This Web site is dedicated to the memory of my beloved Babe. She graced my life with her love, companionship and camaraderie, and beauty. We were best friends for sixteen wonderful years!
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Patti Sheehan retired from Delta Air Lines after accruing the benefits of more than 29 years of professional customer service and employee relations experience in the airline industry. She was the proud recipient of 15 prestigious sales and customer service awards during her distinguished career. One of Patti's proximate and longtime personal goals motivated her to open a pet-sitting business. Using a blend of essential knowledge, specialized skills, and humane values and practices (fostering respect and compassion for all life), the Ludlow, Kentucky resident now takes care of cats and dogs. She is focused on her ongoing mission to provide the highest standard of quality pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, and pet transportation services at cost-effective prices.
There is a special sensitivity and concern at the human level that contributes to Patti's many selfless efforts and her untiring devotion to animals. Hence no workday routine is ordinary despite the regular or customary course of things. Real excitement abounds with the anticipation of coddling her best friends. "I take care of pets for clients who are on vacation or for those persons who work long hours each day. Many people hire me because they don't want to settle for doggie daycare or board their pets in a kennel. I take the animals out for walks and play with them in their familiar surroundings. My clientele and their cherished companions are from the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. Most of my clients live within a 50-mile radius of my home."
After her initial startup, Patti decided to take her talent and expertise back to Delta. She had the satisfaction of landing a two-year contract stint as pet sitter on site at the international airport. "Because of customs imposts and procedures and/or inclement weather problems, there were some animals that had to stay overnight. They needed to be fed and walked (as they were usually stressed) and their cages needed to be cleaned. I was on call primarily during weekday evening hours and on weekends for this purpose. As a responsible and caring pet owner and advocate for many years, I feel very fortunate indeed to be operating my own business. Call me at your convenience if I can be of assistance to you. Please join me and other committed Greater Cincinnati Pet Sitters and support the positive advantages of shelter pet adoption. Help save a homeless animal!"
Patti is affiliated with Professional United Pet Sitters LLC (PUPS), the world's premier organization for professional dog walking and pet sitting businesses, and the veterinarian accredited International Vet Transport Association for Animals (IVETAA). She is registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a certified ground transporter for pet relocation and transportation. Patti has also completed requisite training and proficiency requirements for Pet First Aid and emergency care procedures with the American Red Cross.
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859-431-1668 or 859-391-7071 (Cell)
Let Patti's Paws Do The Walking!
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sends out notices about voluntary and involuntary pet food recalls. Check the FDA's Web site (at http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/RecallsWithdrawals/default.htm) regularly for information about current safety alerts and recalls.
Q. My pet may have eaten some contaminated food or ingested a poisonous substance. What action(s) should I take?
A. Call your veterinarian or an emergency veterinary clinic immediately. If you don't succeed in reaching these contacts, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour Hotline at (888) 426-4435. A consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.
Q. Given specific product recalls lately, I am thinking about feeding a raw meat diet to my dog. What are the benefits and risks? Karen Peak, a pet expert and author, provides important information below when she discusses such a plan. Read all of her remarks in our Dog Articles section.
A. One of the benefits with a raw meat diet is you know exactly what is going into the animal. However, a drawback is you also can end up with a malnourished pet! Good nutrition is far more than feeding your animal enough to keep it from getting too thin. Cats, for example, are far more carnivorous than dogs. The type of raw diet you would use for a cat would not give a dog what it needs. According to Give Your Dog a Bone by Dr. [Ian] Billinghurst, a raw diet for a dog consists of 60% raw meaty bones. The other 40% is a variety of foods to balance: green vegetables, eggs, milk, and organ meats (liver, heart, kidneys, etc.).
Feeding a raw diet is far more than hitting your local grocery store and tossing hamburger or chicken your pet's way! Proper nutrition involves knowing what your pet needs to be healthiest in regards to protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, various vitamins and minerals, etc. Deficiencies in any of these categories can lead to serious problems down the road. For example, if a cat lacks taurine, he can end up with vision problems. Some breeds of dogs are prone to bladder stones and some stones may have a protein-related basis. Too much protein can be bad for these dogs. If you wish to properly feed a raw diet, you need to take the time to understand the intricacies of animal nutrition based on species.
Recent Recalls and Alerts:
Today, we are importing more food for animal and human consumption and inspecting less of it. Food & Water Watch has exposed federal regulatory problems with food safety inspection as well as the lack of mandatory country-of-origin labeling on all meat, fruits, and vegetables. Read the organization's press releases and heed their call for action.
Tag (and Chip) Your Companion Animals
Sure, you got the leopard print pet bed and the collar with diamonds, but the hottest fashion for your beloved pet is his very own ID tag. With so many choices of color and shape, there's no reason not to outfit every fancy collar with his name and your contact information.
The American Humane Association's Every Day Is Tag Day(TM) kicks off this year on Saturday, April 4th. Each year, millions of cherished pets get lost and end up in the care of animal shelters. But sadly, many are never reunited with their families. To help fight this problem, American Humane encourages pet owners to provide pets with an ID tag.
Make sure your pet wears a collar with an ID tag, rabies vaccination tag, and city license. Include a contact name, address, and daytime and evening phone number. Consider providing a phone number for an alternate contact like a neighbor or family member, in case you can't be reached. And don't forget to update your pet's tags when you move. Also consider microchipping your pet to increase the likelihood that you and he will be reunited if he is ever lost. This announcement is presented by courtesy of American Humane.