Category Archives: dogs and holidays


Chocolates for Valentine’s Day

Box of chocolates

Mother’s Day – Doggy Style

It’s Mother’s Day and we shouldn’t forget that many of our dogs have been mums too (whether planned or unplanned).

In my case, Daisy has been a mum  – it happened before I adopted her.  Although I don’t know any of her puppies, I think it is fitting that we celebrate her motherhood status, particularly as she is a senior dog of almost 13.

Happy Mother’s Day Daisy!  Your Mum loves you!!!

Daisy in bed January 2013

Dexter’s first birthday

I’m a caterer – but of the doggy kind.  I took an order a few weeks ago from the Herne Bay Local Eatery and Bar for a special Dog and Grog event (these events are held the last Sunday of every month when patrons and their dogs are all welcome to attend).

The special event was Dexter’s first birthday.

Anna is the manager of the restaurant and also Dexter’s mother.  From the photos she’s sent in, all had a wonderful time.  Thanks for your support of Canine Catering, Anna!

Birthday boy, Dexter

Birthday boy, Dexter

Party guests

Party guests

The 'spread' was a mixture of dog treats and people food.  (The beer and wine were for the human guests)

The ‘spread’ was a mixture of dog treats and people food. (The beer and wine were for the human guests)

A birthday party is a great place to meet and greet

A birthday party is a great place to meet and greet

St Pawtrick’s Day

Does your dog celebrate St Patrick’s Day (a.k.a. St Pawtrick’s Day)?

St Patrick's dog

Most dogs don’t really enjoy being dressed in costume.  However, there are breeds that have Irish roots.  Let’s honor these breeds on St Patrick’s Day and simply include our dogs in the celebrations rather than dressing them up!

Grab a Guinness and let’s toast:

The Irish Setter, pictured here are Daisy Sheridan and family at her birthday in 2010

The Irish Setter, pictured here are Daisy Sheridan and family at her birthday in 2010

Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier

The Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Water Spaniel

The Irish Wolfhound

The Irish Wolfhound

The Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Glen of Imaal Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue Terrier

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

The Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

My furry valentine

My furry valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Have you hugged your dog today?  If not, now would be a good time.

And good luck to all animals up for adoption this weekend at My Furry Valentine 2013, an adoption event across Greater Cincinnati.

The Mutt-cracker Ballet

Tonight’s the night in Birmingham, Alabama for a holiday ballet with a new twist.  21 dogs will be performing alongside ballerinas in the Birmingham Ballet’s Mutt-cracker.

Proceeds from the performance go to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.

Dogs had to audition for roles in the ballet with a dog trainer observing.  A few of the dogs are rescues.

Here’s a few photos of preparations for the big night, courtesy of Tamika Moore, photographer for

Muttcracker 3 Muttcracker Muttcracker 2

For the full story, read Dogs in Tutus.

Snoopy’s Christmas

It’s officially the Christmas holiday season – celebrate with a montage of Snoopy pictures in this YouTube video of Snoopy’s Christmas!

Protecting pets on US flights

The US Department of Transportation has proposed a strengthening of regulations involving the transport of animals on airplanes.

The proposal would require 36 airlines to report companion animal incidents that happen in the cargo holds of their planes.  Currently, only 15 airlines are required to submit annual reports.  Carriers also would have to report the number of animal losses, injuries and deaths and the total number of animals transported each year.

The Humane Society of the United States has endorsed the proposal.  The Society regularly receives complaints about animals who are injured in cargo holds or – worse – die.  Animals transported as cargo are exposed to excessive temperatures (hot and cold) and rough handling.  There have been reports of poor ventilation and lack of oxygen, too.

Another significant change is that the regulations also would apply to dogs and cats being shipped for commercial sale. With an upsurge in online sales, particularly of dogs,  many operators of inhumane commercial breeding facilities (puppy mills) transport dogs to pet stores and to new owners via airplanes.

Inga Fricke, the Director of Sheltering and Pet Care Issues for the Humane Society says  “We applaud the Department of Transportation for proposing to expand this rule because it will keep dogs and cats safer on planesRequiring stronger reporting requirements of airline carriers will force carriers to better handle animals during transport, providing the oversight needed. It would also give consumers clarity when choosing an animal friendly airline, and travelers would be able to compare carriers’ rates of animal deaths and injuries.”

First dog Bo features prominently this Christmas

Well done to the White House!

Not for any policy platform or new piece of legislation, but for their Christmas decorations this year.  The First Dog features in almost every room of the White House along with 37 Christmas trees.  Tributes to military personnel who have been lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts also feature – something I think is really important to recognise the families who have lost loved ones.

The Daily Mail provided some really good coverage and photos of the different models of Bo.  Check out their article here.

Pet parks at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

In May, I featured an item about the pet relief area at the Maui airport.

Did you know that in 2008, the US Department of Transportation passed a law called the Air Carrier Accessibility Act?  This Act requires airports to have relief facilities available to service dogs.

Many airports have since realised the value of catering to their customers who are traveling with their dogs and opened up these facilities not only to service dogs but all dogs.  One airport that is leading the way is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  This airport has pet parks at all three of its passenger terminals.  They are:

  • The Bone Yard (Terminal 4)
  • The Paw Pad (Terminal 3)
  • The Pet Patch (Terminal 2)

If you are traveling through Phoenix, remember that the Airport offers these facilities and, if you’re not, here’s a great video of the Airport’s pet parks for you to enjoy: