National Dog Day August 26

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National Dog Day (Also known as: World Dog Day, International Dog Day & National Dog Appreciation Day) is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

ways to celebrate:

1. Adopt a dog from your local shelter or pure breed rescue organization. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a dog or play with a dog, clean cages or anything else they need help with.

2. Have a safety check of your home to make sure it’s safe for your dog and others.

3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.

4. Organize a peaceful demonstration in front of your community pet store that sells puppies.

5. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.

6. Order an adorable dog shaped flower arrangement from 1-800-Flowers.com and enjoy a 10% discount by using code GOODLIVING when placing your order!

7. Have a National Dog Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!

8. Spend the day taking photos of your dog and then enter our photo contest!

9. Buy an official National Dog Day Tee here and sport it proudly!

10. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their dog.

11. Have a portrait painted of your dog to suspend the fleeting magic of dogdom.

12. Buy your dog a fun new dog toy….or two…or five.

13. Give your dog some fun exercise by taking him or her to a doggy play resort.

15. Brush your dog to eliminate excess fur.

16. Give your dog a massage or holistic spa treatment.

17. Teach your dog a new trick.

18. Buy your dog a fashionable collar and leash.

19. Hire a professional pet photographer for a fun photo shoot.

20. Take your dog to the beach.

4th of July: Have Fun, Stay Safe

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Ah, July, a month known for its beach days and summer nights. But lets focus on the most important aspect of July: Pet Safety Month of course!!!

In the spirit of both national and puppy independence heres a few tips on how to keep your dog safe while celebrating the 4th of July

1. Skip the fireworks– Is your dog afraid of thunder and lightening? They’ll probably have a similar reaction to the loud volume and bright lights of this fine tradition. So while you enjoy the muse of Katy Perry’s hit song, it may be best to leave your dog at home.

*If you feel strongly about bringing your dog along, check out Cesar Millan’s tips for how to prep your pup.

2. Identify your dog– Because the 4th can be a crazy time with tons of people and dogs, it is super important to have your dog’s information up to date so in case they decide to walk on the wild side, they can be safely returned back home. Get a colorful custom dog tag to match your dog’s Hachiko!

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3. Dog’s want to celebrate too– Red White and Blue bring out your dog’s eyes… Play dress up with your pup. Doggy dressup is fun for all and keeps your pup the center of attention. Check out Bloomingtails (we love the clever name) for some apparel and accessories you’ll want to wear yourself.

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Looking Fine in this Patriotic Getup

4. Keep em cool– It can get hot out there in this summer heat. Visit our tips for how to keep your dog cool on these hot summer days.

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Talk About Doggy Paddling

5. Stick to waterCheers to the weekend and drink up but be sure to keep the alcohol to human consumption only as alcohol is poisonous for dogs and is very dangerous. Read more here.

6. Food danger– It is not only the drinks that can be bad for your dog’s health. There are lots of foods at those delicious BBQ’s that your dog should steer clear of. You may think it’s ok to sneak your dog a bite of burger but beware because they might grab an onion or chive which could be harmful. Check out a complete list of dangerous foods here. Keep it festive and feed your dog some made in the USA dog food.

7. Celebrate Dog Health!- If you’re in the NYC area, enjoy a post 4th safety celebration with low cost vaccinations.

BONUS: Patriotic pup saluting the American flag

Read more from our dog sources:

Top Ten Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips from PetMd
Fourth of July Safety Tips from ASPCA
Pet-Friendly 4th of July Tips from American Kennel Club

New Wearable Dog Technology? Why yes! Exclusive Launch event May 30-31st in NYC at Zoomies

Big News everyone! We are proud and happy to be hosting our NYC launch event on May 30-31 in NYC at the iconic and legendary Zoomies.

If you are in the area we would love to meet you, and if you are not then be sure to tell your friends and family!

We also have a brand new website, and would love it if you took a look!

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Be Mine? Spoil your pooch this Valentines’

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Happy Valentine’s Day guys!

Single or attached- you are never alone if you have your dog with you. So make sure to treat them to a little something extra today.

Our favorites are:

  1. Spa day! Take your pet to the groomers for some R&R
  2. Bake them some homemade goodies- check our favorites
  3. Or buy them some delicious treats. We love the ones from Bocce’s Bakery
  4. Let them feel your loving embrace all year long with this pawsome heart shaped bed
  5. Extra quality time. Take a long hike together, or spend a few hours playing in the dog park. At the end of the day all they want nothing makes them happier than being with you.

Have a great day everyone!

The Perfect Homemade biscuit (Yum)

Nothing shows love like slaving away in the kitchen for a few hours… right? We decided to shower our pooch with love (or at least are planning on doing so this weekend) and we are on the hunt for the best biscuit recipe!

Here is the list we have so far… let us know your favorites!

1. Peanut Butter, Banana and Parsley Biscuits from Margaritas in the Rain

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2. Cheddar and Blueberry Biscuits from Live. Laugh. Cook. Live. Love. Cook.

3. Peanut Butter Bacon Dog Treats from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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4. Mint Buckwheat Dog Biscuits from Lola the Pitty

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How to: Choose a pet sitter

One of the biggest challenges we face as dog parents is how to choose a pet sitter. Who will we entrust our four legged family member to? We all know we settle for nothing but the best. Knowing your pet is properly taken care of will give you ease of mind, and less stress when travelling.

The first question we are faced with is usually pet sitter vs. doggie day care. Today we are going to tackle pet sitters.

Pet sitters are good option for households with more than one pet, or with a dog that feels most comfortable at home. (Plus they water your plants, bonus!)

There are some sites that provide this service and some even vet their sitters (such as Pet Sitters International,Pet Sitters Network, Pet Pop, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters), but even so we always like to ask our potential pet sitters some important questions:

  1. Is the pet sitter insured and bonded?
  2. Does the pet sitter provide client references? (aim for at least 3)
  3. Will the pet sitter use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract?
  4. Is the pet sitter a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) and/or has he or she participated in pet-care training, such as pet first aid?
  5. How do you ensure your dog does not go missing in your care?
  6. Do you have a plan in the event that your dog does go missing?
  7. Is there a backup person that can provide care for your dog?
  8. Why do you like being a pet sitter?
  9. Will you also play with my dog, or just come for walks?
  10. How many other pets are you currently sitting for?

What other questions do you ask? Tell us about your experiences or and advice you have in the comments below!

Planning a New Years party? Make some delicious treats for your favorite canine.

We love homemade dog treats since we can control exactly what goes in and we eliminate any unhealthy additives (such as preservatives) that can be found in most store bought treats.

Here’s a few of our favorite festive treats to spoil your pooch!

Frozen peanut butter yogurt dog treats

Paw Print Dog Treats

Blueberry Dog Biscuits

Cinnamon Dog bites

Peanut Butter pumpkin dog treats

Flax seed dog biscuits

Nutty Bacon dog treats

Blueberry dog cookies

Peanut butter and bacon puppy ice cream

Top 10 holiday tips for dogs

Nothing can ruin the holidays faster than a dog catastrophe (or should we say dog-astroph?) which is why we have scourged the web for you to find the best and most important tips to make sure you have the best holiday season ever!

  1. Tire out your dog before you get to your destination- they will probably get over excited, so the more you run around before the more likely they are to behave!
  2. Weather smarts- going someplace colder than usual and packing warm clothes for yourself? Don’t forget your dog can be cold too- stock up on warm garments for both of you (general rule of thumb- short hair breeds will be cold!)
  3. Maintain discipline and rules (even after your fourth glass of eggnog)- there will be many temptations lying around for your dog- from sweets to yummy holiday meals to presents to trample on. Use this time to reinforce positive behavior! And remember what’s delicious for us can be poisons to dogs so monitor what they eat and what treats your family members try and sneak them- keep chocolate and turkey bones out of reach!
  4. Decorations are a must, but can be challenging with your dog- decorative plants (such as poinsettia, mistletoe and holly) are toxic, tinsel can tear up your dog’s intestines, and cute holiday doggie outfits can be dangerous around the fireplace. Oh and we always keep our delicate tree decorations on the top, with the sturdier ones on the bottom.
  5. Don’t worry if your dog takes a nibble from your tree- they are not toxic and should not pose a threat (just keep clear on chemicals in the water)
  6. Trying to guess what’s in your wrapped presents- if it’s food chances are your dog will know before you and be more than happy to help you unwrap it. Keep those gifts out of your dogs reach. A pen is also a great solution here!
  7. Keep your gift wrapping supplies hidden away- they are tempting for pups and can be mistaken as toys
  8. If you are hosting and have lots of guests over make sure your dog has a safe space- guests can be overwhelming for dogs, and their overexcitement can be overwhelming for guests. Plan ahead by making sure they have their own corner where they feel safe. Also with the influx of people opening and closing your door make sure to keep their collars and identification on them.
  9. Dogs and kids don’t always mix- never leave young kids unattended with dogs.
  10. Keep candles on high shelves, and out of reach of wagging tails.

More tips and tricks!

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Going Home for the Holidays: Taking your dog with you VS Leaving them behind

When we first heard about this debate it seemed like there was an obviously correct side- what kind of person would leave their poor pet alone for the holidays right?… But then again what kind of person would stuff their dog in a crate for a flight?

This is definitely a hot issue and each side has pro’s and con’s.

Taking your dog with you:                    

Pro’s:

  • They are part of the family and everyone should be together
  • Separation anxiety when they are not with you
  • You know they are going to be taken care of

Con’s:

  • Travel is not a great experience for dogs- especially if it involves planes/ long trips
  • Taking them to someone else’s house can be a burden
  • Being surrounded by lots of new people can cause anxiety and over excitement

Leaving your dog behind:

Pro’s:

  • Let’s be honest… more freedom
  • Easier travel and not burdening family members
  • Less planning and packing of dog supplies

Con’s:

  • Where to leave them is always an issue. With friends? With a dog sitter? Boarding? You need to have an option you trust
  • Can be a very expensive option

What do you think? How do you make these decisions?