Auld Lang Syne

However you plan to celebrate (or not) this New Year’s Eve, please take a moment to remember all who have brought joy and love to your lives this year.

And on a lighter note, we want to share these “before and after” paintings from one of our favorite artists, Will Bullas -

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Best wishes from the party animals at PetravelR™

New Years Eve Pet Safety Tips

PetravelR™ would like to pass along some important tips for keeping your pets safe this New Year’s Eve.

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Be Prepared - Plan ahead to keep your pet safe, secure, and comfortable:

  • Keep your pets on their normal diet because any change can cause severe indigestion and diarrhea,
  • Lavish some extra attention on your pets before the festivities begin,
  • Give them plenty of exercise during the day, so that they will be less agitated and sleep more restfully,
  • Create a comfortable, quiet refuge for your pet with his/her favorite toys, and with doors, windows and blinds closed,
  • Ask your veterinarian for tranquilizers if your pet has a history of extreme uneasiness around loud noises or crowds,
  • If you will be out New Years Eve, consider having a neighbor keep a close watch on your pet during the New Year activities.

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Fireworks - Exposure to fireworks can can severe burns and trauma to pets (as well as people), and exploding fireworks frighten many animals:

  • Keep your pets aware from all fireworks, even unexploded ones, because they often contain toxic substances,
  • If you are going out to watch fireworks, be sure to leave your pets at home,
  • Keep your pets indoors for the evening, in a comfortable and secure area,
  • White noise or soothing music can mask the sound of fireworks,
  • Turn on the TV or radio to distract your pets from outside noise,
  • If your pet is particularly sensitive to loud noise, consider a Thundershirt or Calming Collar.

Parties - Crowds, party food, alcoholic drinks, and open doors can pose a risk to pets:

  • Consider keeping pets in a room with plenty of water and pet food that’s off-limits to guests,
  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them because they can be poisonous to pets,
  • Foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals,
  • Make sure every guest agrees NO HUMAN FOOD FOR PETS; the #1 reason for trips to the emergency vet on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day is because a pet is sick from too much or the wrong people food,
  • Keep pets away from snack tables and garbage cans,
  • Be careful with party favors because a pet can easily choke on Hawaiian plastic leis, the blower attachment of party horns or parts of party hats,
  • Don’t put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it because, if ingested — though not highly toxic — they can still cause excessive drooling, gastrointestinal irritation, or intestinal blockage,
  • The phone number for the Animal Poison Control Center is (888) 426-4435.

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Don’t Lose Your Pet - The number of lost and runaway pets increases on New Year’s Eve:

  • Make sure all fences and gates are secure, so if pets escape through an open door or screen, they are confined to the yard,
  • Be sure that your dogs and cats are wearing collars and ID tags with up-to-date contact information,
  • Microchipping is the best way to insure that your pet can be identified if he/she slips a collar or loses ID tags,
  • Keep outside visits to a minimum, but if your pet needs to go out for a “relief” call, make sure to use a leash with a snug fitting collar or harness.

Whether you are going out, throwing a party, or staying at home to enjoy the evening with your pets, PetravelR™ wishes you a safe and fun-filled New Year’s celebration!

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Sources: San Antonio Humane SocietyAdopt a PetTampa Bay Animal Hospitals, and Examiner.com

 

It’s Not Too Late to Buy Your Calendar!

There’s still time to buy your 2015 Rabbit Rescue Calendar from the Missouri House Rabbit Society!

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You can purchase calendars directly from the MOHRS online store, from The Busy Bunny (where you can also shop for wonderful toys, treats, etc. for your pet rabbits!), and Small Pet Select, your online source for premium fresh hay and pellets for your small pets.  All calendar proceeds benefit rescue rabbits.

If you are in the greater St Louis area, you can also buy your at the MOHRS Bunny House Shelter or any of these fine veterinary hospitals and retailers: Arch Animal Hospital, Creve Coeur Animal Hospital, Hope Animal Hospital, O.K. Hatchery Feed & Garden Store, The White Rabbit, and Westwood Automotive.

PetravelR™ hopes you will support rabbit rescue by purchasing one of these beautiful calendars for your home or office!

Bow Wow Blizzard Camp!

Wisconsin Humane Society will hold its first Bow Wow Blizzard Camp at its Ozaukee Campus on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm!

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Bow Wow Blizzard Camp is a one-day winter camp for kids ages 8 to 12 years old. It’s a wonderful way for kids to learn all about the Wisconsin Humane Society and ways that they can help critters of all different shapes and sizes. There will be a variety of humane activities offered throughout the day including crafts, games, a behind-the-scenes tour and even a chance to meet some of the animal guests!

Tickets are $55.00 per child. Snacks and all materials will be provided. Only a few tickets remain, so don’t wait to buy yours!

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The WHS Ozaukee Campus is located at 630 W. Dekora Street in Saukville, Wisconsin.

 

The Wisconsin Humane Society is committed to providing protection, shelter and care for wild and homeless animals. Because of generous donors, they are able to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome thousands of animals every year.

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Pet Day at Sparkle!

If you need just a little bit more Christmas, PetravelR™ recommends that you head for Pet Day at Sparkle on Sunday December 28th at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas!

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Sparkle! is the annual holiday-themed, family-friendly experience in the Hilton Anatole’s Trinity Hall, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX.  Sparkle! runs through January 4, but December 28 is the only dog-friendly day.

The event runs from noon to 9:00pm and features ice skating, live entertainment, impressive light shows, food trucks, arts and crafts and more!  There’s even a pet costume contest! Tickets are $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors 65 or older and children 4 -12 years old, and free for children 3 and younger.

Fredericksburg SPCA Holiday Concert

The 14th Annual Keller Williams Holiday Benefit Concert for the Fredericksburg SPCA will be tonight, Friday December 26th at The Old Silk Mill at 1707 Princess Anne Street in Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 8:00 p.m. The show is for adults and children of all ages!

Tickets are available for $30, or $75 for the VIP Experience.  VIP tickets include hot toddies and delicious finger foods! The event will be catered by the highly acclaimed local eatery, Foode, whose co-owner and chef, Joy Crump, recently returned from a stint on Bravo’s hit cooking show, “Top Chef”!  All profits will go to benefit the Fredericksburg SPCA.

If you can’t make it to tonight’s concert, you can still support the Fredericksburg SPCA this holiday season through the Angel Tree program.  The Angel Trees will be on display through December 31st. Each tree is decorated with the photo and holiday wish of a dog or cat currently in the shelter waiting for their forever homes!  You can choose an angel off the tree and either purchase the wished for item or donate the funds necessary for the SPCA to purchase it. Click here for a list of Angel Tree locations.

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The community’s generosity at this time will help the Fredericksburg SPCA to begin 2015 better equipped to love and care for the nearly 400 animals they have in the shelter daily.

The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA is a non-profit, No-Kill humane organization dedicated to the principle that every life is unique and worthy of protection. As a local leader in humane care and education, the Fredericksburg SPCA’s mission is to tackle the problem of pet overpopulation through education, adoption, rehabilitation and spay/neuter. The organization saves the lives of many homeless animals each year and cares for approximately 400 cats and dogs daily. The Fredericksburg SPCA is not affiliated with any other animal welfare organization, they are an independent No-Kill shelter that must raise 100% of our annual budget.

Happy Holidays from PetravelR™

Keep Your Canine Cozy!

We’ve had some frigid nights lately, and this heated pet bed caught our attention here at PetravelR™ - and we admit that the photo was so cute that we had to blog about it!

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The Heatable Dog Bed by Wrapables is made of soft chenille, and has an herbal insert that you heat (briefly) in the microwave to “create a warm comfy place for your dog.”  The manufacturer recommends the Heatable Dog Bed for aging or ailing pets who suffer from arthritic joints and sore muscles.  The bed is 26-inches wide and suitable for small dogs.  The removable outer cover is machine washable.

Available for $54.95 plus shipping from Wrapables and at Amazon.

“Warm” wishes from your friends at PetravelR™!

TV Just for Dogs!

If you’re still searching for that perfect Christmas gift for your favorite canine, PetravelR™ thinks you should check out DOGTV, the first television network developed specifically for dogs.

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DOGTV “provides television for dogs as a 24/7 digital TV channel with dog – friendly programing scientifically developed to provide the right company for dogs when left alone. Through years of research with some of the world’s top pet experts, special content was created to meet specific attributes of a dog’s sense of vision and hearing and supports their natural behavior patterns. The result: a confident, happy dog, who’s less likely to develop stress, separation anxiety or other related problems.”

According to the  DOGTV website, their scientifically designed content is divided into 3 categories, according to what dogs need:

1. Relaxation
Content designed to help the dogs relax, reduce their stress level and keep them calm through soothing music, sounds and visuals.
2. Stimulation
Dogs need to be stimulated, which is hard to achieve when they are home alone. DOGTV uses stimulating scenes with and without other animals, animation sequences and a variety of moving objects to stimulate the dogs. Great care is taken to use just the rights sounds and frequencies to encourage the dog’s playfulness even when home alone.
3. Exposure
Based on the most advanced veterinary science, DOGTV uses special sounds and visuals to help habituate the dog and make him more comfortable in his environment, by exposing him to different day-to-day stimuli.

Just be sure to get your dog outside for a nice game of fetch or a trip to the doggy park, so that he doesn’t turn into a total TV-watching couch potato!

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary on Adopt a Friend!

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary is featured on PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend this week!

Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit in Stockton, California that provides life-long care for rescued animals and educates the public about humane animal care and practices.  Harvest Home rehabilitates, both physically and psychologically, mistreated animals and, if possible, they will find appropriate homes for them.

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You can visit the two-acre rescue and rehabilitation sanctuary nestled in the fertile farmland of California’s San Joaquin Valley and meet its residents.

 

Learn more about Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary and how you can support their work on Adopt a Friend.