10 Reactions to Your Dog’s Quirks

Whether you’ve had your dog for three weeks or three years, some of these reactions and statements will have you laughing and saying “Deb, that is so true”. Dogs are hysterical, adorable creatures, even when they’re being mildly irritating.


  • Your first day with your dog:

  • When you have had rough day and you come home to your dog’s unconditional love:


  • When your dog feels ill:


  • The entire potty training process:


  • When your dog gets mad about your steak dinner:


  • When your neighbors don’t like your dog:


  • When you buy your dog an expensive toy, and he chews The cord off of something:


  • That one rare day your dog doesn’t care that you’ve been gone for eight hours:


  • Even though you expect a new puppy to have an accident, you still react like this when he or she has an accident:


  • Talking to your dog like he understands, and feeling like this when he doesn’t:


Did I miss one? Share your thoughts in the comments section!



Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, Plainfield, and Shorewood, Illinois


(I’d like to thank reactiongifs.com for providing the wonderful reactions to the silly things dogs do!)


Adorable Animal Photos to Improve Work Performance

According to the Wall Street Journal, employees who peruse pictures of cute animals at work actually perform better at their tasks. The benefits of looking at these heart-melting photos outweigh the wasted time it takes to view them. The study shows that almost half of the tested groups performed better after viewing photos of cute animals.

 What’s even better is, The Huffington Post UK recently addressed the same article, while adding forty pictures of cute animals to help you focus on your tasks at hand. To celebrate the best slacking excuse ever, I’ll highlight a few of my favorites


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*All Photos Courtesy of The Huffington Post UK

Spaying and Neutering Your Pets

Every single day, I wish I could do something to aid the thousands of homeless animals that people leave unwanted and alone. New owners seldom adopt these poor, abandoned animals, which usually results in euthanasia. Puppies and kittens fall on hard times too, sometimes leaving them with nowhere to go.

I will never understand why people are unusually cruel to animals, and to be honest- I don’t think I want to know. I would rather spend my time in a world where people only love and care for animals to their fullest potential. In this imaginary world, everyone would do the right thing- and get their pet fixed (if necessary) at the appropriate time.

Many people refrain from the surgery for a myriad of reasons, the most common being the question of breeding. The truth is, you should make that decision before you get a pet. If you plan to breed your animal, then you must educate yourself on dealing with an animal that has its natural mating instincts. If you do not plan to breed, then you should commence with the operation as soon as your pet is ready.

People also avoid this surgery because it is exactly that- a surgery. This means an expensive operation, recovery time, and added care for your pet. It is sad, but some pet owners are in over their head and feel they cannot make time for such a process. To that, I offer a rebuttal: assisted care! Each state has several mandated programs and fundraisers for helping pets get the care they need. Your pet can always afford the care he or she needs to survive, I assure you.

I recently spoke with a friend who was having a bit of remorse about getting her dog neutered. She felt guilty, as if she was taking her Chihuahua’s decision to procreate away. Despite her own guilt and confusion, my friend did what was best for her animal- she got him the surgery. “I feel like a monster,” She said to me with tears in her eyes, “I can’t believe I did this to him, the way he’s looking at me right now- it’s like he’ll never forgive me“. It took me a moment, but I reassured her that he would live a much happier and healthier life. He will forget the whole thing in a weeks’ time- and he will not blame her in the end. She gathered her composure and put the e-collar back on with a sigh of relief.

He was not impressed.

Thoughtful and Caring Pet Sitter and Pet Nanny in Joliet IL

So, why did she put herself through the mental stress of watching her pooch suffer? She did it because of the outstanding benefits and health improvements. The ASPCA agrees as well, because on their website, they recently posted phenomenal reasons for getting your pet spayed or neutered.

  • Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.
  • Your spayed female won’t go into heat.
  • Your male dog won’t want to roam away from home.
  • Your neutered male will be much better behaved.
  • Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
  • Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community.
  • Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation.

Cats Living & Coexisting With Dogs

Millions of movies and television programs give us the impression that dogs and cats mutually dislike each other. How true is this perception? Is this a rivalry or simply nature?
The answers all depend on behavior of the animals. Dogs instinctively chase smaller species because they are a predatory species, but owners can train dogs to reside well with other animals. Cats naturally get defensive over everything, so an animal three times its size is sure to upset them.
If you have a feline-canine combo, it is possible to have a happy home in which they live in synergy. The key is the introduction; slowly warm the animals up to each other in comfortable environments.

Introduction Tips:

•    Choose an ideal location for the first meeting. It may be best to have them meet outside of the home, to avoid territorial behavior.
•    At first, you will want to keep the animals separated. Allow one to have his freedom to explore and smell the other animal, while the other is contained for safety.
•    Once they seem to get along a bit better, allow them both liberties with supervision until you trust them together.

Warning Signs:

•    If one has fixated their eyes on the other without budging, they may intend to pounce. In this situation it’s best to separate them and try later
•    If the dog lunges or makes a move, they will most likely never get along.
•    If the cat is hissing or growling at the dog, try again on another day. Cats are moody and it may not be anything against the dog. However, if the cat hisses at other dogs and hisses often, then it will not work out.
•    If either animal stops eating or using the bathroom in their normal habitats


BuzzFeed recently posted these photos, proving that with the right love

and introduction felines and canines can coexist in perfect harmony.

[Photos Courtesy of BuzzFeed- 20 Cats And Dogs Hugging It Out]

Deb Alling | Pet Nanny of Joliet, IL