Posted: Mar 23 2012
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Dallas Seavey may not be a household name but he has certainly made a splash (or a whoosh!) in the dog community. The 25 year old Alaskan native is the youngest winner of the Iditarod in the race's 40 year history.
Seavey hails from a family of sled dog racers and his passion for racing, and more importantly for dogs, is evident. In a recent interview with NPR, Seavey explained to reporter, Neal Conan, what (and who) drives him.
"Guinness is turning 9 years old, and she has raced in every major race that I have competed in. And she's been my lead dog in almost every one of them. .. [W]hat really inspires me about Guinness is just her enthusiasm. Not just for mushing, but for life, you know, in every aspect. And every time it's time to go, she is barking and screaming her head off, lunging against the line. She is the smallest dog in my team, but she's got the biggest heart."
Speaking about his other lead dog, Diesel, Seavey says, "Now, Diesel, he is younger. He's only 5 years old, and he's actually the largest dog in my team. And he is really just becoming that superstar leader. He has the athletic talent to be the best dog in the world. ... But ... he's not overly confident, and that's something we've been developing and working on for many years."
Seavey's love and admiration for his canine teammates is evident. Whether addressing issues like proper nutrition for sled dogs or his training regimen, it is clear that Seavey has thought through the issues in a manner well beyond what his years might suggest.
For more about this young man and his amazing team of dogs, check out the NPR Talk Of The Nation Interview With Dallas Seavey.
Posted: Feb 22 2012
The secret's out. Royal couple, Kate and William, have revealed the name of their new princely puppy: Lupo. This adorable black cocker spaniel has certainly landed in the lap of luxury! According to palace reports, Kate picked this special pooch to keep her company while her husband, William, is away on military assignment in the Falkland Islands.
Posted: Feb 20 2012
Photo credit: Evan Richman, Boston Globe
As animal lovers, we all know the value our pets bring to our lives. It turns out more and more employers are recognizing those benefits and allowing pets in the workplace.
According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturing Association (APPMA), over 50 million respondents believe that having pets in the workplace creates a more productive environment, improves interpersonal relationships and leads to more creativity.Tips for creating a dog and human friendly workplace
- Keep dogs on a leash, unless they are in the employee's office or cubicle. Not everyone loves puppy kisses. Co-workers who want to pet your dog will likely come to you.
- Use a baby gate to prevent a dog from leaving your office unsupervised. Try to give the dog space to roam in your office.
- Certain areas such as bathrooms or dining halls should be designated as dog-free.
- Have a backup plan for taking the dog home if it isn't comfortable in the work environment.
Posted: Feb 06 2012
If it's Buddy or Lucy then you're among good company! Petfinder.com reports these are the two most popular names for the second year in a row. Here are the top ten names for both dogs and cats:DogsBuddyMaxDaisyBellaLucyMollyCharlieJackSadieRocky
Got a great name suggestion? Let us know!
Posted: Jan 26 2012
We are big admirers of artist Brooklyn Lamb. Brooklyn specializes in original paintings and stylized illustrations. Brooklyn has been doing some pet portraits lately, so we jumped at the opportunity to commision a portrait of Scout (PupLife's Chief Creative Officer). Just check out Brooklyn's wonderful portrait of our Scoutie!
We find Brooklyn Lamb's style to be original, playful, and slightly mysterious. Just like Scout! On her site, she says "I love finding the difference in people's expressions through paint. To me, a painting is much deeper than a photograph could ever delve. It's much more raw, with more than just feeling and emotion, but a layer of mystery that the beholder has to shape together to get the sense of it. It is a journey for me that continues to create both excitement and fear."
We recently sat down with Brooklyn for a short question and answer session about her wonderful painting style.
How long have you been painting?Since I was 16, so 10 years now. It was a dream I had to be a painter since I was little. Gradually I've gotten the nerve to try. Still have a ways to go.
What drew you to pet portraits?Who doesn't like portraits of their pets? I love animals, they are just like little kids. Each has it's own personality and it's fun trying to express that.
How would you describe your style?I'm really not sure. A lot of times in my mind I want a painting to turn out a certain way, and my hand just does whatever it wants. I'm usually drawn to big brush strokes and color, so I try to incorporate that into my work.
Do you approach painting pets from a different perspective?I feel a little more free than when I paint people. Pets aren't really sensitive if their hair looks extra crazy or their nose is too big.
Tell us about this portrait of Scout. It is adorable!I am so glad you like it! It was the first dog of it's breed that I've done. The curly hair is cute.
If someone would like a portrait commissioned, how should they contact you?Contactme@brooklynlamb.com or my Etsy store: frenchlanguage.etsy.com