Prevention & Problem Behaviors
Rebecca Mason | February 1, 2018
by Rebecca Mason, CPDT-KA Does your pup jump up on strangers, potty on the carpet, and get into things he shouldn’t chew on? When dealing with problem behaviors, prevention is everything! When it comes to potty training, monitor how much space you give your puppy. Until he is fully potty trained, do not leave him […]
NEW YEAR. NEW PET. NOW WHAT?
Merritt Milam | January 3, 2018
The sights and sounds of the holidays have started to fade. The decorations are put away. The puppy you got your children for Christmas is chewing on your new slippers…sound familiar? Every year thousands of new puppies arrive as Christmas gifts to the joy and delight of unprepared children and their parents. Unfortunately, thousands each […]
5 things to do with your pets during the holidays
Merritt Milam | December 19, 2017
The holidays can be a stressful time for both you and your pets. While it’s easy to become overwhelmed, make sure your furry friend doesn’t feel left out of the festivities. Below are 5 fun things you can do with your pets this holiday season. Enjoy the lights Holiday lights always seem to make the […]
Halloween Pet Safety Tips
Merritt Milam | October 11, 2017
Halloween is just around the corner and we want to make sure all of your furry friends stay happy and safe during the holiday. Halloween can be an overwhelming night for pets, with new visitors, loud noises and distracting decorations. Below are some Wags tips for keeping your pet safe on Halloween night. Keep pets […]
Wags Guide to Fall Activities for your Pet
Merritt Milam | September 11, 2017
Fall has come again and we can’t wait for the cool weather and time spent with our furry friends! If you think fall means more time indoors and less activity for your pets, think again. We put together some of the best activities that we love to do with our pups when the fall season […]
Wags’ tips for traveling with pets
Merritt Milam | August 11, 2017
Along with football season and holidays comes the need for both short and long distance travel plans. This can be an overwhelming time for pets with changes in schedule and new scenery, so it’s important to make sure they are comfortable when traveling by car or by plane. If you’re thinking about bringing your furry […]
Tasty treats for your furry friend
Merritt Milam | July 13, 2017
At Wags, we know a good treat can make all the difference when it comes to keeping your furry friend happy and feeling great! We love baking yummy treats for our dogs that are healthy, pet friendly and delicious. Below are a few of our favorite paw-some treat recipes that are sure to please any […]
Wags Rescue: Where Are They Now?
Merritt Milam | June 14, 2017
Wags ‘n Whiskers Rescue is a nonprofit dedicated to the rescuing and rehoming of both dogs and cats. Since its inception in 2016, Wags Rescue has found homes for 23 rescues and is continuing its mission to find homes for animals across the Southeast. Join us as we look back on some of the furry […]
Dog Days of Summer
Merritt Milam | May 22, 2017
Hip, hip, hooray, the dog days of summer are finally here! At Wags ‘n Whiskers in Birmingham, we could not be more excited to spend this season playing outside with our dogs in beautiful Alabama! Whether we are hiking Ruffner Mountain, swimming in Lake Martin or laying poolside around town, we love enjoying summertime to […]
Preparing for a New Puppy
Merritt Milam | March 8, 2017
Like preparing for a newborn, preparing for a new puppy can be stressful at times and may seem overwhelming. While there are many items to purchase and preparations to take to ensure you’re bringing this ball of fluff into a safe and loving environment, you can never be fully prepared for the change in lifestyle […]
All You Need is Love!
Merritt Milam | February 7, 2017
Love is in the air this February and at Wags ‘n Whiskers, and we cannot wait to shower all of our furry loved ones with hugs, kisses, treats and more! In the spirit of giving and loving, we’ve made a pawsitively pawesome list of ways you can show your dog or cat some extra love […]
Merritt Milam | January 12, 2017
Want your pup to have all of his furry friends join him at daycare? We do too! We want to show our appreciation to all of our Wags ‘n Whiskers ambassadors by rewarding existing clients who refer new customers to our services. Here’s how it works: Refer a friend to Wags ‘n Whiskers If […]
5 New Year Resolutions for You and Your Pet
Merritt Milam | December 23, 2016
It’s that time of year again when we all start thinking about resolutions for the New Year. Although it’s easy to list all of the things you would like to achieve, the hard part is actually following through with your plans. One of the best ways to hold yourself accountable is to incorporate others into […]
The Wags Guide to the Howl-idays
Merritt Milam | December 2, 2016
With a chill in the air and the leaves still falling, the holiday season is upon us once again. ‘Tis the season for family, football and food, but for our four-legged friends, the whole she-bang can be a bit difficult to navigate as the typical routine becomes interrupted with new sounds, smells and sights. To […]
10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog for the Holidays
Merritt Milam | November 17, 2016
With the holidays approaching quickly around the corner, many families are searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones. More often than not, a puppy seems like the best present for a young child or beloved family member. As much as we adore theses cute, delightful bundles of joy with their floppy bodies and […]
Tips for the Ultimate Pet-Friendly Tailgate
Merritt Milam | September 12, 2016
It’s that time of the year again! College football is back and we couldn’t be more excited! Good food, friends and some healthy competition isn’t a bad way to spend Saturdays in the South. What’s the one thing that could make the football experience even more fun? Including our furry friends in all of the […]
What’s Happening at Wags?
Merritt Milam | August 16, 2016
For this month’s blog, we wanted to highlight some of the upcoming events and specials we have planned for our furry campers! National Dog Day Celebration August 26: $10 – $15 off of Daycare! In honor of National Dog Day, we are celebrating with a daycare party on August 26 beginning at 7 a.m.! […]
Flying With Your Furry Friend
Merritt Milam | July 13, 2016
Since navigating through the airport is already a feat in and of itself, bringing your dog along may not seem like a realistic option. With long security lines, unexpected delays and cancellations, flying doesn’t seem as easy as it used to be. Luckily, airlines today have guidelines and safety measures in place that may help […]
Wags ‘n Whiskers Video Sweepstakes Official Terms & Conditions
Merritt Milam | June 29, 2016
Official terms and conditions for #TakeMeToWags video sweepstakes.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A NEW DOG
Merritt Milam | June 7, 2016
Choosing your next furry friend is a big decision that takes a lot of thought and consideration. With so many different dogs to choose from, how can you know which is the right fit? Luckily, it’s not always a guessing game when predicting the temperament or talents of your future dog. Each pooch has unique […]
How to Prepare Your Dog for a New Baby
Merritt Milam | May 16, 2016
For many pet parents, the family dog was their first child — adored, spoiled and fussed over for several years before the newest member of the pack arrived. These years of undivided attention didn’t go unnoticed by your fur baby, and the soon-to-be abrupt change of schedule, new smells and sounds are sure to confuse your pooch.
Wags University: Advanced Training Class
Merritt Milam | April 7, 2016
Join us for Wags University’s advanced training class each Tuesday, in Birmingham, Alabama, beginning April 12 through May 17 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Spring Break Adventures with Your Dog
Merritt Milam | March 17, 2016
Spring break vacation is quickly approaching for most of us in Birmingham, Alabama and we couldn’t be more excited! Spring is a wonderful time to venture into the wilderness and catch a glimpse of all of Alabama’s blooming beauties or to take a trip down South to some of Alabama’s stunning beaches. What better way […]
Exploring the Magic City with your Furry Friend
Merritt Milam | February 29, 2016
Birmingham, Alabama offers pet parents boundless opportunities to embark on adventures with their furry friends. Whether it’s exploring a park, mingling with other pups or just grabbing a bite to eat, the Magic City boasts a wide range of attractions and restaurants ideal for the perfect puppy play date.
Birthday Pawty Celebrations at Wags!
Merritt Milam | February 15, 2016
Birthdays are a time for celebration, and at Wags ‘n Whiskers, we believe that your dogs and cats should have the opportunity to celebrate their own birthdays, just like their human owners! We now proudly offer birthday parties for your furry friends that allow you to plan a special day specifically for your pet. There […]
Happy Birthday, Wags!
Merritt Milam | January 29, 2016
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since we first opened the doors to our dream pet care facility. After months of searching for the purrfect location, weeks of renovating our building in the heart of Homewood and hours of making sure the space was flawless for our furry customers, Wags ‘n Whiskers celebrated its grand opening on January 22, 2015. Since then, hundreds of happy paws have shuffled through our doors, each one bringing along an exciting adventure and a new memory!
Five Ways to Entertain Your Dog in the Cold Weather
Merritt Milam | January 12, 2016
The cold weather has finally made its way into Birmingham. For most of us Southerners, playing outside in 30 degree temperatures is not for the faint of heart, and we try to avoid this chilly confrontation at all costs. Even our beloved pups are not fans of the bitter cold, and they should be kept […]
Winter Tips for our Furry Friends
Merritt Milam | December 7, 2015
‘Tis the season for chilly weather! With winter slowly creeping up on the South, pet owners should take a few basic precautions into account when caring for their cats and dogs. While we can bundle up in heavy coats, warm gloves and scarves, our furry friends need us to look out for them to stay […]
Five Reasons to Give Thanks to Your Furry Friends
Merritt Milam | November 24, 2015
‘Tis the season to give a special thanks to friends and family—especially those who are furry! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we feel it’s the right time to tell our furry friends and family just how thankful we are that they’re in our lives. Here are five pawfect reasons why we love our pets: […]
Spooky Times Ahead: Join us for our Halloween Spooktacular!
Merritt Milam | October 13, 2015
What do ghosts, goblins, pups and Hand in Paw have in common? Wags ‘n Whiskers’ Halloween Spooktacular! On Wednesday, Oct. 28, we are hosting a very spooky and fun Halloween party during Camp Wags, with 50 percent of daycare proceeds benefiting our friends at Hand in Paw. Be prepared to be spooked when you […]
Paws Up for National Service Dogs this September
Merritt Milam | September 9, 2015
September is National Service Dog Month! Wags n’ Whiskers celebrates these paws-itively paw-esome pups for not only being man’s best friend, but also being a lifesaving companion. These furry heroes dedicate their lives to helping their humans live a normal life and by doing so they truly transform them. Guide dogs, Seeing Eye dogs, service […]
The Ultimate “Tail”gating Guide: Four Tips for Tackling Football Games with Your Pup
Merritt Milam | August 7, 2015
Football season is right around the corner (four Saturdays, to be exact) and for those of us who attend these games religiously, deciding whether or not to bring our dogs along can be a tough decision—because who wouldn’t want to enjoy a day full of burgers, sunshine and some Alabama or Auburn football with their […]
Back to School at Wags University!
Merritt Milam | July 23, 2015
Going back to school doesn’t have to be a total drool—bring your pups to Wags University for some fun-filled classes! Wags ‘n Whiskers proudly serves as one of the only pet care facilities in Birmingham that solely uses positive reinforcement training techniques to encourage our pups. Positive reinforcement training, which is reward-based, is an important […]
Love Your Mutt on National Mutt Day!
Merritt Milam | July 8, 2015
National Mutt Day is just around the corner on July 31, and in honor of this wonderful day we want to celebrate and embrace all of our fabulous, mixed breed dog friends! National Mutt Day was created by an animal welfare advocate in 2005 to raise awareness of the influx of mixed breed dogs that […]
Take Your Pooch to Work Day
Merritt Milam | June 18, 2015
National Take Your Dog to Work Day is right around the corner on June 26, 2015! All work will go to the dogs on this national holiday, which proves to be the ultimate celebration for those of us who want our pooches to be around all day, every day. While some companies choose to be […]
Paws Up if You Love Your Pooch
Merritt Milam | June 9, 2015
Did you know June 7-13 is Pet Appreciation Week? Here at Wags ‘n Whiskers, we truly appreciate all pooches who stop by for a visit. Whether it’s at Wags Salon, Wags B&B or for a fun-filled day of play at Camp Wags, our furry guests always find their own special way to make our day […]
Beat the Heat: National Heat Awareness Day
Merritt Milam | May 20, 2015
Here at Wags ‘n Whiskers, we couldn’t be more excited that summer is right around the corner! But with summer approaching, it is important to remember that our furry friends are especially sensitive to high temperatures. Animals that are overweight, very young or old, or have short muzzles are most susceptible to temperature-induced health issues, […]
Where’s Wags? Wags in the Community
Merritt Milam | May 13, 2015
This summer, members of the Wags ‘n Whiskers team are thrilled to attend the 36th Annual Do Dah Day and the 6th Annual Bark & Wine events! Do Dah Day, a free music festival and parade, is the oldest annual event in Birmingham and is designed to bring awareness and raise funds to support homeless […]
Surviving the Perils of Shedding Season
Merritt Milam | April 24, 2015
Spring has finally arrived, and with the joy of these warmer months comes the woe of our beloved pets’ shedding season. Unfortunately, shedding impacts the majority of dog and cat breeds, and there is little you can do as a pet owner to prevent this from taking place. At Wags ‘n Whiskers, we understand how […]
Keep Your Pet Safe & Healthy: Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Merritt Milam | April 9, 2015
Just like humans, your furry friends need protection, too! That’s why pets need to have an emergency preparedness plan in place, just in case. April is designated National Pet First Aid Awareness Month to help educate pet owners on actions they should take if a pet medical emergency occurs. From basic responsibilities like spaying or […]
Spring Break at Wags!
Merritt Milam | March 19, 2015
Warm weather has finally arrived and to celebrate all of the good things that accompany spring, we are throwing a fun and festive Spring Bark Paw-ty! On Tuesday, March 31, treat your furry friends to their own spring break vacation at Camp Wags for only $15*! During this festive paw-ty, campers will spend the day […]
Toys Rule Dogs Drool
Merritt Milam | March 6, 2015
Whether you are trying to keep your animal busy or improve their mental capabilities, it’s important to have the right tools at home. While many dog toys can be just that – toys – there are a few we highly recommend to help you occupy, train and entertain your pup! The Kong Kong toys are […]
Merritt Milam | February 19, 2015
In celebration of the loveliest day of the year, Wags ‘n Whiskers hosted a Valentine’s Day Paw-ty and invited some of Birmingham’s furry friends to a free day of daycare and a full day of love at Camp Wags! Not only did pups get to play with lots of friends during daycare, they also posed […]
Five Ways to “Pet Proof” Your House
Merritt Milam | February 5, 2015
It’s a fact – pets are family. So what are the best ways to make sure that all family members are safe and happy while at home? Check out our tips below for your furry friends! Keep things tidy Is it a shoe? Or a shoe-shaped toy? How are our pets supposed to tell a […]
Our Grand Opening Celebration!
Merritt Milam | January 27, 2015
Last week, we celebrated our grand opening with a ribbon-cutting event with the Homewood Chamber of Commerce and a grand opening party with lots of Wags family and friends! Guests had the opportunity to meet the Wags ‘n Whiskers team and tour our state-of-the-art facility while enjoying B&A Warehouse’s delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Many […]
Wags University is Open for Enrollment
Merritt Milam | January 22, 2015
January is National Train Your Dog Month, and we couldn’t think of a better time to introduce Wags University, our training program with classes designed for dogs from all walks of life! Training is one of the most important parts of raising a dog. Well-trained dogs make for well-behaved dogs that can make life easier […]
Merritt Milam | December 10, 2014
The holidays are officially upon us, which means lots of shopping, eating and enjoying good times with your friends, family and (of course) your pets! To ensure that your pet enjoys the holiday season as much as you do, here are some helpful tips that are sure to keep them happy and healthy through the […]
SNEAK PEEK: WAGS STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY
Merritt Milam | December 10, 2014
As we approach our opening, we wanted to give an update on our facility and all of the unrivaled comforts, state-of-the-art technologies and valuable conveniences it entails! Our facility was built to serve as a luxurious home-away-from-home for your furry friends.