Fido’s Freebie Friday Prepares for #MyHappyDog

We’ve got just a few hours left until our next Event Barkers Twitter party: #MyHappyDog! This party, sponsored by Look Who’s Happy natural, USA-made dog treats, is going to be a LOT of…



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Low Stress Week: Dog Approaches

I have an idea. Let’s make this a week where we all walk away with at least one new idea, one way to make things better for the animals we work with and/or love.

ETA: I’m actually going to pause and take a little more time with this idea, and hopefully get more ideas and more people involved! Stay tuned!!

Today, I want to remind everyone of the best way to approach a nervous dog, featuring a short clip from Dr. Yin:

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I chose this for a few reasons:

1. I don’t know any people who teach their kids to do this;

2. I don’t know any vet offices who teach their staff to do this;

3. I don’t do this (that will change)

It’s no wonder that pets who routinely come to the clinic to get stared at head-on, tackled and/or pinned for a nail trim and then get their temperature taken have no interest in coming back. I am so glad my OB/GYN doesn’t take that approach; there’s really no reason we can’t make some changes for our pets too.

A simple change in body positioning can make all the difference to a nervous dog, which is better for the dog and better for you. If you work with animals, make a promise to try it this week and report back. And if you don’t, make a promise to try it with a pet you meet out and about, or teach your kids to try it out. Please, please teach your kids to try it out, if they are of the “I love and want to meet all dogs” variety.

For all you Instagrammers, I propose a #lowstress tag this week where you post a picture of a good low stress handling technique. There may be prizes. Let’s make this a good week, what do you say?

Who’s in?

 

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U.S Chamber of Commerce Eastern Regional Finalist Pet$aver Healthy Pet Superstore

Pet$ aver Healthy Pet Superstore was named a Eastern Regional Finalist for the U.S Chamber of Commerce DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year award.

Thinking about pet treats a little differently? Veterinary Nutritionist Dr. Julie Churchill’s offers some healthy alternatives you may not be thinking of for your dog. http://www.umnvets.com.
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Maggie Q Promotes Save Them All Campaign

Protecting the innocent both onscreen and off, actress Maggie Q– who currently stars as Lieutenant Detective Beth Davis in the CBS drama series Stalker– recently stepped into her role as…



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Husky And His Cone Of Shame

Our husky turned the cone of shame into the cape of defiance

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Our Favorite Modern Desk Lamps

By Home Contributor Paige Ronchetti

The Best Modern Desk Lamps, via Bubby and Bean

one  //   two  //   three  //   four  //   five  //   six

I love a good desk lamp. They make me feel scholarly and industrious. When I was a kid I fantasized about having a big library in my castle someday with leather chairs and elegant brass lamps lighting the pages of my books. That’s very specific, but I find that desk lamps work in a lot of other slightly more realistic situations–which is great because I’m pretty sure the castle isn’t going to pan out. They’re obviously great in workspaces, but lately they’ve been popping up in family rooms and bedrooms, too. We’ve chatted about metallics before and these lamps obviously fit the bill for adding brightness, but they can also add a dash of retro/vintage charm depending on the style you pick. I dig them for the timeless factor, too. These have never really been UNcool, so it’s not like they’re going to go out of style.

Lamp #6 is the one we own. Two of them, actually, on either side of our bed, but if it were up to me I’d put one in every room of the house. (I also kind of want to write sonnets about them, but I’ll spare you.) Part of my undying love has to do with the cost-to-quality ratio. They only set us back $ 30 each as they’re from IKEA, the arms are adjustable, and they’re heavy. You know how sometimes IKEA products can–and I mean this in the most objective, non-hater way possible–be kind of flimsy? Not these. They come off as rather fancy.

The other crazy affordable lamp in the bunch is #1, from Target. It’s on sale right now for $ 40 online and I’m drooling at the thought. (Where can I put you?!) Here it looking snazzy in a family room:

See? Nary a work-related item in sight and a desk lamp still fits. I almost like them better in “unexpected” situations because they stand out.

Do you have any desk lamps? Are they in an office or out mingling with the rest of the house? Which of these is your favorite? -Paige

Thanks to Paige for sharing her favorite (and now my favorite as well; #3 please) desk lamps with us. In addition to writing for Bubby and Bean as our Home Contributor, Paige works as an Interior Designer (check out her biz, The Room Kit) and blogs over at Little Nostalgia. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram

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Coolest yearbook picture. Ever.

Draven Rodriguez, a senior at Schenectady High School in New York, wanted to submit his own senior yearbook photo holding his cat Mr. Bugglesworth with lasers in the background. His photo went viral on the internet, but the school denied his request to make this his senior portrait. However they said the picture could appear somewhere else in the yearbook. Enter school principal Diane Wilkinson holding her Chihuahua, Vivienne. A picture of the two pet…
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Fighting Like Cats and Dogs? Not This Blind Lab and His Guide Cat

I’ve always found that the idea that dogs and cats have “mortal enemy” inscribed on their genome to be highly overstated. When I’ve had dogs and cats living in the same house, they usually either learned to ignore each other or became buddies. Sometimes it was a cautious friendship — more like détente — but still, far from the outright, constant war that’s depicted in idiom, cartoons, and certain cheaply made children’s movies.

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This doesn’t happen in real life.

The National Geographic video below is a really touching example of a dog and a cat who put the lie to the "mortal enemy" myth. Tervel is a chocolate Lab who's blind and partially deaf. His owner Anne says she doesn't know for sure what happened to his senses, but she was told that he was thrown against a wall as a pup. That may have caused his loss of hearing and sight.

For a long time, Tervel mostly stayed curled up in his basket because wandering around the house just meant that he would get hurt by bumping into things. He lived like that until Anne acquired a stray cat named Puddy Tat.

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Pudditat leading Tervel through a muddy patch.

Puddy Tat, by Anne's own account, sounds kind of mean generally.

"He's not very nice with the other cats," she says. "He will bully the other cats a bit into submission."

But Puddy Tat has become great friends with Tervel and begun to act as his guide so that the dog doesn't have to just stay in the basket all the time.

"He prefers Tervel to any of the other cats," Anne says. "I think he must have known that Tervel was blind, because he bonded with him straightaway."

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Anne, the owner of the dog and cat.

Tervel now counts on Puddy Tat to get him around the house. In the video, you can see the cat leading Tervel around the house, even nudging a door open for him. Anne says that having the cat around makes Tervel much more confident and willing to explore.

Check out the video. It's definitely a sweet, nice addition to the day.

What about you? Do your dogs and cats fight, or have you seen them bond like this?

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