Wednesday, Aug 05, 2020

Posts Tagged ‘pet sitting’

Sarasota’s Halloween Events!

Halloween is a spooktacular time for a day and/or night out with your dog in Sarasota. Check out these ‘paw’esome events and get ready to dress up your pooch for fun and prizes!

Happy Dog Pet Salon is hosting a Pet Halloween Party & Open House on October 27th from 4pm-7pm. Dress up your pup and get a free Halloween photo of your pet and receive a free gift!

Come out for food, fun and MORE! Yes, Furreal’s Pet Sitting will be in attendance (til 6pm). Other vendors include:, Simply Spotted Photography, Animal Chit-Chat, Designing Poet, Sniglet’s Dog Bakery, Ramona Loves Dogs, and many more!

Sarasota County Fairgrounds is sponsoring the 13th Annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade on Saturday, October 23rd. To register your dog the day of the event, show up at 9am with your $10 entry fee (per dog). Parade starts at 10am. Goodie bags will be given to the first 100 entrants, “Lucky 13″ prize category & trophy for best dressed pets! All proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County.

Looking for something the weekend of Halloween? Come join Fright Night on St. Armand’s circle from 6pm – 9pm. This is a dog-friendly event that will showcase a performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller performed by the Sarasota High School Drama Department. Kids and dogs are welcome to trick-or-treat around the circle.

Mulch bad for dogs?

Barkley is an adorable 3 month old Beagle puppy I just started pet sitting for. I’m sure you’re surprised to read that she LOVES to chew on anything she can get a hold of including shoes, socks and rugs. Along with these items, she also likes to chew on the dark brown mulch in the backyard. Although I try to pry the mulch from her mouth, she instinctively turns around to nab another piece. While her owner voiced her concern for Barkley’s mulch munching, I remembered reading about the dangers of certain kinds of mulch. Once again, I did a little research, only to find once again answered my question.

Turns out, cocoa mulch contains an ingredient called “theobromine.” This ingredient is used to make chocolate, which we all know very well is toxic to dogs. The mulch has a very enticingly sweet smell, making it very appealing to dogs. This particular mulch is popular because it’s organic (not to mention the chocolate smell) and has been widely sold at Home Depot (Vita Soil is a popular brand). Just a few ounces is all it takes for a dog to become ill. It can start from an upset stomach to an increased heart rate to seizures and from there, possibly death. This all depends on the size of the dog and how much has been ingested.

Thankfully, the mulch at my client’s home is NOT cocoa mulch and we can rest at ease about the subject. But please be aware of what you’re using in your garden and if you use a landscaper, mention your concerns to them. For further info, visit ASPCA‘s website.

Thanks again, Sarasota Dog!

Plastic Dangers & Irony

I’ve been staying at a client’s house for almost a week now. Her three dogs are seperated (two in one room, one in the other) during the day. When I arrive at the client’s house, the two Westies seemed to have gone stir crazy! Their water and food bowls have been completely dumped out with pieces of toys tossed across the room.

I’ve noticed each day, on top of dumping them out, that the dogs continuously keep chewing on their plastic food and water bowls. I can’t imagine this feels good on their teeth or gums. So I started questioning whether they purposely dump their food/water just so they can chew on something other than just the toys they play with on a daily basis.

While online, I found that our friends at had wrote an article the previous day on the dangers of plastic bowls. How ironic is it that? Turns out that within the holes that Bert & Ernie had created in the plastic is the exact environment that nasty bacteria can begin to grow. Of course, this in turn can make your dog sick. Even cats can develop feline acne as a result of being allergic to plastic.

In my own home, I use only stainless steel bowls or thick non-skid plastic bowls with a rubber rimmed bottom, making it impossible for them to knock over the bowl. Then again, my dogs have never had an issue with chewing on plastic, either. Sarasota Dog suggested using ceramic bowls. Although they are breakable, they can be easily tossed into the dishwasher. Luckily, I found a stainless steel bowl in my client’s kitchen that is a temporary fix BUT of course, they still knock the bowl over while no one is home. Having to clean up a little water is a small price to pay compared to a sick dog. Especially when it could have all been avoided.

Although I cannot make my client change her ways, it’s always good to offer the information in case they are not aware. Until a couple of days ago, I was unaware myself and I’ve had dogs for most of my life. Personally, I’ve never owned a small dog breed which may be why I’ve never had to address the situation. Thanks to for having relevant content that all dog owners should be aware of. Who knows, maybe these articles might just save a life.


We received another letter from one of our clients on the website today! Check it out:

“I called Furreal’s Pet Sitting at the last minute…for an emergency. I was heading out of town and my plans for “doggie care” fell through. I was nervous when I left town but was so relieved to get the text messages and pictures of the “babies” and then to return home and see how happy and well cared for they were. They are puppies and did a few naughty things but I didn’t come home to a mess… I was very please with your services and the love that Hope, Bert and Ernie received.” –S.Z.

We are so happy to have you as a customer and thank you so much for the feedback! Nothing brings a smile to my face more than a satisfied client! :)

Furreal’s Volunteer Pledge

For every new client to Furreal’s Pet Sitting Services, Farrel will be volunteering 10-30 minutes at Satchel’s Last Resort (a local last chance rescue shelter) here in Sarasota.