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National Love Your Pet Day

National Love Your Pet Day

February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day. This is a day to pamper your pets and celebrate the bond you have with them. Pets bring a lot of joy and companionship to our lives, and this day offers a chance to show your appreciation. Consider doing the following activities on National Love Your Pet Day this year.

Adopt a New Pet

If you’ve been thinking of getting a new pet, visit a local shelter or contact a local rescue group about adopting one. When you adopt a pet, you’re giving an animal in need a loving home. Whether you want a mixed breed or you have a specific breed in mind, rescue groups and animal shelters can help you find your new furry friend.

Support a Local Rescue Group or Animal Shelter

If you adopted pets from a local rescue group or animal shelter, consider donating on National Love Your Pet Day as a way to show your support. You can send a monetary donation, or check with the rescue group or shelter to see if they need supplies donated, such as blankets or towels.

Take Your Pets for a Long Walk

Spend more time with your pets by taking them on a longer walk than usual. This gives them a chance to explore the neighborhood and get more exercise. Being able to take in new scents and see new sights is an exciting activity for many dogs.

Play with Your Pets

Playtime offers a great way to strengthen your bond with your pets. Set aside extra time to play with your pets in order to celebrate National Love Your Pet Day. Whether you have dogs that love playing fetch outside or cats that enjoy chasing toy mice around, your pets will appreciate the extra quality time with you.

Take Your Pets for a Car Ride

If you have pets who love going for car rides, plan on doing one with them this February 20th. You can take your pets for a short drive around the neighborhood, or do a longer drive with them around town.

Give Your Pets New Toys or Treats

Surprise your pets with new toys on National Love Your Pet Day. You can use these new toys during your extra long playtime. You can also surprise your pets with their favorite treats or try new treats they might enjoy. If you’re currently training them, use the treats as rewards during any training sessions you have on this day.

Benefits of Trimming Your Candle Wicks

Benefits of Trimming Your Candle Wicks

Why Trim Candle Wicks

When you trim wicks, you can expect your candles to provide more illumination. Untrimmed wicks can cause candle flames to take on a dull appearance, which affects the amount of light they give off. Trimming the wick allows the flame to have a clearer and brighter burn.

Keeping wicks shorter also means your candles will have a cleaner burn. Some candles create a black, sooty residue when you burn them. This can leave marks on ceilings or other nearby surfaces. If your candles are in jars, you’re likely to see unsightly black marks inside the glass near the top. Trimming wicks on a regular basis helps reduce the amount of residue candles produce while burning.

Trimming candle wicks helps candles last longer as well. Longer wicks tend to burn at a faster rate, which means they're used up more quickly. When you keep the wicks trimmed, you can expect to get more use out of your candles overall.

When to Trim Candle Wicks

You should get into the habit of trimming your candle wick before each use. In general, you should trim candle wicks to about 1/4 inch before lighting them. Doing this before each use helps ensure that your candles burn safely and brightly.

How to Trim Candle Wicks

To trim candle wicks, carefully cut each wick with a pair of small scissors or a wick trimmer. For best results and for safety purposes, trim wicks when they’re at room temperature. If you forgot to trim the wick before burning your candle, for example, let it cool down before cutting it.

In addition to trimming wicks, you should also remove any debris that’s on the wax before lighting your candles, since this also helps them burn safely. In some cases, this involves removing trimmings that have fallen onto the wax when you cut the wick. Keep in mind that it’s time to replace your candles with new ones when about a 1/2 inch of wax is left in the jar.

Why Your Dog's Paws Smell Like Corn Chips

Why Your Dog's Paws Smell Like Corn Chips

Many dog owners love to get up close and personal with their canine pets. If you’ve had your dog’s paw in your face, you may notice the faint smell or buttery popcorn or salty tortilla chips. Many people describe this smell as “Frito Feet,” named after the popular snack.

Of all the smells our dogs can accumulate, this smell is very unique and may be unsettling to dog owners who have never noticed it before. The good news is that in most cases, it’s a perfectly natural smell that comes with being a dog. If the smell is extreme and overpowering, it may be a sign your dog needs a trip to the vet.

Here some information to help demystify the origin behind this distinctive aroma.

Where the Odor Comes From

Unlike humans who have eccrine (sweat) glands all over the body, sweat glands are entirely absent on the bodies of animals like dogs, cats, cattle, and sheep—with the exception of the paws pads and lip area. Due to a dog’s inability to sweat elsewhere, their paws pads and mouth work overtime to keep them cool. Paws also secrete small amounts of fluid that keep the paw pads supple.
Proteus and pseudomonas are common bacteria involved in the biodegrading process and are typically found on soil, plants, and feces. These bacteria can give off a yeasty odor, similar to snack chips. Since dogs typically spend most of their time outside with their paws exposed to the bare earth, the bacteria can get trapped between their paw pads. When sweat, paw secretions, and the bacteria interact with the moist skin on your dog’s paws, it’s a perfect environment for bacteria to thrive.

When it Can Become a Problem

No matter how clean your dog is, their paws will likely retain a bit of that corn-chip tang. That’s perfectly normal. If the smell becomes overpowering, you see raw skin around the paws, or you notice your dog starting to chew or lick its paws constantly, it may be a sign of a yeast or fungal infection. The proteus bacteria is also associated with urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs, so it’s a good idea to keep their paws as clean as possible to minimize opportunities for bacterial growth.

You can help keep your pet’s paws healthy by trimming their nails at regular intervals, keeping the fur between their nails trimmed, and washing their paws occasionally with a hypoallergenic soap.  Taking regular care of your pet’s paws will ensure their ‘Frito Feet’ doesn’t become more than just a mild pet odor.

Four Fun Ways to Get Indoor Cats Moving

Four Fun Ways to Get Indoor Cats Moving

COVID-19 is currently impacting everyone’s routines and pets are no exceptions. As people bring more work home and occupy more space in their home for longer periods of time, indoor cats may become more reclusive. To maintain their mental and physical health it’s important that cats continue to get exercise while everyone is sheltering in place.

Here are some ways you can encourage your indoor cat to keep moving:

Create a “Kitty Coliseum”

Take a large cardboard box, a bathtub, or some other enclosed space and put a ball or elusive cat toy inside. This will activate your cat’s ‘prey instincts’ and keep them moving and engaged in safe, contained space. If it’s a bathtub or another slick surface, your cat will get additional agility and balance exercise and you may get some extra laughs as they attempt to keep their footing.

Cat Towers

Multi-story ‘cat towers’ or ‘cat trees’ are a great way to encourage your cat to play and climb. These can be found in most pet stores and range from simple to extreme. If you have a particularly tall tower, hiding a fragrant treat or cat toy at the top will motivate your cat to get a great workout. If your cat is particularly energetic, you can add in an agility course. It’s ideal to keep the action away from your work station to avoid mishaps.

Cat Wands

Flexible wand-style toys with a feather, fake rodent or something colorful on the other end are safe, fun and interactive play for cats and their owners. If you have a fishing-pole-style toy, you can create some extra slack and run the toy up, over and around furniture. The ensuing chase will dial up the exercise intensity and give your cat a satisfying capture once they make their catch. There are also remote control cat toys on the market that can provide hours of fun and exercise.

Exercise Wheels or Treadmills

While it is harder to teach old cats new tricks, cats can be trained to use an exercise wheel or treadmill, with supervision. This is great if you live in an apartment or have limited space. Cats who have lots of energy to burn or are easily enticed by toys will often do well on an exercise wheel. Your cat may be reluctant when a large, new device is introduced into their space. Give them time to get comfortable with it and use treats an incentive to pique their curiosity.

What are the Different Types of Wax Warmers?

What are the Different Types of Wax Warmers?

Wax melts (aka wax tarts) offer an alternative to candles, but you’ll need a wax warmer or melter to use them. You’ll find at least a few different kinds of wax warmers available. Which one should you choose for your home? Keep the following information on wax warmers and melters in mind when you’re deciding which type to use.

Tea Light

Tea light wax warmers use tea light candles to produce heat for wax melts. This type of warmer is an ideal choice if you enjoy the ambience that a lit candle provides in your home. Keep in mind that you might want to use unscented tea light candles, since wax melts have their own scent. If you do use scented tea light candles, you can try different scent combinations with the candle and wax melt to create your own aroma.

Electric with Light Bulb

Electric wax warmers use different sources of electric heat for wax melts. Some electric wax warmers use a light bulb for heat, such as incandescent bulbs. The wattages vary depending on the wax warmer you’re using. The advantage of using an electric wax warmer with a bulb is that it provides you with some light along with a pleasant scent. You also don’t have to worry about having an open flame in your home as you would with a tea light wax warmer.

Electric Outlet Plug-in

Some electric wax melters or warmers are plug-in models that you can easily use in any available outlet. These are a good option if you want to keep your wax warmers out of the way instead of having to find space for them on a table or other surface. Some electric plug-in wax warmers also include a light bulb.

Electric with Heating Plate

Electric wax warmers are also available in models that come with a heating plate. Using a heating plate provides a safe way to use wax melts without any open flames. As with other electric wax warmers, you can conveniently turn these on and off as needed. Some electric wax warmers that come with a heating plate can also serve as candle jar warmers.

How to Use Wax Warmers

No matter what kind of wax warmer you get, all you have to do is place a wax melt inside it and let it heat up. Depending on the kind you get, this might involve lighting a candle, plugging it directly into an outlet or turning it on. You can leave the wax melt inside your wax warmer for the next time you use it.

To learn more about how to use wax warmers, we suggest reading  "What are wax melts and how do I use them?"

What to Expect When Adopting from a Rescue Organization

What to Expect When Adopting from a Rescue Organization

When you’re interested in adopting a pet, you can expect to fill out an application. This application might ask you to list references and provide veterinary information. You might also be asked to provide information on your experience with pets in general or specific breeds.

Home inspection

Rescue organizations typically do a home inspection to ensure that your home is safe and suitable for pets. They might inspect your house and yard to check for areas that could lead to problems, such as a hole in your fence that dogs can escape through.

Meet and Greet

You should have an opportunity to spend time with the dog or cat you’re interested in adopting. This might take place at your home or at a rescue event, since these organizations usually don’t have a physical facility for you to visit. This part of the adoption process offers a chance for all members of your family, including other pets, to meet your potential pet. Having your current pets meet this pet before the adoption can help you make sure they all get along. 

Application Fee

Adopting a pet from a rescue organization usually comes with an application fee. This fee is used to cover the cost of vet bills, spaying or neutering, microchips and any treatments or checkups that are needed.


After your adoption, you can expect your new pet to take time to adjust to your home. During this time, you should make sure your pet gets plenty of attention, along with any training that might be needed. Keep in mind that this adjustment period is normal and doesn’t last long. Being patient with your new pet during this time helps create a strong bond between the two of you.

National Train Your Dog Month

National Train Your Dog Month

With January being National Train Your Dog Month, this is a good reminder of how important obedience training is for pets. Taking the time to train your dog can provide you with some notable benefits. Keep the following in mind while you teach your dog new commands or work on other kinds of training, such as house training. 

More Enjoyable Walks

Walks with your dog can be frustrating when you have to deal with frequent pulling on the leash. Training your dog to walk calmly on a leash can make your daily walks much more enjoyable for both of you. 

Improved Safety

Training your dog to stay or come when called is an important part of keeping him safe. When your dog obeys these commands, there’s a lower risk of having him run into busy roads, chase after other animals or get into other dangerous or harmful situations. 

Mental Stimulation

Dogs need mental stimulation regularly in order to prevent frustration or boredom. Having training sessions with your dog provides this kind of stimulation. When your dog has to focus on learning what to do and when to do it, this keeps his brain active.

Bonding Time

Training your dog isn’t just about safety, pleasant walks and mental stimulation. When you work with your dog on training, this also helps strengthen the bond between the two of you. Your training sessions allow you to spend time together, which is important for your dog’s happiness. Having a stronger bond with your dog also results in a more rewarding experience as a pet owner.


Socialization is an essential part of training for all dogs. Dogs that are socialized learn how to behave properly in different settings and around people and other animals that they don’t know. Whether you train your dog at the local dog park or while you’re out on walks, you’ll have opportunities to work on socialization. 

Training Tips

If you’re planning on training your dog, keep in mind that you should stay positive. Reward your dog with praise and treats during training, so that he’ll be eager to listen to commands and do what he’s supposed to. You should also keep training sessions on the short side, such as breaking up training into 10 to 15-minute sessions throughout your day. Longer sessions can cause your dog to become bored or distracted.

National Mutt Day

National Mutt Day

National Mutt Day is coming up on December 2nd. This day, which is also held on July 31st, celebrates mixed breed dogs by raising awareness of them and encouraging people to consider adopting one. Mutts tend to be overlooked compared to purebred dogs due to a few common misconceptions about them. Find out more about mixed breed dogs, including the benefits of adopting them. 

What Are Mutts?

The term “mutt” refers to any dog that is a mixed breed. Dogs that are purebreds are only made up of one breed. Mutts are dogs that are a combination of two or more breeds. While it’s easy to tell which breeds some mutts are made up of, other dogs are so mixed that it’s difficult to figure out what breeds they come from. 

Benefits of Adopting a Mutt

Misconceptions about mutts can cause people to avoid adopting them. However, adopting a mutt has some important benefits. Mutts tend to have a lower chance of being at risk for certain kinds of health problems that occur in specific breeds. Purebreds can have a high risk of respiratory problems, heart problems, joint problems or other health issues depending on their breed. Being a mixed breed helps reduce these risks and can even result in a longer life span. 

Mutts might also have an easier time adjusting to your home if you adopt one. Pure breeds can have certain behaviors bred into them, such as a strong urge to hunt or be fiercely protective. This can make it harder for purebred dogs to settle into a new home, and owners might end up dealing with behavioral issues. Mutts tend to be more flexible in terms of behavior, which can make them easier to live with and train. 

One of the biggest benefits of adopting a mixed breed dog is that you’re saving a life. Shelters are usually full of mutts compared to purebred dogs. In some cases, this can lead to overcrowding and a higher risk of having mutts end up in shelters that practice euthanasia. Adopting one of these dogs gives them a better chance at enjoying a happy, healthy life. 

Adopt a Mutt

If you’ve been thinking about getting a dog, consider adopting a mutt in honor of National Mutt Day. Check with shelters and rescue groups in your area to learn more about mixed breed dogs that are waiting for a good home.

One Fur All supports Humane Society of Grand Bahamas to Help Hurricane Victims

One Fur All supports Humane Society of Grand Bahamas to Help Hurricane Victims

One Fur All, creator of Pet House Candles, wants to give back to the four-legged victims of Hurricane Dorian. Beginning September 23rd and running through September 30th One Fur All will be donating 20% of all online sales from their website (, to The Humane Society of Grand Bahamas. These donations will help focus on the the building efforts of Grand Bahama Humane Society. They have lost everything. Medical equipment and vehicles are key to their daily operations.

The severe flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Dorian has caused many pets to be injured and displaced.  Rescue organizations like Humane Society of  Grand Bahamas are doing their part to help animals in need.  Through the One Fur All Rescue Fundraising Program, 20% of all online sales made during this week duration will go directly to Humane Society of Grand Bahamas.  You can also donate directly to Humane Society of Grand Bahamas via their gofundme page.

Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week

Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week

The third week in September is known as Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week. During this week, animal shelters and rescue groups raise awareness about the benefits of adopting pets that tend to get overlooked or passed over. If you’ve been thinking about getting a new dog or cat for your home, consider adopting one of these less-adoptable pets. 

Senior Pets

Senior pets are generally passed over in favor of younger pets at shelters. This is due to common misconceptions about adopting a senior pet, such as having to spend a lot on veterinary care for them or not being able to train them. Keep in mind that senior pets don’t necessarily have costly medical problems, especially if you make sure they go for routine check-ups, and they can be taught new commands. Senior pets make loving companions, and you don’t have to deal with some of the issues that puppies have, such as not being house trained or going through destructive chewing phases.

Special Needs Pets

Pets with special needs, such as a physical disability or a chronic illness, typically get overlooked in favor of pets that don’t have medical conditions or disabilities. Some people choose not to adopt special needs pets if they’re worried about having to spend a lot of time and effort caring for them or covering veterinary expenses. In some cases, though, pets with special needs don’t require a lot of specialized care at home or at the vet’s office. For example, a special needs pet might just need to take medication and see a vet every so often to check on their condition. If you’re willing and able to give a special needs dog or cat a home, you can count on having a loyal and loving pet.

Bully Breeds 

Pit bulls, pit bull mixes and other dogs that are considered “bully breeds” often end up spending a longer time in a shelter or with a rescue group than other dogs. People sometimes avoid adopting one of these dogs due to misconceptions about their temperament and behavior. Despite having a reputation for being aggressive or even dangerous, these breeds can be highly affectionate and gentle pets that appreciate having a good home. As with any pet you adopt, just make sure that you find one that suits your living situation, such as being good with other pets or children.



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