We all look forward to delicious vine-ripened vegetables and fruit during the summer months. Maybe you even grow some of your own in your garden for your own enjoyment.
Don’t forget your pets! They love fresh vegetables and fruits too. The safest ones to include for your pet are:
- apples and watermelon (no seeds)
- blueberries and strawberries (in small amounts)
- pumpkin (seeds removed)
- squash (remove seeds and skin first)
- cooked potatoes and sweet potatoes (never raw)
- green beans, cucumbers and zucchini
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It is summer — It is hot! It is humid! We all feel it, especially our animals!
When humans get hot, they shed clothes, go swimming or stay inside in the air conditioning. But many people think it is fine to leave their pet outside in the backyard all day long with a little bowl of water! Or they take their dog out for a long walk or run during the middle of the day!
That is a recipe for disaster. Dogs simply cannot handle keeping their bodies cool when the temps run high and heat becomes overwhelming!
How Animals Keep Their Cool
When humans get hot, they sweat all over. But dogs have only two ways they can sweat — by panting and through their paws. And if your dog has a short nose, it is even harder for the dog to cool down. So if you push your pet beyond his limits in hot weather or leave your pet outside with little shade and no cool water, you are asking for big trouble. Click for more on keeping pets safe in summer heat ….
Take Your Dog to Work Day is this Friday (June 24th), marking the 18th year since Pet Sitters International (PSI) launched the annual event to celebrate the human-animal bond and a dog’s proven ability to increase morale and productivity, lower stress and absenteeism and improve relationships among co-workers.
Yes, formal research studies confirm what any dog lover already knows — having a pet-friendly work culture is a low-cost employee benefit with lots of upside. In 2012, VCU conducted a study of dogs in the workplace and found that bringing pets to work resulted in a measurable decline in stress among workers over the course of a day. In the study, those who didn’t have pets in the workplace had an increase in stress as the day went on.
In another study done by researchers at Central Michigan University, they confirmed that having dogs in the workplace can lead to more trust between co-workers which stimulates cooperation and team work. There’s even a guidebook for companies considering a pet-friendly workplace that covers the topic — Dogs at Work.
Offering a pet-friendly workplace is a growing trend, but still far from mainstream. Nationally, companies like Google, Facebook, Etsy, Amazon, Build-a-Bear and Ben & Jerry’s allow pets in the work space. We know of a few companies in Richmond VA who welcome dogs at work, including Create Digital and Wolfgang Jasper Photography, but we’d love to know of others. Click to read more about the benefits of a pet-friendly workplace …
If you plan to take your dog on a road trip to visit family or to stay in a hotel while on vacation, you need to be prepared with all that your pet could need and plan for your pet’s safety. When the humans travel, we take everything we will need — our toiletries, favorite pillow, snacks, clothes for the occasions and many other things we just cannot do without.
Well, your pets are the same way. They are creatures of habit and have all their favorite things too. Favorite bed, toys, food, treats, bowls and local water. They all need to go with you. Click here to get more road-ready trip tips …
This Saturday, June 4th, our nation will proudly celebrate Hug Your Cat Day. No doubt you’ve had this holiday marked on your calendar for months. <wink>
The name says it all – one day where your feline friend can’t argue with a big ol’ bear hug. He or she will have to tolerate it — just as you do with visiting in-laws on a major holiday. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a kitty that enjoys a loving squeeze – well, in that case, you both win!
If you share your home with cats, you know signs of affection aren’t always clear cut. Cats can sometimes seemingly beg us for attention, only to greet us with a swift turn and presentation of their rear or even a smack with the paw or a nip, signs typically associated with aggression. Harrumph!
Despite often being considered independent and aloof, many cats do enjoy the company of their human counterparts. As a feline lover, some of my favorite signs of cat affection include head bumps, slow blinks and the ever elusive full belly presentation (even when I get the claws!). In my experience, you can typically classify a cat’s love for you in one of the following categories…
The Snuggle Bug Click here to see which cat category fits yours …
A large majority of pets sleep in their human’s bed. I don’t know about you, but when my husband and I share our bed, we usually end up with very little of it to call our own! I have four dogs and one cat and yes, they all manage to have a spot on the bed.
I find it very comforting to reach out and feel a warm, furry dog at my touch. I like the little sleep noises they make — some snore or snort and just make noises, but it seems to be soothing and not at all irritating.
If I get up to go to the bathroom in the night, I can be guaranteed that one of the pets, usually the cat, will steal my spot, so I have to remind him that he has his own pillow and cover on the bed. Before we go to sleep is a special time of treat giving (don’t forget to brush out the crumbs) and extra hugs and belly rubs. They seem to enjoy it as much as we do!
Many of you know exactly what I am talking about and experience the same joys of sharing your bed with your pets. But what can you do if you need to travel for business, leisure or are in the hospital or otherwise away from home overnight? Heaven forbid if the critters should have to fend for themselves and miss the treats and belly rubs!
One of the services our company, Pet Pleasers, Inc. offers is overnight pet sitting, affectionately called — ”Slumber Parties.” Pet owners only want the best for their pets. They want them to have the same type of companionship when they are away as when they are home. So they hire a pet sitter to spend the night in their home with their pets. Click to read more about our overnight pet care services …