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Dog Park Safety

Most dogs enjoy an off-leash romp at the park. Dogs are very social animals, and a dog park can be a fun place to take your pooch.Accidents and dog fights do happen at dog parks, but by following a few safety tips, you can lessen the chances of a bad day at the park....

It’s Professional Pet Sitters Week

  March 5-11, 2017 is Professional Pet Sitters Week. What does that mean(?) - yep just another made up holiday. But, in the industry, its an acknowledgement for our efforts. In our commitment and service to you, we are utilizing its inverse and giving back to the pups...

March is Pet Poison Awareness Month

March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month.   There are many potentially harmful items that exist in our homes that we may not realize could be harmful to our pets.  Based on call volume, the Pet Poison Helpline reports these as the top 10 most common toxins:...

Pet Tech 2016

Tech products for pets, commonly referred to as "pet wearables,"  just keep coming!   Check out new and updated versions of pet fit trackers, GPS locators, and remote cameras.  You can track your dogs activities and calories as easy as your own.  My favorite - The...

Baby, it’s freezing outside! Winter tips for your pooch.

I  started to post this Sunday when it was 65 degrees with the tag --  "Baby, it's almost cold outside."  Here we are 4 days later with ice and snow all over which delayed walks Tuesday, mainly due to traffic and irritated paws.   As you know, salt can highly irritate...

2015 – A Time for Treats

Many of you asked about the goodies included in your holiday gift baskets.  Those were beef trachea!  As I keep telling people, no part of the animal is wasted.  "Bully Sticks" are a common item these days at any pet supply shop or store, but they can be costly.  If...

Cooling Off – the Cold Hard Facts

Summer is almost over, and this subject was one of my more recent summer procrastinations.  Given we still  have some dog days left, and fueled by a recent discussion with a client whose dogs we have to beg to drink, I'm finally sitting down. During these 80+ degree...

Homebuying with Dog Amenities in Mind

It happens - you come in from your walk with your sweet sweet pumpkin who wasn't so sweet.  Maybe they ecstatically rolled in horse manure, cooled off in brackish water, or depending on where you live, got skunked.  You two tromp thru the living room, and on up, down...

Benadryl – Dog sitter’s best friend?

I thought this afternoon's walk would be the perfect excursion, cool day, and enjoying a nice stroll with Jules, Seth, London, Milo, Roxy, Mac, Jimmy, & Tiggy, but that suddenly turned to almost panic. Little Mac was stung on the back and paw by a still present bald...

August Boarding Is Filling Up Fast

Just a heads-up that if you want to board your dog with us at our house any time in August, those spaces are filling up very quickly. August is a big month for people to vacation, but, darn it all, our house is only so big. We've still got plenty of open spots on the...

The Neutering Debate

This is a MUST read for any dog owner, and anyone currently agonizing over the decision to neuter.  I decided to post this after a recent dog park visit when I asked an owner if his dog was neutered.  I suspected not (seeing him from the front)  as one of my intact...

Lazy Saturday

We have the beautiful Lily as a houseguest today, and we couldn't be happier! As you can see, she's made herself at home in the spare bedroom on a queen-size bed. Only fitting for royalty, so we don't...

The Difference Between a Watchdog and a Guard Dog

I was having a conversation with someone about dogs recently (I know, what a surprise), and specifically, what sorts of dogs make good guard dogs. The guy I was talking to did the same thing in that conversation that most people do when they’re talking about a guard...

My Dog Has Better Stuff Than I Do

We've all seen it and some of us have purchased it - the wildly expensive leash made out of organically-grown hemp, the dog bed that promises a perfect acupressure sleeping experience, the all-natural raw pet food packets. Buying a house with a yard, or fencing in the...

Your Dog on Drugs

There's an interesting article/discussion on the New York Times website today about the increasing amounts of medication given to pets in order to control their behavior. Some of the comments from readers are interesting as well. Here at Run and Play, we are pretty...

Actual Research to Test Effectiveness of Pet Therapy

It’s an accepted fact by many people that having a pet around does wonders for people that are ill. And there are many people that also believe that “therapy dogs” can do wonders for isolated senior citizens, children with reading disabilities, autistic children,...

Ready, Set, Bark!

 

Text us today and mention the word "barketing" and get 10% off your first 2 weeks of service. Be sure to include your location (either exact address, closest intersection or building), days of the week for walking, cat care, or boarding dates desired as well as the age & breed of your pet. We'll get right back to you.