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8 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe All Winter

January 4, 2018

By Ann Mazzoli

Even though your dog wears a fur coat year-round, believe it or not, she can be as chilly as you, especially when out for long walks on a harsh winter day. Here are some tips to keep your pooch safe and comfortable:

GEAR UP

  • Get your dog a sweater or jacket if he is small or short-haired. It will help him maintain body heat while outside. Booties can also help protect him from the elements, ice melt and salt, which can be harmful to the paws and if ingested (dogs may lick their paws if they hurt or tickle).
  • Snow and ice can limit scents that could usually help lead a lost pet home. Make sure your dog has a collar that fits well and has well-secured ID tags.  Remember to update her tags and her doggie microchip information!
  • Don’t let your dog walk on ice on ponds and lakes. It’s a common myth that animals can sense unsafe ice. Your dog may fall in, suffer frostbite, hypothermia or even drown.

 

ACT FAST

  • Wipe down or wash your dog’s paws, legs and belly after a walk to remove antifreeze and de-icers. This prevents him from licking and ingesting any harmful chemicals. (It will also keep those toxic substances off your family’s floors and furniture!) Check paws for cracks or bleeding.
  • If your dog is shivering, whining, or seems weak, get inside as soon as possible, as it could be a sign of hypothermia. If your dog still seems cold once inside after a few minutes, contact a vet immediately.
  • If your dog starts favoring a paw during a walk, check for a cracked paw or ice build up between the toes.

 

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY

  • Keep extra food, water and blankets handy for your dog so you are prepared for emergencies like snowstorms and power outages.
  • Wipe up antifreeze leaks and spills immediately and keep the bottles locked up. Antifreeze is sweet tasting and deadly to dogs and other animals.

 

We know this sounds very scary! But don’t be afraid of winter weather. You and your dog can still enjoy the chilly days if you are ready and safe. Want to know more?  Visit AVMA and HSUS. Stay warm!

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Tomorrow’s the Day!

November 11, 2017

It’s finally here, friends – our Paws for the Holidays Festival! We can’t wait to see you. The big guy can’t wait to see you, too…..

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Sunday, November 12th, 11am-4pm
Pierce House Mansion, 17 Weston Rd., Lincoln MA
Food, music, silent auction, shopping, kid’s activities, pics with Santa, and more!
Kids and dogs are welcome! Admission is free.

All proceeds benefit Phinney’s Friends, a MA non-profit helping low income people care for their pets.

So Much Shopping, So Little Time!

November 9, 2017

In case you haven’t noticed, our blog themes lately have been all about our Paws for the Holidays Festival this coming Sunday! And for good reason! Check out some info on a couple of the great vendors we will have at the event!

Looking for a unique, colorful present? Artist Jennifer Hatfield is bringing her canvas paintings to our festival, folks!

 

The Lincoln METCO Coordinating Committee will have a table at our festival this Sunday, starting at 11 am! They will sell dolls, doll gift baskets & doll furniture and accessories. These are very beautiful gifts dressed up and ready for the holidays! American Girl, Pleasant Company American Girl, and vintage porcelain & other unique dolls!

100% of the proceeds go to finance enrichment programs and opportunities for the METCO-enrolled children in the Lincoln Public Schools. Please stop by, buy a cup of coffee, enjoy the festival activities, and browse beautiful items! Give the gift of surprise & joy . this holiday season!!

 

Sunday, November 12th, 11am-4pm
Pierce House Mansion, 17 Weston Rd., Lincoln MA
Food, music, silent auction, shopping, kid’s activities, pics with Santa, and more!
Kids and dogs are welcome! Admission is free.

All proceeds benefit Phinney’s Friends, a MA non-profit helping low income people care for their pets.

Hope you Saved Room for Dessert!

November 8, 2017

Hope you’re hungry! Home-made brownies are cut, packaged, and frozen, and dressed all pretty for the festival (thanks to Ariel, our President’s neighbor, for the wonderful home-baking!)! Also making an appearance will be delicious cupcakes from Clyde’s Cupcakes in NH, and lots of other delicious treats made by our volunteers!

Can’t wait to see you at the Festival!

Sunday, November 12th, 11am-4pm
Pierce House Mansion, 17 Weston Rd., Lincoln MA
Food, music, silent auction, shopping, kid’s activities, pics with Santa, and more!
Kids and dogs are welcome! Admission is free.

All proceeds benefit Phinney’s Friends, a MA non-profit helping low income people care for their pets.

Ready for Some Holiday Shopping?!?

November 7, 2017

Our upcoming festival on November 12th will be full of beautiful products for you to give friends and family as holiday gifts. Volunteers spent time putting together these beautiful baskets – some for people, and some for pets! Aren’t they beautiful? We’ll have so many unique gifts just like these baskets at the festival! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 12th, 11am-4pm
Pierce House Mansion, 17 Weston Rd., Lincoln MA
Food, music, silent auction, shopping, kid’s activities, pics with Santa, and more!
Kids and dogs are welcome! Admission is free.

All proceeds benefit Phinney’s Friends, a MA non-profit helping low income people care for their pets.

Homemade Gifts for Sale at Paws for the Holidays Festival!

November 6, 2017

Our upcoming festival on November 12th will be full of beautiful products for you to give friends and family as holiday gifts. Volunteer Starr and Board President Daniela spent a few hours making these lovely dish towels. Hard work but great company and lots of fun! We’ll have so many unique gifts just like these towels at the festival! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 12th, 11am-4pm
Pierce House Mansion, 17 Weston Rd., Lincoln MA
Food, music, silent auction, shopping, kid’s activities, pics with Santa, and more!
Kids and dogs are welcome! Admission is free.

All proceeds benefit Phinney’s Friends, a MA non-profit helping low income people  care for their pets.

 

Paws for the Holidays Festival – Vendor Spotlight!

November 4, 2017

Penelopads is coming to Phinney’s Holiday Festival on November 12 in Lincoln!
Look at the incredible products they make – waterproof and washable pee pee pads. Isn’t that amazing?

We will have so many wonderful items for pets, but also loads of shopping options not pet-related.