Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Presents for Our Dogs

This time of year, we start to figure out what to buy for our furry-friends to celebrate them along with the rest of our family. But, some stores go a little overboard with the products they come out with. Take this account from one of our employees:

I was in the store searching for a small toy or ball to put in my dogs stocking for Christmas. I turned the corner and stopped dead in my tracks. When what to my wondering eyes should appear, the largest Rawhide bone ever so near. First, I thought, "Oh how neat - it is shaped red and white candy cane, but it's a dog treat.'  As I stared a little while longer, I was actually terrified at its monstrosity. I am not a rawhide fan, as my dog is a mere 8 pounds, but I have friends with larger dogs that love rawhides, since they keep their dogs so busy and their chewing away from furniture. I am curious as to  what you think of this rawhide bone? Is this safe for a dog and its digestive system? Stats: 1 pound, 33 inches long. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Beware of Coyotes

If you live in an area where coyotes are present, it is very important that you don't let your dogs roam around unsupervised. Coyotes are so fast that they can attack and even kill your dog within minutes of the dog being outside in the yard.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Celebrate Our Veterans and Our Military Dogs

Military working dogs, like our military service men and women, are deployed worldwide. Military dogs are individually trained to help keep military bases safe, sniff out explosives, detect land mines and even deliver messages.

These service dogs also help here at home with our veterans. They have been trained to retrieve medication, to help calm anxiety attacks for those that suffer with PTSD and to provide our veterans with the emotional support needed when returning home from war.

Our four-legged friends are truly amazing animals. Thank you, to all our past and present men and women who have served or are serving and protecting our country today.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Treating Your Dog on Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving a few sort weeks away, normally strict dog owners sometimes relax on their rules with the family when it comes to feeding the dog people food. The good news is that a little bit of certain foods on Thanksgiving shouldn't do any damage - but we recommend that you talk with your veterinarian before ever giving your dog any people food at all. For most dogs, a little bowl of turkey, sweet potato and a small taste of pumpkin is okay.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pets

Here are a few friendly reminders for our beloved pets on Halloween night.
  • Constant doorbell ringing can be frightening or plain stressful to your pet, so consider putting them away in a room for the trick or treating hours. Don't forget water, food and a chew toy to keep them busy.
  • With lots of kids of all ages out and about in the neighborhood sometimes a fence or gate gets left open or candy gets dropped along the way. Check the yard after trick or treating hours are over for open gates or debris.
  • Candy is very toxic to our pets so be careful of what you have in the home and what might have spilled on the sidewalk.
  • Lastly, for our cat owners, it is better to keep your cat indoors for Halloween night to lessen the chances that it will run away or get injured.
Have a spooktacular and safe Halloween!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Share Your Pet Adoption Stories

With the month of October being adopt a shelter dog month, we want to hear from you! Share your journey of adopting your pet in the comments of this post. If you have advice for anyone thinking about adopting, please share that too. We would also love to hear how you have helped a shelter or if you have volunteered and what that experience was like.

Monday, September 28, 2015

October is Adopt a Shelter or Dog Month

Did you know that approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters every year - 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats? Every year approximately 2.7 million are euthanized and approximately 2.7 million are adopted.*

Here are a few ideas of how you can help:
  1. Adopt a shelter dog.
  2. Make a donation to your favorite or local shelter.
  3. Spread the word on your Facebook or Twitter feed: Adopt a Dog and Save a Life month.
  4. Find out if your local shelters need other items donated, for example old towels or bedding.
  5. Sign up to foster a dog.
  6. Volunteer at a shelter. 
Be a HERO and adopt from a shelter, you will save a life and gain a best friend.

*Information gathered from the ASPCA.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Pet Statistics from the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey

Here is a breakdown of pet ownership in the U.S. according to the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey.

Number of U.S. Households that Own a Pet (millions)
Bird 6.1
Cat 42.9
Dog 54.4
Horse 2.5
Freshwater Fish 12.3
Saltwater Fish 1.3
Reptile 4.9
Small Animal 5.4

Total Number of Pets Owned in the U.S. (millions)
Bird 14.3
Cat 85.8
Dog 77.8
Horse 7.5
Freshwater Fish 95.5
Saltwater Fish 9.5
Reptile 9.3
Small Animal 12.5

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Owning Your Own Pet Care Business

When you think of owning your own business, you probably can't help going back to your passion - and, since you're reading this blog, one of your passions is probably working with and for animals.

Wikipedia defines passion as "a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or a desire for something."

For those with a passion for providing extraordinary customer service and pet care, owning an All American Pet Resorts franchise may be for you. If you are reading our blog you have probably been thinking about owning your own pet care business - take the next step, and contact us today.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Hard Working Dogs of the Past, Present & Future

With the long Labor Day weekend approaching, we wanted to give a shout out to our 4-legged-friends. Dogs have been working alongside men and women for thousands of years, never earning a paycheck and never complaining about the work.

As the world has modernized, some of these dog jobs are still around, like herding animals, pulling sleds with food and clothing through small towns and pulling carts full of vegetables, hiking gear and medications. Hunting dogs working hard at retrieving or sniffing out the hunted.

Today, we have watch dogs, guard dogs, and dogs helping our Armed Forces. We have dogs that help with search and rescue missions and tracking missing persons. Dogs are working in airports, fire stations, police departments and hospitals.

Last, but certainly not least, there are our beloved service dogs. These dogs help lead the blind, assist the hearing impaired and can even alert a diabetic when their insulin is low.

So this weekend, let's celebrate the service these amazing animals provide. Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Franchising Continues to be a Strong & Successful Business Model in the U.S.

In 2014, there were 770,368 franchise establishments producing 8.5 million jobs, and $839 billion dollars in sales. Maybe a franchise can help you achieve your entrepreneurial dream!

Learn more about joining the All American Pet Resorts franchise.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Business Opportunities in the Pet Industry Continue to Grow

Total U.S. pet industry expenditures have grown in the last 10 years from $36.3 billion to an estimated $60.59 billion in 2015. Learn more >>