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The Twilight Bark Blog

The Twilight Bark was the from the movie “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”. In the movie the Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita use the the “Twilight Bark” to ask for help from the other dogs in England. It was a way of getting news out among the dog community quick.

So in essence, this blog is where I’ll get news & information out to people in the pet community! As well as share my adventures as a pet sitter!

 

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Martingale Collars – What are they & why use them?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

People often see Greyhounds and Whippets (Sight hounds or racing dogs) with different dog collars that look like a choke collar but don’t have any prongs. These collars are called Martingale collars which are also known as Greyhound Collars or Humane Choke Collars. These collars are use specifically for Sight hounds (ie Greyhounds, Whippets, Italian Greyhounds, Borzoi, Saluki, etc) because their necks are larger than their head and they can slip out of traditional side release collars. Martingale collars provide more control over the animal...

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The mighty cat litter debate – what brand to choose?

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Cat Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

Over the course of 20 years and 8 cats in our family I’ve use a fair share of cat litters. You choose a cat litter based off of your life style & needs. Over the past few years I’ve done quite a few litter trails based on my cat’s needs, and preference as well as my own. The cat litter “trails” began about 6 years ago when I got sick and tired of all of the cat litter tracking all over my house and the amount of dust on everything. I was using “Scoop Away” Multi cat clumping litter. Our family had started using “Scoop...

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Illinois ranks at one of the top states for Dog bites!

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting, The Twilight Bark | 1 comment

Scary statistics from State farm insurance – in 2012 Illinois ranked #2 in the U.S. for dog bites with just over 400 claims. We didn’t do much better in 2013 with over 300 dog bite claims! National Dog Bite Prevention Week 2014 kicks off May 18. Funny how every article I read about it I keep seeing “this is the perfect time to educate CHILDREN on the importance of interacting appropriately with dogs. Teach KIDS never to hug or kiss a dog on the face. If your CHILD is approached by a strange dog, teach him to stand still. Remind CHILDREN...

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Importance of READING your Pet Sitting Contract

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Cat Care, Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

A pet sitting contract is more than filling out dates of when to care for your pet & how much is charged. It’s a legally binding document agreeing to the terms of your pets care in your home. It is a scary fact that over 50% of pet owners DO NOT actually read their pet sitting contracts! Sadly they usually find out after the fact what the contract actually stated and suffer the consequences the hard way which ends up costing them money in the long run. Professional Pet Sitting Services have contracts in place for the best interest of...

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Why Pet Sitters have Cancellation Policies

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Cat Care, Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

Do you actually “Read” your pet sitting companies contract? The contract is for you, your pet & your pet sitter’s benefit. Policies and liability waivers are put in place by professional pet sitting companies for good reasons. The number one thing often missed on contracts by pet owners is the cancellation policy. Then they are upset because they still get charged for services they had scheduled. Don’t be caught off guard and end up saying ” I missed that in the contract, so my fault.” Many pet owners...

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Prolonging the inevitable….saying goodbye to our pets.

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Cat Care, Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

No matter how we try to prepare ourselves it is never easy to lose a pet. It has been a very rough couple months for me & my family in regards to our pets. My new kitten Cleo fought a long hard battle to beat Parvo. I had to face the possibility she may not make it because there was only a 1% survival rate. My sister lost her 12 year old kitty Cassie to cancer in early March. Then 2 weeks later I lost my best friend of 14 years, my cat Kizmet (aka Kizzy) to lung cancer. It was a roller coaster of emotions and 7 years since our family had...

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FeLV, FIV, and FIP in cats

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Cat Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

Two weeks after adopting my kitten Cleo in January 2014, we took on the battle of Parvo head on & beat it! Cleo was in the 1% of survivors. Along the way she caught a secondary infection and the veterinarian mentioned testing her for FeLV, FIV, and FIP. But then she seemed fine after given antibiotics. She was given the all clear & the veterinarian gave her the 2nd combined FVRCP vaccine shot which protects against Feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Cleo spiked more fevers for almost a week! Now in hind...

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Think before submitting that FREE pet sitter inquiry request!

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Cat Care, Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

When pet owners submit FREE inquires to websites like PetSitting.com to find a pet sitter – the pet sitter pays for that lead!! Please try to take into consideration if you are positive you REALLY NEED a pet sitter & if you are willing to pay for a professional pet sitter before inquiring. Because those dead end inquiries cost hard working pet sitters money & time. Click Here to Contact Shannon's Pet Sitting...

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Ultimate in Pet Sitting for East & West Dundee, IL

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Cat Care, Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting | Comments Off

If you are a resident of East & West Dundee, IL and are in need of a Pet Sitter look no further than Shannon’s Pet Sitting! Shannon’s Pet Sitting is an award winning professional pet care service specialized in pets with behavioral issues, medical needs & Senior pets. Shannon’s Pet Sitting has been providing compassionate & professional pet care to the residents of East & West Dundee, IL since 2010 when Shannon moved to the area. All pet care is provided in the pet owners home. This allows the pet to remain in...

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Does you pet sitter know what to do in a medical emergency?

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Cat Care, Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting | Comments Off

We don’t like to think it will happen while we are away but you never know. Your pet ends up having a medical emergency while you are out of town and they are left with a pet sitter.  Does your pet sitter know what to do in this situation? Does you pet sitter know who to call? Does your pet sitter know who your regular veterinarian is or where the closest animal emergency room is? Pet Sitters need to be able to keep a cool logical head in an emergency or medical situation. They need to be able to correctly asses the situation with the...

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Pet Sitting in Barrington Hills, IL

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Cat Care, Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

If you live in Barrington Hills, IL and are need of somebody to care for your pets – you’re in luck! Shannon’s Pet Sitting is the Ultimate in Compassionate & Professional pet care in Barrington Hills, IL! We provide personalized pet care for your dogs, cats, ferrets, birds & fish. With one-on-one care  tailored to your pets individual needs. All of our pet sitting services are provided in the pet owners home. This allows the pet to remain stress free in their own environment and on their normal routine.  We provide...

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Pet Sitting in Hoffman Estates, IL

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Cat Care, Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

If you live in Hoffman Estates, IL and are in need of a pet sitter to care for your pets while you are out of town or on vacation you have come to the right place! Shannon’s Pet Sitting is an award winning professional pet care service serving the town of Hoffman Estates. We pride ourselves on be the ultimate in compassionate & professional pet care. We specialize in pet with behavioral issues, medical needs & senior pets. We have 2 certified veterinary assistants on staff and all of our sitters are certified in pet CPR &...

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Need a pet sitter in Algonquin, IL?

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Cat Care, Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, Pet Sitter, Pet sitting, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

If you are in need of pet sitter or pet care and live in Algonquin, IL you are in luck! Shannon’s Pet Sitting proudly services Algonquin, IL. Providing the Ultimate in Compassionate & Professional pet care, our award winning pet sitting services will give you peace of mind while you are away from your furry, feathered & scaly babies. Shannon’s Pet Sitting has multiple services available and we are able to tailor your pet’s care to whatever you needs may be. All of our pet care services are provided in the pet owners...

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Micro-chipping Your Pet Isn’t Enough

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Cat Care, Dog Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

So many pets are micro-chipped that are adopted from rescues & shelters. Pet owners also get their pets “chipped” by their vets as well if the breeder or rescue didn’t already do it. But that little device won’t do you or your pet any good it it’s not registered and kept up to date. When a pet is adopted from a rescue or breeder the micro-chip is pre-registered to that breeder or rescue – NOT you! When you take your pet home you have to contact the micro-chip company & “register” the...

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Cat Food Recall!!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 in Cat Care, Miscellaneous, Pet Care, The Twilight Bark | Comments Off

It was announced today that Pro-Pet LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hubbard Life and QC Plus dog food and Hubbard Life and Joy Combo cat food because of possible salmonella contamination. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning in pets include lethargy, diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Pro-Pet, based in St. Marys, Ohio, urged pet owners who purchased any of the recalled food to discontinue its use and call 888-765-4190 for further instructions. Customer service representatives will answer calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday through...

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