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Update from Beastie Boutique 

We are happy to report that Gretchen was found last night. She is now home safe and sound.

She was found by leaving “Lost Dog fliers on the door steps of homes in the neighborhood. When the people who had taken her in off the street saw the flyer, they immediately called and she was reunited with the owner. She didn’t have a collar and tags on but was micro-chipped. This may have delayed her getting found for the extra day but never rely solely on tags to have your dog found. The people did state they were going to take her to the vet’s office the next day and have her scanned for a chip.

A couple things we learned that may help the next rescue mission.

First, physically go to the humane society and enter a lost dog report. You have to go there in person. Don’t rely solely on this as we found out that this was done for Gretchen and the people who found Gretchen said they called twice to the humane society and had to leave messages both times. They said they left messages describing the dog. Somehow these messages were never matched to the report and nobody was called. This is not the first instance of this that we are hearing. You will need to be very assertive in making sure they are going through the messages.

Next, get a bunch of fliers and canvas the area where the pet was lost. This is the number one thing people do that has the best success rate. Place them on door steps and keep moving. Don’t ring each door bell and wait for an answer, it will take forever to cover an area. If you find people walking around in the neighborhood, talk to them and give them a flyer. Make sure to place one in every Mini Mart, vet’s office, dog parks or anywhere in the area a lot of people hang out. The fliers are cheap and get results. Offer a reward if you can.

Get some of your fliers laminated. Get some cheap A frames or “bandit” sign holders and duct tape them to the signs and place them at major intersections in the area.

Another good tip we learned was a program called Pet Amber Alert. You can register with them and they will call everyone in an area letting them know of your lost pet. They have multiple plans for covering larger areas. Well worth the price and they get the word out fast. You can find out more about there services at

Fast action is needed when a pet becomes lost. Gather any friends, neighbors or whoever you can to help get the word out. Make sure your pet is micro-chipped. A good collar and tags are nice but don’t rely on them. They can get tangled when a pet is lost and going through a neighborhood and be pulled off. As in our situation when Bart was stolen from us, the thieves took the collar off first thing and threw it on the ground.

Be prepared with current pictures of your pet. If you ever find yourself in the horrible position of loosing your pet, please contact us and we will put the word out and offer help as much as we can.

Thank you to all who wrote or called in to offer help with Gretchen.

Original post

Workers left a gate open and Gretchen wandered out of her yard and is now lost. She was last seen yesterday 12/7/11 at noon. A short while later a neighbor a block over saw her in their back yard.

She was lost in the Lake Shore area of NW 116th Street and 21st Ave. Tracking dogs were called in and she was tracked to the area of NW 94th Street and NW 14th Ave.

If you live in this area or know anyone, please keep an eye out for her. If you can help by handing out any flyers, please call the store and we’ll have some here for you to pick up. We are coordinating efforts to cover as much of the two areas we can. Any help is very much appreciated.

Gretchen is 11 years old, around 12-15lbs, Grey to dark Grey in color and recently groomed. No collar but is micro chipped.

If you have any information,  please call the Beastie Boutique store at 360-574-6400.

December 8, 2011   Discuss here

Human Medications Can Be Very Harmful To Your Pet


Pet Connections has an article about the most common human medications and their potential harmfulness to animals.  Advil and Tylenol are especially harmful as are some commonly prescribed drugs like Advair and Abilify.

And here is some good common sense with regard to ALL medications in your home:

It’s best practice to make sure all your medications are far out of reach of your pets, and you should never store drugs in plastic (even Ziploc-type) bags. They’re too easily chewed through, and since the bags are transparent, the pets can see the potential goodies inside.

Here is another article which points out human medications for three years in a row now top the list of toxins that have sickened pets in the United States.

PS:  Also don’t forget to keep all of those delicious chocolate candies far far away from your dogs.  Chocolate is poison for dogs.

May 23, 2011   Discuss here, 2 Comments

How Do You Find a Good Pet Sitter?

This article over at Petblogs points out that using a family member or friend down the street to take care of your pet(s) while you are away can have some often overlooked negative side effects.  These include:

Resentment on the part of the family member who agrees to the pet sitting duties because they feel obligated to say yes when he/she really would prefer to be doing something else entirely.

The teenager down the street sees the pet sit as an opportunity to use your home for having a get-together with other friends or worse yet to throw a party.

Lack of experience and training in taking care of animal(s) resulting in your pet(s) being poorly cared for or, even worse, being inadvertently harmed or lost.

John and I have cared for our own and other people’s pets for a long time.  The number of successful pet sits we have performed  is in the tens of thousands.  We have never had an animal escape from us.  We have never lost a house key for a pet sit.  We know the signs and what to do when an animal is sick.  We have fostered hundreds of animals in our home for the Humane Society for SW Washington.  We also have numerous dogs, cats, birds and some chickens of our own.  We are trained in first aid and CPR for dogs and cats.  I am trained in disaster preparedness for animals.  John and I spent a week as volunteers in Gonzales, Louisiana caring for the abandoned dogs after the Katrina hurricane.

Both of us serve as back up for each other in the event that is necessary.  We never take a vacation together for more than 12 hours because it interferes with our pet sit responsibilities.  We have a 30 year old son who lives locally that is also available in the event of an emergency.  We have good relationships with local veterinarians and other pet sitters in the area.

In other words we take the responsibilities of providing pet sitting very seriously and we have a great deal of experience successfully caring for other people’s animals.

So when you consider asking your grandmother or aunt or the friend’s daughter down the street to care for your animals while you are at work or away from home, please consider the risks and possible negative effects of that decision carefully.

We are here to assist you.  We love what we do.  We are good at what we do.  And we want you to know that your decision to allow us to be the caregivers for your animals is much appreciated and that we take this responsibility very seriously.

Gonzales, LA, September 16, 2005
Gonzales, LA, September 16, 2005

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