The Monday Morning Wag
- The pet-friendly Loews Hotel chain is offering a "Presidential Pooch" package at many of its locations, including Philadelphia, Washington and Annapolis. The "Indoguration" special -- good for the first 100 days of President Obama's administration (through April 29) - includes one night for guests and their pet, a Stars and Stripes room service meal for your pup and special patriotic bandana. The Philadelphia Loews, located in the beautifully restored PSFS tower on Market Street, is among the many locations offering the deal. That location is also the site of the annual PSPCA's Good Dog Gala fundraiser on Feb. 21.
- Another day another puppy mill bust. This time in Sparta, Tennessee where ASPCA staff rescued more than 250 small breed dogs from undersized, feces encrusted cages and pens on Feb. 11. The dogs are being treated for multiple maladies including sores, mange, bad teeth and severe socialization issues. One ASPCA official said he doubted many of the dogs had ever been outside. The owners of the mill are now facing multiple cruelty charges. You may remember last June when the Humane Society of the United States rescued 700 sick and injured dogs from another puppy mill in Tennessee.
- There's still time to enter your favorite feline in the HSUS annual Spay Day photo contest. Spay Day is HSUS and Humane Society International's annual event to inspire people to save animals' lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.
A celebrity panel of judges including Matt Grant (TV's "The Bachelor"), Tamar Geller (author and dog trainer), Patrick McDonnell ("MUTTS" cartoonist), and Chrisopher Ameruoso (professional photographer) will pick a Grand Prize Winner, 10 Finalists, and 25 Honorable mentions. The top prize winner gets a feature photo and article in the March issue of All Animals magazine plus a $1000 shopping spree at Humane Domain. Finalists get their photo posted on the HSUS Web site and $200 gift certificates. There are also a slew of prizes for top fundraisers. The event is held on Feb. 24, but cat lovers have until Feb. 27 to enter their photos.