Thursday, June 15, 2017

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:

▪ I am blessed, business is good, and I am currently taking clients through referrals and folks I meet on dog walks only.

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.

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, Level 2, Usui Method; Certification in Advanced Animal Reiki.

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

▪ Click on the Tabs for More Information.

Thanks for stopping by!

Good thoughts.

- Linda. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

NorthStar Pet: Making Changes

A personal note: The blog is on hold right now (prepping to update), but the important information is here, have a look. 

With July 4th just around the corner, just a reminder to have a plan for your pets.

Good thoughts.

- Linda.

Monday, June 12, 2017

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. We will reopen on Friday, July 5 at 9 am.

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.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

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.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

NorthStar Pet: Spring Forward

March 13th... 2 a.m.... Spring Forward.