Pet Safe Cleaners

Some of you may have had food and environmental trigger tests done for your pets; typically a hair and/or saliva test. My preferred test provides a page on environmental stressors that show household cleaners and good information on grasses, pollens and general chemical agents. I’ve attached a copy of my dog Hercules’ test for reference.

Awareness about food intolerances and itchy ears, skin and other symptomatic issues, far outweigh discussion about environmental triggers.

Reading labels for ingredients also applies to cleaning products. If it’s an artificial color, scent, or surfactant, it probably isn’t good for you or your dog. If you can’t pronounce it . . .

Jennifer, owner of Swim Doggie Swim is hosting her Happy Hour series again this summer. This week, Wednesday, June 5th from 6 – 7 PM, I’ll be there to talk about natural cleaners made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. I’ll be mixing and giving away samples and recipes. Kind of a Mr. Clean channels Julia Child event. Please RSVP to Jennifer by text, call or email at 360-582-9663 or to reserve your seat. Admission is $10.

Pet Disaster Preparedness

Last December’s wind storm, and recent snowfall have made it clear Peninsula residents need to plan ahead.  Saturday, May 11 is National Disaster Animal Preparedness Day. I’m posting today to hopefully give everyone reading a gentle nudge on a preparedness kit for your household.

Approach this project creatively, and you may find you’re better prepared for yourself as well.  And please keep in mind you may not be able to shelter in place.

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Enhancing the Commercial Diet

On Wednesday, August 22nd, I will be at Swim Doggie Swim in Carlsborg, offering a short workshop in adding fresh foods to complement a commercial diet.  We will briefly cover reading labels for nutritional content, and focus on adding fresh foods in appropriate portions, supplements, and practical grocery items for every budget.

As part of her summer Yappy Hour series, Jennifer invites you to come, relax, meet new and old friends, talk dogs and enjoy light evening snacks.  If you would like a tour of the spa facility – just ask!

Mark the date: August 22nd from 6:00 to 7:00 ( but we will probably go over since we all like to talk dogs).  RSVP not required but appreciated. Text or call Swim Doggie Swim at (360) 582-9663.  There is no charge.  This is a people only event.

Swim Doggie Swim
261043 Highway 101
Sequim, Washington 98382

Pet First Aide/CPR Certification class in Carlsborg, WA

Know what to do for your pet in an emergency?  Swim Doggie Swim is hosting a Pet First Aide/CPR certification class on Saturday, August 11th.

This course is offered through PetTech, and will cover what to do for shock, seizures, choking, burns, poisoning, broken bones, heat stroke, cuts, rescue breathing and CPR.

Including earning your certificate, the $95 class fee will include the course handbook and wallet ID card.

Please call Jennifer at (360) 582-9663 to reserve your space, or send an email to  The class size is limited and you must be pre-registered.


Mark the date: Yappy Hour July 17th

Elicia Casey, owner of doTERRA-4-DOGS, will be at Swim Doggie Swim on Tuesday, July 17thfor a Yappy Hour workshop at 12 noon and again at 6 PM.  Learn how essential oils are a safe and effective means for supporting your dog’s immune system, joints, skin conditions, calming digestive issues and allergies and repelling insects.

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This workshop is held at no charge, but please RSVP to Jennifer at (360) 582-9663 and let her know which session you would like to attend.