Today we remember the horrible tragedy that happened 13 years ago when the World Trade Center was taken down by a terrorist attack. Every year since 2001, on September 9, we take the time to honor and remember the victims as well as the responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero trying to rescue those trapped in the rubble. One of the bravest workers that day happens to be a four-legged furry friend named Bretagne. For the first time since that devastating September morning, the last known living 9/11 search and rescue dog, 15-year-old golden retriever Bretagne, has returned to the memorial site with her handler, Denise Corliss.
Happy National Dog Day!
In case you didn’t know, today is National Dog Day, also known as International Dog Day. It was created ten years ago to celebrate family dogs as well as dogs who have jobs, whether as a search and rescue dog, a police dog, a service dog, a therapy dog or a military working dog. It was created by Colleen Paige to give dogs their own day and celebrate them a little more than we currently do on their own special day and remind us about the special ways that dogs make our lives better.
Even though today is a day to celebrate our loved companions, today is also to raise awareness about the thousands of dogs who are waiting to be adopted. If you’re looking to add a furry family member, please adopt from a shelter or get a dog from a reputable breeder. There are so many sweet dogs who need a loving home! The founders of National Dog Day encourage you to donate to a local shelter to celebrate the unconditional love that dogs bring us.
Our baby boy turns 11-years-old!
I still can’t believe last week my beloved JJ turned 11-years-old! I still remember JJ as a puppy and it shocks me to know he’s been in my life for over a decade. In celebration of his birthday I decided to make a big deal for the big 11. The weekend before his birthday I took him to the dog park and let him have the time of his life chasing other dogs, playing with people and just enjoying the wind in his face. He really likes to go up to other dog owners and get their attention. What can I say? He loves the attention, no matter how old he gets! On the day of his birthday I wanted to do something really special so I baked him a special peanut butter and honey cake. For those of you who are interested in the recipe, here it is. The honey in the cake makes it a bit sweeter, so if your dog has a sweet tooth you definitely do not want to skip this part! But in JJ’s case, I only used half the serving. JJ L-O-V-E-D the cake and almost ate the entire thing! He was so full he skipped dinner that night!! Next time I make this cake for JJ I’m baking them in cupcake form so they’re more appropriately-sized for one serving. Let’s face it, you can’t have your cake and eat it too!
Our First Experience at the SuperZoo Convention!
Calling all pet industry professionals! Did you have a chance to visit our booth at Superzoo in July? The National Show for Pet Retailers, SuperZoo, proved once again why they are known as the most popular event for independent pet store retailers in North America. Superzoo is a large trade show where pet professionals, manufacturers, and buyers all meet for three days to pet cute puppies! Oh and also discuss business! ;) Superzoo had a whopping 22,987, a record-breaking attendance compared to last year’s 16,640 registered attendees. This year, SuperZoo was held in Las Vegas, NV, July 22-24, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.