Year-end celebrations and desires

At this time of year we celebrate faith, spirituality, health, happiness and prosperity.

We also reaffirm our desire for peace and the wellbeing of humanity and all creatures on Earth.

My special thoughts go out to those who care for companion animals around the world.

May you keep your precious pets healthy, happy and safe!


Humans celebrate but pets react with fear

Here in the USA, this proven fact is repeated over and over again…more companion animals are reported missing the day after July the 4th and New Year’s Eve than at any other time of year. The reason: fire crackers and fireworks.

The noise of fireworks is absolutely terrifying to pets whose sensitivity to sound is far greater than ours. Cats will run as fast as possible and look frantically for the nearest hiding spot that is dark and as far away from the noise as possible. A dog’s reaction can vary from freezing, howling and urinating to flight mode, during which time they can seriously injure themselves.

What Pets Do When They Feel Threatened
Felines – Once a cat is well hidden from view, it will likely remain invisible for up to 24 or 36 hours and not leave her safe place, even for food.

Canines – They are a lot more complicated and react in a variety of ways. For example:
* escape a yard by digging under, or jumping over, a fence
* chew restraints and enclosures
* crash through windows and glass doors
* look for his guardian/protector
* ignore commands if the owner is present
* get spooked and run away if he is being leash-walked at the time

Safety First
– Keep your pets inside, close all windows and doors, until you are certain the threat is over.
– Ensure they have a visible tag, as well as a microchip or a digital I.D. tag.
– Give your dog a bathroom break well before the celebration begins.
– Prepare a space indoors where Fido and Fluffy feel safe…laundry room, covered crate, with their favorite blanket and toy.

Try This
Give your dog a good exercise session. When he is both physically and mentally exhausted, his anxiety level will drop.
Similarly, your cat will be less stressed if you give her a physically and mentally challenging play session.

More Tips To Share
If you’d like me to share more tips (white noise, pheromones, pressure wraps…), please send me a comment.

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!


Choosing a pet sitter is a task that should be undertaken with extreme care
New Jersey Pro, Lori Genstein

Most pet parents I know have tried out several different kinds of arrangements for their pets when they go away. Their choices are based on convenience, cost, reliability, safety and how their pets react to the experience.

One of these options is 24/7 care by a professional (or not so professional) petsitter.

Regardless of who the individual is that you designate to take care of your companion animals while you are away, you need to ensure that they are capable of handling all aspects of their care. It is also wise to have a backup plan in place, just in case that designated person is suddenly unable to do their job.

Before you hire someone, ask yourself these questions and if you are doubtful, do the necessary research or move on.

Do they have positive interaction with your pet and does your pet feel comfortable in their presence?

Are they punctual or do they make excuses for showing up late?

Are they reliable or do they tend to be forgetful?
Do they fully understand what your pet’s needs are or are they likely to improvise?

Are they in good health or do they have any physical limitations?

Do they smoke or drink?

Are they safety and security conscious or are they dismissive and take risks?

Do they know basic Pet First Aid including how to give CPR?

Are they licensed, insured and bonded?

Do they have impeccable references?

Sometimes pet parents even do a background check just as they would/or should before hiring a babysitter.

YOUR EXPERIENCE – Did your petsitter make multiple daily visits or provide around-the-clock care? How would you rate the quality of your experience?

Together, let’s keep our precious pets healthy, happy and safe!