Jill Hogan's Pet Sitting
Fun Facts and Information for Animal Parents
  • Vacation Checklist
  • Dog Park Etiquette
  • Benefit of Owning a Pet
  • Animal Emergency Clinics
  • ​Cats as Communicators
  • Pet Boardom

Vacation Checklist for your Pet Sitter

• Make sure that the sitter has the proper keys and remember to leave her with all the information about your security system, including all codes. You can change the codes when you return.
• Show the sitter where the circuit breakers are and how to turn off the gas and water supply to the house in case of an emergency.
• Type out your itinerary and all of your contact information, including your cell phone number and the numbers to the hotels or homes where you will be staying.
• Leave the sitter with the name and phone number of your dog's regular veterinarian, as well as the name and number of an after-hours emergency veterinary clinic.
• Write down the names and dosage information for all of your dog's medications and show the sitter how to administer them.
• Write down your dog's microchip number and registration information in case he gets loose and goes missing. Make certain your current contact information is up to date through the microchip providers if there have been any moves or phone number changes in your past.
• Let the sitter know how many visits your dog requires and ask about the duration of the visits. Be sure that you are both clear about the feeding schedule, walking schedule, and playtime.
• Leave all food and medication in plain sight and label it clearly.
• Leave cleaning supplies in plain sight, including an enzymatic deodorizer and paper towels.
• Make sure that the sitter has a partner or a backup plan in case he or she can't complete the duties. Also, make sure that you have a friend or relative that can watch your pet in case of an extreme emergency. If possible, introduce the sitter to this person before you leave, and make sure to leave all contact information with the sitter.
• Let the sitter know about the areas of your home where the dog is allowed or not allowed, and shut off any areas of the house where you don't want the dog or the sitter to be.
For safety's sake, lock up all valuables—don't tell the sitter where they are, of course!

Nikki Moustaki, MA, MFA, is a dog trainer, bird care and behavior consultant in New York City. She is the author of more than 26 books on pet care and training and is the host of

Going on a trip can be complicated when you have a dog, especially if you can't take Your Furry Friends with you. You have three options – board them, leave them with a relative, or hire a Pet Sitter (or ask a neighbor, relative, or friend to act as the pet sitter). Some Pet Sitters will live in the house with your pet and others will come by several times a day to walk and feed your dogs and/or  cats. . Here's a checklist to leave for the sitter:
    Dog Park Etiquette

 City of Scottsdale Park Rules: These guidelines will help to ensure that your dog parks stay clean and safe.
    The Benefit of Owning a Pet
Emergency and Specialty Clinics
  •  Emergency Animal Clinic of Scottsdale:
          14202 N Scottsdale, Ste 163, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

  • Emergency Animal Clinic of Scottsdale, Foursquare:
         22595 N Scottsdale, AZ 85255

  • North Valley Regional Animal Hospital:
        520 W Union Hills, St 105, Phoenix, AZ 85027

  • Paradise Valley Emergency Clinic:
         6969 E Shea, Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
        (24 Hour on weekends) 480-991-1845

  • Phoenix Veterinary Specialist:
        4015 E Cactus Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85032

  • Arizona Poison Control
         ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 1-888-426-4435 ($65 fee)

  • Pet Poison Helpline: 1-800-213-6680 ($39 fee)

It is hard to see your pets sick.  If your pet Veterinary Clinic is closed, do you know where to go?

   Cats are Expert                                                    Communicators
​While every kitty is an individual and shows happiness in different ways, there are some universal happy cat clues.  You and your cat may speak different languages, but you can still communicate.  Cats literally say they're happy by telling us all about it with meows, purrs, yowls, and various other sounds.  So how do you translate what they are saying into something you can understand?
    Pet Boredom can be Disastrous