Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Meet Nat Geo WILD's "Super Underdogs"

Tuna ~ Photo Courtesy of Nat Geo WILD

Some people are under the mistaken notion that pets have to be perfect. Pets, like people, can have disabilities, physical problems that have nothing to do with how wonderful they are and can teach us a lot about coping, love, and conquering problems.

Beginning on Sunday, May 17th at 9 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific), Nat Geo WILD premieres a new series, Super Underdogs, that will warm your heart and inspire you to look at challenges in a whole new way. They are focusing in on dogs who are living with handicaps but haven't let the specific handicap stop them from living the most normal life possible. The dogs and their owners are happy, living each day to the fullest. Would that all of us were as smart as the dogs who are showcased.
Happy, Silly Tuna ~ Photo Courtest Nat Geo

Having seen a preview of three of the dogs, it was hard not to fall in love and be moved by each one.

I adore all dogs of all sizes, shapes, breeds, mixed heritage but if you know me you know that I have a special place in my heart for small dogs. Suddenly, there on the screen was Milly. Milly is the tiniest Chihuahua I've ever seen. There is such a thing as a Chihuahua being too small. She requires special care and handling which she gets in abundance. 

Then there's little 4-year-old Tuna, who was abandoned as a puppy and rescued on the streets of San Diego, whose overbite adds character to the little four-legged character.

"I consider Tuna's overbite, coupled with him being an underdog, his super power," Tuna's owner, Courtney Dasher, told me. "At just one glance, you know he's different, but it's his difference that brings joy to so many people globally, and brightens their days, which ultimately, has the ability to be a catalyst to change their lives. To me, that's really super, and powerful!"

Tune in and meet The Super Underdogs. Every dog deserves a loving home and who among us is perfect? These Underdogs are perfect in their owners' eyes and are obviously wonderful companions.

Meanwhile, here's a "sneak peek!"

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Make a Difference for Our Military's Pets

We are so lucky to have such dedicated men and women in our armed forces. They give up so much for our freedom. They put their lives on the line for us every single day. When they are called up for Deployment to a foreign country they must leave home and family. An important part of the family they are leaving: their pets. Not everyone has someone they can truly trust with their beloved cats and dogs to keep them safe, healthy and happy while their owners are in a foreign land, often in the line of fire.

Fortunately, Dogs on Deployment, a non-profit, helps our Military men and women by finding foster homes for their pets where they will be well cared for until their people return. What a relief for those who must leave their pets. It has to give them peace of mind.

If you want to help Dogs on Deployment with their important work, I have very good news. From now through Memorial Day. Pets Best Pet Insurance will match all donations up to $1000. from May 1st through May 25th. This is a great time to donate because it will effectively double your donation!

Go to this link bit.ly/1EYP9KT to make your donation!  

Thanks to Pets Best Pet Insurance for doing this for our Military and their pets!

All photos are courtesy of Dogs on Deployment but be assured that they help Military cat owners, too!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Saving a Puppy's Life

For those of you who have been wondering where I've been - I had eye surgery two weeks ago and have been pampering myself a bit, trying not to strain it. My blog is important but so is my eyesight. I'll gradually get back on track. I hope that you'll bear with me.

I saw this video from The Israel Project tonight and simply had to share it with you. In Judaism, all life is precious. This poor little puppy was thrown over a barbed wire fence by terrorists in Egypt. Watch as two Israeli soldiers, members of the IDF, save this puppy's life. This little one will now not only live, but no doubt will be adopted into a happy home.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Alice the Pug Puppy Runs Her Own Fund-Raising Marathon!

As a Massachusetts native, I can tell you that The Boston Marathon has always been a big deal. Not with me, but with runners. I prefer to stroll but to each his or her own. 

Alice, a 6-month-old bi-coastal Pug Puppy is owned by Julia McGovern who is seriously training to run the Boston Marathon. A tad envious, Alice decided to run in her own marathon of all of .262 miles to benefit Pug Dog Rescue of New England (PRoNE).

Just like her owners, Alice must raise $5000. for her non-profit to qualify for a bib. One baby Pug can't do this all alone. She'll need some help from friends and admirers to make Alice's Dream to support Pug Dog Rescue of New England come true. To that end, Alice set up a page at DreamFund.com  You'll find it here:  

You can not only donate there but you wan watch Alice's training video as she gets ready for her marathon run.
Alice Training for her Marathon

"When Alice started seeing a lot of traction on her Instagram page I thought, “how can I leverage this highly engaged community (and adorable face) for some good?” I am at the end of my own personal Boston Marathon training and fundraising journey so I wanted use a similar fundraising strategy to help the greater pug community that I’d grown to know and love. Plus, Alice is such a little love bug, I know that if she was a human, she’d embark on a similar charitable campaign to help her pug friends in need!

Alice’s co-owner Rosa and I chose ProNE because it is an amazing organization close to home (we both grew up in MA) and even though we currently live in LA, we love to keep our ties to Boston on a short leash. We also both know people that have rescued adorable puglets from ProNE and seen how much happiness the organization brings to families.

We chose Dreamfund as the fundraising platform because, again, it’s a Boston-local organization and we like to keep in touch with our roots. Plus we love the notion of Alice’s “Dream” being fulfilled to help pug rescues. So cute! And it’s so much more Alice’s personality to “dream” rather than “fundraise.” 100% realize I’m talking about a dog here and not a human.” Ha! Little does McGovern realize she's preaching to the choir when it comes to this sort of thing.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Feline Wellness Featured on The Discovery Channel!

Aimee Photo © Helmi Flick
If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time you know that I'm a proponent of Wellness for pets. Usually concepts and treatments go from animals to people but in the case of Wellness it happened the other way around. Wellness for people was adopted by the veterinary medical community. One of the first places to embrace the concept an implement Wellness plans for Cats and Dog was Boston's venerated Angell Memorial Animal Hospital. I literally wrote the book on it, The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital Book of Wellness and Preventive Care for Dogs. Why just dogs? Ask the publisher. It was originally supposed to be two books but they decided not to go ahead with the Cat book. Why? There was a general concept then that cat people don't buy books.  I beg to differ but it's a moot point now.
Alana by Claire Clayton

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) is finally getting the attention for this that it deserves. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) will be featured on an episode of Innovations with Ed Begley Jr., airing via The Discovery Channel Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. EST / PST, 6:30am CST 

Here's a sneak peek at the episode:

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Aloha Vet's Season Finale

Dr. Scott Sims
Not long ago I introduced you to Nat Geo WILD's new series, Aloha Vet, starring Dr. Scott Sims who lives and practices in the Hawaiian Islands.  Tonight is the season finale of the show and I don't want you to miss it!  

Dr. Sims treats a wide range of animals and you'll see a variety of them tonight.

Here's a sneak peek at tonight's finale:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Foraging Toy Review: Has Your Cat Met Snacky Mouse?

I'm a huge proponent of puzzle, or foraging, toys for pets. They first came on the scene for dogs. As I recall, the first one looked like Rubik's Cube and when pushed around would release treats. It took awhile but finally came the realization that cats are incredibly smart and would be just as happy with a foraging toy as their canine friends. They're probably wondering what took so long!

Mars Petcare's Temptations treats has recently released such a toy and it's readily available in stores everywhere, including supermarkets, mass retail and pet supply stores for a suggested retail price of $6.00.  It comes with a small packet of Temptations treats to get you started. It's just enough to fill the bottom of the toy. There's an opening in the front, in the mouse's tummy.  Kitty pushes the Snacky Mouse around, swatting at it, it rolls and treats fall out. It doesn't take long for your furry companion to figure out how that works.

It's fun, engaging and rewarding for kitty. He has to do something in order to get the treats. Playtime alone has now become more interesting.

NOTE: I received no compensation for this review, just a Snacky Mouse package to test. Testing was done by my 15 year old Chartreux, Aimee, who gave it Four Paws up!

To see how Snacky Mouse works, enjoy the video below: