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Friday, October 24, 2014

Celebrate ASPCA/Rachel Ray's 100K Challenge Winners With Gigantic Giveaway!

The Grand Prize winner of this year's ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge: The Central California SPCA in Fresno! Let's all put our paws together in a round of applause for this amazing group—and for all of the other winners, too!

The fifth and final ASPCA Rachel Ray 100K Challenge is officially one for the history books. And what a glorious history of saving lives it is! Animal shelters from all over the country work for three months to increase their adoption numbers over the same time the previous year, with the added incentive of a donation of $100,000 to the winning shelter, plus lots of other prizes. This year the combined total of lives saved is a whopping 68,805 in just 90 short days—that's more that twice the increases when the challenge began in 2010. And here's one more figure: In the challenge's five years, the competing shelters saved more than a quarter of a million lives! 

Kudos to both Rachel Ray and the ASPCA for collaborating on this massive effort to find so many shelter animals loving, forever homes! But here's the best part: The extraordinary success of the participating shelters is proof that it can be done. Euthanasia rates can be drastically reduced with collaborative community efforts and lots of hard work. And it can happen at any animal shelter in the world. There are no excuses.

But wait, there's more! To help us celebrate the extraordinary effort and success of the participating shelters, the ASPCA and Rachel Ray have generously donated a very special prize pack that will go to one lucky Bocci's Beefs reader.

Here's what you could win!
·         Commonwealth Plush Pet
·         Rachael Ray Insulated Tote
·         ASPCA Travel Mug
·         Subaru Pop-Up Water Bowl
·         ASPCA PawPrint Bandana
·         ASPCA Pet Flying Disc
·         ASPCA Magnet
·         ASPCA Fleece Blanket
·         Cat Ear Beanie

Please enter via Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced shortly after the giveaway's closing date of Friday November 7, 2014.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Adopt-A-Ahelter Dog Month is still in full swing over at BlogPaws, and so is their monthly photo contest. Check it out!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, there's going to be frost on the pumpkin tonight, so my feline shadow and I are hunkering down...

But first, we're joining the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to pay some visits!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Let's Help Promote Adopt-A-shelter Dog Month!

Here I am looking a bit younger and not quite sure what to make of my new home.

We're in the home stretch of Adopt-A Shelter Dog Month and there's still lots of ways you can help get orphaned pets adopted into loving homes. Unfortunately, the shelter statistics are still heart wrenching: Over four million dogs enter U.S. shelters each year and nearly 40% of those never find their forever home.

The ASPCA has rounded up a few tips that will help you help celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month and make an impact in your community and across the country:

1. Adopt or Foster. You can use ASPCA's data base tool to find dogs near you in need of a home.

2. Share Your Story. If you share your home with a rescued dog, tell the ASPCA all about your furry friend's rescue story—you could even win a prize pack and have your story featured on ASPCA Parents!

3. Donate if at all possible. Help the ASPCA achieve their goal by making a gift to help them save lives!

And speaking of the ASPCA, stay tuned in the next few days to help them celebrate the winners of this year's Rachel Ray 100K Challenge...and win a spectacular gift pack right here on Bocci's Beefs!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Feline Does Tricks For Treats

This video was originally posted online a few years ago to showcase the potential of shelter animals, but has since become a mainstay of the Internet cat world. Does your cat do tricks? They can be taught, but from what I've seen it takes years to get a simple paw shake out of them. In our house, Bella just demands food and Parental Unit obliges with a smile. What about your kitty?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three Top Pet Care Tips to #GetHealthyHappy!

For the last few months we've been sharing strategies for healthier pets and happier lives for both pets and pet parents. After all, we pets depend on our Parental Units for just about everything, so it's kinda important that you stay on top of the latest pet care information to help us #GetHealthyHappy" and to stay that way. Right?

We love this illustration because it's so true: It's all about love and the human-pet bond, and what we can all to do make that bond stronger. The healthier your pets are, the longer and happier their lives will be—and the care you pet parents give makes all the difference.

For us, it comes down to three basic ways to reach the goals of happy dogs, happy cats and healthy pets.

Let's talk mealtime. You are what you eat. And since we depend on you to choose our food for us (unless we routinely counter surf), please choose wisely. There are so many pet foods out there, so scrutinize labels and talk with your veterinarian about the best food for your pet and his or her breed and lifestyle.

By the way, don't miss this $10 off promotion on select Hills Science Diet products to get your pet started on #GetHealthyHappy!

The Little Extras. We think these tips for bonding with us really are the icing on the cake, so to speak. And cake without icing can be a bit bland!. Exercising our intellectual capabilities as well as regularly indulging our physical need for lots of exercise are just two of the "Little Extras" that make our lives better. Try puzzle toys, food foraging, training, competitions or just long walks by your side to add fulfillment to our lives and yours. We love just being with you, you know?

And don't forget our treats, they're a great way to reward us for good behavior and, well, just because!

                      Haven't I been a good boy, Parental Unit?

Annual Vet Visits. It bears repeating that skipping just one of your pets' annual checkups is like you humans missing five years of doctor's visits! It's so important to establish a relationship with a veterinarian that you like and trust, so he or she can get to know your pet. That way, it's a lot easier for your vet to spot unusual changes or conditions that can nip any ailments in the bud—before they become serious. It's our belief that regular vet visits come with the pet parenting territory, so do both your pet and you a favor and schedule any overdue vet checkups today!

I love visiting Dr. Mike...but I'd like to go back to Parental Unit now, if you don't mind!

We all want to give our pets the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible, and that journey starts with you, and the care you give your beloved four-legged companions. To learn more about Hills Healthier Pets, Happier Lives program visit http://blogp.ws/DogsGetHealthyHappy or http://blogp.ws/CatsGetHealthyHappy. And give your pets a great big hug for us!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier LivesTM, 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.
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