Archive for April, 2011

Seeing Eye Hosts 3rd Annual Online Charity Auction April 29 to May 12

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Special Mother’s Day Category Will Close May 4

The Seeing Eye’s Third Annual Online Auction will open at 9 a.m. on April 29. All items in the auction catalog – including trips, sports tickets, and unique experiences at The Seeing Eye – are donated by generous individuals and organizations, and all proceeds from the final sale price of each item directly support Seeing Eye® programs. The online auction will take place at www.biddingforgood.com/seeingeye. The auction will close at 10 p.m. on May 12.

“For more than 80 years, The Seeing Eye has worked hard to empower people who are blind and visually impaired by providing guide dogs that greatly enhance their mobility and independence,” said President & CEO Jim Kutsch. “The online auction has become a popular event and we are pleased to once again offer the public a chance to bid on a wide variety of items while supporting an organization whose mission impacts people across the United States and Canada.”

Some exciting auction items include a three-night stay at Atlantis in the Bahamas, tickets for four to attend a taping of TV Land’s hit sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” and a meet and greet with star Betty White, HumanWare’s Voice Note mPower, a limited edition Madison handbag by Coach, New York Yankees tickets, and unique Seeing Eye experiences such as a tour for two at The Seeing Eye’s breeding station, the opportunity to name a Seeing Eye puppy, and a day with a Seeing Eye trainer.

Other auction categories include weekend getaways, jewelry, items for dog lovers, sports memorabilia, and accessibility products. In addition, a new category will be dedicated to gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day. The Mother’s Day category will close on May 4 to allow time for shipping before the holiday.

Established in 1929, The Seeing Eye provides specially bred and trained dogs to guide people who are blind. Seeing Eye® dog users experience greatly enhanced mobility and independence, allowing them to retain their active lifestyles despite blindness. The Seeing Eye is a philanthropy supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, bequests, and other planned gifts.

The Seeing Eye is a trademarked name and can only be used to describe the dogs bred and trained at the school’s facilities in Morristown, N.J. If you would like more information on The Seeing Eye, please visit the website at www.SeeingEye.org, call (973) 539-4425, or email info@seeingeye.org.

Calling All Big Guys Who Own Small Dogs

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Prissy, pampered, high maintenance and spoiled . . . these are some of the words Americans use to describe small dogs or their owners, according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Mighty Dog® Food For Small Dogs About the 2011 Mighty Dog ® Survey.
The Mighty Dog® “Big Guy, Small Dog” survey was conducted by OmniTel, a weekly national telephone omnibus service from GfK Roper, a division of GfK Custom Research North America. The sample for each week’s OmniTel wave consists of 1,000 completed interviews, made up of male and female adults (in approximately equal number), all 18 years of age and over. Each OmniTel study is based on a random digit dialing (RDD) probability sample of all telephone households in the continental United States.

While small dog breeds have been growing in popularity over the past decade According to the AKC, five of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S. in 2010 were small dog breeds., the survey confirms that they continue to be unfairly stereotyped, along with their owners.

Two-thirds of the Americans surveyed describe small dogs as pampered (68%) and yappy (66%), and they describe people who own them as spoiled (54%) and high maintenance (52%). In addition, small dog owners are overwhelmingly perceived as female (69%) vs. male (35%), and only 17 percent of Americans describe a man who owns a small dog as “macho.”

Enough is enough!!! That’s the message from professional football champ, linebacker and proud small dog owner A.J. Hawk, who is teaming up with Mighty Dog® to help prove that small dogs and the people who own them defy stereotypes. Hawk is inviting guy’s guys across the country to enter the Mighty Dog® “Big Guy, Small Dog” Contest (www.mightydog.com) to help change the misperceptions. Eleven lucky winners and their dogs may be featured in a 2012 calendar with Hawk and Todd.

“As a big guy who is the proud owner of a four-pound Chihuahua named Todd, I want to help spread the word that small dogs make a perfect companion for anyone, regardless of sex, age, stature or lifestyle,” said Hawk, who is 6’1” tall and weighs 247 pounds. “Todd is my best friend because he is fun-loving and adventurous, and he has no idea how small he is. He has a Mighty attitude that makes me smile and I just love to hang out with him.”

About the Mighty Dog® “Big Guy, Small Dog” Contest

Guy’s guys who love nothing more than taking their pint-size pooch for a run in the park are invited to enter the Mighty Dog® “Big Guy, Small Dog” Contest. Or, a family member or friend can enter a Big Guy on his behalf. To enter the photo/essay contest, visit www.mightydog.combetween April 20 and June 1, 2011. Each entry must include a short essay (150 words or less) describing why the Big Guy selected a small dog as his companion and how they share a Mighty life together filled with fun and everyday adventures. The entry must also include a photo of the Big Guy with his small dog. For a copy of the Official Contest Rules, visit the Mighty Dog website.

Up to thirty finalist entries will be selected by an outside judging panel and will be featured on the Contest website for consumer voting to help select the 11 Grand Prize winners. The voting period will run from June 22 through July 6, 2011. A.J. Hawk will also judge the up to 30 finalists to help select the 11 Grand Prize winners using the following criteria: appropriateness to contest theme (40%); quality of essay (35%); Mighty personality (25%).

The 11 finalists with the highest combined judging and voting scores will be named the Grand Prize winners and will each receive a trip to Los Angeles, Calif., with their small dog companion to take part in a professional photo shoot. Their photo may be included in the Mighty Dog® “Big Guy, Small Dog” 2012 calendar, which will feature A.J. Hawk and Todd. The calendar will be available for download on the Mighty Dog website in 2012. For every calendar download, the Mighty Dog brand will make a $1 donation (up to $10,000) to Adopt-a-Pet.com, a non-profit pet adoption charity.

In addition to the opportunity to be featured in the 2012 Mighty Dog “Big Guy, Small Dog” calendar, the 11 Grand Prize winners will receive $1,000 and a three-day, two-night trip to Los Angeles for the photo shoot.

Each of the up to 30 finalists will receive a year’s supply of Mighty Dog® food for small dogs, which features a variety of meaty formulas that contain protein-packed nutrition to help support the nutritional needs of small dogs’ active lifestyles.

For more information about the Mighty Dog® “Big Guy, Small Dog” Contest, visit www.mightydog.com.

Are You Causing Your Pet To Be Stressed?

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Veterinarian Reveals How Stress & Diet Can Affect Dogs & Cats

You might not realize it, but if Fluffy or Skippy are listless, disobedient and getting sick all the time, chances are that your pet doesn’t have some mysterious disease – he or she may simply be stressed out.

“A lot of people think that stress is something that only affects humans, but it’s a very real threat to the health and happiness of their pets, too,” said Dr. Paul McCutcheon, a veterinarian with more than 45 years experience and co-author of The New Holistic Way for Dogs and Cats from Random House (www.newholisticway.com). “Better pet care will result when pet lovers and veterinarians understand that stress is the underlying cause of every form of health problem a dog or cat can have.”

Dr. McCutcheon believes that stress, combined with diet and other environmental concerns, can present serious – but unspecific – symptoms that can worry both the pet and the pet owner.

“It is important to distinguish between acute stress, immediate and intense, versus chronic stress, a real drag on wellness that results from a long-standing cause of stress,” he said. “The best way to support your pet’s present and future wellness is through stress prevention. Tune into the kinds of stress that affect your pet and stress-proof the ways you look after their daily needs. For instance, boredom and loneliness are probably the most damaging stress factors in a pet’s life.”

Dr. McCutcheon’s tips for pet owners who want healthier, happier pets include:

Think Before You Adopt – It’s critical to ask yourself serious questions about your lifestyle and future before you adopt a pet. In that sense, you can better choose an animal whose needs are similar to your own. By being honest with yourself about your personal circumstance, you can ensure that your pet won’t face a stressful future and inevitable health problems.

Establish Your Role — You need to see your role and your veterinarian’s role in a different way. While you are in the best position to influence your dog or cat, your veterinarian can be a good coach who provides you opinions and advice that help you make better choices regarding the care and feeding of your pet.

Watch Their Diet – Just as processed foods are being blamed for an increase in obesity for people, causing a wide variety of health problems, processed food is a danger for pets, as well. Look into switching over to a new trend in pet food, raw foods. They can be found in pet specialty shops and grocery stores in the refrigerated section. They are also known as “fresh” foods for pets, so ask your store managers about them. They provide a balanced diet with none of the dangers associated with processed food, which makes up the majority of the pet foods available at pet stores and supermarkets today.

“There is a new holistic way of caring for your pet that incorporates a combination of many different approaches to health care — traditional, indigenous, energy-based, and recent developments in Western science all contribute to this new method. There is a direct relationship between the emotional health of a pet and that pet’s physical health, just as there is in humans. When we’re stressed out from work or family issues, our immune systems suffer. We lose sleep, and we are far more susceptible to the bug that’s always going around. We’re mammals, and so are dogs and cats. What makes us think they are any different? The truth is, when we’re stressed out, so are our pets. Just as pets can sense anger, fear or illness in us – which explains why pets try to comfort us when we’re sick – they can also sense our stress. By addressing the stress in our own lives, we can help keep our pets stress-free and prevent many of the common illnesses that plague them, making them happy and healthy companions for a long time to come.”