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How do you pet-proof holiday decor?

posted December 11th, 2012 by
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Or am I the only pet owner with this problem?

Every holiday season, usually sometime the week after Thanksgiving, the battle of Me vs. Them begins, Them being the four cats and two dogs who also reside in my house.

Most of this seasonal battle takes place over the crown jewel of Christmas decorations, the tree.

My cats are under the mistaken belief that I have put up a tree and draped it with expensive, glittery cat toys and lights just for them.

And my dogs… well, they think they have been blessed with an indoor potty for the winter months when they don’t really feel like going outside at all.

I have yet to be able to explain to any of them that, in fact, this tree is for looking only.

And so everyday, I scoop up ornaments off the floor (thank goodness for shatterproof!) and redecorate the tree. I usually also have to clean up an unwanted present or two left under the tree.

I have already given up poinsettias and tinsel for the cats’ sake and keep most decorations out of reach of nosy dogs. All I want is a tree to enjoy during the Christmas season.

Maybe one day I will win the battle, but tonight, I’m just going to go in the living room and redecorate my tree.

-Lauren Cavagnolo

Thankful for each day

posted November 14th, 2012 by
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It seems each year that the time between Halloween and Christmas gets shorter and shorter. Christmas ads and decorations are everywhere but we haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet!

I really do think it is important before the gift-splosion of December happens, that we use November as a time to reflect and be thankful.

In the coming month, there will be plenty of time for blogs about holiday treats, pet portraits with Santa and gift guides for your pets.

But in the meantime, I think it would be nice if we all took some time from shopping and wish lists to think about what we already have.

Every year I am most thankful for my family, furry members included! But this year, I am especially grateful for each day that we get with Yoda. It has now been more than three months since he had heart surgery and the average dog with his condition would not have made it this long.

When it comes to my pets, I am also thankful for:


• Cats who snuggle on your feet. It’s especially nice now that it is getting chilly outside.

• Crazy dog antics. Watching Spock and Yoda is more entertaining than reality TV. Seriously.

• Unconditional love. It needs no explanation because every pet owner knows exactly what I’m talking about.

What about your pet are you thankful for this season?

- Lauren Cavagnolo

The Perks of owning a pet!

posted November 2nd, 2012 by
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Detailing the perks of owning a pet and why we should all consider being a pet owner!

Fun Video: Happy Halloween

posted October 30th, 2012 by
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Two dogs plot to get candy on Halloween. Very cute and the ‘actors’ were discovered on!

-Lauren Cavagnolo

Do you dress up your pet for Halloween?

posted October 11th, 2012 by
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Though it’s not the most serious of topics, the idea of dressing up pets in clothes tends to be divisive. In my experience, people either think it’s adorable or consider it a form of animal cruelty.

With Halloween just around the corner, the topic is quite prevalent. Pet stores carry wide selections of costumes just for our furry kids. But who is it really for? Us or the animals? Probably a little bit of both.

My two dogs have two very different opinions on the matter. Yoda is quite the ham and loves to wear clothes. I am not making this up. He knows he attracts more attention when he is wearing a cute sweater. And if there is anything he loves more than a cute sweater, it’s attention.

Each Halloween, he wears a Yoda costume (original, I know) and races to the door with every ring of the bell. He thrives on the giggles and attention showered on him by trick or treaters. He knows they are laughing at the huge, floppy green ears and he loves it!

Spock loves the attention just as much as Yoda, but has politely declined to wear a costume or clothing of any sort. Ever. He draws the line at festive bandanas.

I’m pretty sure if Spock were a person, he would fall into the clothes-on-dogs-is-animal-cruelty camp.

So, what do you think about clothes on animals and more importantly, what does your pet think? Let me know in the comment section below!

-Lauren Cavagnolo 

Tulsa SPCA celebrates Petober

posted October 4th, 2012 by
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The Tulsa SPCA is offering adoption specials during the month of October, dubbing it “Petober Time.”

A post on the Tulsa SPCA’s Facebook page says:

“If you or a friend are looking for some great winter weather cuddling companions, look no further – we have what you want!! More than any thing we would love to see our wonderful pets go into homes before the holidays.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. My feet would get very cold at night if it weren’t for my snuggly kitties.

Specials include reduced rates for black dogs, dogs with wisdom and half off regular adoption fees for cats and kittens.

Get more information and view available pets at

-Lauren Cavagnolo