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.

CFO Dog Luggage Tag Review

Chief Furry Officer – Custom Photo Square Luggage Tag

CFO Dog Luggage Tag Review
Chief Furry Officer’s Custom Photo Square Luggage Tag, I had to have it! This personalize luggage tag is unique and adorable! I travel often for work but unfortunately my pup, Buster, can’t always come along. The photo luggage tag makes me feel as if a small piece of Buster is with me while I’m away. Seeing his picture on my luggage is an instant reminder that my furry friend is waiting for me when I return home.

One of the cons of traveling for me is keeping track of my luggage. But now, with this custom pet tag, my bag stands out. This helps me to find my luggage easier at the baggage claim which is big help and stress reliever! All I have to do is look for Buster’s smiling face on my suitcase. During my trips, I’ve received so many compliments on this product. It’s been a conversation starter among many individuals I’ve met on my adventures away from home.

cfo has a large variety of gifts for people and this custom tag is definitely one of them! If your family member or friend enjoys to travel, then this truly makes a unique and special gift that he/she will adore. You simply can’t go wrong with this item, especially if you are a proud pet parent who is always on the go!

Central Park Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Fest At Central Park in NYC with PUP-kin Zone for Dogs

Central Park Pumpkin Festival

Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Fest, New York City’s annual celebration of the fall harvest season in leafy Central Park!

Taking place on Saturday, October 26, Pumpkin Fest takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Activities will include:

  • NY”Z” Scream Haunted House
    The spooktacular haunted house at Bethesda Fountain is back again and this year it’s filled with zombies!
    Catch a sneak peek of the Haunted House on Friday, October 25 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.!
  • Pumpkin Patch
    Kids take home a free sugar pumpkin!
  • The Pumpkin Decorating Zone
  • Live Quidditch Matches
    Transport yourself to Hogwarts to witness this fast action sport!
  • Marionette Performances by CityParksPuppetMobile
  • JestMaster Walkabout Characters
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Create a Creepy Creature
    Make your own ghost, ghoul or pumpkin puppet with The New Victory Theater!
  • Get Crafty with Scribble Town
    Have fun making pumpkin puppets, tissue paper pumpkins, and even pumpkins with accordion legs!
  • Live Entertainment
  • Pride of NY Farmers’ Market

For the first time at Pumpkin Fest, NYC Parks will host a venue designed specifically for four-legged New Yorkers!

  • Doggie Costume ContestPumpkin Fest  Central Park NYCPup-kin Zone
    Top three winners to receive special prizes provided by Iams
    Just show up at 1:00 p.m. to the free-play area to be judged. Winners announced at 1:30 p.m.
  • “Fall into Autumn” Free-Play Area
    An enclosed, off-leash area for dogs to run and play!
  • Agility Course
    Equipment and staffing provided by Biscuits and Bath
  • Express Spa for Dogs by Dog Fashion Spa
    Including complimentary applications of signature Dog Fashion Spa lotions, dog nose moisturizer, and cleaning around dog’s eyes with Dog Fashion Spa gentle eye pads
  • Photo Booth…and more!

All events are free! Event is rain or shine!

Odor control without filters or chemical sprays

CritterZone Air Purifier Review

Odor control without filters or chemical spraysI’m a proud owner of a cat and dog and love them dearly but sometimes their scent leaves a powerful odor throughout my home! This is especially true in the room with the litter box. It has been a constant battle to try and deal with these offensive smells! I love to host parties and get togethers with family and friends and it’s sometimes embarrassing with the lingering pet odors.

When I purchased the unit I could not believe how small it was! I loved how it can be easily moved from one room to the next. It has a powerful ability to purify, and literally cleans out the odors in any room (including the room with the litter box, which surprised me!). It purified my house very quickly and created a fresh scent. It’s almost as if you’re walking into a room with all the windows open – It’s fantastic and is such a drastic change!

The fact that there is no filter is a great perk too. There’s no need for me to search the market or try to find replacement filters. I love that I don’t have to spend extra money with this product. As far as I’m concerned, this is huge plus!

I give two thumbs up to the customer service at CritterZone as well. I called with a few questions regarding the product and the help I received was great! I’ve done some research on the company since I love this air purifier so much and I noticed they have discounts available too. Right now there’s a $10.00 off with the discount code: dontbecruel – definitely worth it with or without the code but if I were you I would jump on this deal!

It’s hard to believe that this little unit works so well, but it does! I’m so grateful for CritterZone because it’s resolved all of the pet odor problems in my home. It was definitely money well spent and I highly recommend!