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Choosing A Pet Name For 2017

Do you have a name for me?

Typically, the most popular and trendy pet names are picked based on events that occurred over the previous year and what will be coming in the future. If you’re looking to get or adopt a new pet this year check out our selection of names to be the most popular.

  • We saw so many celebrity lives lost this past year we expect to see plenty of pets named after some of our favorites: Prince, Ali, Bowie, Haggerty, Zsa Zsa, Princess Leia…
  • Are you a football fan? Try Rawls, Sherman, Wilson, Peyton, Love or LeBron?
  • Movie Fan? Big box-office splashes spark names like Poppy or Branch (Trolls), Duke, Chloe, Gidget or Max (The Secret Life of Pets), Belle or Beast (Beauty and the Beast), Pikachu or Ash (Pokemon Go), Dory (Finding Dory), Leila, Luke, Rex, Max, Chewie or Kylo (Star Wars), may the force be with you!
  • Politics has certainly played a major role in 2016: Clinton, Trump, Bernie, Bo, Sunny, why even Ken Bone would make a good selection.
  • Want something a bit more unique than the latest trend? Consider some of these: Bear, Saint, Bella, Buddy, Pinot, Charlotte, Max, Cooper, & Bailey.

When you have finally decided on the perfect name for your pet remember to get a nice shiny name tag for their collar and include your phone number!


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Puppy and Dog Obedience Training in Stanwood, Camano Island and Arlington, WA

Camano Pet Sitters

Puppy Training, Dog Obedience and Behavior Training for 2017

Puppy Kindergarten                  Ages | Two months – 5 months

What we’ll cover – We will cover different puppy development stages from house training, nipping, chewing and socialization to the basics of loose leash walking. We teach you and your pup how to build a solid relationship that will last the life of your pet.

What to expect – You and your puppy will be prepared for the challenges of growing up, and have the skills necessary to handle real world problems. Beginning in puppy kindergarten we will help you teach your dog how to be the kind of dog you can enjoy the world with.

Dog Obedience and Behavior Training            Ages | Six months and up.

What we’ll cover – We will work with you on building a great relationship with your dog and problem solving normal dog problems such as excessive chewing, barking, anxiety issues, jumping on people as well as covering such topics as walking nicely on a leash, polite greeting and coming when called.

What to expect – We will help you teach your dog to be a valued, well-behaved member of the family.

Our Goal

Through positive and reward based training methods, our goal is to build a lifelong bond between you and your dog based on trust and mutual respect. All training plans take into consideration factors such as temperament, age, breed, sex, general health and history. Some dogs are shy, some are energetic and some are more challenging. We work with all breeds and temperaments and every training program is customized to your dog’s needs.


Private In-Home Training:  $1 per minute plus $15.00 travel fee.
For example, a 30 minute visit will be $45. Dogs just adopted from our local shelters will receive $20 off of their first six sessions.

Contact us to discuss your needs! We cannot wait to meet you and your pet!


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Camano Pet Sitters Voted #2 As Best Dog Walker


We are proud to announce that we were named one of the Top Five Best Dog Walkers in the Seattle area, #2 to be exact!

We are so proud of our incredible, passionate team, this honor really belongs to them – Shanlora, Rachel, Shirley, Graham and our newest team member Abbie, we couldn’t have done it without you! This team doesn’t just walk dogs, they provide stimulation, socialization and physical exercise. Each team member is trained to be proactive and to take care of your needs.

We know it’s not easy being the best dog walking and pet sitting company in our area, we work hard with a steady commitment to provide you with the best customer service we can. We are extremely flexible if you need to cancel at the last minute or add more visits if you need to be away from home longer, without the guilt. We are quick to return emails, phone calls or text and we provide you with easy online reservation bookings and payments.

We love what we do and we appreciate the love and support from everyone who voted for us. We are humbled, blessed and forever grateful. We will continue to strive to set the bar higher each and every day for you in dog walking, training and pet sitting. Thank you for your business, your love and your continued support!  – Michele & Pat

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Tips For Enjoying Thanksgiving With Your Pet

Ummm…the smell of pumpkin pie baking fills the air throughout your home. The table is set, the turkey is resting, and the guests are arriving. Thanksgiving is that traditional time of year filled with lots of great foods, family, friends, and football fun. But for our pets, it can also be a hazardous time of year.

Here are a few simple tips to help you pet-proof your holiday and still allow Fido to be included in all the festivities:

Turkey Talk: Turkey meat in itself is a great treat option to offer your dog. However, fatty foods like the skin of the turkey an gravy are too rich for Fido’s stomach are are difficult to digest. These foods may cause your dog’s pancreas to become inflamed, resulting in pancreatitis, a very serious disease. Also, avoid giving cooked or uncooked bones as they can splinter.

Bread Dough: I’m first in line for fresh bread and rolls, they are indeed scrumptious! But don’t leave the dough rising on the counter within reach of your pet. When raw dough is ingested, the yeast continues to convert to sugar. As it expands, your pet may experience a drunken state, bloating and severe abdominal pain which may become life-threatening and require surgery.

Side Dishes: Often many side dishes contain sage, onions and garlic which are toxic to pets. Best to not offer your pet any sides as treats.

So, what can I feed Fido? We’ve got some great suggestions here for you.

For ap-pawtizers, offer a few baby carrots or sliced apple pieces with a small amount of peanut butter. Dinner can be made with a few pieces of cooked, cooled turkey meat mixed with mashed sweet potato and topped off with green beans. We recommend the following servings: small dogs should be given 3/4 cup, medium dogs may have 1- 1/2 cups and for larger breeds, they can enjoy up to 3 cups. On the dessert menu, try combining a small amount of pumpkin puree with non-fat plain yogurt. Freeze overnight or serve immediately.

A little splurge this Thanksgiving holiday is fine but don’t allow your pet to overindulge. Remember to keep an eye on your pet around table decorations and open trash containers. Avoid putting chocolates and nuts on tables within their reach, plastic wraps and foil laying around and also keep a watchful eye on those guests who may be inclined to sneaking your pet a treat.

If you suspect your pet has eaten something that he or she shouldn’t have, contact your vet, your emergency clinic or the ASPCA Poison Control hotline immediately at 888-426-4435.

We hope you have a fun, safe and Happy Thanksgiving!



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How I Coped With My Dog’s Euthanasia Process

November 1, 2016 will be a day that we’ll always remember. It was the day our dog, Bailey, told us it was her time. She was just two months away from turning 15.

Bailey was a loving, kind-hearted, beautiful Vizsla-German Shorthair mix and loved by all who met her. When she was born into my brother-in-law’s extended family we had first pick of the litter, or should I say, she picked us. She enjoyed a wonderful, adventurous and spoiled life. As our companion she went everywhere with us, exploring new areas, boating, hiking, visiting, she did everything with us. She wasn’t a dog, she was our 4 legged child. icecreamtoy

A year and a half ago we were told by three different vets she had a brain tumor. As much as we wanted to refuse the diagnosis, we were determined to fight for her life. We changed her diet drastically and saw a new life appear in her. We knew she wouldn’t live forever and quietly, deep inside, we began the hard task of “preparing” ourselves for that day while still enjoying the moments we had left with her.

During that time, I came across an article written by a vet tech, which shared 5 things to do before you euthanize your pet. I wanted to share her article with you in hopes that when and if this difficult time comes for you, you’ll be better prepared and able to celebrate your loved one as we did with ours.

Thank you Bailey for allowing us to share in your life, mom and dad love you!

Here’s the link to Kelsey Beth Carpenter’s article:



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6 Fall Safety Tips for Pets

It’s the time of year when early morning fog lingers, sunshine eventually breaks through and warms the day, leaves begin to fall and the days become shorter and shorter. At Camano Pet Sitters, we value the safety of your pets and have put together some helpful tips to keep your pet warm and safe as the temperature drops and we head into the fall/winter season.

1) Rain, Rain and more rain, hmmm, we do live in the Pacific Northwest! Autumn is just as wet as springtime here, which means there are lots of opportunities for fungus to grow. Keep an eye out for mushrooms growing in your backyard and don’t let your pets eat them. If you suspect your pet may have ingested anything, call the Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435 (a fee may apply) or your local vet.

2) Leaves, leaves and more leaves – Fleas and ticks love hiding under fallen leaves. Be sure to rake up leaves and dispose of them properly as well as treating areas indoor to keep your pets pest-free.

3) Rodents and Racoons – The weather turns brisk and furry critters start looking for warmth. They may scurry into your garage, attic, or crawlspace. Best not to use poisons when trying to control them as pets may ingest the poison as well. A better alternative would be to use live traps.

4) Antifreeze and chemicals – Most people will typically winterize their cars when the colder winter months roll in. Ethylene glycol, found in antifreeze, is a deadly ingredient and smells sweet to pets. Keep pets away from spillage sites and storage areas of antifreeze and other chemicals.

5) I love an ugly sweater! But sometimes dressing our pets in sweaters for warmth, we need to use caution as it’s not always the safest option. If your pet spends time outdoors, pets can be frostbitten if their fur gets wet in freezing temperatures. Wet clothing left on a pet can aggravate the situation. Be sure to remove the clothing, dry your pet and replace with a dry garment. I promise, your pet will be grateful.

6) Tis the season to indulge in lots of food and treats. Company arrives and celebrations focus around family and food. Guests may spill food or slip Fido an under the table treat or snack which may be poisonous or too rich for them. We’ll be posting a detailed do not give your pet list of foods at a later date but in the meantime, our short list includes: chocolate, alcohol, avocado, grapes, onions, yeast dough and apple seeds.


Is It Safe To Leave Your Cat At Home Alone?

More than half of U.S. cat owners believe that cats can be left at home alone for several days. They often will just put down a huge bowl of food and water when they leave and don’t arrange for anyone to stop by and visit.

If you’re considering leaving home for more than a day, you’ll really want to consider hiring a pet sitter or consider a boarding facility. Most cats don’t do well with change so leaving them at home is often the better choice for them.

While most cats are independent, sophisticated, and smart, they can and do get anxious and lonely without their human companions. As a professional pet sitter, we insist on seeing your kitty, at the very least, every day for a number of reasons. Here are the top four reasons:

1) Food and Water – Leaving huge amounts of food out for your cat at one time is not the best choice. Cats can gorge on their dry food and canned food can be consumed all at once or dried out and become stale. Even self feeders don’t refill the bowls themselves, we’re constantly having to “pull” down the food.

Cats need hydration, from either their wet food or from a water source. They prefer clean, fresh water. Slim can build up in stale water, water dishes can tip or they can become full of cat hair. Fresh water should be provided daily.

2) By nature, cats are very curious and enjoy exploring. Sometimes they can get themselves into sticky situations. They can become tangled in blinds, get stuck under or behind furniture, fall and be injured, get locked behind closed doors, get their collar caught in their mouth, get a nail lodged in their scratching posts, can’t move and go without access to food or water to name a few. I think you can see where I’m going here.

3) Dirty Litter Boxes – Believe it or not, cats really do prefer clean litter boxes. Full, dirty boxes are unhealthy and unsafe and will often lead to your cat not using their box altogether or worse yet, eliminating in an alternate place if it’s not cleaned regularly. A pet sitter can also monitor what’s happening in the box, any diarrhea, bloody stools/urine or a lack of evidence in the litter box activity. Having a dirty box with mounds of soiled litter won’t go over well with kitty.

4) Sick or Injured – Without human companionship, stress and anxiety may contribute to depression and cats may stop eating all together causing liver failure. It is very common for cat’s to develop urinary tract obstructions without warning, it can become very painful, and cat’s can go downhill very quickly. They may have a fall and become injured.

We recommend hiring a sitter rather than asking a friend or family member to take over. As a professional pet sitter, we get a lot of last minute requests because someone has flaked out, leaving them in the lurch or the hobby sitter didn’t show. We consider this our job and take your pets care very seriously. Having a pet sitter visit will give the attention, stimulation and care your cat needs and will put your mind at ease.

It’s your responsibility to keep your cat safe, healthy and happy, so why take a chance on something happening?