Company creates custom, hand-engraved jewelry for pet lovers

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Looking for a memento of a beloved pet?

According to a press release, award-winning goldsmiths and hand engravers from Rebus can meticulously create one-of-a-kind images, for gold pendants or signet rings.

“For thousands of years pets and people have formed strong bonds, and these relationships have represented many valued qualities such as loyalty, companionship and unconditional love,” says Emmet Smith, Founder of Rebus in the press release. “An item of jewelry is a very personal, valued possession, which lends itself perfectly to the creation of something significant to recognize and celebrate the importance of the connection.”

Engraved dog rings

Engraved dog, with initials on a landscape oval Rebus signet ring.
Image courtesy of Rebus



Multiple signet ring shapes are available, including the Oxford oval, round, Landscape round, cushion and marquise. Stone set oval signet rings can be carved directly into the gemstone, with bloodstone, carnelian, lapis lazuli, onyx and sardonyx options to choose from.

In addition, one can choose between 9K, 14K and 18K, available in yellow or white gold.

For more information about Rebus, visit https://rebussignetrings.com/US/.

 

Source: ARTFIXdaily.com

Survey finds that many pet parents share pet photos and videos on social media, while smaller number of pets have own accounts

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Readers were given the opportunity to address their day-to-day pet care routines, as well as the ways pet parenthood affects annual traditions, like holiday celebrations and vacations, and whether or not they celebrate their pet’s birthday each year.

The survey also took a look at shopping habits, whether they talk to their pet, if they allow their pet to sleep in bed with them.

Some of the findings:

•Nearly half (45.7%) of respondents are “dog people,” around a quarter (25.8%) prefer cats, 16% keep both animals under one roof, and about 12% responded to the survey with their horses, hamsters, and parakeets in mind.

•73.9% buy their pets birthday presents each year.

•88.1% said they talk to their pets.

•60.23% said they share the bed with their pet(s).

•2020 was, of course, a tough year for the economy, but, the majority of pet parents (64.73%) spent between $100 and $500 or more on non-medical needs and supplies.

To read the full survey results, visit https://www.petplace.com/article/general/just-for-fun/2020-pet-parent-survey/.

About PetPlace.com:
Founded by a veterinarian in 2006, PetPlace is a resource for pet information with a library of over 10,000 articles crafted by a respected editorial team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and specialized authors who want to better the lives of readers and their pets.

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Mark your calendars! These pet celebrations are coming up in January

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Of course everyone is excited to ring in the New Year, and, apparently January is also National Oatmeal Month. It is also the month of some frightening-sounding events, including No Pants Subway Ride Day (January 10, 2021) and Kiss a Shark week (Jan. 24-30). We think we’ll pass on those, but there are some special pet-related celebrations coming up in January to be aware of too.

Using http://www.holidays-and-observances.com/january-holidays.html, which posts an extensive list of holidays and observances for each month of the year, we also found out that January is:



Also according to the same site, pet-related weekly observances include:

As for special days, the site sites:

Thus, it sounds as if there will be plenty for people and pets to celebrate in January. Did we miss any pet-related dates? Are there any of the above you’d like to know more about? Let us know in the comments section.

Happy New Year!

 

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The best pet calendars for 2021

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How is it even possible that 2021 is coming up in less than the following amount of time?

It seems hard to believe, but a good way to get ready for the new year is to get a great pet calendar.

Here are some of our favorites:

1. The 6th annual 2021 Walkin’ Pets calendar.

According to a press release, the calendar will feature pets using their Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair to raise pet mobility awareness and celebrate the incredible strength and spirit of handicapable animals.

The 2021 Walkin’ Pets Calendar is currently on sale for under $10 and is available at https://www.handicappedpets.com/calendar/. All proceeds from the 2021 Walkin’ Pets Calendar will be donated to the Handicapped Pets Foundation to help disabled and injured pets in need to get wheelchairs.

2. Cat Shaming 2021 Wall Calendar

Cats are pretty perfect, but this cat-shaming calendar is likely relatable to many humans who share their homes with the little scamps.

Available on Amazon.com. For more information, click here.

3. Dog Shaming 2021 Wall Calendar

Not to be outdone, the dogs are also getting in on the calendar action, and the shaming. Each month features a collage of various pets up to naughty but humorous behavior.

Also available on Amazon.com. For more information, click here.

4 and 5. What Kittens Teach Us 14-month calendar and What Puppies Teach Us 2021 calendar

Of course, cats and dogs aren’t just naughty. They can be awfully nice, pretty darn adorable, and help teach us about life, as evidenced by this “What Kittens Teach Us,” calendar, and this “What Puppies Teach us” calendar, both available at Tractor Supply.

For more information about the kitten calendar, click here.

For more information about the puppies calendar, click here.

6. 2021 Glamour Chicks

There are a number of really nice chicken calendars available, but we chose this one because the name made us smile and because we think it’s about time chickens get the glamour treatment.

Available at Amazon.com, each month of this calendar features, well, a glamourous chick(en), something sure to keep chicken lovers smiling month after month.

For more information, click here.

7. 2021 Rescue Horses Wall Calendar by Bright Day

If you ask us, there is no more beautiful animal than a horse, and this calendar displays horses for a beautiful cause: Horses are rescued from auctions where Gentle Giants is their last chance before being sold to slaughter. The 2021 Farm Calendar donates 15% of the proceeds goes to Gentle Giants.

 

For more information, click here.


Great gifts to get your pet this holiday season; and they’re are all under $20!

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Many pet owners don’t just shop for their human family and friends, but the pets they love as well. With that in mind, Wowmypetdidthat.com has compiled a list any pet would be happy to receive:

1) Your dog or cat might not love a bath, but you’ll love being able to dry them off afterwards with a Wooflinen Microfiber Pet Bath Towel. For $17, get a two-pack of this Microfiber pet bath towel, which is ultra-absorbent and double density.

For more information, visit this link: Get the best microfiber pet towels at Wooflinen.com


2) ArcBarks dog biscuits.

Two packages of Peanut Butter Barkers

A great small gift for the dog lover and you can give directly as a gift to your dog. A two-pack of Peanut Butter Barkers is just $10.

Our own dogs at Wow My Pet Did That have tried this dog biscuits and loved them!

ArcBarks was conceived and developed by The Arc of Greensboro, Inc., an organization of and for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. ArcBarks provides vocational training and post-high school options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Unlike some packaged store treats that make you wonder what exactly your pet is eating, these treats are preservative-free. In fact, the ingredients are oatmeal and flour, freshly ground peanut butter, vegetable oil, fresh water and love!

Label of package with note about the bakers

For more about arcBarks, check out arcbarks.com.


3) If you are so over cleaning up cat litter that tracks on the floor, this might be a gift for you as well as your cat.

IRIS Top Entry Cat Litterbox

This Iris Top Entry Cat Litterbox, available from Chewy.com for $18.99, will probably also be appreciated by your cat, who gets a little extra privacy.


4) We previously did a post about Bandana Bowl™, which we think it would make a great gift for the dog in your life.

Bandana Bowl™ is a bandana that your dog can wear, but, since it’s made with waterproof material on the inside and water absorbent material on the outside, it can also can be used as a bowl.

And the Bandana Bowl has a third purpose…On extra hot days, before leaving the house you can dip it into water, fill it up with ice and use it as a cooling collar.

The bandana comes in two colors: Blue and red. It’s available in two sizes: Small (dogs up to 25 pounds) and Medium (dogs up to 60 pounds).


5) PetSmart’s Chance & Friends Holiday Philanthropic Collection of stuffed toys is back for 2020.

stuffed dog, llama and dinosaur

Shoppers can choose from a plush dog, cat, llama, dinosaur, hedgehog, wolf and unicorn, complete with a squeaker. For each in-store or online purchase, PetSmart will donate 10% to PetSmart Charities. Since the toy drive launched, a total of 1.7 million toys have been donated across North America.

For more information about PetSmart and the Holiday Philanthropic Collection, or to find a local store, please visit www.petsmart.com.


6) If you have a rabbit, hamster, guinea pig, mouse or other small pet, you’ll likely want to check out this eCotrition Snak Shak Edible Hideaway.
 
This combination chew snack (a healthy mix with including protein, calcium and fiber) and hideaway is available for $10.99 and will likely provide hours of entertainment for your small pet.
 

7) Is that reptile in your life hard to find the perfect gift for? We think we might have found the answer!

EONMIR 8-Foot Reptile Vines are flexible habitat decor that also work for climbing. 

The 8-feet-long, bendable/twistable lifelike vines are designed to be easy to clean, and are suitable for chameleons, lizards, tree frogs, snakes, gecko and turtles.

Available at Amazon for $19.99.


8) The weather outside might be frightful, but your bird likely won’t mind if it’s cuddled up inside in a Oncpcare Double Layer Snuggle Bird Hammock available on Amazon.com for $10.99.

 

 

It is made of velvet and comes with two hanging hooks. Can also be used for other types of pets, such as sugar gliders.

 


9) If you’re shopping for a horse, you usually can’t go wrong with treats. And, since these The German Horse Muffin All Natural Horse Treats for $12.36 look good enough for humans to eat, it will probably be a lot of fun giving them to your large, four-legged friend.

German Horse Muffin package

A bonus is that they are available on Shop For Rescues, an online pet supplies retailer founded in 2019, using a socially responsible business model known as compassionate commerce.

Shop For Rescues’ mission is to use up to 27.5% of its gross revenues to support animal rescue groups.


And, once you have your furry friends shopped for, don’t forget the human ones. Check out our list of great holiday gifts for the pet/animal lover in your life!

 

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Dog treat gift bottles: make homemade dog treats and recycle bottles into beautiful gifts!

 

Animal Welfare Institute commends lawmakers for seeking ban on double-deck trailers to haul horses in interstate commerce

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is commending lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives for including the Horse Transportation Safety Act (HTSA) in transportation legislation unveiled last week.

By the end of this month, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is expected to pass the INVEST in America Act – a nearly $500 billion, five-year package to set federal transportation policies and reauthorize a wide array of programs.

Included in the funding bill is the HTSA (H.R. 1400), which aims to ensure that horses are not subjected to dangerous and inhumane conditions during transport. The HTSA would ban the use of unsafe double-deck trailers to haul horses in interstate commerce.

AWI has long spearheaded the passage of the HTSA to bar transporting horses in vehicles that endanger both animals and motorists.

The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends at least a 7- or 8-foot clearance for horses; double-deck trailers usually have a ceiling clearance of 4 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 5 inches, which typically does not allow horses to stand comfortably or even fully extend their heads and necks inside. Moreover, because horses cannot maintain proper balance, they are at higher risk of injury from falling. Horses can also sustain injuries while being loaded onto the steep ramp of a double-deck trailer.

The bill, led by Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN), Peter King (R-NY), Dina Titus (D-NV), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), currently has 132 cosponsors — the highest number of congressional supporters since it was first introduced in 2008.

A vote by the full chamber on the House surface transportation package is expected later this summer; Congress is aiming to approve the bill before a Sept. 30 deadline.

“Horses deserve to be transported in as humane a manner as possible,” Cohen said. “Double-deck trailers do not provide adequate headroom for adult horses, and accidents involving double-deck trailers are a gruesome reminder that the practice is also dangerous to the driving public. I’m pleased the Horse Transportation Safety Act has been incorporated in the ambitious INVEST in America Act.”

The impetus for the HTSA was a horrific accident in 2007 in which a double-deck trailer carrying 59 Belgian draft horses overturned in Wadsworth, Illinois, killing 19 horses. The tragedy spotlighted the practice of cramming horses into trailers designed for much shorter and stouter animals, such as cattle and pigs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture banned the use of double-deck trailers to transport equines to slaughter in 2011, citing concerns that such vehicles could prove “extremely top-heavy and prone to tipping.”

Although no horse slaughter plants currently operate in the United States, tens of thousands of American horses are shipped across the border each year to Canada and Mexico to meet a grisly end in foreign slaughterhouses that kill horses for human consumption.

When the USDA issued its regulations, the department was unequivocal in its findings that double-deck trailers are inappropriate and unsafe for transporting adult equines, in large part because horses are far more likely to be injured in double-deck trailers than in single-deck trailers that can better accommodate their height and overall size. The HTSA’s provisions would finally close the loophole that allows non-slaughter-bound horses to travel across state lines in a motor vehicle containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another.

“It’s absurd that a practice deemed too inhumane for horses sent to slaughter remains legal for other horses being moved around the country,” said Joanna Grossman, Ph.D., equine program manager for AWI. “No horse should be forced to endure a difficult and long journey in a vehicle known to cause injuries to the animals inside while endangering others on the road. We are grateful to Congressman Cohen for his steadfast leadership toward seeing the Horse Transportation Safety Act reach the finish line.”

 

Source: https://awionline.org/press-releases/house-votes-ban-unsafe-horse-transport-federal-transportation-legislation


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Pets helping teens cope with anxiety and pressures of school is focus of new short film

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“A Pet Sees You” is a new short film that is described as “highlighting the mental health benefits of pet ownership for the Generation Z population.”

It is actually only about a minute in length, but seems to definitely capture that sense of a dog (or other pet) always being there to provide emotional support, no matter how, well…crappy the rest of life can get.

“A Pet Sees You” shows the challenges of a high-school aged girl who faces the constant pressures of school, having an online presence, anxiety, heavy use of technology, mass shootings, and the desire to change the world.

The actress in the film stars alongside an affectionate and loyal Weimaraner, who also happens to be her best friend behind the scenes, likely making their on-screen connection even more relatable.

You can view it on youtube or below:

A Pet Sees You
A Pet Sees You

“While previous generations have come to understand the positive impact pets can have on their health and well-being, members of Gen Z are tackling entirely new pressures and mental health issues unique to their generation,” said Steve King, CEO of American Pet Products Association. “We’re committed to doing our part to help promote alternative ways pets can help today’s younger generations cope with their struggles, while joining the meaningful, and extremely timely, mental health conversation.”

The American Pet Products Association’s non-profit campaign Pets Add Life (PAL), partnered with Gen Z director, Richelle Chen, to connect with young adults on a relatable and emotional level.

“With the growing support of research showing that pet ownership can positively affect the Gen Z population, the pet care community has a responsibility to be at the forefront of these important discussions,” said King.

According to a recent Wakefield survey of 1,000 Gen Z Americans ages 11-17, nearly 80 percent have a pet in their household. 60 percent have a dog, 36 percent have a cat, 14 percent own fish and 23 percent have a small animal, reptile, bird or horse.

Research from the 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey also shows that 66% of Gen Z members identified stress relief and 61% identified reduced levels of anxiety and depression as health benefits of pet ownership, more than any other generation.

In conjunction with “A Pet Sees You,” PAL has provided resources on its website, including links to mental health lifelines and quizzes to help respondents find their perfect pet.

For more information, visit www.petsaddlife.org.

About Pets Add Life
Founded by the American Pet Products Association, Pets Add Life (PAL) is a nonprofit campaign dedicated to sharing information about how pet ownership benefits animals and people alike. PAL’s mission is to increase awareness of the bonds and other rewards associated with pets of all types. Primarily through social media with videos, contests and engaging content, PAL spreads the joys of pets and aims to deliver key messages about the human-animal bond, responsible pet ownership, pet acquisition and health benefits of pets.

Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/can-pets-help-todays-teens-cope-with-mental-health-issues-300925514.html

Featured article image: Screenshot from short film, “A Pet Sees You.”

We tried goat cuddling — here’s how it went…

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe recently did an article about goat yoga, which got us curious about places near us to try it out.

We found Hux Family Farm in Durham, North Carolina, which is about two hours away. They offer both goat yoga and goat meditation, but, while we wanted to try both, we figured, since we would have the grand baby with us, it would be better to do a farm tour, which they also offer.

The goat tours first are on the first and third Sunday of each month from March to November from 1-2:30pm (you can register here), and come complete with goat cuddling time.

After visiting with the farm’s horses and ducks, we entered a tent-covered area with towels — and goats.

three goats

…lots of goats!

lots of goats

Some goats were young and small. The biggest were not super-big—about the size of average-sized dogs.

There were about a dozen people on the tour and the goats actually did a great job of dispersing, going up to everyone and, well, cuddling.

boy petting goat

people cuddling goats

people and goats

There were also some very large sheep (one shown near back of tent).

It’s an amazing feeling when a goat slips up to you and snuggles next to your leg like you’re best friends, which this one did with me.

goat next to leg

 

I probably should have left my pocketbook in the car, though, because the goats seemed convinced there was something good in it for them.

goats chewing pocketbook

Sorry goats! No treats.

Without us having to do anything, such as calling them or offering any food (which we didn’t do), the goats pretty much automatically came to us, as well as everyone else. Some moved around the tent, but others found people to cuddle with and stayed with them.

As you can see, we were quite popular with the goats. I couldn’t stop petting the girl you see next to me in the photo. She was extremely sweet!

 

writer and grandbabywith goats

 

And we learned goats like to cuddle with each other too (this is a mom and baby).

two goats cuddling each other

 

 

The goats are trained to interact with visitors through lots of positive reinforcement, according to the farm owners. But we like to think they also really liked us.

toddler looking at goats

cute gold and black goat

And then, after about a half hour or so, although we really didn’t want to leave these cuddly cuties, it was time to go.

petting goat

One last neck scritch before we go.

On our way off the farm, we bought some goat milk, which, luckily for us, they also sell frozen (this was frozen when we left for home and just about thawed out and ready to drink when we got home). It tastes pretty much like cows’ milk to us, if you’re wondering.

Goat milk

And we purchased something we’ve been wanting to try for a long time — goat milk soap. At only $4 for a lemon-scented bar, it seemed like a bargain and we can’t wait to try it. Just touching it when it’s dry, you can feel how soft it is; it seems like it will be amazing for our skin.

bar of goat milk soap

It was definitely a fun time and I would love to go back for goat yoga. I will be leaving the pocketbook in the car though! 🙂

goat in pocketbook

Sorry goat, still no treats.

 


Crazy Novelty Guy makes a wide variety of pet magnets available

Reading Time: < 1 minuteMELBOURNE, Florida (PRWEB) — Crazy Novelty Guy of Melbourne, Florida will now carry Imagine This Company’s full line of pet related novelty magnets, stickers and signs after entering a wholesale distributorship agreement with the Richmond, Virginia-based company.

Crazy Novelty Guy, founded in 2012, is a wholesale distributor of a wide variety of novelty products, including bumper stickers, decals, magnets, signs and more. Crazy Novelty Guy carries thousands of products in dozens of different categories, including pets, political, military, humor and more.

All products carried by Crazy Novelty Guy are made in the United States.

Crazy Novelty Guy distributes novelty products throughout the world. Clients include small mom-and-pop gift stores, pet shops, flea markets and variety retailers, as well as large online companies and national chain stores.

Imagine This Company, founded in the early 1990s, is the original manufacturer of the well-known dog bone shaped and paw shaped magnets often seen on the backs of cars throughout the United States.

I love dogs magnet

In addition to magnets for every breed of dog, cat, bird and horse imaginable, Imagine This Company also manufactures political candidate products such as signs and magnets.

Find all of Imagine This Company’s products on Crazy Novelty Guy’s wholesale website located at: https://www.crazynoveltyguy.com/collections/imagine-this-company

App update lets you hatch, raise and even dress a virtual pet

Reading Time: < 1 minuteSHANGHAI, CHINA (24-7PressRelease) — LeapFun Games is delighted to announce that My Doumi is now available to virtual pet lovers around the world on Google Play to all iOS and Android users worldwide.

Since its debut launch on the App Store in September 2018, My Doumi enjoyed solid demand from users around the world. LeapFun has since released a second update in December 2018 with enhanced, industry-leading AR capabilities.

Now, My Doumi taps into an entirely new set of users with its launch on Google Play. Both kids and grownups have access to more activities than ever—including harvesting in their own garden, fishing, growing more than 40 exotic plants and flowers, all in the company of their pet Doumi.

The update also features a new currency, and items to play with, such as potions and customizable outfits to personalize their fun-loving pet.

“Today there are so many virtual pet games for people to play, but My Doumi is set apart by the unique and magical connection that can be made with Doumi,” said Jeffrey Uppelschoten, Lead Game Designer. “Just like the connection established with a real pet you have a home, players meet Doumi from the moment it hatches and help raise it to a fully-grown pet.”

The free app can be downloaded at the following links.

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.leapfun.doumi&referrer=utm_source%3DPR%26utm_medium%3Dmaypr

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1251781928?pt=657178&ct=maypr&mt=8

By the way, if you like virtual pet games and can’t get enough of them, or are looking for a specific type of pet, this link is a good place to go: http://www.virtualpet.com/vp/links/links.htm

At the above link, you’ll find links to virtual horses, dogs, cats, cows, bulls, fish and even therapeutic virtual pets, as well as other types of pets.