Lucy Pet Products Product Review

Slowly, I took a deep breath.  The smell of coconut and sun tan lotion filed my nostrils.  I was instantly transported to a tropical beach.  What scent could have elicited such a response?  My dog’s shampoo!

While attending the BarkWorld 2016 expo in Atlanta, GA, we met two wonderful representatives from Lucy Pet Products.  This company was founded by Joey Herrick after he met his inspiration, Lucy.  She showed up on his doorstep one day and refused to take no for an answer.  Herrick graciously allowed Lucy into his home.  Days later, she gifted him with five puppies!

This got Herrick thinking about the problem of pet overpopulation.  According to the Lucy Pet Products website, “Over 80,000 dogs and cats are euthanized weekly in the U.S. due to overpopulation.”  He decided that he wanted to do something to change this horrible statistic, so he created Lucy Pet Products and the Lucy Pet Foundation.

Aside from creating amazing products, such as shampoos, conditioners and cat litter, Herrick took it a step further.  “*Net profits from the sales of Lucy Pet Products go to help fund the Lucy Pet Foundation, whose mission is to reduce pet overpopulation through mobile Spay and Neuter clinics as well as funding other animal related welfare organizations.” (http://ift.tt/1kLaHVx)

We were very excited to try the Surfin’ Jack Moisturizing Coconut shampoo on our differently-abled pooches, Penny and Hope.  I loved how the shampoo easily lathered in my hands.  A little truly goes a long way.  Other products we have tried simply create massive amounts of bubbles, but hardly any lather to work with.  Not true with Surfin’ Jack!

The texture of the shampoo is as smooth as silk.  There are no rough granules or beads.  Hope and Penny loved having the shampoo rubbed into their fur.  The shampoo contains no harsh chemicals, parabens, sulfates or phosphates.  My husband loved how easily the shampoo rinsed off.  Unlike other shampoos, there was no filmy residue left on Hope and Penny’s skin.
I also love the wide assortment of scents!  My favorite is the Surfin’ Jack Moisturizing Coconut Shampoo.  You will literally feel like you are at the beach.  Other scents include:
  • The Big Apple Skin Soothing Apple Oatmeal Shampoo
  • Purple Rain Calm and Clean Lavender Shampoo
  • Blue Lightening Blueberry Brightening Shampoo
  • Berry Berry Smellicious Tropical Freshening Shampoo
  • Pup a Dub Dub Gentle Formula Shampoo

All of the above scents are also available as a leave in conditioner spray.  We absolutely love how easy the conditioner is to use.  Just a few sprays and our dog’s fur feels as soft as cashmere.

Not only does Lucy Pet Products make fantastic shampoo and conditioner, they make amazing cat litter.  Our two kitties, Miracle and Olaf, make quite a mess of their two litter boxes.  I am embarrassed to admit that my parents have commented on the smell.  While my husband and I scoop the boxes often, the smell always seemed to linger.

Then we discovered Cats Incredible Superkittykattakalizmik Lavender kitty litter.  Not only does the litter clump better than any other kitty litter we have used, it actually has Smell Squasher technology.  This patented formula prevents ammonia from forming in the litter box.  What does this mean?  No more smell!

At BarkWorld, we met Litter Box Bob who let us smell a litter box that had been full for five years.  FIVE YEARS!  Guess what?  We could not smell a thing!  We raced to our local Petco and managed to buy the last bag.

Cats Incredible kitty litter comes in an easy to pour bag.  Gone are the days of lifting heavy pails and spilling most of the contents on the basement floor.  But the true test was yet to come.  We asked my parents to house sit one weekend.  When we returned, they could not stop talking about how wonderful the basement smelled.

My mom wanted to know what wall plug-ins I was using.  Dad thought we might be using jars filled with scented beads.  I loved seeing the looks on their faces when I told them that we had changed the kitty litter we were using.

Miracle and Olaf love their new litter!

Ammonia not only makes the litter box smelly, it can be toxic to your cat.  We noticed that Miracle and Olaf started getting runny noses.  Olaf then became stuffy and congested.  Our vet had attributed it to a seasonal cold.  Thanks to the wonderful Lucy Pet Products representatives, we learned that the ammonia in our cat litter was causing our kitty’s nasal problems!  Since making the switch to Cats Incredible, Miracle and Olaf have been sniffle and congestion free.

Lucy Pet Products is an outstanding company with wonderful products.  Their passion for animals and their well-being is evident in all that they do. I proudly support the Lucy Pet Foundation and highly recommend their products to pet parents everywhere.

To learn more about Lucy Pet Products and the Lucy Pet Foundation, please visit their official website at:  http://ift.tt/1kLaHVx.

*Net profits are profits after operating expenses, interest and taxes.

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Lucy Pet Products Product Review

Slowly, I took a deep breath.  The smell of coconut and sun tan lotion filed my nostrils.  I was instantly transported to a tropical beach.  What scent could have elicited such a response?  My dog’s shampoo!

While attending the BarkWorld 2016 expo in Atlanta, GA, we met two wonderful representatives from Lucy Pet Products.  This company was founded by Joey Herrick after he met his inspiration, Lucy.  She showed up on his doorstep one day and refused to take no for an answer.  Herrick graciously allowed Lucy into his home.  Days later, she gifted him with five puppies!

This got Herrick thinking about the problem of pet overpopulation.  According to the Lucy Pet Products website, “Over 80,000 dogs and cats are euthanized weekly in the U.S. due to overpopulation.”  He decided that he wanted to do something to change this horrible statistic, so he created Lucy Pet Products and the Lucy Pet Foundation.

Aside from creating amazing products, such as shampoos, conditioners and cat litter, Herrick took it a step further.  “*Net profits from the sales of Lucy Pet Products go to help fund the Lucy Pet Foundation, whose mission is to reduce pet overpopulation through mobile Spay and Neuter clinics as well as funding other animal related welfare organizations.” (www.lucypetproducts.com)

We were very excited to try the Surfin’ Jack Moisturizing Coconut shampoo on our differently-abled pooches, Penny and Hope.  I loved how the shampoo easily lathered in my hands.  A little truly goes a long way.  Other products we have tried simply create massive amounts of bubbles, but hardly any lather to work with.  Not true with Surfin’ Jack!

The texture of the shampoo is as smooth as silk.  There are no rough granules or beads.  Hope and Penny loved having the shampoo rubbed into their fur.  The shampoo contains no harsh chemicals, parabens, sulfates or phosphates.  My husband loved how easily the shampoo rinsed off.  Unlike other shampoos, there was no filmy residue left on Hope and Penny’s skin.

I also love the wide assortment of scents!  My favorite is the Surfin’ Jack Moisturizing Coconut Shampoo.  You will literally feel like you are at the beach.  Other scents include:

  • The Big Apple Skin Soothing Apple Oatmeal Shampoo
  • Purple Rain Calm and Clean Lavender Shampoo
  • Blue Lightening Blueberry Brightening Shampoo
  • Berry Berry Smellicious Tropical Freshening Shampoo
  • Pup a Dub Dub Gentle Formula Shampoo

All of the above scents are also available as a leave in conditioner spray.  We absolutely love how easy the conditioner is to use.  Just a few sprays and our dog’s fur feels as soft as cashmere.

Not only does Lucy Pet Products make fantastic shampoo and conditioner, they make amazing cat litter.  Our two kitties, Miracle and Olaf, make quite a mess of their two litter boxes.  I am embarrassed to admit that my parents have commented on the smell.  While my husband and I scoop the boxes often, the smell always seemed to linger.

Then we discovered Cats Incredible Superkittykattakalizmik Lavender kitty litter.  Not only does the litter clump better than any other kitty litter we have used, it actually has Smell Squasher technology.  This patented formula prevents ammonia from forming in the litter box.  What does this mean?  No more smell!

At BarkWorld, we met Litter Box Bob who let us smell a litter box that had been full for five years.  FIVE YEARS!  Guess what?  We could not smell a thing!  We raced to our local Petco and managed to buy the last bag.

Cats Incredible kitty litter comes in an easy to pour bag.  Gone are the days of lifting heavy pails and spilling most of the contents on the basement floor.  But the true test was yet to come.  We asked my parents to house sit one weekend.  When we returned, they could not stop talking about how wonderful the basement smelled.

My mom wanted to know what wall plug-ins I was using.  Dad thought we might be using jars filled with scented beads.  I loved seeing the looks on their faces when I told them that we had changed the kitty litter we were using.

Miracle and Olaf love their new litter!

Ammonia not only makes the litter box smelly, it can be toxic to your cat.  We noticed that Miracle and Olaf started getting runny noses.  Olaf then became stuffy and congested.  Our vet had attributed it to a seasonal cold.  Thanks to the wonderful Lucy Pet Products representatives, we learned that the ammonia in our cat litter was causing our kitty’s nasal problems!  Since making the switch to Cats Incredible, Miracle and Olaf have been sniffle and congestion free.

Lucy Pet Products is an outstanding company with wonderful products.  Their passion for animals and their well-being is evident in all that they do. I proudly support the Lucy Pet Foundation and highly recommend their products to pet parents everywhere.

To learn more about Lucy Pet Products and the Lucy Pet Foundation, please visit their official website at:  http://www.lucypetproducts.com.

*Net profits are profits after operating expenses, interest and taxes.

Tips for Parents of Differently-abled Pets

I never thought that we would be the owners of four differently-abled animals.  In fact, we did not even know that one of our fur babies was differently-abled until the day that we adopted her.  Adriel, a short-haired Chihuahua, always had her tongue sticking out in every single photo on her Petfinder.com profile page.  I thought it was a bit odd that the photographer managed to capture her in mid-lick each time.

Eagerly, I raced into Petco to officially make Adriel a part of our family.  I completely melted when the adoption coordinator from St. Louis Senior Dog Rescue placed her into my arms.  She was absolutely adorable!  As I proudly walked up and down the aisles of supplies, a woman approached.  She was actually a vet who had volunteered to come out to the adoption event to help answer any questions that new pet parents may have. 

“Oh, looks like this little one doesn’t have any teeth,” she commented.

Adriel remained frozen in my arms as the vet opened her mouth.

“Well, she actually has all of her teeth, but her tongue is longer than her head,” the vet stated.

This explained why her tongue was always sticking out in the photos!  Little did I know that Adriel was to be the gateway pet for our other differently-abled fur babies…

Adriel strikes a pose in her pet bed.

In September of 2011, we adopted our amazing Chiweenie, Penny.  She was born with a severe overbite and a differently-formed front left leg.  The leg looks very similar to a lobster claw and has two “toes.”  Penny loves to wave “the stump” when she gets excited.  We even nicknamed her Peace Sign Penny because she looks like she is flashing the peace sign.

 Penny is one fun-loving tripod!

We then adopted Hope in February of 2014.  She is a mini double dapple Dachshund.  The product of a backyard breeder, Hope was born without eyes and is completely deaf.  She uses her snout to navigate her way through life and has truly earned the nickname of Queen Ween.

Hope loves to play in the sun.

Our final differently-abled animal is our cat, Olaf.  He was found on the streets of St. Louis as a week old kitten.  Apparently, he got scratched across his left eye.  He still has sight in the left eye, but cannot see through the permanent scratch scar.  This doesn’t stop him from racing his kitty sister, Miracle, to the top of the cat tower!

Olaf channels his inner Grumpy Cat.

We have developed quite a passion for rescuing differently-abled animals.  While attending the BarkWorld 2016 expo in Atlanta, GA, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting (and becoming friends with) Alyona DelaCoeur.  She is the owner of the amazing website Why Does My Dog? (www.whydoesmydog.com).

Aly was intrigued by our furry crew and wondered if I had any tips for pet parents in regards to differently-abled animals.  Here are my top 10 tips to enjoying an amazing life with your special needs fur baby:

1. Since Hope is blind, we had a terrible time of her snatching treats from our hand.  We certainly do not want anyone getting bit!  Now, whenever we are about to give Hope a treat, we lightly tap her nose.  This makes her aware of our presence as opposed to simply thrusting a treat in front of her snout where she would be more likely to nip and grab.  Once we have tapped her nose, we have her full attention.  She then eagerly waits for the treat to be given.  Hope now always associates a tap on the snout with being given a treat.  #nomorenip

2. Be very mindful of stairs.  We have stairs that lead from our kitchen down to our basement.  We ALWAYS leave the door closed.  This prevents Hope from accidentally falling down the stairs or worse, getting knocked down the stairs by her overly-active fur siblings.  If you do not have a door by your steps, you might want to consider purchasing a pet or baby gate.  The gates come in all shapes, styles and sizes.  We actually have two, one is wooden and the other is plastic.

Be sure to read all of the instructions that come with each gate to avoid potential injury to your pet.  I also strongly advise placing the gate flush with the floor.  Hope likes to wiggle underneath the gate if given the opportunity.

3.  Avoid placing sharp or pointy items on the floor. This is especially true for any decorations that may be made of wood or metal.  Hope typically navigates the house like a Queen Ween, but she does have bad days where she runs into everything.  And this is even truer if she is excited.  We take great care in making sure that our home decor is pet friendly.  While Hope cannot poke an eye out, she can injure her eye sockets, nose, face, etc.  Any items that could be viewed as hazardous to your pet’s safety should be placed on an elevated surface where your pet cannot reach.

4. If you have multiple dogs like we do, make sure to monitor meal time.  Domino, another cheeky Chihuahua, likes to steal food from Hope if she doesn’t eat fast enough.  This has the potential to create fights.  For this reason, we feed each dog in a separate room of the house.  This way, each dog can take his/her time when eating and will not feel the need to guard his/her dish.

5.  Consider starting your tripod pet on a joint supplement.  Since Penny has a differently-formed paw, she is perpetually off balance.  She places all of her weight on her front right leg (a.k.a. The Super Paw).  This paw is much larger than her back paws because she has to rely on it for stability.  We began giving her a joint supplement because we found out from our vet that tripod animals are more likely to develop arthritis in their hips and other joints.  The supplements come in a variety of forms:  liquid, capsules, chewables, etc.  Penny loves the beef flavor and happily gobbles up her tablet every day.

6. If you have a blind dog, consider purchasing a Muffin’s Halo.  The halo is attached to a harness that the dog wears like a vest.  The halo then acts as a barrier preventing your blind pooch from running into potentially dangerous items.  Wearing the halo can actually re-build the dog’s confidence and help him/her live a happier life.  To learn more about Muffin’s Halo, visit http://www.muffinshalo.com.

7. Purchase a set of pet stairs.  We actually bought a set for our oldest dog, Theo.  He has lost sight in one eye, making jumping onto the couch nearly impossible.  Oddly enough, the first dog to use the pet stairs was Hope!  The stairs are also helpful for Penny.  While she can easily jump onto and off of the furniture, using the pet stairs is easier on her joints.

8.  Consider purchasing custom collars and leashes that easily denote your dog’s condition.  We purchased a leash for Hope that says BLIND DOG.  This alerts others who may want to approach your pet that they should do so with caution.  The leashes come in a variety of colors that also denote if your dog is approachable, shy, etc.  Our leash has proved very useful at the numerous pet events that we attend.  Children usually run up and try to pet our dogs without asking.  When their parents see the leash, they take notice.  We are then able to have the children calmly approach Hope and give her the attention that she craves.

9.  Invest in a Cuddle Cave.  My husband and I discovered the Cuddle Cave at a local pet expo.  The vendor made items specifically for Dachshunds.  She claimed that all doxies love the Cuddle Cave.  I was skeptical, but thought it would be worth a try if it made Hope more comfortable.  She absolutely LOVES her Cuddle Cave!  In fact, she begs to be placed inside.  The Cuddle Cave actually looks like a bag.  The dog enters the cave and then hunkers down, surrounded by the soft, comfy interior.  We have found that the cave provides security for Hope.  She feels safe and protected from our other dogs.  This could be the reason why she always falls asleep in the cave.  Larger versions are available at your local Petsmart, Petco, etc.  You can also search Etsy for more customizable options.

10.  My final tip is to treat your differntly-abled pet like a “normal” pet!  We thought that each of our special fur babies would need extra care and accommodations.  We were wrong!  Penny does not need to be picked up and placed onto the furniture.  She can jump on and off by herself.  Hope does not need to be carried in her special weenie pouch every day.  She wants to explore the world through her own four paws (with a little help from her snout).  Remember, differently-abled does not mean disabled.

I hope that you have found these tips to be helpful.  If you have any additional questions about differently-abled animals, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Send your questions to: theuerkaufstails@gmail.com or simply comment on this post.  Different is Beautiful!

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Tips for Parents of Differently-abled Pets

I never thought that we would be the owners of four differently-abled animals.  In fact, we did not even know that one of our fur babies was differently-abled until the day that we adopted her.  Adriel, a short-haired Chihuahua, always had her tongue sticking out in every single photo on her Petfinder.com profile page.  I thought it was a bit odd that the photographer managed to capture her in mid-lick each time.

Eagerly, I raced into Petco to officially make Adriel a part of our family.  I completely melted when the adoption coordinator from St. Louis Senior Dog Rescue placed her into my arms.  She was absolutely adorable!  As I proudly walked up and down the aisles of supplies, a woman approached.  She was actually a vet who had volunteered to come out to the adoption event to help answer any questions that new pet parents may have.

“Oh, looks like this little one doesn’t have any teeth,” she commented.

Adriel remained frozen in my arms as the vet opened her mouth.

“Well, she actually has all of her teeth, but her tongue is longer than her head,” the vet stated.

This explained why her tongue was always sticking out in the photos!  Little did I know that Adriel was to be the gateway pet for our other differently-abled fur babies…

Adriel strikes a pose in her pet bed.

In September of 2011, we adopted our amazing Chiweenie, Penny.  She was born with a severe overbite and a differently-formed front left leg.  The leg looks very similar to a lobster claw and has two “toes.”  Penny loves to wave “the stump” when she gets excited.  We even nicknamed her Peace Sign Penny because she looks like she is flashing the peace sign.

 Penny is one fun-loving tripod!

We then adopted Hope in February of 2014.  She is a mini double dapple Dachshund.  The product of a backyard breeder, Hope was born without eyes and is completely deaf.  She uses her snout to navigate her way through life and has truly earned the nickname of Queen Ween.

Hope loves to play in the sun.

Our final differently-abled animal is our cat, Olaf.  He was found on the streets of St. Louis as a week old kitten.  Apparently, he got scratched across his left eye.  He still has sight in the left eye, but cannot see through the permanent scratch scar.  This doesn’t stop him from racing his kitty sister, Miracle, to the top of the cat tower!

Olaf channels his inner Grumpy Cat.

We have developed quite a passion for rescuing differently-abled animals.  While attending the BarkWorld 2016 expo in Atlanta, GA, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting (and becoming friends with) Alyona DelaCoeur.  She is the owner of the amazing website Why Does My Dog? (www.whydoesmydog.com).

Aly was intrigued by our furry crew and wondered if I had any tips for pet parents in regards to differently-abled animals.  Here are my top 10 tips to enjoying an amazing life with your special needs fur baby:

1. Since Hope is blind, we had a terrible time of her snatching treats from our hand.  We certainly do not want anyone getting bit!  Now, whenever we are about to give Hope a treat, we lightly tap her nose.  This makes her aware of our presence as opposed to simply thrusting a treat in front of her snout where she would be more likely to nip and grab.  Once we have tapped her nose, we have her full attention.  She then eagerly waits for the treat to be given.  Hope now always associates a tap on the snout with being given a treat.  #nomorenip

2. Be very mindful of stairs.  We have stairs that lead from our kitchen down to our basement.  We ALWAYS leave the door closed.  This prevents Hope from accidentally falling down the stairs or worse, getting knocked down the stairs by her overly-active fur siblings.  If you do not have a door by your steps, you might want to consider purchasing a pet or baby gate.  The gates come in all shapes, styles and sizes.  We actually have two, one is wooden and the other is plastic.

Be sure to read all of the instructions that come with each gate to avoid potential injury to your pet.  I also strongly advise placing the gate flush with the floor.  Hope likes to wiggle underneath the gate if given the opportunity.

3.  Avoid placing sharp or pointy items on the floor. This is especially true for any decorations that may be made of wood or metal.  Hope typically navigates the house like a Queen Ween, but she does have bad days where she runs into everything.  And this is even truer if she is excited.  We take great care in making sure that our home decor is pet friendly.  While Hope cannot poke an eye out, she can injure her eye sockets, nose, face, etc.  Any items that could be viewed as hazardous to your pet’s safety should be placed on an elevated surface where your pet cannot reach.

4. If you have multiple dogs like we do, make sure to monitor meal time.  Domino, another cheeky Chihuahua, likes to steal food from Hope if she doesn’t eat fast enough.  This has the potential to create fights.  For this reason, we feed each dog in a separate room of the house.  This way, each dog can take his/her time when eating and will not feel the need to guard his/her dish.

5.  Consider starting your tripod pet on a joint supplement.  Since Penny has a differently-formed paw, she is perpetually off balance.  She places all of her weight on her front right leg (a.k.a. The Super Paw).  This paw is much larger than her back paws because she has to rely on it for stability.  We began giving her a joint supplement because we found out from our vet that tripod animals are more likely to develop arthritis in their hips and other joints.  The supplements come in a variety of forms:  liquid, capsules, chewables, etc.  Penny loves the beef flavor and happily gobbles up her tablet every day.

6. If you have a blind dog, consider purchasing a Muffin’s Halo.  The halo is attached to a harness that the dog wears like a vest.  The halo then acts as a barrier preventing your blind pooch from running into potentially dangerous items.  Wearing the halo can actually re-build the dog’s confidence and help him/her live a happier life.  To learn more about Muffin’s Halo, visit http://www.muffinshalo.com.

7. Purchase a set of pet stairs.  We actually bought a set for our oldest dog, Theo.  He has lost sight in one eye, making jumping onto the couch nearly impossible.  Oddly enough, the first dog to use the pet stairs was Hope!  The stairs are also helpful for Penny.  While she can easily jump onto and off of the furniture, using the pet stairs is easier on her joints.

8.  Consider purchasing custom collars and leashes that easily denote your dog’s condition.  We purchased a leash for Hope that says BLIND DOG.  This alerts others who may want to approach your pet that they should do so with caution.  The leashes come in a variety of colors that also denote if your dog is approachable, shy, etc.  Our leash has proved very useful at the numerous pet events that we attend.  Children usually run up and try to pet our dogs without asking.  When their parents see the leash, they take notice.  We are then able to have the children calmly approach Hope and give her the attention that she craves.

9.  Invest in a Cuddle Cave.  My husband and I discovered the Cuddle Cave at a local pet expo.  The vendor made items specifically for Dachshunds.  She claimed that all doxies love the Cuddle Cave.  I was skeptical, but thought it would be worth a try if it made Hope more comfortable.  She absolutely LOVES her Cuddle Cave!  In fact, she begs to be placed inside.  The Cuddle Cave actually looks like a bag.  The dog enters the cave and then hunkers down, surrounded by the soft, comfy interior.  We have found that the cave provides security for Hope.  She feels safe and protected from our other dogs.  This could be the reason why she always falls asleep in the cave.  Larger versions are available at your local Petsmart, Petco, etc.  You can also search Etsy for more customizable options.

10.  My final tip is to treat your differntly-abled pet like a “normal” pet!  We thought that each of our special fur babies would need extra care and accommodations.  We were wrong!  Penny does not need to be picked up and placed onto the furniture.  She can jump on and off by herself.  Hope does not need to be carried in her special weenie pouch every day.  She wants to explore the world through her own four paws (with a little help from her snout).  Remember, differently-abled does not mean disabled.

I hope that you have found these tips to be helpful.  If you have any additional questions about differently-abled animals, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Send your questions to: theuerkaufstails@gmail.com or simply comment on this post.  Different is Beautiful!

BarkWorld Expo 2016

My suitcase had been packed for two weeks.  I meticulously planned each outfit down to what jewelry I would be wearing.  Now the day that I had circled on my calendar had finally arrived.

As we began our eight hour car drive to Atlanta, Georgia, I started to imagine what BarkWorld would be like.  Would there be dogs as far as the eye can see?  Would I actually be able to hobnob with celebrities?

 We checked into our hotel and decided to grab some lunch.  Afterwords, we headed to the Loews Hotel to get registered for BarkWorld.  We received our badges and an epic swag bag.

My official BarkWorld badge!
Check out all of the amazing items in our swag bags!
The first event to be held was Bark in the City.  We were able to dine out on the terrace of the Loews Hotel with other expansion pass holders and their pooches.
 
 
 
I was so excited to see my favorite blogging dog, Preston!
I melted when I met Max!  Look at that underbite!

Meet Echo!  This adorable husky was a perfect gentleman.
Mango is a certified therapy dog with TDI!

On Thursday, we started bright and early with a tour of the CNN building.  Having majored in Mass Communications-Journalism, I loved every minute!

 Live from CNN, it’s Lauren!

This is an actual set from inside a studio at CNN.

After lunch, we headed back to the Loews Hotel for BarkBites, a speed-dating session for brands and influencers.  It was fast-paced, but we met some amazing people and learned about some truly philanthropic companies.  Shorty Rossi then took the stage with his amazing Pitbull, Francis!
 Shorty and Francis were awesome!
Bark’s Nite Out was a fun dining event where we got to meet even more fabulous pet influencers and, of course, more dogs!
 Cocoa the Chihuahua could not be any more adorable in that tutu!

 This pooch was rescued from Sochi!  He has an issue with one of his back legs, but you would never know it!

 It’s Instagram sensation Leona the Lion!

 Check out Louie rocking that sweater!

I always love meeting wheelchair doxies!
Friday was a marathon of keynote speakers.  It was exhausting, but I learned so much!
I was beyond honored to do a book swap with Seth Casteel!
Forget posing with cats!  Travis DesLauier posed with a copy of Priceless Penny!
Aly from Why Does My Dog is a fantastic speaker and an awesome person!
Meeting Deirdre from Pinups for Pitbulls was amazing!  Her passion for Pitbulls is contagious and she is an amazing speaker!
We then took a break to support Tomlyn Products.  They are going to send a case of their product to dogs serving in the armed forces for every photo they are tagged in.
After dinner, we were treated to a private screening of the ASPCA’s Second Chance Dogs!  I only cried at the end.

On Saturday, we listened to more fabulous keynote speakers.  They were hilarious as well as informative.

I was beyond excited to meet Brian Fanzo!  He even flashed the signature peace sign in honor of Priceless Penny!
Meeting Nala cat’s parents was amazing!
I loved listening to presenters Bryan Kramer and Daniel Lemin.
Hamming it up with Shorty and Francis.
I am proud to be a Rescue Hero and support Halo Pets!
April and Binky are from Happy Tabby Cat Cafe right in Atlanta!
 
I was sad to see the conference end.  I was blessed to make so many new friends who also have a passion for rescuing animals.  All of the celebrities that I met were so friendly and down to earth.  We will definitely be back next year!
This is exactly how I felt at the end of BarkWorld!

 

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BarkWorld Expo 2016

My suitcase had been packed for two weeks.  I meticulously planned each outfit down to what jewelry I would be wearing.  Now the day that I had circled on my calendar had finally arrived.

 

As we began our eight hour car drive to Atlanta, Georgia, I started to imagine what BarkWorld would be like.  Would there be dogs as far as the eye can see?  Would I actually be able to hobnob with celebrities?

 

We checked into our hotel and decided to grab some lunch.  Afterwords, we headed to the Loews Hotel to get registered for BarkWorld.  We received our badges and an epic swag bag.

My official BarkWorld badge!

Check out all of the amazing items in our swag bags!
The first event to be held was Bark in the City.  We were able to dine out on the terrace of the Loews Hotel with other expansion pass holders and their pooches.

I was so excited to see my favorite blogging dog, Preston!

I melted when I met Max!  Look at that underbite!

 

Meet Echo!  This adorable husky was a perfect gentleman.

Mango is a certified therapy dog with TDI!

On Thursday, we started bright and early with a tour of the CNN building.  Having majored in Mass Communications-Journalism, I loved every minute!

 

 Live from CNN, it’s Lauren!

 

 

This is an actual set from inside a studio at CNN.

 
After lunch, we headed back to the Loews Hotel for BarkBites, a speed-dating session for brands and influencers.  It was fast-paced, but we met some amazing people and learned about some truly philanthropic companies.  Shorty Rossi then took the stage with his amazing Pitbull, Francis!

 

 Shorty and Francis were awesome!

 

Bark’s Nite Out was a fun dining event where we got to meet even more fabulous pet influencers and, of course, more dogs!

 Cocoa the Chihuahua could not be any more adorable in that tutu!

 

 This pooch was rescued from Sochi!  He has an issue with one of his back legs, but you would never know it!

 

 

 It’s Instagram sensation Leona the Lion!

 

 Check out Louie rocking that sweater!

 

I always love meeting wheelchair doxies!

Friday was a marathon of keynote speakers.  It was exhausting, but I learned so much!

I was beyond honored to do a book swap with Seth Casteel!

Forget posing with cats!  Travis DesLauier posed with a copy of Priceless Penny!

Aly from Why Does My Dog is a fantastic speaker and an awesome person!

Meeting Deirdre from Pinups for Pitbulls was amazing!  Her passion for Pitbulls is contagious and she is an amazing speaker!

We then took a break to support Tomlyn Products.  They are going to send a case of their product to dogs serving in the armed forces for every photo they are tagged in.
After dinner, we were treated to a private screening of the ASPCA’s Second Chance Dogs!  I only cried at the end.

On Saturday, we listened to more fabulous keynote speakers.  They were hilarious as well as informative.

I was beyond excited to meet Brian Fanzo!  He even flashed the signature peace sign in honor of Priceless Penny!

Meeting Nala cat’s parents was amazing!

I loved listening to presenters Bryan Kramer and Daniel Lemin.

Hamming it up with Shorty and Francis.

I am proud to be a Rescue Hero and support Halo Pets!

April and Binky are from Happy Tabby Cat Cafe right in Atlanta!
I was sad to see the conference end.  I was blessed to make so many new friends who also have a passion for rescuing animals.  All of the celebrities that I met were so friendly and down to earth.  We will definitely be back next year!

This is exactly how I felt at the end of BarkWorld!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Priceless Penny Book Signing

Penny and I were honored to attend a book signing event for Priceless Penny hosted by the fabulous staff at The Bookworm book store in Carbondale, Illinois!  It may have been raining that day, but nothing could keep true Penny fans away!  Check out photos from the event below.

 Check out the awesome sign on the door of The Bookworm!

Penny took some time to relax after pawtographing.

Penny and I were so excited to be at The Bookworm!
 

 Penny and I love meeting our readers!

Signing books is so much fun!

 Penny even made friends with the store cat, Casper!
It was love at first sniff!
 

We loved the fantastic table sign that the staff at The Bookworm made for us!

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Priceless Penny Book Signing

Penny and I were honored to attend a book signing event for Priceless Penny hosted by the fabulous staff at The Bookworm book store in Carbondale, Illinois!  It may have been raining that day, but nothing could keep true Penny fans away!  Check out photos from the event below.

 

 

 Check out the awesome sign on the door of The Bookworm!

 

 

Penny took some time to relax after pawtographing.

 

 

Penny and I were so excited to be at The Bookworm!

 

 

 Penny and I love meeting our readers!

 

Signing books is so much fun!

 

 Penny even made friends with the store cat, Casper!

 Penny Meets Casper

It was love at first sniff!

 

We loved the fantastic table sign that the staff at The Bookworm made for us!

Priceless Penny

I am so honored to have Penny’s book featured on Wooftastic Books!

WoofTasticBooks - A showcase for authors and books that feature dogs in an ethical way.

Author Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf

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Available from Amazon

Priceless Penny chronicles one dog’s amazing journey from lonely stray to pampered pooch. Penny was abandoned by her previous owners and left to roam the streets of California alone. Soon, she was taken to a local high kill shelter. Penny’s life was in great danger as her deformities made her undesirable in the eyes of would-be adopters. Will Penny find someone who loves her just the way that she is?

About The Author – Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf began writing at an early age. While in grade school, she was the recipient of two Young Author Awards (1994, 1997). In high school, she became the only freshman member of the yearbook staff where she took her own photographs and wrote stories about the happenings at Freeburg High.

She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications-Print Journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville…

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