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Celebrating And Appreciating Our Clients: Georgia’s Birthday Party

This month in honor of the 20th annual Professional Pet Sitters Week, we invested in our pet sitting education and business development by joining elite professional group Pet Sitters International. For the occasion, we also wanted to do something in honor of our clients…for without our awesome clients, we could not be Professional Pet Sitters and do the work we LOVE!


Little did we know this occasion would coincide with the 11th birthday of one of our best four-legged clients, Georgia. So this time last week, to celebrate and appreciate Georgia and her owners for being great and loyal clients of ours, we arranged a playdate/birthday party for Georgia in our backyard! She invited her sister Madison, her Mommies of course, Daniel, me, and her new friends Kourry, Ruca, Sango, and Matilda Squeeks, all of whom she just met that day at her party! Hahaha 😀


Here’s the wonderfully chaotic, happy hubbub of the doggies first meeting each other.  🙂



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They were very friendly with each other and all seemed happy to make each others’ acquaintance.


It was a gorgeous day for celebrating new friends, running amuck in the backyard, and enjoying the fresh air! The skies were clear as far as the eyes could see, and the sunshine soaked our skin like butter melting into bread!

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The dogs would take breaks between playing and wrestling with each other to come jump in our laps, give kisses, and wag (read: brag) about how much fun they were having with their new friends.



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As we humans enjoyed sitting in the sun on the patio, the pooches enjoyed lying with the cool grass under their bellies, either with the sun warming their backs or in the shade.


We had a really good time chatting it up, mostly about the dogs — their health, their behaviors, their individual personalities, how they like to play, how they get along, etc. — and we were thoroughly entertained watching the animals play and interact.


Madison was not nearly as interested in the other dogs as she was in our cat Matilda Squeeks, who attended the backyard birthday party from up in her tree. The two had a serious staring contest for quite a while!



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Although we had no doggy piñata, we definitely had doggy cake. Literally. Had it. Some of us tasted it to see if it was truly doggy cake. And doggy cake it definitely was. Personally, I was hoping it was good for dogs and their owners so that we could have some. But no. Trust me. It’s for dogs.


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professional pet sitters albuquerque


professional pet sitters albuquerque


It was some type of peanut butter cake, and the pooches LOVED it!!! They inhaled it in a matter of seconds! And they were all very well behaved while having their cake, I might add. Good job, doggies! And kudos to Three Dog Bakery here in Albuquerque for crafting an apparently delicious doggy birthday cake!

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Our birthday gift to birthday girl Georgia was a plush toy in the shape of a blue Peeps™ bunny and some yummy banana/yogurt dog biscuits. Happy 11th, Georgia! Thank you for letting us celebrate with you, and thank you to you and your brothers/sisters for allowing us to be your caregivers when your mommies are away! 🙂

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To our clients and non-clients, our friends, family, and online community, THANK YOU all for keeping up with us (psst…subscribe to our blog over to the right →) and thank you for helping us celebrate, foremost, our clients, as well as the 20th annual Professional Pet Sitters Week!


For more information and to set up a meet-n-greet, give us a call at (505) 410-7954 or drop us an email at


Have a WINNING week!


~ Duck & Turtle


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The Heartbreak Of Heartworm

Spring is officially upon us (hooray!), and with spring comes heartworm season. The weather is warming up, mosquitoes are multiplying, and the chances of your canine or feline (ferrets, too) contracting the disease become greater. So, it is time to be aware and to take the appropriate preventative steps to keep your beloved pet healthy and heartworm-free!


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Heartworm is a serious and deadly disease that is carried by mosquitoes. It is brought on by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and sometimes in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats, wolves, foxes, ferrets, and in rare cases, humans. Heartworms are one of many species of roundworms, and dogs and cats of any age or breed are susceptible to being infected by them.


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This is an issue that hits very close to home for us, as one of our dogs — Sango — came to us heartworm positive. Knowing the condition could be potentially fatal, we were very worried for Sango and his health. But we remained vigilant with him, took the proper steps to care for him, and through veterinary-prescribed treatment he eventually tested negative for heartworm! Yay Sango!! 🙂


Animals carrying adult worms are recognized as the reservoir of heartworm infection since the disease is spread by mosquitoes that become infected with microfilariae while taking a blood meal from an infected animal. The microfilariae then mature into the infective larval stage within the mosquito, and when the mosquito bites another susceptible animal, the larvae are deposited on the skin and actively migrate into their new host.


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Many pet owners make the mistake of thinking they can ignore the threat of heartworm because their geographical region does not see large populations of mosquitoes. But heartworm has been reported in all 50 states! Here is a helpful map, courtesy of the American Heartworm Society, that shows particularly endemic areas for heartworm infection based on the number of cases reported by clinics.


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Dogs can suffer severe heart and lung damage from heartworm disease. Cats typically have fewer worms that survive to adulthood. Therefore, cats exhibit minimal changes in the heart. A cat’s primary response to heartworm disease occurs in the lungs.


Be aware that in both dogs and cats, clinical signs of heartworm infection may not be recognized in the early stages. Recently infected dogs often exhibit no sign of the disease. Heavily infected dogs may eventually shows signs such as a mild, persistent cough, a reluctance to move or exercise, fatigue after moderate exercise, diminished appetite, and weight loss. Cats may show signs that are very non-specific or that mimic other feline diseases. Chronic clinical signs include vomiting, gagging, difficulty or rapid breathing, lethargy, and weight loss.


To detect heartworm infection in an apparently healthy animal, you will need to have your veterinarian perform a blood test. Be advised, however, that the test is not consistently positive until approximately seven months after infection has occurred.


Again with spring here, NOW is the time to talk to your veterinarian about how to best prevent your pets from contracting the disease. This is especially imperative for cats, as no effective treatment exists for heartworm disease in cats.


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Heartworm prevention is safe, easy, and inexpensive. Most heartworm prevention medications are administered by an easy once-per-month chewable tablet that is yummy for dogs and cats just like a treat! These medications interrupt heartworm development before adult worms reach the lungs and cause disease. They usually cost about $5 – $10 per month, depending on the size/weight of the animal. This method is extremely effective, and when administered properly and on a timely schedule, heartworm disease can be completely prevented! Just remember: It is your responsibility to faithfully maintain the prevention program you have selected in consultation with your veterinarian.


Thank you all for reading this very important post! And for much more in-depth information regarding heartworm disease and prevention please visit the American Heartworm Society at



And remember you can always reach us by phone at (505) 410-7954 or email at for ALL your pet sitting and house sitting needs!


~Duck & Turtle


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How Do I Love My Job, Let Me Count The Ways

I love my job as co-owner (and staff member) of our business Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care, and I felt the strong need to write this now to say just that!

Thank you, clients! For it’s because of you we get to love what we do!

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So again I say I LOVE MY JOB!

With this gem of a small business Daniel and I have started, many of my days look like this:

I’ll rise early — usually before dawn — either in a client’s home providing overnight care to their pets or in my own home and get ready to drive over to a client’s home. If I’ve stayed the night in a client’s home, I’ll wake up and greet all animals or start walking around, making the bed, turning on lights, and talking to gently wake them for breakfast. If I drive over, I’ll enter the house and immediately greet all bodies. Almost 100% of the time the animals are thrilled to see me and greet me with such excitement and enthusiasm — vocalizing, doing circles for me, nudging up against me, giving me a paw to shake, and even big smiles! Did I mention I love my job?

Then, I’ll get right to feeding the pets and give them fresh water while they have their breakfast. I’ll clean litter boxes if there are any and then get dogs geared up to go for a walk. I love my job because it’s these little activities that keep the animals from feeling abandoned or overly anxious, and they begin to form a bond with you. 🙂

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I love my job

because it keeps me up and moving! If you have dogs or have cared for dogs, you know that they need plenty of stimulation, human contact, and exercise. I am thoroughly enjoying playing with the pooches in our care and taking them out for their walks. These things are great fun on their own and have the added benefit of keeping me active and on my feet! I love my job because I get to enjoy Albuquerque’s beautiful days outside!

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I love my job because I’ve always been a city boy, and this business definitely has us out and about in our city. Not only are we driving around Albuquerque a great deal serving clients in many different areas, but we also go on many dog walks, which allow us to explore different areas of our city. I love my job because it allows me to get out and see, discover, and enjoy the little corners of my city that I would never get to experience merely driving around. I love my job because it allows me to take in Albuquerque’s mood, culture, and beauty in this very up-close-and-personal way.

Since starting our business, we have received congratulations and encouragement from some of the most unexpected places. Clients express to us genuine wishes for success and growth in our business. Clients’ neighbors tell us how great they think our services are and gladly mention possible dates during which they might use our services. Fellow small business owners happily promote our name to the community and helpfully link us up with resources and information for new business owners. Having people root for you who haven’t known you very long and have no prior investment in you is a great feeling and another major reason why

I love my job.

As I leave a client’s home on the last visit, I can see the value I’ve provided in the animals’ relaxed, content, and easy demeanor. In their eyes I can see the friendship we’ve formed.

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On our clients’ faces and in their displays of gratitude I see that the service and care we’ve provided to their home and pets is paramount to them and has allowed them to have peace of mind. At the end of the day, that is our goal here at Duck & Turtle!

Please say ‘Hi’ and leave your thoughts in the comments section, and remember you can reach us by email ( or by phone (505•410•7954) for more information.

Thank you for reading about why I love my job! 😀

~ Duck & Turtle

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Happy Professional Pet Sitters Week! ‘Duck & Turtle’ Joins Pet Sitters International

Each year Professional Pet Sitters Week is celebrated the first full week in March. The occasion serves to highlight the importance and benefits of in-home pet care as well as appreciate those professionals who take care of our feathered, furry, and scaled friends while their owners are away. This year Professional Pet Sitters Week will be celebrated March 2-8, 2014, and we here at Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care have just joined the ranks of Pet Sitters International (PSI) to mark the occasion!

Pet Sitters International is an elite group of pet-care professionals dedicated to excellence in pet sitting. As part of our PSI membership, we agree to abide by PSI’s Recommended Quality Standards for Excellence in Pet Sitting and PSI’s Member Code of Conduct and Ethics. This is in addition to the oath co-owner Daniel Keularts takes every year as a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of New Mexico.  Also through their PSI membership, co-owner Jarrett Nicholson has begun in-depth educational coursework tailored exclusively for pet sitters with the goal of soon earning his Professional Pet Sitter Certification.

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The American Pet Products Association estimates that 2012 spending on U.S. pets will reach $52.87 billion, an estimated $4.11 billion of which will have gone toward pet services such as pet sitting and dog walking. With figures like these, we know that folks expect top-notch professionalism and care for their pets while they are away. This is precisely why Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care has stepped up our business and professional development by joining Pet Sitters International.

And it’s not just about the dogs and the cats anymore! A 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey revealed that there are 16.2 million birds, 16 million small exotics, 13 million reptiles, and 151 million freshwater fish owned in the U.S.  With Keularts’s background in Veterinary Technology and the well-rounded pet care curriculum Nicholson is undergoing, both are thrilled to step up and be of service in these niches.

At Duck & Turtle we believe that pet sitting is the best choice for at-home pet care as it allows your pets to stay in their own familiar environment and stick close to their daily routine, which minimizes stress and anxiety.  Says Keularts, “A true professional pet sitter will not only be punctual, friendly, and attentive toward the animals’ needs but will also be vigilant and  observant — making sure instructions are carried out exactly as the owner has directed, making sure the home and property remain in good repair, and making sure the social and health needs of each animal are fully met. You can read more about the full duties of a professional pet sitter on our blog!”

As we celebrate Professional Pet Sitters Week, you may want to think of any trips or vacations you have coming up — spring break, graduations, weddings, family reunions, business trips — and contact Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care early on to ensure  your home and pets are left in the best possible care! You may reach us by phone at (505) 410-7954 or email us at!

Thank you for reading, and HAPPY PROFESSIONAL PET SITTERS WEEK!!! 😀

~Duck & Turtle

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House Sitting And Pet Sitting: The Not-So-Obvious

House sitting and pet sitting consist of much more than simply showing up and throwing down food. To do a professional house sitting or pet sitting job, one must be able to carry out instructions exactly; one must be punctual, friendly and attentive toward animals, and consistently observant and vigilant. (Having an education in Veterinary Technology and experience owning a home doesn’t hurt either 😉 ).

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Vigilance is always important and is especially crucial when it comes to house sitting and pet sitting for pets who take medications, dietary supplements, and/or fluids. When caring for a household with multiple pets and involving multiple medications and supplements, attention to detail is a MUST. A trustworthy and professional pet sitter will take due diligence to make sure all pills and vitamins are kept separated and portioned out correctly (as the owner has left them or exactly as the owner has instructed). He/she will administer the appropriate pills/vitamins to the appropriate animal in the appropriate dosage at the appropriate time of day without fail. If there is any confusion whatsoever, the professional pet sitter will contact the owner (or other appropriate contact as specified by the owner) to get clarification.


This is the kind of care you can depend on from Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care!

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…And because we have an in-house Registered Veterinary Technician, administering meds, supplements, and fluids to pets that need them is no problem!


House sitting and pet sitting means being observant — from the street curb, to the stoop, to the inside of the home, to the back yard. Doing a quality house sitting or pet sitting job means looking out for damage and mishap in and around the home. Of course, we always hope for the best, but should something adverse arise, your professional house sitter can help catch it before it becomes even more costly. For pets’ sake (pun intended 😉 ), pet sitting/house sitting also means looking out for blood, vomit, diarrhea, and other signs that the pets may be in distress.


Here at Duck & Turtle we believe that this awareness is a major part of what our clients pay for! We want to be those eyes and ears watching over your home and your pets when you cannot be! 🙂


House sitting and pet sitting consists of spending social time with the animals, giving them mental stimulation, helping them feel secure and safe, and being aware of their behaviors. Playing with them gives them the social contact they need as well as exercise. It also gives them stimulation, which eases their anxiety. The best is petting them, preferably while letting them lie on you or near you. This helps them feel safe, helps them bond with you, and helps them feel that their lives have not changed too much.


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Of course, being a professional means making sure each animal in your care is eating their fair share throughout the day. The same is just as important for drinking, so that the animals stay hydrated. Once we were caring for three cats who shared a water fountain and seemed to be fine with drinking from it, as we would have to refill it regularly. One day, however, I turned on the kitchen faucet to wash a fork and one of the cats rushed over and began to drink from it fervently. From the look of it, he may not have drunk from the cat water fountain all night! So I let the cool water run slightly until he was quenched, and I remembered to do this for him each time I visited, just in case he was refusing to drink from the shared cat fountain.


It’s these little, not-so-obvious things that a top-notch pet sitter will pick up on!


House sitting and pet sitting also consists of maintaining a level of activity at and in the home — alternating outdoor lights, alternating indoor lights, alternating blinds/curtains, vehicle activity in the driveway, having main door ajar with screen door shut to circulate air, etc. A quality and professional house sitting/pet sitting job also means ensuring mail and packages are safe by bringing them inside in a timely manner. It means maintaining cleanliness — sweeping and tidying up after oneself, taking out any trash generated, wiping down surfaces used, etc.


At Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care, we believe in leaving your home not just as we found it, but BETTER than we found it!


We LOVE providing above-and-beyond service to people and their pets!


It is why we got in this business…


To help people…


To help you


To help you seamlessly maintain care of your most precious and irreplaceable things — your home and your pets…


To help you have “one-ness” of mind and not worry a bit about home while you are away…


We’re here for you!


At Duck & Turtle, our goal is your COMPLETE peace of mind.

Thanks for reading!…Please share your thoughts in the comments 🙂

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~Duck & Turtle

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Duck & Turtle’s Care Menu


Day Visits (morning/evening)       $20 per visit (+ tax)

(includes feeding/water, medicating, walk, play/social time)


Overnight Care       $45 per night (+ tax)

(includes evening routine, overnight stay, morning routine, play/social time)


 Midday Visits (with Overnight Care OR Day Visits)       $10 per visit (+ tax)

(includes feeding snack, short walk or let-out, play/social time)


Home Sitting (e.g. plant/lawn care, no pet care)       $20 per visit (+ tax)


Mail retrieval, litter box cleaning, doggy waste pick-up, minimal plant watering, and key pick-up and drop-off are complimentary.

Households requiring care for more than 5 pets will incur additional charges.

Dates of service which fall on the following holidays will incur additional charges: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.


For more information or to reserve dates, please give us a call at (505) 410-7954 or email us at


Thank you! 🙂



Our Goal Is Your COMPLETE Peace of Mind.

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