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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

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

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…)