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CatWise Cat Café Tour Presented by Wellness® Natural Pet Food with Cat Behavior Expert and Best-Selling Author, Pam Johnson-Bennett

CatWise Cat Cafe Tour 2017
Mark your calendar for the CatWise Cat Café Tour presented by Wellness Natural Pet Food! This first of its kind tour features America’s Favorite Cat Behavior Expert and Best Selling Author, Pam Johnson-Bennett. Beginning in March, Pam will be traveling across the country and stopping at some of the greatest pet loving cat cafés to share her new book, CatWise. Sponsored by Wellness Natural Pet Food, this highly anticipated event is the “purr-fect” opportunity for cat lovers to unite, adopt a cat from a local shelter and meet Pam, the #1 best-selling author of cat books in America!

Cat cafés have been an international phenomenon for over a decade, and over the past few years they have been taking America by storm. With articles about them in newspapers around the country and stories in Forbes and Fortune, the cat café trend has exploded on the pet scene, in cities large and small. They have become a great way for cat lovers to have a cup of coffee, meet some very friendly felines and even adopt the newest member of their family.

Now, in a unique partnership, some of America’s most popular cat cafés will be hosting America’s most popular cat behavior expert, as she introduces her new bestseller, CatWise, in this national tour. The tour is kicking-off in Orlando on March 23rd with a press conferenceat the pet industry’s largest annual trade show, Global Pet Expo, followed by a visit at the Orlando Cat Café from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  The tour will continue with stops in New York, Philadelphia, Portland, and Seattle.

CatWise Cat Cafe Tour Schedule: 

March 23rd – Orlando, FL: Orange County Orlando Convention Center
March 23rd – Orlando, FL: Orlando Cat Café
April 20th – New York, NY: Meow Parlour
April 21st – Hudson Valley, NY: Morgan’s Cat Café
April 22nd – Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Cat Café
April 23rd – Philadelphia, PA
June 8th – Portland, OR: Purrington Cat Lounge
June 10th – Seattle, WA: Meowtropolitan Cat Café

The CatWise Cat Café Tour presented by Wellness has one very important mission to fulfill: to give back to animals in need. Each cat café has partnered with a local shelter and adoptable cats will be available in every city. This will help to showcase these animal shelters and hopefully place some special felines in their forever homes. In its role as presenting sponsor, Wellness Natural Pet Food will be donating 1000 meals to each local shelter to help provide cats with natural nutrition while they wait to be adopted. Wellness Natural Pet Food crafts its recipes with carefully sourced, thoughtfully prepared ingredients to make every mealtime count – for pets at home and those in need.

Pet parents with burning questions about their cat’s behavior can visit Pam at the tour stop nearest them for a Q&A with the cat behaviorist and pick up a copy of CatWise to learn more. Wellness Natural Pet Food will also be providing raffles and fun freebies for attendees at each tour stop.

Pam Johnson-Bennett is the best-selling author of 10 books, including the brand new release, CatWise (Penguin Books, 2016). Pam’s best-selling book, Think Like a Cat(Penguin Books), changed the way cat owners view cat training and has been referred to as the “cat bible” by veterinarians, shelters, behavior professionals and cat owners world-wide. Her book, Cat vs. Cat (Penguin Books), was the first of its kind to address the unique needs of households with multiple cats.

In addition, Pam hosted the Nat Geo Wild/Animal Planet show Psycho Kitty, which aired in the UK and Canada. With a career that spans over 30 years, she is considered a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting and her books have been used as texts for professional behavior and shelter training.

Pam is a former vice president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is the founder and former chair of the IAABC Cat Division. She was on the American Humane Association’s Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training and the AHA’s forum on cat health and welfare. She was the cat behavior columnist for Cats magazine, Yahoo, Catster, Cat Channel, iVillage and many others. She has received numerous awards, including the Winn Feline Foundation Media Award, the IAABC Cat Division Award and numerous writing awards. Learn more at: catbehaviorassociates.com.

Connect Socially:
Facebook: facebook.com/Pam.JohnsonBennett
Twitter: @ThinkLikeACat

About Wellness®:
At Wellness, we do whatever it takes to create the healthiest foods for the pets that depend on us. We’re a family owned company on a passionate mission to raise the bar in pet food and give pets the gift of healthy and happy lives. That means we use the finest, natural ingredients, ensure the highest quality standards, and create delicious recipes pets crave. In other words, we make sure our passion for pets shines through every aspect of what we do. Like you, we know that our pets provide us unconditional love, and providing uncompromising nutrition is one way we can do the same for them. To learn more about Wellness Natural Pet Food, visit wellnesspetfood.com.

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BarkvilleTV on YouTube

BarkvilleTV YouTube Channel Entertains While Helping Save Dogs in Danger

BarkvilleTV on YouTube

Los Angeles, CA – October 24, 2016 – There’s no better way to bring awareness to rescue pets and promote adoption than to create unique and entertaining videos for the world to see. BarkVilleTV officially launched its YouTube channel worldwide on October 19th and pet lovers everywhere are tuning in and subscribing to this fun and inspirational web series. Subscribe to BarkVilleTV.

BarkvilleTV’s YouTube channel stars everyone’s best friend. With a mission to inspire adoptions and animal rescues, BarkvilleTV produces zany and original canine programming. In short, BarkvilleTV.com will be the #1 place on the web for canine-centric content!

BarkvilleTV Web Series:

PUP CULTURE – Starring The Barkville Players (rescue doggies, of course), in hilarious parodies from iconic movies, TV shows and music videos.

DOGUMENTARY – Heartwarming short documentary films about rescue dogs and everything else pooch-related.

DOGGIE TREATS ­ Delightfully quirky, doggie animated shorts. Founded by director/actress Olivia Barash, BarkvilleTV is the only channel created not just to entertain, but to help save dogs in danger.

Founded by director and actress Olivia Barash, BarkvilleTV is the only channel created not just to entertain, but to help save dogs in danger. BarkvilleTV gives a portion of all proceeds to animal rescue organizations to support dog adoptions.

“Throughout my life I have adopted several rescue pups and I want to inspire others to do the same,” expresses Founder of BarkvilleTV, Olivia Barash, “I’m proud to say BarkvilleTV is not only humorous and amusing for viewers to watch, but we give back to a great cause and that makes this project truly magical!”

You don’t have to be a dog lover to love BarkvilleTV (but you may become one)!

Learn more at: barkvilletv.com.

YouTube: youtube.com/barkvilletv

Connect Socially: 

Facebook: facebook.com/Barkvilletv

Twitter: @BarkvilleTV

Instagram: instagram.com/barkvilletv

 

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Tips for a Pet Safe Fourth of July Celebration

Tips for a Pet-Safe Fourth of July Celebration!

Tips for a Pet Safe Fourth of July Celebration

New York, NY –The Fourth of July fireworks and holiday celebrations may be fun and exciting for you, but the deafening noises and rowdy gatherings of Independence Day can scare the daylights out of your dog or cat. Every year hundreds of pets throughout the country are lost or injured during this occasion. It’s important to plan ahead and to stay mindful of our fur-friends throughout the festivities. Be sure to follow this list of precautions to protect your pet this holiday weekend so that everyone in your family can enjoy a fun, safe and stress-free Fourth of July!

Even though you’re indulging, resist the urge to indulge your pet! As you prepare for the BBQ, keep animal companions away from the grill, charcoal and lighter fluid. Your pet will most likely gobble up anything you share with him but remember foods like onions, salt, avocados and chocolate are fatally toxic to dogs and cats. It’s important we avoid giving into those pleading eyes, and inform friends and family to do so as well.

Dogs love bones, right? Throwing leftover bones to the dog may seem natural, however bones can be very dangerous for pets. They might choke on them, or suffer a grave injury if the bone should splinter and become lodged in, or even puncture the digestive tract. This can be extremely painful and require surgery.

Be sure to secure trash bags or have a pet-proof covered container ready for throwing bones into. Beer and alcohol are poisonous to pets as well. Making sure that alcoholic beverages are stored and placed in an area inaccessible to pets can help prevent accidental ingestion.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is a great time for celebrating, but for family pets it can be an extremely stressful affair. During the 4th, there is a 30% increase in runaway pets due to anxiety and noise caused by fireworks. It’s crucial to keep our pets inside, safe and sound during all of the festivities.

Making sure they have access to their crate or “safe place” is a must. Do your best to avoid the noise by closing windows, playing music or turning on the TV. Our pets take cues from our actions; so going about your normal routine and staying calm is important.

Calm Coat for dogs with anxietyProducts like the AKC Calming Coat for dogs, and Calm Cat for cats are easy and cost effective solutions in treating pets who suffer from anxiety. These coats are designed to apply constant pressure on an animal’s torso, which provides a calming effect for most pets. With the holiday excitement in the air, new guests visiting the home, and the terrifying sound of fireworks; wrapping your pet in a Calming Coat or Calm Cat will help tremendously during the 4th of July weekend.

 

Pet RemedyAnother great item to use for this holiday is Pet Remedy, which has been naturally tackling stress and anxiety in animals with their unique calming product line. Available as a plug-in diffuser or as a de-stress and calming spray; Pet Remedy works like magic thanks to its high quality blend of herbal essences, valerian, sweet basil, sage and vetiver. Before this year’s Fourth festivities begin, spray Pet Remedy on your pet’s living environment or plug-in the diffuser in their “safe place” room to help keep them in a calm state of mind.

Many families plan vacations during this time, which often include trips to the ocean, lake, pond, pool or riding on a boat. It’s a common misconception that all canines instinctively know how to dog paddle in the water. In fact, one in 1,000 dogs drown each year. Not all dogs are expert swimmers so we must stay alert and monitor our four-legged friends around large bodies of water at all times.

AKC Pet Flotation Life VestWhether out on a boat or hanging by the pool, your pup should have a life preserver on – no exceptions! The AKC Floatation Vest is a great solution for keeping Fido safe during water activities. This vest has quick release buckles, and, most importantly, a large nylon handle on the top of the vest to make it easier to snatch your dog out of the water.

It’s also important to protect our pets from the sun with products specifically designed for your dog or cat. Human sunscreen and insect repellent is a no go. Also provide a shady, cool place for them to rest, along with plenty of fresh water for hydration!

Do you know what day is historically one of the busiest days of the year in animal shelters all across the US? It’s July 5th! Whether the neighborhood teens are throwing firecrackers on your street or your entire community is enjoying the big fireworks display, your pet can become frantic and run away, trying to find a safe haven.

More pets go missing around the Fourth of July than any other time of year, and noisy fireworks are to blame. According to the ASPCA, the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy estimates that fewer than 2% of cats and only 15-20% of dogs entering shelters are ever reunited with their families. These are sad and tragic statistics, which is why pet identification is crucial, especially during holidays when pets are at greater risk. All of your pets should have collars, ID tags and microchips, even indoor-only cats.


Twigo Tags are perfect for both the Fourth of July and everyday use. These unique tags are simple, affordable, silent (no jingle noise) and instantly personalizable. All that is needed is a ballpoint pen to simply write, boil in water, and then slip onto our pet’s collar. Twigo is a great option for pet families planning to travel for the holiday since owners can easily create a new tag with updated lodging and contact information in a blink of an eye!

Twigo tags

Pre-Fourth preparation and staying aware during the celebration can save a lot of hassle and heartache for pet families everywhere. Consider engaging Fido or Fluffy with a special toy or long-lasting chew during the party or noisy fireworks. Also, keep in mind exercise helps relieve stress, so schedule walks or playtime before the festivities begin. By following these helpful tips and precautions, both you and your four-legged friend will be sure to have a happy, safe and stress-free Fourth of July holiday!

Pet Wall of Fame

Pet Wall of Fame

Pet Wall of Fame

The majority of pet owners realize the emotional, and/or physical support their animal companions provide. Those who love animals understand the happiness they bring and the purpose they add to our lives. The Pet Wall of Fame invites pets to be part of history. Creating the First Pet Wonder of The World, the Pet Wall of Fame is building a historic, and timeless tribute to current, and past animals that have enriched our lives and played such an important roll in our existence. Learn more at http://petwalloffame.com/.

Located just 90 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada, The Pet Wall of Fame will be built within the world’s largest pet park. Pet owners can now make history by including their pets in photo tiles located throughout this 150acreexhibition. Each tile will be personalized with a pet’s photo and statement of love. The overall goal is to produce over one million unique tiles creating the largest collection of photo tributes in the world.

The Pet Wall of Fame will acknowledge pets and recognize their contributions to society while celebrating the love we share for them. In addition to physical tributes, a virtual Pet Wall of Fame will provide a forum to displaya pet’s full story, and to read the stories of others. This park is sure to become an anticipated travel destination.

The Pet Wall of Fame is expected to grow and be the place to be entertained, educated and experience the world of pets. This will include a pet history museum with exhibits documenting animals in service to humanity; people will learn about events throughout history affected by animals and those we call pets, talking about their influence in history, the arts, sports, entertainment and much more.  There are also plans to build an event center, which will host a variety of pet related events.

For now, the Team at the Pet Wall of Fame have started and IndieGoGo Campaign to fund the project. They are asking that pet parents make a suggested contribution of $20 at Indiegogo Pet Wall of Fame fundraising campaign to memorialize their pet and make a difference.

Making history will take time, however, the Pet Wall of Fame is ready for the challenge. Phase one involves working with Indiegogo through their crowd-funding platform to raise money for this project. Individuals can visit the crowd-funding site and select a donation level that is right for them. These contributions will make this project move forward. Phase two of the web site will be available mid-2014 and will allow online ordering of tiles for the Pet Wall of Fame.  It will, as well, feature programs that support pet organizations across the country.

The Pet Wall of Fame project is anextraordinary way to give pet owners the opportunity to show their appreciation and love for everything pets do for their human companions. This park will be like no other and will become a uniquely special place to memorialize our pets, present or past.

The Pet Wall of Fame is a “timeless tribute” to people and their pets and domesticated animals, farm animals, animals that have made their mark on humankind. Thanks to you and your pet, our “Park” will grow and be the place to be entertained, educated and experience the world of pets. Make your pet part of history as part of the world’s largest collection of pet photos in tile, in the world’s largest pet park of its kind. Learn more at Pet Wall of Fame.

Please visit the IndieGoGo Pet Wall of Fame campaign

Facebook: facebook.com/PetWallOfFame
Twitter: @PetWallofFame
Youtube: youtube.com/user/PetWallofFame

Lyme Disease Concern Among Pet Parents Nationwide

New Study Reveals High Level of Lyme Disease Concern Among Pet Parents

Lyme Disease Concern Among Pet Parents Nationwide

NEW YORK, NY– PetCareRx is announcing the results of its first Spring Tickitude Survey, revealing how pet parents across the country feel about the threat of ticks as well as their lifestyle choices around tick prevention and protection. With over 400 pet parents polled nationwide, the survey reveals that 4 out of 5 pet households are concerned about tick related threats this season, and the pending threat of Lyme disease is top of mind in 64% of pet households around the country.

Tickitude results indicate Lyme disease concern levels vary significantly by region, ranging from a high of 82% of Northeast pet households concerned down to just 33% concerned in Western pet households surveyed. 70% of Midwestern and 60% of Southern pet parents polled are worried about the Lyme disease threat for their pets and human family members. Lyme disease is named after Lyme, Connecticut, where the disease was first discovered, but every state has reported cases of Lyme disease, which is transmitted by deer ticks.

Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks can feed on more than one pet or move from pet to human and infect multiple members of a single household in a short amount of time. Despite elevated Lyme concern levels this season, 2 out of 3 pet households admitted their dogs and cats often spend time on family member beds, a habit which can help ticks travel to other family members. Moreover, families with a history of pet Lyme disease in the household were more likely to have pets in their beds often (85% vs. 64% average). 46% of pet parents reported having had to deal with ticks on their pets, a situation which can be stressful for many. In fact, the survey revealed that 8% of pet parents would rather eat a bowl of their pet’s food than remove a tick from their pet.

Protection Against Lyme Disease Is Available
There are many ways to prevent ticks from attaching to cats and dogs. Topical treatments, also known as spot ons, are the most popular option among those polled, with 85% of pet parents who use tick protection favoring this monthly format and just 3% opting for a collar. 72% said effectiveness was the most important consideration in choosing a flea and tick protection while only 20% said cost was the most important factor.

In addition to fielding the first Tickitude study, PetCareRx is supporting awareness of Lyme disease risks and prevention through its special coverage in Lyme disease articles and Wet Nose Press blog and distribution of pet flea and tick prevention products available in the PetCareRx Flea and Tick Shop.