The Pet Parlor Earns Award For Two Years In a Row! (THANKS YOU!!)

We’re so excited!  If we were dogs we’d be wagging like crazy!!

Thanks to YOU – our wonderful clients who gave us reviews on Angie’s List – WE WON THE SUPER SERVICE AWARD for the second year in a row!!

I don’t know how to thank you enough!!  I would lick your faces but that’s usually frowned upon…

Here is a copy of the press release:

The Pet Parlor, Ltd. Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service



Portage, Indiana, 3/31/18  –  The Pet Parlor, Ltd. is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.


“The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award have demonstrated the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided top-notch service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”


Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, record a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.


“We strive to maintain a level of excellence that will keep our clients and their pets happy.  Earning this award helps us to know that we are achieving that goal.  We’d like to thank our clients for giving us the highest possible rating and for their loyalty.” says Pat Thompson, owner.


The Pet Parlor has been listed on Angie’s List since 2015. This is the second year in a row The Pet Parlor has received this honor.


Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.


For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.




Can You Guess The Favorite American Dog Breed??

The results are IN!!

The top dog breed in the United States is ….. (drum roll please)??

Nope, it’s not the Golden Retriever (which I considered for a moment, to be honest – I’m a huge fan of Golden Retrievers and The Pet Parlor takes care of many Goldens …  but they came in third.)

And, nope – it’s not the German Shepherd either (I’m a bit partial to these babies – but they actually came in second.)

Are you ready??

It’s the Labrador Retriever!  And, (get this!) it’s been the favorite for the last 27 years!  Wow!

So, what makes the Lab so special to Americans?

According to The American Kennel Club, Labs are the perfect family pet.  Why?  Here’s a list

  • They are outgoing
  • friendly
  • high-spirited temperament
  • bond with everyone in the family
  • great at socializing with neighbors and their dogs too
  • They’re also intelligent
  • They LOVE to play
  • They make good search and rescue, service and therapy dogs

I’m sitting here with a smile on my face remembering pet sitting  years ago in Highland for a family that had THREE!  A chocolate lab, a yellow lab, and a black lab – they had one of each!! And they all three could easily be described by the list above! (they were not service dogs but they were excellent at searching out treats and “rescuing” them, lol…)

What’s not to love?

Jeffery Rezabek

State Rep. Jeffery Rezabek (R-Clayton), even introduced a bill last week (House Bill 539) seeking to make the Labrador Retriever Ohio’s State Dog!  (He’s pretty familiar with the breed since he grew up with them.)

So now I’m sitting here wondering, “What’s Indiana’s state dog?”  (Have to look that up and let you know in another blog post!)



Local Pet Businesses Raise Money for Humane Indiana

On February 3rd, 2018 several local pet business and Langel’s Pizzeria in Highland Indiana teamed up for “Pizza For Paws” and were able to raise $1327 to help the shelter animals at Humane Indiana.

The businesses that participated were Bentley’s Pet Stuff (Schererville), Laurie Tuttle Dog Training, Poochs Palate, Pups In A Tub,, The Pet ParlorYoung Living (Essential Oils for Pets) and Kristin Challman Pet Portraits.

“It was really a fun time and it’s always great to see how everyone’s heart is geared toward helping these animals.   I was glad to be part of it.” said Pat Thompson, owner of the Pet Parlor.

The fundraiser included a pet photo contest and raffled helium-filled balloons with valuable coupons from the vendors inside.   10% of Langel’s lunch, drinks,  and buffet proceeds went toward the event.

Winner of the photo contest was Elizabeth Klemm – she took home a beautiful  pet-themed gift basket valued at over $175.  Congratulations Elizabeth!

Thanks everyone, for making it such a fun time and for helping all those animals.


How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 17

How often do you touch your pet?

I know it might be an unusual question – one that might get a response of, “Everyday, of course!”, and I would answer the same.  But I mean touch your pet with intention.

Sometimes you have to develop trust before your pet will let you poke around.

This morning, while I was petting Shea (my dog) I started to give her a little massage.  She was so relaxed – absolutely loving it. Once she was so relaxed and happy with our bonding time, I was able to take her paws in my hand and explore between her pads.  Normally, she would jerk her paw out of my hand – unless I had taken the time and she was in this relaxed and trusting state of mind.

What will you notice?

As I was gently checking in between her pads, I found a little sticker she must have picked up while we were on our walk earlier.  I removed it – but the thought stayed with me that maybe I should intentionally check her body on a semi-regular basis.  I do this with my pet sitting clients dogs and cats all the time – so why would I ‘forget’ with my own baby?  I’ve been able to bring lumps and bumps and even a case of worms or two to our owners attention that they had missed just like me.

Pay attention to your dog or cat.

I think the main issue here is that we pet owners tend to be human when it comes to our own dogs and cats.  We get into our routines and we really do forget to see with new eyes and feel with new hands.  We get foggy to what we do repeatedly.  Let’s not do this with our own pets.  Pay attention.  Take some time to FEEL your pet while you’re stroking and petting his or her body.  Feel the places you don’t normally touch.  Be aware of your pet.

How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 15

Going for a ride?

Keep treats in your glove box!  The reason is twofold:

  1. If your dog needs re-direction, you’ve got the treats handy!
  2. If you happen upon a stray and you like to help – you’ve got treats handy!  Here’s another tip:

Make sure the treats are low-moisture.  There’s nothing like coming into a car where something has gone bad and if you use the dry treats they won’t go bad.


How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 14

It’s “National Dress Up Your Pet Day”!

We all know what that means, right?  My girl (Shea) is a german shepherd mix and I can just see her rolling her eyes at the thought of my dressing her up.

What about you?

Have you ever dressed your pet up?  Can you share a picture??

Oh, it’s also “National Seeing Eye Dog” Day

– so, maybe I’ll dress Shea up as a seeing eye dog?!

How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 13

Are you neglecting your cat without knowing it?

Cats are such ‘easy’ low-maintenance critters that sometimes it’s easy to get into the routine of just scooping the litter, changing the water and giving fresh food and going about the rest of our day.  It’s okay, people get busy – what can we do?

Try some playtime!

Playtime with you cat will make his (and your) life better in so many ways:

  • exercise for your cat
  • bonding between the two of you
  • lowered blood pressure (for both of you)
  • fun (for both of you)

How important is interaction with your cat?

In a recent study, it was found that domestic animals chose interaction with their human over food!  Wow – if they could talk, they’d probably remind us!  Click here to read more.

You don’t need any more reasons, do you?  Go spend some time with your kitty….

How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 12

Does your dog have an icky tummy?

Signs of an upset stomach in dogs can include:

  • diarrhea
  • gurgling noises
  • excessive gas
  • less-than-normal activity
  • a ‘hunched up’ stance (sometimes with the tail tucked)
  • groaning or sighing

What can you do?

Many things can cause your pet to have an gross-feeling stomach.   But, thankfully, here are some things you can try at home.  A huge help might be to feed a bland diet of boiled chicken and rice for a short time and see if that alleviates the symptoms.

Be watchful, however!

If your dog hasn’t improved (or has gotten worse) within 12-48 hours, it’s time to see your vet.  Use your good judgement here – pay attention (it’s the most important thing you can do.)

How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 11

Try a little warmth for arthritic joints.

Older dogs (and cats too) can suffer with joint pain as they age.  Pets tend to hide their pain so it’s up to you to be aware.

common signs of pain in pets:

  • slowed or less frequent movement
  • avoiding the stairs
  • panting
  • whining for ‘no reason’
  • trouble getting up and down
  • not jumping up on things they used to

Sometimes all it takes is a little warmth to help.

You can try warm blankets or towels. Try warming them in the dryer.  Never use a heating pad – this can cause burns. You might even try gentle massage to the hips and joints to get the blood to these areas.

A word of caution:

Be gentle ~ if these areas are hurting, you don’t know how much pressure is ‘too much’.  If your cat moves away from the touch or your dog doesn’t seem to like it: STOP!

There are pain medications specifically for dogs and cats who are suffering from arthritis – ask your veterinarian.

How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 10

Did you flush your toilet this morning?

How often do you scoop your cat’s litter box?

(Not judging here, just trying to get you to think from your kitty’s perspective)  Cats are very clean animals and appreciate a clean place to use the bathroom (just like us!).

How often should you scoop?

Scoop your cat’s box daily.  If that’s not a possibility for you, then add another litter box to the mix and scoop every other day.

Why should you scoop so often?

Ever hear of the term ‘litter box avoidance’? There are, of course, many reasons for litter box avoidance (and some of them will merit medical attention), but this one is surely in the top ten reasons why your cat may stop using his litter box.

If your cat needs to go potty and happens to find his or her litter box like a nasty un-flushed toilet in a row of public stalls (trying to paint a graphic for you here)… he’ll do exactly what you and I would do: find another place to go.

Be Warned!

Many cats will start to urinate and defecate on your clean carpet and then continue to find what they think are ‘appropriate’ places to do their business.

So, if a nasty litter box is the reason your fastidious feline is looking for another toilet try the  easy fix:  Scoop Daily!

How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 8

Snip. Snip. Snip. Oops.

NEVER use scissors to clip things out of your pets fur!

We pet owner know very well how weird stuff can get caught in our pets fur – We also tend to think that we would do fine by our pets to remove it with scissors.

Think again!

When I worked at a veterinary hospital (ancient history) I was amazed at how many dogs and cats had to come in for stitches because the pet-mom or pet-dad thought they were doing the right thing and used scissors to remove something from their pets fur.

What things?

  • matted hair
  • stickers
  • gum
  • ice-balls between the pads (to name just a few)

One jerky movement later and *poof*

Road trip to the vets office!  Be safe (and smart) – find another way … avoid the scissors.

There ARE alternatives to scissors.

There are other ways to deal with the above mentioned  – for example, stickers and matted hair can be gotten out with patience and a good dog-comb.  I’d recommend a Furminator type comb for stickers and a steel comb with wider teeth for mats.  If the mats are too bad, set an appointment with your local groomer.  Ice-balls in the pads should be melted with a tepid (NOT HOT) water bath.  Gum?  Ice cubes if it’s on the surface and peanut butter if it’s closer to the skin.

Safe ~ Not Sorry.

When something is stuck in your pets fur, please don’t grab for the scissors – leave that for the professional groomers.


How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 7

Ok, after all of that cuddling, it’s time for some tough love.

How long has it been since you took your dog or cat in to see that vet just for a check up?  Too many of us wait for some reason (symptom) to show up before we take them in and this could spell disaster.

We both know it’s in the best interest of our pets.

This is easy:

  • Pick up your phone
  • dial your vets office
  • make the appointment
  • keep the appointment

Done!  You are an awesome pet owner!!

How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 3

Sometimes, a break up is a wonderful thing.

We recommend using a breakaway collar for your cat.  They can prevent serious injuries (even heartache) if your kitty ever accidentally gets snagged on something.

Where do you find them?

They sell them all over – try on or in your local pet store.  I’m kinda fond of these: (you can click the image to see more styles)

How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 2

In honor of “National Pet Travel Safety Day” – yes, that is a thing… we are going to give you 5 travel tips for you when you’re traveling with your pets:

  1. When traveling by car ALWAYS (and we mean always) use a seat restraint for your dog and a carrier for your cat.  Period.  No exceptions.
  2. Make sure your pets have proper identification on them at all times.
  3. If you plan on flying your pet, see if they can travel with you (for an extra fee) in the cabin area.
  4. Never ever (and we mean never) carry your dog in the bed of an open pick-up truck.  Tethered or not – this can be deadly.  Or the trunk of your car.  (Yes, I’ve seen people do that.)
  5.  Never ever (and again, we mean NEVER) leave your pet unattended in a parked car.  Since we’re on that subject,  a moving car would be pretty bad too…

Oh, and today is also “Happy Mew Year For Cats Day” too, so here’s a picture of a sweet kitty!

How To Be An Awesome Pet Owner – Tip 1

I’m going to try to do something a bit daunting and I may fail … but I have a sign on my wall that says, “One who makes no mistakes makes nothing at all.”  So here I go.  I’m going to try to get a pet-related tip published everyday of the year.  There.  I’ve committed.

I’ll keep them short and sweet, hows that?  Easy bites.

Today’s tip:  Watch those paws.  Just give a quick look when your pup comes inside to check for ice and/or salt in between the pads.  A quick wipe-down with a soft, warm and damp cloth is all it takes to keep your pup pawsitively happy (see what I did there? I’m snorting…)

Maria Is Doing Her Dooty!

Oh hey!  I think all of you need to help Maria today, if you don’t mind.  She was taking pictures of the babies today and accidentally kneeled down into some nasty brown substance that shall remain nameless…… (ugh…)

Won’t you all let her know that she’s doing a FANTASTIC job at capturing all of those precious faces as well as taking such good care of them?  Could you remind her that it’s all worth it?  (All I could do was sit back and laugh …. I wasn’t much support…)

Exciting Day of Pet Sitting!

OK,  I will share with you some small things that are really important to me as a pet sitter. There is this wonderful kitty named Gabby in Munster… I’ve been pet sitting for her for what seems like years. She never feels comfortable to come out or even stay put if she sees me.  She usually just bolts out of the room like someone tased her or something.  Today, she must of  been a little more comfortable because she actually stayed still as I approached! I even got this picture:

Gabby… Not running from me!

How gorgeous is she!? Anyway, it’s one for the books that I’m glad I could share with you.