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How To Add A Cat to Your Dog-Friendly Household

It’s a common misconception that dogs and cats can’t live under the same roof harmoniously. Some pet owners have even avoided adding a cat to their family because they assumed their cat and dog would…well… “fight like cats and dogs.” But by being patient and properly introducing them, your pets – whatever their species! – can become lifelong friends.

If you’re soon to become a cat-and-dog household, here are 10 tips to help you start their relationship off right:

1. When you bring your pet home for the first time, have the right mindset. Don’t get discouraged if your pets don’t become the best of friends over night. It’s important to realize that they’ll most likely need some time to get to know each other.

2. Let your pets become familiar with each other’s scents before they meet for the first time. Put your cat’s blanket (or any object that’s been in contact with your cat) near your dog for a day or two, and vice versa. When they meet face-to-face, there will at least be a familiar scent between the two.

3. When you first introduce your pets, your cat should be at your dog’s eye level.

4. Keep your dog on her leash when she’s meeting your cat for the first time. As with all our friends in the animal kingdom, it’s hard to tell how your pets will react when they see each other for the first time. Always play it safe!

5. Keep a firm (and loving) grip on your pets as they meet. This will help make them feel comfortable and secure.

6. It’s possible for some posturing to take place when they first meet, and they may make a lot of noise at each other. This is normal. If things start getting too aggressive, separate them into different areas of the house. Patience is key! They may not take to each other at the first attempt, so don’t get discouraged too fast.

7. After they meet, make sure it’s easy for your cat to get away from your dog whenever she feels stressed or threatened. Providing a small cat door she can easily escape through is one example. In fact, allowing each pet to have a location to call her own will be helpful for when they just want to retreat and get away from it all.

8. Your pets should feel relaxed while eating. To prevent them from feeling defensive against the other with their food, let them eat in separate places at first.

9. Let your dog hang out with another family member in a separate room for a half hour or so to give your cat a chance to safely explore your home by herself. You may want to do this daily, until both pets are familiar and happy with each other.

10. It’s crucial to praise your dog when she exhibits good behavior with your cat (i.e., when she doesn’t bark or chase her.) Consistently rewarding her with a treat will go a long way!

Have you successfully trained your cat and dog to love each other? We’d like to hear from you! What techniques worked well for you? What didn’t work so well? Let us know in the Replies section below!

Family Photos With Pets

If you usually take family photos before the holidays to send out on Christmas cards and you haven’t thought about them yet, here is a friendly reminder! I know what it’s like to suddenly realize it’s the middle of December and then have to rush to get photo cards out. This year I wanted to be one step ahead so we had our photos taken in October (with Ollie!).

If your pet is a part of your family, it’s only natural to include them in your family photo! Here are a few family photos with pets to give you some ideas for this year.

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If you don’t want to have professional photos taken, have a family or friend take your photos with the camera setting “continuous shooting” so they can capture all of the moments. This allows them to simply hold down the camera button and the pictures keep continuously shooting (And you are bound to have one keeper!)

Have you ever had a family photo with your pet? Let’s see ’em!

Pet Nanny Halloween Costume Contest!

A few weeks ago, we gave you a few ideas for pet Halloween costumes and since Halloween is quickly approaching, we thought we better put up another photo contest! All you have to do is post a photo of your pet in their Halloween costume to our Facebook page and you could win a $50 gift certificate to Pet Nanny. You can be a new customer or one of our regulars!

Photos will be judged on quality and the best Halloween costume. The deadline to post to our Facebook page is November 7th. Good luck!

Fun Pet Ideas and Products

These Bacon Bark Sticks from the blog Spoon Fork Bacon look good enough to eat as a snack! Your Fido friend will love these homemade treats.

If you have enough space in your house, this little pet nook is the perfect space! This is a great way to have all of your pet’s needs in one place while keeping everything neat and clean. via diyideas.com

These fabulous pet beds are made from Vintage soda crates. If you can find an old soda crate or something like it, this would be an easy do-it-yourself project. If you just want to get your hands on one now, you can for $49.95 at the designer, Tom Davie’s website.

If you’re the artsy type, or would just like a cool portrait of your pet for your home, these watercolor paintings by Rachael Rossman are unique and one of a kind. You can purchase custom watercolor paintings of your pet at her website on Etsy.

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Pet-friendly getaways in Wine Coast Country

A family vacation just isn’t the same without the family pet, but in Wine Coast Country, there’s no need to leave Fido at home. With plenty of dog parks, dog-friendly beaches and welcoming accommodations, the Central Coast offers something for everyone – even man’s best friend.

Avila Beach This hip coastal community has some of the best weather on the Central Coast, as well as a wide variety of attractions to please every member of the family. For our four-legged friends, there’s the Olde Port Beach, a ¼-mile stretch of shoreline perfect for letting the pup catch some waves. For the kids, a visit to the Avila Valley Barn is always in order, with its extensive petting zoo and seasonal activities including ollalieberry picking, a pumpkin patch, and tractor rides.

For mom and dad, the Avila Beach Golf Resort features a par 71, 6,500-yard championship course for players of all levels. And don’t forget the wine! Avila Beach is home to several esteemed wineries, including those with tasting rooms downtown such as Alapay Cellars and Wood Winery..

For the whole family, there are trolley rides out to the Point San Luis Lighthouse for a tour of this historic property dating back to 1890. Or hike/cycle the beautiful Bob Jones Trail, which travels a 1.5-mile corridor shrouded in oak and sycamore trees that is safe enough for young children, but enjoyable for everyone – even Fido! Be sure to stop at the Woodstone Marketplace, just off the trail, for a delicious lunch or light supper on the veranda. Or, for a view of the waves, visit Mr. Rick’s Restaurant, where the easy-going, dog-friendly patio overlooks a stretch of classic California seashore.

For pet-friendly lodging opportunities in Avila Beach, check out the following: Avila Village Inn, Avila La Fonda Hotel

San Simeon / Cambria / Cayucos A vacation along San Luis Obispo County’s north coast is a treat for the whole family. Always at the top of everyone’s list is Hearst Castle State Park in San Simeon. Built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, this “castle” never fails to amaze even its youngest visitors with history, grandeur, and opulence. For lunch, visit nearby El Chorlito Mexican Restaurant, which has a pet-friendly patio and awesome views. And a visit to the Piedras Blancas Elephant Sea Lion Rookery never disappoints, with bulls measuring from 14 to 16 feet long, weighing up to 2 1/2 tons, and engaging in battles to establish dominance mere yards from where visitors stand.

Pet-friendly lodging in San Simeon can be found at the following: Best Western Plus Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, Silver Surf Motel

For seaside village appeal, look no further than Cambria. Framed in stately pine trees and known for its artists’ community, Cambria is a quaint hamlet that knows how to charm. Kids will love hunting for sea glass on Moonstone Beach, while parents will appreciate Cambria’s many galleries and fine antique shops. Dogs will especially enjoy the Cambria Dog Park and pet-friendly accommodations just 500 yards away at the Creekside Inn, where pets always stay free. Pet-friendly restaurants with patios include Las Cambritas, Mustache Pete’s, Wild Ginger, Indigo Moon, and the Redwood Café.

Cambria’s pet-friendly lodgings: Creekside Inn, Cambria Pines Lodge, Cambria Palms Motel, Cambria Shores Inn, Fog Catcher Inn

If you’re looking for an all-around relaxed California beach scene, Cayucos is for you. This small town is home to a long, spacious white-sand beach that entertains thousands of surfers and fisherman each year. Best of all, the strand is dog-friendly! Constantly in view of the famous Morro Bay Rock, Morro Strand Beach stretches six miles from Cayucos to Morro Bay – the perfect distance for a morning jog or a leisurely stroll taken over the course of an entire day. Rent sea kayaks for an afternoon of family paddling, or explore the tide pools near the Cayucos pier. Satisfy your kids’ sweet tooth with salt water taffy from the Cayucos Candy Counter after a meal at any one of these pet-friendly restaurants: Hoppe’s Bistro, Sea Shanty Restaurant, Schooner’s Wharf, Old Cayucos Bakery & Deli, Mustache Pete’s Cayucos.

Cayucos accommodations for families with pets include: Cayucos Beach Inn, Vagabond Inn

About Wine Coast Country Wine Coast Country represents the San Luis Obispo County Business Improvement District, whose mission is to promote increased occupancy in the 730+ lodging properties that are a part of the CBID constituency. www.WineCoastCountry.compromotes tourism to San Luis Obispo County’s distinct unincorporated areas, including Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Los Osos, Nipomo, Oceano, San Simeon, and unincorporated San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande, and Morro Bay. For more information, call Cheryl Cuming at (805) 547-CBID (547-2243) or log onto www.WineCoastCountry.com.

Make Your Own Pet Food

 

 

 

Lately I have seen a rise in pet bakeries and pet owners taking more of an interest in what they feed their pet, even going to the extent of making their own pet’s food rather than using dry or canned. Why would you make your own pet food? Just like in a human’s diet we try to steer clear of too much processed and canned food and we often hear of these products being recalled due to contamination. You can’t just start feeding your pet homemade food though, you may notice when they steal scraps from the table, they have “gastrointestinal problems,” and that’s exactly what will happen if you jump right in with your homemade meals. Always consult your vet before giving your met homemade food and any of these recipes.

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Meat and Rice Stew (Dog) from Bark Bark I’m Hungry

  • 2/3 cup of meat – turkey, liver, or hamburger are best
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 of a small potato
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1 cup water

Cut the meat, potato, and carrot into small pieces. Combine with water and garlic powder in a pot. Turn on stove to high, bring to a boil then simmer. Cook the rice then stir it into the pot and simmer for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and strain out the juice but save a little. After it cools serve and add the little bit of juice back to it.

Bacon-Flavored Dog Treats from Recipes 4 Gourmet Dogs

  • 5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 10 TBS. bacon fat – melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cut water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt

Mix well – drop from teaspoon onto ungreased non stick cookies sheet, and flatten with bottom of a glass. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Cat Nip Crackers from Cat-Recipes

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons of dried catnip
  • 1/2 cup of yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the two flours and the catnip. Next, stir in the yogurt, egg, honey, and vegetable oil. Roll out the catnip dough onto a floured surface. Cut the dough into small dime-sized pieces. Find tiny cookie cutters in a specialty store to make the crackers more festive. (This recipe also makes a great gift for a cat lover and his/her cat!) Place the cut dough onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Catnip crackers should be fed as a treat and not as a meal. Store uneaten crackers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a week or frozen in the freezer for three months.

You can find local, all-natural pet treats at The Bark Avenue Boutique (Ardmore), Pupcakes (Philadelphia), and Esmerelda’s Dog Grubb (Philadelphia).

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