Archive for May, 2010

7 Memorial Day Tips for Scottsdale pets

Memorial day is a time for family, BBQs, official kick off to summer, and a day of remembrance. Pets can be a part of this relaxing and fun weekend – lets make sure it stays fun and doesn’t turn tragic with these tips:

Charlie playing in the backyard

  1. Pets can get sun cancer. Breeds that are most susceptible to it include: boxers, Scottish terriers, bull mastiffs, Basset hounds, Weimaraners, Kerry blue terriers and Norwegian elkhounds.
  2. Remember to keep your pets hydrated. Just because you may be out in the sun BBQing, doesn’t mean your pets are cool too. Make sure their water bowl is filled and there is plenty of shade for them.
  3. Don’t EVER let your pet drink beer or liquor. These are toxic to pets and could kill them. You will not be laughing when your pet ends up in the ER or worse. Instead let them join in the fun with Bowser Beer.
  4. Cats and dogs will want to run and hide. Make sure the doors and gates stay locked and closed to avoid any LOST CAT or LOST DOG posters the next day. (If this does happen, check out these tips)
  5. If you are BBQing, be careful if you give your pets scraps or bones. Bones can break and cause tears inside your pets intestines, or the food that they may not be used to could cause them to become sick.
  6. If in the backyard with a pool – watch your pets around the pool. Some pets are great at it, others are not. When in doubt, be cautious.
  7. If your pet isn’t completely okay with people of all shapes and sizes, you may want to give them their own “space” if you have a get together. Often times little boys are the highest risk for dog bites. They are at the same level as the pets.

Bella’s House & Pet Sitting wants to wish everyone a safe and happy three day weekend. Kick back, relax, enjoy this amazing weather… and consider grabbing a beer for you, and your dog (Bowser Beer that is!).

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If you are traveling – we have you covered and are having our own party and love with your pets while you are off elsewhere having fun!

This information has been provided to you from Bella Vasta, the Pack Leader for Bella’s House and Pet Sitting in Scottsdale AZ. For more information please call 480.330.4552 or go to

Let’s change Arizona’s dog legislation.

This video can be found here

In response to 3Tv’s excellent continued coverage of the story below (/announcments/dog-attack-at-chaparrel-park-517/) and after many of you have expressed your interest in trying to get the laws changed and start a petition – I am offering up this blog and my ability to cross post over various networks as a place to begin.

Dogs who have a history of aggressive behavior (which I think can be stopped with a RESPONSIBLE owner) need to be prohibited from contact with the public.

We need to give the state the power to do something about dog attacks on each other.

Who is with me?
Who can step up and figure out the who, what, when, where, why?
Who can be committed and help support this?

With proper organization – this can happen.  We can figure out the steps as we go.

This, all in memory of all the dogs (including Sydney) that have been victim of these horrible attacks. Special thanks to Elite Pet Care, Doggie Step Dog Training, 3TV, the VCA Emergency Vet Hospital in Mesa (who has been helping Syd), and all those who have posted comments, emailed the media, re-posted this story, and helped make this cause HEARD.

This information has been provided to you from Bella Vasta, the Pack Leader for Bella’s House and Pet Sitting in Scottsdale AZ. For more information please call 480.330.4552 or go to

Dog Attack at Chaparral Park

UPDATE #1 – First the dog trainer called me.

The below is a note from the dog trainer that Bella’s House & Pet Sitting works with. Our relationship with Mark has allowed us to help spread the word to many pet owners to help get this very troublesome story out. Please share and cross post with all….


As I mentioned to you today, one of my customers dogs, was attacked by 2 pitbulls last night in Chaparral Park off of Hayden, in Scottsdale.  The pitbulls were OFF leash and have a prior history of dog/dog attacks at this SAME park!  Unfortunately, AZ state law does NOT require a dog to be quarantined after attacking another dog.  ONLY if that dog bites a human, must it be quarantined.

A police report was filed and the case # is:  1012309.  I’m unsure if the dogs were even obtained and returned to the owners so they are STILL AROUND THE PARK!!  My customer will be contacting Maricopa Animal Control today to file a report as well.

Sadly enough, my customer has a $6000.00 vet bill from this attack and still does not know if her dog will survive today.   While the pits who attacked her dog could be BACK at the owners home with NO responsibility?

The concern of course now is for LOCAL SCOTTSDALE residents to BE AWARE of these 2 pits who will more than likely ATTACK again.  Please let your media contacts know of this pit attack pattern at Chaparral park.

NOTE: One lady at the park warned my customer “Get outa the park. The same dogs are who attacked last week are here.”  Before she could react – the fight happened.

Here is what my client wrote me: (warning it is graphic and hard to read)

As we walked around the lake a woman approached us carrying her dog and suggested that we not continue because there were 2 pitbulls loose, owner not present, a little way away. I could see them off in the distance.  She said she knew the owner and that one of the dogs has killed a dog before.  So I turn around and we were headed north to return to my car.  The woman had the police on the phone and was reporting the dogs.  Next think I knew the dogs ran up behind us and grabbed Sydney.  One of the dogs held her down with a tight bite over her back.  A lot of people ran to our aid but we could not get the dog to release Syd.  A couple pulled up on Hayden next to the path and brought a crowbar.  Someone used it to get the dog to release Syd. I scooped her up and this wonderful couple pulled me into their car and whisked us off to emergency as I held her side to keep her insides in.  She had to be in so much pain but never made a peep.  They took xrays of her back and her spine looks good.  She is in surgery at the moment.  She has some really bad puncture wounds, so they are opening her up and exploring everything to be sure her insides are okay.  A police report has been filed and I’m also suppose to contact Animal Control tomorrow.  This is so horrible – she was doing so well on the walked today – she will never get over this.

Thanks for helping spread the word!

Mark Siebel, Owner
“A Good Dog = A Trained Owner”


UPDATED #2  2:30 Tuesday May 18th – Update from Syd’s Mom…..

From Sidney’s Mom to Mark, from Doggie Steps Dog Training

Thank you Mark.  This was a horrible tragedy to see happen to your beloved pet.
I just picked up a copy of the police report and it is a frightening account of last nights attack.  The owner lives in a townhouse that opens to Chaparral Park on the southern end of the lake.  He has “Vicious Dog” signs on his front door and rear gate. He was under court order from the July 2009 attack that nearly killed a dog in the park to keep “Dopey” on a leash and muzzled.  Dopey killed a poodle in December 2009 while on leash.  Unfortunately the poodle was not leashed and got too near Dopey and the muzzle came off.  And yet, the owner still left his front door open yesterday evening for Dopey to escape the house and attack Sydney . Sydney ’s estimated vet bill has now reached a little over $11,000.00.  Dopey got to go home and my dog is suffering at the vet and may not survive.  I cannot afford this expense but I have to try to give her a chance, and I feel pretty certain that Dopey’s owner will not be held accountable for it.  Animal Control and the Scottsdale Police Department have been wonderful and are working hard to right this wrong.  Because of Sydney ’s attack, Animal Control obtained a court date on May 25th to deal with Dopey; the court was unwilling to deal with the issue after the poodle’s death – if they had, Sydney would still be her   active, silly self today.   Thanks again Mark.  I’ll keep you posted on Sydney . – Pamela


UPDATE #3  MAY 19TH-3TV and Az Republic Pick up the story

If you are interested in learning how to help prevent dog fights or protect your dog if it happens, ex Animal Control Officer and Owner of Elite Pet Care, Sarah Gorman explains how to do this on her blog here:

Here is the video update:

Arizona Republic Article –

3TV link to article and videos-

UPDATE #4 – Elaborate with the Scottsdale PD (FACTS of the case)

UNCUT Interview by 3TV with Scottsdale PD:

Press the COMMENTS link to read updates from eye witnesses and Sydney’s Mom’s updates each day.

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