Toys, Toys, Toys for the Holidays!

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As the holidays fast approach gift giving is at the top of our minds. Whether you are one that enjoys the frenetic shopping holiday hustle and bustle or view it as a tiresome chore you would rather just avoid there is one family member that is ALWAYS fun to buy for… your beloved dog! Searching for a special gift for Fido to enjoy takes some careful planning. After all unconditional love is what pets are all about; why not show him how much you appreciate all that he does for you with something he will REALLY get into!

That happy-no-matter-what greeting you get when you come home each day or the no-matter-what I love you stare he gives you whenever you look deeply into those caring eyes, our dogs are always there for us. So here are a few great JW toys that you can bring home for the holidays!

The Hol-ee Roller is one of the JW classics that every dog should own. A natural rubber ball covered in hexagon cutouts, this toy really holds up! It bounces, rolls, squishes, flexes, stands up to games of tug and even can be filled with treats! A pig ear or another toy can fit inside to offer even more fun for your dog to enjoy!

Another intelligent idea from the JW Pet Company is the Crackle Heads line of dog toys. These adorable toys are truly innovative and canine friendly! Available in Natural rubber, soft fuzzy plush and durable canvas fabrics these toys all have one thing in common; a crackling bottle ball designed especially for dogs inside every toy! Dogs LOVE water bottles but as we all know water bottles have caps with ridges that can become sharp and cut sensitive doggie mouths. The JW Bottle Ball is smooth and safe and 100% recyclable! Dogs go crazy over the crackling, crunching sound it makes as they play with these versatile toys!

If your dog loves treats (and what dog doesn’t!) you may want to try out the New line of Treat Toys available now! When you offer a treat toy you are not only giving your dog a yummy snack in a fun new way you are also challenging and stimulating your dog in creative ways as he or she works to learn how to get the cookie or kibble from out of the toy. Entertainment that encourages some real thought as well as offers your pup a form of physical exercise. Good for both body & soul- a perfect holiday surprise!

For those doggies who are eco –friendly check out the made in the U.S.A line of Megalast dog toys. These fantastically durable toys are 100% recyclable and stand up to tough play. Produced in a solar powered and energy star compliant factory these toys come in many fun shapes and sizes perfect to fill a stocking with joy! Squeaky, treat stuff- able, super bouncy and sure to delight your canine companion.

With all the many JW Pet options above you are sure to find the best toy ever for your beloved holiday hound! If you don’t have a pet of your own remember that pet lovers enjoy getting a holiday gift for their furry family members! Also there are many shelters and organizations in your area that are looking for donations and what better time of year to donate to your local pet charity? Contact your local shelter to find out where you can donate or pitch in to help this holiday season.

Don’t forget the kitty cats too! JW Cat toys and clever creations will appeal to the intelligent feline in your life so check ‘em out today!

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Dog Friendly Cities

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Whether you live in the heat of Texas or the cool shores of Maine, the USA is overall a dog friendly place to live, lucky dogs! While it is nice to take your dog on an evening walk around the block, many cities now offer even more exciting places to bring your dog along! Don’t let Fido feel left out-bring him along for the ride!

In 2011, Dogfriendly.com released a listing of the top 10 dog friendly cities in America. Topping the list was Portland, Oregon! “Home to the famous and dog-friendly Rose Gardens and the Lucky Lab (brewing company) you and your dog would have a great time in Portland.” says Dogfriendly .com. Don’t reside in Portland? Well maybe your city is on this list, which features cities in California, Washington, Pennsylvania, Texas and many more. You can see the full listing at Dog Friendly.

But what makes a city “dog friendly?” Hotels, beaches, trails, restaurants and even events that allow you to bring your beloved pooch along all help to meet the criteria to determine the top dog friendliest cities. “It takes a lot to create a city that truly embraces its canine population,” says Susan Chaney, editor of Dog Fancy Magazine. “We look at over 20 criteria. Naturally, it has to be a fun place for dogs and their owners. For example, we check into dog-centered activities, such as doggie festivals, parades and other events, as well as how many hotels are dog-friendly and how many restaurants allow dogs to eat on their patios. However, excellent veterinary care and an active humane society are also key elements of a pet-friendly city, and are as essential for travelers passing through as for the pets and their people who reside there. Further, it’s clear that in the cities on our annual list, both the local government and general population embrace having that ‘doggie element’ in their communities.” You can visit MSNBC.com for another great listing of the top 10 dog friendly cities as well.

Are you and your dog beach-going fans? Well Life with Dogs has made it easy to find beaches that allow dogs near you! These beaches span across the US from the Atlantic to the Pacific and everywhere in between, so you can choose the beach that fits you and your dogs needs. Rounding out the list at number 1 is Fort Desoto Beach in Florida. This beach features showers and drinking water for your pet and combines human and canine beach-lovers alike. Wow, sure sounds like fun for Fido! Chicago is the destination of the very first off-leash beach for dogs, Montrose Dog Beach!

JW corporate offices are located close to New York City, this famous concrete jungle is actually right in our backyard! While that may not seem like an optimal place for a dog, NYC is featured as one of the most dog friendly cities in America. With its off-leash dog parks, walking trails, dog friendly beaches, restaurants and hotels, New York has all little Fido could want and more! Planning to visit New York City in the future? Check out the Soho Grand Hotel, a pet friendly place accepting reservations for both you and your pet. They also give away complimentary goldfish at the end of your stay-talk about animal friendly! There is also a dog walking tour that visits neighborhoods like Greenwich Village, Soho, the Lower East Side and Little Italy.

Planning a road trip and want to know your best bets with pet friendly destinations? Check out Go Pet Friendly. There, you can find hotels, campgrounds, restaurants and activities that are pet friendly!  This website is perfect for traveling families who don’t want to live their furry friend at home.

Do you live in one of the featured cities? TELL US… what you & your dog do in your city for fun!

Pet Overpopulation-What Can YOU Do?

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Pet overpopulation is a serious issue in America; however, it is often overlooked by many pet parents. While pet adoption is becoming increasingly popular, there are still thousands of cats and dogs that don’t get adopted each year and continue to sit in a shelter or are unfortunately put down. However, there is a solution to pet overpopulation: getting our pets spayed or neutered. This is the only way to keep shelter numbers down each year.

According to the American Humane Association, “Each year, approximately 8 million stray and unwanted animals are taken in by shelters across the country. Tragically, about 3.7 million — nearly half — of these animals must be euthanized because good homes cannot be found for them. In fact, shelter euthanasia is the leading cause of death for both dogs and cats in the United States.” These are startling statistics! Especially when there is such an easy solution: get your pets spayed and neutered! “It is a common myth that pet overpopulation means there are “not enough” homes for all the shelter animals. In reality, there are more than enough homes, but not enough people are choosing to adopt from a shelter. Seventeen million Americans acquire a new pet each year — that is more than double the number of shelter animals! Sadly, only 3.5 million people, or about 20 percent, choose to adopt their new pet. The rest choose to buy their pets from pet stores or breeders, or they choose a variety of other cheap or free sources, such as friends, neighbors or Internet ads,” states the American Humane Association.

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The image above shows how quickly an unsprayed female and unneutered male can increase overpopulation in cats and dogs exponentially.  So what does this all mean for YOU? How can YOU help the cause of pet overpopulation? Well, follow these tips and you can make a huge difference!:

  • Spay or neuter your pet
  • Adopt your pets from a shelter or local rescue group
  • Educate and inform others of pet overpopulation and what they can do
  • Make sure you want to adopt-this is not a decision to be made lightly! Pets are a big responsibility, always do your research before adopting

Stay on top of your pet’s health! Make sure to not only get them spayed or neutered but to take them to the vet annually for checkups, help them get plenty of exercise, feed them a healthy diet and spoil them with plenty of JW Pet toys! Our new Stretchin’ & Fetchin’ dog toys are perfect for fetch and tug-giving your dog lots of activity to stay healthy. Staying fit can be hard work so make sure to keep a big JW bowl of water around for when your pet needs to quench their thirst! While it is important to help the pet overpopulation cause, the steps you can take to help start at home with your own pets.

“One of the most serious problems impacting animals is overpopulation. There are so many dogs being born every day, throughout the United States, that there are just not enough homes for all of them. This results in the destruction and mistreatment of thousands of animals,” The DJ&T Foundation reminds us. Bob Barker, who started the DJ&T Foundation in 1995, helps to fund low cost spay and neuter clinics to decrease pet overpopulation. To find out more about this organization, visit http://www.djtfoundation.org/1.htm . It can help you find a facility near you where you can get your pet spayed or neutered for a discounted price. There are many options available all over the country!

Remember, there are currently about 163 million pet cats and dogs in the U.S., and about one out of every 20 ends up in a shelter each year. Want to find out more about pet overpopulation, the causes and what you can do to help? Head on over to http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/adoption-pet-care/issues-information/pet-overpopulation.html for more. Also, comment below and let us know how you are helping to put an end to pet overpopulation.