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New Kid’s Book About Tripawd Therapy Dog Helps Dog Cancer Research

October 8th, 2015 · No Comments · Books

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Losing a limb isn’t easy to explain to young children. If you’re looking for a heartfelt and educational way to show a child that life on three legs isn’t the end of fun but just the beginning of important work in this world, pick up a copy of “TJ has a Job!” the new book by Tripawds friend Kim Fraser.


Meet TJ, a Tripawd Hero and Therapy Dog

We go way back with Kim and TJ, a three-legged hero who didn’t let cancer slow him down. As a retired racing greyhound and therapy dog, TJ beat osteosarcoma for over three years — and touched many lives as a result.

In 2012 we had the honor of meeting TJ when we spoke at the Greyhounds Rock “Take a Bite Out of Canine Cancer” conference in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Yes, he was as sweet as he looked!

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Therapy dog TJ

TJ has a Job!” is the real story of a greyhound’s journey as he discovers his purpose in life. Follow TJ from the race track to his forever home where he learns to be a therapy dog and the challenges of finding his new role post-cancer.

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TJ gets a big award!

This book is dedicated to all cancer survivors (furry or not) who have adapted to their new world and found ways to help those still finding their way.

100% of the proceeds of this book go to Greyhounds Rock Fredericksburg, a pawesome group that raises money for canine cancer research, education, and awareness.

Get your copy of TJ has a Job! and help fight canine cancer!

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A Non-Toxic Goodbye to Pet Stains, Marking and Odors

September 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Products

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Anyone with pets knows that carpet and upholstery stains are a part of life. But we found 180XT, a non-toxic, fragrance free pet stain remover product at Blog Paws, and can’t believe how great it works. We especially love that it’s non-toxic, non-flammable, enzyme-free, biodegradable, and safe to use around pets, so check it out:

Earth’s Balance 180XT Stain and Odor Remover

  • Safely removes stains, odors and pheremones
  • Works in 3 easy steps in 3 minutes or less
  • 180XT uses Moleculift, not enzymes, to remove the pheromones which prevents your pet from marking in the same spot

180XT is a concentrated, professional strength formula that completely extracts pheromones, helping stop re-soiling habits common to household pets.

Other cleaners get surface stains out, but 180XT is truly different – it actually binds the pheromone molecules and lifts them up and out. This is important, because when a pet urinates they release pheromones and those pheromones remain in the carpet or surface, even if you believe you have successfully removed the stains and odors. Humans can’t smell the pheromones that pets can and that’s what attracts them to keep re-marking the same area. 180XT can be used on upholstery, carpeting, multiple surfaces and most fabrics.

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Tuggo Interactive Dog Toy is a Ball

September 3rd, 2015 · 4 Comments · Products

We discovered this little gem at Blog Paws earlier this year and wanted to share it with you.

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Wyatt prefers the Tuggo ball.

“Tuggo is an indestructible weighted ball toy that dogs just can’t resist. A sturdy rope runs right through the middle. Knots at either end make it perfect for one dog or two. The leak-proof recessed screw plug lets you add as much water or sand to the ball as you like.

Go ahead, experiment. You’ll quickly find the perfect amount of resistance to drive your dog crazy with joy.

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Coco goes loco over Tuggo!

Exercise is essential to keep your dog happy and healthy. Both the sloshing sound and weight resistance of our unique creation hold a dog’s attention way longer than conventional toys. Often the fun goes on for hours nonstop!

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Coco makes her move on the Tuggo.

  • 10″ Tuggo holds up to 18 pounds of water. Perfect for any dog over 40 pounds.
  • 7″ Tuggo Mini holds up to 6 pounds of water. Perfect for dogs up to 40 pounds.

Get Your Tuggo Dog Toy at Amazon!

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Learn Holistic Pet Healing with Judy Morgan, DVM

July 23rd, 2015 · 6 Comments · Books

Most of us are just starting to scratch the surface of holistic veterinary medicine, so when a helpful book like Dr. Judy Morgan’s From Needles to Natural: Learning Holistic Pet Healing comes along, we’re so happy to spread the word.

Take A Journey into Holistic Vet Medicine

Dr. Morgan is a forward-thinking holistic-minded vet who was one of America’s early adopters of natural medicine for cats and dogs. Over thirty years ago she made the brave and dramatic switch from solely providing Western veterinary medicine to her patients, to becoming an evangelist for holistic care for cats and dogs.

Dr. Judy Morgan DVM

Dr. Judy Morgan DVM

Among her credentials, Dr. Morgan is certified in:

  • Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, a form of veterinary chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture and Food Therapy from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Southern New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Botanical Veterinary Medical Association, and American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.

She also maintains an awesomely helpful YouTube channel filled with videos about holistic-based vet care for cats and dogs. Her videos have tons of great tips for pet parents, like this:

From Needles to Natural: A Must-Have Holistic Guide

Dr. Morgan’s book is a detailed and entertaining journey into holistic veterinary care. She takes us on an honest trip down the bumpy road of how she made the dramatic switch from the Western care she was trained to do in vet school, to being an early provider of holistic vet medicine.

We learn about how she successfully administers natural medicine to her animal patients, and we get insight into dozens of examples of holistic-based care for pets with conditions like:

  • Wobblers Disease
  • Dry Eye
  • Seizures and Epilepsy
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Obsity
  • Heart Conditions

In addition, Dr. Morgan’s book also teaches about topics like:

  • Pet food label reading
  • Vaccines: Which ones to do, and when
  • Treating skin and ear disease
  • How to grow hair using food
  • Eastern-based food-as-medicine
  • and treating cancer

There is so much good information packed into Dr. Morgan’s book, it’s a must-have for anyone who loves cats and dogs and wants to get educated about the holistic spectrum of care. This book will never leave our bookshelf, so get your copy here on Amazon, we know you’ll find it as useful as we do. We recommend it highly.

Watch for the August broadcast of Tripawd Talk Radio, when Dr. Morgan will be our special guest!

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Harley’s Story Teaches Kids About Caring for Special Needs Pets

July 6th, 2015 · No Comments · Books

How do you tell a child that their pet has an illness like cancer? What can you do to show them the importance of caring for an animal for their entire life, even if health issues happen? Denise Gruzensky’s book “Harley’s Story” is how.

Not Like the Others-Harley’s Story: Having a Pet with Special Needs

What a thrill to meet fellow pet blogger Denise Gruzensky and her dog Shasta at Blog Paws in Nashville! We didn’t get much time to chat but we are so glad she shared her adorable book with us: Not Like the Others-Harley’s Story: Having a Pet with Special Needs. Here’s why we know you’ll love it:

Harley is a kind of dog called a Yorkshire terrier. His first family can’t take care of him, so they have to put him up for adoption and hope that they can find another family to love and take care of him. And they do! Harley is afraid at first, but he soon learns to love and trust his new family, and he really enjoys all the fun things they do together.

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Harley and his people.

When Harley is six years old, Denise, his person, notices that he is drinking a lot and having potty accidents. That’s not like him at all, so Denise decides to take Harley to the veterinarian. That’s when they learn that Harley has diabetes. Harley has to have a shot twice a day now, and he’s afraid. Will Denise be able to take care of him, or will he be sent away because he’s just too hard to take care of?

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Including photographs, Not Like the Others-Harley’s Story: Having a Pet with Special Needs seeks to teach elementary children the value of being different and loving unconditionally. Come along with Harley, a rescued Yorkshire terrier, on his cross-country adventure as he learns to trust his forever family, is diagnosed with diabetes, and figures out how to live with his illness. He may not be like others, but he is not alone and is unconditionally loved.

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Denise and Shasta.

A Book for all Kids with Pets.

We enjoyed this book because of the valuable lessons Denise it shares with kids. You’ll have a hard time finding a children’s book that does a better job at explaining the value of unconditional love for pets. And the adorable photos can’t be beat. We highly recommend it for all parents with kids, not just those whose pets are facing an illness.

Be sure to visit Denise’s blog which features fun activities for kids, like coloring pages and more!