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Fitness Friends—How Tricia and Her Dog Louie Lost 142 Pounds Together

By Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Did you ever think of your pet as a weight loss partner or a fitness partner?

Perhaps you should.

America’s obesity epidemic continues to expand. As a matter of fact, we now rank #1 in the top ten most obese countries in the world, according to a recent U.S. and World News report.

Sadly, our pet’s waistlines are growing too.

In today’s Pet Living TV episode, Tricia Montgomery, founder and president of K9Fit Club explains how she and her dog, Louie, lost weight together and embarked on a new lifestyle AND career as a result!

Pet Living—A Labor of Love & Legacy for My Dad

By Wednesday, August 27, 2014

When my father passed away last year, I knew I had to find a way to honor him to find closure and peace.

Unless you’ve lost a parent, there are no words to describe the sadness, anger and emptiness you’re left with—especially when it happens much to soon. Dad was just 67.

At the time of his passing, I’d been planning a new venture to allow me to get back to a deeper calling—helping pets and people live better together.

I just didn’t know exactly how I would do that.

One day, shortly after Dad died, I studied a photo of his dog Bear that my sister Stephanie had given to me. The photo hung next to Dad’s hospital bed during the final two weeks he was there.

At that moment, I realized how profoundly Dad’s dogs, Daisy and Bear had changed his life since 2000.

In this video, I tell the story and share examples of how Dad’s dog’s helped him fetch a better life.

How Pets Make Us Feel Good

By Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Need a pick me up to keep stress or sadness at bay? Book a bonding session with your pet!

Those of us with pets know they have a magical ability to make us laugh, smile or just be happy, and while you can probably think of a dozen ways they do this, you might be surprised to learn that hormones are involved.

Oxytocin is a hormone secreted by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland. It’s sometimes known as the “cuddle hormone”, because it is released when people snuggle up or bond socially and can induce strong feelings of love and trust.

For a long time, oxytocin has been known as the link that bonds mother and child, but is it possible that that same hormone can bond pets and humans?

Studies point to yes!

Here are three ways pets and oxytocin spread happiness to humans: