Thanksgiving Foods Are Dangerous to Pets

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

fall-cornucopiaGetting out all those harvest decorations and making those plans for a big Thanksgiving Day feast? That’s great! And, and leftover Halloween candy? Never share it with your pets because it’s potentially harmful to them. And that’s my not-at-all-clumsy transition to talking about Thanksgiving Day food and your pets—because this food is often dangerous to animals and many people aren’t aware of it! Your pets may come begging for some of that delicious food you and your family and friends are eating, but many of those food items aren’t safe for them.

(Dear all dogs, cats, and other household animals who may be reading this: No, I’m not spoiling your fun by telling humans to avoid giving you all those tasty treats you can smell on the dinner table. This is truly for your health and safety.)

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Olive’s Halloween Safety for Pets

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

olive-pumpkinI love Halloween! It’s true that I’m not a black cat, I’m a black dog, and maybe that doesn’t seem as spooky for the season. But I’ve discovered that over in England, “black dogs” are famous types of ghosts who haunt creepy crossroads and crumbling castles, and they have neat names like “Padfoot” and “Barghest.” Arthur Conan Doyle used these black dog legends for his Sherlock Holmes novel The Hound of the Baskervilles, and…

Okay, I’m getting off topic. The point is, I love Halloween and so do a lot of pets. But … you need to make sure your furry family members stay safe during this time of year, because there are some potential hazards. And they don’t include spectral ghost dogs. I’ve taken some tips from Pet MD and the ASPCA for Halloween Pet Safety:

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Olive Celebrates Presidents’ Day with Presidential Pets

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

english-bulldogWe’re coming up on the last of the three major special days celebrated in February. We already passed Groundhog Day (as an HVAC dog I’m a bit wary about other mammals claiming they can predict the weather; I say “Be ready for anything!”). This week is Valentine’s Day. Next up is Presidents’ Day, which is a combined celebration of the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. You can read a short history of this holiday, but what I’m really interested in talking about today is Presidential Pets.

Although not every head of our Executive Branch has kept a furry friend in the White House, there have been many animal pals to have taken residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Olive’s Holiday Safety Tips for Pets

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

santa-oliveIt’s that time of year again. Yep, the time when I put on a Santa Hat and pose for adorable photos!

It’s also the time when you need to make sure that your heating system is in the best working condition. So if you notice problems with your furnace, don’t wait around until your whole house of sisters, cousins, aunts, and uncles are freezing. Give our experts a call, and they will be there to get your heater back in order in Alcoa, TN or wherever you live in Blount County.

It’s also the time of year when I give some important advice about protecting your pets during the holidays. It’s no coincidence that baby Jesus was surrounded by animals in the manger: animals play an important part in our lives, and it’s up to us to keep them safe during a season that’s filled with crowded homes, food that isn’t safe for them, and dangerous chilly weather.

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It’s That Time of Year… What Leftovers NOT to Feed Your Pet at Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

I both love and dread writing this post each year about being cautious with leftovers and your pets during Thanksgiving. On the one hand, I love that it can do a lot of good for people and animals. It feels great to know that I, an HVAC professional dog, might help save a few pets’ lives. But I also kind of dread it because I get… so… hungry writing it! And I know that I can’t have most of this food because… well, I’m about to get into that.

I didn’t come up with these Thanksgiving “no-nos” myself, however. This is information coming from the vet-authored and vet-approved site PetMD. With their assistance, I’ve listed some of the leftover items you shouldn’t give to your pet if she comes a’begging during the holidays:

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Olive’s Halloween Safety Tips for Pets!

Monday, October 24th, 2016

It’s easy to go online and find tips for keeping kids safe during Halloween. But there aren’t enough for how to keep pets safe… and I want to remedy that. Safety is always on my mind because I’m an HVAC expert dog and I work with heating and cooling professionals who make safety their number one concern on any job they do. This makes me especially qualified to address pet safety concerns during the season. (Another qualification: I’m a dog.)

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A Salute to Labor Day and the Hard Work of the MKRA Team!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Ah, it’s September! My sensitive nose can sniff out the cooler breezes on air, feel the changes in the weather coming… and that means I’m almost ready to shift from “Olive the Air Conditioning Dog” to “Olive the Heating Dog.” However, I’ve decided to put off the seasonal switch for one more week, and instead reflect on Labor Day. It’s a holiday that doesn’t receive the attention it really deserves.

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Thanksgiving Tip: Holiday Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

I’m a comfort dog. That’s my job. I pop onto this blog every week and give you advice about the best way to stay comfortable in your home, come rain, shine, or snow. But I think about a lot of other things aside from heating and air conditioning. Not surprisingly, one of the things I think about most is food! I love food!

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