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5 Signs That You Need A New Pet Sitter

5 Signs That You Need A New Pet Sitter
By Mary L. James

When it comes to our pets, we only want the best. We want them to be safe while we are away. Many dog parents who work full time jobs hire a pet sitter to feed, play, walk or simply keep their furry friends company in their absence. But just like nannies to children, not all sitters are fit for the job - there are those who are in it for the pay and don't actually care for the animals. So if you currently have one employed, here are 5 signs of a bad pet sitter that you need to watch out for:

Messy feeding area

The main job of a pet sitter is to make sure that your dog is fed and hydrated throughout the day. Check your pet's feeding area - is his food bowl kept clean or is there food left that's gone bad? Are there bugs in it? Is his water bowl dirty or dried up completely? A sitter that actually cares for your pet knows better than to leave the animal's feeding area disorderly. A responsible one will feed your dog and make sure to clean up afterwards.

Lack of respect

A pet sitter, just like anyone who works for someone, should recognize authority and know boundaries. Once you're home, check around the house - have your things been used or moved around? Has food in your pantry been touched (without your permission)? Do you smell cigarette smoke? If your sitter lacks respect for your property, he is definitely not fit to care for your dog.

Dog poo or pee in the house

If there are any signs of your dog's "accidents" in the house more than once - whether you see or smell it, this only means that your pet was taken out too late. Dogs live for a routine so if their daily schedule is not followed, especially when it comes to their poo and pee schedule, it could lead to behavioral issues and even health problems (from holding their pee too long).


While dogs are prone to injuries because of their active nature, unexplained or back to back injuries (even small ones) only indicates that they are not looked after very well. An abusive behavior by your sitter towards your pet could also be possible.

Fearful pet

Observe how your dog reacts to your sitter - does he greet your sitter excitedly or is he fearful? When it's the latter, it only means that your furry friend dislikes the person, most probably because he isn't being treated well when you're away.

If you observe 3 or more of these signs from your pet sitter, consider installing a hidden cam in your house to investigate further. Otherwise, fire the person - he's not hard to replace.

Mary James is a certified dog lover - she specifically loves her Yorkshire Terrier, Missy, who is 8 years old. From all those years of experience with her dog plus plenty of research and seeking the advice of experts, she has become very knowledgeable about the Yorkshire Terrier breed, as well as dogs in general. For more tips, tricks and other helpful information about Yorkies, head over to her website [] where she blogs and sells awesome Yorkie merchandise [].

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To get great coverage, you need a great media list

To get great coverage, you need a great media list

By: Shannon Cherry

You've written a great press release and it's ready to go.

But the bigger question remains: who do I send it to?

Before you begin sending the release to anyone and everyone, take heed. By not targeting the release to the right person at the right media outlet, your release will simply go into the trash and you'll never gain the respect of any reporter.

So look long and hard at your perfect release. Who would be truly interested in it? Let's face it, Oprah probably doesn't care you have developed additions to your product line.

So look for publications and media that match your target market, not where you'd like to appear.

Where to find media listings?
Once you determine who you want to send the release to generally, you need to get all the information on the media. You can use the following to find who your looking for:

1. Surf the 'Net. Several databases are available for a fee. But you may find they are out of your budget. In addition, there are several free listings of media on the Internet. These are great for a start, but often leave out important contact information and may never be updated.

2. Use the library. Most libraries have resource directories that list local and national media. Take a few hours and write down all the information you need. You'll need to remember, however, that since these directories are in print, many of the listings may be out of date.

3. Use what you already have. A savvy person is already monitoring what's going on in their target market's media, often to subscribing to publications and using RSS feeds & news alerts on the Internet. (Check out Google's News Alerts to create your own). Every time you find a story that is related to your topic, write down the name of the reporter and contact information.

Don't forget you need to verify the information. Editors and the like often change roles or switch companies, so regardless how recent you feel the information is that you have, you need to call to verify it. Gatekeepers (the receptionists) can often be protective with contact names and employee information and very seldom just give this information away. Asking them to verify what you have can prove to be more productive.


Author Bio
Shannon Cherry, APR, MA helps businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations to be heard. She's a marketing communications and public relations expert with more than 15 years experience and the owner of Cherry Communications. Subscribe today for Be Heard! a FREE biweekly ezine and get the FREE special report: "Be the Big Fish: Three No-Cost Publicity Tactics to Help You Be Heard." Go to:

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Cardio Exercise Workout Before Weightlifting



I will be returning to the gym very soon. In the meantime, I set aside time for stair climbing. Aerobics is no substitute for heavy weight training, but it is still exercise. I will be putting in a lot of strength training workouts, so the cardio is a decent prep in and of itself. 

I'll keep you posted.

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14


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