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Taking Care of Your Emotional Support Animal in Summer

At last, summer is on its way! Dog and in general, pet or animal lovers everywhere will be enjoying the outdoors making the most of long sunny days. You’ll be walking in the park, cranking down the car windows to feel the wind rush in, enjoying a lazy drink on the deck with your emotional support animal at your feet.

Taking care of your emotional support animal (ESA) in the summer, however, can sometimes be a challenge. As temperatures start to rise, our canine, feline, and other friends can find the heat, sun, and humidity hard to cope with. Just like humans, animals can suffer from dehydration, skin problems, and even heat stroke.

People with emotional support animals need to take extra special care as our pets and partners often with us through the long hours, are constantly alert, and do complex activities all day long. We know how cranky we can get when it’s hot! While summer is a great opportunity to get outside, exercise and enjoy the world, we also need to be aware of the risks. How can we take care of our emotional support animals when the temperatures soar?

Protecting Against Skin Problems

  • Fur Management: Avoid shaving your dog’s fur too short. Their coat provides natural sun protection. However, a cat should be “groomed”. Comb out their fur to remove loose air that may prevent air circulating to their skin.
  • Sunscreen: Use vet-approved pet sunscreen on exposed areas like the nose and ear tips, especially for dogs and cats with light-colored fur.

No one likes the idea of walking around in the hot sun with a fur coat on. Our instinct might be to cut or even shave our dog’s coat to help them keep cool. Remember though, your dog’s fur protects them from the sun and stops their skin from drying out, so keep them clipped but don’t go too close to the skin. Just like humans, dogs can get skin cancer, so keep an eye on exposed areas such as their noses and the tips of their ears – and use a good vet-approved pet sunscreen for extra protection. Dogs with short, light-colored fur are especially prone to sunburn.

Cats groom their fur to regulate their body temperature, as the saliva left on their fur evaporates similarly to sweat on human skin. Daily brushing helps remove loose hair, allowing better air circulation to their skin. During summer, cats may also over-groom to moisten their fur and stay cool.

If your emotional support animal has shaggy fur on their paws, keep this a little longer than the rest of their coat as it will protect their paws from the sun. Keep their coat clean and well brushed.

Preventing Dehydration and Overheating

  • Hydration: Ensure your ESA has access to fresh water at all times.
  • Shade: Provide plenty of shade at home and on outings. Never leave your ESA in a parked car.

Make your pet an ESA and take them almost anywhere with you. NEVER leave them in a car, again. It’s a businesses discretion to allow access to an ESA, so always ask for accommodation.

Learn more about making a dog a service dog, which have the right to go everywhere with you.

You may notice when a dog is really hot their tongue swells, increasing its surface area and helping them to cool down faster, as it pants. If the panting starts to sound labored or they start to gag, it’s time to get your dog into the shade and give them water and a rest so they can recover. If you have any doubts, seek the advice of a vet as soon as possible.

By the way, although it sounds like an old wives’ tale, it really is true that dog’s noses should be wet. A dry nose could be a sign of dehydration.

Paw Care

  • Surface Check: Test the ground temperature with your hand or bare feet. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your ESA.
  • Protective Gear: Use paw wax or boots to protect your pet’s pads from hot surfaces.

Although nature has equipped your ESA with pads on their paws that act as natural shoes, when temperatures really start to rise, be aware how hot the surface is and remember some surfaces are hotter than others.

Be careful of any black surfaces, but particularly asphalt as it radiates heat and can actually burn your animal’s paws if it’s been exposed to hot sunlight for any length of time. A hot surface will also lead to a rise in your animal’s body temperature and might make them overheat.

It might seem a bit wacky, but the easiest way to test if the ground is too hot for your pet to walk on is to feel it with your hands or, better still, your bare feet. If it’s too hot for you, it’s probably too hot for them. On particularly hot days, allow your dog to walk on the grass as much as possible.

Check your pet’s paws regularly for signs of blistering and splitting. Walking on hot surfaces can cause dryness so if you notice this is a problem it’s a good idea to invest in some veterinary-approved wax that will protect the paw pads in both winter and summer. Boots are also available and can help protect your pet’s paws from strong heat but remember your pet sweats from their paws so make sure they are ventilated, or they may get a bacterial infection. In addition, if air can’t circulate, this will make your pet hotter. Remember, if your emotional support animal has shaggy fur on their paws, this is nature’s way of providing insulation, so don’t cut it too short.


We all get a little cranky in the heat, especially if we have to work, and it’s no different for your emotional support animal. On hot days allow them a little grace. It might take them longer to do the things your ESA normally does, and they might need more rest.

Recognizing Heat Stroke

  • Symptoms: Watch for excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and seizures.
  • Action: Move your ESA to a cool area, keep them moving, apply wet towels, and provide room-temperature water. Seek veterinary help if symptoms persist.

In severe cases, pets can suffer from heat stroke, just like humans, and this can be extremely dangerous. Heat stroke occurs when the body has a rapid and uncontrollable rise in temperature, which can be caused by dehydration and heat exhaustion from over-exertion, and not taking in enough water before and during exercise.

How to Spot Signs of Distress in Our ESA’s

The most common symptoms of heat stroke to be aware of are excessive panting and drooling in dogs produce extra saliva when they need to cool down quickly. They may also vomit and /or have diarrhea. A dog might lie down frequently and unexpectedly if they need a break. It might be unusually clumsy, stumble or even have a seizure. They might have a racing heartbeat. Watch out for these symptoms and take them into the shade for a rest and a drink. If they collapse, seek help from a vet immediately.

What to do if you think your emotional support animal has heat stroke:

  • Act quickly
  • Move them to a cool area
  • Try to stop them from lying down. Keeping them moving will allow the cooler blood that is at the surface of their body to circulate which will help their body temperature drop
  • Soak towels in water or use whatever material you might have to hand and lay this on their coat, as direct skin exposure to water will also help them transfer the heat from their body
  • Give your animal small drinks of water at room-temperature. However, tempting it is, don’t give them iced water as a sudden intake of cold water can cause distress to their heart
  • Allow them time to rest and recover
  • If in doubt, see a veterinarian as soon as possible

How to Help your Emotional Support Animal Keep Cool

So when the temperatures really ramp up, what can we do to keep our emotional support animals cool and prevent heat stroke?

Provide Shade

Dogs are very good at seeking out shade, so while we’re used to our ESA walking down the middle of a path, be aware that they might be more comfortable seeking out the shadows. Make sure there is shade for them both when you are at home and when you’re out and about.

Never leave your ESA in a parked car on a hot day. Temperatures can soar very quickly to dangerous levels. If you leave them at home, think about drawing the curtains so they can escape from the sun streaming through the windows.

Air Conditioning

While you might be tempted to escape the heat and hunker down in the aircon, don’t rely on this too much too soon. As soon as the days start getting warmer, begin to acclimate your emotional support animal by taking it outside each day. This provides the opportunity to get used to the increase in temperature. When you’re going out by car, try to lower the windows rather than using air-conditioning, so your pet has time to get used to the temperature during the journey.

Cooling Gadgets

Vests and Collars: Invest in cooling vests, bandanas, and cool beds.

  • Cooling collars

    Water Supplies: Always carry water and a portable bowl. Consider a kiddie pool for home use.

There are many useful products available to help keep your emotional support animal cool. Make sure their vest is made from a material that transfers heat, such as mesh or nylon. National Service Animal Registry offers very lightweight emotional support animal vests. Some vests come with cooling pockets or pockets where you can fit gel-packs. Otherwise, get a vest that you can soak in water as this will allow them to keep cool down for longer. There are also a variety of bandanas, cool beds and cool collars available.

Never leave the house without a supply of water and invest in a foldable bowl or a water bottle that doubles as a bowl. When it gets hot, think about treating your service dog to a kid’s pool so they can enjoy cooling off in the tub. If you live near the beach, lake or river, be aware that although dogs instinctively know how to swim, they are not necessarily strong swimmers. Be careful of currents and keep your eye on them when they are in the water.

Adapting to Severe Heat

  • Indoor Time: Keep your pet indoors during extreme heat and provide ample shade and water.
  • Exercise Timing: Walk your animal during cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening.

When it gets very hot outside, over 90 degrees, or when the National Weather Service has issued a warning, keep your pet inside, and make sure there is plenty of shade in the house for him or her to enjoy. Manage your schedule so you avoid going out in the hottest part of the day and make time to exercise when the sun is low. Make sure there is always plenty of water for them to drink.

Final Thoughts

We depend so much on our emotional support animals. They keep us safe, provide us with companionship. As your partner, you know your ESA best. What are their needs? Do they have a thick dark coat that traps the heat, so they need a pool to splash in or regular sprinkler-time? Are they getting a little older, or do they have any medical conditions that mean he’s more prone to heat stroke? Do you need to invest in a new cool-vest, or some pet-sunscreen to protect any exposed skin?

The summer is a perfect opportunity to get out and about with your emotional support animal and really enjoy the outdoors together. Bear these safety tips in mind and get prepared so you can make the most of the long sunny days with your canine partner.

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ESA Letter: Stop Paying Pet Fees

ESA Letter

What is an ESA letter?

An ESA letter, also known as an Emotional Support Animal prescription or recommendation letter, is a document issued by a licensed mental health professional that verifies the individual’s need for an emotional support animal. In the United States, obtaining an ESA letter is crucial for individuals seeking to benefit from the rights afforded to Emotional Support Animals under the Fair Housing Act.

Benefits and Legal Rights

An ESA letter grants individuals the legal right to live with their emotional support animal (also referred to as an assistance animal under the Fair Housing Act) in housing that otherwise would not allow pets. It serves as documentation of the individual’s disability and the therapeutic benefit provided by the ESA. Additionally, it helps individuals avoid discrimination and ensures they receive the accommodations they need for their mental or emotional well-being.

Obtaining an ESA Letter

The process of obtaining an ESA letter involves several steps to ensure legality and authenticity. However, the National Service Animal Registry (NSAR) is one reputable organization that assists individuals in obtaining legitimate ESA letters in a swift, easy, and inexpensive process. Below is a step-by-step guide on legally obtaining an ESA letter through NSAR:

  1. Place an Order: Place an order for the emotional support animal letter service, which includes an online health assessment, an official evaluation from a licensed mental health professional licensed in your state, an esa housing letter and esa airline letter (if qualified), and unlimited housing verification forms while your letter is active.
  2. Complete the online health assessment: Fill out the online health assessment either on the order confirmation page, or within your online, secure account.
  3. Clinician Evaluation: The clinician licensed in your state will quickly evaluate the need for an emotional support animal and whether you have an emotional/mental disability.
  4. Receive Your ESA Letter: Once your mental health professional approves your request, they will provide you with an ESA letter on official letterhead, stating your need for an emotional support animal and their recommendation for accommodating your ESA under the Fair Housing Act. These letters are immediately available upon approval within your online account for download and printing, while we print and ship your hard copies.
  5. Keep Your Letter Updated: ESA letters typically need to be renewed annually to remain valid. Make sure to keep your documentation current to maintain your rights under the Fair Housing Act. Renewals are swift and easy, and can be renewed through your online account one month before your current letter expires.

This entire process most often is completed in less than 24 hours provided the online health assessment is completed shortly after placing the order.

Qualifications of Professionals and Effective Communication with Landlords

It’s essential to ensure that the professional issuing your ESA letter is qualified and licensed to provide mental health services. Look for individuals who are licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, or therapists with experience in treating mental health disorders.

When communicating with landlords about your ESA rights under the Fair Housing Act, it’s crucial to be respectful and provide them with the necessary documentation, including your ESA letter. Clearly explain your disability and how your emotional support animal helps alleviate symptoms.

Many private licensed mental health professionals and/or doctors no longer write these letters due to various reasons. NSAR is highly recommended by Kaiser Permanente, the Veterans Affairs, and other privately owned offices because of these reasons. Ensure you get your letter from a reputable source that is willing to write your esa letter and support an verification from your landlord before going forward with their service.

Cost-Effective ESA Letter Solutions

Considering the initial price of $179.95 for an ESA letter may seem steep, but it’s a remarkably cost-effective investment. With an ESA letter in hand, you can save over $500 annually in pet fees. This makes obtaining the necessary documentation for your emotional support animal not only affordable but also financially advantageous in the long run, and even more savings with our renewal price of $99.

Responsibilities and Ethical Considerations

Owning an Emotional Support Animal comes with responsibilities. It’s important to ensure that your ESA is well-behaved and does not disturb others. Additionally, respect the rights of others and follow all applicable laws and regulations regarding the ownership and care of your ESA.


Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals serve vital roles in supporting individuals with disabilities. Understanding the differences between them, obtaining a legitimate ESA letter, and communicating effectively with landlords are crucial steps in ensuring individuals receive the accommodations they need under the law. With proper documentation and adherence to legal requirements, individuals can benefit from the companionship and support provided by their emotional support animals while navigating housing and public accommodation situations with confidence.

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Celebrate International Bull Terrier Day

International Bull Terrier Day is not just a day to celebrate one of the most distinctive and spirited dog breeds; it’s an opportunity to spread awareness about their welfare, underscore their potential as emotional support animals, and inspire community involvement. Whether you’re a seasoned Bull Terrier owner or a dog lover interested in this unique breed, there’s no better time to delve into organizing memorable activities, crafting DIY projects, and learning more about their care. Here’s your ultimate guide to making the most out of this special day, ensuring it’s enjoyable, safe, and inclusive for everyone involved.

Organizing a Bull Terrier Meet-Up

Indoor Activities

An indoor meet-up can be the perfect setting for Bull Terrier owners and enthusiasts to gather, especially if the weather isn’t cooperating. Consider organizing a photo booth with breed-specific props, an obedience demonstration or workshop to highlight the intelligence and trainability of Bull Terriers, and a “Bull Terrier’s Got Talent” show to showcase their unique skills and personalities.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor meet-ups offer ample space for Bull Terriers to play and engage in more vigorous activities. Organize a fun obstacle course, a friendly tug-of-war competition, or a relaxed walk in a dog-friendly park. Always ensure the location is safely enclosed and that there’s plenty of water and shade available.

Bull Terrier Meet-ups

Care Tips for Bull Terrier Owners

Bull Terriers, known for their egg-shaped head and muscular build, require specific care to ensure they lead a healthy, happy life. Nutrition tailored to their energetic nature, regular veterinary check-ups, and plenty of exercise are paramount. Additionally, their strong personalities demand consistent, positive reinforcement training methods and early socialization to foster well-behaved companions.

DIY Projects for Dog Toys and Treats

Safe and Healthy Dog Toys

Engage your creativity and environmental consciousness by repurposing old clothes or towels into durable braided tug toys. Not only are these eco-friendly, but they also provide an excellent outlet for your Bull Terrier’s energy. Always choose safe, non-toxic materials and supervise playtime to avoid accidental ingestion of small parts.

Homemade Dog Treats

Whip up some homemade dog treats using simple, healthy ingredients like pumpkin, peanut butter (make sure it’s xylitol-free), and oats. Creating these treats can be a fun activity, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing exactly what’s in your dog’s snacks. Plus, these can be great gifts for other Bull Terrier owners at meet-ups!

The Role of Bull Terriers as Emotional Support Animals

Bull Terriers have a remarkable capacity to form deep bonds with their owners, making them excellent emotional support animals. Their intuitive nature and affectionate demeanor can be particularly comforting. If you’re considering your Bull Terrier for this role, focus on socialization and training that emphasizes calm, supportive behaviors.

Bull Terrier Welfare: Adoption, Training, and Healthcare


Encouraging the adoption of Bull Terriers from shelters or rescue organizations is a vital part of celebrating International Bull Terrier Day. Share success stories and adoption information on social media to inspire others.


Invest in positive reinforcement training classes to build a strong foundation of obedience and manners. This investment not only enhances your bond with your Bull Terrier but also ensures they are well-behaved members of the community.


Promote the importance of regular veterinary care, including vaccinations, dental care, and spay/neuter services. Educate Bull Terrier owners about breed-specific health issues and the importance of early detection and treatment.

Inspiring Community Involvement and Social Media Engagement

Leverage the power of social media to raise awareness about Bull Terrier welfare, share event details, and inspire community participation. Use hashtags, photo contests, and challenges to engage a wider audience. Encourage participants to share their own stories and tips, fostering a supportive online community.

Simple and Engaging Campaign Ideas

Celebrate International Bull Terrier Day with eco-friendly initiatives like park clean-ups or crafting sessions for making sustainable dog toys. Organize educational seminars or webinars on responsible Bull Terrier ownership, training, and care. These activities not only celebrate the breed but also contribute positively to the community and environment.

In conclusion, International Bull Terrier Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate these charismatic dogs, raise awareness about their needs, and foster a supportive, informed community. Through thoughtful organization, creative projects, and educational efforts, we can ensure this day is meaningful, enjoyable, and beneficial for Bull Terriers and their human companions alike.

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UK Dog Theft Awareness Day: Keeping Our Furry Friends Safe

Every dog owner knows the joy, companionship, and unconditional love our furry friends bring into our lives. However, in recent years, there has been a concerning rise in dog theft cases across the United Kingdom. To address this growing issue and raise awareness about the importance of pet safety, UK Dog Theft Awareness Day was established. This day serves as a reminder for pet owners to take proactive measures to safeguard their beloved companions.

UK Dog Theft Awareness Day: The Inception

UK Dog Theft Awareness Day originated from the collaborative efforts of concerned citizens, animal welfare organizations, and lawmakers who recognized the need to address the escalating rates of dog thefts. It was officially launched to coincide with the National Pet Theft Awareness Week, aiming to shine a spotlight on this pressing issue and mobilize communities to take action.

Key Events: Spreading Awareness and Taking Action

Awareness Campaigns

Throughout the years, UK Dog Theft Awareness Day has been marked by various awareness campaigns, including social media initiatives, educational workshops, and community events. These campaigns aim to educate the public about the risks of dog theft and empower them with knowledge on how to keep their pets safe.

Advocacy Efforts

In addition to raising awareness, advocacy groups and concerned individuals use this day to advocate for stricter penalties for pet thieves and improved legislation to protect animals. Petitions, letter-writing campaigns, and lobbying efforts are common activities undertaken to bring about legislative change.

Support from Celebrities and Influencers

Celebrities and social media influencers often lend their voices to the cause, leveraging their platforms to reach a wider audience and amplify the message of pet safety. Their involvement helps generate media attention and encourages more people to take proactive measures to protect their pets.

Legislative Impact: Turning Awareness into Action

The efforts of UK Dog Theft Awareness Day have not gone unnoticed by lawmakers. Over the years, there have been significant strides in legislation aimed at deterring dog theft and holding perpetrators accountable. These legislative measures include harsher penalties for pet thieves, improved enforcement of existing laws, and initiatives to regulate the sale of pets through online platforms.

Importance of Public Awareness: Safeguarding Our Furry Companions

Significance for Dog Owners

For dog owners, UK Dog Theft Awareness Day serves as a wake-up call to the potential dangers their pets may face. Whether you have a loyal service dog, a beloved family pet, or an emotional support animal, the threat of theft is a real concern. By staying informed and vigilant, pet owners can take proactive steps to minimize the risk and ensure the safety of their furry companions.

Protecting Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals

Service dogs and emotional support animals play vital roles in the lives of their owners, providing assistance, comfort, and companionship. The theft of these specially trained animals not only causes distress to their owners but also disrupts essential services and support systems. UK Dog Theft Awareness Day highlights the importance of protecting these invaluable companions and ensuring they can continue to fulfill their crucial roles in society.

Tips for Pet Owners: How to Keep Your Pooch Safe

Keep Identification Updated

Ensure your dog wears a collar with up-to-date identification tags containing your contact information. Microchipping is also recommended as a permanent form of identification.

Stay Vigilant in Public Spaces

Be mindful of your surroundings and keep a close eye on your dog when out in public areas, especially in places with high foot traffic or unfamiliar environments.

Secure Your Property

Take measures to secure your home and garden to prevent unauthorized access. Install sturdy fencing, lock gates, and consider using security cameras or alarms.

Be Wary of Strangers

Exercise caution when interacting with strangers who show a keen interest in your dog. Avoid disclosing personal information or sharing details about your pet’s routines or whereabouts.

Report Suspicious Activity

If you witness any suspicious behavior or believe your dog may have been targeted for theft, report it to the authorities immediately. Time is of the essence in such situations.

Conclusion: A Paw-sitive Step Towards Pet Safety

As we celebrate UK Dog Theft Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to protecting our furry companions and ensuring their safety and well-being. By raising awareness, advocating for legislative change, and taking proactive measures, we can make a meaningful difference in combating dog theft and keeping our pawsome pals out of harm’s way. Remember, a little effort goes a long way in safeguarding the bond between humans and their four-legged friends. Stay informed, stay vigilant, and keep those tails wagging!

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Celebrating National Akita Day: Honoring the Noble Guardian

National Akita Day is a momentous occasion dedicated to celebrating the majestic Akita breed, renowned for its loyalty, strength, and grace. On this special day, enthusiasts, owners, and admirers come together to honor these noble guardians and commemorate their significance in history and modern society.

Origins of the Akita Breed

Originating from the mountainous regions of Japan, the Akita breed boasts a rich heritage that spans centuries. Originally bred for hunting, guarding, and companionship, Akitas were revered by Japanese royalty and aristocrats for their unwavering loyalty and formidable presence.

Champion Bashful of Mikata, also known as Basho, was a legendary Akita who achieved widespread recognition in the show ring. Born in Japan in the 1930s, Basho was renowned for his impeccable conformation and graceful movement. He played a pivotal role in shaping the modern standard for the Akita breed, leaving a lasting legacy that continues to influence breed enthusiasts and breeders worldwide.

National Akita Day: A Tribute to Canine Excellence

National Akita Day serves as a tribute to the enduring legacy of this remarkable breed. It is a day to recognize their contributions as faithful companions, service animals, and therapy dogs. Akitas have touched the lives of many with their boundless affection, intelligence, and courage.

The Characteristics of the Akita

Akitas are distinguished by their striking appearance and distinctive personality traits. With their robust build, thick double coat, and powerful stance, they exude strength and confidence. Beneath their majestic exterior lies a heart of gold, characterized by unwavering loyalty, protectiveness, and affection for their families.

Loyalty Beyond Measure

One of the most cherished qualities of the Akita is its unparalleled loyalty. Akitas form deep bonds with their owners and are fiercely protective of their loved ones. Their unwavering devotion knows no bounds, making them steadfast companions through life’s joys and challenges.

Guardians of the Home

Akitas possess a natural instinct to protect their territory and loved ones. With their keen senses and vigilant nature, they make formidable guardians of the home. Whether alerting their owners to potential threats or offering comfort in times of distress, Akitas embody the essence of true guardianship.

A Source of Inspiration

Throughout history, Akitas have inspired awe and admiration with their courage and resilience. From their roles as faithful companions to their service in search and rescue missions, Akitas have left an indelible mark on the hearts of many. Their unwavering spirit serves as a source of inspiration, reminding us of the boundless potential of the human-canine bond.

Celebrating Diversity

National Akita Day also celebrates the diversity within the Akita community. From the majestic Japanese Akita to the robust American Akita, each variant possesses its own unique traits and characteristics. Despite their differences, all Akitas share a common lineage and heritage, united by their innate nobility and grace.

Promoting Responsible Ownership

As we celebrate National Akita Day, it is essential to emphasize the importance of responsible ownership. Akitas require proper care, training, and socialization to thrive as well-rounded companions. Responsible breeding practices also play a crucial role in preserving the integrity and health of the breed for future generations to enjoy.

Honoring the Akita’s Legacy

National Akita Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the profound impact of this remarkable breed. From their historic roots in Japan to their global presence today, Akitas continue to captivate the hearts and minds of people around the world. Their enduring legacy serves as a testament to the enduring bond between humans and dogs.


Undoubtedly the most famous Akita in history, Hachiko’s story is one of unwavering loyalty and devotion. Hachiko was an Akita who became known for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Professor Hidesaburo Ueno. Even after his owner’s death, Hachiko continued to wait for him at the Shibuya train station in Tokyo every day for nearly ten years until his own passing. Hachiko’s story has been immortalized in books, films, and statues, symbolizing the enduring bond between humans and dogs.

Rescuing Akitas for a Greater Purpose

Amidst the Akita’s storied history, a growing movement emerges, rescuing Akitas to train as service dogs or emotional support animals. Explore the transformative journey as these noble beings find a new purpose, providing invaluable support and companionship to those in need. Is an Akita a dog breed you’d like to rescue? Check out our button below to see how you can rescue an Akita and make them your service dog or emotional support animal.


As National Akita Day draws to a close, let us take a moment to honor the noble spirit of the Akita breed. Whether standing as guardians of the home or offering unwavering companionship, Akitas embody the essence of canine excellence. Let us celebrate their remarkable legacy and cherish the bond we share with these majestic creatures, today and always.

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Exploring Professional Pet Sitters Week

In the bustling realm of pet lovers and fur-parents, there exists a week that stands out as a beacon of appreciation and recognition – Professional Pet Sitters Week. This annual celebration, often overlooked in the grand tapestry of commemorative weeks, serves as a testament to the unsung heroes who step in when life takes pet owners away. In this blog, we will embark on a delightful exploration of the origins and profound significance of Professional Pet Sitters Week, uncovering the heartwarming tales and transformative impacts that lie within.

The Genesis of Professional Pet Sitters Week

Professional Pet Sitters Week, a relatively young addition to the calendar of dedicated celebrations, was first established by Pet Sitters International (PSI). Founded in 1994, PSI has been at the forefront of promoting excellence and professionalism in the pet-sitting industry. The brainchild of Patti Moran, the founder of PSI, this week-long tribute was conceived to honor the individuals who dedicate their time and expertise to care for pets when their owners are away.

The week typically falls in early March, providing a perfect opportunity to acknowledge the tireless efforts of professional pet sitters who ensure our furry friends are well-taken care of, even in our absence. As we delve into the roots of this celebration, it becomes evident that Professional Pet Sitters Week is not just a date on the calendar; it’s a heartfelt recognition of the vital role these caregivers play in the lives of our beloved pets.

Celebrating the Pet Sitters: Unsung Heroes

Picture this: A bustling household with a demanding work schedule, impromptu business trips, or a well-deserved vacation on the horizon. Amidst the chaos of human life, who ensures that the wagging tails and gentle purrs are not left unattended? Professional pet sitters step in as the unsung heroes, offering their expertise to keep our pets happy, healthy, and comfortable.

These dedicated individuals go beyond the mere task of feeding and walking. They form bonds with our pets, providing companionship and alleviating the stress that may accompany the absence of their beloved owners. Professional Pet Sitters Week serves as an annual reminder to express our gratitude to these caregivers who often go unnoticed in the background, diligently carrying out their responsibilities with love and care.

A Spectrum of Engaging Activities for Pet Owners

In the spirit of celebration, let’s explore a spectrum of engaging activities tailored for pet owners during Professional Pet Sitters Week. Whether you have a playful pup, a curious cat, or a feathered friend, there’s something for everyone.

Playful Pup Paradise

For the dog enthusiasts, consider organizing a “Paw-ty in the Park.” Invite fellow dog owners and their furry companions for an afternoon of games, treats, and canine camaraderie. Don’t forget to acknowledge the professional pet sitters in attendance, giving them the recognition they deserve.

Curious Cat Corner

Create a cozy corner for feline festivities. Set up a DIY catnip station, engage in interactive play with feather wands and laser pointers, and share stories of your cats’ unique personalities. This is not just a celebration for the pets but an opportunity for cat owners to connect and swap anecdotes.

Feathered Friends Fiesta

For those with feathered companions, host a “Tweet Meet” at a local aviary or a bird-friendly park. Allow your birds to socialize, and share tips and tricks on creating enriching environments for them. Professional pet sitters who specialize in bird care can join the conversation, providing valuable insights.

Finding the Perfect Pet Sitter

As pet owners, the quest for a reliable and caring pet sitter is paramount. During Professional Pet Sitters Week, it’s an opportune moment to explore the essential steps in locating the perfect caregiver for your beloved companions.

1. Recommendations and Reviews

Start by seeking recommendations from friends, family, and local pet communities. Online reviews and testimonials provide valuable insights into the experiences of other pet owners with potential sitters.

2. Professional Affiliations

Look for pet sitters affiliated with reputable organizations like Pet Sitters International (PSI). Membership in such associations often signifies a commitment to professional standards and ongoing education.

3. Interview and Meet-and-Greet

Arrange interviews or meet-and-greet sessions with potential pet sitters. This face-to-face interaction allows you to gauge their rapport with your pets and discuss your specific requirements.

4. Credentials and Experience

Inquire about their background, credentials, and experience. Our featured pet sitter in Colorado Springs, for instance, boasts a unique blend of veterinary facility experience and a passion for photography.

5. Specialized Services

Consider the unique needs of your pets. If you have specific requirements, such as caring for senior animals or managing farm animals, look for sitters with expertise in those areas.

6. Photography as a Bonus

Our featured pet sitter sets herself apart by offering professional photos of your pets, providing an extra layer of connection and reassurance while you’re away.

7. Free Meet & Greets and Thorough Intake

Opt for pet sitters who offer free meet-and-greet sessions and conduct thorough intake forms. These initiatives ensure compatibility and enable the sitter to tailor their services to your pet’s individual needs.

For example, you want to find pet sitters much like The Wandering Leash! (A local pet sitter in Colorado Springs).

Combining my passion for travel & animals together. Provide staycations for your animals in your home. Travel to many destinations to care for your pets. Provide exceptional care as if they were my own. My clients also receive professional photos of their pets while away as one of my many other passions is I’m photographer. Have background working in vet facilities as well as with farm animals & large breed dogs. Have a soft spot for Great Danes & senior animals , but every single animals warms my heart. I offer free meet & greets & do a thorough intake form once we determine we are a good match.

The Transformative Impact on Well-being

Beyond the festivities, it’s essential to recognize the transformative impact of professional pet sitting on the well-being of service dogs, emotional support animals, and cherished pets alike.

Service Dogs: A Lifeline of Support

Service dogs play a pivotal role in the lives of individuals with disabilities. From guiding the visually impaired to providing emotional support for those with PTSD, these incredible animals are true heroes. Professional pet sitters trained in handling service dogs ensure that these dedicated companions receive the care they need, allowing their owners to lead fulfilling lives.

Emotional Support Animals: Nurturing Mental Well-being

In the realm of mental health, emotional support animals (ESAs) offer solace and companionship. Whether it’s a dog, cat, or even a rabbit, ESAs provide unconditional love and support. Professional pet sitters contribute significantly to the well-being of both the animals and their owners by maintaining routines, offering comfort, and facilitating a sense of security.

Cherished Pets: Quality Care for a Quality Life

Every pet, from the tiniest hamster to the largest Great Dane, holds a special place in their owner’s heart. Professional pet sitters ensure that these cherished companions receive the attention and care they deserve. Regular walks, playtime, and personalized care plans contribute to the overall happiness and health of these pets, fostering a strong bond between the caregiver and the animal.

A Comprehensive Celebration of Professional Pet Sitters

As we traverse the landscape of Professional Pet Sitters Week, it becomes clear that this celebration is not just about acknowledging a profession; it’s about honoring the connections formed between caregivers and the pets they look after. It’s about recognizing the vital role these individuals play in ensuring the well-being of service animals, emotional support animals, and the beloved pets that enrich our lives.

In conclusion, Professional Pet Sitters Week is an opportunity to express gratitude, share stories, and celebrate the tireless efforts of those who make it their mission to care for our pets. So, let’s join hands in raising a collective cheer for the professional pet sitters who transform our moments of absence into a symphony of love and care for our furry, feathery, and scaly friends.

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Emotional Support Animals and Schizophrenia: The Healing Presence

Living with schizophrenia can be a challenging journey, marked by a myriad of symptoms that affect one’s perception of reality. In recent years, the therapeutic role of Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) has gained recognition as a potential avenue for alleviating the symptoms experienced by individuals with schizophrenia. This article explores the profound impact of ESAs, delving into the unique contributions of various domestic animals, societal perceptions, legal considerations, and practical challenges. Additionally, we’ll provide practical guidelines for overcoming these challenges, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the role of ESAs in promoting stability for individuals with schizophrenia.

Emotional Support Animals: The Power of Companionship

One of the primary ways Emotional Support Animals benefit individuals with schizophrenia is through companionship. Dogs, known for their loyalty and intuitive nature, can provide a constant source of support and comfort. Cats, with their independent yet affectionate demeanor, offer a soothing presence. Rabbits, reptiles, and birds also contribute unique qualities, fostering a sense of companionship that can significantly alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Distraction as a Therapeutic Tool

Emotional Support Animals serve as natural distractions from the overwhelming symptoms of schizophrenia. Engaging with these animals provides a healthy diversion, redirecting attention away from distressing thoughts or hallucinations. Dogs, for example, require regular walks and playtime, encouraging physical activity that promotes overall well-being. The presence of a playful cat or the rhythmic movements of a reptile can offer a calming focus, allowing individuals with schizophrenia to find solace in the present moment.

ESAs: Exploring the Spectrum of Domestic Animals

Each type of domestic animal brings its own set of unique characteristics to the table. Dogs offer unwavering loyalty and a strong sense of protection, while cats bring a calming presence with their gentle purrs. Rabbits provide a soft and comforting touch, reptiles offer serene companionship, and birds bring the joy of song. Understanding the distinct qualities of each type allows for a personalized approach to Emotional Support Animal selection, catering to the specific needs and preferences of individuals with schizophrenia.

Impact on the Broader Community

The positive influence of Emotional Support Animals extends beyond individuals with schizophrenia to encompass their broader community, including family members, friends, and caregivers. The presence of an Emotional Support Animal can enhance the overall quality of life for everyone involved. Family members may experience reduced stress levels, friends may witness an improvement in social interactions, and caregivers may find their responsibilities eased by the supportive role of these animals.

Addressing Societal Perception and Legal Considerations

Despite the potential benefits, societal perceptions and legal considerations pose challenges for individuals with schizophrenia seeking to adopt an Emotional Support Animal. Misunderstandings about the role of Emotional Support Animals, along with legal restrictions, can hinder the process. This section explores the need for awareness initiatives to dispel misconceptions and advocates for potential policy changes that accommodate the therapeutic role of Emotional Support Animals in the lives of individuals with schizophrenia.

Practical Guidelines for Overcoming Challenges

Overcoming challenges related to Emotional Support Animals involves a multi-faceted approach. First, public awareness initiatives can educate communities about the legitimate role of Emotional Support Animals in mental health treatment. Simultaneously, advocating for policy changes to protect the rights of individuals with schizophrenia and their Emotional Support Animals is crucial. Additionally, providing advice for individuals considering an Emotional Support Animal, including guidance on selecting the right type of animal and understanding legal requirements, empowers them to navigate the process with confidence.

Collaborative Efforts for Stability

To realize the full potential of Emotional Support Animals in promoting stability for individuals with schizophrenia, collaboration between mental health professionals and institutions is essential. Integrating Emotional Support Animal support into mental health treatment plans, educating healthcare providers about the therapeutic benefits, and fostering partnerships with animal-assisted therapy programs can create a holistic approach to mental health care.


In conclusion, the presence of Emotional Support Animals holds immense promise in alleviating the symptoms experienced by individuals with schizophrenia. By focusing on companionship, distraction, and various other factors, Emotional Support Animals contribute significantly to the well-being of those facing the challenges of schizophrenia. Exploring a broad range of domestic animals, addressing societal perceptions, legal considerations, and practical difficulties, and providing practical guidelines fosters a comprehensive understanding of the healing potential of Emotional Support Animals. With collaborative efforts and a shift in awareness, Emotional Support Animals can play a pivotal role in promoting stability and enhancing the overall quality of life for individuals with schizophrenia and their broader communities.

Protect your mental health and exercise your legal rights by making your animal an Emotional Support Animal Today.

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Love Your Pet Day: Celebrating All Companions

Hey pet owners! February 20th is Love Your Pet Day! Today is all about showering our furry, feathered, and scaly companions with some extra love and treats. Ever wonder why we set aside February 20th for this adorable occasion? Well, it’s the perfect excuse to appreciate the unique bonds we share with our pets. Whether you’ve got a tail-wagging dog, a purrfect kitty, a chirpy bird, or a laid-back reptile, this day is a reminder to pause, soak in the joy, and revel in the pure magic of the human-animal connection.

Let’s kick off our celebration by paying homage to the unsung heroes among our pets – service dogs and ESAs. These exceptional beings go beyond mere companionship; they become lifelines, offering unwavering dedication and support to their handlers. Service dogs, with their specialized training, perform tasks ranging from guiding the visually impaired to alerting to seizures, showcasing not just loyalty but an innate ability to sense and respond to their owner’s needs.

Emotional Support Animals, on the other paw, provide a unique form of comfort and companionship, particularly for individuals dealing with mental health challenges. Their intuitive nature allows them to offer solace during anxious moments, creating a bond that goes beyond words. As we celebrate Love Your Pet Day, let’s take a moment to appreciate the selfless service these remarkable animals provide and the profound impact they have on their handlers’ lives.

Man’s best friend, dogs, embody unconditional love through wagging tails, slobbery kisses, and their steadfast presence. They are attuned to our emotions, offering comfort and joy in both happy and challenging times. Celebrate Love Your Pet Day with your canine companion by indulging in their favorite activities. Take them for a refreshing walk, engage in a game of fetch, or simply spend quality time with a relaxing belly rub. Pampering your dog on this special day strengthens the unique bond that defines the human-canine connection.

Our feline friends, with their mysterious and independent nature, have subtle yet enchanting ways of showcasing love. The gentle purring, the rhythmic kneading of paws, or the vulnerable display of their belly – these are all signs of trust and affection. To celebrate Love Your Pet Day with your cat companion, create a cozy haven with their favorite blanket, engage in interactive play with feather wands or laser pointers, and spoil them with an array of textures through scratching posts and toys. By reciprocating their love, you strengthen the unique bond that defines the human-feline connection.

Feathered companions bring a melody of love into our lives with their singing, grooming rituals, and the delightful mimicry of words. To enhance their well-being, consider adding new toys to their environment, providing varied perches for exploration, and engaging in interactive play. Birds also appreciate the soothing sounds of music or the gentle hum of conversation, so on Love Your Pet Day, serenade your avian friend with tunes that resonate with their feathered hearts.

Often overlooked in discussions of love, reptiles have a calm demeanor and unique ways of expressing affection. They recognize their owner’s scent, respond positively to gentle handling, and thrive in environments where they feel safe. Celebrate Love Your Pet Day by creating a cozy habitat with temperature-appropriate accessories, offering a stimulating environment, and allowing for occasional supervised exploration outside their enclosure. In doing so, you acknowledge and nurture the bond shared with your scaly companion.

As Love Your Pet Day unfolds, let’s revel in the diverse ways our pets express love. Whether you share your home with a mysterious cat, a chirping bird, a laid-back reptile, or a loyal dog, take the time to engage in their favorite activities. Share meals, indulge in pampering sessions, and bask in the warmth of the unique bonds that make the human-animal connection truly special. Happy Love Your Pet Day!

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Celebrating National Boston Terrier Day: A Heartwarming Tribute to Our Lovable Companions

  1. Playtime at the Dog Park: Gather fellow Boston Terrier enthusiasts and head to a local dog park for a day of frolicking and socializing. Boston Terriers thrive on interaction with other dogs and will revel in the opportunity to make new friends.
  2. Scenic Walks and Hikes: Boston Terriers are known for their moderate energy levels, making them ideal companions for outdoor walks and hikes. Explore nearby trails or parks to give your furry friend a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy the great outdoors.
  3. Boston Terrier Meetups: Check local community boards or online forums for Boston Terrier meetups in your area. These gatherings are a fantastic way for both dogs and owners to connect, share stories, and celebrate their mutual love for the breed.

Meet Up with Boston Terrier Owners

  1. Homemade Treat Baking Party: Gather friends and their Boston Terriers for a fun-filled baking party. Create homemade treats using dog-friendly recipes, and let the dogs enjoy the delicious results.
  2. Boston Terrier Photo Booth: Set up a themed photo booth with props and backdrops featuring Boston Terrier motifs. Capture adorable moments with your furry friend and create lasting memories.
  3. Interactive Puzzle Games: Keep your Boston Terrier mentally stimulated with interactive puzzle games. These activities engage their intelligence and provide a rewarding experience for both dog and owner.

Best Rated Puzzle Games for Dogs

Boston Terriers, with their affectionate nature and keen sensitivity, make excellent emotional support animals. These dogs have an innate ability to provide comfort and companionship, offering solace to individuals dealing with emotional challenges. The unwavering loyalty of a Boston Terrier can be a source of immense emotional support for those in need.

In addition to their role as emotional support animals, Boston Terriers have proven to be effective service dogs. Their intelligence, trainability, and small size make them well-suited for various service tasks. From assisting individuals with mobility challenges to providing support for those with medical conditions, Boston Terriers have demonstrated their versatility in enhancing the quality of life for their human companions.

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Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month: A Comprehensive Guide to Adopting and Caring for Rabbits

How to Prepare a Safe Home for Your Rabbit

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