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Stuff to do, Places to go...

June is:

Adopt A Shelter Cat Month

National Camping Month (take your dog!)

National Microchipping Month

National Zoo and Aquarium Month

(from all over the country)

JUNE 3:  Jazoo – a benefit for the Kansas City Zoo.

JUNE 3 & 4:  Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter Garage Sale

JUNE 4:  Pets 4 Vets: Pet Education and Adoption Day at the Dwight Cowles American Legion  Post 370

JUNE 4:  Lost Trail Days + Mutt Strut at Louisburg Cider Mill

JUNE 4: Craft-O-Matic
(St. Louis, MO)

JUNE 4: Garden State Pets…… naturally. An all natural pet affair. (Mahwah, NJ)

JUNE 4: PetFest & Paws on Parade (Springfield, VA)

JUNE 4: K-9 Fun Walk & Doggie Expo (Herndon, VA)

JUNE 5: Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter Used Book Sale

JUNE 8:  World Ocean Day

JUNE 8:  B-I-N-G-O Night to Benefit the Alliance
(Kansas City, MO)

JUNE 9:  Ta-Tas for Toto: A Burly Benefit for Our Furry Friends in Joplin (Kansas City, MO)

JUNE 11:  Little Darling’s Pinups for Pitbulls presents A Midwest Summer Carnival Hosted by Shorty Rossi and Hercules of PIT BOSS! Come join the party – Honky-Tonk, Rock and  Rockabilly Bands, Burlesque by local acts and Little Darling, PFPB Founder, Pinups for Pitbulls Merchandise, PFPB Pin Up Girls & Brookelyn’s Bombshells, Raffle & Auction, Vendors, Adopt-a-bull Dogs and Rescues, Cars, Bikes, Hot rods and more! Proceeds benefit Pinups for Pitbulls, a Non-Profit raising funds and awareness for Pit Bull Type Dogs. Location: Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester St, Kansas City, MO 64120), Time: 6:00pm – Midnight – This event is 21+ with ID.

JUNE 11:  American Red Cross Pet First Aid Training Class (Kansas City Metro)

JUNE 11:  Rally to Rescue Adoption Event (Kansas City)

JUNE 10 & 11:  Annual Garage Sale to Benefit the Shelter Animals at the Lawrence Humane Society (Lawrence, KS)

JUNE 11:  Dog Wash to benefit MiCART/Miami County Animal Response (Paola, KS)

June 11: Bark in the Park (Springfield, MO)

JUNE 12:  Humane Society of Greater Kansas City’s 24th Annual Dog-N-Jog

JUNE 12:  Shamp-Your-Pooch for Animal Haven
(Leawood, KS)

JUNE 16:  BINGO Fundraiser for Chain of Hope (Kansas City)

June 17: The Putt Mutt Humane Society of Weld County (Evans, CO)

JUNE 18:  Land of Oz Kansas Disc Dog State Championship – Join the Kansas City Disc Dogs as they host the first ever Kansas State Disc Dog Championships. This one day event will have both advanced and novice divisions, so even if you have never been in a frisbee competition with your dog you are welcome to come out and play. This event will be the Skyhoundz Disc Dogathon format and will feature 6 different events or games you can play with your dog. If you play in the advanced division you have a chance to qualify in 5 of those events to go to the world championships in TN in September as this event is also a World Championship Qualifier!!! Awards will be given to the top three winners of each event in both Novice and Advanced divisions, along with the “Overall Kansas State Champion” award plus runner up award to overall advanced winner, and there will be a special Novice overall and runner up award as well. We have a fantastic players package along with some awesome prizes! Read the official Skyhoundz Disc Dogathon rules here. Registration is just $5 per event for KCDD members, $7 for non-members. If you sign up for 5 events the 6th one is free! (per dog) You can do as many or as few events as you wish. More information and Pre-Registration is at

JUNE 18:  5th Annual Ruff Ride Dice Run to benefit Northland Animal Welfare Society (Kansas City)

JUNE 18:  Kansas City Retired Greyhounds as Pets (KCREGAP) first ever GreyheART brunch and art silent auction (Kansas City, MO)

JUNE 18: Pugmania 16th Annual Seattle Pug Gala (Monroe, WA)

JUNE 19-25:  Carpenter Ant Awareness Week

JUNE 20:  DogsLifeKC’s Wines with Canines at Wine Flights Bar and Bistro
(Leawood, KS)

JUNE 21:  Pittsburgh Pirates Pup Night (vs. Baltimore Orioles)

JUNE 23:  Mary’s Ham-BINGO Charity Night for MoKan T-Bones Bark in the Park Ad 2011Greyhound Adoption (Kansas City, MO)

JUNE 23: Paw Prints! A Dog walk-a-thon (San Rafeal, CA)

JUNE 24: Take Your Dog To Work Day

JUNE 24:  Ugliest Dog Day

JUNE 25:  St. Louis Cardinals Pooches in the Ballpark
(vs. Toronto Blue Jays)

JUNE 25:  MidAmerica Boston Terrier Rescue’s Annual “Boston Birthday Bash” Fundraiser (Kansas City)

JUNE 30:  Purses for Pooches & Pals (St. Louis, MO)

For more detailed information on these events and others not listed here, please visit our calendar of events in the Stuff to do, Places to go section of our website.

Speaking of going places and doing things with your pets...

We've been very busy reviewing products that make life with your pets better, easier and more fun.

Check out the "Stuff We've Tried" section of our website to read about the stuff we've tried so far ... and come back to that section often, we have lots more stuff to review (and more is coming every week).

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In Case of Emergency: Saving The WHOLE Family

On May 19, 2004 I sat in my living room watching local television footage of some serious flooding and subsequent rescues from cars and evacuations from apartments and houses that were necessary because of the deluge the previous evening. It was that force of nature that originally prompted me to publish our first article about disaster preparedness.

The following year, the tragedy called “Katrina” reminded me again that this information is critical. Then it was Gustav and Ike. It seems that I am constantly reminded that Mother Nature has her fury days that whip us into submission. Her devastating forces include earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, blizzards, floods and tornadoes! Each year, disasters ravage our nation and no one is immune from the possibility of experiencing it personally. The bottom line, in case you don’t get it yet, is that you must prepare for yourself and your pets in case of a disaster – IN ADVANCE! Not being prepared in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi led to the innumerable and senseless deaths of both people and animals in 2005.

Already, this spring, tornadoes and flooding have taken a huge toll on many communities in the U.S. and the severe weather season has just begun.

Click here to


Who to Have on Speed Dial for Your Pet in an Emergency

What phone numbers do you think you need in an emergency? 911, poison control, family/friends, parents, kids, etc. Anyone that would be of assistance both during and immediately after an emergency, right? But what about emergency numbers directly related to helping or finding your pets during and after such an emergency? Who would you call?

It may be a good idea to print and keep this information, because when a crisis comes, and your heart is racing, you'll be glad that you don’t have to hunt around for these telephone numbers.

Obviously, the most important one for you to have handy — although it’s probably already plugged into your cellphone — is the family vet. But we all know our vet's office hours, so the office may be closed when you need help. If you don't have your vet's home or cell number, you should also have the number to at least one emergency vet clinic in your area (if not more). To find a list of veterinarians, click here.

The following numbers are some you'll want to have handy as well...

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center — 1-888-426-4435 — If your pet ingests something you suspect is poisonous, call this 24-hour service and for a fee, get a consultation with a veterinarian.

AKC Companion Animal Recovery — 1-800-252-7894 — The American Kennel Club provides resources for lost dogs that are part of their registry.

Local Animal Control — wherever you are, you should have the number for the local animal control office. If you and your pet become separated for any reason, whether you're home or traveling, that will likely be where your pet is taken if he/she is found. Should there be a natural disaster/emergency they should be able to advise you.

Pet Friendly Hotels — If you cannot return to your home after a disaster, you'll need a place to stay that accepts your furry family members. Click here for a link to our list of pet friendly lodging. Have a short list handy (in your purse or wallet in case you have no Internet access), just in case.

Pet Sitter — Obviously, if you have a trusted friend or neighbor who can perform this service, you should have his/her number already. But, consider, for example, if you were suddenly taken to a hospital and unable to come home for a day, two, more... Your pets will need someone to care for them right away. If you don't already have a friend or neighbor that is willing and able to step in and don't know a pet sitter, click here to find one in your area.

The bottom line, as always, is to be prepared IN ADVANCE. If you wait until the disaster or emergency happens, it could be too late or create another pile of problems for both you and your pet. Be prepared.

Stuff We Found Out: 

Stuff We Found Out

Since June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, here is a cat fact you might not know and could be helpful if you plan on adding another feline to your family...

When introducing cats to one another here are a couple of tips –

Supposedly some breeders swear by this one: Put a dab of vanilla extract on the nose of each cat. It makes all of them smell alike. It may actually confuse the cats and give them a chance to chill out.

Another idea: Sometimes cats can be fooled by running a towel over one and then the other and back again as well.

Don’t forget however, that although these tricks are worth trying, sometimes no matter what you do, some cats will not get along.

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