Mother’s Day 2019

May 12, 2019

The Snuggle is real! Being a mother doesn’t mean being related to someone by blood. It means loving someone unconditionally and with all of your heart

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To all the dog moms out there who traded beauty sleep for dark circles, salon cuts for ponytails, long showers for quick clean-ups, late night parties for late night potty walks, sleeping-in for early morning face-licking-wake-ups, pedicures for PAWdicures, and designer bags for poop bags … Happy Mother’s Day! ūüźĺ

Easter 2019

Happy Easter from the Lemons and the Livers!

The Lemons:

Lemon Pointers: Margarita, Porter (foster pup), and Whiskey

The Livers:

Liver GSPs: Lager, Limoncello, and Hooch

Our pups had a blast doing an Easter egg hunt on our camper during our Easter camping trip!

When We arrived home from our camping trip, the Easter Bunny had left a little something for Margarita and foster pup Porter!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Sunday!

 

Valentine’s Day 2019

Valentine’s Day 2019

Brian and I are always trying to think of more ways we can help dogs in need. This Valentine‚Äôs Day Brian bought me a portable photography lighting kit and backdrop set. Not only will this be fun to use with our own pack, but the overall thought is that we could mesh one of my favorite activities (taking dog photos) and our biggest mutual passion (helping dogs in need). We plan to offer to take free photos of needy pups that shelters/rescues can use on social media in hopes to help some homeless pups find their forever families. …Now to figure out how to use the lighting correctly, learn how to shoot good indoor photos, and reach out to local shelters/rescues to see if they‚Äôd be interested!

Thank you,  Brian!

Christmas 2018 (Whiskey and Porter’s First)

Annual Christmas video 2018

 

Porter had a separate segment in addition to the above video because he was still our foster dog and we did a separate video for the rescue that just featured Porter.

This was both Whiskey and Porter’s first Christmas!

Porter left Santa some pizza and beer…way better than milk and cookies! Haha!

Merry Christmas from our pack to yours!

July 4th 2018

4th of July 2018 (Whiskey’s First!)

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Lilly’s Painting

Remember our Pointer Rescue, Org foster, Lilly ?

Well JJ Kelley, who drove a part of her transport from TN to NJ, painted her from a photo her new FURever family took of Lilly and her new Bro-fur!

JJ Kelley plans to sell her paintings, and donate 50% of sales price to various rescues, fosters, and other groups involved in rescuing pets!

You can see the full post here: Bluej Imagery & Art

Mother’s Day 2018

Being a mother doesn’t mean being related to someone by blood. It means loving someone unconditionally and with all of your heart…

To all the dog moms out there who trade beauty sleep for dark circles, salon cuts for ponytails, late night parties for late night potty walks, sleeping-in for early morning face-licking-wake-ups, pedicures for PAWdicures, and designer bags for poop bags …

Happy Dog Mom‚Äôs Day! ūüźĺ

Amazon Influencer Program

We are proud to announce that we are now a part of the Amazon Influencer Program!

This program allows us to have our own page on Amazon with an exclusive URL to showcase the products that the pups and humans in our pack recommend to our followers! When Amazon customers shop through our storefront, we earn money on qualifying purchases.

We get asked very often about the things people see in our posts.¬† Now it’s even easier to compile and share items with our followers!

You can find a link to our Amazon page on the home page of our website, or by clicking HERE!

 

Halloween 2017

My 2017 Halloween Super Heroes!

Rita Goes to College!

Margarita had her “first day at college” with a great visit at¬†Rowan College at Burlington County¬†meeting students and staff in the Student Success Center for their Mental Health Week event, while she helped enlighten them on the positive benefits therapy dogs provide for students with depression and anxiety!

The event was sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa Chi lota Chapter and RCBC Student Support.

The first full week of October focused on increasing understanding of what mental illness feels like, so others can learn more about the wide range of symptoms experienced by those living with a mental illness.

In addition, the purpose of this week was to also reduce the misunderstanding and stigma associated with mental health conditions.

Blessing of the Animals at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church: Brick, NJ

This summer Margarita was blessed at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Brick, NJ!

All the animals waiting to be blessed:

Margarita waiting in the shade as the Pastor begins the ceremony:

Waiting in line to be blessed:

 

Getting blessed by the Pastor:

All the animal’s PAWrents also received a prayer square:

 

More Summer Bucket List Items Accomplished

Margarita visited Island State Beach Park where she checked of TWO 2017 Summer Bucket List items:

1.  Visiting a State Park

2.  Walking in the ocean

 

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Rita had fun taking a walk in the ocean for the first time!

My favorite photo from the day:

Tito’s: Vodka for Dog People!

This summer we were lucky enough to receive a pretty cool package in the mail – – Tito’s¬† Vodka bling!

Tito’s Handmade Vodka is made in batches using old-fashioned pot stills, is gluten-free, and distilled & bottled in Austin, TX.

They even have a ¬†“Vodka for Dog People” program¬† – where their mission is to better the lives of pets and their families.

100% of the net proceeds from sales through their Vodka for Dog People web store go directly to support their non-profit partners  Рand you get to choose which one non-profit you want to help!

Our pack thoroughly enjoyed their goodies from Tito’s!

 

Walking on the Beach

Margarita checked-off another 2017 Summer Bucket List item when we visited the dog Beach on Long Beach Island.

She even went into Barnegat Bay for the very first time (You can see Barnegat Light House across the Bay)!

Margarita had a blast retrieving her toy from the bay!

We had an amazing day!

 

First Baseball Game!

Margarita checked-off another Summer 2017 Bucket List item …¬† We attended a Lakewood Blue Claws game together!

On our way to the game:

Arriving at the Blue Claws  home stadium- First Energy Park:

Rita got her own “wrist” band for the game!

Finding our seats… we had a great view!

Watching the game with Pop:

Keeping cool during the game:

Margarita found a doggie friend, and didn’t want to leave his side!

Margarita enjoyed her first ball field hot dog !

Such a fun time!

First Canoe Ride!

Margarita’s Summer 2017 Bucket List item:¬† Take a ride in a canoe for the first time!

What a beautiful night ~ The sky was as pink as Rita’s life jacket!

We had a beautiful sunset, and a fun night out on our lake!

First Ice Cream Cone!

One of Margarita’s Summer 2017 Bucket List items was to enjoy her first ice cream cone!

We took her to the Sand Stand in Medford, NJ – I think she enjoyed it! Haha!

 

 

Mother’s Day 2017

Being a mother doesn’t mean being related to someone by blood.¬† It means loving someone unconditionally and with all of your heart.

…To all the moms out here who traded beauty sleep for dark circles, salon cuts for ponytails, long showers for quick clean-ups, late night parties for late night potty walks, sleeping-in for early morning face-licking-wake-ups, pedicures for PAWdicures, and designer bags for poop bags…Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day 2017!

National Limerick Day

National Limerick Day is celebrated annually on May 12, and celebrates the birthday of English artist, illustrator, author and poet Edward Lear, known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and limericks.

National Limerick Day also celebrates the limerick poem. ¬†Limerick poems were popularized by Edward Lear‚Äôs book ‚ÄúBook of Nonsense.‚ÄĚ

A limerick is a very short, humorous, nonsense poem. A limerick has five lines.  The first two lines rhyme with the fifth line and the third and fourth line rhyme together.

Here is an example:

THERE WAS A YOUNG LADY
By Edward Lear

There was a Young Lady whose chin
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp, and purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.

Here at Cello’s Corner we thought it would be fun to try and create a Limerick about Limoncello. So on May 12, I did my best on writing my first Limerick:

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Bring Your Child to Work Day

Brian and I only have “fur-kids,” so we have never been able to participate in Bring Your Child to Work Day, as the jobs we have do not allow us to bring 4-legged children to work…UNTIL … this year when Margarita became a registered Therapy Dog!

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I am a Special Education teacher, so Miss Rita came along with me to work on April 27 (also my birthday!) to attend class with my students, and to make some Therapy Dog visits to a few other classrooms.

Miss Rita, keeping class in order! All the students were SUPER attentive, of course!

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The students just love their time with Rita!

…and after a long, hard day of work, Rita needed a pick-me-up – so we stopped by Starbuck’s and she ordered herself a Puppuccino!

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This was the best birthday gift ever!

We’d love to hear from you! Does your job allow you to bring your 2-legged or 4-legged children to work?

Margarita’s First Day of School

Those of you who have been following along know that Rita became a registered Therapy Dog.  My school district decided to start a Therapy Dog program, and Rita was one of the first dogs starting the program!

My students were super-excited! They made welcome signs, and we marked the calendar for her first day of school!

Students created posters and centimeter cube formations to welcome Rita to our class:

Ready for her first day of school with her Paw Patrol backpack!


Rita did very well with the kids, and the students enjoyed having Rita by their side as they practiced multiplication facts.

Rita was quite exhausted after her first day with the students, and napped her way through my Prep period.

Rita’s first day was a success – what a great program this will be for the students!

Lure Coursing

We recently tried Lure Coursing with Rita!

Lure Coursing is a system of mechanized lures and pulleys that simulate the unpredictability of chasing live prey. Dogs of eligible breeds are evaluated for follow, speed, agility, endurance, and overall ability as they pursue an artificial lure zigzagging across an open field.  All dogs one year of age or older from the following breeds are eligible to participate in Lure Coursing Events.

AKC Recognized Breeds

  • Afghan Hound
  • Basenji
  • Borzoi
  • Cirneco Dell’Etna
  • Greyhound
  • Ibizan Hound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Pharaoh Hound
  • Portuguese Podengo Pequeno
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Saluki
  • Scottish Deerhound
  • Sloughi
  • Whippet

If your dog is not one of the listed breeds above, you can still have them participate in the CAT test.  The Coursing Ability Test (CAT) is an introductory event fashioned after the sport of lure coursing, and is for any dog of any breed, including mixed-breeds, as long as it is at least 1 year old and individually registered or listed with AKC. It tests a dog’s basic coursing instinct or hunting-by-sight ability. The dog chases an artificial lure, and the test is a non-competitive pass/fail event with dogs run one at a time. To pass the test, a dog running alone must pursue a lure, completing the course with enthusiasm and without interruption within a given time. Dogs that pass the CAT three times will earn a Coursing Ability (CA) title. Ten passes and a dog earns a Coursing Ability Advanced (CAA) title, and 25 passes results in a Coursing Ability Excellent (CAX) title. Licensed lure coursing clubs may hold CATs in conjunction with a licensed lure coursing trial or as a standalone event.

If your dog is not AKC registered at all, they can still participate in this lively and healthy activity by attending practice runs, as Rita did in the below video.

 She had a blast!

Lure coursing information from: AKC

 

 

The Liver Killers Review the CarPET Pet Hair Remover

Having both brown dogs as well as a white dog, we can never seem to be without dog hair showing on our clothes, furniture, or car upholstery.  I was very excited when we were asked to review the CarPET Pet Hair Remover by GlosStock.

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The packaging was appealing, and the directions were easy to understand.

I was especially excited we had been asked to try the CarPET Pet Hair Remover when I had a rental car with a black cloth interior, and forgot to put a seat cover down before taking Margarita on a ride with me!

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When I realized how much of Rita’s white hair was all over the rental car’s back seat, I ran to get the CarPet Pet Hair Remover…

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…and good thing I did~it worked great! Watch how the white dog hair begins to disappear:

The CarPET was super easy to use Рall you have to do is hold one side of the rubber block FLAT on the surface and brush it lightly. You do not need to rub forcefully, as the pet hairs, will naturally brush away and gather on the block.   After every few strokes either tap the block gently and the hair will fall away Рor for longer hair, simply pull it off the block with your fingers and dispose. If necessary, you can also clean the CarPET by running it under some water to rinse. 

Rita is super excited that the CarPET also comes in her favorite color:  hot pink!

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To buy the CarPET, click HERE!

The Underwater Treadmill is a Great Low-Impact Workout!

One of the ways our pack stays fit during the off-season in the winter months is using an underwater treadmill.  We take our dogs to Dr. Fulton at V-Crest.

This type of exercise is beneficial to dogs as it uses the therapeutic properties of water to improve range of motion, strengthen muscles, and boost endurance.  The underwater treadmill is a low-impact, high-resistance workout that provides optimal training and conditioning. During the off-season, this activity provides a rigorous cardiovascular workout for our pups, with reduced impact and stress on their joints!

Christmas 2016 (Margarita’s First!)

Rita’s stocking!

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All decorated for Santa!

The pups must have made Santa’s “Nice List!”

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Margarita had a blast on her first Christmas!

Merry Christmas from The Liver Killers!

Beco Flyer Soars to the Top of Lager’s List!

Beco Pets products are two-for-two here at Cello’s Corner!

As you know, Margarita tested out the Beco Ball on a Rope a couple of days ago, and she thoroughly enjoyed it! We were asked to review another product from Beco Pets.  This time, Lager had the pleasure of trying out the Beco Flyer!

The Beco Flyer is made from natural rubber and rice husk, making it non-toxic, and flexible, and perfect for a game of fetch! 

We loved that the Flyer’s packaging was printed on recycled paper!

The flyer is very flexible , and the raised profile made it easy for Lager to pick up.

Watch how flexible this Flyer is:

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The flyer was easy to handle, and all it took was a simple toss to get the Flyer to soar across the yard!

Lager had a blast chasing after this non-toxic toy!

Overall, Lager thoroughly enjoyed himself, and the Flyer helped make fetch a bit more fun as the bird dog in Lager enjoyed tracking this toy as it soared through the air.  We were very impressed with Beco toys so far, and look forward to trying other products from this eco-friendly company!

Check out Beco Pets on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Product Review: Beco Ball on a Rope

Keeping our Pointers both physically and mentally stimulated is very important to their health and happiness.  We are always looking for new, Pointer-proof toys to help us bond with our pups, as we exercise the four of them.  Our family is also very conscious about recycling, so I was more than eager when we were asked to try out a couple of products from Beco Pets!

 Beco Pets is a fast-growing company focused on creating products for your pooch that are also good for the environment Рall without compromising on quality, price, or safety for your fur-child.  Whenever possible, Beco uses renewable or recyclable materials.

All rubber parts of Beco’s items are made from environmentally friendly rubber materials. ¬†Beco uses ethically sourced risk husk, which makes the rubber biodegradable, and free of BPA and Phthalates. Plant fiber plastic, made mostly of bamboo (they even recycle chopsticks!), makes their bowls 100% biodegradable. Plush toys and beds are made with stuffing from recycled plastic bottles, and only natural dyes are used for coloring. This company even recycles their cardboard boxes into the packaging for their items!

The first item we explored was the Beco Ball on a Rope. 

The ball is made from natural rubber made from rice husk fibers, and the rope is made from 100% natural cotton.

This toxin-free toy is great for playing tug or fetch! We decided to let Margarita test-out this new toy!

Margarita also loved running around with this toy…

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…Playing tug…

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…and taking some time to stop and chew on it as well!

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Here is Margarita enjoying herself with the Beco Ball!

Overall, we were very impressed with this product.  Not only did Margarita thoroughly enjoy playing with this toy, it held up well to some tough chewing and rough-play, and best of all, it is non-toxic and eco-friendly.  We look forward to reviewing the other products from Beco Pets, and Margarita looks forward to more fun with her Beco Ball!

Thank you, Beco Pets for giving us the opportunity to try out this product!

Check out Beco Pets on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter!