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New York Dogs!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Travel | 0 comments

Haaaaah.  The sights and sounds of New York.  My blood runs faster as soon as the plane lands.   For the past10 days, I had the pleasure of spending my vacation with family in New York and New Jersey.  This included my two favorite Manhattan pooches Matsen and Parker. As a matter of fact, Parker (shown below) and I have spent a lot of time together filming pet segments for Better TV.  Parker loves the camera and jet setting around NYC with his brother Matsen. They know how to work the petparazzi as they attend many star studded events with their mom Tamsen.  You lucky dogs! Ok, not all pets in the city strut the red carpet…but they do have many places to roam….and many many stores to visit!    Not only are their paws hitting the pavement with their owners and dog walkers, but these lucky four leggers have a plethora of dog parks to run off leash.  In fact, during my stay, I spent as much time peeking into dog parks as I did kiddie parks with my son Sebastian!  I also stopped by my favorite NY pet store:  DoggyStyle NYC!  I had a great time…gained a few pounds(gelato was my best friend)…and enjoyed the NYC pet world.  🙂 But, I have to say, it was wonderful to return home and be reunited with my two eagerly awaiting canine sons!  Love my Abe and Chico!  Until next time New...

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Jenn Fadal’s Interview in Pet Age Magazine

Posted by on Aug 7, 2012 in Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Check out a great article in Pet Age Magazine on Alternative Health Remedies for your pet.  Thanks Pet Age for interviewing me for this informative article! Click to view pdf of article Pet Age Magazine Alternative Pet Remedies!...

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Furries and Fireworks

Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Paws for Thought, Products, Safety | 0 comments

Grills are fired up, families celebrate and fireworks are displayed on the Fourth of July.  And our pets?  Well, the Fourth of July is the number one day of the year for pets to be lost and end up in shelters.  In fact, some shelters will host pet adoptions on the Fourth of July to make room for all of the lost pets they will receive on July fifth. Here are five tips to help pet parents keep their furry family members safe this holiday. 1.  Keep Pets Cool and Inside– While you are enjoying the holiday festivities, make sure your pets are indoors, cool and safe.  The onset of hyperthermia can happen quickly and put your pet in danger.  This holiday is definitely not the day to have your pets roaming off leash in your yard or neighborhood.  Or worse yet, tethered outside in the heat.  To keep them busy, give them their favorite long lasting treat or toy and have fresh water.  2.  Fireworks Frenzy– Some pets are anxious and nervous at the sound of fireworks.  While many pets will burrow in their bed, others will bolt out of an open front door.  A few products on the market can help ease your pet’s fear such as the, Thundershirt, a calming jacket for your pet, and Rescue Remedy, an all natural calming solution. Be safe, if your pet is a runner, create a quiet room in your home with all of his favorites and keep the door closed. 3.  Pet I.D.’s, a Must Have– In the event your pet does leave your home, increase their chances of a safe return with their pet i.d. attached to their collar.  Make sure contact information is up to date.  If you want to take an extra precaution invest in a pet GPS tracking system so you can monitor your pet’s whereabouts on your smart phone. 4.  Avoid Fatty Foods and Decorations– Although we love roasted meats, creamy salads and chocolate filled desserts, your pet’s stomach may not thank you.  As we all know, some foods are toxic to our pets and overly rich foods can be the cause of pancreatitis.  The same can be true of Fourth of July decor.  If consumed, intestinal disturbance or blockage is a possibility.  Avoid the vet this holiday by keeping your pet on their paw lickin’ good kibble and decorations out of reach. 5.  Emergency Numbers– Have your vet, the local emergency vet and animal poison control’s number at the ready. Best place would be to program them in your cell phone.  In case there is a pet emergency, you know who to call and where the numbers are located.  The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center hotline number is 1-888-4ANI-HELP or 1-888-426-4435 ($65.00 per case). The charge is billed to caller’s credit card. Happy Fourth of July! Wags,...

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Jenn Expands Blog Reach to MrChewy.com

Posted by on Jun 23, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Writing.  Not sure why or how it happened…but I love it.  I know some of you can relate…sometimes the written word is easier to express than the spoken.  Often, this is true for me, but when you get me talking about pets….sometimes I can’t stop! Now, you can read more of my blogs on the MrChewy.com website!  I am their new pet nutrition & lifstyle contributor.  Very excited!  Who is Mr. Chewy?  Well, the Mr. Chewy site is one of the fastest growing online pet food retailers and will now be a place to learn more about your pets! My first contribution is all about grain free foods….well at least what I could fit in 500 words or less 🙂 I mentioned some of my faves:  Orijen, California Natural Grain Free and EVO.  Click Jenn’s Chewy Blog to read more.  There are other fabulous writers sharing their thoughts on multiple pet topics too! Do you have a blog?  I would love to take a sniff.  Send me the deTAILS! Stay tuned…. Wagfully, Jenn...

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Safe Pet Travel

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Car and Water, Health & Wellness, Safety, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Safe Pet Travel Summer is here and many pet parents are planning vacations which include their four legged family member.  We have already loaded the car with our dogs, Abe andChico, and taken them to the beach.  It was a wild ride I promise you, complete with baby, dogs, baby gear, dog gear and one father-in-law.  We made it safely though. Seventy three million UShouseholds own a pet.  And according to barkbuckleup.com 82% of pets travel with their owners.  General safety for all travel includes:   1) pet id tag or tracking device, (we love TAGG)  2)  plan ahead- know the pet laws of the hotel and city you are traveling to and 3)  have your pet up to date on vaccines and ensure overall health. Car Travel Safety:  Auto harnesses and/or travel crates and water bowls are must haves.  Did you know that a 60lb dog would become an over 2500lb projectile object in a 35mph car accident?  Yikes!  This can never be said enough:  Never leave pet in a car unattended.   Auto temperatures can reach 120 degrees!!  We love Kurgo travel products! Air Travel Safety: Call your airline to find out the rules and regulations of pet travel.  Crate size for in cabin travel will differ by airline, type of plane and sometimes even your seat on that plane.  Airlines such as US Airways, Airtran, JenBlue and Southwest do not allow pets to ride in cargo and those that do (United and Delta) have restrictions on when and if short nosed breeds can travel.  Please click on the links and learn each airline’s pet policy. Make a reservation!  All pet air travel requires a reservation.  Fees do apply and range from $75-$125 each way. More air travel tips: Ö        Get your pet used to their travel crate prior to your trip.  Ö        Exercise prior to arriving at the airport to lessen excitable behavior. Ö        Make sure your pet is healthy and can handle a flight. Ö        If traveling in the cabin pack snacks, favorite toy and ensure comfort of your pet.  Ö        Airports will have a pet potty area to use prior to a flight, in between legs and after flight. Boat travel: Some dogs are made for the water and others….well let’s just say they are water challenged.  Use of a dog life jacket and/or boat ramp will help an anxious dog be safe in the water. Be safe this summer!  Enjoy your pets!  ...

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Shansen Jewelry- Good for You and Animals in Need

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Paws for Thought, Products, Uncategorized | 0 comments

You know the saying…if you want something done give it to the busiest person you know.  Two of the busiest ladies I know have joined forces and the result is simply….beautiful. Tamsen Fadal and Shannon Elizabeth When Shannon Elizabeth, actress and animal advocate, partnered with her cousin, Tamsen Fadal,  media personality and author, they were driven  to combine their talents and develop a line of affordable, inspirational accessories.  Each piece is thoughtfully created, has deep meaning and holds a special place in the designers’ hearts.  Hence Shansen Jewelry. Learn about the inspiration behind Libby Love. Why do I love the work of these two phenomenal women?  Well, it is pet related of course.  Shannon and Tamsen have chosen charities such as Last Chance for Animals, to receive a portion of Shansen’s proceeds. In addition to Shannon and Tamsen’s generosity, the jewelry is vegan inspired.  Absolutely no animal products are used. I give this collection and these ladies four paws up!! Congratulations Shannon and Tamsen for creating such a beautifully inspired line and thank you for your love of animals. Wagfully, Jenn...

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Chesty the Bulldog and His Life Jacket

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Products, Safety, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was visiting my family this past weekend on Anna Maria Island and was honored to meet a new relative…Chesty, an 85lb English Bulldog.  He belongs to my cousin Mike and his girlfriend Summer and is named after Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Although Anna Maria does not offer dog beaches, there are several rental homes and apartments that are pet friendly.  Thus, Chesty, was enjoying a week’s vacation…complete with an easy access salt water pool, cool tile floors and three bedrooms from which to choose.  Needless to say, it was hot this weekend.  Certainly too hot for a bulldog to be outside for very long.  But Chesty was determined.  True to his breed, he wanted to be with us all of the time and was snorting and slobbering his way through the day.   That included circling and inevitably being submerged in the pool. There is no doubt he would have sunk like a rock if we weren’t watching.  Luckily, my cousin, Mike, packed his doggy life jacket which enabled Chesty to zip back and forth across the pool…like a true fish out of water.  Life jackets are so important for those dogs not used to water or those being introduced to it for the first time.  For chest heavy breeds like English Bulldogs, life jackets are a must have.  Their bodies simply aren’t made for the water. My recommendation is to have one of these handy if you plan to take your fur kid on a boat or have him around a pool.  Especially if he is top heavy,  terrified of the water, or just so enamored that he could go overboard at any time.  Water + scared/nervous dogs never make a good match. Be safe like Chesty this...

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Abe’s Annual Appointment

Posted by on Jun 5, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Hips and Joints, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Abe went to his eigth annual vet appointment yesterday.  For the first time, we had the baby in tow as well.  Not sure Abe loved that part of it though as mommy couldn’t have her hands on him the entire time.  But he did just fine. All good news for Abe!  His lumps and bumps are all just fatty tumors, his teeth looked great thanks to TropiClean dental products, his ACL could be manipulated as it should be (Thanks Dr. Hay) and he lost a pound!  Yay Abe! Abe loves his vet, Dr. Stuart Rosenburg, and of course loves the treats he gets for behaving himself at the office.  Sebastian, my son, loved trying to grab the pictures and artwork that were in his reach. My favorite quote in Dr. Stu’s office is:  “Be the person your dog believes you to be.” What a lovely thought to keep in mind today. Happy...

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Anesthesia Free Pet Dental Cleaning

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Eyes, Ears & Teeth, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yes.  It is true.  There is such a service as anesthesia free dental cleaning for pets.  If you have had your pet’s teeth cleaned in the past, you might have had a bit of hesitation due to the necessity of anesthesia.  Or, your pet might be up in age and never had his/her teeth cleaned. I have to confess, both of my dogs are eight years old, and they have never had their teeth cleaned.  Their teeth look pretty good though because they are fed a high quality diet, consume raw bones and we use dental cleaning products by Tropiclean. It is important to keep your pet’s teeth and gums in tip top shape.  By the age of three, pet’s can develop gingivitis which can lead to other diseases such as heart disease. I met Dr. Kristen Swanson, a holistic vet hailing from Colorado,  last week.  She and her team came to my store, Wag, to perform anesthesia free dental cleaning.  All I can say is…WOW, what a difference.  The before and after of many of my four legged client’s teeth was amazing.  All the dogs made great candidates for the procedure and their owners were happy. Cost is $165, which is less than a typical pet dental cleaning with anesthesia and the service takes about 30 minutes.  Dr. Swanson does recommend a holistic tincture to use after the cleaning whick kills bacteria and prevents infection.  The cost of the tincture is $25.  Visit K9 Dental Service to watch a demo video. Wag’s next cleaning date is:  Sunday, July 29.  Call to reserve your space today:  813-258-9181. Here is a picture of Dr. Swanson with two happy...

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Wellness Day 2012 Pictures

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Animal Rescue, Events | 0 comments

Wellness Day 2012 Pictures

Finally!  A few pictures from Wellness Day to share with...

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