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Pet Friendly Businesses in Midland

PET FRIENDLY SHOPPING

Gill-Roys Hardware

Home Depot

Lowes

Pet Smart

Soldans

RESTAURANTS THAT WELCOME DOGS TO THEIR OUTDOOR TABLES

Crepes Et Amis

Culvers

Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Starbucks

PET FRIENDLY HOUSING

Adams Acres and Lee Street Housing

Birchwood Pointe

Brooks Estates Apartments

Eastlawn Arms Apartments

Forest Glen Apartments

Ivy Terrace

Mulberry Lane Apartments

Northwind Forest

Oakwood Place

Perrine Pointe

Redwood Midland

Robin Oaks

Science City Senior Living

Stratford Place Apartments

The Village at Joseph’s Run

Village Townhomes

Woodland Place Apartments

PET FRIENDLY SENIOR HOUSING

Bickford of Midland

Brittany Manor

Brookdale Midland

Colonial Villa

Independent Village & Storypoint of Midland

Midmichigan Stratford Village

PET FRIENDLY HOTELS IN MIDLAND

Baymont by Wyndham

The Crystal Inn Hotel, Auburn

The H Hotel

Residence Inn, Marriott

If you would like your pet friendly business, located in Midland Michigan, to be included in this list, please contact us.  We would love to include you!

HOW TO CHOOSE A PET CARE PROVIDER

In this article I am going to offer some honest advice to anyone looking for a pet sitter who will treat their pet well and keep their home safe and secure.  After spending years studying best practices, building up a business from scratch, attending business seminars and experiencing setbacks I feel that I have learned a few things along the way.

There are many horror stories about things that can go wrong in a pet visit.  Often times, this is because a person decides one day to call them self a pet sitter without any idea of what it entails and no training other than a love of pets.   I hope to help you avoid those scary experiences.  By describing exactly what a professional pet care company should offer you will be better equipped to pick the right one for your family.

What to avoid in a potential pet sitter:

  • When you are shopping around, be sure to choose a company that is dedicated to pets – there are several in the Tri-City area.  A company that also does yard work and runs a delivery service is not going to be focused on your pet care needs.  We do not recommend asking a friend or family member.  Many times we get asked to step in after that friend becomes ill or gets too busy – and this is a confusing situation for the pets. 
  • As much as you may want to help a teenager out with a job, a young person (under age 18) is not equipped to handle all the challenges that can come up when working with pets.  We always recommend that teenagers volunteer with a rescue group to gain animal experience.
  • Are you considering hiring a person who says they “recently worked for” a local boarding facility, pet sitter, groomer or vet?  We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you call the business they worked for and make sure that this person left on good terms.  I cannot stress this enough:  there may be a good reason this person is no longer working there!  
  • Is the person you are considering hiring “just starting out”?  As a minimum requirement, they should still have liability insurance that is specific to the pet industry (homeowners insurance will not cover pet sitting accidents).  Ask to see proof!
  • Does the person you are considering have a back-up plan for if they become ill or have a family emergency?  If they cannot complete a visit will your dog be stuck in their crate until you can locate someone to check on her?  Will this back-up person have a key to enter your house?  Always ask about their “Back-up Plan”.

What to expect from a Professional Pet Care Company:

Rescue Pets:

Many pets have had a rough start in life.  Perhaps they were in a shelter before joining your family and are especially anxious when they need to go to a kennel for boarding.  Some rescue pets are also extremely nervous around strangers; especially when they walk into your home. A professional pet sitters is trained and has many hours of experience working with pets with special needs.  Are you considering adopting a Rescue pet? Some organizations will even ask you what you plan to do for pet care.

Puppies:

Are your kids asking for a puppy?  Are you reluctant because you don’t want that fluffy cuteness to spend long days in his crate?  Did you know that dogs are often destructive until age two?  Consider having your pet sitter do two shorter visits (mid-morning and mid-afternoon) until their pet is 1 – 2 years old and then go to one walk a day after it is more mature.   A mid-day walk can provide enough mental stimulation to take the place of destructive activities (and save your pillows)!  A tired dog is a GOOD dog!

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Walk to END Alzheimer’s

The Pet Sitters at Paula’s Pet Sitting (PPS) are leading the way to Alzheimer’s first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

PPS has several Pet Parents that are living with Alzheimer and we see their struggles on a daily basis.  We want to support them in any way we can and want to END this terrible disease!  We will be walking as a group at the Midland Dow Diamond on September 21st, 2019 starting at 9 a.m.  We will be so happy to accept donations in ANY amount between now and September 21st.  THANK YOU for your support!

Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease. Please go to our official team page to make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

Thank you for joining the fight against Alzheimer’s!

Dog Flu Outbreak in Michigan: What You Need to Know

Reports have been coming in as early as January this year that Michigan should expect an unwanted visitor in the form of a new infection for your cats and dogs: the Dog Flu.

With headlines often sending a grim message about this new menace, it is easy to become alarmed about the potential threat to your loved furry one when you don’t have all the facts. What you should know is that dog flu is not as deadly as it seems, it already has a perfectly functioning vaccine to prevent it, and you can take precautions to lessen the chances your pet will pick it up at the doggy play yard. [Read more…]

March Photo Contest

 

Please follow THIS LINK to enter the APRIL 2018 contest!

The Pet Photo Contest is sponsored by Paula’s Pet Sitting. 

MONTHLY PRIZE: ONE (1) Winner will receive

Twenty Dollars ( $20) as a credit in their Pet Care Account.

Fearful or Defensive Aggression in Cats

Is your cat fearful when it feels threatened by a new person in their environment?  A good way to know if this is the case is by body posture – crouching, flattening of the ears, hissing, spitting or hair standing up on backbone.  Most likely this cat will not attack unless approached.  Here are some tips to help your fearful kitty get used to a new Pet Sitter.

When your Pet Care Providers arrive for the Meet and Greet let them know that you have a very fearful cat.  They will know to avoid interacting with your cat right away.  This may take several visits, but it can be accomplished during the course of care of your pet. Your Pet Sitter will not approach your cat or attempt to pick it up to comfort it, but allow your pet to approach in it’s own time. [Read more…]

Gift Ideas for the Pet Lovers on your list

Not sure what to get the Pets on your list?  Do your Grand Fur-Babies look for a Prezzie from Nana on the big day?  Do you have that one person on your list that is impossible to buy for?  Pick the perfect gift for their pet and you will surely be more than appreciated!

Here are some suggestions to help you out! [Read more…]

Supporting the Emotional Needs of Cats

There have been many changes to our services over the past three years. Previously, our most popular service for cat owners was our fifteen minute housekeeping checkup, which provided basic necessities for our low maintenance fuzzy friends but little morale support. Cats frequently get a bad rap as being antisocial and grumpy, but our feline friendly clients know they are hosts to surprisingly small packages of loving personality.  However, we have discovered that these types of pets are also very curious about the new person coming into their environment.  They need time to decide if we are friend or foe.  New cat owners know that the best way to  integrate their new furry friend into the family is to let them do it on their own time.  [Read more…]