Dog-Friendly Howl-iday Party in West Elm, Miami

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You’re invited to a Howl-iday Party at West Elm Miami – Dadeland!

There is nothing better in life than celebrating special moments with good friends while giving of ourselves to the community. We would love for you and your fur kids share in a holiday celebration with us and Fuji and Friends. Our celebration of the spirit of giving and friendship is on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the West Elm in Dadeland, Miami. Our holiday party will benefit Paws 4 You Rescue this year.

Santa Paws will be making a visit for photographs with all the good boy and girl pups. Children and adults alike can decorate their paper frames at our Arts and Crafts table. Take your holiday photo home with you that day for a $10 donation to Paws 4 You. While you’re there, please enjoy holiday shopping with specialty vendors, including Fuji and Friends’ excellent vintage inspired, dog-themed shirts. The owners of Fuji and Friends are longtime animal lovers and great supporters of local rescues like Paws 4 You. We apreciate how much they give to the community. The Sheep Sac will also be selling their unique, handmade bags. We love keeping it local!

What’s a holiday party without sweet treats? Our pack definitely has a sweet tooth! There will be chocolate from local vendors as well as complimentary, freshly-made cupcakes from Slice of Art. We can’t wait for you to try them. We are also grateful to Heron Hill Winery for providing wine to match the delicious goodies we’ll all be enjoying. There will also have special treats for your pups, so they can be part of the feast, too.

Season’s Giving: In addition to donations to Paws 4 You, we are also collecting blankets, toys, treats, food, or cleaning supplies as part of the national Presents 4 Pets Donation Drive. Please bring any hand-me-downs your pets might not need; new or old, the homeless and needy pets of Miami are grateful for what you can give!

Please email or call 305.794.3733 with any questions. We look forward to seeing you and your fur kids there!

  • Address: 8805 Dadeland Blvd b101, Miami, FL 33156
  • Time: December 7, 2014 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Parking available in garage
  • This event is dog-friendly! Please bring your pups on short leashes so they can socialize and enjoy a day out with Santa Paws!

Which Thanksgiving Day Foods Are Bad for Pets?

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Toxic Thanksgiving Day Foods for Pets

Thanksgiving is all about sharing love and friendship. Of course we want to indulge in one of our tastiest holidays with our dogs and cats, but you must be careful of the foods dogs and cats can’t eat. Use our quick guide for a list of what is, and is not, cat- and dog-friendly people food on Thanksgiving Day.

Doggy (and Kitty) Don’ts: Onions, garlic, chives, and leeks are off-limits to dogs and cats. These savory delights are delicious but can be toxic to dogs and cats when eaten in large amounts or over long periods of time. Keep them away from garlic pills, garlic powder, or foods cooked with them. Cooking down onions does not decrease their toxicity. Pet Poison Hotline states garlic is not an effective home remedy for fleas. Ingesting onions and garlic causes destruction of red blood cells, especially in cats and Japanese breeds, which are more sensitive.

Bakers Beware: Watch the chocolate! You all know theobromine in chocolate is toxic. Signs of your dog having ingested them includes vomit, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and death. Baking soda and powder can cause muscle tremors and congestive heart failure, so pick up spills quickly! Raw dough is also a no. Don’t let your dog get away with stealing rising bread. Raw dough will keep rising in your dog’s stomach, causing extreme pain. Some raw baked goods have raw eggs, which may contain Salmonella.

No Skin, Either: We love our caja China and our crispy golden turkey, but the extreme fattiness in the crispy skin can be very dangerous to your pets. Ingesting excessive fats can cause pancreatitis, a painful condition where the pancreas becomes inflamed. Your dog may show lethargy, vomit, have a hard time breathing, and have abdominal pain. Keep it safe, and eat the skin yourself.

Bones- True or false? Your dog can have cooked turkey bones.
FALSE! Cooked chicken and turkey bones can be lethal, causing obstructions or lacerations on the way through your pup’s body. Dogs eat raw bones in the wild, not cooked. Make sure you’re disposing of them safely so your dogs cannot get to them.

Peaches, plums, cherries: Any fruit with a pit can cause obstructions in your dog’s intestines. It’s important to keep them out of reach of your food-driven pup. Cyanide in peach and plum pits are also an issue.

Nuts: As we’ve written about in a previous blog post on toxic foods for pets, macadamia nuts can be extremely toxic. Ingesting just a bit may render your dogs unable to stand, elevate their heart rates, induce vomiting and tremors, and may lead to shock.

Nutmeg: This delicious spice is used to dress up sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. It can also severely poison or even kill your dog, so make sure you are not sharing any spiced baked goods or side dishes with Fido on Thursday, or any day. Symptoms include

Foods your dog CAN eat on Thanksgiving

If your dogs and cats must have a human treat, they can eat: cooked turkey (sans skin, just lean white meat) cut into small chunks. Dogs will appreciate steamed green beans, carrots (cats might need them to be cooked), rice, pasta, or cooked pumpkin or sweet potato without spices or fats added. Finish it off with slices of apple without seeds, or blueberries (if your dog is not allergic). Skip avocado, which can upset their tummies, as well as too many brussel sprouts. Freshly-made cranberry sauce with little sugar may be good for your dogs and cats. We always recommend you speak with your veterinarian before introducing a new food into your fur kids’ lives.

We hope this helps you have a fit, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving with the fur kids! Let us know how you spent the holidays, or if you need help caring for your pets in the upcoming holidays. Call 305.794.3733 today!

Donate to Paws 4 You this Holiday Season!

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 Lend a Helping Paw to Dogs in Miami!

This November, we want all of Miami to donate to Paws 4 You Rescue as part of our “Presents for Pets” holiday drive! The hardworking volunteers at Paws 4 You have saved countless dogs’ lives since opening. We’d like to do a little something to make their work easier this year. We love our dogs, and feel like sharing the love with those dogs still looking for homes with one of the most hard-working, non-profit dog rescues in Miami.

How to Help Dogs in Miami:

Helping dogs this holiday is convenient! Simply purchase blankets, towels, toys, treats, or cleaning supplies or collect them if you have any laying around your home. You can leave the items by your dog walk log if you have daily dog walks with us. If you don’t have daily dog walks, you can:

  • bring the item with you next time we see you
  • leave the items on the kitchen counter next time we pet sit for you!
  • Finally, we’d be happy to pick up the item at your homes

You can also bring the item to our Howl-iday Party at West Elm on December 7, from 12-5:00 p.m. This is a dog-friendly holiday party and all of you are invited with your well-behaved pups for photo sessions with Santa Paws for a donation to Paws 4 You, snacks, and raffle prizes!

Call us at 305.794.3733 or contact us with any questions or requests for help! Let’s work together to make this a happy howliday for all pets!

We are very happy to be a part of this annual pet supply drive thanks to the efforts of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. As one of the members of the board, Flavia is especially proud to be associated with the organization during times like these!

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