Thursday, November 20, 2008

Watch those holiday pet treats!

It's hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner. Pets are peeking at catalogs, making their wish lists. Soon the kitchen will be filled with all sorts of yummy smells.

With all that good food on the horizon, here's one bit of caution:

Watch your pet's food intake this time of year. It's awfully tempting to fix your pet their own Thanksgiving plate of turkey meat, crispy turkey skin, potatos and gravy, stuffing, and the works. But these treats can be deadly.

Vet clinics are overrun at the holidays with cases of pancreatitis, a stomach inflammation caused by, among other things, eating too much fatty foods. Well-meaning owners scraping table scraps into Fido's bowl are the main cause. These can be deadly treats. Pancreatitis is expensive to treat and painful to experience.

And while not every animal comes down with pancreatitis, gulping down fatty meals can still lead to upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea, or bloat. Not exactly a recipe for happy holidays!

If you want to give us a special dinner experience, how about our own turkey dinner made by a pet food company? We get a special taste of the holidays, but won't have the digestive rumblings later.

And I gotta be honest here - this is not knowledge I feel good about passing on to you. Because nothing makes a dog (temporarily) happier than a big bowl of fat, greasy food!

Apologies to my fellow canines.

'til later,


Monday, November 10, 2008

And now..

I'm about "festival-ed" out. Between Fest, Loganfest and Monroe Fall Fest, the last couple of months have been busy. But we had a lot of fun.

Now we're looking forward to a couple of other things - Home for the Holidays adoption event on December 6 at Boss Brothers Country Store in Loganville. It's scheduled the same day as Pet Portraits with Santa Claws, so bring your pets out and then find them a new friend to take home!

Our first Community Pet Calendar will be in stores soon - 12 great winners have their own page, everybody else is featured in a photo collage. Judges had a tough time deciding because everybody was cute and appealing in their own special way. Thanks to all the entries. Get those cameras going for next years calendar contest!

It's been a good year for the animals. So far we've given second chances to over 100 cats and dogs that were running out of time in the animal shelter. Nearly all of them have gone onto new homes. Those who are still waiting would love to get their own special place before the year is out. Check them out on

'til later,