Sunday, January 29, 2012

Top 10 Dog Names

If you were rescued like I was, you may have had a couple of different names.  I was 14 weeks old when my mom found me on Pet Finders and came to get me.  The nice people who drove my six brothers, sisters and me from South Carolina to Connecticut called me Puff.  Names are important and everyone should have one.
My name got changed as soon as my mom and dad came to get me and take me to my forever home.  Dad said "Zeva" and mom said "perfect". I am named after Cote de Pablo's character on NCIS.  My dad thinks she's hot. I think she's smart, athletic and very pretty. If she were a dog, she would be a border collie lab mix, I'm sure of it.
My name is spelled Zeva because mom thought it looked better than Ziva.  Mom's kind of weird about some things.
Zeva is a good name because it has two syllables so it was easy for me to learn and easy to remember.  Sometimes mom calls me Zee which is nice but when she calls me Zeva David, I know I'm in big trouble.
I checked around and came up with a list of the most popular names for dogs. Here are my top ten:
Names for boy dogs
  1.  Max
  2. Bailey
  3. Jake
  4. Charlie
  5. Buddy
Names for girl dogs
  1. Molly
  2. Sadie
  3. Lucy
  4. Daisy
  5. Sophie
I meet lots of dogs and love to know their names.  One new friend is named Misty.   She was the winner of a Dogs In Toy Land gift basket from Laurel Mountain Basket Co .  She got the most votes in a contest we ran over the Holidays.  I'm thinking up a new contest, so stay in touch and maybe you will be our next winner.
In the mean time, I'd love to meet you and learn how you got your name.
Your friend,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Give A Dog A Bone

Hi Everyone
Well, the Holidays are over with for another year.  Hope Santa Paws brought you everything you asked for.  I got some really tasty treats and some great toys.  I did lots of toy testing to see which ones shred the easiest. Toy testing is part of my new job as Designer for  the Pet Division of Laurel Mountain Basket Co and I take my job very seriously.  My new NylaBone and King Kong are the only toys that passed the Zeva destroy test.  My mom makes sure all of my toys are safe to play with and when they get shredded she takes them to their new home in the trash.
I did get a couple of raw hide bones but I'm not allowed to have them.  My mom has some concerns about where and how they are made.  She learned that some raw hide, especially from foreign countries, is treated with chemicals like arsenic. Also, I like to eat my toys, not just chew them and she is afraid some raw hide chunks will get in my tummy and cause indigestion or blockage which is really, really bad.
Instead of raw hide I get marrow bones to chew on.  Because I am a fast eater, I get all the good stuff off of the bone so it doesn't sit around collecting bacteria.  If I eat too much of the yummy stuff inside the bone, I can get diarrhea so mom makes sure I don't have too much.  I did get a huge knuckle bone that didn't have any middle stuff but it's great for chewing anyway.
I don't think I will be putting any marrow bones in our gift baskets but I'd be interested in knowing what types of chew toys you think I should include in my new designs.  Drop me note.  I'd love to hear from you.
Remember, no chewing shoes or furniture,
Your friend

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Own Credit Card

Hi Everyone,
I have my very own credit card.  It's a special credit card that takes care of me when I have to visit the vet.  I don't go have to go to the vet often because I try to be healthy.  My humans help out by making sure I get good food, lots of exercise and enough rest.  That's all good stuff but I still need to get regular check ups at the vet's and I could get sick.  Like last Thanksgiving Eve. I had a bad tummy for a couple of days and kept being sick.  When we called my vet's office, we found out they were closed for the holiday, so my mom took me to the Emergency Hospital.
The doctor at the hospital said I was sick because I was stressed out and acid was making me sick.  She was supposed to make sure I had food in my tummy when I went to bed and that would help.  It was good that we didn't have to do any big tests or get a prescription for medicine but just a visit to an Emergency Hospital can be very expensive.  So I'm glad I've got me my own credit card.
My friend Honey hurt her legs and not only did she have to go to her vet and the Emergency Hospital, she had to go to Tufts Veterinary Hospital which is far away.  She had to go stay at Tufts for a couple of days and even when she came home, it took her a long time to get better.
Being sick is no fun.  When any of my friends gets sick I send them lots of hugs and sometimes I send them one of my Best In Show or other pet gift baskets from my design collection.
After my visit to the hospital and Honey's scary story, I'm beginning to wonder if I should get pet insurance.  I've been doing some checking and have talked to some of the dogs at the day care but I'm not sure it's right for me.  Do you have pet insurance?  Do you think it's a good investment? Let me know what your think.
Hope you all have a happy and HEALTHY New Year!
Your friend,

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Dog Heads Up New Division

Hey everyone, check out this draft of my Press Release:

Marie Lisewski, owner and chief designer of Laurel Mountain Basket Co is pleased to announce the promotions of Zeva The Dog to Designer of the company's Pet Line division.  Zeva will be responsible for choosing and testing all of the toys and treats that will be used in the company's expanded line of pet gifts and gift baskets.

"Zeva has been a key part of our success and we are thrilled to promote her to this important position", said Lisewski.  Zeva joined the company in August of 2010 as a puppy and due to her Border Collie intelligence and organizational skills quickly rose to several management positions including Retail Greeter at the company's Easthampton Massachusetts location.

"We plan to expand our on line presence in the pet gift field in the next twelve months and Zeva will be an important asset to help our organization reach its goals", said Ms. Lisewski.

"I am thrilled to be taking on this new role.  As a dog, I am very aware of the need for more toys and treats in every pet's life and my goal is to see that we provide pet gifts to fit every taste and every budget." said Zeva.


 I am so excited.  I've been promoted.  As you know, we already carry a nice selection of gift baskets for dog and cats but in the coming months my goal is to expand the line to include lots more gift ideas.  I'm looking forward to to taking on this new challange and would love your help.  Let me know what you think we need to do to provide our clients with the best pet gifts and gift baskets in the Universe.

your friend