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PetSafe Paw Print Blogger Summit

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We have just returned from the PetSafe blogging summit and because I know not everyone the opportunity to participate in something like this, I wanted to spend some time telling you about the fun things we get to see and do during events like this. First off, a “blogging summit” is very similar to a "movie junket" (all you cinema goers and entertainment reporters will know what I mean by that). The difference is that “pet junkets” are a lot more fun because they actually apply to real life solutions for pets, and give us the opportunity to meet and interact with others in the industry. Let me begin by saying that this was one of the most interesting summits I’ve had the pleasure to attend. Not only did we get to see some of the latest and greatest products from PetSafe; we also got a taste of the Tennessee culture – and let me tell you – I’m a fan...  However, while the trip was wildly entertaining and loads of fun, PetSafe didn’t need it in order to sell us on their products or values. We’ve been avid fans of their product lines for over 10 years. I'm going to do my best to break this very long article out into categories, so feel free to skip around…

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The Life of St. Francis of Assisi

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It’s nearly time for the annual St. Francis of Assisi festival during which time Catholics around the world partake in a ceremony that is called the Blessing of the Pets. The custom has been around for many years and is a remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love for all creatures.

St. Francis of Assisi (and his current namesake, Pope Francis) is a bit of a hero to us. Not only for his work for animals, or overcoming the crowds who bullied him for his beliefs, or his "bad boy" status growing up and eventual denouncement of luxury, but because he did followed his heart and he didn't let anything stop him.

Here's a little more about Francis and his life...

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Dog Collars Through The Ages: A Short History

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medieval-collar-leeds-museumImage courtesy of Leeds MuseumIf you’ve ever wondered what the first dog collars in history looked like, you’ll have to travel to Leeds Castle in Kent, England to view the most extensive collection of antique dog collars. In the event you can’t afford the trip, we have a sneak peak at what you would see.

Spanning five centuries, the extensive collection was originally assembled by Irish medieval scholar John Hunt. In 1979, his wife Gertrude presented the collars to Leeds Castle in memory of her husband and the collection has since been extended by private donations and purchases to become the largest collection of medieval collars in the world.

Dogs have always been present at Leeds Castle – hounds for hunting, mastiffs to guard the Castle gates, and lapdogs to grace the apartments of the widowed queens.  With the help of Leeds Castle, PetsWeekly has compiled a brief look at dog collars through the world and throughout the centuries…

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The Rescue Rap

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Rescuing animals is hard work. In fact, many people give up rescue after only a few years, unable to face any more heartache. Occasionally, they become so jaded that they have to stop doing what they love most:  making a difference in the life of an animal.

For this reason, I wanted to show the “other” side of rescue – the happy side of rescue. This video is meant to be a tribute to all those who have devoted their lives to animal rescue. It’s a reminder of why we do what we do.

A little background...

The Rescue Rap features my own rescued pets and I wanted to give you some background on them. I have been active in TNR and have fostered dogs and cats of every age, breed and temperament for many years. It’s an important part of who I am and while I occasionally feel as though I don’t do enough, one look at my pets reminds me that no matter how I contribute, it’s enough to save lives.

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