Adopt, Don’t Shop!
Merritt Milam | November 30, 2022
It goes without saying that pets bring great joy and companionship to our lives. Their unconditional love and desire to be around us provide happiness and wonderful memories for a lifetime. Unfortunately, the holiday season is often a time when well-meaning people give pets as presents. While it may be to ease the loss of […]
Dear Mom: Please Make Sure I Don’t Eat Dangerous Holiday Foods!
Merritt Milam | November 1, 2022
The holidays are fast approaching. That means a time for family, friends, and a feast of great food. Unfortunately, some pets may partake in foods that can be dangerous to their health. Whether it’s a stolen snack or an innocent treat from family or friends, pets can experience dangerous consequences from ingesting certain foods. Here […]
A Rescue Needs You…and You Need Them!
Merritt Milam | October 2, 2022
We could talk about the fact that approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Additional data offers that approximately 920,000 shelter animals are euthanized (390,000 dogs and 530,000 cats). However, more uplifting news shows that approximately 4.1 million shelter animals are adopted each year…and Wags Way Home Rescue is a […]
The Importance of Teaching Your Pup to Play Alone
Merritt Milam | September 3, 2022
At first glance, the title might indicate that playing with your dog is not encouraged…. far from it. While it is important for people to have pet bonding time, it is just as important to develop your furry friend’s ability to manage time on their own. By teaching your pet solo play, or how to […]
Let’s Get Social: The Importance of Building Your Pet’s Social Skills
Merritt Milam | August 1, 2022
The learning process for puppies begins on day one. From the day they are born, puppies are active learners as they are exposed to new sights, sounds, smells, and sensations. It is widely accepted that a puppy’s greatest socialization opportunity is from birth to 5 months of age. By successfully socializing your dog during this […]
Grooming A New Puppy: Tips For A Tail Wagging Experience
Merritt Milam | June 30, 2022
Over the last few years, there has been a boom in new puppy families. These furry friends kept a lot of people happy and comforted during months of stay and work-at-home periods. As these pets grow and require professional grooming care, it’s important to help them handle the new experience in a calm and controlled […]
Canine Distemper Shows Up in Birmingham – Know the Sign, Symptoms, and Treatment.
Merritt Milam | June 1, 2022
The good news…Wags does NOT have an outbreak of canine distemper! We make sure all dogs boarding and/or attending camp are vaccinated. The bad news…canine distemper has shown up in the Birmingham area. What is Canine Distemper and How Is It Spread? Distemper is a paramyxovirus that affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal (GI), and nervous system […]
The Heat Is On! Keeping Your Pets Safe This Summer.
Merritt Milam | May 1, 2022
As summer rapidly approaches and our outdoor activities increase, it’s important to make sure to keep your pets safe from the risk posed by the hot, humid weather. Even if your pet is mostly confined indoors, a few minutes of extremely hot temperatures can be dangerous to your pet’s health. This month we cover heat-related […]
Achoo! 5 Signs Your Dog May Be Suffering from Pollen Allergies
Merritt Milam | April 2, 2022
As much as we love the arrival of spring with its warm weather and blooming flowers, pollen allergies can turn that joy into a sneezing, wheezing, scratching, hot spot nightmare – for our pets. Even before the first signs of yellow hit our cars, pollen allergies can be a major nuisance for pets. Like humans, […]
Ready For Spring? Tips For Your Pet!
Merritt Milam | March 1, 2022
As winter turns to spring, it’s important to help your pet make the transition and be prepared for warmer weather. Here are some tips that will have your pet shaking off the winter chill and put a spring in his/her step! Grooming Winter can be hard on a pet’s coat. A good start to spring […]
Training: A Life-Long Experience for Your Dog and You
Merritt Milam | February 2, 2022
Whether your dog is young or old, training provides worthwhile experiences that build positive relationships for a lifetime. Dogs naturally want to please, and training provides the opportunity for a pet to learn important life-skills while creating a lasting bond with their parent. Wags ‘N Whiskers will soon be announcing new training classes for our […]
New Puppy: Let the Training Begin!
Merritt Milam | January 9, 2022
There’s nothing more adorable, and challenging, than a new puppy. As cute and cuddly as they can be, making sure your new puppy gets started on the right path to house training, socialization, and obedience are critical steps in their overall development. This month we look at the important training your puppy needs during their […]
Holiday Pet Travel Tips
Merritt Milam | December 1, 2021
As the pandemic wanes, traveling plans are seeing a big surge. Whether it’s the “cabin fever” effect or just the idea that life must get back to normal, people are hitting the road, and air, again in record numbers. This month we provide some important travel tips for parents taking their furry friends along for […]
Wags Way Home Rescue: A Trusted Friend. A New Name.
Merritt Milam | November 2, 2021
Wags ‘N Whiskers has been taking care of our local neighbors’ pet day care, grooming, boarding, and training needs since 2014. To expand on our services, we are excited to announce our new rescue for abandoned and surrendered pets – Wags Way Home! Wags Way Home is not only focused on rehoming these forgotten pets, […]
Cooler Weather Doesn’t Mean No Fleas or Ticks!
Merritt Milam | October 1, 2021
Ah, fall is here and that means cool mornings, football, and fleas? Yes, fleas! Just because the heat of summer changes to cooler days and nights, doesn’t mean the problems of fleas, ticks, and heartworms are over until next spring. Fleas can survive in temperatures of -30 degrees Fahrenheit Flea eggs that fell into your […]
The Wags Way…Is The Best Way!
Merritt Milam | September 1, 2021
Every day we are fortunate to have the best furry friends walk through our doors. Whether they’re here for a grooming, daycare, or extended stay, each one is special to us. Since 2014 Wags has made sure we treat each pet The Wags Way! So, What is the Wags Way? The Wags Way is […]
Canine “Kennel” Cough: What You Need To Know
Merritt Milam | August 1, 2021
Every person that ever parented a dog with kennel cough knows the dreaded sound – a deep honking, non-productive, persistent cough. Highly contagious, kennel cough is usually caused by a combination of Bordetella and viruses like canine distemper or canine influenza. Most people will, unfortunately, associate the virus with their pet’s kennel because it can […]
Top 3 Issues That Your Vet Wants You to Know More About
Merritt Milam | July 1, 2021
As much as we love our pets, there are some important health issues we tend to overlook or kick down the road until it becomes a “must-do” responsibility. Here are three topics your vet wants you to know about and address – sooner rather than later. Dental Often the last thing many pet parents address […]
THE IMPORTANCE OF GROOMING YOUR PET
Merritt Milam | June 1, 2021
Aside from a clean, better-smelling dog or cat, grooming might not seem like an important part of your pet’s overall health and wellbeing. But, proper grooming provides many helpful benefits for pets of all sizes and length of fur. Regular grooming can catch underlying conditions or diseases sooner, allowing for earlier management before it becomes […]
THE IMPORTANCE OF LEASH TRAINING
Merritt Milam | May 2, 2021
Whether you’re a new puppy parent or have a more mature dog, it’s never too late to train them to walk on a leash. This month we look at the many reasons your dog should be trained to leash walk and how we can help. One of the first decisions a pet owner will make […]
Helping Your Pet Handle Severe Weather
Merritt Milam | April 1, 2021
As we’ve experienced recently, severe weather is devastating to families and their property. The destructive power of these storms can also be life-changing for their pets. Whether it’s the anxiety a storm can create or the unexpected loss of shelter and basic necessities – pets suffer, too. Symptoms of canine anxiety include: • Lowered ears […]
BE THE PARENT YOUR PET EXPECTS YOU TO BE: SPAY AND NEUTER!
Merritt Milam | March 1, 2021
Being a responsible pet parent is more than just making sure your furry friend has food, water, and a place to sleep. Responsible parents make sure their pets are provided the same attention and care any human family member would receive. Whether it’s a trip to the park or a trip to the veterinarian, pets […]
HOUSE-TRAINING TIPS FOR YOUR NEW PUPPY
Merritt Milam | February 1, 2021
2020 was a big year for new puppies. With people staying at home more, adding a furry family member became a good way to provide a sense of comfort and security. Providing the proper care for these pets starts with a good house-training plan. Here are the top house-training tips to help you handle the […]
DANGEROUS PRODUCTS YOUR PET SHOULD AVOID
Merritt Milam | December 31, 2020
Happy New Year! While we all hope for a better, calmer, and stronger year ahead, we want to make sure your pets start 2021 safely. Here is a list of potentially dangerous household and pet items you should avoid in order to keep your pet safe. Essential Oils Are essential oils dangerous to your pet? […]
WE’RE READY FOR 2021…ARE YOU?
Merritt Milam | December 1, 2020
Goodbye and good riddance to 2020…at least that’s what most people are feeling right now. It has been a challenging year. But, through it all we’ve been blessed by the continued support of our Wags friends and families. As we prepare to ring in a new year – hopefully a less chaotic one, we thought […]
MAKE A DIFFERENCE. BE A RESCUE HERO.
Jill Becker | November 2, 2020
Since its inception in 2016, Wags Rescue has found fur-ever homes for over 100 rescues. To make these adoptions possible, it requires support from many different sources. Whether it’s from our wonderful foster parents or the generosity of our community businesses and families, Wags Rescue has always been able to provide for, and rehome, the […]
UNDERSTANDING YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR ISSUES
Merritt Milam | September 30, 2020
Common Misbehavior Problems and How to Help Dogs will be dogs, but some behaviors need more attention to help control or change a problematic issue like chewing, jumping, or excessive barking. This month we look at a few common behavior issues and offer some helpful tips for managing these problems. Before we dive deeper […]
FALL GUIDE TO A HAPPY PET
Merritt Milam | August 31, 2020
Fall is around the corner, bringing cooler weather, pumpkin lattes, and football fever. For pet owners, fall is a season when pet care and safety are important issues based on back to school routines, holiday gatherings and festivities. To help your pets stay safe and happy this fall, here are a few key tips. Back […]
New Puppy? Let’s Talk Training!
Merritt Milam | August 4, 2020
If there’s anything positive to our recent quarantine for COVID-19, it’s that many new puppies and rescues found their forever homes. These bundles of fur will provide years of companionship and happiness to special families. Adding a new furry friend to your family is exciting, especially if that pet is a young puppy. While cuddly […]
Summer Pet Series: Part 2 – Summer Fun
Merritt Milam | July 1, 2020
It’s summer and time to have FUN with our pets! Now that the days are longer and we can get outside more, here are some fun activities to bond with your pet. Go for A Walk Okay, you’ve gone for walks during the “stay-at-home” period but with more people back at work, traveling, or just […]
Summer Pet Series: Part 1 – Safety & Wellness
Merritt Milam | May 31, 2020
This month we start our Summer Pet Series of blogs to help your pet stay healthy and happy. We’ll cover important issues from safety and wellness to training and daycare. We hope you find this information helpful and encourage its sharing with friends. Snakes They’re back! Snakes are active and have already bitten dogs in […]
GETTING BACK TO NORMAL…WITH A NEW PUPPY
Merritt Milam | May 3, 2020
Unless you just arrived from a universe far, far away, things in our world have been anything but normal this past month. While some of us were catching up on the latest novels, movies, yard work, or plotting out the next toilet paper scavenger hunt, others took on a new furry family member to help […]
YOUR PET WANTS TO REMIND YOU…
Merritt Milam | April 1, 2020
Don’t Forget My Vaccines and Heartworm Meds! The past few weeks have been anything but normal for our community of pet parents and their fur babies. Hopefully, you’ve been able to take some good long walks, play fetch, or just relax with your best friend while you have more time at home. As schedules and […]
To Board Or Not To Board?
Merritt Milam | March 2, 2020
All Kennels are NOT the Same! Spring break and summer vacations are just around the corner. Should you take your pets with you or board them? Maybe a close friend or neighbor would be a good boarding option while you’re away? For many pet parents, these might not sound like difficult questions but it’s actually […]
PET TOYS: MAKE PLAYTIME FUN AND SAFE
Merritt Milam | February 1, 2020
During 2016, sales of pet toys for dogs and cats exceeded over $1 billion1, with continued growth forecast through 2020. Key areas showing significant increase include sport, fetch, and chew toys with additional interest in durable plush products. But, with so many toys on the market, how do you make sure your pet is getting […]
A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION YOU AND YOUR DOG CAN KEEP
Merritt Milam | January 1, 2020
Every year millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, from exercising and dieting, to getting a better job and saving money. All are noble goals; however, the actual success rate is not very promising. According to Inc.com, “80 percent of us will fail to achieve our New Year’s resolution.1” Now, before you decide to give […]
Thinking About A New Pet for Christmas?
Merritt Milam | December 5, 2019
Please Read This First! The Christmas season seems to arrive earlier every year along with additional pressure to find the perfect gift. Store decorations are up and advertisers have already started running holiday commercials, using images of happy families, twinkling decorations, and adorable puppies or fluffy kittens. After all, who doesn’t like cuddly puppies or […]
THANKSGIVING & FIDO
Merritt Milam | October 31, 2019
Tips for a Happier, Healthier Holiday Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and a feast of great food. Most parents and guests end up sharing (or sneaking) a tasty snack to a sweet, patiently watchful pet. It seems innocent enough…since they are part of the family. Unfortunately, allowing your pet to enjoy the Thanksgiving […]
Rescued: Your Next, Best Friend
Merritt Milam | October 1, 2019
Someone once said that a rescue dog is the best breed. If you have been fortunate enough to adopt a rescue pet, consider this a confirmation of that faithful decision. If you have not and would like to know more about the benefits of adopting your next, best friend, I encourage you to read further. […]
FOOTBALL AND FIDO…Can Happily Coexist!
Merritt Milam | September 2, 2019
Fall is not here, yet, but football definitely is! Your pets may need help adjusting to the noise and excitement a gameday party can bring. Here are several tips to make their football season a winner. Plan Ahead When planning your party’s food and decorations…don’t forget to consider your pet’s needs and comfort. Ask yourself […]
Back to School…Is Your Pet Ready?
Merritt Milam | August 1, 2019
Help Your Pet Adjust to a New Routine Summer is quickly coming to an end. In just a few short weeks, children will be heading back to school. Parents may be looking forward to the change but pets can experience depression and anxiety by the sudden break in their routine. Our pets, like our […]
Fleas. Ticks. Trouble.
Merritt Milam | June 30, 2019
In Alabama, flea and tick season is a year-round problem. However, the warmer months are when these pests are most active. It’s important to make sure your pets are on a year-round preventative to keep these parasites from becoming a health risk. Here are some key facts and information to help you prepare for the […]
Taking Your Dog on a Trip to the Beach? Read This First!
Merritt Milam | June 3, 2019
School’s out and many families are heading to the beach! Wags provides a wonderful option for those who want their best furry friend in a safe welcoming place, avoiding the potential challenges associated with a heavy travel schedule. However, some of our families feel a trip to the beach isn’t a real family vacation unless it […]
Summer Pet Safety: It’s About More Than Hot Weather
Merritt Milam | May 1, 2019
Summer seems to get here earlier every year. Officially, summer starts June 21, but the hot, humid weather will be here long before that date. We all know that keeping our pets cool this time of year is important but there are other things to consider. Here are a few important summertime reminders to help […]
Pros & Cons of Being Off Leash
Merritt Milam | March 31, 2019
One of the growing trends in training and the pet-parent community is going “off leash”. In the last of our 3-part series on Pet Training, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of this passionately debated topic. Pros of “Off-Leash” “Leashes are so restrictive. I just want Fido to enjoy our walks […]
GROUP TRAINING VS. INDIVIDUAL TRAINING
Merritt Milam | March 1, 2019
TRAINING YOUR PET: A 3-PART SERIES PART 2: Group Training vs. Individual Training In last month’s blog we covered the pros and cons of Positive Reward vs. Negative Discipline training programs. Once you’ve decided what type of training method is best for your pet, it’s now time to consider the differences between group training classes […]
TRAINING YOUR PET: A 3-PART SERIES
Merritt Milam | February 1, 2019
PART 1: Positive Reward vs. Negative Discipline The title of this month’s article often evokes sharp differences of opinions and heated discussion about training methods…so we decided to take on this issue head-on in the first of our 3-part series on training. Over the next few months, we’ll also tackle issues like group training vs. […]
IT’S PLAYTIME: CAMP WAGS OR THE DOG PARK?
Merritt Milam | January 1, 2019
Pets need playtime. A nice brisk walk, chasing a ball, or just rolling around to scratch that hard to reach spot…dogs love, and need, a good, safe place to play. Whether you have a big or small dog, they all benefit from time to stretch their legs and socialize with other pets and people. Dog […]
MEET REBECCA MASON: TRAINER TO THE BEST DOGS IN TOWN…YOURS!
Merritt Milam | December 3, 2018
They say, when you do what you love for a living, it’s not work. It’s also been said, if your work is teaching and training dogs, it’s better than winning the lottery. Ok, I’m not sure that last part is completely accurate, but if you know our trainer Rebecca, you know she loves teaching people […]
HOLIDAYS AND FOOD DANGERS FOR PETS
Merritt Milam | November 1, 2018
The holiday season is almost here and between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve families will enjoy lots of delicious food. Unfortunately, a lot of these items are not good for our pets and can actually be dangerous. I know the feeling…your pet is patiently sitting by the table as you enjoy your holiday feast. You […]
FOOTBALL, FALL, AND FIDO
Merritt Milam | October 1, 2018
For most of us, it doesn’t get any better than fall and football. From cooler weather to the excitement of a college or NFL football game…it’s hard to beat this time of year. While we get excited about fall, what about our canine friends? Here are some tips to make your pet’s autumn fun and […]
HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR DOG TO ANOTHER DOG
Merritt Milam | September 4, 2018
Whether you’re adding a second dog to the family or a friend is dropping by with their dog to meet yours, it’s important to understand the best way for dogs to meet and greet. Just because you think your dog is happy and well-behaved doesn’t mean their greeting will be without issues. It is perfectly […]
August is DOGust – The Universal Birthday of Shelter Dogs Everywhere
Merritt Milam | August 1, 2018
Did you know August 1st is also known as DOGust 1st? DOGust 1st was created by the North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill rescue and adoption organization. The day was designed to universally celebrate birthdays of rescue dogs since most don’t have any paperwork on when their actual birthday occurred. For those […]
PUP PUZZLES: INTERACTIVE TOYS PROVIDE BENEFITS FOR YOUR PET
Merritt Milam | July 2, 2018
Like people, dogs need regular exercise to help them stay healthy and agile. Mental exercise and stimulation are just as important as a run in the park. Providing your pet with interactive toys gives them a simple and fun way to build many critical thinking skills. Problem Solving Dogs are intelligent animals that actually have […]
FINDING THE RIGHT RESCUE DOG FOR YOUR FAMILY
Merritt Milam | June 1, 2018
Each year millions of dogs end up in shelters and rescues for a number of reasons. Wags ‘N Whiskers Rescue takes in and places lots of loveable dogs each year. Whether they’re surrendered by their owner or found abandoned, many of these dogs make excellent pets…they just need a loving, forever family. Whether you’re looking […]
THE SUMMER HEAT IS COMING
Merritt Milam | April 30, 2018
Soon we’ll be leaving the cool mornings and breezy, warm springtime for the oppressively hot, humid days of an Alabama summer. Whether your pet is an inside dog or spends lots of time outside, it’s important to know the signs of heat stroke and how to protect them from this dangerous condition. A dog’s fur […]
HELPING YOUR DOG COPE WITH SEASONAL ALLERGIES
Merritt Milam | April 2, 2018
Spring has officially arrived – but for many of us and our pets, this means one thing…Allergies. Just like people, pets can suffer from seasonal allergies. Many pet allergies are caused by food, dander, and fleas. Pets also experience allergic reactions to seasonal triggers from grass and tree pollen; reactions include sneezing, respiratory problems, red […]
HOW TO KEEP YOUR PET LOOKING GOOD BETWEEN GROOMINGS AT WAGS
Merritt Milam | March 1, 2018
This time of year our grooming salon stays very busy! As Spring Break and warmer weather arrive more pets come to see us for baths and grooming. The benefits of an experienced groomer, like Jill, are numerous. She keeps your pet clean, happy and can even help detect health problems early. When it’s not possible […]
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 […]