The Weekly Walk: Pet of the Family

A similar Weekly Walk through Hurricane Sandy territory again, but we start returning to our usual paths of favorite Twitter and Facebook posts also. Shoes on. Leashes ready. Let’s go.

Article of the Week: Families Reunited

Whether we call our pets children, buddies, pals, or simply pets, if we care for them they become our family. This means we love and enjoy them when times are good, and we love them even more and worry about them when times are difficult. After Hurricane Sandy struck, many pets were separated from their families, but great strides have been taken to reunite them. Donations of money, food, and shelter have helped create happy endings for pets and owners, but more aid is always welcome to help counter the tragic endings. Click the photo to watch a TODAY video about pets and owners affected by the hurricane.

Obie Weight-loss Update

From the seventies to the fifties! “Obie is up and has made it to the 50’s weighing in with 59.14lbs!!” Woof!

Quote of the Week

“Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them’s making a poop, the other one’s carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge?” -Jerry Seinfeld

Treat of the Week

Bacon in your biscuit?

Animal Sound of the Week

A little refresher for the kids:

Photo of the Week

I think I see a secret!

Friday Fun: Puppy Fetch

Puppy Fetch is an online game that puts you in the fetching position rather than the throwing. Use your arrow keys to guide the dog and use spacebar to jump. The objective is to complete each fetch with speed. There is background music and sound effects, so you might want to wear headphones or mute your speakers.

Thank you for the company on this Weekly Walk. We would love to hear your stories about family pets, so please feel free to share them here, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof!

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The Weekly Walk: More Helping Hands, More Helping Paws

Our last Weekly Walk covered ways to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Many humans and animals have been rescued, and we want to start this walk by sharing a few websites we check for updates about the progress of saving pets. The three organizations listed below are the same that we mentioned in our previous post about donations.

Articles of the Week: Hands and Paws

The HSUS posts regular news stories about their efforts on the East Coast. Click here for their news page. One of our favorite stories involves rescuers dutifully plodding through deep sand to find a room of hoarded and abandoned animals.

Global Animal Foundation has a wonderful update about efforts being made by several rescue organizations. They have also raised nearly $3,000 in funds to distribute to organizations like HSUS.

People still regularly post photos and information about displaced pets on the Facebook page Hurricane Sandy Lost and Found Pets. People also share when owners and pets have been reunited as well, so it’s a useful resource if you’re still missing a pet after the hurricane.

Obie Weight-loss Update

Despite the added stress of a court case in his life, Obie lost more weight! He’s now 60 lbs!

Quote of the Week

“I very much believe in rescuing animals, not buying them.” -Candice Bergen

Command of the Week

Visit: Stop by last week’s walk to learn how you can help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Animal Sound of the Week

“Woof woof” means “Thank you for the donations.”

Photo of the Week

BuzzFeed has 41 photos of dogs prepared for inclement weather.

Friday Fun: Lost Petz

No game today but an app. Lost Petz is designed to send alerts and share information about lost pets. From their website: “The Lost Petz App has been developed to allow pet owners to send out an alert to other pet loving people in the community if their pet goes missing. The alert includes a current photo and additional relevant information about the pet; allowing an anxious pet owner to recruit the assistance of everyone in the vicinity to help reunite them with their pet.” See the website, a write-up by the American Humane Association, and check out the app in iTunes.

Thanks again for taking this walk with us. As we said last week, more donations and aid are always appreciated for victims, and even sharing information about where people can receive help is important. Pass on details you think we should know about in the comments below, on Twitter, or Facebook. Woof.

The Weekly Walk: Woof Means “Happy Halloween”

You might want to bring a flashlight on our Weekly Walk today. It will be a dark stroll with furry things lurking in the shadows, things that may sniff you, things that may lick your hands. The horror! The woof!

Article of the Week: It’s Safer Indoors

Halloween parties with your pets can be a great way to socialize with other pets and their owners, but crowded spaces are not for every animal. If your pets get anxious around others, consider relaxing in front of a festive movie with them. Below is a short list of holiday films. Click each title to view trailers.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: (Snoopy, Snoopy, Snoopy) Charlie Brown and the other Peanuts celebrate Halloween (Snoopy, Snoopy, Snoopy), while Linus awaits the arrival of the Great Pumpkin (Snoopy, Snoopy, Snoopy, Snoopy, Snoopy).

Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: This inseparable owner and pet duo are determined to learn who is ravaging gardens in their town.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: What do you get when you combine Halloween and Christmas? An awesome movie that involves memorable characters, like a ghost dog named Zero.

Frankenweenie: Tim Burton’s original and touching 1984 conception of a boy resurrecting his four-legged friend.

Corpse Bride: A third Burton film, this one with a man marrying a deceased woman. And there’s a skeleton dog!

Obie Weight-loss Update

There’s been some troubling news in the world of Obie. His caretaker Nora posted that the shelter he came from wants him back, and she has been ordered to meet them in court. You can read her message on Facebook. We wish only the best for the inspirational canine.

Quote of the Week

“A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.” -Arthur Conan Doyle

Command of the Week

It’s Alive!: If you can teach your dog to howl when you say this, he’s ready for a Frankenstein’s-monster costume.

Animal Sound of the Week

“Rip” goes the pet costume if it’s uncomfortable for your pet.

Photo of the Week

Are you participating in Halloween activities with your pet this year? Click the photo to see pictures of costumed dogs from the New York Halloween parade in Tompkins Square Park.

Brandy “Frankenweenie-fied” has become the Gobbler!

Friday Fun: Frankenweenie

We posted this two weeks ago, but it’s too appropriate for the season not to share again. If you want to dress up your pets without actually putting them in costumes, head over to the Frankenweenie Facebook page to “Frankenweenie-fy” your pet. You’ll need to upload a photo of your friend from your desktop or Facebook, or you’ll need to take a photo with your computer camera. Click this link and follow the onscreen prompts to start “Frankenweenie-fying” your pooch.

Thank you for braving the dark with us on this Weekly Walk. Let us know if you do anything festive for the spooky holiday here, on Facebook, or Twitter. Woof!