Leah Ingram, Parade Magazine

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Parade Magazine

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, United States

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Past articles by Leah:

13 Major League Baseball Teams Hosting a Bark in the Park in Spring 2019

For dog lovers and baseball fans, Bark in the Park nights at baseball games are terrific. You get to watch your favorite sport and you get to enjoy the experience with your favorite furry friend or fur kids.Bark in the Park is nothing new. I wrote about it in 2018. In 2019, there are plenty of [...] → Read More

These Are the Questions Pet Owners Ask Google the Most

As a pet owner, how many times have you turned to Google to find answers about your dogs or cats? Sometimes it might be a goofy answer you’re looking for—but other times it might be serious.For example, last week my dog Oscar came back from a grooming appointment with a new groomer and his paw [...] → Read More

4 Mouth-Watering Freebies and Deals for National Pretzel Day 2019

According to a recent poll by Snyder’s of Hanover, people typically reach for an afternoon snack, such as pretzels, between 2-4 p.m. The average time for this snack-reaching? Turns out it is 2:56 p.m. aka “Pretzel O’Clock.”In fact, half (51%) of “Afternoon Snackers” (those who snack between lunch and dinner) report that they snack almost [...] → Read More

From Khaleesi to Hodor, These Are the Most Popular Game of Thrones-Inspired Pet Names

The Game of Thrones final season premiere this Sunday is set to be one of the largest events in TV history. With the finale of the last season attracting 16.5 million viewers according to HBO, it’s no wonder this cultural phenomenon has penetrated every aspect of our lives—including naming our dogs.Wag!, the on-demand pet walker [...] → Read More

This Is the Most Popular Harry Potter Book in Your State

Did you know that April 7 through April 13 is National Library Week? It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). It is observed in libraries across [...] → Read More

5 Tips for Making a Pet-Friendly Easter Basket

When it comes to giving pets gifts, there are certain times of the year when many pet parents are in the gift-giving mood. According to the APPA (American Pet Products Association) 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey, the top two times of the year for giving a pet a gift are Christmas/Hanukkah and the pet’s birthday. [...] → Read More

12 Tax Day 2019 Freebies and Deals You Won't Want to Miss

With the new tax law in effect, most Americans are expecting a different experience with their 2018 tax return—and boy, what a difference a year makes.According to the Internal Revenue Service, not only had more Americans already filed their taxes by this time last year (more than 94 million in 2018 versus 92 million in [...] → Read More

From Cleopatra to Louis, These Are the Most Popular Royal-Inspired Pet Names

When news broke that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had adopted a dog soon after their wedding, royal watchers wondered if the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would give their pooch a name fit for a king or queen—or rather a duke or duchess.More like a name fit for a wizard—the Wizard of Oz, that [...] → Read More

3 Products to Consider if You Want Backyard Chickens

It’s not surprising that the lion’s share of products at Global Pet Expo 2019 were for dogs and cats—they are the most popular pets for Americans to own.What was surprising was how many businesses were feathering their nests selling products for chickens. Yes, that’s right, backyard chicken ownership is a thing now. So for non-canine [...] → Read More

51 Awesome, Adorable and Inspirational Quotes About Pets for National Pet Day 2019

Held annually on April 11, National Pet Day is not only devoted to the pets we already own or have as family members but also to those waiting for a home. It’s a great day to do something special for the organizations that help find homes for orphaned animals.National Pet Day is the brainchild of [...] → Read More

9 New Cat Products We Saw (and Loved!) at Global Pet Expo 2019

Did you know that there are nearly 43 million American households with cats? That’s about 34 percent of all households. Additionally, the average household has about two cats. This is all according to the recent American Pet Products Association Pet Owners Survey 2019-2020.Also from the survey: Cats are pretty much second fiddle to dogs across [...] → Read More

15 New Dog Products We Saw (and Loved!) at Global Pet Expo 2019

Millennials love dogs. That was clearly a significant finding in the American Pet Products Association (APPA) Pet Owners Survey 2019-2020, which I highlighted in this recent article that recapped my experience at Global Pet Expo 2019.We know that millennials are the largest demographic of dog owners—but other generations love four-legged friends, too. Here is how [...] → Read More

You Won't Want to Miss Out on This Wedding Planning Service for Pets

There are tons of ways pet lovers celebrate their fur children. Some six in 10 pet owners celebrate their pet’s birthday each year, making a dog cake or throwing a party. Dogs that have reached the ripe old age of 13 might enjoy a Bark Mitzvah. Many adopted pets get a Gotcha Day celebration for [...] → Read More

Here's What We Learned at the Pet Industry's Largest Annual Trade Show

This time last week, I was making my way through 343,700 square feet of exhibit space at Global Pet Expo. This large trade show for people in the pet business is held annually at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. I was among more than 6,700 people in attendance.Since the show is not [...] → Read More

The 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds for College Mascots

March Madness is a time for sports fans to come together and enjoy some of the best men’s and women’s basketball that Division I college athletics has to offer. For non-sports fans, there is still a way to get in on the bracket-busting conversations at the bar or the office. And that would be to [...] → Read More

Use This Puppy Language Cheat Sheet to Better Understand Your Furry Friend

March 23 is known as National Puppy Day. The first National Puppy Day was celebrated in 2006. According to the National Puppy Day website, it is a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it’s a day to help save orphaned puppies across the [...] → Read More

Here's Where to Get Free (or Really Cheap!) Food on St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a day you might associate with saving money. Instead, it’s a day when you likely think about eating green food or enjoying green beer. However, there are ways you can save some money while celebrating this most Irish of holidays. Here are four brands that can help you can save green [...] → Read More

Here's How to Keep Your Pet Safe During Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras occurs on “Fat Tuesday” or the day before Ash Wednesday and Lent starts. As you know, this leads up to the Easter holiday. In 2019, Mardi Gras falls on March 5.While Mardi Gras is typically celebrated in Louisiana, chances are you might be celebrating in one of the other 49 states. If you [...] → Read More

Here's Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Pet

World Spay Day was launched in 1995. It is held the fourth Tuesday of February each year. In 2019 World Spay Day was Tuesday, February 26. February is also Spay/Neuter Awareness Month. This is according to the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.Why do the procedures of spaying and neutering need not only an awareness day [...] → Read More

Your Pet Could Be the Next Cadbury Easter Star—Here's How

Normally, I don’t cover contests when writing about holidays and food holidays. But this one was just too cute to pass up. Plus, it involves dogs, cats, pigs and other pets. Like I said, too cute.It’s a contest for the next star of the iconic Cadbury clucking bunny commercial in time for Easter for Cadbury [...] → Read More