Don’t Leave Your Pets in Hot Cars!

I’m sure everyone has heard of the heat wave we’re having here in the South. Several months of 100+ degree days in a row with very little rain. And by very little, I basically mean NONE – we had a few minutes of sprinkles two weeks ago but I don’t think that even counts. One of my coworkers heard about an experiment where a woman used her car as an oven to bake chocolate chip cookies. With daily temperatures at around 105 degrees we decided to give it a shot.

On Friday, August 5th at noon [CST] we took a metal pan [lined with wax paper] and set it on my car dashboard. I bought pre-made cookie dough at the store. We put small chunks of the dough about two inches apart on the wax paper and closed up the car [see pic 1 below]. Temperatures were around 107 that day according to my car thermometer. After about two hours in the car we checked on the cookies, and they were expanding and rising quicker than we expected [see pic 2 below]. We decided to leave them in the car another few hours to see if they would harden. Three hours and 45 minutes later [at 3:45pm CST] the cookies were done [see pic 3 below].


Don't Leave Your Pets in Hot Cars!
Pic 1: The cookie dough is in
“the oven!”


Don't Leave Your Pets in Hot Cars!
Pic 2: After two hours in the
hot car…


Don't Leave Your Pets in Hot Cars!
Pic 3: Three hours and 45
mins later & they are done!

Happy 2012 Everyone!

Caption That Contest Winner!

Caption That Contest Winner!
“Bobbing for bones – a great way
to beat the heat!”

Our summertime Caption That! contest is officially over and a winner has been chosen! The winning caption was written by Rob Easley [who runs an Australian Cattle Dog rescue website] and I will be shipping off his prize – a box of Hartz puppy goodies– this afternoon. The winning caption is below the photo located to the left. So cute!


Caption That Contest Winner!
The top box is full of the toys
for Emancipet and the
bottom box is the prize for
our “Caption That!” contest.

Also this afternoon I will be shipping off the remaining toys raised for Emancipet at Teeny’s “Seven Year Itch” party in June. There were 40 additional toys that still needed to be sent. I really hope the pooches at Emancipet enjoy their new goodies!

I am currently working on setting up a toy drive for the month of August, so please stay tuned – I should be posting that info soon!

Happy 2012 Everyone!

Virtual Petwork and Austin are Helping Homeless Pets!

Have you ever heard of Adopt a Pet? It’s a pawsome website that harnesses the power of the internet [and TV and phone lines] to help find forever homes for animals. One way they do is by offering profiles of animals in shelters. [For an example, please click here to see a profile for Izzy, an adorable bull terrier / bulldog mix in the Austin area.] They are such a great website and I am so impressed to see what a difference they are making in the lives of adoptable pets.

Yesterday the folks at Adopt a Pet posted about Virtual Petwork [the pets only social network we launched earlier this year] in a blog about Austin, Texas organizations who are working to dogs and cats find forever homes. So cool! CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE.

Happy 2012 Everyone!

Caption That Contest Time!

Caption That Contest Time!
Photo of goodies you could
win in our Caption That

It’s time for another “CAPTION THAT” contest! I have a box that contains a whole bunch of great puppy goodies, including:

  • * A package of Hartz Home Protection puppy training pads,
  • * a PediPaws pet nail trimmer,
  • * a bag of Hartz Crunch n Clean bacon flavored Mini Bites,
  • * a Hartz Dura Play Football dog toy,
  • * a box of Hartz Crunch n Clean dog biscuits, and
  • * a Hartz Groomer’s Best Slicker dog brush.
  • As usual, to win all you have to do is write a clever caption for the funny animal photo below. Leave your caption in the comments below this post, but make sure you also leave an email address so I will be able to get in touch with you if you win!

The contest begins today [07/14/2011] and will end in two weeks on Friday, July 29th. The photo you will be writing a caption for is below. I chose it in honor of the ridiculously hot weather we have been having here in Austin this summer.

Caption That Contest Time!

Good luck and happy captioning!

Happy 2012 Everyone!

For Those Using Frontline

As some of you know we have recently been having some issues with fleas. NO FUN! I tried everything: shampoos, sprays, collars, drops, even some homeopathic methods – but nothing seemed to work. Teeny and Tootsie were beginning to scratch themselves raw in some places. Finally I threw in the towel and called our vet for advice.

At our appointment, I asked the vet why our Frontline had failed us and asked how the problem gotten so out of control so fast. Our vet said that MANY people are coming in saying that they have noticed Frontline either isn’t working as well as it used to, or isn’t working at all. She told us the makers of Frontline swear the fleas are not working up a resistance to it, but she is not sure if she believes them because of so many cases similar to ours. All you have to do is Google “Frontline Stopped Working” and you will see how many people are saying the same thing.

We took our dogs off Frontline and have put them on Trifexis, a monthly pill that contains both flea/tick and heartworm preventative. We also had pest control company come out and bomb our house and yard, which meant all of us – both dogs and both humans – had to find a way to be out of the house for 6 hours. Not an easy task! So far it has been working well and we seem to be flea free. Paws crossed!

If your pooches are on Frontline to help protect them for fleas, just be aware that in many cases it is no longer working. Just wanted to pass along the information so you can all make informed decisions! 🙂

Teeny’s Birthday Party


Teeny's Birthday Party


Teeny’s annual birthday bash was this past Saturday, and I think it’s safe to say it was our best ever!!! The “Seven Year Itch” themed party was old Hollywood glam, and lots of pooches dressed to kill. Our pals Party Animals planned the party and they did a great job.

Held at Metrodog in the Domain here in Austin, guests walked the red carpet and had their photos taken by the pawparazzi [aka Estevan Alfaro Photography]. Humans noshed on cupcakes from Lick It, Bite It, or Both and snacks from Silver Grill Cafe, washed down by a signature cocktail – a “Marteeny” – created in honor of the birthday boy. Four legged guests chowed down on treats and pupcake provided by It’s Pawsitively Irresisitible and relaxed with canine massages from Skillful Paws.

At the end of the party everyone gathered around Teeny and sang him happy birthday. He couldn’t wait to dig into his cake and as soon as I let him go he dove in headfirst! Video below:

Most importantly, we were able to raise a TON of toys for Emancipet. I can’t wait to see the look on all their animals furry faces when we drop off all those boxes full of goodies!
I already can’t wait until next year’s birthday pawty!

Happy 2012 Everyone!

Teeny’s Party / Toy Drive Update

Teeny's Party / Toy Drive Update
Teeny at his birthday
party in 2009.

Teeny’s birthday party is five days away! Are you ready?

We have decided that, in addition to the toys we are asking people to bring to the party to donate [more on that below], we will be donating 1 toy for each $10 spent at Metrodog, our pawsome host.

Not sure what to get the birthday boy? He doesn’t want any gifts – all he wants is for everyone to bring a toy to donate to Emancipet, one of our favorite animal organizations.

Just as a reminder, the party is on Saturday, June 25th from 7-9 at Metrodog in the Domain. To RSVP and find out all the fun stuff we have planned, please visit the official invite by clicking HERE. Hope to see all our Austin friends there!

Happy 2012 Everyone!

Summertime… And The Livin’s Easy

Summertime... And The Livin's Easy
Tootsie enjoying a wading pool  in the
“water park” at Snout by Snouthwest,
a dog festival in Austin on 6/5/11.

I just wanted to write a quick post, letting everyone know what we have been up to since our last entry. It’s crazy hot in Austin right now – well over 100 degrees every day for nearly a month now. The humans and canines in our family are staying inside as much as possible! Hot weather + very little rain apparently = prime flea conditions. Both our dogs are very itchy right now so if anyone has any hints/tips/suggestions on how to make them more comfortable, I’d be forever grateful! Flea baths, flea spray, flea collars… nothing seems to be helping!

The main thing I have been working on this month is Teeny’s upcoming “Seven Year Itch” themed birthday party. If you have not RSVP’d, please click here to do so. We are asking all guests to bring a new or gently used dog toy and we will be passing along all donated toys to our friends at Emancipet, one of our favorite local pet organizations. Teeny’s “uncle Erik,” who works for Sergeant’s, sent Teeny two hugs boxes of toys for his birthday for us to hand out at the party or donate as we wish. What a cool uncle!

Summertime... And The Livin's Easy
Teeny and Tootsie sitting on top of the
two big boxes of toys their Uncle Erik
sent for Teeny’s upcoming party.

Teeny’s party will count as our toy drive for June. I haven’t begun to line up our toy drive for July, but I am discussing a fun “End of Summer” beach-themed play-day party at Southpaws Playschool, probably sometime in August. I will be sure and keep everyone informed about the details once I have more of them!

We have also been busy with the launch of our social network site for pets, Virtual Petwork. We are rockin’ and rollin’ and already have over 200 members! Our friends at Dog Tipper just reviewed the site; click here to read their review. If you haven’t signed up for an account yet, try it out – why not, it’s free!

Happy 2012 Everyone!

Hope to see you all at Teeny’s party!