May 28

We welcome the holiday weekend and a wonderful summer.  Need a jump-start on summer smiles?  This video should do the trick!

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May 16

While we take a break between posts, we just had to share this video with you. If you’ve ever loved a dog, you’ll love this.  (And, if it does inspire you to adopt from your local shelter, we’re happy to help you enjoy life with your new pet.  Just get in touch with us.)  We hope you enjoy this flick as much as we did!

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Apr 12

We love spring.  Unfortunately, we find the call of sunshine, flowers & green grass hard to ignore.  What better time to get out, play & explore with your pets?  But it’s also a busy time for training: puppy & kitten season!  And, as pets & their people heed spring’s call, they’re reminded that a little training would be helpful right about now.  So we’ll let this post reflect our spring conundrum:  To go play or train today?  Why not both?!

  • Contact us for early puppy & kitten training.  We help folks prevent unwanted behaviors, change bad habits & teach new skills to their pets of any age!
  • Want to catch up on all-things-pet related quickly? Find us on Facebook for the latest in pet news; diet & health info; product recommendations; recalls; and training/behavior tips.  We curate our page from the best experts (us included!), so it’s a reliable, timely single-source for you.
  • How are you & your pets celebrating spring? Visit our Facebook page and tell us.  Share your ideas, pictures & videos.  Let’s celebrate together!
  • Be safe as you play.  Spring’s the season for cautions about bees, snakes, fleas/ticks, and Easter risks for pets.

Whew – Can we play now? Rusty’s off & running with a play date & a new toy!  Need more inspiration?  These videos perfectly capture the season’s vibe.  (If you didn’t have spring fever before you watch them, you will after.  You’re welcome!)

Happy Spring!
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Jan 4

Are you suffering from resolution burnout? We are.  One more list of resolutions to make, how to keep them, how to lose weight, etc – and we’re going to scream.  We know we’ve jumped on the resolution bandwagon in past posts, but this year’s different!  Let’s focus on something that’s doable year-round with your family & pets – for fun!

A friend told us about her new gift-giving philosophy for this year, and we were absolutely charmed. She told her granddaughter that this year she’d be giving experiences as gifts, not material things.  Specifically, she told her granddaughter that she’d love it if the two of them could volunteer @ a local shelter.  Because our friend’s enthusiasm for animals is completely contagious & probably runs in the family, her granddaughter eagerly agreed!  This simple idea is way more fun than a bad sweater, right?  Just think of all the lives the two of them will touch, human & animal alike.  And who knows, maybe our friend’s granddaughter will be inspired to make a career out of helping others.

So in the spirit of giving experiences, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Volunteer with your local shelter or rescue group. Don’t think you can’t make a difference.  These groups need everyone from dog walkers & cat cuddlers to handymen, computer wizes & drivers.  If you can open your home to a foster pet – wonderful!
  • Watch these inspiring videos (clip 1 and clip 2) from NBC’s “Making a Difference” series on “Fairy Dog Parents“.  (Visit their site for more info.)  You can help individually in your neighborhood by walking a dog or providing transportation to the vet for folks who are ill, elderly or shut-in.  Or, check with the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County to help an existing group.  Sonoma County has a reputation for volunteerism!
  • Still wondering how you can make a difference with limited time? We love “What You Can Do 365“.  It’s an online video series “that gives viewers the power to take small steps to solve big problems.  Each episode illuminates a pressing social issue and then shows what viewers can do about it, even if they only have one minute of time to give.”  Check out their series on wildlife, animals, animal cruelty, and gifts for pet loversTheir motto:  “Be the change you want to see in the world!”
  • We love the gift a client just emailed us! : A donation to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation via Network for Good.  On this site, you can choose the charity you’d like to donate to on behalf of someone, then send your friend an e-card to let them know.  We also love their “10 Tips on Volunteering Wisely“.
  • Did you know this is National Train Your Dog Month? Give the gift of training a dog (or cat) to a friend, neighbor or your family!  Make life easier & more fun with your pets – a great family project.  Or, help a neighbor-in-need keep their pet, and a pet-in-need keep their home.  We’re just a call or email away!

Just to let you know, our overachiever poodle, Rusty, has already accomplished his resolutions!  See what he’s been up to.  We hope to love, laugh & learn even more this year, sharing our experience with you along the way.  Let’s start with a laugh….. Have you seen the Pattycake Cats?

Happy New Year!

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Apr 22

We hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!  Explore these eco-friendly goodies from the comfort of home.  (Who wants a big carbon “paw print” anyway, right?)

Take Puglet’s advice for humans:  Get out there and make a difference in the environment everyday!  Watch his video & read his blog, The Daily Puglet. (Pug fans, this one’s for you….  Uber-cute!)

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Apr 3

We look forward to all things spring this year.  And we wish you and your pets lots of fun, sunny days!  Enjoy these tidbits of springy-goodness to get you off to a good start:

  • Flea & tick season is upon us, and it’s already a busy one!  Ask your vet about the latest & safest preventatives.  Be sure you use the correct, pet-specific product & dose.  Do not use over-the-counter products; buy them from your vet.  Read more – this could save your pets’ lives!
  • Avoiding tick bites (for humans) – a diagram from the CA Dept. of Public Health.
  • Easter safety tips from aspca.org.
  • “Spring’s here: Get out & play!” Visit our “evergreen” post from last spring.
  • There’s an app for that! Aspca.org’s fabulous list of plants (indoor & outdoor) that are safe for pets is now the “Pet Safe” app.  We love it because it’s portable, of course.  But now you can also identify plants by photo if you, like us, can’t name every plant in your yard.
  • Cute but smelly:  Keep your pets away from skunks!  Females den now thru May/June when the babies are born.  Cozy skunk cribs include under your deck or in your woodpile.   Block your pets’ access to both now.  Learn more about prevention & solutions if the worst happens to your dog or cat – ugh!  Visit our site for more wildlife how-to’s.  By the way – did you know skunks like peanut butter, too?  Watch!
  • Spring cleaning? Be pet friendlyhere’s how.
  • Early puppy & kitten training is the best way to enjoy the rest of the year with your pet.  We can help you start now!

A corny but comedic video-montage wish from us to you:   As you bid a fond farewell to playing in the snow, welcome spring with a happy song in your heart.  Go enjoy a romp in the sun with your pets!

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Dec 17

This year, we found the holiday spirit captured in a lovely video sent to us by a client.  A gift to us, passed along to you.

Ricochet xmas

  • If, like us, you find yourself thoroughly charmed by Ricochet (aka Rip Curl Ricki) & her “mom”/trainer’s insight, visit their website.  Or follow Ricochet on Facebook!
  • Put that holiday spirit to use locally.  Donate what you can (goods, time, money) to local shelters & rescues.  Your generosity helps homeless pets find their bliss, too!
  • For more seasonal fun & important tips, visit our posts:  “Happy Howlidays!” (2008) and “Seasonal Stress”.

Warmest Christmas wishes to you & your family: humans, canines & felines, alike!

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Oct 17

Halloween is good spooky-fun for humans.  For pets, it’s just plain spooky.  This year, help your pets enjoy halloween pugHalloween – from their points-of-view.

  • A truly happy Halloween for pets includes lots of exercise & play, followed by relaxing away from the chaos of treat-or-treating.  Watch this video, and visit our post from last Halloween for important pet safety tips.
  • Step away from the Halloween haute couture for Fluffy & Fido! They much prefer to go au naturale.  Don’t believe us?  Check the abundance of videos & pics of costumed pets online.  One look @ their faces tells the “tail”.   Perhaps this video of Pixie & Wicket will convince you.  (Their owner – and videographer – notes that “a minute after recording the video, Pixie peed in place, and Wicket bit his left hand”.)  Not happy puppies!
  • Having said that, in the “spirit” of  the season, we suspect that if dogs did do Halloween, it would look like Splash & Kiko’s treat-or-treating adventure! (FYI:  No chicken bones for dogs!  Kiko’s owner/trainer said Kiko doesn’t have any teeth, so she couldn’t chew the bone.  That bone was the only thing they could get her to take in her mouth from the “mean guy”.)

Boo!

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May 31

Did you miss these? Animal-dog-tiger-cubrelated stories that caught our interest:

We’re happy jump start your summer reading. (And, if you find yourself tripping over Fluffy & Fido, as in the article above, contact us.  We’d love to help!)

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Mar 1

sleeping-beagle1Sometimes we all just need a break.  Here’s a charming “tail”:

“An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard.  I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of. He calmly came over to me; I gave him a few pats on his head.  He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner, and fell asleep.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside, and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour.  This continued off and on for several weeks. Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: ‘I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar: ‘He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 – he’s trying to catch up on his sleep.  Can I come with him tomorrow?'”

Source:  Internet.

While we didn’t run this story by snopes.com, it’s a believable scenario.  Family life can get hectic for parents, kids & pets, alike!  (Many cats  simply refuse to come home again when things get too chaotic.)  Contact us if you need help creating a peaceful balance in your home.  We’ll work with you to develop a training plan that meets your goals & suits your busy lifestyle!

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