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Pet Sitters and Pet Loss

Farm Sitting is available in Shelby County Kentucky

If you have had pets, you most likely have experienced the loss of a pet.  It’s excruciating pain for most that is much like losing a close friend or family member, most likely the latter.  I think the hardest part is our pets are ALWAYS there with us during our daily lives.  Whether it is when we come home from work and they come running or when we are sitting relaxing and they are cuddling with us or maybe they are on the floor on their comfy bed snoring…no matter where we are in our home, they are somehow, in their own way, with us.

Being a pet sitter, I connect with pets much like my own, especially those that I see on a regular basis.  But, not necessarily.  I can see a pet once every 6 months and we might have an instant connection 90% of the time.  For instance, a client of mine right now has a cat that is a “stray” cat, that can mean many things to many people, to me, that usually means it is someone’s cat but they didn’t pay enough attention to him or her so it wandered to the next best person they could find – a neighbor or anywhere there might be food and shelter.  This cat (still not sure if it’s a boy or girl but I call him a boy) has connected to my heart so fast and I just love him.  Today, I actually got him into the sunroom for some MUCH NEEDED love and attention.  He was on my lap and getting belly rubs.  My clients haven’t been able to get this close to him yet and he’s been coming around for a month or so.  It’s a connection with animals that I’m proud of and I’m happy that I have.  It makes my heart skip a beat. 

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What is the BEST part of being a Pet Sitter?

What is the BEST part of being a Pet Sitter?
Our Pet Sitter Rhonda has a lot of DOG experience!
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EVERYTHING!  The very best part is what we learn every day.  Pets teach us so much, we just have to take the time to listen and pay attention.  A day in our lives is truly FUN!  Our “coworkers” are dogs that we get to walk which teaches us that exercise can be FUN and makes us happy.  They like to cuddle, get fed food & treats, get fresh water, play toys…..it’s all fun.  Our coworkers are also cats who for the most part LOVE to see us.  If they don’t, they hide, which then is a great game of hide and seek, who didn’t like to play that when they were kids?!  Yes, we like to at least put our eyes on those hiding kitties just to be sure they are ok!  I’ve been known to read children’s books to kitties that are scared to try to calm them down.  Sometimes, we get to see rabbits & guinea pigs too, what a great time they are as well.  The guinea pigs are so cute and sure love their greens, they teach us to eat our veggies every day cause they make us feel good!  Bunnies love to hop around and show their appreciation by their happy hops.  And, they remind us to eat our carrots.  :). We see chickens, horses and sometimes sheep.  What we learn from them is respect.  Respect their space, understand their very specific needs and don’t ever forget to shut the gate! 

We also learn so much from our amazing pet parents.  As they share all of their fur baby’s info and tell us all about their unique needs during our meet & greet, the excitement of adding another furry pack member and 2 legged pack member is almost too much.  It brings so much joy to know that another pet parent will worry less about their fur babies while they are away or at work.  And, to know another furry family member will be under our protective wings.  Wow, we do love being pet sitters! 

We would love to learn from YOU and your pets!  Call/text/email today!  Let’s chat!

502.836.9742 or [email protected] 

Waggs 2 Whiskers sitters LOVE their own pets too!
Pet sitting for dogs is so fun
Our Owner Kelly Catlett with Momma the beagle

Lacey the Boxer gets her legs back!

Lacey the boxer and her pet sitter

Lacey is so happy to get any attention from her amazing pet sitter Rhonda, she has no idea what awesomeness she is in for!

Seeing someone do something out of the kindness of their heart never gets old.  I got to experience that last night first hand.  Our sitter Rhonda was able to gift a doggie wheelchair to one of our 4 legged clients.  We have only pet sit for these clients one time.  The pup named Lacey is a boxer who has experienced loss of mobility this past year in her back legs due to a nerve issue in her back.  Lacey is only 9 years old and has a lot of spunk even though she has been dragging her back end behind her for a while now.  The issue is getting worse very fast. Her veterinarian had told Lacey’s momma that she should start thinking about what she is going to do when Lacey can no longer pull her back end around.  She instantly broke into tears, it was just too much to bear, Lacey is just so full of life.  While Rhonda was pet sitting her and her big brother Max recently, she really got to get to know Lacey and found out just how lively she is and how much she wants to run and play.  This gave Rhonda the idea to look into a doggie wheelchair.  She checked it out and found out they are pretty expensive.  So, she thought about it, she had some peachicks that are pretty popular to the bird community.  She thought she would sell chances to win these peachicks and realized she would be able to raise enough money to pay for Lacey’s chair. 

Pet sitting is a true bonding experience

Max loves his pet sitter Rhonda too so he went over to ask what was happening

It happened fast and before she knew it she had the money to order her chair.  She did a lot of research to find the correct one and had to measure Lacey’s legs to be sure it was the right one for her.  All of this happened without Lacey’s mommy and daddy knowing. 

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Have you ever heard of dog transporting?

Dog Transporting is awesome

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If you haven’t heard of dog transporting, I’m here to share the story of a dog transporter in our area that has helped to save over 140 dogs in just a year and a half!  I first heard of dog transporting back when I volunteered at the Shelby County Animal Shelter.  I didn’t know what it was and asked someone what they were talking about.  It was then I learned about the measures taken in the rescue world to SAVE the homeless pets that are at risk of euthanasia in animal shelters across the US.  Many, without their saviors – the transport coordinators and many, many volunteers – would succumb to what many call “murdering of innocent animals”. 

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Beth Merideth, the volunteer transporter I’m speaking about, is one of those people that just wants to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets.  We have this in common and this was the reason we got together to talk about it.  I truly believe people are put in our lives for a reason.  And, she was put in mine to share her story with me.  When she first started transporting, she thought it would be a way to help without having to go to the shelter and see the homeless pets and want to take them all home.  Most of us feel this way, right?  It’s just too sad, we know they are there and we know we don’t want them to die but going there is too emotional.  Especially, if we are huge animal lovers, the pain is just too much. 

So, about a year and a half ago, Beth saw something on Facebook that one of her friends posted about driving a dog to safety.  She inquired about it and the rest is history!  She found out that all she needed to do to help SAVE this dog’s LIFE was go to a particular point in the route that was set up and pick up the dog and drive to the next point on the route and meet another driver who would take the dog to the next stop and so on.  At this point is where she realized it would only take about 2-4 hours of her Saturday and maybe a tank of gas to help take the dog(s) to safety.  She thought to herself, I CAN DO THAT!  It didn’t take long for her to realize this was her passion.  She was looking for something she could do at this point in her life and she wanted to concentrate on giving back.  She chose to become a volunteer transporter. 

She found out quickly that the points in the route are called LEGS.  There are sometimes 5, sometimes 10, sometimes more legs to each route.  The transport is made up of these LEGS and many wonderful animal loving volunteers that sign up to take a LEG, pick up those dogs and take them to the next stop.  When I asked Beth about vehicles she said the biggest misconception is that you need a large vehicle to do this.  That is just not true she said.  Sometimes there are 2 drivers for 4 dogs so you could sign up for 2 and then the transport coordinator would find another volunteer to take the other 2 dogs and the result would be FOUR dogs going to safety!

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Beth & Hope

Dog Transporting is awesome

Why use a Professional Pet Sitter instead of a dog kennel?

When you hire a professional pet sitter like you will find with Waggs 2 Whiskers, YOU are going to get a sitter that is 100% focused on YOUR fur babies!  We take our JOB as YOUR pet sitter of choice seriously!  Not only do we put your baby on our calendar (with reminders) but we will find out all of the information we need to take the BEST care of them while you are away!  We will keep all of this information on our contract, we will know exactly what your pets need and want every minute of the day. We LOVE what we do and we LOVE animals!!  We will give your babies ONE on ONE attention EVERY….SINGLE…DAY!  When we come to your house, we aren’t in a hurry to go on to the next pet….OUR responsibility is to be there for YOUR fur babies.  We make sure they are fed correctly, according to your instructions.  We get to know your pets so that we will know if something isn’t right.  They aren’t just given food and water/taken out to potty and on to the next one!  We are THERE just for YOUR baby!!  We will play with your pets and have a good time!  If you have CATS….same goes!  We will sit on the couch and let them hang out on our lap, we LOVE that!  And, nothing against family or friends helping take care of your pets but aren’t they busy?  Do they really WANT to come and spend time with your pets??  If they do and maybe you swap pet sitting, that’s one thing, but if not, and they are doing it just because you asked them to….are they really going to give your pets the FUN and attention that they need and deserve?  Is that really fair to your BFF?  I for one know that your fur babies are WORTH IT!  And, guess what??  When you hire a professional pet sitter, we COME TO YOU!  You won’t have to gather up your babies and take them to the kennel!  You won’t have to pay for nights that you are HOME because the kennel is closed the day you leave or the day you arrive back home.  All you have to do is think of YOU and what you need to pack for your trip!  After all, you deserve a STRESS FREE vacation!  Your fur babies will get to kiss you good-bye and be waiting for you when you get home!  And, the most important aspect…THEY get to stay HOME!!  Now, if you are reading this, I do hope that it’s because you are wondering if this would work for you and your pets!  Only YOU can decide if a professional pet sitter would!  You know your pets best and you know how they act when you are away from home.  It’s not a lot different than when you go to work every day.  Matter of fact, if you need your babies to have a midday let out, we can do that too!!!   There are many benefits to YOU the pet owner also to ponder when choosing a in-home professional pet sitter….your home looks more “lived in” when our pet sitters come to your home, we will take care of YOU as well as your pets!  We will adjust the blinds in the house, turn lights on and off, put that garbage out for the garbage man to take, get your mail, papers and packages while you are away, we will make sure your alarm is set, we will be in your home so we will know if there has been a water pipe broken before it ruins your entire house, we will know if something needs attention. We are HERE to give YOU peace of mind!  You are getting a BARGAIN when you use a professional pet sitter!  Not only are our prices very COMPARABLE to a kennel’s pricing but you get SO MUCH MORE!!  I could go on and on telling you how GREAT it will be to have Waggs 2 Whiskers come to your home and take care of your furry friends….but I suppose I better close for now by telling you, we would love to meet you and your fur babies!  Fill out the contact form on our website and we will be in touch asap to set up your FREE meet & greet!  And, I can promise you…you will NOT be sorry you did!!

Kelly Catlett – PROUD owner of Waggs 2 Whiskers, LLC

502-836-9742

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What do you learn from your pets?

I read an article recently talking about this subject and it really made me think and to watch my dogs more closely.  I have learned so much from them.  I’ve learned patience from my pit bull Zoe.  More patience than I have ever put into any other human being or animal.  Haha!  This adopted girl, she has been my challenge “child”.  She has tried everything in the book to test me and my husband.  She has so many shenanigans I’m not sure which one to tell you about.  One of her all-time FAVS is to steal something of yours and run behind the couch that sits kitty corner in our living room – just enough room for her to squeeze in but for you to have to REALLY squeeze or move the couch to get in.  She has taken everything from socks to kitchen towels to kleenex to garbage to her brother’s toys to eat, tear up or whatever she can get away with before you can get to her to get it away.  That’s IF you get there in time!  If not, it will be down her throat either for you to reach in and grab or for some STINKY digestion later.  This girl named Zoe also has gained the nickname of “Houdini” in our house as well.  She broke out of her crate many of times and the one time when she was REALLY in the mood, AFTER we zip tied the crate together AND put a thumb lock on the crate door, she broke out and then proceeded to dig up the carpet under the door.  Yes, patience.  I’ve also learned TRUE LOVE from Zoe.  She does this well.  She attaches to you and all those shenanigans no longer are causing you pain because she is gazing at you with her lovey eyes and showing you how much she appreciates that patience you give her.  As a rescue dog, I truly believe that she knows how lucky she is that I didn’t leave her at that shelter that day, instead, I carried her out like a baby in my arms and took her home to nurse her back to health with my husband’s help.  We “fostered” her, our title is now “Foster Failures”.  Worth every minute of the patience we have given her in her 7 years of life. 

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Horses & The Farm Life

I really didn’t think in a million years that I would be taking care of horses for a living!  But, I have learned to NEVER say NEVER!  You see, when I was about 12, I was bit in the stomach by one.  Oh my, it was a HUGE bite, it didn’t break the skin but it was the biggest bruise I have ever had.  My sister was on the horse and had dropped the reins and asked me to get them for her.  I did everything she asked of me because she was my big sister and we were and still are very close.  So, I nonchalantly walk over and got the reins and reached up on my tippy toes to give them to her (standing directly in front of the horse) and BAM, it got me, wow did that HURT and SCARED me so bad!  Come to find out, getting bit is very common for ANYONE that spends much time around horses.  I had no idea.  I just knew for MANY years that I would NEVER get within arms-length of one EVER again.  WRONG! 

When we built our new home in the rolling hills of Kentucky 10 years ago, that all changed.  We had horses all around us.  We live on a small acreage and other “lots” around us are also small acreage with livestock.  Therefore, I now see horses every day out my window and once we were all settled in, I would walk out in our back pasture to “see” the horses in the field behind our house.  They were very friendly, they would run up and look at me, even leaning over the fence to smell me and my dogs.  But, no touching was in my near future at that point.  Then, one day when I was out there, I thought why not, I’ll try to touch the nose and see what happened, I was shaking!  Oh my, it was AMAZING!  It had an almost instant calming effect on me!  I feel that with dogs but THIS was different.  I was so happy that I had faced my fear but I was FAR from spending time on the other side of that fence with them. 

Then, 4 ½ years ago, I started Waggs 2 Whiskers to offer pet sitting of small animals like dogs and cats. Come to find out, there are many farmers out there looking for someone like ME to take care of their horses, sheep, goats and cows so that THEY can have a vacation. Who would have known.  I was raised in the city.  Country born, city raised.  So, it was in my blood and come to find out, that matters.  My first experience with horses behind the fence was with a friend, let’s call her Kim cause that’s her name. Ha!  She was amazingly confident in me.  She had more confidence in me than I had in myself.  She was patient, thorough, kind and truly awesome with me.  She showed me the ropes.  I took care of her horses and cows so she could go on vacation with her family.  And her amazing dog and kitty too of course.  It was truly the beginning of some of the most awesome animal experiences I have ever had.  I now have calm confidence, patience and understanding of what a horse can and will do.  Just watching them is calming to the spirit.  The personalities of horses are so cool.

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Pet Sitters are for YOU and your pet!

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Providing Pet Care for your pet so YOU can enjoy some ME time!

Do you work long hours?  Do you feel guilty leaving your pet home alone ALL day?  Pet sitting services would be perfect for you!  Pet sitters offer many options to help you care for your pet in your relaxing HOME environment.   It’s like having doggy daycare in your house without the stress of taking them out!  Pet sitters offer many options to help you have your pet waiting for you happy and with its belly full at the end of the day.  We can offer midday pet care so the day isn’t so long for your pet.  We can also offer dinner sits in case you are running late and your fur baby is hungry!  Stop worrying about your pet and focus on work so you can come home and RELAX!  And, in the meantime, let your pet have a great day too!

Are you constantly running home midday or after work to take care of your pets and turning down invites for some FUN in your life?  It’s TIME for you and your pet to enjoy life and have some FUN!  Pet sitting is for many types of animals but if your dog likes to be walked, our dog walkers can help!  Exercise will help your dog be in a more relaxed state when you get home and you can REST together!  Cat sitting is also so important.  Cats need socialization too.  They love having their box scooped and their water bowl filled with fresh cold water.  Pet sitters can do this for you.  So, after a long day at work and some fun out with friends, you can come home and sit on the couch and enjoy your relaxed pets for the evening! 

Do you just want to go to the gym after work and not worry about running home first to let the dogs out?  We know what it’s like, once you get home getting back out to go the gym seems like a 12 hour trip!  LOL!  So, go to the gym right after work and get your workout in!  Our pet sitters will go to your home, take your dog for their exercise walk and get them dinner and you can come home knowing you did good for YOU and your pet today!  And you will both be ready to relax and cuddle.    [Read more…]

Are you and your pet prepared in an emergency?

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Just thinking about an emergency like those we have seen on the news lately puts my stomach in a knot.  The flooding in Louisiana is the first that comes to mind.  So many pets were being rescued from their homes.  A lot of things were said about the owners who left them there but who’s to say those owners were home at the time the water rose?  Could they get to their home to save their pets?  Maybe not.  It makes me think about what I would do if my life depended on it, how would I get my pets out of the house safely?  What would I take with me?  Am I prepared?  A lot of big questions that come to mind, I could write an entire blog on just those.  I can’t say that I’m prepared now but I’m getting my list together and doing my research and I wanted to share my process with great pet owners like yourself.  I found a lot of great resources to share. 

First, do I have a plan? Thinking about where you live and the roads that you could take to get out if there were a natural disaster like a flood or a tornado where trees were down is a good place to start.  Talk about this with your family members so that everyone knows the plan.  Next is a Pet First Aid Kit.  You would want a Human First Aid Kit also but I’m going to focus on the pets in this blog article.  I would love to know that all my clients that I pet sit for have one of these and I know the location in case an emergency were to happen while they were away.  Actually, I have been through a few tornado warnings that were pretty scary.  Ever try to get 5 cats into a bathroom during a warning?    Again, a plan is so important.  So, I’m thinking practice what you preach.  Some items to include in your pet’s first aid kit are:

·        Mesh muzzle for dogs – I know…most owners think…why?  After a lot of reading, it’s called stress.  When dogs are under a lot of stress, it can cause them to act out.  Be on the safe side and have one of these on hand just in case.  Remember, the point of this is to keep them and YOU safe.

·        A slip lead or other leash.  Slip leads are my choice especially if your dog doesn’t normally wear a collar – what if you have to grab and go?  You won’t have time to find that collar.

·        Disposable gloves – non-latex – make sure you have them to fit you and your significant other or anyone else in the household.

·        Quick read thermometer

·        Wound care – Bandages, gauze, Neosporin, tape (adhesive & non-adhesive), cohesive wrap (doesn’t stick to the fur), lubricant jelly (packets are best), scissors (with blunt end)

·        Sterile Eye wash

·        Food supply for several days including containers (collapsible containers are best).  Canned food might be better since it doesn’t expire as fast. And don’t forget the bottled water.

·        Bedding (could just be some old towels) along with toys & treats

·        For cats, you might want a disposable kitty box, a Ziploc bag of kitty litter

·        Fold up some paper towels and put in a Ziploc with some hand sanitizer & a garbage bag

·        A small flashlight

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Can we help HOMELESS pets?

Something has been on my mind lately and I thought I would share my thoughts here with my blog readers!  Have you ever wanted to volunteer at an animal shelter or humane society but couldn’t get yourself to walk through the door?  Have you seen the homeless animal posts on Facebook or other social media and thought to yourself…I wish I could help them?  Maybe you don’t have time?  Or, you just can’t make yourself walk through those doors and see all of the unwanted pets inside.  If this is you, what COULD you do to help?  Could you offer financial assistance but maybe you’re afraid of where your money may go?  Will it really help the animals?  I’m asking you these questions because this is ME too!  And, I think there are MANY people out there that feel the same.  I used to volunteer at the shelter, I did it for 5 years before I started my business and time became my enemy.  I worked full time AND ran my business part time AND I have a family!  So, time was not something I had a lot of.  So, I walked out and never went back.  I made a difference there, I cared for pets, I walked dogs, I took pictures of these pets and posted them on Petfinder in hopes that someone out there would see them and come and adopt them.  I watched MANY animals get adopted.  I also watched MANY animals get passed by over and over, for months and months.  This is not for the faint at heart. 

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