Santaluz – A Beautiful Natural San Diego Community

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Santaluz! A life of nature within a gated community.

Pets and Pet owners can both agree that San Diego is a wonderful place to reside. As San Diegans, we feel extremely grateful. From the mountains to the beaches, we truly are spoiled to be able to experience it all. Among the San Diego neighborhoods, is a special hidden gem called Santaluz. This beautiful community is located in Northern county San Diego and continues to appeal to the locals and newcomers. At JenLovespets we LOVE the Santaluz community and all our clients we service there. What we love most about this San Diego neighborhood is the surrounding nature of the community. The beautiful wildlife is right outside in the backyards of the Santaluz residents.
The nature aspect of Santaluz is what draws many people to this area. That means coyotes, rattlesnakes, rats, and other wildlife will most certainly make appearances and live amongst the houses. It may concern pet owners because our fur babies’ safety is always our number one priority. I understand the trepidation, however as long as you take basic safety precautions then you and your furry friends will be living their best life in Santaluz!
Coyotes are no strangers to the San Diego neighborhoods. Many people believe that coyotes only lurk around during the nighttime hours. Coyotes are more active after the sun sets, but they are indeed around during the daytime as well. As JenLovesPets pet professionals, we have seen it first hand while walking your pets. Personally I’ve seen two coyotes from afar wandering the Santaluz neighborhoods during dog walks at a time of the day that the sun was still shining. Coyotes may even be curious in checking out some backyards in Santaluz. That’ssnake avoidance training for dogs in San Diego one of the reasons why it is extremely important to always keep a close eye on our pets while they’re enjoying the peaceful surroundings of their own backyard oasis. A simple way to keep the coyotes away is to install the proper fencing around the yard. They are skilled diggers and climbers so the fencing should have deep roots but stands tall. A sturdy, hard to climb material will help protect you and your pets from having visitors of all sorts. Not only will this help with coyotes, it will also help rid your backyard of rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are commonly nestled between the walking trails and bushes in the Santaluz community. The JenLovesPets team always has an eye out for danger and local hazards. We keep your dogs away from bushes to keep their noses from coming in contact with a snake that’s nuzzled up in there. The endless trails in Santaluz are amazing to experience while walking your pups, but we always keep in mind that dirt trails are a huge attraction for rattlesnakes.
It is amazing to see the creativity put into ways for cats to enjoy the outdoors in Santaluz. We see first hand that JenLovesPets

clients are always implementing the best ideas to give their cats some fresh air in a protective way. If you do allow your cat to roam the yard then they should always be closely watched and a tall, vinyl fencing should be surrounding the yard. (Although HOAs may have a say about certain fencing) Materials like vinyl make it almost impossible for cats to get a grip and climb up. Also remember to keep a watch out for hawks and owls flying above and around the house. Screened in areas for your cat to hang out in is an awesome and safe idea. One of the neatest inventions for cats is the “Cat-io”, which is an enclosure that allows your cat to roam around in while being outside. These are the purrrfect accessory for your patio or backyard that allow your kitty to have fun while you keep your peace of mind!
Awareness of the wildlife and taking these safety measures will allow you to fully enjoy the tranquility and calmness of the Santaluz community. There is plenty to discover and enjoy in these beautiful neighborhoods. Not only for humans but for your

Jill and Charlie

furbabies too! Now that you have some helpful tips for you and your pets, go out and enjoy all the beauty that Santaluz has to offer!

Written by: Jill, Team Lead, JenLovesPets

 

Tips and activities to keep your pet entertained while away

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There are many benefits of having JenLovesPets take care of your fur babies while away at work for the day. Many clients rave about how thankful they are for the services we offer. We totally get it- It is difficult being away from our pets for hours at a time. That’s why we are here for you! Hiring a team of pet care professionals can help rid some of that guilt. We’ll be a companion for your pet and make sure to give them lots of loving, play, exercise, and potty breaks! All visits will be tailored to your pet’s needs, of course. Some pets may need a brisk, fast paced walk the full visit while others may need some time to play Frisbee out back.

Here are some easy ways to keep your pet busy and entertained while you or your pet care professional aren’t around:

1. Windows and sliding doors to look out of. Also known as Backyard TV!!! A favorite pastime of dogs and cats. Open some curtains or shades to give your fur baby some outdoor nature to observe. They will enjoy watching the action going on outside of their house!

2. Turn on the radio or television. Give your pet some tunes to listen to or turn on their favorite cartoon! I find many of the dogs we walk are watching the PBS Kids channel haha! The background noise can help ease anxious feelings and serve as a distraction. This is also a great idea to do when you know there will be loud events nearby, such as fireworks, parades, or construction.

5. Dental treats and bones. Leaving your pet with some yummy treats to chew on is not only fun for them, but provides good dental care too! Greenies are a fan fav among the pups and kitties we take care of. It’s a bonus that they help with oral hygiene and fighting tartar in the gums. Bones and dental chews are perfect options for some busy chewing action.

3. Favorite games and toys. Make sure your fur baby has their favorite toys out for them to play with. Anything from a ball, rope, or an interactive toy to really keep them busy. Changing up the toys that are out can intrigue them and keep them more interested in some new toys.

 

4. Frozen Kong with peanut butter. The good ol’ fashioned frozen kong trick! It will keep your pup working hard at getting every last bit of the natural peanut butter inside. Freezing it will keep them going even longer. They will put in that extra effort knowing that peanut butter or their favorite treat is hidden inside.

 

It’s fun to get creative with brainstorming ways of keeping your pet entertained and happy. These different ideas may also help an anxious dog feel more at ease and relaxed while their owner is away. Natural pet products such as calming sprays and stress relief drops are also great to have as options for your restless pet.

Are these things you do for your pet? What are some of your favorite ways to help keep your pet feeling happy and entertained while you’re away for the day? We’d love to hear your creative ideas. Let us know in the comments!

Written by Jill, JenLovesPets Team Leader

Adopting Senior Pets – More Rewarding Than You Realize

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Who saves who? Adopting a senior pet is so much more rewarding than you’ll ever know until you KNOW.

Adopting a pet from a local shelter or humane society is amazing and highly recommended. I absolutely love hearing new pet owners say that they rescued their newest fur baby from a shelter. There are so many pets available for adoption in shelters that need to find their furever homes. At JenLovesPets we are huge advocates for adopting. Not only does it save a pet’s life, but it is also a rewarding feeling knowing that you did so.
Shelters are filled with cats and dogs of all ages. A high number of families go into the shelters looking for pets that are younger. There certainly is nothing wrong with adopting a puppy or young aged pet because you’re still rescuing an animal in need of a home. Unfortunately the older pets tend to be overlooked because of their age. A “senior” pet is considered age seven and above. These older fur babies are just as deserving of a home as the young bucks! They may even be a better fit for your household and lifestyle.
Personally I prefer adopting pets on the higher side of the age spectrum. Previously I was the type to always want a kitten and growing up, many of our household cats were adopted as kittens. It wasn’t until I was in college when I grew a different mindset towards adoption and my love for senior pets. I adopted my first senior pet, Lily Muffin, a wonderful 13 year old cat. She spent months at the shelter even though she was a beautiful girl with a shy, but very sweet personality. I overlooked her age and decided to adopt her. Lily Muffin had no problem fitting into her new household as a spoiled, only child. It was great watching her become more and more comfortable in her new surroundings. She had a health condition and made it to age 16, but I truly believe I gave her three very happy and loving years of her life.
Why adopt a senior pet? There are many positive benefits that come along with older pet adoptions. Their personalities are formed and you already know their temperament. Everyone has a different lifestyle and daily schedule. With senior pets you can have a better idea of who that pet is and what their personality is like. You can easily determine what personality will be best for your family dynamic. With kittens and puppies it is more of a surprise of what temperament they will develop. Another advantage is that an older pet comes with less stress of training them. Lots of patience and time are required with younger pets. Older dogs have more experience with house training and knowing different commands.
Nothing beats the feeling of giving a pet a family and a second chance. That alone is why adopting an older pet is so rewarding. They could potentially wait in the shelter for long periods of time as they hope to be adopted. A loving household and unconditional love is what they ultimately deserve. So whether or not you adopt an older pet, as long as you adopt from a shelter, you’ll be asking yourself “who saved who” like the bumper sticker says.

Jill, Team Leader - JenLovesPets

Jill, Team Leader – JenLovesPets

Pet Sitter Trick of the Trade: Bonding w/ Your Shy Cat

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One of the most rewarding and best feelings of being a JenLovesPets pet sitter is connecting with a shy or nervous kitty andseeing them become more and more comfortable with each visit. Many times clients will tell us “My cat is shy around new people and there’s a good chance you will not see them or interact much during your visits”. When I hear this, I tell myself “challenge accepted”! It’s important for us to gain the trust of a timid cat and showing that we are there to care for them, and hopefully becoming friends while doing so! Knowing that there are many different personalities and temperaments of all pets- we will always respect your cat’s space and needs, never pushing the limits.

By the end of the visits we send out detailed updates with cute stories and adorable pictures of how your pet is doing. It’s a great aspect of our system! Often times we get messages in return that our clients feel at ease and are happy to see their pet doing so well! My favorite replies are “Wow how did you get my cat to sit on our lap?!” and sometimes even being called a cat whisperer. What a compliment!!! From my experiences, I’ve gathered a few tips and tricks to getting a nervous cat become a new BFF:

  1. Keep a calm, soothing voice. Try to talk as soft as possible. Loud voices and sounds are not the most ideal environment for the cat to become comfortable in. Sometimes this isn’t so easy. We want to let out high pitched baby voices telling them how cute they are haha!
  2. Soft eyes and body language. Sitting down on the floor is the least intimidating approach when meeting a new cat friend. Keep soft body language and soft eyes. Basically this means try not to be stiff and keep those eyes half closed. Do not keep constant eye contact with big, open eyes. I like to give soft, loving blinks without direct eye contact!
  3. Sniffing you out. When a cat decides that you pose no threat, they may want to come check you out more. Without getting in their face, I gently stick my hand out and let them sniff me. They may start to rub their chin against your hand. When I can tell they feel more comfortable, I will give them a few loving pets on their chins. Or letting them sniff your shoe or backpack is also a great option. They’re learning your smell and sensing the energy you let off.
  4. The power of treats and food. Once a cat sees that you are there to feed them their can of food- they love you even more! I love spreading out a few of their favorite treats too. Once they recognize that I feed them with each visit, I find that they become more trusting. Perhaps they think “Ok this lady is giving me food so she can’t be that bad!” I even find myself softly talking while prepping their food so they can
    associate me with their feedings.

Remember, every cat’s personality is different and the experienced professionals at JenLovesPets will take the time it needs to bond and build strong friendships with your fur babies. We pride ourselves in our ability to build a loving relationship with our clients. Who knows- your timid cat might be taking selfies in no time with a JenLovesPets team member!!


Written by:

Jill, Team Lead, JenLovesPets

Interaction and greetings on dog walks. Why do we always say no?

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The JenLovesPets team follows a strict policy of not allowing our client’s dogs to interact with others during walks. We’ve all experienced it- another dog’s owner being persistent that the pups must meet and be friends. We politely decline, letting them know that we are the dog walker and inform them that our company policy doesn’t allow for the dogs to meet. Most of the time, they will understand and respect the policy. Phew! Huge relief when that happens!
However, there are always those few times when the other dog’s owner insists that the dogs have to meet. The dog starts running closer and that’s when it hits me that the owner may be brushing my polite decline off to the side. I move my way quickly in-between the dogs and let them know again- No, the dogs cannot meet. They may say “Oh don’t worry, my dog’s friendly! See, they want to be friends”. This isn’t always the case and it’s too risky to take people’s word for it. Their dog may actually not be as friendly as they say. Or perhaps the client’s dog I’m walking is extremely reactive to other dogs on leash. It’s hard to predict how the interaction will go. It’s important to confidently say no, even if it needs to be said multiple times.
Our team also has encountered people, without dogs, walking by and wanting to pet the dog we are walking. People LOVE seeing dogs and they can instantly make people feel happy. Very valid! Not everyone can read animal body language and may think it is OK to walk up and pet them. An anxious dog may need lots of warming up to people before earning their trust. Some pups require multiple visits worth of bonding time and taking it slowly before they feel comfortable with us caring for them. A random person walking up to a dog and wanting to love on them could cause the dog to feel nervous and scared, resulting in a reaction. We say no to people for these reasons. We simply care about your fur babies well-being!
The client’s pets are in our care while we watch them and they are our number one priority. No ifs, ands, or buts! The safety of our fur nephews and nieces should never be risked. As much as you want your fur baby to have as many friends as possible, interactions and socialization with the pups are up to the owners of the dogs. The JenLovesPets pet care professionals are there to provide the best service possible and that means safety, first!

 

~Written by: Jill; Team Lead/Pet Care Professional, JenLovesPets

Spring In San Diego- Dangers to be aware of

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Keeping your furbabies happy and healthy in the Spring in San Diego- Dangers to be aware of.

Ah yes, springtime has finally arrived in San Diego! The flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising, and holidays are being celebrated. Many of us look forward to this exciting time of the year- our pets too! Longer, brighter days could mean more trips to the dog parks and more opportunities for walking. Can I get a woof woof?! With all the fun and exciting things happening, it is important to be mindful of the dangers that also sprung with Spring. As pet owners and lovers we must constantly be aware of these risks occurring both inside and outside of our homes.

Easter Lilies
A popular gift when it comes to this holiday. Yes- they may be beautiful but these plants/flowers are not safe for cats. In fact, they are extremely dangerous and toxic to our furbabies. Cats are curious animals- and if there are life-threatening plants or flowers in the house, such as lilies, then they will find a way to get to them-even in the most hidden or secretive spots. They are not worth the risk of your kitty going into kidney failure and possible death.

Chocolate Bunnies
It’s a given that almost every Easter basket will have a chocolate bunny wrapped inside of it! Easter is a huge holiday for chocolates and the Easter bunny tends to leave kids with tons of chocolate. When it comes to our pets, chocolate should always be out of reach and never ever ingested. As many of us know, chocolate is deadly to our beloved fur children, so it is extremely important to keep any chocolate far, far out of reach.

BEE Aware
Since the weather is getting warmer, the buzzing is only getting louder. Bees will be hanging out in and around bushes or flowers. Sometimes we don’t even see them- it’s as if they come flying full speed out of nowhere! As JLP dog walkers, we know that dogs are naturally curious and gravitate towards bushes to sniff all the new smells of the season. However, it is an important part of our job to ALWAYS be on the lookout for bees and to never let the pups get too close to bushes or flowers. Some pets are allergic to bee stings- if you witness or suspect your pet got stung then please seek immediate medical attention.

Rattlesnakes
As a San Diego dog walking/pet sitting company, the dangers of rattlesnakes is not a surprise. They are common and with thewarmer weather creeping up, so are they. The JLP team is always on guard and paying close attention to the environment when walking dogs or even during playtime in a fenced backyard. Sometimes snakes are easily spotted, but other times they blend in and are hard to see in the grass. Whether you’re taking your pup on a hiking trail, playing fetch in the yard, or walking through the neighborhood, please always be aware of snakes. If bitten, stay calm and bring your pet to the closest animal hospital right away.

 

Spring Cleaning
It’s that time of the year again where many of us start to give our homes that long awaited, deep cleaning that it deserves. More cleaning means more potentially harmful chemicals in the air. Certain harsh ingredients in some cleaners are unsafe for our pets that ingest or come in contact with them. Please watch out for these common, harmful chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, phthalates, glycol ethers, and many more. Consider safer, more natural options that are just as effective! A fun little DIY cleaner I always have on hand is a spray bottle with:

Distilled white vinegar
Warm distilled water
A few drops of Lemon essential oil

It will have your house smelling clean and keeping your pet healthy. ☺

This is an exciting, happy time of the year so lets keep our furbabies as safe as can be! Always be aware and keep an eye out for any concerning symptoms or changes. Please remember to have the number of your closest Vet handy at all times in case of any emergencies.

HAPPY SPRING!!! 😀

Written by Jill, Pet Care Professional, JenLovesPets

 

Benefits of Hiring A Professional Dog Walking Company

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Dog Smiles! Happy dog is a happy owner.

Dog Smiles! Happy dog is a happy owner.

JenLovesPets has served Rancho Penasquitos (the jewel of San Diego) and surrounding areas since 2010. We’ve walked over 350 dogs and have come to understand why pet parents prefer to hire professional dog walking companies.

Benefits for Dogs:

*break up the day with fun and play
*socialization
*exercise
*release pinned up energy
*lose weight or maintain a healthy weight
*cuddles!
*continue basic training and manners

 

Nothing like a good walk on a beautiful San Diego day!

Nothing like a good walk on a beautiful San Diego day!

Benefits for you:

*peace of mind; a loving professional will be there for your baby
*professional dog walkers are there rain or shine and holidays if warranted
*no need to rush home
*no more guilt of leaving your fur baby indoors all day!
*your pup will have even better manners
*once you’ve established a relationship your professional dog walker will be there in case of an emergency
*invited to a last minute show or dinner? Call on your dog walker!

 

Professional Dog Walking

Professional Dog Walking

Should you hire a professional dog walker? 

If you have a dog: YES!

 

What is a Professional Dog Walker?

A professional dog walker is one that has that is pet CPR & first aid trained, is with a company that is licensed or bonded or themselves are licensed.

A professional dog walker or a professional dog walking company (like JenLovesPets) is registered with the city and has a business license and an EIN number. —Honestly most people don’t care about this, but it’s important because it shows corners are not cut. If someone cuts corners legally do you think they might cut corners in pet care?

A professional company spends a lot time vetting their employees with a thorough background check, reference check, many hours of training and pet courses.

It's a dirty job but somebody's got to do it!

It’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it!

A professional understands dog walking is not easy money. It’s the best job ever!! But not easy. Professionals have eyes like a hawk watching their surroundings, reflexes like a boxer in an effort to protect their clients, and a mind sharp as a samurai sword for quick decision making and common sense managing.

A professional dog walker is reliable, loving, caring, has an emergency plan, is educated in all things pets and constantly learning

Or should I hire a Professional Dog Walking Company?

 

YES! It’s preferred! 

The JenLovesPets team loves those doggie smiles!

The JenLovesPets team loves those doggie smiles!

There are amazing solo professional dog walkers in San Diego, the problem is making sure one has a reliable back up in case of an emergency. From an ex professional solo walker this was important and stressful as I was constantly working on an emergency plan and back up if needed. Now that JenLovesPets has a team of professional dog walkers we’ve perfected our emergency and back up plans.

When hiring a professional dog walking company you want to check their online presence —aka: reviews and social media. Every once in a while we’re asked for references and I tell new JLP family members the best and ALL references are found online with the review sites. Anytime someone gives references they’re always going to be filtered, best to get ones that aren’t.

You also want to make sure the company is licensed (legally allowed to do business in your city) insured and bonded and does the company have a contract or terms and conditions?

If you have special concerns or your fur baby has special needs you want to discuss that on the initial phone call to make sure the professional dog walking company is able to accommodate.

CAUTION! When hiring a professional dog walking company you want to stay local. There are Uber like apps and Amazon like websites that are not ideal for the dog parent or dogs. They aren’t sites true professionals are associated with. 

A good game of fetch does the job too!

A good game of fetch does the job too!

When hiring a professional dog walking company you’ll be asked to set up a meet n greet. It’s approximately 30 minutes and is an ideal time to go over the routine and special needs and quirks in more detail in your home. JenLovesPets usually sets up a meet n greet after spending a good amount of time on the phone to make sure we’re a good fit. Once we’re sure both of us would like to continue it’s meet n greet time! We schedule a visit with the owner (myself AKA Auntie Jen) and another team member to make sure we have all the info we need and to give you the new JLP family member a bigger picture of our team.

Now that you know you need to hire a professional dog walking company, JenLovesPets has a few openings for dog walking in the following areas:

Rancho Penasquitos, Torrey Highlands, Santaluz, DelSur, 4SRanch, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Scripps Ranch, and Mira Mesa

Meet our team HERE

And register HERE

Feel free to ask questions below! We look forward to hearing from you! 

My Veterinarian Made A Mistake — Rx Mistake

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I should have my head buried in keys right now…but instead I find myself writing about a veterinarian mistake. Maybe to calm me down? Or maybe to help someone else. So pre key rehab must be on pause.

She isn’t feeling well

Angel wasn’t feeling well so we took her in to see our trusted veterinarian. We love our vet; they’ve taken really good care of her and all our other pets minus Tango; he’s fearful and in turns scares the stuff out the team there so he goes to another. The Dr told us she seems hydrated, heart murmur is still at level 3, and seems fine other than the not eating and losing 2 pounds in a few months. (that’s a lot for a little kitty) So she gave us an appetite stimulate

Off to the vet together. You know Angel isn’t feeling well because these two are nemesis.

and did a full chemistry panel including a thyroid test to check her levels since she’s hyperthyroid.

Thankfully the stimulant worked, Dishion; my son wasn’t happy being woken up in the middle of the night for food but glad she ate!

I got a call at 8am, practically as soon as the veterinarian office opened….I knew something wasn’t right because they never call that early. Her blood work came back fine….even her kidney levels — and that was our concern since she also has kidney disease. BUT her thyroid was over 20 and should be 5ish. The vet says it’s like she isn’t even getting her medication. I told her we’re giving it to her twice day and asked if it could be the new brand of pill

What?!

we have.

You see; I picked up the new bottle in December and started her on it around the 20th. When I opened it I noticed it was no longer a white round pill but an oval/squared edged pill with 0|5 on it. I thought about calling the vet to see why they changed brands out of curiosity but figured I’m too nosey and left it alone. Today…right now…I’m kicking myself for not following up.

The veterinarian said they haven’t changed brands and the pill has always been round and white.

My heart drops. What the #@$% have I been giving my baby?

I calm myself before going into the office to show them what I have and pick up the correct meds. I don’t want to go off on them…I have before (incident with Tango) and hated myself for it. The staff really is amazing. And

My look when I realized how deadly this mistake could have been

besides…we (JLP) have made mistakes too. It happens, nothing is full proof. I get in the “where do we go from here” mindset and head on up there.

Evidently they gave Angel a dog’s hypothyroid pill instead of a cat’s hyperthyroid pill. Upon hearing this I just cried. What did that do to her, to her heart? We were discussing euthanasia because of this last episode. We thought this was it!!!! So I just cried.

The Dr is doing everything they can to find it what happened and will make it up to us and ensure it will never happened again. I just want Angel ok. I don’t want any adverse effects to her heath — worse than it already is.

I got home and gave her the correct pill and sat to write this.

The veterinarians and staff love animals. They never want to make mistakes like this and it obviously wasn’t done on purpose. The problem? This mistake could have been a deadly mistake. I’m aware of it,

What I wanted to do…but I cried.

they’re aware of it. But it didn’t turn deadly. Thank goodness I mentioned the new shape of the pill and thank goodness the vet suggested blood work yesterday.

The lesson? Don’t just assume the “new” pill is a new brand. Double check with your vet and even your pharmacist handing you your meds. There was a show or something on the news a long time ago suggesting you double check your meds all the time and I blew it off…I mean really that’ll never happen right? So I found a few websites that can help identify pills (please note this is a database for human medications only. Currently there is NOT a drug database for pets. BUT WE NEED ONE!):

Drugs.com: https://www.drugs.com/pill_identification.html

Good Rx: https://www.goodrx.com/pill-identifier

Unfortunately I couldn’t find the pill they gave Angel last month…I’m going by what they said that pill was. And accepting their apology. But I will check every single pill from now on. With all my dogs and cats and my family.

Chillin, a relieved cat now.

Let me be very clear, I’m not bashing my vet or anyone who has made a mistake. It would be hypocritical. I’m extremely thankful for their response and acknowledgment of the mistake. That’s integrity!

I do wonder what the process is for filling prescriptions there or any facility handing our medication? I’ll ask and maybe suggest there should always be a two person verification for prescription and pill to make sure the correct medication is prescribed and the correct medication is filled.

Hug your fur babies! Double check everything they take! Angel WILL make it to 18 this year!!!! Darn it!

Have you experienced anything similar? How did you handle it? 

 

Grieving The Loss Of A Pet – Pet Loss Support Group

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“Family, friends, and society don’t always understand how drastically the loss of a pet can affect us, and can find it difficult to support the grief we often feel. Our Pet Loss Support Group provides an environment where thoughts and emotions can be shared and feelings of grief are understood and validated. Our Pet Loss Support group is facilitated by a licensed, clinical social worker.” ~ San Diego Humane Society 

 

I just got off the phone with an “almost” client who I met once to care for her fur baby Sushi. She ended up not needing our services but has been a registered clients. She responded to our email we sent out the other evening saying Sushi had passed away and was wanting to talk. She was suffering Pet Loss.

Immediately I felt her pain; been there! So I called her and after talking a little bit we both cried. It’s been a few months since Sushi passed away but she was still having a difficult time. She says the guilt is overwhelming, she keeps going over everything in her head and thinking “If I had done this or that she’d still be alive” I listened to her, and remembered the time I met them. It was obvious Sushi was tired, I could tell she was holding on and being strong for Mom.

Sushi’s Mom is an amazing cat Mom! I won’t go into the details but she did everything for Sushi; medically, personally, etc. But in grief and self doubt we’ll believe it wasn’t good enough. I reminded her how great she was to Sushi and I told her Sushi was alive for as long as she was for because of her and for her. She got her strength to live from Mom. She would have let go awhile ago if it wasn’t for Mom’s love.

My almost client gasped and said the night before Sushi passed away she whispered to her “I will always love you, no matter what. It’s ok” as if to say if she was ready she could cross the Rainbow Bridge. I cried. What an amazing and unselfish gift to give Sushi! Then next morning Sushi crossed. I reminded her to stand in that truth, to remember Sushi chose to hang in there for you, and passed away with your permission. “You gave her a gift”

I also told her guilt is horrible, it eats at our souls and we have to let it just wash off of us when we start to feel it. She asked “How?! How do you just STOP feeling it. Just say STOP IT! Because that’s what I keep trying to do” I told her “No, you can’t. I’m great at beating myself up and then beating myself up for beating myself up. But what helps is remembering the pain she was in. Cancer is extremely painful, pancreatitis is probably just as if not more painful, chemo is horrible on the body. Sushi hung in there through all that for you because of your bond but now she has no pain. She is just pure painless love watching over you. You’ll feel her. You know those times you see or hear something move in her spots? Or catch a whiff of her? That’s her reminding you she’s still there with you. Just out, all around now and not trapped in her little pained body”

My heart aches for her, but it fills with joy knowing Sushi is in a better place. I’m so glad I was able to help her even for just a moment. To my “almost client”, if you’re reading this, please know I’m thankful for you and your time today on the phone. Thank you for allowing me to bring some peace.

Those who are struggling with Pet Loss here in San Diego there’s a Pet Loss Support Group through the San Diego Humane Society (Gaines Rd). My wonderful “almost” client told me she has been attending. Wow! What a great way to help those of us that suffer from Pet Loss Grief. So thankful she told me about and now I want to share it with everyone!

Inspire Compassion

San Diego Humane Society

For some reason beyond my comprehension the grief in losing a pet can be far worse than losing a loved human. Take a look at the SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY PET LOSS PAGE. There’s also a link to their CALENDAR for you to see the dates and times of the support group meetups and it offers additional resources to overcome pet loss grief. You don’t have to struggle alone, you are not alone. Pet Loss grief is real, it’s common but it doesn’t have to eat away at our souls.  

 

Professional Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers vs Tech Companies

By | Dog walking, Dogs, JenLovesPets, Pet care, Pet sitting, San Diego pets, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

JenLovesPets was born in 2010. We started off as a solo sitter for emotional, mental, and physical therapy and quickly grew to over 450 clients and 8 professional pet sitters and dog walkers as employees. We’ve had over 450 meet n greets and combined over 80 years of pet care experience.

I’m so proud to work with this group of team members! With our passion and pet CPR & First Aid Training we’ve proven to be the best in north San Diego (more specifically the Rancho Penasquitos (and an 8mile radius) area.

I expect the best pet care =)

I expect the best pet care =)

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of, well…most likely everyone reading this have heard of Rover, DogVacay and/or Wag! They’re pretty much trying to take over the pet sitting, dog walking, and boarding market. From a business stand point Rover is rocking it and have left the others in the dust. Their money is never ending and their marketing is amazing!

But. That doesn’t make them professional pet sitters. I cringe when I hear “My dog walker is Rover” or “We use Rover pet sitters” I’ve seen it on Facebook, Nextdoor and other social media sites.

HEAR ME AS I TYPE THIS:

ROVER, DOGVACAY, & WAG! ARE NOT PET SITTING AND DOG WALKING COMPANIES. THEY ARE SELF PROCLAIMED TECH COMPANIES!

These tech companies allow anyone to join their sites. Anyone can be taking care of your fur babies. Now, don’t get me wrong. I think most people have good intentions but good intentions usually does not save a life or prevent something drastic.

San Diego Pet Sitter and Dog Walker Yelp Review

San Diego Pet Sitter and Dog Walker Yelp Review

Experience and knowledge mixed with passion and care in a legal business that have true employees will always be the best option for pet care. Not saying emergencies don’t happen but when they do you want a team of professionals handling them to prevent unnecessary stress on you and your babies. You want a professional team in a local professional business. A business with the proper license and insurance in case something happens.

JenLovesPets’ pet sitters complete Pet CPR & First Aid Training, weeks of shadow and hands on training by myself and our leads. We use a scheduling and note system that keeps us all in the loop while caring for your pets. When you’re on vacation or at work you receive an email every time we check in on your baby with cute notes and pictures so you’ll never be in the dark. It’s constant contact!

San Diego Pet Sitter and Dog Walker Yelp Review

San Diego Pet Sitter and Dog Walker Yelp Review

As I type this I’m trying to decide if I want to tell you the horror stories some of my clients have gone through while using these tech companies. Or some of the stories I’ve heard on the news or within the multiple pet sitter networking groups I belong to. Accidents and mistakes can happen to anyone, trust me we’ve made our own. The difference is you open yourself up to more of a horror story when using hobbyists from these sites. More than half of these pet lovers don’t have the training to handle serious situations, they don’t have the legal responsibility to care for your pets properly. Ok….so on that note I will tell one story. A fellow pet sitter’s Aunt used Rover (to her dismay) and days into the service the dog went missing. Years later that fur baby has never been found. The Rover hobbyist did nothing to help find the pup; absolutely nothing. Rover did nothing. And because Rover is not a pet sitting company just a tech company (a huge tech company) the effects of their mistake was non existent except to the pup and her parents.

After caring for over 500 dogs and cats in San Diego I’m confident I can say “We

Aint this the truth? You don't want a Rover hobbyist!

Aint this the truth? You don’t want a Rover hobbyist!

know what you as a pet parent and what your fur babies want” and I don’t think it’s just cheap pet care.

I don’t consider these tech companies as competition (and I hope no other professional pet sitter does as well) however I am concerned for our fur babies and pet parents. I feel as a professional I’m obligated to you; to let you know the dangers in not hiring professionals. Side Note: I know you can find sitters and walkers in these sites that are upscale but it’s a lottery and do you really want to play the lottery with your pets? or Russian Roulette? I know, you don’t. That’s why we’re here for you!

As I said above I’m so proud of our team. Take a look at the About Page and get to know us a bit and if you live in our service area (Rancho Penasquitos, Mira Mesa, Torrey Highlands, Santaluz, 4SRanch, Del Sur, Rancho Bernardo, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Poway, and Scripps Ranch) please register as a new client so we can get to know you and your babies!