June 26: Take Your Dog To Work Day

Mark your calendar and be ready to get no work done. This year’s Take Your Dog To Work Day is Friday, June 26, 2015 and it is exactly what it says – take your dog to work, show off his strut, his fancy collar, and watch him get loved like he’s a rock star.

Before you head to work, make sure you’re prepared

  1. Dog-proof your workspace – make sure all loose wires and plugs are tidied up and tied together. Empty the trash can so your dog doesn’t make a bad impression and dig through your garbage looking for that wrapper from the sandwich you had yesterday.
  2. Manners – if your pet needs a refresher course, spend a few days before going to work reinforcing commands. Sit, stay, no, and come are all great ones to know. If your dog isn’t walked on a leash often, start taking walks in the evening to retrain your dog to not pull and stop walking when you stop.
  3. What to bring – treats, two bowls – one for water, one for food, paper towels in case there’s an accident, something soft for your dog to lay on, and a quiet toy or chewie for your dog. Make sure the ID tag on your dog’s collar is secure too!
  4. Your camera – on your phone or whatever, because you’ll want to remember this day!

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Deadly and Dangerous Weapons: Tails

Ever been hit in the face by a dog’s tail? Ever had a tail knock over your mug of coffee? Then you know what it’s like to have this weapon in the house. Here’s a few videos of tails assaulting other animals.

Poor little dog

Here’s what it’s like in slow motion

This cat will tolerate it to keep his spot on the couch

Watch out for the paws too!

Cruising with Fido: Tips for a Safe and Fun Car Ride with Your Dog

Most dogs love car rides. It’s exciting to them to look out the window and watch the buildings, trees, and other cars whizz by. The wind and different smells keep their noses moving and will bounce from window to window.

Dogs like to explore and having them loose in the car allows them to move around and find their perfect perch spot. Now, not all dogs will bound around. Some will find their spot and settle down. Some dogs I know just lay down in the backseat and don’t move. But, an overly excited dog might get in your way as you drive and that can create a dangerous situation for you.

Make sure your car rides are safe:

Keep Fido in the back seat: Keeping your dog in the back protects them for the harm of an airbag opening and hurting them. Airbags open with a force of about 200 miles an hour, which could severely injure your pet. Car harnesses aren’t 100% safe but they prevent your dog from blocking the rearview mirror, trying to sit on your lap, or hitting the gear shift.

For the safety of your pet and you, remember to use a pet safety harness and keep your dog in the backseat. Car harnesses can be purchased at your local pet store. They look very similar to a regular walking harness but have a strap where the seat belt fits through. Your dog can sit, stand, and stretch out in the backseat comfortably and you can concentrate on the road.

Use a crate: If you are going on a long trip, you may want to use a carrier or dog crate in the back hatch area of your car. If you have a large car or SUV, a mid-size dog crate fits in the back with plenty of room for your luggage. Your dog can lie down, have a bowl of water, and some food. It also will keep your dog from losing his/her balance as easily as when standing on the backseat when you make that right or left turn. For long trips, it is best to not feed your dog a regular size meal but many small snacks. It will help prevent motion sickness.

Keep Fido IN the car: Not every dog needs to be restrained. If you have a dog that doesn’t bounce around the car in a hyper manner, you’re very lucky! However, never let your dog stick its head out the window. It’s not safe and the wind can actually give your dog an ear infection. Dust, debris, and that flying cigarette from the car in front of you could hurt your pup!

Opening the window a few inches is enough for your dog to smell the air, enjoy the breeze, and stay safe. Also, you’ll be able to make sure your dog doesn’t accidentally fall out the window or jump if there’s something worth chasing!

If your destination isn’t too far and the weather is perfect, skip the car, put on your best sneakers, and take the walk! Your dog will thank you for it. Remember, a tired dog is a well-behaved dog.

5 Ways Pets Make Our Lives Better

Adopting a pet isn’t just great for the pet. It’s great for you too. You may have read articles that tell you that pets reduce stress and help with depression… and it’s true!

  1. They boost our self-esteem – an article from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology shows that pet owners exhibit stronger self-esteem than non-pet-owners which improves interactions with others, helps with shyness, and makes our days not as rough.
  2. Pets help reduce allergies – sounds weird, right? But being exposed to a pet early in life can decrease your allergic reactions to animals. In a study, it was found that people who had pets in their house as children were about 50% less likely to develop reactions to animals as adults.
  3. You’re not alone – pets help fulfill social needs and help us stay on top of our game. We might feel a little lonely but we still a pet that asks for our attention and asks for us to play, cuddle, and go for walks. A pet helps prevent us from getting stuck in our negative thoughts and in some ways remind us to stay present.
  4. Pets keep us healthy – playing, jogging, and walking your dog improves our overall health. Dragging a toy around for your cat to hunt and pounce is better than being a couch potato. Pets keep us active! They reduce stress by reminding us that it’s not all about bills and work, and petting a pet can reduce our blood pressure.
  5. Pets improve our interactions – owning a pet can draw people to us. Your dog might spark a conversation with a stranger on the street or another dog lover at the park. Your cat sitting in the window might make someone ask you how old s/he is. Pets can be natural conversation starters!

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Klooff – Pet Pictures All The Time

Is your Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook full of selfies from your friends? Is this starting to bug you? If you’re looking for an avenue where you can show off your cute pets – there’s a solution. It’s called Kloof. It’s all pet pictures, only pet pictures.

The founder of Kloof understands that pets are part of our lives, they are our “kids” and our best friends. While you can share pics of them on your Facebook and instagram, why not have a place where it’s only for them?

Kloof is similar to Instagram, allowing users to take and post photos and short videos. However, there are some differences: Kloof is web-based, with an app too for your phone and it has sections for you to choose from when posting your pet. You don’t need followers to see your photos, they are public and categorized. Anyone can check them out and vote the pics up and down. When you create a log-in, you create it as your pet, not as yourself.

Want to see what Kloof is about? Check it out here.

Do you use Kloof? Share your pics with us.

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7 Reasons Why Guinea Pigs Make Awesome Pets

Thinking about a getting a small pet that you and your family can love, play with, and doesn’t take up much space? Then say hello the guinea pig! They are social animals that like attention and do well in pairs. They are known to bond with their owners and have been known to love being cuddled and coo with delight. Need more reasons?

Here are 7 Reasons Why Guinea Pigs Are Awesome Pets

  1. They don’t need a lot of supplies, just a basic setup of hay, pellets, and a tunnel in a good size cage where they can walk around and everything fits nicely.
  2. They love to exercise and romp. Take them out of their cage for about an hour a day and let them play and explore. A small area like a hallway or even a bathroom is big enough for them to get mental stimulation and physical exercise.
  3. They don’t need crazy expensive toys! Something as simple as a tube that once had paper towels on it is awesome to them. Small ping pong balls can provide a fun game of chase.
  4. Guinea pigs are clean animals and don’t often need baths. You might want to brush them if they have long hair and to remove some hay and debris from their fur but bathing isn’t necessary and can cause them to catch a cold.
  5. They speak to you and react to your actions. Guinea pigs have adorable vocalizations such as grunts, purrs, coos, chirps, and squeaks. If they see you bringing them their favorite treat you can be sure you’ll hear some delight in the form of one of these sounds.
  6. They love vegetables and need lots of leafy greens and vitamin C. It’s a diet that is easy to maintain and may remind you to eat more vegetables!
  7. They like being indoors and won’t try to dart out the front door. Play time is safe, clean, and easy with these little guys.

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7 Reasons Why Guinea Pigs Make Awesome Pets


Thinking about a getting a small pet that you and your family can love, play with, and doesn’t take up much space? Then say hello the guinea pig! They are social animals that like attention and do well in pairs. They are known to bond with their owners and have been known to love being cuddled and coo with delight. Need more reasons?

Here are 7 Reasons Why Guinea Pigs Are Awesome Pets

  1. They don’t need a lot of supplies, just a basic setup of hay, pellets, and a tunnel in a good size cage where they can walk around and everything fits nicely.
  2. They love to exercise and romp. Take them out of their cage for about an hour a day and let them play and explore. A small area like a hallway or even a bathroom is big enough for them to get mental stimulation and physical exercise.
  3. They don’t need crazy expensive toys! Something as simple as a tube that once had paper towels on it is awesome to them. Small ping pong balls can provide a fun game of chase.
  4. Guinea pigs are clean animals and don’t often need baths. You might want to brush them if they have long hair and to remove some hay and debris from their fur but bathing isn’t necessary and can cause them to catch a cold.
  5. They speak to you and react to your actions. Guinea pigs have adorable vocalizations such as grunts, purrs, coos, chirps, and squeaks. If they see you bringing them their favorite treat you can be sure you’ll hear some delight in the form of one of these sounds.
  6. They love vegetables and need lots of leafy greens and vitamin C. It’s a diet that is easy to maintain and may remind you to eat more vegetables!
  7. They like being indoors and won’t try to dart out the front door. Play time is safe, clean, and easy with these little guys.

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29 Benefits of Owning a Pet

There are a lot of reasons to own a pet. Some of us have grown up with pets and it’s hard to imagine living without one as an adult. Others of us may work with animals and sometimes find that there’s one little stray that borrowed its way into our hearts and homes or that foster pup ended up being a furever pup. Sometimes pets find us and literally follow us home (this happened to my cousin years ago).

Regardless of why you have a pet, the health benefits are great and plentiful. Studies have shown that pet owners have decreased levels of stress and tend to have better levels of cholesterol than those who do not own pets. We’ve talked about the benefits of having a dog and when it comes to getting out of the house and exercising as well as the silly things our pets do that make us laugh.

Here’s 29 benefits of owning a pet

  1. They reduce allergies in children who grow up with them
  2. Petting a pet can reduce stress
  3. Walking or jogging with your dog can help you stay fit
  4. When you least expect it, they can make you laugh
  5. Hugging a pet can help relieve sadness
  6. Taking care of a pet can keep us from falling into funks
  7. Dogs can detect illnesses in us (like cancer) and help us get treatment sooner
  8. They are great therapists and always listen to our woes
  9. When it’s cold, a pet snoozing on the bed can warm it up before we go to sleep
  10. Pets won’t judge us if we eat popcorn for dinner or ice cream for breakfast
  11. Pets also don’t care if our socks don’t match
  12. Dogs are more than happy to help clean up any dropped food, especially around the high chair of your baby
  13. Dogs will bark to alert you someone is near your house
  14. If you lose something in the house (like keys) chances are your pet knows where they are, like under them. My cat sits on the things I tend to need.
  15. They’ll gladly help you finish that ham and cheese sandwich
  16. If you need to turn the soil in your yard, your dog may volunteer and dig those holes for you (just might not be where you want them)
  17. Alarm clocks aren’t necessary when your dog has a routine and will gladly keep you on it too
  18. Can help fidgety people calm down. Pet fish can help people learn to sit still and relax
  19. Dogs trained to notice health changes can keep us safe like diabetic and seizure alert dogs that can detect changes in our body before we can
  20. Pets can help children with autism communicate better
  21. Shedding pets will remind us to vacuum! Else we are all furry
  22. Some are just so ugly that they are cute and make us smile for no reason
  23. Pets can reduce the risk of eczema
  24. Some dogs can be trained to sniff out things – like food that contains ingredients you are allergic to and steer you away from them
  25. They remind to live in the present and stop worrying about the future or wishing for a different past. They are your Zen gurus
  26. Dogs can help you make friends at the dog park or on a walk
  27. A teething puppy can remind you to “let go” of material goods (especially when they chew them up!)
  28. Decrease stress
  29. Lowers blood pressure

What would YOU add to this list?

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What Pets write in their dairies…

Excerpts from a Dog’s Diary……
8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary…
Day 983 of my captivity…

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.  They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.  In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet.  I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of.  However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight.  I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event.  However, I could hear the noises and smell the food.  I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’  I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking.  I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.  The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return.  He is obviously retarded.

The bird has got to be an informant.  I observe him communicating with the guards regularly.  I am certain that he reports my every move.  My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe.  For now……………..

On Wisconsin!

It all started at a terrific little restaurant on East 34th Street in New York City called The Barking Dog. Although pets aren’t allowed inside the restaurant, there’s a large outdoor dining patio where pets are permitted. And just inside the door I spotted a large bowl filled with dog biscuits. The walls are adorned with photos of dogs and cute sayings on a blackboard about dogs and people. All-in-all, a very nice, family-type restaurant with an extraordinarily wide range of dishes on the menu.

Okay, that’s the pet-friendly story from your pet-friendly website. However, now to the food. Have you noticed that almost everything you can order on the menu in almost any restaurant today comes with cheese? How did that happen? Do I want cheese on my bacon and egg sandwich? On my grilled Portobello mushroom sandwich? Grilled chicken with cheese on top? No matter what you order today, they ask, “Do you want cheese?” A cheeseburger maybe (I prefer blue cheese), or a ham and cheese sandwich for sure.

It’s certainly the doings of Wisconsin—the cheese state and home of the Cheese Heads. Now it’s a perfectly nice place. Our next door neighbors are from Wisconsin, and we’ve never had a problem with them (except when the Giants played Green Bay in the playoffs in 2008, but that’s another story), and frankly I can’t recall them ever serving me cheese at their house. Also my son and daughter-in-law attended the Univ. of Wisconsin, and my granddaughter currently goes there. But still—enough is enough. I’m tired of cheese on everything I order.

Even macaroni and cheese, my all-time childhood favorite from Kraft, you can’t order in a restaurant without it being four cheese macaroni. Or four-cheese pizza! Whatever happened to just plain Mac ‘n Cheese, or plain pizza with mozzarella and tomato sauce? Or a hot dog with sauerkraut and mustard—not a cheese dog. But do I really want cheese on my fries? Why?

Fortunately, the cheese craze hasn’t taken over the dog-food market entirely. It turns out that cheese is not great for dogs. Pets lack significant amounts of lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose in dairy products. As a result, some may have difficulty with digestion and end up with stomach upset, although probably low-fat cheeses are okay. In fact, here are ten foods that are not good for your pets: http://bit.ly/f02k4g.

I think someone should look into the Wisconsin Cheese Lobby. Check with Vermont also–they’re no slouch in cheese-producing prowess.