We love our pets and who wouldn’t when they are so adorable, in person and in pictures? We spoke with two local experts, a painter and a photographer, for tips about how to capture our favorite best friends at a special moment in time.
An Artist’s View Read more about Capturing Pets in Photographs and Paintings
Perhaps you enjoyed the dog days of summer with your favorite four-legged furry friend at Woofstock 2016. The annual celebration was held in early August at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. It was a fun day of food and live entertainment, all fit for pooches and their families, including a kids’ zone with bounce houses, face painting and carnival games. All proceeds were given to Good Karma Animal Rescue of MN. Don’t miss Woofstock next year. Your doggy will thank you. Read more about Annual Day Out for Pets
Has a friend or family member recently adopted a new pet? Chuck & Don’s has the perfect way to send your support and good wishes with a gift box. For a furry feline: a box of treats, toys and grow-your-own cat grass. The deluxe version adds interactive toys and a massaging brush. $24.99
Perhaps the new pet is a pup? In the doggie gift box: a clicker for training, food scoop, adoption day pie treat, tennis ball, toy, treats, gourmet cookies and a few other surprises. $34.99 Read more about New Pets Welcome
A healthy well-groomed dog is a happy dog. According to Lisa Sellman, professional dog trainer, canine massage therapist and founder of Good Dog LLC., a dog’s overall health revolves around the basics with a nutritious diet, regular exercise and grooming. Sellman recommends feeding your dog a high-quality, protein-rich diet including good fats like coconut or flax seed oil for a beautiful coat and hydrated skin. Sellman claims that it is less expensive to provide your pet with high-quality food. Read more about Doggy Care
Eighteen years ago, Snickers chose the Paul family before they could pick him, when he waddled over to them out of a litter of Lhasa-Apso, Bichon Frise mix puppies. “Immediately, I knew he was the one for our family,” says Chris Paul. Today, Snickers is 18 ½ years old (that’s 88 in dog years), has surpassed the typical lifespan of this type of breed by six years, and remains free of serious health issues. Read more about Snickers: The Dog that Defies the Odds
Just in time for the holidays, treat your pup to a full or self-service wash or professional grooming at the newest Bubbly Paws location at The Shops at Arbor Lake in Maple Grove. Allow your furry friend to have a grooming experience in a bright, upscale setting. If you are looking for a deep-clean bath, consider the full-service dog wash, where staff members bathe and dry your dog, as well as perform complete ear cleaning, nail trimming and a light brushing. Read more about Full service Dog Wash Opens Third Location in Twin Cities
Dogs and their humans love to dine alfresco or visit drive-thru windows. Certain Maple Grove restaurants embrace the bond between pet owners and food or drink. Pet perks make eating out more fun. Here’s a “pup” close and personal look at dog-friendly dining and take out in Maple Grove. Still not sure what’s good for your dog? Take a look at our vet-suggested dog treat tips.
DOGGIE CUPCAKES Read more about Doggone Delightful Dining
For dogs living on the streets, it is only natural to eat garbage, be riddled with diseases and never know the love of a veterinarian or owner. It’s a game of survival and one without hope. But Happy Tails Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned animals, has been working to change those outcomes for 10 years. The organization serves as a kind of middleman between rescuers—those who find homeless animals—and foster families. Read more about Happy Tails Rescue Grants Adoptions to Save Dogs’ Lives
Our four-legged furry friends are the main focus of this fundraiser for the whole family. This festival at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes offers everything from live entertainment, special savings from participating retailers and restaurants, vendor booths with information and activities for dog owners and complimentary face painting for kids. Read more about Woofstock