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Christine Laethem  on Pet Life Radio


Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. ~Roger Caras

Ever get tired of people that say "it's just a dog"?   It is a growing trend that people love and treat their pets like they are their children.  This pod cast series will be on topics inclusive of how people pamper their pooches. 

Have you ever wanted to throw a party in your pooch's honor and didn't know what to do?  Christine and Vicki will have many helpful suggestions on party themes, treats, games and prizes.  Best of all, we'll give advice on how to ensure a good turnout so that no one misses out on the fun!  We'll also give you the inside scoop on the happening social events that cater to pets.  Of course we'll talk about dressing them to the nines so that they are the talk of the town!

Look forward to our views about some of the new, trendy services designed to indulge pets.  Every dog deserves the star treatment after a long day of being spoiled.  Get ready for Christine & Vicki's opinions on the latest, coolest pet products.  We'll let you in on our secrets of which products will give you the best bang for your buck and make your dog drool for more.

Another focus will be the importance of health & nutrition.  We'll discuss ways to nurture your prince or princess so that they feel like the royalty you know they are.  Your pet can't party if it's feeling pooped out.   Throughout the series, we'll give up the goods on keeping your pampered pooch safe,
finding a pampered pooch companion and much more. Get ready to sit back and enjoy the fun and energetic banter of Christine and Vicki as they share the tales of their second loves, their own pampered pooches.

Episode 15 - Let Sleeping Dogs Lie….in Designer Dog Beds

In this episode Christine and Vicki talk about the multitudes of dog bed options.  Sure your dog may like your bed or couch, but they still need a place of their own that is soft and comfortable.  Christine will give you the low-down on all the different options and which is good or bad for certain dogs because a truly pampered pooch must be comfy and get a good nights rest!  They also talk about the Pampered Pooch of the Week, Vladi.


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Episode 14 - Valentine's Day & Things Your Dog Will Love

This show is all about celebrating Valentine's Day with your dog!  Christine talks about taking your dog on a date.  Listen in to hear about some healthy treats to give your sweet tooth pooch!  They also talk about sharing your love with some of the coolest Valentine designer toys on the market.  Christine also talks about The Pampered Pooch of the Week, Luke, an American/Field Labrador.  The truly pampered pooch will not want to miss this episode! 


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Episode 13 - Dr. Harvey's "Miracle" Food & Other Products

Last episode, Christine & Vicki discussed "what's really in pet food".  This episode, they interview Dr. Harvey Cohen, founder of Dr. Harvey's Healthy Formulations, Inc.  They discuss the benefits of Dr. Harvey's Canine Health food is an all-natural, holistic dog food pre-mix. Canine Health is made from 6 certified organic grains, 9 vegetables and 14 herbs. Dr. Harvey uses only the finest organic and all-natural human consumption ingredients in Canine Health. Canine Health, this miracle of all natural dog foods, is made with no dyes, no preservatives, and no chemicals.  They also discuss some of his other products.


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Episode 12 - What's Really in Pet Food

In this episode of The Pampered Pooch Christine and Vicki share insightful information on What's Really in Pet Food.  With permission from the Animal Protection Institute (API), they discuss the common misconceptions of what consumers think they are buying and what they are actually getting.  Christine and Vicki share information from API to help you determine exactly what is in the food you give your dog. They go over how pet food is made, some pet food secrets like co-packing and some of the marketing magic designed to trick consumers.  Using the information from API, they discuss ways to help evaluate pet food using label basics, comparing dry food to wet food, all about pet food ingredients (protein, fat & additives).  They discuss some of the potential contaminants as well as nutrition related diseases.  This episode is full of information you surely do not want to miss!  We also talk about The Pampered Pooch of the Week, Cow, a 160 lb. Newfoundland / Great Pyrenees mix.


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Episode 11 - Canine Massage

In this episode Christine and Vicki discuss pampering your pooch with massage.  What are some of the benefits of pet massage?  What ailments/behavior issues can pet massage benefit?  Different techniques are reviewed, both with a certified pet massage therapist and also providing massage for your pet at home.  We also share how to find a certified canine massage therapist as well as interviewing Jennifer of Gentle Paws Pet Massage. For those of you who want to give your own pet massages, Christine and Vicki share a couple of good tutorials: a DVD called “Pawsitive Strokes!” and the book “Dog Massage: A Whiskers-to-Tail Guide to Your Dog's Ultimate Petting Experience” by Mary Jean Ballner.  Also listen in to hear about our Pampered Pet of The Week, Carley the Lhasa Apso!


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Episode 10 - Halloween Safety & Fun For Your Dog

Christine and Vicki will share some safety tips for your pets at Halloween (from the dangers of candy, tips for trick-or-treaters, etc.).  Vicki will share some useful reflective products for your dog while out with you at night, which are good for any time of the year.  Christine will discuss some tips on purchasing customers for your pet and the best places to buy costumes from.  Vicki and Christine will discuss some Halloween party planning ideas including games.  They will also share The Pampered Pooch of the Week.  Christine will also share some party planning ideas for a "Hollywood/Movie" themed birthday party for your dog.  Stay tuned to listen in for a howling good time!


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Episode 9 - Spa Day

In this episode Christine and Vicki share how to really pamper your pooch with a spa day.  They discuss what type of brush is the best for your dog's type of fur.  They share some of the different at-home bathing systems and toothbrush options.  Some other ways they discuss to indulge your pooch in luxury includes soothing shampoos; blueberry facials and even doggy nail polish!  Also listen to hear about some of the latest treatments being offered at stylish pet salons.  To truly spoil your pet, check out the product of the week is the Paw Plunger.  Listen in!


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Episode 8 - Toys For Pampered Pooches

Christine and Vicki talk you through some of the their favorite dog toys.  You'll love to hear about some of these fun and exciting toys to help keep your pet from being bored and to challenge them intellectually.  A bored pampered pooch is no pampered pooch at all.  This episode is essential for any pet parent and will make you start your dog's Christmas list early! 


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Episode 7 - Weekly Home Exams

Christine and Vicki talk about the importance of giving your pampered pooches weekly home examinations.  They share tips on how to give thorough exams using their own experience as pet parents.  They take you from the tip of the dog's nose to the tip of their tail, from their head to their toenails.  They share symptoms of canine bloat to look out for.  They also talk two products that can help prevent bloat, Brake-Fast bowl and the Omega Paw Portion Pacer.  Listen in for information you do not want to miss!


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Episode 6 - Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Christine and Vicki talk about something very near to their hearts - safety and emergency prepardness.  They share tips on how to make sure your dogs will be well cared for in case of your own emergency.  They talk about identification options for your pet, preparing for emergencies in the household.  Another topic is safety in the car while traveling and also water safety.  Christine interviews the Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup Group at the Fido Does Ferndale event.  Vicki shares the Pooch Waiting to Be Pampered (Adopted), Shorty, a boston terrier with a lot of love to give.  Christine shares the Pampered Pooch of the Week, Montauk, a Great Dane rescued from deplorable conditions.  Listen in on this informational episode to ensure your pampered pooch's safety! Don't forget to email us to enter your dog in the Pampered Pooch of the Week contest


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Episode 5 - Summer Activities With Your Dog

Christine and Vicki talk about some fun and entertaining activities to do with your dogs.  Vicki talks about planning a summer fundraising event, including the Dog Days of Summer.  Christine talks about some ways to help your dog with the summer pavement heat like Derma Paw & Stay-Put Socks, wagons and dog strollers.  Some other fun activities that you can do with your dog, is camping, taking them to the drive-in and paw painting.  Christine also talks about hosting a backyard luau and using Ticked-Off to remove ticks if necessary.  Vicki talks about the Pooch Waiting to be Pampered, Abby, a poodle. Christine talks about the Pampered Pooch of the Week, a shitzu named Zoe.  Listen in on this fun-packed episode!


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Episode 4 - Animal Communicators

Christine and Vicki have a reading by an Animal Communicator, Sherry Szmigiel of The Pawsitive Pet . Christine attends Doggie Rama, where she interviews the owner of Gertie Gear.  Vicki talks about the Pooch Waiting to be Pampered (Adopted), Laila an American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier mix.  Christine talks about the pampered Pooches of the Week, two bichons named Marco & Sophie.  Christine also shares the product of the week, a cool device called Petalk.  Listen in on the fun


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Episode 3 - Aromatherapy

Vicki and Christine talk about pampering your pooch using aromatherapy (essential oils).  They speak specifically about some products that will help reduce the symptoms of separation anxiety.  Christine reports from the 2nd Annual Frankenmuth Dog Bowl.  We tell you about the cool new products from Popware, which is the Product of the Week.  Also we have the Pampered Pooch of the Week, Fitz and the Pooch Waiting to be Pampered (Rescued), Gemini.  Check it out!


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Episode 2 - Canine Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Vicki shares ways that she pampers her pooches like doggy car seats, chiropractic & acupuncture.  We also talk about Mother's Day for us mothers that have four legged children.  Christine reports from The Mutt Strutt and interviews on how people pamper their pooches.  Plus the Pampered Pooch of the Week, Pooch Waiting to be Pampered and the Product of the Week (The Pet Jet Setter).  Check it out!


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Episode 1 - Our First Show - About The Pampered Pooch & Birthday Parties

This is The Pampered Pooch's first podcast show.  Christine and Vicki talk about what to expect from The Pampered Pooch's podcast shows.  They also share about their second loves, their own pampered pets.  They give some insight on giving your pet a birthday party and pick a product of the week.  Tune in!


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