Archive for May, 2011

May 22, 2011

by Bonnie Best

Came across another fantastic website resource I wanted to share with you all –!

They have a great community started for pet care resources, articles, videos and more. Plus, if you upload a video it lives on the site forever. There are some ADORABLE videos!

You can also search pets to adopt and start the adoption process online once you find one. WAY COOL!

Lastly, I like that they remind us of the simpler way to live – like a dog:

1. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.
2. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
3. When loved ones come home, always run and greet them.
4. When it’s in your best interest, always practice obedience.
5. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.
6.Take naps and always stretch before rising.
7. Run, romp and play daily.
8. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
9. Be loyal.
10. Never pretend to be something you’re not.
11. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
12. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
13. Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.
14. Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
15. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
16. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
17. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
18. No matter how often you are criticized, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout. Run right back and make friends.

Have a great week friends!

p.s. I promise to stop having all this Wednesday fun and actually BLOG! Stay tuned!

May 18, 2011

Wednesday Fun

by Bonnie Best

Cats & Dolphins. Best friends forever. Who knew?!

May 11, 2011

Wednesday Fun

by Bonnie Best

Have you ever visited The Fun Times Guide to Dogs?
Well, I love it… and it’s where I found this goofy dog in slow motion:

May 4, 2011

Wednesday Fun

by Bonnie Best

This sweetheart was happy to see her momma.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there!!!

May 3, 2011

Social Petworking

by Bonnie Best

Sometimes I get so caught up in pet sitting and networking online that I forget about the real world. Lucky for me I have Yelp.

Have you all used Yelp for pet-friendly events and places, reviews and such? Well, my latest Yelp email absolutely brightened my day. The title came in – “Yelp’s Social Petworking”. Now isn’t that catchy?

It made me realize that we get so obsessed with checking our Facebook, tweeting, blogging about topics we think people care about, and updating our LinkedIn profile that we forget that our pets want to network, too!

And what better way to open up new networking opportunities for our loved ones than to visit Yelp for social events tailored to them! Like up and coming dog parks, expos or dog-friendly cafes – pet stores, dog yoga, and SO MUCH MORE.

If you haven’t visited the pet category/section of your local Yelp online, you need to. I could spend all day on it. But instead, I’d rather get off this computer and take my dogs out to “petwork”.  Might even take them to the Phoenix Pet Expo this Saturday.

Again, as my Yelp email phrased it – “It’s time to strap on that leash and take advantage of the local, canine-friendly hot spots that will have us slobbering in anticipation!”

Have fun and let me know what new things you hear about on your Yelp!

May 1, 2011

The Power of Magic

by Bonnie Best

This is a great service story – everyone could use some horse therapy!

At first, “Magic” sounded perfect. The bay American Quarter Horse gelding had it all; he had jumped, been a pony horse at a polo barn, showed dressage, been trail-ridden and had his breed’s classic kind temperament.

His owner, Jody Lynn McBrien, described him to Gail Clifton of the Sarasota-Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART) in Bradenton, Florida, hoping to donate him to the therapeutic riding program.

“And then Jody said, ‘Well, I need to tell you the rest of the story,” Gail recalls with a smile. “He’s blind…. He has no eyeballs.”

Magic had suffered from chronic uveitis since the age of 3, when Jody bought him. Around age 5, he lost the sight in one of his eyes, and a year later he went completely blind. Jody continued to ride and show him; she had his eyes removed because they were painful.

Gail had immediate reservations, but after riding Magic for herself, SMART took Magic and introduced him to the parents and children. “He was extraordinary,” Gail says. “All the kids love him.”

“Kids with autism don’t usually make eye contact. They’ll look everywhere else but in your eyes. And here they can look at Magic and he doesn’t look back. Those kids are always exploring his eye sockets and getting up to his face and smelling him, which they won’t do with the other horses.”

The American Quarter Horse Foundation, through its Equine Research grant program, partnered with the University of Florida on a study researching horses like Magic with eye infections causing blindness. The study showed some drug combinations have the potential to minimize the time, stress and fatigue associated with topical treatment regimens for certain eye infections thus making the horse owner or veterinarian’s job easier and thus more successful.

I invite you to learn more about the equine research projects of the American Quarter Horse Foundation and how together we become a formidable team that enhances the health and future of America’s Horse.

With the help of loving AQHA Members like you, we are improving the lives of American Quarter Horses and the people who love them all over the world.

Interested in donating? Go for it!