Many of you know that my dog, Colt, passed away in July. He developed a brain tumor and went downhill very quickly. I was (and still am) heartbroken. Although I wanted a new dog immediately, I wanted to wait for the right dog, so I waited for Colt to “send” one to me. Here he is:
No wonder Colt sent him. He’s just like his brother.
I always feel really torn when I visit a zoo. On one hand, I feel really sad for the animals that are not in their natural habitats. On the other hand, I feel thankful that I am able to see these amazing animals up close and I am able to learn about . This week, I had the chance to visit the Oregon Zoo. Here are some of my pics:
I think that it’s really important to educate kids that animals are not to be teased and that most of them are predators. For example, at almost every exhibit, kids would be pounding on the glass and saying how “cute” the animals look. I agree, they do look “cute,” but if you encounter a black bear in the wilderness, you shouldn’t be teaching kids that it’s ok to feed it honey. Animals are to be respected -that’s what parents should be teaching their kids about all living things.
That being said – I saw something AMAZING at the red ape exhibit today. I was completely blown away. If you don’t think we are closely related, just watch:
What are your thoughts on zoos?
Talk to you soon!
I don’t even know what to do with myself. I have discovered so many awesome dog products this week that I have to share with you!
While I was visiting my parents, I found this store in one of the local malls called Moochie & Co. It is the cutest store EVER! While I was there, I met an awesome Golden Retriever Rescue (check out this month’s featured organization for more information) and I found the best product for those of you who have a bath-phobic dog (like I do.) It is a foaming mousse and you rub it into their fur. Plus, it smells great! I searched all over and wasn’t able to find it from any other place, but you can order it here.
Most of you know how much I love the organization Pets of the Homeless and this week they were featured on Cause Tee. Every two weeks, Cause Tee has an independent artist design a t-shirt representing a non-profit, while donating a portion of the proceeds and raising awareness via social media. You can never have enough tees and I’m excited to see what organizations they design for next! (PS: The current campaign is Cell Phones for Soldiers – providing U.S. soldiers with pre-paid calling cards.)
For all of the things I know about my dog, I will admit that I never though about his astrological sign! Luckily, Zodiac Dog has done that for me! They have products for each sign (I’m totally getting the Aquarius placemat!) Check these charts if you ever wanted to know more about your dog’s personality!
K9 Cakery (who won “Best in Show” at 2012 Global Pet Expo) is the place to shop for any dog bakery or treat supplies. Everything is so cute! Plus, they have dog party supplies! Why not register for a wish list at The Giving Paw and then throw your dog the best party ever on their birthday?!
Have you discovered any exciting new products lately? Let me know!
Hope you all had a great Memorial Day! Thank you to all soldiers, past and present. You are braver than I will ever be.
My dog has turned into a monster. The reason is because a few weeks ago, Mr. Chewy contacted me and offered us a $50 gift certificate to their online store. Colt and I were so excited! I immediately jumped onto their website (which is super easy to navigate, btw) and ordered a variety of treats for Colt. Some were his tried and true favorites, and some were new brands that I wanted him to try. He is really picky and Mr. Chewy had so many options!
I placed the order on a Friday afternoon and by the next day, I already had the package at my front door! Now, that is service! I have never experienced shipping that was so fast and what’s even better, it’s free if you spend over $49.
Colt is really, really enjoying his treats from Mr. Chewy! He has turned into a very needy monster; constantly hanging out and whining at the pantry hoping to sample another one of his treasures! Mr. Chewy sells much more than dog treats, so make sure you check out their site. I will most definitely be ordering from them again – there are not too many places where I can find all of Colt’s favorites, combined with fantastic customer service. Thank you Mr. Chewy for making my life miserable, but my dog’s life wonderful!!!
One of my favorite things about being a blogger is having the opportunity to review exciting new pet products! Recently, I had a chance to take a look at something really cool called the LeashLocket.
When you have an almost 80-lb Boxer who doesn’t have the best leash manners in the world, (as he is 12-years-old, I have basically given up) walks can be somewhat stressful. I have a leash that is working pretty well for us, but I love trying anything new! So, off we go to the park…
The LeashLocket is really easy to use. It took me about two seconds to figure it out. You hook it onto your dog’s collar using these snaps/magnets, so your dog can carry it’s leash if you want to be hands-free! Watch How LeashLocket Works!
It took me a few seconds to become used to the new leash, because Colt is such a puller. But, it worked great! It was definitely strong enough to handle an 80-lb dog! And, it was fun to use and super cute!
Two weeks ago, I was offered an opportunity to attend a taping of the Anderson Cooper show. As soon as I found a pet sitter, I was on my way! After meeting another blogger, Theresa (aka @tildatoo) at Penn Station we headed up to the taping. If you have ever seen the show, the studio is totally awesome! It is completely glass in the back and looks out over the city. Also, I must say that Anderson is super cute in person and has really nice skin!
My family and friends always call me an obsessed pet owner, but there were some owners on this show who definitely had some “unique” ways of expressing their love for their pets! One of my favorites were the women who dyed their dogs different colors. And I thought putting a coat on my dog was bad! You will have to check out the show to see these dogs and even though this is something I wouldn’t do, I have to admit that they looked pretty cute!
As I watched the show, I realized that we all have our own degree of obsessions with our pets. You probably wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t! In my opinion, it is only a problem if it hurts your pet or takes away from something else you should be doing.
I had such a great time at the show and meeting Theresa! It is always fun to meet other dog bloggers. Thank you to Denise Quashie and Bark World for the opportunity. If you have even a passing interest in pet blogging and social media, please check out the Bark World conference where you will learn everything you ever needed to know! It is so much fun!!!! Hope to see you there this fall!!
I’m having some trouble with links today, so here they are!
Anderson Cooper: www.andersoncooper.com
Theresa’s Twitter: @tildatoo
Since I don’t have any kids, I treat Colt like he is somewhat of a human. I never thought I would be this crazy about my dog, but it’s happened – he’s totally pampered. And, he’s almost always the subject of my photos. I just think everything he does is so cute! I know that every other obsessed pet parent can totally relate.
Just when I was thinking how I was going to organize the hundreds of photos of Colt sleeping, running and just laying around, I received an awesome email from Shutterfly informing me of this great new product they are offering – yearbooks!
I mean, how cute are these! For those of you pet parents who are thinking, “What am I going to do with a yearbook?” Well, let me tell you! The new Shutterfly yearbook option offers templates that allows you to customize your own yearbook, so that yes, you can make one that features all of your dog’s pictures! One idea I had was to do one for each year of Colt’s life – I have lot’s of pictures that could fill up each of those pages. Here’s one:
These would make such a fun keepsake! Don’t forget about all your pups’ friends at doggie daycare, too! What a great way to celebrate friends!
I spent most of this past Sunday volunteering at an adoption event for Eleventh Hour Rescue. It was so much fun! If you haven’t been volunteering for a local animal rescue in your area (well, like the headline says) you are missing out.
I do have to say that I had quite the initiation by Charlie. While I was talking to one of the other volunteers, he decided to pee on my leg and on my sparkly TOMS! I love dogs so much that I didn’t care, but let’s just say that Colt wasn’t very happy when I got home – he was convinced I was cheating on him.
Eleventh Hour Rescue has so many fantastic and loving dogs. It is unimaginable to me how someone could abandon their animal, but at least now they have an opportunity to be placed in a warm and loving home. I want to really encourage everyone to consider adopting an older dog – don’t pass up the opportunity to add your new best friend to your family because they are not a puppy. Take a look at this post from the ASPCA on the benefits of adopting an older dog.
Are you volunteering with an animal rescue? Let me know!
This weekend in the New York Times there was an article about planning for your pet’s care in the event you become incapacitated as well as after you pass away. Often, even if family members have the best of intentions, it may be become overwhelming for them to care for an elderly pet or add another dog or cat to their family. I have written about pet trusts and pet protection agreements before and they are affordable and easy to complete. Rachel Hirschfeld, one of the country’s leading experts on animal law, created the Pet Protection Agreement, Hirschfeld Pet Trust and a special program through the NY Bar Association which makes special arrangements to care for patients’ pets while they are in the hospital. She is awesome!
When I was at BarkWorld in Atlanta this past fall, my favorite session was the one on legal issues and your pets. The attorney who led the session mentioned that if you do have one of these agreements or want people to know you have pets in your home, place a laminated card in your wallet next to your insurance card. That way, if you are in an accident or incapacitated in some way, people will be notified. He argued that your insurance card will always be looked at and I tend to agree! He also mentioned that there are now “pet retirement homes” available and the North Shore Animal League has one of the best known plans available.
Also, it is easy to obtain a sticker to place on your door in case of an emergency. This lets rescue personnel know that there are animals inside – both for their safety and to make sure that they do not leave them behind. You can obtain a free safety sticker from the ASPCA.
It just takes a little bit of planning to make your furry family member’s future secure! Get to work today!
I’ve been a bit of a slacker on the blog (whoops!) but, this week is so exciting! Why? Well, it’s the Super Bowl (no, I don’t really care about the teams playing – although I love football) and I am so excited to see the commercials! It seems as though every commercial is featuring dogs – here are some of my favorites from this year (so far!):
I love that these commercials are featuring dogs and I feel confident that they are being treated well on set. Which one is your favorite?