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Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This St Patrick’s Day

 

 

 

The winter cold is slowly turning warm and blooms are starting to appear. That means spring is near. But first we must celebrate the great Irish holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. A fun filled day full of drinking green beer and eating traditional foods like corned beef, cabbage and sauerkraut. However, for our pets it may not be such a jovial occasion. Between intoxicated adults, loud atmospheres and tons of food, there are a lot of things that could spell trouble for your pets.

Safety Tips You Need to Know 

  • No matter what you do, DO NOT give your pet an alcoholic beverage. Green beer could peak their interest even more, so make sure to keep it far from their reach. 
  • Keep holiday foods away from your pets. Our foods, laden with butter and salt can end up in disastrous digestive issues for your pet. This is true for corned beef as well. The excess sodium in the meat is not good for them.
  • It’s often best to leave your pet at home if you’re heading to a crowded bar or a parade. They may get anxious or spooked by all the commotion.
  • If children will be attending make sure your pet is respected and put them in a safe quiet room as needed.
  • Having a party at home?  Make sure you dog is safe from escaping when friends come in and out of the house. Have ID tags updated in case they do get out.
  • Dress up with caution. Never leave them unattended in a costume, especially one with a chin strap or necklace. And never dye their hair, they can lick it off which could be toxic for them.

St. Patrick’s Day Treats Your Pet Can Eat

Cabbage: It is a nutritious treat for your pup and provides them with vitamins and minerals. Just make sure to give it to them before you add tons of sodium (broth, salt, bacon) and bacon. Boiled cabbage is the best since it’s cooked with less butter.

Shamrock Treats: These delicious little shamrock shaped treats are even better because they aren’t colored with dye. They use green peas on top to add a pop of color. Get the recipe here!

Doggy Fro-Yo: Made with all natural Greek yogurt, this treat is not only delicious, it’s great for your dog too! Get the recipe here!

Traditional Pot Roast: This one pot meal is perfect for you and your dog. This special stew is tailored especially for your dog to enjoy with you. If you desire more spices, just add them in to your own bowl. Get the recipe here!

 

There is plenty of fun you can have with your pet on St. Patrick’s Day as long as you take care of some safety first. Do you have any great memories or treats you give your pet on this green holiday? If so let us know on social media or in the comments below!

And don’t forget to hire a pet sitter if you’re going to be away from home this St. Patrick’s day!

5 Halloween Costumes That Include Your Dog

 

Halloween is almost here, soon the weekends will fill up with costume parties and trick or treating. Couple’s costumes have always been a hit. But pairing up with your four-legged friend is even better.  You are sure to stand out with one of these awesome Halloween costumes that include your dog. With these top 5 costume ideas, you are sure to be the talk of the party for years to come.

1. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo or Princess Leia with an Ewok 

Photo from Brit + Co

Photo from Brit + Co

Choose your favorite Star Wars character and pair it with one the ever adorable Ewoks of Endor. You can go all out with store-bought costumes or keep it simple. Drape your dog with a brown cloak and attach a stick to the side. Then pick out similar cloths as your favorite character, grab a wig or pull up your hair, and you’re set.  Now, if you could only teach your dog to bark, “UTINI!!!!”

2. Felonius Gru and a Minion 

Photo from Buy Costumes

Photo from Buy Costumes

I love how comfortable and easy this one is for the human! Black pants, grey sweater and striped scarf will pull this look off. If you really want to go all out get the mask and scarf from Amazon, then you’ll really be Despicable Me.

3. Daenerys Stormborn & Her Dragon

Another costume that is sure to be a hit is Daenerys and her dragons from Game of Thrones. If you’re handy with the sewing machine, you could easily fashion some wings for your dog and a flowy garb ala Khaleesi. Or take the easy way with a plush dragon costume and a true Mother of Dragon’s outfit.

 

4. Batman (or Batgirl) and Robin

Photo from Amazon

The dynamic duo has never been so perfect! Dress your dog up as Robin and don your best Dark Knight get up for the perfect costume.

 

5. Ringmaster & Lion

Photo from Brooke Kelly Photography

Let your dog be the star of the show as a lion and you as the Ringmaster under the big top.

 

Just remember to never leave your dog unattended in a costume. It is important that your dog is safe and comfortable. Safety is an important part of a good time. Make sure to stay tuned next week for more Halloween safety tips.

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 

How to Safely Take Your Dog to Work

 

Did you know that June 26th is Pet Sitters International’s 17th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day? It’s a special day of the year where businesses around the world will let you bring your dog to work. You get to bring your special furry friend to work to celebrate the wonderful relationship humans have with dogs and to promote pet adoption.

After all, dogs do make some of the best companions and bringing them with you on a regular day on the job is tons of fun. However, there are a few things to check on to make sure the day is still productive, as well as peaceful.

Go over this checklist before packing up your dog for a day at the office.

1. Check with your office:  Some offices don’t allow dogs no matter what the day is, so check with your boss beforehand.

2. Make sure your dog is fit for socializing: Make sure your dog’s shots are current and that they are feeling well. Even friendly dog’s can be aggressive if they’re sick.

3. Puppy-proof your work area: Remove poisonous plants, toxic chemical and hide electrical cords. Also, put away any office items that could get chewed up or swallowed.

4. Plan breaks and lunch according to your work schedule: Make sure to plan potty break and feeding in between any pressing matters such as phone conferences or meetings.

5. Pack them a lunch and goodie bag: Don’t forget to bring a doggie bag for Fido! Pack up food, treats, bowls, toys, leash and clean up items.

6. Don’t force interactions: Even if your dog is extremely friendly, don’t force him to interact with co-worker’s. Some people aren’t dog people (strange, but true!) and also the office can be an intimidating space for your dog.

7. Have a backup plan: Hope for the best and plan for the worst. Make sure you’d be able to leave to take them home if they start to get overly active or upset.

 

Take Your Dog to Work Day is a fun time to let your dog in on what goes on when you leave for the day. Instead of being like Max on Secret Life of Pets, waiting and wondering all day while his owner is gone, they’ll know where you go!

 

If you prefer to listen, we also recorded a Podcast on the subject!

Top 5 Pet Friendly Restaurants in Fort Collins

One of the best ways to spend sunny days is sitting on a patio watching the people. Appetizers on your plate, cool drink in your hand. And what is even better is enjoying the sunshine and people with your dog by your side. A lot of times restaurants and dogs don’t mix, but don’t fret! Luckily, there are some great places around Fort Collins where your pet is welcome.

Fort Collins – Pet Friendly Restaurants

The Snooze Eatery

144 W Mountain Ave
Fort Collins, CO,  80524
(970) 482-9253

Perfect for a nice brunch out before hitting the park or shopping at a local pet store. They are Snooze is only open for breakfast and lunch, but it’s a definitely a great place to check out with your dog.

Coppersmith’s Pub & Brewery

5 Old Town Square
Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
(970) 498-0483

One of the most popular breweries in Ft. Collins, Coppersmith’s has a friendly staff as well as a dog friendly patio for you to enjoy.

Purple Cup Cafe

1119 W Drake Rd C30
Fort Collins, CO, US 80524
(970) 224-3599

For a nice fresh cup of Joe or a tasty lunch swing by the Purple Cup Cafe. It is a part of Gryphon Games and Comics, so you can enjoy a board game and comics while sipping your coffee.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries

2842 Council Tree Ave # 173
Fort Collins, CO, US
(970) 204-9140

Enjoy Five Guys famous burgers on the dog friendly patio with water bowls included. Relax on the corner with affordable food and fast service.

Wild Boar Cafe

1510 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO, US 80526
(970) 472-1074

Dine in this special 1924 bungalow home-style cafe. Fresh food, friendly faces and a great atmosphere with a patio perfect for your pet.

 

It’s always fun to include our dogs in our daily life outside of the home. What are some of your favorite pet friendly restaurants in Fort Collins? Let us know on social media or Contact Us so we can add them!

 

Top 7 Father’s Day Presents

Father’s Day is almost here and why not include all the members of the family in on this special celebration? Whether the guy in your life has fur-kids, non-fur-kids, or both it’s always fun to give your loved ones a extra tokens of appreciation. So here are our top 7 Father’s Day presents you can get for Dad from the dog!


Father's Day

Dad will be super comfy and handsome cozying up on the couch or letting your dog out for his morning bathroom break in this great PJ’s.

 


There is no reason both Fido and Dad wouldn’t love this killer Komando Tennis Ball Launching Gun


Give your Geek-Guy a nod to Star Wars with this Dog-Vader Father’s Day Shirt


 

Father's Day

Dad is sure to remember how much he’s loved all summer long with this nice pint glasses.

 


 

Father's Day

Frame their friendship in this adorable picture frame.


 

Father's Day

Nothing says Father’s Day like a coffee mug for dad!


Father's Day

Hours of fun in the yard or in the park with the classic Chuckit! launcher. Learn all about the ChuckIt! toys from our manager Gabby


Dad is sure to love any of these paw-some presents. Have Fido bring him the paper with breakfast in bed and little something extra just for them. After all, dog is man’s best friend, right?

What is your favorite gift to give to a loved one from a pet? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

6 Places to Go With Your Dog in Fort Collins

 

Fort Collins is a very dog friendly town and there are plenty of places to explore with your pooch. Keep in mind that Fort Collins recently changed its health code rule. That means, often times pet dogs are not allowed inside outdoor patios any longer, but can be right outside the fence.

Sierra Trading Post

Who doesn’t love Sierra Trading Post, the discount outdoor wares store? Now fido can love it with you too. Sierra Trading Post is extremely dog friendly and loves to see pups in their store. You and your dog can check out their awesome pet section and maybe even pick out a new harness.

Bath Garden Center

Does your doggy love picking out new plants (or better yet, picking out new things to pee on)? Then head on over to Bath Garden Center. This store is very dog friendly inside and out and even has their own store foster dog. Just be sure to keep an eye on your dog, you don’t want him peeing on a plant that isn’t yours yet!

Home Depot

This large warehouse store is friendly to dogs. Many dogs love perusing the isles and getting to greet the friendly people who work there.

Jax

This outdoor recreation store is extremely dog friendly. Your dog will love getting to say “Hi!” to the friendly employees and plan for your next adventure with you.

Walrus Ice Cream

While this beloved ice cream shop does not allow dogs inside, they do have a special treat for canine companions. Every Sunday is dog day! Where Fido can get a bit of doggy ice cream to enjoy with you. Busy on Sunday? That’s okay, you can ask for a doggy scoop of vanilla ice cream to share with your dog.

Gryphon Games and Comics and the Purple Cup Cafe

Even though dogs are not allowed inside the coffee area, they are welcome to go into the store and hang out in the game area. Dogs love to go shopping with their folks and enjoy the sunshine!

General Guidelines for Taking Your Pet With You:

  • Always keep your dog leashed, on a hand held (non-retractable) leash
  • Always be under your control
  • Should be potty trained
  • Have all his shots and be healthy (for his and other dogs protection)
  • And be friendly to other dogs and strangers

It’s always fun to bring your pet with you with you’re out an about. Just make sure your pet is comfortable and follow the above guidelines for a good time. Also, brush up on the newest leash laws too.

Do you have a favorite place to take your pet? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!