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Woof Wednesday: Free Book & What About Pet Vacations?

pup with ball

Leave a special toy or something that smells like you when he's left behind!

Cats and dogs deal with our absences in different ways. Of course they’re very different creatures with different languages, and want different things out of life. In fact, I wrote a book about this–and ComPETability has just gone FREE for 5 days only on Kindle. I hope you’ll share the link with other folks who love both cats and dogs.

I know we’ve just come off of the holidays. Many of y’all got a new puppy for Christmas, though, and aren’t thinking about the next vacation. What will you do with the new little one? It’s always best to plan ahead.

Vacations rate right up there with winning the lottery. Okay, maybe not quite that high, but “time off” from the daily rush makes me feel like a seven year old at Christmas. For pets, though, an owner’s vacation can be anything but fun.

You have several choices: stay home with Sheba and Rex; take the fur-kids along for the ride; find a pet motel willing to board your critter cotillion; or, engage the services of a pet sitter.  Each option has benefits and drawbacks, and the best choice depends mostly on your individual pets—and your holiday destination.

Boarding offers good options particularly for well-adjusted canines. You’ll find a number of facilities in our area listed in the yellow pages. A pet sitter comes to your house at predetermined times.

De-Tails Needed

Provide details about the dog’s routine and individual foibles. For instance, Rex may NEED to have a Frisbee session every day at 4 pm, while Sheba MUST have her Kitty Kaviar treat before she’ll eat. Other services may also be available, such as watering plants, picking up the newspaper, or turning lights on and off while you’re gone.

Be sure the pet sitter has the phone numbers to contact you during your trip. Leave emergency information and authorization for veterinary care, if the need should arise.

Finding the Pros

There are two professional “pet sitter” organizations. Other pet sitter professionals may also be available, if you ask around. Check with pet owning friends and your veterinarian or groomer for suggestions. Give one or more of these folks a call to match your particular pet needs. You’ll find more details about vacationing with–or without–your dog in this article. Then, enjoy your vacation in peace!

Do you take your dogs with you on vacation? Or do you engage the services of a pet sitter? Magical-dawg stays with his breeder (oh joy!) and gets to play with the cousins and aunts. What are some tips that help your dog when you must leave him/her behind? Does the dog act upset and snub you when you return, or is the reunion a par-teeeee?! Please share!

#AskAmy Sweet Tweets

Folks who “follow” me on Twitter @amyshojai and @About_Puppies are the most awesome Sweet Tweets around–they love #cats and #dogs and #pets, many #amwriting.  Just follow and include the #AskAmy in your tweets if’n you’re interested in pithy links to articles, books, blogs, experts, fictioning and sparkle-icity!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!

Feline Friday: Cat-mas Trees & Book Winners

two Persian kittens with Christmas ribbons

Red & green--festive, but be sure all decor is safe!

The Christmas tree might as well be an early holiday gift to your cats. Kitty can’t resist the urge to sniff, cheek rub, claw—and scale the branches to reach the highest possible perch. Don’t blame your cat. It’s normal for cats to compete for the top spot (literally and figuratively) to secure their place in kitty society.

Youngsters won’t care about social standing, but high energy kitten play turns the holiday tree into a jungle gym. Tree encounters of the kitty kind not only risks breaking your heirloom ornaments, your furred family members can be injured by chewing or swallow dangerous items.

Rather than fight a losing battle to keep cats at bay, create a second cat-safe tree with these 12 tips, so the fur-kids can enjoy the holidays as much as you do. Today, I’m a guest blogger over at Petflow with these 12 tips for a cat-safe Christmas tree. For all you dog lovers–and especially the folks with SQUEEEEE! puppies, check out the Woof Wednesday topic just for doggies here.

Hey, I’m not the only one with cautions for pets this holiday season. My colleagues over at VNN (Veterinary News Network) just posted this excellent video.

WINNERS WINNERS & MORE WINNERS!

This month as a special “thank you” to all my furry-fantastic-followers, I’ve drawn two names from all the awesome folks who commented on this blog during the past month. There were FORTY-FIVE INDIVIDUALS who commented about their aging dogs and/or cats, wow! Although there wasn’t extra incentive to comment more than once, some of you did–5, 7, 9 and one person 18 times during the month. WOOT! So instead of just drawing two names, I’m adding one more winner (I can make up the rules *s*) and giving one book to the 18-comments follower:

KARYL CUNNINGHAM–I’ll email you to get your snail mail address, your choice of either the AGING CAT or AGING DOG book and how you’d like it paw-tographed. Thanks so much for following the blog and adding to the conversation.

The other two winners by random drawing are:

LESLIE SMITH

GRACEY

CONGRATULATIONS! And thanks so much for commenting on the blog and adding to the conversation. I will email each of you for your choice of which book:  Complete Care for Your Aging Cat or Complete Care for Your Aging Dog. If the book isn’t for you but will be a gift, I’m happy to send it to the winner or paw-tograph to the person of their choice for a holiday gift.

And as an EXTRA-special incentive–and to encourage all of y’all to mentor each other and spread the blogging/twitter/Facebook love–LESLIE SMITH and GRACEY each get to name one purr-son  (someone who gives them wags of support) and I’ll send those chosen mentors a paw-tographed book, too!

#AskAmy Sweet Tweets

Folks who “follow” me on Twitter @amyshojai and @About_Puppies are the most awesome Sweet Tweets around–they love #cats and #dogs and #pets, many #amwriting. We’ve become a great community including those in the #MyWANA social network twibe hosted by the awesome @KristenLambTX.  I’ve created my own hashtag to make it easier to follow my writerly & sparkle-icity endeavors by including the #AskAmy in your tweets. Lots of like-minded folks have started using this #AskAmy to find pithy links to articles, books, blogs, experts, fictioning and more!

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions. Do you have an ASK AMY question you’d like answered? Stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, check out weekly FREE PUPPY CARE newsletter, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways!