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Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day!

In Animal News, Happy Tails, Just for Fun on June 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm

For one day, dogs nationwide are going to the office instead of the backyard. June 25 marks the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day to celebrate the bond between pet guardians and their dogs. Participating businesses will also “go furry,” encouraging and promoting the adoption of shelter and rescue dogs.

In 1999, Pet Sitters International (PSI) an educational association for professionals working in the pet care industry, created this event to support local pets in the community and to educate on the advantages of adoption and responsible care for a pet.

Marisa Landau runs DogCentric, a PSI-member business. The mid-day private dog walking company located in Maryland has dogs at the office every day. In honor of this month’s special day, DogCentric is hosting a Yappy Hour, inviting people and their dogs to stop by Tommy Joe’s, a restaurant in Bethesda, MD, and share stories about their dog’s experiences of the day.

According to Landau, businesses that allow dogs to visit provide the work environment with motivation. “Not everyone is willing or able to own a pet of their own, so having pets in the workplace can be a real treat,” Landau says. “A pet’s presence in the workplace is likely to increase employee interaction, create conversation among employees, can boost employee morale, and lower stress levels.”

The official Take Your Dog to Work Day website mentions tips to improve your dog’s visit: Prepare your dog before meeting new people or other dogs; use a baby gate to keep your dog in a comfortable area; and have a back up plan just in case your dog is not comfortable with the atmosphere.

For more information visit www.takeyourdog.com –Nicole Soszynski

Luna hard at work


Nat Geo features photographer Anthony Tortoriello’s tips for photographing your pets

In Animal News, Just for Fun on June 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

The National Geographic Dogs Blog today features one of our all-time favorite photographers: Anthony Tortoriello. Anthony’s work has graced our pages for years, and we couldn’t be more proud of the photos he’s shot for us as well as his shots of the famous two-legged dog, Faith. Before the day ends, we recommend you head over to NatGeo to check out Anthony’s top 10 tips for photographing your pets. But don’t stop there. Anthony’s Facebook fan page showcases even more inspiring pics and tips! –Katie Scarlett Brandt

Chicago’s Anti-Cruelty Society hosts dog-friendly happy hour

In Just for Fun on June 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Chicago’s Anti-Cruelty Society is hosting a “Sit. Stay. Drink.” dog-friendly happy hour on Wed., June 9. I attended one of the Society’s happy hour parties last year, and I gotta tell you, I had a great time.

And it wasn’t because of the two vodkas-on-the-rocks (although they didn’t hurt). I had a great time because just about everyone who attended the event brought their dogs.

Take a look for yourself.

Here’s the thing: When you bring dogs to a party, you’re bringing furry ice-breakers. You may walk into this event not knowing anyone, but when you leave, you’ll have shaken hands and paws with many new acquaintances and maybe even some new friends. So make plans to enjoy a couple of after-work libations with some great people and dogs at “Sit.Stay.Drink.” –Amy Abern

Who: Anti-Cruelty Society

What: Sit.Stay.Drink.

When: Wednesday, June 9, 6-9pm

Where: Uncle Fatty’s Rum Resort and Pabst Brewing Company,

2833 N. Sheffield, Chicago

Cost: $10

Info: Events@AntiCruelty.org

TAILS is on Rosie O’Donnell’s blog!

In Just for Fun, Tails Press on March 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Rosie O’Donnell’s new radio show on SiriusXM has quickly become my “go-to” show when I am getting ready in the morning. I find her views on everything from politics to social media, and life in general are interesting and entertaining. In addition, having 4 kids of my own, I definitely relate to her commentary on her own life with a houseful of kids, and what challenges and adventures she goes through on a daily basis. Last week I had the opportunity to call in and chat with Rosie–and it was oddly normal! It felt as if I was just talking to an old friend about marriage and other issues (the topic at hand.)

As our conversation wrapped up, and after she rewarded me with a dozen delicious Crumbs cupcakes, I mentioned how happy I was that she had a rescued dog, and let her know that we’d love to have her and her animals on the cover. She told me she’d check us out, and true to her word, she did. She went as far as to include TAILS in the wrap up of her show, and put a link to the magazine up on her website.

We are extremely proud that she enjoyed the magazine enough to include us, and we do hope to be able to bring you more about Rosie and her pets in an upcoming issue!

Check out Rosie’s blog for yourself!

Janice Brown, Founder

My Pig Ate My Cell Phone

In Just for Fun on March 2, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Tastes Like Chicken

We’ve heard it all, from my dog ate my homework to my dog buried the car keys in the back yard. But, my pig ate my cell phone?! You betcha.

Here’s the crazy and true story, as told by the manager of a Monet, Missouri Verizon Wireless store who heard it from a farmer…

The farmer sauntered into to the store with a rather interesting story:

“I know where my phone is, but I cannot retrieve it. While feeding my pigs, one of them nudged my phone and knocked it out of my holster. Before I could retrieve it, one of the other Pigs picked it up and swallowed it. I confirmed this after calling it (it was on vibrate) and my pig went crazy and broke through a fence. I called it one more time to prove to my wife what actually happened. Well, the pig broke through a wall in the barn, so I stopped calling.”

The farmer wanted to know if insurance would cover that. And as we say at Tails, all’s well that ends well: the pig is perfectly fine, and the farmer got his phone replaced. Lesson learned.

To prevent a pet-tastrophe like this from happening to you be sure to purchase a tough cover to provide the best protection and of course insurance is a must.

Mmmm...sim cards!

As told by: Cheryl Bini Armbrecht

Punxsutawney Phil Sees Shadow, Texts Report

In Animal News, Just for Fun on February 2, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Yes, it’s Groundhog Day, and that famous prognosticating woodchuck, Punxsutawney Phil, has seen his shadow and thus sentenced us to six more weeks of winter. Today also marked Phil’s foray into the world of text-messaging and Twitter. The psychically gifted groundhog Tweeted and texted his verdict this year from Gobbler’s Knob, PA.

Celebrate your Pet, Come On!

In Happy Tails, Just for Fun on February 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Ahh this is the life

If Pebble’s birthday is long gone and you’re dying for an excuse to go above and beyond for your pet, Responsible Pet Guardian Month is the perfect occasion. The whole month of February is all about promoting responsible pet guardianship and celebrating those of us who take phenomenal care of our pets.

Besides the obvious ways to be a responsible pet guardian, (think: spay/neuter, vaccinations, yearly check-ups and daily exercise), this is the month to get creative by pampering that pooch or coddling that cat.

In case you’re stumped, you’re in luck, because here at Tails our creative juices are always flowing. Might we suggest…

1). If Lola sits home all day while you’re at work, how about signing her up for doggie daycare once a week so she can make new friends? As a bonus, she’ll probably be super pooped when you pick her up.

2). We all know how much dogs love pig ears and other smelly, messy chew toys. We also know how much we don’t like them. Maybe just once–in honor of Responsible Pet Guardian Month–give in and allow one night of unbridled feasting on these greasy delights.

3). OK…maybe you consider pet massages and kitty aromatherapy a little outlandish, but in addition to your pets’ normal grooming routine why not find an animal spa to give Precious some much-deserved R&R? Who knows? It could be just what the vet ordered.

4). Make a resolution to give your pet a little extra of whatever it is he or she craves. If Ollie loves to get his pads on the pavement and go for walks, stay outside an extra 10 minutes during potty breaks. Or if Snickers adores chasing ribbon even more than making a scratching post out of your favorite armchair, whip out the ribbon and go nuts!

These are just a few of the many ways to be a more considerate, attentive, and responsible pet guardian….So get creative and make their month!

Dogs coast down slope on record-breaking float

In Animal News, Just for Fun on January 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Bedecked in over 80,000 roses and holding the Guinness World Record at 113-feet, 8-inches long, the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade float sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Foods was already a crowd pleaser.

Add to that a bevy of snowboarding bulldogs, and now you’ve got an absolute frenzy of excitement.

Tillman, likewise a Guiness World Records holder as the “World’s Fastest Skateboarding Dog,” left his wheels behind to snowboard down a 60-foot long, 16-foot high ramp installed on the float.

Natural Balance President Joey Herrick said in a statement, “We had a great time last year with the bulldogs skateboarding, and this snowboarding float is really incredible. I’m jealous, because those dogs can snowboard better than me.”

Joining Tillman on the slopes were Rose, Lyle, Niko, and Tank. —Joy Schmoll

Pet Obsessed? There’s an app for that

In Animal News, Happy Tails, Just for Fun on January 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Who doesn’t love scouring the iPhone application store for hours on end? Sure you don’t need digital bubble wrap to pop or to pay $0.99 for something called an iFart but it’s all part of the fun. Now with this app list, Fido, Rover and the rest of the gang can join in the fun with these handy applications geared towards them.

Hey Walkies!
Have you found yourself wandering aimlessly around NYC with your dog? You hug his leash tightly to your side while little Rover darts away from incoming stilettos and briefcases lest he get impaled? If only you could easily locate the dog parks and dog runs in your area so Rover could run free. Fret not my canine comrades, Hey Walkies! iPhone application to the rescue!

This hot-off-the-presses app was created for the NYC BigApps Competition and is already a fan favorite. Hey Walkies! is very simple to use, just open the app and it calculates your location and offers a satellite or traditional map view of the surrounding dog parks along with addresses and other useful information. Best of all, Hey Walkies! is free.

Fido Factor
It’s a fact; Fido always gets the short end of the stick. We humans have countless resources to help us find the best salons, gyms and bars. Yet our canine counterparts are destined to wander the abyss of groomers, parks and pet stores hoping they stumble upon a suitable one.

Well, not anymore: enter Fido Factor, the self-proclaimed Yelp.com for dogs. This handy app allows you to review listings in a number of categories including restaurants that allow dogs, pet boutiques, and pet services. Each listing has a user rating, photos, helpful tips and reviews. Again, another perk is that it’s free.

Pet Dossier
This app from Yep Yup digitally organizes your pet’s life, which, let’s face it, isn’t the easiest thing in the world with his grueling social schedule and propensity for the sniffles. For $1.99, Pet Dossier allows you to record all of Mr. Cuddles essential information into one place. Record medications, vet visits, food specifications and more into your pet’s file and bask in the joy of finally having everything in one place. You can even e-mail the information to caregivers or set alarms for vet appointments.

Pet Names Plus
Desperate to find the perfect name for your new pet and outdated monikers like Borris and Eldred just won’t do? Perhaps Pet Names Plus can be of service. This $0.99 app features listings of over 3,000 names. Scroll through alphabetically or browse by species or popularity. Pet Names Plus even lists the most common names for not-so-common animals such as spiders and pigs. The app also has a feature to keep track of your favorite names so they don’t slip your mind before little Lester comes bounding home with you. –Sarah Hyde

Vote for your favorite animal show!

In Just for Fun on November 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Peoples Choice

Tails upcoming cover star, Victoria Stilwell‘s show It’s Me or the Dog was recently nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Animal Show. Other nominees are Animal Cops, Dog Whisperer, DogTown,and Rescue Ink Unleashed. 

Visit PeoplesChoice.com to cast your vote! Voting ends Dec. 8 at 11:59pm, so vote now!

And be sure to check out Tails’ story on Victoria in the Dec/Jan issue, out soon!