As 2012 comes to a close, we'd like to take this time to wish each and every one of you a very wonderful holiday! Thank you for your amazing support over these last two years - we're excited to enter our third year and can't wait to share all of the fun things we have in store for 2013!

Cheers,

The P.L.A.Y. Team

By Play Admin on Dec 25, 2012 at 11:03 am 0 Comments

The official White House holiday cards were just sent out and like last year, First Dog Bo is featured on the cover. Michelle Obama has said in the past, “He is my son. He is a very sweet dog.” We love how he is such an integral part of their family! Not only does he grace the front of the card, his name and paw print appear alongside the rest of the First Family’s signatures too!

Bo has been extremely busy this holiday season. The White House released this adorable video of him inspecting all of the holiday decorations before the official unveiling (which he also helped with). Look at those fluffy paws!

In addition to his First Dog duties, Bo is also the inspiration for many of the decorations! A life size replica of him is the centerpiece of the East Garden Room. To top it off, there’s also more than 40 handmade “Bo-flakes” ornaments hang from the trees throughout the White House!

While not on such a grand scale, Momo is also a big part of our holiday decorations at home. She adorns our Christmas greetings and we have special pug ornaments just for her.

Do you have holiday decorations in honor of your pets?

By Play Admin on Dec 06, 2012 at 2:11 pm 0 Comments

Who doesn't love puppies? They are adorable, loveable and just so irresistable - all things that make them great presents... right? If you are thinking of gifting a puppy this year for the holidays, make sure you have considered all of these things before hand.

Does the person REALLY want a dog?

Some dogs can live up to 20+ years, making them a serious commitment. That's 20 years of food, pooper scoops, daily exercise, and vet visits. Although surprising someone with a puppy might seem like a great idea, make sure you've talked to them about it.

Can they really take care of a dog?

Many parents gift their children puppies for special occasions. And many don't quite understand the responsibility that comes along with it. Younger children often won't be able to take on the responsibility of feeding, walking and training until they are much older. While I love the idea of having puppies and kids grow up together, just know that these responsibilities will be the parents (along with the bills) until the kids are older. 

Do you know where the puppy is coming from?

Since puppies are very popular during the holiday season, this can create an influx in puppy mill breeding. Many of these poorly bred dogs have health problems and aren't socialized - they also end up in pet stores and malls. The reputable breeders generally wouldn't be able (or willing) to keep up with the high demand during Christmas. When purchasing a puppy, consider the alternatives - there are thousands of good dogs sitting in shelters, waiting for their forever home.

If you've considered all of these things, and you're ready for a puppy - congratulations!

Search for a reputable breeder, rescue group or shelter and make sure to ask lots of questions. After all, this pet will be a family member for years (even decades) to come. Responsible animal organizations make it a priority to know who and where their animals are going to, so anticipate an adoption questionaire and even a home check.

Additionally, no need to gift wrap the puppy - they're cute enough as is. If you have the urge to wrap something, they'll need a food and water bowl, a collar, leash, food and even a dog bed. We can definitely  help with the bed part - check out our website and take advantage or our Grand Opening Special while it lasts.

Happy Holidays!

By Play Admin on Dec 23, 2010 at 6:29 pm 0 Comments