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.
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/
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!
Animal Connnection went right to the business of helping others as soon as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit the shores. We have dog trainer friends in the Dallas area who were able to get a large trailer and fill it with things that people and their pets need during this time of extreme crisis. We also sent funds to Florida to purchase food and supplies for dogs and cats in the shelters. We are still accepting donations to help those in need. If you want to participate, please come by the store. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
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.
Many pets start getting anxious about thunderstorms hours before they actually happen. Changes in atmospheric pressure, the smell of rain coming in, wind, humidity and that electric feeling happens well in advance of most storms and dogs are extremely sensitive to those changes. We strongly recommend having a flower essence like Rescue Remedy or Green Hope’s Anxiety in their water or in their mouth the minute you hear the morning’s weather forecast for storms, because by the time you’ve heard the thunder yourself, they’ve had plenty of time to get themselves worked up. Some pets get so scared, it’s a good idea to keep it in their water daily to take off the edge. Flower essences are totally safe and you can’t do them wrong. We also have very effective homeopathic remedies and essential oils which we sometimes will use in combination depending on how severe the anxiety presents itself in your pet. So if your dog is acting like a scardey cat, better come see us and we’ll select just the right thing to help your pet!
If you’re lucky enough to spend your work day with your dog, this event is for you! Send in your photos of “what your dog does at work” June 19-23. The winner will be announced Friday, June 23 and will receive a $100 Gift Certificate and a briefcase of goodies to enjoy at your workplace! There will be a special prize for the “dog who looks the most like his person,” too! Entries can be submitted by email (TalkToUs@animalconnectionVA.com) or on our Facebook page.
Do you shop for your family pets at the farmer’s market? We do… and you should too… it’s so easy to make fresh organic meals or food toppers your dogs and cats will just love! Downtown Charlottesville, Meade Park, Crozet, Nelson and Stonefield markets have a great selection of fresh meats and veggies. Get shopping…. then come see us and we’ll show you how to balance your recipes for the perfect pet meals. We also have signed copies of Dr. Judy Morgan DVM’s book “What’s For Dinner Dexter,” a great resource of recipes and holistic pet info you’ll want to know about. Plus lots of yummy dog and kitty treats for sale!
Join us for a neighborhood play date with your dog at CROZET’S NEW OFF LEAD DOG PARK on Sunday, June 25th from 2-4. Your dogs will enjoy amazing treats and play with some very fun toys. Plus there will be refreshments while you’re mingling with old and new friends. We’ll have tables of info from Animal Connection, Animal Wellness Center, Countryside Grooming and local dog walkers, pet sitters and other services you’ll want to know about. Weather related decisions will be posted on our Facebook page by 1:00 pm if thunderstorms are in the forecast. Other Yappy Hours are currently scheduled for August and September (not July, too hot for the dogs). Dates and times will be advertised in the Crozet Gazette, on our Facebook and on this web page. Hope to see ya’ll there!