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If Pets Had Thumbs Day

One of the weirdest pet holidays of the year, If Pets Had Thumbs Day is all about thinking what your cat or dog would do with them.

The holiday was brought about by Ruth and Thomas Roy of and gives us a look into just what our beloved fuzzy loved ones would think about doing with their thumbs.

Do you wonder what they’d do?  If you have any interesting ideas, say so in the comments below!

Posion Prevention Awareness Month

We all know that pets love to eat strange things, especially puppies! Remember that animals at a young age explore the world with their noses, ears and mouths – eye sight to them is a last resort, unless of course you have a sight hound!

Eating grass for any animal is normal – its only when they gorge on grass or seem to be doing it on a very regular basis that there may be some basis for concern. There are many out there that would tell you that dogs are omnivores, and then there are some that would say they are carnivores. The debate rages huge even to this day.

Never the less, dogs unlike cats, love to trash dive, eat out of cat boxes and eat all manner of things off of the ground that smells tasty. One would think and hope that Veterinarians have figured out why they eat grass! Does it taste good? If it does, why do they throw it back up? Or why does it come out the other end the same way it went in?

Only dogs and higher powers seem to know the answer to that one! So here, is a list of what plants and foods you should be careful with when animals go on that craving binge for greens or any other manner of food like material.

Poisonous Foods & Beverages

Alcohol, Avacado, Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Garlic (in large amounts), Macadamia Nuts, , Onions, Potato Leaves and Stems, Raisins/Grapes, Tomato Leaves and Stems

Poisonous Plants

Almond (seeds)
American Bittersweet (roots, leaves, berries)
Apple (seeds in large amounts)
Apricot (seeds)
Autumn Crocus (all parts)
Avacado (leaves)
Azalea (all parts)

Bird of Paradise (fruit, seeds)
Black-eyed Susan (all parts)
Bleeding Heart (leaves, roots)
Boston Ivy (all parts)
Buttercup (all parts)

Caladium (all parts)
Castor Bean (seeds, leaves)
Chinaberry (berries, fruit, bark)
Chokecherry (bark, leaves, seeds)
Christmas Rose (leaves, roots, sap)

Daffodil (all parts)
Diffenbachia (all parts)

English Holly (berries)

Foxglove (seeds, flowers, leaves)

Glacier Ivy (leaves, berries)
Golden Chain (flowers, seeds, pods)

Hemlock (seeds, stems, taproot)
Hyacinth (flowers, bulbs, leaves)
Hydrangea (leaves, buds)

Iris (roots)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (all)
Jerusalem Cherry (all parts)
Jimson Weed (all)
Jonquil (all)

Larkspur (all)
Lily of the Valley (all)

Mistletoe (berries)
Morning Glory (seeds)
Mountain Laurel (all)

Narcissus (all)
Nephthytis (all)
Nightshade (all, this includes the leaves and stems of tomatoes)

Oak (acorns, foliage)
Oleander (all)

Philodendren (all)
Poinsetta (leaves, flowers)
Pothos (all)
Privet (berries, leaves)

Red Sage (green berries)
Rhododendron (all)
Rhubarb (leaves)
Rosary Pea (seeds)

Sweet Pea (seeds, pods)

Tobacco (leaves)
Tulip (bulb)

Wild Black Cherry (leaves, seeds)
Wisteria (seeds, pods)

Umbrella Plant (all)

Yellow Jasmine (all)

Yew (all)


Want to make tasty healthy treats for your favorite dog and dog lovers without messing up your kitchen?  Grab a drink, roll up your sleeves and join us for an evening of treat baking fun.

Led by a pet professional: K9 Cakery

More info here…

Feb. 22: Walking the Dog Day.

We all know how important it is to walk our dogs.  Whether it’s stimulation in the form of a structured walk, or just a sniffing good time strolling down the street, the exercise and bonding that comes from such an activity can never be underestimated.

We all know how beneficial it is for us to walk, and while you take your pet out to relieve themselves, you may have overlooked the benefits of walking them as well.

Walking your dog on a regular basis, as well as other forms of exercise can help relieve any of your pets destructive behaviors, like chewing, digging or scratching.  Pets need regular stimulation to relieve their boredom of being stuck in the house all day.  If you are not giving them proper stimulation in either the form of a walk, play, running or brain games, you may not like what they chose to do.

If you can’t take your dog for regular walks but feel they need them, hire a professional dog walker or trainer.  Someone bonded and insured in your area that’s familiar with your dog’s breed and the necessary steps to exercise them properly.  Always ask plenty of questions in hiring a dog walker or trainer. If they hesitate or refuse, or if you don’t feel comfortable with how they handle your dog, don’t hesitate to look elsewhere.

National Love Your Pet Day

While in February we have Valentines day for those two feet in our life, Feb 20th is for those of four or two winged feet.  Pet devotee’s can celebrate love with this day set aside for them and them alone, to show them how much we appreciate their love for us and their long lasting friendships.

February 20th is the date to show them appreciation, whether they have feathers, fur or scales despite us all knowing that every day is love your pet day.  From treats to toys, taking pictures of our beloved pets to remember them on that day, what activities do you have planned?  Let us know!


NOVADog Toy Making Class: Feb 20

Dog Toy Making: Have Fun & Do Good! Join our experienced trainer to learn critical lifesaving and injury prevention information while you also enjoy making some safe dog toys for you to take home for your dog AND for you to give to the Arlington Welfare League for enjoyment by the dogs in their care. Brighten your own dog’s day and be able to help those in need. This is a fantastic opportunity to give back to animals in need. All materials included. You’ll make a minimum of 2 dog toys, more if you have more time so you can leave with a few fun new toys for your dog and make a few AWLA dogs very happy!

Read more here…

Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show

Who doesn’t love to watch dog shows!  The Westminster Kennel Club Annual Dog Show holds their annual show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden this year on Feb 15-16th, this event is televised.

National Justice for Animals Week

This week we celebrate not only the efforts of volunteers in this field, are also more mindful and reminded of how our animal friends can be treated by those of less morals, we look towards places where we can make a difference.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is one of the dedicated organizations for the sole purpose of fighting for animal rights.  From taking up the hard hitters like puppy mills, to having people sign the animal bill of rights, they are a force to be reckoned with when dealing with animal issues.

There are many organizations out there that fight for animal rights, and many places one can go to in order to make a difference.  Join your local protest group for being against Puppy Mills and Pet Stores that sell them.  Sign a petition at to start a movement, or start a petition yourself.  Align yourself with the Unchain Dogs coalition.

In short, we can all help in small or even big ways to bring our animal friends to a safer, more loving place in the world.

Prevent Pet Theft Day

For dog devotees and fans of felines Valentine’s Day can be a time to celebrate our pals with pals who have stolen our hearts away, but the date is also an annual reminder to pet parents to be wary of criminals who may try to rob you of your four-legged friend.

Last Chance for Animals, a non-profit organization which champions an array of animal rights issues, helps to shine a spotlight on Pet Theft Awareness Day and the plight of roughly 2 million companion animals in the United States who are stolen each year. Statistics state that only 10 per cent of stolen pets ever make their way back to their families– others are used as bait for dog fights, bred in a puppy mill, sold to a lab, or face other cruel fates.

To protect your pet, Last Chance for Animals offers several suggestions, including:

  • Never leave your barking buddy alone in a yard, car, or tethered outside a place of business, even for a moment– it’s all the time a thief needs.
  • Have your pet spayed or neutered, which will both temper an animal’s tendency to roam and lower the chance that a thief will try to steal your pet for the purpose of breeding.
  • Provide proper identification for your pet with an ID tag or have your dog or cat microchipped. Also, keep a current photo of your canine or cat companion.

To help combat the crime of pet theft, Last Chance for Animals offers educational campaign materials, including downloadable leaflets, flyers, posters and a list of activities to mark the day.

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