March 2016

Hot Weather Fun for Dogs

Let’s face it, summers can be tough here in Arizona. And while it’s technically just barely spring, it’s already getting hot and your pooch still has energy to expel. So unless you are an early riser with a willingness to take them for a pre-sunrise stroll, here are some fun pointers from your Mesa dog sitters, of things you to do with them in your own back yard or the comfort of your air conditioned living room as the temperatures start upward. 1) Frozen toys- This can be anything from regular ice cubes, frozen broth cubes, frozen baby carrots and even frozen peanut butter doggie pops. You can also freeze some peanut butter against their favorite rope tug toy. This, of course, would be best enjoyed outside to avoid making a mess. 2) Wading pool- pick up an inexpensive wading pool from your local discount store for hours of splashing fun! It helps to...

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Dog sitter in Mesa discusses 2016 Beneful Recall 

I’m not a huge fan of the Purina Brand Beneful food in general; in fact at a new client consultation if I notice that they feed pets Beneful, I will often warn pet parents of the danger of feeding it to their beloved family members. I’ve written a blog on this previously in January of 2013 - https://www.crittercaretakers.com/mesa-pet-sitter-provides-warning-about-purina-beneful-dog-food/ at that time there were over 400 complaints from unhappy pet parents who strongly felt that their dog(s) had major health complications and in fact died from feeding their pet this food. To date, there are now over 1600 complaints against the food! It has caused liver failure, kidney failure, stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting and a host of other illnesses.  In some cases dogs die within a couple weeks of consuming  Beneful brand. The lure in this food is that there are often coupons in the local paper helping unknowing consumers ‘save money’. However, when your...

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Mesa Dog Sitters Review Thunder Leash

Today's blog is written by a guest blogger, our very own awesome office assistant Danielle. I have a big dog, a very very big dog - an English Mastiff to be exact.  He loves to go for walks, but walking him  was extremely tiring, due to his excessive pulling.  People would see us and throw out that the inevitable  comment, “Who’s walking who?”  Funny, but not really funny.  I’ve tried using a choker collar, not my favorite,  but with a dog his size, it didn’t even phase him. I had a gentle leader, however, he refused to move with it on.  The only other option I could think of was the collar with the spikes on the inside,  but they are dangerous and in my opinion, cruel. Then one day, I was watching television and saw an ad for a leash called the ThunderLeash.  I thought, this is it, my prayers have been answered!...

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