Pet Lovers

IT’S POISON PREVENTION WEEK!

As a pet owner, what are two phone numbers you should always have handy? Your vet, of course, and an animal poison control hotline. You never know when your inherently curious, high-spirited bouncing bundle of fur is going to get into something toxic. You need to be ready. Real life Story “I was so glad… Read more »

A LOOK AT THE LABRADOODLE!

This month’s Camper of the Month for Glen Allen is an adorable little brown Labradoodle appropriately named Coco! Who is responsible for the name? Fairly new in terms of breeding, the labradoodle has an interesting history. The name “labradoodle” was actually first used in 1955 when Donald Campbell, a British speed breaker, in his autobiography… Read more »

CANINE BODY LANGUAGE 101!

I pride myself in being a good doggie parent…. I make sure Max gets the best nutrition he can possibly get, he sees a vet regularly, I take him for walks, I spend time with him, dote on him and give him lots of affection… but I learned today that I don’t have a clue… Read more »

FURRY TALES!

Today we will be reading a fairy tale over the intercom to our guests before nap time! We are, admittedly and purposely, a little “crazy” when it comes to boarding activities, but this one makes sense – for lots of reasons! Intelligence Ask any dog lover and they’ll all agree, DOGS ARE SMART! Science has… Read more »

DO I REALLY NEED TO WALK MY DOG?

This week we celebrate “Walking the Dog Day”! No kidding… it really is a holiday! Sometimes it’s hard to carve time out of your busy schedule to take your dog for a walk. We tend to try and justify reasons for NOT walking the dog… “He’s been out in the back yard all morning…that should… Read more »

PUPPY LOVE

One of our recent facebook posts shows Campers Nina and Molson delightfully romping and playing, obviously enjoying the other’s company and companionship. It is apparent that there is a “connection” between the two… each is displaying a gentleness towards the other, each playfully demonstrating submissiveness and trust. Our Camp manager described them as “falling head… Read more »

RUNNING WITH YOUR DOG

Having trouble staying motivated to train for the upcoming Richmond SPCA 5k? We know of a great exercise motivator! Your dog! True, your dog cannot run with you in the 5K, but he can help you get ready! It’s sometimes too easy to convince your human running partner to skip a workout, but it’s not… Read more »

Get Ready For Your Dog’s Vacation!

It’s not too early to start planning your dog’s next “holiday” with Holiday Barn! Your preparation for dog boarding starts well before you walk in our lobby with leash in hand! If you anticipate sending your 4-legged friend on vacation in the upcoming months, here are some things to keep in mind. Take a Tour… Read more »

ROSCOE KNOWS IT’S FRIDAY!

I’ve been staring at her for at least 10 minutes now. . . Surely she’ll be up soon…I don’t want to be late. Wait…oh… I think I saw a twitch… yeah… and another… “ROSCOE!” Mom yells as she comes flying out of her bed! “You scared me half to death!” Really, Mom? Get outta bed,… Read more »