Change a Pet’s Life Day

Change a pet's life day

Change a Pet’s Life Day

January 24th is Change a Pet’s Life Day!  This special day was created to help animal adoption and spread knowledge on animal welfare. For pet owners and pet lovers a like, you can change a pet’s life in many different ways! You can:

  • Try volunteering at a local shelter like the Humane Society of Greater Miami or Paws4You, send a charitable donation or donate much needed pet supplies.  
  • If you’re more invested, become a foster pet parent or adopt a pet of your own.
  • If you already have a pet, treat them to a new obedience class or take them on a field trip to a new park.  Any action big or small can change an animal’s life and it just may change yours.

Meghan also shares a personal story that may encourage you to take action this January and change a pet’s life. “Growing up on a farm there was never a dull moment. New animals showing up on our doorstep, pet injuries to tend, vet visits, losses and new life, hence Neverdull Farm being born. Any animal who needed a home was welcome.  We began as a typical rural household with our beloved goldens and a few barn cats. A childhood 4H project turned into 6 goats and a small cattle business.  The menagerie expanded with a famous pig, a goat, and a very special golden retriever.  The tales continued with two donkeys, roosters, and too many cats to count.  We never meant to become a sanctuary for abandoned pets, but animals seemed to find us. When thinking of Changing a Pet’s Life Day, one particular story stood out in my mind.  

One day a huge, light colored golden by the name of Shadow was dropped off by a family friend. Mom was always bringing animals who needed a “foster” home to the farm knowing we most likely would keep them. She said don’t get attached, we have him for a month at most.  Shadow seemed to always have a goofy grin spread across his face. He had a dopey way about him and bounded around like a silly giant dog.  Soon after, we couldn’t resist his loving personality and Shadow became part of our family.  We would end up saving his life in more ways than one.

Our two other goldens, Sheila and Mya, were well behaved, sweet and obedient girls who would go outside to do their business and come back.  One bitter Michigan evening, all three dogs did not come back and were nowhere to be found when calling their name out of the back door.  In a panic, Mom and I went tearing around our property in the truck in search of any signs of life.  We came across our pond and in the headlights we saw two shiny eyes of Shadow who had fallen through the ice and was clinging on with his paws struggling to stay afloat.  In my mind Sheila and Mya were under the ice and I wasn’t going to lose Shadow too.  

Before I knew what my body was doing I tore out over the ice after him, falling through the ice myself but making my way through the icy muck and cattails of the pond.  Adrenaline was keeping my limbs moving in the below-freezing temperature of the water.  My mom was watching terrified from the bank, now screaming as I’m sure she was afraid to lose both of us.  I dragged the 125 pound oaf out close enough to shore where he could walk.  Teeth chattering and alive I hugged him all the way home.  Sheila and Mya were at the back door step waiting for us.  

Shadow seemed to have another chance at life, but not for long.  Soon after he decided to have an affinity for chasing loud trucks and tractors.  I couldn’t tell you why that was so attractive to him.  He was ran over by a truck and later a livestock trailer.  This caused him hip problems, but was somehow able to live a normal life.  Being hit twice and living to bark about the tale was quite miraculous- someone up there wanted him to live or he had 9 lives.  

He was a dog pure of heart, always at your feet or sitting by your side if you were sick or having a bad day.  He was there through boyfriend break ups, the wins and losses of my ongoing team sports, vacation trips to the beach or accompanying me to the park. No matter what the circumstance he always carried his goofy grin that seemed to be contagious.  Who would’ve known a happenstance adoption would create lifelong family memories?  Don’t be afraid to save a pet’s life as it could change yours forever.  

I hope this story touches your heart as it does mine.  I’m so fortunate to work for Equipaws, a company who fully supports a day like this.  Working with local and national rescue groups.  Spreading our love to critters, big and small everyday. Now the question is, how will you change a pet’s life?”

 

Brickell Miami Dog Walkers

Dog Runner Dog Walker Miami

Welcome from our dog walkers in Brickell, Miami! Our professional team is ready to keep your dog fit, healthy,and happy with walks, runs, and midday breaks while you’re at work in a fun and SAFE way!

Why Choose Equipaws’ Dog Walking Services in Brickell, Miami?

Thinking about hiring a dog walker? When deciding on whether to hire a dog walker or not, you should really consider investing in your dog if any of the following apply to you:

  • You work 8 or more hours a day and can’t take your dog out for a break
  • You’re a parent to an active breed, like a Vizsla, Pointer, or Shepherd cooped up in an apartment all day
  • Your dog is getting a little thick around the middle
  • You’ve brought home a new puppy who needs potty training
  • Your senior dog is having trouble holding it as long as usual
  • You’re committed to your dog’s health and happiness!

Every dog deserves a fun break during the day! Walks or runs for the more active pet not only allow relief from holding it 8 hours- the exercise does their body and spirit good!

What Can You Expect from Equipaws Dog Walkers?

In the name of wholesome fun, we make sure to take all precautions necessary to ensure a safe yet entertaining walking or running session. You can count on us to focus our undivided attention on your dogs while out.

Call us at 305-794-3733 , contact us through Power Pet Sitter for your complimentary initial consultation, or EMAIL US with your questions!

New clients in Brickell receive one week free after scheduling one month of recurring visits! (Free week equal to recurring week’s value).

We give individualized pet sitting services, including:

  • One client, one dog walker or pet sitter.
  • response to all inquiries within 24 business hours
  • ready availability when You need it!
  • photo updates via social media or email
  • Convenient online scheduling through Power Pet Sitter
  • Visa and MasterCard credit card payments accepted
  • licensed, bonded, and insured pet care professionals
  • emergency plans in place for hurricane season
  • staff trained in proper walking techniques for heat, rain, and good leash skills
  • dog walkers all trained in pet CPR & First aid

Dog Friendly Parks in Brickell:

Pet owners in Brickell take their friendly dogs to socialize in at Brickell Key Park and the Promenade, and Bayfront Park. Your dogs can enjoy breathtaking the views (and scents) of Downtown Miami, Key Biscayne, and the Port of Miami. This is a family and pedestrian-friendly environment, perfect for lazy strolls, fun runs, and space for playing catch. Just be sure to pick up after your pooches and you’ll fit right in!

You can see our dog walkers enjoying beautiful Brickell any day of the week… we love to meet new pups and cats (although we have yet to see a kitty on a leash!). From professional dog walkers and pet sitters (ahem), to many dog-friendly events, these beautiful neighborhoods have it all. We look forward to hearing from you! Call us today at 305-794-3733 with any questions. We look forward to meeting you and your pets!

What is a professional pet sitter, anyway?


dog walker sitting

What is a professional pet sitter, anyway?

Many people in Miami don’t seem to know what a pet sitter is or what pet sitting services are. They board their dogs at the vet or have their neighbor or maid take care of their furry loved one but don’t know how much they’re missing out on when they don’t hire a pet sitter! So, what is a professional pet sitter? The short answer is, pet sitters are like professional baby sitters for pets.

The longer answer? We are reliable professionals who specialize in pet care, be it pet sitting while you’re away on vacation, daily dog walks or runs, cat sitting, or sleeping over your home to help your pets stay comfortable in your absence. In our case, we take care of dogs, cats, small animals (rabbits, sugar gliders, hamsters, to name a few), fish, reptiles, and birds.

What it means to be a professional pet sitter:

What is a pet sit? A pet sit is when one of our employees goes to your home an dcares for your baby in his or her environment. We typically visit dogs two to three times a day, and at least once for a cat and other pets. We feed, exercise, and love your babies in the comfort of their own home. This means less stress for your fur kids; cats especially benefit from staying at home- they are highly sensitive and territorial animals who definitely need someone to peek in on them once a day. Even if you have an automatic feeder and water source, they could get sick or get into trouble.. In our experience, birds and reptiles can also be highly sensitive and should be monitored by a professional who knows how to care for them. The added benefit of pet sitting is that we also provide a mini-house sit which includes bringing in the newspaper, turning lights on and off, and being your eyes and ears while you’re away.

During a pet sit, professional pet sitters will:

  • Make sure your pet is healthy and happy! They check for emotional and physical well-being and love them the way you would.
  • Check the premises, making sure your home is secure.
  • Perform light house sitting duties, including taking out trash, bringing in newspapers, watering plants, and making your home look lived in.
  • Administer medications or fluids. For example, we have several diabetic cats who get insulin twice daily.
  • Follow your pets’ feeding and care instructions to the letter. We have a great online software, Power Pet Sitter, where we keep all our pet’s information on hand in their profiles. Pet parents update it whenever something changes for their pets, be it type of food, medications needed, etc…
  • Leave detailed notes about your pets’ progress and notice if anything is amiss with your pets or home.
  • Take photos so we can post them on social media for your enjoyment!

More qualities to look for in your professional pet sitter:

  1. A professional pet sitter should be bonded and insured.
  2. A pro hould be ready for any emergency thanks to experience, being trained in pet CPR and First aid, and their networks. We pride ourselves on knowing the community; we connect with relevant professionals such as plumbers, veterinarians, pet food specialists, dog trainers, and more to help our clients with their needs
  3. A professional pet sitter will be reliable; no last-minute cancellations just as you’re leaving on your trip! Our pet sitting company has 10 employees; we always have back-up plans if something happens.
  4. A pet sitter should be reachable- Equipaws Pet Services’ owner and founder, Flavia Berti, is available via text or email, as are photos of your pets.

Professional pet sitters are responsible pet caretakers, so hiring one should help you breathe a sigh of relief and bring comfort when you have to leave your pets away We strongly believe that you should hire a pet sitting company with employees over one with Independent Contractors. Flavia, owner of Equipaws Pet Services, personally trains all of her employees in the Equipaws way. Our employees are answerable to our pet sitting policies as well as our quality control; we can and do tell them what time to be at the pet sit, how to perform at the pet sit, and more.

Would you like to speak with Flavia about your pet care needs? Please call her at 305.794.3733. She’d be happy to steer you in the right direction for you and your pet. You can always email us at info@equipawspetservices.com as well. You can also book your pet care now if you’re ready. We look forward to serving you!

2014-12-24 12.12.46