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Walk Your Dog & Raise Money for Rescue Organizations

December 7, 2014
Photo by Araz Photo

Photo by Araz Photo

Take your dog for a walk while raising money for your favorite rescue! The WoofTrax app is a dog-powered fundraising tool that dog owners are using nationwide. According to the WoofTrax website, “WoofTrax, through the Walk for a Dog mobile app, creates fundraising opportunities for shelters and rescues while encouraging dogs and their humans to exercise together regularly.” The smart phone application allows users to click “Start Walking” and tracks their daily dog walk. When the dog walk is stopped it is credited to the user’s selected shelter or rescue organization.

What better way to get yourself and your pup fit, while also making a difference in the lives of other animals?!

Get the app for your iPhone or Android and start helping local dogs today!

Santa going above and beyond for Phinney’s!

December 3, 2014

We all know that Santa is amazing. But would you think that he would go through all this trouble to make the doggies comfortable with his long beard and huge belly, so he could take pictures with the doggies and raise funds for Phinney’s Friends? Well, we have pictures to prove it! That’s Santa with Gunner…

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As you can see, Santa went above and beyond to help us fund raise at Pet Source in Marlborough MA last Saturday (November 29, 2014), and we had a wonderful time together.

A heartfelt thank you is also in order to our amazing volunteers, who collected donations, took pictures and helped Santa set up his Christmas tree, bench and arrange his soon-to-be-delivered gifts around the bench, so we could take nice shots.

Teamwork is what makes Phinney’s Friends such a wonderful nonprofit. And Santa is of course part of it. :-)

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Jordan, Daniela, Santa, Katie and Jan with Momo here are some of the volunteers who helped at Pet Source. John, Don, Starr, Shannon, Nitin and his brother-in-law, and many other volunteers also worked hard for this event. :-)

Santa is so kind that he is again taking pictures for us on Saturday (December 6, 2014) from 11am to 3pm at Pet Source in Concord MA, and Sunday December 7 at Wignall Animal Hospital in Dracut! Please come and support us!

Phinney’s Friends Year Highlights

November 19, 2014


The last 12 months have been very exciting for Phinney’s Friends! We are excited to share our stories with you and we know that next year will be just as rewarding.

Download our PF Year Highlights newsletter 2014 to read all about our happy tails.

Winter Warning for Cats

November 4, 2014

Photo by Bo

The leaves have fallen and the temperatures are getting lower. As we bundle up, we should remember that cats are cold too, and are constantly searching for cozy places to stay warm. Unfortunately, outdoor cats often will crawl into the engine of a car for warmth, without the knowledge of the car owner. This is why it’s important to add an additional step to your daily routine, to help protect your furry friend and your car engine. Here’s a friendly reminder – before you start your engine, knock on your hood to wake up a nestling kitty!

- By Rachelyn Provencher

20th Annual Santa Sunday

October 28, 2014

Please save the date for our awesome Christmas event, being generously hosted by the Wignall Animal Hospital on December 7th!

10518999_10152792432393684_2313180201619890363_nDecember 7th, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wignall Animal Hospital 1837 Bridge Street, Dracut MA 978-454-8272
Professional Pet Photos with Santa by Natural Expressions
Santa Sunday Raffle AND Carolers

Don’t miss this event! All proceeds will benefit Phinney’s Friends, a non-profit organization serving pet owners in need.

Monster Bark, October 26 in Stow!

October 25, 2014



Photo by Barbara Hanson

Come have fun with your kids, furry or not, at The Monster Bark in Stow, MA, on Sunday October 26th! The event will include a Pet Parade & Costume Contest. All pets are welcome, whether they are entered into the Costume Contest or not.

Are you ready to show off your dog’s awesome Halloween costume? The Pet Costume Contest lucky winners will receive a Pet Source gift card!

Registration for the Contest begins at 12pm and the Parade begins at 1pm. No pre-registration required. The Costume Contest $15 entry fee will be donated to Phinney’s Friends.

When:  Sunday October 26, 2014 12 -2 PM Registration at 12 PM | Pet Parade at 1 PM   Where: Pet Source in Stow                                       117 Great Road, Stow MA 01775


Click to see the banner below:

Phinney’s Friends Halloween Postcard

National Dog Week

October 14, 2014
(Alex Mestas Photo)

(Alex Mestas Photo)

“Wanna go for a walk?” Did you just find yourself tilting your head while your tail started involuntarily wagging on its own? Chances are if you’re a canine these 5 words mean something special: a chance to stretch your legs and check in on the other dogs in the neighborhood. We know dogs love walking but do we know why?

There are many theories but my favorite is that it allows them to see and smell outside of their home environment. Whatever the reason, the walk is the primary form of entertainment/activity for your dog on a daily basis. So now that it’s National Dog Walking Week why not take a second look at your normal routine.

Let’s face it, to a canine, humans are boring. We’re gone most of the day and when we’re home usually too tired to do much. Evening walks take care of your dog’s exercise needs as well as gives him a chance to sniff around the neighborhood to see what the other doggies are up to. To us, it may be a tree but to a canine it’s the doggie water cooler! All the latest gossip is here: maybe not who’s dating who, but definitely “I was here”.

Take some time to think about your daily walk. Is there something you could do to make it more entertaining for your pup? Maybe on a weekend you could take your dog on an extra long walk. Let your dog sniff trees they’ve only dreamed about. Try a hike in the woods or jot by the beach. Remember, this is their entertainment so even if you can only promise that 20 minute daily walk, try to make it count every time you leave the house. Take a different route, turn a new corner, walk on the opposite side of the street and your dog will thank you for it.

- By Maureen Berry


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