New Talking Animal Video – The Xmas Factor

You asked… we listened! Talking animal videos are back! Check out our latest featuring some of the most “talented” pets competing for the Xmas-factor title:

 

Share with your pals and comment below to tell us what you think!

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A Letter to Santa Paws, From the Pets

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Dear Santa Paws –

We’ve heard from our humans that if we’re good all year you’ll reward us with whatever we want, and it really made our tail wag! We put a lot of thought into our wish list and thought now would be a good time to send it off in the hopes of getting just a few things. We’ve been really good, Santa, honest! Ok, so maybe we caused a couple of new stains on the carpet and a few shoes went missing, but 12 months is a long time! We’re sure you have some sort of forgiveness plan in place, right Santa?

Anyway, like we said, we’ve put a lot of thought into what we want and it came down to three things:

  1. Endless chew toys.
  2. Warm homes and lots of love for all the unclaimed pals.
  3. Happiness and good health for all the pet parents.

That’s not too tall of an order, right Mr. Paws? Like we said, we’ve been on our best behavior in the hopes of getting these things – and it’s not really like us to be selfish. (We promise to share the chew toys! Well, maybe.)

We really hope this letter gets to you in one piece, Santa (some of the guys had a really hard time not eating it.) Give our love to your reindeer crew and let them know we are always down for a game of chase if they are. Be safe flying around the world, be sure to stick your tongue out and let the wind hit your lips – it’s our favorite.

Love,

The Pets who Add Life

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The “Pet Step” Video Contest November Winners

We’ve received so many wonderful submissions for our Pet Step contest, making it hard to choose just two winners each month. That’s why we extended the contest through the end of the year! It’s easy, submit a video telling us why you opened your heart and home to a pet for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to the pet store of your choice!

Our November winners are Derek E. and Andrea P.! Check out their stories below:


Thanks to everyone who has participated thus far. We’ve received so many wonderful submissions! You can submit your video here and wait to see it on the Pets Add Life YouTube channel!

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A Thank You Letter to Our Pets

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Pals –
In light of Thanksgiving, we thought it appropriate to pen a little letter to you, the ones that bring us so much light all year ‘round. Thank you.

Thank you for never judging us, even on the days we’re grumpy, or skip a shower, or don’t put on real pants because some days are just like that.

Thanks for always pulling us out of our bad moods, or at least trying to, with a wagging tail, head in our lap, or toy at our feet.

Thank you for cleaning up whatever food may fall to the floor, you’ve saved us from pulling out the vacuum or mop more times than we can count.

Thanks for protecting us the best way you know how; whether it’s a pre-emptive bark, a concerned growl, or simply never leaving our side – we know your intentions are to keep us out of harm’s way, and we love you for that.

Thank you for loving us. We can’t explain what our bond with you means, but it’s different from any other relationship we have; you’re our best friend and the comfort and companionship you bring to our lives on a daily basis is irreplaceable. Thank you for the laughs, cuddles, kisses, and purrs, we truly can’t imagine our lives without them.

If there’s something you want to thank your pet for, we invite you to use our Facebook page to do just that… Don’t forget to post a picture, too!

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Does Your Pet Need a Pal?

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November 19 marks National Get a Pal for Your Pet Day, dubbed by yours truly to get people thinking about getting a furry friend for their furry friend. Not only would you possibly be saving a life, there are actually quite a few benefits to having more than one pet. So, being the pet proponents we are, we compiled an easy-to-skim list of the pros of adding another pet.

  • Companionship. For both of you! Establishing a bond with another dog is just like meeting new people – you’ll realize each relationship is different and fulfilling in its own way (and maybe something you didn’t even realize your life needed!) Best of all, while you can’t always be around to entertain your pet and keep them company, another pet will be. Imagine how nice it would be to know your pet isn’t home alone and bored next time you’re presented with the opportunity for overtime.
  • Socialization. This is another benefit for both of you, as getting your pet a friend immediately makes them more sociable while adding the potential for you to meet new people for a variety of reasons (a new breed brings different exercise and/or grooming requirements, etc.)
  • Allergens. Having more than one pet introduces different fur types and levels of dander, making for a stronger immune system in children.
  • Improved Development. Households with more than one child should consider more than one pet. We already know how well pets benefit children, so instead of having them compete for one pet’s attention, maybe the family could use another pal. Not to mention a new pet could bond with one of the kids in a totally different way, making childhood so much better.

Of course bringing a new pal into the household shouldn’t be taken lightly, as animals have distinct personalities and characteristics that make them good or bad candidates for a furry friendship. We always advise a meet-and-greet before bringing anyone home. It’s expected to have some hiccups as everyone gets used to the newcomer, but some personalities truly do better as only pets (and it’s up to you to make that call.)

If your pet has pal (or gets one this month), we’d love to see! Go ahead and post a pic on our page – we always share our favs!

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The “Pet Step” Video Contest October Winners

In case you missed it, pet owners everywhere have been submitting videos telling us why they opened their heart and home to a pet for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to the pet store of their choice!

Our October winners are Thiago S. and Bobbi M.! Check out their stories below:

Thanks to everyone who has participated thus far. We’ve received so many wonderful submissions, making it hard to choose just two winners each month.

Because of that,
we’re extending the contest through the end of the year!

That’s right! We will choose FOUR more winners – two in November, and two in December! So, if you haven’t had a chance to enter, you now have time!

Pull that camera phone out, record a quick video that is less than 60 seconds telling us why you added a pet to your life and you could win a $1,000 gift card to the pet store of your choice!

 It’s that easy. Submit your video here and wait to see it on the Pets Add Life YouTube channel!

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Leaping Lizards! It’s National Reptile Awareness Day!

 

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October 21 is Reptile Awareness Day, and here at PAL we get pumped about any day that calls attention to the buddies that don’t get much attention. The main focus of reptile awareness day isn’t really ownership but rather habitat loss, as these guys get pushed further and further out as the human population continues to grow. But there are more ways than one to celebrate! Here are a few of our favorite ways to ring in Reptile Awareness Day.

  • Donate to one of the many awesome reptile conservation or legal groups, like the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (oh yes, it exists.)
  • Speak Up. If this is a cause that speaks to you, don’t be afraid to write to your local representatives and ask what they’re doing to consider the reptile population in their decision-making.
  • Share the Love. If you’re a reptile owner, consider doing a show-and-tell at school or at home and let everyone know why you’re raving about reptiles! Or, you can leave a few copies of a reptile-focused magazine around… you never know who will fall in love with lizards, snakes, and frogs while waiting for a teeth cleaning!
  • Check ‘em Out. Spend some of the day at your local zoo’s reptile habitat or looking for reptiles and amphibians in your own backyard – it’s not only fun but educational too. You can also make a vow to check out at least one reptile show before next year.
  • Now’s the Time! If you’ve been considering a reptilian pal, what are you waiting for? October 21 is the perfect time to ‘hop’ to it!
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