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Pictured is Sami Rae, our Brussels Griffon puppy at 4 months old. Share your pictures and stories with us.

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Thanks Melissa for the great picture of Skipper Bear and me, Alpha Dog, (I'm the one with less hair)Pet Safari Puppy

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We have introduced a new product, Cool Dog, into our store on request from a faithful customer. Cool Dog Holistic was developed by a Florida based company that produces the Holistic Joint Remedy for both cats and dogs.

Being skeptical of new products we decided to try Cool Dog Joint remedy on our 13 year old Brussels Griffon, Pekachu (named by our grand daughter). Over the past year Linda and I noticed she has been slowing down lately and having trouble getting up steps. We thought it was old age catching up with her. During the past few months she seemed to be getting worse and we had to carry her down the two small steps to our backyard. When we were told about Cool Dog we decided to give it a try. Within 2 weeks she started coming in from outside on her own—usually she would bark until someone came out to get her. Needless to say, we were ecstatic. She is interacting with our other dogs and chasing toys, again.

In retrospect we are a sad that we wrote-off her behavior as old age. Our last Brussels, Chula, lived 18 wonderful years. Pekachu now acts like she will live at least that long.

There is nothing better than a customer’s recommendation, especially when it adds that much joy of to a pet’s life. There are two things we love about this product—it is American Made, and it works.

Cool Pet is a Holistic Joint Formula. It comes in a handy 8 oz travel size and an economy 32 oz size that easily mixes in your dog’s food. The main ingredients are Glucosamine and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), along with Hyaluronic Acid, Chondroitin, and favoring.

Bring out the pup in your pet or the Kitten in your cat with Cool Pet.

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We are now carrying a Natural Shampoo product in bar soap form—Shampoochie. It has a great scent that lasts for days and best of all it helps kill fleas. It also contains Tea Tree oil to help soothe itchy skin. But best of all, it's an American made product from a small georgia company called GreenStone Soap.

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You can teach an old dog new tricks! One question I’m asked most often is, can I crate train my older dog?

Absolutely and it isn’t that hard to do.

The best method requires that your dog will want to go into their new home/crate. Make it comfy by adding a blanket or cushion, and place an item of yours in there, too. A previously worn t-shirt works well—wear it for a while before you put it in their cage. Another trick is to place a favorite treat or toy in there as well.

Always reward desired behavior. Praise goes a long way, and give an occasional treat for entering cage on their own free will. Soon your favorite pet will be happy to have a place she can call home. After all, crate training uses a dog’s natural instincts as a den animal and they quickly find safe haven in their cage or crate.

Quick tips on crate training—

  • The primary use for crate training is housebreaking. Dogs do not like soiling their dens.
  • Place the crate in an active part of your home and remove the door for easy access.
  • Crate training is a process. Introduce the cage gradually by placing food dish near-by. Slowly move it toward the front of the cage and then in the cage until it is all the way to the back. Think baby steps.
  • Don’t force your pet into his crate—make it pleasant and don’t use it for punishment.
  • Slowing increase the amount of time she is left in crate—if she begins to whine, you left her too long. Wait until she stops whining, and then let her out. Otherwise she will learn to whine in order to get out of the crate (think tough love).
  • Don’t associate your leaving with closing your pet in its crate. Place them in crate 5 to 15 minutes before you leave, and occasionally close them in while you are staying home. Vary your routine.
  • Many dogs fear thunderstorms and will gladly find refuge in their crate home.
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Meet shadow, she comes to our store for a monthly bath, but what makes her unique is her breed—she is a Shiba Inu and is a descendant of primitive dogs from ancient Japan.

The Shiba Inu was bred to hunt small wild game, boar and bear. Their name comes from the Japanese word meaning brushwood, the breed's hunting terrain or the color of brushwood leaves in the fall and Inu means dog. They make an excellent watch dog and companion. They are compact with well developed muscles. The Shiba Inu has a double coat. They range in color from black to tan. I think she is very fox like and she has a more primitive dog appearance.

Definitely a super cool dog personality and you can tell her owner loves her.

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