Pet of the Month for December 2010

Coco is NJ Pet Sitters Pet of the Month for Decebmber 2010Congratulations to Coco in Lyndhurst – NJ Pet Sitters Pet of the Month for December 2010! Coco, a once dog-aggressive puppy, learned to be good on her walks when she sees other dogs.  Her behavior was modified through proper training from her owners, and our efforts to reinforce the correct behavior.  She now goes for walks in the neighborhood like every other dog.  Coco is proof that American Pit Bulls get a bad rap, as she is one smart, obedient and loving dog!

Pet of the Month for November 2010

Oliver is Pet of the Month for November 2010

Oliver is Pet of the Month for November 2010

Congratulations to Oliver in Pine Brook – NJ Pet Sitters Pet of the Month for November 2010!  This little guy is a real trooper!  Oliver is 13 years old and has his bad days and his good days. I know he looks forward to his dog walk most of the time, because he barks by the balcony window sometimes when he sees me pull up.  Most of the time he is sound asleep on the couch in his favorite spot. The past few weeks he has had some pretty bad days. He had tummy issues late one night and tried to go upstairs (hearing and sight failing) he hurt himself somehow and ended up bleeding from his front paw. His mom was so upset. A trip to the vet proved a nail had ripped from his pad/paw area and he had minor surgery to make it better. He is now sporting a blue bandage with smiley faces on it. The first day after the bandage he was carried spot to spot by his mom and myself to do his business. The next day he limped but wanted to walk around the block. Oliver is  a great dog and I look forward to visiting him every day!

Why Hire a Dog Walking /Pet Sitting Organization vs. Individual

The majority of pet sitting and dog walking companies in Northern New Jersey are individually owned and operated. Some pet owners prefer this approach because it means that there is only one pet sitter to have to introduce to their loved ones. There are many negatives to this however, due to last-minute cancellations and emergencies by the individual pet sitter that leave pet owners without any coverage. NJ Pet Sitters, L.L.P. offers the best of both worlds by providing a primary provider, and a secondary back-up for every household. Pet owners never have to worry about a phone call within 24 hours of their departure telling them that their only option is suddenly available. NJ Pet Sitters employs systems and routines, along with a safety net of multiple pet sitters and dog walkers to provide customers with the worry-free service that they deserve. A quality pet sitting company allows pet owners to be stress-free, and makes their lives easier. When considering whether to use an individual dog walker or pet sitter as opposed to an organization, remember that you need the provider to be there for you when you need them the most!

North Jersey Animal Attacks on the Rise

Numerous reports have emerged recently of coyote attacks on small animals that many keep as pets – including dogs and cats.   What is most disturbing is that nothing is being done about this.   As construction in Northern New Jersey increases, the land where wild animals live such as bears and coyotes is disappearing.   Through displacement of their “normal” environment, these animals seek shelter and hunt by different means in new places.   For all pet owners this is their worst fear realized…their pets and loved ones could become their prey.

For pet owners in the Smoke Rise complex in Kinnelon, New Jersey there is cause for alarm.  Last week, a pet Pug was killed right in its own backyard by a coyote. By the time Sandra Lopez went outside to check on her dog’s screams, she found Elsie in the mouth of a vicious coyote.   Elsie’s remains were found later in a nearby neighborhood by a maintenance crew, and police were dispatched for an investigation. Unfortunately this is not the first occurrence, and will most likely not be the last.   Other occurrences have been reported in Smoke Rise, however most have not been substantiated by finding remains.  Last August, a small dog was killed in Sparta, and some animals have gone missing recently in Mountain Lakes.  Please be sure to take caution and use judgment when leaving your pets unattended outside. This will be especially critical in the coming months as food becomes scarce for these displaced predators.   While many criticize the wild animals and particularly the coyotes, they are simply acting on their natural instincts of survival.  This is of little consolation to the owners of their victims though.

One option for worried pet owners is to utilize a pet sitter for dog walking and exercise.  Owners may choose not to do this themselves due to the coming Winter’s cold.   Coyotes are afraid of people, and a pet sitter is a good guardian to have as a protector for your loved ones.    In addition, if you have indoor/outdoor cats, please think twice before allowing them to continue roaming outside.  Whatever you do as pet owners, remember to take every precaution to ensure your loved ones are safe in these difficult times.