March 21, 2012

Pet Idol is Coming Soon

Filed under: Pet Fun — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 12:19 am

pet talentsIs your pet a star? Maybe your dog knows how to walk on two legs? Maybe your cat has the ability to juggle three balls of yarn? Maybe your horse has the ability to sing Frank Sinatra with perfect pitch? The question is can they remain calm and composed amongst the bright lights and harsh criticism? Do they have what it takes to be a star in the world of humanized animal companions?

When it comes to the above questions, the 4th Annual Pet Idol, held in Hudson, Quebec, certainly hopes the answer is yes. Like American Idol, Pet Idol is a live competition showcasing the abilities and talents of North America’s most exciting pets. And this year, they are opening up the floor to many more animals.

“Last year, there were only dogs that took part in the competition but we’d be happy to see cats or birds, any pet that has talent,” organizer Donna Piché said last week. She also adds that last year 20 animals including dogs and cats were adopted last year.

Whatever the talent, and whatever the skill level, they want to showcase your animals unique talents to the pet world.

“If your animal has some type of talent or trick, then this event is for you,” organizer Donna Piché said.

The prizes benefit owners and pets alike: the winner talks away with a brand new 9900 Blackberry from Rogers Communications; other prizes include gift certificates from Global Pet Store, gift certificates for grooming from Wags and Whiskers, a three-month pass to the Club West gym in Hudson, movie passes, and more.

While there is no judging by Simon Cowell, or commentary by Ryan Seacrest, Pet Idol does have its share of celebrities including Brian Greenway from the band April Wine. The event promises am immersion amongst other local pet aficionados that you and your pet won’t soon forget.

Registration, which is free, takes place from 11 a.m. to noon, and the Pet Idol competition begins at 12:30pm. The Pet Idol Pet Fair and Adoption Clinic takes place March 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre, 394 Main Rd., Hudson. For information, call 450-458-6699.

February 18, 2012

Pet Friendly Washington

Filed under: Pet Fun — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 1:36 am

Presidential Pets If you thought the Commander and Chief of the Western world is above having an animal companion running around the White House, think again. There is an old adage: “If you need a friend in Washington, get a dog.” Presidents and their pets are just as common as presidential aides. Creatures ranging from mice to bears have called the White House their home. In this blog post we’ll take a look at some of the more well known pet stories from the Capital.

Many, many animals that can walk, crawl, or fly (into a building the size of it) has inhabited the White House and some point or another. Presidents don’t mess around when it comes to their animals. Claire McLean, founder of the Presidential Pet Museum in Lothian, Maryland, reports that the White House has been home to over 400 different types of animals over the years.

Teddy Roosevelt once captured a young lion and, true to his name, several bear cubs and turned them loose on the grounds. Pretty impressively, John Q. Adams raised silkworms, which he apparently used to gather the silk required for his wife’s inaugural gown. Roosters were popular during the William McKinley years; Herbert Hoover had a possum; and Calvin Coolidge had a raccoon named Rebecca who he walked on a leash. Andrew Johnson, during his impeachment trial (for which he was acquitted by a single vote) allegedly started caring for a family of mice.

With all the stress that can come from leading a country, having the calming effect of animals in your life to counterbalance things makes a lot of sense. Calvin Coolidge thought so; he had 29 pets. Theodore Roosevelt had 50 or more.

Reportedly John F. Kenney would seek some shelter from the stressed of the job by visiting the animals in the children’s play wing. These animals included lambs, ponies, dogs, hamsters, guinea pigs, parakeets, a canary, a cat, a rabbit, and a horse—perhaps Kennedy was onto something.

The newest addition to the White House is the Obama’s male Portuguese Water Dog, Bo, who has been colloquially named the ‘First Dog.’

The Washington Post’s Manuel Roig-Franzia, who was granted exclusive initial access to Bo for the print media, described the puppy: “Bo’s a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he’s got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee.”

The next time the President’s finger is on the button, and the nation is looking to him to guidance, keep in mind that the President might just be looking that special someone wagging their tail at his (or hers) side.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.