Monthly Archive:: June 2010

Top 5 Awkward Family Pet Photos

Awwwk-waard….Now With Pets!

The genius minds behind the hilarious site Awkward Family Photos – which features cringe-worthy, embarrassing photos of fairly creepy, fashion-challenged families  - have taken their collection of awkward photos to a whole new level with their hysterical new site, Awkward Family Pet Photos. Below are my top five favorites – check out their hall of fame or submit your own at AwkwardFamilyPetPhotos.

Awkward Pet Photos

How You Can Help: Dog Hair Needed to Help Clean Up Oil Spill

Artist Knox - Groomer Has It 

We shampoo our own hair because hair collects oil – so why not use the millions of pounds of absorbant, natural, renewable human and dog hair, fur and fleece clippings to help with the Gulf Oil Spill clean up?

The nonprofit organization, Matter Of Trust, is providing a non-toxic, earth-friendly and effective way to participate in the Gulf Spill clean up. Donors from every state in the US, Canada and beyond are sending them dog hair, human hair, fur and wool clippings as well as nylons and funding for outer mesh. These materials are then used used to make Booms that can protect beaches and coastal waters from the ever-growing oil spill. 

How You Can Help

All salons, groomers, alpaca, llama, sheep fleece farmers, feather donors, individuals, & pet owners can sign up to be a part of this recycling system for hair, fur, fleece, feathers, nylons and more. Simply follow this link to the Matter of Trust website, sign up and get started today. Within two weeks, participating groomers and salons will receive an email address of the warehouse to ship their dog hair! Sign up now >

According to the Los Angeles Times, nearly 1,000 grooming salons in Petco stores have begun shipping donations of pet fur to aid in creating booms to soak up oil from the Gulf.

Watch the video below to see how amazingly effective oilspill clean-up hair mats and booms can be in absorbing oil. Learn more about their efforts at

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

Mutt Must Have: I’m Adopted! Nylon Dog Collar

Adopted collar 

Whether you found your four-legged bundle o' joy through Petfinder, PAWS or wandering on the side of the road, what better way to show your rescued pooch pride than with this bright and charming "Adopted" dog collar, available at

Our friends over at Up Country were inspired to create this darling collar as a result of an adoption program they created last year for their 25th anniversary. Dogs of all shapes, sizes, ages and breeds came to Up Country from the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and their stories were both heart wrenching and inspirational. The animal-loving folks at Up Country didn’t realize how seeing all these dogs and happy new families would change their lives – so among other things, they created this collar to celebrate and support the gift that is rescued pets!

Starting at $16, find the colorful Adopted Nylon Dog Collar at

colorful nylon dog collar Adopted  

IZ JST ROLT OVUR: Sony Scientists Develop Twitter for Cats

1Since cats clearly are not getting enough face time or visibility online, Sony Computer Science Laboratories has come up with a world-changing technological breakthrough for cats: A cat collar that now enables cats to post tweets to Twitter.

Pre-programed with 11 different phrases that your cat can tweet, the (rather bulky?) device attaches to your cat's collar and will let you know what riveting activities your cat is up to throughout the day.

How will the device accurately tweet exactly what your pet is doing, you ask? The device contains a small camera, a GPS and other equipment which tracks activities like eating, sleep and walking. The data is then transmitted through a wireless Bluetooth connection, which automatically posts comments to Twitter based on what the cat is doing, as "This tastes good" when the cat is eating.  

I like the concept, but only 11 pre-programmed tweets seems a little limiting. What do you think? Would you try this out with your cat? How about a Twitter Transmitter for Dogs?


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