Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cosequin DS Review

Cosequin DS is a joint supplement that helps dogs achieve greater mobility.
As many of you know, Cookie my Cockapoo has had difficulties with her legs. The left hind leg was partially torn and the other hind leg also torn. We're not sure to the extent because it's hard to get good x-rays with her bone structure. Until we have the correct amount saved up for surgery, treating Cookie conservatively is the only option.

Still, she manages to go on walks every day. Many times by the end of the day, she'll be limping. At 10 years old, her joints aren't like they supposed to be, so when the vet recommended Cosequin, I always kept it in mind.

Cosequin And It's Results

These were the things I noticed after Cookie started taking Cosequin DS:

  • She goes the whole day without limping.
  • The tablets are tasty enough to give them to her plain.
  • She is able to jump more easily.
  • There are no known side effects.

Final Conclusion

I highly recommend Cosequin if your dog needs treatment just like Cookie. It's easy to administer and is readily digestable.

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Do you have a dog with the same health issues as Cookie? How do you deal with healthy joints?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Hi Everyone! Happy Valentine's Day! I was really excited to come across this website called Coupaw. Created Exclusively for pets, it offers specials to pet owners by receiving their e-mail newsletter or checking out their website. Similar to Groupon or Living Social, this is a great way for pet owners to find unique deals on anything pet related.

The company started from a simple idea. Last summer, one of the founders of FamilyPet.com had move to New York City. Having come across a fantastic dog walker, this individual raved about the business to all of his friends. In appreciation of the extra business, the dog walking company gave him a huge discount. The idea for Coupaw was soon born.

Now, a national phenomenon, Coupaw offers deals for cities all over the country. Even if you don't live in one of the cities they cover, they have national offers as well. Signing up is easy too. You can either sign up for an account at the website or use your Facebook information to log on to the site.

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What's your favorite way to save on pet purchases?

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Homer, My Hero

This week, I got hit pretty hard with a cold. In the past, I've had an uncanny knack for misplacing my glasses. This time was no different. One night, I fell asleep wearing my glasses and when I woke up yesterday, I couldn't find them anywhere.

I went the whole day without them. I was paranoid because I was concerned that I would have to get a new pair. Considering these were just repaired, that's the last thing I wanted to happen. I went to school and asked my mom to keep an eye out for them.

Then, while I was on break at school, I checked my phone. Sure enough, there was a message from Mom telling me "Guess who found your eyeglasses?" It turned out that Homer had crawled under the bed and took them out with his teeth. Homer has this thing where he'll bring a personal item like a sock or a glove and drop it right on the floor and stand by it wagging his tail. It's as if he saying "Look at what I found, isn't this great?" He then beams with pride at his accomplishment. That was the case with my glasses.

It's a small thing I know. Sometimes the small things make all the difference though.

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Have you ever had your dog bail you out of a minor crisis?

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Monday, February 6, 2012

The Best Dog Commercials Of The Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVI was as popular as ever. With a 47.8 rating and 48.3 rating for the halftime show, most networks would be elated with the ratings. After the game ended, on Twitter, there was an average of 12,233 tweets per second.
  1. The Dog Strikes Back
  2. The ads didn't disappoint either. My favorite ad was The Dog Strikes Back from Volkswagen (pictured above). It was adorable seeing the overweight dog wanting to get through the doggie door and making weight loss as part of its mission. Played by the animal actor Bolt, this St. Bernard/Australian Shepherd mix was a stunner. Many people know how hard it is to lose weight and watching this dog was inspiring. What's even better was that the Volkswagen Beetle, the car being advertised, wasn't shown till the end of the segment. This way the image of the car sticks with you as well as the joy from watching the dog. The only thing I didn't like was the Darth Vader bit at the end. It seemed like it was stuck on to fill time, and had no connection to the cool dog antics.
  3. SKECHERS - GO RUN Mr. Quiggly!
  4. While dogracing is becoming a thing of the past, I was totally impressed by this commercial by Sketchers. The French bulldog Mr. Quiggly was adorable and showed how he stood out in the crowd. It was a very effective way to communicate the brand of Skechers shoes.
  5. Bud Light - "Here We Go" Rescue Dog
  6. I'm not much of a beer drinker, but watching this commercial, I couldn't help but smile. It was so clever in how they used the dog. The most impressive thing about this is the fact that they mentioned rescue dogs and even created a special Facebook Page encouraging adopting rescue pets.

Honorable Mention
Well, those were my favorites. I also enjoyed the ad promoting The Voice. I thought it was clever and hilarious. It reminded me of a cross between The Matrix and Mortal Kombat.

Let's Discuss!

What was your favorite commercial of the Super Bowl?

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Ads of Superbowl XLVI

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I've never been a huge fan of football. Most of the time, I view it as a bunch of grown men tackling each other. However, growing up in a house with my dad and three brothers who were huge sports fans, it was impossible to turn a blind eye to the sport and I gained an appreciation of it.
One can't deny the appeal of Super Bowl XLVI (46).

This year's game is set to draw over 111,000,000 viewers average. I had no idea whom I would be rooting for this year. I kept hearing that everyone wanted the Giants to win and didn't realize that the Patriots were the other team until I heard about Tijuan Underwood.

Photo: Yahoo Sports

I recently read and the fact that he was cut from the team the day before the Superbowl. The kicker is that he was cut for no reason except that it was a "business decision". Never mind that this guy had such pride for his team, he had his hair cut in a special cut celebrating it. That's like not giving a kid his gifts on Christmas morning when all along you were telling the kid how great Christmas is going to be this year. Well, thanks Bill Belicheck, because you've made it easy to choose.

Bring On The Ads!
Thankfully, the Superbowl isn't just about football. For a passive fan such as myself, it's equally enjoyable watching the halftime show as well as the ads. Many people have parties which make it quite a fun atmosphere.

True creativity and brilliance is shown after the kickoff heads to a commercial break. A 30-second ad will cost $3.5 million USD. Many of the ads will go on to win Clio awards. The best of the lot will be responsible for active discussion at the water cooler on Monday morning.

There are going to be at least four ads featuring dogs this year. One of my favorite ads that I got a sneak peek of is The Bark Side From Volkswagen. Another ad that endeared me was Sled by the Subaru Car Company. Promoting the latest car from it's Suzuki line, this ad beautifully shows the sled dogs enjoying a ride in the new Kizashi their owner picked up. Since I don't like spoiling things, I'll leave the rest of what happens to "Tune In Tomorrow."

What's really great about the ad is the backstory. The rapper 50 Cent uses Movin' On Up as the song. The dogs used for the ad were recruited from Alberta, Canada, and were coordinated and handled by Flo Krisko, one of the most respected animal coordinators and trainers in the Motion Picture Industry. It also had the American Humane Association overseeing the shoot so there would be no issues of inappropriate mishandling or abuse.
Help The Red Cross
Also on Super Bowl Sunday, Suzuki will give away BARKCODE® tags to the first 1,000 consumers to register on the Kizashi Kicks website. Each personalized pet identification tag has a scannable 2D code, making it easy for pet owners to be reunited with their four-legged friends when they are lost or even misplaced during a natural disaster.

Every tag that is ordered through the Kizashi Kicks website, BARKCODE®, on behalf of Suzuki, will donate three dollars to the American Red Cross for disaster relief and preparation to help people and pets. For additional information on BARKCODE®, please visit http://www.barkcode.com.

Staying true to form, Subaru is also encouraging dog owners to get out and about with their dogs. Their Facebook Fan Page has a pledge to walk with your dog on Superbowl Sunday so you and your dogs can both benefit from a healthy walk. Whether it's before, after or during the game, one should just do it.

As you can see, the Super Bowl is so much more than just a game.

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What do you like best about the Superbowl? What team are you rooting for this year?

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

When Dating and Dogs Don't Mix

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We all hope to meet someone who makes us feel like one of the people in the picture above. Lately, I've met men who have never been raised around dogs and view them as an animal that belongs outdoors. I've always seen my dogs as members of our household. Both views are realistic, yet as I get older, I'm finding that I've become less tolerant of men who view dogs as a nuisance.

Many times, dogs are a non-issue when you meet someone special. In the beginning of a relationship, it's about discovering one another and enjoying time together. Many people are willing to put the little things like whether or not they like pets aside when they first start dating and then a short while later, their true feelings come out. If one person loves animals and the other would rather be without them, this can be a huge source of contention for the relationship.

I remember watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians one time and there was a scene where Kim's fiance Kris introduced her to his dogs. He was very sure she would warm up to them and then you see her saying to the camera "I love dogs but love them from a distance". When I saw that, the first thing that went off in my head was "RED FLAG". I was hoping that it was something they would overcome. Well, you know the rest.

Knowing your limits

Many couples find a way to compromise on the pet situation to make their relationship flourish. It's important to have honest and clear communication from the beginning. Like everything in a relationship, it should be made clear that there are some things you'll tolerate and other things that are non-negotiable. Since everyone is different, everyone has different opinions on this topic. They are neither right or wrong. One can only hope that the differences balance out.

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How do you feel about dating someone who isn't accepting of your pet?

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