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Art Walk with Pinups for Pitbulls!

If you didn't catch Jessie from "Pinups for Pitbulls" last Art Walk, here is what you missed!

Pinups for Pitbulls is an AMAZING organization that helps to spread the word about pit bulls. They seek to "restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member" through education. The founder, Deirdre, has not only co-wrote books on Breed Specific Legislation and Breed Discriminatory Laws, but she has guided the organization to be known across the world. See?! I told you they were AMAZING!!!

If you haven't done so already, please visit their website and help support this wonderful organization. You can get cute and useful products just like the one below!

Have a great rest of your weekend! <3

Rainy Days in DTLA

We've been getting lots of droplets from the sky as of late in DTLA. The sidewalks haven't been cleaner. So today, we've got some wet weather tips for you Downtown dog owners!

Image from: Google images


1. Dry Your Dog Off After Walks

A dog's fur/hair can hold a lot of bacteria and fungi when wet. Because of this, make sure your canine companion is as dry as possible after walks in the rain. To help make this happen, Pet Project has some raincoats for you to purchase ;)


2. Clean Your Dog's Paws

Being a downtowner, this tip can (maybe should) be used even when the ground is dry. Paws are sensitive and they come in contact with many a thing on the ground. Wiping them off, especially after rain, can help to prevent disease and bacterial infections. We have some pet grooming wipes by Earth Bath that will keep your dog's paws squeaky clean.

3. Clean Your Dog's Ears

During rainy season, ear infections are extremely common. Too much moisture in a dog's ear is a recipe for infection. Make sure to clean your dog's ears after walking them in the rain. Once a week is recommended for full ear cleanings, but when rainy, cotton balls or Earth Bath ear wipes can be helpful to get any remaining moisture out!

Hope you guys have a great week! Be sure to check these products and more out at Pet Project LA!

Information from: http://visihow.com/Take_Care_of_Your_Dog_During_the_Rainy_Season

Pet Dental Hygiene

In case you didn't know, we are having a special this month on Greenies and Whimzees products to ensure that your pet is kissable as can be for Valentine's Day. So, I am taking this opportunity to discuss dental hygiene for your dogs and cats :)

Below is yet another infographic (my favorite educational tool) that has some pretty great facts about dog and kitty teef. If you haven't started, it may be time to use some of these tips to improve your pet's dental health. Unfortunately, dental issues can lead to bigger problems in dogs and cats.

Another preventative measure that this infographic does not touch on is simply letting your animals chew on more things. For cats, some products that we have are the Yeowww! catnip-filled toys. Your cats will love to nibble on these and they will back kick as well! In terms of your canine companions, a product that is really great for dental health is Barkworthies elk antlers. 

Other than those products, of course the Whimzees and Greenies are amazing quick snacks for your dogs and cats to chew! They will help with your pet's tartar and breath.

Peace out! - Rachel

Pet Sitting Thanks

When making your Thank You rounds this season, don't forget the one who has taken such good care of your companion! Whether it was one dog walk or a two-week pet sitting job, let your pet sitter know you appreciate his/her time with your animal. 

If you would like some tips on how to word your thank you, here's a link to some! http://morethankyounotes.com/pet-sitting-thank-you-notes/

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

<3

Small Business Saturday!

If you're looking to get a great deal without giving your hard-earned dollars to corporations, participate in Small Business Saturday! As your local pet store, we will be ready to assist you in all your pet's needs! From beds to pumpkin purée, we've got you covered!

What is Small Business Saturday you ask? Here's what President Barack Obama has to say about it: "In bustling cities and small towns across our country, small businesses—from cozy coffee shops to local hardware stores—drive growth and power our economy. These vital enterprises remind us that comfort and prosperity never lie too far from our doorstep and inspire our people to dream big, take entrepreneurial risks, and make of their lives what they will. On Small Business Saturday, we pay tribute to the ways local businesses give life to our hometowns and communities, and we recommit to building an economy where they have the resources they need to thrive."

Quote from: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/EMessage_-_Small_Business_Saturday.pdf

So, do your part this year for your local community and shop at all your favorite places (including Pet Project of course)! Have a great rest of your Holiday weekend!!!

Costume Contest Winners!!!

Congratulations is in order this week. We had A LOT of entries in to the costume contest we had for Howl-o-ween and somehow we were able to narrow it down to these three pets for the first, second, and third place prizes. 

1st Place- Super Nova

 

The staff came to the consensus that this costume was one of the most creative ones this year. The pun and the incorporation of the dog's actual name (which is Nova) in to the pun proved to be too tough to beat. Great job!

2nd Place- Beetlejuice

 

What is not to love about a Beetlejuice costume? As opposed to being a typical hotdog or skeleton, this costume was extremely creative. The wig is on point and the white and black striped shirt is classic-- what else is there to be said? 

3rd Place- Witch

 

This is the cutest darn witch I have ever seen. Ever. And the rest of the staff agreed. So, coming in with a Halloween classic, this furry enchantress is our third place winner! 

AND, Here are a few others we loved (and BONUS, two of them are Star Wars themed)!

Scooby as Yoda

Monet as a Ladybug

Hoover as a Jedi

John Doe as a Skeleton

 

Well, that's a wrap folks! Please comment below with your favorite costume or a picture of your pet during your Howl-o-ween adventures! Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Understanding Human Emotion: A Look Inside Your Best Friend's Brain

A few nights ago, my four-legged companion was naughty and I was very upset with him. After speaking to him in the voice of a disciplinarian, his body language changed completely. He turned into the embodiment of guilt-- slumped shoulders, ducked head and all. As of late, I have felt incredibly in-tune with my little buddy boy. I have thought that we are understanding each other more and more and it is not my imagination! Even though he cannot decipher every word I am speaking when I am upset, it turns out that he does process the kind of sounds I am making. 

In the article "How Dogs Read Our Moods: Emotion Detector Found in Fido's Brain", Michaeleen Doucleff speaks about the research behind dogs "know[ing] when you're upset and need extra love" (par. 2). Just like humans, our best friends have a section of their brain that is able to identify various human emotions based on the sounds we make (Doucleff). 

Neurobiologist Attila Andics and his team of researchers started with the simple question: How are dogs able to comprehend human emotion? So, they decided to take a look at the brain. The team of scientists tracked the brains' activity using an MRI machine during their experiment (Doucleff, par. 8). 

Image from: NPR.org

The dogs went through training (one must be still) to ensure accuracy during the MRI scan. The researchers played various dog and human noises to analyze the activity in different sections of the dogs' brains (Doucleff, par. 15). Andics and his team found that "voices of their own species" activate neurons in a "patch" of their brain and when they hear both dog and human emotions another region lights up  (Doucleff, par. 17). In other words, dogs can tell the difference between a human's laugh and cry because their brains are measuring not only the types of sounds, but the lengths of and spaces between the sounds as well (Doucleff, 22).

So, just like homo sapiens, our canine comrades are able to judge our feelings based on our audial output (Doucleff, par. 22). Therefore, the next time someone says, "dogs don't know how you're feeling", you can cheerfully disagree with them and know that they are indeed wrong. 

Hope you have a good-emotion-filled week ahead of you! 

 

Citation for article:

Doucleff, M. (February 12, 2014). How dogs read our moods: Emotion detector found in fido's brain. NPR. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/02/21/280640267/how-dogs-read-our-moods-emotion-detector-found-in-fidos-brain

Howl-o-ween is Coming!

The pet costume contest at Pet Project is not the only exciting thing about this year's Howl-o-ween festivities! Being a furry friend-loving city, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied in the City of Angels.

Here's a list of events coming up this season if you are looking to express your spooky side:

 

Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade

This parade in Long Beach seems to be the thing to do this Halloween. Several different sources mentioned this event as a fun thing to do this season with your pet. This year is the 16th time The Haute Dog organization is putting on this thrilling event! The parade will start at 2:30pm on Sunday, October 30 at the Marina Vista Park. With vendors and pet adoption booths, there are plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow pet lovers. And, of course there are some pretty amazing prizes! This Howl-o-ween's overall winner gets a year's supply of dog food from Petcurean.

For more information and registration, please visit http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

 

Pooch Parade- Club of Simi Sunset

If you're going to be in the northeast region of Los Angeles this Halloween, look no further than the Pooch Parade! Just like The Haute Dog event above, this day of fun for you and Fido is $10 (per dog). The Pooch Parade takes place at Rancho Tapo Community Park in Simi Valley and lasts from 10am-3pm. With over 40 vendors, pumpkin decorating, and delicious food, this event cannot be missed! Something unique to the Pooch Parade is a demonstration from the Ventura County K-9 Search and Rescue team. So, not only do you have the chance to enter a costume contest at this event, but you can learn about a local law enforcement agency!

For more information and registration, please visit http://www.simisunsetrotary.org/major-fundraisers/pooch-parade/

 

Pet Project's Howl-o-ween Costume Contest

Of course this event is the one you've ALL been gearing up for this Halloween season. With the amount of posts I have seen on Instagram, I already know it will be a tough call to pick this year's winners of our $75, $50, and $25 gift cards. To enter our costume contest for ALL PETS, you can bring them in costume into the store  or send us your own captured moment to barkavenuespetproject@gmail.com. Call us at (213) 688-7752 with any questions you may have and be sure to check out our own collection of costumes at http://petprojectla.com/collections/howl-o-ween-costumes.

 

Know of any great local events coming up for Howl-o-ween?! Post below in the comment section! Thanks for reading! <3

Thoughts of a Downtown Pet Owner

This week's blog is coming straight to you from the heart of a dog mom. And just like the magnet on my fridge states, "I am a dog mom and proud of it". But, not only do I have a furry friend, that furry friend and I reside in downtown Los Angeles. And let's be real folks, that detail is not a minor one. This post is to engage you all, our amazing customers, on some of the topics I find most perplexing about having a four-legged bestie in DTLA.


After almost 10 months of living in downtown and being surrounded by stressors on walks, I have finally decided to reduce the many things that raise my blood pressure while moving about town with my dog. And I, as well as others I'm sure, welcome more input on these topics. So, here we go:

Chasing

Like others of his species, my dog loves to chase. And, living in downtown LA, there are many things that trigger the chase response. From bikers and runners, to skateboards and sirens, the list goes on and on. Very recently I was shown how little control I had over my dog and since using a shorter leash, my dog has shown a lot less desire to chase when a fast bike passes, for example. How do you manage your dog's behavior while on or off leash when these triggers go by?

 

Going Potty

Another (somewhat frustrating) thing about downtown is the lack of acceptable places for dogs to take care of business. There are signs everywhere stating not to allow dogs to pee on anything metal, yet, as one of our customers has pointed out, many trees are even surrounded by metal. The same signs say to "curb your pet", but every time my dog pees anywhere near a curb and not by a tree, I get dirty looks. Having said that, there are some downtown residents who don't put forth enough effort to curb their pet(s). Should more education on this topic be brought to the table? Thoughts?

 

Your Input

What other issues are there that I have not touched on? What are your stressors on walks? And what approach should be taken to resolve these issues?

Thank you so much for reading and please share your thoughts below!

Look Out for Fall!

 

Picture from Google Images

 

The city of Los Angeles knows when it is almost Fall. It seems as though the wardrobe switch from cutoffs to layers occurred sometime in the last week, which means that Autumn is on everyone's mind. So, I thought to myself, are there any precautions to take during Fall for pet owners? After a quick google search, it turns out there are! 

This week's blog is inspired by an article on the ASPCA website. Since Fall is fast approaching, there are a few things to look out for in regards to your furry friend!

1. School Supplies

For any of you downtown residents with kids, it's always a great idea to keep the backpacks and school supplies out of your pet's reach. Since it is back-to-school season, the habit of keeping things on counters and not on floors can be a tough one to reinitiate. Don't let your pet get an upset tummy because they ate the glue stick (or homework). 

2. Wild life

If you are traveling to more open spaces this Autumn, please keep a safe distance from any wild life that you spot. This seems like a no-brainer, but there are far too many YouTube videos to prove that humans approaching wild life don't always have the best judgement. Don't be one of those people. I don't want to reference you next year in this same blog. 

3. Mushrooms

Along the same lines as the approaching of wild life, the fact that you probably shouldn't let your pet ingest random mushrooms is common sense. I have already spotted some in Spring St. Park. Those are likely some of the 99% of fungi that are not toxic to dogs, but I still wouldn't risk it. The other 1% can be deadly. 

4. Rodenticides

This is probably the most important one for us downtowners to pay attention to, as we have a very high rat population. And, if the rats are anything like us humans in LA (trained to exist in perfect weather), the small temperature change for Fall will persuade them to enter into more and more buildings. That means more poison to kill them will be present-- if not because of your doing, then perhaps your neighbors or even building staff has put down some poison. Please be cautious inside your building and don't let your best friend eat rat poison or any other rodenticides. 

Hope you guys enjoy the beginning of the season change! Please leave some comments if you have your own tips for fall! :D

Article: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/autumn-safety-tips

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