Russell Madness Give Away

Russell Madness Give Away

Do you love dogs? I know you do – and I do too, that’s why I ‘lub’ Russell Madness! This is a cute, heart warming dog-based story brought to you by the geniuses at Air Bud Entertainment, where all things dogs make for great movies. Recently I had the privilege of attending the movie premiere as well press pass-based exclusive access to all that is Russell Madness. I was afforded a sneak peak of the movie, met with the director and given a sweet little Russell Madness stuffy – read about it here in my Anipal Times interview. Why do I ‘lub’ Russell Madness so much – come on, it’s a story about a dog who breaks free from being a pet store animal and runs straight in to the arms of a loving family…..ah, but what else lurks there? Great move stuff, that’s what! Russell takes on the bad dudes (John Ratzenberger is one) and becomes a pro wrestler! Yup, you heard me right – Russell puts on some spandex and becomes a ‘wrestling’ phenom.  Oops, sorry – I got a little excited there, and I don’t want to give away all of the great action-packed adventures that you’ll find in the Russell Madness movie….but I can’t help myself, here’s a little sneak peak: I had a great time at the movie premiere, and I enjoyed the movie so much that I’m giving away a chance for you to win your very own Russell Madness movie! The fine folks at Russell Madness were kind enough to provide me with three (3) copies of the movie – so, here’s your chance to win one! Simply use the...
Dogs Enjoy My Home Town – Seattle

Dogs Enjoy My Home Town – Seattle

Are you thinking about coming to Seattle this summer? Who wouldn’t want to visit this beautiful city where tall statuesque evergreens meet the clear, pristine waters of the Puget Sound. There is so much to see and do in Seattle, but what are you gonna do with Fido during your travel to the ‘Emerald City?’ While you could leave your pup with a trusted doggy-sitter, I think you might want to reconsider and bring your fuzzy one with you when you visit the Puget Sound area. Why? Because we are super dog friendly – even our transportation welcomes dogs (buses dig us, and so does the Monorail)! First, if you are flying to Seattle you’ll want to know where the ‘potty’ spots are in the SeaTac Airport. Most dogs can hold their stuff while in flight, and it’s just a good idea to quickly get them to the ‘relief’ area first thing upon landing – so when you land in Seattle, make sure you take Fido directly to the “Pet Potties” near the baggage claim areas (north side go to door 26, and south end is door 00); and hey, if Fido can’t hold it while your walking about the airport, trot on over to the main terminal, concourse C and you’ll see cute little potty relief signs that direct you to the right area. Okay, now that’s taken care of there are a number of pet-friendly hotels in Seattle, check the Bring Fido site for up-to-date info. Some of my favorites, for various reason, include the Sorrento Hotel (up on what locals call ‘Pill Hill,’ home to a number of world-class hospitals –...
A Spiritual Journey On a Hike

A Spiritual Journey On a Hike

Published as a part of the “MattieDog Perspectives” series, this article share’s observations about life based on a dog’s perspective. Often joyful, whimsical, and reflective, the MattieDog Perspectives always contain a nugget or two of wisdom for you to contemplate as you travel along the journey of your life. I hope you enjoy reading A Spiritual Journey On a Hike, from the MattieDog Perspectives series. ~ Rebecca Sanchez, Momma and Forever Servant to MattieDog This weekend we went for a hike, climbing up and over the big bluff that’s woody and rocky and sits high above the ocean. Our goal was to make it down to the beach – and standing way up high on the bluff, looking down to the ocean…it looked far away. The path that momma selected was rather new and rutty – and not that well defined. “Well Mattie,” said momma as she zipped up her fleece jacket and led us on our way, “we’ll either make it down there or we won’t.” I’m a dog so it didn’t really matter to me all that much – I just followed momma, hopping over the numerous downed logs along the way, following the salty ocean scents, carefully carving my way through the tall sea grasses. Eventually though, we made it down to the little path that meanders along the sandy beach. “That was fun, don’t you think Mattie?” momma asked me. Indeed it was. I looked up at momma, watching her turn her face upwards toward the sky. Tiny droplets of sea mist settled on momma’s forehead – the tension in her face softened, her eyes closed and a little smile crept across her...
Can Kids Make a Difference for Shelter Animals

Can Kids Make a Difference for Shelter Animals

When I was found and brought to the animal shelter, I didn’t have any identification tags and wasn’t microchipped. I was a nameless dog just hoping to get adopted. Luckily I had a lot of help along the way. First there was the man that found me wandering the city streets. He picked me up and gave me a ride to the shelter…the sign on the truck he drove said Animal Shelter, so I assume he was with them. When I got to the shelter there were a number of other animals waiting to be ‘processed.’ That’s a fancy way of saying checked out, you know to make sure I was okay, and if so I was given a number and a name (for the paperwork – my future forever family would be able to change my name if they wanted). After I settled in and was in a holding cell a few little kids came in to pet me and say hi. I like kids, their little hands taste like suckers and stuff. Anyway, the little kids made me feel better, and every now and then they’d visit me while I waited to be adopted. You bet kids can make a difference for shelter animals! If you are a kid, or know kids, it’s easy – there are clever ways to raise money to help defray the costs associated with shelter animals. Also, kids can volunteer – the more kids on a project volunteering the more fun it will be! Some fun ideas include creating animal adoption videos, making toys for the animals, or like they did with me –...
Animal Adoption Figures

Animal Adoption Figures

This weekend, while many people watched the Super Bowl there were a number of animals looking to get adopted. Adopted animals like football too – I’m adopted, and look at me, I was cheering on my beloved Seattle Seahawks. Just like my team, many of the animals waiting in shelters lost too… shelters are over-crowded and not all shelters manage through no-kill practices. Most of the time it comes down to money. What can you do? Donations to animal groups make a difference – however there are a number of other ways you can help out. First, spay and neuter your critters – in order to address the pet population issue, you need to start at the source. And since animals can’t help themselves, we rely on humans, you’ll need to spay and neuter us. Also, adopt the next fuzzy one that you add to your family. Many people don’t truly know what goes on in the pet selling industry – some are reputable, however, the vast majority should evoke buyer concern. When animals are used as a commodity, the framework for fast and easy money prevails – poor conditions, poor treatment, poor breeding standards, all done without regulated standards or transparency. Imagine if you had to ‘work’ like that. Some great resources can be found on my website – and if you have ideas or ways to get involved, please leave them in the comments section below. This way my readers can benefit from your great ideas! Animals matter. Please help spread the rescue, adopt, spay and neuter message. With lub, MattieDog Tweet me on Twitter – Like Me on Facebook Get My Newsletter! For Email Marketing...

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