Posted by & filed under Bethany Meissner, Giving Back, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

Halo deliveredYou might remember reading about how Halo and friends helped fly pets to find new homes. Well, we have a photo update from Kootenai Humane Society in Hayden, ID, the shelter that took in the pets.

As you can see from the photo below, they’re settling in, looking gorgeous, and eating well!

We’re proud to be a part of helping pets move from overcrowded conditions in Los Angeles to Idaho where they have the chance for a better life with a forever home.

Working with our friends at,, ShelterMe, and Wings of Rescue is always a blast – and it’s always good to know that we’ve helped make dreams come true for pets in need.

Halo bag and Tucker


Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, pet adoption, Pet Shelters, Pet Stories, Video.

cat-walker-lgTumbelina is a sweet black cat rescued from a high kill shelter by Valley Cats, Inc. in Woodland Hills, Calif. But she is different than other cats they’ve rescued.

According to a Pet Collective video, this sweet kitten was born with cerebellar hypoplasia, and cannot walk on her own.

“She is a brilliant mind trapped in her body,” explains Yvette Berke, co-founder of Petopia Animal Rescue, which partners with Valley Cats. “She’s bright as a penny but her legs don’t know what to do.”

The Valley Cats and Petopia team knew that Tumbelina’s chances were slim at the shelter.

“We knew when we saw her that we had to take her and give her the best shot at life she would have for as long as she would have it,” says Berke.

Click here to read the complete story and see video.


Posted by & filed under Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, pet adoption, Pet Shelters.

101118_4177_dodman154.jpgIt is a crying shame that older dogs are so difficult to adopt out of shelters. Almost everyone wants a bouncy young puppy or a really cute-looking younger dog. It’s easy to see why these dogs would be attractive. Youth and beauty can be hard to rival.

I once visited the Boulder Humane Society as a large shiny bus rolled in with the new arrivals from Utah to be put up for adoption. “Do you want to see them,” I was asked. I jumped at the opportunity. Climbing the stairs into the bus, I was faced with wall-to-wall pets – dogs and cats – all looking at me hopefully, each one in need of a home.

But then it struck me. They were all young and good looking. There were white dogs with a black patch over one eye, ghost-grey dogs, dogs with split-colored eyes and a jaunty look, dogs with cute crinkly ears, curly-coated poodle-ish puppies, tortoiseshell cats and cinnamon-colored Abyssinian-type kittens. I said, “They’re all gorgeous. How is that?” The reply came, “We only take the young and cute-looking animals because they’re the ones that are most adoptable.

Here’s why you should consider adopting an older dog:
• They’re a known quantity.
• They are already house trained, vaccinated and neutered.
• Lower exercise requirements and steady temperament.
• They come with experience.
• They make great pets and will be truly thankful for a loving home.
• They need your help and you will grow to love them

Many older dogs and cats find themselves in shelters through no fault of their own. There are several reasons why people relinquish pets of any age. I once heard from a friend at HSUS that 20% of people surrender their pet because they are “too old.”

Click here to read the complete article.

Dr. Dodman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Director of the school’s Animal Behavior Clinic. He is also Chief Scientific Officer for the CENTER FOR CANINE BEHAVIOR STUDIES. He has written over 100 scientific articles and several popular press books, including The Dog Who Loved Too Much and The Cat Who Cried for Help.


Posted by & filed under Caroline Golon, Pet Stories.

andy-lgA fall into a snowbank on a cold winter’s night could have been disaster for a Chesterson, Indiana senior citizen if it hadn’t been for the heroic efforts of a Golden Retriever named Andy.

According to the Times of Northwest Indiana, Vicki VanDenburgh’s two Golden Retrievers Andy, 5, and Ike, 9, both certified therapy dogs, were outside in the back yard.

Suddenly Andy noticed something across the street, jumped the backyard fence and ran to the neighbor’s yard, barking madly.

VanDenburgh heard the barking and was surprised to see her dog across the street, obviously anxious about something. When she went to investigate, she found her neighbor, who had fallen while getting out of her car, stuck in a snowbank. Due to a bad knee, the neighbor was unable to get up.

Click here to read the complete story.


Posted by & filed under Guest Blogger, Natural Cat Treats, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, Podcasts, Talk Radio, Tracie Hotchner.

Is an over-hungry cat driving you nuts begging for food? You can play “hide and seek” with freeze-dried treats hidden around the house – or put inside a treat-dispensing toy to help settle down your kitty’s cravings!

Kylie listens to my radio shows and wrote me about her kitty. “My cat is hungry all the time, eating dry food and constantly demanding more – at least 3 times a day, and especially at the crack of dawn when the cat meows me awake.”

Kylie took my advice and switched her cat to a low-carbohydrate, canned food diet, with meals offered twice daily – she reported that the cat’s urgent hunger pangs did subside after getting a can at each meal.

DFF-logo-ProudSponsor175x166“She is better now actually, fingers crossed,” Kylie wrote. “I read about ‘kitty crack’ on your blog and listened to CAT CHAT and it helped a lot. My girl is on grain-free canned food, feeding 6 ounces a day, she is down to 9.5 lbs. But I’m still trying to break her of the habit of getting fed 3 times a day.”

Kylie liked my suggestion of hiding some freeze-dried protein treats (like Halo Liv-a-Littles) around the house for her kitty to hunt for and find. The activity kept her busy, filled her up and let Kylie sleep a bit longer in the mornings!

Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.

She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.