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Kids’ Pet Care Responsibilities

As parents, there are some things we just know.  For example, Johnny may REALLY want that puppy; he emphatically promises that he’ll feed, water, and walk the puppy every day; but, six months from now, WE will be feeding, watering, and walking that puppy.  Once the initial rush of excitement passes for Johnny, he will […]

How Being a Pet Owner Prepared Me for Becoming a Parent

Being a parent is a richly rewarding but tough job.  Kids don’t come with operator’s manuals, so parenting is often mastered through the equivalent of on-the-job training.  First-time parents often feel unprepared, but, from my experience, being a pet “owner” (or, as I call it, a pet parent) can foster the development of a lot […]

Teaching Your Child to Be a Responsible Pet Owner

You want your child to learn responsibility, compassion, and the joy of giving and receiving love.  One way to help your child learn these valuable life lessons is to adopt a four-legged family member and have your child absorb some care-giving responsibility for the newest member of the family.  Here are some tips to accomplish […]

When Your Beloved Pet Dies, How Do You Tell Your Kids?

For many of us, our pets are part of our family.  Loss of a treasured family member, the family pet, is profoundly heart-breaking.  And explaining the death to your kids can be quite difficult as well.  Death is a complex subject to process intellectually . . . add a deep layer of grief on top […]

Health Benefits of Having a Pet

You are considering adopting a pet.  What are the health benefits that you and your family may enjoy by having a pet? 1. Lowered blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels 2. Reduced stress, less anxiety 3. Strengthened immune system (medical studies now indicate that children who were raised in homes with a […]

Preparing Your Pet for the Arrival of Your Baby

What happens when your 4-legged friend becomes an “older sibling” to a human child?  How do you prepare your pet for the arrival of baby?  DOGS AND CATS: Consistency is key.  Your pet may sense that a lot of things are changing in his/her world.  For example, the guest room is painted and furnished with […]

When Your Children Have Four Legs and Excess Body Hair

For many families, pets are people too.  Pets love unconditionally, just as your toddler does.  They depend on you for your care, just as your toddler does.  They need to be supervised, praised and redirected by you in order to behave in the way that is consistent with your family’s expectations . . . just […]

How do you care for your pet when you are away?

Whether you’re planning an upcoming vacation, envisioning late nights at the office or anticipating some road trips with your kid’s soccer team, sometimes you need some help taking care of your pets.  Care4Hire offers experienced, reliable, trustworthy pet sitters to help with your family’s needs. The benefits to hiring Care4Hire’s pet sitters include: Happy, blissful […]