The Pet Matchmaker’s Favorite Five October 2014

It’s time for my Favorite Five October 2014. Once again, I’ve collected some really great stuff from around the interwebs. Hope you like these as much as I do!


Lift ‘em Up Harnesses from SeniorPetProducts.


Having recently lost my beloved senior dog, Tiloc, I’m intimately familiar with the changes that come as our dogs age. Thankfully, today there are many products that cater to the needs of older pets, so I include this one in my Favorite Five October 2014. This is a terrific item that can help you help your senior dog who has lost some of her mobility. They come in front, rear and “walkabout” varieties. They’re made of super strong nylon, but with a soft, neoprene lining for the comfort of your pet. The straps are fully adjustable to your height. Help put a “spring” back in your senior’s step! Priced from $28 – $70 at

(See Nikki Carvey’s 10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Pet, too!)


Eldad’s Lucky Leash


If you’re not familiar with Hope for Paws… you should be! Created by Rockstar Rescuer, Eldad Hagar, Hope for Paws rescues homeless dogs from the streets, often in the direst conditions. They then nurse them back to health, foster them and find them forever homes. This leash, is Eldad’s creation. By using it, you show that you support animal rescue. Oh, and if you send a picture of your pooch with the leash, HFP will post it on their Flickr page!

You’ll find it at for $15 or $20 and proceeds go to help more direct rescue and rehabilitation. Not only are you getting a terrific leash, you’re also contributing to saving lives! Even better, you can gift YOURSELF by making a donation to Hope For Paws. Every little bit helps!


Good Pet Stuff’s Travelin’ Dog Pet Seat


Keeping your pets safe when you travel can be a challenge. If your small dog or cat doesn’t care for a kennel, here’s an alternative. The Travelin’ Dog Pet Seat – not just for dogs, as you can see by the picture. I love how this gives your pet a view out the window, too. I found this one on for $53.


Become a Member of the Gentle Barn


In honor of World Farm Animals Day, October 2nd, I’ve got TWO things you can do to help farm animals around the world. How about you become a member of the Gentle Barn? Memberships start at just $25! You can help them further their mission: “Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet”. Your support will make future animal rescues possible and allow them to expand their outreach to future generations!



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Or, how about a fantastic designer t-shirt from Farm Sanctuary? You get a great shirt AND you’re helping a terrific organization. Farm Sanctuary works to rescue farm animals from factory farms and offers them shelter to live out their lives in peace and safety. Farm Sanctuary advocates for the end of the cruelty of factory farming. Great t-shirts start at $25, here or the ones above, here.  You can also adopt a farm animal! Make a 12 month pledge, and you’ll receive a picture and bio of your very own chicken or pig or cow or…


Halloween Costumes for Your Pets 


Of course, Favorite Five October 2014 has to include something for Halloween. Do YOU dress up your pets? If so, I found some super adorable ones at Costume Express. Wonder Woman? Yoda? How about a Tootsie Roll or Sunflower? Lots to choose from starting at around $13 at