5th Annual Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference

Mark your calendars for September 12, 2018!

Interested in growing your pet business?  Are you thinking about starting a business.  If you are interested in pet sitting, dog walking, training, grooming, or daycare, then join the 5th Annual Prosperous Pet Business Online Conference!  This year you will hear from the top speakers from the previous 4 years!

Check back with PetsitUSA for additional information in the following weeks.

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Festive Holiday Brownie Bites

Back in the the ’90s, my husband’s parents wrote a family cookbook that contained hundreds of recipes, one of which was titled Elizabeth King Brownies. These brownies are different than any I’ve ever had – they’re less chocolatey, a little denser, and the best brownies I’ve ever had, the end.

A few years ago, I changed up the recipe just slightly to create more of a brownie/cookie combo that could be cut with cookie cutters, and our family holiday brownie bites were born. We hope you love them as much as we do!  
Serves 8
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cocoa
4 eggs
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1-1/2 sticks melted butter
3-4 candy canes
powdered sugar (for top)

Preheat oven to 350. Use butter to grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Mix the sugar, cocoa, eggs, flour, and melted butter until well blended.

Pour batter into baking dish, then place in oven to bake for 35-40 minutes. While the brownies are baking, put unwrapped candy canes in a storage bag and use a small rolling pin to crush them. (You want them in very small pieces.)

Once brownies are done, removed from oven, sprinkle crushed candy canes on the top, and gently press. Allow to cool completely, then top with powdered sugar. Use a cookie cutter to cut out star shapes, and serve. Be sure to eat the outside that are left, obviously.

Enjoy! Happy holidays!


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WHAT: The American Kennel Club (AKC) is excited to announce that its popular special, AKC Heroes: 2021 Awards for Canine Excellence, is coming to ESPN2 tonight. The program will re-air multiple times on ESPN Networks (check local listings) and will be available for on-demand viewing on the ESPN App. The show will cover the stories … Continue reading TUNE IN TO ‘AKC HEROES: 2021 AWARDS FOR CANINE EXCELLENCE’ TONIGHT ON ESPN2

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The Bull(y) and Strong Dog: Staffordshire Terrier

The Staffordshire bulls are known for their great strength because of their sizes. Their variety is muscular and stocky but is also known for their agility. Surprisingly, this breed is one of the two breeds recognized by the UK Kennel Club as very suitable for children. Furthermore, their types ranked 5th when it comes to dog popularity in the UK, where the breed originated. Interestingly, Staffies are the only breed of dog that are “totally reliable” when it comes to standard of breed.

The following are some of the basic facts breeders would really love to know about Staffies:

Category: Terrier

Living Environment: either indoors or outdoors

Coat: smooth (or silky like most terriers), dense, and short

Colors: black, brindle, red, blue, fawn; or any of these colors mixed with white

Height: between 14 and 16 inches

Weight: between 24 and 38 pounds

Colors: brindle, blue, black, red, fawn, white; or any of these with white

Temperament: aggressive towards other animals but very friendly with children

Health Issues: heat stroke, cataracts, and breathing problems

Care and Exercise Tips:

•    Bathe when necessary.
•    Brush their coat only occasionally using a brush with firm bristles.
•    Rub down their coat with a chamois or towel to remove hairs that are loose.
•    Their physique requires a regular exercise routine which includes a daily play time while on a leash.
•    They should be on leash while walking in public places.


The Staffordshire bull terriers, also known as the Staffies, are known to have existed around the 17th century. Since dog fighting gained a surge of popularity over bull baiting, it became a must to develop a breed of dog that is agile, strong, and has a more punishing head than the Bulldog.

In this light, fighting Bulldogs of that time were crossed with some terrier blood. The hybrid was known as the Pit Dog or the Bull and Terrier. The new cross breed became well known for their tenacity and courage, and despite their reputation of being furious with other animals they were excellent companions especially with children.

The Staffie pit dog became a favorite of steelworkers and miners alike. The breed also provided chain makers of the “Black Country” with extra income when worked against ratters or badgers.

The enforcement of the Humane Act in 1835 completely prohibited sports like dog fighting and bull baiting. However, a group of men in the Staffordshire chose to maintain their breed of dogs by introducing them to the show business.

Through the years, the breeders themselves changed the name of the dog into Staffordshire bull terrier to differentiate its physique from the English bull terrier. However, the name of the dog was officially registered only in 1935 by the American Kennel Club.

In 1938, a couple of Staffies gained popularity as Champions at the Birmingham National. The popularity of Ch. Lady Eve and were Ch. Gentleman Jim reached many established countries including France, Australia, Germany, Spain, Holland and even the USA. Since then, Staffies became successful as show dogs and were very popular as compared to other terriers.

The Stafford bull terrier, yes, has become a popular pet while still retaining reputations gained through generations of fighting dogs bred for tenacity, courage, agility, and most importantly, its reliability and great affinity with people especially with children.

And today you can say that the bull is not so bully after all! In fact, the bull is totally reliable as children’s pets.
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Unfortunate Impressions on Bull Dog Terriers

People might be wondering why there is such a name as “bull dog”.

Originally, Great Britain and later, America were obsessed with bloody fights between bulls and dogs. The main function of the canine is to hang on to the bull’s neck and worry the poor animal until it dies. Obviously, these dogs had developed great strength in their jaws.

Among the popular choices of dogs for this sport were the pit bulls. Back then, the selection of pit bulls was so varied that many showed a variety of characteristics that made the sport highly interesting. Later in the life of the sport though, the center of attraction switched towards the fight between pit bulls and not against the bulls themselves.

From these canines rooted most of the bull dog terriers that we know of today.

One of the significant bull dog terriers we have is the American Staffordshire Terrier who is of great interest since it possesses intriguing seemingly opposing characters.

They project strength and physically power but they are not vicious. In fact, this dog is very much associated with its relationship to its family, especially among children. The physical features it has are now only due to their basic nature and orientation during their bloody fights as fighting machines. But this does not negate the fact that they can sometimes show aggressiveness which may somehow work against them. Nevertheless, this can be set off with their loving nature and devotion to human family. Thus, it has a stable temperament which make them good pets and excellent watchdogs.

AmStaff terrier, as it is called by its shorter name suffers in reputation though since it is commonly associated with pit bulls. These dogs are known for their love for challnge and are therefore employed in illegal dog fighting.

Most of the problems root from irresponsible training. Sadly, there are too few AmStaff that are properly trained. And what’s even depressing is that there are innumerable pit bulls that are continually ill-treated by sadistic owners.

We are often confused of what true pit bulls are. In fact, many contend that these dogs must not be called by that name since it elicits unwanted images of gory dog fights. While this breed is not yet officially recognized by the American Dog Breeders Association or the United Kennel Club, the legitimate name remains to be American Pit Bull Terrier.

While it is true that American Pit Bull Terrier is violent in nature, this doesn’t imply that they are made purely for brutal stuffs. As we have earlier said, these dogs are only products of maltreatment and exploitive training (and inhumane) for self serving purposes. Otherwise, American Pit Bull Terriers can be very people loving.

These are also known for their being hardworking on which they excel from. They are also fond of excessive physical activities that would exhaust their power reserves. Thus, this breed is great for those who need company during athletic training. If you are the couch potato personality, please find another breed of dog that would suit your lifestyle.

To clear things off, American Pit Bull Terrier are not officially recognized not because of its ill reputation but mainly due to beliefs that it is not a purebred. One major standard for a dog to be distinguished as member of Kennel Clubs is that it should be purebred. Until more comprehensive findings on its origin are found, this dog will remain unfortunately tagged as “nasty”.
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Easy Plant-Based Meal Idea: Soup in a Sourdough Bread Bowl

Plant-Based Soup in a Bread Bowl

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks, The Rustik Oven, and Gardein.

I’ve talked before about how challenging it is to figure out easy meals that every person in my family will actually eat. It’s an ongoing battle, and I know from talking to you guys that I’m not the only one. That’s why I just had to share one of our favorite meal ideas that is quick, super yummy, perfect for cozy season, and as a major bonus, totally plant-based: Gardein Soups and The Rustik Oven Sourdough Bread Bowls. It’s not a made from scratch at home recipe, but it tastes like one (without the work), and I love that I can grab all of the ingredients at Meijer and then prepare a truly delicious meal in a few minutes that all four of us love to eat. 
The first time I had soup in a sourdough bread bowl was many, many years ago in Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. I was hooked. The combination of hot, flavorful soup literally inside of a loaf of crusty bread is the definitive comfort food. Being able to be a satisfying plant-based version at home for my family is the best!
Plant-Based Soup in a Bread Bowl
Plant-Based Soup in a Bread Bowl
I’ve been a Gardein fan for many years. As a long time vegetarian (I made the switch over 30 years ago!), I was thrilled to discover them and their incredible line of plant-based foods for every meal and every occasion. My vegan and flexitarian friends and family all love Gardein too, and for good reason. They have a huge variety of yummy meatless foods to choose from with really great taste and texture. Their products also contain no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives, no dairy or egg ingredients, have 0mg of Cholesterol, and are NGP Verified. 
My daughter and I love soup in general, and being Gardein’s #1 fans and all, we always have lots of their soups on hand. My daughter’s favorite is Gardein Plant-Based Chick’n Noodl’ Soup (filled with tender chunks of yummy plant-based chick’n, vegan noodl’s, carrots and celery with 13 grams of protein per can!). My son’s favorite is Gardein Plant-Based Chick’n & Rice Soup (loaded with tasty chunks of plant-based chick’n, white rice, wild rice, thick-cut carrots and celery with classic spices). My husband loves Gardein Plant-Based Be’f and Country Vegetable Soup (tender plant-based be’f in homestyle broth with carrots, potatoes, and peas). And my top pick is Gardein Plant-Based Saus’ge & Minestrone Soup (thick slices of plant-based Italian saus’ge, vegan noodl’s, chickpeas, green beans, tomatoes, kidney beans and more). 
Plant-Based Soup in a Bread Bowl
Plant-Based Soup in a Bread Bowl
Plant-Based Soup in a Bread Bowl
We were already enamored with Gardein Plant-Based Soups, and as soon as I saw The Rustik Oven Sourdough Bread Bowls at Meijer, I knew it was going to be, as my daughter describes them together, a match made in plant-based heaven. I’d had bread from The Rustik Oven before and knew how good it was (I love how it has an artisan taste and texture but with long-lasting freshness), and combined with Gardein soups, it genuinely makes the ideal fall/winter meal. The Rustik Oven uses a traditional European baking process, which creates a rich flavor and perfect crusty texture, and it’s really apparent in the bread bowls. Breads from the Rustik Oven also contain no artificial colors/flavors and are Non-GMO Project Verified. Their bread is amazing in recipes too!

Plant-Based Soup in a Bread Bowl
Plant-Based Soup in a Bread Bowl
Plant-Based Soup in a Bread Bowl
To create this simple, comforting plant-based meal that the whole family loves, I just have each person choose a Gardein Soup, then heat it up and pour into a The Rustik Oven Sourdough Bread Bowl. My son loves to top his with vegan oyster crackers, and sometimes we’ll add chopped scallions or a little parsley. That’s it. In minutes, we have an easy lunch or dinner that is customized to each person’s tastes. The best.
You can grab all four of these tasty, plant-based Gardein Soups in the soup aside at Meijer, and Bread Bowls from The Rustik Oven in the bread aisle. I know you’ll love this easy, comforting meal as much as we do!

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Snoring Dog Sends Baby Into Giggling Fit [VIDEO]

Watch as this darling baby goes into absolulte hysterics when a napping French Bulldog begins snoring! Amazingly, the babies' shrill giggles fails to wake the slumbering pup.

Snoring french bulldog happy baby


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Dog Fancy Magazine Features Kevin Behan, Neil Sattin and Natural Dog Training

I always look forward to opening up the mailbox. Sure, email is great – but there’s something magical and mysterious about having physical, tangible items delivered to you from somewhere beyond. The other day was no exception, as I happened to receive the latest issue of Dog Fancy magazine (November 2011). And in the “Natural Dog” section is a feature on Natural Dog Training, including interviews with me and Kevin Behan, along with a couple people who have had some very positive experiences with NDT. (Cliff Abrams and Sang Koh).

The article is entitled “Push Away Stress” – and I think it does a great job of zeroing in on one of the central principles in how we interact with our dogs – that the key to establishing a rock-solid connection with your dog is to recognize that life for your dog, especially in a human world, creates stress. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to give your dog ways to relax that tap into their innate mechanisms for releasing stress. By doing so, you are teaching your dog that no matter how the world makes them feel, you are uniquely capable of helping them get through it.

Neil Sattin Heeling With His Dog Nola

This might all sound a little mumbo-jumbo-y, but I’ve seen it now time and time again, how tapping into your dog’s primal circuitry changes things for the better. My DVD set (and this website, and Kevin’s books, and Lee Charles Kelley’s articles, and…) gives plenty of examples of how once you’re plugged in with your dog you can turn that relationship into enthusiastic “obedience.”

Note that the reason that I put the word “obedience” in quotes is because the concept becomes almost moot. Your dog doesn’t “obey” you – because there’s no need. What happens is that you learn how to communicate with your dog in a language that they understand. So your dog listens, and responds.

Not because they are suddenly blindly obeying you, or because you’ve become the “authority” in their lives – but because they care what you have to say. It makes sense to them. Even more, it FEELS good to act in harmony with your desires. Because now you both want the same thing.

Neil Sattin and His Dog Nola Sit-Stay

If reading the Dog Fancy article is your introduction to Natural Dog Training, welcome! I’m sure you’re intrigued to know what “pushing” is all about – as the technique was essentially the focus of the article, without any detailed instruction on how to actually do it! As you might expect, I do explain thoroughly how to do it on my DVDs – but I also provide written instruction here on my website on How to Push with Your Dog (and the follow-up – Why to Push with Your Dog).

Thank you to Dog Fancy magazine (and writer Susan Chaney) for an open-minded article about what we do. And thanks, once again, to all of you. It’s your attention, questions, and feedback (yes, keep sending emails with your stories of your success!) that help remind me why I’m doing this in the first place.

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Caring for Your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Pet Dog

The soft coated wheaten terrier would be considered by most people to be “high maintenance”. This means that a lot of care should be given to it in order to maintain its stature. This statement also means that a lot of steps should be taken in order to care for the dog properly. So how do you care for your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog?

Let us first talk about the coat. This is one of the most distinguishing characteristics of a soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. In fact, when you take a look at the name, you will realize that the coat gives the dog its identity. Taking care of this essential part of the soft coated wheaten terrier dog can be quite a daunting task. This is especially true if you have just found out about the various standards that people use to judge the beauty of a soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog.

Frequent grooming is required to keep the coat shiny and to prevent matting. It also helps get rid of any accumulated dirt. You should comb or brush your soft coated wheaten terrier dog everyday to make sure that his coat remains silky and tangle-free. The coat also needs to be trimmed once in a while to preserve the “terrier look” and to allow a new coat to grow.

Besides the coat, you should also take care of the nails and teeth of your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. In case that you do not know what to do by yourself, you might want to hire some professional dog grooming services to do the job for you.

Another aspect you should concentrate on is the training. Remember to train your soft coated wheaten terrier dog as early as possible in order to ingrain in him the basics of proper behavior. There are several keywords that should come to your mind when training your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog:

1) Consistency – be consistent with your teaching. Do not use different commands in order to get the same response as this will only serve to confuse your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. You should also be consistent in terms of reward and punishment. This will help your dog understand what you want to happen.

2) Tone – a soft coated wheaten terrier dog is actually pretty sensitive to the tones in the human voice. This means that the dog will be able to tell if you are feeling upset or if you are feeling impatient. You need to learn how to moderate your tone in order to avoid confusion with your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog.

3) Timing –learn the proper timing of when to correct your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog. The element you need during correction is surprise. You need to correct the soft coated wheaten terrier for a mistake right after or even before it performs the act. This way, you will be able to instill a sense of consequence into your soft coated wheaten terrier pet dog.

Caring and training for your soft coated wheaten terrier can be quite a bit of work. You will also have to contend with the energy inherent in every terrier breed. However, with patience, your efforts will be rewarded.
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Bold Raccoon Bogarts Cats’ Food, Grabs A Few Roadies [VIDEO]

Watch as this bold raccoon casually strolls up to a group of hungry cats, bogarts their food and then executes a hilarious 'grab and go' of more tayshtee schnax at the end.

Be sure to wait until the end to see his amazing exit from the scene of the crime!

Raccoon Bogarts Cat Food

source: Huffington Post

 -Janet McCulley

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