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Keeping Pets Calm During Holidays and Travel E-mail

Anxiety is one of the most common issues we face with ourselves and our pets at any time of year, but nerves seem to become even more strained during the holidays. Here are some tips for keeping pets calm and people safe during the busiest time of the year.

 

Remember that calming pets is not a “one size fits all”. Some animals will react very favorably to certain remedies, while others will react poorly. Patience will be your strongest weapon as pets adjust to, and learn to trust, their new environment. Never give up on a pet – we have yet to see a case that can’t be resolved with some ingenuity and hard work.

 

Giving your pets an option to leave a crowded room is one of the most important things you can do. It may be beneficial to even keep pets in a quiet room until things quiet down (which has the added benefit of making sure no one accidentally lets them escape during a party. Whatever you do, the safety of your pets and guests should be a top concern.


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The ClickIt Utility Harness: Crash-tested for pets E-mail

There was a time in my life when I just loaded my dogs in the back of my SUV (and worse, the back of my pickup truck). Like many people, I didn’t know back then the danger my actions put my pets in until I was in an accident and I had 200+ lbs of dog propelled towards the front of the vehicle. Luckily, no one was injured, but it was a big wake up call for me...

Its happening less frequently, but it still occurs: people placing their small dogs on their lap while they drive (pardon the graphic image, but that action essentially turns your dog into an airbag), letting their pets crowd to the front of the car in an effort to reach the front seat (creating a HUGE distraction for drivers) and allowing their pets to wander in the back of pickups and SUVs (which can propel them forward towards you and the window at outrageous speeds if you have to stop quickly).

Over the years, we’ve all become more aware of the importance of keeping our pets safe while traveling. But, we’re all still on a learning curve when it comes to selecting the safest harnesses, crates and other travel gear.

Fortunately, we have some companies taking the lead on crash testing and safety while on the road. At no time is that more important than during the holidays. SleepyPod is one of those companies...


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2014 Holiday Gift List for Cats & Their People E-mail

We know you want the best gifts for your pampered felines, so we created a short list of our favorite cat products from 2014.We also included a few things we know your cat-loving humans will enjoy as well!

Be sure to check out the many special offers we've arranged so you can benefit from free shipping and some huge savings on products - without ever leaving your home.

Our goal is to keep everyone safe at home with their beloved pets this year. If you do travel, make sure your pets are either with you or safe and warm at home or in a reputable boarding facility. For those who will be spending the holiday shopping, here are our holiday picks for cats (and their people)...


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My Dogs Ate Your Elf on a Shelf E-mail

I’m sure this post will strike fear into the hearts of Elf on the Shelf fans everywhere. It will probably give little kids nightmares and send shelf elves scurrying home to the North Pole forever. But you know I had to write it…

If you’re not familiar with the concept of Elf on a Shelf, (and as an animal lover who doesn’t allow impish elves to lie idly around the house, you may not), allow me to enlighten you. 

Elf on a Shelf was invented as a way to make human kids behave during the holiday season. All it does for animal lovers is create another mess to clean up, but that’s another story.

As the story goes, the Elf on the Shelf is a family’s “personal elf” sent by Santa himself to keep an eye on the family’s behavior during the holiday season. Each night from Thanksgiving to Christmas, the elf reports back to Santa with either a good or a bad progress report. He does this through magic. If you touch the elf, it loses its magic and therefore can’t report to Santa, which is very bad. If you don’t touch the elf, and he successfully reports back to the toy man, you get a good stash of holiday goodies. The Elf on the Shelf also determines whether you make it onto the “naughty” or the “nice” list. If you’re nice, you’re in the clear. If you’re naughty, no gifts for you. And Elf sees everything.....

When I was growing up, we had something similar - but we called it “coal in the stocking” and in cases of severe trouble, we had “wait until your dad gets home.” I guess kids don’t have that anymore. Instead they have magical elves silently judging them.


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2014 Holiday Gift List for Dogs & Their People E-mail

We love the holidays! This is the time of good will, great products and cool weather. We've had an entire year to choose our picks for the holiday season. These are a few of our favorite items that we know you and your "big dogs" will love. From outerwear to rugged toys, especially for the "big dog" in the world.

This year, we’re focusing on keeping pets warm and entertained during Snowmageddon. So, without further ado, here are our holiday picks for 2014.


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