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Forgotten Manners

  Posted by Holly Jarrett on 09/29/15 Anyone who has raised children understands the potential for forgotten manners and the resultant embarrassment parents must endure. Apparently, this hazard is inherent in the personas of our fur-covered darlings as well. To offer a little in the way of background, when we decided to sell our investment property we enlisted the services of a top notch realtor. We purposefully chose this person, whom for privacy sake I shall call Phlegm, based on his large number of ... Read more

The Truth about Pitbulls

  Posted by Holly Jarrett 06/16/15 The debate rages on. Are Pitbulls a danger to the public, or no more so than any other breed? Should they be illegal to own? Have they earned their bad reputation? We have all heard the horror stories. We have heard the other side of the argument as well. Heartwarming accounts of loyal loving pets. My years working as a veterinary technician afforded me the opportunity to experience a wide variety of dog breeds, particularly under stressful situations when the ... Read more

Can Marley Run a Marathon?

  Posted by Holly Jarrett 06/05/15 So, the question really is…is it okay to take Marley on my runs? My son's friend told me that his aunt always runs with her dog. She competes in marathons. The dog hides when she pulls out his leash. Ya think? On the other end of the spectrum is the proverbial canine version of the couch potato. "Oh, my Fancy wouldn’t last for a quarter mile." Fancy needs to get her butt off the sofa and go for ... Read more

Marley is a “good dog”.

    Posted by Holly Jarrett 04/08/15 Dear Diary, Today was different. Mom says it was a "good" day, that I was a "good" dog. Tilly says that good dog does not mean good things. Good dog means hunger. Good dog means boring. Tilly has agreed to teach me the finer points of not being a good dog. Tilly provided me with a list: Always be ready for opportunities. These might come in the form of an unattended chicken leg, or a bag of Skittles carelessly placed on ... Read more

There’s Something About a Dog

There's Something about a Dog. Posted by Holly Jarrett 03/31/15 There is something to be said for simple acceptance of who we genuinely are. A dog doesn't care if you are having a bad hair day. And, they could care less if you have yet to respond to that email. Their checklist is fairly straightforward: Treat me with kindness. Take care of my basic needs; food, water, exercise. Spend time with me. The gift of a dog. Smart and intuitive enough to provide empathy. Uncomplicated in that ... 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
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