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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

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

Holistic Veterinarian Dr Jill Elliot D.V.M. – How Cold Laser Helps Pets

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In this 2 1/2 minute Pawfun video interview, Holistic veterinarian Dr. Jill Elliot uses Cold Laser to help a wide range of issues for the pets she treats.

Veterinary Low Level (cold) Laser is an innovative therapy that provides a soothing, analgesic effect on the body as well as reaching the cellular level.

Cold Laser relieves pain, improves nerve function and vascularity. It can stop muscle spasms and speeds tissue repair, increases development of muscle tissue and collagen and reduces inflammation throughout the body.

Learn more about holistic health for pets at Dr Jill Elliot’s website

Yay! It’s time for dogs to play in the snow

This Black Lab thinks he’s an Otter. And the laughter in the video is (almost) as much fun as watching the dog having such a great time.

UPDATE: We Were Wrong! Pawfun Product Test – 4 Paws Up for P.L.A.Y. Dog Bed

Here’s a case study of a company – P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle – that has some of the worst customer service I’ve ever encountered. Four paws down from Pawfun as a result.

This update is about how P.L.A.Y. handled it when I called to say that their bed liner burst and ripped to shreds – after under 8 months of normal use by Benny Bix Labradoodle Ochman Puppy.

Contrast their approach with Orvis Dog Beds – where 100% satisfaction is guaranteed.

UPDATE: Oct. 27, 2014
That’s the $189 bed’s liner now: useless (as you can see.)
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There’s the new bed when the story was ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: March 30, 2014Benny's bed

About a month ago, In late February, 2014, Pupyo.com (now out of business) asked me if Benny would like to test a “luxury dog bed” from their site. We discussed the fact that Benny likes to sleep on his back, and they recommended the $189 Classic Round bed, manufactured by P.L.A.Y.Pet Lifestyle

It’s filled with “Eco-friendly PlanetFill,” made from recycled plastic bottles and the description says it contains “Generous amounts of plush fill that won’t flatten out over time.” Unfortunately, that’s simply not true. The second photo above is the liner, now.

The bed COVER washes well
The cover is 100% cotton denim. It washes very nicely. And, of course, it’s now useless without the liner. (more…)

New Simon’s Cat Video: Crazy Legs

Just in time for Halloween! A new video from Simon’s Cat. This time, Simon does what cats do – which generally is not what you tell them, as any cat owner knows.

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(click the image to play the video)

Kevin Richardson playing football with wild Lions! Oh My!

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It’s a promo for VanGils menswear, and for Lion Whisperer Kevin Richardson’s wildlife sanctuary with some absolutely remarkable footage of him interacting with beautiful African Lions.

PhotoRealist Painter Ester Curini’s 2nd solo show opens Oct 2 in New York City

More than a dozen monumental new works by my friend and neighbor, the remarkable photo realist painter, Ester Curini, will bre featured in a solo show from Oct 2- 25 at the famed Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York City.


Curini, who is entirely self-taught, first spends time with her subjects, to learn about their personality.

She begins each painting with the eyes, in which you’ll see the reflection of its natural surroundings, and, often, also her reflection. As you can see in the detail, below, she then meticulously paints her subject, spending months on each of her huge canvases.

Her paintings reflect a sense of humor and irony, and make clear that she puts a piece of her heart into each of her paintings.

More paintings by Eser Curini

[VIDEO] Dr. Jill Elliot DVM – Should you vaccinate your indoor cat?

NY Holistic veterinarian Dr Jill Elliot D.V.M. NY Holistic veterinarian Dr Jill Elliot D.V.M. says, “After their kitten vaccinations, indoor cats don’t really need to be vaccinated.”

She councils cat owners on the minimum vaccines to give and then how to use vaccine titers to evaluate the efficacy of the vaccines for the rest of the animal’s life.

Dr Elliot recently told Reader’s Digest:
“… They’re not going to get rabies sitting inside the house. Vaccines have the potential to create a lot of harm for cats, including possible tumors at the vaccine site.”

There is additional information from Dr Jill Elliot about vaccinations for indoor cats on Pawfun Blog

[VIDEO] The Hero Dogs of 9/11

This video highlights the more than 300 American Search and Rescue Dogs who worked to find the missing, the dead and the remains of Sept 11, 2001.

via The Dog Files