Messenger Dog is a communication system that gets hooked up to a dog for use during disasters when normal ways of communication are unavailable. It can record voices or video messages as well so that families can identify and send information to other family members, and even store geographical information. The dogs can work in teams and spread out from a central location, returning to that base camp with data that human volunteers can download and view.
Gizmodo’s post about this concept had me cracking up.
Every year since 2003, HeavenSent Bulldog Rescue holds their annual Bullyfest in Southern NJ, a festival dedicated to the mushy-faced, wrinkly, underbited, snoring, grunting, belching, farting and all-around lovable bulldog. The fest has been growing steadily every year and last year it was so big that this year it had to be held at a new location. It was this past weekend, and my husband and I went and brought the pups, as Lulu is an American Bulldog. Surprisingly, there was only one other AB there!
Rachael Rossman will create a picture perfect watercolor painting of your furry friend. Her signature style looks like beautiful water droplets on paper. Rachael lives and works in Oregon where she is also a mom with a day job (I don’t know how she does it all!). If you are interested in having a portrait done (she also does people!), contact her here or you can visit her Etsy shop.
Can you recognize the famous pair in the first portrait?
Have you ever wondered exactly how much pee is on your rug? Do you REALLY want to know?
This LED light called Urine-Off will help you find those pesky, smelly urine stains even if your eyes can’t. Under the UV light, dry urine will show as a dull yellow color.
Ha. These are cute! Choose from Beware of Dog with one bite or two!
Ruff Ruff and Meow creates custom dog tees, tanks, and bandanas with cute, fun sayings. Some of them are also holiday and political-themed. They even have matching human tanks.
Yesterday, I went to the gym then came home to this:
That used to be a roach trap. Mr. Beans man decided to chew it to bits. I guess he smelled the yummy stuff in the center. Anyway, I immediately called the vet who directed me to the Pet Poison Helpline. I’m so glad we called. Turns out, Beans will be OK — there isn’t anything in those traps that causes harm to dogs. I think the situation would have been different had he actually eaten the entire thing rather than just chewed on it.
For the record, we’re not bad dog owners. We don’t leave the traps out where the dogs can get to them. It just so happens that the maintenance guy came to fix our ice maker and moved the refrigerator around a bit, leaving one of the traps in a place where Beans (obviously) could get to it.
Anyway, Pet Poison Helpline was super helpful. I asked them to send me more information about them and what they do. Under the direction of Dr. Justine Lee, Pet Poison Helpline is a 24/7 animal poison control based out of Minneapolis, and they pride themselves on being one of the most cost-effective animal poison controls out there today (a $35/incident case vs. ASPCA?s $70/case). Unfortunately, because animal poison controls aren?t state or federally funded, they require a small per incident fee to run a 24/7 service. Hey, that’s a small price to pay for my dog’s safety. They also have a free newsletter, Facebook page, and Twitter account!
They even sent me over a copy of their Spring Toxins PDF — click here to download it.