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?