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Sunday, October 04, 2015

#World Animal Day

We love both the idea and the substantive actions behind World Animal Day. Interestingly, it's not a recent addition to the calendar: According to its official website, World Animal Day "...was started in 1931 at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy, as a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species", and it's held annually on October 4, because today is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment. What's not to love?

                               Did someone say "feast"?

The mission of World Animal Day is "TO RAISE THE STATUS OF ANIMALS IN ORDER TO IMPROVE WELFARE STANDARDS AROUND THE GLOBE". As we all know, but don't always implement in our daily routines, the lives of animals are profoundly affected each day by the action we as individuals take, and by those decisions and actions of businesses, and even of nations. The promotion and celebration of World Animal Day is intended to both raise awareness of the plight of animals around the globe, and to actually do something to elevate the substandard status of animals.

There's all kinds of events being held today that include awareness and educational events, spay and neuter marathons, animal blessing services, and even peaceful protests to raise awareness of specific issues and/or the need for protective legislation. In recognition of todays' celebrations, this article in The Guardian highlights one of the organization's many campaigns—to end abusive elephant shows— and is an inspiring example of the power of an international organization.

Let us know if you were involved in any celebrations today. We'd love to hear!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

New York Dog Film Festival Rolls Out The Green Carpet!

     Photo credit: Jim Dratfield
Did you ever fantasize about watching dogs, dogs, and well, more dogs, on screen in a theater...all day long? Your desires have become reality, dog lovers! The first New York Dog Film Festival is held today at Symphony Space in Manhattan, and promises "all dogs, all day"—can it get any better?

The Dog Film Festival is the brainchild of Tracie Hotchner, founder of the Radio Pet Lady Network and author of the wildly popular books, The Dog Bible and The Cat Bible, and features forty short films, running from 60 seconds to 30 minutes in two sessions throughout the day.

The festival includes the mini films of humorist Merrill Markoe (of late Night with David Letterman fame), and the artist William Wegman and his Weimaraners. For those of us not able to attend in New York, we can view at least some of the festival's films on YouTube.

We're especially thrilled that the festival also features a segment from an episode of the Shelter Me series on PBS, titled "Second Chances" that shows prisoners training shelter dogs for future work as service dogs.

We can envision a several day, Sundance-like festival starring all dogs, dogs and more dogs (Why not be generous and include a few cats?) as the natural follow-up to this cool festival. What about you?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's "theme" over at BlogPaws is "Peeking Into October"... our favorite month of the year! What will you do to step into the gorgeous month of October?

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...I've been playing mostly indoors because it's been warm and rainy. Parental Unit says her new T-Shirt from The Mountain is not one of my toys!

Why not spend a few minutes visiting friends at the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and see how the blogging crowd is ringing in October?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Find Your Passion With #MountainArtwear T-Shirts!

Win 12 months of gorgeous Mountain Artwear T-shirts for up to five members of the winner's household! See the easy way to enter to win at the end of this post!

This post is sponsored by The Mountain and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping promote the Russo Rescue Collection, but Bocci's Beef only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. The Mountain is not responsible for the content of this article.

We're thrilled to tell you about a really cool company, The Mountain®, that's been designing and making exceptional T-shirts right here in the USA for over 20 years. This isn't just any T-shirt company: Their commitment to quality combined with their sound environmental policies have rightfully earned them a huge "cult following"...and Parental Unit and I are their latest converts!

It's not every T-Shirt company that uses environmentally friendly, water-based inks and dyes, and purifies its manufacturing waste water without the use of chemicals—these are huge efforts to help protect our water supply and habitat for local wildlife. Kudos to The Mountain company for always taking protection of our planet seriously!

And that's not the only good things the company is doing...The Mountain has launched a new line of T-shirts by artist Dean Russo, featuring dogs, cats and horses in vibrant colors and abstract designs.

Aptly titled, the Russo Rescue Collection, a portion of all proceeds from the collection sold during this campaign will go to Best Friends Animal Society, the  largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the country. As many of you know, Best Friends' mission is to "Save Them All" by eventually taking the "kill rates" in our nation's shelters to zero. Russo's T-shirt collection beautifully captures the passion of the Best Friends Animal Society movement, and the spirit of the animals he depicts on his shirts. 

Here's a photo of Parental Unit's new T-shirt, sans Parental Unit. Isn't it gorgeous?

    Parental Unit proudly showing off her new Dean Russo T-Shirt.

In addition to Russo's T-Shirts, The Mountain has an incredible variety of pet-related apparel, perfect for holiday gift-giving...and treating yourself, too! All T-Shirts and other garments are made with 100% pre-shrunk cotton, so they're super soft and super comfortable. And get this: All Bocci's Beefs readers get 25% off site wide! Just use the code MTNPETS. But hurry! This coupon is only good through September 30th!

Whadayamean I'm not supposed to sit on your new Dean Russo T-Shirt?

Now on to the gigantic T-Shirt Giveaway courtesy of The Mountain!

One lucky (group) winner will be able to choose 12 months of gorgeous t-shirts for up to five members of their family. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Just follow the Rafflecopter directions below. Good Luck!

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dogs And Cats Sneeze Like Crazy!

Who would think to make a video compilation of dogs and cat sneezing? Well, Buzzfeed, that's who! If you're not into college football, this will help...

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