At PetSafe, We are Thankful for Pets


We recently held a “Thankful for Pets” contest on social media asking pet parents to submit a photo along with a caption telling why they’re thanking for their pet(s), and we just couldn’t get enough! We looked at the entries numerous times – all of the entries were extremely heartfelt and filled our hearts. Here are the winning entries:


”I am thankful for Gillian because she brings joy to our family every day. She is full of energy and holds so much love in her heart for everyone she meets. She is truly a gift” –Aaron R.









“Our granddaughter taking her puppy Belle for a car ride!”



“My two girls are the light of my life. I’m grateful for them because they are always there when I need a friend.” –Cassondra G.





All 153 of the contest entries made us a little emotional and prompted us all to ponder the reasons why we are thankful for our pets. Since many of your shared with us on social media, we thought we’d share some of our thoughts with you!

jkfj“I am thankful for my two dogs, Emmitt and Lilly, because of the abundance of joy and happiness they bless me with every day. I just can’t imagine my life without them. Every day when I leave the office, my first thought goes to them because I cannot wait to get home and see their wiggle butts and tap dancing feet.” –Jessica Medlin, Consumer Insights Marketing Specialist







“I am thankful for Moose and Trigger because they always brighten my day and give me unconditional love…and snuggles.” –Jessie McDowell, Content Marketing Specialist








“I have two cats Atticus and Edgar.  I’m thankful for them because they are always happy to see me.  The moment I open the door they are both waiting for me and singing away to welcome me home.  No matter how long my day is, that makes me feel instantly better.” –Susan Trent, Customer Care Assistant Manager





“I’m thankful for my pets because they give me free entertainment. They all have their own unique personalities, and yet they all love exactly the same. I’m thankful for them, because no matter what kind of day we have, or they have, they’re always willing to let by-gones be by-gones.” –Andrick Buggs, Videographer/Editor



,mlkjhjkzvb“I am thankful for my three precious dogs. They complete me and nothing compares to the love I share with them. I am thankful for their unconditional love, comfort, security, and company. My boys have changed my life and I am forever grateful.” –Jennifer Thompson, Water and Feed Solutions Marketing Specialist








We like to say “the happiest years of our lives are measured in dog years”, and we of course love cats too but just haven’t thought of a clever feline saying yet. Everything we do within these walls is done with our pets and your pets in our minds and hearts, and we are so thankful for you and your pets being part of our PetSafe family. We love hearing stories about you and your pets, so we hope you’ll tell us in the comments section below why YOU are thankful for your pet(s)!


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Jack and Lil: Lily is a S.T.A.R.


Most of my previous posts have focused on Jack, but let us not forget the little one! Lily is just starting her training journey. She recently graduated from AKC S.T.A.R. puppy class and passed with flying colors! S.T.A.R. stands for socialization, training, activity, responsibility and the class includes basic socialization and commands. Going in to the class, Lily already knew the commands we would learn in class including “Leave It” which is not taking a treat placed in front of them, sit, down, stay and more. The main reason I wanted to enroll her in this class is to work on her focus.


Like most young dogs, Lily has energy that is difficult to contain. They joke that Australian Terriers are part Kangaroo because they love to jump jump jump. And jump she does! She is a fearless dog who always wants to be part of the action. If I have her sitting in front of me and there is a dog in the room running around or playing with a toy, it can be challenging for her to ignore. Additionally when she meets new people or dogs, she is so full of excitement that she wiggles and jumps and is known to give a good ear cleaning with her kisses. While it is great she is so socialized and friendly, manners are a work in progress!

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When I first started working with Lily, I had a great assistant… Jack! Lily is a smart little puppy who picks things up extremely quickly. When practicing stay with her, I put both her and Jack in a down stay next to each other and she would watch him to see what to do. With this, I could leave her in a stay across the room in a mere 30 minutes of practice. Jack also knows “Wave” which I taught him as a trick after he learned “Paw/Shake.” I was working with Jack and asked him to “Wave.” Lily, sitting nearby, started waving too! She picked it up on her own from watching him. I was amazed.

I am lucky in that Lily came in to our household at a young enough age to look up to Jack. When he barked, she would bark, when he went to the corner of the yard, she was right behind. In addition to her training progression, I have enjoyed watching their bond grow. Jack used to be quite grumpy with Lily when she was get near him while he slept. Now they are happy to touch backs while they snooze on the couch.

Lily is going to be an extremely fun dog to train. Our trainers encouraged us to skip beginner obedience and move on to a more advanced course so we will likely start Rally Novice in the new year! What tips do you have for training a new puppy?

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What Can You Share with Your Pet This Thanksgiving?


Our friends at Dogster put out a great infographic this week on the things you can and cant share under the table with your furry friend. Share this with your family and friends to make sure you keep Fido safe this Thanksgiving season.


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The World According to Cooper- Growing Up is Easy When You are Me!


It’s my favorite time of the year again. MY BIRTHDAY!!!!  I mean I love spring and fall and Thanksgiving for the turkey and Christmas for the presents but my birthday should be a National Holiday.  Kids shouldn’t have to go to school and me and my mom shouldn’t have to go to work.  It is the best day of the year.  I’m not sure if you are keeping count, but I turn 4 this year.  I think it is amazing the amount of toys that I have gotten in my very short 4 years on this planet.


Here is a picture for you to see my work space. This doesn’t even come close to what I have at home.  I am very aware of how fortunate a little boy that I am.  And even if I didn’t have any toys, I have the best mom that loves me more than anything on the planet.  I have great friends at work, both human and furry.  Here is a picture of me hanging out with my bud Barren and his “big” sis Dottie. I don’t look as happy as I actually was in that picture since my mom was away for a little while.  I was hanging out my aunt Kim.

Anyway, in 4 short years I have a lot to be thankful for. I have everything that a furry kid could ask for.  I promise to work on getting my birthday made into a Holiday next year!!

Talk to you soon,


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Inspiration Boards – Himalayan Blue


Last month, we held a Pin to Win contest on Pinterest. Entrants were to create a home design board with our new Himalayan Blue Drinkwell® Pagoda Fountain as the inspiration piece for their boards. We wanted to share our inspiration around this product, as well as feature some of our favorite pins from the three winners’ boards of our Pin to Win contest! All four of these boards have very different style and all use different hues of blue, which is what makes this so fun!

Our inspiration board features an eloquent style and a neutral color palette with subdued blue accents.

PetSafe Inspiration Board

Betty’s board has a cottage feel featuring thick blues, dark accents, and detailed designs.

Betty Inspiration Board

Jeanne’s board has a beach house style, featuring blue and aqua colors mixed in with different versions of lights and whites!

Jeanne Inspiration Board

And Maree’s board has a classic look and feel, with a neutral color palette featuring bold blue accent pieces.

Maree Inspiration Board

The three winners of this contest each won their very own stylish Himalayan Blue Pagoda Fountain to add to their home. What do you think? We think that the winners of our Pin to Win contest could have a future in interior design!

Which board speaks more to your style and taste? Let us know in the comments section which of these boards you could see being inspiration for your home. And keep an eye on the PetSafe® Facebook page for more fun contests in the future!

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Celebrating Seniors: 5 FAQs About Older Cats


Watching your new kitty zip across the room in pursuit of the magical red laser dot, you thought she’d be a kitten forever. Now your aging cat spends more time napping than playing and doesn’t seem as interested in eating her food as you’d like. Most cats start to slow down as they age. Some get sick or need extra help to remind them to eat, drink, or clean themselves. Get answers to frequently asked questions about your cat’s golden years.

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When would my cat be considered a senior citizen?

Let’s put it in human terms. When your cat turns 10, she can join the AARP. She might start to feel her age and slow down a little. When she turns 12, she can retire. She’s officially a senior cat. Many cats live to be 15-20 years old, depending on their health and breed.


Does my senior cat need a different diet?

Not every senior cat needs to change foods. Senior formula dry foods aren’t significantly different from adult formulas, so let your cat eat her current food if she likes it. Your vet can help you choose the right food for your cat depending on her health. For example, glucosamine supplements reduce pain from arthritis, and a special K/D wet food can keep your cat’s kidneys in tip-top shape.

Senior cats can become dehydrated more easily. You can help your senior cat by supplementing her meals with wet food or tuna juice. Cat fountains are another great way to make sure your cat gets enough to drink every day.

Some senior cats don’t eat as much as they used to. Dental disease is a common cause, so make sure your cat’s teeth and gums look healthy. Don’t be afraid to ask your vet about dental cleanings. Senior cats in good health can undergo dental anesthesia, especially for severe periodontitis. You can encourage your cat to eat and keep her teeth healthy at the same time with food toppings like indigo™ Fresh Dental Sauce.

What health changes should I watch out for?

Cats age like people do. They can lose their hearing, eyesight, and memory. Symptoms of senility include wandering, meowing, disorientation, and avoiding social interaction. Older cats also become stressed more easily. You can help your senior cat by maintaining routines and introducing change slowly.

Some diseases tend to affect older cats more than younger cats. It’s often hard to tell if your cat is sick. Cats are good at hiding pain, and many of these symptoms seem like normal aging changes. For example, if your cat stops using the litter box it could be because she has developed diabetes, which causes her to use the bathroom more. Since the box is getting dirtier faster, she finds other places to relieve herself.

Here are some common and uncommon symptoms of common age-related diseases:

  • Arthritis – decreased activity, aggression, litter box problems, mobility issues, stiffness
  • Hyperthyroidism – hyperactivity, spraying, weight loss, greasy coat, drinking more, eating more, vomiting
  • Diabetes – drinking more, peeing more, litter box problems, weight loss
  • Inflammatory bowel disease – using the bathroom more, vomiting, constipation, litter box problems, weight loss
  • Cancer – lumps, sores, eating less, difficulty peeing, aggression, weight loss
  • Kidney failure – litter box problems, weight loss, vomiting, decreased activity, constipation, drinking more

Do I need to do anything special to care for my senior cat?

  • Brush your cat more often. Older cats can have trouble grooming themselves. Brush your cat regularly to improve her coat and circulation. It’s also a great time to give her a quick physical and look for any dental problems, lumps, or changes in her coat.
  • Don’t forget annual vet checks. Your vet can test for diseases and help prevent problems later. If you notice any changes in your cat’s behavior, you can bring her in sooner. Some vets recommend a 6-month checkup cycle after your cat turns 10.
  • Watch for weight changes. Overweight cats have a higher chance of getting diseases. Now’s the time to help her lose weight if she starts to get chubby. If your cat is losing weight and you haven’t changed her diet or exercise, this could be a symptom of an underlying disease.
  • Give her easy access to everything. Make it easier for her to get in the box by adding a ramp or getting a box with lower sides. Put her food and water on the ground, and make sure she doesn’t have to use stairs to eat, drink, or use the bathroom.

Should I adopt a senior cat?

Senior cats are great if you’re looking for a feline companion with a stable, establishedcat in lap personality. Seniors are more likely to sit in your lap than attack your toes, and they often know proper house etiquette like peeing in the litter box instead of on the carpet. A senior cat’s personality is pretty much fixed; you don’t have to worry if she’ll be as cuddly at home as she is at the shelter. On the other hand, that kitten in the shelter might turn into a completely different cat when she grows up.

Senior cats are also less likely to be adopted. Many senior cats spend their last remaining years alone in a shelter. Adopting a senior means you’re not only saving a life but you’re also giving that older cat the best care she could get for the rest of her life. If you’re worried about extra medical costs, talk to your local shelter about low-cost vet care and pet insurance.

Have any other tips about caring for senior kitties? Have other questions about seniors? Share them in the comments!

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Pet Friendly Winter Getaways


Tapping into your inner wanderlust? Don’t know how to use those last few vacation days before the end of the year? Looking for a holiday getaway but not sure what to do with your pet while you’re gone? We can help – hint: they sure don’t involve leaving your pet behind while you get away! There are plenty of pet friendly getaways, especially at winter wonderland destinations, so we’ve found five pet friendly vacations for you and your four-legged family member this winter. Get your mug of hot cocoa ready…we’re about to take you on a cozy yet fun-filled list of winter getaways from east coast to west coast!

Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, Vermont:

This hillside was dubbed Dog Mountain because of the difficult and painful journey by the owner and his family that helped him to believe in the inspiration and healing power of dogs. Dog Mountain has no leash laws. Here, dogs are are free to roam, play swim and meet other dogs – all without a leash. Every year, Dog Mountain gets more and more visitors from around the world. There’s plenty to do here, like hike and let your dog swim in one of the many dog ponds (if it’s warm enough), and appreciate the many works of art that reside at Dog Mountain. The Stephen Hueneck gallery atop Dog Mountain offers prints, gifts, books, fine art woodcuts, and housewares. Not only does he have a gallery full of beautiful works of art, but he built the Dog Chapel there. What you need to know about the Dog Chapel – “All Creeds, All Breeds, No Dogmas Allowed”. Fun with dogs, love for dogs, and inspiration by dogs is calling you…at Dog Mountain.

Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina:

Asheville is vibrant and is the largest city in Western North Carolina. It’s bursting at the seams with history, has plenty of cultural attractions and will seduce you with scenery that the word “beautiful” can’t even describe. The Grand Bohemian hotel allows two dogs of any size per select guest room. Even if you embark on a tour or on an Asheville adventure that your pet can’t attend, the Grand Bohemian allows pets to be kept alone in the guest’s room while you’re out. Celebrate your vacation in “Beer City USA” at one of the many craft beer breweries, time travel into history by visiting the Biltmore Estate, or indulge in the breathtaking scenery with fido on one of the many hiking trails Asheville offers. Grab your bag, your pet, and sense of adventure…Asheville awaits!

Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tennessee:

Lilly, my little snow bunny, playing in the East Tennessee powder.

Lilly, my little snow bunny, playing in the East Tennessee powder.

Gatlinburg is not only a great family-friendly place but is also a great dog-friendly place! At PetSafe, we’re not too far from there…it’s basically in our back yard, so we can certainly attest to the fun you’ll have with your pet in tow in Gatlinburg. Enjoy shopping, entertainment, and family-friendly attractions all throughout Gatlinburg. Go downtown to admire manmade beauty in the many art galleries and studios or grab your map and enjoy outdoor activities with your dog to admire the natural beauty in the wilderness of East Tennessee. The best way to stay in Gatlinburg, especially when you bring a pet, is to rent a cozy cabin or chalet. Many of the cabins and chalets are mountainside or along streams or creek beds, so you’ll feel like you’ve truly disconnected with the world and connected with nature. Imagine yourself snuggled up next to a fire with your pet, while you gaze out the back door into the tall timbers of the Great Smoky Mountains. Now that will hit the spot!

The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado:

When people think of Aspen they think of luxury, and The Little Nell is pure, comfortable lux. Their website alone with give you the goose bumps and make you yearn to go. Aspen was labeled, by industrialist Walter Paepke, as a place for renewal of mind, body, and spirit. You will be mesmerized by the sights, culture, and adventures in Aspen with art, food and wine, and world-renowned skiing. The Little Nell offers luxury family amenities, and that also includes your pet! They have luxury pet amenities where they even offer a pet Jet Lag Kit that will help them get used to the altitude in Aspen. Whoa! Concierge at your pet’s service! The Little Nell’s luxury pet amenities supplies beds and bowls, walks, guides to pet friendly trails, tasty pet treats, and a luxurious pet menu. You’ll enjoy pure lux in Aspen…with your pet!

Slopes in the sky

Last year, we hit the slopes in Park City, Utah which is also a great pet friendly spot. Can you imagine yourself here?!

Fireside Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Lake Tahoe, California:

Lake Tahoe is famous for is serene beauty and epic outdoor adventures. Fireside Lodge B&B is a great place to stay in Lake Tahoe with your pet…especially since it’s Tahoe’s only all-inclusive premier B&B! There’s lots of complimentary amenities at Fireside – bikes, kayaks, snowshoes, sledding hill, breakfasts, wine and cheeses, and complimentary marshmallow roasting at their cozy outdoor fire pit! It’s close to biking, hiking, skiing, boating, and fishing areas. Fireside welcomes dogs of all breeds and sizes, and allows dogs to be off-leash (unless they’re aggressive). They even supply special flannel dog blankets for your room! And there are plenty of dog hikes where you and fido can enjoy trekking through Mother Nature together in Lake Tahoe.

Close your eyes after you read each one and imagine yourself embarking on one of these winter excursions. Which of these destinations speaks to you? Which destination do you think fits the inner wanderlust of both you and your pet? Let us know in the comments section which trip you think you’d prefer!

For more pet friendly travel destinations and lodging, visit BringFido where they specialize in pet friendly travel.

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Pet Cancer Awareness Month: My Personal Story of Canine Cancer, Clinical Signs, and Quality of Life


By: Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD

For pet owners, learning that one’s beloved canine or feline companion has cancer is one of the worst imaginable conversations that can be had with their veterinarian. The diagnosis of cancer is life-altering for pets and their human caretakers. Our daily routines with our pets take on new meaning and we perpetually question “how much time do we have left.” Concerns about the financial, emotional, logistical, and energetic input required to treat a pet’s cancer create additional burden on the owner’s stressed mental state.

My Personal Experience with Canine Cancer:

Not only do I convey the cancer diagnosis to my clients, but I‘ve also received the bad news for my own dog, Cardiff. As a veterinarian, my circumstance is different than that experienced by most pet owners, as I’m well aware of the challenges faced by anyone caring for their beloved canine or feline companion during cancer treatment.

I’ve been involved in the process of diagnosing Cardiff’s cancer from the beginning. I actually suspected Cardiff had a stomach, intestinal, or another abdominal organ tumor based on the clinical signs signs he exhibited, including:

  • anorexia (decreased appetite)
  • regurgitation (bringing up partially digested food)
  • lethargy (seeking rest over activity)

I also assisted on the ultrasound discovery and surgical removal of Cardiff’s intestinal mass and delivered the bad news to myself upon receiving the histopathology (microscopic evaluation of cells) report. Cardiff had T-Cell Lymphoma (malignant white blood cell cancer), but fortunately it turned out to be isolated to the loop of intestine that was surgically removed and had not spread to any other tissues.

Cardiff’s cancer diagnosis wasn’t surprising to me, but the plan to put him through a 7-month-long chemotherapy course and and frequent diagnostics (blood testing, ultrasound, etc.) to increase the likelihood he’d have the best possible quality of life was quite daunting.

I’m glad I put Cardiff through chemotherapy, as he’s now cancer-free and I have my urban-trekking companion back!

Pet Cancer Awareness

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month, so I’m striving to help owners on a world-wide basis become more aware of the clinical signs of cancer and the variety of veterinary services available to treat our canine and feline companions.

Although animals and humans share some of the same cancer diagnoses, our pets cannot directly verbalize their health concerns to their owners or veterinarian. As the primary guardians of our pet’s health, we must keep a keen awareness of their day-to-day habits so that clinical signs of illness are recognized and evaluation by a veterinarian can be immediately sought.

I’m fortunate to work with the esteemed team of veterinary oncologists at the Veterinary Cancer Group (VCG) in Culver City, CA. In addition to providing cutting-edge cancer diagnostic testing and treatment, VCG educates clients on early recognition of illness through their 10 Warning Signs of Cancer in Dogs & Cats, including:

  1. Persistent change in appetite and/or water intake
  2. A lump that is enlarging, changing, or waxing and waning in size
  3. Progressive weight loss or weight gain
  4. Non-healing sore or infection, such as persistent nail bed infection
  5. Abnormal odor
  6. Persistent or recurring lameness
  7. Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
  8. Persistent or recurring cough
  9. Unexplained bleeding or discharge
  10. Difficulty swallowing, breathing, urinating, or defecating

Cancer Treatment There is Hope

The good news is that pets are surviving longer and overcoming cancer due to the numerous therapeutic options available. Cancer treatment has evolved to the extent that your pet’s disease may be resolved or well-managed through:

  • Surgery – A tumor can be surgically excised (cut out) from the body so that the entire mass can be evaluated microscopically (histopathology) and a definitive diagnosis can be reached. Surgery can also completely cure cancer if the margins are clean, which means that the mass has been completely excised and no detectable cancer cells remain in the body at the surgical site.
  • Radiation – Certain tumors cannot be surgically removed or cancerous cells may be left behind post-surgery if the margins extend deep into normal tissues. Therefore, radiation can be used to kill cancer cells, shrink tumor size, and improve comfort and quality of life.
  • Chemotherapy - There are a vast variety of injections (intravenous or intramuscular) or oral medications that kill cancer cells. The good news for animal patients is that chemotherapy is often used in lower doses than it is for humans and has a less-toxic effect. Chemotherapy is individually tailored for each patient, as there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach and each animal’s tolerance of the drugs is different and must be closely monitored by the veterinarian and owner for side effects.
  • Nutrition – The body is best able to fight cancer when all parts are working optimally, so nutrition is a key component of cancer treatment. For all stages of a pet’s life, but especially during treatment for cancer, a whole food diet having an appropriate balance of fresh, moist meat, vegetables, fruits, and grains should be fed. Like with chemotherapy, there’s no one diet that is appropriate for all pets, so for my patients I focus on cooked foods that are either commercially available or home-prepared depending on the animal’s needs and the owner’s desires for convenience in the food-preparation process.
  • Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) – CAM is the main focus of my veterinary practice when treating cancer patients. Treatments I recommend include immune system supporting and natural anti-inflammatory nutraceuticals (supplements), blood moving and anti-cancer herbal remedies, and acupressure/massage and acupuncture. Chinese medicine food energy can also help the cancer patient, as foods having cooling energetic properties are used to clear the heat caused by cancer cell division and tissue inflammation.

As cliché as it sounds, staying positive and enjoying enjoy every moment with your pet is important for everyone involved in the disease management process. With the help of a support system (veterinarians, family, friends, etc.), pet owners must face illness in their companion canine or feline with an informed sense of realism about the possible outcomes. Even if a complete cure of cancer can’t be achieved for our pets, we owe it to them to provide the best quality of life possible.

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Hit the Refresh Button This Fall!


The air is crisp, heaters are getting turned on, and crock pots are getting dusted off. Speaking of getting dusted off, are there other things in your home that need to be dusted off, tidied up, or tuned up for the cooler months? Probably! Here are a few fall freshening tips for around the house that not only benefit you, but your four-legged family members, too:

  • Vacuum upholstered furniture, especially if your cat or dog sheds a little (or a lot). Since the weather is cooling down, more people will be confined to the indoors or entertaining inside instead of outside. You probably want your guests bringing a dish to your fall pot luck or football Friday night party, not a lint roller! Make sure to get rid of any pet hair clinging to your furniture or stuck in the cracks of cushions. And, when spring arrives, you’ll have less to tend to.
  • Lilly snug as a bugGet cozy by laundering pillow covers, bedding, and blankets. Don’t forget your pet’s bed or blanket, too! If your pet’s bed has a zippered or removable cover, chances are that it is washer and dryer safe, so toss it in there with the other laundry items for a good, deep cleaning. If your pet’s bed doesn’t have a removable cover, check the tag on the bed to see if it’s OK to be tossed in the washer at least. Even if it’s not dryer-safe, you can just air dry it outside in the afternoon while the sun is shining.



  • Hit the refresh button this fall and add something fun and new to your home! The Himalayan Blue Drinkwell® Pagoda Fountain combines style and function to give you a fun home accessory that provides fresh, filtered water for your pet. That way, when you’re enjoying your hot cider that makes you feel so good, your pet is also enjoying constantly fresh water making him feel good, too! Himalayan Blue was the People’s Choice Vote Winner on the 2014 DIY Network™ Blog Cabin series on HGTV, so it’s sure to be a talking point with guests! Himalayan Blue Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain
  • Tidy up the kitchen counters by cleaning, removing, and storing away any appliances that haven’t been used recently. This will lead to an uncluttered kitchen and less work for you when family and friends visit for fall gatherings or holiday celebrations at your home. When cleaning your appliances, don’t forget to include your pet’s drinking fountain or automatic feeding device! Some pet fountains are even dishwasher safe, like our stoneware fountains, so that makes for super easy cleaning.
  • Stock up on supplies for the winter, such as furnace filters, to avoid any last minute or emergency trips to the store on dicey roads or in cold weather. When making your stock run to the store, don’t forget to snag items for your pets such as fountain filters or poop bags to ensure they’re also ready and stocked up for winter.

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