Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Be Wary of Coyotes

Coyotes are so fast that it can happen within just one minute of being outside in the yard - they can snatch your precious pup! To be safe, always remain outside with your dog, and stay within reach of them when possible. Also, if you haven't already, consider fencing in your yard with a tall fence if you'd like your dog to have more freedom outside.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Celebrate Our Veterans and Military Dogs!

Military working dogs, like our military service men and women are deployed worldwide. Military dogs are individually trained to help keep military bases safe, sniff out explosives, detect land mines and are also used as messengers.

These service dogs also help here at home with our veterans: they have been trained to retrieve medication, to help calm anxiety attacks in those that suffer with PTSD and to provide our veterans with the emotional support needed, when returning home from war.

Thank you, to all our past and present men and women who have served or are serving and protecting our country today, and to the dogs that help them. Happy Veterans Day!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Safety Tips

Here are a few friendly reminders for our beloved pets on Halloween night.

Constant doorbell ringing can be frightening or plain stressful to your pet, so consider putting them away in a room for the trick or treating hours. Don't forget water, food and a chew toy to keep them busy - and check on them consistently throughout the night!

With lots of kids of all ages out and about in the neighborhood, sometimes a fence or gate gets left open. Check the yard after trick or treating hours is over for open gates or debris.

Candy is very toxic to our pets so be careful of what you have in the home and what might have spilled on the sidewalk.

Lastly, for our cat owners, it is better to keep your kitty cat indoors for Halloween night.

Have a spooktacular and safe Halloween!

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Dogist - Give a Dog a Bone

The Dogist is a photography project dedicated to capturing the beauty of dogs, and the photographs are absolutely captivating. Check them out at thedogist.com.

As Adopt a Shelter Dog Month comes to a end, we wanted to highlight other programs that you can donate to help shelters. The Dogist has created a program called Give a Dog a Bone, which aims to get more dogs out of shelters and also give those dogs a better life while they're in the shelter.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Gulf Coast Humane Society Needs Your Help

The Gulf Coast Humane Society's 2015 Adoption Goal is set at 2000 pets. The shelter is so close with 1,472 adoptions so far!

With October being Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, now is the perfect time to spread the word.  Use Facebook, Twitter, Blogs or E-mail to help save a life.

Visit their website to see how you can help donate, adopt or volunteer. If you have adopted a pet this year, we would love to hear all about your journey.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Lee County Domestic Animal Services

Great and important news: Lee County Domestic Animal Services has reduced the adoption fee for all dogs and puppies to $30.00. The adoption fee for cats and kittens is $10.00.

Visit their website for information on adopting, volunteering, fostering and donating.

Monday, September 28, 2015

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Did you know that approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters every year? And every year only about 1/2 are adopted out - the rest are are euthanized.*

Here are a few ideas of how you can help:
  1. Adopt a shelter dog.
  2. Make a donation - money or items! - to your favorite or local shelter.
  3. Spread the word on your Facebook or Twitter feed: Adopt a Dog and Save a Life month.
  4. Sign up to foster a dog.
  5. Volunteer at a shelter.

*Information gathered from the ASPCA.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Saint Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and the environment. Many shelters, vets, churches, and pet supply stores hold blessing ceremonies on October 4th in honor of Saint Francis.

Take a few minutes this upcoming October 4th, and wish your pet great health, lots of comfort, and endless love!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Hard Working Dogs of the Past, Present and Future

With the long Labor Day weekend approaching, we wanted to give a shout out to our 4-legged friends. Dogs have been working alongside men and women for thousands of years. As the world has modernized some of these dog jobs are still around, like herding animals or those pulling carts full of vegetables, hiking gear and medications in various areas of the world.

Today we have watch dogs, guard dogs, and dogs helping our Armed Forces. We have dogs that help with search and rescue and tracking a missing person. Dogs are working in airports, fire stations, police departments and hospitals.

Last but certainly not least: our beloved service dogs. These dogs help lead the blind, assist the hearing impaired and even alert diabetics when their insulin is low. 

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Are Your Dog Toys Safe?

Dogs love to play, but we don't always see the hidden dangers in their toys! Kongs are the go-to toy to keep little biters busy, but the single opening can cause suction issues that lead to injury - or even death. And slobbery tennis balls can be swallowed or get caught in a dog's throats in their favorite game of fetch. Stay safe!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

What is Your Favorite Pet-Related Quote?

There is no shortage of great quotes about pets... what are some of your favorites? We're partial to the following:
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
- Ben Williams

Wednesday, August 19, 2015