Last week, we mentioned a big sale in the ASPCA Online Store. The sale is still on! Now through May 7, you can shop and enjoy 50% off a wide variety of items. Plus, each purchase supports animals in need across the country.
Love is a Treat Mug: The only thing better than a hot cup of coffee in the morning is a cup of coffee in an adorable cat-themed mug.
I Love My Dog Ring: This heart-themed pewter ring is perfect for the dog lovers in your life.
Don’t Shop—Adopt! T-Shirt: Love shelter pets? Help us spread the word about the importance of adopting animals and avoiding pet stores.
Heart Dog Collar Charm: Your dog will strut through the park in style while wearing this heart-themed dog collar charm.
Bonus! You’ll receive a complimentary ASPCA bumper sticker with each purchase of $25 or more. Check out the ASPCA Online Store sale today!
When we adopted Matilda in 2008, I emphasized that we wanted a dog that could handle the chaos of three young boys. When we brought Matilda home, we saw that she had the most even temperament. Even my three rowdy sons couldn’t break her calm and loving demeanor.
When Matilda was three, I knew she was ready to be a therapy dog. After we became a certified pet therapy team, we visited residents in a nursing home every week for a year. The following year, we visited a children’s day care center. I hoped to visit patients in a hospital setting, and I even considered entering her into a study in which dogs visited chemotherapy patients.
In June 2013, I had to put our therapy visits on hold. We received news that is every parent’s worst nightmare: My 9-year-old son was diagnosed with a rare type of pediatric cancer. He would require nearly a year of chemotherapy treatments plus a 6-week round of radiation.
The first few months were rough. After each cycle, my son experienced terrible nausea and lost a considerable amount of weight. He’d lie on the couch and sometimes became increasingly anxious about not feeling well. I’d call Matilda over to him so he could pet her. His face would instantly relax.
In those early days after my son’s diagnosis, my husband and I were in a constant state of stress. Sleep did not come easily to either of us. When we finally did fall asleep, inevitably one or both of us would wake up at 4:00 or 5:00 A.M., tossing and turning.
Matilda has faithfully slept next to our bed since she was a puppy. Maybe this was canine intuition, but as soon as my husband or I began our early morning stress-induced toss and turn, Matilda would jump up on our bed. She’d lay right next to me and I’d rub her belly a few times. Having her cuddling next to me, I’d fall asleep within minutes.
One of Matilda’s routines is to jump up on to my son’s bed and “tuck him in.” She lies on his bed until I say goodnight, and she follows me out the door. Lately, before my son goes to sleep, he cuddles for a few extra minutes with Matilda. He puts his arm around her neck and gently rests his head on top of her shoulders. She patiently lies there and waits for him to have his fill.
My son recently finished his last round of chemotherapy. It’s been a very long year, filled with lots of anxiety for our whole family. Through it all, Matilda was our therapy dog, giving us licks and letting us hug her whenever we needed it, which was quite often. She has brought our family laughs, joy and a whole lot of love—just when we needed it the most.
Emily Cappo is a writer and blogger at Oh Boy Mom. She is a mom to three boys and one girl dog named Matilda, a sweet and cuddly Labradoodle. Matilda and Emily are also a certified pet therapy team.
What’s better than a big sale? A big sale that helps animals in need! Now through May 7, we’re having a one-time only sale in the ASPCA Online Store. You can receive 50% off a wide range of products including apparel, pet accessories and more. Here are a few sale items we are especially excited about:
I Love My Shelter Dog T-Shirt: Are you the proud parent of an adopted dog? Let the world know when you wear this I Love My Shelter Dog t-shirt, sold in sizes for women ranging from small to extra large.
Orange Beach Towel: This oversized, super-soft beach towel, which features the ASPCA logo and a cute dog-and-cat design, is perfect for an afternoon picnic in the park or a day at the beach.
ASPCA iPad 2 Case: Protect your iPad in style with this orange faux leather case, featuring the ASPCA logo. The cover is designed to flip back and transform the case into a viewing stand for hands-free use.
Animals Can’t Dial 911 Tote Bag: While animals aren’t able to report animal cruelty, humans can! Help us spread the word with this sturdy, oversized cotton twill tote bag.
Bonus! You’ll receive a complimentary ASPCA bumper sticker with each purchase of $25 or more. Don’t miss out—shop the ASPCA Online Store today!
It’s always a good idea to have some gifts on hand to share with the special people (and pets!) in your life. Here's a list of gifts for adults, kids and pets. Plus, each item supports our life-saving work for animals nationwide.
Pottery Barn Teen Pet Pals Pillow Cover: Created for the ASPCA, these Pottery Barn Teen pillow covers come in two sizes in colorful dog and cat-themed designs. The ASPCA receives $5 from the sale of each pillow.
ASPCA Tender Voices Plush Dog Toy: Created for the ASPCA and offered by Reeds Jewelers, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this plush toy will go to the ASPCA. Plus, the toy comes with a Reeds Jewelers collar and ASPCA Tender Voices medallion that can be removed and clipped on to any collar.
Spring is finally here, and the sun is shining at last. It’s the season for spring cleaning and outdoor adventures, but before you start enjoying the fresh air, consider a few tips for keeping your furry friends safe and happy this season:
Screen it: After months cooped up indoors, it’s tempting to throw open your windows to let the breeze in. However, pets—especially cats— are apt to jump or fall through open windows. Make sure your windows are fitted with screens before opening them.
Grow a green thumb: As you work to beautify your lawn and garden, be mindful that some popular springtime plants including Easter lilies, rhododendron and azaleas are highly toxic to pets and can easily prove fatal if eaten. Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides are dangerous to pets as well. Visit our full list of garden tips, and consider teaching your kids which plants are potentially harmful to your furry friends.
Ah-choo!: Like humans, pets may suffer from allergies during the spring season. Dogs and cats can experience allergic reactions to pollens, plants, dust and foods. If you suspect your pet is suffering from allergies, take him or her to the vet as soon as possible.
Spring cleaning: As you prepare to divvy up the chore list and give your house a deep cleaning, be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals away from your pets. Most commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to pets. Always read and follow label directions for proper use and storage.
When you’re out and about: Chances are that as the weather warms up, your family will spend more and more time outdoors. If your family likes to ride in the car with the windows down, be sure your pet is safely buckled in or rides in a crate. Going for a walk in the park? Be sure your pet is wearing an ID tag and has been microchipped.