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Happy National Mutt Day!

Embrace your favorite mutt! Whether long-haired with pointy ears or short furred with a stub of a tail, mutts nuzzle their way into our hearts as much as any pure bred pooch.
Pet expert and advocate Colleen Paige created Mutt’s Day as a biannual event (July 31 and Dec. 2) to recognize the lovable mutts waiting for their forever homes at crowded animal shelters around the country.
Every year, thousands of animals are euthanized due to overpopulation and she wanted to do something about it. In 2005, she founded Mutt’s Day as a day to recognize those animals and raise awareness to the problem of overpopulation.
What Can You Do?
Consider adoption instead of buying your next pet and donate time and/or dollars to a local animal shelter.
Get your pet spayed or neutered for population control.
Donate old towels and bed linens to a shelter.  The animals will appreciate having a soft bed to lie on.
If you can, volunteer at the animal shelter. You can walk dogs, foster pups or maybe help organize events like a Mutt Day Celebration!
Benefit of Mutts
In addition to the good feelings that come with knowing you’ve saved a life, mixed breeds have an advantage over pure bred pooches.  Studies show they often live longer, healthier lives thanks to a lack of inbreeding.
They’re devoted. Some people even say rescues are extra grateful to their pet parents, as if they know they were saved. And, maybe they do.
Celebrate Your Mixed Mutt
Whether you call them “mix”, “mutt” or “Heinz 57”,  these dogs deserve loving homes where their biggest concern is which patch of sun to lie in.
Why not take your favorite mutt for an extra-long walk in honor of Mutt’s Day? Maybe even sneak in some extra cuddle time and a special treat.
Long live mutts!
Who’s your favorite mixed breed? We’d love to hear about him/her in the comments below.

Embrace your favorite mutt! Whether long-haired with pointy ears or short-furred with a stub of a tail, mutts nuzzle their way into our hearts as much as any purebred pooch.

Pet expert and advocate Colleen Paige created National Mutt Day as a biannual event (July 31 and Dec. 2) to recognize the lovable mutts waiting for their forever homes at crowded animal shelters around the country.

Every year, thousands of animals are euthanized due to overpopulation and she wanted to do something about it. In 2005, she founded National Mutt Day as a day to recognize those animals and raise awareness to the problem of pet overpopulation.

Browse adoptable dogs like Gatsby here

Click the photo to view adoptable dogs like Gatsby

What Can You Do?

Consider adoption instead of buying your next pet and donate time and/or dollars to a local animal shelter.

Get your pet spayed or neutered to help prevent pet overpopulation.

Donate old towels and bed linens to an animal shelter.  The animals will appreciate having a soft bed to lie on.

If you can, volunteer at the animal shelter. You can walk dogs, foster pups or maybe help organize events like a Mutt Day Celebration!

Click the image to view adoptable dogs like Henry.

Click the image to view adoptable dogs like Henry.

Benefit of Mutts

-In addition to the good feelings that come with knowing you’ve saved a life, mixed breed dogs have an advantage over purebred pooches.  Studies show they can often live longer, healthier lives.

-They’re devoted. Many people believe that rescues are extra grateful to their pet parents, as if they know they were saved. And, maybe they do.

Celebrate Your Mixed Mutt

Whether you call them “mix”, “mutt” or “Heinz 57”,  these dogs each deserve a  loving home where their biggest concern is which patch of sun to lie in.

Why not take your favorite mutt for an extra-long walk in honor of Mutt’s Day? Maybe even sneak in some extra cuddle time and a special treat.

Click the image to view adoptable dogs like Tower.

Click the image to view adoptable dogs like Tower.

Long live mutts!

Is your pet a mutt? Share your photos on our Facebook page!

How to Prepare for Take Your Dog to Work Day- June 20th

Some workplaces are doggie-friendly year round while others wait for the annual event to make pooches welcome in the office. Here at Wellness, we’re lucky enough to get to bring our dogs to the office once a month. But one of our favorite office holidays is National Take Your Dog to Work Day which takes place this year on Friday, June 20. On this day, we offer special services for spoiled pooches such as doggie massage and grooming. Plus, if the weather is nice we spend plenty of time outside with our pups, letting them meet and greet with each other, play fetch, and explore the lovely office grounds.

If you’d like your pooch to participate in Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 20st, these are some things to consider:

1)      Make sure your workplace is participating. Talk with your supervisor and co-workers to make sure everyone’s onboard before you show up with Max. Some offices will want to see proof of vaccinations or may have other paperwork for you to fill out ahead of time.

2)      The temperament of your pet. Some dogs (and workplaces) are better-suited than others. For example, if your dog is aggressive toward strangers, or gets intimidated and overwhelmed by other dogs, you may want to leave him at home. On the other hand, if your dog likes meeting new people and dogs it should be a good match. What about your dog’s energy level? Depending on what type of workload you have, it may not be best to bring your pup into the office if he’ll be pacing all day and yearning to get outside.

Once you have the OK:

3)      Doggie-proof your workspace. Your dog might want to chew on hanging cords or mistake that stack of files for a bathroom location. Spend a few minutes relocating plants and cleaning up books, papers, stray markers and anything else that may look tempting. It’s also a great idea to bring a baby or pet gate along with you to keep at the entrance of your office/cube while your pup is there.

4)      Give your dog a bath or have him groomed a day or two beforehand. A clean dog is always appreciated, and will look extra charming in those office photos!

5)      Bring bowls, food and treats. Your dog will get hungry, just like you. Plus, treats can be a good motivator to reclaim your pet’s attention if he’s excited.

6)      Bring a towel or your pet’s favorite dog bed. This will cue her to settle in and relax.

Allow a few extra minutes at the start of the work day to allow your dog to smell the surroundings and get comfortable with the environment. Put out a bowl of fresh water, arrange your dog bed and let your co-workers greet your pet. Once the initial excitement is over and everyone settles down, your dog should too.

Studies show dog-friendly workplaces can reduce stress, enhance employee interactions and boost morale.

Here are some fond memories of past Take Your Dog to Work Days at WellPet—enjoy!:

National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day

It’s National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day! Wellness fans were asked to define their pet adoption experience with One Word & One Photo–here are their responses.


Awesome



Bliss


Destiny


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Forever


Friend


Fun


Healing


life-changing


Love3


Miracle


Natural


Treasure

Top 10 Reasons We Love Our Pets

1– Instant stress-reliever — Studies show petting a dog or cat reduces stress. If you’re feeling a little anxious, sit with Bella and share some love. Plus, they always know when you need a hug.
2—No Alarm Clock Needed – You don’t have to worry about oversleeping. A paw in your face or consistent bedroom pacing will ensure you enjoy sunrises together.
3–Exercise buddy–If you even go near the leash, they’re there, tails wagging and excitement growing every second. If you need a little push to get outside—and don’t we all at times—Max is happy to oblige.
4–The best conversation partner — Pets don’t talk back – Had a bad day? You can share your troubles with your pets and they won’t judge you, try to “fix” it or otherwise interfere. They’ll just let you share while they listen.
5— You don’t have to get dressed up – Your pets don’t require your best clothes, full makeup and a trip to the hairstylist. They love you in your ratty sweats and that sweater with the hole in it.
6—Stay present—Pets don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow, they live in the moment. It’s a skill that we could all benefit from practicing.
7—Simple needs – Aside from wanting to eat lots of tasty, healthy food, cats and dogs don’t require expensive gadgets to keep them happy. An empty box or old toy will do just fine.
8-Keep you entertained. There’s a reason the internet is populated with countless photos of cats and dogs—they’re always doing something fun and adorable! Whether your cat chases his tail while running through the house or your dog stops you in your tracks with that, “I’m guilty” look, it’s hard to resist their charm.
9–Don’t Require Taxi Service – They don’t miss the bus, and don’t need a ride to soccer practice.‘Nuf said!
10-Unconditional love – The final reason we love our pets? We know we can count on them to love us without question.
What did we miss? What are your favorite reasons why you love your pets? Please share on our Facebook Page!

1– Instant stress-reliever — Studies show petting a dog or cat reduces stress. If you’re feeling a little anxious, sit with Bella and share some love. Plus, they always know when you need a hug.

2—No Alarm Clock Needed – You don’t have to worry about oversleeping. A paw in your face or consistent bedroom pacing will ensure you enjoy sunrises together.

3–Exercise buddy–If you even go near the leash, they’re there, tails wagging and excitement growing every second. If you need a little push to get outside—and don’t we all at times—Max is happy to oblige.

4–The best conversation partner — Pets don’t talk back – Had a bad day? You can share your troubles with your pets and they won’t judge you, try to “fix” it or otherwise interfere. They’ll just let you share while they listen.

5— You don’t have to get dressed up – Your pets don’t require your best clothes, full makeup and a trip to the hairstylist. They love you in your ratty sweats and that sweater with the hole in it.

6—Stay present—Pets don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow, they live in the moment. It’s a skill that we could all benefit from practicing.

7—Simple needs – Aside from wanting to eat lots of tasty, healthy food, cats and dogs don’t require expensive gadgets to keep them happy. An empty box or old toy will do just fine.

8-Keep you entertained. There’s a reason the internet is populated with countless photos of cats and dogs—they’re always doing something fun and adorable! Whether your cat chases his tail while running through the house or your dog stops you in your tracks with that, “I’m guilty” look, it’s hard to resist their charm.

9–Don’t Require Taxi Service – They don’t miss the bus, and don’t need a ride to soccer practice. Instead, you two go on rides for fun things–like testing out their new doggles!

10-Unconditional love – The final reason we love our pets? We know we can count on them to love us without question.

What did we miss? What are your favorite reasons why you love your pets? Please share on our Facebook Page!

Wellness Pets: Best of 2013

It’s almost the end of the year, but before we welcome 2014, we decided to look back at the photos that Wellness Pet Food fans shared with us on Facebook in 2013. We were so impressed with what we found that we decided to share our favorites. Since they didn’t have to spend any time looking for nutritious food :) , these cats and dogs had plenty of time to focus on their eclectic talents!

We give you, “Wellness Pets: Best of 2013”:

1. Best Bedhead:

Best Bedhead

Even with an entire aisle of hair care products, we couldn’t replicate this kitten’s coiffure! Tousled just perfectly, this cat’s bedhead style is the perfect fusion of high-fashion and fun. This hairstyle was clearly the result of an afternoon spent sleeping on the windowsill–a perfect excuse for taking a good long nap!

2. Best Break-In Attempt:
Best Break-in attempt

We don’t condone excess feeding, but we’ve got to credit this clever cat for nearly breaking into a bag of Wellness Pure Delights cat treats! When interviewed about his technique, the cat said, “I bite and claw the bag, then I snag those delicious turkey and salmon morsels!”

3. Best Hiding Spot:

Best Hiding Spot

This hiding spot is superior for many reasons: 1. Camouflage, 2. Aromatherapy, 3. Breakfast, 4. Lunch, 5. Dinner, 6. Dessert

4. Best Model Pose:

Best Model Pose

Haven’t these dogs mastered the over-the-shoulder, “Oh, me?” look perfectly? The next time we see them, they’ll likely be featured in an ad campaign for a luxury doggie perfume. Ah, some were just born to be in front of the camera!

5. Best Security Guard:

Best Security Guard

Did the dog chew on those sneakers? This cat knows. Did someone tip-toe downstairs for a midnight snack? This cat knows. Master of her domain, this cat will keep a watchful eye out for any intruders; just don’t try opening a can of tuna near her unless you’re prepared to share.

6. Best Slow Dancer

Best Slow Dancer

Maybe it’s just us, but we think this dog has near-perfect form. She even manages to keep an appropriate distance from her partner, much to the surprise of high-school dance chaperones everywhere. Book your ballroom lessons now!

7. Best Use of a Box:

Best Use of Box

These felines give new meaning to the expression, “If it fits, I sits.” These cat-ortionists do however abide by a few rules when using their box: 1. Trim your toe claws before getting in, 2. We only fits before we eat our breakfast, 3. No dogs allowed!

8. Best Patient Dog:

Most Patient Dog

So many litter boxes, so much meowing! When the feline pheromones become a bit too much for this dog to handle, he closes his eyes and goes to his happy place—a park with unlimited squirrels to chase!

9. Most Studious Cat:

Most Studious

While most of her kitty counterparts are sprawled out in their beds or intently watching the window for movement, this cat is catching up on the day’s headlines and getting to work on her latest novel.

Do you have funny photos of your pets? You can share them on our Facebook page.

Top 10 Pet Resolutions

If your pet made New Year’s resolutions, what do you think she’d put on the list? We decided to have a little fun and offer a few ideas:

From the Dog:

This will be the year I…

1. Finally catch a squirrel!

How dare they always run up a tree? I know, I’ll set a trap for them. I’ll leave a bone in plain view and hide by the bush. Then, when they come down…

2. Get more walks (or runs)

It’s time to really lose this weight. And, since sitting is the new smoking, I figure Mom and Dad can get in on the action too.  Come on, let’s go!

3. Learn to operate the car window

Rides are fun but rides with my head out the window make me feel at one with nature. I love feeling the wind blow through my fur.

4. Stop choosing the rug

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As the recipient for my tummy issues. Yes, it holds in the scent far better than the bare floor but the humans don’t seem to appreciate my efforts.

5. Learn to open the refrigerator

Seriously. There’s so much goodness in there and I know my people want to share. I think I can get the cat to work with me on this one.

From the cat…

1. Stop guarding the stairs

OK, maybe I’ll still guard them but I won’t pounce on the dog when he needs to pass. This one’s gonna be hard because he’s such a scaredy cat. Get it? The dog’s a scaredy cat! LOL, I crack myself up.

2. Stop re-enacting Pamplona’s Running with the Bulls

At least I’ll refrain from doing it at 3 a.m. across their chests. I’m good like that.

3. I will not liberate the goldfish

It never goes well. Especially for me. I am wet and usually locked up somewhere. Plus, I never get the fish.

4. Stop stealing the dog’s bed

Listening to the dog’s fitful whimpers when I claim his bed for my own doesn’t bring the same level of excitement that it used to. Alas, I’ll just have to take up permanent residence on the kitchen table from now on. The humans won’t like that very much…

5. Indulge the humans

When I lounge in the clean laundry, they’re able to take a little bit of me with them everywhere because my fur coats their clothes. This seems to make them very happy because they always get a little excited whenever I do it. What’s not to love?

Top Dog and Cat Gifts for the Holidays

Regardless of whether your cat or dog has been naughty or nice, we know you’ll want to spoil them during the holiday season. Below, we highlight our top dog and cat gifts. Our suggestions for Fluffy and Fido will keep all of you happy during this busy time.

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KONG Classic–We love the holidays, but they can certainly shake up our routine (and our pets’ routines too). During the holiday season, your pets may experience added stress from guests in the house, or they may get an upset tummy from indulging in too many table scraps. The KONG Classic can help alleviate both of these issues, and it makes a fun gift for your pooch! The natural rubber, USA-made KONG Classic is bright red and super-bouncy. It helps distract and engage stressed dogs by bouncing unpredictably, and it can be filled with healthy treats such as Wellness® WellBites® to curb excessive snacking. KONG Classic comes in many sizes and rubber strengths.

Wellness® Petite Treats Soft Mini-Bites With Lamb, Apples & Cinnamon–Smaller breed dogs have unique needs, even when it comes to treats. product-lg-dog-treat-petite-treats-lamb-apple-cinPetite Treats come in plenty of tasty flavors (we selected a holiday favorite with apples and cinnamon) and are bite-sized for smaller mouths. They are perfect to take on the road during holiday travel.

Top Picks- Cat

Kitty Scratch Pole–As you probably know, cats like to scratch. In fact, scratching is a way for cats to mark their territory, stretch, and “file” their claws.Untitled-1They typically scratch in highly visible areas, marking their territory on the drapes, carpet or sofa. You can avoid shredded furniture by strategically placing one or more scratching posts in the house. However, not all scratching posts are created equal, and the USA-made Kitty Scratch Pole proves that. Made from sustainable wood and recycled cardboard, this eco-friendly scratching post is designed with a refillable cardboard center. We love that when your kitty shreds the cardboard past recognition, you can just pop on a new cardboard piece (sparing the reusable base from the landfill).

Wellness Pure Delights Turkey & Salmon Jerky–Us humans get to sample some of the most delectable dishes during our end-of-the-yearproduct-lg-cat-treat-pure-delight-turkey-salmon festivities, and we all know ignoring the cat doesn’t work. Rather than share human food that might make your kitty sick, give her a few of the scrumptious, USA-made Wellness Pure Delights Turkey & Salmon Jerky treats. Pure Delights are wheat and grain free and contain no corn or soy! These perfectly-sized morsels will satisfy even finicky felines, while keeping calories in check with only 1.2 calories per piece.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween offers lots of opportunity for fun with your pet. Evening strolls, decorations and costumes can all add to the fun. However, all pets aren’t the same and what’s fun for one is terrifying for another. Here are a few guidelines for Halloween fun and safety.Halloween Dogs

1-Pets in Costume – Who doesn’t love a dog (or cat) in costume? Sometimes, it’s the dog or cat. Try the angel costume on your Yorkie but if she seems stressed by it, don’t force the issue. Even if your pet seems happy to entertain you by wearing this year’s ensemble, don’t leave him or her unattended. Pets could hurt themselves trying to tear off headgear, cloaks, etc.

2-Trick or Treating with Your Dog – Does your dog love socializing with other dogs and people of all sizes? If so, you may have a prime candidate for canine trick-or-treating. Dress your pooch as a pumpkin and stroll the neighborhood looking for a bone-a-fied good time. Just make sure to keep your pet leashed and visible with a lighted harness or glow stick. Halloween can be full of surprises.

3-Keep Track of Your Pets – Halloween offers the opportunity for lots of fun and scary times. Most cats and some dogs may be happiest spending the evening behind closed doors safely removed from human trick-or-treaters. Consider your pet’s temperament.

4–Keep Pets Away From Treats – Chocolate can be deadly to dogs. So can xylitol (an ingredient in many sugar free candies and gums). As a general rule, it’s a good idea to keep sugar away from your pets. Wellness brand treats like Yogurt, Apples, Bananas yogurt bars are pet-friendly and delicious!

5Decorations—Candles, cords and paper or plastic decorations can all be harmful to your pets. Curious kittens and puppies can chew on things they shouldn’t or knock things over. If the flickering of a jack o’lantern or plastic decorations seem interesting to your pet, be especially vigilant.

Does your pet enjoy Halloween? We’d love to hear about it on our Facebook page. Pictures are welcome!

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.

Fun in the Snow with your Dog (activities you can do with your dog outside)

Fun in the snowDoes your dog love playing in the snow? Many cold weather breeds like American Eskimos, Shiba Inus and Huskies are in their element when it snows- but this doesn’t mean that other breeds can’t have fun in the snow as well.

For many dogs, there is nothing better than waking up to a fresh coating of new snow, waiting to be explored. But why let your dog have all the fun? Here are some great ideas for games and activities that you and your dog can do together in the snow:

  • Chasing snowballs— Have a snowball fight! Most dogs love fetch and will delight in chasing either you or the snowball. Form snowballs from soft snow (don’t pack them hard and make sure there are no rocks or twigs), then gently toss them at the dog. Try tossing tighter packed snowballs in the air for the dog to jump at and try to catch. It’s quick, easy and a good workout for both of you!
  • Winter hiking or snowshoeing— If you love being outside in the snow, there’s no reason why your pup can’t come with you. Dogs love new spaces and smells, so take them along the next time you go for a hike or go snowshoeing. Just make sure you bring plenty of water for both of you as you’ll probably work up a sweat.
  • Shovel the driveway— It has to be done, so why not make a game out of it? Your dog might even want to run and chase after the flying snow. Remember, if your driveway is not fenced in, make sure to put your dog on a leash so that he doesn’t get overexcited and run down the street.
  • Create a maze in the snow— When you are finished with the driveway, shovel paths in the snow to create mazes and run through them with your dog. Your dog will love running through the paths!

Remember! Make sure your dog is adequately protected from the elements and stays warm. If you have a short haired or small dog it might be a good idea to buy him a coat or sweater to help him to stay warm while playing in the snow. Also, don’t stay out for too long if the temperature is bitter cold.

Do you have pictures of your dog in the snow? Why not share them on the Wellness Facebook page?