Amazing Pet Pictures With Silver Paw Studio

 

It was a wonderful day when Monique with Silver Paw Studios contacted me about doing a photo session with my fur kids. We arranged a time for her to come to our home and she set up a backdrop in our living room. Our pup Podrick is plenty happy to go outside but our older kitty Aislinn is a little nervous to be outside, so the indoor photo plan was perfect. Aislinn is now 17 years old and has some health problems so I was excited to get some amazing pet pictures in case she became more ill.

Monique was very patient giving Podrick and Aislinn time to get used to the background and the equipment before taking any pictures. We used treats and toys to help them settle in and then the beautiful photos began!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my favorite picture of Podrick. He is so cute with his eyes closed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the end we took some family pictures as well. Getting my crazy kids to all focus, sit still for a moment and actually look cute is nothing short of a miracle! Monique does photographs inside and outside depending on your preference, but often inside is better for cats. If you want to have some great holidays photos this year contact Silver Paw Studios today!

Cuddle Crate – Fantastic fun for you and your dog

Wet Noses Pet Sitting is super excited to announce Cuddle Crate, our very own monthly subscription box for you and your dog. Each month we put together a box of treats, toys and dog related items and deliver it to your door, hassle free! Our first boxes were in September so now is the time to subscribe either for you or a friend. Cuddle Crates make a great gift!

But here are the really exciting parts:
– Each month we sponsor a local charity that will receive 10% of the proceeds! For the first month we are super excited to work with A Soft Place to Land in order to help them in their quest to rescue hard to place dogs.
– Each month we also will feature a local pet business that we feel is a great company to work with. For the first month we are just featuring ourselves as we get going.
– We are working to include as many locally made products as possible, from treats to bandanas.
– You can subscribe for a single box, three months or six months depending on your preference. If you want to give a subscription as a gift, especially with the holidays approaching, just list their address as the delivery address or drop us an email.

Check out the website for full details and to subscribe today!

Our September Cuddle Crate

4 Reasons to Become a Pet Foster Parent

 

One of the greatest things that can be done for animals in need, is to open up your home and your heart to becoming a pet foster parent. Many rescues, adoption groups, and even some humane societies and pounds work with foster homes to help the animals adjust to home life. Here are just four of the many advantages to becoming a pet foster parent:


  1. Giving love to animals without the commitment of adopting. Many times these animals have long needed a gentle hand and a warm heart. Spending time giving love to a cat or dog without the commitment of fostering can be healthy for both you and the animal, and is very good for elevating mood.
  2. Helping to provide room for more animals to be rescued. Every animal that is fostered makes room for another in a shelter. The more people that foster, the more popular fostering will become!
  3. Helping to place each animal into its forever home by learning its likes, dislikes, and any quirks. These facts help to place the animal with a family that has a similar personality. This gives a much higher chance of the adoption working out.
  4. “Test driving” different breeds or personalities before adopting. If you are looking to adopt an animal yourself, fostering is a good way to wet your feet while helping animals. This is a great way to see if you are prepared for pet ownership. It’s a great way for you to pinpoint the perfect pet!

Hopefully this has given you some great reasons to consider becoming a pet foster parent. It’s never too early to start helping animals!

 

Father’s Day Presents From the Fur Kids!

Father’s Day has quickly come upon us and we know there are lots of pet parents out there who can celebrate! Your pets love you. You feed them, play with them, and give them those all-important snuggles that mean so much. So this Father’s Day, they want to give you a gift to show you how much they love you. Here are some ideas for Father’s Day presents from your furry friends:

  • A wonderful animal-related book or movie can remind Dad how special his furry friends really are! (Sometimes a nice dog training book could be a lifesaver.)
  • Custom made mugs, t-shirts, enlarged pictures, and photo books are a great option and show Dad that you love him!
  • Get matching dog tags made for your Dad (as a keychain) and your dog (as a dog tag). Then they always have a way to feel connected!
  • Another gift idea is a paw print in clay or a beautiful frame picture of your kid’s paw and a picture. Or go all out and get a custom portrait or painting of your pet done in any style you prefer!
  • Get your Dad a fun toy to play with the dog or cat and ensure they both have a great time! My husband loves nothing more than to play frisbee with Podrick, so I am sure to keep us well-stocked.
  • If your pet was adopted or a purebred, making a donation in their name to the shelter, adoption group or rescue that they came from would be a great way to celebrate.
  • Finally, giving a pet and his/her parent a weekend away would be a wonderful gift. Whether this means a camping trip in the mountains or a trip to a pet-friendly hotel, this is sure to be a great bonding experience.

So, what are your plans for Father’s Day? I hope you have lots of fun with your pets this weekend!

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!