Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Paw-Themed Holidays

Dogs, cats and pet lovers across the country can expect some paw-themed presents under their trees this year. Although 93 percent of Americans say they’ll spend less or about the same as last year during this holiday season, an Associated Press-Petside.com poll revealed that pet owners are planning to buy their dogs and cats holiday gifts. But other than purchasing gifts, pets are involved in all aspects of the holiday celebration.

1. Getting Pet Prepared
If you are a pet owner and having people over the holidays, try to make your home as comfortable and pleasant smelling as possible. All Dyson vacuum cleaners come with HEPA filters and motorized brush heads for powerful allergen removal and pet hair pick-up. The hand-held DC-31 is priced at $269.99 but as a bag-less vacuum it keeps more money in your wallet.

Additionally, if you are a cat owner, Arm & Hammer Cat Litter Deodorizer, priced at approximately $3.90, neutralizes pet odors, even if you don’t have time to scoop.

2. Pet Tipping Etiquette
Tip your dog walker or pooper scooper one to two weeks’ salary presented in cash in a holiday card. For your groomer, the price of one grooming is a suitable holiday present. Put cash thank you gifts in Pet Set elegant cards and fine stationary. A box of pet professional thank you cards and envelopes are priced at $18.00+.

A tasteful, dog-themed item like a chocolate dog from Martine's Chocolates is a great optional gift from your dog. Dogs are made in dark, milk and white chocolate. Chocolate dogs are priced from $10 and up. Martine's Yorkie, Scottie or Chihuahua, also makes a great secret santa gifts.

3. Holiday Hostess Gifting
Differentiate yourself from the rest of the guest pack by bringing the host of the holiday party something for her or her dog. For the dog, consider the LL Bean Holiday Gift Tote from Planet Dog, priced at $29. The toys will the dog “busy” and away from the holiday hub-bub. For the hostess, purchase a beautiful, hand-painted glass ornament of her breed priced from Bronner's from $4.99 and up.

4. Green Pet Gifts
If you are all about the eco-friendly way of life, share that lifestyle with your pet too. Whether you have a puppy who needs a smaller toy, a senior that likes to cuddle or a dog lke a Golden retriever who lives to carry items in his mouth, Simply Fido has a 100% organic toys for your pooch. Toys priced from $11-$34.00.

5. Creature Comforts
Dog sleep about 18 hours a day and cats tend to sleep all day and prowl all night. When your pet does sleep, keep him warm and comfortable whether he prefers to spend his time on the floor with a Bumper Bed ($66 to $158) or on the couch with a Nature Nap($19.90-63.90) by West Paw Design.

6. For Cats
As complicated as they are, cats love the simple pleasures in life-something as easy as playing, sleeping and/or hiding in a cardboard box. Treat your cat to Caboodle to bring out your pet’s natural instincts. Cat love the texture and feel; pets owners love that the product is USA made, recyclable and sustainable. Leave it au naturale or decorate it as a family arts and crafts project. The price is right at $29.95.

7. Dress for the Occasion
A doggie tee goes a long way this holiday season. Consider a t-shirt to make your pet look adorable for the Christmas Day photos. At PetSmart for about $8.00.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dogs Who Rule The Literary World

In celebration of its 125 Anniversary, the American Kennel Club and AOL’s PawNation.com ask America to weigh in on their favorite dog stories. The nominees for most famous dogs of literature are:

• Clifford The Big Red Dog – The tiny Vizsla puppy who grew to 25 feet in the children’s book series written by Norman Bridwell.
• Spot – The black and white Cocker Spaniel pet featured in the Fun with Dick and Jane book series created to teach children how to read.
• Old Yeller – The fictional story, based on the novel by Fred Gipson, of a Mountain Cur dog. The book was adapted in 1957 into a Disney movie.
• Marley & Me – The New York Times bestselling autobiographical book by journalist John Grogan that portrays Grogan and his family's life during the 13 years that they lived with their rambunctious Labrador Retriever Marley, and the relationships and lessons from this period.
• My Dog Skip - An autobiographical book by Willie Morris that tells the tale of a boy and his Parson Russell Terrier dog in a small southern town that teaches about family, friendship, love, devotion and bravery.
• Big Red – The story, based on the novel by Jim Kjelgaard, of an Irish Setter who would rather run through the woods than be the perfectly-trained and groomed show dog his sportsman owner wants and the ten-year-old orphan boy who cares for and helps Big Red rebel against his owner's strict discipline.
• Argos – The faithful dog of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey.
• Cujo – The Saint Bernard in the horror novel by Stephen King.
• White Fang – The main character in Jack London’s book of the same name. White Fang is the story of a wild Wolfdog's journey toward becoming civilized in Yukon Territory, Canada, during the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 19th century.

Which dog in literature will be victorious? Visit
http://www.pawnation.com/category/akc-top-125-dogs to cast your vote and make your “bark” heard.

Cost-Effective Solutions to Medicating Your Pet

One of the great things about Twitter is the variety of people you can "meet" to help you solve your problems. I am very excited that Wedgewood Pharmacy reached out to me to enlight me about their compounding services. Wedgewood Pharmacy located Swedesboro, NJ makes it easier for pet owners to give their pets medication, all while helping them save money.

The Company offers compound prescriptions in standard dosage forms ranging from capsules, oral powders and pastes, but they also offer innovative medication solutions. Some of their helpful solutions are listed below:

Gourmeds: For dogs and cats that love to chew, try their tasty chewable tablets available in natural chicken and fish flavors. Gourmeds are available for the most commonly prescribed compounded preparations.

Twist-A-Dose. This application available in 20 compounded preparations minimizes your physical contact with the preparation and can be applied directly to the pet's ear.

Tiny Tabs: These compressed, pillable tablets (smaller than Tic-Tacs), are for pets, like cats and toy dogs, that are difficult to pill. They are also great for especially bitter-tasting medication.

Granuales: Compounded granules help to reduce the risk of chemical exposure by inhaling powdered solutions

Biodegradable Beads and Pellets: This is the Company's latest innovations that is available for for antibiotic and chemotherapeutic compounded preparations.

Additionally, Wedgewood Pharmacy ships 95 percent of prescription orders the same day(Monday through Friday)they are placed. Pet owners must have valid prescriptions for compounded medication. Either send an original prescription or a fax of the original, patient and shipping information as well as a payment in advance. Wedgewood accepts major credit cards, including Master Card, Visa, Discover and American Express.

If you need additional infomration, call 888-678-1967.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Dogs Are So Smart and You Probably Say the Same Thing Too.

My mother used to say that her children were brillanteens. I really don't know where she got that expression from but it obviously started when we were in our teens. I guess it was her way of telling us and her friends that we were smart, smart asses. Even now, I say tell my dogs, "Mommy, knows you are just brillant." Moreover, my dogs are not only brillant, they are beautiful, and of course, can do no wrong. I am secretly adore the fact that they are snobby. Although I do feel bad that they are snooby to their friend Little Z who barks for them to play with her but they just ignore her and pretend that she is invisible. Poor Little Z. She is Westie and can't help barking herself to death.

But I read this story today. After reading it, I realized the dog belonged to the reporter's wife. Tell me what you think? Just curious if I read it right.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Waiting for My Blue Book

Today, The Blue Book, was shipped to New York City for distribution. The magazine named for the Metropolitan Dog club’s colors, celebrates the Big Apple as the home of about 1.5 million dogs. The Blue Book was my brain child and I am the Editor and Chief.

My inspiration for the magazine came from my varied experiences in the dog world. Moreover, it was in the 1990s that I started to seriously contemplate the animal-human bond. My observations began as a student at the New York School of Dog Grooming. Night after night, dog owners would come from the five boroughs with their mixed, purebred, exotic and guide dogs for the students to groom. Concerned dog owners would drop off their dogs for a dose of beauty and good health. Upon their return, worry would instantly fade into a smile as they saw their dogs emerge from the grooming area. At the moment each dog and owner physically greeted each other, I saw the special relationship that existed between the two of them.

After all these years, I still appreciate observing the relationship between dogs and their owners. As I walk around my Little Italy neighborhood with my four English Toy Spaniels, I hope that some dog-loving tourists and area residents see the unique bond I share with my dogs and just don’t assume at that I am their kindly dog walker.

In this issue, Metropolitan Dog Club members continue share their love and knowledge of dogs with you. Be inspired as you learn how dogs promote human healing. Understand how to better care for senior dogs. Be prepared for common emergencies, whether you are indoors or out. And, with the arrival of Bo in the White House, many dog lovers have a renewed interest in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the canines who lived there—we have a story about that, too.

If you like to preview the Blue Book, click HERE.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Cat Focus Group: Home Alone and Having Fun

Friskies, the leading cat food brand, conducted a study to reveal the magical world of cats. In this cat “focus group,” 50 cat owners and their cats participate in an experiment to examine the feline, sensory experiences in cats' home environments when their owners are not around. Cats from around the nation wore tiny digital cat-cams that took pictures of their surroundings every 15 minutes. The resulting photographs uncovered where cats go and what they do, specifically, when they are left home alone.

It seems that average cat is home alone nearly five hours per day which is a lot of time for cats to play and explore their home environment. Furthermore, the study revealed not only what cats do, but also how they view and experience the world around them when they’re home alone.

Purina® animal behavior scientist Jill Villarreal, Ph.D., analyzed the photos from the Friskies® cats. She noted that the photgraphs shed light from a cat’s point-of-view and, for the first time, we can better understand what gets our cats’ attention and provides them with opportunities for play and adventure when they are alone.

According to the Friskies survey of cat owners, almost half of all owners say they wonder what their cat is doing when they are not home. The survey also revealed that 71 percent of owners suspect their cat is sleeping; 52 percent think they are eating; and 47 percent think they looking out the window. More, interesting details include:

· Several cats took pictures of computer and television screens. This is likely due to the cat’s natural prey instinct to focus in on moving objects.

· The cats’ photos revealed that screened-in porches are a rich oasis filled with sensory stimulation. This includes sights, sounds, textures, and smells with grassy patches and non-toxic plants that provide tactile (touch) and olfactory (smell) stimulation for the cats.

· The photos also showed that cats were greatly interested in water, be it in the sink, bathtub, or swimming pool. This may seem counterintuitive, as it is commonly believed that cats dislike water. However, these photos reveal that cats like water, but on their own terms. For example, the coolness of the sink and tub provide a fun thermal contrast for cats.

The results of this first-of-its-kind Friskies focus group are highlighted in the Scratchington Post, an online report showcasing the daily lives of America’s cats. The report includes findings from the Cat Sense survey of cat owners; photos from the cat “repurrters’ with analysis from Dr. Villarreal; background on each repurrter; and tips on how to help cats live life to the fullest by providing them with rich sensory experiences.

To view the full report in the Scratchington Post, visit www.friskies.com\scratchingtonpost.com

Peoplepets.com Petiquette Columnist

I recently started writing the Peoplepets.com petiquette column. Each week, I tackle a pet lifestyle issue for dog and cat owners. In the last three weeks, I have written about cats eating from the table, how to ask to bring a pet to a holiday celebration, and leaving your dog tied outside a store. My column is posted on Tuesday afternoon, check it out or write to me if you need my advice.

Submit your Best in Travel Pet Photos

AAA and Best Western want your pet's most memorable travel photos!

Enter your ‘best-in-travel’ pets photographs before November 30, 2009 and you and your pet can be a winner.

Entries are judged on such artistic qualities as photographic composition and ability to convey the joy of safely traveling with a pet. Candid compositions are preferred over posed, studio photographic submissions.

Two winning pet photos, chosen in January 2010, will be featured on the cover and spine of the next edition of the AAA PetBook, published in May 2010. The first place winner, featured on the back cover, will receive $350, a $150 Best Western® Travel Card and five complimentary copies of the book. The second place winner will appear on the book’s spine and will receive $200, along with two complimentary copies of the book.

For information on how to submit your photo, click on The AAA PetBook® Photo Contest Official Rules link Here.

Pet Travel Survey Reveals How Pet Owners and Non-Pet Owners Feel

As many of you know, I have travelled all over the country with my dogs, cats and birds. And when lecturing, I always tell folks that not every pet is right for travel and not every trip is right for pets. But, if you take the time to plan accordingly, you and your family can have great times whether you fly or take a road trip.

When planning a trip, I always encourage pet owners to take advantage of their AAA membership because AAA is a valuable resource for pet owners who want to travel with their pets. Moreover, Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook is a valuable resource than be purchased from AAA for $12.98 for members; $21.67 for non-members.

Recently, AAA and Best Western, the world’s largest hotel chain, recently conducted a survey on traveling with your pet. The survey revealed that more than three-quarters of traveling pet owners would take Fido or Fifi on every vacation if they could, although more than half report difficulty finding pet-friendly accommodations. According to the recent survey some othger interesting information was discovered.

-Nearly one-third (28 percent) of those who travel with pets indicate they would rather travel with their pet than with their significant other
-More than half of traveling pet owners report difficulty finding pet-friendly accommodations
-Thirty-five percent of pet-owning respondents admitted to sneaking their pet into a hotel or motel in the past
-The top five frustrations respondents have with others who travel with pets are those who do not clean up after them (77 percent); those whose dogs constantly bark (53 percent); those who do not notify others their dog is aggressive (45 percent); not walking pets on a leash (42 percent); and owners whose pets are not trained to relieve themselves outside (30 percent).
-The most popular pet-inclusive vacations are visiting friends/family (73 percent) and road trips (56 percent)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Careless Dog Walker Cause Chaos

An officer, exercising the horses in a paddock at the Park Police stable in the Southeast Washington recreation area, was met upon by an unruly collection of dogs of various breeds. The dogs barked and snarled beyond the paddock fence and the officer began leading the horses to the safety of the stable. Because of the dog's behavior, the officer feared that the dogs might squirm under the fence and follow so he fired one or two shots into the ground. At that point, the dogs skedaddled.

With the horses safely inside, Schlosser said, the officer found the canines a short distance away, gathered around a woman who turned out to be a dog walker without leashes.

I wonder if this is dog walker is bonded, insured and a member of NAPPS or Pet Sitters International.

Pet K9 with Cancer Help Humans

According to scientists at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), studying pet dogs with cancer could yield valuable information on how to diagnose and treat human cancers. Estimates suggest that as many as 1 million new diagnoses of cancer occur in dogs in the United States each year. The condition is treated much like human cancer, with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

The team of scientists, led by Chand Khanna, believes that studying these new therapies in clinical trials with dogs may yield insights into how to improve care for human patients. For example, naturally occurring tumors in dogs have clinical and biological similarities to the human disease. Dr. Khana notes that these trials are designed with the care of the animals as priority, and also that there's an informed consent process each time new procedures are done.

Moreover, Khanna and colleagues say that a pet owner's decision to pursue an experimental therapy is influenced by a number of factors, including the possible risks and benefits of the new therapy as well as the reduced costs for care provided by the trial. Additionally, many pet owners are motivated by the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of cancer treatment for future human and canine patients.

For more information, view PLos Medicine, where the researchers published their article today.

Dog Friendliness Coming to You

It has been a few months since the NY Auto Show and we just got the word that the 2010 Dog-Friendly Element can purchased on Nov. 16th.

Although we have reviewed the features way back over the summer, let's remind our readers what this fly whip is all about and why it is so dawggie, man.
The new Dog Friendly Element takes that concept canine design to another level. This Dog Friendly version (with an option price of $995) also includes a cushioned pet bed for afternoon naps and all-weather rubber floor mats decorated with an attractive toy bone pattern. Owners can brag about their Dog Friendliness with included emblems that stick onto the outside of the car. You can even decorate the second row of seats with a dog-patterned cover that matches the dog’s bed fabric.

Additionally, the 2010 Honda Element includes a luxurious Dog Friendly™ pet accommodation package with equipment like an extendable ramp for Rover to enter and exit the vehicle, a dedicated fan (because dogs get hot too), and a spill-resistant water bowl.
These features are more advanced than just four-legged frivolities -- they also improve the safety of transporting dogs in the car. The Dog Friendly equipment secures the dog in the Element’s cargo area with soft, seat-belt-grade nylon webbing, which keeps the dog from interfering with the driver and prevents pet and people injuries in the event of a frontal collision.
And between you and me, I am glad that they got a fun-loving Golden Retriever in the backseat and not a dog from a humane organization. It is about selling cars and not K9 politics, folks.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Top 125 Dogs in Popular Culture

Underscoring America’s love affair with dogs and celebrating its 125th Anniversary of the American Kennel Club (AKC) on September 17, 2009, the organization has collaborated with AOL’s PawNation.com to compile a list of the
Top 125 Dogs in Popular Culture. The list brings together canines from diverse backgrounds for a candid look at how dogs have been woven into the fabric of America. Consumers can go to the site and vote for the top dog.

Starting September 15, PawNation.com will host a series of polls that will allow America to vote for their favorite dogs in more than eleven pop culture categories. From movies and music, mascots and literature, to cartoons and TV characters, each week a new poll will allow Americans to review the list, debate it with their friends and colleagues, and pick their favorites.

The first poll will be Cartoon Canines. Visit
http://www.pawnation.com/category/akc-top-125-dogs to vote for your favorite animated dogs. The AKC will tabulate results and unveil the final list of America’s Top 125 Dogs in Pop Culture on November 17, 2009.

Contests, Contests, Contest

So last week, I needed to catch up on my mail and I decided to watch the videos for a recent litter-robot.com contest.

I was excited to see some really good videos. But after about watching about three, I realized that I was only going to see cats using the litter-robot. I guess if I really want the full effect, I can watch my own cats poop in at home in theirs.

Off to Brazil

Mario DiFante and his crew, the producers of Pet Fashion Week NY, are pleased to announce that along with Aktuell Communications, they will be hosting a first of its kind pet industry trade event in Sao Paulo City, Brazil .

Brazil is one of the fastest growing pet market in the world, and is expected to be second only to the U.S. in annual sales within the next couple of years. Currently the U.S. pet market is approximately 42 billion dollars a year with Japan second and Brazil running a close third and expected to overtake Japan in the very near future.

Aktuell is the leading agency regarding integrated marketing services in Brazil and is responsible for producing the world’s top equestrian event, the Athina Onassis International Horse Show.

Aktuell would incorporate the look and feel of PFW’s highly successful NYC event in a uniquely South American setting. The branding elements will be that of the familiar Pet Fashion Week NY although the marketing and development of the event would be a pure partnership.

Aktuell hopes that PFW brand would attract vendors and retailers from both the U.S. market as well as the global pet market.

Good luck Aktuel!

DIY Doggie Magazine

Susan Hartzler, a publicist representing some pet brands, will launch, DIY Doggie magazine on the iPhone in November; each issue will be downloadable for just .99c.

Hartzler teamed up with Graphic Designer Michelle Hunt of Angry Girl Graphic Design to create DIY Doggie. The premier issue is packed with articles, photos and ads that every dog lover will appreciate. Readers are encouraged to enter the contests and show off their beloved best friend by visiting http://www.alphadogpr.com/.

Each issue of DIY Doggie will share unique ideas on bonding with your pet. One important method is to communicate with your dog and celebrated animal psychic Candi Cane Cooper will give tips each month. Leading dog masseuse, Pam Holt from Buddha Dog Massage, offers instructions on massaging your canine at home.

Hartzler, will keep dog lovers up to date on the latest trends for canines from food, fashion, medical breakthroughs, safety and travel, issues surrounding elderly and handicapped canines, anything to do with performance and sport dogs, therapy and service dogs, and all forms of training.

Pets Guaranteed On Board

The Sherpa Pet Group launched the first-ever Guaranteed On Board™ pet travel program (http://www.flygob.com/) and new American Airlines pet travel carriers. Consumers who purchase one of the three new American Airlines-branded pet carriers are guaranteed to board U.S. domestic American Airlines flights with their pets as long as they fill out the Guaranteed On Board form accurately and comply with the terms of the form. If a consumer is denied boarding, the Sherpa Pet Group will refund the price of both the customer and pet airline ticket.

Once a traveler has purchased a new American Airlines pet travel carrier, customers simply visit the Sherpa Web site (http://www.flygob.com/) and complete and print the easy-to-understand Guaranteed On Board certificate. As long as travelers meet the stated requirements, they are guaranteed on board any American Airlines flight. The form follows the flight requirements for the airline, helps the traveler better understand the American Airlines guidelines, and provides basic information to help make traveling with their pet safer and more enjoyable.

The new American Airlines travel carriers are available at PETCO. As the official retail partner for Guaranteed On Board™, new pet carriers and Guaranteed On Board™ program was introduced at a special promotional event at the Union Square PETCO store in New York City at 860 Broadway Avenue.
To celebrate, the Sherpa Pet Group, American Airlines, Kimpton Hotel Group, as well as the American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers Association, hosted an exciting promotion, “Packed and Ready.” Two travel packages included roundtrip, domestic Economy airfare, hotel and other prizes were awarded at the event. Winners were packed and ready to begin their trip as soon as they are selected because limousines will be waiting to take them on their journey. Winners Lauren Burniac & Olive and their guest Noel Trejo went to San Francisco. Christine Traina & Shuga Pi and their guest Roberta Panos went to Miami.
Patterned in American’s signature red and blue, the new American Airlines pet carriers are available in three approved sizes for the Guaranteed on Board™ program: a medium-sized classic Sherpa Original Bag, and a small and medium-sized Sherpa Sport style carrier. The American Airlines pet travel carriers are available for $60 at select PETCO locations and online at http://www.petco.com/. For more information on the new American Airlines pet travel carrier and the Guaranteed On Board program, please visit http://www.sherpapetgoup.com/.

John Paul Pet Supports the Pink Ribbon

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) and John Paul Pet believes your pet can spread the word about Breast Cancer prevention this year with a paw prints and pink ribbon John Paul Pet bandana.

You and your pet can both wear your JP Pet Bandanas to show your support for finding a cure for breast cancer at the dog park, at the mall, or even in your own neighborhood. These unique and stylish bandanas are free with the purchase of a specially-packaged trio of our Oatmeal Grooming products during September and October only.

John Paul Pet supports the NBCAM message of prevention. Since the conception of the the organization in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women age 50 and older and breast cancer deaths have declined. This is exciting progress, but there are still women who do not take advantage of early detection.

  • 1. Women age 65 and older are less likely to get mammograms than younger women, even though breast cancer risk increases with age.
    2.Hispanic women have fewer mammograms than Caucasian women and African American woman.

  • 3.Women below poverty level are less likely than women at higher incomes to have had a mammogram within the past two years.
    4.Mammography use has increased for all groups except American Indians and Alaska Natives.

You can pick up this pets crusade package at from your favorite stylist, John Paul Mitchell The School, or a specialty pet retailer near you. Call 888-588-1119 to find the nearest location.

AKC Grant for Support and Maintenance of AKC CAR LSU-SVM Veterinary Mobile Unit

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, AKC CAR donated $100,000 to the veterinary school toward the purchase of the AKC CAR LSU-SVM Veterinary Mobile Unit which consists of a truck and trailer. The trailer is equipped with facilities for medical and surgical procedures that can be deployed during natural disasters. Most recently the unit was utilized during hurricanes Gustav and Ike in September 2008 when it helped local veterinarians of Houma, LA care for the animals of their community after the storm. Working with the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART), the unit was taken to where it was most needed after the storm.

Recently, AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) awarded a $22,940 Canine Support and Relief Fund grant to Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU-SVM) for the continued support, operation and maintenance of the AKC CAR LSU-SVM Veterinary Mobile Unit. AKC CAR’s recent grant will provide for an additional year of operation for the unit, which is used for teaching veterinary students and community service when not responding to disasters. Grant monies will be used to pay for gasoline for transportation to and from disaster locations, maintenance of the truck which tows the trailer, and to stock the trailer with medical and surgical supplies.

The mobile unit is used at six shelters in this area that have no veterinarian on staff to spay/neuter animals. Additionally, it provides veterinary students with a valuable teaching tool and public service to shelters in need of spay and neuter surgeries for adoptable pets.

Miss Fido Manners Always Helps People

People for Pets contacted me for expert advice for their latest 'Petiquette Dilemma: How do you handle the owners of a neighborhood dog who always ends up in your yard?

Miss Fido Manners: The rules of canine etiquette extend far beyond the home and out into the neighborhood and community. Dog owners must recognize that their behavior, and that of their pet affects their neighbors -in this case, you- whether they live in a house, a condo or apartment. If the dog-owning public practices consideration and promotes cordial relations, they can be an exemplary neighbors. And you can too, without creating neighbor-to-neighbor conflict.

While Miss Fido understands that your neighbor's dog frequenting your yard is troublesome, you do not detail what he does on premises? Does the dog use your lawn as potty area, get into your garbage cans or scratch at your door because he is in love with your pooch? I ask because it is always better to discuss specific concerns in your communication. Remember, your relationship with her dictates how best to approach her. For example, if you are friendly, go see her; If not, address a friendly note to her on your best stationary. Either way, you should express the problem succinctly, offer a solution to show concern for her and the dog. By doing this, you show you care about the dog and your relationship.

Tell her that at least two or three times a week, you find her pooch in her yard doing what. Remind her that you understand taht dogs can be Harry Houdini escape artists or canine high jumpers. Give her the benefit of the doubt that she doesn't know that he is cavorting around your property because there is a chance that a member of her household is letting the dog out and/or she does not know that her fencing is in need of repair. Ask her to take care of the problem as soon as possible by possible repairing or installing a pet fence. And lastly, mention that a roaming dog could get hit by a car, snatched by dog fighters or others with bad intentions, become ill from eating garbage or plants, or be picked up by animal control. More importantly, tell her that you wouldn't want her to neither worry about her family member nor incur additional expensive on his behalf.

Moreover, always try to maintain a cordial relationship with your neighbors because there is a chance that you may be living next to them longer than the life of your dog!


The American Kennel Club® is proud to announce its participation in the 65th Annual Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture, on Monday, October 12th from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Fifth Avenue between 47th and 79th streets. For the first time ever the parade will include a procession of rare Italian dog breeds, recognizing Italy’s great contributions to the dog world and celebrating the upcoming Meet the Breeds event at the Javits Center on October 17th and 18th where pet lovers can meet 200 breeds of dog and cat.

The one million parade spectators will enjoy a contingency of over 30 marchers and 13 furry friends including the Bergamasco , an ancient shepherding breed with a striking coat of dense, flat mats that reach the ground; as well as the Cirneco dell’Etna, an ancient dog used in Sicily for rabbit hunting; the Lagotto Romagnolo, a dog from Northwest Italy with thick curly hair and a history dating back to the 16th century and the only two native Italian gun-dog breeds, the Bracco Italiano and Spinone Italiano.

Parade spectators may be surprised to find four-legged marchers in amongst the 35,000 people but Italy has many native breeds that are becoming more popular in U.S. The owners and breeders of these dogs are proud to celebrate their heritage and invite those who want to learn more to come visit these dogs at the Javits Center this weekend.

Ringing the Bells for Purebred Dogs and Cats

American Kennel Club® (AKC) and Cat Fanciers’ Association® (CFA) announced that Meet the Breeds™ Chairperson, Gina DiNardo, will ring the NASDAQ opening bell on October 14th 2009 on behalf of leading toymaker and NASDAQ Member Company, JAKKS Pacific (NASDAQ: JAKK). JAKKS is a licensee of the AKC and CFA and is a sponsor of the upcoming Meet the Breeds event.

AKC and CFA’s Meet the Breeds, held October 17 & 18 at the Javits Center in NYC, is the world’s largest showcase of cats and dogs. The event offers cat and dog lovers the rare opportunity to meet nearly 200 breeds and interact with dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

DiNardo will be joined by the Cat Fanciers’ Association and American Kennel Club, including CFA President Pam DelaBar and AKC President Dennis Sprung. In addition to being broadcast on national business television at 9:30 am EST, the bell-ringing ceremony will be webcast live on NASDAQ's website (http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx) and on the NASDAQ MarketSite Tower in New York City's Times Square.

For more information about Meet the Breeds, visit http://www.meetthebreeds.com/.

Purina Cat Chow has Partnered with Susan G. Komen Cure Foundation

Cats are loving, affectionate, and loyal creatures. With these attributes, they have shown themselves to offer consolation and support to women with breast cancer.
A recent national survey of breast cancer survivors with cats highlighted the connection between owners and their cats by revealing 84 percent of respondents felt their cat had a calming effect during their battle with breast cancer and 76 percent of respondents received daily support from their cat during treatment.

As a result, Purina Cat Chow® has partnered with Susan G. Komen Cure Foundation, for the second year, to highlight that special bond between owner and cat, especially as it pertains to women with breast cancer. The Company has made a donation of $200,000 and created a website, Connected for the Cause.

I encourage you to visit the website and join in the conversation. Explore the beautiful mosaic, watch the videos, and remember to tell a friend.

You can help give even more by purchasing our "Connected for the Cause™" resealable cat food container. For every purchase, Purina® Cat Chow® will donate an additional $3 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Product Features
1) Price of each container is $14.99 and includes shipping and handling
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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

It would have never happened on Melrose Place

Melrose Place actress Brooke Burns and her 9-year-old daughter Madison are upset over the disappearance of their black maltipoo, Max. The 3-year-old dog ran out a door that had been left open by some painters. According to Burns's rep, a neighbor near Burns' Toluca Lake, Calif., home spotted a couple pick up the dog. It has been reported that the dog was not wearing any tags.

I am going to give Ms. Burns the similar advice I gave to Ms. Hilton when her ChiChi, Tinkerbelle, had gone missing in 2004:

1. Make a flyer. Use 8 X 11 fluorescent paper for higher visibility. Use a recent picture of your pet to make it easier for someone to spot her. List the date and place your dog was lost, breed, sex, age, weight, color, markings and a contact number. (Never give out all the identifying features so that if someone claims to have found your pet , they will be able to convince you by providing you with a full description.) Offer a reward. Post flyers at eye level on utility poles within a one mile radius from your home. Also, place them at veterinary offices, pet shops, grocery stores, grooming shops and neighborhood restaurants and local businesses. Frequently replenish flyer supplies at these locations.

2. Walk the neighborhood. Take turns with family members and walk around the neighborhood during day and night hours. Carry a flashlight to check in dark places. Also, bring your pet's favorite squeaky toy and dog treats. Call her name and make familiar sounds that she regularly hears. It is important to stop often, be quiet and listen for your pet's reply.

3. Tell your neighbors and those working in your neighborhood. Go from house to house and introduce yourself. Explain that your dog is missing. Tell neighborhood staff (housekeepers, guards, caretakers, gardeners) and municipal workers (postal carriers, garbage pick-up crews, police officers). Give them a flyer so that they can help you find your dog.

4. Visit your local animal control, humane societies, animal shelters. Control agencies usually keep an animal for only three (3) days. Visit these organizations by taking turns with family, friends and others. Leave flyers so that they can look for your pet too!

5. Find out if your pet has been killed on the road. Call the city, county and state department of transportation to see if you pet may have been killed on the road. Dogs are generally picked up every 24 hours.

6. Beware! Never wander around the neighborhood alone looking for your pet. Also, be cautious if some calls claiming to have your pet. Have them meet you with a family member or friend at a public location.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Tips for Senior Dogs

According to ASPCA's Stephen Zawistowki, there is approximately 13 million senior dogs (10 and older) and 12 million senior cats (10 and older) in the United States.

Whether you have a senior pet or puppy or kitten, the doctor provides some tips to make their lives longer, healtheir and more comfortable.
— Don’t overfeed your dog or cat.
— For puppies, slim is in.
— Teach your pooch hand signals for commands such as sit, down and come when he is young. If he loses his hearing at any age, you’ll still be able to communicate with him.
— Keep your dog or cat active throughout life. Maintaining muscle strength keeps them comfortable with dog pet and more mobile with walks and playtime
— Take the time for regular brushing and veterinary cleanings to infections that can negatively affect internal organs such as the heart and kidneys.
— Schedule 2x a year veterinary visits for your older pet so you can catch and treat problems before they become serious.
— Don’t ignore lumps and bumps in older pets. Cancer is often highly treatable, if it’s discovered early.
— If your pet’s vision is impaired, don't move the furniture around.
— If necessary, ask your veterinarian about medication to treat arthritis pain in cats and dogs.
—Lastly, don't forget to give your pet lots of love and attention.

Florida teens activities could reveal his future

According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.

Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years have demonstrated that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized the connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research has shown consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse, and elder abuse. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association considers animal cruelty one of the diagnostic criteria of conduct disorder.

Virtually every serious violent offender has a history of animal abuse in their past, and since there's no way to know which animal abuser is going to continue on to commit violent human crimes, they should ALL be taken that seriously. FBI Supervisory Special Agent Allen Brantley was quoted as saying "Animal cruelty... is not a harmless venting of emotion in a healthy individual; this is a warning sign..." It should be looked at as exactly that. Its a clear indicator of psychological issues that can and often DO lead to more violent human crimes.

Does this mean that Tyler Weinman, the Florida teenager accused of mutilating and killing 19 cats in two South Florida towns, Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay, has a set future?

On Sunday, he was charged with 19 counts each of animal cruelty and improperly disposing of an animal body. Tyler Weinman, 18, also faces burglary charges in relation to four of the cats' deaths.

Authorities have been searching for the responsible person or persons since shortly after the killings began in April.

While detained, Tyler Weinman, offered to tell police "about one or two cats" if they would drop other charges, according to court documents released this week. The documents, which include a further transcript from an interview Weinman gave police shortly before he was arrested in June, appear to show the 18-year-old on the verge of a partial confession.

But the interview stopped before a possible confession could happen, the Miami Herald reports, when Weinman said he wanted a lawyer involved in the proceedings. David Macey, the attorney representing Weinman, disputes the accuracy of his client's statements as recorded in the documents. Calling them "either misleading [and/or] false," Macey cast aspersions on the investigation, which "with its unlimited resources" failed to include a tape recording of the interview.

Macey maintains Weinman is innocent of the charges against him, which include animal cruelty and improperly disposing of an animal body for each of 19 cat killings and an additional four counts of burglary related to the crimes.

Thus far in the investigation, only circumstantial evidence seems to connect Weinman to the killings. The crimes took place in the two Florida towns, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay, where his divorced parents, between whose homes Weinman split his time, each live. His mother's home in Cutler Bay is on the same street where four of the cat killer's victims went missing. The Miami Herald reports on other possible connections:Investigators have said that they grew suspicious about the teenager after reading comments he made about the crimes on the Facebook and MySpace websites. (Weinman even apparently belonged to a "Catch the Cat Killer" group on Facebook, and he was reportedly known in his community as an animal lover.)

Ducted Tape Cat finds Home, PSPCA Raises Sticky Money

Beyond Sticky's new home and the arrest of her alleged abuser(left), there's even more good news. The PSPCA says that the number of cats adopted from its shelter during the period Sticky was there nearly quadrupled from the total number of cat adoptions from the same period last year, an increase staffers attribute to all the publicity. Plus, the organization received more than $2,000 in donations from members of the public who cited Sticky as their reason for donating

Pet Commitment. Are you ready?

Pets play many roles in our lives. Think about your reasons for bringing an animal into your life and make your decisions based on your needs. Here are some typical situations that offer insights:
•Loss of a loved one or a pet often motivates people to acquire a new pet in an effort to lessen the impact of the loss. Assess your feelings about what you are willing to invest emotionally under these circumstances. Appreciate your new pet's individuality; don't make comparisons.
•Studies show that raising children with pets helps them to be more compassionate and sensitive. Teach children to respect the animal by interacting through daily care and appropriate play. An older pet experienced with children may be less challenging for a family.
•You want protection. While some dogs can provide a level of security, the primary role of a pet should be that of a companion.

But think long-term
Acquiring a pet can be a 17-year commitment. Anticipate lifestyle changes that may present unique challenges for you and your pet and be prepared to make adjustments:
•Starting out on your own may provide the impetus to acquire a pet, but being the animal's sole caregiver can be socially and professionally restrictive. A potential first-time pet owner can get a feel for this special bond before committing in various ways — volunteering at a shelter, fostering an animal or watching a friend's or relative's pet.
•Moving often triggers temporary behavior problems requiring understanding and tolerance. You might have to retrain your pet to adjust.
•A couples' first "baby" is often their pet treated like a child. But behavior that is acceptable in the absence of children is often problematic when kids come along. The pet's world changes and, most likely, so do the rules. Dogs are particularly sensitive to change. Set rules and a routine in the beginning that won't change even if your family does.
•"Empty-nesters" may feel loss when children leave home. Caring for a pet provides a sense of purpose but can also impede newfound freedom.
•Retirement provides time to spend with a pet, but consider your plans and whether a pet can be included. Will you relax at home, travel or possibly relocate? A small dog is a wise choice for traveling. A husky would be a poor choice if kenneled often or you relocate to a warm climate.
•As we approach the "golden years," often our spirit is willing, but our bodies aren't quite up to task. Caring for a puppy or kitten can be exhausting. Seniors would do well to consider an older or smaller, more manageable dog.

Make the perfect match
Do your research. Consider the age, size, weight, temperament, energy, health and life expectancy of the new pet and the people in the household.
Assess the size and location of your residence. If you live in an apartment, consider a cat or a quiet dog requiring minimal exercise. A mastiff or a Great Dane, although large, needs less activity than a Jack Russell terrier. All pets require exercise or they can become depressed, overweight or destructive. The amount depends on the individual. A walk around the block can seem like a marathon to a bulldog but is just a warm-up to a Labrador retriever.
Breeds have specific traits and tasks for which they were bred. If the origin of a mixed breed is unknown, so are the traits, but most bad traits are extinguished in mixed breeds through natural selection. An animal's personality is based both on inherent traits and environmental influences.
The perfect match between a pet and owner is precious. It's your job to create it.

Subsidized Predators

It’s estimated that there are 117 million to 150 million free-ranging cats in the United States. They’re the most abundant carnivore in North America today. Moreover, free-ranging domestic cats are considered subsidized predators. They eat cat food at home, and then hunt just for sport, a strategy that allows them to exist at densities far greater than carnivores achieve in nature.

According to Peter P. Marra, a research scientist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center at the National Zoo, pointed out that cats were the only domesticated animal permitted to roam. “Pigs have to stay in pens, chickens have to stay in pens,” he said. “Why are cats allowed to run around and do what their instincts tell them to do, which is rampage?”

Although regular stints outdoors are estimated to knock three or more years off a pet cat’s life, why do pet owners do it? In many cases, cat owners have no idea how to create an indoor paradise for their cats. Appropriate toys which bringing out their hunting instincts, cats trees which allow them to climb and in some cases access to a large window to watch the world go by can keep them satisfied at home.

But experts agree when it comes to the question of whether it’s O.K. to let your beloved Cleo, Zydeco or Cocoa wander at will and have their Hobbesian fun. The authorities on both sides of the alley emphatically say, No. There are enough full-time strays; don’t add in your chipper. It is not fair to the songbirds and other animals that domestic cats kill by the billions each year.

"People fool themselves into believing that by simply putting a bell on a cat they could prevent mortality to birds,” says Darin Schroeder, vice president for conservation advocacy at the American Bird Conservancy in Washington. People fool themselves into believing that by simply putting a bell on a cat they could prevent mortality to birds,” Schroeder said. “But a bell ringing means nothing to a bird.”

As it happens, many temperate-zone birds go through a dangerous time early in life, when they are too big for the nest but still poor at flying. The fledglings spend their time on the ground, hiding in bushes and waiting for their parents to come feed them. They’re incredibly vulnerable,” Dr. Marra said, “and in high-cat densities, the fledglings get nailed.”

Furthermore, while some experts believe that they cats should be taken off to the pound, others stand firm on a policy of catch, neuter and release.

What do you think? I want to know.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Love to Be Charitable

Cause-related marketing refers to a type of marketing for profit and non-profit businesses working together for a mutual benefit. The creation of the term has been attributed to American Express in order to describe their efforts to support locally-based charitable causes that promote businesses and their good works.In this doggie dog world, I am very impressed with the charitable, cause campaigns of Toru Dog. The company sells dog hoodies, tees and tanks, as well as some products for people, too.

In July 2008, Toru produced a hip, rock 'n roll clothing line for dogs to raise awareness and funds for The Good Dog Foundation, located in Brooklyn, NY. Fifteen percent of the proceeds of The Good Dog charity line are donated to The Good Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to all forms of animal-assisted therapy. To learn more about or to make a donation to The Good Dog Foundation, visit http://www.thegooddogfoundation.org/.

This year, Toru owners, Susan and Vanessa, have created Rescue Wear to promote awareness for rescue groups, as well as adoption and spay/neuter programs nationwide. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from this line are donated to Miami-based Paws 4 You Rescue, whose top priority is to save animals from euthanasia at Miami Dade Animal Services. To learn more or make a donation to this 501(c)(3) organization, visit http://www.paws4you.org/.Good luck, girls, and keep up the good work! If you want to learn more about Toru and its good works, visit the girls at the HH Backer Christmas Trade Show in Booth #4644 on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Is Your Dog the Cutest?

Could your pooch be the next winner of the Cutest Dog Competition, an online photo contest based on voting? The top prize in the contest, sponsored by All American Pet Brands, a dog food maker, is $1 million.

Between August 1st and October 24th, pet owners can enter the All American Pet Company, Inc.™ CUTESTDOGCOMPETITION.COM Contest. According to the rules, there is no purchase necessary to enter or win. Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who own* a dog and have online photo-uploading capabilities. To enter: Visit http://www.cutestdogcompetition.com/ and follow all Contest entry instructions, including completing the online entry form in its entirety. See below for photograph specifications. For judging purposes, your Entry will be included in the Entry period it is received (see below).

Good Luck.

Gang of Cats Take to the Streets

Sometimes, it is hard to be a good neighbor. But Helen and Richard Scott live on Jenkins Lane in Union Township, Clermont County, outside of Cincinnati, Ohio are more than good neighbors; they are animal lovers. When an elderly neighbor went to the nursing home, she left her cats behind and that's where the problem starts. At one point, she tried to get them all spayed and neutered but it just got out of hand.

Now, Scott and Richard live next door to at least 25+ cats who call the old woman's trailer home. According to Richard, a new litter is born almost every other week. When the Scott's spoke to elderly woman's son who he lives in Ashville, North Carolina about the situation, he said "Let the cats starve." The Scotts say they won't let that happen. They feed the cats twice a day and pay for the food on their own. Mrs. Scott notes, "There ain’t no way we can take care of all of them or have them fixed,” but "So, if someone would help us or come and get rid of them or pick them up if they really want a cat." They'd like to find a good home for all of the cats or at least find a way to get them spayed and neutered to make the cats more adoptable.

The Scotts contacted the Clermont County Health Department, the Clermont County Humane Society and the Clermont County Sheriff's Department, but didn't get any help. But once news 9News got involved airing a story, an unanimous donor offered help to the Clermont County Humane Society with this colony of cats that have overrun Jenkins Lane. Now, maybe these good neighbors and cat lovers will finally have some help.

I rather have a pet than an apple

Today, pets are in more than 60 percent of American homes. More people are incorporating pets into their leisure time, such as making them part of their exercise routines, taking them to dog parks and bringing them to family events. As a result, research involving human-animal interaction can be extremely beneficial.

This fall, the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction (ReCHAI) will explore the many ways animals benefit people of all ages during the International Society for Anthrozoology and Human-Animal Interaction Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 20-25.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity for international experts working in human-animal interaction research to connect with those already working in the health and veterinary medicine fields. A wonderful array of presentations will show how beneficial animals can be in the lives of children, families and older adults.

Earlier this year, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), co-hosted two workshops with The WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, a division of Mars Incorporated, bringing together leading experts to discuss the benefits of human-animal interaction in childhood. With support from a grant from NICHD and sponsorship from WALTHAM®, the conference will continue this discussion.

Other conference discussions will include ways that human-animal interaction benefits humans and animals, new facets of human-animal interaction, and ways to apply new human-animal interaction knowledge to their fields. Some of the presentations will highlight the special role of companion animals in facilitating reading and physical activity in children and adults.

The few studies that have been conducted suggest that pet ownership may have multiple health and emotional benefits for both children and adults. Studies have shown that pets help lower blood pressure, encourages exercise, improve psychological health. But, there has been relatively little rigorous research documenting these benefits and examining how and why they occur. By providing support for this conference and additional research studies, experts hope to generate some answers.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Help Cats In Mass

Local cat volunteers removed approximately 50 cats and kittens from a foreclosed home on Guisti Drivein Attleboro, Mass on Saturday. This is the region's latest case of apparent animal hoarding. The nonprofit Friends of the Attleboro Animal Shelter is actively seeking homes and monetary donations and gifts of pet supplies for about 34 felines, most of which appear to be under age of four.

The cats, in better shape than you would expect to find in a hoarding situation of this magnitude. It has been reported that the homeowner reportedly lost his job and had his wife die over the past two years. The Cape Cod-style home has been foreclosed and has since been sold. Online city assessors records list the most recent owners as Steven and Robin Burns. The homeowner was present when the cats were removed Saturday.

By Monday morning, the group had arranged to place 14 of the nearly 50 cats: five each at Angelcat Haven in Plainville and Providence Animal Rescue, and four others at the Attleboro Friends of Cats shelter, Knight said.Volunteer Nancy Robinson said six outdoor cats will be spayed and neutered and then held in cages at the city animal shelter.

The cost of getting all these cats vetted is astronomical; None of them are spayed or neutered or have ever received shots. Monetary donations to help volunteers care for the cats can be mailed to: FAAS, P.O. Box 592, Attleboro, MA 02703. If you would like to donate cat food, litter, blankets, crates and gloves bring them down to the Attleboro Animal Shelter on Pond Street near the Seekonk line.

To adopt or foster one of the cats contact: Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter at 508-944-3316 or e-mail AttleboroPets@hotmail.com.

Teen Tapes and Bounds Cat

In Philadelphia, a cruel teenager wrapped a cat in duct tape, put her in a shopping bag and left her in a neighbor's backyard.

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said James Davis, 19, was arrested Saturday on animal-cruelty charges. Official George Bengal said Davis admitted to taping up the cat from neck to tail after he spotted her in his yard Sept. 21st. Davis left the cat in his yard for a couple of hours, then, because the animal kept screaming, tossed her into a neighbor's yard, where at least 12 hours passed before she was noticed and authorities were contacted, Bengal said.

The cat which was later referred to as Sticky was dehydrated and had to be sedated while the tape was cut off her fur. Animal-welfare workers continue to look for her owner. Release reports state the cat is doing well.

The teen faces up to two years in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine if convicted.

Kids Interacting with Dogs Safely

The American Humane Association is launching KIDS: Kids Interacting with Dogs Safely, a dog bite prevention program targeted to children younger than 7 years of age. The program teaches children to be considerate of dogs' feelings in order to prevent dog bites.

In my book, The Miss Fido Manners (Adams Media) I provide a guide to canine-child interaction. Parents can help by their children by teaching them to respect dog's boundaries and some basic rules.

1. Children need to understand that dogs do not always make good friends.
2. Teach children how important it is to be polite for safety's skae with dog owners and pets. Instruct them to always ask if a dog is firendly and then, if the owners give permission they can pet it.
3. Kids need to learn now to interact positively with dogs. "Show and tell" them how to greet dogs. Tell youngster to be calm around dogs, lower their voice and hold a steady hand so that the dog can sniff it. Show the child first and have her mimic your actions.
4. Tell kids they need to understand the secret language of dogs by reading their body language. Explain when you are happy, you smile. When you are sad, you cry. Without words, your body reacts and shows how you feel. This is true with dogs. A dog's body can demonstrate how he feels.
5. Explain that children should neither dry to comfort the fearful dog or challenge an angry one. Tell them to remain silent, look away from the animal and leave by walking away from the dog slowly.
6. Discuss how dogs don't like surprise. It is better not to disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or playing with her toys.
7. Ask children from running, screaming or playing on the ground in the presence of a dog
8. More so with boys than girls, tell them not to tease, throw things, play rought or wrestly with a dog.
9. Boys and girls should never sneak food to a dog.
10. Adult supervision is the key.

For for more information about dog training with kids, check out Carol Lea Benjamin's Dog Training for Kids ( Howell Books).


Monday, September 28, 2009

Dog Spelled Backwards

Recently, I wrote on Twitter if I am jewish is my dog jewish? If you are catholic or protestant does your dog follow your religion?

Although humans have had, worked and used dogs for over 10,000 years, folklore about dogs has not been seriously researched until recently. In Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the dog is seldom mentioned and when it is, the reference is usually negative. But in ancient Greece, Rome, Persia and China, there is much folklore and superstition surrounding dogs who were written about and/or participated in religious rituals. Moreover, these are the regions where some of the earliest and most sophisticated dog breeding took place, kennel masters were praised and dog were considered companions as well as warriors too.

Over the years but especially in the modern world, views about our dogs have changed. Now, dogs play such a vital role in some people's lives and are considered part of the famly and in many cases, a life-line to the outside world. It is this attitude that has many dog-owning church-goers questioning doctrines teaching that animals do not have souls and do not go to heaven. Many people who love and feel a spiritual connection with their dogs, cats, and other pets complain that compassion for animals is treated as unimportant by the religious community. They complain that spiritual support is lacking during times of pet illness and pet loss.

However, pet owners do have opportunities to have their pets blessed at least once year. This weekend, pet blessings are happening around the world, on or near October 4th for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. There are many of the stories that surround the life of St. Francis deal with his love for animals. The two most significant involve him speaking to birds about how they have been blessed God and the other describes him making peace between a wolf and the village he terrorized for food. He is a favorite saint because he preached to man and beast the universal ability and duty of all creatures to praise God and the duty of men to protect and enjoy nature as both the stewards of God's creation and as creatures ourselves.

In order to celebrate his universally message, manhattan pet owners can go to uptown to the Episcopal St. John the Divine at 1047 Amserdam Avenue or downtown to catholic St. Anthony of Padua Church on 154 Sullivan Street to have their animal blessed.

I am jewish but I am going to take this opportunity to get my pets blessed.

I believe HE is everywhere.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Are You A Cat or Dog Person?

The Cat Fanciers’ Association® (CFA) is asking cat owners to cast their vote to pronounce cats America’s most favored pet in the MeetTheBreeds.com pet preference poll. Preliminary results indicate that dogs are leading the pack with 74%, while cats have 26% of the vote.

Pam DelaBar, President & CEO of the CFA is calling on approximately 88.3 million cat owners in the United States to wake up from their cat nap and vote. “Cat owners outnumber dogs by nearly 13 million among the pet-owning public,” said DelaBar. “What better way to share your love for your feline by casting your vote and giving cats the respect they deserve.”

Both dog and cat lovers have begun to voice their choices. One cat owners remarked that most cats are indoor, don’t have to be walked and don’t bark! While a dog-loving voter, on the other hand, argued that “Dogs never judge, are always happy to see you, give unconditional love, help the blind to walk and aid others with disabilities live productive lives.”

Pet owners can cast their vote online at http://www.meetthebreeds.com/ before October 6, 2009 and let us know what you think makes a dog or cat the preferred pet and download free virtual Dogs are #1” and “Cats are #1” stickers for your Web site, blog or social media pages. Check back on the site after October 14 for the announcement of the winning pet.

Sponsored by PetPartners, Inc. a leading pet healthcare provider, Meet the Breeds will be held October 17 & 18, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The event will showcase 160 AKC registered dog breeds and 41 CFA registered cat breeds in booths individually decorated to depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet. This family-friendly event is an opportunity for potential pet owners to interact with responsible breeders and play with dogs and cats while educating themselves about responsible pet ownership and choosing the right pet for their lifestyle.

Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18. Tickets allow admittance for one day and can be purchased at http://www.meetthebreeds.com/.

An Evening of Imagery and Dialogue

Goodbye, a provocative short film about the effect of technology on our most important relationships, is scheduled for a private screening by the Metropolitan Dog Club on Thursday, October 15th at the Metropolitan Republican Club at 122 East 83rd Street between Lexington and Park Avenues. Members and guests of the dog club are invited to attend an evening composed of the screening followed by an open discussion about the way our lives and our dogs' lives have changed in the 21st century.

The film, set against a New York City backdrop, follows a day-in-the-life of an average New Yorker, severely reliant upon her tools of technology. The narration of the film unites the everyday images on the screen with a new sense of understanding and purpose for what it means to create, have and sustain meaningful relationships with daily distractions. Goodbye will speak to New Yorkers, dog owners and others, reminding us all what it should mean to connect.

According to the filmmaker, Jeff Baron, “Technology has exploded in the past twenty years. It happened so quickly that we have not yet taken the time to step back and survey how being constantly connected---text, email, Facebook and Twitter---with hundreds of people affects our closest relationships with those we actually live with and see.”

Moreover, dog owners can relate to the relationship between female character and her canine companion. “The connection women have with dogs is biological, chemical, emotional and more,” states best-selling author and dog trainer, Sarah Wilson. “It is profound and unique; nourishing and complex,” she says.

After the film, a panel of experts will discuss how the our lives and the lives of dogs' lived changed in the 21st century. Wine and Hors d'Oeuvres served and included in the price of admission. To learn more about this event, visit www.metropolitandogclub.com.

Time for a Pet Move

Now that Matt is working in New York City, we decided that we need a change of venue. Really, we just need a fresh start in an apartment that we can decorate together. We need an apartment that will really just belong to both us.

While I love living on Broome Street with all of its advantages: Prada, Chanel, the Apple Store, Dean & DeLuca, Whole Foods, etc. And all of my Chinese and Senior Italian friends, we are really tired of the tourists, the traffic and dirt. Must I not forgot San Genaro. Two weeks of living Hell on Earth. With urine, vomit and rat infested street in which food is left out. Don't let me get started.
We need to move because we need more room. The solution is to pack it all up and move way uptown to a bigger apartment at a reasonable price. And that is why I decided to look on the Upper West in the 150's and 160's.

After a quick trip to my storage facility to reorganize and deliver boxes, we stopped for lunch at Charlie's Southern Fried Chicken at 151 at 8th Avenue for some down home gluttonous gourmet. We convenienced ourselves we need strenth before viewing apartments! We ate fried chicken, mac & cheese, sweet potatoes, ribs, collard greens, green beans and more. There was even food to bring home for dinner. After sitting down to feast, I controlled myself so that I did not eat so much food that I couldn't look at apartments.

After a massive lunce, we hooked up with a real estate agent to view apartments. We primarily looked at building one block east or west of Broadway. Matt and I were happy to see clean street, nice folks and large, pet friendly apartments. Before meeting with the broker, I reviewed a booklet that I wrote in 2002 about finding and relocating to a new home.

Below please find a few tips for looking for a new apartment or home with pets:

1. Discuss your pet(s) at your first meeting with a real estate professional. Tell your agent about its breed, size and personality.

2. Avoid realtors who encourage you to be dishonest about your pet. Work with professionals who want to help you find the best home for you and your animal.

3. Seek-out animal appropriate locations-buildings with service elevators, large hallways and a friendly staff, residential communities with sidewalks.

4. Think about your animal's needs. Make sure that your new residence is big enough. For cats, choose a home with a large lighted window For Dogs, pick a place with a yard nearby park or dog run.

5. Before moving, visit the neighborhood to seek out other pet owners. Ask if your new residence and neighborhood are animal-friendly.

6. Investigate all animal-related costs. Many apartments buildings, condos, co-ops and gated communities require tenants/owners to pay a nonrefundable bond for their animals. Ask if there are monthly pet maintenance fees.

7. Learn about building rules, as well as local and state regulations-including the number of pets allowed per unite. Check with the building and local health department for updated information.

8. Let neighbors knows that you have a pet. Tell them you have moved in with a dog or cat and that your animal might need a few days of adjustment before settling in. Ask them to tell you if they hear excessive meowing or barking. Thank them for understanding.

9. Don't let your pet become a nuisance. At the first sign of a problem, consult a professional dog trainer or animal behavior counselor. Ger a referral from your vet, local shelter or Yellow pages or web.

10. If your building requires a board interview, prepare your pet. Make sure your animal is looking and feeling its best. Schedule a grooming appointment so your pet can make a proper impression. Consult an obedience trainer a few weeks in advance to help you prepare your dog for a sit/stay interview.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

2010 Business of Pet Writing Conference

In today’s shaky economy you need an edge. The world of niche pet writing is like any other these days; more individuals vying for less writing assignments and publishing opportunities. Transcend your pet writing competition by attending the second annual Business of Pet Writing Conference hosted by pet expert and author Charlotte Reed, on Saturday, February 13th, 2010 in the publishing capital of the world, New York City.

The 2010 Business of Pet Writing Conference features a variety of seminars designed to give pet writers inside information, detailed direction and constructive criticism about writing, publishing and selling their work. Topics include “How Libraries Build Their Pet Book Collections”, led by Library Journal book review editor, Wilma Williams, “Leveraging Social Media for Profit”, led by book marketing and media expert, Penny Sansevieri and “The Basics of Children’s Publishing”, led by author Harold Underdown.

In addition to the expert led seminars, the Pet Writing Conference also offers agent and magazine panels composed of animal interest magazine and successful agents discussing the direction magazine and publishing houses are taking. Specifically, the agent panelists will discuss the future of the publishing industry and how the agent works with the writer to sell a book proposal. The magazine panel will cover the difference of pitching magazine versus online content. Beyond the panel discussions, representatives from Folio Literary Management, Epstein Literary, Foundry Literary + Media, and others will be available for one-on-one sessions.

Editors from such notable publications as Bowtie Press, Kennel Club Books, Animal Wellness, Dog Fancy, Doggie Aficionado, Alpine Publications, St. Martin’s Press, Dog Wise Publishing, TFH Publications, Dogs in Review, Barron’s Publishing, Storey Publishing and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will also be on hand for personal sessions with pet writers to discuss book and magazine pitches and proposals.

"The first Business of Pet Writing Conference was an unqualified success for all parties involved. Agents, editors, writers of all levels and sponsors had the opportunity to learn and network,” states Business of Pet Writing Conference founder, Charlotte Reed. “The upcoming Business of Pet Writing Conference will be equally as successful and beneficial to writers, editors, agents, and publishers looking to get ahead in the genre of animal interest.”

The Business of Pet Writing Conference is sponsored by a variety of distinguished organizations including the American Animal Hospital Association; Automobile Association of American; the American Pet Products Association; the Cat Fancier’s Association; Dyson; Halo, Purely for Pets; the Metropolitan Dog Club, and the Pet Food Institute.

Guarantee a unique opportunity to meet with publishing insiders and pet industry experts by registering early for the 2010 Business of Pet Writing Conference. The conference is offering an Early Bird special of $150 for applicants registering before October 31st. Applicants registering on November 1st will enjoy the equally reasonable price increase of $175 to attend. For more information about the Business of Pet Writing Conference, contact The Pet Socialite, Inc. 362 Broome Street, Ste.. #20, New York, New York 10013. Email: info@petwritingconference.com. Telephone: 212-631-3648. Fax: 888-492-3452.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

In Need of Grooming for Prison Guidance

The Decatur Correctional Center in Illinois is looking for a dog groomer, willing to work behind bars.

The center runs a dog-grooming training program, and Kim Schwalbach, the woman who has led it since 2002 is stepping down, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The program is known as CLIP, which stands for Correctional Ladies Improving Pets.
Thirty-six year-old Katrina Williamson went through the program and says it changed her life. She landed a job grooming dogs right out of prison. Prison official Mike Dooley says few of the women who have worked with Schwalbach have returned to prison.

And that's a good thing.

Groomer Has It: Possible Prison Sentence

According to the Greensboro News-Record, a freelance dog groomer in Greensboro, N.C., was charged with killing her roommate’s dog.

Amanda Todd, 21, was arrested Friday and charged with felony cruelty to animals. Police say Todd’s roommate left the dog with her. Todd became agitated with the dog and threw the animal across the room. The dog died from its injuries. Todd was arrested and held on $1000 bond. She has been released from jail.

Hope they revoke her license in the state of North Carolina

Protests Held in South Korea over Dog Meat

Protests were held in Seoul at at South Korean consulates and embassies around the world yesterday. Why? Because the International Day of Action for Dogs and Cats in South Korea has called for an end to using dogs and cats as food.

According to United Dogs and Cats head Ragnar Sass, “This is probably the cruelest thing that could happen to companion animals - many are tortured and end up on dinner tables. And the strangest thing is that it is happening right under our noses in one of the most rapidly developing countries in the 21st century.”

In Seoul, members of the group Coexistence for Animal Rights on Earth wore dog costumes and climbed into cages in a downtown plaza to draw attention to the issue.
“Dogs and cats are not livestock, but they are our partners. They are not food, but they are our friends,” one protester told New Tang Dynasty Television (click the link for a video). “We should abolish the bad habits of eating dogs or cats.”

Although the practice is illegal under South Korean law, an underground industry continues to flourish, with thousands of restaurants in Seoul alone serving dog. Some studies have estimated as many as one in three South Koreans have eaten dog meat.

Animal advocacy groups argue that eating dog — whether its part of the country’s culture or not — is a practice that should be ceased. Others disagree. “It’s my country’s own food culture, so South Koreans will continue to eat dog meat no matter what other countries say against it,” Park Seo-ho, who owns a restaurant that sells dog meat, told the BBC.

An international online petition campaign at has been launched in 10 languages world wide to stop the consumption of dog meat , where some groups estimate more than 2 million dogs are raised and killed for food at dog farms in South Korea every year. United Dogs and Cats is hosting an online petition campaign to draw the world’s attention to the cruel treatment of many dogs in South Korea despite animal protection laws that have been in place since early 1990s.
During the first week of the campaign, over 50,000 signatures were gathered world wide.