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Save the date! Holiday Festival – November 11!

October 13, 2018

Get ready for the third year of fun, celebrating the Holidays for a cause!

We will have live music, baked goods, Santa pictures for the whole family, including your dogs, beautiful Thanksgiving baskets and Holiday shopping!

All that in a beautiful historic mansion – The Pierce House – in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Come celebrate the Holidays with Phinney’s!


Dog Friendly Fall Fun

October 8, 2018

20180924_112015.jpgCrisp morning air, rust colored leaves underfoot…autumn is officially here and it’s full of fun activities for dog lovers! From baking to costume parades, below is a sample of ideas to help inspire you and your four legged friends this season!

Apple Picking

The aroma of freshly baked pie might be one of the best ways to kick start the season. Though rare, it is possible to find dog friendly pick your own fruit farms in the New England area. Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, Ma is a good example. Nashoba welcomes well behaved leashed dogs in their scenic orchard and picnic area. As if that’s not enough, dog moms/dads can also enjoy some handcrafted wine samples. This venue is well worth the 45 minute drive from Boston!

Bake Doggie Treats

Now what to do with all those apples? A quick google or Pinterest search will give you plenty of recipe ideas. As you might expect homemade dog treat recipes are plentiful this time of year. They often don’t require more than a handful of ingredients, many of which can be found in any kitchen. This recipe found at , is a favorite in our household. It’s easy to prepare and consistently passes the taste test with my picky pup. Shape your treats into bones, dog paws or even maple leaves. These treats can be bagged up and make excellent gifts as well!

Take a Hike

The mild temperatures and beautiful foliage make this season optimal for hiking adventures. It’s no longer so hot you’ll worry about your furbaby overheating but is still warm enough to skip the extra layers yourself.  Happily, in the Boston area we can find so many great places to explore. Just 20 minutes outside Boston, the Blue Hills Reservation of Milton offers trails for every skill level. Pack some of those homemade snacks for your hiking companion and make a day of it. The Middlesex Fells Reservation is another great spot with trails starting in several towns including Medford and Stoneham. In addition to the cute pup photo ops at Wright’s tower and the Panther Cave, The Sheepfold area of the Fells includes an off leash dog park. For a much lighter hike, Cat Rock Park found in Weston is a unique off leash Dog Park with mostly level trails leading to a pond. Dogs of all sizes are sure to get a good workout chasing, fetching and swimming the day away!

Make It a Beach Day

Beaches are closed for the season and that means it is open season for canines at many Massachusetts beaches. Watching dogs chase waves and dig in the sand can provide much comic relief. Plus that sea air is so good for everyone! On September 15th, Castle Island in Boston entered off season and north of Boston, Crane Beach of Ipswich will welcome dogs on October 1st. Just be sure to check out the beach websites before heading over as there may be restrictions in certain areas.

Halloween Festivities

Does your dog love dressing up for Halloween? Maybe not but that’s no reason to miss the Annual Halloween Pet Parade held at Faneuil Hall in Boston on October 27th! You can register ahead of time at Eventbrite if you wish to have your pet considered for the costume contest. Of course for the true Halloween enthusiasts, no fall season is complete without a trip to Salem. Among the lengthy list of Salem’s October activities is the Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade on October 13th. Check out for more details. Both parades include various prizes and additional dog friendly activities. 


Have a fun and safe season!

Buddy Dog’s Woofstock Festival: A Quick Recap!

October 8, 2018

Phinney’s Friends raised $926 dollars at Buddy Dog’s Woofstock festival held on Sept. 22, 2018, in Hudson, MA. That was our best Woofstock day ever! This year, our tent offered brand-new pet items such as leashes, collars and jackets as well as holiday outfits and new toys at a discount.

Our volunteers enthusiastically helped people sort through bins and try items on their dogs – a true team effort.  Our new volunteer Alyssa Cohen attracted donations with her colorful spinning wheel, giving out pet treats, candy and cookie prizes, and talking about Phinney’s all day.

“I’m so grateful to have found such a wonderful group to volunteer with and to be meeting such fantastic people in the process,” said Alyssa. “So glad it was a successful event, and I am looking forward to the next one. Thank you so much, everyone, for such a great experience!”

“There is always a lot of work to do for this event,” added Phinney’s Vice-president Judy Bell. “I’m so very grateful that I had everyone’s support as I certainly couldn’t have done it myself. Our faithful volunteers deserve an award!”

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Oh, Ethel!

September 24, 2018

unnamedEthel joined Weldon’s cat family of Lucy and Ricky 10 years ago, at just 2 months old. It was clear this Calico was the new star of this sitcom. While Ricky warmed up to Ethel’s antics, Lucy couldn’t be bothered. Ethel and Ricky’s friendship can best be depicted by the piggyback rides Ricky would grant Ethel. Ricky and Lucy have since passed away, and now Ethel rules the entire house.

Her strong personality and quirks are entirely her own. Ethel was a present during the holidays, so wrapping paper quickly became a household staple, and a vessel for her catnip.

Weldon understands Ethel’s demands clearly. Each morning she requires:

  • 30 minutes of focused cuddles,

  • 3 cookies while his tea is made,

  • 1 fingertip of wet food with her asthma and allergy medicine,

  • and 7 crackers while she watches the birds from the window sill.

The day finishes with another 30 minutes of dedicated snuggle time before Weldon turns out the lights.

Ethel reciprocates with great affection and often listens when told her limits in the yard. However, she will let you know if she’s unhappy, and give you “the eye.”

Since 2011, Phinney’s Friends has been supporting Ethel and Weldon’s strong bond, providing cat food and veterinary care. Perhaps there’s a Fred in their future?

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A Quarter-Century of Care

August 31, 2018

Though much loved, Susan’s 13-pound, 12-year Siamese Ace–named after his human great-grandfather who was a card shark–can be little difficult to take care of sometimes.  He suffers from diabetes and asthma and needs to get his medications of insulin and prednisone administered to him daily.  All four of his paws are double-pawed, which also means he needs a special (very expensive!) pellet-like litter.

Fortunately for Susan, Phinney’s has her (and Ace’s!) back—and they have for more than 25 years.

“25 years?!“ you say? That’s right. Susan is Phinney’s longest-running client.


A quarter of a century ago, Susan heard of an animal welfare organization with a funny name from her vet. Susan had been having trouble affording the care for her pets, and she reached out to Phinney’s in hopes that they would be able to assist her. What began as a simple financial assist blossomed into a partnership where Phinney’s had the great pleasure of helping Susan care for several beloved pets. Over the years, we have provided her not just with financial assistance, but also pet care (including litter box cleaning and nail trims), and client care, where we give advice and provide emotional support.

“I could not have had my pets if it weren’t were for Phinney’s … it’s just been wonderful because I’m on a fixed income and having Phinney’s has really changed my life. I am really, really grateful.”

Now, Susan relies on Phinney’s to help with the regal-looking, but high-maintenance, Ace. “He’s very hardy and healthy, and as long as he’s on his medications, he’s just fine,” says Susan.  “But the fact that he’s high-needs has made Phinney’s a life-saver for me.”

Phinney’s is thrilled to have been able to impact Susan and Ace’s lives in such a positive way. And Phinney’s can continue to do so—with your help. Ace is in need of a Pet Godparent and would love your support. If you’d like to adopt Ace as your godcat, let us know!

The Yummy Guide To Pet-Safe Treats You Can Make At Home

August 31, 2018

Who likes treats? We do! What about you and your furry friends? We all like to have a treat once in a while, so why not whip up a healthy homemade treat for your 4-legged friend today? Whether you have a dog or a cat, we’ve got some recipes for you. And if you’re not a whiz in the kitchen we’ve got some one ingredient treats too!

Doggy Bags

We couldn’t write a story about dog treats without including some peanut butter based recipes. For those warmer days, how about a Peanut Butter Pup-sicle? With only 3 ingredients, you don’t even need to go to the store for this one.  Grab some silicone molds to make some fun shapes or simply use a baking sheet. If your pup isn’t into chilled treats, try a Peanut Butter Crunchie for a cookie-style treat instead. Just watch out because human family members might think the treats are for them!

If there’s a peanut allergy in the house, or if your dog doesn’t like peanut butter, try Sweet Potato Jerky instead. If you’ve got some sweet potatoes and a couple of hours then you can make this one.

Not into cooking? You can still provide healthy snacks for your dog. Many dogs love baby carrots, bananas, or apples.


Okay, there’s no catsup or ketchup here. How about some Kitty Croutons instead. With tuna and catnip in them, your cat is sure to love them. For a tuna-free treat, try making Chewy Cat Treats instead. This tender recipe uses baby food to achieve a softer consistency which some cats prefer. If your cat likes to eat grass, she might enjoy “Better than Grass” Salad for Cats, with sweet potatoes, spinach and more in it.

No kitchen skills? Buy a cat grass plant and let your cat enjoy the freshest treat around.

Once you’ve prepared one of these tasty treats for your pup or kitty, feel free to experiment with the ingredients he or she likes best. Be sure to check the list of foods to avoid before swapping in new ingredients; check with your vet to make sure the treats will fit into your pet’s special diet if need be.

Although it can take a little longer than opening a package of milk bones, nothing beats a homemade treat for your pet, especially since you know exactly what’s going into them: healthy ingredients and a whole lot of love!

Seeking auction items for Paws for the Holidays Festival on November 11th at Pierce House in Lincoln

August 31, 2018

Phinney’s annual Paws for the Holidays Festival is fast approaching!  This signature event—a favorite of volunteers and clients alike—is your one -stop destination for holiday fun, featuring delicious food, gift baskets, pet toys and clothes, artisanal crafts…and, of course, the silent auction!

We’re currently seeking items for the silent auction, and we’d love your help. We’re in need of both big-ticket and small-ticket items. Here are some examples of past auction items that have been great hits:

  • hotel getaway weekends
  • tickets to amusement parks
  • ski lift passes
  • summer cabin usage
  • gift cards to restaurants, salons, book stores, grocery stores, repair shops

You can also donate your own services, such as photography sessions, tech support sessions, music and tennis lessons, pet grooming, vet services, etc.

What do you do once you have the auction item? Let us know by contacting us at

We are so grateful for your help!