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Happy National Dog Mom’s Day!

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How Are You Celebrating Dog Mom’s Day?

Sunday, May 9th, is Mother’s Day, a holiday devoted to celebrating moms all across the country and all they do for us. Appropriately, just ahead of that, on May 8th, is National Dog Mom’s Day, another 24 hours dedicated to recognizing moms; but this time, moms of fur babies!

History of National Dog Mom’s Day

In 2018, National Dog Mom’s Day was introduced by Dig; a dog person’s dating app designed to match pup-loving singles. The innovative platform allows users to view photos of their potential matches and their dogs before deciding if they’d like to chat. Should they decide to meet up, Dig provides a list of dog-friendly parks, bars, and restaurants in that area. According to Dig, the national holiday was established “to thank dog moms, foster dog moms, and future dog moms for all of the love they give to pups.”

Celebrating Our Proud Dog Moms

Instead of telling you how to pamper your dog, this day is all about dog moms spoiling themselves for a change. However, any true proud dog mom knows that treats must be shared (or risk becoming a victim of the puppy dog eyes). Fortunately, we have some simple suggestions for celebrating National Dog Mom’s Day in ways that canine friends can join in on, too. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Set aside some time to get some extra cuddles. It’s really a win-win. 
  2. Treat yourself to a pedicure, then maybe give (or get) your pal a paw-dicure, too!
  3. Make memories by snapping some sweet selfies with your furry best friend.
  4. Get out for a walk and some fresh air!
  5. Dedicate the day to total relaxation (bath time, some good reading material, an awesome nap, skincare, relaxing, etc.).

Dog Moms Take Pet Parenting Seriously

According to research conducted by Rover, the role that a proud dog mom plays in their pup’s life is not to be taken lightly. Now more than ever, pets are considered a part of our family, and being a pet parent is a lifestyle. We give dogs human names, human-grade food, personalized gifts, and some of us even celebrate their birthdays. In honor of Mother’s Day, Rover talked to women who have pups inquiring about their identity and lifestyle as pet parents, and the response was fascinating. 

  • 3 out of 4 consider themselves “dog moms” rather than just dog owners. 
  • 54% of Gen Z dog moms say their dog is their “child.”
  • 52% of Gen X dog moms say their dog is part of the family.
  • 45% have referred to their pup as a “fur baby” or “fur kid,” and 40% just call their dog their “baby.”
  • 45% of Gen Z dog moms consider themselves “helicopter pet parents” while Millennial, and Gen X dog moms identified as “Velcro pet parents,” which means they’re connected to their dog at the hip, but don’t worry or hover quite as much.
  • 40% of female pup owners say they own dog mom apparel, and 17% say they don’t own any—but they want some!
  • 40% of dog moms have stayed up at night to comfort a crying puppy.
  • 24% of dog moms have missed work to be home with a sick dog.
  • 50% of pup moms gush about their dog when meeting new people.
  • 62% of moms said they take dozens of photos of their dog.

These results go to show that you don’t have to give birth to be a mother. You can foster. You can adopt. All it takes is opening your home and your heart (plus a little bit of patience). Celebrate this mom-filled weekend by recognizing the special ladies in your life, and don’t forget to wish any fur baby mamas out there a happy National Dog Mom’s Day!

Celebrating Your Pets and Valentine’s Day

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Celebrate Your Pets AND Valentine’s Day

Who says National Doggy Date Night is the only excuse to “wine n’ dine” with your pet? Pets and Valentine’s Day go paw-in-hand, too! Celebrate your love for your furry companions all month long. 

While gifting chocolate and roses may be the go-to choice for humans, both are harmful to animals. The toxic level of chocolate for dogs (and cats!) varies pet-by-pet and by the type of chocolate consumed. Chocolate is toxic to animals because it contains the chemical theobromine along with caffeine. These chemicals are often used medicinally for humans, and dogs cannot metabolize them as efficiently, making them more sensitive to the chemicals’ effects. Luckily, there are countless safe and non-toxic ways to celebrate. Spoil them with healthy pet treats and festive Valentine’s Day pet toys, or head out for some one-on-one time at the park or pet store, and you’re guaranteed to have a happy Valentine’s Day with your cats, dogs, and other furry – (or even not so furry!) – friends.

5 Ways to Have a Happy Valentine’s Day With Your Dogs & Cats

 

  1. Do Something They Love! The best way to ensure a happy Valentine’s Day with dogs and cats is by stepping into their world and doing what they love to do. If your pet loves running, lace-up and get going. Bird watching? Find a park bench and observe. Chasing a string around in circles for hours? Get comfortable! 
  2. Spoil with Special Treats! Pet bakeries are popping up all over the place and serving up delicious, healthy pet treats that cater to animal’s dietary needs and restrictions. 
  3. Go Shopping! Hit the store and let them pick out their own Valentine’s Day pet toy. Pet stores often allow leashed pets inside to peruse the shelves so next time you visit, let them explore and take their pick, then head home to play!
  4. Go on an Excursion! Take a trip to the sand, hit a hiking trail, or start up a game of fetch at the park. Whether there’s a destination or it’s just a drive around the block, your pet loves an outing.
  5. Movie Night! Pets and Valentine’s Day and movie night – what more could you need? If Fido or your feline friend often prefer to sleep their day away indoors, they’ll likely love a movie night. Any chance to cuddle up on the couch and soak in the warmth of their favorite human.

Between National Doggy Date Night and Valentine’s Day, February comes with endless opportunities to spoil your pet and say thank you for all of the unconditional love and spoiling that they provide you during the rest of the year. Make the day about them just as all of their days revolve around you. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Disclaimer

Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.

 

 

National Doggy Date Night – February 3rd

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Dog-Friendly Date Ideas for a Doggy Date Night

The new year brings new opportunities to slow down and enjoy the simple things like spending quality time with your pup! Treat them to a dog playdate on National Doggy Date Night, Wednesday, February 3rd. 

The National Today science team surveyed 3,000 pet owners to discover just how much they loved their pups. They ranked each state by asking owners how often they let their pup lick their face or sleep in their bed, as well as how often they say “I love you,” buy them gifts, conversate with them, dress them in special outfits, and simply curl up and relax together. The results of each were close! The researchers followed up by asking single and married women who they would rather take on a date – their dog or significant other – and at least 20 percent voted in favor of doggy date night. Additionally, participants were asked how their dogs make their lives better, how having a dog affects day-to-day life, and the most popular dog playdate ideas/doggy date night activities:

  • 64% – Give your dog a special Valentine’s Day treat.
  • 53% – Tell your dog, “I love you.”
  • 39% – Make or buy a special gift/treat for your dog.
  • 33% – Post photos of your dog on social media with a loving message.
  • 28% – Include your dog in Valentine’s Day activities with your significant other.

Just like people, dogs like dates, too! You can always go for a walk around the block or play some ball in the backyard, so for doggy date night, try and think outside the box and add some fun to your dog playdates.

Our Favorite Dog-Friendly Date Ideas:

  1. Hit the Town: Head outside for a dog playdate. Find a park with some wide-open space for your pup to sniff and explore or run free and play a big fetch game. If weather permits have a picnic! Pack a basket with a blanket and snacks for both you and your pup to enjoy. Be sure to snap some commemorating photos throughout the day.
  2. Spa Day: Treat your pooch to some primping and pampering. If your pup enjoys a trip to the spa, schedule a grooming appointment. If your dog prefers to stay home, consider a DIY spa night. Look into all the different spa products specifically designed for dogs and treat your pooch. Suds up in the tub and get that coat glowing. Grab some moisturizing, dog-friendly lotion and apply it to your pup’s nose and paws. 
  3. Drive-In Theatre: Yes, these still exist! Given the current state of the country, this dog-friendly playdate idea is not only safe for your pooch but also a safe environment for you. Most drive-ins don’t mind if you bring your pet with you, so pick out a show time and pack up the family to enjoy this throwback date activity. 
  4. Shopping: Shopping is something everyone can enjoy and can make for a great outing. Several big box home improvement stores are pet friendly, so you can shop for new home appliances or tools, and your furry companion will be happy to go along for the adventure. Head over to a local pet store and pick out some new swag, upgrade your pup’s bedding, or stock up on treats – let Fido pick out his favorite!
  5. Car Ride: Hitting the open road– it’s no mystery that a good ‘ole car ride is one of most dog’s favorite pastimes. It’s perhaps the simplest dog playdate idea, but likely the one your dog will be most thrilled about.

Your pup isn’t picky. For them, an evening spent with you is more than enough. No matter how you choose to spend National Doggy Date Night, any adventure where you’re together is sure to be perfect in your dog’s eyes. Enjoy!

Get Ready for National Dress Up Your Pet Day

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Celebrating National Dress Your Pet Day

It’s that time! Thursday, January 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet Day, and yes, there is a day for that! So get out those silly sweaters and cool costumes and get ready to dress your pet to impress!

National Dress Up Your Pet Day was introduced in 2009 by celebrity pet lifestyle expert and animal behaviorist Colleen Paige. It’s meant to celebrate the wondrous gift of pets and helps to support the pet fashion community–yes, that’s a thing too!

If you’re having trouble picking out the perfect ensemble, check out these suggestions we shared during the last dress up your pet day. Just remember, dressing up your pet is fun but has the potential to be dangerous if you’re not careful. PetFirst shared these outfit and costume safety tips and strategies to help guide you through the holiday:

  • Be aware of choking hazards – Play it safe. Detach any loose pieces, check for buttons, decorative flowers, and any other small parts that could easily come off and be swallowed. Please don’t leave your pet unattended while they’re dressed up. 
  • Consider your pet’s age – Avoid dressing up very young or elderly pets. Puppies and kittens are more likely to chew on the costumes. Older animals may be suffering from joint stiffness or other health issues, making it a challenge to get them in and out of clothing. 
  • Be flexible – What you envision may turn out to be completely different from what your pet allows. Please don’t force your pet into anything, or they will be miserable. Be willing to shift some things around, removing pieces your pet finds uncomfortable. 
  • Conduct a trial run – If you’re looking to show off your pet on your morning walk or zoom call, test it out in advance. A trial run gives you a chance to determine how your pet feels about their new attire and allows you some time to tweak as necessary. Remember to reward with treats to make the clothing experience more positive. 

Alternatives to Clothes

Maybe your pet’s not a fan of clothes. That’s okay! It doesn’t mean you’re out of luck on celebrating National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Instead, add some fun fashion flair or cute accents to your pet’s wardrobe:

  • Bandanas
  • Bow Ties
  • Fancy Harness
  • Decorative Collar
  • Collar Accessories
  • Other Accessories

We want you to go ALL out and want to see all of the different ways you choose to celebrate the day. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Have a friend or family member take photos of you and your pet in their fun outfit – yes, a pet photoshoot!
  2. Use #DressUpYourPetDay on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Celebrate by dressing up your pet in comfortable pet clothing – maybe even pick out matching outfits if you’re feeling wild – and share it for the world to see! If pets have taught us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t care what anyone else thinks… so matching outfits are not only welcomed but encouraged! Silly as some of these holidays may seem, National Dress Up Your Pet Day is the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with your pet (as if we need a reason!). 

10 New Year’s Resolutions to Make With Your Pet

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Ten Fun New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners and Pets

We learn so much from our pets every day. So, what if we started thinking about those daily life lessons as resolutions that we can carry into the New Year? Easy! Start by thinking up a list of New Year’s resolutions for your pets. Then, take that list and think about how to turn it into New Year’s resolutions for pet owners, too! 

Now, we don’t mean that you, as a pet owner, should make it a New Year’s resolution to stop digging through the trash (unless that’s something you need to stop doing).  What we mean is that a new year is a perfect time for self-reflection and positive change, and there is nobody better to have by your side or more supportive of your goals than your beloved furry companion.

Here’s a list of some simple resolutions that guarantee you a healthy and happy New Year with your pets:

Resolution #1: Make New Friends. 

The best life lesson you can learn from a pet is that a person’s background plays no part in whether or not they’ll make great, lifelong friends. Be social while remaining safe and socially distant, and expand both your and your pet’s social network. Get some fresh air, hit the dog park, head out for a hike. You never know who you’ll meet along the way. 

Resolution #2: Say Sorry. 

Maybe this is more of a New Year’s resolution for pet owners but it’s relevant nonetheless. The best way to right our wrongs is with a heartfelt apology. It’s easy to be headstrong, but it’s easier to own up to our errors and make amends as necessary. When things get a little tense on the road, or you’ve had a rough day at work, say sorry. And when your pet goes to lift his leg on the furniture or carries your favorite shoes outside, he’ll look up at you with round, sweet eyes and do the same. 

Resolution #3: Exercise.

Boredom combined with excess energy leads to bad choices for people and pets. Exercising is guaranteed to be less boring with a friend–a four-legged one to be exact. It’s easy to categorize exercise as a chore, but regardless, it’s good for the mind, body, and soul and can make a world of difference to our outlook in 2021.

Resolution #4: Be Carefree. 

Maybe your pet runs a little funny, or rolls around outside until he’s covered in grass, or plops his legs out behind him like a goofball when he lays down but does any of that slow him down? If pets have taught us anything it’s that it’s okay to be unapologetically ourselves, that letting loose and living in the moment is the fastest route to loving life.

Resolution #5: Nap Often. 

Naps are the best way to refresh yourself and clear your mind. There’s absolutely no shame in a cat nap…why do you think your cats are always so relaxed? Because they give their minds and bodies the time that it needs to unplug, unwind, and just veg out a little. Enjoy a nice, quiet night in on New Year’s Eve with your pets and catch up on some much-needed sleep! [Your cat approves this message.]

Resolution #6: Change Perspectives.

It never hurts to look at things from a different angle. Seeing things in a new way might open up your mind in ways you didn’t know you needed. Grab your pup pal or feline friend and lay down, hang your head off the end of the couch, even stick your tongue out if it feels right, and just look at things from a new perspective. 

Resolution #7: Smile Often.

This is best done as a team. After all, there’s really nobody better at making you smile than your pet and vice versa, nobody makes your pet happier than you. Ring in the New Year with your pets and spend some extra time enjoying the little things with your littles, be they people or pets. 

Resolution #8: Up Your Social Media Game.

This isn’t just a great excuse to share a happy New Year pet photo but it’s another great way to expand your network and a chance to enjoy some downtime with your furry friends. Pet-stagrams are a hit so we say go for it. You want to show them off, they want to show off, and we definitely want to see them – so what’s stopping you from treating us to some sweet pics on social media in 2021? Get ‘gramming!

Resolution #9: Learn Something New.

A new year is the best time to pick up a new hobby or learn something new. Get crafty in 2021, take on new DIY projects, do some much-needed home repairs, try out some new baking recipes for your pet. Impress them with some homemade treats then use them to reward your pets for learning some new tricks or commands. It’s a good year to try some things outside of your comfort zone. 

Resolution #10: Give and Take.

This seems to come so easily for our pets but we, too, must remember the importance of giving. Express gratitude for those around us whether it’s in words or acts of kindness. And just a reminder to the pets out there: if you want a treat, you give a kiss. We don’t make the rules. 

Nothing guarantees a happy New Year with pets like setting goals for yourself along with some funny pet New Year’s resolutions. There’s no telling what the future holds but after a wild year, everyone deserves to make some plans they can look forward to and set some goals they know they can achieve in 2021!