Cyndi's Dog Sitting - Your pets become our  extended family
Your Best Friend
Volume 1, Issue 1                                                                             May  2011

Inside This Issue
  • Our special time
  • Interesting tid-bits
  • Did you know?
  • On a personal note
  • Recipes for your dog and cat's diet and care
Our special time
This marks a special time for us in that this is our first newsletter that we have created and also the beginning of our new website. It is our hope and our wish that you will find some valuable information, have some fun along the way and visit us often.
We decided to title the newsletterYour Best Friendfor a few good reasons. One obviously is because to most of us that have dogs, we fondly think of them as our best friends. I think an argument could be made here for ALL pets/animals we have and love. Another reason for the name is here at Cyndi's Dog Sitting we hope over time that we can build a good relationship with you and your pet and be able to assist you in various ways so you can consider us “Your Best Friend."
Interesting tid-bits
As many of you know I am an absolute “Dog Nut.” If I was surrounded by dogs 24 hrs a day I’d probably be totally in my element-minus picking up the doggie poop. LOL. Anyway that being said, I read a lot and I have experienced a lot, and over the years have gathered up many interesting bits of information that from time to time I’ll pass on to you. Just realize though it’s information from me to you and I don’t claim to know it all. Take some and leave some. I’m not a professional trainer, a dog behaviorist, canine cook or an expert in every field of dog subjects. I’m just another dog lover who has taken the time to understand traits and behaviors and I’m willing to share my experiences and ideas with you so you and your pet can perhaps live a happier life together. I hope you enjoy my ideas in this and future newsletters and in some small way I have been able to be of some help. Enjoy your day and love your pet.
Did you know?
Leaving your paper shredder plugged in when not in use can spell disaster for an overly curious dog, cat or many other pets. There have been cases where dogs have shredded their tongues in the contraptions! Please unplug them when you are not using them. You may save your pets life.
Did you know?
There are Human foods that can make your pet very sick, and may even kill them? A friend of mine left a box of chocolate donuts on her counter only to come home from work to find her Spaniel had eaten the whole box. The dog ended up at the emergency Vets, was there three days and was very lucky to still be alive after the ordeal. Please be aware of the things you feed your pets and if you are not sure if it’s safe, don’t give it to him/her.
Make sure forbidden things are up and out of reach. If in doubt-ask your vet.
Did you know?
Dogs, other pets and children can die in a hot car. Don’t leave them unattended in your vehicle they may need cool air. When it’s 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside can reach 120 degrees in ten minutes. It is dangerously HOT in a closed vehicle. If in doubt keep them home inside where it’s safe and cool. Many have died and the owner with the best of intentions said “I was only gone for a minute.”
Did you know?
One of the best things you can do for your dog is teach them basic rules, boundaries and commands. Enroll him in an obedience course, and you go with him. Read up on dog training. Be involved with your dog. Dogs want to please their "people". It’s when they are not trained and there is no communication between dog and owner that trouble begins. In my opinion there are no bad dogs, just bad or misinformed owners. When was the last time you heard someone say, “here take my baby child he’s just stupid”? Please help your dog be his best by being an active participant in his/her life. He really wants to be “Your best friend.”
On a personal note….
If you’ve noticed our business cards, fliers, new client folders, pictures at the beginning and end of this newsletter or maybe my Jeep running around town with the magnetic signs on the doors you have seen our two dogs in the picture. “Reco” is the 11 year old German Shepherd. Our new addition is “Reggie.” We adopted him at Petsmart in April. It has been a busy household. Reggie is about one year old. He’s a terrier mix. We are waiting for DNA results to come in so we know for sure. I will let you know in the next newsletter. It was quite an experience adopting Reggie. He was picked up as a stray by the Humane Society of Yuma. Therefore no history was available on him. His personality is 100% Sweet. His energy levels are high, especially since he’s young and has Terrier in his blood, (?) smart & stubborn. We weren’t planning to adopt another dog at this time. Reco, at 11 years old is getting around slower these days. He’s deaf and has kidney problems. We weren’t sure how he’d accept a new member to the family. We visited Reggie for five days thinking and telling him that he would find a good home before long, just be patient. Well…he did......we adopted him.
Having some experience introducing animals to each other we knew what we needed to do and realized it could take a lot of effort and time, and they are both males. Long story short. (Bob, my husband says “this isn’t a newsletter, it’s a news-paper.)” Anyway, sometimes I watch them together and it seems like they have always been together.
Short story…
Reco managed to go into our bedroom and the door shut behind him. I heard him whine to get out and immediately went to see what was wrong. This alerted Reggie and down the hallway we raced. Reggie heard Reco behind the door, jumped against it, pushing it open and it was like a movie watching them prance down the hallway having an occasional kiss.
Of course they both got praised and a cookie for their good deeds. They are definitely “Brothers” and Reco has really livened up by this new arrival.
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Recipes for your dog and cat's diet and care
Some of the recipes definitely need some tweaking, so I would recommend trying out each recipe and make appropreate changes to make a “better version” of the recipe as needed. (I have not tried "all" of these recipes) For example, some of the recipes have cook times that always result in burned cookies, and others end up very runny and likely need more flour. I offer these only as a treat for you and your pets.
"Big Boy" Lamb & Rice
1lb ground lamb (beef if you wish)
1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 or 3 medium potatoes
1 can no salt added green beans
3 medium carrots
4 cloves garlic
1 sheet kombu, Sea Kelp (optional)
Brown lamb in a skillet. Next, put on the chopped garlic to brown. Boil water, put about 4-5 cups into a crock pot, so it is already hot while you are fixing the rest of the ingredients. Add cubed potatoes to the skillet. Add green beans to the crock. Put the rest of the works in the pot, add enough hot water to cover. Add pepper to taste. Throw in 1/2 cup brown rice and mix.
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Cat's breakfast
Cheese & Eggs
3 eggs
2 tbl. milk
3 tbl. grated cheese
1 tbl. margarine
Beat eggs and yolks together. Stir in the grated cheese. Melt the margarine in a skillet until sizzling. Add the egg mixture, stirring continuously until cooked.
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Come back often and see what’s new throughout our website. Send us an email about your experiences, you just might read about them here along with all of our other clients, in the June issue.
Cyndi Robinson
Cyndi's Dog Sitting
Bye for now
 Cyndi
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  Your Best Friend
Volume 1, Issue 2
                                                                         June 2011
Inside This Issue
  • Welcome back
  • Interesting tid-bits
  • Did you know?
  • Pets can cause house fires
  • Recipes for your dog and cat's diet and care
Welcome back.
Welcome to all of you who are new to our website and our newsletter. A big hello again to those of you returning for another month of ideas and sharing.
June marks the start of the HOT weather here in Yuma-well hotter than May anyway. (LOL), and we’ve only just begun to warm up.
Please remember to keep your pets cool during the summer months. Keep them inside whenever possible and please don’t take a chance of leaving them in an unattended car, even for a minute. I’ll repeat this from last month, on an 80 degree day a car can heat up to 120 degrees in 10 minutes. You can try this if you like. Always make sure your pets have plenty of fresh water.Cyndi's Dog Sitting on a profes-sional level and myself on a personal level, always has the safety and welfare of pets as a top priority. They count on us. Let’s not let them down. If you are uncomfortable in the heat so is your dog. And he’s dressed for winter all the time. Just use some common sense and enjoy your dog or pet.
Interesting tid-bits
Well this month I’ve been reflecting on all my pets, past and present, and what I’ve learned from some of my client’s pets. I think the number one thing I have learned from dogs is to just be yourself. Be true to who you are. I’ve never met a phony dog.
I think all animals have reminded me from watching them to “live in the moment,” and don’t forget to play. Aren’t our pets a blessing? I feel so privileged to be a part of a pet’s life. Watching animals in the wild is also a thrill, even though I must admit my close encounter with a bear while walking in western Washington State with Reco, my German Shepherd, gave me quite a startle.
We are never too old to learn, and by observing nature and our animals we can learn something new every day, here are some examples of things I’ve learned....
Did you know?
You can teach an old dog new tricks.
Our big dog Reco, as I’ve mentioned in the last newsletter, is 11 years old and has become deaf. As a pup and throughout his adult life when I taught him things like “stay”, “laydown” or “come” I also used hand signals. Now that he’s older and has basically lost most if not all of his hearing he has adjusted so well to the handsignals you would hardly notice the deafness. Once I realized the problem I had to adjust. I made sure I used actions with words all of the time so he could connect the two and know what it was I was asking him to do. He watches me closely, and is constantly learning. We know each other sometimes with just a glance. He’s such a smart, beautiful boy! The 11 years we have had together is priceless and God willing he will be with us for a few more.
Did you know?
That not all pet foods are created equal? That the lower end brands found in grocery stores and some pet stores have meat by-products in them? The meat actually is from rendering mills. (These mills sell the meat to the pet food companies.) This meat consists of animals that have been put down, road kill, ill animals etc. It is not pretty. Please do your homework. Google information on the web. Read books at the library. Read Whole Dog Journal, it’s a monthly guide to natural dog care and training. You’ll find a lot of good information on this and other topics. Their phone Number is 1-800-829-9165 for subscription services and internet, http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/
Did you know?
If you are a woman and you use a topical hormone replacement product like the cream, sprays or gel patches that you need to keep these things away from your dog. When you apply them, apply to areas that are covered with clothing and wash your hands after using. According to the Veterinary Information Network News Service, veterinarians have linked hyperestrogenism to owner’s use of topical hormone preparations. The dogs can injest it by licking your skin that it was applied to or by swallowing a transdermal patch. Affected dogs get excess hormones in their systems. Male dogs can develop enlarged mammary glands, and male puppies may have an underdeveloped penis and testes. With female dogs it can cause swollen vulvas and make females attractive to males and even allow mating. It can also cause hair loss in both sexes. It can also affect cats.
Pets can cause house fires….
According to the national Fire protection Association, household pets accidently start 1,000 fires a year. When you factor in loss of life, injury and property damage the cost are estimated at 14 million a year.
Most common happening is accidently turning on the kitchen stove. Things you might consider doing to lesson the chances of disaster are:
  • remove the knobs or put covers on them.
  • Turn off the pilot lights when you leave home.
  • Always watch lit candles when around pets.
  • Use a stainless steel bowl or ceramic bowl for water when outside on a wooden deck. A glass bowl acts like a magnifying glass and the suns rays is an igniter.
DNA results...
Did you ever wonder what your dog really "is"?
These days there are so many mixed breeds available for adoption at the shelters across the country. Mixed breeds are wonderful dogs. no two are ever exactly alike and usually they have much less medical problems associated with specialized breeding. And usually less problems with social behaviors. They train just as easily as purebreds and with proper care generally live good long healthy lives.
Last month I wrote about Reggie, How we adopted him and was told he was a Terrier mix. I mentioned we were waiting for the results of DNA testing. It was done through Biopet Vet Lab. Their website is http://www.biopetvetlab.com/
Well the results are in and.....our little "Terrier mix", has NO Terrier in him at all.
He is Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Basenji, Irish Sitter and Saint Bernard! ...What!
If you look at his picture on our business card, you'll see why it was such a shock.
No resemblance in looks and only 20 pounds. None of this was a deciding factor when we decided on him. If you would like to have a DNA work up done, ask your Vet or Google it to find someone who can assist you.
If you are interested in adoption check out the Humane Society or Petsmart. Please reconsider your decision to buy from a pet store or on the local street corner. These are generally "puppy mill" dogs. Problems associated with these are with health, inbreeding, dogs being raised in horrible conditions, mistreated and abused and usually by people who are only trying to make a buck. There is a high percentage that you are purchasing a heartache. Most of these attempts end up out on the streets because of disappointment.
To learn more about "puppy mills" contact the Humane Society of the United States or ASPCA. These organizations are involved with many rescues from puppy mills.
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Recipes for your dog and cat's diet and care
Some of the recipes definitely need some tweaking, so I would recommend trying out each recipe and make appropreate changes to make a “better version” of the recipe as needed. (I have not tried "all" of these recipes) For example, some of the recipes have cook times that always result in burned cookies, and others end up very runny and likely need more flour. I offer these only as a treat for you and your pets.
Chihuahua's Stew
 
2/3 cup- turkey, liver, hamburger
 
 
1/2 cup rice
1/4 cup potato
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 carrot
1 cup water
Cut meat into tiny bite size pieces, slice the potato, and cut the carrot. Put all into a pot, add 1/2 cup water, and then garlic powder. Turn on stove to high, let boil. Cook the rice. While cooking add a little of the water every so often to the stew. Add rice to pot, stir, and keep at boil for 2 more minutes. Take from heat. Strain juice into separate pot. Let food cool. Once done, add a little juice. (if wanted)
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Sardine Soup
2 canned sardines
Pat of butter
1 cup water
Few stalks of watercress
Fish sauce (optional)
Put the sardines and the pat of butter into a heavy-based skillet and place on a medium heat. As the pan warms and the butter melts, mash the sardines into it. When the butter has completely melted, pour in the water and stir as it comes to a boil. Thoroughly shred the watercress and toss into the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool. Puree, and add a dash of fish sauce.
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Have a great day and thanks for your trust in us atCyndi's Dog Sitting.
Cyndi Robinson
Cyndi's Dog Sitting
Bye for now 
            Cyndi
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   YourBest Friend 
Volume 1,  Issue 3                                                                           July 2011
Inside This Issue
  • Happy 4th of July
  • It's an Emergency
  • Black dog syndrome
  • Want to makea difference?
  • Recipes for your dog and cat's diet and care
Happy 4 of July to you all !
As this busy time approaches please keep your pets safety and sanity in mind. Many animals run away this time of year due to the noise of fireworks and celebration and owners just not watching them.
A few things you may want to do;
Make sure their license is current.
Keep your pets inside during the festivities.
Leave a radio or tv turned on to help drown out the noise
If they get too emotionally excited consider purchasing ahead of time from the pet store one of the many calming aids they have. Rescue Remedy is actually a human remedy to calm and it works well on pets too. Some pet stores carry it, many have similar products available.
I recommend Paws and Tails Pet Store located in the Fry’s shopping mall in the foothills. Mike and Lora Worley are the owners. They can be reached at
928-345-2200. It’s my opinion they are the best pet store for those really interested in the holistic and high end pet foods and quality toys. Many times if they don’t have or stock a particular item they will make every attempt to find it for you. ( No I don’t work for them. He He).
It's an Emergency
With tornados causing havoc across the country, floods, earthquakes and other disasters seemingly on the rise it only makes sense to stop a moment and think of your pet(s). Are you ready if the need to evacuate arises?
It pays to have a disaster plan in order, just in case that day becomes reality. We think about the things WE need, but what about the fur kids!
Think about an emergency kit. (a plastic storage contaner works well.)
It is recommended to have at least 3-4 days of food, bottled water and your pet’s medications. You will also want to have copies of his medical records and vaccinations. Laminate them in plastic or keep them in a sealed bag or waterproof container. Don’t forget bowls, leashes, blankets and maybe a favorite toy, a chew toy or sticks. Also include in your kit, a pet first aid kit and your vets telephone number.
What if the emergency is something happening to “you”? Maybe you are in a car accident and can’t get home right away, then what? Designate someone, a friend, family or a neighbor and of course please let them know ahead of time that they have been selected as your emergency contact, to be able to enter your home and care for your pets.
My steady clients leave a key in my possession for future visits that also comes in handy if ever an emergency should arise. I’m usually just a phone call away. I already know the pets, have medical authorization on record and I know in general what is normal around your home.
If you choose not to use Cyndi’s Dog Sitting as your back up plan, I would recommend that you have instructions written up for your caregiver so they know where things are like the food, bowls, etc and have a pre-signed statement allowing your vet to administer treatment if a situation happens to occur.
You can also carry on your person information asking the police or emergency personnel to contact the caregiver you have chosen.
The ASPCA has a sticker you can attach to your windows at home, motor home, etc. You can order a free sticker(s) on their website at: www.aspca.orgusing the keyword “disaster”.
Keep in mind that in a natural disaster many shelters for Humans, wont take in pets so you need to prepare accordingly.
Remember to pack your supplies beforehand, have everything you need set aside and ready just in case. Its a good idea to have his/her crate somewhere handy, if you don't have one it's a good investment. You can "crate train" your pet anytime and should. It also gives many dogs and cats a place of security, comfort and somewhere familiar.
No one wants to experience the horror and reality of a disaster or emergency but at least by being somewhat prepared it can take some pressure off of the situation and you will feel good about doing it too.
Black dog syndrome
Do you have a dog or cat that you adopted from a shelter? If so, good for you! If it’s a black pet-this is even better.
The average person does not know of “black dog syndrome”. People who work in shelters and rescue facilities across the country sure do.
This phenomenon has no actual stats to my knowledge but talking to others over time and researching the World Wide Web I believe it to have some merit and I’m saddened by what I have learned.
Black dogs and black cats as well are the last, if at all, to be considered for adoption. Is it superstition or is it that they just don’t stand out like their colored competition? Good question but it seems to be the case. Black dogs and dark colored dogs are often “put down” before the others because their ‘time” runs out.
If you are considering adoption, please consider adopting a black dog or cat because now you know. They are just as loving and as good as any other pet. I’m reminded of a big black lab my brother befriended when we were children. He gave us over 15 years of wonderful memories. Although he could never be replaced and as it was, my brother’s next dog was also black. Of course we knew nothing of this syndrome.
Mention this to others who may be considering adoption, you may just be saving a life and help alleviate this prejudice.
Want to make a difference?
There are many small ways we can make a difference in the life of a shelter animal. One of my favorite pastimes is visiting the animal rescue site at:
By clicking on the purple button, daily, you help because the animal rescue site will donate to shelters in need, and it’s FREE for you to do so. Also when visiting their website you will notice many nice items you can purchase which also goes towards donations to rescues. I have purchased many things from them and have never been disappointed. The website has tabs to click on other good causes also. Breast cancer, save a rainforest, etc. Check them out today. You’ll be glad you did.
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Recipes for your dog and cat's diet and care
Some of the recipes definitely need some tweaking, so I would recommend trying out each recipe and make appropreate changes to make a “better version” of the recipe as needed. (I have not tried "all" of these recipes) For example, some of the recipes have cook times that always result in burned cookies, and others end up very runny and likely need more flour. I offer these only as a treat for you and your pets.
Cheesy Dog Biscuits
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/4 pound margarine
1 clove garlic --crushed
1 pinch salt 1/4 cup Milk --or as needed
Grate the cheese into a bowl and let stand until it reaches room temperature. Cream the cheese with the softened margarine, garlic, salt and flour. Add enough milk to form into a ball.
Chill for 1/2 hour. Roll onto floured board. Cut into shapes and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until slightly brown, and firm. Makes 2 to 3 dozen, depending on size.
Yield: 24 biscuits.
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Reggie & Reco’s Dog Biscuits
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 cup dry milk --powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon honey
6 tablespoons beef fat
1 egg -- beaten
1/2 cup ice water
1.Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil a cookie sheet. Combine flour, dry milk, salt, garlic powder and honey. Cut in meat drippings until mixture resembles corn meal. Mix in egg. Add enough water so that mixture forms a ball.
Using your fingers, pat out dough onto cookie sheet to half inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter or knife and remove scraps. Scraps can be formed again and baked.
2. Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from tray and cool on rack
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Tuna Crackers
6 ounces of undrained tuna
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Measure all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.
Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into treat sized pieces.
Place on a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.
Let cool.
Give to your cat and watch them gobble it up
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Be safe out there, have fun and if I don't see ya before, I'll se ya next month.
Have a great day and thanks for your trust in us atCyndi's Dog Sitting.
Cyndi Robinson
Cyndi's Dog Sitting
Bye for now.
            Cyndi
 
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