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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: Celebrate Vet Techs!

This week, our good friends at BlogPaws are celebrating National Veterinary Technician Week...and we are, too! Check out this week's BlogPaws post for great information about the role of Vet Techs—and while you're at it, may we suggested giving your veterinarian's technician a big thank-you this week, and every week!

Meanwhile, back a the Ohio ranch...

Do I look a bit stunned to be sitting in a shopping cart @PetSmart? No need to call a vet tech, I'm fine!

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to visit with our blogging friends—roll me on over, Parental Unit!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The 5 Signs of Wellness For Your #WellnessPet!

This post is sponsored by Wellness® and the BlogPaws TM Pet Influencer NetworkTM . I am being sponsored to help share the availability of Wellness Products at PetSmart, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Wellness nor PetSmart is responsible for the content of this article.

We're thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you some first-hand information about one of our favorite pet food brands: Wellness! Parental Unit fed this food to my predecessor, the ornery Wire Fox terrier, Carson, and now she's in the process of transitioning me to Wellness. We'll be sharing my progress over the next few months, and we'll look forward to chatting with you about the Wellness brand and any thoughts you might have about transitioning your pooch to a new food. 

Since I've gone "grain free" for nearly seven years, we chose Wellness® Complete Health® Line, Grain Free to sample. Parental Unit played it safe with my taste buds and chose chicken as the primary protein source since I'm a big fan of poultry. Of course, the first ingredient is deboned chicken, followed by primarily fruits and vegetables, grain free carbs and no artificial colors or flavors, fillers or preservatives!

We paid a visit to our local PetSmart store and posed in front of the Wellness display to show you the wide variety that is the Wellness brand. And they're all available at PetSmart, both at your local store and online.

 And we were fortunate to have a nice PetSmart employee help us out. Can you tell that I want a "taste of the GOOD LIFE", too?

                           Can we take home one of each?

You already know that Parental Unit is what folks used to call a "health food nut" and continues her own quest for "wellness" by eating fresh, healthy foods and exercising — with me by her side! What we particularly love about the Wellness brand is their proactive approach to your pets' health, meaning their focus is on helping pet parents create and maintain health and wellness rather than simply treating disease after it occurs.  

In fact, they've developed what they call the "5 Signs of Wellness" to help pet parents assess the health of their four-legged companions: 1. Skin and Coat; Digestive Health; Eyes,Teeth and Gums; Energy; and Immunity. Just substitute "hair" for "coat' and these are the same markers humans typically use to assess their health!

Will you stop yer yackin' and get me out of this cart, Parental Unit?

But wait, there's more to learn! These 5 Signs of Wellness reveal how your pup looks, acts and feels every day, and they're all interrelated. For example, making sure your beloved dog gets the highest quality food and lots of physical and mental exercise contributes directly to achieving the highest marks for each of these five signs of wellness, just as it does for humans. 

Uh, am I going to get to try my new Wellness Complete Health Grain Free food, or are just going to stand there taking pictures?

Update: Parental Unit has been slowly adding some Wellness to my current kibble and I'm lovin' it! Stay tuned...

In the meantime, visit @wellnesspetfood on their social media channels to learn more about them: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wellness. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Canines Smell The World!

Or at least their part of it. And as it turns out, their sense of smell has direct connections to other familiar doggie traits—even tail wagging.

But before we get into the details...does this picture make my nose look big?

Anyway, this recent New York Times interview with Alexandra Horowitz, author of "Inside A Dog" explains just how much different a dog's sniffer is than our own, and exactly why our four-legged friends would enjoy "nose work" classes. Ms. Horowitz has a new book, "Being A Dog: Following the Dog Into A World of Smell", where she explains " the elegant engineering of the dog's olfactory system and how familiar canine behaviors — licking, sneezing, tail wagging — have associations with smell."

What surprised Parental Unit is that tail wagging is associated with smell via the dogs' anal glands: "dog's wag, basically dispensing their personal odors from their rumps," says Horowitz. Hmmm, the light's finally coming on for Parental Unit about all that canine butt sniffing I engage in...

Have any of our readers enrolled their dogs in nose work classes? Let us know!

Friday, October 14, 2016

ASPCA's #31DaysOfRescueDogs Campaign!

Fun graphic courtesy of ASPCA

The gorgeous month of October is nearly at its half-way point...which means you have 17 days remaining to add your voice to the #31DaysOfRescueDogs Campaign, generously co-sponsored by the ASPCA and Animal Planet.

October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, and what better way to shine a spotlight on all the gorgeous dogs waiting at shelters for their forever home, than to launch a fun social media campaign to help raise funds for homeless pets? Here's what you and all of your family and friends can do to participate in this month's festivities:

1. Tell all of your friends and social media followers that you'll be participating in the #31DaysOfRescueCampaign.

2. Post one photo of your favorite rescue dog for 31 days on social media channels (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) using the hashtag #31DaysOfRescueDogs.

3. Encourage your friends to donate $1 a day in exchange for 31 days of adorable photos ($31 goes a long way for shelter dogs in need!). And, let them know that everyone who donates will get a dedicated 31 Days Of Rescue Dogs temporary tattoo!

4. Share your favorite photos for a chance to be featured on Animal Planet during the Pit Bulls and Parolees marathon, submit your photo here!

5. The top three fundraisers will win prizes from the ASPCA and its great partner, Animal Planet.

On top of all that fun, @ASPCA will be hosting a #TrickOrTreats HOWLoween Twitter Trivia party on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 2:00PM EST. They'll be lots of prizes so stop by if you can! 

Here's a photo of Parental Unit's favorite rescue dog...

                               Photo Credit: John Clark 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop "theme" over at BlogPaws is: Bloggers using pet holidays as inspiration for blog posts. We do that all the time because it's a great way to put a spotlight on the plight of particular animals and to encourage effective ways to help and/or celebrate them. For example, October 29, 2016 is #NationalCatDay...how will you spin this day to help your fellow felines? Take your kitty to the vet for an annual check-up? Volunteer at a cat shelter? Let us know!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

                        I want my celebration early, O.K.?

Now, let's visit our friends participating in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

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