Emergency Preparation..and your pet

Many of us have protocol set in place for an emergency, whether at home or at work. However, have you prepared your pet for an emergency situation as well? Colorado is no stranger to extreme weather, ranging from blizzards to wildfires, and all in between. Our goal at PlayTime Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers is to keep your pet safe, whether in your care or ours.

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Community Outreach: How Students in Colorado Springs are raising awareness for Animal Rights

 

 

On May 4th, 2018, the students from the North Middle School Public Achievement Club held a Pet Information Fair to raise awareness for Animal Rights in the community. The students organized this incredible event, which included multiple booths, a raffle, goodie bags, treats and lots of FUN! They invited various organizations with a passion for the fair and ethical treatment of animals, including PlayTime Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers. The students and attendees then had the oppurtunity to chat with these organizations, and learn more about the services offered for animals in the community.

PlayTime Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers were honored to be asked to be a part of this event, and were astounded by the brilliance and passion of all the young minds we met that day. We got the chance to chat with Max Blackburn, the Public Achievement Coach, to learn more about the organization, and to reflect on what the students learned throughout the process of developing the Pet Information Fair.

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Did You Know?

We feed, water, walk, cuddle, play with and love on your pets. But, we also do so much more!

Dog Training: Kerry Bramwell, our resident certified trainer, offers humane, effective, in-home training for dogs of all ages that includes manners, socialization, following basic commands and potty training. Kerry’s approach is tailored to your individual goals, is enjoyable, effective, and geared to build and maintain a fun, respectful relationship with your adult dog or puppy. Call or email us to find out more.

Medications: Many of our pet sitters are qualified to give medications—from pills to injections. We care for numerous diabetic pets and many others with time-sensitive needs. We haven’t missed a single dose since PlayTime first began. That’s over 20 years of ensuring your pets stay healthy and safe.

Doggy Park Field Trip: When it’s outdoor fun your dog pants for, we know all the best spots. Our doggy park field trips give your bow-wow up to two hours of frolicking around on the leash or off the leash in the safety of a designated, fenced area. We choose only the friendliest, safest greens that have been tried, tested and approved by us and our furry family members.

Overnight Stays: Our slumber parties keep nervous pets calm, lonely pets happy and fragile pets protected. It’s peace of mind for them and for you.

Vet Visits: The health of your animal is our primary concern. We’ll take them to the vet should something unexpected happen—no matter the time of day. Leaving a credit card on file makes it easy when it comes to paying for their treatment. Call or email us to talk about this, or anything else you’d like to know.

Call 719-475-7297 | Email 475paws@gmail.com

Meet the Chief Tummy Rub Officer!

Not only is Susan McIntyre, owner of PlayTime Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers, an inspirational business woman, she’s also pretty darn funny. We had a quick catch-up to find out a little more about the heart behind the most trusted pet sitting business in Colorado Springs.

What do most people not know about you?
Though I’ve developed a slight fear of heights as I’ve grown older, I still enjoy skiing, flying in ultralight planes, skydiving and parasailing. Anything really that involves extreme heights. Go figure!

What scared you most about starting your own business?
Not being able to support myself. I had no safety net. I was recently divorced, prior to which, I’d also given up a career in management to go back to school.

What are some of your greatest triumphs since starting PlayTime Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers?
That I am still here; that PlayTime has survived over 20 years. Pet sitting and dog walking businesses come and go quickly, but we are still providing quality care to so many animals and their people—after all this time! We’ve been able to help a vast amount of animals through supporting incredible rescue organizations, and have diligently gained the trust of numerous special needs animals, too.

What do you love most about what you do?
We make a difference—to animals and their people.

What would your 8-year old self say if she met you now?
This is the best you could do? We were going to save all the animals. We were at least going set all the caged ones free!

We’ve got to know, if you could be any animal what would it be?
Cat. Always a cat. But if cat wasn’t available I would go with elephant or bison. Assuming mammoth isn’t an option.

What should all new and potential clients know about PlayTime Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers?
We are good people. We really care about your animals and have every pet’s best interest at heart. So many animal-related businesses don’t.  This isn’t just a job for us. Our lives revolve around caring for animals. We take a tailored approach with each and every pet we sit for, which is why we ask all clients to fill out a lengthy questionnaire. Our sole aim is to care for your animals exactly as they need, with respect and excellence.

Pet Friendly Landscaping

Do you love landscaping? We do too, and creating a fun and safe environment for your pets is always our goal! PlayTime Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers wants to help you keep your yard pet friendly this summer. We have gathered some helpful information to help you create the perfect backyard oasis for you and your whole family.

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Could Your Home Pass a Pet Safety Test?

Our goal at PlayTime Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers is to keep your pets healthy and safe, whether in your care or ours. Check off your pet safety list with our following lists of common household dangers. 

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The Coolest Cat Gear This Summer

Inspire creativity and natural instinct, while promoting overall wellness for your cat this summer! Here are our top picks to keep your cat feeling like royalty: 

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Dog Friendly Hiking (Off Leash)

Want to hit the most beautiful trails in Colorado Springs AND let your dog have the joy off leash freedom? That’s our idea of a two for one deal! The following trails are dog friendly, as well as off leash friendly. Happy hiking!

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Dog Friendly Parks (Fenced, Off Leash)

We interviewed several dogs for this article, and the general consensus was….DOG PARKS ARE PAWSOME! Fresh air, running free with friends, and so much PLAYTIME…what could be better?

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Dog Friendly Hiking (Leash Required)

Enjoy some quality time (and tackle boredom!) with your favorite four legged friend this Spring! PlayTime Pet Sitters has compiled a list of all of our favorite dog friendly trails in Colorado Springs for you to explore! Happy tails and trails!

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