Gong Hey Fat Choi or Happy Chinese New Year from Ernie, the Wags on Willow Pug. This is the Year of The Dog on the Chinese Calendar and I am a dog whose ancestry goes way way way back to about 550BC in ancient China. I know because I sent my doggie DNA to PugAncestry.bark. Apparently my great, great, great, great, great ancestors were a Pekingese and a Lion Dog. There’s no record how they met. But Chinese emperors really liked the result which makes the Year of the Dog very special, Many Chinese believe a dog is a friend who understands his human companion’s spirit and if one happens to come to your house it’s a signal that fortune is in your future. So Mary, my business partner, think of me as a good luck charm—even when you catch me on the sofa.
It is Valentime at Wags on Willow. Mary is my Valentine and I am hers. It is still puppy love even though I’m 14 and will be 21 by year’s end. Puppy love lasts for ever. So does kitty love. If there is a dog or cat in your home this holiday, please keep the Valentine chocolate far from the pets. Candy is dandy except for furry companions who will get sick or worse if they ingest chocolate. Instead think about treating your family pet to a winter dry skin oatmeal bath at my award winning grooming salon. They will be refreshed and smell so fresh and sweet. Or Buy One Valentine’s Pet Treat, Get Another One (of equal or lesser value) for free! While supplies last.
We’d love to see you.
As the Wags on Willow weather forecaster and co- owner of our prize winning grooming salon I predict there is more snow, cold, mud and mess in your dog’s future.
How does this little Pug know? I remember last winter. So here are some suggestions from a dog who has seen it all.
Your dog walks barepawed in the snow, slush and salt while you wear comfy shoes and warm boots. The salt burns our little foot pads. The ice and snow sticks in our toes and our feet get really cold. The Wags solution: dog booties called—naturally—Pawz. They’ll protect your cuddly companion on winter walks.
We also have Mushers Secret, a nontoxic way that protects paws in the winter. I sometimes dream I’m the first Pug to pull a sled in the Iditarod with wax on my paws. And Mary is running behind yelling “mush, mush you Pug.”
Then I wake up.
Oh, and when the snow melts and the walk is slushy, muddy and icky, your dog will need a bath. Wags On Willow specializes in baths. We even have an exclusive walk-in tub for senior and physically challenged dogs. I thawed I would mention that.
Oh and one more thing, look out for puddles of poisonous antifreeze on driveways and along the curbs. We want to keep our customers safe and healthy.
Wags on Willow, the award winning pet salon isn’t just about dogs even if it is co-owned by me, Ernie the Pug. I like cats too. One of my colleagues is Lewis the cat. You may have seen him sitting in the grooming room supervising our groomers.
In honor of Lewis and National Answer your Cat’s Question Day (Jan. 22) I asked him for some of the questions cats are always talking about. Here is his list of the top 10:
- Where do they hide the catnip?
- Why do they leave the door open when they are in the bathroom but hide my “cat litter box” in a closet?
- Why can’t they sleep without rolling over on me?
- Why are they scared of mice I bring in to play with?
- Why aren’t they always here at MY dinner time? We have schedules too you know.
- I’m so cute, why do they bother watching cat videos on their phones?
- Why don’t the humans I live with purr?
- What can’t the squirrels outside the window come in the house?
- Why can’t I walk across the dinning room table when they are having a dinner party?
- Why can’t I have a live bird as a cat pet?
I have a dog confession. This year I really plan to stick to my resolutions. Honest Mary.
I’m going to patiently wait by the door to go outside.
I’m not going to pull on walks—unless I see another dog, cat or a squirrel.
I’m going to remember that I sniffed the corner fire hydrant yesterday.
I’ll just wait patiently for food to fall on the floor when you and Joe eat dinner.
I’m going to be off the sofa before you come home.
And I’m going to celebrate all 14 of my birthdays this year. (Remember it is just another year for people but seven for dogs and two for cats.)
And I’m going to make it another Happy Award Winning New Year for Wags on Willow and our prize-winning groomers.
Every quarter, Wags on Willow partners with As Good As Gold to offer one-on-one opportunities to explore adopting, fostering and working with Goldens. As Good As Gold is an organization dedicated to the rescue, care and adoption of abandoned or unwanted Golden Retrievers. Call Wags on Willow at 847-272-2918 to find out the deTAILS for the next in-store event of this kind.
November November 12th (noon – 3PM)
Grab your spot today! Each 20 minute session will result in:
- 3 – hi-resolution, edited digital images
- 3 – 4 x 6″ copies and
- 1 – 5×7 print
Total cost: $60.00
Photos taken by Framed Write Media at Wags on Willow. Photos and digital images will be ready for pick-up at Wags on Willow November 20 – 22 (note: we’re closed 11.23 and 11.24). Call 847-272-2918 to schedule a 20 minute photo session.
Bring your Pup for An End of the Season Swim
Five Seasons Family Sports Club
1300 Techny Road, Northbrook
Sunday, October 22, 2017 ~ 3-5pm
Raffle Prizes from Wags On Willow & Five Seasons
Hot Dogs, Soda & Dessert
Suggested donation $5.00