I Miss Walking My Dog

I Miss Walking My Dog

by Kathy Green  •  May 10, 2013
The title of this must seem callous! It should read,"I Miss my Dog". Of course I miss my dog. When she died a few months ago I was bereft. Buffy was my constant companion and friend, as she was to my husband before his passing. So, inherent in her dying, is what all of us have experienced when we have lost a beloved pet; loneliness and grief. But there is another piece to this loss as well-one of physical wellness and social contact. You do not need a dog to take a walk. You may belong to...
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How to Make the Best Impression in a Phone Interview

How to Make the Best Impression in a Phone Interview

by Kathy Green  •  April 15, 2013
You've posted your ad and now the wait begins for the calls. But are you ready? When that phone rings you have maybe a few minutes at the very most to convince the person who has called that you are the person they should interview and ultimately hire. So what are the keys? What ensures a good first impression? Here are a few suggestions that you should consider. Prepare. Know your strengths and experience well and possibly write down a few points on paper and leave them by the phone. Th...
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How to Conduct a Good Phone Interview

How to Conduct a Good Phone Interview

by Kathy Green  •  April 15, 2013
Finding the right pet sitterbegins with a good phone interview. On petsitter.com you have seen several very promising ads, so now it is time to make the first contact with these candidates by phone. These calls, if successful, may determine who you will have face-to face interviews with, so knowing how to get the most from these short calls takes some thought. Here are a few things to keep in mind: On the phone you do not have the advantage of seeing body language(smiling etc) which can...
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43 Questions for a Pet Sitter Interview
Pet Sitter Hiring Guide

43 Questions for a Pet Sitter Interview

by Kathy Green  •  March 25, 2013
General Background of Candidate Can you describe your philosophy of raising animals? Have you had pets of your own? What are your hobbies and interests? What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? What do you consider to be your weaknesses? What are your most significant accomplishments? Do you have a current position and why do you want to leave? What are your expectations for your next position? What are your long-range goals? Attitudes Towards Pets and Pet Care Knowledge Why di...
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Treatment for Frostbite and Hypothermia

Treatment for Frostbite and Hypothermia

by Kathy Green  •  February 19, 2013
It is a mistake to believe that because your cat or dog has a fur coat that they can withstand extreme cold for very long. If left out too long, an animal’s body reacts just like that of a human. Blood is diverted from the extremities, which are the legs, tail, ears, feet; this is done so that blood is circulated to the vital organs (liver, heart, lungs and kidneys). Deprived of blood flow, the extremities will suffer severe frostbite, which can result in the loss of limbs, ear tips, nose ...
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Lessons We Can Learn From Our Dogs

Lessons We Can Learn From Our Dogs

by Kathy Green  •  February 12, 2013
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them; Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride; Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy; Take naps; Stretch before rising; Run, romp, and play daily; Thrive on attention and let people touch you; Avoid biting when a simple growl will do; On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass; On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree; When you're happy, dance around and wag your ent...
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Don't Always Lead With Your Heart!

Don't Always Lead With Your Heart!

by Kathy Green  •  January 17, 2013
Well, I almost did it. It was close. A simple trip to the pet food store very nearly resulted in a surprise purchase-one fluffy, adorable 6 week old grey tabby cat. And oh those longing tender green eyes!!! As I drove home I almost turned back on two occasions, finally assuaging my angst by vowing to research "Bringing a new kitten into a home with a cat" as soon as I got home. The results of of my search were surprising, to say the least. In a nutshell, it is not impossible to make it w...
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Introducing a New Kitten Into a Home Where an Older Cat Resides

by John Philip Green  •  January 15, 2013
Unlike most dogs, cats are very territorial. Dire and long-lasting consequences can result when you try to rush the integration of a new kitten into your home that already has an in-residence feline. Like many humans, first impressions are very important to felines and negative first impressions are very difficult, often impossible to change. So it is imperative that you have a few guidelines to facilitate the early days, and each step along the way. Some Guidelines: Do not bring the new...
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