Hawai’i Island LGBTQ Pride Parade and Festival

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Last Saturday, July 30, we celebrated love and diversity at the Hawai’i Island LGBTQ Pride Parade and festival! We had an amazing time meeting all the loving pride pups and their parents! There were so many people and pride puppies dressed up and looking fabulous for the parade and festival that we could not stop smiling until the event came to an end!  We sold our super cute pride cookies from Bubba Rose, treated some special pups to our Polka Dog Alaskan Cod Skins, and shared our mission and dedication to a better nutrition for your pets! This was our first pride event that we attended, and it was so rewarding to be able to celebrate this year’s pride festival theme “Love Activates;” a theme that captures how love has driven people to stand up and call for action. Thinking back to the celebration we realized that love has such fluidity that even our pets despite their owner’s race, religion, sexual orientation or gender are able to show an infinite amount of love, loyalty, and compassion. This is a lesson that we all can learn from. After all, the love of a pet is one of life’s greatest gifts!

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Coping With Fireworks Dog Training Seminar

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On Wednesday, June 27th, we hosted Dawn Goehring of Animal Biz Behavior and Training to help teach our Aloha Pawz ohana how to help their pets cope with fireworks during the Fourth of July! Dawn has been teaching owners for twenty-four years on how to positively train their dogs. We had a wonderful turnout and we were excited to be able to reach out to members of the community to share the valuable information Dawn has for dog owners. Together we discussed the importance of showing love and compassion to our pups during these stressful times. By providing treats, toys, and play we learned that our pups will be able to relax and stay focused on activities that make the tails wag instead of hide in fear! Dawn also taught us about counter conditioning. Counter conditioning is a method to help positively train our dogs inpreparation of loud noises like fireworks or gunshots. By using low recorded noises and rewarding them  after with high value food or treats our pups will be able to associate something tasty with scary noises instead of with fear. It was so rewarding to be able to hear about other pets and the similar problems we all share when holidays like the Fourth of July come along. This was just the start of a new series of behavior seminars we will be having at the store! Stay tuned for more!

Here are a few other tips we learned from Dawn to help you and your pet cope with the Fourth of July! 

  • Try to keep your pets safe inside during firework times. However, if your pet is crate or kennel trained make sure they are in a secure area to keep them from being able to run away or injure themselves.
  • Leave the t.v. or radio on at normal noise level to help cover up loud noises, give them their favorite toy to distract them from the outside world.
  • If you are able to prepare in advance! Counter condition your pets by using low volume recorded noises and a very delicious treat to help your pet positively associate loud noises with a reward!  
  • Timing is important! Make sure they receive a treat AFTER they hear or react to the noise.
  • Exercise and tire out your pet during the day before firework times. Take them to their favorite place to walk or play in your yard until the sun goes down!
  • Take your time! Be patient with your pet and don’t forget to show them love. Help them relax with hugs, kisses, or massages to the body and ears.
  •  Holistic healing methods are a great way to help calm anxiety in your pets! Stop by Aloha Pawz and check out our anti anxiety section where we have Thunder Shirts, calming collars and sprays, as well as CBD rich oil and treats. All of our products are safe and easy for you and your pets to use!
  • Consult with your vetinarian if you think pharmaceuticals might be a better option for your pet. No one knows your pet’s health better than their doctor!

Mahalo nui loa to Dawn and to everyone who attended Wednesday’s night seminar. We can’t wait to see you at the next one!

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Parade of Paws

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On Saturday, May 27th, we took part in the third annual Parade of Paws. Hosted by Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary at Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo, this event gave us the opportunity to connect with the community and meet plenty of new furry faces. It was so rewarding to be able to engage with all the caring animal lovers of the Big Island while promoting our passion for healthy pet food!Between our new paw-shaped doggy pool and sampling our single ingredient treate-Polka Dog cod skins, and Salmon chips, along with Poi Dog ahi jerky, and pork jerky we we’re seeing nothing but happy doggies all around. It was heartwarming to see all the adoptable dogs get so much attention, just like the adoption events we hold right in front of our store for Rainbow Friends every second Saturday of each month. The agility course was also a big hit with the canines! Rainbow Friends did a great job making a fundraising event feel like a paw-rty!

Mahalo to everyone that came out and had a good time with us!

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Pet Evacuation Resources

PetEvacuationLeilaniLavaFlowIf you are one of the many people affected by the volcanic eruptions in Leilani Estates and you own pets, this information could be useful. As the lava flow spreads and even more fissures develop, Pahoa Community Center is offering shelter for pets (inside carriers) and their owners.

At Aloha Pawz we will be taking Crate donations!!
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Mother’s Day at Hawaii Pet Expo 2017

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My family surprised me by taking me to O’ahu to visit the Hawaii Pet Expo this past Mother’s Day weekend on O’ahu.

When I arrived at the Blaisdell, there was so much excitement with so many dogs, cats, and even llama’s! The event was free and I finally made it this year! [Read more…]

Happy Howl’oween!

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What a fun time of year for us at Aloha Pawz, we’ve been enjoying dressing up our dog and even cat customers in the cutest costumes, attending the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s annual Howl’ween event in Hilo, and enjoying the nice cool air, and of course, Hilo rain too. While enjoying the fall festivities with our pets we are also very excited for the holiday season coming up! Stay tuned for some new items we will have in store soon just for your dogs and cats. [Read more…]

Remembering our 1st Year

11850521_950933128301985_1210567929578498472_oThis coming Saturday, July 23rd, Aloha Pawz will be celebrating its first year in business! As we plan our celebration, I can’t help but reminisce where we were one year ago compared to where we are today. I remember planning for the Grand Opening like it was yesterday; friends dropping in to help, getting my first pallets of inventory in, making up the flyers, hiring our first Aloha Pawz team. [Read more…]

Aloha Pawz Hosts Free Dog Training Seminar

IMG_6118Last week, Thursday, we had the pleasure of hosting our first Free Dog Training Seminar at Aloha Pawz, Hilo’s Dog & Cat Boutique. Dawn Goering, Trainer & Owner of Animal Biz Hawaii, came with her wealth of 20 plus years of experience in working with not only dogs but wild, exotic animals too and taught our [Read more…]