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Thanksgiving in Asheville, NC

Grandbury, of 24Paws, wishing you Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our first Thanksgiving in Asheville, North Carolina was absolutely beautiful. We couldn’t let this warm and sunny day pass us by without going out to enjoy it. This is one of the things we love about our new home…the weather just beckons your outdoors to play, explore, and enjoy nature, especially with your pets.

We packed up Grandbury and even Miss Winni and headed out to the Biltmore estate. One of our first purchases here was an “Explore Biltmore Pass” so we could take Grandbury on the bike trails throughout the property. The Biltmore is super pet friendly – Grandbury is never the only dog on the premises by any measure.

Today was Winni’s first trip to the estate, and she had a great time on our walk looking at the beautiful scenery. She was mesmerized by the large trees overhead. Grandbury is an old timer at the estate now, and he just sat back and enjoyed the ride in his cart.

We stopped by “The Farm” to say hi to the resident donkey, billy goats, and chickens.

We hope you had a great day, and we want to pause a minute to say “thank you” for thinking of us when you search for great pet products and news.

All the very best from our pack to yours! We invite you to check out our gallery below by clicking on the thumbnail images and viewing the full size photos of our day.

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Don’t Lose Your Head For Halloween

Some people really hate the idea of dressing up companion animals for Halloween. Don’t get your pumpkin in a knot, there are two simple rules that everyone needs to follow when comes to sharing Halloween with your beloved pet –

1. If they enjoy dressing up, don’t let a few sour candy corns spoil your fun. Dressing up your pet for a few candid photo shots can become a family tradition. Don’t force your pet to wear something that either makes him/her miserable or doesn’t allow for free movement of all limbs and tails. Keep those eyes clear!

2. Keep them safe. This rule encompasses everything about Halloween festivities. Halloween, like most holidays, usually involves noise, strangers milling around, inappropriate and unsafe food close to expectant mouths, and a general sense of anxiety, excitement and stress that can cause some animals to bolt out the door.

Whether your pet loves Halloween or would rather take a siesta straight through the day, always remember to give them some “down time” to recharge their batteries and emotional centers. Don’t forget some play time so they can get out any frustrations or stress the holiday can bring on. That goes for you, too!

Have a great and safe Halloween!

Need some inspiration for your pet’s costume?

Check out these cute pet costumes you can whip up yourself from the talented folks at Leisure Arts, Inc.

Check out Flickr from some great ideas and inspiration. We’ve chosen a few to help get your search mojo going.

We’ve created a new “Angel” series of pet dog t-shirts you should check out. Grandbury will be sporting this one on Halloween.

But, if you prefer just a simple winged version:
And who can go wrong with:
As always, the t-shirts are customizable.
We are adding some additional designs in time for shipping for Halloween.

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Preparing for Thanksgiving with a Sensitive Pet

A sensitive dog like Tristan is always alert and ready to go.  © 24Paws

This time of year you may be busy making a grocery list, cleaning up for house guests, and searching in vain for that old sweater your visiting Aunt knitted for you… but don’t forget to make a list of the essentials for your sensitive pet this Thanksgiving.

If you have a sensitive pet, whether he suffers from separation anxiety, or is highly attuned to subtle changes in his environment, preparing for any holiday festivity can be a challenge. Thanksgiving may be fun for you, but your pet may find the flurry of activity before and during the holiday stressful.

If you have a sensitive dog like our Tristan, then you may find yourself constantly stepping over and around him as he attempts to understand why you are suddenly moving furniture around, carting stuff from room to room, or suddenly altering his schedule while you attempt to complete your seemingly never ending list of chores.

Dogs like Tristan are attuned to the changes in your movements and mood, and respond to the stress and excitement they sense in your tone of voice and actions. When Tristan was younger, he would bark and race to the door for a walk, repeatedly initiate play, and forgo any naps or restful periods to stay directly underfoot, keeping watch on all the holiday preparations.

It is easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated when your dog begins to stress out too. Take a breath and keep these tips in mind:

–        The daily schedule you have with your dog is important to maintain, especially in times of stress. The both of you need a good walk, a bit of fresh air, and some time to clear the mind. A good walk can be just the ticket to release stress and anxiety.

–        If you plan on fully transforming rooms with different furniture arrangements and decorations, plan accordingly and make changes slowly. If you leave it for the last minute and overhaul everything overnight, make sure your sensitive pup is not overlooked. Having someone available to entertain him in another section of the house or arranging a play date with a trusted friend can do wonders for him and you.

–        Expect that your dog may respond to the increased stress with episodes of vomiting or diarrhea. Be prepared by having a good cleanser on hand. Some other essentials we like—disposable gloves, paper towels, and rags for blotting.

–        If your dog can’t handle the influx of visitors, create a room for him that facilitates relaxation. His favorite bedding, toys, and a Kong stuffed with his favorite treats can help reduce his stress and induce periods of rest. Don’t forget, we highly recommend you grab yourself a (digital) copy of Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion. The both of you can benefit from the soothing tunes.

–        Keep all candles, potpourri dishes, and flowers out of reach of your pet. Your attempt to create an inviting atmosphere may be just the thing that invites a trip to the emergency vet.

–        A stressed animal is much more likely to run past you out an open door. Make certain your pet’s ID tag has current information (phone number, address, and local county/city registration and rabies information) and keep it on him at all times.

Remember, all the holiday preparation and celebration doesn’t matter if you and your companion animal are stressed, tired, cranky, and sick. Keep your commitment to your companion animal at the forefront of your holiday celebrations and you’ll all stay safe, relaxed, and maybe… just a little saner.

As always, we love to hear your stories and suggestions!

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from:

Our Pirate Tristan

Tristan the husky as a pirate for Halloween 2009

Tristan is a pirate for Halloween 2009.

Our Potato Grandbury (with butter pats)

Grandbury is a potato for Halloween 2009

Somewhere along the way Grandbury started being called potato. Sweet potato, my potato, my lovely potato. What can I say? I love a potato and I love Grandbury.

and Our Fairy Winni

Winni is a fairy for Halloween.

Do you dress up your pack?