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My Good Dogs and Their Kid

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Animal Rescue, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Safety, Slider | 0 comments

My Good Dogs and Their Kid

I believe at heart, all dogs are good dogs.  Or, at least strive to be good dogs.  There are many dog breeds in the world today and my two fur kids are definitely couture.  They are a melting pot of mixed breeds which make them all the more special to me. Abe is most likely a Labrador Retriever mix and Chico is some combination of Chihuahua and Corgi perhaps.  I did purchase a DNA test (Wisdom Panel) for each of them and will be swabbing their cheeks soon!  Most importantly, they are both dog rescue success stories! Prior to adopting Abe, over eight years ago, my husband and I knew that dog adoption was for us.   Chico, on the other hand, well, he sort of fell into our lap about a year and a half ago… and stayed. Sixteen months ago, we also added another member to our family.  A two legger named Sebastian.  So, I am surrounded by boys and I love it.  They are hilarious and warm my heart with all of their canine and human antics.  Most importantly though, they all love one another.  Sebastian has his face washed by Abe and Chico daily and they thoroughly enjoy flanking his highchair at meal time. Of course, we are extra careful with Abe and Chico.  We ensure that Sebastian doesn’t antagonize them and know when they have had enough baby time.  If you have a new baby on the way, here are a few tips to create a safe environment:  http://www.jennfadal.com/having-a-baby-tips-to-prepare-your-four-legged-child/ And, if you would like a peak into our life with baby and dogs visit:  http://www.jennfadal.com/good-morning/. For now, here is a picture of all my boys…after they opened a box containing a Master Moves Mickey!  ...

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Zukes Dog Treats Wins with Lil Links

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Paws for Thought, Products | 0 comments

If you are a pet owner and haven’t tried a Zukes pet treat with your dog or cat…well…. you are just one treat away from treating smart.  With Zukes, you can treat smart and with heart because these premium treats are healthy and delicious.  Take it from my dogs Abe and Chico.  Just the mention of Zukes dog treats  in our house turns on Niagra Falls. Zukes sources and produces their products in the USA  and uses high quality protein, fruits, veggies and whole grains as their ingredients. Their latest creation, Lil Links, have been flying off of our shelves.  Pet parents are thrilled to see a healthy sausage treat on the market.  Check out Lil Links’ ingredients here.  The first five ingredients are:  Chicken, Apples, Carrots, Potatoes, Maple Syrup.   Now, compare to another sausage treat on the market today whose first five ingredients include:  Wheat flour, beef, soy, flour, corn syrup.  !@?#!  Which sounds better to you? Zukes dog or cat treats are a nice compliment to a high quality, all natural dog food or cat food. Remember…Healthy Pets Wag….or purrrrrr!...

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Cheeky Chats- My New Favorite Tee!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Lifestyle, Products | 0 comments

Admittedly, I am a sucker for cute t-shirts.  Especially if they contain the following criteria:  are pet inspired, attitudish, well fit and adorable.  My latest find is Cheeky Chats.  Check it out.  Especially if you are a cat lover or know someone who is.  I think I might have a problem though.  I already own six tee’s and discovered the site only three weeks ago.  Thanks to my sister-in-law Tamsen for instigating this cheeky obsession! At least I work in the pet world…so they can be considered a uniform…right?  Purrrfect! Wags,...

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The Power of the Pack

Posted by on Aug 19, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought | 0 comments

The Power of the Pack

This pack mom has been down for the count for the last six days.  A barking cough, chills, fever and more.  Thank goodness for my dear husband who kept things running.  Literally.  He took the dogs on their two a day power walks every morning and night, helped to run the store when I just couldn’t and cared for our 15 month old son…who is a fireball of energy. The dogs did their part too.  They laid by my side, followed their dad’s commands and remained calm, cool and collected even though I was a hacking mess.  Of course, when I tried to nap, I constantly had pack members busting in through the room door to check on me….but that’s o.k.  There is power to a pack. I found a great article on wolf pack mentality on the Animal Planet website.  Click here to read it:  http://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/wolf-pack-mentality.htm Are you the Alpha, Beta or Omega? Wags,...

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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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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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