Monday, March 26, 2007

Good Deed Undone

Aspen Pet Products donated and delivered 1,000 meals to their local Humane Society. The Colorado society had to throw away 98 percent of its food supply due to the Menu Foods recall. The Company hopes to encourage other pet product companies (locally and nationally)to get involved with this crisis.

Letters to Valued Customers

Another Letter

Dear Valued PetSmart customer:

As you have probably heard, Menu Foods, a national manufacturer of pet foods, issued a voluntary recall of canned and pouched wet dog and cat food manufactured in two of its facilities between December 2006 and March 2007. Again, this is a recall of a specific type of wet pet food made by Menu Foods. Other wet pet foods and all dry pet food and treats are not impacted by this recall.

Menu Foods initiated the recall after receiving reports that some of its foods may be the cause of reported illnesses and kidney failure in dogs and cats. Menu Foods distributes these products to supermarkets, mass merchandisers and pet specialty stores, including PetSmart®, under a variety of brand names.

Click here to see a complete list of PetSmart products that are part of the recall, as well as their respective UPCs (also referred to as the bar code). The bar code can be found on the product label; the UPC is under the series of bars. As a reminder, the items listed are the only items that PetSmart carries that have been affected by the recall.

In the meantime, we have pulled all recalled products from our store shelves and have a process in place to help ensure they're not restocked or distributed in any way. The brands and products currently on our shelves are considered safe.

If you have purchased any of the recalled items, you should discontinue use immediately. We recommend you contact your vet if you have any concerns that your pet may have been affected. Symptoms may include:

Vomiting (this is usually the first sign)
Refusal to eat
Abnormal increase in water consumption
Abnormal increase in urination
If you're interested in finding out more about what kinds of tests vets recommend to make a diagnosis, click here.

Additionally, if you are looking for a recommendation for your unique pet food needs, please visit our Smart Nutrition Selector on our website. Or, if you need additional assistance while in the store, feel free to ask an associate. If you know of any other pet parents that are in search of more information, please share this with them.

If you have food that is a part of the recall, you can bring it back to PetSmart for a complete refund. Or, we'll exchange your items with any dry food or alternative canned or foiled pouched wet foods that we have in stock.

Please remember, this recall affects only specific wet pet food items. All dry pet food and treats are not impacted by this recall.

We also encourage customers with concerns or questions to contact any of the companies listed below:

Authority – 1-866-738-7375
Award – 1-866-738-7375
Eukanuba – 1-800-882-1591 (
Grreat Choice – 1-866-738-7375
Hills/Science Diet – 1-800-445-5777 (
Iams – 1-800-882-1591 (
Menu Foods – 1-866-463-6738 (
Mighty Dog – 1-800-778-7462 (
Mixables – 1-303-768-8400 (
Nutro – 1-800-833-5330 (
Sophisticat – 1-866-738-7375

At PetSmart, we're very concerned pet parents too, and we will do everything in our power to help. Please visit for the most up-to-date information. If you have any additional questions about the Menu Foods recall, please call our Customer Service line at 1-866-738-7375.


Philip L. Francis
Chairman & CEO, PetSmart, Inc.

I Don't Give Shih-Tzuh

Want to watch something hot? Check out husband and wife team, Mike and Sandy's new marketing campaign video. I love it. Click here . The only problem with this video is that the viewer does not know they are selling these great shirts called identi-tees.

Safety on Mars

I got this letter form Mars...

On March 16, Menu Foods, a manufacturer of pet foods, announced that it was recalling millions of cans and foil pouches of wet dog and cat food.

This recent nationwide pet food recall does not include any Mars Petcare US pet food products. All of our brands, including PEDIGREE® food for dogs, CESAR® canine cuisine, THE GOODLIFE RECIPE™ food for cats and dogs, WHISKAS® and SHEBA® food for cats, are safe for pets to enjoy.

The safety and nutritional quality of our pet food is our top priority because for many people, their pets are their top priorities.

For details on the recall, contact Menu Foods at 1-866-895-2708 or visit the company’s web site at:

Yours truly,

Mars Petcare US

Skinny Owner, Overweight Pet

These days, if you want to sell it, sell it with a dog. Jonathan Adler, an interior designer and potter, can be found in the Sharpe Aquos flat screen tv ad with his Norwich Terrier. In 1999, Jonathan with his partner, Simon Doonan, adopted Liberace. Liberace is about 8 years of age. From checking out the size of his dog, Jonathan needs to spend a little less time thinking about color but more time thinking about the health of his dog. The cutie is a tad overweight. Jonathan, I am not ragging on you but my senior pet needs to trim down too.So, we are going to send you a fitness guide for your Liberace.

PS. For you curious folks, Liberace is seen on one of Jonathan Adler's dog pets. The custom order dog beds come in two sizes:small at $97 and large at $112.00. They are stuffed with a poly-fill. Order either in any of his Graphic Wool patterns and in any of his wool color combinations. For pattern options,click for the Graphic pillows section.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Just Like Everyone Else

What a concerned pet parent is Orlando Bloom! The hottie was recently photographed picking up his dog, Sidi from his London vet. Good boy, Orlando.
To learn more about the veterinary health profession, check out

Keeping it in the Family

I love this Phatfarm family ad. Look at Ms. Kimora holding her favorite pooch, little, black Zoe. Kimora who has dogs, cats, birds, hermit crabs and fish, travels extensively with Zoe and Beluga, her Toy Poodle. She is a lot like American Express...she doesn't like to leave home without them.

It's all about control and a little luck

Serena Williams admitted to People Mag in the March 19th issue that her Jackie Russell, Jackie, is a pushy bitch. Miss Serena also mentioned that she is not allowed in pets stores because she will always come out with another dog. Does that mean that Laurelei, her Maltese, is an impulse purchase? Is Serena destined to become another pet collector like Paris? It is obvious that she needs a little help with the dogs...Last month, it was reported on Page 6 that Serena left open the terrace door of The Bryant Park Hotel Suite and the pair jumped over a planter and entered the room of another hotel guest. Just like Goldilocks, the two were found sleeping on his bed. Morale of the story: Consider yourself lucky, that the two didn't jump off the terrace and were found sleeping on the sidewalk.

Misstep with Fresh Step

Friends and family call me "Bleach". That's cuz I'm devoted to Chlorox. And there are occasions lately, when I use the Chlorox product, Fresh Step Crystals. Not my brand of choice but they sell the bag in my Associated Supermarket on Mulberry Street. And I am addicted to crystals. I am a cat owner too or should I say three; Harrison, Hayden and Hamilton-the three Himalayans. CFA ranked cats. Get the picture. But dear Chlorox, you to be kidding me with this new Fresh Step campaign. A cat holding its crotch and the slogan that reads "It is hard to find your litter box if you can't smell it." So tell me, what is the meaning of your newest ad? Are you telling me and the millions of cat owners that cats are so stupid that their litterboxes have to stink for them to remember where their litterboxes are? Hmmm. Another thought...If I use your products, my box will be so clean and odor free but then, there is the possiblity that I might have the misfortune of having an inappropriate elimination problems with my cats because they could potentially forget where to find their litterboxes. Then, of course, there is the potential bladder problem to deal with since my cat or should I say yours, is "holding" it. If you have any comments for me, you know where to find me.

Frenchies Love Their Cesar

In the recent Cesar Canine Cusine campaign, management has traded up from the Westie, the Papillion, the Daschund, for the very popular French Bull Dog. Cesar pet food comes in 15 mouth watering flavors and most importantly, has not been affected by the Menu Food pet food recall.

Goodnight Gracie

Indie Princess Parker Posey has a BFF, Gracie. Gracie is her Poodle mix. Parker and Gracie are in photographed in the April issue of Luckymagazine Although Posey is recognized for her downtown fashion sense, appearing as a judge in the finale in Project Runway- Season 1, she darns not to dress or adorn Gracie in style. I think Gracie needs a care package with some fun, retro looks. My mission this week...find some cool things for Gracie.

Keds loves Dogs

Ziggy Stardust and Charlie, the dogs of actress Mischa Barton, are featured in her new ad campaign with the 85 year old sneaker brand. Although you will see new pooch, Ziggy in most the featured shots, browse around the site and you will see that Charlie got equal face time.

An four-legged escort to the celebrities

Oh to be carefree, gallant and nonchalant. Those are the characteristics of the loveable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dog. So, if you are a Cavalier King Charles dog lover, you will be happy to know that US magazine did a little report on this lively dog. See the April 2nd issue on page 73. Other than Courtney Cox (Hooper & Harley), Mischa(Charlie) and Jennifer-Love(Charlie), so many celebrities have this dog breed. That picture by the way, is Amanda Byrnes with Midge. But what US didn't report is that it appears that the celebrities like Liv Tyler(Neal), Nancy and Ronald Reagan (Rex), Mary Hart(Pumpkin), Paulina Porizkova(Dexter), Queen Victoria (Dash), Diane Sawyer (Lila), who have this great pooch appear to be very happy, lively and confident individuals. Think about it! Look who has or has or had a Chihuahua-Madge, Britney, Jenny from the Block, Paris...

No Pets Allowed

Promises Rehabilition Centers located in Malibu and West Hollywood has a no pets allowed policy but obviously, the center bent another of their rules for Pop Tart, Britney Spears. Before leaving the facility, Spears was toting her Chihuahua, Snow White, all over the place. Just goes to show you, she needed to hold on to something while in therapy. Let's just hope that she doesn't chuck this fair maiden like she did of Lucky, Lucy and Bit-Bit. Rumor has it that Kevin made her get rid of the dogs because they didn't like him and becuase her ill-mannered the dogs were not housebroken and pooped all over the mansion's floors. And of course, with children crawling around that would make for some messy, smelly children. Good luck Snow White we are pulling for you. We really hope you survive the wicked queen.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Smile for Prizes

Throughout the month of April, the Planet Dog Company Store will be collecting entries for their first “Smilers Contest” in conjunction with The Bark magazine.
The five finalists’ pictures will be sent to the editors of The Bark, who will select the grand-smile winner. Winners will receive several prizes, including placement of their picture in the coveted “Smiler’s Circle” on the cover of The Bark. Other prizes include a year’s subscription to the magazine, a “Dog is my co-pilot” T-shirt and bumper sticker, and fame in our local doggie community.

Cat Consideration

While on the red carpet and beautifully dressed in blue, Jodi Foster, could think of no one else expect the new, little bundle of joy in her life. She admnitted that she spent some time during the day enjoying a shopping spree. Actually, she was not shopping for herself but her a new kitty cat, Jedi. Just so you know folks, Jodi shops at Petco.

Legal Blonde on Broadway

Omigod, Elle Woods and Bruiser coming to Broadway. I am not so sure about this one. Who can replace Reese and Moonie, the Chihuahua. Any way, if I go, I am only going to see the wonderful work of Broadway Animal Trainer, Bill Berloni. If you click here and wait patiently thru some of the scenes, you will have the opportunity to watch Margo and Bruiser in action, conversing about Elle. Fine work Bill!

Prevent Another Loss-Collar Me Up

It seems that People magazine included a picture of Jennifer Aniston, post 38th birthday bash, walking alone on the beach with her two dogs, Dolly and Norman. But Dolly was leashed up, I guess like Brad, she doesn't come when called. Or maybe she is keeping a tight reign on Dolly so that Norm and Dolly will not wander off and leave her. Alas, life lessons learned from dogs.

The Claws of an Editor

Bravo's newest reality competition series “Top Design” offers a behind the scenes look at the creative and competitive interior designers. Once again, the Bravo formula includes three judges who each week opine about the designed creations of the interior designers. One such judge is the Editor in Chief of Elle Decor Magazine, “Top Design” judge Margaret Russell.

A few weeks ago on the show, one designer was told to create a bedroom for a child client with who owned a cat. During the judging Ms. Margaret told this young, male designer, "You can't just design a room around a cat." Meeee-oooow! Was she ever wrong. How many cat owners or rather pet owners buy or design a home or apartment around their pets? Wake up Margearet, alot! But I have to admit, what you said to NY Magazine's Beth Landerman ( March 5, 2005-p.12) was very amusing, which was, "I don't want to be remembered as the person who hates cats. It will probably wind up on my tombstone."

So, I am going to send you a little present. in the mail. I hope you like.

Monday, March 05, 2007


This is a morning for ATL news. I just read in US Magazine that Usher is engaged to long time, ATL hottie. I met her once with Usher and she seems like a sweet girl. I met them both when Usher and I were doing The View. I must admit I was shocked that for such a big, big star, Usher was so sweet and nice. His mother raised him right. Very personable and ladies, he is even an animal lover. Clay Aiken with his pooch was there too. Just so you know, he's not such a big star and not so nice. I was extremely unimpressed. I guess he was worried that JOY would ask him abut his sexual preference.

Kym Rocks It Out Doggie Style

This morning I was having an email exchange with my ATL homegirl, Kym, better know as The Celebrity Dog Watcher. If you haven't seen her site, check her site out
here. High snaps to Kym because the NY Post, is keeping it real, using her up to the minute information and photos about celebrities and their dogs.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Representing My Peeps

You learn something new everyday. And tonight I learned that Leslie Hunt is a Chicagoland dog walker. For those of you who do not know, I own Two Dogs & A Goat Incorporated, a quality pet care service in New York City. So I gotta support my peeps. Although I love the Carole King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" but the rendition by Aretha Franklin, I didn't like Leslie's spunky version. But don't fear girl. There is always tomorrow and another song. And take that to the Dawg pound.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Blonde Bunnies Have Fun with Dogs

Either you love him or you are just plain jealous of big dawg Hugh Hefner. In his silver-haired years, there is alot of action going on at that the Playboy Mansion. His three hot girlfriends all love dogs and a cat named Gizmo. They have parties for them, have the groomer and the dentist come in, and like all good hot mamas they worry about their furkids. My favorite bunny girlfriend is Holly. Holly, I read yesterday that you and Hugh are thinking about having a real baby. Go get'em girl. I love ya.

Romy & Jacob Swag It Out

Bitches are barking and tails are waggin about Canada's Romy & Jacob attending the Golden Globes Swag-a-thon in Hancock Park last weekend. Romy and Jacob products are hot, hot, hot even if they do make some cool coats. Political correct or not, there fur coats for dogs are the tres chic!

The Problems with Alligators, Birds and Others on Business Trips

Increasing numbers of people are taking pets on business trips. But imagine the challenge when the animal is not the typical dog or cat. Of course, most business travel with animals does not involve alligators. The most common traveling animal is the pet dog, and then the cat, though cats are notorious for finding hiding spots in hotel rooms, usually at checkout time. Birds fly, but they are not especially good at being flown. Most people who travel professionally with birds, go almost exclusively by car.

Rich Bitch Fights for Spotlight

Seems that the fur continues to fly in Palm Beach. The Insider dug-up some old dirty on an old rivarly in Palm Beach. It seems that Chrissy Santi, a 13-year-old long-haired Chihuahua, who is known to wear $18, 000 worth of diamonds and sapphire, is the rival for the Lulu Pontarelli, the editor of the Palm Beach Pet Society. It started when Lulu couldn't compete in the Doscars, a local competition in which the most posh canines strut their stuff, because she is the editor of the magazine. Chrissy won for her rendition of "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Oh Bark! That's okay old girl, you are still hot to trot.


Spoiled, Rich Pets

One of the best-selling books in Palm Beach is Palm Beach Pet Society, a photo array of the resort town's most pampered pets and their owners. Retailing for $20 (proceeds go to local animal charities), the 140-page coffee-table book was published by Palm Beach Society magazine, which flew in New York pet photographer Jim Dratfield. Among the photos: portraits of female cats and dogs wearing an estimated $16 million to $20 million worth of bling borrowed from local jewelry outlets, among them Tiffany and Chopard. Males were shot "driving" luxury vehicles.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Stare at this down

Got this from Check out Iams "The Great American Cat Stare-Off". This website created by Beam Interactive is away to experience the feline ability to sit still and stare unblinkingly for minutes at a time. The site simulates just such an experience for those bold enough to accept the challenge, and rewards you with a cat food coupon for your efforts.

Sweaters for Sales

Since 2002, Cosmic Knits has designed, marketed and distributed knitted sweaters for dogs and their human companions. Although most of us knew already, the company has finally announced that it is upfor sale. The asking price $250,00. If you are interested, contact

Friday, January 05, 2007

A Dog Can't Leave Italy without a Health Test

Americans living in Naples who want to fly their dogs home on commercial airliners must first get their pets tested for leishmaniasis, a disease spread by the bite of an infected sand fly, before a pet passport will be issued, officials said. The law is an effort to curtail the spread of the sometimes-fatal illness to other countries. The sand fly thrives in the heat and has been a problem for troops serving in the Middle East. Leishmaniasis affects the skin; the mouth, nose and throat and which can disfigure; and the internal organs. Left untreated it can be fatal. Symptoms in dogs include hair loss on the rims of the ears or scaling and crusting of skin on their noses, Price said.Dogs should wear what is called a Scalibor collar between the peak season of April through October. The collars are available at Italian pharmacies and at the base vet clinic. Dogs infected with the disease should wear the collars year-round.
It’s better to treat infected dogs in Europe because diagnosis and treatment are more effective than in the States, where the disease is not as prevalent.
Cats don’t seem to be attacked by sand flies and do not require the test. Learn more about it here.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Three Dumb Blonds

Celebrity stylist, Ken Paves, created clip-in hair extensions (Hairdo™) that Jessica Simpson wears every day. He’s made it so easy for Jessica that she just clips these hair extensions in and go. I really doubt that she can do it herself. Now, Jessica and her fans can change their hair as often as they change their mind. Just a quick question, Jessica: Does your walker offer extension for dogs too? consider having him coif your Maltipoo, Daisy, she always looks shabby and I ain't talking about no shabby chic. Look for Jessica, Daisy and her necessary companion, Ken Paves and on HSN.Com January 16th and 17th. For more information, call 1-866-980-5377 or visit her hair site.

Doggie Fashion Whore

Famke Janssen says she became a "doggie fashion whore" and that she treats Licorce, her Boston Terrier, just like a baby. She admits that she is consumed by "Lick" and she can't wait to dress Lick in his cashmere and take him for a walk. Cashmere sweaters, raincoats, collars, and leashes to match - from Prada to Burberry's." Check out her on video at the Peta website discussing her new ad for the controversial organization.

Practice Makes Perfect NOTO

After a shopping trip to Kitson, NOTO, as I like to call Tori Spelling, was seen pushing Mimi La Rue in a Walk-n-Roll pet stroller. NOTO is five months pregnant and can no longer carry the heavy Pug. Pet Strollers are great and I use one for my 15 year old, American Cocker Spaniel, Kidder that has alot of trouble walking. But for pet owners they are great for eating out; getting your dog out and about, especially if he is old or sick. Personally, I prefer the petgear stroller. Visit

Ruff News For Heather Mills McCartney

Although it is reported that Heather is getting death threats as a result of her battles with Sir Paul but her dog, Dolly, has also injured her right leg. Like mother, like dog. As so many of you know, Heather lost her leg in 1993 in a motorcycle accident but I bet you didn't know that Heather also also recently launched a new campaign to stop the terrible international trade in cat and dog fur. Go girl and by the way, Happy Birthday to a fellow Capricorn.

An 80lbs Anorexic, Mary-Kate Olsen

Poor, frail and painfully thin Mary-Kate Olsen. I bet she can no longer walk her energic, adolscent dog, Luca. Some advice, MK. Share your secrets and anxieties with Luca. He can keep a secret and really doesn't care how you look as long as you continue to love and feed him. Recognize that if you continue to stay so thin, he will not be able to enjoy your company. Trust your in him, he will guide you thru your times of trouble. Good thing you got rid of that eating coach. Look to Luca for help. Labradors love to eat.

Dolls Have Dogs

A little more than a year ago, executives at the dollmaker American Girl created a character so compelling that parents will pay $86 for an 18-inch doll and a paperback book. Working from customer feedback culled from its magazine, Web and book-publishing empire, the company determined that the typical girl these days is dependable, athletic and loves animals. She is also completely overscheduled and stressed. See American Girl
But American parents, let's face facts. Why don't they create what little girls really want. A true American Doll. A rich, bottled blonde girl that has no desire to work because her parents give her everything including an American Express Gold Card, cell phone and of course, condone her practice of underage sex. She is only interested in marrying right of college and having a baby because is so modernly traditionally. Of course, she has an accessory dog that eats her shoes because she forgets to feed it and le petit chien pisses on her carpet because she refuse to walk it but only carry it a Juicy Couture carrying bag. Well, that's what my friends who own pet stores tell me.

Lookalikes that Dress A Like

I found this picture of Richard Beltzer and his dog in the in the NY post under the 2006 Celebrity Photos. They are both pale; have big eyes, noses and ears and are dressed a like. Do you look like your dog?

No Coated Canines

I spoke to my friend, Julie Abdu, the owner of Thayer and Ridge. She was upset because the weather is so warm and canines in the Northeast are not wearing coats. So, of course, pet stores are not re-ordering. Julie and her team, make a fine coat. And then of course, because she is my friend, I gave her a great idea. I told her to spent her time this summer marketing her wares to pet boutiques where the winters are bad like Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and other states with blizzard like conditions (i.e: Colorado). And, to break out with a topper coat, a lite-weight winter coat for dogs who are living in the Northeast. I bet she does it because if I do say so myself, I got great fucking ideas. Read my monthly column in Pet Business

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Dog Owners Stay Away From Finland

Various studies that suggest that dog owners have lower blood pressure or report fewer doctor visits and better mental health. Well, not in Finland. Leena K. Koivusilta and Ansa Ojanlatva, two researchers at the University of Turku, looked through data collected in a health survey of 21,101 Finns. They found that the pet owners looked, if anything, sicker than pet-free people. Pet owners were more likely to suffer from illnesses that included high blood pressure, high cholesterol, ulcers, depression and kidney disease. They smoked more (though drank less) than people who did not own pets. Dog owners were also fatter. In sum, in Finland, pet owners tended to be poorer, less educated and older, and those factors, rather than pets, probably explain the health disparity. The study information can be found here.

Inotherwords, don't take your pet to Finland because you will lose your money and education and get fat to combat the cold. But Helinski is beautiful. Weigh your options carefully.

Rub Us Both

The Ritz-Carlton (Sarasota) offers the privileged pup pet massage services/lessons for $130.00 plus the $125.00 non-refundable room deposit. Florida law says veterinary procedures -- including massages -- must be done in a vet's office unless it is for educational purposes. So Spa Director, Darlene Davison, and five other dog-certified spa employees use the hour to demonstrate Swedish, sports or relaxation massage techniques to dog owners. For another $220, the Ritz throws in gourmet dog biscuits, an in-room pet massage, a choice of nail buffing or nail polish, a souvenir photo, a brisk walk over Sarasota's scenic Ringling Bridge and a gourmet meal of organic stew and designer water served on a silver tray. Although I am quoted in the article, I would spend $250 or more to get us both rubbed down together. Imagine looking over and seeing your pet enjoying the same massage services as you. That would be fun!

Hoard and Save

City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden, has launched a new crusade: cracking down on "animal hoarding". The anti-hoarding program is a joint effort that includes reps from the Health Department, the mayor's alliance for animals, the ASPCA and the Animal Control Center. Rescued animals are brought to center for medical treatment, spayed and neutered and put up for adoption. The program is funded through The Fund for Public Health and the Regina B. Frankenberg Foundation.

Since the program was launched last year, health and animal-protection workers have investigated 94 homes, said Allison Cardona, ASPCA chief hoarding prober.
The shocking discoveries include:
* 100 cats in one house on Staten Island.
* 70 cats in a Queens apartment.
* 30 dogs in a Bronx apartment.
* 26 poodles in a Brooklyn apartment.

Rescuers said the hoarders are not intentionally committing animal cruelty. Citizens are urged to report hoarders to 311 or the ASPCA at (212) 876-7700.

Comment: I spoke to a hoarder once. He called me from Columbia Presbyterian hospital. He got Cat Scratching Fever from feeding colony of feral cats. He needed a pet sitter to go to his house in New Jersey and feed his 50 cats and 9 dogs. I found someone to help him. The condition at his home were not deporable; it was tidy but he did not have any furniture and slept on a small bed. He couldn't have much more than that because the animals destroyed everything including his life. He was a notable lecturer that was one time financially sound but then he started to save pet lives and he got lost. I tried to help him place the cats but he just couldn't bare to give the animals away. I hope that programs like this can help people like him. Thumbs up to New York City, the greatest city in the world.
To learn more about Hoarding cases: here.