Monthly Archive:: April 2009

Coffee or Kibble? Pet Airways Hits the Skies

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Hitting the road for adventurous junkets and vacations with the Lulu Schmoo and Zazou has become one of my most favorite activities, right up there with anonymously winning the lottery and discussing my theories on LOST to whoever will listen.

Exploring a new city is even more of an adventure when we experience it with our pets as we often serendipitously discover little-known parks and secret paths that would have gone unnoticed had we not been seeking a pit stop for the dogs. As well, traveling with the dogs in tow means we inevitably meet an interesting range of people who either share a love of animals or who have no friends and are simply starving for social interaction.

There are many cities throughout the United States that I’d absolutely love to visit with the dogs, but driving to most of these cities would be quite time-consuming and flying the dogs hasn’t been an option as they’re too large based on cabin-restrictions and they’d likely require a year of post-traumatic stress counseling if they were handled like baggage in the cargo hold.


Scheduling that playdate with Bo Obama just got easier

Pet-Airways-inside-plane-tGood news! These travel limitations are all about to change this summer with the launch of Pet Airways, the first pet-only airline specifically designed so that all pets travel in the main cabin, not in the cargo hold.

According to their website, Pet Airways is specifically designed for the safe and comfortable transportation of pets, with all pets traveling under the continuous care of trained pet attendants. Pets are given regular potty breaks, and the airline assures pet owners that their animals will never be left alone.

 

Sir, I’m sorry, but airline regulations indicate I cannot serve you any more catnip.

The airline announced it would keep pets in special lounges until shortly before departure, then walk them on the plane, where rows of crates await them in the stripped-out main cabin. The airline will start its service July 14, 2009 with fares starting at $150.

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Pet Airways will be serving about five cities to start, including New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles, with plans to expand nationwide with easily accessible pet check-in lounges to serve its “pawsengers” in major metropolitan areas.

For more information, check out their website: PetAirways.com.

Article reprinted courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley.

Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves (dot com)

PWWTKT Tee Zazzle.com The ever-growing trend of dressing up our beloved pets is certainly here to stay, given the abundance of choice in pet fashions and accessories today.

Yet, as much as I personally enjoy outfitting my furry four-legged sidekick, the Lulu Schmoo, in an occasional rain slicker or couture-inspired trench, I can't say that she particularly enjoys it…witness photo below.

Many of us have been to various community pet parade events and have silently asked ourselves: Does Mister Fluffy-bottoms over there really want to sport both a Captain Kirk uniform and a miniature model of the Starship Enterprise? Does Mojito the Mastiff really belong in leg warmers?

One need only glance at the unmistakable look upon their faces to obtain an immediate answer.

Pets at Their Most Embarrassed State

This sort of pondering is apparently what prompted Los Angeles based comedy screenwriter, Duncan Birmingham, to launch his website, Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves, a site dedicated to showing pets at their most 'embarrassed' state.

Lulu Annoyed in Dog Raincoat

Featuring photos of everything from Greyhounds to Guinea Pigs in ridiculous predicaments, the site pokes some serious fun at well-meaning pet parents who simply can't help themselves when it comes to pimping their pets. The user-generated captions are priceless and definitely worth a look-see.

You can event submit your own photos to me for your very own personal shaming. Just email me at animal_planet@discovery.com

Article reprint courtesy of Animal Planet's The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley

Reducing your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

The concept of "Earth Day" is a bit of a misnomer, because we should all do our part to recycle and Lola Go Green Tee re-purpose every day of the year. What I'm getting at is not unlike the concept of "Mother's Day." We all know mommy-dearest would appreciate regular acknowledgment of the living hell we put her through as unruly teenagers, not just a once annual admission offered up each May.

However, Earth Day is a wonderful way to raise awareness of the simple ways we can reduce our carbon foot and pawprints. To that end, I will honor Earth Day this year by reducing my consumption of plastic: Instead of picking up Zazou and Lulu's 'deposits' in the backyard with a plastic grocery bag, I will instead fling them into my neighbor's yard with a shovel.

Reducing your pet's carbon pawprint is now easier than ever, as an increasing number of pet product manufacturers have discovered creative ways to re-purpose and recycle materials. Here are some faves:

Muttropolis Biodegradable Poop Bags

1. Bio-degradable Business Bags
Reduce your pet's carbon poo-print with Biodegradable Business Bags made from real corn.They biodegrade completely in 45 days and become fertilizer. Fertilizer for what, I do not know. Available at muttropolis.com

Muttropolis Eco Mats2. Eco Nap Fleece Pet Mats
These smart and colorful mats are made in the USA with 85% of the fabric comprised of post consumer recycled plastic, better known as the soda-pop bottles. In fact, this line of eco-products will divert over 25 tons of plastics from landfills a year. Available at muttropolis.com

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3. The Cheeky Chaise
Constructed with extra durable corrugated cardboard, the Cheeky Chaise is made with all-natural materials and 35% minimum recycled content. The adhesives used in the chaise are non-toxic materials. Sprinkle it with catnip and let the fun begin! More information available at muttropolis.com

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4. Recycled Eco Dog Collars
Made with 100% recycled nylon webbing and polyester ribbon for a truly green pet product. Made in the USA by muttropolis.com

5. Re-purpose Your Pet's Hand-me Downs
Do you have pet accessories or pet supplies you're no longer using? Most shelters gladly welcome your donation of gently used dog or cat toys, collars, leashes, beds, bowls and the like. Simply locate an animal shelter or rescue organization near you at Petfinder.com and do your part to recycle and help a great cause.

Article reprinted permission of Animalplanet.com and the The Daily Treat with Janet McCulley.

Obama’s welcome newest Presidential Pooch: Bo Obama

Barack Obama and Bo Obama Over the years, the White House walls and floors have enjoyed the pitter patter (…and tinkley-tinkles?) of first pets Lucky, Rex, Millie, Buddy, Socks, Miss Beazley &  Barney. Starting this week, Americans officially have Bo Obama, a gangly Portuguese Water Dog as "our" newest Presidential Pet and four-legged family member.

Yesterday, the Obama's proudly marched Bo out for his first press conference and he frolicked like a goofy goof ball just as any good 6-month old pup should. We're all not sure what the scoop is on the plastic lei he wore around his neck, but we have no doubt that said lei is likely now shredded and scattered about the Oval Office, or one of the other hundred rooms that Bo will now call home.

Naturally, with Bo Hysteria rippling across America, the Obama's are receiving a flood of Puppy Do's and Don't Advice from pet parents around the globe  Shrill speculation from political pundits and curmudgeons alike is abound regarding Bo's political preference, sexual persuasion and whether Malia or Sasha Obama will be responsible for 'picking up?'Presidential Pooch Dog Bo Obama

We Muttropolitans are not concerned with Bo's lifestyle choices and instead are simply thrilled that the Obama's have a new little bundle of happiness that will bring certain needed levity into their lives and new home.

As for the 'toxic assets' that Bo will undoubtedly be depositing upon the White House lawn, may we kindly suggest Muttropolis' stealthy Euro-Bone Pick Up Kit leash attachment.

Seemingly benign “people food” & plants can be poisonous for pets.

With various dangers lurking in corners and cabinets, our kitchen and backyards can be a minefield of poisons for our pets, especially with the Easter season (plants) and planned egg hunts just around the corner. The ASPCA Animal Poison
Control Center
handles thousands of cases every year involving
pets exposed to toxic substances, many of which involve everyday
household products. Don’t leave it up to Fido or Fluffy to keep
themselves safe from the Easter festivities and consider keeping them away from your annual Easter Egg Hunt…those plastic eggs filled with Chocolate are an accident waiting to happen!

While fruits are a healthy choice for adults, it is not necessarily true for the four legged members of our families, depending upon the fruit. According to recent studies, grapes and raisins top the list of EasterPug
the ten most common plants that poison pets.

The top ten list includes:
1. Grapes and Raisins
2. Mushrooms
3. Marijuana (…you don't say?)
4. Lily (..mind those Easter Lilies!)
5. Walnuts
6. Onion
7. Sage Palm
8. Macadamia Nuts
9. Azalea
10. Hydrangea (another popular Easter plant)

For more information on keeping your pet safe from harmful foods, plants and the surprising danger of common household substances, visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

If your resident Fido or Fluffy absolutely must sink their teeth into a fruit or vegetable, may we suggest a Muttropolis Squeaky Carrot Patch Pal (above) 
for their enjoyment…..