Megan C.

Resident pets.

I currently don’t have any, though I look forward to getting a cat in the future. I did leave two cats with my parents: Misty and Smut. Misty is the oldest one; she’s timid and soft-hearted, preferring to stay out of trouble. She’ll often enter a room slowly and cautiously and tends to jump at the littlest noises. I’ve had her for her whole life, so I know this is just a nervous trait rather than anything traumatic happening. Smut’s definitely a leader, very much in charge and letting everyone, both Misty and her humans, know it. She hogs the food, so even though I’ve given my parents advice on how to fix it, she’s still become very fat and is quite happy with this. Misty was adopted from a factory cat who had kittens, while Smut was rescued from the side of a country road.

What can we learn from our animal friends?

Compassion, empathy, patience, how to take care of a life that isn’t our own.

What is the best part about being a pet sitter?

Getting to know the people who have these pets as their friends, and the animals as well! Plus, I love to take care of animals.

What is your ultimate goal in life?

To travel to at least one place outside of the USA.

April 11th Is National Pet Day!

 

National Pet Day is just around the corner. Our pets provide us with love, companionship, entertainment, and more. National Pet Day is the perfect opportunity to return the favor.

We’d love to hear how you pamper your pets and show them how much you appreciate them on their special day. Do you have a romp in the park planned – maybe even a picnic? Planning to whip up a batch of homemade dog treats or buy your puppy his own vanilla ice cream cone? Maybe you’ll buy a new scratching post for your cat or a fancy new collar for your pup! There are so many ways to give back to our pets, and we want to hear your picks.  

National Pet Day is the perfect time to remember all those pets in shelters across the country who desperately need new forever homes. Adopting a new pet is the perfect way to celebrate our special relationship with animals. When you adopt a pet from a no-kill shelter, you support humane practices and help save lives!

Of course, however you decide to celebrate with your pal, don’t forget to take lots of pictures to commemorate the fun. Whether you’re a client or a sitter with VIP Pet Services, you’re invited to post your photos here showing us the special ways you spoil your pet on National Pet Day. Be sure to tag VIP! We can’t wait to see the creative, sweet, funny, and awesome ways you honor your favorite furry (or feathered) friends.

April is Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

By: Cate Burnett

Ticks and Canine Lyme Disease – What To Watch For With Our Pets

According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, 5686 dogs out of 34,545 tested positive for tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis, in the state of Texas in 2015. As of this publication date in 2016, 754 dogs have already shown as positive. With warmer weather now upon us, the tick population in the southern US is expanding. This increases the chances of our canine companions contracting these deadly diseases.

Because April is Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month, we want to place the focus on this chronic and painful disease and discuss what we as pet parents can do to keep our dogs healthy and happy year round.

History of Lyme Disease and Geographical Regions

Veterinarians first diagnosed canine Lyme disease in Connecticut in 1975, although scientific evidence indicates that the ailment has existed in wildlife for a number of years. Recent DNA testing to preserved tissue from a mouse that died in 1894 shows that the mouse was infected with the disease.

Dogs throughout the US can by affected by Lyme disease; however, it is only prevalent in wooded and rural areas where there is a high concentration of ticks. Eighty-five percent of all cases occur in the eastern coastal states from Maine to Virginia. The Northern Plains states and the Mid-West (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan) account for the second highest incidence level of reported disease. The West Coast and the Southeastern states from Texas to Georgia and the Floridian peninsula rank next.

The reported increase of Lyme disease in the 20th Century is thought to be due to certain environmental factors. Prior to 1900, areas of this country were heavily settled and deforested, reducing native deer populations and the deer ticks that carry Lyme disease. Now that many of those same areas are being re-planted and restored, the numbers of deer are increasing. This coupled with increased awareness and testing capabilities has led to the greatly increased reporting of the disease.

Transmission of Lyme Disease and Life Cycle of the Tick

Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of bacteria call a ‘spirochete’ for its spiral shape. The primary carriers of this bacterium are the Eastern black-legged tick (also called the deer tick) and the Western black-legged tick. Extremely small, ranging in size from a grain of sand to a sesame seed, black-legged ticks live in shady, moist ground and can be found clinging to tall grasses, brush, shrubs, and low-hanging tree branches. They can also be found in gardens and lawns at the edges of wooded areas where deer and mice, the ticks’ preferred hosts, flourish.

Just about this time of year in the spring, tick larvae begin to emerge from eggs that were laid in the fall. The larvae feeds on small woodland mammals like mice and, if the mouse is infected, the larva enters the tick’s body through its saliva. This infected larva grows until the following spring where it molts into an adult tick. The infected adult tick then feeds on a larger mammal – namely your dog or you – and passes the B. burgdorferi into the bloodstream.

For the tick to transmit the bacteria, it must be attached to its victim for about 48 hours. If the tick dies or is removed before that time, transmission of the bacteria does not occur. Even if the tick is attached for more than 48 hours, your dog may not contract the disease.

Infected dogs pose no risk of transmitting the Lyme disease to other canine or human members of the household. After a full meal (the allotted 48 hours), ticks detach and don’t feed again for several days. There is a risk from ticks that have not eaten fully and become detached in that they might seek out another mammal to feed and pass on the infection.

Symptoms of Canine Lyme Disease

The clinical signs of Lyme disease typically occur 2 to 5 months after a bite from an infected tick. Unlike humans, dogs do not develop the rash or circular red area commonly seen around the tick bite.

Your infected dog may present with…

•Lameness

•A high, persistent fever of between 103 and 105ºF

•Swollen lymph nodes

•Joint swelling and inflammation

•Lethargy

•Loss of appetite

•Stiff walk with an arched back

•Touch sensitivity

•Breathing difficulties

Additionally, some dogs develop chronic, progressive kidney disease as a result of the Lyme disease. Because this consequence is extremely difficult to treat, most veterinarians will recommend running additional blood work on your affected dog to check for continuing renal function. Chronic cardiac problems and nervous disorders have also been seen in some pets diagnosed with Lyme disease.

The clinical signs of Lyme disease may be ongoing and chronic. Some dogs can be perfectly fine one day and showing symptoms the next. A proper diagnosis and long-term veterinary treatment are typically necessary to clear your dog of the organism and prevent a relapse.

All breeds of dogs are equally susceptible to Lyme disease, though dogs used for hunting or other outdoor sporting activities are at higher risk for exposure to ticks.

Diagnosis

Lyme disease is usually diagnosed based on a medical history that includes the possibility of tick exposure, suspicious clinical signs, and results of diagnostic testing.

Several laboratory tests can identify the B. burgdorferi organism in blood or tissues. Additionally, a quantitative antibody test (QC6) can measure the level of antibodies in the bloodstream of your affected dog to determine whether treatment is recommended.

More commonly, veterinarians use an in-clinic SNAP test to check for all tick-borne diseases including Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. Similar to the common heartworm test, this SNAP test is very accurate, uses only a tiny amount of blood and only takes a few minutes to show results.

Your veterinarian may recommend additional diagnostic tests if your dog shows signs that other organs may be affected by the bacteria causing the Lyme disease.

Treatment and Prognosis

Treatment of Lyme disease generally consists of administration of antibiotics and (if necessary) other medications to temporarily help control joint pain and other clinical signs. Doxycycline is the most common antibiotic that is prescribed for Lyme disease, but others are also available and effective.

Your dog will probably be treated as an outpatient unless other ailments relative to the Lyme disease (severe kidney and/or cardiac involvement) are detected.

Some dogs show dramatic improvement after only a few days of receiving antibiotics, but most veterinarians now recommend a 28- to 30-day course of treatment. Unfortunately, the antibiotic treatment does not always completely eliminate infection with B. burgdorferi bacteria. Relapses are not uncommon, so pet parents are advised to monitor their dogs carefully for signs of illness.

Protection from Lyme Disease

The best protection against Lyme disease is prevention. Prevention means:

•Give your pet a flea and tick preventative that can help ensure an infected tick that attaches itself dies before reaching the 48-hour mark, that time period necessary to transmit the disease. Be sure to discuss preventatives with your vet so they can recommend one that is suitable according to your dog’s risk.

•Keep your pets away from tall grass and wooded areas to decrease their exposure to ticks, thus decreasing the odds of getting bit.

•Vaccinations have been developed that help protect against Lyme disease. This is something you should discuss with your veterinarian to decide whether this method of prevention is right for you.

Please Note: If you suspect the tick found on your dog is a black-legged tick, save the tick in a sealed container of alcohol and take it, and your pet, directly to your veterinarian for diagnostic testing.

A quick diagnosis and early treatment can save your pet from a painful, and sometimes deadly, disease.

 

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Cate Burnette is a semi-retired registered veterinary technician with clinical experience in small and large animal medicine. With 30-plus years of journalism experience, she went back to school Cateafter 9/11 to work with her first love: animals. The pet parent of four cats, three dogs and one ex-racehorse, Cate is a certified rescue volunteer with the American Humane Association’s Red Star Emergency Services and served with the group in New Orleans doing animal search and rescue after Hurricane Katrina. She is also a horse safety and horse management expert, and has volunteered with US Pony Clubs as a district commissioner and horse management judge.

5 Great Places to Buy Wedding Outfits for Dogs

Pup fashionistas unite! Now that you’ve made the decision to include your dog in your wedding, the next question is what is he or she going to wear?? Regardless of your pet’s role in your wedding, you will likely go beyond just the groomer donned bows and choose the perfect wedding outfit or bejeweled collar for your pet’s special appearance on your big day. At her Texas wedding to Blake Shelton, three of Miranda Lambert’s dogs, Cher, Delta and Delilah, walked down the aisle with one the bridesmaids. The dogs sported bandanas, flowers, rhinestone collars and leashes. From bowties to pearls, take a peek at these 5 great places to buy wedding outfits for dogs.

1. Always a fun place to shop for unique, creative items, you’ll find some handmade gems (pun intended) at Wedding Party Pets on Etsy.

2. Shopping for that adorable wedding outfit could not be easier and more fun these days. T-shirts with cute sayings abound at Zazzle Dog Wedding Gear …great selection!

3.  Doggie Clothesline Formal Wear is the place to go for the perfect wedding bowtie or hair bow for your pup. They even have dresses and tuxedos available for the true fashionista.

4. Poochie Heaven Dog Tuxedos and Dresses take wedding outfits for pets to a completely new level. True formal wear is available including traditional ties, shirt collar ties (yep, secures to their collar) and outfits to suit holiday-themed weddings – if you’re getting married over July 4th and need stars and stripes ideas, this is the place for you.

5. If bling is your thing then you can’t go wrong with Big Wag Wedding Dog CollarsFrom diamonds to pearls, you’ll find it at Big Wag.

But should it be a destination wedding you are preparing for, your best option may be to leave your pet at home. Oftentimes destination weddings involve crossing borders and that, in and of itself, can present a barrage of issues for you and your pup. If you are finding yourself torn between leaving your pet at home or taking him with you, let us help you make that decision the easiest one you will make throughout the entire wedding planning process! VIP Pet Services offers pet sitting that is second to none. Our vetted sitters will care for your pet as if their own and your mind can be set at ease.

And speaking of being at ease, you can also calendar us in to be there for your pet when you are away on your honeymoon. Your pet’s comfort and well-being is our number one priority while you are away. After all, the last thing you need to worry about while frolicking in the waves and basking in the sun on your honeymoon is whether or not your furry family member is being taken care of.

Pets in weddings. It’s the new norm. As Carrie Underwood put it: “[My dog] will be one of the ring bearers – he’s like my kid…[he] is such a big part of my life.” Involving your 4 legged family member in your wedding these days is nothing short of apropos…a modern day “furry tail” dream come true.

How to Include Your Dog in Your Wedding

Wedding. Friends. Family. And…pets? That’s right. It’s not just for the rich and famous any more. But thanks to some of today’s film and music celebrities, incorporating our 4-legged family into weddings has become the thing to do! In fact, it is not unusual to see newlyweds’ loving pups mingling amongst guests during cocktail hour and posing for pics before, during and after the big “I do’s”. Adam Sandler’s dog Meatball stayed throughout the entire reception and was just considered one of the guests! Let us show you exactly how to include your dog in your wedding.

From ring bearer to escorting the bride down the aisle, the furry family members (we are talking the 4 legged ones here) can be counted on to play any number of roles. Here are some ideas to get you started on ways your pet can take part in your big day. It is important to take a few things into consideration when planning the perfect dog-involved wedding. While having your pup walk down the aisle does sound adorable and is sure to get its fair share of “oohs” and “ahhs,” you need to be mindful of a few things when deciding what role your pet will play. Here are 10 tips to consider and keep in mind while planning your big day.

Once you have decided on the exact role(s) your pet will play in the wedding, it is time to think about who you will put in charge of caring for him/her on the day you say “I do.” Choosing someone to get your pup fed, walked, watered, transported and yes, dressed, is no small decision. That’s where we come in. Let VIP Pet Services take the reins (aka leash) so you don’t have to worry about your 4-legged baby between hair, makeup and champagne toasts. We offer Pet Taxi services to transport your pet to and from the wedding venue. We also offer Pet Sitting services to take special care of your pet leading up to the ceremony. This would include walking, watering, feeding and dressing your animal in any special outfit you may have chosen. We will even collect your pet after the ceremony if necessary so you can enjoy your reception without the worry of your little buddy running around and getting danced upon!

Tis’ the season for weddings and VIP Pet Services is ready to celebrate with you. Contact us today for all of your wedding needs!

Having a Dog-Friendly Memorial Day Weekend in Dallas and Austin

 

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner! Have you made your plans yet? Whether you are looking for a family friendly event or something you can enjoy with your four-legged buddy, the options are many, so read on and start marking your calendar!

It is a beautiful time of year to be outside. So why not make a weekend of it and go camping with your dog? There are oodles of pet friendly campgrounds to choose from all over the beautiful state of Texas. Click here to see a map and comprehensive list of campgrounds and amenities offered.

Now, if your desire is to stick closer to home this Memorial Day weekend, have no fear! You will find there is hardly a lack of activities to choose from. Consider a BBQ from the comfort of your own backyard and invite your family, friends, neighbors and of course – your dog! Or, if you are looking to get out and about, check out our list of links that, with the click of your mouse, will lead you directly to information about events and festivals in the Dallas and Austin areas.

Dallas

  • Roll up a blanket, pack a lunch, grab a frisbee and head on down to one of the many dog friendly Downtown Parks and Plazas.
  • Sure to be a hit this Memorial Day weekend are the dog friendly hiking trails. Just remember to take a lot of water for yourself, and your pup!
  • And as for getting around…why not take the family on a trolley ride?! It is FREE and completely pet friendly!
  • For a general list of pet friendly activities and events in Dallas, CLICK HERE.

Austin

  • A peninsula surrounded by water on three sides, Red Bud Isle provides a great place for pooches to socialize, swim, frolic and wear themselves down. Parking is at a premium, so bring your smaller vehicle.
  • Lady Bird Lake (a.k.a. Town Lake) is very pet friendly and people friendly too. The downtown area is so beautiful and hike & bike trails go for miles. Fido will love to run along Town Lake and chase the small paddle boats that float by.
  • If you want to beat the heat choose any one of these Austin watering holes. There are a few that may be a tiny bit of a drive, so it may be nice to take the fixins for a BBQ and even consider camping out for the night.
  • For a general list of pet friendly activities and events in Austin, CLICK HERE.

TIPS

  • Be mindful that some Memorial Day events may end with a fireworks display. While we humans enjoy the crackling pops and bright and vibrant colors, our four legged friends may not share the sentiment.
  • Also, the weather will likely be quite warm this Memorial Day weekend so remember to take along plenty of water for you and your pet. Stay hydrated!
  • And last, but certainly of significant importance, whatever activity you do decide upon, be sure to double check the event website to confirm that activity is, indeed, pet-friendly.

For more tips and information on caring for your pet this Memorial Day weekend, click here to contact us.

However you decide to honor those who have lost their lives for our great freedoms on this Memorial Day, 2016, be safe and enjoy!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Your Dog in Dallas and Austin!

It is finally upon us. You’ve dreamt of it for months. Time to lick the salt off the side of your margarita glass and CHEERS. Cinco de Mayo, the long standing excuse for Americans to whoop it up, all while donning authentic sombreros and shaking their rumbas. But for some of us, the mere mention of Cinco de Mayo brings on visions of sunshine, patios, and our pups on a leash.

How lucky our little canine buddies are that we live in the day and age of pet—friendly EVERYTHING! Dallas and Austin have more than just a handful of restaurant and bar patios that quite literally cater to our furry friends. So this Cinco de Mayo, don’t leave your 4 legged buddy at home. Leash him up, throw on your walkin’ shoes and head on down to one of these reputable and inviting “places with a patio” to soak up the sun and sip on sangria.  We’ll also be celebrating the 14th anniversary of VIP Pets on this special day!

DALLAS

Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar
1520 Main St
Dallas, TX, US 75201
(214) 749-4766

If you want to take the holiday-appropriate route, visit Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, where the drinks are served refreshingly cold and patrons with dogs can dine on the lower patio.

Chuy’s
4544 Mckinney Ave
Dallas, TX, US 75205
214-559-2489

Indulge in some delectable Tex-Mex and if you go during happy hour, you can take advantage of the FREE nacho bar! With 2 patios, there is plenty of room for you and your dog!

Bolsa
614 W Davis St
Dallas, TX, US 75208
214-943-1883

If organic and local fare is what you desire, check out this New American-style restaurant which offers dog-friendly outdoor seating.

Gloria’s
3715 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX, US
(214) 874-0088

You can’t beat FREE warm black bean dip! Not only that, upon arrival your pooch will be treated to a cool dish of water. This Tex-Mex option is second to none and receives rave reviews.

Cafe Madrid
4501 Travis St
Dallas, TX, US
(214) 528-1731

If it’s authentic Spanish tapas and sangria you are in the mood for, you have got to do yourself a favor and head over to Café Madrid. They encourage pets to join their owners on the sunny (weather permitting) patio.

The Pooch Patio
3811 Fairmount Street
Dallas, TX 75219
214-252-1550

If you’re looking for an alternative to margaritas and Mexican food, be sure you and your dog stop by this java haus and beer wine bistro. As the name implies, they love dogs!

AUSTIN

Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
303 Red River St
Austin, TX, US 78701
(512) 236-9599

Dogs are ALWAYS welcome at the Moonshine. Head on over to satiate your palette trying cutting-edge twists on Southern classics in an ambiance relatable to your own backyard patio. Added bonus: they feature a renowned Sunday buffet!

Doc’s Motorworks
1123 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX, US 78745
(512) 448-9181

If it’s a big juicy burger you are searching for to satisfy your hunger, enjoy one on the dog-friendly patio beneath an array of colorful umbrellas.

Ski Shores Waterfront Cafe
2905 Pearce Rd
Austin, TX, US 78730
512-394-7511

For scenic and painting-worthy views of Lake Austin, you must visit Ski Shores Waterfront Café. Serving wings, tacos, chicken tenders, and burgers, dogs are welcome on the patio. Best of luck keeping your little buddy from taking a dip in the inviting water!

Freddie’s Place
1703 S 1st St
Austin, TX, US 78704
(512) 445-9197

Once you hear the items on this menu, you will find your mouth oddly salivating at the mere thought of Freddie’s Place. Located in South Central Austin, Freddie’s serves American Comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy Freddie’s S#!t on a Shingle for Breakfast, a Triple Decker DE-luxe Grilled Cheese for lunch, or devour the Fredelvis (burger with meat, peanut butter, bacon, and bananas) for dinner. Your pooch is welcome to join you at the outdoor seating.

Guero’s Taco Bar
1412 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX, US 78704
(512) 447-7688

Pets are welcome to accompany you to Guero’s where the salsa is always flowing and the Tex-Mex food is second to none. This is one of the livelier spots around, so pop in and join the fun next time you are strolling by.

If you are in Dallas, be sure to check out the historic Big Parade & Festival Dallas Cinco de Mayo en la calle Jefferson, May 7, 2016 from 10am to 4pm.  This is expected to be the largest celebration in Dallas showcasing a parade, festival, main stage, tailgating, car show & more.  Learn more at http://www.dallascincodemayo.net.

And if you’re in Austin, make your way over to the Cinco de Mayo Austin Fiesta May 7-8, 2016 at the Fiesta Garden Park.  This fun event includes music from the best artists in Texas and a Polka Dance Contest.  Learn more at http://www.cincodemayoaustin.com.

Want to leave your dog at home on Cinco de Mayo? No problem!  A VIP Pet Sitter is the solution! Contact us today.

7 Tips When Choosing a Dog Walking Service

Dogs are just pets to some, but for the dog owner Fido is a significant part of the family and deserves the kind of treatment you would give to any family member. You know it is important for your dog to get the exercise they need and in your absence a reliable dog walking service is worth their weight in gold. Choosing the right service is essential for your dog and your peace of mind just as you would choose a babysitter for your child. Let’s look at 7 tips when choosing a dog walking service.

1. The best way to find a dog walking service is by word of mouth. Ask family, friends and co-workers for recommendations. They may work with a dog walking service or know someone who does and they will be happy to pass along a good reference or tell you who to stay away from. If you bring your dog to a grooming professional or veterinarian they will also most likely have a good suggestion.

2. It is important to check a dog walking service’s references. Even if family, friends and co-workers highly recommend the service, it is always a good idea to check with a third-party. At VIP Pet Services we are always happy to provide multiple references, so please ask!

3. Make sure the dog walking service is properly insured and bonded. This is to protect all involved. It is critical the individual dog walkers have undergone a criminal background check, which all VIP pet sitters/walkers are required to have prior to employment.

4. Ask about the dog walker’s dog training and background. It is important the dog walker has some training with dogs. Walking a dog is more than holding the leash and leading them around the neighborhood. If the service has multiple dog walkers, it is important to know if the same person will be walking your dog. Always inquire if the walking service has a backup plan in place in the event your dog walker cannot walk your dog on a particular day.

5. It is essential to know where the dog will be walking. If the dog is skittish around children or aggressive, the park will not be the best option. If the dog is known to play well with others, a dog park will be the ideal choice. It is important for you to communicate your dog’s likes and dislikes to the walking service.

6. Another essential thing to know is if your dog will be walking with a pack of dogs or will your dog make the trip solo. If your dog will walk with others, how does the walking service decide which dogs walk together? Does the walking service check the health and immunization records of all dogs they walk? Dogs are social animals and not all dogs like each other and get along. To avoid pack walking conflicts and possible health issues VIP Pet Services only walks dogs individually.

7. Emergencies arise from time to time, even with dogs. Ask the dog walking service if they are trained in doggie first aid. If anything of a serious nature were to happen to your dog, first aid or CPR might save your pet’s life. However, pet first aid is never a substitute for veterinary care.

For more information about our dog walking services and how VIP stacks up against the competition, please contact us. Thank you!

Saint Bernards to the Rescue at SXSW

The past two weeks in Austin have been all about South by Southwest, but this year’s festivities were a little different thanks to some new volunteers. As the annual event comes to a close, we had to share one of the most unique stories we heard. If you’ve ever attended the conference, you know how tough it is to keep your phone charged. Enter Mophie and their posse of Saint Bernards to the rescue at SXSW.

St. Bernards, the big lovable dogs, are best known (after Beethoven) as search and rescue dogs in the Swiss Alps, climbing through avalanched snow with a cask of brandy around their necks to warm up survivors. This past week the Alps were replaced by the streets of Austin and the brandy by phone chargers. The canine employees were provided by the St. Bernard Rescue Foundation. You can watch the USA Today video here.

The phone battery life boosting company Mophie has made it its business for the past few years to rescue SXSW attendees with a fresh charge. Inspired by the overwhelming gratitude of their clients, this year they took the essential nature of their job to heart, with a tongue-in-cheek twist. A dying phone at SXSW may not actually be a life or death situation, but it can certainly feel like it.

All you had to do was tweet a screenshot of your low battery to @mophie and maybe, just maybe, one of their beautiful, battery-pack toting St. Bernards would come lumbering toward you (accompanied by a handler, of course) with your lifeline! And you could even track their progress from the Mophie Rescue Lodge to you in real time.

For us, the rescuing of dogs (and cats) is of vital importance and not just as a cute marketing ploy at SXSW. But we appreciate the partnership and exposure Mophie gave to St. Bernards and their foundation. VIP supports several rescue organizations in Austin, including Austin Pets Alive.  Contact us to get your pup out strutting his stuff on the streets of Austin just like these battery-bearing heroes!

Who Needs Uber? Use a VIP Pet Taxi at South by Southwest

Yep! It’s that time of year, again: SXSW is coming up soon and whether you’re enjoying the festivities or escaping them, it’s time to make arrangements for your pets to move around Austin in style. Your pets need consistency to be comfortable and that’s one thing in short supply during Austin’s big entertainment blowout. Who needs Uber? Use a VIP Pet Taxi at South by Southwest.

Try to maintain your pet’s routine as much as possible during all the chaos. You may be rocking out at Stubb’s, but your pet is more interested in making it to the groomer, being fed and walked on time. He doesn’t want to hear about that great new band and how they played an extra set – not when it means his supper was late!

If it’s time for a grooming or vet visit, don’t make your pet wait because the traffic is just too crazy. Schedule a VIP pet taxi and we’ll wade through the traffic for you. We can even pick up and deliver your furry friend’s favorite food! We can also take your pal to pet camp if you’re not going to be home much, so she doesn’t miss out on walks and playtime.

Maybe you just want to dodge the chaos altogether but can’t take your pets with you; call us and you’ll be trusting your four-legged pals to the best pet sitters in Austin for South by Southwest. We’ll make sure that things stay as normal as possible for your dog or cat: meals and walks in the right places at the right times; snacks, cuddles and lots of love. You and your pet will both rest easier when things are running smoothly at home while you escape the madness.

Contact us for rave reviews from satisfied customers and then trust your pets to our caring professionals during South by Southwest!