North Star Pet: Making Changes

The only constant is change!

A personal note: Blog content is on hold as I make some changes: NorthStar Pet is adding Reiki services to the mix. Something I'm really pleased to start offering - I certified in Reiki Levels 1 and 2 in 2016 and have been practicing ever since - now it's time to hang out the shingle. 

And, there is so much information out there that can help us help our pets, and I want to share what I learn and make this blog a helpful reference. There are so many simple things we can do to prolong and enrich the life of our pets.

The important information is here, all pages are updated - so check out the menu, help yourself, have a look around. 

With July 4th not so far off,  just a reminder to have a plan for your pets.

Good thoughts.

- Linda.

NorthStar Pet: Quick Study

In your search for a pet sitter, to save you time in your decision process, here is the basic NorthStar Pet 411:

Availability. Vacation schedule -  With that said, July is mostly booked and I just had my first August booking; I do have openings for daily visits and Reiki services.

Positive Reinforcement Households Only. NorthStar Pet provides services for positive training/reinforcement households only. No households using electronic containment, aversion, fear, prong collars, slip/choker collars, electronic collars, or punishment.

Cats With Intact Claws Only: NorthStar Pet provides services for households where cats have all their claws. No households where the pet owner has elected surgical removal of a cat's claws (in turn removing the first joint of each toe on a paw). Services are available if a household has a rescue cat(s) that had the 'declawing' procedure before the cat's current owner adopted the cat.

Serving greater Westerville, Ohio. Exclusively within 43081 and 43082 Zip Codes, and this geographic range: North: Big Walnut Rd. / South: Huber Village Blvd. / East: Sunbury Rd. / West: Worthington Rd.

▪ Established in 2007.

▪ Warm-blooded, indoor only pets.

▪ American Red Cross Pet First Aid Certified.

▪ Certified Reiki Practitioner, Levels 1 and 2, Usui Method; Certification in Advanced Animal Reiki.

 ▪ Reiki Healing Association, Lifetime Member

▪ In-home visits, dog walks, mornings, afternoons, evenings. No overnight stays.

▪ Click in the Menu for More Information.

Thanks for stopping by!

Good thoughts.

- Linda. 

NorthStar Pet: Red, White, and Run!

Loud... Louder... Loudest. Gathering for fireworks and neighborhood fireworks are part of our Independence Day weekends.   It's important to keep a level of awareness that fireworks can also trigger distress for our pets, and people with PTSD and autism.

From Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center:

We pick up more stray dogs during the week of July 4th than we do any other week of the year. That's because dogs can be so frightened by fireworks that they bolt and get lost.

Follow these tips for a safe and fun 4th of July with your four-legged best friend.

1. Don’t take pets to fireworks displays or leave pets unattended outside.

Dogs trying to escape the noises can become panicked, scale fences they never did before, or injure themselves by becoming entangled in ropes. They can end up lost miles from home, suffer heat exhaustion, or get hit by a car.

2. Exercise pets early in the day and put them inside in a quiet place before the fireworks start. 

Keep your windows closed so that less noise and vibrations are able to enter your house.

3. Check your dog’s collar now, for ID tag and dog license, before he gets lost!  

If your dog does become lost, please visit the shelter to file a lost dog report and come back every day to look for your pet. We bring in new dogs 24 hours/day. We are open 7 days a week, but closed July 4th.

You can still call to report a dog running loose or a dog bite on the holiday: 614.525.3400.

More Information from NorthStar Pet:

Red, White, and Bark

A Pet Safe New Year

Fireworks - Playing it at 11

Consider having your pet microchipped - and make sure the information is current.

Or consider a smart collar tag like
There is a new collar on the market called LINK AKC with a GPS tracker that will interact with your smart phone. Take a look:

(Sending out a GPS signal from a smart tag or smart collar is fine. Be positive - Do not use electronic collars or electronic containment.)

And... great advice from cat behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett for fireworks and summer care is a click away: Fourth of July Cat Safety Tips

Photos courtesy Franklin County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center and Cat Behavior Associates.

NorthStar Pet: What Time Is It?

Realized this morning, after the mental fog lifted, and I'd had half a cup of coffee, when Bob the cat awakened me for breakfast "inexplicably" at 5:00 a.m., she was right on schedule, 5:00 a.m. has been 6:00 a.m. for the past eight months!

Fall back one hour on Sunday, November 6th.