Friendly Fill-Ins and Feline Friday

Friendly Fill-Ins is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Feline Friday is a funny kitty adventure hosted by Sandee over at Comedy Plus. Be sure to visit all of them and join in the fun!

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Here are the fill-ins:

  1. _____________and ______________ go hand in hand.
  2. __________________________ makes my heart happy.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ____________________________.
  4. If ________ was a sport, I would win hands down.

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Here are my responses:

Peanut butter and jelly go hand in hand, though I have yet to see jelly with hands.

Being loved by our kitties makes my heart happy.

Don’t be afraid to follow your dreams. They may not lead you to the expected destination, but instead may take you to something much better and more fulfilling in the end.

If going to the bathroom was a sport, I would win hands down, if for no other reason than that I’m in there the most! No one else gets a chance to score. 🙂

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Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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Book Review: Franklin: The Man behind the United States Commando Dogs by Matthew Duffy

Franklin: The Man behind the United States Commando Dogs by Matthew Duffy

If you are a dog person, you will love Franklin: The Man behind the United States Commando Dogs by Matthew Duffy.

If you are a military person, you will love this book as well.  It is very hard to believe that this is the first book of this type that Matthew Duffy has written.

Duffy has written books about dog training in his career.  As a matter of fact, it appears that Duffy is one of the top dog trainers in the country.  However, he tells the story of Jeff Franklin and his dogs so well that you just can’t put the book down.

So far this year we have read over 225 books.  If we had to choose one “Best Book” we could not do that.  However, there is no doubt that Franklin would make it into the top ten along with Code Name Papa books one and two.

Duffy tells you several dog stories that are just riveting.  When we saw the name of one of the chapters, “Dog Down”, we were on the edge of our seats.  I, David, could not tell that story to our other reviewers here at Manian Debil Productions without tearing up.

Franklin is a Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine.  Our family is strong military. Our Marine likes to tell his Navy sibling that the Marines are a department of the Navy, the MENS Department.  Once you read Franklin, you will know why that is so.

Have yourself a potty break, grab yourself a comfortable chair, make a pot of coffee, and prepare to sit in place for a while because you won’t be able to put Franklin down. Go on, we dare you.  Just try to put it down for long. You will pick it right back up.

If you can only read one book this year, you should make it Franklin.  It is hands down one of the best.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Press Release: SURE PETCARE’S ANIMO PROVIDES A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR AND WELL-BEING

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SURE PETCARE’S ANIMO PROVIDES A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR AND WELL-BEING

Sure Petcare’s new state-of-the-art activity and behavior monitor for dogs, Animo, learns and reports the unique activity and behavior patterns of your pet.

Image 2Cambridge, UK (Nov. 28, 2018) – Pet product specialist Sure Petcare today announced the launch of Animo https://youtu.be/PREvQwNoGEE, the lifelong activity and behavior monitor which learns and accurately interprets the unique behavior and activity patterns of a dog. Animo delivers insights into a dog’s activity and sleep, as well problem behaviors such as shaking, scratching and barking. These insights help owners to understand the changing needs of their pet over its lifetime, enabling them to provide proactive and personalized pet care.

Worn on a dog’s collar, Animo comes with three different sized attachment bands, making it suitable for dogs of all sizes. Weighing just 22g, Animo is lightweight, comfortable and waterproof. It sits flat against the collar and its “twist and lock” fitting not only makes it easy to attach and detach, but also holds the unit firmly in place. It operates using a standard coin cell battery which lasts for six months, preventing the need for regular charging.

Animo connects to the Sure Petcare – Animo app via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), where owners can set and monitor daily activity goals for their pet, as well as view their pet’s activity and behavior reports by day, week, month or year. The app also provides an hour-by-hour sleep quality report every night, which can be compared against previous nights to easily spot changes in sleep patterns.

Key features of Animo and the Sure Petcare app include:

Activity: Set and monitor daily activity goals, check last walked time and view activity reports by day, week, month and year.

Sleep Quality: Hour-by-hour sleep quality report throughout the night; a poor night’s sleep can be an indication of stress, discomfort or illness

Calories: track the calories burnt by your dog and compare this to a recommended daily target based on their breed, age and weight

Behavior tracking: receive alerts for increased barking, scratching or shaking

Connect with family and friends: Animo can be synced by any member of your app household and owners can share access to the app with their friends and family.

“We can’t be with our pets 24/7, so we have created Animo to give dog owners a window into their dog’s day: not only to tell them what he gets up to when they’re not around, but more importantly to spot changes in behavior and activity over time, which may signal changes in their pet’s health and wellbeing.” said Nick Hill, founder and CEO of Sure Petcare. “Animo is the result of a collaboration between Sure Petcare and our sister company within the Antelliq group. Over the past 18 months we have combined Antelliq’s world-leading animal monitoring expertise, our pet industry experience and the advice of world-renowned dog behaviorists to create a product which will change the lives of dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes.

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From the moment Animo is attached to a dog’s collar, its suite of algorithms begins to learn the animal’s unique patterns of movement; accurately interpreting them and reporting their corresponding activity and behavior types to the owner via our smartphone app. This means that Animo can tell owners more about their dog than they’ve ever known before – it will be a game changer for the dog tracking market and is far more than an activity monitor, it is the essential lifelong companion for your dog.”

Jon Bowen, Royal Veterinary College vet and animal behaviorist said: “Because we spend so much time with our dogs we think we know how they feel, but the reality is that we often miss things. Our dogs can’t tell us that they are starting to have problems sleeping because they are in pain. They can’t tell us they are getting stressed or upset by something while we are at work, or whether they really go on good long walks with the dog walker. Even when we go on a walk with our dog, we may not notice that they are gradually becoming less playful and energetic, so we don’t detect early signs of health problems like arthritis or heart disease. Using monitoring we can get a much greater insight into what is really going on with our dogs, so we can spot the first signs of a problem. But monitoring isn’t all about picking up signs of poor health; if we monitor our dogs we can aim to make their lives better and more enjoyable. For example, identifying the activities they really like, doing more of those things and making an effort to pack more fun into every walk instead of just plodding. Having said this, the most critical aspect of monitoring is accuracy. This is where products like Animo have a real advantage, because If we are going to take action based on what a monitor tells us, we need to have real confidence in the quality of information.”

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Pet tech continues to be a growing industry, with the global market expected to increase to $2.36bn by 2022, according to Grand View Research. In 2017, UK dog owners spent a whopping $10 billion on general products and services for their animals.

Animo is available to purchase online today (October 2018) at surepetcare.com, and in the coming weeks from leading pet retailers* for an MSRP of $79.99.

Sure Petcare app

The Sure Petcare app-Animo is available for free download on the App Store (iOS 9 or later) and Google Play (Android 4.4 or later). Desktop requirements: latest version of Safari, Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer on Mac OS X v10.9 or later and Windows 7 or later.

Company Information

Sure Petcare is a trading name of SureFlap Ltd.

About Sure Petcare

Sure Petcare, the pet technology specialist, provides pet products that empower owners to care for their pets in entirely new ways.

Founded in 2007, Sure Petcare has developed an award-winning range of microchip-operated pet doors and feeders including the Microchip Cat Flap, the Microchip Pet Door, Microchip Pet Feeder and Sealed Pet Bowl, which solve many problems commonly experienced by pet owners.

Sure Petcare launched its first connected product, the Microchip Pet Door Connect in 2017, which enables pet owners to control the pet door using an app. The SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap Connect joined the range of connected products in June 2018, with the near-term product roadmap featuring a portfolio of connected products designed to provide proactive pet care by giving owners data and insight into their pets’ day-to-day behaviors, activities and routines. Over time, this information will provide a greater understanding of their pets’ health and wellbeing.

Sure Petcare products have been used by pet owners across the globe for ten years. The company sells direct, through retail stores and veterinary practices in 35 countries.

For further information visit www.surepetcare.com.

 

Book Review: Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper

Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?  Do you believe there is something special about a black cat?  If your answer to either of those questions is yes, you must read Homer and the Holiday Miracle: A True Story by Gwen Cooper.

It isn’t a long read.  In fact, it is only 47 small, heart-tugging pages long.  The story is absolutely great and seems to be very heartfelt.

I, David, was never much of a cat person, as anyone who has read my blog knows.  However, I know how one little frail kitty, who had to be bottle fed when we rescued him, a little black and white kitty put the “come hither” on me and changed my heart forever.

Homer, an old, blind, black cat will get into your heart, rip it out, and put it in a headlock while you feel so warm inside and, at the same time, want to bawl your eyes out.

If you are looking for a little touch of Christmas cheer in a short book that will melt your heart, Homer and the Holiday Miracle is the book for you.

Gwen Cooper donates 10% of her royalties on all book sales to organizations that serve abused, abandoned, and disabled animals.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Review: His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle: The Rebarkable True Story of Meghan Markle’s Rescue Dog by Camille March and Michael Brumm Illustrated by EG Keller

His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle: The Rebarkable True Story of Meghan Markle’s Rescue Dog by Camille March and Michael Brumm Illustrated by EG Keller

Do you want to know all the secrets of the Royal Pets? His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle: The Rebarkable True Story of Meghan Markle’s Rescue Dog by Camille March and Michael Brumm and Illustrated by EG Keller will give you all the background of the newest royal dog.

This book is cute and funny.  It tells about how the duchess came to possess Guy.

This book would make a great addition to your family home evening stories and those bedtime stories you read to all your little knee huggers.

The book is well-illustrated. Unlike most children’s books today, the colors are not intense.  This is a great thing for an easily overstimulated child. As your child deprograms from the day’s technology intense activities, this might be a good step down as you try to get them to bed.

We think every child should have His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle, under the Christmas tree. Grandparents, are you listening?

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book.  We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Press Release: This Holiday Season, Basepaws Offers the Pur-Fect Gift for the Cat Lover and Genealogical Expert on your Holiday List

This Holiday Season, Basepaws Offers the Pur-Fect Gift for the Cat Lover and Genealogical Expert on your Holiday List

Basepaws an at-home, feline-specific genetic test allows you to learn about breed and ancestry markers that are present in your cats DNA explaining the physical traits are in your cat’s genes. So if you’ve ever wondered where your cat gets the extra fluffiness in his or her tail, now you can find out! Using what we currently know, we can tell you how closely related your cat is to select cat breeds and wildcats. Launching in 2019 Basepaws will also be able to let any possible health and wellness risks that may be present in your cat’s DNA.

Pets are part of the family and now more than ever are treated as such. According to the 2017-2018 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, almost three-quarters of dog and cat owners purchase gifts for their pets, and almost half of dog owners and 38 percent of cat owners buy holiday gifts for them.

As a pet owner, you want to know as much information as possible about any potential health risks for your beloved cat. With knowledge from your cat’s genetics, you can make more informed decisions about their health-care needs earlier—possibly mitigating or even preventing illness down the road.

To send Basepaws the sample, you collect hair from your feline or use a mouth swab for cats without hair. After mailing the sample in you can expect results in 2 to 4 months. Once you are part of the Basepaws family, your cat will receive a lifetime of benefits. This includes report updates, personalized recommendations, membership in the Basepaws community, access to the latest research on cat science, tools to connect owners of similar cats, and discounts on future products that will be specifically formulated for your cat’s genetic needs.

Basepaws is the purr-fect holiday gift for any cat lover and their cat this holiday season!

Basepaws DNA Kit is available now at www.Basepaws.com for $95.00.

For more information on Basepaws please contact Pamela Epstein at 732-277-4596 or please click onto www.Basepaws.com

ABOUT BASEPAWS

Our big and clear mission, to make the world better for cats (and their humans), is built off the simple insight that cats make our lives better. Our continuously updated research will provide benefits beyond any current test on the market. We are investing in our science and our community to create a future where all cats can benefit from our genetics research.

Guest Post: Keep pets’ safety in mind this Thanksgiving, Pet Sitters International advises

 

This article was provided by Pet Sitters International (PSI).

Keep pets’ safety in mind this Thanksgiving, Pet Sitters International advises

The association offers tips to ensure pets and humans both have a safe and happy holiday.

KING, N.C. (November 5, 2018) — Thanksgiving—it’s a time for falling leaves, family gatherings and plenty of turkey and stuffing—but the holiday is not always a festive time for pets. Pet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading educational organization for professional pet sitters, advises pet owners to keep in mind their four-legged family members’ safety when planning Thanksgiving activities this year.

“Simple holiday traditions, such as hosting a Thanksgiving feast for friends and family, can pose potential problems to pets if not monitored carefully,” advised PSI President Patti J. Moran.

“Fortunately, there are simple precautions pet owners can take to help promote a safe and happy holiday for pets and humans alike.”

PSI offers the following tips for pet owners to keep in mind this Thanksgiving:

  1. Know which treats are “off-limits.” Food is a culprit for some of the most common holiday pet emergencies, so know which foods are off-limits for your pets, and make it clear to any guests. Holiday treats—such as rich, fatty scraps; bones from pork and poultry; alcoholic beverages; chocolate; and other sweets and candies—can be harmful or toxic to pets. Some of these foods have been linked to pancreatitis in pets. Signs and symptoms of an inflamed pancreas include vomiting and abdominal pain, and severe pancreatitis requires emergency medical care and treatment. Other dangerous substances for pets include the sugar substitute xylitol, bread dough and onions. If a pet ingests any potentially harmful product, call a veterinarian or a local emergency animal hospital immediately.
  1. Put holiday decorations out of pets’ reach. Will you be decorating your home with cornucopias, pine cones, plants, lights or other festive décor this Thanksgiving? Or will you put up a Christmas tree or other holiday decorations following the Thanksgiving feast? Be sure to keep out of pets’ reach any decorations that could be harmful if chewed on or ingested.
  1. Provide a safe space for pets. For pets that are easily frightened or not used to being around a lot of people, Thanksgiving can be an especially stressful time. If guests will be at your home, make sure you have a room set aside where your pet can relax with favorite toys and will not be disturbed. It is also important to make sure your pet is wearing an identification tag with your name and current contact information, in case he or she slips out the door as guests come and go. You may also want to consider microchipping your pet.
  1. Don’t delay hiring a professional pet sitter. If you will be celebrating Thanksgiving or another holiday away from home, your pet could benefit from the services of a professional pet sitter. PSI advises pet owners to only use the services of professional pet sitters and to begin the search for pet care as soon as possible. PSI recently surveyed nearly 1,000 professional pet sitters and found that 65 percent say they are usually fully booked for holiday pet-sitting visits at least two to three weeks prior to the holiday.

Anyone can post a profile on a pet-sitting or dog-walking website or app, so it is important to make sure you are choosing a qualified pet-care provider. PSI recommends pet owners schedule an initial consultation with a potential pet sitter prior to booking services and offers a free pet-sitter interview checklist on the PSI website. Pet owners can search PSI’s Pet Sitter Locator free of charge at www.petsit.com/locate.

“Finding a pet sitter you trust allows you to truly enjoy your holiday, so pet owners shouldn’t delay in seeking professional pet sitters to watch their pets while they’re away visiting family, attending holiday parties or simply shopping late,” Moran said.

To learn more about PSI, visit www.petsit.com.

 

About Pet Sitters International

Founded in 1994 by Patti J. Moran, author of Pet Sitting for Profit, Pet Sitters International (PSI) is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters, with member pet-sitting businesses in the United States, Canada and more than 20 other countries. PSI members have access to the widest array of business services and educational resources available in the professional pet-sitting industry. PSI’s Pet Sitter Locator is the largest online directory of professional pet sitters, and pet owners can visit petsit.com/locate to find local professional pet sitters.

This article was provided by Pet Sitters International (PSI).

 

Guest Post: Tips for Traveling with Pets

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Tips for Traveling with Pets

Flying with your pet: If you are going to take your pet on an airplane, it is important to determine whether your pet will need a crate or a carrier. Larger dogs will fly in a crate in the cargo, and smaller dogs that fit into a carrier can fly in the plane. Make sure you find out the requirements for your dog prior to booking your flight.

Familiarize your pet with its crate or carrier: Pets like familiarity. If you plan on keeping your pet inside a carrier or crate while traveling, make purchases at least a month before travel to allow your pet ample time to get comfortable with the new environment. Place him or her in the carrier and provide some treats. Gradually lengthen the time your pet is in the crate or carrier until your pet seems at ease in its new space.

Car safety: It is important that we always think about the dog’s safety while in your car. If you want your pet to sit on the seat, get your pup a dog seatbelt. It allows your dog room to move around, but provides restraint in the case of an accident. If you have an SUV, you can buy a gate that keeps your dog from jumping from the back to the front.

Feed your pet no less than five or six hours before traveling: It is very easy for your dog or cat to become sick during travel. Providing time for food to digest lessens the chances of your pet becoming ill.

Find a pet-friendly hotel:  And if you’ve got plans during the day, since most pet-friendly hotels will not allow pets to be left in the room alone, consider taking your dog to a nearby Camp Bow Wow® doggie day care facility or hire a Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow® pet sitter to keep Fido company. Camp is open early in the morning until late in the evening, so your pup can play all day.

Make your pet feel at home: Use familiar dishes, blankets, toys and other items from your home to create a sense of comfort for your pet.

And If Fido can’t travel with you, book him an overnight stay at one of Camp Bow Wows 100+ franchises across the country; you can even watch him while on-the-go via Camp Bow Wow’s iPhone App, which has a web-cam feature that is hooked up at every location.

Erin Askeland, CBCC-KA, Pet Behaviorist, Training Manager and #GiveAFetch Pet Expert at Camp Bow Wow

 

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