Where To Hike Your Dog Around Pasadena

     As a dog walker I am always looking for new and exciting places to walk or hike the dogs that I take care of. For one this keeps them busy sniffing out new places and keeps both of us from being bored. We are lucky as we are close to the San Gabriel Mountains and they are chock full of hiking trails. My favorite places in Pasadena and Altadena  to hike are:


  1. The Rose Bowl – of course!!!
  2. Lower Arroyo Seco
  3. Cobb Estate
  4. Hahamonga Watershed
  5. Millard Canyon    
  6. Eaton Canyon

Why is my cat always cleaning himself?

DSCN2328If your cat(s) are anything like mine, they are a non stop road to lick themselves where there wont be any part of them left, and as far as they are concerned cleanliness is next to godliness! I have one that no matter the time of day or what’s going on around him he is always grooming himself.

I know that they spend about 20 % of their day grooming but I wanted to know why. So I did a little research and this is what I found out.

  1. It keeps the coat clean and smooth
  2. It helps to get rid of any parasites
  3. It reduces frustration and anxiety
  4. It cools down  the coat through their saliva. Your cats lick the fur to warm up or cool down
  5. It water proofs their coat. When he licks he is stimulating the glands at the base of the hairs to release a secretion that helps keep his coat waterproof.

Keeping a eye on your cats coat can tell a lot about what going on with them. If they stop grooming and the coat becomes unkempt it can indicate a sign of illness. Excessive licking can lead to baldness or areas that are red and inflamed another reason to see your veterinarian.

Brushing your cat daily helps them and reduces the hair balls. Especially for the long haired breeds. They and you will appreciate a few less hair balls in your life!

7 Tips to keep your pets safe and happy for Easter

Easter has always been a fun Holiday for kids and with that comes responsibility if you have a pet. Why you ask – well there is candy and Easter egg hunts, flowers and toys that aren’t all that safe, for dogs especially. Some dogs think that the whole world is theirs. Mine is one of them!

Here are 5 tips to keep your cat or dog safe while still enjoying Easter.
1. Plastic eggs- While we try and change some things like plastic eggs for real eggs with treasures inside, it still can be dangerous. The plastic or even the treasures within my have small pieces that could obstruct their airway or even block their intestines.
2. Hard boiled eggs – while hard boiled are eggs are not bad for dogs, they do spoil quickly so please be sure that all of the eggs are accounted for. You don’t want your dog to find them otherwise you might end up with a dog that is quite sick.
3. Easter grass for baskets – Cats are attracted to the “grass” that comes in Easter baskets. While it may look cute and fun to watch them play with it, please don’t. If they ingest it could be lethal. They can not digest it and it could lead to the threads of the grass getting stuck and possibly damage their intestines. Tip: Use colorful tissue paper
4. Easter Lilies- VERY TOXIC TO CATS. While lies are gorgeous, but that’s where it ends. If your cat eats ant part of the plant he could possibly die from kidney failure. Tip: if your cat has ingested any please get them to the vet immediately.
Signs to look for:
Vomiting pieces of the plant
Loss of appetite
Increased urination followed by a lack of urination after 1-2 days
5. People food- Never good for your pets
now that doesn’t make for a Happy Easter!
6. Chocolate or other candy
7. Easter toys- Those small toys that are cute for your kids in their baskets can be attractive to your pet but can quickly become a choking hazard to your pet.
Hopefully these ideas will help let you have a very Happy, Healthy and Safe Easter!!!

Kristinnes Pet Care

Top 10 Dog Breeds of 2015

If you are anything like me , I love dogs and am curious each year which dogs made the top 10 breeds that we love. This year isn’t any different- here they are……
1. West Highland Terrier
2. Labrador Retriever
3. Golden Retriever
4. German Shepherd
5. Border Collie
6. Collie
7. Australian Shepherd
8. Yorkshire Terrier
9. Siberian Husky
10. Scottish Terrier

My pup is # 3 a Golden Retriever where does your pup come in or does it?

National Pet Sitters Week

Back in 1981, when I started petsitting it was unheard of. We didn’t even know if it would be a viable job let alone a source of income. Little did we know with patience, persistance and several years later petsitting is a job. A job that while it can be fun because we are enjoying all the different pets that people own, it can come crashing down around you when you walk in and find a dog with bloat or a cat who has jumped down off a table or couch the wrong way and is hurt.
People have found the petsitters can be an important part of their lives. Top 10 reasons that people hire petsitters are:
1. Your pet has separation anxiety – we come in and help relieve the boredom. Remember a tired pet has less of a chance of getting in trouble when you’re gone.
2. You work long hours and need someone to come over exercise and let your pooch take a potty break.
3. Your pet needs meds while you are at work. We can do it.
4. You need to get your pet to the vet, groomer or somewhere where you can’t get to because you are unavailable.
5. You are ill or injured and you can’t get them out for a walk or are pregnant and can’t clean your cats litter box. We can.
6. While you go away on vacation.
7. By using a petsitter they can stay in their own familiar environment.
8. Pets can have individual attention as we all know pets crave attention.
9. Getting married? Want your pet in the wedding? We can help you.
10. But most of all we are there to give you peace of mind when you are at work or away on vacation.
Kistinnes Critter Kare

Pit Bull Named Year’s Top “American Hero Dog” at the 2013 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

This is what rescue pups are all about you never know who is going to be there by your side to help you out through life unconditionally!

Tips On Finding A Lost Pet

Today in Glendora a fire got started by someone having a illegal campfire and all it took was a spark from a piece of paper that blew away. In a flash we have an out of control fire with people and pets trying to escape. For the lucky pets their owners were able to take them with them but for some they were left behind. They have to try to keep themselves safe and may get lost in the process.Here are a few tips to help find your lost pet whether behind a fire or just got out because things happen.
1. Check all the shelters not just the one in your area, take a flyer down so they can put it in their book. Also visit the shelters daily.
2. Create the flyer with www.petbond.com and put up everywhere you can. Be sure to put your pets photo, brief description and don’t forget your phone number. If you can afford offer a reward.
3. Put these flyers everywhere you can telephone poles, vet offices, dog parks, doggy day cares, groomers.
4. Talk to everyone you can. That means neighbors, the mailman, kids.
5. If your pet is micro-chipped check the company who the chip is with.
6. If it is an indoor cat that got out place some food and litter box outside where she can smell her own scent. This may help her know this is her home. (Don’t clean it out first)
I hope this helps.
Kristinnes Critter Kare

Kong Stuffing Ideas

Our pups love to have their goodies and its up to us as pet parents and petsitters to make it healthy but enjoyable at the same time.
These are just a few ideas to start off the New Year on the right paw.
1. Pure Pumpkin – not puree
2. Peanut Butter
3. Mashed Banana
These can also be frozen to make it last longer.
4. Cheese – low fat no blue cheese
5. Apple – ( not seeds, stems, or leaves)
6. Low fat cottage cheese
7. Sugar free low fat yogurt
8. Cooked and raw vegetables – peas, green beans, broccoli, celery.
9. Carrots
10. Fresh fruits – raspberries, blueberries, banana.
Don’t forget to clean the kong in between uses.

Is your Thanksgiving dinner good for your dog or cat?

Lets face it we all love our pets otherwise they wouldn’t be a part of our family and at Thanksgiving it’s hard not to give in to those soulfull eyes asking to please give me some of what your having it smells soooo good.
So whats a pet parent supposed to do? A few ideas:
1. Let them in the backyard to have some playtime.
2. Put them in another room with thier own dinner while you eat.
3. If they are crate trained place them in their crate with food or toys to keep them busy. Remember a crate is not for punishment its thier own special place, so always make it pleasant.

If you must give your pets some of your Thanksgiving dinner stick to just the white meat in small amounts.
AVOID the dark meat and skin it has more fat and may upset your pets digestive system.
NEVER give your pets cooked bones they can splinter.

But most of all enjoy Thanksgiving with your best friends!

                Kristinne’s Critter Kare

Ideas on how to exercise your dogs and trying to beat the heat

It’s getting to be that time of year when we come to the cross roads of needing to walk our dogs because they need the exercise and the temperature being to hot for their feet.  What does a pet parent do?

1.You can take your dog out earlier or later in the day, when the temperature isn’t as hot.

2. Walk them on the grass, remember if you can’t go bare foot think about how they feel, about how hot it is on their paws.

3.You can have your pup wear booties.

4. If your dog loves the water and you have a pool or have access to a pool let him/her go swimming, throw a toy or ball and both of you can enjoy each other and being cool at the same time!

5. Here in Southern California we have dog beaches – go have fun but remember to have some shade, water,  &  sunscreen for those cute pink noses!

6. If you don’t have a pool get a baby pool just make sure it is made of hard plastic so their nails don’t put a hole it.

7. Take along a spray bottle and mist your dog, it will help cool them off.

8.  Take breaks often and make a drink of water part of that.

But most of all watch for signs that your dog has had enough and take them home.

Some of the signs of Canine heat exhaustion are  excessive panting, increased heart or respiratory rate, drooling, & seizures so please be careful.

Do you have any other ideas to help keep your pooch cool on these hot summer days?

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