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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

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.:)

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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