September 2016 PoochieStar Videos

A lil yoga S-t-r-r-e-t-c-h while he’s at it!

Banjo the Mini Golden-Doodle, knows how to multitask. You can find him on Instagram @banjo.minigoldendoodle.

Just an FYI, my husband and I are SO HAPPY we found PoochieBells! We were struggling with potty training and a friend of ours mentioned trying the bell…I found it at our local pet store here in Des Moines, IA. We started using the bells on a Thursday and by the following Tuesday, Banjo was 100% housebroken and hitting his bell each and every time he needed to go outside (along with his sweet little yoga pose/stretch!)

THANK YOU for helping us make housebreaking a breeze!

The Thompson Family

Hi Poochie-Pets,

I have attached the video below. We just love our bells and think it is the best invention ever!!

Thank you,
The McAtee Family

(the hoomans behind: @gundersonthepug @sernathepug)

Top 10 Reasons Your Dog Makes You A Better Person™

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The Poochie-Pets recognition that Your dog makes you a better person™ has created many great conversations with our vendors, retailers and consumers alike. We’d like to share with you the top most frequent recognitions that have been brought to our attention.

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1 Your dog makes you more Social.
Walks, dog park visits, yappy hour events, all give us a connection and level of comfort to smile and say “hello” when out and about.

2 Your dog makes you Happier.
Who doesn’t feel happier when they are welcomed by your dog waiting for us to return home?

3 Your dog makes you Healthier.
Get that leash out and take your best friend for a walk or jog. Incorporate healthy eating alongside your dog.

4 Your dog makes you try new things. Expand Your World.
Many folks have shared how their dogs have actually awakened them to new interests: adoption & foster groups, agility and competition, fairs and events.

5 Your dog makes you more Loving.
Who doesn’t love cuddle time

6 Your dog reduces your Stress level.
Our dogs are funny beings. The social world is full of dog families showing their dog’s funny antics and personalities. Enjoy and chuckle; laughter is the best medicine.

7Your dog makes you feel Secure.
Your dog is never going to divorce you, cheat on you or talk behind your back; pure unconditional devotion and loyalty.

8 Your dog makes you live LONGER – Yes! it’s true
According to studies such as the one published by Harvard Medical School in 2013, owning a dog contributes to a healthier lifestyle: primarily lowers stress and promotes better, healthier habits inclusive of their dogs.

9 For those who have dogs and a family, your dog creates increased Family time.
More time playing and caring for the dog creates additional common activities shared with the family.

10 Your dog shows you how to not Judge others.
Ever see one dog judge another? Doesn’t happen! Take that to heart and see how it betters your world. Keep an open mind and approach to people and situations without judgment.

Newly Improved 3Sixty Fun Pet Tieout

Newly Improved 3Sixty Fun Pet Tieout
– Re-released and Reduced Lightweight, compact, carrying a price point 25% less than its predecessor.-

July 19, 2015 Simsbury, CT – Poochie-Pets is pleased to announce that their 3Sixty Fun pet tie-out is back on the shelf at a lower cost than when it was first introduced two years ago. With product enhancements and new packaging to reflect the company’s rebranding, the unique features and convenience that set 3Sixty Fun apart from traditional pet tie-outs remain the same.

Compact, lightweight, and weighing just one pound; 50% less than traditional pet tie-outs; 3Sixty Fun measures 19″ long making it a versatile travel tool when you hit the road with your pooch. Within the product’s 360° swivel case is a retractable, sturdy, neon cord that allows for a smooth glide, tangle free, easy pull and stress free experience for your dog. Completely tool free,as you turn the attached handles, the corkscrew end twists and secures into the ground. Just clip the neon cord onto your pooch’s collar and he or she is ready to roam at a safe distance under your watchful eye.

“Whether gardening, camping, picnicking, or at the park, you will have peace of mind that your pooch will stay within your sight, even when they are tempted to take off.” Cheryl Pedersen, president of Poochie-Pets said. “So, if your dog is a squirrel chaser or explorer, they will have the area that the 16 foot cord allows.”

As with any pet timeout, dogs should never be left unattended while 3Sixty Fun is in use. Imported. MSRP: $29.99 poochie-pets.net

Formed in 2005 in Simsbury, CT, PoochiePets created the first of its kind, housetraining dog doorbell,PoochieBells®. Handcrafted at their Simsbury facility with USAmade
custom metal bells to ensure quality and safety, PoochieBells are endorsed by dog trainers, breeders, and veterinarians. Focusing on providing innovative products with a nod to our best friend, Poochie-Pets is dedicated to providing excellence in and personalized customer service. Inspired by man’s best friend, the company’s moto is “Your dog makes you a better person.”

For more information, images or product samples contact Dianne Howles at PoochiePets,
LLC (860)408-9003 or dhowles@poochie-petsnet.
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Pet Age Announces Cheryl Pedersen as a Woman of Influence

Pet Age Announces Cheryl Pedersen as a Woman of Influence
– Program honors outstanding female leaders in the pet industry.-

May 25, 2016 – Simsbury, CT – Poochie-Pets’ founder, Cheryl Pedersen, has been recognized as one of Pet Age’s 2016 Women of Influence in the Pet Industry. The business-to-business publication’s second annual award is based on honoring outstanding leaders in the pet industry who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their organizations, communities, and the pet industry as a whole.

“It is an honor to be recognized among very significant women leaders in the pet industry.” Cheryl Pedersen said, “I thank the Pet Age panel for acknowledging our small company and the contributions that we have made over the years, both in providing problem-solving products and also through our community-minded efforts.”

In 2005, Ms. Pedersen formed her company after creating the first-of-its-kind dog doorbell, PoochieBells®. Designed as a communications tool for dogs to ring at potty time, PoochieBells alert the dog’s owner it’s time to be let out. With retail venues that span the United States, Canada, and a European distributor, PoochieBells have become a household name. Focusing on providing innovative products, Poochie-Pets is dedicated to providing excellence in and personalized customer service. Inspired by man’s best friend, the company’s motto is “Your dog makes you a better person.™”

For more information, images or product samples contact Dianne Howles at Poochie-Pets, LLC 860 408-9003 or dhowles@poochie-pets.net. http://poochie-pets.net

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You and Your Furry Companion Will Love This Buddy

You and Your Furry Companion Will Love This Buddy
-A mini you when you aren’t able to be with your pooch-

April 20, 2016 – Simsbury, CT – With the belief that our dogs motivate us to be affectionate and caring people, Poochie-Pets has introduced the Snuggle Buddy Blanket to offer comfort when we can’t be with our four-legged companion. A “mini-you” in blue for boy and pink for girl, rub Snuggle Buddy on your arm or sleep with it for a few nights to release your scent and you will always be just a sniff away. Soft and cuddly, Snuggle Buddy is your dog’s personal blanket, a constant reminder when his or her favorite human, you, is away. Machine washable, Snuggle Buddy is USA-handcrafted of the highest quality, minky, polyester fabric. A great take-along companion for doggie daycare or pooch’s dog sitter. Measures 16″ x 23″. MSRP: $27 www.poochie-pets.net

Formed in 2005 in Simsbury, CT, Poochie-Pets created the first-of-its kind, housetraining dog doorbell, PoochieBells. Handcrafted at their Simsbury facility with USA-made custom metal bells to ensure quality and safety, PoochieBells are endorsed by dog trainers, breeders, and veterinarians. Focusing on providing innovative products with a nod to our best friend, Poochie-Pets is dedicated to providing excellence in and personalized customer service. Inspired by man’s best friend, the company’s moto is “Your dog makes you a better person.”

For more information, images or product samples contact Dianne Howles at Poochie-Pets, LLC 860‑408-9003 or dhowles@poochie-pets.net

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Because of Bean: A PoochieLife Story

Because of Bean | A PoochieLife Story
PoochieLife Reason #220
“Bean helps me to be a better, more patient, loving, and giving person. I truly try to be the person she thinks I am!”
Bryn

 

Bryn, part of our PoochieLife community, recently shared her story with us about her Boston Terrier, Bean, who opened doors and made Bryn’s life that much sweeter.

Because of Bean | A PoochieLife Story“Bean joined us as a squirmy four-pound puppy from the land of New Hampshire about a year after my husband and I got married. She is now seven and a half. Bean goes right for the face—she is an extreme love bug and snuggles a large amount. Bringing Bean into our lives changed how we lived. We had to be more mindful of our schedule; we had to learn how to hone our awareness to her needs. We brought her with us everywhere we could to introduce her to new things and meet new people.

Having Bean broadened our horizons and grew us as people. We became more conscientious and looked for ways to give back. I began to take an obsessive amount of pictures of Bean, and we became famous instagrammers. After entering and winning many contests, we decided to start giving all our prizes to shelters. Since we’ve been on Instagram, we have won $6,800 worth of food, treats, toys and grants. Right now, Bean and our other sweet Boston Terrier, Yoda, are going through training to be service dogs. Bean and Yoda both have become a huge part of our lives, as you can probably see by our blog Adogwalksintoabar.com, containing our two passions (dogs and beer), some funny photos and training insights. It is amazing how our travels and experiences have expanded because of Bean.”

PoochieLife is a community space for dog lovers to share their reasons why their dogs make them better people. Anyone who has ever known the love of a dog has an experience they can share. Visit PoochieLife to read other dog lover’s reasons and to add your own.

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Poochie-Pets Wins Best Cover Design!

Best Cover Design | Poochie-Pets

We at Poochie-Pets had the chance to celebrate our team efforts when we won the best cover design for Women in the Pet Industry Network’s magazine. Women in the Pet Industry Network, or WIPIN, is an organization that connects women in the pet industry through providing a community space of support and advice. Our director of operations Sally saw the contest and got together with our graphic designer to make a cute cover that would knock the ball out of the park. Our director of sales Shawn also put her hat in the ring and came up with our cover’s fun phrase.

Our cover was, of course, inspired by our pooches and their eagerness to get outside when the winter thaws to spring. Their energy is infectious, and we find ourselves being called outdoors as well to enjoy the sunshine and watch nature wake up again.

Thanks to WIPIN for giving us this honor!

Fearless Bulldog Henry: A PoochieLife Story

Fearless Bulldog Henry| A PoochieLife Story
PoochieLife Reason #221
“Henry teaches me to live each day in the present moment, and to be fearless.”
Kirby

Kirby, part of our PoochieLife community, recently shared her story with us about her family dog Henry, who made her a better person by living his life whole-heartedly and fearlessly exerting himself.

Fearless Bulldog Henry| A PoochieLife Story“I lived with my brother and mom at the time we got Henry. My brother really wanted an English Bulldog. I mentioned this to my boss one day, and she told me her dentist had an English Bulldog up for adoption. We went to see Henry and took him home that night. Before then, we had always had cats and didn’t quite know how to take care of dogs, so Henry became aggressive over time. But we weren’t going to give up on him; he was family. We put Henry in training, and his trainers told us “this dog is a working dog. He wants a job”. So, we started walking Henry for about 3 miles every single day. Blizzards were about the only thing that stopped us. If it was going to be a killer-hot day, I’d get up early and walk him in the cool of the morning. If it was cold or rainy, we’d bundle up.

After walking that much every day, you get tired of the old neighborhood, so we sought out new places to hike. Henry wasn’t afraid of anything; he would immediately tackle steep hills, mountains, rivers and new places. I taught Henry to swim in the rivers (bulldogs don’t really swim, but he did). After tiring him out, he’d plop down on the floor and be happy and relaxed for the rest of the day. If we didn’t get around to exercising him, he would shake and shiver with tension, so we really dedicated ourselves to walking without fail.

Henry was with us for eight years; he lived a good life. But so did we. I was focused on taking care of him and meeting his needs, but after walking 3 miles or more every day for 5 plus years, that became something I needed too. We all walked Henry—he was a family dog—but after we lost him, we all stopped walking. I discovered that I needed it: to get outside in the fresh air and not be stagnant in life. For me, Henry taught me that lesson. Being out in the sun and the elements was refreshing and relaxing, not just for Henry, but for me too, and our walks gave me more energy for the day. My brother, mom and I still send pictures and memories of him back and forth, to keep his spirit alive. He was really a legendary dog, amazingly fearless and driven.”

See Kirby’s video dedicated to Henry here.

PoochieLife is a community space for dog lovers to share their reasons why their dogs make them better people. Anyone who has ever known the love of a dog has an experience they can share. Visit PoochieLife to read other dog lovers’ reasons and to add your own.

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How Dogs Make Us More Social Beings

How dogs make us more social beings | PoochieLife

What does it take to get out and expand your world? Sometimes it just takes a tail-wagging companion. Wherever we are in life, having our pooches by our sides can help us expand our social activities and discover more engaging past times. Many dogs seem naturally gifted at making friends, but more importantly their happy and faithful presence provides an anchoring bit of security for us. When we are together with our pooches, we can feel more relaxed and confident, making us more open to strike up conversations or try something new. Here are just a few social activities you can enjoy with your pooch:

  1. Everyday Errands

Dogs in social settings often act as magnets for attention. Just walking your dog in the neighborhood can invite conversations with people who live right around you, but don’t have much occasion to meet you. Even complete strangers will walk up to say hi to an adorable pooch, which can easily turn into chatting with you. To really see this dog-magnet magic in action, take your dog on errands with you, or go to a dog-friendly restaurant. More places are allowing dogs, and with a little research you can quickly find where you and your pooch can go together. Your dog will certainly enjoy spending time with you, sniffing new scents, seeing new scenes, and of course meeting new people!

  1. Dog Gatherings

We make friends when we meet someone with whom we share common interests. For dog-lovers, there’s no better place to start than dog parks, where they can immediately connect with others through their dogs. There are also local events that encourage pooch and human attendance. For example, a humane society fundraiser in Indianapolis, IN holds a walk for pups and their humans called the “Mutt Strut”; thousands of two and four-legged strutters attend each year. Local events like these draw many passionate people and their dogs together.

  1. Play Dates

If you’re looking for a small-scale social, try group dog playdates. Run through a list of friends you know already who have dogs and see if you can set up a time with them to let your dogs meet and play together. This social visit is great for getting to know your friends better and meeting them on a more regular basis.

  1. Dog Competitions

Some of us enjoy competitive activities that let us show off our hard work and training. Dogs, especially those with high-energy, can greatly benefit from training for competitions such as agility events, and even synchronized dance competitions. The training aspect engages your dog’s body and mind, and strengthens the bond between you. The competition aspect lets you meet like-minded people and display in a meaningful way what you and your dog have learned.

What social activities do you and your pooch enjoy? Share in the comments below.

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Roxy: A PoochieLife Story

Roxy: A Poochielife Story
PoochieLife Reason #584
“I get out and socialize and meet new people when walking my grand-dog, Roxy.”
Rhonda

Rhonda joined our PoochieLife community and shared her story about her granddog Roxy, a black lab mix with a lot of energy and curiosity, who makes her a better person by helping her expand her social bubble.

“My son adopted Roxy from the humane society, and she has been a great companion to him, and by extension, to me ever since. Whenever I see Roxy, I usually get to walk her. She helps me meet people and socialize, because I am very shy and don’t feel comfortable going up to strangers. But Roxy just attracts people to her, and has no fear of new friends; with her at my side, I can talk with people that I normally would pass by. She has made a big difference in my son’s life as well. She is so excited to be with him, and makes him feel loved and cared about every day.

I don’t see Roxy a lot except during the summer months when the whole family camps out on land we have in Pennsylvania. It’s fun watching her play there, chasing butterflies, leaping through tall grass. When we walk around the property, she’ll be running circles around us, sniffing. She likes to act as our guard dog, and lets us know if she senses any wild animal nearby. We also like to take her to the waterfalls in New York, since Roxy loves playing in water.”

PoochieLife is a community space for dog lovers to share their reasons why their dogs make them better people. Anyone who has ever known the love of a dog has an experience they can share. Visit PoochieLife to read other dog lover’s reasons and to add your own.

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Experience the PoochieLife: Love & Be Loved

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Loving on their humans is part of our pooches’ daily routine. They always seem to be ready to give kisses, paws, noses and snuggles ― their enthusiasm knows no bounds! The affection we share with our dogs is more than just sweet gestures. Petting our pooches and showing love is an important way of communicating that we care. Below are some pooches snuggling happily with their humans. Thanks to the Instagramers who let us share photos of their cuddle sessions with their adorable dogs!

Lazy Saturday's call for movies, pj's and cavs to keep you warm! 😁❤️

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Nap time with Dad #husky #Koda #huskymix #huskiesofinstagram

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They took the gold in the synchronized blinking event.

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Cuddles with Grover: A PoochieLife Story

Cuddles with Grover: A PoochieLife Story
PoochieLife Reason #7777
“My dog makes me a better person with every cuddle he insists on having – even in my worst moods he brings out the love in me.
Grace

Grace, an active member of the PoochieLife community, shared her story about her adoring dog Grover, who makes her a better person with every cuddle session he insists on having.

“It’s hard to remember what my days were like before Grover, so I don’t bother trying to. He lights up the house with his antics and affections. He won’t let anyone suffer the solitude of sitting on the couch alone. No, no. He is happy to oblige, even sit ON you for company. It’s also impossible to go through a day without being cuddled on at least 4 or 5 occasions. Just passing in the kitchen is enough reason for him to stop you, hug your hips with his paws and insist on a little love sesh. I’ve come to adore those sporadic bits of love. Some days they strike at the very moment I most need a hug, and I scoop him up into a little waltzing, furry cuddle that only he and I can share. All better.

My bad or sad moods are never a road block for Grover. Without an ounce of conceit or agendas he pours out attention and love that melts me to pieces. Anger turns to history, and sadness becomes bearable. When he shoves his nose under my elbow as I’m working at my desk I hear him loud and clear saying ‘right now is the perfect time for a little break for love!’ and I relish those breaks.

Grover was a death row, last call, Animal Control puppy in Columbia, Georgia. One photo was all it took to convince me to jump on a plane, fly 1000 miles and open the doors of my life to him forever. My family always had dogs, of various kinds, furry sponges for all the love and tears and secrets we had throughout the years. I could see it, even in his quick snapshot behind bars, we’d be having conversations and heart to hearts for the foreseeable future. I still remember every detail of those two days it took to bring him home. He charmed the on-call vet, wobbled his way through our first walk (during which he stumbled off the curb and earned the name ‘Grover’ after the ever goofy Sesame Street character). That night he slept on the whitest-ever comforter at a 4-star hotel, where he must have surely looked like an angel when the front desk clerk met him; he got us a pass on the pet fees for our night! We took the red-eye the next morning, arriving home just as the awful ice storm that rocked the coast that year, was beginning. He flew without a peep. Puppy love at first sight, and my ‘love’ ever since.”

Cuddles with Grover: A PoochieLife Story

PoochieLife is a community space for dog lovers to share their reasons why their dogs make them better people. Anyone who has ever known the love of a dog has an experience they can share. Visit PoochieLife to read other dog lover’s reasons and to add your own.

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