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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

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.:)

Baron the German Shepherd Uses the Toilet & Does Dishes

This is Baron, an 8 month-old German Shepherd being trained by Hill Country9 dog training school, where they also taught him to do laundry, dishes and be a great workout partner.



H/T Karen VanDeVrande

T-Mobile’s New Cellphone Plan for Pets

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Launched April 1, here’s how T-Mobile describes the Pets Unleashed plan:

“We’re fed up with AT&T’s and Verizon’s human-only approach to wireless. That’s why we’re introducing Pets Unleashed – a new family plan that includes ALL family members, even if they lack opposable thumbs. That’s right, for $5 a month, we’ll add your cat, dog, guinea pig, turtle, alpaca, and any other four-legged furry friend (no spiders, though…Ewww!).

Not only will they enjoy our blazing fast 4G LTE DataStrong Network, they’ll have access to unique offerings and apps like Fetch Freedom, Pet Translator and SnapCat. This is what the Un-carrier does. We find pain points, and we fix them. Your pets are already part of your family. They should be part of your family plan, too.”

The dogs rock, but the swimming, surfboarding cat will blow your mind

These happy dogs are all graduates of the off-leash training at Robert Dollwet’s Malibu Dog Training School in Australia. Didga, aka The Skateboarding Cat, was adopted from a shelter at 13 weeks and has been part of the dog training all her life.

This video has gone viral, with more than 10 million views.

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CatCerto by Nora the Piano Cat with full chamber orchestra

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Meet Nora the Piano Cat. She has her own website, a Twitter Feed, a Facebook page, a book, t-shirts, CDs, and this video is approaching 5 million views.
Happy Caturday!

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Muffin’s Angel-Winged Halo Guide for Blind Dogs

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Silvie Bordeaux invented this device when her dog, Muffin, went blind. She hopes it will be used for blind shelter dogs, who often are the first to be put down.

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 3.16.01 PMShe saw her dog bumping into walls and even falling down stairs and decided she had to do something to help.

Now, thanks to this functional device, and other blind dogs can now move around safely … and in style!

Bordeaux has patented her custom-design halos and sells them to other pet owners under the charming moniker, “Muffin’s Halo Guide For Blind Dogs.” The halos even come in several colors and designs. She’s even got one for bigger dogs that makes them look like football players.

Stanley the singing Airedale makes a phone call

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This got Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle howling. Play it for your dog.

Kitten DJs

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It’s not Caturday, but we couldn’t wait to show you these rocking kitten scratching. Approaching 2.5 million views. Reality TV show next?

HT to @mossappeal