VISIT SANTA’S HQ FOR HEALTHY PETS!

If you want the most clever gifts for all the pet lovers on your list, Animal Connection is the place to be! You’ll find clever presents for pet lovers like tough toys made from natural fibers, warm bedding, hand crafted dog coats and knitted sweaters. Dogs and cats will just love our huge assortment of yummy treats like biscuits, training treats, jerky and our signature “woof” big bones are a big hit. We’ve been scouting regional farmer’s markets and have brought in many new brands of local favorites! We also feature bones and chews that come from grass fed, antibiotic free animals. We even grain-free choices for pets with allergies. So whether they’re naughty or nice, come see us and we’ll make your holiday shopping a breeze.

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

CONGRATULATIONS TO BRIAN CARR – the lucky winner of our $500 gift certificate, which we know his cat Ramses will surely enjoy. Merry Christmas Brian!

RESCUE PET FUND IS GOING STRONG!  If you haven’t donated yet, you still have time before Christmas! We are accepting donations of products or monetary gifts for the pet rescue group of your choice – we are MATCHING each gift so your donation goes a long way.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS  We’ll be open Christmas Eve for last minute shoppers until 3:00 p.m. We will be closed both Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26th). On New Year’s Eve, we’ll close early around 4:00 p.m. and of course, be closed New Year’s Day. **Please note, if you usually get special frozen food orders, do let us know well in advance because our delivery schedule also changes!

HEALTHIER HOLIDAY MEALS FOR PETS

It may be tempting to make a plate of yummy leftovers for your pets. But that treat of a lifetime might be unhealthy or even dangerous for your pet. Turkey meat (no skin) or plain veggies are ok in small amounts, if your pet is already used to eating a variety of foods but don’t overwhelm them with a bunch of new things all at once.  These are definite no-nos: onions, chocolate, grapes, gravy, raisins, foods containing xlitol/sugar substitute, macadamia nuts and anything containing alcohol. If you pet is accustomed to home cooked food, you know what they have done well with in the past. But don’t forget that many holiday recipes have extra calories and ingredients so please be careful. We are well stocked with many turkey, sweet potato or pumpkin treats your pets are sure to love. And healthy chews and toys for great entertainment for when those relatives take over your house. Or they make an unbeatable hostess gift if you are visiting friends with pets!

DOG WEAR IS HERE!

Just in time for cooler weather, our big shipment of dog wear has arrived! Choose from horse blanket type coats, fleeced coats, water repellant coats, hand knit sweaters and even lighter weights to wear indoors for a little extra warmth. The most fashionable plaids, stripes, patterns and a beautiful array of bright solid colors too. All sizes now in stock. We do custom coats for hard to fit breeds like deep chested sight hounds, stocky bulldog breeds and low to the ground dogs like dachshunds. Bring your dog to get fitted by our style experts! Or if you are not bringing your dog, make sure you know their neck size, back length and girth measurement, so we can get exactly the right fit for your dog.

Stock Up on High Visibility Apparel!

When the days are getting shorter, your dogs should wear reflective vests, leads and collars for their early morning and after work walks. Cats too should have high visibility collars to be seen in the dark. We have reflective wear in stock, including rechargeable LED options. Also, if you are in an rural area where hunting is allowed, please make sure all your pets (as well as horses and people) wear blaze orange gear so they’ll be safe.

Fall is here – are your pets ready?

Here’s some tips to make seasonal transitions easier for your pets! Now’s the time to change up the proteins to warming meats like beef, duck and venison and add veggies like carrots, parsnips, and darker greens. If you’ve turned on the heat in your home, start adding fish oil to the diet to keep their skin supple. Hair is already getting thicker so bring your dog in so we can de-shed the old hair to make room for the new. And as you’re putting your garden to bed for the season, make sure your pets don’t eat the compost. Especially apple cores and pumpkin seeds, which never work out well for their digestion (or your carpet, yuk).

Seasonal Allergy Solutions For Pets!

Now’s the time to boost your dog or cat’s immune system so their body can fight fall allergies! Summer’s getting ready to leave us… and weeds, grasses and leaves are already dying back. Pair that with the unusually wet summer and you’ve got mold and allergens in the air! Our experience has found that when pets don’t get enough good quality protein in their diet, their skin becomes “thinner,” and allows allergens to enter their body more readily, which leads to scratchy, itchy skin, hot spots, teary eyes or coughing. We can help by recommending higher protein foods, a good quality enzyme supplement and herbs we’ve specially selected to bring your pet’s immune system back into balance. Don’t forget, protein needs change with the seasons too! Come by the store and we’ll get your pets ready for fall!

NEW Foods and a Sale from The Honest Kitchen!

Introducing Marvel (turkey and parsnip) and Brave (whitefish and coconut) from The Honest Kitchen! And to celebrate, you’ll receive $10 OFF a four pound box or $15 OFF a ten pound box on ANY variety you choose! No kidding! No limits on how many boxes you want!

The Difference Between a Lead…and a Leash…and Why It Matters!

Although we have many kinds of dog walking gear… we go back to what the noted trainer Wendy Volhard teaches… you “lead” your dog with a lead, your dog leads you with a “leash” — a leash just connects him to you but he is in control. Many people choose harnesses and extending leads because it does involve training and they are relying on apparatus to bypass the job of our becoming the leader of our pack. If you are using an extending lead and your dog bolts, there is no way you can bring him back to you quickly without burning your hands on the belt. Worse yet, if he pulls the handle out of your hands then you have a dog galloping out of control, possibly scared by the bouncing leash behind him. We suggest that to teach your dog early on, whether a puppy or an older adopted dog, to walk quietly and in control, preferably on a loose rein, using a European lead (lead and collar all in one). You can easily correct a puller before he sets into pull-mode and reward him by no pressure and a loose lead when he happily walks with you. For info on how to do this method, give us a call and we’ll be glad to help you become a more effective pack leader!

Is Your Dog Acting Like a Scardy Cat This Summer?

Thunderstorms, fireworks, a house full of relatives, travel, and boarding kennels… any of these make a summer vacation stressful for your dogs and cats.. and for you too! Fear not, we have great solutions for a peaceful summer! HomeoPet’s “Storm Stress” and “Travel Anxiety” are safe for all ages and can be used in combination with other products, like Young Living Essential Oils “Peace and Calming,” Green Dog Naturals “Complete Calm” or Bach Flowers “Rescue Remedy,” just to name a few. In some cases, we recommend combinations of these remedies and make custom blends to resolve unusual situations. Thundershirts are also a great solution and available in sizes to fit any pet and work even better when you apply the essential oils to them.. like a big hug with lavender accents! Come to the store, tell us what’s going on with your pet, and we’ll find just the right solution to help you get through the season with ease.