Pet Lovers

Checklist for the Perfect Canine Companion?

CHECK-LIST FOR ADOPTING A DOG: _____ Happy _____ Family friendly _____ Sweet, easy-going disposition _____ Compact size _____ Easy to groom _____ Energetic _____ Outgoing _____ Gentle _____ Social _____ Lovable _____ Gets along well with other dogs _____ Loyal Say no more… You need a Beagle! Unfortunately, Animal Shelters are always FULL of beagles… Read more »

Healing Music

We rescued our sweet little Rex about 3 years ago and it’s a wonder he hasn’t chewed off all his feet and shredded his ears by now. We’ve been to a number of veterinarian specialists, changed his food and treats numerous times, put him on allergy supplements, used special salves and soaks for his paws,… Read more »

Black Cat Mythology

Oct. 27 was Black Cat Day. Is there any coincidence that it is two days before Halloween? I think not! I was just reading about the stigma and superstition behind the black cat and, frankly, it’s just plain silly. Yet there are those who will turn around if a black cat crosses their path… probably… Read more »

Doggie Navigation

I was walking my dog through our neighborhood yesterday, with it’s curvy sidewalks cutting through grassy public areas, and was amused at how he insisted on staying on the sidewalk. Likewise, I remember taking my last dog on walks through the woods and she would stay on the trail, never veering too far off the… Read more »

Belly Rubs

Not to appear arrogant or boastful, but we at Holiday Barn consider ourselves to be experts on belly rubbing. Yeah… we pretty much wrote the book! When consented, our guests enjoy regular belly rubbings while they’re here on vacation. It’s kind of like us enjoying a good massage when we go on vacation! Did you… Read more »


I didn’t hear the term “zoomies” until I started working at Holiday Barn. I had witnessed my 4-legged pals with the zoomies before, but never put a name to it. Do you know what the Zoomies are? It’s when your dog spontaneously freaks out… running like a crazed fool… circling like the Tasmanian devil… until… Read more »

Hunting Dogs

Hunting with dogs has become such a controversial issue. Some of the controversies center around the game that is being hunted, but much comes from animal rights advocates attempting to put a stop to what they consider inhumane treatment of the hunting dogs. The stereotypical hunter is seen as having no care or compassion when it… Read more »

Checklist for Missing Dog

“My dog/cat is missing.” For pet lovers like ourselves, that is probably our worst nightmare. Our minds would be filled with questions… Where is he? Is he hurt? Is he scared? Is he hungry… and so on… It’s just unthinkable. Our first response would be to panic. It’s difficult to think in panic mode, so… Read more »

The 10 Commandments of Canine Respect

There must be hundreds of articles online about earning your dog’s respect, or how to get your dog to respect you. But here’s a new concept: I think we need to respect our dogs. I mean, let’s face it… they put up with a lot from us, and they love and respect us regardless. Don’t… Read more »

Pet Parenting Styles

Just for fun… Here’s something fun to do…. Take a look at these parenting styles of pet Mom and Dad’s and see if you can relate… They are a little extreme, but that’s the fun part! Where do you fit in? Most likely, you will see yourself in several categories, and rightly so. That just… Read more »