Monday, 29 September 2014

October is Adopt a Dog Month but dog lovers can help shelters in other ways

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October is Adopt a Dog Month but dog lovers can help shelters in other ways

By Stacey Gonzalez
Oct. 1st marks the beginning of American Humane Association’s Adopt a Dog Month and a growing number of shelters across America are educating the public on the benefits of rescuing. Although adoption is the goal there are many ways in which concerned dog lovers can help out without adopting.


Adopting a dog from a shelter ensures that pet parents will get a healthy pet. This is just one of the many benefits that the Humane Society lists when it comes to rescued pets.

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Pet food recall: September 2014 *UPDATED*

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Pet food recall: September 2014

Bravo Recalls Select Chicken and Turkey Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

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PRESS RELEASE - September 26, 2014 - (Manchester, CT) Bravo of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Turkey and Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Pet food recall: September 2014

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KONG® silent recall of dog treat has consumers questioning brand's integrity

By Stacey Gonzalez
The Dog Food Advisor (DFA) has announced a recall of KONG® Aussie Sticks for dogs due to possible contamination with mold. Although the DFA reported the recall on Sept. 25 no release by the products manufacturer has been made available to the public.


The manufacturer of the chew treat JAKKS Pacific- based in Walnut, California- has yet to issue a release informing customers specific details about where the product was sold such as store locations or online distribution. The recall of the KONG® Aussie Sticks appears to be a "silent recall."

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Paris Hilton spends $13K on the world's smallest Pomeranian

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Paris Hilton spends $13K on the world's smallest Pomeranian
By Stacey Gonzalez
*UPDATED*
Fashion icon, DJ and heiress Paris Hilton is well known for being a fan on small, tea-cup dogs. Her newest pet is Mr. Amazing- an adorable pup that is alleged to be the world’s smallest Pomeranian.
Hilton announced the arrival of Mr. Amazing via Instagram and according to a Sept. 12 report by TMZ the dog cost a pretty penny- $13,000 for the tiny Pom.

Pizza Hut in Australia offers free pet meal deal


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Pizza Hut in Australia under fire for promotion that offers free pet with pizza
Forget the salad- how about a side of hamster with your pizza? One Pizza Hut location in Mount Waverly, Australia (AUS) was offering just that for an unauthorized promotion. The location- just south east of Melbourne- came under fire Sept. 15 when a photo of the promotional sign went viral.

Extraordinary Pet: Onrey

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Extraordinary pet: Onrey has learned the joys of being a dog



By Stacey Gonzalez

Onrey’s life may have not started out on a happy note but his new family are making sure that every day that he spends with them is full of love and light. He won the dog lottery when he found his forever home and has finally been given the life he deserves.

Onrey was about a year old when his family rescued him from Rescue Farm in Spencer, Indiana on July 23, 2012. This Bichon Frise was malnourished when he was discovered and brought to the shelter for rehabilitation. Onrey had never been groomed and didn’t even know how to play with a toy. His family taught him how to love and trust. They demonstrated to him how to play and his heart began to open.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Pizza Hut AUS releases statement about controversial pet promotion


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Pizza Hut in AUS under fire for promotion that offers free pet with pizza

Forget the salad- how about a side of hamster with your pizza? One Pizza Hut location in Mount Waverly, Australia (AUS) was offering just that for an unauthorized promotion. The location- just south east of Melbourne- came under fire Sept. 15 when a photo of the promotional sign went viral.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Paris Hilton spends $13K on world's smallest dog

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Paris Hilton spends $13K on world's smallest dog

Fashion icon, DJ and heiress Paris Hilton is well known for being a fan on small, tea-cup dogs. Her newest pet is Mr. Amazing- an adorable pup that is alleged to be the world’s smallest Pomeranian.

Hilton announced the arrival of Mr. Amazing via Instagram and according to a Sept. 12 report by TMZ the dog cost a pretty penny- $13,000 for the tiny Pom.

Joanne Pauze of Betty’s Tea Cup Yorkies in Calgary claimed to CBC that Hilton’s new dog is the smallest of its breed in the entire world. The dog is alleged to weigh 11.6 ounces and stands 2.5 inches tall.


“My baby just arrived! I am so in love!!!” Hilton posted to Instagram on Sept. 12.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Disaster prep 2014

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BREAKING NEWS

September is FEMA's National Preparedness Month: Learn how to prepare your pet for a natural disaster.


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Monday, 8 September 2014

FEMA advises public to prepare pets for natural disaster

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FEMA advises public to prepare pets for natural disaster

American families may be prepared for a natural disaster but are their pets ready? September is National Preparedness Month sponsored by the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the organization is urging the public to prepare in advance for all types of natural disasters.

“You should do the basics to prepare for hurricanes or any other type of disaster – be informed, make a plan, build a kit and get involved,” FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson said in a September 8 press release. “We encourage you to take things one step further and make sure you are financially ready too.”

Saturday, 6 September 2014

PetPages.com- the next great social network for pet parents


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Join the next great social network for pet parents

Hey pet parents! I wanted to share this wonderful website with you. PetsPage.com is THE social network for pets and pet parents. Create a profile for yourself, your blog or your business. Connect with other pet parents and find veterinarians in your region. Read great pet articles and give your two cents. You can even create a profile for your pet. Check out Paws For Reaction on PetsPage.com


Friday, 5 September 2014

Ontario SPCA asks for public's help with animal cruelty case

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Ontario SPCA asks for public's help while investigating three deceased dogs


The Ontario SPCA (OSPCA) is reaching out to the public for help in Elgin County, Ontario to locate the owner of three dogs found deceased and wrapped in plastic wrap.
"The OSPCA is urging anyone who may have information on who these dogs belonged to, or the owners themselves, to come forward and contact the Society," Senior Inspector Jennifer Bluhm said...

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Army National Guard's dog suspected stolen and still missing

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We need your help to find Zara!

Army National Guard's dog suspected stolen and still missing in Maryland. It is urgent that we share this with as many people as we can to bring this soldier dog home safe. Please read more and share.
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Dog's suffer from separation anxiety during back to school

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How to ease your dog’s separation anxiety linked to back to school

By Stacey Gonzalez

While some parents may be excited to send their kids back to school canine companions may not be so willing to lose the company. When summer's spent frolicking together are suddenly over and the kids start riding the bus again some dogs begin to suffer from a common ailment among pets in America.

In a September 3rd report by Sue Manning of The Associated Press, Dr. Nick Dodman of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts states that nearly 20 per cent of the United States’ 80 million dogs suffer from separation anxiety.

It is something familiar to the many pet parents with full time jobs. However after months of companionship with the kids on summer break dogs get into a routine that is hard to break. This stress and anxiety can lead to destruction and bad behavior.

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Your pet is the next EXTRAORDINARY PET!

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Extraordinary pets!

Do you love your pet? Guess what- we love you for it! We are looking for pets to feature on Paws For Reaction! Is your pet worth a feature! TELL US WHY!

Thanks to some wonderful readers we have told the world about Nova the loving cat who helped her owner get over her grief. We shared the story of Teddy- a remarkable rescue dog given a second chance at a happy life. We were able to get Keira the rescue dog votes in a fantastic contest!  


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