August 18, 2007

PETS 911

PETS 911 is a free, public service network that is consolidating resources nation-wide for pet owners. Their mission is to promote animal welfare.

Simply plug in your zip code to find adoption, fostering, lost and found, volunteer, shelter/clinic, health and training information/resources in your area. Vets, pet-sitters, community activities, even pet-friendly renting. PETS 911 consists of not only a Web site, but also a toll-free phone hotline (1-888-PETS-911) that allows everyone to access the important information they provide.

Check it out!

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June 9, 2007

Dogster and Catster Local

If you like internet communities and forums, here is a way to connect with other pet lovers and find pet-friendly facilities in your area, i.e. healthcare, restaurants, pet-sitting, recreation and more.


You may be familiar with Dogster and Catster "where every dog/cat has a webpage". If not, check out the links. These sites provide friendly, interactive communities for dog and cat lovers, chock full of photos, forums, news and updates. Dogster and Catster have local listings and reviews of pet-centric places in your zipcode. You can add any listings you want as well.

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May 26, 2007

Leaving Your Pet at Home

Memorial Day weekend is a big travel weekend in this country as many people start throwing back yard barbecues, opening up summer homes, or heading out to the beach. Good times. Do you take your pet with you when you travel, or leave him/her (or them) at home? Perhaps you want a vacation from your domestic duties. Maybe there are no pet accommodations where you plan to visit, or your pet is not particularly cooperative or healthy enough to travel.


Whatever the reason, you may choose to leave your pet at home. If you have helpful neighbors or family members who will take care of your pet (often the easiest solution for cats) count yourselves among the fortunate. In our extended family, we have customarily left the dogs at our good vet's kennel. That is a great solution if it is 1-affordable 2-a well-maintained, kindly facility 3-your pet needs medical care and 4--your dog has the appropriate temperment. Our current doggies would not emerge from a kennel sane, no matter how high the quality. AKC offers tips on boarding your pet.

Another option is a good pet sitter, so your animal can stay in a familiar environment with their routine, very important, not as disrupted. As with all services, recommendation from a trusted source is optimal. Failing that, your vet may recommend a service. Pet Sitters can be found on-line: National Association of Professional Pet Sitters or Pet Sitters International. Don't forget to check for reliable references before letting anyone into your home.

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April 18, 2007

Fido Friendly--Dog Travel Magazine


In a previous post, we provided a link to pet-friendly accomodations for pet lovers who can't bear to part with their animals when they travel. If this is you, consider subscribing to Fido Friendly, magazine that provides a complete guide to Fido Friendly accommodations across the United States and Canada.

Visit FidoFriendly for details. "Leave no dog behind."

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April 17, 2007

Pet Friendly Lodging


With the summer travel months approaching, many of us are starting to make vacation plans away from home. For those who find it unthinkable to leave their pet behind, or don't have satisfactory pet-sitting arrangements, there are plenty of hotels that provide quality, pet-friendly accommodations.

According to an article in March 30, 2007 New York Times:

In a culture in which dogs and cats have become surrogate children (and grandchildren) and are sometimes better dressed than their owners, a growing number of hotels and resorts have welcomed four-legged guests in recent years, including the Four Seasons, the Ritz-Carlton, the Loews and the Kimpton hotels. But now, several luxury condominiums and private residence clubs are taking pet-friendly policies further by offering services and amenities that rival those meant for humans, including grooming sessions, swim classes, massage treatments (no mere belly-scratch) and even a doggie psychic.

"There's easily been a 300 percent increase in the number of lodgings accepting pets in the last three years," said Derek Welsh, president of BringYourPet.com, a Web site devoted to peripatetic pets and their humans. "The trend is definitely shifting toward higher-end hotels. In order to truly compete, they are going above and beyond with amenities, trying to one-up the competitor."

For a directory for pet friendly hotels, motels, B&Bs, resorts and cabins listed by state, go to BringYourPet.com

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April 11, 2007

Fetch! Pet Care


Fetch! Pet Care is a franchise offering professional pet sitting and dog walking services. A while back, my mother was in the hospital and my father came down with that grisly stomach bug that went around last winter. They have a huge, "Marley"-style Gordon Setter who needed walking. What to do? How much can you ask of your friends?

Wish we had known about Fetch!. They offer the following services:

* Private Dog Walks
* Off-Leash Doggie Playgroups
* Cat and Small Pet Visits
* In-Home Overnight Sitting
* 'Go Fetch!' Four-Legged Fitness Service
* Private Dog Boarding
* Doggie Day or Evening Care
* Pet Taxi
* Yard Poop Cleanup
* Home Care
* Special Request Services, such as pet medication, baths, food and supply delivery.

What's not to love? Check and see if there is one near you!

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March 19, 2007

Avoid Expensive Veterinary Bills--Insure Your Pet

Pet Health Insurance For Cats & Dogs

When our pup, Jessie, was 1-1/3 years old, she lost the ability to open her jaw. Lockjaw, one would automatically think. To make a long story short--no, she has masticular myosits. She could still eat, so was surviving.Golden Retrievers love to carry things in their mouth--not a good situation for any pooch. Our vet was stumped and referred us to the vet specialists in our area. They charge at least $1,000 to say hello. But they did diagnose Jessie and put her on prednisone which saved her life.

The point of this story is that we did NOT have health insurance. We spent lots of money on Jessie, and perhaps could have saved some with an insurance plan. A family we know spent thousands on their black poodle suffering from repeated bouts with bloat (twisted stomach), a life-threatening condition that eventually did cost the poodle his life at 6 years old.

If you are considering pet insurance, it is available from QuickCare Pet Insurance.

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