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By: Brenton | November 22, 2018

A lot of us who have pets—dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, fish, lizards, or whatever—tend to think of them as family, if not children with fur, feathers, or scales. Even then, as much as we love our pets, we can all tend to get swept up in our day-to-day work, errands, and activities. This can sometimes make it difficult to truly appreciate our pets, especially if we only see them as additional responsibilities on days that are particularly hectic. Thanksgiving seems like the perfect day to remind everyone of everything that our pets actually do for us.

If you ask people what they enjoy most about their pets, the typical answer is that it’s nice to have a happy face always there to greet them upon returning home. Since that’s so...

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By: Brenton | June 28, 2018

Small caged animals like rabbits and guinea pigs are often considered “starter” pets, as people tend to think of them as being low-maintenance creatures requiring little time and attention. People who have never had pets or who are looking for something for their kids to care for often get rabbits and guinea pigs under such assumptions. While it’s true that these animals don’t quite have the same psychological depth as dogs and cats, which live more prosperous lives when provided with regular affection and socialization, they are still not pets that can simply be fed and forgotten.


Whether or not getting a caged pet like a rabbit or guinea pig is the right move for you depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking to test your c...

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By: Brenton | June 04, 2018

There’s a lot to love about our canine companions, but let’s be honest: there’s also a lot to be frustrated by. On the one hand, you have puppies, which, though at their most malleable, are typically at a dog’s most uncooperative point of life. On the other hand, you have senior dogs, which, though willing to listen to the commands they know, require patient handling in order not to set health concerns into motion. Then, somewhere in between because this can be seen in dogs of all ages, you have aggressive dogs that have yet to be dealt with properly, whether because they came from abusive households, their owners didn’t train them accordingly from a young enough age, or because they’ve been passed from home to home after being deemed a “p...

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By: Brenton | May 16, 2018

Being a pet care specialist entails spending slivers of each day with different dogs and cats. Most of our visits last about thirty minutes, which means that we are only present for a small portion of the pet’s daily life. Oftentimes, we don’t get to focus on the “fun stuff” with these pets, like playing and snuggling (though we definitely do that when we’re able), as we are either helping reinforce their training, coming across as an authority figure rather than a friend to the animal, or we’re busy taking care of other tasks like preparing their food, replacing their water, handling their litterboxes, or cleaning up after messes they’ve made.

 

However, with the dogs and cats we do see on a daily or weekly basis, we still form a bo...

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By: Brenton | March 22, 2018

Watching your pup get older can be rough, even if they manage to age fairly gracefully and with minimal issues. Your senior dog may have limited energy and mobility, and they likely spend more time sleeping. You may find yourself in a position where you want to enjoy the time you have with your dog, but you don’t want to put them in discomfort. This can be a frustrating situation, which is why I’ve compiled a list of ways to help you make the most of your time with your senior pup (yes, in my vernacular, all dogs are “pups,” no matter how old they are).



1. Walks


Perhaps you’ve given up on walking your dog because you think it’s too taxing on him or her. However, if your dog is spending more time sleeping and lying around, walks will help e...

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By: Brenton | January 05, 2018

Hire a dog walker in Cleveland. Shown: Cleo


Every good dog parent wants the best for their pooch. In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have responsibilities and passions pulling us away from our pups for several hours a day, or we would at least be able to bring them with us everywhere as we handle our human lives. However, we require jobs to, at the very least, allow us to provide financially for our dogs and their food, shelter, supplies, and medical needs. On top of that, we also need to, you know, pay our own bills, feed ourselves, and attempt to achieve self-actualization. We love our dogs, but many of us are simply unable to be home enough each day to ensure that their needs are truly being met. This is where hiring a qualified pet care specialist comes in handy. Having a trusted pro...

By: Brenton | December 10, 2017

Okay, Cleveland, much like in Game of Thrones, it is time for us to accept that winter is here. We’ve already seen snippets of snow and temperatures have shifted to the colder side of the spectrum most days. Not only do we need to be making preparations for our pets when they go outdoors, but we should also be on the alert for how the change in seasons will affect strays. Namely, I’m thinking of cats.

Dogs spotted on the loose are generally taken to shelters, adopted by those who find them, or at least taken in by those who find them until other living arrangements are secured. A loose cat, on the other hand, is far more common to see than a loose dog, and is usually seen as much less of a concern. Pet cats often wander outdoors and, sin...

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By: Brenton | July 09, 2017

Recently you may have read about my opinions, supported by facts, regarding tech companies posing as pet care services. If not, you can, if you'd like HERE.) Unfortunately, the tech companies won't stop at their sort of "scam", if you will. I've quoted SCAM as it is perfectly legal what they are doing - providing a "push button, get sitter" kind of service similar to how the new-age model of taxi services, Uber, works. Moreover, some of these companies are merging and putting their collective marketing dollars to somewhat dishonest, albeit effective, work, at least in my opinion.


You may have heard one particular company who brands themselves as "the dog people". Now I won't say a number of the sitters listed o...

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By: Brenton | November 05, 2016

We are always doing our best to look to the health and well-being of our clients' pets and that of our human team members as well. Considering this, as a policy when temperatures or windchill fall below 15F, we modify outside type visits (dog walks, etc.) to a short "potty break" and then spend the remainder of the time engaging with them, and generally getting their mind's going and body active. Please, if you have pet jackets or booties or any other protective wear for your pets, have them available so we can see to the safety of your pet while he or she is outside. ALSO, when we are forecast to see significant snow fall, we do make all scheduled visits, however, the timing may not fall within our typical time frame of...

By: Brenton | June 20, 2016

Executive Pet Services is always trying to look to the best interests of our client's pets and that of our human team members as well. Considering this, as a policy when temperatures or heat indexes rise above 95F we modify outside type visits (dog walks, etc.) to a short "potty break" and then spend the remainder of the time engaging with them, and generally getting their mind's going and body active. ALSO, when we are forecast to see severe weather, such as tornados or flooding, we do make all scheduled visits, however, the timing may not fall within our typical time frame of arrival due to slow or dangerous travel conditions. In this type of weather we prioritize visits as follows: 

Priority 1: Pets on LIFE ...
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