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December Pet Care Do’s and Dont’s

In a new series for ADinLOS, we are featuring monthly pet care do’s and dont’s . As we approach the winter months and the temperature drops it is a good time to develop some good habits. Without further ado:

Walk dogs in parks. Usually, heavily trafficked streets have high salt concentration and other chemicals which can be tough on your dogs paws. People tend to exaggerate about salt burning paws, but it can be a major irritant, or even worse if ingested. Also, most parks have higher tree lines which will cut down on the amount of wind you and your pet experience.

Assume that because your pets have ‘fur’ coats they are naturally immune to cold temperatures. The reality is, smaller bodies usually have weaker immune systems and are therefore more susceptible to the cold. A lot of people think animals look ridiculous dressed up, but imagine if you had to walk around naked all year. To some people it might be nice in the summer, but I don’t know anyone who would be okay in the winter. Your local pet shop should have a decent selection of gimmicky articles of clothing, but clothes may be easier to make with your own articles of clothing and a few stitches.

Build adequate shelter for outdoor pets. Typically ADinLOS frowns on outdoor pets, but we’ll admit that we have a few. What can we say, kittens and injured animals just seem to find us. Outdoor pets do not get used to the cold. Stay outside for a day or two in December without a coat. Did you get used to it? Didn’t think so. Make sure the shelter is at least twice as large as your pet. Keep the enclosure elevated in a sunny area away from wind. When building the inside, prepare an area towards the back with straw for warmth, not towels or hay which absorb moisture and can mold.

Neglect ears and paws. A large portion of heat is lost through these areas of the body. If attention isn’t paid here, you may be fighting a losing battle. This means booties and hoods.

Keep temperatures consistent when we leave the house for an extended period of time. Energy is expensive, but it’s nothing compared to the importance of our pets health.

Ignore the water temperature of our aquariums. Goldfish tend to be hearty, but when they get used to a what we consider room temperature, low temperature is a huge shock and needs to be addressed.

Pay extra attention to travel demands. Travel is stressful on everyone, but it is especially stressful on our pets. Be cautious and take a trip to the vet to ensure pets are healthy, and all medications and vaccinations are current. Depending on the method of travel, familiarize them with their temporary housing. Keep comfortable blankets, dishes, and toys. The day of, feed them hours before travel to avoid upset stomachs. All will help reduce the amount of stress and stride for happy travel.

Assume pets diets remain unchanged. Ensure pets are hydrated and nourished. Pets burn more energy in extreme temperatures and will need extra attention in the winter months. The winter months tend to hide perspiration better and encourages dehydration and lethargy quickly.

Avoid certain classic holiday decorations. Most of us have heard that Poinsettias are poisonous to eat, and though this is largely exaggerated, mistletoe is the real danger. Poinsettieas need to be injested in large quantities to be harmful, but mistletoes symptoms can be mild to moderate depending on the variety. The European variety usually has more toxins than the American variety, but it is always wise to do your homework.

Forget to kitty-proof your Christmas Tree. This means tying it down. Aside from falling and breaking all of your precious ornaments, it can break your precious kitten as well. We tend to assume that cats have 9 lives and always land on their feet. Unfortunately, this is not always the truth. Extensive research has been done on a phenomenom known as ‘High Rise Syndrome’. Below three feet, cats do not have the ability to ‘right’ themselves and will not always land on their feet. Three feet doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you think that every cat is different, these 3 feet can be increased to 2 stories. Be careful and don’t assume your cat can ‘right’ itself. So please, tie up your tree.

Comments are always encouraged. Do you have any additional tips or advice? Concerns about an item on our list? A lot of pet care can seem like common sense, but we find that we are always learning and even the simplest of ideas can open our mind.

December’s Top 10 Things To Do In Montclair


December 2nd

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Black Friday began in the 1960 as a term to express the time of year when business books went from red to black. Now it’s a polarizing day most Americans dread or anticipate. Thankfully, a truly altruistic event has spawned from the overly commercial, Black Friday; Giving Tuesday. Organized in 2012 and only picking up speed, Giving Tuesday is estimate to process over 30 million dollars in donations in 2014.

When: December 2nd, all day
Who: Anyone
Where: Anywhere
Cost: Any Amount

Update: Although Giving Tuesday has passed, it’s never too late to donate. Here are a few of our favorites:
Human Needs Food Pantry
Paws Montclair
Salvation Army
Care Plus NJ

December 3rd


Newark Boys Chorus  at Montclair Art Museum's First Free Thursday Night in December

First Free Thursday Montclair Art Museum

December continues the tradition with free admission and special activities featuring exhibits including tours of the African Quilt display, a workshop, and a holiday trunk show in the MAM store. Enterntainment includes the Silver Fox Songs Quartet and the Newark Boys Chorus, paired with drinks from Pig & Prince and food from The Empanada Guy and Oink & Moo.

When: December 3rd, 5 PM to 9 PM
Who: All are invited. Alcohol is served, so you must bring your ID.
Where: Montclair Art Museum, 3 S Mountain Ave Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: Free

Update: As always, we had such a great time. The Newark Boys Chorus blew us away.

December 5th


Tree Lighting

What’s more emblematic of Christmas than a Christmas Tree. One our favorite Christmas traditions was always watching the lighting of the tree, and it still is.The annual Montclair tree lighting this year will be held on Friday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m., in Church Street Plaza.

When: December 5th, 6 PM
Who: Anyone
Where: Church Street Plaza Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: Free

December 6-27th


Free Parking in Montclair

Not really an event, but it’s still exciting. Keep in mind, this is to promote local business and only refers to 2-hour bagged meters, not 3-hour meters.

When: December 6th – 27th
Who: Anyone with a driver’s license
Where: Montclair, NJ 07042 and Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
Cost: Free for 2-hour meters


December 9th


Wrap & Roll

Third annual Wrap & Roll event on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Charles H. Bullock School, 55 Washington Street, Montclair. Continuing in the season of giving, Montclair Schools team up to provide gifts to the underprivileged. Bringing donated and unwrapped gifts, volunteers from all around the community come together wrapping and bonding around refreshments and festive delights.

When: December 9th, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Who: Aimed at families, anyone can attend
Where: 55 Washington Street, Montclair 07042
Cost: Free to attend, just make sure you bring a gift to donate

December 11th


Google “Solve for X” Initiative

Think you have an a mind blowing scientific or technological idea aimed at benefiting the world. Google wants to hear about it. Selected as 1 of 12 sites in the world, North Jersey and Montclair State University are hosting Google’s Solve For X initiative 2014. The best part, it’s open to anyone.

When: December 11th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Who: All aspiring brilliant scientific and technological pioneers
Where: Montclair State University, 55 Washington Street, Montclair, NJ 07043
Cost: Free

December 12th


Autumn Garden Tour

Laura Roberts, Garden Manager of the beautiful Van Vleck leads a tour through the final few days of autumn. Tours can be given individually or as a group.

When: December 12th, 1 PM – 2 PM
Who: Anyone
Where: Van Vleck Gardens, 21 Van Vleck St, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: $5 Friends; $7 others Series Rate: All four tours (Sept – Dec) for $15 Friends or $20 others.

December 12th – December 31st

Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights

The Turtle Back Zoo is an amazing place any time of year. The amount of changes the zoo and the surrounding area has gone through is incredibly impressive. We are especially excited to visit this year, as they have added many new exhibits. and December is an entirely different experience. The Turtle Back Zoo entertains families from all over, decorating the entire zoo in festive lights. A truly impressive display.

When: December 12th – December 31st, 5PM – 9PM
Who: Anyone
Where: Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052
Cost: Free admission, donations are encouraged

December 25th

Christmas Day

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presenece of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” – Burton Hillis

December 26th and 27th

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer The Musical

Recreating the 1964 TV special, NJPAC brings Rudolph the epic characters, music, costumes, and effects to the stage. Before the show, meet in the lobby for photos, face painting, art, and refreshments (free for ticket holders).

When: December 26th & 27th
Who: Anyone
Where: NJPAC, 1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: $29.50 to $39.50

December 31st

New Years Eve

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” – T.S. Eliot

Many restaurants are putting on festivites for New Years, including some of our favorites:
Pig and Prince
Orange Squirrel
The Yellow Plum
Ariane Kitchen & Bar
McLoone’s Boathouse
Restaurant Blu

Native American Pets and Thanksgiving

It’s interesting how the most wonderful time of the year is also the coldest time of the year. Given the choice, ADinLOS would definitely prefer caring for our pets in the warm over bitter cold and snow. Like all changes though, it gives us new opportunities. I can’t think of a better time of year to huddle up next to a fire and remind ourseleves what we are grateful for. With such great friends, family, and home it’s difficult to sum it all up. Recently we got into a discussion with one of our friends about our pets and family. To us, pets and family are synonymous. Talk to our friend, and their pets are their best friends. Talk to a farmer, and you will quickly understand the boundaries between working animals and pets.

One thing is for certain, the way we treat our pets now, is vastly different than the way we used to treat our pets. Domestication began thousands of years ago and it may be difficult to say what animal was the first domesticated animal, but many speculate the dog to be first. However many years ago, a lazy family member didn’t close the lid to the garbage. Quickly learning that Fido had a good, consistent chance at a cheap meal they returned. The lazy family member recognized their ‘affability’ and continued to feed them. Ok, so it probably didn’t happen quite like that, but it’s probably not too far off knowing the sentiment of our modern dog. The first domesticated cat came thousands of years later.

The Native Americans believe in a nostalgic story where the dog freely chose to accompany man. Long ago, a spirit assembled all of earth’s creatures searching for the perfect human companion. Some said they would tear the humans apart, others intended to steal. The dog said his only wish was the share, hunt, and protect. [1]

From an archaeological perspective, we have seen evidence in pottery, jewelry, and cave art. After all, as we all know, dogs have personalities so similar yet so dissimilar to humans. How many of have grown up with a smart, friendly, obedient Labrador Retrievers, and when life wills it, and it is time to welcome a new smart, friendly, energetic, obedient lab into our lives. And we end up with a stubborn, lazy, surly dog who feels like a different species. Loved all the same, but for different reasons.

These differences can probably develop a connection to our dogs ancestors. One exuberantly playful wolf kept defying their pack leader, shunned, the wolf felt an connection to their human neighbors who have been feeding them for weeks, openly looking for a new leader, entered the community. [1]

It’s also easy to see why we as humans would accept the wolves into their lives. Much different than we are today, Native Americans bond with nature. We tend to think of a dog barking as a nuisance that we need to rectify. Despite what we feel, it serves a distinct purpose, communication. A skill Native Americans recognized and utilized as protection. Combined with their effortless loyalty and bravery, the dogs secured a place in Native American society.

It wasn’t until the early 1600’s that domesticated Native American dog no longer resembled a hybrid wolf often referred to as a rabbit dog [2].

Surprisingly, Native American’s in Virginia (Powhatans) rarely domesticated animals and felt the only tame part of a dog was their ability to hunt. Even suggesting they were promiscuous and filthy animals, approximately knee high, 20 pounds, with a short snout and howling rather than barking. [3] Aside from the few publications referencing dogs in Powhatans society, so few illustrations of dogs in society corroborate this dissuasion for dog. At times, Powhatans would even dogs would even be sacrificed.

In 1620, on the Mayflower, Pilgrim John Goodman brought over his two dogs. To the Powhatans, these must have been. The only dog the natives have ever seen is a small, wolf-like dog, and these new strangely dressed settlers bring an English Mastiff and a Springer Spaniel. And The Pilgrims had a much different connection with them. John Goodman frequently utilized the dogs to explore new terrain and hunt for food and supplies. Many stories have been told of mutual protection between the dogs and their masters. Placing such an important role in the lives of the Pilgrims it is still difficult to tell if dogs were actually present on Thanksgiving, though Jean Leon Gerome Ferris’s painting of The First Thanksgiving includes a Springer Spaniel front and center. Seems a bit coincidental, though at minimum it would show the importance of dogs in society.

[1] PetPlace Veterinarians. “The History of Dogs and Native Americans”. Pet Place. Retrieved 2014-11-25.

[2] Rountree, H. C. “Uses of Domesticated Animals by Early Virginia Indians.” Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, 30 May. 2014. Web. 25 Nov. 2014.

[3] Marion Schwartz. “The Creation of the American Dog” A History of Dogs in the Early Americas. Web. Retrieved 2014-11-25.

Delaware and the 4th of July


Happy 4th of July everyone!

ADinLOS just got back from a long weekend in Delaware, just 15 miles outside of Rehoboth Beach in Millsboro. DE is such a great place, but southern Delaware is not called LSD (Lower Slower Delaware) without reason. It’s fantastic as a getaway for us city folk, but the curve is dramatic and mobile and WiFi reception is meager at best (a holiday does not mean ADinLOS can escape work).

Most of southern Delaware is shrouded between forests and farmland, and naturally this leaves a considerable amount of creatures, including ticks. Unfortunately, Seyval is a bit too rambunctious for LSD and she doesn’t share Sake’s affinity for water, so Sake treks on solo. Last time we explored, we used a well known flea and tick repellent and spent more time picking ticks off Sake’s little body than we did enjoying the sunshine, beach, and brilliant skies.

We hoped this trip would be different, but were not hopeful. Earlier in the month, tired of limited results from the competitor, we gave K9 Advantix II® a try. Without a great way of determining improvement, we continued “treatment”.

Arriving Wednesday evening, we opened the passenger door and hoped for the best.

There Sake was, roaming the backyard, masking her sent with every dead bug she could find, and doing whatever innate dogmatic activities she could muster. Paranoid, we would inspected her every hour only to find nothing.

She enjoyed the entire vacation swimming, chasing frisbees, making little sticks, and most importantly, sleeping.

Sake in the Pool

Sake’s a natural surf dog

Alas, after 5 days in LSD, Sake has returned nearly tick free (we discovered one after we came home). We however, did not escape unscathed. Lissette brought home golf ball sized welts from an irate, Tic-Tac® sized, black bug. I brought home a mild case of poison ivy. Now if we could just find a treatment for our ailments.

Oh well, at least Sake returned mostly unharmed!