Posted by: petsweekly | August 12, 2011

Week of Pet News in Review

View from Iron Springs resort

We have just returned from our first vacation (in over 3 years). It’s really amazing how much better a break can make you feel about life.  We spent a week in Seattle (on a yacht!) and journeyed to two amazing dog-friendly resorts. We’ll be telling you all about that trip in the next few weeks.

Right now, we’re talking about a big week of news about pets and their people. Besides the massive economic crunch which, by the way, did not really effect pet spending (our pack is extremely committed), and the London riots, and the heat dome in the US, and the other things that sort of make you feel like you’re living in the End Days, some good things happened as well…

Wonder Pet Expo

The first good thing that happened is that we (PetsWeekly) became an official media sponsor for the Wonder Pet Expo, which occurs on September 10-11, 2011 at the AZ County Fairgrounds!

We’re very excited about this sponsorship because we feel it’s going to be a great two-days visiting with and learning about, pets and their people. We will be there with Toyota’s Pet Team, and we’ll be featuring several of our favorite products in our booths. We hope you’ll stop by and see us as we’re going to be right near the stage, which is where Super Smiley and Megan Blake will be having a flash mob, Bonzi and Pinky on the Toyota-sponsored racetrack. You’ll also be able to meet Blanco Farah, the famous Afghanistan stray dog and the Soldiers who saved him.

You’ll also be able to get your best friend a free nail trim, free rabies vaccination, and lots of great products. So bring your visa and your pets along to this amazing event!

Speaking of soldiers,  Entry on Sunday 9/11 is free for  active and retired military, police officers and fire fighters with ID cards.  Hurrah for our national heroes!

Make plans to attend – it’s going to be a great show. It’s in the air-conditioned Expo building at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix on September 10-11, 2011
Saturday from 10am-6pm AND Sunday from 11am-5pm. Admission is only $6 for adults. Children  12 and under are free, and parking is available at $7 per car

In the News:

First off, a new Olmec carving called A Triad of Felines (which we don’t think is a great title but what do you expect from scientists?) was located about 60 miles south of Mexico City. The neat thing about this carving is that it pictures three cats in a sitting position. Usually you see big cats portrayed as large, stalking creatures who sneak up on innocent people. But, these three little guys look purr-fectly content. Personally, they look more like mountain lions than jaguars to me, but that may just be the picture.

Product Reviews:

This week, we’re looking at a couple of amazing products that are out on the market. The first is the Safety Turtle. This is a great product for all of you water people. As an Aquarius, I also love the water but I worry about my pets while I’m out in a boat. This product ensures that my pets will be safe. Of course, the only real way you can be sure of your pets safety is to be very vigilant in watching them. But, this is a great backup defense system. The collars operate through a base unit (which is battery operated, so you can take it anywhere), and if your pets collar is submerged – a very loud siren sounds. It’s great!

We’re also taking a look at Lickety-Stik which is an amazing product for pets with a weight problem who still need training treats. There is only one calorie for every ten licks and it’s a great way to carry around dog snacks without smelling like dog snacks. It’s in a little deodorant-like tube with a rotating tip. Just undo the lid and let your pet lick it when he/she does something brilliant. This is a great product and will help many animals with both training and weight loss.

In case you missed it, we stumbled across an amazing product called the K-9 Pet Shower. This on-the-go shower holds two gallons of water and can be hung from your car window for trips to the dog park, camping, or just left in the car to wash dirty paws. It’s a perfect solution for keeping paws clean while traveling with pets.

Informative Articles:

We have some very helpful articles about bad things like Valley Fever and bugs like the Mosquito (whose bite can cause West Nile Virus) and the Black Widow Spider which, incidentally, can be fatal to cats.  These articles will offer you some valuable tips in dealing with desert life. Next week, we’ll be talking about the rattlesnake vaccine.

We also have a very informative article on salmon oil and whether or not it’s really doing your pet any good. I think you’ll be very surprised at the answer!

Stories and Pet Tales:

Check out these fun stories about life with pets. While most of them are about living at home with dogs and cats, we also have a little tribute to how a woman traveled over 2,600 miles cross-country with her two cats. This is a tale you’ll love and which shows you that anything is possible!

Hopefully you can take a look at how a man used his cat’s response to life and learned how to overcome adversity.

This story is an oldie but a goodie, and is really more of a picture than a story, but we just found it again and wanted to share. It’s a guide to Mapping the Cat’s Brain.

Hope you’ve had a great week and we hope you’ll join us for more timely information on

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