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5 Gifts Your Dog Will Want This Christmas!

Well that time of the year is upon us. Time to begin the Christmas shopping. And as we all know, our beloved pets are at the

top of those lists. What to get Fido is a question we always ask ourselves. So yes, while you can run to the local Pet Store and grab a ball or a chewy, let’s put some thought into their gifts this year! Below are only a handful of awesome goodies that will not only bring fun and joy to your pet, but will also have other added benefits such as exercise and mental stimuli! Here we go!

Dogs get tired of the same old toys. Ever notice how they loose interest in a chew toy you may have gotten them is adored for the first day and then forgotten about the next? Check out these interesting gifts that will be exciting on day one but useful throughout their time in your home!

Number 5:

Who wouldn’t like a sip of fresh, crisp water after playing all day? I think Fido would love getting his paws on a filtered water fountain! What this gadget does is re-circulates the water, keeping it fresh and clean via a filter. It is stylish and may even help your pooch with the goop found in their eyes. Vets say to try giving your pets clean or filtered water or even distilled water as it contains less chlorine and contaminants which are found in many municipal drinking water systems. Always remember; your dog needs access to water 24/7

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Number Four:

How about a new leash and collar?Many times our pooches have grown like a weed and we don’t seem to notice. In our eyes they are puppies still. But as your pet grows, so does their need for a new collar as well as a good leash.   Make sure your pet has a nice, comfortable and CLEAN set.

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Number Three:

Most dogs love their beds. It is a safe and cozy place all their own. This Christmas get dog a new bed. And while you’re at it, make it a self-warming bed. It is a great idea and practical if you’re living in a cold city, have no carpet in your home or have an older pup who has joint and arthritis problems.

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Number Two:

Give a dog a Home! There are so many pets that are in our shelters, think long and hard and make the commitment to adopt a dog! Not sure where to start? Why not check out the Foothills Animal Rescue?

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And…….Number One:

The top item on every dogs wish list is YOU! Give your dog MORE of you. Your time, your attention and your love. Take your pup out for more walks, more play dates and spend more time with all. So wrap yourself in a big bow this Christmas. After all, all your dog really wants is you…..

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So what do you say? Fido is top dog, isn’t he? A top dog deserves top priority on your Christmas list. Get to shopping, now! What present are you putting under the tree this year for your best canine pal? We’d love to hear!

Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Your Cat

Christmas is upon us!  While you’re out and about, running errands and picking up gifts, don’t forget to ensure your kitty gets their wish list filled as well!  Below you will find a list of neat gift ideas your cat is sure to love!

Number Five:

Grow your own grass!  Try getting your paws on some indoor grass.  You can find this almost anywhere these days.  Cats love to chew on grass so what better way of getting them the access then having it grow indoors?  Set up a nice little planter and pop it in.  Sun and water and your good to go! Safe grazing for country and city cats alike.

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Number Four:

Set kitty up with an Indoor window perch.  Most cats love people watching, so to speak.  Giving them their own little perch to sit on and feel as if they are outdoors is a great idea!  Try this Kitty Cot or this Thermo Kitty Sill and you will have a Happy Kitty on your hands!

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Number Three:

Give them a heated bed!  Cats love to cuddle up and feel warm and safe.  Now you can find many different beds with heating pad built in.  Perfect for the cold winter nights!

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Number Two:

Heated Kitty Play Camper.  These are a wonderful idea!  Who knew they even existed.  You know those playhouses that look like a little den?  Well now they come with heated pads to make play time nice and warm!  Cat trees just aren’t that cool anymore, apparently!

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Number One: 

A Home for Christmas would be the number one item on a Cat’s wish list.  Stop by your local shelter and see who you can “bring home” for Christmas.  But please, do this well before the holidays arrive.  Avoid being stressed and avoid making a rushed decision.  Spend some time, think on it and make it a responsible choice.  But adoption and saving a life is always a wish list item for shelter and rescue pets.

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So, don’t forget your favorite feline as you’re shopping this Christmas season.  He may play hard to get but you know your cat deserves to pampered anyway! Happy Holidays!

 

5 Extravagant Christmas Gifts For Your Dog

The holidays are HERE!
Hopefully you have your gift giving lists all ready and are revved up to start the shopping. I am sure that being the loving pet owner you are, Fido has made the list and has a stalking, right? What is on your pooch’s Christmas list for the holidays? A bone? New chewie toy? Perhaps a new bed? Just how extravagant are you willing to go? Check out this list of 5 extravagant Christmas gifts for your dog.

Couture:

Clothing is all the rage these days and continues to become even fancier every year. We all know about a sweater for your pooch or perhaps even a pair of shoes to keep their feet warm, however check out a few of these “blingy” outfits.   Posh Puppy Boutique carries a wide range of items for the spoiled pet. The clothing selection ranges from Tutus to coats. Start off the shopping marathon by hooking your dog up with a fancy Christmas outfit!

 

Accessorize:

How about diamond laden dog collar? La Jeune Tulipe offers a diamond dog collar exclusively for Posh Puppy Boutique. The centerpiece of this collar is a 1.52 carat marquise-cut diamond surrounded by more marquise, pear and brilliant- cut diamonds. With this collar, your dog truly WILL be the talk of the town and why not. Exclusive and Exquisite. On sale for $135,000.00

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Dinner Time:

This Christmas dinner will be one to remember! Why leave Fido out of the fun? Check out this high chair for dogs! Fido can tell you all about his day, over dinner! Bone Appétit High Chair – $900.00.

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Desserts:

Then, after that yummy Christmas dinner why not let Fido end the most festive of days with a Christmas cake of his very own? Rock Star Puppy Boutique offers this splendid cake made up of peanut butter, banana or pumpkin! Which flavor will tempt your pup’s palette? Only $1,000.00!

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Sleep in Style:

After a long day of playing with his new toys and dining like a king (or queen), your dog will want to rest his bones. Why not pick up one last gift? Let your best fur pal crash in style! This Canopied bed looks just like the Eiffel Tower. It’s completely customizable too. You select the fabrics. Indoor or Outdoor. No problem. This is also offered at Rock Star Puppy Boutique for the bargain price of $14,000.00 Who could say no? After all, a good night’s rest doesn’t come easy these days.

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So, what are your thoughts on these extravagant Christmas gifts for dogs? How does your dog’s Christmas list compare? Don’t feel bad if your list is a little more…shall we say, meager. Yep, ours is too. If only….sigh.

In the end, we all know the BEST gift we can give them is a loving home and all the unconditional love we can ever give, right? pet sitting christmas

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This Thanksgiving you’ll have a house full of guests for a tasty day of turkey, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and football. On the guest list you have your beloved mother-in-law (who is driving 200 miles to your home with her famous homemade pumpkin cheesecake), your elderly, widowed neighbor (who is practically another grandma to your children), a few co-workers who couldn’t make it home for the holiday this year, plus your immediate family which likely includes your dogs who are looking forward to greeting your guests and, of course, their own turkey dinner.

While your mother-in-law adores your dogs, you are not sure about your neighbor or work friends. In order to make the holiday (and your home) as comfortable as possible for your guests, it’s important to find ways to include pets in the day while also making sure they don’t make your guests uneasy. Following these tips will help you make Thanksgiving fun for all of your guests—both two-legged and four-legged.

Not Everyone Loves Him Like You Do

One of the surefire ways to be a considerate dog owner and host is to know and understand that, although you love your dogs, not all of your guests will feel the same way. Don’t assume that everyone will welcome your dogs’ enthusiasm with equal feelings. Let your guests know that you have dogs ahead of time and ask if they are uneasy around dogs or have allergies. No matter what, keep a close eye on your dogs as guests arrive to make sure no furry friend has chosen a lap they weren’t invited to sit on.

Dogs Need a Time-Out

During the hustle and bustle, pets sense the excitement and get rambunctious. When you’re focused on cooking, it’s easy to forget that one of your pups has a tendency to grab food off the counter when no one is looking. In order to keep you, your guests and your dogs as comfortable as possible while the kitchen is in chaos, set up an area away from the party for the animals to go and play or sleep. If your dogs are crate trained, you might keep them in their crates until all of the cooking is done, or maybe just in your master bedroom with the door closed. If the weather is mild you could also keep your pooches outside for awhile, but if it’s snowy or rainy you might want to think twice so you don’t have to clean up muddy paw prints.

Wag-Proof Decor

To make your table look pretty, a Thanksgiving centerpiece is always a nice touch. Just be careful to choose an arrangement that has a nice sturdy base—that way, if your dogs bump up against the table, you won’t have to worry about the vase tipping over and creating a lake in the middle of your gorgeous Thanksgiving dinner table. Online florist FTD has some lovely Thanksgiving arrangements that hold up against excited tail-wagging. Both the Fall Harvest Cornucopia and Bright Autumn Centerpiece are great options.

Thanksgiving Din for the Dogs

It’s only natural that you would want to make Thanksgiving special for your dogs too. Animal Planet suggests offering turkey-flavored bones and chews from the local pet store—not turkey bones from the bird you are serving your guests. Another idea from the ASPCA is to make Spot and Dot their very own Turkey dinner. The organization features pet-safe Thanksgiving recipes for your dogs, including pumpkin pie stuffing that is made from canned pumpkin, plain yogurt, cooked oatmeal and low fat graham crackers.

This year, give thanks without stressing over the dogs; as long as you’re all together and have your health, there’s so much to be thankful for!

7 Secrets To Eliminating Cat Litter Oder

Does your home smell like cat urine and litter? Well, if it does hopefully you are not nose blind and unknowingly offending Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 4.03.09 PMyour friends and family that come to visit. OR even worse, hopefully the odor isn’t so bad that you leave your home with the stink all over your clothes. You know how people talk? Keep reading to find out how you can minimize or completely eliminate the odor associated with cat litter.

  1. Switch your cat litter. It really can be that simple. There are so many variations on the market that you might just have to play around and see which ones work the best for you and your cats. It’s definitely worth the expense to try out and a few.   In some cases, you may have to spend a few bucks more but that’s better than dealing with the foul urine mixed with cat litter smell.
  2. Place the cat litter boxes in well ventilated locations. This is crucial. Placing the litter box in a utility room, closet or mud room with no ventilation is just asking for trouble. Even if you use the best of litters, you will encounter odors in a non-ventilated area.
  3. Clean the litter box at least once a day. Hopefully you’re not one of the offenders who goes days (or longer) without cleaning out the litter box! Not only is that a direct culprit of odor, you’re basically just begging your cat to pee in the bottom of your closet or on your best Persian rug. Cats like clean litter boxes!
  4. Change the litter twice a week. Even the best pooper scoopers leave behind traces of feces and urine and over time, the small traces of odor will turn into stronger traces of odor.   Set yourself on a schedule and just do it!
  5. Consider using an odor deodorizer. A little sprinkle, sprinkle can at the bottom of the litter box can make a difference. However, just as with the litter – you might need to do a little trial and error with you and your cats. Keep in mind that cats are not usually fond of strong scents so a deodorizer of the unscented variety is most likely going to be your best bet.
  6. Scrub the litter box once per week. A little elbow grease goes a long way in terms of controlling odor. Use a mild detergent as ammonia and other strong chemicals will turn your cat away from the litter box and he might turn towards your ….yes, favorite Persian rug.
  7. Consider the quality of food that you are feeding your cat. Poor nutrition manifests itself in many ways, including even worse smelling urine and feces. A dietary change may be in order if you’ve tried all of the other steps and nothing seems to be working. As always, consult with your vet and other health care professionals about which food is the healthiest option for your cat.

Remember, cats one of the cleanest pets that you can have. They desire a clean litter box and overall environment. Getting rid of your cat due to the litter odor should never, ever be an option. If you are frustrated with the odor associated with cat litter, keep trying. Try these tips and speak with your health care professionals. They work with animals every day and have the best suggestions for everything from litter to food to toys! There IS a winning combination out there that will keep you and your cats happy.

 

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