Most Popular Dog Breeds in the U.S. in 2014

All you trivia buffs and dog owners: Do you think you have your paw on the pulse of dog breed popularity? Can you name the ten most popular dog breeds in the United States? And which pup do you think entered the Top 10 for the first time in decades? Here’s a hint: You might have seen this adorable dog on the television show “Modern Family.” If you guessed the French Bulldog, you’re correct (give yourself a treat)! Take a look at the top 10 dog breeds from 2014, according to the American Kennel Club.

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Golden Retriever
  4. Bulldog
  5. Beagle
  6. Yorkshire Terrier
  7. Poodle
  8. Boxer
  9. French Bulldog
  10. Rottweiler

Microplush Pet Furniture Cover with Bolster

Are you running out of ideas for ways to protect your sofa from your beloved pet, who is quite the super-shedder? Those blankets are getting tugged all over the place, and sheets and towels just look sloppy. You don’t have the heart to banish your four-legged cutie-pie from the furniture. What to do? Breathe a sigh of relief! The Microplush Pet Furniture Cover with Bolster provides your pet with his own comfy spot while it elegantly protects your couch. Choose from three attractive colors to complement your decor.

Measuring 30″Wx30″L overall, this pet furniture protector is meant to cover only a portion of your sofa. You can sit next to your pet without having to share a rumpled sheet or blanket. This soft pet cover has a diamond-quilted, 21″Wx26″L seat, surrounded by plump bolsters on three sides. Your pet can rest his head on the bolsters or curl up enjoy the cozy, secure feeling from being next to them. What’s more, the bolstered design prevents pet hair and dirt from getting in those hard-to-clean sofa crevices.

When guests arrive, you won’t have to be embarrassed by an unsightly pet protector or a makeshift furniture cover. Or, if you like, simply remove the pet cover from the couch to free up sitting space and place it back after they leave. And don’t worry if your pet loves his new home a little too much. If the protector has collected more than its “fur” share of pet hair, just zip the cover off and machine wash it. Treat your pet to his own plushy haven and enjoy spending time with him whenever you like.

Plush Bolstered Pet Cover 30 x 30

Pet Safety Tips for Winter

We want to wish you and your pets a Merry Christmas! When your pets are healthy and comfortable (and spending time with you), the holiday is an especially happy one. Protect your pets from the cold weather with these winter pet safety tips from the Humane Society, the ASPCA, and the AVMA.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Keep your pet inside for the majority of the time, if possible. Animals, like people, are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during cold snaps. If your pet is outdoors for a substantial amount of time, provide him with a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow for movement but small enough to retain body heat. The floor should be a few inches off the ground and covered with an insulating layer of cedar shavings or straw. Ensure that the shelter doesn’t face the wind, and cover the door with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic. Change the water dish frequently, and substitute metal bowls for plastic ones.

Car Care

Even if your cat is curled up inside your house, a neighborhood cat may have taken refuge near your car or under the hood for warmth. Before you start the engine, check around the car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn to prompt kitties to move to a safer location. Remember to store antifreeze and other chemicals out of pets’ reach. Antifreeze can be lethal for pets, so clean up any spills immediately.

Winter Coat

A longer winter coat protects you best during cold weather – the same goes for your dog! Let your canine friend enjoy the warmth of a longer coat instead of a short style. If your four-legged buddy is short-haired, consider outfitting him in a coat or sweater with plenty of coverage. Have several on hand, so you always have a dry one ready for him.

Snow Day

Healthy, adult dogs may be ready for a little romp outdoors (on the leash, of course), but remember that not all pups fare so well; puppies, elderly dogs, dogs with special medical conditions, and short-haired breeds are more susceptible to cold-weather problems. Even if your dog seems tolerant of the cold, you should still keep a close eye on him. Make sure he’s not whining or shivering, and get him back inside quickly if he shows any signs of hypothermia. Consult your veterinarian immediately if you have serious concerns. Increase food supply for pets who have been playing outdoors.

Paw Protection

Your dog’s paws are almost as cute as his sweet face, so remember to keep them in healthy condition. Check your dog’s paws frequently for cold-weather ails, like cracking or bleeding. You’ll also want to clean his paws after he’s been outdoors. Salt or other chemical remnants can cause irritation; in addition, you don’t want your pet ingesting them later on if he licks his paws.

Just in Case

Sometimes Jack Frost packs a wallop into his winter punch, so be prepared for severe weather and possible power outages. Prepare an emergency kit for your pet, and stock up on pet food. You should also have enough of his medicine on hand to last through at least five days.

Pet Safety Tips During Christmastime

Whether he’s dozing on the floor in that perfect, warm sunbeam or surveying the kitchen happenings from his perch atop the refrigerator, your pet feels like he knows the lay of the land around your house. But around Christmas, your home transforms before his very eyes (and nose), with extra food, savory smells, new people, and shiny playthings… all for his enjoyment, right? Your pet will be on investigative patrol before long, so keep him safe with these Christmas pet safety tips from Pet Education and the ASPCA.

Tannenbaum Temptations

Festooned with reflective ornaments and strands of light, the Christmas tree will surely captivate your curious pet. After all, it looks just like a tree full of pet toys! Unfortunately, those pretty trimmings can be hazardous for pets. First and foremost, anchor the tree to prevent it from falling and causing injury to your pet. Leave the tinsel off the tree, so nibbling kitties don’t swallow it, which can lead to blockages and possible surgery. Keep tempting glass ornaments away from your playful pet, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking and causing lacerations. Always keep an eye on him to make sure he doesn’t chew needles, gnaw light strands, or drink the tree water.

The Pet Who Stole Food Scraps

Your pet’s doleful eyes and whimpers can be difficult to resist, but don’t give in! Many people foods can cause an upset stomach or more serious problems for your pet. Keep the non-pet food away from him, especially chocolate, artificially sweetened treats, alcohol, uncooked meat, bones, grapes, raisins, and dough. Reduce temptation, and feed your pet before the party, dispose of leftovers right away, and properly secure garbage containers.

Skip the Boughs and Blossoms

Scratch some of the live greenery off your decorating list this year in the name of pet safety. Many plants associated with Christmas can cause stomach upset (or worse) for your pets. The seasonal plant offenders include holly, mistletoe, poinsettias, and some lilies.

Not Everything on Their List

After all the times he greeted you at the door or turned your mood around, your pet surely belongs on the “nice list” this year. Be careful when selecting stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts, however. You dog would like nothing more than to tear apart a bunch of cute stuffies, but treat him to some chew toys instead – nothing that can be swallowed. Likewise, keep long strings and loose parts away from your frisky cat.

Winter Getaway

If you’re expecting a lot of guests, create a quiet space for your pet where he can retreat to if needed. Make sure to supply food and water so he’s comfortable. Install a pet gate if you’re worried that he’ll become upset or turn aggressive. Even pets that love attention may need an obedience training refresher course. Let guests know beforehand that you have a pet, in case allergies are a concern.

Indoor/Outdoor Pet Accent Rugs from Liora Manne

How do your pets welcome you home? Does your dog bound toward the door as soon as he hears your key? Does your cat slink around your legs, purring her own version of “Welcome home”? If you love to be greeted by your furry friend each time you walk through the door, you’ll be happy to add these pet-themed accent rugs to your home. Designed by Liora Manne, these hand-tufted accent rugs may be used indoors or outdoors year round. Cute rugs from the Front Porch Collection are UV-stabilized to minimize fading and are naturally insect- and mildew-resistant.

An adorable Kitty Cat sits beside a paned window in this rug. The design also features a cardinal and a nighttime winter scene.

Kitty Cat Accent Rug Gray

Pet lovers with a fondness for retro decor will adore the Camping Trip Rug and the Camping Dog Rug. These lighthearted rugs feature adventurous pups who have hit the road for some fun.

Camping Trip Accent Rug Red Camping Dog Accent Rug Green

Your dog’s joyful tail wagging is mimicked on the Woof Rug. Colors include green, off-white, and black.

Woof Accent Rug Green

Kitten or Puppy Doorstop Draft Guards

When the chilly fall wind comes a-whistling, how will you protect your house against it? Cuddled up next to you on the sofa or bed, your pet might be keeping you toastier than usual – but he or she doesn’t have much insulating power against pesky door drafts. That’s where these adorable doorstop draft guards come in!

Why choose a boring draft guard when you could be displaying these adorable balls of fur instead? Each jacquard-stitched accent features a row of kittens or puppies above a plaid border. Simply place this accent in front of any door that is prone to drafts. If you’re in a warmer climate, display these cuties wherever you like as jumbo decorative pillows instead of using them as draft blockers. Each doorstop draft guard has a zippered cover that is machine washable; be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when laundering.

Kittens in a Row Doorstop Draft Guard Linen Puppies in a Row Doorstop Draft Guard Linen

Clothtique Santa Figurines: Holiday Collectibles for Pet Lovers

No matter how busy Santa gets, the big-hearted fellow always has time to spend with his animal friends. After all, the elves can handle the toy-making tasks for awhile, right? These intricate Clothtique™ figurines from Possible Dreams® offer a glimpse into the Jolly Old Elf’s life away from the toy shop. Designed by Ann Dezendorf, these collectible figurines feature Santa in a handcrafted Clothtique™ costume that is stiffened to add realism. Handpainted resin details will tempt you to take a closer look and will make these figurines a cherished part of your holiday decor. These collectibles will also delight the pet lover on your list with their charming scenes.

Some little boy or girl is going to be very happy with The Purr-fect Gift of a cute kitten – if Santa can coax one of them out of his warm hat, that is! Santa has filled the stocking with candy canes for the child and a ball of yarn for the kitten to bat at or scamper after. Santa is certainly attired for the season, dressed in his traditional red pants and suspenders and a joyful, patterned holiday shirt. Three sweet kittens cuddle together in his cozy hat, which rests inside a gift box.

The Purrfect Gift Clothtique Santa Red Set of Two

Santa has braved all sorts of inclement winter weather, so he’s not afraid to spend some time in The Great Outdoors. He’s without his reindeer team this time, but he does have a compass and his faithful Black Lab at his side. When it’s time to rest, Santa can dip into his lunch basket for some nourishment. Santa has traded his characteristic red coat for a brown jacket. His canine friend has on a green jacket to keep him warm on their nature trek.

The Great Outdoors Clothtique Santa Brown Set of Two

Visions of sugar-plums must have danced in his head, for Santa is now wide awake and hungry for a midnight snack. In Santa’s arm is a large bowl with cherry-topped ice cream and “Sprinkles” to satisfy his sweet tooth. The belted dessert bowl is more dressed up than Santa tonight! “Kris” is looking quite festive in his peppermint-striped pajamas and matching nightcap, plus some striped socks. A black and white cat at his feet brushes against his leg and looks up at Santa hopefully. Since Santa has a dairy craving, maybe he’ll remember to treat the kitty to a saucer of milk.

Sprinkles Clothtique Santa Red

 

Santa has a lot of deliveries to make, but none as adorable as the Hush Puppies. Decked out in hats and ribbons, these cute pups are ready to be scooped up Christmas morning by happy children. These puppies will soon be romping around the living room or nosing wrapped presents, but for now they’re tucked safely inside Santa’s delivery bag. The black pup in Santa’s hand is eager to meet his new best friend.

Hush Puppies Clothtique Santa Red

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