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Back with news and updates!

It’s been a while, but we are back with some great news!

First of all, thank you to our wonderful community for voting us as Toronto Pet Daily’s Best Food and Supply Store for 2010!

Cosmopawlitan: Best Pet Food and Supply Store

Second of all, we invite you to join us for our upcoming March special:

  • Luck o’ the Irish – Visit us wearing something green on March 17, and get 10% off your purchase of $10* or more (pre-tax) that day!

We would also like to invite our readers to our Facebook page! Here you can access the LATEST in Cosmopawlitan news. You don’t need an account (unless you want to leave a comment – we love hearing from you!). This page contains information on our newest Toronto Cat Rescue cat that we are housing (could you be their forever home?), pet photos, monthly events and pet-related news of interest.

Thanks for stopping in, and we hope to see you soon in our shop to check out our latest products!

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Whatta Pup! Classes start August 29th

WhattaPup! classes at Cosmopawlitan

5 weekly classes start on Sunday, August 29th.

Puppy Socialization group classes are for puppies age 9 – 16 weeks. This fun-filled five week Socialization Class prepares you for surviving and enjoying puppyhood with your new addition! Small breed class on Sundays at 11am; Medium/Large breed class on Sundays at 12:30pm.

Basic Training group classes are for dogs over 16 weeks. This five week Group Class covers all the basics you need in order to enrich your relationship with your pup and have a polite, well-mannered dog. Classes are on Sundays at 2:30pm and 4pm.

Spaces are very limited. Register online at www.whattapup.ca. Call 647-893-5580 or email info@whattapup.ca for more information.

Cat Harness and Leash Training

Cat on a leash

Spring is here, and why should dogs get to have all the outdoor fun? These days it’s common knowledge that it’s safer to keep your feline companion indoors, but there’s no reason your cat can’t do a little exploring outside with the proper apparel.

At Cosmopawlitan you’ll find a variety of cat harnesses (and leashes) because we love to see owners getting outdoors in a safe way with their meowing pals. Here are the most important things to remember when harness and leash training your kitty friend:

1. Get the right harness. Bear in mind that cats are escape artists. To make sure your cat can’t wriggle out of the harness and away from safety, get a proper “H” shaped harness and make sure it’s snug enough. To test this, you should be able to fit two fingers between their body and the harness. Naturally you can find this type of harness at Cosmo!

2. Go S-L-O-W-L-Y! I cannot stress this one enough. Let your cat see, sniff and play around with the harness for a few days so he/she gets the feel of it before you try putting it on. When you do put it on for the first time, be gentle and take your time. Try to distract your cat with toys or treats and only buckle it up if you’re not met with extreme resistance. Some resistance is normal. Your goal during this first process is to ease them into wearing the harness for a short time each day.

3. Through the whole process, use treats, toys and positive reassurance to make the experience a good one. When your cat appears relaxed while walking around the house with her new harness, it’s time to attach the (lightweight) leash. There’s no need to hold on to it yet, just let it drag behind her as she walks. Keep her mind occupied with a little bit of bribery and when she seems to be ignoring the leash, take hold and get ready to follow your kitty around the house.

4. Remember that walking a cat is not like walking a dog. You’ll be doing more walking alongside than leading. Just let your cat explore and sniff to her heart’s content. Follow along behind her with some slack on the leash and the two of you will have a great time.

5. Be safe. Your fenced in backyard is the best place for your kitty to wander, but barring that, a quiet, dog-free, grassy area close to your home is second best. And don’t forget to make sure your cat is up to date with all of her shots. Keep a close eye on her too, dogs aren’t the only ones who like to gobble up things they find on the ground!

6. Don’t force the outside world on your cat if they truly are excessively frightened. As much as you might think your cat is dying to get outdoors or constantly fawn over how cute she looks wearing her harness and leash, it’s pretty easy to tell if she’s happy with the idea or not. If she is visibly terrified and clearly wants to get back inside, take her back inside.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all cats will take to the harness and leash for various reasons, some are just too intimidated of the outdoors due to growing up inside and some just never get comfortable wearing the gear. Don’t get frustrated, if your cat is happy indoors then you should be too!

Happy Trails,
Cynthia

60% off Winter Apparel!

Every time we think “Finally! Winter is over,” Mother Nature catches up and tosses cold, wind and snow at us along the Harbourfront!

To help you get through the chilly dog walks, we are holding a Winter Special all week – from Saturday, February 20 to Sunday, February 28!

Cosmopawlitan Pet Boutique + Spa - Winter Apparel Sale

Purchase a winter coat at regular price, and enjoy 60% off a second winter apparel of equal or lesser value. While supplies last, so don’t delay before your size is gone!

Howl-O-Ween ’09 Recap

Thanks to everyone for coming out to celebrate “Howl-O-Ween” at Cosmopawlitan! We loved all of the fun and interesting costumes. The dogs had a great time making new friends too!

All of the participants:

A great array of costumes were presented, from a clown, to a giraffe, to a heroic firefighter, and more!

Prize Details:
First Place – Full Grooming session
Second Place – Full Day Pet Stay and Spa session

Drumroll please!

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2nd Place Tie: Congratulations to Oscar (mini dachshund) a.k.a. Daddy Cool and Musashi (yorkie) a.k.a. Giraffe!

1st Place: Congratulations to Olive and Otis from Where the Wild Things Are!

Howl-O-Ween Sale + Party

Howl-O-Ween Party at Cosmopawlitan

Okay, we know there are many of you out there who love to dress up your entire family for Halloween — including your pets!

Pet Halloween Costumes at Cosmopawlitan

You’re invited to our Howl-O-Ween Party on Saturday, October 31st! Make sure you have your costumes ready for our Costume Contest – there’s only one week left. We know some of you have already been working diligently on your costumes for a couple weeks.

If you’re still looking for a costume, drop by Cosmopawlitan this week because all of our Halloween costumes are 20% off. While your pet is trying on costumes, pre-register for our Costume Contest!

Howl-O-Ween Sale at Cosmopawlitan

We hope to see you soon!

Some Halloween Pet Tips:
1) If your pet is alright with wearing a costume, make sure it’s not on too loose or too tight, or restricting vision. Do not leave your costumed pet unsupervised.
2) Keep human goodies away from your pets! Chocolate is toxic to dogs, cats and ferrets.
3) Keep candy wrappers away too!
4) Make sure your pets are wearing ID tags, in case they escape from your care for any reason.

Anniversary Re-cap

Our One-Year Anniversary was so fun!

Thanks everyone for coming to check out our events and sale, enjoying cheese and crackers and cupcakes (no really, thank you! because otherwise I know what my week of next meals would be..) and showing your support to us. We have been learning constantly from you and the past year has been exciting, to say the least.

Thank you also to our wonderful staff for their enthusiasm, dedication and awesome conscientious work ethic.

Here are some highlights:

lucky black cat
This lucky black kitten finds a new forever home via Toronto Cat Rescue (link)

Cosmopawlitan cupcakes
Delicious custom cupcakes courtesy of Sweet Things TO (link)

new doggie friends
New doggie friends are made

Don French clicker training
Don French enraptures a crowd on Clicker Training! (also recommended for cats, rabbits and husbands)

raffle winner
On the winner’s podium: Donut takes home the prize

Thank you a million times over for being a part of our incredible journey this past year. Can’t wait to celebrate our second anniversary! But in the mean time, stay tuned for our Hallowe’en plans…