MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR “DOG FEST” — CHARLOTTESVILLE’S MOST FUN PET EVENT!

DOG FEST IS COMING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29th and moving to IX ART PARK! Get your costumes ready for a pawsome Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest! Booths by your favorite local pet businesses! Great food! Lots of rescue pets! And a special microbrew collaboration from Three Notch’d Brewery! It’s fun for the entire family so make sure it’s on your calendar!

HOW TO HELP HURRICANE HARVEY PETS

Animal Connnection went right to the business of helping others as soon as Hurricane Harvey hit the shores. We have dog training friends in the Dallas area who were able to get a large trailer and fill it with things that people and their pets were going to need during this time of extreme crisis. Our donation was able to purchase food and supplies for dogs and cats in the Houston shelters. We are collecting for a second delivery of goods. If you want to participate, please come by the store and your dollars will go directly to product we know they need.

OUR SUMMER PET FOOD DRIVE WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!

We just completed our summer pet food drive for the dogs and cats who reside at Caring For Creatures in Palmyra, Virginia. An unbelievable 4,000 lbs. of kibble was donated by Robert Downey, the owner of Annamaet Pet Foods! WOW! Combine that with 24 lbs. of Cloud Star “Wag More” biscuits, a couple hundred canned foods plus some big bags of cat litter and it was a great effort by our customers and our suppliers. We are honored to be able to use our relationships from our fifteen years in the business to help others in need.

BRUSH UP ON YOUR PET’S DENTAL HEALTH!

February is dental month for pets! And, the best products for better dental health are better foods! Great choices like our raw, dehydrated, or freeze dried foods or higher protein kibbles don’t have the useless carbs and sugars that allow tartar or yeast to develop, which then causes bad breath, gingivitis and tooth decay. Stock up on digestive enzyme products, like Leba III Spray, ProDen Plaque Off, Indigenous Dental Bones or Willard Water. These products are extremely helpful and easy to use. Plus we offer a great selection of toothbrushes and toothpaste and we’ll be happy to show you how to get your pet used to regular brushing. Don’t forget, teeth brushing is included at no charge when we groom your dogs or cats! Here’s to great smiles for all your pets!

TIME TO SWITCH TO “COLD WEATHER PROTEINS”

We’re big believers in changing your pet’s food choices along with the seasons. With the cold winter months, it’s time to try warming proteins like chicken, pheasant, venison, trout and lamb. They’ll help create inner warmth they’ll need for extra energy now through March. If their joints are a little stiff and sore especially on these cool damp mornings, add a little tumeric to their diet to help keep them flexible and supple. If you are feeding our higher protein kibbles, like Orijen or Acana, we recommend a little warm water or bone broth, not only for the extra liquid intake, but to keep their tummy’s warm! You can always warm up any of our frozen or dehydrated food options to make they extra yummy, too.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about cold weather proteins.

OUR TIPS TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE ON NEW YEAR’S EVE!

New Year’s Eve is a big night for fireworks and parties, which can be scary for your pets. Keep your pets indoors and create a calming environment with soft music. Put some Young Living essential oils, like Lavender or Peace & Calming on a cotton ball and put it gently in their ear or stoke it on their chest and back for soothing aromatherapy. Add our Bach Flowers “Rescue Remedy” to their drinking water or on a treat for natural stress relief. Provide a Kong toy filled with their favorite treat or a No-Hide chew to detract them from the noise. And especially make sure your pets are microchipped and/or wearing identification tags in case they get loose, panic and become lost. We’ll be open New Year’s Eve until 3pm and can help you… and your pets… have a safe holiday!

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR DOGS & CATS!

Nothing’s more fun than giving your friends and family a gift for their pets! Beautiful hand-painted ornaments in a wide range of breeds. Our own decorated holiday treats perfect for stuffing their stockings. All sorts of toys for big and small dogs. Crazy catnip fun for cats. Warm bedding, “cozy caves”, Buddha bags and crate mats in fun colors and soft fabrics. Stylish apparel, from collars to sweaters to cold weather coats. “Grab and Go” Good Dog Buckets, filled with treats, toys and surprises. Can’t decide? A gift certificate is always welcome. If you need suggestions, please call us! We’ve got our elf ears on and glad to help!

WINTER WARMERS FOR LOCAL PET RESCUES

That cold weather is coming soon and our smaller, local pet adoption groups could sure use some winter warmers for the dogs. Now through December 31, when you buy any coat or sweater to be donated to a rescue dog, you’ll receive both 20% OFF on that item plus 20% OFF on one for your own dog. We’ll deliver them to your choice of Caring For Creatures, Peaceful Passings, Animal Connections or Green Dogs Rescue.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL IS AN ADJUSTMENT FOR YOUR FAMILY PETS TOO!

Summer’s great for pets – extra play time, fun vacations, lots of attention from the kids. But when school starts, a different family schedule can cause some anxiety, restlessness and neediness.  Even the sense of responsibility a dog has for looking after kids can cause behavior changes, especially if the he’s not sure why his “best friend” has left him at home. To make this adjustment easier, try out your new pet schedule before your kids go back to school. Plan play activities, walks and meals at the time your kids might be either going to or coming home from school. If you’re planning dog day care during the week, take them a few times now to get them oriented. Plan fun activities for the evenings and weekends that include your dogs. Remember, when your kids go away to school, it affects your animals too. We have many products that will help your pets deal with with separation anxiety and sadness from missing the kids.

SUMMER GROOMING TIPS FOR PETS

From our ace groomer, Reba… KEEP EARS CLEAN –  Get rid of bacteria from lakes and streams with our essential oil ear cleaners. DON’T SHAVE DOUBLE COATED BREEDS – the coat keeps them cool and protects them from intense sunlight, we’ll de-shed or thin their coat for you instead. TAKE CARE OF FEET – Keep nails short so they walk on their pads and don’t break their nails. We do nail care on a walk-in basis. Pads need moisturizing during hot weather so come see us for paw products. BRUSH THAT COAT -Brush, de-shed and comb out at least 2-3 times a week so they don’t mat. If they get wet, brush them out right away so they don’t tangle. COME SEE US FOR GROOMING – We offer in-store and mobile service but we fill up quickly so don’t wait to make your appointment for your dog or cat!