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.

7 Wall Mounted Cat Scratchers & Perches for Your Kitty’s Health & Happiness

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Cat furniture and scratching posts have lots of benefits: satisfying kitty’s urge to scratch without damaging furniture, reducing anxiety, improving behavior, and just generally pleasing their feline sensibilities. The downside is that they can also take up a lot of floor space often don’t fit your home decor or lifestyle.

The good news is that since cats are royal creatures, they LOVE looking down on us mere common folk. They also love climbing, jumping, and hiding, when the mood strikes. That’s why wall-mounted cat furniture and accessories make the purrfect solution.

Wall-mounted cat scratchers, shelves and beds can be combined to make an epic cat wall or use them individually in small spaces. Click the link below each photo to read customer reviews and get more details about these featured cat furniture items. We put together this list of space-saving wall-mounted cat perches, steps, scratchers and condos we think will please even the fussiest cat you know.

Ruby Road Cat Scratching Post for Floor or Wall A solid natural wood frame with durable woven sisal that naturally inspires scratching. The perfect surface for your cat do all the things that come instinctively to it, including scratching, pouncing, playing, and climbing. All components are non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about your cat chewing or ingesting any parts.

Wall Mount Cat Floating Steps This pair of kitty shelves includes a teaser feather and fluffy ball for extra fun. Modern and minimalist design; sturdy and safe. Stainless steel mounting screws for easy installation.

Treasborn Wall Cat Scratching Post Can be mounted on any wall or installed in your cat’s crate. A solid oak frame and replaceable sisal scratching post make it functional and attractive.  It can also be installed horizontally and used as a balance beam, depending on your cat’s weight and size.

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7 Nonfiction Books About Rescue Animals (That Aren’t Dogs)

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Dog-loving readers have probably read at least a few books about rescue dogs. Their wonderful tales can be both heartbreaking and heart-warming. What you might not have realized is that there are lots of books with true stories about other types of rescue animals as well. Here’s a list with reading recommendations for some great books about rescue animals and the humans who help save and care for them. Spoiler Alert: the animals ends up rescuing their humans as well.

We hope you enjoy and are inspired to read and share these stories with friends & family!

Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion
In the spring of 2011, the book’s author Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him.

Jon wasn’t planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in. [Read more…]

Goats of Anarchy: One Woman’s Quest to Save the World One Goat At A Time
Probably the most famous goats on Instagram, Goats of Anarchy takes you on a tour of animal rescue guru and full-time goat mama Leanne Lauricella’s goat rescue farm. This is a place where special-needs goats can heal, grow, and butt heads to their hearts’ content. [Read more…]

A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life
When street musician James Bowen found an injured cat curled up in the hallway of his apartment building, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London, barely making enough money to feed himself, and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn’t resist helping the strikingly intelligent but very sick animal, whom he named Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining that he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas. [Read more…]

Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See
At the height of his show career, this beautiful Appaloosa’s majestic stature, strength, and willingness to work made him the perfect partner. But when an injury cost Joey his show career, he moved from one owner to the next, ultimately experiencing severe abuse and neglect. A rescue group found Joey nearly dead from starvation―and blind. Then he came to Hope Reins―a ranch dedicated to helping hurting kids who had been abused. [Read more…]

Soul of a Lion: One Woman’s Quest to Rescue Africa’s Wildlife Refugees
For animal lovers, nature enthusiasts, and the vast readership for gripping true-life stories, this African saga is a must-read adventure. It chronicles the unique Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia, where Marieta van der Merwe and her family, former wealthy cattle farmers, have sold land to buy and care for embattled wildlife. We meet Sam, the “AIDS” lion infected by mistake at a vet clinic. Boerjke, a baboon with epilepsy and Down syndrome. Savanna, the one-eyed lioness. And Marieta van der Merwe herself, the inspiring proprietor of Harnas who shares her home with needy wild animals. Survivor of an early life fraught with personal tragedy in the African Bush, she now devotes herself as care-giver and ambassador for wildlife and wildland. [Read more…]

Elephant Journey: The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity
In 2013, people across North America were riveted by the story of Toka, Thika, and Iringa, the last three elephants at the zoo in Toronto, Ontario. Lonely for a larger herd, sick from the cold climate, and weak from standing for long days in a too-small concrete enclosure, the elephants desperately needed a change. The zoo and animal activists agreed that they should be moved to a healthier home, but the best option―the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in distant California―seemed like an impossible dream. [Read more…]

My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope
Ellie Laks started The Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, emus, and more), The Gentle Barn has become an extraordinary nonprofit that brings together a volunteer staff of community members and at-risk teens to rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals. As Ellie teaches the volunteers to care for the animals, they learn a new language of healing that works wonders on the humans as well. [Read more…]

Creative Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts You Can Still Get In Time

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If you’ve been putting off shopping or just run out of ideas for your hubby, dad or grandpa for Father’s Day, we’ve got some last-minute gift ideas that might save the day! Whatever your budget, here are a few creative, last-minute Father’s Day gifts you can still get in time if you act quickly.

Car Wash Gift Card ($15-$250)

Stop by your local car wash today or tomorrow and grab a prepaid car wash for your favorite dad. If he’s anything like Woof Woof Papa, it’s been a while, and he’ll really appreciate it. If your budget permits, you can get an unlimited wash plan for a month, interior cleaning, or a premium car detailing package, but you can also just buy a simple car wash. If you aren’t sure where to go, check out the reviews on yelp.com to find the best place near your dad.

Audible Gift Subscription ($45-$150)

If your guy or dad loves podcasts and audiobooks, get him a 3-, 6-, or 12-month gift subscription to Audible. Not only will he get to choose his own audiobooks, but the membership also includes lots of extras and original content. Works with any device, phone, table or computer and it’s a great last-minute gift since you can order anytime and get it delivered instantly!

Healthy Snack Pack for Dad ($35 as shown)

A great way to treat a loved one is with a box of healthy snacks he can keep at work, home and in his car. Amazon has several gift box ideas for Dad that can be delivered the next day. This one is $35 for 40 items, and includes Free Prime One Day Shipping. If you run out of time for one day delivery, hit Target.com where you can order online and then pick up in-store within a couple hours. Many locations even have parking lot pick up where they bring your order out to you!

Beer, Wine, Liquor or Grocery Delivery ($10 OFF with our link)

Surprise your favorite dad or grandad with cocktail or meal supplies delivered straight to his door! You order online through Instacart choosing from several local grocery and liquor stores, and a local shopper fills your order and delivers it for you. This is great if you live out of town, just make sure to put in the address of the recipient, not yours. Also be sure someone 21+ is going to be home to receive the order if you send beer, wine or spirits. Use this link to get $10 OFF your first Instacart order. And don’t forget to tip your shopper in the app when you order.

Gift Subscription to BarkBox ($35-$249)

If your favorite dad is also a dog dad, we recommend BarkBox. It’s a monthly gift box of dog goodies, treats, toys and surprises. You can order an e-card gift subscription for 1-12 months of BarkBox or start a subscription for them. If you start a subscription for them you can use BarkBox coupon code: WOOFWOOFMAMA to get a free month added to any plan.

Visit our BarkBox Reviews Page to learn more and see photos of past BarkBoxes.

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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