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Lucky Learns How To Count To 10-10-10!

April 21st 2009 11:44 am
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Taking a breather this week from the world’s most talked about dog, Bo Obama, I fear Bo might end up like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, and Lindsay Lohan if we don’t let this sitting dog lie already.

So let's talk about British American Idol's singing sensation Susan Boyle and her purrfect cat Pebbles… No we wish but no news except they are a purrfect couple!
What a week Lucky and I had! Started out with a discussion with Mad Men's John Slattery, LOVE the show, nothing better than cuddling with Lucky and dreaming of being back in 60’s when high-powered men wore fitted suits (I guess some were already wearing bell bottom jeans by then). John was excited to chat about Peanut, his new rescue dog from the Animal Haven shelter (www.animalhavenshelter.org). The dog is black and white, and originally named Oreo (as in the cookie), but he just felt the dog should be named Peanut (he’s obviously not allergic to nuts or mutts)! I just assumed he was thinking about Charlz Schultz’s comic strip and Snoopy! We were at the Our Time Theatre Company (www.ourtimetheatre.org) (Benefit at NYU, honoring famed photographer Howard Bingham with the Our Time Award. We also ran into our neighbor, dear friend, and actor BD Wong, who was celebrating the Obama’s’ naming their dog BO, the same name as his brother (okay I had to mention Bo Obama just this once)! The event was touching as the theater supports and honors a person who is inspirational to young performers that stutter. Our Time's mission and ultimate goal is through creative programming, to bring positive change to kids who stutter, helping them reach their true potential and integrate more fully into the everyday world.

I ventured off solo to the 21 Club (www.21club.com) for breakfast with Suzy Welch to celebrate her newest book 10-10-10. Lucky stayed home pouting, she wasn’t very happy that she would miss their famed and very expensive, but well worth it, hamburger (what’s a spoiled NYC dog to do). “The First Woman of Finance" was there, Muriel Seibert. She is the original woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and the first woman to head one of its member firms. She was cracking me up about Monster (not the economy), her longhaired Maltese! Not only is this woman a financial wizard, she has a great sense of humor. I couldn’t contain my roar of laughter when she shared stories about all her “wheelings and dealings” that made her a powerhouse on Wall Street! Her offices were located at the famed Lipstick building, in fact the same building and same floor where the $50 billion dollar Bernie Madoff housed his scandal, too bad Monster did not sniff out the other monster down the hall. At the ripe age of 76-years-old, Muriel is still a shrewd businesswoman and also a fellow Cleveland, Ohio homegrown same as me. She is responsible for convincing her Lipstick landlord (kiss-kiss) to change his “NO DOG” policy when she informed him "NO LEASH - NO LEASE".




We both were thrilled to celebrate Suzy Welch's new book 10-10-10. Funny I didn’t need Lucky’s canine presence at the breakfast after listening to Suzy's take on falling in Puppy Love with Jack Welch. It started at the very place where we were sitting, the 21 Club over a dirty martini. 10-10-10 is a book about a transformative and value driven lifestyle, and choices made in 10 minutes - 10 months - 10 years (www.suzywelch101010.com). All I could think about during the conversation is how dogs know value instinctually, they naturally are easy going and pleasing, they just want to love, eat, play and sleep. And aren’t we Lucky!
I had to ask my notorious question to the man worked for 40 years at GE (Parent company of NBC, Today Show, where Lucky and I appear for pet lifestyle segments) – 20 years running the place, Jack Welch, “If Suzy was a dog what breed would she be?” Without hesitation he said Lassie; tender, and always there … Suzy immediately set it straight (she didn’t want to appear to be a lapdog), She loves big dogs, recently her beloved Mastiff Abigail passed away. Suzy in turn replied about Jack, “I would say Jack is more like a Cairn terrier, the kind of dog I grew up with. He's very smart, adorable, fierce, and completely loyal. Plus, he's very high energy.” Funny, the next night I ran into Jack and Suzy sans Lucky again, and you just have to love that one of the most powerful men in the world greeted me with a hearty “Bow Wow! “ Hysterical!
I get the whole 10-10-10 thing! Especially this year, since its Animal Fair Media Inc.’s (www.animalfair.com) 10th year anniversary. I appreciate all the incredible experiences those years have brought me, every 10 minutes, 10 months and over the past 10 years. I’m very grateful and have found real happiness through my little rescued Maltese Lucky - who is also happy, everything with Wanda my Beta fish is going swimmingly, and Pasha, my Russian Blue cat is purring 24 hours a day (even in his sleep). The past ten years has been worth every challenge and success and actually has been a priceless time in my life! Is there a Piggy bank for sale? Try www.petsmart.com.

 

The Obamas Get Jazzy With New First Dog Name, Bo!

April 13th 2009 9:55 am
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Introducing to the world stage, Bo Obama, the new Portuguese Water Dog and First Dog of the United States. As an advocate for breed rescue since 1999, not dating Lucky Diamond (a purebred Maltese that likes to keep her age an urban myth) or anything else for that matter. But yes, (I have the same hypoallergenic issues that Malia Obama has and can relate when considering adopting a pet) simultaneously I realized a need to promote animal adoption and rescue, and thus led to creating the premiere pet lifestyle company in the country Animal Fair Media promoting fairness to animals (www.animalfair.com). Lucky’s story goes like this, I put the word out to celebrity dog trainer Bash Dibra (famous for training Mariah Carey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, and Barbara Walters’ dogs) and he came to my rescue when he delivered a dog named Chloe (yes Lucky’s real name), a purebred hypoallergenic Maltese which would have cost me over $2000, if I bought her from a breeder or pet store. Never will I really know who gave her up for adoption (the best kept secret in the pet world), Bash just won’t tell me. And the rest as they say, is hound history. Lucky would have been worth every penny spent over the counter, but heck there are close to 5 million animals euthanized in shelters yearly, and saving an animal is priceless.

Certainly the rescue world was wishing the Obamas would walk into a shelter, look into innocent puppy eyes (it would have been a real canine coup d'état if the Obamas chose an older rescue dog), and adopt. This would have made a huge difference to those animals hoping to one day have their own loving doghouse (okay, not every dog can live in the White House – but a dog can dream). But I must give kudos to the Obama family. They researched the best breed that fit their family, they consulted dog lover for life and politically correct friend who has Portuguese Water Dogs, Senator Ted Kennedy, and “adopted” a dog that was returned by its original pet parent. So I guess the Obamas possibly intercepted and rescued a dog before it ended up in a shelter.






Here are our helpful tips on how to adopt a certain breed that is desired for whatever the reason:

1) A lot of people think they need to go to a breeder and spend lots of money if they want a certain breed, but that’s not at all true! There are many wonderful rescue groups that cater to specific breeds, where you can adopt the purebred your heart is set on. Breed-specific rescue groups have the advantage of extensive knowledge and experience with their particular breed. They are a great source of information, especially if you’re still searching, about their breed and of course about dogs in general.



2) You can start your search in the phone book or online - just look for “rescue + “name of breed.” You can also call the Humane Society – they’re always willing to help! Whatever breed you’re looking for, someone, somewhere has likely formed a rescue society. If you don’t immediately find what you’re looking for, a rescue for a similar breed can almost always point you in the right direction. Even if they don’t have that particular breed, chances are they know who does. Start asking around!



3) When you do find a breed rescue group, get as much info as you can. How do they care for animals? How do they decide who to put up for adoption? How do they decide who can adopt? What is the process for the actual adoption? What services are available post-adoption?


4) Once you actually go meet an animal, find out as much as you can about its history. Where was it rescued from? Has it ever been mistreated? Are there behavioral or medical problems to consider? Has it been spayed or neutered? How is it with other animals? Kids and crowds? Talk to the people at the shelter about the breed and the specific dog, and make absolutely sure that this is the dog for you.






5) Be prepared with the necessary food and accessories, and medical history for your first vet visit. If you have small children, prepare them for interacting with the animal. Be ready to establish rules and schedules for your new family member as you all adjust. Take time to play and bond, and most of all have fun!


Now to the name the Obamas’ picked for their new dog – BO!!! As in Bo Diddley, curious - when did Malia and Sasha Obama start listening to Bo Diddley – in a previous lifetime experience at a Blues and Jazz fest? I prefer the name Charlie – Bo the First Dog’s original name. As in Charlie Brown, an all-American animated character and icon. I would have thought the girls might name Bo, Miley or Cyrus (although the famed singer is female they could have just used her last name), Jonas (after the hot boy band), something a bit more kid-friendly and generational! But hey - whatever name, whatever breed, congratulations to the Obama family! Please take the time to train Bo Obama yourselves and show America that there is a real binding policy and commitment when having a dog. Hopefully all will see you as respected role models nationwide and a new trend will emerge – real change - when dogs and cats (animals in general) won’t be abandoned or left in shelters, all living in loving and caring homes! The dream and hope lives on when one day this country will be No Kill!

 

Lucky Hightails From 5th Avenue To Barneys New York!

March 18th 2009 8:04 am
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Lucky and I celebrated an intimate gathering at philanthropist Valerie Diker’s apartment on 5th Avenue to discuss the plans for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary 25th anniversary. Best Friends is the largest no-kill sanctuary in the world and one of their main goals is to close down puppy mills and to create nation legislation that will stop pet stores from selling mill animals. Little did Lucky and I realize that we would be introduced to 2009’s Best of Breed Westminster winner who happens to be Valerie’s Champion Dachshund, Jessie. Champion “Dikerdachs” (as in dachshunds) Jessie was a newbie in 2008 when he first appeared at Westminster along with his canine competitor “Dikerdachs” Champion Richard who won the breed the year before and got first award of merit last year. Quite a pair of winners! Lucky who never wins any awards (maybe because she can’t sit still) likes to run with the champions. Sure if Wheaties had a dog food they would be on the cover!


In 2009, Ch. Richard retired to stud (at least Lucky thinks he’s a stud), with 10 little champions already “on the ground”; now it is Ch. Jessie who is the “Top Dog” of New York Top Dogs in the city that never sleeps (doesn’t let sleeping dogs lie) and hosts the Westminster Dog Show. Jessie’s owner/ breeder, Valerie Diker is a true New Yorker, a well-respected breeder, published author, philanthropist and mother of three human pups. She began breeding 18 years ago and has bred 22 champions to date, that’s truly a doggie dynasty lineup! Valerie shared (since Lucky was not allowed at Westminster (no regular dogs just the show dogs are permitted) and gave us the inside scoop, “There was a great deal of energy and excitement from the crowd at Ring 6 when Westminster Judge Dr. Donald Sturtz Jr, pointed to this adorable little dog and picked him as the big champion! Rarely do miniature dachshunds win; the standard dachshunds almost invariably win at Westminster.”

As a true New York City winner (the big apple – loves winners – grooms them) Jessie appeared on Fox News and The View with his owner-breeder, also a “born and bred” native New Yorker, Valerie Diker. These two are a true love match. Jessie never stopped kissing Valerie smack on the lips this prompted The View’s Whoopie Goldberg to ask, “tell me, do you have peanut butter on your lips?” The audience was in hysterics and Jessie kept kissing until Mrs. Diker got up, at Barbara Walters’ request, to walk Jessie “show style” and strut his stuff. And he did – proudly! Lucky and I salute both Valerie and Jesse for their work with Best Friends as animal advocates for fairness to animals (as we do at Animal Fair: www.animalfair.com)!

We ended this week with a fabulous event hosted by our dear friend Sue Costello on the Penthouse of Barneys New York. The event was entitled Hope Trumps Fear Storytelling by actor funny lady comedian Sue Costello. It was an intimate night of original storytelling at this New York landmark. Elaine Stritch kicked off the night with a story about missing her call time at the opening night of her trademark performance of "The Ladies Who Lunch" in Company. Elaine Stritch is also on Lucky and my favorite NBC show 30 Rock, where she pays Jack Donaghy's mother Colleen. Elaine was laughing when we asked her what Obama should call his future first dog – “Liberty” as we all need Liberty (at least financial liberty with the current economic acrobatics going on)!


Comedy Central Presents’ Marc Maron, comedian extraordinaire (and I’m not saying that that because he has four cats: Monkey, Boomer, Moxie and La Fonda) from Late Night with David Letterman, Conan, Air America, who's currently work shopping his one man show Scorching the Earth Sundays cracked a funny and said "leave it to Sue Costello to do underground theatre on the 8th floor of Barneys" Marc Maron was funny enough to come up with the idea that President Obama should name his dog “Bush” (I’m leaving that one alone). Hmmm … Louis Ramey from NBC’s Last Comic Standing told a revealing story about how he was homeless and auditioned for the Aspen Comedy Festival and got it. And Jackie the "Joke Man" Martling closed the night with an officially painful and hilariously funny story about one bad day in his life, first bombing on stage and Rodney Dangerdfield and then Dangerfeld catching him peeing by a dumpster. Sue Costello started off the night with gratitude for all the support she got while writing her one woman show Minus 32 Million Words, and some very funny and heartwarming stories of how Hollywood can be a nice place to visit. Kevin Dyson, General Manager of Barneys NY, is a close friend of Sue's and one of the most touching moments of the night was when Sue brought him on stage and thanked him while he blushed uncontrollably. Lucky and I had a night to remember, full of laughs and heartfelt stories to bark about, as we already know that Hope Trumps Fear, we see it everyday with animal rescue, and it was good to see it take place in human rescue as well.

 

Lucky Celebrates Spring – Palm Springs That Is!

March 9th 2009 3:08 pm
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Animal Lover’s were in full force this past week at the Guild Hall’s Academy of the Arts 24th Annual Lifetime Achievement Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street, honoring actress extraordinaire and dog lover that cares, Boston Legal’s Candice Bergen, she plays loving guardian in real life to Lois - part Wire Haired Terrier/part Basset-Hound & Larry – a King Charles mix.

At the event, Lucky & I ran into Long Island native and 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin who truly hopes President Obama names his future rescued Portuguese Water Dog, ”Surplus”. Certainly with this ruff economy, the entire country and every dog I am sure could use a little more “Surplus” and treats in their lives.

Speaking of breed rescue, Oprah Winfrey has adopted an 8-week-old blonde-colored Cocker Spaniel on Sunday. The pup — one of a litter of six — was named Amanda by the shelter staff, but the rep for PAWS Chicago shelter, Lisa Nowak, wasn’t sure if Winfrey renamed her.

Winfrey’s two Cocker Spaniels, Sophie and Solomon, died last year. Her Golden Retriever, Gracie, unfortunately choked on a plastic ball in 2007. She still has two other Golden Retrievers, Luke and Layla. The host vowed to adopt her next pooch after dedicating a show to the horrors of puppy mills sprouting up all over the country. Ms. Winfrey also donated money in Sophie’s name to maintain the upkeep of PAWS Chicago.

PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving - pawschicago.org) is Chicago’s largest No Kill organization, focused on alleviating Chicago’s tragic pet homelessness problem. Since PAWS Chicago’s founding, the number of homeless pets killed in the city has been reduced by more than half. Perhaps President Obama will rescue his new dog from PAWS as Oprah did, since they seem to run in the same circles.








This past weekend Lucky and I could not refuse the invitation to jet off to Palm Springs, California to judge a dog look-a-like contest (I must admit I don’t come close to the cuteness of Lucky). The Dog Look-a-Like winners were dog trainer Andrea Smith and her 2-year-old Rhodesian/Pit Mix Rescue dog named Miley, who never would have survived the shelter life unless rescued! Miley can’t howl like Miley Cyrus can but certainly is as handsome with an overabundance of animal magnetism – www.visitpalmsprings.com. We stayed at the very pet friendly www.andreashotel.com where Lucky certainly relaxed.

Of course, though you know Palm Springs is where the Hollywood elite go to relax and getaway (from all the bright lights, fanatic fans and puparazzi). It was so funny we ran into Kathy Griffin getting her Palm Springs’ “Star of Fame” (Lucky did not want to get her paws dirty so declined the D list star from getting into the cement (although Lucky really knows she is the D star - Dog TV star that is). Probably second to Lucky as a famous Maltese was crazy Bubba from Cesar Milan’s first season of The Dog Whisperer. Bubba’s mom Heidi was trying very hard to buddy up to Lucky. Sorry to all those Maltese but Lucky has been spayed. (www.animalfair.com). If you’re looking for the best Palm Springs pet travel bag go to www.petsmart.com




 

Lucky Diamond and President Obama's dog naming political- party

March 2nd 2009 1:48 pm
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What’s In A Dog’s Name?

The burning question on the minds of the entire world was answered last week when First Lady Michelle Obama announced that her family is looking to rescue a Portuguese water dog that is “old enough” and a “match” for the family dynamics, due to arrive and reside at the White House this April. According to Mrs. Obama, the only thing still up in the air is the presidential pooch’s name.

What’s in a name anyway? What does a name really mean? Merriam Webster states that a name is: “a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing”. Well, since the “distinct designation” of this fortunate dog is going to be in the global spotlight, maybe the classic canine name “Spot” would work. Probably won’t happen though since the former president Bush’s English Springer Spaniel donned that name.

The number one dog name nationally for many years in a row has been Lucky. Ten years ago when I named my little rescued Maltese Lucky, picking a popular name was not on my mind. I felt so lucky to have rescued the cutest little dog that to date has completely changed my life. Now Lucky Diamond certainly does not take credit for the popularity of her name, although her Today Show and CBS Greatest American dog primetime show (where she sat on the judges panel for hours, very well-behaved) appearances certainly makes a pet parent like me proud (and many pet parents very jealous). Everyone else should be so lucky to have such a charismatic and patient dog like I do.

The Obama’s being very bipartisan and politically correct in their choice of the First Dog will make the breeder and the rescue community both at ease – a purebred rescue. Smart move and that’s why we love the Obama family living in the White House and why they reign popular across the nation with dog lovers.

So let’s take a step back into history with some of our favorite past presidents and look at the creative (and not so creative) names they bestowed on their pets. Remember our number one cherry pie loving president George Washington, he named his Foxhounds: Mopsey, Taster, Cloe, Tipler, Forester, Captain, Lady Rover, Vulcan (B.S. – Before Star Trek) Sweet Lips, and Searcher. Sure President Obama admires his former predecessor Abraham Lincoln, whose two dog’s breeds are unknown, but Lincoln crowned one Jip, and the other helped to coin (not Penny, the one cent) the canine name favorite: Fido. Calvin Coolidge obviously had an imagination, huge heart and sense of humor, he named his 11 dogs: Peter Pan, a terrier; Paul Pry, an Airedale; Rob Roy, a white Collie; Clamity Jane, a Shetland Sheepdog; Tiny Tim (holiday spirit), and Blackberry, both Chow Chows; Ruby Rough, a Collie; Boston Beans (one can only imagine why), a Bulldog; King Kole (not Kong), breed unknown; Bessie, a Collie; and Palo Alto, a bird dog. And the list goes on and on, visit: www.dogtime.com/presidential-dog-names, for a more extensive list of presidential pooch monikers.

In honor of the new soon-to-be adopted presidential purebred and the national wave of purebred adoptions sure to follow from coast to coast, I thought I would be kind enough to provide you with pointers (not the breed) on how to adopt a purebred.

1) A lot of people think they need to go to a breeder and spend lots of money if they want a certain breed, but that’s not at all true! There are many wonderful rescue groups that cater to specific breeds, where you can adopt the purebred your heart is set on. Breed-specific rescue groups have the advantage of extensive knowledge and experience with their particular breed. They are a great source of information, especially if you’re still searching, about their breed and of course about dogs in general.



2) You can start your search in the phone book or online - just look for “rescue + “name of breed.” You can also call the Human Society – they’re always willing to help! Whatever breed you’re looking for, someone, somewhere has likely formed a rescue society. If you don’t immediately find what you’re looking for, a rescue for a similar breed can almost always point you in the right direction. Even if they don’t have that particular breed, chances are they know who does. Start asking around!



3) When you do find a breed rescue group, get as much info as you can. How do they care for animals? How do they decide who to put up for adoption? How do they decide who can adopt? What is the process for the actual adoption? What services are available post-adoption?



4) Once you actually go meet an animal, find out as much as you can about its history. Where was it rescued from? Has it ever been mistreated? Are there behavioral or medical problems to consider? Has it been spayed or neutered? How is it with other animals? Kids and crowds? Talk to the people at the shelter about the breed and the specific dog, and make absolutely sure that this is the dog for you.



5) Be prepared with the necessary food and accessories, and medical history for your first vet visit. If you have small children, prepare them for interacting with the animal. Be ready to establish rules and schedules for your new family member as you all adjust. Take time to play and bond, and most of all have fun!

Next time you are out with friends, around the water cooler at work, or dinner table at home, start a new conversation/debate on what the new presidential Portuguese water dog should be named and why. And I guarantee you’ll certainly find out – what’s in a dog’s name? For more information on rescue pets visit: www.Petsmart.com, or if you want to see what some of your favorite celebrities or politicians top dog names are visit: www.animalfair.com.



 

Star-Spanieled Banner

February 16th 2009 2:56 pm
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What a triumphant week for Spaniels! New York City has morphed into Spaniel City (SpaNiel-YC) as we witness two major Spaniel spectacles the week of St. Valentine (or is it St. Spanieltine)? [Warning: Prepare for lots of S's in honor all the spectacular, splendid and significant Spaniels]

Our first stellar Spaniel story is the story of a Sussex Spaniel named Stump, this year's Best in Show at this year's Westminster Dog Show. Stump, also know as "Ch Clussexx Three D Grinchy Glee," is Westminster's oldest Best in Show winner in its 133 year history, checking in at the respectable age of 70 (or 10 in human years). It's like when Jessica Tandy won her Academy Award for Driving Miss Daisy at age 80! Stump the Spaniel's handler is Scott Sommer, who four years ago almost had to consider euthanizing Stump after a near fatal bacterial infection that entered Stump's heart, leaving him in intensive care for weeks. But Stump sought salvation and today the Spaniel is the most famous dog in the world!

It's no surprise that a Sussex Spaniel took home the coveted prize at his age. While most competition dog's careers peak between ages two and six, the Sussex Spaniel doesn't fully mature until age eight or nine. I think Stump is a great example for all those dogs (and people) who want to achieve greatness at any age.

Our second special Spaniel story, perhaps inspired by Stump himself, is Sammy the Cocker Spaniel who filmed our upcoming PSA with Regis Philbin. Sammy, a sheltered Spaniel from the Humane Society took the spotlight right from underneath Philbin by getting adopted from one of my very own Facebook friends. We all knew Facebook was a valuable tool for keeping in touch, browsing photos, and generally just wasting time, but now Facebook can help get sheltered animals rescued! Unfortunately I can't divulge who adopted the dog because there was a veritable rescue war for him (Facebook is not eBay people)!

In honor of love, the heart, and St. Valentine, this week Lucky and I attended "The Art of Living Well: A Woman's Guide to Preventing Heart Disease" benefiting the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF.org) and hosted by our favorite TV doctor (aside from the fictional Dr. Huxtable), Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, or as he is fondly referred to by Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Oz. As an all around animal lover Dr. Oz knows the importance of pets and how they will keep you healthy and promote longevity, telling us all about his fondness for his three cats, Shadow, Rocky and Creef. Dr. Oz reminded us all that age is not a question of how old we are, but how old our bodies think we are. Pet's keep us feeling young and my pets have successfully tricked my body into thinking I'm a teenager. Thanks Lucky!


The eloquent Dr. Oz went on to tell such a captivating story (well everything he said was captivating), discussing his trip to the Galapagos Islands where he swam with the unique Rainbow Red Fish. Of course, I'm always interested in male-female relationships and he told us that all Rainbow Reds are born female and when a male is needed for mating purposes, a female can just turn herself into male, and mate with another female – and we think human relationships are complicated. I have spent years studying puppy love, but this "guppy love" is pretty crazy!

This week Lucky and I also did some extensive pet research while in Orlando on business. Orlando hosted this year's Global Pet Expo convention showcasing the hottest, newest, and most innovative products on the dog market. The convention is always a treat for Lucky because she's faced with endless amounts of toys to play with and with her expert eyes, nose and mouth and my precise ability to do "pet picks," we've prepared a list of five products to watch out for this year:

1. Dogtronics Nutty Squirrel Toy– Dogtronic toys are more than just a toy, they're an adventure. The toys don't just squeak, they move, emit light, and resemble natural prey that dogs love to attack. Lucky loves Dogtronic toys, especially the Nutty Squirrel who mimics the real life critter and it's the first toy that has actually outsmarted her! Check out Dogtronics.com for more information!

2. Pet Inspired Bissell Drool Cleaner – For years Bissell has been making trusted cleaning products for pets and humans and now they've introduced their "drool be gone" formula which will eliminate all those pesky drool marks and keep your home clean! Finally an answer to all that slob! Check out Bissell.com for more info!

3. Sergeant's SentryHC Good Behavior Pheromone Collar For Dogs – You not going to believe this one. A new dog collar for dogs with natural calming pheromones that help anxious dogs keep dogs calm in stressful situations. Honestly the testimonials for this one look so good I think Lucky should be the spokesperson, or maybe Chris Brown. If only he had a human version that possibly might have prevented that ruff night with Rihanna. Check out Sergeants.com for more information!

4. FURminator available at PetSmart – Not as new to the market as these new products, but who can't resist an amazing de-shedding system? The FURminator is known to remove all that excess pet hair other combs cannot (and I'm talking bagfuls!) Check out PetSmart.com for more information.



5. Four Paws Nitebrite Leash - Four Paw's new leash on the market will ensure that your dog is safe – from as far as 200 feet away! The brand new glow-in-the-dark technology is perfect for those night walkers and will also give you and your pet a healthy glow! Check out FourPaws.com for more information.

Hope everyone had a great Valentines Day, for more info on Puppy Love, Guppy Love, Spaniels or more new products, check out www.AnimalFair.com!

 

Lucky's Top 8 Cutbacks of 2009!

December 22nd 2008 1:23 pm
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On Decemeber 24th, 2008 Wendy and Lucky Diamond will
be ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock
Exchange to celebrate Iams Home 4 the Holidays
and one million animals adopted this holiday.
Unfortunately, stocks have been very erratic and
the worldwide economy has been in and out of the
doghouse! Just because the economy is suffering,
however, doesn’t mean you and your pets have to be.
Here are some easy, money-saving pet cutbacks that
you and your family can follow without your pets even noticing:

1. Buy your cat and dog food in bulk instead of buying individual
boxes and cans of pet food! This will save money in the long run
and ensure your pet will never go hungry (something Lucky always
needs assurance of).

2. Walk your dog yourself! Getting rid of your dog walker will save
you money, and you will also get a few other perks when you20take
the leash for yourself. Not only will you get to spend extra time
with your best friend, but pounding the pavement will also
help you lose that extra holiday weight. All you have to do is
make time!

3. Use old collars and leashes instead of buying new ones every time
you get a shopping urge. Learn to use the “No” command with
yourself instead of your pet! Much to many a dog owner’s chagrin,
dogs are just not that into fashion, so they’re certainly fine with
last year’s leash and collar, as long as you are! Just keep telling
yourself that it’s retro.

4. Learn to groom at home. There are special home grooming kits
available at the larger pet retail stores. Home grooming is an easy
and cost-effective way to snip pet expenses. Check out the
FURminator, a great grooming kit available at PetSmart.com.

5. Try making toys for your pet instead of buying them! Look back to
what people and pets used to use as toys, such as a string from a
ball of yarn for your cat or kitten. Trust me they will love it ... they
might even like it more than commercial, store-bought products!

6. Whatever you do, make sure to keep your yearly vet appointment!
It will save you money in the long run if you pet stays healthy and
sticks to a normal check-up schedule.

7. Wash and dry your dog’s paws in the mud room when entering the
house from outside before letting him or her roam your house or
apartment. This will help you save money on carpet, clothing, and
rug and floor cleaning.

8. Finally, ADOPT A DOG! Don’t waste money on buying a pet when
so many homeless animals in local shelters need rescue and a
loving home this holiday season. This month, Lucky and I will be
tirelessly promoting rescues for the holiday. It makes the most
sense no matter if we are in a bull or bear economy. Check out
AnimalFair.com for more information on where to adopt a pet in
your area.

We at Animal Fair wish all of our readers and their
pets a happy and healthy holiday season and
New Year. See you in 2009!

 

Lucky gets political with Governor Patterson, Kennedys

September 17th 2008 8:25 am
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Fashion week continues here in the fashion capital of the world, but Lucky seems unfazed by the glamour, as she is still showing off her birthday suit in these still hot September days.

This week Lucky and I checked out the Maya Swimwear show where there were obviously no dogs in sight, unless you count the construction workers outside barking cat-calls to the pretty ladies walking in. This is not the barking Lucky is accustom to, it’s the kind every lady in New York has had to suffer through whether they like it or not. And don’t get me wrong – some women like it, but not Lucky. Inside Lucky and I hung out with former MTV VJ turned actress and Nick Lachey’s beau, Vanessa Minnillo. Minnillo is the proud canine mommy of a Yorkshire Terrier mix named Wookie, who she left at home alongside her three Miniature Pinchers Bubba, Rudy and Little Nicky. I wondered if things got confusing at home when she calls for Little Nicky and Big Nicky Lachey shows up, but she assured me that has never happened.

This week Lucky and I also attended US Weekly’s “25 Most Stylish New Yorkers” party all thanks to Lucky because she had nearly just made the list (white goes with everything). In attendance were some very stylish New Yorkers including Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Tiki Barber, Tommy Hilfiger, Gayle King and Kelly Ripa. Ripa was gushing about her new Shih-Tzu Chewy, who she rescued . Ripa told us that her fuzzy friend reminds her the iconic Chewbacca of Star Wars fame. I had to laugh because that creature makes some pretty funny noises, but I later found out that the sounds Chewbacca makes in the movie is comprised of several animal sounds mixed together. Interesting. Hopefully Ripa’s Chewy doesn’t sound like that. I know I’d be scared!

With the election approaching all too quickly, it was important that Lucky and I got political this week. We headed over to Beacon Restaurant for a special party for Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s book, Failing America’s Faithful. Lucky and I got to mingle with our favorite types of New Yorkers – Democrats – including Rory Kennedy, Frank McCourt, Democratic Party treasurer Andrew Tobias (told him Lucky could offer treats but has no money) and New York Governor David Paterson. Governor Paterson was quite a joker and cracked me up with his comedic introduction for the author, but he kept me going when he was talking to me about his Maltese, Cheerio. Paterson let Lucky and I into a little secret, nothing political, he told us that Cheerio will only lay on his lap and sleep only with him. I looked at Lucky and we both thought that sounded a bit familiar.

This week Lucky and I popped back into the Today Show to discuss pet obesity. Pet obesity is a problem that has bugged me since I got into the animal business and I urge any pudgy pet to get out and hit the dog park this Fall! Over 40% of US pets are overweight or obese and it’s time we put an end to it. After all, a healthy pet will live longer and continue to bring happiness while staying healthy.

I hope everyone caught the finally of Greatest American Dog this week! Lucky and I just wanted to wish another congratulations to our winner, Presley the Boxer (and puppy!), and his owner, Travis. It was a tough choice between the final two – Presley and Andrew – and I must admit, as a Maltese owner myself, Andrew did some things no small dog could ever accomplish. Do you think Lucky Diamond would go near an elephant? I hope everyone also saw Lucky get social with Andrew, finally getting off my lap. She does a lot of work on the show you don’t see, but this time you saw her in action. She makes a great stuffed animal, but she had been dying to do some “socializing” with Andrew all season! Congrats Travis and Presley and Laurie and Andrew. Anytime you’re in New York let’s organize a dog park play date!

Next week it’s off to LA to catch up in the Emmy fever. Then if you’re in Greenwich, Connecticut Lucky will be there hosting/judging this Sunday for their Adopt-A-Thon… so stop by and rescue a loving pooch!

 

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January 9th 2008 12:45 pm
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Posted Lucky's outing at the toys for pets charity! Check out the video!

 

About Me

September 21st 2006 2:17 pm
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You’ve seen her at the hottest parties and the chicest places, as well as
nursing homes and hospitals, and raising money for animal rescue: she’s Lucky Diamond, the hottest girl on four legs. But as much as Lucky loves to live it up, she knows she wouldn’t be anywhere without her friends and fans. So, we here at Animal Fair (www.animalfair.com)are happy to present Luck-E-mail (lucky@animalfair.com). Whether you want to say ‘hi’ or just reminisce with her about her countless parties with celebrities, and maybe even get invited to some of them, Lucky always loves getting e-mail from her fans. Furthermore, with her new internet prowess, Luck’s posting all the pictures of her and her celebrity admirers, as well as supporting important animal charities, she can get her paws on. Here you can interact with Lucky and learn just why everyone’s trying to get

Lucky.

 
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