Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Tips For a Pet Friendly Hallowe'en

Dear Pet People,

Hallowe'en is just a little over a week away and the PetBling family is slowly but surely getting ready for the big night.

I would love our big boy, Jake, to dress in some kind of elaborate costume.  Like this...

or even this..

... but he's not having it. At all.  The most Jake will wear in the spirit of dress-up is a bandanna...

 Bandannas from
Jake wearing his Birthday Boy scarf from

... which is okay. We chose a really cute jack-o-lantern style scarf for him and he'll look festive and cute.

Jake likes Hallowe'en. He loves visitors, isn't upset by constant knocks on the door, isn't fazed by costumes or small children who want to pet him, however, not all dogs are comfortable with Hallowe'en festivities. 

I've got a few tips to help keep your dog or cat safe and more calm during trick-or-treat night:

- Pets who become frazzled by repeated knocks at the door or the sight of people in costumes and masks may be better off in a separate room with the t.v. or radio left on.

- When answering the door to little superheroes, ghouls and vampire cheerleaders, make sure your pet cannot squeeze past the kids and out the door.

- If your neighbourhood is one the goes all out with decor, spooky music and lights and fog machines, perhaps walk your dog before the evening activities ramp up.

- Moms and Dads often like to sample the Hallowe'en goodies, but be sure your furry friends can't get into the treats. I think we all know by now that chocolate is very bad for dogs. Lately I've read a number of articles talking about the serious dangers of xylitol (a sugar substitute).

- Don't keep lit jack-o-lanterns or candles within reach of your pets.

- If your pet doesn't enjoy being dressed up, let it go... I think making your pet wear a costume when they really don't want to unsettles them and sets a bad tone for the evening.

- IDs pleeeaaassse! It's a great idea to have your dog or cat wear their collars and id tags during Hallowe'en evening - even if they don't normally wear them inside. Just in case. Having up-to-date information on your pet's tags or microchip increases the chance of having him returned to you in case they escape and become lost. has some really great glow-in-the dark id tags:

 glow in the dark id tag
 glow in the dark tag

and reflective collars:

 reflective collar

I hope you all have a fantastic Hallowe'en - save some Mars bars for me!

Enjoy your pets,


Friday, 27 March 2015

5 Tips For Spring Cleaning When You Have A Dog

Dear Pet People,

Cleaning when you have a dog (especially a big dog who sheds) sometimes feels like shoveling during a blizzard.

I've talked before about some spring cleaning tips I use when the seasons change, but now that a very large, hairy golden retriever has joined our family, I have a few other things to add.

Matt, Towels and Baggies

Jake, our almost 2 year old golden loves long walks, mud puddles, rolling in the grass and dirt.  His big paws are magnets for all the grit and sand the city lays downs in the winter. A large mat at the front door is an absolute must, as are towels for drying the big puppy.  I use a baggie filled with water to rinse Jake's paws when he comes in from his walks.


Warmer weather means that our dogs can be brushed outside, which really cuts down on the loose hair that floats throughout the house.  A good brush out followed by a thorough bath is on the spring cleaning to-do list for our dog.  

If you bathe your dog at home, be sure to choose an appropriate shampoo formulated for your dog.  Some dogs have extra dry skin or skin allergies and need a special shampoo.

As part of your dog's regular grooming, don't forget about the teeth, ears and nails.  Also, do remember to trim the fur in between the pads on your dog's feet.  It's more comfortable for the dog and it will help to lessen the dirt that gets brought into the house.

Health Check

As spring arrives, chances are you and your dog will be spending more time outside.  Now is the perfect time to check with your vet to make sure your dog is up to date with his or her vaccinations, and that you have a plan in place to deal with fleas and ticks.

Update Emergency Information

Spring is also a great time to check that the information on your pet's id tag is up to date and legible. If your dog is microchipped, also be sure that the information on the microchip is also current.

Our friend Frankie in her pink glitter bone id tag.

House Cleaning

Many people tackle some large cleaning projects in the spring.  It's really important to keep cleaning products away from your pets, since many are toxic and harmful if licked or ingested.

If you're like me and love to throw open windows and doors to let the fresh air in, also make sure that your pet is secure and cannot escape.

Since we seem to have a lot of muddy paw prints coming through the door at this time of the year - even though Jake's paws are rinsed and dried when he comes in from outside - I have two light-weight cleaning tools I just love.  For a quick vacuum, I use an upright stick vacuum and for a quick kitchen tile mop, I use a steam mop with a disposable/washable cloth.  Both are perfect when time is tight and you just need a clean floor!

The muddy season will be over before we know it, and our dogs will be free to frolic and play outdoors and not return looking as though they have participated in some type of mud wrestling competition!

Enjoy your pets,


Thursday, 19 February 2015

Pets Pose With Their PetBling: Part 1

Dear Pet People,
We love it when our customers send us photos of their adorable pets posing in their new tags!

This sweet puppy is Frankie, who is quite a girlie girl.  Frankie is wearing a pink glitter bone tag from K9 by Igloo.

This is Frankie's tag up close:

Here is a great picture of Rudy wearing his K9 by Igloo Dude id Tag. Rudy has such a great smile and his owners describe him as a lover not a fighter!

Our next model is the very handsome Guinness who looks fantastic in his Union Jack id tag.  What a noble profile!

Another fan of our Union Jack id tags is this beautiful boy, Oliver. 

I suspect that Oliver is a very snuggly dog!

Did you know that my search for a Union Jack id tag for my sweet boy, Harry, was the beginning of!  You can read the story of how began almost three years ago here.

Here is our Harry, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, in his Union Jack tag .... loved and never forgotten.

I'll be back with more pictures of pets posing with their PetBling.  Many thanks to all the pet parents who have shared pictures of their fur babies with us!

Enjoy your pets!