Wednesday November 27, 2013
This year, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day (Hanukkah actually starts at sunset on Wednesday, but Thanksgiving is the first full day of the eight-day Festival of Lights).
These holidays are fun for humans, but they pose some risk for pets. Here are some quick tips to keep your dogs and cats safe while you're celebrating:
Candles are an integral part of this holiday, but pets and open flames don't mix. If you're doing a traditional celebration, you'll be leaving the candles in your menorah lit for at least half an hour. Make sure the menorah is on a stable surface where it can't easily be knocked over by a jumping cat or dog. It should also be far enough away from curtains or other flammables to reduce the risk of accidentally igniting something if a pet bumps it.
If you're having company at your house, make sure your dog and cat have ID tags in case they slip outside. Tags are essential even if your pets are chipped because veterinary offices and animal shelters are closing for Thanksgiving, so if anyone finds your dog or cat, they won't have access to a scanner. Locking animals in a safe room or crate will help protect them from the chaos and prevent accidental escapes.
I reviewed an intriguing product for tracking lost pets this year. Jump to this article to read about Tagg the Pet Tracker, a GPS device that monitors your pet's activity level and also helps you find a wayward cat or dog.
Don't let your pets overindulge in human food. Thanksgiving is all about feasting, and it might be tempting to give your cat or dog a plate of turkey and other goodies, but it's better to offer a special treat that's made for animals. Many Thanksgiving foods, like the herbs in stuffing, can upset a pet's stomach.
Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukkah to all my readers from my household and from my pets to yours!
Thursday November 21, 2013
Two cats named Frisco and Jake are living high on the hog after inheriting $250,000 from their late owner. Their inheritance also includes a 4,270 square foot house in a gated community.
The legally binding will states that the cats will live in the house until Frisco, the older of the feline pair, dies. Then family members inherit what remains of the estate, with the stipulation that they care for Jake for the rest of his life. Jake doesn't have to stay in the house after his kitty buddy passes on, according to WMC-TV.
While $250,000 and a house might sound like a large inheritance for a pet, it pales in comparison to the $12 million Queen of Mean Leona Helmsley tried to leave her dog, Trouble. Courts later reduced the amount to $2 million.
Even if your cat isn't in line for a huge inheritance, you can spoil him or her with some inexpensive but fun toys and goodies. Here are four of my favorites, which also make good kitty stocking stuffers:
Monday November 18, 2013
I know that winter is steadily creeping across many parts of the country, but as a Floridian I love this time of year because it's getting cooler and more comfy outside. It's too hot and humid in the winter for energetic activity outdoors, but now the temperatures are just right.
I recently reviewed the LazyBonezz Lazy Jogger stroller, which you can read about here. My dog, Bolt, has short legs, so even though he's a willing walk companion, he eventually gets exhausted. Now I can take him on longer walks and load him into the stroller to rest.
Of course, we do get some cold snaps here in Florida, and I'm prepared for those, too. Bolt has a variety of warm outwear, like the cute Duck Dynasty coat shown below.
To read more about the Duck Dynasty products, check out this article.
Friday November 15, 2013
If you're both a dog owner and a Duck Dynasty fan, you'll love the new line of Duck Dynasty-themed dog toys and apparel from Quaker Pet Group.
You can learn more about the entire product line in this article. It includes dog apparel like t-shirts, coats, and beards and adorable duck toys themed to the characters. You can see my dog Bolt enjoying two of the products in the photo below:
The Duck Dynasty doggy goods are out just in time for Christmas and are available at Petco. Add them to your shopping list if you know a fan or treat your dog to a cute little stocking stuffer.
If you also own cats, don't make them feel left out for Christmas. You'll find five fun stocking stuffer ideas for felines in this article.