Secret Restaurant Menus for Dogs + More Pet Stories from Around the Web

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Stuck indoors this weekend, or just looking for some quick and easy reads? Catch up on the latest animal news, pet advice and fun dog facts with these great stories from around the web.

ICYMI, news broke just before the holidays that Ikea launched a new Pet Furniture Collection, and we want it ALL! The collection is currently being rolled out in stores across the US, Canada, France and Japan.

Dogs can’t speak human. Here’s the tech that could change that. Scientists are finally working on something we’ve always dreamed about but could never imagine becoming a reality — the ability to have a chat with our fur kids. Yes it’s true, scientists are working on a pet translator, and it could mean that you might finally be able to actually understand what your dog is trying to say.

If your dog could talk, they would tell you that Starbucks has a Puppuccino for dogs (this is one of Daisy’s favorite things), but did you know that some of your other favorite spots offer yummy, unpublicized treats just for four-legged patrons? Check out these Restaurants with Secret Menus for Dogs compiled by Modern Dog Magazine, and an even bigger list of businesses that cater to pets put together by our friends over at BarkPost.

Recent weather has been pretty crazy. Many pet owners are aware of the dangers to dogs and cats in extreme heat, but the risks can be even greater during a cold spell. The folks over at NPR ask pet experts How Cold Is Too Cold For Pets? According to Daisy, anything below 50 degrees fahrenheit is too cold for a Florida dog like her!

Weird animal question of the week: Why Dogs Pee in Their Bowls and and other odd pet behaviors explained by the animal experts over at National Geographic.

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Know a Birthday That Calls for Fancy? Send a New Doug The Pug eCard!

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Spend any time online and you probably know that Doug The Pug is the king of pop culture! A New York Times best seller & pizza lover with over 10 million followers across his social media and well over 1 Billion Facebook video views, Doug The Pug is one of the world’s most famous and most followed dogs.

He’s worked with artists like Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy and DNCE. But don’t let the fame fool you, Doug has an attitude of gratitude. He hopes you’ll share it, and his fabulous outfits, with your loved ones.

The King of Pop Culture has a new line of eCards, giving you a glimpse into the pug life. And, let us tell you, it’s FANCY. From plush bath robes and sweet rides to an easy day out on the water, Doug knows how to make a birthday special.

Champagne. Luxurious outfits. Extraordinary venues. If your special someone likes the finer things in life, they’ll love Doug’s new Fancy Birthday eCard. Just hit PLAY below to check it out and see for yourself!

Love it? We thought so! Right now, you can get a free 7-day trial at American Greetings, which gives you access to send every card in the Doug The Pug line plus more super cute, thoughtful and clever ecards and printable greeting cards for dog lovers. Just head on over the American Greetings Website.

Some Fun Facts about Doug The Pug

  • Lives in Nashville
  • A video of Doug went viral in 2014, and the rest is history
  • 6 million people (and probably a few animals) follow him on Facebook
  • The book that chronicles his life, Doug The Pug: The King of Pop Culture rocketed to the New York Times Best-Seller List
  • He has 2.9 million Instagram followers
  • Appears in music videos for Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy, and DNCE

Rae Dunn Pet Bowls and Treat Jars

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If you are on Pinterest or Instagram, you might have noticed that you can’t go a day without spotting ceramic bowls, tableware and home goods by Rae Dunn. Personally I’m obsessed, especially since discovering the line of Rae Dunn ceramic pet bowls and accessories from Magenta. Super CUTE and no wonder Rae Dunn has developed such a cult following!

Since it’s possible you might not have heard about her work yet, I just thought I’d pop up a quick note to let you know about it. While part of the fun is the hunt (many fans scour stores like HomeGoods, TJMaxx, Ross and Marshalls to find her stuff) you can also find Rae Dunn on ebay and one of my favorite sites, Amazon.

Rae Dunn is a California native and resides in the San Francisco, Bay Area. Her inspiration comes from the earth, and she finds beauty in simple shapes, natural forms and found objects. Her utilitarian approach to designing ceramics is strongly based on the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi: the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. Each bowl is hand crafted and hand painted so each bowl is unique and can have slight imperfections.

Since Rae Dunn pieces sell out quickly and are each produced in limited quantities, I won’t post individual links to each item. You can see currently available Rae Dunn Pet Bowls and Accessories HERE. You’ll find popular pet items for dogs and cats including food & water bowls plus treat jars and more.

I’ve put together a pin-able collage below if you’d like to pin the image to your Pinterest Board to bookmark this post, save for holiday gift ideas, or share this post with a loved one to let them know what YOU and your fur kids want this holiday season!

Vote for Your Favorite Dog #BJsGreatPetSearch

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What’s better than one adorable dog? FIVE! That’s how many dog finalists there are in the BJ’s Wholesale Club Great Pet Search Contest, and we need your help to choose the winner.

It’s super quick and easy, and after you vote for the dog of your choice, you can also vote to help choose the winning cat as well.

Winning cat and dog receive:

  • A special edition Berkley Jensen dog or cat food with their face on it
  • The winning dog and cat will be in various BJ’s pet marketing materials for up to one year
  • A year’s supply of Berkley Jensen line dog or cat food

Not sure who to vote for? Here’s a close-up of each dog finalist:

Click to vote for Moose

Click to vote for Baxter

Click to vote for Louie

Click to vote for Remy

Click to vote for Bandit

You’ve got until 8/18 to cast your vote. Winning dog and cat will be announced on 8/23.  Visit BJs.com/GreatPetSearch to cast your vote.

Be sure to also check out BJ’s pet food, treats and toys to snag some goodies for your own adorable dog!