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Showing posts with label dog. Show all posts

Friday, June 8, 2007

Pet Photo Contest With Rewards!

Have you seen this pet photo contest on

Here's a little bit about it...

You've seen all those tabloid photographs of celebrities and their pets, dodging reporters as they slip into the hippest Hollywood restaurants, but did you ever imagine it could be you getting the star treatment? Give your destiny a helping hand by submitting your pet's most dazzling glamour shot to the SPCA PetStyle Contest, brought to you by the SPCA and! If your pet's paparazzi pic is star-quality, you might just win a grand prize trip for two to Beverly Hills!

Just to show you that being nominated is just as much fun as winning (well, almost as much fun anyway), everyone who submits an approved photo will automatically receive a $10 gift certificate to and a free one-year membership to the Pet Protector System by 1-800-HELP4PETS. (Limit: One per contestant, not per photo or per pet.) No purchase is necessary to enter, so use our best-in-show E-Cards to tell every pet lover you know about this great offer!

Just go to the contest site, upload your pet's most captivating photo, and let the world see what real glamour is!

Enter the contest now at!

Go check it out - it's really fun!

Friday, April 20, 2007

All Aboard the Canine Cruise!

If you're not familiar with last year's 1st Annual smash hit event, please visit the site! Canine Cruise, LLC

Cruise around NYC Harbor on a chartered Circle Line Yacht just for you and your pooch! The most unique NYC event for small Dogs. There will be gift bags, raffles, contests, fashion show, live DJ and more! This event is fun with a purpose. For a charity TBA, we will donate 100 percent of the raffle funds!

This is a hot ticket. The event sold out last year and many pouting pooches were left on the dock! To be among the first to know, sign up for the newsletter on the Canine Cruise Web site.

*Date: Sunday, August 26th 12:00pm - 3:00pm
*Dogs 25lbs and under
* Ticket price $TBA
*many more details to come!


Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Schnauzer Mutters

My Roxie loves to mutter! However, she's camera shy at times, so i'm sharing video of Ferris the Schnauzer. He's also a talking dog. Here Ferris reveals the secrets of the universe. Too bad we can't understand!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Funny Video: Charles has a licking problem

My brother sent me this video from YouTube. It's pretty funny and the Pug is adorable. I wonder why Charles is licking so much. Is he eating peanut butter or is this a medical condition? Take a look...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Warning: Pet Food Recall

A major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths.

An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, Menu Foods said in announcing the North American recall. Product testing has not revealed a link explaining the reported cases of illness and death, the company said.

"At this juncture, we're not 100 percent sure what's happened," said Paul Henderson, the company's president and chief executive officer. However, the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, since dropped for another source, spokeswoman Sarah Tuite said. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

The recall covers the company's "cuts and gravy" style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches between Dec. 3 and March 6 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The pet food was sold by stores operated by the Kroger Company, Safeway Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and PetSmart Inc., among others, Henderson said.

Menu Foods said a full list of brand names and lot numbers covered by the recall would be posted on its Web site - You may also call this hotline for recall information 1-866-895-2708.

News source: AP (3/16/07)

Here's a list of some of the brands in the recall:
* popular NYC brands are bolded

1. Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
2. Authority
3. Award
4. Best Choice
5. Big Bet
6. Big Red
7. Bloom
8. Wegmans Bruiser
9. Cadillac
10. Companion
11. Demoulas Market Basket
12. Eukanuba
13. Food Lion
14. Giant Companion
15. Great Choice
16. Hannaford
17. Hill Country Fare
18. Hy-Vee
19. Iams
20. Laura Lynn
21. Loving Meals
22. Meijers Main Choice
23. Mighty Dog Pouch
24. Mixables
25. Nutriplan
26. Nutro Max
27. Nutro Natural Choice
28. Nutro Ultra
29. Nutro
30. Ol'Roy Canada
31. Ol'Roy US
32. Paws
33. Pet Essentials
34. Pet Pride - Good n Meaty
35. Presidents Choice
36. Price Chopper
37. Priority Canada
38. Priority US
39. Publix
40. Roche Brothers
41. Save-A-Lot
42. Schnucks
43. Shep Dog
44. Springsfield Prize
45. Sprout
46. Stater Brothers
47. Weis Total Pet
48. Western Family US
49. White Rose
50. Winn Dixie
51. Your Pet

The list keeps growing, so please keep checking the Menu Foods Web site for more details on recalled pet foods.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Roxie loves to sail!

A friend recently made a keen observation of my new blog. She said, "it looks great, but I didn't see any pictures of Roxie."

I can't believe I forgot to give my precious pup some shine!

So without further ado ...

The photo above is Roxie on our Schnauzers Set Sail event. We had 25 guests and their dogs board the historic schooner Pioneer at the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan for an afternoon sail around the harbor. This sail was the first of its kind for New York City. And our event has since spawned other cool dog-friendly sails and a cruise.

We had a lovely day on the water and plan to do it again soon.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Oh My Dogness!

How cute is this? A Beagle-shaped bed & breakfast in Idaho. Yes! It's real and people do stay there overnight. Talk about being in the dog house! hahaha!

I love to stay in bed & breakfasts and I'm always on the lookout for cool places to stay and just relax. Since I'm so dog crazy, I instantly fell in love with this cute little B&B called The Dog Bark Inn and the dog is named "Sweet Willy." I have no intentions of ever setting foot in Idaho - what is the tourist draw anyway? - but this place is surely a sight to see when driving up the road.

Whether you're long in the tooth or still smelling of puppy breath, check out this spot the next time you're in Idaho. It's fun for the whole family.

Hey, I wonder if the tail wags!

Here's more info . . .

From AOL Travel Guide: Beagle-Shaped B&B

Dog-loving families won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind bed-and-breakfast experience in Idaho. The Dog Bark Park Inn is like no B&B you have ever seen; it is in the shape of a beagle. In fact, it is the world’s biggest beagle. It was created by Dennis Sullivan, a self-taught chainsaw artist, who sold his wooden dog carvings on QVC. He and his wife took his QVC earnings to create the ultimate wooden dog on their property.Guests enter the body of the beagle, nicknamed "Sweet Willy' from a private, spacious second story deck. Inside and up another level in the head of the dog are a loft room for additional sleeping accommodations and a cozy reading nook in the dog's muzzle. The beagle sleeps up to four people. And the price is right for almost any family budget, $88 per night, including breakfast, for two people; $8 for each additional person.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Blue Light Special

My latest obsession just arrived in the mail. . .

It was on my Amazon Christmas wish list for two years in a row and no one ever purchased it. That’s the kinda luck I have, everyone buys me things they think I’d like instead of just going off the damn list. That really irks me! But I’ll digress and stay on topic today.

It’s called the Simple Solution 11350 Spot Spotter Ultraviolet Urine Detector and costs less than $20. I have been weirdly intrigued by what you can find with a “blue light.” I secretly wondered, “what kind of yucky doggie fluids will I find in my own home?” Today I get to find out!

I inserted the 8 AA batteries it requires, turned off all the lights in my living room, and at first saw nothing. I thought it didn’t work, but after a few steps I could see a couple spots near Roxie’s wee wee pad were urine. Success!!

I moved on to the kitchen and discovered the microwave door handle was quite filthy and so was the refrigerator door and every single doorknob in our tiny condo. Yikes! Needless to say, I found quite a few surprises in the bathroom where the other “magic happens” and now I’m totally skeeved out. No wonder nasty stomach viruses are lurking inside my home . . . all the doorknobs are incubators for filth and germs!

Funny how I got the blue light to find Roxie's bodily fluids and discovered the humans who trample through my home are the main contributors.

This week, my mission is to clean all the doorknobs in the house along with the rest of our home and then check back with the blue light to make sure I didn’t miss anything. So don't go around telling folks my house is nasty!! LOL

If you’re curious what you may find in your own home, go ahead and order one on I highly recommend it.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

What do you do about dog doo?

It’s hot, fresh, and waiting for you to pick it up. And I don’t mean Krispy Kreme donuts. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s dog poo that’s waiting for you!

According to, one town in Long Island is doing something about its dog doo …

In an effort to curb harmful runoff from animal waste, Babylon town officials will hand out free pooper scoopers to residents today at the West Babylon Animal Shelter.

I think it’s great the animal shelter is trying to help out the community it serves, but I’d think people can handle picking up a little dog dropping on their own. Geez! If you own a dog, you’re no stranger to smelly turds that fall out of your dog 3-6 times a day. Why on Earth do people need a scooper? Just grab a plastic grocery bag and grab it up with gusto! Haha Well, just pick it up and dispose of it in the trash.

I’d prefer Babylon’s animal shelter focus on saving dogs and placing them in needy homes than catering to a bunch of lazy people.

So, I'd like to know from you: What do you do about dog doo? Do you pick it up with no problem? Or would you like to get one of those snazzy pooper scoopers? Share your views in the comments section. Thanks!

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Whoa is me ...

Ah! The joys of puppy parenthood…

Roxie has been a part of my life for more than a year and I’ve seen it all, including waking my husband and I up at 3 a.m. with her newborn whimpers, the biting of our heels because that’s what puppies do, the loose stool after changing her dog food brand too many times, and the chunks of puppy vomit that appears on the floor after she’s tried to eat something she should have.

So why am I so freaked out by own vomit and feces?

This past weekend, I got the horrendous stomach virus that’s been making it’s way up each and every city block in my neighborhood. I can’t tell you how many people I know were knocked down by this nasty illness. It was my turn and I didn’t know it, until I spent 7 hours at work at my new job in Long Island. Geez!

I sat in the company’s bathroom stall for so long that I heard someone whisper in the hallway “psst! There’s a lady sleeping in one of the stalls! Who is it?!” I had just started my job and didn’t want to become a hot topic of discussion so I mustered up the energy to drag myself to my car and start the one-hour commute home. Talk about torture!

I made it home only to start the vomiting and diarrhea all over again. I was so sick that my bathroom looked like a crime scene. Arggh! The sight of it all freaked me out and also made me vomit some more.

So know that I’m nearly recovered, I’m wondering, “how come I can pick up my dog’s hot, steamy poop off a sidewalk in the rain, but I can’t handle my own bodily fluids?”

Friday, December 15, 2006

All I Want for Xmas

When I was a kid, I wished for one of those cool car beds that were so popular in the '80s. Cartoon icon Richie Rich had one, so why couldn't I?

While I never managed to score one, I can now live my childhood fantasy through my pup Roxie. Yep, you guessed it!

This year, I’m adding Trixie & Peanut's Furcedes, a plush car bed for dogs, to my holiday wish list. Not your style? You and your dog can test drive other models, including a red Furrari, a stretch Hollywoof Limo, and the flower power Barkswaggin'. They are the ultimate in pet beds and a surefire way to get your dog off your own couch.

Don't want to wait for Santa Paws to come down your chimney? Visit Trixie and Peanut in person at their Manhattan boutique or check out their Web site ( and order one for your posh pet.

Corris & Roxie pup

Me and Ro

Me and Ro
Roxie and I attend the 2007 Canine Cocktail Pawty hosted by Jenna Gates

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