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Living with a Canine Genius

Posted by Holly Jarrett 03/13/15 Tilly is eight and one would think that she was beyond puppy antics. Beyond chewing up valuables, oh like say a Beats cord. How about raiding a cricket Kritter Keeper? But we know better, for we have lived with this conniving genius of a dog for six of those eight years. So, Saturday morning finds us at Target, purchasing a trash can with a child proof lid, as well as a lock tight container for the dog ... Read more

The Dog can’t run her house from England

The Dog can't run her house from England Posted by Holly Jarrett 02/25/15 I don’t believe that Tilly wants to go to England. Her concern is that one of her boys is going to England. Why has the boy pulled out the suitcase? Nothing good happens when the humans pull out these things. Some dogs are clearly more endowed in the brains department than others. Some give the impression that they are actually a human trapped in a dog’s body. Tilly is one ... Read more

Finally! A Method to get Fido to Poop!!

Finally! A Foolproof Method to get Fido to Poop!! Posted by Holly Jarrett on 02/12/15 Okay..., so it doesn’t exist. But, there are some tricks to the trade. As a pet sitter and dog walker for Lil’ Buddies Pet Sitters in Matthews, North Carolina, I have become a bit of an expert on this topic. Owners of my furry charges trust me to get their dogs out in the fresh air, but also to minimize the chance that they will find a “present” ... Read more

Help!! My Cat has Diabetes!

Help!! My Cat Has Diabetes! Posted 02/07/15 by Holly Jarrett As owner and operator of Lil’ Buddies Pet Sitters and former veterinary technician, I am familiar with the distress a diagnosis of feline diabetes can produce. I too have personally experienced this disease in my cat. As I looked back, I began to piece the puzzle together. Was Momma Kitty sitting at her water bowl several times last week? Was the litter box especially wet? Was she looking thin? Maybe it wasn’t just her ... Read more

Born to Chase Cats?

Born to Chase Cats? Posted by Holly Jarrett 02/01/15 Dogs and cats are natural enemies. Or are they? My dog Trudy would say that some of her best friends are cats. However, my other dog Marley would say his favorite dish is a cat. It's not as though he has had a bad experience with a kitty. Unfortunately, he joined our family at 11 weeks with an obsession to seek out cats to chase already locked and loaded. Obviously, this chasing is not ... Read more

Tip the Scales on Those Pet Allergies

Tip the Scales on Those Nasty Pet Allergies Posted by Matt Jarrett 01/30/15 Animals. You can't seem to get enough of them. Whether it be dogs, cats, gerbils, or birds, something about animals clicks for you. Be it their calm, their peace, their energetic naiveté, or their calm understanding, you crave the same companionship they do. Nothing could ruin your love for these wonderful animals who have become your non-human soulmates. Nothing except for the bane of all animal lovers’ existence, allergies. The sad ... Read more

A Couch Potato with a Soul of Gold

    A Couch Potato with a Soul of Gold Posted 01/29/15 by Matt Jarrett   As I sit at my computer typing I hear an exasperated exhale and glance across the room, only to make eye contact with two saucer-like eyes. Sprawled on the couch, gazing at me as if I had slapped her across the snout, is Trudy an eight-year-old beagle mix, the sweetest soul you'll ever pet, and neuroses personified. Upon adopting Trudy from an animal rescue in 2007, my life took a turn ... Read more

Ho Ho Oh! That New Christmas Puppy!

That cute little puppy, wearing the bright red bow is now a month older. Since he joined your family at Christmas you now understand that he is much like a human toddler. The times when he sleeps are golden because when he is awake he is in constant pursuit of adventure. This may be in the form of a sock to be chewed or a door jamb to be gnawed. Cats are fun to chase, as long as they run. Harassment of ... Read more

Naughty or Nice Dog Toys

Ultimately, sometime around Christmas, we find ourselves at the local pet store, hoping to find that special something for our precious furry one. But beware, as many of these "special somethings" can be hazardous to your pet's health. Any toy, by the way, can be unsafe when your dog is unsupervised. Take a look on the tag. You will be hard pressed to find a label that does not include the warning that your pet should be supervised when playing with ... Read more
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