Monthly Archives: September 2012

Reflect Equine Grace with Horse Home Decor

Horse home decor captures that breathtaking moment when all four of a stallion’s hooves depart from the earthly plain below and his mane lifts from his robust neck. Perhaps these quiet moments, hanging suspended in time, are even more beautiful than those in which these animals are in motion. Horse owners will treasure home decor that encapsulates the spirit of their cherished pet; admirers from afar will enjoy the artistic depictions of this noble creature.

A great way to immortalize the majesty of this animal is through horse wall art. The tender Healing the Heart Wall Art Set is a collection of watercolor prints enclosed in striking veneered wooden frames. One print reveals a young girl’s first tentative embrace of her pet, a platinum-haired horse. The other depicts a quiet moment in which human and horse share a symbiotic life energy. The wordless companionship between a gentle giant and a small girl is underscored in this set.

The Horse Solitude Table Sculpture is another quiet piece in the horse home decor repertoire. Crafted from brown-washed resin, it capitalizes on equine grace. The arched neck, the defined jaw, and the luculent dark eyes are all testaments to the silent wonder one might feel watching a wild horse grazing on a rocky hill. With their elegant silhouettes, horse table sculptures make ideal decorative accents for the display surfaces in your home.

The prairie billows about a frozen procession of hooves in the Wild Horses Bedding. This panoramic comforter has a cotton face in chestnut with a light brown mixed background. The border depicts the awe-inspiring sight of a galloping herd. This comforter, like the sculpture and prints, is wordlessly robust. Mimicking this design, the coordinating pillows are fringed with a rustic “mane.” Horse bedding will win the heart of any equine enthusiast with captivating scenes and earthy colors.

Horse home decor allows you to submerge yourself in the presence of this quiet but vivacious animal, even if you do not own one yourself.

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Celebrate National Dog Week

O, Chieftain of Chew Toys, Sovereign of Sofas, need we further excuse to keep the world revolving about you like an expertly-tossed flying disk? The answer is yes! National Dog Week (September 24th-30th) is nearly upon us, so shake a leg! It’s time to celebrate the canine companion in your life (even if you’re already wrapped around her paw!).

National Dog Week means festivals held in honor of man’s best friend, so keep your eyes peeled for local events! Canine-related festivities afford great opportunities to socialize new puppies, and older dogs will appreciate a little change of scenery and a chance to interact with friends. You’ll be sure to make friends too with people just as fanatical about these amazing animals. The introverted dog and owner might prefer to play some quiet fetch in the park. The family dog might think his time well-spent with his tongue lolling out the car window, surrounded by his people and destined for the beach. If you’re hard-pressed for time, just skirt down the pet aisle and pick up a squeaky toy. It’s your dog’s week, so don’t forget him! May your celebrations be merry, wherever your dog’s paws might lead you!

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Pet Safety Tips

If you have ever watched as a leaf danced teasingly out of your cat’s paws or a squirrel chattered abuses at your tail-wagging pup on the ground below, then you already know that autumn is a thrilling season for pets. But, as the world makes its creaky transition from summer to winter, new seasonal dangers will arise. Keep your pet plunging into meticulously-raked leaf piles for years to come with these safety tips from Hartz!

1. Hartz warns pet owners that, although outdoor pets will naturally grow thicker coats, indoor animals will have inadequate pelts for chilly weather. Cute sweaters make for added insulation—and a greater “aww” factor—when you venture out to admire the leaves together.

2. Arthritis is another serious consequence of cold weather, especially in older pets. Watch carefully: movement accompanied by whining, limping, or a slower pace could all be indicators of arthritis. Monitoring your pets for these signs could make the difference between a miserable winter and a cozy one.

3. Many pets seem to think that the more poisonous the object, the tastier it looks. In the case of dogs, mushrooms probably look like imported chocolates springing out of the grass. All mushrooms are highly toxic to dogs, at worst causing “complete liver failure.” Hartz deems “parasol-shaped” and “small brown mushrooms” among the worst. Always be sure to restrict your dog to areas clear of these dangerous “delicacies.”

4. Antifreeze is making its way back into vehicles—and into pet’s stomachs. Hartz informs us that “more than 10,000 dogs and cats” every year fall victim to antifreeze poisoning due to its sugary flavor. Stash your antifreeze where curious mouths will not find it and be mindful of any spills in the driveway or garage.

5. Dropping temperatures drive vermin indoors, and, let’s face it, some cats and dogs just were not meant to be mousers. Rat poison is a more dependable pest control technique—but potentially harmful for pets too. 

As the threat of fleas and mosquitoes vanishes with the warm weather, it’s time to adapt to the changing seasons and be on the alert for new dangers. Keeping your pet safe will make for an enjoyable autumn—and perhaps fewer trips to the vet!  

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