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How to Spoil Your Cat on National Cat Day

Does your cat rule your life? If so, National Cat Day gives you a perfect excuse to spoil your cat even more – not that you need one. Go ahead and fill your Instagram with a photo shoot of your favorite kitty without shame.

Of course, your kitty would like you to show appreciation in real life. For example, does your kitty like games? There are lots of ways you can help your feline stay mentally stimulated.

Laser pointer – This is an old favorite. Point the laser pointer at a spot on the floor and let it catch your cat’s eye. Move it slowly across the floor and Fluffy will do her best stalking tiger impression. Once she’s fully engaged, you can pick up the speed and eventually move the laser all over the room. If your kitty enjoys this, she’ll get a good workout.

String on a stick – This classic cat toy requires you to tease Fluffy with the string or feathers and then, pull them away. By holding the stick, you maintain control (and can save your fingers from outstretched – and excited – claws.)

Catnip stuffed mice – Roughly 50% of cats feel the effects of catnip. That is to say, they smell the stuff and go into a wild state of ecstasy. If your cat is one of them, you may witness kitty rolling around on the floor as if in the throes of a delicious dream upon sniffing the herb.

You can pick up fabric mice stuffed with this member of the mint family and give it to your cat. If you DON’T see her overcome with the happiness response you expect, maybe your cat is immune to the virtues of catnip.

Your feline may also be given to sedate joys like:

Belly rubs – When your kitty stretches out and rolls over exposing the belly, she’s asking for a belly rub. Give that kitty belly a rub.

Or, you could always get kitty a new collar and make sure she has an updated ID tag. In case she gets out of the house it’s good to have I.D.

There are many ways to spoil your favorite feline.

Of course, the real reason National Cat Day (October 29) exists is to encourage adoption. Pet adoption champion Colleen Paige started the day to remind people that the shelters are overcrowded with pets who need homes.

There’s even a new trend you may have heard about. A cat café.

What’s a Cat Café?

Unlike taking your dog to lunch at a sidewalk café, a cat café is a way to introduce adoptable cats to diners. The idea is that if you take the cats out of the shelter environment and give them a safe place to play, they’ll relax and their personalities will come out.

Cat café’s are popular in Japan and Germany and there are many in the works in the States. However, the U.S. health codes here have so far prevented them from opening – something about mixing cats and food – so while they’re working out the details, if you want to adopt a kitty, the shelters are still your best option.

How will you celebrate National Cat Day?

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National Dog Week

So, let’s be honest here – for all of the fellow dog lovers out there, EVERY week is Dog Week.  There isn’t a week that goes by that we don’t celebrate the love that we have for our four-legged friends. However, some super clever person out there decided that it was time to go NATIONAL with our love for dogs, so the last week in September is now deemed National Dog Week, and that sounds like a perfectly good reason to celebrate our furry friends! Let’s talk about some ways that you can celebrate with your dog.

10 Ways to Celebrate National Dog Week

  1. Take a hike. Chances are, your dog drools over adventure! Plan a hiking adventure for you and your dog to enjoy together – research local state parks and make sure they are pet friendly. Your dog will love the new scenery and you’ll both be glad that you went!
  2. Start a new training activity. Whether obedience, Agility, Flyball, or playing Frisbee, there are a lot of benefits that come along with these kinds of activities – for you and your dog! Teaching your dog something new is a great way to give your dog the mental stimulation and physical exercise that they need.
  3. Start a blog or social media account. Why not share your dog’s life with the world, using stories and pictures? I can guarantee you that people will love it! What’s even better is that you will always have special moments of your dog’s life documented somewhere, and you are sure to enjoy looking back and reliving those memories in the years to come.
  4. Volunteer at a rescue or shelter. This is a great and important way for dog lovers to give back to their community. Animal shelters are always in need of a helping hand and it can be very rewarding knowing that you are helping other dogs in need, even if it’s just taking them on a walk once a week.
  5. Arrange a playdate. Do you have neighbors or friends with dogs? If you know that they play well with other dogs, playdates are always a fun idea. Not only is it great for your dog to socially interact with other dogs, but a good backyard romp with another furry friend is also great exercise for your dog.
  6. Join a dog walking group. Chances are, your community offers local groups of like-minded dog lovers that get together for weekly group dog walks. This is a great way for your dog to get social interaction and also a way for you to meet people in the area that share your love for dogs. Dog lovers unite!
  7. Schedule a health check. OK, so this may not be your dog’s favorite thing to do, but it is one of the most important things that you can do for your dog. Life gets busy sometimes and time slips away from us – this is a good week to schedule a health check up with your veterinarian to make sure that your dog’s health is in check.
  8. Adopt a dog. Adopting a dog is not a decision to be made lightly. It is important to give plenty of thought and consideration to bringing a new dog into your home. If you have been considering getting a dog for some time, this would be the perfect week to save the life of a dog at one of the local shelters in your community.
  9. Share the love. Share the love that you have for your dog this week. Post a tribute on social media with pictures and thoughts expressing how much joy your dog has brought into your life. You never know, you may inspire someone else to adopt a dog of their own!
  10. Hug your dog. Give your dog some extra love and affection this week – or better yet, give them extra love and affection EVERY week!

Are you ready to celebrate National Dog Week now? We all love our dogs every day of the year, but try this week to step out of your routine and show your dog how much you love them in an extraordinary way. Happy National Dog Week, fellow dog lovers!

Take a hike.* Chances are, your dog drools over adventure! Plan a hiking adventure for you and your dog to enjoy together – research local state parks and make sure they are pet friendly. Your dog will love the new scenery and you’ll both be glad that you went!
Start a new training activity. * Whether obedience, Agility, Flyball, or playing Frisbee, there are a lot of benefits that come along with these kinds of activities – for you and your dog! Teaching your dog something new is a great way to give your dog the mental stimulation and physical exercise that they need.
Start a blog.  * Why not share your dog’s life with the world, using stories and pictures? I can guarantee you that people will love it! What’s even better is that you will always have special moments of your dog’s life documented somewhere, and you are sure to enjoy looking back and reliving those memories in the years to come.
Volunteer at a rescue or shelter. * This is a great and important way for dog lovers to give back to their community. Animal shelters are always in need of a helping hand and it can be very rewarding knowing that you are helping other dogs in need, even if it’s just taking them on a walk once a week.
Arrange a playdate.  * Do you have neighbors or friends with dogs? If you know that they play well with other dogs, playdates are always a fun idea. Not only is it great for your dog to socially interact with other dogs, but a good backyard romp with another furry friend is also great exercise for your dog.
Join a dog walking group. * Chances are, your community offers local groups of like-minded dog lovers that get together for weekly group dog walks. This is a great way for your dog to get social interaction and also a way for you to meet people in the area that share your love for dogs. Dog lovers unite!
Schedule a health check.  * OK, so this may not be your dog’s favorite thing to do, but it is one of the most important things that you can do for your dog. Life gets busy sometimes and time slips away from us – this is a good week to schedule a health check up with your veterinarian to make sure that your dog’s health is in check.
Adopt a dog. *Adopting a dog is not a decision to be made lightly. It is important to give plenty of thought and consideration to bringing a new dog into your home. If you have been considering getting a dog for some time, this would be the perfect week to save the life of a dog at one of the local shelters in your community.
Share the love. * Share the love that you have for your dog this week. Post a tribute on social media with pictures and thoughts expressing how much joy your dog has brought into your life. You never know, you may inspire someone else to adopt a dog of their own!
Hug your dog.* Give your dog some extra love and affection this week – or better yet, give them extra love and affection EVERY wee

International Homeless Animals Day

The number of homeless animals in this world is completely overwhelming. International Homeless Animals Day was set into motion in 1992 by the International Society for Animal Rights. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness regarding animal overpopulation and all of the factors that contribute to it.

Why Are There So Many Homeless Animals?

1. Failing to spay or neuter your pets: This is probably one of the biggest factors of animal overpopulation. It is a major responsibility of pet owners to have their pet spayed or neutered as soon as possible, and this responsibility is all too often ignored. Pet owners fail to do this and then allow their pets to roam the neighborhood streets, leading to accidental impregnation and ultimately more homeless pets roaming the streets. Adopting from a local shelter is always the best option as they don’t allow animals to be adopted out without first being spayed or neutered. Overpopulation is a serious issue and spaying and neutering is a simple answer.

2. Buying pets rather than adopting them: People often feel that pets that come from animal shelters are damaged in some way, which is just not true. People choose to buy their pets from breeders, or worse, puppy mills rather than adopting a pet from a local shelter. They think that if they have a specific breed of dog in mind, that means they have to buy from a breeder, but in reality there are shelters all over the country that are dedicated to rescuing breed-specific dogs, or cats for that matter.

  • If there is no room for more animals in the shelter, that leads to more homeless animals roaming the streets.
  • When you adopt a pet from an animal shelter you are saving two lives – the life of the pet you are bringing home and the life of the animal that will be able to take its place.

3. Surrendering your loyal pet: This is truly a devastating situation and it is all too common. Over half of the animals that are brought into shelters each year come from owner surrenders. People sometimes blindly enter into owning a pet without fully considering the responsibility that comes with it, and then when the cute puppy or kitten phase is over or when things get a little bit tough, they just drop them off at the shelter.

  • It is very important, especially when adopting a dog, to consider all aspects of the responsibility. If you have children, bring them to meet the dog before making a final decision. If you have other pets, explain to the shelter volunteers that you need a dog that will get along well with other pets.
  • If you can’t fully commit to owning a pet then don’t adopt. It takes a huge toll on an animal when they are rescued and then abandoned by surrendering them back to the shelter. This can cause separation anxiety and depression – all things that will make it difficult for a pet to find another home.

The Hard Truth

  • According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters around the country each year – 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats.
  • Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are euthanized each year – 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats.
  • The estimates of stray, homeless cats in the United States can range up to 70 million, and it is nearly impossible to get an estimate for dogs.

One of the best things that you can do to help is to spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. It could be as simple as sharing this article on social media. There is no overnight solution, but there are small ways that we can all contribute day by day.

Failing to spay and neuter your pets.
This is probably one of the biggest factors of animal overpopulation. It is a major responsibility of pet owners to have their pet spayed or neutered as soon as possible, and this responsibility is all too often ignored. Pet owners fail to do this and then allow their pets to roam the neighborhood streets, leading to accidental impregnation and ultimately more homeless pets roaming the streets. Adopting from a local shelter is always the best option as they don’t allow animals to be adopted out without first being spayed or neutered. Overpopulation is a serious issue and spaying and neutering is a simple answer.  Buying pets rather than adopting them.
People often feel that pets that come from animal shelters are damaged in some way, which is just not true. People choose to buy their pets from breeders, or worse, puppy mills rather than adopting a pet from a local shelter. They think that if they have a specific breed of dog in mind, that means they have to buy from a breeder, but in reality there are shelters all over the country that are dedicated to rescuing breed-specific dogs, or cats for that matter.
If there is no room for more animals in the shelter, that leads to more homeless animals roaming the streets and likely becoming pregnant and adding even more to the problem of overpopulation.
When you adopt a pet from an animal shelter you are saving two lives – the life of the pet you are bringing home and the life of the animal that will be able to take its place. Surrendering your loyal pet.
This is truly a devastating situation and it is all too common. Over half of the animals that are brought into shelters each year come from owner surrenders. People sometimes blindly enter into owning a pet without fully considering the responsibility that comes with it, and then when the cute puppy or kitten phase is over or when things get a little bit tough, they just drop them off at the shelter.
It is very important, especially when adopting a dog, to consider all aspects of the responsibility. If you have children, bring them to meet the dog before making a final decision. If you have other pets, explain to the shelter volunteers that you need a dog that will get along well with other pets.
If you can’t fully commit to owning a pet then don’t adopt. It takes a huge toll on an animal when they are rescued and then abandoned by surrendering them back to the shelter. This can cause separation anxiety and depression – all things that will make it difficult for a pet to find another home.

National Mutt Day

A hidden gem, a diamond in the rough, the four-legged prince (or princess) among thieves – the mutt has found its place in the dog world. What used to be thought of as a derogatory term, the “mutt” is now something to be celebrated. Shelters around the country harbor many of these gems – sitting undiscovered, waiting to pick their perfect human family.

The Best Kept Secret: Why You Should Rescue a Mutt

The real question to be asked is, “Why would you not rescue a mutt?” Animal shelters are known for harboring the mutts of the dog world, the diamonds in the rough.

  • No one expected that the dog in the third kennel down on the right, that looks to be the perfect mix between a Corgi and a Jack Russell Terrier, would bring life into the home of a husband and wife struggling with conception.
  • Who would have thought that the Golden Retriever and Border Collie mix with bright blue eyes, would be the missing puzzle piece of motivation for his new owner with dreams of running a marathon?
  • The Pit Bull mix that sat quietly in the corner, in the very last kennel on the left: her owners would tell you that she is the most loyal dog to ever enter their home, and that taking a chance on her was one of the greatest decisions they have ever made.

There truly is no greater love and appreciation than that of a dog who has been rescued, but their owners will inevitably begin to ask themselves the question, “Which one of us is really being rescued here?”
Rescue a mutt from your local shelter and you will officially be in on the secret. Here is a not so subtle hint: It’s both of you.

There truly is no greater love and appreciation than that of a dog who has been rescued, but their owners will inevitably begin to ask themselves the question, “Which one of us is really being rescued here?”  Rescue a mutt from your local shelter and you will officially be in on the secret. Here is a not so subtle hint: It’s both of you.

This Mutt’s For You

No matter the breed, making the decision to bring a dog into your life and home is not one to be taken lightly. There is indeed a perfect mutt for your family, but there are things that deserve your careful consideration. Lifestyle, space in your home, and breed characteristics are all things that factor into finding your ideal four-legged companion.

What does your Saturday morning look like?

  • Do you wake up, eat clean and jump on your mountain bike, or maybe pound the pavement in an early morning run? There is a Labrador and Boxer mix somewhere, dreaming of the day he can join you.
  • Do you like to curl up on the couch with your coffee and a good book, or even indulge in one of those guilty pleasure television shows? There is a Shih Tzu and Poodle mix somewhere that would love nothing more than to make a cozy spot right next to you. That’s one of the good things about dogs: they won’t tell anyone how much you love The Real Housewives.

A Happy Home

  • Larger breed dogs with a high energy level are not going to be happiest cooped up in a one bedroom apartment in the city, unless maybe you have them trained to do your Starbucks coffee run each day. . .multiple times a day.
  • On the other hand, a dog with a lower energy level will be happy with a more low-maintenance, leisurely schedule: even if that schedule consists of hours of mindless television in your one bedroom apartment.

The dog that you bring into your home should be a direct reflection of your lifestyle, and your home should appropriately accommodate his or her needs.

Breed Characteristics

Animal shelters are filled with mixed-breeds of many kinds, and the beauty of the mixed-breed dog is even better odds of finding the perfect mutt for you. Mixed-breed equals a broader gene pool, and once you discover what characteristics fit best into your life, the shelter is the right place to begin your search.

  • For example, any breed mixed with a poodle would be a good fit for someone with a mild pet dander allergy, as poodles tend to be hypo-allergenic.
  • Likewise, a dog that appears to be a mix of Labrador and Border Collie, may have the friendly disposition of the first and the whip-smart agility of the second.

No one is trying to take anything away from the purebreds of the world. However, it is time for them to scoot over and make a sunny spot for their equally adorable furry friend, the mutt, because all dogs deserve their day in the sun.

Take Your Dog to Work Day is June 26th

Take Your Dog to Work is celebrated each year on the Friday following Father’s Day. The holiday was started by Pet Sitters International in 1999, so this year marks the holiday’s 17th anniversary. The original purpose of the holiday was to “celebrate the great companions dog make and encourage their adoptions.” Take Your Dog to Work Day has become a huge hit and some big companies have even started allowing dogs in the workplace on a regular basis. Why, you ask? We’re glad you did.

Reasons to Take Your Dog to Work
While some people may think that taking your dog to work is a bit far-fetched, others are jumping on board and would argue that having their dog in the workplace actually creates a more relaxed, productive environment. Here are some reasons why taking your dog to work can be beneficial –

  1. Bringing your dog to work promotes a stress-free environment. Studies have shown that spending time with your dog can alleviate stress and work is one of the biggest contributors to our stress levels – makes complete sense, right? Bring your dog to work, keep you more relaxed, and improve the quality of your work.
  2. Spread the love and promote adoption. After all, this is one of the reasons that Take Your Dog to Work Day was started – to promote the adoption of other homeless pets. By bringing your dog to work with you, co-workers who may not have a dog, get the chance to witness the bond that you share with your dog. Hopefully this will lead to inspiring someone to adopt a dog of their own.
  3. Boost the overall morale of the office environment. Dogs make us happy – they are just special that way. Allowing dogs in the workplace improves the overall morale of everyone in the office. It creates a lighter, happier environment that people enjoy being in. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel as happy at work as you do when you are at home with your dog?
  4. It’s not all about making us happier – your dog will be happier too. Whether you crate your dog or not while you are at work, have you ever noticed that your dog is overly excited when you get home? This is partly because they are happy to see you, but also a result of pent up energy from being left alone all day. Even if you only took your dog to work a few days out of the week, your dog would surely appreciate it and you might even notice some positive changes in their behavior.
  5. Create a more inviting atmosphere and give people a reason to come back. If you are trying to bring people in, having a dog in your work establishment creates a laid back, homey atmosphere. People who visit your business will feel more at home and they will remember the experience and be more likely to visit your establishment again – especially the dog lovers. Again, this also promotes adoption, which is always a positive thing. 

Who’s Doing It?

Allowing pets in the workplace is becoming more and more popular. There are a lot of big name companies that now have pet-friendly policies, such as Amazon, Google, Proctor & Gamble and Etsy, just to name a few. Some companies even provide perks that cater specifically to the pets, such as –

  • Benefit packages that include pet insurance
  • Websites that include photos of office dogs
  • Daily group dog walks for employees and their dogs
  • Dog friendly water fountains
  • Designated play areas for pets
  • Dog food and treats provided by the company

Here at Wellness, we celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day every year. It’s always a lot of fun to bring in our pets!

Make Everyday Earth Day with Your Pets

You don’t have to be a Birkenstock wearing, tree-hugging hippie to appreciate Earth Day. We all enjoy clean water, fresh air and litter free streets, and Earth Day is a chance to show our appreciation.

Here’s how you can minimize your pet’s carbon footprint with “green” toys and accessories.

“Green” Toys and Accessories

Make Your Own – It doesn’t get much greener than that! From cardboard paper towel tubes to single mittens repurposing things around your home is the ultimate in recycling. For tips on “make-it-yourself” pet toys, see this post. (with a link to the recent post.)

Choose Toys Made of Eco-Friendly materials – some companies make pet toys out of recycled plastic bottles and milk jugs which not only help keep thousands of bottles out of the landfill but also make durable toys.

Imagine if your pet’s favorite chew toy was made with enough recycled plastic to also power your laptop for a month! Now that’s streamlining!

No matter what toys your pet likes best—balls, squeaker toys or rope tugs there’s something eco-friendly to chew on for everybody.

Go Organic

Organic cotton collars, leashes and bedding can reduce your pet’s exposure to harsh chemicals. The reason this matters is that traditional cotton may be treated with pesticides. Some pets develop skin irritants like red, itchy spots that you can see. Others aren’t as sensitive, but some scientists think long-term exposure to pesticides like these can raise dogs’ risk of cancer.

Protect your pet with organic cotton in stylish patterns.

Buy Large

Larger bags and cans of food mean less packaging waste and less energy spent producing said packaging. Buy larger containers when you can and recycle the packaging for a lighter footprint. Of course, you want to make sure the food inside is good for your pet too. Choose foods with plenty of vegetables and a named protein source like beef or fish.

How will you be green this Earth Day?

10 Reasons Why Your Pet Makes the Best Valentine

Be My Four-Legged Valentine

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day draws near. Fancy restaurants are gearing up for a packed house, flower companies are preparing for the busiest day of the year, and people everywhere are pulling out all the stops to plan the perfect night for their Valentine. What if your valentine has four legs and a furry coat, though? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one who will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with their pet. After all, our relationships with our pets are often one of the greatest examples of unconditional love. Here are some reasons why your pet can make the best Valentine’s Day date.

10 Reasons Why Your Pet Makes the Best Valentine’s Date

1. Cheap Date – Your furry friend doesn’t expect to be wined and dined at the fanciest restaurant in town and doesn’t expect an expensive gift either. Order your favorite takeout, and in lieu of an oversized and overpriced bouquet of flowers, pick up a brand new bag of your pet’s favorite Wellness treats.

2. Dress Code: Comfy – No need to suffer an entire night in an uncomfortable suit or dress, wearing shoes that are your feet’s worst nightmare. Go ahead, grab your softest pair of sweatpants ; your pet is your biggest fan regardless of your outfit.

Photo via loveandaleash.com

Photo via loveandaleash.com

3. You Call the Shots –Skip the Romantic Comedy vs Action Movie debate this year. Spend this Valentine’s Day with your pet and chances are your furry friend will let you pick the movie and won’t even mock you for wanting to watch The Notebook or Fast and Furious – again.

4. More Chocolate For You – No Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate, and who likes to share their chocolate? Let me answer that for you – no one. We all know that chocolate can be toxic to your pet, which means more chocolate for you – and you don’t have to feel guilty for not sharing.

5. Pets Don’t Talk – Anyone who has ever been on a really bad date knows why this reason made the list. Why risk it? Spend your Valentine’s Day with your pet, NOT having to endure potentially boring conversation.

6. No Pressure – Valentine’s Day can often come paired with pressure – pressure to plan the perfect date, pressure to pick out the perfect gift, or pressure to look your absolute best. Valentine’s Day with your pet comes paired with no pressure at all. The only request from your pet is quality time spent with you. Well, that and Wellness treats – don’t forget the Wellness treats. It’s only fair if you are going to consume large quantities of chocolate right in front of them.

photo via bunkblog.net

photo via bunkblog.net

7. Unconditional Love – Valentine’s Day is meant to be a celebration of love. Our pets spend each and every day loving us unconditionally in a way that only they can do. It seems only fair that we show our appreciation by celebrating this day with our four-legged friends, giving them our full, undivided attention.

8. Easy to Shop for – The struggle can be real when it comes to picking out the perfect Valentine’s gift for your partner. We’ve all been there. Your pet makes it pretty simple, though. You can stop by your local pet supplies store and pick up any of the following great gifts, with confidence that your pet won’t want to return it.

  • new toys
  • the perfect new collar
  • tasty treats

9. Good for your Health – Research has shown that spending time with your pet actually has health benefits. Quality time with your pet can relieve stress as well as lower blood pressure, which are both great reasons to spend Valentine’s Day with your furry friend – doctor’s orders.

10. Did I mention more chocolate for you?

Have we convinced you yet that your pet can make the perfect Valentine’s Day date? If you have a significant other that you can’t bear the thought of leaving out, don’t worry, your pet won’t mind the extra company. And because chocolate can be harmful to your pets, it’s even more chocolate for you.

15 Dogs Who Love National Dress Up Your Pet Day

January 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet Day! Started by animal advocate Colleen Paige as a day to, “Have fun with fashion, celebrate your pet, inspire others and promote pet adoption.” She stresses that, “If your pet doesn’t like wearing clothing, there is no use stressing them out by forcing them to wear something for human entertainment.” That being said, many pets love the extra attention of some primping playtime, and look positively fetching in pet apparel. We’d like to thank our sister brand, Old Mother Hubbard Natural Dog Snacks for sharing these photos of some of their fans who’ve really nailed this whole dressing up thing. We hope you enjoy these dogs as much as we did!

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This pup loves dressing up just as much as she loves building!

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Linguine and Ratatouille look like they’re busy whipping up something delicious in the kitchen!

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These pooches are dressed as the cast of one of the most popular movies of 2014, Frozen!

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Looks like Cinderella just found her missing slipper–now it’s time to chew!

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Now that this pup has experienced life as a squirrel, he’ll think twice before chasing them up the tree.

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Your venti half-caff, caramel, er, pug is ready!

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Solving the mystery can be ruff, but someone’s gotta do it.

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What did you do with the dog today? “Oh nothing, just hung out.”

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Was it her fault, or the dog who took her Wellness treats? Can’t be sure.

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“Fine, if you won’t give me treats, I’ll make my own!”

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“You want me to act like a big, scary goblin in my Halloween costume? Maybe next year.”

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Everyone enjoys using a different persona from time to time. These two are here to report that being a lobster is pretty great!

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Firefighter and police dog, reporting for duty!

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“Those were some gnarly waves, just watch out for the big fish!”

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“Follow me, I’ll lead you to safety!”

Does your pet love to dress up? Be sure to share your photos on our Facebook page!

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make with Your Pet

Around this time of year, we often start looking for ways to better ourselves: cutting out bad habits, adding healthier practices, and even adjusting our outlook on life. While the New Year rings in new resolutions for our own lives, the start of a fresh year is an opportunity to make some resolutions to better the lives of your pets as well. Luckily, what’s good for you is usually also good for your buddy, and with these suggestions, you’ll both be on the road to a longer life and a happier 2015.

Get Moving


When the clock strikes midnight on January first, sure there may be champagne celebrations and general merriment. But for many, this marks the occasion of the start of a new health or fitness regimen. OK, maybe it doesn’t start instantly, but there’s a reason that gym memberships are added in droves in January. The sad fact, though, is that by March, a good number of those folks have abandoned their good intentions. Studies (and logic) show that if you enjoy your means of exercise, you’re far more likely to engage in it regularly. So the real question is, what are your plans for movement this year, and how can you get your dog involved if he or she isn’t the most athletic pup?

 

 

Running and Walking: It’s the oldest (and least expensive) way to get moving, and it’s easy to incorporate Fido into the routine. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a sturdy leash, and you’re ready to roll. For maximum effect, pick up a pedometer to get an accurate snapshot of your progress, and set goals for yourself each week. The longest journey starts with a single step, and before you know it, you’ll have logged several miles. Be aware of your pet’s status throughout the route. Don’t expect a full sprint from a pooch who’s been dormant all winter, and know that some dogs may require footwear to protect delicate paws. It’s best to consider the weather when preparing for your run!

 

 

Pet-Friendly Yoga: Yes, this is a thing, (it’s actually called Dogya) and thanks to many pet-friendly communities, many yoga studios and community programs offer yoga for you and your canine companions. Of course they aren’t going to completely follow the routine, but it is called downward-facing dog for a reason–dogs love to stretch! If nothing else, this gives you a good stretch and strengthening time, while also inviting your buddy to a fun activity outside the house.

 

• Swimming: One minute of swimming is equivalent to four minutes of running for dogs. In addition to it being good exercise, water movement provides excellent benefits for dogs with joint and mobility issues. And swimming is also great for you! Not only does this give quality time for and your pooch, but water itself has been proven time and time again to provide healing for the mood and spirit.

 

Hey! What’s in that Food?

 

 


You may have noticed new human health trends popping up which place a heavy focus on ingredients. Many people are equally interested in knowing that they are feeding their pets high-quality, healthy ingredients. Our bodies function based on how we nourish them, so it’s plain logic that the better ingredients you eat, the better your body will respond. The same can be true for our pets’ diets, and don’t you want the best for your whole family?

 

• Live-Active Probiotics: A healthy intestinal tract and overall digestive system is imperative for good health, and this is true for both pets and people. Adding probiotics to our diets gives our systems an extra dose of the ‘good germs,’ which may help strengthen immunity.

 

• Add your Omegas: Fat isn’t always a bad thing, especially when we’re talking about fatty acids, like Omega 3 and 6. These are essential to cellular function, and promote healthy skin and hair for both you and your pet.

 

• Vitamins and Minerals: Remember as a kid taking a vitamin each day? Bring that habit back by making sure your food has the right vitamins and minerals. If it doesn’t add a supplement! In most cases, feeding your pet a high-quality, natural pet food will provide all of the essential vitamins and minerals they need. Certain pets may benefit from added supplements, but it’s always best to confirm with your veterinarian first.

 

• Protein: High-protein diets promote health and wellness, adding energy and endurance. Check the ingredients on your grocery list to make sure you are eating enough lean meats, like fish and chicken, and do the same for your pet’s food.


• Fruits and Veggies:
An apple a day keeps the…well, you know. But it’s a truth that has stood the test of time. This year, make it a goal to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. Choose carrot sticks and apple slices over chips or candy, and in addition to giving your dog healthy treats, add some fresh foods. You’ll be surprised that your pets love the crunchy fun that cold veggies can provide—they won’t even know they’re eating healthier!

 

• Read the Bag: This is true for your food and your pets. Always read the ingredients and research unfamiliar terms. Some will turn out to be scientific words for everyday ingredients, while others maybe preservatives, additives and fillers. Be informed!

Rest, Peace and General Life-Loving

 

Happy New Year to you, and to your pet! 2015 can be the year you refocus on your whole family’s health. Making even small changes can make all the difference in the healthfulness and longevity of your pets and loved ones. And at the end of each day, find time to spend together and rediscover the importance of rest, peace and a general sense of loving the life you live. That makes all the difference.