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Chats with a Pekingnese, a Special One-on-One with Malachy

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We met up with Malachy, the 2012 Westminster champion, and his owner, David Fitzpatrick, after his meet-and-greet at our Union Square NYC store. During our time together, we talked about grooming, how to look your best at all times, and what fuels a champion (hint: Purina ProPlan!), among many other things: Q: What happens [...]

Meet America’s Top Dog at Union Square Petco

Malachy will be at the Union Square Petco on 860 Broadway, New York, NY this Sunday, Feb. 13th from 1-3pm for pictures and pawtographs.

[caption id="attachment_7912" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Malachy will be at the Union Square Petco on 860 Broadway, New York, NY this Sunday, Feb. 13th from 1-3pm for pictures and pawtographs."][/caption] New York City fans will have the special opportunity this Sunday, Feb. 10th to meet Malachy, the 2012 Westminster Kennel Club “Best in Show” winner. Malachy [...]

A Monumental Achievement

The soldier in the Military Working Dog Teams monument required 17 molds.

[caption id="attachment_7869" align="alignleft" width="143" caption="The soldier in the Military Working Dog Teams monument required 17 molds."][/caption] The nation’s first-ever National Monument to Military Working Dog Teams is progressing along nicely, thanks to donations by Petco customers, Petco, the Petco Foundation and Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods. The  monument represents the first time [...]

Help Animals in Need this Holiday Season

Enter today for your chance to win a $500 Petco gift card and a $500 Petco gift card for a shelter!

This holiday season, more than six million pets will enter animal shelters across the country. Shelters provide warmth and food to homeless pets as they try to find good homes with loving families. Helping shelters this holiday season is easy! Petco has partnered with Hill’s Science Diet to invite you to enter the Crazy [...]

Chicago Fans: Fosters Needed!

All of these dogs need fosters and forever homes.

[caption id="attachment_7594" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="All of these dogs need fosters and forever homes."][/caption] Dear Chicago-area fans: Oklahoma shelters are currently overwhelmed by large and medium breed adult dogs. In an effort to save many of these dogs, one of our charitable partners, TAILS Humane Society in DeKalb, IL, is planning to rescue 200+ medium [...]

Military Working Dog Teams National Monument

Military Working Dogs National Monument Logo

This month we are celebrating National Service Dog Month by celebrating the tireless commitment made by canines both as service dogs and as military working dogs. Today at 6pm EST (3pm PST) we are talking with Natural Balance and Kristie Walker-Dober about Military Working Dogs and the Military Working dog Teams National Monument. Here’s [...]

Friday is Take Your Dog to Work Day

Are you going to be a part of Take Your Dog to Work Day?

[caption id="attachment_7136" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Are you going to be a part of Take Your Dog to Work Day?"][/caption] Friday, June 22 is Take Your Dog to Work Day. Haven’t heard of it? This holiday has been around since 1999, and was created to celebrate how having pets in the workplace makes for a happier, more [...]

Meet the Winners of our Cold-Blooded Beauty Contest!

Congratulations to our Cold-Blooded Beauty Contest Grand Prize Winner, Nikki Stoegbauer

Congratulations to the winners of our Reptile Rally Cold-Blooded Beauty Contest. We’d also like to thank everyone who participated.  It was exciting to see all of your beautiful cold-blooded pets. Grand Prize Winner: Nikki Stoegbauer [caption id="attachment_7112" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Congratulations to our Cold-Blooded Beauty Contest Grand Prize Winner, Nikki Stoegbauer"][/caption]         [...]

Small Animal Picture Day Photo Tips and Tricks

Spice up your pic with costumes, if you have them[caption id="attachment_6851" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Spice up your pic with costumes, if you have them"][/caption] Thinking about bringing your pet to this weekend's Small Animal Picture Day? Great! Here are a few tips to help make your photo-taking efforts well worth it--and give you a good chance at being a winner of one of our photo contest categories: - Think about your pet's unique personality and play it up. Is he or she a ham? Capture that expressive face with close-ups. Very busy? Be ready to set your camera on "action shooting mode" to improve shutter speed and reduce blur. - Our "sets" are designed to showcase your pet, but you can use that as just a starting point. Feel free to bring in props, such as a little paper umbrella, a rectangular piece of cloth (for a beach blanket), doll house props (baskets, glassware, tiny tables)--anything you think will make your photo that much more fun. [caption id="attachment_6852" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Use accessories and props to create a mood or theme."][/caption] - Have a costume? Bring it! Doll clothing can be fun. So can miniature accessories such as hats, sunglasses and scarves. - Rats, mice, hamsters and gerbils move around quite a bit. Try to follow them with your camera, or anticipate the direction they are going  to go. That way, you can "snap" in a snap! - Try both landscape and close-ups of your pet. - Try taking one photo at your pet's level. Close-ups of beautiful pink noses and whiskers can make for an adorable photo. - Be ready to take a lot of pictures. It can take a lot of bad photos to get one good one. Delete all of the "almost got its" later. [caption id="attachment_6853" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Even a tiny flower can be the perfect finishing touch."][/caption] - Relax. It could be a bit noisy in the store, and if you're nervous, your pet may pick up on that, too. Smile, take a deep breath, and focus on your pet. - Once you've reviewed all of your pics, be sure to come back and upload your best shot here! Your photos need to be uploaded by April 8th to be considered for the contest. Good luck and happy picture-taking!  

The Red Leash

My nephews and some of their friends came to stay at my house recently.  It never fails, but they love to walk my dogs and of course, the dogs just love it too.“Where do you keep the leashes?” they asked.  I pointed them to the rack beside the back door.  Just as they were reaching for the red one I stopped them and said, “That was Natasha’s only, use one of the others.”  They exchanged glances (after all Natasha, the Sheltie, had been gone for some time), chose another leash, then left in a noisy rush.
Of course I always called the red leash Natasha’s but it was really for me.
We used it when she took me for my walks.  She tugged in the direction she wanted to go and we usually went that way.  And it let people know that we were together.  When, as often happened, someone would stop and say, “What a beautiful dog,” I was so proud to be on the other end of that leash.
She didn’t need it when we went to the field behind our house though, and she made those Frisbee catches, or when she was running down the ball like a hustling shortstop.  Or when she was bounding through the tall grass or running full speed down the path, and then back again to make sure I was still there.  And of course, it wouldn’t have been dignified to be dragging a leash while chasing the seagulls at the beach.
And she doesn’t need it now.  She has probably gotten a gang together, like her “brothers and sisters” at home, and the games have already begun.  No leashes, no collars, just the freedom to be the best dog ever, which is what she was, what she always will be.
Natasha doesn’t need the leash, but I still do.
[caption id="attachment_6843" align="alignleft" width="238" caption="Paul Jolly, Executive Director Petco Foundation"][/caption] That’s why it’s still hanging by the back door.  Every so often I take it outside, now on my mobility scooter, and patrol the yard the way we used to.  The squirrels and the rabbits aren’t as afraid of me as they were of her.  But they know, and Natasha knows, and I know, that the leash still connects me to her.
In my heart she will be my best pal forever.It has been my philosophy that no home is complete without a companion animal, nor is any heart.  Be sure and give them a special hug when you get home today.
Spring A Pet celebrates the Adoption Option.  Adoption partners are the recipients of donations from this fundraiser.  It honors the connection we have to all companion animals both past and present.
Your support, your donations, your enthusiasm make this fundraiser a success.  Thank you.
Paul Jolly is Executive Director of the Petco Foundation