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Looking For A Few Good Pet Sitters

Calling All Pet Lovers - Pet Sitting Opportunity Available!

Do you adore animals and love caring for pets? We have the perfect part-time job for you! As a pet sitter with our 28-year-old company, you'll get to spend quality one-on-one time with mainly adorable cats, some dogs, and other pets in the home while their owners are away.

You'll enjoy caring for pets in their own home environment, bringing in mail, and even watering plants. Best of all, you will get paid to do what you love!

Ideal candidates are reliable, responsible pet lovers with great animal handling skills and their own transportation (including a driver's license and car insurance). As a pet sitter, you'll be entrusted with clients' homes and pets. If you're passionate about animals and providing top-notch care, we encourage you to apply!

Join the FairyDust family today! Call us to schedule an interview at: 727-403-8103.

September Pet of the Month!

Night-time Walking Safety

Now that it's getting darker earlier, it's a good idea to prioritize night-time walking safety to ensure the well-being of both yourself and your beloved pet. Let's explore some essential tips to keep you and Spot protected during those moonlit strolls.

Wear Reflective Gear and Accessories: When darkness descends, visibility becomes crucial. Outfit yourself and your pet with reflective gear; hardware stores carry reflective tape to put on your shoes and your pup's leash - this is an easy and inexpensive solution. Pet retailers sell all sorts of reflection gear for your pet, significantly increasing your visibility to passing vehicles and pedestrians. Even if you, your pet, and your route are well-lit, carry a flashlight; it's an added layer of protection.

Use Sidewalks and Stay Alert: Stick to sidewalks whenever possible during your night-time walks. They provide a dedicated space for pedestrians, keeping you and Spot away from moving vehicles. However, if sidewalks are unavailable, walk facing traffic to ensure you can see oncoming cars and react accordingly. Remain alert, listen for approaching vehicles or other potential hazards, and be ready to take evasive action if needed.

Avoid Remote Areas: If possible, stick to populated, well-lit areas and walk with another person. It can be more fun with a walking partner, deters possible bad guys, and is more reassuring for you and your pup. If you are walking alone, it is a great idea to let someone know your route and how long you'll be gone. The potential to run into nocturnal wild animals is greater after dark (ugh, skunk!) but less so in busy pedestrian areas.

Other Ideas: It may be cooler on fall evenings, but you and your pooch will need water on longer adventures. Don't let Spot run off-leash at night; he will be harder to find should he wander off (and that skunk is out there). Be sure you have your mobile phone with you for emergencies. You may want to carry a whistle or an animal deterrent with you.

Night-time walks can be a serene and enjoyable experience for you and your pet. These simple yet effective accessories will make you and Spot much more visible at night!

The Pawsome World of Therapy Pets

What exactly is a therapy animal? Therapy pets are special companions trained to provide emotional support and comfort to people in need. Unlike service dogs, which assist individuals with specific disabilities, therapy pets offer unconditional love to people in various settings. Their mission is to brighten the lives of those they encounter and bring smiles to faces, one wag at a time.

Emotional support animals are nothing new; dogs were used in WWII to help soldiers overcome PTSD. Smokey, a tiny Yorkshire Terrier in New Guinea, helped comfort battlefield casualties. Smokey was so successful that he continued his work for 12 years after the war.

Believe it or not, therapy pets aren't just dogs; there are therapy cats, horses, birds, hamsters, and pigs! Even the fish tanks in some offices are not just decorative; watching them calms people down. Animals lower our blood pressure and heart rate, decrease stress hormones, and reduce anxiety and tension.

Therapy pets work their magic in many places. Whether it's hospitals, nursing homes, schools, or disaster sites, therapy pets are ready to lend an ear or a gentle paw to hold. They are even used to help teach children with learning disabilities to read. Many of these young children are self-conscious about reading aloud to parents or teachers but find reading to a 4 legged pet fun, which helps their reading skills.

Becoming a therapy pet is no walk in the park. These dedicated animals undergo rigorous training to ensure they are well-behaved, obedient, and equipped to handle various situations. They learn to remain calm in chaotic environments, interact gently with people of all ages, and respond to basic commands. The training also includes socialization to help them feel at ease in different circumstances.

However, it's not just the pet who makes therapy work a success. Behind every therapy pet is a devoted handler who plays a crucial role in guiding and supporting their four-legged partner. Handlers ensure the visits are safe, organized, and beneficial for the therapy pet and the individuals they interact with.

The impact of a therapy pet is immeasurable; the next time you encounter a therapy pet, take a moment to appreciate their incredible work. In a world that sometimes feels ruff, they are heartwarming reminders that a little wag of a tail and a wet nose can make a big difference.

Risk Factors for Feline Obesity

Feline obesity is a concerning health issue and is usually an avoidable one. Several risk factors can contribute to weight gain in our feline friends.

  • Overfeeding: Providing too much food or indulging in too many treats can lead to extra pounds for Leo. Free-feeding or leaving food out all day without proper portion control can also contribute to his overeating.
  • Lack of Physical Activity: If Leo has a sedentary lifestyle with limited opportunities for exercise, he's at higher risk of becoming overweight. Indoor cats, in particular, may have fewer chances for natural physical activity. Natural instincts by providing interactive toys, scratching posts, and play sessions.
  • Neutering or Spaying: After being spayed or neutered, some cats may experience a slight decrease in metabolic rate, making them more prone to weight gain if their meal size is not adjusted accordingly.
  • Genetics: Your buddy may be genetically predisposed to weight gain or have a slower metabolism, which can increase his susceptibility to obesity.
  • Age Adjustments: Like humans, Leo's' activity levels may naturally decrease with age. Discuss his age-related requirements with your vet and make any necessary adjustments to his diet and exercise routine.
  • Feeding High-Calorie Foods: Providing a diet high in calories, such as excessive use of dry food or treats, can contribute to weight gain. While sharing our meals with our feline friends may be tempting, human foods can be too caloric and unsuitable for his nutritional needs. Stick to cat-friendly food options to ensure a well-balanced diet.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain conditions, such as hypothyroidism or Cushing's disease, can also cause weight gain. If you suspect a medical condition, consult a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Help your cat maintain a healthy weight and lead a happy, active life. Remember, a little love, playtime, and a well-balanced diet go a long way in keeping Leo purr-fectly fit!

Great Pet Links!

September is:

Happy Cat Month
Disaster Preparedness Month
Responsible Dog Ownership Month

September 1 - Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
September 8 - Dog Walker Appreciation Day
September 17 - National Pet Bird Day
September 28 - World Rabies Day

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