Mention a car ride and your dog’s tail starts wagging. The car is the place for the two of you to set out on an adventure, make lifelong memories and enjoy each other’s company.
And you want to make sure that the car smells fresh–but without dangerous chemicals. Our PawZaar car diffusers come unscented so that you can add your favorite essential oil–and get ready for your next dog adventure!
We are very proud to announce that our PawZaar store is now an ASPCA Business Ambassador! PawZaar is proud to support the ASPCA® and its mission to save lives.
As you know, PawZaar helps support the care of shelter dogs and cats–but we wanted to do something more. In addition to our shelter pet sponsorships, we also wanted to help support a national organization that had the resources–and the experience–to assist shelters in natural disasters.
Although hurricane season is still months away, I know that last year’s historic season is still on the minds of many of us. Last August when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, we spent three nights with all our pets at a hotel (thank you for being so very pet-friendly, La Quinta!) Although our area was spared, so many were not. Our own family grew the following week when we adopted hurricane evacuee Jetty, who, along with all the homeless animals (not lost owned pets) already in the care of her coastal shelter were sent to other Texas shelters for adoption:
ASPCA also conducted many shelter evacuations across Texas–then, as hurricanes Irma and Maria came ashore–in Florida and beyond. They even took dogs, already homeless before the storm, back to their New York adoption center:
We’re proud that our PawZaar community is able to help support the ASPCA® and its mission to save lives so that, regardless of what Mother Nature may throw at us, help is available for ALL impacted by the storms–both two- and four-legged!
World War I hero Sergeant Stubby (a Bull Terrier who defended his fellow soldiers of the 102nd Infantry) made front-page news in the U.S. and earned him the rank of Sergeant, the first time an animal is recognized as having been promoted through combat. Returning home to a hero’s welcome, Stubby and Conroy toured the country leading victory parades and met three sitting U.S. presidents, among other honors.
But before he was a hero, Stubby was a homeless dog, scrounging for scraps until he was taken in by Private First Class Robert Conroy of the 102nd Infantry Regiment, 26th “Yankee” Division.
In France, Stubby saw frontline action in four offensives and 17 battles. He found wounded Soldiers, saved an entire company by alerting the men to don gas masks and even caught a German spy. After the recapture of Château-Thierry, the women of the town made him an embroidered jacket that would serve as Stubby’s uniform and display his numerous awards throughout the rest of his career.
Now the hero dog is being remembered in a new animated feature film: Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, in theaters nationwide starting April 13. The movie is based on the true story of the small stray who was rescued off the streets by an American Soldier on the eve of World War I. With the love of his new family, Stubby rises above his beginnings to become a true, four-legged hero, making him an important figure in the world of animal adoption.
And now they’re hosting a Sgt. Stubby lookalike contest to highlight how life-changing animal adoption can be and to support the efforts of animal rescue organizations across the country!
CONTEST RULES: Animal rescue organizations may submit the photo of one adoptable dog they feel resembles Sgt. Stubby to Fun Academy via email between Feb. 20-27, 2018. On Feb. 28, submitted photos will be displayed on the Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Facebook page and will be eligible for voting until March 8: www.Facebook.com/StubbyMovie
PRIZES: Winning organizations will be announced via Facebook March 9, 2018. One grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 donation and second and third place winners will each receive $250. Additionally, the first 100 entrants will be awarded $50 to assist with adoption fees. For more information, contact: email@example.com
The calendar may show that we are still in the midst of the freezing season, but the thought that the boys of summer will soon step up to the plate both literally and figuratively to help dogs and cats who have been thrown a curve ball by life is warming the hearts of both baseball buffs and their buddies who bark.
Leading the pack of major league baseball dog day events, pooches can sit alongside their pet parents and watch the Los Angeles Dodgers play ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks when the team hosts Pups at the Park on April 14th. Taking place at Dodger Stadium, ticket-holding tail-waggers can watch all the action from the Right Field Pavilion.
(Note: While special 2018 Pups at the Park activities have yet to be revealed, last year’s Fido-centric fun included a pre-game pup parade.)
A happening with a lot of heart, the Dodgers are donating a portion of the proceeds from the game to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a non-profit established by the baseball great and his wife. Since its start in 1991 ARF has found forever homes for more than 37,000 companion animals and spayed/neutered over 38,000 dogs and cats.
Tickets: $46 for a human ticket; $40 for a ticket for a four-legged fan When: April 14, 2018 at 6:10 p.m. Where: Dodger Stadium at 1000 Vin Scully Avenue in Los Angeles, California
Requirements: Pet parents must sign a waiver, bring proof of their dog’s current vaccinations and purchase a ticket for their pup.
Brandon McMillan Shake & Break Training Tool - YouTube
I love the Lucky Dog show on CBS; each week’s episode features celebrity dog trainer Brandon McMillan working to train a rescue dog in preparation for his new home. Now the Emmy-winning star has launched a new collection of dog training products demonstrated in his new book, Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days.
Recently Petmate sent me McMillan’s new Shake & Break training tool. If you’re familiar with a can of coins used as a redirection tool, you’ll recognize the principle behind the Shake & Break, basically breaking the dog’s focus on an unwanted behavior.
The Shake & Break takes the can of coins a step further by providing multiple sounds. The hourglass shape features a steel end and a plastic end, both connected by a rubber center. Inside, faceted beads provide the noise when you shake the Shake & Break.
Why two materials? The sound of the beads hitting the metal end is much louder and more jarring than when you turn over the Shake & Break and have the beads make contact with the plastic end (a good option for shy dogs who may be frightened by the sound of the beads on metal).
I had the chance to give the Shake & Break a test this week when we had a repairman replacing my broken windshield. Irie and Tiki were in the house but they were able to see the workman through the front door–and they didn’t like it. Living in the country, they so rarely see anyone in our front yard and garage area that they go into high alert when they spot a stranger.
When I shook the Shake & Break, it definitely broke Tiki’s fixation on the workman. Once that attention was broken, I was able to talk to her and get her refocused on something else.
I’ll definitely be carrying the Shake & Break on hotel stays as a quick and easy way to redirect the dogs’ focus when they hear a knock on a door, a challenge that they encounter very rarely but one that, at a hotel, we need to redirect quickly. The Shake & Break can also be used for redirecting dogs from other unwanted behaviors such as jumping on people.
The Shake & Break is priced at $15.99 and is available at Petmate.com–and now one community member will win one!
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Today is the THIRD anniversary of the launch of our PawZaar gift store–and we’re celebrating with a very special giveaway! We can’t thank you enough for your support of our store–and we thank you for all the homeless dogs and cats whose kennels have been sponsored by your purchases! You have made all the difference in their lives!
We’ve JUST launched our brand new, exclusive Time to BE THE CHANGE Watch–-and now one lucky community member will win one in their choice of colors! You’ll remember that just a few weeks ago we had a survey and giveaway when you voted on the colors for our upcoming watch–and these three colors were the winners:
The three band colors are purple (the cause color representing animal abuse awareness), black, and royal blue, each with a purple watch face.
Show your determination to help homeless pets–and share of the joy that our own dogs and cats bring to our lives each and every day with the Time to BE THE CHANGE Watch! And, like all our other PawZaar products, each watch comes with a card featuring the photo of a shelter pet whose care you help sponsor.
We live in coyote country. Although we very rarely see a coyote, evidence of the coyotes is widespread, if you know what you’re seeing.
Unfortunately many people who are new to an area, whether they’ve recently relocated or they’re just visiting, don’t realize that they’re in coyote country. Sadly, we see many posts on Nextdoor and other forums from new arrivals in nearby suburban areas who are missing beloved pets after letting them out in the evening, or are curious about the howling they hear at twilight.
Because the coyotes in our area are rarely seen, many people don’t realize just how common they are, and therefore they don’t take the proper precautions for their pets. If you think you might be in coyote country, here are five clues:
You spot what looks like dog poop on a rock or in the middle of a trail or road.
The size and shape may lead you to believe that the feces are from a dog whose person neglected to scoop the poop–but its location atop a rock or sitting right in the middle of a trail (or atop a rock in the middle of a trail…score!) spells coyote. Coyotes want everyone around to know their presence so, while your dog may opt for the side of the trail as a potty, the coyote will choose to be front and center.
You notice poop at an intersection.
Coyotes like to mark intersections–that can be the intersection of two trails, a trail and a road, a driveway and a road, you name it. Look for scat at intersections (again, in the middle of the intersection). When multiple coyotes are in the area, it’s common to see a pile of scat as each contributes to the “signpost.” At our house, they frequently leave droppings where our drive intersects with the dirt road as well as at every trail intersection. Tiki is not amused.
You see degraded poop that looks like a hairball.
After the droppings have weathered for a couple of days, you’ll see what looks more like an old hairball than aged dog poop. The concentration of fur in the coyote’s diet passes through his system and is easily seen after a few days.
You hear what sounds like children pretending to be coyotes.
When we first started hearing coyotes in our valley, I would have sworn it was children pretending to be coyotes–except there were no children living nearby. The yipping and howling often sounds far more like people imitating coyotes than real calls. While coyotes are often vocal in the evenings and throughout the night, also listen for coyotes whenever you hear an emergency siren. Fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, even those barely audible to us, always launch a round of coyote howling here, any time of day.
You are walking in North America.
Whether you’re in a city, suburb, or a rural area, if you’re in North America, you’re in coyote country! These animals are highly adaptable, and their population has spread far and wide.
Take proper precautions for your pets. Walk your dog on leash (not a long retractable), stay current on vaccinations, supervise your dog in your yard, never leave food outdoors, and keep your cats indoors at all times.
Then enjoy the coyotes for the wildlife that they are. These wild relatives of our own dogs can be appreciated and the evidence of their presence observed as you and your dog safely enjoy your daily dog walks.
The countdown is on to Valentine’s Day! We have some special celebrations planned in our home (and on our blog…stay tuned!) because not only is it a celebration of love but Feb. 14 also marks two special anniversaries in our home: Lucky’s adoption anniversary and the anniversary of the launch of our PawZaar gift store! Watch for a very special giveaway on Wednesday but, first, we wanted to share some easy ideas for celebrating with your dog on this and on every day!
Treat your dog with a homemade dog biscuit.
Homemade dog treats don’t have to be fancy to set your dog’s tail wagging. We’ve got an entire library of easy dog treats–and several free dog treat cookbooks you can download as well! Irie and Tiki’s favorites are meat-based savory treats (although peanut butter biscuits always get a paws up, too!)
Spend quality time with your dog.
Clear your calendar, put the phone away, and really live in the moment with your dog. Don’t rush your dog walk but notice the joy that your dog is experiencing from the simple fun of accompanying you on your walk. (Be sure to enter to win Wellness CORE 100% Freeze-Dried Dog Treats; I carry them in my dog walking bag. Irie and Tiki’s fave is Boar!)
Plan a day trip.
We love day tripping with Irie and Tiki; it’s easy on the budget (both time and money) to plan a day at a local park, dog park, state park, or greenbelt. (And don’t forget to enter to win a Plush Paw Pet Seat Cover so you can plan that day trip without worries of snow slush or muddy paws!) Visit one of your dog’s favorite parks or explore a new one together!
Surprise your dog with a new toy or bed.
What’s your dog’s favorite type of toy? A plush toy to snuggle (or, in Tiki’s case, to “flea bite” like a puppy!)…or a more active toy for fetching? Surprise your dog with a new goodie!
Create a spa experience for your dog.
Irie and Tiki don’t care for baths, but they love to be brushed with my hairbrush, followed by a relaxing shoulder massage!
Make a shelter or rescue donation.
Celebrate the love you and your dog share with a donation–monetary or supplies (even something as simple as a bag of treats) to your favorite shelter or rescue, and brighten the day of another day as he waits for a forever home!
Last month, Irie had some tummy troubles so she spent a couple of days on a bland chicken and rice diet. To make it a little more flavorful, I used homemade chicken broth when cooking the rice–and even had enough left over to create some frozen treats for her when she started feeling better a couple of days later.
Homemade chicken broth is super easy to make–and a better choice for your dog than commercial chicken broth, which often contains onion, of course a no-no for dogs.
Homemade Chicken Broth
One 3-pound chicken
Place chicken in a large stockpot and cover with three inches of water.
Bring to a boil then simmer for 1 hour.
Remove chicken from the water and reserve for another recipe. (Discard all cooked chicken bones because cooked bones are a splintering and choking hazard for dogs.)
Refrigerate broth to skim off fat before freezing.
That’s it! It really doesn’t get much easier than this. You’ll find many ways to use the homemade chicken broth in your dog’s meals including as a way to soften dry food, a “gravy” over your dog’s normal meal, or frozen in a Kong.
If you have extra, ice trays are a handy way to freeze homemade chicken broth. Once frozen, store cubes in zippered plastic bags for easy use in future treat recipes.
Friday, February 16 marks Chinese New Year and, in 2018, this ushers in the YEAR OF THE DOG! (Irie and Tiki think that every year is Year of the Dog so I haven’t told them otherwise!)
To celebrate Year of the Dog (which only rolls around every 12 years), we’ve created a special bracelet set for our PawZaar gift store. Our Year of the Dog silicone bracelet set features two bracelets; the first proclaims YEAR OF THE DOG while the second features words to woof by, all sold boxed and ready for gifting.
We now offer the bracelet sets in TWO sizes:
Adult: 8-inch diameter ** Adult sizes will ship on Feb. 16
Large: 8.25-inch diameter
Now one lucky DogTipper community member will win a YEAR OF THE DOG Bracelet set in the size of their choice.
Want a Bracelet Set Now?
Can’t wait to see if you win? Order a bracelet set and be sure to use coupon code SUBSCRIBER at checkout to save an additional 15%. US shipping is always free. Every PawZaar order helps sponsor the care of a shelter pet!
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