Pet Lovers

When your Dog loses his Best Friend

There was the most beautiful husky at the Stony Point mall the other day…. I asked her owner if I could pet her, and she was proud to allow me to do so, but the dog didn’t respond to me in any way. She didn’t look towards me, she didn’t come closer to me when… Read more »

Small Dog Syndrome

When we get a new large-breed puppy, we always think, “We’d better get that puppy in Training as soon as possible because when he grows up, we won’t be able to handle him.” It is often a different story when we get a small breed pup. We think that because he will still be small… Read more »

Respiratory Allergies in Pets

Respiratory Allergies in Dogs We recently talked about ways to help your dog battle allergies during this time of the year. In this blog we discussed how allergens generally affect your dog, namely, scratching the face, licking at the feet and pawing at the ears. However, in the last couple of years, we have been… Read more »

Dog Swimming & Safety Tips for the James River

One of the best things about the city of Richmond is the James River. Not only is it an amazing resource for humans to go swimming, rafting, fishing, and kayaking, but it’s also a great place to take your dog for an afternoon of playful exercise.  There are a lot of dog-friendly water locations along the James River… Read more »

Battling Spring Allergies in Dogs

Back in the October when we talked about “Fall Allergies in Dogs”, I never thought about just how bad allergies are in the Spring too. Poor Rex, unfortunately, has allergies all year round, but with all the changes going on in our environment during this time of year, he’s just miserable! All the beautiful things… Read more »

Dog Breeders in VA: How to Choose a Responsible Breeder

A few months back, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring issued a warning to families looking to buy a purebred puppy. Many Virginia families had become victims of “Puppy Fraud”, paying hundreds of dollars to a breeder only to find that the puppy didn’t even exist. If you’re looking for that perfect purebred puppy, it can… Read more »

Moving with Your Dog

We are getting ready to move again for the umpteenth time and already I can tell that our nervous energy is rubbing off on Rex. We haven’t even started packing yet but he knows something is up. I’ve noticed he is a little more “jumpy” than usual, and he stays at my feet constantly. It’s… Read more »

Preventing Matting

Have you ever noticed when you bring your dog into the Holiday Barn Pet Resorts Spa, or any Grooming Shop for that matter, that the Groomer or the employee at check-in, rubs her hands all over your dog while discussing options with you? There’s a reason for that, and it’s not affection… although, we always… Read more »

Virginia Winter Safety Tips for Dogs

Did you know that the coldest day on record in Virginia was -30 (yes, that’s “minus” 30) in January 1985?! Yikes! I know, that is a very extreme and very rare occurrence, but, none-the-less, it can get really cold in this state! Just look at the weather we had at the beginning of this January!… Read more »

The Year of the Dog

There is going to be a lot of excitement at the ‘Barn in February! Why? Because the Year of the Dog begins! Sure, it’s not typically an American tradition, but we are up for any kind of celebration at Holiday Barn! Are you familiar with the Chinese Zodiac and the Year of the Dog? Allow… Read more »

Understanding “Survival Mode”

This has always fascinated me… the fact that if you lose your dog and find him a few days later, he may not recognize you! Have you heard of that? It’s for real. I could never understand it. We’ve all seen those videos of returning soldiers reuniting with their dogs…. They may have been deployed… Read more »