Congratulations Pet Book Lady! Pet Blogger Support Blog of the Week!

We received the note below from Lisa AKA The Pet Book Lady, regarding raising money for the Be The Change movement that seeded itself at Blog Paws.  Because of her mission, we applaud her and make her Pet Blogger of the Week!
 
How cute is  this braclet?
 
From Lisa:
 
I was very inspired to do something as part of the Be The Change commitment.  As you may have seen on Twitter and Facebook, I am donating ALL of my commission from Keepsake Bracelet Sales to Rescue Groups.   It works out to $5 a bracelet.
  
How I am doing this is if someone creates a Keepsake Bracelet and checks out, I will e-mail them to see what group they are donating to.  If they don’t have a specific group, I will be donating to Furever After here in Canada.  http://www.fureverafter.net/  I am setting up a special account and ordering cheques for donation distribution.
 
 
Bracelets are only $39.95 plus shipping and tax.  I created a 10 minute How To Create a Keepsake Bracelet Video which is posted on my Pet Book Lady Blog.  http://thepetbooklady.typepad.com  Plus I am here to help them if they need any assistance in making one.
 
 
I’m hoping that you can help me spread this message to anyone you think would be interested in such a product and would like to help raise money for their Rescue Group.  So feel free to forward away! 
 
 
Thank you in advance from a Canadian Blogpaws attendee on a Mission!
 
Best regards,
 
Lisa (aka The Pet Book Lady)

2 Dogs 2000 Miles, The Last Mile

If you have been following the story of Hudson, Murphy and their Poppie Peep Luke, you know that this fearless trio are walking, yes walking from Austin to Boston to raise awareness for canine cancer.  We featured them an episode of our show as well.  The trip was spawned by Luke’s love for his dog, Malcolm, who crossed to the Rainbow Bridge after he lost his battle with cancer.  

We really were touched by Luke’s story and we were lucky enough to meet him at a fundraiser in NJ, sponsored by another couple the McGarvey’s, who were also featured in the episode.   They are going to continue fundraising and  planed a fundraiser this year on September 18, at the Dog Park on Chews Landing Rd. in Camden County, NJ.  Darlene will be guest posting here soon with more information.

From a personal standpoint, it was by far the most difficult interview for us, as it was incredibly emotional.  Having lost 2 of our wonderful “Pound Puppy” rescues; a German Shepard, Max and our Fox Hound Mix, Frisky to cancer some years ago, it was difficult to maintain our composure. (AKA-  wanted to cry buckets!)

Well, now Hudson, Murphy and Luke are making their way up to Boston and they are having a three day event starting June 18 to continue the fundraising and commemorate the end of their journey.  You can register to walk the last mile of the trip with them and help raise some funds or donate an item for their auction. Here is the link to their site- http://www.2dogs2000miles.org for more information.

Woofy Woo continued good luck to Luke, Hudson and Murphy.  We suspect their guardian angel dog Malcolm will shepard them through the rest of their journey, while he wags his tail from the Rainbow Bridge.

Lilly Pulitzer Barnum Crackers for Benefit of Tiger Conservation

Lilly Pulitzer Animal Crackers for a cause

Oddly, Lilly Pulitzer, the queen of pastel twirly flowers and mouf poufs, has collaborated with Nabisco to offer 1 million boxes of those tasty little animal cracker cookies, with $1.50  of the sales going to Tiger Conservation.  This could appear to be a noble effort or an attempt to bring pop culture into the cookie world.  Perhaps this marketing is appealing to oodles of well breed “Suris” in the world.

It’s all good when animal conservation receives funding.

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Smart Crows Use Tools to Access Food

Smarty Bird, Credit: Chris Bird (Yes, that is really the photographer's name)

The New Caledonian crow has now been observed in captivity using three tools to solve a complex problem, according to an article on the BBC website.   Primates were the only species thought to use tools in the past, but this murder of crows is killing the original theory.

Fascinating stuff!

There was a controlled experiment at the University of Auckland, New Zealand,  where the crow was placed on a perch with a string and a short stick dangling from it.  Also in the cage was a box with bars containing a longer stick and a box containing meat.  The crow needed to use the short stick to get the longer stick to get the meat out of the reward box.  The experiment was performed with several different crows.

The Set Up

Although the length of  time and number of attempts it took for the crow to get the meat out of the box varied, they all solved the problem.  According to the BBC, “… further research in the laboratory and the field has revealed that New Caledonian crows are also innovative problem solvers, often rivaling primates. Experiments have shown that the birds can craft new tools out of unfamiliar materials, as well as use a number of tools in succession.”

Thanks for bringing this information to our attention C. Dopko.

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Go Pet Friendly-Cool People, Cool Site

The Burkett Family with their "Go Pet Friendly" Mobile

Amy and Rod Burkett aren’t your average 9-5er’s.  The hit the road following their passion for pet friendly places for a living.  Some days they are mobile and other days they are enjoying some of the locations they write about on their site, Go Pet Friendly.  Their site contains great information about traveling, including places to stay, eat and see with your pet.  If you want the inside scoop check out their blog and stay tuned to see them on an upcoming episode of TPPC.tv.

We had such a great time meeting up and getting to know them a little better.  Woofy Woo to the Burketts!

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My Pet Savings

This is a cool blog that lets you in on plenty of inside savings, deals and give aways! In fact, they have a fairly new post that states that you in fact could be on TV if you live in the Philadelphia area as a representative of “My Pet Savings”. So check it out, have some fun and save some cash.

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Green Dog Poo! Do You Green Poo?

Pets & Children, the defenseless. Photo shared via Morguefile

As pet owners, we all have to deal with poo…that unpleasant, unsightly, stinky, nasty topic.  But what do you do with your pet’s poo and how does it affect the earth?

Dog poo pick up.

For those who might be using grocery or store bags on pick up patrol during walks, yikes!  Think about this…Estimates have plastic bags lasting between 500-1000 years in landfills.

So at least 5 generations from now, our great, great, great, great, great grandkids will be dealing with the fruits or poots of our pets labors.  Compound the population growth of pets and people and 500 years from now the earth will be more populated and pet poopulated.

There are some manufacturers making biodegradable bags now. Biobagusa.com is one company, and Poopbags.com is another that manufactures bags are made from a combination of corn and other renewable products.  There are no chemical additives but they will decompose between 60-90 days in an open land fill.

We found another company, ZeroWasteUSA.com that manufactures a bag that biodegrades in 12 months.

As an aside, companies warn against placing these bags containing dog poo into your home composting systems or green bins as you could expose yourself and your gardens to increased e. coli bacteria because dogs are carnivores.

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Pets Teach Us So Much is Awarded “Best of the Best” with Alltop Network

Pets Teach Us So Much designated as "Best of the Best" by Alltop!

Pets Teach Us So Much designated as "Best of the Best" by Alltop!

Pets Teach Us So Much, the supporting blog for TPPC.tv is now part of the Alltop network of blogs.  As you may know, Alltop features the “Best of the Best” in different genres of blogs. Pets Teach Us So Much can be found in the “Pets” category.

Joseph Everett of TPPC.tv stated, “We are thrilled to be part of the Alltop network.  In fact, we think it’s Woofy Woo!” Congratulations to Robbin, Joseph, Chachala, Philomena, Sunny the wonder horse and Little Lookie Lou, the cartoon dog mascot who lives in the TPPC.tv for being designated as “The Best of The Best”.

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Watching the World Change

If you watched the latest Episode of TPPC.tv, you will see in the introduction, we talk about watching the world change due to the first ever Pet Blogger Conference, Blog Paws 2010.  That segment was filmed prior to the event starting, in our hotel room.  Honestly, it was a microphone check in our minds.  We didn’t think we would actually use it in the show.

Now, we are kind of creeped out at how true that statement was…but in a really good way.  Does that make any sense?  It’s all good because it IS so good.  Yes…that good.  Now we watch as this collective group of bloggers pulls together for the greater good of animals everywhere.

From where Joe and I sit, it’s kind of odd being us.  We wanted so much to get each and every personal story and talk to everyone attending the conference.  We worked really hard while we were there and we still could have done more.  We need to clone ourselves so we could have been in every room, every moment.  The people who did come over and say hello were wonderful though.  We appreciate each and every one of you and will support you the best we can.

Here is a video they showed at the close of the conference.  It really captures the spirit of wonderful pet lovers and pet bloggers everywhere!