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Winter can be a hard time of year for many people, especially those caring for a dog or cat. Keeping your furry friend healthy and content during the colder months requires a little extra effort and attention, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm you if you know what to do! We’ll share some simple and effective tips for having a healthy and fulfilling winter season with your pet.


Exercise and Playtime

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean your pet can skip the exercise! Make sure they have ample opportunities to move around indoors, so they don’t get restless or bored. Maybe you could let them run around the house, play fetch inside with their favorite toy, or learn a few new tricks. If you have a dog, there are plenty of indoor dog parks where they can get their energy out safely; you just have to know where to find them!


Proper Nutrition

Nutrition is a building block of life, but it’s especially critical during the winter months when your pet needs extra energy to stay warm. Make sure your pet is eating a balanced diet, and use vitamins or supplements as recommended by your veterinarian.


You may also want to provide more high-calorie snacks like cheese or peanut butter as an additional source of energy during this time of year. Just be sure that your pet is getting that exercise so you aren’t feeding them too much in the less active winter months!


Grooming Routines

You want to ensure your pet’s coat stays healthy and strong as temperatures drop and humidity levels lower. Regular brushing will help remove dead fur and dirt from their coat while stimulating blood circulation to keep them warm throughout the day.


Also, consider investing in a new sweater or jacket if they spend extended periods outdoors in colder climates; this could provide the extra layer of warmth and comfort they need to thrive. And don’t hesitate to take your pet to a professional groomer if you don’t have the time (or patience) to do it yourself.


Finding a Trustworthy Pet Sitter/Dog Walker

Having a reliable pet-sitting or dog-walking service like Whiskers to Tails at your disposal can be a game-changer when you’re a busy pet owner. You need someone you trust to look after your beloved animal when you’re away so that you can relax and know your pet is in safe hands. A pet sitter or dog walker will provide the necessary attention, exercise, and care your pet needs as you travel or deal with other commitments that keep you from being able to attend to your pet yourself.


When it comes to finding a reputable pet-sitting or dog-walking service, you must consider many factors. Do your research and look for a reliable company that has good customer reviews and is properly licensed and insured.


Make sure you ask questions about the care they provide, ask for references from past customers, and ensure they have the appropriate training and experience to take care of your furry companion. Above all else, you need to feel comfortable leaving your pet in their care, which means trusting they will treat your beloved animal with tender, loving care every time!



It’s not always easy to care for a pet in the winter, but following the steps above will simplify the process of keeping them happy and healthy all season. Maintaining their exercise, playtimes, diet, and grooming will go a long way, but make sure you have a reliable pet sitter or dog walker you can call when necessary. Spring is coming soon, and you and your pet can cruise into the new season without missing a beat!


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Guest Author: Nick Burton is the co-creator of Our Best Doggo. He is a proud parent to three rescue dogs, together with his wife, Mary. When they lost their oldest dog, Willie, a 15-year-old lab/terrier mix, the couple decided to create a website where they can share all types of dog information to help people cope with mourning the loss of a fur baby.

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Adopting a rescue cat is, without a doubt, one of the most heartwarming ways you can bring a furry family member to your home as you’re quite literally saving a cat’s life.

While there are undoubtedly challenges that come with adopting a cat from a rescue or shelter, there are also a surprising number of benefits that come with it that you may not realize. Below, we’ll go over five of the biggest reasons to adopt a shelter cat into your home.

1. Price – No Need To Pay Too Much! 

Sometimes a cat in need of a home might wander into your life as a stray. Usually, you need to be very careful that the cat who appears looking for food at your door is, in fact, a stray and does want to be rescued. Even if you can be sure of that, taking in a stray or feral cat in a moment of wishful thinking comes with its own set of challenges, namely paying for vaccinations to make sure the cat is healthy and safe to be around and taking them to the vet for a general check-up. This alone can cost a few hundred dollars depending on who you go to and what you end up getting for them. In that situation, you are best taking your stray to a shelter, making it clear that you want to adopt but get their help in making that transition.

Cats from places like breeders or specialty cat stores can potentially become quite cost-prohibitive. Not only that, but you’ll likely end up paying for at least a few of the aforementioned medical procedures, even if it’s only some of the different vaccines.

Shelters, on the other hand, handle most of these issues right off the bat. From immunizations to chipping your cat to having them spayed or neutered, shelters have already done much of the heavy lifting. Keep in mind that that’s just for immediate medical concerns. If you’re dealing with a cat with special needs, some shelters may have different medications offered at either free or at a steep discount based on the area. They may also include things like unused beds, cat toys, blankets, and any other thing that can greatly reduce the initial cost of the cat’s upbringing, something that you’d be hard-pressed to replicate through any other pet adoption method.

2. More Unique Options

In addition to being more cost-effective, rescue shelters truly offer some of the widest variety of cats to choose from. Unlike breeders, shelters will have all types of cats available, ranging in appearance, gender, personality, or age. Rescue shelters have taken in a wider variety of cats who all need homes, and the shelter staff can also help you to choose a cat who fits your lifestyle and needs.

You may be a bit hesitant to opt for going through a shelter to pick up a cat due to potential concerns such as physical issues or behavioral problems. There are many cat lovers who choose to adopt exactly these cats with such issues, but it may not be for everyone. If you choose to adopt a special needs cat, make sure you know what you’re getting into, and most special needs cats are just as loving and lovable as fully able-bodied. Of course, only a few cats at the shelter at any one time are going to have these needs.

3. Cats Are Purr-fect For Your Mental Health

Often cats in shelters have gone through their fair share of trauma and are ready for an owner who will love them as unconditionally as possible. These cats may be more likely to sleep on your lap, cuddle next to you, and get extra pets from you.

This attention and free head pats don’t just benefit the life of the cat, but you as well. Cats have been shown to help you cope with feelings such as stress or anxiety. They also can come to your aid if you’re feeling physically under the weather. While getting any cat will provide you with many of these perks, you may be more likely to experience them from a rescue cat that knows that you need her just as much as she needs you.

As long as you’re asking the right questions at the shelter they will make sure you find a cat that will give you the affection you seek, which is great for the long-term bond and mental health of both you and your cat.

As for those cats that do have trust issues, every shelter has a group of foster owners and cat lovers that they know can handle those cats. My neighbor is one who currently has eight shelter cats, none of which show her any affection, but she loves and cares for them all the same. It works for her, and it works for them!

4. Helps Prevent Overbreeding

While getting a cat from a rescue shelter isn’t going to automatically reduce the number of breeders, it can help chip away at a large number of unwanted cats. Adopting a pet means you aren’t purchasing from a pet store or breeder and encouraging them to continue breeding cats who may not find a home.

Going through a rescue shelter isn’t going to necessarily change the mind of cat breeders outright, but it does ensure that you aren’t contributing to the problem of overbreeding. There are several reasons to purchase a specific breed of cat, and for some cat owners that is a necessity. But for so many cats who need a second chance, adoptions are their only hope.

5. You’re Saving A Life

Last but not least, when you get a cat from a rescue shelter, you’re also quite literally saving its life.

Cats at rescue shelters don’t have a backup plan. If a cat isn’t picked up from a rescue shelter, chances are the shelter will have to eventually put the cat down to make room for the influx of newer cats brought in.

While this is sadly true, it’s even more of an issue for black and orange cats, who are picked the least and are most prone to being euthanized due to age-old superstitions where black cats were seen as ill omens. Unfortunately, this means these two cat colors are the most likely to be put down, making them the ideal option for someone interested in a cat while also saving a life.

And, of course, as soon as you take a cat home from the shelter, you’ve freed up a space for another cat to come in. So you’ve saved not just the cat you took home but another as well.

Adopting a Rescue Cat: The Verdict

Cats from rescue shelters want to be loved. They want to be picked, and they want to be given the opportunity to be part of a family. Ultimately, while I can never say alternative ways of getting a cat are bad, what I can say is that the love and affection a rescue shelter cat will offer can change both your life and theirs.


Guest Author: Dexter Jones is the head of content at We Love Cats and Kittens. He has been a solid member of the ‘Mad Cat Dad’ club since time began! Dexter has been a keen cat writer for many years and lives in Croatia with his two tabby cats, Milly & Marly, who also flew in from the UK to start their new Adriatic island life together.

It’s Pet Dental Health Month again! We all know that we are supposed to brush and floss our teeth regularly to maintain oral health, but did you know that your pets also need regular dental care? Approximately 70% of cats  and 80% of dogs in the United States are affected by dental disease. Caring for your pet’s oral hygiene may not be fun, but it can help prevent health problems later.

Tools for Home Dental Care

  • Toothbrushes: Be sure to use a pet appropriate toothbrush. You can use soft bristled brushes that look much like human toothbrushes but are smaller or finger brushes with rubber bristles. Some people even use gauze wrapped around their finger, but be careful it doesn’t snag on your pet’s teeth if you do that.
  • Toothpaste: Always use pet safe toothpastes; never use human toothpaste. Human toothpaste includes foaming agents and other chemicals that can upset your pet’s stomach. Pet toothpastes come in a variety of types and flavors. You can get gels or pastes in chicken, beef, liver, mint, or peanut butter flavors to encourage your pet’s enjoyment of the process. There are even some oral sprays that are designed to help break down tartar build-up, but make sure you introduce that slowly to your pet as well because the action of the spray bottle could be startling or stressful.
  • Chews and toys: There are many types of dental chews and regular toys that can aid in caring for your pet’s teeth and gums. Products like Greenie chews or Nylabone toys are frequently recommended by experts. Playing tug with a rope toy can even help “floss” your pet’s teeth.

Check out this helpful video from the AVMA about the tools and tricks for caring for your pet’s dental health at home.


Tips for Home Dental Care

Regularly brushing your pet’s teeth is the most effective thing you can do between dental cleanings to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy, and may even prolong the period between required dental cleanings. It’s not easy to brush your pet’s teeth every day (I know from experience), but even brushing 2-3 times per week can make a huge difference.

  • Start a routine when your pet is young. We don’t always have our dogs and cats as puppies and kittens, but starting a dental care routine as soon as you become their owner is important. You can always start later as well, but will likely face more resistance from your pet.
  • Start your routine slowly. Buying a toothbrush and pet toothpaste at the local pet supply store and immediately attempting to start brushing your pet’s teeth can be frustrating for you and scary for your pet. For both dogs and cats try to start small and work your way up to a full brushing over weeks or months. Here are some helpful steps from Petco to get you started:
    • Let your pet get accustomed to the toothpaste by allowing them to lick it off of your finger
    • Let your pet check out the toothbrush/finger brush and give them plenty of treats to encourage a good association
    • Massage your pet’s teeth and gums with your finger to get them used to the feeling, both with and without the toothpaste
    • Put toothpaste on the toothbrush/finger brush and brush just one tooth or a couple of teeth
    • Slowly work your way up to more teeth and longer brushing
  • Feed your pet a healthy, well-balanced diet. We know that your pet’s overall health begins with a good diet, but did you know that many dental health issues are caused by malnutrition? Work with your veterinarian to address your pet’s nutrition and develop a healthy eating plan. Consider feeding a VOCH (Veterinary Oral Health Council) approved pet food. Some pet food brands offer specifically formulated dental care foods designed to help reduce plaque and tartar build-up.
  • Offer your pet dental treats and chews. There are many brands of dental treats and chews out there. Try to find brands that are VOHC-Approved, as those have been scientifically proven to help reduce tartar build-up. There are many types of chews for both dogs and cats that are designed to help care for teeth while indulging your pet in some quality entertainment. Be careful with chews (like bones or antlers) that are hard to bend or break easily, as those can potentially result in fractured or broken teeth. While treats and chews cannot replace regular brushing, they can be a great addition to an oral health routine, and lots of fun for your pets!

Why Dental Health Matters

Dental disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s teeth and gums; it can also affect the function of other organs and body systems. According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats and can lead to kidney, liver, and heart changes in your pet’s older years. Neglecting your pet’s teeth can cause chronic pain and may even lead to weight loss and behavioral changes.

Always be sure to schedule regular veterinary exams for your pets. Annual exams include a dental check-up, which can help you catch signs of dental disease early. Be sure to mention anything out of the ordinary, like foul smelling breath, loss of appetite, or excessive drooling, to your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will also provide regular teeth cleanings, extractions, or repairs if necessary to help maintain your pet’s oral health.

Providing regular home dental care for your pets can help prevent problems like bad breath or tooth loss as well as keep any dental disease from worsening, thus reducing the risk of chronic pain or organ damage.

Not sure how much you already know about your pet’s dental health? Take this quiz from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to find out!

In the midst of the dreary Minnesota winter, let’s have a bit of fun! We’d like to see how well you know the most famous dogs, both in history and on the silver screen. Read each clue about a pup and see if you can guess who it is. Keep scrolling to see if you were correct!


  1. I am a yellow bloodhound with a mouse for a best friend. I often have run-ins with some mischievous chipmunks. I’ve been starring in cartoons since 1930! Who am I?
  2. I am a Rough Coated Collie and probably one of the most well-known acting dogs. In my movies I was extremely dedicated to my family and occasionally helped rescue them from dire situations. I was such a star because of my intelligence and beauty. Who am I?
  3. I am a friendly Russian mixed breed who became the first living creature to orbit the earth. What is my name?
  4. I am a star of both tv and childrens’ books. Due to my excessive size and my unusual color, my friend Emily often has to help me through some silly mishaps. Who am I?
  5. For a Great Dane, I’m a bit of a scaredy cat! I travel with my cartoon friends solving mysteries, but often I’m more interested in the snacks! Who am I?
  6. I am a Siberian Husky who helped carry cases of medicine from Anchorage to Nome. We made our leg of the trip in the dead of the night through an Alaskan winter, traveling further than we were intended in order to help save those diagnosed with diptheria. Because of my bravery and athleticism, they created the Iditarod and put a statue of me in Central Park. Who am I?
  7. I am an incredibly loyal Akita. I waited for my human every day at the train station, even after he passed away. I was such a steadfast pup, that they erected a statue of me in that Tokyo train station. Who am I?
  8. I’m a lovable giant who escaped dog nappers in a popular 1990s movie and was adopted by a family who spent much of the movie trying to clean up after my antics. I was named after a composer who’s tune I howled to during one of the kid’s piano practice. Who am I?
  9. I got my big break in the movies when my owner, a young girl with bright red shoes, gets swept up in a tornado, only to land us in a strange and magical place. We met some interesting companions on our quest to get home! Who am I?
  10. I am a slobbery French Mastiff who starred alongside Tom Hanks in a movie where I was the witness to my owner’s murder. Don’t worry, we teamed up to catch the bad guys and I ended up with a new best friend! Who am I?
  11. I am a German Shepherd who was rescued from a bombed building in Germany in World War 1. I went on to star in many movies and even had my own television show! Who am I?
  12. I’m known as “the cutest dog in the world” and could be mistaken for a stuffed animal! I was one of the first social media canine stars. I have my own Facebook page with over 5 million likes. Who am I?
  13. I am a cartoon Beagle with many alter egos, such as Joe Cool, the lawyer, and the WW2 flying ace dubbed the Red Baron. My best friends are a young boy and a little yellow bird. Who am I?
  14. I am a Miniature Bull Terrier and am proud to be the mascot of a large department store. Don’t worry, the paint they use to put the logo on my face is a safe vegetable-based paint. Who am I?
  15. I’m a clever Jack Russell Terrier who loves literature. In fact, I love it so much that I star in a show where I act out the lead roles in many classic stories to teach children about them! Who am I?
  16. We are a two for one pair of cartoon pups. One of us is a pampered pooch based on the producer’s wife’s dog, while the other is a stray who helps her find her home again. Who are we?
  17. I don’t actually talk, but in my commercials I look like I am saying that I really want some delicious Mexican treats from a famous fast food chain. Do you know my real name?
  18. I was nicknamed “the original party animal” by Anheuser Busch. Being a Bull Terrier, my charisma and laid-back attitude made me the perfect mascot for some of their Super Bowl commercials. Who am I?
  19. I am an American terrier who became a hero in the Navy. I helped my human compatriots by warning them of impending bombs or the presence of gas during WW1. They even made a movie about my story! Who am I?
  20. I’m an adorable and expressive Shiba Inu who became an internet meme sensation almost overnight when my owner posted pictures of me that others dubbed over with amusing dogespeak. Who am I?


  1. Pluto
  2. Lassie
  3. Laika
  4. Clifford
  5. Scooby Doo
  6. Balto
  7. Hachiko
  8. Beethoven
  9. Toto
  10. Hooch
  11. Rin Tin Tin
  12. Boo
  13. Snoopy
  14. Bullseye
  15. Wishbone
  16. Lady and the Tramp
  17. Gidget the Taco Bell dog
  18. Spuds Mackenzie
  19. Sergeant Stubby
  20. Kabosu (Doge)

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Happy holiday season! There are so many great decorations for us pet lovers for sale, but if you have some extra time and are feeling the holiday spirit, why not try to make some of your own? Check out these 5 ideas for DIY holiday decorations.

1. Salt Dough Paw Print


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A glass or circular cookie cutter
  • A knife
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet
  • Wax paper
  • Ribbon


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, salt, and water in a bowl and knead with your hands until the dough is smooth.
  3. Lay the dough out on a floured surface (so it doesn’t stick to the surface) and use the rolling pin to roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Use the glass or the cookie cutter to cut circles into your dough (you’ll probably get about 4-5 depending on the size you make them). You can also use shaped cookie cutters like hearts or dog bones for a more unique design!
  5. Place the shapes on a baking sheet lined with wax paper (if they’re already on the baking sheet they won’t tear when you try to move them).
  6. Press your pet’s paw firmly but gently into the shaped dough. Press down on each part of their paw to get the best design.
  7. Poke a small hole with the knife in the top of the ornament for the ribbon to go through.
  8. Bake for 2 hours.
  9. Once they have cooled, you can paint them or write your pet’s name and date on them (with Sharpie) if you’d like. When you’ve finished decorating them, tie the ribbon around the top and they’re ready to hang!

Check out this video for a step by step tutorial:


For a faster option, you can also use air-dry clay (from your local craft store). Just mold the clay into a disc shape, press your pet’s paw firmly but gently into the disc, and then let it dry. Be sure to poke a hole through the top for the string before it dries.


2. Dog Bone Christmas Wreath


  • Wire wreath support or a handmade equivalent (sturdy cardboard cut out in a ring would work well)
  • Dog bone shaped treats
  • Ribbon in 2 colors
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive tape


  1. You’ll likely want to wrap the wreath form (or cardboard ring) completely in ribbon first. This gives it a more finished look from all sides.
  2. To do so, secure one end of the ribbon of the first color to the wreath form with tape. (You can also use hot glue or stitch it on if you’d prefer)
  3. Loop the ribbon several times for security, then using an overlapping diagonal pattern, wrap the ribbon entirely around the form until the wreath is completely covered. Loop around the starting/ending point several times again for added security.
  4. Leave some extra ribbon at the end to use as a loop for hanging or a decorative bow if you’d like.
  5. Using the ribbon of the second color, tape and loop one end of the ribbon just to the side of the that top point (starting/ending point of the first ribbon) to secure it.
  6. Work your way around half of the wreath in a diagonal pattern, wrapping a bone treat in front of each loop. Make sure there’s enough tension on the bone loop to keep the bones secured.
  7. Once you’ve gone halfway, loop the ribbon several times and secure with tape. (This is the bottom of your wreath)
  8. Repeat the bone loops from the top again on the other side, going in the opposite direction. Secure the ribbon at the bottom again.
  9. Add any additional bows or decorations you’d like and then hang your wreath!

Make sure you hang your wreath somewhere out of reach of your pup until you’re ready to share the goodies! When you’re ready, the wreath easily comes apart to share those tasty treats with your pup.


3. Pet Photo Ornament


  • Wood slices or coasters – leftover from cutting down your Christmas tree or from the local craft store (make sure they are unfinished)
  • Printed photo of your pet or you and your pet
  • Mod Podge and brush (any foam brush or paint brush will work)
  • A drill
  • Ribbon


  1. Trace the wood slice on the back of your photo and cut along the traced lines. Line up the photo on the wood slice and trim any excess.
  2. Dab a small amount of Mod Podge on the center of the wood slice and press the photo down to stick it to the wood. Allow to dry for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Brush a layer of Mod Podge over the entire front side of the ornament and the photo. Allow to dry completely.
  4. Drill a hole at the top of the ornament and thread your ribbon through, tying a knot at the top.


4. Doggy or Kitty Advent Calendar (for Christmas or Hanukkah)


  • Cork board (typically a 14×14 inch board works well)
  • Thumb tacks
  • 24 miniature stockings or little festive baggies
  • White or black puff paint
  • Ribbon
  • Doggie or kitty treats (you can purchase these or bake your own!)


  1. Optional: Line the edges of your cork board with ribbon or painted decorations for added pizzazz.
  2. Using the puff paint (of whatever color or colors you prefer), number the stockings/baggies with 1 through 24.
  3. Fill each stocking/baggie with your pet’s preferred treat.
  4. Line up the stockings/baggies in rows (likely it will be 6 in each row with 4 rows).
  5. Using the thumb tacks, tack each baggie onto the cork board.

Add your own pet themed decorations to the cork board to make a personalized and unique advent calendar. This DIYer handcrafted little burlap bags with felt stockings and added a her own cute wooden puppy to the advent calendar to make it extra adorable!

You can adjust the advent calendar from 24 slots to 8 slots to celebrate Hanukkah with your pet instead. There are plenty of Hanukkah themed pet gifts out there, from catnip dreidels to menorah bandanas. Or you can make your own kosher pet treats to gift to your pets.


5. Paw Print Christmas Tree Painting


  • Crayola washable paint (non-toxic and easy to clean up)
  • Paper/cardstock – the size will depend on the size of your pet’s feet but for cats or small dogs a 5×7 sheet should work, for larger dogs you may need an 8×10 sheet
  • Paint brush
  • Picture frame (optional)
  • Newspaper or old bed sheet (for placing under your crafting area, in case your pet walks around with paint on their toebeans)
  • Wet washcloth (for wiping off your pet’s paw when you’re finished)


  1. Put down the sheet or newspaper to protect your floors from paint splatters.
  2. Paint your pet’s paw with the green washable paint and place 3 paw prints along the bottom of the paper, then put 2 more above that, and one at the top to make a triangle of paw prints. (You may need to add more paint to your pet’s paw in between some of the prints.)
  3. Carefully wipe off your pet’s paw before they track paint out of the craft area.
  4. Once the green prints have dried, use the other colored paints to add a trunk, a star, ornaments, a garland, or whatever else you’d like to decorate your “paw tree.”
  5. Frame the painting and place or hang it to be admired!

woman sitting outdoors under a tree holding a treat for a labrador

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The holidays are almost here. If you’re planning a trip in the near future, you’ll need to make accommodations for your pet. A pet sitter can not only take care of your pet’s needs while you’re away but also provide some comfort and companionship. Read on to learn how to prepare for a pet sitter.

Reduce Your Pet’s Stress

While you might be tempted to take your pet to a boarding kennel while you’re on vacation, this may not always be the best idea. It can cause significant stress for your pet because of the new environment, unfamiliar confinement, and strange animals. Some dogs and cats do well in a boarding facility, but for pets who are anxious, very young or old, or have special needs, staying in their familiar environment may be best. In that case, you can hire a pet sitter to come by each day. Your pet may still be somewhat stressed, but the pet sitter will provide regular meals, companionship, and plenty of attention. This can reduce stress and allow you to return home to a happier, healthy pet.

Find the Right Pet Sitter

Of course, you’ll want to find the right pet sitter in the Twin Cities. To hire someone, research online for pet sitters in your area. Be sure to read the reviews and testimonials as well as check to make sure they provide the type of care you will need. Whiskers to Tails Petsitting offers premier pet sitting services to ensure you have peace of mind while we care for your beloved pet.

Set Up for a Pet Sitter

In the days before you leave, set up for your pet sitter so that everything is in place for your pet’s best care. Have a supply of food on hand, make sure you have enough litter/poop bags, and write out feeding and other care instructions. Your pet’s favorite toys, grooming tools, leashes, litter box supplies, and other care items should be easily accessible. You may even want to consider leaving a piece of clothing or a blanket that smells like you out for your pet to help keep them relaxed.

Send your care instructions to the pet sitter (you can also leave a paper copy in your home for further reference). Whiskers to Tails uses a fantastic software that allows you to input all care information right into your secure client portal for easy access.

If you need to purchase some new products, be sure to read reviews from pet experts before you buy. This way you can be confident that your pet is getting the best.

Communicate with Your Pet Sitter

Before you leave, let your pet sitter know how to communicate with you in case of an emergency. With Whiskers to Tails, our software makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your pet sitter. You can communicate directly through the app and you’ll receive service reports with notes and photos after each visit to let you know how your pet is doing.

Be sure leave a list of emergency contacts with your instructions. You can input one emergency contact into your client portal, but having other people available to help in a crisis, such as your regular plumber or furnace company could be useful. Your pet sitter should know the name and number of your pet’s veterinarian and of a friend or relative who can step in to help. Make sure that your emergency contact is someone who will be in town while you are traveling.

Preparation Creates the Best Possible Experience

You can give your pet the best possible experience during your vacation by reducing stress, finding the right pet sitter, setting up thoroughly, and communicating well. You’ll come home to a happy pet. Be sure to contact Whiskers to Tails Petsitting for reliable and compassionate care for your pet!


Guest Author: Linda Robinson is a working mom who dabbles in photography and French cooking in her spare time. She created her website,, to connect with other parents who work to bring out the best in their kids by encouraging them to chase their dreams and forgiving themselves when they fall short.


fluffy gray and white cat sitting on a blue blanket

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As a loving pet owner, you want nothing more than for your four-legged pal to live a long and happy life. Unfortunately, as your animal companion gets older, they will be at a greater risk for a host of health problems, from cognitive disorders to decreased energy.

To ensure their health and happiness in their later years, Whiskers to Tails Petsitting explains how to take care of your aging pet.


Ensure your home is senior pet-friendly


There are some small changes you can make to your home to make it easier for a senior pet to get around. For example, if your cat likes to jump onto a certain spot, give them a step stool to make the big jump smaller. Also, provide grippy rugs on slick surfaces like tile floors to prevent slips and remove obstacles that could cause trips.

If you have a cat or dog that likes to sleep in your bed, think about purchasing a high-quality pet ramp to make getting into and out of the bed easier for them. When exploring your options be sure the ramp can meet your bed’s height and support your pet’s weight. Reading reviews from veterinarians can give you a good idea of what will work.


Consider paying for professional grooming services


Older animals may have problems grooming themselves. Professional groomers can help keep their fur clean and healthy. A skilled groomer can also identify potential health problems in older animals, such as skin irritation, alterations in their coats, or behavioral issues.


Prioritize healthy food that’s appropriate for your aging pet


Nutritious food will help cats and dogs maintain their vibrancy as they get older. Look for local pet food and supply stores to get top-quality products tailored to your four-legged friend’s needs. Age-appropriate chow can help minimize the risk of certain illnesses, such as diabetes, and ensure that your animal maintains a healthy weight.


Be prepared to clean up after “accidents”


Older pets may experience toileting issues, making them prone to accidents. Don’t get angry if this happens and understand that it’s a part of the aging process. Invest in quality cleaning products that use special enzymes and get the number of a good local furniture cleaner.


Reduce stressful situations


While it’s common for younger pets to feel the effects of stress, they can more easily brush it off. Older pets, however, react to stress differently, and it can even cause them to behave inappropriately. If you have small children running around your home, carve out a special spot where your pet can enjoy peace and quiet. If you tend to have late nights and leave your pet alone for long hours, talk to your supervisor about adjusting your schedule or even working from home. You can also look at Whiskers to Tails Petsitting, which offers pet sitting and walking services for when you cannot be home.


Invest in accessories and toys to make life more comfortable


Older animals may need encouragement to get the exercise they need. Buy toys and treats to tempt them to get moving. A machine-washable pet bed is another great accessory, giving them a comfy spot to rest when playtime is done. For older pets, consider a waterproof bed that’s easy to clean and won’t get ruined by wet fur, drool, or accidents.


Make sure to maintain regular vet visits


Regular veterinary care is imperative as your animal gets older and more prone to pet problems. Find a licensed pro in your area using the American Veterinary Medical Association’s database. Usually, once per year is enough for vet checkups. However, if your cat or dog has health problems, they may need to go in more often. Ask your vet how often you should bring your pet in to be sure.


Prepare your family for the grieving process


Unfortunately, having an older pet means that your family can anticipate a loss in the coming years. Preparing yourself emotionally can be helpful. The Ralph Site for Pet Loss Support recommends taking lots of photos and videos during this time, for example. You can also make commemorative items. For example, there are companies that will take your pet’s paw print and make it into a commemorative art piece.

If you have lots of video clips of your pet, you can quickly combine videos using free tools online. This is a great way to preserve your treasured memories in one video file. Just upload your clips and edit them together to make a great pet video. Once complete, you can download it to cherish.


Watching your pet get older can be tough, especially as their health starts to fail. Taking the steps above will help them maintain a good quality of life.


Nick Burton is the co-creator of Our Best Doggo. Together with his wife, they are proud parents of three rescue dogs. After the passing of their 15-year-old lab/terrier mix dog, Willie, they decided to create this website to share all types of dog information and help people that are mourning the loss of a dog.

Dogs who do not receive enough exercise are more likely to act inappropriately. Bad habits include leaping on humans, biting things that aren’t meant to be chewed, digging holes, clawing, and barking or whining too much.

There are a few things you can do to make sure that your dog is exercised enough on a daily basis so that he or she is too worn out to act inappropriately. When you don’t feel up to taking your dog on regular walks, here are four alternatives you may try to assist your dog in burning off extra energy. 


Play games with your dogs

There are many different games you can play with your dog at home. One of our favorites is scent work. You can assist your dog to hone in on their inherent abilities by playing nose work games with them, and it’s also a simple method to keep them engaged. 


Nose work: In order to begin the game, you will need to ensure that your dog remains in the specified place. While he is watching you, walk to the other end of the room and put some food or his favorite toy there for him to find.  Before your dog starts looking for a hidden snack, you will create an association between certain words or phrases and behaviors that remind the dog of the food or a treat. Tell your dog to “find it” or “search” when you are ready to free him from his confinement. Be sure to praise your dog after each successful search round to reinforce the “search!” in his mind.  After a few demonstrations, he will be aware of what is expected of him.


You may go on to more difficult exercises after it seems that your dog understands the “find it” command. While your dog is in the remaining posture, move the reward or toy out of his line of sight so that you may retrieve it later.


During this particular search activity, the goal is to progressively expand to new places and distances as you go. When you are just getting started, it is best to confine the game to one or two rooms. If you are certain that your dog understands the “find it” command, it is time to go on to the next level, which consists of hiding objects about the home.


The following are some of the advantages of training your dog nose work:


  • Dogs like doing nose work since it’s both entertaining and rewarding.
  • Enjoyable activity that will provide your dog with increased brain stimulation
  • Building your dog’s confidence via nose work
  • Provides your dog with more opportunities for physical stimulation
  • It provides your dog with healthy activities to engage in.
  • Simple activities that can help you form a stronger relationship with your dog


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Many dogs love to be in the company of other dogs and play with them (as long as they get along). They chase each other, jump, wrestle, and, in general, exhaust each other. Organize regular meetings with other owners or set up a regular date at the park to expand your dog’s circle of friends (and yours too). Just make sure that you follow the safety and etiquette rules for  your dog park.


Have your dog play in the grass

If you have a garden or park near your home, replace the dog walk with a play session. Most dogs love to play fetch, so why not start to fetch training? A ball launcher can make the game more fun for your dog and less tiring for you, as it allows you to shoot the ball much farther with almost no effort, much to the delight of your dog (and your arms).


Agility Dog Equipment is another way to get your dog to exercise and mentally stimulate him. You can build a path using objects you find at home, in the garage, or in DIY stores: an old hula hoop can become a ring to jump into, plastic pipes can be assembled to become obstacles, while pallets can be transformed into ramps or platforms. You can also purchase tunnels, plastic cones, or other gear at pet stores to complete your route. Many dogs, like the White husky, will definitely enjoy playing on the grass. 


Teach new commands

What commands does your dog know? 

“Sit” is one of the most fundamental commands to teach your dog, teaching them to sit is a terrific starting point. Dogs who aren’t taught the “Sit” command are going to be much more difficult to handle and will have a more restless demeanor than dogs that do know this easy order. In addition, teaching your dog the “Sit” command will prepare them for more difficult commands such as “Stay” and “Come.”  


The word “come” is another vital command for you to teach your dog and should be practiced often. This order is especially useful for those occasions if you find yourself unable to maintain your grasp on the leash. It can be taught easily and will be of great use in preventing mischief with your dog.


“Stay” is a command that is very helpful in preventing your dog from putting himself in harm’s way. With the command “stay” you can train your dog to ignore one object in exchange for a higher reward which is essential.


In conclusion

Walking your dog is great exercise and bonding for both of you, but it can be monotonous and occasionally it is good to get out of the usual routine. Sometimes , you might not be free to go for a walk or you need an alternative to get your dog exercise without going for a walk, I hope you find the tips in this article helpful.

Guest Author: Pet expert Emma has spent 12 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet industry. Her expertise includes dog and cat health, care, nutrition, feeding, grooming, behavior, and training.


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In America, 67 percent of people keep a pet. This isn’t surprising because being a fur parent comes with many advantages: companionship, stress reduction, and even improved health benefits.


But as a responsible pet owner, you must also invest a lot of time and money into looking after your furry friends. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, pet owners spend more than $1000 on their pets annually. But how can we make the best decisions for our pets without breaking the bank? Here are some suggestions for saving money on your pet’s care.


Adopting Instead Of Buying

Buying an animal from a pet store or breeder is almost always more expensive than adopting one. According to Bechewy, purchasing a pet may easily cost you anywhere from $500 to $1000 or more, while adopting a pet can set you back just $50 to $350. The price variation for adoption is due to the organization’s different policies. For some organizations, vaccinations, spay/neuter, and occasionally a microchip are often included in the adoption fee. So, research carefully and partner with organizations you trust. The best part of adoption is that you’re not only saving money, but also saving a beloved pet’s life.


Buying Just Enough Pet Food

It should be no surprise that purchasing pet food in bulk will save you several bucks. Buying a larger bag saves you money per pound, especially when you buy from online vendors. However, these savings are useless if the food spoils! Think seriously about how much your pet consumes weekly or monthly before getting pulled into the temptation of bulk discounts. Also consider that a husky’s appetite differs significantly from that of a pug. Tracking your pet’s daily consumption and comparing it to the expiration date on the food is a simple yet effective budgeting hack. Ultimately, you’ll get the biggest savings without wasting food and money.


Grooming At Home

Bathing and grooming your pet may be daunting, especially when it comes to nail clipping, cleaning their ears, and brushing their teeth. For example, you don’t want to trim their nails too short or accidentally snip your cat’s whiskers. It is, nevertheless, possible with the right tools, products, and training. Enroll in a low-cost grooming class, consult with your veterinarian and groomer, research your particular breed of animal required, and practice. That way, you’re learning a new, valuable skill and spending more time with your pet.


DIY-ing Toys And Treats

You don’t have to buy items for your pet all the time. Instead, save some money by making toys with items you already have. Do you have a sock that’s missing its match? Fill a sock with packing paper to make a sock toy for your cat. What about that shipping pallet that you never threw out? Make a customized doggie bed out of it. Many DIY home improvement projects for your pets can help you save money, too. Plus, you can make a tasty dog-friendly trail mix treat for your pup with leftovers in the fridge. 


Taking Care Of Your Pet’s Health

You may think skipping your yearly vet check or a month’s flea treatment will save you money, but it will most certainly cost you more in the long run. Investing in your dog or cat’s health and well-being is certainly more cost-effective. This means sticking to a regular exercise routine, feeding your pet nutritious food, and keeping up with immunizations and yearly health checks. Taking your pet’s health seriously will help you avoid potentially astronomical expenses in the future. 


Couponing And More

Do you use coupons when you go shopping for your pet? Knowing how and when to use discount coupons is a great money-saving tip. To get coupons for your pet, just go to your favorite pet food brand’s website and sign up for their mailing list or “like” their social media page. You’re likely to receive discount coupons for your first order or your pet’s birthday. Present them to the cashier or use them in your online checkout when you make a purchase. Additionally, search for coupons affixed to your pet’s food bags. You can also purchase in bulk at your local discount store for maximum savings, compare prices online before shopping, or join a low-cost subscription program.


Final thoughts

Having a pet should be both enjoyable and stress-free. But it doesn’t mean always choosing the cheapest product and services out there. Aim to strike a balance between quality and affordability. Finding that balance will pave the way for you to become more financially stable.


Balancing quality and budgeting applies to adopting pets, buying pet food, grooming, toys and treats, and pet health care. Use this principle even when you’re going out of town by choosing an expert pet sitter. Contact Whiskers to Tails Pet Sitting for reliable pet sitting and save 10% on your first transaction.


Guest Author: Sophia Young recently quit a non-writing job to finally be able to tell stories and paint the world through her words. She loves talking about fashion and weddings and travel, but she can also easily whip up a thousand-word article about the latest marketing and business trends, finance-related topics, or even a nice heart-warming article about family life. She can go from fashion guru to your friendly neighborhood cat lady with mean budgeting skills and home tips real quick.

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Yoga is one of the most popular meditation practices around the world. It’s a spiritual discipline that aims to bring harmony between the body and mind, and it comes with benefits that cover not just physical but mental wellbeing. People of all ages and fitness levels can practice yoga. Even if you’re unsure where to begin, there’s no need to worry since there are several yoga influencers online to help you get on track.

But have you ever thought of doing yoga with your furry best friend? Exercise is said to increase serotonin, but imagine how much better your mood would be if you’re doing it with your adorable pupper. This blog will tell you how to get into this fun but relaxing activity for you and your pet dog.

What is Doga?

Doga (cleverly combining “dog” and “yoga”) started in the US in 2001, created by actress Suzi Teitelman. The name is self-explanatory – a form of yoga specifically designed for dogs and their owners to spend quality time through exercise. You might have noticed that yoga poses involve quite a lot of stretching, most of which, resemble the stretching movements of animals. 


You can try doga with any type of dog, and while there are wellness centers offering these trendy classes, you also have the option of doing this at home.

What are the benefits of Doga?

There’s an array of health benefits from doing yoga alone. But doing it with your pet can do a ton of good for your furry companion too. 


For you:


According to the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Health Encyclopedia, yoga can help improve various health conditions like poor blood circulation, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, lower back pain, and even help reduce tension, stress, or depression.


Apart from that, yoga can also:

  • Regulate your heart health.
  • Improve balance, coordination, and posture.
  • Enhance flexibility and range of motion.
  • Increase stamina and strength.
  • And believe it or not, some specific yoga routines can improve skin health, giving you firm and radiant-looking skin.


And ladies, you can certainly do yoga even when on your period. Yoga exercises can help alleviate menstrual cramps, and also help clear your mind when experiencing period brain fog. Just make sure you’re always ready with your workout essentials such as period underwear, extra towels, a change of clothes, water bottles, etc. 


Remember, you should stay attuned to your body, and it’s at your discretion to stop if an exercise doesn’t feel right for you.


For your pet:


Dogs are naturally intelligent animals. Often, they sense their human’s stress and anxiety. Which, in turn, can affect their behavior and cause them to be distressed. Doga allows them to develop control over their impulse, ease their anxiousness, and even help manage hyperactivity.


In addition:

  • Doga is a great exercise if your dog is overweight.
  • Doga teaches your pup to trust you more.
  • Gentle stretching poses in doga can be good therapy for dogs recovering from injuries.
  • Like other physical activities, doga improves your dog’s blood circulation. 
  • Your pupper can meet and socialize with other dogs.

How to Start Doing Doga

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re interested in doing yoga with your dog:

Choose a yoga routine appropriate for your dog’s age, size, and fitness level.

For instance, a young, small dog may not be able to handle a more advanced routine, while an older, larger dog may need a more gentle approach. Ultimately, the best routine for your dog is one that is safe and comfortable for them, so be sure to consult with your veterinarian or a certified yoga instructor before getting started.

Don’t forget to warm up before starting your yoga session, and be sure to cool down and stretch afterward.

Warming up helps increase your heart rate and prepare your muscles for the workout. On the other hand, cooling down helps reduce your heart rate and prevents your muscles from becoming stiff. Stretching helps to lengthen your muscles and improve your flexibility.

Have patience, especially if your dog is new to it. 

Much like pet training, doga can take time and dedication. It’s completely normal for dogs to not be used to the poses and flows immediately. Never force them, and let them adjust to it at their own pace. 

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the bonding experience with your furry best friend! Go and make the most out of it!


Which basic Doga poses can you try?

When doing yoga with your dog, it’s a good idea to start with basic poses before moving on to more advanced ones. Here are a few examples:

The Downward Facing Dog 

This posture resembles a dog stretching on its hind legs extending upward, with the head and forelegs facing downward. It starts in a full push-up position before placing your hands on the ground for support, delicately shifting your weight forward until you form an inverted V with the top of your head to your legs. Most dogs tend to observe what their owners are doing first before eventually mimicking the poses. 

The Chair Pose

Have your dog sit on their hind legs while you support their torso from behind. Then, slowly raise their front paws in the air and breathe deeply. Easy-peasy, right?

The Heart-to-Hound Mudra

First, sit with your dog’s back facing you. Place your right hand on your dog’s heart, and your left hand on your heart. Close your eyes and begin breathing slowly and deeply. This exercise helps soothe you and your dog and is said to expel negative energy. 


Doing yoga improves your and your dear pupper’s overall wellness, and makes them feel more connected to you. If you haven’t tried it, then what are you waiting for? Contact the nearest yoga centers near you to find out more about doga sessions!

Contributing Author: Sophia Young recently quit a non-writing job to finally be able to tell stories and paint the world through her words. She loves talking about fashion and weddings and travel, but she can totally go from fashion guru to your friendly neighborhood cat lady with mean budgeting skills and home tips real quick.