Itttttt’s travel time, friends! In this month’s edition of “pawwwty” advice, we’re talking less “suns out, guns out” kind of parties and more family (at least furry) friendly vacation spots. We don’t actually have much insight or knowledge on the former.
If you haven’t already planned a spring break trip to ditch any remaining signs of winter, our friends at Dogtime have some pretty pawesome places to consider—all of which include bringing Fido.
For Beach Bums – Key West, FL
For Hiking Junkies – Lake Placid, NY
For the Glamorous Type – Los Angeles, CA
For the History Buff – Alexandria, VA
For the Nature Lover – Seattle, WA
For those of you planning a less fur-tastic or pet friendly trip, please be sure and reach out to Schedule Visits for your furry family. As always, we’re here to help and love providing a little stay-cation for all our canine and feline friends!
Woofs and Wags,
– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!
March’s P.O.T.M. is…
Age: 2 months
Etta James is a cute little pooch that we have the pleasure to visit with in Chicago! She loves cuddling with her new OUG! BFFs and her chew toys… who doesn’t love chew toys?
Cupid’s big holiday is just around the corner, and we get super duper excited about showing our furry friends just how much we luuuuurve them!
Our office pups, kitties, and bunnies have voted. For Valentine’s Day, they would like the following, more snuggles, freedom to sprawl out on furniture before or after mud baths, Animal Planet on the TV all day, extra visits and belly rubs from their OUG! B.F.F., a free pass to slobber, and some sausage or bacon flavored truffles. Woof, meow, and thanks!
Oh, if swapping ingredients (chocolate for sausage) in truffles sounds a bit complicated, they mentioned these delicious treats would be fine, too. After all, treats don’t need to be limited to just one day.
Tis the season, friends. For many of us, this time of year becomes hectic often involving even busier schedules with travel, hosting friends and family, and the general feeling of holiday frenzy.
With a day to give thanks, three days of shopping (Black Friday, Small Business Saturday [the clear winner of the three], and Cyber Monday) we’re glad #GivingTuesday, the fifth year of a global movement inspiring giving, gets the final designation on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016.
As you think about your efforts and impact, we encourage you to remember all furry friends in need. From donating resources, supplies, and time, your local community and pets in need could use your help.
Register on-line at GivingTuesday.org and hear more about all the local opportunities to be #unselfie in your neighborhood this year.
– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!
November’s P.O.T.M. is…
Lucy is a little sweetheart! She loves walks, treats and belly rubs—especially when they’re from her Out-U-Go! BFFs!
It’s no secret that our top priorities in visiting your furry family are that they are loved, very well cared for, and enjoy all aspects of their visits immensely.
With summer changing to fall and fall into winter, pups have some new and rather exciting opportunities while walking. Mud? What mud!? Which puddle should I walk through vs. sit in? Should I dry my fur on the couch or your bed? My parent(s) think my paws, which look just like these prints, are totally cute…right? #mylifeisruff #Ineedanap
While we can’t discourage ALL fun on walks, we do promise to keep any mess outdoors!
Towels are awesome: leaving one by the door is helpful for paw cleaning
Paw wipes: a fancier version of a towel and great for making sure paws are really clean
Soapy water spray bottle: another great trick is a spray bottle filled with soapy water. This combined with a towel is also a great combo.
Finally, with changes in seasons often come modified routines for fur-kids. Please keep us pup-dated in the office if you’d like to make adjustments to your pup’s routine. This will help us ensure that our team of Pet Sitters are all well informed regarding any new visit details.
– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!
September’s P.O.T.M. is…
Meet Tekate! Tekate is a senior pup who loves visits from his OUG! BFFs. He especially loves belly rubs and playing with his toys after a nice walk.
Let’s be honest, getting back into the fall / school routine can be a bit ruff on everyone! After all the lazy days in the yard, frolicking at the beach, and family road trips, back-to-school is “for the birds,” said every pup and kitty ever!
Changes in our human schedules impact our furry family members. Pups and kitties often need some time to get acclimated to new routines too. The folks at MyPetPreference.com shared a few tips to “Ease the Back to School Transition for Your Pet,” a few that resonated with us are:
Coming & Going: Keep it simple and non-emotional suggesting to your pet that it’s no big deal.
Create Alone Time: Use puzzles, toys, and things they are happy playing with while you’re around and hopefully then when you’re not.
Music & TV: Having some calm background noise can help pets feel a bit less isolated when you’re not home.
Field Trips or Visits from Pet Sitters: Create events that help provide much appreciated stimulation for your pets. They’ll look forward to it and are less likely to become bored. (And by that we mean destructive!)
– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!
August’s P.O.T.M. is… Mele
Type: Kitty fun fact:
Meet Mele! Mele is a part of our OUG! Chicago family. She enjoys cuddles, play time and lounging with her brother Maleko. These kitties are two of our favorites and we love visiting with these two when Mom is away!
It’s Out-U-Go!’s cakeday—our 20th Year in Business (or 140th in dog years.) Either way, it’s a lot of years of waggin’ tails. As a big family of fur loving humans, we’re purrty proud of all that we’ve accomplished. We most certainly wouldn’t be here without your support, trust and ruv.
As we look back and reflect, it’s incredible to think that we’ve taken care of multiple generations of pets, watched many human babies grow up to be big “kids,” and have expanded our OUG family with wonderful Top Dogs in new cities all of whom are dedicated to spreading more peace, love, and belly rubs. Our hearts are full and our days filled with wiggles here at Out-U-Go!.
We’re humbled that all of you have welcomed and trusted us to be a part of your lives. We ask that you please pass along our gratitude in the form of chin scratches, slobbery kisses, and belly rubs to your furry family members—who we hope are snuggling with you while you’re reading this!
Thanks for a pAwesome Twenty Years! – Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!
July’s P.O.T.M. is…
Age: 1 year
Meet Otto! Otto is a fun loving pup and a favorite among our pawesome team of sitters. He has certainly got this whole dog thing down!
Toss. Human Removes Slobber from Hand. Fetch. Repeat! Does this little gem of a game sound familiar? What about romps to the dog park, beach, or through your backyard? If you and your furry friend love these spring activities, we’ve got a list of a few “pup essentials” you should have readily available in a travel tote for fun, exercise, and safety on the go.
Peaches is one of our goofy, fun loving Oak Park pups who loves playing with her brother Staley & can always make time for some extra cuddles. She is an absolute “peach” to visit with & we couldn’t be happier to have them as part of our OUG family!
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year to pack their bags, throw their family in the car, and head out for their own memorable Griswold style adventure. Now, more than ever, popular vacation destinations are welcoming to both human and canine family members. Below is a list of the 5 highest rated pet friendly vacation spots*:
If your pup or kitty isn’t planning on traveling with you, that’s what Out-U-Go! is here for. We’d be happy to set up doggie vacation care, kitty sitting, or house sitting for your furry family members.
Shoot us an email, give us a ring, drop us a line, or send us a fax. (Actually don’t send us a fax, our fax machine is sitting in the same pile with our VCR.) Or even better:
It’s hard to believe it is September and another summer has flown by all too quickly! The human kids have sharpened their pencils, are sporting their new backpacks, and have headed back to school. We “grown-ups” are very quickly settling back into our normal work / life schedules. New routines don’t only affect the small and large humans in our homes, they impact our dog kids as well. (Cats too, though they very well may welcome some peace and quiet). Cesar Milan wrote a great article on the Back to School Doggie Blues. – One of his suggestions for alleviating puppy blues is an afternoon walk and visit.
Let us know how we can help make your fall transition a little easier.
– Your BFFs at Out-U-Go!
September’s P.O.T.M. is…
Age: 4 years
Wrigley is known for laying on his back, paws straight up in the air, to stay cool on a warm summer day. He also enjoys long walks in the park, when bacon accidentally falls on the ground, and anything that squeaks!
Guest Blogger: Many of our pet parents are interested in feeding their furry friends a healthy & natural diet so we thought we’d check in with the experts over at Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital for some advice. Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital located in Boulder, CO.
If you take some time to think about the trends and changes in the food products you find at your grocery store, you’ll notice that things are very different than they were even 5 years ago.
With more consumers adopting health-conscious and environmentally-conscious eating habits, natural and organic options have sprung up everywhere! Similarly, many companies have introduced ‘healthier’ options such as natural and fortified foods for your pet. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to know what foods are right for your pet and what’s just plain hype. Have no fear: in this post, your friends at Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospitalwould like to help shed some light on the tricky subject of pet nutrition. We’ll discuss some things to look for as well as those to avoid and why, so you can be a savvy shopper and the best possible pet parent. Bon appetit!
Things to Look for
AAFCO Approved Foods: The motto of the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is “Feed Safety & Consumer Protection – Over a Century of Partnership & Progress”. This organization certifies pet foods that meet at least the minimum requirements for nutritional content. As such, seeking foods that are approved by the AAFCO is a good baseline. It’s also important to note that the AAFCO has not established official definition for the words ‘holistic’ and ‘organic’. So don’t be fooled by fancy language on the side of a bag.
Please Pass the Meat! Many people have made the choice to eliminate the consumption of meat from their diets. Some may also choose to feed their pet’s vegetarian fare. As a pet owner who places your companion’s well-being at the top of your list of priorities, it is imperative to note that dogs and cats are carnivores. Biologically, they need real meat and the proteins that come along with it to thrive. On the same note, Fido and Fluffy have not evolved to utilize grains as a source of nutrition. This means that rice, corn, and other carbohydrates are unhelpful at best and downright dangerous at worst. The only reason they are added to most pet foods is because they are less expensive and make the meal chunkier.
Watery Food: Though it may sound a little bit strange, the “waterier” your pet’s food the better. Dogs and cat’s alike need a large amount of water in their diets to stay hydrated. For their more wild relatives, a large amount of their daily water comes not just from drinking, but eating as well. This is because the bodies of prey animals are composed of up to 70% water! Compare that to your standard dry kibble and you might see a problem developing. If possible, feed your pet wet food at least a few times per week, but strive to make the mushy stuff a daily part of their diet if possible.
Things to Avoid
Enhanced, Fortified, Blah Blah Blah: If you put our ‘Things to Look for’ list into practice, you can forget all of the hype-filled claims that fortified foods come with. Remember that dogs and cats are biologically programmed to derive everything they need for optimal health from a natural diet. Additives can be harmful whether they present a short term danger or cause complications over time. In dog foods you should strictly avoid any brands that contain BHT, BHA, ethoxyquin and propyl gallate, as they are known to be harmful and some are even carcinogens. For both dogs and cats, avoid foods that contain artificial preservatives in favor of those preserved with vitamins E and C.
By-products: The first ingredient in your pet’s food should be meat… and we’re talking REAL meat. Remember that your pet is a carnivore by nature and his body is fine-tuned to receive the maximum benefit by processing and using the nutrients from prey animals. Fillers and meat by-products sometimes contains additives that can be harmful to your animal companion. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if the meat isn’t human-grade, you shouldn’t feed it to your pet.
Overfeeding: This tip might be a bit different than the others that we’ve discussed so far, but we feel that it is just as important. America’s pets have a weight problem, just like many of our people. The key to a happy and healthy pet is feeding them the right things in the right amounts. Pets don’t have the mechanisms in their minds to turn town a delicious bowl full of food if it’s sitting on the floor in front of them all day. Make sure you feed your pet the proper amount of food for their particular size and breed and you’ll have a much happier camper on your hands.
We hope that you’ve found these tips to be helpful and informative. Some pet parents may decide that trying to navigate the complex world of pet food brands is too risky and preparing a home-cooked diet is the way to go. If you would like to explore the home-feeding option, schedule an appointment with one of the skilled veterinarians at Boulder’s Natural Animal Hospital – just call 303-494-7877.