Cyndi's Dog Sitting - Your pets become our  extended family
Quarterly Newsletter............January, February& March  2012    
 Your Best Friend
Volume 1, Issue 9                                                                   March 2012
Inside This Issue
  • Welcome Aboard,Welcome Back!
  • Newsletter Changes.                                               
  • Busy Schedules. 
  • What's New?,What's News?
    ....Did you Know?
  • The Easter Bunny Is On His Way...
  • Recipes for your dog diet and care.
Welcome Aboard,Welcome Back!
First I want to thank all of you out there that continue to use Cyndi's Dog Sitting for all your and your pets' needs when you needed those "Special " times alone.
We enjoy every minute we have with your pet and always look forward to future visits. Believe me I look at this as more than a "Business".
Welcome Aboard  also to those of you who are new to our extended family or maybe your still deciding to try us out, let me assure you, you will be happy with the results. And you probably do need that "weekend" alone time. You deserve it!
Pet's are usually happier when given the opportunity to stay in the comfort of their own homes. Set up a "Meet & Greet" with us and you will rest assured knowing that you will be happier too with Cyndi's Dog Sitting in your home and with your pet.
2012 and Cyndi's Dog Sitting has been having fun and keeping busy. However some sadness also in our extended family. We want to once again express our deepest sympathy for the loss of"TIGGER"and also"SOMBRITA".
*Tigger was a terrific cat of about 15 years. He crossed over the "rainbow bridge" due to health issues related to his senior years.
*Sombrita (on the right in the picture) was a sweet older girl who suc-cumbed to a sudden illness.
I personally want to thank their "pet parents" for contacting me with the news during this time of sadness to share some grief with me and Bob. You get attached when you care for a pet,you get to know them and experience their individual personalities and quirks. It really is a blessing and a gift for me to get to do this.
You can visit them in slide show #1. .......We really do become Family.
Newsletter Changes.
Wow! The first quarter of 2012 was here and gone already. Time sure moves along, and so do our TAXES! - Help...
In our December 2011 Newsletter I wrote about starting 2012 with Quarterly Newsletters. I hope you enjoy this new concept as much as you tell me you enjoy them all. This quarter covers January, February and March 2012.
We all have very busy lives and enjoy reading when we can. We decided that doing less in this case will result in being more. I hope you continue to enjoy the news and information. We will see....
Busy Schedules.
Please, Please, Please if you know your vacation plans and need Cyndi's Dog Sitting, give us a call now and get it scheduled.
Presently Bob and I are the only "sitters" in place. It's not unheard of for Bob to be scheduled at one home and me in another when someone calls late and needs us "tomorrow. If you are a new client...We have to have a "meet & Greet" before we can begin a sit. If the time slot you need is already filled, we will do everything we possibly can to accommodate you, but Please give us as much time as you can.
 Just a reminder - Be sure of your dates. Read your contract.
  • There is a 12 hour cancellation policy in order to receive a refund.
  • If you back out and do not call before 12 hours you will not receive a refund for those dates for this reason,  When we schedule you in a time slot, Those dates are taken. Someone else may have been turned away later because you were locked in for that time. We will always call back anyone who may have been turned away and try to fill your canceled time. Once again please read your contract.
  • At this time I'm not requesting full payment upfront because this has not become an issue. This is only a friendly heads-up because if it ever becomes an issue, I may have to change that policy. Thank You for understanding.
What's New?,What's News?, and....Did you Know?
Zoonotic diseases are illnesses that can be transferred between people and your pet. Listed here are a few of those:
  • Rabies
  • Tuberculosis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Ringworm
  • Larvel Migrans
  • Canine Scabies
Rabies is a viral Zooosis and the most serious of all. It can cause death. Usually caused by being bitten by the affected animal. This is why it is mandatory and the law to have your pets vaccinated against rabies.
Tuberculosis is rare but possibly spread by Humans in their sputum and other respiratory secretions. Dogs get this through contact with these secretions. They then can pass it on to other animals or people.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that cause flu like symptoms. Its generally spread through contact with an infected dogs urine.
Salmonellosis is a bacterial disease of the gastrointestinal system. humans usually get this by eating or drinking contaminated water or undercooked food.
Ringworm is a skin infection caused by a fungal organism you get by petting an infected dog or more commonly, a cat.
Larvel Migrans usually its kids that end up getting this. It is a condition associated with ingestion by Humans of roundworm eggs from the soil or penetration of the skin by hookworm larvae living in the soil. kids sometimes play in areas heavily contaminated with dog feces.
         KEEP UP THE POOP.
                    SCOOP UP THE POOP.
                              WASH YOUR HANDS.
Canine Scabies is a tiny mite Humans can pick it up from their dogs by handling and petting them- if they have it, you get it.
Having said all that - how creepy is that huh! - Don't panic and please don't toss out your beloved pet. heres what you need to do to reduce your risk of these diseases.
  1. Wash your hands.
  2. keep your yard clean of poop.
  3. If you have a compromised immune system please be extra careful - again wash your hands.
  4. Keep your pets healthy with regular Vet check-ups and updated vaccinations.
I have had pets all of my life and worked with pets and have been around them in close contact without any problems. Just be aware - Keep yourself and your pet clean and most of all LOVE and ENJOY them all.
The Easter Bunny Is On His Way...
With Easter coming, it's just around the corner ya know.... I  want to remind everyone - Please no chocolate for your pets.Keep it up and away. Although there are some pets that seem to ingest it without any problems, many have died from eating it.
Also please reconsider getting a live bunny for your child for Easter.Opt for a stuffed toy instead. If you just can't resist that cute little fuzzy cottontail looking up at you, just remember that bunnies have feelings too. they can live quite a few years and require care and maintenance just like any other pet.
Sadly said many bunnies are DUMPED at shelters or worse - just let go a short time after Easter because the newness wears off and a high percent are killed there.
Why do we CELEBRATE  Easter anyway?...................
Please don't be a part of the problem....Be a part of the solution.
Recipes for your dog diet and care.
After three months your dog must be ready for a snack, lets see...
Apple Crunch Pup Cakes
Dog Food Recipe Ingredients:
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened                                
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla                                  
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup dried apple chips                                
       ( you can also use fresh fruit)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten slightly
  • 4 tablespoons honey
Dog Food Recipe Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooling spray. Mix all wet ingredients thoroughly. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl. Add wet to dry slowly , scraping well to make sure no dry mixture is left. Pour into muffin tins. Bake for 1 1/4 hours or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out dry. Store in a sealed container. Makes around 12-14 pupcakes.
We hope your best friend enjoys.
Thank you for reading and listening to me again inYour Best Friend
Bob and I here at Cyndi's Dog Sitting  want to wish you a very happy Easter (for those of you who celebrate this day) and to all of you - enjoy our wonderful Spring and continue to love your pets. Give them a hug for me.......We ARE blessed.
See ya in July for more.
Have a great day and thanks for your trust in us at Cyndi's Dog Sitting.
Bye for now
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