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A Puppy Welcome Basket is a Fun Dog Gift Idea

Have a relative, friend or neighbor that recently welcomed a new pup into their home? What better way to show you care than with a puppy welcome basket?  Chock full of good things puppies love, the new puppy parents will be surprised and delighted by your thoughtful gesture.

Here are some dog gift ideas to include:

  • Puppy Kong – Kongs are great toys because they’re durable and can withstand sharp puppy teeth.  When filled with peanut butter or Wellness treats they can keep him occupied for hours.
  • Squeaky toys—Dogs love squeaky toys.  Plus, they come in cute shapes like bagels or rolled up newspapers.
  • Training pads— When a puppy has to go, he goes.  Help train him with special pads designed to sop up the mess.
  • Puppy toothbrush and toothpaste –  Banish puppy breath by keeping a clean mouth!
  • Shirt/collar/leash of parent’s favorite sports team  — Imagine how delighted they’ll be when Max shares this allegiance.
  • An assortment of Wellness® dog treats (of course!) including Just for Puppy Treatsgreat for training! We do more than make pet food. We create Wellness.™

What are your favorite dog gift ideas for a puppy welcome basket?  We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below.

3 Dog Friendly Winter Getaways

Over the past few years, there has has been a significant increase in the number of dog friendly accommodations and trails at top ski areas around the country. From Mammoth Lakes, CA to Maine, you can bring your dog to join in the winter fun.

Here are 3 dog friendly winter getaways for you and your family:

1. Mammoth Mountain at Mammoth Lakes, CA is a renowned ski resort with a pet clientele. The Westin Monache — http://www.westinmammoth.com at the base of the mountain caters to canines with a variety of luxury pet amenities, including plush beds to crash down on after a day romping in the great outdoors. With several dog bakeries in the area to ensure your furry friend gets a special treat, along with a dog wash, he’ll be ready for the long trip home.

2. The Gunflint Lodge in Grand Marais, MN — http://www.gunflint.com/ offers a pooch paradise with dog themed weekends. In addition to hiking, skiing and snowshoeing, there are seminars on dog massages, pet communication and health, led by veterinarians and dog handlers. Additionally, there are K-9 Olympics and doggie socials. It’s a dog’s life indeed!

Here are the dates for the dog lover’s weekends for 2013.

March 14-17- Bow Wow Pow Wow

April 18-21- Pawloosa

October 10-13 Wag a lot

3. The Pawhouse Inn in West Rutland, VT– http://www.pawhouseinn.com/accomodations.html. With a tagline reading, “No dog left behind”, Jen and Mitch Frankenberg love dogs and it shows.  The Pawhouse Inn is close to 120 miles of trails where you can take Fido cross-country skiing or snowshoeing and they have an outdoor dog park with a semi-permanent agility course.

Of course, if you and your furry friend would rather curl up in front of the fire and read a book, you’re welcome to do that too.  They also include 9-5 dog care as part of the rate in case you feel like hitting the slopes of nearby Killington.


October is Adopt-A-Dog MonthAdopting a pet is a big decision for any family and not one that should be entered into lightly. With such a wide variety of pets and breeds, you want to find one that will fit well into your family dynamic. Follow these top 10 tips to help you find the perfect pet for your family.

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Take Your Dog to Work Day® is June 24th!

Celebrate Take Your Dog To Work Day on June 24th!

Celebrate Take Your Dog To Work Day on June 24th!

For those pet parents who are not typically able to have their canine companions by their side during a work day, this special day is one to take advantage of if you can. June 24th has been designated as 2011’s Take Your Dog to Work Day®. Now, you may need to get permission ahead of time and Pet Sitters International has compiled a list of frequently asked questions that you may find helpful.

We hope you are able to take advantage of this special day and if so, we’d love to see pictures of you and your furry office friend! Be sure to visit us on Facebook where you can share your experience and pictures from Take Your Dog To Work Day!


Sally from Wikes Barre Township, PA wrote to let us know that her dog just loves Wellness Chicken & Sweet Potato Natural Canned Dog Food Recipe. When we saw this photo of Daisy, we knew we had to share it with other Wellness fans out there.  Check out Daisy, sitting happily in a daisy patch. How adorable and how fitting with her name.

A big thanks to Daisy’s pet parent Sally for sharing this with us!

Daisy Poses for the Camera in a Daisy Garden!

Daisy Poses for the Camera in a Daisy Patch!

Ever Wish Your Pet Could Talk?

pet postsEver wish your dog or cat would talk to you on facebook? Who doesn’t?

Pet Posts by Wellness lets you get and create wall posts from your pet!

Set up a customized profile that fits your pet’s personality, and your pal will be posting in no time. We are excited that there are already almost 200 pet parents who using our pet posts application on facebook. So come on over and join the conversation!

Join Pet Posts Today!

Weekly True Wellness™ Photo Gallery

Every week, we are more and more amazed by the Wellness testimonials and photos that our true believers send in. This week is no exception. Here are some of the beautiful pets submitted in the past couple of days who are portraits of True Wellness™. Aren’t they gorgeous? We sure think so.

Moe likes Wellness CORE Original Recipe

Moe likes Wellness® CORE® Original Recipe

Woody picks Wellness Simple Food Solutions Rice & Duck Recipe

Woody picks Wellness® Simple Food Solutions® Rice & Duck Recipe

Cooper loves Wellness Simple Food Solutions

Cooper loves Wellness® Simple Food Solutions®

Jack choses Wellness Super5Mix Lamb, Barley & Salmon Meal Recipe and Wellbars Yogurt, Apples & Bananas

Jack chooses Wellness® Super5Mix® Lamb, Barley & Salmon Meal Recipe and WellBars® Yogurt, Apples & Bananas

Lola Rose enjoys Wellness Super5Mix Large Breed Adult Health Recipe

Lola Rose enjoys Wellness® Super5Mix® Large Breed Adult Health Recipe

Splash and Freckles  both love Wellness CORE Original Recipe

Splash and Freckles both love Wellness® CORE® Original Recipe

10 Great Reasons to Rescue a Shelter Cat


Every year six to eight million dogs and cats enter shelters. Three to four million of them are euthanized, mainly due to overcrowding. Approximately 70% of these euthanized animals are cats. The following are ten great reasons to adopt a shelter cat: Read the rest of this entry »


SAFETY-TIPSChildren and pets can be the best of friends. Of course there are certain safety precautions that need to be taken, particularly with pets and younger children. The following are tips for keeping children safe around pets.

  1. Do not allow your child to disturb the pet when he is eating.
  2. Teach your child to never take a toy or treat from your pet’s mouth. Unless the pet is willing to drop the toy, your child should leave the pet alone or have an adult retrieve the item.
  3. Do not sneak up on the pet. Pets caught by surprise may become jumpy and defensive, acting upon instinct. Teach your child to approach the pet with hands visible and a soothing, non-threatening voice.
  4. Teach your child to read the pet’s body language. Growling, baring teeth, and raised fur are all signs of a threatened or aggressive pet.
  5. Always supervise children under five years old when interacting with animals.
  6. Teach your child not to stare into a pet’s eyes. This may be seen as a challenge by the pet.
  7. Make sure your pet is properly socialized to be comfortable around other animals and a variety of people. This is best if done at a young age.
  8. Your pet should be well trained and respond to simple commands. Be sure to reward your pet during training with a healthy snack such as Wellness Wellbites®.
  9. Your child should not make startling or sudden movements around the pet.
  10. Practice gentle petting with your child. Make sure they understand that the pet should not be pinched, pulled or hurt in any way.

The Importance of Toys for a Cat’s Health

Toys should be an important part of your cat’s life. Not only do toys provide entertainment and enjoyment, but they also keep your cat healthy. One of the most common health concerns for cats is weight. Indoor cats are particularly susceptible to putting on the pounds from lack of activity. Cats frequently sleep up to 16 hours a day, which makes physical and mental stimulation when they are awake a high priority. Interactive toys can entice your cat into exercising, keeping his muscles strong and flexible. This can be something as simple as an empty box, a laser pointer, teaser or feather toys for your cat to chase.

Cats also need interaction and stimulation to relieve boredom, anxiety and stress. Stress can exacerbate any pre-existing health problems in your cat and can also lead to aggressive behavior, withdrawal and depression. Toys and playtime will relieve your cat’s boredom through interactive entertainment.

Scratching is an instinctual behavior for all cats, so it is important to keep your cat’s claws in shape. A cat’s claws are important in self-defense and for climbing. Toys such as scratching pads and posts will keep your cat’s claws in excellent condition. Read the rest of this entry »