Blog  >  AKC Canine Retreat – Where They Treat Your FIDO Like Their Family

AKC Canine Retreat – Where They Treat Your FIDO Like Their Family

AKC Canine Retreat is a new standard of dog care. Offering the ultimate dog experience tailored to individual needs and temperaments, AKC Canine Retreat provides a wide selection of expert services, including personalized daycare, walking, jogging, training, grooming, bathing and overnight stays, as well as a retail component for dog accessories, diets, treats and more.

The six AKC Canine Retreats are situated across Manhattan in Chelsea, Tribeca, Upper West Side, Upper East Side and Midtown West, where the best care possible is provided in safe and nurturing environments.

For more information, visit www.akccanineretreat.com

 

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Blog  >  Conference Calls With Fido: Wellness® Natural Pet Food Names Most Pet Friendly Companies of 2018

Conference Calls With Fido: Wellness® Natural Pet Food Names Most Pet Friendly Companies of 2018

The second annual list of pet-friendly companies—created in celebration of Take Your Dog to Work Day®—is here!  It includes breweries, dating services and more!

What would you do to avoid those pleading puppy dog eyes each morning when you leave for work? A new survey from Wellness® Natural Pet Food found that more than one third of Americans would swap other employee benefits for a dog-friendly workplace, including sacrificing vacation time, giving up the ability to work from home and taking a pay cut. Pet-friendly offices are so important to employees that 44 percent of Americans would consider a career move for a pet-friendly workplace. 

This new research proves the power of a pet-friendly workplace when it comes to attracting, and retaining employees, just in time for Take Your Dog to Work Day®, an annual event first established by Pet Sitters International, Inc., held this year on June 22.

While Wellness Natural Pet Food celebrates the event each year at their Tewksbury, MA offices—complete with dog grooming and massages, a biscuit bar, raffles, a jumpy house K9 officer demo and more—they wanted to roll out the red carpet for other companies with a similar passion for pets by curating its second annual list of America’s Most Pet Friendly Companies.

“Allowing pets in the office offers employees a fun way to bring their full attention to work while giving our furry friends companionship they might not otherwise have during the workday,” said Dr. Danielle Bernal, Staff Veterinarian for Wellness Natural Pet Food. “Last year, we started celebrating companies that offer this benefit year-round and wanted to continue to recognize offices with pet parent perks. Hopefully we inspire others to implement their own pet-friendly policies so more pets and their parents can enjoy the rewards of dogs in the workplace.”

 

America’s Most Pet Friendly Companies of 2018 include:

 

1.     Tito’s Handmade Vodka (Austin, TX) – In addition to allowing dogs in the office each day, Tito’s goes above and beyond for pets in need. During the early years of the company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka took in abandoned animals that wandered around its distillery. As the company grew, so did its desire to help the community with the launch of its Vodka For Dog People program. The program works alongside animal charities to help save the lives of hundreds of animals.

 

2.    Petcube (San Francisco, CA) – Not only is its office pet-friendly, many of Petcube’s events and corporate functions are as well! Employees enjoy perks like dog walking and pet sitting, pet insurance, on-demand vet consultations and more through their Petcube Care membership program. Best of all, employees get early access to cutting-edge pet technology products and services that the company is developing.

 

3.    Harpoon Brewery (Boston, MA) – Harpoon Brewery’s CEO, Dan Kenary, is a dog lover who decided to bring that passion to the workplace by allowing dogs in their office every day. Many employees’ dogs frequently visit the Boston and Windsor (NH) Breweries as well.

 

4.    BISSELL Homecare (Grand Rapid, MI) – Bissell knows that allowing pets in a workplace can reduce stress and lift spirits, and its annual employee survey indicates that being able to bring their pets to work is a top reason why employees love working there. Their office has Pet Spot, an area designed specifically for pets with dog treats, water bowls, doggy cleanup kits, walking paths as well as occasional special treats, like doggy ice cream. Bissell also infuses its love for pets into its BISSELL Pet Foundation that offers various fun pet-focused products.

 

5.    Glassdoor (Mill Valley, CA) – Glassdoor has nearly 30 dogs in its headquarters every day. Knowing that a dog-friendly space allows employees to bring their whole selves to work, the company has had a dog-friendly workplace since 2013 and works to help jobseekers find pet friendly workplaces through its website. The office also has designated areas for those who have allergies to keep everyone safe and comfortable.

 

6.    Zoosk (San Francisco, CA) – While the online dating service helps men and women find relationships, Zoosk understands the importance of the relationship between pet parents and their fluffy friends. It welcomes dogs on a daily basis and recognizes a pup per month with a special award. Zoosk thinks the best way for employees to alleviate a “ruff” day is to take a break and play fetch with one of the many Zoosk doggies on staff.

 

7.    Zogics (Lenox, MA) – As one of the country’s largest suppliers to the health and fitness market, Zogics cares as much about their pets’ health as it does humans! Headquartered in the Berkshires surrounded by acres of outdoor space and 15 miles of dog-friendly trails, a day at its office is pooch paradise. Its “Pawternity” policy gives new pet parents an extra week of PTO, a pet store gift card, and a lifetime supply of Zogics Pet Shampoo. Their pets are also an integral part of their work—which includes an internal Slack channel devoted to pets.

 

8.    O.H.S.O. Brewery, Distillery and Restaurant (Phoenix, AZ) – All of its brewery locations have dog-friendly patios and walls filled with images of guest and employees’ dogs. It also offers complimentary homemade dog treats, a burger for dogs, and “barking bars” with taps that pour water for doggy water bowls. The company also hosts monthly giveback nights where 20 percent of sales go to local animal shelters and adoption events.

 

9.     Fueled (New York, NY) – To make the office as comfortable as possible and add an irreplaceable sense of warmth and joy to its work environment that only pups can bring, Fueled allows dogs in its office every day. It even has a company dog mascot that has worked alongside employees for years, a Brussels Griffon named Frasier. Employees can’t imagine their office without him!

 

10.  TerraCycle (Trenton, NJ) – TerraCycle welcomes dogs in its office, with designated conference rooms and outdoor spaces for the office pups. The innovative recycling company is also committed to sustainability in the pet industry, supporting recycling efforts of empty packaging to help minimize the footprint the pet industry leaves behind.

To learn more about best practices for a pet-friendly office, view Wellness Natural Pet Food’s “petiquette” tips, which include insights from Staff Veterinarian Dr. Danielle Bernal: www.wellnesspetfood.com.

About Wellness®:

At Wellness, we’re a family-owned company of pet parents on a mission to raise the bar in pet food, because we believe the right choice at mealtime forms the foundation of a long, happy life together. That’s why we do things the right way, not the easy way—we are 100 percent focused on natural nutrition all the time, crafting our pet food and treats recipes that are carefully sourced and thoughtfully prepared. That means we use the finest, natural ingredients, ensure the highest quality standards, and create delicious recipes pets crave to make every mealtime count. Like you, we know that our pets provide us unconditional love, and providing uncompromising nutrition is one way we can do the same for them. To learn more about Wellness Natural Pet Food, visit wellnesspetfood.com and Facebook.com/WellnessPetFood, and find Wellness on Instagram and Twitter: @wellnesspetfood.

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Blog  >  Pittsburgh Shadyside Inn Annouces Program to Help Rescued Pets Find A New Home

Pittsburgh Shadyside Inn Annouces Program to Help Rescued Pets Find A New Home

Shadyside Inn All Suites Hotel, one of Pittsburgh’s most pet-friendly hotels, has announced a program to allow hotel guests to receive a free pet adoption after completing a five night stay at the property. Starting on April 30th, guests signed up for the program will receive a credit towards adoption from their local shelter, giving hope to animals in need and allowing guests to make a difference in their local community.

According to the American Pet Products Association, pet travelers are on the rise as 37% of travelers travel with their furry companions, up from 19% from a decade ago. "Pet-friendly hotels are increasingly becoming a requirement for travelers," said Anthony Melchiorri, Hospitality Expert and Host of Travel Channel's Hotel Impossible. "With this spike in pet travel, these hotels offer an unforgettable travel experience as pets are a big part of the family dynamic. Shadyside Inn is a shining example of a hotel featuring a pet friendly approach that caters to our furry friends with customized amenities including a spacious dog park on the premise.”

Shadyside Inn has a longstanding commitment to helping animals in need. President/CEO Jonathan Plesset is a co-founder of PAART (Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team) a rescue organization dedicated to providing animals a second chance by offering free air and ground transport from danger to safety. PAART’s trained volunteer pilots and drivers provide help to thousands of animals a year that are in danger of being euthanized by an underfunded shelter, displaced by a natural disaster, or in an abusive situation. Plesset and his co-founder Brad Childs, both pilots, started PAART as a way to use their flying skills in a creative way to create real change in an area of passion. PAART has grown from two founders with one airplane, to an organization with over 200 volunteers, multiple airplanes and ground rescue vehicles. Since its inception, PAART has rescued over 7,000 animals.

“Everyday there are animals waiting for our rescue teams to arrive and give them the second chance they need. Our hotel guests can now play a PAART in completing their story by adopting one of these rescues into their homes,” said Jonathan Plesset, President and CEO of Shadyside Inn and a co-founder of PAART.

Shadyside Inn is located in the heart of Shadyside, one of Pittsburgh’s most vibrant neighborhoods and within a mile of multiple universities and cultural attractions. A genuine independent hotel offering a long list of amenities, all suites at the hotel were former full apartments so guests can feel at home during their stay. The hotel has a pet-friendly policy and features a dog park on property so four-legged friends can play safely nearby.

Pittsburgh has been recognized internationally as a top travel destination. Travel & Leisure and Harper’s Bazaar have both voted it Best Places to Travel To in recent years and the Steel City has been revered for its flourishing arts scene. As the city’s culture is experiencing a renaissance, creatives and visitors alike are flocking to the area to experience world-class museums, breathtaking views, inventive cuisine and outdoor activities.

To qualify for the free pet adoption program, hotel guests must pass shelter background checks and be cleared for adoption first. Guests will receive a $250 credit towards adoption at their local shelter. All adoptions must be for a reputable 501(c)(3) shelter in good standing. No adoption fees will be paid to any third parties or agents. Applicants must work with local shelter and adopt an animal that is currently in that shelter. Limit of one free adoption per reservation and must book with hotel directly (no third party reservations). View complete set of rules and more information here.

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Blog  >  Aloft Orlando Downtown Launches Foster Dog Program with Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Aloft Orlando Downtown Launches Foster Dog Program with Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

Aloft Orlando Downtown, a McKibbon Hospitality hotel, is pleased to announce the launch of its foster dog program in partnership with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Through the program, Aloft Orlando Downtown will house one dog at a time that can be permanently adopted by hotel guests and locals. Each dog will live in a custom-built dog house and enclosure, which was donated and designed by RLF Architects of Orlando.

“We are humbled to work with the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to launch this wonderful new program,” said Craig Leicester, general manager, Aloft Orlando Downtown. “In addition to helping more dogs find their forever homes, the program allows guests to enjoy yet another pet-friendly amenity at our hotel. We are also proud to be the newest McKibbon Hospitality hotel to launch the program.”

The one-of-a-kind foster dog program originated at McKibbon Hospitality’s Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel and has since inspired ten other hotels across the country to start similar programs. In total, these programs have found permanent homes for hundreds of dogs. Two other McKibbon Hospitality hotels, Aloft Greenville Downtown and Aloft Tallahassee Downtown, also have successful programs in partnership with local rescue organizations.

“McKibbon Hospitality and the Aloft Orlando Downtown are setting a great example by advocating for the compassionate treatment of animals and the importance of pet adoption in our communities. We look forward to being involved in such a unique and special program,” said Cathy Rodgers, Director of Philanthropy and Marketing at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

 


Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando provides shelter and care for over 7,000 homeless cats and dogs each year. In addition to sheltering, the organization also focuses on innovative programs that reduce the number of unwanted pets in the community through prevention, rescue and education. The organization’s goal is to make Central Florida a happier, healthier place for pets and people.

In total, nearly 200 dogs have found forever homes through the four McKibbon Hospitality hotels.

 

To learn more about McKibbon Hospitality and its commitment to the communities it serves, visit www.mckibbon.com. To learn more about Aloft Orlando Downtown, visit www.aloftorlandodowntown.com.

About Aloft Hotels
With more than 140 hotels now open in over 20 countries and territories around the world, Aloft Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., delivers a fresh approach to the traditional staid hotel landscape. For the ‘always on’ next generation of traveler, the Aloft brand offers a tech-forward, vibrant experience and a modern style that is different by design. Aloft is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest®. Members can now link accounts with Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information, please visit www.alofthotels.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Blog  >  Time to Hit the Road Jack!  A Road Travel Guide for You and Your Pet

Time to Hit the Road Jack!  A Road Travel Guide for You and Your Pet

Part 1

So you think you’re set for that road trip with your pet….but are you?  This mini-series from New Mexico’s pre-eminent Pet Travel Guru, Travelin’ Jack, Roving Bulldog Reporter, will help you plan that special pet-friendly vacation!  Here are a few tips for the road-wise travelers--both 2 and 4-footed.

Today, more and more families consider their pet a family member and elect to take Fido with them on vacation instead of leaving him behind.  If you are in that group, you’re not alone. Pets make great travel companions. More and more locations are welcoming pets, making it easy to bring Fido along on vacation.

Travelin’ Jack thinks certain trips are just better pet-cations.  Outdoor activities…..hiking, camping, picnicking with the family, places that allow pets.  Plan accordingly.  If there is a people-activity that doesn’t include Fido, check out Doggie Day Care options or Pet Sitters.  The key to a successful trip is to prepare BEFORE you jump in the auto!

You pack for yourself, ensuring you have proper travel clothes, sun screen and personal meds.  The same goes for your pet.  Here’s a handy guide to make it easier to pack for Fido:  

Travel Check List

  • Leashes (as in multiple).
  • ID Tags (with cell phone contact numbers).
  • Food & Water Dishes.
  • Health Certificate (up-to-date from your local vet).
  • Specific documents like Service Dog tags/papers.
  • Carrier Crate or Pet Car Harness.
  • Blanket and/or Bedding.
  • Extra sheets to cover furniture if pet will sleep in bed with you.
  • Food. Prepare single serving packs in individual baggies for each meal on the trip. Include several days extra supply of food. 
  • Bottled Water and portable water bowl.
  • Healthy Pet Treats.
  • Clean-up Baggies/Litter Supplies.
  • Favorite Toys.
  • Pet First Aid Kit (should include gauze, bandages, adhesive tape, hydrogen peroxide, ointment, scissors, tweezers, rubbing alcohol).
  • Grooming Supplies (shampoo, wet-naps, nail clippers, comb/brush, and cleaning towels).
  • ID Kit (your pet’s photo with written description including: name, breed, gender, color/markings, weight, height, distinctive markings.
  • Emergency Clinic Information.  Research in advance a list of 24-hour veterinary clinics for each destination.

Got this list handled?  That’s Part One of the preparation.  The next chapter (look for it next month!) includes those special TIPS for a dog-dandy road trip for the entire crew.  

Follow Travelin’ Jack at  www.travlinjack.com www.facebook.com/travlinjack

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Blog  >  The Must Have Essential for Summer Travel?  Moso Keeps Clothes & FIDO’s Space Fresh!

The Must Have Essential for Summer Travel?  Moso Keeps Clothes & FIDO’s Space Fresh!

If you and FIDO are on the go this summer, then this NEW line of Moso Natural, Active Life Mini Moso Bags that help keep FIDO's space smelling great is for you! 

These bags are specifically designed for those who lead active lifestyles and are always on the go. Moso Bags contain bamboo charcoal which actively eliminates moisture and unwanted odors, keeping even the most active traveler fresh!

 

New! Active Life Mini Moso 50gr Bags

  • These powerful deodorizers work 24/7 to eliminate sweat, moisture, and odors so you can confidently pursue your active lifestyle!
  • Chemical free, fragrance free and non-toxic
  • Athletic jersey fabric safe to use near any material
  • Includes two Mini Moso Bags
  • Reusable for up to 2 years and 100% Sustainable- once the Moso Bag is completely used it can be opened and spread throughout the garden to promote plant growth!
  • MSRP $9.95
  • Available online at www.mosonatural.com

 

 

 

Product provided to FIDO Friendly for review

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Blog  >  Let’s Help Petcurean Uplift the Underdogs - One Lucky Pup with Free Food for Life

Let’s Help Petcurean Uplift the Underdogs - One Lucky Pup with Free Food for Life

As part of its commitment to putting pets first, premium pet food manufacturer, Petcurean, is pleased to announce its “Uplift the Underdogs Contest,” an online contest open to all rescue groups and animal shelters located in Seattle and Portland, and their surrounding areas. Open now through June 1, the contest will help increase adoption consideration for “underdogs” – dogs who are traditionally less likely to get adopted due to age, appearance, or other issues. By inspiring people to see beyond these so-called imperfections and focus on the amazing heart and spirit of the dogs, the contest will help underdogs find the loving homes they deserve.

In 2017, nearly 13,000 dogs were rescued by the Seattle Humane Society and Oregon Humane Society alone.   When you factor in dogs rescued by other local rescue groups and shelters, this already impressive number climbs much higher.  While some dogs get adopted very quickly, others have a much harder time finding their forever home.

The Uplift the Underdogs contest intends to shine a light on dogs that were rescued but haven't been adopted and still need loving homes. Rescue organizations are encouraged to submit details about their most deserving dogs for the chance to win a lifetime supply of Petcurean's GO! Solutions® food for the winning dog and a 500lb donation of pet food to the shelter or rescue group.

“We believe all dogs are deserving of forever homes. Whether they're older, have dietary issues, aren't conventionally cute, or face unique challenges of any sort. We want to encourage people to give these overlooked dogs forever homes,” said Christine Mallier, PR & Community Relations Manager at Petcurean. “It's what's inside that counts and these dogs all have so much love to give. At Petcurean, we recognize and celebrate the unique traits that each individual dog has and are committed to helping them live healthy, happy lives full of love.”

After completing the online application form, two finalists from each city will move to the next round, along with four finalists from Canada.  During this round, consumers will vote for their favorite dog through Petcurean's Facebook and Instagram. The dog that receives the most comments and likes over one week will be awarded the grand prize. The winner will be announced on June 18.

Prizing details:

Grand Prize

  • Lifetime supply of Petcurean's GO! Solutions dog food
  • Feature in a Petcurean marketing campaign
  • Promotion on Petcurean's website and social channels
  • Free make-over grooming service
  • 500lb donation of Petcurean pet food to the winning dog's shelter/rescue group
  • A Petcurean gift basket filled with supplies, toys and more

All Finalists

  • 1-year supply of Petcurean's GO! Solutions dog food
  • Free make-over grooming service
  • 500lb donation of Petcurean pet food to the winning dog's shelter
  • A Petcurean gift basket filled with supplies, toys and more

“Shelter dogs are already underdogs due to a lot of misconceptions about how they wind up there in the first place. And those with “issues” are the underdogs of the underdogs, having a much harder time finding their forever home,” continued Mallier. “We hope that all dogs featured in the contest find forever homes, and we encourage all rescue organizations and shelters in the area to participate, as this is a great opportunity to generate more visibility and awareness for these groups who tirelessly advocate for the adoption and welfare of pets day and night.”

For more information on Petcurean's Uplift the Underdog contest and to enter, visit www.petcurean.com/underdog. Eligibility restrictions apply. Entry is open now through June 1, 2018.

GO! Solutions is available at independent pet specialty retailers nationwide. For more information about GO! or to find out which recipe is best for your pet, visit www.PetcureanGO.com.

About Petcurean
Petcurean is a family-owned Canadian company that creates premium-quality pet food recipes; GO! Solutions, NOW FRESH, GATHER and SPIKE treats for dogs and cats (and cats and dogs). GO! provides solutions for your pet's unique dietary needs; NOW FRESH offers dry and wet pet food recipes with 100% fresh meat and fresh omega oils; GATHER is crafted from certified and organic ingredients, sustainably produced; and SPIKE lets you reward your dog with treats made using all-natural ingredients. Petcurean pet foods are sold exclusively through pet specialty retailers in Canada, the United States, and more than 30 countries internationally. At Petcurean, with every decision they make and every recipe they create, they put pets first. Please visit www.petcurean.com to learn more

 

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Blog  >  GREATERGOOD.ORG CONTINUES TO ASSIST ANIMALS AND PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE MARIA

GREATERGOOD.ORG CONTINUES TO ASSIST ANIMALS AND PEOPLE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE MARIA

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, GreaterGood.org, a leading non-profit for the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet, is providing ongoing critical needs and supplies to Puerto Rico. Victims of the storm are still suffering from lack of water and power outages as well as other issues, and GreaterGood.org is encouraging people to support their disaster relief efforts.

 “Since the beginning, GreaterGood.org has made the victims of Hurricane Maria a top priority by providing food, shelter, relocation transportation and medical supplies as well as supporting local charities to aid recovery efforts, “ said Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org. “We want to remind people that the communities of Puerto Rico still struggle daily and need our continued support on their long road to recovery.”

 

 

To date, GreaterGood.org has awarded more than $3,608,520 worth of product donations (pet food, veterinary, and human medical supplies, etc.) and cash grants to those affected by the Hurricane Maria.  Ongoing active recovery efforts in Puerto Rico that still need support include:

Partner Programs: GreaterGood.org is currently providing monetary support to the following partner programs in Puerto Rico:

·       “Spayathon” for Puerto Rico, aims to spay/neuter 20,000 animals in underserved communities across the Commonwealth by 2019.

·       Force Blue’s initiative to embark on a dive project to repair critical coral reefs devastated by the storm.

·       Team Rubicon’s efforts to install storm proof roofs over the next year on the island.

 

For a full summary of disaster relief efforts for Hurricane Maria made possible by GreaterGood.org, please visit:

To learn how you can help support and/or donate, please click here!

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Blog  >  Chem-Dry Raises Over $28,000 in First Year of Partnership with Best Friends Animal Society

Chem-Dry Raises Over $28,000 in First Year of Partnership with Best Friends Animal Society

To encourage pet adoption in the United States and further its commitment to providing healthier homes for families and their pets, Chem-Dry launched a Cleaning for the Paws initiative. As part of the initiative, Chem-Dry teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society to raise awareness and funds to support shelter pet adoption and help the organization in its efforts to find homes for all rescue pets. At the end of March, Chem-Dry wrapped up its first year of this partnership, for which they set a goal of raising $25,000. Through successful fundraising activities and community events, Chem-Dry and its franchise owners surpassed their goal by raising over $28,000 and have already committed to and launched their second of year of the partnership.

For more than 30 years, Best Friends has worked to end the killing of pets around the country simply because they don’t have a place to call home. Recently the organization planted a stake in the ground to help achieve No Kill across the country by 2025. In an effort to raise funds to help achieve its mission, the organization has partnered with companies like Chem-Dry, which is the country’s leading carpet and upholstery cleaning service with a network of over 2,000 U.S. locations serving 7,000 homes and businesses each day.

In 2017, Best Friends transferred nearly 10,000 animals from county shelters into regional programs, and overall, helped more than 191,000 animals though programs made possible from partnerships with brands like Chem-Dry. Best Friends is working to discover the individual needs of each community and its animals by providing lifesaving resources where they are needed most. The support of donors like Chem-Dry is what makes this important work possible.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the effort and passion that our franchise owners invested in this program and the outcome we achieved — it was a rewarding experience from every perspective, but mostly with the impact we are having with Best Friends toward such an important cause,” said Dan Tarantin, CEO of Harris Research, Inc., parent company to Chem-Dry. “We are confident our second year of the partnership will build on the network participation and success we had this past year as we help even more rescue pets find homes. Since Chem-Dry’s mission is to help people live more healthfully through our wide array of services, encouraging people to adopt rescue pets and helping families create a happy and healthy home for their families and pets is a perfect fit for us.”

With 85 percent of Chem-Dry customers owning pets, the brand is dedicated to helping families maintain a happy, healthy home for all members including pets. During the first year of the partnership, funds were  raised through multiple methods including the sale of specially marked cans of Chem-Dry World Famous Spot Remover – with each can generating a $1 donation to Best Friends – plus customer add-on donations, local promotional offers with a built-in donation, participation in Best Friends’ “Strut your Mutt” events around the country, and direct online donations at Chem-Dry Cares. Chem-Dry franchise owners from across 40 states participated in the program and accounted for the roughly 20,000 promotional cans that were sold.

“Our national partnership with Chem-Dry was such a success and their support for our organization has made an impact on the lives of thousands of animals,” said Eric Rayvid, director of public relations for Best Friends Animal Society. “It’s important to our organization to work with brands whose mission aligns with ours and we are excited to build on last year’s accomplishments with Chem-Dry to have an even stronger year two together.”

Having launched the second year of its partnership with Best Friends earlier this month, Chem-Dry has set a year two fundraising goal of $30,000. To achieve this goal, Chem-Dry will be having two major promotional pushes this year, one in the spring that is already underway and one in the fall. In addition, the company has continued its promotional can program, has printed up special Cleaning for the Paws t-shirts for franchisees who participate and expects to gain more involvement and support for local events, including Best Friends-organized ‘Strut Your Mutt’ events taking place in numerous cities around the country.

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

For more information on Chem-Dry or to find a local operator, please visit www.chemdry.com.

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Blog  >  Aloft Asheville Downtown Finds Forever Home for 100th Foster Dog

Aloft Asheville Downtown Finds Forever Home for 100th Foster Dog

The Aloft Asheville Hotel is celebrating a milestone for the foster dog program that has served as a catalyst for similar programs at hotels across the country.  FIDO loves that!

 

Lolly, a Papillon Chihuahua mix, went home today with the Hultin family from Flat Rock, marking the 100th dog to find its forever home through the foster dog program at Aloft Asheville Downtown, a McKibbon Hospitality property.

 

“We couldn’t be more excited to be Lolly’s forever family,” said Karen Hultin. “Adopting her through Aloft Asheville and working with their foster dog partner, Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue, has been a wonderful experience. Their program is an excellent model that helps save the lives of dogs in need and serves as a fun perk for travelers and locals visiting the hotel.”

Since its launch in 2014 at the dog-friendly Aloft Asheville Downtown, the foster dog program has been featured in national news outlets and served as a catalyst for similar programs launched in seven states across the country as well as one in Canada. Three other McKibbon properties, the Aloft Greenville Downtown, Aloft Orlando Downtown, and Aloft Tallahassee Downtown, have started similar programs. In total, more than 200 dogs have found forever homes through the four McKibbon Hospitality properties.

“As someone who has been involved in our foster dog program since the very beginning, it has been truly wonderful to watch so many dogs find their forever homes,” said David McCartney, general manager of the Aloft Asheville Downtown. “In addition to making such a significant impact in Asheville, we are proud to have inspired other hotels across the country to do the same. We hope that more hotels will continue to adopt this model so that together as an industry, we can save the lives of more dogs in need.”

Through the program, Aloft Asheville Downtown partners with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue in Fletcher, North Carolina. The hotel houses one dog at a time that can be permanently adopted by hotel guests and locals. By taking dogs out of the traditional shelter and letting them stay at the hotel, guests can interact with the dogs in an intimate setting and get to know them before adopting.

 

 

Aloft Asheville Downtown Foster Dog Program

  • Since its launch in 2014, Aloft Asheville Downtown’s dog adoption program has found forever homes for 100 dogs.

 

  • The hotel houses one dog at a time who wears an “Adopt Me” vest and can be adopted and taken home by guests staying in the hotel. The program screens and matches each four-legged friend with the right adoptive parent.

 

  • The hotel partners with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue in nearby Fletcher, North Carolina to foster dogs in need of a forever home. As a result of the program, overall adoption rates at Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue have doubled.

 

  • The adoption program has served as a catalyst for similar programs launched in seven states across the country as well as one in Canada.

 

  • In addition to Aloft Asheville Downtown, foster dog programs have been implemented at 10 other hotels: Aloft Greenville Downtown (a McKibbon Hospitality Property); Aloft Orlando Downtown (a McKibbon Hospitality Property); Aloft Tallahassee Downtown (a McKibbon Hospitality Property); Aloft EpiCentre Charlotte; The Element West Des Moines; The Sheraton Four Points (Wakefield, MA); The Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield; The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa (Rancho Mirage, CA); Fontainebleau Miami Beach; and The Westin Ottawa.

 

  • The Aloft Asheville Downtown dog adoption program has gone viral on social media and been featured in People, O Magazine, Condé Nast, The Huffington Post and on the NBC Nightly News and The Meredith Vieira Show, among other leading news outlets.

 

  • Aloft Asheville Downtown is a dog-friendly hotel and allows guests to bring their pets free of charge. The hotel team’s goal is to make dogs feel at home during their stay by providing water dishes, a signature pet bed, dog toy and a locally baked doggy treat.

 

  • Guests can take their pup on the hotel’s outdoor Air Level, which is complete with an artificial turf path made just for dogs to walk and play. During the weekend, the hotel typically has 15 or more dogs enjoy the Aloft Asheville Downtown experience.

 

To learn more about Aloft Asheville Downtown, visit here. To learn more about McKibbon Hospitality and their commitment to the communities they serve, visit here.

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Blog  >  Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks - A Natural Choice Pet Parents Love

Murphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Incense Sticks - A Natural Choice Pet Parents Love

FIDO isn’t the only one who hates mosquitos and scratching, pet parents want to be free of those nasty pests too.  Finding a natural choice is very to important to FIDO, which is why we dig (wink wink) these sticks!

 

Ward off pests with natural mosquito repellent incense sticks. High concentrations of citronella, cedar wood, rosemary, and other oils naturally combat mosquitoes and smell great, too. This formula doesn’t contain any DEET or petroleum, and the incense is clean-burning, so you can feel good about using it.

 

FEATURES:

  • Pack includes 12 Incense Sticks per tube
  • Burn time of 2 - 2.5 hours per incense stick
  • Provides 12 ft. radius of mosquito protection
  • Made with all-natural plant based ingredients
  • DEET and petroleum free
  • Ingredients: 4.5% rosemary oil, 2.0% peppermint oil, 1.5% citronella oil, 1.0% lemongrass oil, 1.0% cedarwood oil, bamboo sawdust & wood
  •  For best results, light incense on your patio or deck 10 minutes prior to your outdoor activity. For even greater coverage, place several incense sticks around your area of use, spacing them 12 feet apart.
  •  MSRP $12 (incense sticks); $10 ( ceramic incense holder)
  •  Available at www.thegrommet.com

 

 

 

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Blog  >  Spotlite LED Makeup Mirror - Calling on Pet Moms On The Go!

Spotlite LED Makeup Mirror - Calling on Pet Moms On The Go!

You love to travel –we know you do!  And looking your best when out and about with FIDO is as important as finding the perfect color or coat for your pup; and this super versatile makeup mirror is the perfect travel accessory for pet moms!

Look your best with this makeup mirror with lights that create a natural daylight experience to give you a truer and brighter reflection. Rechargeable and portable, the LED-lighted mirror can be rotated 360-degrees to get the perfect angle, and there are two magnetic magnifiers that help you see all the details.

 

 

FEATURES:

  • Includes neoprene case, two removable magnetic mirrors with 5x and 10x magnification, one microfiber cleaning cloth, one USB charging cord, USB charging plug is not included
  • Ultra-bright natural daylight that is up to 10 times brighter than other makeup mirrors
  • Premium LED lights never need to be replaced
  • Removable magnification mirrors great for close-up work like tweezing or fixing lashes
  • Convenient and portable cordless operation
  • Lithium battery is rechargeable by USB cable and lasts several hours between charges, features a low battery sensor and alert
  • The 360 degree rotation allows for adjusting the mirror tilt and viewing angle
  • Features a touch-sensitive dimmable switch and built-in tray for magnifying mirrors or makeup storage
  • Folding laptop design is compact and travel-friendly
  • Touch-sensitive light is dimmable and has an auto-sensor on/off switch
  • Non-degrading light maintains maximum brightness even with low battery
  • Please note: USB charging plug is not included
  • MSRP $100
  • Available at www.thegrommet.com

 

 

 

 

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Blog  >  Wag! Funds 5 Million Meals for Shelter Dogs Across America

Wag! Funds 5 Million Meals for Shelter Dogs Across America

 Wag!, the number-one, on-demand dog care app, through its partnership with charitable organization GreaterGood.org, has reached a milestone of funding 5 million meals for dogs in shelters and rescues across the country. Every time a pet parent purchases a walk with Wag!, it generates a donation that pays for one meal for a rescue dog.

“We are so proud to partner with GreaterGood.org to provide meals for adoptable dogs as they wait for their forever homes,” said Hilary Schneider, CEO of Wag!. “Helping rescue pets has been part of Wag!’s mission since our founding. While providing 5 million meals is an impressive achievement, we look forward to making an even larger impact through our ongoing work with animal-welfare organizations to improve the quality of life for shelter dogs waiting to be adopted.”

Each year, nearly 4 million dogs enter animal shelters and rescues nationwide and these organizations take on the extraordinary costs of dog care—including medicine, beds, toys, and food. Sponsoring meals through the GreaterGood.org’s Rescue Bank program helps participating animal-rescue groups save thousands of dollars a year in food costs, allowing them to shift scarce funds to other needs, such as spay/neuter and vet services, facility improvements, and adoption events.

“Wag!’s amazing support helps us feed hundreds of shelter dogs daily. This partnership is so significant to our work in serving animal-rescue organizations all over the country,” said Liz Baker, executive director of GreaterGood.org.

The partnership between Wag! and GreaterGood.org began in October 2016 and has produced numerous success stories such as that of Sienna (pictured above), one of 11 dogs rescued from an abandoned home in Dallas. When Sienna arrived at Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue, she was pregnant, sick, severely malnourished, and in need of a lot of tender loving and care. After being put on a diet of special food made possible through Wag! donations, her health recovered quickly, and she was soon adopted by a young couple committed to caring for her.

In addition to food donations, Wag! and GreaterGood.org raised more than $57,000 for pets affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, which devastated Texas and Puerto Rico in August 2017.   Last December, both organizations worked with Wag! creative strategist and investor, actress Olivia Munn to hold a Shelter Dog Toy Drive at the LASPCA in Long Beach, Calif., which raised more than 30,000 toys that are being distributed to animal-rescue organizations nationwide.

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Blog  >  RELIEFBAND® BREAKS NEW GROUND IN ‘WEARABLE TREATABLE’ TECHNOLOGY WITH LAUNCH OF RELIEFBAND 2.0

RELIEFBAND® BREAKS NEW GROUND IN ‘WEARABLE TREATABLE’ TECHNOLOGY WITH LAUNCH OF RELIEFBAND 2.0

Reliefband Technologies, LLC, an innovator in wearable technology that treats motion sickness, has launched its advanced Reliefband® 2.0 model. Reliefband® technology provides an effective and drug-free solution for controlling nausea, retching and vomiting associated with motion sickness, virtual reality activities, chemotherapy and morning sickness associated with pregnancy. Reliefband can also be used as an adjunct to antiemetic therapy in reducing post-operative nausea.

Featuring clinically proven, FDA-cleared technology, Reliefband 2.0 is designed to suit the needs of people whose lives are deeply impacted by nausea associated with motion sickness. This effective device allows them to travel without fear of sickness and enjoy common leisure pursuits such as cruising, fishing, amusement rides or immersing themselves in a VR game.

Reliefband 2.0 uses Reliefband Technologies’ patented Neurowave™ technology, endorsed by healthcare professionals, that emits accurately programmed pulses with highly specific waveforms, frequency and intensity to modulate the median nerve on the underside of the wrist. This stimulation of the nerves known as (“neuromodulation”) uses the body’s natural neural pathways to block the waves of nausea produced by the stomach. This easy-to-use, comfortable and adjustable wearable helps put people back in control, so they can live their lives in full motion.

 

Major highlights for Reliefband 2.0 include:

  • The unique “J-shaped smart band” makes the device easy to put on your wrist, and more comfortable to wear over extended periods of time.
  • The stunning design rivals the most fashionable wearables and makes Reliefband 2.0 wearable in any social setting.  
  • Reliefband 2.0 features a latex free band and includes hypoallergenic 316L Surgical Steel contacts, ensuring a more efficient transmission of current—while maximizing user comfort.  
  • Reliefband 2.0 contains an intuitive display with 10 intensity settings that can be moved up and down at the touch of a button. This range of settings enables users to find the precise setting that is optimal for their personal needs.
  • A fully charged battery that lasts approximately 17 hours on the mid-intensity level and recharges quickly.

 

For nearly 20 years, Reliefband® technology has been prescribed by doctors for the treatment of nausea and vomiting.  Now, Reliefband 2.0 integrates all these indications including motion sickness, morning sickness, post-operative nausea\ and nausea caused by chemotherapy into this brand-new device. The signals generated by the device travel through the body’s central nervous system to the higher emetic center of the brain.

Reliefband 2.0 is priced at $174.99 and will be available online at www.Reliefband.com and on Amazon.

 

Reliefband 2.0 provided to FIDO Friendly for this review

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Blog  >  Petcurean Introduces New Small Breed Recipes with 100% Fresh Fish & Red Meat - Kibble Style

Petcurean Introduces New Small Breed Recipes with 100% Fresh Fish & Red Meat - Kibble Style

Small dogs have big reasons to run to their food bowls with the launch of Petcurean’s two new NOW FRESH small breed recipes for adult dogs: Small Breed Grain Free Red Meat, and Small Breed Grain Free Fish. As the population of small breed dogs continues to grow, currently representing 52 percent of the U.S. dog population1, so does the demand for recipes that are specially formulated for small breeds. Petcurean’s small breed kibbles are one of the smallest in the market, featuring a unique clover shape for easy chewing and digestion, and are made with 100 percent fresh meat, 100 percent fresh omega oils, and zero rendered ingredients.

 

“As pets are increasingly being recognized as family members, pet owners are calling for more premium pet foods that reflect their own health trends,” said Jenna Fortin, Director of Marketing at Petcurean. “We developed these two new recipes to meet pet parents’ desire to nourish their companions with natural, high quality ingredients, while addressing the specific nutrition and dietary needs of small breed dogs.”

 

The new NOW FRESH Small Breed Grain Free Red Meat and Fish recipes for adult dogs feature 100 percent fresh lamb and pork or 100 percent fresh trout, salmon, and herring. Other recipe highlights include:

  • Coconut oil, easily digested and absorbed to promote skin and coat health, weight loss, improve cracked paws, and to increase energy.
  • Egg, an ideal protein because it’s 100 percent digestible and has the ideal amino acid composition for dogs and cats.
  • Parsley and peppermint, natural ingredients to promote fresh breath.
  • Apples, high in vitamin C, fiber, and good for the digestive tract.
  • Grain-free, gluten-free: Zero grains, gluten, wheat, beef, chicken, corn, or soy.
  • Zero rendered meats, by-products, added growth hormones, or artificial preservatives.

 

    

 

NOW FRESH Small Breed recipes are formulated with ingredients that help support oral health and fresh breath, including sodium tripolyphosphate, which binds calcium to protect teeth from tartar formation, and parsley and peppermint, which are natural ingredients that contribute to fresh breath. In addition, the small clover-shaped kibble contributes to high palatability, easy chewing, and effective digestion.

As with Petcurean’s other NOW FRESH Small Breed recipes, the new Red Meat and Fish recipes are great for rotational feeding – which helps keep small breed notoriously picky eaters eager for mealtime. All formulas feature the same basic ingredients, so there is typically no transition period required. Another great way to pique a dog’s palate and add moisture to their diet is to feed the small breed dry food in combination with Petcurean’s NOW FRESH stew recipes for dogs, which launched in fall 2017. This also makes for a tasty (and healthy) treat!

Petcurean’s new NOW FRESH Small Breed line is now available at pet specialty retailers nationwide for MSRP $32.99 for a 6-pound bag of the Red Meat recipe and MSRP $28.99 for a 6-pound bag of the Fish recipe.  And, you can download a coupon for $5 off Petcurean kibble here – use coupon code  PAWSOME5

For more information about NOW FRESH Small Breed, click here  

 

 

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Blog  >  National Dog Bite Prevention Week® (April 8 -14) American Humane Offers Tips to Stay Safe All Year

National Dog Bite Prevention Week® (April 8 -14) American Humane Offers Tips to Stay Safe All Year

Every year more than 4.5 million Americans, more than half of them children, are bitten by dogs.  As part of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week® coalition, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, encourages adults to protect both children and dogs, and learn the importance of pet owner responsibility.

“Dogs are our best friends, providing love, comfort and protection,” says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “But it’s up to us humans to be good friends to them as well by protecting everyone around us – ourselves, our kids, and our dogs – from the dangers and consequences of dog bites.”

Dogs can bite for many reasons, including improper care and/or a lack of socialization.  All dogs, even well-trained, gentle dogs, are capable of biting however when provoked, especially when eating, sleeping or caring for puppies. Thus, even when a bite is superficial or classified as “provoked,” dogs may be abandoned or euthanized. Therefore, it’s vitally important to keep both children and dogs safe by preventing dog bites wherever possible.

“A dog bite can have a profound effect not only on the victim, but on the dog, who may be euthanized, and the dog’s owners who have to cope with the loss of a beloved family member,” said Dr. Kwane Stewart, Chief Veterinary Officer for American Humane’s “No Animals Were Harmed®” program, speaking at the National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition kick-off event in San Diego on April 5. “All those who have a canine companion need to make sure they know the steps they can take to prevent their dog from biting someone.”

To reduce the number of injuries to people and the risk of relinquishment of dogs who bite, American Humane offers the following suggestions:

 

For Children:

  • Never approach an unknown dog or a dog that is alone without an owner, and always ask for permission before petting the dog.
  • Never approach an injured animal – find an adult who can get the help s/he needs
  • Never approach a dog that is eating, sleeping or nursing puppies.
  • Don’t poke, hit, pull, pinch or tease a dog.

 

For Dog Owners:

  • Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog, even if it is a family pet.
  • Interactions between children and dogs should always be monitored to ensure the safety of both your child and your dog.
  • Teach your children to treat the dog with respect and not to engage in rough or aggressive play.
  • Make sure your pet is socialized as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals.
  • Never put your dog in a position where s/he feels threatened.
  • Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep him/her healthy and to provide mental stimulation.
  • Use a leash in public to ensure you are able to control your dog.
  • Regular veterinary care is essential to maintain your dog’s health; a sick or injured dog is more likely to bite.
  • Be alert, if someone approaches you and your dog - caution them to wait before petting the dog, give your pet time to be comfortable with a stranger.

 

American Humane also offers a free online booklet available for families with children called “Pet Meets Baby,” providing valuable information on introducing a new child to a home with a pet – or a new pet into a home with a child:

 

 

About American Humane

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org today. 

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Blog  >  Raptor Shield Protects Small Pets from Birds of Prey.

Raptor Shield Protects Small Pets from Birds of Prey.

We are blessed to live on the Snake River in Idaho. For many years we have enjoyed our solitary views of the hills and the sightings of hawks, eagles and owls. This is until we adopted our 12-pound Honey, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix.

I started to worry about her running up and down our back yard lately and anxiously eyeing the sky for a bird of prey that I was certain would pick up this precious cargo and carry her away. This thought filled my days and I could not allow her outside with her lab and boxer brothers without being outside myself.

One day I was reading a pet magazine and saw an ad for Raptor Shield. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had no idea this company existed and it was an answered prayer. I immediately researched the company to find out that a near tragedy was the impetus for the invention of the Raptor Shield.

William Caruso invented the shield after a Red Tail Hawk attacked his nine-pound Silky Terrier, Daisy. Daisy did survive the attack and with much time and research, he designed the shield using Polycarbonate, a material typically used in bulletproof windows. The bird’s talons cannot puncture your dog’s skin, thereby preventing birds of prey from flying away with your dog.

Once the Raptor Shield arrived, I used the provided attachments to make it fit perfectly to Honey. She wasn’t sure about this product when I first placed it on her. She looked confused and wouldn’t move. I had a good laugh about this and after a treat or two and play time in the backyard, she was running around like her normal energetic self and playing chase with her furry brothers.

 

 

Thank you Raptor Shield for inventing this life saving product and bringing me peace of mind. I can now enjoy life again on the river while watching Honey playing safely.

                      

 

ABOUT RAPTOR SHIELD

http://www.raptorshield.com

Designed to be comfortable for everyday use, the lightweight jacket is cool in the summer and warm in the winter and comes in sizes to fit dogs from two to 22-pounds.

 

Note: author provided product for review.

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Blog  >  Creating Pet Friendly Outdoor Spaces & Dog Friendly Gardens

Creating Pet Friendly Outdoor Spaces & Dog Friendly Gardens

Just like our homes, our gardens need to be safe too – and not just for humans.

From your pet rabbit enjoying a rummage in the flower beds to your dog or cat enjoying the garden, there are many potential dangers to pets (and wildlife too). Do you know what they are?

PLANTS present the most danger to plants with some presenting a danger if they are ingested or eaten, others if they are touched or brushed against. It is not just the leaves and flowers either – it can be their seeds and flowers and in the case of spring flowers, the bulbs and tubers from which they grow.

CHEMICALS we commonly used in the garden can also present a problem. Chemical weed killers along with insect control such as slug pellets can be harmful and even toxic to dogs, cats, and other animals and birds. Although manufacturers are making changes to their formulas to try and stop this happening, pet owners are urged to check the packaging for instructions and what to do if the product is accidentally swallowed by humans and pets.

LANDSCAPING and other items we use in the garden can also be a nuisance to pets and other wildlife. From curious cats falling in ponds to dogs being hurt exploring sections of the garden that present hazards and dangers to them, the best policy is prevention. But how can you make your garden human and pet-friendly?

Thankfully, the pet-loving team at Rattan Direct have come up with the answer with this handy infographic on creating a dog and cat-friendly outdoor space.

 

 

Included is a definitive list of plants that can be problematic if Fido decides to eat them or Tiddles enjoys munching on their leaves! Take a look at what small changes can save a lot of heartache with their guide to a dog-friendly garden.

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Blog  >  Pop Superstar Sia Partners with the ASPCA to Help Fight Puppy Mill Cruelty

Pop Superstar Sia Partners with the ASPCA to Help Fight Puppy Mill Cruelty

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and pop superstar Sia released a video today as part of the ASPCA’s new anti-puppy mill initiative, Barred From Love, urging the public to join the fight for love and speak out against the cruel puppy breeding industry.

Breeding dogs in puppy mills are often kept in dark, cramped and dirty conditions where they never get to experience love and kindness. Sia lends her voice to the ASPCA’s animated video encouraging supporters to join the fight for love and share the truth about the cruel commercial breeding industry on social media. The ASPCA’s #BarredFromLove campaign also encourages dog lovers to adopt from a local shelter or rescue group or learn how to sniff out the good from the cruel when it comes to finding a dog breeder.

"Anyone who loves dogs would be appalled to learn about the horrible things happening to dogs in the cruel breeding industry; not just the puppies, but the mother dogs, who spend their lives pumping out puppies for profit,” said Jennie Lintz, director of the ASPCA’s Puppy Mills Campaign. “The ASPCA is grateful to Sia for lending her voice to our Barred From Love campaign to encourage people to help fight for the love all dogs deserve so we can put an end to these cruel practices."

This video narrated by Sia urges dog lovers to join the fight against cruel dog breeding

 

 

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 www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Blog  >  It’s Not Luck That Keeps FIDO Safe - It’s Safety Reminders and Tips Like These

It’s Not Luck That Keeps FIDO Safe - It’s Safety Reminders and Tips Like These

FIDO has been a big fan of Petcurean for quite a while now.   We just love the passion and purpose they put in to their products, and how they aspire to go above and beyond by creating recipes that nobody has thought of making, while using the finest of ingredients, like premium quality market-fresh meats, veggies, fruits and berries.  Petcurean offers great choices of healthy AND tasty kibble.  When it comes to ingredients, their motto is only the best of the best will do. Their trusted network of farmers, ranchers and producers provide them with a consistent source of healthy, premium quality market-fresh meats, veggies, fruits and berries. They cook with creativity, energy and an overarching love for our cats and dogs. Then, with the Petcurean seal of approval, their food goes out to be enjoyed by pets the world over.  (And, you can download a coupon for $5 off Petcurean kibble here – use coupon code  PAWSOME5 )

 

Their commitment to healthy pets goes beyond their product offerings and as March 18 - 24 is NATIONAL ANIMAL POISON PREVENTION WEEK we wanted to share this important information they passed on to us.

 

March may be a month for luck and good fortune, but did you know that the iconic shamrock is actually toxic to cats and dogs? You may be surprised by how many common household plants and human foods are poisonous to pets. As pet parents, our hearts break when our furry loved ones get sick. While most instances of poison result in mild to moderate symptoms like discomfort, diarrhea or vomiting, some foods and plants can cause major health issues and even death.  Please take note of these important tips for protecting your pet and avoiding hazardous materials. 

 

WHAT TO AVOID FOR DOGS:

  • Chocolate – Most pet lovers know that chocolate is a big no-no for Fido. Chocolate is harmful because of a toxic agent called theobromine, which can make your pup extremely ill and even lead to death.
  • Grapes – A lesser known fact, grapes can lead to kidney failure in dogs. If you want to give your pup a sweet and healthy treat, opt for blueberries instead. 
  • Mushrooms – If you have a dog that spends a lot of time outside, it’s crucial to check your yard for mushrooms. There are many species of mushroom that are toxic to pets, such as the Amanita phalloides or ‘Death Cap’ mushroom, a potent poison at only 3 grams. Since there’s a multitude of other species that can harm your pet, it’s best to keep your lawn clean of any mushrooms just to be safe.
    • If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous mushroom, take them to the vet and bring the mushroom so the clinic can identify what type of toxin or poison they are dealing with.

 

WHAT TO AVOID FOR CATS:

  • Tuna – Although tuna is the classic delicacy for a cartoon cat, you should only feed your cat tuna when it’s produced in a cat food format. Tuna made for humans can cause digestive problems in your cat if fed as an occasional treat. Feeding them tuna on a more consistent basis can cause a painful condition called steatitis, or inflammation of the body's fat.
  • Dairy products – Perhaps as iconic as cats and tuna, cats and milk are also a popular pairing. However, as cats age, they can become lactose intolerant causing them to vomit or have diarrhea after ingesting dairy.
  • Lilies – The most common type of lily is toxic to cats only. If your cat eats a lily, it can lead to kidney failure which, if not treated quickly, may result in death.

 

HARMFUL PLANTS: Many common household plants can have negative effects on your beloved pet. Check your home and make sure you don’t have any of these around!

  • Aloe – There are more than 500 species of aloe vera, all of which are poisonous to your pet. Its toxin, saponin, acts as a defense mechanism and will harm your pet if ingested.
  • English Ivy – English Ivy is one of the most common forms of ivy to grow along the sides of walls and fences, making them easily accessible by outdoor pets and therefore, especially dangerous.
  • Sago Palm – This plant is also a common landscape feature, but a little more difficult for your pet to eat. However, Sago Palm is highly poisonous to pets and can even be fatal.
  • Shamrocks – While relatively harmless in small quantities, a large consumption of shamrocks can lead to kidney failure in your pet.

 

Some foods, such as grapes, chocolate, and onions, are dangerous to both cats and dogs. If your pet is exhibiting any of the below behavior, they may be reacting to something poisonous and should be taken to a vet for immediate attention. You can also call the Animal Poison Control Center 24/7 at 855-764-7661 for less urgent concerns or questions.

  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness or Lethargy
  • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
  • Seizures
  • Coma

 

For more important information and healthy ideas for FIDO and for Fluffy visit Petcurean here.

If you’d like to have your FIDO (or Fluffy) try one of their healthy & delicious recipes you can download a coupon for $5 off Petcurean kibble here – use coupon code  PAWSOME5 )

 

 

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Blog  >  Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard Now Welcomes Pets!

Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard Now Welcomes Pets!

Pet lovers no longer have to worry about leaving their pet behind when visiting the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort located along the scenic Central Coast of California.

The resort is now pet friendly and welcomes those furry, lovable pets to enjoy the seaside experience along with their owners. 

“Oxnard is a pet friendly destination with dogs allowed on the beaches and at many of the restaurants that offer patio dining,” stated Christian Hellot, Director of Sales & Marketing at the Embassy Suites.  “Our property is conducive for pets with its wide-open walkways and beachfront location,” he added.

The Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort is the only all suite hotel in southern California to sit directly on the beach.  Its unique layout includes spacious two room suites and features daily cooked-to-order breakfast and a complimentary Manager’s Reception each evening.  The property contains a beautiful freeform swimming pool and two large Jacuzzi’s.  Guests can also enjoy the tennis courts and bike rentals offered on property.  The Coastal Grill Restaurant provides delicious California cuisine with fresh ingredients from the local farmers’ markets. 

In addition, the Embassy Suites is located adjacent to the Channel Islands Harbor allowing for guests more opportunities for dog walking and enjoying the picturesque sights along the way. 

A pet deposit of $65 is required for accompanying pets.  For more information, call the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort at 805-984-2500   or online at www.mandalayembassysuites.com.

 

 

About Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach - Hotel & Resort

Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach - Hotel & Resort creates an ambience of far away destinations set in a tranquil ocean-front location, situated on the beautiful Pacific in-between Santa Barbara and Malibu.  The only all-suite hotel in Southern California to sit directly on the beach, the resort contains 250 two room suites and features the signature amenities standard at any Embassy Suites Hotel including free cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and a complimentary two-hour Manager’s Reception each evening.  The guest suites have a living area with a sofa bed, dining/work table, two HD TV’s, high-speed Internet access, a wet bar, mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, separate private bedroom and 2 private baths. Onsite amenities include a large freeform swimming pool, which is adjacent to a large whirlpool.  A second whirlpool specifically for adults is also on property, allowing for more privacy and relaxation.  In addition, the resort contains a workout room, lighted tennis, volleyball, sport courts and business center.  Guests can enjoy spa services in their suite or in the treatment rooms. Bicycle rentals are conveniently located on site, and nearby options include the opportunity to surf, kayak, sail, paddle board and boat, as well as enjoy the sun-soaked California beaches.  Shuttle service is available to limited destinations Monday-Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm including Channel Islands Harbor ($3 roundtrip), Ventura Harbor Village ($5 roundtrip), and The Collection of Riverpark ($7 roundtrip).

About Embassy Suites Hotels
Embassy Suites Hotels, one of Hilton Worldwide’s twelve market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full service, upscale brand offers every guest a two-room suite, free cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks* and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated, experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites Hotels has more than 250 hotels with more than 40 in the pipeline. For more information, visit www.embassysuites.com, and connect with Embassy Suites at www.embassysuitesmediacenter.com, www.facebook.com/embassysuiteshotels and www.twitter.com/EmbassySuites.

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Blog  >  Who Let The Dogs In?  The Bristol Hotel Did!

Who Let The Dogs In?  The Bristol Hotel Did!

The Bristol Hotel, like the city of San Diego, makes vacationing with your pet simple. Pet-friendly parks and restaurants are a short walk away. If you’re craving a day at the beach, San Diego has multiple dog-friendly options just a quick drive from the hotel. Vacations should always be refreshing, and The Bristol understands a furry companion can be key to a fulfilling getaway. 

The Bristol is a pet friendly hotel in San Diego where you and your pet will feel right at home. The Bristol is a welcome haven for discerning travelers and their pets. From their Pet Friendly hotel package to San Diego's welcoming and pet friendly attitude, you and your pet will have a tail-wagging time!

 

Pet Friendly Hotel Package Includes

  • Overnight accommodations in Superior Series guest room
  • Welcome amenity upon arrival for your pet
  • Pet bowls and pet bed placed in your room for your pet's use throughout your stay
  • Nightly turndown service for you and your pet

 

Please Note The Bristol Hotel Pet Policy

  • Simply fill out the pet registration form upon check-in (view and download the PDF form here)
  • They ask that all pets are accompanied by his or her owner at all times.
  • A $25.00 per day/per room pet fee applies.
  • Up to two pets are allowed per room (no size restrictions).
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Give then a call or send an email prior to your stay with any questions regarding bringing your pet to stay at The Bristol.

Phone: 619-232-6141

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Blog  >  Fetch for Pets Brings Arm & Hammer to the Dog Bath

Fetch for Pets Brings Arm & Hammer to the Dog Bath

Bath time just got sweeter (smelling) for FIDO!

Fetch for Pets is launching a line of Arm & Hammer pet grooming products including Oatmeal Shampoo, Tearless Puppy Shampoo, Deodorizing Shampoo and Spray, and Dry Shampoo which come in fun, exotic scents like vanilla coconut, coconut water, kiwi blossom and blood orange.  The safe & effective ARM & HAMMER formulas include the signature, odor absorbing ingredient, baking soda, that’s been used to clean and deodorize for over 100 years. There’s no better way to keep your furry family member a clean one.

The grooming line follows the success of Arm & Hammer pet dental care that’s been available at Pet Specialty retailers since 2010. “Arm & Hammer is a household name that is synonymous with all things clean, so it makes perfect sense, after years of success in pet dental care, to transition to pet grooming”, said Fetch President & CEO, Steven Shweky.

 

 

Arm and Hammer pet grooming products range in price from $3.99 to $5.99 and will be available for distribution across all channels in the United States & Canada as well as in select international territories in April 2018.  Arm & Hammer is a household name that spans across of variety of consumer categories including dental care, personal care, air care, laundry care and more. Consumers already use baking soda for a variety of at home cleaning remedies and now they can offer the same trusted solution to their pets grooming routine.

Click here to learn more about Arm & Hammer Grooming 

About Fetch…for pets!

Fetch for Pets is a leading pet product manufacturer dedicated to bringing major global brands to the pet industry. We develop cross category pet product lines based on retail and market demand as well as industry trends. Fetch has launched thousands of products with strategic licensing partners under brands including Burt’s Bees, Arm & Hammer, Shout!, CHI, BioSilk, Glad, Fresh Step and more. Fetch also provides private label development and manufacturing for top retailers including Target, Walmart, PetSmart, Petco, Meijer and Walgreens. Working closely with retailers, brand teams and factories, our team builds cutting edge programs that raise the bar on quality, value and innovation.

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Blog  >  Celebrate The Year of the Dog with ZENS Lifestyle

Celebrate The Year of the Dog with ZENS Lifestyle

FIDO is digging these beautiful Zen Dog coffee mugs.  Painted to look like a dog smiling at his master, new Year of the Dog mugs by ZENS Lifestyle are the perfect way to celebrate the lunar new year. Traditional patterns and techniques give the mugs a festive appearance.  Great price point too, at $41.00

ZENS Lifestyle was founded in 2009, Zens is a home interior lifestyle brand that promotes healthy living by creating contemporary teaware and home decor that encourages us to pause every once in a while and simply enjoy the moment. 

Working with designers from all over the world, Zens has grown to become a leader in home and lifestyle products with offices and outlets in 6 countries. We believe in building partnerships with like-minded people brands as we continue to promote the benefits of living a life in balance.

To see more (and order these FIDO fabulous mugs) visit them here 

 

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Blog  >  How to Be a Doggy Dentist During National Pet Dental Health Month

How to Be a Doggy Dentist During National Pet Dental Health Month

As pet parents, we do whatever we can to keep our pets happy and healthy, but is their dental health as good as it could be? Dental health is crucial to the overall well-being of your pet and can have serious consequences if left unchecked. 

Similar to humans, poor dental hygiene causes bad breath, plaque, tartar, gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth root abscesses in dogs. At its worst, bad dental health can contribute to more serious health issues. Inflamed gums, for example, can cause bacterial infections that can affect organs such as the heart and kidneys with extreme cases resulting in death.

Good dental health is paramount for your pet. Healthy teeth aid in chewing which leads to proper digestion by allowing enzymes to break down their food. Some preventative measures you can take is teaching your pup at a young age to open their mouths and allowing you to look inside. This training will prepare them for getting their teeth brushed, which should start as early as possible. Be sure to use a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically designed for pets.

Did you know small dogs are more prone to dental issues? With their small mouths and even smaller teeth, keeping an eye on their dental health can be especially challenging. While manually brushing their teeth is the best option, you can also look for pet food that supports dental health such as the NOW FRESH Small Breed recipes from Petcurean.

 

The NOW FRESH Small Breed recipes are formulated with ingredients that help support oral health and fresh breath, including sodium tripolyphosphate, which binds calcium to protect teeth from tartar formation. Peppermint and parsley are also included as natural ingredients to promote fresh breath. In addition, the small clover-shaped kibble is one of the smallest in the market, contributing to high palatability, easy chewing, and effective digestion.

If your dog is exhibiting a preference for soft food, is eating on one side, or yelps when chewing bones or toys, take them to a vet to identify the problem. There’s no way better way to celebrate National Pet Dental Health Month than making sure Fido’s bite is healthy and strong!

READY TO SHARE PETCUREAN WITH YOUR PUP?  You can download a coupon for $5 off Petcurean kibble here – use coupon code  PAWSOME5

 

FIDO Friendly is proud to be a Petcurean Blogger Adovocate

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Blog  >  Key Considerations in Planning a Pet-Friendly Vacation Adventure

Key Considerations in Planning a Pet-Friendly Vacation Adventure

Thinking about taking your pets on vacation?  For many people, pets are a vital part of the family, and the special bond shared with them is as close as the ones shared with human relatives. Therefore, it is becoming increasingly common to include pets on family vacations.

The main considerations that you must address include how to keep your pets comfortable on the journey, where to stay, and which pet-friendly activities to seek out on your trip.

The Journey

Whether you will be arriving at your destination by car or plane, transporting pets requires special planning. If you will be flying, the first step is to research your preferred airline’s pet policy. If your pets are small and will be permitted to travel under the seat in front of you, be sure to bring a well-ventilated, airline-approved carrier that is large enough to comfortably stow your furry friend. If you have larger pets, consider first checking with your veterinarian to ensure that their health and demeanor are compatible with a flight alone in the cargo hold. Plan to transport them in sturdy crates that are approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), have secure latches, and are clearly labeled “Live Animal,” along with your name and contact information.

 

 

If you are driving to your destination, be sure to take a rest stop every few hours in order to let your pets stretch their legs and relieve themselves. As tempting as it is to allow pets to roam freely in the car, they should be kept in carriers or crates restrained by a seatbelt in order to help keep them and other occupants safe in the event of an accident.

Regardless of your chosen means of transportation, it is crucial to ensure that your pets are up to date on vaccines, flea and tick medications, and other preventative health measures in advance of your trip. Have their medical records with you, as many airlines and hotels require proof of vaccinations. 

Choosing a Place to Stay

Any time you are traveling — and particularly when your travel companions include pets — selecting the right lodging accommodations is one of the most important steps in planning a successful trip. As you begin researching hotels at your destination, do not assume that a property truly welcomes pets simply because they claim to be “pet-friendly.” Many hotels that boast this designation charge additional fees or relegate guests with pets to the least desirable rooms. To determine whether you and your pets will be made to feel comfortable at a pet-friendly hotel, read reviews to determine how other four-legged guests have been received, and call the hotel to try and gauge their attitude toward animals. Ask whether they provide any special items or services to help pets feel more at home.

No matter how welcoming of pets a hotel is, it is important to understand and abide by the rules. For example, many hotels ask guests to avoid leaving their pets alone in the rooms, as the unfamiliar setting may cause them to become anxious and disruptive to other guests. Therefore, if you are planning an excursion and will be unable to bring your pets along, either kennel them in their crate or find a nearby pet daycare to mind them temporarily.

The Southwest — A Vacation Haven for People and Pets

If you are considering a Southwestern getaway for your vacation, Sedona, Arizona promises a stunning and rejuvenating experience for humans and pets alike. Nestled in the heart of the state, Sedona is known for the profound beauty of its natural red rock formations, a thriving arts and culture scene, and a strong sense of peace and spirituality.

Sedona offers an exciting array of activities for pet owners. Visitors and their pets will enjoy strolling the streets of Uptown Sedona, which is filled with art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants, many of which have pet-friendly patios. The area is also home to a wide variety of hiking trails, with options suitable for different skill levels. Popular pet-friendly trails include Bell Rock Pathway, West Fork Trail, and Margs Draw, all of which offer easy to moderate treks as human and canine hikers enjoy an up-close look at the breathtaking scenery for which Sedona is famous. Pets are also welcome at Slide Rock State Park in the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon.

Due to its central location within Arizona, Sedona is a relatively short drive from many of the state’s highlights. Offering one of the most majestic experiences in the Southwest — and, arguably, the world — the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is only two hours away from Sedona. Leashed pets are allowed in designated areas of Grand Canyon National Park, including certain trails above the rim. There is also a kennel at the South Rim, allowing visitors to safely keep their pets while they explore the awe-inspiring beauty and magnitude of this natural wonder. The secret to visiting this world wonder is to make it a day trip from Sedona, thereby missing the crowds; leave Sedona by 8:00 a.m. and be back by 6:00 p.m., just in time for dinner.

 

 

After a day of exploring Sedona and the numerous attractions nearby, visitors and their pets will be enthusiastically welcomed at El Portal Sedona Hotel, a twelve-suite boutique hotel offering unpretentious luxury in the heart of Sedona.  El Portal does not charge any pet fees, and upon arrival, four-legged guests receive a basket containing treats, a blanket, and waste bags. Human and pet guests alike enjoy personalized concierge services throughout their stay. Six of El Portal’s suites have attached, fenced-in, pet-friendly patio spaces, and there are many walkable areas surrounding the property for dogs and their owners to explore.

 

 

Several publications have recognized El Portal for its commitment to guest and pet satisfaction. For instance, Dogster Magazine recently named El Portal the second most dog-friendly hotel in the country, and USA Today’s 10Best.com travel award contest ranked it number one in the “Best Pet-Friendly Hotel” category. In addition, El Portal is a AAA Four Diamond Hotel, has been ranked as one of the top hotels in the Southwest by Conde Nast Traveler, and has consistently received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award.

For more information on the El Portal experience for guests and their pets, visit www.elportalsedona.com.  Or contact them at 1.800.313.0017

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Blog  >  The Westin Mission Hills, Great Palm Springs -  Celebrates the 100th Dog Adopted

The Westin Mission Hills, Great Palm Springs -  Celebrates the 100th Dog Adopted

The world is going to the dogs at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa as the hotel celebrates the 100th dog adopted through its one-of-a-kind doggie adoption program.

For nearly three years the Palm Springs hotel has partnered with Animal Samaritans to feature one pup at a time in the pet-friendly hotel’s lobby. Housed in an elaborate doghouse (which is a replica of the hotel!) the dogs are front and center as guests are welcomed on property. Lady, lucky pup number 100, was adopted by Miguel and Sandra Melendez of Pomona, CA.

“Philanthropy is part of our hotel’s mission and this program is one of the most satisfying and fun ways we are able to give back", said Tom Scaramellino, General Manager of the Westin Mission Hills and doggie daddy to Wyatt, the 96th dog adopted at the hotel.

While a dog might seem an unlikely souvenir, visitors throughout the country and Canada have adopted pooches.

Dog #42, Pom Pom Charlie, a 10-year-old Pomeranian, fortune changed when fashion blogger Lara Eurdolian fell in love with him on a trip. The pup went from being in a shelter to living it up in the Big Apple and starring in his own Instagram feed.  For his one year anniversary of adoption, Eurdolian made this video.

"I had no plans to adopt or own a pet at the time we arrived at the Westin. I'm grateful everyday for my best friend. Rescuing Charlie was the best decision of my life," said Lara Eurdolian. 

 

Lucy and Roxy (#81 and #82) arrived at Animal Samaritans bonded from being together in the same household. Sadly, the shelter had no luck adopting them together. Lucy came to the Westin first, and was immediately scooped up by Ronen Hazarkika and Mary Bartikiewicz of Ladera Ranch, CA. When the couple heard the story, they met Roxy the next day, and took her too.

When Petal (#71) arrived at Animal Samaritans after being rescued from the side of the road, her hair was so matted workers couldn’t tell if she was a girl or boy. After a puppy makeover she made her debut at the Westin and was adopted by Laura Harker of La Quinta, CA.

“The Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa has been a blessing for our homeless shelter dogs.  The partnership works because the staff understands that pets are family, and they are committed to providing the necessary time to feed, water, walk and socialize the dogs we entrust to them,” said Tom Snyder, CEO of Animal Samaritans.

Whether you adopt a Westin dog, or come to the hotel with your own furry friend, the hotel rolls out the doggie red carpet with a special Patio Pooch Menu offered at the hotel restaurant’s patio (or in-room) and a Heavenly™ Dog Beds so Fifi and Fido are as comfortable as their human.

 

 

About The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is a 512 room, AAA four-diamond resort nestled in the heart of the Palm Springs Valley. Spread out over 365-acres, the resort offers spacious guest rooms and suites, over 65,000 square feet of meeting space, two championship golf courses, an intimate spa, seven lighted tennis courts, three pools, a 75-foot waterslide and multiple dining options to include the signature Italian restaurant, Pinzimini. For more information, please visit www.westinmissionhills.com

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Blog  >  Craddock Terry Hotel Lynchburg, VA Welcomes New Puppy Penny Loafer

Craddock Terry Hotel Lynchburg, VA Welcomes New Puppy Penny Loafer

Craddock Terry Hotel is a 44-room storied hotel situated along the banks of the James River, Craddock Terry Hotel is Lynchburg, Virginia’s only boutique hotel.

 

Formerly an old shoe factory, the Craddock Terry Shoe Company was once the fifth largest shoe company in the world. The other half of today’s hotel building housed the William King Jr. Tobacco Warehouse. Hal Craddock, the great grandson of John W. Craddock, was the chief architect of the Hotel and lovingly took nearly five years to restore the two buildings. During the renovation, great pride was taken to retain the original industrial feel, with exposed wood beam ceilings, brick and stone exterior walls and nine-foot tall windows, while at the same time updating the buildings into a modern first-class facility. 

Today the decor throughout the hotel is accented with lovely historical artifacts mixed with modern artwork, and a unique collection of shoe memorabilia - breakfast is delivered in old fashioned shoe shine box, which is set on the guests bed in the evening and placed outside the door to receive complimentary breakfast the next morning. 

5 Reasons Why You Need To Stay at Craddock Terry Hotel:

 

  • Hotels With a Past: This this boutique hotel is housed in a former shoe factory - the fifth largest in the world at one point, actually! This quirky history is felt in so many elements of the hotel to this day. 

 

 

  • Pet-Friendly Travel:  (FIDO’s favorite reason!) As soon as guests walk through the door, they will be greeted by the hotel’s mascot, Buster Brown. The “official greeter” of Craddock Terry Hotel, Buster is a 9-year-old Wirehaired Fox Terrier. Buster even acts as a tour guide - guests can take him on walks or runs to explore the local area during their visit. Buster is now joined by Penny Loafer, a brand new female Wirehaired Fox Terrier puppy. Beyond furry friends to play with, dogs staying at Craddock Terry can enjoy special treats, food/water bowls and a large outdoor space to run when visiting. 

 

                    

 

  • Great American Road Trips: Off-the-radar Lynchburg, VA is the perfect place to check-out and check into Craddock Terry Hotel. Take in the sights and experience a technological detox while you explore the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Popular with avid motorist and motorcyclists traveling from Asheville, NC, or Charleston, SC, this quaint and historic town makes for the perfect road trip stop off. 

 

  • Affordable Weddings & Events: With rates starting at $169, while still boasting dramatic views of the James River and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Craddock Terry Hotel offers the perfect venue for an under-the-radar wedding destination. With nearly 4,000 sq. ft. of newly renovated meetings and events spaces, weddings of all sizes can be accommodate. Wedding guests will have endless activities during the wedding weekend - the property is just a short walk from historic downtown Lynchburg, where you’ll find everything from community markets and museums to cultural venues and outdoor activities. Guests can walk, hike or bike through a variety of nature trails, taste their way through nearby wineries and wonder through community markets and antique shops. For history lovers, Lynchburg has been the backdrop to everything from the Civil War battles to plantations, wineries, lush gardens, countless cultural and outdoor activities, annual festivals and events and Poplar Forest, the home of Thomas Jefferson. 

 

 

  • Homecoming Hotels / Collegiate Travel: Close proximity to Liberty University, Lynchburg College, or Randolph College makes Craddock Terry Hotel an ideal choice for family and friends visiting colleges that want to actually get a true feeling for the local community.

 

To learn more and book your stay (today!) click here!

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Blog  >  DOGGIE GRAS REVELERS HAVE A BALL AT CANINE CARNIVAL!

DOGGIE GRAS REVELERS HAVE A BALL AT CANINE CARNIVAL!

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s 6th Annual Event Celebrated Orphan Pets in “PAWthentic” New Orleans-Style Tradition!  

WHAT: Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.  (February 12, 2018) – Yesterday morning, Helen Woodward Animal Center highlighted the fun and joy of orphan pets by marching its most colorful celebration back into Farmer’s Market in Rancho Santa Fe.  The event invited participants to support animal rescue in Mardi Gras-style by joining a colorful Doggie Gras Parade down “BourBONE Street” in “CATon Rouge.”  The attending pooches impressed in some of the most creative costumes to date!

Doggie Gras festivities also included a variety of family-friendly activities including picture-taking against New Orleans style-backgrounds, Doggie Gras themed mask-making, opportunity drawings and, of course the awarding of “2018 Best Doggie Gras Float” and “2018 Best Dressed Pet” with special gifts from Foppers Gourmet Treat Bakery awarded to the winners!  Canine competitor Sir Ruffles Von Plume took the 1st place award for his costume and terrier Sammy King Octodog took home the 1st place award for his bubbly “Under the Sea” themed float. 

Of course, at the heart of all the frivolity was the mission of rescue and eight Center orphan pups were there to show off in Doggie-Gras decorated floats and seek the crowd for the perfect family and a forever home.  All money raised from contests and opportunity drawings went directly to the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center.

WHERE:  At the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market in the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center in Rancho Santa Fe

 WHEN:  YESTERDAY, Sunday, February 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Sixth Annual Doggie Gras Parade was FREE to the public to attend. 

 

  

 

 

 

About Helen Woodward Animal Center

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

 

Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market

Nestled in the Del Rayo Village in Rancho Santa Fe every Sunday morning from 9:30am to 2:00pm, the founders of the Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market have worked to create an environment more like a European Farmers Market, where people don’t just rush in with a list in their hands, but rather they come for the experience of the market itself.  It is a weekly gathering place to nourish not only your body but your soul.  For more information go to:www.ranchosantafefarmersmarket.com

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Blog  >  Yappy Hour Returns for Tail Wagging Fun at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Yappy Hour Returns for Tail Wagging Fun at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Fetch a calendar and bark the dates for Yappy Hour, the monthly cocktail party for canines and their companions at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Posh pups, haute hounds, and dapper doggies will enjoy complimentary house-made dog biscuits and refreshing libations, thanks to bacon, chicken, beef and vegan water, while their companions sip a glass of Mutt Lynch Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead, or Chateau d’Og Cabernet Sauvignon. Cocktails, beer and a selection of barbecue items are also available for purchase.

Supporting the resort’s Community Footprints program, proceeds from Yappy Hour benefit The Veterans Initiative™ of Canine Companions for Independence.

 

 

Release the Hounds for Yappy Hour 2018 on

·        Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.

·        Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.

·        Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.

·        Thursday, August 9, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.

·        Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 5 to 8 p.m.

·        Thursday, October 25, 2018 – Yappy Howl-O-Ween | 4 to 7 p.m.

·        Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Yappy Howl-iday Celebration |

                                                             11  a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

And as Bruce Brainerd, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel said, “Over the years, Yappy Hour has not only been an exciting event that brings the local community and their dogs together, but it has raised significant funds in support of animal charities that change lives. It’s truly an honor to host Yappy Hour and the assistance we are able to provide to Canine Companions could not happen without the generosity of our friends, neighbors, and business partners.”

With a dramatic increase in wounded veterans, The Veterans Initiative provides an opportunity for veterans to regain their independence through the support of Canine Companions assistance dogs. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

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Blog  >  Petcurean GO! Sensitivity & Shine New Pollock Recipe Has Us Hooked

Petcurean GO! Sensitivity & Shine New Pollock Recipe Has Us Hooked

FIDO is a big fan of Petcurean & when they offered us the opportunity to taste their GO! SENSITIVITY + SHINE  new POLLOCK recipe we jumped at the chance to give our feedBARK!

Petcurean is an independent, Canadian-owned family business that's been around since 1999.  They pride themselves on creating recipes with passion and purpose, recipes that nobody has thought of making. When it comes to ingredients, their motto is only the best of the best will do. Their trusted network of farmers, ranchers and producers provide them with a consistent source of healthy, premium quality market-fresh meats, veggies, fruits and berries. They cook with creativity, energy and an overarching love for our cats and dogs. Then, with the Petcurean seal of approval, their food goes out to be enjoyed by pets the world over.

Petcurean products are sold exclusively through pet specialty stores and they take sensitivities seriously: Food sensitivities in pets are a growing concern and GO! SENSITIVITY + SHINE Limited Ingredient Diet pet food provides a solution with a single source of meat protein and as few ingredients as possible to meet the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats. New to the line are MSC-certified pollock recipes for cats and dogs, and a grass-fed lamb recipe for dogs These tasty new recipes contain premium quality meat or fish protein (fresh meat + meal) as their first two ingredients, followed by coconut oil for easy digestion and energy, tapioca, an easily digestible source of carbohydrates, chicory root, a pre-biotic that promotes digestive health.

Their new MSC-certified pollock recipe for dogs (and cats!), features sustainably harvested Alaskan pollock, one of the most abundant and versatile fish in the world. A part of the cod family, Alaskan pollock has high nutritional value and is an excellent source of protein, minerals and omega fatty acids, and is low in carbohydrates, cholesterol and fat.  FIDO likes that!

TASTE TIME! We received our bag of GO! New Pollock recipe and we were ready to go.  Taste Tester Aussie rescue pup Dewey is already a big fan of Petcurean’s NEW NOW FRESH stew and pâté recipes so she was wagging to go at trying this new menu offering.

Based on our vets suggestion, we gave Dewey 4 smaller portions throughout the day rather than her normal twice a day bowls of food.  She was onboard and GOBBLED up  this new recipe!  She enjoyed her new food the whole week of our test, had no tummy issues and was full of energy and playing frisbee daily.  Dewey and FIDO definitely give Petcurean a BIG smile & two paws up!

 

 

Want to have your pup try one of Petcurean’s tasty & nutritious recipes? Right now you can get $5 off coupon on any bag of NOW FRESH, GATHER or GO! Now - Just head to www.petcurean.com/pawsome and ENTER code PS138ZW997

 

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Blog  >  Nation’s Top Animal Welfare Organizations Launch Innovation Showdown

Nation’s Top Animal Welfare Organizations Launch Innovation Showdown

The 2018 Innovation Showdown, which launches today, invites organizations and companies to compete for the chance at an investment of up to $350,000 for innovative ideas to save animal lives and get feedback from the nation’s top animal welfare experts.  Recognizing and rewarding lifesaving innovation has been an area of focus for many of the nation’s top animal welfare organizations. It is a collaborative project with a goal to spark lifesaving creativity to help the animal welfare industry reduce the number of animals euthanized in this country. 

(Picture features last year's Innovation Showdown with top winners from ACC of NYC  and  Brandywine SPCA on stage with Shark Tank's Daymond John, Jane Lynch, Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Petco Foundation and Jackson Galaxy.)

The Innovation Showdown, originally created in 2017 by the Petco Foundation and Jackson Galaxy Foundation, is modeled after the critically-acclaimed Shark Tank for entrepreneurs, but with one major difference. The Innovation Showdown’s ultimate goal is not a financial return on investment but a lifesaving return on investment – that is to save the lives of more animals in need.   

“The Innovation Showdown aspires to encourage ideas that will change the landscape of animal welfare,” said Susanne Kogut, the Petco Foundation Executive Director.  “All of the participating national organizations share the same goal -- to end needless euthanasia of animals in this country.  By joining forces in this year’s Showdown, we can make a meaningful impact with a more significant investment pool and feedback from the industry’s experts to debate the lifesaving potential of each new idea.” 

Participating organizations include, the ASPCABest Friends Animal SocietyThe Humane Society of the United StatesThe Jackson Galaxy ProjectMaddie’s Fund®Michelson Found Animals Foundationthe Petco Foundation and the WaterShed Animal Fund.  

“Partnering with the industry’s top dogs, and cats, through the Innovation Showdown is a great way for us to support and foster big, positive, transformational change for animals,” said Jackson Galaxy, cat expert, author, entrepreneur, founder of the Jackson Galaxy Project, and host of “My Cat from Hell.” 

Innovative ideas to save animal lives are now being accepted online until February 16th.  Two finalists will be chosen initially and selected additional ideas will compete for the third Wild Card finalist spot.  The grand finale will take place on May 16th at the HSUS Animal Care Expo, where the three finalists will make their pitch on stage to the judges.

Eligibility: Non-profit or municipal animal welfare organizations and for-profit companies, provided their idea is to support the mission to save animal lives. Judging panel of Innovation Investors: Matt Bershadker (ASPCA), Julie Castle (Best Friends Animal Society), Jackson Galaxy (the Jackson Galaxy Project), Mary Ippoliti-Smith (Maddie’s Fund), Aimee Gilbreath (Michelson Found Animals Foundation), Susanne Kogut (the Petco Foundation) and Christy Counts (WaterShed Animal Fund)

“The Humane Society of the United States is thrilled to host the Innovation Showdown at Animal Care Expo,” said Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the HSUS.  “Innovation is a critical pathway to helping us solve problems in our field and to strengthen the human-animal bond.  As the premiere educational event for animal welfare professionals, Expo is a great venue to showcase big, new ideas in our field.”  

Last year nearly 200 idea submissions were received and two winners, the Animal Care Centers of NYC for their digital shelter concept ($100,000) and Brandywine Valley SPCA for “Mama in a Box” a kitten feeding solution ($50,000), took home the top two honors.  View videos of the first-ever Innovation Showdown winners here: petcofoundation.org/showdown

Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using the hashtag #InnovationShowdown. 

 

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $200 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started.

Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Blog  >  Two GREAT Travel Accessories from The Grommet

Two GREAT Travel Accessories from The Grommet

We received two great travel accessories from TheGrommet.com to review and both are unique and much appreciated by those of us who travel if no more than for a weekend getaway, these two products are must haves for 2018.

 

The PACK Gear is a handy travel organizer that fits neatly in to your luggage or to simply hang on the door making clothes and sundries easily accessible. Four closable compartments keep your stuff accessible and securely in place. 

$39.95

https://www.thegrommet.com/pack-gear-travel-organizer

 

AirScale is a two-in-one luggage scale AND phone charger! This is such a brilliant concept.  The unit is very sleek in design and will hold and weigh up to 88 pounds. When my husband and I travel we seem to return with more items than what we started out with so being able to weigh our bags ahead of time helps us breath a sigh of relief and gives us the chance to redistribute items if necessary.  The AirScale is capable of charging Smartphone’s 2.5 times and includes a USB cable, luggage strap with hook and carrying pouch.

$49.95

https://www.thegrommet.com/airscale-2-in-1-luggage-scale

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Blog  >  The Honest Kitchen Partners with Mammoth Mountain Avalanche Dogs to Fuel Up with Food

The Honest Kitchen Partners with Mammoth Mountain Avalanche Dogs to Fuel Up with Food

The Honest Kitchen and Mammoth Mountain announced a partnership today that has tails wagging and mouths watering. As the new dog food provider for Mammoth’s patrol dogs, Eastside k9, The Honest Kitchen will support the hard and important work of a highly specialized and trained team of dogs that help keep skiers and snowboarders safe at one of North America’s premier mountain resorts.

“Our patrol dogs spend countless hours out on the snow helping to keep our guests safe. They deserve the very best and this partnership with The Honest Kitchen provides that,” said Joani Lynch, Mammoth’s Vice President of Marketing. “As a brand built on integrity and ingenuity, The Honest Kitchen is one we’re excited to align with and we look forward to doing that in some new and creative ways.”

In addition to providing food for Mammoth’s current and retired avalanche dogs, the partnership will leverage the combined social influence of two of the leading brands in their respective industries; including co-branded social content and in-resort activations. Mammoth’s avalanche dogs will now proudly wear an Honest Kitchen patch on their vests and patrollers/ handlers will distribute information and discounts at events and various functions.

Mammoth Mountain is one of our favorite places to play, and we are thrilled to support the hard-working dogs of the mountain with hearty, human grade food,” said Mike Steck, Chief Marketing Officer of The Honest Kitchen. “The best mountain, with the best patrol dogs, now serves the best food.”

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Blog  >  Senior Dog Inspires $35K in Grants for Baltimore Shelter

Senior Dog Inspires $35K in Grants for Baltimore Shelter

This story of a senior dog who won a $10K grant for a Baltimore Shelter (BARCS) and then  only weeks ago just won another $25K (grand prize - announced today) in the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes People’s Choice Awards, will warm your heart this holiday season.

Kaylee, an American Staffordshire terrier was adopted from a Baltimore Shelter at 11 years of age at the request of a 9-year-old child named Raven -- "to adopt the oldest dog in the shelter."  The family agreed and after adopting her they discovered she had cancer  with a prognosis of only 2 months. Therefore the family set out to create Kaylee’s Bucket List to give her the best life ever.  Kaylee has since passed her 2 month mark and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Kaylee inspired Raven's mom, Melissa Davis, to submit this essay to the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes.

“I want to adopt an old dog,” Raven, my nine-year-old, said. “One that no one else wants.”

 

“That’s very kind of you,” I said, “But when you adopt an old dog, you don’t know how long you’ll have them. They could live for years or months or only weeks.”

 

“I know,”the child said. “But I don’t want them to die in the shelter. They don’t deserve to die alone.”

Having no argument to that logic, we set off to BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore and asked to see their oldest dog. Kaylee had been there for three weeks in a place that usually sees dogs adopted pretty quickly. When they brought her out to meet us, she leaned into my chest and I knew she was ours.

But despite the excellent care from BARCS, Kaylee wasn’t a healthy dog. Her owners surrendered her when they could no longer afford the care for her torn CCL, early kidney disease, and what they thought was a urinary tract infection. She was a fixer-upper, you could say, but Raven was right: she deserved a home. We took her to ours the next day and scheduled an appointment with our vet.

After two weeks of extensive testing, we learned that Kaylee has metastatic thyroid carcinoma. By the time we adopted her it had already spread to her lungs, and it would be terminal. And while I can’t say we fixed her up and she’s healthy, I can say she is getting her happily ever after.

Kaylee has taught us so much in the few months she’s been with us. She loves with her whole heart in a way that is just incredible. Every person she meets is her new friend, and she happily accepts love and pats. Despite being surrendered by her previous owner, she trusts us fully. She fills our house with happiness with her smiles, butt wags, and insistence that she have ALL the belly rubs.

My children have learned compassion in a way I’ve never dreamed possible. They happily gave up a vacation to Disney World because we needed the money to pay for Kaylee’s care. They told me, “That’s ok. We wouldn’t want to go without her anyway.”

On top of the joy she’s brought to our home, Kaylee has reminded us of the good in the world. We created a bucket list for her to ensure the end of her life is the best part of it, and through that we’ve connected with so many incredible, giving, kind people. She’s developed a following around the world and has shown others the immense value in adopting senior pets.

We thought we were rescuing Kaylee that day, but as it turns out, she was rescuing us. We didn’t know what we were missing until she was here.

We will love her for the rest of her life and every day after.

Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Melissa Davis won BARCS Animal Shelter in Maryland a 2017 Holiday Wishes award.

For more information on the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes please visit HERE

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Blog  >  LA Animal Services Offers Safety Tips to Keep your Pets Healthy and Happy this Holiday Season

LA Animal Services Offers Safety Tips to Keep your Pets Healthy and Happy this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a joyous time of year when everyone is decorating, cooking and coming together to celebrate and create memories with their family, including their furry family members. With all the hustle and bustle during this time of year, we can easily forget about the potential dangers that may come along with all the festivities. LA Animal Services wants you to keep the following hazards in mind to keep your best buddy safe during the holidays.

 

       1.  Beware of décor

Our beloved pets often see holiday décor as something to play with  or eat that can be very dangerous to them. Tinsel, if consumed, can cause intestinal blockage and breakable ornaments and other glass decorations can cause injuries. Put tinsel and fragile decorations up high and out of reach from your pet. Be careful of electric lights and wires that can cause burns if the cords are chewed.

If you put up a Christmas tree consider tying it down to a door frame so your pet doesn't tip it over. If the tree is real, keep the water covered and inaccessible. Tree water may contain fertilizer and other harmful chemicals.

        2.  Flowers and festive plants

You probably worry over poinsettias making your pets sick, the truth is that these festive plants only cause mild to moderate gastrointestinal irritation. However, there are other seasonal foliage that you should be more wary of such as amaryllis, holly, lilies and mistletoe that can be dangerous and even poisonous to pets who decide to eat them.

3.  Holiday feasts

We have a tendency to include our pets in our holiday meals, which often results in overindulgence. Even when we don't purposely include them, the agile and creative dog or cat can capture a special treat from the kitchen counter, trash or even the dining room table.

Dogs and cats suffer very serious and sometimes fatal consequences from turkey or chicken bones, too much rich and fatty foods, yeast dough, chocolate and just plain overeating. Instead of giving your companion animal leftovers, stop by a pet food store and purchase some new dog biscuits or cat treats. 

4.  Keep away from noisemakers

While celebrating, it is easy to forget that loud noises and celebratory poppers or noisemakers can scare your furry friend. Even if your pet doesn't seem obviously upset by noisemakers and fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets if burned or if they accidentally ingest them. Try creating a safe place in your home where your pet can have some quiet space if needed.

5.  Plan ahead

If you are not going to be home or in the room with your pet, unplug decorations and take out the trash to make sure your pet doesn't sneak any food scraps. If your pet is not acting like himself or herself, consult your veterinarian and make sure you know how to get to your 24/7 emergency veterinary clinic before there's an emergency.

Always make sure your pet has up-to-date identification. If for any reason your pet escapes during the holiday chaos, a collar with a current license and/or ID tag on them and a microchip that's registered with your contact information, will help reunite you with your companion animal.

By keeping these precautions in mind, the holiday season can be enjoyable and safe instead of stressful for you and your two and four-legged family members.

See more about LA Animal Services here and how to donate! 

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Blog  >  Ringing in the New Year with a Focus on Fit and Fabulous FIDO

Ringing in the New Year with a Focus on Fit and Fabulous FIDO

Tis’ the season to be jolly AND to celebrate the past year while putting our best PAW forward as we get ready to bark in the new year!

Pet parents know that keeping FIDO happy and healthy also brings joy and happiness to the entire family.  Whether we have had a great day or a crazy, stressful day, they greet us at the door with never ending love and devotion – the best gift we can give back to them is keep them healthy, fit and full of energy with exercise, lots of love, and a nutritional diet.

A good healthy food option?  We love that our friends at Petcurean offer many different healthy and delicious recipes because every pet is different.  They are experts in crafting recipes designed to meet the needs of dogs *and cats) of all different shapes, sizes, backgrounds and ages.  If your FIDO needs the quick energy that comes from eating whole grains, they have a whole grain recipe they are sure to love.  If your dog does better with a grain-free recipe, they have got those, too. High protein, moderate protein, limited ingredients, life-stages, different kibble shapes and sizes; they offer options for all tastes and dietary considerations.

 A FIDO favorite?  NOW FRESH™ Kibble and NEW super yummy  stews (we just did a tasty test drive review last month – check out the video below too) – It’s no surprise that dogs and cats love the freshness of NOW. It’s so fresh, it’s like eating off the kitchen counter (down, girl). Packed  full of nutritious ingredients like 100% market-fresh meat or fish. 100% fresh omega 3 & 6 oils from coconuts and canola. - 0% grains, gluten, wheat, beef, chicken, corn or soy  AND 0% rendered meats, by-products, added growth hormones or artificial preservatives- FIDO likes that!  (Puppy, and Adult recipes are also available)

 

 

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

ALL their yummy recipes are “created to put more life in to your pet” - We couldn’t think of a better sentiment and focus for FIDO for the new year.  Visit their website for information about all their wonderful products!

Happy Holidays & Paws Up to making things GREAT for FIDO in 2018!

 

 

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

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Blog  >  Outward Hound® Recapitalizes with J.W. Childs Associates

Outward Hound® Recapitalizes with J.W. Childs Associates

Outward Hound® has entered into a partnership with consumer products and retail expert J.W. Childs Associates in a deal announced today.

J.W. Childs has a successful portfolio of current and exited investments that include notable successful brands including Meow Mix, Hartz, Pinnacle Foods, Kosta Browne, Mattress Firm, Bass Pro Shops, RevZilla.com and many more.

“Outward Hound will continue creating innovative products in the pet space and could not be more excited about our new partnership with J.W. Childs that will take us to the next level with both our retail partners and consumers,” said Outward Hound® Founder & CWO (Chief Woof Officer) Kyle Hansen. “We completed four acquisitions over the last 3 years including Petstages, Dublin Dog, Nina Ottosson and Bionic with the goal now of expanding our portfolio even more in current and new categories.”

“We’re excited about our investment in Outward Hound® and the fantastic leadership team that has built one of the fastest growing brands in the pet space,” said J.W. Childs Partner David Fiorentino. “The innovative product portfolio in multiple categories create exciting opportunities to deliver great products for pet parents around the world and accelerate growth.”  

Four executives from J.W. Childs will join the Outward Hound Board of Directors: Partners David Fiorentino and Adam Suttin, Vice President Kyle Casella and Operating Partner Philip Damiano.

Philip Damiano Operating Partner at J.W. Childs and former CEO of Idea Paint, COO of Velcro and President of Esselte, a Rubbermaid Company will be appointed Chairman of the Board, working closely with Mr. Hansen and management.

Philip commented, “I’ve been actively involved in numerous brands over the last three decades and am extremely impressed with the best-in-class performance the Outward Hound® management team has delivered.  I’m excited to be working closely with Kyle and the great team as they continue to grow and develop the Outward Hound® brand portfolio around the world.”

About Outward Hound 

Outward Hound® creates meaningful innovations with the best team in the industry that solve big problems for pet parents and is a leader in dog & cat supplies sold around the world. Outward Hound is an award-winning innovator, manufacturer and distributor of the highest quality toys, games, gear, collars, and feeders under the Outward Hound, Petstages, Bionic, Nina Ottosson and Dublin Dog brands.

For more information, please visit www.outwardhound.com and check out how we Raise The Woof on Facebook or Instagram every day.

 

About J.W. Childs Associates 

J.W. Childs is a Boston-based private equity firm focused on investing in middle-market growth companies. Since inception in 1995, J.W. Childs has invested in excess of $3.5 billion of equity capital in 48 companies across the consumer, specialty retail and healthcare industries. The firm’s success has been built on its industry focus and the extensive operating expertise of its partners. For more information, please visit www.jwchilds.com.

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Blog  >  Silver Muzzle Cottage – a Safe Haven for Homeless Dogs in the Twilight of Their Life

Silver Muzzle Cottage – a Safe Haven for Homeless Dogs in the Twilight of Their Life

In Elk Rapids, Michigan, homeless dogs who are in the twilight of their life may be fortunate enough to wind up in the care of the Silver Muzzle Cottage – the only dog hospice care facility in the state, and one of the few in the nation. Two years ago, Kim Skarritt founded the rescue and hospice program after encountering a large number of aging dogs who had been abandoned, for one reason or another, by their owners.

 

Skarritt’s hospice program provides for elderly dogs who have lost their home because an owner died, moved to a nursing home, or even because someone decided that they no longer wanted to care for their aging pet. After seeing “too many” elderly dogs in shelters, Skarritt was motivated to open a facility where these cast-offs of society could spend the twilight of their life receiving the love and care that they not only needed, but deserved. She explained, “We just do not want to see them die alone in a shelter.”

The Silver Muzzle Cottage is located inside of a large warehouse space next door to Bowsers by the Bay, a premiere cage-free fitness and social rehabilitation center for dogs, which is also owned by Skarritt. When Skarritt created the canine hospice center, she aimed to make it feel like a home – from couches and end tables, to throw pillows and decorations. Skarritt told FIDO Friendly, “To be honest, the décor was more for the volunteers who are like family to our dogs. I wanted the space to be a place that people would want to hang out in. But I believe that the warmth of the environment does play a part in each dog’s comfort level.” She added, “they don’t necessarily care if there is a fireplace or decorations, but they know and appreciate the difference between a cinder block wall kennel and a room with a bunch of fluffy dog beds.”

Canine residents of the Silver Muzzle Cottage do not live in cages, even at night…and they are never alone because Skarritt calls the hospice cottage home herself. She even has her own specially designed area to sleep in.

Dogs at the hospice center receive care and attention from Skarritt, as well as from dozens of kind-hearted volunteers who not only tend to their needs but also spend quality time snuggling. Finding people to volunteer their time to spend with the dogs has never really been an issue. Skarritt told FIDO Friendly, “Everyone loves being with the dogs. We often get people that travel a great distance just to see the facility and help with the dogs.” However, finding volunteers for the administrative side of things has proven to be “challenging.

Photo credits: Kim Skarritt

Despite the advanced age of the dogs, many are actually adopted from the hospice center into new homes, thanks in large part to the social media networking efforts on the Silver Muzzle Cottage Facebook page. For those who don’t get adopted, there is no shortage of unconditional love for each and every resident of the hospice center. Skarritt and her volunteers have one mission – to ensure that each Silver Muzzle Cottage dog enjoys an amazing life – whether it is for two days, two weeks, or two years. Skaritt said, “they know that when they left this world, they mattered to somebody.”

Committing one’s life to dogs who are at the end of their own can be emotionally taxing, but the experience has taught Skarritt to “live in the moment.” She explained, “I try not to focus on the limited time I’ll have with them, and to stay focused on the aspect that we are, in some cases, changing the dog’s perception of humans and the world around them. I feel that we are blessed and honored to be given the opportunity to be there for them when it is their time to cross over.”

She added, “I see it as our final and most important gift to them. The comfort that comes with knowing the dog didn’t have to suffer, and that they left this world knowing that they were loved surpasses the heartache of losing them.”

When asked to provide final thoughts about the homeless senior dog situation, Skarritt told FIDO Friendly, “Reducing the number of homeless senior dogs is partly impacted by economics; in many cases life happens and people don’t have a choice in whether or not they keep their pets. But all too often, many of our rescues are simply abandoned and it’s obvious that they never really had great care or love to begin with.” She added, “THAT is the real problem and I continually try to shed light on that. The population of homeless senior dogs is a reflection of our humanity (or lack thereof), and many people are not aware of this.”

For more information on Silver Muzzle Cottage visit:

https://www.facebook.com/silvermuzzlecottage/

Silver Muzzle Cottage website 

 

 

Author Penny Eims is a Freelance writer who shares her love of dogs (and all animals!) on the Pet Rescue Report and Shelter Me TV.

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Blog  >  How to Make Your Garden Fido-Friendly

How to Make Your Garden Fido-Friendly

Dogs love the outdoors. Even in winter, they will become bored of sleeping by the fire and instead keep themselves entertained by exploring nature. Your garden is full of wildlife and smells that will stimulate your dog’s senses, as well as plenty of opportunities to dig and play.

Dogs dig for a number of reasons, from looking for rodents to finding a cool place to sit. It is vital that you keep your garden suitable for dogs, so that Fido is happy and the garden doesn’t get destroyed. Keep your home and garden dog-friendly with the following tips.

Plants

You and your dog probably view the garden in a different way. You want something full of beautiful, well kept plants. Your dog wants to destroy or eat anything it finds. This means you must ensure that anything you plant will not be poisonous to your pets, since some plants can kill a dog in under an hour.

You can find a full list of toxic plants online, but common poisonous plant life includes oak trees (acorns), apples, ivy and mistletoe, so while you’re feeling festive this winter, you could be putting your dog in danger. Many more plants may cause your dog to throw up so the eating of any plant should be discouraged.

You should also ensure that your plants are robust, perhaps by placing them in plant pots. Using large plants, such as lavender hedging, as a border can make it difficult for dogs to enter and cause damage to more delicate flowers.

Security

Eventually your dog will become bored of your backyard and want to explore the neighbor’s, especially if they have pets of their own. Since dogs can dig and jump as high as six-feet, a seriously robust fence is required.

Wire fencing can be cheap and strong, making it impossible for even strong dogs

 to chew their way through. Alternatively, a wooden fence would prevent the dog from seeing in to the next-door garden, allowing them to focus on their own domain.

The exact fence you install will depend upon the size of your dog, but just make sure there are no gaps or weak points.

Using a designated area can help with security. You can train your pet to stay within this fenced area to stop them from exploring the outer perimeters of the garden. This can be encouraged by filling the dog area with their favorite toys. A sandpit can be used as a place for them to use the toilet. Your dog may enjoy playing in or drinking from the fountain, so distracting them by putting a water bowl in the “dog area” will reduce the need to clean the fountain.

Mud Room

So you’ve made the perfect play area for your dog. After spending time digging in the designated area, they’ll want to come back inside. To keep the interior of your house from becoming dirty, consider building a mudroom.

This is an entryway where your dog can be let back into the house. Ideally, this room would contain a large sink, where you can wash off your dog before letting them access the rest of the house. Then simply towel them dry and you can ensure that your dog is still able to enjoy the outdoors, without creating too much cleaning inside. The floor should be made of hard tile, so that it can be easily cleaned with a mop.

As a pet guardian, you realize the need for a garden to keep your pet active and happy. However, the garden is also for you, so use these tips to keep both your plants and your dog safe and secure.

 

By Lucy Wyndham, contributing writer

Lucy Wyndham began her career as a caregiver before working her way up through the system to become a Care Home Manager. After starting her family, she took a step back to indulge her love of writing. 

Resources

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vmth/local_resources/pdfs/behavior_pdfs/Why_Does_My_Dog_Dig.pdf

https://www.fidofriendly.com/blog/category/athome

http://kdvr.com/2015/06/30/dog-eats-poisonous-plant-dies-within-1-hour/

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants?field_toxicity_value%5B%5D=01

http://www.waysidegardens.com/munstead-lavender/p/v1037/

http://familypet.com/how-high-can-a-dog-jump/

https://www.outdoorfountainpros.com/blogs/news/how-to-clean-your-outdoor-fountain

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Blog  >  TurfMutt Shares Winter Storm Safety Tips for Pets

TurfMutt Shares Winter Storm Safety Tips for Pets

Lucky the TurfMutt is a former street dog who spent cold days and nights without a home before he was rescued by Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). Now, Lucky has a warm bed to sleep in and a new mission – to teach kids and their families about the importance of our living landscapes.

This superdog knows that part of taking care of the family yard in the winter months includes cleaning up from snow and ice storms. “Even though we have fur coats, pets feel the cold just like humans do, and I know just how uncomfortable that can be first-paw from living on the streets before Kris rescued me,” says Lucky the TurfMutt. “I want to encourage families to ‘bone up’ on these tips for keeping everyone in your family – including your pets – safe and warm this winter.”

Reduce outdoor activities when temperatures dip low. Your pets will always be most comfortable inside with you, but it’s imperative you keep them indoors during severe weather.

Using a snowthrower can make quick work of snow removal and can create a path to your pet’s bathroom area. But always keep kids and pets away from the equipment.

Don’t cut your dog’s fur in the wintertime. Pets naturally develop winter coats to protect them from the harsh, cold elements.

After bathroom breaks and walks, check your pet’s ears, paws and tail for any sign of frostbite.

Keep a dry, clean towel handy to wipe down your pet’s legs, belly and paws after each outdoor excursion. Ice-melt chemicals can irritate their skin and cause serious illness if ingested.

Antifreeze smells and tastes sweet to pets, but it’s toxic to dogs and cats. Quickly clean up any spills, and consider using a brand made from non-toxic propylene glycol instead.

Ensure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water to drink. Winter air is dry!

Offer a warm, dry place for your pet to rest inside. A pet bed works perfectly.

“Like most dogs, Lucky loves to romp in the snow, but one of our rules is that if it’s too cold for us to be outside, it’s too cold for him, too,” says Kiser. “As guardians of our pets, it’s important that we keep their safety in mind during all kinds of weather.”

To learn more about the benefits of your family lawn for pets and people during all seasons, go to SaveLivingLandscapes.com and TurfMutt.com.

About TurfMutt
TurfMutt was created by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) Research and Education Foundation and has reached more than 68 million children, educators and families since 2009. Through classroom materials developed with Scholastic, TurfMutt teaches students and teachers how to “save the planet, one yard at a time.” TurfMutt is an official USGBC® Education Partner and education resource at the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Apple, the Center for Green Schools, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project, Climate Change Live, Petfinder and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2017, the TurfMutt animated video series won the coveted Cynopsis Kids Imagination Award for Best Interstitial Series. TurfMutt’s personal, home habitat also is featured in the 2017 and the upcoming 2018 Wildlife Habitat Council calendars. More information at www.TurfMutt.com.

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Blog  >  FIDO Likes Turkey Too - Taking a Tasty Test Drive With Petcurean’s NOW FRESH Stew Recipes

FIDO Likes Turkey Too - Taking a Tasty Test Drive With Petcurean’s NOW FRESH Stew Recipes

FIDO loves that we are partnered with Petcurean and we are always eager to try their new products and share our experience with you!

Petcurean is an independent, Canadian-owned family business that's been around since 1999.  They pride themselves on creating recipes with passion and purpose, recipes that nobody has thought of making. When it comes to ingredients, their motto is only the best of the best will do. Their trusted network of farmers, ranchers and producers provide them with a consistent source of healthy, premium quality market-fresh meats, veggies, fruits and berries. They cook with creativity, energy and an overarching love for our cats and dogs. Then, with the Petcurean seal of approval, their food goes out to be enjoyed by pets the world over.

Petcurean products are sold exclusively through pet specialty stores.  They invest time and resources into educating their partners at pet specialty stores about the nutritional needs of dogs and cats, food intolerances and sensitivities, and pet food ingredients.  FIDO likes that!

Social Media Director Ali Kochie and her FIDO Dewey, an 12 year old Aussie Shepherd rescue, were already fans of Petcurean, (Dewey is partial to NOW FRESH - Grain Free Senior Dog Food Recipe), so they were definitely up for taste testing the NEW NOW FRESH stew and pâté recipes

Like all the yummy and healthy options Petcurean offers, their new NOW FRESH stews and pâtés are perfect served as a treat, topper, or as a complete and balanced meal. They and are available in six delicious recipes: turkey stew for dogs and cats, pork stew for dogs, wild salmon stew for cats, pork pâté for cats and wild salmon pâté for cats. All recipes are non-GMO and made in a human-grade facility with human-grade ingredients including 100 percent fresh wild salmon, turkey or pork, and fresh potatoes, carrots, peas, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and apples - all excellent sources of antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals and dietary fiber to support digestive health. NOW FRESH stews and pâtés are made with turkey bone broth, which adds a great source of collagen and a meaty flavor that both dogs and cats love. Other recipe highlights include:

  • Omega 3 & 6 oils from coconuts and canola to promote skin and coat health
  • Flaxseed, an excellent source of dietary fibre and essential omega 3 & 6 fatty acids
  • Dried kelp, a natural source of iodine, dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals
  • Zero grains, gluten, wheat, beef, chicken, corn, or soy
  • Zero rendered meats, by-products, added growth hormones or artificial preservatives

We got our two tester soft containers and were ready to go.  Dewey, as always, was very interested in seeing new dog food (!) and more than ready to start our evaluation!

Based on our vets suggestion, we gave Dewey smaller portions of the stew, mixed in with her current dog food throughout the day.  She was onboard and loving this new food option from her first taste, as you can see below.  She had no tummy issues and was full of energy and playing ball daily.  Dewey and FIDO definitely gives Petcurean’s new stew and pate two paws up!

For more information and to get a coupon to try Petcurean food with your FIDO, click here.

 

 

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Blog  >  Los Angeles Boutique “The Orlando Hotel” Treats Fido Like a Queen

Los Angeles Boutique “The Orlando Hotel” Treats Fido Like a Queen

When You Book The Urban Spa Getaway For Pooch And You Package, You Are In For A Treat.

Girls just gotta spa when staying at The Orlando Hotel, as proven by the smile on FIDO Friendly's very own Honey's face with her stylist at Vanderpuffs for her day of beauty.   Photo Credit: SusanSims

Recently adopted Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix Honey, hit the jackpot when recently visiting The Orlando Hotel which sits between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, and that means of course, Fido-fabulous shops and restaurants.

A stay at The Orlando Hotel gives the guest a pulse of the city, as it is close to everything!  The Grove, the Farmer's Market, CBS Studios, and the Beverly Center are all within walking distance. Nearby attractions include Paramount Studios, Griffith Park, The Hollywood Walk of Fame and The Getty Museum.

The Orlando Hotel has a welcoming atmosphere. The hotel has been a family-run business for over 30 years, and its longtime staff goal is to make the guests stay seamless. The Hotel has 95 stylish and comfortable guest suites. Clean lines and colors of chocolate, burnt orange, and light tan create a warm, modern ambience in contrast to the vibrant buzz of L.A.'s hip Mid City.  The outdoor heated saltwater pool and spa along with the abundant amenities make it a most relaxing getaway.

If you book the Urban Spa Getaway for Pooch and You package, you are in for a treat because both you AND Fido can get pampered at the nearby spa and grooming salon. The package also includes a hiking map to nearby dog-friendly Runyon Canyon.

Publisher, Susan Sims shared their experience:  First we took Honey for her Vanderpuff Spa Day at nearby Vanderpump Dogs, which is the Vanderpump Dog Rescue Center. If the name sounds familiar, you may be one of the many who enjoy the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where one of the cast members, Lisa Vanderpump, is also known for her huge heart concerning animal welfare. vanderpumpdogs.org

Honey had not had a professional grooming experience before so we left her in good and I walked across the street to the Face Haus.  I normally have very sensitive skin so wasn't completely sold on the idea until my technician informed me of the all-natural products which were to be used.

An hour later and with skin glowing from my best facial ever, my hubby and I walked back over to collect Honey from her spa day too.  She looked like she had a glow as well and was even cutter than ever.  Everyone at Vanderpuff’s treated Honey like royalty and we left feeling pretty great about ourselves thanks to The Orlando Hotel Spa Getaway.

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Blog  >  Give The Gift of Health to FIDO This Season With NuVet Plus

Give The Gift of Health to FIDO This Season With NuVet Plus

This is the time of year that people think about giving and family. When it comes to our furry family members, Fido knows the perfect gift!

NuVet Labs has been giving the gift of improved health to family pets since 1997. Their passion for animals has always been, and continues to be, the inspiration for their natural, human-grade nutritional supplements designed to promote improved quality of life for four-legged friends around the world.

The Immune support supplement, NuVet Plus, is specially made to address one major cause of poor health in animals: lack of proper nutrition. The unique ingredients provide full-spectrum nutritional support that helps neutralize the damaging free radicals that pets encounter on a daily basis.

 

 

Why NuVet Plus?

  • Improves energy
  • Promotes healthy skin & coat
  • Supports healthy eye & ears
  • Improves digestion

Not only is NuVet Plus ideal for pet health, but the chewable wafer contains “paddle dried” whole chicken liver so dogs love the taste, even the picky ones! NuVet even provides a powder formula with double the chicken liver for extra nutrient-rich flavor.

NuVet Labs also has a hip and joint supplement to help dogs with mobility and flexibility issues. NuJoint Plus and NuJoint DS (Double Strength) provide maximum hip and joint support that is safe for dogs of every age and breed.

Why NuJoint?

  • Rebuilds cartilage
  • Keeps joints lubricated
  • Improves mobility
  • Strengthens hips

 

NuVet Lab’s produces safe and natural supplements to protect, strengthen, and support each pet. Their supplements are made in the USA and manufactured in an FDA-registered human pharmaceutical facility, following GMP (good manufacturing) standards. The natural, high-quality ingredients are cold processed to maintain their rich nutrients for maximum potency and superior bio-availability. Each ingredient is compounded to maintain its integrity. NuJoint Plus and NuVet Plus can be used independent of each other, or in conjunction to attain the best possible results.

Fido also loves NuVet’s commitment to helping dogs and cats in need, too. All year long, NuVet gives back to the animal community by donating to various rescues and charity organizations to support those that are abandoned and neglected. With a little love, patience and proper nutritional support from NuVet, they too can find themselves back on the path to perfect health and, hopefully, a forever home.

Learn more about the pets that NuVet Labs has helped at https://www.nuvet.com/testimonials.html.

Stay updated by following NuVet on Twitter!

 

 

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Blog  >  Hotel deLuxe Debuts Afternoon Tea Service for FIDO & Mr Whiskers Too

Hotel deLuxe Debuts Afternoon Tea Service for FIDO & Mr Whiskers Too

This FIDO Fabulous twist on traditional English tea features TeaPet Salon pet-friendly herbal infusions.

Lauded for their over-the-top pet-friendly accommodations, Hotel deLuxe has expanded its popular Afternoon Tea service from Gracie’s sun-dappled dining room into the hotel’s luminous lobby and is now inviting guests to bring their four-legged companions and imbibe – or rather, embark – on a culinary adventure with Afternoon Tea for Pets.

Now, when guests book the hotel’s popular Afternoon Tea, they can opt to upgrade the experience, bring their pet and enjoy traditional English tea service while Rover and Mr. Whiskers sample their own canine or feline tea service with a choice of herbal tea infusion from TeaPet Salon. These special blends are made just for furry companions using premium natural herbal ingredients. Flavor options for dogs include Le Grand Wag, made with Rooibos, Rose Hips and Nettle and flavored with all Natural Bacon, Salmon and Apple; Marco Pollo, an active blend of herbs like purifying Burdock, heart friendly Hawthorn and energy boosting Ginseng blended with all natural Roasted Chicken, Sweet Potato and Coconut flavors; and Ruff Day, a delicious blend of anxiety calming and stomach soothing herbs like Chamomile, Valerian and Ginger flavored with all natural Blueberry, Beef and Maple. For cats, Hotel deLuxe offers Meowtopia, a blend of herbs like Catnip, Valerian and Lemongrass with Natural Salmon, Bacon and Apple flavors. Pets also enjoy pet-friendly treats from Furrever Pets Bakery.

Pet tea is the latest twist on the traditional English style Afternoon Tea that, under the direction of Kaitlin Dover, the hotel’s tea sommelier, has made Hotel deLuxe a destination for tea lovers in the Pacific Northwest. When they book, pet parents will enjoy everything Afternoon Tea includes: custom-blended teas from Portland-based Smith Teamaker, the nation’s foremost tea purveyor; a menu of house-made scones, finger sandwiches, Marionberry jam, and dainty tea pastries, plus imported English clotted cream; and the option to add on glasses of bubbly or a la carte tea-inspired cocktails crafted with Portland-made Townsend Tea Spirits by the experts from the hotel’s Driftwood Room cocktail lounge.

The 90-minute Afternoon Tea experience – for pets and people – is served Wednesday-Sunday at 3:00, 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. and priced at $39 for adults, $18 for children age 12 and under and $20 per pet (excluding gratuity). Pet seating is limited to one pet per person and reservations must be made 48 hours advance by calling (503) 820-2063.

About Hotel deLuxe

Located at 729 SW 15th Avenue in downtown Portland, Ore., Hotel deLuxe is home to Gracie’s and the Driftwood Room and offers glamorous accommodations that channel the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema. Hotel deLuxe can be reached by calling 503-219-2094 or online at www.hoteldeluxe.com.

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Blog  >  Top Tips For Selecting Pet Care For Senior Pets

Top Tips For Selecting Pet Care For Senior Pets

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, a time when pet advocates across the nation will encourage people to open their homes to senior pets. Senior pets bring special joy to their owners, but they also have special needs, and pet owners may wonder who will be able to provide quality care for their senior pets when work or travel keep them from home.

Fortunately, there are professional pet-care options for pet owners who need someone to provide care while they are traveling for work or pleasure—or when their schedules prevent them from regularly exercising their pets. Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, advises pet owners that using the services of a professional pet sitter can ensure their senior pets maintain a healthy routine.

“Physical and mental exercise is critically important for senior dogs and cats, as it keeps them entertained and helps them burn excess calories,” explains PSI President and Founder Patti J. Moran. “Professional pet sitters can ensure that senior pets benefit from regular physical and mental activity, even when their owners are away.”

Pet owners should be sure they do their homework to ensure they are hiring true professionals to care for their pets.

“Senior pets make excellent companions, but it is important that pet owners—and anyone they entrust with their pet’s care—be knowledgeable of the specific needs of senior pets, tuning into even the most subtle of changes,” explains Denise Fleck, author of The Autumn & Winter of Your Pet: Make Those Senior Years Golden.

PSI shares three important questions owners of senior pets should consider before booking pet-care services:

1. Is the person a professional pet sitter? “Often times, pet owners, and even news outlets, use the term ‘pet sitter’ carelessly, referring to anyone—from a family friend to the neighborhood teenager asked to check in on your pet—as a ‘pet sitter,’” explains Moran. “It is important that pet owners understand that pet sitting is a professional career and professional pet sitters offer peace of mind that other pet-care options cannot.”

PSI advises pet owners to ask seven important questions of any potential pet sitter. The questions are outlined in PSI's free Pet-Sitter Interview Checklist.

2. Does the sitter have experience caring for senior pets? “Just as some people are ‘dog people’ and others are ‘cat’ or ‘bird’ people, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to finding the right pet sitter to meet the specific needs of you and your pet,” Moran advises. “Pet owners should inquire about a potential pet sitter’s experience with senior pets and any specific training they’ve had, such as Pet First Aid & CPR or if she’s earned the CPPS-Certified Professional Pet Sitter® designation.”

3. What exercises/activities will the pet sitter complete with the senior pet? Pet owners, in consultation with their veterinarians, should know their senior pets' specific mobility concerns and exercise needs. This is an important topic to discuss with any pet sitter, including how much time the pet sitter would be able to spend with pets on visits and what type of activities should be involved.

PSI also recommends that pet owners schedule an initial consultation with a potential pet sitter prior to booking services and provides pet owners with access to the largest online directory of professional pet sitters free-of-charge.

To learn more about PSI or the professional pet-sitting industry, visit www.petsit.com. To find a pet sitter to care for your pet, search PSI’s Pet Sitter Locator at www.petsit.com/locate.

 

About Pet Sitters International

Founded in 1994 by Patti J. Moran, author of Pet Sitting for Profit, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, with member pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and more than 20 other countries. PSI members have access to the widest array of business services and educational resources available in the professional pet-sitting industry. PSI’s Official Pet Sitter Locator is the largest online directory of professional pet sitters, and pet owners can visit petsit.com/locate to find local professional pet sitters.

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Blog  >  Never Mind the “Gobblins.” What’s your Dog or Cat “Gobbling?”

Never Mind the “Gobblins.” What’s your Dog or Cat “Gobbling?”

Doorbells, shouting, and scary masks make Halloween a frightening night for our dogs and cats. Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) in Encinitas is reminding pet owners to keep their best friends (and the trick-or-treaters) safe.

"Halloween can be terrifying," according to RCHS spokes-ghost John Van Zante. "The bell rings, we run to open the door, people in costumes shout 'Trick or Treat,' they take things from us, then run away. We close the door and wait anxiously for the next group. For a pet who thinks its job is to protect its house and family, that's very confusing!"

Van Zante says pet owners should take precautions on Halloween night.

*           Just because your pet enjoys people coming to the door...the children might not want to be greeted by an animal. Find a safe place for your pet to escape the noise. 

*           Frightened pets are more likely to “door dash." Outside they'll just see more trick-or-treaters. If that happens, they'll either keep running or hide. You DO NOT want to spend Halloween night searching for your pet.

*           What about pet costumes? Make sure they're safe, fit properly, and do not restrict the pet's vision. If you're taking your pet outdoors, the costume should be reflective.

*           DO NOT force your pet to wear a costume.

*           Leave your dogs at home. If you insist on taking them trick or treating, make sure Mom or Dad holds the leash and that "Count Barkula" stays back from the door. Even if YOUR dog is okay, the dog inside might feel the need to protect its home.

*           No Candy. No Booze. And remember that pets eat candy....wrappers and all. When         you get home and start eating the candy...dispose of the wrappers safely.

*           Black cats? Halloween isn't any more dangerous for black cats than any other night. But it's still hard to see black cats in the dark. Keep them safe inside.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas offers Humane Education programs for children to learn about safe pet care and adoption services for dogs, cats, and rabbits. For more information visit RCHS, call 760-753-6413, or log on to www.sdpets.org.

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Blog  >  Gray in the Beard Can Be Good For Your Soul

Gray in the Beard Can Be Good For Your Soul

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

We also love their commitment to animal rescue. Given the recent hurricanes, earthquakes and fires – now is a great time to adopt, donate and volunteer/foster. Many local rescues and organizations are seeking help.  Petcurean is proud to sponsor FosterFurkids.com a website that connects rescue groups and animal shelters with a nationwide network of pet fosters and transporters.  See more here. 

 

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

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Blog  >  We Are What We Eat And So Is FIDO

We Are What We Eat And So Is FIDO

We have all heard this phrase regarding our own diets, but what about our furry family members?

Dogs and people have lived together for centuries and we are now seeing parallel trends in their health and well being. Over the last twenty-five years, as processed foods have become more available, so have the rates of obesity and infertility. 1 in 3 Americans is either overweight or obese and 54% of our dogs are too.  One in 5 men now have low sperm counts. The University of Nottingham England Veterinary School saw a parallel in a decrease in sperm motility in dogs over the last quarter century. Most people and their dogs are eating the wrong foods and not getting enough exercise.

Processed foods are defined as foods that are chemically processed and made from refined ingredients and artificial substances. They are high in refined carbohydrates which lead to spikes in blood glucose.  They lack the original nutrients found in what we call 'whole foods'.  Whole foods are the ones you can eat right out of the garden. Real foods contain a balance of vitamins, minerals and trace elements that work together to get absorbed the way nature intended.

Most processed foods need to be 'fortified' with synthetic vitamins and minerals because these nutrients have been destroyed during manufacturing. They are made with cheap fats which contain more omega 6 fatty acids leading to heart disease and inflammation in the bowel and joints. Because we want a long shelf life, water is removed from most packaged foods. This lack of moisture places a burden on the kidneys, lungs and GI system.

Ultra processed foods like soft drinks, cakes, white bread, cereals and deli meats all lack any real nutrition.  As our love of convenience grows, so does a litany of health problems.  

As people are becoming more aware of this problem, manufacturers are starting to remove artificial colors, flavors and preservatives from food.  Fast food restaurants are changing their menus to reflect the public's growing demand for cleaner, healthier choices.

 

Yes, we have a new awareness of the effects that diet has on our health. But the dogs in our lives are suffering from the same illnesses as their owners. Why? Because this same consciousness has not caught up to the way we feed our dogs. The same diseases we see in people are now reflected in our dogs' health. The causes are the same. Processed, dried, convenient kibble is not real food. It is not the way we are meant to feed them. We need whole foods like fish, meats, fruits and vegetables and so do they.

 

Real food is the key to good health for us and for our dogs. Junk food is simply not the answer.

See how you can make better choices for your FIDO here -   https://luckydogcuisine.com/

 

 

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Blog  >  Treating Pets SAFELY on Halloween

Treating Pets SAFELY on Halloween

Halloween  is upon us – a festive and fun time for families everywhere, including pets.  Pet costumes have stepped up their game, so your fur kids can be included in the revelry.  But what about the treating aspect of Halloween – can your pets join in on this fun as well? Petcurean’s PhD pet nutritionist Dr. Jennifer Adolphe offers these tips to treating pets around Halloween:

Steer clear of candy: Candy is a concentrated source of sugar and calories so it is not recommended for dogs. Since candy does not provide any nutritional value for dogs, and some candies contain highly toxic substances, it is best for dogs to steer clear of all candy. If you really want to provide your pet with a special treat on Halloween, try healthy fruits and veggies, such as pieces of apple or carrots, instead of sugary and potentially harmful candy.

Some ingredients are worse than others:

  • Chocolate is well known to be toxic to dogs, so it goes without saying to avoid chocolate treats. The toxic component in chocolate is called theobromine. The caffeine in chocolate is also not good for dogs. 
  • Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is used as a sweetener in many sugar-free candies and gum. It is highly toxic to dogs and ingestion can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure and even death. Just a few pieces of xylitol-containing candy can have detrimental effects in dogs, so it is best to keep all sugar-free products far out of reach of your dog, or avoid purchasing products with xylitol altogether.
  • Raisins are another treat commonly given out at Halloween that can be toxic for dogs. Raisins (and grapes) can cause kidney failure in dogs and just a few can make a dog seriously ill, and symptoms of raisin toxicity usually appear within a couple of hours after ingestion.

Signs to watch for:  Changes in behavior could be an indication that your dog has gotten into something not good for him. Vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, lethargy, increased thirst, tremors and seizures are signs that your pet may have eaten something he shouldn’t have. If in doubt, call your veterinarian, local animal emergency clinic or animal poison control hotline right away. Try to determine how much of the offending food your dog has consumed as this could be useful information for the vet. Depending on how much and what type of toxic food your dog ate, the vet may recommend simply monitoring him and calling back if the symptoms worsen, or they may determine that he needs medical care right away.

If you want to treat your pets on Halloween, stick to foods that are dog friendly and familiar. Petcurean’s SPIKE treats are made with premium ingredients and superfoods like kale, chia and pomegranate. Halloween should be fun for the whole family, just be sure to watch what your pets eat like you would your kids to keep everyone safe and happy.

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Blog  >  Courageous Canine Who Was Victim of Dog Fighting Wins Top Title of “American Hero Dog”

Courageous Canine Who Was Victim of Dog Fighting Wins Top Title of “American Hero Dog”

Following nearly a million votes by the American public and the opinions of an expert panel of celebrity animal lovers and dog experts, Abigail, a one-year-old pit mix from Lehigh Acres, Florida has been named this year’s most courageous canine, besting 187 other heroic hounds and capturing the top title of “American Hero Dog” at the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®. The seventh annual Hero Dogs Awards is sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc. and will be broadcast nationally on Hallmark Channel October 26 at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm Central Time.

 

Abigail is a gal that did not ask for the life she was forced to live.  She was found as a stray in Miami and taken to a rescue center where she was examined. She was anemic and infested with ticks. Scars covered her bloody head, neck, back legs, and half her face was missing with the skin ripped off down to the eardrum. She smelled terrible because of multiple infections, and was covered in dried mud. Experts suspected she was a victim of dog fighting. Her injuries were at least a week old and she almost lost her life. Abigail had several major surgeries and extensive skin grafts. She had weeks of hospitalization and daily bandage changes, which led to the launch of her “mission.” Her vet and her vet tech were changing her bandages, and the way they held the gauze on her head made them looked like bonnets. In solidarity people from all over the world started sending bonnets and now the Facebook page “Bonnets for Abigail” has more than 12,000 followers. Despite the terrible injuries inflicted on her, Abigail is a heroic example of bravery and overcoming, and is using her public platform to teach forgiveness and bring awareness to the importance of ending dog fighting. For her extraordinary bravery and good works, Abigail won the American Humane Hero Dog Awards’ “Emerging Hero Dog” category for ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things. This year, the Emerging Hero Dog category is sponsored by the maker of NexGard® (afoxolaner) Chewables. We thank them for helping draw attention to Abigail’s story and spotlighting the remarkable ways dogs are capable of forgiveness and moving on to do good things for others even when they themselves were in need of help.

A Galaxy of Stars Honors Hero Dogs -

The sold-out, star-studded awards honoring America’s most courageous canines were hosted at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday night by television and film star James Denton and model and animal advocate Beth Stern, accompanied by a galaxy of celebrity stars and presenters including Josie Bissett, Lacey Chabert, Danielle Fishel, Vivica Fox, Daisy Fuentes, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bailee Madison, Kellie Martin, Debbie Matenopolous, Cameron Mathison, Danica McKellar, Brandon McMillan, Barbara Niven, Alexa and Carolos Penavega, Mark Steines, Alison Sweeney, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Alicia Witte and more.

The Hero Dog Awards were created to celebrate the powerful relationship between dogs and people and recognize extraordinary acts of heroism performed by ordinary dogs. The event will be broadcast nationwide by Hallmark Channel on October 26 at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm Central. The program will air as part of Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, the network’s cross-platform advocacy campaign designed to celebrate the joy and enrichment animals bring to our lives.

 

The winner is chosen through a combination of public votes and voting by a panel of animal advocates and celebrity judges including Jennifer Arnold, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, Philippe and Ashlan Gorse Cousteau, Carolyn Hennesy, Joanne Horowitz, Blake Koch, Bailee Madison, Adrienne Maloof, Agent Jerry Means, Laura Nativo, Shara Strand, Lisa Vanderpump, and Lou Wegner.

All Finalists Are Winners

            Abigail was the one chosen as 2017 American Hero Dog, but all seven finalists were winners in their categories, and we salute them for their courage, service and compassion. Here are their official nominations:

Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs category (sponsored by K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis)

Ice (Olympia, WA) – In the early hours of July 21, 2016, a team of officers from the U.S. Forest Service and deputies from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office were investigating an illegal marijuana garden on public lands within the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Two suspects attempted to flee and Ice was deployed to capture one of the suspects. As Ice was apprehending the suspect, the suspect used a large knife to stab Ice twice in the chest as well as in the face and muzzle. Despite Ice’s serious wounds, Ice continued to apprehend the suspect until the suspect was taken into custody. Ice’s bravery likely saved the other officers from being stabbed or injured. Despite his trauma, Ice didn’t let out a whine or whimper. Ice’s handler and the team immediately bandaged and dressed his wounds. As the area was extremely rugged and remote, a California Highway Patrol helicopter was dispatched. Ice’s handler and other team members then took turns carrying Ice approximately three-quarters of a mile over rough terrain and through dense vegetation to a suitable landing location. Ice was airlifted to VCA Asher Animal Hospital in Redding, CA and taken immediately into surgery where the doctors and staff were able to repair his wounds. Ice has since made a full recovery and has returned to duty. This wasn’t Ice’s first scrape, and though he is a tough-as-nails working dog, Ice also has an extraordinary ability to interact and socialize with people. Both of these amazing abilities make Ice a truly special dog and partner.

Guide/Hearing Dogs category

Pierce (Palm Bay, FL) – While serving with the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division during the first Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), Don sustained an injury that eventually claimed his vision. In the more than two decades that followed, Don navigated through life with his white cane, along with the support of his wife, Peggy, and two children. As an experienced cane traveler who moved about the world quite well, Don had not seriously considered getting a guide dog until one day he now remembers as a turning point in his journey. Last year, on a family vacation, Don and his son, Jordan, set out to explore historical monuments together. At the conclusion of the trip, Don asked Jordan to describe his favorite part of the tour to which the twelve-year-old responded, “Dad, I wasn’t paying much attention…I wanted to make sure you didn’t fall.” Heartbroken at this admission, Don knew Jordan needed the freedom to be a kid and not a sighted guide. And the payoff in having his guide dog, “Pierce,” has been even greater than relieving this burden from his son; Don is experiencing life with refreshed independence and freedom. His wife, Peggy, shares, “I have seen a new confidence in Don and I can’t thank Fidelco enough for their part in it. Don’s guide dog is a very loving companion and dedicated to his work. We have all fallen in love.”

Military Dogs category (sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and the K-9 Courage Program from Zoetis)

Adak (St. Cloud, MN) – Adak is a 13-year-old German Shepherd. His longevity and accomplishments as an explosive detection dog are unmatched. During his career he has provided support to dignitaries and celebrities,  and at events across more than 10 states and three countries. He was a Contract Working Dog (CWD) for the U.S. State Department in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army, Ft. McCoy and for a private business, Dogs for Defense Inc. (D4D). Adak’s first assignment was in Iraq in 2006. Adak was assigned to support the U.S. embassy and dignitaries. Adak performed a sweep of the Baghdad Central Station prior to the arrival of a dignitary. While performing the sweep, Adak alerted to a vehicle in the area, canceling the event. On January 14, 2008, the Kabul Serena Hotel was subjected to a complex terror attack. During the attack numerous guests were trapped in the hotel. Adak’s was the first K-9 team to arrive, with terrorists still inside the hotel. Adak led a team of Americans who went room to room inside while terrorists were still active. Adak came across dismembered, deceased victims during his search and performed flawlessly. Over 20 people were evacuated, and a total of six people died, including one American.  In 2009 Adak was conducting a sweep of the Ministry of Agriculture when he had an alert. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit arrived and identified the threat as a mortar shell. Working for D4D gave Adak constant opportunities to do unique detection work across the U.S. until he was 13. His transition from war to family member was incredible. Sadly, Adak recently passed away.

Search and Rescue Dogs category (sponsored by Compassion-First Pet Hospitals)

Luca (Grand Prairie, TX) – On March 15, 2016, Fort Worth Police were dispatched to a missing endangered male. Two elderly men visited a large salvage yard when one suddenly realized that his elderly friend with Alzheimer’s was missing. After a brief search, he realized he needed help and called police. Many officers responded due to the age/medical condition of the missing man. After an extensive search, Sgt. Medrano asked Officer Brock if Luca would be of any help. Luca is Officer Brock’s retired Search-and-Rescue (SAR) German Shepherd, who was 10 years old at the time of this call. Luca excelled in area, water, avalanche and forest/desert searches. Officer Brock believed Luca excelled in this and it meant a helicopter ride, which Luca loved. Officer Brock picked Luca up from his home and Luca fell back into his training and used his SAR skills to search for the missing man. Luca alerted at an opening of brush at the Trinity River, which led to a very steep hill followed by a steep drop-off. Due to terrain, a PD helicopter responded and immediately observed the lost man in the river, stuck in waist-high mud on the opposite bank of the river where Luca alerted. Officers shed their gear, swam across the river, rescued the man and brought him to safety. Had Luca not tracked the man’s trail and located him, the man would have drowned in the river, which still had very cold, high, fast-paced water or succumbed to the temperature. Luca’s love and dedication to SAR shows the resilience of older dogs and how training doesn’t go away just because they retire.

Service Dogs category (sponsored by Modern Dog)

Atlas the Wonder Dog (Dayton, OH) – After coming home from Iraq, struggling with PTSD and dealing with the effects of a TBI from a roadside bomb, I was virtually lost, locked in my own personal prison. I began getting treatment while still Active Duty, which consisted of talk therapy and a single prescription. After getting out of the Marines, I continued treatment with the VA system, and nearly a decade later, the “treatment” consisted of more than eight different prescriptions totaling more than 33 pills a day.…my life felt very sad, hazy, and hopeless……I was lost. Until I found Atlas. Atlas is not only my service dog but my lifesaver. Atlas is a grounding and solid presence when flashbacks, hypervigilance, and the lingering effects of war begin again to creep up my spine. Atlas has been trained to sense these changes in me and then acts to redirect my attention and focus during these overwhelming instances. Whether it is to nudge my hand if I am getting anxious, wake me up in the throes of a nightmare or just stand behind me so I know someone has my back. With his presence, I am able to take an active, positive role in my children’s lives. Atlas has not only completely changed my life, but as the “face” of, and inspiration behind the creation of The Battle Buddy Foundation, he is also a beacon of hope for so many others struggling to cope. A regal reminder that there is hope, that there IS a way to find yourself again after combat and trauma, and that your pains and struggles have value.

 

Therapy Dogs category (sponsored by Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food)

Aladdin (Haddonfield, NJ) – Aladdin was found severely emaciated in 2013. Both of his back legs and tail had been broken. He was missing 12 teeth and had open wounds. I foster emaciated dogs and he came to me. From the moment I met him, his little tail never stopped wagging, despite his horrific condition. Aladdin had a rough recovery but he overcame the obstacles put before him. He greeted every person with a lot of hope and despite the abuse he suffered he trusted enough to learn that no one would hurt him again. Within the year he was a certified therapy dog bringing love to everyone he meets. Aladdin is a Ronald McDonald House Ambassador dog, his favorite duty! He visits schools doing a humane education, anti-bullying program. He is a trained crisis response dog and spent a week in Orlando last year after the shooting doing therapy visits and fundraising for the Victims Fund. He works with the Philadelphia Police fundraising for the Fallen Officers Fund and attending the events they do with special needs children. He is an ambassador dog for Tito’s Vodka for Dog People Campaign and together they have raised over 300,000 for rescues and shelters all over. He also works with veterans and PACT for Animals. Most importantly he is a model/ambassador for Show Your Soft Side, a nationwide animal abuse campaign and he is the spokesdog for the rescue I work with, Lilo’s Promise. Lilo’s takes in medical needs dogs like Aladdin. Heroes come in all shapes & sizes, Aladdin has taught me that each time I watch him work.

Each of the seven finalists received $2,500 to be donated to one of American Humane’s charity partners. Abigail won an additional $5,000 for her charity, Dogs On Deployment. In this way, more heroes may be nurtured.

About American Humane

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. For more information, please visit www.americanhumane.org.

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Blog  >  How to celebrate like it’s National Dog Week EVERY Week

How to celebrate like it’s National Dog Week EVERY Week

FIDO loves to  celebrate companies that really put their best paw forward in being FIDO Friendly, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka is one company that walks the walk!

Tito’s Handmade Vodka, one of the very first employees was a dog! In fact, when Tito started the distillery his dog Jo was right by his side. Jo’s food attracted a revolving door of pups, fondly called “distillery dogs” and as Tito’s grew, the dogs stayed. Tito’s loved pets so much that they started Vodka for Dog People, a program that helps pet nonprofits through events like Yappy hours, matching donations, and an online shop. Each year they help about 1,000 animal welfare nonprofits in over 7 countries, hosting over 700 events.

Taki's Top Tips to Celebrate YOUR FIDO:

  1. Surprise your furry friend with some new goodies. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing I love more than playing with a good stick or rock, but all pets deserve a new toy every now and then! My go-to is the Tito’s Handmade Vodka dog toy, but your pup will love anything you give as long as it comes from the heart. My buddies even love tennis balls and a fresh pair of socks!

 

  1. Take your human to a dog-friendly bar. People aren’t the only ones who want to let their hair down! We suggest taking your pup to a local dog-friendly bar for some fun. They’ll order a cocktail and you can play, relax and enjoy the fresh air.

 

  1. Don’t forget to give back to shelters in need. Before I lived at the distillery, I was a stray looking for my furever home. If it wasn’t for Tito taking me in, I might still be wandering around. There’s no better time to get involved than now, just after we have celebrated National Dog Week. There are tons of great nonprofits to donate to like Emancipet and ASPCA , but you can also volunteer at your local shelter or favorite pet non-profit. No matter what you do, just try to get involved!

 

  1. Most importantly, remember to have fun! Weeks can get busy with work and school, but don’t forget that you always have a friend waiting for you at home! Take some extra time this week to hang out with your pet and make them feel loved. Because guess what? We love you too!

For more information on  Tito’s Handmade Vodka click here! 

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Blog  >  Johnny + Lexi: Rescue Dog Turned Caretaker for Boy With Special Needs

Johnny + Lexi: Rescue Dog Turned Caretaker for Boy With Special Needs

Johnny, was born with severe Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. He cannot breathe on his own, cannot eat by mouth, has no control over his extremities and up until a few months ago he could only communicate with facial expressions. He must be flat on his back most of the time, which limits the life experiences that typical developing children have.

His parents thought he might want a pet so they sought a companion for Johnny among rescue dogs. They adopted Lexi, a Golden Retriever adopted from Golden Beginnings, who was nurtured back to health after being found severely underweight and neglected.

Upon arriving to her new home, Lexi charged into the house smelling new smells and checking things out. When she found Johnny in his bed, she went from hyper to caretaker.  She gingerly stepped onto his bed and lay down beside him and instinctively put her head on his shoulder.

At first, Lexi took naps and watched TV with Johnny every day, making his face light up, which was something his parents had rarely seen. During the school year, when the teacher comes to visit, Lexi always sits with Johnny, paying attention for the two-hour session.

Johnny must endure painful therapy sessions daily, and the only way he makes it through without crying is by petting Lexi, his constant companion. Resting his hand on her fur, he relaxes, making stretching less painful.

Lexi enhanced Johnny’s life by giving him the gift of a special friendship, for they share an unconditional love and understanding for each other that does not need words. Lexi can always lift up Johnny’s spirits and she instinctively knew he needed a best friend.

Johnny + Lexi's adoption story was one of the 2016 winners of the annual Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes campaign, resulting in Golden Beginnings https://gbgrr.org/testweb/index.htm  receiving a $25,000 grant. 

This year, the Holiday Wishes campaign will award another $750,000 to animal welfare organizations dedicated to bringing together people and pets. To submit your story or donate, please visit: https://www.petcofoundation.org/holiday-wishes/ The deadline to apply is September 30. 

 

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Blog  >  Ready - Set - CHARGE!

Ready - Set - CHARGE!

While traveling for our annual cross-country pet adoption tour, Get Your Licks on Route 66®, I decided to bring along The Charge Hub with multiple ports so I can easily plug in several devices at the same time.

What I like about this is it eliminates finding outlets and bringing several plugs. My particular unit has 5 USB ports which works perfectly with two phones, iPad and jetpack with one left over for whatever else I need.

The various ChargeHub models provide up to 7 USB dedicated charging ports to optimally charge simultaneously connected mobile devices. The ChargeHub contains an impressive patent-pending SmartSpeed Technology to allow any port to charge the connected device at its maximum charging speed, regardless of whether it is an Apple iOS or Android device. 

Check their website for colors and accessories and don’t travel without The Charge Hub!

 

*product provided for our review*

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Blog  >  American Rhino non-profit funds African Wildlife Conservation with Great pet products

American Rhino non-profit funds African Wildlife Conservation with Great pet products

The holidays are coming up quickly! For a gift that continues to give back to a worthwhile cause even after the end of the holiday stretch, look no further than American Rhino’s newly released collection of authentically-made products, brought to you straight from the heart of Africa’s grassy plains.

 American Rhino is a Massachusetts non-profit whose mission is to preserve African wildlife by funding conservation initiatives that lead to tangible results. This year, proceeds from each American Rhino purchase will go toward supporting the families of rangers injured or killed while selflessly protecting endangered rhinos.

 
For the Pet-Friendly Traveler: Made with the authentic kikoy fabric used in traditional Kenyan dress, the Leather Weekender ($195) is the perfect gift for the one who’s always looking for their next adventure with their furry friend. Soft leather straps and colorful fabric accent this roomy 100% cotton canvas bag, which makes for comfortable carrying and strong enough to store everything you need to keep Fido happy. Available in Bogoria Green, Kivu Tan, and Nile Blue; Kivu Tan
 
For Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Guide your dog and conservation efforts with an American Rhino Dog Leash ($29) and Collar ($25). These durable dog accessories are made in America with long-lasting nylon webbing and sturdy brass hardware.
 
*FIDO Friendly was provided product for review.

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Blog  >  If Your Pooch Has a Paunch Healthy Starts Here

If Your Pooch Has a Paunch Healthy Starts Here

The days are shorter, leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler – it’s FIDO’s favorite time of year –not too hot and not cold means more trips to the doggy park and games of fetch!  (And then well-earned naps on the hall steps in the sunshine too.)

We all want to keep our furry friends healthy and vibrant for as long as possible, and what we feed FIDO , especially if they need to shed a few pounds, plays a critical part in doing just that. That’s where Petcurean comes in.  They shared these helpful tips with us on how to help manage FIDO’s  (and Fluffy’s) weight.

 

  • Evaluate your pet’s current weight: Weigh your pet at the vet’s office or with your home bathroom scale and check it against this Body Score chart to help you determine the current status of your pet’s weight.
  • Diet: An important rule you should keep in mind when managing your pet’s weight is restricting treats and resisting the urge to give them table scraps. These items make it hard for you to regulate what your pet is eating. For dogs, you can feed them a weight loss recipe with reduced calories. This option allows your pup to eat the same volume of food they’re used to eating, but with less calories. Petcurean’s GO! Fit + Free makes a great diet feeding option with a protein-rich, lower carb recipe. Alternatively, you can simply cut back on the amount of food you’re currently feeding. To ensure your dog still feels full after these smaller meals, you can add canned pumpkin or green beans as a fiber-rich and healthy topper. Cats do the best on low carb canned recipes since the wet food not only promotes weight reduction, but also helps cats feel fuller. GO! Fit + Free also offers canned recipes for cats.  
  • Physical activity: Decreased food intake should be accompanied by increased physical activity. Track your pet’s weight through weekly weigh ins. A rapid decline in weight can be harmful to your pet. As you monitor their progress, continue to check them against the body score chart. That will tell you when your pet’s weight goals have been reached! 

 

 

FIDO has been a fan of this Canadian company for a long time.  They use only premium-quality, market-fresh meats, veggies, fruits and berries and they take pet health very seriously.

This is one of the things we like best about Petcurean. The Petcurean Centre for Health & Nutrition section of their website.  Their motto – “We all want our cats and dogs to lead happy, healthy lives. We’re here to help you, with easy to understand information about their daily care and feeding.”  This wonderful resource section features topics like feeding your FIDO, healthy concerns, nutritional FAQ’s and tons more.  It’s a must visit wealth of information and a great example of Petcurean’s commitment to keeping our best friends healthy and happy for a long time.

And speaking of healthy, yummy (we lick our bowls clean!) pet food , we wag for the freshness of Petcurean  GO! Fit + Free  -  MAXIMUM MEAT PROTEIN WITH ZERO GRAINS OR GLUTEN - Premium-quality meat proteins are the first six ingredients in GO! FIT + FREE™. In fact, FIT + FREE has the most meat of any GO! recipe. A protein-rich, lower carb diet helps your dog stay strong, healthy and fit. Puppy, Adult, and Senior recipes are available too – that gets an all-around TWO PAWS UP from FIDO!

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

Visit their website for information about all their wonderful products and check out this heartwarming video too!

 

 

 

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Blog  >  Tips for Helping Your Dog Adjust to Hotel Stays

Tips for Helping Your Dog Adjust to Hotel Stays

Hotel rooms can be stress inducing for your dog. They are full of unfamiliar sights, scents and sounds as well as lacking many of the amenities of home.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to help your pet relax in a hotel is to look for opportunities to make it a positive experience. Here are some suggestions to help your dog appreciate staying in hotels:

Crate Training: Home Away from Home

There are many benefits to crate training your dog, however, if you are someone that travels often perhaps the biggest benefit is the comfort it brings to your furry travel companion.

Most crates fold flat so they are easy to pack. Bedding from home will carry a familiar scent which has a reassuring effect on your dog.

Crates also keep your pet from getting into trouble when you leave them alone in the room. Make sure to do a few practice runs leaving your dog in the crate for short periods of time before you try longer outings.  

Extra Rewards

Give your dog access to extra treats such as chews, stuffed toys, and food rewards at the hotel. This will help them to associate this new environment with things they enjoy. Make sure that you are dispensing rewards when your dog is exhibiting calm behavior to reinforce that state of mind.

Think beyond food rewards to other kinds of positive experiences you know your pal already enjoys. Extra walks, a game of tug, or long belly rubs can go a long way to helping your dog look forward to hotel stays.

Routines

Traveling often comes with changes to your normal daily schedule. Some dogs can find this stressful. Keeping up with regular wake up and meal time routines can significantly reassure your dog.

Adventure

Build some K9 centered adventure into your travel. Not only does this give your dog one more positive association with hotel stays, it will also help to wear them out. This means more naps at the hotel, which in turn helps to associate the room with relaxation.

Check Your Stress Levels

Are you stressed out when you travel? Chances are your dog will pick up those vibes and mirror your angst. In fact, left unchecked, such stress can become a negative feedback loop. Make sure you take care of your own needs so that you can relax and be a calm leader for your buddy.

Training Sessions

If you regularly have training sessions with your dog at home, be sure to include them on your next vacation as well. Short but regular positive training opportunities go a long way to helping your dog feel bonded with you in a new environment.

 

If you are planning a trip soon, be sure to also check out this travel checklist before hitting the road.

 

 

Author Bio:

Mat Coulton has worked with dogs for just under a decade and is the founder of WileyPup.com, a doggy lover’s website that provides great tips and advice for pet parents everywhere.

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Blog  >  Grumpy Stray Cat Gets Job at Cleveland Nursing Home Keeping Residents Happy

Grumpy Stray Cat Gets Job at Cleveland Nursing Home Keeping Residents Happy

 St. Augustine Health Ministries, a nursing home in Cleveland, Ohio has got a new nurse. Oreo the cat has found a job looking after senior citizens at the residence. Oreo spends her days living at the home as a therapy animal, bringing comfort to all who interact with her.

In From the Streets

Oreo had previously been a stray living in the area around the nursing home. According to nursing home staff, Oreo wandered in about 5 years ago and set up shop as St. Augustine's resident therapy animal. Recently, the cat shot to fame after a Cleveland reporter posted a video of her at work on the internet. Oreo and her coworker Coco the dog, St. Augustine's other therapy animal are responsible for the care of over 200 residents as well as staff, and students from St. Augustine's early learning center. While not a fan of cuddles, Oreo loves to have her head scratched and most of all, to just be near her beloved residents. Oreo provides much needed entertainment and love to residents, some of whom would otherwise have no one else to interact with.

Benefits of Pet Therapy

In addition to being a friendly face in the halls of St. Augustine's, Oreo also provides some important health benefits to nursing home residents. Pet therapy has been proven to lower blood pressure levels and improve cardiovascular health. There may even be a biological reason why we enjoy petting animals so much. The physical act of “petting” stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System, the bodies natural relaxation center. This stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter Oxytocin which increases the relaxation we experience when spending time with animals. The release of pleasure causing neurotransmitters experienced by nursing home residents when they pet Oreo can even reduce physical pain. This reduction in pain coupled with relaxation and the joy of bonding with an animal serves to lift the spirits of nursing home residents and alleviate depression and the monotony of everyday life.

Pet Therapy Goes Mainstream

 

Animal therapy has now made its way into schools, daycare centers, courtrooms, even airports. Recipients of animal therapy often find they are better able to communicate and cope with difficult emotions and situations after a session with an animal because of the stress free, non-judgmental environment an animal creates. Being able to cope and express one's feelings, in turn, can increase self-confidence and self-awareness. Animals like Oreo improve the lives of the humans around them numerous ways whether just providing companionship, or helping us navigate through difficult times. Even though Oreo may not understand the importance of what she does for the nursing home residents, it is clear that she enjoys their company nonetheless.   

Stray Cat Gets Job at Cleveland Nursing Home

St. Augustine Health Ministries, a nursing home in Cleveland, Ohio has got a new nurse. Oreo the cat has found a job looking after senior citizens at the residence. Oreo spends her days living at the home as a therapy animal, bringing comfort to all who interact with her.

In From the Streets

Oreo had previously been a stray living in the area around the nursing home. According to nursing home staff, Oreo wandered in about 5 years ago and set up shop as St. Augustine's resident therapy animal. Recently, the cat shot to fame after a Cleveland reporter posted a video of her at work on the internet. Oreo and her coworker Coco the dog, St. Augustine's other therapy animal are responsible for the care of over 200 residents as well as staff, and students from St. Augustine's early learning center. While not a fan of cuddles, Oreo loves to have her head scratched and most of all, to just be near her beloved residents. Oreo provides much needed entertainment and love to residents, some of whom would otherwise have no one else to interact with.

Benefits of Pet Therapy

In addition to being a friendly face in the halls of St. Augustine's, Oreo also provides some important health benefits to nursing home residents. Pet therapy has been proven to lower blood pressure levels and improve cardiovascular health. There may even be a biological reason why we enjoy petting animals so much. The physical act of “petting” stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System, the bodies natural relaxation center. This stimulates the release of the neurotransmitter Oxytocin which increases the relaxation we experience when spending time with animals. The release of pleasure causing neurotransmitters experienced by nursing home residents when they pet Oreo can even reduce physical pain. This reduction in pain coupled with relaxation and the joy of bonding with an animal serves to lift the spirits of nursing home residents and alleviate depression and the monotony of everyday life.

Pet Therapy Goes Mainstream

Animal therapy has now made its way into schools, daycare centers, courtrooms, even airports. Recipients of animal therapy often find they are better able to communicate and cope with difficult emotions and situations after a session with an animal because of the stress free, non-judgmental environment an animal creates. Being able to cope and express one's feelings, in turn, can increase self-confidence and self-awareness. Animals like Oreo improve the lives of the humans around them numerous ways whether just providing companionship, or helping us navigate through difficult times. Even though Oreo may not understand the importance of what she does for the nursing home residents, it is clear that she enjoys their company nonetheless.   

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Blog  >  Ending Summer With a Pet Picnic Petcurean Style!

Ending Summer With a Pet Picnic Petcurean Style!

Summer may be winding down but with the sun still shining as the weather starts to cool, it’s time to get those last outdoor adventures in and a pet picnic is the perfect for FIDO and the family!

The 3 main”ingredients” for a perfect pet picnic?  A comfy blanket for set up (and nap time), a ball or frisbee to get FIDO the exercise they need (and love) and a bowl full of fresh, nutritious dog food full of berries, veggies and market fresh meats

A pet picnic makes FIDO feel special and loved when you bond outside as a human & pup pack!  So throw down the blanket, grab the soccer ball, run around, bark and wag and build up that appetite.  FIDO will be tuckered out and ready to settle down for a fresh, nutritious bowl of kibble.

Our suggestion for that nutritious dog food ?  NOW FRESH™  dry dog food from our friends at Petcurean -  It's so fresh, it's like eating off the kitchen counter (down, girl). 

Packed full of nutritious ingredients like 100% market-fresh turkey, salmon and duck. 100% fresh Omega 3 and 6 oils from coconuts and canola. Wholesome berries, fruits and veggies such as peas, spinach, cranberries, pumpkin, blackberries, alfalfa sprouts, kelp, lentils and carrots. Yum!  

NOW FRESH™ also features zero grains, zero rendered meats, zero by-product meals, or artificial preservatives as well as:

 - Balanced proteins and fats to support an active lifestyle
 - Omega oils to promote skin and coat health
 - Pre + probiotics to aid with digestive health
 - Antioxidants to support increased immunity

FIDO has been a fan of Petcurean for many years now. Their products are sold exclusively through pet specialty stores. They invest time and resources into educating their partners at pet specialty stores about the nutritional needs of dogs and cats, food intolerances and sensitivities, and pet food ingredients .  FIDO likes that! 

 

 

Want to have your FIDO try NOW FRESH™ (or another of their healthy recipes)?  You can request an instant coupon for $5 off your purchase of 6lbs or more here!

 

 

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Blog  >  Helping the Flood Hounds - 419 Cat & Dog Paws arriving in San Diego due to Hurricane Harvey Rescue

Helping the Flood Hounds - 419 Cat & Dog Paws arriving in San Diego due to Hurricane Harvey Rescue

A “Wings of Rescue” flight carrying an expected 85 dogs/puppies and 20 cats/kittens is scheduled to arrive at Circle Air Group at  Gillespie Field at 681 Kenney Street in El Cajon between 1:30 and 2:00 Monday afternoon.

The pets are being transferred from Acadiana Animal Aid to create space for pets who are being evacuated from Texas and Louisiana because of Hurricane Harvey. The rescue of the pets is a joint effort of Wings of Rescue, GreaterGood.org, Labradors and Friends Rescue, San Diego Humane Society, and Rancho Coastal Humane Society. This is the first rescue flight of pets due Hurricane Harvey. 

Weather permitting, the pets will begin loading onto the plane in Lafayette, LA starting at 7:00 Central time on Monday morning. After a stop in Texas to re-fuel, arrival in El Cajon is expected between 1:30 and 2:00 Pacific time.

After their arrival, the cats and kittens, dogs and puppies will be unloaded from the plane then transported to the shelters and foster homes. Labradors and Friends is in need of in-home foster care providers to assist with the incoming dogs. For more information contact Lauren Dube at 619-990-7455 or dogs@labradorsandfriends.org.

The five participating organizations are accepting donations to cover the cost of the flight and to provide care and treatment of the animals after they arrive.

Wings of Rescue emphasizes that the incoming pets are not direct victims of Hurricane Harvey. These are highly adoptable cats and dogs who have been in animal shelters in the Lafayette area. They are being transferred to San Diego to create room for the victim pets that have been lost, strayed, or abandoned because of the hurricane. These pets do not have owners who will be searching for them when the weather improves.

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Blog  >  The Petco Foundation All For Saving Lives Campaign is Here

The Petco Foundation All For Saving Lives Campaign is Here

The Petco Foundation kicks off their annual All for Saving Lives campaign with a goal to raise $2.29 million to support lifesaving animal welfare organizations nationwide. The start of this campaign also marks a total of more than $200 million to date invested by the Petco Foundation in lifesaving animal welfare work all across the country.

The campaign, in partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), celebrates the many ways – from improving mental health to keeping us physically fit – that pets change our lives for the better. It also encourages people across the country to save animal lives by making a donation at checkout in a Petco store or online.

Backed by scientific research, HABRI shared five important ways that pets change our lives for the better:

  1. Pets Keep Us Fit: Pets encourage physical activity, with research showing that people who walk their dogs regularly are less likely to be obese than those who do not.
  2. Pets Improve Mental Health: Studies have shown that human-animal interaction helps improve psychological wellbeing, decrease social isolation, and promote higher levels of life satisfaction.
  3. Pets Provide Social Support: According to recent studies, interaction with animals helps children develop improved social skills including improved communication, decreased stress, and positive social interaction with their peers.
  4. Pets Support Healthier Hearts: Research shows that people with pets are more likely to have lower blood pressure, decreased stress, and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  5. Pets Fight Allergies: Studies show that children exposed to pets early in life will develop stronger immune systems and be less likely to develop allergies as they grow up.
     

“When you adopt a pet, you know you are saving that pet’s life, but you may not realize just how much that adopted pet can change your life for the better,” said Petco Foundation executive director Susanne Kogut. “The All for Saving Lives campaign is our chance to share and celebrate the amazing ways pets change our lives while raising funds to help the organizations across the country that work so hard to save animal lives.”

 “The Petco Foundation is a leading supporter of research that shows how the human-animal bond is good for pets and people,” said HABRI executive director Steven Feldman. “When we learn about the science that shows pets contribute to our health, we have another powerful reason to support pet adoption. The All for Saving Lives Campaign is an amazing way to deliver that message.”

Throughout the campaign, the Petco Foundation will share life-changing adoption stories at petcofoundation.org/savelives and @PetcoFoundation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Individuals can support the All for Saving Lives campaign by:

Donating in a Petco and Unleashed by Petco store location or online now through September 10.

Adopting a new family member during the All for Saving Lives Adoption Weekend:
Saturday and Sunday, September 9 -10
All Petco and Unleashed by Petco store locations

 

To learn more about the Foundation and this lifesaving campaign, visit www.petcofoundation.org/savelives.

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Blog  >  Pasha Jewelry for Your Feet

Pasha Jewelry for Your Feet

While out and about with Fido and dining al fresco or visiting a Fido-friendly boutique, sparkle up your feet with Pasha Jewelry for Your Feet. Pasha sandals are beautiful and comfortable and no matter if you’re looking for flats, wedges or heels, Pasha has you covered!

Channel that Italian Capri look in their stunning bejeweled sandals which start at $175! Each pair of footwear is made of the highest quality genuine leather and is artistically handcrafted in a manner that takes eight to twelve hours per pair, incorporating exclusive Czech rhinestones combined with unique gemstones, shells and natural stones!

From head to toe, Pasha Jewelry for Your Feet is here to make sure that your first impression will be memorable!

Head on over to their website, www.pasha.hk, to check out all the different looks.

 

 

*product was provided for review.*

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Blog  >  Dogs Should Only Run For Fun

Dogs Should Only Run For Fun

My name is S. Matt Read and I work as the Research Director for GREY2K USA Worldwide. I am excited to let you know that I will be running a marathon to help save greyhounds! That’s right, I am signed up to race in Quebec City on Sunday, August 27 and would love to have your support. I am running so that the greyhounds don’t have to! 

My organization is dedicated to wiping out the cruelty of dog racing and so far, we have helped to end racing at thirty-one American tracks. We know that as long as commercial dog racing continues, gentle hounds will pay with their lives. They break their backs, their necks and their legs and some are even electrocuted to death! State records show that a racing dog dies every three days in Florida. 

When not at the track, racing greyhounds endure lives of terrible confinement. They are kept in warehouse-style kennels inside stacked cages that are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around — for twenty or more hours a day. There are no toys for them and no play. Their diet is based on raw, 4D meat — meat that is “unfit for human consumption.” In the UK, it is called “knackery meat.” The dogs end up with terrible teeth and because the industry will not pay for spay/neuter, females are doped up with steroids to prevent them from going into heat. Even worse, greyhounds are given drugs to fix races, including cocaine and amphetamines.

GREY2K USA started with a ballot question in our home state of Massachusetts and now we work around the world to give greyhounds the second chance they deserve.  Right now, we are supporting dogs leaving the newly-closed Mobile Greyhound Park (dog racing ended on Saturday!) and to save 650 greyhounds at the closing Canidrome, China’s only legal dog track. Every dollar you donate will literally help save precious lives!

Please support me in my marathon on Sunday and then join with me in looking forward to the day when all greyhounds are free.

For the hounds,

S. Matt Read

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Blog  >  Petco Foundation and Jackson Galaxy Foundation for Innovative Ideas to Save Animal Lives

Petco Foundation and Jackson Galaxy Foundation for Innovative Ideas to Save Animal Lives

The Petco Foundation and Jackson Galaxy Foundation have teamed up to reward lifesaving innovation. As a result, the Petco Foundation is awarding $190,000 to help launch 10 lifesaving ideas that were submitted in the first-ever Innovation Showdown. The Innovation Showdown aspires to encourage ideas that will change the landscape of animal welfare.

“Success in any business requires a willingness to challenge the status quo, and in the business of saving animal lives, innovation is critical,” said Petco Foundation Executive Director Susanne Kogut. “We are thrilled to partner together with the Jackson Galaxy Foundation to be the catalyst for change and to reward organizations for their lifesaving innovation.”

From the nearly 200 idea submissions, two winners and eight runner-ups were selected by the Petco Foundation and the Jackson Galaxy Foundation to receive investments.  The Animal Care Centers of NYC digital shelter concept ($100,000) and Brandywine Valley SPCA “Mama in a Box” kitten feeding solution ($50,000) took home the top two honors. Additional animal welfare organizations across the U.S. are currently receiving seed money ($5,000 each) to implement their ideas in their communities, including:

 

  • Animal Advocates of South Carolina – To continue a life-changing program, where inmates of a correctional facility help turn at-risk cats and dogs into adoptable pets, making it a win/win.
  • Jacksonville Humane Society – Create a kitten private investigative team to help control the feral cat population.
  • Dallas Pets Alive – Recycle an old shipping container into a trendy pet adoption center that is positive and budget-friendly so it can be replicated in the future.
  •  Golden Paw Society – Create a volunteer army using the National Honor Society model and tap into the millions of college students wanting to help animals.
  •  Spay & Neuter Kansas City – Fund a universal microchip scanner that prints labels to greatly increase the chance of reuniting lost pets with their guardians.
  • Greenville County Animal Care – Train animal welfare associates on a regional and national level via educational videos that document existing staff and volunteer super stars.
  • For All Animals – Create a turnkey PR software system for all shelters to raise their profiles, increase foot traffic, as well as get social media and adoption systems up to par.
  • Pima Animal Care Center – Expand pilot program of pairing up shelter kittens with dementia and Alzheimer’s patients that has helped to restore lost memories.

 

 “The Innovation Showdown is a great way for us to support and foster big, positive change for animals,” said Jackson Galaxy, cat expert, author, entrepreneur, founder of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, and host of “My Cat from Hell.”  “Together, we can make a meaningful impact, which is why we encourage others to join us and support these amazing animal welfare organizations by investing in their lifesaving efforts.

 

 

The Petco Foundation and the Jackson Galaxy Foundation plan to continue the Innovation Showdown as an annual opportunity.  Since 1999, the Petco Foundation, has invested more than $185 million in lifesaving animal welfare work in communities across the country.

 

 

For more information about the Petco Foundation, visit or www.petcofoundation.org. More information about the Jackson Galaxy Foundation is at www.jacksongalaxyfoundation.org.  Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter and Instagram using the hashtag #InnovationShowdown. 

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life.  Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $185 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 5.3 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved. 

About the Jackson Galaxy Foundation

The Jackson Galaxy Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax exempt charity, believes that the best dreams are big, that no animal should die waiting for a home, and that together, we can make this dream a reality.  Founded by Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell star Jackson Galaxy, our mission is to improve the lives of animals at risk by transforming the places they live and helping the people who care for them. You can learn more about us at www.jacksongalaxyfoundation.org

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Blog  >  The BrilliantPad is Brilliant!

The BrilliantPad is Brilliant!

What will they think of next you may ask? Well I can say from experience that the automated self-cleaning indoor dog potty is something I never thought I would see.

After adopting Honey in Joplin, Missouri last year during our annual cross-country pet adoption event, Get Your Licks on Route 66®, I was faced with a potty training dilemma. Having never adopted a small dog before, I found out the hard way they are a little different in the potty training arena.

Although I didn’t think I needed the Brilliant Pad after several months of house training since Honey was doing pretty well at letting me know when she was ready to use the outdoor facilities. However, Honey is very sneaky when it comes to her number two activities. Just when I thought we had made it through another successful week of house training 101, I would find a little ‘surprise’ either in the living room, laundry room or dining room. Those were her favorite places to leave surprises.

We blocked off the dining room, which eliminated that special place to ‘eliminate’. So other than watching her like a hawk 24/7, we just became accustomed to her little surprises.

Enter the BrilliantPad. The BrilliantPad works automatically and replaces soiled pads with a fresh pad and seals inside the waste roll eliminating most odors. You may hand-crank the unit too if you wish. It does not take up much room and we have it stationed in one of Honey’s dumping grounds, the laundry room. 

Check out their website for more details and how to pre-order. As for Honey, she has used it this week so we are cautiously optimistic. Although it’s still a work in progress, she now has the approved site to leave her little presents. Thank you Brilliant Pad!

*FIDO Friendly was provided product for review.

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Blog  >  Inn at 500 Capitol a Fido-friendly Boutique Hotel

Inn at 500 Capitol a Fido-friendly Boutique Hotel

Our 12-pound adopted dog Honey was off to her first hotel adventure without her fur-brothers for our stay at the Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise, Idaho.

We were thrilled to learn that they welcomed dogs and their dog themed rooms and floor had all of our tails wagging.

Checking in is a delightful experience as we pulled up a chair and were offered a glass of wine or beer. Their fridge in the lobby is stocked with juices and water and a basket of chips and goodies are there for your taking during the duration of your stay.

Stepping off the elevator, we were greeted with a mural of dogs as well as photos of dogs lining the hallway. Upon entering our room, we saw at the head of the bed a silver statue of a dog! We wasted no time placing Honey next to the statue for a photo opp.

Our room featured a gas fireplace and small walk out balcony perfect for enjoying a glass of wine. A very cool feature is the private butler pantry for room deliveries. You open the cupboard to discover your tasty meal, no need to be interrupted by a knock at the door and greet your waiter in your bathrobe. After your meal is finished, simply place your dishes in the cupboard, not outside your hotel room.   Upon request, we had delivered to our room a dog bed and bowls for Honey to use.

We were in town during the Farmer’s Market and after a great nights sleep, we took Honey with us to walk amongst the denizens of downtown Boise, sample wines and checked out the local artists. The Inn at 500 Capitol is within walking distance of beautiful parks, which Boise is known for, shops, theaters and restaurants. 

 

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Blog  >  FIDO Friendly Magazine 9th Annual Cross-country Pet Adoption Tour: Get Your Licks on Route 66®

FIDO Friendly Magazine 9th Annual Cross-country Pet Adoption Tour: Get Your Licks on Route 66®

It’s that time of year again where FIDO Friendly  along with Presenting Sponsor Petco Foundation, travel down the Mother Road, stopping at shelters along the way to support adoption events - Get Your Licks On Rt 66® 2017 is ON!

The cross-country pet adoption tour kicks off September 8 in Culver City, California at Petco and September 9th in Los Angeles at the LA Animal Services

The life-saving pet adoption tour kicks off September 8, 2017 in Culver City, California at Petco and September 9 come out to the LA Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, California to meet Emmy Award Winning TV host of the weekly CBS series Lucky DogBrandon McMillan,who will be filming his show and signing autographs.

 

Greg Sims, President FIDO Friendly, Actor Kristoff from The Young & The Restless, Actress and author Danica McKellar, CBS TV Host of Lucky Dog and Tour Spokesperson, Brandon McMillan, Susan Sims, Publisher FIDO Friendly.

In the first eight years, we have helped place over 9,000 pets in to new forever homes!  We bring our giant spinning wheel filled with prizes provided by our sponsors where a donation gives you a chance to win fabulous prizes and all proceeds go to the shelter at the end of the day.

Legends Car Rentals is providing us with a Sprinter to travel down America's Favorite Highway and Animal Radio is our media sponsor for the ninth year!

Thanks to our sponsors who have signed up thus far to help us save lives, one shelter at a time! Please visit their websites to see the great products they have to offer.

Presenting Sponsor

Petco Foundation

 

Media Sponsor

Animal Radio

 

Vehicle Sponsor

Legends Car Rentals

Campanion Sponsor

Evercare

 

Advocate Sponsor

Petcurean

 Buddy Belts

 

Safety Sponsor

Sleepypod

 

Community Sponsors

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

Plato Pet Treats

 

Zeus Dog Toys

 

Hands on Gloves

 

 

Canidae

Lucy Pet Products

Spinning Wheel Sponsors

 

 

Fresh Scents

Pet Gift Box

Petmate

BrilliantPad

Charlee Bear

John Paul Pet

Outward Hound

Handicapped Pets

The Emergency Tag

The Honest Kitchen

Wellpet

Kurgo

Shed Defender

Ruffit Dog Carriers USA

Crazy Dog

Rescue Remedy

Nylabone

Pet Play

 

 

EVENT LOCATIONS AND DATES – WE  HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE – Come Meet FIDO and help our mission to give every dog a home & leave NO dog behind!

 

September 8

Culver City, California

 

Event held 11-3

Petco

5347 S. Sepulveda Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90230

 

September 9

Van Nuys, California

Come out and meet tour spokesperson and TV Host of the weekly CBS series Lucky Dog,

Brandon McMillan who will be filming his show and signing autographs.

 

Event held 10-3

LA Animal Shelter

14409 Van Owen Street

Van Nuys, CA

 

September 13

Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Event held 1-5

Petco

8910 E. Talking Stick Way

Scottsdale, AZ

 

September 16

Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Event held 10-3

Petco

3601 Old Airport Rd., NW

Albuquerque, NM

 

September 17

Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Event held noon-4

Petco

2006 Cerillos Rd.

Santa Fe, NM

 

September 20

Lawton, Oklahoma

 

Event held noon-4

Lawton Animal Welfare

2104 SW 6th Street

Lawton, OK

 

September 23

Edmond, Oklahoma

Event held noon-4

Petco

324 S. Bryant Ave.

Edmond, OK

 

September 24

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Event held noon-4

Woodland Hills Mall

7021 S. Memorial Drive

Tulsa, OK

 

September 26

Joplin, Missouri

Event held noon-4

Golden Paw Rescue

2301 N Main St.

Joplin, MO 

 

September 28

Springfield, Missouri

Event held noon-4

 

Event held noon-4

Petco

3840 W. Washita

Springfield, MO

 

October 1

St. Louis, Missouri

 

Event held 10-3

Tiles Park

K-9 Carnival

9551 Litzinger Rd.

St. Louis, MO

 

October 7

Chicago, Illinois

 

Event held noon-4

Paws Chicago

1997 N. Clybourn Ave.

Chicago, IL

 

October 8

Springfield, Illinois

 

Event held noon-4

Petco

2721 Veterans Pkwy.

Springfield, IL

 

October 14

Kansas City, Missouri

 

Event held 2-6

Wayside Waifs

3901 Martha Truman Rd.

Kansas City, MO

 

October 15

Merriam, Kansas

Event held noon-4

Great Plains SPCA

5428 Antioch Dr.

Merriam, KS

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

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

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

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

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

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

L’Auberge Del Mar

1540 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, CA 92014

858.259.1515

www.laubergedelmar.com

 

About L’Auberge Del Mar

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

 

About Destination Hotels

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

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Blog  >  AdventureUltra - Portable Power Redefined

AdventureUltra - Portable Power Redefined

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

FIDO Friendly magazine received unit to review.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

About American Humane

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

About Hallmark Channel

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

 

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

For more information, please visit www.crownmediapress.com

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About Hormel Foods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

Beating the Heat in the Dog Days of Summer FIDO Style

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plant-based Proteins:

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

Poultry:

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

 

 

Fish:

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

 

 

Whole Meats:

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

About Clickit Terrain

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

About Sleepypod

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

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

Five New Ways Pups Can Play in the Pikes Peak Region

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Colorado Springs, CO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

To Learn More visit us at calmz.com!

 

 

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Blog  >  On the Road Again – Travel Checklist for FIDO

On the Road Again – Travel Checklist for FIDO

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

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

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

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

Favorite toys & ball

Leash and water and food bowls

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

Doggy bed.

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

Friday is “Take Your Dog To Work” Day

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Fido Friendly was provided product for review

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Blog  >  Your Dog’s Dream Weekend Getaway

Your Dog’s Dream Weekend Getaway

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sample provided to FIDO Friendly for review.

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Blog  >  Jouvé  - Clean and Cruelty Free

Jouvé  - Clean and Cruelty Free

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

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

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

 

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

 

FIDO Friendly was sent product for review

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

Walkin’ Pets Rolls Out MINI Wheelchair for Smallest Pets

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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Blog  >  Healthy Summer Fun for FIDO Starts Here

Healthy Summer Fun for FIDO Starts Here

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Give your pet extra water

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

Care for your pet's coat

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

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

Avoid hot ground surfaces 

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

Know the signs of overheating 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Original Charlee Bear Dog Treats

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

Grain-Free, All Natural Bear Crunch

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

Low In Calories

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

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Blog  >  BOTANICAL BASICS by John Paul Pet

BOTANICAL BASICS by John Paul Pet

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chamomile – Soothes skin irritations and is an anti-inflammatory

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orange Oil – Calms, deodorizes and repels fleas

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

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

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

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