5 Great Places to Buy Wedding Outfits for Dogs

Pup fashionistas unite! Now that you’ve made the decision to include your dog in your wedding, the next question is what is he or she going to wear?? Regardless of your pet’s role in your wedding, you will likely go beyond just the groomer donned bows and choose the perfect wedding outfit or bejeweled collar for your pet’s special appearance on your big day. At her Texas wedding to Blake Shelton, three of Miranda Lambert’s dogs, Cher, Delta and Delilah, walked down the aisle with one the bridesmaids. The dogs sported bandanas, flowers, rhinestone collars and leashes. From bowties to pearls, take a peek at these 5 great places to buy wedding outfits for dogs.

1. Always a fun place to shop for unique, creative items, you’ll find some handmade gems (pun intended) at Wedding Party Pets on Etsy.

2. Shopping for that adorable wedding outfit could not be easier and more fun these days. T-shirts with cute sayings abound at Zazzle Dog Wedding Gear …great selection!

3.  Doggie Clothesline Formal Wear is the place to go for the perfect wedding bowtie or hair bow for your pup. They even have dresses and tuxedos available for the true fashionista.

4. Poochie Heaven Dog Tuxedos and Dresses take wedding outfits for pets to a completely new level. True formal wear is available including traditional ties, shirt collar ties (yep, secures to their collar) and outfits to suit holiday-themed weddings – if you’re getting married over July 4th and need stars and stripes ideas, this is the place for you.

5. If bling is your thing then you can’t go wrong with Big Wag Wedding Dog CollarsFrom diamonds to pearls, you’ll find it at Big Wag.

But should it be a destination wedding you are preparing for, your best option may be to leave your pet at home. Oftentimes destination weddings involve crossing borders and that, in and of itself, can present a barrage of issues for you and your pup. If you are finding yourself torn between leaving your pet at home or taking him with you, let us help you make that decision the easiest one you will make throughout the entire wedding planning process! VIP Pet Services offers pet sitting that is second to none. Our vetted sitters will care for your pet as if their own and your mind can be set at ease.

And speaking of being at ease, you can also calendar us in to be there for your pet when you are away on your honeymoon. Your pet’s comfort and well-being is our number one priority while you are away. After all, the last thing you need to worry about while frolicking in the waves and basking in the sun on your honeymoon is whether or not your furry family member is being taken care of.

Pets in weddings. It’s the new norm. As Carrie Underwood put it: “[My dog] will be one of the ring bearers – he’s like my kid…[he] is such a big part of my life.” Involving your 4 legged family member in your wedding these days is nothing short of apropos…a modern day “furry tail” dream come true.

Some Fun Ways Pet Moms Can Celebrate Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, many pet moms find themselves just as eager to celebrate the holiday with their furry children as any mother.  Although our pets can’t make it out to the store to buy gifts and cards, there are plenty of fun ways pet moms can celebrate Mother’s Day.

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate with the special pet in your life.

For Dog Parents:

Any dog parent will tell you that their dog is happiest when they are spending time with their “humom” or “hudad.” So for Mother’s Day, the best way to celebrate is to spend some quality time with your canine child.  Go for a hike or even a simple walk around the block with your dog and enjoy the beautiful weather. Many restaurants are opening up their patios and sidewalks as the weather warms up, so take your dog out to lunch at a pet-friendly restaurant and enjoy a special treat with them.  Even something as simple as buying your dog a new collar or sweater is a fun way to celebrate the holiday.

For Cat Parents:

A cat is more of a homebody than their canine compatriots. However, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday with them!  Search online to find some recipes for homemade cat treats and whip up a batch for your kitty.  Open the windows and let your cat chirp at the birds and enjoy the May sunshine.  Share a new toy or some catnip with your four-pawed child and enjoy some extra snuggles on the couch.

For All Other Pet Parents:

The best way to celebrate this day with any pet is to take some extra time to show your love and affection for them and allow them to return the favor.  Extra treats and new toys specific to your pet will bring you happiness through your pet’s enjoyment.

For most pet parents, nothing brings more joy than seeing their pet happy and healthy.  So take time on Mother’s Day to share some extra play and snuggles with your pet child.  And of course, make sure you take pics of your holiday adventures so you can remember them for years to come!

Heading out to celebrate Mother’s Day without your pet? VIP Pet Services is here for you! Contact us today for your pet services needs.

VIP’s Favorite Pet Charities and the Spirit of Giving

At VIP Pet Services, we love supporting wonderful organizations that have made it their life purpose to help people and pets in need. We proudly contribute throughout the year to pet charities by sponsoring events, donating cash and volunteering our time. A unique way our sitters participate is by tracking their dog walks with Wooftrax’s Walk for a Dog app. This company donates to the shelter of their choice for every mile walked.

During this special “giving season,” we are thrilled to be giving back with the contribution of a cash donation to each of the causes below, in hopes that it makes someone’s holiday season a little brighter.

 

1. Pets of the Homeless

A nonprofit organization that provides pet food and emergency veterinary care to the homeless in local communities across the United States and Canada. Over 11,500 pets of the homeless have been successfully vaccinated and/or treated for illness or injuries, many were spayed or neutered. Over 330 tons of pet food and supplies have been dispersed to the homeless and disadvantaged who own pets. There are several collection sites in Dallas and Austin for people to drop off food.

 

2. Austin Pets Alive!

February 2014 marked three years of Austin’s no kill status. Austin Pets Alive! has played a critical role in achieving this status by developing innovative and comprehensive programs that serve key demographics of animals typically euthanized in a shelter setting. Austin Pets Alive! has saved more than 25,000 cats and dogs from euthanasia and the numbers continue to rise. They are sponsoring a “Home for the Holidays” program asking people to foster a pet during the holiday season.

 

3. Dallas Pets Alive!

The Dallas Pets Alive! no-kill/rescue organization is completely run by volunteers. All pets are housed by dedicated foster families throughout the metroplex. DPA! is currently focused on helping the healthy and treatable pets who are at risk of being killed in the Dallas Animal Services, by rescuing those that are at the greatest risk and helping owners with problems so great that they need to surrender their pet(s) to a shelter. In the DPA! rescue program, they do not duplicate work of other agencies. DPA! focus primarily on the pets who have already been passed over by other groups and the Dallas Animal Services’ adoption programs.

 

4. Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is celebrating three years of being a no-kill, open-admission shelter. Since December 2010, WCRAS has reached a save rate of 90% and above. Last year they achieved a 94% save rate! Because of the shelter’s efforts, almost 19,000 cats and dogs have found their way home. Proud sponsors of the annual Walk, Woof & Wrun 5K which raised over $9,000 to help the sick and injured animals of WCRAS. Special love for this shelter as they are located in Robin’s home town of Georgetown!

 

5. I Once Was Lost Animal Advocacy

Founded by Adette Quintana and David Soliz, Austin-based IOWL is a 501c3 Animal Advocacy dedicated to helping homeless pets and advocating for proper pet nutrition and care. Adette is the former owner of the pet-sitting business Adette’s Ark, whose clients are now a part of the VIP Pets Austin family. She also started the Chuckling Hound Ranch Luxury Pet Resort, where one room is dedicated solely to rescue dogs in need of a foster home and rehabilitation.

 

6. Operation Kindness

Headquartered in Carrollton, Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. They have saved more than 75,000 animals over almost 40 years. They care for approximately 300 animals on a day-to-day basis, with another 100 animals in foster homes. More than 3,000 dogs and cats are assisted by Operation Kindness each year. The host of many fundraising events throughout the year including the Holiday Pet Adoption happening now at the Galleria Dallas.

In addition to the organizations VIP champions, VIP Sitters also give back to the community in their own unique ways and we are so proud of them! Four of our rockstar sitters and the organizations they support include:

 

7. Equest- VIP Sitter Lynne K.

“I am a huge supporter of an organization that provides therapeutic riding, carriage riding and hippotherapy to adults and children with emotional, physical, and developmental delays. There are approximately 40 horses and 4 minis that provide therapeutic services. They also have a special veterans program for veterans returning home suffering from post traumatic stress disorder or who have suddenly become disabled after serving overseas. If anyone is interested in contributing gift cards, cash or shampoo (I am sponsoring their shampoo for the whole year of 2015) , I would be happy to meet anytime, anywhere to collect donations and get them to Equest.”

 

8. Dogs On Deployment – VIP Sitter Marhiah M.

“My Marine is coming home for Christmas and New Years, but some are just getting deployed again. For the military members having to leave their pets behind, here’s an option to keep them safe and sound. Please let military members know they can contact DOD for assistance locating a foster home while they are deployed. Thousands of people across the country have already signed up and are ready to offer a hand. They don’t take their dog to a shelter without contacting Dogs On Deployment. Just a cool piece of information.”

9. Open Table – VIP Sitter Ann G.

“I serve as the Director for Open Table through our church. The purpose of Open Table is to help establish a brother or sister back into society. It can be anyone who is recovering from drugs or alcohol, or down on their luck and homeless, or struggling with divorce and abuse. It is a year long commitment and involves weekly meetings. I don’t believe that Open Table is labeled as a charity but it is a wonderful program – the return is more than rewarding. And believe it or not you learn a great deal about yourself!!”

 

10. Habitat 4 Paws – VIP Sitter JoAnn D.

“I volunteer with Habitat 4 Paws, a local dog rescue organization. I served as a board member for two years also, coordinating their volunteers. “ Habitat 4 Paws is an animal rescue group in the DFW area whose mission is to rescue and find permanent homes for dogs and cats while caring for them in a volunteer staffed adoption facility and foster program. H4P’s goal is to acquire and operate an adoption facility in the Frisco or nearby area and to invite community participation in ways that will benefit rescued animals.

yellow lab dog with christmas wreath

Fun Holiday Pet Toys and Gift Ideas

Seasons Greetings! With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to a favorite holiday pastime – shopping. There are so many fun holiday pet toys to choose from for our furry and feathered family members. We’ve put together a few helpful suggestions of amazing gifts to help you stuff their stockings.

Our favorite pooch-approved items include:

Pampered felines will enjoy a toy full of catnip such as the 100-Percent Catnip Filled Chili Pepper.  Other gifts sure to please include:

For our fine feathered friends, check out www.drsfostersmith.com for a truly festive selection of bird toys. Some of our favorites include:

  • Avian Specialties Christmas Bell Loops
  • Vine Ball Christmas Tree
  • Wreath Swings 

Finally, for small pets, ideas range from chew treats to run-about balls.  Ferrets in particular would enjoy the Pop-N-Play Ball Pit, Hide N Sleep Alligator, or Hanging Nap Sack, all by Marshall. Other Marshall products for small animals include the Woven Grass Play Ball and Hide-A-Way Hut.

We hope this post has given you some ideas and inspiration to round out your gift giving list.  What are your favorite holiday gifts for pets? Share in the comments section below or over on our Facebook page. Happy Holidays!

homemade pet treat

Homemade Pet Treat Recipes for Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It is a time of family, friends and giving thanks for the great many blessings in life. One popular way to show our love and appreciation for our furry friends is by baking (or making) homemade pet treats.

Type ‘dog treat recipes’ into any search engine and you will be presented with MILLIONS of results. Plus, there are almost as many links for ‘cat treat recipes’ out there as well! So where to start? Below you’ll find links to 5 of the most popular recipes online today.

First, there are some things to consider regarding pets and preparing for your Thanksgiving feast. In addition to turkey, dogs enjoy pumpkin, sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy and even a little cranberry sauce. So sharing a few leftovers from your table will be gratefully received! However, do not let your dog or cat consume the following:

  • Yeast Dough – it can expand in the stomach to cause gastric upset and other issues
  • Alcohol, Coffee, and Chocolate
  • Macadamia Nuts and Nutmeg
  • Avocado and Onion
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Fatty Foods – too much of a good thing can lead to pancreatitis in some animals
  • Sage – is a common ingredient for thanksgiving dishes but large amounts can cause stomach upset and central nervous system depression

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