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What to Look for in a Pet Sitter

You and your family are planning a family vacation.  Your pets prefer to stay at home.  So, you’ve decided to hire a temporary pet sitter to attend to your pets while you are away.  What should you look for in a pet sitter? Your pet sitter should have clean background checks. (For example, no history […]

Babies and Pets

Babies and pets: do they go together?  If so, what circumstances create the best match between babies and pets? Babies and pets can be a great pairing.  However, babies and pets can be a disastrous pairing as well.  It thus becomes essential to choose pets that are well suited for life with small children.  Let’s […]

Military Families and Their Pets

Military families are a special breed of cat.  And, speaking of cats, military families can face unique challenges when traveling or relocating with their Felix (or Fido) if you decide not to hire a pet sitter.  For those of you who face these challenges, we have a few tips for you to make your life […]

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 […]

Finding the Right Pet for Your Family

You’ve been thinking about adopting a pet.  What do you need to consider when finding the pet that’s right for your family? Interests. What do your family members want in a pet? Is somebody cute, fuzzy, and cuddly desired? A puppy or kitten may be in keeping with your pet wish-list. Would somebody who is […]

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 […]

Gift Giving For Your Pets

According to a 2007 Harris Poll, 88% of pet owners have four-legged children rather than “pets“.  You may hear someone say, “I have three children.  My first-born, Tiny, is an 8-year-old Great Dane; my middle child, John, is in first grade; and my baby, Jane, is in kindergarten.”  It is not surprising, then, that people […]