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Friday, August 22, 2014

Custom Pet Portraits: BZTAT Studios Is Off The Charts!

Custom digital pet portrait (of yours truly) by the famous Vicki Boatright, aka, BZTAT Studios!

The artist, Vicki Boatright, is a longtime BlogPaws Community member and has attended each of the six BlogPaws conferences as their artist in residence. At this year's conference (you know, the fourth conference that I didn't attend), Parental Unit was one of the lucky winners of a digital pet portrait—see my gorgeous face above!

Here's picture of the artist happily at work at one of the many BlogPaws conferences. We think this was  snapped at "BlogPaws West" in Denver!

And this is just one of a full line of vibrant, custom pet portraits that Vicki creates, based on a photograph of your beloved pet. At the moment, Vicki offers paintings, folk art paintings (Parental Unit is a real folk art fan and she loves Vicki's take on that genre), drawings, and digital portraits like the one above. We say, "at the moment", because artists are always moving in new directions to enrich their creations, so your best bet is to visit Vicki's website, BZTAT Studios, and take a gander at her work. But remember that it takes a decent amount of time to create a one-of-a-kind art piece, so if you're shopping for a special holiday present, now's the time to order! And while you're at it, hang out with Vicki and  BZTAT Studios on her social media channels, but for a comprehensive look, check out her Pinterest Boards—they're spectacular!

Thanks so much for our gorgeous digital portrait, Vicki. We both love it!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's Wordless Wednesday "theme" over at BlogPaws is "Celebrate Pets" and we're all into that, aren't we? And don't forget that August is officially declared #Aging Pet Appreciation Month, so combine the two and you can lavishly celebrate your aging pet!

Gorgeous photo of me (when I was a youngin') by Rachel Lauren Photography. I don't look a bit older today, I swear...

And while you're doing all that celebrating, check out the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop and visit some blogging friends!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

"Living With Your Pet" Tips: De-Skunking Your Dog!

Nope, no skunks here...


Parental Unit admits that none of her dogs (including me) have ever even encountered a skunk, let alone been sprayed. And she considers herself very lucky, because she swears she'd have a nervous breakdown from that smell. But...just in case any of you are on the losing end of an encounter with a striped-tailed varmint, here are some strategies from our friends at DogTime Media, to remove the skunk odor from your pooch and make him or her huggable again.

If your pooch has been sprayed directly in the face, gently flush out his eyes with a soothing, over-the counter eye-wash (you country folks should keep that on hand, I guess), then, before or after shampooing, soak your dog for at least several minutes in the following solution: 1/4 C baking soda, 1tsp. liquid soap and 1 quart hydrogen peroxide. Big Note: never store this solution—it will eventually blow up!

Other Parental Units swear by tomato juice, apple cider or vinegar to remove the skunk stench. And you'll likely have to repeat the shampooing several times...but unfortunately, the odor might take up to six weeks to fully dissipate. Ugh!

Let us know how you've dealt with a "skunked" dog—we'd love to hear about it. Paws crossed that you never have to use these tips!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

No More Bad Dreams, Kitty!

Watch this cat comfort her dreaming kitten. Forty-five seconds of pure sweetness for your Saturday.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Don't Leave Your Dog Behind!

I'm ready for a road trip whenever you are, my faithful Parental Unit!

One of the main, pet friendly ideas we try to promote here at Bocci's Beefs is that families should integrate their pets into their lives—making them more like true family members. A great way you pet owners could accomplish this is to simply take your pets with you more often when you, well, leave the house. Think about the mournful look on our faces when you shut the door...and don't return for hours, or even the entire day. What's up with that?

We realize that it can be a bit more complicated when you bring Fido along, and you do have to plan ahead, but once you start taking us with you regularly, say on your daily errands, it becomes a lot easier—for both you humans and us. If you're worried about us misbehaving, for example, the more we get out there and mingle (I think you humans call it "networking"), the better behaved we will be—as long as you set our boundaries and provide gentle correction and discipline. Speaking only for me, I'm a fast learner!

Here's one example: Parental Unit always takes me with her when she goes to her local bank, just a few blocks away. And when I realize that's where we're headed, I start getting real excited because I always get a great reception there, including a biscuit or two. But when I get excited, I start sneezing, so the second I walk into the bank, well, I start sneezing like crazy, much to the delight of the bank employees and customers. Parental Unit wishes she'd be that welcomed at a lending institution...but we'll leave that for another post.

We ran across these great strategies for traveling with your pet from our friends at Mercola Healthy Pets—from daily errands to weekend getaways to longer road trips, you'll learn how to keep both you and your pet safe and happy. This article also provides additional resources, like The AAA Pet Book and National Geographic's The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel (both hard copy) plus tons of online resources to help you and your pet get in the travelin' groove. But the best part is that you'll be together!


Let us know your tips and tricks for taking your dog along for the ride. We'll all benefit from your strategies!

P.S. Speaking of travelling with your dog, we'll be bringing you the quintessential dog+ guy+ major road trip book for an upcoming review and giveaway: Travels With Casey, My Journey Through Our Dog Crazy Country by Benoit Denziet-Lewis. Don't miss it!


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