Cyndi's Dog Sitting - Your pets become our  extended family
  Your Best Friend
Volume 1, Issue 4                                                                        August 2011
Inside This Issue
  • Welcome to you all
  • Did you know
Welcome to you all!
A big hello and thank you to those of you who are new and returning each month.
This past month has actually been quite active for us atCyndi's Dog Sitting.We have had the opportunity to add some new clients and meet more wonderful pets and their people. We appreciate your interest in us and thank you for your business.
If you haven't noticed, we recently added overnight packages. Many folks are requesting overnight visits for a variety of reasons. If you need this service please contact us to make arrangements. ( remember how you loved slumber parties? Your pets love them too.)
The visit is 8 hours long from 10 PM to 6 AM and cost is $ 80.00. You'll be able to sleep better knowing we are there with your pet(s) and watching your home all night.
Here's some fun information. According to the female cats are right pawed while most males are lefties.
Hey, while I'm on the subject please check out this website and use it daily. Everyday they post a question. It's no big deal if you give the wrong answer, you win anyway and you are provided with the correct answer. The great thing about this site is if you play the quiz game Freekibble donates to shelters and rescues in need. They provide a link to connect and do the same for dogs also. Click on the link above that I have provided and help feed unfortunate pets.
I play both almost everyday. It's nice to know you can help make a difference in the animals lives and have fun doing it too.
Food for thought: With the hot weather, higher humidity and warmer homes your pets treats may not last as long as in the cooler months and could get "buggy". To keep their treats fresh during this time of year especially, keep them in your fridge. I keep mine in the fridge year round.
Did You Know?
White distilled vinegar is great for natural cleaning? It kills bacteria, germs and mold. It's a good cleaner for any surface your dog will come in contact with.
  • For counter surfaces: Use 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water.
  • For cleaning floors (not wood floors.): Use 1/2 cup vinegar in a gallon of warm water.
  • Pour vinegar in your toilet bowl and let it sit ( the longer the better) to make it fresh and clean.This is not for your dogs convenience. (ha-ha)
Did You Know?
That your dogs don't sweat the same as we do? The only means they have for cooling down is panting and through their paws.
Did You Know?
That when your dog looks guilty or acts guilty it isn't because what he or she may have done. Your dog reads YOUR body language and notices when you are upset or angry. His guilty looking response is actually his way of appeasement, trying to divert your emotions so you won't get angry at him.
Did You Know?
That when your cat eliminates inappropriately, after always using his litter box, it's not that he's being "bad." this behavior can be caused by anxiety or fear. Whats different in his environment? Strange people or animals? A storm or other loud noises? It could be medical issues. My cat came down to our main room and right in front of me tried to eliminate in my big house plant pot! Knowing this was not normal behavior for him, I rushed him up to his litter box where he tried to eliminate again, and he couldn't. We made an emergency trip to the Vet and discovered he had a very bad urinary track infection that could have become life threatening in time. It was a good thing I got him there when I did. Please don't think your pet is being "bad" or trying to get even at you for something. Pets don't do that.
Rule out environmental and medical issues and try:
  • Visit your veterinarian.
  • Avoid discipline and yelling. It will only upset the pet more.
  • Refrain from consoling because this is a form of reward, distract him with a toy instead
  • Avoid fearful stimuli, don't keep putting him in situations thinking he will get over it.
If these ideas don't work then ask your vet for recommendations or contact an animal behaviorist. It's always important to LISTEN to your pets. They do communicate.
Did You Know?
Short coated dogs and dogs with single coats frequently suffer more in the heat because they don't have the layer of insulating air trapped between the skin and the outer guard hairs that double coated dogs have. A double coat acts just like double paned windows. So think twice about shearing your dog in the summer, It's better to bathe him often and brush out the dead hair and thin out the coat. The dead hair is like a blanket.
Did You Know?
One female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in 7 years and one female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 pups in 6 years.
Please help stop pet over population. Don't breed, don't "buy" your next pet, please consider adoption and have them spayed or neutered.
Wondering if your pets food is safe or if it's had a recall?
Visit the FDA website to check it out. to search for a specific recall go to type in the name of the product or just click on the "animal health" tab to view a list of recently recalled products.
Tryout this one also.
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 appropriate 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.
Cool summer treats for your dog.
Here's a yummy treat for your time you cook off a roast, chicken or turkey save the juice (broth.) Fill ice cube trays with the broth, add water if needed and freeze. your pet will love these cool treats. Just be sure to watch him and make sure he/she doesn't choke on the cube and you can wipe up any messes. Our dogs get plain ice cubes, no mess and they are calorie free! Even they count "calories".
Bacon Delight
  • 6-8 slices of cooked bacon. dry and crumble.
  • 4 eggs-well beaten.
  • 1/8 cup bacon grease.
  • 1 cup water.
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk-non fat.
  • 2 cups graham flour.
  • 2 cups wheat germ.
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal.
Mix the ingredients with a strong spoon; drop heaping tablespoons onto a greased baking sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave the cookies on the baking sheet overnight to dry out.
Su--Purr Salmon
  • 1 (6 ounce) can of boneless, skinless salmon.
  • 1/4 cup of bread crumbs.
  • 1/2 cop of finely chopped celery.
  • 1 egg, beaten.
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin.
  • 1/2 cup of water.
Preheat oven to 125 degrees.
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Pack into a small fish- shaped mold or other small mold and bake for 45 minutes.
Serve at room temperature.
Have a great day and thanks for your trust in us atCyndi's Dog Sitting.
Cyndi Robinson
Cyndi's Dog Sitting
Bye for now.
  Your Best Friend
Volume 1, Issue 5                                                                    September 2011
Inside This Issue
  • It was Greek to me !
  • Helping others.
  • P.U. !
  • Recipes for your dog and cat's diet and care
Time flys. Hi again, the summer just flew by and here we are in September.Cyndi's Dog Sitting.wishes you a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend and a
chance to enjoy it with your friends , family and pets.
It was Greek to me !
Something to think about-Do you live in a bi-lingual part of town? Did you recently adopt a pet from the shelter that you thought was bright but when it came to basic training like "sit", "stay" and "down" just looked at you puzzled? The dog isn't stupid. Instead you may have a dog that learned basic commands and more in a totally different language. I recently discovered this with Reggie. Although he is learning his basics he is slow to respond at times (it doesn't help that he has a high prey drive and very limited attention span) and at times it seems things just don't click for him. The other day I said a few words in Spanish ( I only know a few) just for the heck of it and he alerted to me right away. It was obvious to me that he was raised around people who spoke Spanish. I'm glad he is a smart dog and is adjusting to my English because if it had to be the other way around we both would be in trouble. LOL !
So in a nutshell, be patient with your new friend. There's a lot to adjust to but with time, love and understanding you will be on your way to a well trained dog.
Speaking of training-check out the Training Products tab to your left. You will find a program for "clicker' training that not only is fun to watch but very informative and if you purchase it as others have your results will amaze you. Check also with the seller to see if it comes in Spanish too. Never know till ya ask.
I'll make it easy for you, here's the link:
Helping others.
It is my belief that good things come to those who try to help others. Over the years many people on a personal and a professional level have helped me to excel in areas of my life. To them I will always be grateful. I too enjoy sharing and helping others when I can so I want to tell you about a few business's, links and websites. companies and organizations I'd like you to check out and I hope that you too can use them as I and many others have.
Please check out my associations tab and training aids tab for other useful things.
first I want to mention Mike and Lora Worley. They are the owners of Paws and Tails pet store in the Foothills. Just recently they moved a few doors down into a larger location. They stock everything you or your pet will need or desire and its all the best of quality. They have even added a do it yourself pet wash at this new location. Check them out today and tell them Cyndi sent you.There phone number is: 928-345-2200.
You can also "like" them on facebook.
Another business I want to mention is: Azure Sky Imagery. Karen Ortiz is Owner/Photographer and does a beautiful job capturing your pet images. she photographs formal and candid pet portraits in the comfort and protection of your home. Her work is wonderful and very reasonably priced. You may have already seen some of her work. Weekly she visits the Humane Society of Yuma and photographs homeless pets which in turn increases their chances for a speedy adoption.
Karen's website is:
Of course animal rescue and adoption have a place in my heart so i want to also mention The Humane Society of Yuma.
Also the Animal Rescue site that helps by donating everytime you click on the purple button each day. There website is:
Last but not least is a company called Pet Nutrition Products. Check out their background and history on their website. They have a Vet on staff to answer question free to established clients. They sell prescriptions and supplemental items and work with your Vet to get you the meds that you need generally at a much lower cost than you will pay at a Vet clinic.
My dog Reco is on a supplement called Vetoquinol Epakitin for his kidneys. At the Vet clinic one jar cost me $86.00 and with Reco's size only last about two weeks. The last jar I purchased through PNP WAS $40.85 AND THE SHIPPING WAS FREE.
Using Pet Nutrition products meant being able to afford the supplement he is on. At $86.00 a jar we wouldn't have been able to afford it. Thank goodness for PNP.
Phone number is; 866-473-8432 The website
In conclusion I hope you too can spread the word of helping others. With the way our economy is, people hurting and homeless people and pets its time we all stepped up and helped each other. After all we are all in this together.
P.U. !
Do you have a spot in your yard where your pets eleminate and over time STINKS?
Well I have a cure. the stuff is called Granular Sweet PDZ horse stall refresher. just sprinkle it on the affected area. It removes ammonia and odors, absorbs moisture and reduces flies. Our yard is gravel, sand and rock. It works well on all of these surfaces.
I have been told it works well in cat boxes. It's made from natural earth products.
You can purchase it at Yuma feed and Livestock Supply at 2380 W. 32nd. St. Their number 344-4940
ALERTThis was just recently brought to my attention. If you have your pet groomed by a professional grooming salon ask them how they dry your pet. Recently it was discovered it is common practice to use a heated dryer that they place on the door of your pets crate/cage to aid in drying your damp pet. Sometimes they get forgotten and there have been cases where the pet has died from HEAT EXHAUSTION. They have no way to escape.
Ask if they have an alternate drying method or what their policy is.
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 appropriate 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.
Pumpkin cookies for Pup
1-15 oz can of mashed pumpkin.
(do not use spiced pumpkin)
3/4 cup cream of rice hot cereal.
1/2 cup of dry powdered milk.
preheat oven to 300 degrees
mix all together, drop by spoonfuls
(size of people cookies)
onto a lightly greased cookie sheet or squeeze
the mixture out of a pastry bag in 2 inch swirls.
Bake 15-20 minutes. Treats should be soft and chewy
Note" I haven't tried this one yet, but I must have been hungry when I found it because it sounds good enough to eat for me. LOL.
Have a great day and thanks for your trust in us atCyndi's Dog Sitting.
Cyndi Robinson
Cyndi's Dog Sitting
Bye for now.
  Your Best Friend
Volume 1, Issue 6                                                                         October 2011
Inside This Issue
  • Happy October
  • Fresh Water Isn't Enough
  • Do You Thirst For Knowledge?
  • Book Early For Time Away
  • Recipes for your dog and cat's diet and care
Happy October!
Wow, another month has flown by us and in a few short weeks it will be Halloween. Although this is a time when kids are having fun, please keep in mind the safety of your pets. There are those out there that like to be pranksters and a few unfortunately that like to take their "tricks" out on pets, so please keep all of your pets inside for the evening.
If your cat is by chance Black, and the same for a Black dog, keep him especially safe. To some black is bad luck and horror stories are reported each year of some poor animal being the victim of a prank or cruel act.
Also with children running around in costumes it is unwise to let your pet run loose. The kids in costume just may cause a normally mild mannered dog to become fear-aggressive and no one wants to have to deal with a dog bite.
And please keep the candy away from your pets. Chocolate can prove to be FATAL to a dog!
On a positive note though with proper supervision and common sense everyone can have a Happy Halloween.
Fresh Water Isn't Enough.
Are you one of those people who pride themselves in knowing you are taking that extra step by giving your pets bottled water or the same filtered water that you drink?
If you are, thats great! Faucet water especially here in Yuma and the surrounding areas is hard water and in my opinion not only has a bad taste but the quality for drinking is not too great either.
A good look at your water pipes should tell you something. Even though it is "good" water if you are just topping off the water and not cleaning the bowl on a regular basis the bottom of the bowl will become scummy and often times will even have a slimy reddish hue on the sides of the bowl.
If this ever happens to you and you do clean out the bowl with a paper towel first before washing it you will see what I mean. It's a slimy gross mess.
So although it is great that you are giving your pet fresh quality water please take that extra step and wash the bowl out first. Thanks.
Do You Thirst For Knowledge?
If you are a person with a passion for your pets, here is a list of recommended readings. I have personally read all of these books and have found them helpful and informative.
  • Understanding Your Dog For Dummies. By Stanley Coren, PhD and Sarah Hodgson. This is a good book filled with all kinds of information from inspiring behavior with motivational techniques like clicker training using targeting and point training. This book also has excellent information on doggie body language, so you can better understand what your dog is trying to tell you. It talks about aggression-its just filled with all kinds of good stuff. If you don't want to buy the book you can check it out at the library today. (also see the tab to your left called Training Products for some really neat clicker training techniques)
  • The Mixed-Breed Dog.By Phyllis DeGioia and Wayne Hunthausen, D.V.M. An easy to read with lots of nice pictures and information on your mixed breed, breed characteristics and general care of your pet.
  • It's Me Or The Dog. How to have the Perfect Pet(Hyperion books, 2007)By Victoria Stilwell, the British dog trainer. I really enjoyed this book. It's full of excellent information, easy to understand. My only complaint is I didn't want it to end. It left me wanting to learn more. She is a good dog trainer and I must say she is an excellent writer also. The last book I want to recommend reading is actually a reference book of sorts. It's called,
  • The Encyclopedia Of Natural Pet Care. By Beverly Cappel-King DVM. This book's copyright is 1998 but it is still filled with interesting and valid information. I have referenced it many times over the past years for my dogs and cats. This book also covers Rabbets and Birds.
Book Early For Time Away
The winter season is upon us and the snowbirds are coming back. If you are planning a trip please remember to book your appointments with me as soon as possible I will be filling up quickly. First come first served.
Also please be sure of your dates when you reserve time. I have a refund and cancellation policy (#3 on your contract, also check and understand #'s 1,2,3,4&5). Please understand I sometimes have to turn away business if a particular time slot is already filled. I must enforce this policy. Thank you in advance for understanding. Call for additional information.
Recipes for your dog and cat's diet and care
"Rovers Favorite Treats"
  • one cup oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • one teaspoon beef bouillion granules
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup powered milk
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • one egg-beaten
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
Combine oatmeal, butter and bouillion granules in a large bowl. Pour hot water over this and let stand for 5 minutes.
Stir in powdered milk, cornmeal and egg.
Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Kneed for 3-4 minutes, adding more flour if needed to make very stiff dough.
Pat or roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness, then cut into bone shaped pieces.
Place on a greased baking sheet ,Bake at 325 deg. for 50 minutes.
Allow to cool and dry out till hard.
"Precious Kitty Treats"
(Other than the obvious)
  • One 12 oz. can of salmon with liquid
  • One egg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup instant oatmeal, ground in a blender
Combine salmon and egg in a blender; mix until smooth.
Add the oatmeal and blend well.
Spray cooking spray on a 9x13 inch pan and spread mixture in the pan.
Bake at 350 deg. for 30-35 minutes.
Cool and cut into bite sized squares.
Store in the freezer.
Have a great day and thanks for your trust in us atCyndi's Dog Sitting.
Cyndi Robinson
Cyndi's Dog Sitting
Bye for now.
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