June is National Pet Preparedness Month!

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Help keep your pets safe during disasters and have a plan and the necessarily supplies they need.

  • Make sure your pet has a microchip and the contact information and photo of your pet are up to date.
  • Always have a collar and ID tag on your pet, and travel with a leash.
  • List additional phone numbers and email addresses to ensure someone is able to be contacted in the event your pet is lost.
  • Keep a list of important contacts for your pet, such as veterinarians and pet sitters.
  • Upload important medical documents for your pet and keep extra copies for yourself.
  • Keep vaccinations up to date.
  • Always make sure your pet has enough food and water. Storing canned pet food may be a good option as a standby.
  • If evacuation is necessary, never leave your pet behind! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.
  • If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.
  • Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.

For more information about pet emergency planning, visit www.ready.gov/animals.

Tips for Traveling Safely with Pets

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Taking a trip with your pet this summer? Here are some things to consider to make sure everyone is ready!

1 – The most important animal-travel tip is to never leave your pet alone in a parked car. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), when the outside temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the interior of a parked car can reach 102 degrees in just 10 minutes and 120 degrees within half an hour. And that’s even if you leave the windows cracked an inch or two. ASPCA also warns that the dangers are not limited to the warmer months: “In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing an animal to freeze to death.” Be your pet’s advocate and always remember their safety.

2 – Consult your veterinarian before embarking on a trip, especially if your pet hasn’t traveled before or if you have any health concerns. Before a long trip, take some shorter drives around town with your pet to see how they respond. Take longer and longer ones as you get nearer to your departure date. If your pet gets really anxious, consult your veterinarian to see what they suggest may to help.

3 – If you’re traveling across state lines, bring along your pet’s vaccination record, especially rabies. Some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings and they are required if you travel into Canada!  Check in with your veterinarian to make sure your vaccinations and records are up to date.

4 – Always take breaks! Make sure to check that your pup is welcome everywhere you plan on stopping. Check in with bringfido.com while visiting new areas to find restaurants, parks, and fun activities that are dog friendly.

5 – Book pet-friendly hotels! GoPetFriendly.com is also great site to check for tons of information on traveling with pets.

6 – Always prep a pet-friendly travel kit. Bring food, water, bowls, a leash, plenty of potty bags, grooming supplies, any prescribed medications a pet-friendly first-aid kit, and any travel documents. Don’t forget your dog’s flea, tick and heart worm preventatives. If you need medication or supplies on the road, your veterinarian has an online store to shop from that can ship anywhere in the US!

7 – Put your leash somewhere accessible and put your dog’s leash on before you open the car door. Also make sure your pet wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name, phone number and any relevant contact information. Some states also require that your dog wears a tag with his state dog license information.

8 – If you are camping or doing lots of outdoor activities like hiking, make sure to do nightly tick checks, and it doesn’t hurt to give your pup extra pets and treats while you’re at it!

Keeping Pets Safe in the Home and Yard

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Pets are part of our families so we should be sure they stay safe whether in the home or yard!

Bathrooms and Laundry Rooms – Toilet bowls are filled with water and often tempt pets to drink from them. This can cause a pet to drown, or it may poison them if toilet bowl cleaners are inside. Medications, both prescription and otherwise, are often kept in a bathroom, as are things such as bathroom cleaners, chemical drain openers, and deodorizers. Sharp items such as razors are also kept in bathrooms and can cut and seriously injure a pet that plays with or swallows them.

Laundry Room – Laundry rooms are also a place where chemicals such as bleach and detergent are stored and regularly used. Fabric softener sheets may seem harmless; however, they are filled with chemicals. Open dryers are tempting to pets that may climb inside to sleep, stay warm, or hide. This can be dangerous if the door is accidentally shut and the machine turned on.

Living Rooms – Unstable or top-heavy furniture can fall if jumped on or if bumped hard by a playful animal. Many types of potted house plants are known to be toxic if chewed or swallowed. The cords to drapery and window blinds are a choking hazard if they accidental loop around a pet’s neck, while electrical cords, if chewed on, can shock or electrocute a pet or start a fire.

Kitchens – Kitchens are an overall dangerous place for pets to be. Jumping pets have access to countertops and tables, while all animals can easily get to anything that’s within their reach, such as kitchen trash cans or food on the table. When it comes to threats, food is the most obvious culprit, as certain items, such as chocolate and raisins, are toxic while others represent a choking hazard.

Bedrooms – Although the bedroom may seem like an overall safe place for pets, it is the unexpected, little things that can prove problematic for pets. Electrical cords are dangerous to pets that are chewers, and small items such as earrings and hair pins may also be chewed or swallowed. Discarded shopping bags are a suffocation risk if a pet sticks its head inside and is unable to shake it off. Moth balls in closets or drawers are toxic, as are certain house plants that may be kept in the room.

Garages and Basements – Because these are areas outside of the main house and protected from the elements outdoors, they are places where deadly chemicals and other potentially lethal items are stored.

Toxic items that are commonly stored in garages and even basements include antifreeze, which is sweet-tasting but can cause a cat or a dog’s kidneys to fail if consumed. Motor oil, gas, battery acid, and car wax are just a few other dangerous car-related items. Additionally, pesticides, rat poison, paint, and paint thinners are examples of items kept in either location that can be lethal to a pet.

Yard – Certain items that are used on the lawn, flowers, and plants, such as fertilizers, pesticides, mulch, and compost, may contain chemicals or elements that a pet should not eat, drink, or lick. Cocoa mulch, for example, is toxic, yet the smell is tempting to animals, and compost may contain food items that pets can choke on or that is toxic to them. Care must be taken to also protect pets in yards with fire pits or outdoor fireplaces, pools, and ponds. Installing a fence also keeps pets safe from traffic or other animals.

Skagit Humane 2nd Chance Program

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Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC (JGA) is proud to assist with the launch of the Shelter Animal 2nd Chance program in conjunction with the Humane Society of Skagit Valley (HSSV). The Shelter Animal 2nd Chance program helps dogs and cats of the Humane Society of Skagit Valley who are in need of medical attention to be able to provide them with a second chance to become eligible for adoption.

“We are proud to partner with the Humane Society of Skagit Valley and Shelter Animal 2nd Chance to ensure each animal receives the necessary medical treatment to become adoptable,” said Jean Groesbeck, owner of Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC, an Anacortes-based real estate firm licensed under Coldwell Banker Bain. “We are a pet-friendly office and we know the joy a pet brings to our daily lives. We encourage those seeking to adopt a dog or cat to visit the Humane Society of Skagit Valley.”

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“We are grateful for our partnership with Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC and its sponsorship of our special needs pets to assist with their adoption,” said Janine Ceja, Director, Humane Society of Skagit Valley. “Nearly 2,500 animals come through our doors annually. As a nonprofit, we rely on donations to provide our animals with the treatment they need and are so appreciative of those who donate or volunteer their time with us.”

Currently JGA and HSSV are working to raise money for Ruby, an adult female Australian Shepherd dog that was brought into the shelter needing orthopedic surgery, which is currently seeking financial assistance for her operation and rehabilitation. To make a donation in support of the Shelter Animal 2nd Chance fund for Ruby please do so through the go fund me page.

You can also make an in person or mail donation to Skagit Humane : 18841 Kelleher Road Burlington, WA 98233. Please make sure to write in the memo Ruby so that your donation goes directly to her. You can also stop by our office: 809 7th St in Anacortes to drop off your donations.

On behalf of the Skagit Humane Society and Jean Groesbeck & Associates, we would like to thank you for taking the time to read about this important cause.

Moving with Pets

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We love our pets, but unfortunately relocating causes many furry friends to be separated from their families each year. Fortunately, there are simple steps we can take to ensure all members of our family can move with us!

• As soon as you determine when you will be moving, be sure your pets are fitted with collars and ID tags with your name and current cell phone number. You can also have your pet micro-chipped.
• Are you renting or buying in your new area? If you are renting, be sure to double check possible pet restrictions on any apartments or rental homes at which you are looking.

• Does your move require you to put your pet on a plane? If so, be sure to look into airline pet requirements. Copies of health certificates may be necessary, and you may be required to check in extra early for your flight. Also double check the requirements for the pet carrier to make sure yours meets the airline’s specifications.

• Have you traveled with your pets previously? Do you know if they are sensitive to motion sickness? If so, having them on a road for a long period of time or putting them on a plane may make them anxious and ill. Mild pet sedatives are available for travelling animals that will not knock them out, but will calm them down and make the trip easier on everyone.

• If your pet is on medication or has any sort of medical history, be sure to contact their vet a few months prior to the move. Tell them you will need your pet’s medical history records and see if they are familiar with the area to which you are moving. If they are, they may be able to refer you to a veterinarian close to your new home.

• If your pets are due for shots, get them caught up before you leave! It may take a while to find a vet in your new area so it will be best to make sure your pets are 100% healthy before you move them.

• Check on pet registration requirements in your new county or city limits and make sure you have available all paperwork that may be needed to get them registered.

• Last but not least, make sure your pets are comfortable for the journey! They will be just as anxious as you, and doing your best to help them feel comfortable will help their transition to go even smoother.

New to the Skagit County or Anacortes area? Check out out post Are You Smarter Than Your Dog? for great animal training information, and help your pet make new friends!

Make the Holidays Safe for Your Pets

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11th Annual Bark in the Park

Gather your fury four pawed family members and join us at the 11th Annual Bark in the Park Saturday June, 13 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Storvik Park here in Anacortes! We are excited to see all the fun and silly costumes for the doggy costume contest! There will be local vendors and various dog demonstrations at this event!

Admission is $5 per dog (donations) proceeds will help benefit our local dog park on H Ave here in Anacortes!

From June 13th- June 22nd the Anacortes Animal Control’s Semi-Annual Pet Supply Drive will be at the event accepting donations to help benefit Anacortes Animal Relief Fund (AARF), The Cat’s Meow, and Saving Pets One at a Time (SPOT)

Wish List for the Pet Supply Drive:

  • Dry dog or cat food (Kirkland brand preferred..but will accept any brand!)
  • Canned dog and cat food (Kirkland and Friskies preferred)
  • Dog and Cat treats
  • Beds, blankets, towels (gently used condition is okay!)
  • Cat litter and litter pans
  • Dog and Cat toys
  • Cleaning supplies: liquid laundry detergent, dish soap, Clorox cleaning wipes, baby wipes, 33 gallon black garbage bags, 13 gallon kitchen garbage bags, and paper towels.
  • Monetary Donations: checks made out to the specific organization or cash will be accepted at the Bark in the Park event

We hope to see everyone down at the Park!

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How To Keep Pet Food Fresh

Here at Jean Groesbeck and Associates, we all love animals and we would like to share a few tips on how to keep your furry family member’s food fresh!

To start, when purchasing pet food, it is important to look at the expiration date. Like shopping for our own food, we want to select the food that is the freshest to start, purchasing the food that has the furthest expiration date is typically the freshest. This is the same for your pet’s food! Keeping sunlight and moisture away from your pet’s food is the key! Using storage containers will assist with both keeping the food fresh and keeping the occasional unwanted house guests such as rodents and insects out of the food.

If you are storing dry food, it is best to take the food and place it a container with a lid (keeping the food in the bag for best results). The ideal temperature the container should be stored at is room temperature and shouldn’t be out in uncontrollable elements. When storing canned or wet pet food, it is best to store the food (once opened) in a container with a lid to seal in the freshness and stored in the refrigerator, up to 3 days.

By storing your pet’s food in a safe place, away from moisture and sunlight, you will ensure you are feeding your furry family member only the best! Creating your own pet food container could be for a fun project!  You can even customized it so that it blends in with your home decor!

For more pet friendly tips around your home CLICK HERE!

Moving with pets? HERE are some tips to make your pet comfortable when moving to a new home.

Call Jean Groesbeck at 360-941-3734 or emailus at Info@JeanGroesbeck.com if you have any questions on having a pet friendly home!

Weeds Got You Down?

If you are like us, here in Anacortes our flower beds have sprouted many weeds that take away from the beauty of our garden beds, driveways, and walkways! As a homeowner it is important to keep up with the task of refreshing the outside of your homes, there are many different techniques to getting rid of the eye sores of weeds and unwanted grass on your property.

We have a non-toxic solution that has helped maintain your lush gardens, driveways, and walkways from being consumed by weeds, especially dandelions. Weeding your garden is labor intensive and is counterproductive; when you weed it brings seeds to the surface and germinates new growth.

We have taken the time to creatively design our flower gardens and would like to enjoy them without the eye sore of the dreadful weeds. Taking the extra time in spray the weeds will not ensure that they will not come back, it only kills them. If you want to help prevent the weeds from coming back in your garden mulch or wood chips will reduce the new growth of pesky weeds.

All you need is a container with a spray nozzle and these 3 ingredients to make your own pet and child friendly weed killer!

Non-toxic Weed Killer Recipe

½ Gallon Apple Cider Vinegar

ÂĽ Cup Salt

½ Tsp Dawn Dish Soap

On a nice sunny day with no rain in the forecast for the next several hours, mix up these ingredients and spray each weed thoroughly. Make sure to completely cover the leaves and the central growing point of the weed. The dish soap will eliminate the protective oils on the weed and will allow the apple cider vinegar to work its magic!

Note: This non-toxic weed killer not only kills weeds, it will kill grass as well, it is best not to use this on weeds that are in your lawn.

For more helpful gardening tips, please feel free to Contact Us, call Jean Groesbeck 360-941-3734 or email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

Moving with Pets?

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Once you purchase your new home you will most likely be busy packing, changing utilities, maybe holding a garage sale…. and this often means less time with your pet.  Whether you are  buying a new home or selling your home, moving can add stress to your life and believe it or not, your pets will pick up on your stress level.

Here are some tips to make moving less stressful for “Fido” or “Garfield”:

1. Keep updated vaccinations/medical records with you in case of emergency.

2. Carry a copy of your veterinarian’s business card or phone number.

3. Check with your vet about things to be aware of at your new location.  In Anacortes we don’t have to worry about heartworm, but if you are moving to an area that has heartworm, you will want to consider starting preventative medication prior to going to your new location.

4. Make sure your pet’s collar has updated I.D. information.

5. Have a leash and harness easily accessible.  Keep your pet confined to just part of the house until they are used to your new location.

6. Consider giving your pet bottled water at the new location so that his/her system is not shocked.

7. Have an adequate supply of pet food in a watertight container.  Do not make any changes in your pet’s diet during this time!

8. If driving to to your new location, don’t leave your pet in the car during sunny weather.

9. Look for pet friendly hotels and call ahead to make reservations.

10. If you are traveling with a cat, bring a litter box and supply of litter.

11.  Have your pet’s bed and favorite toys available.

Remember, if you are anxious or stressed it goes down the leash to your pet. Try researching for local pet services as soon as you are settled in your new home. Most importantly,take time to play with your pet and it will relieve stress for both of you!

If you would like more tips on moving with pets or selling your home with pets, please contact us at (360) 941-3734 or send us an email Jean@JeanGroesbeck.com

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