We left home in mid-April, knowing we HAD TO return in mid-July … this Sunday, actually. We did A GREAT DEAL of planning around this heavy anchor – how far we could go and when we had to turn around.
While driving in Michigan yesterday, I got a phone call saying plans have changed. Now, we don’t HAVE TO come home until mid-September or maybe even early December.
So while we’re deciding our next move, here is this week’s fetching news.
For the pet community, I think a contender for top story of the week is Monday’s launch of Be the Change for Animals. This website will highlight one “pet cause” per week and provide information on how readers can help. Calls to action won’t require more than 15 minutes of your time and will typically involve actions like signing a petition or participating in a letter-writing campaign. Monetary contributions will never be solicited. If you have a cause that you would like help with, submit it here! The first cause is being championed by @MaggieMarton – Campaign to End BSL: Operation Denver.
We just spent a couple of days with Anthony and Kate of @K9cuisine. If you (a) feed your pet and (b) forgot what real customer service feels like you need to order your food from their website. The news story is how they got started in the business and their advocacy for rescue animals. You can read Anthony’s interview with @DancingDogBlog here.
Speaking of @DancingDogBlog, there is no one I know that does a better job of keeping up with pet food and product recalls. This week, she reported on problems at United Pet Group and Merrick. Because Take Paws does not cover this news, we appreciate Mary’s vigilant service.
Another great interview appeared this week on Dr. V’s Pawcurious blog. Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen, talks about her search for a better pet food product that ultimately led to starting up her own company to get it done.
By far, one of the best posts I read this week was 5 Mistakes People Make with Fearful Dogs by @RoxanneHawn at her blog, Champions of My Heart. I can identify because both Ty and Buster have issues that arise out of being fearful. Important lesson I learned: You cannot change how a dog behaves until you change how she feels.
Ahh … summer! Ahh … pet travel! Oh crap … how do I make sure my dog is secure in the car?! Well … @WillMyDogHateMe asked two of the best people she knew for advice on the subject. If you travel with a large dog, you can read what I had to say here. If you travel with a small dog, @DogJaunt ‘s guest post is here. The Cliff Notes version of both posts: Don’t drive with an unrestrained pet in your car!
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