Posted: Sep 19 2012
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If you like traveling with your pet, you are not alone. In fact, according to a new survey commissioned by PetPlan Pet Insurance, 53% of all pet owners like to travel with their pet.
Some other interesting responses to the survey include:
• 44% are willing to spend up to $150 to travel with their pet• 22% are willing to travel over 50 miles with their pet• 54% have stayed at pet friendly hotels• 6% are willing to spend on a souvenir for their pet• 26% have traveled by airplane
Traveling with your dog can be a fun experience, enhancing the bond between pet and pet owner. It also brings a new perspective to your travel plans, often bringing you to locations that you did not previously consider. Finding dog parks in new places can be fun and meeting new friends (both human and canine) always enhances your experience too.
The PupLife pups are big dogs, and they are a bit fussy, so flying by airplane isn't really a convenient option. However, they love going on car trips out of state to visit relatives and have been on long vacations by car as well. Of course, when the PupLife dogs travel, they need to have all of their favorite dog toys, and are always outfitted with the proper dog collars, tags and safety gear.
Do you travel with your pet or take your dog with you on vacation? Let us know your travel stories - we'd love to hear them!
Posted: Aug 17 2012
If you're like us, you spend a ton of time on the phone. Not talking, mind you, but checking out social media sites, iPhone apps and web sites. One of the coolest new things we've discovered for the phone is Dog Boogie.
Dog Boogie is a newly re-built iPhone app for dog lovers. It allows you to take cool photos of your pet, grab their attention with head-turning sound effects and even share your dog's profile with other dog lovers. You can even share your pet's profile on Facebook and Twitter. It's pretty sweet.
The app was built by the developers at DogTown Media out of Los Angeles. If you'd like to download the Dog Boogie app, simply visit the iTunes App Store at http://bit.ly/dogboogie, or visit Dog Boogie online.
Tell them PupLife sent you. Woof woof!
Posted: Aug 01 2012
At PupLife we are always searching for cool new trends in the pet industry. One of the neatest ideas we have heard in a long time is DOGTV.
As its name suggests, DOGTV is television designed exclusively for dogs. Its producers spent hundreds of hours to create content that caters to a dog’s well being and unique sense of sight, hearing and movement detection. Everything from the visuals – the scenery, scenarios, color palettes and camera angles – to the audio soundtracks were selected with a dog’s experience in mind.
We also like the fact that DOGTV is created with the dog's well being first in mind. DOGTV programming is organized into relaxation, stimulation and exposure segments that provide just the right balance for the daily cycle of "stay-at-home" pups. “Animals need visual and auditory simulation throughout the day. DOGTV presents a breakthrough with programming that is created specifically for dogs,” said Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, BVMS, MRCVS, a veterinarian specializing in animal behavior. “It will help millions of dogs that are left home alone every day and also help pet parents who don’t have the luxury of taking their dog with them to work or paying for doggy daycare.”
Currently, DOGTV is only offered on TV in the San Diego test market. However, it’s available as a streaming online channel that can be accessed by any pet lover in the world. Plus, our friends at DOGTV have created a special offer just for PupLife readers. When you use the special promotion code PUPLIFE50 you'll receive 50 percent off the online streaming price for the first month.
Posted: Jul 26 2012
According to a recent Pet Age article, there are growing concerns that Children May Be Losing Interest In Pet Ownership. The cause? A growing infatuation with electronic gadgets, toys and video games. Ken Jones, a media producer at Pet Life Radio, is investigating this growing trend and searching for ways to turn this around. In the article, Jones comments that "We all know that pet hobbies that involve the keeping, raising and breeding of animals is good for kids. It teaches responsibility, discipline and encourages learning."
As a web site that sells quality products for dogs and dog owners, we hope that this trend reverses - for a number of reasons. Obviously, as the songs goes, "the children are our future" and a dwindling dog ownership would be bad for dog supply retailers such as PupLife. Simply put, children are PupLife's future customers and it is in our best interest to keep them interested in pets.
However, the most important concern for us is that children will miss out on the joys that are unique to pet ownership. The comfort that a dog can offer a child that is feeling down, after a bad day or setback. A pet can cheer you up, give you strength and bring support. The laughter and excitement that comes with playing with a pet in the back yard is also irreplaceable. The licks on the face, the wags of the tail, and the snuggling that a dog can offer simply can't be replaced by a laptop, tablet, video game or electronic device.
Don't get us wrong. We love computers (we make our living on them) and we think that they electronic devices can have a central role in our lives. We can't imagine not working on a Macbook, playing on a PlayStation or checking emails on our iPhone. Tech gadgets are here to stay and they make our lives easier, and more fun. That's a good thing.
But technology can never, ever replace a dog and the love that only a four legged friend can bring. Children need this unconditional love and they amazing feeling that pet ownership brings. With that said, we'll log off the computer now and go play with our pets. If you agree, make sure to comment on this post and/or share it with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. And then give your pet a belly rub.
Posted: Jul 16 2011
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is offering a new title that honors the work of therapy dogs and their owners. The AKC Therapy Dog title (THD) can be earned by dogs who have been certified by AKC recognized therapy dog organizations and have performed 50 or more community visits.AKC does not certify therapy dogs; the certification and training is done by qualified therapy dog organizations. The certification organizations are the experts in this area and their efforts should be acknowledged and appreciated. Here is more info on therapy dog training and certification programs.