New Service

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We are happy to announce that we are servicing the Highbrook Apartments in High Point. We are now exclusively servicing a few complexes in the High Point area only. If you need a sitter in Greensboro or the surrounding areas we will be happy to refer you to someone, however, we are no longer accepting new clients in the Greensboro area.

We are back!

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Give us a call!  We have decided to jump back in and get back to some pet sitting!  It will be a slow progression but we just can’t stay away from the furbabies!

Thanks for the Memories!

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Thanks for so many great memories the last 11+ years. We have decided it is time to hang up the leashes and move on. It has truly been a wonderful time full of laughs, wonderful pets, heart breaking stories and amazing experiences. We have loved many pets over the years, as well as the owners!

We wish everyone many happy years with the ones that make life worth living – the dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, etc.

Thanks everyone!!

Dogs are Miracles with Paws

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Dogs are Miracles with Paws

A dog’s nose in the palm of your hand can cure almost anything.

Dogs are made of love and fur.

Let your dog take you for a walk.

Dogs are a sure thing.

Dogs have no secrets.

Dogs are like vanilla ice cream: reliably delicious.

Dogs are wise agents directly from heaven.

If you had a tail wouldn’t you wag it?

There are no bad dogs.

Be your dog’s best friend.

Dogs like dancing, drive in movies and dreaming.

God made dogs and spelled his own name backwards.

Dogs make great therapists.

Kiss your dog all the time.

Some dogs are nap dogs.

Dogs invented unconditional love.

Dogs are party animals.

Apply dog logic to life:  eat well, be loved, get petted, sleep a lot, dream of a leash free world.

Live your dog’s life.

How do we get our keys back??

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We are asked this question frequently because naturally clients do not want their home security breached. We totally understand this.  That is why we have a key system that only our staff knows how to operate.

Simply put, your key is coded so if it were to go missing or stolen, no one knows who the key belongs to or where someone might live.  We are happy to return keys to you after the first visit.

We will not, however, hide them on your property or throw them under a closing garage door. We get paid to worry for you and we worry about thieves stealing the key or entering your home from the key under the mat or a delay in your arrive that causes us not to be able to access your home because your keys are locked inside your garage.

Basically, here is our policy on keys:

Keys/Lockout: Two keys to the home will be given to Furry Godmothers to keep on file by the completion of the second booking. If a garage code is offered to gain entry to your home, it is still the clients responsibility to provide a key in the event of problems with malfunctioning door or power outage.  If client does not provide key in addition to garage code, they are responsible for any missed visits due to mentioned malfunction or power outage. If a key is NOT retained by the second booking a fee of $15.00 will be incurred for pick up and drop off of the key.

Go ahead and get to know us and we will pick up and drop off the first booking for free! Beginning with the 2nd booking, there is a charge. There is no option to drop them off to us at this time.

We have been serving the Triad area for 10 years!

 

Some information provided by Bellas House and Pet Sitting in Arizona.

Boarding in Greensboro

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Dog Boarding

 

Dog Boarding in Greensboro can actually be a great thing for certain pets. Although for many, it is not.

 

Think about it… if your pet is used to having free rein of your home when you are home and is only “quarantined” for a few hours at a time when you are away, boarding may not be a great option

If someone stuck you in jail for the weekend and told you that you can only go potty two or three times a day, it would be a bit of an adjustment, right? Right.

So when deciding which option is best for your pet take these things into consideration:

  1. Do they easily adjust when Mom and Dad are gone? (ex. do they stop eating?)
  2. Are they used to being without you? (Do you work long hours or work from home?)
  3. Do they have separation anxiety?

The answers to these questions will help you determine if boarding your dog is the right option. Keeping them at home and having Furry Godmothers Pet Sitting will result in these wonderful benefits:

  1. Sights, smells, and sounds stay the same.
  2. Exposure to illness is eliminated.
  3. We will hand feed your pet and stay as long as needed to make your pet happy.
  4. No Travel Trauma.

There are so many more benefits and if you give us a call (336)324-6159 we can discuss your pets specifically. I would love to chat with you!

 

 

Article used from Bellas House and Pet Sitting

Big Trouble Part 2

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In our ongoing series about puppy mills, we are including today the Commercial Breeder Bill Fact Sheet.  This information is provided by the Humane Society and explains what the laws will do to stop puppy mills.

If you want to get involved to stop this problem in NC, please check out the following websites for further information:   http://www.hsus.org and http://www.ncvaw.org

COMMERCIAL BREEDER BILL

FACT SHEET

What will the bill do?

The bill ensures the humane care and treatment of dogs in the custody of large scale commercial breeders.

  • Requires commercial breeders to register with the NC Department of Agriculture by providing an address and tax identification number
  • Inspections are on a complaint driven basis only after initial licensing
  • Provides confined dogs enough space to easily sit, stand, turn around and lie down in a normal manner
  • Requires proper ventilation and adequate lighting for animals confined indoors
  • Requires structurally sound shelter with proper protection from inclement weather conditions for animals confined outdoors
  • Ensures adequate sanitation conditions within the living spaces; and
  • Requires proper handling, treatment and veterinary care

Who is impacted by the bill?

The bill only impacts “commercial breeders,” defined as persons or entities which possess 10 or more adult intact female dogs and are engaged in the business of breeding those animals and selling their offspring for pets. Small breeders who have 10 or fewer adult breeding dogs will not be affected by the bill.

Large scale breeding facilities are a problem in North Carolina.

Hundreds of North Carolina commercial breeders operate entirely free of state oversight, and the breeding dogs at these facilities are unprotected.  With passage of legislation in Virginia, Tennessee and other states across the country, North Carolina could fast become a magnet for some of the worst operators who will choose to move to a less restrictive state where they can continue operating sub-standard facilities without fear of regulation.  Without adequate regulation, North Carolina has become a magnet state for the worst “puppy mill” operators.

Dogs’ most basic needs are not being met.

In North Carolina, thousands of breeding dogs are forced to live in cramped, barren wire cages for years on end.  These dogs often don’t have the basics of food and water, shelter from the blistering heat or bitter cold, regular veterinary care, or exercise outside their cages.   They receive little or no socialization and often exhibit severe behavioral and genetic abnormalities.  When they no longer produce a profit, they are simply discarded or killed.

 

Consumers are paying severe financial and emotional costs.

Most pet owners would never consider putting their own dogs in a tiny wire cage for the rest of their natural lives, yet thousands of consumers unknowingly purchase puppies every year who were bred in these conditions.  Due to shoddy breeding conditions, puppy mill puppies often arrive with a host of behavioral, genetic, and physical problems, from congenital heart or skeletal defects, to infectious disease like Parvovirus and respiratory infections – all of which may be unknown to the consumer until after their purchase is complete.  This often leads to extreme financial and emotional expense associated with extensive veterinary bills and the heartbreak of watching their puppy suffer.

Large scale breeding facilities can create a drain on local resources.

When conditions are allowed to deteriorate at puppy mills, the cost of cleaning up these operations can be crippling to local agencies.    From June 2011 through March 2012, 8 puppy mills were busted in North Carolina.  The cost to clean up these puppy mills and provide medical care for the dogs (over 900) was nearly $400,000.

Does this bill address ownership of dogs?

No, this bill has no effect on anyone’s right to own a dog, or any number of dogs.  It simply ensures the humane care and treatment of dogs and cats in the custody of commercial breeders.

Aren’t there existing laws to stop this?

North Carolina has no laws regulating commercial breeding operations unless they sell to research labs or pet stores.  The majority of the breeders in North Carolina sell to individuals through internet sales and newspaper ads.  Although North Carolina has anti-cruelty laws intended to address neglect and mistreatment of animals, most large-scale breeding facilities continue to operate in ways that mock these laws.  Due to a loophole in the federal Animal Welfare Act, large commercial breeders who sell puppies directly to pet owners, including those who sell over the Internet, are exempt from any federal oversight. And even those that are subject to federal oversight are not providing the minimal standards of care required under the Act. The USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report confirming that USDA inspectors regularly ignore horrific suffering at commercial dog breeding facilities and allow the facilities to continue to operate, unimpeded, despite repeated violations of the Act. Given North Carolina has no state law governing these facilities, these facilities are operating free from oversight, and the dogs and cats they keep are completely unprotected

No Fiscal Impact:

The bill requires a commercial breeder to apply for a commercial breeder registration and pay a fee of $75.00 each fiscal year. And because many commercial breeders currently operate under the radar, it is anticipated that tax revenues will increase when these operations come into compliance with existing tax law.

 

For additional questions, please contact:

Kim Alboum, HSUS (919-744-5093 or kalboum@humanesociety.org)

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