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Blog created by Mary Morris (owner of two Frisbee-loving Australian Shepherds, Magic and Buddy). Author Lineup: Nicolette Blackwell (owner of one nap-loving Black Lab, Huckleberry), Cassie DeCesare (proud owner of Cody the Border Collie), Valerie Felski (owner of Colbie the Scoodle), Madison Whittington Baschoff (owner of Max the Corgi and Joe the heinz 57 pup), Taylor Thompson (proud owner of Teddy and Maggie, both Bichon Frise pups), Michael Madry (owner of Eli the Golden Retriever and Cali the Boxer/Black Lab Mix) and Casey Saladino (owner of Talli the black labrador & Marty the lab/daschund/terrier mix)!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Accessories Every Dog Needs and Wants for 2018

Keep your furry friend cool, relaxed, entertained and in sight this summer with these 
doggy must haves!!

Just like their owners every dog needs the latest on what is fun and exciting in the dog world. This summer set your dog up with some of the coolest dog friendly gadgets around. This will go as far and night time fun, cooling off, fun in the sun and a little doggy down time hiding spot.
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One of the coolest things around is a metal clip LED Glow in the Dog Collar from Pet Industries. This collar comes in sizes from XS-L and is ranging from 10 to 23.4 inches in width. Owners have said they love how bright the lights on the collar shine at night making it the perfect night time walking accessory. Other have also raved about how easy it makes finding your furry friend from a distance no matter how dark. This collar is also super beneficial for checking out the kids at night if they go out to play with their dog for some summer time fun!

This collar goes for about $18 dollars on Amazon and is a USB charge (just like your smart phone) that can last for up to 7 one hour walks a week (7 hours).

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Dogs deserve a place to call their own too right? If the kids get to hide away in their bedrooms why can't your furry kid too? This next product is the Suncast 350DH Dog House. This product is a great for indoor or out door use and is perfect for dogs up to 100 pounds! Made with super sturdy, weather resisting plastic it can hold up against all kinds of harsh weather conditions year round. This dog house also makes for a super easy clean up as well! Just hose it down whenever is necessary. It even snaps together for easy assemble and break down.

Owners love the Suncast 350DH Dog House for its easy assembly, durability and affordability. *TIP* to make this house extra special and comfy for your furry buddy since the house is made of plastic and is not insulated and any doggy rug or blanket for the extra cozy effect.

This dog house goes for about $70 dollars on Amazon.

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All of our furry buddies love to run around in the summer sun just as much as their owners do, but when it is time for some well need R&R their bodies need to be properly cooled off. Thats where the Dogbed4less Orthopedic Gel Infused memory foam Dog Bed comes in. This gel infused memory foam mattress come with a water proof liner and two washable covers that we all know any dog owner will appreciate. 

This foam mattress is hypoallergenic and alleviates pressure points for arthritic and again pups while reducing the over heating that occurs with some dog beds. This orthopedic bed comes in six sizes ranging from 35” x 20” to 55” x 47”, all roughly 4” thick. 

Owners are raving about the bed’s comfort, stating that it doesn't flatten over time which is hard to find in a dog bed really showing how high quality it is compared to other beds. 

This bed runs on Amazon for about $85 dollars. 

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Ever notice your pup might need a little extra kooling during the summer? Well luckily the Kool Collar can do just that! This collar uses self filled water, that is then turned into ice by freezing it over night to focus on the neck and shoulder area of your pup. Each refill provides up to two hours of cooling relief on those days where it will just make your furry friend a little more comfortable. Or if you notice over the summer months in general your dog gets over heated easily this is the perfect, safe and easy solution for them!  

Owners are saying it is  the perfect choice for medium and long-haired pups, as the cooling effect is strong enough to penetrate even thick fur.

This collar runs on Amazon for about $19 dollars. 

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CHUCK IT! Flying Squirrel Frisbee is going to be biggest hit with your dog and your family when it comes to special time outside with your furry friend this summer. Us as pet owners all know that one of the most important keys to a dogs health and happiness is exercise. Well this toy hits the mark on both of those. So many dogs were born to run so why not get them a toy that highlights that and everyone can enjoy it. Even the tiniest of pet owner can get involved and enjoy some quality time with their furry friends. 

This toy comes in small (9"), medium (10") and large (11") sizes, and reviewers say they’re strong enough to last through many aggressive games of fetches before you need to replace. Some owners have even mentioned that the flexible canvas material is gentle on dog teeth — which is great when dogs want to play for hours on end.

This frisbee is available on Amazon for about $11 dollars. 

By: Cecilia Cianci 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

BFF (Best Furry Friend)

It was just a typical June day for me. I was babysitting for my usual family, and taking their dog to be groomed. Last summer, I walked in the door of Doggie Style and laid eyes on the cutest dog I had ever seen, so naturally I had to go pet him. I began playing and interacting with this 40-pound, 10 month old boxer/hound mix and immediately fell in love. He was under-weight and needed someone to save him.

The way this whole thing played out seemed like fate. I was not even looking to get a dog, this just fell into my lap. I quickly texted my landlord and parents, hoping they would give me immediate approval on taking on the task of being a dog mom. Once I received their approval, I filled out an application, and went back later that day to take him home.

The first week of owning Rocco, I experienced a plethora of emotions. At first I was nervous, am I ready to take on the responsibility of owning a dog? At the time, I was just a 20 year-old, full-time college student. I have always considered myself an extreme dog lover, and aside from the inevitable cuteness, I don't think I knew exactly what I was getting myself in to.

As time passed, I realized that I was extremely lucky to find Rocco. He never went to the bathroom in the house, and there was no history of training since he was previously abused. He never chewed anything up. He had absolutely no behavioral problems. All he ever wants is absurd amounts of attention, and a full night sleep (he gets mad at me when my alarm goes off at 9 am for class). 

Rocco's favorite thing to do is go to the dog park and doggy day care. There is nothing he loves more than playing and interacting with other dogs. I have been looking for events in the Philadelphia area where he can play with other dogs. Because of this, I am looking forward to bringing him to the National Dog Show Charity Walk. You have to come out and meet Rocco, so I urge you to register for the walk at http://www.ndscharitywalk.eventbrite.com

It is mind-boggling to me that someone could have ever abused my dog when all he wants is to be loved. Adopting Rocco ended up being one of the best things that ever happened to me. While there have obviously been challenges along the way, I would not have traded any of these experiences for the world. He is my best friend, and favorite snuggle buddy, and I am hoping, if he could talk, that he would say the same about me. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bark First, Ask Questions Later

            Though my pup Marty can’t actually ask the questions later, he is always in to take advantage of the opportunities set in front of him. Whether it be springing outside for a game of catch, or jumping in the car for a quick ride to the grocery store – Marty is in. He is quick to get up and rise to the occasion, no matter if it is for a breath of fresh air, a snack, or just for company – he’s a rally-er.

            I think that this is one of many lessons that we learn from our dogs. Though this is not the classic loyalty story, companionship dog tale, or unconditional love lesson, our dogs teach us to live in the moment too. Their undeniable excitement and willingness to jump at every opportunity shows motivation that everyone should have in life, whether it’s applying for that job that you think you may not get, taking the spontaneous trip across the world, or going on that blind-date your roommate is setting up for you – go for it! These impulsive actions can lots of times turn into greater opportunities that may be life-changing.

            Marty is not worried about the past, and the future to him is unknown and not concerning. He is only focused on enjoying the present and grabbing the opportunities that are right in front of him. Barking first, and asking questions later.

            You can meet this very special pup of mine by checking out our National Dog Show social media posts as we promote the 2018 show coming up this fall.  The Kennel Club of Philadelphia shows are set for November 17th and 18th in Philly and the popular NBC special, The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, is set for Thanksgiving Day.

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Instagram: @NatlDogShow
Twitter: @TheNatlDogShow

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

My "Once in a Lifetime" Dog

Although I have always been a self-described “dog person,” most of my childhood was spent canine-less.

My family had a golden retriever, Gracie, who died of cancer when I was just three. Gracie had been my parents’ first baby, and it took them a long, long time to get over her. They always talked about how she was a “once in a lifetime” type of dog—that one amazing dog that sticks out among the others. My dad claimed that most dog owners are usually lucky enough to have just one of these dogs in their lifetime. Therefore, he argued, they are extremely difficult to replace. But twelve years after Gracie's death, and after years of my brothers and I badgering my parents, they finally said yes to us getting another dog. 

My mom contacted a golden retriever breeder who had just two puppies left from her latest litter—a boy and a girl. Having had such a good experience with Gracie, my mom was pretty sure she wanted the female. However, she wanted to go to the breeder and see both before we made the decision. Upon arriving at the breeder, we were shown into the room with the two puppies. The girl immediately ran over to us, jumping and yapping excitedly. The boy, on the other hand, calmly scooted his chubby body across the hardwood floor to greet us. At three months old, he had yet to grow into his paws, and he slid around the floor as if he was ice-skating.

We watched with amusement as the two puppies played with each other. There was a small end table with a flat shelf about two inches from the floor that the girl puppy kept easily jumping through. The boy, trying to keep up with his sister, attempted to hop up on the shelf. Unfortunately, his clumsiness prevented him from making the jump. He ended up sliding off the side of the table, landing back on the floor with a soft thud. I picked him up, and he snuggled into my arms. I was amazed at how calm he was, especially for a puppy. He happily licked my face, his tail wagging. I knew this chubby, clumsy little fur ball had to be mine. 

Today, Charlie is my best bud. At six years old, he is still hopelessly uncoordinated, but his sweet and mellow temperate have stuck with him, too. His constant excitement and unconditional love for my family make up for all those long years we spent without a dog. I finally understand what my dad meant—Charlie is my own “once in a lifetime” dog, and I couldn’t be luckier.

Anne Wilhelm, Villanova University 

Friday, February 16, 2018

My Checkered Flag Pups

Hey fellow pup lovers! Long time no post, but we are back! My name is Casey Saladino, and I have recently accepted an internship with Vizion Group PR working as the social media coordinator for the National Dog Show! (Check us out on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter)

I want to dedicate my first post to my two dogs (naturally). Talli, named after Talladega Speedway, is a 10-year-old soon to be 11-year-old cheerful black Labrador. We got Talli when I was just 10-years-old. He was the lankiest pup you had ever seen, and only wanted to play. At the time, we had another dog, Indy, named after the Indianapolis 500 (do you see the theme yet?). Indy was 6-years-old when we got Talli, and Indy was the most mellow lab you’d ever meet. He was the dog that even if you were not a dog person (I couldn’t even imagine) you liked. He was practically a pillow for my little sister and me, who loved his bed and to sleep the day away. You can imagine what Indy thought when we brought an energetic, sprightly Talli home for him to have as a little brother. But they eventually got along, with Talli following every step Indy took.

Unfortunately, Indy soon passed away due to a failed kidney, and we were devastated. Indy was my first dog, my snuggle buddy, number one fan who came to every track meet, soccer game and horse show. He always knew how to cheer you up when you were sad, and would be immediately be at your side at the first tear. Lucky for Talli, he got to learn a lot from Indy, and so did we.

A few years later, the summer of 2014, just after my high-school graduation, my mother, sister and I were at a week-long horse show in Saugerties, New York. The showgrounds mimicked a town in itself, full of cute little shops and stands, including an animal shelter that brought puppies and kittens who were up for adoption to visit. Naturally, my sister and I would visit each day, petting and hugging each pup there. That’s when we met Marty, a small 13 lb. black lab, dachshund mix puppy (so we were told… he would grow to be about 40-50 lbs.). Of course, my sister Kara documented the event, taking the cutest photos of herself and the puppy looking for a home. These photos were sent to my father at home in New Jersey with the message, “Can we get a puppy, Dad? Please?!”

After Indy’s passing, it was hard to picture another dog in the house with Talli. But to my surprise, my father responded with a, “Sure…” And so, we came home from Saugerties, picked up Talli and made our way back up to the Ulster County SPCA so Talli could meet Marty. Because of our love for the Labrador breed, we thought a 40-50 lbs. pup would be a nice complement to our 80 lbs. Talli. And they hit it off, and we took the little Marty, named after Martinsville Speedway to continue with the NASCAR theme (Dad is a huge fan), home to Gladstone, New Jersey.

And so, as I prepared to head off to college, Marty came home as my soon-to-be replacement! Now, Talli is the big brother, and Marty worships the ground he walks on. Marty, now 3-years-old, has grown to be a whole 25 lbs. They are the perfect pair, and have taught me so many things that I cannot wait to share with you all (stay tuned!).

In the meantime, checkout the National Dog Show social media as we look forward to this coming show hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, presented by Purina, taking place November 17th and 18th of 2018 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!
Casey Saladino
Villanova University, Class of 2018

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Perfect Dog

One of the highly anticipated events during National Dog Show Month in Philadelphia is the theatrical adaptation The Perfect Dog. The family-friendly show is based off of John O’Hurely’s children’s book of the same name. He was inspired to write the book after an interaction with his young son back stage at the National Dog Show, where he was asked, “Who is the best dog?” The short story has become a huge hit for families with young children. Many copies of the book have been donated to the Ronald McDonald House to provide comfort and guidance to sick children.

            John O’Hurley has been one of the faces of the National Dog Show since its debut in 2002. The dogs that he has met and interacted with have had a huge impact on his life. Through this story and theatrical performance, he hopes to spread some of the happiness that dogs have given him to other families. The show is a musical performance comprised of a cast of seven actors and actual dogs. Sam, the main character, searches for a “perfect” dog to place in a local dog show. The show follows Sam’s experience through the competition and his search for the “perfect” dog.

            The Perfect Dog will be shown on Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 12 at 3 p.m. at the Center Theater in Norristown, Pa. Any family looking for something to do over the weekend should definitely check out this adorable, quirky treat of a show. For additional information be sure to check out NationalDogShow.com or contact Steve Griffith at sgriffith@viziongroup.net

Marina Del Conte, West Chester University

Monday, October 24, 2016

My National Dog Show Charity Walk Experience

On Sunday, October 16th, I attended the first of many events during Philadelphia’s National Dog Show month, the annual National Dog Show Charity Walk. Having never attended anything like it before, I had no idea what to expect when I arrived. However, quickly upon my arrival, crowds of happy owners and excited dogs on leashes began to pour in. I was attending the event as a volunteer, working to help out wherever needed, but it was hard to concentrate when so many friendly animals kept walking up to me. It was hard to resist petting each and every dog, and I just wanted to give them all love and attention.

            After experiencing the event for the first time, I can say that I am so impressed and elated that something like this goes on in my own community, and I am so disappointed that I never knew about it before. The four hour event was all about celebrating the wonderful canines in our lives, and making sure that they know how much they are loved and appreciated. The morning was filled with a variety of fun activities from the walk, to an obstacle course, to doggie “voting” where they ate out of one of two bowls to vote for a certain presidential candidate, to a costume contest for Halloween. The fun-filled morning was all about giving back to local communities, with all proceeds benefitting the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and canine related charities. There were even dogs at the event that were up for adoption, which was a brilliant way to help them find a forever home. I had to hold myself back from taking home a dog of my own.

            I was proud to see that something like this goes on to spread positivity and love for the animals that do so much in our lives. There were members of the Therapy Dog Ambassador team in attendance and tons of other service dogs. Aladdin, who is a service dog who was called down to Orlando after the nightclub shooting, was one of the many dogs who were thanked for their hard work. As a passionate animal lover, it was heartwarming to see that so many other people love and appreciate dogs the way that I do. A dog is so much more than a pet, it is truly man’s best friend.

            Want to come out and show some love to the canines in our community? There are plenty more opportunities during the rest of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show Month. The next events coming up are the National Dog Show Press Preview on November 10 and a showing of the theatrical production The Perfect Dog on November 11. Finally, National Dog Show month will come to a close with the Gala on November 18 and, the main event, The National Dog Show on November 19-20. For more information regarding any of these events be sure to check out NationalDogShow.com. 

Marina Del Conte, West Chester University