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LovePup Foundation – Giving Back Medical Grant

All dogs deserve a great home; and that’s exactly the mission of the LovePup Foundation. Since forming our partnership in 2018 when the foundation came to fruition, LovePup has come to the rescue for countless dogs. From puppies to seniors, the team has continued to come to the aid of hundreds of dogs in the short time the foundation has existed.

Founded by Blake Van Es and her husband Johnjay (a Phoenix-based DJ with a nationally-syndicated morning show), the have put their hearts, souls, passion and energy into giving the dogs they rescue a happy, healthy life. (Learn more about them in our blog here).

In 2018, we were able to provide a $50,000 initial medical grant to the LovePup Foundation. The foundation uses the grant to help ensure that all the rescue dogs have what they need to get ready for their fur-ever homes; treatment for any medical conditions, spay/neuter, and current vaccinations. The partnership takes some of the financial burden off the foundation, allowing them to focus their donation and grant funds to ensure the stability of the organization to remain open and operating. The partners at AZPetVet were humbled and honored to re-up our veterinary services medical grant for another $50,000 this year for 2019.

As a homegrown business ourselves (our first AZPetVet location opened in 1984 in Glendale, AZ), giving back is a fundamental part of our core values and mission as an organization. The partnership with LovePup creates the opportunity for our team of incredible employees to give back to our local community by utilizing their professional skills. We are thankful for our staff who lead with kindness and compassion, and we are excited for another wonderful year ahead supporting the great work of the LovePup Foundation.

AZPetVet & LovePup: Holiday Hip to Chip Event

On Saturday, December 7th, the AZPetVet team joined forces with The LovePup Foundation and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to host the second It’s Hip to Chip Holiday Event. (Learn more and see our first event here!) This event is specifically for local pet parents who already own pets that are not chipped, in an effort to help increase the chances of the reunification of pets with their families in case they are ever separated.

Team AZPetVet was out in full force! Our awesome medical team of the day included 3 veterinarians and 6 techs, checking vitals, administering microchips, and of course, giving some love and puppy kisses along the way. In total, our team microchipped 89 pets in just three hours! That’s pretty incredible!

Afterward, attendees and their pets had the opportunity to stop by our booth to visit with a couple of AZPetVet team members, grab some fun swag, and get their pup a final belly rub for the road! Some additional community partners including The LovePup Foundation, Safeway, and the One Love Pitbull Foundation were also onsite handing out dog food, treats, collars, leashes, and custom identification tags!

Between both of the 2019 Hip to Chip events (May and December 2019), more than 200 pets now have a better chance at being reunited with their families. None of this would have been possible without our wonderful veterinarians, technicians, and support staff. We sincerely thank you for your time and effort in helping to make this happen!

2019 Holiday Donation Drive Announcement

We are excited it announce that we are partnering again this year with GrandPaws Pantry and Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds for our holiday drive! Both of these wonderful organizations focus on collecting and distributing supplies for pets in need within our local community. Here at AZPetVet, we will be working to help collect donations for these organizations during this holiday season.

GrandPaws Pantry focuses on different needs at rescue organizations or other animal-focused organizations within the Phoenix area. They also help the senior community by supplying care packages to seniors and their pets each holiday season. GrandPaws was started by a young woman named Sonya who has a strong love and passion for helping rescue pets in the community. Sonya and her family have a long-standing relationship with Arrowhead Ranch Animal Hospital, after they saved their newly adopted dog Bhaskar many years ago from parvo. Since then, she has been helping pets by supporting rescue organizations including: Soldier’s Best Friend, Halo Animal Shelter, Sun City 4 Paws Rescue, and Sun Valley Animal Shelter.

Some of the most-needed items from their wish list this year include:

  • Unopened Dry/Canned Food Items
  • Adult Dog Food & Adult Cat Food
  • Kitten Food & Puppy Food
  • Nylabone Dog Treats
  • Milk-Bone Dog Biscuits
  • Cat/Dog Treats (*Please NO Rawhide)
  • Pet Beds
  • Pet Toys (Dog & Cat)
  • Pet Blankets
  • Cat Litter
  • Gift Cards to PetSmart &Petco

Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds is a community-based organization that makes a difference in the lives of pets and their pet parents. Cheryl, the founder, is actively involved in going to homeless shelters and camps all through the Phoenix area. She and other volunteers provide food and comfort measures, as well as vaccinations, microchips, and county licensure for homeless-owned pets. They also coordinate rescue efforts to re-home pets for owners that can no longer care for their pet. They are well loved and appreciated by those they serve, and always take an accepting and non-judgmental approach when caring for these animals and their owners.Some of their most-needed items this holiday season include:

  • Extra Small and Small Non-buckle Collars
  • Pet Strollers
  • Dry Cat Food
  • Silicone Bowls
  • Small Fleece Blankets
  • Dog Booties
  • Tarp Bungee Cords
  • Extra-large Harnesses
  • Long Strong Leashes

You can drop off your donations for these wonderful non-profits at any of our AZPetVet locations valleywide! We are so very thankful to all of our wonderful clients and team members who help make an incredible difference in our community.

Know the History and What Were Beagles Bred For

A Brief History of Beagles: From Hunters to Family Dogs

With big floppy ears and the signature multi-colored coat — Beagles are just as fun-
loving and sweet as they appear! If you are looking to welcome a new pup into your
family, a Beagle could be an excellent choice. This breed is loving, curious, and
extremely loyal — you’ll never have a dull day with a Beagle in your home.
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What Were Beagles Bred For?

With a short yet sturdy body, this breed is built to be the ultimate hunting
companion. Due to their keen sense of smell, Beagles were originally bred as hound
dogs for hunting small game. Interestingly, the pups were being bred for specific
hunting needs; they were taller in Europe for fox hunting and smaller in the United
States to hunt rabbits.

History of Beagles

The history of the Beagle is not as precise as some other breeds we have profiled.
While ancient Greek documents place Beagle-like dogs as far back as 400 B.C., the
breed, as we know it now, was not formally recognized until the 19th century. During
this time, Beagles were very popular in England, and it wasn’t much longer before
the breed became a favorite in the United States. The American Kennel Club (AKC)
started recognizing the Beagle as a breed in 1884. Today, they are a consistently
popular choice for family dogs, appearing regularly on the AKC’s Top Ten Most
Popular Dog Breeds.

Different Beagle Breeds

While there is technically only one breed of Beagle, there are two different varieties
of Beagles that are recognized by the American Kennel Club. The only feature that
separates the two varieties is their size. One type stands below 13 inches tall while
the other stands between 13 to 15 inches tall. Other than the slight difference in
height, no other physical or personality traits differ between these two varieties of
Beagles. Both types can — and should — weigh anywhere between 18 and 30 pounds.
Since this breed is susceptible to weight problems in their old age, it’s important
to maintain their activity levels as they age.

Beagles are black, brown, and white in color and are relatively easy to care for in
regards to grooming. A proper brushing once a week will cut down on the amount
of bathing they need unless they are used for hunting. They do, however, need to
have their ears checked frequently to help avoid infections.

Beagle Behavior

Beagles do best in homes that have backyards, allowing them the freedom to
wander around. While all dogs should be microchipped, it’s very important for
Beagles because their mischievous behavior can get the best of them. Beagles
follow their noses, so if they escape the yard, they can wander further from
home in pursuit of whatever scent is enticing them. Do your best to get them
outside and exercising, which should cut down on some of their pent-up energy and
keep them on their best behavior in the house.

Beagles of all ages do well in homes with adults, kids, and other pets. They are at
their best in extremely social settings and typically do not like being left home
alone. If they become bored, they will find things to occupy their time until you
return, which can include chewing shoes and furniture.

Beagles are a smart, curious, and energetic breed that packs a lot of love and
sweetness into a small package. Caution: don’t think there won’t be moments where
you are driven utterly crazy by their mischievous behavior! Please remember —
purebred Beagles are popular and lucrative “products” for puppy mills. There are
many wonderful Beagle rescue organizations and animal advocates working hard to
prevent the puppy mills from mass breeding. Consider adopting from a local Beagle
rescue.

Signature Siamese Persian Cat Personality Traits

Siamese Persian Cats: From Royalty to Disney Movie Stars & Beyond

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Despite how the Disney movie The Lady and The Tramp may have depicted this breed,
Siamese Persian cats are actually very loving, social, and outgoing. These cats are truly
elegant looking with their sleek bodies and beautiful eyes. They’re known as a natural
breed, having evolved through the ages, first appearing in a Thai manuscript of cat
poems believed to date as far back as the 14th century. Today, the Siamese cat has
contributed key features and personality traits to related breeds such as the Balinese,
the Oriental (the Himalayan division of the Persian), the Tonkinese, and the Havana
Brown.

History of the Siamese Persian Cat

The history of the Siamese Persian cat is just as storied. As one of the oldest breeds of cat,
the Siamese Persian was indigenous to Siam (known today as Thailand) for thousands of
years. It is believed that in the earliest days, Siamese cats were bred and reserved for Thai
royalty. The Siamese breed itself was not introduced to the West until the nineteenth
century. In 1878, the first Siamese Persian cat was introduced to the U.S. by a diplomat
stationed at the consulate in Bangkok, who gifted “Siam” to First Lady Mrs. Rutherford B.
Hayes.

Siamese Persian Cats: The Purrfect Personalities

The Siamese Persian breed’s striking features and loving personalities have seen its
popularity continue to grow in the United States. Along with their beautiful looks,
Siamese Persian cats have a personality that encompasses everything a cat lover would
look for in a feline friend! Being social and extremely vocal is in their nature, and it shows
in their day-to-day activity. They usually enjoy being with people and are known to
follow you around “talking” and “helping” wherever they can! Siamese Persian cats are
also great with children and dogs who like cats.

Caring for a Siamese Persian Cat

Overall, the care for these beautiful cats is straightforward. Siamese Persian cats are
typically indoor cats, so that adds to the ease of keeping them clean. They have short
hair and only require monthly brushing to remove any loose hair. They tend to be very
healthy, but collectively as a breed, they struggle with asthma and congenital heart
defects.

The Siamese Persian loves to stay active, which contributes to their sleek body type. It is
recommended to have plenty of physical activities to keep them busy while you are
away, such as tall climbing trees and plenty of interactive toys. It has also been
mentioned that they love to play fetch if trained to do so!

So, if you are looking for a social and talkative feline to add to your family, the Siamese
Persian could be an excellent breed for you! One note: if your schedule has you away
from home for long periods, cattime.com suggests getting two of them. Many do
not like being alone, and having a friend can keep them preoccupied until you
return.