TGIF-K9 Style: Thank Gosh It’s Fur-i-Day – Time to Play!

All work and no play can make us two-leggers feeling stressed and acting grumpy. Earlier today, I invited a couple neighbor dogs — Stan the miniature Poodle and Buddy the no-so-miniature Schnauzer to a backyard play date with my dogs, Chipper (Golden retriever-Husky) and Cleo (12-pound mystery mutt).

Within a minute, Stan the Man let out a friendly yelp and plopped into a play bow and the fun began. Check out the short video of this fun foursome dashing and romping and enjoying one another’s company.

Dogs do learn a lot from us, but when we give them the opportunity, they can teach us a lot about getting the most out of life. Play — it does a body good! That’s the “woof” message today from Arden Moore, the Pawsitive Coach(tm) and Four Legged Life.com.

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Catster Features Zeki the Cool Cat's Tale from Abused to Ambassa-Cat – Me-WOW!

Yes, I did take my cat, Zeki, with me to Los Angeles recently where I was a presenter at the Cat Writers Association conference. I had to. Zeki is my co-presenter and a true travel kitty. As this story written by Catster’s Monique Balas depicts, Zeki’s young life was horrific. But she is now the first feline teaching assistant in pet first aid with Pet Tech, the world’s No. 1 hands-on pet first aid program.

Every day, Zeki continues to amaze me with her ability to not let the horrible past consume her present state of mind. She is a spunky survivor blessed with a can-do attitude and plenty of feline charm for people, cats and even dogs.

Please enjoy this profile on Zeki and share it with your pet pals. And, be sure to become a Facebook fan of Zeki — click here! Learn more about Zeki’s pet first aid role by visiting Pet First Aid 4 U.

http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-rescue-zeki-arden-moore

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Arden Moore Participates in Blog Hop – Spotlights 5 MUST-READ Authors!

Welcome to the newest page turner idea: The Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it is a way for readers to discover new authors. After all, we authors need to be creative not only with words, but with marketing. With bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, the Blog Hop is a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.

Here is an easy, effective way to find new authors. I first wish to thank fellow author Amy Shojai for tagging me to participate. She is a best-selling author of both non-fiction and fiction books, including her latest thriller called: LOST AND FOUND. New York Times bestselling author James Rollins penned this review of Amy’s book:  “Riveting, heart-wrenching, brilliant, the debut of a stunning talent.”

Click here to find out more about this book and Amy Shojai, co-founder of Cat Writers Association and one of the world’s top pet authors!

In this post, I am following the Blog Hop protocol by answering these 10 questions about my latest book, What Dogs Want, and my background as an author. I hope you enjoy this and share it with your pet-loving pals!

What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Every Move, by Arden Moore

1. What is the title of your latest pet book?

My 24th pet book is entitled, What Dogs Want: A Visual Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Every Move.

2. Where did the idea come from for this book?

I’ve traveled all over North America and given talks about dog (and cat) behavior to people who are frustrated, perplexed or confused by what their pets do and say. One day, I received a call from a book editor from Global Book Publishing in Australia. She was searching for an author to write a canine communications book and said I was the publisher’s top pick to write it.

3. What genre does your book come under?

This is a non-fiction pet book filled with great insights into the canine mind.

4. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

In an easy-to-follow format, this book bridges the canine-people communication gap by decoding 100 postures, expressions, sounds and actions from dogs.

5. Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

What Dogs Want is a global release from Global Book Publishing. Firefly Books is handling the North America release.

6. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Surprising a shorter-than-anticipated time: about four months. Like most of us authors, I wrote this book while I was juggling other book projects, magazine article assignments and editing chores.

7. What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?

Two of my favorite pet authors who really know how dogs think are Dr. Marty Becker, America’s Family Veterinarian and author of Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual; and Dr. Sophia Yin, a terrific veterinarian-behaviorist and author of How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves.

8. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

chipper-and-cleoMy two rescued dogs, Chipper and Cleo, who taught me to practice the three C’s in ‘chatting’ with dogs: be clear, concise and consistent.

9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The photos! Each page you turn ushers you to another stunning photo of dogs evoking all types of emotions. The cover features a Jack Russell terrier cocking his head and looking right into your eyes.

10.  How can we find out more about you and your other books?

I invite you to ‘sniff around’ my main website: Four Legged Life, to learn more about my mission to bring out the best in pets and their people. I am also the creator of National Dog Party Day and one of 14 Master Certified Pet Tech pet first aid/CPR instructors in the world. Visit my pet first aid site.

Below, you will find the names of five talented authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPS and new releases! Happy writing and reading! And, now in alphabetical order, I salute:

  1. Andrea Chilcote – transformational leader for corporations and individuals and gifted, inspirational author. I happily wrote the foreword to her paw-mazing book, Erik’s Hope: The Leash That Led Me to Freedom and am proud to announce her latest book, This Very Moment, a collection of thought-provoking essays. Learn more by visiting her site and her blog: www.erikshope.wordpress.com.
  2. Cathy Conheim – official ‘cat scribe’ to Henry the Cat. Don’t be fooled by her title. Cathy was a successful business coach and psychologist whose philosophy to reach out to others grew global after she adopted this three-legged tabby. She champions the causes of people and pets and her latest must-get book is called Henry and Tink: A Remarkable Romance. This delightful book depicts the unlikely friendship of Henry and a special two-legged Dachshund named Tink. Proceeds go to various charities. Learn more by clicking here.
  3. 3. Jennifer Quasha – accomplished author of more than 40 books for children and adults. Her latest works appeal to dog and cat lovers and are part of the highly successful Chicken Soup series. The titles:I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That! And I Can’t Believe My Cat Did That! Discover more about this multi-talented author by visiting her site.
  4. Robert Semrow –Best known as The Pawtographer, Robert captures the full gamut of canine emotions with his camera lens. He recently assembled some of his best work in a clever, motivating gift book called Life Is Pawfect. An excerpt: “Life is pawfect…when you can shake, rattle and roll in a poodle skirt!” Learn more about Robert by visiting his site.
  5. Margie Yee Webb – This accomplished writer-photographer is a friend to all felines, especially a green-eyed tabby named Cat Mulan. Paw through the pages of her book, Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings, and be prepared to be inspired by its words and images.  Learn more by visiting her site.

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have a favorite author you would like to spotlight? A favorite pet tale? Contact Arden at www.fourleggedlife.com.

 

 

 

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Birthday Wish Comes True: A Hug from Betty White

Few people on this planet make me giddy. Notable exception: Betty White. This ageless advocate for pets and wildlife is 90 years YOUNG and sports more energy and passion that a trio of 30-year-olds. So, I aimed high this year for my birthday wish.

As host of the Oh Behave Show on Pet LifeArdenBettyWhite Radio, I was part of the media pack covering the 2nd annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Oct. 6 — my birthday.

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to be with ordinary dogs who have done extraordinary things and genuine pet-supporting celebrities strolling by on the red carpet. Eight special dogs were finalists for this year’s award won by Gabe, a retired military dog who has saved countless lives and provide canine compassion to military men and women during his 13-month tour of duty in Iraq. He and his handler-now-proud-pet parent Sgt. Charles Shuck saluted all attendees, the military all over the globe and dogs who every day give us unconditional love.

Now back to Betty White. She has been a guest on my radio show and we’ve exchanged autographed copies of our books to one another, but this was our first meeting. The cameras were rolling and the media was pleading with Betty to please stop and chat during her walk down the red carpet. I was fortunate that she did stop when I introduced myself and let her know it was my birthday. She gave me a hug and wished me a happy birthday.

I also received birthday hugs from Josh Hopkins, a star on the comedy, Cougar Town (with Courtney Cox) and Mark Stiennes, former Entertainment Tonight host now doing shows for Hallmark. Not a bad birthday.

And my year-long birthday wish is one that I never alter: to do my best to bring out the best in dogs, cats and other critters on this planet. They bring so much to us and deserve our love, attention and healthy treats.

Learn more about the Hero Dogs by clicking here. You will make Betty White proud.

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Venturing for the First Time on Google+ Hangouts with Zeki The Cool Cat

I’ve never been afraid of technological advances and I have no problems stumbling through and taking on a learning curve. So, when I was invited to be a guest on “That Show with Tibby” — a Google+ Plus Hangout show featuring Tibby, a brown-striped large cat, and his pet person, Billy Wilson, I happily said, sure.  So, with the help of a very patient Google+ staffer named Andrea Ruiz, we set up my new Mac Air to be ready for the show.

We taped the show on Oct. 11 with my cat, Zeki and I positioned in front of the video cam on my laptop inside my office. Zeki was ‘enticed’ with her favorite treat: low-sodium deli turkey. She sported her famous white-with-purple-trim harness and perched on the middle landing of her cat tree during the show. I swear she knows instinctively where the cameras are and did her best posing.

We thank Billy and Tibby for the opportunity and want to invite you to catch the episode. Click here for the YouTube link. And catch up on the latest adventures of Zeki, the ONLY cat teaching assistant in the entire Pet Tech first aid program by becoming one of her faithful feline fans on her Facebook page: Zeki The Cool Cat. And sign up for a pet first aid class today taught by Arden Moore by clicking here.

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Pet Expert Arden Moore Welcomes Actor Eric Stonestreet to Beneful Dream Dog Park Team

Pet expert Arden Moore welcomes Emmy-winning actor Eric Stonestreet of ABC TV's smash hit, Modern Family, to the Beneful Dream Dog Park contest team. DIY Landscape star Jason Cameron is also part of this team.

Pet expert Arden Moore welcomes Emmy-winning actor Eric Stonestreet of ABC TV’s smash hit, Modern Family, to the Beneful Dream Dog Park contest team. DIY Landscape star Jason Cameron is also part of this team.

One more photo from the unleashing of the $500,000 Beneful Dream Dog Park in Alabaster, Alabama. I am welcoming the newest member of our Beneful Dream Team — Emmy-winning actor Eric Stonestreet from the No. 1 comedy, Modern Family. He loves, loves, loves his dog, Coleman Hawkins. Win a $500,000 dream dog park for your community.  My good friend and multi-talented Jason Cameron, star of the DIY Landscape show, is the other member of this team that ensures we produce ‘heaven on earth’ for dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds and attitudes with these amazing dog parks.

Want one for your community? Then submit your video entry. The contest is underway and more details can be found by going to www.benefuldreamdogpark.com. Good luck!

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Actor Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family Joins Arden Moore and Jason Cameron

Give a big paws up to our newest member of the $500,000 Beneful Dream Dog Park expert team: Emmy-winning actor Eric Stonestreet of ABC TV’s Modern Family show. He joins pet expert Arden Moore, founder of Four Legged Life.com, and DIY TV’s landscape star Jason Cameron. Together, all three officially opened the newest dream dog park in Alabaster, Alabama. Click here for a fun short video of the event. And check out the details on how you can try to win a $500,000 dream dog park for your community on the Beneful site. Don’t delay — sniff out the details today and your dog will love you for it!

Emmy-winning actor Eric Stonestreet, DIY landscape star Jason Cameron and pet expert Arden Moore form the Beneful Dream Dog Park team.

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Beneful and Four Legged Life Embrace the Power of Purposeful Play for Dogs — and People!

As Four Legged Life Founder and creator of National Dog Party Day™, I’ve long been a fan of play. Purposeful play that is.

After all, dogs – and people – learn best when they can do so in a fun, welcoming setting. As I prepared to unleash the second annual National Dog Party Day™ in three cities on June 22, I am grateful to welcome our major sponsor to the event: Beneful® brand dog food.

We share a lot in common and a long history. Since 2010, I’ve been a member of the Beneful Dream Team, serving as the pet behavior consultant for the brand’s annual Dream Dog Park Contest.. My role is to help the Beneful team renovate dream dog parks that truly meet the needs of dogs of all sizes, ages and energy levels.

Less than one month after I stage National Dog Party Day™ in San Diego, Miami and New York City to benefit three hard-working pet charities, I will join the Beneful team in Alabaster, Alabama for the grand opening of the second $500,000 Beneful Dream Dog Park on July 12. I’m looking forward to seeing the wide grins on the faces of the people in this pet-loving community and witness the friendly yelps and tail wags of joy from dogs who will have a fun, safe and truly wonderful place to explore, play fetch and lounge around. I urge you to visit www.benefuldreamdogpark.com. The site contains all the details as well as information on both the original Beneful Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek, GA and this year’s much-anticipated half-million dollar play space in Alabaster, AL.

Back to play. I love the Beneful motto:  Play. It’s good for you. At my National Dog Party Day™ events, I emphasize to attendees that this is a three-hour date night with their dogs. A chance to party with a purpose and spend three hours creating wonderful memories that will last a life time. We stage K9 Karaoke contests (you serenade your dog) as well as games called Snoopy Says, Tunnel of Love and Canine Musical Chairs. There is music, healthy eats and the chance to win great prizes. This year, net proceeds will go to Paws 4 You Rescue in Miami, SNAP (Spay Neuter Action Project) in San Diego and Bideawee in New York City.

June 22 will be a day dedicated to dogs, their people and the power of play. We can easily get caught up in a full slate of must-dos and deadlines and neglect a powerful ally to our mental and physical well-being: play. For many of us, we are fortunate to have a great play pal – our dogs. I’m fortunate to have a pair of rescues answering to the names of Chipper and Cleo. Not only do we take walks, visits to dog parks, but we also participate in a people-dog workout class called Leash Your Fitness and ride the waves as members of the So Cal Surf Dog team. That’s right. My two dogs love to surf at dog beaches in southern California.

Years ago, I wrote a book called Dog Parties: How to Party Like a Pup. It contained fun party games for dogs and their people. But the main purpose of my book was twofold: to sneak in good doggy manners in a fun setting and to provide an opportunity for people to live in the moment and celebrate their wonderful connection with their dogs.

Last year, I boldly created National Dog Party Day™ in partnership with Pet Sitters International, creators of Take Your Dog To Work Day®. On the third Friday of every June, we team up for a Double Dog Day Celebration with this mission: to work like a dog by day and party like a pup at night.

Each year, we will increase the number of places participating in National Dog Party Day™ and it is my hope that the partnership – and friendship – with the Beneful team continues.

So, no matter if it is a Beneful Dream Dog Park or a national dog party celebration, our focus is on play. After all, play IS good for you.

And I hope you will join us at National Dog Party Day on June 22. Learn more by sniffing around its website: www.dogpartyday.com. Now, let’s all play!

 


 

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How Many Surf Dogs Can You Count On This Surfboard?

Dale Porter (KillerImage) ranks as one of the best action photographers in my opinion. Here are a couple of his photos taken today in Del Mar dog beach during the So Cal Surf Dogs practice session with famous surfer Scott Chandler. We are attempting to set a world record by having the highest number of dogs sharing one giant surfboard.

We did well today and the true test comes at the upcoming surf event on June 16 in Coronado.  I share these photos taken by Dale that include my 9-year-old gutsy dog, Cleo who weighs maybe 12 pounds soaking wet! She is near the front of the board wearing the orange Purina Incredible Surf Dog life jacket. I affectionately refer to Cleo as my “$500 free dog” as I rescued her from the streets and she needed about that much in veterinary care to get her healthy. Every day, she reminds me not to sweat the small stuff and to embrace each day.

Keep your paws crossed that we set a new world record!

 

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So Cal Surf Dogs Seeking World Record!

Keep your paws crossed! We are attempting to set a new world record for most dogs on a surfboard. Today, we had more than a dozen riding in the waves – including my gutsy 9-pound Cleo – under the guidance of famous surfer Scott Chandler. Here is the pre-surf group photo. Great photographers, including Dale Porter will be posting action photos soon. Paws up to our organizer – Peter S Noll of So Cal Surf Dogs!  Please join us June 16 at Coronado where we WILL set the world record at the big surf dog event.  And, catch the action of these cool canines at So Cal Surf Dogs.
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