4th of July Pet Safety ..... Please crate or secure your animals ...

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Woods Weekly Mews

June 28, 2011


SHELTER HOURS UPDATE: WHS will be closed on Monday, July 4th. Please contact me if you can help at either the 4th of July celebration at Mitchell Park or as an Animal Care Assistant from 8am-noon at Woods.



4th of July Plans?

Please makes sure to keep your pet(s) in mind as you prepare for the holiday weekend. I am sure most of you will be BBQing and possibly burning things with friends & family--I know I am. Make sure that you are providing your dogs/cats a quiet/comfortable place to "escape" the commotion without actually having to escape your home. I already have crates set up in the garage for Sammie & Rocky.

If you are planning to watch firework displays, plan to either crate or garage your dog as loud noises WILL terrify them. Crating/Garaging your dog is also a good idea if you plan to have a lot of company at the house. You might remember to close the front door but your guests might not.

Please drive safely to and from any 4th of July Festivities. Loose and terrified dogs may be out on the roads. I always keep the numbers for Animal Services (805) 781-4400, Central Coast Pet ER (805) 489-6573, and Atascadero Pet Hospital/Emergency Center (805) 466-3880 handy and in my wallet just in case.

From my experience, most folks do a decent job of planning for their pets on July 4th. However, since this year''s holiday falls on a Monday, make sure you are preparing your animals for Friday-Sunday as well.

All of us out here at Woods wish you and your families a safe and happy 4th of July!

Now on to your regularly scheduled Mews....

"The highest happiness on earth is marriage" - William Lyon Phelps

June is National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

And this is the last week for you to take advantage of Woods Humane Society''s special $56.00 adoption fee promotion. If you''ve been thinking about adding one of our special kitties to your household, this week is the purrfect time to do so!

Ahh...June. In addition to being Adopt a Shelter Month, it''s also the most popular month for weddings. How romantic.

Did You Know? One of the newest trends in weddings is to include your pet in the ceremony. Pets are being given such important roles as ring bearer, bridesmaids, groomsmen and "best dog". According to one LA based wedding planner, approximately 30 percent of weddings she plans include pets. One reason for the increase of this trend is that an increasing number of modern couples are treating their pets as children and including them in the wedding ceremony makes a statement of the major role their pets play in their lives.

Evidence of the rise in popularity of including pets in weddings can be seen by increasing sales at pet boutiques for doggie tuxedos, miniature sequined wedding gowns, frilly bridesmaid dresses and ring bearer pillows. Wedding attire for pets can run anywhere from $30 to over $100 and range from simple tee shirts to custom outfits that color coordinate with the rest of your attendants and wedding theme. Our cute tuxedo Dexter just needs a bow tie to be prepared for any wedding event (Best Meown?). If you''re planning an upcoming nuptial, I''ll be glad to loan him to you. Just beware that he bites and will occasionally slap you across the face (doesn''t use claws), but he''s also guaranteed to keep your ceremony free from mousies and other rodents, if that is a concern.

This self avowed "crazy cat lady" admits that the "dog" is the most popular pet to be included in said ceremonies (for obvious reasons), but after much research, I did find a few examples of intrepid feline lovers who, against what seems like common sense, chose to include their furry kitties in their ceremonies (Mews of Honor, perhaps?). A wedding planner in La Quinta, CA helped to organize a ceremony in a private home (at least a safe environment for this) in which a bridesmaid patiently held a gray and white kitty during the vows. An ordained minister in La Salle, CA officiated a medieval themed wedding in which the couple''s two cats sat on either side of the bride and groom - in cages. And in another California wedding, the couple''s three cats accompanied them up the aisle in specially decorated pet strollers. That all three examples are from California is probably not a coincidence...

Don''t think Fluffy is quite up to actually taking part in your wedding ceremony? Consider how one romantic fellow proposed to his fiance - he attached the engagement ring to the collar of the fiance''s cat, Evie, then sent Evie over to his girlfriend. How cute is that? And later, the couple''s dog, Peaches, served as their ring bearer in the wedding. Ahh...the things we do for love!

Linda Beatson
Volunteer Captain

Comments (2)

Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Great reminder.  Many animals are scared by the noise of fireworks. Outside pets can panic and run off. 

Jun 28, 2011 01:14 PM
Maria Morton
Platinum Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Darn! I should have ordered that Thundershirt for Kody before the fireworks day starts.

Jun 28, 2011 05:46 PM