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
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
In Animal News on December 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm
In these days of the Internet age, pet parents are turning to search engines like Ask.com to answer some of their pressing questions. As the year comes to a close, Ask.com has released its top questions asked about pets:
Why do cats purr?
How long do dogs stay in heat?
Why do cats knead?
How do you potty train a puppy?
Do fish sleep?
What do lizards eat?
Can Guinea Pigs be trained?
How long do rabbits live?
Are dogs colorblind?
Can dogs take aspirin?
Curious? Visit Ask.com to search for the answers!
In Health and Safety on October 29, 2009 at 3:07 pm
You know that bark, the inevitable howl ringing through the evening: it’s your neighbor’s dog’s nightly routine. Since you don’t want to cause friction when you run into him around town, however, you are left sleep-deprived and holding a grudge.
StopMyNeighborsDog.com, a new website launched by industry leader in pet safety and behavior products PetSafe, hopes to bring peace to neighborhood barking disputes by allowing neighbors to subtly spotlight nuisance barking to pet parents politely and anonymously.
Rather than simply investing in earplugs, concerned neighbors may send either an anonymous e-mail or postcard pre-written in a friendly, humorous, or serious tone to the beloved barker’s people, with the option to include tips on controlling nuisance barking and a coupon for a product from PetSafe’s line of bark solution training products.
“One of the most frequent sources of calls to local animal control departments is excessive barking from dogs,” says Randy Boyd, PetSafe President and CEO. “We hope the web site will help ease friction between neighbors and also keep otherwise good dogs from being taken to the pound.” –Sarah Hughes
In Just for Fun on October 27, 2009 at 7:49 pm
Check out Animal Planet’s Howl-o-ween Central for all kinds of festive fun. You can rate pet costumes, take a Halloween quiz, and find great tips and recipes for a pet Halloween party.
In Just for Fun on September 3, 2009 at 6:46 pm
Are you and your small dog ready for the Cesar Bistro: Share the Love Tour? Cesar brand pet food is launching its newest product line – Cesar Bistro Entrees – and they want your little Patches to try them out.
The Share the Love initiative is a program offering free products samples to dogs at parks across the country. And every Saturday between Aug. 22 and Oct. 10, Cesar Bistro’s simulation of the doggy fine dining experience could be at a park near you.
They will be taking these visits to 125 small dog parks and beaches in 22 cities across the country and are inviting you to come along for the experience. Your pet may want to try any of their samples from the grilled chicken primavera dinner or Tuscan style stew with braised beef, to the steak tips or steak Florentine flavor. If you’re interested in all the flavors or in downloading free sample coupons, visit Cesar.com for more information.
And to find out if the Share the Love Tour will be in a city near you, paw over the complete list of locations and dates at Cesar.com/events.
In Just for Fun on August 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm
On Sept. 14, Martha Speaks will premier it’s second season.
Season Two continues with advocating dog care. Martha, the star of the show, is a beloved family dog, whose appetite for alphabet soup gives her the power of human speech.
The show is geared for kids ages 4 to 7 years to help increase oral vocabulary. Each episode consists of two 11-minute stories that showcase Martha’s linguistic abilities and hilarious consequences.
In February 2010, the show will celebrate President’s Day with a special two-part White House episode that has Martha taking calls from the President and proving that Portuguese Water Dogs don’t have all the fun.
Make sure not to miss out on Martha’s adventures, coming this fall!
In Contests and Promotions on July 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm
Purina’s Rally to Rescue Doing More for Pets Rescue Stories Contest is going on now. Check out the video below then visit RallyToRescue.org to vote for your favorite rescue story!
In Just for Fun on July 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm
China doesn’t always get the best rap when it comes to pets and animal welfare. “Don’t eat any dogs!” a friend half-joked before my trip.
I went to China last month as a tourist, but my curiosity got the best of me. I wanted to know what it was like to have a pet in a country known for either eating or killing dogs and cats.
What I found surprised me. During my two-week trip, I ventured to Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Beijing, and Suzhou. While in Shanghai we stayed mostly in the financial district, so I didn’t see any pets. But after doing a little research, I was happy to find out that Shanghai actually offers the adoption option with Second Chance Animal Aid Shanghai.
It wasn’t until we journeyed to Chongqing that I really got a taste of what being a Chinese pet guardian is all about.
My first day in the city I saw this poodle walking around a shopping district on his hind legs. He had a giant grin on his face and seemed to enjoy the attention he was getting.
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In Just for Fun on July 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm
Here’s another photo contest opportunity! The Ladies’ Home Journal Cutest Pet Contest is looking for your cute pet photos! If you think you have the most adorable cat or dog, prove it and submit a photo by August 7. Twenty finalists will be featured on the Ladies’ Home Journal Web site, and one will win the grand prize of $500 – and the national title to go with it.
To submit your photo, go to LHJ.com/cutestpets.