Does Your Pet Have Fresh Water—Every Day?

by Diane Burket

So….you’ve got a glass of water on the table that you were drinking last night. Two days go by.  Will you still drink that glass of water?  Probably not.
Why do you think it’s OK to leave water out for days for your pets?  Guess what?  It’s not OK.
At the least, I clean and refill all the pet bowls every  day….and I tell my petsitters to do the same.

Stainless steel bowls are best for pets.

Keep your pets healthy with fresh water.

Do Your Pets Freak Out With Loud Noises and Fireworks? Or Perhaps You Have PTSD?

My dog shakes and cries when she hears fireworks or gunshots.

I’ve tried medication, herbs, Thundershirts, holding her, ignoring her, playing loud music, exercise—you name it.  Nothing has worked…….until now!

I stumbled upon a cure for her stress—Brainwave Audio Recording Music. That’s right.  I brought the dog into my office and turned on this music.  After listening to it for only a few minutes, my dog relaxed and fell asleep!

Here’s what they say about this amazing recording:
Enjoy a calming and cathartic boost – with 
Healing Relaxation, the profound brainwave audio recording from Brain Hacker! Healing Relaxation uses special audio sounds to influence your brainwave patterns, helping you to switch off and let your body heal itself during a forty minute session.This audio employs brainwave entrainment technology to sync your brainwaves up to particular frequencies. 

How to use: Just hit play and listen, anytime, anywhere, to begin to enjoy its intense healing properties.
It’s completely safe, non-invasive, and non-addictive. It won’t damage any of your brain cells either.

Now…I know it doesn’t say anything about calming and relaxing dogs—but it worked on my dog!  

Amazon has a free trial, so check it out.
Here’s the link:    Healing Relaxation Session: Relax and Repair, with Brainwave Audio

Please let me know what you think, OK?


Traveling With Your Pets – Do’s & Don’ts

by Diane Burket

Follow this advice and you’ll have a great trip with your fuzzy one!

* Get your dog accustomed to riding in a vehicle by taking short drives first.  I’ve had every type of dog riders – pukers, stressers, sleepers & happy dogs.  Some dogs will never be happy when riding in a vehicle—so be prepared for whatever comes up—disposable wipes, rags, towels, etc.

*Always secure your pet in a crate or carrier, or with a harness or travel seat while driving.  A free roaming dog or cat can easily get hurt or killed if you have to stop suddenly.  Cats are known to crawl under the gas or brake pedal—so be sure to keep them secure.  Pets have fallen out of windows to their death.  Very unfortunate and very avoidable.  I use a harness.  It has saved my dog from going through the windshield on more than one occasion.  She loves to go places with me and knows we don’t go anywhere without a safety harness.

*Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside or how short of a time period you’ll be gone, leaving your pet alone in the car is incredibly dangerous. Even with the windows open, cars can easily become furnaces in hot weather, and in cold weather, they quickly become frigid.  If you absolutely, positively have to leave your pup or other pet in the car for just a few minutes—just carry a spare key and leave the vehicle running with the heat or a/c on.

Dog, Window, Truck, Semi, Pet, Animal

*Don’t feed your pet a huge meal before going on a trip. Same goes for giving your pet a lot to drink. We all know how easy it is to get a little car sick—avoid the possibility of making your pet miserable on a long car ride by only feeding light meals. If you can, try to not feed your pet in the three to four hours prior to setting off.

Bamboo Silicone Pop-Up Travel Bowl, Colors Vary

*Keep a pet kit in the car. Fill a small box with some things you might need while out with your pet: extra water, food bowl, treats, a towel, waste bags, first aid essentials, toys, pet bed and cleaning wipes (if you’ve ever had a pet get sick in your car, you know that the more cleaning aids you have on hand the better!). Keep the kit in the trunk of your car so you know that you’re always covered in an emergency.

Solvit HomeAway Pet Travel Organizer Kit

*Bring a copy of your Pet’s Medical Information.  Whenever folks bring their dogs to me for boarding, I insist they bring their Medical Records.  If anything should happen to their dog, I’ll have all the information I need to give to an Emergency Vet.

Medical, Record, Health, Patient, Form

For more helpful hints, check out this article.  Click here

11 Ways You’re Shortening Your Dog’s Life

I found this article today and I actually agree with the whole article!
Please give it a read.
It’s on the PetMD website and it’s filled with great information.
See if you’re guilty of some or all of these “dog sins”.
I’m pleased to say…I’ve passed the test with flying colors!

Ticks – Yikes! Gross! What to do….

by Diane Burket

I don't use chemicals on my pets.  Period.  Frontline, Advantix or other topicals—They are neurotoxins and can kill your pets.  Flea and tick collars = deadly neurotoxins.  Shampoos and sprays—NO!  I love my pets and will not knowingly put them in harm's way.

So….what's a loving pet owner to do??

Shampoo your pets with Dr. Bronner's Eucalyptus Oil Soap.  Great for your pets and great for your own body, too.   Smells great and fleas and ticks hate it.

See a tick??  Immediately remove it very easily with a Tick Key—A low-tech, inexpensive tool to always have on hand.
I keep one on the leash, on my keychain and give many as gifts.  
Be sure to use the alcohol swabs to clean the bite area.   
Ticks can cause Lyme Disease and in some cases, will kill your pet.

If you notice your pet has any of these symptoms after removing a tick—get him/her to the vet immediately!  Take the dead tick with you to the doctor for testing.

  • ​Loss of appetite
  • Joint pain
  • Lethargy
  • Fever

Treat the area around your home with Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. It is totally organic and safe—and inexpensive! The reason it's "Food Grade" is that some farmers add Diatomaceous Earth to the animals' feed to kill parasites.   So the Food Grade is safe for your pets and your kids!
Purchase an inexpensive flea comb.

If you see your pet itch….grab your flea comb and use right away and see if there's a flea or tick there.
The flea comb is able to remove fleas easily.  Just be sure to kill them immediately 'cuz those little guys can jump very far.   Maybe even on YOU!
My pets love to be combed with a flea comb.  😉

Feel free to leave any comments, below.  I'd love to hear from you!


Going On A Road Trip With Your Pet? Be Prepared!

by Diane Burket

Check out the app.
Lots of pet-friendly lodging information, airline regulations, outdoor restaurants, dog attractions, boarding, discounts and so much more!

Here’s a great article on’s blog with tons of info about pet travel.

I occasionally board dogs with this organization and they are a terrific group of people that really love and care about dogs.
Remember to always secure your pet with a harness or be or in a crate when traveling. Just as you always wear a seatbelt for safety—your pets should be safe, too.  So many pets are injured or killed when allowed to roam freely in a vehicle.
Please plan in advance to have a great trip with your dog(s).

If You See a Pet Left Out In The Cold—DO SOMETHING!

by Diane Burket

Winter Weather Pet Safety: Don’t Leave Dogs Outside

in the Cold!

Is it bitterly cold outside where you live? There are many parts of the United States with temperatures that dip below freezing during the winter months, which can contribute to both human and pet bodily harm. Naturally, you would keep yourself safe from the cold temps, so make sure to do the same for your pets and animals.

  • First and foremost, DO NOT leave your dog outside in freezing cold temperatures. Dogs have been rescued or found dead in yards tied to trees or other stationary objects in icy and snowy elements. One of the most devastating things to come upon is a dog, or another animal, that has been tethered in the backyard during a winter freeze and to learn that the dog has actually frozen to the ground only to die from exposure. Being tied up and helpless to save yourself would be terrifying. Just think how our trusting pets feel when they are left in this state and unable to seek shelter, all while quickly succumbing to freezing temperatures.


  • Monitor your dog’s time spent outside. This may seem logical, but it’s not an automatic thing that all pet parents do. Play time in cold weather may be limited to inside only, or let dogs romp through the snow if the weather is doable — use your best judgment! If it’s really cold outside, limit the number of times your dog goes out for relieve themselves. Have a potty training puppy? Put a doggie sweater on him, then take him out on a leash for only a few times throughout the day, and then be sure to have an indoor potty training area set up in the garage or bathroom where it is warm.

Tamara Thayne is the Founder of the organization, "Dogs Deserve Better".  She's got a blog that outlines what you should do if you see a dog (or pet) that is left outside 24/7 in the cold. Every year, hundred of pets freeze to death outside.  Many communities have laws against leaving pets outside.   Please read Tamara's post for great advice as to what you can do for freezing pets.

Thanks for reading and sharing Tamara's post!


Tamara's Dog, Sloan.
He lived on a chain 24/7 before Tamara rescued him.

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Beware of These Dangerous Items!

by Diane Burket

Occasionally, I board dogs through  This is a great service where folks can board their dog(s) in a private home—not a kennel.

It’s extremely important that I’m careful to keep dogs healthy and happy while they visit me. DogVacay has created this list of 16 dangerous items to keep away from dogs. Even if your dog has ingested these items in the past and didn’t get sick, it’s best to keep them away from these items in the future.  Please share with your dog-friendly friends.

Cruelty to Animals – 11 Signs & What To Do

by Diane Burket

I found this great post about Animal Cruelty and though I’d share it with you.  It’s critical that you shed light on this horrific crime.  Please—make calls, intervene, send letters….DO SOMETHING!
Be the voice for the abused.

“This message brought to you by Pets for Patriots, a 501(c)(3) charity connecting last-chance shelter pets with service and veteran members of the United States military.”
To learn more about us, visit

Learn the 11 signs of animal cruelty
& how you can help animals in need

Signs include severe fur matting, filthy coat, open soars or obvious wounds. May be flea/tick infested. Underweight with visible bones. May be limping or unable to walk normally, or have congested eyes or ears. In obvious physical distress, in need of veterinary care.

The animal has no obvious sources of food/water. It may be aggressive due to starvation/thirst, and perhaps lethargic as well.

Animal is contained in an area fully exposed to inclement weather or constant sun, or is in an unattended vehicle during warm or hot weather. In less than 10 minutes a vehicle’s internal temperature can cause heat stroke, permanent nerve/organ damage or death in dogs.

Feces/debris covers the animal’s living area.

Animal is left in a house or yard that appears empty. Be extra vigilant if a neighbor has moved or stopped visiting a residence where you know animals live. A dog howling or barking for several hours is sending a signal it needs immediate, life-saving care.

It has little room to move, and/or is unable to stand or turn.

This includes regular collars as well; a chained animal is an abused animal.

You may see training implements, such as treadmills or spring poles. More likely you’ll notice obvious signs of trauma, such as scars, open wounds, infections, even missing body parts, such as ears, eyes, partial tails.

Animal may be very aggressive or severely shy, e.g., cowering, hiding, fear-biting, even with or especially with its owner.

This can be a sign of animal hoarding; note the condition of the animals on the property.

Person is witnessed striking, kicking or otherwise physically abusing the animal.



1. BE PREPARED: Program the number for your local animal control, or animals shelter’s cruelty reporting line into your phone.

2. SPEAK UP/CALL 911: If you witness or suspect overt violence against an animal, say something! Call your local animal control (step#1) or 911 immediately. Violence against animals is often a predictor of violence against people.

3. DOCUMENT: Describe as many details of the situation to responding police or animal control, including date, time, location, number/type of animals involved, names of other witnesses. Take pictures/video with your mobile phone and remain on scene til law enforcement arrives only if you can do so safely.

4. PREPARE TO TESTIFY: A human witness is crucial for a strong, prosecutable case, which will be stronger if you don’t remain anonymous.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing
Edmund Burke