Select Brands Launches New Treat Maker for Four-Legged Friends

Following the model of its successful Babycakes line of small baking appliances, Select Brands is launching a similar product designed to bake homemade dog treats for the family pet.
With its bone-shaped reservoirs, the Bow-Wow Bistro bakes ten delicious dog treats in just five minutes, for a quick, easy and healthy snack for Fido, made from scratch! Also included with the Bow-Wow Bistro is a bone-shaped dough cutter to easily create perfect bone-shaped treats every time!
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To make the baking process even easier, Select Brands also offers four flavors of treat mix (MSRP $10 each) to suit every dog’s taste including peanut butter, bacon, whole wheat and even a veggie option for those vegetarian pups. Each dog treat mix includes its own batch of yogurt “icing” for an extra layer of flavor.
Bow-Wow Bistro Features:
  • Non-stick coated cooking plates
  • Safe locking latch
  • Bone-shaped power light
  • Ten treat cooking reservoirs
  • Cool touch handle
  • Non-skid rubber feet
  • Bone-shaped cord wrap
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The Bow-Wow Bistro retails for only $24.99, and is available at Carson’s Department Stores and online atwww.Carsons.com, and coming soon to www.SelectBrands.com!
To learn more about the Bow-Wow Bistro or to purchase, please visit www.SelectBrands.com.
Media inquiries, please contact Stephen Miller at Stephen@AvalonPRGroup.com or (512) 382-6328.

Blue Dog Bakery Launches Year Two of Pet Treat Pantry to Benefit Food Banks

2.5 tons of dog treats brought joy to the lives of dogs and their families in 2012​

Today Blue Dog Bakery launched year two of Pet Treat Pantry, a partnership between the Seattle-based all natural dog treat company and select food banks in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, North Carolina and New Jersey. The partnership provides healthy treats to the canine friends of food bank clients.

One in six American families receives assistance from their local food bank, and when finances are tight healthy dog treats are not a priority. Last year, Blue Dog Bakery saw an opportunity to expand their donation program by introducing Pet Treat Pantry.  Pet Treat Pantry invites consumers to purchase a specially marked box of Blue Dog Bakery dog treats and register their donation online using the code found on the box. Blue Dog Bakery is very excited to launch the second year of what they hope to be an annual program. 

Over the past five years Blue Dog Bakery has donated dog treats to more than 800 organizations, events and fundraisers dedicated to helping dogs all over the country with their “Say Yes” policy. The Pet Treat Pantry builds on the company’s long-standing tradition of community giving and engagement. 

“Developing and launching Pet Treat Pantry in 2012 was hugely rewarding for Blue Dog Bakery,” said Kyle Polanski, CEO of Blue Dog Bakery. “With the help of consumers, we were able to donate over 2.5 tons of healthy dog treats to our food bank partners. We are excited to continue the program, and are hoping we can top last year’s donation total!”

To kick off the 2013 Pet Treat Pantry, Blue Dog Bakery has already donated 3,768 pounds of Blue Dog Bakery treats to five participating food banks across the country. Over the next four months, shoppers and dog-lovers have the opportunity to help donate 20,000 more boxes – because when you buy a box, you give a box. 

Those who purchase a specially marked box of Blue Dog Bakery treats are encouraged to visitwww.bluedogbakery.com/community/pet-treat-pantry where they can enter the registration code found on the box and select one of five participating food banks to direct their donation. For each code registered, Blue Dog Bakery will send one box of treats to the selected food bank. Participating Pet Treat Pantry food banks include: 

•    Rainier Valley Food Bank – Seattle, Washington
•    The Pongo Fund – Portland, Oregon
•    Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry – Phoenix, Arizona
•    Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – Charlotte, North Carolina
•    The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties – Neptune, New Jersey

“Since Hurricane Sandy, our distribution has increased by 20%,” said Linda Keenan, Director of Development for the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in Neptune, NJ. “We recognize that a family includes pets and many of these families struggle everyday to provide for just their children. We want to make sure when we are assisting these families we are including their pets, and the partnership with Blue Dog Bakery and the Pet Treat Pantry program allows us to do just that – and make a difference.” 

Specially marked boxes of Blue Dog Bakery treats can be found at national grocery retailers. To learn more about Pet Treat Pantry, where you can purchase Blue Dog Bakery treats, or direct your donation, visit www.bluedogbakery.com.
About Blue Dog Bakery
Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Blue Dog Bakery was founded in 1998. As the first all natural dog treat in the mass grocery market it is the nation’s top selling natural dog treat brand. Blue Dog Bakery will never waiver from its commitment to using only all natural ingredients in each dog treat it brings to market – made in the U.S.A. with no animal by-products, no artificial flavors or artificial colors, and no artificial preservatives. As Blue Dog Bakery has grown, it has remained devoted to making healthy, all natural treats for dogs, because a long and happy life goes paw-in-paw with good nutrition. Blue Dog Bakery uses only the highest quality bakery ingredients such as whole eggs, nonfat milk and whole wheat – making them easily digestible, full of fiber and protein and good for an overall balanced diet. For more information, please visit www.bluedogbakery.com.

A LEG UP: MILWAUKEE PET SERVICES TAKES INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO PET SITTING

Local Company’s New Unique Services Provide Pet Owners with an Even Greater Peace of Mind

Milwaukee Pet Services, a Milwaukee-area professional pet sitting and dog walking company, has expanded its services and offerings to now include untimed vacation visits and webcam rentals for its clients. These services are unique to Milwaukee Pet Services and are not being offered by any other pet service providers in the Milwaukee area. The company’s new initiatives strengthen its mission of providing peace of mind for pet owners while away from their pets. Milwaukee Pet Services’ untimed vacation visits involve clients paying a flat rate fee versus being charged based on the length of the visit. The standard visit used by other pet sitting companies in the Milwaukee market is 30 minutes, which doesn’t always account for all of the emotional and physical needs of the pet.

Milwaukee Pet Services Pet Sitters use their experience and discretion, along with following the pet owner’s specific care instructions, to ensure the pets’ needs are fully met before departing onto another pet visit. “The decision to make vacation visits untimed was solely focused on providing the highest quality of care for the pets, which can otherwise be compromised by time constraints,” said Jessica Gutmann, Founder and CEO of Milwaukee Pet Services. “Untimed vacation visits allow us to fully customize each pet sitting visit for the individual pet, ensuring they receive the full amount of one-on-one quality care they need.”

Milwaukee Pet Services also recently added webcam rentals to their services, making them the only provider in the area offering clients the ability to watch their pets and their homes while away. Clients are able to set up the webcam in their homes and view the video from a computer or any iOS or Android device provided they have access to Wireless Internet services. “Our value proposition is to provide our clients with peace of mind not only when they’re away from their pets, but also when they’re away from their homes,” said Gutmann. “Not only are the webcams a fun way to watch what your pets are doing when you’re not around, they also provide our clients with an added level of comfort and security knowing their home and pets are safe.”

ABOUT MILWAUKEE PET SERVICES Milwaukee Pet Services provides professional pet sitting and dog walking services in the greater Milwaukee area within the comfort of its clients’ homes. Its team of highly trained professionals provide quality care backed by experience in pet behavior, pet health, and pet first aid. Founded in 2011, the company has already received high honors and was the Milwaukee A-List’s second place winner for Best Pet Sitting Company in 2012. For more information and a list of pet services, visit www.milwaukeepetservices.com or find them on Facebook at: facebook.com/milwaukeepetservices.

Meet Potter, “Hairy” Potter!

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This young wizard is full of enthusiasm! He is a busy little man with lots of curiosity and energy.

Potter is a 6-year-old Pomeranian mix. He’s made friends with both dogs and cats while at HAWS, but can be a little shy around people. He’ll get to know you on his terms, so his new family will need to be ready and patient while he settles in. Maybe you’d like to explore Hogwarts together?

We know our “hairy” Potter will cast a spell on you!

Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS)

701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI   53188
262-542-8851

www.hawspets.org

 
Viewing/Adopting Hours

Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Leading Bird Group Critical of Compromises in Streaked Horned Lark ESA Listing

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) yesterday finalized designation of the Streaked Horned Lark as Threatened, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leading bird conservation group, called the action an important, but insufficient, first step.

ABC expressed concern that the Final Rule exempts habitat for approximately half the lark’s population, which occurs on agricultural land, under that Act’s “4(d)” Rule. Additionally, it designates only 4,629 acres of land in western Oregon and Washington as Critical Habitat—as compared to the 12,159 acres of Critical Habitat designated in the original Proposed Rule on Oct. 11, 2012.

“This ruling results in continued risk to the future conservation of the Streaked Horned Lark,” said Bob Altman, American Bird Conservancy’s Pacific Northwest Coordinator. “A 4(d) Rule can be an effective tool for listed species conservation, but not when there are blanket exemptions for an allowance of take of birds from a population in significant decline. This also represents a missed opportunity to develop more proactive conservation programs with landowners.”

The Oct. 2012 proposal to list the Streaked Horned Lark noted that the prairies of South Puget Sound and western Oregon historically favored by the bird are part of one of the rarest ecosystems in the United States, with a 90–95 percent reduction over the past century.image004

The Streaked Horned Lark is a distinctive and highly restricted subspecies of the more widespread Horned Lark. Its range is contracting from both the north and the south and has already been extirpated as a breeding species throughout much of its range. Small remaining populations in South Puget Sound and along the southern Washington coast are declining precipitously, in some places at rates as high as 40 percent per year, raisingconcerns about extinction in the near future. In the Willamette Valley, Breeding Bird Survey data indicate the population of larks is declining at a rate of approximately five percent per year. Only between 1,100 and 1,600 Streaked Horned Larks are left on the planet.

Factors causing declines include reduced prairie habitat quality and nest failure due to agricultural practices such as mowing and spraying. Predation is also a major cause of mortality among adults and juveniles, especially by mammals closely associated with rural residential areas such as striped skunks, raccoons, feral and domestic cats, and dogs.

Altman concluded that “It is disappointing that the FWS failed to act in proportion with the urgency needed to protect a bird with such a small population and a well-documented precipitous decline. Immediate and strong conservation actions are needed on both public and private lands, rather than maintenance of the status quo for 80 percent of the population. Formal conservation agreements such as Habitat Conservation Plans and Safe Harbor Agreements as part of the 4(d) Rule could have facilitated essential conservation actions by agricultural landowners. However, with the 4(d) Rule exemptions, landowners lack an incentive to take actions that could prevent further population decline.”

FOOTED DISHWARE HITS THE DESIGN WORLD RUNNING

Dylan Kendall’s new line of footed home accessories, the Efeet Collection, takes a stand against boring dishware. Turning traditional dishware on its head, the Efeet Collection proves that functional can be fun with footed bowls, footed mugs and a bathroom set that takes the user on an imaginative, joy-filled journey where growing up is optional.

Designer and social entrepreneur, Dylan Kendall bursts onto the home décor market with her whimsical and joyful launch line of tabletop ware, The Efeet Collection, designed for her eponymous new home accessories company, Dylan Kendall.

This one of a kind collection, the first one ever with feet, was designed by Dylan Kendall, an original artist, who describes herself as “a studio artist turned social entrepreneur turned designer.” The collection represents a perfect mixture of cute-plus-elegant and strikes a perfect balance between the two, without leaning too much on either side.

The Efeet Collection invites users to walk through the Looking Glass. Bowls, coffee sets, vases and other dishware are whimsically perched on human feet, coming alive on tables and counters. The Efeet Bathroom Collection eschews human feet for the four paws found on a clawfoot bath tub and the toothbrush cup reminds one to brush her teeth with a row of teeth lining the cup’s edge.

The Efeet Collection soft-launched in Fall of 2011 to rave reviews, selling out immediately after placement on leading design-influencer sites Beautiful Life, Design Milk and Swiss Miss. After several months reorganizing to meet demand, the Efeet Collection returned to market Fall of 2012. Spring 2013 welcomed new colors to the warmly received line.  Fall 2013 will  pay homage to four footed friends  with a line of  four pawed pet bowls in 5 different sizes  —  for dogs; 9″ and 7″ and cats 6″, 5″ and 4″. Lead free with a slight lift for easy swallowing, better eating posture and overall cleanliness, these bowls will bring a little fun to “its time to feed the dog.”

All products are dishwasher and microwave safe.

For more information about Dylan Kendall and the Efeet Collection, please visit www.dylankendall.com .

About Dylan Kendall.

Dylan Kendall proves functionality and fun go hand-in-hand with whimsical and affordable home décor and dishware. By focusing on home accessories and tabletop ware, staples of every home, and infusing their functional aspects with whimsical qualities, her products bring joy and playfulness to any home where her designs are found.

Ft. Worth Animal Hospital Hosts Open House on Sunday, October 13

Boat Club Road Animal Hospital in Ft. Worth, TX announced that the veterinary hospital will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, October 13th. The Fall Harvest-themed Open House will focus on preventative wellness care in dogs and cats. Family-oriented fall activities include bobbing for apples, canine costume contest, face painting, bounce house, pet portraits, a canine demonstration and free food. The vet hospital’s veterinary care team will be on hand to answer questions about wellness care — including pet vaccinations, dental cleaning/tooth brushing, and the importance of annual health screenings. The open house will be held from noon to 3:00pm.

“We are excited to invite the surrounding community to bring their entire family — children, pets and parents — to come out for our upcoming Fall Open House,” said Ft. Worth veterinarian and hospital owner, Dr. Louisa Martin. “The Open House is a great opportunity to meet our entire veterinary care team, enjoy lots of food and fun activities and learn a little about the importance of wellness care for
their pets (although we’ll try to keep the education portion to a low roar.)”

The Canine Costume Contest will take place at 1:30 p.m. and pet owners are also invited to dress up for the contest! There will be three categories: Best Dressed, Most Original and Best Pet/ Owner Combo.

There will also be a canine training demonstration featuring some amazing dogs handled by their owner/ trainer — Matt Marcum. “The Open House is a great opportunity to bring the family for a full afternoon of pet focused fun,” said veterinarian Dr. Louisa Martin. “We will be on hand to answer questions our clients may have and mostly just to enjoy the opportunity to spend some time with them and their precious pets.”

The veterinary hospital will also be hosting an adoption event in conjunction with the Open House.

“At Boat Club Road Animal Hospital, we are passionate about ensuring all pets have loving homes,” said veterinarian Dr. Martin. “As part of our Open House, we will be hosting an animal adoption event. We invite individuals who are interested in learning more about pet adoption to stop by our Open House and meet the dogs who are available for adoption.”

The Ft. Worth veterinary care team has more than four decades of accumulated experience providing veterinary care for dogs and cats. Boat Club Road Animal Hospital provides full-service veterinary care, including pet vaccinations, wellness screenings, on-site lab work and diagnostics, and animal dental care.

To learn more about the upcoming Open House or the wellness services available at Boat Club Road Animal Hospital, visit the website at www.bcrah.com.
CONTACT: Boat Club Road Animal Hospital
888-667-5235