Why Choose Animal Admiration for Quality Pet Care?

Black dog with quality dog walker from Animal Admiration Katy Texas

The foundations of our company started way back in 2003, when owner Brooke Rozell started working professionally as a pet sitter. She learned to provide quality pet care to all the puppies, cats, and dogs she worked with.  She went on to form Animal Admiration Pet Sitting LLC in 2011, and with the help of pet professionals, has created a brand that offers quality, skilled care for all pets. Our services, which include mid-day walks, vacation care, and help training new additions to your family, are offered with the perks of technology but with a personal touch. [Read more…]

How to Keep Your Pets Happy While You’re Away

In today’s world there are many of us that simply can’t afford to stay at home, no matter how much we’d love to! Most of us have to work for a living and for many that means working outside the home. For those of us that have pets at home there’s the added worry of keeping them happy and occupied while we are away. From dogs to cats to small mammals to birds it’s easy to find a way to keep them busy.

Dogs: In my personal experience I’d say dogs can be one of the easiest pets to keep entertained simply because of the selection of products out there. The easiest way to keep your dog occupied is to start by finding what motivates them. Do they like toys? Do they like to sleep all day? Are they food motivated? It’s a good idea to have a decent selection of toys for your dog. That being said, you don’t want to have all of the toys out at all times. Rotate them on a daily basis so there’s always something fresh and new for your dog to investigate. If you have an older pet, or perhaps one that just isn’t all that active, sometimes a comfy bed will do the trick. Now, whether that bed is YOUR bed is completely up to you! It can be a little more tricky if your pet is food motivated only because treats are edible. If you want something longer lasting try a bone specially made for dogs (these can be purchased at a variety of retail establishments but make sure to do your research and pick the one that is right for you!). Kong toys are awesome since you can fill them with peanut butter and freeze them enabling the treat to last longer.

Cats: Just like with dogs there is a large assortment of products on the market to keep cats entertained. My top two choices are cat trees/towers and toys. Within each of those categories there is a huge selection. You can get cat trees that stand just a foot or so tall and accommodates one cat all the way up to one that stands 6 feet plus and can accommodate multiple cats. The selection of toys is endless! There are crinkly toys, feather toys, jingle bell toys and more. That being said I found that occasionally an old sock with a crinkled paper ball in it would do the trick as well! You can also find special platforms designed to attach to your window for your cat to be able to watch the world go by out the window. (Please keep your cats’ safety in mind and secure any loose hanging strings, blinds etc when using a window seat or putting a cat tree near a window.)

Small Animals: We can’t forget about the little guys in the bunch! They deserve the same love and attention as their larger counterparts. I always found in a pinch that an empty paper tower roll will keep a small mammal such as a hamster or mouse entertained for hours. You can also find specially made habitats that include mazes of tubes through which they can climb and play. While I don’t have a lot of personal experience with reptiles I know there are options out there for them as well. They may not want to catch a ball like a dog but a nice habitat will go a long way in keeping them happy and entertained. Make sure to provide the proper housing, water, substrate and hide away spots to ensure your reptile stays happy while you’re away. Even a fish will appreciate a good play structure in their tank!

I usually like to remind my readers that all pets are different. Whatever you choose to make your pets happy make sure you do your research because they are all different and in the end only you can make the best choice for your baby.

See you next blog!

Jaime

Keeping Your Pet Safe … Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween can be a fun time of year for families with pets. There are parties, dog walks that promote animal shelters and rescues, costume contests and more. There are smaller events sponsored by local businesses and there are larger events sponsored by large corporations and neighborhoods. Whatever you are participating in, it’s a good idea to make plans for your furkid before you head out. Will you be taking him or her with you or will he or she be staying home? Here are a few Halloween pet safety tips that can help keep you and your pet safe …

Don’t take your pet trick or treating. – While this may sound like a great idea, keep in mind it can be a very scary time of year for your pet. Walking around the neighborhood and seeing large crowds of unrecognizable people in costumes can be daunting for people let alone a pet that does not understand what Halloween is all about. What about that neighbor that goes all out with lots of large decorations that flail in the wind and play spooky Halloween music? All of these things can be scary to a pet and you certainly don’t want to take a chance on your furkid getting startled and running away in all the commotion.

Don’t feed your pet Halloween candy. – This one can be tempting. You and your kids are separating the Halloween candy on the table. There are lots of crinkly wrappers that attract the attention of the four leggers in the house. Surely one piece won’t hurt them? The answer? If you’re not sure, DON’T feed it to them. There are obviously several types of table food that are more than safe for our pets. That being said, when in doubt it’s always best to stick to food and treats that are specifically designed for your pet.

If you are participating in a Halloween themed event you may want to check ahead of time and make sure pets are allowed before bringing them. – This one is short and to the point. If you have plans to go to a party or other Halloween event this year, don’t assume it’s ok to bring your pet. Not all events are safe for pets and not all hosts or hostesses, even if they’re pet lovers, want pets at their party.

Events that invite you to bring your pet can be fun! But, is your pet a good fit for a large group activity? – Some people are under the impression that all pets are social. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. Many pets are social butterflies and could care less about their surroundings. They may be happy anywhere and around any number of people. Then there are those that are more reserved and just don’t do well in social situations. In some cases you may have a senior pet who used to love going to these events in their younger days. Perhaps now they would just assume lay at home on their soft comfortable bed and snooze the day away while you and your family take part in the fun.

As with any information and safety tips regarding pets it’s important to remember that all pets are different, and all situations are different. What works for one pet may not work for another of the same age and breed. You know your pet best, and in the end only you can decide what is best for them. Happy Halloween!

See you next blog,

Jaime

Black Dogs and Cats: The Underdogs of the Adoption World

Anyone that’s been to an animal shelter has probably seen them. Maybe they’re a shaking shadow hiding at the back of an enclosure. They may even be a ball of fluff jumping with excitement as you idly walk by. Perhaps you were perusing rescue websites and bypassed that midnight colored beauty for someone more colorful.

As their brighter colored friends walk out the door into a new life, they sit back and ponder….what did I do wrong? I did my best to look happy and wag my tail. I rolled around playfully and tried really hard to look adorable. But, you walked by me…you didn’t even give me a second glance. They’ve resigned themselves to a life in the shelter or worse.

I remember when my then fiancé and I decided to adopt a cat back in 2000. He wasn’t a cat person but told me “If you can find the most dog like cat possible we can get a cat.” Together we decided to start looking for a Maine Coon. Large, laid back cats with relaxed attitudes. I was confident adopting an adult was a good choice, and since we only had my great dane at the time I figured introductions and adjustments would go well.

One day my fiancé came running up to me at PetsMart, we both used to work there, and he said “Jaime, I think I found us a Maine Coon!” It turns out one of the employees at the in house vet clinic was unable to keep his two cats for personal reasons, and one of them was a Maine Coon. We jumped at the opportunity to meet “Ruff Ruff” (Yes, that was his name and yes it fit him wonderfully!) The cats were being housed in one of the enclosures at the vet clinic so we went to meet Ruff Ruff. The first time I saw him he was laid back in the corner of the cage just chilling out as if he knew he ruled the world.

All of a sudden the large bump of news paper behind him began to move, and out from underneath this pile of paper peered a pair of piercing eyes giving the biggest go to heck look you ever saw. But, we knew his secret. Behind that piercing stare was his secret plea… “Please give me a chance….“. This, was Darkside. He was a solid black sleek as midnight beauty to whom we may have never given a second glance had we not been visiting his brother. It turns out Ruff Ruff and his brother were a package deal so while we weren’t planning on adopting two cats we did. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. For 12 years Ruff Ruff remained a fairly aloof feline companion while Darkside quickly became one of the most persistently loving cats I had ever known. Ruff Ruff passed away unexpectedly in February of 2012. After that, Darkside rapidly declined and we made the heart breaking decision to end his pain.

In closing on this blog I would like to remind you of a few things. The next time you decide it’s time to add a new family member, don’t go to the shelter looking for a particular type of dog or car. Don’t look for a particular sex, color, or age. Open yourself up to anything because your new best friend may be that shaking shadow hiding under a pile of newspaper.

See you next blog,

Jaime

What Pet Fits Your Lifestyle?

Many of us have had pets for years. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have some sort of pet from something as tiny as a fish all the way up to my beloved Great Dane, Harleigh. That being said, there are many first timers out there that have never owned a pet. Choosing what type of pet to bring into your home is not a decision that should be made lightly. There are many things to consider. How do you choose what pet best fits your lifestyle?

We must start by asking ourselves a few questions:

How often will I be away from home? – If you travel a lot or work long hours you need to consider who will take care of your pet while you’re away. There are many different options such as pet sitters (I know a great one!), lodging facilities and having a friend or family member look after your pet. These needs can range from having someone come by and walk Fido while you’re at work to coming by and changing kitty’s litter box while you’re on vacation. Dogs take more care than cats when you consider the need for exercise, cats take more care than fish and so on. The amount of time you can commit to the care of your pet should be a determining factor in the specific type of pet you decide to bring home.

How active am I versus the activity level of the pet I am considering? – Let’s say you’ve done your research and have decided you want a dog. Great! What kind of dog? If you’re a jogger who wants to be able to take your companion with you, then you want to focus more on your active breeds like Border Collies, Labradors and Golden Retrievers. If you want a couch potato or maybe a dog that doesn’t need quite the amount of exercise as the more active breeds you’ll want to look at Basset Hounds or maybe even Great Danes. If you’re not a dog person and you don’t have an active lifestyle then you may want to consider a cat or perhaps even a fish tank or small mammal.

What is my budget for my new companion’s initial set up as well as their continued care? – In doing enough research you can figure out a pretty good estimate of what it will cost to purchase or adopt your companion as well as the cost of initial supplies such as bedding, food, dishes, toys etc. But what about unexpected costs such as a change in diet, new bedding (in the case of a destructive pet), emergency medical care etc. It’s a good idea to consider the “what ifs” by setting up an emergency fund to help cover unexpected expenses or to consider pet health insurance to help cover medical costs.

It’s important to keep in mind that every pet is different so be prepared for surprises in personality, activity level and behavior. If you’re just not sure, then wait. The perfect companion will be waiting when you are ready!

See you next blog!
Jaime

Welcome

Hello my pet loving friends!

My name is Jaime Standley. I’ve had the pleasure of being friends with Brooke for over 10 years. I’ve been married to my husband for almost 13 years and we have two beautiful sons named John and Matthew. For the past 14 years I called the animal care industry home. I’ve lived in Houston most of my life with an interim stop in Katy for about 14 years. I have an Associates Degree in Science and plan on going back to school to study Marine Biology. When we had our second son in February I made the decision to become a stay at home mom to our boys and it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Recently, Brooke approached me with the idea to create and maintain a blog for her wonderful pet sitting business, Animal Admiration. In this blog we hope to address many different aspects of pet care, pet health and more.

We will delve into such as issues as:

How to keep your four legged friend happy while your away whether it’s for a few minutes or a full work day

Dog friendly restaurants

Are cats really like potato chips and you can’t have just one?

…..and so much more!

I welcome any and all topic ideas from you, the customer. After all, you and your pet companions are who we do this for!

See you next blog,

Jaime Standley