Urban Paw: Pet People with Heart Making Inventive & Stylish Pet Beds

Urban Paw Pet Bed Company Joins Pets with People by Offering Innovative Beds that Contribute to the Well-Being of All!

Company Donates Percentage of Profits to Efforts to Reduce Pet Homelessness!


Urban Paw LogoUrban Paw is a new niche website for pet parents of a certain persuasion …. The high-class, no-sass, looking-for-a-pet-bed kind! Pet products at Urban Paw range from lovely suede dog and cat beds to fuzzy, beautiful blankets, and wonderfully crafted houses and huts (which we all know the kittehs appreciate. Can I get a MOL?). They also feature inventive 2-in-1 beds, cozy mats and mod sofa beds, and comforting pillow and orthopedic beds. Thus, if you need a pet bed, you cannot go wrong on this website. Or with the people fabulous behind it…

Urban Paw is even more paw-some in our book because of their mission and ethics. Check it out:

“It is our mission to reduce the number of homeless pets in shelters by developing and donating to high-impact, “outside-the-box” initiatives that have the potential to increase adoption rates and/or reduce intake rates at shelters.”

“Ten percent (10%) of all profits generated by urban paw are dedicated to this.”

How sweet is that? Pretty darn, if you ask us! And so are the all Urban Paw pet beds, BTW, BOL! We were lucky enough to try a Samson Airloft dog bed for Cricket, and I must tell you that, despite how absolutely out-of-control-barreling-through-the-house-like-a-80-pound-white-fluffy-bull-in-a-china-shop Cricket may be during the day, when his head hits this bed after the sun goes down, he is out like a light! It’s just magical! We delight in it every night and have come to call the new beautiful dog bed one of Cricket’s woobies! (A “woobie” is an extremely important, very near and dear toy/stuffed animal to a small child…Comes from the 80’s movie “Mr. Mom” with Michael Keaton. Yes, my pets have woobies.)

One of the cool things about ordering from this site is that they have a live rep available on Chat to answer product questions, etc. Gotta say, that was very helpful. Prices are just right, too. For a modern and sophisticated pet bed that holds its weight in terms of health benefits, you, again, can’t go wrong.

Samson Airloft Bed in Allure and Mineral

Samson Airloft Bed in Allure and Mineral

Another cool thing?

Just for being a special ThoughtsFurPaws.com reader, you can get 10% off your order at Urban Paw now through 9/7/2015! And get this – 20% of the profits from your order will go to their charities! Please simply use code TFP at checkout to receive your discount.

Urban Paw was selected by ThoughtsFurPaws.com for a review because of WHO they are in addition to WHAT they offer. This company has heart – and soul. It says so right on the website and comes to fruition every time you talk to an associate: Through innovation we strive to lessen the environmental impact and contribute to the well-being of people and pets.  Finding alternative materials for our products, such as soy-based foam rather than regular petroleum-based, reduces the toxic emissions in our atmosphere and makes them safer to use. We understand the climb to sustainability is a gradual process, and we aim to take one step at a time towards a better world for pets, people and our planet.”

Urban Paw is one of the most whole-hearted pet companies I have yet met. I also greatly appreciate their “Urban PAWtners” program, which gives under-funded rescue groups and shelters that are faced with extreme fundraising difficulties a, “give-back program like no other. Through Urban PAWtners, participating rescues receive up to 50% of all sales they refer to our website!” Urban Paw is also working with Best Friends Animal Society at this time to develop further creative initiatives toward the mission.

For more information, check out www.urbanpawpet.com, or visit this paw-some pet company on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.


*All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Urban Paw, and the Administrator received a trial product. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

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“Shaun the Sheep” Movie Wows Kids of All Sizes (& Ages!); Promotes Animal Rescue & Responsible Pet Ownership to Children

Posted on August 6th, 2015 in Pet Adoption, Pets in the News, Rescue Pets

“Shaun the Sheep” Now Open Nationwide; Will Surely Elicit Giggles & Belly Laughs from Your Kiddos! 

Shaun Poster FINALShaun the Sheep better prepare himself…he’s about to be a huge star with the little ones (when I say ‘little ones,’ I mean those teeny bi-peds in our lives that we all love so much who giggle at things like farting sheep and bouncing, blundering dogs like Bitzer!) (Okay, I admit, even I laughed at the farting sheep…!) (Check out Shaun the Sheep movie trailer here.)

Yes Shaun has found his calling in Hollywood – and I’d say it’s making kids laugh – hard. Well at least that’s what the lovable, furry fuzzball did to the entire theater when I saw the namesake movie this past Monday night in Cleveland. Brought to you by LionsGate®, I had told my BFF after the furry flick that half the fun was giggling right along with the little wubs in the theater who were excitedly dancing about as Shaun and rest of the flock escaped the countryside for the big city to save their owner.

After all, it is after Shaun decides to take a day off and have some fun with Mr. Farmer that he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix-up with the farmer/his owner, a whole feathery-fuzz-bearing caravan, and one very steep hill lead them all to the “Big City.” It’s up to Shaun and the rest of his precious, precocious flock to return everyone safely to the green grass and safe pastures of home.

It was during this effort that I realized something. I was extremely impressed (and equally pleased) by the fact that the screenwriters chose to send a message about animal adoption and rescue among all the fantastic folly that happens in this movie…


So at one point, the animal warden gets a hold of Shaun and all the sheep end up in the pound/animal control. It is here that they not only make friends with a rescue dog, but it’s here that they watch a human couple come in and lovingly adopt an animal and take him carefully home in their arms. All the animals “ooh” and “ahh” over the adoption. And – get this – so did all the kids in the theater. This message is NOT lost on them. What a WONDERFUL thing to do and I send a big thank you to LionsGate, Aardman and StudioCanal for the amazing efforts. Not only for that, but this movie on a whole promotes responsible pet ownership. You’ll understand when you see it, I promise!

(Soapbox rant over.)

Shaun the Sheep, the Farmer, and Bitzer the Dog.

Shaun the Sheep, the Farmer, and Bitzer the Dog.

Shaun the Sheep” is a StudioCanal and Aardman Animations production, produced by Julie Lockhart and Paul Kewley from Aardman Animations (“Wallace and Gromit,” “Chicken Run”). It was written and directed by Mark Burton and Richard Starzak. For more Shaun fun, check out the ewe-some stuff on his Facebook page here! Shaun is also on Twitter at @shaunthesheep. Finally, you can find all kinds of cool stuff on the Shaun the Sheep website, things like games, coloring pages, photo fun, and much more! Check it out at www.shaunthesheepmovie.com.

Be sure to check out #ShauntheSheep on your favorite social media sites to join the convo!


*All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Lionsgate Entertainment, and the Administrator received a premiere movie ticket to write this review. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.


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Purina® Unleashes Summer Love with Pure Love for Pets Instant Win Game

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 in Pet Supplies, Pets in the News, Purina

Pet Food Gurus Give Away $45K in Prizes Thru August 12th!

Enter to Win Your Own Prize Package Right Here!

Those pet-loving peeps at Purina are at it again folks…This time they’re launching a fun game that’s aimed at giving away $45,000 in prize packages to persnickety pet peeps like you! (And me!)

The Pure Love for Pets Instant Win Game goes on through August 12, 2015 and you can win a prize package filled with goodies for your own pooches or kittehs! PLfPThe packages are valued at $20 apiece and are chockfull of Purina samples. Head over to www.pureloveforpets.com to enter!

There are also awesome money-saving coupons on the Pure Love for Pets website as well as a list of products appearing in the prize packages.

The best part??? You have a chance to win a prize package right here!

Just leave me a comment telling me about your favorite Purina product, and whether you would prefer a cat package or a dog package, and I’ll choose one winner from the comments!

Contest runs until August 12, 2015 at 9 pm EST. Winner will be notified via email on August 13, 2015.


*All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Nestle Purina Pet Care and the Administrator was compensated. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

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Find Deals & Steals on Pet Meds & Supplies at new Super Site, AffordableVet.net

Posted on July 28th, 2015 in Cats, Dogs, Pet Care, Pet Supplies

Launched in early 2015 by a small group of veterinarians, pet owners and entrepreneurs who refer to themselves humbly as “regular people” who want to “help take care of your pets,” AffordableVet.net is an excellent pet supply and pet medicine website that offers amazing deals along with a convenient, well thought-out user interface. The site, you’ll find, is not only easy-to-use and easier to navigate, but it’s “clean;” that is, compared to the mumbo-jumbo of ads/pop-ups you’ll see on similar pet med sites.

AVet.netAccording to the founders of AffordableVet.net, “Most pet medication websites are burdened by images and text you don’t need to read, and are full of phony sales meant to make you feel like you’re getting a deal. We created the opposite – a clean, easy to search website without sales or confusion. Come here, get what you need, and get it shipped to your door. It’s affordable, and it’s so easy.”

AffordableVet.net is still a veterinarian-owned and -operated company, soon to be a fully licensed pharmacy with on-staff pharmacists that can fulfill Rx orders nationally. It currently offers an array vitamins, supplements, treats, toys and supplies for dogs and cats alike. In the very near future, it will be a fully functioning pet med site as well. (The process is slow!)

AffordableVet.net also has a pretty active blog that has topics of interest, plus an engaging social media presence.

“Despite being a new store, we’re competing with the big boys like PetMeds and Fosters & Smith. We offer a low price guarantee on everything we sell. 100% of our products also sold by PetMeds are cheaper than PetMeds. We also offer free shipping on all medication products, regardless of order total. To our knowledge, we’re the only store doing that,” said one of the founders.

We were able to experience the simplicity of the website when we ordered a few products last month, including some vitamins, coat-cleaning spray solution and cat treats. The process was a cinch! We enjoyed that we could easily move from the shopping cart to the “same place on previous page” (i.e. middle of the page instead of starting at top again) with ease – and no site or programming hiccups. (I personally, as a digital marketer and SEO nerd, found this functionality to be near miraculous as most e-commerce sites, in this industry and others, do the SEO and the UI wrong.) Anyhoo- I also enjoyed the wide range of product on the site. I must have spent a good 30 minutes deliberating between this kind of new cat treat for skin/coat and that new dog allergen spray to keep Cricket from itching. In the end, I was all-around pleased with my not-complicated or ridden with site errors shopping experience! AffordableVet.net did it right! And they’ve earned my business!

For more information or to engage with this awesome new brand, head over to their Facebook page or Tweet them at @affordvet_net or check out their Pinterest page!

DISCLOSURE: All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with AffordableVet.net and the Administrator, and the Administrator received a trial product for review. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

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Plato Pet Treats Launches “Plato Wags Back” Program to Support Homeless Dogs & Veterans

Program Provides Treats & Financial Assistance to Rescues & Adoption Centers Throughout U.S.

As part of its mission to provide health and safety for dogs through nutrition, California-based wholesome dog treat maker Plato Pet Treats announced its first-ever Plato Wags Back program recently.

Now this is cool…Plato Wags Back

With the purchase of a bag of Plato Pet Treats, Plato will provide meaningful financial and product donations to rescues and shelters across the U.S. to help ensure that dogs are treated with love until they find their forever home. Additionally, throughout 2015, Plato Wags Back will directly aid three California rescue-based organizations – Shelter to Soldier, Fresno Bully Rescue and Labsandfriends.org – that either feed and care for homeless dogs or help enhance the lives of veterans who need assistance animals.

Plato Wags Back’s mission is to champion the love and bond between dogs and people by treating every dog with kindness while enabling them to live a safe and healthy life. To make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs, supporters can participate in the program in the following ways:

-With the purchase of Plato Pet Treats, a donation will be made to animal rescues.

-Through Dec. 31, 2015, for every new Like on the Plato Pet Treats Facebook page, $1 will be donated to support veterans post deployment. Follow the page to learn about other ways to help homeless animals.

There are close to 7 million homeless pets in the U.S., with nearly 2.7 million animals likely to be euthanized this year alone. Compelled by these staggering statistics, Plato Pet Treats formalized Plato Wags Back to encourage Americans to help homeless pets and consider adoption.

Aaron Merrill, co-founder of Plato, with a female employee and canine friend!

Aaron Merrill, co-founder of Plato, with a female employee and canine friend!

“Dogs give us so much love and we want to return that love to dogs who need it most,” said Aaron Merrell, co-founder and co-owner of Plato Pet Treats. “From sponsoring dog runs to adopting our first “Plato” canine to be trained as a service companion for a U.S. veteran, we are ecstatic to provide a voice to homeless animals through Plato Wags Back. Our goal is to continue to grow our program year over year to make a significant impact on the pet homelessness epidemic in our country.”

Plato Wags Back Partner Organizations

Shelter to Solider – A non-profit organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to be psychiatric service companions for wounded combat veterans. Every 63 minutes a U.S. veteran commits suicide and every 11 seconds an animal is euthanized. Shelter to Soldier works to aid and partner together two- and four-legged friends. Through the Wags Back program, Plato will fund the complete training of one dog (named Plato) at the San Diego-based training school. In addition, every Shelter to Soldier dog adopted will go home with wholesome, all natural Plato treats.

Fresno Bully Rescue (FBR) – A volunteer-based, non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing Bully breed dogs in the Central Valley of Calif. Because of foreclosures in the state, an overwhelming amount of dogs are being surrendered and Bully breeds are typically the first to be euthanized if no one adopts or rescues them. Plato Wags Back will support FBR’s spay and neuter program.

Labsandfriends.org – An organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of Labrador retrievers and their “friends” in the greater Los Angeles area. The group’s goal is to find the right family for every animal they rescue by providing education and compassion. Labsandfriends.org is run completely by volunteers, so all donations go toward helping animals in need. Plato Wags Back will be sponsoring one of the Lab runs located at Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA Pet Adoption Center in Los Angeles.

For more information on Plato Wags Back, visit PlatoPetTreats.com or Facebook.com/PlatoPetTreats.

About Plato Pet Treats

To meet the need for a truly healthy and safe treat alternative for dogs, Plato Pet Treats formulated a series of all-natural treats and supplements, including Plato Pet Treats Small Bites®, Plato Pet Treats Real Strips®, Plato Pet Treats Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil® and Plato Pet Treats Thinker Sticks®. Family-owned and -operated, all Plato Pet Treats are slow-roasted in-house in Fresno, Calif. Unlike most pet treats, each ingredient can be traced back to its original source. Only fresh vegetables and meat ingredients are baked in the organic-certified facility – the Plato Way.

More information on the entire Plato Pet Treat product line can be found at PlatoPetTreats.com or Facebook.com/PlatoPetTreats.

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