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2015 Four Legged Client Awards

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Articles, Events | 2 comments

2015 Four Legged Client Awards

Here comes the Bella’s House & Pet Sitting first ever FOUR LEGGED CLIENT AWARDS. These awards are loving and some a little odd, but they are to celebrate our loving four legged clients and here to show the world how awesome they are. I asked the staff, If you had to give an award to a pet you care for, who would it be and what would it be for?” They came up with these awards and I had a great time putting this together. Note: To all those not listed, you are still winners and we love you very much! Sara says: “Jack deserves an award for the best dog, clique, I know, but he truly is! Jack always listens to me and loves anyone no matter what! Even with the loss of his sweet sister, Emma, he is still so happy and sweet and he truly is just an all around loving dog no matter what comes his way!” Amy says: “Keno for the best big brother! He let’s Ruby do whatever she wants to him and he just takes it in stride and will still wrestle with her.” Aubrey says: Java gets the award for “most affable” because he loves everyone and has to greet everyone he sees on our walks (neighbors, cleaning ladies, landscaper crews, mailmen ) Aubrey says: Riley should get the award for best cat trick.  He does a trick where he stands on his back legs and waves both paws together in the air.  It is his signal for “i wanna play” Sara says: Jazzy’s award would be the most happy puppy, ever! She’s so playfull. I absolutely love how she runs around and brings her stuffed pig for you to play with her. She can also be a big love bug after we play she’ll settle down and lay next to me! Regardless to what we’re doing she is ALWAYS happy and loves to have company over Raini says: “Otis gets the award for a foot fetish! He loves feet/shoes. Every time I walk in the door he couldn’t care less about his food, he just wants to rub all over my shoes. His face. His paws. He even flops himself entirely onto them and rolls across then. It is hilarious to me! I don’t know if he smells my cats on them or if my personal hygiene is just on point!” Pam says: “Dusty should get an award for being ” The Gentle Giant”.  There is a large flowering bush in his backyard that must contain a nest of some kind. When let outside, he very slowly and methodically approaches the bush.  He then very slowly lowers his head and places it under the bottom branches not moving any other part of his body.  He then stands there motionless with his head hidden.  After several minutes, he then backs himself out and goes about his other business without having disturbing anything.  He’s so good natured. ”  Pam says: “An award would have to go to Sybil for being the best behaved dog ever.  On our walks she’s not even the least bit tempted to chase rabbits she startles from under bushes.  She just stands there and watches them cross the street.  When we return home, she immediately goes to the same spot in the kitchen and waits for me to take care of her water dishes and write my care note. Once she sees me approach the pantry, she goes to her crate and waits for her cookie that she gets before I leave.  She could also get an award for being the sweetest dog....

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Fun Ways to Exercise Your Dog

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Dog Walker, Events | 0 comments

There are a lot of ways to burn excess calories, but getting out to exercise your dog is simply the best. You have a playmate to come along with you and they will thank you for the attention and stimulation. Here are some great ways to exercise your dog and have fun while doing it.   Go For A Run To Exercise Your Dog: A simple run with your dog is an easy and fantastic way to get exercise with your dog.  We’re built to run and so are dogs.  If you’re new to running then start slow, take walks with short bursts of jogging or running.  Soon you will both be sprinting to the finish line! Chuck It Throw Toy To Exercise Your Dog:  This gadget is really neat, you can throw a ball twice your usual range without the shoulder pain or slobber. The Chuck It toy is perfect for games of catch in the yard or at the park.   Swimming Is An Excellent Way To Exercise With Your Dog: Most dogs love to swim and it really is a full body exercise.  So next time the weather is nice and the water is cool. You and your dog should take a dip! Just watched to make sure you dry them off properly and the chlorine doesn’t hurt them.   Exercise Your Dog By Hiking: Hiking in Scottsdale is one of the best ways to exercise.  The changing elevations are great for cardio and muscle strengthening, plus you’re usually hiking to a beautiful vista or grove which is a great incentive to get out there and move!  All the sights and smells are arousing to your dog keeping him mentally and physically stimulated. Being in nature is a beautiful way to spend the day and your dog is sure to agree.   No matter what you choose, the most important part of getting exercise with your dog is just getting out there and doing something active.  If you and your dog are mostly couch potatoes, make sure to start easy, don’t bite of more than either of you can chew in one day.  Don’t forget about safety either, never wrap their leash around your wrist during any exercise, this could cause injury for both of you. Make sure to wear any appropriate hear (helmets, pads, etc) and get plenty of water.  Now get out in the sun and have a great time with your dog!...

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How To Get FREE Veterinarian Visits In Scottsdale

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

How To Get FREE Veterinarian Visits In Scottsdale

We have been doing this quite a long time and over the years have gotten to know the ins and outs of many Veterinarian in the N Scottsdale, Az area. We know that going to a new veterinarian can be a taunting task. How will they treat you? Will they be affordable? Will they be compassionate and care about your pet as much as you do? Can you be candid with them and will they provide all the types of services that your pet requires? We seem to remember some veterinarian’s giving free first visits to help aid in the beginning of these relationships so we thought we would call around to compile a list for you. Here is who will give you a free veterinarian visit: We called over 10 places in the area to find out that there are two highly respected hospitals that offer a FREE VISIT to all first time pets. One per household. It is McDowell Mountain Ranch Animal Hospital  and North Scottsdale Animal Hospital. Both of these veterinarians are people we have and do trust with our own fur kids. In fact, if you are looking for a veterinarian in the Scottsdale area, I HIGHLY suggest you check them out! Finding a veterinarian that works for you and your pets is key to their health. It is important that you  feel like you can trust and communicate with them anytime you need. Factors to consider: Hours and operations Distance from your home Knowledge about your pet and breed The ease of the office staff and scheduling. You really can’t go wrong trusting one of these vets. So if you are looking for a new vet or just moved to the area, check out their websites and consider giving them a call! Here is an article Dr Casey from McDowell Mountain Ranch Animal Hospital co wrote for us about heat exhaustion. Here is Dr Josh from North Scottsdale Animal Hospital endorsing our pet sitting services. If you are a veterinarian office in this list and would like to be added, please feel free to contact us and we will promptly add...

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Important Things To Do With My New Puppy

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Articles, Events, Pet Care | 0 comments

Important Things To Do With My New Puppy

There no denying that getting a new puppy is a fun and exciting time.  They are so cute and cuddly, full of energy and life, basically putting a smile on the faces of everyone they meet.  Still, if you’re not familiar with having a new puppy, after the first few days you may be left wondering, “What kind of stuff should I do with my new puppy?”  Luckily, there are a lot of fun things to do with your new puppy that will help them learn while having a good time. Socialize your new puppy: Your puppy has more than likely been with other puppies for the majority of their short lives.  They need help getting introduced to the big world (and big people) around them.  Take them to the pet store, walks in the park or around your neighborhood, even to your friend’s houses (as long as they don’t have any other pets that may scare your new puppy).  Anywhere you go that is dog friendly, take along them so they can learn positive interactions with people.  Make sure to give them lots of treats and praise for situations that may be intimidating.  One piece of advice; hold off on taking them to the dog park to socialize.  Big dogs could scare your new puppy and also if they haven’t completed all their rounds of shots then they may end up getting sick. Take Them To The Vet:   If your new puppy came from a shelter or local pet store, there is a good chance they have had their first round of shots.  Nevertheless, it is still a good idea to take your puppy to the vet soon after you get them settled.  This allows them get them acquainted with the vet at an early age which in turn makes future vet trips easier.  Plus, your vet will help get them set up on a shot schedule and probably send you reminders when it’s time to re-vaccinate.  Make sure to give your new puppy treats or a new toy on vet day so that they feel that it is a positive experience and they may even be excited next time you say it’s time to go to the vet. Play Games With Them:   There are a lot of fun games to play with your new puppy too!  Old favorites such as fetch and tug of war are always good to get them active.   You can also play Hide and Seek with them to teach them their name as well as coming when called.  Run and hide then call your puppy’s name a few times until they find you.  Then make a big deal about what a great job they did and then do it again.  Puppies love this game because it gives them self-esteem and it can be a blast for both of you.  Another cute came to play with the family is Pass the Puppy; everyone sits in a circle with the puppy in the middle and you take turns calling the puppy and giving them treats.   This is also a great game to teach them about coming and also that the family is friendly and loving. All of these are great activities that will help you teach and bond with your new family member.  No matter what you choose to do with your new puppy, as long as you’re taking care of their needs and giving them a loving home they are sure to be...

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Raising Money For Gabriel’s Angels Paw Prints 2016

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

Raising Money For Gabriel’s Angels Paw Prints 2016

There is a new event coming up from Gabriel’s Angels that I hope you all consider supporting. As the event website says: Join the Gabriel’s Angels Board of Young Professionals for a lively evening of art, wine, and food! Guest artists, and well-known members of the community, have been invited to create one of a kind paintings over the course of 30 days. The guest artists’ personalized canvases will be posted online for public viewing. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite painting by donating $10 per vote online, with the top three paintings raising the most donations earning a People’s Choice award. The canvases will all displayed at the event, where Guest Judges will award their picks the Judges’ Choice Award, and all canvases will be auctioned off at the event. Proceeds from Paw Prints 2016 will help Gabriel’s Angels continue to serve over 14,000 abused, neglected and at-risk children in Arizona.   Get Involved! There are two ways that you can get involved: 1 – Vote on a painting. Each vote is $10. There is a good chance you might even know of some of these movers and shakers! J.E. Pizarro is a friend of mine and Danielle Lerner is a ABC15 Morning show Anchor! 2 – Buy a ticket to the live event. Vote Here This isn’t our first time… Throughout the years, I have always been a huge fan of the work that Pam Gaber and her entire organization Gabriel’s Angels have always done. They are a a non profit that provides pet therapy for abused, neglected and at-risk kids here in AZ. We have worked with them during the Barrett Jackson Pet Fashion Show  and I even worked through the training for Rocco to be certified as a therapy dog. We have sponsored tables at their Unleash The Love breakfasts and just all around been paws up about supporting them!!! They are an organization that we have so much love for and always want to stand behind. I hope you consider helping support Gabriel’s Angels as...

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What You Should Know About The Different Types of Dog Beds

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Articles, Pet Care | 0 comments

What You Should Know About The Different Types of Dog Beds

As cooler weather creeps into our forecast most of us love snuggling up in our cozy warms beds more than ever.  Our dogs are no different and they deserve a nice comfy place to lay their heads at night as well.  But just like the breeds themselves, there are a lot of different types of dog beds to choose from.  Here’s a quick run-down of dog beds out there so you can make the best choice for your dog.   Standard Dog Beds:  This is the most typical of dog beds, the one that you will most likely see in homes all across America. It’s a pillow or cushion type bed and comes in various sizes.  Usually covered in flannel or fleece and stuffed with foam, synthetics, or even cedar chips (to decrease smell and deter bugs). Kennel Dog Beds:  Also known as a crate, the kennel bed is a necessity for any dog that sleeps overnight or spends a good amount of the day in a crate.  Mostly they are just a thick foam pad with a waterproof cover for easy clean up. You want to avoid leaving towels or blankets in a kennel because a restless dog will usually kick them up and shove them in a corner, leaving them with a cold hard bottom to sleep on.   Heating/Cooling Dog Beds:  There’s no denying that living in 2015 is good.  This is true even for our pets, who now have heating and cooling beds for their enjoyment.  As long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions these beds are great for pets that need a little extra climate control in their lives.   Nesting Dog Beds:  These beds are the ones with the rims and bolsters on the side that snuggle them in close.  They can be oval or even donut shaped and are extremely comfortable.  The only thing about these beds is that they don’t have quite enough support for older dogs that may need a more firm bed. Orthopedic Dog Beds:  Perfect for older or arthritic dogs, the orthopedic dog bed had a firm memory foam type base.  This gives them much more support in their joints and makes it easier for them to sleep comfortably. Personally, we love to get Rocco’s beds from Costco. Where do you get yours...

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Why Do Puppies Have Puppy Breath?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Articles, Pet Care, Stories | 0 comments

Why Do Puppies Have Puppy Breath?

Puppy breath is an interesting thing.  There’s something about it that most people just love;  even though there are a few people who don’t really find anything special about it. That sweet smelling warm scent that comes from their adorable little kisser can cause you to instantly fall in love.  In fact, I have even jokingly said I would love to foster puppies until they loose their puppy breath! But just why do puppies have puppy breath? There are a few different reasons why it occurs, plus a few things you can do to make it stick around as long as possible.   Mother’s Milk & Puppy Food The common thought is that it is due to the enzymes in the puppy’s stomach that breaks down their mother’s milk and puppy food.  As the milk and food is digested it leaks out from their esophagus and forms the appealing scent that some people can’t get enough of.   Limited Bacteria:   It is also thought that puppy breath is due to the fact that a puppy has little bacteria in their mouths when compared to older dogs.  The always have fresh breath because the gentle food and wholesome milk from their mothers don’t cause a lot of build up.  As they switch to stronger food and wean from the milk, plaque and bacteria begin to grow faster which changes the way their breath smells.   Keep Puppy Breath Around Longer: Some say you can keep puppy breath around longer by brushing their teeth (just make sure to use a doggy toothbrush, finger brush, and canine toothpaste). This habit not only makes their breath fresh, it is also beneficial for dental health later in life.  The earlier dogs are acquainted with having their teeth brushed the better.  Also, once they have outgrown puppy food, make sure to switch to organic natural foods.  Both brushing their teeth and giving them quality food will prolong puppy breath....

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