Friday, January 30, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Bowl Season

This Sunday, February 1st is a big day for football in the USA!

First, for the humans, 6:30 p.m. ET, NBC New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks from University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ.

Learn more: Official NFL Super Bowl website link.

Most importantly, it's Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl time!

Tune into the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark Channel, starting Noon ET.

Official Kitten Bowl Website.

Kitten Bowl on facebook.

Tune into the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, starting 3 p.m. ET

Official Puppy Bowl Website.

Puppy Bowl on facebook.

Who wins? Who Cares?!!

Photos courtesy of Puppy Bowl and Kitten Bowl.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NorthStar Pet: The 2015 Budweiser Super Bowl Ad

It's Here! 
The 2015 Budweister Super Bowl Ad. 
The story continues in "Lost Dog."

Music: I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) performed by Sleeping At Last

Watch: "Lost Dog" Behind the Scenes.

Watch: The 2014 Budweiser Super Bowl Ad: "Puppy Love."

Music: Let Her Go performed by Passenger

Learn more: "Puppy Love" behind the scenes. 

Watch: The 2013 Budweiser Super Bowl Ad: "Brotherhood."

Music: Landslide Performed by Stevie Nicks 


Sunday, January 18, 2015

NorthStar Pet: Ball On The Dash - Karson, Come Home

Karson is a K9 Officer from Wilmington, Ohio (Clinton County) who cannot find his way home to his partner, Wilmington Police Officer Jerry Popp.

On December 23, 2014, Karson took off from a boarding kennel in Clinton County, Ohio, and has been missing and on the road since. He may have an injured front leg.

He is friendly (a sniffing dog, NOT at attack dog) and loves tennis balls.

Look closely at his picture and you can see a distinctive scar (white-ish line) across his nose.

Out in the elements, Karson continues to try to make his way home, and as late as this past week, Officer Popp has been able to confirm sightings in the general vicinity of Xenia, Ohio (Greene County), where Karson lives with Officer Popp and his family.

Local residents are distributing flyers and traveling the roads along fields, woods, parks, and towns (binoculars at-the-ready) always on alert.

And, Officer Popp is working with a professional search crew as well.

If you see a dog you think might be Karson, please do not approach him. Call the Wilimington Police Dispatcher @ 937.382.3833 without hesitation.

Officer Popp posted these instructions on facebook:

Folks, if you see a dog moving out there that you believe may be Karson, do not post it on Facebook, contact 911 immediately and speak to law enforcement. They have my number and can contact me directly and then I can contact you directly for detailed information. I am not monitoring Facebook and do not see posts of sightings. It's important for me to be able to speak on the phone to the witness directly. Thank you.

What else can you do, especially if you don't live in the area? Include and keep Karson and Officer Popp in your thoughts and prayers. We all know how valuable collective concern can be for humans and animals. Dogs sense our energy and the collective power of moral support, for dog and human, carries great value.

Karson, Go home.

For more information:

K9 Karson on facebook.

WHIO News Report from 12.23.14, with regular updates.

Please note: The 1.17 sighting was confirmed to not be Karson.

Xenia Gazette article on 1.14.15 by Nathan Pilling.

Xenia Gazette article on 12.31.14 by Nathan Pilling.

FOX45/ABC 22 report from 1.16.15 by Christian Hauser.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NorthStar Pet: A Pet Safe New Year's Eve

Just a reminder that some of your neighbor's may be inspired to usher in the New Year with loud and incendiary devices.

Be Safe.

Fourth of July guidelines apply for New Year's Eve.

To learn more:

NorthStar Pet: Exponentially Loud Infographic.

NorthStar Pet: Red, White, and Bark. Fireworks Guidelines

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Eye Color

Here is a handy guide from Yaletown Dog Training on a dog's point-of-view when it comes to color.

Yaletown's Sara Pennington shares:

"Does your dog run by toys you throw for him, as if he doesn’t see them? Dogs see colours differently than we do. Research has shown that red appears brown, and purple looks blue to a dog. Grass as well as his green, yellow and orange toys can all look yellowish to him. No wonder he cannot find that tennis ball in the grass."

For more information (Sara's blog is excellent), click or tap here.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Thanksgiving Wishes!

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision of for tomorrow. Melody Beattie

On the road today, so puppies and kitties can be cared for and happy, and their families can enjoy the holiday. 

On this day of celebration and gratitude, I have much to celebrate and much to be grateful for.

Sincere best wishes for a safe, happy Thanksgiving holiday and weekend!

- Linda.

Thanks to The Master Shift for the beautiful art to go with Melody Beattie's beautiful words.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Click/Tap, Help

Citizens for Humane Action is a finalist for a $75k donation from DSW's Shoe Lovers Care.

You can help and it takes less than 30 seconds! Visit the Shoe Lovers Care site, click on CHA Animal Shelter, click or tap on Vote (it's above the video in the right corner).

It's that simple!

You can vote once a day through November 25th.

Learn more:

Citizens for Humane Action

DSW's Shoe Lovers Care

Thursday, November 13, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Embracing Winter!

Dogs and snow!!

Rafi has an awesome good time!

Thanks to Rafi and his humans for sharing this!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NorthStar Pet: The Accidental Teacher

Patience. Kindness. Dignity. Contentment. Good Temper. 

Krista Winbigler's wonderful tribute to our relationships with dogs is a great read and just a click or tap away.

The Five Virtues of the Dog Lover

Photograph courtesy of Krista Winbigler on Instagram.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NorthStar Pet: No Clock Watchers Here

Animals, not operating via clocks - just humans!

So, just a reminder to give your pets a chance
 to get used to the change in your schedule 
now that clocks have fallen back.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Halloween Mashup

There are nights when the wolves are silent
and only the moon howls. George Carlin

What a fun, Halloween-esque set of photographs 
(and mad Photoshop skills) from artist Sarah DeRemer.

Thanks to Mashable and artist Sarah DeRemer.  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Cat's Paw

Earth Porm (a really cool website, by the way)
offers this great, fun pictorial of cats who just can't resist!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NorthStar Pet: Sing Me a Love Song!

Doogie loves music. Especially this ballad
from his human, Shane K.

Thanks, Shane for sharing this sweet video.