Top 10 Ideas For Littlest Pet Shop Party Supplies, Games and More!

1.  Invite your guests by sending out coloful “creature” invitations.  Create a fun party scene by setting your party table with a theme table cover, plates, cups, napkins and centerpiece.

2.  Decorate your party room by using lavender, sun yellow, bright blue and white balloons to add color. Be sure to have a “Happy Birthday” Banner at the entryway to greet your guests.

3.  For another great way to decorate, draw the pet shop village and shops on poster board or white butcher paper and hang the drawings on the wall to make the kids feel like they are really in the village!

4.  Let the children decorate boxes and design houses for their own pets. Use foam flowers, stickers, markers, construction paper and wallpaper samples.

5.  “Musical Lily Pads.” Draw or make felt lily pads to have the kids jump onto. This game is played just like musical chairs.  Play music and when the music stops, each child jumps on a lily pad.  The one left standing is out.  Remove one lily pad and start the game again.  Repeat until there is only one lily pad left. Reward the winner with a Littlest Pet Shop notepad. 

6.  You can also play “Kibble Toss.” Get some beanbags and have the kids try to throw the beanbags into a large clean dog dish.  Whoever gets the most beanbags into the dog dish can win a Bobbing Head Dog or Kooky Chew treats.

7.  Let the kids decorate their own party bags. Use Paw Print stamps and animal stickers to decorate a fun party bag.

8.  Let the children go on a Paw Print scavenger hunt. Hide small Paw Prints all over the house or wherever you are hosting the party and let the kids go and find them. Whoever finds the most wins.  You can use Push Pop candy or Bouncing Putty as prizes.

9.  Paint the kids’ faces by painting animal features (such as a nose and whiskers) of their favorite pet shop creatures!

10.  When the party’s over, fill your guests’ party bags with a mix of candy, Cat and Dog finger Puppets, a Bobbing Head Dog, Animal Super Balls, Butterfly rubber rings, Finger animal puppets, and some Pet tattoos.

Following these top 10 ideas will help you host a wonderful, memorable party.  Have fun!

One Reason NOT to Get Your Next Puppy Or Dog From a Pet Shop Or Flea Market

Reason #1 – PUPPY MILLS!

The majority of puppies found in pet shops, and flea markets are products of back yard puppy mills. You don’t care. Puppies have to come from somewhere. You are right! However, they don’t have to come from puppy mills.

The greater part of puppy mills are unsanitary and cruel. Puppies and dogs are kept in such appalling conditions it will make your skin crawl. Considered nothing more than breeding stock, they are suffering victims of indiscriminate breeding. Fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, sisters and brothers! The perfect recipe for expensive genetic nightmares!

As their reproductive capacity wane, the older dogs are killed, often cruelly, and without a second thought. They cannot take up precious space. Puppy mills are purely for profit. No thought is given to the general physical and emotional health of any of the products going out the door. There is NO Quality Control Department. That would eat into the profits. There is no nutritional value in the food, no medications, no inoculations, and no veterinary visits.

Adult dogs spend their entire life, without ever knowing loving human touch or companionship. Merely a commodity, there is no sense investing emotions or one red cent more, into them than is absolutely necessary for their existence. From they day they are born, to the day they die, puppy mill breeding stock are kept in cages or crates, outside no matter what the weather; or stacked like cordwood in unheated and un-air conditioned basements and garages. Most have never felt terra firma. Others, only when they were taken out of their crate, to do the deed. No toys, no beds, no human interaction, no veterinary care and poor nutrition. Who cares…there are plenty more where they came from!

Puppy mill operators usually don’t have a clue what the mixes are in the puppies they sell. Breeding is done so helter-skelter, they don’t remember. There are no records. Everything is done in cash. They market their products with cute little names like: Space Puppies, Doxies, Pugles, LhasaPoos, Jack-Rats, Chorkies, PomaPoos, PugaPoos, Poochons, Peek-a-Poms, or Peek-A-Poos, It really gets interesting when they start breeding PugaPoos with LhasaPoos, or Chorkies with Poochons! You get the picture! Notice, most of them are small dogs…less space, food and care needed!

OK, so what do you have to look forward to when purchasing a puppy mill puppy, besides usually a neurotic, fearfully shy or fearfully aggressive animal? Let’s make of list of documented health conditions common to pet shop puppy mill purchases. Often, the condition is so serious, the animal does not survive.

1. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
2. Mange
3. Parvovirus
4. Worms…the whole spectrum
5. Eye and ear infections
6. Untreated wounds
7. Heartworm
8. Kennel cough
9. Pneumonia
10. Respiratory infections
11. Liver disease
12. Kidney disease
13. Hereditary neurological, including epileptic seizures
14. Deafness – Common to inbreeding
15. Blindness – Breed stock parents are often born with no eyes – usually due to inbreeding
16. Congenital hip problems
17. Congenital heart problems
18. Colitis
19. Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
20. Distemper
21. Prolapsed uterus
22. Malnourished
23. Gardia – gastrointestinal infection
24. Allergies
25. Hernias
26. Coprophagia – eating dog poop!
27. Pyometria

Those are just a few of the more serious known conditions. There are also all kinds of other surprises with temperament, and health issues.

Oh, but you’re not worried. The pet shop owner or flea market puppy mill breeder promised you a one-year guarantee on the puppy’s health. Yeah, right! Wake up and smell the lack of disinfectant! There are NO guarantees. A few days after you get your puppy home, and your veterinarian tells you it will cost X number of dollars to take care of a health issue, just try and take that puppy back where you bought it! Health guarantees are nothing more than marketing ploys. They won’t take the puppy back, so don’t expect a refund! You are stuck! NOTE: Never believe them, when they tell you they have all their inoculations!

BOTTOM LINE: So, if this information fails to convince you NOT to purchase your next puppy from a pet shop, or flea market, you cannot say you were not warned. If you like to live on the edge, rescue an animal from a shelter. There is no guarantee what you will find, but the odds are better than pet stores and flea markets. Shelter statistics are showing, approximately 25% of puppies and dogs in shelters are pedigrees!

If you are not that daring, find a reputable breeder. Ask for references. Ask the references if you can see their animal. Most owners who do it the right way, are more than willing to help you have the same wonderful experience, with a physically and emotionally healthy puppy.

Think before you act. Your decision can help break the back of the puppy mill industry!

Should I Buy Labrador Retrievers From a Pet Shop?

The big question when looking at puppies is where to buy a dog from. Is it a good idea to buy a puppy from a pet shop or not, and if not, why not? Where is the best place to find Labrador puppies for sale, and how do you know whether this is a happy, healthy pup that will be an excellent addition to your family?

Puppies are not a commitment to be undertaken lightly, especially not when you consider the amount of unwanted adult dogs that end up in animal welfare shelters desperately trying to find a new home for life. However, there are lots of reasons why starting with a puppy is a good idea. Just make sure that you do some research and make a wise choice when you decide where to buy your puppy from.

Labradors are still one of the most popular dog choices going. They are a lovely size, have an excellent temperament and make wonderful family pets as they learn quickly and are very mild mannered and loving. However, for the sake of the dog you want to make sure that this is a puppy that has been bred responsibly by reputable breeders, and sadly, buying in a pet shop makes it much harder to check where the dog came from.

A pet shop is fine for small animals such as mice, rabbits and birds, but for any animal bigger than this, from cats up, you really want to see where the animal comes from, and for dogs this really is so important. A reputable breeder will not allow a pet shop to sell their dogs for them, and won’t actually need to consider this as their puppies will virtually all be sold before they are even born. Top class breeders waiting lists for a puppy can be years long, as they do not overwork their bitches and will only allow her to carry one litter a year.

Labrador puppies for sale in a pet shop should immediately ring alarm bells, as sadly this is another way for puppy thieves to make money. By stealing them from one area and transporting them somewhere else and trying to sell them for a good price, they normally pose as a breeder with just one puppy left that for what seems like a legitimate reason they cannot have any longer. Sadly some small pet shops will see this as an opportunity that is too good to miss and will not see the downside before it is too late. A puppy can also look like a pure breed when it is first born, but sadly could be a cross breed that they are trying to offload quickly before it is noticed. By purchasing from a pet shop you have lost all rights, and have very little come back if your supposed Labrador ends up looking more like a collie. Sadly the pet shop won’t want to know as they ended their responsibility when you walked out of the shop with your new puppy.

Paid Search Purr-fect Fit for Local Pet Shops

Competition with big-box retailers is not limited to discount chains and general-merchandise outlets today. Businesses operating in niche markets – like pet supplies, for instance – have plenty to contend with from the well-funded national chains. Beyond carrying rare animals, exotic fish and organic animal feeds, many local pet-store owners are left wondering how they can stay afloat in the sea of bargain basements.

Fortunately for these neighborhood entrepreneurs, technology is working in their favor. Even without a Web site, pet-shop owners can benefit from the Internet and its connection to their local audience. Using a relatively new paid-search mechanism called pay-per-call, pet retailers and pet lovers are just a dial tone away from each other.

Like its closest relative, pay-per-click, the pay-per-call model is designed to direct online searchers to specific retailers, usually in their area. The difference between the two comes when ads are displayed on search-results pages. If a pet owner searches for keywords like “fish tanks” or “cat toys” on Google┬«, the pay-per-call ads they are shown contain only a brief description of the business and a toll-free phone number; whereas the pay-per-click ads link the consumer to a vendor’s Web site.

With pay-per-call, the toll-free number automatically redirects to the pet shop’s phone, while the pay-per-click consumer must find contact information on the next site. Each option has its benefits: pay-per-call immediately connects the consumer to a live voice at the pet shop; however, pay-per-click gives the consumer a way to get detailed information and answers 24 hours a day through the Web site.

Like pay-per-click, pay-per-call advertisers still can track ad performance through monitoring and reporting data collected by the service provider. From there, they can alter campaign strategies, including bid maximums and keyword selections, accordingly.

Before engaging in any paid-search campaign, pet-shop owners should consider connecting with an experienced search-marketing firm that can help determine:

— the appropriate geographic area in which to advertise: local, regional or national;

— an adequate, competitive budget for participation;

— the duration of the initial campaign; and,

— a specific keyword list.

With flexible Internet-advertising options like pay-per-call and pay-per-click, pet retailers have more than a fighting chance to take a big bite out of the big-box competition.