Although we have released (3) issues independently since December 2016, our first nationally distributed issue of Simply Pets will go on sale at retailers in the US and Canada on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. TheJuly/August issue will be available for sale at the three largest bookstore retailers in North America:

Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and Indigo Super stores in Canada. In the United States, among other retailers where copies should be available are selected Wal-Mart stores, Wegman’s Supermarkets, Top’sMarkets, King Kullen and Woodman’s Food Markets. In Canada, many Presse Commerce stores, Gateway Newsstands , Save-On Food and Safeway Supermarkets will be carrying this very first.

Look for it on sale throughout the summer and beyond!

Andy Seliverstoff of Great Dane Chronicles Studio

In our next issue of Simply Pets Magazine we are delighted that we had the opportunity to speak toAndy Seliverstoff of GreatDaneChronicles Studio!

Here is a special look at some of what he shared with us-

What is your favorite picture that you have ever taken?
"In my opinion, some of the most successful pictures of this series are probably where the Harlequin Great Dane Leonella (she is, by the way, ..."

Rabbits! Who Knew...

You have just gotten your pet rabbit-congratulations!-and have already taken it home to show it off to your family and friends. After setting up the cage and offering it some food and water, the next step is litter training. This is one of the most important and often challenging parts of raising a pet, but once it's mastered...


We are thrilled to be apart of the promoting the opening of the movie "Storks" coming soon to a theater near you!

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates...

Saving Lives...

John Ball and his dog Darcy from the UK's International Search and Rescue team go to work in Chautara, Sindhupalchok District – north east of Kathmandu, Nepal.

 They are the first search and rescue team to reach the earthquake-hit district, searching for...

Molly’s Sails on the Queen Mary 2

So many of us have heard the horror stories of pets in the baggage section of planes.  Often, for larger dogs, unless there are service pets, a place in the passenger section of a plane is not an option.  So what does one do when they are moving overseas and they have a senior pet?  Here is how one loving couple brought their French Bassett Hound, Molly, across the pond, as heard from Molly’s perspective...

How do you say goodbye to a dear family member?

(the question) How can I explain to my toddler about our pet dog dying?

He is only two and a half, and our dog is sick and may need to be put down soon. What are some ways to explain to someone so young about this? Should I even try, or simply tell him that our dog has gone to live on a farm somewhere?


First, I'm so sorry about the loss of your dog.  As you go through this, there are probably some good opportunities to parent. Three rules of thumb:

1) Emotional training is as important as cognitive training. The loss of a loved one is an opportunity to discuss and validate emotions with yourson.  In order to become competent with our emotional selves it helps to have vocabulary and to tie that vocabulary to embodied feelings.  There are many words for types of sad: disappointed, mourning, lonely, heartbroken, remembering, grieving. Exposing a young child to a rich and nuanced vocabulary is good on many levels.

Every individual comes to their emotions down a unique path.  Your son may have an initial reaction (or not) and additional emotional reaction(s) that occur over time. 

Maybe you can mindfully watch your child and expand his emotional vocabulary while you let him know that emotions are ok to just have (they don't need to be fixed), transient ('let's just feel this for a little while and notice what happens') and you also feel these ways sometimes. Sometimes your emotions will be in sync with his, sometimes not.  If you are having an emotional reaction, you don't need to hide it from him.  Instead, you can authentically discuss what is happening and reinforce the three main lessons:

  • emotions have names
  • they are ok to just have
  • emotions are transient and change.

Finally, don't remove all traces of the pet, instead use them to celebrate memories and teach the vocabulary of connection and joy. 

2)  Answer what's asked. Woe to parents who answer 'where do babies come from?' without finding out if the child is wanting a lesson about love, anatomy, or simply how far the hospital is from the house. Answer precisely what your son is asking, in concrete terms, as compassionately as possible.  Before you answer a question it might be a good idea to say "That's an interesting question.  What made you think about it?"

Start with generalizations and continue to details only if he is looking for them.  Stop talking about it as soon as your son gives you a sign he is satisfied. Over time he may ask many follow up questions. You can discuss the dog's death with him as much or as deep as he wants to go. Use simple, non-dramatic language.  For example, if he gets hung up on what happens to the body, you can talk about how we are made from from things from the earth and after we die we go back to being earth bits with names like 'carbon' and 'water'.

If you are religious, the passing of the dog is an opportunity to discuss heaven or valhalla or whatever. It's ok to tell your kid the animal is in that place (even if your religion is skeptical about animals in the afterlife) for the sake of this discussion the dog is a stand-in for any loved one and you can elaborate on the finer points of theology when he is older.  The same is true for atheists - now is not the time to discuss nihilism, instead focus on the fact that the family member is ok now even though they are not with you.

Validate that your child wishes things were different even if it feels like a bit of a loop. 
Child: "I want Tigger to come back."
You: "You wish that Tigger could come back and you feel sad." 
Child:  "Will Tigger come back?" (for the 10th time)
You: "No, what happened means that Tigger is not coming back."
Child: "I want Tigger to come back."
You: "You wish that Tigger could come back and you feel sad." 

Repetition is a child training their brain about how the world works.  Try to be patient.

3) Toddlers are self-centered.  They often identify with pets as siblings or extensions of self.  As you're talking details, remember that your child is applying what you say to themselves.  Be mindful that focusing on death due to being "sick" may cause your child unnecessary worry about if they themselves become sick.  Don't use euphemisms like "went bye-bye and can't come back" or "went to sleep and didn't wake up" for reasons that are obvious, right?

It might be better to focus on the distinction between the dead dog and your son without saying anything about your son.  For example, frame the death with lessons about dogginess rather than health.  i.e., 'Dogs are so special they only live half the time humans do, that's why we love them so much while they are here.

Diane Meriwether


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For The Love Of Horses

 Photo by  Ron Eskins

Photo by Ron Eskins

By nature, human beings are animal lovers. It is innate in us to be emotionally attached to our pets more than our human friends do. Unlike their human counterpart, animals do not have the ability to communicate the way humans do, thus, no matter how much human beings rant, they lie down or sit still, silently and lazily paying their human counterpart curious glances. Animals too are capable of great love and loyalty for their masters, sometimes more than humans do.

Many animal lovers have fantastic stories to tell about friendships, adventures and tragedies that proved their pets' sacrificial love. The love that exists between pets and masters is surprisingly unbelievable but true owing to the fact that they have been featured in magazines and television programs. Famous celebrities, royalties and world leaders too have interesting encounters with their equally famous pets just like ordinary people do.

Hollywood actor Richard Gere, an active supporter of Chief Joseph Foundation, aimed at preserving cultural heritage among the Northwest tribes, was seen with his Appaloosas, a horse bred by the Nez Perce tribe. Gere's passion for horses is amazingly shown as he is away from the limelight, without an assistant to attend to his needs and most importantly, he is not portraying a role that a movie calls for but being in his true identity as one showing his craziness over horses.

Sexy star Angeline Jolie, famous for her controversial kissing scene with her brother and colorful family members, was captured kissing a horse while Carmen Electra modeled a gown on a horseback. Whether it is for real or not, in one way or the other, they have surely shown their fondness for horses.

Julia Roberts, on the other hand, spent several weeks in a nomadic family in Mongolia sampling the nomads' life having no amenities of modern and luxurious city living. Sharing a passion and skill for horses among the Mongolian people, she came to understand why horses are integral part of their nomadic life. It is so surprisingly unbelievable that stars that shine from the skies will descend just to be with horses.

The Royal Family has dozens of different horses for different purposes. Some horses are mounted on only during state ceremonies, others are for riding only while some priced strong breeds are groomed as racehorses. Since 1945, The Windsor Horse Show, which features show jumping, gymkhana games, and a wide variety of equestrian sportsmanship is celebrated annually. Royalties such as Queen Elizabeth's Stardust III and other horses won over 400 racing awards since her lifetime. Princess Anne, the most famous horsewoman among the royalties of her time, competed in the 1976 Olympics and won a silver medal.

Famous or unknown, rich or poor, black or white, the love that exists between horses and humans knows no bounds or colors. Whether it is now or in the near future, your horses deserve only the best that they can have through you because just like you, they have emotions.

There is an amazing trust that humans and horses seem to share and keep horses attached to their masters, thus it is only appropriate that horse stall fronts [http://www.UniquelyHorse.com/] are built to allow them some degree of freedom to roam around. Moreover, a strategically situated horse water bucket [http://www.UniquelyHorse.com/] will keep them from roaming afar searching for water or food during the hot summer season.

Greg Pierce 

Up, Up and away... Hot air balloons!

Africa is a diverse land filled with the adventures of a lifetime. The excitement of an African safari adventure draws visitors from around the world. The diversity of Africa is extraordinary and includes the African bush, mountains, beautiful colors, diverse tribes and people groups, exotic large animals such as Zebras and Elephants and some of the most exquisite wonders including the Egyptian pyramids.

The beauty of Africa tantalizes the senses and tugs on the emotions. From the poorest tribes to the richest nations, Africa's land is as diverse as its people. African safaris pull people from ordinary life into the adventures of a lifetime. No where else in the world can so many phenomenal sites, sounds and smells be experienced. An African safari can include extreme adventures such as whitewater rafting, volcano climbing, bungee jumping, scuba diving, and big game hunting. These are just a few of the adventures available for the active tourist. For the less active visitor there are just as many adventures including: the Egyptian pyramids, beautiful white beaches, viewing exotic animals roaming about, golfing, and national park resorts.

An African safari can include extreme adventures such as whitewater rafting, volcano climbing, bungee jumping, scuba diving, and big game hunting.

African wildlife is one of the most unusual sites in the entire world. The beauty of the animals in Africa is exquisite; numerous species of birds in every color of the rainbow, monkeys swinging from trees with their babies clinging to their backs, giraffes grazing in open fields, sprinting cheetahs, elephants playing in the water and so much more wildlife fill Africa. The beauty of the wildlife can be seen while on an African safari adventure in a variety of ways, including from a hot air balloon. The beauty of breathtaking Africa from above is one of the most popular and exciting activities on an African safari. View the red elephants of Tsavo National Park or the flaming flamingoes of Lake Nakuru.

The adventures of Africa are vast and numerous. There are so many popular safari destinations to visit. Kenya safari would include Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa or the Masai Mara National Reserve. While in Kenya enjoy a visit to Lake Nakuru, which is an exotic bird sanctuary. Two million flamingos have flooded this area and over 400 species of birds are a home at Lake Nakuru. Tanzania is another popular African safari site. Tanzania is one of the wonders of the world. The Ngorongoro crater is one of the most outstanding, stunningly beautiful sites to see in the world. This huge crater is filled with wildlife including the black rhino. Enjoy the shade and a picnic lunch while watching the animals graze around you. Serengeti National Park is an almost treeless plain. Nearly three million large wildlife animals live, eat and roam on this huge piece of land, including hundreds of thousands of Zebras and Gazelles.

Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime and travel on an Africa safari to various parts of Africa. A safari trip to Africa is life changing, exhilarating, exciting and exotic. Custom design a trip that will match your desire for high adventure such as scuba diving and volcano climbing or a less wild adventure that would include a hot air balloon ride or a quiet lunch near an elephant's water hole. There are so many adventures to be had in Africa. An African safari will transform your love for the world and will quicken within you the thrill of adventure and life.

Shawn Hickman