Tips And Tricks To Keep Your Pets Active And Happy This Winter

Winter’s chilly weather can take a toll on humans and animals alike. And it can put a serious damper on your pets outdoor fun, today we’re gonna talk about some of our favorite ways to make this winter a little more bearable for your furry friends.


Keeping a few toys on hand to stimulate your pet, and get their blood pumping is a great method of keeping them active and healthy. For added effect, you can go ahead and put these toys near where you feed your furry buddy– so they can work off those extra treats right away. And remember folks, a little catnip goes a long way.

Down below are links to our 5 favorite cat toy options.

  1. Electric Flutter Rotating Butterfly
  2. Non-Handheld Cat Chaser Toy
  3. 3-Level Interactive Play and Exercise
  4. Feather Cat Teaser Toy
  5. Cat Toys Assortment, 29 Pieces


We wear boots and fuzzy socks around this time of year to keep our feet nice and toasty, and sometimes our pets could use a little added warmth too- to make their chilly outside time even more fun. A stellar way to protect fuzzy feet is to invest in a pair of booties for your pup. Down below are 3 pairs that go the extra mile in both cuteness and functionality.

  1. Black Booties For pups Big And Small
  2. Booties With Added Traction For An Active Pup
  3. A Super Cute Boot For Pets Of All Sizes


Like the seasons, the ways we keep our pets safe changes just a tad this time of year. Giving your dog the best winter possible is a breeze when you keep a few things in mind. Down below are our top 5 ways to keep your dog healthy and safe this winter.

  1. Do not leave your dog in a car unattended.

With how chilly the interior of your car can become around this time of year, leaving your pup in a cold car for too long can have a negative effect on their health. So consider leaving them home to catch up on some binge-watching, or check out what places are pup-friendly— so you can bring them on outings with you!

  1. Exercise to keep your furry friend happy and healthy.

A great way to keep your pet in good spirits and in shape is to keep them as active as possible. We know this can be a tad hard to manage when it’s chilly out, so here are a few tips and ideas for giving your pup the playtime they need.

  • Look into indoor dog parks in your area, this is a great way to keep them out of the cold and a perfect opportunity for your pup to make some new friends
  • Bundle them up. Getting your pet a jacket and a pair of boots can be the perfect way to ensure they get all of the outside time their heart desires.
  • Create a ‘Playroom’ for your pet. You can do this by clearing furniture from a chosen space/room to give your pet a safe area to play in. For added fun, you could even add indoor climbing mats for your pup.
  1. Keeping an eye on your pet if cold symptoms present.

Just like us, pets are more prone to being sick during the colder months. If your furry pal starts showing any signs of being sick, reach out to your veterinarian as soon as possible– so they can help ensure your pet is as happy and healthy as can be.

  1. Hydration, hydration, hydration.

Keeping your dog hydrated is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer, especially with how dry the air can be around this time. Make sure your pet has fresh water as often as possible, and they’re sure to be happy campers.

  1. Our most important tip of all: Family time.

There’s nothing that matters more to your pet or makes them happier than all the love you give them. Spend time as a family, share laughs, and enjoy every little moment. Because when your pet is with you, that’s the happiest they’ll ever be.

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.

If you would like to capture the bond you and your pet share in a way you can cherish forever— Click the button below to look into our artwork options.

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Come See Us at the Hampton Roads Home Show!

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m back with exciting news! (and a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT)

Bonilla Pet Photography will be at the Hampton Roads Home Show this upcoming weekend! We’ll be there:

  • Saturday, February 9th from 10AM-6PM

  • Sunday, February 10th from 11AM-5PM

For those of you who are new to the HRHS, this show “features landscaping companies, remodeling contractors, interior decorating companies, and more, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.”

The tickets cost $10 CASH at the door (or $7 if you purchase online), $5 for Active and Retired Military (with a valid ID), and free for anyone under 18.

We’ll be there with a booth of our ~finest~ art pieces, and warmly welcome you all to come and experience the fun for yourselves! We have a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT to make at the show as well, so you might as well come and find out what it is! 🙂

Here’s a link to a complete list of all the companies who will be participating this year:

Hope to see you there!


Bonilla Pet Photography

Buy a book to benefit the SPCA

Bonilla Pet Photography is proud to announce that we have first edition, artist signed books available for purchase and the proceeds donated to the VASPCA.

This beautiful book includes portraits of all kinds of dogs having their hair blown around and looking fabulous. You’ve never seen dogs like this before! These artistic portraits are sure to be a hit with your friends and family.

From The VASPCA website:

It is the mission of the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (VBSPCA) to create a more humane and responsible community by eliminating animal suffering while increasing human compassion.

Please consider purchasing this book for yourself or as a gift for the animal lover in your life!

See us at the Bodacious Bazaar!

The amazing Bodacious Bazaar is taking place in Hampton next weekend! I have heard it is a fantastic show! The vendors who attend have unique and high quality products. I hope I get some time to walk to the show and spend some Christmas money!

I will have my booth at the show as well! And new for this show, we will have gift certificates you can purchase at a discount. For example we will have a $500 gift certificate you can purchase for only $299!!

I will also have a sign up for a free sitting!! So come out and see us. This is a great opportunity to purchase a pet portrait for yourself or as a gift for a loved one!

Find the show details below:

3 Day Shopping Extravaganza
November 9, 10 & 11, 2018

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Santa is coming to Bonilla Pet Photography!!!! Get your Christmas Cards!!

October 20th 9:00 am-7:00 pm

3552 Collins Blvd. Suite A
Chesapeake, VA 23321

Bring your fur babies in to get a beautiful portrait made with Santa in his workshop!!

The cost is $145 and for that, you get:
An exclusive time with Santa to create your Christmas Card image
25 glossy 5×7 Christmas cards
Maximum of 4 pets/people
The social media file for sharing with your friends!
Additional cards available for $65 for 25.

Reserve your spot today, they won’t be available for long!

*all sales are final* *The above image is a stock image and not our Santa*

Reserve Your Time Slot HERE

Pets Help Mental and Physical Health!

Pets Help Mental and Physical Health!

By: Sarrah Isenhour

Most of us have seen the dogs on duty with service vests at the supermarket as we quickly educate our human children why they cannot go up and pet the “pretty puppy.” These dogs help people with a wide array of challenges from blindness to anxiety, but your pet does not need to be a trained service animal to have health benefits for you and your family. In fact, even the scruffiest-looking doggo or sassiest cat adopted from a local shelter can have enormous health benefits to all the humans in your home.

They Lower Blood Pressure

Let’s get to the heart of the matter and discuss how amazing pets are for your cardiovascular health. First off, dog owners are more likely to get activity playing or walking their canine buddies promoting heart healthy activity levels. Furthermore, dogs, cats, and just about any pet will lower your blood pressure by lowering your stress levels.

Pets Improve Mental Health

Better yet, pets have been found to help fight depression, improve self-esteem, and battle loneliness! These benefits are not limited to service pets either. In fact, Mr. Mittens, or your Naked Guinea Pig can improve your mental health without any specialized training at all! Their love, silly antics, and companionship do the trick!

They Improve Human Relationships

Going beyond a cute puppy being a “chick-magnet”, pets have shown to improve relationships humans have with other humans. Pet owners tend to be nicer and are even considered to be more attractive to other pet owners. Furthermore, those in relationships with pets benefit from lowered stress levels causing increased patience and overall happiness with their human relationships.

Pets are amazing creatures that find their way into our hearts. They provide us with unconditional love (yes, even that disdainful kitty loves you deep down!), and a lifetime of memories. The value people place on their pets is absolutely founded when we consider all of the numerous benefits these creatures have on our lives.

Sarrah Isenhour is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Sales at Bonilla Pet Photography. She loves her four finicky feline fur babies and one precocious pooch. Celebrating the bond pet parents have with their pets is her passion, and she actively works with other pet parents to capture their bonds through arranging pet portraits.

To Declaw or Not to Declaw

By: Sarrah Isenhour

As the parent to a fur baby you have a huge responsibility. Let’s face it: Mr. Mittens has not mastered the art of human language, and it is up to you to determine what is in your feline’s best interest. Knowing this, many parents of purring bundles of joy (or adorable disdain) will ask themselves whether or not to declaw their fish-loving feline friend.

Declawing your cat involves a serious surgery and is more than just removing a claw. The surgery removes the entire toe bone and claw. Imagine if you got a surgery to remove the last knuckle in each of your fingertips—yep, that’s what a declawed cat will experience. If you just cringed, you’re not alone. The most difficult part continues after the declawing procedure where your mewling fur baby has an increased chance of arthritis, behavioral issues, litter box challenges, and post-surgical infection.

When making care decisions for your fuzzy (or hairless) purr box, be sure to talk to your vet and get all the facts. Declawing your cat is almost always optional, and your super-busy vet may not go over every detail with you unless you ask further questions. Before making this decision for your feline fur baby, make sure you have all the facts because once those claws are gone, there is no turning back for Mr. Mittens.

Sarrah Isenhour is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Sales at Bonilla Pet Photography. She loves her four finicky feline fur babies and one precocious pooch. Animal advocacy is her passion as is celebrating the bond people have with their pets.

Any Pet Guarantee

Here at Bonilla Pet Photography, we pride ourselves on our “Any Pet Guarantee.” What this means is that our professional animal handlers are capable of working with any type of pet and their individual personalities. When most people think of a pet, they usually think of a cat or a dog. However, exotic and unique species of animals are becoming more popular as pets every day. We love to work with all types of animals such as cats, dogs, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, pigs, and more! Most animals that come to a new place are super curious and understandably, nervous. However, whether your pet is super hyper and fun-loving, or very shy and nervous, we will make them feel right at home and help them to get comfortable in our studio. We work with all kinds of pets and are capable of making gorgeous portraits of them! Our professional pet handlers are experienced in the animal field from pet stores, humane societies, and veterinary clinics. They are able to read an animals body language and figure out what it is that your pet needs to feel more comfortable. If you are nervous about taking your pet to a portrait studio because of their species, behavior, or personality, please reach out to us and we would be more than happy to create your pet’s portraits!

Any Pet Guarantee means that we can and will work with pets that are:

  • Happy
  • Scared/Fearful
  • Shy/Timid
  • Hyper
  • Disabled/Special Needs
  • Laid Back
  • Any Species
  • Anything else!

By: Jessica

Bonilla Pet Photography

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Great Neck Doggie Daycare

Have you ever heard of dog daycare? Many people haven’t. Doggie daycare refers to short-term daytime care for your dogs. It is often a good option for pet parents that have busy work schedules or who are out of the home a lot. Doggie daycare can be very rewarding and enriching for your pet, especially pets with separation anxiety because it provides them with companionship throughout the day where they can run and play.

Great Neck Doggie Daycare is a newly renovated, 10,000 sq. foot facility, located at 2220 Laskin Road in Virginia Beach, VA. The facility has many fun things for your pooch to do such as playing in an indoor or outdoor play area and even swimming in an outdoor saltwater pool! Great Neck Doggie Daycare offers daycare, boarding, grooming, bathing, training, obedience, spa, massage, and lots of doggie playtime. Their boarding includes over forty private doggie bedrooms complete with its own custom bed, TV, and soon their own webcam. They promise to make sure every client has a convenient and satisfying experience, while also leaving clients with a peace of mind when their pets are dropped off to stay awhile. If you’re looking for a doggie daycare for your furry companion then I highly recommend this business!


By Jessica Luther

Bonilla Pet Photography

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