Friday Funny: Made My Day

I resemble this remark. Enjoy your weekend! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Tiki and Barli LOVE to go to the beach. As different as a Gulf beach and a lake beach visit are, two things remain constant: our dogs love them both…and it’s no fun to tote around a full…



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Humanely Raised Farm Animals & Respect for our Planet

Humanely Raised Animals - OrigiNative

What my own dogs eat has raised my consciousness and influenced my decisions about how to choose ingredients for my own diet. Thanks, Maisie and Wanda Weimaraner!

My realization came about ever since Halo coined the phrase OrigiNative® and changed the entire way they source their ingredients to focus on humanely-raised animals and non-GMO plants in their kibble (which Maisie and Wanda Hotchner eat every day as part of their diets).  I realized I could be making those same choices for myself with just a bit of effort. It’s funny how that happens – the pets leading the way!

For years when I was live every week on the air with CAT CHAT on Sirius satellite radio, when people called in with deep concerns about what they were feeding their dogs and cats, I recognized their own “lightbulb moment” when they realized that they could make healthier food choices for themselves and their human family members, too.

Concern for our (extended!)-family’s health is important, but don’t we need to consider the entire food chain and how those ingredients make their way to us?  What struck me recently is that even though I’ve personally been avoiding processed foods and concentrating on fresh ingredients for decades, I wasn’t aware of how the soil was being treated. Because of the work of the American Humane Association and the Humane Society of the United States on behalf of food-chain animals, I was theoretically “woke” about the horrible conditions in which chickens (for eggs and meat), pigs, beef cattle and dairy cows lived and died. I’ve been choosing cage-free, vegetarian-fed eggs for years (my girls get scrambled eggs at least twice a week, too) but what I hadn’t put together was that I could make choices about all my ingredients that followed these three simple rules:

  • No to close confinement on feedlots (which means cage-free egg hens and gestation-crate-free pigs).
  • No to antibiotics used during growth.
  • No to GMO plants for ourselves or animal feed.

In pockets of “moral high ground” across the country, people have been talking about the importance of feeding ourselves and our children (two-legged and four-legged) with healthier choices. Our focus on what ingredients are good for us has enabled food stores like Whole Foods to flourish, and more wholesome areas in traditional supermarkets to grow as well. However, I now see we have to take it a step further and use our pocketbooks to make a statement: choose providers that do not keep farm animals in close confinement, farmers who refuse to abuse antibiotics for faster growth, and those who do not use genetically-modified animal feed, which helps promote environmental balance and a healthy ecosystem .

In a world where things often seem to be going to “hell in a handbasket,” each of us making the best possible choices for our human and pet family members’ meals is a way to feel you’re treading a little more lightly on the planet and setting a good example.  

Halo achieves these goals by embracing an agricultural and ranching system that is more original and native—what they call OrigiNative®. Read more on Halo’s embrace of the humane raising of farm animals.

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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Dogs are Blessed

Thought this one was kind of sweet. Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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5th Annual Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference

Mark your calendars for September 12, 2018!

Interested in growing your pet business?  Are you thinking about starting a business.  If you are interested in pet sitting, dog walking, training, grooming, or daycare, then join the 5th Annual Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference!  This year you will hear from the top speakers from the previous 4 years!

Check back with PetsitUSA for additional information in the following weeks.


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Like most Americans I greet the World Cup with a yawn

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Respect Your Elders! Give Senior Dogs a Holistic Boost

Senior dog

Do you have a small or medium dog who is older than 7? Or a very large or giant breed who is 5 years or older? At those ages they are technically considered senior citizens, and these guys need everything we can offer them to keep them alert, active and healthy. Quality nutrition and keeping them at a slim weight will go a long way to supporting their wellness and longevity, but it’s also a good time to consider boosting their nutrition.

Senior Dog Defense Supplement by HaloHalo has a new Senior Dog Defense supplement that supports cognitive function, alertness and youthful vigor in dogs as they age.  As with all the Halo products, the 100% active natural ingredients in this supplement are non-GMO,for an extra measure of peace of mind about the wholesome goodness of the supplement, which has no fillers, sugars, glycerin or anything artificial.

Holistic by nature, Halo’s condition-specific supplements are carefully formulated to work with the entire physiology of your dog, including the normal effects of aging and environmental stresses. Their unique, holistic Senior Dog Defense formula includes a blend of whole natural ingredients like bee pollen, coconut, sweet potato, anise, gingko biloba leaf extract and omega-3 fatty acids that work with your dog’s natural systems to help them maintain healthy cognitive function through their senior years.

Considering that Halo’s supplements are made in the USA with quality tested, human grade ingredients, herbs and botanicals from around the world – and like me you’re past middle age – you’ll wonder if you shouldn’t sprinkle some on your own breakfast!

Tracie HotchnerTracie Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know. She is recognized as the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio. She continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK®  (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after 9 consecutive years and over 500 shows. She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM for over 7 years until the channel was canceled, when Tracie created her own Radio Pet Lady Network where she produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Dog Film Festival - Tracie HotchnerTracie also is the Founder and Director of the annual NY Dog Film Festival, a philanthropic celebration of the love between dogs and their people. Short canine-themed documentary, animated and narrative films from around the world create a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. With a New York City premiere every October, the Festival then travels around the country, partnering in each location with an outstanding animal welfare organization that brings adoptable dogs to the theater and receives half the proceeds of the ticket sales. Halo was a Founding Sponsor in 2015 and donated 10,000 meals to the beneficiary shelters in every destination around the country in 2016.

Tracie lives in Bennington, Vermont – where the Radio Pet Lady Network studio is based – and where her 12 acres are well-used by her 2-girl pack of lovely, lively rescued Weimaraners, Maisie and Wanda.

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5 Tips for Easy (and Pretty) Backyard Picnics

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For over a decade, we lived in a townhouse that didn’t have a yard. So it made sense that as soon as we moved into our new house back in January, we began daydreaming of all of the wonderful ways we would take advantage of our backyard once the weather got warm. When it finally did, we immediately got to work, adding a patio, building a wood slat screen, planting, mowing the lawn, and preparing for the magic of summertime. I asked my daughter what she was most excited to do in our yard and on the patio, and without a second though she replied, “have a pretty picnic.” I thought that sounded like a fantastic idea myself, so a pretty picnic we had. Since then, we’ve have several more. And they’ve been really, really great.

Backyard picnics take the act of eating outside up a notch; if you have kids, they feel like fun adventures for them. They’re also much easier than having to haul a bunch of picnic gear to a park or picnic spot. And if you have the right supplies on hand (i.e. picnic food, simple decor, Chinet® Classic White™plates, etc.), they can be fairly spontaneous. It’s also quite easy to make a backyard picnic look lovely by incorporating pieces of your home that you wouldn’t normally take with you when having a picnic somewhere else. We’ve been enjoying our patio picnics so much that I thought I’d share some of my tips with you today on how to keep them simple (but also make them pretty), and hopefully inspire you to have one of your own!

1. Serve summertime foods you have on hand. I like to make a variety of simple sandwiches and pair them with whatever fruits we already have, especially summertime fruits like strawberries and watermelon. Sometimes we’ll use leftovers from dinner the night before and add some fresh fruit and dill pickle spears to keep things feeling summery. There are no rules for what foods to serve, but to keep things simple and easy, I like to use things we already have in the fridge.

2. Use decor you have on hand. Sometimes we’ll grab a big blanket and set our picnic up in the grass with no decor at all, but my daughter (much like her mama) really enjoys incorporating pretty elements into things, so we tend to use the patio where there’s more solid/even ground. We usually set things up on a rug on our patio, use a big wood cutting board as a mini centerpiece table, and decorate with flowers and a plant or two. Grabbing decor items you already have is a quick way to create ambience for your picnic without spending time or money.

3. Get the kids involved. My daughter absolutely loves helping prepare food for picnics and setting everything up in the backyard or on the patio. When we do it together, it only takes a few minutes, and it makes the whole experience so much more fun. (Disclaimer: This can actually make things more difficult if you have a two year old. Mark my words, friends. I now know this from experience.)

4. Use a basket as a carry-all. No fancy picnic basket necessary! I just use a big basket we have in our living room to carry everything outside at once, rather than taking extra time to carry things out one at a time. It makes putting everything away afterward quicker and easier as well.

5. Keep the tableware simple and pretty with Chinet Classic White plates. When it comes to picnic plates, bowls, napkins, cups, and utensils, my go-to is products from the Chinet® brand. Not only do Chinet Classic White plates look nice (give me a bright white any day!), they are incredibly convenient (no mess to clean up afterward!) and have all sorts of other amazing attributes that make them perfect for summertime backyard picnics. First of all, using eco-friendly, compostable products is important to me. Chinet Classic White plates are made from 100% recycled material that can be composted after use. They are also allergen-free and BPA-free. When you have young kids who are experts at messes during meals, a thick and sturdy design is a must. Chinet Classic White products offer premium strength so you don’t have to worry about spills and leaks. Thank goodness. (Click here to learn more about the Chinet brand products for your summertime picnics and other entertaining needs.)

If you’re looking for an easy, fun, quintessentially summertime activity, I highly recommend the backyard picnic. And if you have one, I hope these tips prove useful. I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots more patio picnics from us throughout the summer!

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Buying Cookies

How sweet is this? No word on whether they are giving her dog cookies or human cookies. Thanks to Blowing Facts for the picture! Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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Feeding Time

Does it get any cuter than this? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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