Protect your Pet from Holiday Hazards


PetSafe came out with this infographic last year around the holidays to help protect our furry friends during all of the hustle and bustle. This year this information is more important than ever. With our busy schedules, shopping, holiday parties and plenty of travel, it is easy to forget our pets’ needs.

Take a quick moment to look over the infographic, assess if your home is pet proofed for the holidays and see if there is anything you need to make sure you AND your pets have a wonderful holiday season.


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PetSafe Joy of Toys Giveaway


On my long list of things for which I’m thankful this holiday season are the many animal shelters around the US providing temporary care (and permanent love) to homeless pets. Shelters are filled with caring, compassionate staffers and volunteers and all strive to put the wellbeing of our animal companions at the top of their priority lists.

Shelter-Giveaway_IG (2)During the holiday season shelter workers will go that extra mile to give the animals in their care special treats. But, even the finest sheltering facilities in the country are a poor substitute for a life of security in a loving, forever home.  PetSafe wants to help shelters enrich their environments to ehance the quality of life for pets during their stay.

PetSafe has partnered with a dozen animal welfare organizations from across the US to help enrich the shelter environment for pets in their care. Between now and December 31st for every new follower or like PetSafe gets via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram we will donate a treat dispensing toy to a shelter.   We are prepared to donate as many as 1,000 toys to each shelter at the conclusion of the promotion – that’s a total of up to 12,000 toys for shelter animals!

_DSC3978We are hopeful that this donation of toys will greatly enhance the quality of life for pets while they wait for new homes. And, studies have shown that the mere presence of a toy in a kennel improves a pet’s chances at adoption! According to Michelle Mullins, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, Manager of PetSafe’s Training & Behavior Education Department, “keeping shelter dogs and cats healthy both mentally and physically is extremely important in maintaining their quality of life and adoptability. An enrichment toy can help relieve boredom and stress for these animals providing a better experience for them in the shelter environment.”



Participating shelters for the 2014 PetSafe Joy of Toys Shelter Giveaway include the following:


Asheville Humane Society (NC)
Larimer Humane Society (CO)
Oregon Humane Society (OR)
Halifax Humane Society (FL)
Louisiana SPCA (LA)
Capital Area Humane Society (OH)
Atlanta Humane Society (GA)
Kentucky Humane Society (KY)
Charleston Animal Society (SC)
Foothills Animal Rescue (AZ)
South Suburban Humane Society (IL)
Austin Humane Society (TX)


So, what are you waiting for? Putting a wonderful PetSafe toy in a kennel is just a mouse click away!  Follow or like PetSafe on all four of the following social media platforms: Facebook-;  Twitter- @PetSafe; Instagram- @petsafe; Pinterest- PetSafe Brand


We are thrilled to be able to support the important, life-saving work happening in animal shelters across the country. The agencies partnering with us in this promotion are always looking for opportunities to do even more for the animals in their care.  PetSafe is proud to play a small role in making their temporary homes a little brighter.

Happy Holidays!

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Cold Weather is Here! Prepare Your Containment System and Pet Door


Our customer care department is a wealth of knowledge in all things PetSafe products. I wish I could take credit for their ideas, but I’m just the messenger. As winter sneaks up on us, our product experts put together a few tips to keep your containment system flawless and your pet door air-tight for cold weather. Let us know what you think, and if you have any questions! Our customer care department is standing by to take your questions and comments.

Check the off the following list for winter safety:

Containment Products:

  • Check the collar’s mud plugs/clear caps and ensure the contact probes are snug
  • Check the boundary wire for any partials, especially on any exposed wire (also in driveway expansion joints)
  • In the event of heavy snowfall, test the boundary on  a regular basis to ensure that there are no inconsistent areas of signal. Because of the snow, it may be necessary to change the boundary width control settings depending on the layout of your yard
  • Recheck splices to ensure they are protected from moisture
  • Make sure that transmitter is in a dry, ventilated area
  • No matter the season, make sure that extra batteries are on hand…but especially during the cold months in case it isn’t possible to get to the retailer. Bad weather can result in shipping delays
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Pet Doors:

  • Check the flap to ensure it closes properly. If there are any warps or missing pieces, it may be necessary to replace before cold weather really hits
  • To help combat the cold air, an additional flap may be wise for the Freedom Aluminum/Plastic Pet Doors. An additional closing panel may be needed for the Wall Entry/Extreme Weather Pet doors
  • For the Electronic Smart Door, the cold air may cause the electronics to have a brief delay. The door will still work, but it may take a moment to lock/unlock.
  • Change in weather can cause your door to expand/contract. This can sometimes put pressure on the motor of the Electronic Smart Door. To help, we recommend to loosen your installation screws ½ a turn
  • Ensure that the motion sensor on the Passport Door is clear of any frost/debris as this can prevent the door from unlocking/locking


Have a wonderful winter with your pet, and, remember, we are always here for more tips!

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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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