➤ National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
➤ National Dog Day
➤ Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
➤ National Holistic Pet Day
➤ Happy Healthy Cat Month
➤ National Disaster Preparedness Month
First-ever Purina Cat Chow
Correspondent To Travel USA
Nearly 3,000 cat owners nationwide applied and just one was selected. New York’s own, Andy Senor Jr. is the first-ever “Purina Cat Chow Correspondent.” Purina wanted to give one lucky cat owner the job opportunity of a lifetime and after a 3-month coast to coast search, selected Andy’s one-of-a-kind role will feature him reporting on cat-related events and topics as well as interacting with cat owners across the country.
Senor will be sent out into the field–just like a news correspondent–to cover interesting cat stories, interview cat owners and report on cat-related events to learn more about the strong connection between cats and their owners. Senor will share his experiences as the Purina Cat Chow Correspondent on catchow.com and Purina Cat Chow’s social media channels including Facebook and Flickr. Senor lives in New York’s West Village with his one-year-old Siamese cat, Buster.
“Andy is a natural story teller. He has entertaining and interesting stories about the adventures he shares with his cat, Buster, that represent the relationship and connection we see with other cat owners,” said Vincent Biroscak, Brand Director for Purina Cat Chow. “He’s an approachable, magnetic person who exudes a sense of caring for other people and their cats. We think the Purina Cat Chow online community will really relate to Andy and be excited by the news he shares with them in this role.”
An interesting fact that came out of the contest is that half the entries were from men. Proving that men do in fact own cats–and that men want to have jobs in the cat products industry. The seven finalists for the position, including Senor, attended a two-day, in-depth interview in St. Louis for the position. The finalists faced individual interviews; received a briefing on the Purina Cat Chow brand; toured Nestle Purina PetCare headquarters; and conducted a photo and video shoot.
One last, “How did we get here?”
June 24, during the day, we all will “work like a dog” as part of the annual “Take Your Dog to Work Day” and at night, special events will be staged at the Fetch Club in New York City.
Paws… Open Adoption Hours
PAWS has open adoption hours on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. It is kitten season and they also have kittens available for adoption.
Their phone number for PAWS is 203-750-9572. They are located at 504 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Visit www.pawsct.org for more information.
Tails & Trails:
A Canine Extravaganza!
The New Canaan Nature Center will be “going to the dogs” on Saturday, June 11th when they host the first annual “Tails & Trails” event for dogs and the people who love them! The goal of this new community event is to celebrate all canines, encourage outdoor recreation and promote healthy pet-ownership. The day will include educational resources such as consultations with animal healthcare experts and trainers as well as recreation and fun.
There will be a doggie scavenger hunt and “talent showcase” for kids and their dogs to participate in. Special guests include Officer McFadden and Zira from New Canaan’s K-9 unit. The event is sponsored by Canine Fence and Canine Manners and representatives will be on hand to share information and demonstrate their in home obedience training program and Invisible Fence Brand pet containment system. Cornell University Veterinary Specialists is a sponsor of the event and their specialists will be hosting an “Emergency Care Station” for participating canines. Disc Dogs and Assistance Dogs may be on hand to demonstrate and some adorable adoptable dogs from Stays & Others may also make an appearance.
“Hundreds of residents from New Canaan and beyond walk their dogs regularly at the Nature Center, and we know that many of our members and supporters are passionate pet owners,” says Laura Heckman, Executive Director. “Our goal is to celebrate and encourage fun, outdoor recreation for dogs and we hope that hundreds will treat their dog to a visit here.”
This event is free and open to the public. 203-966-9577, 144 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan, CT 06840.
On April 12 a great new website was launched: iadoptedmypet.com. “It’s all about Adoption Pride,” says founder Mickey Kramer. The site offers colorful and striking T shirts that read, “i adopted my dog” and “i adopted my cat” on back and feature an adorable dog or cat picture on front. Twenty percent of the proceeds are being donated to 2 small, local rescue groups, Earth Angels Canine Rescue (where Mr. Kramer adopted his dog Tilly almost 7 years ago) and Rescuzilla. To date, over $400 has been donated. “My hope is that everyone who has an adopted dog or cat will wear these shirts and inspire anyone who sees them, to do the same (adopt from a shelter or rescue).”
In addition to the T shirts, the website also features interesting information and stuff (My Favorite Things, News/Blog), and an Adopt page with extensive tips and many local, and breed-specific rescue groups for anyone looking to adopt.
“I adopted my pet… Say it loud and proud, and wear it on your back,” Kramer concludes.
Greenwich Kennel Club’s 79th AKC All-Breed Dog Show
Want to find that perfect family dog or maybe learn a fun way to get that exercise you need with the help of a canine companion? Come to the Greenwich Kennel Club’s 79th AKC All- Breed Dog Show, June 11th. Get up close to a variety of breeds and speak to knowledgeable breeders at the Meet the Breed educational program. Learn about that special bond that develops between human and dog when training for obedience and rally trials. See the Best Dogs compete for the Best in Show, High in Trial, and Best Puppy awards and much more.
And… the Doggie Fun Zone challenge course returns this year from Wednesday, June 8th through Sunday, June 12th. This exciting challenge is open to any and all dogs willing to step up to the plate. No prior training or experience is required to compete as dogs are motivated by the aid of a small lure that instinctively propels and guides the dog through the timed race course with obstacles.
This prestigious dog show will showcase more than 1,300 pre-entered dogs representing more than 160 unique breeds competing in conformation, obedience and rally trials at Taylor Farm Park in East Norwalk.
For further information go to www. www.GreenwichKC.org or phone 203-426-1173
The Extraordinary Spirit Of Green Chimneys
Add to your summer reading list, The Extraordinary Spirit of Green Chimneys: Connecting Children and Animals to Create Hope, the story of the nationally renowned nonprofit children’s school and wildlife center. The book is published by Purdue University Press and can be purchased directly from Green Chimneys or through Amazon. Green Chimneys is a nonprofit organization helping young people to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services that create and nurture connections to the community and the natural world.
Written by founder and managing director Dr. Samuel B. Ross, Jr., this labor of love chronicles Ross’s personal experiences through Green Chimneys’ 63-year history. As an innovative and experimental school, Green Chimneys is considered the most diverse of its kind, integrating farming, animal- and wildlife-assisted activities into comprehensive special education and therapy programs to help children with emotional, behavioral, social and learning challenges. Its reputation as a humane animal education and wildlife rehabilitation center is equally renowned, and its model focused care and respect of animals is recognized across the globe.
Green Chimneys was founded in 1947 when Dr. Ross purchased a 75-acre farm in Putnam County, NY and in June 1948, Green Chimneys Farm for Little Folk opened its doors with just 11 students.
Today, the organization serves youth in Westchester and Putnam counties, New York City, the mid-Hudson region, and counties of western Connecticut. The property and programs have expanded to nearly 750 acres and nearly 200 students.
Green Chimneys services include an accredited special education school, residential treatment center, animal-assisted and nature-based therapeutic programs, and community based support for youth and families. Green Chimneys also provides services to homeless and foster care LBGTQ youth in New York City.
Visit www.greenchimneys.org for information.