Fundraise Friday – Oh Christmas Tree



fridayFirst off Rolo and I want to say Happy Friday and of course a Very Happy Halloween to you all! Please be safe while you are out trick or treating tonight.IMG_6027Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree… OK OK I know what your thinking. Why is this girl talking about Christmas Tree’s when it only just is Halloween today. Well McMurray Christmas Tree’s is doing something special for the Fort McMurray SPCA this year!
logoMcMurray Christmas Trees is a family owned and operated business since the 1940’s. Their beautiful trees are sold by the foot and according to grade:
-Light Density (Grade 3) is $7.50 per foot
-Medium Density (Grade 2) is $10 per foot
-Heavy Density (Grade1) is $12.50 per foot.
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If you order a beautiful Christmas Tree from them before November 5th and When you specify that you would like the donation of your tree to go towards the FMSPCA while pre-ordering, McMurrays Christmas Trees will donate 10% from their sales to the shelter!

Now how do you order one of these trees?
Contact Ann at 1-902-266-2953 or visit their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/mcmurraychristmastrees

I hope you make this Christmas Merry & Bright, not only by having a spectacular tree but by supporting the Fort McMurray SPCA as they will receive 10% from each tree sale until November 5th!

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Thursday Blogger Spotlight – Dog Mom Days


thursdayHappy Thursday Everyone! Hey! It’s almost Friday and more importantly almost Halloween! Today’s Spotlight is on a fellow dog blogger Amanda from Dog Mom Days. Be sure to follow her blog on all her social media pages, which can be found at the very bottom of the interview :) Enjoy!

*Who is filling out this Interview?

Amanda Yantos

*Where are you from?
Gilbert, Arizona

*Tell me a little about yourself?
I have lived in Arizona for 16 years and I currently reside in Gilbert with my boyfriend, Matt, and our 5 rescue animals. I am a pet blogger and marketing coordinator for Happy Pets Palace & Playground, which is a dog boarding and daycare facility in Mesa, AZ.

*What is your blog called?
Dog Mom Days
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*When did you start blogging?
December 2013

*Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I wanted to share my everyday life as a dog mom. I dedicate my life to my rescue animals and people always seem very interested in my lifestyle. I figured blogging would be a good way to share my experiences!

*How often do you blog? Is it a set schedule or random posts?
I blog about 3 times a week. I don’t have a set schedule because I blog about events I go to and things I do with my dog mom friends.

*What is your blog about?
My blog is about being a dog mom to Wynston, my Chihuahua, and Khloee, my maltipoo. I focus on what it’s like to live life as a “dog mom.”

*Do you have any animals?
I have 5 rescue animals. Kirby, my 6-year-old guinea pig; Joey, my 4-year-old disabled tabby cat; Sadie, my 3-year-old polydactyl calico cat; Wynston, my 3-year-old puppy mill survivor; Khloee, my 4 month old maltipoo whom I just recently rescued.

*What do you hope to achieve with your blog in 2014?
In 2014, I was hoping to achieve 10,000 readers a month, which I have already done. My blog has been more successful than I ever anticipated and it has gotten me many opportunities with major companies. My main overall goal is to spread awareness about animal cruelty and puppy mills.

*Have you ever attended any Blog Conferences? If so what ones and how was it?:
I have not attended any blog conferences, but hope to get to BlogPaws soon!

*What do you get inspiration from?
My animals are my inspiration. They inspire me every day. Each one has been through traumatizing experiences, yet they are so happy, innocent and loving. My animals continue to teach me that life is so precious and full of endless possibilities.

*Any advice for someone wanting to start their own Animal Blog?
I didn’t start with a plan for my animal blog, and if someone wants to start one, I’d say just go for it! There is a lot you can’t plan for and so many things change as you learn more in the industry. You will never succeed unless you try your hardest and take a chance!

*What are some of your favorite pet blogs to read?
My favorite pet blogs are Rubicon Days and Irresistible Pets.

*Anything else you would like to add?
I feel very blessed that I have the opportunity to do what I love. Animals are my life and passion, and I am very lucky that I get to work with them every day!

*Social Media Contacts:
Website: http://www.dogmomdays.com
Email: ayantos22@gmail.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wynstonchihuahua
Twitter: @DogMomDays
Instagram; @Mandyandwynston

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Wagging Wednesday – Halloween Safety Tips


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Have I ever said that I love holidays?! Any excuses to theme out my house and my dog makes me happy! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays as those who know me know that candy happens to be my favorite food group. Plus who doesn’t like seeing adorable photos of animals dressed in Halloween costumes and the cute little kids that come knocking on your door at night. With all this action at your doorstep there’s a few things you need to remember during Halloween when you own an animal;
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1) Keep your candy bowl out of harms reach from any of your animals, the sugar and or chocolate can be very dangerous for them, If you any does happen to digest any of these thing, please contact your local poison control or vet.
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2) Did you carve a pumpkin this year? Think about using a light instead of a candle inside it. What if your animal accidentally knocks it over and it starts a fire. Animals are also very curious and could get burned by the flame. This year I didnt carve a pumpkin I got a cute sparkily orange on that has a on and off switch that changes to all the colors of the rainbow!.
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3) Are you dressing up your animal this year and taking them out while you trick or treat with your kids. When picking out a costume look for these special things; can you animal move around easily in it? Is it restricting their air way or their ability to breathe? Is there any small parts that could be chewed off and choked on? If you found one that doesn’t pose any threats to your animal be sure to try it on a few times so the animal can get used to it before hand.
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4) I would hope that your pet would be wearing some type of ID badge (with name & contact number) at all times, but for some of you who don’t do that, this is your reminder to put one on before Halloween starts as animals can get easily scared and bolt out the door. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
10603215_449619491846970_3490716050416324981_n5) If you do have pet who likes to run and escape its best to set up a baby gate a few feet away from the door so that they get stopped before they try to make a run for it. Even put your animal on a leash and hold it while you open the door too! If you have a cat its best to keep in a room with the door closed as well all know they are little ninja climbers and will get right over that babygate and escape.

I hope you remember these tips Friday as you make Halloween a safe, fun, enjoyable night for you and your pets :) Can’t wait to see all your photos of your pets all dressed up!

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Tuesday Rescue Spotlight – P.C.A.R.S


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*Who is filling out this interview?

Contessa Short

*What is your position for your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
President/Founder

*What is the name of your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Pawsitive Changes Animal Rescue Society
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*Where are you located?
Fort McMurray

*Do you offer any awareness programs to your community?
We do not at the moment. We however promote awareness as to why it is best to adopt and alter your animals through our advocacy for our rescue animals.

*How long has your Animal Rescue/Shelter been around for?
June, 2014

*What types of animals do you have at your Animal Rescue/Shelter?

We currently (mainly) deal with dogs. However, we will never turn away animal if we have the capacity to help.

*If someone wanted to become a volunteer, how could they?
We do not have the need for animal interacting volunteers at the moment. We mostly require volunteers to help with events, such as our Halloween Haunted House, Silent Auction, concerts etc.

They can do so by contact us via email at: pawsitivechanges@hotmail.com to request a volunteer application.

*What types of items do you take as donations?
The items that we need on an almost daily basis are:

Blankets, kennels, leashes, collars, and toys.

We also do bottle drives, we rely heavily on our bottle drives to help us pay our vet bills and transportation costs.

*Do you have any fundraisers coming up that you want my viewers to know about?
1) Halloween Haunted House October 31 5-9PM 433 Signal Road (All Ages)

2) Bottle Drive November 22 (We will go to the address and pick up call 780-881-2457 to arrange pick up time and loction)

3) Silent Auction December 14 7PM Start Time Newfie Club

 *What is the adoption process like?
Fill out an application, we review the application, we then perform a home check and ask some further questions, then it’s a meet and greet with your potential new family member, if all go well, you will then fill out an adoption agreement where you must provide some personal identification information such as your driver’s licence number. Note: all of the above must be met in order to have your new family member join your home.

*What does your shelter/rescue hope to achieve in 2014?
Our hope for 2014 and many more years to come is to continue to provide animals with a second chance at love, live, happiness and a family.

*Anything else you want to add?
Spay and Neuter!

Don’t shop adopt!

Consider everything that comes with owning a pet (no matter what it is) they all take time, patience and training. If you cannot foresee committing your spare time to an animal for the next 18 years, please re-consider getting that animal.

If you get an animal and are ready to make the commitment, please take the time to socialize and train your animal so that they can be the best that they can be.

Do not support dog fights!

*Social Media Contacts:
Email: pawsitivechanges@hotmail.com
Website: pawsitivechanges/.wix.com/pawsitivechanges
Facebook: Pawsitive Second Chance
Twitter: @pawsitivec
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Adopt Me Monday – October 27th Edition


mondayHope you all had a great weekend and are ready to start the week of fresh with another edition of Adopt Me Monday. This weekend we didn’t get up to too much at our house. It started snowing so we did a lot of watching movies. Took Rolo for a walk and started him on some new medication for his leg that doesn’t seem to be healing at all. We went up to the shelter on Saturday and took a few photos of some familiar faces.

**NEW FEATURE** Click on their names and it will bring you to their FMSPCA profile.
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IMG_6032                                            (above) Wigglebutt Wilma
IMG_6033                                                    (above) Tom ParisIMG_6034                                                      (above) Cinderella
IMG_6035                                                         (above) Nelix
IMG_6036                                                    (above) Willow
IMG_6037                                                         (above) Grover
IMG_6038                                                           (above) Ava

This is only just a few of the animals available at the Fort McMurray SPCA. To view all of the animals up for adoptions please visit http://www.fortmcmurrayspca.ca (Click Adopt —-> a ready for adoption then select cats or dogs)

**For the month of October all black cats are available for adoption by donation (exwept kittens)

Fort McMurray SPCA
155 MacAlpine Crescent
Fort McMurray, AB
1-780-743-8997
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http://www.fortmcmurrayspca.ca

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Fundraise Friday – Hope for Huey


fridayHave you ever watched someone you love flop around on the floor like a fish out of water, losing control of their bladder and bowel, foaming from the mouth, while there is nothing you can do about it but comfort them with your words, clear everything dangerous out-of-the-way and pray that your furbaby will be ok? Well this is the life of an EPI Parent.
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About a week ago or so I was watching my husbands very late hockey game when I got a message from one of my blog readers, Sara Burry. She told me to go check out “Kenya The Goofy Pitbull`s” facebook page because Kenya has an adopted brother name Huey who has Canine Epilepsy; just like Rolo! .
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I looked around the page and seen a post about a fundraiser on Go Fund Me for Huey. I read some very nasty, tasteless, hurtful, disgusting posts on this page from people who have no clue what it is like having or caring for a dog with Canine Epilepsy. I was enraged as well as disappointed with the human race! It takes a strong pet parent to care for an animal with a disability, especially with a dog who is going through the transitions of finding out medications that work, correct dosage and ones that don’t work.

After adopting Rolo, I had done a ton of research on Canine Epilepsy. We have many EPI friends online and a huge support system out there for Moms of EPI Dogs. I am always there if anyone needs to talk, share information and promote Canine Epilepsy. I don’t want people to think that if you have a dog with a disability that you can’t help them live with it, there’s so many options out there.

Why am I writing all about Huey today? Well I wanted to share Huey’s fundraiser with you all. As I know that with having a EPI dog it gets expensive especially in the research stage, Huey’s family has reached out for financial help to get this boy to a comfortable EPI stage with no Seizures.

Huey`s Fundraiser Link:
http://www.gofundme.com/ei0358

If you could take one minute to share this blog post or even just the link to his go fund me account, I know his family would be forever grateful and I would be forever happy knowing that Rolo and I could help out!

With that being said… you may have seen our post on our facebook page that we have a special announcement to make today… Well here it is:

Ever since Rolo`s adoption in 2011 we have always done a Christmas Fundraiser for his former shelter the Fort McMurray SPCA, well we have decided that this year we will be donating a portion of what we raise to Huey`s Epilepsy Fund!

EPI dogs will always have a special place in my heart!

 I will be selling Handmade Bone Ornaments at the Christmas Bazaar in Fort McMurray, AB, Canada November 9th from 10am-4pm at the Sawridge Hotel. If you are not in Fort McMurray and want to participate please just donate to Huey`s Go Fund Me Link :)

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Thursday Business Spotlight – GripNGroom


thursdayI had the pleasure of getting an interview filled out by Randy from Mercury Innovations. He has created an amazing product called the GripNGroom. He is doing a kickstarter campaign to get funding to produce a nationwide commercial to showcase his new product.

With being a dog mom of a GSD x Husky who actually has thick husky like hair, I do a lot of brushing and with a lot of brushing comes sore hands. This product rocks just by watching the video! I actually think about Rolo being a pet therapy dog and being able to visit the rotary house & continuing care center in our city. This product sparks my interest because people we visit would be able to interact not just by petting Rolo but by carefully slipping the brush on their hands and allowing them to brush him. Read all about Randy below!

Here is the link to his Kickstarter Campaign:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/995744409/grip-n-groom-pet-grooming-brush-for-dogs-and-cats

*What is the name of your business?

Mercury Innovations, LLC

*Who is filling out this interview?
Randy Jack
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 *How long have you been with the company for?
I have been an inventor for 22yrs

*How long has your business been around for?
I have been in business for myself for over 34 yrs.

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*Why was it started?
I am an inventor, I always have been since very young childhood, building tree houses, go-carts etc. When I was a Humane Officer I worked with a lot of Groomers and Vets and listened to their complaints about wrist and hand fatigue on handle brushes. It led me to inventing GripnGroom Pet Brushes.
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*Do you have any animals?
If so, name, breed and something interesting about them? We have had Siberian Huskies, we just put down Nikita after 15 1/2 beautiful years with him in our life. We have not completed the grieving period as of yet.

*What do you specialize in?
I love animals, I was a County Humane Officer rescuing dogs, cats, but also large animals, wildlife of all kinds. I have worked with all small pets, horses, cattle, hawks, eagles, snakes, skunks, and just about everything you can name. We still rescue strays and will pay forward for spay or neuter if somebody is interested in adopting them from a shelter.
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*What types of services do you offer?
In my invention business, I help all inventors to work through all of the craziness of the process of taking new products to retail.

*What is the approx. cost?
N/A
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*If someone wanted to book an appointment with you how do they get a hold of you?
I am always available to discuss inventions, pet care and humane causes and can be contacted through Twitter, Facebook or my email.

*Any special events coming up this year for you?
I hope to be shooting a national commercial for my grooming brushes.}

*What inspires you?
Actually I was inspired by a hobo, who was in his 60s that use to ride a bicycle on the train tracks, his name was Reuben Lindstrom. I spoke with him a few times when I was maybe in 1st grade as he rode by our home. I think that sent me on this path of inventing. As far as pet brushes and pet products, When I was young my a neighbor shot two dogs I loved that he owned because he did not want them any longer. I later in life became a Humane Officer, The amount of abuse I saw and prosecuted forever was burned in my soul, Walking into barns full of dead cattle, because the owner just did not want to feed them, Homes will with 80 plus very sick and diseased cats, and on and on. You have to help all animals, it is just the thing to do….I have stories that still touch my heart after all these years
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*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2014?
I am doing a Kickstarter Campaign, it is a crowdfunding company. Inventors, and others look for donations or pledges from people and we give away very cool rewards for their support. I am running a campaign right now for my pet brushes. It ends on I believe the 14th of November. People pledge and if we don’t reach the goal we are asking for we get nothing and the money is never withdrawn by Amazon where the pledge is made. If we reach our funding, we will use that to produce a national tv campaign. We are asking people for help, if they watch my video and see in my eyes and hear in my words I am sincere, then they can click the green button and pledge, even 5.00 helps us so much. The Kickstarter link is this

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/995744409/grip-n-groom-pet-grooming-brush-for-dogs-and-cats

Please go there and watch and listen it is a very short video, pledge if you feel I deserve it and share the link with friends. I do need help from my pet family. Please just watch the video before your decide.
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*Do you do any charity work?
I give at our church, I help people in need, if we hear of a person who is down for whatever reason, we will help if we can. You have to, God put us here to help others and we do when we can.
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*Social Media Contacts:
Randy Jack at Mercury Innovations, LLC 870-710-1779
Email: Inventioninnovation@gmail.com
Website:www.mercuryinnovationsllc.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GripnGroom
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GRIPnGROOM
KickStarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/995744409/grip-n-groom-pet-grooming-brush-for-dogs-and-cats

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