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Ann Jones, CPPS Certified

Congrats to Ann on her CPPS Certification!
By Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter & Dog Walker

As many of you have probably noticed, our website is now sporting the Pet Sitters International's CPPS Certification Logo, thanks to Ann.

CPPS stands for Certified Professional Pet Sitter. The Program is an in-depth educational coursework that has been crafted exclusively for pet sitters, to insure they are at the forefront of cutting-edge pet-care practices. 

The coursework was developed with input from the most knowledgeable professional in the pet-care industry. 

Graduates have a comprehensive, well-rounded knowledge on a wide variety of species - from dogs and cats to reptiles, amphibians and more.

The curriculum includes topics on:
  • Pet Care
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Additional Services
  • Business & Office Procedures

With her certification, Ann joins a handful of professionals in the Country who have undergone this rigorous Program.

Congratulations Ann! You rock The Poochy!

"On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen!

On PetMed w/Bags full of  Shelter Dog's Fixins!
by Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide

As the Christmas gift-giving season comes to a close and we get ready to ring in the new year with vegie-infused water and beef drizzled Milkbones, our hearts have been warmed here at The Poochy (despite the snow) by a large, professional business with an equally large, small-town heart.
PetMeds slid down our chimney a few days ago bearing a gift bag filled with various and sundry boxes of different sizes, shapes and smells. They needed our help! Having heard of our community partnership with Animal House Rescue (they follow Bella Dog on Twitter) they needed to make sure the items got to all the good dogs at Animal House Rescue!
Although we’ve known about PetMeds great products, professional pharmacy, and commitment to continuing education, we had no idea they were Secret Santas donning white capes and bright red tights. It seems they volunteer for Santa throughout the year to spread health, happiness, and all around good cheer to shelters in need.
With the rescue world being so full of hard knocks and tough tales, it's great to know that there’s a business out there that truly cares about those they’ve pledged to serve.
Not surprisingly, PetMed has millions of satisfied clients. They’ve been recognized for their excellence by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, enjoy an A+ Better Business Bureau reputation, and their full array of excellent, affordable products can be shipped right to your front door – frequently free-of-charge.  
Want to support your local shelters? Put your money where your paws are and get to know the great work PetMed is doing right in your local community!

St. Cat-ricks Day

Fort Collins Cat Rescue Adoption Fair
St. Cat-rick's Day
by Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic will be holding its quarterly Adoption Fair March 16th in the classroom at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park featuring adoption specials for kitties age 6 months and older.

Foster volunteers who have been taking care of the kitties will be on site to share information about the little fuzz balls, including habits, personalities, environment, diet and play. 

The adoption fee for these kitties is a very affordable $20.00. If you're interested in a more mature cat, cats 1 year and older can be adopted for $10.00. 

Their first rescue event in December was extremely successful with the adoption of 27 cats and kittens in only three hours. 

This is a great opportunity for folks to visit with kitties not normally housed and and readily available at the Shelter. With over 60 volunteers, the Shelter is able to house and care for over 150 cats, making it a very impressive organization and valuable community asset!

Be sure to come out for this fun event and show your support!

Need more info? Please check out their website or call them at: 970-484-8516! 

Shameless Cones

Shameless Cones
Rehab in Style
by Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide

Bella, being highly interested in fashion, was recently searching her Haute Couture Haunts on Twitter, when she was introduced to Shameless Cones.  
Having had to wear an appalling plastic cone herself after an accident at the pedicurists, she immediately started Following them and they soon became friends.

Shameless Cones is a family-owned business that was bright enough to ask the question: "Why do e-collars have to be so butt ugly?"  Soon afterward, their newly launched R & D Department (comprised of various and sundry dogs) came back with the answer: "They don't." 

And so they launched an e-collar business they aptly named "Shameless Cones." Bella's favorite is the Sunflower design, featured below on a very happy dog!

Why, you may ask (besides them looking so cool) are colorful e-collars a plus for your dog? Well, that again, goes back to the genius of Shameless. You see, knowing both dog behavior and dog-owner behavior, they knew that owners respond emotionally to their pets. Seeing your beloved pet in an ugly, e-collar may illicit such thoughts as: "Man, you poor pathetic dog!" or "I'm so sorry I have to do this to you!" or, worse still: "It must suck to be you!" Needless to say, they were right! Our energy translates directly to our dogs.

I guarantee if you put your dog (or cat) in one of these cool cones you'll have nothing but smiles and positive energy oozing from your body. In fact, you may even start to wag! 

We hope you support our good friends at Shameless Cones. Please visit their great website to see all of their cool products. Personally, we can't wait to see what they come up with next. Bella is hoping to see a Court Jester line. Bailey wants an NFL line...

Be sure to forward this post to your vet so they too can spread the happiness. Rehab does not have to be a bummer when you accessorize it with a Sunflower Cone!

Alley Cats Bowling Night

Alley Cats Bowling Night
by Mary Watterson, Fort Collins Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Leave it to our friends at the Fort Collins Cat Rescue to come up with a fun way to support their mission!

Introducing Alley Cats Bowling Night 2012, a great evening of bowling, food, fun and prizes to benefit the Fort Collins Cat Rescue!

The fun begins at 5:00 pm on 4/15/2012 and includes all of the above, plus 3 games of bowling and the cost of your shoes - all for the low price of $22.00!

There is currently space for 24 teams of 6, or 144 people. Groups smaller than six will be partnered with other small groups or individuals - affording folks the great opportunity to meet others with similar interests.

The deadline to register is 4/14 and no sales can be taken at the door for this event. Register early to insure your support!  Please be sure and have your bowlers' names and shoe sizes when registering. This will allow them to have the TV screens set up and your shoes waiting for you at your lane.

Join all the cool cats in supporting the Fort Collins Cat Rescue and register/pay online today by visiting:

Or stop by for a visit with your check or cash at: 2321 E. Mulberry Street #1, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Payments by mail must be received no later than April 14th.

A big thank you shout out to Chipper Lanes North for hosting the event! Chipper Lanes North
830 N. College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Questions?  Contact: bowling@fortcollinscatrescue.org.