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Celebrating National Service Dog Month

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The most commonly recognized service dog is a Guide Dog

September is National Service Dog Month and, in honor of the thousands of working canines who make the world a little better every day, we’re celebrating multiple ways:

Donate. Did you know that it costs thousands of dollars, and take hundreds of hours,  [...]

It’s a Petco Rose Parade Tweet-a-thon!

This year, Tillman & Friends will be hangin' ten on a 65-foot wave machine!

This year, Tillman & Friends will be hangin' ten on a 65-foot wave machine!

Join us as we tweet live from the 123rd Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade from sunny Southern California! We’ll be adding a little “color” to your Rose Parade broadcast with special on-the-street tweets that will give you the real Rose [...]

Help Us Raise $25k Animals with Tree of Hope

Rick Rockhill is Senior Vice President at Natural Balance Foods, Inc.

Rick Rockhill is Senior Vice President at Natural Balance Foods, Inc.

We love the holidays. The hustle and bustle, exchanging gifts, the festive lights, the opportunity to “treat” our pets–everyone here at Natural Balance embraces the season. We also celebrate the excitement of the New Year with our Rose Parade float, working hard each year to outdo ourselves in the hopes of entertaining kids–and kids at heart–around the world.

But in the midst of all of this holiday activity, we’re keenly aware that for some pets, there may not be a treat. Or a blanket. Or, worse still, enough food. Animals deserve Continue reading »

Guide Dog Brightens Life for Man with Tunnel Vision

Ed Kunitz of Prescott walks with his new guide dog, Monty.

Ed Kunitz of Prescott walks with his new guide dog, Monty.

Deteriorating vision from retinitis pigmentosa, or tunnel vision, cut short Ed Kunitz’s career as a taxi driver 11 years ago, and he stopped driving altogether.

“It got to the point where it was too dangerous for me to drive,” said Kunitz, whose vision deteriorated to a 5-percent field of view. Doctors diagnosed him with the hereditary disease at age 40.

Kunitz, 60, and a Prescott resident for 13 years, said he began spending more time at home.

“I’d be on the computer until I got bored,” he said. “I watched TV until I got bored, and I’d go back on the computer.”

However, Kunitz’s life has changed because Continue reading »

Guide Dog Etiquette

Have you ever wondered if you could pet a guide dog?

There are many things you can do that can either help or hinder a guide dog team (handler + guide dog) while they are out in public. Here are some expert tips from three excellent guide dog organizations.

Guide Dog Interaction Tips

  • Petting – As tempting as it may be to pet a Guide Dog, remember that this dog is responsible for leading someone who cannot see. The dog should never be distracted from that duty. A person’s safety may depend on their dog’s alertness and concentration. (source: Guide Dogs for the Blind)
  • Talking to the Handler – Before asking a Continue reading »

A Year and a Half of Love: Guide Dog Puppy Raising

Jennifer and Lowe

Could you take a puppy into your home when they are only 8 weeks old and give them back at 18 months old? That’s about a year and a half of puppy kisses and playing and bonding with an adorable four-legged friend.  When I look at my 50lb, 6 year old dog, Sarge, I still see a puppy. I still remember his little puppy growl when we played tug of war and holding his little body in my arms. I cannot imagine having to give him up after spending that time together, bonding with him and making him a part of my family.  

When I went for a visit to Guide Dogs of the Desert, I met an amazing woman, Jennifer Pinder, who raises puppies to become Guide Dogs. 

She adopts them at only 8weeks old, loves and cares for them and then about a year later Continue reading »

It's Guide Dog Month!

Just a few weeks ago, I had the incredible opportunity to visit Guide Dogs of the Desert with Daniel Sundin, our PETCO Community Manager and Rick Rockhill, Sr. VP for Natural Balance.

Me, Daniel Sundin, and Rick Rockhill at Guide Dogs of the Desert

With September being Guide Dog Month, we wanted to learn more about Continue reading »

Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog Food Recall

PETCO was notified today, June 19, that Natural Balance is voluntarily recalling Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog food with the “Best By” date of June 17, 2011, in 5- and 28-pound bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Recalled products were only distributed in pet specialty stores, [...]

New Year’s Resolution

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? I tend to shy away from the idea because I never stick to it and then I inevitably feel bad about myself, but this year I decided to give it a shot. I am going to exercise three times a week. Now I know a lot [...]

The BIG Day for the BIG Float

Today is the big day–The day the Guinness Book World Record Breaking float with a Guinness World Recording breaking dog, who will be snowboarding live on the float will make its way down the five and a half mile route through the streets of Pasadena. The excitement here in Pasadena from Natural Balance and [...]