Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Dogs Rule...Nonchalantly: Review and Giveway!

Oh, the places you'll go when you read this amazing book, Dogs Rule Nonchalantly, by award-winning artist/illustrator, Mark Ulriksen. You will be transported to all the places you've gone with dogs of childhood past, and the adventures you'll have with the four-legged companion resting beside you. Because that's what great artists do—they capture the spirit of the person  place and time, and you feel, well, everything.

And that's exactly what Ulriksen has done in Dogs Rule Nonchalantly. Just look at the pooch on the cover, one of Ulriksen's dogs named Henry-he's ready to bounce off the page for a big, slobbery hug and a game of fetch. And it's the same for all of the book's 67 paintings that capture Ulriksen, his wife and child, their cats, and of course, a myriad of dogs. They all come alive for the reader, complete with their own little stories and quirks. As the author says: " A dog's life is filled with simple pleasures: playing roaming, carousing, exploring, conquering and, most importantly, loving. They do it all with vigor and gusto." We think they do it all just to please us.

Ulriksen's illustrations and paintings have graced the covers of countless New Yorker's, and reside in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian and the Library of Congress. And now they're captured in this little gem of a book, for dog aficionados of all ages.We agree that "Everything's better with a dog." How about you?

                              Now on to our giveaway!

This giveaway is limited to residents of the continental United States. The one lucky winner will receive a hardback copy of Dogs Rule Nonchalantly!

Here are the requirements to enter: No anonymous comments, please!

1. "Like" our Facebook page: See top of right sidebar or click here: www.facebook.com/pages/Boccis-Beefs/190090017696328?ref=stream

2. Follow Bocci's Beefs on Google Friends Connect on right sidebar, right under "Join the Fun"!

3. You must give this giveaway a shout-out on your Twitter or Facebook page by using the buttons below this post-easy! **Please leave your email address in your comment so Parental Unit can contact you if you've won.**

4. Comment on this post and indicate in your ONE comment that you'd like to enter this giveaway. Please leave only ONE comment—you will not get more opportunities to win for any comments beyond one. Thanks!

This contest will run from today, Tuesday September 2, 2014, through Wednesday, September,17, 2014 at 8:00pm EST

                                              GOOD LUCK!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Let's Celebrate Our Canine Co-Workers This Labor Day!

We kinda liked this Labor Day Post from last year, so we thought there would be no harm in re-posting it for Labor Day 2014.
Each year on Labor Day, we've saluted not only the hard working woman and men of our country, but their canine companions, too, because we dogs work to protect our humans and their property every day of our lives. And then there are what we call the professional working dogs, like the heroic search and rescue, drug detection, service and therapy dogs and...well, you name it, and your canine companions do the work. We even win prizes for you in agility competitions!

We though we'd share a few photos of some very brave working dogs, or dogs working...or maybe just  dogs working to have fun with you!

As so many of us enjoy our day off from our labors, we urge you to take a moment to salute all of the many workers who enrich our lives just by doing their jobs. And perhaps give a nod to the physical laborer-someone who works with their hands and the sweat of their brows to bring us the food on our table, the machines we use daily to make our lives easier, among so many other products and services that we often take for granted. A happy, healthy and safe Labor Day to all!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pet Food 2.0 Conference And Conversation With Robert Silver, DVM

If you're interested in learning more about pet food and the industry behind it, check out the Pet Food 2.0 Conference, convening in Chicago on September 23-24—it's less than a month away! The conference will highlight the many recent changes in the way pet food is formulated, packaged and marketed, including the newest ingredients and the science behind the latest products.

Meanwhile, we're thrilled to bring you excerpts from our conversation with one of the conference speakers, Robert Silver, DVM, MS. Dr. Silver has practiced companion animal medicine, for 32 years and has long integrated conventional veterinary medicine with the best of alternative medicine, including acupuncture, laser therapy and nutraceuticals (supplements derived from food sources that are believed to provide extra health benefits). He is currently the Chief Medical Officer for RX Vitamins for Pets.

Dr. Silver's presentation at the Petfood 2.0 conference will concern, in general, the relationship between consumer activists and the pet food industry, and specifically focus on several key ingredients typically found in commercial pet food that have caught the attention of these activists. But rather than discuss the analysis of these ingredients that Dr. Silver will present at the conference, we'll instead share what we learned about how consumers can impact the pet food industry.

Clearly, the trend is to fully integrate dogs and cats into our families, and to humanize our animal companions (we have been on the cutting edge of this trend, since yours truly, a dog, has been writing this blog since 2009!). And this trend has had a direct influence on what we feed our pets and our increasing concern for their health and wellness. This follows the trend with the human food industry, where consumers have successfully lobbied to eliminate the use of certain ingredients, like Red Dye #2 and bromated vegetable oil, as just a few examples—remember those?

The good news is that the industry has been responsive to consumer activists, and according to Dr. Silver, "modern pet food is better than its ever been." (Note: Dr. Silver "believes strongly in the benefits of whole foods", and his pets get homemade meals). But there's always room for improvement, and knowledgeable consumers (that means you) can influence the pet food industry about both ingredients and the manufacturing processes. In fact, Silver says that consumers "can be the cutting edge of what's to come".

                                 Did someone say "Food"?

Our takeaway from chatting with Dr. Silver is that we have an obligation to speak up for our pets' health and make our thoughts known to the industry if we're concerned about any aspect of our pets' food. And in turn, the companies have a responsibility to be responsive.

Let us know what you think about our role in influencing the pet food industry. Have you written to a company or expressed concerns about your pets' food?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Twist: Cat Welcomes Home Soldier!

Here's a sweet twist on the "dog welcomes home soldier" video craze that's sure to brighten up your Saturday...watch this pretty kitty welcome home his Dad. (B patient for one minute, it has a bit of a surprise ending). So who says cats are aloof?

P.S. Stay tuned later today for a very special post!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's "theme" over at BlogPaws is "Did you say treat?" which is exactly what that big-earred pooch in the BlogPaws community photo seems to be saying, doesn't he?  I can say that, too!

And don't forget that the remaining days of August are dedicated to senior pets and #aging pet appreciation. You even still have time to enter the BlogPaws Aging Pets Appreciation Photo Contest!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

                                        Did you say treat?

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to meet some new friends!

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