July 4th Fireworks – Not So Paw-Friendly

Our most patriotic Holiday -4th of July- can potentially be one of the most stressful and dangerous days of the year for our furry friends. While we are celebrating with our family, friends, and neighbors this holiday with fireworks, our cats and dogs may find these festive activities anything but amusing.

Many of us assume that if our pet is not afraid of thunder or other loud noises, fireworks will not bother him or her either, but this is not necessarily true. Even pets who are normally not affected by loud noises, natural or otherwise, are often frightened and panicked by the cumulative effects of fireworks, as well as the audible excitement around the house when they are left alone inside our home.

Unattended pets are often driven to anxiety and seeking escape from the noise. Eventually, they may succeed in finding a way out and they run away. In fact, according to the ASPC, “the July 4th holiday is a very busy time for animal shelters across the U.S. They report taking in a higher number dogs that run off during firework festivities. In addition, many police stations log higher volumes of stray dog calls and barking complaints on July 4th compared to any other day of the year.”

So, let’s plan ahead and take some common sense precautions in order to ensure that our pets have a happy, safe, and healthy 4th of July.

  • Do not take your pet to fireworks displays, and keep them away from 4th of July picnics, parades, and other festivities.
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car. The hot air inside a vehicle to quickly lead to breathing difficulties, overheating and your pet can suffer serious health effects even death in a few short minutes, potentially leading to death.
  • It is never a good idea to leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Anxiety can lead to irrational behavior, and pets who normally wouldn’t leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.
  • We may not think about it every day, but it is imperative that our pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned to us as quickly as possible. While cats and dog found roaming around should be taken to the local animal shelter for the best chance of being reunited with their owners, it may also be a good idea to check with your local pet supply stores, groomers and vets. Very often dogs are recognized by local shop keepers and neighbors,  or checked for microchips, and our poor, lost souls don’t have to go through the additional trauma of being caught and sheltered.
  • Keep your pets at home in a comfortable and quiet area with the shades drawn. If your dog is crate trained, then their little “cave” is a great choice for safety and comfort. You may even cover the top and sides with a blanket for that extra feeling of security.  And while you are at it, throw in one of Fido’s favorite toys, or a T-shirt belonging to mom or dad. This suggestive closeness will definitely help your dog feeling safe.
  • If you know that your dog or cat becomes destructive when frightened, so be sure to remove any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed. Leaving a TV or radio playing at normal volume can help your pet feeling like there is company in the house. In serious cases it is always a good idea to consult with your veterinarian before this noisy Holiday, or to hire a pet sitter, or even send your pet to camp for the night to help alleviate the fear and anxiety they will experience during those noisy fireworks.

So, here is to a happy and safe Independence Day for all of, including our pets. Woof!

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Happy weekend, y’all!

Many of you may be on a mini get-away this Holiday weekend and didn’t know what to do with your furry friends.  Well, we may be able to help you with this dilemma.  Just answer a few questions about pet daycare and boarding at the Jumping Bulldog and let’s see what we can do.

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NEW website launched!


The Jumping Bulldog is pleased to announce the release of its newly designed website!

The website is more engaging with its modern client-centric and eye-catching layout. The site’s homepage welcomes visitors with:

  • a truly “jumping bulldog”,
  • bold colors,
  • a modern design,
  • a section for donations to your favorite pet charities,
  • a section with feature and special sale products,
  • an integrated blog,
  • enhanced shopping capability, and
  • online appointment booking.

You will also experience improved probe search functionality, adding to the user-friendly design.

We look forward to using our blog to provide you with even more information about our latest products and tips and tricks, and on how to have happy and healthy pets.

Keeping in touch with social media, the Jumping Bulldog is embracing Facebook and Twitter as a form of communication with our customers. Join the conversation by adding us to your favorite social media network, and to stay ahead on our latest products and pet related information.

The website will be updated on a regular basis, with news of events, product launches and new content.  So, please visit often; and if you experience any problems using the new website or if you have any suggestions, please contact us at info@jumpingbulldog.com.

We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site, finding more options and information each time, and that it will be yet another way for enhancing your pet’s life.

And don’t forget, you can always book your grooming appointment online!

For the Luv’ of Pawz Charity Event @ the Jumping Bulldog

With great delay, but with no less joy, I’d like to share the PETS ALIVE “For the Luv’ of Pawz” event results.


$4,707 in cash donations and over $2000 in goods and food donations, and two dogs found loving new homes!

The organizers from PETS ALIVE have assured us that the Jumping Bulldog’s charity event on September 21, was BY FAR their most successful event this year.

Here is a huge YAY and THANK YOU to all the wonderful ladies from PETS ALIVE, for coming to Astoria, and for trusting the Jumping Bulldog with your lovable charges!!!

We must say a most heartfelt THANK YOU to all of the WONDERFUL FRIENDS, CUSTOMERS and SUPPORTERS of the Jumping Bulldog –it is amazing what our community can do when help is needed!  YOU GUYS ABSOLUTELY ROCK and I LOVE YOU ALL!!! 

Huge thanks are due also to Damian Jackson, who very generously DONATED a HOTDOG STAND, a POPCORN MAKER, a SLUSHY MACHINE, ALL the fixings AND HIS STAFF to ensure a successful event!  Damian, we are humbled by your generosity!!

Monica, our ever so patient and talented tattoo artist, who sat through countless crazy ideas and fulfilled everyone’s wishes.

And then there was Abigail Hammer, our 9–year old volunteer, who racked up a whooping $240 by yelling “a dollar for a life, please. Just one dollar!” and her 7-year old brother Dante.

We cannot forget our wonderful volunteers Gloria, Jesse, Carol, Amy, and Zoe and her two friends Brandon and Jacob, who walked our pups tirelessly throughout the day, and gave them a hefty dose of TLC –thank you so very much, guys!!

We would also like to express our thanks to our resident photographers Basia Avgostidis from “My Dog Needs a Walk”, and Patrick Barrigan, and Ian, our videographer, for sharing their time and talent with us to document the event.

And lets not forget the amazing JB staff for holding the fort all day, and for lending a hand wherever they could –you guys are the BEST ever!!

Last, but must certainly not least, thank you ever so much to my amazing and wonderfully caring friend Olga Vlachos.

Olga, your tenacity to help pets in need is inspiring, and PETS ALIVE and I are blessed to count you among our closest supporters and friends. Without you, none of this would have happened, and the entire pet population of PETS ALIVE thanks you –as do we! We love you, Olga!!!!

And all the goodies you stayed up baking for 24 hours straight weren’t bad either

With much love,

Tania & the JB Team