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New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Cats, Dogs, Interest, pet health, pet safety | Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

New Year’s Resolutions for Pets 10 Tips for enhancing animals’ lives and our own By Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM, About.com Guide Have you ever reported a case of animal neglect or cruelty?   I am not typically one for making New Year’s resolutions — too much stress and expectation! But I do enjoy the feeling of a “fresh start” and the refocusing that the new year brings. Here are some ideas and tips to hopefully enhance the health and add some fun to your pets’ lives.   It is the start of a new year, and people’s thoughts often turn to diet and exercise, making up for holiday indulgences. Pets also suffer from overeating and lack of exercise, as discussed in the Is My Pet Overweight? articles. (Please click here for tips on how to tell if your pet is overweight. But there are more things to consider than diet and exercise when it comes to being a good example for our pets. Here, in no particular order, are 10 tips to a healthier lifestyle for our pets and animals in need.   1) Exercise Regular exercise has the obvious health benefits, but it also is a great time to bond with our pets. A simple daily walk helps a dog learn proper manners, provides some good quality time, and does wonders for the human counterpart, too! Keeping pets at the proper body weight reduces the risk of heart and joint problems, diabetes, and a host of other poor health conditions. What to do if Fido (or Fluffy) tips the scale   2) Health Check Up A regular visit to your veterinarian is the best way to stay ahead of potential problems. Annual examinations of teeth, heart/lungs, and body condition overall will be less costly than waiting for a problem to develop and your pet suffering needlessly from complications of preventable problems. Having a good “baseline” of information about your pet also gives the veterinarian something to compare against and determine exactly what is wrong when something isn’t quite right with your pet. How to prepare for a veterinary office visit   3) Good Nutrition Like humans, pets who eat poor quality food just don’t have the health reserves than those that a good balanced diet. Poor skin, hair coat, muscle tone, and obesity problems can be a result of a poor diet. Also, pets are not humans — a diet rich in table scraps is not a healthy one, and can lead to problems such as obesity and pancreatitis. Nutrition information for pets   4) Good Grooming No one wants to be around a stinky pet. Regular grooming — bathing, toe nail clips, brushing teeth and hair coat, parasite control — not only make the pet more pleasing to be around, it is much healthier for the pet! For skin and coat problems that don’t resolve with regular grooming, please see your veterinarian — there may be an underlying medical condition affecting the skin, coat, or toenails. Good Grooming: A Matter of Life and Health Tips and Tools for Good Dental Health   5) Safety Keeping pets safe is something most pet owners take for granted. However, take a moment to assess the toxic chemicals used in your house and yard. Are they necessary? Are all safety precautions followed? Where are household chemicals stored? Can your pet access these items? If toxins such as rodent poisons are used, can your pet access the rodents? Think too about enclosures for pets — is the fencing secure? Can your pet get caught or hooked up on the fence, a tree,...

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Waggers Pet Sitters wish you and your pets Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, Cats, Dogs, Hamsters, Interest, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on Waggers Pet Sitters wish you and your pets Happy Holidays!

Waggers Pet Sitters wish you and your pets Happy Holidays!

Waggers Pet Sitters wish you and your pets Happy Holidays! We would like to take a moment and thank every one who trusts us with their pets… we LOVE each and everyone of you and your furry friends! Please have a safe, happy and FUN holiday season no matter what your family celebrates! ~Allison Smith ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (dog version) It was about time for Christmas, and all through the house A creature was stirring, but it wasn’t a mouse I knew right away it was my wife’s little pup, She thought we were sleeping, and so she was up The dog was a gift it was coercion, really, A woman can pout, ’til a man gets downright silly. And now the wife was snoozing she was really sacked out She wouldn’t have awoke from less than a shout. Yes, her in her nightgown, I in my BVDs, We had finally settled down to catch some Zs When off in the kitchen there arose such a clatter, I rolled from the bed to see what was the matter. Away down the hall, my head in a muddle, I reached the kitchen…and stepped in a puddle. The glow from a nightlight illuminated the room, So how come I stumbled over the broom? I fell in a sprawl, my legs were not stable. On the way down, my nose hit the table. My head was a spinnin’ and when I came to rest Four miniature dog feet stood on my chest. With a lick and a bark, she bounded away, Into the living room, she ran to play. More rapid than mouses, that rat terrier ran, Me on the follow, rolled newspaper in hand. “Stop, Skeeter! Stop, Dog! Stop, Pup! Halt, Pooch! Halt, Girl! Oh, come’ere, you mutt! “Get off the new couch! Now let go of that curtain! Ohhh…If I ever catch you, you’re gonna’ be hurtin'” As winds of a Texas tornado do fly, She spun round the room, down low and up high. Then up on the countertop, that puppy went She stopped for a second. I thought she was spent. I make a quick lunge, she ducked me and then Yawned when I dove through the flour bin. As I drew out my head and was turning around, She made for the presents, in a single bound. I was covered with flour, from my head to my toes, My robe in tatters, and blood on my nose. A bag full of toys, she grabbed with glee I nabbed her, I thought, but instead got the tree. The ornaments, they broke, as they began to fall The lights, how they fizzled, and that is not all. When I reached for the plug, to turn the bulbs out, What flowed through my body, but electricity, so stout! As smoke encircled my head like a wreath, That dog held my big toe, tight in her teeth. “Skeeter,” I moaned, “I give up. Oh, Skeet, I give in.” So she bit my swollen nose, and nipped at my chin. She spoke not a word, but went back to work, Down came the stockings it took just a jerk. Then up from the hall, came the sound of feet, Momma, it seemed was awake from her sleep. “Now you’ll get it pup,” I announced with glee. Then Skeeter walked over and put her little head on my knee. She looked up at my wife – so innocent – and at me, so, so sad. And it didn’t take long, to know I’d been had. Then came the wife’s voice, so...

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Mal Kitty, Shadow Boxing

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, Cats, Interest, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on Mal Kitty, Shadow Boxing

Mal Kitty, Shadow Boxing Hi Mom & Dad, Miss Allison and the Waggers Pet Sitting crew is taking great care of me… they brought me this thing called a BOX today, it’s been hard to concentrate on anything else. I have been playing Lion of the Sahara Desert all day – once I crouch and stare the box down, then I jump thru and start all over. Can’t wait to show you how I keep this BOX in control. Chris Alduino’s kitty, Mal staying entertained with boxes… it’s the simplest of joys that keep you young! ~Allison Smith, Owner of Waggers Professional Pet...

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Custom Painted Pet Portraits by Amy’s Creative Corner

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Cats, Dogs, Hamsters, Interest, Rabbits | Comments Off on Custom Painted Pet Portraits by Amy’s Creative Corner

Custom Painted Pet Portraits by Amy’s Creative Corner

Custom Painted Pet Portraits by Amy’s Creative Corner Searching for the perfect Christmas gift for your pet loving friend? Not sure what to give the pet lover on your list? There’s still time to give someone the gift of having their pet’s portrait done, it’s unique and fun at the same time! Amy’s Creative Corner was recently featured in a Cary Magazine Feature during a promotion of local business in Cary, North Carolina. Here at Waggers Professional Pet Sitting we recently had the opportunity to meet Amy Yeager and speak with her about a cross marketing promotion that our Waggers marketing manager was planning. Quickly things became too busy to plan our client event, but then it dawned on me, I can easily promote Amy’s Creative Corner right here on the Waggers website. As for the event, we plan to hold it in the future. Below is a description of the custom pet gifts you can contact Amy Yeager for; “Here’s an explanation for you about Amy’s Creative Corner…I specialize in custom painted pet portraits and handmade gifts including pendant necklaces and stationery. My paintings are made with love and last a lifetime…not to sound cheezy. Ha! But really people can feel confident in giving gifts that are meaningful and unique. I love hearing stories from customers about their pets and seeing how happy they are with my products. I am a local Cary artist, but I can ship my wares anywhere in the world. Does this help a little?” -Amy Yeager Why YES Ms. Amy Yeager, it helps ALOT!! These will help you even more – watch the videos below to learn how Amy’s Creative Corner began and then view some of her recent work! How Amy’s Creative Corner began… One more question for you Ms. Amy, does my pet need to have a sitting to be painted? “I work off of photos that can be emailed to me. If they don’t have it digitally, (if it is a pet that passed away and they don’t have any digital files, etc.) then they can mail actual photos too. My Etsy shop is where people can see all the different sizes and prices of portraits, handmade gifts and other misc. art I do. This is also where they can make their purchases as well. Let me know any other questions you may have. Thanks!!” -Amy Yeager Some of Amy Yeager’s work.. Amy’s Creative Pet Portraits also has gift certificates you can purchase and give as a gift! Unbelieveably the gift cards themselves are hand painted! Let them pick out exactly that they want this holiday season! You can also see Amy Yeager’s work locally in several places where it is displayed such as, Woof Gang Bakery in North Hills. Woof Gang Bakery has several pieces available for consignment, or for viewing before placing an order for your own custom pet portrait. If you are headed to downtown Raleigh anytime soon, feel free to drop by the recently opened Kindred on Wilmington St in Raleigh. Kindred is a boutique geared toward helping local artisans grow their business, make sure you have time on your hands if you go, they have over 20 artisans on display. Amy’s Creative Corner also has work on display and a mural at All Dogs Together in Cary, and other murals at the Mosaic Church in Cary. You can visit Amy’s Creative Corner and get started on completing your shopping list right here! We hope to hear from you soon! Waggedly Yours, Allison Smith...

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Thanksgiving Pet Sitting Services

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Apex Pet Sitters, Cary Pet Sitters, Cats, Dogs, Hamsters, Rabbits, Raleigh Pet Sitters | Comments Off on Thanksgiving Pet Sitting Services

Thanksgiving Pet Sitting Services Do you have an upcoming vacation on your mind? Are these the faces you see when your pet realizes the suitcases are being filled? I know everytime I pull mine out and begin to organize my dogs look at me like “Say it ain’t so… where are YOU going? I know you plan to take US with you, yes?!?!” Most of the time when I travel my destination is not pet friendly…. or at least not pet friendly like I would expect it to be. Just looking at those faces can be guilt inducing! I have tried many options with pet care while I am gone, family, a neighbor, a kennel, a ‘pet resort’ (same as kennel, and whatever else I could think of that would keep them safe. Being disappointed in the options helped to drive me to build and grow Waggers Professional Pet Sitting Services. We have options that fit all lifestyles – and if we don’t have something that matches you and your pet we will customize our services to meet your needs! My team prides itself on LISTENING to your wants, needs and desires and then meeting those expectations! Do you travel regularly for work, or enjoy short vacations without the ‘kids’ in tow? Maybe you only need someone to stop by midday and let your pets outside for some exercise, or a walk? No matter what your pet sitting need is we can assist, see our basic services here. Call us if you need any questions answered we thrive on customizing pet sitting to match your pet. Allison Smith www.WaggersPetSitting.com Excellence in Pet Care since 2003...

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Pets Who Honor Veteran’s Day

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Cary Pet Sitters, Cats, Dogs, Hamsters, Interest, Rabbits | Comments Off on Pets Who Honor Veteran’s Day

Pets Who Honor Veteran’s Day This looks great! I was just looking to find something about how Pets are impacted, or should be honored for their service during Veteran’s Day and WhAALAA! Watch the Hero Dog Awards Preview Video here The Hero Dog Awards were created by the American Humane Association to celebrate the powerful relationship between dogs and people. The annual national competition searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs – often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, or just welcoming you home at the end of a hard day. The 2012 Hero Dog Awards will be hosted by film and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth. Chenoweth joins a roster of celebrity supporters of the Hero Dog Awards, including special honoree Betty White, red carpet host Joey Lawrence and celebrity judges Whoopi Goldberg, Victoria Stilwell, Candy Spelling, Miranda Lambert, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Michelle Forbes, J.R. Martinez, Tinsley Mortimer, and Megyn Price, among many others. Dogs may be nominated in eight categories for the Hero Dog Awards: Law Enforcement & Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; Hearing Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs (the category for ordinary dogs). Finalists in each category will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of both celebrities and animal experts, to determine the winning American Hero Dog. SPOILER ALERT: Gabe began his service to the United States of America as a Military Working Dog in 2006 and as such has had an impact not only on the life of Charles Shuck, his handler, but indeed American soldiers around the world. Gabe has been stationed from Fort Lewis, Washington, to Fort Bliss, Texas, to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Fort Hood, Texas. While deployed to Iraq, he completed over 210 combat missions with 26 finds of explosives and weapons. When Gabe is not leading a combat mission he frequently visited wounded troops in Army hospitals and he visited school children in elementary schools. Gabe was selected as the American Kennel Club Heroic Military Working Dog in 2008 and was the runner up in the American Humane Association Military Working Dog category for the 2011 Hero Dog Awards. Gabe retired in 2009 after a very distinguished career earning over 40 awards and coins of excellence for his work. What he does is out of a love for his country and the people of the United States. Gabe continues to visit schools and inspire children with compassion and respect and the importance of staying in school. Gabe will proudly represent the U.S. Military Police for many years to come. Congratulations to the 2012 American Hero Dog, Gabe! Check out the rest of the 2012 Hero Dog Awards...

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