Alison Sweeney Pledges to Help Pets Lose a Million Pounds

May 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm , by

Alison and her pup Winky

Alison Sweeney spends a lot of time talking about healthy diet and weight loss (as host of The Biggest Loser and author of The Mommy Diet, it’s unavoidable!). But when her vet mentioned that her much-loved Boston terrier Winky was two pounds overweight, she balked.

“I thought, ‘Oh, great, she sounds fine,’ ” Sweeney says. “But then my vet made me realize that when your dog only weighs 20 pounds, two pounds is a lot. I really needed to take it seriously – our dogs count on us to be their owners and take charge.”

As America’s poster girl for healthy families, Sweeney certainly wasn’t going to leave her precious pooch in the lurch. By changing Winky’s diet and scheduling regular exercise, Sweeney was able to get Winky back to a healthy weight—and teach her six-year-old son Ben a few lessons to boot.

“I think Ben has learned a lot,” she says. “Most importantly, he’s seen that our responsibility as a pet owner is to take care of our pets. But also he saw firsthand the simplicity of healthy eating and exercise, and how that helps keep our bodies healthy. I have Ben note on the calendar the days we plan to take Winky for walks, and it’s become a big thing we can do as a family.”

And Sweeney’s not stopping at just her own family. Just last week she kicked off the Million Pound Pledge for pet food Hill’s Science Diet, a national campaign to help our chubby man’s best friends get healthier and (you guessed it) lose a million pounds. To take the pledge and jump-start your pet’s healthier lifestyle go to, where you’ll also find a bunch of fun interactive tools to track and learn more about Fido’s weight loss, and—bonus—some pet food rebates.

“It’s a great time to get your pet healthy,” Sweeney says—and we agree!

A Do-Good Gift Idea

November 2, 2009 at 11:05 am , by

pupWe love the reusable bag trend (which is hopefully here to stay!) and we love pets, so we were happy to hear that Envirosax is donating $1 from every 5-bag set sold in November to the ASPCA. The money will go toward providing food and medical care to pets in shelters, and help give abandoned pets a second chance at finding homes.

The bag sets would make a great holiday gift that does double-duty to help the environment and pets too. Nice!

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Do Good: Free Kibble for Hungry Pets

September 28, 2009 at 9:32 am , by

freekibbleFreeKibble is the easiest (and most fun!) way to Do Good since FreeRice. The concept is similar—play pet-themed trivia games at the site and you’ll earn food for hungry dogs and cats in shelters across the U.S. The charity was started by 12-year-old Mimi Ausland, who wanted to help feed hungry animals at her local shelter in Bend, Oregon. Since then, Free Kibble has expanded to shelters as far away as Florida and donated 162,643,560 pieces of kibble since April 1, 2008! Impressive, right? FreeKibble is pretty addictive for adults (perfect lunch-break game!), but it’s also a fun way to get kids involved in giving back.

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