Swim Toward Fun Sea Turtle Home Decor

Though the magnificent sea turtle spends most of its life in the ocean, you can still enjoy the sight of it in your home with charming decor. First, learn a few facts about the sea turtle from National Geographic and SeaWorld!

  • The largest sea turtle is the leatherback, which can weigh 2,000 lbs.
  • Sea turtles can’t pull their head and limbs inside their shells.
  • Leatherback turtles were around when T. rex was alive.
  • Green sea turtles can stay under water for as long as five hours.
  • Most sea turtles are identified by the number and pattern of plates on their top shell.

Click on each image below to shop, or view more sea turtle home decor on the Touch of Class® site.

The Swimming Sea Turtles Rug will make waves in your indoor or outdoor space with its UV-stabilized design.
Swimming Sea Turtles Rug
Embellished with glass bubbles and wooden sea turtles, the Turtle Wave Wall Art by Joanna Ferrara can be displayed indoors or outdoors in a covered area.
Turtle Wave Wall Sculpture

The Turtle Bay Sculpture features a marine creature in the middle of a downward dive; its shell is adorned with ivory and brown capiz shell accents.
Turtle Bay Sea Turtle Table Sculpture
Dangle coastal beauty from your wall with the Seaside Ocean Plaque Set. Each wall accent features a textured sandy background and a string hanger.Seaside Ocean Wall Plaque Set

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How to Safely Exercise Your Dog in Warmer Weather

As the warmer weather rolls in, you want to get outside and enjoy it. Of course, you love taking Fido with you! Just remember that while you can shed the layers of clothing you’ve bundled up in all winter, your dog doesn’t have that same advantage. Here are some tips from the ASPCA for exercising with your pet under a summer sun:

• Keep a close eye on your canine companion. If your pet seems tired and doesn’t want to continue exercising, don’t force her, and make sure she gets plenty of fresh, clean water.

• Watch for symptoms of overheating. Unlike humans, dogs don’t sweat, and they’re much closer to the hot pavement. If your pet is panting more than usual or having difficulty breathing, let him rest in the shade for a while.

• Stay indoors during the heat of the day. Exercise during the cooler times of the day for your dog’s comfort, such as around dawn, dusk, or in the evening.

• Swimming unsupervised isn’t safe. Not all pups can swim, so don’t leave your pet unattended around large bodies of water. If you’re out on a boat or in a deep pool, get her a life vest to ensure her safety.

• A dog’s fur helps regulate body temperature. Even if your dog has long hair, don’t just shave it off. His fur coat has layers to it, and removing them makes it more difficult for him to stay cool during the hot days and could lead to a painful sunburn.

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Protect Your Floors with WaterHog Pet Mats

With the days lengthening and summer beckoning you and your pet out more often, you don’t want to spend extra time cleaning mud and dirt off of your floors. The solution? Durable pet mats!

WaterHog® pet mats are USA-made and can be used indoors or outdoors year round. Crafted with an exclusive Water Dam border to keep dirt and water on the mat and off of your floor, these antistatic mats will not mold, mildew, or rot. Place a mat inside or outside your door, or use it as a tray for food and water bowls.

Backed in slip-resistant rubber and available in a variety of colors, each floor accent has a tone-on-tone dimensional pet-related design. The Bark Bark Pet Mat has the repeating word “Bark” and paw prints. The Paws and Bones Mat is patterned with paw prints and dog bones and includes free customization with your pet’s name!

Click here to shop all colors and styles of the “pawsitively” darling WaterHog® mats from the Touch of Class® site.

Bark Bark WaterHog Pet Mat

Paws and Bones Personalized Pet Mat

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Challenge Yourself! Healthier Pet, Healthier You

The seasons are changing, the temperature is spiking, and your pet can’t wait to get outside and soak it all in. Challenge yourself to join your pet in the great outdoors with Move More Month!

During the month of April, the American Heart Association challenges people to exercise more throughout the day. What better way to inspire motivation than by including your pet? Begin a morning or evening routine of walking your dog or playing with your cat. If you keep the time consistent from day to day, your pet will always remind you to get up and move.

Here are a few other ways to motivate yourself to exercise more:
➢ Open windows and let in that fresh spring breeze
➢ Prop a toy near your key or purse repository
➢ Hang a dog leash rack next to the front door
➢ Schedule pet playdates and exercise in your calendar
➢ Find an accountability partner by inviting friends and family to join

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Curious Cat Shelf Sitter Sculpture

As cat owners know, you merely live in the house—the cat is the true ruler. Every space is his to explore, so why not decorate with a sculpture that portrays him at his most inquisitive?

Place the Curious Cat on a shelf or ledge so that he can peer down at all the goings-on. With a curled tail and ears all perked up, this cat sculpture will remind you of your own funny feline. This 6″Wx12″Dx7.5″H shelf sitter is available in three finishes: aged bronze, gray, and mocha.

Click here to shop the Curious Cat Shelf Sitter from the Touch of Class® site.

Curious Cat Shelf Sitter

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Bound Into Spring! How to Get Your Pet Ready

Spring is coming! Soon you’ll be cleaning and organizing, or finally hauling those Christmas decorations back into storage. During this time where happiness spreads with warmer and sunnier weather, remember that your pet needs some help with spring cleaning, too.

In the spring, you can help your pet shed its winter coat so hair isn’t trailing throughout your home. Your pet relies on you to be aware of how the coming season can affect it: from bugs carrying parasites, to lawn chemicals or plants that can cause harm, to seasonal allergies. Here are a few ways you can help your pet get ready for the season.

1) As your pet begins to shed more than usual in preparation for warmer temps, help her out. Give her a bath and regular brushings to remove loose hair. Not only will this keep her cooler, but it will help keep your home clean and your furniture fur free. And while you’re spring cleaning, wash up her bedding and toys so they smell fresh.

2) Pets can have seasonal allergies, too, although they often show via skin irritation. Watch out for excessive scratching, biting, or licking and contact your vet for how to best treat him. Keep an eye out for grass munching, as well, since some yard treatment chemicals will make him sick. According to Project Pawsitivity, some common seasonal plants like daisies are also toxic to pets. Check out a full plant list here.

3) Warmer weather brings those pesky bugs: fleas, ticks, and mosquitos. As if bites from these bugs weren’t bad enough, they can also carry parasites that could affect your pet’s health. So, before the warmth really sets in, ensure that she has preventative medication for heartworms, fleas, and ticks.

4) Before taking your pet out to enjoy sunny days, make sure his shots are up to date. According to Petcube, having his shots recently updated will cause him less problems if he encounters animals who haven’t had their shots. Also check that his tags and microchip have current information and are readable, and that leashes and collars still fit and aren’t fraying.

5) While humans can exercise throughout the winter in gyms, that’s not always true for our pets. As warm weather rolls in, give her time to adjust to a more active lifestyle. Start with short walks and don’t force her to play if she looks tired. Just like us, your pet’s muscles take time to strengthen.

Pets are just as happy as the rest of us that the sun is shining brighter and the temperature is climbing. But just as we have preventative measures against bugs and allergies, so should our pets. Give them love, care, attention, and help as they prepare for sun-filled days in the ways only they can.

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It’s a Pop Quiz… for Love Your Pet Day!

National Love Your Pet Day has popped up again this year—along with a couple fun quizzes. Spend some quality time with your pet today, whether that means exercise, extra grooming time, or plenty of snuggles and cuddles.

When you have a few minutes of down time, put your knowledge of cats and dogs to the test!

🐱 Cat Quiz 🐱
🐶 Dog Quiz 🐶

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