Friday, March 30, 2007


Having a puppy is full of fun, excitement and love. But more often cleaning, scrubbing, sweeping, vacuuming and scolding. Bryson has been a good dog for the most part. He was house-trained in 2 weeks and understands what "NO!" means. However, lately he has become quite the Houdini. He has learned to open the gate as well as his crate. Therefore, his daddy decided to give him a "trial run" and leave him out of his crate while we were out. Needless to say, Bryson made sure that everything that could have been shredded to pieces was, by the time we came home, shredded to pieces. His breathe reeked of sunflowers, as he had devoured our three sunflower scented candles on the night stand. In addition to the candles he tore up papers, wooden boxes, toys, plastic bags and chose the bathroom trash as his lunch. Unfortunately, the age old cliche excuse, "My dog ate my homework," has become a reality to me. In short, he failed his "trial run." However, no matter what Bryson eats, shreds, chews and destroys, one cannot help but love that adorable face and those innocent (looking) eyes.

I love photos of dogs in fabulous interiors. So I'll be posting a few from time to time. Here's few to get us started that I found via Desire to Inspire.

Elle Decor

Bolig Magsinet

Richardson Sadeki design firm
April/May Photospread Sneak Peek

Enjoy this little sneak peek of photos for the April/May issue.
All photos by Julia Lynn.

Menu Foods Recall Update

Recalled pet foods contained a chemical used to make plastics, but government tests failed to confirm the presence of rat poison, federal officials said Friday.

The Food and Drug Administration said it found melamine in samples of the Menu Foods pet food, as well as in wheat gluten used as an ingredient.

Cornell University scientists also have found the chemical, also used as a fertilizer, in the urine of sick cats, as well as in the kidney of one cat that died after eating the company's wet food.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Paws Boutique

Located in the Freshfields Village Shopping Center at the crossroads of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands is a "truly unique boutique" offering a variety of fantastic items for pets and their owners. At Paws you can find everything from a wine bottle of all natural gravy to personalized embroidered collars.

Paws caters to the individual with the many options that you will find for designing your pet's life. You can design your own bed, buy a soft walking harness that is homemade by the store owner's mother, choose from 214 breeds on ceramic tiles with fun greetings, or commission a portrait of your pet by artist Greg Stormer who owns Paws along with his wife Denise.

Creativity, fresh color, and great style for your pet is just the beginning of what you can find at Paws. To see the rest make a visit to Denise and Greg! Also be sure to pick up a magazine to see their ad and check out Dog Deals Coupons on!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Dog Saves Life Using His Version of Heimlich Maneuver

Toby, a 2 year-old golden retriever reportedly rescued his owner Debbie Parkhurst, 45 of Maryland after she was choking on an apple. Parkhurst attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver on herself. However, after a failed attempt Toby came to the rescue, pushing her to the ground with his paws and consequently dislodging the apple from Parkhurst's throat. For the complete story click here

Friday, March 23, 2007

Pup Update

We took Bryson to the vet last week for his third set of vaccinations and his monthly weigh in. Turns out he gained 11 pounds in 3 weeks and now weighs 35 lbs at 3 months!! Still happy and healthy. He is currently sitting next to me waiting patiently. I promised him a trip to the beach on this beautiful day. More updates coming soon! :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Happy Sails, Happy Tails

Inspired by the love for the sea, PoochStyle has designed a doggy bed in the shape of a boat. It has a comfortable cushion in the stern and a small storage area in the bow. The beds are made from solid hardwood and come in natural oak or painted white wood. The soft cushion inside the boat is 100% cotton and comes in a variety of prints, patterns and colors. Click here for prices, patterns etc.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

South Carolina Dog Team Locates Lost Boy Scout in Blue Ridge Mountains

A South Carolina woman and her search and rescue dog Gandolf found lost Boy Scout Michael Auberry in the rugged Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina today around noon. Michael had been missing since Saturday after wandering off from the Boy Scout group he was camping with. What an amazing discovery! We'll update you as we learn more. But how thankful Michael and his family must be for this rescue volunteer and her dog Gandolf!

UPDATE: South Carolina Search Dog Team Member Misha Marshall was the handler for Gandolf ,who scented out Michael, saw him in the distance and alerted Marshall to the boy's location. We covered the Search and Rescue Association of South Carolina in an 2005 article, but if you'd like to learn more about this fantastic organization click here.

Monday, March 19, 2007

The Perfect Pee Spot

Every puppy searches for the perfect spot to pee. Unfortunately that spot is sometimes in the house. There are so many products on the market claiming to help your puppy house-train as quickly as possible. However, I came across one that seems pretty effective as well as creative. It's called the PuddleStopper Indoor Potty. It is basically a patch of artificial grass with a detachable vinyl underlying to catch what leaks through the grass. According to their website, the dogs who tried it loved it! Check it out...
Give A Dog A Home

Here's two more GSDs who need good homes. See the dog info and contact details below.
I'm trying to find a home for a friendly seven year old male, pure bred
German Shepherd named Panzer. Here is the information:
He's registered with papers. He is not neutered. He weighs aprox. 95 pounds. He's always been an outdoor dog. His hips are in good condition. He's very gentle and good with children. He has had occasional seizures in the past couple if years. The vet says it's common and that there are pills available to control them but he has never had the pills.His dog house comes with him if you want it. He is FREE to a good home. Contact Iris Knapp at 678-549-9115 for more in

Doggy is truly soooo sweet, gentle, loving and playful. He's a beautiful 8 year old male, fixed, with shots and documentation of superior breeding. All you have to do is spend 5 minutes with him to see how true this is. He needs a new home because his owner died and the extended family is unable to care for him. Please contact Ms. Walton Salley at for more info.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Classy Pooch Quarters

Paris Hilton's dogs sure have a classy space of their own. Paris herself? Well, that's another story.
Pet Food Recall

Menu Foods, an Ontario, Canada-based company that produces pet food, said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold throughout North America under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food is distributed by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway. An unknown number of cats and dogs have suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said. Two other companies — Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. — said Saturday that as a precaution they were voluntarily recalling some products made by Menu Foods.

The recall covers the company's "cuts and gravy" style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches from Dec. 3 to March 6.

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates is available from the Menu Foods Web site, The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information — (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708.

Menu Foods' chief executive and president Paul Henderson told the Associated Press on Friday that the company was still trying to figure out what happened.

Sarah Tuite, a company spokeswoman, has said the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, which has since been dropped for another source. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

Food and Drug Administration' spokeswoman Julie Zawisza said it is still too early to determine what could have affected the food. Zawisza added that even if wheat gluten is the source "it doesn't necessarily mean the wheat gluten per se. It could be another substance associated with the wheat gluten."
Simpsons Co-Creator Helps Stray Dogs

Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons, spends thousands of dollars to assist homeless dogs. Watch his interview on 60 Minutes, here.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Benjamin Wojcik and his Australian Shepherd Arlo Gunthrie
James Island Residents at the J.I. Dog Park

Come check out Lowcountry residents with their dogs in the most popular places for humans and dogs alike! Dogs About Town is a new Lowcountry Dog photo feature that gives a little bit of fame to locals and their furry friends. Click here to see the latest posts online or wait for your copy of the April/May issue - hitting stands April 6th!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

This is such a funny little documentary. Just wait for the cow scene.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Upcoming Events

March 17: 7PM...The magic of Jonathan Bayme at the Sottile Auditorium on George Street. Tickets available for purchase at I Sold It in the South Windermere Shopping Center or by phone at 693-5465. A portion of the proceeds from advertising and ticket sales benefits Pet Helpers Rescue and Adoption Shelter.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Give a Dog a Home!
Here's info on some great dogs that need new homes due to
extenuating circumstances. If you are interested in adopting a dog, these two are worthy of your consideration! Chloe's owner had to move to a nursing home which did not allow pets. The dog is living right now with the family of one of my staff members. However, they already have a lot of other pets and the residing dog does not tolerate Chloe at all. Chloe three years old. She is very sweet and gets along well with other pets, including cats, and people (behavior with children not known). She is a black Labrador retriever with no tail. She has been spayed and is current on all of her shots.She comes with all her medical records, toys, treats, food, a bed, and leash.She likes to be inside with people and then taken for walks. All she asks for in return is love and attention :) She is a very sweet dog and deserves a loving home. If interested please get in touch with Katherine at 843-708-1418.

Phoenix is a 1 - 2 year old German Shepard. She was rescued in December and gave birth to 10 puppies on January 5. All puppies have homes, but Mom still needs a loving home to go to. She is 84 lbs, has had her shots, but is Heartworm positive. She is being Spayed on March 20. She loves people and is very playful. She also loves walks so she can smell every mailbox and sign on the way. She has had some training and can sit and laydown when told and is housebroken. She tries very hard to please her person. If interested, please contact Kathy at (843) 425-0100.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Vineyard Crates For the Gourmet Pooch

Are you a wine connoisseur? Is your dog? If you can answer yes to either of these questions then you should definitely check out Whiner and Diner Dog Dishes. This company has been making unique and timeless dog dishes since 1997. Each dog feeder is hand crafted using wine crates from European and Californian vineyards. To find out more about these classy canine accessories, click here to go to Whiner and Diner's website or type into your browser.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Upcoming Events

March 10: Noon to 5:00PM
Dogmore Stew Festival at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. All proceeds benefit Lowcountry Animal Rescue. A day of fun for ALL members of your family! Call 843-821-3175 for more information.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Good Reason to Keep Your Dog on a Leash

Check out this
video via CNN.

Yes, we don't have frozen ponds around here, but I bet something similar could happen on the beach if a dog got overcome with the waves.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Bryson, SIT!!!

So, this video pretty much sums up my daily routine with Bryson...constant movement. It is adorable and hilarious. Watch and enjoy Animal Planet's interpretation of the typical puppy.
Click here to view.

Dirtiest Mouth Contest

Does your pet have a "dirty mouth"? If your pet likes to ravage through the trash, stick their nose in the litter box or do other not-so-sanitary tricks -and you capture it on video - you have the chance to win one of three prizes as part of the Dirtiest Mouth Contest for Dogs and Cats, sponsored by the Keep it Clean™ Pet Dental Kit.

Simply submit a video in VHS or DVD format depicting why your pet needs its teeth brushed by March 30th to:

Keep It Clean: Dirtiest Mouth Contest for Dogs and Cats

884 Johnnie Dodds Blvd, Suite 101
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Prizes include:

First Place
A gift certificate to have your dog's picture transformed into an 11x14 watercolor painting from: worth $150 and a Keep it Clean™ Pet Dental Kit.

Second Place

A gift certificate to your favorite pet store in the amount of $50 and a Keep it Clean™ Pet Dental Kit
Third Place

Fifty stamps with your dog's photo and a Keep it Clean™ Pet Dental Kit

Company executives will judge submissions, looking for videos that are funny and in good taste. Obscene, harmful or illegal videos will be eliminated from consideration and may be turned in to authorities.

Please read the complete Official Contest Rules before submitting your video.

For more information, please e-mail:
Deadline: March 30, 2007

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Beach Bums!

Last week we took Bryson to the beach. He absolutely loved it. He played in the sand and in the water. He was a very good boy and never wandered too far. However, his favorite thing was collecting seashells and sorting them into a pile...such a character! He also had a vet appointment last week and I am happy to report he is nice and healthy 23 pounds!! He is growing incredibly fast. That's all for now, I will keep you all updated on his progress!