We saw this wonderfully, heartwarming story on The Sun UK and had to share it:
A BLIND dog can enjoy walkies again — thanks to a GUIDE CAT.
Eight-year-old Terfel kept bumping into things and spent most of his time stuck in his basket after being diagnosed with cataracts.
Then owner Judy Godfrey-Brown let a stray cat into her home — and was amazed by what happened next.
The puss, named Pwditat, walked up to Terfel and led him out of his basket and into the garden. She has been helping him find his way around ever since.
Retired civil servant Judy, 57, of Holyhead, North Wales, said: “I’ve never seen anything like it — most cats and dogs hate each other.
“But Pwditat immediately seemed to know that Terfel is blind.
“She uses her paws to help guide him. They are glued to each other and even sleep together now.”
We would also like to share our best wishes for the New Year!
It’s that time again.. Our Annual Holiday Gift Certificate Sale!
So, you would love to be able to surprise the pet-lover on your list with a custom pet portrait but don’t have photos for us to work with? Get them a Pop Art Pet Gift Certificate.. It allows them to not only make their own choices, but also to submit their very favortie picture of their pet for us to create their own custom pet portrait!
Just visit our Gift Certificates page and enter the Discount Coupon code:
Please note, Gift Certificates are delivered via email within 48 hours. You will then be able to either print it for the recipient or email it to them directly.
Also if you order a gift certificate for a specific dollar amount, you will not see the discount applied immediately, but we will deduct 20% from your subtotal when your payment is processed.
CLICK HERE to order now!
Did you know the expression that dogs are “man’s best friend” dates back to 1869? It was coined by a lawyer giving closing arguments after his client’s dog, Old Drum, was shot by a neighbor. Old Drum was known around the area of Warrensburg, Missouri as “an exceptional hound, with a fine nose and a thundering voice” and the lawyer, George Vest, who was representing Old Drum’s master had this to say to the jury:
Gentlemen of the jury, the best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter whom he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us—those whom we trust with our happiness and good name—may become traitors in their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolute, unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world—the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous—is his dog.
Gentlemen of the jury, a man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow, and the snow drives fiercely, if only he can be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.
If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.
Mr. Vest won the case! And the statue pictured above still stands outside that courthouse in Old Drum’s honor.
We found this story on Field & Stream’s website, where you can read it in its entirety. Then be sure to give your best friend a big hug!
According to the calendar we’re only a few days into summer but here we’ve already had triple digit temperatures! It looks like its going to be a long, hot season which can be especially taxing on your pet.
Lifehacker.com has an easy, affordable way to help keep your dog cool outside that they will love!:
Keep your canine friends cool this summer by making an ice lick that will your dog’s interest by freezing chew toys inside a bucket filled with a mix of water and chicken broth.
Pet lifestyle weblog Cold Noses Chronicle shares this great tip for beating the heat. You can make the ice lick just using water but adding a can of chicken broth in the mix will make it taste better and the salt will help keep fido hydrated. The chew toys will give him or her another point of interest and the author also recommends adding a carrot or two.
We found this story on Yahoo! News and thought it was interesting enough to pass along. It seems animal psychologists have researched what kind of music if any, animals might enjoy:
Many pet owners leave their home radios playing all day for the listening pleasure of their dogs and cats. Station choices vary. “We have a very human tendency to project onto our pets and assume that they will like what we like,” said Charles Snowdon, an authority on the musical preferences of animals. “People assume that if they like Mozart, their dog will like Mozart. If they like rock music, they say their dog prefers rock.”
Against the conventional wisdom that music is a uniquely human phenomenon, ongoing research shows that animals actually do have the capacity for music. But rather than liking classical or rock, Snowdon, an animal psychologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has discovered that animals march to the beat of a different drum altogether. They enjoy what he calls “species-specific music”: tunes specially designed using the pitches, tones and tempos that are familiar to their particular species.
Hmm.. Maybe they should add a “Species Specific” category to the music section of the ITunes store!
But just because your dog doesn’t like Rock & Roll or Rap, it doesn’t mean he can’t look like a Rock Star on one of our custom Album Covers featuring your pet!
Interested in featuring your Dog or Cat or Ferret on an Album Cover? Contact us for details..
It’s hard to believe that its been nearly a year since the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, and the subsequent nuclear disaster left thousands of pets abandoned in the radiation zone where their families were prohibited from returning. But in this rare update from ABC News we learned that the United Kennel Club of Japan is continuing in its efforts to rescue and reunite those pets with their families.
Please click the image to watch the video for more details, but we have to warn you while its good news, there are some disturbing images.
It’s so amazing that there are people willing to put themselves at risk to help these abandoned animals!
The Big Game is only a week away – that’s right its time for Puppy Bowl VIII! (What?.. You were thinking of some other “Big Game?”)
If you visit animalplanet.com you can get all the pre-game stats you need and view the entire starting line up. You can pick your favorites and get prepared for the Piggy Pep Squad, newly added this year, and of course the Kitty half-time show. Also, they’ve added some “Hall of Fame” footage from Puppy Bowls past.
So stock the fridge and plan your Puppy Bowl Party. We’re talking about hours of romping, rolling, tail-chasing, fun! What could be more Super than that? (And don’t worry, it starts early so you don’t have to miss a minute of that other game.)
Are we the last people on the planet to find out about this?? Everybody knows that Daily Deals sites are all the rage now, Groupon, Living Social, Deal Chicken, the list goes on. But did you know there’s a Daily Deal site for your dog? It’s called Doggy Loot!
It works just like the others, you sign up for your city and everyday you get the opportunity to buy a great deal for your dog. It’s mostly treats and toys available either online or locally. But DoggyLoot.com offers a little more than that in their Doggy Woof department with news and info on health and training and all things doggy related.
It’s certainly a fun site to visit, and a brilliant idea, be sure and check it out! At this point it doesn’t seem that there’s a site for kitty loot, but give it some time..
And if you’re still shopping for a last minute gift for the pet lover on your shopping list, we still have gift certificates available for 10% off! Visit our Specials page for details.
For all you last minute shoppers, our annual Gift Certificate Sale is on! So if you can’t get a photo for us to work with in time for Christmas, it’s ok.. you can still get a great deal on a unique gift for the pet lover on your list with 25% off a Gift Certificate f!or a custom pet portrait!
Gift Certificates are created electronically and emailed to you for you to print or forward to the recipient. You can purchase a Gift Certificate up until 10:00 p.m. (central) on December 23rd and you will receive it via email within 24 hours. HOWEVER this special offer may not be available for long, depending on the volume of gift certificates sold the discount could be suspended at any point so don’t wait… Order your Pop Art Pet Gift Certificate today!
Pop Art Pet Gift Certificates make an awesome, very personal gift and they allow the recipient to have creative freedom in selecting their favorite photo to be used for their portrait!
To take advantage of this deal now just place your order for a Gift Certificate and use the discount coupon code GIFT25 in your shopping cart. Once you enter the code, click on recalculate and the discount will be applied.
Ok, yes we admit it, we’ve been in denial but we are not unaware that it is in fact THE HOLIDAYS! In fact the turkey leftovers are all gone and Black Friday is in the rear view. In fact, Cyber Monday is here!
We have a couple deals for you to choose from. You can either get FREE standard stretching on your custom pet portrait OR 20% off any rolled portrait!
Please visit our Specials page for the details and to place your order TODAY.
If you’re not ready to order today please check our Holiday Order page for deadline information. As it stands, the last day we can accept orders and guarantee delivery by Christmas is Wed. Dec. 7th but that date is subject to change.