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Gus Bennett, 4 weeks old, orange and white kitten

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I have been in animal welfare and rescue since 1978.  I have helped thousands of animals.  I am a certified animal abuse investigator, animal behaviorist, trainer, veterinary technician and more.  I am a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in the state of NH and volunteer to raise and release orphaned baby wildlife!  I help foster rescued and orphaned cats, dogs, whatever.  

I also help people with pet care.  Some people who are alone have no one to turn to for help if they become ill, or disabled or hospitalized.  Many are on a fixed income.  I would like to be able to help any animal or person who needs it.  

Your help will help me, help more animals and people.  In the past decades I have donated my time and money but with your help, I can do more.

Pictured above, is Gus Bennett.  He was 4 weeks old and rescued from a burned building.  He was the only survivor!! We were asked to foster him for the shelter, washed him up and fed him formula from a bottle.  Boy, was he HUNGRY! After that he got a physical, deflead and wormed. Once he got his strength up, we weaned him onto solid food.  Vaccinated, neutered, and leukemia tested him.  What a healthy handsome boy.  He is now my educator spokes kitty !! 
With your help, we could help more like Gus Bennett.

In my business, we get calls every day from people that need help with pet care.  One women called crying on the phone.  She was taken by ambulance to the hospital. She had two cats at home that had not been cared for for at least two days.  She had no family or friends.  Could we help?  She also could not pay, she was on a fixed income and barely making ends meet   We could not just let the cats go uncared for, so we helped her. She was able to relax, get well and did go home soon after. We want to be able to help more people like this but as a company, we can only help so much.  With your help, we could help more like this wonderful woman who really loved her cats. 

Another rescue was Ricky, Lulu and Spanky.  We got a call stating there were a few cats in a trailer that needed help.  When we arrived there were 30 cats, kittens living in a mobile home with no heat, no food, no water!!! The home was covered in cat urine and feces.  Some cats were too sick but most were adopted out to great homes.  

There were three that I took in personally becuase of their health problems. i knoew most do not get adopted when they have health problems. 

Lulu was one of the friendliest and she was close to Spanky. Spanky was so frightened of people ( many of the cats were not used to people) that he was litterally climbing the walls, poor guy.  Once I got him in my arms, he was so exhausted, he just collapsed.  I took Lulu, to help Spanky be calm.  I knew that if Spanky was brought to the shelter, he just would not do well.  So, I worked with him day after day to get him to come out of his shell.  Eventually, he did and he is the most loving boy.  He is now 12 and was diagnosed with cancer. We have been treating him since last December, but the cancer is now winning.  The tumor is in his left nostril and sinus area.  Treatment of course has been in the thousands.  Just wish there was a cure. 

Lulu, who was Spanky’s companion, has IBD and needs to always be on a special diet.  Other wise her tummy gets upset and she has horrible bloody diarrhea.  We suspect that she also has some food allergies as well.  

And there then there is Ricky. He is my lovebug. He was rescued when he was 5 weeks old. He was covered in a black yeast.  We immediately took him to 3 different vets, one told us he had distemper, one said he was going to be blind and the third had no idea.  It took years before we found a diagnosis.  He has severe food and environment allergies and because of his lowered immune system the opportunist yeast in all of our bodies, took over since there was nothing to keep it in check. It took many years and thousands and thousands of dollars worth of medical testing, etc. to finally come to this comclusion. We have to be very careful because he is allergic to beef, pork, grass, most tree pollens, mold, black ants and more. We did extensive blood tests to find out the exact allergens. He is also on a special diet.  The bad part is he is picky.  As soon as we find a food that works, he will eat it for a while then stop. 

Ricky also has a luxating patella, he is fine now but as he gets older, this may cause him problems.  Hopefully, he will not need a special harness to help him walk.  

Both Ricky and Lulu are hyperthyroid. They are on medication, however, the best thing for a cure is Radiocat.  This would cost approximately 2000 per cat, which includes all the pre-testing and treatment.

These are just a few of the many animals that we have helped.  With your help we can help more.  

My dream is to one day open an Animal Center. A place where a person can go to find almost anything to do with animals in one place.  A business plan was completed a few years ago, then the economy hit. Many people who saw it, exclaimed it to be innovative, fresh, needed and will help animals with services, education and also in animal welfare.  As time goes on and everyone gets back on their feet from the economy, we may revisit this. At that time, investestors will be needed. For now, we will help where we can. My wish has always been that every animal is loved and care for in a forever home. 

ANY amount will help.  So, if you only have 5 or 10, that will still help a baby orphaned kitten with formula, or a baby squirrel whose mom was killed.  If you would like to help more than that, see the levels below!! But remember, any and all amounts will help animals in need.

Thank you

Fudge, Siberian Husky 1

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

 

 

 

Spanky 2

Meet Some of the Cats We Have Helped

Meet Some of the Cats We Have Helped

Scroll down to see our recent fosters

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.

 

Ricky, Lulu and Spanky

April, 2002

In April 2002, I was made aware of approximately 32 cats and kittens inside a building and informed that they may have had no food and water for a few days. I called our pet sitter in that area who also happened to be the Animal Control Officer. We both went to check it out and were saddened by what we found. This little house had no heat – in April it was still very cold – and there was no running water or food. Feces and urine were everywhere throughout the entire home (which was later condemned and destroyed).

When the cats saw us, they all piled up at the front door, where the Animal Control Officer kept them occupied. I entered through the side door which allowed me to get inside without any cats escaping. As soon as they saw me, they swarmed and I had to tear open the 25 pound bag of cat food. They just climbed right into the bag, scrambling over one another because they were so hungry.

We had brought bags of litter and large cardboard boxes to provide clean bathrooms, and were able to obtain several jugs of water from a neighbor.

The cats were friendly and seemed healthy. Unfortunately none of them were neutered, so it is assumed they had interbred. The range of ages were 5 weeks to approximately 5+ years. I made some phone calls and many people jumped to assist us: the Merrimack Valley Feline Rescue donated distemper vaccines, feline leukemia/FIV combo tests and worming medication. The Feline Friends Rescue volunteered help, and a few of my Veterinary Technician friends volunteered their time. We gave them physicals, vaccines, tests (all negative, thankfully), and wormed them. The Animal Rescue League in Bedford, NH was gracious enough to take all the of cats and adopt them.

I chose to take a 6 month old white with black named Spanky. He was petrified of people and literally climbed the walls to get away.  I knew he would not do well in the shelter.  I balanced him out with an overly-friendly black with a bit of white littermate, named Lulu. I have found that animals take cues from one another, and I knew that Spanky would be looking at Lulu for comfort and learning in new situations.

I also adopted a 5 week old kitten named Ricky, who was diagnosed with congenital cataracts and was expected to be blind by the time he was a year old, may possibly have distemper, etc. He also had a mysterious black yeasty substance all over his face, eyes and in his ears.  I had taken him to 4 different veterinarians, who were not familiar with whatever he had.  After 4 years, I finally found, Dr. Holub who does help with Tufts Animal Hospital.  He explained that Ricky (who did not have distemper, nor cataracts and was not blind), had allergies.  Allergies in animals do not manifest like they do in humans, with itchy watery eyes, congestion and sneezing.  In animals, allergies usually manifest in skin conditions.  In Ricky’s case, his allergies manifested in an over production of black yeast in the hair follicles, known as Malazizia Pachydermitits.  With the help of Dr. Anne Johnson, we did a blood allergy test.  Poor Ricky is allergic to numerous grasses, tree pollen, black ants, 2 types of dust mites and a slew of other things.  He now gets an allergy injection every 14 – 21 days and a monthly bath to keep the yeast at bay.  I love all my cats, but Ricky is so completely special.  He and I have this amazing connection, he is my “Soul Kitty”.

All three kitties (Lulu, Spanky and Ricky) acclimated into my home as if they had never been anywhere else and are doing fine with my other 7 cats!   Lulu is still loveable and Mr. Spanky is an insatiable cuddle bug!  I am so lucky to have them in my life.

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Raina

7-12-06

Raina was apparently thrown from a car in the southbound high speed lane, just before exit 4 on the Everett Turnpike in Nashua.

I came across an unbelievable scenario driving down Everett Turnpike just before Exit 4. A young 8 month old female cat was clinging as close to the middle barrier as she possible could, in the pouring rain. I could not believe my eyes so I got off at Exit 4, and got back on to come around and sure enough, it was a cat. I pulled over into the break down lane and soon there after a Nashua Police Officer pulled up behind me. Thinking there was hope, I was glad to see him.

He came up to talk, I told him the situation, he saw the cat and demanded that I leave.  He stated the cat got there and she will leave on her own. I left infuriated, my daughter was with me and I instructed her to call everyone we knew in rescue (and we know a lot). I turned around and went back, figuring the officer was going to have to arrest me, because I was not going to leave that area until I knew she was safe. Soon, three rescuers came armed with capture equipment. I called Maureen of the Bedford Shelter and she called the NH State Police.

The State Police Officer came down and he met up with the same Nashua Police Officer who made me leave.  The amazing State Officer made him (Nashua Police Officer) stop all lanes on the highway, so we could rescue her, now named Raina.

After examination, we found that all 4 paws were raw, she was pretty scraped up and emaciated. The evidence pointed to the probability that she was thrown from a moving vehicle. It took months but she recovered and is happy in her forever home.

 

More to Come Soon !!

Danny

Raji

Pooh

Sazar & Desilu

Felice & Linus

 

We are a Foster Family for

Manchester Animal Shelter

AND Humane Society Of Greater Nashua

All Fosters found homes

2014

Litter of 5 Kittens, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Litter of 5 Kittens, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Litter of 5 Kittens, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Litter of 5 Kittens, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Litter of 5 Kittens, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Litter of 5 Kittens, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Litter of 5 Kittens, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Litter of 5 Kittens, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Litter of 5 Kittens, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Litter of 5 Kittens, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015

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Ann, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Ann, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Andy, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Andy, Manchester Animal Shelter, May 2015
Buster and Bobby, Manchester Animal Shelter, June 2015
Buster and Bobby, Manchester Animal Shelter, June 2015

 

Brooklyn And Chelsea, Manchester Animal Shelter, July 2015
Brooklyn And Chelsea, Manchester Animal Shelter, July 2015

 

Mystic, white siberian husky standing

Monthly Pets Tips, Places We Love, & more

Businesses and Places We Love

 

Dog Parks – 

We have been to a few dog parks where there is a cost, you must provide dog dna and there are fines, etc.  These parks were not very friendly.

We did find a few that were friendly

 

Businesses run by Pet Lovers !

Feel FREE to call these wonderful people and ask about us.  They know us personally and have used our services.  Please ask them for a testimonial.

Vangie Collins at VC Lampworks 321-2260 Vangie was a client with her beloved Rudy,  Vangie makes incredible hand made glass cremation beads.  Her amazing work was featured on NH Chronicle.

Dan Terry at Dan Terry Productions 888-3535  Dan was a client with his beloved Davidson.  Dan is a professional DJ and Travel Agent

Charlotte Ford of Charlotte Ford Photography 521-2701 in Pelham.  Charlotte has been a valued client, trusting us with her many dogs over the years, especially with her amazing Mr. Murphy.  Charlotte takes breathe taking pictures.  Her specialty is pets and weddings!

The people above are people who are dear to us.  We will be opening up space below for anyone who are animal lovers and would love to be included here, ask us how.  We have 3000+ clients and receive thousands of visits to our website every month. a great way to connect to other animals lovers and your business.

Monthly Pets Tips

JANUARY

  • Read our January Pet Care Tips Article for much more
  • Mark your calendar for when your pets are due for their annual checkup and vaccinations this year.
  • Have pets’ teeth checked annually, just like humans, bad teeth can cause some health problems
  • Look over your calendar and book any pet care reservations needed with us as soon as possible to ensure coverage.
  • Call us Now for your February Vacation pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

FEBRUARY

  • Chocolate can be dangerous for most pets and deadly for some.  Keep Valentine sweets out of pets’ reach.
  • Call us Now for your March Vacation pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

MARCH

  • This is the time of year that mosquitoes start to hatch.  Be sure to keep you cat and dog on heartworm prevention year round.
  • Call us Now for your April Vacation pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

APRIL

  • Easter is a time when people are tempted to give rabbits and chicks as gifts.  Many of them end up in shelters the week after Easter, or because of lack of care knowledge, these pets may end up with short lives.  Give stuffed animals instead.
  • Call us for your April vacation pet care reservation.
  • This is Kitten Season – Go to your shelter and ADOPT a pair of kittens and always spay and neuter your pets.
  • Call us Now for your May Vacation pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

MAY

  • Be Kind to Animals Month -Do something for animals this month, volunteer at your shelter, make a donation, give a homeless pet a home, become a foster home, etc.
  • As summer approaches and vacations are planned, book your summer vacation pet care reservations
  • Check to make sure your pets’ ID tag information is up to date.
  • Update Micro chip information
  • Call us Now for your June Vacation pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

JUNE

  • Read our June Pet Care Tips Article for many more tips
  • Adopt a Dog Month
  • Another hurricane season is coming.  Read through our Disaster Planning for you and your pets and make plans if ever you need to evacuate.  Go over these plans once a year with your family.  Better to be safe and knowledgeable than in a crisis, panicked and have no plan.
  • Remember that if you need to evacuate, ALWAYS take all pets with you.
  • Having your dog go with you in your car is fun but it can be deadly.  Even if you leave the windows down a little the inside of your car can heat up FAST.  Good rule of thumb is that if the temperature outside is 60 degrees or more, leave your pet home.  It could save their life.
  • Call us Now for your July Vacation pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

JULY

  • Read our July Pet Care Tips Article for many more tips
  • Fireworks can be scary for most animals.  Be sure to keep them somewhere safe when you and your neighbors celebrate Independence Day.
  • Call us Now for your August Vacation pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

AUGUST

  • Read our August Pet Care Tips Article for many more tips
  • A summer outing on a lake or ocean can be a lot of fun with your dog along.  Be sure to outfit your dog with a life jacket in case of emergency.
  • Call us Now for your September Vacation pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

SEPTEMBER

  • Read our September Pet Care Tips Article for many more tips
  • The cold weather months are just around the corner.  Protect your pets by keeping them inside and having a disaster plan in place for them in case you lose power for an extended period of time.
  • Remember that if you need to evacuate, ALWAYS take all pets with you.
  • Call us Now for your October Vacation pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

OCTOBER

  • Check out our Halloween-October Safety Tips for more great tips
  • Adopt a Cat Month
  • Halloween is a dangerous time for pets.  Kids play cruel tricks on pets, especially black cats.  Keep all pets indoors, cats should always be indoors, but especially around this holiday so no harm comes to them.
  • Call us Now for your Thanksgiving Holiday pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

NOVEMBER

  • Check out our Thanksgiving November Pet Tips Article for more pet tips
  • Thanksgiving is a time to indulge in tasty food and treats.  Many foods are too rich to share with pets.  Be sure to give treats that are healthy for them.
  • Call us Now for your Christmas Holiday pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work

 

DECEMBER

  • Check out our Christmas December Pet Tips article for more great tips
  • Pine needles, tinsel, ornaments, tree lights, holiday candy and poinsettias can be harmful to pets.  Be sure to take precautions to prevent your pets from ingesting these dangerous holiday items.  Better to not have them in your home.
  • Call us Now for your January Get Away Vacation pet care reservation.
  • If you adopt a dog this month – call us ASAP to set up Mid Day Let out so they have a break while you are at work
Tex, grey kitty on chair

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Check out our Blog Articles for more information

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.

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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

 

Gus Bennett 4, orange and white kitty

Our Awards, Certificates and Credentials

Our Awards, Certificates and Credentials

 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. – why choose a lesser company

If you are going to trust a pet sitting company with your pets and your home, you should know about the company.  You should know who the owner is and their background.

Below are some basics on our company, sitters and the owner. Also check out our other pages –

If you can not find this information on another companies website, choose one that does.

  • In business since 1990
  • Thorough Background Security Checks
  • Training on all employees
  • GPS on all pet sitters
  • requires all employees to sign a non-disclosure non-compete for your confidentiality and safety
  • Online Registration & Reservation Program that can be accessed anywhere via the web, 24/7

 

Plus we are:

  • One of the largest pet sitting companies in New England
  • and one of only a few this large in the United States
  • Registered
  • Bonded
  • Insured

 

2019

Awarded BEST PET SITTER

 

2016

We WON again

FINALIST in BEST Pet Sitting and BEST Dog Walker 

2015

Awarded BEST PET SITTING

and BEST DOG WALKER

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Award Winning Pet Sitting Company Multiple Times

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We are the ONLY pet sitting company that :

  • Has 30+ Pet Sitters on staff, most have been with us for 3 – 14 years
  • Has a large working emergency back up system to ensure pet care
  • Has 3000+ clients from Nashua to Concord
  • Cares for THOUSANDS of pets in a month

 

Superior Credentials:

  • Pet Sitting Business Experience since 1990
  • Our pet sitters live in the areas they service to
    always be close to the pets they care for.
  • for pet & client protection, we have:
    • 30+ Trained and Police Checked Employees
    • 40+ page Policy & Procedure Handbook
    • Non-disclosure/confidentiality contracts
    • Non-compete, our sitters can not do any of our services outside of our company during employment and years after leaving our company
  • Medical Pet Care Technicians on staff in most areas
  • Some Pet Sitters are Vaccinated Against Rabies

 

Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

  • Dog Behaviorist/Obedience Trainer
  • Pet Owner Counselor
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Studies in Psychology, Animal Science and Business
  • Rehabilitator of Problem/Abused Animals
  • Rescues Animals in Need
  • Fosters animals for various organizations
  • NH Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Vaccinated Against Rabies
  • Certified Animal Abuse Investigator (UNH)
  • Certified Animal Disaster Responder by
    • FEMA,
    • Humane Society of the US,
    • American Humane Association

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HSUS Disaster Team 2006   HSUS Emergency Shelter 2006

American Humane 2006

 

  • Over 30 years of progressive experience in
    • Animal Rescue, Health and Welfare
    • Dog Behavior and Training
    • Animal Education to the Public
    • Pet Facilitated Therapy

Pet Therapy 1996

Associations & Memberships Include:

  • National & International Association of Professional Pet Sitters
  • American Humane Association
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Associated Humane Societies
  • International Wolf
  • NH Equine Humane Association
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers
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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.

 

 

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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.

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