My family is so excited to celebrate our first holiday season with our new puppy, Maizey. It will be here before I know it, so a trip to the best pet store in the area (and my favorite), is all we needed to prepare. We're regulars at Dogs and Cats Rule. Lol.

Even though it's getting cold outside, Maizey still loves chasing leaves, talking a walk, and just playing outside, so we had to make sure she was protected. We got her the cutest pink plaid winter fleece for all of her trips outside. They had a great selection. I wasn't sure what size to get her, but, with the amazing staff's help, we picked out just the right one, she tried it on, and we were good to go.

This is why I love shopping local. You can't try stuff on when you're shopping online and have a caring staff member help you every step of the way. I can't wait to go back to Dogs and Cats Rule and pick out something for Maizey to wear for our family Christmas card photo shoot. They have everything your pet could want or need for the holidays.

Speaking of the staff, I love every single one of them. They're so knowledgeable and friendly. They're all pet parents, too, so they get it. I had so many questions about Thanksgiving. They told me to keep her away from the traditional Thanksgiving meal. A little bit of turkey is ok, no sweet potatoes with pecans, and no pumpkin or pecan pie. Cooked bones are a no-no, too. They can splinter and get stuck in your furry friend's intestines.

Maizey was also off a little bit right after the recent time change, so I asked them if this was normal, and they said it was absolutely normal. Phew. Turning back the clocks affects your pets just as much as you. Your pet doesn’t know what time it is; they only know it’s time to eat.

I could brag about Dogs and Cats Rule all day. You should really experience it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Shop small, shop local, shop family. Shop the very best around, Dogs and Cats Rule. There are seven locations throughout the area. Click here to find the one nearest you. Don't forget they offer local home delivery and curbside pickup.