FREE #RoyalCanin Dog Food At Your Local Pet Store This Month, Plus Win 20 lbs of FREE Dog Food!

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Django eagerly awaiting dinnertime! 
When I hear about a bargain, particularly a bargain for pet lovers, I like to share it. Most of us will put our pets first when it comes to their health and dietary needs, even above our own. So it is with that in mind that I am super excited to write this post today.

Royal Canin, a premiere dog food brand from the U.K. will be giving away free samples of their products over the next two weeks. The nice thing about Royal Canin is that as a company, they take a unique approach to feeding pets. 

Instead of offering a one version fits all, and changing up flavor varieties, Royal Canin takes a "scientific approach to create diets designed to cater to the specific needs of pets of all shapes, sizes, ages, lifestyles and breeds".

2013 Halloween Pet Parade in Pictures!

Tompkins Square Park is the scene of the largest annual Halloween Pet Parade in the country.

If you've never been, or don't live near New York City, take a look at these amazing photos. One thing is for sure, pet owners are a lively and creative bunch!

2013 Halloween Pet Parade
Pup Lobster!

Remembering Hurricane Sandy One Year Later: Pet Rescue Photos

Remembering Hurricane Sandy One Year Later: Pet Rescue Photos
It’s hard to believe that it has been one year since Hurricane Sandy hit. Last October 29th saw a kind of destruction never before seen in the New York tri-state area. And it wasn’t just the tri-state area that was affected; 24 states in total were impacted by the superstorm.
Among those affected by the incredibly powerful storm were the most vulnerable: our pets.
All around the country, people immediately pitched in to help the innocent cats, dogs and other pets who needed to be assistance. Niki Dawson, director of disaster services for the Humane Society of the United States said that many animals were saved due to shelters being animal friendly: “Pets were either being welcomed at human shelters, or other resources were being provided if human shelters didn’t welcome pets.”

Sly Cats Stealing Doggie Beds (Funny Video)

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Cats lovers say cats are smarter than dogs while dog lovers aren't quite willing to see the world in that way. The way I see it, one thing is for certain, cats are definitely more sly than dogs. Dogs are unending bundles of hugs, licks, and love while cats keep their emotions to themselves. But kitties sure get what they want when they want it.

As the owner of three cats and two dogs, I see this happen on a daily basis. LilyCloe, and Baby will do what they please when and how they feel like it, but Django and Hayley will for the most part, listen to me despite their wishes and wants. (Take this plate of food in front of Django for example!).

Jerky Treats Killing Dogs: Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe

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You have likely heard about the recent, multiple deaths of dogs around the country, which officials are linking to jerky treats, many made in China.

CBS News reports that the illness linked to jerky treats can cause kidney failure, internal bleeding, and death. Almost 4,000 dogs have come down with the mysterious disease and over 500 have died since 2007, but the exact cause of the deaths has not been determined.

"This is one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered," veterinarian Dr. Bernadette Dunham, director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.

Symptoms include "decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting, diarrhea (sometimes with blood or mucus), increased water drinking, and increased urination within hours of eating the treats. About 60 percent of cases involved gastrointestinal illness, and about 30 percent involved kidney and urinary systems. Severe cases may present with kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and a rare kidney disorder. The remaining cases involved a variety of symptoms, such as collapse, convulsions or skin issues."

Obie the Dachshund Loses A Whopping 52 Pounds: Must See Photos

It was exactly a year ago this month when I first wrote about Obie the adorable dachshund that tipped the scales at 77 pounds. After living with elderly owners who overfed him with love, Obie grew so overweight that he was in very bad shape and in danger of an early death. He also endured a terrible quality of life.
Luckily Portland resident, Nora Vanatta, took in the world’s heaviest dachshund and began the very long journey to try to bring Obie back to good health.
Over the past year, Vanatta has consistently fed and exercised Obie in an effort to gradually bring his weight down to an optimal number for this 5-year-old pup. And in merely a year, she has managed to do just that. 

Goodbye to Sweet Rosie the Chihuahua

You may remember when the story of Rosie the Chihuahua. Last year, when Cinnamon Muhlbauer learned of an abandoned home in which backyard breeding and hoarding had taken place, she went there to see what she could do for the dogs that remained, and what she found was startling. 

There were dogs all over being inbred and neglected. When she found Rosie, her level of mistreatment (and disfigurement) was hard to absorb. 

Why Choose Grain Free Dog Food?

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Hayley is technically a senior dog, although you'd never know it by looking at her!

With all the varieties of dog food on the market, it can be overwhelming to stand in the dog food aisle and attempt to choose a food that caters to your dog's individual needs. I look at the different offerings and am never quite sure if the various foods are even all that different. They have foods for younger dogs, better vibrance, senior dogs, active dogs... the list goes on and on.

Grain free food is a food that is vastly different, however, because it doesn't contain any grains that can be harsh on sensitive stomachs. I have written before about my daughter Katie's battle with Hashimoto's Disease. Maintaing a gluten free diet is one thing that makes a huge difference in keeping the symptoms of her disease at bay. Likewise, her dog Hayley has had several issues with her stomach lately. At 10+ years, her older digestive system is just not what it used to be.

Offering her grain free food seems like a logical step.

10 Pics of Puppies n’ Pumpkins!

Well, it's October (although you would never know it here in NYC!). Our pups are panting on their walks and yesterday I actually did turn on the air conditioning, which they loved, of course, sprawling out right in front of the coolest part of the living room.

On the bright side, I am trying to remember that this Indian summer weather is only temporary, so I turned my focus to all things Halloween this week.

Over at Babble Pets, I wrote a post showcasing 10 pics of puppies n' pumpkins. They are insanely cute, I gotta admit.

Here's hoping to a nice weekend (albeit humid)!

Tuesday Tip: Dyson 50 Makes Cleaning Dog Fur A Pleasure

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Django's leisurely snoozes result in a ton of fur left behind!
If you are a pet owner, chances are that you have been through a vacuum or two. For me, getting a new vacuum hasn't just been a casual decision. I have gone through at least 5 since moving to our home 4 1/2 years ago. When we first moved in, there was so much reconstruction going on (which seemed to last forever) that I vacuumed about twice a day. 

We only had Hayley back then and she didn't shed much. However, when she acquired fleas, I became almost obsessive in vacuuming. (I also learned the hard way how vital flea preventatives are!) This might account for how many vacuums I went through but I also could never find one that worked as well as I wanted it to work.

When we adopted Django and she became a part of our family, that brought the vacuum to a whole new level. She has slept in our bed since her first night home and also grabs a seat beside us on the couch, so I needed full back-up just to keep a handle on the sheer amount of fur that leaves her Labrador body on a daily basis.