Yes, We Still Take Care of Cats

Yes, We Still Take Care of Cats

As of September 6, we will only be offering dog boarding and daycare, as well as, pet taxi service for picking up and dropping off the pups.  We will no longer be offering the service In-Home Visits.  We haven’t stopped completely taking care of kitties though!

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

Do you Shutterfly? We do!

We have been using Shutterfly for years now as our preferred vehicle-of-choice for sending out extra pictures to clients of their fur-kids while they were in our care.  Why do we like Shutterfly?  Because sending through Shutterfly affords us the following:
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  • We’re not bogging down people’s emails with heavy files
  • Shutterfly sends a wonderful email out to those receiving the opportunity to view shared photos in the form of a slideshow
  • People are able to print the photos through Shutterfly, if they so desire
  • Shutterfly houses unlimited photos for FREE
  • Shutterfly’s print quality is superb and their pricing is more than reasonable
  • It’s a proficient way for us to get the photos out as quickly as possible

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If you have used Shutterfly, too, tell us what you think about them below!

[pullquote_right]Have a PAWESOME day![/pullquote_right]

Travel First-Aid Tip for Dogs: Snakebite

Introduction

Warning:  Graphic pictures of snakebite victims within this post!

We are placing a series of travel first aid tips for dogs on our website.  These tips were written for the “Canine Companion – Instructions & First-Aid Tips that came with the Emergency First-Aid & Travel Kit for Dogs by Dr. Brooks Bloomfield of The Doctor’s Office for Pets located in Truckee, California, a well-known, highly-respected veterinarian with over 30 years of superbly practicing veterinary medicine on wildlife and domesticated animals.

Calis-Tale-Once-BittenThere are so many times that we as pet owners long to have a great veterinarian’s advice on-hand 24/7 so that we’re not left with so many questions during stressful situations when something has happened to our beloved pup especially when traveling (doesn’t it always happen that these situations arise on weekends, too, when your veterinarian’s office is closed).

This travel first-aid tip deals with:  Snakebite

“Snakebites are frightening experiences.  Most envenomations in the United States are caused by pit vipers, which include the rattlesnakes, cottonmouth and copperhead. 

Snake venom is actually a combination of toxins and the severity of an envenomation is related to the strength and amount of venom injected, as well as the site. 

The best approach is to keep the patient as quiet as possible and seek immediate veterinary attention.  First aid is of little benefit.  Diphenhydramine (Diphen is included in the kit) may be helpful in lessening both anxiety and some of the reaction but should be given by mouth only to a completely conscious dog, followed by immediate transport.  Sucking, cutting or applying a tourniquet to the area is of no benefit. 

Some signs of snakebite show up after several hours to days so watch any suspected bite victims closely.”

Note:  References to items or supplies noted in the above instructions were made in reference to the supplies that came in the Emergency First-Aid & Travel Kit for Dogs in conjunction with these instructions.

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In Honor of Chief

This post in honor of Chief who died protecting his family.

*Images courtesy of petdoctors.co.uk and cesarsway.com.

[pullquote_right]Wishing you and your fur-kids safe and happy travels this summer![/pullquote_right]

Accepting Reservations for Labor Day Weekend

Just a quick schedule note that we still have openings, for most services, over the Labor Day Weekend (remember, we will be closed from September 6 – 30) so get your requests in soon because we book-up pretty fast due to limited space.

If you’re a new client, make sure to follow the “New Client” tab to fill out the appropriate form or application to get the ball rolling faster and make sure to give us as much notice as possible (at least a week’s notice) within your reservation request.

If you’re an existing client, just shoot us a text or email message that you need service and we’ll get right back with you ASAP.

To read our blog entries and see many daily pictures of KYPSAH in motion, check out our Facebook page (there are discounts for those who “like” us, too…hint, hint).

Important Service Change

Saying Goodbye to the Service:  In-Home Visits

By:  Jessie Riggs, Owner

Jessie and "Miss Pretty"

Jessie and “Miss Pretty”

As of September 6, 2013, we will no longer be offering the service In-Home Visits.  KYPSAH will only be offering dog boarding and daycare and all that goes with these two services to include the pet-taxi service—starting October 1, 2013 (we are closed from September 6-30).

Because KYPSAH is a family-run business and does not have employees, changes had to be made to the services as family members are gearing up to move in different occupational directions and the ability to sustain a full-service pet sitting company–by myself–just isn’t doable =/

It is truly with a heavy heart (I will miss all of my foster fur-kids terribly!) that I had to come to this decision but it was the only decision I could make with regards to the future direction of KYPSAH.  Some would say hire out to Independent Contractors or take on employees so that you can “grow” but neither of these options works for me personally and I’ll tell you why:
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  1. Independent Contractors (ICs) aren’t always reliable with the end result being the pet’s care suffering (this is not remotely acceptable to me).  Not all ICs are “bad” of course, but I’m not willing to go through the possible bad ones to get to the “good” ones.  You and your pets are far too important to me;
  2. KYPSAH is not a large enough company at this time to hire employees and take on the kind of overhead that expanding, to include employees, would entail;

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Restructuring KYPSAH, there are many short and long-term plans that primarily center around dogs (we don’t offer cat boarding), so I’m excited about the changes coming!  We will continue to provide free, every other day, cat checks for those clients whose dogs are boarding with us 🙂  These checks are no greater than 15 minutes however.  If you’re planning on being gone for more than a week, we recommend contacting someone who can give them a full in-home visit time-wise as cats get lonely, too.

Towards the end of the summer, we will be contacting you to schedule a time to give back your key(s), remotes, etc.  If you would like us to drop it off sooner, that’s not a problem.  Just let us know.

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A happy Ein 🙂

Jordan, a.k.a. “Jordie”, will be offering her time, if and when she has it available (among other things, she is planning on getting a full-time job and going to college next year), to take care of in-home visits for people.  She will be doing this on her own apart from KYPSAH.  Therefore, you will need to contact her directly if you would like to request her to perform in-home visits for you at (530) 386-0291 (call/text).

Roger will no longer be aiding with in-home visits after this summer, as his path in life is taking him down a different road.

We will greatly miss the pets we currently are taking care of and hope to see pictures of them from time to time!

As always, if you have any questions, I would be more than happy to help you!  Just ask 🙂

Travel First Aid Tip for Dogs: Bleeding

Introduction

We are placing a series of travel first aid tips for dogs on our website.  These tips were written for the “Canine Companion – Instructions & First-Aid Tips” that came with the Emergency First-Aid & Travel Kit for Dogs by Dr. Brooks Bloomfield of The Doctor’s Office for Pets located in Truckee, California, a well-known, highly-respected veterinarian with over 30 years of superbly practicing veterinary medicine on wildlife and domesticated animals.

There are so many times that we as pet owners long to have a great veterinarian’s advice on-hand 24/7 so that we’re not left with so many questions during stressful situations when something has happened to our beloved pup when traveling (doesn’t it always happen that these situations arise on weekends, too, when your veterinarian’s office is closed).

This travel first-aid tip deals with:  Bleeding.

“Bleeding should be addressed with pressure.  Place a gauze pad over the lesion and use your hand or fingers to apply pressure to the wound.  Time the pressure for 5 minutes and recheck.  Continuous pressure may be needed for quite some time.  A pressure bandage may be used after several attempts have been made.  This bandage must be watched carefully so that it does not cut off the blood supply to a limb.  Do not use a tourniquet unless it is truly life and death and loosen it every 5 minutes.  Cold packs over oozing wounds help reduce swelling and bleeding.

Splints should be applied to broken or suspected broken bones.  Splints and bandages for fractures should extend over the joint above and below the fracture to stabilize it and to prevent the splint from acting as a lever that worsens the fracture.

A modified Robert-Jones bandage uses bulk to support fractured limbs.  Newspaper, cloths, bandages, etc. can be used.  Start with the toes and work up to go one joint above the fracture.  Place many layers of material wrapping firmly.  The last layers should be bandage material applied snugly.  The goal is not pressure but sheer bulk.  These bandages make it hard to walk or even carry an injured dog but they are very effective at stabilizing a fracture and reducing pain.  Do not use this if the fracture is of the upper thighbone (femur).”

Note:  References to items or supplies noted in the above instructions were made in reference to the supplies that came in the Emergency First-Aid & Travel Kit for Dogs in conjunction with these instructions.

[pullquote_right]Wishing you and your fur-kids safe and happy travels this summer![/pullquote_right]

Big Changes Coming Soon!

We have got some big changes in our services coming up soon so stay tuned for the announcement!

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The Bully Stick KING

Treadmill Tips for Use

By now, most dog owners have heard about the efficiency of owning a treadmill for their dog but we thought we would list a few reasons where a treadmill would definitely come in handy 😉

Okay, here is a list that we comprised where a treadmill could come in handy for your dog:
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  • Before they go to see their doctor
  • Before going to daycare or boarding facility
  • When you can’t walk them
  • Extra exercise for high-energy or anxious pups
  • Before a party you’re hosting starts
  • To monitor limited, controlled exercise for pups with medical conditions
  • Before fireworks start on the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve (to name a couple of events)
  • To socialize your dog with another dog (both walking on their own treadmills in the same room and under supervision of course)

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There are many treadmills to choose from treadmills designed solely for dogs to [human] treadmills that work, too.  The dog treadmills are designed for dog’s safety in mind so they’re definitely something to consider but if you can’t afford an expensive treadmill, you can pick up a used one on Craigslist and never leave your dog unattended when he/she is on the treadmill.

Remember to make the treadmill exercise a positive, fun experience for your dog.

Spotlight: Groomer, Cassandra Torda of Fur Friend-Z

Lanai and I were at Fur Friend-Z today.  It was time to get Lanai bathed again (I have to bathe her myself) and ran into a very sweet groomer by the name of Cassandra Torda and her mother (I didn’t catch her name though).

Cassandra was busy working on a cute little pup when Lanai and I arrived.  She and I got to talking about dogs, our love for dogs (of course, everyone who knows us, The Riggs, knows we love all pets!) and rescuing animals.  She’s a very sweet girl!   Her mother was also very sweet and stopped to talk to me as I was washing Lanai 🙂

When Lanai and I were finished getting her coat nice and shiny again (she was brown and now she’s back to being her bright white self again…this will last maybe a day if I’m lucky), I was noticing that the pup Cassandra was handling was very content and Cassandra was calm and happy, too.  It was great to see neither of them were stressed in the least!

We know a few groomers and wanted to make sure to get the word out that we met another awesome one today!  Cassandra works at Fur Friend-Z and her number is (530) 661-6080.

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Our Beloved Little P

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF ROSCOE

April 1, 2003   –   March 20, 2013

On Wednesday, the 20th of March, we lost our beloved Roscoe, a.k.a., “Peeser”, “Little P”, “Roscoe P. Coltrane”, “Sco P”, “Pickle”, “Pickle Juice” and “P Trane”(just to name a few of his nicknames) to Lymphoma.

Ross and his “Sister Sha” (Misha)

Ross was our little boy and the life of the party no matter if we were home or anywhere else.  He loved life and everyone around him couldn’t help but love life, too.  His zeal for life and his energy was just contagious!

He was a Jack Russell/Blue Heeler and unique in every way.  We would often get comments such as, “Why in the world would someone breed a Jack Russell with a Heeler?!”  We would just laugh at the time and answer, “We have no idea!”  Whatever the case, we were just always thankful for our little boy.

From the moment we rescued him back in of April of 2004 at 12 months old, he became an apple of our family’s eye.

Every moment in Ross’s life, he celebrated the joy of being loved and adored by his family and dog friends (he had many as he was one of Jessie’s right hands in working this business–with Lanai being the other and his team mate).  He was known to so many pups as “Uncle P” and he loved his role and who he was to them.  The pups were called his “babies” so when a new “baby” would come into the pack for daycare or boarding, Ross was the supreme greeter and herder telling the pups where NOT to go, as well as, translated the commands I was given the pack in general (translating for those pups who didn’t quite know the commands yet).

Everyone who personally knew Ross, knew of his “bone dance”.  It was his “dance of love” if you will when someone he loved walked through the door.  His bone dance would consist of finding the nearest bone or toy, pick it up and hold it in his mouth as he danced his way to and in front of the person he was excited to see.  It was something we never tired of seeing even though it was accompanied by the shrillest whine or bark that carried on with it 😉  Oh!  How we miss the things that could drive us nuts back then such as the barking for instance yet, we would give anything to see and hear him again!

Ross was diagnosed at the end of February with Stage 4 Lymphoma and within two weeks of being on prednisone therapy, his tumors had decreased by half in one week.  We were ecstatic!  The prednisone, however, was taking a toll on him with some not-so-fun side effects that we think were worse on him than the cancer itself.   Within a few days of dropping his prednisone dosage down by half, the tumors grew larger than ever (it is felt that Ross had the b-cell lymphoma).  A total of five days after we dropped the dosage by half, we had to make the call to put him to sleep.  Though it was a difficult decision for us to make (Ross never fully lost his appetite or stopped accepting water), we knew the right thing to do by Ross was to mercifully put him to sleep.  We didn’t want him to suffer, which he would have done since his cancer just within the five days had begun to spread across his trachea.

In and through everything, our prayers were being answered and rapidly…
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  • We had wanted Dr. Franz to put him to sleep and she did.  We knew that we wouldn’t have enough time, when the time came, to drive him up to Truckee to see his Dr. B, our friend and veterinarian.  We all had developed quite a beautiful bond with Dr. Franz, and we’re so thankful for her!  Ross really took to her <3
  • Dr. Franz is only on Wednesdays and between 6 a.m. – 11 a.m., Ross’s tumors were growing right in front of our eyes.  This was a sign that putting him to sleep was the right call because I had been praying that I didn’t put him to sleep prematurely and that I didn’t wait to long either causing him to suffer (a common fear I understand in situations such as this).

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We had been praying for a miracle that The Lord would heal Roscoe, and in the end, He did—the ultimate, best healing.  He is in no pain, is cancer-free, is reunited with his brothers who passed on before him, and most importantly, is up in Heaven with Jesus waiting for us to join him 🙂  It was not the healing of course that we were praying for (the healing we wish for is for the person to be here on earth with us) but it was no less the best healing that could’ve come for Ross because he would be able to run with his brothers in Heaven and receive the ultimate love by Jesus Himself.   We believe we’ll see him when our time on earth is over.

There are a thousand things, personality traits, and characteristics that made up Ross.  There are so many memories and so many things about Roscoe that it would fill novels.  For this life we lived with him and all of these memories we cherish in our hearts, we are forever grateful to The Lord above!  We are reminded that no one knows what the future holds.  We only have the moment we’re in to love with all of our hearts; love like there’s no tomorrow; love as Jesus would love; love our loved ones so much that they know beyond on a shadow of a doubt that their souls will forever be linked in love with ours.

For those of you who were part of Ross’s life, thank you for allowing us to share him and his contagious love of life with you <3  We hope and pray that he made your day just as special when you saw him, as he made ours every day he was with us.

Though winter has settled in our hearts and the cold, icy clutch of grief has gripped our souls, we truly appreciate the warmth, care and support from all of our friends and family–truly!

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To Our Little “Boy P”,

You are missed and loved every millisecond of every day!   We cannot begin to know how to get used to life without you but are thankful that The Lord knows what we need and how to direct us out of realm of grief and despair.

You were the best little boy, and we thank you for all you did to help us (Mommy, Daddy, Rog, Jordie and Sister) teach and train the dogs that came into our care.  You were the English translator, your cat brothers’ (and now cat sister’s) protector, my Beta who verbally scolded a pup when they didn’t do what I told them to; the excited traveler who always loved to go; the affirmation from The Lord that unconditional love is what it’s all about; our greeter (and often alarm system when a stranger came knocking); the chipmunk (“chippy”) finder; the digger always in search of underground treasure; my shadow and nursemaid when one of us was sick; my blanket holder by sleeping with me on the blanket so that it didn’t fall off;  and the list goes on, my darling little boy.

We’re so thankful that The Lord allowed you to be with us for so long and even enjoy our first family vacation away from home last August (our first in 22 years).  You were the comedian during the trip and provided us with a ton of laughs!  You were so good and didn’t even bark; we were so proud of you then and we’re proud of you now and forever.

You will forever be in our hearts, and we look to the day when The Lord calls us home and we can be greeted by you, pick you up and kiss you once again.

Until we see you again, Littlest.

With all the love in our hearts,

Mommy, Daddy, Rog, Jordie, Sister, Grandma, Grandpa, Molly Brown, Boe-Mew, Sable-Sue, Rhett Butler and even Pecos Bill