July 4th Safety for Pets

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Prepare to keep your pets safe in advance! Fireworks are both frightening and dangerous to animals, often causing them to run away in fear. Here are some tips to keep them safe:

  • Make sure your pets – cats and dogs alike – have identification tags with up-to-date information.
  • If your pets aren’t already microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about microchipping. This simple procedure can greatly improve your chances of getting your pets back if they become lost.
  • If your pets are microchipped, make sure your contact information in the microchip registry is up-to-date.
  • Make sure the environment is safe and secure. If your neighbors set off fireworks at an unexpected time, is your yard secure enough to keep your pet contained? Evaluate your options, and choose the safest area for your animal and make improvements if needed to make the area more secure.
  • Leave your pets at home when you go to parties, fireworks displays, parades and other gatherings. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places and crowds can all be very frightening to pets, and there’s great risk of pets becoming spooked and running away.
  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • Keep your pets inside if you or your neighbors are setting off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and kabob skewers, etc. away from curious pets.
  • Don’t let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Never leave your pet in your car when it’s warm outside. Vehicle interiors heat up much faster than the air around them, and even a short time in a locked car can be dangerous to pets.
  • After the celebrations, check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets outside to play or relax. Even if you didn’t set off fireworks yourself, debris can make its way into your yard, where curious animals may pick it up to play with or eat.

For additional information, CLICK HERE to visit the American Veterinary Medical Foundation website online.

Keeping Pets Safe in the Home and Yard


Pets are part of our families so we should be sure they stay safe whether in the home or yard!

Bathrooms and Laundry Rooms – Toilet bowls are filled with water and often tempt pets to drink from them. This can cause a pet to drown, or it may poison them if toilet bowl cleaners are inside. Medications, both prescription and otherwise, are often kept in a bathroom, as are things such as bathroom cleaners, chemical drain openers, and deodorizers. Sharp items such as razors are also kept in bathrooms and can cut and seriously injure a pet that plays with or swallows them.

Laundry Room – Laundry rooms are also a place where chemicals such as bleach and detergent are stored and regularly used. Fabric softener sheets may seem harmless; however, they are filled with chemicals. Open dryers are tempting to pets that may climb inside to sleep, stay warm, or hide. This can be dangerous if the door is accidentally shut and the machine turned on.

Living Rooms – Unstable or top-heavy furniture can fall if jumped on or if bumped hard by a playful animal. Many types of potted house plants are known to be toxic if chewed or swallowed. The cords to drapery and window blinds are a choking hazard if they accidental loop around a pet’s neck, while electrical cords, if chewed on, can shock or electrocute a pet or start a fire.

Kitchens – Kitchens are an overall dangerous place for pets to be. Jumping pets have access to countertops and tables, while all animals can easily get to anything that’s within their reach, such as kitchen trash cans or food on the table. When it comes to threats, food is the most obvious culprit, as certain items, such as chocolate and raisins, are toxic while others represent a choking hazard.

Bedrooms – Although the bedroom may seem like an overall safe place for pets, it is the unexpected, little things that can prove problematic for pets. Electrical cords are dangerous to pets that are chewers, and small items such as earrings and hair pins may also be chewed or swallowed. Discarded shopping bags are a suffocation risk if a pet sticks its head inside and is unable to shake it off. Moth balls in closets or drawers are toxic, as are certain house plants that may be kept in the room.

Garages and Basements – Because these are areas outside of the main house and protected from the elements outdoors, they are places where deadly chemicals and other potentially lethal items are stored.

Toxic items that are commonly stored in garages and even basements include antifreeze, which is sweet-tasting but can cause a cat or a dog’s kidneys to fail if consumed. Motor oil, gas, battery acid, and car wax are just a few other dangerous car-related items. Additionally, pesticides, rat poison, paint, and paint thinners are examples of items kept in either location that can be lethal to a pet.

Yard – Certain items that are used on the lawn, flowers, and plants, such as fertilizers, pesticides, mulch, and compost, may contain chemicals or elements that a pet should not eat, drink, or lick. Cocoa mulch, for example, is toxic, yet the smell is tempting to animals, and compost may contain food items that pets can choke on or that is toxic to them. Care must be taken to also protect pets in yards with fire pits or outdoor fireplaces, pools, and ponds. Installing a fence also keeps pets safe from traffic or other animals.

Bark in the Park – June 17


Join Team Groesbeck at the City of Anacortes‘ 13th Annual Bark in the Park event on Saturday, June 17! The event will take place at Storvik Park on 32nd St. in Anacortes from 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

Be sure to stop by the Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC booth for special prizes!

The event will feature vendors, demonstrations, adoptions, donations for dogs and cats and more!

We hope to see you there!

Dog Obedience Classes in Anacortes to Begin in April

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The City of Anacortes is offering a dog obedience class for beginners at Whitney Elementary.

Classes will begin April 12 and will run through May 24, from 6 to 7 p.m.  The fee is $84 and classes will be taught by Marie Padovan.  Attendance at the first class is mandatory and dogs are not permitted for the first day only. Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance!

For more information, visit the Parks and Recreation page at www.cityofanacortes.org.

Animal Services in Anacortes


Anacortes and its surrounding area has a wide variety of local animal services, including pet sitters, obedience training and veterinarians.  Here is a list of some of the many places nearby for your pets’ needs.



Pet Sitters

  • Happy at Home Pet Sitting – Anacortes, (360) 421-6153
  • The Pet Pal – Anacortes, (360) 293-1311
  • Colleen’s Cat Care – Anacortes, (360) 293-7688
  • There’s No Place Like Home – Anacortes, (360) 610-9600
  • Pacific North Wonderland – Anacortes, (360) 982-5184




Pet Stores


Obedience Training


Animal Shelter & Relief Agencies






For more information about animal services in and around Anacortes and Skagit County or for any of your real estate needs, please contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC at (360) 941-3734 or Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com.

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Santa’s Cause for the Paws

Santa’s Cause for the Paws is an annual fundraiser for the Charlie Randall Pet Foundation. It’s lots of fun, and you’ll be creating great memories and wonderful Christmas cards to send out to your family and friends!

You can take a photo with Santa on Saturday, Dec 8th 12-3 pm, Wednesday, Dec 12th 6-8 pm or on Saturday, Dec 15th 12-3 pm. Go to Washington Federal Bank on 1017 Commercial Avenue in Anacortes. No appointment is necessary to take a photo with Santa.  With a $10 donation: you’ll receive your printed photo on site.  For a $25 donation: you’ll receive your printed photo and a digital file on a CD.

So bring your favorite doggy to take a photo with Santa and help benefit the Charlie Randall Fund!  Kids are welcome to join in the holiday fun too!

Noah’s 1st Annual Howling Big Garage Sale

Noah’s 1st Annual Howling Big Garage Sale!

Saturday August 25 8-5
Sunday August 26  8-4

One Dog’s Trash is another Dog’s treausure!

This weekend check out NOAH’s 1st Annual Howling Big Garage Sale. Doors open at 8am. There will be a sidewalk sale for your must have pet supplies like furniture, housewares, toys and more.  The Foster Department will be having a bake sale with lots of yummy treats too!

100% of the proceeds will be donated and will go to helping homeless dogs and kitties! Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted for payment.

The garage sale will be held at the Noah Event Center located at 31300 Brandstrom Road in Stanwood, WA 98292.  From Anacortes, La Conner and Samish Island, take I-5 South to Exit 215!

Santa’s Cause for the Paws

Volunteers Needed for Santa Paws!

Attention all you elves, and elf wannabes.  Santa Paws is returning to Anacortes, and we need your help.  Santa Paws is an annual fundraiser for the Charlie Randall Pet Foundation.  This year, Santa Paws will be held in the Washington Federal Bank building on Commercial Avenue in Anacortes, and we need some Santa’s Helpers.  It’s lots of fun as we help Santa pose for photos with Anacortes’ favorite pets.

The photo sessions are:

Thursday, Dec 1st   6-8 pm
Saturday, Dec 3rd   12-4 pm
Thursday, Dec 8th   6-8 pm
Saturday, Dec 10th   12-4 pm
If you can volunteer for an hour, or for a whole session, Santa would really appreciate it! 

Please contact  charlierandallpetfoundation@gmail.com , and let them know the session/sessions and time/times that you would be available to help, and they will get back to you with the details.

For more information on Santa’s Cause for the Paws, please visit the event’s facebook page by clicking here.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Halloween safety tips for pets!

Here are a just few tips to keep your furry friends safe this Halloween!

Keep candy out of your pets’ reach- Dogs can often reach much higher than you may think, so be sure to keep candy off the floor as well as counters and tables. Not only is chocolate dangerous, but xylitol, a sweetener used in candy and gum, can also be toxic. Any treats should be pet treats. Also, candy wrappers can be as or more dangerous than the candy. Foil and cellophane can cause bowel obstructions that may require surgery.

Make sure all of your pets are wearing tags- Keep your pets ID tags current. Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of escape opportunities.

Look out for Halloween decorations- Decorations can be dangerous, so be sure to keep them safely away from your pets. Candle flames can set fire to a pet’s fur. Hanging or dangling decorations can be an entanglement or choking hazard to some animals. Please also remember not all pumpkin should be eaten. Food-friendly cooked and pureed pumpkin is safe in small amounts for dogs. Dogs should not eat the shell or seeds of squash or pumpkins. Also, keep glow sticks out of reach of pets. The fluid inside can cause mouth pain, irritation and drooling. Ingesting a glow stick can cause an intestinal blockage too.

Remember to call the vet immediately if you think your pet may have ingested anything toxic.

Wishing you a fun, safe and Happy Halloween!!!

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