Pet Sitting vs. Boarding

 

Pet Sit vs. Board

 

As much as we love our pets, there are sometimes when we have to go out of town and leave our fur-children at home.  When you are on the road, the last thing you need to worry about is how your pets are doing while you are gone.  Usually, there are two main options when it comes to overnight pet care; having a pet sitter come to your house or taking your pet to a local boarding house.  Both of these have their benefits and drawbacks, so it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you and your pet. [Read more…]

7 Fun Fall Activities for Pets

Fall Activities

 

The dog days of summer are coming to an end and fall is finally in the air.  Even though most people think that summer is a great time to be outside, fall is really where you can find some gorgeous days.   In summer it can often been too hot.  It can be so hot that the pavement burns the pads of your dog’s feet and sometimes the heat can be so oppressive that you find it hard to breathe and you start to sweat the second you step outside.  That’s no fun for us and is especially no fun if you’re wearing a fur coat.   But now, those steamy days are dissipating, fall is finally upon us and the weather is starting to shift.  And you know your pets are ready to enjoy the cooler air and sunshine just as much as we are.  Now that the weather is changing and fall is upon us, here are 7 fun fall activities for pets you should try this season.

  1. Take a Hike – Fall is a great time to hit the trails. The fresh air and exercise is great for both you and your pet.  Taking a quick road trip to a nearby park is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day.
  1. Go Camping – Spending the night in the great outdoors is simply a fantastic time to spend the weekend with your pet. Camping is perfect to break the rut of being stuck inside all summer, safely tucked away from the sweltering heat.  Find a park that allows pets, pack a few treats, and their favorite toy, and you’re all set to have an awesome time.
  1. Pick a Pumpkin – Pumpkins and fall are almost synonymous, this is the time of year where pumpkin spice everything starts popping up. Even if you’re not a fan of pumpkin spiced jazz, going to a pumpkin patch and picking a pumpkin is still good fun.  Bring along your dog and maybe they’ll sniff out the best pumpkin for your jack-o-lantern.
  1. Tailgate – Fall brings a few traditions and only second to pumpkins is the start of the football season. Taking your dog out to the gravel lot of a game, grabbing some good food and tossing a ball while watching the big game is an ideal way to spend a fall day.
  1. Backyard Fun – Most animals love being outside and playing in the backyard on a sunny day is never a bad idea. You may always want to bring your cat, rabbit, or other pernickety pet with you when you go out, they may not feel likewise. They are far more comfortable close to home and sometimes the yard is really all you need.
  1. Enjoy the Leaves – Of course, the coming of fall does foreshadow the actual clean-up from the falling leaves. I know my cats love running in the piles of leaves, one of them even likes to be tossed in it.  After all, a pile of leaves needs to be jumped in, right?
  1. Dress up Together – Halloween night is basically a chance to walk your dog and get candy for it. So if you’re going out to trick or treat, make sure to include your dog.  You can even incorporate them into your costumes, dress them up like a hot dog and you or the family as ketchup and mustard.  Then go out and get some candy!

Even though some people hate the coming of winter, it’s hard not to appreciate the beautiful days of autumn. Cooler mornings, nice tepid evenings with gorgeous skies; the time for being outside is here.  So grab your pet and get out in the sun and enjoy it while it lasts. 

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day

Labor Day Weekend is here!   Either to your delight or dismay, the unofficial end of summer holiday has finally arrived.  Soon the days with get shorter and cooler temperatures will make their way into the forecast. Whether you’re happy or sad to see summer go, Labor Day weekend is a great occasion to spend time relaxing with family and friends.  Here are a few ideas in case you don’t know what you want to do this weekend.

Take a break at the pool – The sad reality that comes with this holiday weekend is that most pools will be closing until next year.  So this may be your last chance to soak up some poolside fun in the sun.  Find some friends or get the family together, grab some good food to grill and you are all set to have a great time.

Go on a Day Trip – Chances are, if you haven’t already made plans to go on a Labor Day weekend vacation, then it’s a little too late.  However, that that doesn’t exactly mean that it’s too late to hit the road.  Find a nearby town or park that you’ve always wanted to visit, grab a few snacks and enjoy a little road trip.  The best part about this is your four-legged friend will love it just as much you will!

Local Events – One of the greatest things about holiday weekends is all of the free events that usually come with it.  A lot of towns celebrate Labor Day by having parades and festivals.  What’s even better about this is you can usually have a fun filled day without breaking the bank.  *Side note: If you’re going to a parade, you may want to leave your dog at home if sirens and loud noises bother them.

Go Shopping – Labor Day Weekend is full of fabulous sales.  What a better way to celebrate your labors than with a little retail therapy?  You can buy a few new things, but know you’re getting a great deal and making every cent of your hard earned dollar count.

These are just a few ideas of how you can spend your holiday weekend if you’re looking to get out of the house.  You may just want to lounge around in PJ’s and cuddle with your fur baby and that sounds pretty nice too.  I will probably be doing a little bit of both.  However you choose to spend your weekend, I’m sure it’ll be fantastic, since hopefully you won’t be at work!

 

HAPPY LABOR DAY EVERYONE!!!