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Celebrate Fall with Pet Friendly Fun

Celebrate Fall with Pet Friendly Fun

Fall brings visions of cozy sweaters and romps among fall leaves. After the long, hot summer that blanketed most the U.S. the drop in temperatures practically screams “get outside and have fun!”

Your pets may be feeling it too. Sometimes the cooler temps have your furry friends eager to get outside and make the most of it. Why not join them? Whether you’re up for a simple stroll in a nearby park or want to take the opportunity to do something more adventurous with your best friend, here’s our pick of fun pet friendly fall activities.

At Home

Fall means leaves on the ground that need to be cleaned up. Let your pets “help” you with outdoor chores. They may love jumping in the leaves or simply sitting nearby and supervising your activities.

Play ball. For many people, Fall means football. If you have a dog who loves fetching, make it a point to indulge your dog’s favorite activity.

If you have a fenced in yard, you might invite a few sociable dogs and their people over for an afternoon of fun. The dogs will play chase until they’re exhausted and as everyone knows, a tired dog is a good dog.

Crisp, fall days are perfect for long hikes in the woods or even camping if that’s your thing. BringFido.com has a list of pet-friendly campgrounds around the world.

Of course, it’s ok not to want to hike the Appalachian Trail with your dog. You might both prefer an afternoon of urban enjoyments such as sidewalk dining. Most patios and sidewalks cafes are pooch friendly and some even have dog friendly menus these days like Philadelphia’s Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar. Imagine dog (and people) watching at an elegant spot.

Plan for Halloween. Get a head start on your pet’s Halloween costume. Whether your dog will be part of an area pet parade or will just don the costume for photo opps, pets in costume are always fun.

Take them to a festival. Fall is festival season and every town has at least one. From Harvest Festivals to art festivals the Fall is packed with opportunities to explore.

Adopt a new hobby. Maybe you’ll teach your cat to walk on a leash. Or, you’ll explore agility training with your border collie. New hobbies are good for both of you. Learning creates new neural networks in your brain and if you have a highly energetic (and smart) breed, a hobby like agility can be the perfect outlet.

How will you enjoy the Fall weather with your pet(s)?

International Cat Day Celebrates Kitties Everywhere

You’ve probably heard of the slight obsession the Ancient Egyptians had with cats.  Historians are unclear exactly when the feline adoration began but there is evidence of a part woman/part cat Egyptian goddess named Bastet that dates to ancient times and there are plenty of cat statues. They even mummified their cats in order to preserve them for the afterlife.

One possibility why the Egyptians revered cats so much may be because they saw cats as protectors. As predators, cats routinely killed scorpions and other dangerous creatures who lived in the hot Egyptian climate.

Today’s Housecat

Over the years, cats have taken on a different role. In today’s United States, cats hold a position of prominence as a leading popular pet with approximately 30-37% of Americans sharing a home with at least one cat. Of course, like many pets, they’re adored by their families.

While our cats may take care of an occasional mouse that infiltrates our homes, it’s likely they spend far more time lounging in a ray of sunshine coming in through your window.  This is fine because they have other jobs to do in modern society – like lower your blood pressure.

Multiple studies show stroking a pet can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers say it’s a combination of factors including having something to care for and taking the time enjoy a little break in the day to appreciate your cat’s silly antics. All of which disrupts stress signals to your brain and that’s a good thing when it comes to your heart health.

You can thank your cat for his health benefits this August 8, International Cat Day.

How can you roll out the red carpet for your favorite kitty (or kitties?) We recommend special treats (of course) and taking time to pet your favorite feline. Catnip, a few rounds of chase the laser pointer or bat the feather  — can do both of you good. You’ll laugh which is a great stress reliever and your cat will get some exercise. You can also help your kitty shed extra fur by gently brushing your cat to collect those loose hairs (and keep them from being left all over your house.)  Grooming your cat, along with feeding an approved Natural Hairball Control recipe will ensure your kitty stays happy and healthy year-round.

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How will you celebrate International Cat Day?

3 Ways to Celebrate DOGust!

What is DOGust you might ask? If you’ve ever shared your life with a rescue pup, you know you’re not aware of their true birthday.  Sure, you can choose a date at random or use your adoption date as your rescue’s special day. Either options are fine, after all, your pup isn’t likely to have strong opinion either way.

But now there’s another option. The North Shore Animal League  – the oldest no-kill shelter in the country, declared Aug 1 as DOGust, the universal birthday of shelter dogs everywhere. Which means, if your rescue doesn’t have a birthday already, why not choose August 1?

Happy Birthday!

To celebrate, they’re having a great big party on August 1st at their Port Washington, NY headquarters and plenty of adoptions specials. Of course, you can also celebrate wherever you are.

3 Ways to Celebrate DOGust

1—Adoption – Adopting a new pup is the ultimate celebration, but we know that’s not always possible. So in lieu of adopting, you can donate money and/or share available pets via your social media feeds. You may be able to help someone ELSE find the furry love of his or her life!

2—Pawty – You can choose to host a doggie birthday party with your dog loving friends in a fenced in yard. Since it is August and hot across most of the country, water games are appropriate. Kiddie pools filled with cool water, sprinklers and some DIY frozen treats will help ensure the pups don’t get too hot! Play dates are great for sending everyone home with tired and happy dogs.

Pool Pawty

3—Share — Share your pet rescue photos on Facebook and Instagram. If you use the hashtag #DOGust, The North Shore Animal League will be sure to see them and will share via social media.

DOGust comes but once a year, how will you celebrate?

Take Your Dog To Work Day 2016

The brainchild of Pet Sitters International, Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWD) is an annual celebration of our dogs and their social natures. As you probably know, dogs are pack animals. Leaving them at home alone for long periods of time every day is against their natures.

And while growing evidence points to the fact that pup friendly offices are healthier workplaces,  not every office has embraced this point of view. That’s why Take Your Dog to Work Day is great way to try it out. Plus, you’ll get to meet your co-workers’ four-legged friends– and that’s always fun!

7 Ways to Prepare Your Office for a Puptastic Day!

1—Make Sure Everyone is On Board – If Take Your Dog to Work Day is YOUR idea, pitch it to your team/boss and make sure everyone embraces the idea. This is NOT the time for surprises.

Once you’ve all agreed, it’s a good idea to put together a few guidelines for participants.

For example, it’s not a good time to bring untrained or aggressive dogs to the office (is there ever a good time?) You’ll also want to get a sense of how many dogs may come to work on June 24 and set expectations, will they roam free? Be leashed near your desk? What makes the most sense for both your office and the individual dogs?

2—Offer Distractions – Bring something for your dog to chew on. Non-squeaky toys and dog treats will give your dog a sense of a reward and occupy his mind. If your dog likes to sit in his crate or on a dog bed, bring those along. It will help your dog feel more “at home.” Plus, if your dog has a crate and you need to run out for a meeting, you can simply close the door.

3– Plan a Walk — Is there a nearby park or walking trails where you can walk your dogs? Plan to team up with a co-worker or two for lunchtime dog walk. You and your dog need the fresh air!

In fact, studies show that people who take a short walk at lunch are more productive in the afternoon! It’s something about the fresh air and sunshine.

4— Come Early – If your dog has never been to your office before (or if it’s been awhile), she’ll need time to sniff the surroundings before she can settle down. She’ll probably also want to greet the other dogs.  Allow everyone time to get acquainted before you get settled into your day.

5– Water – Bring a bowl for water and make sure your pet has plenty of it.

6—Clean up Supplies – It’s not uncommon for even the best trained dogs to have “accidents” in unfamiliar surroundings. Prepare yourself for clean ups and have extra supplies on hand.

7—Have a Plan “B” – If your dog just isn’t gelling with the vibe – for whatever reason – be prepared to take him or her home. Office life isn’t for everyone.

Take Your Dog to Work Day can be a fun way to bond with your co-workers (and your dog.) But every dog isn’t cut out for a day at the office.  Know your pooch. Consider if yours is well-mannered enough to spend with you at work and if so, go for it!

How Will You Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend With Your Pet?

As you know, Memorial Day is the annual salute to U.S. soldiers (both human and canine) and a traditional summer kickoff for outdoor fun. With 99 days of summer ahead of us, grab the sunscreen and your pet and let’s make a plan!

Here Are 3 Ideas For A Dog-Loving Good Time This Memorial Day:

1—Stay Cool – Keep your pets cool. In many parts of the country, the weather is hitting summer time temps of 90 degrees or more. Keep your pets cool by offering them a kiddie pool full of water, ice cubes to munch or a bandanna dipped in icy water before wrapped around their neck.

These and a shady patch in a backyard will help keep your pets cool while they enjoy the festivities.

If you’re planning to attend one of the many Memorial Day parades with your pet, make sure you take plenty of clean, cool water and a bowl for your dog to drink out of. You don’t want your dog getting dehydrated.

2—Don’t Feed Them From Your Plate – Please remind your guests NOT to feed your pets. Yes, dogs can make great beggars. But if you have half a dozen people feeding bits of this and that to your pet all day, you’re likely to have a sick dog on your hands later. Not fun!

Instead, let your guests’ lavish pets on your dog, not food.

If you’re traveling with your pet, you can take along some special treats for your furry friends. Wellness brand dog and cat treats come in flavors ranging from salmon to lamb and apples and they’re far better for your pet than random handouts.

3- Remember Safety – if you’re boating over Memorial Day weekend with your dog, it’s a good idea to put a doggie life jacket on him, whether or not your dog can swim. That way, if something happens, your dog stays safe.

You’ll also want to have a special place for your dog to hide during fireworks time. Unlike humans, pooches don’t embrace the fireworks. In fact, some are downright terrified. You probably know if yours is one of those dogs who’d rather hide under the bed and quiver than see the fireworks. If so, do you have a crate or special room for your dog to go when the fireworks start?

Whether you’re traveling or staying home this Memorial Day weekend, there’s plenty of opportunity for fun. What will you do?

3 Easy DIY Pet Accessories with Wellness Natural Pet Food Packaging

Are you an eco-minded pet parent? Get creative this Earth Month with one of these fun and easy DIY pet accessories, brought to you exclusively by recycling leader, TerraCycle! If crafting isn’t your thing, you can still do your part to support the environment.

As the first US-based pet food brand to partner with TerraCycle, Wellness pet parents can recycle their pets favorite Wellness recipes for free, including our Wellness Complete Health dry recipes, Wellness CORE dry recipes and Wellness TruFood dry recipes for  both dogs and cats. Sign up here to get started, and you’ll begin accumulating points for all you recycle–points that can be used to support your favorite non-profits!

Easy DIY Pet Accessories

Wellness Dog Cape

What You’ll Need

Wellpet Dog Food Bag
clear packing tape
¼” flat elastic
Tools:
ruler
scissors
pen
Instructions:
1. Start with a clean pet food bag, and cut the edges off.
2. Use your rule to draw a trapezoid that is 6” wide at the bottom, 4” wide at the top, and 7.5” tall.
3. Fold over the narrow end, about .75”
4. Use a length of tape to keep the fold closed.
5. Cut a 17.5” strip of elastic.
6. Loop it through the fold on the cape.
7. Tie and adjust accordingly so it fits your pet!
Design Tip: Cut the bottom in a funky pattern!  Try a zig-zag or wavy shape!
Endling line:  Super dogs super upcycle!
  • Wellpet Dog Food Bag
  • clear packing tape
  • ¼” flat elastic

Tools:

  • ruler
  • scissors
  • pen

Instructions:

1. Start with a clean pet food bag, and cut the edges off.

2. Use your ruler to draw a trapezoid that is 6” wide at the bottom, 4” wide at the top, and 7.5” tall.

3. Fold over the narrow end, about .75”

4. Use a length of tape to keep the fold closed.

5. Cut a 17.5” strip of elastic.

6. Loop it through the fold on the cape.

7. Tie and adjust accordingly so it fits your pet!

Design Tip: Cut the bottom in a funky pattern!  Try a zig-zag or wavy shape! Super dogs super upcycle!

Collapsible Pet Water Bowl

Materials:

  • Wellness Pet Food Bag
  • 4 velcro tabs
  • clear tape

Tools:

  • ruler
  • pen or marker
  • scissor

Instructions:

1. Start with a clean pet food bag. Flatten out the package and measure the width. Measure and mark lines on both ends to make the length of the wrapper the same size as the width. A 10” square or smaller will probably work best. Cut along your marked lines.

2. Mark a border 2” from the edge along each side of the square. Fold and crease firmly along this line. Unfold and flatten it.

3. Fold up two sides at one corner of the square. Make a diagonal crease from the corner to the folded border creating an upright triangle. Repeat this for all corners, then unfold them.

4. Take the Velcro tabs, unfasten them, and stick each one on either side of the corner of the square, one per triangle. Make sure that they will line up when fastened.

5. Fold up the bowl at the corners and press the hook and loop fasteners together. You are ready to dish up your pet’s favorite snack in your new bowl!

Pet Treat Holder

Materials:

  • empty dog food bag
  • ruler
  • washable marker

Tools:

  • scissors
  • tape

1 self-adhesive Velcro® fastener

Instructions:

1. Start with a clean, empty dog food bag. Cut a square that is 7 ½ inches on each side. Centered inside the square, draw a smaller square that is

3 inches on each side. This smaller square will be 2 ¼ inches from all edges.

2. On the top edge of the smaller square, draw a semicircle that hits the top of the large square and starts and ends at opposite corners of the small square. Repeat for the other three sides. Cut around these lines.

Pro tip: To give your treat pouch dimension, make an extra ¼ inch fold at the base of each semicircle.

3. Along the lines of the small square, fold all four semicircles towards the center.

Your piece should fold up to the size of the small square. Tape the bottom flap and two side flaps in place.

4. Attach one side of the self-adhesive Velcro® fastener on the inside of the top flap. Then, fold down the flap so the other side of the self-adhesive Velcro® fastener attaches to the outside of the bottom flap. Let the Velcro® fastener stick where it naturally landed after you folded the top flap down.

Fill your new treat pouch with your favorite treats for your favorite pet!

National Pet Day

Since 2006, April 11th has been celebrated as National Pet Day. This day was brought about to highlight the unconditional love that pets bring to our lives and also to encourage and raise awareness for animal adoption. There are so many animals around the world who are sitting in shelters, waiting to be given a second chance at life and these same animals have the potential to bring so much light and love into the lives of their owners – anyone who has adopted a shelter animal doesn’t need a national day of observance to know that the love of a pet should be celebrated.

Ways to Celebrate National Pet Day
So, how can you celebrate this national holiday? Well, your pet would probably be happy with just an extra belly rub, but we’ve got some other ideas that your pet (or future pet) is sure to love!

  1. Throw in an extra daily walk – Going on daily walks is most likely one of your dog’s (or cat’s) favorite activities, so why not throw in an extra one or maybe even just make today’s longer than usual? Your pet is sure to appreciate it!
  2. Did someone say “treat?” – We don’t know a pet in the world that doesn’t wiggle in excitement when you reach for the treat jar! Surprise your pet with some new tasty treats today.
  3. Plan a play date – This is a great idea for the dog in your life. Dogs love a good romp in the yard with a fellow furry friend and it’s also great exercise! Your dog will be pleasantly surprised when Rosco shows up at the front door. “Mom, you shouldn’t have!”
  4. Volunteer at a local animal shelter – Do you know how happy you can make a shelter animal just by simply showing up and giving them some love and attention? Bonus points if you call ahead and find out what the current needs are for that shelter – a warm bed goes a long way for an animal.
  5. Stock up on new toys – Has your dog or cat been playing with the same toys for as long as you can remember? Today is a great day to pick up some new toys for your pet – complete with some quality play time!
  6. Schedule a professional photo session – As we all know, our pets won’t be by our side forever and having professional photos taken is a great way to capture your pet’s personality. These photos will forever be a special keepsake.
  7. Spread the love on social media – One way to inspire others to consider pet adoption is simply to share your story of adoption on social media. A great example of this comes from Alaqua Animal Refuge, an animal shelter located in Florida. Find out how you can join in on the #everyoneneedsabuddy campaign!
  8. Take a trip to the dog park – Trips to the park are probably what dog dreams are made of, so National Dog Day is the perfect day to make your dog’s dreams come true. And this also is a great way for your dog to get the exercise that he needs.
  9. Try something new with your pet – Maybe you’ve always wanted to train your cat to walk on a leash – that’s actually a thing! Or maybe you’ve always wanted to teach your dog to play Frisbee. Whatever it is, today is a great day to learn something new with your pet and strengthen your bond.
  10. Adopt a pet – Bringing a new pet into your home is a decision not to be taken lightly, but if you are in a place where you feel ready for a new pet, why not do it on National Pet Day? It’s always a good day to save an animal’s life and we can assure you they’ll return the favor – every single day.

Happy National Pet Day, everyone! We hope that you and your pet enjoy this day together. Spread the love for your pet and help us to raise awareness about animal adoption!

New Pet: Dog Play

Congratulations on bringing home a new dog! Whether your pup is a couch potato or high-energy working dog, keeping them busy with safe, fun ways to play will go far in engaging their minds and bodies so they can feel at their best. Check out our resources below on playing with your new pup.

Fun in the Snow with Your Dog

Prepping Your for Outdoor Activities

New Dog Owner’s Guide

End of Summer Fun for Pets

New Pet: Puppy Play

Congratulations on welcoming a puppy into your life! As you probably know, most puppies are filled with more energy and excitement than they know what to do with. There are plenty of safe, fun ways to engage your puppy in play that will help him or her stay busy and to develop a special bond with you. Check out our resources, below.

Easy DIY Pet Toys for the Special Pets in Your Life

Fun in the Snow with Your Dog

End of Summer Fun with Pets

How to Make a Puppy Welcome Basket

How to Name Your New Cat

The Difference in Cat Names and Dog Names

In general, the most popular dog names are usually names that pet owners would give themselves or their children. Human dog names are all the rage right now. However, cats are their own breed of pet – literally and figuratively. Every cat lover knows that a cat’s personality is typically unmatched, and because of that they are usually given more creative names, and these names can be inspired by a variety of different things.

Choosing a Name

Not sure where to start with finding the perfect name for your cat? Not to worry – you don’t have to pick a name immediately. Consider observing your new kitty’s behavior and personality for a few days and see if any names come to mind naturally. However, keep these tips in mind –

  • Pick a name that you will be proud to call in front of others. You don’t want to be embarrassed to call your cat in front of guests.
  • Choose a name that your cat will easily recognize.
  • Choose a name that will be just as appropriate once your kitty is full-grown.
  • Experiment with a few names and see how your cat responds – he/she may choose the right name for you!

Personality Inspired Names

This is generally a popular route for choosing a cat name. Your new cat’s personality is sure to inspire some ideas for the perfect name. You may choose a name that is directly related to their personality, such as Sassy or Princess, or maybe your cat’s personality reminds you of a character out of a movie or book, such as Simba or Garfield.

Appearance Inspired Names

Does your new cat or kitten look like he is wearing socks, or do his markings make him look like a baby tiger? Those are just a couple of things that can inspire the perfect name. Names like Socks, Tigger, Sooty and Bunny are all popular names that can be inspired simply by a cat’s appearance. Again, your cat’s appearance can also inspire character related names from your favorite books or movies.

Owner Inspired Names

Another popular way to choose a name for your cat is to name him/her after something that you love. A lot of cat names are actually inspired by their owner’s personalities and there is nothing wrong with that!

  • Do you love to drink wine? What about Merlot, Pinot, Champ or Champagne for the perfect name?
  • Are you a lover of literature? What about Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird), Romeo or Juliet, Jane (Jane Austen) or any other name that reflects your favorite author or character?
  • Fashion inspired cat names are pretty popular as well. If you are a lover of all things fashion, consider names of your favorite designers.
  • The lists could go on and on!

Try Out a Cat Name Generator

Did you know that these things existed? It’s no surprise that you can turn to the internet for help with choosing your cat’s name. These Cat Name Generators allow you to narrow your search according to specific characteristics of your cat, and then will generate a list of options for you. There are so many different websites available, but this is one that we found to be pretty helpful.

Are you ready to find the perfect name for your cat? We hope that this article has been helpful in inspiring some ideas and that you are one step closer to naming your new furry friend!