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!
One of the key things about being a pet sitter is the clients pets become like your own. You form a bond and relationship with them as you get to know each other. I always have people telling me what a fun job pet sitting sounds like. How easy I must have it as a pet sitter getting to play with animals all day. My key reply phase is “It’s not all Sunshine, Rainbows, Puppies & Kittens.” This weekend was one of those examples. It was supposed to be a routine, basic, easy pet sitting weekend with a lot of my regular pets to...read more
Out of all the animals I have cared for over the years I have to say cats are the most difficult to medicate. Dogs are easily fooled with peanut butter, liver sausage or just popping a pill down their throat. Some cats are easy to medicate. My cat Sheena & my sisters cat Cassie are purrfect when it comes to popping pills down their throats. But they are only part of the small percentage out there who cooperate. Personally speaking after working with hundreds of cats over the years I have to say that my cat Kizzy who has kidney failure is...read more
When you hire a pet sitter the main object is for them to take care of your pets right? You want your pets happy, and spoiled while you are away. It is not unusual for pet owners to have a long list that they leave for pet sitters of quirks and things that are part of their pets normal routine. As a pet owner myself, my pet sitter friends who care for my cats when I go on vacation laugh about how I’m so much like my clients with the long list and notes of things I leave for them. You can never give too much information to a pet sitter!...read more
Doggie Daycares have been around a long time, but the concept took a while to catch on. I admit myself I was a skeptic and thought they would hurt my pet sitting business. Over the years I have grown to appreciate Doggy Daycare and the concept behind what they are about. Doggie Daycare Provides Supervision, Socialization and Stimulation. The best example to give would be how your dog greets you when you return home after being at work all day. You get home and they are bouncing off the walls. They are jumping all over you, barking and exciting...read more
Choosing a pet sitter to care for your pets is one of the hardest decisions pet owners have to make next to choosing a vet. Shannon’s Pet Sitting wants to help to make the decision a little easier for pet owners. In addition to a FREE Consultation to come meet you & your pets we also offer a 25% discount off the TOTAL of your first pet care service! Contact us today to set up your COMPLIMENTARY consultation & print the coupon below to get your discount! I GUARANTEE you’ll see why so many pet owners choose...read more
I had been contacted by a pet owner on Facebook. He knew me through the Kane County Chamber of Commerce, and had just gotten a new puppy. He asked if I had a veterinarian in the area I recommended, I referred him to mine. He was so pleased with that recommendation he came back and asked if I knew a dog groomer in the area. So I referred him to a dog groomer I know and work with. He ended up meeting her by chance at the local Dairy Queen one evening a week later. He contacted me to let me know how pleased he was with the businesses I referred...read more
You go to the internet to find a service to help care for your pet. They ask you “What services are you seeking?” and list the options: Pet Sitting Dog Walking Pet Boarding Doggie Day Care Which one do you pick? What does each entails? You had no clue there were so many options! What are the differences? The pet care industry is booming and there are a number of different types of services available to pet owners now. Here is a breakdown of what these different services are, other terminology commonly used, and what...read more
Pet Sitting prices in Chicago’s NW suburbs vary depending on the service provider. Services determine their prices based on many different factors and not all of them are the same. The pricing and company can make a difference in you and your pets’ pet sitting service. The mentioned Pet Sitting companies published rates were used in obtaining this information: FROM MY HOUSE TO YOURS PAWS BUTLER MUSTANG SALLY HORSE AND PET SITTING ELITE PET SITTERS ANN’S PET SERVICE BRIGHT STAR PET SITTERS ALONE AT HOME PET SERVICES The average...read more
Q: Does Shannon’s Pet Sitting have references? A: Yes, I am happy to provide references to first time clients. Testimonials of my service are also available on my website and online. http://www.shannonspetsitting.net/about/testimonials Click Here to Contact Shannon's Pet Sittingread more
Q: Does Shannon’s Pet Sitting meet with the owner & their pet(s) in advance? Is there a charge for this in-home meeting?
A: A complimentary consultation to come by & meet with you and your pet at your home is provided to first time clients. The consultation allows me to become familiar with you and your pet(s) as well as set up your customized services. It is a chance to get to know each other, for me to see your pet’s environment, interact with your pet(s) and to see if a comfortable business relationship is equally feasible More information on the Complimentary Consultation is available on the “Complimentary Consultation ” page of my...read more
When does a pet sitter get vacation time if they are caring for everybody else’s pets? I HATE not being available to my clients because I know how much they depend on me to care for their pets. But I just can not work 365 days a year. It was my choice to not hire pet sitters to work for me & to be a sole proprietor. Being a sole proprietor that’s one of the downsides of trying to take time off. You don’t have a “back up”. I’m fortunate enough to have my affiliate Sally who can cover for me most of the...read more
I am constantly learning everyday about pet behavior, body language, and communication by interacting with the animals I care for. One behavior I started noticing with the dogs I work with within the last year is them “bowing to me”. At first when I saw “Friday” a Heeler/Malamute, “Special Needs Behavioral” dog I care for do it, I thought he was just stretching. Then I notice he does it everytime I walk into the house. It got me wondering, and I let it sit in the back of my mind. Then I noticed...read more
Spring is emerging and summer won’t be far behind. With that comes the enjoyment of getting out to the park or forest preserve with you dog. A good game of fetch with your dog is a great bonding activity. As simple as it may seem to grab a stick for your dog to chase after there are many risk factors involved. Dogs can sustain multiple injuries from sticks ranging from mild trauma to life-threatening damage. They range from simple scratches to the lining of the mouth to limb paralysis, esophageal punctures, blood loss and acute and chronic...read more
**CONSUMER ALERT** (*SHARE*) **RECALL** “BRAVO! Issues a Voluntary Recall for Three Raw Frozen Food Diet for Dogs and Cats Because of Possible SALMONELLA Health Risk.” PLEASE SHARE with all your friends (***SHARE****) Bravo! News & Alerts April, 2013: Bravo! has issued a voluntary recall for three of our products. Bravo! will always stand on the side of caution when it comes to the dogs and cats that eat our foods. As such, this recall is being issued solely out of an abundance of caution. Upfront we want to...read more
As a pet sitter, you would not believe the number of dogs I come across that their owners do not walk them. It’s sad, I feel bad for the dogs. Taking a dog out for a walk is a very important element in dog ownership. Most dogs need between 30 and 60 minutes of exercise a day according to veterinarians. As they say a body in motion tends to stay in motion. So for senior dogs this is a great way to keep them moving & active. A client of mine has a 12 year old husky, Cody that they take running every day. You would never know Cody was 12...read more