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Top 3 Signs Your Pet Is Having A Severe Allergic Reaction

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

Allergic Reaction

I recently planted sunflowers in my mother’s garden a few weeks ago and they’re finally, finally, FINALLY budding! I can’t tell you how excited I am being that this is the first time I’ve ever grown anything in my life, so I’m pretty proud of myself at the moment. While inspecting my new creations I noticed there was a considerable amount of pollen on the leaves of one of the larger sunflowers so I asked my mom (which now that I think about it was a pretty dumb question but don’t judge me) if sunflowers had a lot of pollen? She said yes which then got me thinking: If these sunflowers have a lot of pollen then there’s probably going to be a lot of bees buzzing around here, right? I think so, which then reminded me of my mother’s feisty little dog Lily (a one and half year old dachshund with a napoleon complex) and the time she got stung by a bee… right on the nose! (of all places)

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Let’s Hangout on Google+

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

gplus-logo We’re on Google+ 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Google+ it is the latest and greatest social media platform out there! It’s still relatively new, it’s only been around for 2-3 years now so there aren’t the massive amounts of people on here as there are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like but it is fast growing. There are tons of people joining G+ every single day especially individuals who are into social media, marketing, SEO or who have businesses. This is a great tool for businesses or for companies involved in growing a businesses’ online presence! As we all know Google+ is run by Google and Google owns Search which means that whatever content you post onto G+ is more than likely going to be indexed by Search and will inevitably end up in the search results (how awesome is that)! But anyway, this article isn’t about all of the ways that G+ is fantastic (although clearly it should be) but more so about the fact that we are on G+ and would love it if you would join us (and circle us, and talk to us and just be awesome)! The biggest difference that I’ve seen in G+ and the one that I love the most is the fact that this is actually a social platform. Yes, Facebook and Twitter are also social media platforms but for some reason people on these platforms don’t engage with their Likers or Followers. I feel like they just collect “fans” and retweet and share interesting and relevant information but don’t ever communicate with a lot of their fans which is really disappointing and discouraging for a lot of us who follow very prominent figures in social media. How giddy would you get if your favorite celebrity had a 1-1 conversation with you through twitter or facebook? It would be so awesome but it seldom happens. Which is why I love G+! G+ is all about engaging with other people and being social. Emphasis on the word social. And I really feel like a lot of people have lost touch on what the concept of being “social” means. It doesn’t mean going onto a platform and just brain dumping all your content and then having people comment and share it, what it means is to have information that you’re passionate about and share your information with other people and then talk about it, obsess about it and just love it! It’s not about how many followers or likers you have on your profile, it doesn’t make you cool… ok maybe it does, a little bit, what’s important is how much and how well you interact with other people on this platform. I can’t begin to tell you how many great people I’ve met since joining G+ and how many awesome conversations I’ve had with these amazing people that I probably never would have had on facebook or twitter!

Let’s Hangout!

So being that I love G+ so much and that this is unofficially our new home we’ve decided that we’d be hosting liveshows! These liveshows or HOAs (Hangouts On Air) as everyone calls them on G+ are basically like skype calls (you remember skype don’t you?) but live and at the end of the show you have a youtube video of that liveshow that shows up on your youtube channel. These liveshows that we’ll be putting together will be pet related (of course!) and will include experts in a variety of different fields talking about their specific niche, an inside look at TLS and what we do and basically just some great conversation! It’s a great way to engage with other pet enthusiasts as well as with our clients being that you can be part of the liveshow too. Don’t worry that doesn’t mean you’ll be on air for the world to see! It just means that you can be a guest while watching live and ask questions or leave comments during the show. So if we decide to have a trainer on our show one week and you have a specific question you want to ask, you can and it’s FREE! We’re super excited about these liveshows and we’ve got so many great ideas lined up for our channel that it’s hard to decide where to start. But just know they’re coming and you’re invited! So be sure to join us on G+ so you can be social too and tell your friends because we’re taking over the world! 🙂

Overnight Pet Sitter – When Do I Need One?

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

If you’re like most people you enjoy going on extended vacations (2-3 weeks) every now and then but probably worry about

200562379-001leaving your pet for such a long period of time. Sure you’ll have a pet sitter stop by a few times during the day to feed, walk and essentially check up on them but you’re not sure if this is enough to keep your pet happy and healthy while you’re away. No worries, overnight stays may be just the thing for you (and your pet)!

 

How do you know if you need one?

If you worry about 3 out of the 4 choices listed below when leaving your pet then you should definitely consider hiring a pet sitter for an overnight stay next time you’re out of town!

Separation Anxiety

For furry friends who get anxious when their pet parents aren’t around having an overnight pet sitter is a god88804863 send. Many of these pets are usually never absent from the presence of another person. They are typically by their parents side while they go about their daily routines: grabbing a bite to eat, grocery shopping, checking the mail, going to dinner and hanging with friends! When they are left alone they tend to freak out hardcore. Whining, barking, pacing and worst of all destroying things! Having an overnight pet sitter keep your pet from freaking out about where you are and why you’re not around is an added bonus to ensuring that your pet is happy, healthy and stress free while you are away. It also helps to make sure that your home isn’t redecorated by your pet when you get back!

Medical Attention

If your pet is one that requires frequent monitoring due to their health: seizures, heart condition, incontinence then you definitely need an overnight pet sitter to keep a close eye on them not only during the day but also during the night. One of my clients’ dogs’ suffers from a heart condition and is adamant about scheduling an overnight pet sitter to make sure his dogs’ heart doesn’t have any complications throughout the night. He’s an elderly dog whose had a few scares in the past so we make sure to pay extra special attention to him when we spend the night.

Lonely / Bored

Pets get bored and lonely too believe it or not! I once left my cat for 2 weeks with a pet sitter who would stop by twice a day to feed, clean out his litter box and keep him company but this just wasn’t enough as I soon found out when I got back. He was MEOWLING  (my word for meowing and crying really loudly) and following me around for days! He must have missed me and been very lonely because he was so happy to see me and also angry at me for what I assume is leaving him behind. Pets, especially dogs, are very social creatures which is probably why they tend to get a little nutty when you leave them alone for hours at a time. They get bored and start getting into the trash or chewing on your furniture or destroying their toys (does this sound like someone you know???)

Peace of Mind

Knowing that there is someone there keeping an eye on your furry friend while you’re on the other side of the country, in 148163236another state or out for the night is an indescribable feeling. Not having to worry if your pet is bored, lonely or anxious are just a few of the benefits when you hire an overnight pet sitter!

 

 

 

– 2 week vacation to Cancun, Mexico [CHECK!]

– Bags packed [CHECK!]

– Passport and Boarding passes [CHECK!]

– Extra dog and cat food [CHECK!]

– Overnight Pet Sitter [CHECK!]

 

 

Collar Types – Which One Is Best For My Dog!

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

COLLARSCollars! They come in all different shapes, sizes, styles, colors and then some! Every pet, especially dogs, needs a collar mainly because it holds our furry friends’ ID tag as well as their Rabies tag which is usually required in most if not all states. Your dog also needs a collar so you can attach their leash and keep them under control but with so many different types of collars out on the market these days it’s hard to know which one is the best fit for your pup!

So here’s my list of the different types collars out on the market today:

 

Flat Collars

Flat collars are your day-to-day collars. These are the collars you can get in different colors, patterns and designs and can either be the buckle type or quick release. The difference between these two types of collars is the way they are secured onto your dog, whether it’s buckled on snapped into place around their neck. Some people prefer to have  quick release collars in case their pet gets tangled or caught in something that way they can easily break away whereas others prefer the buckle ones. It really just depends on the pet parents preference and what’s most comfortable for your pet. If you have a dog that pulls a lot this may not be the best collar for them.

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Martingale Collars

Also known as greyhound collars these are specifically for those pets that are escape artists and like to back out of their collars. The way it works is that it tightens at the tug of the leash but doesn’t completely close and/or choke the pet, hence the reason why there is another loop of material.web_stellabmartingale

Choke Chain Collars (Chain Slip)

As the name would suggest these collars are designed to CHOKE your dog. Most people who use these types of collars use them for dogs who pull when walking. The theory behind these collars is when your dog pulls the collar tightens essentially “choking” the pet which in turn should make your dog stop pulling. This isn’t always the case, some dogs may not respond to this type of collar and may choke/strangle themselves to death or unconsciousness or if used for long periods of time may cause damage to the dogs trachea or esophagus (throat). This type of collar can be very dangerous and should only be used by someone who knows what they are doing i.e hiring a professional and experienced dog trainer.

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Prong/Pinch Collars

Prong or pinch collars are similar to choke collars with the addition of steel/metal prongs. The theory behind this collar is also similar to the choke collar in that when your dog pulls the collar tightens creating an uncomfortable sensation around the neck thus causing the dog to stop pulling. Again this doesn’t always work, some dogs may not respond to this type of collar and can instead be severely injured. This is another type of collar that should be used with caution and under the supervision of a trained professional.

I personally wouldn’t recommend choke or prong collars as they can be very dangerous if not used correctly. There are so many other types of collars out there that can get the job done that I just feel that these types are just unnecessary and inhumane.

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Electric Collar

These shock collars use an electrical current passing from the two contact points on the device to deliver a signal to your dog. This signal can range in intensity from mild, moderate to severe. A very controversial tool in the industry as many people consider this tool to be inhumane and can easily be manipulated as a form of abuse. Another collar that should also be used under the supervision of a trained professional. These types of collars are typically used in training and/or with dogs who are unruly and uncontrollable.

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Head Collar

Similar to horse halters, these collars are secured at the back of the skull and over the dogs muzzle. A great tool to use if your dog is the type that likes to pull during walks. I personally have used a head collar for my german shepherd and it worked great in the beginning but she didn’t tolerate it very well after the first few walks. So this would be great if your dog is ok with having things over their muzzle otherwise you may need to find something else that fits them more comfortably.

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 Harness

There are a variety of harnesses on the market these days, some of which attach at the front of the chest and others with the attachment on the back. Depending on your dog and how much pulling they do you can choose which one will work best for them. I find that for dogs that love to jump and lunge while walking using a harness with an attachment on the front works best, you can use their momentum to gain better control of them whereas with the harnesses  attached on the back it just encourages pulling even more and gives them better leverage to pull.

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A few things to think about before choosing a collar are:

– Is my dog a puller/lunger?

– Will my dog respond well to this type of collar?

– Will it be comfortable for my dog?

– Will this tool physically injure/harm my dog?

– Is my dog reactive on walks?

– Does my dog like to wander and sniff things?

 

Once you decide what kind of “walker” your dog is you can get a better sense of what collar would be best for them. You obviously wouldn’t want to put a choke collar on a dog that is a good walker as it would be unnecessary but then you wouldn’t want to put a flat collar on a dog who loves backing out of collars whenever he sees a squirrel or another dog during walks. The goal is to find a collar that works best not only for your pup but for you as well so that both of you can have an enjoyable walk every time!

Happy Walking!

 

 

South Pointe Boardwalk – Miami Beach Local Hot Spot!

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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If you ever travel to Miami Beach and want to find a nice spot for a leisurely walk (with or without your furry friend, preferably with) I recommend visiting the South Pointe Boardwalk. This boardwalk is located on the southern most tip of South Beach (1 Washington Avenue), in one direction it leads to the beach while in the other it will lead you to the shops on 5th street. While walking on this boardwalk you’ll be able to enjoy a number of things: a few of the local restaurants like  Smith & Wollensky, Monty’s, and Texas de Brazil, the beautiful marina equipped with a variety of boats (you can even go onto the dock and check out a few of them up close and personal, just be sure to enter through the guest gate) and also the off-leash dog park (which is why you should definitely bring your furry friend)!

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If you’re a Miami Beach local then you know about the boardwalk and you love it and if you’re not then you should definitely visit this boardwalk if you’re ever in town. It is one of the many places on South Beach where you can see and be seen.

I personally love to stop by the boardwalk in the early mornings or at sunset so I can watch the sun rise or set. It’s amazing! I also enjoy taking my pooches on walks here as well since there are always pet parents with their furry friends passing through. The pups especially love coming here because of the off leash dog park that can be found. They’re always so excited once we start nearing the park and always meet one friend or another whom we see on a regular basis when visiting. Both pet parents and pups are so friendly and welcoming, it’s really more than just a community out here, it’s like a family!

If you decide not to bring your furry friend with you or if you don’t have one you can always just stroll the boardwalk either by walking, running, bicycling and/or skating. Just be aware of your surroundings so you don’t run or get anyone run over, this location is notorious for cyclists and traffic can be a little intense. And if you’re not into any of those things just stop by one of the many restaurants along the boardwalk and relax with a drink and some good food.

Oh and don’t forget to check out the amazing beach!

Have you visited the South Pointe Boardwalk before?

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Zoey making a splash in the ocean!

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One of the Carnival cruise ships leaving the port 

 

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The Marina 

 

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