“Petworking” – a new type of Social Networking for Animal Lovers

FunnyPaws.com launched earlier this year as the most flexible Pet Social Networking website around – but what exactly is petworking, as some like to call it?

Petworking is socializing online with other pets.  Some websites like to think that the pets are really socializing, but it’s actually pet lovers, pet owners and animal lovers that are really socializing.  Many pet social networks allow pet owners to congregate in various groups based on location, pet type and other parameters.

FunnyPaws takes the concept of petworking further than any other network to attempt this.  They have developed an extensive feature set where pet owners can create groups and blogs with like minded animal lovers.  Similar to facebook, on FunnyPaws, photos and videos are a central part of the social networking.  FunnyPaws focuses on the entertainment, love and happiness that the animals in our life provides.

FunnyPaws is free and is relatively ad-free currently.  It already has a generous following and we think that it’s going to be a success – Join here: www.FunnyPaws.com

Eating Suet is for the birds!

Suet, as a matter of Fat!

If you are an avid bird feeder, you may have heard that bird suet is made from fat — as a matter of fact it is often rendered animal fat. If a bird was a human, that wouldn’t exactly qualify for healthy eating – as we have been told to lighten up on fat in our diets.

That’s not the same for wild birds, especially in the winter and summer months. Fat plays an especially important role in both human and avian diets.

Along with protein and carbohydrates, fat is one of the three dietary sources of energy. Energy is calories, of course. So suet feed is a good source of energy.

Fats are concentrated forms of energy and, per unit weight, provide more than twice the caloric energy as protein or carbohydrates of equivalent weight.

Did you know that birds have an accelerated metabolism? (wish that I did, but alas that is not the case). Think about it – they fly through the air, suspending their entire body weight while doing it. I know that they aren’t the average weight of you or I, but that still takes alot of energy. Fat energy helps them sustain activity levels longer between meals.

Enter: Suet. A nutritiously (for birds) food that can attract them to your yard.

St. Pats’ Day – Innovative Products for Pets

Your Favorite PUP will look “lucky” in this adorably green St. Patricks Day outfit. The Little Leprechaun girl dog costume is one of the best we’ve ever found for small dogs. Meticulously detailed down to the sequins on the jacket lappets, gold trim cuffs and accents. Comfortable, easy fit – but make sure you monitor your little princess in this outfit – for safety’s sake.


Stay connected to your pet with this camera and remote treat dispenser. You will LOVE interacting with your pet at work, when your out late and even on vacation!

 


The Petcube Camera is one of the first products that allows pet owners to watch, talk to and play with their pet from their smartphone, no matter where they are.


Whoa! is the reaction of our customers to this remote treat dispenser and pet monitoring camera. Use your Iphone to drop the delicious nuggets and watch your furry friend wag his or her tail in excitement.  This is great for pet owners that are away at work all day.


Breaking New – Abady Cat Food – Recall

The Robert Abady Dog Food Co. has issued a recall of its Abady Highest Quality Maintenance & Growth Formula for Cats because of possible salmonella contamination.

The food was sold in stores and online throughout the country.

The recalled product comes in two, five, and 15 pound corrugated boxes with plastic liners. They are marked on the top right-hand side of the box with lot number of 14029/21.

If you have purchased this food for your cat, return it to the store where you bought it for a full refund.

The company can be reached for questions at 845-473-1900.

In-House Window Bird Feeders – Convenient

It took me a while to figure out how this new fangled window feeders by Heath worked, but when I figured it out, I couldn’t believe how ingenious of a product this was.

IN HOUSE BIRD FEEDERS

A window feeder that actually let you get up close and personal with your backyard birds without the suction cups and mess when the feeder eventually falls.

View the birds and refill the feeder in the comfort of your living room or kitchen or breakfast gazebo!

We started carrying these in-house window bird feeders last month and they are sky-rocketing in popularity. They allow you to view your backyard birds so close that you won’t believe it! The one way mirror film encases the glass. You see the birds and they don’t see you!

This window bird feeder fits inside your window sill and its convenient trap door allows you to clean it and refill it right from inside your home. Its unique engineering allows you to shut and lock your window with the feeder in place and snugly fits double hung windows up to 39″ wide with its adjustable side panels.

Refill with seed right from inside your home!

The feeder is constructed of excellent quality cedar and features a shatter-proof window for your viewing pleasure. Installation is a snap on this window bird feeder. No nails or screws, no mess. Our in-house window bird feeder comes complete with additional insulation material if you live in colder climates.

You can fill it with your favorite seed and watch the birds in your living room within minutes of taking it out of the box. Whether you live in a city apartment or on a farm this feeder will delight you for years to come. Made in the USA

The deluxe version has dimensions: 21.875″L X 7.5″D X 13.875″H

Essential Crate Training for Any Dog

Most people don’t know or don’t realize that crates are very beneficial for a dog’s mental well-being. Having a crate in your home for your dog, not only benefits you, but it also benefits your dog. Dogs consider crates to be their den and a special and safe refuge away from everyone else. In general, dogs really enjoy spending time in the crate. It is best to start using a crate when your dog is young, so he gets used to the idea of being in the crate. A crate can be used to keep your dog inside during the night or while you are away to avoid having him mess in the house or prevent other destructive behaviors. Once you have started the routine of using a dog crate, your dog will become accustomed to it and often go inside on his own.

One of my favorite crates for home or travel use is the Kennel Cab Fashion Pet Carrier – Petmate. This kennel-style crate is made of durable plastic with a metal door and comes in a variety of sizes. The crate is easy to take apart and clean. The top has a handle for carrying and a small storage compartment for food, treats, and more. Place this crate anywhere in your home to keep your dog safely contained. For extra comfort, use a crate pad, such as the Quiet Time Fashion Pet Bed, inside and your dog is sure love it!

Another great style of crate for your dog is the Life Stages – Double Door Dog Crates. This wire crate is made of coated metal wire with a plastic pan at the bottom to make cleaning easy. It is available in a variety of sizes and has double doors to make access to your pet easy. If you need to travel with your dog, this crate folds down to take up less space and is easy to put back together. A pad, like the Quiet Time Deluxe Black Pet Mat, is perfect to use with a wire crate and gives your pet an extra soft place to rest.

Crate training is great for both you and your dog and gives your dog a place to call his own. A crate may be used for a variety of purposes, including traveling with your dog. For a great selection of dog crates and crate pads, check out GregRobert Pet Supplies.

BREAKING NEWS from GregRobert! – WellPet to Acquire Sojos

WellPet, manufacturer of natural and pet health-focused pet foods, has acquired Sojos, a family-owned company offering a line of raw, freeze-dried pet food for dogs and cats.

Sojos will continue to be based in Minneapolis, MN.

WellPet says there will be no changes in the day-to-day operations of either company and that Sojos co-owners Ward and Maggie Johnson will help with the transition.

 

WellPet LLC is a pet food company that includes previous companies:

  1. Wellness Natural Pet Food,
  2. Holistic Select Natural Pet Food,
  3. Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food
  4. Old Mother Hubbard Natural Dog Snacks,
  5. and now Sojos!

Mother company: Berwind Corporation.

Feeding Your Backyard Birds with a Suet Feeder

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SUET FEEDERS

Suet feeders are great for providing birds with the food and nutrients that they need for survival throughout the year. In addition to being a great source of food for the birds, suet feeders are easy to maintain and insert a suet cake. The suet cake neatly contains all of the essential nutrients birds need to thrive and is not as messy as regular bird seed. Even though the suet cake will last a long time in your suet feeder, always remember to replace it when it becomes old in order to keep the birds healthy and interested in your feeder.

Suet feeders are available in a variety of styles, but most suet feeders have the same basic square shape and consist of a metal cage that holds the suet cake. The metal cage is a standard size and will typically hold any type of suet cake. One of my favorite basic suet feeders is the Hanging Suet Basket with Copper Roof. This simple, yet stylish suet feeder, has a small copper roof that provides the suet cake with protection from the elements. It is a great value and looks great hanging in a tree or on a post. You may want to place a few suet feeders around your yards once you start having birds snacking on one.
If you like the idea of a suet feeder, but would also like to feed the birds seed, too, then a suet and seed combo feeder is perfect for you. My favorite combination feeder is the Deluxe Cedar Chalet Feeder w/suet. This charming and practical feeder can hold two suet cakes and 5.25 pounds of bird seed. With a feeder like this one, you can attract a variety of multiple birds at one time. It has clear panels on either side to make viewing the bird seed easy and is mostly constructed of cedar wood for durability.
If you are an environmentally conscious bird lover, than you may want to use a suet feeder made from recycled materials. The Going Green Recycled Plastic Suet Bird Feeder has a roof made from recycled plastic and steel cage that is strong and durable. The recycled plastic roof won’t absorb water and become moldy. This suet feeder is great for helping the environment and for feeding the birds.
Adding a suet cake to your bird feeder collection is ideal for any busy bird lover. Suet feeder are easy to fill and maintain. Suet cakes don’t create a big mess and are a great source of nutrients for birds.

Plan Now for Winter Birdfeeding

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Wild Bird Feeding

With winter in full swing, now is the time to think about your birding supplies for the winter. Many bird lovers enjoy feeding the birds during the fall and winter and it helps to keep the birds thriving when food sources are lower. When planning for winter birdfirding, keep in mind the following things:

  • Find out what birds are likely to stay around for the winter. Consult a bird guide, such as the National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, to find out what native birds stick around when the temperature gets cold.
  • Choose feeders that are designed especially for the type of bird that is native to your area and get seed specific for those types of birds. With the right feeder and seed, you should have no problem attacting the birds in the winter time.
  • Purchase a heated bird bath or a bird bath heater like the Gulf Stream 300 watt Bird Bath Heater to provide the birds with warm water during the cold months of the year. Birds still need to drink water and bathe in the winter and providing them with a clean, warm water source is going to attract more birds to your yard.
  • Put up shelter for the birds. If you currently have suitable bird houses, clean them out if the occupants have left for the season to encourage other birds to use them for shelter. Check first to see if the bird house has the right dimensions and hole size for your new visitors. You can also purchase nest boxes and hang them from trees or poles in your yard.

By taking care of the birds during the winter, you not only help the environment and the birds, but it also brings interest to your yard during the most barren time of the year. Check out Rachel’s Robin for all of your year round bird feeding needs.

Protect Your Bird Feeders from Squirrels by Adding a Squirrel Feeder

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SQUIRREL FEEDERS

If you love to feed the birds, nothing can be more frustrating than having the squirrels eat up your gourmet bird seed. Adding a squirrel feeder to your yard is a great way to distract the squirrels from eating the seed in your bird feeders. There are a variety of fun and practical feeders available for feeding squirrels, including corn and box feeders. These types of squirrel feeders are ideal for feeding the squirrels and keeping them entertained at the same time.

There are a variety of fun, entertaining corn feeders for squirrels that are also entertaining for you, too! The Squirrel Corn Spinner feeder holds three ears of corn and twirls around for entertainment. This fun and unique squirrel feeder is designed to rotate and allows the squirrels to move from corn ear to corn ear. Attach the feeder to a post or tree near your house and watch the show. The screws on the feeder securely hold the corn ears and make it difficult for the squirrels to remove the corn from the feeder.

Another fun feeder for squirrels is the Squirrel Munch House. This type of feeder is box shape and has openings on the sides for squirrels to get in. It is made of cedar wood and designed to be durable. Add the squirrel food to the interior and watch the squirrels have fun trying to get into the feeder. This feeder is sure to keep the squirrels well feed and out of your bird seed feeders.

Adding a squirrel feeder to your yard is a great way to help prevent the squirrels from stealing the bird seed. Not only do squirrel feeders help to keep the squirrels well feed, but they also provide entertainment for you and the squirrels. Look for more great items for squirrels at Rachel’s Robin.