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Things can get pretty crazy at the holidays and all the shopping, cooking, wrapping and houseguests is what we tend to be focused on. Pet safety is something most pet owners never give a second thought, not because they don’t love their animals, but because there is so much additional work to be done this time of year.  Here is a brief list of  holiday items that can be potentially dangerous to our household pets:

Decorations Shiny decorations like tinsel, ribbon and yarn are especially appealing to cats and can cause serious damage when ingested, sometimes requiring abdominal surgury.

Plants – Poinsettias get a bad rap and they are mildly toxic but lilies, holly (and holly berries) and mistletoe are far more dangerous.  Keep these away from all pets, particularly young pets.

Food  Chocolate, onions and some of the fruits that are plentiful around the holidays are toxic and can cause kidney and liver failure.  Raisins, grapes and currants are all toxic and found in most fruitcakes.  Hopefully it goes without saying that alcohol is never for pets.  There’s nothing wrong with having fatty meats this time of year in moderation, but even small amounts can be harmful to animals.  Treat your pets with healthy treats formulated especially for them.  Baby carrots, for instance, make a delicious crunchy dog treat.

**Never Feed Other People’s Pets Table Scraps.  They May Have Allergies Or Dietary Restrictions You Are Unaware Of **

PET POISON HOTLINE   (800) 213 – 6680  Provides 24/7  Operators.  $35 fee per incident may be charged

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I really do love New York, I even have the t-shirt.  I love Manhattan because it’s loud and exciting and non-stop.  I also find it fascinating how all of those animal lovers manage to cram themselves and their pets in on such a teeny island.  I love the small neighborhood dog parks and the  professional dog walkers orchestrating multiples of leashes on crowded sidewalks.  I worry some about the effects of carbon monoxide pollution from congested traffic on the systems of all of those pets, but I’m from L.A. so….

Now, I love upstate New York for a very different reason.  Family.  My husband’s family.  Nearly all of his immediate family lives there and we get back there as often as we can.  I know it goes against tradition but I genuinely love spending time with my in-laws.  They’re great and they are super fun.  They might be Superheroes of fun.  When we go back east we stay with my mother-in-law in the same house my husband grew up in.  It’s kind of like a time warp for me since I didn’t know these kind of families existed before I met my husband.  The teens and 20-somethings come home (voluntarily) for all kinds of family parties, events and at the holidays.  It’s all very 1950’s.

Speaking of the 1950’s, my mother-in-law’s home is in a very quiet little subdivision, on a beautiful tree-lined street.  There are bunnies and squirrels everywhere and the yards are gigantic compared to our little post stamp patches in California.  People mow their own lawns and kids ride bikes in the street.  One product of all those fantastic yards is that families there have large breed dogs who actually get to run and play and chase all those squirrels.  All this talk of large yards and big dogs is ultimately leading to one very important and beloved family member…Bailey a.k.a. Mr. B.  Because my business is caring for animals I try not to have favorites but since Mr. B lives in another state where I do not conduct business…I adore him.  He’s sweet and gorgeous and manly yet sensitive.  And very, very photogenic.  I spent a lot of time taking pics of my niece (in-law)’s dog.  He is one of the luckiest dogs I know.  If she has to be away from home she drops him off at her mom’s (my sis-in-law)’s house where he is loved on by lots of other family members all day long.  I’ll wrap it up because I know I’m gushing but, he brought the t.v. remote to me when I walked in the door.  Need I say more?  Here’s a Bailey photo montage for your viewing pleasure:

Mr. B in all his Golden Glory

With New Neighbor “Sully”Peek-A-Boo


This entry has pretty much nothing to do with petsitting.  But as I’m very fond of saying, “It’s my blog and I’ll write what I darn well please.”

I’ve been temp-ing at an office and the hardest thing about it is leaving my dogs every morning and not seeing them for hours.  A VERY close second is the drive.  Now, it’s not a long drive at all, but any time on the freeway first thing in the morning is no fun at all.  So not fun, in fact, that I started noticing I was extra grumpy upon arriving at the office.  Also, my coffee intake quadrupled, and I’m not a fan of coffee.  One morning I went to get in my car and saw that  I had forgotten to put the convertible top up the night before.  Since I didn’t have a single minute to spare (as usual),  if I was going t0 make it to work on time, I grabbed a cap I always keep in the glove box, and off I went.

It was kinda cold and a little gloomy out, definitely not top-down weather.  Those were my thoughts as I pulled away from the curb.  Next thing I know, I’m about to miss my exit.  I swung into a parking spot and hopped out, almost giddy.  I was not grumpy that morning or any morning since.  If you have a commute you dread, I highly recommend getting yourself a convertible and baby, Put That Top Down!!!!!