Nov 22

Enjoy these turkey-time tips:Thanksgiving chihuahua

Speaking of greetings, we are absolutely charmed by Gracie! Watch Gracie welcome her “dad”, Captain Andrew Schmidt, back from service in Afghanistan.  Andy says, “Gracie is half golden retriever, half corgi.  We rescued her from the pound in 2004.  She’s six now.   She was found neglected in a pen in West Virginia …. She is a hell of a good friend.  She is six now and still gets a ton of attention even now that my wife and I have a young son …… I can promise you that she doesn’t do this every time I come home, LOL.  This was a first.”  Watch Andy & his wife interviewed on the Today Show.

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

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Nov 1

Here we go!  The impending holidays can turn even the calmest of us into stress balls.  If you’re anxious &woman with headphons and dog overwhelmed, so is your pet.  We hope to put you @ ease with the info in this post.  Refer back to it often in the next 2 months, ideally before you or your pets are @ wit’s end!

  • Breathe easy. In a recent post we discussed how routine changes affect your pet.  Exercise is a great stress-buster for pets & humans, alike.  Conscious breathing is also calming.  (Think yoga or meditation.)  We love Real Simple’s “How to Relax and Breathe” (video & article).  You can use these techniques anywhere, anytime – no matter how busy you are.  Your pet mirrors your energy level & state-of-mind.  To calm your pet, calm yourself.  And get moving – schedule time to play or walk with your pet in the lovely fall weather!
  • Want more ideas on beating stress? We also love Real Simple’s articles:  “Manage Your Stress”; “Relax in an Instant“; and their reader poll, “How Do You De-stress During the Holidays?“.
  • The fewer H1N1 worries, the better. Are your pets safe from this flu?  We recommend:  Be informed about H1N1 @ your pet, but don’t panic. Check for updates; take measures to keep you & your pet healthy; and talk with your vet.  Read more from  (Note:  We updated these “swine flu” links on 11/22/09.)  
  • House training woes? We’re checking in on this subject again because it’s so common for pets to house soil in the winter.  Small breeds; puppies who haven’t experienced a winter before; unreliably house trained dogs; and indoor/outdoor cats are all likely to regress in their house training.  Get a handle on this now – before your guests arrive for Thanksgiving!  Contact us for help.

Laughter is great medicine.  Relax & enjoy these videos: A sneezing baby panda & baby elephant demonstrate that the sniffles can be cute.  (Tell yourself that if you catch a cold this season.)  And – breaking news:  Apparently Bo Obama’s house training isn’t going well on Air Force One.  The Washington Post & NBC’s Brian Williams report.  Oops!

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