Photos with Santa!

Photos with Santa at Agway of Dennis

Turn Your Backyard into a Bird Haven

Create a haven in your backyard for our feathered friends by offering food, water, shelter and nesting sites.

• Food: Placing a wide variety of feeders and food around your backyard will attract the widest variety of wild birds. Research the best feeder types and the types of seed your favorite birds prefer. You can also consider plants that offer seeds, berries, sap and nectar for year round food. These plants can also act as a source for nesting materials. Popular foods to attract birds include seeds, fruits, insects, scraps, nuts, suet and nectar.
• Create a Water Source: Birds are attracted to the sound of dripping or moving water. You can use a birdbath or create a shallow pond with a fountain. Birds are attracted to the sound of moving water which may draw them from greater distances for a drink or bath. A mister or dripper can work as well.
• Offer Shelter: Birds feel secure if they have shelter to protect them from the elements and potential predators. Common bird shelters include trees, shrubs, brush piles and grassy areas. Provide shelter at different heights for birds that prefer both high and low shelters. Dense plant growth can be effective for smaller wild bird species. Trees and shrubs offer a place to raise their young.
• Nesting Sites: Different species nest in different places. Research birds you wish to attract to determine the types you should supply. If you are planning on placing nesting boxes, be aware that boxes with different hold sizes and shapes will attract different species. You can also provide nesting material such as string, yarn, small bits of cloth or anything similar a bird can use to build a nest.

Attracting wild birds can be an enjoyable hobby. The songs of birds are truly some of the most delightful sounds and the intense colors they bring to your backyard can be enjoyed year round by simply providing them with the essentials of food, water, shelter and nesting sites.

Wild Bird Night!

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Catch the Migration with our Annual Wild Bird Sales Flyer!

Agway of Cape Cod Annual Wild Bird Sales Flyer

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National Dog Week (Sept 21st – 25th)

National Dog Week

Posted by Jesse Padilla 

http://www.entirelypets.com/nationaldogweek.html

No plans for next week for you and your dog? Look no further, the 75th National Dog Week barks of this week running Sept. 19 through Sept. 25. This year’s theme is “Man’s Best Friend”, which is a great description of our relationship with dogs. It is a chance to get back on track and show how much you truly appreciate your dog this week.

2014 Top Dog of Cape Cod finalist 'Race' - Judy Hamer

2014 Top Dog of Cape Cod finalist ‘Race’ – Judy Hamer

 

2014 Top Dog of Cape Cod Finalist - Jennifer Kane

2014 Top Dog of Cape Cod Finalist – Jennifer Kane

National Dog Week was founded in 1928 by Captain Will Judy, a former publisher of Dog World Magazine and a dog judge. He created National Dog Week to educate all dog owners in their responsibilities to their pets and to their communities. The origin of “man’s best friend” is alleged to have come from a closing argument given by Sen. George Graham Vest. Vest was representing a man whose dog was shot and killed by a neighbor.

In his closing statement, Vest gave what has become the famous “Tribute to the American Dog.” The speech was so powerful that it won the case. Here is an excerpt from this famous speech that truly shows how much a dog means to his owner, “The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.” Definitely take the time out this week to give your dog the treatment that they deserve.

 

Here are some ways to help your dog enjoy the week!

2014 Top Dog of Cape Cod finalist - Jill Junda

2014 Top Dog of Cape Cod finalist – Jill Junda

• An easy way is to take 5 mins. off of your dog to play with them.

• Take them to the vet for a check-up. Make sure your
dog is up to date with their shots.

• Pamper them with some new toys or treats.

• Take some new photos for the photo album with
your dog and family.

• Host a party for all the dogs on the block or your friends’ dogs.

• Donate money or food.

• Invite local veterinarians and groomers to give
lectures on proper care.

• Organize informal dog shows at the local dog park.

• Adopt a dog from the local pet shelter  http://www.arlboston.org/capecod

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