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BBS Rescue Spotlight: Rescuzilla

BestBullySticks.com loves hearing a good dog rescue story and Rescuzilla out of NYC has a lot of good ones. We spoke to Katherine Good, one of the coordinators at this passionate animal rescue about the successes and needs of Rescuzilla.

When & Why did you start?  
Rescuzilla was founded in 2009 in the hopes of responsibly saving dogs and cats from being part of the millions of animals that are killed each year in the United States. After years of volunteering and caring for animals at the shelter we wanted to be able to make sure that animals we met got the chance to be wonderful family members. Starting a rescue was the next logical step in doing so.

What’s different about your rescue? 
We are very much a grassroots and hand on rescue. As active volunteers at the Animal Care & Control of New York City and partners in their New Hope program, we are able to help animals from the beginning of their second life until their new forever home. Our program is small, with usually around 8 animals at a time, but every animal is in loving foster home and receives all the attention it needs whether it be medical or behavioral. 

What is the greatest success story or “win” that your rescue has had? 
This is a tough one! One of the few ways to measure it is by how far an animal has come since we first met him. One that always keeps us smiling is Benjamin Buttons. He was found with what we thought was a sweater that turned out to be a sweatpants leg that someone had fashioned into a shirt for him. A little, emaciated, chronically illsenior rat terrier.  He had to be saved but we knew it would take a one-of-a-kind family to see all his potential! He was fostered by an amazing family that embodies the definition of love. His mama fed him special meals, carried him all over the house in a pouch and let him sleep safely in bed, making sure he had his space right between her and her husband. It wasn’t long before Benjamin started putting on weight and his ailments dissipated. The foster family saw how special he is and knew he was meant to be with them forever. He is like a whole new dog; truly a Benjamin (Belly) Buttons.   read more…

Dog Care 101 Tip #203: Choosing A Good Dog Sitter

If you can’t make it home to let your dog out at lunch or you’re going on vacation, considering a dog sitter is a great idea. BestBullySticks.com knows you want the best caregiver for your dog besides you. That’s why we’re giving you these handy tips on How to Choose a Good Dog Sitter!

Pros of Choosing A Dog Sitter
A few positives of hiring a dog sitter include:

  • Keeping your pet comfortable in their own environment
  • Keeping your dog’s regular routine
  • No social anxiety of a boarding facility
  • Attention and care while you’re away and peace of mind you’ll feel knowing this
  • Happier friends and family who aren’t begrudgingly caring for your pet
  • Checking in on your house so potential burglars won’t know you’re gone
  • Miscellaneous services such as plant watering, mail pick up, etc.

What To Look For
Finding a pet sitter is as easy as asking friends and family or even looking to the National Association for Professional Pet Sitters or Pet Sitters International. Online services such as Care.com are helpful, too.

Once you find a few candidates, look into each person’s qualifications and services. You’ll want to check for:

  • Related training
  • At least three references
  • Liability insurance to cover accidents or negligence

You’ll also want to see if the sitter is:

  • Comfortable with your dog and your dog seems comfortable with them
  • Taking thorough notes
  • Offering additional services such as plant watering, mail pickup or grooming
  • Providing a written contract including services and fees
  • Outlining when and how long they will be at your home (if not a live-in sitter)
  • Checking in with you at a specified time interval
  • Setting up a replacement if they have an emergency or are sick
  • Familiar with First Aid or an Emergency Vet
  • The only person coming into your home
  • Leaving your house key in a particular place

Your Responsibilities
Now that you know what to look for, prepare for your dog sitters visit. Here are some basic responsibilities to make your dog sitter’s time with your fur-kid easy and pleasant.

  • Notify your dog sitter as early as possible
  • Be sure you have current id tags and all medical information and vaccinations are up to date
  • Make sure your pet is well socialized and comfortable with your sitter
  • Take your sitter on a full tour of your house and be sure they’re familiar with your security system and fuse box
  • Leave detailed instructions outlining your dog’s complete routine (feeding, exercise, preferences)
  • Leave all your contact, emergency contact and veterinarian information
  • Put your dog’s food and supplies in one place
  • Leave a key with a friend, trusted neighbor or family member as well as exchange phone numbers between them all.

To keep your dog busy while he’s alone, give him a durable Planet Dog Orbee. This stuffable dog toy will give Fido hours of challenging fun. Try freezing kibble and peanut butter. Your dog will love this toy!

Now that you’re familiar with finding a good dog sitter, you can go out of town without worrying (too much) about Fido.

 

 

 

 

 

BBS Weekend Reader: March 1st Edition

It’s Friday!! Did you miss any of BestBullySticks.com BARK-tastic blogs this week?  If you did miss any of the Mississippi Dog Rescuing/Cookie Crisp Dog Treat Baking/Schipperke fun, catch up before Monday with all of this week’s great BBS Blogs!

So snuggle up to your favorite pooch (or pooches) and read the BBS Healthy Dog Blog! Happy Weekend Reading! Click the links below to find out more about:

Rescue Spotlight: Community Animal Rescue & Adoption •  Dog Pack Snacks Coco’s Carob-Nut Dog Crisps • Breed Spotlight on the Schipperke

Also in your free time this weekend, check out our fun Pinterest Page! We’ve got TONS of great dog videos, adorable dog photos, funny dog photos, DIY dog project and more!

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