Phinney’s Friends has been fostering these two adorable dogs, Jens and Nero, for a few months, while their dad recovered from surgery. Now they are going back home on Sunday. It’s so rewarding when we are able to make a difference and see pets and families being reunited after a crisis! Thanks to our incredible volunteers, we did it! :-)
Below are Jens and Nero at Phinney’s Friends pantry last week, where our Financial team was working on bookkeeping. They were the most enthusiastic guests. :-)
Professional Pet Sitters Week, the first full week of March, is celebrated annually. This week-long holiday is meant to honor the pet-care professionals who help to take care of our pets and companion animals while their owners are unavailable. Without these dedicated and caring pet sitters, pet owners would have no animal assistance to rely on. According to Pet Sitters International, Professional Pet Sitters Week is also meant to raise awareness about the benefits on in-home pet care and the viability of choosing professional pet sitting as a career.
We recommend celebrating your professional pet sitter by thanking them for their dedicated service to you and your family. Take the time to send your pet sitter a thank you note letting them know how valuable they are to the care of your beloved pet. Whether you have a dog, cat or turtle, pet owners know how stressful it can be leaving your animals home alone. Pet sitters help to alleviate the stress and provide the comforts of knowing your animal is in good hands.
So enjoy Professional Pet Sitters Week and consider offering to pet sit for someone you know!
- Rachelyn Provencher
If you love your pets as much as we all at Phinney’s Friends do, then you will be as excited as we are to celebrate International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day today! Yes, there is actually a holiday dedicated to celebrating man’s best friend, and their favorite treats.
Treats that have gone to the dogs
Dog treats come in various shapes, flavors and sizes. You can even buy your dog gourmet biscuits and food at fancy, upscale pet stores. Besides tasting great, dog treats now help to clean dogs’ teeth and can be used a training mechanism for good behavior. If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen, check out our blog post on baking your very own dog treats right at home.
Types of healthy dogs treats your pet will love:
Jerky dog treats are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins
Chicken wrapped dog treats made with real chicken
Organic treats made with wheat grass and are gluten-free
Chewable dental treats that are high in protein and fibers
Dental treats with ingredients to freshen bad doggy breath
Treats made especially to reduce pain relief from arthritis
Biscuits for joint support, fortified with vitamins and minerals
Protein treats made from wild fish
Freeze dried dog treats with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives
Pig ears that are 100% natural
Chewable antlers that last longer than rawhide or chew toys
Enjoy International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day by treating your four-legged friend to some new, delicious biscuits to show just how much you love them!
- By Rachelyn Provencher
We’ve got this sweet message from Elizabeth, one of the people Phinney’s Friends helps. She needed surgery, and was so upset she’d have to leave her two new resident cats, Big Brother and Good Girl (or the Beegees), home alone for a few days. Volunteers Laura and Colette stepped in and visited the kitties every day to make sure they had everything they needed. What a wonderful team of volunteers Phinney’s has! Thank you, guys!
Dear Daniela and Starr,
It will never be possible to thank Laura, Colette, and all the people connected with Phinney’s Friends with the help you have provided my precious critters. They are getting top notch, personalized, loving care, while being able to stay in their comfy home, on my bed (they think it is THEIR bed!), eating out of their bowls where they remain always in the same spot. Nothing changed except for new folks in their lives, who learned to love these delightful cats very quickly.
They are beautiful, with their glistening black coats. They are talkative, sometimes at 4 a.m., but that is ok; most of the time! And, they are very affectionate. You just can’t help but love them… I am so lucky to have them living with me. Thank you.
Is your pet just like any other member of the family? If so, then you probably celebrate holidays and birthdays with your furry four-legged friends. So get creative this year and check out our simple craft ideas to make your pet a little happier this Valentine’s Day and upcoming weekend!
1) Knit or crochet a brand new toy!
Does your dog love to chew and play with expensive dog toys? Why not knit or crochet a new dog toy that your pal will sure to love. Get in the Valentine’s Day spirit and knit a red dog bone or a cute pink heart. Here is a free pattern from Ravelry to help you get started on your project.
Is your cat obsessed with batting around little objects hanging around the house? Go ahead and knit them a new ball or a little mouse attached to a string that they will surely love! Get started with a free “Pawsitive Mouse” pattern from SimplyKnitting.
2) Get out your baking pan and cook up something delicious for your pet!
Yes, you can actually bake safe and healthy treats for your animal without having to shell out money for the expensive version.
Yumm, bacon! If your pet loves bacon, then they will go crazy for these homemade treats.
1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup wheat germ
½ cup melted bacon fat
½ cup cold water
1 large egg
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until dough forms. Add flour if the dough is too sticky. Roll the mixture onto a floured surface, with a thickness of just under ½ inch. Then cut the dough into bars and transfer bars on a baking sheet. Poke small holes into the bars and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Don’t forget, there are many foods that are hazardous to your family pet. Don’t leave out Valentine’s Day chocolates for Fido or Fluffy to get their paws on, as chocolate is toxic to animals. Other foods that are hazardous to pets include avocado, bread dough, ethanol, grapes and raisins, some nuts, onions and garlic and many more. Consult with your veterinarian before feeding your animal any non-pet foods.
Enjoy Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to include your pet
- By Rachelyn Provencher
Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health month? Sometimes even the most caring and loving pet owners can forget the importance of their pets’ dental health and hygiene. Dental health problems are very common and can even lead to internal infections, eventually spreading to other organs. By practicing great dental hygiene at home with your pet, you can help to keep your furry children happy and healthy.
Symptoms of Pet Dental Health Problems
1) Does your pet have stinky breath? Believe it or not, this could actually be a sign of serious dental problems. The next time Fido’s breath makes you turn away, consider taking him to the vet for a dental checkup.
2) Is your pet reluctant to eat hard foods? If your pet is avoiding eating for more than a day or two, then schedule a dental check-up immediately. It is common for animals to avoid eating due to pain and discomfort associated with dental or gum problems.
3) Have you noticed constant pawing or rubbing at his face and/or mouth? If Fido seems agitated and can’t stop scratching or itching, this could be a sign of pet periodontal issues.
4) Have you noticed swollen gums or brown teeth on your pet? This is a sure sign of dental health problems that require immediate attention.
Ways to Prevent Pet Dental Health Problems
1) If you brush your teeth every day, then why shouldn’t your pet get the same treatment? It can be much easier to give your cat or dog a daily tooth brushing than you would expect. Ask your veterinarian for tips and tricks on how to clean the inside surface of your pet’s teeth properly.
2) Treat your pet! Sometimes a treat can be more than just a sweet snack for your pet. There are many different pet treat brands made specially to help protect the teeth and gums of your dog or cat.
3) Change up the diet. Some pet food formulations are made to help reduce plaque and tartar. If you think you might be interested in changing the daily diet of your pet to something more dental-friendly, then make sure you consult your veterinarian before doing so.
Remember, don’t just make February the only month to check on the dental health of your pet. Make it the month you started and never never looked back!
- By Rachelyn Provencher