Archive for September, 2010

Trying to Organize a Reunion for 43 Chihuahuas

Friday, September 10th, 2010

You you may have heard about that amazing story of 43 Chihuahuas being turned into the SPCA for adoption. I’m trying to organize a reunion for this little herd of adorable dogs. We’ve started a Facebook Group called 43 Chi’s and their new families in an attempt to get us all together. Woofles in Market Square adopted on of the 43 and named her Dizzy, she now works there with her Chihuahua Sister Simmah. I’d really like your help in getting the word out about the possibility of a reunion. Please get out my contact information of www.woofles.ca as well as our facebook group. These little guys were a family pack for a really long time, seeing one another again will be fantastic!

Fisher-Price Unleashes First Ever Pet Toy Line

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Classic Toys Transform into XyloboneTM, Chatter Pup TeleboneTM and Ruff-a-StackTM for Dogs at PetSmart Stores in September

EAST AURORA, N.Y. – August 31, 2010 – Fisher-Price, Inc., one of the world’s leading brands of infant and preschool toys and a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., is entering the pet category for the first time with adorable, playful pet toys that bring fun and nostalgia to pet owners. Inspired by classic Fisher-Price® icons, the whimsical toys for dogs feature items such as the Xylobone™, Chatter Pup Telebone™ and Ruff-a-Stack™. The pet toys will launch exclusively in U.S. and Canadian PetSmart stores and online at PetSmart.com in September.

“Fisher-Price toys have entertained families for the past 80 years. In fact, the Xylophone, Chatter Telephone® and Rock-a-Stack® are some of the most iconic Fisher-Price toys that today’s consumers played with as children,” says Andrew Chi, Director, Fisher-Price Consumer Products. “Many families already consider pets to be part of the family, so it was a natural extension for us to develop a line of pet toys inspired by our beloved classics.”

“We are thrilled to help extend the Fisher-Price brand with which children and parents already have an emotional connection – but now with a unique twist,” says Matt McAdam, Vice President, Merchandising Hardgoods. “We know pet parents and their pets are going to love these new toys and we’re excited about being the first to bring them to market.”

The new collection of Fisher-Price pet toys comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures for both large and small dogs. With plenty of ropes to pull and tug, many of the toys are peanut-butter scented and squeak when bitten to provide hours of fun for dogs and their owners. There is even a treat dispenser and pop-up “fire hydrant” for storing all of the pet toys. The pet collection will retail for approximately $7.99 – $12.99 (U.S.) at PetSmart.

Highlights include:
Xylobone™: This peanut-butter scented chew toy features the classic Xylophone and squeaks when bitten. It is available in two sizes – small ($7.99) and large ($11.99).

Chatter Pup Telebone™: The iconic Chatter Telephone® is re-imagined as an adorable puppy phone with a bone as the receiver. It is peanut-butter scented, squeaks when bitten and is available in two sizes – small ($7.99) and large ($11.99).

Ruff-a-Stack™: Based on the classic Rock-a-Stack®, the Ruff-a-Stack features removable rings that are tethered to the base of this peanut-butter scented chew toy. It squeaks when bitten and is available in two sizes – small ($7.99) and large ($11.99).

From The AKC: Celebrate AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days this September

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Nearly 550 Events Will Be Hosted Nationwide; Also Have a Dog-Gone Good Time Online During Virtual AKC RDO Days

Americans have embraced dog ownership for centuries, and many people today view their dogs as cherished members of the family. That’s why AKC hosts AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days each September ­ to shine a spotlight on the commitment it takes to have a canine companion!

This month, dog owners and dog lovers everywhere will join hundreds of AKC-affiliated dog clubs across the country for the AKC’s annual celebration. Nearly 550 events are being held in local communities this year open to all current and future dog owners. All AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day events are listed at http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/events/.

“AKC is proud to host AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days for the eighth time as a reminder about the care our canines deserve,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Our flagship event, as well as the events around the country, will feature educational and entertaining activities, and we encourage families to find an event to visit with their dog! Those with busy schedules can also participate by sharing an “Act” of responsible ownership online as part of our new AKC Virtual RDO Days.”

Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique but many include obedience/agility/rally demonstrations, low-cost microchipping clinics, breed rescue information, therapy dog/service dog/police dog demonstrations, safety around dogs for kids presentations, giveaways and other entertaining and educational activities. Attendees can speak one-on-one with experienced dog breeders and trainers that are active in AKC shows, clubs, and rescue groups. Those looking to show their neighbors that their dog is an upstanding member of the community can take the AKC Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) Test ­ a 10-step test certification that rewards well-mannered, obedient dogs.

On Saturday, September 25, AKC will hold its flagship event in Raleigh, N.C. In addition to all the festivities mentioned above, more than 30 AKC-recognized breeds will be on hand for “AKC Meet the Breeds®,” including rare breeds such as the Azawakh, Berger Picard, Cirneco dell’Etna, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno and Pumi. Visitors will also be able to greet AKC Canine Partner “Tracker,” the station dog for WRAL-TV and WRAL.com.

For the first time this year, we’re also celebrating Virtual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days! To participate, share an “Act of Responsible Dog Ownership” with us via your smart phone, iPad or home computer any time during the month of September.