Temptations® Cat Treats Launches #PackAttack: Real Cats, Real Treats, Real Videos, Real Fun!

User-Generated Content Inspires Cat Video Campaign; Users Encouraged to Submit Their Own #PackAttack Temptations® Video

How many of us absolutely adore the antics of our furry felines? How many of us get a total kick out of said feline furballs flying and flinging themselves around the house after toys, nip and treats? (Raise your hand. Mine are both up.)

Right – exactly.

So leave it to that Temptations Logotantalizing and tasty kitty-cat treat brand, Temptations® to share with us an awesomely enjoyable and ultimately enterable video campaign, the #PackAttack. They’re hoping to convey and emote just how humorous, cute, endearing, etc. it is that our kittehs will go to any lengths for their fave treats…

Temptations® brand started #PackAttack because they noticed a pattern of user-generated photos and videos of undeniably destroyed packs of cat treats uploaded by consumers. (MOL, MOL) Inspired by these stories of real cats going to extremes to tear into packs of delicious treats, Temptations® launched #PackAttack, which showcases this real cat behavior that’s been entertaining us for years– and encourages consumers to share their own #PackAttack experiences. So just how far will your cats go to get to those tantalizing scrumptious treats? (I know my Mad Max will actually open the pantry door, abscond with the bag, and drag it out of the kitchen into privacy if its within reach, MOL.)

 

 

Here’s the original #PackAttack video:

This funny cat video, comprised of user-generated videos, is evidence (like we really needed it…) that our sweet kittehs just can’t keep their pitter-pattering paws (or, more appropriately, their teeth) off of Temptations®; you can see all sorts of cats of all ages on the video tearing up the treat packages to pieces, ripping them to shreds, dragging them around, sniffing and pawing intently and more! It’s very amusing!

The #PackAttack campaign definitely demonstrates the irresistibility of Temptations® cat treats, of which I was already acutely aware, thank you very much Maxwell Anderson Smith (and Sasha, too!).  In addition to the finished video cut, a reel of the making-of the video highlights real cats’ indisputable affection for the treats and demonstrates what happens when cats are introduced to Temptations® treats, proven by the oh-so-many visuals of torn-open treat packages.

And guess what? The Temptations® brand wants to keep hearing from genuine, real-world cat lovers about their #PackAttack experiences! Brand fans and cat-lovers are encouraged to share their cat stories, photos or videos on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #PackAttack! If your cat goes to extremes to get his paws on Temptations® treats, join the brand’s campaign by posting your #PackAttack photos!

For more information on Temptations® treats, the #PackAttack campaign or to check out the video, visit Facebook.com/Temptations.

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DIY Pet Holiday Gifts & Charitable Gifts for Pet-Lovers

Pet Holiday Gift Ideas from the ASPCA are Fun, Festive & Functional!

Enter to Win a Holiday Gift Pack Chock Full of Goodies!

So all of us are uber-busy celebrating and/or preparing for this most festive of seasons, right? The turkey and the trimmings, the brisket and potato latkes…Well, as your fur-baby’s forum hostess, (OK so I’m not a baby, nor do I have fur, but I do own this blog! MOL/BOL), I feel it’s my duty to give you more details on pet lovers’ gifts and gifts for pets this joyous holiday season. The fine folks at one of my favorite animal welfare organizations, ASPCA, put together a helpful gift guide here for those with and without paws because, well, the ASPCA is cool like that! (If you’re down for more pet gifts, check out my ThoughtsFurPaws 2014 Pet Holiday Gift Guide.)

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For DIY enthusiasts or those trying to cut back on holiday shopping costs, I suggest these fun Do-It-Yourself pet toys and treats:

  • For dogs, braid together two strips of an old t-shirt for a fun chew toy. Directions and photo here.
  • For cats, use a t-shirt and a few easy to find household items to create a cozy cat tent. Directions and photo here.
  • Since cats love tuna, this quick and easy treat will keep them occupied during your special holiday dinner… Photo with directions here.
  • For tasty a reward, make pumpkin pie cookies (perfect for both cats and dogs) with this simple recipe. Photo with directions here.

If you’re looking for something a bit different, how about considering one of the awesome gifts from the ASPCA’s Online Store? After all, they are gifts that give back…They have delights including:

There are also choices you can make this holiday season to help those less fortunate furballs… The purchase of one or more of the following gifts is considered charitable in that it too can make a significant difference for an animal in need:

So perhaps the best news is this: one lucky person will win an awesome ASPCA holiday gift pack for themselves (or to give to another) on ThoughtsFurPaws.com. The gift pack includes an ASPCA mug, tote and blanket, plus more items like dog and cat toys, cookies (human) and Swiffer cleaning products!

ASPCA 2014 Holiday Gift PackHere are the rules and details you’ll need to know to enter to win:

  1. Tweet this blog post OR anything about the contest using hashtag #ASPCAT4PHolidays
  2. Enter up to two photos of your dog or cat in a holiday scene by emailing them to me or Tweeting them to me using the above hashtag.
  3. Pets DO NOT have to be dressed up, but we want the photo to have a seasonal tone (wintry, holiday, etc.)
  4. Please use a cute caption with your photo, and/or tell us why you love the ASPCA.
  5. Again, entries are accepted beginning now, via Twitter or via email to thoughtsfurpaws@gmail.com.
  6. The last day to get your entries in is Saturday, December 27 at noon EST.
  7. One winner will be announced that same day in the late afternoon; he/she will be contacted separately via email or Twitter by the Administrator.
  8. Two original photo entries per person only please.
  9. If emailing, please put this in the subject line: “ASPCA Holiday Pet Photo Contest

*Contest being sponsored by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), in conjunction with this blog, ThoughtsFurPaws.com. All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with the ASPCA and our Administrator. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the circulation of misinformation.

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Win a Trip to the Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge®; Enter Online for More Prizes!

Do you long to experience the California Coastline? Are you craving a bit of beachy-keen excitement? Are you eagerly anticipating the, um, agility course and doggie-diving platform, like me??

Wait, what???

Yeah, that’s right, I said doggie-diving…

Pro Plan FoodPurina® is hosting the Western Regionals for its famous Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® in Orange County, CA’s dazzling surfing mecca, Huntington Beach, next year. It’s my official bloggerly duty to tell you how YOU could win tickets to it (a 3-day stay!) and to give you the deets on the other paw-some prizes and how to get ‘em!

The Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® Sweepstakes is a premier event that showcases absolutely uncanny canine talent from all over the US. You’ll be able to see amazing dogs competing in agility, disc, racing and more! The nationwide event is an Olympic-style showcase that will blow your hair back! I actually got to see some of the action at Purina Farms once and I can assure you it’s exciting and like nothing you’ve seen before. (Seeing those Jack Russells race across the field is priceless!) Competitions include head-to-head weave pole racing, large and small dog agility courses, fetching and more. In the doggie diving competition, a crowd favorite event, dogs take a running leap off a 40-foot dock into a 19,000-gallon swimming pool!

The Western Regionals will be held in the spring of 2015 in southern California. One lucky Sweepstakes winner will get two roundtrip airline tickets, a 3-day/2-night hotel stay in hot and hoppin’ Huntington Beach, ground transportation and spending money, PLUS a $500 PetSmart gift card! WHOA!

So how do you enter? Well go ahead and visit the Purina® Pro Plan® Incredible Dog Challenge® Sweepstakes page and enter away! The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, D.C. who own a dog. Internet access and a valid email address are required to participate. The Sweepstakes runs through noon EST on December 30.

If you’d prefer to do something a bit lower key, then you can take part in the social media contest I’m having, too/instead! Simply head to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and useIncredible Dog Challenge the hashtags #GreatDog2014 and #ThoughtsFurPaws; then explain how the photo exemplifies your dog being a great dog. If you’re entering on Facebook, you do not have to use the #T4P hashtag: you may post directly to the page to enter here.

Three winners will be awarded a bag of Purina® Pro Plan® valued at $17.99. This contest, presented by Purina® and hosted on ThoughtsFurPaws.com, starts TODAY – NOW!

You may enter through December 30, 2014 at noon EST; three winners will be announced later that evening. Don’t forget to show me some grrrr-eat dogs in your photo entry – and use #GreatDog2014 and #T4P.

About Purina® Pro Plan®

Bring out the best in your dog! Formulated by experts. Trusted by pros. From dry dog food to wet entrees to nutritional supplement bars, Purina® Pro Plan® products are formulated to help you bring out the full potential of your dog. For more information, visit https://www.proplan.com, or find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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Your Happy, Yappy 2014 Holiday Pet Gift Guide

Deck Their “Jawls” and Paws with Dog Toys, Cat Treats & Other Jolly Pet Supplies

Of all things holiday on your mind, particularly shopping (but let’s not leave out wrapping, cooking, baking, etc.), sometimes the last “person” to get crossed off that famous holiday gift list is the family pet (or pets). (This is definitely not the case in my house BTW. The pets each get their own sizable box!). Some people choose to spoil their animals during the holiday season, some don’t celebrate, and some do but just don’t overdo it like we do here in the Smith household…  (@#$#! B/MOL) 

So no matter what type of holiday pet shopper and gifter you are, I’ve compiled a pretty darn sweet list of dog Christmas gifts, holiday cat gifts, and holiday-themed pet-lover gifts just for you to make it easier for you to be choosy and safe. From PetSafe® to Kyjen®, I present a thorough and well-rounded pet holiday gift guide for you! Feel free to leave me any feedback in the comments if you wish!

 ThoughtsFurPaws Pet Holiday Gift Guide

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Why You Need To Insure Your Pets

Posted on November 19th, 2014 in Cats, Dogs, Pet Insurance

We are a nation of animal lovers. Nationwide, there are millions of domestic animals kept as pets. From dogs, cats, fish and rabbits right through to more exotic pets like snakes and pot-bellied pigs, it is extremely easy to become emotionally attached to your animals. Most of us take pets in as if they were a part of the family, and people enjoy the experience of living with and caring for their animals. In many cases, it is the human characteristics and personality traits in a pet that make them so endearing, and people of all ages can find an immediate bond with the pets they choose.

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Like humans, pets can from time to time fall ill. This can be a difficult time for pet owners to endure, mainly because of the emotional bonds that have been formed. Pets tend to have shorter lifespans than their owners, so in many respects this is an inevitable part of pet ownership – as with ultimately saying goodbye. This can be traumatic, especially for children, or for those who have spent many years in the company of one particular animal. What is often worse is the fact that veterinary bills can run into the hundreds, even thousands of dollars, for treatment that may be essential to the survival of your pet.

The answer to this is to insure your pets. Every responsible pet owner owes it not just to themselves, but also to their animal, to find pet insurance that covers them in the event of illness and shocking vet bills. No animal should ever have to suffer as a result of the financial incapacity of its owner, yet many do because of a lack of adequate pet insurance cover. Considering the low cost nature of this type of insurance, it is an absolutely essential purchase.

Veterinary bills are often considered to be expensive. In reality, this is a reflection of the degree of specialization and training that has gone in to providing the diagnosis, in a similar way to a medical doctor. In most cases, vets have studied for longer than doctors to reach qualification, which makes sense given the sheer diversity of animals and their inability to communicate specifics about their problems. Vets need to be able to diagnose across species and without these benefits, making it essential to have an in-depth knowledge of the science and anatomy involved. The cost of veterinary drugs is also expensive, again as a result of the degrees of specialization involved. This isn’t helpful for pet owners who need the treatment, but is an essential part of commissioning vet services.

Insurance allows you to effectively spread the costs of any treatment, and if your pet does fall serious ill, or develops a more significant condition, you will save even more money. Insurance effectively

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enables you to define your total costs for vet cover, which is often paid up on a monthly basis. This means that you can predict what your outgoings are going to be, rather than taking the chance that your animal won’t fall seriously ill during its lifetime. For the low cost of pet insurance, this really is common sense.

One of the worst situations to find yourself in as a pet lover is seeing your animal suffering, and not having the financial means to pay for it. This can be as raw as it would be with any family member. Nothing could be more distressing. Insurance removes this problem altogether, because you know that if your animal does need treatment, the money is there to provide it. Similarly, you don’t want to ever have to hesitate before phoning the vet. If veterinary care is needed, it is needed – regardless of the costs. Unfortunately, too many uninsured pet owners find themselves in this extremely unfortunate predicament.

Insuring your pets doesn’t have to be expensive, but it could save you a massive amount of money on the cost of vet bills later on. Most animals will require some form of vet treatment at some stage in their life. Not all of this will be covered by your insurance policy, but the most expensive operations, procedures and illnesses should be covered with the right degree of protection. You still need to choose your insurance provider wisely, as with the degree of cover you need for your pets. But by ensuring you have cover in place, you can sleep easy in the knowledge that you – and your pet – will be safe.

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