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Monday, November 30, 2009
Although winter days may be shorter and colder, this shouldn’t prevent you and your pet from enjoying the outdoors. There are several popular wintertime options that also serve as dog-friendly or pet-friendly activities.
Pictured to the right is the "Let it Snow" Sweater from GregRobert.
For many of us, winter is all about snow. While you spend time outdoors building a snowman or sledding with the family, don’t forget to invite your furry pal to come along and chase snowballs down the hill or fetch sticks and pine cones. If your dog loves to play fetch, take him snow diving and throw a ball in the fluffy snow for retrieval or take him for a sleigh ride – if your little ball of fur is used to being transported in a carrier, firmly attach the carrier to a sled and take your dog for ride!
If you enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, share your next winter trek with your pet. Research local areas that allow dogs on groomed trails and make sure your dog is under voice control or on a dog leash at all times. When there is snow on the ground, a dog may not be able to find the familiar scents and may become disoriented or lost if not kept track of or on a leash.
If you decide to take your pet on an outdoor excursion, remember that winters are bitter cold, snowy and wet and pets are not much different from humans when it comes to handling cold weather.
Don’t leave dogs outdoors for too long, no matter the temperature, wind-chill can threaten a pet’s health. Under such adverse conditions a number of additional considerations should be made. Unless precaution is taken, ice, salt, and sand can lead to paw abrasions and dogs with joint problems such as arthritis, especially older dogs, may be severely impacted by the cold.
As long as you keep these safety measures in mind, you will have a wonderful time with your pet.
So zip up the coat, pull on those boots, grab the leash and consider these popular things your dog and the whole family can get involved in together outdoors this winter!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
If too many birds at your bird feeder becomes a problem, you can control their numbers by putting out smaller amounts of seed, by using specialty seed, or by using restrictive feeders.
If you fill your feeder only when it’s empty, the birds will look for food elsewhere. They will return as long as you continue to fill it.
Pictured to the right is the 2-Chamber Bird Feeder (economical and functional)
You can virtually eliminate visits by birds you’d rather not see by offering seeds they won’t eat. Be selective in your choice of seeds. If you use more than one type of seed, put them in separate feeders. This will reduce wasted seeds, as birds will toss unwanted seeds out of a feeder to get to their favorites.
Birds that visit your feeder have very specific preferences. Most prefer sunflower. Some prefer millet. A few prefer peanuts. Some seem to prefer the other grains used in the mixes: corn, milo, red millet, oats, wheat and canary seed. If you want to feed only cardinals, doves and white-throated sparrows, switch from black oil sunflower to safflower.
If you want only finches and an occasional dove and white-throated sparrow, try nyjer (thistle) seed. If you only want jays, titmice and white-throated sparrows try peanuts.
Another way to discourage unwanted birds is to use specialty feeders that for the most part, allow only “select” birds to feed. The most non-selective feeders are the tray, platform bird feeders or house feeders. You can encourage small birds with feeders that restrict access. Wood feeders with vertical bars and feeders covered with wire mesh frustrate the larger birds. Tube feeders without trays also restrict access to small birds. Remove the perches, and you’ve further selected only those birds capable of clinging—finches, chickadees, titmice and woodpeckers.
Add vertical perches to tub thistle feeders, and you’ll limit accessibility primarily to the goldfinches. If starlings are a problem at your suet feeder, you can discourage them by using a suet feeder with access only at the bottom. Starlings are reluctant to perch upside down. Chickadees and woodpeckers don’t find that a problem.
Happy Feeding and think how lucky you are to have an over-abundance problem!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
"If I could change anything about purchasing supplies for my pets online, it would be that darn shipping charge."
Are these thoughts echoing through your head also? Shipping charges can be an overwhelming portion of the cost of shopping online and many consumers are getting irritated.
GregRobert Pet Supplies has taken a big leap in hearing customer's concerns with the Double Dip/ Free Ship promotion that began this past Friday. The promotion features free shipping on all orders >$60 but has a unique spin to it.
Customers can double dip on savings by using the freeship coupon AND taking advantage of over 20,000 products that offer quantity discounts. This is a fantastic deal considering GregRobert is a price leader in the pet supply vertical.
Although the Double Dip / Free Ship deal does not have a specific end date, company officials assured us that they will run the deal until January 1, 2010. This means that all those Christmas gifts that you need to purchase can be shipped free.
Featured above is a gift pack from Bobbi Panter. This gift pack for the Pet Lover on your list includes: 10 oz. Gorgeous Dog Shampoo, 8 oz Gorgeous Dog Dry shampoo for cats and dogs, 1 Gorgeous Dog Cotton Towel -- all in a clear vinyl carrying case with organza top & handle.So go ahead and Double Dip at GregRobert!