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Treat Your Dog!

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Last week, we gave you some fun ideas for treating your feline to something special in the New Year. This week, it’s all about our furry pups! From the best homemade dog treats, to an iPhone app that will feed him even when you aren’t home, here are 5 cool gadgets that are sure to make your four-legged friend’s life all the better.

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Working late? The Petnet allows you to feed your dog even when you aren’t home – through your cell phone. This is a great option for anyone trying to keep their dog on a regulated feeding schedule. Bonus: it’s cat friendly, too! See how it works here.

Hand stamped dog tags. A pretty brass one from this Etsy shop would be a great replacement to your furry friend’s old, faded tag. After all, he wears it every day!

Treat him to some extra dog walks. We offer individual walks that ensure your pup will have quality time outside every time – and all of our walkers are fully bonded and insured. You’ll never see our dog walkers sitting down with a pack of dogs tied together – a walk is a walk! Plus, we always make sure your four-legged friend is properly exercised and has had plenty of time for sniffing and exploring. We haven’t met a dog that would say no to that!

Since all dogs really want are treats anyway: homemade chicken jerky is guaranteed to become his new favorite snack. We love this recipe, which doesn’t require a dehydrator. Our resident blogger, Joy, makes them regularly for her pup and says they are a huge hit in her household. Just beware! You’ll become a very popular interest at the dog park if you bring these addictive treats along.

Lastly, (and we’ll admit, this might be more of a gift for you than for your canine), Cuddle Clones creates a fully customized plush toy replica of your pup – and it’s simply too cute not to grab one for yourself.

 

 

Treat Your Cat!

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With the colder, slower days setting in, indoor pets can start to feel a little restless – and bored. If Shadow seems less than thrilled by her toys, considering treating her to something new and exciting. Here are five great options on the market…

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Ways to Donate to Your Favorite Local Animal Shelter

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In the season of giving, we like to think of all the shelters that open their arms to stray and lost animals all year long, and especially of the amazing people who dedicate their time and energy to keeping them safe (let’s not forget that many of those people are volunteers!). While all animal shelters need money, there are other ways to donate as well – almost every shelter could use a helping hand when it comes to daily upkeep.

Below, we’ve rounded up items to donate to your local shelter. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’ll give you an idea of what shelters need most. We especially love no-kill shelters like Best Friends, which has several locations around the country.
Cleaning Supplies: It takes a lot for a shelter to maintain cleanliness, and they are always in need of supplies. We recommend Nature’s Miracle, paper towels, newspaper, disinfectant, hand sanitizer and soap, laundry detergent, bleach, sponges, large trash bags, and wipes.

Pet food: Shelters go through LOTS of food on a daily basis. Everything from dry cat and dog food, to canned wet food, and of course lots of treats! Most shelters will have peanut butter and canned tuna in water on hand for extra special treats, and pill pockets are always useful for administering medication. One tip: call your shelter to find out what type of food they buy in bulk.

For keeping the animals comfortable: pet beds, towels or blankets, nursing bottles (for itty bitty kittens and puppies!), and heating pads.

Everyday Supplies: Folding kennels or crates, clumping cat litter, baggies for dog waste, leashes, harnesses, collars, brushes, food bowls, flea and tick treatment, pet shampoo, and nail clippers.

Lastly, donate your time! Shelters are always, always looking for volunteers, or for a family to foster.

Think of anything else? We’d love to hear! And Happy Holidays from Pampered Pets!

5 Holiday Safety Tips for Your Pet

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Last week, we shared our 4 favorite ways to include our furry friends in all the holiday fun. This week, we’re shifting gears to the nitty gritty: how to keep them safe. Because while it’s important they’re included in the festivities, it’s even more important they stay out of harm’s way!

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Ways to Include Your Pet During the Holiday Season

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It’s an exciting season: the holidays are upon us! While pets are not as keen to dress up for the holiday photos as we would hope, they still love to be included in the fun – after all, they’re family! Here are four stress-free ways to include your pet in the festivities, starting with…

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How to Tell if Your Cat is Aging Well

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These days, the average household cat can live upwards of 17 years. That’s close to 100 in human years! If you have a feline nearing its seniority, you may notice some changes. What does thinning fur mean? Why is he sleeping more? Here’s how to know if your cat is aging well…

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Are You Ready for a Dog?

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Are you dying to bring a sweet canine into your life? Today, our resident blogger, Joy, is here to offer a few tidbits and things to consider before taking the leap (because it’s a big one!)…

I adopted my dog, Juniper, right before my 23rd birthday. Nearly four years later, she is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Luckily, I should add, because I didn’t think it entirely through. Owning a dog is a huge responsibility; it’s not just the walks and the vet expenses – it’s much, much more. If you have the puppy fever, set it aside and be honest with yourself when considering the following:

Routine. Are you a person who likes routine and has one already? Establishing a schedule with your new pup will be hugely important in creating a happy, stable environment for Fido. Bonus: there will be something for you to gain, too! Study after study show the endless physiological and psychological benefits from hitting the pavement every day with your furry canine, from managing stress to overcoming depression.

Take a look at your lifestyle. Do you enjoy long, leisurely walks on a weekend? Do you wish you had a warm, furry friend to cuddle with when you’re sick? Great! On the contrary, do you travel often, or spend hours away from home? Is there a park nearby, or place for your four-legged friend to play with others? Take a look at your current lifestyle and imagine it with a dog by your side.

Compromise. No longer can I take a spontaneous weekend away – I have to coordinate dog care for Juniper. I said goodbye to ever owning a jacket that won’t have a few of her hairs stuck to it, and when she was a puppy, Juniper chewed up my absolute favorite pair of leather boots. You make constant compromises when you have a dog in your life – often ones that you don’t expect. Of course, the love for your beloved pet will override the inconvenience of these hiccups, but it’s important to be realistic with yourself when deciding whether or not you can live with them.

And the biggest one: Responsibility (and one that lasts upwards of 15 years!). If you feel ready to take care of another living being, owning a dog is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling life experiences. One thing that I didn’t know? How much of a daily societal responsibility it is. You will be interacting with other dog owners, facilitating your dog’s socialization, and responding to all sorts of situations. And most importantly: you set the tone for how your puppy reacts, understands, and responds to these situations. Every day, your dog will be looking to you. That, I think, is an immense responsibility, and one not to be taken lightly.

Good luck! Whether you already have plans to go to the shelter, or have just started entertaining the idea of a furry friend, we are rooting for you!

Pet Trusts Now Available in All 50 States

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“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.”

 We all love our pets dearly – in fact, a recent study found that seventy-three percent of dog owners and sixty-five percent of cat owners consider their pets to be “akin to a child or other close family member.” So, it comes as great news (and a relief) that pet trusts are now offered in all 50 states! Read More