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!

[pullquote_right]We will be retaining our longtime policy of offering free, every other day cat checks (this applies to Woodland residents only) for cats whose dogs are boarding with us.[/pullquote_right]

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

Paw Prints Points: April 2011 Edition

Welcome Friends!

Despite April 15, this month is a great month!  Everything is in bloom, the weather is gorgeous, the grass is a saturated, emerald green color, and all of the animals are ecstatic with the mild temperatures.


For the love of cats


Dogs on the move


Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

In an effort to showcase a place online that has been helping thousands of grieving pet owners for years now, we introduce you to Rainbow Bridge:  An online community dedicated to helping pet owners get through the loss of their beloved pets by their mutual love for animals.

The founder of Rainbow Bridge, Ginny Brancato, wanted a place to share her pet’s story, as well as, help others.   So, she founded Rainbow Bridge.  It’s a place dedicated to pet lovers all around the world who need a central place to meet and share their grief.  You can dedicate a poem or story to your pet, thereby allowing others to have a glimpse of the character and person your pet was.  The step to your heart created by your pet’s eulogy, furnishes your new-found friends on Rainbow Bridge, a solid step that they can take in order to get to know you and your beloved pet who crossed over.

When your loneliness is at its most palpable, Rainbow Bridge is the place that can reduce its pulse.

If you aren’t going through a pet loss at the moment, consider yourself fortunate.  For every day with the ones we love is nothing short of a gift from God.  And, though you may have your pet by your side this very hour, consider logging on to Rainbow Bridge to help others who just need to talk to someone because they have lost their dear friend.

We thank Rainbow Bridge for providing such a warm, inviting place where anyone can go to get through their heart’s winter storm.


If you’re going to be traveling with your pet soon, a great little “tool” to take with you is an emergency kit.

You can either buy the kits already fashioned together with everything you need (a huge variety of pet kits can be found here, or you can simple create one yourself.

If you decide to design one yourself, here’s a link to  useful materials that you will want to make sure you include

Additional items we believe you need to include in your kit (we couldn’t find these items listed in the About’s Vet Medicine link above) are as follows:


  • A current copy of your pet’s vaccination records (especially dogs)
  • Reflective devices such as reflective collars and leashes just in case something happens at night
  • At least two days worth of medication if your pet is on such
  • A toy for your pet to keep his/her attention on something positive and to reduce their pent-up energy (by playing). For dogs, a tennis ball would be a good thing to have in there as an example. And, for cats, a laser pointer for cats would be great.


Having this kit, and written emergency instructions or booklet straight from a veterinarian, is like having your veterinarian in your back pocket for when emergencies arise.  Of course, this kit doesn’t substitute the need for seeking veterinary care but, in most cases, it will provide you with tools to address emergencies head-on until you can get your pet to a veterinarian.

Pack Style Tip: If you’re creating your own pack, make sure to check out packs that you can carry on your back or waist. The little bags with handles are great but they’re not so convenient when you’re on extended dog hikes (the type of hike where it doesn’t warrant carrying a full backpack but long enough to where carrying a little bag with two handles would become annoying). This tip is just from personal experience over the years.

Happy Traveling!


We're Competing badge

We can’t believe it but it’s that time of year when KCRA starts their A-List Competition. This competition involves businesses in and around the Sacramento-area. You–as the voter–are able to choose your favorite business from any category listed, so make sure to get to KCRA’s website to vote for your favorite businesses. And, if you’re so inclined, please take a moment to vote for us KYPSAH on KCRA not because we’re asking you to, but only if you believe us to be worthy of winning this competition based on our service to you and your fur-kids.

For those of you who do decide to vote for us, we are incredibly honored and sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


We have a great time at Easter with our pets!  Though egg-hunting is a special time for kids, it can also be a special time for our furry companions, too.  Of course, dressing up as a bunny is completely optional…hehe.

Here are just a few activity ideas that you can do with your cats or dogs.


  • 1. Just like kids, fill a few plastic eggs with treats and hide the eggs. You’ll have a great time watching them scout them out.
  • 2. Instead of hiding just the plastic eggs alone, you can hide them in an Easter basket that they have to find. When they find their basket, they find their treats, toys, etc.
  • 3. Carve out some time to take a nice stroll with your dogs or special lap-time with your cats.
  • 4. Spend some quality time with your pet and create a new Easter tradition for your furry family companions.
  • 5. If you have children, it’s fun to have the pets involved in the egg-hunt, too. You could have a competition on who finds the most eggs: Your pet(s) or your children 😉



Oftentimes, we pet owners spend a great deal of money trying to get our dogs to eat. We buy them every pet food known to mankind, and even cook their food.  However, they still won’t eat.  Here are a few suggestions that we’ve found helpful in turning your photosynthetic dog into a four-legged eating machine (including our own over the years).

1. If at all possible, exercise your dogs before feeding them.

If you don’t have the time to walk them, or the weather is too bad, consider purchasing a cheap but sturdy treadmill.  A good 20-minutes on the treadmill (the time and speed will be contingent upon your dog’s personal fitness and energy level) usually does the trick!

The dog’s language and mentality hasn’t changed throughout the years.  In the wild, they’re used to walking many miles a day to obtain food.  This behavior remains the same even if they’re domesticated companions living with you in your home.

2. Don’t free-feed your dog

Have two specific mealtimes per day for your dog (breakfast and dinner are usually pretty common mealtimes for dogs in conjunction with possibly a snack throughout the day, including but not limited, too, rawhides, bullysticks and/or real bones depending on your dog’s personal health and digestion needs).  If they don’t eat their food within 20-minutes, pull it up and don’t feed them until dinner time–save for a small snack as listed above.

3. Calmly make your dog’s food

Occasionally, when we’re mixing our dog’s food, we’re thinking about many things and some of those things are stressful.  Don’t transfer your negative, stressful feelings to your dog.  Your dog is in-tune with you.  What you feel on the inside, is often what they project or express on the outside.  Consequently, when you’re mixing your dog’s food, think happy thoughts (yep, thinking of the movie “Hook” here).

Make eating a relaxing, joyful time for your dog by being the calm, soothing force your dog needs you to be 🙂

4. Make your dog sit before putting the food bowl down

Again, feeding your dog should be a joyful, calm occasion.  You should be in charge and dictate when your dog eats, how much and so forth. Therefore, make your dog sit before placing his food bowl down.  When he is sitting calmly, then sit the bowl down continuing to keep him in a sitting position.  When it is okay for him to eat, then give the word (“Okay” or whatever word you want to use to signal that it’s okay for him to start eating).

Following these four simple suggestions often makes a world of difference!

Happy Easter!

Since Easter falls in April as well, it’s even extra special this year. Easter is a very special time for our family. For us, Easter represents the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And, though we have cute little, traditional Easter graphics up, our family never wants to overlook the Good News…the real reason behind Easter, at least as far as we are concerned. So, on this note, we wish you, your family and your fur-kids an awesome Easter!

KYPSAH’s March Edition of Paw Prints Points Newsletter

Welcome to the March edition of our Paw Prints Points newsletter! Can you believe we’re into March now?! Jeez =/

Let us march into this month’s newsletter content where we’re a hopin’ that ye Lords and Ladies enjoy this month’s read (trying to speak like a leprechaun…not sure it’s working though).


During February, the month of love and courting, our merry band of felines was quite the joyous bunch to behold!  Most of their hilarious actions were caught on videos that we took for their owners; however, one kitty made her way into the world of still-shots that we turned into a video for you.  Therefore, we bring you Miss Positively Peachy Peaches in her online debut of “Cats Rule”.


We have posted videos on our website, as often as possible, on how we work with the animals that we care for.   Here are just a couple more videos to add to the mix.  One video is a demonstration of how a fearful dog can feel secure during a dog walk, and the other is a technique that deals with how to bond with kittens.

Dog Walking: Since we handle a lot of questions centered around fearful dogs and how to walk them, another short video was created to show you that just because a dog has fear, doesn’t mean it’s a bad dog or a dog that can’t feel secure on a walk.  There are several tools (collars, harnesses and the like) that you can use to walk a dog effectively but no matter what tool you use, it’s the YOU variable that is most important and often overlooked.  It’s how you project yourself as the Pack Leader that matters most.

Bonding with Kittens: When fostering or even pet sitting a litter of kittens, one way that we’ve found worked pretty well for our bonding with them was to simply take a small jar of Gerber (they really liked Chicken and Chicky Gravy) baby food and allow them to lick it off of our fingers.  (This technique works really well for very shy kitties as well.)

The first few times you do this,  as they’re licking the baby food off of your finger, don’t try and pet them.  Just let them be.  It can be hard to resist because kittens are so cute but we’ve found that if we allow them to come around on their own, the bond created will be a much stronger one.  Again, this is just our personal experience.

[Video 1 of Kitten Bonding]

[Video 2 of Kitten Bonding]


Always looking to make sure that we’re offering our friends the best service possible, we would like to know how we’re doing from the services that we offer to the way that we supply pet updates.  If you get the opportunity to do so, please let us know how we’re doing.  We would really appreciate it!


The Riggs have been involved as active volunteers for Never Cry Wolf Rescue &  Adoptions in their efforts to educate the public on true wolf behavior, dispelling the myths and legends that society is gravitating to and construing as fact instead of what it is–fiction.

Jessie frequently posts information about Never Cry’s efforts on KYPSAH’s site, as well as, information concerning the wolves affected by man’s laws, which are, subsequently, laws that are promoting these animals’  eventual and unwarranted demise.

Please feel free to follow The Riggs’ undertakings with Never Cry as they not only work to shed light on these magnificent animals but also work to fight legislation that is always trying to surface; legislation that would also affect many other dog breeds such as German Shepherds, Malamutes, Huskies and so many more who have lost their lives–and will continue to possibly lose their lives–because of being mislabeled as a “wolf” or “wolf-hybrid”.  You can also follow Never Cry’s efforts directly from their website and Facebook pages.

KYPSAH’s Paw Prints Points

February 2011 Edition

“Welcome To Our New Site!”

Well, we finally did it! We launched our new website just a couple of weeks ago, and we’re pretty okay with it. Is it finished? Nope. There are some things that we still need to do/add to it. However, it is functional and works well with mobile media! So, you should be able to view it from your mobile browser now–woohoo!

The other great thing about our new site is that YOU can leave comments just like on a blog site! We hope that you like the interactivity with us, and others, that this little option now provides.

Other items to mention regarding our new site are as follows:

  • We are now beginning to place how-to videos up on the site in order to show you how we work with dogs (and cats)
  • Fresh pictures are being added–and often
  • Articles and blogs are being posted
  • Common pet-related questions are being answered
  • Flowing testimonials that also our clients to have their business link listed for reciprocal marketing benefits (a ‘Thank You’ with a “Thank You”)


So, enjoy!

“February: Love in Bloom”

February is a great month that seems to resonate itself each and every day on the wings of a love song. Incorporated within the daily song of love, is the love that we receive from our precious fur-kids. They remind us that every day is a new day full of unconditional love and support from them and is also to be treated as a “gift”.

If you’re needing pet care on or around Valentine’s Day or President’s Day, please make sure to get your reservations in quickly.

“To Bark or Not To Bark”

No one likes it when dogs perpetually bark at what seems like nothing–and constantly. So, what to do?

Well, dogs bark for a variety of reasons. There are warning barks, intruder barks, anxious barks, barking during playtime, establishing domain barks, begging barks and all sorts of other barks…some good and some bad. Consequently, not all barking is “bad”.

For the problematic, non-stop barkers who bark at what seems like for and at nothing, these are the ones that can easily get underneath a person’s skin. And, they can also wreak havoc for you especially when you find yourself in hot water with your neighbors, and quite possibly, Animal Control =/ This type of barking can quite often be the result of a dog whom hasn’t had enough exercise. A dog that hasn’t had enough exercise is an easy-fix, too!

Since there are all different sorts of barks, take some time to analyze what it is that your dog is trying to tell you. Look at their posture because they speak volumes using their body language (this is a different article in and of itself).

For this article, we’re concentrating on the dogs that are barking without cause. You know, the guys who are running in circles chasing their tails, barking incessantly. They’re barking without cause, or so we deem. Here are a few suggestions to curb the barking:

  • Exercise Your Dog. This is tough to do on very busy days, days when you don’t feel well or bad weather days. As often as you can though, and preferably daily, you need to at least walk your dog for a minimum of 30-minutes once-a-day (twice-a-day if he/she is out in the backyard all day while you’re at work; relieving their stress before you go to work and after you get home). The catch to this is you need to ascertain your dog’s energy level and meet the needs of your dog based on their energy level. If your dog is a high or very high energy (an indicator if your dog is one of these types is they will often run between Point A and Point B and not walk), more often than not, you will need to run them. A good bike or skate session works wonders for these types!
  • Breed Exercise. When you’re done walking or running your dog, afterward incorporate about 20-minutes of his/her favorite game designed with their breed in mind. For example, if your dog is a retriever, play about 20-minutes of Fetch with him/her after their run.
    Note: Stating the obvious, make sure to give them a water break after the run and before you start the breed exercise. High energy or not, they need water and a small break before starting up another rigorous exercise routine.
  • Who’s The Boss? If your dog feels like he/she is the boss and not you, the barking will be out of control for sure. Therefore, make sure that you are asserting yourself as his/her calm and assertive Pack Leader. Think of yourself as your dog’s EMT, if this helps. As an example, during an emergency, the qualities that we look for in an emergency responder that give us a sense of assurance that everything is going to be okay are: Patience, self-control, intelligence, a calm voice, and a firm understanding of what’s going on and what needs to be done.
  • Seek a Vet. Believe it or not, dogs have chemical imbalances, too. For example, dogs that suffer from seizures or Epilepsy can bark repeatedly during their seizures. So, size-up if your dog has anything physiologically wrong with him/her by consulting with your veterinarian.
  • Seek a Dog Behaviorist or Trainer. Sometimes it is easier to have hands-on help with behavior issues. Assuming of course that a physiological conditional has been ruled-out, seek a Dog Behaviorist or a Dog Trainer to help you and your dog find the path to peace.


Now, all dogs have issues even for those of us that work with them on a constant-basis. So, you’re not alone 🙂

[pullquote_left]Remember, that the worst thing you can do to correct your dog’s bad behavior, is to do nothing at all. [/pullquote_left]