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February Is Cat Appreciation Month

Cats are the loving companion that so often takes a back seat to the dog who can be publicly paraded around. Very seldom do we see cats dressed up and strutting their attire. Cats can also be victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect. We need to appreciate the importance of cats in our lives and do all we can for their well being.

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” – Mark Twain

The cuddly and affectionate cat will keep you from being lonely and bored. They are a great source of humor, their actions and movements are so animated that their playfulness will unravel the child in you. Just watching them will ease stress and make you feel more relaxed. So soft to the touch and full of curiosity, wanderlust and aloofness.

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Take Your Dog to Work Day

The 13th annual Take Your Dog To Work Day is June 24, 2011 so groom your furry friends up and get ready to introduce your four-legged “best friend” to co-workers.

Pet Sitters International created the event to show that dogs are great companions and encourage adoption from local shelters or rescue organizations. PSI feels that when co-workers see the human-animal bond they may be encouraged to adopt a dog.

So go ahead and get your boss warmed up to the idea of getting on the band wagon. Tell them how dogs at work help boost morale, reduce stress, increase productivity and reduce absenteeism. Maybe you can be so convincing that they will consider a “dogs at work” policy year round. Your K-9 buddy may not be happy to go to work at first but will soon adjust and enjoy the company.

If you are so lucky that your company will allow dogs for the annual event make sure that you and your dog are good ambassadors for the cause. Keep in mind the purpose of Take Your Dog to Work Day is to encourage dog adoption. Here are a few suggestions to make the day the best that it can be.

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June: National Disaster Preparedness Month for Animals

Natural disasters occur all over the world, and whether it be a earthquake, flash flood, tornado or hurricane, you will need to make extra arrangements to insure your pet’s safety.

The first and most important thing to do is to be totally prepared before the disaster happens. Some disasters we have plenty of notice when they may possibly occur while others come with little or no warning at all.

If the disaster does not require you to evacuate, have a designated “safe” place in your home where your family and your pet can comfortably stay during the storm.

If evacuation is necessary do so immediately. If you wait until you are asked to leave you may not be able to take your pet with you.

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Woody’s Yappier Hour

Summer is upon us with vacations on the horizon. If perhaps you are planning a holiday near Kirkland, WA then you will want to visit and join in the weekly dog-friendly happy hour. Each month, the Woodmark Hotel and Beach Cafe have selected a beneficiary to receive a donation from a portion of the event’s drink proceeds. The press release below provides you with all the information. It’s a grand thing when events benefit pets in need!

The Woodmark Hotel and Beach Cafe announce the second Season of woody’s yappier hour.

Guests and their dogs are invited to a weekly dog-friendly happy hour on the shores of Lake Washington hosted by the hotel’s Guest Experience Manager Woody, the Labradoodle pup

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