Being an adorable pug can be tough,ok who I am kidding since last week I got to visit the Big Apple for the NY NOW Gift Show. 

Momo take on the Big Apple

Products featured: Garden Fresh Apple Toy & Skulls & Roses Lounge Bed

Landed in New York City! A black car picked me up to take me to my accommodations – this is how I do it. These little legs are more for show and I wasn’t about to test them on the subway.

Black Car Service

Product featured: Pumpkin Chill Pad

As Chief Pug Officer I am always on the job whether its product testing, modeling our newest award-winning lounge beds or greeting potential clients with lots of snuggles and kisses. 

Momo on Tower of Lounge Beds with Toys

Products featured: Urban Denim Lounge Bed, Royal Crest Lounge Bed & Holiday Toys

The city streets are full of interesting smells and yummy treats, but I could tell my human was dog tired so we took a break. Can you tell which photo was taken after I ate my tasty Bocce's Bakery treats?

Break Time in NYCTreat time from Bocce's Bakery

Back to work and sometimes even I need to get some beauty rest. My Bamboo Lounge Bed is comfy and its elevated sides keeps everything in the right places if you know what I mean (I’ve got some love rolls from all those treats). Tongue out, don't care!

Momo passed out in Bamboo Lounge Bed

Product Featured: Bamboo Lounge Bed

I asked my team for a pumpkin latte and they gave me a Garden Fresh Pumpkin Plush Toy – not amused.

Momo & the Garden Fresh Pumpkin Toy

Product Featured: Garden Fresh Pumpkin Toy

I made an appearance at BarkBox Headquarters for a meeting. Checking that one off my pug bucket list! I found my space in this big office and the perfect vantage point to locate their treats ;)

Momo at BarkBox

Momo at BarkBox

I made some new friends - so many pups so little time - watch out humans this pug is on a mission!

Momo makes friends at BarkBox

I held a meeting to discuss my upcoming products coming to BarkBoxs soon. My human got us lost and we ended up in the wrong conference room. I bet these things don't happen to my friend Hamliton the Pug

Momo in BarkBox Conference Room

Hey where are all the P.L.A.Y. beds at? I am going to need to talk to their Canine Resources Department ASAP these pups deserve to lounge and snooze in luxury.

P.L.A.Y. Beds

New York you are perfect, oh paw-lese don’t change a thing! Until we meet again because New York is always a good idea…


By Natalie Hennessy on Aug 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm 0 Comments

Pet owners worry about their pets during the chaos of a move. There are some steps to take before, during and after that can make the transition safer and more comfortable for your pet.

5 Tips for Pet Owners When Moving
Vet Visit
Before moving day, it is a good idea to talk to your veterinarian. Make sure the pet is up to date on its rabies shot and other important inoculations. Get shot documentation and vet records to take with you. Ask for advice about motion sickness. Get a microchip, if you don't already have one. If the animal does run away during the move, you should be able to quickly locate it.

Travel Preparations
An appropriate kennel is your best friend, even on local moves. If the animal will be flying, make sure the kennel matches current airline requirements. For overnight car travel, find out which hotels on your route will let you bring your animal into the room with you. Make sure you have all necessary supplies, including a harness and leash for each animal, even your cats.

Hiring a Moving Company
When you are hiring a moving company, be sure to talk with your moving company about your pets. Professionals like BC Alberta Movers can pack your things, leaving you free to keep an eye on your cat or dog. Your movers should be consulted about the best place for your pet during packing and moving out. Suggestions include its kennel, a locked bathroom or even the neighbor's house.

Don't feed your pets for about two hours before leaving. On the road, cut their feedings to one a day. Water is the only priority. Often animals will stop eating due to stress, anyway. Still, resist giving them table food. Stomach troubles might be your reward for this kindness. Hold back treats, unless they need coaxing into their kennels. For health and safety, the humane society recommends that you limit their time alone in a car to ten-minute intervals.

Once their routine is re-established, dogs generally calm down and adjust very quickly to their new surroundings. Unfortunately, most cats will run away if allowed outside. Try walking it on a leash several times a day for about a month before allowing it more freedom outside. Indoor cats may take a month or more to adjust. Love, kind words and routine will go a long way toward a successful adjustment.

With a little preparation, moving can be less stressful for you and for your pet.


Lizzie WeakleyMy name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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By Natalie Hennessy on Aug 20, 2014 at 12:06 pm 0 Comments

To many people, a cat, dog, or goldfish are the ideal pets. However, some prefer something far stranger and more interesting. You've probably heard of exotic pets like iguanas, tarantulas and turtles, but even these seem bland in comparison to some of the animals people call pets. Here are six examples of the weirdest house guests you'll ever see.


They may be slimy, but to some people, this is overshadowed by their uniqueness, friendly demeanor, and ease of care. Unlike dogs, they don't need to be walked or taken to the vet, they won't destroy your furniture. They live happily off of your vegetable scraps, and although most snails are small, some are quite large. Many of the species popularly kept as pets range between golf ball-size up to the size of a football. Currently, giant snails in the pet trade are more common in Europe than the United States due to laws and regulations.

Cockroaches aren't just pests that roam around your kitchen after you've gone to sleep. Some species also make fantastic and fascinating pets. Take the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach as an example. They get up to three inches in length, are hilarious to watch, and surprisingly docile. These cockroaches produce a loud hiss when they're bothered, mating, fighting, or sometimes for no apparent reason at all.

It's hard to imagine a giant rodent would make a good pet, but the capybara will prove you wrong. These guinea pig relatives come from South America and are herbivores. They're also intelligent and very friendly. In fact, even in the wild, they will allow humans to approach and pet them. The only down side is that, at four feet long and 100 pounds, a capybara may cost a small fortune to keep fed.

Emus are a large Australian bird similar to an ostrich, and they're often farmed for their meat and fat. However, some people have discovered they can also make interesting, if a bit aggressive, pets. Emus have the attitude and intelligence to match their size, so it's important to surround your yard with Jakob Rope Systems wire mesh safety fencing to prevent accidents and escapes.

If you've ever had them raid your trash cans, then you might think of raccoons as little more than filthy pests. They don't deserve that reputation, though. Raccoons are actually very smart and clean animals that dutifully wash their food and paws before they eat. They can be trained to be good house pets much like dogs, and their antics will supply an endless amount of entertainment.

You might think that having a skunk for a pet is asking for a load of smelly trouble, but with a simple procedure at a vet's office, this can be avoided. Without the threat of stench lingering, you'll find that skunks are really very congenial animals that make great pets. They're good with children, can be trained, and are very affectionate with their owners.

If you're looking for a unique pet to go with your unique tastes, then you can't go wrong with one of these critters. Most of them provide great companionship, years of amusing antics, and a never-ending topic of conversation. Just be sure to check with your city's regulations as they may be illegal or require special permits in some places.


Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived and worked in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico after her graduation from the University of New Mexico. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan



By Natalie Gomez on Aug 12, 2014 at 9:54 am 0 Comments