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We have been having some issues that we are trying to resolve with our site. Because of this posts and email responses are going to be lagging. We hope to have it all resolved soon so we can continue to bring you happy animal news, cute animal photos, and all the animal related goodness you have come to expect from us. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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The Power of Pets Initiative

Mars Petcare recently launched The Power of Pets! What is The Power of Pets? It’s a great new new initiative to help people live a healthier life! Mars Petcare is collaborating with the YMCA in 5 cities to start, to bring pet-friendly health and physical activity education and programming to communities. For it’s first year the program will premiere in YMCA locations in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Nashville, Tenn.; Chicago; and Portland, Ore.

“Mars Petcare, through its world-renowned WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition, has long been a leader in researching the meaningful physical, psychological and social benefits that pets bring to individuals and communities,” said Debra Fair, vice president of corporate affairs, Mars Petcare US.  “The Power of Pets™ program is the perfect way for us to share this research and really bring these benefits to life.  Pets make us healthier and happier so we believe it’s our responsibility to make the world a better place for pets.”

Exercise is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle, and research suggests that owning a pet helps increase levels of physical activity. A recent survey of 1,000 U.S. pet owners conducted by Mars Petcare revealed that more than half of pet owners would prefer to exercise with their pet instead of alone.  The survey also revealed that 39 percent of pet owners feel that making sure their pet is more active has made them more active as well.

“At the YMCA, we believe healthy lifestyles are about nurturing the spirit, mind and body – and pets certainly play a role in that,” said Ted Cornelius, Executive Director, Tennessee State Alliance/Pioneering Healthier Communities, YMCA of Middle Tennessee.   “We encourage families to play together every day, and incorporating the family pet is a great way to make everyone more active.”

In the coming months, Mars Petcare will sponsor family-focused healthy living fairs for pets and people at the following locations:

  • New York City – The Prospect Park YMCA, October 16
  • Chicago – The Hastings Lake YMCA,  October 23
  • Washington, D.C. – The YMCA of Silver Spring, October 24
  • Nashville, Tenn. – The Brentwood YMCA, November 6
  • Portland, Ore. – Spring 2011

Additional on-going activities, such as community dog-walking programs, will debut in specific markets in the coming months.

Mars Petcare and Human-Animal Interaction

For decades, Mars Petcare – through its world-renowned WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition – has led the way in research in Human-Animal Interaction (HAI), the scientific field that studies the bond between humans and companion animals.  WALTHAM® scientists not only conduct their own research, they have formed a partnership with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development to fund over $9 million in studies that seek to establish a scientific link between pet ownership and better physical and mental health.

It was Mars Petcare’s long history of leadership in HAI and desire to bring this beneficial information to a larger audience that prompted the creation of The Power of Pets™ program.

“WALTHAM® has established an incredible body of evidence on the health benefits of pet ownership and The Power of Pets™ program will help us translate that research to people and communities,” said Dr. Karyl Hurley, global director of scientific affairs, The WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition.  “With obesity levels rising and health levels falling, we want to contribute our knowledge and expertise to help address those very serious issues, and at the same time, call attention to what we can do as humans to ensure the pets in our lives are also healthy and happy.”

About Mars Petcare

Mars Petcare is the world’s largest petcare manufacturer, with 2009 global sales of approximately $12 billion.  Headquartered in Brussels, Mars Petcare produces brands such as PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, SHEBA®, CESAR®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO®, GREENIES®, KITEKAT®, CHAPPI®, and CATSAN®.  Mars Petcare is also home to Mars Fishcare, Mars Horsecare, Petservices and Banfield ®, the Pet Hospital.  The WALTHAM® Centre for Pet Nutrition provides the science behind our leading petcare brands. Mars Petcare is a segment of Mars, Incorporated, a private, family-owned company employing more than 65,000 associates in 68 countries worldwide. Headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S., Mars, Incorporated is one of the world’s largest food companies, generating global sales of more than $28 billion annually.

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Sweet Potato Fries

Baby the Maltese recently got a chance to try out some sweet potato fries from Doctors Foster and Smith. She was pretty excited to try them out, and got so happy about them that each time she gets one, she runs and plays with it before finally settling in to eat it. We captured one such event on video (you can watch if you like).

The treats are all natural, made of only sweet potatoes. They are dehydrated, and very chewy, and from what we can tell, very tasty too. Baby sure seems to love them, and we love that they are natural and good for her. It’s always a worry to try a new treat because Baby is actually a very picky eater. She devoured the sweet potato fries, and often sniffs around looking for more when she finishes.

The treats come in a variety of sizes, making them a great choice for all kinds of dogs. You can even break them easily into smaller pieces if you need to, but we found that the fries were a perfect fit for our dog’s mouth. We also liked that they were chewy and that it takes her some time to eat them. It seems to give her a good chew, making the fries a nice alternative to giving her rawhide.

To see the full selection of sweet potato treats, click here. Thanks to Doctors Foster and Smith, who provided the sample for this review. Baby loves her new treats!

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Thinking Pink for Pups

Breast cancer is something that is near and dear to our family. Both of my grandmothers had it, one of whom lost their life to it. So of course when we got this press release we were more than happy to share the word. What a fun event, and a great way to help spread the word and raise funds for a great cause!

Thinking Pink for Pups: Dogtopia Pampers Dogs for Cancer Research

Dogs across the country will get primped and pampered in October, all in the name of breast cancer awareness and research. Dogtopia, a full-service dog day care, spa and boutique with locations throughout the U.S. is partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for their first annual “Paws for Pink” campaign.

Throughout the entire month, all 22 Dogtopia locations in 11 states will be giving pups fabulous fluffs and perfect pawdicures to help raise money for cancer research. For everyone who treats their canine to a spa bath or nail trim in October, Dogtopia will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to Komen for the Cure in support of breast cancer research and community outreach programs.

“It’s difficult to find anyone who hasn’t been personally affected by breast cancer, whether themselves, family, friends or co-workers,” said Amy Nichols, CEO and Founder of Dogtopia. “A number of our locations have participated on the local level for the annual Komen Race for a Cure, so we decided to hold this system-wide event because it’s such a worthy cause.”

Founded in 1982, the organization has raised more than $1.5 billion for breast cancer research, education and health services. With more than 100,000 volunteers, Komen is the largest breast cancer charity in the world.

Dogtopia has pledged at least $5,000, with a goal of raising double that. For information on local Dogtopia stores, visit

Dogtopia was founded by Nichols in 2002 in Tyson’s Corner, VA. With a passionate culture committed to giving back, Dogtopia and its franchisees are extremely active in all types of community service, including working with animal welfare organizations and often raising money for charitable causes. More information on these efforts can be found here:

About Dogtopia®
Founded in 2002, Dogtopia® prides itself on being a place where pets are valued as family and  where dogs enjoy endless playtime and spa treatments in a positive environment. Dog owners have the assurance of leaving their beloved pets in the hands of trained professionals. Dogtopia® staff willingly nurtures each pet with attention and love. Each location offers a variety of fun activities, sociable training and comfortable boarding for dogs of all ages, shapes, sizes, abilities and temperaments. For additional information, visit

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, which is now the world’s largest breast cancer organization and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer with nearly $1.5 billion invested to date. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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