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We have received requests to extend our Awards submission and voting timelines out past the summer to allow for vacations and woofy woo fun in general.  With vacations and activities scheduled for the sunny days, we wanted to accommodate as many people as possible.

Check back at the end of the summer, mid to late August, for timeline updates.  We wish you all a happy and safe summer…and stayed tuned because we just keep getting bigger and better!

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4 Point Pet Safety Check for Independence Day Celebrations

Woofy Woo, Happy 4th of July to you!

This is a big party weekend we have coming up so it’s time to do a little pet safety check before we let the party begin.  Food, friends and fireworks may be putting stress on your pets, so let’s take a 4 point safety check before we get the fiesta started.

Human Food Intake-Just say no!

Visitors love to give a little treat to the family pet.  This could potentially lead to a puke-fest from a belly ache later.  The last thing you probably want to do is pick up Lassie’s chunks-o-fun while your guests watch you crawl around on the carpet.  Make sure everyone knows the rules-no food for Fido.

Drinks Cups- Out of Reach

Make sure you have plenty of end tables next to your furniture so cups aren’t for pups that get hiccups.

It’s OK to have a “Pet Rest Period”

Kids get cranky and so do pets: Too much of a good thing is not so good sometimes.  We all love to have our pets involved in the festivities.  We must watch our pets around new adults and children, we know their idiosyncrasies, but all visitors may not be “Pet People”.  To avoid any issues, give your pet a break if there is too much stimulation.  He may enjoy resting in his crate as opposed to being pestered.

Fireworks

You know your pet best. Make sure they are where they need to be before the fireworks begin to prevent bolting or undue anxiety for you both.  If you have a pet that gets anxious during fireworks, investigate different methods of desensitization and start working on the process of desensitization as soon as possible.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July Furfriends!

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Entourage Celebrity Adrian Grenier, Animal Advocate

Adrian Grenier Photo: Marina Oliphant

Many people may not know “Vincent Chase” from HBO’s Entourage is also an animal advocate.  Grenier has a long list of professional accomplishments including in appearing in several hit movies such as The Devil Wears Prada and Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding.  He has produced and directed two documentary films and his is an accomplished musician.  He sings in a band, Kid Friendly and plays Piano, guitar and drums.

Grenier’s adorable dog Honeybee is a rescue pooch. They appeared in this year’s Animal Fair calendar.  One of Grenier’s favorite animal related charities is the Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton, NY.

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Pet Blogger Support Saturday salutes: “The Farm House”

Congratulations to “The Farm House”, Pet Blogger Support Saturday Blog of the Week!

Sherry Rind, author of The Farm House writes about her blog: It’s the original 1920’s farmhouse that has been remodeled and updated. It’s about dogs, chickens, a snake, and maybe the parrots will sneak in one of these days.

A wonderful “Real Feel” blog that is Airedale-centric, The Farm House will make you feel like you are catching up with an old friend.  We love the pictures and the way Sherry, the pawrent of the brood, describes her day to day events.

Stop by and say hello to a fellow Pet Blogger Support Peep…or peep at the chickens, whichever works for you.

Have a Petacular Saturday! Hugs to you all!

One of "The Farm House" Chickens in her nesting box...actually the chickens all want to use the same nesting box...just like the dogs all want to sleep in the same bed in our house.

One of "The Farm House" Chickens in her nesting box...actually the chickens all want to use the same nesting box...just like the dogs all want to sleep in the same bed in our house.

Please join our pet blogger support group network with your fellow pet bloggers! We feature a pet blog here every Saturday!

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Here is a groovy pet blog hop for woofy woo fun:

Friday Fun-Ack! Creepy, Crawly, Critters.

Reptiles. Mountain Horn Dragons, Agama Lizards, Vietnamese Colotes…these are the critters which we, as non-reptilian pet owners know little about.  The realm of reptiles is a specialty all of it’s own.

We happened upon a website that ships reptiles, next day to your door. You can get lizards, frogs, turtles, snakes, spiders, bugs and of course salamanders with next day delivery.   One of the pricey spidey’s was a Lambertons Tarantula  for only $299.95.

Is this a face only a mother could love?

I don’t mean to be a fur purist, but I do get a little creeped out by these guys and their 8 eyes…I think.  But-our neighbor has a lizardy critter about a foot long which is kind of cute. Our neighbor brought “Daisy” over to the house.  I think Daisy is a Bearded Dragon.

Bearded Dragon

Daisy reached out and put his front leg (paw, appendage?) on Joe’s index finger and held his hand. I guess animals just know “Animal People”.

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Movie Review: Hallmark Channel’s “You Lucky Dog”

Herd the kids and pets into the family room, bring the box of dog cookies, kitty cat snacks and pop some popcorn! Its pet lover’s movie review time!

Hallmark Channel’s “You Lucky Dog” is an original film for animal lovers of all ages.

Storyline:

A New York City fashion designer returns home to her family’s farm when her mother suddenly dies.  She discovers a new love and a deeper bond with her family after training a heroic dog.

The movie stars four-time Golden Globe nominee Harry Hamlin (“Veronica Mars”) as Jim Rayborn, the son of cattle farmer Clay Rayborn, played by Lawrence Dane (“Bride of Chucky”).  The men of the farm are joined by Lisa (Natasha Henstridge), a New York City fashion designer, after the sudden passing of the family matriarch.

Lucky the dog, the true star of the film, is adopted by Lisa from the local animal shelter where her mom used to volunteer.  Lucky was dumped at the shelter after his owner felt he had no future as a herding dog. In true Hallmark fashion, this dog-centric film tugs at your heartstrings.

After working with Lucky, Lisa asks Lucky to help in times of crisis and Lucky selflessly risks his life to herd the hearts and lives of those in need.

We don’t want to give away too much of the plot, but it contains twists and turns with a few surprises.  This is the first film we have seen in a long time that is absolutely appropriate for family viewing, which is a rarity these days.

From the TPPC.tv Crew:

Chachala the Chihuahua: “4 paws up and a curly tail wag”

Philomena the Min Pin: “Woofy woo wonderful”

Hallmark Channel’s “You Lucky Dog” is an original movie premiering June 26 at 9 PM ET/PT, 8C.

The Hallmark Channel is the nation’s leading network in providing quality family programming with a national audience of over 90 million subscribers.

Beverly Evens, $2mil lottery winner, You are TPPC.tv Pet Hero of the Day!

This is the best news we have seen in a long time. Beverly Evens won $2 million in a scratch off lottery and she is spending the money to help goat rescue!  She didn’t quit her job at Walmart-she stayed to course to help those rescue goats, many who have been abused.

According to an article in Tonic.com, she will be spending money on fencing, goat toys and hay…a little on flooring for her home.

You go girl! You are the woofy woo TPPC.tv Hero of the Day.

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Celebrity Pooch Embroiled in Inheritance Fight

The Late Mrs. Posner and Conchita the Chihuahua

The world’s most pampered pooch, a Chihuahua named Conchita was bequeathed a mansion, caretakers and a tidy 3 million dollar trust fund to be shared with her 2 canine siblings, much to her human sibling’s dismay.  The Wall Street Journal reported millionaire widow Gail Posner from Miami Beach left most of her assets to staff and pooches leaving only 1 million to her son, Bret Carr.

Mr. Carr, a disgruntled heir, is contesting the will with tons of intrigue and mayhem to no doubt ensue.  We would bet the deceased Gail Posner would be saying, “Well son, every dog has his day”.

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NJ Resident Supporting K9 Veterans Day

Treo, an 8-year-old black Labrador from the Military Working Dogs, was presented with Britain’s Dickin medal earlier this year for his work sniffing out explosives in Afghanistan. Sang Tang/ AP

German shepherds, Labradors, and Belgian Mainois are some of the breeds helping support the troops in Iraq.  These 4 legged soldiers are enduring battlefield conditions while performing various duties such as bomb sniffing and never asking anything in return.

A NJ resident, Frank Yevchak started a group in support of canine soldier contributions called 4 Legged Soldiers.  He send a package to the 332nd Expedition Security Forces Group in Iraq every week for the dogs.  The package includes various items such as cooling vests, eye goggles, toys and kennel supplies.

The article we found in The Record states

“When you talk to the kennels or the kennel masters, if they need something, almost always they never ask for anything for themselves, they always ask for their dogs,” Yevchak said. “Their dogs are number one, their dogs come first. They deserve our undying gratitude.”

If you would like to make a donation:

Contact Yevchak at 973-768-9027 or 4leggedsoldiers@optonline.net.

Donations also can be mailed to Support Our 4 Legged Soldiers, P.O. Box 947, Hewitt, N.J. 07421.

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Dog Fighting DNA Database Could Aid in Criminal Prosecution

The justice system is applying modern DNA indexing systems to aid in the prosecution of dog fighting rings. In a report in The Huffington Post, the president of the ASPCA, Ed Sayres states:

“Dog fighting, a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise that leads to the cruel treatment and deaths of thousands of dogs nationwide every year, is one such crime where DNA evidence has proven to be helpful. Today, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO), the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA), and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, announced the creation of the nation’s first criminal dog-fighting DNA database.”
This is really good news. Chalk up one for the animal lovers.

The President of the ASPCA, Ed Sayres posted the following in The Huffington Post:
CSI: Dog Fighting DNA Database

Successful prosecutions of animal cruelty cases rely on any number of things: credible witnesses, expert testimony, photographs, and other evidence. Often times, however, it’s the evidence that we can’t see–DNA–that is just as important as what we can see. 

Like people, all animals have unique DNA, and, as in human crime investigations, only a small amount of cells is necessary to provide DNA evidence that can help solve a crime. 

Dog fighting, a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise that leads to the cruel treatment and deaths of thousands of dogs nationwide every year, is one such crime where DNA evidence has proven to be helpful. Today, the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the Humane Society of Missouri (HSMO), the Louisiana SPCA (LA/SPCA), and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, announced the creation of the nation’s first criminal dog-fighting DNA database. 

Called the “Canine CODIS” (Combined DNA Index System), the database will help the criminal justice system investigate and prosecute dog fighting cases and address the growing problem of dog fighting using 21st century technology.

The Canine CODIS contains individual DNA profiles from dogs that have been seized during dog-fighting investigations and from unidentified samples collected at suspected dog-fighting venues. The HSMO provided the initial 400 samples of dog DNA collected from dogs that were seized last July during the nation’s largest dog-fighting seizure ever. 

The database is similar to the FBI’s human CODIS, a computerized archive that stores DNA profiles from criminal offenders and crime scenes and is used in criminal and missing persons investigations. In dog-fighting investigations, the dogs’ inner cheeks are swabbed to collect DNA in their saliva, and DNA is gathered in samples of blood, saliva, tissue, bones, teeth, feces and urine. These samples are submitted to UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory for DNA testing, where the database is housed, and the DNA is analyzed and the Canine CODIS database searched for corresponding profiles.
This database is designed solely for use by law enforcement agencies in building stronger cases where DNA evidence might show relationships between suspects and such evidence. It is not intended to provide a profile of specific individuals for purposes of breed identification and cannot be used in that way.
The use of highly sophisticated forensic techniques to tie evidence back to animal abusers is becoming more and more essential, as juries experience the “CSI effect” of feeling that investigators have not done their jobs if some scientific evidence is not introduced. This is discussed at length in the recent feature in The New York Times Magazine called “The Animal Cruelty Syndrome,” which explores the work of Dr. Melinda Merck, Senior Director of Veterinary Forensic Sciences for the ASPCA, and Dr. Randall Lockwood, the ASPCA’s Senior Vice President of Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects. Drs. Merck and Lockwood have between them more than 40 years of experience in applying scientific methods to the investigation and analysis of animal cruelty and authored the first two textbooks in the field of veterinary forensics. They and others agree that with the Canine CODIS, DNA analysis and matching will help us dig deeper to establish links among owners, breeders, and dog fighting sites. It can tie blood spatter on pit walls and clothing, or blood trails found outside of fighting pits, to a specific dog or dogs. This will allow us to tell the victims’ stories–to be the voice of those animals that cannot speak for themselves.
The veterinary forensic science underlying the Canine CODIS and ASPCA’s other anti-cruelty efforts are providing powerful tools to address the growing realization that investigating and prosecuting crimes against animals is essential for the protection of animals and people alike.

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