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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’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.

Kidnapped baby elephant reunited with mother after 3 years


A mother and her baby elephant were reunited after years apart, according to Lek Chailert, the founder of Elephant Heaven Nature Park in Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand. Chailert was named one of six Women Heroes of Global Conservation by Hillary Clinton in 2010.

Me-Bai, the baby elephant, was taken in 2011 when she was 3 years old and sold into slavery in the tourism industry, where she was forced to give tourists rides. Because she was so young when she was taken, Me-Bai wasn’t able to carry the tourists and began to lose weight. Finally, because she was weak and therefore not useful, the owners let her go.

Elephant Abuse

This is the life that both the baby and its mother were rescued from:

“They are forced to walk on hot tarmac roads by gangs of elephant owners and beg for fruit and food. The owner often buys the elephant purely to obtain begging money from sympathetic passers by. As these owners have scant experience with animal training, the hapless creature is cruelly treated and beaten as the rider becomes impatient. In the city the animal cannot possibly get the 200-300 kg of food and 100-200 litres of water necessary for its daily nourishment so it plods the hot polluted streets, thirsty hungry and confused. These animals quickly suffer from stress through polluted air, poor diet, dehydration, loneliness and their sensitive ears are soon damaged. Much of the fruit purchased from local sellers has been treated with chemicals and causes serious stomach problems and eventually death.

Other forms of, less apparent abuse come in the form of pet baby elephants featured at hotels and entertainment complexes. Although the animals may seem happy enough they are invariably fed the wrong diet, suffer from loneliness and boredom and will soon die. Many unwitting tourists, delighted at the sight of a “cute” baby elephant, are completely unaware that the lifespan of the creature is likely to be only a few years.”

Dog Steals Hose, Chases Owner

Dog Steals Hose

Click the photo to see the video.

French Bulldog Outed by Best Friend


asked who chewed up all the toilet paper this French Bulldog has nothing to say. However, her Bull Mastiff “friend” has no problem literally pointing her out.

How to Separate Cats and Dogs to Keep Household Peace

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Noni&BennyTalkSmallSometimes, a cat and a dog can coexist peacefully in a household. If yours, on the other hand, can’t seem to stop feuding, you’ll need to find a solution that doesn’t involve removing any of your beloved pets from your home. Let’s take a look at your options.

The Wrong Way
Before we look at some of the good solutions to a feuding pets problem, let’s discuss some of the not-so-good options. Keeping either your dogs or cats in a crate or cage is one way to ensure they don’t cross paths. However, this is certainly not a solution for long periods of time. Limiting the movements of your cats or dogs will make them unhappy and unhealthy. Not to mention, if one animal is allowed to roam while the other is locked up, the free animal could antagonize whoever is in the cage, leading to great amounts of stress and fear.

Temporary Means of Separation
If your cats and dogs just can’t get along, an easy, one temporary solution is to confine your pets to different areas of your home. For example, your cats might have their very own bedroom with the door kept closed, or your dogs might take up residence in the utility room. In this case, they could take turns being let out to enjoy some more space. It’s also possible to use baby gates to limit your pets’ access to certain areas of your home. The only problem with these methods, however, is that it can be quite inconvenient to constantly need to step over gates and remember to keep the necessary doors closed. While perhaps not ideal, it works.

Electronic Containment
A more permanent solution that many pet owners are considering is electronic containment. The same principles and equipment of an invisible dog fence can be used to separate cats and dogs within the home or yard. In the yard, an electronic dog fence can be used to create a custom-shaped zone that’s meant for your dogs only. As long as your cats prefer to stay away from your dogs, this is an excellent way to ensure they don’t mingle while outside. Outdoor cats will be free to come and go with the reassurance that the dogs won’t be unexpectedly outside of their designated space. There are also e-collars designed for cats. If your cats are well-trained, you can use a compatible electronic fence to keep them safe inside your yard in their own zone.

Indoors, electronic barriers can be placed in doorways and hallways to separate your pets. With these tools, your own path won’t be obstructed, and you won’t have to worry about anyone forgetting to shut a door and letting the cats or dogs out. These barriers are easy and quick to install. A wireless dog fence can also be used within the home, as well as outside. (more…)

Denali – the bond between a man and a dog


There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially one who has grown up with you and supported you through your darkest times.

The story of Denali is told from the point of view of Denali, the dog who saw his lifelong friend, Ben Moon, survive cancer only to succumb to it himself

The video is made possible by Patagonia, with the support of First Descents, Ruffwear and Snow Peak.

Denali from FELT SOUL MEDIA on Vimeo.

Hat Tip to Guy Kawasaki

Six surprising signs that your pet may be sick


Courtesy of Blue Pearl Vet, specialty and emergency medicine for pets (including mine)

B.L. & Benny Featured in Associated Press Story


Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle and I were featured in hundreds of newspapers as part of a story about travelling with your dog by Associated Press writer Sue Manning.

Benny has great Google juice. Look him up.:)