Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Dangers for Pets

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I'm sure you know about safe costumes--nothing dragging or choking--but remember that anything sweetened with xylitol--an artificial sweetener in sugar free candy and gum is toxic to dogs.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Scenes from The Martha Stewart Show

Scenes from the taping of The Martha Stewart Show where Chef Harry cooked for his dog Blitz on The Pet Show episode which will air on December 1 on the Hallmark Channel. The show features lots of animals, great food and it will tickle your fancy if you love canines, felines or birds! Not to mention The Culinary Canine!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Good Thing With Martha Stewart

Today. October 26, Sabina and I are in the Big Apple to be in the audience for a taping of The Martha Stewart Show. Chef Harry Schwartz and his dog Blitz are going to be cooking with Martha preparing his recipe from the book.

There is the possibility that Martha may turn the cameras on us too so be sure to watch when the episode airs on December 1 on The Hallmark Channel.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Philly Launch a Doggone Great Time!!!

The Philly launch was a resounding success!1 About 200 people and their pooches enjoyed chef-prepared human goodies (and some doggie ones) as well as wine all for the benefit of PACT for Animals. Oh, and lots of books were sold! Maddie was once again the star of the show and a doggone good time was had by all.

We're off to Chicago on November 10, San Francisco on the 11th, Los Angeles on the 13th and back in Philly for a tasty event and signing at the Inn at Penn on Dec. 1 with Chef Eileen Watkins, whose cheese arancini were absolutely delicious last night--just ask Maddie who shared all of mine!!

Check back. I am going to post a schedule on the blog very soon. We're still finalizing dates!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Purina Unleashes Subliminal Audio for Pets

Have you heard? This is the new Beneful commercial being aired in Germany that features high pitched pings and whistles that your dog can hear. It is designed to attract your dog's attention.

Food for thought: if your dog ran toward the television when a Beneful commercial was playing, would you be more or less likely to buy the food?

Just asking.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Philly Launch is Thursday!!!

Here is Sabina's dog, Maddie, the unofficial mascot of The Culinary Canine! Maddie is sitting on the table we used to sign books in NYC last week and clearly she is holding court!

If you'd like to meet Maddie in person, stop by the launch in Philly this week on Thursday at Restaurant 1682 and the lobby of Hotel Palomar at 117 S. 17th Street in Philadelphia from 6-8 PM.

Support a great cause--PACT for Animals--with your $10 at the door and sample some people fare prepared by four chefs in the book. And have a glass of wine on us!

For more press on the NYC event--and hints of the great time you'll have in Philly--check out this recent post on Dog Channel.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Look what this little guy can do! This video is pure inspiration and joy!!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Taking Your Dog to Work

The benefits of taking your dog to work seem to be immense--both for business and for the owner. But it might be problematic for a chef to share his/her kitchen with their dog--at least at the restaurant!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Phoebe's Closeup

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We made the 6 o'clock news yesterday in Philly! Only problem is that Phoebe keeps waiting for her personal chef to reappear!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Launching Pad

This is Maddie, Sabina's dog and the muse for The Culinary Canine. She was front and center--literally on the table where we signed our books--at our launch last night in New York City and she drew quite a crowd. We had about 100 people--most of whom brought their dogs!

We hope you can join us in one of our upcoming cities: Philadelphia on October 20; Chicago on November 10, San Francisco on November 11 and Los Angeles on November 13.

Bring a dog; buy a book and support a great cause in each of these venues! Follow our travels on Facebook.


All I can say is WOW!!!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One Picture......

You know how we feel about pictures. They make the story. And in case you need more proof, watch the above.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Animal Week in New York City

From the New York Daily News on Sunday October 8:

In events around town this week:

* The third annual New York Week for the Animals, sponsored by Animal World USA, is under way. This nine-day celebration shines a spotlight on animals in a big way, featuring more than 100 animal events throughout New York State. For a listing of events, go to

* On Tuesday, authors Kathryn Feldman and Sabina Pierce will launch their new book, "The Culinary Canine," which showcases dog-friendly recipes from top chefs. Mingle with South Gate's Kerry Heffernan, Cornelia Guest and others. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kimpton's The Muse, 130 W. 46th St. Suggested $10 donation benefiting The Humane Society.

Who knew it was Animal Week in New York and how great is that???!!!!

Dropped Bone

Watch to the end! Remember that game?

Friday, October 7, 2011

Lose the Needle!

Not that we wish it on anyone, but if your pet does happen to develop diabetes, there may be a new treatment protocol right on the horizon. Instead of injecting your pet with insulin--at regular intervals; i. e. the same time every day--an Australian biologist, Dr. Esra Ogru, is working on perfecting a patch that delivers sustained doses of insulin to pets.

Working in conjunction with Novartis Animal Health, Dr. Ogru is excited about the technology that allows a dose of insulin to be delivered in a constant dose over a period of time through the skin. The technology is already in use for delivering pain and arthritis mediation and Dr. Ogru feels that it is only a matter of time that insulin will be delivered in the same way.

"A lot of people feel uncomfortable about injecting their animal so being able to poivide a cat or dog with insulin in this non-invasive way will mean a lot of diabetic pets will get treated and enjoy better health," she said.

Keep your eyes open for this new technology should your pet ever need it.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Culinary Canine

There is a GREAT new interview up on the food blog, Bromography about the book. Click
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Bear with Bucket

I know its not a dog but it is a baby polar bear with a food bucket--or at least a blue bucket--and it is too adorable to pass up!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Myth Busting

I give Amos my collie bath once a week. It helps keep his dermatitis under control--we use a special shampoo and he seems to love it. Of course, this all works great when he has a short sumer "do" and we can do this outside with a hose. When the weather turns cooler, it becomes more tricky and I often resort to just spot bathing particularly itchy areas. In the winter, thankfully, his allergies seem to be under control.

I am glad to learn that I am not drying out his skin more with frequent bathing. This article below take the air out of lots of popular veterinary myths, courtesy of Dr. Marty Becker and his new website, Vetsreet.

Myth-Busting: What You Think You Know About Your Dog May Be Wrong
By Dr. Marty Becker | July 14, 2011

In the more than 30 years I've been a practicing veterinarian, I've heard every misconception about pets there is. Many of these may have been considered accurate at one time but current thinking has a different take. That means I do a lot of myth-busting as I try to help educate people about their pets.

Here are the five most common misconceptions dog-lovers hold — and the truth everyone should know.

Myth: Dogs should be bathed a couple of times a year. Frequent bathing is bad for the coat and skin.
Fact: It's an old idea that frequent baths strip the skin and coat of moisture. A weekly bath not only makes your pet easier to live with (less shedding, less smell) but also can help prevent some skin diseases. There are all kinds of gentle shampoos for dogs, so ask your vet what might be best for your pet.

Myth: Short-haired dogs shed less.
Fact: Actually, long-haired dogs shed less because genetics dictate that they keep their fur longer. The practical way to end up with a dog who sheds only a little is to get a small dog with long hair. The less dog, the less fur. Even more effective is keeping a long-haired dog’s coat trimmed short.

Myth: A dog needs to get all his shots every year.
Fact: Vaccinations are no longer one size fits all. Tailored to each dog’s individual lifestyle, vaccinations now consist of core vaccines for certain diseases, some of which can be given at three-year-intervals, and optional vaccines for diseases for which some dogs may be exposed or are at higher risk for.

Myth: Anesthesia is too dangerous for older pets.
Fact: Pet owners need not be overly concerned about older pets undergoing anesthesia. Veterinary medicine has followed the course of human medicine when it comes to anesthetic safety, and that has dramatically lowered the risk for pets. If your senior pet suffers a condition (such as tooth decay or gum disease) that can be treated but requires anesthesia, by all means explore the option.

Myth: Pain-management isn't important for pets and can even be bad for animals recovering from surgery.
Fact: At one time common wisdom dictated that denying an animal pain medicine after surgery would keep him from moving around. But a crates and leash are far better for confining and restraining a dog after surgery. Pain medication should be given before, during, and after any procedure to ease suffering and support recovery. For pets with chronic pain, such as from arthritis, new medications, nutraceuticals, and what’s called complementary medicine (such as acupuncture) can help put the bounce back in their step.

This article was written by a Veterinarian.