Stylish and healthy holidays

holiday safety tips for pets and pet lovers

Before glasses are raised for holiday toasts and delicious food is served, take a moment to give thanks for how wonderful our pets make our lives.

Keep your holiday stylish and healthy with keeping a few quick tips in mind.

1. Happy Pets, Happy People

With the diversity of smells, sounds and people during your holiday gatherings, too much stimulation (especially for puppies and seniors) can cause stress. Keep tails wagging with all-natural, USA-made, and super healthy treats, such as new Natural Value™ meat sticks, tenders and sausages, to entice friendly introductions and foster happy social gatherings.

2. Celebrate Your Pup’s Personality.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my dear clients and furry friends!

Thank you!

Do dogs need a sweaters in winter?


It was a nice little snowstorm today in Santa Fe, NM.  Days before was cold and windy. Did your dog switched to it’s winter clothing? My chihuahuas definitely did.  If you are concerned about your dog being cold, there is certainly no harm in putting clothing on him. Your dog really do not care about the color or style you dress him, but you do! So go ahead and get (or make) the matching owner-pet-sweater-combos. Believe me, your dog will love the attention you show him while putting the clothes on, so just have fun while you both stay warm!

Finding a Good Sweater

Once you have decided to get a sweater for your dog, you will need to begin by considering material. While wool is very warm and one of the best insulating materials, take into account how often it will need to be washed, and whether it will make your dog more uncomfortable due to itching. A good blend of washable wool and cotton or acrylic may be the best bet.

Second, just as you would measure your own neck, chest and waist before buying a piece of clothing, measuring your dog is the best way of assuring the best fit. Why do you want it to fit? So that your dog cannot easily pull the piece off, so it doesn’t drag on the ground, and so it doesn’t get caught on anything during normal movement. You want the piece to be snug without being tight.

The most important areas to measure are around the neck, around the largest part of the chest, and the distance from the neck to the waist. The sweater’s length should end around the waist, leaving the lower bellow free. Knowing your dog’s actual weight will also help you to determine the correct size. If possible, take your dog along to the store with you try the clothes before buying them, as returns are very difficult when it comes to clothing for animals.

It almost goes without saying, but we will mention it anyway, dogs cannot, or should not, wear pants — only sweaters and jackets.


Therapy dogs help veterans

The nonprofit Paws and Stripes (Rio Rancho), founded by veteran Jim Stanek and his wife.

Paws and Stripes provides service dogs for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.​​

​They help veterans so they can live the full and rich lives they deserve. 061814dogsofwar332MATT

Paws and Stipes partnered up with Animal Humane of New Mexico to help train service animals for vets suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.

“We definitely want to be a positive stamp here in the community and to be able to be highlighted on a national program. It’s going to be great for our staff, volunteers and just the community alike to be able to witness this,” said Director of Adoptions Sam Blankenship.

The Staneks hope more people will adopt so they can bring in more dogs in need.

Designed by Igor Skibenko