Evacuating with Pets during a Hurricane

Evacuating with pets during a hurricaneEvacuating with pets during a hurricane or other storm is never ideal.  The necessity to evacuate with your pets may come to pass and you should already have put together an emergency kit for you, your family and pets, too! Evacuation day should be planned for you, too.  [Read more…]

Frozen Dog Treats to Make with your Kids

Looking to cool down this summer? Your dog probably is, too.  So why not gather the kids and make some frozen dog treats? Not only will your dog appreciate a taste of frozen goodness, but you can bond with your kids all the while teaching them some good old fashion life skills. Frozen dog treats are easy to make so why not give it a try?

Frozen dog treats are easy to make.

Frozen dog treats are easy to make! Your dog will be begging for more!

Making frozen dog treats with or without your kids has never been easier.  Hundreds or recipes are available right at your fingertips. Here’s your starting point! [Read more…]

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…]

Spending Valentine’s Day with Your Pet

Brooke - Vday PIC

Sometimes Valentine’s Day is not exactly a day people to which people look forward. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, the day can be filled with expectations and let downs.  That’s why I think spending the day with your eager to please pet is by far the best way to spend Valentine’s Day. [Read more…]

Pet & Kid Friendly Natural Cleaning Products

Brooke Safe Clean PIC

 

Wouldn’t it be great to save money and know that the cleaning products you use are safe for your family?  Pets and small children alike are curious creatures which is wonderful and dangerous at the same time.  Having a stash of cleaners with toxic chemicals in them could spell disaster if they fell into the wrong hands.  That’s why making your own natural cleaning products are such a great idea.  They are safe, just as effective, and often are much more economical. [Read more…]

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day

Labor Day Weekend is here!   Either to your delight or dismay, the unofficial end of summer holiday has finally arrived.  Soon the days with get shorter and cooler temperatures will make their way into the forecast. Whether you’re happy or sad to see summer go, Labor Day weekend is a great occasion to spend time relaxing with family and friends.  Here are a few ideas in case you don’t know what you want to do this weekend.

Take a break at the pool – The sad reality that comes with this holiday weekend is that most pools will be closing until next year.  So this may be your last chance to soak up some poolside fun in the sun.  Find some friends or get the family together, grab some good food to grill and you are all set to have a great time.

Go on a Day Trip – Chances are, if you haven’t already made plans to go on a Labor Day weekend vacation, then it’s a little too late.  However, that that doesn’t exactly mean that it’s too late to hit the road.  Find a nearby town or park that you’ve always wanted to visit, grab a few snacks and enjoy a little road trip.  The best part about this is your four-legged friend will love it just as much you will!

Local Events – One of the greatest things about holiday weekends is all of the free events that usually come with it.  A lot of towns celebrate Labor Day by having parades and festivals.  What’s even better about this is you can usually have a fun filled day without breaking the bank.  *Side note: If you’re going to a parade, you may want to leave your dog at home if sirens and loud noises bother them.

Go Shopping – Labor Day Weekend is full of fabulous sales.  What a better way to celebrate your labors than with a little retail therapy?  You can buy a few new things, but know you’re getting a great deal and making every cent of your hard earned dollar count.

These are just a few ideas of how you can spend your holiday weekend if you’re looking to get out of the house.  You may just want to lounge around in PJ’s and cuddle with your fur baby and that sounds pretty nice too.  I will probably be doing a little bit of both.  However you choose to spend your weekend, I’m sure it’ll be fantastic, since hopefully you won’t be at work!

 

HAPPY LABOR DAY EVERYONE!!!

 

 

 

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 …  [Read more…]

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