Holiday travel and helping the animals

Pet of the Week is sweet baby &#8220;Shylow.&#8221;  She is approximately 3 years old and simply loves everyone. Do you have children or grandchildren? How about other pets? Shylow hopes so because she loves to play. Shylow&#8217;s adoption fee has been discounted thanks to Sparky and Dewey who hope she finds a forever home before Santa comes to visit. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Pet of the Week is sweet baby &#8220;Shylow.&#8221; She is approximately 3 years old and simply loves everyone. Do you have children or grandchildren? How about other pets? Shylow hopes so because she loves to play. Shylow&#8217;s adoption fee has been discounted thanks to Sparky and Dewey who hope she finds a forever home before Santa comes to visit. <br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Last week I promised to give you the information about our pet animal pictures with Santa this year.

Pictures will be offered for your pets or children on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. right here at “Adopt for Life” Center for Animals.

Our “Holiday Magic” will be for pets and people alike. What a fantastic way to show your thanks to the animal that has given you their unconditional love all year long.

The charge for a quality photo will be $10. This photo will be printed for you when your photo session is completed. These are photographer quality photos that you will treasure for years.

For an additional charge of $5.00 you may purchase a CD containing all of the photos taken of your furry best friend and Santa.

If you would like to add children or even yourself, it won’t be a problem. Humans are welcome in all shots. We’ve checked with our furry friends and they have all agreed that it’s OK.

There will be holiday music, refreshments and a good time for everyone. While you are here maybe you and your companion will choose to take home a play partner. Our selection is fantastic.

We have received many questions about how you can help the animals this year for the holidays.

Today I will give you a few options, but anything you chose to do will be greatly appreciated. Our pet photos are just one of many ways you can help.

Once again this year you may donate money in memory, in honor of or for any other reason to the person or animal of your choice.

What a wonderful way to honor your doctor, banker, animal lover and anyone else that simply has everything.

A holiday card will be sent to the person of your choice if you give us your specific wishes.

With each donation of $25 or more, a Christmas ornament will be placed on our tree with the phrase of your preference written on it.

Any donation coming in under $25 will receive a candy cane with a name of your choice placed on it.

Please stop in with your donations or mail them to VVHS P.O. Box 1429 Cottonwood, AZ 86326. Please provide your wishes.

We hope to see our tree covered in lights, candy canes and Christmas ornaments, with cards hanging everywhere. What a great way to remember or honor someone special in your life.

This week’s Pet Corner is going to be about the adventure of traveling with your pets. With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to talk about where we will be during the holidays ahead.

Are you staying home for the holidays this year? If so there will be an article coming on keeping your pets safe during these hectic times of the year.

Now let’s get to the fun part of the holidays. Holidays are so exciting and they go so much smoother if we keep them as stress free as possible.

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go” so the song goes. One of my favorites since I know that song means that the holidays are right around the corner.

Part of what this also means to me is that I need to get some information out to all of you about traveling with your pets.

Two of the biggest days of the year are right around the corner. Have you started any of your preparations yet?

Many of us will be heading out of town to be with our friends and family. How exciting, everyone getting together this time of year.

In our planning we have to think of our animals. Is it better to take them with us or would another option be easier on them?

This is something that requires a lot of thought, not a hasty decision. An unwise choice may possibly ruin what would have been a wonderful time.

Another big question is how do our hosts feel about our animals coming with us? If you plan to stay with someone, please be considerate. Are your pets really welcome?

Find out well in advance if your pet will be welcome. Do your hosts have pet allergies? Do they have a place safe for your pets to be contained?

If your trip will involve any nights in hotels, campgrounds or motels, make sure you find the ones that are pet friendly.

Will this trip cause more stress than being left with friends or in a boarding kennel? Pet-sitters will come to your house, so that’s another option.

Planning and preparation to travel with your pet is just as necessary as planning for the rest of the family.

Traveling with your pets is not as simple as throwing a few things in a suitcase and remembering your toothbrush.

Make sure that you write a list of everything that your pet will need and check it off as you pack. Start your list early, it really helps. I found it works wonders at my house.

Has your “best friend” been seen by your vet recently? Make sure he or she has a clean bill of health and is current on all of the necessary vaccinations.

Talk to your vet about your plans to travel and make sure that the trip is advisable for your pet.

What type of identification does your pet have? Tags or a microchip are very important when traveling, just as in everyday life.

Collars/ harnesses and leashes are a must when traveling. Remember, you need to be in charge of your pet at all times.

There have been many occasions when people vacationing have come into VVHS looking for their lost pets. It is so sad to see them have to leave without their furry best friend.

Please ID your animals. Can you imagine going home from a trip without your best friend? Your holidays could be totally ruined if this disaster would happen.

Have you thought about how you are going to transport your pet as you drive to your destination? Crates secured in a vehicle are recommended for the safety of the animal and for you.

Several manufacturers also make “doggie seatbelts” and “doggie car seats” that secure your animal in the seat if you will be transporting a dog.

The best way to travel with your cat is with him being securely kept in a crate large enough for his litter box.

The last thing you need to do while driving is have to worry about what your pet is doing. Traffic is heavy this time of year and the last thing you need is some type of surprise distraction.

Just the other day I was driving down the street to do some shopping and actually saw a cat sitting on the dashboard of a car right above the steering wheel.

That practice is very hazardous for not only you, but your cat and other motorists. Please contain any animal you are traveling with.

Protect your furry friends and yourself not only this holiday season, but all year round. Being free to roam inside your car could be a death sentence for all of you.

Prior to your trip make sure that your pets have had food and water available. Approximately three hours before you leave, remove the food and water.

Animals, just as humans can experience motion sickness. If you have already experienced motion sickness in your pet, you may want to contact your vet about medications that are available to make the trip easier.

Animals with motion sickness are generally quiet and even a little depressed because they feel so terrible. Don’t add to their misery by feeding them.

Vomit happens, so just in case of an accident, bring paper towels and a trash bag that can be tied securely. Save the large meals for at night when you stop to rest, your pet will thank you.

If you are traveling with your dog, please don’t forget to take items to clean up after your dog on “potty breaks.” Hopefully the people visiting the rest areas before you have done the same thing.

Remember as you travel, there will be times when you need to get out of the car. Don’t leave your friend in the car for extended periods of time. They can suffer from the elements just as humans.

Your time outside the car should be limited, unless you have a solution for your pet. I haven’t seen many restaurants that welcome our caged family members.

Fast food or a picnic lunch for your family may be the solution to this problem. Since you chose to travel with your pet you need to accommodate their needs also.

As you head out this holiday season, please keep this in mind. Once again, your attention needs to be on the road, not on the pet.

As hard as it may be a crate safely secured in the seat or the use of a seatbelt is necessary, your pet is going to be fine.

Something else is very important for you to remember. There are going to plenty of opportunities at the end of the day to give your pet the much deserved food, love and attention that he needs.

Be safe, have a wonderful trip. All eyes on the road! Your pet will thank you and so will your loved ones.

Don’t forget to shop at our thrift store, the Good Buy Shoppe this holiday season. You will find many treasures that can’t be found in Malls and other stores.

Shopping, donating or volunteering at our Good Buy Shoppe all benefits the animals at VVHS.

The Christmas decorations are already being displayed in the store, with many more to go on the shelves in the weeks to come.

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