Pet Stories: Lucy and New Year’s Tips

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Lucy is an 11 month old Terrier mix. She's 63 pounds, so maybe a big terrier.

The RVSPCA’s volunteer photographers took her glamour shot for about 15 minutes, and say they absolutely fell in love with her. They say she has sweetheart in her DNA.

Lucy has been spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and heartworm tested.

For more information, call the Roanoke Valley SPCA at 339-WAGS, or https://rvspca.org/ .

The shelter will not be open to the public on Sunday (Christmas Eve) or Monday (Christmas Day.) Normal hours return Tuesday.

While Sylvie Peterson was in studio with Lucy, she also talked about how to keep our furry friends happy and safe during New Year’s parties.

Here’s what she had to say:

Preparing Your Pet for New Year's Celebrations

If you like to stay in and celebrate the New Year with family and friends in the comfort and safety of your home, make sure to remember your furry family member.

Humans love to party and the holidays are like one big month-long party. For pets, celebrating can be a stressful time. There may be lots of music and talking, as well as the loud noise makers at the stroke of midnight. Not to mention all of the food and alcohol consumption that will be going on.

Remember your pet's happy place - Most pets have a spot that they go to when they are stressed, maybe a favorite bed or blanket, or just being by your side. It is not uncommon for your pet to soil when it is stressed, so try not to scold or reprimand your pet if it is anxious. If your pet is showing stress during the festivities, remember to help them de-stress in their happy place.

Food and Alcohol - Alcohol is a BIG no-no for your pets in any form, including foods. Keep them far away from your pets, and watch for spilled drinks. Don't forget about foods that are dangerous for your pets too.

Party supplies - Most have shiny parts that are attractive to both cats and dogs and offer a big enticement for chewing and eating. Keep those out of reach of your pets and be sure to clean it all up before you hit the sack.

Keep your Pet Indoors - Some people set off fireworks as we ring in 2018, so keep your pets inside if at all possible. Be sure that your pet is microchipped and wearing a tag on it's collar.

Going Out - If you plan to party away from your home, be sure you have a safe way to get home if you imbibe. You have someone waiting for you!