Tuesday, March 14, 2017

PetSmart Poised to Donate Over 60 Million Meals to Needy Pets; Here's How You Can Help!

Do you ever buy dog and/or cat food? Or would you, if you could donate it to someone who could use it? YES! That is your answer, because you are a good person!

Well, LISTEN UP! I'm about to tell you how you can turn that purchase into an additional meal donation for a pet who might not know where his next meal is coming from! And you don't even have to cook or deliver it!


BREAKING NEWS! In a press release from PetSmart...

PETSMART® EXPRESSES ITS LOVE OF PETS WITH BOLD MOVE TO HELP PETS IN NEED, ESTIMATES DONATING MORE THAN 60 MILLION PET FOOD MEALS IN 2017 THROUGH ITS NEW BUY A BAG, GIVE A MEAL™ PROGRAM
Additionally:  
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart announced today the launch of its new Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program, where for every bag of dog or cat food purchased online and at all its stores across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the leading pet specialty retailer will donate a meal to a pet in need served by pet shelters, animal welfare organizations and food banks.

Did you hear that, guys?!

collage of four pets with shocked expressions on their faces
Clockwise, starting at top right: Jon Farleigh, (former foster kitten) Effie Trinket, (foster fail) Lele, (foster fail) Maddox

Haha, I think they did! Check out this happy (short) video from the folks at PetSmart to learn more about this exciting (largest in company history) philanthropic effort!



Side note: Did you hear them say "Richmond" in there? Well, they did, and that's MY HOMETOWN RVA! Heck yeah, we're gonna be the reason PetSmart gives away a mountain of meals! Think your hometown can top us? 😉 Here's a head-start tweet I made for you! Just click the link and you'll go straight to a new window in Twitter!

"#ForTheLoveOfPets, buy ANY bag of dog/cat food @PetSmart (in store/online), & they'll donate a meal to a needy pet! https://goo.gl/KRh0nU" - Click to tweet.

Did you know...

Up to 7 million pets enter shelters each year, but not all pets in need live in shelter--some live with pet parents who rely on food banks.

Every single pet I've fostered for local shelters over the last few years (there've been over 30) has depended on donations or subsidization of food for nourishment. Sometimes part of my job as a foster provider is to provide that food myself (and I'm happy to do it). The truth is, pet food is a big expense (we can all agree on that), and any break in cost is a help. But imagine what might happen if the expense of providing regular, healthy meals for your pet became impossible to bear. Thankfully, there are food banks in local communities (like mine), that not only provide human food for those in need, but pet food, too, so beloved pets can stay in their homes, with their human companions, and out of shelters. Some communities even have food banks just for pets. All of these pantries depend on donations by the public (citizens and businesses).

PetSmart Buy a Bag, Give a Meal logo over collage of lots of foster pet faces

All those babies were my foster pets, y'all! Three of them (Maddox, Frances and Lele) still are; I mean, I never took them back, and now they're mine! They all had one thing (besides being mammals) in common: they LOVED to eat! (Fit right in with my perpetually starving corgis!) 

Will You Help PetSmart Give Pets Like These Some Free Meals?

It's SIMPLE! Here are the steps, between now and Dec. 31, 2017:
  1. Go to PetSmart (online or inside a store).
  2. Pick out a bag (or bags) of cat or dog food--any brand, any size, zero exclusions.
  3. Put it in your cart. 
  4. Pay for it.
BOOM! PetSmart will donate a meal* (for EVERY bag you purchased)! So easy!

*Donated meals will be distributed by PetSmart Charities, not only to pet shelters and rescue groups, but also to food banks across the U.S. and Canada.


chihuahua in cart at PetSmart store

Perhaps Lele and I will see you at PetSmart?! #ForTheLoveOfPets

Follow PetSmart on social for the latest news and deals!

Hmm, might be time for some more food....

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

How to Determine Whether Your Dog Really Wants What He's Begging For

When I'm in the kitchen, my dogs beg for everything I get out of the pantry, cabinets, refrigerator, off the counters, out of gift and grocery bags, from envelopes, out of coat and pants pockets, drawers...I think you get the picture. It dawned on me that they might not actually want to eat all of these things, but that they are simply taking their chances (aka betting, using their better-than-50%-odds gut instinct, which they learned from experience) that whatever the thing is that I'm retrieving is 1) edible, and 2) tastes good. Lest, they would be much more selective with their begging efforts.

To test this theory, I showed Dewi a selection of fresh, whole fruit, in rapid succession. This is what happened...


Mmmm, banana...

Mmmm, tomato (Yes, it's a fruit.)...

Mmmm, apple...

Mmmm, peach...


And then I showed him this...

Mmmm, jar of unopened pickled jalapeno slices...Ha! I knew it!

In conclusion: (My) Dogs know how to gamble (using time and energy as currency) and have no shame in doing so. I guess that makes me an enabler. 

Does your dog beg for everything gamble in the kitchen, or wherever yummy edible things get "dropped" in his direction? Has he ever gambled and "lost" (like Dewi and the pickled peppers)? Do you always cave in and let your dog win the jackpot? Or, do you look the other way and eat ALL the cheese, for example, hoping your dog will not notice you didn't share? 

Anyone want some fruit salad with a side of dog drool?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ho Ho Ho, Fleas and Ticks Don't Die in Snow! (and Here's Where They Go) #12Bravecto

When I was in kindergarten, my class sang "Up on the Housetop" in the school Christmas program. I had to memorize the words and to this day, I remember many of them: ♪♫ "Ho ho ho, who wouldn't go? Ho ho ho, who wouldn't go-oh, up on the housetop, click click click; down through the chimney with good St. Nick?" ♫♪

Can someone tell me what the heck that means? I mean, who would go down the chimney with Santa, and more importantly, WHY would anyone be on the roof with Santa to begin with? And why does Nell get a doll in her stocking, but Will gets a hammer, tacks, whistle, ball and whip? I, frankly, don't even like the Santa in this song; he's creepy!

two corgis sitting on Santa's lap
Clearly, I am the only one with a problem.

But I digress. You see, that story has nothing to do with anything I need to tell you in this post about fleas and ticks NOT dying in snow (or frigid cold), except that it's what inspired the title. #theMoreYouKnow

FLEAS AND TICKS MIGHT NOT SURVIVE THE APOCALYPSE, BUT THEY WILL SURVIVE SNOW AND COLD

So, who's ever wondered whether fleas and ticks die when the temperatures dip below freezing and/or there's snow on the ground? (If not, what exactly was it about the title of this post that hooked you? [wink])

I certainly have! I've googled it at least once, but to tell you the truth, until I got into planning this post, I might as well have known NOTHING about the subject. If you thought fleas and ticks were genetically built for survival (aka, alien mutants from hell) before, wait until you find out how they outwit winter weather (and us, if we're not careful)!

Corgi standing on snowy ground


This post is sponsored by BRAVECTO® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about BRAVECTO.  But we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Intervet Inc., nor Merck & Co Inc., are responsible for the content of this article and have not written, reviewed, or edited it in any fashion. For more information about BRAVECTO, please click here.

Off-topic side note: I don't believe I've ever mentioned before that when I need to research health-related things about my pets online, one of my trusted, go-to sources has always been the Merck Veterinary Manual. Seriously. It's not a substitute for an actual vet, but if one needs the straight facts, from experts in the field, it is one excellent resource. And this is a huge reason why I signed on as an ambassador for, and give my own dogs**, BRAVECTO® (Fluralaner), a chewable flea and tick preventative (that lasts up to 12 weeks* in ONE dose)!

BRAVECTO kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks.
** BRAVECTO is approved for use in dogs only. Ask your veterinarian about appropriate flea and tick prevention for your cat. 

THERE ARE PLENTY OF WARM PLACES IN AND AROUND YOUR YARD FOR FLEAS AND TICKS TO HIDE (OR RIDE)

Cold out? Snow on the ground? No problem, said the fleas and ticks in your yard! Here's where they're hiding (some in plain sight):

  • In warm pockets on the ground, carved out by grass and leaves. And, when that first snow falls, it serves as a blanket, keeping bugs extra toasty. For real, they can survive all winter tucked in these warm spots!
  • In your garage, covered patio, wood pile, shed or basement. Essentially ANYWHERE that there is shelter from the cold. They're tiny, y'all, and can crawl right in (and lay their disgusting eggs) undetected. 
  • On the warm bodies of wild (and tame) animals. That's right; think the squirrel gets a break from fleas? Probably not. And if your pet comes in contact with one of these flea/tick-ridden animals, they can get infested too. Unless, of course, they were infested already. 
  • In your home. Now, this is their FAVORITE place to hide during winter: on your pet where they can breed and lay eggs all over your home! (Click here to read about the time MY home was infested with fleas.)

chihuahua face wearing a hat with pompoms on it
Jedi wisdom. 

FLEA- AND TICK-BORNE ILLNESSES ARE DIAGNOSED IN WINTER

Even in places where winters are long and hard. In fact, ticks will start looking for a blood meal when the temperature rises to only 39 ℉; that's COLD to me!

GIVE YOUR DOG THE GIFT OF A FLEA- AND TICK-FREE HOLIDAY...ALL YEAR!

See your vet for BRAVECTO to not only ensure a pest-free home for the holidays (and a comfy, itch-free dog), but year-round. It can be done in less than five doses a calendar year!

HAVE YOU EVER DEALT WITH FLEAS AND/OR TICKS BITING IN COLD WEATHER? HAVE YOU EVER HAD TO FORGO HAVING COMPANY OVER, OR TRAVELLING WITH YOUR DOG, BECAUSE HE HAD FLEAS?


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Six years ago on December 29, I published the following picture on this blog. It was my very first post. How far we've come, and at the same time, how little we've changed! Thanks for sticking with us! 

two corgis in front of a lit fireplace

Stay toasty and insect-free! Happy holidays, y'all!

Love, 

Elizabeth, Jon Farleigh, Dewi, Lele, Maddox, Tigger, Bobby Flay, Bertie, Lulabelle and Frances


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