How Do I Raise Mealworms at Home?


Have you ever considered raising mealworms at home? Mealworms are a great supplement to feeding your backyard chickens, or to be fed to reptiles and wild birds. Thankfully it is cheap and easy to raise them at home! For the cost of a small container of mealworms you could instead set up your own colony.

What are Mealworms?

Mealworms are the larval form of the mealworm beetle, which is a type of darkling beetle. The beetles lay eggs, which when larger can easily be fed as a yummy snack to your reptiles and birds.


A small tupperwear container will work well for homes with a handful of backyard chickens. If you have more chickens you may choose to get a larger container or multiple small containers. A normal cheap container will work great. It does not have to be airtight but it does need to have a lid. In Colorado we have an issue with small moths getting into food and they will destroy a mealworm colony, so you need to ensure they cannot get into the container. I tried a 3 level system but the moths were able to get in right away. I also tried putting netting over the container but it was a hassle to deal with when I needed to get into the container to feed or collect the worms. After I got my container I lines the edges of the container and the inside of the lid with double sided tape to ensure the moths would get stuck when trying to climb into the container.

*** Edit note: During humid times I started to have a problem with the bedding molding when the lid was on. I switched to putting a screen over the top of the bin, attached with either double-sided tape or a large rubber-band, which eliminated the humidity problem.


You can use a variety of bedding types but the one I have found that works best is wheat bran. It is inexpensive and easy to find. I purchase my wheat bran at Sprouts for 99 cents a pound. After I get a couple bags I put them in the freezer for at least two weeks to make sure any insects in it are killed off. Then it is ready to be used! Mealworms will need at least a couple inches of bedding but it does not have to be deep.

After your colony is established you will want to change the bedding out when needed. I change mine about every 3 months, but you may find the need to change it more or less often. Check your bedding every month or so as the fecal matter (a very fine particle) can be mistaken for bedding unless you look closely. When you are ready to change the bedding, filter out the fine waste particles from the wheat bran, beetles and worms. Use this time to dispose of any dead beetles and clean out any food remnants. But don’t throw away the waste particles just yet! Set them aside for a few weeks to allow any eggs to hatch. Add the tiny worms to your colony and toss the waste.

Starter Worms

After you have your container and bedding you are ready for your worms! You can purchase them in bulk online or just go to your local feed supply store. Most places sell 50 mealworms for around $5. I started my colony with around 80 worms and it took off quickly! If you happen to know someone who already has a colony see if you can get a cup of worms, beetles and bedding from them to give your colony a jump start. The bedding will most likely contain eggs and will get the process moving quickly.


The mealworms will eat the wheat bran bedding but they also need a food source that contains moisture. I typically give mine lettuce because it is easy and they seem to like it best, but other foods like watermelon rinds, apples and potatoes would work. Be sure not to let moist foods lead to mold in the wheat bran, so if you are using a very moist food put down a piece of thick paper first to keep the moisture from the bedding. The worms may eat through the paper but it will not hurt them – it was discovered in 2015 that mealworms can degrade items like polystyrene so a little paper will not make a difference.

Time Frame

A typical colony takes about 6 months to get up and running. Give your worms time to propagate before taking some out for feeders. If you keep the balance of beetles and worms, feed them regularly and change their bedding and you will have a wonderful food source for your chickens, birds and reptiles for years to come!


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Take Amazing Pet Photos With Your Phone



As pet sitters we love taking amazing pictures of our canine and feline friends (check them out over on Instagram), but it has to be fast and easy. After all, we are there to spend time with your pets, not just photograph them. Plus they get super impatient with us if we take too long! So I was really excited when I heard about a class being hosted by Claire with Pet Honor Society. The presentation, Pet Photos in a Snap, was given by Monique with Silver Paw Studio, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Monique is an amazing pet photographer and both ladies allowed me to film the presentation. It was such a great time and I learned a ton!

Watch the video to get some great tips on how to take beautiful photos of your pets with your regular old cell phone. Some of her tips include:

  • Camera basics
  • Hacks for pet specific pictures
  • Easy lighting adjustments based on your pet’s coloring
  • Exposure levels

If you love this be sure to take a look at future classes being held by Claire. You can find her upcoming events on Facebook. I will also be there filming, so come down and visit with me or subscribe to our email newsletter to make sure you see future videos!

Happy National Dog Week!



This is National Dog Week and we wanted to show off our best friends and say thank you for letting us be a part of your lives!

We love being pet sitters and dog walkers and spending time with your canine friends every day. We take so many amazing pictures and videos so it is fun to have a reason to show them off. The dogs are so much fun to be around and we are just happy we get to spend time with them.

Do something special with your dog today this week and post the picture on social media to show us!

Cute Pet Pictures 2


We have the cutest clients! Every day our sitters send tons of pictures and video of their furry friends to their parents while they are away. We like to share these on social media and here on our website (with client permission of course). We love showing off our friends! (This is Page 2!)


5 Gifts for Your Dog Sitter


Your dog sitter does so much while you are gone, from going on walks, cleaning up after her, giving her medications and giving you peace of mind. So you want to give her a gift, but what is an appropriate gift for dog sitter? Being a dog sitter myself, I can give you some great ideas!

Gift for Dog Sitter: Something From the Area You Traveled To

Whether it be food, drink or a souvenir, it is neat for a dog sitter to get a gift from the area you were travelling to. It can be a harder gift to actually give to your dog sitter, since she is already done watching your house, but it is a nice gesture. You can always bring it by she office or leave it out for her to pick up when she has a moment.

Gift for Dog Sitter: Specialized Etsy Items

Custom items from Etsy are cute and show you thought about your sitter in advance. It can be hard to get these going while you are in the midst of planning for your trip, but if you have the time, browse through Gift for Dog Sitter items Etsy suggests. Steer clear of jewelry and clothing, unless you know your sitter well and can pick out items you know the sitter will like. Many dog sitters do not wear a lot of jewelry during their normal work day and they may have to wear uniforms.

Gift for Dog Sitter: Local Gift Cards

Gift cards for local shops in your area are always appreciated. Consider getting one to a local coffee shop, gift shop or entertainment, so your sitter will have to get something for herself. If it is in your neighborhood them you know your sitter travels to the area anyway since she was coming to your home. A gift card to the movies provides a nice night out!

Gift for Dog Sitter: A Present for Their Pets

Most pet sitter have pets of their own, and we all know how much we love to dote on our pets. If you know what kind of pets they have (you can always ask the manager) then consider a gift for their pet. Treats, toys or a custom item with their pet’s name on it is a very thoughtful present.

Gift for Dog Sitter - dog with birthday hat

Gift for Dog Sitter: Practical Gifts

There are many items that can make a dog sitter’s day much nicer, especially in changing weather.

  • Hand and foot warmers. They are nice for those cold dog walks!
  • Snacks that transport easily in the car. Think trail mix, jerky, crackers, etc.
  • Coffee, tea or other drinks. Pair this with a cute mug!
  • Nice refillable water bottles or travel coffee mugs for when she is on the go.
  • This little cooler has a car adapter and allows sitters to keep their food cool on long days.
  • High quality dog treats. Most sitters carry dog treats to all their visits, just in case. Even if your sitter does not have a dog of her own, she can use these to make friends with another client’s dog.

In the end, it is the thought that counts. Dog sitters are not often given gifts, so anything you give is going to be greatly appreciated by your sitter. Thanks for thinking of them!

Dog Walk Training Ideas


Do you want to make the most of your dog walks? Bring some life to your normal dog walks by adding in some Dog Walk Training Sessions!

Why Add Dog Walk Training Sessions?

You are happy going on a normal walk. Why should you add in dog walk training sessions? Because there are so many benefits!

  • Be engaged. When I am out walking I see so many people on their phones, not paying attention to their dogs. Granted, the dogs may be sniffing around, but they would be having so much more fun if you were paying attention to them! It is great bonding time, so make the most of it.
  • Be aware. There are a lot of yummy things out there that your dog should not be eating. If you are working on dog walk training then you will quickly notice something out of the ordinary.
  • New tricks. This is the perfect opportunity to teach your dog new tricks, while you are already out and focused on your dog. The distractions will make sure your dog gets the trick down pat.
  • Have a better behaved dog. You see so many dogs out pulling on the leash and not listening to their people. Dog walk training sessions will lead your dog to listen and pay more attention to you, as well as just have greater skills.
  • Impress other people. You know it feels good when other people admire your amazing, beautiful, well-behaved dog. Dog walk training does that!

How to Prepare for Dog Walk Training

  1. Select some amazing treats you know your dog will love. You want them to be tiny so you can give out lots of them to your amazing dog. You want to take them with you whenever you go out on a walk.
  2. Select a dog treat bag. This can be a ziplock you put in your pocket or a sophisticated dog treat pouch, whichever works best for you.
  3. Think about what behaviors to you want to teach. You do not want to introduce too many at one time, and you may start with tricks and behaviors your dog already knows, until you get comfortable.
  4. Plan your path. Some areas are easier to train on than others and for some dog walk training, you will need a specific area to practice.
  5. Remind yourself that this is all for fun. You want to be upbeat and happy the entire time, not grumpy that your dog is learning.

Small dog looking up

Dog Walk Training Ideas

So you want to do some dog walk training sessions but you are not sure what to teach? There are so many options! Here are the behaviors and tricks I like to practice on every walk.

  1. Wait. This is one of my favorite behaviors and I use it at home all the time. It simply means, “pause where you are until I say it is ok to go.” You can use this at doors in your home and out on walks. In open space when my dog is off-leash, I use it to stop my dog from getting too far away from me. You should start this one at home because it is easiest to teach at an open door. Stand inside the door with your dog and say “Wait.” Then start to open the door. When you dog moves to dash through, close the door (without hitting your dog with it) and repeat. Eventually your dog will look to you to figure out what is going on. When you are ready, say “ok” and release your dog with lots of praise and walk through the door.
  2. Auto sit at street curbs. This can be a life saver if your dog ever gets off-leash. It is easy to teach – just whenever you get to a curb have your dog sit. Do not move on until she does. You can choose to add a release word, like “ok”, or just let her walk with you when you move forward.
  3. Quick sits. I love this for attention and focus from my dog, plus it is fun! As you are moving along randomly tell your dog to “Sit” in a super happy voice. Reward her for sitting quickly. Usually the more excited you are, the faster your dog will sit and the more she will pay attention to you. You can also do this with “Down” but I try not to make my dog lie down in areas where she will feel vulnerable, so be aware of the environment.
  4. Quick front. A front is when your dog sits in front of you, facing you. If you make this into a really fun game, your dog can be called back from a distance. It is great for safety. Having a different word from Come is good, because most people use Come when they are angry (which you should not, but that is another blog). “Front” is always fun! It is great to practice on walks. As you are walking along, suddenly say “Front!” and shuffle backwards. Hold your treat up in the middle of your chest. Your dog will naturally follow you and sit as she gets closer. If you later practice in bigger spaces, try this while running away for a bigger effect. When she gets close, turn towards her and give her the chance to sit in front.

Really, almost any tricks you want to teach can be practiced on a dog walk for fun and focus. They help you have fun and encourage your dog to pay attention. Remember to use treats as your dog is learning and to continue to reinforce behavior. As your dog learns, you do not need to give a treat every time, but if you do it randomly then your dog will stay interested.

What NOT To Teach

You notice no where in that list did I mention “Heal.” Heal is a tough command and is often misused. No dog can heal for an entire walk, nor should they. A walk is a time for dogs to get out and explore the world! They cannot do that if they are glued to your hip. Dogs require both physical and mental stimulation to be healthy, which means seeing new environments and experiencing the world around them. Give them the chance to do that, while still having a good time. You should practice how to walk on a loose leash, but you will find that if you are interacting with your dog with Dog Walk Training, she will be paying a lot more attention and will be checking in regularly to see what you are doing. It is hard to check in and pull on the leash at the same time.

Animal Idioms to Brighten Up Your Day!


We’ve all heard and probably used, animal idioms – or proverbs – in conversation. For instance, “crying over spilt milk” refers to complaining about a loss from the past; focusing precious time on something that cannot be changed. Have you ever stopped to ponder animal idioms and their meaning? No? Well, let’s have a little bit of fun!

“Curiosity killed the cat.”

It’s a commonly used idiom, but do you know where its meaning derived? This popular version of the phrase is condensed from its previous content, which states “Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back.” The latter part changes its meaning – for the better – because now the cat gets to live! Maybe that’s how the expression “A cat has nine lives” came to be (we’ll dive into that one next!). However, the first chronicled use of the phrase was a bit different. In 1598 a British p

Animal Idioms

laywright wrote “…Helter Skelter, hang sorrow, care will kill a cat, up-tails and all…” The word “care” was used to express worry or sorrow. Today’s more modern version of the idiom is used as a warning, announcing excessive curiosity may lead to harm or even death.

“A cat has nine lives.”

In fact, if you’ve ever had a feline companion, you’ve probably noted several demonstrations from your fur buddy where you’ve thought to yourself, “Wow. I’m surprised Buddy isn’t dead!” And there you have it – the simple meaning of the proverb – cats can survive accidents that are severe enough to result in death. Want proof? Google “cat raises from the dead Florida” and you’ll see what I mean!

“Dog days of summer”

Comparatively,  our canine companions have their own animal idioms as well.  And sure, you’ve heard references to this, but do you know what it means and how the saying came to be? The term dates back to ancient Romans, who, when studying the “Big Dog’ constellation, noticed the star Sirius – known as the “dog star,” and the brightest star in the nighttime sky – rose with the sun from April 3rd to August 11th. The Romans believed the sun and the dog star were teaming together to produce great days of heat. Hence, the current “dog days of summer” was born!

“Let sleeping dogs lie?”

So, is this something that you have you ever said?  Well if you have, you’ve probably recognized a situation that should be left alone, as interfering may result in greater problems; particularly if it is something from the past that should not be resurrected. Geoffrey Chaucer, a great English poet from the Middle Ages, used a similar phrase in a story he published way back in 1374 – “It is nought good a sleeping hound to wake.” Boy, was he right!

There you have it – a few interesting examples of animal idioms. How many can you think of?

Best Dog and Cat Quotes


“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts


“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”– Orhan Pamuk


“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” – Agnes Sligh Turnbull


“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras


“Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” – Elizabeth Taylor


“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles De Gaulle


“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.” – Marilyn Monroe

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” – Winston Churchill


“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with your life.” – Roger A. Caras


“If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and man.” – Mark Twain


“Reason No. 106 why dogs are smarter than humans: Once you leave the litter, you sever contact with your mothers.” – Jodi Picoult


“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight D Eisenhower


“My father… was a man who understood all dogs thoroughly and treated them like human beings.” – Flann O’Brien


“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” – Josh Billings


“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”


“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” – Edgar Allen Poe


“One small cat changes coming home to an empty house to coming home.” – Pam Brown


“The love of a dog is a pure thing. He gives you a trust which is total. You must not betray it.” – Michel Houellebecq


“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings


“Who ever said that Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, never owned a dog.”


“Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.” – Kinky Friedman


“As wonderful as dogs can be, they are famous for missing the point.” – Jean Ferris


“Happiness is a warm puppy.” – Charles Shultz


“Did you know that there are over 300 words for love in canine?” – Gabriel Zevin


“If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers


“You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him.” – W. Bruce Cameron


“I don’t understand people who don’t touch their pets. Their cat or dog is called a pet for a reason.” – Jarod Kintz


“When an 85-pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it’s hard to feel sad.” – Kristan Higgins


“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.” – Gilda Radner


“The dog has seldom been successful in pulling man up to its level of sagacity, but man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.” – James Thurber


“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.” – Stanley Coren



“Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.” – Agatha Cristie


“My dog is half pit-bull, half poodle. Not much of a watchdog, but a vicious gossip.” – Craig Shoemaker


“Every dog must have his day.” – Jonathan Swift


“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.” – Franklin P. Jones


“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven not man’s.” – Mark Twain


“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” ~ Andy Rooney


“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud


“Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.” – EE Cummings


“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings


“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.” – Aldous Huxley


“Cats are inquisitive, but hate to admit it.” ~ Mason Cooley


“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.” ~ Hippolyte Taine


“There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” – Albert Schweitzer


“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” – Jules Verne


“It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.” – Deng Xiaoping



Cute Pet Pictures


We have the cutest clients! Every day our sitters send tons of pictures and video of their furry friends to their parents while they are away. We like to share these on social media and here on our website (with client permission of course). We love showing off our friends!















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5 Steps to Start Growing Catnip Inside from Seeds!


Do you want to start growing catnip in your garden this year? Or maybe start catnip for your indoor cats from seed. Learn about when to start growing, how to grow catnip and how to dry the catnip!

  1. Plant seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before last freeze.
  2. Catnip requires a lot of sun and water. Take that into consideration when picking a garden bed or a place in your home for your pot.
  3. Plant your catnip sprouts outside after the last freeze. If you are planting inside, make sure you plants have plenty of room to grow.
  4. Water your sprouts and watch them grow!
  5. When you plants have grown, cut trimmings to dry for your kitties. As the summer season comes to a close, take come clippings and transfer to an indoor pot to keep your plants going year round!

*** Expert tip ***

If you are growing full catnip plants indoors and have excited cats, use a large pot. Then plant the plants at least 6 inches below the rim. Put chicken mesh or other wire over the top of the pot so your cats can reach the growth without destroying the base of the plant!

Looking to start growing catnip indoors instead? Check out this great video blog about how to make this plant thrive inside as well!