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.

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.

PAW Patrol Live! Coming to South Florida (Show News + Giveaway)

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We know you all love PAW Patrol and we’ve got very special news we can’t wait to share…

PAW Patrol is on a roll with its hit live tour and they’ll be stopping in Fort Lauderdale, Florida very soon!

Since that’s our neck of the woods, we are super excited and want to help spread the word so no one misses the chance to see the show.

If you live nearby or know someone who does be sure to let them know the following:

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

Come roll with the PAW Patrol as everybody’s favorite heroic pups race to the rescue on the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race. When Mayor Goodway goes missing, Chase, Marshall, Skye and the rest of the PAW Patrol will need to team up with Ryder to save Adventure Bay’s mayor and stop Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger from winning the race.

WHERE: Au Rene Theater @ Broward Center

WHEN: Saturday, July 20 (3 shows) and Sunday, July 21 (2 shows)

Tickets start at $19 and are available through the Broward Center and Ticketmaster.

PAW Patrol Live! Show Ticket Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive 4 PAW Patrol Live! Tickets to the show of their choice. Use the Rafflecopter contest widget below to enter. Giveaway is open to US residents age 18+ and ends on June 30, 2019 at 11:59pm ET. Good luck everybody!

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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!