Puppy Love

February 12, 2010 at 1:40 pm , by

Don’t forget to give your pet a sweet treat this Valentine’s Day! Though many people don’t need a reminder, considering that 21% of adults would rather spend V-Day with their pet than their spouse (that’s according to a recent global study by Reuters/Ipsos.) Although it doesn’t say much for matrimony (‘til dog do us part?), it does prove just how much we love our pets! Show yours how much you care with one of these Valentine’s Day gifts.

1. Dog SnSnuggie for Dogsuggie

2. Hearts Collar

3. Custom Dog Tee

4. Kitty Breath Mints

5. Real Dogs Wine

And if you don’t have a pet to snuggle with this Valentine’s Day, there’s always pet adoption

Party Animal! A Playlist for your Pets

February 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm , by

Puppy PartyThrowing a birthday party for your pet might give some people pause (paws?), but I’m not one of them!  That’s why I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a pet playlist — a “mix tape” celebrating our four-legged pals that can also double as the soundtrack to your pet’s next party!

1. Cat Scratch Fever: Ted Nugent
2. Who Let The Dogs Out: Baha Men
3. Three Little Birds: Bob Marley
4. Another Saturday Night: Cat Stevens
5. Puppy Love: Paul Anka
6. I’m Like A Bird: Nelly Furtado
7. Three Cool Cats: The Beatles
8. Hound Dog: Elvis Presley
9. Free Bird: Lynard Skynard
10. Honky Cat: Elton John
11. Beautiful: Snoop Dogg
12. Hummingbird: Wilco
13. Float On: Modest Mouse
14. Black Dog: Led Zeppelin
15. Free As A Bird: The Beatles

What would YOUR pets listen to?

The Purr-fect Welcome Wagon

January 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm , by

PUPPYThere ‘s nothing more comforting than when your pet greets you at the door, tail wagging. Even on days when you’re coming in from the rain, soaking wet, carrying broken soggy shopping bags, he’s still there, thrilled to see you. It is truly an animal-induced ego boost.  Those could have been anyone’s keys jingling in the hallway, but somehow Fluffy knew exactly who was approaching the front door… But does that mean that pets can tell time? More importantly, how do they know? While Fluffy clearly isn’t wearing a wrist watch every day, he is still in tune with your schedule, according to psychologist William A. Roberts.  Cats and dogs are mainly wired for feeding times, which pretty much throws your ‘just excited to see me’ theory out the window (stupid science). I’ll take the unconditional love waiting at the welcome mat (even if it’s the unconditional love of roast beef)!

Even Cats Get Cancer

January 20, 2010 at 11:12 am , by

IMG_0674My wife and I learned a term the other day, a term we wish we had come across earlier so that when we did hear of it—from our vet—it would not have knocked our happy family so hard: feline fibrosarcoma. This is a rare form of cancer in cats that’s malignant and fast-spreading; the tumor that hit our nine-year-old Lydia (at right), showed up in mid-December on her left side. The biopsy results confirmed our vet’s initial suspicion. He’s seen a few other recent cases, and since feline fibrosarcoma is caused by vaccination, he could read Lydia’s shot history in her medical file. The vet did surgery as quickly as he could and now we’re waiting for Lydia to heal. So far the sarcoma has not spread but the vet says it’s likely to.

Anyone else have this happen to their beloved cat? I’d love to find someone out there who’s been through this, so if you have any experiences to share, thanks in advance. Feline fibrosarcoma is not an immediate death sentence but its survival rates apparently vary widely. Lydia has used up a couple of her lives already so we’re hoping she has quite a few more to count on!

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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