5 Dog Friendly Vacation Destinations
Summer is approaching, which means it is time to start planning those family vacations, and, if you are like us, your family may include some four-legged creatures. Planning the perfect family, and dog-friendly, vacation does not have to be difficult, especially with these five vacation destinations from us here at ZippyPaws!
Key West, Florida
Not only is Key West a great destination spot for people, it is also a wonderful place to bring your dog or puppy. With dozens of popular dog-friendly businesses, Key West not only welcomes furry friends, it also caters to them. Here you will find a variety of dog friendly hotels, restaurants, and fun attractions that your entire family will enjoy.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 
Another wonderful beach vacation location is Myrtle Beach. With its expansive dog parks, including Barc Parc and the North-end Dog Park, Myrtle Beach is one place that ensures dogs are having just as much fun as their owners. Although dogs have to be kept off the beaches during the day, mornings and evenings walks are not only welcomed, but they are encouraged! It’s a win for the whole family!
Lake Tahoe 
If a beach vacation is not quite what your family is looking for, try Lake Tahoe for some river rafting and skiing. For the more adventurous dog, Lake Tahoe is the vacation spot! Your fearless pooch can join you on mountain bike rides, fishing trips, and even water skiing. With dog-friendly hotels nearby in both California and Nevada, on-call pet sitters, and endless doggy activities, Lake Tahoe makes vacationing with your pet easy.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Back on the east coast, Cape Cod is a great spot to spend time with your dog and family. Because the beaches can be crowded with people during the warmer months, the Cape Cod Rail Trail is an excellent option to enjoy the beach towns and the great outdoors. Along this trail you can find food and water that both you and your dog will enjoy!
Sonoma Valley, California

Sonoma Valley is a great vacation destination for those interested in a quieter environment and fewer crowds. Sonoma, with its sprawling vineyards, is relaxing for you and your dog. Here, you can delight in their delicious restaurants, beautiful parks, and accommodating hotels, many of which are dog-friendly. 

5 Dog Friendly Vacation Destinations

Summer is approaching, which means it is time to start planning those family vacations, and, if you are like us, your family may include some four-legged creatures. Planning the perfect family, and dog-friendly, vacation does not have to be difficult, especially with these five vacation destinations from us here at ZippyPaws!

Key West, Florida

Not only is Key West a great destination spot for people, it is also a wonderful place to bring your dog or puppy. With dozens of popular dog-friendly businesses, Key West not only welcomes furry friends, it also caters to them. Here you will find a variety of dog friendly hotels, restaurants, and fun attractions that your entire family will enjoy.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 

Another wonderful beach vacation location is Myrtle Beach. With its expansive dog parks, including Barc Parc and the North-end Dog Park, Myrtle Beach is one place that ensures dogs are having just as much fun as their owners. Although dogs have to be kept off the beaches during the day, mornings and evenings walks are not only welcomed, but they are encouraged! It’s a win for the whole family!

Lake Tahoe 

If a beach vacation is not quite what your family is looking for, try Lake Tahoe for some river rafting and skiing. For the more adventurous dog, Lake Tahoe is the vacation spot! Your fearless pooch can join you on mountain bike rides, fishing trips, and even water skiing. With dog-friendly hotels nearby in both California and Nevada, on-call pet sitters, and endless doggy activities, Lake Tahoe makes vacationing with your pet easy.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Back on the east coast, Cape Cod is a great spot to spend time with your dog and family. Because the beaches can be crowded with people during the warmer months, the Cape Cod Rail Trail is an excellent option to enjoy the beach towns and the great outdoors. Along this trail you can find food and water that both you and your dog will enjoy!

Sonoma Valley, California

Sonoma Valley is a great vacation destination for those interested in a quieter environment and fewer crowds. Sonoma, with its sprawling vineyards, is relaxing for you and your dog. Here, you can delight in their delicious restaurants, beautiful parks, and accommodating hotels, many of which are dog-friendly. 

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Spring 
 As with every change in season, it is important to keep your dog healthy and happy as we transition into spring. Below are 5 ways that will help you ensure that your dog is safe this spring!
Watch out for ticks and fleas
As the weather warms up, ticks and fleas begin to come out and can become quite a problem for your dog. Therefore, flea and tick prevention measures need to be taken to make sure your dog remains healthy during the warmer months. Since fleas can cause a variety of health complications, it is important to start prevention as soon as spring begins. Ask your veterinarian which product is best for your dog, as there are many products that can help combat ticks and fleas. 
Keep an eye out for plants
When planting your spring garden, keep in mind that certain plants are toxic to dogs. Dogs love digging and getting into gardens, so selecting plants that are safe for dogs will put your mind at ease and keep your dog healthy. Hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and some lilies are just some examples of toxic bulbs that can pose problems for your dog. Check with your veterinarian before planting your garden.
Ensure vaccinations are up to date
With more time spent outdoors and in parks, your dog is more likely to come into contact with other dogs, increasing its exposure to infectious diseases. Spring is a good time to check in with your veterinarian to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are all up to date. 
Stay away from mosquitos
In many parts of the country, mosquitos are around year round; however in those parts in which mosquitos come out in spring, it is important to administer heartworm preventative medication to your dog as soon as warmer weather hits. Spring is a good time to make sure your dog has been checked for heartworm and is current on heartworm preventative medication.
Hydration is key
Dogs are generally more active in the spring and thus require more hydration than they did in the winter when they were less physically active. Make sure that you provide your dog with fresh water, refilling the water daily with clean and fresh water.  Try to stay clear from unknown sources of water outside, as your dog may contract intestinal parasites. 

5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe This Spring 

 As with every change in season, it is important to keep your dog healthy and happy as we transition into spring. Below are 5 ways that will help you ensure that your dog is safe this spring!

Watch out for ticks and fleas

As the weather warms up, ticks and fleas begin to come out and can become quite a problem for your dog. Therefore, flea and tick prevention measures need to be taken to make sure your dog remains healthy during the warmer months. Since fleas can cause a variety of health complications, it is important to start prevention as soon as spring begins. Ask your veterinarian which product is best for your dog, as there are many products that can help combat ticks and fleas. 

Keep an eye out for plants

When planting your spring garden, keep in mind that certain plants are toxic to dogs. Dogs love digging and getting into gardens, so selecting plants that are safe for dogs will put your mind at ease and keep your dog healthy. Hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and some lilies are just some examples of toxic bulbs that can pose problems for your dog. Check with your veterinarian before planting your garden.

Ensure vaccinations are up to date

With more time spent outdoors and in parks, your dog is more likely to come into contact with other dogs, increasing its exposure to infectious diseases. Spring is a good time to check in with your veterinarian to make sure your dog’s vaccinations are all up to date. 

Stay away from mosquitos

In many parts of the country, mosquitos are around year round; however in those parts in which mosquitos come out in spring, it is important to administer heartworm preventative medication to your dog as soon as warmer weather hits. Spring is a good time to make sure your dog has been checked for heartworm and is current on heartworm preventative medication.

Hydration is key

Dogs are generally more active in the spring and thus require more hydration than they did in the winter when they were less physically active. Make sure that you provide your dog with fresh water, refilling the water daily with clean and fresh water.  Try to stay clear from unknown sources of water outside, as your dog may contract intestinal parasites. 

Five Facts About Golden Retrievers

Are you thinking about getting a Golden Retriever? Well, Golden Retrievers are not just one of Hollywood’s favorite dogs, but also a favorite among families across the country. It should come to no surprise then that the Golden Retriever is one the most popular breeds in the United States. After reading the facts below, you will definitely see why!


1. Golden Retrievers originated in Scotland, and were used to retrieve birds and other game during hunting and shooting parties. They were bred to be obedient and receptive to training, as well as to be friendly with humans! No wonder they are great companions!
2. Golden Retrievers love the water and love to play! It is said that they have an innate love of the water. In fact, Zippy Paws was inspired by a Golden Retriever puppy who was playful and loved to have fun! 
3. Golden Retrievers have very gentle dispositions, making them ideal for families with children or other pets. In general, the Golden Retriever is calm and naturally kind and friendly.
4. Golden Retrievers are often susceptible to specific diseases, such as hip dysplasia, so it is necessary that they receive routine checkups to ensure that they are healthy and happy!
5.Golden Retrievers are famous! The breed has been features in films and television series, including Air Bud, Full House, Homeward Bound, Cats and Dogs and Up, just to name a few!

Five Facts About Golden Retrievers

Are you thinking about getting a Golden Retriever? Well, Golden Retrievers are not just one of Hollywood’s favorite dogs, but also a favorite among families across the country. It should come to no surprise then that the Golden Retriever is one the most popular breeds in the United States. After reading the facts below, you will definitely see why!

1. Golden Retrievers originated in Scotland, and were used to retrieve birds and other game during hunting and shooting parties. They were bred to be obedient and receptive to training, as well as to be friendly with humans! No wonder they are great companions!

2. Golden Retrievers love the water and love to play! It is said that they have an innate love of the water. In fact, Zippy Paws was inspired by a Golden Retriever puppy who was playful and loved to have fun! 

3. Golden Retrievers have very gentle dispositions, making them ideal for families with children or other pets. In general, the Golden Retriever is calm and naturally kind and friendly.

4. Golden Retrievers are often susceptible to specific diseases, such as hip dysplasia, so it is necessary that they receive routine checkups to ensure that they are healthy and happy!

5.Golden Retrievers are famous! The breed has been features in films and television series, including Air Bud, Full House, Homeward Bound, Cats and Dogs and Up, just to name a few!

Is A Dog The Right Pet For Me?

If you know anyone with a dog, you are probably well aware of the time, care, and resources it takes to not only own, but properly care for a dog. Unlike cats, but quite similar to children, dogs often need more TLC and attention in order to ensure they are healthy and happy. If you are thinking about getting a dog, look through these points to make sure a dog is in fact the right pet for you. 
Time
Owning a dog can be time consuming and not something to be thought of as “short-term”. Many of their needs are strictly dependent on their owners, such as food, water, exercise and medical attention, should they need it—all of which take time. Be sure that you are not only willing, but also committed to devoting the necessary time to your dog.
Resources
If you do not have too much free time on your hands, but you want to have a dog, it is then important to have the resources to ensure that they are properly cared for. This may include hiring a dog walker, finding a dog daycare or perhaps a dog sitter who will care for your dog while you are away.
Love

Dogs are loving animals and need companionship from their owners. If you are thinking about getting a dog, it is important that the pros (i.e., big, wet kisses when you walk through the door, adoration, unconditional love, etc.) outweigh the cons, such as the time and effort it takes to care for them, or their surprises found on the carpet. If your lifestyle and your heart has room for a dog, then a dog just might be the right pet for you!

Is A Dog The Right Pet For Me?

If you know anyone with a dog, you are probably well aware of the time, care, and resources it takes to not only own, but properly care for a dog. Unlike cats, but quite similar to children, dogs often need more TLC and attention in order to ensure they are healthy and happy. If you are thinking about getting a dog, look through these points to make sure a dog is in fact the right pet for you. 

Time

Owning a dog can be time consuming and not something to be thought of as “short-term”. Many of their needs are strictly dependent on their owners, such as food, water, exercise and medical attention, should they need it—all of which take time. Be sure that you are not only willing, but also committed to devoting the necessary time to your dog.

Resources

If you do not have too much free time on your hands, but you want to have a dog, it is then important to have the resources to ensure that they are properly cared for. This may include hiring a dog walker, finding a dog daycare or perhaps a dog sitter who will care for your dog while you are away.

Love

Dogs are loving animals and need companionship from their owners. If you are thinking about getting a dog, it is important that the pros (i.e., big, wet kisses when you walk through the door, adoration, unconditional love, etc.) outweigh the cons, such as the time and effort it takes to care for them, or their surprises found on the carpet. If your lifestyle and your heart has room for a dog, then a dog just might be the right pet for you!

Why Handles are Essential for Doggy Poop Bags

I don’t know about you, but when I’m out running with my dog, I’m usually juggling the leash, my headphones, a water bottle, and maybe even my iPhone to take a pic of that gorgeous sunset. So how am I supposed to turn the doo-doo bag inside out and tie that annoying knot, all while juggling to keep my hands clean and my headphones from falling into the dirt? 

The answer to the problem is: HANDLES. When we started to design a line of dog waste pick-up bags for ZippyPaws, we knew that handles were the way to go. 

HANDLES = LESS HASSLE
- Everyone (after trying bags with handles)

Keeping to that promise, we now have 3 products to make picking up after your dog a little bit easier. All 3 options come with handles so you’ll never have to worry about unwanted contact with doo-doo! 

Check our chart below to find the product that’s just right for you and your pup. 

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A Day in the Life: Golden Retriever Edition

1. At 6AM, I wake up bright and early! I immediately go wake up mom and dad.


2. After mom wakes up the kids for school, she and I go on a long walk around our neighborhood.

3. As soon as we get home, I drink a ton of water! Then I eat a quick breakfast, and go find the kids.

4. Once the kids get on the bus, mom takes me to the dog park to play with some of my best buds.


5. After the dog park, I take a nap at home on the softest bed ever! Check it out here


6. Once the kids get home from school, they take me out in the backyard and we play fetch with some fun toys! My favorites come from Zippy Paws

7. After we all are tired from playing so much, we all eat dinner together. Sometimes I even get to sit at the table!

8. After dinner, I like to watch TV with my family. Then I get in my comfy bed and get ready for another busy day!

Best Places to Have a Dog

Now, we don’t expect you to move to any of these locations just because they are dog-friendly. However, if you’re in the market, be sure to check these places out!

  1. Portland, Oregon

Dog lovers of the world unite in Portland, Oregon. Endless parks and trails make this city perfect for the active dog!

 

       2. San Francisco, California

Be careful here: your dog may have more social activities than you. With dog meet up groups, dog-friendly restaurants, and the third-most dog parks of any city (in the US), San Francisco is definitely one of the best places to have a dog.

        3. Austin, Texas

For the more pampered dog, try Austin Texas. Your dog can live in the lap of luxury, with dog boutiques, over 35 pet photographers, and a doggy food truck.

        4. Seattle, Washington

Transportation is made easy here in Seattle, where dogs are allowed on all bus lines, ferries, and light rails. Your dog will feel welcomed in dog-friendly Seattle!

 

         5. Boston, Massachusetts

Parks, parties and public roaming spaces. What more could a pup ask for?

 

Dogs Aren’t Just Man’s Best Friend

We all know what loyal companions dogs can make, and it extends to all members of the animal kingdom! 

New Years Resolutions for You and Your Dog

The new year is right around the corner! Have you made your resolutions yet? Even if you don’t typically make New Years resolutions, consider instead setting some goals for you and your dog to enhance your lifestyles and make 2014 one of the best years yet!

1. More Exercise

This is one of the most popular resolutions that people make for the new year, and it can also benefit your dog! Jogging with a canine can make the experience more enjoyable for you and this is also a good way to get your dog’s exercise in! 

2. More Snuggling

Strive to build an even stronger relationship with your furry friend. Spend more time with your pet during the day, snuggle with your pet after you get off work as a way for both of you to relax. Don’t forget to get some new toys!

3. Eating Healthy

This doesn’t necessarily imply dieting, but pay careful attention to what goes in your body. That goes for your pet as well- do you really know what goes into your dog’s food? This year, make it a resolution to thoroughly check both what you feed your furry family member and yourself! This means carefully measuring out food portions as well as finding age-appropriate food for your pet.

4. Groomed to Perfection

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, but grooming is essential for your dog to maintain its luscious locks, avoid tangles, and also for insulation. Make it a goal to take your dog to the doggy salon for some well-deserved pampering every once in a while… and spoil yourself too!

5. Try Something New

You have 365 days to experience something with your pet that you haven’t done before! Make the most of your year by introducing both you and your dog to a new activity! Some suggestions: kayaking, surfing, hiking a new trail, road tripping, or just learning a few new tricks!

Cinematic Canines

The media celebrates those involved in the movie industry, and we thought we’d take this opportunity to look back on some of our favorite canine stars! Do you remember the movies that they were part of?

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1. Buddy

Buddy was a golden retriever found as a stray dog in the Sierra Nevada mountains by Kevin di Cicco. Kevin brought the dog back to San Diego and trained him to play various sports, including basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and hockey. Buddy made his first television appearance on America’s Funniest Home Videos, but his biggest role was in the Air Bud series, where he played a dog very similar to himself and was able to show off his athletic talents.

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2. Marley

Based on a memoir of the same name by John Grogan, the movie Marley & Me was released in 2008, starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, and the lovable yellow Labrador retriever Marley. The cinematic dog was named after reggae singer Bob Marley and is very strong-spirited and difficult to train. Marley’s spirit inspires John as he writes his twice-weekly column and his loyalty is inspiring.

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3. Dug

Created by Pixar and released in 2009, Up starred a young Wilderness explorer named Russell, a cranky widower named Carl Fredricksen, and their loyal canine sidekick, Dug. Dug’s sweet and naive nature made him a huge hit in social media with iconic lines such as, “I was hiding under your porch because I love you,” when Carl and Russell first discover the Golden Retriever stowaway. Fun fact: Dug formerly appeared in Ratatouille as a shadow on the wall that barks at Remy.

4. Beethoven

Beethoven is a St. Bernard puppy who, after being stolen from a pet store by two thieves, finds his way into the Newton family’s home and becomes a beloved member of the household. In trying to name the puppy, the youngest daughter, Emily, plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the puppy barks along, resulting in its name. Beethoven helps the children of the family overcome various problems and also helps the Newton family rescue a group of dogs in unethical experiments, making him the hero of the movie!

5. Slinky Dog

Now, Slinky isn’t, strictly-speaking, the typical furry canine that we know and love, but who could resist the sassy slinky dog from the Toy Story franchise? Slinky Dog is Woody’s loyal dachshund companion and his ability to stretch has helped the toys get across large distances and climb walls.

Winter Safety for Dogs

The holiday season is fast approaching and that also heralds in snowstorms and cold weather. You probably remember to keep yourself warm when you venture outside, but what about your canine companion? Here are some winter safety tips to help both you and your dog enjoy the season!

1. Dress Warmly!

Just as we need our heavy overcoats, hats, scarves, and gloves, don’t forget to dress your dog appropriately for walks. Necessary attire depends on the type of dog- a Siberian Husky will fare much better in the cold weather than a short-coated, wire-coated, or single-coated dog. The age of your dog also matters- bundle up your very young or very old dog in a festive holiday sweater!

2. Watch Out for Ice

A field of snow is great to play in, but watch out for chunks of ice that not only make cleaning up messier, but may also get lodged between  your dog’s toes. Some tips from Exceptional Canine suggest applying petroleum jelly between the toes and on the pads, and periodically brushing snow off your dog’s fur while playing to prevent ice from forming. 

3. Keeping Close

It’s tempting to let your dog run free and experience the winter season, but keep your dog close to avoid slipping on ice, especially frozen bodies of water where the ice might be too thin! Keeping your dog close can also ensure that you can notice if your dog begins to shake excessively or show any cold symptoms. 

4. Avoid an Upset Stomach

Don’t let your dog eat snow! Eating things off the ground might make your dog sick, as there may be unseen objects, chemicals, or insects hidden away. The same goes for snow and ice. This might cause an upset stomach and even hypothermia. Instead, make sure you have some fresh water on you at all times. Even worse, avoid letting your dog close to antifreeze, as it is extremely toxic.

5. Snuggle Up!

The winter season is great for snuggling, and who better to share your couch with than your fluffy cuddle bug? Your dog’s normal temperature is actually a few degrees higher than yours, so keeping your dog warm will also keep you warm! If your dog lives outside, make sure your dog has adequate shelter without drafts and that food and water are kept in places that won’t freeze them.

Stocking Stuffers Under $5

The holiday season is almost upon us and many people are already starting to shop for presents. Don’t forget to put your canine companion on your shopping list! We have some great stocking stuffers for your dog that are inexpensive, fun, and best of all, your order will ship free with any purchase over $10!

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1) Holiday Loopy

The great shape of ZippyPaws’ Loopies make them easy for dogs of all sizes to squeak! Comes in two festive characters: Santa Claus and Reindeer. Contains no stuffing.

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2) Santa Hood

Let your dog get into the holiday spirit as well with this fun accessory! The Santa Hoodie is a fun and stylish accessory for the holiday season. Cute Hoodie wears like a scarf and comes with Velcro closure for an adjustable fit. Comes in 3 different sizes.

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3) Squeakie Buddies

These small squeaky toys come in a variety of animal forms and are great for small dogs! No stuffing.

4) Hedgehogimage

This small hedgehog is a crowd pleaser and would be a great addition to any stocking! They are furry and fun to play with, and come with a little squeaker for some added excitement! Stuffed.

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5) Squeakie Pads

Our Squeakie Pads come in a variety of bright colors and cute animals! This cute, furry toy is packed with EXTREME squeak thanks to 2 large Blasters! Great for small and medium-sized dogs.

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