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Walking your dog has greater benefits than the obvious need for elimination. What is just as important is their daily exercise, the opportunity for socialization, ongoing training opportunity, and the mental stimulation that comes from exploration that is their basic instinct.
As city dwellers we may be at a disadvantage in providing our canine friends with backyard space and lush neighborhood walks, this is true; however once you can master a varied routine within our urban environment, it is loaded with activities to challenge your dogs' sight, smell, and sound and their ultimately…Continue
In 1996, if you had told us that Pussy & Pooch would be at the epicenter of the DTLA pet community, we wouldn’t have imagined it. Pausing to reflect on the decade milestone of LA Lofts in the last issue, we have been reminiscent of one of our own today, as I celebrate transplanting from Cleveland to Los Angeles 19 years ago. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM and former staff member of the design college, I first became a DTLA resident in 2001. Having made the long journey from Ohio to California with my two cats in tow, for years I had to do my pet related errands all over town, schlepping heavy cat litter, and searching for premium foods & grooming services. My then soon-to-be husband and business partner had a similar situation, albeit suburban experience,…
Our pets live in an ever increasingly contaminated environment due to harmful toxins, both inside and out. Consider the effects of poor quality pet food, vaccines, pesticides, medications, household chemicals, and environmental pollutants… and be aware that our dogs and cats exposure to these things are happening daily and often with a much higher sensitivity. Reducing our carbon footprint – and their pawprint—on our environment is not just about what lifestyle choices can have the best impact on our PLANET, but also what choices can we make for ourselves and our pets that can lessen the effect of the environment on US. We can keep our animal companions safe and living a longer, happier, healthier life by making a commitment to choosing to live GREEN.
Better for the…Continue
Adorable pet pictures and funny pet videos aren’t the only things that should be distracting you online these days. A pet care topic has been gaining momentum, and may be reaching the tipping point to change the way in which we feed our pets.
Pet food buyers beware -- the news world is abuzz over a nationwide class action lawsuit filed by a pet owner in California against pet food giant Nestle Purina Petcare Company alleging that the well-known dog food brand Beneful contains toxic substances that are capable of killing dogs.
The basis of the lawsuit is the inclusion of propylene glycol (included in antifreeze, and used a moisturizing additive in dog food), and grains (the principal ingredient in Beneful) with…Continue
Our human instinct to love, be loved, to nurture, to belong to group, to bond with another being-- all needs quite often fulfilled by our animal companions who offer their loyalty, protection, and emotional support. For some of us, our longest relationships (excluding family of course!) are those we have had with our pets. They have endured all of life's ups and downs with us, faithfully by our side. In my own personal experience, my longest current relationship is at nineteen years and counting-- Not many other people can say they know me as well as my cat!
With animal companions there are no break ups, no fighting, disappointments, heartache- it's a true friend until the very end. For some, pets are best friends forever, a sidekick, a…
Holiday parties, visiting guests, lunch dates and shopping around town… even our fur friends want to look their best and be extra fresh and sparkly during the holiday season! Reminder to book Bathhouse appointments early for your animal companion/s to enjoy a pampered day at the pet spa.
Now dapper or pampered, after a day at the grooming salon, your pup can refuel at the Pawbar with a freshly prepared meal to enjoy in-store, or grab to-go. Treat them with festive Holiday bakery goodies or fresh and wholesome meals!
Planning a pet-friendly Holiday party? Why not add some fresh catered options to your menu for friends' and family pets?! Let us help by making freshly…Continue
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It’s Twinkle Time at Pussy & Pooch!!!
The decorations are hung, the holiday lights are twinkling and there are gift galore for all the good pooches, kitty cats and pet lovers on your list – and a few naughty ones too. Join us as we raise a paw and kickoff our 8th annual “12 Days of Twinkle” featuring 12 consecutive days of festive in-store events and promotions, Mutt Mingles featuring photos of you with Punky Santa, naughty or nice treats, and more in Downtown Los Angeles, Belmont Shore, Downtown Long Beach and…Continue
Costumes parties galore! Halloween may have just passed, and whether your pets were costumed or not during the festivities– one thing is certain, the Halloween holiday kicks off a season of dressing your pets. The holiday brings out the inner kid in most of us and so it’s no surprise that the family fun has been extended to our furry companions. In a recent report, the National Retail Federation estimated that more than 14% of people dressed their pets for Halloween with costume spending at an estimated $350M. There is generally a sharp turn in temperatures at the end of October (in most areas!) that promptly moves us all into ‘sweater weather’, although climate change in So Cal makes this window of ‘seasonality’ seemingly smaller each year.
Never the less with the…Continue
Leathery, round balls of fleshy orange fruit, pumpkins are one of the season's best foods for animals -- and humans alike. Oftentimes referred to as a vegetable in culinary terms, pumpkins are by definition in fact, berry-like botanical fruits from the squash family, containing seeds and sprouting from flowers. Packed with vitamins and phytonutrients and an excellent source of dietary fiber, pumpkin is one of Nature’s Superfoods, rich in Antioxidants, Vitamins A, C, and E.
Grinning Jack-o-Lanterns may symbolize the beginning of fall harvest, seasonal pies and savory dishes, but all-natural, pure pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie mix!) is something every pet guardian should have stocked in your pantry all-year-round. Dogs and cats love its natural taste and texture added to…Continue