Saturday, September 24, 2011

From ASPCA: How to Ease Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

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If your dog uses his time alone in the house to bark endlessly, pee on the carpet, or tear up the sofa—and those behaviors are accompanied by depression or stress—your pooch may be suffering from separation anxiety, a very common doggy behavior problem.

Overcoming disorders like separation anxiety takes time, patience and consistency, but it can be done! Just take the following steps, and you’re already on your way. [MORE . . . ]

Thursday, July 21, 2011


St. Louis, MO, July 20, 2011 – Continuing its mission to deliver a perfect combination of taste, nutrition, health and happiness in every bowl of dog food, Beneful® brand dog food is introducing two new product offerings that bring even more excitement and variety to the dry and wet dog food categories. New Beneful® Healthy Fiesta and Beneful® Prepared Meals™ Hearty Roasters™ should be widely available by mid-July 2011.

New Beneful Healthy Fiesta is a dry dog food formula that offers a festive blend of real, wholesome ingredients including accents of vitamin-rich veggies and avocado. The perfectly balanced, high quality nutrition includes:

· Protein-rich nutrition, with real chicken, that helps build strong muscles;

· Wholesome rice packed with carbohydrates for energy;

· Omega-rich nutrition, accented with avocado, to help promote healthy skin and a shiny coat;

· Antioxidant-rich nutrition, accented with carrots and tomatoes, to help support vision and a healthy immune system.

The product features a variety of crunchy and moist pieces, six distinct and delicious shapes, and tail-wagging freshness.

The popular dog food brand is also expanding the offerings in its successful line of wet dog food with the introduction of new Beneful® Prepared Meals™ Hearty Roasters™. Filled with hearty chunks, with real meat or poultry, tender veggies and wholesome grains, dogs will enjoy heartiness and happiness in every bite. Beneful Prepared Meals Hearty Roasters is available in three varieties: Savory Turkey Recipe with green beans, brown rice and potatoes; Savory Pork Recipe with green beans, rice and sweet potatoes; and Savory Beef Recipe with green beans, carrots and barley.

“Millions of dog owners enjoy nothing better than sharing daily adventures with their four-legged best buddies, including the fun of feeding great-tasting, nutritious meals that help keep their dogs happy and healthy ,” said Allison Boland, Beneful brand manager. “Our two new product offerings feature wholesome and delicious ingredients and bring excitement to every bowl.”

New Beneful Healthy Fiesta and Beneful Prepared Meals Hearty Roasters should be widely available (in grocery, mass and pet specialty channels) by mid-July 2011. Beneful Healthy Fiesta is available in 3.5 lb, 7 lb, 15.5 lb and 31.1 lb packages that have suggested retail prices ranging from $5.99 for the 3.5 lb to $29.99 for the 31.1 lb packages. Beneful Prepared Meals Hearty Roasters is available in a 10 ounce re-sealable plastic container with a suggested retail price of $1.86 - $1.99.

Beneful brand dog food offers a line of products that deliver a perfect balance of healthful ingredients, quality nutrition and great taste. It is manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, one of the leading global manufacturers in the pet food industry. Nestlé Purina promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. The company is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., the world’s largest food company.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Beneful® Brand Unveils Its First Dream Dog Park!

$500,000 Renovation of Atlanta-area Dog Park Inspired by Local Resident and His Dog;

Helped Brought to Life by TV Host and Design Expert Jason Cameron

JOHNS CREEK, Ga., June 16, 2011 – Every dog has his day. And yesterday, Atlanta-area dogs sure had theirs, as its first Dream Dog Park was unveiled by Beneful® brand dog food in Johns Creek, Ga.

The entire Johns Creek dog-loving community has awaited this day since last September, when their community dog park was awarded a $500,000 renovation from the Beneful® brand after local resident Pat McNeely and his Siberian Husky Koda were named Grand Prize Winner in the Beneful® WagWorld® Dream Dog Park Contest. Since then, Pat and Koda’s dream ideas have served as inspiration for the renovation that was managed by the Beneful Dream Team, led by TV personality and design expert Jason Cameron and pet expert and bestselling author Arden Moore. The Dream Team duo have worked together to transform the Newtown Dog Park into an enviable adventure destination for dogs and owners. Some of the park’s most interactive and unique elements include a giant bone-shaped ramp with tunnels, two water splash pads and a running trail, all of which were put to good use yesterday as local dogs and their best buddies turned out to celebrate at a special unveiling event.

“There’s nothing I love more than spending time with my dog CJ, and one of our favorite places to go is the local dog park, which is why I was excited to team up with Beneful to create its first Dream Dog Park,” said Jason Cameron, TV personality and head designer for the Beneful WagWorld Dream Dog Park Contest. “For years to come, the Newtown Dog Park – and all of its larger-than-life elements – will provide area dog owners and their four-legged companions a space where they can take a break from everyday life and focus on celebrating the time they have together.”

“At Beneful, we truly believe that life is better together with our four-legged friends, and that is why we launched the Beneful WagWorld Dream Dog Park Contest, which culminated at yesterday’s unveil event,” said Allison Boland, Beneful assistant brand manager. “We hope the unveil of the first Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek, Ga., will inspire dog owners across the country to share their own dream dog park ideas and possibly win a $500,000 renovation of a dog park in their area.”

Now in its second year, the Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest invites dog owners to get creative and Dream Big from now through June 21 as they answer the question: If you had $500,000 to spend to create the ultimate dream dog park, what would you do? Functional or just plain fun, one lucky Grand Prize Winner’s idea will help serve as inspiration for a half-million dollar makeover of a dog park that the entire community can enjoy.

In addition to having his or her idea(s) help serve as inspiration for a $500,000 makeover of a dog park in their area, the Grand Prize Winner will receive a $10,000 cash award and one year supply of Beneful® brand dog food. Nineteen runners-up will each receive a year’s supply of Beneful® brand dog food. The Beneful Dream Team, which will once again include Jason Cameron and Arden Moore, will serve as judges to help select the winner. Cameron will manage the transformation of the park, with Moore providing expertise from the dog’s point of view. For more information on the contest, official rules and to enter, visit

About the Beneful® Brand

Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Beneful brand dog food offers a full line of wet and dry formulas that offer a perfect balance of taste and nutrition. Introduced in 2001, Beneful is one of the most successful dog food brands in the Company’s history. The North American headquarters for the Nestle Purina PetCare Company is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri, where Ralston Purina Company was founded more than a century ago. Nestle Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. One of the leading global players in the pet food industry, Nestle Purina PetCare is part of the Swiss-based Nestle S.A.- the world’s largest food company.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Update on Bella - Japanese Refugee Dog Reunited with family

Bella, a 3-year-old Springer Spaniel, was evacuated from Japan after the March 11 earthquake and subsequent events. Bella traveled by airline crate over 8,400 miles and was hosted by a temporary foster family in Austin.

Bella reunion

Bella & her family reunite

We're happy to report that Bella's family arrived in Austin to pick up Bella and reunite the family!

Update from Bella's family: They're working with Bella, continuing to teach her to enjoy her crate and to tolerate periods of separation from her family. By consistently reinforcing the crate as a fun place to be by using toys, treats, and soft bedding, Bella is starting to see her crate as her own private den. Her family is also using puzzle/chew toys and Kongs to keep Bella occupied during their absence. Bella has responded well to the philosophy of "a busy dog is a happy dog".

Best of all, we're thrilled to see a family reunited and a happy ending to Bella's travels.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Dogs Available for Adoption in Austin

May is National Pet Month. If you're looking for a new four-legged best friend, check out Austin Dog Aliance's available dogs ready for adoption! The selection of available dogs is always changing as new dogs join our Foster Program and existing dogs are adopted into their forever homes.

ADA Adoption Managers carefully choose dogs from area shelters after screening them for temperament and friendliness. Each dog is hosted by an Austin Dog Alliance foster until their forever family is found. Most of the dogs are adopted into forever homes within a few weeks.
Hank adoptable dogShaggy adoptableJanie for adoptionBuck SDSNSophie Special Dog adoptable

Join the Foster Program -- the more fosters they have, the more families they can make happy with wonderful dogs. Our Special Dogs for Special Needs program has a wait list. If you enjoy training dogs, contact us for more information about training a Special Dog. The typical commitment is about a month. To find out more about fostering, see the Foster Program page or contact Judy McCarthy, Adoption Program Manager.