Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Hollywood Hounds and the Celebs that Love Them!

Hey, it's tough being a celebipup. Alright, so maybe all the pampering and gourmet and designer goodies wouldn't be so bad but all the puparratzi would sure drive me up the wall.

I always love a little sneak peek into the celeb lifestyle and who knew, stars love pets too! Lucky for us, AOL Music put together a gallery of celebrities and their dogs. Check it out and see what you and your pup might have in common with Ashley Simpson and her American Bulldog or Nicole Richie and her Pomeranian.

Dream big pups, you never know when you might be the next Hollywood Hound!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Valentine's Day - Doggie Style

Valentine's Day is 3 days away!

Us here at Polka Dot Pup have been gearing up for this love inspired holiday because whether single or taken, there is always a special someone to celebrate. Someone who is always there for you, gives you all the attention you desire and more and always brings you gifts such as a slobbery squeaky toy or tennis ball. If this sounds like your significant other than you might want to rethink that relationship....I'm taking about your favorite four legged friend, your constant canine company of course!

Whether you are the ultimate pet lover ready to deck your dog out on V-Day or you thought it might be fun to pick up a little something for your pet, I have put a list together of some of Polka Dot Pup's favorite Valentine's Day finds. From chocolate covered strawberry squeaky toys to pet friendly chocolates, there is a pup perfect Valentine's Day gift idea for everyone....

Valentine's Day - Doggie Style

With Love,

Polka Dot Pup

See more of my Valentine's Day - Doggie Style list at ThisNext.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


DIVINE CANINE: The Monks' Way to a Happy, Obedient Dog
Author: The Monks of New Skete

The Monks of New Skete are a rare breed when it comes to dog training. Based in Cambridge, New York, the monks from this Eastern Orthodox monastic community are known for their breeding of German Shepherds and are sought after for dog behavior dilemmas.

Divine Canine is their third book in a line of best sellers such as How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend and The Art of Raising a Puppy. I found the book to be a great hands on guide to tackling some common canine behavior issues. The reader gets to follow Brother Christopher through the training process of nine different dogs such as the bull-headed Bulldog Hugo or the dog with two faces, a Rottweiler mix named Boomer, all with diverse behavior problems. The imagery and stories within the pages of the book really allow you dive into the subject matter and get a first hand look into the Monks' training techniques.

I love the fact that this book is so easy to follow, each training session outlines the bio's for each dog, insight into their unruly behaviors and step-by-step descriptions on how they overcome their obstacles. Along with the training guidelines, the book offers amazing images, Q&A for commonly asked pet owner questions and quotes from the Monks themselves.

Polka Dot Pup recommends this book as a great guide for new pet owners or as a useful tool for someone who is looking to finesse or enforce the five essential obedience commands (sit, heel, stay, down and come) and enhance the bond between themselves and their pet.

To get more information on The Monks of New Skete and Divine Canine, go to You can also catch the Monks in action in their new series Divine Canine: With the Monks of New Skete, premiering on Animal Planet on April 18th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Written by Becca Plummer/Polka Dot Pup

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Milk-Bone is Turning 100!

Is your pup a Milk-boneaholic? Well it's time to celebrate 100 years (that would be 700 in doggie years, bow-wow!) of these pupalicious treats.

To bring in the big 1-0-0, Del Monte Pet Products is giving dogs across the country the chance to win a $100,000 contract to serve as the first-ever Milk-Bone 100th Anniversary SpokesDog, plus a digital camera. I don't know about you but I know a certain dog who could buy a lot of bones with that prize money.

All you have to do is visit the brands website,, and submit an image or video of your favorite moment with your pet. You have until September 18, 2008 to submit your entries so go out there and create great pup and parent moments you will treasure forever!

If you think the celebration stops there, check out some of the other amazing activities Milk-Bone will be a part of this year -

· Milk-Bone® Gives Back to its Canine Heroes: Milk-Bone® is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a special donation through the Milk-Bone® Canine Heroesprogram, a longstanding, national outreach program that provides canine assistance service dogs to individuals with physical disabilities, as well as police dogs for law enforcement organizations. This year Milk-Bone® will make a donation of $1 million to provide more than 100 dogs to the Milk-Bone® Canine Heroes program, as well as a significant donation of Milk-Bone® product to canine assistance programs across the country.

· Milk-Bone® Hosts a 100th Anniversary Celebration in the Big Apple: The Milk-Bone® brand is conducting a paw-ful of activities including a star-studded anniversary celebration event to be held in New York City, the birthplace of Milk-Bone®, later this year.

· Milk-Bone® Hits the Road to Celebrate with its Four-Legged Friends: Kicking-off this spring, the Make A Milk-Bone Moment™ contest mobile tour will be stopping in 14 cities, nationwide, to bring the 100th Anniversary celebration to the brand’s four-legged fans. In addition to giving four-legged friends and pet parents an unforgettable opportunity to interact, play and create new Milk-Bone Moments™, as well as enjoy free product samples, the tour will give pet parents and their dogs an opportunity to enter the Make A Milk-Bone Moment™ Contest.

To enter the
Make a Milk-Bone Moment contest or to get more info on Milk-Bones (their history and how they can keep the veterinarian away), go to

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