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Benny & the Pets review Halo Live-a-Littles


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Noni&BennyTalkSmallThe same treat for dogs and cats? I didn’t think that was possible, given the way my persnickety cat turns his nose up at my dog’s treats.

In fact, it’s not often that my cat, Noni Kitty Ochman, and my dog, Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle Puppy, agree on things. But they definitely agree on Halo Liv-a-Littles Wild Salmon Protein Treats.

When our friends at Chewy.com offered us a jar for review, I was a little skeptical about the “for dogs and cats” description. Benny’s not as discriminating as my 16 year-old cat about what he eats. After all, Benny eats dirt in the park (not to mention his fondness for cat litter.)

Fast disappearance

Halo_LAL_Salmon_1.6ozI kept trying to make a video of the two of them eating the Halo treats, but we went through half the jar because they were gone by the time I pressed “record.”

Noni is an unbelievably fussy eater in his dotage. I’ve bought him dozens of varieties of cat food, and he’ll eat then until I buy a case. Then we wants nothing to do with them. Sigh. But when I crumble Halo Salmon Treats on his canned food, he cleans the plate.

The only issue is the cost. The treats are $12.99 for a 1.6oz. jar. So they really have to be doled out only as an extra special treat.

We received the sample as part of Chewy.com’s Blogger Outreach Program in exchange for an honest review.

VIDEO: The Power of Puppies in Marketing


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Lab PuppyHow powerful are puppies in marketing? A lot of companies think they can motivate people to donate to charity, buy products and launch campaigns.

On episode 138 of Beyond Social Media Show, my co-host, David Erickson, and I discussed several marketing campaigns featuring puppies.

Verizon, The ASPCA and Purina used adorable puppies to in commerce and charity. And, as long as adorable puppies are involved, most of us will watch until the end.




Poodle Maestros Play Piano


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These piano playing poodle maestros definitely have got rhythm! And they’re self-taught, apparently. I love the tie on the male pup.

via Achu Rajamani, often called Achu, a noted Indian film score and soundtrack composer and singer.

HT-Dr Jill Elliot

Jazz for cows


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When members of The New Hot Five decided to stop their car to play jazz for a field full of cows, it became obvious that cows are big jazz lovers. And to show their appreciation, the cows played cow bells right on the beat.
Mooooooooooo!

High End Cancer Treatments for Pets


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50% of dogs over 10 get cancer

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High-end animal cancer treatments using technologically advanced equipment and medicines are now available in veterinary clinics across the country and can cost pet owners without insurance thousands of dollars.

One of the most advanced pet cancer centers in the world is at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

Lola, featured in the film, is owned by my friend, Dominique Milbank, who found her one rainy night seven years ago, abandoned, tied to a bench in Central Park. After six months of treatment for pancreatic cancer, Lola is now cancer-free.

Benny’s Haircut


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A couple of times a year, I get Benny Bix Ochman Labradoodle sheared. Here’s the latest, done at Doggy Stylz.

Benny & the Pets Product Review: Tidy Cats Odor Control Litter


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Pawfun Blog is part of Chewy.com’s product testing panel, and last month Noni Kitty Ochman tested Tidy Cats Scoop 24/7 Performance Continuous Odor Control Cat Litter.

Noni’s assessment: 4 paws up.

Tidy-Cat-Litter-Chewy.comThe litter we usually use is Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Ultra Clumping Cat Litter and we found Tidy Cats comparable in features and price.

Tidy Cats litter tracked very little, and continued to clump solidly for our whole one-month trial. The one thing I did not like about Tidy Cats is that it is scented.

Benny & the Pets Test Turbopup Meal Bars


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We tried to have an orderly test of Turbopup K9 Meal Bars with Benny and the Pets. We really did. But the pups went nuts over them. The pack rated Turbopup four paws up.

TurbopupBenny Bix Ochman labradoodle has very sensitive digestion, as do some of his pack. Like many other dogs, he can’t digest chicken, for example.

The Turbopup flavors the pack tried were Peanut Butter and Bacon. Neither one had ingredients likely to be allergens. The bars are pricey, but they’re convenient. And, as you can see, dogs love them. Today’s test group includes Benny, Tasso and Coco, as well as an interloper.

Kidnapped baby elephant reunited with mother after 3 years


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A mother and her baby elephant were reunited after years apart, according to Lek Chailert, the founder of Elephant Heaven Nature Park in Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand. Chailert was named one of six Women Heroes of Global Conservation by Hillary Clinton in 2010.

Me-Bai, the baby elephant, was taken in 2011 when she was 3 years old and sold into slavery in the tourism industry, where she was forced to give tourists rides. Because she was so young when she was taken, Me-Bai wasn’t able to carry the tourists and began to lose weight. Finally, because she was weak and therefore not useful, the owners let her go.

Elephant Abuse

This is the life that both the baby and its mother were rescued from:

“They are forced to walk on hot tarmac roads by gangs of elephant owners and beg for fruit and food. The owner often buys the elephant purely to obtain begging money from sympathetic passers by. As these owners have scant experience with animal training, the hapless creature is cruelly treated and beaten as the rider becomes impatient. In the city the animal cannot possibly get the 200-300 kg of food and 100-200 litres of water necessary for its daily nourishment so it plods the hot polluted streets, thirsty hungry and confused. These animals quickly suffer from stress through polluted air, poor diet, dehydration, loneliness and their sensitive ears are soon damaged. Much of the fruit purchased from local sellers has been treated with chemicals and causes serious stomach problems and eventually death.

Other forms of, less apparent abuse come in the form of pet baby elephants featured at hotels and entertainment complexes. Although the animals may seem happy enough they are invariably fed the wrong diet, suffer from loneliness and boredom and will soon die. Many unwitting tourists, delighted at the sight of a “cute” baby elephant, are completely unaware that the lifespan of the creature is likely to be only a few years.”

Dog Steals Hose, Chases Owner


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Dog Steals Hose

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