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Keeping Your Pets Safe on July 4th/June 28, 2018

The fourth of July can be a lot of fun for people, but fireworks, picnics, and parties can all be stressful and even dangerous for pets. If your pet is frightened by noisy fireworks, he may run away in an attempt to escape; some holiday foods may be harmful as well. Traveling and summer heat can be perilous, as can firework debris left lying around that your pet may try to play with or eat. This year, make July 4th fun and safe for everyone involved – even your pets.

Before the Party

Before the celebration begins, make sure your dogs and cats have up-to-date identification tags with your contact information in case they do run off. In addition, it’s a good idea to have your dog or cat microchipped as well. The use of microchips is responsible for returning many lost animals to their worried owners. You should also take a current photo of your pets to have just in case. If you already know that fireworks make your pet anxious, speak with your vet about medication or behavioral therapy to make the holiday less scary. Finally, secure the area well, making sure that all fences and gates are closed or that the doors inside your home are shut to keep your pet confined to a safe area.

During the Celebration

When it’s time to party, take steps to keep your pets safe while you and your family and friends have a blast. First of all, if you’re going to a parade, fireworks display, party, or other gathering, leave your pets at home. Many people think it’s fun to take their pets with them to these types of events, but the noise, crowds, and unfamiliar surroundings can all be frightening, and your pet may get spooked and run away. Leave your pet at home in a safe, comfortable room during parties. Your dog or cat will be much happier snuggled up in their J’adore custom pet bed with a few safe treats. If you are expecting guests, place a note on the door reminding them to leave the room closed off.

If your pet doesn’t need to be kept in a separate room during the party, it’s still essential that you take some steps to keep them safe. Keep all fireworks, sparklers, charcoal, and skewers away from your pet, and don’t allow your pet to go near a hot grill (remember that it may remain hot for a long time after use).

Holidays often include lots of delicious food, but some of it isn’t safe for your pets. Avoid feeding your pets table scraps or foods intended for your human guests. Chocolate, onions, grapes, avocados, and foods containing xylitol are some of the things your pets shouldn’t eat. However, that doesn’t mean your pets can’t enjoy some treats, too – just stick to foods that are good for them such as berries, carrots, cucumber, and lean meats. You can also prepare some treats especially for your pet such as homemade cookies (use a recipe intended for dogs or cats) or frozen peanut butter inside a Kong.

Remember to keep your pets cool; the summer heat can be dangerous for cats and dogs alike. Make sure that they always have access to fresh water and never leave them inside a vehicle when it’s warm out.

Cleanup Time

When the party’s over, check your yard carefully for fireworks, food scraps, and anything else that might tempt a curious pet. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks on your property, neighbors may have, and their debris can make its way into your yard.
With a little preparation and common sense, your pets can have just as much fun this fourth of July as you do – and stay safe, happy, and healthy doing it.

Pet Patriotism Perfectly Possible with a Pre-designed J’adore Patriotic Pet Bed/June 8, 2018

No country celebrates its independence more exuberantly than the United States of America. Do you also start yearning for the 4th of July as soon as spring is at its peak with the sun shining brightly every day, the weather inviting you to go walking with your four-legged friend, and flowers growing in abundance? Perhaps you’re already planning the barbecue for which you’ve invited a record number of visitors, or you’ve got tickets for the ball game safely tucked away. This is the one day of the year where everyone can show that they respect our beautiful country.

Flags, garlands, bumper stickers, and other accessories in our stars & stripes are a prominent part of the 4th of July. Choosing appropriate music is also necessary—so is dressing your family up in clothing that suits the occasion. Include your dog or your cat too; after all, they’re part of the family. Do you think animals don’t understand patriotism? Don’t be too sure about this.

They Also Serve

In 1943, the PDSA Dickin Medal was founded by Mia Dickin, a British social reformer. This medal was initially awarded to honor animals for their bravery in World War II, but even in the 21st-century cats, dogs, horses, and pigeons may still receive it. The medal bears the words “For Gallantry” and “We Also Serve.”

Just like us, our pets deserve a chance to show pride on this special day. Tying a fancy collar, a bandana or bowtie round their neck doesn’t take long and doesn’t make them feel uncomfortable. You can also exchange their food bowl for one with an Old Glory motif.

Don’t Overdo It

Some people insist on putting their canine or feline friends in crazy white, blue, and red costumes. They will even add a little hat to complete the look. While pictures on the internet of the most patriotic pets are fun to look at, not every animal enjoys being treated like a doll. Dogs, especially older ones will allow their human friends such follies, but their own fur still suits them best.

Your pet can be patriotic every day of the year

Consider a J’Adore patriotic pet bed which is available in three styles, and in sizes ranging from XXS to XXL. The fabric is made of the same high-quality material as all our J’Adore pet beds. You can choose to have your pet’s name embroidered on the bed, but longer text is also possible. Let some patriotic mottos from great Americans such as Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and even Walt Disney inspire you. If you’re unsure whether the text is too long, ask us.

Appreciating the Day in an Unusual Way

While you may look forward to the parade, consider that some cats or dogs do not necessarily feel the same. Not every animal feels entirely at ease near or in a great crowd, while loud music is playing, especially accompanied by sharp whistles or the thumps of big drums. While you love your dogs, you may want to leave them at home, especially if they’re still relatively young and excitable.

A Stressful Display and a Cozy Hideaway

The firework explosions too can be overly noisy for canine or feline spectators. Many helpful tips exist, some even based on scientific information. Since every pet is different, what works for one does not necessarily work for another. For many four-footed friends, a haven may be all it needs. If your pet is already the lucky owner of a J’Adore pet bed where it can feel at ease, your Fourth of July may be as perfect as you planned it.

Things to Do with Your Dog Over the Memorial Day Holiday/May 24, 2018

 

As Memorial Day approaches, many people are thinking about how to spend their time off work and enjoy some R&R.  As Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms, it is only fitting to spend it with our loved ones.  However, that doesn’t mean just our human companions.  Our dogs are members of our families, and they’ll enjoy spending a fun day of celebrating as much as you will.  Here are some fun ways to include them in your holiday plans.

Have a Picnic in the Park

Holidays are all about spending quality time with friends and family, and that includes pups.  This Memorial Day, plan a picnic at a local park where you can barbecue, play games, enjoy cold drinks, and relax on blankets in the shade.  Then take your fun to the next level by including your furry friends.  Tell your friends to bring their dogs, too – they’ll love having a day to socialize as much as people do.

Play Outdoor Games

You don’t have to organize a big soiree to enjoy your day off and give your dog some extra attention.  Get outside with your pup and come up with some exciting new games to play.  Hide treats inside toys designed for this purpose and toss them for your dog.  Or, challenge your dog to a game of fetch with a favorite chew toy or rubber ball.  If you play together at the dog park, other dogs might join in the fun, and you might even make a new friend or two yourself.  Spending your day off playing with your dog is a terrific way to show him how much you care.

Go for a Hike

There’s nothing quite like exploring new territory for your dog.  Find a new trail to hike and let your pooch get lost in all the new sights, sounds, and smells.  Whether you’d like to hit the trails with a few friends or all by yourself, your dog will make the perfect hiking companion.  See if you can find a trail with something unique to offer, such as a spectacular ocean view or a beautiful valley to overlook.  Don’t worry, though – your pooch will be thrilled with even a run-of-the-mill hike.  Enjoying the great outdoors with your pup is a perfect way to celebrate Memorial Day this year.

Whip Up Some Special Treats

Especially if you live in a place where the weather on Memorial Day is already sweltering, staying cool will be necessary for your dog.  Plan for long hours of hot sunshine with treats that not only help your dog remain cool but also taste delicious.  Here’s a great idea: freeze chicken broth in ice cube trays the day before. Put them in your dog’s bowl at the park so that she can lap up the refreshing (and hydrating) broth.  Here are some other helpful tips for keeping your dog comfortable in hot weather.

Celebrate Memorial Day with J’adore

There’s no better way to show your appreciation for your canine pal than with a luxurious, high-quality custom pet bed from J’adore.  A custom dog bed such as our Cuddle, Throne, Round, or Cozy Cuddle is just what your pal needs at the end of a long day of early summer fun.

The Cuddle, our best-selling dog bed, is a stylish and comfortable bed dogs love.  It is reversible to provide multiple unique looks, and you can customize it with up to five different fabrics.  This furniture-quality bed is filled with the best fiberfill – giving it an incredibly soft and snuggly feel while ensuring it outlasts other pet beds.  And don’t worry if your dog comes home from your Memorial Day romp with muddy paws – the Cuddle cover is easy to remove and wash.

When we design dog beds, we focus on comfort, durability, and functionality.  Give your dog the gift of all three to celebrate the beginning of summer with a Cuddle custom pet bed from J’adore.

New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Pet/December 28, 2017

The New Year is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like the rest of us, you’re probably already thinking about your resolutions. Drink more water, exercise more, eat healthier—there are any of several things that people promise themselves they’ll do to make their own lives better. However, what many people don’t think about is the importance of what they can do in the coming year to make life better for their pets.

You may already be providing your pet with plenty of love and care already. However, there is always just a little bit more we can do to be sure they get the best lives possible. Everything from busy schedules to bad weather can get in the way of doing our best for our pets, but these simple resolutions can be put into place every week – or even every day – to enrich their lives over the long term and be sure that they are happier and healthier in the long run.

If you are a dog owner, it should almost go without saying that you should take a little time at the beginning of the year to reexamine how much time you are giving your dog for walks. Sure, you may be giving your pup enough time to do their business and get out a little extra energy. However, a nice long walk does just as much good for your dog as it does for you. Rather than just spend fifteen minutes going out around the block, why not dedicate twice that much time a day to walking your dog? You can even increase that to an hour-long walk per week to get out, explore and stimulate your dog’s senses. Both of you will benefit from these excursions.

Remember too that your pup needs a good rest after their walk. Find a quality bed to help them get cozy once you get home. Every dog is different, so if you’re interested in the custom pet beds we have available at J’adore you might be interested in something like our Cuddle bed or even our Throne bed – an especially good option for smaller breeds. The Throne bed can be an excellent idea for the winter months if you want to help them warm up after a long walk in the cool air, as it includes an inner blanket.

As for cat owners, it can sometimes be a little difficult to remember how much exercise your feline friend needs, especially when they spend so much of the day sleeping. However, regular exercise is essential for cats too, and they often need a little encouragement to get it. Invest in some toys and be sure to spend a little time each day playing with your cat. It may take some time to get used to playing with you if they aren’t already, and you may need to figure out which time of the day they are most active. However, with a little bit of practice, we’re sure that you and your cat will both come to love the time that you spend with one another chasing string and tossing around knitted mice.

Now, when we think about exercise and our canine companions we most often think about daily walks. However, dogs can also go along with their human families on all kinds of activities. Next year, plan some activities that your dog can come along on. Your pup is sure to love a day out in the woods if you take him out hiking with you, and with the correct gear your dog can enjoy a weekend camping trip along with the rest of your crew. Among your camping gear, be sure to choose a good dog bed. While you may not want to bring his everyday pet bed along, an option such as a J’adore Pillow bed can help guarantee your best camping buddy isn’t sleeping on the hard ground.

Often, when pet owners think about grooming it only regards a bit of extra brushing. That’s why we suggest you “brush up” on your grooming knowledge in the New Year, if we may use that pun. Even a little daily grooming such as a quick brushing goes a long way toward keeping your pet healthier and, yes, this counts for shorter-haired breeds as well. Another thing to remember is that grooming practices extend to your pet’s oral health, and you should begin to brush your pet’s teeth if you don’t do so already.

How do you think you could improve your pet’s life in the coming year? No pet owner is perfect, and there are always little things that each of us could do better. At J’adore we look forward to each and every day with our pets and always strive to do everything we can to improve the lives of our furry friends – just one of the many reasons we look to give them the best sleep experience possible.

Foods That Are Okay for Dogs During Thanksgiving/November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving is here, and your dog will inevitably be begging to “help” you prepare that big turkey dinner. Most dog owners share food with their furry friends from time to time, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long as you choose foods that are not only tasty, but good for your dog, too. There are plenty of safe holiday treats your dog can enjoy with you, including:

  • Turkey: You can absolutely share the star of the dinner table with your dog. Turkey is a great lean protein that benefits your dog’s health and makes them super happy, too. It’s best if you stick to white meat and remove any excess fat and skin. Make sure to remove any bones as well.
  • Mashed potatoes: Your dog loves mashed potatoes as much as you do, and they’re good for them, too. Just be aware of any added ingredients and don’t share potatoes that contain butter, sour cream, cheese, onions, or gravy. You could always mash one of the cooked potatoes to share with your dog before adding the extras for the rest of the family.
  • Cranberry sauce: Cranberry sauce won’t harm your dog, and they may love its tart sweetness. Do stick to a small helping, though, since it contains large amounts of sugar – not ideal for dogs (or people, but hey, it’s Thanksgiving).
  • Macaroni and cheese: Unless you know your dog’s stomach doesn’t handle dairy well, this comforting favorite should be fine. If your dog is better off without dairy, you can slip them a little plain macaroni, sans cheese.
  • Green beans: Plain green beans are an excellent addition to your dog’s diet any time of year. In fact, your dog can eat many fresh vegetables, including green beans, carrots, cucumbers, peas, spinach, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin (but at Thanksgiving, watch out for pumpkin pie and other dishes where the pumpkin recipe includes iffy ingredients).

Foods Your Dog Cannot Eat

Along with the foods above, which are safe and healthy for pets, there are also plenty of foods you should avoid feeding them. The following foods are potentially harmful – even lethal – to dogs, so keep them far away from your pooch’s plate.

  • Onions and garlic: Foods that contain alliums, such as onions, garlic, scallions, and leeks, should not be fed to dogs. Large amounts of these foods can lead to toxic anemia.
  • Grapes: Many people don’t realize that grapes (and, by extension, raisins), can be highly toxic to dogs, potentially causing kidney failure.
  • Xylitol: You may be making a healthier choice for most of your family by choosing an artificial sweetener to cut calories, but keep in mind that xylitol is poisonous to pets. Avoid feeding sweeteners that contain it.
  • Chocolate: Most people know that they shouldn’t share chocolate with their dogs. Make sure your dog doesn’t get his paws on any – especially baking chocolate.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol is a hard no for pets. What you may think is a small amount may be enough to make a little dog very sick. Remember to watch out for unexpected places alcohol may lurk during the holidays, such as in fruitcake and unbaked bread dough.

When you’ve all eaten your fill (Fido included), and you’re ready for a nap, make sure your dog has a comfortable place to rest, too, with a custom pet bed from J’adore. Also, if you’re planning to start your holiday shopping this Black Friday, remember that a custom pet bed is a perfect gift for your dog to discover under the tree! All of us at J’adore wish you and your entire family a very happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

We’re Celebrating National Dog Day with Dogs in J’adore Custom Pet Beds!/August 24, 2017

At J’adore, we think every day should be National Dog Day (and National Dog Day and Pet Day). But each year one special day is set aside to celebrate our canine friends and that day is August 26. As we were thinking of ways we could celebrate, we thought we’d share some favorite client photos we’ve received over the years.

It was really tough to only pick ten! We’d include them all if we could because we love each and every photo we receive. But that would be a really long blog post!

In no particular order – here we go!

Rugby looks so handsome in his cuddle bed. He’s even looking back so you can catch his good side!

 

From the matching bow to the matching bed, Astrid is one stylish pup! While we don’t recommend keeping dog beds outdoors for a prolonged period of time, it’s great for a quick visit with your parents while they are eating dinner and enjoying the view.

 

What an adorable face, Carlo! A bed fit for a King. He’s so handsome!

 

Does it get much cuter than matching dog beds? We love this look for Charlie and Lily!

 

Halie looks so comfy in her Throne Bed! We want to join her – don’t you?

 

Sharing is caring! These three beautiful pups – Kila, Sky and Carley – share their custom dog bed.

 

Doesn’t London look adorable? Our custom dog beds are perfect for comfy sleeping in crates and can easily be moved if your dog outgrows crate sleeping or is hanging out with you in the living room.

 

Quigley is an absolute beauty! We also really love where his parents put his custom bed – such a fun and neat location!

 

STELLA! Such a sweet pup that had plenty of room to grow into her bed. Loving her doughnut toy – can we have a nibble, Stella?

 

Love how the colors of Tinkerbell’s bed match the colors of her hair. Perfect choices!

 

If you have a photo of your dog (or cat) in a J’adore bed, we’d love to feature them in our social media or an upcoming blog post! Please email a photo and description, including your pet’s name and any order information, to info@adorepetbeds.com.