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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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Top 10 Most Popular Pet Articles of 2015

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Articles, Editorials | 0 comments

Top 10 Most Popular Pet Articles of 2015

A big part of Bella’s House & Pet Sitting’s mission is to spread education to the public. We don’t “just” want to be your pet sitter. We want to be your go to recourse for everything! To date, we have over 450 blogs published and coming up on our 10th podcast. That is a lot of content! Have a question? Let us answer it, or as you will see below, find an expert to answer it. Here are the Top 10 Most Popular Pet Articles of 2015:   1. Could The Chlorine In Your Pool Make Your Dog Sick? This has been #1 for a very long time. The spoiler alert: Yes. Just like humans, it can irritate your pooch. So there are proper precautions you should consider when you let him/her in the pool! We have the experts from Clear Swim weigh in on this one. Read more here.   2. ASK THE VET: When is it too hot to walk your dog in Scottsdale? Scottsdale, Az can sure get H-O-T… and that effects our pets. I always tell people I would love to have a dog walking company, but Mother Nature sorta makes that impossible a good 4 months of the year. In this article, we ask Dr Casey of McDowell Mountain Animal Hospital as she helps weigh in on the answer. Hint: There is a temperature where it is recommended to not walk Fido.   3. Kendall Jenner’s Behavior With Her Puppy May Give You a Wake Up Call! Ah, then even the Karashian’s spike the top of our list {I can’t believe it either!}  I was made aware of an episode that appeared to be pretty neglectful and irresponsible and I wanted to use it as an example to draw attention to proper pet care. A pet is a 24/7 responsibility and after reading the article, I sure hope she has a good pet sitter at home   4. How Much Does Pet Sitting Cost? Ah, the age old question… How much does pet sitting cost? This is the number one most popular question we are asked on the phone and in person. A very valid one too. The answer, isn’t always clear. As we believe that each household is different, with unique needs, we must always learn more about where the client lives, what the routine is, and the needs of the pet(s). So here is the answer to: How much does pet sitting cost?    5. Which Cat Litter Is The Best? Clay Based vs. Silica Vs. Biodegradable This article was popular because it is a very real question that many cat parents have. We topped out the search engine because of the uniqueness of the title. Although it is also a very useful and helpful article when contemplating what type of cat litter you should get for your home. Who knew? All these different options for cat litter!   6. ASK THE TRAINER: What Does It Mean When My Dog Holds The Leash When We Walk? We had this question from a reader come in a couple years back. Ever see your dog “hold” his leash in his mouth? We see it all the time so we asked Mark from Doggie Steps Dog Training and he told us an answer. It is a funny reason why. Very infant like! Awww...

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Favorite Christmas Memories from Our Staff

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Articles, Holiday | 0 comments

Favorite Christmas Memories from Our Staff

Christmas can provide some great laughs and memories. Since you allow us into your home and lives, we thought we would open up and share a bit as well! We asked the staff of Bella’s to tell us their favorite memories of Christmas past. Here is what they had to say: Pam’s favorite Christmas memory: Nineteen – that’s how many comics would gather around the dinner table for the holidays.  My favorite holiday?  Maybe it was the holiday my sister’s dinner rolls were so hard we played baseball outside after dinner using a cast iron fry pan for a bat and her rolls as baseballs.  Or maybe it was the Christmas my mashed potatoes were so gooey, the kids made snowmen out of the leftovers and had them displayed on the fireplace mantel. (Did I mention we weren’t the best of cooks?) Then there was the Christmas Grandpa sat on the recliner by the bird cage all afternoon quietly teaching the bird to say ” kill the cat”.  Or maybe it was every Christmas Eve because the same rented Santa came for 25+ years to have us sit on his lap while he read from his naughty or nice book. A favorite holiday memory ?  They are all my favorite because with each one the house was filled with laughter and spent with the people I loved the most – my family.   Raini’s favorite Christmas memory: One of my favorite Christmas memories is, oddly, from when I was seven years old and was very sick.  Every year my family would make a big event out of Christmas and everyone within a reasonable distance would spend the holiday together!  My grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, siblings, and occasionally family friends would all gather together and celebrate the holiday with a big feast and lots of activities.  I always enjoyed these big celebrations of Christmas (and still do to this day) and would always look forward to them as soon as Thanksgiving was over.  But one year, many years ago, I woke up very, very sick… Originally I was quite distraught with my illness because I was quite certain that Christmas would not happen if I was sick!  Santa would surely never visit me if I was sick!  I remember waking up to my mom preparing me toasted bread with butter (which was one of my favorite breakfast foods) and I was delighted to discover that there were, indeed, presents beneath the tree (Santa, it turns out, does in fact show up if you are sick).   I remember spending that entire Christmas day romping around in my pajamas; I didn’t have to get dressed up for anyone!  Now, I couldn’t tell you what gifts I received that year (though I vaguely recall a Bendy-Wendy doll within the mix) but I can say with certainty that this particular Christmas memory is very unique to me, for it was the only Christmas that I can remember celebrating with just my Mom and Dad.  And it is still one of my most intimate and favorite Christmas memories to date! Aubrey’s favorite Christmas memory… A favorite holiday memory of mine was a Christmas when I was a child.  I was spending it at my Father’s house with his wife and step children.  We opened all our gifts and everyone was happy and full of smiles.  The cats had opened their stockings and were playing with cat toys and inhaling catnip.  My dad suggested we watch the recording of us opening gifts.  He was into recording everything, all the time.  We had a ton of home movies so it was very common to watch ourselves doing stuff.  He popped in the vhs tape while we were all gathered around and the video started with a shot of the...

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How to Make Paw Print Ornaments with Your Pets

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in Articles, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

How to Make Paw Print Ornaments with Your Pets

Nothing is quite as special as the ornament that makes you smile every year as you hang it on the tree. What’s even better is when that ornament commemorates a loved one.  With just a few ingredients and an afternoon, you can easily have your very own paw print ornaments to hang on your tree every year.   What You Need: 2 Cups of Flour 1 cup of Salt 1 cup of room temperature water (lukewarm) Pre-heat oven to 250°   The Process: Mix the flour and salt into a bowl, then slowly pour in water as you stir until it’s a dough-like consistency.  If it seems too dry add a little bit more water, if it’s too runny then add more flour.  Knead the mixture for a few minutes until it is smooth, then roll into a small ball. Use a roller to flatten the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with foil and press your dog’s foot into the salt dough; and don’t worry, if you don’t like the print you can always roll it back up and try again.  Once you have a paw print in the center of the dough you can cut the sides down and make the circle smaller and more define. Then use a straw to make a whole at the top for the string. Then pop the paw print ornaments into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes to 2 hours.  Times really can vary for this craft depending on your oven and the thickness of our ornament.  For Valentine’s Day I did salt dough footprint hearts with my son and it actually took four hours to bake because it was so thick.  The trick is to just keep checking it after 30 minutes and make sure it’s completely dry and hardened.     The Finish: Once it is hardened and cooled you can paint the ornament with any colors that strike your fancy.  However, it does look best when you color the paw a different shade than the background to make it stand out. After the paint is dry, spray the ornament with a gloss coat to protect it.  As soon as the clear coat is dry you can put a ribbon or string through to hole and voilà your paw print ornament is...

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Top 5 Dog Gifts This Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Holiday | 0 comments

Top 5 Dog Gifts This Christmas!

Well that time of the year is upon us. Time to begin the Christmas shopping. And as we all know, our beloved pets are at the top of those lists. What is a good dog gift could be  a question you are asking yourself. So yes, while you can run to the local Pet Store and grab a ball or a chewy, let’s put some thought into their gifts this year! Below are only a handful of awesome goodies that will not only bring fun and joy to your pet, but will also have other added benefits such as exercise and mental stimuli! Here we go! #5 Who wouldn’t like a sip of fresh, crisp water after playing all day? I think Fido would love getting his paws on a filtered water fountain! What this gadget does is re-circulates the water, keeping it fresh and clean via a filter. It is stylish and may even help your pooch with the goop found in their eyes. Vets say to try giving your pets clean or filtered water or even distilled water as it contains less chlorine and contaminants which are found in many municipal drinking water systems. Always remember; your dog needs access to water 24/7 #4: How about a new leash and collar?Many times our pooches have grown like a weed and we don’t seem to notice. In our eyes they are puppies still. But as your pet grows, so does their need for a new collar as well as a good leash.   Make sure your pet has a nice, comfortable and CLEAN set.   #3 Most dogs love their beds. It is a safe and cozy place all their own. This Christmas get dog a new bed. And while you’re at it, make it a self-warming bed. It is a great idea and practical if you’re living in a cold city, have no carpet in your home or have an older pup who has joint and arthritis problems. #2Give a dog a Home! There are so many pets that are in our shelters, think long and hard and make the commitment to adopt a dog! Not sure where to start? Why not check out the Arizona Animal and Welfare League & SPCA? #1:  The top item on every dogs wish list is YOU! Give your dog MORE of you. Your time, your attention and your love. Take your pup out for more walks, more play dates and spend more time with all. So wrap yourself in a big bow this Christmas. After all, all your dog really wants is you….. So what do you say? Fido is top dog, isn’t he? A top dog deserves a great dog gift for this Christmas! Get to shopping, now! What present are you putting under the tree this year for your best canine pal? We’d love to...

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3 Ways Include Your Pets In On Hanukkah

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Articles, Holiday | 0 comments

3 Ways Include Your Pets In On Hanukkah

Hanukkah serves as a reminder of hope, renewal and rededication to the Jewish community.  In many homes across the world, the eight days of Hanukkah are observed and celebrated by the ritual lighting of a candle as well as the giving of gifts.  So, what if one of your family members happens to have fur? As with any other holiday, we suggest getting everyone involved in the celebration, but how? Gelt While the old custom of giving “gelt” or money is still around, you might not want to throw some cash towards your dog.  If he’s like most dogs, he’d probably just bury it anyway.  Burying money isn’t the best idea but, you can deposit his “gelt” in the bank or begin investing in a really great health insurance plan.  You’ve been meaning to save for that rainy day and there’s no time like the “present.”    Treat Nowadays, it is more customary to give gifts in lieu of the “gelt” or cash.  So, why not shower your best fur pals with a small gift or treat each night of Hanukkah? Have you treated your dog to the yummy treats from Three Dog Bakery yet?  If not, you should try these treats.  Even the most finicky dogs become hooked on these all natural treats. The fun doesn’t stop there though, Three Dog Bakery doesn’t just bake treats, they also sell bones and gourmet entrees.  I’m not even kidding!   Gift Basket Keeping with the theme of renewal and rededication, why not begin by celebrating over a basket of goodies meant to be shared between you and your dog? Feeling a little more extravagant?  Take your best canine companion for an overnight stay in the cottages at the luxurious Arizona Biltmore Hotel.  They have a pet pals menu and their spa offers massages not only for you but for your dog, too. Whether you and your family celebrate Hanukkah or not, we hope that this serves as a reminder that we all need a reminder of the hope and miracles of the season.  Wishing you the best as you celebrate the Festival of...

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