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A Christmas puppy?

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when you start hearing all of the cautions about not getting a puppy for Christmas. And that’s good advice. It’s hard to introduce a new pet into the household during the holidays. If you think this time of year is stressful for humans, just think how you would feel as a puppy coming into a new household.

Yet, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, 53 percent of American pets are acquired during the holidays. So, obviously, someone is ignoring the advice.

Before you bring that puppy home consider carefully:

Christmas Puppy * Puppies cost more than the purchase price. Even if you are getting a “free” puppy, your new pet will cost you in vet care, license fees, dog food, toys, and so many other ways. It is not cheap to keep a pet. Many pets are being surrendered to animal shelters right now because people can’t afford to keep them in this economy. Can you really afford to get a puppy right now?

* How about the rest of the family? Are they all on board with the idea of a new puppy? A puppy affects every single person in the family. When he eats your husband’s shoe, you will hear about it. Is everyone in favor of getting a puppy?

* Do you have the time to commit to a new puppy? Not only will your puppy live for the next 10, 12, maybe even 15 years, but for the first few months he will need an intense time commitment from you to learn housetraining and good manners. Otherwise he may develop behavioral problems. Do you have the time it takes to train a puppy?

While some shelters and organizations have said they will not adopt any pets during the holidays (which puts these animals at risk of being euthanized), Iams pet food has taken a more proactive approach. I suppose they figure that if people are going to get a pet during the holidays anyway, they should encourage them to adopt. Iams is sponsoring the Home 4 The Holidays adoption event. They are hoping to help get one million pets adopted this holiday season.

Last year they helped get 491,612 animals adopted during this time, so they have raised their goal considerably, but it seems like a worthy project. There is information on their Web site about adopting a pet, donating to the program, volunteering, and for shelters.

So, if you still want that puppy for Christmas, and you are in a position to get one, financially, with your family, and time-wise, perhaps you should check out Home 4 The Holidays. Or, go down to your local shelter and see if they have a nice dog available that might suit you.

The most important thing is that you have thought through getting a puppy. No impulse decisions. You don’t want to get a sweet (or wild) puppy and have to take him back to the shelter in a few days or weeks. That’s not fair to the puppy. Consider carefully before you get that puppy for Christmas.

December 24, 2008 Posted by | General | , , , | 1 Comment

*NEW* DaLuxe Martingale Collars

I am excited to introduce the brand new line of Greyt Inspirations martingale collars. “DaLuxe” martingale collars are perfect for your high-fashion pampered pooch! Layered and glamorous, everyone will be asking where you purchased such a trendy new accessory!

The “DaLuxe” line has five designs: Red Lace, BW Lace, Camo Lace, Black Animal, Brown Animal, Black X, Turquoise and White Christmas. Available in Med-XL with 1 1/2″ or 2″ widths. Spoil your pet today with a must-have fall accessory!

Click here to view the entire “DaLuxe” line!

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Business | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas – Make it a Happy Holiday for Your Dog

Make the holidays as enjoyable for your dog as they are for the rest of your family.

1. Walk the dog
You both will benefit from the exercise and bonding. If your home is a beehive of activity and strangers, exercise is a good way to burn off the excess energy and stress your dog may be experiencing.

Only walk in the daylight only when it’s not snowing or sleeting so that you can see the sidewalk to avoid icy patches.

A warm coat and boots are desirable for toy breeds and older dogs.

Keep the weather in mind. Judge the length of time spent on the walk, depending on how cold it is. If the temperature is below freezing, find an indoor activity instead.

2. Beware the salt
Not just on your table but on your sidewalks and streets. If you don’t use doggy boots, be sure to wash your dog’s paws off in a bowl of warm water when you return home from your walk, the salt from the road can be uncomfortable for your dog. This also will melt any snow or ice he has trapped in his paws. Be sure to dry thoroughly. 

3. Protect your Christmas tree and its decorations from your dog and visa versa
Many dogs love to chew strings, like electrical cords for lights. They also love gift-wrapped packages. Don’t leave your dog (or a visitors dog) unsupervised near your tree especially if there is chocolate or food in any of the gifts. Dogs can smell chocolate or food through wrapping, plastic and packaging.

4. Sweep up fallen debris
Evergreen and pine needles can get caught in a dog’s paws. Tinsel, ribbon and wrapping can cause choking.

5. Make sure Santa, not your dog, gets the Santa treats
If you have small children who leave milk and cookies for Santa, make sure you don’t leave your dog alone in the room with the treats. Not only will your children be disappointed, but sugar, chocolate and milk are not good for dogs.

6. Keep a lid on trash bins
What dog could resist the wonderful smells coming a trash can? Don’t let your dog help himself to bones, fats and other foods that may be bad for him. If you use plastic bags, use a plastic tie to keep them closed or better yet, remove the temptation.

7. Keep plants off limits
Do not leave holly, mistletoe and yew plants at floor level. These can look like an after-dinner desert to your dog and many plants can cause stomach upset and even serious injury. Keep plants out of reach of your dog.

8. Use familiar bedding
If you travel with your dog, take along his bed and/or blanket, that will help him feel secure and more comfortable. Ask any of your guests who are bringing their pets to bring their bedding as well.

9. Examine your dog’s toys
Use December to examine your dogs toys for wear and tear. Discard toys that have been chewed and ripped and have parts that could come off and get caught in your dog’s throat or stomach. It’s also a good idea to take a familiar toy for your dog if you travel over the holidays.

10. Find a quiet place
Have a safe room for your dog. Many dogs, especially older dogs, do not like to be in the center of the commotion all day long. Be sure to have a quiet place where your dog can be alone. If you travel with your dog, find an area where you can put his blanket or mattress out of the way. If you have a crate or carrier that your dog is familiar with, it may be a good idea to bring that along so that your dog can spend his/her quiet time there.

11. Watch those calories
It’s understandable that you would like to fix a special Christmas meal for your best friend, but don’t forget the calorie count or foods that are toxic to your pet. Also, don’t let well-meaning family or friends give your dog human food. The salt, fat and spices could upset your dog’s digestive system.

12. Share your dog’s good fortunate with others
If your dog gets toys or treats he doesn’t want or can’t use, consider donating them to your local dog shelter or a rescue group rather than returning them. If you had to travel without your dog and miss your canine companionship, see if a local shelter could use your help walking or playing with some dogs.

December 4, 2007 Posted by | General | , , , | 1 Comment

Buying Handmade

I know, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love unique! The best way to get unique is to buy handmade. The majority of my purchases these days is “handmade” items from small businesses – online or not. As a bonus, in my small way, I love to help small businesses to survive.

One of my most favorite places for online shopping is Etsy. Etsy has a huge variety of products and stores to choose from. I have done a good part of my Christmas shopping this year on Etsy, buying handmade. I also like the fact that I am helping these small business to survive. And a big bonus is that it is a quality item and usually unique.  I try to promote “handmade” as much as possible and is a great place to find handmade products (I am not affiliated with Etsy, it is just an online shopping site that I love to visit and shop).

November 28, 2007 Posted by | General | , , | Leave a comment