Pet Sitting during Fourth of July

Fourth of July Leavenworth

Fourth of July can often be a challenge to the average person living with pets. Many animals exhibit firework phobia. Often it can be difficult to calm their fear and anxiety. I remember one fourth of July week when we almost did not get to take care of one of my pet sitting favorites, Hazel.

Hazel’s family’s vacation was scheduled for a few days after the holiday. However, she ran away on the fourth of July. Her mom had the leash on, but Hazel got so scared of the fireworks that she broke free. She was gone in an instant, not returning for days. Finally, Hazel was found a few miles from home. Her neck was swollen from where the collar had gotten trapped. Her feet pads were so sore from the hot pavement that she had been exposed to for days.

Hazel was one of the lucky ones! With proper care, the physical wounds healed well. Her mental and emotional wounds, not so fast. Hazel’s anxiety and fears from loud banging and flashing lights of fireworks continued into everyday life. Noises such as lightening and thunderstorms concerned her. It took time to reassure Hazel that everything was going to be okay, but she finally got there.

Most of us love fireworks, cookouts, and all the fun that goes with celebrating the holiday. Please enjoy the festivities, but do think twice about taking your pets out or exposing them to fireworks during this time. Considering hiring a professional pet sitter to sit with your pet can also lessen firework phobia and anxiety in pets.

For tips on how to be deal with firework anxiety in pets, visit:



Pet Parent and Pet Sitter Tips for Halloween

PTDC0028     My Dog’s Thoughts on Halloween

    It’s Halloween, and it’s time to dress up

    Can you imagine anything worse for a pup?

    These humans like costumes, candy, and such

    For doggies like me, it all seems a bit much

    My masters I keep happy by wagging and tricks

    By barking and jumping, and catching those sticks

     Is it too much to ask they forget doggie clothes?

     It messes my fur and detracts from my nose.

     They want me so scary, a pirate this year

      Swashbuckler with patch, a mean dog with a snear,

      But I’m meant for joy and for keeping things light

       Is it too much to be costume-free for one night?

       A Halloween dog, oh it just should not be

       I can’t wait for November to go back to “just me.”  

          (Christine Zibas, Yahoo Contributor Network)

Mommy came across this poem and asked me how I felt about wearing a Halloween costume tonight. I looked at her, knowing she thought it would be very cute to dress me up and so wanted to give her the answer she wanted. What I really wanted to tell her though, was I am not used to wearing clothes except for an occasional coat when it is really cold outside. Dressing me up when there will be so much excitement tonight might really add to my anxiety of all the activities going on around us. Pet parents and pet sitters really need to know how this might affect their pets. Some animals will be totally fine with the idea while others will be bothered. Costumes can be restricting and your pet may try to bite its way through it to get out of it. Perhaps a small bandana might serve your pet well instead. If you do take your dog out while you walk, consider a harness for better control. (I have been known to work my way out of my collar when I really want to get away!)

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Benefits of Daily Dog Walks

As Mom and I went for our third walk today, she was telling me that this is National Walk Your Dog Week. I started to think about how lucky I am to get to go out for daily dog walks as many times a day as I do, and get to explore all the beauty nature has to offer. There are so many benefits to us walking together! It is especially beautiful now with the fall colors all around us. Mom stops to take pictures along the way as she is still in awe of the Cascade Mountain views we have in East Wenatchee. I get to check out my surroundings and learn all about the new area we have moved to as we get our exercise. Oh, how we bond!

trail walk

For activities you can do with your dog check out the National Walk Your Dog website at  If you can’t find the time in your busy schedule for extra daily dog walks, give Just a “Pet” Away a call and we will be glad to be the “grandparent” for your fur babies!

Cody’s Corner



Hi! I’d like to introduce myself as Cody, the little “Ambassador” for Just a “Pet” Away.  Mom (Lisa) and Dad (Ray) moved us from Atlanta, Georgia to the beautiful Wenatchee valley in June of this year. We had quite a long journey getting here. Our vehicle was so loaded down that there was no room for my crate so I got to ride the whole 2,606 miles on Mommy’s lap! It was well worth it as we absolutely love it here and are busy exploring new things each day.

Since Mom and Dad love pets, they decided to continue their pet sitting business, Just a “Pet” Away, here in the Valley. They operated the business in Atlanta for over five years and met so many wonderful people and the pets they adore. You really will want Mom and Dad to care for your dogs, cats and small animals in YOUR own home. They will give your furry family the same love as they do me. I had been in several different homes until they decided to rescue me, but for the past five years, I have a wonderful life living with them.  As Dad always tells me, “You got lucky when Mom found you!”