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Safe Pet Travel

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Car and Water, Health & Wellness, Safety, Travel, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Safe Pet Travel Summer is here and many pet parents are planning vacations which include their four legged family member.  We have already loaded the car with our dogs, Abe andChico, and taken them to the beach.  It was a wild ride I promise you, complete with baby, dogs, baby gear, dog gear and one father-in-law.  We made it safely though. Seventy three million UShouseholds own a pet.  And according to barkbuckleup.com 82% of pets travel with their owners.  General safety for all travel includes:   1) pet id tag or tracking device, (we love TAGG)  2)  plan ahead- know the pet laws of the hotel and city you are traveling to and 3)  have your pet up to date on vaccines and ensure overall health. Car Travel Safety:  Auto harnesses and/or travel crates and water bowls are must haves.  Did you know that a 60lb dog would become an over 2500lb projectile object in a 35mph car accident?  Yikes!  This can never be said enough:  Never leave pet in a car unattended.   Auto temperatures can reach 120 degrees!!  We love Kurgo travel products! Air Travel Safety: Call your airline to find out the rules and regulations of pet travel.  Crate size for in cabin travel will differ by airline, type of plane and sometimes even your seat on that plane.  Airlines such as US Airways, Airtran, JenBlue and Southwest do not allow pets to ride in cargo and those that do (United and Delta) have restrictions on when and if short nosed breeds can travel.  Please click on the links and learn each airline’s pet policy. Make a reservation!  All pet air travel requires a reservation.  Fees do apply and range from $75-$125 each way. More air travel tips: Ö        Get your pet used to their travel crate prior to your trip.  Ö        Exercise prior to arriving at the airport to lessen excitable behavior. Ö        Make sure your pet is healthy and can handle a flight. Ö        If traveling in the cabin pack snacks, favorite toy and ensure comfort of your pet.  Ö        Airports will have a pet potty area to use prior to a flight, in between legs and after flight. Boat travel: Some dogs are made for the water and others….well let’s just say they are water challenged.  Use of a dog life jacket and/or boat ramp will help an anxious dog be safe in the water. Be safe this summer!  Enjoy your pets!  ...

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Shansen Jewelry- Good for You and Animals in Need

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Paws for Thought, Products, Uncategorized | 0 comments

You know the saying…if you want something done give it to the busiest person you know.  Two of the busiest ladies I know have joined forces and the result is simply….beautiful. Tamsen Fadal and Shannon Elizabeth When Shannon Elizabeth, actress and animal advocate, partnered with her cousin, Tamsen Fadal,  media personality and author, they were driven  to combine their talents and develop a line of affordable, inspirational accessories.  Each piece is thoughtfully created, has deep meaning and holds a special place in the designers’ hearts.  Hence Shansen Jewelry. Learn about the inspiration behind Libby Love. Why do I love the work of these two phenomenal women?  Well, it is pet related of course.  Shannon and Tamsen have chosen charities such as Last Chance for Animals, to receive a portion of Shansen’s proceeds. In addition to Shannon and Tamsen’s generosity, the jewelry is vegan inspired.  Absolutely no animal products are used. I give this collection and these ladies four paws up!! Congratulations Shannon and Tamsen for creating such a beautifully inspired line and thank you for your love of animals. Wagfully, Jenn...

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Chesty the Bulldog and His Life Jacket

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Paws for Thought, Products, Safety, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I was visiting my family this past weekend on Anna Maria Island and was honored to meet a new relative…Chesty, an 85lb English Bulldog.  He belongs to my cousin Mike and his girlfriend Summer and is named after Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Although Anna Maria does not offer dog beaches, there are several rental homes and apartments that are pet friendly.  Thus, Chesty, was enjoying a week’s vacation…complete with an easy access salt water pool, cool tile floors and three bedrooms from which to choose.  Needless to say, it was hot this weekend.  Certainly too hot for a bulldog to be outside for very long.  But Chesty was determined.  True to his breed, he wanted to be with us all of the time and was snorting and slobbering his way through the day.   That included circling and inevitably being submerged in the pool. There is no doubt he would have sunk like a rock if we weren’t watching.  Luckily, my cousin, Mike, packed his doggy life jacket which enabled Chesty to zip back and forth across the pool…like a true fish out of water.  Life jackets are so important for those dogs not used to water or those being introduced to it for the first time.  For chest heavy breeds like English Bulldogs, life jackets are a must have.  Their bodies simply aren’t made for the water. My recommendation is to have one of these handy if you plan to take your fur kid on a boat or have him around a pool.  Especially if he is top heavy,  terrified of the water, or just so enamored that he could go overboard at any time.  Water + scared/nervous dogs never make a good match. Be safe like Chesty this...

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Wellness Day 2012 Pictures

Posted by on Jun 3, 2012 in Animal Rescue, Events | 0 comments

Wellness Day 2012 Pictures

Finally!  A few pictures from Wellness Day to share with...

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Cats are crazy for Global Pet Expo

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Excercise, Health & Wellness, Paws for Thought, Products, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whew…I absolutely love the whirlwind that is Global Pet Expo.  I was only able to spend two days at the event but was able to pack so much into that time including time to  identify a few new cat products for the store. Cats will be so very happy with me 🙂  I kept my cat customers in mind constantly as I walked up and down the aisles.  A few things really excited me and I decided to add them to Wag’s mix of natural and holistic products.  Cat customers!  Check out the following: For the catnip crazed…you will have an entire rack full of the famous Ducky World products…and yes… there will be plenty of purrrrrmuda triangles! I also loved the cat scratcher from Scratch Lounge and the live pet grass from Bell Rock Growers. What I might be most excited about are the cat houses by Catty Stacks!  Can’t wait for these to walk through my door.   They are recycled, recycleable and are colored with vegetable based ink! Finally, Kind Kollars are purrfect for the cat on the go.  Personalized, stylish, non stink…this  i.d. collar is just the answer for your indoor or outdoor kitty. Please let me know what you think of these new products soon to be hitting the shelves at...

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Global Pet Expo Day One

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Events, Paws for Thought, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I love the pet industry.  I love the people I have met along the way.  Everyone from my fellow pet lovers,  distributors, manufacturers and my store owner cohorts…what better industry in which to find ourselves.  Global Pet Expo happens each year in Orlando and is a great time to find new products for my store and to network with people who are just a little bit pet crazy…just like me.  The morning began with an industry breakfast, a time to celebrate stores across the country who were awarded best in Marketing, Customer Service, Community Outreach and Best in Show.  Then it was off to meet with the CEO and CMO of PetMD.com.   You should definitely check out their site.  Such great information about pet health, nutrition and behavior, written by veterinarians and experts in the industry.  And…look out this Summer….PetMD’s parent company Pet360 will launch a new site; one that is sure to be your GO TO url for all things pet! Then, it was off to the races…a full day of walking up and down the aisles at the Orange County Convention Center…on the look out for new all natural foods/treats and a few new toys  to add to the mix. (yes, feet are barking, back is whining but attitude is top dog!) Favorites of the day were:  Katie’s Bumpers, Huggle Hounds, Lincoln Bark, Wholistic Pet, Wild Chewz, Darford and FROBO! Who won the most interesting person of the day?  Karen Macdonald, buyer for the Marine Core base stores.  She is in charge of buying for 12 departments (including pet items) for 120 base stores in the U.S.  Pretty interesting. What made me say AWWWWW!!!  Jack Hanna was on site with a baby kangaroo and a South American penguin.  Absolute cuddliness…from afar…the penguin although cute did not like to be touched 🙂 I ended the day by sipping cocktails with my friends from TAGG (a MUST HAVE for every pet owner…it can literally save your pet’s life) and then a delicious dinner with fellow store owners from the Tampa Bay area. Whew…what a day…please enjoy learning about the products above and hopefully you will see them at Wag soon!  This dog is off to bed.   Global day two begins bright and early....

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