Social media runs our lives these days. When we’re bored, we scroll through social media. When we want to share important news, we publish a post on Facebook. When our kid does something cute, we feel the need to urgently share it with our Instagram followers. When we need advice on the best new products, we turn to social media influencers for advice.
Would you believe that the lives of our fur balls have been changed by social media too? This week we’ve gathered a list of 5 of the biggest fur ball influencers on Instagram. Check them out - we promise you won’t be disappointed!
Who are your favorite fur ball Instagram influencers? Share their usernames below!
We’re coming at you with another pet sitter spotlight this week. This time we’re interviewing Courtney; read on to learn a little more about her and what makes her heart shine!
What's your favorite animal and why?
I love all animals so it's really hard to choose one favorite. I love dogs and do my best to spend time with one each and every day because they have a special way of lighting up even the gloomiest days, no matter the time or place. I also love the majesty of big wild animals like elephants and giraffes.
What inspired you to become an animal lover?
I've been around animals since the day I was born. My parents were close friends with the owners of a small business who curated conservation education shows for local school children so we always hand random animals (in addition to our own cats and dogs) running around the house. We once had a tiger cub for a short stint. She was so small she could fit inside our mailbox!
What do you do for fun aside from animal care?
I love traveling, reading, hiking, and spending time with my friends and family. I'm a relatively laid back person and always love dinner with friends or cozying up with a glass of wine and a good book.
If you had to pick one word that describes you, what would you choose and why?
Reliable. I strive to be someone who is loyal and reliable no matter what curveballs are thrown my way. I have had some really solid, dependable people in my life so I try to emulate that support with my friends, family, coworkers and pet sitting clients.
What's your ideal vacation?
I've always dreamed of traveling to India. I would love to meet people, try yummy food, and learn about the rich culture across the country. I always try to meet people and see their home through their eyes because that creates the most authentic learning experience.
Natural, organic and holistic are popular buzzwords in the dog food world these days and this week we’ve set out to define these terms so it’s a bit easier for you to purchase the right dog food for your pup.
NATURAL - natural dog foods should contain ingredients that are made from recognizable, whole foods that have been minimally processed. These foods might contain fillers like soy or gluten, or grains, but they should all be labeled as such. When you see the phrase “all-natural” you should be able to count on the ingredients being in their whole, natural form without any processing at all. It’s important to note that the term “natural” is not regulated by the USDA and any food brand can use this term to market their product.
ORGANIC - the term organic is regulated by the USDA and identifies products that have been grown, harvested, and processed in a manner that follows their strict guidelines. The rules followed by producers of organic human food generally apply to pet food as well. A pet food company can use the label “organic” on their products if at least 70% of the products in the package have been grown and processed according to the related guidelines. Chemicals like pesticides, fertilizers, and antibiotics are not allowed in organic products, according to human food regulations.
HOLISTIC - holistic is a very broad term that generally means that the food contains additional supplements or vitamins that lead to a more well-rounded meal. This term is not regulated by any governing body and can have very diverse applications depending on the food, medical needs, lifestyle, etc. For example, some “holistic” dog food products specifically include supplements for senior dogs, or for better coat health. This term can be used by anyone to market any product.
In conclusion, “organic” is the only label that actually carries any weight according to federal guidelines. That being said, we suggest reading dog food labels carefully - just as you would with your own food - and talking to your vet to find a food that fulfills the need of your pup. If you want to read more about genera dog nutrition and healthy, we recommend checking out the AKC’s “expert advice” section here.
It’s a new decade, y’all. We’d like to start this year off with lots of love and gratitude: thanks to each and every one of you for trusting us with your fur ball over the last few years. Our growth and success is all thanks to YOU, our beloved clients.
As we ring in 2020, we’d like to share a few updates. These can all be found in our newsletter as well. If you’re not on our list, but would like to be, give us a shout at email@example.com.
Here’s to a great new year and a fantastic decade!
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