Category: Current Affairs

Cross Posting: National Dog Show on NBC Thanksgiving Day

I just wrote a post over at the Scratchings and Sniffings blog about a discussion with the hosts of the National Dog Show presented by Purina, which will air on NBC Thanksgiving Day at noon. [it’s also hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia]John-OHurley-with-pups

The reason I’m posting about the show here is because I wish I could watch it. But, I’ll be in a huddle with about 60 relatives (yep, that’s the right number – we have to rent an American Legion Hall!) without a television. And, unfortunately, I am not sure how to get our VCR to tape it.

Which led me to wonder: do they offer the National Dog Show on DVD, afterwards? Man, I should have asked that question when I was on the conference call last week! I’m off to do some research and find out. One thing I know…I’m purchasing the DVD if it’s available.

Meanwhile, I also wonder how many of the precious pets in the show have pet health insurance? I hope they all do. During the conference call I did ask if a vet was on staff at the shows, and David Frei and John O’Hurley who are the human hosts, said, yes. Which is only natural.

Pet health insurance – will it become a normal part of pet ownership going forward? What do you think?

National Dog Show: Sponsored by Purina

This is a cross-posted note from the petblog at Scratchings and Sniffings.

On Thanksgiving Day Purina sponsored the National Dog Show which was hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia. They introduced a new breed called the Dogue de Bordeaux (also called a French Mastiff, so this site says) which I really Dogue_de_Bordeaux_new_breedliked. But, I did not get to see the whole event, so I am not sure how well it did.

Over at Scratchings and Sniffings, we have a video of the show, from MSNBC, so hop over and watch for yourself. Someone asked me why they would put the dog show on Thanksgiving Day and I can only guess but my sense is that it’s for those of us who do not watch football.

BTW, this is just ONE of many events sponsored or hosted by Purina. The company is very pet-centered. To learn more about what they do, visit Petcentric and Pet Charts.

Just so you know that Pet Health Insurance is one product in a long line of things Purina does in support of our pets. My favorite, of course, is the Incredible Dog Challenge. More about that another time. Enjoy the National Dog Show. Let me know what you think of the Dogue de Bordeaux.

Christmas is coming: Is Pet Health Insurance On Your List?

Precious-pet-at-lollypop-farmAre you considering the gift of a pet for Christmas? When I was a kid, that’s all I ever really wanted – a dog or a cat. Eventually, on my birthday, I got a dog and looking back I think that was a good decision. My birthday is in the summer, so we had no problem training the dog. I’m not sure things would have gone as smoothly as they did, if we’d gotten the dog during Christmas.

All of our pets, btw, come from shelters or the Humane Society. This picture is from a recent event at our local Lollypop Farm. The puppy only got a small piece of crust for all his begging.

Don’t get me wrong – the gift of a living animal is a wonderful thought. But, while you’re thinking about it, dreaming of the happy squeals of delight, remember: the operative word is “living.” So, let’s talk about that, and how also offering pet health insurance can make your wonderful living gift even more treasured.

Darlene Prince at the Cresent-News has a nice article on the issues you need to consider, before offering a dog or cat as a Christmas gift. She writes about the Defiance County Humane Society saying, “We advise parents to bring their child or children in and spend time playing with pets.”

Of course, one child may want a dog, the other, a cat. How do you decide which pet to adopt? I think you consider the age of the child, the attention span, and the overall care-giving needed for the pet. Likely, you will participate A LOT!

Some people think cats are easier than dogs, and in many ways they can be. But, my daughter’s three cats keep her hopping…they are cuddly, friendly, and sometimes fussy. And, they can be very playful.

Dogs are more attention grabbing, I think. They are also cuddly and friendly and can be totally fun to play with. They need exercise, they need training, they need unconditional love…cause that’s what they give you. They need shots and baths and lots of other stuff that requires regular vet visits. (so do cats)

Just remember – during the holidays you have to pay extra attention to your pets. There are hidden dangers in having pets around the house at Christmas. Have your emergency clinic’s number freely at hand. Have your pet health insurance number in your wallet. Make sure you act quickly if your dog or cat shows signs of distress.

Of course, if your neighbor or sister or Mom already has a pet, maybe the best gift…is pet health insurance. To protect that precious life.

Otherwise, enjoy. Pets are the best presents in the whole wide world.

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