Archive for December, 2011

     Reminder:  Our clinic will be open both Saturday, December 31st and Monday, January 2nd.  We are scheduling appointments both days and will be happy to see you and your pet on either day.

     Also, Saturday this week is absolutely the last day to get a free tube of Advantage when you buy a 4-pack.  Bayer has not extended the special into the New Year, so now is the time to stock up.

     And in case you were wondering – yes!  We are still seeing fleas and tapeworms.  Those nasty little dudes are out in force.  Make sure your pet is protected.

     Enjoying the 60 – 70° days we’ve been having?  The mosquitoes are, too — so don’t forget the heartworm preventative.

     Make sure your pets have a healthy start to
the New Year.

Image courtesy of Vintage Holiday Crafts.

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     Have you ever typed a string of words into a search engine and only half-expected to get serious results?  Well, I just did that.

     Specifically, I typed “yoga for dogs.” 

     Turns out, there is such a thing.  Just ask Amy Stevens.  Or Suzi Teitelman.  While you’re at it, check out these video examples on YouTube:   Dog Yoga and Doga: Standing Poses for Small Dogs

     Have you heard of “doga”?  Do you think it will catch on? 

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     No, we’re not on Twitter (I have only so many hours in the day for social media, after all), but I have compiled a list of my favorite recent pet tweets for your amusement.  Enjoy!

10.  @MarkCharnock: Didn’t spot it til now. The roof is covered in reindeer droppings. People never clean up after their pets. Sick of it.

09.  @DctorFun: If you don’t have at least 5 nicknames and a few made up songs for your kids or pets, you’re a monster.

08.  @NewsHour: “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

07.  @DaveChapelle: Just for the record, cats don’t actually like it when you raise them in the air and sing the Lion King song.

06.  @MrEpicMind: Wishing your pets could talk is fun until you remember everything you’ve done in front of them.

05.  @Qu4rtKn33: Kids and cats are exactly the same. Don’t believe me? Give them a cardboard box.

04.  @Gerard_McCarthy: When someone rings the doorbell, why do dogs always assume it’s for them?

03.  @HomerBlindCat: “I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.” – Bill Dana

02.  @HotEats: When the dogs stop barking as soon as I enter the room, I definitely get suspicious that they were just talking about me.

01.  @Catalyst303: I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior. -Hippolyte Taine

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     We’re not open until tomorrow, but I popped in to remind everyone that this is the final week to get a free tube of Advantage flea control with the purchase of a 4-pack.

     Our office will be open Tuesday through Saturday this week, so stop in and stock up!

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May you be surrounded by those you love
this holiday season.

Graphics courtesy of Vintage Holiday Crafts.

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     Have you seen the light?  If not, there’s still time to see some of the best holiday light shows in town.

     Start at the oceanfront in Virginia Beach and cruise through the McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach.  You’ll drive for 30 blocks along the Boardwalk, marveling at the 12 Days of Christmas, and sea creatures frolicking overhead.  A free CD provides the music.

     Next, take in a winding tour through the seasons, (and even under the sea) at the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s Dominion Garden of Lights.  New this year: a light show synchronized to music (tune in to 94.5 FM.)

     Speaking of dancing lights, remember to drive by the locally famous Padgett family’s home at 314 Suburban Parkway (Norfolk) – you can see it from a block away.  Tune your radio in to 101.7 FM for the show.  And who’s that in the window above the garage?  It’s Santa – larger than life.  Better still – all donations go to CHKD.

     Finally, zip up 64 West to the Newport News Park’s Celebration in Lights for another winding drive – this one features ski jumpers flying across the road and deers leaping over the cars.  Look for the lights depicting bits and pieces of early colonial history, too.

     Pro tip (for passengers only):  Before heading out, stop by Bassett’s Christmas Shop or the Christmas Mouse and pick up your Holiday Specs.  These “magic glasses” turn holiday lights into elves, reindeer, candy canes, stars, Santa Claus, and more – you choose the design.

     I bought more than a dozen holiday specs to share with the kids in my family, and the grown-ups are just as dazzled by the glasses.  In fact, the kiddies may never get to use them at all!    ~~  Jen

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