Go take a hike! We are very lucky to have numerous places to walk and hike in Lake and Mendocino Counties and many of them are dog-friendly. January is National Walk Your Pet Month, so whether you prefer a walk along the beach or headlands of the coast, hiking through the redwoods, or sauntering through oak and grasslands along one of the beautiful lakes, be sure to bring your dog! Regular walks provide many benefits for both us, and our pets. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 57.9% of American pets are overweight or obese and even an extra two pounds on your cat (or five on dogs) is associated with greater risk for disease. Not only is walking a good activity for us, but for our pets too. Going on a walk is perfect bonding time, and an opportunity to work on manners and good behavior. Remember to bring treats, to reward your dog when she behaves well. Vary your route for more interest and to expose your pup to new and exciting situations. Carry water for both of you, even in this cool weather, and if you are walking early or late when it is dark, consider getting a lighted or reflective leash and collar.
Want some tips to make your dog walks more fun? Check out this article courtesy of Puppy Leaks.
Rainbow has EVERYTHING you need to outfit yourself and your pet for a walk! Come in and save on a new collar or leash, with this month’s subscriber coupon! Check out the clearance racks in every Rainbow store and save on warm sweatshirts and vests. If the weather is rainy and your pup gets a bit muddy, don’t forget the self-wash iClean stations at Lakeport and Ukiah Rainbow stores, or pamper your pet with a spa day at Rainbow Pet in Hidden Valley Lake!
NEW HOURS: VIP Community Pet Clinics are held every Saturday at the Ukiah, Lakeport and Hidden Valley Lake stores.
Locations & Times:
- Rainbow Ag Ukiah – Every Saturday from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Rainbow Ag Lakeport – Every Saturday, 9:30 am – 11:00 am
- Rainbow Pet Hidden Valley Lake – Every Saturday, 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
VIP Petcare provides high-value wellness and preventative veterinary care through Community Clinics hosted at Rainbow Ag stores. VIP offers all canine and feline vaccinations, blood and fecal testing, flea and tick control, ear mite treatment, deworming, and heartworm prevention. They also offer microchipping with a lifetime registration. VIP Petcare staff will be located inside or right outside the store, simply walk up to the clinic area and our caring staff of pet lovers will walk you through the process. No need for a reservation.
Might not feel like it just now, but Spring is on its way! How do we know? Just start noticing all the new spring stuff that is arriving in the stores! And of course the “fer shur” way to know … when the chicks arrive! Chicks are scheduled to be in the Ukiah, Lakeport and Middletown stores in early February. Watch for the date of the annual Poultry Party, to be announced soon. Join in for educational seminars, special deals and savings on poultry supplies, and have fun!
Spring also means growing season and that includes weeds and grass around our homes and outbuildings. If your outdoor power equipment has been sitting in the garage since last spring, it might be time for a tune up! The Rainbow Ag Service Department can have your string trimmer, mower or blower starting and running like new. Or, maybe it is time for a new piece of equipment? Check out the New battery-powered trimmers, blowers and mowers from Stihl and Husqvarna! Quiet, efficient, and powerful and no oil or gasoline to mix and store! Electric equipment starts as easily as flipping a switch – no cords and spark plugs! Always ready to go to work – come in and check ’em out today!
The December question was, Fostering a shelter pet helps by … and the answer was All of the Above! Fostering helps by giving the pet some love and attention, learning more about that pet and how they react in a home environment, and reducing the time spent in a kennel. The socialization makes the pets more ready for adoption.
The winner of the December contest is Doreen Dutcher.
This month’s question is, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, what percentage of American pets are overweight? ENTER HERE