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The Best Gift Ideas For Dog Lovers

Posted on: December 1st, 2017 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Organic Wool Dog Sweater with sequin Skull and Crossbones- perfect for Gasparilla!


By Cindy Alridge, Our Dog Friends

For many dog lovers, pets are just as important as family members. When the holidays roll around, then, it’s important to remember those pets and how much they’re loved when it’s time to shop for gifts. The good news is that there are tons of great gift ideas for pet owners, from toys and treats to ways for them to keep their animals safe and comfortable.

The key is to think about what your loved one may need; have they recently moved into a new home that their pet is still getting used to? Is the animal getting up there in years? If so, he might appreciate a comfy bed to rest on. If your loved ones are away from home for much of the day, they might appreciate a way to check in on their pets to make sure they’re safe and happy, such as a camera that will allow them to monitor the animal’s movements.

For more great gift ideas, keep reading.

Make it personal

Many dog owners are proud of their pets and want to share their love of this animal to the world. Check out Etsy, where you can find a ton of awesome, handmade items your dog-lover will go crazy for. There’s everything from personalized food and water bowls to scarves bearing different dog breeds, so take your time and peruse the site to find the perfect gift.

Get eco-friendly

 Reducing our carbon footprints is easier than ever now that so many companies are jumping on board and making eco-friendly products, and that includes items for pets. Consider looking for a sturdy but collapsible water bowl for the pet owner who likes to go hiking, or a hemp-filled toy that will keep their dog happy and busy. You can also find organic treats for the pups that are good for their tummies and aren’t filled with processed ingredients. For more ideas on how to make your gift eco-friendly, check out this article.

Think safety

Most pet owners are keen to keep their animals safe, so what better gift to give than that of safety? There are several ideas to choose from, whether it’s a dog tracker, a pet monitoring system to help the owners check in on their pets during the day, or a large crate that will give the animal room to move around in when he has to be contained. Crate size is important, especially for larger dogs; it needs to be big enough for them to stand, turn around, and lie down in comfortably. For more info on finding the perfect play pen, here’s the one we use at the shop, or if you need a crate, read on here.

A carefully curated box of goodies


 Even dogs love to get mail, so think about buying your animal-loving friend a subscription to a curated box of goodies that might include treats, toys, and adorable accessories. There are various sizes of bundles, so you can choose the one with the right price for your budget. Check out this site for more details.

Get unique

Pets are as unique as their owners, and they deserve things that show off their personalities, so check out Uncommon Goods for gift ideas that any pet owner would love. There’s everything from cute toys to bedding to practical items, such as a textured bathing glove.

The holidays can be a stressful time, but you can take the worry out of gift-giving by sticking to this guide. Look for unique items that fall within your budget and find out what your loved ones need before committing to any one gift; that way, you can be sure they’ll love it.

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What is causing my dog’s allergies?

Posted on: August 18th, 2017 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

Let food heal them, By Angie Ardolino

A pet grooming and boarding facility like Beautify the Beast sees a fair share of furry friends every day and often times the ailments they suffer. Recently, we’ve seen many dogs with allergy symptoms like yeast infections, swollen paw pads, rashes, and runny eyes. After years of research and speaking with several vets, food seems to be the main cause of irritation for many canines.

Now finding nutritious chow is the tricky part. Dog food producers, like producers of human food, often use ambiguous terms like “natural” and “healthy” to draw your attention. So the first step when in search of dog food is skipping all the fancy labels on the front and looking at the nutrition panel. Studies have shown that certain ingredients more commonly cause allergies. Here’s a list of the worst:

  1. beef
  2. pork
  3. dairy products
  4. chicken
  5. rabbit
  6. lamb
  7. fish
  8. chicken eggs
  9. corn
  10. wheat
  11. soy

That’s right, BEEF! Not only are these the most common allergy-causing ingredients, they’re also the most commonly used in inexpensive, corn-based dog foods found on store shelves. Did you know that animal protein, while a good source of essential nutrients, should only make up about 10 percent of your dog’s diet? So don’t be deceived by brands that offer beef, chicken, and lamb as the first ingredients or number one protein source.

Unlike cats, dogs are omnivores. Which means they can survive on a balanced, diverse plant and/or animal diet. After searching years for a nutrient-packed, plant-based dog food, I stumbled on author and farm advocate Gene Baur’s recommendation of V-Dog. All four of my dogs (Nina the 4 year-old Doberman, Odie the 10 year-old Toy Schnauzer, Jolene the 3 year-old mixed breed, and my foster Hercules the 13 year-old Miniature Pincher) love V-Dog. To keep the food interesting for my dogs, I’ll often add farm fresh eggs from my chickens (with the shell), or sautéed spinach with garlic in coconut oil or veggies and fruits like apples, carrots, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes.

Beautify the Beast is an authorized seller of V-Dog. We carry small and large sized bags, V-Dog dog treats, and other unique items. If you’d like more information or would like to switch your dog to V-Dog, call us at 813-949-1288, email, or stop by Beautify the Beast (1900 Land O’Lakes Blvd in Lutz, 33549).

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Preparing for the Right Family Pet

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by Angela Ardolino No Comments

For many homes, pets are extended parts of the family with their own toys, beds and clothes. But making the decision to introduce a new pet into your home can be a daunting one, especially when it involves kids. There are many great things and teachable moments about having a new pet but many people, mostly your kids, don’t realize the amount of work that will go into raising a well-trained, member of the family.

Whether it be training, responsibilities, animal-related chores or other tasks that come along with a new pet, your family will need to be prepared for what comes along with the joys of having a family pet.

Have the Talk

Before making the decision to bring a new pet into the house, sit down with the entire family to discuss what having a new pet will entail. Make it clear that everyone will have responsibilities and be accountable for the safety and well-being of the animal. You’ll also want to decide how big an animal your family can handle, if your house and yard are prepared for an animal and what breed of animal suits your family best. According to, it is important to consider many things before choosing a pet, including how much time and money you can dedicate to the pet. Just as you wouldn’t want a large dog in a small apartment with no yard, you also wouldn’t want a pet with health problems if you aren’t financially able to pay for a vet.

When choosing the breed, make sure to take into account animal temperament and family allergies among other things. Some dogs, like Miniature Schnauzers and Spanish Water Dogs, are hypoallergenic breeds that can help to alleviate some people’s allergies, according to Of course, everyone’s allergies are different so check with your family physician about your choice to get an animal.

Create a Responsibility Chart

Once your entire family is on board and understands what comes along with getting a new pet, you’ll want to establish a chart of responsibilities which will explain who is in charge of what task and when, according to the  Humane Society. Some jobs to include are feeding, bathing, walking and training. Consider creating a rotating chart so that everyone has a new job each month. This will not only keep it exciting and fresh each month, but will prepare your kids to care for their own pets as they get older.

Don’t forget that your family will have to relinquish some personal time to care for the animal so choose wisely. If your family is willing to spend an hour outdoors each day training and walk a dog, you may want to consider a larger breed like Doberman. If your family is often busy and can’t devote as much time to caring for an animal, you may want to consider a more self-reliant animal like a cat or fish.


“Crate training has been proven to be the fasted and most effective way to housebreak a puppy”, says  Cheri Lucas of Because your new pet’s instinct is to avoid being near its own waste, they’ll make every attempt to not soil their crate. When choosing a crate you’ll want to pick one that is large enough for your pet to stand up, turn and stretch out.  If your pet is expected to grow large, purchase a crate with a moveable wall that can be pushed back as your pet gets older. Think of the crate as your pet’s home where they can relax and sleep at night.

The most important part of training is consistency. Discuss with the family what the new pet is and is not allowed to do and act like. And make sure that when the animal makes a mistake, you quickly call the attention of the animal to the mistake and sternly say “No!”. Your animal will quickly learn that what they’ve done is wrong and unacceptable. As long as you remain consistent in what the animal is and is not allowed to do your new pet will learn quickly.

Introducing a new pet into the home is a family affair. Although it can be hectic and exciting at the beginning make sure the entire family is onboard and ready for a new household member. Just like people, your new pet will seek approval and love from you and want to spend as much time with your family as possible.

Don’t forget to check out our Pet Guide for all of the best pet products and information at

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