Archive for July, 2010

Long Beach CA: Hotel Maya kicks off Mojitos & Mutts Happy Hour series

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Dog lovers rejoice! Hotel Maya and i Love Dogs Inc. have teamed up for “Mojitos & Mutts” Happy Hour. Mojitos & Mutts welcomes four-legged furry friends and the owners who love them to mix and mingle on the waterfront property. Come sip 10 Cane Rum mojitos, socialize, enjoy the delicious bites from Fuego and watch the sun set with your best friend. Pamper your pup with complimentary goodie bags featuring Pup-Peroni dog snacks! Future events will include doggy fashion shows and a Howl’oween Costume Contest in October with prizes from partners like FURminator. To kick off Mojitos & Mutts, the first event will be a KONG toy drive to benefit Long Beach Animal Service’s A Toy for Every Animal program. The program is designed to ensure that every dog has toys while waiting for its forever home. Every Mojitos & Mutts guest is encouraged to bring a new KONG toy to the party. The KONG Company has graciously offered to match all the donations collected at Mojitos & Mutts!

Beginning Wednesday, June 30, 2010, and continuing every last Wednesday of the month through October. 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Hotel Maya is located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach. For more information on Mojitos & Mutts an other events call 562-481-3910 or visit the Hotel Maya website.

These Companies Provide Solutions for Common Dog Problems

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

According to the 2009/2010 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, there are 45.6 million dog-owning households in the United States.

Dogs come in many different sizes, breeds, shapes and colors, but no matter the type of dog, pet owners are faced with some common problems. According to the 2009/2010 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, 95% of dog owners report companionship, love, company and affection as the leading benefit of owning a dog. However, some aspects of dog ownership can be challenging, so pet product manufacturers have come up with compromises for living harmoniously.

Here are some popular dog products produced by APPA members to help owners overcome some of the minor drawbacks to owning dogs as reported in the 2009/2010 National Pet Owners Survey:

Dog Problem: sadness when the dog dies was reported by fifty-one percent (51%) of dog owners as a drawback to owning a dog.
Solution: Milano Monuments Laser Engraved Paw Print Plaque
Milano Monuments Laser Engraved Paw Print Plaque makes a perfect memorial tribute to a beloved pet. Include his name, a personalized message and dates on the solid black granite memorial stone in remembrance of the love and affection he provided.

Dog Problem: Car safety for a dog when owners are away from home is an issue for thirty-two percent (32%) of dog owners.
Solution: Kurgo Auto Zip Line
More and more owners are taking their dogs with them when they travel, and the Kurgo Auto Zip Line keeps pet and human passengers safe in the car. The harness and restraint system attach between the two rear seatbelts or rear passenger side handles, to create a tether run allowing the dog freedom to roam the backseat safely while the driver concentrates on driving.

Dog Problem: Separation Anxiety
Solution: Talk To Me Rubber Treatball
The Talk To Me Rubber Treatball is a great toy for dogs that suffer from separation anxiety. Owners can record and re-record a voice message for their dog while they are away from home. The Treatball is motion activated and replays the message to the dog as it dispenses treats.

Dog Problem: damage to furniture, carpet and floors was reported as a drawback to owning a dog for twenty percent (20%) of respondents.
Solution: Cardinal Gates VersaGate
Keep the dog out of the dining room and off of the couch with a pet gate. The versatile gate comes with two extensions and features a 40-inch door section for easy access between rooms.

Dog Problem: damage to furniture, carpet and floors was reported as a drawback to owning a dog for twenty percent (20%) of respondents.
Solution: Bamboo Mud Magnet Paw Cleaner
When dogs come indoors, they bring water, dirt and grime with them. With Bamboo Mud Magnet Paw Cleaner, pet owners can quickly clean off dog’s paws before they enter the house or car.

Dog Problem: Dog Hair in a car, home, or lodging
Solution: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum
Banish dog hair, dust and dander from the furniture and floor with the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum. The vacuum uses MultiCyclonic separation for superior suction and the Pet Hair Lifter and rotating brush to remove dirt and pet hair

AKC Welcomes 3 New Breeds: The Cano Corso, Icelandic Sheepdog and Leonberger

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Three New Breeds Gain Full AKC Recognition

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) is pleased to welcome the Cane Corso, Icelandic Sheepdog and Leonberger as the 165th, 166th, and167th AKC recognized breeds. The Icelandic Sheepdog will join the Herding Group while both the Cane Corso and Leonberger will join the Working Group. The new breeds became eligible for AKC registration on June 1, 2010 and are eligible for competition in their respective groups at conformation shows held on and after June 30, 2010.

“These three diverse breeds all share rich and unique histories and a dedicated group of fanciers in the United States,” said AKC Spokesperson, Lisa Peterson. “We are delighted to grant them full AKC recognition and watch as each breed continues to thrive and grow.”

The Cane Corso is a muscular and large-boned breed and is distinguished by his noble, majestic and powerful presence. One of two native Italian “mastiff type” dogs that descended from the Roman canis Pugnaces, the Cane Corso was and continues to be a property watchdog and hunter of difficult game such as wild boar. Intelligent, the Cane Corso is easily trained, and affectionate to his owner while loving with children and family.

Cane Corso/ Bruce Harkins for AKC

For more information visit the Cane Corso Association of America at:
Playful, friendly and inquisitive, the Icelandic Sheepdog is a hardy and agile dog. Slightly under medium size with prick ears and a curled tail, the breed has two coat types, long and short, and happens to be Iceland’s only native dog. The Icelandic Sheepdog adapted its working style to Iceland’s local terrain and farming techniques since its arrival to the country in AD 874 – 930. This adaption made the breed indispensable to the Icelandic people. Today, the Icelandic Sheepdog is increasing in popularity, and while still small in numbers, is no longer close to extinction.

Icelandic Sheepdogs/ © Brynhildur Inga

For more information visit the Icelandic Sheepdog Association of America at:
Despite its lion-like looks and large size, the Leonberger is actually quite light on its feet and graceful in motion. A calm, non–aggressive breed, the Leonberger was originally bred as a family, farm and draft dog. Today the breed excels as a multi–purpose working dog but the most important task is being a reliable family companion. In fact, Leonbergers are often called the “nanny” dog because of their affinity for children. Interestingly enough, they have been featured on stamps in European countries as well.

Leonberger/ For AKC

For more information visit The Leonberger Club of America at:
Breeds that wish to begin the road to full AKC recognition must be recorded with an accepted registry. The AKC Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®) is the AKC’s recording service for purebred breeds that are not yet eligible for AKC registration. After a breed has been in FSS the recognition process begins with a written request to compete in the Miscellaneous Class from a National Breed Club. While there is no established timetable for adding new breeds, dogs typically compete in the Miscellaneous Class for one to three years. More information on the process can be found at the AKC’s Web site.

For more information about the Cane Corso, Icelandic Sheepdog and Leonberger, visit the American Kennel Club Web site at, or if you are in the New York City area, meet breed experts in person at Meet the Breeds on October 16th and 17th at the Jacob Javits Center. Visit for more details.