Monday, February 18th, we observe Presidents' Day, a day to honor current and past leaders of our country. To celebrate, we thought it would be fun honor First Dogs too!

Presidential dogs date all the way back to George Washington, one of America's founding fathers and first President. An avid hunter and dog lover, President Washington bred and maintained many dogs in his lifetime.  His journals listed over 30 dogs, for which he had a knack of cleverly naming. Our personal faves? Drunkard and Sweet Lips.

From Abraham Lincoln to George Bush Sr. and Jr., Ronald Reagan to Herbert Hoover; many four-legged animals have had the priviledge of being part of the First Family.

Today, Bo Obama, is huge a celebrity. Gracing the White House's Christmas Card for two years in a row now, Bo is an integral part of the First Family. No matter political affiliation, Bo has won the hearts of the American public! He has an avid following with many websites and social media pages dedicated to him. Bo is often even the subect of many news articles!

By Play Admin on Feb 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm 0 Comments

"What?!" you might be thinking. No, we're not crazy... we know it's February and New Year's was over a month ago. But today millions of people around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year (also known as the Chinese New Year). So we wanted to take this chance to wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year!

Chinese astrology includes 12 primary signs in the form of animals that rotate every year - 2013 is the Year of the Snake.  While snakes are often reviled and many are worried of what is to come in 2013, it is predicted that the snake will bring many opportunities for steady economic growth.

For Momo, Chinese New Year is her favorite holiday, especially since her ancestry was highly coveted by Emperors of China. Pugs often lived in the most luxurious atmospheres and at times were even guarded by soldiers! Often called, Lo-sze or “Foo Dog”, breeders would look for wrinkles or markings that resembled Chinese characters. Here’s a little more background from Pug-World.com about our loveable pugs.

It is well established that the breed appeared first in China and were literally a “lap-Dog”. The Pug or (Lo-Chiang as they were called in china at that time) where highly prized by Chinese nobility. It has been said that the breed dates back as far as 1600BC, although many say the figure to be 700BC. Either way pugs have history.

Pugs were owned by royalty in China and were often given to royal courtiers as highly treasured gifts.

The Pug still carries its royal breeding and heritage with it to this day in the way that they hold themselves.

 

The history of the pug in china can also be seen in today’s Chinese symbols and ornamentation. The pug is often referred to as “The Lion Dog” and the resemblance of the pug can still be seen in the decretive Chinese dragons and lions used in festivals.

No wonder Momo loves the holiday! From all of us at P.L.A.Y., we wish you a very happy and prosperous Year of the Snake!

By Play Admin on Feb 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm 0 Comments

This Sunday, February 3rd, millions of people around the country will be busy watching the Super Bowl (go 49ers!). While we definitely plan on watching, we're WAY more excited for the Puppy Bowl!

One of the main reasons we love the Puppy Bowl so much is because Animal Planet puts a large focus on animal rescue and adoption. All 63 participating pups were selected from shelters and rescues in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media, said, "There are so many cute little dogs that need to be adopted, and it's been the focus of Puppy Bowl from the beginning. By the time Puppy Bowl airs, the puppies who starred in the show have already been adopted."

In addition to the puppy madness, we looking forward to the Kitten Halftime Show and the newly added hedgehog cheeleaders! Can't wait for all the cuteness to begin? Check out the pups practicing and training for the big day on Animal Planet's Live Puppy Cam!


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By Play Admin on Feb 02, 2013 at 12:00 am 0 Comments