Heat Safety Tips

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Summer is in full swing – and last week truly was miserable for everyone. This week’s temps and humidity levels are simply delicious!

As a result, of course, heat safety is forefront in my thoughts. If you are away and I determine there are not enough water stations for your pet I will find other bowls to set out. I am adding ice – when available – to everyone’s water. Cats especially like ice cold water. I do love Frosty Bowlz and have one with 2 inserts so I can exchange as needed always keeping one frozen.

The Oregon Humane Society posted a great article on heat safety for pets. Check it out here.

And here’s an example of the Good Samaritan law being put into effect. Thankfully the pet parents were grateful but PLEASE! Just leave your pets at home during the summer. Please. I have a window breaky thingy and I’m not afraid to use it (after following the law’s guidelines of contacting the police and going to businesses the car is parked near).

Dog Walks Cancelled Due to Heat

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Oh my. Last week we were freezing to death and it was snowing in Tahoe. This week it’s like the 7th Circle of Hell. All dog walks are cancelled for this week and all jobs will be done as early in the morning as possible. If I am collecting your mail while you are out and it doesn’t arrive until the afternoon I will make another trip to your mailbox after the sun sets. I did my rounds this afternoon and when I started at 2PM it was 93 and when I finished at 6PM it was 100. Too much for me!

Why Hire A Professional Pet Sitter?

I once advertised Fat Tabby on SitterCity as it was free. I got one really great client from there and both they and I were lucky. After that SitterCity wanted more $$ to advertise in MY area – I was being advertised in the Central Valley. Rover, DogVacay, SitterCity, and Care.com – these are web software companies not pet (or baby) sitting companies. Anyone can be on there. Despite what they claim NONE of those sites properly “vets” a sitter. No one ever contacted me or asked me information. I didn’t have to fork out any money (a line that divides the pros from the cons – literally).

I only recommend that people go to Pet Sitters International (my professional organization) or the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters to find a sitter who is honest and reliable. When a sitter has taken the time and invested the money to be vetted, bonded, and insured you know they won’t do this. Your pets are worth the investment.

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Happy Tales Whiley

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Whiley Beaver

Once again it’s time to say a “Happy Tales” to a Fat Tabby Family member. Whiley Beaver has been my client for over a year and will be moving back with relatives of her mom in Davis since their new rental will not allow Whiley. Fortunately the relatives also have Whiley’s BFF and littermate sister Kota and her Feline Brofur Sammy. Unfortunately Auntie Tabby will miss her something fierce. Hopefully she’ll come back for visits from time to time.

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Whiley and Brofur Sammy

Fat Tabby Calendar

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Our weather may be hit and miss but the Fat Tabby Calendar says the busy Summer Season has begun. I’ve added a new feature to the blog – on the right hand side there is a real time calendar with dates that are already booked or getting close to being booked. In order to maintain my health (I had some challenges last year) I have to limit the number of daily clients to no more than seven total visits. That usually amounts to a 10 hour day for me considering time on the road in the mountains and various emergencies I walk into at a client’s home. I will also be trying to plan semi-regular days off as a health and safety measure. Please check Fat Tabby’s availability dates when planning your trip.

Jan is going on vacation!

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Welp, I’ve not had a vacation since starting the business four years ago. I’m planning on June 4th through June 11th right now. I’m not sure where I am going or what I’ll be doing; probably just day trips because I’m not sure I can explain to my cats that I will be away. So far June is slow at the beginning of the month and I’d like to take advantage of that before summer busy season hits. So please keep that in mind when you need to book me.

Then it will be: Bring on Summer! I’m ready for warmth and sun, how about you?