Checklist for the Perfect Pet

I’ll never forget when I was in third grade and we got a puppy for Christmas!  I had basically been asking for one everyday for over a year. Finally my parents gave in and surprised me — it was one of the best holiday gifts I’ve ever gotten (aside from my engagement ring 🙂 )  Buttons was my best friend and partner in crime for sure!

But not everyone should become puppy parents over the holidays — it’s a stressful time and because a pet is going to become a member of your family…it’s an important decision.  I’ve asked Aaron Hill, a certified professional animal trainer and the owner of Pets in the City, to give us some tips on picking the perfect pet. For my own personal choice, I’d highly recommend using a dog walking service. When I was in Seattle, I used PugetPets as a way to make sure my doggie got some much-needed exercise each and everyday. Read more

Keeping Pets Happy on 4th of July

For years my parents would throw a huge 4th of July party in their backyard. There was always great food (thanks mom,) good music (thanks dad,) and lots of friends and family. But one of the things I remember the most is my cousin’s dog, Brody. A happy little beagle who is terrified of fireworks. It has been an ordeal every year to help him deal with this stressful time. This year I sought out a list from the experts at “Pets in the City” — a premiere dog walking and sitting company in Los Angeles.

Keeping Pets Happy on 4th of July

by Aaron Hill

As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, good food and spectacular fireworks, it’s important to take a moment to think about the safety of our four-legged family members.

While fireworks have become a staple of Independence Day, the American tradition can be terrifying for animals. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that everyone – including your pet – enjoys a safe and happy 4th of July.

1. Stay Calm: Before the fireworks and parties begin, owners should know what works best to calm their pet. If you notice your pet(s) getting anxious or stressed (panting, pacing etc.) sit and talk calmly to them while giving them a good scratch, massage or a special treat to help them relax. Read more