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The Weekend of Love!

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We know we’ve been going on and on (and possibly on?) about Valentine’s for the past week, but in our books it is a lovely little holiday designed to celebrate one of the greatest things in life – love. And while there are some that believe this red-hued holiday to be nothing more than a Hallmark occasion designed to make money from lovey-dovey couples everywhere, we know better. It is a time to enjoy togetherness with those you love the most. Pets are people too here at PAWSH, so here are some cute ways to unleash your amour and spend some quality time with your fur-baby.

  1. Take a Stroll!
    Yes, yes, a stroll in the park might seem rather ordinary, but the fact of the matter is dogs love going outside with their owners. Plus it is great exercise! Put a twist on this outing by taking your pooch somewhere new where they can savour exciting smells and run around like an excited maniac!
  1. Massage Time!
    Doggie massage is a terrific way to bond with your dog, because it is an activity that is calming, relaxing and lets them know that you entire focus is upon them. Also, dogs are very physical creatures, meaning they respond to touch and some studies show that dogs who are massaged regularly have better circulation and reduced stress. And bonus, the effect is contagious! Owners experience reduced stress too!
  1. Play!
    All a dog wants, besides a look-in at the table scraps, is to engage with their person and play is viewed as a prized activity in their chocolate brown eyes! So take a break from work and challenge your devoted dog to a game of tug-of-war, Frisbee or chase!
  1. Treats!
    Rarely do you find a dog who wouldn’t bend over backwards for a savoury treat! So treat them to a delicious biscuit or pupcake this year! Click here for a great DIY recipe we mentioned earlier this month, tested by some of the PAWSH pets and deemed gobble-up-worthy.
    From Rusty-Dawg Pet Products
  1. Valentine’s Collar and Leash!
    Silly? Perhaps. Cute? Most definitely! There are so many beautiful pink, red and heart decorated collar and leash designs floating around the pet world these days it seems a shame not to bestow a clever collar design upon your beloved canine friend. We love this large bones collar from Rusty Dawg Pet Products. And remember, Valentine’s is about love which can be worn on your sleeve (or on your collar!) all year round!
What are your plans for Valentine’s weekend? Share the love and let us know what you’re up to! Or send us your pics!

Winter Skin Needs

By Shirley Bittner
Anyone who has to endure a harsh Canadian winter knows that bitter northern winds and sub-zero temperatures can wreak havoc on our skin, often drying it out and causing unwanted itchiness. Fortunately, we mere mortals have the option of reaching for a bottle of moisturizer when things get rough, but what can we do for our dogs when dry winter skin cramps their style?

It is around this time of year that a lot of dogs begin to shed what is described as an abundance of excess coat in preparation for warmer months (yes, it may seem impossible, but spring is coming our way…we hope!) This shedding phenomenon causes a doggie version of dandruff and can sometimes trap tiny dirt particles close to the skin, making things a little uncomfortable for poor Rover. Luckily, however, the solution is quite simple.

While your first instinct may be to run out to your local pet store and buy bottles and bottles of luxurious pampered pooch shampoo, and although a good shampoo is important for a healthy coat, the best thing to do in this particular scenario is simply to brush. That’s right, brush!

There are lots of different tools available for a grooming task such as the one before you, ranging from soft rubber nubs to coarser wire brushes. We suggest consulting with your local groomer in order to choose the brush that will best suit your dog’s coat requirements.

Brush slowly and steadily to remove the unneeded fur and follow through with a leisurely toweled rub down. The combination of these actions encourages a chain reaction of sorts: better blood circulation, which then stimulates oil glands beneath the skin, which in turn promotes a better hair growth to shedding process without the awkward in between itching phase.

So remember, the key to a happy non-dry owner-dog duo is a regular brushing regime for the dog and plenty of hand-lotion for yourself!

By Laura L. Benn

Cheers to Dogs!

When the next special occasion comes a wagging, raise a glass of Mutt Lynch Winery’s fine wine. Award-winning vintages and sassy whimsical labels flavoured with some dog-awesome inspiration makes this winery truly one-of-a-kind. The fun names also make these bottles a joy to enjoy! Choose from Unleashed Chardonnay, Merlot Over and Play Dead or Fou Fou le Blanc Sauvignon Blanc (to name a few!) And the best part is a portion from every bottle sold is donated to a local animal rescue organization. Fresh, fine and fabulous, Mutt Lynch Winery — perfect for Valentine’s!

A Puppy’s Guide to Love

Not sure what to do for Valentine’s this year? We suggest a lovely snog — literally! This beautiful hardcover book entitled, SNOG: A Puppy’s Guide to Love is such a beautiful compilation of Rachel Hale’s stunning photos that you really do want to cry while flipping through the pages. Rachel Hale, in case you didn’t know, is an absolute goddess when it comes to stylish pet photography. Her environmental style captures a simplistic sort of charm and grace that is almost impossible to describe. Stamped with the PAWSH seal of approval, you cannot go wrong giving this adorable title to your loved one this year. We promise!

Wooly Mice

Allison Vorstenbosch comes from cat people and shares her life with three furry bundles of feline joy: Thor, Link and Buttercup. Here’s a sneak-peak at what she’s buying them for Valentine’s this year, but don’t let the cat out of the bag! The cats have no idea what to expect!

Since even cats deserve a little love on Valentine’s day, mine get a good dose of catnip. Usually they’ll even get treated to a new toy like these special mice from Cattitude Creations. Wooly Mice are completely hand-knit and felted from 100% wool. Each mouse contains a generous amount of organic catnip to perk up any kitty that comes near.

They measure about 5″ in length and are very durable. These make a unique one of a kind gift for anyone you know who has a krazy kitty! But don’t forget! All cats relish a thorough belly rub and scratch behind the ears to know that they’re loved too!

By Allison Vorstenbosch