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Not on my Watch

For many reasons, primarily good care, our cats and dogs are living longer. As a result, many of the pets I am asked to care for are seniors. It is not unusual for me to look after large dogs as old as 15, small dogs as old as 18, and cats in their late teens and early 20's. In fact, the oldest cat I cared for was 23 years old.

It is always a blessing for me to look after these "old souls" as I have a special place in my heart for the grey muzzles and soulful eyes of a long-lived pet.

National Puppy Day

  Today, March 23, has been designated as National Puppy Day. The purpose is to bring awareness to the public that there are thousands of puppies waiting in shelters and rescue groups as well as foster homes to be adopted into their forever homes.

If you have been thinking about getting a puppy, today is a good day to look into it. Make sure you do your due diligence. Puppies are incredibly adorable and can steal your heart very quickly. But they are also a huge responsibility. Make sure you understand the time and patience commitment involved in potty training, behavior training and socializing your future furry kid.

Stop Feeding Your Dog Beneful by Purina

By now, I am sure most of you have heard about the class action suit filed against Purina for it's dog food Beneful. Over 3000 plaintiffs have come forward stating the food has either killed their dog or made him or her very ill.

Although there is no proof as yet, and it has not been pulled from the shelves, I urge you  to stop feeding it to your dog immediately. There are so many other healthy choices.

I am sure we will learn more when this is investigated but it is just not worth giving them the benefit of the doubt at this point.

Cat Video Games

As a pet sitter and cat parent I am always looking for new things to engage the kitties I look after. Recently, I came across  a few cat video  apps that you can download on your tablet or computer. These apps  will amuse, entertain, and challenge your felines and it is so much fun to watch them get involved.

One of the favorites is a collection of games called "Catch Games". It gives the kitty an opportunity to try and catch bugs, fish, butterflies and mice that scurry across the screen with appropriate sound effects.

Christmas Vacation Safety Reminders

  Christmas is just a few days away and many of you will be hitting the highways and skyways to visit with family and friends. For those of you driving with your dogs, here are a few safety reminders.
1) Please make sure your dog is secured in the car either in an appropriate harness , crate or car seat devise. 
2) Do NOT let them stick their heads out of the windows. There is danger of eye injuries as debris from the roadway can hit their faces.
3) Please stop along the way to give them a potty break and be sure they are leashed when you do so.
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