Monday, October 23, 2017
IKEA just-announced its new LURVIG collection of dog and cat products, all Bliss approved!
LURVIG means "hairy" in Swedish, BTW. Here are some Bliss faves:
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Join me and Seven at the Ventura Harbor Village Howl-O-Ween on Saturday October 22 for a fun doggie costume contest! Prizes include:
- Gift Certificates from Harbor Village restaurants
- 1 doggie entrée from the PAWlor menu at The Parlor restaurant
- 1 pair of choice doggie socks from Lost in Socks
- Pumpkin of choice
- Blue Ribbon
- Best-in-Show gift certificate provided by The December Store & More
Every costumed canine will receive a treat from the sponsor, Ventura Pet Barn, and a 50 cent off wooden nickel from Coastal Cone. Owners can enjoy pet-friendly dining patios, alongside pet-friendly boat rentals and hotel stays so your dog can join in on the fun! The fun begins at NOON and entry is FREE!
If you can’t make it to the Harbor, here are more fun events to check out:
October 14: Join Long Beach Animal Care Services and Timmons Subaru of Long Beach for a special adoption event. All adoption fees are waived including spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccinations.
October 14: Join the 12th annual Race For The Rescues! This is 5K, 10K, 1K Dog Walk & Kid’s Fun Run to raise funds for 30 non-profit 501(c)3 animal welfare organizations that annually save the lives of thousands of dogs, cats, and horses.
October 14: Join Barks of Love for a ghoulishly special fundraising event featuring a classic car show, pinup contest, live music, and more.
October 14: Pet Loss Counseling and Support Groups provide therapeutic and compassionate support to assist you when saying goodbye to the pet you love.
October 14: Join LCA Founder Chris DeRose and fellow animal advocates to celebrate another year of fighting animal cruelty!
October 15: Join the annual Blessing of the Animals with Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team. About 300 animals and their owners/handlers receive a blessing from a menagerie of faith leaders.
October 19: Join Healthy Spot for a special howl-o-ween themed costume bash. Activities include a costume contest, Grandma Lucy’s “cake” eating contest, music, games, adoptions and raffles, face painting for humans, and more.
October 21: Join OC Animal Care Services for discounted adoptions (does not include licensing and microchip). Bring a new family member home today!
October 21: Operation Blankets Of Love (OBOL) is participating in the Strut Your Mutt event to also help raise money to help 1,000 homeless animals every month.
October 21: Bring your Bichon and other fur kids for a parade of rescues, vendors, demonstrations, contests, raffles and more.
October 22: spcaLA is looking for Foster Parents for pets of all ages and needs. Foster Parents provide temporary homes for pets that are too young for adoption or in need of socialization or extra TLC until they are ready to be placed into adoptions.
October 26: Canines and their companions are invited for tricks and treats in celebration of Howl-O-Ween. This seasonal Yappy Hour celebration is a chance for pups to strut their stuff in their favorite costume.
October 28: National Pit Bull Awareness Day (NPBAD) is a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about pit bulls and their responsible owners.
October 28: Celebrate and advocate for Pit Bulls! Join the family-friendly fun with a pack walk, activity stations including scent work, agility and more!
October 28: Grab your corgi and get on your corgi-kinis…and head to the beach! Visit the main booth to sign-in and grab some merch, then head to the Kissing Booth for smooches, enter raffles to win dog food for a year, and more.
October 28: Join Pug Nation Rescue of LA for an afternoon of contests, adoptions, vendors, food and more!
October 29: Join in the fun! Anaheim is hosting Doggie Trick-o-Treating including a photo booth, entertainment, and more.
September 10 – October 29: Dozens of dachshunds scramble in pursuit of fame and imaginative lures as hundreds of spectators cheer them on along a 20-yard cobblestone track.
20. National Cat Day
October 29: It is national cat day today! Celebrate with your favorite feline or felines by making a special dinner and adding more play time to their day!
October 29: Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team host the biggest Halloween pet event in the world. The highlight of the day is the 500+ costumed dogs parading a few blocks in front of a few thousand gawkers and a panel of judges.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Whether you own a dog, cat, or turtle, you can spend less money on pet food and still keep your pets well fed.
Here are the best tips I've found for saving money on pet food:
1. Tip #1: Get your pet food at a big-box store.
Websites and specialty stores are typically more expensive. For example, a Consumer Reports study found consumers can pay up to twice as much for the same food, depending on whether it’s purchased online (most expensive) or at a big-box chain. Much of the difference can be attributed to shipping costs.
Make your own comparisons. Check Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target, and the others. Convert to the price per pound to determine the difference between getting pet food at those outlets and your other options. Normally, the big-box store will save money – although special offers and coupons can be an equalizer.
2. Tip #2: Buy the generic brand.
Branding and advertising can sucker you into paying considerably more for the same – sometimes even less nutritious – pet food. How do you know which is best? Do the same thing for pet food you do for your own food: read the label and compare the ingredients. You could be in for a big surprise!
3. Tip #3: Always check for coupons!
Get in the habit of searching for coupons before you go shopping. Sign up for deal alerts on Coupon Chief to make sure you don’t miss current coupon discounts at your favorite stores, online or off. You don’t have to go overboard on coupon clipping to save substantial money on expenses. Digital coupons make it easy to stay up on cost savings.
4. Tip #4: Buy pet food in bulk sizes.
You’ll want to pay attention to freshness, of course, and you’ll definitely want to make sure your pet will eat the food you buy, but getting a 40-lb bag versus a 10-lb bag can save considerable money. That assumes dry food (75% of pet food purchase is), and it assumes the food will be used within 4-6 weeks of opening the bag.
Depending on the type of food you get (ingredients determine the length of freshness) and the usage rate, you might consider repackaging or freezing food to capture the savings on bulk without risking that it might become stale.
5. Tip #5: Join the club!
Many retailers offer rewards programs or have special days when certain items will be discounted. Remember, too, some stores offer regular discounts to veterans, teachers, or other groups. You may be able to save 10% or more on every purchase just by claiming your special status!
6. Tip #6: Do your research when it comes to supplements.
Depending on diet and physical condition, it may be a good idea to give your pet nutritional supplements – or it may be an unnecessary expense. Don’t base your decision on advertising. Talk to your veterinarian, do your research, and use common sense. You may want to upgrade your food supply rather than pay for supplementation.
7. Tip #7: Feed your pet-less!
Obesity isn’t just rampant in humans, our pets are also feeling the strain of too much food. Don't allow your pet to become obese. Obesity can lead to chronic issues like arthritis and diabetes.
8. Tip #8: Make your own pet food.
You may not want to prepare every meal your pet eats, and every question about diet should be discussed with the veterinarian, but supplementing your pet’s diet with acceptable, healthy food can cut down on the budget.
Don't waste money on expensive treats. Use fresh fruits and vegetables like blueberries, melon pieces, carrots, and broccoli instead. You can dry small slices of chicken or beef in the oven to make dehydrated treats your pet will love.
Both you and your dog, for instance, would do well to have a bowl of oatmeal now and then. Do your research, and you’re sure to discover a few things easy and inexpensive to prepare.