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BL Ochman

B.L. Ochman is co-founder of Pawfun - the free custom photo ecard site for pet lovers. She's also the human companion of Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle.

She heads the creative team of whatsnextonline.com, blogs at What's Next Blog, grows orchids, and is a really pretty good swing dancer.

PawFun blog posts by BL Ochman

Benny wants the bed back

Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle and his brother are pals. Except when it comes to who sleeps where.

When we got a new Big Barker bed for Benny, I moved his old bed to the bedroom so he can sleep wherever he wants.

His brother, Noni Kitty Ochman, 16, has his own ideas about who should get the beds around here.

When this tactic failed, Benny went and got his loudest squeaky toy and squeaked right near Noni’s head until he gave up the bed.

Benny & the Pets: Big Barker Dog Orthopedic Bed Review

Because my 10 year-old Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle has developed some arthritis, I wanted him to have a really comfortable bed.


After extensive research, I found Big Barker Dog Beds. They’re made for dogs size large to gigantic. The more than 800 Amazon reviews are positive.

Big Barker beds are made of high density, 7 inch thick orthopedic foam. The beds are guaranteed not to flatten for 10 years. The website says “Big Barker dog beds are ONLY crafted with super-durable furniture-grade American-made orthopedic foam – NEVER cheap Chinese foam or any other sub-standard support materials.”

Instant comfort

My pup weighs 88 pounds, so we went for large. The foam is firm, resilient and supportive and odor-free. The site warns that some dogs may take a while to warm up to the new bed. Not Benny. He took one look, settled down, and went to sleep.

Benny eats marrow bones on his bed, and he kinda drools sometimes when he’s sleeping, so the cover gets dirty pretty quickly. It’s machine washable, so that’s not a big problem. However, when I took off the cover to wash it, there was absolutely nothing between the cover and the foam. It wouldn’t take long for the foam to be smelly.

It’s clear that you need the waterproof liner, and once you add that, the Big Barker is absolutely wonderful. Just ask the Noni Kitty Ochman.


Benny & the Pets review Halo Live-a-Littles

Noni&BennyTalkSmallThe same treat for dogs and cats? I didn’t think that was possible, given the way my persnickety cat turns his nose up at my dog’s treats.

In fact, it’s not often that my cat, Noni Kitty Ochman, and my dog, Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle Puppy, agree on things. But they definitely agree on Halo Liv-a-Littles Wild Salmon Protein Treats.

When our friends at Chewy.com offered us a jar for review, I was a little skeptical about the “for dogs and cats” description. Benny’s not as discriminating as my 16 year-old cat about what he eats. After all, Benny eats dirt in the park (not to mention his fondness for cat litter.)

Fast disappearance

Halo_LAL_Salmon_1.6ozI kept trying to make a video of the two of them eating the Halo treats, but we went through half the jar because they were gone by the time I pressed “record.”

Noni is an unbelievably fussy eater in his dotage. I’ve bought him dozens of varieties of cat food, and he’ll eat then until I buy a case. Then we wants nothing to do with them. Sigh. But when I crumble Halo Salmon Treats on his canned food, he cleans the plate.

The only issue is the cost. The treats are $12.99 for a 1.6oz. jar. So they really have to be doled out only as an extra special treat.

We received the sample as part of Chewy.com’s Blogger Outreach Program in exchange for an honest review.

VIDEO: The Power of Puppies in Marketing

Lab PuppyHow powerful are puppies in marketing? A lot of companies think they can motivate people to donate to charity, buy products and launch campaigns.

On episode 138 of Beyond Social Media Show, my co-host, David Erickson, and I discussed several marketing campaigns featuring puppies.

Verizon, The ASPCA and Purina used adorable puppies to in commerce and charity. And, as long as adorable puppies are involved, most of us will watch until the end.

Poodle Maestros Play Piano


These piano playing poodle maestros definitely have got rhythm! And they’re self-taught, apparently. I love the tie on the male pup.

via Achu Rajamani, often called Achu, a noted Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer.

HT-Dr Jill Elliot

Jazz for cows


When members of The New Hot Five decided to stop their car to play jazz for a field full of cows, it became obvious that cows are big jazz lovers. And to show their appreciation, the cows played cow bells right on the beat.

High End Cancer Treatments for Pets

50% of dogs over 10 get cancer


High-end animal cancer treatments using technologically advanced equipment and medicines are now available in veterinary clinics across the country and can cost pet owners without insurance thousands of dollars.

One of the most advanced pet cancer centers in the world is at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Lola, featured in the film, is owned by my friend, Dominique Milbank, who found her one rainy night seven years ago, abandoned, tied to a bench in Central Park. After six months of treatment for pancreatic cancer, Lola is now cancer-free.

Benny’s Haircut


A couple of times a year, I get Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle sheared. Here’s the latest, done at Doggy Stylz.

Benny & the Pets Product Review: Tidy Cats Odor Control Litter


Pawfun Blog is part of Chewy.com’s product testing panel, and last month Noni Kitty Ochman tested Tidy Cats Scoop 24/7 Performance Continuous Odor Control Cat Litter.

Noni’s assessment: 4 paws up.

Tidy-Cat-Litter-Chewy.comThe litter we usually use is Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Clumping Cat Litter and we found Tidy Cats comparable in features and price.

Tidy Cats litter tracked very little, and continued to clump solidly for our whole one-month trial. The one thing I did not like about Tidy Cats is that it is scented.

Benny & the Pets Test Turbopup Meal Bars

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We tried to have an orderly test of Turbopup K9 Meal Bars with Benny and the Pets. We really did. But the pups went nuts over them. The pack rated Turbopup four paws up.

TurbopupBenny Bix Ochman labradoodle has very sensitive digestion, as do some of his pack. Like many other dogs, he can’t digest chicken, for example.

The Turbopup flavors the pack tried were Peanut Butter and Bacon. Neither one had ingredients likely to be allergens. The bars are pricey, but they’re convenient. And, as you can see, dogs love them. Today’s test group includes Benny, Tasso and Coco, as well as an interloper.