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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Help Clear The Shelters: Mega Pet Adoption Event This Saturday #ClearTheShelters

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If you’ve been thinking about adding a fur kid to your family, now is your chance! This Saturday, August 15, hundreds of shelters nationwide will participate in an exciting “Clear the Shelters” pet adoption event.

Participating groups and organizations will reduce or completely waive their adoption fees to help connect adoptable animals in their care with safe and loving homes. Visit cleartheshelters.com to find a participating adoption center near you.

This adoption event is organized in partnership with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo Station Group, with the ASPCA providing support for the event in the form of grant funding to a select number of participating organizations across the country.

Not sure what kind of dogs and cats end up as shelter animals? You’ll find everything from pups to seniors, small to large, mutts to pure breeds. We rescued Daisy from a shelter, so this cause is near and dear to my heart!  Please help Clear the Shelters by finding a participating shelter near you and giving a homeless pet a second chance.

Not ready to adopt, or already have a full house? Do your part to help clear the shelters by sharing this post and the hashtag #cleartheshelters to help spread the word!

68,805 More Lives Saved Thanks to ASPCA Rachael Ray #100KChallenge

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We heard some super exciting news from our pals at ASPCA and wanted to share it with all of you!

Just last week, the winning shelter was announced in the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge. This is the annual challenge in which animal shelters around the country compete to see who can save the most lives. The grand prize winning shelter receives $100K to help them continue their important work. You can go here to view all the winners and prizes.

This marks the fifth and final year of the competition. Since 2010, hundreds of contestants have dedicated themselves to this three month contest to increase their adoption numbers over the same period the previous year.

This year, the competing shelters saved more than 68,000 lives in just three months. In five years total, challengers saved more than a 282,000+ lives! Pet adoption is an important cause and is especially near and dear to my heart, because our Daisy is a rescue dog we adopted from a local shelter.

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We hope you’ll join us in continuing to help save lives & support pet adoption:

Snoopy & The Gang Making Their 3D Big-Screen Debut! [Peanuts Movie Trailer]

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Have you heard about the new upcoming Peanuts Movie??? It’s going to be in 3D and I did the Happy Dance already, just from watching the new trailer that was released today! I can’t WAIT for Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang to make their 3D Big-Screen debut!!!

Good grief! I guess we will all have to wait, since it’s not due out til November of 2015. For now, enjoy this movie teaser trailer and I’ll do my best to keep you updated on more Peanuts 3D news!