Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced today a Newtown therapy dog has been selected as the winner of the agency’s first Books & Barks contest. Kona, a therapy dog who regularly visits the students of Reed Intermediate School, won the nationwide contest, which was created to recognize and bring awareness to the inspirational work of therapy dogs in classrooms and libraries across the nation.

In its first year, the Books & Barks contest brought in 9,004 votes cast by the community members of eight finalists from across the U.S. The public was able to vote by visiting the Pets Best website, and the company’s Facebook page. As part of the contest, Pets Best awarded $1,000 to Reed Intermediate School and $500 to a pet therapy organization selected by Kona’s owner and handler.

 “Pets Best created the Books & Barks contest in an effort to share the stories of therapy dogs that provide ongoing support and love for children in educational settings,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, founder of Pets Best. “Kona’s efforts with Newtown students encompass the meaningful impact that therapy dogs have on children every day. We look forward to hearing more stories about helpful therapy dogs as this contest continues for years to come.”

Sandy Cornell, Kona’s owner and handler, said the 3-year-old Boston terrier has been visiting Reed Intermediate School for more than a year. In 2012, Kona became a certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International. Kona received a total of 3,211 online votes during the Books & Barks contest.  [click to continue…]


More than 300 Loving Dogs, Cats & Bunnies Available for Adoption; Low-cost microchipping & dog licensing also on site

On Sunday, September 7, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., Manhattan’s Union Square Park will be transformed into Pet Adoption Central when the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, in partnership with the Petco Foundation, present Adoptapalooza.

 The Alliance is a non-profit private charity that partners with more than 150 local animal rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that help save the lives of thousands of homeless animals in the city and help find them loving “forever” homes. [click to continue…]


Morrie Needs a New Home!

By Bart on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 in Animal Rescue

My buddy Duchess met Morrie and so did Mommy, he’s from my alma mater Pet Haven of Minnesota. He’s a good boy and needs a forever home. And he’s got a really cool long body. downloadHere’s part of his Petfinder profile and a link to the rest!

How did I get to Pet Haven: I was adopted in 2006 when I was a new puppy. Early this year my owners returned me to Pet Haven. They said I didn’t fit into their lifestyle anymore.

Hobbies: Fly fishing, chewing on stuffed toys and I am taking a night class in conversational French in case I meet a cute poodle someday. I like to run around with my sister dog who lived in this new foster home first. She is the boss (so she says).

Commands/Tricks: I sit tall (as I can get) for ANY kind of treat. I come whenever I’m called (my sister dog never comes when called, see how good I am?). I go into my crate whenever I am told even when I know my mom is leaving me for a while.

Crate/Potty Trained: I love my crate and sleep in it at night and during the day when my mom is gone. If I could sleep with my foster mom, I know I would be very quiet (she snores). I know exactly where to go potty and it is NOT in the house. I don’t waste time outside dillydallying around (like some other sister dog I know) and I take care of business right away.

Activity Level: I’m what they call “moderate” in the rescue business. I don’t need a lot of activity but I will go on a walk whenever you want. I will lie quietly in my bed in the living room but love to get on a lap if someone says its ok. Alright, so sometimes I don’t ask.

Read the rest here! Let’s find Morrie his forever home!


I’m going to a parade for Take Your Dog to Work Day

By Bart on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 in News

June 19, 2014 – Golden Valley, MN – Friday, June 20th is National Take Your Dog to Work Day and Orion Associates is planning a howling good time to celebrate with a Pooch Parade!  The dog members of Orion’s corporate staff often work Monday through Friday just like their owners as the Orion office is always dog-friendly. Take Your Dog To Work DayDogs rule this Friday with a special Pooch Parade followed by a bevy of milk bones for hungry parade participants. The Pooch Parade is open to the public and the media.

The company is celebrating its award-winning employee culture, noted as one of  Minnesota’s 100 Best Companies to Work For by Minnesota Business Magazine and named to the list of 100 Top Workplaces 2014 by the StarTribune in June of this year. Dogs in the office are just a few of the perks of this office environment which also includes full-time daycare, a green environment and other amenities (including an office doggy door).

Dawn Rennich, Orion Associates’ Director of Staffing will be available for media interviews to discuss Orion’s award-winning culture, where the average staff tenure is 8 years.  Dogs will likely require milk bones prior to performing any tricks for the cameras such as sitting, laying down or rolling over and even then there are no guarantees.  [click to continue…]


This week the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), founded by famed primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, UN Messenger of Peace, launched a new crowdfunding campaign titled, “Lights on Tchimpounga,” which aims to install a new solar array at the Institute’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of Congo.

Originally constructed to meet the needs of a sanctuary housing 30 chimpanzees, the solar array at the sanctuary is not adequate for the more than 160 chimpanzees being cared for at the sanctuary today. The array no longer provides the reliable energy source the sanctuary staff needs. From medical technology, to food storage, to backup batteries for safety fencing surrounding chimpanzee enclosures, the sanctuary staff relies on the solar array to provide electricity for many essential operations. Using a solar array, which uses photovoltaic cells to capture energy from the sun, is an environmentally friendly way of collecting energy for sanctuary operations. The go-to alternative are gasoline powered generators which create greenhouse gases and are costly to operate. [click to continue…]



Do you know someone who helps wrangle lost pets on the streets?  Do you work for a group who saves animals when natural disasters occur? Do you know a no-kill shelter that helps animals in the community?. What about a therapeutic horse ranch for kids with disabilities?  Maybe your veterinarian is notorious for pro bono medical care? That person or group has a chance to win $5,000 and be crowned the Animaltarian of the Year – presented by PetPartners.

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1.  A person who seeks to support animal welfare.
2.  An animal who assists to advance human welfare.

If you know a person, organization, veterinarian or a grass roots group that fits this bill, tell them to shoot a video of their story and submit it to Are you a video novice? You can submit on the group or person’s behalf.  Once the video is submitted, call everyone you know and get them to vote for it and get them to share the video with people they know too.

The contest starts June 2 and rolls through the dog days of summer. The Animaltarian of the Year will be announced on October 1st.  What would a $5,000 check do for your cause? We know it will help a lot and want to give it to the person or group that proves they care for animals as much as we do.

 Important Contest Dates:

• June 2nd– July 15th - Submission Round - Share Your Story. View Other Submissions.
• July 15th– August 31st - Round 1 - Share Your Video.  Get Lots of Votes.
• September 5th - September 30thRound 2 – Top 5 Finalists Selected.  Voting Starts Over.
• October 1st –Announce the winner of the $5,000 and proclaim the Animaltarian of the Year – 2014.

Once again, get the word out to animal lovers everywhere that PetPartners has $5,000 to give to the most worthy Animaltarian! Go to to get involved.

Check out this video for more information on how to get involved:




My Skinny Treats

By Bart on Friday, May 16th, 2014 in Products

My Skinny TreatsIf you’re wondering why I look so pissed off it’s because Mom wanted to take this stupid picture and it took forever. I did, eventually get some My Skinny Treats. They were yummy and thanks to for sending me the freebies. The Jerky Treats were especially good. Apparently they are for those of us who need to watch our weight but I don’t care about that.



8 Tips for Taking a Road Trip with Your Pet

By Bart on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 in Doggy Lifestyle

Road trip with your petBy Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance company for dogs and cats.

Imagine driving for three days, staying at two hotels and covering 1,383 miles with a 60-pound dog and a meow-happy cat. And, then a week later, repeating this trek to return home. Does that sound like your dream road trip? Surprisingly, it was for me! Recent national pet surveys indicate more than 70 percent of people take their dogs, and yes, even some travel-savvy cats, on road trips. To keep your sanity and ensure your pets stay safe during those long hours of driving, here are 8 tried-and-tested tips:

1. Pack with a purpose

Keep pet-travel essentials in your vehicle. My must-have list includes a water bowl, bottled water, an extra leash and collar with identification tags, poop bags, an old towel, pre-moistened wipes, a basic first-aid kit, necessary medications, a copy of health records, bedding, treats, one or two favorite toys and at least a 3-day supply of food inside resealable plastic bags or containers. [click to continue…]


35th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest

By Bart on Friday, April 25th, 2014 in Doggy Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized

On April 21, Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa hosted its 35th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest in the Drake University Knapp Center. Fifty English bulldogs were in the running for this year’s contest, all in hopes of being crowned the 2014 Drake Relays’ official mascot. With names like Linus the LoveBug, Sweet Sassy Molassy, Otis Campbell, and Mr. Mojo Rizen, this year’s contest guarantees was  full of personality.

The contest has partnered with a number of bulldog rescue organizations, including the Illinois English Bulldog Rescue, Furry Friends Refuge, the Humane Society of Perry, Animal Lifeline of Iowa, and AHeinz 57 Pet Rescue and Transportation.

“Moving the contest to The Knapp Center affirms the University’s commitment to raise the Beautiful Bulldog Contest to a new level,” says Michael Cigelman, associate athletic director and co-director of the Beautiful Bulldog Contest committee. “I hope that the Beautiful Bulldog Contest will be a vehicle to help increase the visibility of Drake University and the Drake Relays as well as raise awareness of bulldog rescue organizations.”

Photos courtesy of Drake University. All Rights Reserved.




Farthest from the Dog House: Linus the Love Bug, Rebecca Richardson, Washington, Il, 272 miles

Best Dressed: Deliylah Destiny Drake, Tressa Yeggy, Des Moines, IA

Congeniality: Baby, John Jacobson, Pleasant Hill, IA

Our Rescue Dog Recognition: Gracie, Carolyn Hofer, Guttenberg, IA

The Porterhouse People’s Choice: Stanley, Nick and Gina Costanzo, Polk City, IA

Second Runner-up: Lord Nelson, the First Sea Lord, Martha Marsot, Keokuk,IA

First Runner-up: Zuul, Adrienne Phelps, Marengo, IA

Most Beautiful Bulldog: Lucey, Tiffany Torstenson, Waukee, IA



Celebrate Earth Day with your dog

By Bart on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 in Doggy Lifestyle, News

Thanks Pedigree for this great article. For more articles from Pedigree, visit their site here and click on the link at the bottom for the rest of the article!

This is my brother Cosmo

This is my brother Cosmo

Out of all the holidays on the calendar, how many of them can you truly celebrate with your dog? Christmas and Valentine’s Day, yes. But President’s Day, Flag Day, and Labor Day? Perhaps not.

One wonderful holiday to add to the “yes” list is Earth Day. It’s a natural! At that time of year, the springtime weather is calling you and your dog outdoors and, with all the people and other dogs milling about, the world can seem like one big dog park.

Off to the park

Many Earth Day celebrations take place in parks. This makes sense, of course, because in urban areas parks are as close as you can get to a “natural” Earth environment. And large parks can accommodate all the people and dogs that show up to celebrate. But before you head out to the festivities, check to make sure your local event and its venue are, indeed, dog friendly.

As with any fun day in the park with your dog, be sure to bring food, water, a leash, and everything you’ll need to clean up after nature calls.

Other ways to celebrate Mother Earth


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