The Best 2015 Pet-Related Blog Posts

The Best 2015 Pet-Related Blog Posts

You know how you have that big, annual whirlwind house cleaning day…even cleaning behind the spice jar rack? Well, the same is true for pet-related bloggers and writers. We spend a few days every year taking stock of what our readers enjoyed, what articles would have benefited from a clearer explanation, what topics we can add to next year’s articles…and overall, just learning what truly resonated with you. Part of this annual exercise is to review which of our articles our readers really liked and returned to over and over again, because in some way they spoke to you. Maybe they made you laugh or touched your heart. Here are the best 2015 pet-related blog posts that you liked. Enjoy and make sure to revisit them! The best 2015 Pet-Related Blog Posts Humor Writing about life using an ironic and funny twist makes me happy, and when I get to merge it with my love for dogs…well, then my life is in synch (just like the boy band!)! Being a one-percenters was all in the news this year, with the status of being a one-percenter portrayed as a coveted and enviable position. US marketing campaigns tend to have us lusting after the nearly unreachable, including being a one-percenter… But, do dogs care if you are a one-percenter? Reading the way some of the one-percenters care for their dogs made us wonder if dogs could be a one-percenter. It was all so silly and we had fun with it, check out Is Your Dog A One-Percenter for a good, light-hearted laugh. MattieDog’s best 2015 pet-related blog post for humor: Is Your Dog A Once-Percenter:… Click To Tweet Animal Advocacy This category...
Make Gingerbread Cookies For Your Dog

Make Gingerbread Cookies For Your Dog

Did you know that you can make holiday cookies with your dog – and even for your dog? Well you can and we’re going to tell you how. We like to create little special moments for the human-animal bond, and we think holiday cookies are an excellent reason to spend more time with your furry family member. One of our friends and a big MattieDog® supporter, Rocky Kanaka, founder and CEO of DOG for DOG®, and star of the TV show, “SAVE Our SHELTER,” shares HOW TO MAKE DELICIOUS GINGERBREAD COOKIES FOR YOUR DOG For us animals truly a part of the family so why shouldn’t we bake up a little something special for them this holiday season too. This fun video gives easy ‘How-To’ instructions on how to bake the holiday treat perfectly suited for dogs and their unique nutritional needs. This is a great video and we wanted to share it with you – it’s something fun for the whole family to try. Just a reminder that you can find DOG for DOG products at PetSmart® stores nationwide and be sure to tune into and watch “SAVE Our SHELTER”, Saturday mornings on the CW Network. Check your local listings for stations and times. Also, follow DOG for DOG & SAVE our Shelter On Twitter at @DOGforDOG & @SAVEourSHELTER. Get a #dog-friendly #gingerbread cookie recipe! Make some today: http://bit.ly/1IRhF6s RT! Click To Tweet We support Rocky and all of the great things he does to bring attention to dogs in need of adoption. And this holiday season we really encourage you to spend time with your dog and make these great gingerbread cookies...
MattieDog Reviews Animal-Themed Books

MattieDog Reviews Animal-Themed Books

A dog that reviews books? Yes indeedy! My momma helps me read animal-themed books and this is where I’m going to share my thoughts and reviews. An animal that reads about animals to talk about animal books – that’s a lot of animals! Right now we’re reading quite a few books and will soon launch our first book review. Until then here are some reviews for my new book, “MattieDog Gets Adopted!” Share Some...
Emotional Wellness of Pets at the Purina Better With Pets Summit

Emotional Wellness of Pets at the Purina Better With Pets Summit

This post is sponsored by Nestle Purina® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. We here at MattieDog® donate compensation received for helping spread the word about the BetterWithPets campaign to animal rescue, adoption and spay and neuter organizations. We only share information relevant to our readers. Purina is not responsible for the content of this article.  Are you responsible for the emotional wellness of your pet? In a nutshell, yes. Just like the other human species you welcome into your family. Just like a human, the emotional wellness you provide your pet doesn’t have a ‘use by’ date. Emotional wellness is a journey through the lives of both the giver and the receiver. But wait, you say, a pet is not a human. True. Just like a human is not a pet; and, it makes sense that not all things are 100% transferable – but, some things are a given. You will always be responsible for certain things throughout the entire lifetime of your pet. Your life will be better with pets that are emotionally well. Purina’s Better With Pets Summit I was invited by Purina to attend their third annual #BetterWithPets summit where they shined a spotlight on the emotional wellness of pets and the people who love them. The day-long event featured panel discussions with animal and an interactive exhibit area that fostered emotional wellness for dogs and cats; covering pet environment, cognition, behavior and nutrition. We explored how pets help humans be well, and how we, in return help pets. Like Purina, I believe that people and pets are better when together. During the Better With Pets...
Schwartz Family Foundation is Changing the Lives of Vets and Animals

Schwartz Family Foundation is Changing the Lives of Vets and Animals

There is a saying about dogs that goes like this, “Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” Lorree Levy Schwartz has changed the world for thousands of dogs, and she is someone you should definitely get to know. Loree, along with her veterinarian husband Monte, has worked countless hours, donated numerous supplies and changed the world forever for rescue dogs. Rescuing dogs since 1978, Loree is the Director of Toy Breeds Rescue out of San Jose, CA, USA, where she and Dr. Schwartz also run The Boulevard Pet Hospital. The Schwartz’s dedicate nearly every waking hour to helping animals. “Being brought up in Brooklyn, in city housing, we were not allowed to have dogs or cats. Of course I did sneak my cat in and brought her to California when I moved here in 1978,” Loree recalls as she relayed how she became involved in animal rescues. “At that time there was a Shih Tzu named CoCo who needed a home and I was in the position to take her so she was my first dog.” Loree is a Shih Tzu lover and a lot of what she does through her rescue benefits Shih Tzu’s and all toy breeds. In addition to her other duties, Loree is the coordinator for the Bay Area Shih Tzu Rescue, and the Chairman of The American Shih Tzu Club’s rescue committee. Through all of her connections, Loree is often called upon by other rescuers wanting to collaborate, and receives calls from people who, for whatever reason, can no longer care for...

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