Are Your Pets All Tagged Up?

More pets get lost and/or wind up in shelters during the 4th of July than any other holiday. Make sure ALL your doggies and kitties are wearing current ID tags throughout the holiday weekend, and thGoog_Pet_Tags_2Sidesat they’re safely confined while you’re away from the house, especially after dusk. If you need new tags made quickly, we have our own engraving machine at the store and can make tags while you shop.

What’s In Your Pet’s Escape Pod?

In honor of National Pet Appreciation Week (6/7 to 6/13) we’re focusing on the “unexpected” things that can arise for you and your pets, like how to pack up and go in the event of an emergency. Being prepared is easier than you think.

Emergency Pet Items


Collect this short list of items and keep them in a special tote box that’s marked and ready to go…ideally next to the one that has all of Your Emergency Stuff in it. Then put an auto-reminder on your calendar to change out the food and water every 6 months for freshness.

  • One week supply of pet food
  • One week supply of water
  • One week of medications
  • Carrier or Crate
  • Leashes, Collars & ID tags
  • Bedding, Blankets or Towels
  • Poop Bags, Paper Towels & Cleaners
  • Cat Tray, Litter & Scooper
  • Recent photos to help ID your pet

Best of Alameda Nomination

Alameda Magazine’s annual Best of Alameda contest continues this month through May 31st. We’re deeply honored to be on the ballot this yeai-pVW5nzB-XLr as the only independent and family-owned store in the Best Pet Store category. Please vote!!!


Adopt-a-Rescued-Guinea Pig Month

Guinea_pigs.3The ASPCA started National Adopt-A-Rescued-Guinea Pig Month back in 2002 to help raise awareness about guinea pigs in shelters and about pet cavies in general. Guinea pigs are rewarding pets when cared for properly. Many can be found in rescues and shelters around the world, waiting for their forever home. They are are social animals and should be kept in pairs. Learn more at the ASPCA’s page on Guinea Pigs.

February is Adopt-a-Rescued-Rabbit Month

We’re big fans of Rabbits here at the store and are positively delighted to see that they’ve earned their own special month on the calendarRabbit Supplies that is NOT related to Easter. Look for bunny-related posts from us throughout February.

Holiday Safety Hazards for Pets

The holidays are fun, even for pets, but the season brings added risks for our four-legged family members. Learn to recognize and manage holiday hazards to keep your pet safe throughout the festivities.


Tinsel is attractive, especially to cats. Tinsel is not toxic but consuming tinsel can cause serious harm to your pet’s digestive system. The long, tough strands can actually cut through the intestine and cause peritonitis.


Pets love to play with bright, colorful ornaments, but may end up breaking or even chewing and swallowing these fragile decorations. Sharp, broken pieces can lacerate the animal’s mouth,christmas-pet-safety-tips throat, and digestive tract. Larger pieces can cause an obstruction and emergency surgery may be needed.

Christmas Trees

Cats love to climb trees, especially when the tree is indoors and loaded with ornaments and other decorations that look a lot like cat toys. A climbing cat can pull a fully decorated Christmas tree crashing to the ground, potentially injuring the animal. Tree water may contain dangerous fertilizers and stagnant tree water may contain unhealthy bacteria, which is dangerous to both dogs and cats.

Mistletoe and Holly

Consuming holly may cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Eating mistletoe can result in stomach upset and even heart problems. A cat may suffer kidney failure after ingesting some types of lilies.


A dog or cat that eats chocolate may experience vomiting and diarrhea, panting, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures and, in severe cases, even death. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic compounds it contains.


Consuming raw bread dough is dangerous for pets, as heat from the animal’s body causes the dough to rise inside its stomach. The pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating.

I Think My Pet Ate It! Now What?

If your pet has encountered or ingested one of these holiday hazards, contact your veterinarian without delay. Make this holiday season merry for everyone by keeping your animal companions safe from these potential holiday hazards.


ASPCA, “Holiday Safety Tips.” 2014.

Pet Poison HelpLine, “Winter Holiday Pet Poison Tips.” 2014




Holiday Photos to Benefit FAAS – Saturday, 12/6

It’s time for Santa Paws at Alameda See Spot Run on Saturday, December 6th from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Photos of your pet with Santa for only $30. All proceeds benefit Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS).

Contact 510-337-8575 or to schedule your photo sitting.

Join Us for Yappy Hour Every Thurs & Fri Eve in September

In celebration of our expanded evening hours and three years in business,  we’re hosting “Yappy Hour” every Thursday and Friday eve in September from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Stop by the store with your on-leash companion to enjoy a complimentary beverage while your dog dines on a free raw food dinner. Can’t bring your dog with you? No problem. Stop by anyways and we’ll send you home with the ultimate “doggie bag” for your pooch.

As always, there’s free parking available in back of store. Contact us with any questions.

Phone: (510) 523-SPOT


Join Us for Yappy Hour!

My Secret Escape: Hanging Out With The Pet Ambassadors

I  have a secret escape that I look forward to on a designated Saturday each month. It’s a brief respite from long days and endless to-do lists, and it always brings a smile to my face. It’s the hour I spend with the amazing  kids and parents who attend our Pet Ambassadors Club that we sponsor with Hopalong & Second Chance Rescue.

Watching these kids learn how to interact carefully and respectfully with animals gives me real joy; and hearing the thoughtful questions from their parents reminds me of the pet evolution that’s occurred in my own family for years. I especially love the time we spend doing pet-themed crafts. There’s nothing like hanging out with a bunch of creative youngsters and an assortment of art supplies to put your world in perspective…at least for an hour. Then it’s back to reality, but with a freshly charged battery.

My thanks go out to all the kids and parents who join us each month. I’m also deeply grateful to Katie Carney from Hopalong & Second Chance, who shares her gifts in teaching kids about animals and helps make the club my favorite place to be for a special hour every month.

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The Cat Chat – Thursday 6/19, 6:30 to 7:30pm

Join us for a summer evening discussion about feline behavior and all things cat-related on Thursday 6/19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This FREE event will be moderated by Hopalong & Second Chance Rescue’s in-house cat expert, Katie Carney and is part of our ongoing education series. Space is limited, so please contact us to reserve yours: (510) 523-SPOT or email Free parking is available in back of the store.

Kat with Ambassadors


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