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From February 23 through March 3, 2013 we will be manning a booth at the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show.  When you find us at our booth, you can get a free gift simply by "liking" our Facebook page or if you're ready to set up an estimate or installation, you have a chance to spin our new PRIZE WHEEL that has opportunities to win some pretty cool add-on's to your system or 50% off the installation of a Performance Series Hidden Fence.

The show hours and location as well as a $1 off coupon can be found at http://www.dispatchevents.com/content/sections/central-ohio-h-and-g/index.html .  What are you waiting for?  We hope to see you very soon!  If you have any questions, please contact us or call 614-527-3799.  We'll be at the show over the weekend, but will return your call as promptly as possible.

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With all the snow that is currently falling, we thought it was a good time for a reminder of pet safety tips in all this snow.  Snow can be enjoyable for man and beast alike, but it does present some dangers.

 

You may think that just because dogs have all that hair that they won’t get cold.  This is a common misconception, especially for smaller dogs.  A good rule of thumb is to keep dogs outside for only as many minutes as compared to their weight.  For example, our Miniature Schnauzer, Potter weighs 15 pounds so he should only stay outside about 15 minutes.

 

Also regarding the cold, although we’re sensitive to dogs and their extreme hatred for doggie clothing most times of year, on a day like today, a sweater or turtleneck would probably be appreciated by your four-legged-pal.  It will help him retain his body heat better than without; therefore allowing him to enjoy the snow as much as you do (okay, probably even more).

 

De-icing salt can be dangerous to dogs as it is toxic if consumed in large quantities.  In addition, salt can irritate dog’s skin, paws and eyes.  That being said you really have two options.  Buy the de-icing salt that is safe for dogs (such as EcoTraction).  Or simply try and keep your dog away from areas you have spread ice melt or wash his paws (and any other place the ice melt touched) upon returning inside.  A Facebook friend and dog trainer, Nico Kramer was kind enough to remind us of a couple of these tips.

 

Speaking of toxins, puddles can be carriers of all sorts of them.  Traces of antifreeze, windshield washing fluid, ice melt and coolant can be found in puddles, so please, don’t let your dog play in them or drink from them especially during the winter.

 

Don’t forget to shovel a “potty path” for your dog if you have a fenced in yard.  Or if you’re taking them for walks to relieve themselves only walk as long as your dog wants to.  Upon their return inside, check them for ice or clumps of snow and remove them gently.  This will help to prevent frostbite and wiping them down removes de-icing salt and possible toxins mentioned above.

Frostbite can be identified in dogs as skin turning red, gray or white.  If suspected, take your dog to a warm area and apply damp, warm cloths until the area appears flushed.  Then call your vet for further instructions.

 

If you have a pond in your yard or neighborhood, you need to be especially careful and keep an extra watchful eye on your four-legged-pal.  Although a pond may appear solid and frozen over, this could be misleading.  Falling through ice to the icy waters underneath is a danger to dogs and children alike.

 

Finally, if you keep your dog’s food and water outside, be sure to check the water regularly to make sure it isn’t frozen.  Dehydration can be an issue during the winter too.

 

We hope this helps your family and your dog enjoy this winter wonderland we find ourselves in today.  Now, get on out there and have a dog-gone good time!

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We have earned the service industry-coveted 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor awarded annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.  We couldn't be happier or more proud of our accomplishment.

“It’s a select group of companies rated on Angie’s List that can claim the exemplary customer service record of being a Super Service Award winner,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Our standards for the Super Service Award are quite high. The fact that DogWatch of Columbus earned this recognition speaks volumes about its dedication providing great service to its customers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2012 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, including earning a minimum number of reports, an excellent rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2012 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Check our our testimonials page to see why our customers know we deserve this prestigious award.  And please contact us if you have any questions or would like a free in-yard estimate.

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Looking to get your pet's picture taken with Santa?  Look no further!  Here is a list of places and times you can find the big guy in the red suit that is ready for some fur-friendly portraits:

Dec. 13 5:30 - 8:30 CHA PetPeople 6415 Perimeter Dr. Dublin
Dec. 15 11:00 - 3:00 Cozy Cat Cottage Mutts & Co. 5125 Hampstead Village Dr. New Albany
Dec. 15 10:00 - 4:00 Central Ohio Greyhound Petco Westerville
Dec. 15 11:00 - 3:00 CHA PetPeople 4010 Powell Rd. Powell
Dec. 15 11:00 - 4:00 Colony Cats (&dogs) PetSmart Rome-Hilliard Rd. Hilliard
Dec. 15 11:00 - 4:00 Hand Me Down Dobes PetSmart Hilliard
Dec. 15 11:00 - 4:00 New Beginnings PetSmart Grove City
Dec. 16 11:00 - 4:00 New Beginnings PetSmart Grove City
Dec. 16 10:00 - 4:00 Central Ohio Greyhound Petco Westerville
Dec. 16 11:00 - 3:00 Cozy Cat Cottage Mutts & Co. 5125 Hampstead Village Dr. New Albany
Dec. 16 11:00 - 3:00 Cat Welfare Petco 5030 North High St. across from Graceland
Dec. 16 2:00 - 5:00 Powell Animal Welfare Society Mutts & Co. Dublin
Dec. 16 11:00 - 4:00 Colony Cats (&dogs) PetSmart Rome-Hilliard Rd. Hilliard

A big thank you to Pet Butler of Central Ohio the information!

 

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Hey all you crazy Black Friday shoppers!  Our office will not be open today; HOWEVER, if you e-mail us by 11:59pm we will take $75 off a full installation of a DogWatch Performance Series system OR $25 off an indoor unit (perfect for around the tree and Christmas presents).  E-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it that you saw this post and we'll contact you on Monday to set up the install or confirm delivery of your indoor unit.  Happy Shopping:0)!

 

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