Travel is for the dogs! Puppy Mama App Connects Women Who Love Their Dogs and Want to Bring Them Everywhere

Puppy Mama App

The Puppy Mama App is the easiest way to find cute spots and schedule puppy play dates, “yappy hours” and brunches with friends.

Puppy Mama is a new community app that connects women and their dogs with pet-friendly travel, services, places and activities. It is live on Kickstarter and raising funds to bring the project to life.

Currently, traveling with dogs is tough and in the United States, only 8% of workplaces and less than 2% of restaurants are dog-friendly. Puppy Mama is hoping to change that by leveraging technology to help women connect with one another and share information that will remove the friction in finding pet-friendly travel, places, and social events. For example, the app will make it easy to find cute spots and schedule puppy play dates, “yappy hours” and brunches with friends.

When community members find a location they love, they can easily add a review and 5-Paw rating so other community members know they are welcome, and that their business is valued. The app will also make it easy to message, share photos, and inspirational stories of how women’s furry best friends have brought joy to their lives. Puppy Mama’s mission to create a more dog-friendly world.

“Many of our members don’t want to spend time googling to find a safe place to bring their small dog without worrying, or a dog-friendly outdoor restaurant where they can bring their big husky,” says founder Theresa Piasta. “We’re bringing this information to them conveniently, and we’re making it effortless for our members to connect with other women who are like them – “outdoorsy” puppy mamas and want to go on a group hike with their dogs, or fashionistas who love a good pet-friendly ‘yappy hour’ with their girlfriends.”

Piasta also feels that many busy, on-the-go women professionals also struggle with pet-friendly business travel. “We talked to many women who experience a lot of friction with business travel. Let’s say one of our members has a last minute business trip to Charlotte. We want to make it easy for her to quickly search, find, and book that pet-friendly hotel and pick an airline that is going to welcome and make the travel experience easy for them and their dog.” Piasta also plans to make it easy for these women to connect with and get together with other puppy mamas when they are traveling with their dogs in other cities.

In their first four months of community building, Puppy Mama has received and shared 250+ stories of women spanning six continents and have attracted over 10,000 followers across all of their social media accounts while gaining traction with influencers in entertainment, lifestyle, fashion and technology. Women from Singapore to Berlin have cultivated a safe online space dedicated to lifting each other up! “I joke that is is a very “pawsitive.” community,” says Piasta. “In today’s political environment, it is refreshing to me to see all of these women nurture and inspire one another.”

Piasta is a former Army Captain and Decorated Iraq-War Veteran who after suffering health issues, searched for an assistance dog which started her on this journey. “I created Puppy Mama because I realized that there is a vast community of women who (like me) loved their dogs with a passion and want to take them wherever they go,” adds Piasta. “Today’s social media giants are trying to be everything to everybody but lacking that emotional, community connection. We’re building a tribe of like-minded women and we are laser focused on their needs and their lifestyle.”

The Puppy Mama App is currently in private beta and available to support on Kickstarter: http://bit.ly/PuppyMamaKickstarter

About Puppy Mama, Inc.
Before founding Puppy Mama, Inc., Theresa Piasta was a Vice President at JPMorgan, spending six total years in the Investment Bank and Sales & Trading businesses at two Wall Street banks. Prior to that she served as an Army Captain in a Field Artillery Brigade. During her 14-month Iraq deployment in 2008, Theresa led a large team to defend thousands of soldiers and contractors residing on Forward Operating Base (FOB) Delta near the Iranian border. She was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for her service.

Theresa attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business Ignite program in 2016 and received a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College in 2006. She also studied military science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a ROTC scholarship recipient and was a collegiate soccer player for two seasons during her time at Wellesley College.

For more information on Puppy Mama please visit http://www.puppymama.com

The Doggie Don’t Device Transformed My Dog & Our Walks!

I love getting outdoors and walking the neighborhood with my dog Harley, however, her leash etiquette makes our walks far from enjoyable. Harley is a strong and determined Lab, so whenever we come across a squirrel, another dog, or if she stumbles upon something tasty; she will do everything in her power to get to it! I’m not the strongest girl so I normally end up letting go of the leash when she pulls which is a dangerous situation, especially on a busy road.

Thankfully, I heard about The Doggie Don’t Device and WOW – this product has been a real game changer! I don’t believe in using shock collars or anything that inflicts pain, so the fact that The Doggie Device is humane and pain-free is a huge plus. As the website instructed, I began using the crackling sound with the command “STOP” and after just a week of doing this consistently, Harley was like a new dog on our walks. Eventually, I did not need to use The Doggie Don’t Device sound… The command “stop” is now enough to keep Harley from pulling me. It’s a miracle!

I love that this device is small and can easily fit in the palm of my hand or pocket. It’s super convenient and easy to use since there is only one button that activates the sound. I can take Harley on walks and feel much safer, secure and peaceful thanks to this amazing invention. I highly recommend The Doggie Don’t Device to all pet parents who are experiencing unwanted behaviors with their pups. It’s transformed my dog and our walks and we couldn’t be happier! Visit thedoggiedontdevice.com.

NoBowl Feeding System will Benefit EVERY Cat!

The NoBowl Feeding System has been a real lifesaver for our family. This product is absolutely brilliant in so many ways. Initially I purchased the NoBowl in hopes it would help with our cat Pixy’s behavior problems. She was beginning to act out and showing signs of anxiety. A few problems we faced were litter box issues, scratching our furniture and increased nighttime activity.

With the NoBowl, I loved the overall concept of allowing her to hunt for her food; a natural instinct all cats need to do daily in order to thrive. This mental stimulation was exactly what she needed. Within two days of replacing her ordinary bowl with the NoBowl, we witnessed Pixy’s behavior issues decrease significantly, and eventually disappear all together.

NoBowl for cats

Another perk is how easy it is to use and to clean. There’s no special food needed, any kibble will do. It’s simple to fill up and it’s portioned controlled. This allows us to feed Pixy smaller portions throughout the day. Believe it or not, it has helped her to shed some pounds and now, she is at a much healthier weight. We were not expecting that – so this outcome was a huge bonus!

Overall, watching Pixy interact with the NoBowl has been amazing. Not only does she receive more mental stimulation but lots of physical exercise too! The NoBowl has allowed Pixy to get back to her roots, and it has changed her life in so many beneficial ways. Our cat loving family highly recommends the NoBowl Feeding System to all felines looking to live a happy and healthy life! Learn more at: https://nobowlcat.com.

 

 

WiggleLess Helped Our Pet Family To Worry Less And Improved Our Pup’s Quality of Life

Back Brace for Dog - Wiggleless

WiggleLess is an admirable company with products that have worked wonders for our family. Our pup Alice suffered from massive back and neck pain which ultimately led to a trip to the vet and some medication. I was not thrilled with resorting to medication so I went to the internet in search of “natural” ways to help ease her pain. That’s when I discovered WiggleLess Back Brace and decided to give it a shot!

The brace shipped within a few days and it fit perfectly. As soon as I put the WiggleLess brace on, I witnessed a significant difference in the way she was standing and walking. Since getting the brace, Alice is happier and able to move around more easily. Thanks to WiggleLess we never had to use the meds and Alice is back to her old self. I’ve lost sleep many nights worrying about Alice’s back pain and so has she. Fortunately, we can all worry less thanks to this amazing invention!

I noticed WiggleLess offered a comfort shirt and because of our positive experience with the brace I decided to give it a go. Alice does have some anxiety issues, especially during car rides. We started to use the comfort shirt not only for travel, but for some extra comfort under her brace for around the house too. She loves it and we’re thrilled because her behavior has transformed into a calmer, happier dog. The WiggleLess brand has drastically improved the quality of life for Alice. My family is beyond grateful for this innovative product and pet-loving company!

walking the dog

K9 Fit Club® Partners with “Walk With a Doc” for National Group Walking Events on January 7th & 21st

Walk With a Doc - K9 Fit Club

We often start the New Year with a plan to improve our health, but have you ever considered incorporating your pets into these goals too? In America, more than half of the adult population is overweight or obese, and, out of the 68.2 million dogs in America, over half are overweight or obese as well. It seems not only are we becoming a nation of couch potatoes and bad habits, but so are our dogs.

K9 Fit Club®, the nation’s pioneer and leader in human/canine fitness, has partnered with “Walk With a Doc” to host group walking events across that country on Saturday January 7th and 21st at 10:00am. With the New Year and January’s “National Walk Your Dog Month” approaching, now is the perfect time to set goals and commit to healthier habits for both you and your furry friend. Both dogs and their owners will have the opportunity to meet with Master K9 Fit Club® trainers and “Walk With a Doc” doctors in select cities across the country to take part in a group walk. This will be a fun way to socialize with others while exercising with your pup.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third – or 38.7 percent – of U.S. adults are obese, leaving us at risk for hypertension, heart disease, stroke and other issues. Our society today is facing a major health epidemic and our pets are suffering right along with us. A few of the health risks associated with overweight and obese dog and owners include: osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and cancer.

Tricia Montgomery, Founder and CEO of K9 Fit Club states, “Not only have both dogs and owners become a nation of couch potatoes, we want a quick fix for everything. From pills to the latest “new & improved program” or the “magic” gimmick to suddenly lose weight and get in shape” The simple solution and the key for both is combining both nutrition and exercise, eat in moderation, eat healthier and exercise. Taking that first step is the key to you and your dog’s success. A little bit of something is better than a whole lot of nothing.”

This event is free and a great way for pet families to get up, get out and get moving! Attendees will receive some awesome swag too. For those who are unable to attend, or if there is not a walk scheduled in a city near you, please continue to get out and moving with your dog. All participants are encouraged to spread the word and join the movement by sharing socially using #WWYD2017.

Montgomery, who is also a certified personal trainer, expresses, “Exercise is better when done together; your best workout partner is your dog. They will never cancel on you and they will never complain. Any opportunity to do something, especially, fitness and activity related with you is great for your dog. Dogs are a barometer for our emotions and our abilities. If you’re having a bad day, your dog is having a bad day. If you are working out and including your dog, your mood, health and stamina improves, the same is true for your dog.”

What better way to kick-off “National Walk Your Dog Month” and the New Year for a Better You. Better Dog. Better Life.™ than working towards adopting a healthier lifestyle with your best four-legged friend by your side? Partnering with “Walk With a Doc” and hosting national group walks is a fantastic way to inspire pet parents to make exercise and wellness a top priority in 2017 with Fido!

“Often the simplest answer is the one that’s going to work the best, and we believe that’s the case with walking.” – Dr. David Sabgir, CEO and Founder of Walk with a Doc.

About Walk With A Doc: Walk with a Doc was started in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist in Columbus, Ohio. Frustrated with his inability to effect behavior change in the clinical setting, Dr. Sabgir invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park on a spring Saturday morning. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energized and ready to move.

Since that first event in 2005, Walk with a Doc has grown as a grassroots effort, with a model based on sustainability and simplicity. [A doctor gives a brief presentation on a health topic and then leads participants on a walk at their own pace. Healthy snacks, coffee and blood pressure checks are also a standard part of a Walk with a Doc event.] The Walk added an Executive Director in 2009 and focused on building a program that could easily be implemented by interested doctors in other cities around the country. As a result of these efforts, the reach of Walk with a Doc now extends from California to New York with over 277 chapters in between. Learn more at: http://walkwithadoc.org.

Connect Socially:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/walkwithadoc
Twitter: @walkwithadoc

About K9 Fit Club®: K9 Fit Club is the nation’s pioneer and leader in human/canine fitness, dedicated to the health, fitness, and wellness of dogs and their people. K9 Fit Club has created classroom exercise instruction that people do with their dogs. Both the human and the dog benefit physically from the structured physical activities. The proprietary fitness programs are taught in a controlled small group environment by K9 Fit Club Master Trainers in licensed K9 Fit Club locations. As we develop and grow clubs around the country, our efforts also include working with humane associations and animal rescue groups throughout the communities in which we serve. Learn more about K9 Fit Club®

Connect Socially:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K9FitClub
Twitter: @K9FitClub1
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/k9fitclub

 

fresh breath for dogs

Fresh Breath & Lots of Love Thanks to Woofmints!

Woof MintsMy family is thrilled with Woofmints! We absolutely adore our dog Miles, but the one thing that “stinks” about pet ownership, is the unfortunate bad doggie breath that comes along with it. It’s hard to give Miles the kisses and love he deserves when his breath is just too smelly.Woofmints works wonders for Miles and now he’s receiving more love than ever before! First off, we are very happy with the all-natural, vegan and gluten free ingredients. Plus, it’s made in the USA, another BIG bonus!  Secondly, the mix gel caps are very easy to use. What works best for us is to mix it in with Miles meals twice a day. Believe it or not, Miles was not a huge fan of his kibble but now with the Woofmints sprinkled on it, he gobbles his meals all up!

Surprisingly, Woofmints really does last for hours after use. We are all amazed at how well this doggie mint actually works! In the past, we tried regular teeth brushing and different mint bones, but nothing seemed to work. This is definitely the best and safest solution for dogs with bad breath. We highly recommend Woofmints to pet families looking to give their dog a minty fresh makeover and extra loving!

 Find  these all natural breath freshers at woofmints.com or on Amazon.
Pet Care Innovation

K9 Fit Club® Wins Finalist Spot in the Purina’s Pet Care Innovation Prize!

Pet Care Innovation

K9 Fit Club®, the nation’s pioneer and leader in human/canine fitness, has won Purina’s Pet Care Innovation Prize and is now officially a finalist for the grand prize. Purina® announced the finalists at the highly anticipated #BetterWithPets 2016 Summit event held on Tuesday, October 18th at the Brooklyn Expo Center in New York. 

The Pet Care Innovation Prize brings together resources to accelerate exciting and innovative pet care entrepreneurs so that dog and cat owners can benefit from meaningful innovations. The competition was strong, and Purina® looked for companies with qualities such as; innovative potential, traction and scalability, the degree with which working with the Pet Care Innovation Prize and Nestle Purina Petcare could have a positive impact, and strength of the team.

“We are honored and thrilled to accept this award and move forward in The Pet Care Innovation Prize competition,” Founder of K9 Fit Club®, Tricia Montgomery expresses, “Our motto at K9 Fit Club® is: Better You. Better Dog. Better Life.™ As a national organization dedicated to health, fitness and wellness of dogs and their people, we take great pride in our company’s mission because we are benefiting society in a fun and healthy way!”

K9 Fit Club® is one of five finalist who received The Pet Care Innovation Prize. In addition to the $10,000 cash award and support for continuing to grow business; finalists get an all-expenses-paid three day intensive Boot Camp on growing innovative pet care companies. This will be held the week of November 14 in St. Louis, MO, including mentoring by successful pet care entrepreneurs and valuable educational content.

At the end of the Boot Camp, the Finalists will pitch to high level executives to determine the uniqueness and potential of their product, their business plan and their team. While all will receive valuable publicity, one Grand Prize winner will be decided by these industry leaders to get cash and business support to exhibit at Global Pet Expo in 2017.

“We are beyond grateful and ecstatic to have made it as a finalist, but now the K9 Fit Club® team has our game face on and we’re ready to bring our passion and innovation to St. Louis in hopes to become the grand prize recipient!” says Tricia Montgomery.

 

About K9 Fit Club®: K9 Fit Club is the nation’s pioneer and leader in human/canine fitness, dedicated to the health, fitness, and wellness of dogs and their people. K9 Fit Club has created classroom exercise instruction that people do with their dogs. Both the human and the dog benefit physically from the structured physical activities. The proprietary fitness programs are taught in a controlled small group environment by K9 Fit Club Master Trainers in licensed K9 Fit Club locations. As we develop and grow clubs around the country, our efforts also include working with humane associations and animal rescue groups throughout the communities in which we serve. Learn more about K9 Fit Club® here: http://k9fitclub.com.

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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AKC Holiday Sweater

AKC Holiday Sweaters are PAW-fect for this Winter Season!

AKC Holiday Sweater
My dog, Nancy, looks absolutely adorable in the AKC Holiday Sweater Collection. We love them so much we purchased one in the navy blue and red color. Nancy is picky about what clothing I dress her in, but she has no problem wearing these sweaters. In fact, she prances around happy and proud whenever I put them on her.
At first glance, these sweaters have a cozy appearance that will put everyone in the winter spirit!  I love the patterns and prints on them – moose, snowflakes and a pine tree. Fun and festive for the holiday season but sophisticated and preppy too. The material is soft and warm, which is great for protecting Nancy from those cold winter days. The quality of the sweaters far exceeded my expectations!
Another fantastic feature is the leash hole on the back of sweater making it nice and convenient to head outdoors with Nancy with no hassle. The best part about the holiday sweater collection is the price. Good quality and awesome designs for just $20 makes this the paw-fect sweater to add to your dog’s wardrobe. This can be a great gift for another pet owner this year too! We are pleased with the AKC Holiday Sweater line and can’t wait to show them off all winter long!
Hallow Pet Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips for our Four-Legged Friends!

Halloween Pet Safety Tips 2016

Halloween has become increasingly popular over the past few years, especially for pet owners. According to the Halloween Spending Survey, an annual report released by the National Retail Federation (NRF), it was predicted that 20 million pet owners would spend $350 million on their pets during the 2015 Halloween festivities. As the pet industry continues to grow each year, there’s no doubt that this year’s pet costume statistics will surpass these numbers.

Although Halloween seems to be a ‘spooktacular’ time for all, it’s important to remember that it can also be a frightful and dangerous occasion for our pets. Let’s be mindful of a few pet hazards present during the Halloween season and make sure to follow these safety tips for our four-legged friends!

  • A tired dog is a good dog! Give your pup a nice long walk before the trick-or-treaters start their visits. With all the commotion at the front door, it’s best to put pets in a secure, relaxing, safe zone. Keeping Fido or Fluffy in a crate or closed off separate room is a smart idea. Provide them with their favorite bed, toys, and access to food and water bowl.
  • Decorate with your pet in mind. Keep candlelit jack-o-lanterns out of reach of your curious pet. This festive decoration can be a real fire hazard if flipped or knocked over. Consider using flameless candles instead. Always secure electrical cords out of reach as well. If chewed, your beloved pet can suffer cuts, burns and even a life threatening shock.
  • The candy bowl is NOT for Scruffy or Fluffy. Bags full of candy and chocolaty treats can be extremely tempting for our fur-friends. It’s important to keep that Halloween candy stash in a safe place, far out of paws reach. Explain to everyone in your home (including kids) how dangerous candy is for pets. Instead, spoil your pooch with a goody that will keep him or her happy and occupied, like a SmartBones® dog chew! This NO Rawhide chew is highly digestible, low fat and 100% delicious! Learn more at: Smartbones.com.
  • Ghosts, ghouls and goblins can cause doorbell anxiety! Strangers dressed in costumes and the constant ringing of the doorbell may be scary to even the friendliest of pets. Fear, anxiety and unusual activities and visitors can all pose threats to our pets during this holiday. The AKC Calming Coat is a must-have product this Halloween for nervous pets. Similar to swaddling a baby, the Calming Coat will keep Fido in a relaxed state of mind during the festivities. Learn more at: MyCalmingCoat.com.
  • Be sure to trick-or-TAG. The front door is a high traffic area during the trick-or-treating hours. It’s crucial to have your pet properly identified with an up-to-date ID tag should they get loose from you or your home. Twigo Pet ID Tags can be instantly personalized and are completely silent, ideal for those who dislike jingling noise. These tags are fun, stylish and will make the perfect costume accessory while keeping your pet safe during Halloween this year! Learn more at: Twigotags.com.
  • Let Fido Trick-or-Treat in style. If you plan to take your pet trick-or-treating with the family or to the local Halloween parade, be sure to keep him or her leashed at all times. A fun way to include your pup is to strap on A Pet with Paws Doggie Backpack before hitting the streets. This stylish, eco-friendly backpack will make a fabulous fashion statement this Halloween and will give Fido the opportunity to carry his own poop bags. In addition, this backpack is the perfect spot for your pup to store his very own treat collection too! Learn more at: APetwithPaws.com.
  • Only dress your pet up if they are safe and comfortable! Did you know 1 in 5 millennials will dress their pets in costumes this year? If your furry friend doesn’t mind dressing up, make sure that you select a costume that doesn’t restrict his normal movements, breathing or vision. Costumes that interfere with these things can cause ligament or joint injuries, and animals are more likely to bite if their vision is impaired.

BH Pet Gear recently launched a line consisting of 7 terrifyingly cute costumes for canines this 2016 Halloween season. These safe, comfortable and adorable costumes include: Devil, Wonderdog, Shark, Monkey, Pumpkin, Elephant and Troll. Whether your pup is a mischievous devil or a playful wild monkey, there’s a costume to fit every dog’s personality. Learn more at: bhpetgear.com.

By staying mindful of these precautions and following some simple pet safety tips, you and your pet-loving family will be sure to have a tail wagging good time this Halloween!