Beware of these potential fall dangers to pets that you probably didn’t know about!

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Cat with I can't has chocolate caption

This year, fall starts on Tuesday, Sept. 22, and, the, unfortunately, while the foliage is beautiful, it’s also a time a year with special dangers to pets.

Of course, Halloween will likely bring chocolate into many homes.

Fortunately, most people know chocolate is not good for dogs or cats, and don’t provide it as a treat. And, if you’re wondering, yes, some cats actually will try to eat chocolate.

But there are other dangers to pets that people aren’t as aware of. Below is a list of what to watch out for to help keep your pet safe this fall:

  • Acorns: A few years back, I was in the emergency room at a veterinary clinic with my pet and overheard the story of a dog in another room. The dog had eaten acorns from his backyard, was pretty sick and was going to require some expensive surgery to remove an apparent acorn blockage from his stomach.

Not every dog will eat acorns, but, if you have an acorn tree, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out to make sure that your dog isn’t ingesting them when they fall, which is typically between September and early November.

  • Compost bins: The molds in these bins or piles can cause tremors or seizures to pets if ingested even in small amounts.
  • Common desserts for fall, such as apple crisp, for humans should be kept out of reach with pets if made with xylitol, a natural sugar-free sweetener. Xylitol can cause a drop in blood sugar and even liver failure if ingested by dogs. For more information about xylitol and pets, visit:
  • Grapes and raisins can cause fatal kidney failure in dogs and cats. For more, visit:

Thanksgiving dinner scraps can also be dangerous. The Pet Poison helpline warns about:

  • bacon, gravy, turkey skin and grizzle, which can all cause vomiting/diarrhea or even severe, potentially life-threatening pancreatitis.
  • corn-on-the-cob, which can result in an intestinal obstruction that, like the acorns we mentioned above, might require surgery for removal.
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Photographer creates site for beloved pet to help give to other animals

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Andrew Darlow, a Piscataway, New Jersey-based photographer, author and educator has built a new website,, to honor the memory of Teekee, a Monroe Township dog who recently passed away at 15 years of age.

The website features photographs of Teekee with a number of support options, from how to donate directly, to how to purchase prints or portrait sessions.

“I decided to build to honor the memory of Teekee and to also encourage people to consider supporting the Monmouth County SPCA,” said Andrew. “I feel fortunate to have photographed Teekee many times over the last decade, and I wanted to do what I could to help make a positive difference in the lives of other animals.”

Teekee’s “Mom” Jayne added that Teekee was very special to her and touched the hearts of many other people and pets.

“I requested that all donations be made to the Monmouth County SPCA because of the wonderful work they do and also due to Teekee’s involvement with their pet therapy program,” Jayne said. “I hope that Teekee’s story and spirit will help to inspire others to donate to this very worthwhile project.”

Andrew Darlow and his pet photography have been featured in numerous publications and video programs, including Animal Planet and The AKC Gazette, the official publication of the American Kennel Club. He specializes in photographing people and their pets in both formal and informal situations.

Andrew is the author of four award-winning photo-related books and publishes the Inkjet & Imaging Tips Newsletter, available at

The Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in 1945 to care for the community’s homeless, neglected and abused animals.

To view the website, visit

To learn more about Monmouth County SPCA, including information about their Thrift Store, visit


Dogs Playing Poker and Caturday Art

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Yesterday, I decided to have a little fun with Photoshop and participate in the Caturday Art Blog Hop created by

I had this picture of Poussey on top of the curio cabinet and thought it was cute, but I hadn’t been quite sure of what to do with it before.

cat on cabinet

I thought it would be fun to cut her out of the photo and place her on something. I tried a few different building tops, including the one shown below, but nothing looked quite right.

cat on top of skyscraper

I tried inserting Poussey in this beautiful image from Unsplash, taken by Juan Rojas but I wasn’t quite feeling the way it came out.

So, I decided to change course and insert her into a class work of art, which is when I thought it would be fun to put a cat in the famous “Dogs Playing Poker,” painting.

When doing a Google search for a picture of “Dogs Playing Poker” to use, I found out some interesting facts.

According to Wikipedia, Dogs Playing Poker, by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, actually refers “collectively to an 1894 painting, a 1903 series of sixteen oil paintings commissioned by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars, and a 1910 painting.[1]”

The eleven in which dogs are seated around a card table have become examples of kitsch art in home decoration in the U.S.

The enduring images of a variety of dog breeds gathering together to play cards and drink beer are actually so ingrained in our culture that numerous references have been made to them in pop culture. As of this writing, Wikipedia lists 35 of these reference in movies, cartoons, TV shows and video games.

And, these paintings are not only well known, but you can bet your bottom dollar (pun intended) that they are worth big money. According to Wikipedia, in 2015, Coolidge’s 1894 “Poker Game” sold for $658,000 at an auction.

Poussey is not the first cat to show up at the poker table. There are various renditions of the original, but with cats instead of dogs, for sale by various artists as original paintings and drawings. Check out ones on sale at Etsy, for example.

For more interesting facts about the Dogs Playing Poker art, check out the article 15 Things You Should Know About Dogs Playing Poker on


cat inserted in Dogs Playing Poker painting

Poussey fits in nicely at the table.

To join the Caturday Art Blog Hop, scroll down and click, “Click here to enter.”


Toronto City skyline photo by Juan Rojas available here: Unsplash


New pet nutrition center offers help for pet parents with questions about nutrition

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Dogs with Freely dog foodDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, pet adoptions have dramatically increased while in-person access to support resources, like veterinarians or nutrition experts, has decreased.

Additionally, with many consumers, especially Millennials, preferring to shop online and many local pet retailers offering limited retail hours and curb-side pick-up, it’s no wonder pet parents are at a loss about where to turn with their pet questions.

To help, Freely®, a new pet food company which launched earlier this year, not only offers natural, Limited Ingredient Diet (LID) foods for dogs and cats, but also access to a team of pet nutrition experts.

The Freely Nutrition Center is a free resource for pet parents who want expert advice about their pet’s nutrition, dietary needs, and lifestyles.

You can connect with them by email (, phone (833-918-1236), or live chat at

Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. But, if you contact them outside of those hours, they are committed to responding promptly the next business day.

“We are here to support pet parents at a time when it is difficult to find help,” said Freely CEO, Reed Howlett. “We genuinely want what’s best for you and your pet. So, if that means recommending another brand, we’ll happily do that.”

According to Sara Gilbert, DVM, of the Freely Nutrition Center, some of the most common questions they receive are:

•When should I transition my puppy to adult food?
•How much should I feed my pet?
•Is a grain-free diet better for my pet?
•My pet tends to gain weight easily. How can I manage that better?
•My pet sometimes has digestive issues, what kind of food might help with that?
•My pet is really picky. How can I encourage him/her to eat more regularly?
•Is there a nutritional difference between wet and dry foods?
•How often should I switch my pet’s food?

“There is an unbelievable range of pet food options available,” Gilbert related. “Each claims to offer unique benefits, which can be quite confusing and overwhelming for pet parents. Usually, there are many correct answers for each individual pet’s situation.”

She added that, the Freely service is there to help pet parents navigate their choices in an honest and empathetic way and find a solution that works for their home and pet.

Their site also offers a growing library of articles dedicated to pet nutrition topics, such as rotational feeding, the benefits of a flexitarian diet, and how your pet’s breed can impact their diet.

The Nutrition Center offers these tips for new pet parents:

Treats and other additions to your pet’s diet should make up no more than 10% of their daily calories.

For a guide on how many calories your pet should eat per day, search “Tips for Treats” on


Pets with a bowl of food that is always kept full are more likely to have trouble staying fit and maintaining a healthy weight. It is important that pet parents not only measure their pet’s food each day but also expect to make adjustments based on their individual lifestyle and needs.

Maintaining a healthy weight will pay off in your pet’s long-term comfort and potentially lifespan.


Your vet is your partner in pet parenthood.

Find a vet you have a good relationship with and feel comfortable contacting when questions come up.

It’s also a good idea to make a plan for how to reach them when you go out of town: leave a list of vaccine records, medications, and contact information with the pet sitter.


Pets thrive when they have a routine – with their mealtimes, exercise, bedtime, and even rules and behavior.

Whenever possible, keep things consistent.

This can also help you detect when something may be off.


Most pet parents know that chocolate and pets don’t mix. But other common human foods can be toxic for pets as well.

These include grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, xylitol (sweetener), onions and garlic.

If you think your pet has gotten into something, call your vet or animal poison control right away. Search “household toxins” on for a more extensive list of things to avoid.

About Freely Pet:

Freely Pet, LLC was started in 2020 by a group of passionate pet parents committed to making pet food easier to understand and buy. Freely products are available online at,,, and at select local neighborhood pet retail stores across the U.S.

All Freely products are Limited Ingredient Diet recipes made in the USA from the finest ingredients from around the world. Freely offers a selection of premium dry and wet foods as well as functional bone broth toppers for both dogs and cats, in a range of protein options from vegetarian and flexitarian to meat and fish.



Mirage Pet Products has accurately predicted the next president from doggy t-shirt sales since 2008

Reading Time: < 1 minuteIt looks like the presidential running race is going to the dogs.

Every election, millions are spent polling Americans to predict the future president but there’s one sure way that’s far less expensive and perhaps more accurate: Look at who man’s best friend is supporting during election time.

“We’ve been manufacturing popular dog election T-shirts and other gear since 2008 and we’ve been able to accurately predict the next president every time,” said Mirage Pet Products owner Stephanie Davis.

Besides pet apparael, including election T-shirts, Mirage Pet Products manufactures about 100,000 original products such as dog and cat collars, leashes and toys. They sell to stores on every continent except Antarctica. The family-owned American business has been operating for six generations, and all political dog products are made in the U.S.

Owners can get their pooches ready for this political season with doggy ties, toys, T-shirts, bandanas, harnesses, collars, and even dresses supporting either Biden, Trump, the Democrats, or the Republican party.

Red Trump dress

Red Trump 2020 Dress for pets

Davies said the company is also working to help support animal-related and othr organizations that have lost out on important funding opportunities because of COVID.

“We’re doing more sponsorships during COVID,” said Davies. “We’re working on conservation projects and recently sponsored three cheetahs in South Africa.”

For more information, visit Mirage Pet Products.



Company creates ‘Pop ‘N Go’ product so furry friends can tag along

Reading Time: < 1 minuteThe California Beach Co. is announcing a way to save a furry friend from being stuck at home when his or her humans go on a picnic, to the park, or on other adventures.

The Pop ‘N Go Pets Playpen® is a travel crate, kennel and nap space for cats, dogs and other pets.

The playpens have fiberglass framing, weave-mesh netting, and a patented “pop-up and down” to make them easy to use, safety-certified, and convenient.

Available colors for the tents are Marine Blue and Granite Grey. UV Sun Shade and other features can be seen in the video below.

For more information, check out the California Beach Company pet collection, by clicking here.


Company creates air filter mask designed for dogs

Reading Time: 2 minutesRecent wildfires across California have sparked concerns about protecting pets from the harmful effects of toxic smoke. Wildfire smoke is dangerous because it produces toxic air particles that are easily absorbed into the bloodstream when inhaled into the lungs. These toxic particles can cause immediate and long-term health problems in people and pets. Smoke inhalation can contribute to health problems including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, and vision problems.

Anytime a person needs to wear an air pollution mask, a dog in the same environment needs to be protected.

The Good Air Team, an Austin based company, is announcing the first air filter mask specifically designed for dogs.

The K9 Mask® is a wearable air filter mask for dogs to protect them from the short and long-term health dangers of breathing toxic air from wildfire smoke, ash, dust, smog, chemicals, pollen, allergens, ozone and bacteria.

“People and their pets need to be better protected from extreme air pollution,” says Kirby Holmes, CEO of the Good Air Team. “Finding solutions to the problems of air pollution, like wildfire smoke, is the number one goal of the Good Air Team. We are empowering dog owners with new solutions to protect their pet’s health.”

The K9 Mask® is specifically designed for the shape of a dog’s muzzle. Each K9 Mask® size has adjustable neck and muzzle straps to fit various size dog breeds.

The replaceable air filters used in the K9 Mask® have four-layers of air filtration to purify inhaled air. The filters are able to protect dogs using the CDC (U.S. Center for Disease Control) standards for toxic air filtration by using N95 (95% filtration of all non-oil-based air pollutants) with PM2.5 (particulate matter that is less than 2.5 microns in diameter) and activated carbon for absorbing toxic chemical particles.

Using an innovative exhaust valve, panting dogs are able to release exhaled air from the mask. The valve also releases heat to help keep panting dogs cooler.

The K9 Mask® is washable and is effective as a muzzle to keep dogs from biting in stressful situations often associated with a natural disaster crisis.

Good Air Team
Evan Daugherty and Kirby Holmes are co-owners of the Good Air Team. Together they form a team with a high capacity for engineering and pet focused health solutions. Their goal is to empower pet owners to protect their pets from air pollution. Founded in 2018, the Good Air Team began by creating an educational website about the dangers of global air pollution and the solution of wearing air filter masks.

K9 Mask® Made in the USA
Successfully funding a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in March of 2019, the Good Air Team fully funded the first production K9 Masks. All manufacturing for the K9 Mask® is done in the USA by craftsmen in Dallas, Texas.

They have generated over $200,000 in sales through the website and

Source: The Good Air Team


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Our picks for doggie Halloween costumes for this year

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt’s almost that time. Well, okay, it’s still over two months away. But we still think it might be worth getting a headstart on your Halloween costume shopping for your dog this year. That’s especially true if you’re ordering online since delivery times have been delayed so much lately.

Even if traditional plans for pet parades and many other in-person events may be cancelled this year, we suspect there will likely be online pet Halloween costume contests and, of course, it’s always just fun to have a photo session with your pet in costume and show them off via social media.

And, don’t worry! We haven’t forgotten about the kitties! Stay tuned for an upcoming post of our Halloween costume picks for cats!

But, for now, we’ll start with the dogs. We checked out different retailers to see what they were offering and here’s some of our favorites:

1) This spider costume from Camlinbo made us smile. We also like how simple it is — you don’t have to worry about a lot of moving parts, such as hats and other accessories. Yet, it’s still definitely an attention-getter.

The price is $15.99 and it comes in medium, large and X-large.

For more information or to order on Amazon, click here.

2) Of course, if your dog is a little bit more of a butterfly than a spider, this Monarch costume from Rubie’s Pet Costume might be what you’re looking for. Again, we love the simplicity yet eye-catching and adorable combination.

This one comes in small, medium, large and X-large. Prices vary depending on size.

For more information or to order on Amazon, click here.

3) Most dogs are sweet to start with, but your pup could be a mega sweetie in this cookies and milk costume.

And, if your dog isn’t big on hats, the cookie part alone will probably work just fine.

Prices vary depending on size. The costume is available in small, medium and large.

For more information or to order on Walmart’s website, click here.

4) Another one that we think will bring smiles to many is this Rubie’s Puppy Latte costume.

It’s available in small, medium, large and x-large. Prices vary by size.

For more information or to order on Amazon, click here.


Sharks seem to be very popular this year as costumes for pets. We especially like this Frisco Shark Attack Dog Costume because it looks both well-made and comfy for the dog.

It’s available for $16.99 in X-small, small, medium, large, X-large, and XX-large.

Click here for more information or to order from


Featured image: Meadow from last Halloween wearing Wonder Woman costume from For more info about this costume, click here.



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‘Life in the Doghouse’ chronicles remarkable tale of two men who have saved 10,000 dogs over 10 years

Reading Time: 2 minutes“Life in the Doghouse,” which chronicles the life of two men with a singular mission to rescue dogs is now available for viewing on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play or Microsoft.

The story covers 10 years and 10,000 dogs saved.

Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta, of Danny & Ron’s Rescue in South Carolina, cared for for these dogs in their own home, and found forever homes for each of them.

Life in Dog House movie poster

The lifesaving duo of Danny and Ron.

“We didn’t set out for the attention,” says Danta. “But we love animals, and after getting our feet wet in New Orleans in 2005—both figuratively and literally—while rescuing Hurricane Katrina dogs, our outreach just grew from there.”

The attention grew first organically, then in the press, and now in a full-fledged movie.

Danny & Ron’s Rescue

Today, Danny and Ron rescue puppy mill dogs, bait dogs used in dog fighting, abandoned dogs, abused dogs, and kill shelter dogs, many just minutes away from being euthanized. Their 501(c)(3) nonprofit also delivers pet food and supplies to the elderly living in poverty and helps subsidize veterinary bills.

Danny and Ron bring these animals first into their own home because neglected and abused dogs, they say, recover and trust again much more successfully in a loving home. With help, they care for each and every one of their rescue dogs both physically and emotionally until they’re ready to be saved.

Danny and Ron have increased the “10,000 dogs saved” benchmark depicted in the movie to near 12,000.

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‘Puppy Bowl’ referee shares fall pet care tips

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This has been anything but a typical year, and many of us are spending a lot more time around our pets. As we get ready for fall, pet Advocate and ‘Puppy Bowl’ Referee Dan Schachner shares some pet care and safety tips:


Whether you’re hanging with your pets at home or taking them on the road this summer, be sure to bring along the proper cleaning tool to tackle messes of all kind. The BLACK+DECKER spillbuster™ Cordless Spill + Spot Cleaner picks up wet and chunky messes made by pets with noticeable results in three seconds or less. The built-in formula dispenser and scrub brush help lift tough stains from carpet, upholstery, hardwoods tile and more.


Treats can be a great way to keep dogs healthy, motivated, and well-behaved.

But, when introducing a new treat to your dog, always offer tiny bits to start to make sure they do not have any sensitivities to a new ingredient.

You also may want to make sure the product is made to the highest food production standards. One such company, Phelps Pet Products, has released a new Wellness Collection, which features meat jerky recipes including proven “functional” ingredients like glucosamine and chondroitin for hip and joint issues, and pre and pro-biotics to aid with good digestive health.

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Beware of these potential fall dangers to pets that you probably didn’t know about!