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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Decade Since Hurricane Katrina: The ASPCA Wants You To Be Prepared!

    With a little planning and preparation, we can all do better!

Ten years ago this Sunday, Hurricane Katrina barreled into Louisiana, leaving massive tragedy in its wake. The hurricane and subsequent levy break left nearly 2000 people dead and at least 600,000 pets deceased or homeless. A key finding from evaluating response efforts and interviewing residents of the hardest hit districts revealed that nearly half (44%) of the people who refused to evacuate said they did so because they could not bring their pets with them. Despite this tragic wake-up call and ten years of seeing other natural disasters cut paths of destruction, a recent poll shows that 35% of pet owners still don't have disaster preparedness plans in place.

But wait! The ASPCA is here to help you change that! First, check out their nifty, "When Disaster Strikes" infographic, which includes simple steps that can save lives in case of an emergency.

Then, please "Take the Pledge" to prepare for your pets in the event of a natural disaster and share the infographic on all your social media channels. Remember: Your pets lives may depend on it!

Many thanks to the ASPCA for taking the lead on natural disaster preparedness for you and your pets!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: It's #NationalDogDay!

Woof, Woof! And hear ye, hear ye! It's National Dog Day and the good folks at BlogPaws are celebrating with a very special Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

What are you doing with your favorite pooch to help celebrate this big day? Let us know!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch... Parental Unit has promised me an extra long walk and a new bone to chew. And she's sharing one of her most favorite photos of me, taken by Rachel Lauren.

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to see who's hoppin' where!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hill's #FoodShelterLove Program Aims to Help Both Shelters And Cats!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® and The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Program, but Bocci's Beefs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

By one estimate, 3.4 million cats enter U.S. shelters each year for a variety of different reasons. But often these fabulous felines are simply strays, or pets that have been surrendered because of medical or behavioral issues. Hill's® Food, Shelter & Love® Program believes that proper nutrition plays a huge part in helping shelter cats get adopted to loving forever homes—the healthier and happier a cat is, the more likely she is to be adopted. And Hill's Food, Shelter & Love Program has donated over $280 million worth of Science Diet brand foods to nearly 1000 animal shelters across the country since 2002. This translates to helping over 8 million pets find their forever home!

Sometimes, particularly with felines, it can be hard to tell the difference between a medical problem and a behavioral problem because they often overlap. Take litter box "issues" for example. Parental Unit thinks our cat Bella, found on the street just about 11 years ago, is the perfect, sweet kitty (I beg to differ, but I'll save that story for another post!). But even the queen of our house at one time had a bit of a problem with her litter box manners, and occasionally still does.

What? You must be be confusing me with another kitty! I've never had any "issues", let alone with my litter box!

Parental Unit tells another tale: Ms. Bella occassionally urinates just outside the litter box on the newspapers I keep under the box. Her tests show that she's perfectly healthy, so there are no urinary tract infections or other medical conditions that might cause her to "miss" her box. After tracking these mistakes, they seem to happen when I  don't change her litter frequently enough. Although I clean her litter every day, I don't always scrub her box and completely change the litter as often as I should. Lesson learned: Most cats prefer their litter box scrupulously clean and sometimes will refuse to use it if it's not pristine.

                            Now that we have that settled, let's play!

We realize that not all litter box problems are this easy to resolve. If your cat suddenly starts using areas outside her litter box, the first step is to make an appointment with your veterinarian. Only your vet can rule out any medical conditions that may be causing these mishaps. There's also lots of expert advice on cats and litter box issues available for your reading pleasure. And making sure you can separate litter box fact from fiction is extremely important to help you and your cat resolve the problem. 

There's also a variety of foods especially formulated to support the health of the urinary system in otherwise healthy cats, like Hill's Science Diet Adult Cat Urinary and Hairball Control formula. As always, it's important to consult with your veterinarian to determine the best food for your cat.

We agree that proper nutrition combined with regular vet check-ups, a feline-friendly environment and minimal stressors will help your cat establish and maintain good litter box manners. We'd love to hear if your kitty has had any litter box problems and how you resolved them. Please let us know!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Does Your Dog Counter Surf?

I hear tell that my predecessor, Carson, was a major counter-surfer, and I followed right in his paws steps, at least when I was younger. But we've never seen such brazen theft as these two dogs. At least they're healthy treats! Does your dog (or cat, for that matter) counter surf? Have they stolen anything spectacular? Let us know!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

PetSmart + Natural Balance = A Great #PetSmartStory!

This post is sponsored by PetSmart and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the launch of Natural Balance products at PetSmart, but Bocci's Beefs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.



Equals a superior shopping experience for you and your pets...and the latest in the #PetSmartStory! 

Hear ye, hear ye! The full array of Natural Balance® pet foods has arrived...in PetSmart® stores across the country, that is!  We're excited to give you a tour of our recent PetSmart shopping experience to whet your appetite for your own retail excursion.

We were fortunate to be greeted by Brad, the manager of one of our local PetSmart stores, as we prepared to check out the Natural Balance products. We have six PetSmart locations in our neck of the woods, and you can find the PetSmart nearest you with this nifty store locator tool.

Here I am with my new best friend, Brad. As you can see, I'm a tad anxious to get shopping!

Because the full compliment of Natural Balance premium pet food just arrived in PetSmart stores across the country in July, our store was decked out with Natural Balance displays, and all of the employees even wore Natural Balance shirts.

I didn't think it was too forward of me to beg politely request a Natural Balance treat just as we entered the store...do you?

Parental Unit has long been a regular PetSmart customer—it's just so convenient to have a wonderful array of quality pet products under one roof. And PetSmart employees are always extremely knowledgeable and helpful, making the shopping experience that much easier and most pleasant. 

And speaking of pleasant, these Natural Balance Food Rolls smell...delicious! At my urging, Parental unit snatched up a few of these rolls for me. She like the idea of being able to grate or slice just a bit for a snack or kibble topper.

The sheer variety of Natural Balance pet foods is amazing: dry kibble, canned, rolls and stews, in formulas for every taste and need, like pets who need a limited ingredient diet or a bit of weight management help. And our favorite so far, "Wild Pursuit", is high protein and grain free. And don't forget the treats—we didn't! There's biscuits of every kind and size, dental chews, jerky, mini meatballs...Stop! I'm swooning!

 Or maybe I'm just dizzy from riding in this cart... Hey, wait a minute! Where ya goin' without me?

Oh, to snap a photo of the Natural Balance cat food display. As long as you don't buy that cat of ours anything, it's O.K.

Um, this is cat food, Parental Unit. I thought this shopping trip was for me?

We wrapped up our PetSmart spree with another stop at the Natural Balance display table. A treat for the road, perhaps?

With the addition of the full spectrum of Natural Balance pet foods, both online and in stores, PetSmart has expanded its selection of premium foods that meet all of your pets' needs. And the best part is that it's one-stop shopping for you and your four-legged family members. When is your next trip to PetSmart?

 By the way, don’t forget to join PetSmart on their social media: TwitterFacebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. And you can get the latest news from Natural Balance by following them on TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagram and YouTube, too. 

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