GoFundMe to Help More Animals
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.
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.
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.
Armouk – Siberian Husky
Prince – Samoyed
Schultz – German Shepard
Tyler – German Shepard
Blue – Greyhound
Oliver – Greyhound
Barney – Greyhound
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
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.
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 !!
Sazar & Desilu
Felice & Linus
We are a Foster Family for
Manchester Animal Shelter
AND Humane Society Of Greater Nashua
All Fosters found homes
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
- Concord Dog Park, Concord, NH
- Derry Dog Park, Derry, NH
- Hudson Dog Park In Bensons Park, Hudson, NH
- Merrimack Dog Park, Merrimack, NH
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
This is a great article from MSNBC: “Putty in their paws, why we do what cats want”. Click to go to the article.
Do cats get heartworm disease like dogs?
For decades, in the Northeast, and where ever mosquitoes live, heartworm disease has been a plague for our dogs. Until recently, it was thought that heartworm disease did not adversely effect cats. New studies show that heartworm infection can harm our cats. Click here for Video & information on Feline Heartworm. Click on Feline Heartworm Animation and then the arrow to start video.
Has your cat been diagnosed with chronic kidney failure?
The Feline CRF Information Center is a great resource in up to date information on this frightening, confusing and overwhelming diagnosis of our beloved feline. Click here to go to the Feline CRF Information Center. and Instructions on Giving Sub-Q Fluids
Hyperthyroidism in Felines
Has your cat been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism? For more information,
Click links below for more info –
Everything you always wanted to know about litter boxes from your cat’s point of view, and so much more. This website delves into a comprehensive look into all kinds of problems, do’s and don’ts and so much more. Click on Litter Box for this great website.
Check out our Gus Bennett series –
Feline Nutrition, Exercise, Obesity, etc.
The same website as the Litterbox above, has some great information on Feline Nutrition, Diabetes, Pilling and much more.
Click below for more information –
- Cat Information,
- Feeding Guidelines for Kittens,
- Foods to Avoid,
- Snacks/Treats Recipes
Check out our article – Feeding Cats by Gus Bennett
Diabetes in your feline
The best thing you can do is prevent the disease before it happens, learn how, Preventing Diabetes in your cat.
If you do get the diagnosis that your cat is diabetic, know everything you can on this disease. In most cases, cats do very well if diagnosed early and regulated. Here are two more websites on Feline Diabetes – Your Diabetic Cat and Cats and Carbs.
Click links below for more information – watch all videos Before doing anything. Each video give info the other does not.
- Giving insulin to your cat video #1
- Giving Insulin to your cat video #2
- Diabetes Information Center Video : How to test your Diabetic Cat’s Blood Sugar at Home
Allergies in Cats
Dori’s cat, Ricky suffers from a multitude of allergies, poor guy. He is allergic to many environmental sources such as two types of dust mites, Maple, Yellow Dock, Sycamore, Black Ants and much more. He is treated with an allergy injection every 10 – 21 days depending on how bad his allergies are. Most allergies in animals come out as skin conditions (whereas in humans, we suffer most respiratory and itchy eyes). Ricky’s allergies manifest in a skin condition of an over abundance of black yeast production all over his body (not a pretty sight). He is bathed every 3 – 4 weeks depending on his condition. Other problems that may occur from allergies could be open lesions, excessive grooming, hair loss, and hair thinning. If you notice anything different, check with your veterinarian.
To learn more about allergies in your cat, click on
This website has some great information on Cat Breeds, health, nutrition, behavior, etc. It is a web site put out by Cat Fancy and does sell advertising, so some products advertised maybe a paid endorsement, but over all it is a good site for some information. Click on Catchannel.com to view.
Declawing: Good or Bad
Declawing your cat, is it good or bad? Most animal welfare organizations do not condone declawing. It is an unnecessary surgery. Find out everything there is to know about declawing before you make the final decision. Feel free to call our office if you would like alternatives.
Check out these websites for more information:
- Facts on Declawing,
- Declawing: A Rational Look,
- Declawing & Humane Alternatives,
- Declawing Cats, far worse than just a manicure,
- Declawing: What you need to know,
- Physical Problems of Declawing.
Find out more about purebred cats
The Cat Fanciers’Association (CFA) has great information and pictures of purebred cats. Of course, we advocate adopting homeless pets first, but if you like a certain breed of cat, you sometimes will find them in shelters if you are patient. If you absolutely can not wait, check out these breeds. This website also has information on upcoming sponsored cat shows, etc.
Click here for CFA recognized purebred cats.
Brushing Your cats Teeth
Brushing Your cats teeth can be tricky.
Click here for
Giving Your Cat a Pill
Click here to view Instructional Video on Giving Your Cat a Pill.
Video 2 – Cat Pilling
Giving your Cat Liquid Medication
Click here to view Instructional Video on Giving Your Cat liquid medication.
Video 2 – Giving Liquid Medication
Taking your Cat’s Temperature
Click here to view Instructional Video on Taking your Cat’s Temperature
Trimming your Cat’s Claws (nails)
Click here to view Instructional Video on Trimming your Cat’s Claws (nails)
Cats, Babies and Toxoplasmosis
Congratulations you are pregnant, then your doctor says get rid of your cat to protect your baby. What do you do? Educate yourself…..You are more likely to get Toxoplasmosis from handling raw meat or gardening in your yard than from your inside cat. But here are some websites to help educate you and possibly your doctor.
Click the links below for more information –
Click on the Behavior you wish to view-
- Adding A Cat
- Introducing a cat to a new cat
- Aggression to People,
- Aggression to Other Cats,
- Cats & Toxic Plants,
- Harness & Leash Training,
- Scratching Furniture,
- Selecting Safe Toys,
Indoor vs. Outdoor
Dori owns ten cats that are all considered indoor cats. However, a special cat fence was installed on top of the existing chain link fence about 6 years ago. All cats have been enjoying the protection of an indoor cat with the enjoyment of running and playing outside SAFELY. Statistically, cats who are indoor cats can leave three times longer than outside cats. Some inside healthy cats can live 18 – 20 years with outside cats averaging 6 years. Yes, there are cats who go out and live to be 10, 15, maybe even 20 years, however, they are very lucky. The outside cat must endure many hazards that threaten his life every day, such as dogs, cruel neighbors who do not want animals in their yard, cars, other territorial cats and many wild animals who may look at your cat as dinner!! Just as there are leash laws to protect dogs, people and property, there should be the same for cats. They need protection too. If you would like to learn more, read our article – 2 ways to keep your cats safe outside
Vaccinations and diseases
Here is some information on different diseases that can affect your cat and what vaccinations maybe necessary.
Click on to view –
- Feline Leukemia.
- FIP – Feline Infectious Peritonitis,
- FIV-Feline Immunodeficiency Virus,
- Feline Herpes Virus,
- Vaccination Guidelines
Caring for your cat’s emotional health
Cats are very emotional. These wonderful little animals are very capable of expressing anger, happiness, love, separation, depression, etc. Click here to learn more about Cat’s Emotional Health.
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 –
- About the Owner, Dorinne Whynott,
- History of PPSE
- and About our Sitters.
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
- 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:
- The one of the largest pet sitting companies in New England
- and one of only a few this large in the United States
We WON again
FINALIST in BEST Pet Sitting and BEST Dog Walker
Awarded BEST PET SITTING
and BEST DOG WALKER
Award Winning Pet Sitting Company Multiple Times
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
- 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
- Humane Society of the US,
- American Humane Association
- Over 30 years of progressive experience in
- Animal Rescue, Health and Welfare
- Dog Behavior and Training
- Animal Education to the Public
- Pet Facilitated Therapy
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
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
- 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
- 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
- pet sitting since 1998
- Veterinary Assistant experience
- owns 2 cats and 1 dog (Golden)
- 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
- 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)
- pet sitting since 2000
- Veterinary Assistant experience
- Reptile experience
- owns 2 cats
- Pet sitting since 2003
- Certified Veterinary Assistant experience
- Horse experience
- Reptile experience
- owns 1 cat and 2 dogs (Shepherd & a Shep. Mix)
- pet sitting since 2013
- Veterinary Assistant experience
- Training experience
- owns 1 dog, 1 kitty and 2 birds
- on Medical Leave
- Pet sitting since 2012
- Just adopted a cute puppy
- Certified Veterinary Assistant
- Pet Sitting since 2014
- Certified Veterinary Assistant
- MSPCA (Methurn, MA) 2011 to present
- Pet Sitting since 2013
- Veterinary Assistant experience
- 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.
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:
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.
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.
1975 – 1979:
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.
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 was a brown tabby with white DSH, spayed female. She was adopted from the Nashua Humane Society and died of kidney failure.
Angel was a grey DSH, spayed female. She was from the Nashua Humane Society and also passed away from Kidney disease.
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 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 Hospital. Since 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.
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.
Dorinne Whynott had her first and only child, Rachelle in August.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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 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.
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 –
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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!
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 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.
We had to say good bye to our oldest kitty – Danny. His health was failing due to kidney disease.
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.
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.
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 Bekker (Daughter of Dr. Marty Bekker)
- 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
- 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
“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!!”
History of Professional Pet Sitting, Etc.
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. (PPSE) was started as a part time business in 1990. The business was established when pet sitting was not known to the public. In home pet care was a need that was voiced by clients at the animal hospital where the owner, Dorinne Whynott, worked. Ms. Whynott started to educate the public about her service by word of mouth and advertising in her local newspaper.
It took more than six years before the business could support the owner as a full time business.
It took a lot of work to get the word out to enough people to grow the clientele.
1990 – 1995:
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. became a registered business in the state of New Hampshire. Bonding and Liability insurance were purchased. PPSE continued to grow and expand rapidly as the public became aware of this unique, professional and reliable business. We serviced two cities, Nashua and Hudson. Ms. Whynott was the sole employee.
Our logo, the heart with the paw print inside, was now our registered trademark. Revenues doubled from 1995 and the clientele grew to over 300 strong. Professional Pet Sitting Etc. joined in the technology age and became a member on the World Wide Web subscribing to America Online and developing their own website in 1996. We co-founded and became a charter member of the New Hampshire Pet Sitters’ Association. We serviced 7 cities, Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack and Milford. Again, Ms. Whynott was the sole employee.
Mastercard and Visa were now accepted as payment along with cash and checks. Because of the continued and fast growth, Ms. Whynott found it necessary to hire additional pet sitters to service expanded areas. Eight pet sitters were hired for the eight serviced cities (Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford and Bedford). We obtained workman’s compensation insurance and non-owned automobile insurance. A 40 page Policy & Procedure Handbook was written to help guide and train employees to provide continued quality pet care. An emergency back up system was created to ensure continued uninterrupted pet care in the event of an employee emergency. The yellow pages recognized pet sitting and gave a heading in the yellow page section. We have over 300 clients.
Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the year !!
We started to advertise in every newspaper in the 8 cities we serviced. We were so busy that we hired 6 more pet sitters (total of 14 pet sitters). We purchased a Pet Care Technician course for additional training for our employees.
Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the year again !!!
We expanded to 9 cities (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford and Brookline) and hired four more pet sitters (total of 18 pet sitters). Business was going well until the end of the year when everyone was worried about Y2k. The result was that few people traveled the last quarter of the year and the first quarter of 2000, before people felt okay with the future. We obtained small benefits for employees.
We expanded to 21 cities (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford, Brookline Manchester, New Boston, Pelham, Derry, Londonderry, Mason, Goffstown, Wilton, Mont Vernon, Windham, Lyndeborough, and Greenfield), hired 6 more petsitters (total of 24 pet sitters) and increased our advertising to the new cities.
We expanded into one more city, 22 total, (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford, Brookline Manchester, New Boston, Pelham, Derry, Londonderry, Mason, Goffstown, Wilton, Mont Vernon, Windham, Lyndeborough, Greenfield and Salem), hired 9 more pet sitters (total 33 petsitters). We suffered a lot this year due to 9-11 attacks. No one was traveling for pleasure or business. We still did okay for the first 3 quarters of the year.
We did not grow as fast this year due to the slowing of the economy, slow travel due to 9-11 and quite a few businesses laying off workers. We started to sponsor the Nashua Humane Society’s Walk-a-thon and the Salem Animal Rescue League‘s Dog fest.
We redesigned our web site. People still do not feel comfortable traveling for pleasure or business (due to 9-11). This was our slowest growing year in revenue, with only a 5% increase from last year. We have added the Manchester Animal Shelter to our annual sponsorships for their walk-a-thon.
We added a receptionist to answer the phone during our business hours (clients can always leave messages 24/7). We expanded into 16 more cities, 38 total, (now servicing: Nashua, Hudson, Litchfield, Hollis, Amherst, Merrimack, Milford, Bedford, Brookline, Salem, Manchester, New Boston, Pelham, Derry, Londonderry, Mason, Goffstown, Wilton, Mont Vernon, Windham, Lyndeborough, Greenville, Atkinson, Auburn, Bow, Chester, Concord, Dunbarton, Francestown, Greenfield, Sharon, Hampstead, Hooksett, New Ipswich, Temple, Peterborough, Sandown and Weare) and hired 5 more pet sitters (total 38 pet sitters). We increased the advertising into these new areas. We now have over 2000 pet clients. We added Animal Rescue League of NH (in Bedford), Manchester Animal Shelter walk-a-thon and Derry Humane Society to our annual sponsorships.
In the past 15 years of business, Professional Pet Sitting Etc. has continually grown. In the past ten years, the average growth is an impressive 38%. In the great times we grew over 100% and in the worst of times we still grew by 5 – 13%. The Concord SPCA walk-a-thon was added to our list of annual sponsorships.
Ms. Whynott completed an extensive business plan for the expansion of PPSE to open the Animal Center. We have acquired a great investor, looking at properties, etc. We are still growing rapidly and average over 60 phone calls per day.
Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the Year !
After our great investor had to decline due to a serious family emergency, and with much work done, research in other opportunities and lots of money spent, the Animal Center was permanently placed on hold with much regret. The main focus now was to continue to grow PPSE. As with every year, 2007 did better then the previous year. We are now gaining anywhere from 10 – 20 new clients per month and over 3000 strong.
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. will continue to grow and provide the public, the best in-your-home pet care. We pride ourselves on continued education to provide up-to-date and the latest in proper pet care to aid in the excellence of service. We will continue to educate ourselves through seminars and other educational programs.
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. moved its primary location to offer more room in training employees. The economy was not kind to us this year, as with everyone, however, our company did fair well. The economy did help in that we were able to find a wonderful space for little money.
2010 – 2012:
Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is in the process of completing work on the new office , library and training are. Our office is still not a public office, for safety of all clients’ keys and information, however, this space will be able to better accommodate our continued growth.
Awarded NH Pet Sitting Business of the Year Again !!
We incorporated our new Online Registration/Reservation Program. This will enable our clients to create their own personalized pet and home care profile 24/7 right from the comfort of their homes. Reservations can easily be made 24/7 from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access.
After having our past host,macquire a virus in their servers and having our entire website deleted from the web. We have completely updated our website with new features, easy to find information. See our videos, pictures easily.
We have noticed a huge rise in new clients and Reservations of services this year. A welcome boost in our business growth after the past sluggish years with the economy.
We have added nearly 50 more educational and interesting articles to our blog list!
We are dominating the web, listing as first in many Google categories and with a Web Authority rising fast!
We have continued adding many educational articles to our blog list. We are 180 articles strong and 30 videos.
We have WON
BEST PET SITTER and BEST DOG WALKER
in the NH A List Contest
We have WON AGAIN
FINALIST in BEST PET SITTER and BEST DOG WALKER
We have been averaging 4-6 new articles per month. We are now at 250 educational articles on our blog list!!