Friday, December 2, 2016
World, meet Lola, our December Pet of the Month! Lola is an 11-year-old miniature dachshund with a larger-than-life personality. When she's not busy being adorable or wrapping herself around every little finger in the family, Lola comes up with creative games to keep herself amused. Her favorite is to use her scent hound skills to track down all the plug-in air fresheners in the house. Once she locates them, she pulls them from the wall and hides them in her bed!
Congratulations, Lola, and share with all your friends. In addition to being a character, you're also our Pet of the Month!
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month! Many of my clients, some of whom are seniors themselves, express interest in adding another pet to their household, but cringe at the thought of caring for a puppy or a kitten. Even younger pet owners quietly confess that while the little ones are quick to tug at their heartstrings, they have neither the time nor the energy required to raise a youngster, or the patience required to survive the adolescent stage of development.
After raising two energetic puppies, one of whom grew into a particularly challenging adolescent, I have a whole new appreciation for folks who may decide it is not for them. If you fall into this camp, you’re in good company - and there are plenty of adoptable pets looking for people just like us. Senior pets tend to have less drive, and are more content to spend time alone. Most come
Monday, November 7, 2016
Toby Vásquez (a.k.a Tobias José) is a sweet little black and white Pekingese dog born in Kansas on September 16, 2008. Mario and Stephanie took him home when he was only 3 months old. Toby moved to Florida in 2012. He loves playing with soft stuffed toys, taking long naps, and rolling around on the rug every time he finishes his meal. We believe Toby might have a “napoleon complex” because he thinks he is a big dog and, therefore is not afraid to bark at every big dog he comes across. This “complex” has gotten him in trouble in the past, so we hope he will learn to stay humble from now on.
But how can you be humble when you're this darn cute?! Congrats, Toby and share with your friends - you're our Pet of the Month!
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
While no one likes to think about the day we will no longer be around for our loved ones, most of us are pragmatic enough to understand that we are not immortal. Between life insurance, estate planning, and end of life care, we are all encouraged to minimize the impact of our deaths upon those who are dependent on us. While surviving spouses, children, and favorite charities are the crux of most estate planning strategies, financial advisers seldom remember to ask about our pets.
Many pet owners have unspoken agreements with friends or family members who promise to look after Fluffy if the unthinkable happens. Still others have assumptions, which sadly, can be inaccurate. In the time that lapses between a promise made and the need to follow through, life can throw many curve balls. Many situations can arise to render even the most trusted friend unable to fulfill a promise to care for your pet. Place agreements regarding future pet guardianship in writing and keep them with your estate planning and life insurance documents. To ensure your pet is not left without care due to financial concerns, make sure a reasonable portion of your estate is bequeathed to his intended guardian once they take custody of your pet. Potential pet guardians are more likely to step up to the plate if they know your pet will not represent a financial burden.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Meet Morgan, Our October Pet Of The Month!
When Morgan found himself abandoned and injured in the streets, this smart little guy knew exactly where to go. His feline guardian angel led him to a good Samaritan - who just happened to know someone whose heart was searching for a special kitty. After two surgeries and lots of TLC, Morgan now has a loving home, two four-legged BFFs, a Mom and Dad who love him to bits, and a following on social media - talk about happily ever after!
Congratulations, Morgan and share with your friends - not only did you hit the forever home jackpot, you're our Pet of the Month!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Should I Crate Train My Dog?
While veterinarians and behaviorists generally agree that crate training is ideal for both puppies and adult dogs, many pet parents confess they cannot bear the thought of seeing their dogs “locked in a cage”. Our dogs’ wild ancestors spent much of their time in dens. The den was where they would sleep, hide, shelter from the elements, and raise their litters. Crate training simply takes advantage of the natural instincts our dogs still possess as descendants of these early den dwellers.
A crate trained dog will perceive his crate as a safe place to ride out a thunderstorm, take a break from a bustling party, or duck out of reach of a curious but overbearing toddler. Dogs who know they can retreat to their own space are better equipped to cope with anxiety, and therefore less likely to bite. Additionally, crate trained dogs are happier at boarding facilities, which means we pet parents can travel with greater peace of mind. When we decide to bring Fido along for the trip, the crate provides him with instant familiarity and comfort. While the surroundings may be new and strange, crates allow our dogs to feel like they are travelling with their own special room. And the only thing better than discovering the world, is discovering the world with with a dog!
Thursday, September 1, 2016
This September, our Pet Of The Month is Pearl. At 19 years young, Pearl is playful, lovable and sweet. And when this vintage sweetheart has had enough, her favorite way to recharge is to cuddlle with her devoted humans. With regular checkups and wellness care, cats like Pearl can live well into their twenties!
Congratulations, Pearl and share with all your friends - you're our Pet Of The Month!