St. Patrick’s Day celebrations begin tomorrow in San Francisco! Momo is declaring herself an Irish Princess for the weekend and she shares her three favorite spots in San Francisco to “Erin-go-bragh” this St. Paddy’s Day!

#1. Momo’s weekend will kick-off at the 163rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade taking place at 11:30 AM located at Second and Market Streets. She will be donning her green and looking for her lucky charm along the parade route! Once the parade concludes at Civic Center she will head over to the Irish festival to shake her shamrocks to the live music and entertainment.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

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#2. It’s time for Momo to mingle with the lads and lassies outside of the local Irish Pub, Kate O’Brien’s Irish Pub located on Howard Street. Her mouth always waters at the sight of their Irish fayre from Fish & Chips to Shepherd's Pie. As Momo give kisses to her adoring fans in hopes of getting lucky with some tasty scraps, she recommends you trade her Fuji water in for an ice cold Guinness beer!

Kate O’Brien’s Irish Pub

 
#3. Sláinte! Momo’s humans will discover a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow as they stop by The Buena Vista Café for the perfect nightcap, one of its famous Irish Coffees. Momo herself knows that she will have had a long day of green shenanigans and plans to ditch her humans in order to relax...the hardest decision she will make all day will be choosing which of her P.L.A.Y. beds she wants to sleep in :)
 
The Buena Vista Cafe
 
Don't Be Green with Envy...Momo Shares her Favorite Green Products in Celebration of St. Patrick's Day!

Momo knows that your pup will be doing its best jig over these green beds: Greenery from the Original Collection & What Dogs Dream from the Artist Collection. No dogs will be pinched, but they will be entertained by these plush toys: Peapod from the Garden Fresh Collection & Turtle from the Under the Sea Collection. Your pup will be doing its best "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" face from the comfort  of this Chill Pad

Happy St. PUGrick’s Day from Momo

 Momo the Turtle Pug

Where will you be celebrating St. Patrick's Day? Momo wants to hear from you, so leave her a comment below.

By Natalie Gomez 32 days ago at 10:24 am 0 Comments
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The connection between humans and animals has always been puzzled over and appreciated by pet owners. I know we’d all say this connection brings so much value to our lives, and that having a pet is almost like having a best friend around all the time. Most pet owners even consider pets their children.

From an evolutionary standpoint, it doesn’t make sense to domesticate animals for the sole purpose of companionship. “Every mouthful you feed to another species is one that your own children do not eat. On the face of it, caring for another species is maladaptive, so why do we humans do this?" asks Pat Shipman, a professor of Biological Anthropology at Penn State University. She answers her question by maintaining that early humans took in wolves for their many uses such as herding, tracking and general hunting. 

Yellowstone Wolves Wikimedia Commons

Yellow Stone Wolf Pack via Wikimedia Commons

This may have been true for our ancestors, perhaps explaining some of the innate affinity we feel to animals as children, but it is still worth asking what the nature of our relationship with animals is today and appreciating the modern benefits we draw from having a deep connection with our pets.

Children

Here I would like to discuss the fact that children have a significant connection to animals. I remember the fun I had with my childhood dog, and cat. Sassy and Skittles had a playful innocence that made them great confidants, partners in crime, and comforters. Animals connect children to wildlife, nature, and many virtues such as patience and kindness.

Grey Kitten Wikimedia Commons

The eyes are the windows to the soul via Wikimedia Commons

Pets introduced to classrooms decrease aggressive behavior and bullying with the positive behavior and kindness they bring.

More than this, animals teach kids about the rest of mankind, other beings with feelings, and the right way to interact with the world. A study in 2004 showed aid dogs could help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) learn about feelings and needs of those with life where they couldn’t grasp these concepts before. The study also showed that the children and their families’ cortisol levels dropped after spending time with the dog.

Non-judging presence of love

Eden Ahbez wrote one of my favorite lines of poetry in the song Nature Boy, “The greatest thing you'll ever learn / Is just to love and be loved in return.”  Our pets help to teach us this as it seems like something that comes naturally to them – to love us and accept our love so easily. Of course, there are some dog breeds that are more loyal than others, but the animals in our lives give their love and happiness so trustingly to their pack leader.

Theodore

My dog Theodore always has my back

While our other relationships can get very complex, sometimes full of judgment and disappointment, my relationships with animals are simple, pure and comforting.

Managing depression

The non-judgmental love that I receive from my dogs, cat and bunny, along with the fact that I responsible for a big part of their well-being, has cheered me up so much over the years. Going through a spout of depression about 5 years ago made me appreciate my cat Sebastiana more than ever, as she could really tell (more so than anyone else), when I was having a particularly bad day. 

Sebastian

 My champion Sebastiana hiding

 Our pets give us a sense of meaning and belonging that little else can. They depend on me to get out of bed, play with them, feed them and make good conversation with them (that last one might just be the crazy cat lady in me).

Surely there is a lot more to human-animal connections than simple affection.  It’s nice to stop and appreciate the role that animals play in our lives and the many benefits we experience by having pets, largely due to the fact that our early human ancestors recognized part of the wolves value when it came to hunting. Going forward I’m sure we will learn new things about our connection with animals and the huge help they are in many aspects of our everyday lives. 

Ruby

She's a feisty one.

 

Cindy RomeroI’m Cindy Romero. I have Sebastiana, the Cat Olympic champion of the high jump, with her pink fluffy feather stick-toy. My other pets include a beautiful black lab (Shadow), a calming retriever-lab (Teddy) and a feisty Himalayan bunny (Ruby) that all roam around the house.

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When you are preparing to welcome a new pet into your home, you will need to make a few changes to ensure that your new furry friend will be safe inside and outside the home. If you've never owned pets before, you might have to make a lot of adjustments—you will have to get rid of things, move things around, and invest in a few things that will get your house pet-ready. Consider the following tips when getting your home ready to welcome a new pet.

Pet Proofing Your Home & Yard

Install Fences and Playpens Inside and Outside

Just as you would do for a baby, you can keep your new pet out of high risk areas using safety nets (this may be necessary if your new pet is a flighted bird), removable fences, and playpens. If your new pet is a puppy or kitten, and you are in the potty training process, it is a good idea to invest in a playpen, or plastic gates so that your pet won't wander into every room in your home and ruin the carpet. This is also a good idea for young animals if you have steep stairs where the little ones could fall and hurt themselves if left unsupervised. Until your pet gets a little older and more mature, these playpens will help you to keep track of them and keep them safe from harm.

Put All Hazardous Chemicals and Products Out of Reach

There are many household and yard care products that could be lethally poisonous to a new pet. Cosmetics, cleaning products, fertilizers and pesticides, medications, skin and hair care products, detergents and car supplies like antifreeze are all dangerous for pets. Be sure to move these behind locked doors or to high shelves. The professionals of Pest Free Now suggest that if you have your home or yard sprayed for pests, you make sure to keep your pets away from the sprayed areas because some pets will try to eat the chemicals that are meant to kill bugs or rodents.

Cover All Electrical Outlets and Wires, Cables, and Cords

Electrical outlets are not just fascinating to young humans - those small dark spaces can be alluring to young pets as well. Cover them with child-proof safety covers before your pet arrives. In the same way, electrical wiring can at the least induce a nasty shock and at worst cause a fire if your pet starts chewing. Buy pet-proof cord and cable minders or run your cables up and over the walls (instead of down along carpets or behind tables) to be sure your pet cannot get to them.

Keep Plants Out of Reach

There are many plants that, when ingested, are toxic to animals and humans. Some plants can provoke a rash just with casual contact (like brushing the leaves). Be sure to put all of your plants - inside and out - behind barriers such as netting or fencing or up out of reach of your new pet (for instance, hanging plants can pose less risk to all but pet birds).

Keep an Eye Out for Small Objects

Even if you do not think your pet will be harmed by chewing on your child's shoe or sock, you need to know there are instances where pets have died from complications of ingesting laundry, the stuffing from toys (even supposedly "pet safe" toys), panty hose, shoe laces, and other small items. If you can imagine a child gumming it, you can assume your pet might do the same. So be sure to remove it out of harms way before your new pet arrives.

You will soon learn what types of things pose a hazard for your particular pet, but take as many precautions before hand as you possibly can. If you need more suggestions or advice about how to pet-proof your home and surrounding area, the American Humane Society has a list of suggestions on their website about precautions to take before bringing your new pet home. Animals are curious, mischievous creatures, and unless you take the necessary precautions, they will get into everything. After a quick walk-through of your home, you will soon be able to remove any hazards, making it a safe place for you, your pet, and the rest of your family.

 

Dixie Somers

This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write about business, women's interests, or home and family. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband, three daughters, and a spunky Jack Russel Terrier who makes life interesting! You can follow her on Twitter: @DixieSomers

 

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