Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's not too late to dress him up!

If you are running behind and don’t have time to go out and buy your pet a Halloween costume, there are many things sitting around your house that you can figure out a SPOOKY get up for your pooch!

Here are a few ideas for a Homemade pet costume: (Remember you can use regular clothes, items and hair color to make your dog be just about anything)

  • Skunk – use white hair color spray down the back of your black pooch
  • Prisoner in Jail - Buy an orange sweater and put a number of the back
  • Zebra – use hair color as well to make stripes
  • Disco Dog – buy an afro at a Halloween store and stick on your dog with some beads

There are many things you can do with stuff around your house to make a homemade pet costume. Be creative and let the kid’s participate, but make sure whatever you put on your pet or decide to put him in, that it is a safe item for your pooch.You can purchase many grooming products to help the transition from cute to COOKY.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SPIT out that gum!

You wouldn’t think that chewing gum could hurt your dog, but this SPOOKY season, BEWARE cause it can! When your kids are unloading their Halloween treats make sure you keep your doggie away from the candy and especially the gum, especially the sugar free gum!

The Xylitol in sugarless gum can be toxic, and can cause liver failure in your dog. According to the Animal Poison Control Center, last year they managed over 170 sick pets after eating products containing Xylitol.

Items that contain Xylitol are:
  • sugarless chewing gum
  • sugarless candy
  • mouthwashes and other oral care products
  • oral pharmaceuticals, such as certain types of vitamin supplements
  • sweeteners packaged for use in the kitchen

Xylitol is a sugar-alcohol sweetener found in sugar-free human food products such as chewing gum, candy, baked goods as well as other products. Dogs that ingest certain items with Xylitol can develop a sudden drop in blood sugar, which can cause weakness, lethargy, loss of coordination, collapse and seizures. Not what any pet owner wants to go through.

If you find that your pet has eaten candy or gum and you are unsure what the active ingredients are, call your local Poison Control Center or vet immediately. Symptoms can occur in 15-30 minutes after ingesting the product.

Don't take this litely it CAN happen. According to Snopes this is a true and correct warning. For a list of other products that can hurt your pet check with your vet or search the internet.

So, keep purses, treat bags, and candy out of the reach of our furry little friends and it will keep you and your best friend out of the Animal ER!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Patience is a Virtue!

Halloween is almost here and that means that your pet will be sporting his favorite Halloween costume!
If you are like me and enjoy taking pictures, it is a must to know how to take the best pictures of your pets.

Suggestions for taking pet pictures are:
1/  Use treats : Bribery and motivation is the key. Pick a yummy treat and use it to your advantage. 

2/  Use good light: While outdoors is the best light; if you must take indoors make sure it is a well lit room and use your flash.

3/  Background: I know we all want to stick pumpkins around Fido and spooky decorations but it’s not the best for the picture and most of the time causes distractions.

4/Don’t get crazy with the costume: We all know that some costumes can be uncomfortable. Make sure you let your dog move around for a bit in the costume and make sure you put on the headpiece last before snapping the picture!

5/ Make sure that you get down to his level: Don’t try and take the picture from up above him. Kneel down and snap his photo from his level. It will make for a better picture.

There is additional information on taking pet photo's on most pet websites!
After you take the pictures, share with your family and friends! We all need a good laugh, and if you have not gotten your best buddy a Halloween costume yet, you better hurry! Check out Posh Puppy Boutique's great Halloween costumes for your dog!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Did your "Buddy" make the cut?

Every year I just anticipate the arrival of the Top Dog Breeds of the Year announced by the American Kennel Club. With 2010 approaching I thought I would give a re-cap of this years “top dogs”.

The 2009 Top Dog Breeds of the Year are:

Yorkshire Terriers
Also known as “Yorkies”, these small but spunky dogs are high energy and very loyal.

WOOO HOOO! I love those little “weiner dogs”! With long bodies and shorts legs, they tend to fool ya! They are playful, fun and sometimes grumpy with strangers!

Remember “Snoopy”? This strong little buck is sweet and gentle and loves his family.

Miniature Schnauzers
Miniature Schnauzers are smart, obedient and love to engage in non-aggressive play. They'll play well with children and or chew toys.

Labrador Retrievers
Labeled the most “popular” dog of all, the dogs are lovable, smart and friendly and perfect with kids!

The American Kennel Club says that the Boxers “play well with children, are extremely loyal and are low maintenance dogs”.

Golden Retrievers
These large dogs are extremely kind and gentle by nature and love playing with people and their toys. Make sure you have enough room for this big boy!

German Shepherds
One of the most lovable dogs around and so smart that is why they are every police force’s choice for their K-9.

Shih Tzu
They finally made the list! This adorable dog is cute and cuddly and obviously the most popular in Hollywood.

Poodles are beautiful, loyal and extremely intelligent dogs which makes them popular among everyone!

Check back in Jan and see if your baby made the cut!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Is your buddy getting "Pudgy"?

With winter fast approaching and the weather outside changing, Fido may not be getting his exercise~chasing birds and Frisbees and frolicking in the sun and may pack on a few pounds or so.

Since we all try to take care of ourselves with our memberships to the gym and our “mall walking” friends, why not let your best friend look trim and healthy too!

The new pet treadmill is wonderful! Exercise anytime, anywhere, any weather! 

Treadmill training can give a dog a great workout regardless of weather or environment, allowing owners to maintain a watchful eye. It provides increased muscle definition, toning, improves vitality, increases life span and can help curb destructive behavior or excess energy often associated with the lack of regular exercise. Often it is used as rehab for injuries to dogs as well.

These treadmills come in three sizes to best fit your dog and his size, small, med and large for the big boys!

Why not put the pet treadmill next to your and throw in a video (maybe “Homeward Bound” or something) and start walking! What a great way to “bond” with your buddy!

Oh... what to wear today?

How do you know which line to buy for your dog’s fall fashion statement? At Posh Puppy Boutique we outfit your babies with the finest dog fashion clothing around!

We have the top designers in the canine world. Our line of dog fashion ranges from sweaters to bathing suits and we even have accessories.Oh, where to start?

When choosing a outfit for your dog, make sure that you check out our sizing charts and be sure and measure, measure, measure because you never know how they will fit and we want to make sure you are happy! Pick a functional outfit as well, one that doesn’t bind your little one.

Maybe you like Juicy Couture for your dog, a great line with many items. Maybe you are interested in keeping your buddy warm in this Juicy Couture Faux Fur Coat or maybe you want to get your puppy the new Juicy Couture Velour Bear Dog Chew Toy or a precious Juicy Couture dog placement. A inexpensive way to let them “strut their stuff” wearing Juicy Couture.

A precious line of collars is the Mimi Green line. How about the Mimi Green Bo Presidential Collar or a precious Pink Monogram Doggie Tank . Great items to choose from from this great line of dog clothing.

Possibly you are bit fancier in style and would like the Georgia Belle Dress Dress with Long Skirt by Linda Higgins.

Perhaps you have a "manly man dog" and would like to dress him up on Sunday's for the big game. How about the sports line from Posh Puppy? Maybe you are a "Bama Fan" or maybe a NY Jets fan!  We have all of the great teams for your picking!

Whatever “your style” is for your best friend, you can certainly find the “perfect” dog outfit at Posh Puppy Boutique! We are certainly here to help if you need it!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Be a Superhero in October and Adopt a DOG!

October is such a fun and spooky Month, lots going on with events, parties and just life but can also be a productive life changing month for you and your family.

If you have been thinking of adopting a dog, now is the time to do it. October is Adopt a Dog Month! I personally believe and support supporting shelters and adopting shelter dogs and I know that you can too.

Each October, the American Humane Association along with local animal shelters across the country in promoting Adopt-A-Dog Month. Adopt a Dog Month is a large national campaign to highlight homeless dogs waiting to be adopted.

October is focused and used to encourage people to visit their local animal shelter first to adopt their new best friend."Right now there are millions of loving dogs in every size and shape imaginable waiting anxiously in local shelters for a home of their own", says the  American Humane's President and CEO.

There are many types of dogs to choose from when you go to a shelter, different sizes, shapes, energy levels and breed. Have an open mind and a open heart when you visit but make sure that the dog you choose fits your family and your lifestyle.There is a adoption process to go through and ways that you can find out if you are ready for a dog.

Why not spoil your new friend and get him everything he needs before he gets there. Your new buddy will need a- ID tag, food, bowls, leash, collar, dog den, and toys.
If you get a puppy, make sure you have housebreaking items, and lots of chew toys as well!

Enjoy your October and your new friend.