12 Easter Basket Ideas for Your Dog

Let’s face it; your dog is a valuable member of your family. For many, a dog or two is your constant companion. Creating an Easter Basket for your four-legged friend is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday.

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Easter Basket Ideas for Your Dog

  1. New Collar: After the long winter, your dog’s collar may need replacing. Consider a brightly colored one for the warmer months ahead.
  2. Bandana: A new, holiday-themed bandana to wear around on Easter Sunday is the perfect addition to your dog’s basket. When you’re picking out one, grab a couple extra for summer. Bright colors are always fun for the upcoming warmer weather.
  3. Squeaky Toys: A new squeaky toy may annoy you but your dog will love it.
  4. Dog Biscuits: Nutritional value dog biscuits are an ideal snack for your favorite dog to enjoy.
  5. Dog Bones: Dogs love bones. If you are uncertain on the type to buy your favorite four-legged friend, consult your veterinarian.
  6. Dog Treats: A bag of your pup’s favorite dog treats are perfect for the Easter basket. Or feel free to make your own.
  7. Doggie Fashion Wear: Shirts, coats, hats, and even pajamas are all available for your dog to enjoy.
  8. New Ball: A ball or a Frisbee is perfect for playing catch with your pooch. The extra exercise is good for your dog and you.
  9. New Stuffed Toy (Dog Approved): A stuffed bunny or other dog toy is fun for your dog. In many cases, the dog is not really stuffed. But you get the idea.

Okay, these do not technically fit into your dog’s Easter basket but you get the idea.

  1. Visit the Doggie Park: A trip to the doggie park, a hike or a walk is a great way to release energy. The extra exercise will tire your dog (and you) out for a good night sleep.
  2. Attend a Pet-Related Easter Event: Many pet food suppliers or other pet-friendly establishments host Easter community events for dogs. Try something new. Due to COVID restrictions, remember to call ahead to get details of the event and social distancing guidelines.
  3. Photo with the Easter Bunny: Many organizations host Easter Bunny photos for pets as a way to raise funds. As a pet owner, you will get a memorable photo of you and your dog. At the same time, the price of the photo goes to a good cause.

Whatever you do for Easter, take time to cuddle and love your faithful companion.

Random Acts of Kindness Day

Did you know today, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day? Every day people go on with their daily lives with little notice of the world around them. But promoting small Random Acts of Kindness has the potential to positively impact a large number of people.

40 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day

  1. Donate food to a homeless shelter
  2. Bake cookies or other goodies for an elderly neighbor, co-worker, friend, or loved one
  3. Tape quarters on a vending machine
  4. Pay for the vehicle’s meal behind you in line at the drive-thru
  5. Donate clothes or toys to a women’s shelter
  6. Volunteer at a nursing home
  7. Mail cards of encouragement to friends
  8. Send a quick text to someone
  9. Walk a dog at your local shelter or rescue
  10. Make a meal for a family in need
  11. Let someone in front of  you at the checkouts
  12. Use the day to show gratitude instead of complaining
  13. Purchase a movie ticket for the person standing in line behind you
  14. Call an old friend
  15. Send flowers to your child’s teacher
  16. Babysit without charging
  17. Spend time with your grandparents or other elderly relatives
  18. Post a positive review of a local business
  19. Check for a wish list at your local animal rescue and send needed supplies
  20. Hold the door open for someone
  21. Thanks a person for a job well done
  22. Send cards filled with stickers, gift cards, or other small items to your nieces, nephews, or other small children in your life.
  23. Buy a bag a groceries for someone in need
  24. Help a neighbor with yard work
  25. Take a plate of treats to your local police or fire station
  26. Pick up litter at a local park, beach, or other natural areas
  27. Send a care package to a person serving in the military
  28. Make a gift basket for your pastor
  29. Pay someone’s library fees
  30. Pay off a child’s overdue lunch fees
  31. Make a special afterschool treat for your children
  32. Spend some extra time with your dog
  33. Paint small rocks to hide around the community.
  34. Offer to drive someone to a doctor’s appointment
  35. Tip your waiter or waitress above the average amount
  36. Plant a tree in the memory of someone
  37. Make and deliver homemade cards
  38. Read to someone
  39. Purchase a cup of coffee or latte for a random person, co-worker, neighbor, or friend
  40. Engage in self-care

Media bombards you with negative posts and stories daily. Showing Random Acts of Kindness is a small way to spread positive gestures.

Pet Safety on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a festive holiday. Gathering friends and family members together to enjoy a large meal is part of the Thanksgiving tradition. While everyone is busy enjoying the festivities, your pet could be heading for trouble. Large gatherings mean a change in routine for your pets. Keeping pets safe on Thanksgiving requires extra attention to their surroundings.

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe on Thanksgiving

Keeping a close watch on your pet is essential for safety on Thanksgiving. Consider the following areas to help you with pet safety.

The Door

Pets love to greet people at the door. Your dog may enjoy barking and running to see who is coming in the door. When people start arriving, your dog or cat can easily slip out through the open door. Watching the door closely ensures your pet stays inside.

The Kitchen 

During cooking times, your kitchen may be chaotic. Pets love to be near people. Having a pet in the kitchen may cause you to trip. Or you may accidentally spill something hot on your pet. If you unexpectedly drop raw food or other ingredients, your pet may quickly eat the substance, which could cause stomach distress.

The Food

Along with ingesting raw food, overfeeding your pet on ThaThanksgiving can cause stomach issues and more. Thanksgiving is about indulging in a great meal.

  • Limit Food Scrapes:  Thanksgiving is about indulging in a great meal. Limiting food scraps to your dog or cat is essential for your pet’s health. A small piece of boneless, unseasoned turkey is a tasty treat for your pet.
  • No Fat or Seasoned Food: Fatty or seasoned foods can make your pet sick.
  • No Chocolate: Chocolate or other rich desserts are all part of the Thanksgiving feast. But chocolate is toxic to dogs. High doses of chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even death in dogs.

The Trash

Pets are curious. Sniffing out the trash is natural for them. Pulling out wrappings, food pieces, bones, and other substances can cause stomach distress. Keeping the garbage out of reach of pets is necessary to avoid health issues.

The Safe Space

Pets can quickly become overwhelmed with all the people in your household. Allowing your pet to retreat to a crate or safe place will help reduce anxiety. Inform your guests, especially children, the area is off-limits.

Thanksgiving is a festive occasion. Keeping your pet safe during the activities means you will not spend an evening in the vet emergency room.

6 Tips for Adopting a Shelter Dog

Did you know October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month? Millions of dogs (and cats) enter shelters every year. Rescuing a shelter dog is the perfect way to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Keep in mind, shelter dogs may need time to adjust to new living situations. Noisy shelters are a scary place for a dog. Moving to a new home adds to the dog’s anxiety. Consider the following tips to help you with a successful adoption process.

Tips for Successful Shelter Dog Adoption

Before you adopt a shelter dog or any other pets, think. Do you have enough time for your pet? Does your landlord allow animals in your building? Do you have enough money to cover your pet’s expenses? Each question will help you determine the type and size of pet to bring home.

1. Research

One of the best ways to begin the adoption process is research. Learning about different dog breeds will help you find the right dog for your home. Many shelter dogs are mixed breeds. If you have a specific breed in mind, learn about size, weight, temperament and other pertinent information.

2. Take Your Time

Prior to adopting your new shelter dog, prepare your dog’s living space and your entire home.

  • Keep cleaners or other chemicals in a safe place.
  • Place plants out of the dog’s reach.
  • If you plan on keeping your pet out of certain rooms in your house, install baby gates.

3. Dog Necessities

Purchasing the basic supplies will prepare you to bring your new pet home. Remember your new shelter dog’s necessities depend on the size. If you have an idea of your future dog’s size, you may start purchasing the basics.

  • Food and Water Dishes: From small bowls to large self-feeding dishes, you will need one for food and one for water.
  • Leash and Collar: A leash and collar are necessary for walking your dog. The collar should fit properly. A tight fitting collar may cause your dog to choke. A loose fitting one may result in your new dog slipping away from you. When you are not walking your dog on your own private property, doggy cleanup bags are a must.
  • Backyard Fencing: If you are able, fence in a specific area for your dog to play and go potty.
  • Dog Bed: In order to be comfortable, the dog bed needs to be size appropriate.
  • Crate or Kennels: Many dog owners use crates or kennels. Having a kennel set up and ready will ensure a proper routine from the start.
  • Toys: Dogs love to play. Having toys ready will help ease the transition process.

4. Ask Questions

After all the research and preparation, the time is right to find your perfect new four-legged companion. Do not be afraid to ask questions about the dog.

  • Is the dog good with other dogs, cats or children?
  • Do you know the history of the dog?
  • What is the dog’s current food?
  • What is the dog’s energy level?

Every answer will help determine if the dog is right for your household.

5. Bringing Your Pet Home

Your new dog will need time to adjust to unfamiliar surroundings. Allow your dog some time to sniff the house. A new home is intimidating. The adjustment will not happen overnight. Slowly introduce your new dog to others in the household.

6. Vet Appointment

Unfortunately, the shelter may not have a complete background history of your new dog. Taking your pet to the vet is a perfect way to set up a health regiment. Ask your vet about shots, preventive medicines for fleas and ticks, diet suggestions, dog training and any other concerns you may have about your addition. Your vet is a valuable resource.

Adopting a shelter dog is a commitment. However, finding a new fur baby to love and cherish is the best outcome.   

 

 

 

 

6 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween can be a fun time for kids and adults, but keeping your pets safe may require extra precautionary actions. Keep in mind, implementing simple safety measures may actually save your pet’s life.

Protecting Your Pet at Halloween

As a pet owner, you know what is best for your fur baby. The following tips are a guideline to remind you about Halloween pet safety.

1. Keep Halloween Candy in a Safe Place

Halloween candy is not for your furry companions. Keep the bowl or bag of treats up high away from your pets. Prior to Halloween, consider storing the candy in a container with a lid for extra protection. Chocolate and sugar-free candies are toxic to cats and dogs. Even a small piece may have you running your pet to the vet.

2. Use Kennels

When passing out Halloween candy or hosting a party, your pet may accidentally escape out an opened door. Using kennels, crates or closing your pet in another room keeps your pet safe.

  • Protect Trick-or-Treaters: Using a kennels helps protect the trick-or-treaters coming to your door. Costumes may be scary for your pet. Keeping your fur baby away from the door eliminates the possibility of a child being bitten.
  • Pet Protection: Halloween night often leads to pranks and other mischievous situations. Keeping your pet safe in a kennel or other room eliminates the possibility of your pet being stolen from your yard.

3. Identification

Even with the best intentions, pets may squeeze through the smallest opening to go outdoors. Microchipping or name tags will help bring your pet safely back home.

4. Pumpkin and Decoration Safety

Pumpkins are a great decoration for Halloween. An open flame from a candle is a danger to your curious pet. Placing the pumpkins out of reach or using a battery operated candle will help keep your pet safe.

Along with pumpkins, other decorations may put your pet at risk. Dangling ghosts, flying witches, or cobwebs are all part of Halloween fun. Keeping the decorations up in the air out of your pet’s reach is necessary to avoid harm.

5. Glow Sticks

Glow sticks are a fun accessory for Halloween. The plastic or the inner liquid may have an unwanted effect on your pet.

6. Pet Dress Up

Dressing up your cat or dog in a costume may be fun for you at Halloween. Just remember your pet’s safety and overall well-being.

  • Proper Fit: The costume must be size appropriate. For example, a tight-fitting costume may result in difficulty breathing. A larger one may cause the inability to walk properly.
  • Avoid Stress: Many pets simply do not feel at ease in Halloween costumes or other outfits. If you notice your pet is uncomfortable, removing the costume is a priority.
  • Avoid Choking Hazards: Check your pet’s Halloween costume for potential dangers. Buttons, jewelry or other costume accessories may scratch your pet. Increasing the chance of choking, many pets may attempt to chew or scratch off the pieces of the costume.
  • Keep the Costume Simple: Hats, wigs, helmets or other heavy feeling accessories may cause your pet to panic. Keeping the costume simple and lightweight will help make your pet more comfortable.

Pets are a wonderful addition to the family. Keeping your furry legged companion safe at Halloween may require extra planning.