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August 26th – National Dog Day

National Dog DayHappy National Dog Day! Created by the National Dog Day Foundation, their motto is “Saving 10,000 Dogs – One Day at a Time”. The first goal of National Dog Day is to honor dogs and all they do for us. Not only do they give us love and companionship, but they also provide many services from being a watchdog and rescuer to helping out the disabled.

National Dog DayThe second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. The National Dog Day Foundation’s aspiration is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. If you don’t have a dog, consider adopting one from a shelter today. Go to your local dog shelter or check out Pet Finder. Please do not purchase dogs from unethical backyard breeders and pet stores – their puppies typically come from puppy mills.

Don’t know your dog’s birthday? Well here’s a great substitute birth date for your dog! What dog wouldn’t want a summertime birthday!

dog massageIf you’re not sure how to celebrate National Dog Day, take your dog out for a walk outside, e.g. in the park or on the beach. Bring his/her favorite toys to play with. Put in an extra 15 minutes of fetch. Provide extra belly rubs and doggie massages! If your dog enjoys the groomer, take him to a spa appointment there. Buy your dog a new toy or treats. The list of fun things to do with your dog is endless, but most important of all is for you to spend some extra time with your dog and appreciate all that your dog does for you every day!

New Dog / Puppy Shower! Let’s Celebrate!

Puppy Shower Invite

Puppy Shower Invite

Having a new dog join your family is a major life event, whether it’s a puppy or an adult dog that you’ve adopted, we think it’s something to celebrate!

As with a baby shower, it’s certainly helpful to get some supportive advice and tips from other friends that are dog parents. There’s also no reason why you can’t register or have a gift list as there’s actually quite a few things you need to get for your new dog, especially if it’s a puppy!

new puppy pawty

New Puppy Pawty

Two important decisions to make are:
When to have the New Dog / Puppy Shower?
Will the party include other dogs?

If you’re getting a puppy, you might want to have the shower before your puppy comes home with you so you can get your home all set up, especially for house training.

You could do the shower when your new puppy arrives, but a puppy generally will not have its full round of vaccines yet, so then you would likely not want to have other dogs attend.

If you are bringing home an adult dog, you might prefer to have the party with some other mellow and friendly dogs so he/she can start to socialize with other dogs in your circle of friends. Make sure that you have a place at the party for your new dog to escape and retire to (e.g. a crate) in case he gets tired or is overwhelmed.

new puppy showerNext step is to plan the party, as you would any other party at your home. If you’re the type of person that likes a full themed party, there are quite a few vendors that have full dog/puppy party supplies from invitation cards and balloons to tableware and baked treats and even beer for dogs. Remember to cater for both the humans and the dogs. Avoid having any foods that can be bad for dogs. Just in case, you might want to have a few pee pads around the paw-ty area.

New Dog / Puppy Gift Registry

You’ve probably bought loads of gifts for baby and wedding showers. No reason why you can’t have a new dog gift registry – there’s actually quite a few things a new dog needs. Not sure what to put on the registry? Check out our new puppy list!

Veterinary Acupuncture for Your Dog

Veterinary Acupuncture for Your DogWho would have ever thought to use acupuncture on your dog, but apparently this is a legit solution option. Essentially it’s just the same as using acupuncture in the human body in that it’s used as a holistic method to help the body heal itself.

With acupuncture, the veterinarian (trained in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, aka TCVM), inserts needles into body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together.
Allegedly, this produces enhanced blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones. As a result, this apparently encourages healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body.

The upside is that veterinary acupuncture lacks potential adverse side effects for your dog which might occur with prescription and over the counter pain medications.

Interested in Learning More?
Dr. Lucy O’Byrne, who is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, will be speaking at this free informational seminar on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. This is a great opportunity to learn more about a holistic approach to treating your dog. She will also be providing a demonstration on how acupuncture is used on her very own dog.

Date:  Wednesday, March 12
Time:  7:00pm
Location:
West Village Vets
75 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10014 

Please RSVP by calling (212) 633-7400
or by e-mailing wvvh@dvmhospitals.com

Westminster Dog Show 2014 Photos

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Best in Show – Wire Fox Terrier named Sky

The 2014 Westminster Dog Show was an amazing two days of top dogs and entertainment! Wire Fox Terrier “Sky” (full name is Afterall Painting The Sky) won Best in Show at the 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

She beat out the other Best of Group winners; a Bloodhound, Welsh Corgi, Portuguese Water Dog, Miniature Pinscher, Irish Water Spaniel and Standard Poodle.  Dogsized was there to cover the show and we think all the dogs, owners, stylists and handlers were all winners!

Photos are worth a 1,000 words, so we took some great photos of the show dogs. Check out our latest photo gallery slideshow. If fact, let us know if you have any great ideas for captions.


The day shows at Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan were where most of the judging for Best in Breed were held. We were able to catch some of these judging shows, e.g. Boston Terriers, Standard Poodles, French Bulldogs, Chow Chows and of course, the Havanese.

One of our most favorite things to do at the show is go into the back areas where the dogs prep before going in the ring or hang out after showing. It’s amazing to see how some of these dogs get styled – primped and prodded as much as those human models during Fashion Week. There are also so many beautiful breeds from the Japanese Chin to the Irish Wolfhound…many breeds which you really don’t see everyday. Most owners and handlers are very friendly and happy to chat and show off their dog.