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Our Top Fabric Picks for Spring 2019/April 30, 2019

Raise your hands and paws if you’re so happy that spring is upon us! Warmer weather, open windows, fun times outdoors for our dogs. Spring is definitely a great season!

Today we’re sharing our seven picks for spring fabrics to consider as you design your custom pet bed. You’ll find these available when you’re in the design process for our custom pet beds. This includes four new premium fabrics! To select these, be sure to click on “Premium Fabrics” at the top when designing your bed.

Anderson Black White
Black and white gingham is a perfect look for your custom pet bed – in springtime or year round!

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Amazon Sand
Put a little extra animal into your dog or cat bed with this fun and feisty print!

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Abbott Ecru
This checkered look is neutral and goes great with other fabrics. Perfect for customizing your custom pet bed!

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Starfish Vista Luxe Linen (Premium)
The first of our four premium fabrics, this starfish design is sure to stand out on your dog or cat’s bed!

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Coral Reef Vista Luxe Linen (Premium)
Perfect for spring (or summer) this coral design really adds a water feel to your pet’s custom bed!

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Starfish Harbor Luxe Linen (Premium)
Another take on the starfish design, this premium fabric will give your dog or cat bed a definite “under the sea” feel!

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Coral Reef Harbor Luxe Linen (Premium)
Here’s another premium coral fabric design for you to consider for your custom pet bed!


To you, your dogs and your cats – enjoy the spring season and take lots of naps!

Praising the Pawsitive: 3 Ways to Encourage Good Doggy Behavior/April 24, 2019

We know every dog is a good boy or a good girl! Some pups just need a bit of encouragement. From chewing to zoomies, there’s no behavior that a little patience, love, and care can’t fix. Consider these 3 ways to encourage good doggy behavior. The answer to “who’s a good boy?” might be closer than you think!

Keep It Fun

Much like busy toddlers, it’s easy for dogs to lose interest in obedience training. Dull exercises can feel like a chore for both you and your canine companion. Mix up the mundane by incorporating play into manners!

Instead of using treats, encourage your dog’s good behavior by using his or her favorite toys. Many owners tend to overload on snacks during obedience training. This can quickly add extra fluff to your best friend’s physique! Active play promotes health, exercise, and bonding. Have dogs sit before tossing the ball. Use a squeaky toy to teach your dog to roll over. Make playtime a teachable moment by having your dog bring you his or her toys, “leave it” when asked, and respond to your voice.

New puppy? Playtime is the perfect time to get to know your new friend. Not only will your pup learn important social skills, but playtime is a great opportunity to teach appropriate rough housing skills. Puppies learn to test out their bite strength on toys. When pups get too mouthy, it’s important to redirect and correct this behavior by immediately withdrawing your attention. Remove the toy if your furbaby is becoming too aggressive and ignore them (we know, this hurts all parents!). Once your pup has calmed down, return to playtime. This will teach your dog to associate good behaviors with positive reinforcement.

Get into a playtime routine! Your dog will look forward to their favorite part of the day. Best of all, this is a great way to eliminate boredom chewing by establishing a set time for rough housing.

Treat and Repeat

Patience is key when it comes to obedience training. Even the smartest dogs require consistency and repetition. This does not mean yelling your dog’s name over and over again to the groans of everyone else at the dog park, however! Avoid repeating verbal commands more than twice. Instead, give your dog a hand signal to associate with the command. Continue this practice and be prepared to maintain and refresh throughout the entirety of your dog’s life. Even old dogs can learn new tricks!

For new dogs or those still learning the basics, set aside 20 minutes per day for dedicated obedience time. This practice is helpful for even the most well behaved pups. Not only is reinforcement critical, but adding new commands to your dog’s repertoire is a great way to keep their brains active and their curiosity stimulated.

Creating Calm

Every dog needs a calm, safe space when it’s time to wind down. Many puppies and dogs benefit from crate training. It’s important not to misunderstand the methodology behind crate training. Your pup’s crate should NEVER be used as punishment. Rather, crate training mimics a dog’s natural instinct to retreat to his or her den. Your little pup needs a designated place to relax!

This does not mean your dog needs to revert completely to the state of its wild ancestors. J’adore understands that even dogs with the heart of a wolf deserve to be pampered. Make your dog’s crate or kennel comfortable with our custom bone pillow and luxurious, easy-to-clean blankets. Familiar scents will give your best friend a sense of comfort and security.

Looking to add a more personal touch to your pet’s mini suite? Design your own custom dog bed for the good boy or girl in your life!

The Importance of Properly Identifying Your Pet: National Pet ID Week is April 14/April 16, 2019

Fluffy and Fido are more than just your pets, they are members of your family. The thought that your pet may become lost is unimaginable. Yet, it happens more often than you might think. It is estimated that 1 out of 3 pets will become separated from their owners at some point. Hopefully, your pet never becomes the 1 in 3, but you should take precautions in the event that the unthinkable happens. The best way to ensure the safe recovery and return of your dog or cat is proper identification.

Why Should You ID Your Pet?

Pet identification is one of the most important ways you can protect your pet. Should you ID your pet, even if he or she is an indoor cat or an indoor dog who only goes out on a leash? Yes, yes, yes! Every single pet should have some type of identification. Even indoor dogs and cats are prone to escaping under the right circumstances. A door accidentally left open, a pet notorious for slipping past someone coming in the door, or even Fido slipping his collar on a walk are all very common occurrences that lead to pets not being able to find their way home.

Different Types of Pet Identification

Collar Tags

Collar tags are the most widely recognized form of identification for both cats and dogs. Have your pet’s tag engraved with his or her name, your name, and phone number at the very least. Besides being able to quickly make contact with the owner, a collar with both a collar tag and a rabies tag, instantly lets people know that Fluffy or Fido belongs to someone, has a family, and is properly vaccinated.

Microchipping

Microchipping as a form of identification is becoming more and more popular among pet owners. The microchip is inserted just underneath the skin and contains all sorts of information including the pet’s name, age, veterinarian, owner’s name, address, and phone number. The average person does not have a scanner that can read microchips. However, most people will take a cat and dog they find to a veterinarian’s office and let them scan the pet for free. From there, the pet will be held safely until the owner can be reached.

Each type of identification has both pros and cons. Both dogs and cats are notorious for slipping collars or they can be removed if your pet is stolen. The average person will not be able to scan your pet for a microchip. The best approach is to combine a collar tag with a microchip.

Protect Your Four-Legged Family Members

Too many pets each year are sadly separated from their families and never reunited. National pet ID week is April 14-20. Protect your furry best friend by ensuring he or she has proper identification and help reduce the number of pets who are lost each year and never recovered due to lack of identification.

Springtime Activities for You and Your Pets/March 26, 2019

Springtime is just around the corner. With it comes the much anticipated warm weather, blue skies, and green grass. You aren’t the only one looking forward to Spring! Your furry friend is looking forward to nicer weather and being able to play outside. There’s no better way to get your dog or cat primed for a nap in their custom pet bed than with a nice outing.

How can you and your best friend enjoy the beautiful spring weather together? Let’s take a look at the best springtime activities to enjoy with your dog or cat.

 

The Best Springtime Activities for Dogs

No matter you or your dog’s interests, there is something for everyone. Let’s take a look at the best activities to enjoy with your beloved pup this spring.

Take a Hike

Take your furry friend on a hike. You will enjoy the exercise and beautiful views while your best friend enjoys exploring new territory with new smells, and of course his best friend! Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for you both!

Catch a Frisbee

Grab a frisbee or a ball and hit your backyard or even the nearby park for a game of fetch. You will both enjoy the fresh spring air and both you and your best friend will get a workout that leaves you ready for a nap!

Get Your Jog on!

An exciting jog around your neighborhood will definitely put your pup in the mood for a nice long afternoon nap. If you want to mix things up, you can find a local park or a nice wooded jogging trail to explore.

Visit the Dog Park

Dog parks are a great way to allow your best friend to not only get out pent up energy but to socialize. He can meet and play with new friends while you make new friends of your own as well.

 

The Best Springtime Activities for Cats

While cats are known for lounging on the back of the sofa or their custom pet bed, there are still plenty of activities you can engage in with your cat that will leave them begging for a nap.

A Breath of Fresh Air

If you think only dogs enjoy walks, think again! Many cats enjoy a nice walk outdoors in the fresh air. If you choose to brave it outside with your cat, be sure to do so safely. Unlike dogs, cats do not take well to a leash attached to their collar. Instead, invest in the proper size harness. It will not only be more comfortable for your cat, but more secure as well.

Birdwatching Session

Most cats are mesmerized by birds and can watch them for hours. Choose a room in the house that offers a great opportunity for your furry friend to perch on a piece of furniture and catch a great view out of the window. Place a bird feeder within view of the window and let your feline enjoy a bird watching session followed by a long nap. Elevate your cat’s experience by opening the windows. Just make sure the screens are still in!

Engage in Mobile Apps

There are plenty of mobile apps available for your cat to interact with. The two of you can sit on the screened in porch while your feline friend chases lasers or small critters on your screen. After a session of active play, your cat will be more than happy to take a long nap.

Springtime not only brings with it great weather, but new opportunities to spend time with your beloved friend. These activities will not let your pet get out much-needed energy from the long winter months but are sure to leave you and your pets with lasting memories!

It’s Pet Poison Prevent Week: Find Out What Can Be Dangerous for Your Pets/March 19, 2019

Pet poison prevention week begins on March 17, and there’s no better time to discuss this important and scary subject. Many people don’t realize the dangers of certain foods, plants, and other common household objects to pets. Sadly, many of the things your pet can ingest in your home or yard can cause serious illness or even death. Prevention of this catastrophe begins with knowledge. Learn which items pose a threat to the health of your cat or dog and the symptoms that signal pet poisoning.

Poisonous Plants

There are many indoor and outdoor plants that are dangerous to both cats and dogs. While you may think that your pet has no interest in eating plants, they may gnaw on woody trunks or swallow nuts. Even the pollen from certain plants can be dangerous. Some of the plants most commonly found in homes and yards that are toxic for pets include lilies, sago palms, ivy, azaleas, tomato plants, and aloe vera.

Lilies, English ivy, and aloe vera are all common houseplants. Lilies aren’t dangerous for dogs but some species cause serious symptoms in cats. Ingestion of the plant or pollen can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, and kidney failure. Aloe vera is a medicinal plant that soothes human skin problems. When your cat or dog ingests the sap, the results may include diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, and mental reactions. English ivy is often grown indoors in pots or outside to trail over fences and walls. The effects of this plant on your cat or dog may include vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and hypersalivation.

Sago palms, tomato plants, and azaleas are commonly found in lawns. Sago palms are grown indoors and outdoors. They are extremely poisonous to both cats and dogs. If your pet ingests any part of this plant, symptoms may include vomiting, bloody feces, coma, and seizures. Azaleas are flowering shrubs that are toxic to pets. Ingestion can cause weakness, blindness, and cardiac failure. If you are a pet parent with a green thumb, it is vital to keep dangerous plants away from your pets.

Dangerous Snacks

There are many snacks that are tasty for humans but extremely dangerous for pets. Certain candies are a common reason for pet illnesses. Most people are aware of the dangers of chocolate to pets. However, other dangerous foods are often overlooked.

Xylitol is probably not an ingredient most people are familiar with, but you’ve probably consumed it before. Xylitol is a sweetener found in gum, candy, and baked goods that can be deadly for your dog. Early symptoms include vomiting and lethargy. More serious effects include a blood sugar drop and liver failure. A small amount can cause severe symptoms within 15 to 30 minutes.

Surprisingly, fruits and vegetables can be dangerous to animals as well. Raisins can cause vomiting, lethargy, and lack of urination. Ingestion of raw onions and garlic can result in weakness, anemia, and liver damage.

Human Medications

If they aren’t stored properly, your medications can pose a serious danger for your pets. Many commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medicines make pets seriously ill. There are several medicines on the Pet Poison Helpline top ten poisons list for both cats and dogs.

Antidepressants and stimulant medications prescribed for ADHD are frequently reported in the poisoning of both cats and dogs. This is likely because they are commonly prescribed medicines. Early symptoms of these poisonings include vomiting and diarrhea. Antidepressants may also cause tremors, high body temperatures, and seizures. Even very small amounts of prescription stimulants can cause life-threatening seizures and heart problems in pets.

Commonly reported over-the-counter medicines include anti-inflammatories, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and vitamin D. These are common OTC medications found in many homes. Early symptoms of animal poisoning include abdominal pain and vomiting. More serious dangers of anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) include intestinal ulcers and kidney failure. Acetaminophen is especially dangerous to cats, potentially resulting in damage to red blood cells. It has the same life-threatening effect on dogs when large doses are ingested, and can also cause liver failure.

Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to the dangers of pet poisons. Some poisoning symptoms are irreversible. No matter how quickly you get help, you may not be able to save your furry family member. However, if you suspect your pet has already ingested something poisonous, it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately.

Reasons to Find Your Next Best Friend and Treat Them to a Custom Pet Bed This October/October 11, 2018

Most of us associate October with brisk fall weather, shorter days and the spooky fun of Halloween. But did you know that October is also National Adopt a Dog Month?

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association (AHA) have both established this month as a time to focus on the urgent need for people to adopt shelter dogs and other pets, and on the many reasons why adopting a homeless pet may be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. Here are some more facts about shelter dogs and other pets in the United States, and how you can make a newly adopted pet feel at home with a brand new custom pet bed of their own.

Why Homeless Dogs and Cats Need Our Help

According to the ASPCA, over six million pets wind up in animal shelters across the United States each year, for a variety of reasons. Of these, roughly half of these animals are dogs. While the number of pets entering shelters has declined since 2011, there is no denying the fact that at any given time there are thousands of pets in need of loving homes in every state in the nation.

Many U.S. animal shelters are full to the brink and understaffed, which is why over a million cats and dogs are euthanized annually—a tragedy that many animal rescue organizations agree could be prevented by more people taking the time to ‘adopt, not shop’ for their next four-legged friend. In fact, an overall increase in adoptions in recent years is believed to be at least partially responsible for declining euthanasia rates in shelters across the country. With any luck, this is a trend that will only continue to grow, until all pets have a safe and loving home.

The Benefits of Adopting Pets

Animals just seem to know when they’ve been given a second chance and are now in the safety of a loving home. Withdrawn and seemingly depressed dogs and cats often emerge from their shells and gain confidence with a little patience and loving attention. These before and after photos are amazing evidence of just how much pets seem to blossom after they leave the shelter!

When you adopt a new dog or cat from an animal shelter, you may not realize that the animals aren’t the only ones who benefit. There are also many ways that adopted animals help their owners lead happier, healthier lives too. Your new dog or cat will shower you with unconditional love and affection each day for the rest of his or her life, giving you plenty of reasons to smile. The joys of pet ownership will also help to relieve your stress, encourage you to be more physically active, and could even lower your blood pressure. It’s easy to see why, paws down, adopting a pet is one of life’s greatest win-win situations.

How to Help Your New Pet Feel at Home with a New Custom Pet Bed

Making the transition from a life on the streets or at a shelter to your home is a big change for any adopted pet. Wouldn’t you like to help them feel more comfortable and welcomed? Dogs and cats both appreciate having a place of their own as their personal ‘den’. A custom pet bed from J’adore, like our ever-popular Cuddle Pet Bed or luxurious Throne Pet Bed, is a fantastic way you can help your new furry friend feel right at home. Best of all, you’ll be able to design the way your pet’s bed looks down to the choice of fabric and any extras, including the ability to custom embroider your adopted pal’s name. It’s just one more way you can let your new dog or cat know you care!

Would you like to learn more before you buy? Be sure to contact J’adore with any questions you may have, and we’ll be happy to assist you in getting the perfect gift for your beloved pet.

Cuddle Up to Fall with a J’adore Custom Pet Blanket/September 13, 2018

When temperatures begin to drop, thoughts naturally turn to fun fall and winter activities – and snuggling under a warm blanket is one of our favorites! Your pet is no different; whether they prefer to curl up on top of a thick, cuddly blanket or burrow underneath it for the ultimate in warmth and comfort, custom pet blankets are the perfect way to treat your pet to the warmest, coziest cold-weather season yet.


Why Your Dog or Cat Will Love Their J’adore Custom Pet Blanket

Your pet’s blanket is sure to become one of their favorite objects for various reasons. Anyone who’s ever seen a cat curl up in a perfect little circle on a soft blanket-nest or a dog who drags their favorite blanket around the house with them everywhere they go knows how attached pets become to their covers and how much comfort they provide.

Blankets help pets feel safe and secure for many reasons. First, they smell just like home no matter where you go, making them excellent travel companions (as a bonus, they help protect the seat of your car, too). Wherever your dog or cat is, their blanket can help them feel at home, whether you take them on an afternoon outing or an extended vacation. Having such a familiar object around will help your pet get a good night’s sleep and plenty of restful naps, keep them warm and toasty even when temperatures plummet, and keep them happy and content in any situation.

We offer two fun options when it comes to our custom pet blankets: our Blanket and our Luxury Blanket. Both are soft, comfortable, and durable. Choose your fabric or request a custom combination of textiles. Your pets are your best friends; why not treat them to the very best? They’ll adore our super-soft fabrics and the fabulous, luxurious naps they’ll take every day wrapped in the comfort of their J’adore blanket. In fact, your pet may just love their J’adore blanket so much that you’ll consider buying a second one so you’ll have one to wash – or one to stand in should the original become lost.


The J’adore Difference

When you choose a custom pet blanket from J’adore, you’re treating your pet to a high-quality, handmade cover that is incredibly comfortable whether they prefer it alone or as an addition to their custom dog bed or custom cat bed. We offer a range of sizes and fabrics to ensure that your pet enjoys a blanket that’s “just right” and made especially for them. We’ll also be happy to embroider your pet’s name on their very own blanket to add even more personalization and help prevent it from getting lost when you travel. Whether you have a tiny pet or an extra-large one, we can design and create a special blanket for them to love and cuddle with for years to come. Choose from a range of sizes or request a custom size – we’ll be happy to accommodate you.

At J’adore, we also provide a line of custom pet beds for dogs and cats. We place a strong emphasis on professional craftsmanship at affordable prices. Our beds are designed with quality, functionality, and style in mind. Each of our beds is expertly sewn to be strong and durable and provide excellent support for even the largest dogs. They won’t flatten or deform like cheaper alternatives, either. A J’adore custom pet bed is a delightful gift to give your furry friend – and it only gets better when you add a custom blanket to go inside. Contact J’adore today to learn more or place your order and get ready to see your pet experience true bedtime bliss.

Accessorize Your Crate or Custom Dog Bed with Fun New Bedding for Your Dogs/August 16, 2018

Happy Dog Customer, Feedsack Grainsack Bed

Dogs, like people, like having a place they can call their own. When you retire to your bedroom at the end of a long day, does your dog have an area they can similarly unwind? If not, you may wish to consider the benefits that come from providing your dog with their own safe space, such as a custom dog bed made just for them or a crate where they can feel secure.

If you decide to provide a crate or a similar area for your dog, it’s important to know what you should and should not put in it. The goal is to let your dog know that the space is for them, and you can do just that by making it seem as enticing and welcoming as possible. Add plenty of toys and comfy bedding, with easy access to food and water at all times. Just be sure not to put in anything that could be easily chewed or shredded by your dog, resulting in a potential choking hazard.

When you provide your dog with their special space, you will be giving them a place where they can relax and feel at ease while they sleep. If you live in an area where it gets cold in the winter, or your dog suffers from arthritis, they could use a little extra support. To help them feel extra comfortable you can add safe bedding like chew-proof blankets that provide both warmth and a little extra padding.

You may already be familiar with our amazing beds, but did you know that J’adore also makes fantastic bed accessories as well? With the help of a new customizable pillow or blanket, you can give your dogs the creature comforts they crave while coordinating perfectly with their existing J’adore custom dog bed or looking great all on their own.

happy dog customer bone pillowOur new bone pillow is a fun and cozy addition for your dog’s bed or crate. Just like with our tailor-made custom pet beds, you can personalize your dog’s pillow with up to three different colorful fabrics of your choice. You can also select between our three available sizes so that your new pillow will perfectly match your dog’s head as he or she lays down after hours of play. Feel free also to add your pet’s name embroidered in the center so that everyone will know just who your dog’s new pillow belongs to.

Other comfy bed or crate accessories to consider are our new extra-plush blankets for dogs. These super-cuddly blankets can also be made to fit your dog’s unique personality, or your home décor, with up to three different fabric choices from our diverse selection for the front or back side or for the band that extends along the edge. We’d love to see what you can come up when you share your design to Facebook, Twitter, or more!

Dogs who love to suck on blankets (it’s a thing!) or fluff them up with their paws before they settle will be able to get lots of use out of our durable bedding, thanks to our use of high-quality, upholstery-grade materials and fabrics. These blankets are so soft you’ll probably look forward to snuggling up to your dog while he’s under one.

With the addition of these fun and extra-comfortable accessories from J’adore, your pet will look forward to spending time in their own special space, just like you do when you head off to bed each night. After all, there’s no better peace of mind than knowing your four-legged friend is resting in safety and comfort.