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Monday, October 16, 2017

Safety Tips for Halloween!




**Posting a bit early this year**

Halloween Safety Tips for Dog Families

Did you know that Halloween is the most dangerous holiday for dogs?!?

More dogs die or run away from home on Halloween than any other holiday!


Here are some ideas to help keep YOUR dog safe on Halloween:

1) Beware of the candy!

Keep it in sealed containers and out of reach of your dog. If your dog can get to it, he will! Remember that chocolate … even in small amounts … can be deadly to some dogs. Empty candy wrappers can be just as dangerous to your dog. He will go after those wrappers and they can get stuck in the digestive track and make him ill or cause death, so be sure your trash is not accessible to your pet. Be sure to remind your kids not to share their treats with the family pets! 

2) Carefully choose a costume! 

It is best to leave your dog at home when you go trick-or-treating. But if your dog is going trick or treating with you, the best costume for your dog is simply a holiday bandana. Be careful of any costumes that restrict your dog’s vision. Dogs depend upon their peripheral vision to know what is going on around them. Even the nicest of dogs can get snippy if unable to see what’s around him. Plus be sure any costume doesn’t hang down to the ground, causing your dog to stumble. Also be sure your dog’s costume is fire retardant in case your dog comes into contact with pumpkins lit with candles, luminaries, etc.

If you do take your dog with you while trick-or-treating, be prepared at all times and maintain constant control of your dog. Don't let your dog go to the door of a house. Stay aware of your surroundings! Dogs don't understand that the person jumping out at you saying "Boo!" won't hurt you. The dog may think he/she needs to protect you, and may act aggressively towards that person (whether adult or child). 

3) Watch the decorations!

Make sure all decorations are out of your dog’s reach. Beware of small and shiny objects that will attract your dog, who will want to chew it. You don’t want to end the night with a trip to an emergency vet hospital!

4) Best thing to do: Keep your dog in a safe place! 

Halloween is a very anxious time for most dogs. Lots of doorbells ringing, kids screaming “Trick or Treat”, doors constantly being opened and closed, and lots of activity (and candy) that can lead to trouble. On top of that, many families love dressing up their dog, but the dog doesn't really like it. From the excitement and added stress, dogs often escape from their homes on Halloween, or may bite a child who comes to your door, or eats a basket of candy. There are so many ways a bad thing can happen to your pet that afternoon or evening!

So put your dog in a safe place in your home … or at least on a leash that you hold onto each time the door is opened. And be sure your dog is wearing ID tags .... just in case. 

Have a ghoulishly fun .... and SAFE ... Halloween!




*Thank you to People Magazine for this informative article*
Sunday, October 15, 2017
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Friday, October 13, 2017

#WhatWouldYouGive to Help #EndALS




When Sarah Coglianese was diagnosed with ALS, she was 33 years old.  Her daughter, Scarlett, was just 2 years old.  While Scarlett was learning to take her first steps, Sarah was beginning to use a walker...and then...a wheelchair.

In a report for CNN about her journey navigating motherhood with ALS, Sarah writes...At first I was drowning in all my inability, in all the ways I thought I would fail her as a mom.  Then something unexpected started to happen.  The things I couldn't do for her, she started to do for herself.  When she was 2, she dressed herself.  By age 3, she was opening doors for me and helping with groceries.  At 4 she could make a quiche, and these days she folds laundry and cleans her room with only the slightest bit of prodding.  Sometimes she gets a broom and a dust pan and starts sweeping the floor without being asked.  If my foot slips off my foot rest, she nonchalantly walks over and plops it back in place.

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's Disease) is one of the worst diseases we know of.  In people with ALS, motor neurons deteriorate leading to muscle weakness and paralysis.  Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS and most people live 2-5 years after their first signs of the disease.  There is currently no treatment or cure.

In 2015, Sarah launched #WhatWouldYouGive, a national campaign that challenges healthy people to give up an ability (voices, arms, hands, or legs) to understand what life with ALS might be like and raise awareness and funding for ALS Research.  Sarah's experience with ALS and her journey through motherhood leads her to believe that her daughter is stronger, braver, loving and empathetic...something we all hope for our children.

I am teaming up with Linqia and the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS/TDI) - a non-profit biotech company that is 100% focused on finding a treatment and cure and to build awareness of the disease and raise funds for research.  We believe in the research efforts of ALS/TDI and specifically in AT-1501, a very promising drug that could feasibly and finally change the trajectory of this disease AT-1501 is on its way to clinical trial, but needs every last penny to advance.  And FAST!

We partner with ALS/TDI through #WhatWouldYouGive, a national awareness and fundraising campaign that challenges healthy people to give up on ability to understand what life with ALS might be like.

Last year alone, Linqia raised $15,000 through this campaign.  87% of which went immediately into the lab at ALS/TDI.

I am going to ask each and every one of you to consider donating...to make a tangible difference in the lives of others.

Let's all share a message of hope and education around ALS and pass this message forward!!

The goal this year is to raise $50,000 through our collective efforts.  Up to $25,000 will be matched dollar to dollar by an anonymous, but VERY generous donor.

Together we can raise funds to help make ALS a thing of the past.  Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge??
Thursday, October 12, 2017

#ChewyInfluencer: Taste of the Wild!



OK guys! I think y'all know that we are Chewy Influencers so we wanted to share with you this FABULOUS new food we got to try!!  It is called Taste of the Wild and it is HIGHLY recommended by us!!

We would like to specify that the one we tried was the Wetlands Canine Formula with Fowl in Gravy...for a Grain Free Diet.


We headed on over to the website, Chewy.com, for the full scoop!  Here's some of the Key Benefits:

~ Grain-free diet with duck, roasted quail and smoked turkey offers a taste sensation for even picky dogs!


~Complete and balanced formula can also be fed as your pet's sole diet.


~Supplemented with vegetables and fruits, this formula delivers antioxidants to help give your furry friend a healthy lifestyle.


~Formula provides an optimal amino acid profile.


~And the BEST news...it is made right here in the good old USA!!




See how big those chunks are??  They sure are TASTY!!  We even eat stuff that is good for us and we don't even know...it tastes THAT good!!

We are going to list out the ingredients because we know that some dogs have allergies and must be very careful what they eat.

Ingredients:  Duck, Duck Broth, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg Product, Chicken, Potato Starch, Potatoes, Roasted Duck, Roasted Quail, Smoked Turkey, Peas, Ocean Fish, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Flaxseed Oil, Potassium Chloride, Inulin, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, Raspberries, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Mono Nitrate, Vitamin E, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate. Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.


Can you see how much Miss Chloe is enjoying her tasty food??  Definitely going to keep some of this food around...it is TERRIFIC!! 

Twelve Paws UP!!

**Chewy provided us with a sample in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are our own.**
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Rainy Tuesday


Romeo is modeling his plaid Canada Pooch Rain Jacket.

He hates getting his feet wet!