War Dogs

Screen shot 2014-10-13 at 9.19.17 AMWar Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love is an amazing book about truly amazing dogs.

We often hear about dogs serving together with our military, but seldom do we get to hear their stories. In War Dogs, we get to learn more about the furry fighters, those they serve with, and so much more.

I loved learning about how dogs first came to be soldiers. It was also interesting to see the photos and read accounts about dog heroes. And yes, there are some sad parts as well, as with people, some heroes pay the ultimate price.

A great read, truly so interesting. I’m looking forward to reading it again.

Disclosure: I received a copy of War Dogs in exchange for my review.

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Pets Aplenty Blog Tour

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Pets Aplenty is a humorous book written by Malcolm Welshman, a retired vet who has worked at London Zoo, in a small animal hospital, and as a consultant dealing with exotics. He has written for newspapers such as The Sunday Times and The Daily Mail and national magazines including The Lady, Yours, Cat World and Dogs Today and was the My Weekly vet for fifteen years. He is a BBC Radio panelist and a guest speaker worldwide on cruise ships.

This is actually the third book in his vet series. I haven’t read the first two books, but it didn’t effect the enjoyment of reading this story at all. Pets Aplenty draws on experiences in his life as a vet, but told through the eyes of his alter ego, Paul Mitchell.

So, let’s chat about the book! It’s quiet funny, and has a lot of great characters. We start right off with some crazy shenanigans that center around Paul dressing like a rabbit as part of a fund raising attempt.

There were many laugh out loud moments, as well as heartwarming moments. Anyone who has pets can appreciate some of the predicaments that come up in the book, though some are sure to be so out of the ordinary you will wonder if they could really happen! You are sure to find a favorite character among the animals, and the people, in the story.

Pets A plenty - Malcolm Author PhotoIt’s a fun read for anyone who loves animals and humor. I would think the book is best suited for older readers as there are some adult themes and language.

To learn more about the author you can visit his blog here, or connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: SilverWood Books provided an e-book for my review.

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Three Easy Ways to Keep Your Pet Healthy and Happy #GetHealthyHappy

babybackyard copyRecently we have been sharing different ways to have healthy pets. Hopefully you have enjoyed the information from the ‘Healthier Pets. Happier Lives’ campaign.

Today is our last post in the series so we wanted to recap three easy ways to keep your pet healthy and happy.

Regular Vet Visits

Did you know that not visiting a vet for a year is like you avoiding your doctor for five years? Regular vet visits are important for many reasons, and can help your vet notice any problems early. Regular visits also gives your vet the opportunity to get to know your pets, making it easier to detect changes in their health and behavior.

You can read more about why regular checkups are important in our first article, Healthy pets see their vets!

Nutrition

Choosing the right food for your pet can be overwhelming. Luckily, your vet can help recommend the best food for your pet. Different pets have different needs, but luckily Hill’s has a wide variety of formulas for all stages of life.

Hill’s is even offering a $10 off promotion on select Hill’s Science Diet products. Download your rebate for dogs and cats.

Read more about giving your dog the best food here.

Little Extras

Treat time can be a special way to bond with your pet. Hill’s offers treats with balanced nutrition that your pet is sure to love! Other ways to spoil your pet include playtime and toys. Nothing has to be expensive, sometimes it’s the simplest play that your pet will love the most.

Treats and toys keep your pet mentally stimulated, and that can help your pet stay happy! Read more about some of our favorite little extras here.

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Our pets bring joy and happiness into our lives! It’s important to give them the care they need to live healthy, happy, lives. To learn more about the Healthier Pets, Happier Lives program visit Healthier Pets, Happier Lives for Dogs or Healthier Pets, Happier Lives for Cats.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier Lives.™, but 4 the Love of Animals only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Tex For Mayor 2014

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Tex is one of 14 dog candidates running for a two year term to serve as the first canine mayor of Salt Lake County. American Dog Rescue Foundation and its founder Arthur Benjamin need YOUR votes to help Tex win!

Tex is a death-row rescue from eight years ago. From death row to possibly becoming the first K9 Major of Salt Lake City! Read all about Tex’s campaign and initiatives at http://tex4mayor.com, and then be sure to cast your vote for Tex.

Votes are cast October 1-21 by making a donation to Salt Lake County Animal Services, benefiting their injured animal fund (American Dog Rescue Foundation, Tex’s main election supporter, is making a $1 donation on behalf of each voter who is unable to donate to the Fund either due to financial or geographic reasons while designated funds last). The donations go to a great cause, providing Emergency Medical Care and Attention to seriously ill or injured animals who could not otherwise become adoptable.

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You can keep up with campaign updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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