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National Therapy Animal Day – April 30

April 30, 2017

Therapy animals help people in every stage of life every day. They help us cope with tragedies, sickness, loneliness, reading, rehabilitation, etc. I am lucky enough to know a few very special therapy animals who do a variety of services. A couple huge but gentle Newfoundlands, Dinah and Boomer, visit patients at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center. […]

In Search of Their Dream Home

February 28, 2017

I would like to introduce you to a couple of special friends. They are in love, but as with all couples in love, they need a special place to call home. They have lived a couple different places, but none have been their dream home. They are not able to have kids, so they don’t […]

The Big 5-0!!!!!

August 11, 2016

Let’s hear it for the big 5-0. It is quite a reason to celebrate. I am not talking about my birthday. I saw that one already. I’m talking about the 50 year celebration and gala for Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley. Animal Protectors (AP) was started as a 501(c)3 in 1966 by some great founders […]

A Date with Moxie!

July 23, 2016

The other day I spent a couple of hours at the Western PA Humane Society office on the north side of Pittsburgh with Jane Marcus, the Society’s Volunteer Manager. I am volunteering to massage some of the dogs to help them become more adoptable, as well as adjust to life at a shelter. After having […]

Best Of Pittsburgh 2016 Readers’ Poll

July 18, 2016

It is that time of year again. The time of year for in-home pet care professionals, of which there are hundreds in the greater Pittsburgh area alone, to be overlooked. 🙁 There are three pet related categories in the City Paper’s Poll: Best Local Pet Store, Best Doggie Daycare, Best Place to Adopt a Pet As a […]


July 15, 2016

  A.M./P.M. Pet Visitors and Dog Walkers Needed Your Critter Sitters is an established and well-loved pet sitting company, and we are seeking exceptional pet visitors to add to our staff. Please note: We will be accepting applications until we find the right staff, so if you are viewing this posting weeks, even months, after […]

Summer Water Safety

July 1, 2016

  Summer, and spending time with your pooch in the water, can be fun, but there are a few things about which you need to be aware. Rivers currents are too strong if a dog gets tired.  Golf ponds are filled with parasites.  Salt water can be okay, but you need discourage your dog from drinking it. It can cause dehydration, […]

Summer Tips

June 20, 2016

  Hot Spots. They appear anywhere on a dog's body and can rapidly spread. This moist, raw skin disorder has a variety of causes but the most consistent factor is bacteria, and most respond to oral and topical antibiotics. Anything that irritates or breaks the skin can create the environment for bacterial contamination if the skin has moisture on it. Moisture can be from […]

The Loss

June 15, 2016

Okay. Let’s talk about a different subject. One that is difficult for all of us pet loving people. In a one-week period, we had three clients/friends lose their fur babies. How do you comfort someone who has lost such a precious part of their life? What can you say? Can you say anything? I am […]

Summer Pet Safety Tips

June 6, 2016

Water and Exercise – Make sure your pets have plenty of access to fresh water on walks. Also, overdoing it can cause overheating. Keep walks to a gentle pace and if your pet is panting a lot or seems tired, it's time to stop.  Sunscreen – Apply sunscreen to exposed areas of skin. Light-skinned pets and thick-coated […]

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