Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 Calendars

Hi Everyone! It's hard to believe that this year has almost come to an end. I created a set of calendars this year and did a similar set for 2012.

Any feedback is appreciated. You can download the appropriate sizes below.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Great Last-Minute Gifts For Your Pooch

The holidays can be hectic these days. Dogs have become more important when it comes to shopping. All of the gifts below are available at brick and mortar stores in the US. A few of the stores like PetsMart are located in Canada too. With only a few days left, here are a some ideas for the dog lover and dog in your life:

Boneheads Rain Coat, from Petco

Many raincoats cover the top of a dog but not the bottom. This coat by Boneheads has pretty good coverage by having thick velcro straps around the neck and across the chest.

Luv-A-Pet Christmas Ornaments from PetSmart
These ornaments are available for dog or cat lovers and are great stocking stuffers at only $3.00 each (on sale).

The Dog Whisperer by Paul Owens from Barnes and Noble

This is one of the best books on dog training out there. The other stresses non-violent training which focuses on using positive reinforcement. There is also a gift bundle which includes his other book, Good Habits for Great Dogs. You can find the original book for about $10 USD and the bundle for around $25 USD.

Little Gifts Luggage Tags from Petsmart

These tags are ideal for the pet-loving traveler in your life. They come in variety of tags including: Cat, Chihuahua, Daschund, Labrador, Pug, Schnauzer, Shi Tzu and Yorkshire Terrier. They sell for $7.99 USD on sale.

No Outfit Is Complete Without Doghair t-shirt from PetSmart

This is one of five t-shirts by Life is Ruff with an assortment of colors and funny statements. They cost about $18.00 USD.

This is just a short list of stuff to help you if time has crept up too fast. I wish you all much happiness this holiday season.

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Have you finished your holiday shopping this season?

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Home 4 The Holidays Tweets Results

Last month, Too Kool Doggies readers participated in Home 4 The Holiday Meal Drive. Most of the meal drive happened on Twitter and I'm happy to share the results on Twitter.

As a result there were 61 tweets shared over the holiday weekend which fed over 610 pets. To date, over 3,000,000 bowls of food have been donated to the cause, and with just under a month to go, they may reach their goal.

Below is a special widget that keeps track of Home 4 The Holidays' progress.

We all hope to reach every goal we set. If you would like to support Home 4 The Holidays, please visit the Facebook page. Every like helps to feed more pets. Also, you can view their website.

If a customer buys a specially marked bag of Iams dog food, a meal will be donated to a local dog shelter. Even better news is that if you adopted a pet during the season, you qualify for a $35 dollar rebate.

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How has the Home 4 The Holidays campaign touched your life?

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Friday, December 16, 2011

The Importance Of Good Shoes

Homer with my summer sandals.

Hello Everyone!

I know it's been awhile since my last post. This past semester was really demanding considering that I had classes that were extremely time-consuming. When you combine that with work, it makes it trickier to blog consistently. Anyhow, I'm glad to be back and have missed you much.

The Moment Of Realization

Many times, we take good shoes for granted. A few weeks ago, I had the opposite reaction when I had sharp pains after wearing the new shoes I recently bought a couple of weeks ago. They weren't anything fancy, just a decent pair of Nikes that I bought for everyday wear and walking the dogs that I do.

So what was wrong with them? They were made with no arch support. Usually, when I buy gym shoes, I've never ran into that problem, however since I was looking more at side support first, that totally evaded me.

What then happened is I found my left foot hurting, with sharp throbs of pain going through it. Since I hadn't kept the receipt long enough, I decided to pick up insoles from Target. After the first day, both my feet were sore. After a few days the pain subsided.

Facts About Foot Pain

When you're walking a dog, there's nothing like shoes with good support. Walking puts up to 1.5 times one's bodyweight on the foot. The average person will walk 1,000 miles (1,609 km)in a year's time.

What To Look For

Whenever buying shoes for lots of walking one should:
  • Find a shoe built solidly with arch and side support. You can find one for a reasonable price but watch out for lower quality shoes.
  • Make sure it fits your foot. Nothing should be squeezed or poked. Even in the same size, two pairs of shoes will fit differently on your foot.
  • Can they be waterproofed? Some shoes are pre-treated and others will need a spray. There's nothing worse than getting wet because water soaks through your shoes.
  • If you do lots of walking, look for a shoe that's lightweight. Running or walking shoes are ideal since they are made for that reason. The last thing a runner wants is a heavy shoe. Walking shoes are really popular because of walking's increased popularity as exercise.

With a little time and dedication, you're feet will stay in good condition and remain pain free.

Let's Discuss!

Do you have any stories of unfortunate shoes or what you look for in a great shoe?

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