Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is my favorite Holiday, Thanksgiving!  I am thankful for so many reasons, my health, my husband & family, my wonderful friends, my job, the food we are able to eat on this day and so many more!  What are you thankful for?

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Little Friends would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you, we cherish each and every one of you and your fur babies as they are our own!   We hope everyone has safe travels to see their families and to celebrate this wonderful Holiday.

Instagram contest!

Little Friends is having a Holiday contest for our clients’ pets, and we want your photos!  If you wish to be eligible, there is one stipulation..  You must be a current client of ours to qualify!  You can submit one photo per category, there are three categories:

1. Best “Holiday photo”

2. Best “Good list pup”

3. Best “Naughty list pup”

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The contest will end on Friday, January 1st, 2015 at 5 pm.  The lovely office staff will be the judges, we will pick one winner from each category on Friday, January 2nd.  The winner of “Best Holiday Photo” will receive a $50 credit to their account,  winner of “Best Good List Pup” will receive a $25 credit & winner of “Best Naughty List Pup” will receive a $25 credit as well!  Please tag us at, @littlefriendspetsitting and use #alldressedup, for category 1, #goodlist, for category 2, and #naughtylist for category 3, to make sure your photo is submitted & viewed by Little Friends.  Thank you in advance for participating in our Holiday contest:)

The Retractable Leash

We all have used it and maybe still do, it’s okay… I will not tell anyone.  I must admit that I still have a retractable leash, I use occasionally for my smaller pup, but it always causes problems for us.  Retractable leashes are supposed to be convenient for dog owners and “easier to use,”  but I am starting to think not so much.

I can recall numerous times, where my two dogs have almost seriously injured me or severed off my arm (from what it felt like), leg or hand with a retractable leash.  I think we all can, they are dangerous!  It made me wonder, how many cases are reported and how many have seriously injured dog owners?  Whether it is a loud noise, another pet or even a squirrel…everyone has been a victim of the retractable leash.

Rope burns and cuts are the worst, what about strangulation and tripping?  All these can happen from these leashes, even other dogs, bikers, cars and unexpected encounters will cause problems to a dog owner using a retractable leash.  It also allows for your pups to go into other dog’s personal territory when they are minding their own business, owners may not want that, for health and safety reasons of course.

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Here are some comments from the ASPCA, after they posted an article about retractable leashes:

“A friend of mine has a pet store in Chicago. A customers fingers were cut off by one of these leashes.” -Megan

“I was attacked around both ankles by someone else’s dog and her 16 foot fully extended retractable leash at a dog park. I could have lost a foot. After almost 10 years, I still have scars to prove it. These leashes need to be taken off the shelves. They are basically lethal weapons camouflaged as dog leashes.” -Debbie 

http://www.aspca.org/blog/four-ways-retractable-leashes-can-be-dangerous

Statistics from Consumer Reports, including injuries & recalls are below:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2009/03/retractable-leashes-pose-problems-for-people-and-their-pets/index.htm

Rare Sumatran Tiger Birth

Did you know that Tigers are in critical endangerment?  This past Fall, a Sumatran Tiger gave birth to a baby cub in London, for the first time in 17 years at the London Zoo!  This was the first birth for Sumantran Tiger, Melati and the birth only lasted 6 minutes.  She had been in zoo secrecy for 105 days about her pregnancy.  Tiger’s are extremely endangered and are on a critical decline.  Melati had met the father earlier that year at the opening of the zoo’s new Tiger Territory, encouraging breeding.  The zoo also introduced them based on their genetic diversity & thought opposites attract, so lets try it!

“Around 500 Sumatran tigers are known to exist in the wild, and all on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.”    The breeding being a success is exciting and big news, being labeled as a “conservation victory.”

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Check out this awesome video of the birth at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO9MugRwkHo

“We are simply over-the-moon about the birth of the tiger cub; it’s a momentous occasion for everyone at ZSL London Zoo and a real cause for celebration. We were nervous about the pregnancy, as it was Melati’s first cub and we didn’t know how she’d react. When it came to her due date, we were all watching our monitors with bated breath. The actual birth happened very quickly and Melati’s maternal instincts kicked in immediately, as she started licking the cub all over and it soon began wriggling around – we couldn’t have asked for a smoother birth! It’s still very early days, so we’re leaving Melati alone to take care of her adorable baby, and our cameras allow us to watch them both from a distance – so far she’s proving to be a doting mum.” -Zookeeper Paul Kybett.

 

1st Annual “Paws”itively Matthews – 11.13.14

Got plans Saturday? We do, join the Little Friends team at the first annual “Pawsitively Matthews” from 10-4 pm in downtown Matthews.  There will be plenty of vendors to see, food trucks, a DJ and a 2K dog walk!  All proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics of NC.  Although currently vendor spaces are full, you can still register for the 2k walk on the green way.  Click here to register for the walk and get more information about this fun event, http://www.matthewsnc.gov/Departments/ParksRecreation/PawsitivelyMatthews.asp

 

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Before you offer in-home boarding, read this!

Recently we got an article from Pet Sitters International informing our team about sites offering in-home boarding in addition to pet sitting via the web, bringing an important topic to our attention…  Sites like DogVacay.com and Rover.com, let you think posting your pet sitting profile on their site is legal and that they are insured, etc.   Make sure you know your state’s laws if you are offering these services or wanting to post a profile online with one of these companies, because there are regulations and laws with in-home boarding!

            Before you begin to board other’s dogs in your home please make sure you have the proper licences so you avoid a stiff fine or even jail time! For instance, the state of North Carolina law is very specific.  For example, if you even bring one dog or cat into your home and are paid for your services and have not applied for a boarding license/have had a home inspection approval,  you are in violation of the law.  Many do not think of it this way and are getting in trouble!  You can be fined up to $5,000 per occurrence, and note NC does allow the keeping of birds, caged pets, and fish in a home for compensation.  So before you go to offer any type of in-home boarding for pay, or know someone who does, check out the laws for that state!

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There has been aggressive advertising by online companies encouraging pet owners to find a home for their pets to stay while they are away, has made the idea of in-home boarding “trendy.”  For example Dogvacay.com, there are plenty of sitters to pick from that offer boarding at their personal house but they are not insured and have not had the proper inspections and or licensing to be legally housing & keeping your pets. With that said, states are taking note of this trend and cracking down on their enforcement of kennel regulations and in-home boarding.  

Questions or concerns on what you should do?  If you are unsure about your state regulations, contact your state’s Department of Agriculture, as they are the best resource for education you for your specific area.

 

Thank you!

As you all know Little Friends sponsored our first Rescue Drive in October for Family Addition Dog Rescue of Charlotte!  We wanted to thank everyone who donated and dropped off the needed supplies at our office!  Without each and every one of your donations, the rescue drive would not have been successful!  All the supplies are being delivered this week and will go to animals in need through Family Addition.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts:)  Stay tuned for our next drive coming soon, details will be posted under “PaWz for Giving” tab on our website.

Winter is Coming!

Now that it is November, it is getting colder…this means you must dress your fur babies accordingly before leaving the house!  I know some of you scoff at the idea of dressing animals but there are some that need a sweater when temps get low.  Especially if they are small or have short hair.  I myself am bad about putting clothes on my  fur babies during the winter, so this article is for me too.  “How warm your dog is able to physically keep himself may depend on his breed, size and even age, but if he just doesn’t have a heavy hair coat, there is only so much curling up he can do to conserve heat. Smaller, light bodied breeds, toy breeds, and breeds that naturally have very short or thin hair coats benefit from a warm dog sweater for when they need to go outside, or for just hanging around the house. A sweater can make a significant difference in your dog’s feeling of well-being,” according to PetMD.

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 If you are wondering if your fur baby needs some extra clothing, here are a couple tips to help you decide:

1. Dogs that tend to have short-cropped hair, i.e., Poodles because they can loose heat easier with their short haircut need extra clothing.

2. Older dogs with weaker immune systems and dogs with diseases that impair hair growth (i.e., Cushing’s Disease and  Hypothyroidism).

3. Greyhounds, Chihuahuas, & Terriers are breeds that can use the extra insulation.

Now, if you have decided that putting extra clothing on your fur baby is the route needed here is another great tip.  The fabric does matter!  A good blend of washable cotton and wool is your best bet.  Do not put pants on your pet either, it is a no no.  And make sure to measure your pet’s body before you buy them a sweater.  Have fun while keeping warm this winter!

For more information, http://www.petmd.com/dog/seasonal/evr_dg_sweaters_for_dogs