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Build-A-Bear (NYSE: BBW), an interactive entertainment retailer of customized stuffed animals, has launched its newest product line —Promise Pets™ — the company’s most realistic pet plush collection to date. The Promise Pets line features a complementary mobile app families can download to bring the experience of pet care to life, teaching children about animal care through an interactive play experience.

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Breeds in the collection include the Golden Retriever, Beagle, Yorkshire Terrier and Persian Kitten. Build-A-Bear plans to introduce more breeds throughout the year.

“In line with our strategic product expansion initiative to create play beyond the plush, our Promise Pets interactive app provides a platform to teach children the importance of animal welfare and responsibility for their care,” said Gina Collins, chief marketing officer, Build-A-Bear. “Furthermore, our partnership with Petfinder is a testament to Build-A-Bear’s heritage of supporting animals in domestic pet adoption programs, and underlines our commitment to add a little more heart to life with unique philanthropic collaborations.”

Promise Pets Mobile App
The Promise Pets mobile app offers children a realistic pet play experience while teaching them about the responsibility of pet ownership. App users will start as ‘Pet Care Rookies’ and work their way up through five levels of certification to earn the ultimate ‘Pet Care Pro’ status. Through fun, engaging games, users will be able to collect Paw Points, earn certificates, and give their pet all the affection and care he or she deserves.

The Promise Pets app will deliver helpful guidance such as:

  • Feeding: Every pet has different feeding needs, but it is important with any pet to feed it on a schedule, use portion control, provide plenty of water, and provide snacks and treats. Remember, treats should only be used as rewards.
  • Potty Training: When it comes to potty training your pet, starting as soon as you bring your pet home will help ensure success. Always remember housetraining a dog, cat, or other pet requires a routine and lots of practice.
  • Vet Checkups: Taking your pet to routine vet checkups is important to help your vet keep a record of your pet’s normal health and behavior, and catch signs of illness as early as possible.
  • Exercise: Doing daily activities with your pets, such as walking or playing with toys that test their curiosity, can help maintain their physical and mental health.
  • Grooming: It’s important to keep your pet well-groomed, which for many animals involves regularly bathing, checking for fleas and brushing.

Users can download the Promise Pets app in the iTunes App Store or the Google Play Store.

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pupthat!, a photo and video sharing mobile application just for dogs, is now available in the iTunes Store and Google Play. This new social media mobile application allows users to create a profile for their dog, post photos and videos of their puppy, give dogs virtual bones, comment on photos and videos and form their own dog “pack” of followers. pupthat! was created by brother and sister duo Carlos and Erika Gutierrez, both who reside in Washington, DC.

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The application’s motto, “show off your pup”, reflects the initial inspiration behind pupthat! “As a dog owner, I am so excited to have an app that is dedicated only to dogs. Not only do I enjoy posting pictures of my miniature pinscher constantly to my social media channels, but I am also very entertained by photos and videos that other owners post of their own dogs,” says co-founder Erika Gutierrez. Co-founder Carlos Gutierrez stated, “As dog lovers we realized that an easy-to-use platform for puppy enthusiasts to exclusively share photos and videos of their pups didn’t exist. So we created pupthat!”

pupthat! was created to be a simple, user-friendly application that is inviting and appealing to its users. The photos and videos that receive the most virtual bones from other users will trend on the homepage, adding an exciting aspect to the application. Additionally, users will be able to follow other pups and stay up to date with the activities of their favorite puppies.

According to the Humane Society, in the U.S. alone there are 83 million pet dogs, with 47 percent of American households owning at least one dog. pupthat! seeks to become the mobile social networking home of dog owners not only in the United States but all over the world.

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From the Dumb Friends League (Denver, Colorado 80231)

Our four-legged friends need your help this holiday season. The Dumb Friends League is holding its annual Paws to Give fund drive in November and December to help care for more than 24,000 homeless pets this coming year.

“We need your help now more than ever,” said Bob Rohde, Dumb Friends League president and CEO. “Any amount you can give—whether it’s $10, $25, $50 or more—is much appreciated and can make a big difference for the pets and people in our community.”

Financial contributions can be made online on the Dumb Friends League web site or by mailing a check to Dumb Friends League Paws to Give, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231.

In addition to making a financial donation, you can also help homeless pets by doing your holiday shopping at the Dumb Friends League:

  • Sit… Stay… Shop. Visit the Sit… Stay… Shop at both shelters for gourmet pet treats, food and supplies such as pet beds, toys, collars and leashes.
  • 2012 pet calendars. Purchase a full-color 2012 Dumb Friends League pet-photo calendar for $15. Print an order form from the Dumb Friends League web site and mail it to the Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231, or fax it to (303) 696-0063. These calendars are also available for purchase at the shelters’ Sit… Stay… Shops.
  • Holiday cards. Mail holiday cards to the pet lovers in your life (10 cards and envelopes for $15). Print an order form from the Dumb Friends League web site and mail it to the Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231, or fax it to (303) 696-0063. These cards are also available for purchase at the shelters’ Sit… Stay… Shop.
  • Gift cards. Purchase a Dumb Friends League gift card for the pet lovers in your life. The gift card may be used toward an adoption fee or items at either Sit… Stay… Shop.
  • Online Shop. Visit the online shop on the Dumb Friends League web site where you will find a variety of shirts, hats, coffee mugs, tote bags and other items.

The funds raised will help the Dumb Friends League care for thousands of needy cats, dogs and other small pets. The private, nonprofit organization spends approximately $300 for each homeless pet, including shelter, food and medical care. Last year 19,535 pets were adopted to new homes or returned to their owners by Dumb Friends League. In addition to adopting homeless pets, the League offers other services, including lost and found, humane education, behavior training, animal cruelty investigations and donor-subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for pets in underserved areas.

For more information on the Dumb Friends League and how you can help, visit the Paws to Give web page or call (303) 751-5772.

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Purchase 5 or more lights and receive a hand-painted pet-themed glass ornament with gift box.

The lights will illuminate the outdoor trees at The Society For The Improvement Of Conditions For Stray Animals (Kettering, Ohio 45419) from December 4, 2011 – January 5, 2012.  Orders will be taken until Dec 31. View honorees online after event.

Order form to mail.

Order Online: Please put Honoree’s name in the comment box.

Join SICSA for A Night to Remember Open House on Sunday, December 4 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm in the SICSA lobby. Open House Tree lighting, Pet blessing and refreshments. Pets are welcome.

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Each packet includes eight 5 x 7 notecards with a beautiful full-sized black and white image of a Providence Animal Rescue League (Providence, Rhode Island 02903) animal on the cover.

The back cover features a touching story about how each of them went from homeless to forever loved. The inside of the cards are blank and white envelopes are included.

At $10 per packet, they are the perfect gift for you or an animal-loving friend. Notecards can be purchased at PARL or at Dogs In Harmony.

Proceeds benefit current and future animals at PARL.

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Farm Sanctuary (Watkins Glen, New York 14891) has got so much new gear, there’s something for everyone! Show off your eco-savvy veg side this Earth Day in Farm Sanctuary’s new eco-friendly “Eat Grn” tees.

Grab one, or all, of the cool new products honoring Farm Sanctuary’s 25-year silver anniversary, or go totally retro in limited edition rainbow logo t-shirts. Whatever your fancy, Farm Sanctuary’s got you covered with all of these great items and so much more.

Shop at Farm Sanctuary

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With Vegan on the Cheap, you can enjoy delicious vegan meals every day of the week. Veteran food writer and vegan authority Robin Robertson provides 150 mouth-watering, exciting recipes that cost just 50 cents to $2 per serving-hefty savings to go with hearty vegan meals.

This book presents great options for savory soups and stews, satisfying salads, hearty noodle dishes, first-class casseroles, favorites for the slow cooker, and meatless and dairy-free recipes for classics like pizza, burgers, and sandwiches. Plus, there’s even a chapter for desserts to satisfy every sweet tooth. Throughout the book, smart tips and creative ideas help you save money by cooking in bulk, prepping meals in advance, and finding tasty ways to reuse leftovers.

Includes 150 money-saving recipes for delicious vegan meals like Walnut-Dusted Fettuccine with Caramelized Vegetables and Fresh Pear Galette Written by renowned vegan and vegetarian expert and food writer Robin Robertson, author of 1,000 Vegan Recipes Features cost-per-serving icons that highlight the cost of each affordable dish Packed with affordable recipes and money-saving tips, this is the ultimate resource for every vegan kitchen.

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From the RSPCA

Every pet is unique, so shouldn’t you have a unique pet app just for them?

Packed full of useful features, our outrageously cute My Pet app is an absolute must-have for pet owners.

Making the Most of Those Unforgettable Moments

Capture images of your pet’s zany antics forever in the app’s cool pet scrapbook. Add notes about your pet’s likes and dislikes, as well as all the quirky things they do that make you laugh.

Bring out your pet’s best features with a selection of funky backgrounds and frames, especially selected by us. Create a stunning slideshow of your pet and share your favorite pictures with your friends on Twitter and Facebook.

Taking the Worry Out of Caring for Your Pet

The RSPCA My Pet app is designed for your entertainment and enjoyment but download the app today and you will soon discover how truly useful it can be.

Never miss a thing. Just set a reminder in the Pet Diary and take some of the worry out of caring for your pet. Set reminders for key dates like annual checkups, vaccinations, worming and flea treatments, pet insurance renewals, and, most importantly, your pet’s birthday.

Get handy pet care facts and tips to help stay in touch with your pet’s needs and be confident that your pet cat, dog, rabbit, or guinea pig is always bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

Discover the latest news and views of the The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex, England), including updates on special appeals for animals in our care who are looking for new homes. Who knows, you may even find your next pet!

The My Pet app is currently only available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users.

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Give them the gift that’s as sweet as they are.

Barn Buddy sponsorships provide food, shelter, and care for the animals at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch (Union, Missouri). With so many Barn Buddies to choose from, they’ll be sure to fall in love!

To ensure your sweetheart receives his or her valentine by February 14, please call (314) 951-1519 by Tuesday, February 8.

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Animal Assisted Therapy Activities to Motivate and Inspire was written by Chicago area AAT pioneer, Nancy Lind, who spills 25 years worth of experience into an easy to read, user friendly, and ultimately practical book. Unlike any other AAT book that’s currently on the market, Lind focuses her reader’s attention on the actual activities that make up the practice of animal assisted therapy.

According to Dulcey Lima OTR/L, Orthotic Interventions, Animal Assisted Therapy Activities to Motivate and Inspire is an excellent resource for pet therapy teams, educators, and therapists. Professionals will benefit from the clearly outlined instructions, with educational and clinical application suggestions from Nancy Lind. The goal-directed, cross-referenced charts in the appendix provide practitioners with the perfect framework for matching a participant’s goals to a specific pet-activated task. This book eliminates the need to reinvent activities for each setting, and challenges professionals to improvise. Core activities, combined with the special attributes of the pet and human team members, create the perfect context for participants with physical, social and educational challenges to enhance skills and experience success.

A portion of all proceeds is donated to Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy, Inc., a 501(c)(3) AAT Group in the Chicago area.

The book is $19.95 USD plus shipping and handling; fundraising/volume pricing starts at $15.00/book (within the US).

Please visit the Animal Assisted Therapy Activities web site for more information about the book and ordering information. The book is also available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

 

 

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