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Summertime Pet Safety

July 14th, 2020 by Owner

We have officially made it to July and I think it is safe to say that it is HOT! This week they are calling for the temperatures to stay in the mid to high 90s. I thought this would be the perfect time to pool (see what I did there 🙂 ) some resources together so that our pets can stay safe.

Top 8 Safety Tips

  • Never Leave Your Pet In The Car!
  • Click here for a great infographic to share.
  • Brachycephalic Pets should limit their time outdoors.
  • Click here for more information.
  • There should be ample access to water.
  • If your pet will be outside for awhile, have multiple bowls available.
  • Exercise dogs in the early morning or late evening.
  • These are the coolest times of the day.
  • When walking dogs, keep them on the grass & on the shaded side of the street. Sidewalks & Streets will burn their feet.
  • Put a bare foot or your hand on the ground to test the temperature.
  • Know the Signs of Heat Stroke and Act Quickly!
  • Click here for more information.
  • Stay up to date on Heartworm and Flea/Tick prevention meds.
  • Talk to your vet or visit a vet clinic to obtain your medicine. Click here and here for more information.
  • Keep Your Pets Groomed
  • Click here for a great Charlotte Area Groomer. If your pet needs a haircut, keep it long enough to prevent sunburn.
  • If you need a dog walker, please fill out our contact form here for more information. Stay Safe!

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    Sunflower Fields at Draper Wildlife Management Area

    July 3rd, 2020 by Owner

     

    The Sunflower Fields are in bloom at the Draper Wildlife Management Area in McConnells, SC. They will not disappoint! You should have about 5-7 more days of blooms in the 2020 season. You’ll be sure to grab some Instagram worthy pictures!

    My Chloe girl is too old to make this trek, but I couldn’t help but think that someone could really get some wonderful doggy pictures at this location! My advice, for people and pets alike, is to get there super early! That South Carolina sun is FIERCE! Plus in the morning or an overcast day, you won’t have to squint if you want to jump in the picture with your pup. Also the GPS will get a little funky and take you past the entrance. So keep an eye out for the sign before you get to the Historic Brattonsville Plantation. Our friends at BARKography actually just did a blog post with some great DIY pet photography tips. If you would rather stick to the professionals, please reach out to Kim Hollis at BARKography. Her pictures are absolutely stunning! Follow her on Instagram and while you are there, follow me too!

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    Pet Med Mobile 10/6/19

    October 1st, 2019 by Owner


     
    If you live in and around the Fort Mill, Clover, Lake Wylie, Tega Cay, and Rock Hill areas of South Carolina, you have probably seen the big signs for Pet Med Mobile on the side of the road . I’ve personally used their services before and had a great experience. If you visit one of their clinics, be sure to get there early! It looks like they service the York County areas listed above on Sundays. Here is their schedule for October 6, 2019. You can also check in with their website as they update the schedule on Mondays.
     

    Sunday, October 6th ~ York County Area

    • 12-1:30p: Tender Hearts Thrift Store *Previously Animal Supply House*, 1025 N. Anderson Rd, 29730 (Hwy 21), Rock Hill
    • 2:00-3:00p: Hardee’s, 101 Tom Hall St., 29715, Fort Mill *Don’t block entrance or drive-thru*
    • 3:30-4:30p: Bojangles, 9785 Charlotte Hwy, 29707, Fort Mill
    • 5:00-6:00p: Tega Cay Storage and Business Centre, 2012 W. Highway 160, 29708, Tega Cay
    • 6:30-7:30p: BI-LO, 717 E. Liberty St (Highway 161), 29745, York

     

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    Pet in the City

    June 20th, 2019 by Owner

    Have you heard of Pet in the City yet? It’s a wonderful pet store that services the Charlotte area! I got a chance to check out this gem this week. I stopped in to pick up some dog food. Both of my senior pups have special dietary needs. I spoke with Tara Belzer, the owner, and she was able to help me pick out a great food to help meet Sasha and Chloe’s needs.
    They’ve got supplies for all your furry and feathered friends. They even have CBD products! Have you moved or changed phone numbers recently? Grab a new ID tag from their engraving machine. They have a lot of creative tags to match your style.
    If you don’t have time to stop in, order online and have it delivered directly to your door. Think Amazon, but better!


    Is it bath time for your pup? Don’t want to make a mess at your house? Then check out their self service Dog Wash. Shampoo and blow dryers are provided!


    On June 29th they are celebrating their One Year Anniversary from 12p – 4p. They’ll have raffles for a kayak, Yeti Cooler, and lots of baskets to benefit Charlotte Black Dogs. There will be food for humans and treats for the doggies. Come out and celebrate with them. Click here for additional information.

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    Pups & Perennials at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

    March 25th, 2019 by Owner

    I came across this cool event at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden this weekend. The temperature will be nice, but there is a chance for rain. So make sure you bring an umbrella just in case. I’ve attached the information from their website below.

    WHEN: March 31, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

     
    WHERE:
    Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
    6500 South New Hope Road
    Belmont NC 28012

     
    COST: Free for Members or with General Admission

     

    CONTACT: 704-829-1294 or Email
     
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    Bring your leashed pup(s) to the Garden to sniff the spring blooms! Walk the trails on your own or on a guided hike, talk with local pet adoption groups, shop from dog-themed vendors and enjoy family-friendly activities, the garden flowers and more.
    Vendors include Jasp&WikiCo with bandanas and leashes, Lineberger Veterinary Hospital in Gastonia, Bow Wow Boutique in Gastonia, Camp K-9 Resort in York, Pawtique Holistic Pet Shoppe in Charlotte, Pet Wants – Urban Feed Store in Charlotte, Carolina P.A.W.S. (Pet Adoption & Welfare Society)Catering to Cats and Dogs, South Charlotte Dog Rescue, and Carolina Basset Hound Rescue.

    This entry was posted by Jim Hoffman.

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    Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic

    March 23rd, 2019 by Owner

     
    Did you know that the City of Charlotte offers a Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic each month? It occurs on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Animal Care and Control Shelter located at 8315 Byrum Drive. You can also get $10 microchips!

     

    I was out walking 2 doggies and a CMPD Animal Care and Control officer reminded me about this great service. I’ve used the clinic before with Chloe when we first moved to Charlotte. I recommend getting there before the start time because a lot of people show up for this event. We had an overall great experience.

     

    Click the flyer above or here for more information on this event and comment below to tell us how it went! Don’t forget to share!

     

    Dates:

     

    • 12/14/2019
    • 1/11/2020
    • 2/8/2020
    • 3/14/2020
    • 4/11/2020
    • 5/9/2020
    • 6/13/2020
    • 7/11/2020
    • 8/8/2020
    • 9/12/2020
    • 10/10/2020
    • 11/14/2020
    • 12/12/2020

     

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    5 Tips to Reduce Pet Odors

    March 18th, 2019 by Owner

    Pets are family, but nobody loves the odors that accompany them. Wet fur, litter boxes and whatever the cat or dog dragged in (literally) can all leave your home smelling less than fresh. Here’s a roundup of pet odor control tips to try to minimize that wet dog or litter box smell in your home. Please click the Filtrete link below for the tips. Then below that, see two great products we highly recommend to help with pet odors.

    5 Tips to Reduce Pet Odors

    NuVet Labs® Organic Stain and Odor Remover is effective on areas soiled by pet urine and feces. No mere cover up, our All Natural, Organic formula actually removes undesired odors and discourages your pet from soiling on the same spot again.
    This safe and gentle stain and odor remover is an All Purpose Organic cleaner that can be used on clothing, furniture, floors, carpets, cages and litter boxes. NuVet Labs® Organic Stain and Odor Remover is the only stain and odor removing product you’ll ever need. Being biodegradable means it safe for you, your pets and the environment.
    Oxyfresh Pet Deodorizers. Give it 60 seconds and our revolutionary Pet Deodorizer will neutralize odors and eliminate bacteria. It’s so gentle and safe it can even be sprayed directly on your pet. Essential oil infused, fragrance and alcohol free. Learn More: https://bit.ly/2QN5SPw
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    The Pet Appearance Specialists

    December 19th, 2018 by Owner

    By: Stephanie Crawl


     

    I’m so excited to celebrate the Grand Opening of my new grooming salon, The Pet Appearance Specialists, and the New Year 2019!
    It has been in the works for the past year, and we are so proud and excited to be now open and ready to care for your fur babies once again at our new location!

     

    To celebrate and show our appreciation for all of you, we have an offer that has never been done before!

     

    For the month of January 2019 you will only pay $20.19 for services!

     

    That’s Right!!! Book your fur babies January grooming appointment by Midnight 12/31/18 and you will only pay $20.19!

     

    • Includes Deshed treatments, the Bronze Bark package, the Platinum Pup package, and the Diamond Dog package
    • Includes ALL Breeds
    • Excludes Hand Stripping and Carding Services

     

    Must have your appointment booked by midnight 12/31/18.
    Call (704)906-6228to book your appointment today!

     

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    Pet Insurance

    December 2nd, 2016 by Owner

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    Pet Insurance
    By: Kari Lynn Sherman

    Partner, Max and Luther Publications
    www.kariandcarey.com

     
    When I got Max as a puppy (almost 5 years ago), the last thing I thought about was pet insurance. I was
    busy getting the important things like a crate, bed, toys, training books and figuring out what food was best for my new puppy. In fact, I don’t think I even knew that there was such a thing as pet insurance available. It wasn’t until Max was two years old that I seriously considered pet insurance for him. At that time, Max’s best friend Luther tore his ACL and had to get surgery. I don’t think I have to tell how expensive that was! I was shocked to learn that his surgeries totaled $10,000. Fortunately for him, his owner had pet insurance which covered 80% of the cost. So I did my research regarding the costs and benefits of getting pet insurance. I have listed some of the things that I learned from my research:
     
    1. Pet Insurance typically covers out of the ordinary expenses for your dog which eliminates
    financial considerations when deciding on treatment options for unexpected injuries and
    illnesses.
     
    2. Pet Insurance works just like car insurance i.e. you pay monthly premiums and are covered for
    specific events minus a deductible.
     
    3. Pet insurance does not cover pre-existing conditions which makes it important to purchase the
    insurance when your dog is young although you can purchase insurance at any age. Make sure
    that you understand what pre-existing conditions that your dog has. Younger dogs = lower
    premiums
     
    4. Routine care is not usually covered; however some companies offer “wellness” riders that cover
    items such as annual vaccines, flea medication, nail trims and annual check-ups.
     
    5. Allows you to choose any vet – just need to submit receipts to the pet insurance company.
     
    6. Does not discriminate against breeds or age although older dogs typically have higher premiums
    and the aforementioned pre-existing conditions to consider.
     
    7. Helps to budget for annual costs related to your pets:
    o Annual care for your dog averages $350/year (vet visit, vaccines, flea meds, etc.)
    o Annual premiums for pet insurance range between $20-$50/month
     
    I ended up purchasing pet insurance for Max with a wellness rider. The wellness rider covers a large
    portion of his annual vaccines, flea medications and his annual vet check-up. About a year after I got the pet insurance, Max developed allergies which resulted in his need of daily (expensive) medication which has been fully covered. I have never regretted getting pet insurance for him and now I never have to worry about the cost if he needs an expensive treatment or an emergency arises.
    Based on my research, the following companies are ranked as the best for pet insurance based on customer surveys:
     
    1. Healthy Paws
    2. Trupanion
    3. Nationwide /VPI
    4. Pet Plan
    5. Embrace​
     
    As a final note, I learned that only 4% of pet owners actually have pet insurance on their dogs. Clearly, dog owners should do a better job educating themselves and others regarding pet insurance.​
     

    *** Kari is the co-author for 2 books, True Tails from the Dog Park & True Tails II from the Dog Park. They make great gifts for any dog lover! Click here to find them on Amazon! ***

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    Top 5 Halloween Pet Costumes and Safety Tips

    October 28th, 2016 by Owner

    Were you surprised at the Top 5 Halloween Pet Costumes posted below? I sure was! Click the link below for some helpful tips to keep your pets safe during Halloween. Some things may seem like common sense, but even if you know them, it’s good to have a quick reminder so you are more aware. Happy Trick or Treating!

    Top 5 Halloween Pet Costumes and Safety Tips

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    Hyperthyroidism In Cats

    October 5th, 2016 by Owner

     
    I’ve cared for quite a few kitties with hyperthyroidism in my professional pet sitting career. It’s been my experience that these cats live a pretty normal life with the right medicine. If you suspect your cat has a hyperactive thyroid please visit your veterinarian for confirmation and help get your kitty regulated. Click the article below for even more info.
     

    Here are some symptoms to look for:

    • Weight loss
    • A good or even ravenous appetite
    • An increased activity level
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Increased thirst and urination

    Thyroid Dysfunction in Cats

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    Finding Dory Review

    August 13th, 2016 by Owner


     
    Back in June I told you guys about a Finding Dory themed event at Petco. Unfortunately, the Petco store I visited had no idea they were supposed to be having the event. I showed them my email and they were quite surprised. Somebody definitely dropped the ball on that one. My little one was a little sad that she didn’t get to build her aquarium. However, as a fan of Finding Nemo, Finding Dory did not disappoint!
     
    I was able to keep Mari 100% focused in it for as long as the popcorn and candy lasted. She’s 4 though and just starting to get into the swing of going to the movies. Her attention span changes like the weather though. She did great for The Secret Life of Pets. Just like in TSLOP, she was not a fan of the “scary” parts but overall we both enjoyed the movie. I was very excited to learn about Dory’s family history and to see Marvin and Nemo come through for their friend. I thought the other characters were also great additions to the storyline. I give this movie 5 stars! If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out in a theater near you!
     
     
    *** Chloe’s Playhouse offers pet sitting and dog walking services to Southwest Charlotte. Visit our Services page to learn more and click here to contact us. ***
     

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    Critter Care Wellness Wednesdays

    August 11th, 2016 by Owner


     
    When it comes to animal rescue, the Humane Society of Charlotte is a power house! Did you know they also have a low-cost veterinary clinic on Wednesdays? Trips to the vet, even for just their regular check up, can cost at least $100. This usually includes the exam, shots, and other preventatives. Sometimes, this stops well meaning pet owners from visiting their veterinarian, and as a result their pet doesn’t get their shots, heartworm, and flea preventative meds. Share this information with your other animal loving friends and help them save some money on their pet care today! They’ll appreciate it and so will the pets!
     

    Essential Care Wednesday Low-Cost Clinic
     

    Don’t miss this great opportunity to take care of your furry family member’s annual vaccines at our ESSENTIAL CARE WELLNESS WEDNESDAY Low-cost Clinic each week.
     

    For questions about their clinic, contact their Spay/Neuter Clinic at 704.333.4130.
     

    Essential Care Wellness Wednesday Low-Cost Clinic takes place at:
     

    2646 Toomey Avenue
    Charlotte, NC 28203
     
     

    ***Chloe’s Playhouse provides pet sitting and dog walking services to Southwest Charlotte. Please visit our Services page for more info. To contact us, shoot us an email from here.***

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    Secret Life of Pets Review

    August 10th, 2016 by Owner

     
    Back in June I told you guys about an event at PetSmart for the Secret Life of Pets. The event really didn’t pan out. I was a little disappointed. I thought they were giving away free movie tickets for the kids, but it turned out you had to buy a few boxes of treats to get a code to redeem the ticket. Well, the cost of the treats outweighed the price of a child’s ticket at the theater so I left empty-handed, but did get some cool movie themed activity sheets. Ok Skip ahead!
     


     
    I didn’t get to go see the movie right away, but there were sold out shows all over the place! I actually waited until the end of July and went to see it with my daughter and some of my family. We had a blast! In fact, there were 6 of us total and we got there with about 10 tickets left to sell. We made it by the skin of our teeth!
     

     
    Mari (my daughter) enjoyed Chloe the cat in the movie! The only thing she didn’t like was the bad crew led by the bunny. She’s 4 though. Me on the other hand absolutely loved the movie! I am a huge fan of Louis C. K. and Kevin Hart! It was a little tough to get their faces out of my head at first, but after the first few minutes you forget all about them. There was even a dog walker in the movie! I won’t leave you with any spoilers, but if you love pets like we do, you should definitely go see this Movie!
     
    *** Chloe’s Playhouse offers pet sitting and dog walking services to Southwest Charlotte. Please visit our services page for more info and click here to contact us. ***

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    The Secret Life of Pets

    June 22nd, 2016 by Owner


     
    I cannot tell you how excited I am to see this movie! Of course I’m going to be taking my 4 year old daughter with me. No sane, grown, woman would go see this by herself! Hahaha! The reality is, I probably would, but it’s a plus to have a child who is as obsessed with animals as I am! I mean, it stars Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart!
     
    Ok! Let me get to the good stuff, you know, for your pets. PetSmart is hosting a wonderful event this Saturday June 25th, 2016 to celebrate this movie. I got an email about it so I just had to share it with all of you! Click on the picture to learn more!
     
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    Find a PetSmart near you to find the coolest themed toys for The Secret Life of Pets! Get there early on Saturday because the first 100 kids will get a free movie ticket and other awesome prizes! I know I’ll be there bright and early! After you finish up at PetSmart, head over to Fandango to find the theater closest to you. Please leave a comment below if you plan on seeing the movie or if you are going to the event. I’d love to hear from you!
     

     
    *** Chloe’s Playhouse offers pet sitting and dog walking services to Southwest Charlotte. Please visit our services page for more info and click here to contact us. ***
     

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    ResQwalk Is Helping Local Animal Welfare Organizations

    May 24th, 2016 by Owner

    I stumbled upon this awesome app the other day and I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone! ResQwalk is free to download in the Apple Store or Google Play. Once you download it, you can get started right away. Just log in and select the rescue group you want to support. Then click the “Start ResQwalk” button and you are good to go. When you’re done with your walk, just click the “Finish” button and your miles will be logged. If you take a walk every night, you could log some serious mileage for your favorite animal welfare group! If you walk with a partner, get them to download the app too and double the contribution!
     
    You can find answers to their frequently asked questions here, but basically here is how it works. They have a corporate sponsor for each month that donates money. At the end of the month all the miles are tallied up and the money is divided up to the animal rescue groups. The group with the most miles logged gets the most money donated to them.
     
    Right now there are 251 groups to chose from. Here is a list of all the rescues in the Charlotte, NC area that are participating with ResQwalk:
     

  • Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
  • Lucky Labs Rescue
  • Hope For All Dogs Rescue
  • South of the Bully
  • Carolina Raptor Center
  • Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue Inc
  • Lake Norman Lucky Cat Program
  • Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue
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    So lace up those sneakers and hit the trails and greenways all for a good cause! If you’ve signed up already, leave a comment and let us know who you’re walking for!

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    Calming Collars

    May 9th, 2016 by Owner

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    By: Deborah Mendez

     
    A low rumbling in the distance, a clap of thunder, a flash of lightning – and so it begins. You know the drill – a normally calm dog begins to tremble, whine and begins to hunt for a safe place to hide.
    It is pretty common, but it is never easy to watch your dog (or cat) deal with thunder phobia. For some it is just the wind blowing, others may panic when rain starts to fall. Some can wait for a full on thunderstorm – or even worse – fireworks before stress and anxiety set in.
     
    What is a pet parent to do? There are many potential solutions or aids to choose from but I’m going to focus on the one I know best – herbal Calming Collars.
     
    After a corporate restructuring many years back, I started making “people” aromatherapy products. My techie husband built a website and I started sewing and marketing. A few years later, a customer mentioned sharing her “relax” blend eye pillow with her dog. She’d put it in his crate when she went to work to help curb his separation anxiety. She wanted me to make something for him so she didn’t have to share! You can guess how that story goes.
     
    Fast forward to 2016… we send out dozens of Calming Collars every day all across the US and the rest of the world, too.
     
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    Although most customers buy a Calming Collar to help their dog deal with thunderstorms and or fireworks – they can help with a number of issues. Reducing stress helps with hyperactivity, excessive barking and separation anxiety. We have helped many better deal with obsessive compulsive behaviors like too much licking and scratching.
     
    The aromatherapy from a Calming Collar can help keep a dog calm all day long. When used now and again for stressful situations most get a year or so of use. Just store in a plastic bag when not in use. When a dog is anxious all the time, they can wear one 24/7. The only downside is the herbs may dry out in 3 or 4 months.
     
    Customers can choose from over 20 fabrics and we make them up in the size ordered. We don’t stock “pre-made” products on our shelves – everything is filled with herbs as orders come in. Our most popular blend is the Calm Me Down and is for overall stress and anxiety. We use a mix of lavender, chamomile and balsam. No essential oils or fillers, just the actual dried herbs. We also have a blend for dogs that get car sick, our Good To Go blend. In addition to the lavender, chamomile and balsam “base” we also add peppermint, spearmint and ginger to help with nausea. For the really tough cases – usually severe separation anxiety we can use our “extra strength” blend. We do that by request only because it just doesn’t smell as nice as our other blends.
     
    I wish I could say that a Calming Collar will always help. The truth is that 3 to 5% of pets just don’t seem to respond to aromatherapy and a Calming Collar won’t help them. The good news is we try to make refunds pretty painless. Just let us know within three months if your pet wasn’t helped – you be the judge – and we refund your $36 purchase price. More often than not, we have you donate the Calming Collar to a local rescue group or shelter instead of returning it to us.
     
    You can learn more at our website, www.calmingcollars.com. They are $36 and s/h within the US is free for orders over $50.
     
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    ***For Pet sitting and Dog Walking needs in South Charlotte visit www.chloesplayhouse.com.***

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    Happy Mother’s Day

    May 8th, 2016 by Owner

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    Happy Mother’s Day! I hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful weekend! Whether your children have 2 legs or 4, we mothers work hard to make sure our babies are happy and healthy. We spent our day today together doing yard work. Well the adults did anyway. My fur babies and Mariama had fun playing. All the rain from the week had sprouted up fresh green grass so Chloe and Sasha got to have something to snack on while they were out. As for Kobe (our kitty), she did what she does on most days and that’s taking a nap!
     

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    ***For Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Services in South Charlotte visit www.chloesplayhouse.com.***

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    Carolina Waterfowl Rescue Needs Your Help

    April 28th, 2016 by Owner


     
    The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is in desperate need of volunteers and resources. Spring has sprung, and all of our local animal shelters and rescues are going to be overwhelmed; if they aren’t already. Today we are focusing on this wonderful group. They have a lot of intakes that aren’t necessarily birds, but they willingly get these animals to the right people for help. They also help rescue roosters from Cock Fighting Busts. The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is working hard to rescue injured wildlife in the Charlotte Area!
     

     

    “We are desperate for help. We are so short handed for the baby bird feeding schedule. The songbird babies are very expensive as well. Email Volunteer@cwrescue.org if you can help or PayPal to donations@cwrescue.org to help with costs of feeding birds.

    Baby bird feeders must be able to take one three-hour shift every week.”

     
    There are a few ways that you can help!
     

     

     

     

    • Donate Supplies: Visit their Amazon Wish List and be sure to choose Carolina Waterfowl Rescue as the Supporting Rescue at the top for an added bonus.

     

    • Like their Facebook Page and share their posts. You never know who your post will touch and you may help save a life!

     

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    Happy St. Patrick’s Day

    March 17th, 2016 by Owner


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    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  While you are celebrating today, be sure to practice safety with your alcoholic beverages around your pets.  Here’s what the ASPCA has to say about the effects of alcohol in your pets.
     

    “Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.”

     
    Enjoy your day, and remember to hire a designated driver if you will be out and about! Your pet is counting on you to be home to give them dinner!

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    Pet Life Hack For Canned Food

    March 15th, 2016 by Owner

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    I had a stunning realization this weekend as I was splitting a can a food for 2 of my kitty clients. I always try to split the can of food evenly because I don’t want them to think I’m playing favorites. (I’m dead serious! LOL) So in my quest for a perfectly split can, I noticed this little notch right on the center of the lip.
     

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    I’ve split countless cans of food for pups and kitties alike, but I have never noticed this before. I was so excited, I had to snap a picture to share!
     

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    Have you noticed this before? Comment below and share with all your friends!
     

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    DIY Cat Litter Genie

    March 10th, 2016 by Owner

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    On my pet sitting travels, I stumbled across an awesome invention at my kitty client’s house! They had made a cat litter genie out of an empty cat litter bucket with the snap-on lid. I was in awe, and immediately wished I was still using traditional litter so I could make one for my house!
     
    The next time you need to buy litter,  purchase the big square container that has the snap-on lid.  The one used in this tutorial is from Tidy Cat,  but other companies have this type of container as well.  Follow these simple steps below to make one for free!
     
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    Step 1: If your container is not empty,  transfer the rest of the clean litter to the old container for storage.
     


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    Step 2: Grab an old plastic grocery bag or a smaller sized trash bag that’s big enough to fit nicely inside the container.  If the bag doesn’t for snugly over the lip,  tape it down or use a giant rubber band to keep it in place.
     


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    Step 3: Scoop your litter pan and put the contents into your new genie. Close the lid and store beside your pan or wherever works best in your home.
     

    There you have it! Now at this point you can decide to craft it up a bit.  Feel free to paint and bedazzle it to match the area it’s stored in.  You shouldn’t be able to smell anything,  but you can stick a small odor absorber to the top of the lid for extra protection.  Let me know what you think in the comments.  Happy Scooping!

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    DIY Dog-Proof Litter Pan

    March 8th, 2016 by Owner


     
    This project took me all of 10 minutes to complete from start to finish.  I had been frantically searching the Internet for tips to keep my 2 dogs,  Chloe and Sasha, out of the litter pan.  It used to be just an occasional treat jar for them until I switched over to World’s Best Cat Litter.  This is a corn based litter and it seems both pups think Kobe’s corn-crusted turds are the best thing since sliced bread.  I tried things like keeping the room’s door closed and using a bungee cord to allow only the cat to fit through to deter them. However, when you’ve got a three year old at home it doesn’t really work out that well.  Then I found this project.  I didn’t know if Kobe would go for it,  but I was at my wit’s end with poop patrol!
     
    One Saturday morning I caught Chloe grabbing a snack and I decided it was time to get down to business! I bought a $5 plastic tub from Walmart and grabbed a knife, a dog bowl (ironic huh? ), and a marker.  You can see the 3 easy steps in the picture above.
     

    1. Use the marker to trace around the dog bowl. I made it at the end of the lid so that she would have enough space to balance herself to get in and out.   Make sure your circle will be big enough for your cat to fit through.

     
    2. Use your scissors or knife to cut out the circle.  (You can use your circle as a plant coaster instead of throwing it away.)

     
    3. Add the litter.  I used the bottom of my current litter pan and placed it inside,  then added the litter.  There are grooves on the bottom of the tub that can make scooping out pee clumps difficult.

     
    4. Put on the lid and introduce your kitty to their new pan.

     
    I thought Kobe would have trouble adjusting,  but she got the hang of it pretty quickly. The dogs went sniffing around it but could not get their heads in far enough to raid the goods. We have a winner!  I’m no longer on poop patrol and life is a little less chaotic! Good luck and leave your comments below!
     

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    Thumbtack Spotlight

    January 13th, 2016 by Owner


     
    Chloe’s Playhouse Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Service recently received the Spotlight and the Top Pro Award with Thumbtack.com. We are so happy to be able to share this award with our current and future clients! If you know someone that could use a professional pet sitter or dog walker, please contact us via our contact page at www.chloesplayhouse.com/contact. If we aren’t in their service area, we can direct you to another professional pet sitter that is. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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    Cold Weather Hack For Dog Walkers

    January 6th, 2016 by Owner

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    Being a Professional Dog Walker means I get to walk doggies in all types of weather.  We kind of live by the same motto as the Post Office, no matter the weather we’ll be there!  This includes cold temperatures, and it seems Charlotte, NC is finally getting into the winter season.

     

    I started wearing my gloves again to keep my hands from getting frostbite.  However,  I am not able to get those pesky dog poo bags open with them on.  So I reluctantly get my hand de-gloved, lick my finger, and separate the thin plastic.  By then, my hand is on its way to the Polar Express!

     

    So here is a clever hack to save your fingers from becoming your drink’s next ice cube.  It’s really simple and takes about a second of preparation.  Follow these 4 simple steps.

     

    1: Moisten your finger and get the bag opened.

     

    2: Pry the bag all the way open and stick it in your pocket or tie it to the leash.

     

    3: Head outside for your walk with gloves on.  When your pooch’s #2 arrives,  confidently grab your preopened bag and stick your gloved hand inside.

     

    4: Reach down, pick it up, and tie it shut.

     

    This last step is important. No one likes a dog walker that doesn’t clean up after their pooch.  Be a courteous neighbor! Your life is now forever changed for the better! Go out and share this with all of your pet loving friends!

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    Planning A Pet Trust

    September 24th, 2015 by Owner

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    Planning A Pet Trust
    By: Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC

     
    As a mom to two furry children (Biscuit and Gracie) I know how pet owners perceive their pets…like family! We take them to the doctor, we have them bathed and groomed, we walk and exercise them and yes, we even have full conversations with them as well! It’s important to understand, that although we may treat them like we would another family member, North Carolina considers pets as property. This means that when we pass away, our pet is treated just like our bank account and CD…they have to “go” to someone.
     
    Since they are considered property, it is important that you specifically dictate in either your Last Will and Testament or your Revocable Living Trust or better yet your Pet Trust, specifically what your wishes are regarding your pet or pets. If you don’t plan out fully who will take your pet you run the risk that no one is immediately ready upon your passing to care for them. Below is a list to help you start thinking about how you would plan for your pet. This is a great list to put together for your vet and even your pet sitter!
     
    WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN A PET TRUST

  • Type of pet (parrot, dog, cat, etc.)
  • Pet’s name
  • Pet’s date of birth
  • Breed of Pet
  • Temperament (good with children? Can you approach him/her when he/she eats?)
  • Color and distinguishing markings;
  • Pet’s Behavioral Habits
  • Brand of food, feeding amounts, feeding times
  • Daily routine schedule (walk times, play times, snack times, etc.)
  • Visitors your pet is accustomed to visiting with
  • Location of Dog Park permits
  • Name, address, phone number of veterinarian
  • Health Insurance information
  • Medications and Medical History (heartworm, flea and tick, allergy medications; previous surgeries)
  • Favorite toy
  • Favorite play activities
  • Where does your pet like to sleep
  • Name, address and phone number of the temporary guardian
  • Name, address and phone number of the permanent guardian
  • Name, address and phone number of the successor permanent guardian
  • Information regarding the funds where money is held for your pet
  • Name, address and phone number of the primary Trustee
  • Name, address and phone number of the successor Trustee
  • How the assets left after the death of your pets are distributed
  • Burial or cremation instructions
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    Do you need help setting up a Pet Trust?
     
    Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
    6406 Carmel Road
    Suite 301
    Charlotte, North Carolina 28226
    p: (704) 843-1446
    f: (704) 973-0773

    swinters@sabrinawinterslaw.com

    www.ncestateplanninginfo.com

    Client reviews on AVVO.COM

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    National Holistic Pet Day

    August 30th, 2015 by Owner

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    National Holistic Pet Day

    By: Heather Bishop

     
    Did you know that today is National Holistic Pet Day? We all want what’s best for our pets. Just as it’s important to feed our bodies with healthy foods, it is equally important for our pets. Feeding a food that is high in fillers can cause lots of adverse side effects. This includes things like allergies, ear infections, hot spots, weight and joint issues. Thankfully, you can help turn your pet’s health around and get them back on the track to good health.
     
    The first step is to evaluate your pet’s food. I found the site www.dogfoodadvisor.com to be very helpful. All you have to do is click on the brand of food you use and their evaluation will pop up. You may be surprised at the results, so hold on to your seats!
     
    The second step is to support their immune system. We know how important it is to take our vitamins for the micronutrients that we may not be getting from our diet. Our pets need the same thing. I recommend Nuvet Pet Supplements. You can check out their site for more information at www.nuvet.com/78113. It is all natural and made in an FDA approved facility. NuVet makes a regular wafer as well as a wafer specifically for joints. Please visit the website for more testimonials and before and after pictures. They also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee! So try it! Keep your pet healthy and help them live a longer life with you the Holistic Way!

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    Run in the Rescue Me 5K With Your Dog

    August 16th, 2015 by Owner

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    Run in the Rescue Me 5K With Your Dog

    By: Jennifer Ondrako, Race Director


     
    The Rescue Me 5K has created quite a buzz around the city of Charlotte. It’s a unique 5K race where participants can run with their dog. The proceeds from the event are going to The American Pit Bull Foundation’s (APBF) newest program, Operation Sidekick. They are the first organization to bridge the gap and exclusively train rescued pit bulls as service dogs to help our veterans overcome the daily struggle of PTSD and depression.
     
    Excited to join us in this race? Before you cross that start line in October, you will need to train your dog to run with you. Here are some tips on getting your dog race ready!
     

    1. Check With Your Vet. If you’ve never run with your dog before, be sure your dog is healthy for a more strenuous workout like running before you start. A quick check up appointment with your vet will notify you of any red flags before the hitting the pavement.
     
    2. Start Slow. Your dog may not be able to run a even a mile the first run out – so gradually build up distance. Find a beginner 5K training plan to follow. You may be surprised to find your dog is great running partner and can even motivate you.
     
    3. Warm Up! Just like humans need to stretch and warm up their muscles before a strenuous workout, so should your dog. So don’t go running right out of our front door, walk for a little bit first, then begin a slow jog and then start your run.
     
    4. Keep Your Dog Hydrated. Dogs cannot tell us when they are thirsty so taking water breaks every 10 minutes is recommended. With the high temperatures of summer, the last thing you want is your dog to suffer from heat exhaustion. You can easily carry water with you on a running belt.
     
    5. Stay Away From Hot Pavement. Humans have shoes to wear so we don’t feel the heat of the hot pavement. Choose to run in the early morning or later at night once the roads have cooled down so you don’t burn your dog’s paws. Banfield Pet Hospital recommends putting your hand or bare foot on the asphalt for 10 seconds – if it’s too hot for you, then its too hot for your dog.
     
    6. Have Fun! Once you’ve trained your dog to run on a leash with you, you will have the best running buddy. In the long run, regular exercise with your dog can help keep extra pounds off and prolong their life.

     
    I hope you will give these tips a try on October 17 when you and your dog come run the Rescue Me 5K.
     
    To Learn More about the Rescue Me 5K or to register visit: https://apbf.dog/.
     

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    Be Like A Hound To Do Social Media

    August 7th, 2015 by Owner

    BE LIKE A HOUND TO DO SOCIAL MEDIA

     

    By Louise Summey of Ellie Productions, LLC


     
    Let me tell you a story about our Basset mix named Hobbes. Hobbes is known as the “mayor” of our street. He likes to take himself out for walks. When he decides to return home from his neighborhood “visits”, he stands out by the street and barks for us to come and escort him inside. Hobbes is a very social Basset – he enjoys being around people. When he gets excited, he barks so loud, everyone within earshot hears him and knows just how excited he is.
     

    Hobbes

     
    Another talent Hobbes has is the ability to sniff out yummy stuff for a Basset to eat. If there’s food around, he’ll know where it is, even if he can’t always get to it. Of course, that ability is inherent in almost any Basset, but Hobbes has raised it to an art form.
     
    So what does all this talk about Hobbes the Basset have to do with social media? I’m glad you asked…
     
    Just like Hobbes, and most other dogs for that matter, we humans are generally very social animals. That’s why social media is such an effective business marketing tool when used correctly.
     
    Being a social media Basset means enjoying the engagement with your social media friends and followers so much, you “howl” with excitement when you’ve found something of value to share. Of course, the social media version of howling is the personal commenting we do on the things we share – the content. That brings me to the second part of being a social media Basset.
     

     
    The content you would want to share can come in a variety of forms, depending on your area of interest. And, just like Hobbes, the social media Basset has to develop an ability to sniff out good content to share with his social media friends and followers. Good content is content that is relevant to your business and the interests of your social media contacts.
     

     
    Of course, we all know how effective social media can be as a marketing tool, and we’d love for our business to have a sound social media strategy. The challenge is, unlike Hobbes, many of us don’t really have the time to wander around the internet sniffing out relevant content to share on social media. We already have more than enough to do keeping the other important aspects of our business running smoothly. If that describes your situation, you may want to think about farming your social media marketing out to a professional social media Basset.
     
    Let us share your social media vision though video. Be sure to like us on Facebook.
     
    Louise is the owner of Ellie Productions, LLC. Ellie works with small to medium size businesses to provide video for websites and marketing needs. To see samples of our videos, visit our website https://www.ellievideoproductions.com/ .

     

     

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    Preparing for your Trip: Tips on Organization To Maximize Your Pet Sitter’s Efficiency

    July 22nd, 2015 by Owner

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    Preparing for your Trip: Tips on Organization To Maximize Your Pet Sitter’s Efficiency
    By Teri Agullo

     
    Every Pet owner is a caring, loving individual and as such, we want the very best for our pets! So now that you know you’ll be leaving town and have made the important decision of hiring a Pet Sitter, why not make it easier for them to provide you with the highest level of service?
     
    “But that’s their job!” you say. Yes, indeed. However, when we’ve hired someone to work for us “on the clock”, we want to get our money’s worth and maximize our investment. Just a few small steps and you can ensure your sitter focuses 100% on your Pet Child. Otherwise, your Sitter will have to spend valuable time looking for the doggie leash, digging for the Feline treat or searching for the all so-important meds for your senior pet.
     
    Here are some user-friendly TIPS to get you going:
     

  • Pet Area:
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  • Have a designated area of the home where you keep all of your pet’s leashes, food, treats and supplies. Make sure your sitter knows the location of this area. ☺
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  • Pet Medications:
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  • Have a labeled plastic container (I prefer transparent as a visual aide), where you keep all the meds for Fido. If you have more than one pet on medication, have one container per pet. Make sure the label (“Fido’s Medications”), is placed on all sides and the top cover of the container for easy identification.
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  • Place a label or taped piece of paper with the medication instructions on the inside cover. This ensures the instructions are not lost.
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  • Pet Supplies:
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  • Have another plastic container with all the treats, leashes and doggie poo bags attached, again, for easy visual and physical access to the walking and snacking supplies.
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  • Sitter Instructions:
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  • Create a document on your PC/Laptop/Tablet that contains all your Sitter Instructions for when you’re away. Set one hour one day soon and create this document well in advance of a scheduled trip/departure. You can always tweak at a later date.
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  • Schedule on your calendar 20 minutes to review and print the “Instructions” document and place it on your fridge, kitchen counter/island, or tape it to the inside of the door your sitter will enter/exit. Do this no later than 72 hours before your trip. You can even laminate this paper for durability.
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  • And last but not least, be sure to pay for a sitter that will spend some quality time with your pet(s) while you are away.
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  • As you know, our pets miss us dearly when we are gone. Animals need and crave stability, especially if you have a rescue dog/cat. ☺
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    Happy and safe travels!

     

     
     
     

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    Prep Your New Home For Your Dog

    May 29th, 2015 by Owner


     
    Buying or moving to a new home can be an exciting adventure, even for your dog, but you’ll want to make sure before you bring your best buddy over that the grounds are safe and secure so you don’t have any unexpected surprises or mishaps.
     
    Start with inspecting the new yard to make sure there are not any dangerous items that can be ingested or injure your dog. If the previous owners didn’t have dogs, or even kids, there is a good chance that there may be small or sharp items lying about.Look around garage, workshop, and basement floors, driveways, and decks to see if there are any pools of liquid or chemicals that may have spilled as these could be extremely dangerous if your dog were to get into them. Check the yard for holes, stumps, debris, exposed cable or phone lines, and irrigation systems to be sure there’s nothing they could get hurt on. You’ll also want to check out the flower beds and plantings to determine if any of them might be harmful to your dog and take precautions to keep them away. An obvious thing to look at while you’re out in the yard is the fence line as you wouldn’t want your dog escaping through an opening you didn’t notice. Press your foot at the bottom of the fence to check for gaps and check the latching mechanisms on any gates to make sure they’re working.
     
    On the interior of the home, carefully examine each room and closet looking for loose edges of carpets; items, medicines, trash, or food that may have been left behind; exposed wires or cords; unsecured cabinet, attic, garage, or basement doors (or doors to any place you don’t want your dog to be); etc. Check bathrooms and kitchens for chemical cleaners, shampoos, soaps, or cosmetics and don’t forget closets, basements, and storage areas for mothballs, pest traps, and other things that you may not want your dog to have.
     
    Taking the time to make sure your new space is safe for your dog is an important step as a responsible homeowner and can help ease the transition for the both of you as you’ll know that your best buddy will be safe.
     
    By Lisi Ward
    Realtor/Broker with Allen Tate Realtors
    https://lisiward.allentate.com/
    Lisi.Ward@AllenTate.com
    (704)-962-8821
     
     
     

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    Chloe’s Playhouse Makes Top Pro On Thumbtack.com

    April 22nd, 2015 by Owner

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    We were notified this month that Chloe’s Playhouse made it to the #1 spot on Thumbtack.com. We have connected with a lot of clients via Thumbtack, so I am thrilled to be recognized as the top pet sitter and dog walker in Charlotte, NC. We take great pride in the care that we provide for our clients and that helps us stand out from the rest. Thank you for allowing us to care for your pets! As we approach the 5 year mark next month, we look forward to continuing an excellent standard of care for all the pets we’ve walked and fed this far. Here’s to 5 more!

    www.chloesplayhouse.com/contact

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    Heartworm and Flea & Tick Prevention

    March 24th, 2015 by Owner

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    The temperature is warming up! I think winter finally went away. Hooray! I looked at my Vet records and realized it was time to get caught up on heartworm and flea & tick prevention medicines. We all lead a very busy life, so I was pleased to discover Bravecto. It lasts for 3 months! My family has also been using ProHeart 6 for heartworm preventative. One shot lasts 6 months.
     
    I brought home the Bravecto and popped open the package to give it to them with dinner. With Comfortis, which I also LOVE, I had to douse it with peanut butter to get them to eat it. Bravecto, however, looks like a chewy treat. So both pups gobbled it up with no effort!
     
    I’m so happy to have found this new Flea and Tick preventative. I can rest easy this summer knowing my two pups are protected from these infamous parasites. Call your vet today and ask about these two medicines. Feel free to email me with any questions about this blog post or pet sitting & dog walking services in South Charlotte at www.chloesplayhouse.com/contact.

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    Beneful Dog Food is Under Fire

    March 4th, 2015 by Owner

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    Beneful Dog Food is currently under fire. I have personally had a bad experience feeding Chloe this food when she was younger. After almost every meal she would throw up. Sometimes to the point of needing a vet visit to get medicine to relax her stomach. It wasn’t until I started working for Petco that I learned that it was indeed her food that was making her sick. I soon got her started on a more natural food with less fillers. We chose Avoderm at first, but once we got Sasha we switched to Blue Buffalo. Both brands are very good and I highly recommend them.

     
    DogFoodAdvisor.com rated Beneful at 3 Stars. The ingredient list leaves a lot to be desired. There are lots of grains (can cause allergy issues), food dyes, and sugar added to the food. You can read the full review here. You can also look up your current food if it isn’t Beneful to see what rating the site gives it.

     

    There was a lawsuit filed last month claiming that Beneful has made dogs sick and in some cases caused them to pass away. You can read more about the case here. Just as we humans strive to make better health choices for ourselves, don’t forget to think about your pets. We can’t always trust the commercials. I encourage you to start researching pet food ingredients and reading their labels as well. If internet searches start to get overwhelming, pay your local Petco a visit. They specialize in pet nutrition. Get your pet on the path to better health this year, you won’t be disappointed!

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    Adopt a Senior Pet Month

    November 9th, 2014 by Owner

    November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month! Pets are considered “senior” at about age 7. Most dogs and cats can live at least 10-15 years. Many pets still have great health well into their senior years. Sadly, a lot of senior pets stay in the shelter or rescue for a very long time. Some are even euthanized due to space issues. If you are thinking about getting a new pet for your family, please consider adopting a senior pet. They would love to live the rest of their life with you. Here are some rescue groups you can start your search with below.
     
    Humane Society of Charlotte
    Humane Society of York County
    Project HALO
    Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love
    Yorkie Haven 
    Bichon Frise Club of Charitable Trust
    SAFE Animal Haven
     

    If you aren’t in the Charlotte area, you can check out Petfinder.com to locate your local rescue groups. Once you’ve adopted your new pet, visit www.chloesplayhouse.com when you need a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker in Charlotte, NC.
     

    My 2 Senior Pets
    Chloe and Kobe
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    We made it back in one piece!

    June 14th, 2011 by Owner

     
    Chloe and I had quite a lovely trip back home to York, PA! We left at 1:30am on the 1st of June and ventured up I85 to I95 to Baltimore Beltway to I83. We inevitably got stuck in DC traffic because I had to take a nap. Which worked out fairly decent because I missed Baltimore traffic. LOL Chloe was excited to go on a Car Ride to see Grandma. We got to spend a lot of time with my mom and my grandma so Chloe was very happy! She even got to run around with Sasha (my mom’s doggie). Chloe had a great vacation!
     

     
    What about me? Well I did too. I got to see my family, my good friends, and I got to see my brother Henry graduate from High School! Oh my! I started crying from the time I stepped into the arena to sit down until the end! I didn’t get to see everyone that I wanted, but I did enjoy the time and company spent with the one’s I did. Thank you to my friends and family in York for making our trip great!

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    Chloe and I are hittin’ the road!

    May 31st, 2011 by Owner

     
    Here is a picture of Chloe and I on our last big road trip! She absolutely loves going on car rides with mommy! She pretty much likes any sentence with the word “Go” in it. Tonight, we are heading back to our old stomping grounds of York, PA. I told her we were going to go see Grandma and Sasha and she got so excited! I should have waited until we were heading out the door to tell her. Sasha is my mom’s doggie and they just love to play together! They are 2 peas in a pod. We are going to be celebrating my brother’s high school graduation. I am so excited for him and proud that he has made it this far! Chloe and I will be making pit stops all around York to see our friends and family. It has been almost a year since we visited back home. It should be lots of fun! Where are you going this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

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    The Kids love Chloe!

    May 27th, 2011 by Owner

     
    We live in an apartment complex and there are a lot of kids that live here too. All the kids love her! Yesterday she gave little McKenzie a kiss and today she saw Lexi. Lexi’s face lights up every time she sees her. She always points to her and says “Dog”. Today, before the storm hit the first time, Lexi and her mommy were coming back home from the playground. Lexi and Chloe met and she gave Lexi a gentle kiss. I swear it just melts my heart!
     
    When the kids see her, they just want to love on her. I am able to teach the kids how to approach a dog that they don’t know and to always ask if they can pet them first before approaching. She is a great learning tool. Chloe takes it in stride and tries not to let the fame go to her head. How Sweet?! Check out this article about how to interact with dogs safely to prevent dog bites: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/dog-bite-prevention

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