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Howloween Pet Costume Party Full of Canine Celebrities

October 29th 2009 10:00 am
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The biggest newsmakers of the year were out in full force! Host Lucky Diamond "floated" in as the infamous "Balloon Boy," Fox News' Lauren Sivan and Rick Leventhal earned their wings as hero Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and his flight attendant, with their little dog, Spanx, as the pesky bird that caused the plane to go down. Even Eli the Chihuahua, dressed as the Pope, "blessed" us with his presence!

Everyone from Scooby Doo to Princess Fiona to Elvis had a tail-wagging good time at Animal Fair's 9th Annual Howloween Costume Party, which benefited the Humane Society of New York. What could be better than having a dog-gone fun party while helping a good cause? Chasing cats and digging in the yard comes close, but no cigar.

The celebrity judges who gave paws up or paws down were the "Rescue Ink" crew, Ramona Singer of The Real Housewives of New York City as a pirate alongside her dog, Coco, Lauren Sivan, Rick Leventhal, Ainsley Earhardt as a cat (better be careful dressed like that at a dog party!) and Courtney Friel and her Stoli, of Fox News, who marched in as a proud soldier, Z100's Skeery Jones and Miss Teen U.S.A. Stormi Bree Henley.

The big winner of the night was a little dog dressed as an army recruiter, fully loaded with his own little army base, aviator sunglasses and a "don't ask, don't tell" sign! This little G.I. Pup was one of the most talked about canines of the "pawty!"

Even Michael Jackson made an appearance just in time for the release of "This Is It!"

Some of the other big winners this year included a doggie duo dressed as Snoopy and Woodstock, who made a big entrance in a little airplane, a 70's Guido dog who took the "honor" of "Most Tasteless," Jane Pontarelli's little Maltese was a "diva dog" dressed in a $1000 bright red Kleinfeld's dog wedding dress that could rival Mariah Carey, a "baby" being carried in a pouch by his "daddy," a flashy showgirl - I should say showdog and Luigi, a tiny punk rocker, complete with a little pink Mohawk, who arrived with his parent, Mary of "Rescue Ink".

We were also treated to an appearance by Marie Antoinette and her yummy doggie "cakes," as well as Stephanie and Ira Churnick with their pup as a Native American family, going the whole nine yards with headdresses and moccasins. Also getting cultural was Caroline Lieberman and her furry friend, Maharajah Mumbai as an Indian prince and princess. The fashionable dog arrived decked out in a traditional Indian tunic, pants, jewelry and even a turban!

The winner of this year's raffle was a pint-sized pooch named Porsche and her human parent, Grace Foster, both decked out as Shrek's bride, Princess Fiona. They both seemed to have an "ogre"-whelmingly good time!

Lucky Diamond was not qualified to win the costume contest, as her mom, Wendy Diamond was the "arresting officer" and chairperson of the event. However, the charismatic Maltese did win Honorable Mention as the high-flying Balloon Boy (or dog in this case)!

Wendy Diamond's Howloween Pet Costume Tip - On a budget? Grab some old hangers, Reynolds wrap, tape, and you have Balloon Boy! Total cost is only $5.oo, top that Martha Stewart! For more fun ideas, check


Candy is a NO for CaNINES

October 12th 2009 9:00 am
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This Halloween, as we humans are stuffing our faces with licorice and Skittles, let’s take a moment to think about our canine pals. Here’s what our sweet pooches should keep their paws away from!

Chocolate: Code red! Dogs and cats should avoid chocolate like the plague! Chocolate contains Theobromine, which can cause heart, nerve and circulatory problems in our furry pals.

Candy Corn: It may be the quintessential Halloween candy, but it can make for a very bumpy – and messy – ride if your pet gets a hold of some. Candy corn will not kill your pup, but all that sugar and corn syrup will cause a great deal of discomfort. Your canine companion will most likely have a very bad belly ache, start vomiting or have diarrhea. Let your pet rest and make sure he or she has fresh water.

Hard candy: Things like lollipops and other hard candies are no-no’s for dogs. They can break their teeth, hurt their jaws or choke on those little suckers. As if that were not enough, all the sugar can cause high blood pressure and heart problems in pets. Notice a pattern?

Nuts: Most types of nuts can be toxic for dogs, especially Walnuts and Macadamia nuts. The effects can lead to hyperthermia, paralysis or even death. Mixed with chocolate, nuts can be even worse, so try to resist the Goobers and Almond Joy this Halloween.

Peanut Butter: Peanut butter, believe it or not, is actually fairly safe for your dog. Hooray! Since it technically does not come from a nut (peanuts are legumes), peanut butter can be a little treat that your pet can enjoy without the risks. However, some dogs may be allergic, so consult your vet before feeding your dog any PB. And as always, know your limits. Since it is high in fat, dogs can eat a little bit of peanut butter as long as it is a once in awhile treat.

When October 31 rolls around, ghosts, goblins and monsters are not the only things you should protect your pet from. Keep your pooch away from the ultimate enemy – sugar. If you want to treat man’s best friend to some Halloween fun, pick up some animal-friendly treats at your local pet store and remember to have a fun and safe Halloween!

If you want to help homeless animals this Howloween don’t forget to log into to attend the GREATEST Halloween pet costume party to help the Humane Society!


Animal Fair Magazine's 9th Annual 'Howloween' Pet Party!!

October 6th 2009 8:35 am
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The 9th Annual Howloween Pet Costume Party will be held on October 26th, 2009 from 7–9 PM at M2 in New York City. A fabulous Howloween pet costume contest so get your dogs in costumes, celebrate with cocktails and help raise money for homeless animals. This is the American Idol for Halloween pet costumes where celebrity judges will honor the best pet costumes! There will be tons of laughter, dogs in costume, and even more fun!! It’s casual, fun and a great crowd! It will be hysterical with all the dogs dressed up in costumes!!! Celebrity judges will be announced!!

All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Humane Society of New York. For over one hundred years, the Humane Society of New York has helped injured, sick, and homeless animals in need through medical attention and adoption centers. The Humane Society’s veterinary hospital provides quality care, as well as spay/neuter services, to pet owners with limited means. Its hospital and no-kill adoption center help more than 300,000 animals every year. We are bringing together all not-for-profit animal care groups, small and large, that are already working effectively to place and/or spay and neuter New York City’s dogs and cats. Through our multi-year program, we will help these groups work to their highest potential.

When: October 26th, 2009
Where: M2 Ultralounge, 530 West 28th Street New York, NY 10001
Time: 7:00 PM
Attire: Anything you would wear on a dogwalk or a catwalk on Halloween! Pet costumes a must!
Tickets: Please RSVP by calling 212 752 4842- Anne Marie at The Humane Society of New York, or email: Tickets can also be purchased at

$40.00/ticket for standing room. $100.00 pet seated ticket. Reserved tables with bottle service $2,500.00. Includes a night of ghastly laughs, sponsored drinks & a great take-home doggy bag! 100% of the proceeds benefit The Humane Society of New York.
Admission is limited and no tickets will be sold at the door.


Choosing a vet you'll both love

September 28th 2009 9:18 am
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Don’t wait until an emergency arises—pets should visit the vet once a year to make sure they are healthy and up to date on their vaccinations

Follow these simple steps to select the best vet for you and yours.

Check References:
Fellow pet owners are the best source when checking out a new vet, but many organizations keep records on clinics. The American Veterinary Medical Association ( lists licensed hospitals in your area, and you should also check with your state Veterinary Medical Board or the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been made.

Chemistry Matters:
Bedside manner is as important to your pet as it is to you—find a clinic that loves your animal as much as you do.

Inspect the Office:
Make an appointment without your pet to tour the potential new office. Is it clean, modern and well organized? Asking questions will not only get you answers, it will also show your vet that you care.


Support your local community and Donate to Your local Animal- Shelter!

September 8th 2009 8:25 am
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The ruff economy is causing people to forfeit their beloved animals to shelters. Animal shelters across the country are being flooded with abandoned animals. If you love animals, and you want to help your local shelter, follow these tips to forever help a homeless animal.

1. Everyday items! Before throwing anything out, think if it could be of use to an animal shelter. An old blanket in the loft, newspapers piled high in the garage, or even tennis balls left over from that unsuccessful attempt to be the next Roger Federer, would be welcome. Even an old car sitting in the driveway or left over string to make a cat toy.

2. Time! The priceless commodity of all. If you have a few hours to spare, instead of being a couch potato watching Real Housewives, why not go down to your local animal shelter and help out by playing with the pets or walking a dog. You can even host your own fundraising event, such as a garage sale.

3. Donate publicity! Make good use of all those friends you’ve collected online and raise awareness to get more volunteers and promote animal safety. Instead of driving your friends crazy by poking them on Facebook, why not use the site’s new applications for raising money and awareness for animals.

4. Donate your voice! Dogs don’t bark back or cats meow, thankfully. So they need our help to voice their concerns. Contact local officials to campaign for animal rights or voting on pro-animal welfare legislation, you can make a difference.

5. Donate monetarily! Animal shelters are always in need of extra funds, and don’t forget they’re tax deductible! But there are now more ways than every to make a monetary contribution, whether it’s cash, stock, work programs, insurance or special programs like Giving Works on EBay. You can even donate your timeshare to the Humane Society if you’re not using it!


How to Save Money on Your Pets in a Ruff Economy!

August 18th 2009 8:35 am
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Animal shelters across the country are reporting being inundated with dogs and cats being given up by families who say they can no longer afford them. Here are some fun, healthy and easy ways to save money on your pets until the fiscal crunch is over! If you have any more questions and comments ask Dear Lucky on !

1. Buy your cat and dog food in bulk instead of buying individual boxes and cans of pet food.
For Instance, Iams Dog ProActive Health Minichunk:

8# = $12.99

40# = $32.99

Buying the 40# is over 50% less expensive! Large bags are found at major pet retailers
such as Petsmart,

2. Unfortunately you might have to get rid of your dog walker until times get better, so walk your dog yourself! Not only will you save money, you will get fit – how’s that for an extra perk. It’s worth it for you to both make the time and rearrange your schedule.

3. Sorry to burst your bubble but dogs don’t care about fashion, they are fine with last year’s leash and collar. Try sparkling up your old collars and leashes yourself with affordable CRYSTALLIZED(tm) - Swarovski Elements.

4. Learn to groom at home - Boutique groomers cost up to $100 to groom your dog, Petsmart offers all variations of grooming products, various shampoos for your dog or cat that make it less than a dollar to groom your dog!

5. Make toys for your pet. Get creative and go back to basics with what people used to use as toys, such as a string from a ball of tinfoil for your cat or kitten to play with. Trust me, they will love it just as much as any expensive toy!

6. Make sure to keep your yearly vet appointment - whatever you
do - don't skip this! This will save you money in the long run!

7. Wash and dry your dogs paws in the mud room before letting him or her roam your house or apartment. This will help you save money on carpet, rug and floor cleaning.

8. You want a dog or cat? Adoption is a great and affordable option. Don't waste money on buying a pet - when so many homeless animals in local shelters in need of rescue and a loving home.


The Scoop on Dog Poop!

August 12th 2009 9:19 am
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Because scooping poop is one of the least glamorous jobs a pet parent must do, it is important to reduce the actual scooping time so you have more time for the, you know, glamorous stuff. But when faced with such a variety of scoopers, a pet parent can get down in the dumps when deciding which one is right for them.

Wendy Diamond, leading Pet Lifestyle expert, TV Personality, Animal Rescue Advocate and Editorial director of Animal Fair Magazine gives the scoop on pooper scoopers no matter how little or large the dog poop you’re scooping.

1. Look at the type. The most common ones are rake and pan, scissor style, or grabber. A rake and pan (such as the Flexrake), is made for short grass, and doesn’t perform well on ice or snow. The waste can also slide off the pan while you’re trying to put it in the trash. The scissor style (such as the Four Paws) is great because it usually has a bagging feature, which keeps the scoop clean so you don’t have to. The grabber (made by both Flexrake and Four Paws) works well because it keeps the waste secure on the way to the trash, but be careful as to what else you grab!

2. Make sure the scooper is well made. Your target is to find one that is lightweight, yet sturdy! Try and avoid scoopers that have small teeth because the poop might fall out. Try it out in the store to see how the grip is on the handle. Some are flimsy and easily breakable. No one wants their pooper scooper to fall apart mid scoop!

3. A great feature to have is a clip-on bag dispenser like the Scooper Genie ( It’s even hands-free at $14.95, which is much more convenient than paying New York City’s fine of $250 for abandon doggie do! Also, try adding attach-ons like hand sanitizer… you’ll find you might need it even if things are hands-free.

4. Remember it is a pooper scooper. There’s no need to buy an extra expensive one. It doesn’t have any tricks up its sleeve to make it that much easier for you. Focus on the features of it that are important to you, not the price.

5. When scooping poop from a litter box, the same rules apply with a sifting scoop (except the fine, of course). Make sure your scooper is made tough (metal works best) and can sift out all the clumps leaving the litter in tact.

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Keeping Your Pet's Pearly Whites, White: Preserving Your- Pet's Toothy Smile May Add Years to their Life!

August 4th 2009 8:27 am
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Our pets beg for a lot of things, but rarely do we hear them bark or purr for us to brush their teeth. Oral hygiene is just important with our pets as it is with ourselves and without proper dental care, by age three 70-80% of cats and dogs will develop periodontal disease, a serious oral illness that can cut a pet’s life-span. You love your pet, so why not take the extra time in the day to get their teeth pristine clean? Don’t know how? Wendy Diamond, leading Pet Lifestyle expert, TV Personality, Animal Rescue Advocate and Editorial director of Animal Fair Magazine has been keeping up with the pet trends for over a decade. Check out the following tips on how to eliminate bad breath and clean your pet’s teeth, which will all lead to a happier, healthier life.

You love your pet, so why not take the extra time in the day to get their teeth pristine clean? Don’t know how? Check out the following tips on how to eliminate bad breath and clean your pet’s teeth, which will all lead to a happier, healthier life.

1. Feeding your pet canned food can factor into dental problems. Soft foods stick between gums and teeth, which can make it more prone to bacteria, leading to plaque and gingivitis. Dry food and hard biscuits are safer for the dog’s teeth and contribute less to dental problems.

2. If you’re pet isn’t accustom to brushing, start their dental odyssey with your fingers or something simple like medical gauze. This will help ease your dog or cat to become accustom to that brushing feeling. If it’s too problematic start doing only a few teeth a day and increase the number of teeth until your pet is more comfortable.

3. Once your dog or cat is used to the brushing sensation, purchase a pet-friendly toothbrush (not your own) and toothpaste. Never use “human” toothpaste. Also, unlike humans, pets should brush only once a week, but 2-3 times a week is ideal.

4. Can’t get your dog to open up? There are safe, effective, non-bristled options out there for those stubborn dogs and cats. There are many products veritably odorless products that can be poured into fresh water to help clean. Also, chlorophyll tablets, available at most pet stores, are like doggy mints that freshen breath as they clean teeth.

5. If you’ve exhausted all these possible cures, then talk with your veterinarian. Most veterinarians offer a professional teeth cleaning and search for gingivitis or periodontal disease. Persistent bad breath could be a symptom of a more serious problem such as kidney or liver disorder.

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Got Pudge? 50% of Our Dogs Do

July 29th 2009 11:29 am
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Some Dogs and Cats are Cuter When Overweight, But is it Healthy?

Ever since the ban of trans-fat in New York City, conquering obesity in humans has won a major battle, but what about your pets? In 2008, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention Study found that 50% of cats and dogs in America are overweight. We are the sole controllers of what go into our pet’s mouths so we must govern what we feed our pets and how to help them control their weight. Check out these five tips to a healthier, happier, and just as hairy pet. Not every dog can have a supermodel body like Lucky so Make sure also that you check out for more information on treats that will be healthy and keep your pet fit!

1. Off to the Vet. Your vet can help identify if your pet is indeed obese or just “big boned,” after all, what does an overweight Bull Dog look like anyway? Your vet can also help discover any underlying medical problems (thyroid, joint issues, etc.) that could be causing your pet’s weight gain.

2. The “D” Word. Your vet will most likely suggest a diet for your pet which will include foods that are lower in fats and have all your pet’s essential vitamins and nutrients. Try slowly cutting back your pet’s normal intake or feed them hydrated food soaked in water, which will make them feel more full.

3. Cheaters Beware! Cut back on the treats, and even though you’re dog or cat is the cutest thing in the world, keep it that way. Treats are high in fat and, when dealing with a dieting pet, should only be given on very special occasions or never at all. Find new, non-food rewards to show your pet appreciation.

4. Let’s Move! This one’s a no-brainer. Increased activity is a one-way ticket to a happier, healthier pet. It doesn’t even matter what you get your pet to do: run, swim, fetch, dig, dance… just get them moving! And if you’re pets moving around, it’s likely that you will too.

5. Toys? If your pet doesn’t have an ample toy supply, they should. Toys can help increase activity in pets ten-fold, especially when you’re not around to play. People often wonder why dogs or cats sleep all day, well maybe they just don’t have enough toys and gadgets to play with!


You Can't Have a Kitty Without the Litter - Analyzing What Litters Work and Why

July 21st 2009 7:17 am
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According to a 2008 APPMA study there are 88.3 million cats in the United States, one in every three homes in the United States. But it doesn’t matter if you have one, four or 100 cats (which is shockingly legal in New York State), every cat needs litter to do there business. And if you have 100 cats that’s more business than AIG.

With so many litters out there, it’s hard to choose which one will leave your cat happy and your home smelling like roses, rather than making even an indoor cat run for the door. Check out these tips on finding the right litter for you.

1. To clump or not to clump. The first thing to consider is if you want a clumping or a non-clumping litter. Clumping seems more sensible because the urine is clumped together in the clay-based litter (crystal based litter does not clump as easily). This makes it easier to do a scoop out about once a week and do an entire empty and reload about once a month. Non-clumping litter needs the whole box to be emptied, cleaned, and replaced about once a week. Popular brands such as FreshStep and Tidy-Cat make both formulas.

2. Poop-ourri. Then, do you want your litter to be scented or unscented? Unscented litters add no fragrances to the litter, but might add charcoal to help eliminate smells. Scented litters put in fragrances to cover smells, which adds a pleasant smell to the room. The fragrance litters only seem to cover smells, not eliminate them, so go with the unscented litters! Add a room deodorizer to the room the litter box is in, which will work with the unscented litter for the best results!

3. Eco-Cat! Nowadays the more popular litters are the biodegradable like Feline Pine, made out of pine-lumber pellets or World’s Best Cat Litter, made out of whole-kernal corn. Both can be reused in the yard or flushed, and both carry top ratings in the litter community.

4. Wipe your paws at the door please! As most people know, after your special feline friend uses the box, sometimes, the litter gets stuck to the bottom of their paws. Nobody wants little clay or crystals on the new, expensive rug in the living room! Put a special mat or rug next to the litter box that cleans your kitty’s paws after they exit their litter box.

5. Your cat can use technology too. There are self cleaning litter boxes that are automated made by LitterMaid, CatGenie, and Litter Robot. In theory these seem like a great idea, but in reality they aren’t a god send and they don’t come cheap. We all would like to rely on technology 100% of the time, but sometimes technicalitter ends up being more work in the end.

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