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  • We {Heart} Pets... and so does our heart!

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    With National Heart Month upon us, we wanted to share some awesome information about how owning a pet has some pretty significant heart-healthy benefits!

    According to the American Journal of Cardiology, having a pet can actually assist in making the heart more adaptable for people with chronic diseases. An adaptable heart  means that a person’s heart rate will change as their physical activity or mood does, which is a positive reaction to maintain an overall heart-healthy balance.

    Studies have also shown that people who own pets, especially cats had a lower risk of dying from a heart attack or other heart problems than people who have never owned a cat before.

    And finally, a study done by researchers from Miami University and St. Louis University found that pets provide the same emotional benefits as human relationships.

    So you may want ask your pet to “Be Yours” this Valentine’s Day… your heart will thank you!

  • Facebook Contest: Love is all you need {to win a pink Polo}

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    That’s right! We are getting extra warm and fuzzy this month and want you to join in LOVELY fun! If you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift for your dog, enter our contest on Facebook for a chance to win!

    How to enter: It’s simple! Tell us what you love about Thundershirt, on our Facebook fan page and you’ll be automatically entered to win an embroidered Pink Polo! We’ll randomly select five winners, now through Valentine’s Day!  www.facebook.com/thundershirt

    Contest ends Thursday, 2/14 at 5:00pm EST.

    Looking forward to reading your entries!

  • In Our Pet Recipe Box!

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    We wanted to share this  easy, nutritional and pet-friendly recipe for you to try with your favorite furry companion!

     Dried Cheese

    This easy recipe is a great way to create training treats, or just something extra special for your pup.

    1. To begin, slice a firm cheese like Cheddar or Monterey Jack into 1/4" or smaller cubes.

    2. Spread cheese in a single layer on paper towels on cookie sheets or trays and place in a room temperature, dry, protected location where the dogs cannot get it. Run a fan on the cheese for 24-72 hours. The exact amount of time depends on the cheese, the size of the pieces and the ambient humidity. Stir the pieces daily so all sides dry evenly.

    3. The cheese is done when it turns a darker color and has a hard texture. The oil in the cheese will come to the surface. Roll the cubes in paper towel to rid them of excess oil. The cubes can be combined with kibble or other dry food which absorbs the oil and makes the food more appealing to the dog.

    3. The cheese will keep for up to a month at room temperature, depending on ambient humidity, for six months in the refrigerator or a year in the freezer

    Adapted recipe via

  • WINTER FUN FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG!

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    Depending on where you and your pet live, the weather outside may be cold, snowy or wet. But, that doesn’t mean you have to remain cooped up inside and avoid the fresh air!

    We’ve compiled our three favorite activities you and your dog can do throughout the winter months:

    PLAY IN THE SNOW!

    Live in a snowy part of the country? Great! Most dogs love running, jumping and playing in the snow! Use a bright colored visible toy for playing fetch, or even create a fun obstacle course by building “snow jumps” for your dog to master! Just be sure to remove built up snow balls on your dog’s coat when you return home, so they are comfortable and not tracking in snow through the house!

    It is important to keep in mind that winter is a popular month for lost pets, when playing outdoors. Always be sure your pet is properly identifiable with an I.D. tag or microchip.

    VOLUNTEER

    While anytime is a good time to volunteer your time, winter can be a great time for you and your pet to spend time with others who may not have very much company.

    Most of the time, residents of senior centers or nursing homes love the attention and comfort a pet can provide. Call your local nursing home or animal shelter to see what volunteer opportunities are available. Some pets may need to pass a behavior assessment test to make sure they are behaved and comfortable enough around others to visit a home.

    GET SOCIAL!

    Just as people like to get together… dogs do too! Schedule a play date or offer to watch a friend’s dog for the afternoon. The increased activity will provide your dog with plenty of action and attention. You can even offer a dog-watching exchange so you and your pooch can get in some quality time with friends.

  • PET QUIZZES!

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    Dog person or cat person? How much do you really know about your pet? Is adding a pet the right step for your family?  If you’re aching to test your pet knowledge and know how you are in the right place! We’ve gathered some fun pet themed quizzes for you to try! Don’t worry… We will give you an “A” no matter what!   Have fun!!

     

    Ever wonder if you are a dog or a cat person? Maybe you already know but want some validation? Take this to find out!

    http://www.quibblo.com/quiz/1FXP1H/Are-You-A-Dog-or-Cat-Person

     

    Considering bringing a pet in the family? This quiz from Parents.com assesses what animal would be the perfect addition!

    http://www.parents.com/parents/analysis.jsp?quizId=/templatedata/ab/quiz/data/100.xml

     

    Dog expert? Test your dog knowledge with this Animal Planet Quiz!

    http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/dog-quiz.htm

     

    And, don’t think we forgot about our feline friends! See how much you know about cats with this quiz from National Geographic.

    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/cat-quiz/

  • IT’S GOING TO BE AN AMAZING YEAR!

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    Yep, that’s right! Thundershirt will be joining our friend Harrison Forbes for a few stops at the Amazing Pet Expos! Ever been to an Amazing Pet Expo? They are a blast! If you and your pet love a day filled with fun shopping, activities and educational presentations, you’ll love attending one of the many Amazing Pet Expos!

     

    Thundershirt will be at the following 2013 Expos!

     

    Bay Area Pet Expo, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds- January 12th

    Southern California Pet Expo, Long Beach Convention Center- February 2nd

    Vegas Pet Expo, Cashman Center- February 9th

    Tampa Bay Pet Expo, Florida State Fairgrounds- March 23rd

    Houston Pet Expo, Reliant Center- April 13th

    Phoenix Pet Expo, University of Phoenix Stadium- April 20th

    San Antonio Pet Expo, San Antonio Event Center- April 27th

    Greater New York Pet Expo, Nassau Coliseum- May 4th

    Miami Pet Expo, Miami Airport Convention Center- May 11th

    Charlotte Pet Expo, The Park Expo Center- May 18th

     

    Hope to see you there!

  • Thundershirt for Cats on Good Morning America!

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    Thank you to Dr. Marty Becker for including Thundershirt for Cats as one of your Best Pet Products for 2012! What an honor!!!

    Watch the full video here:  Thundershirt for Cats on GMA 12_28_12

    2. Thundershirt

    This is a really popular product that fits snugly on your pet and applies gentle pressure to soothe your pal in stressful situations, like bad weather or a trip to the vet. What's new is that Thundershirts are now available for cats too, not just dogs. I recommend them for dogs or cats that get particularly unnerved by thunderstorms.

    For more info: www.thundershirt.com

     

    Read full story online: http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/marty-beckers-best-pet-products-2012-115804972--abc-news-lifestyle.html

  • Thundershirt Resolves to Ease Pet Anxiety As We Ring in The New Year

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    All-natural solution calms anxiety-ridden dogs and cats during loud and celebratory New Year’s Festivities

    Durham, NC (PRWEB) December 26, 2012

    Before welcoming 2013 with a bang, Thundershirt is reminding all pet parents that parties, loud noises and fireworks to celebrate the New Year can increase anxiety and uneasiness among pets. Unfamiliar guests, festive decorations and common New Years noisemakers can lead to scared, or erratic behavior in animals. For pets prone to noise or crowd anxiety, Thundershirt provides an effective, simple solution.

    With its patent-pending design, Thundershirt’s gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for dogs and cats if they are anxious or fearful. Anxiety experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and releases calming hormones like endorphins or oxytocins.

    “Many times we can get so wrapped up in celebrating or entertaining, that we tend to not realize how loud noises and late celebrations can cause anxiety in our pets,” said Thundershirt founder, Phil Blizzard. “Even if a pet is not usually prone to anxious or erratic behavior, a change in their schedule or something out of the ordinary like a New Year’s party can make them uncomfortable.”

    Since 2009, the Thundershirt has been reducing anxiety among hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats around the world. The company has conducted extensive research on the prevalence and effects of pet anxiety.

    Thundershirt also provides some additional tips to keep in mind as we celebrate 2013:

    • Create a safe place for your pet to go during a party; this may be a crate or separate room with something familiar like a favorite blanket, toy or bed.
    • Be mindful of noisemakers and decorations in your pet’s reach. Many of these resemble some of your pet’s favorite toys, but if ingested can be extremely harmful.
    • Do not bring your pet to any firework or parade-like festivities; sticking to their normal routine as much as possible will be best.
    • The day of the festivities, take your pet out to get plenty of activity and exercise, this, in addition to Thundershirt will help them stay calmer once the festivities begin.
    • Don’t forget ID’s! Make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip is key.

    For more information about the Thundershirt, or to request a product sample or interview with company founder, Phil Blizzard, please contact Kerry Sutherland at K. Sutherland PR, Kerry(at)ksutherlandpr(dot)com or 949-328-4895.

     

    About Thundershirt
    Founded in 2009 in Durham, N.C., Thundershirt’s mission is to bring relief to the millions of dogs, cats and their families struggling to cope with anxieties. The Thundershirt is designed to apply a constant, gentle pressure to a dog or cat’s torso creating a dramatic calming effect for most users. Thundershirt continues to investigate dog and cat anxiety and fear issues with scientific-based studies and surveys from recognized veterinarians and pet owners. Thundershirt has already helped hundreds of thousands of dogs across the country and around the world.
    The company also donates thousands of Thundershirts and funding to rescue groups and shelters to help these organizations manage their anxiety cases and find permanent homes. Thundershirts are sold online at http://www.thundershirt.comand by retail stores, veterinarians, trainers and kennels across the country.

    Online: thundershirt.com
    Facebook: facebook.com/Thundershirt
    Twitter: @Thundershirt
    Pinterest: pinterest.com/Thundershirt

  • All is Calm All is Bright Holiday Contest

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    The festive decorations, busy schedules, increases in guests at your home and more can cause stress and anxiety in your pets. The Thundershirt can help relax your panicked pooch this holiday season, effectively and naturally.

    In this holiday spirit…. It’s CONTEST time!!! Here’s what you’ve got to do. Tell us on our Facebook page what stresses your dog and/or cat out the most during the holidays, and you’ll be automatically entered to win: a $500 American Express Gift Card, a custom embroidered Thundershirt and one of our signature squeaky toys! We’ll randomly select one winner and make the announcement at 5:00pm EST on Friday, 12/21. #AllisCalmAllisBright www.facebook.com/thundershirt

  • What Do You Do With Your Dog During Hurricane Sandy?-HuffingtonPost.com

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    We hope that all of you and your pets are safe and sound after Sandy's destruction hit the east coast.  The Huffington Post online put out a great article with tips for surviving these types of natural disasters with your pets.

    Read full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anna-jane-grossman/what-do-you-do-with-your-_b_2040467.html

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