Archive for March, 2011

March 29, 2011

The Winner is….

by Bonnie Best

Jennifer was the winner of my book giveaway!

“My dog’s name is Cadi. She is 6 1/2 months old and I cannot tell you how much I love her. Every time I come home from work she races to the back door to greet me with hugs and kisses (her little bum shakes and wiggled too!) She acts as though I’m the only person in the world, that nothing could ever be any better. If I’m feeling sad or lonely, she knows and once again, runs right up to me and gives me kisses and puts her paws around my neck to say “It’s OK!” I’ve often told her “Can I squeeze you??” and she looks up with those big brown eyes it’s hard not to love her. I couldn’t imagine spending my life without her.”

Congratulations, Jennifer!

I’m taking a book off the shelf to send you right now!

Thanks to all for entering! I may do another giveaway soon so be sure to check back.

Enjoy your week!

March 27, 2011

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional

by Bonnie Best

Why hire a professional pet sitter? . . .
Here are some pretty good reasons, via PSI:

  • Pets are happier and experience less stress at home.
  • Diet and exercise routines are uninterrupted.
  • Travel trauma for both owner and pet is eliminated.
  • Pet’s exposure to illness is minimized.
  • Untrained or unwilling friends/family/neighbors need not be called.
  • In-home professional pet care provides added peace of mind.

If you’re serious, consider PSI.
Pet Sitters International is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters. PSI members have access to the most extensive—and helpful—slate of benefits and affiliate programs in the industry.

Because of the programs available to PSI members, a PSI pet sitter is able to offer pet owners cutting-edge technology and information for in-home pet care. And each of these programs has a direct positive influence on the quality of service that you and your pets receive from a PSI pet sitter.

Here’s what you get:

  • Confidence
  • Pet-Care Safety
  • Convenience
  • Pet Education

Confidence –
Liability insurance and bonding policies available to pet sitters through their PSI membership let you know that you are dealing with a reliable, responsible business professional who cares about your home and your property as well as your pet.  ASk for a bonded and insured pet sitter!

Pet Care Safety –
 Castle Branch Inc’s background screening services allow the pet-sitting business owner to screen prospective employees. This can help to ensure that any staff sitter who comes to your home is a legitimate, law-abiding, pet lover who shares your feelings for your family pets.

Find a professional and caring pet sitter today.

As a member of Pet Sitters International, your pet sitter is in a great position to look after your pet when you can’t be there – from cat care to dog sitting, from exotic bird care to overnight pet care and more.  For more information about how these PSI member benefits can help you and your pets, ask your pet sitter or contact PSI at (336) 983-9222 or

March 26, 2011

Wonderful Westies

by Bonnie Best

Meet my Client of the Month —- >The Wonderful Westies, Sammie, Baja, Jelly and Sue Bowman!

Ok, so some people say I am animal crazy, and every once in a while I meet a client who is just like me!  I must say, Sue and her gang fit the bill!  Not only does Sue rescue, as sweet Sammie will attest to that, but she has gone above and beyond with her Westies in care, showing and breeding.  The birds of course, really do rule the roost, but don’t tell the Westies that.  Levi, Lainie, Vixen and the newest member, Millie, all would say they are in charge!

This is Sammie.

Sue in action with Vixen

Visiting and caring for Sue’s pets is always a joy for me, as being raised with multitudes of pets, and then becoming a veterinarian technician, I feel more at home with many, than say the singleton pet.  Don’t get me wrong, I love all my single pet households, but for me, I am one of those pet sitters, who have no fear of doing the “3 to infinity” pet homes, and is quite comfortable accommodating them!   

We’ve been helping Sue for years, and just adore her menagerie, and now we get to play with newborn puppies!  I wanted to share Sue’s newest video of the baby with all of you.  It’s just the best to spend time watching puppies grow!

Also, visit her website,, especially if you are interested in, or just want to learn more about how wonderful Westies (West Highland White Terriers) can be!

March 25, 2011

Veterinarians Recommend USANA

by Bonnie Best

I’m a big fan USANA, and now they have health solutions for dogs!

Top veterinarians, too, recommend using  USANA nutritionals for improving your dog’s health (of course, make sure to consult with your veterinarian before starting any program):

  1. Use BiOmega as a daily supplement, particularly if your dog has kidney related problems. Feed BiOmega directly to your pet or squirt over his/her food. Research has shown that fish oil not only helps with kidney disease, but may alleviate chronic brittle nails, reduce certain allergy symptoms and decrease inflammatory response in degenerative joint disease, among other things. They recommend one capsule per 40 pounds of dog weight per day.
  2. Give Procosa to your large dog with arthritis. Try hiding it inside peanut butter or a tasty treat. Give 1 tablet per 40 pounds of dog weight per day.
  3. Try Pure Rest for your dog with noise phobia. It may help to calm your pet. The dose varies with the dog, but generally give 1-3 tablets 30 minutes prior to a stressful event such as a thunderstorm or fireworks display.

Learn more about what’s best for your dog here.

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March 24, 2011

In Loving Memory of Pepsi Newcomer

by Bonnie Best

We lost a very special little man.

Sometimes we experience the loss of one of our client’s pets, and it is always very sad.  Unfortunately, we lost, not only a client’s pet, but he happened to have been a dog I bred.  It is even more heartbreaking that he died unexpectedly, very young, and on his owner’s birthday.  He was only 6 years old.  It is still so hard to think about without crying.  Little Pepsi was indeed very special to his family, the Newcomers: Tom, Kelly, Connor, Nick and Megan.

For Kelly and me, our birthdays will never be the same.  I hope in time, the fond memories Pepsi gave us, will bring peace to our hearts and put a smiles on our faces.

I believe a dog’s purpose in life is to bring joy and happiness to humans.  With nearly half the time most dogs are given to accomplish this, I would say Pepsi definitely completed his mission, and crossed over the Rainbow Bridge with pride.  What a wonderful little dog! He was an understanding, gentle soul, with an expression that would melt your heart, and a little angelic voice I can still hear! 

Though my family loved Pepsi dearly, the Newcomers were his “forever family.”  I would say Pepsi was perfect at bringing so much love into their lives. 

The son of our Joy, Pepsi came regularly to visit with us when he could not accompany his family on trips. We loved his sweeter than sweet personality, and the way he would came to our home and fit right back into our routine. But he sure knew when the Newcomers were on their way to pick him up.  As soon as I would pack up his little bed and toys, he knew it was almost time to be going HOME, and boy would he go crazy!

Once Pepsi grew up, he traveled more and more with the family to dog friendly vacation spots and campouts.

My family and I were lucky to have had Pepsi with us for a few days, this past summer.  We all had a wonderful time playing with him, and watching him and Joy venture around the yard “hunting” together.  I think they always knew they were mother and son! 

Pepsi was not only loved and cherished by the Newcomer family, but was indeed the center of their world.  I would like to thank them, from the bottom of my heart, for being such a loving, devoted family to Pepsi.

I know that someday soon, another sweet puppy on a mission, will find the Newcomer family to love and bring laughter back to their home. No other dog will ever replace Pepsi. I know he is watching from over the Rainbow Bridge, and he knows we will cherish him in our hearts forever.

Rest in Peace sweet Pepsi. 
June 14, 2004 – January 3, 2011

This incident is a reminder that we never know how much time we have with our pets. They certainly do not have the life span we would prefer. So take each day and please love, enjoy and spend time with them.  As we have found, sometimes they are taken, far too soon.

March 23, 2011

Wednesday Fun

by Bonnie Best

Some of my faves!

March 22, 2011

Enter to Win My Book

by Bonnie Best

I’m feeling extra spunky today so I’m going to giveaway a free copy of my book!

To enter, please leave a comment with your pet’s name and what you love best about him or her.

I’ll be drawing a winner this Friday at noon. I’m so excited to hear from you!

March 20, 2011

For all you “pooper scoopers!”

by Bonnie Best

Check out these very colorful pooper scoopers.  They will certainly put a smile on your face as you do what we do best – “scoop poop!”

Choose the large or panaromic size for bigger dogs:

And, the small for smaller dogs:


March 20, 2011

For dog lovers who love to knit!

by Bonnie Best

Came across an interesting fad this week: Knit Your Own Dog!

From a spotted Dalmatian to a wrinkly Bulldog, the step-by-step patterns in Knit Your Own Dog let you knit your dog or your dream dog!

Straight from the synopsis on Amazon:  

The knitted dog is indeed the ideal companion: There’s no feeding, barking, shedding, or vet’s bills, and he’ll live forever! Knit Your Own Dog is the irresistible guide to knitting the perfect pup. With patterns for 25 different pedigree pooches, Knit Your Own Dog lets you choose the dog you want, whether it’s a pretty Poodle or a loyal Labrador. Or knit them all for a pack of canine fun!

The patterns are easy-to-follow for both new and veteran knitters. It should take only a few evenings to create a covetable companion for life. And yet each pattern is extremely detailed and includes all of the distinguishing features of each breed, from the startling blue eyes of the Siberian Husky and the long, woolly curls of the Old English Sheepdog to the lolling tongue of the German Shepherd.

Accompanying the patterns are a brief description of each breed, as well as expert tips on choosing yarns, stuffing and sewing the dogs, and adding personality to your creation. Beautiful color photographs of the finished dogs, as well as detail shots, both inspire and instruct. Knit Your Own Dog is the perfect book for knitters and devoted dog lovers.

Breeds include: Afghan Hound, Basset Hound, Border Collie, Cocker Spaniel, Corgi, Dachshund, Dalmatian, English Bulldog, English Bull Terrier, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Jack Russell, Labrador, Miniature Schnauzer, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Pug, Red Setter, Rough Collie, Scottish Terrier, Siberian Husky, West Highland Terrier, Whippet, Wire-haired Fox Terrier.

Authors, Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, run their own knitwear business, Muir and Osborne. They have a shop in London and export their knitwear to stores in the U.S., Japan, and Europe including Barneys, Saks, Liberty, and The Cross. They won the UK Fashion Export Small Business Award in 2002 and several pieces of their knitwear are in the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Their previous book, Pet Projects, was featured on The Martha Stewart Show. They also have a blog!

If you enjoy knitting and are perhaps obsessed with your dog, you should definitely get this book!

March 16, 2011

Wednesday Fun

by Bonnie Best

If this doesn’t make you smile, or giggle… I don’t know what will.

Happy Wednesday!