Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sepia Saturday: The Steel Horse

We attended the Pet Expo at Westworld in Scottsdale Arizona today.  It was such a fun day!  I'll be posting about a few of the great people and dogs we met  in tomorrow's blog post; the guys from Animal Planet's Tanked, and Posy the amazing little Pit Bull who refused to let being born with Genetic Dwarfism stand in the way of her happy life!

The beautiful steel horse statue that stands outside Westworld in Scottsdale

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Autism: Let's Help Promote Awareness

April is NATIONAL AUTISM AWARENESS month.  Although this is a pet blog, I wanted to help spread the word about Autism awareness.  Autism, or Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD), is estimated to impact 1 in every 68 children in the U.S., with the majority of them being girls vs. boys.  That is a staggering statistic!


A dear friend of ours has a beautiful daughter, Alison.  Alison has Autism.  For years we've seen her parents struggle with this condition.  Finding information, getting services for her and support for themselves was not easy.  There were many challenges.  Back then the awareness and support really wasn't there. Alison is in her early twenties now and is doing beautifully.  Sadly she lost her mother, our good friend, to cancer at the age of 15.  It was a devastating blow and we were so worried about how it would effect Alison, but we were in awe of her resilience.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Why Animal Cruelty Hurts Everyone

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.  The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is urging supporters across the country to help raise awareness about animal cruelty.

One of the worst forms of animal cruelty is dog fighting.  In honor of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD) which was on April 8, the ASPCA spearheaded a campaign to  GET TOUGH ON DOG FIGHTING.  The war against dog fighting is a battle that cannot be confined to just one day or one month.  It’s an ongoing battle that requires everyone’s awareness and support to win.  If you think animal cruelty and dog fighting don't negatively impact you or your family you are mistaken.


Join the ASPCA, and Get Tough on Dog Fighting
Here are a few reasons why animal cruelty, including dog fighting, should  matter to everyone:

** Statistics show that 30% of children who have witnessed domestic violence have in turn abused animals. 

** There's a strong link between animal abuse and violence against people.  Animal abuse is known to be an early indicator of abuse against people as well.  Social services agencies are trained to recognized the signs of animal cruelty in children and determine whether or not the abusive behavior is a warning signal.

** There are links between dog fighting and gang activity as well as other criminal activity such as drug trafficking and illegal firearms possession.

** Most violent criminals have a history of animal cruelty.  David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam killer was reported to have poisoned his mothers parakeet.   Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, perpetrators of the horrific Columbine High School shooting had mutilated animals for fun.

Although Dog fighting is a felony in every state in the U.S. this barbaric act of cruelty still goes on.  Animal abuse, including dog fighting, doesn't just hurt helpless animals, it hurts people and communities.  Tougher laws and punishment against all animal abusers are needed. 

Visit the ASPCA's web site for ideas on how you can help here: help prevent cruelty to animals .

Please share this message in support of ending Dog Fighting and animal cruelty.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Dog Says Hello Kitty

PHOEBE WANTED TO SHOW EVERYONE THE NEW HELLO KITTY COLLAR I GOT HER.   I BOUGHT IT WITH THE PETSMART GIFT CARD I WON DURING OUR FIRST BLOGPAWS #PETSMART TWITTER CHAT IN MARCH!


IT'S SO SPARKLY! ISN'T IT DIVINE?!



I JUST LOVE HELLO KITTY, DON'T YOU??

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Consistency Is Key To Your Dog's #PerfectWeight and Healthier Lifestyle

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Perfect Weight 10 Week Turn Around, but DOGS LUV US and WE LUV THEM only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Over the last several weeks I've talked about overweight pets, and that being overweight can lead to significant health issues for your dog.  More than 50% of dogs are overweight!  A weight gain of just 5 lbs. on a small dog can have a big impact on your dog's health. 5 lbs. on a small dog is the equivalent of a human gaining more than 30 lbs.!  It's important to address a dog's weight problem before it leads to a more serious health issues.

I know I'm at a healthy weight, are you?
Being at a healthy weight can improve your dog's quality of life and life expectancy!  Creating a routine for weight loss and exercise, and maintaining consistency are the key to your dog's success.  Consistent feeding and exercise are an important part of pet weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sepia Saturday: My Lady Of The Lake

My furry Lady Of The Lake, Saguaro Lake that is, in Sepia.


My Husky, Isis, surveying the area from this rock at Saguaro Lake in Arizona.  If you'd like to see this photo and my other photos from this beautiful lake in living color, click on this link: Dogs Day At The Lake 

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