Boston Marathon Relief: How Dogs Can Help

The Fish and Bone is an urban pet boutique located one block away from the site of last week’s Boston Marathon bombings. The store will sell t-shirts for dogs, men, women and kids and give all profits to The One Fund Boston, set up by Massachusetts Governor Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred on April 15. This is a great way for your readers and their dogs to help victims. I’m including the additional info by way of background and in anticipation of questions. It’s been a heartbreaking week for all of us in Boston and we are all just trying to do our little piece to help.

You can see the t-shirts here: the shirts will also be sold in the store in about 10 days.

There is info on The One Fund here:

The Fish and Bone closed on Monday right after the bombings and re-opened the next day with the express desire to welcome as many members of their community as possible and to provide people with a place to gather, with the added benefit of dogs. People were raw, but they relaxed as they hung out for a while, sharing their stories and petting the dogs. There were lots of dog treats, hugs, disbelief and shock that first day. Owner Kathy Palmer was in awe of the courage and compassion played out in the aftermath of the bombings.  “Our best qualities as humans, what those of us with pets see in our animals, was really beautiful.” she said. “It makes me choke up every time I think of how Boston came together, without a second’s hesitation.”

Palmer had the words on t-shirt — brave, loyal, fearless, strong — in her head all week. They made her think not only of the people of Boston, but also of the dignity and courage of the rescue dogs. She wanted the design to convey that this spirit is part of Boston’s history and that it will always be what Boston is. She wanted to include a tribute to animals, hence the paw in the heart.  Palmer then assembled a team of people willing to help get the shirts made and available for sale. Her graphics person offered to get the design print-ready, her printer waived his fee so the shirts could be printed made at cost, and her web designer put together a web page on her blog so they could be sold online.

Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs! on Sept. 8

Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs!, the craziest canine dog party around, is set for Sunday, September 8.

For one day, Shelburne Museum’s 45-acre campus is transformed into a doggie extravaganza for dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds and their owners. This year, break out the neon and leg warmers – the theme is the 1980s,  sure to make for a hilarious, unforgettable costume contest and parade.

Returning for an encore performance will be DockDogs, showcasing the incredible athletic talent of dogs getting big air over water.  Owners and their dogs will have the opportunity to test their dogs in several disciplines: Outdoor Big Air, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve.  All breeds are welcome to compete. The event is expected to draw semi-pro and pro dogs as well. For more information please visit:

Other activities throughout the day include demonstrations by police dogs, sled dogs and agility dogs, the Vermont state disc dog championships and dancing dogs.

The event is presented by Shelburne Museum and locally-owned Pet Food Warehouse.  A portion of proceeds benefit local dog rescue groups and humane societies.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children (5-18).  Dogs must be on leashes. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About  Shelburne Museum:  Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 38 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds.  Coming in August , the Center for Art and Education with galleries, classrooms and an auditorium, will transform the museum from seasonal to year-round operation. For more information please visit:

About Pet Food Warehouse:  With locations in South Burlington and Shelburne, locally-owned Pet Food Warehouse is Vermont’s favorite pet food and supply store, since 1983.

How to Keep the Dog Out of the Litter Box

Having trouble keeping the dog out of the litter box? Woof Woof Castle, LLC is proud to announce a new product, the Peek a Boo™ Pet Latch. Designed by dog owner Peggy Sue Soutner and her husband John, the pet latch is specifically designed to keep dogs out of the litter box and will prevent them from eating cat feces and getting sick. The latch works simply and effectively and it will prevent entry into the room where the litter box is stored. Placing the litter box where it is impossible for the dog to reach is the first line of defense for keeping your dog safe. The Peek a Boo™ Pet Latch will directly prevent larger dogs from entering the room in the home where the box may be stored. It is approved for pet use only.

The product was designed by Peggy Sue in response to a personal story. Her long-time dog, Aussie, developed pancreatitis from eating cat feces out of the litter box. Pancreatitis is inflammation and swelling of the pancreas, which can occur in a mild or severe form. Dogs with acute pancreatitis require hospitalization, which includes treatment for dehydration and antibiotics to prevent bacterial infections. To prevent other pets from becoming sick, the product was designed to help prevent illness from happening in the first place. For more information visit To see a video of how the latch works or how to install it visit

Guardians of Rescue and Urban Animal Alliance to Visit PS 85 in the Bronx to Teach Compassion

Guardians of Rescue and The Urban Animal Alliance, two organizations committed to helping animals, have teamed up to give the students at Public School 85 in the Bronx a presentation on compassion. The two groups will join teachers in carrying out the “Circle of Compassion” presentation, in an effort to help children learn more about having compassion for animals. The presentation will be held at the school on April 30, 2013, at 9:00 a.m.

“We are excited to be teaming up with The Urban Animal Alliance and the teachers of P.S. 085,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, a rescue group that helps animals. “Reaching kids with a message of compassion is beneficial both to animals and to their fellow humans. The skills these students learn can be used anywhere.”

The school, which is located in the Bronx, is known as “The Great Expectations School.” They teach over 1,100 children, mainly serving the immigrant and minority population. Three second-grade teachers at the school created the “Circle of Compassion Project,” which will focus on building student awareness and sensitivity toward the needs and cares of animals and each other. The animal rescue groups will visit to take part in the presentation that will be given to three second-grade classes and eight fourth-grade classes, approximately 250 students in all. Some of the parents will also be invited to attend the presentation.

Following the presentation, all of the students who attended will receive a book, on and about animals, that they can take home with them. The books were purchased by The Fund for Public Schools for the project. The presentation will focus on building empathy and compassion for animals and others, as well as exploring ways that students can deal with conflict resolution in healthy ways.

“The Circle of Compassion project has been an excellent way for me to help my students learn to show empathy and compassion,” explains Patricia Spence, a second-grade teacher at P.S. 085. “Through this project, they are becoming more aware that animals, as well as humans, have feelings and need to be taken care of.  I can always refer to the puppets and role-playing they experienced to remind them that saying ‘sorry’ and apologizing to each other are peaceful ways to resolve conflicts.”

“Congratulations to Guardians of Rescue and Urban Animal Alliance and P.S. 085 for mobilizing together to spread the message of compassion for all sentient beings,” said Russell Simmons, entertainment mogul, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and animal advocate.

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placement. To learn more, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto The Urban Animal Alliance is a non-profit organization that is committed to raising awareness of the plights of children and animals in urban America. To learn more, visit their site

About Guardians of Rescue

Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at

About Public School 85

Known as The Great Expectations School, P.S. 85 is located in the Bronx. The school serves around 1,100 immigrant and minority children from nearly 1,000 area families. The school focuses on a core curriculum that emphasizes learning through multiple intelligences.

Dog and Cat Food, Treats Recalled Nationwide as Salmonella Discovered

Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are urging people to stop using and return or discard certain Natura Pet Products food and treats after the company issued a recall due to potential salmonella contamination Friday.

According to a press release issued by Natura Pet Products, the company is expanding its original recall after sampling conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of salmonella in additional dry pet food and a cat pet treat.

The brands affected are California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, Innova and Karma with expiration dates prior to and including March 24, 2014(See table below for additional details).

The affected products are sold through veterinary clinics and select pet specialty retailers nationwide and in Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and Costa Rica, as well as online, the release said.

People who have the potentially contaminated product should discard it immediately and stop handling it as it poses a risk to humans as well.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Common symptoms of salmonella in pets include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, fever and abdominal discomfort.

“Any time you notice your pet is not acting right, you should take him or her to your family veterinarian as soon as possible,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl. “If it is an after-hours emergency, we would be glad to help at any one of our locations.”

The affected products are:

Natural All Sizes All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties All UPCs All Lot Codes All expiration dates prior to and including MARCH 24, 2014

EVO All Sizes All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties All ferret food varieties All UPCs All Lot Codes All expiration dates prior to and including MARCH 24, 2014

Healthwise All Sizes All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties All UPCs All Lot Codes All expiration dates prior to and including MARCH 24, 2014

Innova All Sizes All dry dog and dry cat food and treat varieties All UPCs All Lot Codes All expiration dates prior to and including MARCH 24, 2014

Karma All Sizes All dry dog food varieties All UPCs All Lot Codes All expiration dates prior to and including MARCH 24, 2014 Natura Pet Products also recommended for consumers to visit for additional information. For a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.


 HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, and the Friends of HAWS fundraising group have announced the “starting line-up” of activities for the baseball-themed 30th Annual Pet Walkathon – happening next week Saturday, May 4th to benefit the Waukesha shelter.  The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Sussex Village Park, south of Main Street/Silver Spring Drive in Sussex.

The day features something for everyone – pets and their people!  Join in the fun as HAWS Gives Pets a Home-Field Advantage.


Pre-Game / 9:00am:           National Anthem & Blessing of the Animals

1st Inning / 9:30am:           Featured Breed

2nd Inning / 10:00am:        Award Presentations –  Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award and the $10K Behavior Matching Grant Challenge

3rd Inning / 10:45am:        Sing Our Jingle Contest Winners perform

4th Inning / 10:30am:         Treibball Demo

5th Inning / 11:00am:         HAWS’ K9 Clicks & Tricks Brigade performance
6th Inning / 11:30am:         Parade of HAWS Adoptable Pets and HAWS Alumni

7th Inning Stretch/Noon:   Bobbing for hotdogs (dogs), Baseball piñata contest (kids)

8th Inning / 12:30pm:        Pet Contests – Best pet trick, Fastest tail-wagger

9th Inning / 1:00pm:          Musical bases – “musical chairs” game for dogs


1:30pm:           Special recognition for Survivor/Senior dogs, Pet – Owner lookalike contest, “My Dog Can do THAT!” contest

2:45pm:           Contest/Raffle winners announced
3:00pm:           Walk ends
Ongoing activities include design-a-cap (baseball cap art for kids), clay dog paw prints art, a games tent, microchip I.D.’s, “pet”-icures (pet nail trims) and a coloring contest for kids!​  HAWS’ mascot, Lucky will be on hand, and special appearances will be made by the Milwaukee Admirals mascot, Roscoe, and the Waukesha State Bank mascot, Friendly the Eagle.  The “Home Field” Concessions Stand will feature cotton candy, ​peanuts, Cracker Jack, popcorn and nachos – along with hotdogs and hamburgers – for a proper “tail” gate!
Raffle tickets are already on sale at HAWS for a 42” Vizio flat screen smart TV.  Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the front counter.

All Walkathon donors receive special HAWS’ items depending on their level of donations raised in person or through online personal fundraising pages.  Registration forms, detailed information and personal fundraising page launch are all available at – just look for the Walkathon banner ad!


HAWS’ annual Pet Walkathon is sponsored and presented by the Friends of HAWS.  100% of donations collected for the Walk are given directly to HAWS for animal care, programs and life-saving services.

HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965, assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human visitors to our shelter annually.  As an “open admissions” shelter HAWS assures sanctuary for all animals in need, while offering educational programs and services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse.  The shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For more information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at  Friend us on Facebook at “HAWS Waukesha” and follow us on Twitter “HAWS_Waukesha.”


Mudd+Wyeth, a Vermont -­‐ based company that specializes in lifestyle products for dog lovers and dogs, has forged a

partnership with Golden Huggs Rescue to support the canine rescue organization and its

mission to find families for abandoned Golden Retrievers across the Northeastern

Seaboard. Mudd+Wyeth helps raise awareness and fund the organization’s efforts with

donations made from a portion of each of its Yaffbar sales, the world’s first energy bars

that people can share with their pups.

Golden Huggs Rescue is a Vermont-­‐based, non-­‐profit canine rescue organization that

relies fully on out-­‐of-­‐pocket and charitable donations from companies like Mudd+Wyeth.

Since the launch of the partnership, Mudd+Wyeth has helped Golden Huggs in its mission

to save pups from kill shelters and place them in loving homes. Mark Brooks, Owner and

Founder of Mudd+Wyeth, even fostered and rescued a pup of his own from the shelter– a

lab named Bishop who ran wild for a year in Tennessee before being rescued and brought

to Vermont where he was cared for by Golden Huggs.

“Helping spread the word about Golden Huggs Rescue and how to provide support is

important to us. We’re honored to have such a special opportunity to contribute to their

efforts,” said Mark Brooks. “We truly enjoy giving back to organizations that love dogs

just as much as we do!”

Through its charitable efforts and dedicated to the organization, Mudd+Wyeth has

established a strong connection with its local community and, with the sale of each

Yaffbar, hopes to continue raising awareness and funds for the organization so that it

can further its mission to rescue dogs and give them a second chance at life. Individuals

can help Mudd+Wyeth in its mission to support Golden Huggs Rescue through the

purchase of a Yaffbar, which is available in three flavors (Blueberry Carob, Banana

Peanut Butter and Honey Almond Cranberry). Yaffbars can be purchased online at and in select retailers throughout the U.S.

About Mudd+Wyeth

Mudd+Wyeth is a Vermont-­‐based company that specializes in lifestyle products for dog

lovers and dogs. Launched in 2011 by owners Mark Brooks and Francoise Desautels,

Mudd+Wyeth’s mission is to broaden and deepen the connection between people and their

pups. The company celebrates this bond through its three specialty goods brands: YaffBar,

Spot the Dog, and TuffToys. Mudd+Wyeth’s products are available for purchase in select

retailers throughout Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and Pennsylvania and online. For

more information, please visit, call 802.372.3160, or email