Monday, January 25, 2010

Donkey, Blu and Bella -- Twittering?!

Coming soon to a computer near you...
Tweets directly from Donkey, Blu and Bella.
That's right, the trouble-making trio will be twittering on their own.
As Bella says: Power To The Paws!

Even your Chihuahua can tweet

NEW YORK ( -- Social networking is going to the dogs.

In its first-ever toy created for the canine community, Mattel isintroducing a product called "Puppy Tweets" that meshes the hugely popular Twitter with consumers' love of pets.

Puppy Tweets is a plastic tag with a sound and motion sensor that you attach to your pet's dog collar and connect its USB receiver to your computer. Then you create a Twitter account for your dog and enjoy updates all day from Sparky or whatever its name is on your computer or smartphone.

The tag is set with several pre-recorded tweets that are triggered by the dog's activities. So is he's running around, you might get a tweet that says "I finally caught that tail I've been chasing and...OOUUUCHH!"

If Sparky is napping, he'll tweet "Somedays it feels like my paw is permanently on the snooze button!" If he's making a ruckus, his tweet will let you know that as well, saying"YAHOOOOOOO! Somedays you just gotta get your bark on."

"Puppy Tweets capitalizes on two popular trends - the use of social media and real time communication, as well as peoples' extreme love for their dogs," said Susan Russo, Mattel's director of marketing.

Puppy Tweets is part of the No. 1 toymaker's line-up of new products for 2010 that it showcased to members of the media Thursday ahead of the industry's annual Toy Fair in New York next month.

Jim Silver, a toy industry analyst and editor-in-chief of, said he was "curious" about Puppy Tweets when he first saw it.

"I thought that a 5-year-old doesn't know about Twitter," he said. But he said that Mattel is going after an entirely different market and "expanding beyond kids" with Puppy Tweets. "This is a product for adults."

Does it make sense?

Said Silver,"It's a good thing to try especially since no one else has come up with a pet product quite like this."

Puppy Tweets will be available at retailers in the fall, and will carry a
suggested a retail price of $29.99.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Did You Say Something?

Friend of SWD - Jeannie - attempts to gain control of the bed while her pooch Gracie has other plans and Bella pretends ears are what's missing on her head.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Three Little Monkeys Sleeping On The Bed

I give my three little monkeys huge props for saving me a spot on the bed. Now if only I were a contortionist...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Calling Donkey Out... Again!

Dearest Donkey,
It is a new year and the perfect time for fresh starts!
While I am grateful your other end is not resting upon my pillows, I would appreciate if you could manage to occupy your own side of the bed. Thanks big guy.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year from SWD!

Wow y'all... it's 2010! Is that crazy or what!

Speaking of crazy - this has been a wild holiday season - beginning with my Supersizing in Buffalo trip home for Thanksgiving.

While me and my more than ample backside are in post-Buffalo/holiday recovery mode, I want to take a moment to say Sleeps With Dogs is back and evolving in 2010! There's lots of exciting news and changes on the way. We hope y'all will come along for the ride!

In the meantime, postings resume... starting today.

Wishing you all peace, love, good health and tons of treats in the new year!

Wags & Smooches,
Rachel, Donkey, Blu and Bella