Tracy Petsitter

Willow Glen | Downtown San José | Cambrian | Campbell

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How I Can Help

Do you need help walking your dog? Are you planning to travel without your pets? I help with dog walking, cat care, & overnight pet care in Downtown San Jose, Willow Glen, Cambrian, & Campbell.

I'm insured to stay overnight in your home with your pets — a less stressful experience for them than a kennel — they stay in their familiar home & you can be confident they are getting high-quality, caring support while you travel.

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Thought of the Month

Dog Days of Summer

We're officially in the Dog Days of Summer. Do you remember to take care of your dog when it’s hot out?

Remember to: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! If you are out and about, bring water along for you and your pooch to sip before you both get thirsty. There are portable water bowls for your dog — be sure to keep one with you so that your dog can drive good water comfortably.

Limit your time outdoors. Even if you and your dog are used to being outdoors for long periods of time, bring them indoors regularly for a cool-down and water break.

Walk at night or very early morning. Avoid strenuous walking — for example, leave off climbing hills

Do NOT, under any circumstances, leave your dog in the car. Cars get hot. very, very hot in the summertime. The interior of a car can get up to 160 degrees — too hot for humans, much less a very furry being. Just DON'T do it! Leave the pooch at home or take her in with you wherever you are going.

Keep an eye on potential heatstroke. Some of the signs of heatstroke in pets include:

  • Dry or sticky gums
  • Lethargy or acting disoriented
  • Gums that aren’t a healthy pink color

If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, take these steps immediately:

  • Pour cool (not cold) water over your pet’s head. Cold water could induce shock
  • If you’re at home, set up a fan to blow air over your pet, to dry him off
  • Move the pet when you can to shade or indoors, out of the sun
  • Give the pet small amounts of water, not a big bowl all at once

Dogs are NOT humans — they don't sweat like humans, they can't talk about how they are feeling. Follow these tips and enjoy the rest of your dog days of summer adventures with your pet!

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10 Things Your Dog would tell You

Courtesy of Jordan Dog Training.

When adopting a dog, either a rescue or from a breeder — understand your limitations. Do you lead a very busy life with active children, have a job outside the house, or do lots of travel? Will you have the time to give your new family members the introduction to their home they deserve? Can you integrate your new pups into your lifestyle so they know they belong?

Here are 10 things your dog might have to say to you.

  1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful. Remember that before you get me.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
  3. Place your trust in me — it is crucial to my wellbeing.
  4. Do not be angry at me for long and do not lock me up as punishment.
  5. You have your work, your entertainment, and your friends. I only have you.
  6. Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understand your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me.
  7. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget.
  8. Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.
  9. Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting too old and weak.
  10. Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death.

#petsittinglife #lifewithadog

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