Choosing to Adopt, Not Shop: The Importance of Recuing Pets!

Merritt Milam | December 2, 2023

In a world where the demand for purebred pets seems to be on the rise, it’s crucial to shine a spotlight on the often-overlooked alternative – adopting from shelters and rescue organizations. While the allure of a specific breed might be enticing, the benefits of adopting a furry friend from a shelter far outweigh any […]

Meet Our Pet Groomers! Experienced. Passionate. Caring.

Merritt Milam | November 1, 2023

Who are your groomers? We have Stephanie Hazen, the owner, and Ciara Sullivan, as full-time groomers. Stephanie has been grooming for seventeen years, and Ciara has been grooming for seven years. What is your favorite breed to groom?  Stephanie – “I love to groom poodles/doodles! Their hair is curly and looks so good with some […]

Holiday Hazards: Foods Your Pets Should Avoid

Merritt Milam | October 2, 2023

The holiday season will be here soon. It’s a time for joy, togetherness, and great food. But for pet owners, it’s also a time for increased vigilance. The festive foods that make our celebrations special can pose significant dangers to our furry friends. This month we’ll delve into the hazards of holiday foods and the […]

Exploring the Whimsical World of Dogs and Cats: Fun Facts

Merritt Milam | September 1, 2023

Pets have a special place in our hearts, bringing joy, companionship, and even a few surprises into our lives. From the playful antics of dogs to the mysterious behaviors of cats, here are some delightful and intriguing facts about our furry friends that are sure to make you smile: Dog’s Incredible Nose Power: Dogs possess […]


Merritt Milam | August 1, 2023

When it comes to pet toys, safety is essential. While toys offer entertainment, mental stimulation, and a way to keep your pet physically active, they can also pose potential risks if not carefully chosen. As responsible pet owners, it’s important to ensure the toys you choose for your pet are not only enjoyable but also […]

Keeping Your Pet Cool: Essential Heat Prevention for Pets

Merritt Milam | July 3, 2023

As the summer sun brings soaring temperatures and high humidity, it’s important to remember that our beloved pets need special care and attention during hot weather. Dogs and cats can easily suffer from heat-related illnesses if not adequately protected. So, how can you ensure your furry companions stay cool and comfortable when the mercury rises? […]

Why Wags is Best…Again!

Merritt Milam | May 31, 2023

Another year, another Best of Homewood award – thanks to YOU! Since Wags opened its doors in January 2015, our mission has been based on our Wags Way Promise – that your pets will always experience positive reinforcement, compassionate care, and a clean environment while with the Wags team! The Wags Way also means your […]

Keeping Your Pet Safe: 5 Summertime Dangers

Merritt Milam | May 2, 2023

Summertime dangers for our furry friends don’t just come with hot temperatures. While it’s critical to make sure your pet stays hydrated and cool in the hot, humid days of summer, it’s also important to be aware of other serious dangers that more frequently appear this time of year. Here are some ways you can […]

Give Healthy Treats Your Dog Can Eat

Merritt Milam | March 30, 2023

It’s well known that some human treats like chocolate, grapes, and nuts are not good for pets. Unfortunately, many people can’t help sharing their human snacks with their furry friends. This well-meaning, but dangerous habit can lead to conditions such as excessive weight gain, pancreatitis, kidney failure, intestinal damage, and even death. It’s also important […]

Spring Is Near – And So Are Pet Dangers

Merritt Milam | March 1, 2023

Help your pet avoid these springtime hazards. Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted 6 more weeks of winter, but recent warm weather in our area seems to point to an early spring – and that means hazards for your pet.       From flea and tick-borne diseases to toxic plants and snake bite risks, your pet is about […]

The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Pet!

Merritt Milam | January 31, 2023

The myths and facts about spaying and neutering pets. For most pet parents, the decision to spay or neuter may not be the most important thing on their mind at the time they get a new pet – but it should be! For years, the topic of whether to “alter” a pet by spaying or […]

Pet Treats: When your fur babies deserve the best!

Merritt Milam | January 2, 2023

Hello, my name is Bailey Howard. I am an entrepreneur, leader, dog mom, baker and owner of Giggle Paws Boutique, LLC. Being a dog mom, I know the importance of taste and value. Having one that eats everything and one that is a picky eater, I am making treats that all will love. These healthy […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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? […]


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 […]


Merritt Milam | 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, “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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

Wags Referral

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.


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 […]