5 Things To Keep You & Your Pets Busy At Home:

With so many people working from home and staying home, we understand that while work may keep you pretty darn busy most of the time, boredom will probably hit at some point. Here are 5 relateable (and maybe a tad hysterical) things to do with your pets when you’re stuck at home.

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1. Movie Nights!

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Once you have gotten all of your work for the day done, there is nothing quite like sitting back and cuddling your pet while watching a great movie. While we may not recommend letting your pup pick what you watch… if you’re into 3-hour loops of squirrels running around, go for it!

 

2. The classic “Butt Nudge”

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This is a particularly fun one! For those who work from home, most necessary items should be at your immediate disposal.

Here’s what you need…

Step 1.

Get to work on your computer. Type your heart out and get into your work groove.

Step 2.

You will need a feline in the house. The sound of you working diligently will beckon your cat closer, and closer until they are eventually sitting right near your face–nudging you for attention.

Step 3.

For the next stage, you simply refuse to give them the total attention they desire. Then soon enough “PLOP” there will be a big furry friend walking across your keyboard, or sitting upon it!

Step 4.

Last but certainly not least… To fully execute the butt nudge, you then push their rear off of your electronic device in horror as you realize how many buttons they managed to push. Bonus Points if it starts a chase around the house, exercise!

3. Playing fetch

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Although this may seem fairly simple, it can be extremely beneficial for a pup who normally goes for frequent walks or may be feeling a little cooped up. If you have a backyard suitable for doing so, consider giving them extra playtime. Animals can go a bit stir crazy like us, so giving them ways to get their energy out goes a long way in keeping them happy and healthy.

 

4. In-depth talks

Get to know your pets a little better. There are so many questions to ask!

Such as:

“Do you like your new food?”

“What do you think of the bows I bought you?”

“Have you ever had a breakup that left a lasting impression on you, Queen FluffyKins?”

“What is your least favorite color?”

You may be surprised by how much you never knew about your furry friend!

(Talking pets not guaranteed) 

 

5.Self-care days

Take some time for you and your pet. It is normal to feel stressed or worried. Giving yourself, and they too, some extra tender love and care– can help ease the weight on your shoulders. Bath them and groom their hair, they’ll be feeling like their best self. In turn, do things that make you happy! Be it watching movies, reading a book, calling a friend or so many other things– take some time to care for yourself. We’re sure your furry friends will be there every step of the way with their love and support ready to be shared.

 

 

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6 Helpful Tips For When You’re Having Trouble Bonding With A Pet:

Building relationships can take a bit of effort, with humans and animals alike. If you just can’t seem to connect to your or someone else’s pet, don’t worry! Personalities vary greatly and some can take more time than others to “click” with one another. Here are helpful tips to help you bond with a new pet, a pet you’ve never seemed to see eye to eye with, or the pet of a loved one.

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Understanding Possible Trauma

Humans and animals both hold onto memories and the impressions those memories have made on their psyche, for long amounts of time. No trauma looks the same, and it is not uncommon for some animals to take a long amount of time to trust humans. Abuse towards animals can be both emotional and physical. Below are resources to help you better understand how to offer support to an animal who has been abused in the past, and how to identify signs that your pet may have experienced trauma in the past.

7 Red Flags That Your Dog May Have Been Abused

Adopting a Pet with a History of Abuse: What You Should Know 

 

Positive Reinforcement

One great way to show an animal that you notice them behaving positively, and to show that you care for them, is positive reinforcement. This can be achieved by giving your pet a treat when they listen to a command, playing with them/offering physical affection to keep them engaged, and by verbally praising them.

 

Set Up A “Safe Space” For Your Pet

This is a fun way to help an animal become more comfortable within your home and with those around them. Set up a pet bed for them in a quiet part of the house, make sure it is large enough for their body to lay on comfortably. This safe area should be set up with access to food, water, litter box, etc. It can be helpful to wash a new pet bed with detergents used in your household, so it smells more familiar to them. Additionally, think about adding toys and a blanket to help it become even cozier. To solidify the fact that it is their space, consider giving your pet treats and affection when they are first introduced to their new space– to let them know they are safe and cared for when there. You giving them access to an area of safety helps them not only feel comfortable in the house they are in… but also with you, the human, who gave that sense of security to them.

More tips on setting up a safe place for your pet:

How to Set Up a Safe Space for Your Dog

How to Create a Safe Room for Your Cat

 

 

Training Classes

Many pet-related businesses offer training classes that work with dogs and their owners. Going through training classes with your pup has similar results to that of team-building exercises for humans. It aids a sense of teamwork to strengthen and evolve between owner and pet, as well as helping your pup become more familiar with listening to your commands.

 

One-On-One Time

Never underestimate the power of a little bonding time. Even if you and the pet you are wishing to bond with are not directly interacting, going about your daily routine with them near you can help greatly. It both makes them feel a part of your everyday life, and you a part of theirs.  This establishes a routine for the owners and pets involved and is a large step towards coexisting with ease.

 

Loving Them Anyway

Not to sound similar to the final stage of grief, but a level of acceptance is important in some cases. Not every animal is the same, and sometimes, pets will only bond to one human–if any. Unfortunately, that one human isn’t always you. It could be a spouse, family member, or friend that they finally connect to. In this case, it is very important to accept this fact and love them anyway. Just because they are not bonded to you, does not mean they don’t care for you in their own special way. Show them love, and take care of them. You never know, that bridge could be built in the future when you least expect it.

 

 

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10 Simply Hilarious Dog Haircuts:

Having the same old hairstyle can become repetitive, maybe even a little boring. There is only one thing to do when your pup is tired of their look…shake things up! Here are 10 of our favorite, eye-catching, and just a tad laughable pups who surely know how to work their snazzy new looks.

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The “I want it poofy and think… space!”

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We admire this pup for their confidence and dramatic flair. But one question, how did their groomer get those fluffy spheres so darn perfect?

 

A solution to the age-old “Only my head gets cold” dilemma

 

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This pup combines style and functionality, allowing their body a cool breeze; whilst keeping their head all nice and toasty. We give them a gold star.

 

The “2000s were true fashion”

 

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This look is an artistic take on the hairstyles that once adorned the heads of many pop icons in 2000-2005. We love the pop of pink, and can’t get over how cute this little fashionista is.

 

The “Humpty Dumpty”

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Right here is a pup who clearly knows what they want. Clean edges and a very defined shape, the “Humpty Dumpty” brings a childhood classic to life in an oh so cute way. Just look at that little smile!

 

The perfect bun

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Such a cute pup, with an equally cute hairstyle. Her updo perfectly accentuates her eyes and is undeniably charming. Someone get that dog cuddles ASAP!

 

The “No…I didn’t get this idea from Justin Bieber”

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The perfect look for an aspiring pop sensation! Just enough drama to keep you hanging onto his every word, with a side of cuteness that’ll have you coming back for more.  Now that’s a doggie heartthrob if we’ve ever seen one!

 

The “Half in, half out”

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For the pup who wants to go all-in and make a drastic change…but is a little hesitant about the all-in part. This look is a perfect way for them to dip their toes in the water and decide if a fully shaved look is truly for them.

 

Heavy metal isn’t a music preference, it’s a way of life

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This orange mohawk shows everyone just how hardcore a pup you are. That right there is a doggo who means business and won’t take no for an answer. We wish we were that cool!

 

An all-new take on the “Cold shoulder”

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While we are not entirely sure this pup and their owner achieved their desired outcome with this look, we applaud them for their risk-taking. It certainly is quite a look, to say the least. On chilly days, may we suggest a sweater?

 

The “Ms.Maybell, from next door”

17 Times Pet Haircuts Went So Wrong, It’s Hilarious

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For the final spot on our list, we leave you with this adorable hairstyle. We love the vintage undertones of this pup’s look. Charming and classic, this pupper is heartwarming to look at and oh so precious.

 

 

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5 Heartwarming and Hilarious Pet Stories to Get You Through the Week:

Life is hectic, and a little comic relief is good for everyone! We are quite lucky to have animals in our lives, gifting us all love and laughter. Here are some of our favorite pet-related related stories pet owners have shared online, that will both make you both feel all warm & and fuzzy and give you a good chuckle!

Abigail Brown

 

The Prettiest Smile Around

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This pupper knows how to turn on the charm.

“My dog smiles whenever he wants something. He started showing his teeth when he got excited to see us after long periods of time (i.e. vacations) and we would say “What a pretty smile!” He made the connection to the word and now will do it on command and pretty much whenever he wants our food. Kind of like a “hey look I’m smiling, I’m pretty!” Some people probably think it’s bad that he does it because he’s technically showing his teeth, but you can tell it’s not aggressive or in a bad way. I think it’s hilarious.”

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It’s All For One And One for…Themselves?

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Animals are just like humans, and the ways they bicker with their siblings– are very similar.

“My biggest female cat (nine to 10 pounds) likes to sit on the side of the full bathtub inside the shower curtain,”

“My littlest tiny female cat (four pounds) runs from across the house, slides around the corner into the bathroom, shoves the big female into the tub through the shower curtain and takes off like a shot back to the other side of the house. She never knew what hit her.”

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The Pup Who Probably Won’t Be A Professional Swimmer

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Here is a story about one goofy furball, who takes a swim for the first time.

“I had a dog that liked to lick the built-up ice in the freezer every time we opened the door,”

“Got his tongue stuck regularly. Always went back for more.”

“The first time we took him to a lake, he got so excited that he just ran in without knowing what it was. ‘Oh, water!’ Okay, not phased. Keeps running toward the middle. We thought he’d start to swim. Or at least float. Still, I don’t understand how he didn’t. But he ran along the bottom of that lake and just disappeared under the water. … My dad had to go in and carry him out.”

Via Reddit user loner_in_az.

 

Singing While You Work, You Should Try It

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If you’re considering hiring a maid, this feline may be the perfect fit for you!

“I have a giant Maine-coon Siamese mix tomcat. His thing is to bring up laundry from the basement during the night. The weird thing is that he’s pretty good at taking clothes into the right rooms. I don’t know if he does it by smell or what – but it’s pretty normal for me to wake up to a pile of my socks, my daughters some of theirs, etc. He also chirps and meows the entire time he’s making his deliveries – which is pretty funny in and of itself.”

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Some Kitties Never Learn

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Now that’s what we call falling…with style.

“I had a farm cat when I was a teenager that loved to climb up and sit on the roof. Problem was, he had the habit of rolling over for a tummy rub whenever he saw a person. So it was a distressingly common occurrence to walk near the house and have him roll right off the roof. You’d think after the first three times he’d have learned, but no. He lived a long life despite himself.”

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4 Great Dog-Friendly Trails/Parks For Winter Walks:

     Outside time isn’t just for when it’s warm out. Here are 4 locations that have beautiful scenery and fun so plentiful, it makes freezing your tail feathers off more than worth it!

By Abigail Brown

 

Grandview Nature Preserve

A beautiful 2.5-mile trail to the beach. This gem is located in Hampton VA and the surrounding beach makes for a gorgeous morning walk with your pups. Bring hot cocoa to keep warm, and enjoy!

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Elizabeth River Trail

An adorable 10.5-mile trail to walk/run, that gives you an amazing view of the Norfolk Waterfront! Bike, run, walk, or be tugged along in a wagon if that’s your style– either way this area is endlessly pretty and worth visiting at least once.

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Shirlington Dog Park

Located in Arlington VA, Shirlington dog park is quite a bit of fun for pets and pet owners. Inside the dog park is gates that lead to an adorable stream and this fenced area allows your dog free space to run around to their heart’s content.

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Mount Trashmore Park

Fun for kiddos, pups, and parents! Mount Trashmore Park has something for everyone. Not to mention the 60- foot tall, 800- foot wide mountain made of solid waste–being quite the eyecatcher, to say the least. This park is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Off-leash areas are limited for pups, but the walking areas make it quite the experience for your pup.

A photo of dog-friendly Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.

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A 14 Dog Photo-shoot: The Laughs, The Process, And The Fun!

    Bonilla Pet Studio has done many portrait sessions and as of recently, one of our most remarkable showcases the personalities of 14 whippets…at the same time! Dr. Ken Latimer brought his fur babies in, and it was an experience everyone who got to witness it will remember fondly. 

By Abigail Brown

 

Getting To Know Dr. Latimer And His Whippets

   It was a pleasure getting to meet Dr. Latimer, his quick wit was a joy and his happiness was infectious. We had the opportunity to talk to him about all of his pups, whom he loves dearly, and everything he wanted to see within his artwork. As his relationship with each dog is something he prioritizes, he decided that he would like his portrait to show real-life moments they share– and that is where his vision of a portrait in which he is reading his pups their favorite book, began the process of coming to life. Dedicated to getting into our studio and making this portrait session possible, Dr. Latimer brought his whippets in with 2 separate trips and 7 dogs at a time. All the way from the Toano area of Virginia, to Chesapeake Virginia! In my conversations with Dr. Latimer, he said he had anticipated a good amount of chaos would take place during any photoshoot that involves all his whippets but was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly and quickly this process went. 

 

The Execution

  To ease the process of this shoot Erin Bonilla planned from start to finish, to ensure it went off without a hitch. Starting with her initial sketch, Erin planned exactly where each dog would be before bringing them in for their session. Erin and Meghan brought the dogs in one by one and spent some time getting to know them. They posed the pups and took a perfect photograph of each pup in their strategically placed spot. Their dad had his photo taken separately as well, and with expert skill– all 15 portraits were beautifully placed into one awe-inspiring composite.

 

See Erin’s Initial Sketch Below

 

Handling The Anticipated “Chaos”

  One of our photographers spent time playing with all the dogs not currently being photographed, in another room; they were loved up to no end and given treats galore. This kept them all happy as can be and helped whichever pup was currently being photographed, stay focused and calm. Major props go out to Dr. Latimer’s doggos, as they are retired show dogs with stupendous listening skills. Many laughs were shared and eventually, the photoshoot came to an end. From there Erin moved onto the production process–and this masterpiece was perfected!

 

Watch This Beautiful Composite Come To Life!

 

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How To Ease A New Pet Into Your Home:

   Adding a new pet into the mix is undeniably exciting and fun. However, like any transition, it can be a learning process at the same time. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when integrating a new furry family member into your home. 

By Abigail Brown

Be patient and calm

  A new pet is bound to be at least a little nervous when brought into a new environment, more so when there are other pets in the home that they are meeting for the first time. Take it slow and don’t rush them to interact with one another. A great way to help ease this is to have a separate location for your new pet to stay, so they can have some alone time to get used to the house– and slowly interact over time. 

 

Build a routine

  If your new pet will be the only animal in your home, get a routine set up for their feeding, walking, playtime, etc. to help them get familiar and feel comfortable within your home. If there are other animals in the home and your new friend is separated from them initially, utilize the same schedule for them that you normally use with your other pets. This will ease their transition into sharing feeding time, walks, and attention with another animal.

Example:

-Feed at 8 am

-Walk

-Playtime at 12 pm

-Treats 

-Walk 2 pm

-Dinner 3 pm

-Walk before bedtime

Celebrate the good behavior of any pets within the home

A good way to help your new friend adjust to your household rules is to reward both them and any other pets in the home for things they do well–or for listening particularly well. Even small moments such as coming when told being positively enforced can help greatly. This is especially helpful if you already have an animal integrated within your home who follows directions, as it will encourage your new pet to follow their example. Rewarding all animals in the home whenever possible, rather than only your new animal, helps keep their forming bond in the best shape possible while not causing competition to arise. 

 

Quality time 

  Get to know your new pet, try your best to bring a new animal friend into your home when your schedule will allow you the time to get to know them. Spend as much time with your new fur baby as possible, and their adjustment into your home will go a lot smoother. This quality time will also help build the bond between pet and pet parent.  

 

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Cutest Winter Clothes For Your Pet This Holiday Season:

   Brrrr… This winter weather is darn chilly. Time to show off our cutest sweaters, jackets, and more! But why should our pets be excluded from the fun? In this article, we’ll get into some of the best winter clothing options to keep your pet stylish and warm

By Abigail Brown

Feline Friends

Keep in mind that while not every cat will love wearing clothes, and they just might turn into a Roly-Poly when you put them in a sweater– some kitties love the added warmth. Pay attention to your cat’s body language/stress level, and have fun!

For the most festive kitties around XS-XXL

Cute cozy knit that comes in five colors, and XS-XXL

Canine Buds

Dogs are quite a bit easier to dress as most have no problem being put into clothes. In case your pup is hesitant, a few yummy treats on hand can help persuade your pet.

A sweater so cute you’ll never want to leave Ya Filthy Animal home alone, S-L

A snazzy turtleneck for colder weather, XS-XL

For our more prestigious friends

In case your buddy is tad fancier than other pets can keep up with, here are some options that will help them stand out in a crowd.

Fendi Look-alike dog sweater, XS-L

Insulated dog coat, XXS-XL

Sherpa lined coat for XS-XL pets 

But wait, there’s more!

Adorable sweater for a chilly guinea pig, 11 colors

Dinosaur knit sweater for small dogs, cats, and piggies!

A sweater and hat set for your lovely bearded dragon

A holiday snuggle sack for your hamster

 

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5 Ridiculously Funny Pet-Related Buys:

 

    Online shopping is a spectacular way to both kill time, and drain your checking account. Offering a world of goods at your fingertips, some of which being eyebrow-raising to say the least. Here are our top 5 silly pet-related finds, that pet lovers may absolutely love

by Abigail Brown 

Umbrella Leash To Keep Your Pup Dry

Now, in theory, this could work very well. But whether or not your pup stays dry heavily depends on you holding the leash straight up, how windy it is, and if your pet is prone to walking through puddles

 

A set of 6 adorable cat butt magnets

Some people may not be too crazy about these, and those who are– just might be self-proclaimed crazy cat lovers. There is no shame in that, who wouldn’t be driven a little kooky by adorable furballs?

 

A day-to-day calendar full of naughty dogs who were caught in the act

Nothing is chicken soup for the soul quite like a guilty pup holding up a sign that calls them out for exactly what they did wrong. If photos up that alley give you a chuckle, this is the calendar for you!

Chicken diapers for your sassy bird friends

A particularly interesting find is yes… diapers for your chickens. Brightly colored, ruffled, and soft. These nappies, while sure to give you a chuckle, make it possible for you to bring chickens into your house and avoid any mess that comes with them. 

Keep your kitty close to your heart with this cat carrying hoodie

Available in sizes S-4XL, just about everyone can tote their feline friend around all day long. Now getting them in there…we’ll leave that up to you. 

 

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5 Ways Your Pets Are Showing You They Love You:

Treats, cuddles, walks in the park, and bully rubs– we have endless ways to show our pets that we love them dearly. But, how do we know what they’re trying to say back? Down below are five things your pet does to show you that you are someone extra special to them.

1. When your dog or cat licks/grooms you.

Not only could they be showing you that they find you awful tasty,  this is also a way that many kinds of animals show their affection for you. At a young age, animals are both licked for grooming, and as a way for their mothers to show their love in a slightly damp–but oh so cute manner.

2.  When your cat/dog catches and brings you animals or bugs.

Although this may not be the kind of present you had in mind, a creepy-crawly left at your front door is often your pal’s way of providing for you, in the ways a mother would their child–and showing their appreciation. Oh boy, how great it would be if they could grab you a Starbucks here and there! Hopefully, you’re not squeamish, because this could be your furry guys equivalent of a handwritten thank you note.

3. When your cat kneads you or digs their claws into your lap.

Now it may be a little hard to see the discomfort of your cat’s claws digging into your thigh as a form of flattery, but you’d be surprised by the meaning behind it. An adult cat will often knead their owner when they are feeling happy and comfortable. A good way to make this sign of affection a little less uncomfortable is to cover your lap in a thick blanket, so their claws can’t getcha’ –and to let your feline have at it.

4.  When your pet has the happy wiggles anytime you arrive home or waits by doors for you.

A more easily noticed sign that your pet loves you to pieces, is when they can hardly contain their excitement whenever they see you. Wagging tails, tongues sticking out and excited barks/meows are all signs that your furry friend loves you to no end. This can even be shown by them waiting outside of your bedroom and bathroom for you– when they stick like glue, there’s no doubt they love you.

5. When your pet yawns with you, or after you from time to time.

Do you ever catch your pet yawning right after you, when you’re spending time together? If so, this could be a sign that they are very close to you emotionally. A strong bond between pet parents and their furry friends can be the root of them occasionally mimicking your behaviors.

Whether it be cuddling at night, keeping them warm and fed, or playtime during the day– your pet appreciates all the little things you do. We at Bonilla Pet Studio would like you to let you know how amazing you are and to keep it up, pet parents! Your love for your pet is a bond unlike any other.

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