum effective dose is about 30 minutes of light, however there is no harm in letting your cat or dog bask in the refreshing light all day long.

Retails for $129.99Get more information and order here -   


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Blog  >  ASPCA & Best Friends Animal Society Join Forces For Rescue Groups in Los Angeles

ASPCA & Best Friends Animal Society Join Forces For Rescue Groups in Los Angeles

FIDO is pleased to share that these collaborative efforts have made over $120,000 available to help local rescue groups save more animals from LA City shelters through upcoming holiday season – get the details below!

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®)  and Best Friends Animal Society® today announced that they are working together on an effort to help save the lives of more shelter animals in the city of Los Angeles through the holiday season. The two organizations plan to subsidize the "shelter fees" for organizations that take animals from LA city shelters, allowing them to fast track more animals toward adoption.

This collaboration will greatly assist local rescue groups – who frequently pull animals from Los Angeles city shelters – by subsidizing the rescue groups’ associated costs. These shelter fees include vaccinations, micro-chipping and spay/neuter for unaltered shelter pets. In turn, these rescue groups will be able to pull more animals from the public shelters and instead use their budget dollars to provide for the animals in their care. The ASPCA is contributing $70,000 and Best Friends Animal Society is contributing $50,000 for a combined total of $120,000 through the end of 2013 to off-set the costs to these groups, many of which operate with very limited budgets.

The ASPCA will pay fees for LA Animal Services’ New Hope Partners, qualified 501(c)(3) organizations that meet a basic set of standards set by City of Los Angeles Animal Services. Best Friends will pay fees for those New Hope Partners that are also NKLA Coalition partners. NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) is an initiative of Best Friends Animal Society dedicated to making Los Angeles a no-kill city by 2017.

"There are millions of homeless animals in this country, and the ASPCA believes that communities need to work together to save the most lives possible," said Jill Buckley, senior director of community initiatives at the ASPCA. "Working with Best Friends Animal Society on this initiative allows local rescues and the public shelters to work together toward the common goal of getting animals out of cages and into loving homes. Relieving the local rescues’ fees affords them the ability to ease the burden on the overcrowded municipal shelters, which is truly a win-win for everyone involved."

Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society has operated rescue and adoption programs in Los Angeles since 1991 and launched the NKLA coalition campaign in 2012. Best Friends operates two pet adoption centers in Los Angeles. One is the Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay-Neuter Center in Mission Hills, Calif., and the other is the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles.

"The donations from the ASPCA and Best Friends mean we'll have more funds to use toward vet care, boarding, or training, which increases the amount of dogs we’ll be able to save," said Brog. "Best Friends and the ASPCA are demonstrating how much they care about animals by providing support to other organizations ̶ a true example of how working together gets dogs out of shelters and into great homes. This is a real blessing for us and gives us an extra sense of security that we can save more dogs." While the save rate for dogs in Los Angeles is improving (currently about 82 percent), the save rate for cats is much lower. Both organizations hope that by subsidizing pull fees through the holiday seasons that the overall live release rate for both dogs and cats can be improved.

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Blog  >  November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month

FIDO is impressed and thankful for Penn Vet’s Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center  - they are making great strides against a terrible disease.

Cancer is the number-one disease-related killer of dogs and cats, claiming millions of pets each year. Through groundbreaking cancer research and a new Comprehensive Cancer Care program, Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital is dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in animals. Through a fruitful partnership with Penn Vet’s Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center, Ryan Hospital offers novel therapies that may offer cancer patients – canine and human alike – a viable alternative or complementary treatment to traditional therapies. In addition, Penn Vet is a member of the Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium, which is run by the National Cancer Institute and provides access to a wide range of new cancer drugs in the early stages of testing.

Some of Penn Vet’s innovative cancer research and clinical offerings are:

Cancer Vaccines - It has been 16 months since the first dog diagnosed with spontaneous osteosarcoma received a new bone-cancer vaccine at Penn Vet from Dr. Nicola Mason, the lead investigator on the trial. The vaccine is being administered to dogs diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an aggressive tumor that affects the long bones of large- and giant-breed dogs. Dogs have traveled to Penn Vet from Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, and Montana to receive this novel therapy.

Despite limb amputation and chemotherapy, 60% of dogs with osteosarcoma die within one year of diagnosis. The aim of the vaccine, given to dogs after amputation and chemotherapy, is to prevent metastatic disease and prolong overall survival. Of the first five dogs vaccinated in this clinical trial, four are still alive, having survived between 500 and 590 days, and three dogs are tumor-free. These results suggest that the vaccine stimulates an effective anti-tumor immune response that can kill microscopic metastatic cells and prevent tumor recurrence. Additionally, there have been no long- or short-term complications observed with the vaccine. Given these highly promising results, Penn Vet is collaborating with Colorado State University and the University of Florida on a Phase II clinical trial.

These findings may change the paradigm of canine osteosarcoma treatment and provide essential data to advance this approach in humans, including children with osteosarcoma and adults with a variety of different tumor pathologies, including mammary carcinoma.

Mushroom Compound - The Coriolus versicolor mushroom, known commonly as the Yunzhi mushroom, has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years. A compound in the mushroom called polysaccharopeptide, or PSP, is believed to have immune-boosting properties. In the last two decades, some studies have suggested that PSP also has a tumor-fighting effect.

At Penn Vet, Dr. Dottie Brown’s work with I’m-Yunity, a formulation of PSP that has been tested for consistency and good manufacturing processes, resulted in some of the longest survival rates ever reported for dogs with hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive, invasive cancer that arises from the blood cells and typically affects the spleen. Before this study was conducted, the longest reported median survival time of dogs with hemangiosarcoma of the spleen that did not undergo further treatment was 86 days. Dogs enrolled in Penn Vet’s trial lived beyond a year with nothing other than the mushroom compound as treatment.

Penn Vet researchers are currently pursuing further trials to confirm and refine these results. One trial will compare I’m-Yunity to a placebo for owners who opt not to pursue chemotherapy in their pet, and another will compare the compound to standard-of-care chemotherapy. Depending on those results, veterinarians could eventually prescribe the compound for treating hemangiosarcoma, and perhaps other cancers, in dogs. The company that manufacturers I’m-Yunity may also pursue large-scale clinical trials in humans.

Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor Program - The goal of the Penn Vet Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor Program is to advance knowledge of breast cancer in both dogs and humans. Led by Dr. Karin Sorenmo, the program provides care to shelter dogs with mammary tumors that are homeless and without access to the care they need to survive. Penn Vet covers surgery and follow-up care costs and helps facilitate adoption.

Mammary tumors in dogs and breast cancer in women have many similarities, both in terms of risk factors and biology. Shelter dogs provide an ideal population for studying mammary tumors because only 10 percent of animals received into shelters have been spayed or neutered. The incidence of mammary tumors in unspayed female dogs is at least four times greater than in spayed dogs. In addition, many of the dogs have multiple tumors, often in different stages of malignant transformation, and therefore provide a unique opportunity to study cancer progression.

Cancer Imaging Systems - Penn Vet’s Dr. David Holt has partnered with Penn Medicine to improve detection of surgical margins at the time of surgery to remove soft tissue sarcomas. Dr. Holt currently offers a surgery using dye and special imaging equipment to Ryan Hospital patients. This technique is vital in both veterinary and human surgical oncology to ensure that the entire tumor is resected.

Comprehensive Cancer Care - Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital is changing the face of cancer medicine with a Comprehensive Cancer Care program – a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate and treat cancer patients. Through this program, board-certified specialists in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology collaborate to provide a comprehensive assessment of each patient’s cancer care needs, resulting in better care, more efficient service, and a more complete approach. Ryan Hospital is one of only three veterinary comprehensive cancer care centers in the nation.

Ryan Hospital clients have access to some of the finest medical and radiation oncologists; a top-notch surgery team, including one of the only fellowship-trained surgical oncologists in the area; an interventional radiology specialist; a world-class dentistry and oral surgery team, distinguished by their training in maxillofacial cancer surgery; board-certified nutrition specialists who offer consultations on diet and feeding strategies that may improve quality of life or treatment outcomes; a grief counselor and support group aimed at helping those caring for chronically ill, terminally ill, or aging pets; and some of the most modern facilities and equipment in veterinary medicine – all in one building. To make an appointment, call 215-746-8387.

About Penn Vet

Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the only veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health Initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.  For more information, visit


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Blog  >  “Hero Pets to the Rescue” Photo Challenge – Enter Today

“Hero Pets to the Rescue” Photo Challenge – Enter Today

Share Your “Hero Pet” Story With Purina ONE and GOOD’s New Challenge And Win A Donation To a Pet Service Non-Profit And A Year’s Supply Of Purina Pet Food

We all know the difference our furry friends make in our lives and community. Now our friends at Purina ONE and GOOD want to celebrate the positive impact that pets have with their new “Hero Pets to the Rescue” Challenge

Beginning now until November 11 at 12pm PT, you can share a photo or video and a true story of how your dog or cat has made a difference in someone’s life. Whether it’s bringing a much-needed smile to your face or performing heroic Lassie-inspired feats, let’s celebrate the selflessness of pets.

The winning “hero pet” will receive a $5k donation made in their name to one of four service non-profits: Pet Partners®, Support Dogs, Inc., New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc., Working Dogs for Conservation. In addition, they’ll receive one year’s supply of Purina ONE brand cat or dog food and a featured post on to make their heroic pet truly Internet famous.

Submit your photo or video and true story at

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Blog  >  Let’s Go Design - The Only Jacket You Need

Let’s Go Design - The Only Jacket You Need

Let’s Go Design....It’s magical !

If you buy one jacket this winter season, make it the jacket from Let’s Go Design

Ever wanted to be a magician as a child? You nearly get your wish with this jacket that is easily transformed from parka, rain jacket, fleece warm up jacket to vest.

The website describes the jacket as being designed to make your next dog walking experience the best and most enjoyable dog walking experience ever! I can attest to that.

Beautiful to look at, that is a given but all the bells and whistles are something you won’t see in your Grandma’s coat.

Think about what you would design in to a coat made for walking the dog and then triple that idea.

- The left jacket pocket contains a removable plastic pocket liner to safely hold your messy dog treats without getting crumbs in your jacket itself.  It’s easy to take out and rinse off whenever necessary.

- Clip your house keys on the retractable key chain located in the right cargo pocket.  Keys are safely stored away and won’t get lost, and getting in or out of the house is one less hassle.

- This back pocket expands enough to hold a water bottle or even a ball or two to play fetch with your dog.

- A roll of LGD pick up bags fits perfectly into your right jacket pocket and is dispensed through the grommet hole making it easy for you to grab on the go.  Once that roll runs out, simply reorder your supply

- The waist leash/belt can be quickly removed and ready for use if your dog is on the loose.  It is an adjustable length for hassle free dog walking and also for comfortable fit around your body. The leash/belt is also what allows for hands free walking capabilities.

- You want to be seen when dog walking at night and the reflective piping is in most seams and will make you easy to see when caught in a car’s headlights.  The printed logo on the back and at hem is also reflective.

Bells and whistles aside, check out this utilitarian jacket that is actually several jackets in one:

The hood is very unique as it has a built in visor to shield your face. Wind resistant and waterproof, the jacket has a removable fleece liner jacket and removable sleeves for all weather climates turning itself in to a vest. Imagine the combinations!

Available in black, red and limited edition blue.  ($270+)

For more information and to order yours visit-

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Blog  >  Pet First Aid Classes In Texas - Learn How to Keep FIDO Safe

Pet First Aid Classes In Texas - Learn How to Keep FIDO Safe

Calling all TX Pet Lovers!  FIDO is excited to share that you can meet our Editor at Large Arden Moore and take her Pet First Aid Class next week!

Pet Tech Master Certified Pet First Aid/CPR Instructor Arden Moore -- with her dog-cat teaching team of Chipper and Zeki -- is in Texas to conduct pet first aid classes that provide each student with valuable hands-on training AND earn a two-year certification. Pet Saver classes are $99 and include all course materials. Hurry! Only a few spots are opening for classes in Dallas and San Antonio

For details, go to  and scroll down to the class you wish to attend. Click on the PayPal BUYNOW button.   Easy!

* Sunday, Nov. 3 in Dallas
* Tuesday, Nov. 5 in Bulverde, TX (San Antonio suburb)
* Saturday, Nov. 9 in Carrollton, TX (Dallas suburb


Sunday, Nov. 3 — Pet Saver Class in Dallas
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Class location:  Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel, 4440 W. John Carpenter FWY., Irving, TX  Cost: $99 per student (includes all materials and certificate).  Registration and payment deadline:  Nov. 1

Tuesday, Nov. 5 — Pet Savers Class in San Antonio  Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.mClass location:  Bulverde Baptist Church, 1331 Bulverde Road, Bulverde, TX 78164  Cost: $99 per student (includes all materials and certificate). For more info, contact Arden (
Registration and payment deadline: Nov. 3.

Saturday, Nov. 9 — Pet Saver Class in Carrollton, TX
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(light lunch and refreshments provided)  Class location:  Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006 Cost: $99 per student (includes all materials and certificate). For more info, contact Arden (
Registration and payment deadline: Nov. 7.

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Blog  >  Sweets and Sheets are NOT Good for FIDO on Halloween

Sweets and Sheets are NOT Good for FIDO on Halloween

Scary costumes, parties, candy, and booze might make Halloween fun for people, but they can make October 31st the most frightening night of the year for pets. Your Rancho Coastal Humane Society is reminding owners to keep their pets (and themselves) safe by following a few simple guidelines.

“It’s creepy for pets when the doorbell rings,” says RCHS Community Liaison Nick Winfrey. “Multiply that by 10, 20, or 100 times on Halloween and it can be gruesome. Excited children in masks shout ‘Trick or Treat,’ then we give them candy, close the door, and wait anxiously for the next group. That makes no sense to pets, especially if their job is to protect the house.” 

Winfrey says pets should have a safe place where they can escape the noise and commotion, where they can’t “door dash,” and they can’t nip at a trick or treater if they feel threatened.

“It’s not a good idea to take your dog along trick or treating,” adds Winfrey. “But if you insist, make sure that there’s an adult holding the leash. Don’t take your dog up to the door. And make sure it’s wearing a reflective leash, collar or vest that can be easily seen by drivers.”

Winfrey offers these suggestions about people who put costumes on their pets:

* Wrapping your pet in a sheet is not a costume. It’s a strait jacket.
* Make sure the costume fits the pet and it doesn’t obstruct vision.
* DO NOT force a pet to wear a costume if it doesn’t want to.

Safety tips in your home can also help you avoid a trip to the emergency veterinary clinic on Halloween night or during the following days:

* Make sure your pets cannot get to the candy. Pets don’t unwrap candy. They eat
   it in the wrapper. That can cause blockages and also damage internal organs.
* Use pet safe materials for Halloween decorations
* No alcohol for pets…EVER!

Are black cats at greater risk on Halloween? Winfrey says, “Black cats aren’t at any greater risk on Halloween than any other day. At the same time, any pet of any color that is outdoors on Halloween night is at risk. Between the costumes, the noise, and the traffic, it doesn’t take much for a frightened pet to run in front of a car or get lost.”

For more information about pet safety throughout the year visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call 760-753-6413, or log on to .

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Blog  >  Dog Travel: What To Do When FIDO Has To Stay Behind

Dog Travel: What To Do When FIDO Has To Stay Behind

Here is another great article shared with FIDO by guest blogger Laura Hartle, who writes for the blog Zerve.  Laura previously shared How To Travel With Your Dog (Without “Ruffing It!),  with us and this is her FIDO fabulous follow-up!

Dog Travel: What To Do When FIDO Has To Stay Behind

What’s a dog-loving adventurer to do when their pooch has to stay behind? Worry not! We’ve got some boarding options that are so much fun, your dog might not even notice you’re gone! (Just kidding, they love ya.) Plus, we spoke to the experts about for what to look for in a boarding situation, how to make your dog feel at home and more!

DogVacay   is an online marketplace that connects dog parents in need of pet-care services with qualified pet caregivers. Forget the kennel! DogVacay has thousands of vetted and insured dog lovers across the U.S. who are just waiting to treat your dog like one of the pack. Find the perfect match from hosts in your area and book online. Peace of mind perks include 24/7 customer support, photo updates, a money-back guarantee and, of course, a cage-free stay for your pup.

Aaron Hirschhorn, Co-founder of DogVacay, is in the business of making sure your pet is well cared-for while you are away. Check out his tips for making sure your pup is well-prepared and comfortable with their new sitter:

Get to Know Your Host. At DogVacay, we offer to set up meet and greets between pet parents and potential hosts, so both owners and dogs can get to know each other before a stay. It’s important that you are comfortable knowing how a sitter will interact with your dog and that your dog receives them kindly. It helps to discuss your approach to pet parenting with a new sitter, such as how your dog is or isn’t being trained, their personality, their daily routine, how you praise and discipline, so that the host can offer a similar environment to home.

Remind Them of Home. Just as you’re going to miss Fido on your trip, he’s going to miss you too! You can leave behind a few articles of clothing, like a T-shirt or a blanket, as well as your dog’s favorite toys so he can be reminded of home. It’s also a good idea to give your host more than enough of your dog’s usual food to last through the stay, so as not to vary their diet while you’re away.

Be Detailed. Taking the time to write down detailed instructions for your host can ensure that your dog is getting the same care and attention as he would with you. Whether it’s receiving medication, directions for making Fido’s favorite treat or a list of his favorite games, you’ll have greater peace of mind knowing your host knows exactly how to make his doggie vacation great.

Photo Credit - DogVacay Co-founder Aaron Hirschhorn with his dog Rocky. Photo courtesy of DogVacay

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Blog  >  Rug Doctor to the Rescue

Rug Doctor to the Rescue

FIDO is proud to share this wonderful “Rug Doctor to the Rescue” program !  

As part of a year-long commitment to support the fight against animal cruelty, Rug Doctor, the leading manufacturer of do-it-yourself deep cleaning rental machines and products, today announced its second round of coupons to directly benefit the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), the first animal welfare organization in North America.

Through its “Rug Doctor to the Rescue” program (#RDToTheRescue), which launched in May, Rug Doctor has committed $100,000 to the ASPCA through the sale of its pet cleaning products.

From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, Rug Doctor will donate $1 to the ASPCA for each redemption of specially marked coupons for Pet Formula Carpet Cleaner and Urine Eliminator™.
The coupons offer consumers savings of $3 off the purchase of Pet Formula Cleaner and $2 off the purchase of Urine Eliminator. Both Rug Doctor products are specifically designed for pet owners to help remove pet odors and stains on carpet and upholstery

“We are grateful for Rug Doctor’s support that will allow its customers to do good while they shop,” said Elysia Howard, vice president of marketing and licensing for the ASPCA. “The ‘Rug Doctor to the Rescue’ program will directly impact our work nationwide helping animals in need.”

For additional information on Rug Doctor machines and products, visit: . For additional information on the ASPCA, visit: .

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Blog  >  Fun Ways to Challenge FIDO’s Mind and Body

Fun Ways to Challenge FIDO’s Mind and Body

FIDO thinks this is FUN, and a great way to keep us challenged!

Dog treat Puzzle Games, fun and challenging, a perfect Christmas gift for your dog. Nina Ottosson wide range of puzzle games and toys exercise your dog’s mind and body.

MixMax puzzle is a new and unique puzzle game concept from Nina Ottosson. Hide treats and let your dog or cat find them. Use one game by itself, or put together several games to create the ultimate game at the level that your dog or cat needs. You decide how difficult it will be, from easy to very advanced – there are endless possibilities!

Available in wood and plastic - for more informaion and to order visit


MixMax Puzzle & Elsa

MixMax Puzzle and Elsa. MixMax Puzzle from Nina Ottosson in 3 versions, from easy to advanced. Hide treats and let your dog figure out how to find them. A completely new and unique concept of activity games for dogs and cats. Use one game by itself,

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Blog  >  Fresh Dog Means Happy FIDO And Pet Parents Too

Fresh Dog Means Happy FIDO And Pet Parents Too

FIDO knows we get more hugs when we smell sweet and fresh and that's why we love Fresh Dog products!

Fresh Dog® is a new line of innovative products designed to keep best friends smelling as fresh as they feel. Its irresistible moisturizing shampoo is perfect for best buddies bothered by dry and itchy skin. Crafted from Natural Colloidal Oatmeal and pure extracts of Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut and Echinacea, it promotes healing and naturally disinfects.

The gentle ingredients combine for an aroma-therapeutic experience that calms, cleans and soothes. And now… by popular demand, there's Fresh Dog’s Freshen Up! Coast Mist, a deliciously scented, deodorizing spray that features the same great scent as Fresh Dog's bestselling Moisturizing Oatmeal Shampoo.

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Veterinarians Urge Caution After FDA Receives Reports of Thousands of Pets Sick, Hundreds Dying from Jerky Treats

TAMPA, Fla. – Veterinarians from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are urging caution after the Food and Drug Administration issued a request for members of the general public and their veterinarians to send any information they have if their pet has become ill after eating jerky treats.

Since 2007, the FDA says they have received reports of 3,600 dogs and 10 cats becoming ill from eating jerky treats in the U.S. Approximately 580 of those pets have died, according to the FDA.

Most of the jerky treats involved in the illnesses have been from China.

Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are encouraging people to be aware of treats made from jerky tenders or strips made of chicken, duck, sweet potatoes or dried fruit.

Additionally, people should take their pet to veterinarian immediately if they notice signs of lethargy, decreased activity, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water consumption and/or increased urination.

“As always, anytime your pet is exhibiting abnormal behavior or symptoms of sickness, take him to your family veterinarian or nearest emergency veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners.

Potential jerky pet-treat related illnesses should be reported online or by calling the state FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.


About BluePearl Veterinary Partners

BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,350 people including more than 350 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.

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Blog  >  WOOFSTOCK 2013 Sunday Oct 27 San Clemente State Beach Campground

WOOFSTOCK 2013 Sunday Oct 27 San Clemente State Beach Campground

SAN ONOFRE FOUNDATION PRESENTS - People and Paws for our State Parks - San Clemente State Beach Campground Sunday, October 27, 2013, Noon - 5:00 pm

This fun, family and FIDO Friendly extravaganza will benefit pets and the environment. Woofstock’s goal is to promote respect and preservation throughout San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches, both among the best dog friendly parks in Southern California.

Woofstock 2013 - People and Paws for our State Parks, TICKETS ON SALE NOW  - GET THEM ONLINE

For more information please visit: , or call 949-366-8599