February 20th Is National Love Your Pet Day

Today is 🐱🐶National Love Your Pet Day🐱🐶! No prompting is needed to care about your pet, but you might need a gentle reminder to give your pal a little extra love today. Spend some quality time with your pet; no matter if he has fur, feathers, or scales, he’ll enjoy basking in your attention!

Did you know that pet ownership can also boost your well-being? According to Consumer Reports, we humans have pets to thank for an increase in activity, healthier hearts, and lowered stress levels. Click here to read more about the positive ways pets affect our physical and mental health.

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Sweeten Your Home with Five-Star Pet Decor

Are you looking for pet decor that is unique and memorable? What could be sweeter than these adorable animal sculptures, or more useful than a pet-sized furniture cover? Check out these five-star items that Touch of Class® customers just love! Click on each image to read more about the featured product, including dimensions and materials.

The Curious Cat Shelf Sitter will perch on your ledge to scope out the surroundings. His mischievous pose perfectly captures the likeness of an actual inquisitive cat!

Perky Oliver looks like he’s waiting for a pat on the head. This cairn terrier dog sculpture can be displayed indoors or outdoors; plus, it has a key safe!

Curious Cat Shelf Sitter Oliver Cairn Terrier Dog Sculpture

The Ultimate Microplush Quilted Pet Cover with Bolster is “just right” when you want a furniture protector that doesn’t cover the entire couch. This bolstered cover has a quilted, water-resistant seat and provides your pet with his own special place to snuggle up and get cozy.

These felines nuzzle together, expressing Purrfect Love. This cat sculpture will become one of your favorites with its depiction of cuddling kitties.

Ultimate Quilted Pet Cover with Bolster Purrfect Love Cat Sculpture

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Mason Ultimate Bed Cover for Pets

Your bed is perhaps the softest, comfiest area of the home—why wouldn’t your pet want to hang out there and get his prime cuddle time in? With the Mason Ultimate Bed Protector, you won’t have to banish your furry pal from the bed in order to spare your favorite comforter. Let your pet think that he’s “won” this battle as he surveys the room from atop the bed; after all, he looks so cute there in his special spot.

This bed protector for pets has a polyester microfiber, faux suede face that is double diamond-quilted. This cover is water-repellent and soil- and snag-resistant, so you don’t have to hold your breath every time your pet hops up on the bed. Available in multiple sizes and solid colors, this bed cover can also be monogrammed with your pet’s name for an adorable touch. Simply machine wash it when needed; then line dry it.

The Mason Ultimate Bed Cover for Pets is a Touch of Class® exclusive design, so you won’t find it anywhere else. Click here to view measurement information and to order this cover.

Mason Ultimate Quilted Faux Suede Bed Protector for Pets

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Most Popular Dog Names of 2017

What will 2018 bring for you and your family? If it’s a new dog, you might be curious to see the names that canine lovers chose most for their forever friends in 2017. According to rover.com, these were the most popular dog names in America last year. Scamper on over to their site if you want to see the full list—the top 100 names for male and female dogs.

Top 10 Male Dog Names:

1. Max
2. Charlie
3. Cooper
4. Buddy
5. Jack
6. Rocky
7. Oliver
8. Bear
9. Duke
10. Tucker

Top 10 Female Dog Names:

1. Bella
2. Lucy
3. Daisy
4. Luna
5. Lola
6. Sadie
7. Molly
8. Maggie
9. Bailey
10. Sophie

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Holiday Etiquette for Pet Owners and Guests

There’s plenty of merriment swirling about the holidays, but sometimes the Stress Grinch pokes his nose in too. And with pets in the mix, anything can happen! Whether you’re the holiday host or a visiting guest, common-sense consideration goes a long way. With some careful planning, you can reduce the chance of hurt feelings, uh-ohs, and (let’s hope not) holiday squabbles.

1. If you’re welcoming friends and family for the holidays, be sure to let them know ahead of time that you have a pet. Be considerate if guests have allergies. PetMD suggests the following: Bathe your dog or brush your cat to reduce allergens. Clean your house, and pay special attention to upholstered furniture, carpets, and rugs. Consider making your guest room a pet-free zone where animals are not allowed. Keep over-the-counter allergy medications on hand.

2. Be honest. Your pet might be the family darling, but how does he react around strangers? Is your pet well-behaved or likely to get excited or aggressive amid the holiday hubbub? Vetstreet suggests introducing your pet to guests one-by-one, or simply allowing your pet to observe for a while rather than overwhelming him with a large chatty group. Brush up on obedience training before guests arrive.

3. As tempted as you might be to let your pet join in the holiday meal, keep in mind that certain “people foods” can upset pets’ stomachs and might even be toxic. Ask guests not to feed your pet table scraps, and consider keeping your pet away from the holiday table if the temptation is too great. Review the ASPCA’s list of foods to avoid feeding your pet.

4. Just as you need respite from all the commotion from time to time, your pet can benefit from breaks away from the stress. Vetstreet recommends a walk or other exercise to help him to burn off energy or frustration. A puzzle toy is another option to distract him and relieve holiday tension. Consider creating a little hideaway meant for your pet only (no guests) where he can unwind or get his bearings.

5. If you’re the guest, never assume that you can bring your pet, even if the host has pets or is a pet lover. If it’s okay with the host and other guests that you bring your pet, remember to bring all the accessories you need. Consider the possible extra stress on your host and on your pet, if your pet doesn’t travel well or has trouble adjusting to new situations. Hiring a pet sitter, preferably one who’s watched your pet before, might be the way to go to keep the seasonal harmony.

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Just Retired! Pet-Themed Clothtique Santa Figurines

Special Santa bulletin: These adorable, pet-themed Clothtique™ figurines have just been retired! Whether you’re an avid collector of these detailed decorations or you’re just starting your collection, you’ll want to “fetch” these figurines before they’re gone!

From Possible Dreams®, these Clothtique™ figurines depict Santa making fast friends with some darling four-legged creatures. These Clothtique™ Santa figurines are designed by Ann Dezendorf, and each has unique details: handpainted resin features and a hand-sewn stiffened cloth costume.

Santa has quite a surprise in his little red wagon. These Waggin’ tails belong to three pups who just can’t wait to meet their new owners on Christmas morning. Tiny Santa hats and a paw print ribbon around Kris Kringle’s gift bag make this one of the cutest Clothtiques™ ever.

Santa would hate for these frisky Three Little Kittens to undo all the elves’ nice wrapping work, so he’s happy to entertain them and distract them for a moment. A dangling red ornament should keep them off the naughty list and out of those festively wrapped presents.

Click here to view more retired Clothtique figurines, including the ones featured below.

Waggin Clothtique Three Little Kittens Clothtique

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Get Winter-Ready with Snowflake Holiday Pet Furniture Covers

The holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re a pet owner, this usually means two things: one, you’re waging a constant war with pet hair to keep your home looking presentable for guests. And two, a willful cat or sad-eyed pup can never truly be kept off the couch. It just isn’t going to happen.

But all is not lost! Quilted furniture covers are stylish and make tidying up a breeze. With sizes available for your recliner, loveseat, or sofa, the Snowflake Furniture Protector features cushy box-quilting. So your pet may be more inclined to lounge around on your furniture, but that’s okay. The microfiber polyester material is water-repellent as well as soil- and snag-resistant. Just toss your furniture cover in the wash (cold on the gentle cycle!) when your living room could use some freshening up. No more last-minute lint rolling!

As a bonus, the elegant snowflake print on medium blue is perfect for low-key winter decorating. For once, you can find recliner and couch protectors for dogs and cats that actually fit your holiday aesthetic. A few Swedish paper stars all hung in the window, a fluffy throw for some cuddling with your animal friend, and you’re all set!

Click here to view measurement information and to order this holiday furniture cover.

Blue Snowflake Holiday Furniture Covers
Blue Snowflake Holiday Furniture Protectors

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