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November 2017

The Holiday Season is "unofficially, officially" upon us. The annual Toronto Santa Claus Parade is not for another few days, but it seems that everything went into holiday mode the day after Halloween. More time for parties! With the cold weather upon us now, it's time to start thinking about coats and boots for your dog. We have many new styles this year, and we will highlight a couple of new products in this newsletter.  And since many of you may be going away this holiday season, we will give you some hints on what to look for when having someone look after your pet. And as always, if there is anything you would like us to cover in a future newsletter, drop by or send us an email

We all wish we could take our pets along when we travel during the holidays, but that is not always possible.  For cat owners, it's usually not too much of a problem as friends are often willing to come in and feed the cat and take care of the litter box. If you find you need to pay a cat sitter to come in to take care of your cat, make sure you ask around and see if anyone knows a reliable person. You should interview the potential sitter, make sure they are insured and bonded, and see how they interact with your cat. You'll want to ask them questions to make sure they understand cat behaviour, and look for someone who asks you questions to find out more about your individual pet.
Dog owners generally do not look for the same type of sitter as for cats.  If you can't find a friend or relative who will take your dog into their home, or move into your's while you are away, you will have to look at boarding facilities.  The first thing to do is to ask other dog owners or your veterinarian if they have a recommendation for a boarder, and then make sure you research the place. Just as for cat sitters, make sure they are insured. Find out what training and qualifications the employees have, and if there is someone there 24/7. Visit the facility in order to see how clean it is, what exercise facilities they have, and where your dog will be staying. You will want to ask how much supervision the dogs have when at play, and how they deal with dogs who are either shy or very rambunctious. Speak to them about the different levels of service they offer, and choose what you think will be best for your dog.  You may think it's a great idea to have a TV in your dog's "room", but is it really worth the extra money? Some facilities offer a one night trial stay, so this may also help you in deciding if this is the right place for your pooch.  Just remember these places book up fast for the holidays, so start your research NOW!
 
The Dexas Mudbuster™ provides quick cleaning of a dog’s dirty or muddy paws, before they track it all over the house! It features an array of soft, gentle, thick silicone bristles inside an easy-to-grip tumbler. The Mudbuster is great for removing road salt off of your dog's paws, and comes in 3 sizes.  Add a little water, insert the muddy paw, do the twist, dab the paw dry, repeat for 3 more feet! Watch the video below to see how easy it is to use.
Muttluks MuttGator - Accessory sleeve for dog boots
This is a perfect accessory for keeping dog boots in place.
  • Fleece-lined, waterproof, windproof and breathable
  • Leg covering accessory which prevents snow from entering the top of dog boots
  • Works with any brand of boot
  • Provides additional warmth and leg protection
  • Reflective accents provide nighttime visibility and safety
  • Available in 3 sizes
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