What to Look For In a Rescue Pet

 

So you’ve decided that it’s time to adopt a cat or dog! The next thing to do is to find the rescue that you want to work with to find your perfect pet.  There are many wonderful rescues and adoption groups that are just waiting to work with someone like you.  However, some rescues that are not on the up and up.  Here are some guidelines to follow when choosing a rescue pet:

  • Look for an established 501c(3) organization
  • Look for an organization that does home visits and asks for references
  • Ask to see paperwork, including veterinary records and neuter/spay records
  • Ask about training support
  • Ask about support post-adoption, including a clause in the paperwork that the animal will be returned to the rescue in the event that you’ll no longer be able to care for it.

With these tips, we’re sure you’ll find a great rescue that will work with you, and you’ll pick out your perfect family member in no time!


Why I Love Being A Pet Sitter

Guest writer Sidehill Pet Sitter Gabriella Wessler

Growing up, I have always loved all animals, had a variety of pets, and dreamed of being a veterinarian. My best friends were my cats, rabbit, hamsters, and every other animal I had.

Throughout high school, I would pet sit for family, neighbors, teachers, and friends. When I
moved away from home for college, I realized just how lonely I was without my pets. Then when I moved into an apartment, I got my own cat but realized there was still an empty spot in my heart.

I have always dreamed of having multiple pets, but I do not have the time commitment for them. Soon after joining the Wet Noses Pet Sitting team as a pet sitter, I discovered how much I loved being able to walk and play with everyone else’s pets, without the lifelong commitment of having them all in my home!

When clients go away on vacation or are not able to spend enough time at home, I love being able to give their animals the love and attention they deserve. From dog walks to overnight visits, I bond with every animal I spend time with. My favorite part is when I am having a bad day, an excited dog will come lick my face or a purring cat will come cuddle on the couch. Even the anxious kitties will eventually come out of hiding, peek around the corner and put a smile on my face. Being able to play with and care for so many animals at once fills that once empty spot in my heart. To me, being a pet sitter is not a job, but more of a lifestyle that I thoroughly love and enjoy!


5 Reasons to Adopt a Greyhound

 

April is Adopt a Greyhound Month, so we thought it was fitting to let you know a little bit about these wonderful hounds. Known mostly for their speed, many greyhound come off the track and into retirement daily. Though they are fast, greyhounds make wonderful pets. Here are a five reasons why we think you should adopt a Greyhound:


1.  Greyhounds can reach 45 mph in 3 steps, but in a home, most of their time is spent lounging in comfy beds or on your couches if you let them. Since they love lounging so much, they make great apartment dogs! In order to stay healthy, they only need two or three 20 minute walks per day.

2.  Greyhounds are gentle and quiet. They are sweet, loving dogs that love to make you happy. The muzzles that they wear during their races are only to protect the greyhounds from injury and to determine the winners of close races. Greyhounds love to be with other dogs, especially other greyhounds, and many can live with cats or other small animals safely.

3.  Greyhounds are healthy. They do not have breed related illnesses and genetic problems that other breeds have. Plus, they have a longer life expectancy than other large breeds – 12 years or more.

4.  Greyhounds have soft, short hair that sheds less than other breeds. This makes grooming a breeze!

5.  Greyhounds are fun! They attract a lot of attention and love to spend time with their owners. They want to do whatever you want to do, including walking, jogging, hiking, and more. Adopting a greyhound is like joining a club. There are always activities to do with greyhound adoption groups and meeting other greyhound owners is inevitable.

We hope this gives you some insight into a breed you may not have considered before. Please contact your local greyhound adoption group or us at Wet Noses Pet Sitting for more information about adopting a retired racing greyhound!

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The Cone of Shame

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Guest writer Sidehill Sitter Becky
For the past two weeks, my husband has been sleeping on the couch. No, he’s not in the doghouse…on the contrary, the dog is sleeping next to me in bed with her head on his pillows with her leash attached to my wrist so I can monitor her as she recovers from her spay surgery.Everything has gone ok so far, but as it turns out, Kea has trouble following instructions from the vet. Don’t run or jump? Yeah, that went out the window on day 3 when, despite our best efforts, she hopped up onto the couch. She has those sad puppy dog eyes and she sure knows how to work it.


Don’t lick the incision? Sure, no problem. She’s actually been really good about leaving the incision alone. So good, in fact, that last week I decided to leave her alone for a few hours and see how it went. I came home to find that she had licked two large hot spots on either side of her belly, near the border of the shaved area. She left the incision alone, and the look on her face said it all…the vet didn’t say anything about licking the rest of the belly!

Unfortunately for Kea, there were a few things coming up over the next few weeks that would force me to leave her alone. Here’s what I had in my bag of tricks to keep her from further irritating the hot spots and to help them heal.

1. Time for some tough love.

            Alpha: Now, you must wear the cone of shame.
            Dug: [hangs head] I do not like the cone of shame.
~Disney’s Up

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Because I love my baby to pieces and couldn’t bear the thoughts of using the old school lampshade cone, we looked into a few newer alternatives. First was the blow-up doughnut-shaped cone. Josh picked one up at PetSmart according to the size of her neck, but when he got it home, it was actually too small. So he went back out and picked up a larger size. The benefits to this cone are that it isn’t as obstructive and Kea doesn’t seem to mind wearing it. Well…at least not too much.

It’s also got a removable cover that can be washed. However, she was still able to reach the hot spots and laying down in the doughnut looked uncomfortable for her fuzzy neck.


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2. When I mentioned the issues I was having with the doughnut cone to one of my clients, she recommended a different style of soft cone. I call this one the lizard cone because it reminds me of one of those lizards with the neck thing…


I digress. Kea was not a fan of this cone. But it does the trick of keeping her from reaching the hot spots. She doesn’t like to go down the stairs when she’s wearing it, but she moves around on the first floor ok. She can also wear it at night, which is good news for Josh because it means he gets to sleep in his bed again. The downside is that it makes Kea hot. She is ok wearing it for a few hours, then she’s panting like crazy to cool down. I have left her home alone in it, and she doesn’t try to remove it. Good girl.

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“Seriously? Seriously.”

Now that I’ve successfully prevented Kea from licking the hot spots, I need to get them to heal and dry up. Here’s what worked for us (disclaimer: if home-treatment doesn’t seem to be working after a day or two, it’s time to head to the vet. I’m not a vet…so if in doubt, call your vet!)

1.  Gold Bond. The original kind in the yellow container. It helps with the itching and it helps to promote drying of the hot spot. It’s really important to keep the dog from licking after you apply the gold bond or else it will turn into a gooey paste. Yes, I learned that the hard way.

2.  Benadryl. The dose is 1 mg per pound. I gave Kea 50 mg when I first came home and noticed the hot spots and 25 mg the next morning and evening. It helped with the itching, but it also made her veeeeerrrrrryyyyy sleepy. Sleepy dogs don’t lick hot spots J

3.  Emu oil. This stuff is incredible. It heals all sorts of ills. I used it on the hot spots after the scabs had fallen off to promote healing of the new skin.

4.  Raw bones. Kea is a raw-fed dog, so if you aren’t down with feeding raw bones, a kong stuffed with moistened, frozen kibble or peanut butter or something would also do the trick. The idea was to keep her occupied. There was one night we left her alone for a few hours wearing the doughnut cone in her crate with a raw bone to keep her busy. It worked like a charm! I wouldn’t recommend raw bones with the lizard cone because it would be messy and the cover doesn’t come off as easily for cleaning.

Now, Kea is on the road to recovery. I am lucky my schedule is flexible enough for me to be home with her most of the time. Anyone have any good post-op experiences to share? What were your strategies to help your pet heal quickly and avoid being his or her own worst enemy?


Dog Tails: One Cute Dog Playing in the Snow

Guest writer: Fort Collins Sidehill Pet Sitter Kelly and One Cute Dog

Tanga is one of our fantastic pet sitting clients and when they are out of ton I get to spend quite a bit of time with her. She is a very energetic and happy cute dog, and she absolutely loves the snow (which we have had more than enough of lately.)  When I walk her and there are snow piles, she will start rolling around in them and having a wonderful time.

One evening it was snowing and she was having the time of her life biting at the snow flakes and rolling around on the ground. I could tell how much fun she was having so I started getting snow balls and throwing them in the air. She would jump in the air and bite at them and it turned into a game of catch with snowballs.  We had a wonderful time and she was extra tired that night!