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When you need to leave town without your animals, who do you call?
The truth is we all want to find a free or very cheap pet sitter, the neighbor kid or some family friend. While many pet sittings go smoothly and the work itself is relatively easy, you should consider just what would happen if something did go wrong.
Of course, we are biased because we think that pet sitting and dog walking should be treated as a career choice (or at lease a serious job). It is because of this our pet sitters often come at a steeper price than the kid down the street. Why?
Why can we charge so much? Why are we so proud of the services we offer?
1. Knowledge and Experience.
A professional pet sitter is like any other professional, they know what they are doing and have experience doing it. At KAS some of our pet sitters are new to the industry but that's why we hold regular meetings and group discussion to help spread knowledge from seasoned pet sitters to nubies.
2. Prepared for the worst.
Anyone who claims to be a professional, better have some idea of what they are going to do when things go south. Let's face it life happens, so what are you going to do when it does? Pet sitters should know different. Before the pet owner ever leaves home the pet sitter should make sure they are as prepared as they can be with emergency contacts, know where the closest vet is, understand the current health of the animal, and make sure that transportation if necessary has been arranged.
3. Open communication.
No one wants a pet sitter who is dishonest. A pet professional should be completely open and honest about the happenings around your home and with your animals. Many pet sitters send a report each visit, or day, letting the owner know exactly what is happening. A great pet sitter will make sure to add photos and videos to their reports.
Of course, if someone is going to do any kind of professional work they should keep a calendar up to date with appointments and to-dos. The best pet sitters have systems in place to record and track pet information, customer information, and emergency information so that it is easy to access. There should also be organization system for keys so that they don't get lost of stolen.
5. Know how to spot early symptoms of anxiety, stress, and illness in animals.
Lastly, pro pet sitters should have tricks to help reduce the anxiety or relieve the stress. No pet likes being left behind with a stranger, but it helps when that stranger knows exactly how to help them cope with the absence of their owners.
Knowledge really is power. You wouldn't go see the kid down the street to look after your sick grandma, why would you have them take care of the family pet? Pet professionals of all kinds should be experienced, educated, prepared, organized, and above all else know how to make your pet feel relaxed and comfortable while you're gone.
Guess what today is? It's wildlife conservation day!
Turns out Oregon is not exactly being praised for their efforts in wildlife conservation. Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is struggling to make ends meet and it seems they need to reconsider their approach.
Most of the ODFW’s money comes through fishing licenses and hunting tags. In turn leading them to have a strong incentive to focus their resources on the wildlife, we hunt and fish. Leaving a staggering number of non-hunted species to continue down the path to extinction.
Even with the funds they have, by the sound of it, ODFW has been unsuccessful in planning and implementing effective conservation strategies. They have been known to push conservation projects to complete in a year. When a normal project of this type (working with natural ecosystems and such) need at least 2-3 years to have a real effect. These projects were a total waste of money and time.
Another place ODFW seems to have fallen behind is in their ability to effectively track and report and log data. At one time it was estimated that 1,400 different file types were being used to document important data on all Oregon species.
WHAT! It’s almost 2017 and we still can’t get our data systems together.
We need to come up with a solution so that we can fund biologist to gather more information about species, that information can then be used to better protect species, and Oregon can start proactively protecting it’s endangered and threatened animals instead of just putting out fires.
Happy conservation day!
Now I want to hear from you. Would you support Kind Animal Services if we offered services that gave a portion of our profits to Oregon conservation efforts through Oregon’s Department of Fish and Wildlife or another conservation agency in Oregon? I want to hear your thoughts on the matter.
That’s all for now,
Good Morning beautiful mutt,
I just finished reading an article about what is responsible breeding and I thought since it is Mutt Day it is the perfect day to talk about this idea.
What does breeding responsibly mean? Let's start with the genetics and physical health. This is often the element of breeding that people talk about but don’t always do a good job at looking out for the dog. We often breed for trendy looks instead of bone structure and joint alignment.
In the Belgian Malinois world, I am starting to see a trend breeding these beautiful and agile dogs bigger than breed standard. That would be fine if that didn’t mean also breeding in hip problems like the German Shepherd.
A responsible breeder should start to think about their dog's personality and mental health as well as physical. Some breeds are more predisposed to anxiety and end up in shelters because of behavior issues. This wouldn’t be a problem if breeders took the responsibility of assessing their dog's disposition before deciding to breed them. That same breeder should then be a continued resource for the dog’s new owner to help them work through and handle those issues if they come up.
A responsible breeder would make sure to give each puppy the best start they possibly could. Providing an enriching environment and exposing them to sounds and smells at a young age.
I think that a responsible breeder should treat their dog breeding like a business and implement a higher level of customer service. It should be every breeder's number one goal to take care of their puppies for life. Starting with screening potential puppy buyers, reinforcing spay neuter contracts, and following up with puppy owners to answer questions and make suggestions.
All in all, I wish to see breeders less seen as the bad guy and instead part of the solution to our overflowing shelters.