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Summer Pet Dangers Infographic

Posted on July 14th, 2015

With the hot weather setting in, the ASPCA and I want to remind everyone that amidst the fun and games, pet health should be kept a priority to guarantee a safe summer season for all family members, furry four-leggers included!

To keep dogs and cats out of harm’s way, the ASPCA has created a helpful infographic: 5 Summer Dangers for Pets. (I would simply insert the graphic but my sidebar is entirely too wide to accommodate infographics, sorry.)


Fireworks & Thunderstorms: Loud noises like firework booms and pops/bangs are one of the top reasons pets go missing, so secure your pet in an escape-proof place, as we all know that July 4th firework celebrations last way longer than Independence Day… If your pet does go missing, download the ASPCA app for a free step-by-step digital toolkit to help find your pet: It’s also a forward-thinking idea to get a PetHub Signal Tag – it’s basically like GPS for your dog and allows you to know where he is at all times through the built-in GPS collar technology. If you have a runner, this is the #1 tool in your toolkit. You can set perimeters for walks, etc. Very cool.

Sun & Heat: High summer temperatures can mean dehydration, overheating and scorched paws. Know the signs of overheating (excessive panting, increased heart rate and weakness) and bring your pup indoors or to a cool, shady place.

Toxic Chemicals: Insecticides, citronella products and glow sticks are toxic to pets. Keep your pet away from areas where chemicals have been sprayed and ensure dangerous products are out of reach.

Parties & Barbeques: If your pet is joining the party, make sure the guests don’t feed Fido human food, particularly grapes, onions, chocolate and avocado.

Hot Cars: Even with the windows open an inch, a car’s temperature can reach over 100° in 10 minutes on an 85° day. Leave your pet safely at home in the air conditioning!

DIY Pet Holiday Gifts & Charitable Gifts for Pet-Lovers

Posted on December 19th, 2014

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.)


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 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
  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, All opinions herein are those of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with the ASPCA and our Administrator. never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the circulation of misinformation.

9LIVES® Cat Food Launches Morris’ Rescue Watch, Benefiting ASPCA® & Local Shelters

Posted on September 30th, 2013

Morris the Cat and 9Lives® Cat Food Ask Fans to Feed Cats in Need by Watching & Submitting Funny Cat Videos

Before he had a loving home, a comfy bed, and a slew of squeaky toys, Morris the Cat was adopted from a shelter. Now, the most famous cat-celebrity in the world, Morris the Cat of 9Lives® cat food, is giving back. 9Lives Morris’ Rescue WatchSM is a campaign to generate food donations for local shelter cats by encouraging cat lovers to do what they love and already do anyway– watch cat videos! Anyone can participate by simply watching 9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch videos on For every view 9Lives® cat food will donate one meal to a shelter, up to 1 million meals!

Additionally, now through October 18, 2013, Morris is encouraging fans to submit their own fun cat videos to for a chance to be one of three winners to each receive a year’s supply* of 9Lives® cat food and a $3,000 donation to a shelter of their choice.

“It’s time to put the hours we spend watching cat videos to good use!” said Morris the Cat. “Whether you’re watching one of the videos or sending me a video of your own kitty on camera, each view will help care for a cat in need.”


Morris and 9Lives® brand cat food are proud to support the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to help cats most in need.  With the ASPCA’s help, the 9Lives® cat food donation of up to 1 million meals will go to shelters where they can do the most good.

“9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch is a fun, easy, and interactive way for cat lovers to help feed and care for cats in need across the country,” said Carrie Schliemann, Director of Cat Food Marketing at Del Monte Foods. “With the increased popularity of watching and sharing funny cat videos, we know fans will help make a big impact on the lives of shelter cats. We’re thrilled to partner with the ASPCA in a continued effort to ensure that every cat lives well.”


Throughout the years, Morris has made it his mission to help cats live well. In 2006 and 2007, Morris led Morris’ Million Cat Rescue adoption campaign and traveled the country to raise awareness and facilitate more than 1 million cat adoptions.

Morris and 9Lives® are proud to support the ASPCA®. Founded in 1866, the ASPCA is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. Like the ASPCA, 9Lives® believes that all cats deserve to live well, and living well starts with eating well. 9Lives® cat food offers great taste and nutrition to help keep cats happy and healthy.

To support 9Lives Morris’ Rescue Watch by watching a funny video or submitting your own video, visit For additional information on 9Lives® cat food, visit

*A year’s supply calculated as 15 bags of 13 lb. cat food to be awarded in the form of one (1) Visa® gift card; approximate retail value: $142.50 USD.

5 Tips to Keep Your Pets’ Pearly Whites in Top Shape

Posted on February 2nd, 2013

Most pet parents know there’s no better alarm clock than a nose full of warm pet breath in the morning.

But did you know your pet’s bad breath might be a warning sign of oral problems that can actually have an impact on their overall health?

Like humans, pets can suffer from plaque buildup on their teeth, which can lead to bad breath, gingivitis, receding gums, loss of teeth and infections. In fact, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will have oral disease by the time they’re 3 years old.

It’s always a good idea to make sure a veterinarian examines your pet at least once a year. Your veterinarian can check for general health issues and take a look at your pet’s choppers. Some pet insurance plans, like ASPCA Pet Insurance, have coverage for wellness care that can include annual exams and yearly dental cleanings.

Here are some other tips to help you care for your furry friend’s pearly whites at home:

  1. Do the sniff test. Take a whiff of your pet’s breath. It probably won’t smell fresh and lovely, but it shouldn’t smell foul or offensive, either. If you cringe at the scent, you should visit your veterinarian to make sure your pet isn’t suffering from digestive issues or gum disease.
  2. Get a good look. Pets tend to hide pain and discomfort, so it’s important to check their mouths regularly. Face your pet towards you, and gently lift his or her lips. Look around for inflammation, discoloration, ulcers or loose teeth. If you see something that doesn’t look right, contact your veterinarian.
  3. Brush regularly. Brushing your pet’s teeth on an ongoing basis may sound like a daunting task, but it’s an inexpensive way to avoid potentially serious health problems in the future.
  4. Check his or her diet. The food your pet eats can impact dental health. Crunchy pet food or a combination of dry and wet food can keep your pet’s mouth cleaner than soft food, which tends to stick more. Ask your veterinarian to recommend pet food that’s good for dental hygiene.
  5. Offer chew toys. Toys made for chewing can perform double duty by satisfying your pet’s natural urge to chomp and promoting dental health. Chewing massages the gums and can remove soft tartar. But be careful not to let your pet chew on hard toys that can injure his or her mouth or fracture teeth.

Congress Passes Legislation Protecting Military Dogs

Posted on December 21st, 2012

ASPCA applauds measure ensuring adoption, veterinary care for retired military dogs

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today applauds the U.S. Congress for passing legislation to protect military dogs.

Included as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, the measure provides significant steps for the protection of retired military dogs by streamlining the adoption process and authorizing a system of veterinary care for the retired animals at no expense to taxpayers.

The Defense Authorization bill now moves to President Barack Obama for his signature.

This provision was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) through the leadership of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in the U.S. Senate and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both legislators introduced similar legislation to assist military dogs, the Canine Members of the Armed Forces Act, earlier this year.

“Military dogs are true heroes—they play a critical role in our nation’s defense,” said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. “These amazing dogs have been loyal to us in extreme circumstances and deserve to be properly cared for and adopted into good homes after such unwavering service to their country. We thank Senator Blumenthal and Representative Jones for ensuring these heroic dogs’ health and well-being is properly cared for.”

Military dogs successfully perform many important and dangerous duties that can be difficult, if not impossible, for humans. After years of service, military dogs deserve a safe retirement option and may require expensive veterinary care to treat health issues related to their dedicated service. Establishing a long-term, reliable source of support for that care will ensure that our nation’s commitment to the dogs’ well-being extends beyond their period of military service.

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The bill also streamlines the adoption process by standardizing the transfer of retired military dogs from foreign soil back to the United States, where they can be permanently placed into loving homes.

“Military working dogs are so crucial to the safety of our service members, and it is our job to provide them with the love and care that they so honorably deserve when they are retired,” said Rep. Jones. “I would like to thank Senator Blumenthal for his leadership in the Senate and all the organizations, such as the ASPCA, who have supported our efforts.”

“I am pleased that this year’s NDAA will recognize the importance of military working dogs by providing for their care,” added Sen. Blumenthal. “These dogs have saved countless human lives through their vital work and deserve to be honored in this way. I thank Congressman Jones and the organizations that have worked so hard to ensure that these canine heroes receive the care they deserve. I will continue to work with these key organizations to ensure that the Department of Defense implements the provisions of the NDAA that will establish standards of care for retired military working dogs, allow for the transport of retiring dogs working overseas back to the United States, and provide for recognition of their service.”

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