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Meet Some of the Dogs We have Helped

Meet Some of the Dogs We have Helped

Here is a sampling of the many rescues that Dori has been involved with.  Dori’s passion is animal welfare and has been helping animals in need all her life.

 

Fudge 

Siberian Husky, 1-2-90 – 10-14-05

Fudge came into my life on December 13, 1991. He was bought as puppy for a Valentine’s Day present. Being a Siberian husky, his previous owners believed he should be an ‘outside dog’ and, at just 8 weeks of age, tied him to a tree in the yard. For the next year and a half, every day and night, the dog was left alone outside. When he would bark or whine for attention he was either yelled at or beaten. Disgusted with the continued abuse, concerned neighbors called a friend of mine who was also a husky breeder.

Upon witnessing Fudge’s situation, she told the owners she was taking him and they did not argue. The owners gave her his pedigree papers and all (his father was classified as a grand Champion in the show ring for purebred Siberian Huskies).  I think they were actually happy to not have to deal with him anymore.  While trying to free the dog she was bitten, as all human contact in his life so far had been painful, he was naturally defensive. She brought him home.   I took him on, put him through basic and advanced obedience training and he slowly turned around.  He was extremely food aggressive and was an alpha personality, which made him a hard case to train.  He finally accepted me as the alpha in his life and I was able to use him in demonstrations, expos and other events (many of you probably met him).  He was used in many advertisements (on my brochure, on this web site, newspapers).
Fudge passed away at almost 16 years old. We had some tough times but, as he learned what love was, he responded with leaps and bounds and had become an unending source of joy in our lives.

Siberian Huskies are one of the most beautiful breeds but also the most highly intelligent and stubborn.  This breed is NOT for everyone and I would not recommend this breed as a first dog.  It is highly advised to do ALOT of research on this breed.  Talk to many owners, breeders and rescue leagues of the Siberians.  Get as much perspective BEFORE obtaining any pet but especially a Siberian.  They will ALWAYS be my favorite breed (Fudge was my third Siberian).  Many Siberians are given up because they were left as outside dogs and became bored.  This breed needs alot of interaction as a family member, obedience training and does quite well, when this happens.  If they are left alone alot, they are very good at becoming escape artists from fenced in areas (either jumping or climbing fences or digging under) or if tied, they will chew or break most ropes or chains.  They LOVE to run and have been known to end up miles from home in a short time, that is what makes them good sled dogs!  They are also, unfortunately great hunters.  They are almost as good, in some cases maybe better then cats, at killing mice and other rodents.  Most Siberians do not bark at things they are hunting, they stalk quietly until they are right behind.  If they are left to roam freely, they may find fun in killing other small animals.  It is NEVER good to let any pet roam, but especially not a good idea to let a Siberian roam freely.  Most Siberians do shed quite literally, year round.  Shedding winter and summer coats, they have a double coat for insulation in both winter and summer.  They should be brushed as often as you can.  Even with all that, in my opinion, Siberians are the most amazing dogs, with baby blue eyes and soft cuddly coats.  The Siberians, I have come to love have the personalities of little people.  Their intelligence makes them great obedience candidates, but their intelligence also makes them stubborn enough to decide NOT to do something.  You need to make it fun and interesting for them.  Many Siberians do have Alpha personalities, so it is best to not let them get away with too much. they do best with consistency and boundaries with some fun mixed in.

If you are thinking of a Siberian as your next pet, feel free to contact me, find a Siberian Owner or Breeder, or research the breed.  They are a breed that is not for every one.

 

Coming Soon

Meet

Armouk – Siberian Husky

Prince – Samoyed

Schultz – German Shepard

Tyler – German Shepard

Jappaloup- Greyhound

Blue – Greyhound

Oliver – Greyhound

Barney – Greyhound

 

 

 

Juliet, puppy playing in snow

Disaster Planning for Pets & Families


Disaster Planning

for You, Your Pets & Family

      written and compiled by Dorinne Whynott,

 

In the past decade, it has been scary with all the hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, fires and earthquakes.   These are big enough reasons to warrant an evacuation, but there are smaller reasons, too.  You could have a house fire or if you live near a train track or a highway, there could be an accident with one of the vehicles carrying hazardous material, there could be work done on a home near you and someone accidentally hits a gas line.  We all live within a few hundred miles from a nuclear plant or there is the possibility of a biological and/or terrorist attack.  In Nashua, a few years ago, some were evacuated from their homes when there was a chemical problem in a plant in the southern part of the city.  Spring of 2006 brought drought and dry conditions, starting wildfires to many NH towns and then there was the Mother’s Day floods.

If you ever need to be evacuated, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND.  If it is unsafe for you, it is unsafe for them. Even if you are told you will be back in a few hours, take your pets.  Once you are evacuated, you will NOT be allowed back into the affected areas and there is always the possibility of the disaster becoming worse.   Survival of you, your family and pets goes up dramatically if you are prepared, so here are some tips and information collected from The American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States, Emergency Animal Rescue Service, The ASPCA,  and The American Red Cross.  If you would like further information please contact these organizations, (contact information located at the end of this document).

Disasters can happen at anytime and anywhere.  In a disaster, roads may be out, cell towers may be down, phone lines and electricity may be stopped so do not depend on these.  Cells phones are always a good idea, however, it is also advisable to have a corded phone, so in the case of no electricity and no cell phone, you will still have a phone line in case of emergency.  When a disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond so please be proactive.  Prepare BEFORE a disaster.  Hopefully, you will never have to experience a disaster, but the probability is that you will at some point in your life, being prepared will help in a very hard stressful situation.  As we saw in New Orleans, it is best to not rely on state or federal government for all your needs.

Think about what you would do if you had to live in your home during a disaster.  What would you do for food? Water? What if you had no electricity? No heat?  What if there were no gas available? No propane? No Oil? What would you do if the outside air was contaminated? How would you seal your home?  What if you had to stay in your home for 4 – 6 weeks?  Okay, this sounds drastic,  but what if?  When the planes hit the towers, what did you think?  I thought we were at war.  What if the scenario of the TV series “Jericho” were a reality?  One day you are living your life as you have always done, and then within minutes life as you know it changes.  All I am suggesting, is to think about these things, prepare for as much or as little as you feel comfortable to protect you, your family and your pets.  I am giving you suggestions that can apply if you are contained in your home and/or if you are evacuated from your home.  Of course, if you can stay in your home, you can prepare with more food, water, etc, then if you must leave and pack things in your vehicle.  You will need to decide before hand, what would you bring and not bring if you must leave.  So, here are some ideas.

Create a Family Disaster Plan

  • Contact your local emergency management or civil defense office and your local American Red Cross Chapter.  Find out which disasters are most likely to happen in your community.  Ask how you would be warned.  Find out how to prepare for each. Ask the American Red Cross for a brochure on “Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit”. Click on Making a Disaster Kit for more information.

·     Meet with your family.  Discuss the types of disasters that could occur.  Explain how to prepare and respond.  Discuss what to do if you need to evacuate.  Practice what you have discussed.

  • Plan how your family will stay in contact if separated.  Pick two meeting places: 1. a location a safe distance from your home in case of fire  2. a place outside your neighborhood in case you can not return home.  Also, choose an out-of-state friend as a “check-in contact” for everyone to call if a disaster you.
  • Complete the following: Post emergency numbers by every phone and put these numbers in wallets and pocketbooks to go with you.  Show responsible family members how and when to shut off water, gas and electricity main switches.  If you ever go away post this information in a visible place. Make a map of your house as to where these are.
  • Keep gas tanks in vehicles full at all times, Stock pantries of canned goods (One month’s supply is best), keep cash on hand, keep plastic gloves and masks (boxes marked N95 or N100, can be purchased at drug stores and also used around home when using chemicals, painting, etc.) for disease control and if air is contaminated.  If a disaster hits, gas, food, and other necessary items will be in short supply and banks will be closed.
  • Post Pet Rescue Stickers on each door.  They must be easily visible to rescue workers and must contain the types and number of pets inside, the name of your veterinarian and phone number, your phone numbers (cell, work, emergency) and emergency person’s phone numbers. Professional Pet Sitting Etc. does have Pet Rescue window clings for sale.
  • Install fire/smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms, test monthly and change the batteries two times each year (an easy way to remember is to change batteries when the clocks are changed in spring and fall).  It is also recommended to replace these devices every FIVE years.  Another recommendation is to buy devices that communicate with each other, so if the one in the basement goes off, the others sound also and say the room of the unit that is sending the alarm.
  • Contact your local fire department to learn about fire hazards.  Have your home inspected for fire hazards and repair, also have your fire extinguishers checked.  If you can afford to equip your home with a fire sprinkler system, these systems can extinguish a fire within minutes and keep damage to a minimum.
  • Learn first aid and CPR (for people and pets), you can contact your local American Red Cross for information and training. Click here for Pet First Aid Video.
  • Meet with your neighbors.  Plan how the neighborhood could work together after a disaster.  Know your neighbors’ skills (medical, technical). Consider how you could help your neighbors who have special needs, such as elderly, disabled persons and neighborhood pets.  Make plans for child care AND pet care in case you can not get home.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster.  Pets can become stressed, disoriented and wander away from home during a crisis.

 

REMEMBER TO PRACTICE AND MAINTAIN YOUR PLANS.

The federal government has passed the PETS ACT, basically stating that each state must include pets in there disaster response plans.  The following is a compilation of pet disaster preparedness from the American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States, Emergency Animal Rescue Service, and the American SPCA:

 Where could you go?

  • Know where you can go with your family and your pets BEFORE anything happens.  Evacuation shelters will not allow animals, so it is up to you to know where to go.
  • Call hotels in and out of state.  Go to the book store, there are books that list pet friendly hotels. Ask hotels with a “no pet policy” if that would be waived in the event of an emergency (A great source is the web site Pets Welcome).
  • Keep a list of pet friendly places and their phone numbers.
  • As soon as you hear that there may be an evacuation, call and make reservations and go as soon as possible.  These hotels will book fast. Most operate on a first come, first served basis.  Be one of the first to arrive and give your pets plenty of time to settle.
  • If your pet is not used to traveling, take them for short rides in the car now, it will help them in a time of crisis and when they are going to regular check up.
  • If they are not used to being crated/caged, again now is the time to get them used to it by feeding them in their crate/cage and leave the doors open, gradually get them used to staying in their crates for periods of time.  If pets are not used to leashes, collars, harnesses (especially cats), it is advisable to accustom your pet to these also.  If you have a pet that does not have some basic obedience training, or your pet is not used to strangers, etc., work on these now.  Not only will it be a better life for you and your pets working with them to being comfortable in these situations in case of a disaster, but everyone will be able to live better at home if there were no disaster also.  Again, helping your pets now, will help you and them later.
  • Contact your veterinarian or pet professional for a list of emergency animal shelters.  Click here to view many shelters in NH.
  • Check with your local animal welfare shelter to determine if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets. Animal shelters may be over burdened caring for the animals they already have, as well as those displaced by disaster, so this should be your last resort.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in you and your pets in a disaster.  If you have more than one pet, they may be more comfortable if kept together, but be prepared to house them separately.
  • Choose a Designated Caregiver.  This is best when you take considerable time and thought.  You should make plans for a temporary home for your pets in the event of an emergency (and you may need to make arrangements for a permanent home in the event you can no longer care for your pet, if you become incapacitated or worse).
  • If you have not prepared a will and a trust, now is the time to do this.  If you already have a will and a trust and your pets are not included, this may also be the time that you consider adding your pets to your wills and trusts if something should happen to you.  Unlike a will, a trust provides for your  pet immediately, and can apply not only if you die but if you become disabled (call your wills & trust lawyer for more information). 
  • Professional Pet Sitting Etc. and Dori have been placed in quite a few trusts by their clients to be notified in case of an owner’s passing to care for pets until they go to the prearranged home in the trust, or they have entrusted the company to find a permanent home.

 

Make a Disaster Emergency Kit

  • Make an emergency kit (make a kit for you,  a kit for your cat  and a kit for your dogs) and put everything in a plastic container, ready to go at a moments notice.  You can use water proof luggage, duffel bags, Rubbermaid storage containers, trash cans, etc.  Remember that no one can predict mother nature, you may be evacuated much longer than you originally thought, so pack for an extended stay.  If you do not need everything you bring, great, save it for the next time.
  • Make a list of items (not in your emergency kit like photos, your grandmother’s ring, etc.) you want to take or itemize what you may need to do for the emergency and post it on the inside of your bedroom door.  Purchase an inexpensive lockbox or a small fire proof safe to place these important items in.  If you need to leave you can bring this with you. Making your list ahead and having these important items in an easily accessible place will ensure that you won’t be scrambling when disaster happens. It is best to prepare this list when you are calm and over a period of time with much thought.  You will not be able to think of everything in a crisis. Practice time (how long it takes you to do everything from packing the car to actually driving away), in many cases you are only given 15 minutes to 24 hours to evacuate.
  • Now is the time to check what you have for insurance on your home and belongings.  Make sure that you have guaranteed replacement” if your home and belongings are completely destroyed.  Also ask about inflation in rebuilding, etc.  It is advisable to take pictures of your home inside and out.  Take pictures of each room, include all your belongings and if possible, write down an inventory.
  • Scan all photos (personal and for insurance) and place on a CD, put family videos on DVD, make a list of all bank numbers, credit card numbers, include institutions phone numbers, all important documents (home mortgage, insurance – life, house, health, passports, etc.
  • For all important documents, photos, CDs, DVDs, etc. if you can make three copies of each, and place one copy with a trusted friend or family member, second copy in a bank security box with the third (or originals ) with you.  This way if anything ever happened you will have access to this important information (and memories), one way or another if one or two are unavailable.
  • If you ever need to be evacuated due to unsafe conditions – anything can happen.  Everything could be fine and you can return to your everything could go very wrong and everything in a 5 mile radius could be completely destroyed.  So when you plan, plan for the worst.  When you evacuate, you will not be able to bring everything you have stored for a disaster.  It is just not feasible to bring everything, so you need to decide when you are calm and not in a disastrous situation (in a trauma situation, we may not make wise thought out choices) what is important to bring and what you must leave behind.

 

 Food

  • It is recommended by all sources to have a supply of food and water for pets and people and medications if needed.  One month’s supply is best.
  •  Canned food stores best but rotate cans using the oldest and replacing with new. Buy flip top cans or keep a manual can opener (in case of no electricity).
  • Keep dry pet food in airtight containers (never leave dry pet food in bags on concrete, as concrete depletes nutrients and moisture through the bag).  Also, check these plastic containers to make sure they are “food quality” containers. Many plastics leach chemicals into food products that are not good for consumption.
  •  Have extra bowls (disposable bowls or paper plates do not have to be cleaned between uses, so you do not use up much needed water).
  •  Make sure that you have spoons for mixing food, disposable is good.
  •  Buy a small grill with a supply of charcoal to cook with, in case you lose electricity.  Gas grills are great, however, keep an extra full propane tank.  Also keep in mind if you could not obtain more gas/propane.

 

 Water

  • It is recommended  2 gallons per person per day, 1 gallon per pet per day, One month’s supply is best.  This is a lot of water, so at the first sign of disaster fill empty containers and tubs.
  • If tap water is unsuitable for human consumption then it is unsuitable for animal consumption.
  • Store drinking water in tightly sealed plastic containers.
  • Do not store water in direct sunlight (will grow algae).  Rotate water every 2-6 months.
  • Have extra water and bowls/bottles on hand for pets.

 

 Housing

  • The best situation is for you and your family to be in your home together, self contained.  Check into alternative energies – solar, wind.  There are many solar products to produce energy to run household items.  Some items to have on hand – solar and/or battery powered lights, emergency TV/radio to keep up to date on information, CB radios may come in handy also.
  •  If you must leave your home, the best situation is for your family and pets to stay together.  If your pets can not stay where your family is staying, spend as much time with them as possible.  This will keep them calm and prevent others from bothering your pets.  KEEP IN MIND – pets have been stolen in a crisis situation.
  • Purchase wire collapsible cages to house cats and small dogs (and other small pets).  Make sure it is large enough to put a litterbox, food, water and a small area for the pet to sleep (this will help if you need to keep the pets contained).
  •  Each carrier should be labeled with pets inside, owner information & numbers, general care and vaccine history.  Keep copies of medical records in safe dry container with pets, a copy with you and a third copy in a safe place.
  •  To help keep a pet calm, bring a blanket to cover the cage.
  •  Also, bring a lock to lock the cage door so that the door can not accidentally come open by accident or by curious people if you are in a shelter (a combination lock is best, keys can become lost or misplaced).
  •  Bring a harness and leash for exercising pets out side of the cage.
  •  Bring extra collars, harnesses, and leashes and a portable tie out if needed (never leave your pet unsupervised when out of carriers).
  •  Bring pet beds and toys if they are easily transportable and there is room, especially if they can help keep your pet happy and calm.
  •  Make sure pets have access to water – obtain a good quality water bottle made for carriers (bowls can be tipped over and create a mess).
  •  Try to keep to some schedule for feeding and exercising.
  •  Be aware of temperatures where your pets are housed – it should not be too hot or too cold.

 

 Cleaning Supplies

  • If you are evacuated bring a small container of dish soap and disinfectant (Purelle).
  •  Bring a minimum of FOUR rolls of paper towels (more if space allows), small bags to dispose of waste, Litter scoops, pooper scoopers, litterboxes (bring extra disposable litterboxes , aluminum roasting pans work great).
  •  Bring enough litter, One month’s supply is best (try to use less than you normally would).

 

 First Aid

  • Have a human first aid kit (Pre-made kits& MORE )and a first aid kit & book for your animals.  Pre-assembled animal & human first aid kits can be purchased or go to one of the organizations at the end of this article and ask for a list of items to make your own –
  •  During or after a disaster and in high stress, a pet’s behavior can temporarily change, packing a muzzle  is a good idea in case behavior becomes less than desirable, plus your pet may be in close quarters with other pets and may be cared for by people they do not know (especially if something happens to you).
  • If your pet is stressed and does not travel well or hates unfamiliar surroundings, talk with your veterinarian about possibilities of medications to keep on hand in an emergency.

 

Medications

  • Have any long term medications, for you or your pets. One month’s supply is best.
  •  If you have any medical conditions that others should be aware of, wear a medical alert bracelet so that people will know if you can not speak for any reason.
  •  If your animal is on a long term medication or has a medical condition (allergies, diabetic, kidney failure, FIP, etc.), have a tag made indicating this and put it on your animal’s collar (same idea as an alert bracelet for people).
  •  Also check out the Health section below for more information

 

 Identification

  •  Have a collar and ID tag for any animal that can wear them (remember to include the above medical conditions).
  •  Use safe break away collars for cats.  All cats (and dogs) should have collars and ID and be used to wearing them all of the time.
  •  On the collar and/or tag include your name, home phone number, an alternate phone number and your address.
  •  Another permanent form of ID, which can be used in addition to a collar and tag is micro chipping, in case collars and tags fall off. Check with Animal Shelters or your Veterinarian.
  •  Attach a temporary tag with the phone number and address of your temporary shelter (if you know it), or of a friend or relative outside buy temporary tags that you can write on and set them aside in your disaster kit.  Another good idea when you are traveling or visiting with your pet, attach this temporary tag with the temporary vacation information, just in case your pet gets loose.

 

 Photos

  • Have multiple copies of current (within 6 months) photos of your animals to help locate them should they get lost.
  •  Include yourself in some photos as proof of ownership.
  •  As stated above, take photos of your house and belongings inside and out for insurance.  Put all photos (personal and insurance) on CDs.  Put all taped memories on DVDs.  Make three copies of everything, one copy to a trusted friend or family member, one copy in a bank security box and the third copy with you.  That way, no matter what happens, you will never lose your memories and have necessary proof for insurance to start your life again if everything becomes destroyed.

 

 Health

  • Make a medical sheet for each member of the family, include things such as blood type, surgeries, dates and type of vaccinations (include all childhood & adult vaccines received), any known allergies, all medications being taken, any surgeries and/or medical conditions, list last few readings for blood pressure, etc.  This will help medical personnel if you needed medical care in the event of a disaster, if you could not speak and access to your medical history was not available.  This information is required to be carried on each person who does disaster response.  It may come in handy for each person to have, just in case.
  •  Check with your doctor about any vaccinations that may need to be updated.  Some childhood vaccinations that you have received as a child, may need to be boostered as an adult. Adult Vaccine Schedule
  •  Do a similar medical sheet for each pet
  •  Keep your pets’ vaccinations current.  This will protect them if they need to be housed with other animals.  Keep a notebook with all medical records ready to go.  You may need to show proof of vaccinations.
  •  It is advisable to keep all important paperwork in water proof containers (Ziploc bags or plastic container).
  •  In the event you are unavailable for pet care for whatever reason – It is also advisable to leave information on pets’ crate for feeding schedules, behavior problems, and a written permission slip for the pet caregiver to obtain medical for your pet in the event of a medical emergency (you may need to include a credit card number and expiration date with your signature just in case the emergency veterinarian will not treat if there is not a financially responsible party – this can be tricky because you do not want your CC information in the wrong hands).
  •  Bring grooming items, grooming helps calm some pets and will help pets that easily mat.

 

 What happens if you are not home at the time of a disaster?

  • You should choose someone who lives within walking distance to your home to check on and care for your pets.  They may also need to transport your pets to safety.
  • They should have a key to your home (or access 24/7)and know where carriers are and your disaster/emergency care box is, so they can grab and go.  Key lockboxes attach to your home, open with a code (can be changed as often as you wish) and are a great way to have emergency access to your home with a phone call to whoever you feel comfortable without having many keys out and about. (Key lockboxes are sold by Prof. Pet Sitting Etc.)
  • If you have a pet sitter or another company caring for your pet, do not rely on them.  A good pet care company will have asked you for a person you trust close by to care for your pets in the event of an emergency.  A pet care company may not live close to your home and they may need to evacuate themselves along with many other clients’ pets.  It is always best to have a back up person within walking distance to your home.  This person must be within walking distance because if your neighborhood is evacuated, no one from outside the area will be allowed in the evacuated neighborhood.
  • Have your person meet you in a  prearranged location to obtain your pets if they needed to be evacuated when you were not home.

 

What about pets other than cats or dogs?

  • Most of the suggestions above are pertaining to dogs and cats.  Horses, livestock, small pets, reptiles, birds, etc. all have special needs.  Be prepared for their care.  Also, remember that all pets will react very differently under stress.  Outside your home and in your car, ALWAYS keep dogs securely leashed and transport all cats in carriers.  Do not leave pets unattended anywhere.  Even the most trustworthy pets may panic, hide, try to escape, or even bite and scratch.  Being prepared can save your life and the life of your pets.
  • Hooved animals can be identified by taking a permanent marker to the hooves.  Write your phone number, so when found you can be notified.
  • Take off all halters, leads, blankets.  In a weather disaster, these things can get caught or entangled, possibly injuring your animals.  In a fire disaster, they can catch fire or melt into the animals’ skin.
  • Leave gates and doors open to give them the best chance, depending on the disaster.  However, take care, because your animals running loose can also pose a problem.  Whenever, possible, it is best to transport them to safety outside of the disaster area before evacuation is imminent.

 

What about other emergencies such as a Pandemic like the Bird (Avian) Flu?

  • According to Dr. Michael Osterholm as seen on the Oprah Show airing 1-24-06 (contact Harpo or go to Oprah.com for more information), it is not a question of if a pandemic of some sort will happen it is when.  He states:
  • You should have enough food, water, medications and all essentials for you and your pets to stay in your homes, (not leaving for any reason) for up to 5 WEEKS.
  • If you need to leave your home while the virus is in the air, purchase special masks with air filters to screen out Avian Flu germs.
  • Purchase plastic and duct tape to cover windows, doors and vents.  Ahead of time, cut to fit each opening and store.  This is to seal your home, to prevent the air born virus from coming into your home.
  • During and pandemic, wash hands at every opportunity.
  • You may consider getting vaccinated for pneumonia (Pneumovax).  Most people who die from the Avian flu, died with pneumonia.  The vaccine would be given to you now and then you are revaccinated at age 65 (check with your doctor).
  • It is also advised to become vaccinated every year with the flu vaccine.  Some experts believe that the Avian Flu will mutate to a humane form when a human that already has the flu also becomes infected with the Avian flu simultaneously.

 

So to recap:

At the first hint of disaster, act to protect you, your family and your pet.

  • Leave early -don’t wait for a mandatory evacuation order.  An unnecessary trip is far better than waiting too long to leave safely with your pets.
  • Call ahead to confirm emergency shelter arrangements.
  • Check to be sure your pet disaster supplies (including food, water, medications and other essentials) are ready at a moment’s notice.
  • Bring all pets into the house so that you won’t have to search for them if you need to leave in a hurry.
  • Make sure that all pets have collars, ID and medical information, and temporary tag with temporary information.

For more information on Disaster Planning click on or contact:

Dorinne Whynott has been in animal welfare since 1978, is the owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc., the founder of the Animal Care and Education Center of New Hampshire, the Animal Angels Network, the NH Pet Sitters’ Association and a co-founder of the NH Pet Expo.

Ms. Whynott is certified for Animal Disaster Response by the American Humane Association, Humane Society of the United States and FEMA.  She is also the head of the response team in Hillsborough County for the NH Animal Disaster Response Team (NHDART).

 If you are interested in becoming part of the NH Animal Disaster Response Team (NHDART), go to the website or contact our office at 603-888-8088, we will give you information on where to go and what you need to do.

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FREE ANIMAL POISON CONTROL NUMBERS:

Kansas State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital     1-785-532-5679
FREE 24 hours poison control hot line for pet owners and veterinarians. Be patient. The person answering the phone may have to take a few minutes to consult the vet on duty. …

Tuft University School of Veterinary Medicine 508-839-5395

 

ADOPT, ADOPT, ADOPT.

 

Please go to an Animal Shelter or Rescue League and adopt.  There are millions of animal euthanized EVERY year, simply because there are not enough homes.  So, please neuter your pets and adopt.  Please go to our Resource section (click on to go there), to find a complete list of all animal welfare organizations in the new Hampshire area.

 

Great Animal Resource – 

is the website ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist a division of the ASPCA.  Just click on anything from cat to horses.

 

Leaving your pet in the car –

Many pet owners love to bring their pets with them on a car ride, whether they are going to the store or traveling.  However, when the weather is wonderful and the temperature starts to go up, it can be VERY DANGEROUS for your pets.  If the temperature is around 70 degrees, even leaving your car windows open about 2 inches, will increase your car’s temperature to over 100 degrees in a VERY short time.  Since our pets cool their body temperature mainly by panting, when the air temperature they are breathing in is very high, they are unable to cool.  Their internal body temperature increases and if they can not cool down, your pets will slowly die.  My rule is if, the outside temperature is over 60 degrees, do not leave your pets in a car.

To learn more go to

 

How long can I safely leave canned food out, un-refrigerated?

Many people feed canned food to their pets.  I am asked all the time how long can canned food be safely left out, un-refrigerated?  According to canned food manufacturers, canned food should never be left out for more than 2 hours.  Canned food is a meat product.  After that, just like human grade steak or chicken, it will start forming harmful bacteria that could possibly make our pets sick.

Read our article – Is Your Canned Food Safe

 

Feeding free choice or just feeding morning and night? 

Many clients call and ask how should they feed their pets.  What is better?  Feeding free choice means to leave the dry food out all the time or feeding the correct amount at a specific time such as breakfast and dinner time.  Most veterinarians prefer that pets are fed the correct amount for their weight morning and night. Each pet should be fed in their own bowl (glass bowls are preferred over plastic, plastic becomes pitted after a while and harbors more bacteria.   Bowls should be cleaned after each feeding).  Pets should be prevented from eating another pets’ food.  You may need to separate each pet in a different room. This will prevent one pet from eating too fast before the other pet comes or hurrying up his food so he can eat the other’s food too.  In many cases, eating too fast can cause stomach upset and the pet who does not get to eat his entire meal is left out.  Behavioral problems may also occur over food.  Each pet should be able to eat their entire meal at their own pace.

Feeding pets alone and at certain times, also helps the pet owner to monitor a pets food intake.  If a pet is coming down with a health problem, in many cases the first sign may be that they will slow or stop eating.  If a pet does not eat his full meal every time, it may not be a cause for alarm, however, it may be a cause to call your veterinarian if he has not eaten at all in 2 days (unless you see other signs, then call immediately).  However, it is never wrong to call and ask your veterinarian if you have concerns before 2 days.

Getting your pet used to eating at certain times also has the advantage that the pet will be hungry.  Not having food around 24/7 allows the pets digestive system to have a rest, rather than allowing the pet to nibble and graze at anytime during the day or night.  Allowing access to food at all times also encourages pets to boredom eat (which brings on weight issues) or become territorial over food dishes, keeping others away.  In most cases, free choice of food allows pet owners to not notice any problems until the problems are established.

Free choice feeding also creates a problem if one pet needs to go on a diet for specific health problems, while to other does not.  The free choice feeding owner must choose to put both on the medical diet or put none on the medical diet.  Both choices are not the best.

So, what is an owner to do?  The hardest part is for all pet owners to get into a habit.  Believe me, I am the worst to change my habits.  However, once it is done, it is great.  If you have rooms to separate pets in for feeding am and pm, that is one choice, however, I have 10 cats, and finding ten different rooms in my small home to feed them in is not feasible.  So, all my cats are fed in their crates.  I have stacked 3 on the bottom, 3 in the middle and 3 on top with the tenth one on the very top.  At feeding time, all the cats run straight into their CORRECT crate.  Each crate is labeled with the cat’s name and description (in case I need someone else to feed).  The food is appropriately measured out for each cat, 3 cats are on special food and 2 cats require smaller portions (they gain weight very easily).  I have found that feeding the cats in the crates has added benefits.  Each cat is locked in the crate for however long it takes for them to eat (about 30 minutes).  It enables each cat to eat at their own speed, no more wolfing down the food before another pushes in, no bullying going on.  It also helped the two cats that were absolutely terrified of their crates feel comfortable.  Now they jump in on their own happily.  One did not like the door closed (maybe a bit claustrophobic?).  All are doing well.  I can monitor how much each cat eats at every feeding.  They are all contained in one room.  If there ever was a fire or I needed to evacuate, I am able to get all cats in their respective crates in a short period of time and place out the window….For me, this way of feeding works quickly, is great for healthy feeding, helps with pets who hate their crates and if ever you needed to evacuate in an emergency.  This is a good thing.

 

What are some winter care tips for my pet?

  • Keep indoor pets in a dry, warm area free of drafts. If possible, elevate your pet’s bed off the floor.
  • Provide dogs and cats with a dry, insulated pet house or shelter out of the wind. Bring your pet inside if the temperature or wind chill goes below 32° (pets feel the cold as well as we do, no matter how thick their coat is) or with nasty weather.
  • Staying warm requires extra calories, so feed your pet accordingly when the temperature drops. Talk to your veterinarian for advice on feeding your pet.
  • Cats and kittens often nap on car engines for warmth. Knock on the hood and honk the horn; then wait a few minutes before starting your car. (Cats and kittens are always safer as indoor pets)
  • Pets like the smell and taste of antifreeze, but even a very small amount can kill them. Thoroughly clean up spills at once. Tightly close containers and store them where pets cannot get them.
  • Always have fresh, clean water available for your pet. Check water every 2 hours for freezing or get an electric heated water bowl. Fresh, clean unfrozen water is essential.
  • Remove ice, salt, and caked mud from your pet’s paws and coat at once. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has frostbite. Frostbitten skin may turn reddish, white or gray, and it may be scaly or sloughing.
  • Alcoholic beverages, holiday treats such as chocolates, and bones from poultry, pork and fish can be harmful or toxic to your pets. Keep your pet on his regular diet.
  • Many plants – including Christmas rose, holly, mistletoe, philodendron and dieffenbachia – are toxic to pets. Keep them out of your pet’s reach.
  • Holiday paraphernalia can be dangerous to pets. Cover or tack down electrical cords. Keep tinsel and glass ornaments out of your pet’s reach. Read warnings on items like spray-on snow. Never put ribbons around your pet’s neck or allow it to play with plastic or foil wrappings or six-pack beverage holders.

Source: The Ralston Purina Company (click on to view their website).

 

Pet Web Library(click on to view website)

This website is a wealth of information on animal diseases to medical information to toxic items, diabetes and so much more.

 

Diseases that can be transferred from animal to human

Some germs are passed form animals to human.  Learn what germs can be passed from your pet to you and how you can prevent it.  Learn about Toxoplasmosis, how to protect yourself while pregnant and that cats are only a small probability for contamination, you are more likely to get it from raw meat or gardening.

Very interesting sites, click on to view –

 

Veterinarian approved homemade pet foods

This website helps you the owner, in making good nutritional well balanced pet food.  Follow the recipe very carefully to help ensure that your pet receives all the nutrition their body requires.  Click here to view the Balance IT website.

 

Neutering Your Pet

All pets, male or female should be neutered.  Not only is it necessary to help in pet overpopulation, with millions of homeless pets but it helps pets medically, psychologically and in most cases behaviorally.  For every puppy or kitten that you bring into this world and find a home for, that is one LESS home for a homeless pet in a shelter.  There are simply NOT enough homes.

 

See our article, scroll down for a list of Spay/Neuter Clinics –

 

 

Check out how old your dog or cat is.

Antech Diagnostics has a nice chart to figure out how old your dog or cat is.    This site also has some other helpful information on Senior care, etc.  Click here to go to How Old is my Pet?

 

Pets and Cancer

Cornell University has a narrated live action video designed to give pet owners a complete overview of cancer.  Click here to go to Dogs and Cancer – ASPCA.

 

Animal Hoarding – What is it & more

Tufts University answers questions about Animal Hoarding, what it is and is not, health issues, animal welfare, intervention and other resources.  We start you off at the general overview, then just click on the different sections on the navigation bar at the top.  If you know of a possible animal hoarding situation, please call our office and we will refer you to the proper help.  Click here to go to About Hoarding.

 

Do You have Allergies to Your Pet?

Many animals are brought to shelters because someone in the home is allergic.  There are a few things that you can do to help alleviate allergic symptoms and possibly keep your pet.  Click here to learn more about Allergies to Your Pets

 

Pet Loss for you and your pets

The loss of a pet can be the most devastating thing.  I have been through the loss too many times, but did you know that our surviving pets also grieve. When we lost our cat a few years ago, many of our surviving cats went through a grieving process.  Here are a few websites that may help you and your pets – A Grieving Pet , Coping with the loss of a Pet ,

 

Intestinal Worms in Dogs and Cats

Our pets can pick up many intestinal parasites.  Check out these websites to learn more.

 

Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is becoming a bigger problem in New Hampshire, so check all pets every day after they come into your home.  Click here for more information: A Lyme Disease Primer ,

 

Humane Certified Food For Humans

The American Humane Association does many things in the world of animal welfare.  They make sure that any animals in many of the movies we watch are treated humanely and are not harmed (look for the American Humane Association statement at the end of the credits or go to American Humane Home Page).  This organization also protects children from abuse, check Protecting Children to learn more.  Now they are protecting farm animals.  If you would like to buy only humanely treated food, check  American Humane Certified Producers to learn what to look for on your food labels.

 

Products that do not harm animals

PETA has a list of many companies with their web sites, that do NO harm to animals, such as any testing on animals.  It is a pretty extensive list.  Click here to read more, and scroll down a few pages to get to the links for the websites.

 

 

Black lab in field

Dog Information

DOG INFORMATION

 

  • Canine Heartworm Disease

The American Heartworm Society website has great information and animation on Heartworm disease,  Click here for Canine Heartworm Video.

 

  • Giving your dog Medications

Giving your dog medications can be tricky.  Some dogs are very good at taking medications then they walk away and you find the pill on the floor.  Click here for some help on Giving your dog Medications Video .

 

  • Trimming your dog’s Nails

Many dogs do not like their feet touched, which makes trimming nails a chore.  When your dog is relaxed, gently massage their feet, maybe just a few seconds at first, then increase the time as your dog accepts the attention.  If he/she pulls feet away, that is okay, just try in a little while.  Always praise your dog while gently touching their feet and massaging in between toes.  Sometimes they only associate touching their feet with nail clipping.  Make this a pleasurable time.  Click here to learn more on Nail Trimming Video .

 

  • Dog Behavior

Click on the Behavior you wish to view – 

 

Training – 

 

  • Vaccinations and diseases

Here is some information on different diseases that can affect your dog and what vaccinations maybe necessary.

Click on to view –

 

  • Greyhound Information

The most mis-diagnosed disease in Greyhounds is hypothyroidism.  Greyhounds have a normal low thyroid.  Many Greyhounds are placed on Thyroid medication and in some cases it may not be necessary.  Click on www.animalmedicalcentreofmedina.com for more information.  There is a lot of great information on Greyhound Health.   Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine also has some great greyhound information, click on Greyhounds to view their website.

 

  • Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky is Dori’s (the owner) favorite.  They are beautiful, powerful and extremely intelligent, but they are an often misunderstood breed.  Many people believe that huskies need to be an outside dog and then leave them outside enabling them to become bored, escape artists who roam for miles in a very short time getting into a lot of trouble, which tends to get them shipped to a shelter.  If you are considering sharing your home with a Siberian Husky, learn as much about this breed (as you should about ANY breed) before you bring one home.  Learn all the good as well as the bad, talk to past and present owners of Siberians, talk to rescues, talk to breeders.  The Siberian is truly a wonderful family dog, if you know what you are getting into and are willing to do some serious training.  This is not recommended for a first dog owner.  For more information, click on Siberian Husky Rescue Site for info on the breed and for rescues in your area.

Unfortunately, there is no licensed Siberian Husky Rescue in New Hampshire.

Check out our Facebook page, search for NH Siberian Husky Lovers

 

Puppy with soccor ball

How We Keep You & Your Pets Safe

How We Keep You & Your Pets Safe

 

We take pet sitting seriously !!

As one of the largest NH Pet Sitting Company, who has cared for thousands of pets every year since 1990, we are always thinking of safety.

  • We deter people from targeting your home while you are at work or away!!.

Whether we are walking your dog every day in New Hampshire or caring for all your pets while are away or just checking on your home with NO pets while you are vacationing in Florida, We are coming and going making your home look  like someone is there.  We bring in your mail and newspapers so they don’t pile up outside. Also, it’s advisable to NOT  stop your mail or newspapers because that indicates to those employees you will be away, making your home a possible target.

One day, our pet sitter, Richalie, was going to one of our daily mid day visits to exercise 4 awesome dogs.  When she pulled up, she noticed a car parked out front but down away from the driveway.  It was an older car with signs on the side that said National Grid ( a heating service), then she saw a gentleman walking around out to the back of of our client’s home.
Richalie got out of her car, and the ex- army person that she is, followed him around back, saying, ” excuse me, can I help you?”  The man kept walking, never looking back and even sped up a bit and said he was looking for…..and gave the address across the street. Richalie yelled, since he was way ahead now, going for his car, that he was at the wrong address. She immediately wrote down license plate and description as he got to his car, pulled the signs off, got it and drove off!! We called police and the owner. Come to find out, houses were being targeted in that area and the information our sitter obtained help to track down the culprits!!

  • We are also checking on your home, making sure everything is okay with your home.

Our petsitter, Betty, was doing a routine mid day visit to exercise 4 great dogs as well, different home. When she arrived and opened the door, she was greeted with black thick smoke.  She immediately got the dogs outside and called the fire department. I called the owner but she was not reachable. The fire department checked the house from top to bottom and ascertained it was a faulty oil burner. He shut the furnace off and opened windows to air out. It was spring and the temp was in the 60s so it wasn’t cold. After the house cleared quickly, the fire chief said it was safe for the dogs to go back inside now.  Finally, got the owner and explained what happened.  She was grateful.  If the dogs had stayed in that black smoke until she got home 6 hours later, we aren’t sure if they would’ve been okay or if the oil burner would’ve progressed to something worse.

  • We also have checked on elderly family members of owners! 

We’ve had visits where an elderly parent was home and we would go and exercise pets while a client was working. On one occasion, we were to visit a 95 year old woman who was in her own townhouse but it was a facility where nurses and staff visited throughout the day for blood pressure and to make sure meds were taken and that they eat properly.  This elderly woman could get around and take care of herself in her home but walking the dog once in the morning and night was too much. So, we did it for well over a year, 7 days a week.  One day, the sitter arrived to find her on the floor unconscious!! We called the staff who rushed over.  She had apparently suffered a stroke.  The staff were not scheduled to come in until the next morning.  If we didn’t go in for that night visit, she would’ve passed away by morning.  We had got there in time and she had some major speech problems but that was it!!  We went on to help her for a few more months until she needed more around the clock care and the dog went to live with her daughter.

  • We will never put your address or name on your keys.

We have ID numbers and pets names. Accidents do unfortunately happen and I’ve heard horror stories of other sitters dropping keys and not so kind people using them. The other thing we do, is put a note on the back of our key tag that states “if found please call 888-8088”, our office number.

  • We will never advertise you are away while you use our service.

Our sitters DO NOT have any business signs on their cars when they go to your home. They may have one of our bumper stickers that we also give clients ( our pets are loved by Professional Pet Sitting Etc. ). Signs on vehicles or cars wrapped in the pet sitting business information is a great way to bring attention to someone away.

Our sitters do not wear T-shirts advertising our business either unless it says “My Pet is Loved by Professional Pet Sitting Etc”.  We’ve had many people ask us why?  Why do we not want to advertise while driving around or walking clients pets……we would be a huge NEON sign, come target this house….no one is home!!!

As one of the largest NH Pet sitting company that cares for thousands of pets, We do much more but here are the top 5 ways we work to keep you and your pets safe.

Did you know that we did these safety features?  Does this make you feel safe? If you have other ideas please send me an email, we always love to hear great ideas.

 

 

Ricky, black and white cat

Compare Us With Other Choices

Compare Us With Other Choices

 

Here is a quick and easy way to compare our company with other pet care possibilities.

Price is important to all of us but compare what you are getting with the price you are paying. Keep in mind, we do not know everyone, please check out the people who will be caring for your pets. There may be items on here that others may have, but NONE will have ALL of our qualities.

This comparison chart was made to help you choose what it right for you and your pets.

With all of our Peace of Mind Qualities why go elsewhere.

Compare
Compare

About Our Pet Sitters

Here is A Sampling

of our wonderful pet sitting TEAM

(our other sitters are too shy)

 

We have an exceptional staff of dedicated pet care professionals who absolutely LOVE animals.

The pet sitters who do pet sit for us are EXCEPTIONAL.  See below for some of our process in choosing our sitters.  Not every person who wants to pet sit with us is chosen.

For pet sitter safety, our Insurance company advised to not have photos of our sitters, sorry

 

Rachelle

  • pet sitting all her life !!
  • grew up caring and rescuing animals with her mom (Dori)
  • Bachelor’s degree in animal biology
  • certified animal abuse investigator
  • does our payroll
  • wildlife rehabilitator
  • animal rescue experience
  • training experience

 

Bobbi

  • pet sitting since 1995
  • retired breeder of champion Siamese/Oriental Cats
  • Veterinary Assistant experience
  • owns 10 cats (Siamese & Orientals)
  • retired in 2008 from Prof. Pet Sitting after 13 years to help with family

 

Cheryl

  • pet sitting since 1998
  • Veterinary Assistant experience
  • owns 2 cats and 1 dog (Golden)

 

Denise

  • pet sitting since 1998
  • volunteers with Derry Humane Society
  • fosters for Libby’s Haven for Senior Pets
  • Veterinary Assistant experience
  • Rescues animals in need
  • owns fish, hermit crabs, and 1 dog (mixed breed)
  • Retired in 2011 from Prof. Pet Sitting after 13 years for family reasons

 

Carol

  • pet sitting since 1998
  • volunteers for various animal welfare organizations
  • studies in homeopathy and Reiki on animals
  • does pet facilitated therapy
  • studies Animal Homeopathy
  • Rescues animals in need
  • owns fish, a parakeet, 3 cats
  • and 2 dogs (Greyhound and Whippet)

 

Anne

  • pet sitting since 2000
  • Veterinary Assistant experience
  • Reptile experience
  • owns 2 cats

 

Rebecca

  • Pet sitting since 2003
  • Certified Veterinary Assistant experience
  • Horse experience
  • Reptile experience
  • owns 1 cat and 2 dogs (Shepherd & a Shep. Mix)

 

 

Amy

  • pet sitting since 2013
  • Veterinary Assistant experience
  • Training experience
  • owns 1 dog, 1 kitty and 2 birds
  • on Medical Leave

 

Jamie

  • Pet sitting since 2012
  • Just adopted a cute puppy
  • Certified Veterinary Assistant

 

Ellen

  • Pet Sitting since 2014
  • Certified Veterinary Assistant
  • MSPCA (Methurn, MA) 2011 to present

 

Andrea

  • Pet Sitting since 2013
  • Veterinary Assistant experience

 

Lisa

  • Pet sitting since 2003
  • 1 dogs 2 cats

 

PLUS  20+ more SHY pet sitters on staff…..

 

 

To keep you and your pets SAFE our sitters are required to

  • go through our orientation process
  • go through our training process with a seasoned pet sitter
  • all must be 21 years of age or older
  • MUST follow our 40+ page policy and procedure Handbook
  • must sign a non-disclosure -to not repeat anything they learn about you, your family, pets or our company.  This is essential for clients who may be lawyers, police officers, judges, etc.
  • must sign a non-compete  – this means that our employees can not offer any of our services outside of our company for money/compensation while employed by Professional Pet Sitting Etc. and for a long term after they have left employment.  This protects you from being solicited.  This is a reason for immediate termination and/or legal action.  This protects you and your pets from services without proper credentials, licenses, permits, insurances and quality control.  Employees and Ex-employees can not contact you in person, phone, e-mail, social media or any other means.

Not every person who applies for our pet sitting positions gets to become a pet sitter with us.  The above set of employees are exceptional and have passed all of our qualifications.

This is not a job, this is a way of life.  Our sitters must LOVE pets and put them first. 

Dori

About The Owner, Dorinne Whynott

History of Dorinne Whynott

 

Dorinne Whynott is the creator/founder/owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc, author of many educational articles,  and has been in the animal field all of her life.

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a very successful business, established in 1990. Since we are caring for your most beloved pets and you are giving us access to your homes, it seems fitting to give you a background history of the most important person, the owner of the company.

Ms. Whynott was born with a special gift with animals and is most passionate about all animals and their welfare. In her life, she has rescued numerous animals – however only a few major rescues are featured here. Let me introduce you to, Dorinne Whynott.

 

Here is her story:

Dori 1962
Dori 1962

1961 – 1975:

 

Ms. Whynott was born a surviving twin and grew up in Saugus, Massachusetts. She has always shown a deep connection with animals and at a very early age, all animals seemed to be drawn to her. Growing up she had many pets, a few pets are Mitzy, Husky and Spot.

Dori & Mitzy 1964
Dori & Mitzy 1964

Ms. Whynott started pet sitting as a child (from 7 – 15 years old) caring for her neighbor’s horse, Black Jack (a black and white Quarter Horse who was a retired champion barrel racer). Her payment was being able to go horseback riding. She was taught to ride (at 5 years old!!) by Kathy Wheeler (Black Jack‘s owner), a wonderful woman who was proud of her black foot Indian descent. Kathy was instrumental in helping to develop the special skills Dorinne had with animals.

Kathy & BlackJack
Kathy & BlackJack

 

 

 

 

 

1975 – 1979:

 

Tillie
Tillie

Ms. Whynott experienced her first big loss, when her grandmother, Matilda Rose Whynott (Katka-maiden name), passed away and soon there after, her family decided to move to Nashua, New Hampshire, where she attended Nashua High School.

 

 

Duke Black Husky Mix
Duke
Black Husky Mix

Ms. Whynott’s first dog after she left home was Duke.  Duke came into Dorinne’s life when she answered an ad in the newspaper, featuring $5 puppies (the money would be going to spay the mom). Duke was a Labrador/shepherd/husky mix. He was the most obedient all around dog that Dorinne has ever encountered to date. He was certified for obedience and pet therapy. He was used in many educational seminars, in schools, demonstrations and used next to other dogs in training sessions. Ms. Whynott found training dogs was faster when used next to a dog that was already trained.

 

1979 – 1984:

 

Ms. Whynott considers herself an animal advocate and is very dedicated to animal welfare. She was thrilled to read about a job opening at the Nashua Humane Society(also known as the Humane Society of Southern Hillsborough County and now known as the Humane Society of Greater Nashua). There she excelled under Nancy Soule, who was the Director and Darcy Langdon the Manager. Ms. Langdon stated on Dorinne’s first day of work, “ As a humane society, we are here to put ourselves out of business. For if we did our job correctly, there would be no need for a shelter”. This was an ideal statement, however, it was one that Ms. Whynott lives her life by and thus her life long passion of education in animals and animal welfare was born.

At the shelter, all employees were taught various veterinary technician and shelter duties. Dorinne learned how to do physicals on dogs and cats, proper animal handling, drawing blood, heartworm checks, fecal examinations, parasite control, administering vaccinations, euthanasia, wound management, along with numerous other important medical, shelter and kennel duties. She was also responsible for animal statistics gathering, office management, daily record keeping, deposits, minor book keeping, grief counseling, interviewing, behavior modification, public education, and much more.

Ms. Whynott considers working at the Humane Society one of the best jobs that she has ever had. Of course she loves her present company, however, working at the shelter fulfilled her passion of helping animals so completely that other jobs only filled partially.

What made this job so amazing first was the great group of people that worked there. It was a family unit, everyone cared for everyone and worked well together, learned together and always put the animals first. In the time that Ms. Whynott worked at the Nashua Humane Society, this facility had many functions. Ms. Whynott met many long time friends there, two were Norma Lavigne and Pat Konecny (who is the current office manager of Hudson Animal Hospital).

Dorinne stated “Every day was different. We could be going out to rescue a Heron shot by someone with an arrow, or help a group of ducklings whose mother was hit by a car, or help a family who did not know what was wrong with their dog (frozen in his doghouse was the problem). Then we could be going to various organizations to visit with some shelters animals, to educational talks at the local schools and children’s organizations, to television, radio or newspaper interviews and so much more. We were an animal shelter, that meant that we were there for ALL animals, domestic, wild, feral, exotic. One thing that was paramount, was that NO animal was ever turned away, EVER. Whether it was a baby squirrel, injured seagull, unwanted pet, all were taken in with no waiting, everyday. It was taught to us that if someone brought in an animal for whatever reason, they made this decision and needed to let the animal go now. If these people were turned away or talked into waiting, the risk may be that they would drop the animal off on the side of the road or something much worse. The risk to the animal was unacceptable. Of course, we would try to educate the owner and alleviate any problems that may have been the reason a pet was being relinquished, but on many occasions, the reasons given were just an excuse for not wanting the pet anymore“.

Dorinne even had someone give up a dog because it did not match the furniture!

Ms. Whynott learned to become very efficient in rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected animals. She was especially good with aggressive animals (and showed the scars for it – being bit by just about every species, from dogs, cats, squirrels, various wildlife to even a seagull!!). She became licensed (along with many shelter employees) in the state of New Hampshire to rehabilitate wildlife. She was in the public eye for the humane society quite a lot, you could find her in the newspaper showing off her many foster animals looking for homes, or doing public seminars in animal education or visiting many facilities including Greenbriar Nursing Home and the Plus Company for Pet Facilitated Therapy (PFT).

Ms. Whynott took many classes and training in Animal Behavior and Obedience. Working at the animal shelter gave her extensive on the job experience in a wide variety of animal behavior. She became a Dog Obedience Trainer (later to be part of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers). She worked with adoptive owners who adopted animals with behavioral problems to help ensure that animal and new owner had a long and happy life together. To this day, her passion is helping owners with pet problems.

Ms. Whynott was instrumental in implementing many new ideas at the shelter which helped the shelter to run more efficiently. One idea she started was the protocol for lost pets and for people looking to adopt certain pets. She also developed and implemented the out of cage cat room, where cats who were healthy could roam freely. Her protocol was instrumental in keeping disease down. Allowing cats to roam freely helped to house more cats and alleviate depression that occurred when felines are caged for long periods of time. She also helped work on the policy and procedures for the shelter along with by-laws.

She became the Shelter Manager until she left to move north and a new manager was hired.

During this time period, Dorinne acquired a few animals:

Kiki was an all black Domestic Short hair (DSH), spayed female with one white whisker. She was a free kitten, and lived 18 years passing away at home of natural causes.

Pandora
Pandora

 

Pandora was a brown tabby with white DSH, spayed female. She was adopted from the Nashua Humane Society and died of kidney failure.

Angel
Angel

Angel was a grey DSH, spayed female. She was from the Nashua Humane Society and also passed away from Kidney disease.

Armouk
Armouk

Armouk was a black and white Siberian Husky puppy brought to the Humane Society because the owners could not deal with the work it takes to have a puppy. They purchased him from a pet store and as many pet store puppies are, Armouk had many health issues and died with complications of heart and kidney disease.

Appollo
Appollo

Appollo was a brown tabby DSH, neutered male who was brought into the humane society after he was found with a tail injury possibly an abuse case.

Magic was a grey and white Dutch Dwarf rabbit, brought into the humane society after the owners purchased her for their children as an Easter gift. Then the owners decided after a month that they did not want her any longer.

During this time, Ms. Whynott was also the vice president of the NH Veterinary Technicians Association.

1984 – 1987:

 In 1985, Ms. Whynott moved to Thornton, NH and rented a home that used to be the Robin’s Nest Restaurant and Motel. There she shared her home with 2 dogs (Duke, Armouk), 4 cats (Kiki, Pandora, Angel, Appollo) and 2 horses (Trinity, Quincy).

Ms. Whynott worked as a Veterinary Technician for Plymouth Animal HospitalSince this was a small animal hospital, all duties (other than veterinary) were her responsibility, including the duties she performed at the Humane Society but also assisting in surgery, x-rays, lab work, and much more. Animals cared for ranged from domestic pets to livestock to horses. Patients were seen in hospital as well as in their own home environment.

Squam Lake Science Center located in Holderness, NH was also a fascinating working experience once held by Ms. Whynott. Her title as an Animal Care Technician included caring for bears, coyote, foxes, bob tail, owls, osprey and other birds of prey along with raccoons, and other native wildlife found in New Hampshire.

1985:

Trinity (white horse) Quincy (Palomino) Duke (black dog)
Trinity (white horse)
Quincy (Palomino)
Duke (black dog)

Ms. Whynott rescued two abused and neglected horses, Trinity and Quincy. She designed and built a large barn for them. Shortly, thereafter, the Pemigewasset River flooded the paddock and barn – the river swelled to 20 feet over the natural level of previous years. Her home and some contents were slightly damaged. The horses and barn were okay, but the barn needed a good cleaning, since the water rose 4 feet into the barn.

1986:

 Dorinne Whynott had her first and only child, Rachelle in August.

RR Tack and Feed
RR Tack and Feed

Ms. Whynott saw that there was a need for an animal feed and supply store in that area. She strategized and in December, she opened RR Tack and Feed (named after her daughter – Rachelle Rose, thus RR). Being young and anxious, she wanted to open the week before to get a bit of the Christmas rush. A big mistake was opening the business before the insurance kicked in after the first of the year.

Fire
Fire

Unfortunately, the fire was caused by a crack in a heating duct. Everything burned to the ground 2 days before Christmas. No person or animal was harmed, but the building and all contents (personal and business) were destroyed. She was forced to place her horses with a kind person.  She was homeless for a while until a gracious family allowed her to live in one 6×8 room with her newborn, 2 dogs and 4 cats. They lived there for a few months. She cooked on a small hot plate and slept on a mattress on the floor. As a new mom, with no real home, no job and suffering the loss of everything, she was completely traumatized and devastated but somehow prevailed.

Fire
Fire

1987:

 Finally she got back on her feet and her best friend, Norma Lavigne, offered her a wonderful basement apartment and the move back to Nashua was in order.

1987 – 1992:

 Ms. Whynott found work with Hudson Animal Hospital. Ms. Whynott speaks very highly of Dr. Allen Conti, whom she considers a great boss and a superior surgeon. This animal hospital has now and has had in the past many great Veterinarians. She worked with Dr. Michael Dutton (now in his own practice, Weare Animal Hospital) and Dr. Lisa Anderson (now working at the Milford Animal Hospital) , both great veterinarians, mentors and teachers. Pat Konecny is the current office manage , whom Dorinne met working at the Nashua Humane Society and is a long time friend. During this time, Benson’s Animal Farm was still open and Hudson Animal Hospital helped to care for elephants, tigers, etc. What a sight to see an elephant in the parking lot!! Ms. Whynott was responsible for boarding schedules, veterinary appointment schedules, intake and return of boarding pets and patients, medical record accuracy, counseling and solving animal problems for clients over the phone, grief counseling for clients, dispensing medications prescribed by the veterinarians, retail sales and invoicing, daily receipts, deposits, and reception duties. On very rare occasion she helped fill in for veterinary technician duties, however, she loved and preferred to be out front helping clients with problems they were experiencing with their pets.

1990:

 She started pet sitting in 1990 when she obtained her first client, Samantha, a longhaired black and white cat. Many clients at the hospital started to ask if there was such a service who would visit their home and care for their pets while they were away on vacation. This led to the establishment of Whynott Professional Pet Sitting, later to be known as Professional Pet Sitting Etc (PPSE). Ms. Whynott comes to this field with unmatched superior credentials in business and animal experience. Ms. Whynott takes the professional in PPSE very seriously and as a result, she registered the business in the state of New Hampshire, became bonded, and acquired liability insurance. She is responsible for every aspect of the business. She created each piece of PPSE advertising, literature, brochure, and presentation book. Ms. Whynott is responsible for the advertising in all newspapers in southern New Hampshire, on WMUR TV, and the Yellow Pages.

NOTE: It would be a long 6 years of hard work, lots of money and time, driving long hours (some days driving 150 miles) and covering many towns on her own, before PPSE would become a full time business, have enough clients and be able to make enough money to be supportive.

 

1991:

Fudge
Fudge

While working at the Hudson Animal Hospital, a wonderful client came in, with a dog she had just rescued. This client wanted to place him but he had many problems. The dog she was referring to was Dorinne’s favorite breed, the Siberian Husky!

To read more about “Fudge”, check his story out by going to Case Studies. Since Dorinne had an extensive background in dealing with abused animals, she decided to adopt him. With her training, Fudge earned his obedience certificate and also was certified as a Pet Therapy Dog in 1996.

 

1992 – 1996:

 Along with working a full time job, being a mother and starting her pet sitting business, Ms. Whynott decided to go back to school and earn a degree. She went to Springfield College earning her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Animal Science and Psychology with a GPA of 3.97! Ms. Whynott has also received credit from Mount Ida College for Veterinary Science Clinical Methods. Her educational courses include: business and marketing, business development and management, highly effective business management tools, numerous psychology courses, case management, counseling and interviewing skills, veterinary sciences, computer skills, preventive holistic health, substance use and abuse: prevention to treatment. She interned at Brookside Hospital in Nashua, working with dual diagnosed patients (patients who had an addiction and a disorder – for example – alcohol addiction with multiple personality disorder). Ms. Whynott was the only student working on her Associate’s degree allowed in this internship, which was for Master’s level students only. Dorinne’s supervisor, Ms. Jan Bruce stated, “This students works with masters level students and consistently participates at their level”.

As part of her degree with Springfield College, Ms. Whynott needed to complete a mandatory group study project. She chose the subject of Pet Facilitated Therapy (PFT) and studied the pros and cons on children in trouble. Ms. Whynott took an additional certification course for Pet Facilitated Therapy with Linda Hume (she runs a great PFT program at the Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem, NH ) . At this time, Fudge was also certified as a pet therapy dog. The most satisfying visits were at the Nashua Children’s Association in Nashua – working with children with abusive backgrounds. They seemed to identify with Fudge’s abusive background (see his story in our case studies section on this website). One child who had not spoken for a while suddenly just began talking, talking about Fudge!

She also received certification as a Pet Care Technician. The very last course, she completed for her degree was “Coping with Disease and Death” – little did she know that this course would be the most important tool she would need in just a few months time….starting in August 1996.

 

1994:

 Barney

Barney

Ms. Whynott was asked to help Greyhound Pets of America with fostering greyhounds off the track, trained them and placed them in permanent homes. She fostered quite a few greyhounds over the next few years.

Jappaloup (Greyhound) Fudge (Siberian Husky)
Jappaloup (Greyhound)
Fudge (Siberian Husky)

 

WMUR Channel 9 and WHDH Channel 7 had special interest in Ms. Whynott’s involvement with the Salem Animal Rescue League (SARL) on the 16 abused Shepherds from Salem (read more about the Coh case). Ms. Whynott worked closely with all of the foster homes to help the abused Shepherds on their way to happy homes.

Tyler
Tyler

She, herself, took in the two worst Shepherds (Schultz and Tyler) to work with them so they could be placed in great homes. After a few months of hard work, both dogs were placed in great homes. Schultz eventually was returned after a few months. He was diagnosed with advanced kidney disease due to the past neglect, starvation and poor diet. The new owners were unable to care for him medically. SARL entrusted Ms. Whynott to care for Schultz until he was too ill and needed to be euthanized.

1995:

 Ms. Whynott created and wrote her own Obedience Training Manual and started to give in-home training as a new service.

Ms. Whynott  helped to start the NH Pet Expo.

1996:

 PPSE is now successful enough and has become a full time business.

Ms. Whynott helped to create a Christmas greeting on WMUR Channel 9 and the ad ran for a few years until WMUR no longer offered these great advertisements. Three wonderful commercials were also created at this time and ran a few times, however, due to the high cost of television advertising, it did not pay off. As a result of much advertising and recent media exposure, Ms. Whynott was sought out to do numerous articles and interviews about her background and business.

She was asked to be involved with a radio call in show on WZID for pet related problems and was interviewed for a local business show for Channel 50. Overall, she has conducted many animal education talks for schools, animal welfare groups and other organizations in past, present and future.

Penny was a new addition to the family. She was a free grey and white lop eared bunny given to Dori a friend. Penny did not enjoy to much handling and when she had enough, she would growl!!!

 

1996 – 1997:

 Devastation hit during August of 1996 to December of 1997, Ms. Whynott experienced the most traumatizing 14 months of her life. She literally lost 18 family, friends and pets in that time span, which included her best friend (Norma Lavigne), her mother (Eva Whynott), her father (Robert Whynott) plus her 4 cats – Pandora to kidney failure, Kiki to old age, Angel to a fatal injury and Nikki to heart failure.

During this time of loss, Ms. Whynott felt that her clients and pets in her care were not getting the service they should, and she decided to hire employees. She wrote a 40 page policy and procedure handbook, devised an extensive application, and required a police background check. All to ensure that clients, pets and PPSE were as safe as possible and that good quality care was given.

Tex
Tex

 

In spite of all of the losses, Ms. Whynott continued to fill her home with more furry loves. Tex was inherited when Dorinne’s mother passed away.

Danny & Nikki
Danny & Nikki

Danny and Nikki were adopted from SARL. Danny was a DSH, brown tabby, neutered male and Nikki was a flame point Siamese, neutered male (unfortunately, Nikki passed away from heart failure at 5 months old on December 10, 1997).

1998:

Pooh (orange) Spanky (black/white)
Pooh (orange)
Spanky (black/white)

 

Pooh and Raji were adopted from the

Nevins Farm MSPCA in Methuen, Mass. Susan T., a client who had become a friend, worked there.

Pooh was a DSH, orange tabby with white, neutered male and

Raji
Raji

Raji was a double pawed, DSH, black and white, neutered male.

Ms. Whynott and her, daughter, Rachelle Whynott were certified for Pet First Aid and CPR.

1999:

Nephratiti
Nepheratiti

Nepheratiti was adopted. She was a grey and white lop eared bunny, who had no bottom teeth in the front.

2000 – 2002:

 Ms. Whynott and her, daughter, Rachelle Whynott attended Tufts Animal Expo (no longer being held) each year for continuing education courses in:

Dog Behavior – Dog Breed Characteristic Behaviors – Cat Genetics – Loss and Grief Counseling – Benefits of early neutering in cats and dogs – Shelter assessments of cats and dogs (A.D.O.P.T.) – Behavioral assessments – Business productivity – Business marketing – Prevention and management of cat diseases – Understanding cats: assessing, temperament, handling, and techniques – Enhancing a shelter environment for cats and dogs – The ins and outs of a better multi-cat household – Dogs that bite the hands that feed – Criteria for behaviorally healthy dogs – Promoting behavioral health through environmental enrichment – The basic nature of cats, who plays best with others – Intro to the Human-Animal bond and grief – Take me to your leader, understanding the dog’s need for leadership – How to run a safe doggy daycare – Behavior Knowledge – Positive reinforcement training – Loss and grief, a footprint for mourning – Cat clicker training – Clicker training to shape behavior – Humane education that makes a difference – AKC good citizen program – Animal cognition and its role in behavior – Overview of feline nutrition –

 

2000:

Sazar

Sazar and Desilu were rescued from a barn in Mason, NH. A friend of Dori’s, called her about these kittens in fear of them being harmed. Miss Desilu had no fear and would walk up and rub on the horses’ legs at 5 weeks of age. People who worked at this barn feared that they would find the kittens crushed if one of the horses had a mis-step.

Desilu
Desilu

2001:

 Dorinne learned of a new product that was installed on top of an existing fence, to discourage cats from getting out of a fenced in yard. She installed this cat fence to allow all the cats to play outside, yet keep them safe. This has been a wonderful product that has worked beautifully for many years.

2002:

 Ricky

 

Ricky

Lulu
Lulu

In the very cold month of early April, Ms. Whynott was made aware of 30 cats and kittens in a cold trailer, with no heat, no water, no food and living in filth, urine and feces. Read more about Ricky in our article – Ricky, my Soul Kitty.

She organized and carried out the rescue. To read more, go to case studies. This is where she obtained Ricky, Lulu and Spanky. Ricky being her sole kitty…

image
Spanky with his favorite toy on his head !

2003:

Sazar had major surgery to remove a long piece of invisible nylon thread wrapped around his tongue and going through his entire system to somewhere in the intestines. Ms. Whynott’s previous employer, Dr. Conti performed the much needed surgery successfully. This is one very good reason, to always watch your pets, know how much they are eating at every feeding. This may mean that you need to stop free feeding (which most veterinarians advise) and feed once in the morning and once in the evening. The only way Dori knew that some thing was wrong is because he stopped eating and this is a cat that LOVES to eat. Please watch your cats. To this day, the source of the nylon thread is unknown, which is scary.

2004:

Ms. Whynott’s daughter, Rachelle graduated from Nashua High School with honors. Rachelle is responsible for the payroll of Professional Pet Sitting, Etc. Rachelle started college in the fall at Rivier College (see 2008 for graduation).

 

2005 – 2006:

Ms. Whynott completed two courses, Strategic Thinking and Business Planning and Executive Leadership Action Plan with Strategic Directions, LLC and has written her Business Plan to help aid in the progress of the Animal Center and Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Ms. Whynott also completed courses in The doggie daycare business, How to own and operate a dog daycare and The boarding kennel business.

With the horrors of Hurricane Katrina in the past, Ms. Whynott was devastated by the lack of preparedness for animals (and people) in a disaster situation, she read as many books and articles she could find on the subject. She sought out and completed as many educational outlets on the subject as she could find. She then wrote her own article on Disaster planning for you and your pets, which you can view on this web site.

Ms. Whynott obtained certification in the following:

Animal Emergency Services Training by American Humane Association

Disaster Animal Response by Humane Society of the United States

Emergency Animal Sheltering by Humane Society of the United States

National Incident Management System by FEMA

Animals in Disaster, Awareness and Preparedness by FEMA

Animals in Disaster, Community Planning by FEMA

A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance by FEMA

Ms. Whynott was asked to be the team leader for the greater Nashua area for

NH Disaster Animal Response Team.

2005:

Linus
Linus

 

 One of Dori’s best friends became aware of four 10 day old kittens needing help. Dori adopted and added two to the family, bringing the number of kitties in the house to 10! Felice (lilac point Tonkinese mix, spayed female) and Linus (DSH, brown tabby with white, neutered male) are the new additions.

Felice
Felice

This is also the time that Dorinne started to think about evacuating her own animals. How would she round up 10 cats, which includes 2 feral-like that run if they know you want them? Especially since a couple of them were not fond of carriers, in fact Danny would stress out so much in a carrier that in the 15 minutes it took to drive to the animal hospital, he would have his nose completely scraped up and bloody trying to get out….So, the first thing would be to get them used to carriers. A set up of 10 carriers, 3 across, 3 high with the 10th one on the very top, 4 foot boards were placed in between the rows, to steady all the carriers. Each carrier was labeled with each cat’s name, description and date of birth (in case evacuation led to cat’s being housed away from owner). The easiest way to get any animal used to something generally is food. So, this would be used for all feeding. A special call (command) would be used, so that when it is pronounced, all the cats knew that food was coming. On the first few days, it was a bit chaotic, the cats did not know where to go or what to do. Each cat was methodically placed in the appropriate crate, then given food and the door closed. Very surprisingly, it only took a few days before most of the cats would quickly jump into their crate and be standing in it waiting to be fed. In feeding this way, it was found that each cat would get the appropriate measured amount of food, each cat could be fed a different food if needed (for any cat with medical conditions or food allergies), each cat could be monitored for food intake (thus a cat not feeling well would be noticed immediately), each cat was eating slower (no competing cat hurrying to eat neighbor’s food), no cat was vomiting up food (due to eating too fast before another cat barges in), AND they were all calm and happy in the crates. They were left in for about 15 minutes and then up to 30 minutes. When they finish eating, they just curl up and go to sleep. No more stressed cats in crates and they were all running for feeding time, jumping into the RIGHT crates. Feeding 10 cats used to be a frenzy and now it is simple, calm, fast, healthy and if evacuation was needed, all 10 cats could be crated in 3 minutes, even the 2 feral-like!!!

Dorinne Whynott and Rachelle Whynott completed a UNH course for certification of Animal Cruelty: NH Laws, Investigations and Prosecution to become Animal Abuse Investigators.

Fudge passed away in October. He would have been 16 years old in January!

2006:

Another rescue of a cat (named Raina), who apparently was thrown from a car window just before exit 4, southbound on the Everett Turnpike, Nashua. (Read more in Meet the Cats We have Helped).

Ms. Whynott’s daughter, Rachelle, turned 21 and is now officially a pet sitter, since all pet sitters must be 21 years old and older. Rachelle also is responsible for various office duties along with payroll, as mentioned earlier.

2007:

Ms. Whynott acquired a wonderful silent investor/grantor and animal lover, who was impressed with her business plan and wanted to assist with her spectacular vision to help all animals. She started her search for a unique property to expand Professional Pet Sitting Etc. to the Animal Care & Education Center of NH. Shortly there after, this angelic investor had a devastating family tragedy and had to back out.

Note: We are looking for a replacement silent investor/grantor who loves animals, is interested in a vision to help make a difference in the lives of all animals and possibly the people who love them….

Ms. Whynott was asked to be a consultant to the Humane Society of Greater Nashua.

2008:

Ms. Whynott’s daughter, Rachelle, graduated from Rivier College with her Bachelor’s degree of Science, majoring in Biology, minors in chemistry, psychology and women’s studies. Rachelle will be working full time at PPSE, learning all aspects of the business and adding new services. Her long term goal will be to finish her veterinary studies after a break. Rachelle comes to the business with life long experience growing up handling all kinds of animals, abuse cases, rescues, wildlife and obedience training.

Rachelle and Dorinne took a continuing education certificate course on “Mega Dog Daycare. A great course teaching dog handling, daycare specifics, reading dog body language, etc.

2009:

Dorinne has taken courses in living green.  We moved to a better location so as to help with the continued growth of Prof. Pet Sitting Etc, its employees and personally.

Ms. Whynott was able to purchase a large building with much room to grow for the company and her ever growing number of rescues.

2010:

Dorinne is currently working on the space for the office and developing training courses for employees.  We moved into our new forever home and office.  Putting up a new cat fence for all our kitties to get fresh air and sunshine but to still be safe.  We will be getting a new Siberian Husky to join our family soon.

Tex passed away of Kidney disease.

2011 – 2012:

Raji passed away of Intestinal Lymphoma Cancer.  Raji contracted one of the most fast acting cancers.  He was gone shortly after his diagnosis.

Dorinne constructed a bird feeding station.  To date we have the usual finches, jays, sparrows but have seen woodpeckers, indigo buntings and catbirds at the feeders.

Talks of getting a new Siberian Husky to join the family are happening !!

Fostering – started fostering orphaned and abandoned kittens for Manchester Animal Shelter.  Fostered Je T’aime (adopted) and Gus Bennett

Adopted Gus Bennett (read his story here).  He just jumped into my heart as soon as Manchester Animal Shelter placed him in my arms to foster!

2013:

Petsittingology Pet Sitting Conference in Las Vegas !!

At the conference, we heard many great amazing speakers and got to Meet Marcus Sheriden of the Sales Lion (one word – AWESOME).  Learned more about social media, SEO, marketing and animal behavior.

Merlin
Merlin

Merlin and Mystic  were adopted!!

Merlin is an amazing Blue eyed, black Siberian Husky mix.  He was dumped on a highway at 5 months old .

Mystic 2014
Mystic 2014

Mystic  is a pure white Siberian Husky who was kept in a basement for a few years until he was surrendered to a shelter.  He was a frightened shell who thrived in their home with lots of love.

Fostered a very sickly litter of Black and White kittens for Manchester Animal Shelter.  All were adopted within a few days after being returned!

One of the fluffy black and white kittens
One of the fluffy black and white kittens

2014:

Spanky 2014
Spanky 2014

Spanky passed away of Nasal Cancer.  After a long 6 months of tests and going to Tufts, Spanky lost his battle with cancer.

After a year and a half of living with a family of kitties, Mystic attacked Linus, kitty. It was a serious attack with 12 puncture wounds and a $2000 vet bill.

Linus June 2014, after being attacked by Mystic (Henry).
Linus
June 2014, after being attacked by Mystic (Henry).

Linus almost passed away but he survived and has healed completely.  Unfortunately, and with a heavy heart, for the safety of all, it was decided to rehome Mystic.  6 months after the attack on Linus and searching for a home, none of which were right for him, Mystic was returned to Marlena, who had rescued him. They had been working with Her to rehome and she decided, she would take Mystic to live with her and her Husky, Penny. This was one of the hardest things for Dorinne, to give up a beloved pet.

Having been in rescue, giving up an animal was extremely hard.  The safety and quality of life for all was the deciding factor.  A life lesson learned was that every situation is grey.  There is no such thing as black and white.  In order to help animals we must learn to help people.  In rescue, helping people, especially those who love animals, will always help the animals.  Listening and helping with compassion and empathy when in rescue or in any other animal profession, is the number one rule.

 2014 was a hard year, losing two beloved animals,  the trauma of Linus and a very ill family member (who wishes to be private)  

To make matters worse, one Sunday morning,  Dorinne woke up to find that her entirely website had been completely deleted due to a virus on the hosts server.  On the bright side, a NEW updated website was built by Dorinne !!!  It did take months but was accomplished.

Easier navigation, more information, lots of great pictures, videos.  The old website was completely deleted from the web by the host, after a virus infected their servers.  It was devastating,  since Dorinne had no idea what to do.  So, She did some research and taught herself on how to rebuild a website.  After two months of working around the clock, 7 days a week, the new website went live.  It is completely updated and does so much more.  There is lots of room for growth for years to come.

Lots and lots of educational articles were added to our blog list! Check out the article on Free Pets, it is eye opening.

2015:

We had to say good bye to our oldest kitty – Danny.  His health was failing due to kidney disease.

Danny
Danny

 

 

 

 

Signed up with the Humane Society for Greater Nashua to help the with fostering.

Re-Certified for Veterinary Assistant

Ricky and Lulu were taken to Radiocat to cure their thyroid disease with radiation.  Ricky came through with flying colors and is doing perfectly.

Lulu, unfortubately, succumbed to low platelets resulting in the high radiation dose that was given.  We are deeply saddened at the loss of our Lulu.

Lulu, black and white cat
Lulu

2016:

I was called upon to once again foster for Manchester Animal Shelter.  Three young (5-6 months old) purebred Bengal cats were surrendered and they were not doing well with shelter life.  They had completely stopped eating and were just shaking and hiding.  I picked them up and started the long process of getting them relaxed and eating began.  They seemed to act like they were not handled very much or not at all.  They would cringe and back away at the foreign feeling of being touched, petted or held.   After a few months of rehabilitation, I decided to adopt all three.  So, April 2016, Jewel (snow bengal), Bowie (sepia bengal) and Katniss (brown bengal) became part of our family.

Bengals
Katniss, Jewel, Bowie
My Bengal Threesome

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF A PROFESSIONAL PET SITTING BUSINESS

– Continuing Education

Petsittingology Professional Pet Sitting Business Conference for Continuing Education October 2016

Rachelle and Dorinne headed to the conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Some great topics and Speakers

  • Understanding Dog Behavior
    • by Mikkel Becker (Daughter of Dr. Marty Becker)
    • Website
  • Master business Class
    • By Beth Cotrell
  • Centered Success
    • By Nicole Taggart
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cancer Advances in Pets
    • by Dr. Sue Ettinger aka Dr. Sue Cancer Vet
    • Website
  • Social Media Success
    • by Danielle Lambert
  • Public Relations & How to Utilize it
    • by Charlie Gikey
  • Compassiona Fatigue in Pet Sitting
    • by Holly Cook
  • Money Mindset
    • by Aly Michaels (Anthony Robbins)
  • Grassroots Marketing
    • by Cindy Vet
  • Challenges in Business Growth
    • by Beth Greenberg
  • Panel Discussion on Making Professional Pet Sitting Certification Known with PSO, PSI and NAPPS

As part of the conference, we were treated to a professional photographer

Dori
Dorinne Whynott
October 24, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 – 

The loss of my Ricky to cancer was VERY hard.

My Ricky, the love of my life

Please read his story – Ricky, my Soul Kitty

Then later that year, I also lost my Sazar with a severe intestinal infection.  My beautiful boy

Sazar, orange and white longhaired cat
My beautiful Sazar

Petsittingology Professional Pet Sitting Business Conference for Continuing Education October 2017

Rachelle and Dorinne headed to the conference in Washington DC

Some Continuing Education topics – SEO and Marketing for business, Mastering Google, Dog and Cat Behavior workshops with Arden Moore and Jamie Migdal, Pet Sitting Business Masterclass

Arden Moore is author to many books and is a Master Certified Pet Fird Aid Instructor

Jamie Migdal is a multi Business Owner and Animal Behaviorist

2018 – 

Petsittingology Professional Pet Sitting Business Conference for Continuing Education October 2018

Rachelle and Dorinne headed to the conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Some topics – Power Networking, you and google, animal behavior, beyond pet first aid

Keynote speaker – Dr. Marty Becker!!

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them. He is the founder of Fear FreeSM, an initiative to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments.

Dr. Becker was the resident veterinary contributor on “Good Morning America” for 17 years. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association as well as its Chief Veterinary Correspondent, a founding member of Core Team Oz for “The Dr. Oz Show,” and a member of the Dr. Oz Medical Advisory Panel.

He has written 25 books that have sold almost 8 million copies, including three New York Times best-sellers — one of which is the fastest-selling pet book of all time, Chicken Soup for the Pet-Lovers Soul. He has been a contributor to Parade magazine, Reader’s Digest and AARP.com. Animal Radio hosts him monthly as their Chief Veterinary Correspondent.

Speaking with Dr. Marty Becker
Rachelle, Dr. Marty Becker and Dorinne

 

We helped to create “Our Pet Sitter Song”!!!

Look closely, you will see Dorinne and Rachelle!

Thank you to Jason Waggs for the song, lyrics and great voice!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“In my PERFECT WORLD, there would be no need for humane societies or animal shelters, if we, as pet professionals, worked hard to educate the public in proper humane pet care. Then every pet would be wanted, healthy, safe and happy in a loving home for life and have us for a pet care provider!!”

Dorinne Whynott

Kira, black and tan shepard

Advantages and Benefits of Pet Sitting

Advantages and Benefits

from using

Professional Pet Sitting, Etc.

 

Advantages for your pet include: 

  • In your home, your pet remains in his or her secure environment, where all the sights, smells and sounds are familiar.
  • In your home, your pet follows his or her customary diet and exercise routine.  Some pets get very depressed and may stop eating in a pet care facility (see note below at end of page).
  • Your pet is not traumatized by travel in a vehicle.
  • In your home, your pet is not exposed to other animals, diseases, fleas, ticks and other parasites.  Most pet care facilities do their best to keep things at bay, however, it only takes one infected pet to spread it from pet to pet in close quarters.
  • In your home, your pet is not traumatized from other pets trying to fight with them (pets can go home with cuts, scrapes and bites) in a group environment at a pet care facility.  Some pets become aggressive with other pets when they go home.
  • Your pet will be less stressed left at home.
  • Your pet will stay happy left at home.  Some pets will come home with diarrhea, anxiety, destructive chewing, and other behavioral problems after being in a pet care facility.
  • In your home, your pet will not regress in housebreaking.  When pets are at pet care facilities, they are allowed to go to the bathroom where ever, when ever they want.  Sometimes, these pets think it is okay to do at home also.
  • Your pet will be happy in his/her home rather than in a cold, lonely environment away from home.
  • Pets in their own home, do very well alone when you are away.  Most pets are home alone while you are at work and at night when everyone is sleeping (in most cases, there is no need for a sitter overnight).  We do recommend a visit in the middle of your work day and three (or 4) visits per day while you are away.
  • Most importantly, your pet receives love and personal ONE ON ONE attention while you are away, whereas in a pet care facility it could be up to 25 dogs to one person (in some cases 25+ ).
  • Your pet will not have to spend extra time away from home, due to the pet care facility being closed on a Sunday or a holiday.
  • Shy pets, cats, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets always do better in their own home environment rather than in a pet care facility.

 

Benefits for you include: 

  • SAVE GAS – we come to your home.
  • SAVE MONEY – in multi pet households, our prices will be less expensive then a pet care facility. You do not have to pay for extra days if you come home on a Sunday or holiday when pet care facilities are closed.
  • SAVE TIME – no need to take time out of your already busy day to drop off your pets or pick them up.
  • As a registered client, we will always cover you if you ever became hospitalized, have a family emergency or a death in your family.  We will start pet care just as soon as possible.
  • You are not inconvenienced (or traumatized!) by transporting your pet.
  • You are not stressed having to drop off or pick up your pet in certain time periods.  You will pay extra if you are late to pick up at a pet care facility.
  • You do not have to impose upon a friend, neighbor or relative when you use our service.
  • Your home is looked after as well, since most pet sitters provide crime deterrence.
  • You can leave home worry-free, knowing your pet is in good hands.
  • You will ALWAYS be covered in emergencies, such as hospitalization or death in the family.
  • Once you are a registered client with us, You will NEVER have to worry about finding another pet sitter if they move away, if they come down with the flu, if they have a death in the family, if their car doesn’t start, if they need to have a full time job, etc.  Professional Pet Sitting has 38+ pet sitters on staff.
  • SAVE TIME – Also you will never have to spend extra time checking on another pet sitter, pet sitting company (or every independent contractor).  If you can not use Prof. Pet Sitting for any reason (maybe we are not in your area), you should check police background, bonding, insurance and references.  We do all of the above for you on all of our employees, to keep you and your pets SAFE.  Remember that if you check the pet sitting company and this company uses independent contractors, not employees, you MUST check both. Click here for more info on IC’s.
  • When using Prof. Pet Sitting, you can return home at any time of the day or night and find your healthy, happy pet eagerly waiting to greet you.

 

All in all, the majority of pets will do better in their own home, with a pet sitting service making visits.  The pets that do not do well at home while you are at work, obviously will not do well when you go away.  Aggressive pets are also not a good candidate for pet sitting.

If you feel guilty placing your pet in a pet care facility, as is with the majority of us, do you and your pet a favor and leave them home with a quality pet sitter.

Pet sitters who stay overnight in your home, are generally not necessary.  You will be paying for a person to sleep and your pets are sleeping also.  The only time that overnights maybe necessary are when a pet is ill (and then that pet may be better in an animal hospital – keep in mind that there is no hospital or pet care facility that has a person check on every pet 24/7, even if they have a person on the premises at night).

If you use a pet sitter other than our company, please check them out THOROUGHLY.  Pet sitters are not created equal.  To keep you and your pets safe, check out “Frequently Asked Questions” to help guide you when you check out other pet sitting companies, pet sitters and all independent contractors  hired by other pet sitting companies.

If you MUST use a pet care facility, for whatever reason, please do your homework.  See EXACTLY where your pet will be “living”.  Do not accept excuses (insurance regulations, it will disturb the dogs) or just look through a window where your pet will be, actually go in and see the actual pet quarters.  Inspect the kennel – is it spacious, is it clean, does it smell, is the concrete or paint chipping, are the sides made of fencing.  It is not recommended that pets can “touch” each other through fencing, some dogs will lift their leg to urinate and it will go into the next kennel, possibly onto your pet.  Pets may also try to fight through fencing or get paws and/or teeth caught.

Note:  A Pet Care Facility can be any place away from your home that takes care of pets, such as a boarding facility, kennel, etc.