Coyotes

July 28, 2009

I saw one on this hot night on Fairmont. It was a skinny one who stood under a street lamp. Possibly a juvenile without developed hunting skills. I am not afraid, ever, but there is a thrill of excitement and  a possible undercurrent of instinctual  concern at seeing a predator on the street. I am grateful to them for eating rodents (please spend more time at my house-rats) but less time eating cats.  

Dear friends, please keep your kitties indoors. I see coyotes at all times of day right here all over SW Portland as do my other pet sitting friends. I don’t know why we see them so often except we are tuned into animals and might notice them as well as being out and about all day, every day. They are here and they will take cats.

July 14, 2009

We don’t like shock collars. We haven’t made a policy that we won’t accept clients who use them, but we certainly do not approve. In some countries they are illegal. We see them mostly for invisible fence use.
Recently a man was arrested for using shock collars on his children. It was clearly abuse and a horrible story. Why do we continue to use them on our beloved pets?
Here is the blog article link link from Animal defense league: http://aldf.org/article.php?id=1011 We hope to inform those who continue to use these. They hurt. There are wonderful ways to train your dog that don’t involve hurting them.