Big Blessings Come In Small Doggy Packages

The night my Grandma passed away was the night she was told her long haired Chihuahua, Saidey, had a home and that she was taken care of.  After a long struggle to stay alive, she could finally let go and rest in peace knowing that her loyal companion was being well taken care of.

When she knew that she was getting close to the end of her life, my Grandma continually made me promise that Saidey would be taken care of and not just taken to the pound. I am so happy that I am able to honor her wishes.

This little 8lb, long haired Chihuahua came into my life with a personality that doesn’t quit and loyalty to match it. Sometimes I swear that my Grandma passed away and a little piece of her went into Saidey to watch over me. Though at times she really tries my patience with her stubbornness and desperate need to be my alarm system; she more than makes up for it with her goofy personality, playfulness and the many naps shared together cuddled up in warm blankets.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never something that is easy to face, but knowing that I was able to bring my Grandmother peace before she died comforts me on those days when I wish she were here.

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Rest in peace Grandma Bev, Saidey is taking good care of me down here 😉


Chicken Jerky Recalls – Dog Health From Your Northville Pet Sitter

It is my job as a pet sitter to keep you informed of the latest pet related news and already in 2013 there are recalls that can affect your dog!

After an entire year of over 2,000 reported reactions and 360 deaths, Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek brand dog treats are FINALLY off the shelves. Milo’s Kitchen, though not pulling it’s products off the shelf yet, announced yet another recall on January 9th, 2013 on it’s Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers dog treats.

These chicken jerky treats, which are made in China, may be made with a chicken antibiotic that is not approved in the United States. The FDA has received thousands of complains from dog owners who say their dogs are experiencing symptoms like gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea, and kidney problems.

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If you’d like to get your dog treats or snacks do your research first. Investigate and find out if the treats you’d like to get your dog have a history of being recalled and find out their ingredients.

Just like with humans, just because it is on the shelves doesn’t mean it is safe for us to eat. Our dogs rely on us to keep them healthy and feeding them chicken jerky is not the way to keep them healthy and feeling their best!

5 Doggy Daycare Truths You Need To Know

Ah, the great pet care debate: isn’t doggy daycare a better option for my dog than hiring a dog walker? I mean, my dog will get a full day of playing with other dogs compared to just one or two visits from a dog walker, right?Doggy Daycare Northville

These are common questions that we hear most of the time from clients who are looking for the best option for their dog while they are at work. These are completely valid questions and in theory, it sure does look like doggy day care is the best option for your dog right?

However, most pet parents don’t look at the whole picture when debating between doggy daycare and a dog walker. Often times the “length of time” and the price are the only things that they focus on but in reality there is so much more to factor in before you make your decision.

The following are 5 things that might make you reconsider taking your dog to doggy daycare:

1) Your dog will not be getting much one on one attention. It’s just not possible for a daycare facility that often has anywhere from 15-50 dogs at a time, with one or two staff members, to provide your dog with individualized care. The staff is there mainly to break up any fights that might happen, keep up on cleaning up pee and poo and to make sure no one is getting hurt. Beyond that, your dog is on their own.

2) Your dog is at a high risk of injury. Your dog can get injured from rough-house playing  or getting into a fight with another dog. And YES this DOES happen. I took my Golden Retriever, Copper to a daycare in Novi for the day so he could play and socialize with other dogs. Within an hour of play, I received a call from the facility saying they were rushing my poor boy to the vet because another dog attacked him and tore his ear into two halves. When there are that many dogs in one place interacting with each other, it is absolutely impossible, no matter how much pre-screening a doggy day care does, to prevent fights from breaking out.

3) Playtime with other dogs is great but too much play with no structure and no mental stimulation can create behavioral problems. Dogs thrive off of structure and having rules. When they do not have to follow any structure of any sort, they start behaving like animals rather than our trained companions.

4) Get ready to do some driving and rearranging your schedule. Doggy Daycare facilities all have pick up/drop off times of some sort. So, you need to plan extra time in your morning commute to drop your dog off at the facility, plan extra time driving home and be sure you leave in enough time from work to make the pick up deadline otherwise you incur extra charges or your dog is forced to stay overnight in boarding.

5) Your dog will be at risk of infections and illnesses from other dogs. Most doggy daycare’s require vaccinations including Bordetella vaccinations. However, those are not the only illnesses that dogs can pick up from each other and there is no way for a large facility to health screen every single dog beyond having their vaccinations up to date.

Doggy Daycare is certainly not an evil place with only negative sides to it, otherwise they wouldn’t be around! However you need to really evaluate your dog and what you’re willing to expose him to and what he can handle. Not every dog is the same and your decision to take him to daycare should be based on more than just the amount of playing he can do or the price.

Why Did I Become A Pet Sitter?

I walked in to the kennel and the first thing I noticed was the pink nose of a richly colored Chocolate Lab. She pressed her body against hoto of Northville Pet Sitterthe chains of her kennel so she could be pet through the links. Unlike most of the other dogs who were barking and jumping around, she just sat quietly and peacefully as if to say “I’ve finally found who I was looking for.” From that moment on my dog Casey and I have been inseparable. She not only is there in happy times but also comforts me when I am sick and protects me from danger. She is my best friend, my companion and my guardian angel.

I know that I am not alone in the way I feel about Casey or any of my other animals. We all share a certain bond with our pets that is unlike any other in this world; which is why I became a pet sitter. My clients are pet parents just like me;  you worry about your fur babies like they are children and when they are not with you, you worry about how they are being taken care of and if they are happy. I strive every day to make sure my staff and I make your pets as happy and as comfortable as possible while their Mom & Dad are away. Not only do we spend time making your pets as happy as possible; we also keep you updated on how they are doing so you don’t have to ruin your time away from home worrying about them.

Owning a pet sitting business to me is more than playing with cute puppies and kittens all day (though I will admit it is fun!). It is making sure that I provide you with the peace of mind knowing that, by leaving your fur babies with Menlys Pet Care, you couldn’t have placed them in more dependable and caring hands.


How Much Does Pet Sitting Cost In Northville Mi?

Operating a successful and reliable pet sitting business costs money to ensure the longevity of the company. Though it may seem like pet sitters’ only jobs are to go from house to house playing with pets all day long, there is more to it than that.

On average, a professional pet sitting company has the following expenses:

  • Insurance
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  • State Licensing Fees
  • Monthly Website Costs
  • Accounting Fees
  • Payroll Fees
  • Scheduling System Fees
  • Taxes
  • Miscellaneous Fees (picking up supplies for clients if they run out etc.)
  • Gas

In order for a pet sitting company to stay in business and provide you with professional service, their rates need to account for their expenses plus leave enough left over so it can pay it’s staff.

“But I found a pet sitter that charges only $8 per visit, won’t they do the same thing a professional company would be for less?”

The answer is “No”. Though it may seem like you’re getting a great deal by spending less at the time, in the long run you will end up wishing you went with the professional company who charges more. A pet sitter who charges $8 a visit is not making enough to cover all of the necessary expenses needed to survive and will quickly either have to raise their rates or discontinue being a pet sitter.  Also, more often than not $8 pet sitters are pet sitting as a hobby on the side of their real job which means they cannot be as dedicated to pet sitting as a professional pet sitter is.

Would you hire a baby sitter for your children strictly based on “who is the cheapest?”. No – you would want to hire someone who is reliable, trust worthy, has a great reputation and provides you and your children with outstanding care. The same goes for your pets. Pet sitting isn’t just about laying down some food and going for a walk or playtime. There is peace of mind in knowing that you can count on your pet sitter through hell or high water, your belongings are safe while they are in your home and most importantly; your pets are cared for as well, or better, than they would be if you were doing the job yourself.

Contact Menlys Pet Care today and experience the difference!


What Types of Pets Do We Care For?

Many people think that pet sitting is just for dogs and cats so when I meet with someone and tell them that I have done pet sitting for horses I always get the same reaction; I wide eyed expression followed by “really?!”. Yes, really! Menlys Pet Care does not only provide pet care for the lovely dogs and cats of the Northville area but we also provide care for a wide assortment of other animals as well!

We have had the pleasure of pet sitting for some very lovely horses in Northville. Actually, some of my favorite pet sitting experiences and stories have happened while spending some time at the barn with these big beauties!

We have also spent some time taking care of chickens in Northville! I find these pet sits exceptionally interesting! We get to collect fresh eggs, play with baby chicks and hang out with some chickens. What a cool job!

We have also done pet sitting for snakes. rabbits, birds, frogs and fish! We always keep our door open to whatever pets you may have all pets are part of the family; whether they have scales, fluff or feathers, are small, large  or somewhere in between we will happily make them a part of the Menlys Pet Care family.

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Our Best Dog Walking Tips

Taking your dog on a walk is not only a great way for your dog and you to burn some energy (both physically and mentally), but it is also a great way to build a bond with your dog. However, the enjoyment of going on a walk with your dog can quickly be ruined if your dog is unruly on a leash or you don’t know how to walk him properly. Here are some tips to get the most out of your dog walking experience!

1) Never let your dog walk in front of you. Dogs are pack animals and every pack has a leader. In order for your dog to respect you as his owner, you have to show him that you are his leader. If you’re letting him walk in front of you during a walk, you’re telling your dog that HE is the leader and that he is in charge. Be sure that your dog is always walking directly beside you or behind you at all Dog Walking Northville times.

2) Keep a steady pace. By keeping a quick and steady pace, you’re giving your dog a something to focus on. If she is busy keeping up a steady pace with you and focusing on her walk, it leaves little room for her to pay attention to things that my distract her and make her behave badly.

3) Don’t allow your dog to sniff and pee wherever she wants. Along the lines of tip #1, you need to be the pack leader for your dog. When you let your dog sniff and pee every bush, tree, pole and fire hydrant you pass, you’re telling your dog that she can do whatever she wants, when she wants. Make your dog walk close to you and stay focused for 15 minutes and then release her by saying “Okay” or “Go Potty” and give her time to check and send her pee-mail.

4) Don’t use a harness if your big dog is a puller. Why? Think about it logically. What do sled dogs use to pull a sled? A harness. What do working dogs wear to pull carts and other objects? A harness. Why do they use a harness? Because it allows the dog to use ALL of its body weight. So when you use a harness in an attempt at getting your dog to stop pulling, you’re essentially giving them more weight to use against you. There are some harnesses that are specifically designed to stop pulling but in our opinion, you’re better off with a walking aide that goes on there neck or a head halter. When using a collar or a walking aide on a dogs face or neck, you (the leader) have more control over where you want your dog to go because they have less strength in their neck. You’re at even more of an advantage if you use a head halter because where the head goes, the body follows. It uses the same idea as a horse harness and you’re able to gently guide your dog to walking appropriately. NOTE: The exception to this tip is if you have a dog that is under 25lbs. Their necks are so small that they can easily be damaged if they get pulled on. Be sure to use a harness for your little dog!

3 Ways To Be The Best Pet Sitting Client

Having a great pet sitter that you trust with your pets and your home is invaluable. A great working relationship with your pet sitter requires a little bit of work on the part of the pet sitter and the pet owner.Lover Valentine Havanese puppy

Yes, that means you!

If you want to get the absolute best out of having a pet sitter, you need to make an effort to be a great client that your pet sitter just can’t wait to take care of.

How do you do that? It’s simple! Follow the 3 simple steps below and you’ll quickly become among your pet sitter’s favorite clients!

1. Schedule In Advance – as soon as you know your work schedule or your travel plans, let your pet sitter know when you’ll be needing them! Not only does it ensure that your pet sitter will be able to take care of your pets, it also alleviates scheduling nightmares for your pet sitter while they scramble to try and fit in last minute requests.

2. Pay On Time – Yes, we absolutely love what we do! We get to take care of animals all day, who wouldn’t enjoy that?? But, we do also need to make a living. When you leave payment on time it shows that you respect your pet sitter and the hard work that they do for you and your pets.

3. Stock Up On Supplies – Nothing is more frustrating for a pet sitter than when we are taking care of a dog and they run out of food half way through our services or when we have to scrape the very bottom of the litter box for the last few grains of litter because there wasn’t any left to fill the box up appropriately. Us pet sitters can’t do our best when we don’t have the proper supplies to take care of your pets!

The great thing about pet sitting is that you, as the pet owner, have to do very little! We come to your house and pretty much take care of everything for you.

If you can stick to these 3 small suggestions, you’ll go a long way towards forging a great relationship with your pet sitter, helping to make someones job just a little easier and getting the most out of pet sitting services as a whole!

What Are The Benefits Of Having A Dog Walker

One of the most important things our dog’s need to live happy, well balanced lives is exercise. Sometimes it can be hard to give your dog a good walk everyday because we work long hours and then when we come home, the last thing we feel like doing is going for a walk. There is a solution to both give your dog the exercise she needs AND alleviate your guilt from not being able to walk her properly, hire a professional dog walker!

What Are The Benefits To Having A Dog Walker?

  • Your dog walker will come right to your home and walk your dog for you
  • A dog walker will be able to provide your dog with one on one, undivided attention
  • Your dog will get a much needed potty break in the middle of the day while you’re working hard to pay for her bones and chew toys
  • A structured walk each day not only exercises your dog’s body, but it also exercises his mind by giving him a task to focus on
  • A walk every day will reduce behavioral problems related to boredom and built up energy
  • A professional dog walker is not only there to help you exercise your dog but they can be a valued part of your team to properly care for your dog, just like the veterinarian or the groomer.
  • If your dog is older or cannot go on walks for some reason, a dog walker can still provide them with a potty break and some companionship during the day!

Our lives can be very demanding but no matter what, our dogs are always there waiting for us at the end of the day with a wagging tail and unconditional love. You can give the same love back to them by making sure all of their needs are met and getting a dog walker is a great way to do that!

Menly’s Pet Care offers daily dog walking services in the Northville area! Whether your dog needs a long walk, playtime in the back yard or just a potty break to be comfortable while you work long hours, we cover it all. To find out more about our dog walking services click here