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Our Dogs Have No Idea There Is A Pandemic: What I Am Learning From Them

I remember when I first saw how fast the latest strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, was spreading throughout China and next, Italy. I thought to myself, “we had better prepare; we are in for a rough time when (not if) it reaches the United States.”

My husband and I watched with dread as the first verified cases reached the United States and then, our area. I immediately felt a sinking feeling in my stomach as I began to think about how it would affect my pet sitting company, Furry Footsteps, LLC.  I was preparing for the oncoming busy vacation season, which is typically my busiest time of year beginning with spring break. I have a ton of clients that reserve their dates for the whole year beginning roughly  the middle to end of December, with bookings really rolling in after the New Year. By the time the virus hit our shores, I had reservations through November. [Read more…]

Can Dogs and Cats Contract the COVID-19 Strain of Coronavirus?

The wide spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has the world on alert as the virus continues to infect people throughout the globe. After my husband alerted me to an article where a dog in Hong Kong that belongs to an individual infected with COVID-19 tested for low levels of the virus in its nose and mouth, I decided to do some research on the impact of the virus on companion animals. As a professional pet sitter, it is of utmost importance that I protect myself and the families that I service from any possible contagion. [Read more…]

Why Your Dog Needs Physical AND Mental Stimulation

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I have a confession to make. My ‘middle dog’ as I have always referred to her as, was an pup obtained on impulse. 

I ‘rescued’ her from a neighborhood kid that I tutored when I was volunteering for AmeriCorp while attending EMU. We reunited many years later when he, now a teenager, was walking her off leash early afternoon on a sweltering summer day in my neighborhood. I remember my neighbor and I were looking at all the flowers and greenery growing in my butterfly garden at the time. [Read more…]

Beat the Heat-Give Your Dog a Frozen Kong

Kong StuffingWhen temperatures reach the danger zone, it can be difficult to keep our pets occupied with the typical outdoor exercise that we enjoy together in summer. However, with a little creativity, planning and just a few items, we can create a tasty, healthy treat that will satisfy our dogs’ desire to chew as well as beat the summer heat!

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