2012 Christmas Coupon Sent

2012 Christmas Coupon Sent

In an effort to thank all of those who afforded us the opportunity to care for their pets, we sent out a special end of the year Christmas coupon that is valid from January 8 – December 31, 2013.   If you are someone that we serviced in the year 2012, watch your email for the Christmas Coupon that was sent on December 27, 2012 (it was supposed to show up as a Christmas present on the 23rd, but there was a glitch in the system so it’s a little late).

Thank you very much for your support and patronage!  We wish you the absolute best in the upcoming New Year!

The Christmas Tree Crashers

Some animals can be more than intrigued with Christmas trees and all of the glittery, shiny balls that adorn them.  With this being said, it is asked, “Are these special little trinkets that we don our trees truly harmful to our pets?”  The answer is, yes.  They are actually.

If you think about it, Christmas is full of things we use for decorations that are right up an animal’s alley in the way of toys.  We use garland, tinsel, pine-smelling this and pine-smelling that, things that jingle, things that jangle, bells, things that squeak like mice and so on.  It’s a pet’s “Graceland” to be surrounded by so many wonderful things!  So, what can we as pet owners do if the furry members of our family refuse to leave the tree alone?  Make it pet-friendly!

Below are just a few suggestions (please feel free to post your suggestions as well at the bottom of this post!):

  • Avoid using the little wire hooks (ornament hangars) and instead use the fabric loops that are already built-in to the ornament.  The wire hooks are nasty little guys when it comes to having them around pets. Think of these things as fish hooks because they can have the same damaging consequences
  • Use fabric ornaments and not plastic or glass, which can break in lots of many little pieces if the pets knock them off the trees;
  • Decorate the lower part of the tree and keep the decorations about 2/3 of the way up and higher.  At least if the decorations are higher, you may be able to grab your pet before they capture an ornament
  • Try and avoid using tinsel or garland, which is extremely hazardous to cats and dogs especially if ingested (garland can cause intestinal obstructions in animals)
  • For those persistent fur-kids that refuse to surrender on pursuing the items in the tree, you can place scat mats down on the floor by the tree 

Finally, keep one eye and one ear open at all times if you have indoor pets.  The trees alone (real or artificial) are toxic in and of themselves if ingested.

A great source for more information can be found on vetmedicine.about.com.

Merry Christmas and here’s to a very memorable year of decorating your Christmas tree, if you choose to have one!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  May God richly bless you this upcoming new year according to His glory in riches in Christ Jesus our Savior in whom we celebrate this very special Holiday.

Giving Something Back These Holidays

The Holidays are just around the corner!  It’s a great time of year to really reflect on what you can be thankful for from the smallest to the largest blessings that take place in our lives, on a daily basis.  It’s also a great time to help those who have fallen on very difficult times, and that is what we are trying to do this year.

From November 1 – December 21, 2012, we are implementing a special “Give Back Discount”!   Our goal is to offer you a great discount that isn’t Facebook-related (though anyone can benefit from it) while also helping others who are less fortunate.

Each year, many businesses work at creating win-win scenarios for their clients by offering them discounts in exchange for bringing in cans of food, toys for children, etc. in an effort to help those less fortunate.  This year, we are doing the same.

The following ways you can save and help those less fortunate, through receiving pet services from us, are as follows:

Canned (Human) Food

If you bring in (or leave for us to pick-up at your home if we’re performing an In-Home Visit) three (3) cans of food, on the day of service, we will give you 10% off for that day of service!

We will be taking the cans of food we receive to the entities in charge of feeding the homeless on the following drop-off days:

  • November 19th  (in time for Thanksgiving)
  • December 21st (in time for Christmas)


Canned Dog or Cat Food or Animal Toys

Animals are no strangers at being evicted from their families and feeling the indescribable pain that comes with such.

If you bring in one (1) can of pet food, a bag of treats (dog or cat) or a pet toy, we will give you 10% off for that day of service!

We will be distributing the pet food and/or toys to the following humane society and rescue:  Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and Never Cry Wolf Rescue & Adoptions.

We chose these two groups for their unrelenting service and dedication to the animals they take care of every day of every year.  Both groups are also non-profit.

Never Cry Wolf Rescue and Adoptions (NCWR&A) takes in animals from shelters, and owner surrenders, that have been labeled “wolfdog’ whether they truly are or not.  They provide these animals with a chance to live, and not only live, but live with a new, forever family that understands and loves them!

Not only does NCWR&A rescue and re-home wolfdogs, they also work diligently at educating the public on true wolf behavior, which is contrary to the myths and legends that people have grown up with.  It’s often an uphill climb for NCWR&A because so many people refuse to hear the truth but they have made great, positive strides over their many years of service—fighting for the wolves and wolfdogs every step of the way.

The Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe (HSTT) is a wonderful, non-profit organization as well.  They are genuine people filled with an unyielding passion at rescuing animals and finding them the right home where they can live out the rest of their lives surrounded by a family that loves them.  Their dedication to their animals is such that some animals in the shelter have been there for a whole year—they are not euthanized for lack of space!  To us, this is quite simply true love in motion for the animals they rescue.

Okay, now for offer restrictions.  They are as follows:

  • Only one discount, for one service, per day
  • Discount expires December 21, 2012
  • Discount cannot be combined with other offers or discounts
  • Please notify us at the time of your reservation request that you would like to use this offer/discount
  • Offer not valid for any service valued less than $20

We look forward to servicing you and your pets, giving you a great service with a great discount and also helping those less fortunate along the way over the Holidays.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Happy Holidays!


Easter Around the Corner!

We are open over Easter of course and are accepting reservations for this time as of currently.  The only scheduled closed day for April is the 15th.  To see what days we’re open, please go here.

New Clients: Make sure to get your reservations in soon especially if you’re needing the service In-Home Visits performed.  The reason for this is that it takes time to fill out the paperwork, and a Meet and Greet Interview has to be conducted prior to the start of service.  For more information about this service, please refer to our In-Home Visits service page.

Existing Clients: As always, all you have to do is shoot us a text message, an email, place a phone call or contact us online through our online web form or on our Facebook page (yes, we go out of our way to make things as easy as possible for our clients!).

Easter is a very special time of year for our family where we celebrate the resurrection of our risen Lord and Savior,  Jesus Christ.  We wish you a very special Easter this year with your family and friends 🙂


Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas!

To You and Yours:

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this year another special year in the life of KYPSAH Pet Services!

We were truly honored with meeting many new clients this year who afforded us the opportunity of caring for their beloved pets. Thus, to us they (our clients’ pets) are now and forever called our “foster fur-kids” whether they move away or whether they stay, for every pet that comes into our lives is special and unique.  And, a very big hug to all of our ongoing clients who honor us with their return requests to watch their fur-kids for them!

May you and yours bask in the warmth and Holiday cheer that this special season brings, filling your home and hearts with nothing but love and laughter. And, may the saving grace of risen Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, saturate your souls with heartfelt peace and serenity.

We thank you for allowing us to be just a small part of your lives.

With warmest regards,

The Riggs Family

Christmas & New Years Schedule Update

Lanai:  Howls and meows to all of my furry companions!  I just wanted to pass along a quick note that we are full on December 24 – 25.  We do have a few spots remaining for services In-Home Visits and Dog Boarding over New Years as of today (12/6/11) according to the family.  However, the last-minute reservations are coming in quickly so please get yours in if you’re planning on traveling.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Exclusive European Style Boarding

KYPSAH offers–and has offered–European style boarding since 2004.

What is European Dog Boarding

European style boarding is a cage-free style of boarding where the dogs live as a pack within our home.  In a nutshell, the dogs that partake in sleepovers become like our dogs and live with our family:  They sleep in the house with us just like our own dogs do.  This is the difference between us and a kennel:  There is 24/7 supervision around-the-clock and the dogs that stay with us are in a home—not a “home-like” environment.

Typical Day

A typical day at our home consists of waking up and letting the dogs outside to do their business first-thing.  Afterwards, we exercise them prior to eating breakfast (a dog that may have a medical condition will quite possibly be on his/her own routine where they have to eat first).

Play time

During the course of the day (before and after breakfast), the dogs get a lot of exercise that starts in the morning—weather-permitting.  There are structured leash walks (this means the dogs are not allowed to lead but follow a strict, disciplined walk), skate sessions (this is a good exercise for those that have an abundance of energy), group exercise play after the walk and skate sessions are done (this exercise is only for dogs that are up to playing and do not have physical conditions that prevent such exercise; dogs are also sized up to play with dogs of like-size) and breed exercises.

Among exercising them and throughout their stay with us, they are also rules and boundaries they must adhere to.  Consequently, we keep them burning psychological energy as well by issuing commands when needed, i.e., “out of the kitchen” as the kitchen is off-limits.

After all of the physical exercising, the dogs generally rest for a while and lounge around the rest of the day.

What We Provide

We provide everything:  Toys, treats, beds and all the love they can handle.  The only thing you need to provide is their food.  Homemade diets and medications are also taken care of at no additional charge; you just need to provide the food and we’ll cook it for them as per your instructions.

An Exclusive Style of Boarding

Our dog boarding style is rather exclusive as we only take in a select few on a nightly basis, and since this service is an informal service, it is offered to those people who feel that their pets need more than our other services can offer them.  Therefore, this service is solely for the benefit of the dogs to meet their unique, personal needs, as well as, their owners to give them peace of mind knowing that their dogs are getting the most attention possible.  With this being said, our informal dog boarding service books up very fast and especially around the Holidays.

Thanksgiving 2006

What Type of Dogs We Normally Keep

The types of dogs that really benefit from this style of boarding are as follows:

  • Dogs that are used to having people around them all day
  • Breeds that long for a lot of human interaction
  • Dogs that have health conditions, i.e., Diabetes, seizures that need to be monitored closely
  • Dog families that need to stay together

Important Notes

  1. We do not discriminate among breeds.  We accept all breeds provided the dog meet all of the criteria.
  2. All dogs from one family must meet the criteria—no exceptions.

Holidays Around the Corner

Can you believe it?  The Holidays are right around the corner!  Come September we’ll be taking reservations for pet services through the beginning of January 2012.  And, we book up fairly fast especially for Thanksgiving–our number one busiest Holiday for pet sitting.

Most services are offered on any given day during the calendar year; however, for this Holiday season, there are some changes that are noted as follows, for the following days:


  • Thanksgiving Day: All services are closed save for Dog Boarding.
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: All services are closed save for Dog Boarding.


The criteria for dog boarding, if your pup has never stayed with us, can be found on our Daycare page.

Christmas 2008

Christmas is a special time for our family, and we make it a special time for the pets in our care as well.  Whether it was hiking in the past (or group play nowadays), eating special homemade treats, playing with their Christmas toys or just hanging out with a large extended family, the dogs are in the presence of love and the Holiday spirit.

Post-Thanksgiving Exercise







If you’re needing the service In-Home Visits during Thanksgiving and Christmas, we would be honored to take care of your pets for you pre and post the days above.  And, we would be happy to work with whomever you get to watch your pets for you on the days in which we cannot.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jessie at jessie@kypsah.com.

Thanksgiving 2008

Holidays Schedule

This year, KYPSAH will be closed for all services–save for dog boarding–on the following Holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day


We will be open for all services–save for Dog Walking–on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day of 2012.

For our clients who have us perform In-Home Visits for them, we can job-share with whomever you choose to pet-sit for your fur-kids the days that we will be closed for that service.  All you need to do is give the other pet sitter our contact information so that we can coordinate your pet’s care and have a contact number in the event we have questions or that person has questions; we would be able to contact each other.

Many of you may be asking why we’ve decided to close most of our services on the above days and the reason is, we decided to spend quality time as a family this upcoming Holiday season.   After working the breadth of our services every holiday that has come around for the past eight years, we decided to still work of course but only offer one service.  And, the service chosen was Dog Boarding as that service is easier for us to celebrate as a family–a pack of fur-kids and all 🙂

We hope that you understand but if you don’t, please don’t hesitate to contact Jessie.  She would be happy to speak with you with any concerns you may have.