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Welcome Guests with Adorable Pet Mats

Wipe your paws while warming the hearts of guests and family alike with Jellybean Pet Mats featuring kittens and puppies. With a soft, hand-hooked construction, these .25” thick polyester doormats boast bright colors, borders, and frolicking cats and dogs. Machine washable mats are 30”x20” and can be used indoors or outdoors seasonally.

Shop Jellybean Pet Mats on the Touch of Class® web site!

Kitties in the Window Hand Hooked Indoor Outdoor Mat
Welcome Dogs Hand Hooked Indoor Outdoor Mat

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Back-to-School Pet Safety Tips

Are you caught up in the chaos of buying school supplies, planning new schedules, and tackling to-do lists? Keep in mind that this time of year can be a big change for your pet too. Keep your pet safe and healthy during back-to-school time with these suggestions from the ASPCA and PetMD.

1. Keep backpacks out of pets’ reach
If possible, designate an area for children to place their backpacks that is out of the way of pets. Keep school supplies such as pencils, glue sticks, markers, and scissors away from those curious four-legged furballs. Other potential hazards include batteries and medications.

2. Likewise, stash those lunch bags
Remember to keep non-human food away from pets. Don’t let your pet sniff his way into a lunchbox containing grapes, raisins, chocolate, or gum (click here for the ASPCA’s full list of people-only food).

3. Gradually increase your separation time
Slowly let your pet acclimate to more “alone” time, rather than suddenly changing his schedule and leaving him without his buddies for an entire school day. Keep your departure and return low-key, and teach children to do the same. If you remain calm, there’s a better chance your pet will too.

4. Reduce stress and boredom by providing mental stimulation
Leave a safe, sturdy puzzle toy with your dog to keep his mind active. Toys that allow your pet to chew and lick can provide stress relief.

5. Don’t neglect your pet when you are home
Fit in aerobic exercise for your dog or play with your cat each day, preferably before you leave. It’s a great time for you to bond together; plus, if he’s tired, it can help him relax while you’re away. If mornings are too hectic, make sure your pet has some evening exercise to relieve pent-up energy.

6. Consult a veterinarian if needed
If your pet’s separation anxiety is severe, don’t punish your pet. Talk to your veterinarian to determine possible underlying causes and treatment options.

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10 Ways to Make Your Pet Feel Special on National Spoil Your Dog Day

Happy National Spoil Your Dog Day! We love our pets, so why not take some extra time to celebrate all the love and joy our four-legged friends give us? Make your dog feel extra special today with some pampering, playtime, or new treats! Have fun with your dog and take them to do the things they enjoy. Get inspired with these 10 ways to show your pet extra love today.

1. Bonding Time
Your pet loves spending time with you, so carve out extra quality time in your day to bond with your beloved family member. Snuggle on the bed or couch without worrying; be prepared with a pet furniture or bed cover.

2. Family Playtime
Grab a ball or stick and play fetch for an extended period today, or use a rope to play some good old tug-of-war. Let your pet run and stretch his legs and roll in the grass while you enjoy the outdoors as a family.

3. Take a Walk to the Dog Park
Get out of the house and walk around the neighborhood or take a trip to a nearby dog park. Some parks will have events and activities to celebrate this pet-friendly holiday, so if your dog loves to be social, it’s a great chance for her to meet new friends.

4. Create a Homemade Meal
Show your pooch how much she means to you by crafting a homemade meal for her. Just make sure the ingredients you choose for the meal are healthy for your dog before you start.

5. Share a Frozen Treat
Go on a yummy outing and share frozen treats with him! Find a local ice cream parlor or frozen yogurt shop that sells dog-friendly frozen treats and take your dog out for a change of pace.

6. Go Exploring
If your pup enjoys sniffing out new things and exploring new places, take him somewhere he’s never been and have an adventure together!

7. Have a Spa Day
Pamper your pet with a special spa day. Give her a pedicure, massage, or aromatherapy for an extra luxurious day at the spa.

8. Pick Out a New Toy
Show your dog how much playtime means to you by letting him pick out a new toy to play with. Enjoy the bonding time of an outing to the store and the excitement of choosing something new for him to play with.

9. Food Area Update
Spruce up her food and sleeping areas to show how much you care about her well-being. Do a special cleaning of food and water dishes, or get a personalized pet mat with slip-resistant backing to set them on.

10. Fresh and Sweet Dreams
Freshen up your dog’s sleeping space by washing the removable cover on his bed, or if it’s time to replace it, find something soft and plush with extra cushioning for comfort. For older pets, they may enjoy the pressure relief of a memory foam pet bed.

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Pet Safety Tips for Fourth of July Fireworks

Can you guess the busiest day of the year for many animal shelters in the United States? According to the American Humane Association, it is July 5th—that’s right; the day after the Fourth of July. This year, make a “pledge” that your pet will not be among the many that flee their homes in a panic after unsettling firework celebrations begin. Here are just a few tips, including some from the AVMA, to keep your pet safe this Independence Day.

1. Make sure that your pet has a properly fitting collar with an attached ID tag and that all the information is up to date; likewise, check that all microchip information is current.

2. Take a picture of your pet so that you have a current photo just in case.

3. Earlier in the day, take your dog for a walk or run (but be vigilant about the summer’s heat and don’t overdo it). Exercise will help calm him and tire him out before the fireworks start.

4. Don’t take your pet to firework festivities or set off fireworks around your pet. Keep your pet indoors where he is safe; if possible, bring your outdoor pet indoors.

5. Keep exterior doors, pet doors, and windows shut to prevent a terrified pet from escaping outdoors and running away from the fireworks.

6. Lower blinds and cover windows so the bright lights of the fireworks don’t distress your pet.

7. Make sure your pet has a safe place in an interior room where he can retreat. Your pet may prefer a small, enclosed area to “hide” when he’s scared.

8. Place your pet’s favorite toys or familiar blankets nearby for comfort.

9. Turn on a calming television show, soothing music, or even a fan to help block out some of the firework noise.

10. Provide your dog with a safe chew toy to distract him and ease anxiety (and make sure cords are out of the way so they don’t become chew toys).

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Oliver Cairn Terrier Indoor Outdoor Dog Sculpture

Sitting in your foyer or enjoying the sun in your garden, the Oliver Cairn Terrier Dog Sculpture brings cheer with an adorable expression on its face. The hand-cast outdoor accent is made of bonded marble resin and can be used outdoors seasonally. This dog figurine is USA-made with a hand-rubbed finish and a secret compartment in the bottom that’s perfect for hiding a spare key.

Available in moss or antique white, this sculpture perfect for pet lovers can be found on the Touch of Class® web site!

Watch the video for a closer look at the detailing in this garden sculpture.

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Increase Comfort with the Pet Agree Pet Allergen Reducing Mattress Pad

Snuggle with your furry friends without worrying about pet allergies. A soft cotton design and white hue grace the Pet Agree Mattress Pad, featuring PurissimoTM technology that uses natural probiotics to eliminate pet allergens. This machine washable bedding item has a polyester knit 16” deep pocket skirt, allowing it to fit mattresses up to 18” deep, and has a waterproof laminated barrier to provide assurance against accidents. Snuggling with your pet just got a lot easier.

Shop the Pet Agree Mattress Pad on the Touch of Class® web site!

Pet Agree Waterproof Mattress Pad

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Keep Your Pet Safe Over Easter

Are the members of your household bunny-hopping into Easter—and fluttering like butterflies with preparations? Amid the hubbub, make sure your pet doesn’t frolic its way into any springtime hazards. Check out these Easter pet safety tips from PetMD and the ASPCA.

1. Choco-no-no
Keep chocolates, raisins, and artificially sweetened treats away from your pets. Chocolate is potentially toxic to dogs and cats; according to PetMD, dark chocolate and unsweetened chocolate are the most toxic. Consult your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate.

2. “Fill”-ing like trouble?
If you’re looking for another reason to dislike Easter grass, here it is: This filler can pose choking and digestive hazards to pets. Keep pets out of baskets—candy wrappers, foil, plastic eggs, and toys can also be dangerous.

3. Not so egg-cellent
Pets shouldn’t eat raw eggs due to possible salmonella contamination. While you’re on the egg lookout, make sure the dye you use is nontoxic.

4. Food blues

PetMD cautions that you shouldn’t give fatty foods, onions, or garlic to your pet. Fatty foods like ham can upset your pet’s stomach (or cause more serious issues), while onions and garlic can be toxic, depending on the amount.

5. Flower away
All parts of the lily plant are highly toxic to cats. Consider other decorations if you share your home with a feline. View the ASPCA’s entire plant list here.

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Bring on Spring! (While Keeping Your Pet Safe)

Spring is officially here! While those cooped-up days of cabin fever might be waning, it’s important to keep a few things in mind before you and your pet savor spring in all its glory. Here are a few springtime pet safety tips from PetMD and the ASPCA.

  1. Keep spring-cleaning chemicals out of pets’ reach. Follow all labels regarding use and ventilation, and don’t forget to store cleaning products properly.
  2. Before you fling open those windows to let the spring air waft into your home, be sure that your windows are snugly screened and that no screens are in need of repair.
  3. Inspect your dog’s leash and collar for tears.
  4. Make sure your pet’s ID information is up to date.
  5. Reintroduce more vigorous exercise slowly so that your pet can acclimate to it.
  6. Keep pets away from recently fertilized lawns and consider pet-safe alternatives. Likewise, keep lawn-care products out of pets’ reach.
  7. Check to see if your pet is up to date on its medications and preventatives.
  8. Keep those Easter staples out of pets’ reach (especially the ubiquitous Easter grass!). Chocolate and artificial sweeteners are harmful to pets; lilies are toxic to cats.
  9. Take your furry pal to the vet if he seems to be suffering from spring allergies.

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Get Organized! Helpful Products for Tidier Living with Pets

You have organizers for your own belongings, so why not give your pet the same treatment? Maintain your home’s cleanliness while adding a personal pet touch with these solutions.

These items are available now on the Touch of Class® web site; simply click on each item to shop!

The Paws and Bones WaterHog® Pet Mat will catch spills and help preserve your spotless floors. This mat has a rubber backing to help prevent slippage, comes in multiple colors, and includes free customization.

Paws and Bones Personalized Pet Mat

Allow your pet to lounge with you while keeping your bed free of hair. Designed by Touch of Class®, the faux suede, double diamond-quilted Mason Ultimate Bed Protector can be monogrammed with your pet’s name.

Mason Bed Protector for Pets

Sustain the flow of your kitchen decor with the Pet Food Hideaway Storage Unit. With a hinged lid, two drawers, and two dishes, this wooden unit can hold your pet’s food, treats, and bowls—leaving your kitchen theme intact.

Pet Food Hideaway Storage Unit

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We Woof You Meowy Holidays!

Whether you’ve recently welcomed a new four-legged friend into your home or you’re spending quality time with your faithful furry companion, we wish you a very enjoyable holiday!

We hope you and your faithful pet have a purrfectly merry holiday—and a howling good 2022!

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