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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.

Need Medical Attention?

Do you ever owner what might happen if your pet needed medical attention and to go see the veterinarian while you were away? Need Medical Attention?

Some pet owners express concern about what might happen to their fur babies if they have a medical emergency while they are away.  One of the benefits of using Bella’s Home and Pets is that we treat your pets as if they are our own.  As pet lovers, we understand that you hire a pet sitter to come into your home because you have your pet’s best interest in mind!  We have developed and follow specific protocol should your pets experience a medical emergency while you are away.

If your pet is in distress, here’s what happens:

  • The pet sitter assigned to your will contact Bella immediately.
  • Bella and the pet sitter will work to notify the client to inform the client of the situation and follow directives given by the client.
  • If the client is not immediately available, Bella will move on to emergency contacts number one and two that were indicated by the client on the initial paperwork filled out when Bella’s services were enlisted.
  • The pet sitter or Bella will take the pet to the veterinarian to be treated.
  • If the medical emergency occurs after hours, we have veterinarian on file that we call for emergency consultations.  We will explain the scenario to our vet and follow advice given.
  • If there is any question that your pet might need after hours care, Bella or the pet sitter will take the pet to the emergency hospital and seek the advice of the attending veterinary doctor.
  • Bella’s will keep the pet owner apprised of their pet’s medical status.

“When I first started using Bella’s and was traveling out of the country, my cat had a health emergency. Danielle handled it well, taking my cat to the vet and consulting with my sister. She made the same decisions I would have and treated my cat as if she were her own. I continue to be very satisfied with Bella’s professionalism and their genuine care for animals. Aubrey gives my cat plenty of attention and sends me daily texts to let me know everything is ok. I have peace of mind when I am away since I know that someone responsible and caring is looking after my cat. I highly recommend Bella’s for your pet-sitting needs.

- Debra, McDowell Mountain Ranch

When you leave your beloved pet with Bella’s, you can expect that your pet will be treated like family and will receive the best of care.  Bella’s does not take chances with your furry family member!  We stand in for pet parents while they are away.  Bella’s service includes quality care which equals peace of mind.

Article we wrote for national pet magazine.

green acresWhat happened this past weekend at the Green Acre Kennel in Gilbert is a tragedy. Over 20 dogs perished after an irresponsible and unprofessional business left way too many dogs in a 10 X 10 laundry room. Still under investigation, it is believed that the dog(s) chewed the wire to the air conditioning unit that was in the window, sparking a fire or electrocution to the dogs  that were trapped in that small room.

Our article yesterday about Lessons We Can Learn had over 1500 hits and today we hope to continue that education by expressing why, you, as a pet Mom or Dad should NOT be afraid to leave your pets this 4th of July weekend. Reading through all the comments on FB I have seen pet owners make remarks like:

“This is why I will never go on a vacation. I don’t trust anyone to leave my pets with.”

I understand 100% why any pet owner would be fearful after hearing about an incident like this but I urge you to arm yourself with education and facts. Fear often comes from the unknown. In this instance it is the unknown of “Will my pet(s) be safe?” “Will the pet care provider treat them like their own?” and more…

As a pet care provider who has been operating in the Scottsdale area for over 12 years I wanted to offer up these tips for pet parents who are looking for pet care providers:

(1.) Not All Options Are Best For Every Pet.

Pet Taxi

Car ride!

Pets are just kids trapped in fur suits, right? So every pet is different. Knowing your pets needs will really help determine which solution is right for you.

Kennels - Dogs that get along with others. Adapt to different environments better than others. Are socialized and love to play in play groups. Don’t mind loud sounds or change of environment. Love car rides! Downside to this is pick up and drop off times outside of business hours and inability to get daily updates.

In Your Home Pet Sitting - Some only will eat when they are at home.  Some are old and like to lay on their bed and have all the sights, smells, and sounds say home.  Pets have a strict routine and like to be walked. Pets don’t like riding in the car or parents can’t get them in the car. Parents like to come home to their pets without having to transport them. This option will also offer the pet parent a peace of mind phone call, email, or text message with pictures each day. So go, enjoy your day on the beach knowing your pet is well cared for.

In Another Home Boarding - Some simply can’t stay home alone, but being in a facility isn’t a good option either. For these pets, in home boarding is usually a great option. Although, if doing the in home boarding, it is always important to know if it is private (only your pets) or group (other pets as well). How often the person will be home. Will the pets ever be unattended. What their back up plan is? How safe is their perimeter including pool gates and multiple barriers to help prevent escaping. Warning: It is better to go with a professional company who makes it their full time living than someone you can find on the internet doing this work on the side.

(2.) What Is The Business’ Reputation?

Article we wrote for national pet magazine.

Article we wrote for national pet magazine.

Key word is BUSINESS. Are they listed with the state?  Do they have insurance? What types? There is business liability insurance (in case anything happens and they are negligent) bonding (dishonesty), and workman’s compensation (if the worker gets hurt on the job). I can’t tell you how many pet care companies would appear to be professional but don’t hold the basic liability insurance. Although, please be aware that just because they have paid for it, doesn’t mean that they are automatically a great company. Just take a look what happened with this pet sitting company.

If you are looking for a pet care provider, ask your veterinarian. Do they know anyone personally? Would they leave their own pets with the business? Ask your friends on social media who they trust. Take a good look at the business’ website. Does it look like they have enough pride in creating a professional website or does it look like a 3rd grader did it? Do they answer their phone when you call? Are they easily accessible?

(3.) How Did You Feel After Your Meeting Or Tour?

We all have a 6th sense. Use it!  When you toured the facility, met the pet sitter, or did a visit to the home that was going to be taking your dog in… how did you feel? What did it smell like, if it were a a facility? Was the pet sitter punctual and professional? Was the home clean and safe for dogs? Did you click with the person. Did you feel warm and fuzzy? Were you able to reach them when you needed them via phone or email? Did your pets like them? This is the toughest part of explain because it is more of a feeling.

dog walker in scottsdale

(4.) What Is The Companies Training?

Anyone who is taking care of pets NEEDS to know about how they function and basic first aid care. No, growing up with pets or just “loving” pets does not qualify them either. Knowing what to look for to see if a pet is experiencing heat stroke, or what to do if they have heat exhaustion, or perhaps knowing what temperature is too to hot to walk them because it will burn the pads of their feet. If it isn’t hot, does the professional understand what other conditions to look for, like bloat? There is so much to know about pets and equally as much to know about running a pet care business. Any dog kennel facility should have training on canine body language and breaking up dog fights. Don’t be afraid to ask “What would you do?” questions and ask how and where they learned.

(5.) Research Online

One of your best defenses, I believe, is doing a google search on the business’ name. Find out how much has been written about them. Do they come up on multiple pages? Have they done things in their community? Won awards? Written blogs? Been published? Good reviews? Bad reviews? (A note about bad reviews… no one on this earth is perfect. I would be weary of a business who didn’t have ANY bad reviews, but how they reply to them matters. Don’t be afraid to ask them about the review either!) Google can’t lie and once it is online, it is there forever. Check their social media. Are they socially responsible? Their online footprint will tell you a lot about them.

Don’t Be Scared To Leave Town!

I can’t tell you the countless amounts of people who have called me with bad experiences from previous pet care decisions. It is a tough hill to climb once your trust has been broken. You want to do everything possible to prevent it. A good pet care professional should know and understand this if you express it to them. Heck, we do! :) In fact we have a ton of respect for those who really put us through the tough questions and not just say “Hi! I found you on Google, here are the keys to my house and my pets.”  As a business owner, I WANT to prove our integrity to you and I would say that any serious business owner who cares about their business would feel the same way. Please, don’t let these tragic events sway you to never leave your pets again. We get clients on a monthly basis who call us with these exact fears, and we are able to turn them into raving fans.

If you are reading this and still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I don’t care where you are in the valley or what types of pet care services you are looking for. If you would like help in making your decision or know if we would trust our own pets with the company you are considering… shoot me an email. I would love to hear from you. The contact form is to the right.

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