Celebrate Your Beloved Pet for September 10th’s National Pet Memorial Day

Established by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories, National Pet Memorial Day in an annual event held on the second Sunday in September, to honor our pets both past and present. It’s also a great time to think about and share with others the important role that beloved pets have played and continue to play in our lives. This year’s event will take place on September 10th.

Pets bring an abundance of joy and companionship to our lives, and they teach us many valuable lessons along the way. They don’t care what type of mood we are in or how we look. They are completely non-judgmental, and they are loyal until the end. These are only a few reasons why it can be so heartbreaking to say good-bye to a four-legged friend. The mourning process can be difficult, but it’s something we must face as pet owners.

Here are a few ways to honor and celebrate a pet that has crossed over for this year’s National Pet Memorial Day:

  • Plant a tree or a shrub as a living memorial.
  • Sort through your photos of your pet and make a scrapbook. Frame a few of your favorite pictures to display around your home.
  • If you saved your pet’s favorite toy, ball, or blanket, now would be a great time to revisit those items and reflect on the happy memories he or she once had with them.
  • Make a donation or volunteer at an animal-based charity or rescue. Giving back to animals in need may help you in the grieving process.
  • Talk to someone. Sit down with family, friends, or neighbors who knew your pet and share your favorite memories or stories together with them.
  • Burn a candle so that your pet’s sweet memory will live on. One Fur All’s Furever Loved Memorial Candle is the perfect option to do so. It also makes a thoughtful gift for those mourning a cherished pet.

The One Fur All Memorial Candle features a light and comforting fragrance that combines an array of floral and citrus scents balanced with a hint of citrus honey and golden vanilla. In addition to the pleasant and calming fragrance, the candle has a colorful and decorative design, making it visually appealing and a nice home accent.

On the front of the candle jar are rainbow paw prints in the shape of a heart. This represents the well-known poem, “The Rainbow Bridge.” Through this story it is said that when animal dies, they cross over the Rainbow Bridge where there are meadows and hills for all animals to run and play together. One Fur All embodied this story by using an array of vibrant colors, which they hope will help grieving families remember that their precious pet is in a safe and happy place. The candle jar is also decorated with loving words to describe their pet along with a quote: “Gone from my life but forever in my heart.”

Similar to all candles available at One Fur All, the Furever Loved Memorial Candle is specially formulated to freshen pet-loving homes and is made with 100% natural soy wax. It’s also made with an odor neutralizer and infused with their signature blend of essential oils. Some other beneficial features include: 100% cotton wick, hand-poured, dye-free wax, contains no parafifin/petroleum by-products, and It’s made in the USA. The candle has approximately 60-70 hour burn time and the jar can be reusable (reused or repurposed). Satisfaction guaranteed. Retail Price: $21.95.

Regardless of how you decide to celebrate September 10th’s National Pet Memorial Day, there is no wrong way to honor a pet. This year, take a few minutes to sit down and think about the wonderful animals that have enriched your life. For those who are celebrating a pet who is still alive, be sure to give them a big hug and some extra love and attention on this very special occasion.

I Love to Travel Sophisticated and “Green” with the Darien!

Darien pet carrier - A pet with paws

Whether I’m running errands locally or flying across the country, my dog is my favorite travel companion! Although he’s very well behaved on the road, I have found that lugging him and his belongings around is a bit of a headache and backache. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore because I discovered the A Pet with Paws Darien Carrier and WOW – this has been our favorite carrier yet!

I travel often for business, so I immediately was attracted to the Darien’s sleek and sophisticated design. It doesn’t scream “dog carrier” which I really like. I purchased the Pet Trek with too, and that’s been a lifesaver in airports. It’s so easy to whiz around thanks to the four-spinner wheel trolley. I enjoy using it walking through the city too.  Although I love using the Darien on its own, I definitely recommend the Pet Trek for ease of transportation.

I’m ecstatic that this bag is eco-friendly, vegan and cruelty-free. That’s a huge bonus since I’ve been trying to live more sustainably. Clearly, I’m excited about this product, but more importantly, my pup loves it too! He seems super comfy and content traveling in the Darien. He actually gets excited when he sees me pull the bag out of the closet – It’s adorable! Thanks to the mesh top and mesh sides he has a nice view to enjoy while we are on the go. Overall, the Darien is a fabulous, stylish, eco-conscious carrier that we absolutely love and highly recommend to other traveling pet families!

Hip Hip Hooray for Pet House Freshening Room Spray!

Pet House Freshening Room Spray

I have a Black Lab, Harley, who I adore; however her dog-smell, I could live without! Regardless on how frequently I bathe her, wash her blankets and bed, vacuum and clean the house; there is still a lingering pet odor that just won’t go away. I’m always on the lookout for fragrance products to help my home smell fresh again. I’m pleased to say the Pet House Room Spray has been the best find yet!

I only purchase items for my family that are non-toxic, safe and as natural as possible. This room spray is all of these things and more (free of allergens too!) Before purchasing, I was intrigued to read that Pet House uses an effective odor neutralizer that does not just mask the smells, but actually eliminates them. To my surprise, this spray definitely has lived up to this statement. I do NOT need to overuse in order to cover up the odor. About three sprays seem to last for an entire day!

Mango Peach has been a great summer scent for us.  It smells absolutely delicious, but luckily, it’s not too overpowering. It’s the perfect hint of freshness. Another added bonus: it’s made in the USA and there are no dyes or preservatives. In addition to Harley, I have a one year old, so using high-quality safe products is a must. My mind is put at ease thanks to this fabulous freshener. All I can say is, hip hip hooray for Pet House Freshening Room Spray!

Remembering My Cherished Pet Thanks to The One Fur All Furever Loved Memorial Candle

Forever Loved Memorial Candle

My husband and I recently had to say goodbye to our dog and it has been an extremely sad and emotional time for us. Even though months have passed since that dreaded day, we are still hurting and miss him terribly. A friend had purchased me the Furever Loved Memorial Pet Candle and this gift has truly helped my husband and I with the grieving process.

I love how vibrant and colorful the design of the candle is. The Rainbow Bridge poem has always been one of my favorites; and the décor reminds me that our departed pup is at peace and in a better place. The pet-loving words, paw prints, and other designs decorating the jar are uplifting. I can’t help but smile and remember happy thoughts of our canine when I see this candle. The “gone from my life but forever in my heart” quote on the back of jar speaks great truth. Overall, it’s beautifully designed and because the jar is reusable, I will be sure to keep and cherish it forever!

In addition to the design, the candle gives off a light vanilla scent that is extremely comforting and calming. What I appreciate most about this product is how it’s made from natural soy wax. I’m very particular with burning candles in my home because I know how dangerous and harmful many of the ingredients can be. I love that this candle is 100% soy-based and infused with essential oils. It contains no paraffin or petroleum by-products – a huge plus!

After receiving this candle as a gift, I went online to check out the entire One Fur All product line. I also purchased a few more candles for myself. I’m a big fan of this company and would highly recommend their candles, wax melts and other fragrance products to all pet-loving homes. Thanks to the Furever Loved Memorial Candle, we can feel at peace and happily remember our best furry friend.

Paw Technologies Is The BEST At Spreading The Word For A Missing Pet!

Find your missing pet with Paw Technologies

We recently rescued a pup that is a master escape artist. My husband goes above and beyond to make sure every nook and cranny around our backyard gate is sealed and secured; however somehow she always manages to find a way out. Thankfully, the first few times this happened someone in the neighborhood found her and returned her. But we didn’t want to push our luck, so we decided to sign up for Paw Technologies – and thank god we did! Shortly after registering our adventurous pup traveled much further than ever before and we needed major help finding her.

Paw Technologies went to work immediately after her escape and created a flyer to send out to local outlets. This support gave us hope and peace of mind during an extremely stressful and scary time. We also felt confident that someone would contact us thanks to her ID tag. Within a day and half our beloved pet was found! Believe it or not, a veterinarian a few towns over recognized her from the flyer. Wow! She was able to lure her over with treats and then contacted us right away thanks to the Paw Technologies ID tag. I truly believe the combination of word of mouth and visible ID tag play a crucial role in reuniting lost pets with their owner. In our case, it helped to bring our girl back to us safe and sound.

Purchasing the tag and alert service for just $40 is a steal considering what you’re getting. The ID tag is not only visually appealing, but comes in a nice, long lasting quality.  In addition to this awesome identification, having the Paw Technologies team and expertise in spreading the word and organizing a search for your missing dog is priceless. I feel every pet owner needs to register for this innovative product and service. We can’t thank Paw Technologies enough!!

My Pooch Face Makes a Unique and Personal Gift for Pet Lovers!

My Pooch Face
I wanted to purchase my mom a unique and special gift for her birthday and it’s safe to say I nailed it! I discovered MyPoochFace.com and I immediately fell in love with this creative company. I knew my mom would absolutely love a custom portrait of her beloved dog Harley. Although this went a bit out of my price range, I’m so grateful I went with my gut and purchased this because her reaction when receiving it, along with the masterpiece that was created, was priceless!
Placing my order with My Pooch Face was a breeze. The website is easy to navigate and after completing four simple steps, Harley’s photo was sent and my mom’s gift was in the works! I decided to go with the hand painted portrait with a playful style. I love the thought of adding a splash a color to the image since Harley brings so much joy to my parent’s life each and every day.
The portrait arrived promptly and in perfect condition; however more importantly, the quality of the work was superb. The image was so realistic and it was apparent that every little detail was done with love. The splash of color was done perfectly, and this really added a uniqueness to the image that brings Harley’s upbeat personality to the canvas.
Overall, the team at My Pooch Face gets four paws up from me. My mom loved her gift so much (a few tears occurred during the reveal of course!) I know this is something she will cherish forever. My Pooch Face is a talented company that does fantastic work – I highly recommend for all pet lovers!

Puppy Mama App is a Dream Come True for Dog Lovin’ Moms Everywhere!

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!

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.

Connect Socially:
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Twitter: @wellnesspetfood
Instagram: @wellnesspetfood

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.