Dog Supplies Needed!

Looking for a place to donate all those unused dog supplies?  Look no more, because our Rescue Drive starts this week!  Wednesday, October 1st is the first day of our drive, “We’re on a Mission to Help Family Addition!”  There will be bins outside on the front porch for anyone that would like to donate supplies to Family Addition Dog Rescue of Charlotte.   The address of Little Friends Pet Sitting is 1516 Kenilworth Avenue Charlotte, NC 28203.  There are a lot of dogs in need out there, please help us get as many supplies on the list below, as possible.  The last day of the drive is October 31st:)  Thank you in advance to everyone who is planning to donate supplies, we are very excited to sponsor Family Addition Dog Rescue!

  • Leashes/Collars
  • Beds
  • Food (Purina One adult and puppy dry food)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Any new/gently used dog items
  • Petco/Petsmart Gift Cards
  • Cleaning Products (paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent, disinfecting wipes)
  • Monetary funds may be donated via Paypal on their website or you can mail a check to Family Addition PO Box 1246  Huntersville, NC 28070-1246.

 

Upcoming Events in the Queen City!

Charlotte has got a lot of events going on this fall, here are some fun ones you do not want to miss.  Hope to see your smiling faces there, look for the Little Friends table!:)

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5th Annual Dog Gone Rescue Festival on 9.27.14 from 10-2 pm at Walter Elisha Park, all proceeds benefit The Humane Society of York County.  http://www.humanesocietyofyorkcounty.org/events/2014-5th-annual-dog-gone-good-time-festival

Canine Cafe presents Barktoberfest on 10.18.14 from 10-2 pm at Triple C Brewery- Food, Beer and fun with your doggies!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1531391853758386/

Girls Night Out at Reflections by Rhiannon on 10.23.14 at 6-9 pm- Shop, Eat and Meet! https://www.facebook.com/events/370743033081092/

Ties and Tales Gala benefiting the Humane Society on 10.25.14 from 6-11 pm, Black Tie Gala with dinner, dancing and auctions to follow!  tiesandtailsgala.org

2nd Annual Puppy Up! Lake Norman on 11.8.14 from 9:30-12:30 pm-a walk to support and raise awareness for canine cancer.  http://puppyuplakenorman.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1109078

“Paws”itively Matthews on 11.15.14 from 10-4 pm- Food Truck, Beer/Wine Garden, and a DJ!  http://www.matthewsnc.gov/Departments/ParksRecreation/PawsitivelyMatthews.aspx

 

Our Fall Rescue Drive starts October 1st!

Little Friends is kicking off Fall with our first Rescue Drive, and we want everyone to know about it!  Starting October 1st, our team will be accepting needed supplies to donate to a local rescue, Family Addition Dog Rescue of Charlotte.  We need everyone to help so we can help animals in need.  Family Addition Dog Rescue of Charlotte is a small group of like minded individuals who dedicate their homes and their hearts to providing refuge to the many abandoned, abused and neglected dogs of our community.

We will be accepting supplies until the drive ends on October 31st at our office.  Please see below for the list of supplies that are in high demand at Family Addition of Charlotte.  There will be a box on the front porch of Little Friends for anyone who would like to donate, we are located at 1516 Kenilworth Avenue Charlotte, NC 28203.  Lets make this happen everyone, please share this with anyone who would like to help out!

  • Leashes/Collars
  • Beds
  • Food (Purina One adult and puppy dry food)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Treats
  • Toys
  • Any new/gently used dog items
  • Petco/Petsmart Gift Cards
  • Cleaning Products (paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent, disinfecting wipes)
  • Monetary funds may be donated via PayPal on their website or you can mail a check to Family Addition PO Box 1246 Huntersville, NC 28070-1246

“We’re On a Mission to Help Family Addition”

October 1-31st, 2014

Charlotte, NC, September 22, 2014:  Little Friends Pet Sitting is kicking off fall by sponsoring a rescue drive, our first drive will help Family Addition Dog Rescue of Charlotte.  Our office will have a box on our front porch (located at 1516 Kenilworth Avenue Charlotte, NC 28203) from October 1st-31st, we will accept anything from the list of needed supplies below. These will be hand-delivered November 1st from a team member, once the drive has ended.  If you would like more information about Family Addition Rescue, please go to our website and check out the “PaWz 4 Giving” tab.  If you are a client, please give your donations to your sitter and have them drop it off in the box at our office.  If you are a sitter or you just want to give supplies to this rescue, you can drop donations off in the box as well.  All clients, staff, friends and families are encouraged to help!

 

5th Annual Dog Gone Rescue Festival

On Saturday, September 27th come out to Walter Elisha Park and help us raise money to support our local Humane Society of York County!  From 10-2 pm, Little Friends will be one of the many sponsors present at this event.   There will be food, a bounce house, contests, music and a one-mile fun walk for people and their dogs!  Help us and everyone else in Fort Mill help our animals.  We are really excited to be a part of this fundraising event, please bring your fur babies with you as well.  This year’s goal is to raise $25,000, lets make it happen.

If you are interested, you can register to become a vendor or sponsor at http://www.firstgiving.com/hsyc/5th-annual-dog-gone-good-time-festival.  You can contact Mary Beth Knapp via the website as well with any questions regarding the Dog Gone Rescue Festival.  The location of the festival is 345 N White Street Fort Mill, South Carolina.  Share with your friends, family and co-workers so we can help as many animals as possible.  We look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday!

Dog Gone Rescue Festival Flyer

Dog Approved People Food

I feel like I am or someone around me is always asking, “Can dogs eat this?”  If you have a hard time feeding your dog their pet-only food, this article is for you.  Just so you do not have to Google what dogs can or can not have, next time you give them your table scraps.  People food is okay, but certain ones as we know are fatal to dogs, such as chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, macadamia nuts, avocado, alcohol, or coffee.


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My dogs love apples, edamame (sans their shell), and carrots. I try to feed them healthier treats when I do feed them a “treat” or slip them a piece of what we are eating.  Here is a list of some dog approved foods and why.  Peanut butter (we all know dogs love PB and they even make dog Peanut Butter now) is a good source of protein.  Cottage cheese (as long as your dog is not lactose intolerant) as a treat, but monitor your dog after they eat it.  Carrots are great for their teeth and rich in beta carotene/vitamin A.  Sugar-free yogurt is a probiotic and good for their digestive systems.  Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, you can buy it in a can (the one you would buy for a pumpkin pie).  Apple slices of course, they help clean the leftovers off their teeth and are a good source of Vitamin A and C.  And eggs are even a healthy snack, next time you are making breakfast, scramble one up for your pup!  If you want to read more about other foods that are dog-friendly, go to http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-nutrition/Dog-Approved-People-Food

Research online before you give your dog any human food, if you do not already know.  If your dog has any kind of unusual reaction please call your veterinary hospital.

What is 2 Million Dogs?

Little Friends recently signed up for an amazing event, called Puppy Up! in Lake Norman on November 8th and we want to share some information about it with everyone!  Puppy Up! began with a promise to raise awareness of canine cancer one mile, one city and one person at a time.  It started in 2008, with Luke Robinson and his two dogs, walking 2,000 miles from Austin to Boston to fulfill the promise he made to his dog Malcolm, who died from canine cancer.  With the walk being over, they need help to continue fulfilling this.  The idea was formed on the premise that if 2 dogs can walk 2,000 miles then 2 million dogs can walk 2 miles.  This years goal is to raise $15,000!

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The second annual Puppy Up! Lake Norman event is at 9:30-12:00 pm at Jetton Park in Cornelius.  Little Friends will have a table there and we look forward to seeing everyone!  This event raises money to fund canine cancer and oncology research and the goal is to rid the world of its deadliest disease.  Come out and honor the friends that we have lost and walk for those we can still help.  If you are interested in donating, sponsoring or being a vendor go to their website, http://puppyuplakenorman.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1109078.  We encourage all of you to be a part of the event  on November 8th, see you at 19000 Jetton Road Cornelius, NC 28031 at 9:30 am.

 

K-9 Capers to the Rescue!

Have you heard of K-9 Capers in Concord?  Does your pup need family-friendly (kids must be on board too) training?  If you have not heard of them, you must check K-9 Capers out!  They are a  “reward based” dog training facility  that can help you train your dog or puppy based on their breed/mix.  They help you understand your pet’s needs and make sure their needs are met as well.  K-9 Capers offers family- friendly behavior modification training programs as well.  Since no two dogs are alike, individual learning plans are created that work with your dog and family!

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If you have a puppy, they offer a new program called “Academy Day School” for puppies 12 weeks and older.  The Academy day training program is much like private school for children.  Your pup will become socialized while exercising their mind and learning new skills. The planned activities and playgroups are structured in accordance to Dr Karen Pryor, founder of innovative positive clicker training used at Sea World and other training facilities worldwide.  These exercises and training games will help your dog with self-control,obedience, sharing toys, and becoming a better family member. A well exercised and socialized dog is fun to have in your home, and less likely to be destructive or disobedient.  You drop your dog off at our training facility 2-3 times per week for a full or half a day’s intensive training, exercise and play. Total number of weeks depends on your training goals, but 3-4 is typical  and play dates can be discussed.

They also offer boarding, grooming, private lessons and a variety of classes/workshops.  If you are interested in any of their services or programs, please visit their website for more information and pricing, www.k9capersTraining.com.  The prices are very reasonable as well.  K-9 Capers Dog Training Academy is located at 2139 Supply Court  Concord, NC 28027.

A little something from their groomer, Monica:
K-9 Capers Grooming believes your dog should enjoy a trip to the grooming salon and not fear it!
We understand how much your pet means to you and your family. That is why we do everything we
can to assure your dog receives a happy, positive and relaxing grooming experience.
Our trained groomer incorporates a gentle and tender loving care approach. By taking her time to
make your doggie feel at ease so that he/she does not fear trips to the groomer. Having a bonding
session and enjoying treats before a nail trim or bath is not uncommon for our doggie clients.
Our groomer understands that each dog is different and has his or her own unique personality, and
that grooming techniques must be catered to each dog’s individual needs.  Now taking private appointments, call for a free Consultation.  Monica: 704.303.7010

 

Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day…hopefully everyone is enjoying their day off and relaxing!  If you are looking for a free event that is kid and pet friendly, come out to the Pawtism Festival in Matthews today!  We are here from 10-5 pm and it raises awareness for two great causes, Autism and Animal Rescue Groups.

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We hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day and the beautiful weather!  See you at the Pawtism Festival in Matthews.