Dog Tag, Microchip or Both?

Should I get a dog tag, microchip or both? Picture this, you’re at home going about your business when your cell phone rings. You look at the screen and you don’t have the number of the person calling. After a few seconds of contemplating, you decide to answer the call. “Hello?” you answer   sans enthusiasm. In response you hear “My name is so and so and I believe I have your dog Fido.” At that point you freeze, run to the back yard and for sure find the gate ajar! Someone found your dog! That’s good news, but the not so good news is that too many dogs never become reunited with their pet parents because they are not protected with a dog tag or microchip! [Read more…]

Dental Dog Treats

Dental Dog Treats and Chews your Dog Can’t Live Without

Dental Dog TreatsIs your dog an active chewer? I hope so! This sentiment may perplex you, but let me explain.  I’m not saying that I want your dog to chew on your sofa cushions or your favorite tennis shoes! I want your dog to sink his teeth into some dental treats or chews! The simple act of chewing can prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar.  Aside from bad breath, plaque and tartar can cause serious problems for your dog’s health! In fact, according to webmd, “Dental problems in dogs can lead to loss of appetite and broken or lost teeth, and it may even damage other organs if bacteria get into the bloodstream through diseased gums”.  That’s a mouthful, wouldn’t you say? [Read more…]

“Treat” your Dog this Valentine’s Day

Valentine's dayJust as the doldrums of the uneventful winter months begin to set in, our hearts go a flutter as we realize Valentine’s Day is in within sight.  We begin planning special dinners, date nights and special treats to show our very special person just how much we love them.  Sometimes we forget about our most devoted and loving furry friend.  As your pet sitting professionals, we implore you – have you ever considered including your dog in on the day of love? It’s really quite simple to “treat” your dog this Valentine’s day!  [Read more…]

Halloween Dog Tips

Halloween dog tips4 Last Minute Halloween Dog Tips

Nobody likes to left out of the Tricks and Treats associated with Halloween; not even your dog!  Well, we’re here to let you know that you can get your Halloween on and bring Fido along, too!  However, you should adhere to a few safety measures to make sure that the night is fun for all involved.

  1. Know your dog. You might be thinking, “ummmm what?” Keep in mind how your dog most commonly reacts to unusual sights, sounds and pretty much just general unfamiliarity.  If he doesn’t appreciate a disturbance in his routine or any other change of pace for that matter, you might want to leave him home. It must also be noted that dogs will act out of character during times of stress.  A fearful dog can become a danger to himself and other people.  It only takes a moment for a fearful animal to bite a small child. Additionally, if you bring your dog out with you and he displays any signs of distress or anxiety, take him home.  Undue stress may result in health issues, a lost dog or even worse.

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Choosing the Best Pet Sitter

best pet sitterChoosing the BEST Pet Sitter for your End of Summer Vacation

Planning a summer vacation is loads of fun! Well, planning the getaway part is, anyway.  If you’re a pet parent, planning the particulars of who is going to watch your fur babies while you’re away tends to be the MOST stressful part.  In fact, some people actually opt not to vacation as often as they’d like to just because of the stress that comes with worrying about who will care for their pets in their absence.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  With a little planning and research, you can be on your way to that summer vacation you’ve been dreaming of all year. 

Choosing the best pet sitter just got easier! 

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Summer Beach Reads for Dog Lovers Everywhere

Summer beach readsSummer is in full swing!  If you love relaxing on the beach with a cold beverage and a good book in hand, it’s quite possible that you’re always on the hunt for another great summer beach read. If you’re reading this, you probably love your dog, too! So, we’ve come up with a few great beach reads specifically designed with you in mind. 

3 Summer Beach Reads – check them out! 

One Good Dog
by Susan Wilson

Adam March is blinded by his desire to succeed until he makes a mistake one day that will change the course of everything he has ever lived for and dreamed of.  Adam loses it all but becomes saved by a rescue dog that has experienced the horrors of being a fighting dog.  This is a story of friendship, loss and starting over.  [Read more…]

4th of July

4th of July4th of July is as American as apple pie; am I right? We all love celebrating our Nation’s Independence. After all, the founding of this country set the pace and tone, good and bad, for the America that we know today.  However, as we prepare to bring our friends and family together for a day of good times, good food and even better fireworks, we often times forget to prepare for our most beloved companions, our dogs.  So where do you begin?

Start by assessing whether or not your dog will be traumatized by any events of the day.  Is your dog sensitive to the sights and sounds relative to the 4th of July? Does he frighten easily? Does your dog get anxiety if you leave him alone while you are out celebrating? Does your dog stress out when you have a house full of guests?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have some preparing to do!

4th of July products that may bring some relief to your dog.

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Take Your Dog to Work Day

take your dog to work dayTake your dog to work day is Friday June, 23rd. We all love our dogs; that’s a given. On the other hand- let’s face it, you probably don’t love going to work nearly as much. Why not simply combine the two?

To celebrate our beloved furry companions and promote adoptions, Pet Sitters International created Take Your Dog to Work Day!

  • Support local pet communities
  • Experience the joys of pets in the workplace
  • Help pets in need
  • Promote pet adoptions


Take Your Dog to Work Day: Friday, June 23!

Don’t Overlook the Shelter Pets

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Disabled Pet Day

disabled pet dayDisabled Pet Day, or now known as Specially-Abled Pet Day is approaching. Mark your calendars and set a reminder on your phones for May the 3rd, as this day celebrates the National Specially-Abled Pets Day! Founder Colleen Paige originally started this international holiday under the name of National Disabled Pets Day, but has since been updated to reflect the most accurate description of these amazing pets.

These pets may need special assistance to account for their handicaps, but they are certainly not disabled! For instance, pets that are blind, deaf, or lacking one of their limbs are noticeably stronger in other areas to compensate for their loss. All they need are good owners who will welcome them and love them unconditionally. Is that person you? [Read more…]

Keeping your Dogs Safe

Keeping your dog safePoison Prevention Week: Keeping your Dog Safe

Keeping your dog safe is our goal; our dogs are like our children, they’re always finding ways to get into things that we could have sworn was out of their reach or locked away.  That’s why there’s a national holiday about raising awareness on poisons found in and around our homes that could harm our pets.  It’s called Poison Prevention Week, when all the country’s top veterinarians and pet lovers get together to make sure our pets are safe from potential threats.  Here are a few basic items that you should be aware of: [Read more…]