Pet Traveling Tips with Dana Humphrey

Pet Traveling Tips with Don’t Be Cruel on Good Morning Connecticut

Pet Traveling Tips with Dana Humphrey

This past weekend Don’t’ Be Cruel spokesdogs, Pip and Shea, were dog models for a special pet traveling tips segment on Good Morning Connecticut. Pet expert, Dana Humphrey, advised pet owners how to help ease pet traveling with various helpful products like the Sturdibags, Calm Coat and the Critter Zone Air Purifier. In addition, she spoke about preventing Lyme disease from fleas and ticks.

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

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

Twitter: @PetWallofFame

Don't Be Cruel Rescue of the Month - Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network

Don’t Be Cruel Donates to Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network for the Month of April


Don't Be Cruel Rescue of the Month - Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network

This month we are happy to announce that all proceeds raised in April will be going to the Col. Potter Cairn Rescue Network.

The Corporation, COL. POTTER CAIRN RESCUE NETWORK (CPCRN), was formed for the charitable purposes of rescuing purebred Cairn Terriers and Cairn Terrier mixes which are homeless or soon-to-be-homeless, including, without limitation, those found in animal shelters or similar facilities and those released by their owners due to change in family circumstances or otherwise, as well as purebred Cairn Terriers and Cairn Terrier mixes which are being used as breeding stock by so-called puppy mills and backyard breeders, including those disposed of in puppy mill auctions; facilitating the pick-up and transport of such dogs; arranging for their spay/neuter as well as for the provision of other appropriate veterinary care for them; rehabilitating and fostering such dogs; seeking applications for and screening permanent homes for such dogs; facilitating their adoption; and educating the public about responsible Cairn Terrier care and ownership.

Check out their “We Promise This…” video!

The Last Resort Animal Rescue

The Last Resort Recaps 2013 in Heartwarming Video Slideshow

Last Resort Rescue’s vice president and co-founder Samantha Grieves put together this beautiful slideshow of all the animals saved by the rescue organization in 2013.

The Last Resort’s dedicated team works together, combining their skills and love for animals to provide safe haven to so many animals in need. Now, more than ever, the economic crisis has left the shelters dangerously overcrowded and hundreds of dogs are being killed every day simply because there is no room! They dedicate all of our time, money and energy to saving the lives of these wonderful animals.

Please consider making a Last Resort Rescue donation so they can continue to save more lives in 2014.

Also, please remember to vote daily for them in The Shelter Challenge, where you can vote every day to help them win one of  255 prizes including a $5,000 grant.

Pauly the Pitbull starved to death in NJ | Don't Be Cruel

Pauly the Pitbull Was Found in a NJ Ditch Starved to Death. Wait Till You See Him Now.

Pauly the Pitbull starved to death in NJ | Don't Be Cruel

Back in November, Don’t be Cruel learned from a good friend, David Stetson, about a dog named Pauly:

“This is Pauly the Pitbull. He was found in a ditch in Paterson. Someone left him there to die. He got brought in to my girl’s job. She works for Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital. They are going to be doing a fundraiser to help pay for some of his medical bills so he could become healthy again.”

Thanks to everyone who donated, Franklin Lakes Animal Hospital and the Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge, Pauly made a full recovery! Here’s the update:

“For those of you who remember Pauly the Pitbull…he is doing better and is now living with his new sister and is happy and healthy… thank you guys for sharing and donating.”


We love beautiful endings like these! Thank you, David for keeping us updated. So happy to hear that Pauly is living the good life!

Bernese Mountain Dog

Don’t Be Cruel Donates to Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue During the Month of March

Bernese Mountain Dog

BFW Rescue is a Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue with fosters and adopters all over the USA and Canada. We rescue Berners from shelters or puppy mills and also help families when they have to re-home their Berners. Sometimes life throws you a curve and you have no choice to give your Berner up and this is where we can help. We will find the best new home so the Berner does not end up in a shelter.

Don’t Be Cruel offered to do this fundraiser for us and we so appreciate this. The fundraiser will run from March 1st until March 31st. Please check out the store, every penny will be going to our rescue. Thank you so much. Without your help we couldn’t be doing what we are doing and thank you Jason Long for doing this for us!

Ellen DeGeneres Halo Pet and Freekibble will donate 10,000 meals at Oscars

Losing at the Oscars will Help Shelter Pets

Ellen DeGeneres Halo Pet and Freekibble will donate 10,000 meals at Oscars

This Sunday, Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting the Academy Awards for the second time. As part of Oscar tradition, nominees in the top categories receive elaborate gift bags filled with expensive items that companies hope celebrities might use and endorse. For the past 12 years, Distinctive Assets has been putting together the “Everyone Wins at the Oscars Nominee Gift Bag.” This year that gift bag is worth $85,000, doubling the price of last year’s bag with items ranging from less than $10 to $16,000. From designer lollipops to luxurious trips to Las Vegas and Hawaii, nominees will be coming home with some pretty cool stuff despite the fact they didn’t win a statue.

But the best item in the gift bag, in our eyes, is the 10,000 meal donation to homeless animals. Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets in partnership with, is giving each non-winning Oscar nominee in the Best Actor/Actress, Supporting Actor/Actress and Director categories 10,000 meals of natural pet food to donate to the animal shelter or rescue of the celebrity’s choice. 10,000 meals are roughly 2,000 pounds of Halo Spot’s Stew, which is approximately $6,100 in retail value.

Will your favorite shelter be nominated?

DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show

Book Review: DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show by Jorge Bendersky

DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show

Jorge Bendersky’s book is informative, fun, and has helped me become an even better pet owner!

I’ve always been a dog lover and I tend to spend most of my days with my four-legged friends! I have a 4 year old black lab named Harley, who I absolutely adore. In addition, I walk several dogs as a part-time job, and in my spare time I also volunteer at an animal shelter. I love animals and I’m continuously striving to learn more about dogs, their behavior, and
how to properly care for them.

Over the years, I have followed celebrity dog groomer, Jorge Bendersky on the internet and viewed his various TV segments. His work intrigues me and he is very knowledgable in the dog grooming field. He always shares wonderful tips and advice on how to bring out the full potential in your dog. When I heard about his new book, “DIY Dog Grooming, From Puppy Cuts to Best in Show,” I purchased my copy right away. I’m so happy I did. This book is a MUST HAVE for ALL pet owners!

Throughout the book, Bendersky brings to light the importance of dog grooming. It’s important for us to understand that grooming helps to maintain health and could potentially detect health problems too. The details and photos in this book are very informative and helpful in explaining the grooming process. I work with various dogs on a daily basis; however, this book clearly explains how to go above and beyond to care for all types of dogs regardless of breed, age, or temperament.

After reading this, I found myself informing others about what I have learned. I gave advice to friend and family members who are pet owners. I also shared helpful tips to those working/volunteering at the shelter, and I preached the importance of grooming to my dog walking clients. Of course, I recommended Bendersky’s book to everyone!

This book also reminds pet owners that grooming can bring you and your pooch together. Who wouldn’t want that? It has motivated me to provide even better care to all the pets in my life and spread the word to others, too! Jorge Bendersky’s book gets two thumbs up from me and my furry friends!

Puppy Bowl X - New York

Puppy Bowl X

Puppy Bowl X - New York

It’s that time of the year! The Puppy Bowl, in its tenth year, will air Feb. 2  at 3pm EST right before the big game on the Animal Planet. Puppy Bowl X will be held in Times Square prior to the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos battling it out in East Rutherford, NJ in Super Bowl XLVIII.

The first Puppy Bowl aired in 2005, with only footages of wandering dogs with no commentary and no sponsor ads decorating the stadium with viewership of more than 5.6 million. Ten years later, 12 million people watch this special event. By 2012, Geico brought the naming rights to the stadium and this year they will be introducing a VIP suite, sponsored by Sheba cat food, where cats will hang out.

The starting line up consist of 38 shelter puppies. Here are some great photos about the journey to the Puppy Bowl. While one of the Puppy Bowl’s goals is to find homes for rescue dogs, most of this year’s competitors already have a family of their own.

Children's book on animals and life

Review of “The Gift of the Ladybug” by Carole Amber

The Gift of the Ladybug

I read “The Gift of the Ladybug” and instantly fell in love with this
 children’s book. This story brings peace, comfort and inspiration for
families who have a child with a life threatening illness. The story was
 created after Carole Amber found out her son, TJ, would not see his second
 birthday. Carole does an amazing job expressing her pain and heartbreak 
after learning her son was different and would soon be set free to fly.

In the book, Polkadot, the ladybug is happy being a ladybug and he accepts 
himself for exactly who he is. He realizes he will never be a horse like 
his parents and he only knows how to live a short sweet life. The message 
of this book is of acceptance and is a true inspiration for those dealing
 with an ill child, or for anyone who feels different. This children’s book
 is simply written with amazing artwork, and can be a great comfort for
 kids who are grieving the loss of a loved one too.

Just last night, I found out a friend of a friend’s daughter lost her
 battle to cancer. I’m planning on passing this story along to baby Elena’s
 family, in the hope it will help put their tragic situation in a different
 perspective and will allow them to find some peace.

This book is an easy read, with beautiful, vibrant illustrations that will
 touch your heart deeply. I highly recommend this book, not only for those 
who are grieving the loss of a precious ladybug; but for all children, so
 they too learn about acceptance and feeling perfect just the way they are.