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Although it's been gone for at least eleven years, Sony is bringing their robot dog AIBO back with major improvements in January - in JAPAN. With 22 movements, the legs let it walk, shake hands, sit, play with a ball, scratch a digital itch, and do "hundreds" of other dog things. The tail wags, the ears move, the mouth opens, and the head turns and tilts, making it seem rather expressive in the videos. It has a camera do the dog can take pictures. And there's an App. Adoption Fee, $1,700! It's cute, but there's NOTHING like snuggling with your real life dog! See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u567bp1tww4

November quiets down after a busy October of special pet days, but they are important days none the less. It's Pet Cancer Awareness month, Pet Diabetes month (did you know there are estimates that over a third of dogs have diabetes?!), Adopt a Senior Pet month and National Pet Awareness month! Pet stores around the country will be planning events around these themes.

Next week, the 5th through the 11th is National Animal Shelter Appreciation week. One of the best ways that we can help them celebrate is to stop by our nearest animal shelter with a couple of old but clean blankets, or a pile of old but clean towels we can spare. They never run out of need for those two things. You can also call ahead or check their website to see if ther...

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Our family favorite, our Whippet's Taco costume, sadly did not even make the list of the TOP TEN dog costumes for 2017. And Halloween's on a Tuesday! (Taco Tuesday, anyone?) Remember, if you have dogs coming to your door, be sure to give them a real dog treat or a tennis ball, not candy!

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Thanks to the National Retail Federation, that tracks everything retail stores do, we now know the TOP TEN Halloween costumes for dogs this year. Has your dog got one of the favorites?! We still have 13 days to shop! From last to first here are the favorites this year:
• Star Wars Character
• Witch
• Cat
• Ghost
• Batman character
• Devil
• Bumble bee
• Dog, Lion or Pirate (tied!)
• Hot Dog
• and Ta, Dah - the #1 FAVORITE costume for dogs: A PUMPKIN!

This little pup does make a pretty cute PUMPKIN!

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10-12-17 The wildfires in Northern California rage on! The Somona Humane Society in Santa Rosa is doing a great job of sheltering and identifying pets lost in the fire regions, resourcing needed supplies and directing locals how to locate lost pets. They post their supply needs daily. Go to their website to be informed and help out if you can. This precious cat with smoke-filled fur and singed whiskers was found hiding under a car in the hospital parking lot. Luckily Sonoma Humane identified it through a chip scan and will shelter the cat until his family retrieves him.

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Today is the Official First Annual "American Humane Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage Award" Ceremony for four courageous military dogs! The ceremony took place this morning on Capitol Hill in Washington DC with Congress and Top Military Leaders attending. Ranger, Cappa, Alphie and Coffee were honored for Exceptional Valor and Lifesaving Contributions when supporting our troops on the battlefield. These dogs are really heroes, and the award is quite an honor since there are presently over 1,600 K-9 military troops around the world.

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Congratulations and Thanks To All These Wonderful Dogs!!

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'Tis the season - to join dog walks across the country raising money for rescues, shelters and hurricane victims! Coming up next: Sunday, Oct 1, 2017 is National Walk Your Dog Day! For more info: https://www.facebook.com/WalkYourDogWeek. Did you know that 73% of us walk our dogs every day! Why not support your local rescue or shelter and join a local dog walk - you'll meet some new friends and friendly dogs! Take along some of our Walkies Fit Bites dog treats - the treats that support heart health, joints and weight control, all important for the long term health of your dog. Look for the little foot shaped treats made by Crazy Dog at Petco!

What do those three television celebrities have in common? They are on the Fido Friendly team "Get Your Kicks on Route 66," supported by Petco, that is traveling Route 66 during Sept & Oct to promote pet adoption at local events along the Motherload of highways! Kristoff is from The Young & The Restless, Danica is both a well known actress and author and Brandon, the official spokesperson for the Fido team, is the host of CBS's saturday show, Lucky Dog! Thanks to all for their devotion to saving pets by promoting adoptions! By the way, tomorrow, Sept 26, 2017 the Fido Friendly van will be in Joplin Missouri at Golden Paw Rescue, 2301 N. Main St.

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Greg Sims, FF President, Kristoff, Danica McKellar, Brian McMillan & Fido Friendly Publisher Susan Sims

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On Tuesday, Sept. 12, the California Senate passed Assembly Bill 485. This statewide pet sale ban is expected to pass the Assembly this week for the second time, and go to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown for veto or signature.

The consequences of the first statewide ban on the sales of non-rescue, non-shelter cats, dogs and rabbits at pet stores are clear. Under AB 485, the only breeders who will be able to sell these pets to Californians will be hobby breeders.

- from the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Committee - read more here: http://www.petproductnews.com/Blog/PIJAC-Urges-Industry-to-Act-After-California-Moves-Forward-with-Statewide-Pet-Sales-Ban/