In 2006, Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the country, leaving many lives and homes from central Florida to eastern Texas in shambles. For Lynne Bengston, the need to head to the area of devastation and help the animals that had been displaced in the wake of the storm was top of mind.
Humans aren’t the only ones who need love around the holidays. That’s why we’ve put together an extensive pet gift guide full of goodies for your pets to enjoy this holiday.
CLOTHING & CARE
The Stone Mountain Pet Lodge officially opens for business this holiday season. The facility offers overnight lodging for dogs, cats and exotic pets as well as doggy day care, obedience training, separate grooming salons for dogs and cats and pet care products.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.