Archive for August, 2009

Consider this…before you get a pet!

Being a pet sitting in Scottsdale, AZ you wouldn’t believe the number of calls and emails I get a week from random strangers, “Oh, I can’t keep my pet. Can you take it or know anyone who can?” Grrrr.  So that you never have to be this person, please consider the following when thinking about adopting your next fur kid!

Time – It is recommended that dogs get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Some pets are okay being left for longer periods of time (like cats) as opposed to dogs, who should have the ability to go potty every 8-10hrs depending on the breed.

Types of dogs – Larger breeds vs smaller breeds require a whole different amount of time and attention. Be sure to do research on the type of breed that you are looking at getting. Maltese’s are a lot different than bulldogs or labs.

Cats – Are great for individuals who work long hours or want a more low maintenance pet. Cats are much easier to care for and require less of a time commitment than a dog.

Commitment – 12 yrs is the average life span of a dog, while the average life span of a cat is 15-17 years. When choosing to bring a pet into your life consider where you will be in the next decade and understand that it is more than a commitment for now, and rather much later down the road.

Did you know?

~Between 9-11million pets are euthanized last year?
~Arizona has the second largest pet overpopulation?
~Black cats and dogs are adopted last?
~There is a rescue group for every breed out there!
~Pets only last avg. of 3 days before they are destroyed in the Maricopa shelters because overpopulation is such a problem! (This includes pets who are lost! ID your pet!)
~Mix breeds are less likely to have health problems.

Help save a life and RESCUE your next pet.

For more tips or resources in helping you to find a new fur kid, feel free to contact Bella @480.330.4552 or at:  This information has been provided to you by Bella’s House & Pet Sitting. MMRs most popular pet sitting service!


DOGGIE STEP Dog Training is the prefered trainer of Bella’s House & Pet Sitting.

Need a change in your personal relationships? Take some advice from your dog.
by Mark Siebel – Owner – DOGGIE STEPS Dog Training

As a dog trainer in the Valley for over four years, I have yet to meet a customer who doesn’t display an overpowering connection, passion, and love for their dog. Sure, they say that a real man doesn’t cry, but the love that he displays for his dog is worldly. The closest thing to unconditional love from a dog, is the love a mother has for her child. We joke that “dysfunctional” families have disputes that often seem as if they CANNOT be resolved. The love from a dog lasts forever and is truly unconditional. To ensure your wife doesn’t pick the dog over YOU for movie night, follow the below simple tips:

Listening is the KEY to communication. A dog’s best sense is scent. What is a human’s best sense? Who really knows? Dogs act on instinct where human beings act on feelings and emotions. 80% of my job as a dog trainer is listening, and the remainder is problem-solving and reassurance. Having two ears and only ONE mouth should give us a hint!

Forgiveness and flexibility. Have you ever known a dog to hold a grudge? If so, for how long? I have NEVER seen a dog at a dog park go home with ANOTHER owner! Dogs are loyal and will remain with their original owner unless separated at the owner’s choice. Don’t be so rigid with your loved ones. It takes years to make acquaintances and only MINUTES to lose them! Joy takes less energy than anger. Forgive more and judge less.Are humans designed for unconditional love? Observe your dog’s behaviors and begin your path to find the answer to this question.

Mark Siebel has trained over 500 Arizona Valley dogs, has dog training tips published monthly in various AZ magazines, appears on NBC Arizona Midday & ABC Sonoran Living, speaks regularly with local schools youth groups about the importance of dog safety and ownership, and donates time to kids who want to learn more about dogs. He is a member of APPSA (Arizona Professional Pet Sitters Association) and ASC of Arizona (Australian Shepherd Club of Arizona). Mark owns (2) Australian Shepherds named Leinie and Kugel. Voted 2008 runner-up “Best Dog Trainer in Phoenix” by SonoranTails Pet Magazine. For more information or general dog questions, go to: or call Mark @602.318.0122.

“I hate my job…”

While running a busy pet sitting company in Scottsdale, I get asked at least once a week if I “know someone who wants a dog/cat.”  At that point in time I usually read the person the riot act (and now will email them the below…) and tell them they better rethink their decision. As a preface….AZ has the second largest pet overpopulation in the country, and the 72 hr time frame this author talks about is true. Pets dies within 72 hrs of being in the shelter. Period.  Now please….read on:


I did not write this, it was taken from a Phoenix craigslist posting, but please read the entire note:

Letter from a Shelter Manager. Education people, EDUCATION!! Let’s pray that 2009 spares more lives than the 11 million killed last year… (do not stop reading until you’ve reached the end.)

A Letter from a Shelter Manager:

I think our society needs a huge ” Wake-up” call.
As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all… a view from the inside if you will.

First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day.

Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know. That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore.

So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays” that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

The most common excuses I hear are;
“We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving to that doesn’t allow pets and why did you choose that place instead of a pet friendly home?
Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get?
“We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10- 12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs!
“She’ s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family, how about some obedience training & exercise?
They always tell me: “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog.”

Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies.

Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps.

It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it.

If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose.

If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted.

It doesn’t matter how ‘sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are. If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed.
If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long.
Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment.

If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don’t have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”….

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk – happy, wagging their tails.
Until, they get to “The Room”, every one of them freak out and put the brakes on when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them.
Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are.
Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal
dose of the “pink stuff”.
Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams.
They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.
When it all ends, your pet’s corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage.

What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right?

I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work.

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much further than the pets you dump at a shelter.
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.


Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is.
I just hope I maybe changed one person’s mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog.
I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say “I saw this and it made me want to adopt.” THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT!
If you are looking to adopt:
Bella’s House & Pet Sitting would like to offer a special THANK YOU to all those who have saved a life, and a plee for recondiseration to all who think about getting a pet from anyplace else other than a rescue. THIS IS A PROBLEM!

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