Friday, November 5, 2010

Open House / Trunk Show

Come Celebrate Be Festive and Shop!
Swag The Dog Boutique and The Animal Park
December 3
Drop by anytime between 7 - 9:30pm
 Open House to check out great gift ideas for Christmas.Doggie Holiday Nails done on site & Dog Gift Baskets
Check out the Animal Park - Bring your Dog! - Refreshments served.

Swag The Dog at The Animal Park

For all of you local people, you can now shop at Swag The Dog Boutique at the Animal Park in Ogden.
The Animal Park is located at 
840 W. 24th Street - Ogden, Utah
Phone: 801-393-7275.


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Harvest Moon Festival

Join us for the Harvest Moon Dog Walk and Adoption. Bring your dog, or just come walk with us and help us find homes for some beautiful dogs. The Humane Society of Northern Utah Volunteers, along with Black Dog Rescue Project, Swag the Dog, Animal Park and PetZen will be downtown from 12-5!!  Free to public. We will have activities for kids and dog products  at our booth. Sign up early, or check in at our "dog tent" on the 100 block of 25th street. ON SITE ADOPTIONS  by the Humane Society of Northern Utah.

Where: Ogden Harvest Moon Festival 
25th Street, Ogden - Meet at the "dog tent"
on 25th street - 100 block
Date: Saturday September 25th
Time: Two walks - 1st one at 1:00pm and
2nd one at 4:00pm - Free gift for signing up.

 

Download a flyer for more info

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Swag

This week marks one year since we opened Swag The Dog and we can’t believe how fast the time has gone!  We would like to thank everyone who helped make our fist year so great.  From all of our “people partners” to our wonderful customers. We have spent the last year figuring out how to be more efficient and how to bring our customers the best products we can find!  We are continuing to add great new products from new vendors and we are working on trying to make a big impact locally this summer. 

We have joined the new Ogden chapter of Buy Local First
and are planning on doing a couple of Ogden farmers markets this summer for the two dog events.  We have teamed up with one of our favorite companies PetZen who also is an Ogden company!  Make sure to check out all of the PetZen products on our website. Many adventurous dog products and eco friendly ones too.
Today I just met Debbie and JJ from newly opened The Animal Park on 24th street and not only are they great people, but have a wonderful facility that anyone would be so comfortable taking their pet.  They are the coolest dog/cat hotel where your pet in not stuck all day in a kennel.  I am impressed.  Swag will be working with them to bring some of our products at their facility and Debbie has a great idea of having a photographer come in on holidays so that you can have their picture taken in Halloween costumes or Christmas Swag.  We have some great costumes that we will be putting up on the website at the end of the summer. 

A very special thanks to Adventurous Cakes, Coffee and Deli for their huge support and for baking ALL of those dog cookies all year for our local events! Bobbye is the best baker around and they make great people food too! We have put together gift baskets made from PetZen travel bowls and Adventurous Dog Cookies.

We are very excited about new partnerships and can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.

Thank you so much!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Extreme Barking, Nervousness & Anxiety - A Natural Solution??

Recently I talked to someone who has a nervous dog (noise, people, travel etc) and she told me about a product that has absolutely worked for her dog.  It is called a thundershirt, which is basically a pressure wrap for your dog.  It is a drug free way to calm your dog that works with pressure points…….So I have done a bunch of research and am really excited about the product and would really love to offer this product on Swag The Dogs website, but first would love to get feedback from anyone who may want to try this product before we purchase these “jackets/wraps/shirts.” 

Thundershirt’s design is a pressure wrap that applies a gentle, constant pressure on a dog’s torso. As for WHY Thundershirt's gentle pressure works to calm a dog…no one knows for sure. There are theories, but no scientific studies to prove them.  It seems to work on about 80% of dogs with nervous problems. “According to some experts, pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years.”
For example:
• Touch dog trainers use pressure to address a wide variety of anxieties.
• Veterinarians use pressure to relax cattle when they are administering vaccinations.
• People with Autism use pressure to relieve their persistent anxiety.
Until now, there just hasn’t been a well-designed, inexpensive pressure wrap commonly used for canine anxiety.
Thudershirt helps with:
  • Noise Anxiety
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Travel Anxiety
  • Crating
  • Barking 
Here is a link to a YouTube video to see it in action:
http://www.youtube.com/thundershirtfordogs

They run as low as $36. and I would love to hear from anyone who may be interested in purchasing the Thundershirt for your “nervous” dog, or just drop me a line on your thoughts of this product at paula@swagthedogboutique.com

  In the media:

Friday, April 30, 2010

Swag Your Dog with some PetZen


Swag The Dog is excited to now feature PetZen products on our website. Our fellow Ogden company is a great additon to our site and we look forward to joining them for many local events in Utah. We love the DogTread (Named 2009 Top Pet Fitness and Health Product,) and all of the adventurous dog gear that they offer. They also fall right into line with our eco-friendly mindset. Their adventure gear made out of recycled yoga mats are wonderful!
Please look for the PetZen booth at Strut Your Mutt on May 22. We will be giving away all natrual dog treats (made in Ogden at Adventurous Cakes, Coffe & Deli) So please stop by and check out the PetZen line and pick up your dog treat. You will also be able to purchase PetZen travel bowls filled with dog treats. For more details go to the Strut Your Mutt website. We are also be present at the 2 Ogden Farmers Market Dog events this year. Watch the blog for dates and more info.

Please go to our website and see the full line. 

We also love their mission statement.
At PetZen™ they believe that the relationship between a pet and its people is distinctly original. They are truly a part of our family and we include them in all of our business and personal activities. Be it a run on the mountain trails, a company meeting, a game of fetch at the park or even something as simple as a ride to the grocery store, our pets are right there with us whenever possible.

Their goal is to develop products that help you live up to your end of the relationship and make their lives as complete as they make yours. Inside, outside and everything in between our products are designed to help keep pets and their people balanced, bonding and living in the moment together, wherever it may be.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Must Read! - Top 10 Dog Poisons

Dog poison No. 1: Medications for people. Drugs that might be beneficial, or even life-saving, for people can have the opposite effect in pets. And it doesn’t always take a large dose to do major damage.

Dog poison No. 2: Flea and tick products. You may think you’re doing your dog a favor when you apply products marketed to fight fleas and ticks, but thousands of animals are unintentionally poisoned by these products every year. Problems can occur if dogs accidentally ingest these products or if small dogs receive excessive amounts.

Dog poison No. 3: People food. Your canine companion may look so cute as he sits there begging for a bite of your chocolate cake or a chip covered in guacamole, but not giving him what he wants could save his life. Animals have different metabolisms than people. Some foods and beverages that are perfectly safe for people can be dangerous, and sometimes fatal, for dogs.

  • Chocolate.
  • Alcohol.
  • Avocado.
  • Macadamia nuts.
  • Grapes and raisins.
  • Xylitol. This sweetener is found in many products,

Dog poison No. 4: Rat and mouse poison. Rodenticides, if ingested by dogs, can cause severe problems. The symptoms depend on the nature of the poison, and signs may not start for several days after consumption. In some instances, the dog may have eaten the poisoned rodent, and not been directly exposed to the toxin.

Dog poison No. 5: Pet medications. Just as we can be sickened or killed by medications intended to help us, cases of pet poisoning by veterinary drugs are not uncommon. Some of the more commonly reported problem medications include painkillers and de-wormers.

Dog poison No. 6: Household plants. They may be pretty, but plants aren’t necessarily pet friendly. Some of the more toxic plants to dogs include:
  • Azaleas and rhododendrons.
  • Tulips and daffodils
  • Sago palms.
Dog poison No. 7: Chemical hazards. Not surprisingly, chemicals contained in antifreeze, paint thinner, and chemicals for pools can act as dog poison. The pet poisoning symptoms they may produce include stomach upset, depression, and chemical burns.

Dog poison No. 8: Household cleaners. Just as cleaners like bleach can poison people, they are also a leading cause of pet poisoning, resulting in stomach and respiratory tract problems.

Dog poison No. 9: Heavy metals. Lead, which may be in paint, linoleum, and batteries, can be poisonous if eaten by your dog, causing gastrointestinal and neurological problems. Zinc poisoning may occur in dogs that swallow pennies, producing symptoms of weakness from severe anemia.

Dog poison No. 10: Fertilizer. Products for your lawn and garden may be poisonous to pets that ingest them.

from Web MD

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bark for A Cure

Breast Cancer Month is in October, but in honor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure next month in Salt Lake (and every day should be raising awareness) we are adding some extra "PINK" to Swag The Dogs website to do our part to raise awareness and increase support for breast cancer research. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart having beat breast cancer myself (next month will be 4 years). Pink products to raise awareness and, all of the product featured will have portions of sales donated to various breast cancer organizations.

A fun tank sports the breast cancer ribbon logo and says "Bark for the Cure: Tank or a 12" Loofa pink squeaky toy with the breast cancer logo and we are also featuring Red Dingo's pink collar, harness and leashes that can be worn everyday and will remind people to "Think Pink" Sometimes it's the little things that make the greatest difference. If WE can walk and run for a cure, then our dogs can Bark for a Cure!
Thank you for your support,
Paula

If you would like to purchase any of these items, please browse this link:http://swagthedogboutique.com/Swag-pages/categories/seasonal-breast-cancer.html


Breast cancer links:
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure -
Salt Lake City - May 8
http://www.komenslc.org/
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
http://www.bcrfcure.org/

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New dog park is welcomed addition to Ogden

By Jessica Miller (Standard-Examiner staff)
 Apr 6 2010
OGDEN -- It's just another pearl on the necklace.
 That's how Jay Lowder, Ogden City Public Services director, described a new dog park that will be built at Miles Goodyear Park adjacent to the River Parkways and a developing kayak park.

"Location was key so that it was easy access from any direction," he said. "We put it by the parkway trail. We hope to get people using that section of the trail."

A 2.5-acre section on the north side of the park at 2542 A Ave. eventually will feature watering stations, pavilions, an agility course, and an area designated for small dogs only. The project will be completed in phases because of funding issues, said Bob Geier, director for Ogden City Animal Services. Geier said they asked for $124,000 in funding from Weber County's RAMP program, but were awarded only $62,000.

"It's not fully funded," Geier said. "We're still working with people to get as much done as we possibly can. Some of the gazebos and stuff probably won't be done, because they are high-dollar items."

Geier said Ogden Animal Services is asking for donations from the public to help close the gap to make the dog park a reality sooner. He is hopeful the first phase, which will include cultivating the grassy areas, adding the agility course and fencing in the park, will be completed by midsummer. The rest of the project will rely solely on if and when they get enough donations to make it a reality.

 
"It's what's been needed for a long time," Geier said. "It's an amenity that all civilized towns and cities should have. It gives the people a place to allow their animals to play together and let them have an off-leash experience."
Lowder said many people have expressed an interest in a dog park over the years.

"There's been a desire expressed to the city from the community for many years now," he said. "You'd be amazed at how many people appreciate something like this."

South Ogden has had an official dog park for almost two years on Palmer Drive, and it has been well-received by residents, according to Public Works Director John Anderson.
"The park is used very regularly," Anderson said. "For the most part, people using the park have been very good about cleaning up after their pets."

Geier said the location of the Ogden dog park will be secluded enough so it will have a minimal impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.

"It's not isolated, but we don't think there'll be any real issues with dogs barking," he said.
Donations can be made for the dog park through Ogden Animal Services, (801) 629-8244


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ogden Dog Park!!!

If you want to speak up about getting a legal DOG PARK in OGDEN CITY, attend:

OGDEN OPEN SPACE MEETING
DATE: THURS APR 15 2010
TIME:7PM to 10PM
PLACE: Megaplex @ the JUNCTION on 2nd FL. Ogden, UT

The new MASTER PLAN for OGDEN OPEN SPACE will be discussed.
A legal, totally fenced DOG PARK for Ogden City has been being discussed for a few years now.


COME TO THIS MEETING AND LET OGDEN CITY know what kind of DOG PARK you want and WHERE you want it to be.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

We Love West Paw and Their Eco Friendly Products!

Their Commitment to the Environment
West Paw Designs Sustainable Manufacturing.
At West Paw Design they believe in providing the best for your pet while balancing what is right for our environment. They search high and low for the best, most sustainable material there is to offer - they use recyclable and organic material in their bedding and toys.

Their commitment to the environment has guided them to continually strive to reduce their already minimized waste in their manufacturing process, and offer more environmentally friendly organic and sustainable products. They are able to provide quality hand-made toys and beds while keeping them durable and sophisticated. Using recyclable material in their Zogoflex® line lets us recycle old products back into new ones, without sacrificing any quality.

Recycled material is used throughout all of their beds and toys. They use premium 100% recycled IntelliLoft™ long-staple fill in all our stuffed beds. Made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, IntelliLoft is friendly to the environment without sacrificing Their high quality standards. Their exclusive IntelliLoft™ fiber fill diverts over 200 tons of plastic bottles from landfills every year! Not only do they use recycled plastic bottles in their fill, we also offer stylish, durable Eco Friendly fabric that is made from re-engineered IntelliLoft™ fibers in our Eco Nap® and Eco Toys. The fabric itself is made from 85% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles – who knew soda pop bottles could be so soft?!

Organic products and services have become a large trend in today’s market – and West Paw Design is in the forefront for bringing organic cotton bedding and organic catnip to our four-legged friends. Their pillow beds made from cotton that have been grown free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers – offering a healthy alternative for your best friend and the environment.





Swag The Dog carries:
IntelliLoft™: We utilize recycled IntelliLoft fibers that are derived from recycled plastic bottles in all of their pet beds and many of their pet toys.
Organic Cotton: Making organic cotton an option in our bumper bed® line lets our customers choose to purchase a "greener" option.
Reclaimed Cotton: Offering dog sweaters made from reclaimed cotton utilizes a resource that already exists, which reduces waste, adds no new chemicals, and saves water.

Zogoflex: Is super durable and made to be 100% recyclable. Toys made of this material will last a lifetime, and if it doesn't - it is guaranteed! You get your choice of your money back or free replacement (one-time) and the toy gets recycled!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

These Paws Were Made for Walking

Missing dog found 600 miles from home
DELAND, FL (WKOW) -- A Virginia couple is reunited with their missing German shepherd, which somehow made his way to Florida.

About two weeks before Christmas, Deacon, an 85-pound German shepherd, went missing from his family home in rural Stuart, Va.Pamela Holt thought her 18-month-old German shepherd “Deacon” was gone for good. That’s why she was so surprised when she got a call from someone claiming that Deacon had been found.
Holt, of Stuart, Va., said she thought DeLand Animal Control Officer Gary Thomas was playing a “mean trick” when he called to say he found her dog. The dog had been missing since December. The Holts thought Deacon had died."I said 'What a mean trick,' " Holt told the Daytona Beach News Journal. "My husband and I had grieved and had moved on. We had decided we were not going to get any more dogs."
According to police reports, a convenience store clerk saw Deacon and another dog running in traffic on Feb. 18 in Daytona Beach, Fla. The clerk called authorities and the dogs were taken to a kennel.
Deacon had a microchip implanted, which helped Thomas track down the Holts. The couple drove 10 hours from Virginia to Florida to pick Deacon up and bring him home.
It's still a mystery how Deacon got to Florida. It seems the Holts may never know.
Welcome Home Deacon!!

New Stuff!

We have added new items to our website and are working on adding more!
Make sure you watch the  New Items Page

Also...don't forget to enter your dogs photos in our monthly Dog(s) of The Month Photo contest.
Aiko & Jamie won for March See them here

Monday, February 22, 2010

FRIENDS of OGDEN CITY DOG PARK

Having dog parks in Ogden would be such a wonderful addition to our community. We are a such family oriented area and so pro community that we need to add our furry family to this list. Please take the time to check out the info below, follow the links, join on facebook and look at the wonderful pictures of the April 2009 opening and get ready to participate for 2010. Please help take action and pass the word. Swag The Dog would like to help be a part of this momentum. Please join us!

Info from FRIENDS of OGDEN CITY DOG PARK
Please join if you are on facebook and have all of your dog loving friends join.

Yesterday, a friend of mine talked with OC Council member Jesse Garcia about a legal DOG Park in Ogden on Ogden-owned land. Jesse agreed with my friend that NOW was the time for every dog-owning Ogden resident to contact their Council Member for their district and ask them to be sure that the OGDEN CITY MASTER PLAN for OPEN SPACE included as least ONE 2.5 acre plus...........fenced, legally designated DOG PARK. Or the land for it.My friend asked Jesse to talk with other Ogden City Council members about the need to set aside NOW in the Open Space Plan that is being discussed......... land for a DOG PARK. Because the land along the Weber River, south of the 24th ST Kayak Park was deemed too dangerous to house a public DOG PARK in 2007, a different location should be considered.Jess pointed out that although the Ogden City Council could, generally speaking, agree to put aside land/ Ogden owned open space........ for a DOG PARK, Jesse said it would take a group of OGDEN CITIZENS to write up a proposal and present it to the Ogden City Council, in order to go forward. My friend asked Jesse to get the other Ogden City Council members ON BOARD for such a proposal, since an Ogden City Dog Park is LONG OVERDUE. Jesse said he understood that. He agreed that the proposal had to come from a group of interested Ogden residents. And that he would get Ogden City Council members to take such a proposal seriously.

When you consider the size of grant applications that are presented to the RAMP FUND committees by end of January, every year, an Ogden City
Council Sponsored RAMP FUND application for $15,000.00 for a DOG PARK.........would be small indeed.

Contact your DOG LOVING friends who live in Ogden.
Get a group together. Write a proposal and present it to the Ogden City Council in early Jan 2010. Smaller funding for DOG PARK items like park benches, MuttMitt dispensers, Park Rules signs..........can be raised from local VETs and local big box retail stores like Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco.

A community-supported, city-owned DOG PARK in Ogden is a great way to go. The Ogden City Council is listening. If this proposal does not interest you, send a hot link of this article onto a dog-owning friend in OGDEN who could help. Use the public forum that the Standard Examiner has provided to vet the concerns of such a dog park. As well, start suggesting parks in the Ogden Parks system or parts of existing parks that could be fenced off for a DOG PARK.

As most people here know, there is NO Ogden City Dog Park.........YET. However last FRI FEB 12,2010.......I talked with DEBORAH BARNES, VP, OGDEN-WEBER HUMANE SOCIETY, and she told me that her group is working on making an official, off leash, totally fenced DOG PARK happen in BIG DEE PARK, next to El Monte Golf Course, and just down Park St from Rainbow Gardens, the Dinosaur Museum and the current Ogden Animal Shelter building.

Info on this DOG PARK-in progress will be posted on FRIENDS OF OGDEN CITY DOG PARK. Many of the people who worked on making SODP (South Ogden Dog Park) happen, from 6.1.2007-6.9.2008 when it opened........are joining the FB group and posting their ideas on that FB group site. So come on over an join us....

Eleanor Thompson

Contact: eleanor@eleanorthompson.com


SOUTH OGDEN DOG PARK (SODP) APRIL 7 2009 OPEN; REOPEN APR 1 2010

Jeff Joers tugs............Knox and Taz to the rescue.
When SODP does open, in APR 2010, It will post it here.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasmann/2850980797/


Current article on SODP in Standard Examiner:
Hot Diggity Dog / You'll meet the nicest pooches -- and people -- at the dog park
By Becky Cairns (Standard-Examiner staff )
http://www.standard.net/topics/features/2009/10/09/hot-diggity-dog-youll-meet-nicest-pooches-and-people-dog-park

Please join on Facebook @:FRIENDS of OGDEN CITY DOG PARK http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=206195486144&ref=ts

Check out these great pictures:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasmann/page14/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasmann/page15/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/glasmann/page10/

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Strutt Your Mutt 2010

15th Annual Strut Your Mutt 2010

What: Leisurely 1 mile group dog walk plus booths, contests, demonstrations, entertainment, refreshments and more. A VIP area (Buster's Backyard - for those who raise over $350), flyball, agility, frisbee and coursing performances. Contests include Best Trick and Pet/Owner look-a-like.
Where: *New Venue* Veterans Memorial Park - 1985 W 7800 S, West Jordan.

When: Saturday, May 22nd. Registration begins at 8 AM (walk begins at 9:15).
Why: To raise money for No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a non-profit 501c3 organization working to end the euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats statewide and promote humane alternatives for feral cats.
Who: Pet lovers who want to raise money for Utah's homeless pets and have a great time with their dogs in the park.
For More Info go to: www.strutyourmutt.org




Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Every Saturday!

Participate in the Black Dog Rescue Walk in Ogden!
Saturdays at 10 a.m. Details: Meet and finish the walk in front of Grounds for Coffee located at 111 25th Street. They will walk along 25th street and around the park. Point of contact is Sherri at 801-529-7116.
Please help spread the word about the Black Dog Walk in Ogden.

For more information please go to:
Black Dog Walk Utah: Walk for a Cause... Save a Dog!
www.blackdogrescueproject.com
This page is dedicated to current and future Black Dog Walk Utah pack members. Grab the leash, get your dog or borrow your friends dog and join the pack!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Winter Special - All ToruDog 25% off

A line of vintage style rock n roll apparel for dogs who rock!
Also Rescue wear is designed to help raise awareness for rescue groups and spay/neuter programs nationwide. 15% of proceeds will be donated to Paws 4 You Rescue, Inc.



Shirts & Tanks Bandanas
Go to: Swag The Dog

Monday, February 1, 2010

Rescue Me Please

Update on Bartle Bee
Welcome Home Bartle Bee!
A family from West Jordan saw their ad for Bartle Bee and decided to make the 50 mile drive to come and meet him. The family has children who are ages 10 and 12 as well as a much loved lab mix. They felt the time was right to add a new member to their household and Bartle Bee won their hearts. Welcome Home Bartle Bee!
For more info go to Black Dog Rescue Website at www.blackdogrescueproject.com/

Monday, January 25, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Furry Valentine

Check out some Valentines Day
ideas at Swag The Dog
It's all about spreading the LOVE and what better way to spread it than with this charity line of Rescue Wear designed to help promote awareness for rescue groups as well as adoption and spay/neuter programs nationwide. 15% of proceeds are donated to Paws 4 You Rescue, Inc.
http://swagthedogboutique.com/Swag-pages/categories/seasonal.html
Shirts & Tanks
Collar Charms & ID TagsCollar Charms & ID Tags
http://swagthedogboutique.com/Swag-pages/categories/seasonal.html