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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

Pawfun Product Test: 4 Paws Up for P.L.A.Y. Dog Bed from Pupyo.com

Benny's bed

About a month ago, Pupyo.com 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 Classic Round bed.

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.” The cover is 100% cotoon denim.

The bed washes well
I waited to review the P.L.A.Y. dog bed until Benny had eaten marrow bones on it, dragged it around the house and humped it (what can I say, he’s a dog!) and I had washed the cover a few times. The bed has held up beautifully and Benny has even stopped sleeping on the couch since we got it.

Noni-dog-bed The other member of the family who loves the bed is Benny’s brother, Noni Kitty Ochman, who often takes over the bed and makes poor Benny sleep on the floor.

Superior Filling
All in all, the P.L.A.Y. bed’s filling seems far superior to the Orvis Tough Chew Beds that Benny and my Lab, Sam, had before this. I think the Orvis cover may proved superior over time, but I’m sure the filling in the P.L.A.Y. dog bed is much better quality.

I wish there had been more information on the Pupyo.com website about how to choose the right bed because I think Benny would have liked memory foam and a bolster even better.

Nonetheless, there are scores of great beds on the Pupyo website and Benny and I highly recommend that you take a look.

How dogs react to magic

Dogs – as anyone who lives with one knows – are trusting creatures. They don’t deceive. So how do they feel about magic?
Get ready to smile!

Bird Bottlecap Sledding on the Roof

Further proof that animals are sentient beings – in case you need some!

Video of Giant Panda playing in the snow goes viral

The Toronto Zoo was closed on Feb 5, 2014 because of an epic snowfall. The zoo’s security cameras caught the giant panda, Da Mao, playing in the snow in his outdoor habitat.

The video has gone viral, with 4.1 million YouTube views so far.

Psychic Manatees predict 2014 Superbowl winners

Hugh and Buffett, two psychic Manatee brothers at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, are Super Bowl fans who wow us every year with their ability to pick the winners of the big game.

Buffett has predicted the winning Super Bowl team correctly for the last six years. His half-brother Hugh, however, has only picked the winner four years out of six.

2014 Superbowl puppy predictions

Continuing a Late Night tradition, Jimmy Fallon welcomes back his panel of puppies to predict the upcoming Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

Dogs who are terrified of walking past cats

This is exactly the scene in my house, where 12-pound Noni Kitty Ochman rules the roost. He often doesn’t allow 70-pound Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle to enter a room, sleep on his own bed, or mine. And the cat thinks nothing of wrestling the dog for his food.

You can’t say No to watching No No No Cat

This little kitty has had more than 10 million YouTube views and more than 55,000 Likes. Noooooo!
Playing the video certainly got my cat Noni’s attention!

Fireman Saves Kitten: video goes viral

In a video that is part of the GoPro video camera adventure series, Fireman Cory Kalanick rescues an unconscious kitten from a burning house filled with smoke.

The story is told, wordlessly, in two minutes. The video immediately went viral, getting nearly 19 million (well-deserved) YouTube views.

Pillowtize your pet in a keepsake from Custom Body Pillows


Custom Body Pillows offered to make Pawfun a sample of their photo pillows and we happily accepted.

We were very pleasantly surprised when this plump photo pillow arrived, with Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle’s puppy photo on the front and cushy red fake fur on the back.

These make a terrific gift for pet lovers. And it’s fun having a larger-than-life likeness of Benny.

The 100% polyester pillows come in two sizes, 20″ x 18″ and 42 x 20″ and the covers are washable. They’re hand-made in the United States, and orders are filled quickly.