To say I’m obsessed with my dog would be an understatement. Buster is my pride and joy and I love having him as my companion. I recently moved to a new neighborhood and I’ve been on a mission to make friends, especially dog owners so that Buster can make new four-legged pals as well. Someone suggested I download the Puppy Mama App and I’m so grateful I took that advice because this app rocks!
The app is easy to navigate and allows you to connect with other dog lovers with a simple push of a button! Thanks to Puppy Mama, I’ve met several dog moms in my area and Buster has enjoyed many fun playdates. The app also provides you with information and ratings for various dog friendly facilities like hotels, restaurants, bars, parks and much more. In a few weeks, Buster and I are taking a road trip to visit family. We found a pet-friendly hotel through the Puppy Mama app. It was super helpful to see positive ratings for this hotel through Puppy Mama and now I have great peace of mind as I travel with Buster.
I’m an advocate for creating a more dog-friendly world and that’s exactly what the Puppy Mama App is all about. This platform helped me to establish friendships and a social life with other doggy moms in my new neighborhood. I feel as if I’m part of the community more and that has helped me with this transition tremendously. In general, I feel all dog moms will appreciate this app because you have the ability to discover or share social settings that welcome furry friends with open arms – and that’s a real plus!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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®
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!
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.