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Move-In Day Essentials for Your Pets

Many people find themselves in the process of moving this time of year. As a matter of fact, according to the Census, most people move between the months of June and October. If you have already moved this year and I didn’t get you this post in time, I apologize.

However, for those of you who still have a move in your future, I want to talk today about some move-in essentials for your pets!

Move-In Day Essentials for Your Pets - with Casper

Rugs & Secure Flooring

This is especially true if you are moving with senior pets. You are going to want them to feel safe and secure moving around your new home, and that can be difficult when the flooring is slippery. If possible, before your pets walk into the home, try to put throw rugs or yoga mats on the ground so that they feel comfortable and secure while entering your home.

Microchip & Proper ID

A microchip and proper ID is SUPER important for your pet on move-in day. While you may be used to closing the door behind you, you will likely have movers, or family and friends, helping you move stuff in and out of your house, and they may not remember to keep the door closed.

In the event your dog or cat escapes, having your up to date contact information and your new address on both the microchip and ID is crucial for making sure your pet is safe in your new home on the first night.

Bed & Crate

In addition to making sure your pet can be returned to you if they escape, it’s also important to make sure they don’t escape in the first place. Creating a spot in your new home for them to be safe and secure from the noise and the bustle is important. Make sure to keep their most familiar blankets and beds with them where possible.

During the summer months the weather might be too warm to have your pet in the yard while you bring stuff in and out of the house, making a crate or bed in a cool spot imperative. If the weather isn’t too warm to have your pet in the yard, I highly recommend double checking the stability of the fence before letting them sniff their new yard.

Food & Water Bowls

For many pets, where they eat, drink, and sleep can quickly become their home. One of Rooney’s #1 priorities is “where is my next meal coming from?”. Setting him up with access to water and some food will go a long way to getting Rooney adjusted to his new home.

Let sleeping dogs lie on the Casper dog mattress.

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Toys & Puzzles

Let’s talk entertainment. While it is possible that your pet might be too stressed to want to play with toys and puzzles, they might make them feel more comfortable and will provide them with mental stimulation while you are moving things into your new home.

Mattress Sheets and Pillows

Whether you are buying a new mattress or setting up your old one, it will make your pet feel more at home if they can see and smell familiar items. In many cases, this means taking a nap on your bed. Try to make things look and feel as similar as you can for your pet. Bonus tip: Look at the room and home from your pet’s perspective and try to eliminate any added stresses from their environment (

Bonus Tips:

Have a New Veterinarian Picked Out

Because you never know what is going to happen, I would have your pet’s records already faxed over to your new veterinarian’s office (as well as a copy with you in case of emergencies).

Take a Week to Help Your Pets Adjust

This was a great idea from If you can work remotely or take a week off, that could really help your pet adjust to the significant changes that come along with any move. Having you around will help them feel more confident and comfortable in their new space.

What steps have you taken to reduce your pet’s stress during a move?

Pet Home Inspiration: SS Print Shop Dog Lover Prints

I have been a fan of Stephanie Sterjovski’s Print Shop (also known as the SS Print Shop) for quite sometime. Stephanie’s prints and her instagram provide lots of style inspiration.  Which is why I am so excited to tell you about her newest collection of Dog Mom inspired prints!

Lit Saturday 🔥 #LucyJolly #JackRussell #HappySaturday

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Recently, Stephanie added a new addition to her family….her Jack Russell Terrier, Lucy! Lucy is no doubt the inspiration for Stephanie’s newest SS Print Shop Collection.


I bet you can guess which print I have my eyes on!

If you order through Tuesday, August 15th, with the code MUSTLOVEDOGS, you will receive 25% off of your purchase!

What do you think? Don’t you just love these prints?

Photo Credit: All Photos are from SS Print Shop

Schedule a Photoshoot with Your Pet + A Special Discount!

A while back, we wrote about how Pet-Inspired Art can make your home complete. If you missed that post, you can check it out here.

Today, I would like to share with you Reasons to Schedule a Photoshoot with Your Pet + A Discount for Bay Area Pet Parents!

Schedule a Photoshoot with Your Pet + A Special Discount!

Golden Retriever, Sunny.
Here he struck a handsome field & stream classic pose for PawPawrazzi Pet Photography.

1) Photos are a Forever Keep Sake

When we got married, two of our dogs were already in their senior years and the photos that we have of them from that day hold a very special place in my heart and my home. Senior dogs make incredible pets. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to spend time with your dog in their senior years, you have something very special to look forward to.

While it may seem hard to think about, I think senior pet photography can play an important role in a person’s life. The photos I have of Beige, Rocky, and Maui in my home remind me of the important role they have played in my life.

“A camera is a save button for the minds eye” – Rodger Kingston

Schedule a Photoshoot with Your Pet + A Special Discount!

2) Memories

About a year ago, we had the opportunity to have a photo shoot with Rooney thanks to Pawpawrazzi Pet Photography. Not only are the photos incredibly important to us, but they remind us of a day full of beautiful memories, the trip we took as a family, and Rooney being silly in front of the camera.

3) Live in the Moment

If you are anything like me, you enjoy living a very busy and full life. Which at times leads to overwhelm and general craziness. Photography can help us slow down and live in the moment, even if only for a second.

If you live in the Bay Area and you would like to schedule a photoshoot, Anne Mary from Pawpawrazzi Pet Photography is nice enough to offer an exclusive discount to My Kid Has Paws readers: 30% Off On PawPawrazzi Professional Pet Photography Services & 40% Off All Collections!

You can find more information on how to contact Anne Mary to schedule your photoshoot here

Schedule a Photoshoot with Your Pet + A Special Discount!

Happy Hogan is 13 years young!

Have you had a photoshoot with your pet? How was your experience?

A Home From a Dog’s Perspective

Some of you may know, I am part of the Wayfair Homemakers Program.

Recently, they shared with me some doggy personalities put together by a writer in their office. Each of the personalities below represents a product offered by Wayfair for pets!

This got me thinking…

…what are our homes like from our dogs’ perspectives?

What do they care about the most?

I truly think for Rooney, his crate and bed are the most important to him at this stage in his life. While Rooney loves playtime, he enjoys resting in his cushy crate just as much.

What part of your home do you think is most important to your pet?

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Gus: Dog Beds

Daisy: Dog Carriers

Liam: Dog Houses

A lazy pug who does not like to leave the comfort of his bed unless it’s for food.

A Shih Tzu supermodel with her own line of designer dog carriers.

A WWII veteran German Shepherd who enjoys telling stories of his dangerous missions in the elite W.O.O.F. army squad.

Hans: Dog Ramps

Joey: Dog Crates

Ingrid: Barware

A Dachshund who has become well-known around the world for his craftsmanship of dog ramps and stairs.

A teenage bulldog who spent some time in the dog crate after a dog bone heist went wrong.

A St. Bernard you can find serving up signature cocktails to guests at her bar in the Swiss Alps.

Disclaimer: I am part of the Wayfair Homemakers Program. I am occasionally provided with Wayfair products in exchange for my honest opinion. My Kid Has Paws strives to share only products we believe would benefit our readers.

The De-shedding Tool that Will Keep Your Floors Immaculate

Day 13 of our 30 Days to the Best Pet Home is all about the right De-shedding tool! Seeing as Spring is the time when most pets shed their winter coat, I thought this would be the perfect time to discuss the perfect de-shedding tool, and fur-strategy (if you will) so that you can keep your floors looking fur-free as much as possible.

Fur is a constant in our home, and my husband and I do our very best to keep our floors as clean as possible but make no mistake, no one is leaving our home without at least a few Rooney hairs on their clothes. While the shedding doesn’t bother us, I do know that some pet parents find those little “fur tumbleweeds” that make their way across a home to be one of the most frustrating things. Therefore, today I would like to discuss dog breeds that shed the most, the reasons why dogs shed, and a strategy for reducing shedding and cleaning pet hair off your floors.

Dogs that Shed

I want to caution potential pet parents out there. If you aren’t willing to deal with shedding, or you think it might be a point of tension in your home, do your research before adopting a dog! There are definitely breeds that shed more than others.

Here are the Top 10 Heavy Shedders according to

  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Alaskan Husky
  • Labrador Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Siberian Husky
  • Akita
  • Chow Chow
  • Saint Bernard

So if your dog breed is on this list, the following de-shedding tool & clean floor strategy might be the best thing since sliced bread! 

Even though Corgis didn’t make the above list, as a Corgi parent, you will inevitably be dealing with some serious shedding!

Why Dogs Shed

Let’s take a moment to understand more about why dogs shed in the first place!

According to Dr. Becker, there are 3 types of fur that your dog has on their body and 4 reasons your dog might shed.

The 3 types of fur include:

  • Undercoat: provides insulation
  • Outercoat: protects the undercoat from extreme temperatures & water
  • Whiskers: provide sensory stimulation

The 4 reasons your dog might shed include:

  • Regulating body temp
  • Protecting the skin
  • Improve sensory perception
  • If they get nervous or stressed (situational shedding)

The Perfect De-Shedding Tool!

As we have just established, you can’t prevent shedding because it is a natural process for your pet’s body. However, you can use the right grooming tools and strategy to reduce shedding and therefore reduce fur clean up.

The FURminator pet grooming tools have been on the market for quite some time, but last summer they released the FURminator de-shedding tool. The FURminator’s design helps remove the loose hairs that will inevitably shed during a shedding season or throughout the day.

Here are the benefits of the FURminator de-shedding tool according to their website:

  • Reduces shedding up to 90%
  • Keeps your pet’s skin and fur clean and healthy
  • Improves the fur renewal process which reduces skin irritants and allergies
  • Doesn’t cut or damage your dog’s coat due to the unique design
  • Easy to use and ideal for grooming your dog at home

FURminator even improved their product, so it now includes some customization. Their de-shedding tools are specific to the size and hair length of your pet, making it the best possible tool for your pet’s shedding. We have the all hair for medium dogs tool for Rooney.

If your pet doesn’t shed very much (probably because they don’t have an undercoat), this isn’t the tool for you. 

How to Use the FURminator De-shedding Tool:

Petful has some specific tips for improving the use of the FURminator de-shedding tool which I think are great:

  • Make sure your pet’s coat is dry
  • Remove any mats, tangles or foreign objects from your pet’s coat before brushing
  • Check for any bruises or cuts before you start brushing
  • Lastly, use long gentle strokes to brush your pet’s coat evenly
  • Use the correct brush for your dog’s size and coat length

The Clean Floor Strategy

  1. Now that we have established that brushing your dog’s coat regularly can reduce the amount of shedding that occurs, I recommend setting up a time once a week to brush your pet BEFORE you clean your floors.
  2. Spend at least 15 minutes brushing out your pet’s undercoat on a surface that can be easily swept. Because the fur will stick to itself, you will now have a giant pile of fur that can be tossed into the trash can.
  3. Then, I recommend using a Swiffer to gather up the remaining fur tumbleweeds in your home. The Swiffer is the best tool I have used that can gather pet hair and help us quickly clean your floors.

Once you start making this a part of your weekly routine, you should start to see a decrease in your pet’s shedding, AND you will see fewer fur tumbleweeds around your house.

The De-shedding Tool that will Help Keep Your Floors Immaculate

Why You Shouldn’t Shave Your Dog

You may be thinking to yourself, Rachel this is great info, but can’t I just shave my dog in the summer? The answer is no, and here is why:

Your dog’s coat is like the insulation in your home that keeps the house from getting too cold in the winter, and too hot in the summer. Your dog’s coat does the same thing – it works not only to keep her warm in cold weather, but also to protect her from the effects of too much sun. – Dr. Becker

So there it is, the best de-shedding tool, and my clean floor strategy. What do you think?

Disclaimer: I was compensated for my opinion previously by Swiffer. Additionally, I was provided with a FURminator de-shedding tool and Swiffer in a previous campaign. However, My Kid Has Paws only includes products that I believe will provide benefit to my readers.