For Pet Lovers

Our Favorite Famous Fidos

Dogs have been a huge part of film and TV since their inventions, and today, we see tons of pups on our screens, whether it’s in movies, TV shows, or even commercials. So, we wanted to ask you: who are your favorite famous dogs? For us, we have a few:

Toto
We all know and love this little dog from MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland. Toto was played by Terry the Cairn Terrier, and although Toto was referred to as a “he” in the flick, Toto was really a “she”! Carl Spitz, the Hollywood animal trainer in charge of Terry, received a salary of $125.00 per week – just for letting the pooch have her fifteen minutes of fame!

Fang

If you loved the Harry Potter books, then you’ll love seeing this pup perform in the movies! Fang plays the role of Hagrid’s pet dog, a very large Boarhound with a lot of personality. In the films, Fang was actually played by 4 different Neapolitan Mastiffs. Now, that’s a lot of dog food to have on set!

Lassie

Played by a collie named Pal, this beloved and heroic character delighted audiences for decades in a variety of movies, comics, books, and even an award-winning TV series. Descendants of Pal continue to play Lassie even today and the character has gone down in pop culture history as one of the most beloved dogs of all time.

Who are your favorite film and TV dogs? Why?

Who Missed National Dress Up Your Pet Day?

If you weren’t already aware, Thursday, January 14th, was National Dress Up Your Pet Day.  For all the pet owners out there who love to dress up their dogs and cats with cute shirts, jackets, and other fun outfits, this is your day to show off their stylish wardrobes.

This unique holiday is a day you can set aside to give your pet extra love and attention, which he or she deserves, as well as parade your pet around town looking festive and stylish.  Have some fun with this day, take your dog for a walk through town or stop by the local dog park for some afternoon enjoyment.

For those who participated in this year’s National Dress Up Your Pet Day, we hope you didn’t forget to reward your pet with a special treat or new toy for being such troopers.  (PS – we’d LOVE to see you photos of your pet in his or her favorite outfit!)

Don’t fret if you missed it this year, you have plenty of time to prepare to participate in this national day next year!

New Year’s Resolutions…For Dog Owners!

Your dog always celebrates the holidays with you, so why should New Year’s Day be any different? This year, instead of making a resolution involving your weight or your career, think about making a promise to yourself that concerns that four-legged, furry friend you love to cuddle up with. Your dog is a special part of your life and in 2010, it’s time to really show him just how much you appreciate him. Try making some of these dog-friendly resolutions this year:

-More time for cuddling. Who doesn’t love cuddling?

-More time to go for walks in the park on nice days, so you both get exercise.

-Finally trying out that homemade dog treat recipe. Your pup can taste test!

-Spend extra time giving pats and belly rubs. How about 5 minutes every day?

-More doggy play dates, so you both can socialize.

-Have your first doggy birthday party, complete with a dog-friendly cake and puppy party guests!

The possibilities are endless. Make your dog part of your New Year’s resolution for 2010 and really give him the love and appreciation he deserves!

Happy New Year!

10 Tips to a Safer Holiday for Your Pets

The holiday season is a busy time and amid all the hustle and bustle, you may end up forgetting about taking some extra time to protect your four-legged family members. Cats and dogs love to take part in the holiday festivities, but without taking a few steps to keep them safe, you may end up having to care for them in an emergency. The holidays are the time of year when most pets are put at risk for accidents. To keep your pets safe this holiday season, be sure to use these 10 tips from WhiskazzandPawzz.com:

  1. Keep your pets away from any holiday foods or candies. Even just a little bit of chocolate can cause horrible sickness or death in your pet.

  2. Also keep poisonous plants like mistletoe, holly, lilies and pine needles away from your pets as they can cause harm to your pet’s stomach if ingested, not to mention, the kidneys and cardiovascular system.

  3. Avoid lighting candles that can be knocked over by a happy dog’s tail or a curious cat looking for something to play with.

  4. Keep pets away from the Christmas tree water as it can be highly toxic.

  5. Decorate your tree with the breakable ornaments at the top. You don’t want your pet to break one and then be cut. Consider wood or plastic ornaments as an alternative.

  6. Secure all electrical cords so that they won’t be chewed or played with.

  7. Don’t think your pet can handle all of the excitement of your annual holiday party? Try keeping him in a separate area of the house or leave him with a trusted friend or relative for the night. The anxiety from the event could leave your pet incredibly agitated.

  8. Make sure that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly. In the event of an emergency, everyone in your home needs to be alerted.

  9. Put up a pet alert window cling on your front window or door so that emergency personnel can be alerted that there is a pet in your home in the event of an emergency.

  10. Don’t feed your pet from the table during holiday dinner. People food can cause digestive issues with your pet, not to mention, it’s unhealthy for them.

The Howl-O-Days are Almost Here!

We can bet that you can hear those Christmas bells ringing, but do the sweet sounds of bells mean that it’s time to start stressing over the perfect gift for your pup? Absolutely not! This year, don’t fuss over finding the ideal gift for your four-legged, furry friend. At WhiskazzandPawzz.com, we have a great selection of dog gifts that are absolutely charming and festive – just in time for the holidays.

From ornaments to dog jackets, dog toys to Puppia Soft Harnesses, we have everything you need to gift your dog this Christmas. Plus, with our great prices, you’ll be tempted to shop for other pups you love! In addition to a great selection of gifts for dogs, WhiskazzandPawzz.com also carries gifts that are perfect for any dog lover, so feel free to browse our selection and cross off a few people on your holiday shopping list.

Be sure that you’re ready for the holidays with the right gifts for pets and pet lovers. WhiskazzandPawzz.com will be there to help!

Happy Howl-O-Days!

What’s in a Name?

For many new pet owners, the first and most important decision they will make as a new pet owner is picking out the perfect name for their dog or cat. Whether you choose to stick with the most popular name or seek out the uncommon, unique name, there are a few things you should consider.

First off:

  1. Make a short list of preferred names.

  2. Keep the names on the list simple, unless you want to go for something more complex.

  3. Choose to call the dog by a shorter name, as it’s easier to learn.

  4. Choose a name that’s easily recognizable.

  5. Don’t confuse the name with a command.

  6. Study your pet’s behavior can help make choosing a name easier.

  7. Consider your pet’s appearance as a guide.

Once you’ve done these things, picking a name will be a breeze, even though there are thousands of names to choose from! Remember that the name you choose for them is long-term. Keep it simple, fun and enjoyable for all!

Have You Checked Your Holiday Shopping List?

Despite the tough economic times, it seems like more and more people are remembering to check their list twice – for their pets! An Associated Press-Petside.com poll shows 52% of pet owners plan to buy their animals a holiday gift this season, which is up from 43% last year. It seems like more and more pet owners are coming to recognize that their puppies and kitties and other furry or feathered friends need some extra love and attention during the holidays, especially if you’re planning on doing a lot of traveling or will be spending more time away from home.

At WhiskazzandPawzz.com, we always treat our pets – so we want to know, “What are you planning on getting your pet this year?” Is it going to be a pile of treats? Some new toys? Perhaps even a sweater? Let us know what’s on your holiday shopping list and we’ll help you find the must-haves of the season. Not sure what you want to get your pet? Then check out the selection of dog and cat gifts at WhiskazzandPawzz.com. You’ll always be sure to find something special!

Holiday Gifts for All Dog Lovers

bulldogStumped about what to buy for someone this holiday season? Do they have a dog and enjoy their company and companionship? If so, no matter what breed of dog they have, we’ve got a gift suggestion that covers them all!

We are confident you will find that special breed of dog in our selection of Dog Breed Ornaments. Our handcrafted wooden ornaments come in all breeds and types, including the American Bulldog, the Italian Greyhound, and the Weimaraner. Each ornament comes adorned with a colorful red ribbon so that it can be hung on your tree year after year. These gifts are great for any dog lover or also as a gift for the dog themselves!

If you’re undecided on what gift to give this holiday season, browse through our selection of Dog Breed Ornaments and you’re bound to find the perfect fit!