Tips & Tid-Bits     

TIP:  Please call me as soon as you know of any travel plans that you have where you will need my services.  My calendar fills up quickly and it kills me to turn away people after we have established a relationship, not to mention I miss seeing your babies! 

TID-BIT:  Because your dog’s health and safety are important to me, I have recently completed the American Red Cross Pet First Aid course. Wow, you can teach this old dog new tricks!  

TIP:  Holiday Pet Safety Thanksgiving: Stuff the turkey, not your pet.  Remember, turkey bones can be fatal to dogs. Christmas: Poinsettia & mistletoe are poisonous to pets, and tinsel too!
Foods to avoid feeding your dog

  • Chocolate (causes stomach cramps, constipation, or diarrhea)
  • Coffee (all forms)
  • Fatty Foods
  • Sugar Substitute
  • Onions or Onion powder
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Be careful when giving cooked bones, they may splinter when chewed & puncture  the intestinal tract.

TID-BIT:  Holiday travel with your pooch; I would love to watch your dog while your're away, but if you are traveling with your dog, most Holiday Inn's are pet friendly!

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Frequently Asked Questions               

Q.  What happens at the “meet & greet"? 

A.  If you are requesting overnight service in my home, you and your pooch will come to my home and we all will get to know one another.  You will see my home set up, my large fenced in yard and enclosed porch play area.  We will discuss your dog’s needs from the forms emailed to you and sign a contract.  

If you are requesting daily dog walking, I will come to your home, get acquainted with your dog(s) and get to know your dog’s needs.  I will review the forms that were emailed to you and we will sign a contract.  I will be given the key/code to your home and set a scheduled for your dog(s) walk.

Q.  How many dogs do you watch at a time?

A.  I take 5 dogs at a time overnight.  I don't want your furry friend to be overwhelmed with the activity of too many dogs. 

Q.  What do I need to bring to your home for overnight stays?

A.  I want your dog to be as comfortable and content as possible. Items to pack: food, treats, bed and or crate, leash, harness & their favorite toys.  

Q.  What happens if my pet gets ill while I'm away? 

A.  We discuss this on your initial “meet & greet” visit. Karen For The Dogs has a vet release form you will fill out with your own veterinarian’s information. If your veterinarian is not available, I will take your pet to the nearest animal hospital or emergency clinic.

Q.  Are you insured and bonded?

A.  Yes.  I am insured & bonded with Pet Sitters International, the global leader in pet-sitting industry.

Q.  Can I call or email you to check on my pet?

A.  Absolutely! Whether you are away on vacation or book daily visits to your home, you can call or email me anytime. Email is great for traveling outside of the country.

Q.  What type of pets do you care for? 

A.  Dogs, Cats, Birds, Small Caged Critters & Fish.  

Q.  What happens if Karen of Karen For The Dogs gets sick? 

A.  Your pet’s care is my top priority. I can assure you, there will never be a missed day of service. I have a list of pet sitters that are insured & bonded if an emergency were to arise. I will make a phone call to you if I am ill or if an emergency should arise.  

Q.  How many times a week will you walk my dog? 

A.  Your dogs well being is important to me.  For puppies that need more potty breaks and have excess energy to burn off, 2 walks per day is suggested. For dogs older than a year, 1 walk per day is adequate. Total walk time ½ hour or as long as is needed.  

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