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Ways to Decrease your pets fears of Thunderstorms

Ways to decrease your pets fear of thunderstorms

Does your pet go crazy when lightning and thunderstorms hit? Hiding under the bed, pacing, barking, and any other ways of showing he is not a fan? Sounds like your pup? Here’s some advice to help keep your pet feeling safe even during a storm. My husband, Scott and I know this all too well because our boy Kooper is not a fan of storms. He can sense when one is coming and he is uneasy during the whole storm. Our girl, Dee is the complete opposite. Storms do not phase her at all… the only thing she doesn’t like is going outside to potty in the rain!

  • Condition them when they are a puppy– Think about purchasing a CD or download the Rain Rain App that has sounds of a thunderstorm and play it on low while doing everyday fun activities with your pet. Gradually increase the volume and let your pet adjust and acknowledge these noises as occasionally regular occurrences with no threat involved.
  • Look into a Thundershirt– A Thundershirt has about an 80% success rate with calming nervous dogs. They can be used for storms or any other situations that cause nerves and anxiety in your pet.
  • Safe Zone–Your pet should have a safe zone where they can go to if they want to get away. This can be their crate. For Koop, his safe zone is our closet. Almost every storm he will go up to the closet and lay down. It is dark in the closet so we can’t see the lightening as much as he would in the rooms with windows.
  • Turn on some other noise– Turn on the TV, play some music, and or hang out in an area where the thunder is not as noticeable, such as a basement.
  • It’s okay to calm them– Some people say not to baby pets when they become frightened by thunder. You can calm them without babying. Try playing their favorite game, giving them a treat, or just scratching their ears. The key is to behave completely normal like nothing is amiss. If your pet sees you behaving differently they will perceive validation for their fear.
  • Make others aware– Guests or a pet sitter will be with your pet when there is a possibility for a thunderstorm make sure they are aware of your pet’s anxiety.

Hopefully some of these tips help decrease your pets fears! Let us know what works for you and your pets!

Vacation with your Pets!

Vacation time with your pets!


The summer months have arrived and that means it’s time for some fun in the sun! If any of you are like us you have a vacation countdown! Koop and Dee are coming with us, so it is extra exciting because it breaks our hearts when we go away without them! With that being said, since they are coming with us we have to make sure we are prepared with all of their supplies. Last year was the first time ever that we took the pups with us to go away so we were new in terms of what to pack for the pups. Let’s just say, I over packed a little too much for the pooches! Here are a few things to not forget if you decide to take your pup on a vacation with you:

  1. Vet documents- Bring along records of immunizations and a copy of rabies vaccine (should be up to date)
  2. Pet identification – Your pet should always be wearing a ID tag.
  3. Leash and collar (might be good have an extra)
  4. Blankets/dog bed- if you are driving having a blanket might make the pets feel a little more comfortable. Same with the bedding/dog bed. Some pets are comforted by the familiarity of their own.
  5. Toys- if your pups are like ours, they always have their toys out playing.
  6. Cleaning supplies- better safe than sorry if the pups have a accident! Most importantly don’t forget the poop bags!
  7. First aid kit and any pet medications that your pup might take.
  8. Food and water dishes
  9. Pet food and treats- you might be traveling to a place that doesn’t have a store that carries the food your pup needs.

Hope you all have a great week! Get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather with your four-legged best friends!

Christmas is coming!

Tis the season to be jolly…Christmas is coming!

holiday season!

I know I say this every month but how is it December already? Doesn’t it feel like summer was just yesterday? Whew…I need to start my Christmas shopping! I know some of you are like me and need to finish up your Christmas shopping. With that being said, have you gotten a gift for your four legged family members? Here is a list of some of the things that are on Koopers and Dees Wish List ; )…

  1. Donation to your favorite national or local organization. This is one of my favorite things to do in honor of our two pups since we adopted them from one of our favorite local animal shelters. We usually do a donation on their birthday but Christmas is a great time too!
  2. KONG Wobbler Dispensing toy- Do any of your dogs eat their food really fast? This is a great way to provide exercise for your dog and promoting mental stimulation while it challenges them to get the treats out.
  3. BarkBox subscription– Get the box delivered to your front door…your dogs will be happy pups when they see the delivery guy! Typically there are two toys and two or three different kinds of treats for your pup to try. BarkBox gives back too. They donate 10% of their profits to dogs in need.
  4. Nylabone- These are Kooper and Dee approved! They enjoy the Big Chew one. I also like that it is made in USA! Just make sure you get the proper size for your pup!
  5. We don’t want to forget the kitties! Our favorite cat toy suggestion is a cat wand.  It’s a great way to interact with your cat!

Hope you all enjoy this holiday season with the ones you love!

Also, If you would like to help we will be collecting items for the Holiday Wish List at Baltimore Humane Society. I know this season is a busy one so if you would like to participate but do not have the time to drop off I can deliver for you! Happy Holidays!

Halloween safety for your pets!

Halloween is coming!



Can you believe it is the end of October already? Each year I feel like the days fly by even faster. Halloween can be a fun holiday for us but for pets it might not always be. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the holiday and to make sure your pets stay safe.


  1. Keep an ID tag on your pup. Some dogs can get loose because they are scared. It is so important to have an updated ID on them and even better to also have your pups micro chipped.
  2. Make sure the candy for the trick or treaters is in a safe place where the pups can’t get to it. Especially chocolate and gum which can be very harmful to your pup.
  3. If you have a shy or fearful dog you should not expose them to the excited kids coming up to get their candy. Some pets can be spooked by the kids in their costumes.
  4. Don’t force your pup to dress up. Not all pets are comfortable getting dressed up. If they are comfortable getting dressed up make sure they are safe in the attire.
  5. If your dog is like our Kooper he goes nuts when someone hits the doorbell. We knew he would not do well during Halloween so we made sure he got some exercise before so he would be tired and then.  We then put him in a secure area upstairs in our house with a KONG filled with a yummy treat. This way he is comfortable and secure upstairs.  My husband and I sit outside with the candy so that the doorbell will not be ringing. It was a win win for all of us : )

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!

photo credit: Happy Halloween! via flickr

Upcoming Pet Events in Maryland

Upcoming Pet Events in Maryland

Ready for summer!

Looking for some fun pet events to do over the next couple of months? Look no further! Here is some to check out!

The Humane Society of Harford County Yappy Hour!

When: Friday, May 29th5-8PM

Where: Shamrock Park in Bel Air – 39 North Hackery Avenue, Bel Air, MD 21014

Suggested Donation: $20 in advance or $25 at the door

Activities Include:

  • Beer/Wine
  • Food
  • Live Music
  • Raffles
  • Contests

Maryland SPCA March for the Animals

When: Sunday, May 31, 2015 @ Druid Hill Park – 9AM – 12PM

This is the largest SPCA fundraising event of the year.

Activities include:

  • 1.5 Mile walk-a-thon
  • Pet Costume Contest
  • Pet Photo Booth
  • Kids’ Zone where your children can enjoy making arts and crafts

The Humane Society of Harford County Bowl-A-Rama

When: Saturday, June 13 from 3-6:30PM

Where: Forest Hill Lanes 1 Maurice Drive, Forest Hill, MD 21050

Help STRIKE-OUT pet homelessness! Bowl-a-rama is a fundraising event for adults and kids.  It benefits homeless and neglected animals of Harford County.

Schedule of events:

  • 3PM – Registration, Lane assignments
  • 3:30PM – Bowling, raffles,
  • 5:30PM – Night Strike Bowl Begins – lights go out, laser effects, black lights, music
  • 6:30PM – Conclusion of event

To sign up, contact Mary Leavens at 410-836-1090 x 101 or mleavens@harfordshelter.org for more information.


Baltimore Humane Society – Sunday Morning Dog Hike

When: Next hike is on Sunday, June 14, 2015.  Hikes occur the second Sunday of every month. 10-11AM

Where: 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD  21136


  • Hike is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour
  • Rain or shine
  • $2 per dog fee
  • All dogs must be on a 6 foot leash during the hike

Please click on the link above for additional details on the hike!

Maryland SPCA Night at Camden Yards

When: Saturday, June 27, 2015 @ Camden Yards – Game time is 7:05PM

Tickets are $20 each (upper reserves).  $5 from each ticket goes to the MD SPCA.

For tickets and more info, email tbbbticketfundriser@aol.com


4 Reminders For When Your Pup Comes Home

Things to Remember When Your New Pet Comes Home
4 Reminders When Your New Pup Comes Home

You have the leash picked out, the food bowls, the treats, the pups name and everything else for your newest addition but  you might forget some of the big things. Below are four reminders to think about before you pick up your four legged best friend.

– Make sure that you have a veterinarian in place. Whether you are adopting an older dog or a puppy it is wise to have a vet set up to do a physical. Puppies will also need to get their vaccinations. Vets are your best resource for all of your pet questions.

– Think to Spay/Neuter. When you spay or neuter your pet it reduces the chance of cancer. Pets that are spayed or neutered typically live a longer and healthier life. Another big benefit is that is helps reduce overpopulation.

– Have a collar with an ID tag ready for your pup. No one wants to think about the possibility of losing their pet so it is best to make sure that they have an ID tag that is up to date to increase the chance of your pup returning safe to there home. You can also talk to your vet about the possibility of micro chipping your dog.

– Give your new pup some time to adjust. Your home is a totally new environment for them with new people. There is also lots of new sounds and smells for them to get acquainted too. It will not take long for them to get adjusted but do give them some space.

The most important thing is to enjoy the new addition to the family! You just met the most loyal new friend that will always be by your side! Many good memories will be made.
Happy Tuesday friends!

Birthday Party for our Pups!

Happy Birthday to my girls,Chessie and Bay!

Birthday party


Birthday party

Over the weekend we celebrated two of my favorite girls birthday.My parents dogs, aka my “sisters,” turned 15! We were so lucky 15 years ago to rescue three black lab mix puppies…yes THREE PUPPIES. Many of you, including my family, were thinking the same thing…that is a crazy idea!

The first time we saw the litter that was rescued from Baltimore City we fell in love. Chessie was chasing the butterflies in the front yard and Bay wanted to constantly be next to my brothers. My mom and Pat (my brother) saw a male puppy that was sick and was away from the rest of the litter, they quickly fell in love with him.  The foster parent said he already had a adopter for him. We were scheduled to bring the puppies home the following weekend after our vacation.  On our way to the beach we decided on the names Chessie and Bay for the Chesapeake Bay.

After a great family vacation it was time to bring home our new additions! When we got there we saw the male puppy who was out running around with the rest of the pups. We instantly fell in love with him! His adopter fell through so we decided he was going to be ours.  We were bringing home three puppies. Lesson of the story, never take a family filled with animal lovers to visit a litter of puppies!

There were three kids and three puppies. We instantly attached to each one of them but all of us had a special connection to one specific dog. My little girl was Chessie, Sean had his sweetheart Bay, and Pat had his best bud Baxter. At 11 years old, I gained a best friend who had four legs and so did my brothers at 9 years old.

When they were puppies they always kept us busy. The girls were always jumping the fence, Baxter, who had a bad leg was always trying to chase them. They tried to chew up everything that they could. They even chewed through the basement door. There was never a dull moment in the Boyle household with these 3!

It seems like yesterday we were picking up our puppies in our Jeep. They have given us so many funny, sweet, and amazing memories. It’s crazy how times fly! These three were with us through middle school, high school, colleges, marriage, good times, and bad times. I know all of the experts say that you should not adopt littermates and they are probably right, but we are so happy we made the decision we did!

Sadly, Baxter passed away in September and celebrating the girls’ birthday without him was difficult, but I know he was celebrating his birthday in heaven with his brother Murphy!  Chessie and Bay loved their birthday cake and I think Chess really embraced her birthday hat! Happy 15th Birthday to my four legged best friends!

Birthday Pups