Friday, April 11, 2014

Crazy Cute Pet Shelter Video "Take a Chance On Me" Will Make You Smile All Day Long

This has to be one of the most creature and adorable videos I've seen. Through song and dance, a bevy of cute, fluffy animals and a bunch of awesome people, it urges people to adopt a pet. 

Performed by the wonderful staff at The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Wake County, Raleigh, NC, each staffer (many along with their kids) lip sync to Abba's "Take a Chance on Me" while holding a sweet animal. 

Kudos to the choreography and the incredible spirit of these people! It's a feel good Friday video, for sure. 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

10 Most Common Medical Conditions That Send Dogs to the Vet

10 Most Common Medical Conditions That Send Dogs to the Vet
No one likes going to the vet, especially our dogs. Like many others, my dogs can sense when they are going way before we get there. They get nervous and hyper. Some dogs whimper endlessly at the vet’s office while countless others have fear-induced accidents right in the office. While regular check-ups and vaccinations are a necessary evil, we can try our best to keep our pups in optimal health thus avoiding another dreaded trip.
Veterinary Pet Insurance compiled a list of the 10 most common medical conditions that send dogs to the vet. Some are unavoidable while others may be caught early on.
Dr. Carol McConnell, DVM points out that many of the conditions that most regularly require vet visits “can be stopped early or successfully managed in partnership with a veterinarian. To prevent some of the discomfort that so many pets experience from common diseases, the place to start would be by checking them regularly for developing problems.”

Happy National Siblings Day!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Petition Seeks To Ban Michael Vick From NY Jets Training Camp

Petition Seeks To Ban Michael Vick From NY Jets Training Camp
Over 1,500 signatures have already been placed on a petition to ban Jets quarterback Michael Vick from SUNY Cortland's campus. The campus was set to hold the Jets training camp there this summer, but hopefully with the petition in force, that might not happen.

The NY Daily News reports, "The petition, hosted on the website, is addressed to Erik J. Bitterbaum, the school's president and reads:

"If we welcome Vick onto our campus, we are complicit in his crimes. We are sending the message that, for money and publicity, we will turn a blind eye to the horrors of dogfighting."

The Jets have held training camp at SUNY Cortland every season since 2009 (except for the lockout year in 2011).

If you would like to sign and share the petition, you can find it here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

National Dog Fighting Awareness Day: The ASPCA Holds Important Social Media Event

Please get involved in the important endeavor. You can participate from the comfort of your home on Tuesday, April 8th, from 7-8 pm Eastern time:
dog fighting, ASPCA, Michael Vick, animal cruelty, NY Jets,

Dog fighting is a horrendous, money-making system and the ASPCA is bringing awareness to this insidious crime by dedicating a day to helping stop it: National Dog Fighting Awareness Day takes place on April 8th, 2014. This day was created to get people talking about this severe form of animal cruelty and help put an end to it. It is estimated that dog fighting has been going on since the late 1800s and now takes place throughout the country and in all economic brackets.

When offenders, particularly famous offenders, such as NFL football player Michael Vick,  are overlooked for having instituting and profiting from this horrific cruelty, and go on to secure million dollar sporting and endorsement contracts, it only makes it  worse. (Terrible move, NY Jets, for signing him this year. Visit Boycott the NY Jets and Michael Vick). People say he made a mistake but intentionally killing, torturing and maiming dogs over several years is NOT a mistake. This statement from Matthew Bershadker, President of the ASPCA, stresses exactly why we must not forget what Vick and others like him do:
“It became clear over the course of the investigation that this was not a crime of passion or a case of obliviousness. Michael Vick was fully involved in a six-year pattern of illegal activity that included dogs being savagely electrocuted, drowned, and beaten to death.”
This was a multi-million dollar ring. Profits were high and greed was underlying, as is the case in nearly all dog fighting operations.
Sadly, this is just one high profile case, there are so many more underground operations that no one hears about. According to the ASPCA, there are profitable dog fighting rings located in cities, rural, and suburban areas:
“Fighters were traditionally attracted to states with weaker penalties for dog fighting and animal cruelty, many in the South—but laws continue to be made stronger throughout the country. As a result, this activity is no longer limited to any single area, but it is more likely to thrive wherever enforcement of anti-fighting laws is weak.
This is exactly why we need to work together to help create stricter laws and enforce the animal cruelty laws already enacted. On April 8th, the ASPCA is hosting a Google+ Hangout with national experts to discuss the underground world of dog fighting. 
Read more at Babble Pets...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Two Legged Dog, Duncan Lou Who, Enjoys First Day at Beach in Sweetest Viral Video

Here's what I'm writing about over at Babble Pets today:
This just might be the sweetest thing you’ll see all day. Two-legged boxer, Duncan Lou Who (don’t you love the name?!) enjoys his first day at the beach in this heartwarming video that has gone immediately viral.
This sweet boxer boy was born with his back legs and pelvis severely deformed. By eight weeks of age, the bones in his hind legs had actually fused together, and there was very little chance that he would have a normal life in that state. So his owners decided to do something brave. They had his back legs amputated when he was just 12 weeks old, feeling that the double amputation would give him the best chance at a happy and full life.
Read more at Babble Pets...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

5 Tips For Adopting A Puppy

Founded in 2006 by pet lifestyle expert, animal behaviorist, and author, Colleen Paige, National Puppy Day is dedicated to bringing the acre and protection of puppies into focus. This year, National Puppy Day falls on March 23. Consequently, this day and month leads to many adoption fairs. Of course, one of the biggest concern regarding puppies is the illegal operation of puppy mills. (Learn more about why we need to help put an end to horrific puppy mills once and for all.)
One important way to put a stop to puppy mills is to never buy a puppy. Rather anyone who would like to give a puppy a home should go to their nearest animal shelter and adopt. Keep in mind, too many animal shelters are not no-kill, meaning they do, in fact, euthanize their dogs that are not adopted.
The non-profit organization Found Animals does a wonderful job of fostering awareness, and aims to reduce the euthanasia rate of pets in animal shelters by taking them from shelters and adopting them out to loving pet parents. The organization has been finding homes for pets since 2005.
If you are thinking about adopting a puppy this month (and now is a great time to do so), check out these tips from Executive Director Aimee Gilbreath:

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What Pet Owners Spend Money On: A Breakdown

Ever wonder what pet bloggers spend on their own pets? Pet 360 collected information from pet bloggers and compiled it all into the infographic below.

Two things resonate quite a bit with me. If ever placed in a situation where I could not afford to care for my pet properly, I would most certainly borrow money. Our pets are our family and there is nothing I wouldn't do to provide for them. 

Another thing that I realized when looking at this information is just how many human products I do purchase for my dogs and cats. Paper towels and cotton swabs are probably my most used items on Django and Hayley.

Check out the information below and let us know in what area(s) you spend the most on your pets!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

10 Ways Your Dog Is More Fun Than Your Spouse

Hey, just between you and me, are there times when you would rather hang out with your dog instead of your significant other? It’s not that you love your pet more (although in some situations, that may very well be the case). 
It’s a common occurrence among pet owners. Part of it is human nature. In any long-term relationship, there are times when your partner gets on your nerves. It is actually a healthy behavior to take a break and say, go for a walk with your pup. After all, who is more agreeable and loving than your precious pooch? Probably no one!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Man Tattoos Dog Causing Outrage Among Pet Lovers

Man Tattoos Dog Causing Outrage Among Pet Lovers
A New York tattoo artist named Mistah Metro gave his dog a tattoo and posted the photo on Instagram causing outrage among animal lovers.
The heart-shaped tattoo says Alex and Mel and was allegedly performed on the dog at the vet’s office while the dog was sedated. Here is what the man wrote on Instagram:
“One of the many reasons my dog is cooler than your[s]! She had her spleen removed today and the vet let me tattoo her while she was under.”
Mistah Metro maintains that his dog was under anesthesia already so did not feel the pain.
Read the full story at Babble Pets...