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Dane County K9 Unit "Scoopie Night" rescheduled to March 1, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Comments

Help Support the Dane County Sheriff’s K9 Unit!

What: Scoopie Night

When: March 1, 2011, 4:30-8:30pm

Where: Culver’s, 4910 Hwy V – DeForest, WI

10% of sales will be donated to Dane County K9, Inc. which is a non-profit group who raises funds to support the Dane County K9 Unit. Funds are used to purchase dogs, equipment and training.

Come and meet the K9 Teams and browse their selection of DCKI apparel.

Review and BONUS GIVEAWAY: Crater Dot modern cat lounge

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Comments

We’ve all seen the average cat bed. Heck, you may even have a few hanging around your house. Most have a tacky print bearing a strange resemblance to your great-grandmother’s “davenport”, or flaunt kitschy pawprints or zebra stripes. This would not fly in our house. We prefer a minimalist d├ęcor, and that includes the places our cats eat, sleep, and lounge. Enter: the Crater Dot!

The Crater Dot is a fashionable lounge where kitties can nap, snooze or hang out. The manufacturer states: “The polyester plush dot center provides an easy to clean and comfy spot to relax. The foam lounge base is polyester fabric over a moulded foam form that is contoured to provide just the right padding for your pet.” I was skeptical at first from the photos just how “plush” this bed was going to be, but the center is surprisingly dense and soft. It reminds me of a memory foam pillow, one that will gracefully hug your kitty’s adorable, rounded, sleeping form.

Gabe enjoying the Mossy Green Crater Dot
The Mad About Pets testing cats were immediately enthralled with the Crater Dot. They each patiently took a turn trying it out, and eventually Gabe was kind enough to pose for a photograph. As you can see, the Crater Dot is a great solution to de-fuzz your cat’s favorite couch spot. I just toss the Crater Dot up on the sofa seat and the cats seem to gravitate to it, rather than smooshing down the backs of the couch cushions and using them as a lounge like they normally do. It also has a nice hanging hook for easy storage, such as when guests come over. The Crater Dot is so stylish, however, you won’t feel obligated to hide it away like normal pet beds.

The bottom of the Crater Dot also features a pocket to place the optional warming pad (sold separately.) This is a great option for those who might turn the heat down while they’re away at work but worry about the kitties catching a chill, or to soothe the joints of arthritic cats. But really, do cats NEED a reason to find a warm place to curl up?

The Crater Dot comes in five lovely colors (Blossom Pink, Mossy Green, Lunar Grey, Orange Dream and Lavendar Field) which contrast nicely with the black base.

Now that you’re officially in love with the Crater Dot, here’s how you can get one for FREE!

Mad About Pets is giving away 1 Crater Dot pet lounge (a $69.00 retail value!) to a lucky reader. Here's how to snag a free Crater Dot for your kitty:

To enter the giveaway:

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post telling me which of the five Crater Dot colors you like best. Make sure to leave me a way to contact you, whether it be Twitter, email, etc. so I can notify you if you win!
Win a Crater Dot! (Gorgeous Bengal not included)

Want some extra entries? Here's how:

5 extra entries:

*Blog about this contest with a link to this post (leave me a comment with the link)

1 extra entry:
*Tweet a link to this giveaway @MadAboutPets
*Follow me on Twitter
*Subscribe to my feed
*Post a link to Mad About Pets on your blog or site

Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry to state you have completed the requirement. I highly suggest that you leave your email address (use "name [at] domain dot com" format to avoid spambots)  in your comment(s) so that I am able to contact you ASAP if you're a winner. If I cannot contact the winners within 3 days, I will have to draw a new winner.

Entry deadline is February 23, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time. This giveaway is open to United States residents only.

Good luck!

GUEST POST: Top 5 Reasons to Feed Your Dog Organic Dog Food

Friday, February 4, 2011 Comments

By: Sujan

Feeding natural organic pet food to your dog can create a more expensive food bill than feeding your dog a store brand. However, the extra expense is worthwhile when you consider the many benefits that your dog will receive. Organic pet food is often far superior in terms of nutrition and food content when compared with non-organic pet foods. You will quickly find that the health benefits that your pet will receive far outweigh the costs involved. Here, we review the top 5 benefits of feeding natural organic pet food to your dog.

1. Less Allergies and Skin Ailments
Pets that have sensitive skin or food allergies usually do very well when placed on organic food. This could be due to the lack of preservatives and artificial ingredients in the food. These extra ingredients may have contributed to the skin problems or food allergies that your pet suffered from in the past. Without them, your dog's body will be allowed to heal naturally.

2. Healthy Weight Maintenance

Organic pet food doesn't contain any fillers, additives or artificial ingredients. It is pure food with a high nutritional content. Because the nutrients are concentrated, your dog will consume less food and eat only what they need to stay healthy and satiated. Eating only what is required will help ensure that your dog is able to maintain a healthy weight easily and will help reduce the risk of obesity.

3. Better Overall Health Condition

When your pet consumes high quality organic food, only valuable nutrition is absorbed into the animal's body. High quality organic food contains natural vitamins and minerals to help improve your pet's health and boost their immunity. Better overall health and an excellent immune system can help protect your dog against future illnesses.

4. Higher Energy Levels

The canine body needs the best fuel possible to be able to operate and function in top condition. If your dog is fed a low quality brand of food, the body will have to digest useless bulk before it can draw useful energy from the food. With organic dog food, the excess bulk is eliminated and the dog only eats valuable nutrients. It's almost like fueling a vehicle with premium gasoline and enjoying the resulting better performance.

5. Longer Longevity
Our dogs are our companions for a very limited period of time. Making sure that your dog eats healthy by providing the best quality organic food possible will not only improve your dog's overall health condition, but it can help your dog live longer. Feeding nutrient rich pet food in order to increase your dog's longevity will help make sure that your four legged friend is around to enjoy for as long as possible.

With all of the health benefits or organic dog food, it seems odd to feed your dog anything else. There are several types of natural organic pet food available in pet food stores or your veterinarian's office. If your pet does not like the first brand that you bring home, you should try experimenting with a different brand until you find one that your pet truly enjoys. Ensuring that your pet eats a healthy, balanced diet is your responsibility as a pet owner. Finding a high quality food that your dog loves makes your job all the more enjoyable.

Sujan has been blogging about health care and personal finance for 3 years.  He also contributes to various blogs that deal with where to find savings online and online insurance quotes. 

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