Happy Cyber Monday! It's the perfect time to share some of my favorite go-to places for puppy-licious products and information. You'll also want to check out some of the product reviews and books listed here on puppies.about.com.
Most of y'all know that I also write books and am a huge fan of staying up to date on good information. If a puppy is in your future, or you'd like to "gift" someone with a physical book, PetCareRx has some nice options for puppy lovers. My colleague Teoti Anderson's book Puppy Care & Training (there on the left) is a good place to start, and for those looking for more to do with their puppy, check out the book 50 Games to Play With Your Dog. I think my Magical-Dawg would enjoy some of those, too!
I'm also a HUGE fan of audio books especially for those that don't have the time to sit down to read. With an audiobook, you're hands free and can listen to that dog-training or puppy behavior book while working with your furry wonder on leash. Full disclosure--some of my books are available as audio books with Audible.com, so if you're interested in the dog behavior (or cat behavior) titles, you can find them there.
I discovered Grammarly this past year, too. It's a software program for writers to help with grammar and more, and if you (or someone you know--a student? a business person?) would benefit from some copy editing or grammar help, you can try it out and see how it works for you. I suspect that there are a number of y'all with stories you'd like to write about YOUR puppies and maybe get published. Well, here's your chance to get some help with that!
Check out the Animal Den site for gifts designed especially for dog lovers. You may find the perfect stocking stuffer for your pet loving friends--or for you.
The company also has a code for discounts this week only, so don't delay. Let me know what's your pick of the gift litter!
15% Off the Holiday Gift Shop with code HOHOHO exp 12/6
And for those wanting to stock up on all those must-haves for puppies, such as heartworm preventive medications, flea products and more, check out the PetcareRx site. They're also running some holiday specials.
I suspect many of you have already hit the road for Thanksgiving travel this week. Is the baby dog with you, or do you plan to take the new puppy along to show him/her off to the relatives?
I've put together a round up of all the must-knows for traveling with your puppy. You'll find tips on everything from crate training and soothing car sickness to car travel safety--or leaving the little guy home with a pet sitter. Whatever your holiday plans, just be sure your furry wonder stays happy and safe. Learn all about safe travel with puppies here.
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Health Canada announced recall of True Raw Choice Bulk Dehydrated Natural Pet Treats made by Your True Companion Pet Products. These products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
The specific products include:
Duck Feet (Lot 228870)
Duck Wings (Lot 213825)
Chicken Feet (Lot 214733)
Lamb Trachea (Lot 225215)
Chicken Breast (Lot 154339)
It's reported that 280 cases of affected treats were sold in bulk at pet food stores across Canada. HOWEVER--some of these treats may have been purchased in Canada and brought to pets that live in the United States.
Consumers should contact Your True Companion Pet Products at 1-855-260-5024 if unsure if the product you have is affected or not. All products affected have been disposed of in the market place as of November 8, 2013.
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I was honored this week to be invited to the first-ever (and I fervently hope not the last!) BETTER WITH PETS summit in New York City, hosted by Purina. For those of us who practically live-and-breathe all things pets, this was as close as it comes to the perfect day celebrating the animals who make us better people--and, it was argued, we make them better, too. The only thing that might have improved the experience was for us to have our own furry wonders at our sides or on our laps.
What is a Better With Pets summit? TED talks for pet people. *s* This was not the typical nerd-science-lectures-for-press meetings of the past (although I have to confess, I adore nerd-icity when it comes to veterinary stuff). No, the summit featured 16 movers-and-shakers of pet-icity who have a common interest in animals, and a wide range of folks took part. Today's blog is simply an overview, because the presentation wasn't suited to a taking-notes-writing-feature sort of event. But stay tuned for more in depth coverage of some of the topics in the future. Hey, I'm a journalist, I know how to track people down! (be afraid....NOT!).
The day began with a welcome from Steve Crimmins, the Chief Marketing Officer of Nestle Purina PetCare Company. He said the company shares the belief that pets and people are better together--and the purpose of the summit was to celebrate the pet-human bond through the experiences and perspectives of the speakers. He introduced the Better With Pets emcee, NPR host and advocate for service dog accessibility, John Hockenberry. Mr. Hockenberry was brilliant at introductions and speaker interviews following their presentations, and truly made the event that much better.
Dr. Brian Hare began the presentations with a fascinating and entertaining discussion of canine cognition. He's the author of The Genius of Dogs and founder of Dognition, a way to understand how your dog thinks. I'll be writing more about Dognition in the weeks ahead, after testing out the program on my Magical-Dawg.
Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, spoke about the explosion of pet pictures on the Internet. Hey, admit it--we all go AWWWWwww! whenever we see animal cute-icity online.
Judy Finnegan shared about the Puppies For Parole program that saves dogs that otherwise would be euthanized by placing them with prisoners who rehab the dogs--and in turn, the dogs help rehab the prisoners. How cool is that?
One of my favorite presentations came from Dr. Robin Downing, a veterinarian and pain specialist who explained, "Age is not a disease," and that pets do NOT have to hurt.
Dr. Sandra Lyn, a behaviorist, shared some of her experiences with the "true nature of cats" both domestic and wild.
Dr. Steve Hannah provided some awesome information about the canine genome--I told you that I love the nerd-stuff! You should, too, because decoding these puzzles not only helps that puppy on your lap, it can also improve your health.
Those who enjoy Simon's Cat on YouTube (and now in books) were delighted to have cartoonist/author Simon Tofield compose samples of his feline characters on stage. Hey, I know you're all puppy lovers but admit it...these videos tickle you as much as they do the cat folks, right?
Beth Stern, animal advocate and spokesperson for North Shore Animal League, spoke about how fostering needy pets has changed her life--and that of husband Howard Stern.
The host of PBS's "Idea Channel" Mike Rugnetta presented a fast-talking riff on pets and the Internet--some of which "hissed off" cat lovers--and posed the question, do you cruise the Dog-Net or the Cat-Net...or the Pet-Net?
Dr. Arleigh Reynolds offered a passionate and moving tribute to the dogs that have changed his life for the better, through his study of sled dogs and canine endurance.
Some interesting--and sometimes shocking--doggy designs were presented by Julia Huang for Architecture for Dogs. Would your puppy love this? Stay tuned for an article about this!
Dr. Joseph Wakshlag pointed out the benefits of pet rehab partnered with appropriate nutrition.
Black Label Movement, an incredible dance troupe, presented a moving piece entitled DAD & DOGS: A CO-EVOLUTION.
The day wrapped up with one of my longtime friends Dr. Marty Becker (very top picture) pointing out the secrets behind the bond you share with your pet. Oh, he was upstaged by that fluffy white dog with him--available for adoption--and determined to get the last bit of applause (and treats).
I hope this whetted your appetite for more! There are actual full-length videos of the talks to come, and I'll share as they become available. I can't wait to get in touch with some of these speakers to get even more insight into how life is always better with pets!
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