Dog Days of May @ FJPL {One Week Away}


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Well on this day next week Rolo & I will be waking up at the crack of dawn to make our 800km trek South than West from Fort McMurray, AB to Jasper, AB to take part in the 2nd Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Dog Days of May event! The Canadian Rockies are nothing but unbelievable and breathtaking. Photos do not do justice to its beauty! Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is spectacular and I love staying and visiting there when I stop by. I already have my sushi reservation made for Saturday! We are over excited to get there and take part in all the fun. Rolo has been on many road-trips over the years and I can tell already that this one is going to be the best one yet. This brings vacationing with your dog to a whole new level!

Check out exclusive interview we did with Stefanie from Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge all about the Dog Days of May event —> http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2015/03/04/dog-days-of-may/

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If you haven’t booked your room yet NOW is the time to do it because you do not want to miss out on this, and plus you can come hangout with Rolo & I (I swear we are a lot of fun and our energy is highly contagious!)

To Book your room —> http://www.fairmont.com/jasper/special-offers/hotel-offers/special-events/dog-days-of-may/

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(Photo Credit Above: http://www.fairmont.com/jasper/media/photos/)

Package Includes:
Two Nights in a Fairmont Room
Welcome Pet Amenity
Swag Bag from US (Confessions of a Rescue Mom)
Friday Evening Doggy Welcome Reception
Saturday Organized Group Meals
Sunday Group Farewell Breakfast
Nightly Pet Fee & Gratuities
Dog’Centric Classes, Sessions & Scheduled Activities

We did a post a few weeks ago about what to pack {Canadian Rockies Edition} as Jasper is located right in them.  Check out our post for ideas —>
http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2015/04/29/what-to-pack-road-trip-addition/

WE HOPE TO SEE  YOU THERE AND FEEL FREE TO SAY HI!
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Pet Product Review – Pleash #sponsored


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I am so excited to be doing this pet product review today on an amazing innovative item —- The Pleash! Are you like me and your purse is like a suitcase that has everything in it but the kitchen sink, mine really is like that and it weighs about 10-15lbs alone! I don’t want to be taking all that with me when I am out walking with Rolo or visiting the dog park. I try to bring the necessities; chap-stick, phone, house keys,bank card, poop bags and treats. Whoa OK that is still a lot of stuff, now where am I going to put all that when its a hot day and I’m not wearing a sweater? In your Pleash of course!

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Item:  Pleash
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pleash
Website:  http://www.prettypleash.com
Twitter: @prettypleash
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lmmizell/pleash-and-other-pet-products

Want to learn more about Pleash? Be sure to check out our
exclusive interview we did with the founder Lynn here:
http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2015/05/21/business-spotlight-pleash/

Pleash™ (plēSH) n. a practical, stylish pocket leash designed to add safety and convenience to dog walking. A pleash is made of three-quarter inch nylon webbing and measures six feet in total length including the snap bolt and loop handle.  As illustrated below, features include:

  • Built in carabiner to fasten keys and other handy small items such as a flashlight and lightweight collapsible water bowl
  • Cinch cord attached to carabiner for hands-free transport of waste
  • Nylon mesh pocket in choice of five colors with velcro closure housing a small, water-resistant zipper pouch, the mesh pocket measures five by seven inches and is designed to hold an iPhone IV or V or cell phones of similar size. Waste bags can be stored on the back side of the mesh pocket for easy access.
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Let’s start this product review!

Appearance & Design
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I really love the design of the Pleash, as I said above my real purse weights between 10-15lbs and even more if I take my ipad! Why would you want to pack that around with you? Walks with your pets should be enjoyable and the Pleash does just that! One thing I love about it is attached to the little carabiner there is a stretchy strong with a clasp on it, that’s to hold used poop bags! Rolo has a tenancy going as far away from a litter bin as he can get, so I always have to carry it in my hands until I can get to one. Well this makes it hands-free!
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I think this is such an innovative product and I have never seen anything like it before. Its made from high quality materials and comes in various colors. You can even take the little colored pouch out. I thought of another thing you can do with this Pleash! Say you are at an off-leash dog park and don’t want to carry it around with you, I normally put Rolo’s leash around my neck like a scarf (weird, I know). Well this is what I came up with! I looped the leash through the handle and wrapped it around me twice than clipped it to the pocket. I made a Pleash Fanny Pack! Hands free while your dog is enjoying the doggie park!
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The Testing Process:
I took Rolo out for a little walk last night to use the Pleash. Despite having all that stuff in it, it was just like holding a leash. Rolo enjoyed the longer lead as his other leash is a lot shorter. He loved the product because his mom was happy that she didn’t have to carry all her stuff.
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Disclaimer: Confessions of a Rescue Mom received a Pleash for posting an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are our own and were not influenced in any way. There was no monetary compensation.

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Business Spotlight – Pleash


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Today we are bringing a business spotlight to you from the company Pleash. What is a Pleash you ask, well just like it sounds —> it’s a leash purse! Who wants to lug around their heavy purse when you can insert your main necessities into the Pleash and just start walking! No shoulder strain, More movement! Let’s find out more about the Pleash with my exclusive interview with the founder, Lynn!

Want to see what we had to say about the Pleash?
Check out our Pet Product Review —>

*What is the name of your business?
Pleash

*Who is filling out this interview?
Lynn Mizell, the founder

*How long have you been with the company for?
2 years

*How long has your business been around for?
2 years
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*Why was it started?
A co-worker was saying at work one day that she wished someone would design a leash that held all the stuff you need when walking dog, including a cell phone. I have sewn and designed for over 40 years so I came up with a design. I also came up with the name “Pleash.” I have trademarked the name. (That’s where being an attorney helped.) Pleash is a combination of the words “pocket”and “leash.”

The Pleash works especially well in warm climates, like Charleston, SC, where people walk dogs wearing clothes without pockets. I give a little more history on my website: http://www.prettypleash.com. See the “About Us” section.

*Do you have any animals?
It’s funny, but right now I do not have dogs. I have two cats, and fostered my first litter of kittens over the Christmas holiday. At the time I first started thinking about “Pleash,” I had two dachshunds that I walked twice a day, everyday for sixteen years. They both died by the time I made my first Pleash. Dog walking with them would have been infinitely easier if I had a Pleash back then. The Pleash has a built-in
carabiner to easily clip keys on. I recommend having a spare made and “dedicating” it to the Pleash. That way you will never lock yourself out of the house, which I did at least three times. I have learned, from doing trade shows, that this is a something that happens to a lot of dog walkers at some point in time.
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*What do you specialize in?
I sell the Pleash online but I also have designed a “Pleash Pocket” that I sell at shows and will add to my Etsy site soon. Pleashes can be made to a custom length if people order off the Etsy site.

*What inspires you?
I have always been creative and I am happiest when I creating whether it be painting, drawing, sewing, making jewelry, cooking– well, you get the idea.

*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2015?
I would like to at least double sales from 2014, which was my launch year. I launched the project in August of 2014, when the year was over halfway over. I did not get the volume of Christmas sales I had hoped for. I hope to do better in 2015.
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I love charity work and make that a regular part of my life. Since starting Pleash, I give regularly to rescue organizations. I am particularly supportive of non-profits that connect veterans with rescue animals or organizations that seek to reunite soldiers with their combat kanine companions.

*Come Connect With Pleash:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pleash
Website: http://www.prettypleash.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrettyPleash
Pinterest:www.pinterest.com/lmmizell/pleash-and-other-pet-products
Other: Etsy

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Emergency Preparedness – Pet Edition


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As a child I was enrolled in the Girl Guides of Canada for many years and one of their motto’s is “Be Prepared”. It’s something I live by to this day as you never know what life or mother nature may bring; house fire, hurricane, power outage, flood, flat tire…the list is endless! Due to a recent house fire not very far from our own house in Fort McMurray that ended up taking the life of a beloved pet, we got to thinking “How can we enlighten & inspire people with pets to be prepared”

What are some things you that can make you “prepared”?

IMG-20110716-001231) IDENTIFICATION – Make sure your pet it wearing a collar at all times. A tag attached to collar with a name & contact number on it is important in-case your pet decides to escape. These can be purchased at so many places as well as ordered online. Rolo’s we purchased at PetSmart.

2) SUPPLY KIT – This kit should have enough items in it to last 72 hours, including:

  • Water & food dish
  • Leash, harness, collar
  • Sweater (short-haired animal)
  • Toys (to keep them occupied)
  • Blanket
  • Cat or Dog food (enough for at least three days)
  • Water (enough for at least three days)
  • Dog and/or cat carrier(s)
  • Cat litter box/litter


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3) DOOR SIGNAGE – Here is a photo of a self adhesive door sign we got at an event. Try calling a local veterinarian office or even maybe the fire department to see if they have something similar. You could also look online as there is endless possibilities there. You can always make your own as well, it’s as simple as a laminated piece of paper taped to your doors letting emergency authorities know that They are animals inside. In-case of a fire, floor, tornado or any other event.

 4) WALLET PAPER – I seen someone post online a while back regarding this idea. Its Genius! What if you were to get into a car accident and couldn’t talk to let people know that you have pets in your care. If I was living alone, no one would know that Rolo needs important medication twice a day. I created a Confessions of a Rescue Mom version of an Animal Alert Card.

Feel free to use this, Click on the photo, Right Click, Save, Print, Fill it in and put it in your wallet.

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5) SECURITY SYSTEM – Did you know that nowadays there are some high tech security systems out on the market! For instance one of the systems texts your cellphone when every door is open/closed, when the temperature changes and it also alerts you if an alarm goes off including carbon dioxide, fire, glass break or door opened without password. This system also calls the proper authorities when one of the alarm goes off.

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Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid Manual offers easy to follow instructions.

You can purchase various sized pet first aid kits as well as other items here : http://www.walksnwags.com/cgi-bin/online/storepro.php

Want to take a Walks’n’Wags Pet First Aid Course? Check out the course dates:
http://www.walksnwags.com/firstaiddates.php

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Pet Spotlight Interview – Tonka, Junah, Juniper Hoot & Grit


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I hope you all had a great long weekend! Hubby, Rolo & I all went down to the camper for a long weekend full of golfing and sitting by the campfire. Rolo even learned how to ride on a golf cart. We will be posting more photos on our Facebook & Instagram pages Today (www.facebook.com/rescuemomblog or rescuemomblog) Today on our blog we are featuring Michelle’s adorable cuddly cats; Tonka, Junah, Juniper Root & Grit. Find out all about these kitties below!

*Your Name?
Michelle Wolff

*Where are you from?
We live in Ellijay, GA

*Animals(s) (Age, Breed & Name)?
Tonka (yellow tabby) male, DSH 3 years
Junah (yellow tabby) male, DSH 3 years in July
Juniper Hoot (black) male DSH 5 years (appx)
Grit (tortie-tabby) female, DSH, 4 years

GritPlants*Interesting Facts About Your Animal(s)?
Tonka was an unclaimed stray that came to us at 4 months old. My heart was tattered due to losing all my senior dogs in an 18 month period and we had just had to re-home a cat I had adopted for Grit to be friends with as it turned out to be an impossible match. I saw Tonka’s picture on my friend’s FB page and asked for him immediately. I drove over an hour to get him that night and he is the one that makes the mushiest! My husband named him Tonka because he was the color of Tonka trucks but as it turns out he has the personality of a rowdy little boy who would play with those trucks anyway!

Grit’s photo is on the back cover of the 2015 Alley Cat Allies calendar! Grit was found at 2 weeks old in a snowstorm. She was named Grit because she was so tiny and because she had survived a harsh beginning. Grit bonded to my husband Heath and to this day he is her one true love. She is FIV+ and I adore her uppity ways even though she is snotty to me almost all the time unless I have coconut oil handy which she loves. Juniper Hoot is a former feral who followed Tonka indoors over time. They are kitty soul brothers! It took 8 months for me to be allowed to touch him and my husband over a year. He had never been indoors and was terrified by the images on the TV, loud noises, etc. He is now the sweetest of them all. He used to come in and play with the cat toys and as long as we didn’t look at him he would stay. If we made eye contact he would dart back out the cat door.

JunahandJuniperHootJunah was born feral. Tonka and JH took care of him by sleeping with him in our outdoor feral shelter and cleaning him. They taught him I was the food lady. He showed up at what I called the Alley Cat Cafe an area where I fed the feral cats and strays in our area. I was able to rehab and re-home 5 of those not counting Juniper Hoot and Junah. Junah was about 4 months old when he appeared. It took me 4 more months to get him inside which I did with food and feather toys. He was quite the challenge and will mostly only let me pet him. He retains a lot of the wild characteristics, is still scared of fast motion and strangers and is also FIV+. Also all the cats are indoors only now with a nice big outdoor enclosure they can hang out in.

*What’s the Silliest thing your animal(s) have done?
Tonka is known as Tonka the Naughtiest Cat in the World (see Instagram @michellewolff11 haha!) Tonka regularly has accidents and mishaps due to his never ending curiosity. He sucks a blanket and purrs to go to sleep and once bit holes in a 5 gallon water jug handle so he could swat the water. I used to buy Tonka doggy rawhide sticks because his chewing urge was so strong. Tonka is halter-leash trained and likes to go for walks. Juniper Hoot daily carries a toy cloth mouse around and purrs and chirps to it. They all will spend hours in new boxes typical of most cats!

JunahTonka*Animal(s) Favorite Treat?
Dehydrated turkey or chicken treats always.

*Does your animal(s) like the water?
Tonka and Grit both will play with water. JH runs like he’s suddenly caught on fire if even a drop gets on him! Junah has never resolved the flushing toilet mystery so will come running when he hears that happening so he can watch!

*Animal(s) Favorite Place to Sleep?
Tonka sleeps curled in my arm, JH by my feet and Junah has a heated bed that he rarely leaves when he’s sleepy. Grit sleeps on my husband’s chest every night.

TonkaAndJuniperHoot*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
Best thing ever! I wouldn’t have it any other way! I can’t imagine ever having another animal that wasn’t a rescue. I’m so shocked at how utterly ignorant I was about feral and community cats until Grit came along and we had to educate ourselves on how to bottle feed a feral baby. After that I was like feral? What is this “feral cat” of which you speak? And off we went into our feral, TNR journey.


*Favorite website to get pet information?

AlleyCatAllies.com and ConsciousCat.net

*Do your animal(s) love to go for car rides?
Nooooooo oh Lord no they hate it! I drove them here 1400 miles from Colorado and while they did so much better than expected I would never want to do that again!

Tonkacatnap1*What’s your favorite animal product?
I don’t know if I have a favorite product. I like their litter from Blue which is the walnut shell clumping kind and I like their NVR Miss littler boxes a lot since JH likes to pee standing up (what a weirdo!) ! use my Young Living essential oils in a diffuser for the cats – always in an open room so they can choose but the combination of Vetiver. Lavender and Cedarwood calms everyone down and is my go to when anybody is having an “off” day. They always hover in the room when the combo is going. They get Reiki almost daily as well. Grit hates Junah with the white hot heat of a thousand suns for some unknown reason so Reiki helps keep her just being an ass to him rather than trying to actively murder him! Ugh!

*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
It’s important to support the work of undoing what others have done through tragedy or poor choices that leave animals abandoned. It would be nice if our culture cared enough to donate oh a tenth of a percent of what we give sports players so everyone would be paid but until then we have to pull together to get the job done.

*Social Media:
Facebook:www.facebook.com/wolffdenpress
Email:cattyshackdesigns@gmail.com
Website:www.cattyshackdesigns.com http://www.michelle-wolff.artistwebsites.com
Twitter: @MichelleWolff11
Pinterest: michellewolff

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Giveaway (Fort McMurray, AB & Area Residents)


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Jennifer Allen from Paw Prince Pet Services is a Certified Instructor for Walks’n’Wags Pet First Aid. She is located here in Fort McMurray, AB. She has allowed me to host a special little giveaway to the people of Fort McMurray and area. As seen below, It is a $20 gift certificate to be used for one of their courses, or on available pet first aid supplies including their first aid kit. The next course date hasn’t been picked yet but this will be valid until May 2016. *Please Note* Pet first aid is not a replacement for professional care provided by veterinarians.

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Who is eligible?

The people who are eligible are people who live in the Fort McMurray area, as they will need to pickup the Gift Certificate and the courses & items are only offered in Fort McMurray, no shipping.

How do you enter?
All you have to do is comment on THIS blog post. Tell us why you want to win or why pet first aid is important.

When does the giveaway start & end?
The Giveaway starts May 15th and ends June 10th UNLESS Paw Prince announces another date before June 10th. We will end the giveaway before then if they do.

Why take pet first aid from a certified Walks’N’Wags instructor?
The Walks’N’Wags Pet First Aid Course:

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  • is recognized internationally
  • is applicable to owners of dogs and/or cats
  • has been operational since 1993
  • is regularly reviewed and updated
  • is practiced with both artificial and live animals, to accurately simulate the ability of dogs to wiggle free
  • comes with an extensive and user-friendly manual
  • aims to reduce the unnecessary injuries and illness, and teaches early detection of illness and injury

 

For more information about Paw Prince Pet Services:
Website: http://www.pawprince.ca
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pawprincecanada

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Rolo’s Resume


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I have created this blog post to highlight media that Rolo or I have been featured in regarding our blog and will frequently update it as opportunities arise. Want to work with us, feel free to get in contact with us through any of our social media accounts. Below is Rolo’s “Resume” of some of his achievements, Philanthropy and Features.

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Showing our many thanks to people who have been able to spread awareness about Rolo and I. We wanted a place to give credit to people/bloggers/websites who have worked with us, so we have created a list below.

PET BLOG:
Lessons from a Paralyzed Dog
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PET BLOG:
American Dog Blog
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PET BLOG:
Kol’s Notes
Mention
Click Here

PET BLOG:
Mocha’s Mysteries & Meows
Click Here

PET BLOG:
My Pawsitively Pets
Pet of the Week
Click Here

PET BLOG:
Peace, Love n Whiskers
Click Here

PET BLOG:
Your Special Dog
Click Here

PET BLOG:
His Muddy PawPrints
Click Here

PET BLOG:
Internet of Dog Things
Included in the Holiday Gift Guide Round Up
Click Here

PET BLOG:
My Pawsitively Pets
Link back to Blog Feature
Click Here

WEBSITE:
PetSmart Charities Blog
Click Here

WEBSITE:
Stylish Canine
Link back to blog feature
Click Here

PET BLOG:
Adventures with Animals
Click Here

WEBSITE:
BlogPaws Website
Mention
Click Here

PET BLOG:
Come Wag Along
Fashion Friday Feature
Click Here

WEBSITE:
Portraits by NC
Click Here

WEBSITE:
Buddy’s Line
Click Here

PET BLOG:
K9’s Over Coffee
Mention
Click Here

PET BLOG:
Dog Mom Days
Mention
Click Here

KeriCure Ambassador 2014+
20% off your entire order (human & pet items)
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NEWSPAPER:
Snap Wood Buffalo – Various Editions

YOUTUBE:
Shaw Cable Episode about Famous Dogs in YMM

MAGAZINE:
YMM Magazine – Prevent, Prepare & Protect
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 MAGAZINE:
YMM Magazine – Rolo’s Guide to YMM
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MAGAZINE:
YMM Magazine – Home & Garden Guide

MAGAZINE:

McMurray Girl Magazine – Summer 2013
Featured on Pages 9, 49-51
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MAGAZINE:
Rescue Me Magazine
Rolo featured as one of the Faces Of Rescue

MAGAZINE:
Animal Wellness Magazine
Dog of the Year Announcement

MAGAZINE:
Canadian Dogs Annual
Dog Of The Year Announcement
Click Here

WEBSITE:
Canadian WeBlog Awards 2014
Nominated in 2 categories
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WEBSITE:
People Pets Cutest Pet Of The Day

Hosted his own Canine Epilepsy Awareness Day Event VIA Facebook.
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