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!
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
This article was published in the Tribune on Shannon’s Pet Sitting! Chicago’s NW Suburbs Ultimate in Compassionate & Professional Pet Care – Chicago Tribune Click Here to Contact Shannon's Pet Sittingread more
It’s a great service to have a pet sitter that helps you out by coming in to take care of your pets while you are away. They feed your pets, take dogs for walks, clean the litter boxes, an give your pets lots of love & attention. There are a addition services & perks that your pet sitter maybe able to provide that you never thought of. Some of them may cost an additional charge but others may be included or complimentary! Some additional services your pet sitter may include at no additional charge are: Bringing in newspapers and...read more
The 411 on Feline Fleas Unfortunately the common flea(Ctenocephalides felis) is not species specific. They will choose a dog or cat host. Occasionally, rabbit and hedgehog fleas may be found on cats. Cats are more popular hosts than we think! Your cat could get fleas from anywhere. Fleas can catch a ride from outside to in the house on the family dog & then decide to relocate on the family cat. They could also be hiding inside a new apartment, condo or townhouse a previous pet owner was in. I actually had a cat sitting client who’s...read more
I’ve been owned by cats for over 20 years now and to see how the cat litter industry has changed & evolved over the years is crazy to say the least! I feel sorry for new cat owners now a days. There are so many options flooding the market it boggles a cat owners mind a lot more than it used to! I’m constantly having cat owners ask me what I use & I prefer. It basically comes down to personal preference. The type of litter you choose depends on your personality & lifestyle as weird as it may sound. Cost is also a factor...read more
So you decide to take a trip and now need to line up a pet sitter to care for your furry babies. Hopefully your sitter is available or, you can find one that is available. You have to keep in mind that just because you need a pet sitter doesn’t mean they will be available to care for your pets. Busy times of the year for pet sitters tend to be the Holidays & times that everybody else is off work. A good sign of a good pet sitter is one that books up quickly. It means they are in high demand & pet owners love their services....read more