Valentine’s for your pets

Valentine's Pet Treats

How can you go wrong with names like Love, Smittens, Nuzzles and Smooches

Special Valentine’s Day Treats

Check out these adorable limited-edition Valentine’s Day Treats!

They are the perfect gift to show your pup you love them or as a surprise for your pup’s very own Valentine at the dog park or doggie daycare!
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Pet Valentine’s Day Ideas

Pet Valentine's Day Ideas

Love™ is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with dehydrated Midwestern beef and produce like sweet potatoes, dandelion greens and papaya. Love is a higher-protein, higher-fat, natural human-grade dog food, that’s perfect for all life stages, including puppies, pregnancy and nursing as well as active adults dogs, who need a performance dog food.

Because Love is gluten free, it’s great for dogs who need a diet without gluten, or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food. It’s also ideal for dogs who need to avoid egg or poultry.
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2013 most popular pet names

Bailey is front and center and she is 13 years old — iPhone image

Thanks to Pets Best Insurance for sharing this list of most popular pet names — we love seeing what names people are choosing and using for their fur family members.

Each year, pop culture tends to have a considerable impact on the names people select for their pets. Illustrating this trend, Bella was the No. 1 name among dogs insured by Pets Best. The increased popularity of the name Bella can be attributed to the well-known main character of the “Twilight” book and movie series. Bella also served as the most popular canine name in 2012.

While Lucy took the No. 2 spot for canines, other favorites in 2013 included classic dog names that remain popular throughout the years, such as Max, Buddy, Molly and Charlie. Although Bailey was the fourth most popular name in 2012, it slid to tenth place in 2013.

Lucy was the most popular cat name, representing an impressive increase from 2012, when it was tenth on the list. Bella was also popular among felines, placing fourth in 2013. In addition, the name Lily dropped from first place in 2012 to fifth in 2013. Simba, the name of the courageous young lion in Disney’s animated film “The Lion King,” fell out of the top 10 in 2013 after ranking fourth in 2012. Simba’s spike in popularity likely came as a result of the popular film’s 3D rerelease in 2011.

Top 10 Dog Names of 2013

1. Bella

2. Lucy

3. Max

4. Charlie

5. Daisy

6. Molly

7. Buddy

8. Lola

9. Maggie

10. Bailey

Top 10 Cat Names of 2013

1. Lucy

2. Jack

3. Max

4. Bella

5. Lily

6. Oliver

7. Charlie

8. Lucky

9. Sammy

10. Leo










“A pet’s name often has a strong personal significance to its owner,” said Dr. Jack Stephens, president and founder of Pets Best. “Many people show their affection by naming pets after characters and icons they admire and enjoy. Pet owners also often give their dogs and cats human names that seem to reflect the unique personalities of their four-legged family members.”

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Lansdowne Resort introduces “Howl for the Holidays”


Lansdowne Resort, the AAA Four Diamond property located in Leesburg, Virginia has unveiled a new dog friendly program and also introduced their “Howl for the Holidays” seasonal offer that allows dogs to stay free with a guest and have the $100 non-refundable fee waived. The special seasonal dog friendly offer is available from November 24 through December 30, 2013. For guests staying with canines over Thanksgiving, the resort is preparing a special dog friendly dinner with turkey, oatmeal, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.

“We have seen an increase in the number of guests inquiring about whether we were dog friendly, so this decision was a direct result.” said Michael Snapkoski, director of sales and marketing at Lansdowne Resort. “Aside from our resort, there are dog friendly parks in the area, so allowing dogs seemed like a great way to fulfill a need for guests and families that love to travel with their four-legged friends.”

Upon arrival at the resort, dogs are given a special bone amenity and permission to use an official Lansdowne Resort dog bowl. The property only allows dogs in certain rooms on the second floor of the hotel, and there are weight restrictions too, for one dog it is 75 pounds, or two will be permitted with the limit of 50 pounds per dog. Guests are asked to announce plans to travel with a dog prior to arrival, and be required to fill out and sign the dog friendly policy agreement during the check-in process. Lansdowne Resort is composed of 500 acres of land which includes Bark Park, a dog friendly rest area, and the Potomac Heritage Trail, a walking path where dog and owner can explore along the banks of the historic Potomac River.

The dog friendly resort in Virginia also offers a Kanine Kitchen with all items onion and corn free. This doggie room service option includes Peanut Butter Bones; Ruffrey Rrrrrisotto with mixed meats, light garlic, rice and finely chopped vegetables; Meatloaf a la Bingo with potatoes, finely chopped vegetables, navy beans, ground beef, eggs and wheat germ; and Apple Pup-Cakes with applesauce, vanilla, wheat flour, apple chips and honey.

Lansdowne Resort is located in scenic DC Wine Country about 40 minutes west of Washington DC and eight miles north of Dulles International Airport. The AAA Four Diamond property is International Association of Conference Center (IACC) and Virginia Green certified and has 296 luxury guest rooms and 14 suites. Amenities and resort recreation include four restaurants; an Aquatic Complex with five pools and a waterslide; three tennis courts; 12,000 square foot Spa Minérale with 13 treatment rooms; and The Golf Club at Lansdowne with 45 holes of golf designed by Robert Trent Jones and Greg Norman, and managed by Troon Golf.

Image courtesy of Lansdowne Resort


Sled dog mushing in detail

Sled dog mushing in detail


Mushing is about harnessing dogs to a sled for transportation. As the need for sled dogs to be used in the transport of people and things and it is a highly competitive sport.  As you can see in the image above, the dog driver is called a “musher” and you may have even been yelling “mush” when imaging that you were driving a sled dog team — although most folks use something other than “mush” to get their dogs moving.

As you might imagine, mushing is more common in areas with plenty of snow, although a form of dry-land mushing, called rigging or carting, also exists. Mushing is popular in North America and Europe, and not a big surprise, it is the state sport of Alaska.

Have you ever ridden on a dog sled or a rig? What did you think?




Coat Care – let’s groom tonight

Chinook dogs iPhone image by Riley

Chinook dogs iPhone image by Riley

Just like people, regular combing and brushing is a must for many dogs and cats. Brushing works well for our shorter-coated companions, but for the super thick furred, a comb or sturdy metal-toothed slicker brush is about the only thing that will get down to the skin and pull out the dead hair. You’ll want to be extra attentive about grooming in the high shedding seasons of spring and fall.

Hairballs and Mats, oh my! Longhaired cats are more likely to get hairballs, and without regular grooming, they often become matted too, especially behind the ears and around the tummy and back end. Longhaired cats aren’t the only victims of matting, longhaired dogs get mats too. Mats begin innocently enough as tiny tangles, but from there, they tend to rapidly and can become a huge problem. Large mats grow and then tighten up, pulling on the skin which is really uncomfortable for your pet because the mats pull when the animal moves, and it probably doesn’t feel that great when they are resting either. Some mats can get bad enough that they tear the underlying skin and can cause open wounds that eventually lead to an infection.

Your first thought might be to take the mats off using a scissors, but that isn’t the best approach because you might accidentally cut the skin. If you are working on a heavily matted cat or dog, the mats probably should be removed using a grooming clippers or perhaps even better would be to pay a professional groomer or in severe cases you may need to visit your veterinarian’s office. Off course like most things, prevention with regular inspections and combing is the best management tool.   

Shorter coated breeds of dogs and cats benefit from regular brushing, and that regular grooming will keep lots of hair off your clothes, furniture and floors too. Regular grooming is good for bonding and gives you an opportunity to check out your pets overall health. If you look at your pet regularly, lots of health concerns like fleas, ticks, and abnormal lumps or bumps on or under the skin can be discovered early for better health care management.

Check out some of our grooming supplies and remember if there is something you want us to carry, just ask!  


Happy Birthday Will Judy, Founder of National Dog Week, a National Treasure…


It’s National Dog Week — here’s a little history about how it got started.

Originally posted on Nationaldogweekbook's Blog:

“The dog was created [specially] for children.  He is the god of frolic.”  Henry Ward Beecher, American (1813-1887)

Please note, this post is from 9/20/11!

Today, on this second day of the 83rd Observance of National Dog Week, its Founder, Captain William Lewis Judy would have turned 120 and would no doubt be enjoying his special day with some of man’s best friends.  I also want to wish my brother, John, a very Happy Big Five-oh!  Welcome to the big league my “little” bro, you are in good company!

Last night I had the pleasure of ushering in the Week of the Dog with Dr. Patrick Mahaney, our NDW Pet Health Consultant and Laura Nativo, our Spokeswoman, in a segment for  I will let you know when it airs. We had a great talk about some hot pet topics and how the occasion of National Dog Week

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Pads, Paws, and Claws

Dog toenail trimming

Dog toenail trimming

Dogs and cats need regular manicures, and it is easier to take care of with pets than it is for people. The first step is to check their paws every week and trim and treat as needed.

Did you know that Cats scratch on things to pull off the claws’ dead outer layers and keep the tips sharp? Regular nail-trimming dull the claws and reduces the potential for damage to people and furniture. One of the simplest tools to trim cat nails is a human nail clippers or scissors-type pet trimmers. Take a look at your cats’ claws, and you’ll see they are curved. This curve can actually cause the nail to grow in a circle and back into your cat’s paw pad which would be really painful and can cause an abscess. By checking kitty feet weekly, you’ll be ahead of the care curve.

For dogs, nail trimming is very important too. Lots of people think that dogs naturally wear their claws down, so there’s nothing to worry about. This just isn’t true. Yes, even dogs that walk or hike regularly still need to have their toes attended to. Regular foot care provides many benefits

  • Keeping toenails trimmed can protect skin and furniture just like it does with cats.
  • Long nails are more likely split or break, which can lead to infection.
  • There are many joints in the paws, and those long nails puts lots of stress on them, which can cause arthritis.
  • Long nails may cause the dog’s toes to splay, creating an abnormal and uncomfortable gait and adding stress to the foot.

Toenail clipping isn’t too difficult and you are probably able to do the clipping yourself. You’ll need a toenail clipper and good instructions on how to clip without hurting your pet. We’ve provided images to help you, or you may talk to you veterinarian’s staff or local dog groomer and they should be able to show you how to do this. If you’re not comfortable with the clipping procedure, let a professional take care of this important grooming need at least every 4 weeks.

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