Bacon’s Show & Tell

 

My dear friend Bacon is hosting a show and tell today, I get to showoff childhood toys.

 

Let me start with the oldest, my teddy bear. I’ve had him since I was 2. Don’t worry he does have eyes, they are just buried under his worn down fur.

 

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Then there’s my handmade snake (pictured with my teddy bear) and the handmade turtle. I know I’ve had these a long time, not sure exactly how old they are. But my mom made them.

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Then there’s my orange elephant that made of a parachute type material.. I know he’s been around since I was little.

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And then there’s Pluto my pound puppy that I got from my dad’s friend when I was still a tater tot.

 

That’s it.. If you want more flashbacks, please visit my dear friend Bacon’s blog .. he’s a sweetie.

Thankful Thursday: Traveling with Pets

I am thankful that all the moves I’ve made with my cats were driveable and all the places I rented from allowed them. But I wanted to share some of the tips I received from Harrison Forbes and Rent.com about moving with pets and rental research tips as well as infographic.

Tips for Stress Management During a Move – For both You and Your Pet

1.       Pack your pets’ knick-knacks (e.g., food, toys, bedding, etc.) in your personal car instead of in the moving van so nothing can be lost in transit.  Be sure that these items are the LAST things you pack and the FIRST you unpack once you arrive in your new space.

2.       A few days before you move, outfit your pet with two sets of ID tags – one with your old address and one with the new address in case the unthinkable happens and your pet is lost in transit.  Have your pet continue to wear both tags for a few days after you move into the new place, just in case they go wondering and are lost.

3.       Find a location that your pet is already familiar  with, like a friend’s home or boarding facility you’ve used in the past, to place them in during the actual move.  This will clear them out of the chaos and eliminate a portion of the stress for you both.

4.       If you don’t have a familiar location for your pet to stay at on moving day and decide to keep your pet at home, put him/her in a bathroom that has already been cleared out with a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Be sure to stock it with your pets’ familiar toys and bedding. The bathroom is an ideal space because no furniture needs to be removed; it is usually in more remote area of the apartment; and is tiled in case there are any “stressful accidents.”

5.       Wait to introduce your pet to your new home until all the furniture and your pets’ personal items are set up.  The familiarity of items sends a signal to your pet that this is their new home.  Allow them to wander around and explore the new space so they can get comfortable and see all the familiar items you have already spread out.

Rental Research Tips

1.       Don’t hide pet ownership!  The stress of lying about / hiding your pet will show through your body language and tone in any situation.  Your pet will ALWAYS misinterpret this stress as negative signals from their owner and may act out, bringing even more attention to their presence.

2.       Research, research, research all of the environmental and lifestyle scenarios in your prospective location.  Is it near dog-park or walking area? Do you have a heavy dog that can’t do three flights of stairs? Is there a weight restriction? Is there a pet deposit or pet fee? If so, is it refundable? All of these questions (and many more) can help you to determine if your pet would be comfortable in the new location and if it is even a feasible option for you to explore.

3.       Many landlords are on the fence about pet ownership, and list pets in rental descriptions as a “case-by-case basis”, so when meeting with the management, plug the good attributes of your pet and sell yourself as a responsible pet owner by going through your pets’ routines and histories.  Offer to schedule a pet interview so the landlord interacts with and feels comfortable with your pet.  Landlords are letting you live in their expensive investment and you need to make them feel confident that you’re going to take care of it.

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 Legal Disclaimer: The information was provided with no monetary compensation by Harrsion Forbes or Rent.com. The infographic was used with permission from Rent.com.

Thankful Thursday: Pet Sitter Review

Thank you!

First, I wanted to send lots of love, purrs and cat cuddles to all the readers, between being sick earlier this month and falling behind on posts and getting ready and going to BarkWorld and all the birthday wishes, I am truly floored by how wonderful you all are. The online pet community has been so wonderful to me, I can’t begin to repay you. I will be working with Miss Sharon Mohr-Mcdermott on getting pet book reviews going in addition to the pet product reviews. So if you have suggestions for books to read, please comment below.

 

Pet Sitter Review

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Second, I wanted to mention that going to BarkWorld would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the awesome pet sitters I found. This is the second time I’ve used them and I am very pleased with the service and wanted to share.

They are called AmPm Professional Pet Service, they are located in a small town called Trinity, Florida which is in the Tampa Bay Area. Thankfully it’s not too far away from me. Not only do they provide pet sitting services, but they also do dog obedience training.

In my case, they not only fed and watered my cats but they pilled my girl kitty Miss Bitty and cleaned litter boxes.

Please check out their price list for pet sitting services.

My husband and I used them when we went to BlogPaws back in May for nearly 2 weeks and were very happy.

They also offer overnight services, a pet taxi service, aquatic care, 24 hour care and will also care for small pets such as guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, rabbits and parakeets.

So if you live north of Tampa / St. Petersburg, please give them a try.

Author’s Note: I was not paid to endorse AmPm Professional Pet Service. This is merely the opinion of myself and the experiences that I have had with their service.

This post is a part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.