Denny

by Publisher on October 20, 2014 · 0 comments

in Rescue Monday

Denny is an amazing sweet and playful youngster waiting for you… Ready for Halloween. If you want to meet Denny email fancycatsevents@comcast.net.

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Petoberfest

by Publisher on October 17, 2014 · 0 comments

in Fun Friday,Special

PetOberfest is tomorrow! This fun event will feature pet and family friendly activities including:
a pet parade, pet contests, pet-friendly exhibitors, a fashion show, children’s entertainment, store
discounts, prizes, and much more.
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Fall Fun

by Publisher on October 16, 2014 · 0 comments

in In the News Thursday

Fall Pet Fun

http://www.bringfido.com/attraction/trails/state/district_of_columbia/

 

There are so many wonderful ways to spend quality time with your four-legged friends this fall. Whether you are out on a walk enjoying the season’s change, bernese-mountain-dog-223781__180playing in the colorful leaves, or just enjoying the crisp outdoor air, it’s always a little more special with your pup at your side. Washington D.C. offers some of the most beautiful views of the slow change from vibrant green foliage to deep burgundy, purple, orange and gold leaves to be enjoyed by you and all the members of your family – including Fido! Washington D.C has several dog friendly trails to enjoy in the fall. Rock Creek Park in Washington D.C is a sprawling 1,754 acres and just north of the National Zoo. You can hike, horseback ride and even stop for a round of tennis. Bring your furry friend and enjoy the fall changes in this beautiful park. You can also check out Fort Dupont Park or the Mount Vernon Trail. For Dupont Park is a National Capital Park in the D.C. area perfect for a stroll, or even a great place to have your dog walker take your pup. The Mount Vernon Trail is a multi-use trail that will have crowd of dog walkers, runners, and cyclists on the path so be sure to exercise caution if your dog shows aggression towards other dogs or people.  The capital Crescent Trail is another dog friendly fall hike location in Washington D.C. It is also one of the 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Many cyclists use the trail so try and head out with Fido when the cycling traffic is less heavy, such as mid-afternoon weekdays. This is also the perfect time to send a dog walker out to the trail.  If you will be heading outdoors for fall fun make sure that your dog is well trained and responds to your commands even in the case of several distractions. It’s also essential that vaccinations are up to date and that they have a regime for tick prevention in place. Some even take a visit to the groomer before heading out for a heavily wooded walk.  Washington D.C. offers great options for fall fun with your pet. Stay safe and enjoy the beautiful scenes this fall with you family and your pet. Take a hike, go for a run, play in the leaves and stay active. Washington D.C is a beautiful place to walk your dog.

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Wellness Wednesday

by Publisher on October 15, 2014 · 0 comments

in Health and Wellness

 

In the Fall many pets can develop allergies. If your pet starts itching he may have an allergy. A quick visit to the vet can determine a solution. bernese-mountain-dog-223781__180Keep leaves raked and cut grass if you think this may be the cause of the problem.

Also, in early fall, pets begin to  shed their summer coat. That means more vacuuming :)  Make time to brush you pet weekly to help alleviate some of the unwanted hair in your home.

Get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

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2 Training Rules

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by Publisher on October 14, 2014 · 0 comments

in Training and Behavior,Training Tuesday

Two very important rules when training your dog:

Your Role as a Teacher: It is very helpful if you can have a calm demeanor when training your dog. This will relax your dog and give him confidence.

The 15 Minute Rule: When training your dog, keep in mind that they can only hold attention for about fifteen minutes at a time. It’s better to do two fifteen minute sessions per day than one half-hour session.

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Rosco

by Publisher on October 13, 2014 · 0 comments

in Rescue Monday

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Rosco came to the Fairfax County Animal shelter because he was too strong for his person to handle. When he got to the shelter, he was not a happy camper. Luckily, a couple of our wonderful foster families took him home, and they’re amazed at what a different dog he is! They say he is one big goofy guy who loves to play, rides nicely in the car, follows the other dogs around and even lets them share his toys, and will lie beside you on the couch or sometimes steal your spot if you’re not looking. One of his cutest quirks is the way he lies with his legs stretched out behind him, like a frog. His current foster mom is spending a lot of time helping him learn how to be a well mannered dog who walks nicely on a leash. She said that he has been the perfect house guest, and she can’t wait to help him find his new forever home. Please click HERE for more information.

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Go Orioles!

by Publisher on October 10, 2014 · 0 comments

in Fun Friday

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By Becky O’Neil

My previous education and business experience were limited to the technical side of doctor’s offices, so I didn’t think I was prepared to be an entrepreneur. Still, I wanted to have my own business, so experience aside, I decided to jump in with both feet.

I did my research, wrote my BUSINESS PLAN, and hung out my shingle. Suddenly, I was a professional pet sitter with my own small business. I provided daily dog walking services for busy professionals and pet-sitting services for owners when they went out of town.

My business grew organically, and within six months, I had more business than I could handle on my own. I solicited advice on how to hire employees from the Community Business Partnership in Springfield and took the plunge. Not long afterward, I had a small staff that could provide most of the pet care services for our clients, and I was free to spend most of my time growing the company.

I had no outside investors, which worked fine in the beginning. We would spend a little money, grow a little, spend a little more and grow a little more. I stuck to that system because early on a mentor had told me that the most important thing to remember in business is that “cash is king.” I stuck closely to that mantra, and it worked. I only INVESTED back into the business the money that it could afford at that moment.

However, as we grew, we needed some additional infrastructure — and that required some additional INVESTMENTS. I needed administrative help, for example, as well as some help with staff management. I got caught up in our growth cycle and our success, and my mind-set changed to: “If I build it, they will come.” In other words, if I build the business up to be able to handle a lot more clients, the clients would naturally present themselves.

I started developing the infrastructure in the way I thought would be best, not skimping on ideas for lack of cash. I HIRED field managers to help me manage the field staff. I hired an office manager to take care of many of the day-to-day office tasks. I hired a marketing manager to help bring in new business. Of course, once the staff was in place, they needed equipment to work. I needed to invest in computers, phones, office space and furnishings.

As I spent more on infrastructure, the business did INDEED expand — but not nearly as fast as I was spending the cash. I quickly found myself in a deficit and may have gone out of business except for a QUICK LOAN from my fabulous mother. Still, I was reeling, trying to figure out how my financials had quickly changed from black to red.

When I started investigating, I realized that I had simply spent too much too fast. The additional staff was pure overhead, and my added expenses were draining my cash away. I realized that I had lost sight of my first principle of business.

I immediately started cutting expenses, and my company moved forward with only the essentials. I took a fresh, more conservative look at my numbers to see what our current income could pay for and how much additional income we would need to add the things we were cutting back on. Then we went to work to bring in that cash.

I would recommend to all fellow entrepreneurs that you respect your cash flow statements and never lose sight of the age-old adage: Cash truly is king.

Becky O’Neil is the president and chief executive of Becky’s Pet Care, one of the largest professional dog walking and PET SITTING companies in the Washington region. Started in 1998, the company now has offices in Alexandria, Woodbridge and Sterling.

 

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Adopt, Not Shop, For Your Dog

by Publisher on October 3, 2014 · 0 comments

in Special,Uncategorized

The month of October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Adopt a Dog Month, Shelters and rescues in towns across the country are stepping up to promote their pooches and pups during the month of October. If you are looking please consider a local shelter first!

 

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October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month

by Publisher on October 1, 2014 · 0 comments

in Special

Please think about adopting a dog…..and giving it a forever home.

Save A Life, Adopt a Dog. from Kim K. on Vimeo.

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