We all know everyone enjoys a good celebration and the holidays, and we know you want to include your animal companions in the festivities. July 4th is a pretty big holiday with lots of activities going on, mostly barbecues and fireworks. Here are some safety tips so you can include your pets in a way that keeps them safe and happy:
- Keep your pets away from food and alcohol
- If you want to take those cute/funny photos of your pet(s) wearing festive costumes or headpieces: put it on them, take a bunch of photos, then take it off
- Pets generally do not like wearing said costumes or headgear for long periods of time, so limit how long they wear it
- Keep your pets indoors, in a quiet room or with some soft music playing so that the loud noises of the fireworks are less likely to scare them
- Have treats and/or toys in the room with your pet to keep them occupied
- Make sure that the room your pet is staying in is “Escape Proof”
- secure all windows, pull down shades, make sure doors are locked/closed tight
- Talk with your vet about possible options to keep your pet calm
- Some options may be a ThunderShirt or consult with your vet if considering a mild sedative
- If your pet is going to be outside with you during day activities, make sure to have a water bowl accessible for your pet to stay hydrated.
- To help your pet be less anxious about you leaving them at home, exercise them beforehand so they are more likely to be calmer and fall asleep during night festivities
- Make sure your animals have up-to-date tags that are secured to a collar or microchipped, in case they become loose due to being frightened by the holiday festivities
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“My alarm clock failed to ring, but by skipping morning coffee I manages to be only fifteen minutes late. As the elevator crawled to the eighth floor of the Animal Medical Center I hoped that perhaps Clancy too had overslept. It was 7:20. The elevator door opened and I stepped into the hall to find him waiting.
“I know I’m late, Clancy, but it happens occasionally.” He looked angry. “If you would just wait until I come get you, you wouldn’t have to pace in the corridor.”
I unlocked the office door, and he brushed past me as he entered. I opened the drawer immediately, knowing there would be no peace until he got what he wanted. Clancy was not a finicky eater and promptly concentrated on his breakfast.
“Our dog has special needs, the greatest being the need for a lobotomy. After that, he could use a good dose of Prozac. Add some Ritalin and he’d approach the vague semblance of a well-adjusted canine. Feels almost doable.
Except for his tail of freakish accidents and half-baked suicide attempts.
Sometimes I think Henry—that’s the dog—had ended up in a different family, we’d all be better off. Some combinations just don’t mix. Take Mentos candy and diet cola. Put them together, and you get a carbonated geyser blowing your bottle cap.
Pets are supposed to be fun. A pleasant enrichment of your life. Dogs especially. Loving, loyal, sleeping by your feet.
I don’t believe in divine misprints. But life with Henry makes me wonder.”
Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe by Erin Taylor Young is a story that will have you laughing constantly. This amazingly touching story about all the mishaps, accidents, and disasters that come from one boxer named Henry. Through the ups and downs, Henry helps his family see what is truly important in life, thus bringing the ultimate happiness of having a canine companion in a family.
We have included a video by the author because we know you’ll want to see the legendary Henry that inspired the book.
The Happy Cat Hotel is notorious for offering new guests and veterans their choice of vastly unique rooms, such as Uncity Kitty and Cleocatra. Each feline family stays together in their room, is given endless love and care, and gets to enjoy lobby time to explore and play. It is with great pleasure to announce that The Happy Cat Hotel has opened up its very own luxurious spa! Whether your cat simply needs a nail trim, or would like to be given a bath and a brush, we have it all!
With the addition of the Spa, two rooms are temporarily being taken out of commission to be used in phase 2 of The Happy Cat Hotel; Catimus and Paris
The Boston terrier is a breed we all know and love. They are well known for their distinct coloring, which makes them look like they are wearing a suit. The Boston terrier is averagely between 15-17 inches tall, and 15-25 pounds. A fun fact: “The Boston terrier is known as the American gentleman because of its kind and gentle disposition” (1).
We are lucky enough to share lots of time with a wonderful pair of Boston terriers, named Samuel Adams and Watson Homes.
To learn more about this amazing breed, we have included a short video by Animal Planet. We hope you enjoy!
We want to wish you all a Happy Easter!
Please be mindful of bringing your pets along for any of the Easter Egg Hunts. If you do, keep them on a leash and watch out that they don’t eat anything. Anything hiding in those Easter eggs could be harmful to your pets. Bodhi and Elvis were happy to pose for camera to celebrate Easter.
“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!” (pronounced as lah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch), which means “Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!” in Gaelic. We hope you all will have a wonderful day today, and we understand that you want to share this special & fun holiday with your beloved pets. Here are some tips on how to maximize your fun with your canine or feline during this holiday, while also keeping them safe:
- If you want to dress up your pet:
- put on the costume
- take your picture(s)
- take the costume off
- This way you get the picture you want, and your pet doesn’t have to stay in an uncomfortable costume all day
- If you want to “paint” your pet:
- ASK YOUR VET FIRST!
- your pet may have allergies that may not allow them to put something on their hair/fur/skin
- There is spray paint for dogs called, PetPaint
- There are also homemade recipes that your vet may suggest
- If you plan to attend a parade or party:
- KEEP YOUR PET AT HOME!
- the noise and crowds of parades and parties give unneeded anxiety to your pets
- your pets will happily welcome you home as you tell them all about the fun you had
- If you want to share a pint with your pup:
“Can you imagine your life without a cat? Not if you’re reading this book. Now and then you will find a book that’s difficult to put down. And this is one of them. The stories cover a wide spectrum. Memories of your own cat history will surely be activated. At times you will find yourself smiling or even laughing as you connect with a story. You’ll remember the sounds of a purr or a hiss or a quiet meow. You’ll remember long-lost images of your cat climbing up the drapes or hiding in the shower or stealing that piece of fish from the counter. You might even remember the panic you felt when you couldn’t find your cat for a few hours, or even several days. And you might remember the feel of that dead mouse under your foot, which was really a gift from your proud hunter.