10 great ways to have an eco-friendly pet

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Reducing our carbon footprint and making our everyday lives greener have become important to many people in recent years. Here are 10 ways eco-conscious cat owners can reduce the ecological footprint of their pets.*

1. Kibble is a massive contributor to CO2 as industrial production. Reducing your cat’s daily kibble intake can help, plus help prevent pet obesity.

2. Beef has a carbon footprint of almost four times that of chickens. Try to stick with chicken, animal by-products, or sustainable fish as your cat’s main protein source.

3. While cats are obligate carnivores, they can process and gain nutrition from insect and plant sources in well-balanced commercial cat foods, and these alternatives may help to reduce the reliance on meat production.


4. Try and use second-hand toys or cat trees when possible, or make your own DIY cat playgrounds from reclaimed materials. Cats can use their hunting skills to chase and pounce on a homemade teaser toy or even simply have fun leaping around in a cardboard box before it goes out to be recycled.

5. Consider using cat litter made from recycled paper, corn fibers or pine shaving.

6. Fleas and ticks are a problem for all pet owners, but some of the ingredients in shampoos are potentially environmentally damaging and contain pyrethrins and organophosphates, which can be harmful to your cat. Using flea combs, non-toxic and organic shampoos with biodegradable ingredients can help with flea prevention.

7. Planting a cat-friendly garden including cat grass, catnip, valerian, cat thyme, cat mint, and rosemary will provide enrichment to your cat while also helping to clean the air. Additionally, cat mint flowers help to feed honeybees.

cat with cat grass illustration

By Barbara Bullington

8. Opt for collars and leashes made from sustainable materials like hemp. You can also purchase bedding made from bamboo, and toys, bowls, and collars made from recycled plastic. Also, try using stainless steel bowls as they’ll last longer and are not as harmful to the planet as plastic.

9. Remember to keep your cats indoors. This way, they are less likely to kill birds.

Cat in window illustration

10. Lastly, help reduce the pet population by getting your cats neutered or spayed. This helps reduce everything discussed above and helps to make sure fewer cats are living without loving homes.

If you want to learn more about ways to reduce your cat’s carbon footprint, ExcitedCats.com covers all this and more!

*Please consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet. It is also recommended that you consult a veterinarian for advice regarding cat litter choices and flea prevention.
Source: https://pressroom.journolink.com/excited-cats/release/reducing_your_cats_carbon_footprint_11275

Featured graphic and other illustrations in this post: by Barbara Bullington

Five beautiful wedding dresses for your dog

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There’s a growing trend toward dog weddings. Some do it to celebrate a close relationship between two of their dogs, and others may use it as a unique fundraiser idea. Still others include their pets in their own human wedding ceremonies.

No matter the reason, how could dogs tying the knot not make for lots of cute fun?

And where on Earth can you find a doggie wedding dress?

We did some searching and found affordable and adorable wedding dresses for the blushing (well, we assume she’s blushing under all that fur) bride.

1. This House of FurBaby Wedding Flower Dog Dress comes in sizes x-small through xxxL and has an elastic waste for comfort. It  comes in a choice of ivory or white.


2) This next dress comes in fewer size options than the first, but is still available in XS through XL. And we love the white bow on it. Click here for more information.


 

3) For the bride (and/or fur parent of the bride) who prefers A LOT of bling, we recommend this FLAdorepet Sparkling Rhinestone Dog Wedding Party Dress dress.

This sparkly creation is available in sizes XL through EL and has a rhinestone design at the top that would probably have made Elvis jealous.


4) This Rubie’s Big Dog Bride Costume wedding dress is one of the few dresses for dogs we saw that came with a veil. It’s also the only one that comes in just one size — XXL — a great find for anyone looking for a wedding dress that will fit a bigger breed (or, perhaps, a medium breed with a big appetite– we don’t judge!).


5) And, finally, simple yet lovely, it’s the WORDERFUL Dog Wedding Dress Bride Outfit with Pearl Necklace, available in sizes X-Small through Large.


As for veils sold separately, here’s the one we found that we liked the best:

1) It’s this pretty Pssopp Pet Wedding Bridal Flower Headdress for Small, Medium and Large dogs.


Of course, we didn’t want to leave the groom out of our searches! Among some of the cutest options we found:

1) This tuxedo from Eversua, which comes in sizes small through EL:


2) This cute dog suit is also a harness, so you might be able to get more than one use out of it or at least be able to guide the nervous groom down the aisle. The DOGGIE DESIGN Formal Wedding Tuxedo Harness Suit with Clip Charm – Hat and Leash – Black Tails – comes in sizes for XS Thru 3XL.


When it comes to wedding dresses and accessories, there are lots of options, including the above and many others on Amazon (which is where we did our searching) and on at other stores, so be sure to choose something your pet(s) will likely be comfortable in and also check out user reviews if possible (we did both when making our selections for this list.)

For example, if your dog doesn’t like having something on her head, you can probably skip the veil! And, if your dog isn’t used to dressing up, you might not want to go with too much material — something that slips on and off easily is probably best. Also, consider the weather. There are lighter dresses for summer summer weddings, and so forth.

Once your pets have their wedding ensembles ready, the next step is planning the wedding. For tips on how to host a dog wedding, check out this article on wiki.how.

 

Featured photo: “ChiChi’s new Dress” by Brad Montgomerylicensed under CC BY 2.0 (photo cropped and lighting filter added).


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Thinking of a road trip with your pet? Here’s a list of top 10 cities for traveling with your furry friend(s)

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In honor of National Pet Day on April 11, BestPlaces and Motel 6 have partnered to present the best cities in the United States for visiting on a road trip with cuddly companions.

“When you’re on the road it’s important to enjoy the trip, and that means finding cities like these which not only have great resources but also plenty of activities and sights to see,” said Bert Sperling, BestPlaces president.

The best cities for traveling with your pet were selected by analyzing the availability of local dog parks, greenspaces, hiking and walking trails, pet stores, veterinarians, climate, and dog-friendly dining options.

Here are the top ten cities for traveling with your pet :

#1 – Santa Monica, CA:

It’s located right on the Pacific Ocean with hundreds of nearby hiking and walking trails to let you take full advantage of SoCal’s near-perfect climate. And you can share a meal with your fur-buddy by dining at the popular open-air patios.

#2 – Rockville, MD

Rockville is a great place to stop for a while on your road trip, maybe just an afternoon or even longer. It’s a good base for your exploration of the DC area and all its sights, with dog parks, greenspaces, nearby state and national parks, and local veterinarians.

#3 – Santa Fe, NM

Thehigh-desert setting has its own special beauty. Like our other top picks, it has plenty of pet-friendly amenities like pet stores, vets and a dog-friendly policy which allows them in outdoor dining venues.

#4 – Mount Pleasant, SC

Just north of Charleston is the city of Mount Pleasant. Visit or stay as you and your pet travel Highway 17 along the Atlantic coast. And its mild winter climate is a warm and welcoming change to the chilly Northeast winter.

#5 – Newport, RI

Newport has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years. You and your pet can enjoy the brisk sea air and pleasant summer climate. You’ll find plenty of dog parks, greenspaces and parks to stretch your legs.

#6 – Gloucester, MA

The fishing town of Gloucester, MA is about an hour north of Boston, and steeped in New England history. There are a number of nearby hiking and walking resources, and plenty of pet amenities available when you need them.

#7 – Richmond, KY

If you’re taking a road trip through the South, you’ll want to consider stopping in Richmond, KY. Near St. Louis and just south of Lexington, it’s rich in history.

#8 – Bend, OR

Bend is fast becoming an outdoor recreation hotspot, with a strong dog-friendly culture. There are plenty of opportunities for your dog be part of your adventures in mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, skiing and climbing. And Bend is in the drier high desert region of Oregon.

#9 – Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC loves its dogs. IBegin your journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which rambles nearly 500 miles northward from Asheville. There are literally hundreds of spots to take a walk or hike through the woods along the Parkway. Or you can just hang out in town and enjoy Asheville’s hip and laid-back, yet cosmopolitan vibe.

#10 – Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville is located just 30 minutes from the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which stretches to the south along the backbone of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s plenty to do in and around Charlottesville too, which is home to the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s famed estate, Monticello.

Here’s the rest of the list of the best places in every state to travel with your pet:

-Wasilla, AK
-Daphne, AL
-Bentonville, AR
-Tempe, AZ
-Fort Collins, CO
-Stamford, CT
-Newark, DE
-Tallahassee, FL
-Marietta, GA
-Kailua, HI
-Council Bluffs, IA
-Twin Falls, ID
-Naperville, IL
-Fishers, IN
-Leavenworth, KS
-Lafayette, LA
-Scarborough, ME
-Ann Arbor, MI
-Edina, MN
-Branson, MO
-Biloxi, MS
-Helena, MT
-Mandan, ND
-North Platte, NE
-Derry, NH
-Princeton, NJ
-Boulder City, NV
-Cooperstown, NY
-Lima, OH
-Edmond, OK
-State College, PA
-Rapid City, SD
-Chattanooga, T
-Frisco, TX
-Ogden, UT
-South Burlington, VT
-Seattle , WA
-Madison, WI
-Morgantown, WV
-Cheyenne, WY

BestPlaces (http://www.bestplaces.net) is a source for finding your best place to live. Founded by author and researcher Bert Sperling over 30 years ago, BestPlaces helps users make informed decisions about where to live, work, and retire.

Motel 6 is an economy lodging brand with company-owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.motel6.com.

Source: prweb press release


Five reasons to adopt an adult cat

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From hero cows to talented chickens; Wow My Pet Did That! looks at top ten stories of 2021

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It’s the time again already! Hard to believe, but it’s been yet another year in the midst of a pandemic. Just as it has affected pretty much all areas of life, COVID has had an impact on the pet world. Since the pandemic began, the stories we have covered have changed somewhat. For example, many yearly pet events were cancelled or moved online, which has meant less events to write about overall but also a chance to look at how organizations holding an event online have been able to reach a wider audience than they would have in person. Many people adopted pets during the pandemic, leading to related stories, including what it was like to work from home while caring for pets and then, later, how to help pets adjust as owners began returning to the office instead of working remotely.

In spite of all the changes in the world, as with previous years, Wow My Pet Did That! has covered a wide variety of pet-related stories. And, as in previous years, there were so many funny, inspiring, entertaining or helpful stories that it was incredibly hard to narrow it down to ten. Pandemic or not, animals are an incredibly important part of our lives and a source of never-ending fascination, not to mention love and happiness.

Here’s hoping this coming year brings us closer to a healthier world, and, without further ado, here is our list of our top ten favorite stories from this year:

1. Ikea stuffed animal contest for kids shows a worldwide love for pets

IKEA stuffed animal contest for kids shows a worldwide love for pets

A great idea for a contest and a chance for kids to unleash their creativity by submitting ideas for plush animals.


2. Fun facts about cat yoga

https://wowmypetdidthat.com/fun-facts-about-cat-yoga/

Fun facts about cat yoga

Yes, cat yoga, is a thing, and this article looks at the benefits and more of this trend toward involving cats in one’s yoga routine.


3. Checking out what it’s like to take a cat on a walk

 

Checking out what it’s like to take a cat on a walk

I loved this story for a number of reasons. It’s a great reminder to get out and enjoy the simple things in life, such as taking a walk. Add to that a cat who likes to come along and it can be a great experience for human and feline.


4. Artist’s 90th birthday exhibition includes monumentally-scaled detailed paintings of cats’ coats

 

Artist’s 90th birthday exhibition includes monumentally-scaled detailed paintings of cats’ coats

This story about an artist who paints large and up-close images of the fur coats of cats is a great example of how our feline friends have inspired artists over the years.


5. Chicken website debuts chickens got talent contest and results show

https://wowmypetdidthat.com/chicken-website-debuts-chickens-got-talent-contest-and-results-show/

Chicken website debuts Chickens Got Talent contest and results show

Chickens do have talent and intelligence and they are also very cute, something more people are discovering through contests such as this.


6. Recyling feed bags into cute items, like this tote bag:

Recycling feed bags into cute items, like this tote bag

This how-to article about re-using feed bags (and other types of bags) shows how upcycling can be a way of taking something destined for the trash and turning it into a practical item with lots of charm.

 


7. Real-life hero cow assists police with apprehension of suspect:

 

Real-life hero cow assists police with apprehension of suspect

It was not just another day on the farm for a woman who witnessed as her cow chased after a tresspasser. This moo-ving story of a cow protecting its humans and terrirtory just goes to show that loyalty and bravery isn’t just a human trait.


8. Update on tiny, injured kitten

 

Update on tiny, injured kitten

When my neighbor showed up at my door with a tiny kitten that was soaking wet and bleeding, I didn’t think the odds were good. But, as you can see from this “update,” the kitten (now named Slugger) was a lot tougher than she looked. P.S. Slugger is now almost a full grown cat and a happy,


9. Old dogs are full of new tricks; new online dog game to benefit real life senior dogs

This story looks at how an app that people can download and play was designed to benefit real-life animals at a sanctuary.

Old dogs are full of new tricks in this new dog game app to benefit real-life senior dogs

This story looks at how an app that people can download and play was designed to benefit real-life animals at a sanctuary.


10. Does your dog remember what you say? Researchers find that some dogs have a gift for learning and remembering new words

Does your dog remember what you say? Researchers find that some dogs have a gift for learning and remembering new words

I love a research study that looks at the abilities of animals. This one was extra special since it involves giving dog owners a chance to provide information about their own gifted dogs by going to http://geniusdogchallenge.com/

 


 

Tips for keeping pet fur out of AC System

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There’s no one “shedding season” for all pets. It depends on type of animal, breed, length of fur, and other factors, such as whether a pet goes outdoors.

In general, though, cats and dogs tend to shed most in the spring and in the fall.


Excessive pet hair can affect a home’s indoor air quality as well as the functioning of the HVAC system. To help ward off repairs that may be the result of too much pet hair, Miller’s Heating and Air Conditioning is offering tips that help control excessive shedding.

1. Change filters twice as often.
Homeowners know the importance of regular filter changes, but doubling up on filter changes during shedding season is a must. Too much hair can clog filters and make cooling systems work harder than necessary. Cleaning filters twice as often is a huge help.

2. Groom pets.
Brushing and combing pets on a daily basis removes loose hair, undercoat and dander.

3. Upgrade or install an IAQ system.
Ensure the cleanest and healthiest air with the installation of an indoor air quality system. Reduce bacteria, viruses, allergens, pet dander, hair and more with one of these quality systems.

4. Clean, clean, clean.
One of the best ways to rid a home of excessive pet hair is to be a conscientious cleaner. Vacuum and dust on a daily basis to gain better air and a cleaner home.

For over 40 years, Miller’s Heating and Air Conditioning has operated in the Hampton Roads community. For more information, visit: https://millershomecomfort.com/.

Source: https://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/481645/millers-shares-5-indoor-tips-for-homeowners-with-pets?swe=pet

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Five fascinating facts about black and white cats, including one about a cat who changed colors!

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt’s so hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since I brought home Poussey, which I wrote about at the time. Pousseyis a black and white cat, who was and is extremely sweet and affectionate.

Her disposition made me wonder whether there’s something about black and white cats that innately makes them more loving and cuddly than other cats. And, by the way, I’m not knocking cats of any other color pattern because I’ve known plenty of affectionate cats, including my kitty Jingles, who is orange, and my tortoiseshell, Motor.

But, black and white, or tuxedo cats, just seem to have a special, loving quality about them that I’ve noticed, and, so, for this post, I set out to see what others have found out about them.

While I couldn’t find definitive proof that black and white cats are the most affectionate, I did find a lot of forums and sites dedicated to expressing love and admiration for black and white kitties. I also found some interesting facts, including the following:

Five fun facts about black and white cats:

1) According to https://pets.thenest.com/tuxedo-cats-different-8119.html tuxedo cats are classified as piebald (bi-colored cats), which are white and another color.

2) Black and white cats are black-and-white colored cats are friendly, good-natured and calm but tend to wander off, according to All Pet News.

A number of websites note a Bavarian study done in 2010 that found that black and white cats tend to wander further from home than other cats.

While I couldn’t find the actual study to confirm this information, I did notice that in an article about 10 pets that were reunited with their families after years of being lost, three of the five cats shown were black and white.

I also found an article about a cat from London who was found almost 300 miles away in Paris in 2016. https://www.itv.com/news/london/2016-07-27/cat-missing-for-eight-years-found-280-miles-away-in-paris/

Coincidence? I’m not sure, but it’s probably a good idea to keep your piebalds indoors.

3) The World’s loudest purr was from a black and white cat named Merlin, who set the record in 2015, according to https://www.pets4homes.co.uk/pet-advice/ten-interesting-facts-about-black-and-white-cats.html

4) The most common cat in Ireland is black and white, says an article in the Irish Times.

The article states that the “identification of the most common feline comes from a national survey of cat colour organised by The Irish Times in collaboration with a geneticist based at Trinity College Dublin.”

5) A cat in Germany that started out as black and white actually started changing to more white than black, according to: https://www.thedodo.com/close-to-home/rare-cat-changes-colors-elli-vitiligo

The cat, named Elli, was diagnosed with vitiligo — a condition which causes loss of pigmentation. In this case, the otherwise completely healthy cat, began transforming from black and white to white with some black and around the age of 1 year old. Elli can be seen in the youtube video below:

video credit: @elli.vitiligo


Tribute to the black and white cats I’ve known and loved:

By the way, I have had a number of pets over the years, including the incredible/fabulous/amazing/sweet Paco, shown below, who was a black and white cat.

Paco, who was rescued from a storage building at a paper company in New York, started out very shy and scared, but, somewhere along the line, became one of the friendliest, sweetest, mushiest cats I’ve ever had the occasion of knowing. I could probably write a book about Paco.

Paco

Paco was a rock star cat that I had for many, many years.

Tikki and Buffy came to me together as rescues and they always had a special bond. Tikki had a thinner face than Paco, but a similar love for being cuddled, and also a similar overall appearance. (Buffy liked food more than cuddling.)

Buffy and Tikki

Buffy and Tikki

Valentino lived up to his name. He was a lover. All I had to do was pet his head and he would start doing a little happy, paw dance with his front feet.

 

 

Valentino

Valentino

TC (Top Cat) was a FIV-positive rescue. He was older and a bit of a “been there, done that,” cat. I think he had spent a lot of his life outdoors, probably having to fight with other cats for food and to protect himself. But, he was always super sweet.

Top Cat

Top Cat never missed a meal.

Finally, there was Butter Bean. Although I can’t find a picture of him, Butter Bean was yet another FIV-positive rescue who also had the misfortune of having a mangled front paw due to a declawing that went wrong. He’s one reason I always warn people not to declaw their cats — it’s extremely painful for them, even when things go right, and, as in his case, things can go wrong.


Five products to make bath time more fun, easier for your dog

Reading Time: 3 minutesWarmer weather means many dogs are outside and exploring more, which might mean an increased need for doggie baths. But, having a dog who doesn’t enjoy bathtime can make you both dread the experience.

Fortunately, there are some products that might help make your furry friend a little more tolerant of the whole process while making it more pleasant for you as well.


Try a distraction:

1) Just coaxing a reluctant dog into the tub can be a chore. Even fully-grown dogs can make you feel guilty with heart-melting looks that seem to be asking, “Why are you doing this to me?” You might have to carry a heavy, uncooperative canine into the bathroom to even get started.

But, once you do get your dog into the water, try a distraction, such as the lick mat for pet bathing

It’s a simple idea. Just put something dogs can lick, such as peanut butter, on the silicone dog feeder, which attaches to the bathtub wall via suction.

 

Your dog may end up so engrossed in the treat that he barely realizes a bath is taking place. And, once he learns that there is actually something he likes about the tub, future bathtimes will, hopefully, go more smoothly.

For more on the Lick mat, click here.


Lend a hand:

2) We’ve noticed that one thing that calms our pet during a bath is being touched, but it can be hard to do a lot of reassuring petting while also trying to juggle shampoo and a shower nozzle.

The makers of this glove shower attachement seem to have taken that into account. This product will let you have running water while you’re using the massaging glove to clean and comfort your pup.

For more, on this bath glove at Amazon, click here.


Be ready for the ‘after-bath’:

3) There’s always that point at the end when the dog shakes off and water goes everywhere. That’s why we recommend an absorbent towel, such as the one shown below by ColorYLife. This microfiber “super shammy” with hand pockets is ultra absorbent and comes in small, medium and large. It’s also available in blue, grey and pink (for the diva dog in your life).

For more on this towel, which might save you from needing a bath after giving your dog one, click here.


4) Another aspect of dog baths that makes us kind of dread it is when the dog gets out of the tub, gets the “zoomies,” and feels the urge to fly around the house still slightly wet whilst rubbing against walls and furniture.

That’s why we recommend a bathrobe, such as the Ollypet Dog Bathrobe, which is made of 100% microfiber towel and comes in a variety of sizes, from extra small to extra large. And besides hopefully preventing the zoomies, or at least keeping your floors and sofa dry, your dog is bound to look supercut—all clean and snug in his or her little housecoat.  Click here for more on the Ollypet Dog Bathrobe.


Wipe away dirt in between baths:

5) To cut down on the need for a lot of baths, which can be stressful to a pet (and, sometimes the humans involved too) and can also dry their skin out, you might want to try wipes. We use them pretty regularly in between baths to help keep our dogs’ paws clean or for complete rubdowns. Our dogs love the pampering.

A brand to try is Earth Rated Dog Wipes, which are plant-based and compostable. For more info, click here.

 

 

Featured image: Meadow taking a bath.


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Favorite Wow My Pet Did That! stories of 2020

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt’s that time of year for our favorite stories of 2020. While, because of COVID, 2020 will likely not go down in history as anyone’s favorite year ever, there was still some happy and fun news for pets. We decided to choose one of our favorite stories from each month this year:

  1. January: Green puppies

We love when we learn something new and green puppies were new to us. Oddly, though, a little later in the year, we ended up publishing a second story about another green puppy’s birth!

Wow, these puppies were born green

2. February: More homes for pets

We love stories that can potentially help animals and this one about research showing how easing restrictions on pets in rental housing could help millions of pets is a prime example of ways to keep animals off the streets.

Easing restrictions on pets in rental housing could help millions of pets find homes

3. March: A very special dog

We had the chance to interview some wonderful pet owners and talk to them about their fabulous pets this year and Shirlee Verploegen and Buck were now exception. While Buck has passed on, he had an impact on many people and animals during his lifetime, and was immortalized on two books.

Author pays tribute to her rescue dog in new book imagining two years of his life before his rescue

4. April: Amazing calming music for cats!

We were excited to come across information about this research study showing that music can benefit cats, especially when we tried the “cat-specific” music with our own cat and found out how genuinely calming it us for her. Not too long ago, we recommended the same music to a visitor to our site who had to take their cat to the vet and they also reported that it worked wonders!

Can music soothe the vet-wary kitty? A new study says, yes!

5. April: Great cat quotes

April was also a good month for posts and it was hard to choose from them, but we ended up picking the following post, which was our list of cat quotes. The quotes are all very relatable and we had a lot of fun putting pics of our cats and other kitties on nice backgrounds to create the decorative quotes.

Eight great cat quotes

6. June: Allergen-reducing cat food

We will felt like this was a huge story. Maybe because it happened in the middle of COVID, we just didn’t hear much feedback, but we still think finding a way to help some people who suffer from allergies live with cats or live more comfortable with cats is pretty darn amazing!

Purina launches allergen-reducing cat food

7. July: Traveling tips

Again, there were a number of great stories in July, but we chose the traveling tips because we felt that it was jam-packed with helpful information for those hitting the road with their pets.

Bringing your dog on the family road trip? Here are some tips…

8. August: Actor recreates movies with his dog

This is another example of a remarkable pet own and remarkable pet teaming up. In this case, the duo brought their combined talents to youtube to make others smile.

‘Bold and the Beautiful’ actor and his dog pair up to turn COVID quarantine into acting tour de force

9. September: Remember Me Thursday

We were far from the only site to cover Remember Me Thursday, and that’s a big part of why this story is special to us. The comradarie shown of so many bloggers and social media sites in order to help promote Remember Me Thursday, even during a year when the traditional candle-lighting events in communities had to be cancelled, was very moving. Remember Me Thursday® (RMT) is a worldwide pet adoption awareness campaign now in its eighth year. RMT was established in 2013 by Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms.

https://wowmypetdidthat.com/pet-lovers-rescuers-adopters-encouraged-to-take-part-in-this-years-remember-me-thursday/

10. October: She loves to draw cats and we love to watch!

Artist Beverly Garland’s amazing talent for drawing cats and the special videos she creates about each cat she draws were the focuses of this feature story that is paws-down our favorite October post.

Professional artists loves to draw cats and share their special stories

11. November: UPS gives uniforms new leash on life

We love it when companies find ways to help animals, people and the environment all at the same time, so we enjoyed this story about UPS turning its old uniforms in leashes for shelter dogs.

Wow! UPS is turning old uniforms into dog leashes!

12. December: Fun-raiser!

The month isn’t over yet, but we feel pretty safe in choosing this one as our favorite nonetheless. Many non-profit organizations had to find ways to be super creative this year as traditional money-raising events were cancelled. And the Charlotte-Albemarle SPCA, which created a memorable and humorous “Not So Purfect Pet Portrait” fundraiser is no exception.

Wow! We love this ‘Not-So-Purrfect Pet Portrait fundraiser’!

And, so there you have it. Our 2020 favorites. Happy New Year!

 

Featured image: CaliNBiscuit by Beverly Garland.
All rights reserved.
Used with permission from Beverly Garland.

 

Great gifts to get your pet this holiday season; and they’re are all under $20!

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Many pet owners don’t just shop for their human family and friends, but the pets they love as well. With that in mind, Wowmypetdidthat.com has compiled a list any pet would be happy to receive:

1) Your dog or cat might not love a bath, but you’ll love being able to dry them off afterwards with a Wooflinen Microfiber Pet Bath Towel. For $17, get a two-pack of this Microfiber pet bath towel, which is ultra-absorbent and double density.

For more information, visit this link: Get the best microfiber pet towels at Wooflinen.com


2) ArcBarks dog biscuits.

Two packages of Peanut Butter Barkers

A great small gift for the dog lover and you can give directly as a gift to your dog. A two-pack of Peanut Butter Barkers is just $10.

Our own dogs at Wow My Pet Did That have tried this dog biscuits and loved them!

ArcBarks was conceived and developed by The Arc of Greensboro, Inc., an organization of and for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. ArcBarks provides vocational training and post-high school options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Unlike some packaged store treats that make you wonder what exactly your pet is eating, these treats are preservative-free. In fact, the ingredients are oatmeal and flour, freshly ground peanut butter, vegetable oil, fresh water and love!

Label of package with note about the bakers

For more about arcBarks, check out arcbarks.com.


3) If you are so over cleaning up cat litter that tracks on the floor, this might be a gift for you as well as your cat.

IRIS Top Entry Cat Litterbox

This Iris Top Entry Cat Litterbox, available from Chewy.com for $18.99, will probably also be appreciated by your cat, who gets a little extra privacy.


4) We previously did a post about Bandana Bowl™, which we think it would make a great gift for the dog in your life.

Bandana Bowl™ is a bandana that your dog can wear, but, since it’s made with waterproof material on the inside and water absorbent material on the outside, it can also can be used as a bowl.

And the Bandana Bowl has a third purpose…On extra hot days, before leaving the house you can dip it into water, fill it up with ice and use it as a cooling collar.

The bandana comes in two colors: Blue and red. It’s available in two sizes: Small (dogs up to 25 pounds) and Medium (dogs up to 60 pounds).


5) PetSmart’s Chance & Friends Holiday Philanthropic Collection of stuffed toys is back for 2020.

stuffed dog, llama and dinosaur

Shoppers can choose from a plush dog, cat, llama, dinosaur, hedgehog, wolf and unicorn, complete with a squeaker. For each in-store or online purchase, PetSmart will donate 10% to PetSmart Charities. Since the toy drive launched, a total of 1.7 million toys have been donated across North America.

For more information about PetSmart and the Holiday Philanthropic Collection, or to find a local store, please visit www.petsmart.com.


6) If you have a rabbit, hamster, guinea pig, mouse or other small pet, you’ll likely want to check out this eCotrition Snak Shak Edible Hideaway.
 
This combination chew snack (a healthy mix with including protein, calcium and fiber) and hideaway is available for $10.99 and will likely provide hours of entertainment for your small pet.
 

7) Is that reptile in your life hard to find the perfect gift for? We think we might have found the answer!

EONMIR 8-Foot Reptile Vines are flexible habitat decor that also work for climbing. 

The 8-feet-long, bendable/twistable lifelike vines are designed to be easy to clean, and are suitable for chameleons, lizards, tree frogs, snakes, gecko and turtles.

Available at Amazon for $19.99.


8) The weather outside might be frightful, but your bird likely won’t mind if it’s cuddled up inside in a Oncpcare Double Layer Snuggle Bird Hammock available on Amazon.com for $10.99.

 

 

It is made of velvet and comes with two hanging hooks. Can also be used for other types of pets, such as sugar gliders.

 


9) If you’re shopping for a horse, you usually can’t go wrong with treats. And, since these The German Horse Muffin All Natural Horse Treats for $12.36 look good enough for humans to eat, it will probably be a lot of fun giving them to your large, four-legged friend.

German Horse Muffin package

A bonus is that they are available on Shop For Rescues, an online pet supplies retailer founded in 2019, using a socially responsible business model known as compassionate commerce.

Shop For Rescues’ mission is to use up to 27.5% of its gross revenues to support animal rescue groups.


And, once you have your furry friends shopped for, don’t forget the human ones. Check out our list of great holiday gifts for the pet/animal lover in your life!

 

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