Hey guys- long time no talk, right? I miss you all. I'm here, though as you probably noticed less so than I used to be. It's by design- lots of stuff in the works as always, and figuring out how this little blog fits in to all of it is always something I think about. People are reading fewer words these days, looking at more pictures, listening to more podcasts. How do we continue to stay in touch in a world whose canvas is ever-changing? Do I even want to try? (Yes. You should always try.) ... Read more »
Want to Be a Good Dog Neighbor? Throw a Bark Party!
This post is sponsored by State Farm®. Having good neighbors, as we all know, can be a roll of the dice. Our first week in our new home, we waved to people passing by, but no one said much. I wondered how we were ever going to get to know anyone. Later that week, my often-shy daughter barreled out the front door and down the driveway when she spotted a girl about her age walking her Golden Retriever down the street. “I have a Golden too!” my daughter said, and it was the start of a ... Read more »
Safe and styling travel: The Auto treat featuring Sleepypod Clickit and PeaceLovePaws!
It's summer- heck, the fourth of July is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, and you know what that means. Traffic. Sitting on the road. Making sure your pet doesn't get carsick. That sort of thing. Carsickness aside, the biggest risk to pets with travel is the danger of an unsecured pet- for the pet himself, and for you. Unsecured, a pet is a projectile during an accident, and even in minor crashes there is a very high rate of injury when pets escape and run into traffic. Even a ... Read more »
Bites for Books: Halo Pet Treat to Eat!
We are almost to the end of our treat selections and they are going fast! All you need to do is order 2 copies of the book and you get a treat- it's like free goodies from heaven! Today's treat comes to you courtesy of Halo Pet Food, a long-time friend of the blog. They are ingredient-focused, with an emphasis on no chicken meal, by-product meal, or rendered meat. You may be familiar with the brand as a highly philanthropic company, with their freekibble.com site donating hundreds ... Read more »
Tags for Tomes: PetHub and Lost Pet Prevention Month!
July is Lost Pet Prevention Month, and that's a huge deal. After all, the fifth of July is the single busiest day of the year for shelters, due to a cross-the-country habit of loud explosives sending panicked dogs and cats screaming out the door the night before. If you think your pet is a flight risk, there's still time! Talk to the vet about anxiety prevention measures before you need them. Acepromazine, that old stand-by sedative, is actually a terrible choice as it does nothing to ... Read more »
Giveaway: Halo Night at the Oscars Goodies Grab Bag!
When I was in college, I volunteered one night at a Grammys gifting suite. As a peon, I wore my one nice dress and handed bags full of ridiculously extravagant presents to celebrities and/or celebrity assistants. In return, I got....well, to say that I did it, I guess. Swag has gotten even more crazy in the ensuing years. Out of control, even. Compared to the Grammys, the Oscars are even more insane- the "Everybody Wins at the Oscars" bag given to the non winning nominees in the top 5 ... Read more »
On the twelfth day of Christmas AND another giveaway!
My doggie gave to me: 12 Yummers Yumming! Eleven Crunchy Carrots Ten Snorers Sleeping Nine Surfin' Santas Eight Toes a-Twinklin' Seven Noshes Nibbled Six things to lay on Five faaaavorite things Four doggie nerds Three Irish Hounds Two turtles, Dove And a cat messing up my new tree! Thank you to Annette at Biscuits By Lambchop for bringing up the end of this crazy train :) Treats for all tonight! Speaking of that, for those of you who are still around, I do have another giveaway ... Read more »
Naughty or Nice Giveaway 1: Motorola WiFi Pet Monitor!
Has your pet been naughty or nice this year? You can find out for sure with the Motorola Scout1B Wifi Pet Monitor. I used a camera like this to verify it was indeed Kekoa and not Brody who was counter surfing while we were out. Here's the description: This remote Motorola Scout1 Wi-Fi Video PET Monitor camera allows you to monitor your pets from anywhere. Catch live action, record video and take snapshots while controlling the camera with Remote Pan, Tilt and Digital Zoom. Home ... Read more »
A Dog’s Holiday Wishlist
One of my favorite holiday traditions is going over to Fox5 News and doing a bit with Rancho Coastal Humane Society talking about the dogs' holiday wishes (next to being adopted, of course.) Just me, Santa, and a bunch of adorable dogs all doing our best to avoid any sort of Ron Burgundy stereotypes about San Diego programming. Here's the segment with the 6 adorable pups. :) It's always hard to pick just 6 items, but here is what we presented this year: 1. The ThunderShirt ... Read more »
Back to School Giveaway: Busy Treats Bag
Remember that Staples back to school commercial, the one where the dad was riding a cart around the store to "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?" That was me. The sad, dejected faces dragging around behind him? Not my kids. They like school. Brody, on the other hand...Brody is sad. He's lost his summertime playmates to the double whammy of school, plus homework and extracurricular activities. Having me around is OK, but it's not the same as the kids. And if your dog is anything like ... Read more »
Super Special Thursday Giveaway: Canine Cool Hipster VIP Red Carpet Bag!
There are blogs that I like, and blogs that I love. There are blogs that I read and think, wow, this person is the bomb and I love what they are doing and I wish I had done some of that too. Those are rare. Joanne's is one of them. The Tiniest Tiger has been a voice for conservation for years. By drawing parallels between our feline friends in the foyer and the majestic cats on the prowl in the wild, Joanne brings home issues that are near and dear to my heart. And because she is smart and ... Read more »
Giveaway Tuesday: Low Odor Bully Sticks from Doggyloot
Welcome to Giveaway Tuesday, where we offer you the chance to win a cool prize for your favorite spoiled pets. Today, we have a 10-Pack of Low Odor Bully Sticks From Doggyloot. (This prize is not affected by the current recall. I checked.) I'm already in a lot of trouble from flash sites: Gilt, the Clymb, just to name a few. A good deal is pretty irresistible. And now there's a new pet flash site to suck up your disposable income: Doggyloot is a flash sales site where you can discover new dog ... Read more »
Giveaway Tuesday: Designer dog beds from PetDreams.com!
Brody's dog bed was turning into a sad and sorry thing, a tattered vestige that much like Linus's blanket, he didn't want to part with despite its obvious state of despair. I'd try to hide it, and he would go drag it out of the closet and back to the bedroom. Every time I thought about throwing it out, he'd follow me with such a concerned look that I couldn't bring myself to toss it, despite it being a bed only in the most academic of senses by this point. So when PetDreams.com, a ... Read more »
Giveaway Tuesday: Goo Gut Rescue!
I think many of you will remember the post and giveaway we did a few months back with Healthy Goo, a product designed to help pets with allergic disease. The response was great and it's clear there is a huge need for more options for people to manage their pet's allergic disease. With their success, the people at Goo are busily developing new products to help pets live long and well. I'm happy today to have another giveaway and share a little about the latest product, Goo Gut ... Read more »
Giveaway Tuesday: End Cat Boredom!
Easier said than done, right? How do you motivate a couch catato to get their keister off the ottoman and go run around? If you have a surefire trick, well, patent it, because the rest of us have to keep trying new things. Friskies is on a mission to help with their "End Cat Boredom" campaign, which albeit tongue in cheek addresses a real issue. In support of the campaign, they are offering some Boredom Buster kits, and by some I mean FIFTY, to you guys. Which is awesome, right? The kits ... Read more »
Giveaway: Lele Pets Gift Certificate!
OK, what's today, the 19th? So as you read this, I should be at the base of Mt. Meru, walking through rain forests, passing a massive fig tree, and looking out for marauding buffalo. I won't be gasping for air and retching from altitude sickness for two more days. Regardless, I am there are you are here, and to thank you for checking in I have a wonderful giveaway today from LeLe Pets! If you're an addict like I am to sites like Gilt or the Clymb, you know these daily deal sites can be ... Read more »
All tests are not created equal: Inside Natura Part 3 (and a giveaway)
As long as the internet continues to be a depthless repository of the past, an endless attic of antiquity where people can dredge up whatever photo or story they want from previous years and turn it into whatever they wish, Procter and Gamble will struggle with the PETA/Iams cruelty video from a decade ago. Peta continues to drag it out every few months because, well, it gets well meaning people to send them money, despite the fact that it was inaccurate at best, and no longer relevant at ... Read more »
Giveaway Tuesday: Royal Canin Doggy Day Spa Pack
I have a giveaway today, which is good because I'm as you can imagine a little off my writing game this week. I've been digesting a lot these past few days. Transitions always do that, don't they? So anyway, today we have a giveaway of *two* Doggy Day Spa packs, courtesy of Royal Canin. The dog pack giveaway is being done in celebration of the release of their new X-small dog food, designed for dogs under 8 pounds. I saw this diet for the first time when it was being premiered at Global Pet ... Read more »