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Rocco the Rockstar

If you have dogs or cats, you might be worried about the smell of stinky dog fur or the odor from pet stains or even kitty litter.

Rocco the Rockstar

Rocco the Rockstar

If you aren’t worried, you might want to rethink that. You just might be blind. Nose blind.

What is nose blind, anyway? Well, the best way to explain it is to start with a story. Read on….

We have clients that we have been servicing for years. They have two beautiful cats, Sophie and Trixie. They’re Persians. These cats are mesmerizing to look at.   Silky fur, blue diamond eyes. They also have a German Shepherd, Rex, and a poodle named Princess Diana. Rex is adorable and sharp as a tack. He fetches, opens the refrigerator and well, he puts Princess Diana in her place when she needs it. She runs the show, that’s for sure. She wears a diamond studded collar. You understand? Yeah, one of those. We love those babies to pieces, though. They’re all so loving and have amazing little personalities.

Nose blind? Yeah, we’re getting to that.

So, these pets live in a beautiful home that looks like it is off the pages of a magazine. We should love visiting this home. The pets are smart, well-behaved and the house is right in the middle of our territory.

The problem? The place stinks to high…. Well, the place reeks. It is the strongest urine smell you have ever breathed in. We pull our shirts over our faces, gagging like second graders. The smell is unbearable. Horrible. Other than the stench, the house is immaculate. The worst part is this: The owners have NO idea. They are completely unaffected by the smell.

How is it possible that the smell is so bad that is leaves us gagging and the owners go seemingly unbothered?

They’re nose blind!

They can’t smell it.

I’m sure they smelled it once upon a time. Maybe they thought they tackled the odor issue. Maybe they thought Princess Diana stopped peeing on the carpet. Maybe they thought that they FINALLY chose the best litter for Sophie and Trixie’s litter box. Nope. They’re nose blind. Plain and simple case. Nose blind.

How does a person become nose blind? Well, it’s as simple as this:

According to febreze, there are three steps to becoming nose blind.

(1) Odor Adaptation. Your nose notices a new smell. Good or bad. It’s a physiological response.

(2) Odor Habituation. Your brain tells your nose to ignore the odor. Good or bad. That’s a psychological response.

(3) Odor Infestation. Man, the smell is everywhere. Good or bad. This is what your friends, family and PET SITTER smells as they walk in the door. This, my friends is the sociological impact of becoming nose blind.

Are you nose blind? Have you, over time, become accustomed to an odor lurking in your home? Do you have friends or family that are nose blind?

 

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Please help us welcome Olivia Grace into the world! On Monday 7/21/14 at 7:12pm Olivia Grace was born at Scottsdale Shea via scheduled C Section measuring 10 inches and just only 12 oz.

She is a amazing warrior princess who came into this world at only 28weeks 5days!  She has surpassed all the Doctors predictions, proven to be a very strong warrior, and a fighter. She is going be be in NICU for 3+ months until she is strong enough to come home which will mean Mom will be traveling back and fourth many times a day. We want to  thank everyone for their prayers, support, and well wishes. If it wasn’t for our Faith in God, I don’t know how we would have gotten through this past week and the future we have ahead. We ask for your continued prayers and support over the next few months, as Olivia will be in NICU. God is SO faithful and the power of prayer is INCREDIBLE!!! We have felt the most amazing support from all our friends and family around the world. THANK YOU!

I am so incredibly overwhelmed with love, joy, and happiness. Although this isn’t the “typical” pregnancy journey, every single day I am so thankful to the Lord for the gift he has given us. Our faith has been tested, and I am so proud to say that my family has grown stronger throughout this challenge. The future is optimistically hopeful and through continued prayers and thoughts we know we can get her through all her milestones.

For privacy reasons, we are holding back pictures for now. I wanted to share this with you, because I do consider you all the Bella’s family. xoxo

 

photo by: Xposure taken from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2474720/Kendall-Jenners-18th-birthday-comes-early-given-Great-Dane-puppy-Rob-Kardashian.html

photo by: Xposure taken from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2474720/Kendall-Jenners-18th-birthday-comes-early-given-Great-Dane-puppy-Rob-Kardashian.html

Do you watch Keeping Up With The Kardashians? In a recent episode entitled “Doggy Blu’s”, we saw how Kendall Jenner’s irresponsibility towards her Great Dane, Blu, affected the family – especially Mom, Kris.

Irresponsible Behavior

As Kendall’s modeling career picks up she begins traveling more and more for work and she leaves the burden of caring for Blu on Kris. Kris begins to get fed up as she is the only one cleaning up dog poop all over the house, feeding and walking the dog, taking the necessary steps to get the dog licensed and dealing with the smell of diarrhea all through her home. Kendall’s sister, Kim Kardashian, blames Kris for putting up with it and not holding Kendall responsible for caring for the dog even when she’s home. So Kim refuses to help clean up after the dog even though the smell it contaminates her clothing and her friends make comments about the smell when she goes out to dinner with them.

Kris Confronts Kendall And We Can’t Believe The Response!

When Kris confronts Kendall and tells her she needs to learn responsibility by taking care of the dog, Kendall retorts “Teach me responsibility? Mom, please. Don’t act like you do anything to help Blu.” When Kris brings up all she has done for Blu, Kendall unbelievably says “The lies coming out of your mouth right know…I know damn well you weren’t the one feeding these dogs.”

Unfortunately, many people take on the responsibility of pet ownership without fully considering how much work is involved. Are you considering adopting a dog?

A Responsible Pet Owner Needs To Do The Following To Set Up Their Pet For Success:

  • Be dedicated! Raising a puppy takes consistent time and effort.
  • Set up a schedule for feeding and potty breaks. Crate training is one of the most effective ways to potty train your dog and keeps him safe while he’s a puppy. Keep in mind a puppy should be let out of his crate every two hours for a potty break.
  • Make sure the dog is licensed. Most towns require you license your dogs!
  • Vaccinate the dog especially if he is going to be exposed to other animals in any setting. Kennels, dog parks leave your pet susceptible to illnesses that can be life threatening.
  • Provide your dog with regular opportunities for socialization starting when he’s a puppy! Socialization is a necessary step in the dog’s development. A dog that is not socialized will be fearful and that lead to behaviors like aggression. Your dog should be able to explore the world beyond his own back yard by interacting with people and other animals in a controlled setting of course.
  • Exercise your dog daily! A dog needs two hours a day of exercise, thirty minutes of which should be vigorous exercise. Exercise will keep your dog healthy both physically and mentally. Lack of exercise leaves your pet more susceptible to developing illnesses and leads to problem behaviors such as barking, chewing, and jumping on people.
  • Groom your dog regularly. This is essential not only because it keeps the dog clean and smelling good but it keeps the dog healthy and free of fleas and ticks. As the dog is being groomed you can more easily detect changes in the dog’s skin and overall body. Development of hot spots, ticks, or lumps and lumps will be more easily noticed.
  • When you are going out of town, make arrangements for a professional pet sitting company to take over the responsibility of caring for your pet while you are away. A professional will carry out the essential daily tasks associated with caring for your pet.

 

Did you see the recent episode of Housewives of Orange County where Heather was talking about adopting rescue dogs?  If you did, we’d like to clarify a statement she made in regards to Rescue dogs.  Heather was concerned about adopting from a rescue because she needs a hypo-allergenic dog due to allergies in the family.  This statement inferred that you cannot find an adoptable hypoallergenic dog at a rescue.  This assertion is completely false!

rescue dogs

There are many reputable hypoallergenic breed specific rescues out there!  The list below, while not exhaustive, denotes breeds that are hypoallergenic.  If you are looking for a breed specific rescue in your area, check out American Kennel Club Rescue Network.  They have links on their website for rescues of many different breeds!

Hypoallergenic Breeds:

  • Basenji
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Border Terrier
  • Chinese Crested
  • Coton de Tulear
  • Havanese
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Maltese
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Puli
  • Schnauzer
  • Shih Tzu
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless)
  • Yorkshire Terrier

 

What Is A Hypoallergenic Dog?

A hypoallergenic dog is one that is less likely to cause an allergic reaction.  While no dog is 100% hypoallergenic, the breeds listed above are dogs that you can consider researching and adopting if you would like to minimize the possibility of an allergic response occurring.   Hypoallergenic dogs are either non-shedding or low-shedding dogs.

These types of dogs are either hairless or have hair that is continuously growing.  In addition, hypoallergenic dogs do not have a second under coat which minimizes shedding and dander even more.  It’s important to note that most allergies to dogs are related to the dander and the dog’s saliva, so the less hair a dog has the less dander that’s put into the environment.

hypoallergenic dog

As you research a hypoallergenic breed that might fit well with your family, also consider the overall characteristics of the dog.  Yes, you want a hypoallergenic dog but you also need to make sure you pick a breed that matches your lifestyle.  When you’ve researched and decided on a breed, make sure you spend time with the dog before you officially adopt the dog and take it home.  All people with allergies react differently to different dogs.  Just because your neighbor’s sister’s first husband’s havanese dog does not agitate his allergies does not mean that you will have the same experience!  The last thing you want to do is bring home a dog, fall in love with it only to realize that you have a severe allergic response to the dog.   It’s not fair to you or the dog.

So remember, with careful research you can find hypoallergenic dogs at rescues.   Just because Heather from Housewives says that only purebreds are hypoallergenic, doesn’t make it so!!  Just another case of misinformation being spread by mainstream media!!  Shame on you, Bravo!

 

Extra…

It is noteworthy to also bring attention to the fact that this misconception often happens when people say they are looking for a purebred or a puppy. Many rescues have puppies and purebreds. In fact, there are breed specific rescues for every breed out there. So, please do your homework and if you have any questions at ALL post them below. I would love to help you out!

Learn why more people don’t adopt rescue dogs. 

 

old town dog walker
old town dog walker

Written by Raini

 

When I was going through the initial hiring process with Bellas House and Pet Sitting I was trained in what to do if I ever suspected someone had broken into a house that I was visiting. It hasn’t happened to me, but the idea is always one that lingers in the back of my mind every time I arrive at a client’s empty home.

On top of that, there is also the voice of my father ringing through my ears, “You should always carry a gun and pepper spray with you in case of an emergency in that city!” He raised me in the country and suspects the worst to happen every time I venture out the front door in my new city life.

On top of that, there is also the voice of my father ringing through my ears, “You should always carry a gun and pepper spray with you in case of an emergency in that city!”

On one particular visit I had arrived at a client’s house at 7 in the morning. It was a quiet morning and the sun was still low enough to cast shadows throughout the house. This particular client was having the floors in their home upgraded, so the entire ground of the home was covered in concrete. Naturally, because of the floors, the house echoed loudly with every creaking sound.

When I walked into this house I did as I normally do; said “hello” out-loud to the pets. This is both to let the pets know that I have arrived and to also let anyone else in the house know that I have arrived. This is helpful in situations where cleaning services are in the house or if a client has returned home early.

So far nothing was out of the usual for this morning visit. The house was dark from the morning’s low sunrise and the animals were being quiet as normal.

In this home there were 3 dogs, a cat, and an African Gray parrot. I hardly have the opportunity to care for a parrot before and I thought it was such fun to see the bird upon every visit. She liked to whistle and bob her head up and down, and she liked to eat fruit from my hands.

I began to prepare the dog’s breakfast, quietly busying myself so that I could feed the hungry mouths, not really preparing myself for anything out of the ordinary.

Then I heard it.

“Hello.”

The sound was soft and low, echoing down the hallway. A chill ran up and down my spine. The voice sounded like a man’s voice, I was certain. But there was no way someone was inside of the house! The door had been locked and nothing seemed disturbed…

I was certain I had misheard it. The dogs weren’t even roused by the voice, so it couldn’t have been real.

“Hello.”

Now I knew I had heard it. I stopped what I was doing and held my breath. Was this house haunted!? Why hadn’t I listened to my dad and bought pepper spray!?

“Hello.”

This was it. I was certain that this was the end of my house and pet sitting career.

Then it occurred to me.

I walked over to the end of the kitchen where I could see into the living room of the home. In the living room there sat a tall bird cage.

And in the bird cage perched the female African Gray parrot, staring at me with what I can only imagine were amused eyes.

“Hello.” She said again, then whistled at me and bobbed her head up and down.

I now know without a doubt that birds have a sense of humor.

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