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A Pet Sitter, is a Pet Sitter, is a Pet Sitter, Right?
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Stop PULLING!!!

Loose Leash Walking

Article By: Victoria Stilwell,Positively.com

Contrary to popular belief, dogs that pull on the leash while being walked do not want to be pack leader, top dog, alpha, or dominant over their human. There is a much simpler explanation: dogs love to be outside, and the walk is a stimulating and exciting part of their day, so the desire to push ahead is very strong.

A leash, though vital for safety, can also be frustrating for a dog, because being 'tied' to a person essentially stops a dog’s ability to act naturally.

Grey Cats are Often Blue

blue cats, grey cats, cat sitterI recently had a visit with client about her new cat.  The shelter had the cat marked as a Russian Blue Mix.  The visit with the client went very well and I was well entertained by her new feline friend.  Bright eyed and full of energy she was busy going from window to window, climbing and seeking out high places, even considering climbing the wooden blinds.  A young, healthy cat can be a handful at times as I watched her attempt to dance across the fireplace mantel. 

Our conversation soon turned to the pedigree queation.

Finicky Feline & Fido Receives 2016 Best of Berea Award

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Finicky Feline & Fido Receives 2016 Best of Berea Award
 
           
Berea Award Program Honors the Achievement

BEREA September 17, 2016 -- Finicky Feline & Fido has been selected for the 2016 Best of Berea Award in the Pet Sitting and Boarding category by the Berea Award Program.

A Pet Sitter, is a Pet Sitter, is a Pet Sitter, Right?

The world of pet sitting is evolving much like the rest of the world.  Some of it for the better and some of it for the not so much better.  Technology often puts things in front of us and makes them available to us at the push of button on the screen, or a tap, or a swipe of an app.  When it comes to technology making our lives easier, it is important that one keeps in mind the safety and well being of those things in life we care about and love. 

Recently in Oakland, California 

Prolonging Life

Atlas is having a good morning today.  He is in what is known as Hospice Care, and for full disclosure this patient/client is my own big, orange, fluffy guy.  I have had the great honor to care for pets in all stages of life and even help those at the end of life.   It is this, "end of life" event I wish to blog about this morning as I have more than just Atlas on my mind.  You see, this past week two of our dogs in the daily dog walking line-up...are suspected of having Cushing's Disease.

Talking to an Animal Behaviorist?

What to expect when you ask to speak to the behaviorist
Beth Pasek
Owner of The Finicky Feline & Fido, LLC
7/20/2013

Some days I can seem downright pushy, mean, bossy, and I have even been called rude or disrespectful. Go ahead and bash away to your hearts content, I am a big girl and I can take it. For your cat’s sake, I have to take it. Often times when contacting an animal behaviorist it means putting aside all your bias about your pet. It does mean putting aside all the anthropomorphizing of their behavior and being objective.

Two Big Factors to Keep in Mind During Cold Weather (Dog)

Our area is about to experience its first extended arctic cold in several decades.  In fact, most pets will have never experienced this type of cold before they were not alive yet back in 1994.  So let's review what extra special steps to take to help them stay safe through this arctic chill.

First and foremost let's talk about the damage this type of cold can cause and how fast it can happen.  Two things to watch out for are frostbite and hypothermia.  

Frostbite on the paws is actually rare, what generally happens on the paws are salt burns, excessive drying, ice balls, and some dogs paws may crack and bleed.

Your Contract is Terminated

I actually wrote this blog post back in April after a terrifying incident with a dog.  Recently a new client expressed concerns over one of our contract clauses.  This concern raised a potential red flag for me as I would be sending a staff member to care for the dog, instead of doing the petsit myself.  I finally decided today it may be a good discussion to share our thoughts with you.    ~~Beth Pasek, owner
 
 
 
 
Those are some of the worst words most people ever want to here.

Expanding Our Knowledge Base

Many of my clients are aware we're constantly looking to expand our knowledge base of animal care and behavior.  This summer we are pursuing ongoing education in the area of animal hospice and palliative care through our professional association with the International Association of Animal Hospice & Palliative Care.  Over the past few years we have had the honor of helping some of our clients deal with decisions regarding their elderly pets both in ways to make their sick/elderly pet comfortable, helping clients deal with their grief, and assisting friends/families trying to help pets left behind after the passing of their owners.

Caring for Your Diabetic Pet

Did you know, The Finicky Feline & Fido, LLC can check your pet's blood glucose! 
 
Atlas, Beth's second adopted diabetic cat.We are experienced diabetic caregivers for both cats and dogs!  And Beth owns, fosters, and works with clients of Diabetic Cats in Need to help rescue these extra special sweet pets.  We know about diabetic diets, the importance of being on time, the role activity plays in how to manage blood glucose levels.  We can even do insulin injections without your pet ever knowing they just got their shot!
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