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Cat Food Recall!!

Cat Food Recall!! It was announced today that Pro-Pet LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hubbard Life and QC Plus dog food and Hubbard Life and Joy Combo cat food because of possible salmonella contamination. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning in pets include lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Pro-Pet, based in St. Marys, Ohio, […]

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This Pet Sitter got stuck in the snow!

Last night was honestly one of the scariest I’ve had in my 15+ years of pet sitting! Chicago has been getting pounded by snow since December. People are not keeping up with their driveways & walkways! I went on a consultation to meet a new client in Barrington, IL last night. Our appointment was at […]

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The Effects of Feeding Wildlife

Providing wild animals with a steady, human-supplied food source can lead to problems for both the animals and humans. You should refrain from feeding the wildlife for a number of reasons – one such reason is that it attracts mice and encourages them to search for additional food sources and enter the building(s). In addition, […]

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What to look for when booking a Pet Sitter for the Holidays

Hard to believe in October you need to worry about a Pet Sitter in November, December or even January! But if you want a GOOD pet sitter, Yes you have to start thinking about booking them that far in advance! Thanksgiving, Christmas, And New Years are the busiest time of year for pet sitters. A […]

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“Earth Friendly” Poop Bags not THAT “Eco-Friendly”

I was at the H.H. Backer Total Expo this past weekend and stopped at the “Earth Rated” Poop bag table. At the previous years event “Earth Rated” were handing out their famous Green Dispenser and poop bags. I’ll admit I think I came home with between 4-6 of the holders and enough poop bags to […]

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Never TMI (Too Much Information) left for a Pet Sitter

It is a pet parent’s worst nightmare to go away out of town & have something happen to their pets while they are gone. For a pet sitter this scenario has double the anxiety due to the fact that we are not the owner & liable for the pets in our care.  Professional Pet Sitters […]

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Pet “Doggy” Doors & Pet Sitters Liability

I have a couple of client who’s dogs have access to a Pet “Doggy” door leading outside to an enclosed area in case they need to eliminate.  I have had a client’s dog meet me in the driveway as I pulled in after somehow escaping the enclosed area. Thankfully they didn’t run off  and were […]

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Wildlife Rescue: Good Intentions = Bad results

I got a lot of calls from people who have found abandoned or injured wildlife. For reference I have a page on my website that has contact information for a lot of wildlife rescues. Although intentions are good, I DO NOT recommend people try rescuing, caring for or handling any kind of wildlife! There […]

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Controlling Your Dog in Public

You are in a grocery store and you see a little kid yelling, screaming, and tearing through the store running up and down the isles doing whatever they want. The first thing that runs through every person’s mind who is also in that store thinks “Control and discipline your kid or don’t take them out […]

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Changing a Pet Sitter’s Routine Effects Pets

One of the key things about being a pet sitter is the clients pets become like your own. You form a bond and relationship with them as you get to know each other. I always have people telling me what a fun job pet sitting sounds like. How easy I must have it as a […]

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Tips to Medicate a Cat

Out of all the animals I have cared for over the years I have to say cats are the most difficult to medicate. Dogs are easily fooled with peanut butter, liver sausage or just popping a pill down their throat. Some cats are easy to medicate. My cat Sheena & my sisters cat Cassie are […]

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Dog Walking vs. Pet Sitting – What’s the Difference?

You go to the internet to find a service to help care for your pet. They ask you “What services are you seeking?” and list the options: Pet Sitting Dog Walking Pet Boarding Doggie Day Care Which one do you pick? What does each entails? You had no clue there were so many options! What […]

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