Happy Parent’s Day – From YOUR Pet

Have you ever thought about what your pet might say to you if he could speak? July 23rd is officially (or unofficially) Parents’ Day! To celebrate, we are writing a letter to all of the wonderful pet parents out there – from the perspective of your pet. The innocence of pets is so precious. If they could verbally communicate with us, do you think they would explain why they do what they do? Perhaps what we view as slightly negative is actually their way of telling us they love us!

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How to have fun with your pet no matter what temperature it is outside


Summer can be a great time for pet parents and pets. If you live in an area that has four extreme seasons, you’ve been waiting for the summer all year long. And your pets might have been also. There are many wonderful things to celebrate during the summertime and one of them is the simple act of being with your pet. No matter where you live or what you do for a living, there are many opportunities to have a good time with your furry companion – in rain, sun and even thunderstorms.

Keep reading for ways to have fun with your pet no matter what the weather man tells you.

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5 ways to enjoy the 4th of July with your dog

We try to include our pets in most things that we do because they are a part of our family. They are our furry family members. Holidays are a great way to have fun with your pets!

Independence day can be a hard one for a few reasons. First, the loud noises can scare your dog. Second, fireworks can be dangerous in general. Third, pets don’t always fit into the 4th of July party plans. But what if there was a way to change that? You don’t have to exclude your pet. There are several ways to help make your pet feel special, even on the Fourth of July.

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Adorable Pictures of Loveable Puppies | Happy National Puppy Day (March 23)

March 23rd is National Puppy Day, one of our favorite pet holidays of the year. Why is it that so many people adore puppies? Well, we think it’s because they are so stinking adorable! What better way to celebrate National Puppy Day than to share pictures of adorable puppies? We can’t think of a better way.

Don’t you just want to pick him up and cuddle him?

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Dog Training Education Month


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February is dog training education month. The Paw Print Blog would like to take a moment to remind pet parents why a well-trained pet is great for everyone! Here’s what you can do to get there.

Dogs around the world could use a little extra training.

There are many dogs out there that could benefit from dog training and education. Whether it’s a puppy or an older dog that never received crucial training strategies, many different types of training are equally important.

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Top 8 Safety Tips for Pets During Halloween

14695596_969432443161528_910222805760612276_nHalloween is right around the corner! Are you getting ready for the festivities? There are many exciting things that take place this time of the year: parties, pumpkins, candies and costumes. There are also a few things to keep in mind if you are a pet owner: holiday dangers, nervous pets, wires, chocolates and more. Below is a list of a few quick reminders to keep in mind during this fun fall holiday. If you take the right precautions and keep your pet at the forefront of your mind, you’ll be less likely to have safety issues with your pets this Halloween!

Safety Tips for Pet Parents

  1. Keep the candy away from your furry friends. This tip is incredibly important. You hear it year-after-year, but pets still end up in the emergency room after accidental candy ingestion. Try to keep the candy off the floor and away from areas where pets can access it. Remind children in the household of holiday and other pet dangers. It’s never a bad idea to refresh yourself and others about what foods and candies are dangerous to pets.    


  1. Beware of nervous pets. If you have a nervous pet that does not react well to multiple visitors or scary costumes, be sure to take proactive measures to help your pet feel comfortable on October 31. Keep your pet in another room or offer them a calming support formula. Make sure that your nervous pet does not have access to the front door. You never know when a pet might demonstrate erratic behaviors like trying to run away from an uncomfortable situation. Keep a close eye on your pet throughout the night.


  1. Cords and wires can be hazardous. Some pets are attracted to new wires and cords like a kid in a candy shop. Cords can look like a lot of fun to a feline that enjoys playing with yarn or dangly toys. Keep them out of reach or tape the cord down so they are not tempted to chew.


  1. Watch the front door. Don’t let your pet escape when you open the door to trick-or-treaters. Keep a close eye on your pet or put them in another room.


  1. Don’t forget the identification. Just in case your pet gets outside and runs off, put ID on his or her collar. Make sure that the information on the tag is still correct. If you find yourself in a lost pet situation, read this blog post for more advice.


  1. Know your pet and understand if they like or dislike dressing up. You know your pet better than anyone else. If your pet doesn’t mind having a costume on, that’s great. However, there are many pets that find costumes or dangling materials to be a nuisance. If your pet is trying to take off their costume, allow them to do so. It’s not worth making them miserable.


  1. Decide if your pet should stay at home or come along. It can be fun to dress up your pet and have them come along trick-or-treating with you. As mentioned in tip six, know your pet and understand if he or she will feel comfortable in this abnormal situation.


  1. Be careful when using candles. Candles can be easy to tip over. Keep your pet in mind if you plan to use teacup candles in your jack-o-lanterns. We all know that candles can cause a serious fire. Consider using battery powered flickering candles instead.


Happy Halloween! We hope you have a great time while avoiding safety issues with your pets.


– Photo Credit: Pictured is Mia, our recent Halloween photo contest winner. Photographer: T. Deming. 

Bad Poetry – Is There Such a Thing?


Last month there was actually a holiday called “Bad Poetry Day” (August 13). Is there such a thing as bad poetry? What do think?

There are many types of poetry out there, some you might understand and some you don’t. There is poetry that you might dislike, but your best friend loves more than anything. Perhaps it’s just a matter of taste. And does that make it “bad” poetry?

To help us answer this question we had Simon and Sparky, our pet celebrity team, write a poem each to see if there was really such thing as “bad” poetry. Enjoy!


I Like Being Outside

by Sparky, the dog

When the weather is nice and my tail is wagging, I like being outside.

When the grass smells good and my owner lets me sniff it, I like being outside.

When the wind blows my hair and the trees make swishing sounds, I like being outside.

When the neighbor dogs come to play and my owner throws the ball all day, I like being outside.

Can we go outside and play now?

She Has a Beautiful Smile

by Simon, the cat

That little girl with the blond hair and blue eyes that open so wide,

I want her by my side.


She looks at me with longing eyes,

It’s as if she would tell no lies.


So many people pass me by as I sit and wait,

Will they adopt me or find another mate?


No girl have I ever wanted before,

And we get visitors at this shelter galore.


Will she bring me to my new home?

Or will I sit here all alone?


Now they’re leading me into another room – the room with the welcome rug,

she picks me up and gives me the warmest, most loving hug.


I rub up against her legs and give her a big affectionate lick,

Will I be good enough for her to pick?


Poems are so much fun! We hope you enjoyed these poems by Simon and Sparky. Do you have any favorite pet-related poems? Share them with us on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!