Monday, 25 June 2012

Mississauga News Release - June 25, 2012

News Release



MISSISSAUGA – Amy Shannon Leclair, President & CEO of LOVING PAWS & HOUSE SITTING – the #1 Ottawa-based professional pet & house sitting company that goes to the homes of its clients to care for their pets & homes – is thrilled to announce expansion to Mississauga.

LOVING PAWS & HOUSE SITTING is proud to be the newest business addition to Mississauga and to offer a series of services that will suit anyone working long hours, traveling on business trips or for pleasure, with a pet in need of special medical care at home, in need of someone to take care of their home and plants while away, who want someone to give their dog or puppy a mid-day walk or pee break, or who simply feels boarding their pet is just not the best or loving option.

Amy Shannon says, "While pets and their well-being are our first two priorities, LOVING PAWS & HOUSE SITTING has equally strong commitments to professionalism and excellence in service, and that should allow LOVING PAWS & HOUSE SITTING to set a new, higher industry standard for professional pet and home sitters in Mississauga."

Unmatched by any other pet and home sitting service in Mississauga, LOVING PAWS & HOUSE SITTING offers services that are backed by all of the following:

  • Fully bilingual
  • Insured, bonded & security-checked
  • Vet hospital & client recommended
  • Guarantee that each visit and the duration of each visit will take place
  • Memberships with the All Canadian Pet Services Network (ACPSN), Pet Sitting International
  • Founded on 15+ years of experience and education in the animal health care industry, and 7 years of successfully operating a professional pet & house sitting service in the Capital Region
  • Canada’s only Gold Member accredited by ACPSN
  • Highly dependable & reliable: count on LOVING PAWS & HOUSE SITTING to be there
  • Complete transparency: all our rates & policies are advertised & viewable online at one glance
  • Emergency Ready with an Emergencies Handbook and sitters trained and certified in pet First Aid and CPR
  • Professional adherence to a strict code of conduct, and a detailed quality assurance-standard of excellence commitment

  • Services are reasonably priced and start as low as $16.50
Ms. Leclair adds, "LOVING PAWS & HOUSE SITTING will initially focus on providing service to all residents living in and within a 15 km vicinity of Clarkson-Lorne Park, Cooksville, Erin Mills, Erin Mills Central, Lakeview, Meadowvale, Port Credit, and Streetsville. Our plan is to expand and service other communities as well, and as soon as new sitters come on board."

Amy Shannon concludes, "I invite & encourage all those who could benefit from our professional services to visit us at and explore what we have to offer, especially the mix of unique programs we’ve tailored for our customers; moreover, I welcome calls for inquiries or to book heartfelt Meet and Greet consultations with our dedicated team servicing Mississauga."

Self-employed, flexible hours, and most importantly, a rewarding career!

As we gear up for the spring and summer, we are currently looking for dedicated, motivated, organized, and reliable self-starters with a passion for animals to join our heartfelt team, and service clientele in the following locations:

  • Clarkson-Lorne Park
  • Cooksville
  • Erin Mills
  • Erin Mills Central
  • Lakeview
  • Meadowvale
  • Port Credit
  • Streetsville

If you or someone you know lives in one of these communities and would be interested in joining our heartfelt team, we believe we present an exciting opportunity with a thriving future that can offer considerable freedom and a career that offers long-term growth and income potential.

Detailed information including a summary of duties, advantages of working with us, qualifications, and other conditions are posted in the 'Careers' section of, as is an online job application.
For more information:
Amy Shannon Leclair, President & CEO 289-201-7819, or or

We also invite you to visit us on our Facebook Fan Page and Twitter LovingPaws2005

Monday, 18 June 2012

Hot Summer Pet Tips

Hot and humid summer days have arrived and, like us, our four-legged friends love to be in the great outdoors to experience fresh air and a little adventure! However the heat mixed with humidity is a serious health risks for our pets - to help guarantee their overall wellbeing consider these simple tips.

To prevent dehydration: Have plenty of water available!

To prevent overheating:

·    If your pet has a thick coat of hair keep the fur thinner and shorter. However don’t cut the fur too short to allow the exposed skin to sunburn!

·    Give your pet plenty of shaded places to cool down (especially during walks) or outdoor shelter (many shelters come in various sizes and budget).

·    Use a “cool” bed (a waterbed filled with cool water) or “cool” jacket (a specialized jacket soaked in cool water).  

To prevent sunburns:
  • For sensitive paw pads (especially those of puppies) keep off of hot asphalt. 
  • Apply a pet safe SPF cream to any visible skin; e.g. nose or short haired ears and/or body.  
Be Prepared with a Pet First Aid Kit!
If something unfortunate happens to your pet, having the tools necessary to assist you is crucial. Luckily if you’re not yet equipped, we can help! Our pet First Aid Kit is perfect for pet parents. It includes over 63 Veterinarian-recommended items stored in a convenient canvas case and it's specifically designed for animal care.

Pesticides, Insecticides, and Pool Chemicals:
·    Keep pets away from lawns that have been treated with harmful chemicals and from pool areas.
·    When planning your garden, aim for dog and cat-safe, non-toxic plants.
·    Keep pesticides, insecticides and pool chemicals secure from pets.
·    Read chemical labels to determine how long they last and if they are harmful to pets (many last days and most are toxic).

Travel - It's best to avoid traveling with your pet(s) during summer. Leaving a pet alone in the car can be fatal, even with open windows and for a short amount of time. Heat  inside a car can reach dangerously high temperatures in a few mintues.

Play safe, leave your pet at home during vacations or when running errands. Let our dedicated team of sitters and dog walkers provide care and companionship to your beloved family members in the comfort of YOUR HOME!

If your pet shows any signs of being overheated, dehydrated, sun burnt, or you suspect chemical exposure, your pet may need immediate medical treatment. Call your Veterinarian immediately!

For more information please visit us online at
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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Information the Pet Sitting Company requires from their clients to make it a pleasurable transaction for both parties

Communication is really the key to making the transaction run as smoothly as possible.  As a client, be upfront and honest when it comes to your pet’s behaviour.  If your pet often has separation anxiety, make sure to inform your sitter, so the sitter will not be alarmed if your pet does not eat during their first visit, as they are just getting used to the transition of having a sitter care for them.  Be honest if your pet has had any history of aggression towards pets or humans, and if your pet is aggressive, be sure to explain the routine for handling your pet in detail to your sitter to ensure the safety of your pet and your care provider. 

Don’t forget to mention if your pet has a history of trying to escape when someone opens the door to your home, that way your sitter will be aware, in advance, to be extra cautious when entering your home.  
Make sure to explain to your sitter if your pet tends to hide while you are away, and what their favourite hiding spots are, so that your sitter can locate your pet and ensure their health and safety during each visit.  When clients forget to mention this, it is not only difficult to locate the pet, but also will concern sitters immensely for the safety and health of the pet. 
Communicate any past illness or health issues, even if it seems minor (i.e. my cat vomits occasionally, don’t be alarmed, or my elderly cat cannot always make it to the litter box, and sometimes leaves “accidents” to be cleaned up).  Sometimes owners are so used to their pets “quirks” (personality or health normality’s) they forget to mention them to their sitter.  If not mentioned ahead of time, these “normality’s” can be of concern for the sitter who is unaware that these are normal for your particular pet.

Be sure to explain in detail what your expectations are for each visit.  For example: indicate the amount of food to be fed at each visit, describe your pet’s personality, and favourite toys.  Go over the routine in detail, (i.e. Molly gets a treat after her walk, but only after she gets her paws wiped off and sits).  If certain areas of the home are off limits to your pet, make sure your sitter is aware of this.

Be prepared for your Meet & Greet Consultation with your sitter.  Complete the questionnaire provided ahead of time, in detail, so your sitter is able to review and prepare your file ahead of time.  Completing the questionnaire in advance helps sitters familiarize themselves with all the information ahead of the meeting, and leaves more time to spend establishing a rapport with clients and their pets.  Be prepared with your two keys cut, your pet’s microchip and veterinarian information and deposit at the time of the meeting.

Ask questions.  If anything is unclear, our sitters are always pleased to answer any questions you may have regarding the care of your pet, your payment, the contract, emergency procedures, key handling practices, invoicing, etc.  We put ourselves in our clients’ shoes, and know that it can be difficult letting someone you haven’t met before care for your furry family members and home.  If anything is unclear, we will always take the extra time to explain our procedures to you.  Clarity, transparency and good communication between the client and company makes for a great pet sitting experience for both parties!

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