December 09, 2014
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December 04, 2014
So you want to get a new dog. (But, you are not going to get them for Christmas, right? Right?). Where do you get one? Pets stores? No! Most of the pet store get dogs from puppy mills. Puppy mills are puppy factories with horrid conditions. In the past, Missouri and Kansas were the worst, but the Buckeye state now leads in the number of puppy mills. Surprisingly, the Amish and Mennonite communities of Holmes County, Ohio and surrounding communities are the epicenter of this trade. The Amish view animals in a different light than we “English” do, viewing them as beasts of burden, an instrument to make a living. Sad to us, but true. On the other hand, the pet stores, they know better. Shame on them.
December 01, 2014
The fact that our pets seem to snuggle up a little tighter on cold and snowy evenings can make the winter weather just a bit more enjoyable, don’t you think? Whether you’ve got a Maine Coon nestled up in your lap or a Mastiff warming your feet, the short days feel a bit more cozy with a pet (or two or three) close by. While you’re pinned to the sofa by a lap pal, we’ll be serving you a little food for thought. We’ve tasked Dr. Riggs and Dr. Patrick Mahaney with weighing in on our this month's discussion: mixed breed versus purebred pets. Keep your e-reader, phone, or laptop handy so you can read up and listen in without disturbing your snuggle buddy.
November 24, 2014
It’s already an exciting time of year and it just got even more thrilling as we’ve just selected our second of six pet charities to receive some real goodies in their holiday stockings. Congratulations to our first two Secret Santa Project winners, Survivor Tails Animal Rescue in Boston, MA, nominated by Jess Williamson, and CATS Cradle Shelter in Fargo, ND, nominated by Gary Lura. Survivor Tails received a shipment of in-kind donations from their Amazon Wish List worth $1,000! They’ll be stocked for the holidays with their most needed items, namely flea/tick preventatives, collars, and leashes. CATS Cradle Shelter received a $1,000 donation to help them continue serving their mission "to create a more humane and compassionate world one cat at a time."
November 19, 2014
It’s only mid-November and Embrace’s HQ is already experiencing record snowfall and subfreezing temperatures. While this is all part of living in the Midwest, some of our Embracers and pet parents have real questions and concerns about the upcoming winter. Thankfully, Dr. Patrick Mahaney is ready to help us with snowpocalypse prep.
What is the safest way to clean rock salt or de-icers from our pet’s feet?
- How concerned do I need to be about my dog’s safety during another polar vortex, even for
a 30 second potty run? Is there such thing as it being too cold to walk your dog?
- The truth about flea and tick medications. Are they necessary in the
- How can we keep our pet’s weight in check, in spite of the cold temps keeping them from their regular walks?