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This Puppy Will Help Teach You How To Fold A Fitted Sheet

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I’ll admit that I’ve never learned how to fold a fitted sheet. I’ve searched for tutorials on Google, watched videos, and even looked it up in my copy of Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook.

Yes, there really is such a book, and yes, I own a copy although I’m not much of a housekeeper. It’s a GREAT book, and has a helpful section about living with pets, but even Martha couldn’t teach me how to fold fitted sheets.

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Today I was doing online research for a future Pet DIY post and found this super CUTE and fun video starring an adorable little puppy! I don’t know how many times I’ll need to watch it to figure out the folding, but the song is super catchy so thought I’d share the love…enjoy!

Have you figured out the secret to folding fitted sheets? How’d you learn? Share your tips!

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What Does The Fox Say? Read The Book To Find Out!

What Does The Fox Say book

Dog goes woof. Cat goes meow. Bird goes tweet and mouse goes squeak…

But what does the fox say?

Based on the insanely popular YouTube video with more than 300 million views, this picture book is packed full of foxy fun. This irresistibly entertaining read-aloud picture book looks super fun for kids and grown-ups, too! Go HERE to snag a copy of your own in hardcover or Kindle edition.

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Chaser, The Dog Who Knows A Thousand Words #Chaser1000 Book Review

If you’re anything like me and most pet parents, you probably think your fur kid is pretty doggone smart. We all know from personal experience that dogs are way smarter than the average person gives them credit for…but wait until you meet Chaser! Thanks to our sponsor, BlogPaws, I was able to get my paws on an advance review copy of the soon to be released book, Chaser — Unlocking The Genius Of The Dog Who Knows A Thousand Words by John W. Pilley.

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It’s possible you’ve already heard about Chaser the Border Collie in the news or on TV and YouTube. She’s famous for understanding more words than any other dog on record. In addition to common nouns like house, ball, and tree, she has memorized the names of more than 1,000 toys (Daisy is pretty envious of a dog with THAT many!) and can retrieve any of them on command.

Based on that learning, she and her owner John Pilley, have moved on even further, demonstrating her ability to understand sentences with multiple elements of grammar and to learn new behaviors by imitation. Her owner, the author of this new book, is a retired psychology professor from Wofford College in South Carolina and does an excellent job throughout the book of explaining much of the science and psychology behind such successful dog training, using fun and interesting stories involving both Chaser and his previous dog, the much beloved Yasha.

In addition to his academic knowledge, Pilley incorporates the stories and wisdom of farmers, shepherds and Border collie trainers, giving the reader great insight into how the best trainers use the power of instinct to foster a dog’s creative problem solving ability. It’s a cool way to think about dog training and draws the distinction between teaching a skill or trick versus “creative teaching”. I love the quote he shares about this from Arthur Allen who wrote Border Collies in America,  “Try to make it a fifty-fifty proposition of you trying to understand your dog while your dog is trying to understand you.”

In addition to really getting to know Chaser, the author, his wife Sally and the rest of their family, there’s also lots of storytelling in this book, which I loved.  A few of my favorites are the story of how Chaser got her name, how Chaser became a media sensation and “went viral” and “Chaser Goes To Washington”.

The book is both entertaining and informative, and though most of us won’t have the amount of time or patience Pilley did to spend working with Chaser, and not every dog is as smart or interested in learning as Chaser, any dog lover will find something in this book that helps them gain a greater understanding of, and appreciation for their own dog.

You can learn more and buy the book here. You can follow Chaser the Border Collie on Facebook and on Twitter.

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No Pet Store Puppies! #MeetMolly & Help End Puppy Mills

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Today is “No Pet Store Puppies Day,” and we’re spread the word about the ASPCA’s campaign to put an end to puppy mills. If you’re looking for an opportunity to get involved, we know someone looking for help—meet Molly!

Molly, along with her faithful pup, Joey, is out to teach the world all about puppy mills and why you shouldn’t shop at pet stores that sell puppies.


 

Molly and Joey want to make sure their message reaches as many people as possible, so please share their video with the hashtag #MeetMolly after you’ve watched it!

You can also help by using the social bookmark buttons below to spread the word by sharing this post.

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Pet Parody Video: Fresh Pup of Bel Air

Love, love, love this paw-tastic new video from The Pet Collective! It’s a pro-pet adoption message and hilarious parody of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air…with a very special guest cameo appearance at the end.

You can check out more funny pet stuff at http://www.thepetcollective.tv/ and also see some animals doing the Harlem Shake!

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The Harlem Shake Goes To The Dogs…And To SeaWorld, Too!

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You may or may not already be familiar with (or sick of) the Harlem Shake meme that’s been going around on YouTube recently. I think it’s pretty funny even if it’s already on its way out as many pop culture experts are predicting…

If you need to catch up, Wikipedia describes the concept:

“The videos last 30-something seconds and feature an excerpt from the song “Harlem Shake” by electronic musician Baauer. Usually, a video begins with one person (often helmeted or masked) dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people not paying attention or unaware of the dancing individual. When the bass drops, the video switches to the entire crowd doing a crazy convulsive dance for the next 15 seconds. The dancing style should not be confused with the original Harlem Shake dance. Moreover, in the second half of the video, people often wear crazy outfits or costumes while wielding strange props.”

It’s not just humans that have gotten in on the act…here are some of my favorite Harlem Shake Videos featuring hilarious and cute animals:

Harlem Shake: Animal Office Edition from The Pet Collective

Harlem Shake (Puppy Edition)

SeaWorld Harlem Shake: Sea Lions and Walrus!

Harlem Shake Rambo The Cat Edition

I’m having a hard time choose a favorite…leave us a comment and let us know which ones made you laugh!

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