The Week in Dog News: Bailey’s Burrito, Marnie Dies, COVID-19 Pet News + More

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There is so much going on in the world right now, that I thought it was time for some dog news. Here’s a roundup of the top news for dog lovers from the past week.

I think we’ve all been guilty of stress eating at one time or another. In campaign news, Elizabeth Warren’s dog Bailey stole a burrito because ‘running for first dog’ was stressful. Bailey has been a star on Warren’s social media accounts and frequently joined her on the campaign trail. Everyone on Twitter is clearly #TeamBailey!

In sadder news, Marnie, the Shih Tzu who charmed Instagram with her head tilt and lolling tongue, died this week at age 18. Marnie was an internet sensation, and poster dog for senior dog adoption. She passed peacefully and will be missed.

There’s lots of news, rumors and confusing information about the Coronavirus, including how COVID-19 may affect pets. Here’s some of what you need to know, but always check with your vet for specific pet health concerns. Pet cats and dogs cannot pass the Coronavirus to humans, but they can test positive for low levels of the pathogen if they catch it from their owner.

Experts have advised that everyone make reasonable (but not panicky) preparations as the coronavirus spreads. That means making sure you are stocked up on pet food and meds so that you don’t run out if you get sick and have to self-quarantine, or there is a shortage in the supply chain. You should also always have a backup plan for who will care for your pets in an illness or emergency.

If you do get sick, limit contact with your pets . Avoid snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must interact with your pet, wash your hands before and after. Hand washing is ALWAYS good advice!

On a lighter note, we thought this sweet dog news was a great way to end our roundup for the week, Titos Vodka for Dog People and The Dinner Party Project hosted a hilarious and adorable Dog Dinner Pawty to help promote pet adoption. Go HERE to check out all the photos. They sure made us smile!

And speaking of smiles, a two-legged pup named Lieutenant Dan is a finalist in the Cadbury Bunny tryouts. Lieutenant Dan, named after the “Forrest Gump” character who lost his legs in Vietnam, is one of 10 finalists competing for a national commercial spot for Cadbury. Thousands of household pets from across the nation applied, but only a few were chosen. Not only will the winner star in a new Cadbury Clucking Bunny commercial, but they will also receive a $5,000 cash prize. Good Luck and click here to give Lieutenant Dan your vote.

Pet-Friendly Events at Bloomingdales

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Want to feel good, look good, and do good? Bloomingdale’s is hosting Shop For Good Events to support Best Friends Animal Society.

These pet-friendly events include adoption days, yappy hours, pet fashion shows, spaw treatments and more activities for dog lovers and their pups.

Events run now through 3/1 so check your local store for events near you!

 

How To Help Bahamas Recovery and Relief After Hurricane Dorian

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The devastating news and images coming from the Bahamas are heartbreaking and shocking. Living in South Florida, the Bahamian people are some of our closest neighbors, so it’s no surprise that we’ve already started to hear about many of our local businesses and organizations who are collecting relief supplies and donations to help all of those who are affected by this monster hurricane.

I know that many of you are wondering how you can help, so we are compiling a list of links to causes and organizations that are helping the Bahamas Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. It’s still early, so I’ll try to keep the list updated as more information becomes available. You can also check out this Charity Navigator list of reputable organizations.

Links to Help Hurricane Dorian Relief and Recovery

 

New US Postage Stamps Honor Military Dogs

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Dog lovers and stamp collectors listen up! The US Postal Service is honoring the nation’s brave and loyal military working dogs with a new booklet of 20 stamps.

Each block of four stamps features a stamp of the following breeds: German shepherd, Labrador retriever, Belgian Malinois and Dutch shepherd. These dog breeds are the four-legged heroes that most commonly serve in America’s armed forces.

These are going to be Forever Stamps, meaning that you’ll be able to stock up as soon as they are available, and use them even when the price of postage goes up.

Along with a dog illustration, each stamp includes red, white, blue and gold features “to represent the American flag and patriotism.”

Read the full announcement to learn more about all upcoming stamp releases.

Want to learn more about these furry heroes? Check out The 9 Biggest Myths About Military Working dogs.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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