Today’s episode of All My Children Wear Fur Coats welcomed Beth Stultz-Hairston, Vice-President, Marketing and Operation for Pet Sitters International (PSI). Beth is a pet lover who has been working in the industry for more than 15 years. She is also a pet parent to cats, dogs, chickens and assorted farm critters.
PSI was founded by Patti J. Moran in 1994. She is the author of Pet Sitting for Profit, now considered to be the “bible” of professional pet sitting. Patti entered the world of professional pet sitting in 1983 when she started her own pet sitting business. At that time there were few resources available on pet sitting or in-home pet care.
For more than two decades, PSI has been a pioneer in the pet-sitting industry and a trusted educational resource for both pet sitters and pet owners. The association’s commitment o industry excellence is reflected in its continually evolving resources and programs.
PSI’s industry contributions include:
At this year’s Pet Sitter World Education Conference & Expo, I’ll be presenting on the topic Creating Estate plans that Work for Pets…and their People. It’s an honor to be among some of the finest speakers in the pet industry.
PSI’s website is chock full of resources for both the professional pet-sitter, pet parents that only want the bet for the pets and those who might be interested in making pet-sitting a professional career. Their online locator can help pet parents find qualified people, dedicated to the craft of pet-sitting to take care of your children who wear fur coats.
Join us next week on Monday at 3 p.m. for another edition of All My Children Wear Fur Coats with Peggy Hoyt.
Today’s guest on All My Children Wear Fur Coats with host, Peggy Hoyt, featured Dr. Raye Taylor. Dr. Taylor is a veterinarian with Blue Skies Pet.com. This organization focuses on end of life care for our beloved pets. They believe that making an end-of-life choice for our pets is a difficult decision. Their goal is to honor our relationship with our pets while guiding us through a difficult decision with compassionate support.
Dr. Taylor is a mixed animal veterinarian. Her passions include lots of animals including insects (honey bees), exotics, zoo animals, wildlife, fish, horses, production animals, and of course, small animals like dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, and reptiles. She is one of a growing number of Human-Animal Bond Certified veterinarians. Her background includes research, microbiology, and immunology at Iowa State University. Her veterinary training is through St George's University and the University of Minnesota.
She came to be a veterinarian through a very traumatic experience as a young teenager when her beloved childhood Great Dane was euthanized at home in an agonizing, painful way. As a result of this experience she was determined no family should have to say farewell to their beloved pet without love, peace, compassion, and respect. She encourages all ages of family and other pets to be a part of this loving process. She believes in the focus on the balance of quality of life, even in death.
When Dr. Taylor isn’t working, she enjoys sailing, travel, and the arts, including her own writing. She is an active volunteer at Eagle Brook Church, VeTouch, and Nepris. She also serves as an instructor for BART (Basic Animal Response Training) and as member of the MNVMRC (Minnesota Veterinary Medicine Reserve Corps). She has a wonderful husband, a golden/lab mix Nelli, a practically untouchable super-soft cat Makita, and occasionally a bird and a bearded dragon. She says she has a special spot in her heart for Schipperkes.
Dr. Raye Taylor is a new member of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA). The membership of PLPA is committed to being an educational resource to its members. Members include pet loss suppliers, pet death care professionals and others committed to the lifetime care of our beloved pets.
Pet Hospice and Home Euthanasia are two of the services offered by Blue Skies Pet.com. Hospice care for pets is designed to provide pain-relieving and comfort-giving care for pet companions near the end of their lives. It also allows pet owners the time they need to come to terms with their pets’ illness and determine the appropriate level of comfort care or optional treatments. Part of hospice care is accepting death as a part of life. Blue Skies Pet.com offers both a comprehensive hospice consultation that contemplates up to two months (60 days) of support as well as single in-home hospice visits.
There’s no right or wrong time, yet we feel like we can’t be sure. That’s where a dedicated professional that can provide guidance and compassion may make all the difference.
When it’s time to say good-bye, Blue Skies Pet.com is there to ease the way. Their in-home euthanasia service allows the pet parent to be in the comfort of their home, surrounded by family including other pets, friends and others that want to celebrate the life of your beloved pet.
Other family pets can feel the loss of their pet friend. Our pets are extremely sensitive. Dr. Taylor explained that having them present can help to ease their sense of loss, including the development of “broken heart syndrome” or other illnesses related to their grief. A pet simply doesn’t understand if their companion pet “goes away” and “never returns.”
Thank you to Dr. Raye Taylor and the other veterinarians at Blue Skies Pet.com, along with all of the other proactive veterinarians across our country committed to one thing – the best relationship we can have with our pets.
While Blue Skies Pet.com is only available in Minnesota and Wisconsin, check with your personal veterinarian for a referral in your area.
You can memorialize a departed pet by making a donation in their name to Animal Care Trust, USA, Inc.
"Today's guest was Kim Pruett. Kim is a "retired" rescuer and self-made animal advocate. Kim's life changed in a big way about fifteen years ago when she adopted her dog Rebel (now 15) from a shelter. Before that, Kim didn't know that animal shelters euthanized healthy, adoptable pets. Since then, she has been speaking up on behalf of animals everywhere!
Kim is passionate about all things pets. Today's show focused on a couple of her current concerns. We learned about the 12 steps to becoming a "no kill" shelter. Defined, a no kill shelter is one that does not kill healthy or treatable animals even whent eh shelter is full. Euthanasia is reserved for terminally ill animals or those that are considered dangerous to the public safety. Here are the 12 steps:
1. Feral Cat TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) Programs. Communities that embrace TNR have a lower kill level because feral cats are neutered and then returned to their colonies instead of being euthanized.
2. Comprehensive Adoption Programs. Most shelters are not welcoming adoption centers but instead are cold, inhospitabble holding facilities. Studies show that people get their pets from shelters only 20% of the time. We need to change these numbers. Let's adopt the motto, "Until there are none, adopt one!"
3. Low Cost Spay and Neuter programs. These programs will lead to fewer unwanted animals entering the shelter system. Fewer animals coming in means more animals getting a chance at adoption and a forever home.
4. Rescue Groups. Developing a working relationship with local rescue organizations and breed specific rescues helps to free up shelter space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning and ultimately, killing.
5. Social Media. Use the power of social media to let rescue groups, animal advocates and the public know about animals that need to find homes.
6. Foster Care Programs. Volunteer foster care is critical to lowering euthanasia rates. It is low cost or no cost and increases the capacity of a shelter to take more pets, improves public relations, enhances public perception and allows for the rehabilitation of sick, injured or behaviorally challenged animals. Many shelters and rescue organizations have adopted, "Take a Dog to Lunch" or "Foster for a Weekend" type programs. Foster programs increase the probabability of an animal finding its forever home.
7. Rehabilitation Programs - Medical and Behavioral. Shelters who have behavioral trainers on staff and who implement comprehensive vaccine, handling and socialization programs have higher adoption rates. A shelter is a scary place for many animals who just need an opportunity to find their forever home.
8. Public Relations/Community Involvement. A shelters public image is important to its success and its survival. Good, consistent marketing and public relations is crucial.
9. Volunteers. These people are the backbone of every successful no kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough money to hire more staff and always more to do than there are hours in the day.
10. Proactive Redemptions. This means getting strays or lost pets back to their owners before they ever get to the shelter. A shift from a passive to an active approach to getting pets back to their owners is a first step.
11. Pet Retention through Community Education. Shelters need to work with pet owners to educate them about how to keep their pets, not surrender them. Responsible pet ownership programs and behavioral training programs are just a few ways to accomplish this goal.
12. Leadership. A strong, proactive and compassionate leader is an absolute must.
Kim was also passionate about eliminating "pet mills" or "puppy mills" - establishments that exist for only one reason, to supply puppies, kittens and rabbits to the retail pet industry. If you buy a puppy from a puppy store, almost without exception it will be from a puppy mill. These breeder animals live in desperation. They never experience love, a home, proper veterinary care and healthy food and water. They don't have exercise or toys or sleep in a warm bed. They exist for only one reason, to produce more babies. When they can no longer produce, they are no longer wanted. Encourage your community and your state to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits.
Get involved with your County Commission. Get some friends and make your voices heard. Get access to public documents. Demand accountability. Get your state and county officials to do the right things for animals - always.
Encourage your officials to adopt a state wide animal abuse registry. The link between animal abuse and domestic violence is well documented. Let's make the identities of these abusers known so they won't be allowed to own or adopt pets. You can learn more by clicking on the picture of Molly below - she's a survivor and the Ambassador for Marion County, Florida's Animal Abuse Registry.
Kim Kapes is the founder/director of In Harmony with Nature Animal Haven located in Orlando, Florida. Their passion is helping animals in need; specifically wolves and wolfdogs. You might also find some typical canines, cats, pigs and reptiles. You can visit their website at IHWN.org.
Kim is also the author of the book, From Wags to Riches, where you can learn from your dog the secrets and principles of becoming a better human being. Kim is a K9 Relations Specialist. She calls herself a specialist because she believes that dogs are truly the experts. In the book, Kim shares her experience and gives you the tools to not only give your dog the best but to be the best yourself. She wants to help people achieve the relationship they desire with their dogs. Kim will guide you thorugh the process of:
*The keys to grow personally fo the benefit of YOU and YOUR DOG
*Learning to bring into your life what you want
*The responsibilities of leadership adn what that means for your dog and your life
*Understanding survival instinct, and the importance of decision making skills
*Earning trust and respect by guiding your emotions and feelings
Kiim is an expert in wolf and wolfdog behavior. She does not recommend these animals be bred or kept as pets. Like any wild animal, they have strong instincts for survival. Issues of specific concern can include: 1. Digging, 2. Jumping (fences of 6 feet or more), 3. Climbing, 4. Escape artist techniques where they actually watch and learn from you (e.g. opening a gate), 5. Potty training - takes a year or more (if ever), 6. Interior destruction, especially things made of leather, 7. Integration with other animals including small dogs, cats and other small family pets such as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, and 8. Social interaction - most wolves and wolfdogs have a low desire to interact with people and can be reclusive in nature.
You can helpIn Harmony with Nature Animal Haven by making a donation of money, building materials or other needed items such as paper towels and clorox. Reach out to find out what they need most.
You can also find them on FaceBook.
Peggy R. Hoyt, Founder/CEO