by Publisher on May 26, 2015 · 0 comments

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Everyone just loves Annie’s eyes! They are so big and full of love and wonder. We’re sure she is also wondering when her forever anniefamily is going to come for her and we hope it will be soon. She came to us when her time was up at another shelter. She is a quiet girl who would be fine on her own or with another mellow cat. She is such a love and will make any home a better place. Read more about her at HERE or email at to meet her in purrrrrson.



by Publisher on May 19, 2015 · 0 comments

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It’s coming up….The GlowDogGlow event is May 23rd and will prove to be a great event for you and your furry friend! 


This event it truly one-of-a K9 event. What a fun way to spend the evening. Get some exercise, spend time with your dog, and enjoy the evening listening to music with friends and canines!

The 5K run will start  at 8:15. There will also be a 3K available for those that would like a shorter route.

So put those running and dancing shoes on and come on out and have some fun!

Enter FRIEND to save $30 off of the ticket

Register here:


It’s Health and Wellness Wednesday!

There are some medications, while helpful to humans, can be harmful to our canine friends.  Unfortunately, everyday, well-meaning pet parents accidentally poison their dogs with medications they believed would help them. While you should never give your pet any medication without veterinary approval, there are certain medications you should absolutely never give:

1. Aspirin. “Aspirin toxicity (salicylate toxicity) is poisoning that occurs following the ingestion of aspirin or aspirin-containing products. Aspirin can be especially dangerous when mixed with other drugs such as steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. There is a much higher risk of toxicity. Aspirin interferes with platelets, which are responsible for helping the blood to clot. Disruption of platelet function increases the amount of time it takes the blood to clot in cases of wounds or lacerations. Spontaneous bleeding may also occur causing pinpoint bruises to appear in the skin and on the gums (petechiae). Aspirin toxicity may cause gastrointestinal problems, respiratory difficulties, neurological problems, bleeding disorders and kidney failure. Gastrointestinal problems are common in dogs. “

2. Ibuprofen. “For dogs, ibuprofen can easily exceed toxic levels. The most common cause of ibuprofen toxicity is a well-meaning owner who tries to alleviate pain in his dog by administering a dose he thinks is adequate without knowing the toxic dose. The initial toxic effect is bleeding stomach ulcers. In addition to ulcers, increasing doses of ibuprofen eventually lead to kidney failure and, if left untreated, can be fatal. Symptoms include poor appetite, vomiting, black tarry stools, vomiting blood, abdominal pain, weakness and lethargy.”

3. Acetaminophen. “Common brands include Tylenol®, Percoset®, aspirin free Excedrin® and various sinus, cold and flu medications. Dogs most commonly receive toxic amounts of acetaminophen because owners medicate them without consulting a veterinarian. They also consume tablets that are dropped on the floor or left around. Dogs are less sensitive to acetaminophen than cats. For example, a 50-pound dog would need to ingest over seven 500 mg tablets in order to suffer toxic effects. In the cat, one 250 mg acetaminophen tablet could be fatal. If you suspect that your dog has ingested a toxic amount of acetaminophen, (one pill or more), contact your family veterinarian or local veterinary emergency facility immediately.”

If you suspect your pet has ingested any amout of any of these medications (or any other not prescribed by your vet) contact you veterinarian or emergency veterinary center immediately!

Source: Dog Crazy newsletter by Dr. Jon @ Pet Place



Sweet Bella Needs a Home

by Publisher on May 11, 2015 · 0 comments

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Age:  Approx. 3 years
Gender:  Female
Breed:  DLH
Declawed:  no
Dog Friendly:  Yes
Cat Friendly:  Yes
Kid Friendly:  Yes
Boarding Location: Sterling Petsmart

Sweet Bella found herself homeless after her owner died suddenly. Bella loves warm laps and loves to be brushed. She is timid around other animals making her a target for bullying, so she would do best in a home with no other animals. She is great with kids and loves attention! The more she gets the happier she is! Can you be the one who gives Bella the home she so desperately seeks? She certainly hopes so! Click HERE for more information on Bella


Are you trying to find ways to get in shape for summer? Does your furry friend need to lose a few pounds as well? Well, now is the time to get moving so you can see results for summer!

It’s always more fun to exercise with friends, with your best friend and with that being said, I mean your furry best friend. Exercising with your pet has so many advantages . Not only can you spend some quality time together, you can feel good, get more energy  and shed those extra pounds. Have you ever run in a 5K? Well now is the time to give it a try. What better way to try it with your best friend beside you panting you on! There are so many 5K events in the Spring and it’s a great way to get out, meet friends and feel great. Spring is in the air so get some spring in your step!

Where do you start with your training? Start slow. The first thing your pet must know is to stay by your side and not pull on the leash. This may take some time and practice. Every time your dog pulls on the leash, stop.  There should be some slack in the leash. Walk and practice this every day. Slowly begin to pick up the pace. Begin to jog with your dog and see if he can keep up! Exercise with your dog will not only improve your health it will improve  your dog’s as well.





From Homeward Trails Animal Rescue: hart

Help! Foster needed asap. Our sweet boy Geraldo came from Puerto Rico with his siblings. He has been doing wonderfully in foster..getting crate trained, playing with dogs, loving on people. Unfortunately, in a house full of young children running he took to herding/nipping the kids. The foster felt he was no longer a fit so he’s now at our Adoption Center but quite nervous there. Geraldo needs a home with another confident dog and people who are home a good amount so that he doesn’t have to be crated all day. He’s a good, sweet boy and just needs a foster or adopter to show him the ropes. Who’s in? He’s 4.5 months old and as cute as he can be! Please contact asap. We hate to see him backtrack on his progress…..


Make Your Own Pupsicles

by Publisher on April 29, 2015 · 0 comments

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Memorial Day is a day to  honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The day also marks for many the first day of summer. There are many events such as music concerts, sporting events, BBQ’s, and pool parties that typically have a fireworks display in the evening. Include your pet in the festivities and make Fido and special treat he will love:


  • 1 Cup Watermolds
  • 1/2 Cup Non-Fat Plain Yogurt
  • 8 Strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Blueberries

1. Rinse strawberries and blueberries.

2. Slice strawberries

3. Mix 1/2 cup water and all 8 strawberries in the blender. Blend until liquefied. Repeat with Blueberries. (Mixing 1/4 cup Blueberries with 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of water).

4. Pour mixture into molds,layering strawberries and blueberry mixture

5. Freeze for 2-4 hours or overnight.

Mix and freeze




by Publisher on April 27, 2015 · 0 comments

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Great Dane dog

Breed: Great Dane

Gender: Male

Weight: 140

Age: 4 years and 11 months

“I am an exceptionally handsome, if I do say so myself, black Great Dane. I am pretty powerful but love to lean on my people and would love to spend some time with you.
Since I am such a big strong boy who doesn’t enjoy the company of other dogs, I would do best in a home with a large fenced yard with a family who does not want a dog for walking or hiking.”

This dog can only be adopted within the Washington D.C. metro area.

If you are interested in adopting a FOHA dog, PLEASE review their  Adoption Policies and complete a Dog Adoption Application


How to Lessen Hairballs for Your Cat

Every cat owner is well familiar with the ‘horking’ sound that their cat makes every week or two that results in a compact hair sausage being deposited on the floor. Owners generally become fairly blasé after cleaning up a few hairballs, but you should also be aware of how they form, how to prevent them from developing as frequently, and the complications that can arise.

Unlike most dogs who will take a lick of two at their paws and consider that they have groomed enough, cats are grooming dynamos. Even tiny kittens will start grooming at a very early age and this continues throughout the life of the cat.

The tongue of a cat is covered with little hooks which easily pick up dead and loose hairs when the cat licks herself. Cats spend a considerable amount of time during the day cleaning, so the opportunity of collecting hair is great. The hair that is taken up by the tongue is inevitably swallowed and enters the digestive system. The greater portion of the swallowed hair passes harmlessly through the stomach and intestines and is deposited in the litter box. However, some always remains and will develop into a hairball in time.

Other than being disgusting, most hairballs cause no problems at all for your cat. Unfortunately, sometimes a hairball blockage can occur in the stomach or intestines – at times a mega-hairball will form in the stomach that takes up the entire space of the organ. There are clues that will tell you that your friend may be having problems with a hairball:

• You cat may become constipated – normal passage of stool will be prevented by the hairballs.
• Conversely, your cat may have diarrhea as the intestinal irritation from the hairballs causes food to pass too quickly through the system.
• Cats with blockage have no energy and will simply lie around.
• If your cat attempts to vomit (dry heaves), but is unable to bring anything up, the hairball may be too large to expel in the normal way.
• Appetite will fall off dramatically when blockage occurs.
• A large hairball can press against the lungs, causing the cat to wheeze and cough.

At this point, you will have to consult your vet to have him or her resolve the hairball problem. The first step will be palpation of the cat’s abdomen, followed by an x-ray. If a large hairball is present anywhere in the gastrointestinal system, surgery must be done to remove it. This can be very expensive so owners should make every effort to prevent hairballs from forming in the first place.

It would be completely unrealistic to suppose that you can prevent your cat from swallowing hair at all, but there are some things that you can do to help keep hairball problems at a minimum.

Brush your cat. Not surprisingly, long haired cats are much more likely to develop problem hairballs than short haired ones. However, a daily brushing of your cat will help remove most of the loose hairs before they do begin to form a ball. Starting this when your cat is young is a good idea not only to help prevent hairballs, but also to provide a nice time for you and your cat to interact together. After the brushing session is complete, run a damp cloth over the fur to pick up any stray hairs. Brushing will be very important if your cat undergoes an annual shedding.

Some cats are more dedicated to grooming than others, and these super-groomers are more likely to develop hairball problems. You can help to keep the cat’s tongue in his or her mouth by providing a new toy or two and by playing with the cat – both of you will probably have a great time.

Oral lubricants are available at pet supply stores or through your vet. These help keep matter moving through the digestive tract more quickly and getting the hair out of the system will prevent the formation of hairballs.

Fiber rich cat foods have been found to be valuable at preventing hairballs. As with any new food, however, introduce it slowly to prevent any stomach upsets.

Cats can pick up human hair from the floor when they groom, and this can be a problem especially if the humans in the house have long hair – it will go down right along with the cat hair. Regular vacuuming can help keep these hairs out of your cat’s insides.

And lastly, don’t let your cat become obese; fat cats are more likely to be constipated, which slows down the normal passage of matter through the intestines and contributing to hairball accretion.

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For Earth’s Sake

by Publisher on April 22, 2015 · 0 comments

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Happy Earthy Day 2015

This fantastic list of  four “green” cleaning ingredients of baking soda, vinegar, salt and lemon juice is great in a variety of cleaning situations. SinceEarth Day 2015 these ingredients are nontoxic and safe to use around animals, they make special sense in households with pets.From cleaning pet litter to bath time, check out these green pet cleaning tips to naturally sanitize your pet pad. Go to