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D o g Recycling Dog Doo? The Pig Saves You Big on Pet Purchases B i t e s Having a pet can cost more than $1,000 in the first year of ownership, and well over $500 each additional year.* We all love our pets and want the best for them, but why not get the best value when making pet purchases? One way to decrease pet expenses is through shopping at the newly-launched an online e-retailer network that offers coupons and cash-back rewards. With access to pet shops like PetSmart and 1-800 Pet-Meds, pet owners can purchase animal toys, food, and medicine while earning anywhere from 2-6 percent cash back. Through’s Refer-A-Friend program, you can receive an additional $5 by referring other animal lovers to the site. And once a minimum of $10 accumulates in the “Piggy Bank,” users are able to cash out and receive their “treats.” USB Dodobongo All you have to do is plug in USB Dodobongo to your PC. When someone gets near him, he will bark, run or move his head. Let him be your PC’s watchdog! Winter Care Tips for All Dogs Watch out for frost bite. Signs include: • Pale gray skin • Skin is completely cold and hard to the touch • Tissue looks red upon thawing • Tissue begins to turn black a few days later If a dog becomes excessively cold, warm him up gently; over heating a chilled dog can be equally problematic. Older dogs, young puppies and sick dogs will succumb even quicker to winter’s cold blast, so keep an even closer eye on these pets. Picking up after your dog is great, but dumping that dog doo into a landfill isn’t. Artist Matthew Mazzotta has designed a digester that would turn it into methane gas that would be used to power park street lights. Dog owners use the supplied biodegradable bags, drop it into a large airtight tank, and give the wheel a turn to stir the contents. Microorganisms breakdown the feces and produce the methane gas, which is burned off through a valve on the lamp. DOG PARK WISDOM - ~By Author Lisa Wogan Four-pawed pals are excellent judges of character, even when we aren’t. “Dogs can be very helpful in separating the wheat from the chaff,” Seattle dating maven Diane Mapes says. When she heard author and creepy person-expert Ann Rule speak, Rule gave the women in the audience this advice: “If you’re going out with somebody, don’t introduce them to your friends or your family, introduce them to your dog.” When Rule worked at a crisis center with serial killer Ted Bundy (before his brutal spree), he charmed everyone except Rule’s dog. She told the crowd that her pup growled, his hackles went up, and his ears went back everytime he saw Bundy. Workplace Petiquette Bringing your pet to work is increasingly seen as a win-win by businesses - a more pleasant work atmosphere for animal lovers and more productivity and (hopefully) more profits for management. Maybe that’s why 1 in 5 U.S. companies allow their employees to bring their pets to work , according to a new study by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association. 8 BellaDOG Magazine Dogs make terrific therapists. If your dog consistently responds to basic commands, enjoys new situations, and lights up around strangers, animal-assisted therapy can be a great way to do volunteer work while spending time with your dog. The NEW BLANKET ID Pet Tag Four steps to get your lost pet home faster: Here’s a simple way to ensure that your pet can be reunited with you as soon as possible. 1. Register your tag! Enter your unique blanketID number to activate your membership. 2. Enter your details! Create an online record of your contact details together with photos and details of your pet. You can change and update this information as often as you choose. 3. If your pet gets lost…Report your pet missing and automatically sends a broadcast email to local SPCA, animal hospitals, shelters, other local blanketID members. The email links to your online information so that everybody has 24/7 access to a full description and photos to help identify your lost pet. 4. If your pet is found…At any time of day or night, the finder simply needs to enter the blanketID tag number at to gain immediate access to all of the information they need to care for and safely return your pet. blanketID tags give your lost pet the best chance of being identified and reunited with you as fast as possible. Your blanketID tag is possibly the only tag you’ll ever need to buy – if you move or change your details, you can simply change them at You will never need to change your tag. $24.99 D o g Hungry for Book Reviews? You can count on us to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest dog stories available in print. Click on “Book Reviews” on the BellaDOG website. BellaDOG Magazine 9 B i t e s

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