December is all about holiday joy.

December is all about holiday joy. This month brings family and friends closer together. The addition of family, friends and a few new belongings have a special place in the heart of all! This month we are giving you some tips on a great holiday season! Bringing home that special holiday gift is on everyone’s list to accomplish this year, but bringing home that special holiday pet is something that should be considered by all members of the family.

ALWAYS ADOPT- Southern California animal shelters are full of adoptable purebred and mixed breed cats and dogs looking for their forever homes. Many of these pets will not get a second chance at life. Rescuing a shelter pet is something many families do throughout the year, but special circumstances surround the holidays. For example, many shelters have a home for the holiday programs so you can take your potential new pet on a foster basis to see how they fit with your existing family members. Also, many adoption fees are lowered or even removed around the holidays. That doesn’t mean that adopting a pet is cheap. Please make sure you have all the resources necessary to keep a pet for years to come!

Add some love to your pet this holiday!

Try this recipe from Martha Stewart Online! 

Show your four-legged friend some love with these tasty homemade dog treats, or give them as gifts in cute tins to your friends and family members with pets!


Makes about 5 dozen

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/4 cup brewer’s yeast

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil

1/2 cup low-sodium canned chicken stock, plus more for brushing


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, yeast, and salt; set aside

2. Place oil in a large bowl. Add stock and flour mixture in three alternating batches, beginning and ending with stock. Mix well.

3. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about 3/8-inch thick. Shape biscuits using a dog-bone-shaped cookie cutter or by cutting around a store-bought dog bone with a butter knife. (Make biscuits that are appropriate for your dog’s size.)

4. If desired, you can spell out your dog’s name or a holiday message in the dough with a toothpick (wet the toothpick first so it won’t stick).

5. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

6. Bake biscuits 10 minutes. Brush with stock; rotate baking sheets, and bake 10 minutes more. Turn off the oven, leaving the door closed. Let dog biscuits stand in the oven to dry completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Wrap as a gift, or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

From our family to your American Grooming Academy hopes everyone and their furry friends have a happy and safe holiday!

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