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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hurricanes and your pets


It seems ironic that September is National Preparedness Month.  Since Hurricane Harvey was so disastrous, and Hurricane Irma, Jose, and Katia are coming up...  How do you prepare your pets for a natural disaster?

Well, a good first step is to click here. ASPCA.org/PrepPledge.  It has useful ideas on what you get do to be prepared to keep your pets safe or to have them safely reunited with you in an emergency.

You can prepare your pets for #HurricaneIrma and other disasters with the free ASPCA Pet Safety app: www.ASPCAapp.org  (It has tips on what to do before, during, and after a disaster.)    

We have a few friends in Florida right now (one of them is Jasmine's twin!)  Stay safe my friends.  And keep your fur babies safe too.  

If you're curious about the rescue efforts down in Texas, here's an update I received from a contact at the ASPCA.   I, along with countless others, am grateful for this organization and how they are helping out during this time.









Hurricane Harvey
Since Hurricane Harvey hit, the ASPCA’s search-and-rescue, sheltering and relocation teams have been actively engaging municipalities in both Texas and Louisiana to deploy much-needed responders to Harvey-impacted areas.


·         In support of the Houston SPCA, the ASPCA deployed three water rescue teams to Beaumont in Jefferson County to assist in search-and-rescue efforts by boat, rescuing stranded and displaced animals left behind and bringing them to safety.



  • Also in support of Houston SPCA, the ASPCA relocated 41 shelter animals from Houston to the ASPCA’s Adoption Center in New York City, followed by a second stop at the Connecticut Humane Society in Newington, Conn. These shelter dogs were initially evacuated from Corpus Christi, Texas before Hurricane Harvey devastated the area and were awaiting transport to shelters and rescue groups to be made available for adoption.
  • The ASPCA has assisted in the relocation of hundreds of other shelter animals displaced by the storm from Galveston, Beaumont and Corpus Christi to other parts of Texas and Louisiana.
  • The ASPCA dispatched its mobile medical unit to enable local veterinarians to perform emergency surgery and procedures for injured storm animals, as well as provided critical sheltering supplies and helped to distribute provisions to serve animal victims of this unprecedented and life-threatening flooding.
  • The ASPCA provided water rescue teams and established an emergency shelter for displaced animal victims in Hardin County, Texas. The emergency shelter is located at Sour Lake Elementary School.




Hurricane Harvey’s life-threatening flooding caused devastation for countless people and their pets. The ASPCA has been on the ground in Texas and Louisiana, assisting local agencies with rescue, sheltering, and transport of animals displaced by the hurricane. Our Field Response team is also preparing for Hurricane Irma, which is approaching Florida in the coming days.

September happens to be National Preparedness Month and it couldn’t be timelier. We’ve teamed up with meteorologist Ginger Zee to ask that pet owners in all parts of the country prepare for their pets in the event of a natural disaster: ASPCA.org/PrepPledge. Keeping pets as part of a disaster plan is essential to their safety and well-being, as well as that of their owners. As a resource, we also have the ASPCA Pet Safety app, which provides critical disaster prep info on what to do with your pets before, during and after a disaster. 

·         Following #HurricaneHarvey, it’s especially important to be prepared with your pets for disasters. Take the pledge: ASPCA.org/PrepPledge

·         Prepare your pets for #HurricaneIrma and other disasters with the free ASPCA Pet Safety app: www.ASPCAapp.org

·         The @ASPCA is helping rescue, transport and shelter animals affected by #HurricaneHarvey. More details: aspca.org/harvey-response


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jasmine was featured in the Deseret News Newspaper!




So... funny story.  A long time ago, I was was asked to do an interview with a Utah newspaper who wanted to feature Jasmine.  I did it, but then nothing ever came of it.   I emailed the reporter a couple times over the following months and inquired if she knew when they would be publishing the article.   But the answer was "we'll let you know".  Eventually, I forgot about it and figured it wasn't going to happen.

So then fast forward to July 10th...  several of my friends start tagging me in posts on Facebook that show My Favorite Pup Jasmine's picture on the cover!   They FINALLY decided to publish the article about Jasmine! (I thought they had changed their mind!  But I guess they just had to wait for a slow news day... before they ran the story about a trick dog.) They didn't even tell me that the article came out last Saturday.

So- here's a cute little article about me and Jaz.  The quotes aren't exactly what I said... but oh well.  Close enough!


http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684439/Famous-YouTube-dog-with-an-LDS-trainer-brings-smiles-and-joy.html

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Take Your Dog To Work Day

My dog Jasmine is multi-talented.  She can't decide if she wants to work in a grocery store or in an office.  Which do you think she would be better suited for?

Customer Service:


or Administrative Work:



:)

Don't forget, this Friday, June 23rd is "Take Your Dog To Work Day"!!  

Send me a picture of your dog on Jasmine's Facebook page!  :)     


Monday, May 1, 2017

A Dog's Purpose


Chewy and Jasmine were part of my viewing audience!  I got excited when I was asked to do a movie review for "A Dog's Purpose"!    We even received a special advanced copy!  (It will be released in stores on Blue Ray and DVD on Tues. May 2nd)

If you haven't heard of it yet, it's based on the excellent book "A Dog's Purpose" by  W. Bruce Cameron.


This is a movie that will tug on your heartstrings.  I'm not sure how much to write without having to give spoiler alerts.  Just so you're not mad at me #SpoilerAlert.  (There- now I'm safe!)  ;)
It's a cool story.  It's from the dog's point of view.  The main story is about a dog named Bailey (the golden retriever on the cover).  And his adventures with his boy Ethan.  The story follows their life together.  And then (hope this isn't a spoiler alert).... ***stop reading if you don't want to know!!**
(Or scroll to the end to enter the give-away to win a copy of the movie for yourself!)

(Random picture of Chewy to prevent accidentally reading the rest.)

I won't say too much about about the movie, because I think you should watch it for yourself.  But after Bailey's life is over, he is reincarnated as another dog... this time a German Shepherd named Ellie!  The storyline follows his life and the difference he makes in the life of his humans.  It's a really sweet story.  Especially the end.  (But again, I don't want to give anything away.)

I was watching the extras when they interviewed W. Bruce Cameron (the author).  And there is an interesting back story to how this book came about.  His girlfriend's dog had just passed away, and she was heartbroken.  They were driving, and this whole story came to him.  He said in the past when he's written a novel, it comes a little at a time.  Bruce said it was like this whole story was downloaded into his brain.  And he just told her the whole story for about 1 1/2 hours while they were driving.  

Anyone who is an animal lover will really appreciate this story.  Bruce also said that with his other books, he's had fans.  But he's never had fans like this.  (Dog lovers are a very loyal breed of humans in my opinion.)  

So- all in all, we give this movie 2 paws up.  :)

Photo Credit:  Sara Carson
Featuring:  Just Jesse the Jack
Hero the Border Collie
My Favorite Pup Jasmine

The movie is getting released on DVD/ Blue Ray/ On Demand on Tuesday, May 2nd.  So if you don't win my rafflecopter give-away (below), then you can just get yourself a copy.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

FYI:  (Small print)

*Rafflecopter give-away open to US residents only.  Void where prohibited by law.  Must be 18 or older to participate (or have parent's permission).  Sweepstakes end: 5/9/17 @ 12 am.  Prize is 1 DVD of "A Dog's Purpose". (Approx. retail value: $19.99)  Winner selected at random by rafflecopter.

If you follow Jasmine's blog, you know that I occasionally do product reviews.  I will only work with companies that I feel would have quality products.  I only review products that I will personally use or give my dogs.  (or in this case.... watch!)  ;)
This is just my honest feedback about what I think.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Dog's Purpose Book

So we're really looking forward to the weekend!  

Jaz is excited to test out her doggy cookbook! 


She's a big help in the kitchen!  ;)   (Well, mostly eating... but she would cook if she knew how!)

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And I'm excited about "A Dog's Purpose"!   
The Blue-Ray and DVD are getting released on Tues. May 2nd.  So this is my weekend to catch up on reading the book!  I always like to read the book before the movie comes out. 

I had a friend recommend this book to me a year ago, but I'm just now getting around to reading it!  I have been forewarned to have tissues ready.  But my friend told me it's a very sweet story.



I will do a review of the movie once I see it!  I'll keep you posted!  Have any of you read it?  What do you think?

On my next blog post, I'm going to have a rafflecopter give-away, so one of you can win a copy of the DVD too!   Stay tuned my friends!!  :)



*I was sent me a box with these products in them, and asked me to do an honest review of their product.  All the opinions posted are my own.  I do not receive any compensation for doing product reviews.  
And I only will review products that I would be willing to give my own dogs.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Addition Pet Foods Taste Test

After meeting with Addiction Pet Foods at Blogpaws this past summer, I agreed to do a product review.  This is not a paid review... they just sent me their dog food to see if my dogs like it.  Plain and simple. 

Last week, a box arrived on our doorstep.  The dogs get excited when anyone comes to the door, because they always assume it's for them.  This time it actually was.



You don't have to be a dog psychic to know they are thinking "open the box!!  Open the box!!"


The Addiction Pet Foods sent us some Salmon Blue dry food, a portable water bowl, and a fuzzy squeaky bone!


I totally thought Jaz would go for the food first.  But nope, she wanted to get that fuzzy squeaky bone before Chewy did.  (He's not allowed to have fuzzy toys, because he destroys them!)

Jasmine, however, was quite content squeaking her new toy.  (Seriously, soft squeaky bones are her favorite things ever.)



Around dinner time, it was time to sample the cuisine.  (Can you see Chewy's tail wagging in this picture??)  :D


Jaz is normally a picky eater.  And I did tell her to "stay", so I could get a picture of what the food looks like.  But after that, she dove right in.  I think we found a winner.

Chewy was next.  I have to feed the dogs separately, otherwise they only care about what's in the other dog's bowl.


Chewy liked it too.  

There's a lot of dog food companies out there.  The reason I agreed to try this one was because they are holistic and use unique proteins in their foods.  Such as salmon, kangaroo, eel, free-range venison, and brushtail.  (Can you tell this company is based out of New Zealand??)  :D

In general, I will only give my pups high quality food.  So I was impressed with this one.  All in all... we give Addiction Dog Foods two paws up!  :)




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

One of the World's Most Talented Trick Dogs!!

WOW!!!  I was quite amazed today when I got notified that Talent Hounds posted that Jasmine was included on a list of the World's Most Talented Trick Dogs!!!  That's quite an honor considering who's on the list!!



http://talenthounds.ca/news/wordless-wednesday/do-you-know-the-most-talented-trick-dogs-in-the-world/

Thank you!!!!  :)    :)    :)