Monthly Archives: June 2011

How to Train Your Human

By Bear (Canine Guest Blogger)

Hi Y’all! My name is Bear; you may have read about me here on the RPO blog, because my mommy Suzanne loves me and talks about me all the time. She also uses some of her posts to tell tales about me, but don’t you believe a word of it – I’m a good girl!

I’ve taken over the computer while mommy is doing some housework because I have an important message for all you dogs out there. Did you know that you can make your mommies and daddies do exactly what you want them to do?  Whether you want to go out and play or whether you want an extra TidNips™ treat, there’s a way to get it. I know…you thought the humans were in charge, didn’t you? Nope, they are wrapped around our tiny little paws!

The first thing you have to perfect is the sad face. This will make your mommy think that you are sad and need some love. It’s also great for not getting in trouble. I have a hard time controlling my tail wagging when I get excited and I sometimes knock stuff off the coffee table or spill drinks. All I have to do is give mom the sad face and she’ll pet me instead of fussing at me.

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Should You Rescue a Stray Dog or Cat?

By Linda Cole

The area where I live doesn’t have a lot of options for stray dogs or cats. We have one no-kill shelter that’s full, and one vet clinic that will only hold a stray for three days before euthanizing them. Other than that, a lost pet’s only hope is from people who open up their homes to a stray. If I find a pet in need, I will rescue them. There’s no way I can turn a blind eye. If you do decide to help a stray, however, you need to make sure that the pet is really a stray and not an outside cat patrolling his territory or a dog enjoying an off leash run.

A stray dog or cat doesn’t understand you’re trying to help them, and a pet that’s been lost for a long time may be wary of humans or have aggressive tendencies resulting from their experience on the street. But when you find a stray that’s malnourished or injured, they need your help. And if you can’t help them, it doesn’t take long to make a few phone calls to a shelter, rescue organization or animal control official to make sure the pet gets the help they need.

I’ve always had a sympathetic heart for stray pets. As a kid, I wanted Dad to stop the car every time I saw a cat wandering along a country ditch. Of course he didn’t, and assured me the cat most likely lived at some farmhouse close by. As I got older I knew some of the cats I saw were lost, but I also understood picking up every cat wasn’t right either because the cat could belong to a family nearby.

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Roadrunner, from Lonely Stray to Long Distance Running Cat

By Julia Williams

It’s not uncommon to see runners out getting their daily endorphin fix with a four-legged friend by their side. In fact, lots of dogs love to run…but a long distance running cat? Now that’s a different “tail” altogether! Oh sure, there are plenty of sprinting cats including my own, who make a mad dash from the couch to the kitchen every time I get out the FELIDAE cat food or TidNips treats. Heck, my nom-obsessed kitties sprint into the kitchen when it merely looks like I might be heading in that direction. Take away the incentive of food, and I’m pretty sure they’d stay in their semi-comatose position on the couch.

Roadrunner is a long-distance running cat who not only enjoys going for a daily run with her owner, she also has her own personal trainer who is helping her become the fittest feline athlete in the country! That’s because Roadrunner’s owner is Michael Greenblatt, a fitness instructor from West Long Branch, New Jersey. Greenblatt has worked with celebrities and Olympians, but never a cat—that is, until a stray black kitten decided to join him on his run one day, back in 2008.

At first, the kitten cautiously watched from afar as Greenblatt took off for his morning run. About a month later, the kitten approached him and rubbed up against his leg while he stretched. Incredibly, the kitten began running alongside him and kept pace with him as he ran through the neighborhood. Greenblatt was astonished by the running kitten, and even more so when she began waiting on his doorstep every morning at 5:30, ready and willing to run with him.

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The World’s Most Expensive Dog Accessories

By Suzanne Alicie

I love my dog, yes I do. But after seeing some of the outrageously expensive doggie accessories available, I know that in comparison my dog probably feels like she lives in the orphanage from Annie! Posh pooches and superstar pocket pets are treated to all kinds of fancy things that most of us normal doggie moms can’t begin to afford. Don’t believe me? Check out some of the world’s most expensive dog accessories.

A Bed Fit for a King

Forget that old fleece thing in the corner, don’t you know your dog really wants the Louis XV Pet Pavilion. It’s a dog bed styled after an 18th century French Rosewood Commode. Custom built and truly luxurious, the Louis XV will cost you just over $24,000. Then you will have to supply the linens. Wonder if my old flannel “blankie” would look good in it, or would I have to splurge on silk sheets?

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Is Your Dog Optimistic or Pessimistic?

By Linda Cole

My dog Keikei smiles all the time, except when she’s begging for her CANIDAE TidNips™ treats. Then she has the most pathetic, pleading eyes I’ve ever seen! In general, she’s a happy dog. I would say she’s a pretty positive little girl. New research claims dogs can be optimistic or pessimistic, and that if a dog shows separation anxiety, they are also showing pessimistic tendencies. According to the research, if your dog frantically barks as you drive off, destroys furniture, chews up socks and decorates your door with scratch marks, they are pessimistic. A research team from the University of Bristol in England came to this conclusion after testing 24 dogs to see how they would react to a bowl full of food placed in a controlled positive position, and an empty bowl in a negative position.

The study was conducted with shelter dogs. Each dog was taken into a room with a researcher where the person played and talked to the dog for 20 minutes. The next day, the person stayed for five minutes and then left the dog alone. They wanted to test the dogs for signs of separation anxiety.

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Rescue Chocolate is “The Sweetest Way to Save a Life”

By Julia Williams

I loved the taste of rich, dark chocolate long before studies confirmed that eating a few squares a day can provide numerous health benefits. When I learned that chocolate might actually be good for me, I quit fighting the craving (I was losing the battle anyway!). Now that I’ve discovered there is a chocolate bar that donates 100% of their net profits to animal rescue organizations around the country, I fear my consumption is about to skyrocket. But it’s okay…the way I see it, there are far worse things than eating chocolate and helping animals at the same time!

Sarah Gross founded Rescue Chocolate in January 2010 as a way to raise funds for animal shelters and rescue groups, while also educating the public on issues facing homeless pets. Every month, the Brooklyn-based company picks a different animal rescue organization to help.

Rescue Chocolate’s melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate candy bars, truffles and hearts are 100% vegan and certified kosher. Their products are handcrafted in the finest Belgian tradition with high quality ingredients and no artificial preservatives. Gross works with executive chef Jean Francois Bonnet at the Tumbador chocolate factory to make the divine dark chocolate creations.

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