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Issue #9: Welcome to the Wonder Year: Puppies, Kittens - And Moore  JANUARY 2010
 
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Fleet-footed Feline Quiz Winner
So, just how fast do cats run? Sure, a cheetah can race 70 miles per hour, but Mark Hills of Ventnor, New Jersey was the first to correctly email that indoor cats are capable of hitting speeds up to 30 miles per hour. Mark won an autographed copy of Arden's book, Happy Cat, Happy You. Congrats, Mark!
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Arden Talks Pets With Steve "The Woz" Wozniak
Yes, we're talking about Steve "The Woz" Wozniak, creator of the Apple computer, former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant and lifelong advocate for dogs and cats. The ever-inventive, always-creative Steve shares life inside the Land of Woz with Arden on her Oh Behave Show on Pet Life Radio (episode #95). Tune in to this episode by clicking here and visiting Steve's official website at www.woz.org.

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 Treats! No Tricks
Treat your gotta-chew canine to Pork Chomps, bone-shaped treats made of natural, baked pork skin that come in bacon, peanut butter and pepperoni flavors. How? Just be the first to email Arden with the words, Pork Chomps in the subject header. Grrr-eat news: Pork chomps won't stain carpet or furniture. Learn more by visiting www.scottpet.com.

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Sign of the Times - Woof!
The fine folks at The Original Property Postings are offering stylish canine signs you can post on your home fences or gates that are elegant and durable. We are happy to give away two free "Dogs in Yard" signs to the first two who email Arden and put in the subject header: Dog Signs. These signs are handy to have to alert visitors to your property that a canine or two lives here. Learn more by visiting www.doginyard.com.

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Arden Speaks!
Arden will be a featured speaker at the annual National Association of Professional Pet Sitters in Orlando on Jan. 23. Her topic: "How to Host a Dog Party and Sneak in Good Doggy Manners." Learn more by visiting www.petsitters.org.

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Then Arden dashes back to San Diego to present two talks at the annual Pet Sitters International conference on Feb. 5. Please visit www.petsit.com. Arden does a play bow of gratitude to professional pet sitters for bringing out the best in our most priceless asset - our pets!

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Donating Across the Border
Arden thanks all the wonderful sponsors of the December Gift Guide. She happily donated many pet products, ranging from beds and dog treats to cat toys and more to Friends of the Humane Society de Tijuana. This group improves conditions for animals living in the Mexican and U.S. communities that border Tijuana. Volunteer Alana Foxworthy, of Carlsbad, California accepted donations from Arden and her dogs, Cleo and Chipper. Learn more by visiting www.friendsofhstj.org.

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Welcome to the Wonder Year:
Puppies, Kittens - and Moore

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I often refer to the first year in the life of a puppy or kitten as the "Wonder Year." The antics and actions displayed by these fast-growing pets can often make you wonder about your sanity - and patience level.

Whether you adopt a puppy, kitten or adult dog or cat from a shelter or rescue group, be selective because most pets live 12 to 20 years. During that span, you may switch jobs, zip codes, partners and definitely 2 or 3 cars.

Victoria Stilwell, host of the popular "It's Me or the Dog" show on Animal Planet offers some savvy advice on addressing mutt mayhem. Just tune in to Arden's Oh Behave! show on Pet Life Radio (Episode #96). In addition, sniff out her website: www.victoriastilwell.com. To you loyal subscribers, she is offering an autographed copy of her book, It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet, to the first person to email Arden with the CODE WORDS: Wonder Year.

Calling all Twilight Saga fans! Rachelle LaFevre, who plays the evil vampire, Victoria in the New Moon movie, is starring in a new role as spokesperson for the Best Friends Animal Society's Puppies Aren't Products campaign. She advocates adopting puppies from shelters, not buying them from pet stores. Heed her motto: "Adopt, don't shop."

Learn more by watching this short video on YouTube.

Tune in to Rachelle's guest appearance on Arden's Oh Behave show  - Episode #93.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT:
Ada Nieves - Doggy Fashion
Diva - Delight!

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Each newsletter, Arden shines the spotlight on a "top dog" or "cool cat" in the pet world. This month, we salute pet guru Ada Nieves of New York City, who puts the "F" in fun, food and fashion for dogs, large and small everywhere. She is your go-to gal for dog paw-ties and Fido fashion designs.

In step with Jan. 14 designated as National Dress Up Your Pet Day, Ada unleashes these fashion success secrets to:

  • Select colors of outfits that bring out the best in your dog's coat. Black dogs look best in yellows and minty greens. Light-colored dogs look bo-WOW in bright reds, blues and pinks. Tri-colored dogs look grrr-eat in turquoise or red.

  • Heap on praise when trying on outfits on your dog. Accept some dogs prefer to go au natural to sporting the latest fashion trend.

  • Select quality fabrics that are soft, won't fade and allow dogs to move easily.

Got a little dog who loves to strut his (or her) stuff? Ada is giving away one of her custom canine outfits. Win it by being the first to email Arden with the CODE WORDS: Fido Fashion at arden@ardenmoore.com.

Ada recently co-founded a new business called My Dog Walks that offers private on-leash walks for dogs in Manhattan and Northern New Jersey. A portion of the fees are donated to animal shelters and rescue groups. If you live in that area, win a free walk by emailing the phrase "My Dog Walks" to Arden.

Learn more about Ada by visiting her website (be sure to click on her doggy fashion videos): www.adanieves.com

Check out her Vida Doggie show on Pet Life Radio!

Meet Zeki - A Spunky Survivor!
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It's been 10 long years since I've adopted a young cat, but Zeki is worth the wait. A Turkish Van mix, she is -- at best guess -- 14 months, but has already survived being a stray on the Dallas streets, being skinned and contending with a corneal ulcer.

My adoption was arranged through my friend, Dusty Rainbolt, who has fostered felines for 20 years. It was an ideal adoption because Dusty knows the temperaments of my dogs, Chipper and Cleo and my cat, Murphy and she lives near my sister, Deb in Texas where I spent the Christmas holidays.

Prior to my adoption through Animal Allies of Texas, Zeki was made famous as sweet kitten named Edwina who survived being skinned with a hunter's knife that left a 3-inch gash on her back. A senior named Edwina covered much of her medical costs and the ASPCA posted a $5,000 reward to capture the attacker.

I renamed her Zeki because it stands for "clever and courageous" in Turkish - two traits she aptly displays. Zeki is conquering her medical challenges and unleashing purrs and affection to everyone she meets. 

To demonstrate how far she has come, here are two links.

  • The first aired on CBS-TV after her attack.
  • One day after Zeki flew home with me, she made headlines in my local newspaper, the North County Times.
'MEW'SINGS & MUTTISMSĀ©
It's a myth that dogs are color blind. They simply politely look the other way when we wear colored shirts and pants that clash.

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Cats use a special sound embedded in their purr to persuade us to feed them, according to a new study published in Current Biology. What's next? A feline hypnotist?

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Dogs are far more nimble and fast that we are. That explains why they can deftly dodge poop "landmines" during backyard romps. Our shoes? Alas, not so lucky.

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The Pet Protector Tag works with your pet's microchip to provide the best protection. Think of how seatbelts and airbags work together to keep you safe in your car.  The tag, like the seatbelt, is the first line of defense.  The microchip is there as a back-up.

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