Thanksgiving Safety Tips


Howdy Friends,

Thanksgiving is this week and we will all be celebrating with our family and friends.  Just a quick reminder that although we love our pets and want to share every occasion with them, we have to make sure to keep the human food away from them to avoid a trip to the emergency vet.

Check out the tips below from the American Veterinary Medical Association to make sure your pets are safe so that you enjoy the day with your entire family!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!


– Bea


  • Keep the feast on the table—not under it. Eating turkey or turkey skin – sometimes even a small amount – can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis. Fatty foods are hard for animals to digest, and many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets – including onions, raisins and grapes. If you want to share a Thanksgiving treat with your pet, make or buy a treat that is made just for them.
  • No pie or other desserts for your pooch. Chocolate can be harmful for pets, even though many dogs find it tempting and will sniff it out and eat it. The artificial sweetener called xylitol – commonly used in gum and sugar-free baked goods – also can be deadly if consumed by dogs or cats.
  • Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating.
  • Be careful with decorative plants. Don’t forget that some flowers and festive plants can be toxic to pets. These include amaryllis, Baby’s Breath, Sweet William, some ferns, hydrangeas and more. The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to both dogs and cats, but the safest route is simply to keep your pets away from all plants and table decorations.
  • Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 888-426-4435. Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

Visit AVMA for more safety tips on how to keep your pets safe if you’re hosting a big family party and have people coming in and out of your home or if you are traveling with your pets this Thanksgiving.




*Thank you to Precious & Few Photography for the beautiful image.  

Barkfest & Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens



Hi Friends!

Are you guys having a great friday?  Me, not so much, I am sick again for the 3rd or 4th time in a month.   Honestly I have lost count, I have been sick on and off since the beginning of October.  But let’s not focus on that and let’s all have a great day – the weekend is so close I can taste it.

Last weekend, I attended two Halloween pet events with Wiggily Waggily – Nassau Barkfest and Dog Days Fall Festival at Old Westbury Gardens.  By the way, did you all have a great Halloween?  If your pets got dressed up, please comment below or share your  pictures with me on IG or FB (@wiggilywaggily).  Ok, back to what I was saying….I was so excited that we were invited to participate again this year as a vendor in these events.  I really enjoy going each year.  I get to meet so many new pets and their parents – and I get to see some of my existing clients too, outside of the “office” (hehe).  It’s also a great way to catch up with other pet professionals.


Saturday I was at Nassau Barkfest at  Eisenhower Park in East Meadow and on Sunday I attended Dog Days Fall Festival at Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury.  They were both so much fun.  There were so many dogs in some pretty awesome costumes.  I find it so cool to see how much thought these parents put into their pets costume.  Some of them go all out and include the entire family – mom, dad, the kids, even grandma and grandpa.   My dog never liked getting dressed up, he hates it.  He doesn’t even like wearing a winter coat.  So I always love seeing other pets enjoy being in their costumes.  If you’ve never been to one, I highly suggest you do next time.  Especially if you own pets or even if you don’t, I promise you’ll have a great time.

Look at these amazing costumes….


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These are only a few of my favorites.  For more pictures check out our YouTube channel.  You’ll get to see  the rest of my favorites from both events.  If you participated in one of the pet parades, you might just see your pup on there too.


A quick shout out to Jeris Pugh from The Martial ARFS, it was great seeing you again and learning more about what you guys do at Martial ARFS.  To Ginny Munger Kahn from LI-Dog, loved meeting you, finally.  Check them out, they’re a great organization doing great work to get more dog friendly parks on LI.  And last but not least to my favorite fur-kids Larah & Sage and their mom for stopping by on Sunday to say hello and going with me to see the pet parade.

Till next time!


– Bea

Halloween Safety Tips & Pet Events Oct. 29-30, 2016

Hello Everyone,

Happy Halloween!! Yes, can you believe it, Halloween is this Monday already! This weekend there are a lot of pet friendly events happening on Long Island that will be a lot of fun for you and your furry ones.  I will be at some of these events with Wiggily Waggily (Nassau Barkfest & Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens) come by our booth to say hello.  Also, make sure to tag me in your pictures, IG/FB @wiggilywaggily.  I would love to see your pets in their costumes.  But before we get into the fun stuff, please take a moment to go over the safety recommendation from the ASPCA on how to keep your pet safe this Halloween.

Have a great and safe Halloween!

Xo Xo

– Bea 


Halloween Safety Tips:

Stash the Treats
The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach
While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.

Be Careful with Costumes
For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don’t put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her “birthday suit” or don a festive bandana instead.

Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable
Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification—if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.

For more tips and information about your pets safety please visit the ASPCA.


Pet Friendly Events Happening on Long Island this Weekend:

4th Annual Nassau Barkfest Pet Costume Contest & Parade

Sat. October 29th, 2016  1PM – 4PM (rain or shine).
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre – Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, N.Y. (Parking at Fields 6 and 6A)

Even our canine friends love a good Halloween party, and Nassau Barkfest is guaranteed to be spook-tacular fun for both dogs and people! Dress up your furry friend in his or her Halloween finest — pretty, silly, scary or downright ghostly — and join the parade. Costume judging will begin at 2:30 pm and prizes will be awarded.  LI-DOG, rescue groups and other animal-friendly organizations will be there to help celebrate. All pets must be on a leash.

Admission to Nassau Barkfest is FREE, but all participants are asked to bring a donation of pet food for families who are facing difficult financial times and need help feeding their pets.For more information, call 516-315-6686, email

Old Westbury Gardens Dog Days & Fall Festival 

Sat. and Sun., Oct. 29-30, 2016
Old Westbury Gardens, NY

Dog Days: Sat & Sun – 10am to 5pm – Bring your leashed dog for an invigorating walk and healthy exercise in designated garden areas. Meet fellow dog lovers in a beautiful environment. Dog must be leashed.

Fall Festival: Sunday Oct. 30th – 11am – 4pm.  The festival features exhibits by animal welfare organizations, vendors, and rescue groups along with displays and activities. A costume contest and parade will take place at 3:00 pm. To participate in the parade you must register by 2:00 pm.

To participate in the contest you must complete a registration form available at the map stand by the parking area by 2:00 pm. 


The Great Pup-Kin Fest 2016

5005 Veterans Memorial Highway., Holbrook – 11741  
Date & Time: Sun, Oct 30th 11:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Cost: Free Event   Tel: 631-382-7722

In today’s homes pets are part of the family. You may be looking for ways to brew up some fun on your  favorite spooky holiday with your furry friend. We hope you have a howling good time.  There are contests and prizes too.  Please join us for the 1st Great Pup-Kin Fest on October 30, 2016 from 11 am to 4 pm at 5005 Veterans Memorial Highway, Holbrook, NY

4th Annual Halloween Event, Parade & Adoption

Bubbles & Biscuits

1484 Broadway Ave.
Holbrook, NY 11741

Sun., Oct. 30, 2016   11AM – 2PM

Have fun with a purpose!
This year we are having an ADOPTION event and collecting donations to benefit LIVE, LOVE, BARK RESCUE. Donations are greatly appreciated and can include dog food (anything except Beneful), toys, treats, leashes, collars, laundry detergent and dish soap. Please no rawhide as it is a choking hazard. If you are unable to attend the event feel free to drop off donations to Bubbles & Biscuits prior to the event.Activities: Festive fall pictures, bake sale featuring all natural, Made in the USA treats from Backfield Road.  All proceeds go to LIVE, LOVE, BARK.  Costume Contest starts at 12:30 pm and Holbrook Halloween Parade at 1:00 pm.  Trick or treat with your pup down Main Street – begins and ends at Bubbles & Biscuits.  For more info please call  (631) 676-6604.


Barktoberfest at Brookhaven Animal Shelter

300 Horseback Rd., Brookhaven, NY 11719

Sat. Oct 29, 2016 11AM – 4PM   Tell: (631) 451-6950 

Come down to our annual Barktoberfest! We will have food, Music, face painting, vendors, and of course ALL OF OUR AMAZING ANIMALS! And ALL FEES ARE WAIVED! Check out over 100 animals currently for adoption. Fall in love with your new best friend!
Suffolk Barkfest 2016
Holiday Inn Express
3131 Nesconset Hwy., Centereach, NY 11720
Sun. October, 30, 2016 12PM – 3PM
Long Island’s largest pet costume contest and parade, rain or shine. For this Halloween-spirited celebration, guests are to bring their dogs and other pets dressed in costumes for a chance to win prizes. Costume judging and awarding of prizes will begin at 2:00pm. The event will be open to the public with FREE admission!



*If you are holding a pet related event and would like to be listen in future Pet Event posts, please contact me  and I will be happy to add your event.


Thank You For A Great Summer!

Hi friends!

How are you all?  I hope everyone had a great summer.  Yes, I know fall officially started last week but we had such a busy Pet Sitting/Boarding season at Wiggily Waggily that I haven’t had time to write my first blog till now.  Thank you for your patience!

It has been a little over two years since I took a break from my business and to come back and have so many past clients come back to get services from us was so wonderful.  And as if that wasn’t amazing enough, many more pet parents and their fur-babies joined our Wiggily Waggily family as new clients this summer.  That was just the icing on the cake.  I am so grateful for each and everyone of you.  All I can say is – Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Here’s a little clip of some of the wonderful pets we took care of this summer.  Enjoy!