Monthly Archives: June 2016

Before You Take Your Dog to the Beach: Tips and Etiquette

If Fido has had his fill of playing in the kiddie pool and running under the sprinkler, you might be planning a trip to the beach sometime soon. If it’s your first trip to the sandy shore together, or you just need to brush up on the basics, check out these beach tips and etiquette from the American Kennel Club and Animal Planet.

Are dogs allowed?

Check local ordinances before you leave to make sure dogs are allowed. At the beach, take notice of any rules posted.

Basic etiquette

Follow the leash laws, and supervise your dog at all times. Skip the beach trip if you have an aggressive dog or a puppy under four months. Remember waste bags to clean up after your dog.

For your dog’s safety

Ensure your dog has proper identification and is up to date on vaccinations.

Protect his skin and coat

Thirty minutes before going outside, apply a pet-safe, zinc-free sunscreen to your dog’s ears and nose and the inner part of his back legs. When you’re ready to leave the beach, use fresh water to rinse the seawater off his fur.

Saltwater temptation

Don’t let your dog drink seawater; offer him cool, clean water as an alternative. Pack a first aid kit in case you need to tend to a jellyfish sting or cut paw. Consider a doggie lifejacket for beginning swimmers or short-legged breeds. Be cautious of riptides, sharks, and deep water.

Hot, hot, hot

Limit your pup’s exposure during the hottest times of the day. Have a blanket or towel at the ready in case the sand gets too hot for your dog’s paws. Scope out a shady rest spot ahead of time or bring along a beach umbrella.

Remember to have plenty of fresh, cool water for him to drink, and watch for signs of overheating, including rapid panting, coordination problems, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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Tropical Parrot-Themed Dining Accessories

All you exotic bird lovers will be flapping your wings over these adorable parrot-themed dining accessories. These serving accents will bring color and tropical flair to your table while you season your food or pour your favorite beverage.

Designed by ©Suzanne Nicoll, these earthenware accessories resemble a green parrot with blue accents. Each cute parrot is handpainted with a gloss finish.

Click here to view the Tropics Parrot Salt and Pepper Shaker Set.
Click here to view the Tropics Parrot Beverage Pitcher.

Tropics Parrot Salt and Pepper Shakers Green Set of Two
Tropics Parrot Beverage Pitcher Green

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Floral Meadow Pet Furniture Covers

Summer is on its way! If you can sense it, maybe your pet can too! Has he been scampering about more than usual, hopping up on furnishings that couldn’t possibly be off-limits? If so, you might be on the lookout for a pet furniture protector. Understandably, dark, solid colors may not be at the top of your list during this time of year. The Floral Meadow Furniture Protector is the answer, with a delightful wildflower design that’s fresh and summery.

This diamond-quilted, off-white furniture cover features flowers in colors of burgundy and claret and leaves in moss and charcoal. The floral furniture protector has a water-repellant face that is also soil- and snag-resistant. A longer back helps cover your furniture for more protection. Your pet can cuddle in among the flowers whenever he likes; when the furniture cover needs freshening up, you can machine wash it using the gentle cycle and cold water. Recliner, loveseat, and sofa sizes are available.

Click here to view the Floral Meadow Furniture Covers and sizing/measurement information.

Floral Meadow Furniture Protector Off White Recliner/Wing Chair
Floral Meadow Furniture Protector Off White Recliner/Wing Chair

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