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DOG FEST & HOWL-O-WEEN COSTUME CONTEST!

Our annual event celebrating all things dog! Dog Fest is Sunday, October 29 from 12-5 pm at IX Art Park. The Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest judging begins at 2 pm on the stage with pawsome prizes. Over 40 booths with fun pet products and services including treats, foods, goody bags… info from trainers, walkers, pet sitters, vets, therapists… and 14 of your local favorite rescue groups will be there with adoptable dogs! For a complete list of vendors and rescues, please visit our Facebook event page.

DRINK BEER AND HELP DOGS?

Enjoy a pint of our Big Dog Blonde Ale at Three Notch’d Brewery — $1 from every pint sold will be donated to help our local pet rescues! It will be tapped at the brew pub at Ix Art Park on October 15th and will be available until the end of the month. If you want to see the brewing process (complete with bloopers) please enjoy this video:  http://charlottesville.scoutology.com/animal-connection-and-three-notchd-brewing-company-collaborate-on-big-dog-blonde-ale/

FALL’S HERE – SO ARE NEW PET PRODUCTS!

Shorter days mean less visibility – keep your pets safe with our Nite Ize lighted and reflective tags and collars. Hunting season begins soon –  good fitting reflective vests for dogs who run in the woods are a must. Fleas and ticks are still out until the first frost – keep up with their protective sprays. On these cooler mornings, short haired dogs are a chilly – our lightweight fleece sweaters keep them warm! Our colder weather dog wear is here – come in and get your pet fitted for the season!

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.