Zany Zak in Africa

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 10:30 AM

Zany Zak in Africa

Zany Zak just returned from Africa! We spent 2 glorious weeks in Kenya and Tanzania. Our first stop was Nairobi where we spent 3 days visiting the city, markets and most importantly, the elephant orphanage operated by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

The orphanage is run by Dame Daphne Sheldrick who for the past 40 years, has been caring for baby elephants whose mothers have been killed for their tusks. Some orphans are found next to their mother's who have died of natural causes, however most of the orphans are there due to human wildlife conflict. Please consider adopting an orphan to help their on-going cause. 

Our travels took us to Amboseli National Park where herds of wild elephants roam free. Breathtaking views of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen off in the distance. Wild zebras, wildebeests, giraffes and many more animals were seen.

After leaving Amboseli, we traveled to Tanzania and spent the majority of our time in the Serengeti. The highlight of the trip was seeing wild lions, cheetahs, leopards and rhinos. We also visited two Masai villages where we traded some of our beaded dog collars for their beautiful necklaces! What a treat to meet these friendly and welcoming people. 

We returned back to the United States feeling sad that we left our guides, new friends that we made and seeing all the animals running and living free. We may be home, but we feel like we left our heart in Africa. 

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Keep Your Dog Cool During Hot Times

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:16 PM

Keep Your Dog Cool During Hot Times

Summer is almost here warm it's probably a good time to be thinking about ways we can help keep our pets cool.

Dogs are more susceptible to heat stress than humans as they can’t sweat and often have coats that are not suited to warmer climates (particularly double-coated arctic breeds).

So we have put together a few tips to keep your dog cool this summer:

  • Provide a shallow pool, like those clam-shell sandpit creations that kids use. The quickest way for your dog to cool down is by standing or lying in some water.

  • Provide multiple stainless steel water bowls in shady areas rather than plastic bowls and change at least once daily.

  • Use an elevated dog bed such as a trampoline bed.

  • Provide a fan (one that can’t be knocked over, and with a cord that is protected from chewing if your dog is so inclined!).

  • Avoid walks during 10-4pm, on really hot days walk at dawn and dusk.

  • Never leave your dog in the car, even for 5 minutes, the temperature inside a car can increase rapidly to fatal temperatures.

  • Freeze some 2L water bottles, wrap them in a tea towel and place them near pet resting areas.

  • Make some pupsicles (you can use many food items such as salt reduced (onion free) stock, dog food or peanut butter and freeze in anything from an old icecream container to a muffin tin.

  • Use a sprinkler on a timer to come on in the middle of the day.

  • Hang some wet towels to create a simple air conditioner.

  • Allow your dog to dig a hole to lie in if the garden can stand it.

Here's a featured product from our Zany On The Go section; fresh scent pet wipes help keep your furry friends cool and clean!  This and all of our unique pet products can be found on our website at


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A Collar For A Cause

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:33 PM

A Collar For A Cause


Zany Zak is proud to offer our new African Tribal Collection featuring new beaded dog collars that are inspired by the rugged wilderness that is Africa. One hundred percent of the net sales will be benefiting the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. 

Zany Zak® has formed a partnership with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organizations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.

When a tiny newborn elephant is orphaned, often its mother and family gunned down to serve the brutal ivory trade, its life support gone; any survivors fleeing in terror; its fate now suffering and death in hopeless and lonely isolation it cannot understand. For an elephant, the family is all important; its very existence dependent upon its mother's milk for the first two years of life and a life that should span three score years and ten, equivalent to that of man. In a perfect world that elephant life would be filled with fun and joy through the companionship of friends and a close-knit and loving family, whose love is pure and unconditional all the days of its life.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust allows you to adopt all of their nursery baby elephants. Zany Zak has adopted Jotto, one of the many baby orphaned elephants at the orphanage. Proudly this collar is named after him.


Photos Copyright of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Zany Zak Blog

Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:13 PM

Thank you for your interest in our new Zany Zak blog! Our goal is to provide you with informative and interesting topics that will benefit you and your four-legged best friend. So let's get started!

Animal lovers already know how good it feels to interact with their pet. Now research has shown that this positive effect can also be applied in a therapeutic setting. Leveraging the power of pets is becoming a vital tool in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions and disorders, particularly those associated with mental health.

What are the benefits of Pet Therapy?

Trained animals are used to benefit patients suffering with emotional and behavioral disorders, depression, autism, substance abuse, and dementia. Animals accept us as we are — they don’t judge and they don’t threaten — so patients can wholeheartedly interact with them safe in the knowledge that there is no hidden agenda.

Individuals with emotionally based disorders in particular may find it difficult to open up and trust another human being, but discover this process is much easier with a therapy animal. Frequently reported benefits from pet-therapy programs include a reduction in stress, a boost in self-esteem, improved mood, and better communication skills.



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