Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Why Dogs?

It’s 4:00 a.m. and Mom and Dad are still sleeping. If it weren’t for DixieLee and me, they would sleep the day away. Mom says we are the cutest alarm clocks, even if we don’t have a snooze button.

Being good alarm clocks aren't the only good things dogs do for their humans.

Dogs help to keep their humans healthy.

They are great exercise buddies. Going for walks or playing games every day help dogs and people stay fit and healthy.

People with dogs recover from being sick faster. Some hospitals are even letting dogs visit their peoples when they are recovering because they see that the peoples get better faster.

Some dogs, called service dogs, are trained to help people with disabilities. They can fetch things like medicines or phones or even help with grocery shopping.

Other dogs are trained to help people with PTSD from getting anxiety and Autistic children from having melt downs.  Dogs can be trained to help Diabetics when their blood sugar is getting too high or too low and others to tell if their human is about to get a migraine or seizure.

Dogs are even being trained to sniff out Cancer!

We are very good at helping to relive stress. Okay, Mom says we cause her stress but she loves it when we run to greet her when she gets home from work. Some offices even let dogs go to work with their humans. When we had our Shoppe, I used to go with Mom every day. I loved to greet the people and some even came by just to see me.

Dogs are great for children. We help them learn responsibility and we are an excellent playmate. I read that kids with a family dog miss less school and are healthier than kids from homes without dogs.

We can help our humans make friends. A dog park or a walk around the neighborhood is a great way to meet people.  Dogs are good conversation starters.

We are super good at guarding our houses. No body can get near our house without us sounding the alarm. We are good at letting Mom and Dad know when the mail arrives and when the UPS truck comes too.

Best of all, dogs are super fun to be around.

Give your humans a hug and have a happy day,


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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Snoopy, Toto, Lassie, Benji.... What's Your Name?

You all know my name is Zeva but you may not know how I got my name.

When my Mom and Dad first met me, they thought I was very pretty and very smart.  A very pretty actress named Cote dePablo played a character named Ziva David, on TV.  Ziva was a very smart NCIS agent.  So, I got named after her.... only we spell my name differently.

My sister's name is DixieLee.  She got her name because she is a Dixie Dog. A Dixie Dog is a dog that is rescued from high kill shelters in the South and brought North.  She was originally named just plain Dixie but she didn't like that name.  First of all it was "just plain" and Dixie is a place, not a name.

We thought about it and decided that DixieLee was a much prettier name and gave her more of a connection to her Southern heritage.

My friends Bumo and Miu are both from the Himalayan mountain regions of Tibet so their Mom gave them Tibetian names.  Bumo means girl and Miu means doll.  Their names fit them well.

Our friend Beauregard is a very special dog so his Mom named him after her very first dog who was also very special.

There are lots and lots of ways to choose a name for a pet.

Lots of pets have people names or people nicknames.  Some of the most popular dog names are Max, Buddy and Charlie for boys and Bella, Lucy and Molly for girls.

Some favorite cat names are Tigger, Lucy and Molly.  Lots of cats are given names that reflect their appearance or personality.  Names like Shadow, Smoky and Midnight or Comet and Dash.

There are some things that might help people choose a good name.  First, pets respond better to names that have one or two syllables.  Some dogs, especially championship dogs, have really long names.  Their papers may say their name is His Royal Highness Reginald III, his humans probably call him Reggie.

Also it should be a nice name.  How embarrassing it would be to be playing at dog park with a bunch of new firends and have your human yell out "Come here Dog Breath"!  I would run away for sure.
People should choose a name that will grow with their pet.  Even if the puppy is the smallest of the litter, Tiny is not such a good name for a Great Dane or Newfoundland.

Let us know what your name is and how your humans chose it for you.


Your friend,


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Becoming a first-time pet owner?

Hello everyone.  It's that time of year again when Mom and I are getting tax stuff ready to get to the lady who knows what to do with all the numbers so we asked our friend Cindy if she would like to say a few words about the things you need to know when getting a pet.  Here is what she has to say.

Tips help you to choose a furry friend

Any pet owner will tell you that bringing an animal into your life is like gaining a family member. Whether you’re single or have a entire houseful, the benefits of owning a pet are endless — but which kind?

Choose The Right Pet For Your Lifestyle
When it comes to choosing between a cat or a dog, you may be partial to one more than the other — but the final decision should be in the best interest of both the animal and you. Important questions to ask yourself are:

  • What’s the size of your home? This helps determine the quality of life for the animal — and you. This includes whether or not you have outdoor space the animal could use.

  • Do you have permission from the property owner if you rent? Some apartments and condos only allow cats.

  • Do you have the financial resources to take care of your pet’s daily needs, regular medical checkups and medical emergencies? Many animals wind up back in the shelter because owners realize they can’t afford them. Look into resources that provide financial assistance.

  • What’s your activity level? If you’re relatively sedentary, keep in mind that dogs and puppies need ongoing activity including going for walks outdoors to relieve themselves and releasing energy. Staying fit with your pet is a great motivator and bonding experience.

  • What would your plans be if you travel? Do you have a reliable resource to care for the pet if you decide not to bring it along?

  • How much time do you realistically have to spend with your pet? There’s no point in getting one if you’re never around. Daily interaction is a must — especially before and after leaving the house. Despite their solitary reputation, cats and kittens thrive on social interaction, too.

  • Dog or puppy, cat or kitten? Puppies and kittens require more 24-hour care than adult dogs and kittens. Not just because they need more stimulation, but also because they tend to be more mischievous and need to be watched. This question ties in with living space — a big dog in studio apartment without a yard doesn’t really make sense.

  • Does anyone in your household have allergies? If yes, that doesn’t mean a pet is necessarily a no-go. Talk to your doctor about possible allergy medications. Short-haired animals are a better option as there’s less dander and hair flying around. Bathing your pet, keeping a clutter-free home, and covering the litter box can also help.

  • Do you have kids? Certain breeds of dogs tend to be more aggressive and/or have a size and energy level not conducive to a home with small children. Breeds such as the bulldog, newfoundland, golden retriever, bull terrier and boxer are among the best dogs for children. The same rules apply for families seeking a cat — breeds like bengal, burmese, Maine coon, ragamuffin, and Siamese are among the most kid-friendly.

  • Are you going through rehab? Owning a recovery animal has been proven to be beneficial in helping those going through rehab by helping to establish a regular routine, giving you a sense of purpose, and cheering you up when you’re feeling low. You’ll learn how to be social again while staying active in the process.

Preparing your home
It’s important to adequately prepare your home for your new furry friend — especially rescue pets from a shelter as they’re more apt to be nervous and/or fearful. Make sure your pet has a soft and comfortable bed, perpetual access to clean water, established feeding sessions, and toys to self-amuse when you’re not around. Some pets have a tendency to chew and/or scratch personal belongings so be sure to put those items away and set up scratching posts/boards (for cats) where necessary.

Bringing an animal into your home is a serious decision. It’s important to consider the questions so that you don’t wind up taking the pet back to the shelter down the road. Like us, animals are loving and intuitive creatures that have the ability to become sad, confused and scared due to neglect and too many lifestyle changes.

Photo Credit: Pixabay

P.S.  I hope you enjoyed hearing from our friend Cindy and remember, for the bestest pet gift baskets in the universe, go to pawpalsboutique.com 

Your tax preparing friend,

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Travels With Kitty

We’ve talked about traveling with dogs but not about traveling with cats. Most of the dogs we know like to go for rides so traveling, by car anyway, is fun for them. Cats, maybe not so much. We wanted to get a cat’s perspective on how to successfully travel with a cat so we called our friend and guest blogger, Foe.

Here are a few tips she passed along:

1. Cats are easily stressed so a visit to your Vet for something to help calm her might be a good idea. There are some excellent natural remedies available. A general check up to be sure your pet is healthy enough will also put your mind at ease.

2. Since cats don’t take car rides as much as dogs, take her for short rides so she can get used to being in the car. If you find she gets car sick, ask your Vet to recommend something,

3. Although some people let their cat roam around the inside of the car, Foe says she prefers a cat carrier. A cat carrier will keep your cat safe. You wouldn’t want her to dart out of the car when you open the door or jump out of the window, would you? You also don’t need your cat climbing all over you when you are trying to drive.

If your cat hasn’t been a carrier before, start getting her used to it before you start your trip. Put her bed or one of your old tee shirts in the carrier. Having something familiar with a comforting scent will help her relax.

4. Make sure your cat is wearing identification. A micro chip is also a good idea. If your cat should get away, having up to date information will help anyone who finds her locate you quickly.

5. Pack everything she will need. Food and water, litter and a litter box, and any medication she is taking.

6. Spending some time playing with her before you leave will help her relax. Plan on stopping every few hours to let her out of the carrier so she can stretch her legs and take a potty break.

7. The most important thing to remember is NEVER leave your cat alone in the car. It doesn’t take long for a car to get too hot or too cold. Don’t put your cat's life at risk even for a “few minutes”!

We are so glad to hear that more and more humans are taking their cats along with them when they go on trips. After all, time spent with a cat is never wasted.

Happy trails,


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Monday, January 29, 2018

Home Sweet Home

Our friend Lise just ‘dopted a baby. His name is Lucas and he is a  Morkie (Yorkie and Maltese mix). Lise needed to ‘dopt a new baby cuz Missy, her 15 year old baby, crossed over Rainbow Bridge.

We haven’t seen Lucas yet but Dad went to the airport with Lise to pick him up. Yup, he flew all the way here by himself. I would have been extra scared but Dad said Lucas didn’t think it was a big deal. He was sad to leave his Mom but was excited about having a new Mom and a forever home of his own.

He came in a crate that had a place for his water and food. Dad said it is a nice crate and will be a good place to go when he wants some alone time. When you have a sister like DixieLee, you know how important “alone time” is. Lucas has two sister cats and two brother birds so I’m sure he will like having his own special place.

Not all dogs have crates but I think they are important. It’s nice to have a quiet place to nap when Mom and Dad are not at home:

I made a list of some other things every dog (and cat) needs when they go to a new forever home.

1. Food and water bowls. Of course they need to have extra good food that goes in the bowls and fresh water all the time. And don’t forget they need treats. Lots of treats.

2. Bed. We are allowed on the bed and furniture but we also have our own beds. Well, they aren’t real beds but extra soft blankets in our crates to snuggle in.

3. Collars and leashes. Pets should wear their collars all the time because that is where their tags go. One of the first things a dog should learn is how to walk nice on a leash. If they walk nice, their humans will like taking walks with them.

4. Identification. Town tags and rabies tags attached to a collar are super important if a pet gets lost. Pets should also have a micro chip. Micro chips are teenie tiny so you don’t even know you have one but if you get lost, they are very helpful in getting home faster.

5. Grooming supplies. I don’t totally agree about grooming supplies cuz I hate baths but I do like having special towels to get wiped off from the rain and snow.

6. Toys. I saved the most important thing for last. Actually it was a toss up between toys and treats but good toys are super important. They are so important that I had Dad take a cuddly Zanie toy to Lucas when they went to the airport. Lise says he carries it around all the time. She said it is almost as big as him but he will grow into it.

If a human has all of these things ready when they bring home a new pet, they will have almost every thing they will need. They will only have to remember to add lots of hugs and kisses every day and then they will really have every thing.

Just so you know, we have gift baskets designed especially to welcome new pets to their forever home.  They are To The Rescue for dogs and Kit Kat Kit for cats.  You can see them on our website. 

Your friend,


P.S. Blatant self-promotion.  To see all of other pet gift baskets, go to pawpalsboutique.com I think you'll like what you see.

Saturday, January 20, 2018


I saw a notice on Facebook today about a dog that is missing and his humans are trying to find him. I am worried about him because I know he is super scared and wants to go home but maybe he doesn’t remember the way.

That’s why his humans posted his picture on Facebook and asked everybody who lives sort of near him to help him.

I hope getting lost never happens to you but if it does, here are a few things your humans can do to help you find your way home faster.

1. Make Posters. In SUPER BIG letters it should say “LOST DOG” (or CAT, cuz cats can get lost too).

The poster should have a big picture of you, in color, big enough to easily see from not close. Some peoples put a couple more pictures to show different angles or close ups of marking.

Don’t forget to add telephone numbers so peoples call and give updates of sightings etc.

2. Hang the posters all around town on poles and ask if you can put them in places like stores where lots of peoples go. The more peoples who see the posters, the more peoples who will know you are lost if they see you.

3. Leave posters or fliers at houses around the area where you were last seen. Leave them in doors and on car windshield. (NOT in Post Office Boxes… that’s a no no).

4. Post a notice on Facebook and other social media places and ask others to share the notice. Again, make sure there are photos and a phone number and tell where you were last seen.

5. Call the Police, Shelters and vets. These are good places for peoples to bring found animals when they don’t know how to get in touch with the owners. Pets can wander far so check with shelters etc. a little far away.

6. Place an ad in the local newspaper. Lots of peoples read the newspapers.

Getting lost is a very scary. If you do get lost making sure you have good identification can get you home faster. An up to date tag from your Vet and/or the Town where you live are good. Your people can get a tag with your name and their telephone number on it at most pet stores.

And if you don’t have a micro chip, get one right away. Some dogs, like DixieLee, can slip their collars but a micro chip is put inside you so it can’t get lost. It doesn’t hurt at all to get one.

Your humans have to make sure it is registered and up to date. When we moved, Mom called the micro chip place and updated our files.

Most Shelters and Vets have a little machine that can read the micro chip and find out where you belong.

So, the best thing is not to get lost but if you do, make sure your humans know the ways to get you back home safe and fast.

Your friend,


P.S. Blatant self-promotion. For the Bestest pet gift baskets in the universe, go to pawpalsboutique.com

Friday, January 12, 2018

Why Gift Baskets for Pets?

The other day, a lady asked Mom what she did for work. Mom said she made gift baskets for people and for pets. The lady said “Why would anyone buy a gift basket for a pet?”

I just rolled my eyes. You would get a gift basket for a pet for the same reasons you would get a gift basket for people. Pets aren’t that different from people when it comes to getting gifts. We like getting gifts. Gifts make us feel special.

People like getting gift baskets because a gift basket is many gifts in one. Our people gift baskets have lots of different kinds of treats in them that people like. There are cookies and candies and coffee or tea. People can open a different gift every day for a lot of days.

It’s the same for pets. Our pet gift baskets have different kinds of toys and treats. It’s lots of fun to open the basket and find not one toy but two or three and not one treat but lots. We like getting a different gift every day for lots of days too.

I know that one of the companies that makes gifts for dogs sends their gifts in a plain box. That’s okay because some pets, especially cats and DixieLee, like playing in boxes. We do things a little differently at Paw PalsBoutique. We do ship our gift baskets in plain boxes so cats and dogs like DixieLee can still have a plain box to play in but we like our gift basket to be pretty as well as fun. I like pretty. Mom tells me I am pretty so pretty must be a good thing.

Some of our gift baskets are made in boxes but we use boxes that are not plain. Some of our gift baskets are made in baskets that can be used to store things like toys and we even make some gift baskets in pretty dinner bowls!

All of our gift baskets are made even prettier by wrapping them in cello and adding a super pretty bow! Super pretty bows are important because they make the people getting the gift feel extra special.

When would anyone give a pet gift basket? One of the times is when a family pet crosses over Rainbow Bridge. Pets are a big part of the family and when one crosses over, people don’t know how to say how sorry they are. A Paw Print On The Heart gift basket says what words can’t.

A gift basket is a great way to welcome a new pet to the household. A special birthday or just to let a favorite pet know how special they are. There are so many whens.

We love making gift baskets for pets so that can feel extra special. So, when you want a pet or a person who loves their pet feel extra special, give us a call and we will make an extra special gift basket for you.

Your friend,


P.S. Blatant Self-promotion. For the Bestest pet gift baskets in the universe go to pawpalsboutique.com