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The MUTTS Winter Diaries

We were compensated to share about this adorable new book, but as always, we only share things we think our readers will love. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for a fun giveaway!

The MUTTS Winter Diaries

The treasured characters in the MUTTS comics have a special charm to kids and adults of all ages. The friendship, warmth, and humor between characters that are seemingly unlikely matches create a special dynamic that will warm your heart. The graphic novel style collection of the MUTTS diaries introduces some of the cast members through a variety of their most popular comic strips.

With winter on the way, there could not have been a better time to open up this book, so I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of The Mutts Winter Diaries, the second Mutts collection for kids! If you are a fan of MUTTS, you will love this collection. It, of course, has all of our favorite characters – Shtinky Puddin’, Sourpuss, Guard Dog, Bip and Bop, and even Crabby. The strips that McDonnell uses for this collection are quirky and thought provoking, perfect for inspiring children to care for animals and their environment.

The MUTTS comic

Patrick McDonnell created the comic strip MUTTS, which now appears in over 700 newspapers in 20 countries. MUTTS has been described by Peanuts creator Charles Schulz as “One of the best comic strips of all time.” McDonnell has received numerous awards for this strip, including the National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year.

MUTTS also won awards for its environmental and animal advocacy: two Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust, The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment, the PETA Humanitarian Award, and a Sierra Club award, all for good reason. We love the awareness the author brings to shelter animals and animals that are tied up outdoors. It is such a great life lesson and the MUTTS diaries make it an easy transition into teaching our kids about how to treat animals.

McDonnell’s website,, promotes his animal- and earth-friendly philosophy. Consistent with McDonnell’s concern for the environment, all of the MUTTS books are printed on recycled paper. So not only do you get a great, heart-warming book, but you get to feel great about it too!

We think that you will love The Mutts Winter Diaries as much as we did, and we want to give you a chance to get your very own copy of the book, as well as a special Comics sleepshirt. To coincide with the release of the new book, The Mutts Winter Diaries, Richard Leeds International has designed a cozy nightshirt to give you the sweetest of dreams.


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Purina Pets at Work Program

This post is sponsored by Purina. As always, 4 the Love of Animals only shares information that we support. All opinions and statements are our own.

Happy dog at the Purina office.Pets spend so much time waiting for their people to come back from work. And of course, we miss our pets when we go to the office all day too! If you work at Purina you and your pet are very lucky! More than 17 years ago, Nestle Purina started encouraging its associates to bring their pets to work and the program has provided many benefits for employees and their pets through the years.

The pet-care industry leader celebrated national Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 26) by encouraging other companies to join them in this movement and start their own pets at work policy. Purina went all out, planning a day of fun-filled activities for employees and pets at the Purina headquarters in St. Louis, highlighted by an attempt to set a World Record for ‘Most Pets in the Workplace in One Day’!

Record set for "Most Pets At Work"

The day-long event included performances by the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Team, pet check-ups by veterinarians, pet photographs by a professional pet photographer and a “Yappy Hour” with ice cream and Frosty Paws cold treats for associates and their pets. Sounds like the best day of the year if you ask me!

Purina Pets at Work logoPurina is encouraging employers across the nation to take the Pets at Work pledge and help advocate for pet-friendly offices. It’s not just the pets who benefit, the people do too! In a recent survey by Purina and the Mississippi State University College of Veterinarian Medicine, we found among 750 U.S. respondents:

  • Almost two out of three employees agree pets should be allowed in the workplace if there is a general consensus among employees.
  • 85 percent of employees of companies with pets in the office say that pets at work policies are beneficial.
  • 72 percent of employees said that their jobs currently do not allow pets in the workplace o More than half of those who want pets allowed in the office are willing to spearhead efforts to make their workplaces pet-friendly

Does your workplace allow pets all the time? Did you get to celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day this year?

If you want to learn more about starting a pet friendly policy in your office, be sure to visit Pets at Work for helpful information. Once there, you can download a toolkit for employees and employers, share your pets at work story, and see a lot of adorable pets hard at work with their people.

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14 Reasons “The One” For You May Have 4 Legs

With millions of people looking for love online, Best Friends Animal Society asks the question: Why limit the search to the two-legged?

The One Kitten

“Ask just about any pet owner and they’ll tell you, dogs and cats provide them with a lot of joy, comfort and companionship,” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society. “And with so many dogs and cats in shelters or rescues waiting to be your one and only, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to adopt a pet.”

To further promote prospective people and pet matches, Best Friends Animal Society is offering $10 adoptions during “The One” promotion taking place February 13-16 at its adoption centers in Utah, New York, or Los Angeles, as well as through participating No More Homeless Pets Network partners across the country. More information about the promotion can be found by visiting

The One Puppy

Still not sure about a four-legged Valentine? Best Friends Animal Society offer 14 compelling reasons why a pet might just be “The One” for you:

1. Pets won’t play hard to get.
2. Pets won’t break up with you on Twitter.
3. Pets won’t mock you for eating ice cream out of the carton.
4. Pets will never take the last beer.
5. Pets don’t care what kind of car you drive.
6. Pets love binge watching “Orange is the New Black” as much as you do.
7. Pets have no desire to trade you in for a newer model.
8. Pets couldn’t care less about your hair or what you wear.
9. Pets love it when you leave your clothes on the floor (instant nap spot!).
10. Pets won’t look at their smartphone when you are trying to have a conversation.
11. Pets are cheap dates – no fancy dinners or expensive jewelry required.
12. Pets drooling and snoring are pretty cute. Humans, not so much.
13. Pets will snuggle whenever you want.
14. Pets think every day is Valentine’s Day – just one more chance to show you unconditional love!

“We encourage anybody looking for love to go to one of our adoption centers or your local shelter or rescue to find that perfect match,” Castle said. “Big and small, young and old, there’s a wonderful adoptable pet waiting to meet you and make this your most special Valentine’s Day ever.”

The One Dog

About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

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Amazing Holiday Giveaway (for the humans)

holiday gift guide giveaway

The Holidays are about giving and this holiday season Bargains with Brittanie, Addicted 2 Savings 4 U, and The Budget Bandit have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to put you into the holiday spirit by offering a fantastic Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway! With over $1,800 in prizes and 21 winners this is a giveaway event you do not want to miss!

This giveaway is for the people this time (why should our pets be the only ones who get spoiled?)! I’m so excited to share this with you too, the prizes are truly amazing. (more…)

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