CONGRATS TO OUR “EASTMINSTER” DOG SHOW WINNERS! YOU’RE ALL STARS!

Wednesday, May 17 found Animal Connection and a whole pack of dogs and families at the Keswick Hunt Club for our annual fun dog show. Hundreds of spectators enjoyed watching the dogs and when we passed the hat for donations to the Charlottesville SPCA, it was full of generous contributions. It was hard for the judges to make decisions from so many great entries, but here’s a list of our winners. Beginner’s Agility – Luna, Jordan Atwell Purcell. Costume Class – “The Hungry Catepillar,” Maizey and Madeline Stone. Musical Chairs – Lizzy and Serah Montminy. Family Class – “The Dachsunds” a joint entry by the Matheson and Mascotte family. Best Rescue and Best In Show, Lizzy and Serah Montminy. (Note: Get your costumes ready for Dog Fest, Sunday, October 29 – this year bigger and better at Ix Art Park!)

DOES YOUR PET SUFFER FROM SEASONAL ALLERGIES?

Flowers, weeds, grasses, leaves… and that yellow pollen is in the air. Your pet may already be showing signs of discomfort, including scratching, itching, inflammation, red skin, teary eyes… and we’re here to help! We strongly recommend feeding a raw or gently cooked diet of whitefish or pork and dark, leafy green vegetables to support the immune system during this season. These cooling proteins and vegetables lower the “heat’ in the body, reduces the inflammation, and strengthens the immune system. For more relief, pair our Spring diet selections with our Quercetin supplements — noted holistic experts (like blogger, Rodney Habib) call quercetin “nature’s Benedryl.” It has anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties designed for quick relief. It’s easy to give your pet in a tablet or soft chew and it does the trick. So fear the great outdoors no more! We’re here to help!

FLEAS, TICKS & SKEETERS… OH MY!!!!

With the warmer temps come all the insect critters. We’re fully stocked with shampoos, sprays, diatomaceous earth, essential oils, herbal collars and monthly spot-ons that are safe for your dog and for your family, and made in the USA! From noted holistic vet, Dr. Peter Dobias DVM, here are “Eight Steps To Choosing A Safe Flea Product For Your Dog” (for the full blog article, please visit peterdobias.com for this and other great information)

  1. Choose a topical product over oral treatment
  2. Choose a residual wash or and spray product used together over a highly concentrated spot treatment that absorbs and stays in the body for a month
  3. Choose a natural product over chemical ones
  4. Read reviews of other dog lovers before you purchase a new product
  5. Pick a product that is not preserved with artificial chemicals
  6. Go with brands not manufactured in China to avoid poor quality or tainted ingredients
  7. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website to see if there are any reports of fatalities related to the product. If there are reported fatalities, do not risk your dog’s life by using such product.
  8. Go for a product that is guaranteed to work so you do not waste your money and can help your dog promptly.             (and we’ll add 9.) If the product says “use gloves to apply” you can bet you won’t want it around your children or on your pet. So, come see us for better choices that really work!

“NEARLY END OF SEASON” SALE ON WINTER DOG WEAR!

It might be in the 60s in Virginia, but the Almanac says to watch for late February-early March snow and ice. Come in now for 20% OFF DOG WEAR, including Foggy Mountain, Pendleton, Teckle dog coats or Chilly Dog and Fab Dog woolen sweaters. Be prepared!

STOCK UP ON WINTER WARMERS!

Winter is officially here. Make sure you’re prepared with Safe Paw Ice Melt for slippery icy walkways at your home. Try our Musher’s Secret Paw Conditioner, to keep their pads soft and nourished and protected from ice melt chemicals on the roads. We are stocked with warm sweaters, waterproof coats and all weather gear. And for those cold nights, they’ll love our Cozy Cave fleeces and warm Pendleton beds. Don’t wait until Old Man Winter sends our first blizzard, come see us today!

HOLIDAY PARTY FOR PETS!

Join us Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 for the most fun holiday party for dogs and cats! REGISTER TO WIN a $500 Gift Certificate. Take home a FREE GOODY BAG filled with yummy treats and surprises. Enjoy holiday cheer and refreshments while you’re shopping for “SANTA SALE SPECIALS” all over the store. PET & FAMILY PHOTOS by photographer, Theresa N. White will be available Saturday only, sittings by reservation.

NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR HOLIDAY PHOTOS

We’ll be hosting photographer, Theresa N. White at our store on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 — bring your dogs, cats, kids… the whole family for holiday fun! The sitting fee is $25 and 20% goes to benefit Caring For Creatures pet rescue in Palmyra, Virginia! Photos will be available online so you can quickly order your own prints, postcards and gifts from your digital files. Theresa will have a big variety of holiday, winter and traditional backdrops, accessories, props on hand and her creative eye will help make your photographic memories a cherished gift. To reserve your sitting appointment, please call the store. Don’t wait, spaces are limited and will fill quickly.

Join us for The Animal Connection’s 15th Anniversary Celebration! Saturday, October 29th from 9 – 4 pm

We’d like to thank the Charlottesville pet community for your many years of loyal support. So join us for a day of fun and special surprises!  We’ll have FREE TREATS, GOODY BAGS and REFRESHMENTS for all our friends. REGISTER TO WIN $100 GIFT CARD. Visit with our SPECIAL GUESTS from 1 – 4 pm…. Pet Portrait Illustrator, Jennet Inglis… Pet Photographer, Theresa White… Animal Communicator and Author, Rosalyn Berne. And a very special presentation by Mary Birkholz, founder of Caring for Creatures about how to adopt a rescue pet into your family. You’ll also be able to visit with friendly CFC pets who are looking for good homes. Please don’t miss this special celebration!

Dog Fest & Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest is Sunday, October 30 from 1 – 4 pm at the Darden Towe Off-Lead Dog Park & Picnic Area

Meet local pet businesses – visit with area pet lovers – or take home a rescue pet! Costume Contest begins at 2pm. with prizes for dogs, kids, theme and rescue groups. Free treats, goodie bags, raffle baskets, pet photos. Refreshments available. Sponsored by Animal Connection, Rovers Recess, Pampered Pets, Autumn Trails Veterinary Center, Canine Adventures and Old Dominion Animal Hospital (plus 20 more pet friendly vendors) Note: all dogs must be on a leash and good with other dogs. If weather related decisions are necessary, please check our Facebook page for updates.

NEW! LONGER WEEKDAY HOURS! AND SUNDAY HOURS!

Due to popular request, we’re extending our hours! Beginning September 6th, our new hours will be: WEEKDAYS from 10 am  – 6 pm. SATURDAY from 9 am – 4 pm and introducing SUNDAY AFTERNOONS from 1 – 4 pm! We hope this new schedule will give everyone the shopping opportunity they’re looking for. But, as always, if you have special needs that don’t fit the schedule, please contact us and we’ll try to help. We’re going to do some special events on Sunday afternoons this fall, so stay tuned to our Facebook page and this web site for all the scoop.