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Top 200 Places: Richmond Virginia’s Stony Point Fashion Park

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Stony Point Fashion Park
9200 Stony Point Parkway
Virginia 23235

This open air mall is home to such stores as Nordstroms, Sharper Image and The Banana Republic, and they have just opened the Three Dog Bakery providing freshly baked treats and foods for dogs. You will find “pit stop” areas for your pet where there are waterbowls and clean up supplies throughout the mall. Many stores allow your pet inside; just look for the large dog sticker in the window. Dogs of all sizes are allowed, and dogs must be friendly, leashed at all times (or in a carrier), and please clean up after your pet. They are open from 10 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 pm on Sunday.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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Pet Product News International Announces the 2011 Editors’ Choice Award Winners

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Pet Product News International (, a monthly business-to-business publication covering the pet industry for 65 years, announced its 40 winning products and product lines for its 2011 Editors’ Choice Awards in the November issue.
“We received a record number of outstanding products this year—more than 300—and we congratulate every manufacturer for a job well done,” said Sherri L. Collins, editor of Pet Product News International ( “Our experienced editorial team was faced with the difficult task of deciding which products out of the amazing array were truly exceptional. Forty dedicated evaluators, along with their pets, put the products through rigorous testing prior to the final vote. Without our testers’ input, the selection process would have been nearly insurmountable. Even with their expert analyses, choosing just 40 winners was a challenge.”
Selection criteria included innovation, function or design, or a combination of all three.
The winners are:
· Alpha Dog and Cat Formulas by Natural Balance Pet Foods
· Aquastyle by Eheim GmbH
· Backseat Bridge by Kurgo
· Big Bone by P.L.A.Y. (Pet Lifestyle And You)
· Catnip Scented Crinkle and Toss Papers by Petstages
· Curvations Luxury Pet Carrier by Petmate
· Dog Bed Duvet and stuff Sack by Molly Mutt
· Dog.Codependent Line by Dog is Good
· Drinkwell Lotus Pet Fountain by Radio Systems Corp.
· Exo Terra Monsoon RS400 by Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
· Extreme! Natural Treats by F.M. Brown’s Sons
· Fluval Flora by Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
· Freeze Dried Chicken Liver Plus and Freeze Dried Peanut Butter Plus treats by Pet ‘n Shape
· Freezy Pups by Head of the Pack
· Fruitables Pumpkin SuperBlend Weight Loss Supplement and Fruitables Sweet Potato Digestive Supplement by Vetscience
· Gel Supplements: Joint & Hip Power, Omega Power and Relax & Calm by Tomlyn
· Greenbone Training Pads by Greenberry Eco Industries
· Hear Doggy! Plush Toys by Quaker Pet Group
· Hyacinth and Jute Cat Furniture by Ware Mfg.
· Instinct Limited Ingredient Diets by Nature’s Variety
· Latch-Lock Metal Buckle Collar by Cycle Dog
· Lemon Zest, Teal Appeal, True Blue, Cinnamutt, Tuxedo and Steel Pupaya Pet Food Bowls by ModaPet
· Lemongrass Spearmint Skin Rescue Shampoo Bar by DERMagic Skin Care for Animals
· Mini Deep Dome Combo Lamp Fixture by Zoo Med Laboratories
· Organic SuperVeggie (OSV) Treats and Chews by Clear Conscience Pet
· Oster Outlaw Clipper by Oster Professional Products
· Oven Fresh Bites by Caitec Corp.
· Petite Cuisine Grilled Treats by PetPlay
· PetVille Palace by JW Pet Co.
· Paww Pick Pocket Leash by Pawgear
· Scentament Spa Collection by Best Shot Pet Products
· SkratchKabin by Brinsea Products
· Stewart Pro-Treat Plus by MiracleCorp Products
· Také Lifestyle Collection by Richell USA
· Tee Bone by Hugs Pet Products
· Timothy Complete Plus by Kaytee Products Inc.
· Treat Dispensing Pickle Pocket by Starmark Pet Products
· Unstuffed Plush Dog Toys by West Paw Design
· VorTech MP60wES by EcoTech Marine International
· Yummy Travel Bowls by Sleepypod
To view the winning products online, visit

Postal Museum Announces Owney Look-Alike Contest Winners

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum today announced the winners of the national Owney the Dog Look-Alike Contest. More than 70 dogs across the country lounged on mailbags, dressed up in letter-carrier uniforms and posed by mailboxes, competing to be the modern-day Owney the postal dog’s look-alike. The nationwide contest sponsored by the National Postal Museum and the Washington Humane Society logged 8,284 votes from the public to select the three dogs that best represent the spirit of Owney.

Owney was a scruffy mutt who became a regular fixture at the Albany, N.Y., post office in 1888. He loved the mail and began to ride with the mailbags on Railway Post Office train cars across the state and then the country. In 1895, Owney even made an around-the-world trip, traveling with mailbags on trains and steamships to Asia and across Europe. The RPO clerks adopted Owney as their unofficial mascot, marking his travels by placing medals and tags from his stops on his collar. He has been preserved and is on display at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

“Bentley,” a 4- or 5-year-old terrier mix from California who somehow became homeless—just like Owney—was the contest winner, receiving 1,662 votes. Second and third prize winners were “Jordy” (from Virginia) with 1,607 votes and “Murphy” (from Ohio) with 998 votes. Winners will receive prizes and have their photos displayed in the museum next to the real Owney for two weeks. The top prize is an iPad2, on which the winner will be able to view Owney’s new interactive e-book, Tails from the Rails, being released by the museum later this fall.

“This has been an exciting year for Owney and his fans,” said Nancy Pope, historian and curator. “We presented Owney, fresh from his ‘makeover’ in a new exhibit that allows visitors to learn even more about their favorite mail dog. Owney’s online friends can browse through his entire tag collection and learn more about his life and travels via the museum’s Owney Web page (”

The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., Washington, D.C., across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). For more information about the Smithsonian, call (202) 633-1000 or visit the museum website at