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5 Apps Every Dog Owner Should Have

Apps are a part of everyday life.  We use apps to find restaurants.  We use apps to entertain ourselves.  Apps are a means by which we can connect with others.  But did you know that you can use apps to help you as a pet owner?  Apps are an inexpensive and useful tool that pet owners can utilize in order to keep their pet(s) safe, locate the nearest dog park, and generally assist in keeping pet owners more organized and informed.

Where Should You Walk Your Dog?

For example, are you having a hard time finding the perfect route to take your dog on a walk?  Do you want to change things up by trying out a new walking route?  As a pet sitter, I find myself in new and unfamiliar neighborhoods all the time and trying to find the perfect route to walk is not always an easy task to manage, not to mention the risk of getting lost in a new neighborhood.  MapMyDogwalk has made the task of finding the perfect route to walk a breeze and I don’t ever have to worry about trying to memorize the path I took.

MapMyDogwalk allows you to keep a log of your walks so that you can view different routes that you have taken.  For those of you that are more fitness minded, you can track calories burned through MapMyDogwalk.  If you are feeling adventurous, you can map a different route to walk using GPS.  The MapMyDogwalk app is a lifesaver when it comes to walking dogs in neighborhoods that I am unfamiliar with!

Below are several images depicting what the MapMyDogwalk app looks like in action.  As you can see, the layout is simple and straightforward.

MapMyDogwalk MapMyDogwalk 2

Figure Out What Your Dog Is Saying!

Looking for an app that you can use with your dog and have some fun?  Try Dog Translator!  This entertaining app will record your dog’s bark, grunts and all other sounds he/she might make and gives you a translation.  Below you can see what Dog Translator looks like in action.

Dog Translator

Take Better Pics of Your Dog!

Are you having difficulties taking the perfect picture of your adorable pet?  Dog Boogie is an app that will actually draw your dog’s attention and assist in making them look at the camera.  Dog Boogie makes sounds that will draw the attention of your pooch so that you can snap the perfect photograph!  Dog Boogie also has fun filters and is capable of linking with your social networking sites as you can see below.

Dog Boogie

 

Get Your Dog’s Attention While Taking A Picture!

Sadly, not all of us can whistle and whistling can come in handy when calling your dog or trying to get his/her attention.  Not a problem!  Dog Whistler is an app that will whistle for you!  You can even adjust the sound pattern and frequency of the whistle.  Pretty neat, huh?

Dog Whistler

Traveling With Your Dog

We know that sometimes you just want to take your dog with you. Like when you want to go rent a cabin in the roods? Or maybe you are driving across country to relocate and taking your dog with you? It is tough to find out where Fido is welcomed. Bring Fido will break it all down for you will find a variety of locations that are dog friendly ranging from hotels to beaches and restaurants to parks.  This is a handy app to have when you are traveling with your pet!

BringFido

 

So just like our two legged kids seem to take over our phones with games and apps, our dog’s can have a few as well! Tell me which apps you currently use or which ones you will download for your dog!

 

 

 

5 Ways to Create an Indoor Cat Haven

cat sitter in scottsdaleApproximately 50 percent of U.S. cats now live indoors, says the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The organization strongly encourages all cats move indoors to prevent disease and enjoy an enriching life. It’s easy to assume all cats need to be outdoors to satisfy their natural instincts like hunting and jumping, but it’s entirely possible to create a fulfilling life for your cat right inside your home. Here’s a few ways to create a safe feline sanctuary for your cat from privacy to playtime.

Choose the Right Scents

Creating ambience with candles, incense and oil lamps may sooth your senses, but probably isn’t doing much for your cat’s. An open flame can harm your cat or accidentally get knocked over during play or when brushing past it. Plus, some scents can be aggravating to cats, and oils like liquid potpourri can prove fatal if ingested.

Instead of these dangerous options, invest in special cat grass like a kitty garden that promotes good feline digestion when nibbled. The grass helps soothe your cat’s tummy, and the scent creates a clean and fresh smell in your home.

Use Safe Window Treatments

Home owners might be tempted to go with mini-blinds to keep their cats from sharpening their claws on long drapes, but cats are prone to chewing on plastic when bored or to relieve anxiety. The result is damage to the soft tissue of their gums and potential harm to their GI tract, according to Vet Street.

Consider sleek, minimal roller blinds that can easily be raised or lowered instead. Select a style that doubles as a black-out shade for cats who enjoy roaming at night and exploring in the dark. Roller blinds also can be rolled all the way up so your cat can gaze outside the window.

Add Places to Jump

Cats are natural climbers and love jumping and exploring up high. Install shelving and leave it empty for cats to jump from different levels. If you don’t want to install additional shelving, use what you already have in place. Clear out a top shelf in your linen closet, place one of your cat’s favorite toys on it and encourage your cat to jump up to grab the toy or curl up for a long nap.

Respect Its Litter Box

Placing a litter box in a damp basement next to noisy appliances only leads to issues. It’s likely your cat will not use the litter box and take out its aggression on you. Just like humans, cats want a respectable place to use the bathroom in peace. Create a private space that’s out of the way of foot traffic, but also accessible enough for the cat to reach with ease.

Create an Enriching Environment

Open floor plans with wide open spaces and clean lines aren’t very appealing to cats. They want an enriching environment with a variety of objects to explore. Felines need areas to jump, run and hide in. Give your cats plenty of cardboard boxes, shopping bags and toys they can throw themselves. To add to your cat’s fun, set-up a bird feeder just outside its favorite window for it to keep an eye on during the day. It will love the activity and keep watch over its new sanctuary.

Grump Cat

Grump Cat

While you were all out trick or treating last night, the internet was a buzz releasing the first preview clip of the Lifetime movie: “Grumpy Cat: Worst. Christmas. Ever.” on Sat Nov 29th at 8pm/7pm central. Let me be clear, this IS an actual movie.

From a marketing standpoint, I can’t get enough of this! This cat has been branded to the fullest potential. It has endorsements, notoriety, and more. Did you know Grumpy cat hails from our great state of Arizona?

The movie is about…

a little girl who meets Grump Cat in the local mall where Grumpy Cat is being adopted. She can actually hear what Grumpy Cat (played by Parks and Recreations Aubrey Palza) Having not seen the movie, I can only help that it is just like the great pet stores around Scottsdale locally that sell rescued pets and not puppy mill pets.

The movie’s  website comes complete with a full airing schedule of this movie on Lifetime, a link to the soundtrack, because you know they Grumpy has a Christmas album now, and links to funny meme’s you can use on your own social media. Also according to the website, “In the last year and a half, Grumpy Cat, whose real name is Tardar Sauce, has arguably become the most famous cat of all time. The adorable Internet celebrity was named the most influential cat by MSNBC, most important cat by Mashable and Buzz-feed, and has appeared in news and television shows around the world. She is the author of A Grumpy Book, currently in print in 14 languages, and has a second book coming out this August. Grumpy Cat has numerous merchandising deals and is Friskies official ‘Spokescat.’” To learn more about Grumpy Cat visit her FB page!

Here is the trailer: 


Halloween Treat Recipes For Your Pets!

Screen Shot 2014-10-25 at 9.59.40 PMEasy to Make Halloween Dog Treats

This year we are looking forward to our little trick or treaters. All the different costumes and amazingly creative ideas parents put into the little ones Halloween costumes. We are also looking forward to the four legged trick- or- treaters, too! Every year the number of furry pets who ring our bells for treats keeps growing! What will you be giving the four legged trick-or-treaters? Well, this year there will most definitely be some pups looking for a treat so you better not forget to have some ready for when they come knocking!

Yes, you can run to the store and purchase some biscuits and various other doggie treats, but what fun would that be?! Come on, get into the spirit of the holiday! There are so many homemade treats you can make at home. Easy as can be, healthy and fun to make!

Go That Extra Mile With Some Of These Ideas:

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Treats are a fan favorite.  Your dog will be giving you two paws up with this tasty yet healthy treat.  All you need is canned pumpkin, wheat flour, peanut butter, salt, 2 eggs and some ground cinnamon.  Sounds good, isn’t it? Click here for the complete recipe!

Apple Cheddar Biscuits are another sure fire way to tempt the palate of even the most scrutinizing trick-or-treaters of the furry kind!  This recipe calls for flour, rolled oats, unsweetened apple sauce, olive oil, shredded cheddar cheese, and parmesan cheese (what dog doesn’t like cheese?) Click here for this recipe!

Keep In Mind:

Keep all Halloween loot, especially the store bought sugary kind, out of your pet’s reach.  Halloween candy can pose a serious and fatal health risk to your dogs. Even the candy wrappers can be cause for concern as they are a choking hazard and can cause serious damage to your dog’s organs.  Cats can sniff out the loot too, so a cabinet with a door is the best place to store Halloween candy!
So make this night fun! Ensure you have yummy, healthy treats on hand for both the kiddies as well as the pups! Be safe and have fun! Happy Halloween!

Is Pumpkin Really Good For Your Dog?

Pumpkin is a nutritious tasty food for you and your dog!  Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 11.40.15 PMYour dog will not only thank you for the tasty treat because it’s delicious, but your fur baby will benefit from it as well.  Below is a list of some of the benefits pumpkin has for your dog and situations when pumpkin may be helpful to him/her.

  • Oils that pumpkin seeds and flesh contain are believed to support urinary health. Dogs suffering from urinary incontinence may benefit from pumpkin in their diet.
  • Canned pumpkin is a great source of fiber and can help with digestive regularity.  If your dog is having problems with constipation or diarrhea, mix one tablespoon of pumpkin into his/her normal food.
  • Pumpkin is delicious and can assist in weight management.  Canned pumpkin is low in calories!  You can help your dog trim down his/her waistline, while pleasing his/her palate. You may speak to your veterinarian regarding replacing a portion of your fur baby’s typical diet with canned pumpkin.

As with all fur babies, no two dogs are alike. Our four legged family members are just like us!  In the event that your furry family member is getting sick, please be mindful and discontinue feeding him/her pumpkin.  Dogs suffer from food allergies just like people.  Always consult your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and testing when necessary. As a final note, please be mindful of the quality of pumpkin that you are feeding your dog.  While fresh pumpkin is one thing, if you choose to feed your fur baby canned pumpkin, read the list of ingredients.  Avoid canned pumpkin that contains chemicals to increase the shelf life.  Don’t feed your dog anything that you yourself wouldn’t want to eat! Have a tip or recipe with pumpkin to add below? Sound off in the comments. We would love to hear from you!

 

 

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