What to feed us this holiday season

By Bart on Friday, December 12th, 2014 in Doggy Lifestyle, Products

The holidays are chock-full of hazards for pets. According to PetInsurance.com, the top five holiday dangers to pets include holiday tinsel and ornaments, holiday lighting and candles, gift wrap ribbon, food hazards and toxic holiday plants. In addition, many agree that it’s difficult to resist treating pets with table scraps during the holidays.

To help  keep harmful food items out of reach this holiday season, Petco is sharing a list of what’s safe — and what’s not safe — to feed your pets.



Thanks to Susies Hope

By on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 in Animal Rescue, News

Donna Lawrence and “Susie,” of Susies Hope Foundation (High Point, NC) and the film, Susie’s Hope, were welcomed as honored guests at the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation’s 21st Annual Lady In Red Gala: A Night In Shanghai this weekend at Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida on Saturday evening, December 6, 2014.
The fitting invitation follows Susie’s recognition as the American Humane Association 2014 Hero Dog earlier this year. The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation partners with the American Humane Association (AHA) to support its mission to protect children and animals and promote awareness of the mutual benefits to both people and animals and their mutual bond. Pope extended the personal invitation to Susie as the first canine to attend the prestigious social event. Proceeds from this year’s gala, hosted by Martin Short and co-chaired by Mrs. Pope, Dr. Robert Mackler, Patrick Park and Lola Astanova, will be donated to the American Humane Association. Melania and Donald Trump were honorary chairs.

As an introduction to Susie’s story, guests enjoyed a brief video excerpt from the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. Both Susie and Donna Lawrence were victims of tragedy caused by animal abuse and neglect. Together, they have grown in hope, trust and love to not only demonstrate the bond between humans and animals and their mutual ability to mend brokenness, but also change animal cruelty laws.

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Thanksgiving foods pets should not eat

By Bart on Friday, November 21st, 2014 in Doggy Lifestyle, News

Labs are always the worst!

Labs are always the worst!

Thanks to Pet’s Best for ruining all my table scraps this year. But it’s true, these can make us sick!

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means an abundance of delicious food. However, many Thanksgiving foods that people enjoy aren’t healthy for pets to consume. This is important to remember during holiday meals, when dogs and cats beg for table scraps and guests might fall for those cute faces. To ensure your pets remain healthy this Thanksgiving, below are six dishes to keep away from your pets. Be sure to inform your family and dinner guests about these potentially toxic or dangerous foods so they do not feed them to your pets.

Ham – Ham and other pork products can cause pancreatitis, upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea. Ham tends to be high in fat as well, which can lead to obesity in pets. Even a small amount of ham can contribute a very large amount of calories in a small dog or cat.

Turkey Bones – Bones can cause severe indigestion in dogs and cats, potentially causing vomiting and obstructing the bowel. Bones may also splinter and cause damage to the inside of the stomach and intestines. In some cases, turkey bones may even puncture through the stomach and cause a potentially fatal abdominal infection.

Stuffing – Thanksgiving dressing is often made with onions, scallions or garlic. These ingredients are extremely toxic to dogs and cats and can cause a life-threatening anemia (destruction of the red blood cells). It’s best to avoid feeding any amount of stuffing to pets. [click to continue…]

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ASPCA announces 2014 Dog of the Year

By Bart on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 in Animal Rescue, News

A group of outstanding animals and people – including a therapy cat, a 10-year-old girl with a special wish, a twelve-term Congressman and a resilient pit bull– were honored at this year’s ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City on November 13th. The ceremony recognized animal heroes who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts as well as individuals who have shown great commitment to animal welfare during the past year.

“The 2014 Humane Awards winners represent  stories of tremendous courage and determination, but also remind us how important animals are to our lives, and the care and protection we can give them in return,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker. “We are proud to honor these winners, and hope their journeys inspire more humane action across the country.”

The ASPCA’s annual Humane Awards Luncheon was sponsored by the Hartville Pet Insurance Group, Inc., one of America’s oldest pet health insurers and provider of ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.

Following a nationwide public call for nominations, an ASPCA-appointed committee reviewed hundreds of entries and selected winners in six categories. The 2014 ASPCA Humane Award winners are:

ASPCA Dog of the Year

Jonny Justice was one of 49 dogs rescued from unimaginable cruelty in the 2007 Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation, which resulted in a the conviction of NFL quarterback Michael Vick and others. A black and white pit bull, Jonny had had minimal positive interactions with people or other dogs at the time of his rescue, but was given a second chance when he was adopted by his foster parents, Cris Cohen and Jennifer Long. As Jonny adjusted to life as a typical pet, it became clear that he loved interacting with children. In 2008, he found his true calling as a therapy dog, and these days spends much of his time offering love and support to terminally ill children and their families. Jonny is also a champion for literacy and has participated in programs where children practice their language skills by reading aloud to him. The tale of Jonny’s comeback—from the horrors of dog fighting to the inspirational work of a therapy dog—has traveled far and wide, even inspiring a line of plush toys that extend his ability to comfort children across the country.

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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…]

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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…]

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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!

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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…]