Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays: Thanksgiving

For a lot of people, Thanksgiving is THE holiday of the year, and there are lots of reasons why: good food, football, fun with friends and family, etc.

But it is also important to remember to keep our pets in mind on this big day. Keeping them safe lets everyone enjoy the holiday fun!

For a great set of tipe, please visit: AVMA: Thanksgiving Pet Safety

Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Holidays: Travel

For many people, the holidays are time to get together with friends and loved ones, and often that means it’s time for a road trip!

However you travel, if you plan to take your pet along, you should plan their trip as carefully as you plan your own, or even more so. ;-)

The AVMA has posted a great list of tips for traveling with your pet: 11 things you can do to make travel safer for you and your pet.

Beware of Pet Flippers

It’s called “Pet Flipping’ and this scary topic is starting to show up in the news all too often. Flippers find a lost pet, claim a lost pet that, or even steal a pet from a yard or park, and then sell it.

What can a pet caregiver do? Well, for starters:

  • keep an eye on your pet at all times - at the park, while shopping or dining at a pet-friendly location, or even in your own yard
  • be aware if someone at the park or someone you meet out on a walk shows too much interest in your dog, things like “how much does a dog like that cost” can be a warning sign
  • not leave your pet unattended - don’t tie them outside a store while you “run in for a minute,” don’t leave them in the car, don’t leave them along outside your home
  • get your pets microchipped to make identifying/claiming them easier

Superstorm Sandy Resources - List Updated With NJ Transit Info

I’ve added the following to the main the list, under the “Find Gas” section. But I’ll also post it here for quick reference…Here’s the link to the main list: /blog/2012/11/2/hurricanesuperstorm-sandy-find-gas-hotels-food-in-nj-other-r.html

NJ Transit Post-Hurricane Service Updates and Travel Options

NJ Transit has posted an update for the following (click on the links to see the latest details):

  • Rail and Light Rail Service:
  • Bus Service
    • Emergency Shuttle Bus Service to Ferries/Manhattan:
    • List of NJ TRANSIT bus routes that parallel NJ TRANSIT rail stations:
    • List of NJ TRANSIT bus routes by town:
      • Access Link Service: All service will resume on Wednesday, November 7 pending local weather conditions.
      • RideShare Information:
      • Additional Customer Tips:
        • You can also get updates via the My Transit alert system (, which delivers travel advisories for your specific trip to your cell phone, PDA or pager; or ny calling their automated line: (973)275-5555

Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy - Find Gas, Hotels, Food in NJ + Other Resources

Here are the sites I’m finding most useful. Feel free to pass along others; I’ll update as I get new info! [Updated: Added NJ Transit info 11/7/2012]

Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy Resources

Find Open Gas Stations

NJ Transit Post-Hurricane Service Updates and Travel Options

NJ Transit has posted an update for the following (click on the links to see the latest details):

Dog-friendly Fun Summer Activities

Looking for ways to have fun outside now that the big “official start of summer” weekend is here? I’ve got your back, jack - I’ve updated the Pet Events Calendar with Fun Things to Do! Dreaming of vacation and some serious R&R? Check out “Taking your dog with you on vacation?” for some ideas and tips. You’re welcome. Now head on out and have some fun with your furry best friend!