While we’re busy preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday, lots of quality family time and lots of eats, we can’t forget our fur ball friends. Read below for a few tips to keep your pet safe this holiday season:
It’s not too late to book your Thanksgiving pet care with The Village Pets - contact us today for a quote!
Most importantly, we hope you have a healthy and happy holiday season! If you suspect your pet has ingested something dangerous, contact the ASPCA Poison Control hotline immediately: (888) 426-4435.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
This week we're giving you a closer look into the life of another team member. This week, meet Emily, Pet Sitter and soon-to-be veterinarian! Give her a warm welcome and share the love in the comments below.
What's your favorite animal and why?
"My favorite animals are dogs, as predictable as that may be. They're wonderful companions with unlimited potential. Dogs can do a very wide variety of complex skills that may be too difficult or hazardous for people. For example, they can be trained to do life-saving search and rescue missions or transport supplies across vast, snowy, and treacherous terrain. Service dogs can be taught to complete dangerous tasks in the military, assist the disabled, or provide emotional support to someone in need. Many dogs are frequently used for herding livestock or competing in fun and challenging sports such as agility, racing, or finding hidden items. While most of the dogs we know are just lovable members of the family, their other capabilities are truly limitless."
What inspired you to become an animal lover?
"I have been an animal lover for as long as I can remember, way before I even had my first pet. If I had to guess an age, maybe since I was around 4 years old. When I was that young, I didn't really have a reason as to why I loved animals. For me, it was more like a strong feeling that never went away and only grew as I got older. When other kids were watching cartoons on Saturday mornings, I was hooked on Animal Planet, either learning about different breeds on Dogs101, or watching Animal Cops, where appalling cruelty cases turned into heartwarming journeys to new forever homes. As I got older, my love for animals further developed through working as a veterinary assistant, volunteering at shelters, owning my own pets, and continues to grow as I work towards becoming a veterinarian."
What do you do for fun aside from animal care?
"For fun, I am often outside spending time with my 3-year old German Shepherd mix, Athena. We love to go for long walks, enjoy nature trails, or just have fun at the dog park. My other hobbies include talking to friends online, playing video games, watching YouTube videos, and learning about computers and technology."
If you had to pick one word that describes you, what would you choose and why?
"One word that describes me is ambitious, and I feel it is fitting for many reasons. One reason is that the Latin translation of my first name, Emily, means ambitious/hard working. Though that was no more than a coincidence, I felt it has become very suitable for my personality. Ever since I was a young child, the only career I've ever wanted to do was to be a veterinarian. It's a difficult field that requires a significant time, energy, and resource commitment to preparing yourself before starting school, to staying on top of the course work in an intense 4-year program (at a minimum), and to continuously be improving your knowledge and skills as a practicing doctor. I was not deterred by the challenge I have to face to obtain this goal; instead, I embraced it and continue to work hard and do what ever it takes to achieve my lifelong dream."
What's your ideal vacation?
"Because I have been fortunate enough to travel to many places both inside and outside the country, my ideal vacation would involve an international trip to a beautiful country with many things to do outside. What I love to do most on vacation is walking around, whether that is through the city, through the mountains, or along bodies of water such as a river, lake, or ocean. While I do greatly enjoy seeing tourist attractions and learning more about an area's culture, I would rather see more natural features and wonders that have had less human interference. I love to see what makes a certain city, state, or country beautiful. I think the landscape and natural scenery is what really makes a particular vacation spot unique."
If you’ve been a friend of The Village Pets for a while now, you know that our best friend, Lu the grey kitty cat queen, is an indoor/outdoor cat who occasionally ventures outside during the day, but always sleeps indoors. She loves to romp around in the garden, sit on top of the brand new VP Pet Taxi and greet clients when they drop their fur balls off for daycare and boarding.
If you’re curious about the potential for your indoor cat to explore the great outdoors, take a second to read on about some potential benefits, risks, and helpful hints.
Cats that spend some (or all) of their time outdoors face lots of risks, including cars, bacteria and other bugs, toxins, and larger predators. Some studies also argue that cats are an invasive species and have threatened other native wildlife species because they hunt and kill animals that are vital parts of the ecosystem.
While these risks will always be present, the benefits of letting an indoor cat outdoors for a short amount of time can be really great: they get back to their roots and can hunt, climb, and play; and they get physical and mental stimulation that helps reduce anxiety and stress. That’s what Lu loves - she loves watching the tiny chipmunks and birds flutter by and she also really loves romping in the fresh garden soil.
As with most articles we post here, there are lots of things to consider about your personal circumstances before making any decisions.
The conclusion: some cats are more well-suited for indoor life while others might enjoy a little bit of outside time. Make sure to fully evaluate your lifestyle, living environment, and the health of your cat before making any decisions. And as always, consult your vet for personalized advice.
As we near the cold winter months, we want to shout out some great winter activities you can enjoy with Fido. Of course you can brave the dog-friendly restaurants and parks we’ve featured before, but in case you’d like to cozy up away from the cold, check out these awesome alternatives.
Are you visiting ATL and need a pet friendly hotel? Check out this detailed Explore Georgia article with a list of great hotels that allow fur balls to stay overnight.
If you have secret spots or great pet-friendly winter activities, please share in the comments!
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