FREEKIBBLE.COM & HALO’S “INSPIRE TOUR” KIBBLE DROP DELIVERING 500,000 MEALS TO HOMELESS PETS

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For the third year in a row, Freekibble.com and Ellen DeGeneres’ natural pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets, will make the holidays brighter for homeless dogs and cats across the nation.

During the 2013 Holiday Kibble Drop “Inspire Tour,” Halo and Freekibble.com will deliver more than 500,000 meals to pets in need. The Kibble Drop trucks, including two 18-wheelers packed full of food, will make a combined 12 stops throughout this holiday season.

At each Kibble Drop location, 5-8 shelters will receive a substantial food donation in honor of a special, inspirational pet in that city.

Halo retail partners in many of the cities along the Kibble Drop route have generously provided a place where area shelters and rescues can meet the truck and pick up their Freekibble.com donation of Halo’s Spot’s Stew natural pet food. .”

2013 Kibble Drop Cities include: Nashville, TN; Washington, DC: Raleigh, NC; Philadelphia, PA; Greenwich, CT; New York, NY; Wichita, KS; Phoenix, AZ; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Bend, OR.

Participating retailers include: Phydeaux, Doggie Style, Pet Pantry Warehouse, All Paws, Pet Club, At Your Service Pets, Red Barn Feed and Saddlery, and Pet Food Express.

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Festive Frenchie

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Almond Joy (AJ) the Frenchie is looking very festive in his scarf. Hey guys pass the eggnog already would ya!

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Killing the “Family Guy” Dog: Boneheaded or Brilliant?

We comics geeks have — or rather had — this informal rule about superhero death called “The Bucky Clause.” In comics, no one stays dead except Captain America’s WWII sidekick Bucky, Spider-Man’s beloved Uncle Ben, and Jason Todd, the second incarnation of Robin. I say had because although it held true for quite a while, all three of those characters have returned to life one way or another. In the four-color world of comics, death is like a really bad pimple: It might screw up your one hot date, but in the long term, it’s little more than a temporary inconvenience.

So, for those of us who grew up with the Bucky Clause and watched its inevitable demise, the news that Brian the Dog is coming back to Family Guy is about as surprising as hearing that December comes after November.

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From left: Bucky Barnes, Ben Parker, Jason Todd, and Brian Griffin; a long tradition of coming back from the dead.

Of course, most cartoon and comics characters wait at least a year, if not a decade or more, before emerging from the grave. Brian was killed off on the Nov. 24 episode and is slated to return Dec. 15, giving him a total of 21 days on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge. Even Superman stayed dead for a few months before coming back.

Officially, the network hasn't made any statement confirming Brian's return, but the Dec. 15 episode includes him in the cast of characters, and several plot summaries list him in the coming season. In a fall 2014 episode, he's supposed to fall in love with a character played by Maya Rudolph.

At this point, there's no question that the Family Guy creators are bringing Brian back; the question is whether his death was an incredibly stupid move on their part or a genius marketing ploy.

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The Griffin family at Brian's bedside.

When Brian's death was announced, producer Steve Callaghan said that the decision to off one of the show's most popular characters came about because, "We thought it could be a fun way to shake things up." And it did that. The Griffin family replaced their old dog with a new, streetwise hound named Vinny, voiced by former Sopranos cast member Tony Sirico.

And so far, the fans have hated every single moment of it.

Almost immediately, there was an outburst of Twitter rage at the killing of Brian, followed by an online petition to bring him back. As of this writing, the petition has 128,305 "signatures," calling for Brian's return.

At first glance, killing Brian looks like the most boneheaded thing that the producers of Family Guy could have made. Brian was the linchpin of the show, perhaps the only thing that kept it in balance. I've never been a fan of the show myself. Unlike The Simpsons, whose characters were flawed but basically decent people, Family Guy has always felt ugly and mean-spirited to me. Its humor is often dripping in misogyny and racism, dressed up as irreverent "political incorrectness." And even I mostly liked Brian, who usually seemed to be the show's single point of moderation and humanity. Having him killed in a hit-and-run would have clearly thrown the whole dynamic out of whack.

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Stewie, the evil genius of the Griffin family, will have something to do with Brian's return.

And yet, all this fuss could be the fans dancing to exactly the tune that Seth MacFarlane and friends were hoping to set. In recent years, Family Guy's ratings have been steadily declining. It's still one of Fox's top shows, and there hasn't been any solid threat of cancellation. But still, a show can decline for only so many years before the higher-ups start casting an eye on the ax sitting in the corner. With the death and resurrection of Brian, people are talking about Family Guy more than they have for years. It might have been a massive screw-up, but maybe not. Time will tell. In the meantime, the mutt with the martini is back.

What do you think? Is this the most boneheaded play in the show's history, or cunning media maneuvering? Tell us in the comments below.

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Decorating the Tree Safely with Pets in Your Home

Chapman went home for the holidays and will learn about the hazards! He has a Mommy, Daddy, even a Christmas Tree!!! 

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As the holidays approach, and the decorating begins… please remember to do so responsibly, and may your holiday be joyful and safe!!!

A few recommendations I strongly suggest when decorating your tree with pets in the home:

1.  Avoid hanging any glass or breakable ornaments on your tree.     Please DO NOT hang homemade decorations on the tree!!!  To make them, typically, instructions indicate to use salt, flour, and water… if ingested, it may be fatal for your pet!!!

2.  All decorations should be hung at least a foot above your pet’s eye level… if one was dangling in front of my face, I’d want to play with it, too!  : )

3.  Use bread or trash bag ties, as opposed to metal hooks, to hang decorations.

4.  Secure your tree with a tether from the ceiling, wall, or both, depending on the size, to avoid it falling if a pet jumps up or knocks into it when    playing.  Try to restrict playing in the area of the tree… good luck!   hahaha

5.  Do not leave any cords hanging or in sight of your pets.    (See photo above – kitty immediately went for the hanging lights!)

6.  Turn off all lights and decorations when leaving the room.

7.  Avoid using any tinsel, icicles, or curly ribbon due to risk of choking, obstruction, and strangulation.

FURRY ANGEL SNEAKERS

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This last suggestion is not tree-related, rather, shopping/gift bag-related…

Snip the handles of all bags, or cut them off completely.

Animals are very curious, and most will stick their heads right in the bags…
My kitty usually goes right through the handles; hence, my extreme caution.
In my home, there are no bags allowed!!! Also, discard any plastic bags… again,
to keep your pets safe from being strangled, ingesting plastic, and suffocation.

Please add any tips I missed in the comments below.  Considering I’ve never had a Christmas tree, and this post is based solely on my observations and experience in pet-proofing others’ homes, I’m sure I’ve overlooked some. : )

See my previous blog post on Hanukkah Safety with Pets While Lighting the Menorah  http://www.petsitusa.com/blog/?p=5771

Wishing everyone and their pets a very Happy Holiday…

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe, and pet parents informed!

Lori
I’ve Got the ‘Scoop’!, LLC
http://www.IveGotTheScoopLLC.net

MY FURRY ANGEL DAVID… THE SWEETEST GIFT I WAS GIVEN WAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE HIM WITH LOVE & CARE!!! 

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Tracking Chips For Dogs

Tracking chips for dogs are miniature microchips about the size of a large grain of rice and are based on passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. The chips are inserted underneath a dog’s skin and help identify a dog if it should run away or become lost and is found by someone willing to return the dog to its owner.

Dog ID chips provide more security than simple old-fashioned dog tags that can be lost if a dog manages to be freed from its collar.

Most animal control centers have equipment to scan ID chips, allowing a lost dog to quickly be returned to its owner which saves the shelter the expense of housing, feeding, providing medical care or euthanizing a pet. Microchipping is becoming standard at shelters in most cities. Many shelters also require that all adopted dogs must receive a microchip implant and provide this service as part of the adoption package. In addition to shelters and veterinarians, tracking chips for dogs are used by breeders, kennels, trainers, and rescue groups.

Implantation of an ID chip is accomplished during a simple surgical procedure where the chip is inserted under a dog’s skin. There is nothing particularly painful or unusual about this surgery. But most dogs will not sit still long enough for the implant procedure to be completed, so it’s performed using general anesthesia.

The veterinarian places a small needle-like tool just underneath the surface of the dog’s skin between its shoulder blades. The ID chip is then inserted and lodged between the shoulder blades preventing it from moving out of place. The surgery usually lasts approximately 30 minutes and there are no special procedures that need to be followed during the recovery period. A vet may prescribe pain medication if the implant site becomes painful for the dog.

Because of how the surgery is completed, the dog chip cannot slip out of place and it cannot be removed once it’s implanted. This is one of the greatest advantages to dog chips because they help to ensure that a dog can be identified.

If a dog is lost and brought to a shelter or organization with the technology to check for the presence of a dog chip, the dog will have a much better chance of being returned to its owner. A simple scanning device is run over the dog’s shoulder blade area and the information from the chip is displayed either directly on the scanner or on a separate monitoring screen.

The scan will identify the name of the dog, name of the owner, address of the owner, a contact phone number, and any special medical instructions that the dog requires.

Because tracking chips for dogs cannot be removed, they remain indefinitely with the dog for easy identification of its owner. In addition, they can contain any notes that an owner would like to include, such as medications or special care instructions. This can help to ensure that until such time the dog is returned to its owner, any information on the dog’s health conditions or medical needs are readily available.

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