Many love to celebrate Maryland pride, but do you know why and when Maryland Day began?
The holiday marks the anniversary of when the first European settlers arrived in Maryland. The date was March 25,1634 when two ships, The Ark and The Dove, landed in what is now St. Mary's county. While the date began to be formally observed in 1903 to celebrate Maryland's history, it wasn't until 1916 when the State legislature authorized March 25 as "Maryland Day", a legal holiday. The Day continues to be a commemoration of the state's history and heritage.
While events to celebrate this history can be found across the state on and around Maryland Day, residents enjoy
celebrating their Maryland pride with spirit year round. The colorful and vibrant Maryland flag is artistically captured in prints, souvenirs and just about any type of apparel. The celebration
doesn't fall short when it comes to man's best friend. Historic Annapolis, Maryland's state capital, is always recognized as one of the most dog-friendly towns to live and visit. Dogs sport Maryland Flag collars and leashes, Chesapeake crab dog collars decorated with the Maryland flag and even nautical dog collars with boats sailing Maryland flag sails! When you can easily spot cars with dog-shaped Maryland flag magnets and stickers on their bumpers, it is fair to say the Marylanders' love of state...and dogs...runs deep.
So next time you see a Maryland flag or hear about the state's official holiday you'll have a taste of how it all started and know that appreciation continues to this day!
We often hear "My cat is an 'inside cat' and my dog only goes out in our yard so they don't need ID tags". When fewer than 2% of lost cats and only 15-20% of lost dogs are ever returned to their guardians according to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, we beg to disagree.
When your dog or cat is wearing a permanent and visible form of ID it is their fastest ticket home. As we all know, our best friends cannot talk so this is their easiest form of communication if they are found away from home. Obviously multiple forms of ID increase the chances for reunion with your companion. If a pet loses his or her collar a pet microchip offers a backup communication lifeline. It's quick and easy to have done at your vet.
Have your heard these reasons/excuses as to why dogs and cats don't need pet IDs?
My dog/cat doesn't like wearing a collar.
They lost their tags and I never replaced them.
I don't like the noise pet tags make and they wake me/my baby.
We live in the country and my dog has the run of the land.
We have answers! Consider USA made hemp dog collars for a soft and natural option if you dog tends to find wearing a collar itchy. Stretchy neoprene cat collars are soft and super lightweight so your feline may not even notice they are wearing a collar! If you don't like the tag jingle noise, simply add a neoprene pet tag silencer pouch.
If you change your companion's collar often, add a removable ID tag holder to your pet's identification tags. It will allow you to easily move ID tags from one collar to the another. If you need to replace your pet's tags, check out the stainless steel tags that don't rust or corrode at www.pawspetboutique.com. Shipping is free and they arrive engraved with your contact details within a week or so. It's simple to order!
Adding "please close the gate" signs or "please don't let the cat out" and "please don't let the dog out" signs to gates or doors are also helpful ways to inform visitors that your dogs and cats are not allowed out without supervision.
When it comes to your faithful companion, don't let these misconceptions or excuses stand in the way of giving your best friend the greatest chance possible in finding their way back to you. Acts of nature happen and pets simply do lose their way so please help to improve the statistics of dogs and cats being reunited with their families.
We hope your companion never finds themselves lost, but if they do you will be grateful to know you made that simple effort to insure they are wearing an up-to-date pet id tag. Make a tail wag and enjoy time with your best friend today.
As the numbers change with the start of a new year we can be filled with gratitude and hope.
It's a perfect time to reflect on the past year with gratitude for what has happened and look forward with optimism for what can happen. For many of us it's a time to be thankful for all the work that has been done on behalf of animals. There are so many selfless 'every day' heroes who work as tremendous advocates for voiceless animals. People who pull animals from high-kill shelters, who foster companion animals lovingly in their homes, who work/volunteer at rescues and who adopt a rescued best friend are all making a difference. Additionally there are passionate individuals standing up for the voiceless through petitions, legislation and the legal system to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals now and in the future. Not to mention all the people who support the causes with donations so action can happen. It's a movement we support.
One of our favorite signs we offer shares "Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever." We want to take a moment to thank all those who are involved in doing just that...whether it is a dog, cat, horse or orca. You are making a difference.
Paws pet boutique makes it a priority to be involved with raising funds and awareness for the many wonderful groups who speak and act on behalf of the animals. We encourage everyone to be play a role in making a difference in an area that is important to them. Working toward making this world a brighter and better place will decrease the numbers of those in need. Those are numbers we like!
Be kind. Be real. Be good to animals.
Keep up with Paws pet boutique dog-friendly events and efforts that support animal advocacy in Annapolis and across the country on www.pawspetboutique.com. Now let's make some tails wag in this world! Thanks for all you do.
Throughout the year there are many holidays to enjoy and Halloween is no exception. While pets can join in the fun, keep in mind there are some simple things you can do to keep your best friends safe, sound and happy.
COSTUMES and PETS
Never leave your companion animals alone when they are wearing a costume. Chewing or ingesting the costume can cause extreme health risks. Additionally they can become tangled or restricted in the costume, which can lead to anxiety, choking and other dangerous situations.
Remember that while we all love chocolate, this is extremely toxic to animals. Keep chocolate, raisins, grapes, gum and candy containing xylitol (a sweetener) away from your pets as they can be very damaging to your pet's health. Lollipops with sticks and candy wrappers can also be a hazard to your pet if ingested. The best thing to do is to keep all your candy in an area where your pet is unable to reach it, preferably locked. Be mindful as to what you put in your home trash can, as someone might find the contents simply irresistible for all the wrong reasons.
NOISE and STRANGERS
Halloween encourages multiple visitors to your home and often adds more noise to your neighborhood as everyone is out to celebrate. Monitor your pet as many will find this environment to be stressful. To reduce your pet's fear or anxiety in this situation consider putting them in a back room with relaxing music playing and their bed, toys or other comfort items with them. Fill a durable toy with a treat that will keep their attention on something more positive. Alternatively you can set up a baby gate or such to restrict their access to the door. If a second person is in the home, it would be helpful for them to engage your pet in playful interaction to distract their attention to something more positive.
Please make sure your cats are indoors in advance of nightfall. Lastly, many of our customers find a Thundershirt helps to calm your pet in anxious situations. (Yes, we do have them at Paws pet boutique.)
If your pet is spooked and makes a run for it, please make sure their identification is intact and up to date. Check that your pet's microchip information is accurate and their ID tags are securely fastened to their collar. It's always good practice to have a photo easily available of your pet if you need to make flyers or submit to your local shelter if they are lost.
Often times help is needed after hours. If you have a 24-hour emergency Vet in your area, make sure you know where they are located and their phone number. Additionally the Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7.
Pets give us so much, so please keep your loved ones safe. They need your help and guidance to enjoy the holidays!
Now go make some tails wag and enjoy some treats without tricks!
While quite a variety of gifts for dogs and cats are offered through Paws pet boutique, we are always seeking unique gifts for people who love their companion animals too. Here are more than a few of our favorite dog-related things to pick up for someone special...although that may be you!
New goods are arriving daily as the holiday season approaches, but these goods certainly have shared some smiles among our guests and stand out in our boutique. They all make unique inexpensive gifts for dogs and/or their people! Don't forget that gift wrapping is always free at Paws pet boutique whether you shop with us in Annapolis, Maryland or on our website wherever you live!
- Make a tail wag, Michelle
Recently Paws pet boutique celebrated 15 years in business, and yes we served free dog cake that day of course!
As you can imagine, there have been many behind-the-scenes moments. Much time and consideration is applied to searching for and selecting unique dog collars, cat toys, pet-lover gifts and much more. We thought it would be fun to walk you through how an item lands on the shelves at our pet boutique.
We admit it. We live, breathe and celebrate companion animals in everything we do. So snapping photos of our dogs sitting and enjoying treats at their "grand-mom's" home is the norm for us. We find inspiration often in the simplest of moments...just like companion animals. A few dog photos inspired a new product for us!
We'll start by sharing our boutique's motto is "make a tail wag". When a dog wags his or her tail with happiness it's the equivalent of a human sharing a smile. Don't you think watching dogs wag their tails also encourages people smiles too? Based on this positive philosophy and Sprocket's happy tail photo, artwork was drawn and a product was born.
At Paws pet boutique we like to work with and support small businesses, so we located a super nice woman nearby who was ready to help us. With her assistance we selected shirts, determined quantities and had them printed with our 'happy tail' art. Once finished, shirts were tagged, added to our inventory, folded and displayed for our customers to view and hopefully buy! Photos were taken and both our charcoal 'make a tail wag' shirts and navy 'happy tail' shirts were added to our website for all to see and shop.
We love to share unique pet goods - especially ones that are made in USA. Each of our pet products is hand-selected for their uniqueness, good quality and fair pricing. Hope you enjoyed an inside peek at how things roll behind the scenes at Paws pet boutique.
Enjoy shopping and make a tail wag! You are sure to smile too.
Step-ins, mesh, front ring, 2-ring...what does all this mean? Harnesses serve multiple purposes, all of them good! We're going to make sense of it all for you right now. First, if you wish to take pressure off your pup's neck on walks a harness can do the trick. Secondly if you wish to have more control and train your best friend to walk by you, instead of propelling you forward, a harness can help! Different dog harnesses address different issues. Here's the low down.
Mesh Dog Harnesses are comfortably soft and distribute pressure on a dog's front chest instead of on a dog's neck
when they pull on their leash. So if you have a small to medium size dog who is always choking on walks because they are pulling, this will help to eliminate your dog's discomfort. However, it will not stop your dog from continuing to pull forward. This style harness is also handy when you have to quickly grab your dog and pick them up, as you can do so by grabbing the harness. These harnesses are adjustable on both the front chest/back and girth, so they can be sized for Dachshunds, Corgis and Pugs who can be difficult to fit.
Step-in Dog Harnesses are placed on your dog just like the name indicates; they step into the
harness. So this style harness does not stress the trachea or neck and goes around the front legs and chest. Dogs step their front legs into the harness with your assistance and you fasten the buckle on their back by their shoulder blades. Two rings are ready for you to attach your leash and go for a walk! Similar to the mesh harness style, these are adjustable around the front chest and girth, but they do not stop your dog from pulling. Because they are very adjustable they can be appealing for dogs who are growing like puppies.
2-Ring Velvet Dog Harnesses are made in the U.S. and also are fairly adjustable. The girth strap
that goes under the chest and by the front legs is lined in velvet for comfort and also minimizes the possibility of chafing. With a different color web by the top leash attachment ring, it makes it super easy for you to visualize how to put this harness on your dog. This dog harness is unique in that it provides a ring on the front chest and a ring on the back by the shoulders to attach a leash. If you are looking for control and to train your dog to walk by you without choking, this is the harness you need. You can attach leashes to both rings or even just to the front ring for control of the direction your dog's shoulders will go. When your dog pulls forward, the harness will re-direct your dog back to you. It's a no-pull dog harness! With verbal commands and consistency your dog will learn to heel by you and at some point you may just use the ring on the back for lead attachment. Love these harnesses that are made for small to very big dogs and give everyone the right amount of freedom.
Fabric Dog Harness with Front and Back Lead Rings are somewhat of a new comer on the block. With padded belly
and chest panels they are comfortable for your dog, yet they feature an aluminum ring on the back for lead attachment as well as a reinforced web ring on the front. With adjustments in 4 spots, these harnesses can be sized to fit small to very big dogs comfortably. Similar to the 2-Ring velvet freedom harness, you can choose to use both rings or just one. Using the front attachment will provide you with more control and assist with training to walk on a leash. This front range harness minimizes pressure that can cause choking and also provides the option to control your dog on walks.
Bottom line, we love harnesses and want to make sure you pick up the best dog harness for you and your dog. While some of these harnesses may be left on throughout the day, we like to recommend you attach ID tags to your dog's collar that is worn the majority of the time. Please reach out to us if we can help!
Make a tail wag and enjoy your dog walks now with the right harness!
Did you know when you pronounce CRAB backwards you "BARK"?
This must play into why dogs look so sharp in crab collars and leashes, and so adorable playing with crab toys! Of course kitties have a natural intrigue with crustaceans, which must be why crab cat toys always spice up playtime.
Maryland's state crustacean is the blue crab. With a pet boutique located in the heart of this crab territory, you can always count on a lively celebration of this beautiful Chesapeake swimmer.
Consider all these options from which you can choose to spice up your best friend's neck attire...
Blue Crabs on Blue Dog Collars
Blue Crab Dog Collars on Pink for the Girls
Blue Crab Dog Collars on Green for a Fresh Style
Red Crab Dog Collars on Navy for a Classic Look
Maryland State Flags and Crab Dog Collars on Navy for a Stately Style
Maryland State Flags in Crabs Dog Collars with a Soothing Blue Background
Festive Red Crab Dog Collars for a Lively Look
Of course crab dog leashes are available to compliment every crab collar too!
Consider one of these crab dog toys or crab cat toys for your furry friend....
Eco-friendly Red Crab Dog Toys - Made in USA from recycled plastic bottles (yeah!)
BIG Blue Crab Dog Toys - Line legs go all the way through for added chew time
Small Blue Crab Dog Toys - A squeaker in each claw for double entertainment
Red Crab Cat Toys - Stuffed with organic catnip to spice up your feline's day
Eco-friendly Blue Crab Cat Toys - Dangle from the attached ribbon for more interaction
Don't forget to catch a couple blue crab dog treats to reward your best friend or dog crab coasters to celebrate your best friend.
So the next time your dog barks, he or she may be asking for crabs!
It's good the net keeps us all in the loop.
Enjoy a crabby day today and make a tail wag.
You are late for work when a lone dog darts across the road right in front of you. The street is busy as is your schedule, but your car automatically pulls off to the side and you hop out to see if you can help this obviously lost little furry soul in front of you. You are relieved to see they have a collar on, but does it have any clues as to where this lost pup belongs? YES! You are super excited to find a shiny ID tag with a phone number engraved so you can quickly dial the number on your cell phone. Thanks to you the dog is returned to the very grateful and worried family, who found the
delivery person left the gate open. We LOVE happy endings! That's why we think it is so important that every cat and dog wear an ID on their collar.
You may say, "Oh, but they jingle too much and wake me up in the middle of the night when they shake". We have the answer. Pick up one of our neoprene pet tag silencers that ends tag
You may say, "I like to change my dog or cat's collar frequently and don't like the hassle of fiddling with the ring to move the ID tag to the latest collar." We have the answer. Pick up one of our removable ID tag holders that makes moving an ID tag a snap!
You may say, "The tags are ugly or too big." We have the answer. Our engraved stainless steel tags are polished and look like collar charms with colorful enamel in many different designs. Our pet ID tags are available in 3 sizes - including a tiny size tag for kitties and toy dogs. Not only do they look stylish, they are engraved with your contact information on the back and they never rust or corrode!
We know you love your fur kids, so make it easier for them to find their way back to you if they are lost. It's easy to have an ID tag engraved with your cell phone number. Paws pet boutique offers free shipping on engraved pet ID tags, because it is so important every dog and cat have a collar tag for safe returns.
And thank you to all of you who have stopped to help a pet in need. You made the difference.
What a person is wearing, just like what a dog is sporting on their neck, makes statement. While the personality of the dog and it's person can come through with a unique dog collar selection, it's also important to make sure you opt for the right collar for your best friend. Dogs are all different, just like people.
Materials matter. If your dog has sensitive skin, consider choosing a hemp-lined dog
collar, which is super soft and durable. The hemp fiber that is used to create this soft and eco-friendly collar option is grown without chemicals or pesticides. Additionally, having a collar that can be easily washed is important. Would you want to wear the same shirt for months...or years? Most fabric collars, many with colorful ribbon detail, can be placed in a mesh bag and washed in the machine on a gentle cycle. It's easy and insures your dog is wearing something fresh and clean.
Style matters. If your dog has a neck larger than their head, it's a matter of time before the collar simply slips off and your dog is loose! A martingale dog collar will snug up slightly when pulled by a leash to insure it does not slip over your pup's head on walks. Dogs like Greyhounds normally wear this style of collar or dog harnesses for safety and control on walks. Otherwise, for most dogs a quick release buckle style collar is a great option. They are easy to size precisely to fit, as well as to place on and remove. You should be able to easily place 2 fingers or so between your dog's neck and collar. Make sure the buckle is sturdy, durable and secure. If chewed, make sure you replace as the integrity may be compromised.
Size matters. Consider the width of the collar. From my experience with the dogs we've fit in our dog boutique over the years, we recommend a collar in a 1" or 1.25" for large dogs like Retrievers and Boxers. Medium size dogs do great in a 3/4" wide to a 1.25" wide collar and small dogs can wear a 5/8" wide to a 1" wide collar depending on their shape and neck length. You don't want your dog's movement to be impeded by his or her collar. Lastly, a toy size pup (under 10 lbs.) normally will wear a 1/2" to a 5/8" wide collar. Extra small dogs warrant tiny dog collars! Do not select a cat collar for a tiny dog, as the buckle is designed to open when pulled on a cat collar.
Design matters, or at least we think so. This is the best part! Selecting a unique dog
collar that looks fabulous on your dog and fits the lifestyle and personality of you and your dog is fun. Nautical dog collars are perfect for water dogs or those who live and/or love the waterfront, while floral dog collars would be a good selection for feminine dogs and/or those who like to garden. Giving your dog a fun themed collar will provide a different first impression than spiked dog collars for example. The decision is yours. Enjoy browsing and shopping a splendid selection of U.S made unique dog collars at Paws pet boutique, a dog boutique known for it's collar collection and fabulous customer service.
On a final note, we wanted to let you know about a great little gadget...removable ID holders. If you like to change your dog's collar out frequently (like I do), consider picking up a pet ID holder that easily moves from collar to collar. No more fighting with tag rings or 'S' hooks each time you want to change your best friend's neck attire. These are
Now that you know the ins and outs of collar comforts, styles and fashions you are set to go make a difference with your dog's collar! Have fun. Dogs do.