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Foods Your Pets Should Avoid During Cookouts


Foods Your Pet Should Avoid

                                   Hot Dogs

While tasty, hot dogs are not the healthiest food for us humans, and they are even worse for pets. Hot dogs are packed with tons of salt and preservatives, both in levels that dogs are just not used to. Excessive amounts can lead to diarrhea and indigestion. It’s our recommendation to avoid them altogether, but if you must must must give in to temptation and treat your dog, 

Easy Way to clean pet toys


If your sweetie's favorite cuddly toy is starting to give off a smelly odor even after you have washed it, it could be that the scent is being caused by bacteria or germs trapped in the soft absorbent fibers.

To eliminate the odor for good, combine equal parts water and white vinegar in a large container, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the toy and submerge it in the solution. Soak it for 10 minutes, then wring it out. Let it dry.

The combination of vinegar and baking soda will kill odor-causing bacteria so your pal can play with her beloved toy again.

Hairball Messes

I found this article in my First for Women magazine on how to clean up a hairball mess off of your carpeting.

Apply a dollop of shaving cream to the spot.  Let it sit for 5 minutes, then scrape off the foam, dab the area with a wet washcloth and vacuum.  Shaving cream's concentrated soaps will break down the stain, leaving your carpet looking like new.
















Quieting Barking

Clever way to quiet barking

Every time you let Baxter out, he gets hyper and barks nonstop.  Train 

him to keep calm in the yard by creating a scent trail:  Before letting 

him out, go outside and drop training treats every few feet.  The next 

day, leave more distance between the treats so he has to work harder to 

follow the scent.  Repeat for a few days-he'll get used to focusing on 

putting his nose to work as soon as he goes out.  Once he stops barking 

Kitty Entertainment

Entertain your kitty for pennies

When its too hot to go outside, keep your cat busy indoors with a wine-

cork toy.  To make:  Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to widen the hole 

originally made by the corkscrew, then thread a few pieces of colorful 

ribbon through the hole.  Hang the toy from a doorknob and your 

sweetie will entertain herself/himself by batting it around.  Hint:  You 

can make the toy even more appealing by stuffing a bit of catnip inside 

Hot Weather Safety

Tips for Dog Walks in Hot Weather


Happy Summertime!

It is starting to get warm already.  Make sure that you use all of the safety precautions that you can when you are out walking your furry family members.

  • Stay hydrated.  That goes for you and your dog.  Bring extra water and a dish for your furry family member.  It doesn't take much to have a heat stroke.

  • Stick to shady places if possible.  Parks are always a great place to go.  They have shade and usually a water fountain.

Crate Training


Crate Training

"Private room with a view. Ideal for traveling dogs or for those who just want a secure, quiet place to hang out at home."

That's how your dog might describe his crate. It's his own personal den where he can find comfort and solitude while you know he's safe and secure—and not shredding your house while you're out running errands.

Crating philosophy

  • The primary use for a crate is house training. Dogs don't like to soil their dens.

  • The crate can limit access to the rest of the house while he learns other rules, like not to chew on furniture.

Valentine's Day Toxins for Pets

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and you would think that it a harmless enough holiday. Think again.

Here are a few dangerous and toxic things to watch out for:

  • Roses.  Roses have thorns that can cut your pets mouth or paws.  If ingested, it can cause bowel obstruction. 

  • Chocolate.  Chocolate is very toxic and can poison your animal if they ingest a large amount. Especially, dark chocolate. Feed them a healthy treat instead.

  • Xylitol.  This is a commonly used sugar substitute.

6 Common Dog Discipline Issues





Dogs and humans don't always speak the same language. When humans ask their dogs to follow the rules, oftentimes the animals don't listen. These misunderstandings are perceived by owners as discipline issues.John Wade, of Canada's "Ask the Doggy Guy," and Marc Morrone, of the show "Petkeeping with Marc Morrone," agree: discipline issues are not the problem when it comes to training a dog.Here are some common dog behavior issues and tips on how to deal with them.
  1. Jumping 

Grieving over the Loss of Your Pet

Coping with the Loss of Your Beloved Pet

The loss of a pet can be as devastating, and in some cases more so, than the loss of a human loved one.

As a pet sitter and dog walker, I take care of many client's pets.  I love them as if they are my own pet.  Over the past three years, I have had to say goodbye to quite a few animals.  It is never an easy thing to cope with. I cry and grieve, just as I would for my own pet.

People grieve in many different ways.You can experience different emotions like, anger, sadness, depression, denial, and then eventually, acceptance and peace.
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