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Dogs Named After Presidents

I LOVE fun and historical facts about pets! It’s definitely one of my favorite things. So today, I thought I would share with you some awesome Presidential related facts that Petplan pet insurance shared with me, in honor of President’s Day.

1. The Commander-in-Chief with the most pets named after him? Theodore Roosevelt!

Petplan’s inquiry into presidential pet names showed the following leaders inspired the most monikers:

Most Common Presidential Names for Dogs

2. Honorable mention for originality goes to Catvin Coolidge!

3. First Lady names are also common — from Mary Todd Lincoln to Eleanor Roosevelt, pet parents love paying tribute to the women of the White House as well.

Rooney’s namesake is a soccer player, but we did discuss Presidential names when we were naming him.

Do you know any dogs who are named after a President or First Lady?

Disclaimer: I DO NOT want to start a political conversation on this blog. This post is meant to be cute and about pets. Enjoy!

Is Your Dog Your Valentine?

We are already into the second week of February, which means that Valentine’s Day is only a little over a week away! Valentine’s Day is a great time of year to reflect on all the love that you have in your life. My guess is, that if you have a dog in your life, your heart is overjoyed with love 365 days a year!

The good people of MyPoochFace.com and PrideBites.com want to celebrate the love that our dogs bring to our lives with the My Dog is my Valentine Giveaway!

What Can You Win?

You can win one 16″ x 16″ hand-painted, custom acrylic portrait of your furbaby from MyPoochFace.com ($250 value) and $250 of personalized doggie products from PrideBites.com! A total giveaway value of $500!

How Can You Participate?

Go to MyDogIsMyValentine.com to enter now! The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day (Tuesday, February 14th) at 2:30 pm!

http://www.mypoochface.com/valentine-giveaway/

Disclaimer: I am a PrideBites PAWtner. This post contains my affiliate links. If you purchase a product via these links and use my discount code, I will receive a commission. My Kid Has Paws only shares information about things we believe our readers will enjoy.

SPIKE Treats Stocking Stuffers with Petcurean

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Hanukkah everyone!

I hope that everyone is enjoying the holiday season and using this weekend to spend time with those who are most important to you. Of course, that includes our pets! My goal over the holiday is to take Rooney on some new hiking trails and outings. Therefore, I thought the perfect stocking stuffer for Rooney would be some more Petcurean SPIKE treats. We first tried these treats in January of this year and they are what I like to call, high-value treats. Rooney loves these! Which is why I like to have them for our outdoor activities, in the event that Rooney needs to be distracted from a cow on the trail or another dog who is off-leash.

SPIKE Treats Stocking Stuffers with Petcurean

The best part about these treats is that I know I am providing Rooney with excellent nutrition. Because SPIKE treats contain:

  • premium quality meat proteins
  • anti-oxidants and superfoods like chia
  • pomegranate and kale
  • only all natural ingredients
  • zero by-products added
  • no added growth hormones
  • no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors

As many of you know Petcurean is the food that Rooney eats every day. I believe in their company’s promise to provide our pets with only the best treats and food available. If you want to purchase some SPIKE treats for your pet, you can buy them online at Chewy.com. So far, we have tried the Venison, Catfish, and Duck and Rooney loves them all!

Let us know in the comments below: What flavor of Petcurean SPIKE treats would your pet want in their stocking?

Have a wonderful holiday everyone!

Disclaimer: I am both a Chewy.com and Petcurean blogger. I was provided with treats so that Rooney and I could provide our honest opinion. However, My Kid Has Paws only shares reviews we believe benefit our readers. Additionally, Petcurean is the food we feed Rooney every day. 

Giving Tuesday – 8 Ways to Give Back to the Pets in Your Community

Last year I outlined a few organizations that could use some help on Giving Tuesday. But this year, I want to talk about ways you can give back while spending little to no money. I originally wrote about how to give back to the pets in your community 3 years ago (oh man, where has time gone?). Today, I would like to revisit some of those topics and add a few. Giving Tuesday is awesome! I love that we are reminded of what’s most important during the holiday season! Without further adieu, here is a concise list of ways to give back to the pets in your community today and through this holiday season.

1. Clean out your closet

Blankets and towels are always needed at local veterinary hospitals, shelters, and rescues. Blankets can be used as bedding to comfort pets awaiting their new home and pets who are recovering from procedures and surgeries. Towels are often used at veterinary hospitals to help pets feel more comfortable while on the table or the floor for their exam. Not to mention, they are used to clean up the messiest of messes in a veterinary hospital and therefore have to be replaced often. So if you are looking to give back today, take a quick look through your linen closet and bring those freshly laundered blankets, sheets, and towels to your local animal shelter, rescue, or veterinary hospital.

2. Toys & Beds

Shelters, rescues, and veterinary hospitals can also make use of gently-used pet beds and toys. So today, take a look at the pet bedding and toys you have at home. Are there any you could donate to a pet in your community waiting for their new forever home?

3. Volunteer

Volunteering can come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Reach out to your local animal shelter or rescue and see if they need any help caring for their animals this holiday season. Sometimes, shelters could use a hand keeping their facilities clean for potential new adopters, other times they could use some help at an off-site event like a local PetSmart adoption day.

If working at the shelter doesn’t fit into your current schedule, reach out to a local rescue or shelter and see if you could offer your skills as a professional. For example, your local animal shelter might need help building a new website, or they could use some new photography for their newest adoptable pets.

4. Feed the Homeless Pets

Many communities have programs for feeding homeless pets. Sometimes, it’s simply a good samaritan that feeds the stray pets at the nearby park, but other times, these efforts are part of an organization. Reach out to these organizations and see if they could use some help this winter.

5. Build an Outdoor Shelter for Your Neighborhood Cats 

Cats have an amazing ability to survive in feral colonies. However, they struggle when the weather becomes extreme. Snow has already fallen in several parts of the country which means that it’s time for feral cats to seek shelter on cold nights. The Humane Society of the United States has some excellent resources for building the perfect DIY outdoor shelter (many of these materials you have lying around your house) for the cats in your community.

6. Food

You can always donate a few food bags (even ones that are already open) to the pets at your local shelter. These types of donations can be particularly helpful at your local food banks or other resources that help feed the homeless and their pets.

7. Visit the Elderly 

When I was in college, my local shelter (shout out to Yolo County!) had an awesome program where you could volunteer to take shelter pets to visit the elderly. If you have a pet that is well-behaved and perhaps is even certified as a Canine Good Citizen, see if you can take them to visit a local retirement home. I can’t tell you how amazing it was to see the residents in the Woodland retirement community light up when the dogs walked in the door. Additionally, this particular program helped the pets from the shelter get some much-needed attention and socialization!

8. Walk Your Neighbor’s Dog

You don’t have to be a professional dog-walker, especially during the holiday season. I bet you can think of someone in your neighborhood who could use some help walking their dogs this holiday season. Maybe they work full-time and don’t have any daylight to walk their dogs (and don’t feel comfortable walking at night). Perhaps they are injured or unable to walk in extreme weather and could use some help getting their dog the proper exercise. Maybe you know they are stressed or have to visit family this month. No matter the reason, if you have the time, this is an easy way to give back to the pets in your community this holiday season.

I hope that you are able to find some inspiration from this list to remember that the holiday season is a great time to give back and it doesn’t have to cost you money!

3 Ways to Keep Your Dogs Safe This Halloween!

I love Halloween! To be perfectly honest with you, I love holidays in general! But Halloween is my 2nd favorite holiday behind Christmas! (57 days and counting!) While Halloween can be tons of fun for pets, kids, and the whole family, it can also be dangerous, especially for dogs. Halloween means an excess amount of chocolate in the home, uncomfortable costumes, and extra noises in the neighborhood (we even heard fireworks last year!). While chocolate toxicity isn’t new for most pet parents, Trupanion, Rooney’s pet insurance company, sees a 71% increase in chocolate toxicity during Halloween! As a result of this kind of data, I thought it would be great to share with you some tips from Petcurean’s Dr. Jennifer Adolphe for keeping your dog safe this Halloween.

Other Potential Halloween Threats

Unfortunately, Halloween threats don’t start and stop with chocolate and xylitol. There are a few other items that can pose a threat to your pet on Halloween. Dr. Nold from Trupanion recommends making sure that your pet’s costume fits appropriately and is comfortable. For me, I select costumes that don’t fit over Rooney’s head because he doesn’t want to have anything holding his ears down. In addition to costumes, make sure that your decor isn’t something that your dog may decide to try to eat, like light strands for example. Lastly, make sure that your pet’s identification is up to date since you will be repeatedly opening your front door.

Now that we have talked about all the dangers and threats, let’s focus on the fun! What is your dog’s costume this year? What is your costume this year? Are you going to any parties? Dog Parties? I would love to hear about your Halloween plans!

Disclaimer: I have a long-term partnership with Petcurean and Trupanion, I may financially benefit from the occasional distribution of content. However, My Kid Has Paws doesn’t share information unless we feel it will be helpful to our readers.

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