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Seat Belt Strap Dog Car Leash

03-10-2017 by 4Paws

Do you tie your dog with it's leash when you take him/her for a ride in the car?  Does your dog like to put it's head out the window? Are you afraid your dog will escape when you open your car door or back?

If you say yes to any of these questions we might have the solution for you.  4 Paws Resort & Spa are now carrying the Seat Belt Leash which was created as a Safety feature to keep your little or big dog SAFE while driving in your car.  It works great with a harness (which is the safest combination for your dog as it pulls from the chest and not the the neck or trachea area) or attached to your dogs collar.

Features of the Seat Belt Strap Leash

  • Easy Plug in Seat Belt Connector on one end - fits most vehicles
  • Heavy Duty Snap Hook one the other end, hooks onto any d-ring on harnesses or collars
  • 1 inch wide heavy duty super strong non-fray woven polyester
  • Length adjustable from 13 inch to 23 1/2 inch long, allowing your dog the freedom to move as much as YOU want. more

Category: Store

Rags to Riches for Lucy

03-09-2017 by 4Paws

In late 2015 we where asked if our rescue Life 4 Paws could help find Lucy a new forever home.  Her owner had just split with her boyfriend and moved back home where Lucy was not welcomed by the other dogs in the household.  Lucy was under a year and had so far lived a sheltered life in an apartment, she did not like men much.  Life 4 Paws said yes and worked with Lucy and her shyness and overcoming her fear of men.  

She was boarded at 4 Paws Resort & Spa and we soon found out she was very active.  She can jump as high if not higher than a door and run like a greyhound even though she is as small as a whippet.  In mid 2016 one of Life 4 Paws young volunteers offered to foster Lucy during her school break and we hoped that this would be a foster failure and Lucy would find her forever home.  Sadly Lucy was far to active for them keep her.  In September of 2016 Lucy had another chance of a forever home with a family with a small kid, though we talked with them and told them that Lucy needed structure and consistency and they acknowledged this the adoption did not work out.  Lucy was again looking for her forever home.  

Our volunteers took her to the off leash park where there is an agility course and Lucy went through the course on her own.  She also enjoyed the space to really run.  At the beginning of February 2017 an old foster contacted us looking to foster and maybe adopt we showed them a couple of dogs including Lucy and they picked Lucy.  We gave them a crate and told them what we knew about her and her needs.  

On 3/6/17 Lucy became officially a part of the Murphy family.  Life 4 Paws is over the moon for Lucy - have an amazing life with your new family more

Category: Life 4 paws

Puppy Cut

02-25-2017 by 4Paws

What is a puppy cut There isn’t a consistent right way to do a “puppy cut.” There are many – many variations!

What is YOUR first thought when you hear this term?


The puppy cut is one of the most popular haircuts. It works well on a wide variety of pets. From Shih Tzus to Doodles. From Pomeranians to Bichons. Almost any breed that grows longer coat can be done in this easy-to-care for style.

Yet, the puppy cut is also the most misunderstood haircut in grooming salons around the country. Why? There are no clear directions of what this trim actually is or how it should be done. It’s left up to individual personal interpretation by owners, groomers, or talented pet stylists.

The puppy cut started out as a trim style for Poodles. The puppy cut is a specific trim used on young Poodles in the dog show world. Once the puppy turns a year-old, they are put into the elaborate adult haircut for the conformation ring.

Today, the term “puppy cut” is used very loosely. It can apply to a wide variety of different breeds. It’s highly adaptable to any size of dog. Coats can be curly, wavy, or straight. Almost any purebred or mixed breed that grows hair looks appealing in a “puppy cut.”

Essentially, the puppy cut is one length all over and fluffy (just like a puppy). The most common length is between 1-2 inches over the body, legs, tail, head, and ear. Essentially, the puppy cut is one length all over. The most common length is between 1-2 inches over the body, legs, tail, head, and ears.  Everything is soft and plush, like a fluffy puppy.

The term “puppy cut” can be tricky. In some circles the puppy cut can also be known as the “teddy bear trim”, “summer cut”.  Generally, the only things that change between theses trims are the names and the length of coat. more

Category: Grooming

Cats Incredible Cat Litter - Lucy Pet Products - Lavender & Unscented

02-05-2017 by 4Paws

Ammonia is a major cause of litter box odor. It’s toxic to your cat and to you. Our patent-pending Smell Squasher™ technology actually prevents ammonia from forming in the litter box. Cats Incredible ™ Litter for Cats works so well, “Your Friends Won’t Know You Have Cats! ™” 

We use a super-premium sodium bentonite clumping clay from the USA which produces firm, easy-to-scoop clumps and is 99.9% dust-free. Our Lavender formula includes a light lavender scent. We DO NOT use a heavy fragrance (like most brands) to cover up the ammonia smell in the litter box because ammonia won’t ever form. Veterinarian Approved. Non-toxic, safe for cats and kittens. Beautiful, patent-pending cat shaped bag with two ergonomic handles and a side spout that makes it easy to pour. Features front and back of “Ricky the Rescue Cat”. This bag is recyclable and non-pollutant, so please recycle when finished.

We sell the 25lb bag and 14lb bags of Lavendar and Unscented more

Category: Store

Dew Claws

02-05-2017 by 4Paws

Dogs have a toenail located on the inside part of their front leg that’s called a dew claw. Your groomer will know if your dog has a dew claw or not when they are grooming your dog and will clip it at the same time the rest of the dog’s toenails are trimmed. If this nail is left untrimmed, it can cause pain and damage to the dog’s leg. Some dog breeds have dew claws on their back legs as well.


Because a dog’s dew claw is located up on his leg, when he walks through the grass in the morning before the dew has vanished, the claw skims along the top of the grass. And that’s how the dew claw got its name.


Not all dogs are born with dew claws, some only have the toenail on the front leg and other breeds have them on all four legs. Some breeds can have two dew claws on one or more legs. When a dog has a double claw on a leg, it’s called polydactyl. Some dog breeds are required to have back dew claws if they are being shown in the ring because it’s part of the standard for that breed. The dew claw is attached to the leg with muscle and bone, although not all dew claws have bone in them. Sometimes the toe is attached loosely to the leg and when the dog runs, the toenail can become caught and easily torn. The back dew claw may need to be removed if it’s loose or has been torn to avoid more injury to the dog’s back feet Since most companion dogs do not use or need this claw it is advisable to have them removed therefore reducing the risk that it will get caught on something and cause injury to your dog.


Some rare dog breeds like the Basenji, the New Guinea Singing Dog and the Catahoula Leopard Dog are able to climb trees almost as well as a cat, and they use their dew claws to grasp the tree bark as they climb. Other dogs bred to hunt have also been known to climb trees after their quarry has been treed.


If you decide not to remove the dew claw it must be trimmed on a regular basis even if your dog’s other nails do not need to be trimmed. Because of the position of the claw, left untrimmed, it can curve down so much it becomes ingrown and puts the dog at risk for infection. Most dew claws are not down far enough on the dog’s leg to make contact with the ground which gives the nail no way to be worn down naturally. It’s important to keep these claws trimmed regularly, especially back ones. Left untrimmed, the quick will also grow longer which will make it harder to keep the toenails properly trimmed. Dew claws that are too long can make it easier for the dog to catch one in the brush when he’s running around outside while working or playing. This can result in a torn toe.


For most dogs, the dew claw serves no particular purpose, more

Category: Nail Trimming