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Hi my name is Cindy and I'm the owner operator of Vero Beach Pet Sitters!  I occasionally post topics of interest for pets and their owners in Vero Beach Florida.

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Saturday, February 02 2019

This is why you don't hire pet sitters from an app! Yikes! 

From Fortune dot com: 

A popular app that connects dog owners and dog walkers accidentally revealed the lock box codes of at least 50 users, and the home addresses of at least 100.

The information was posted on the website of Wag, an app that connects dog owners with walkers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Journal said its reporters had viewed the records of more than 100 customers, including 50 lockbox codes, but that new records had appeared at least every day, meaning the total number could potentially be much larger.

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Saturday, January 05 2019
There's an abundance of pet-friendly spots in Indian River County!

Including restaurants! 

Sebastian Bark Park

Dogs and their owners find much to celebrate in this facility at 245 Keen Terrace, including watering, sally-port entries and a small and large dog section. Sebastian’s Bark Park boasts shady, covered picnic areas, drinking fountains, handicap parking and a scenic walking trail around the lake.

Parking is free and open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Randall A. Miller has been bringing his dog, Ruby, to the Sebastian Bark Park for years.

“I love gathering with friends and letting our dogs play here. It’s a well-maintained park,” he said.

Vero Beach Dog Park

Hugging the lush shores of the intracoastal waterway, this green space is run by community volunteers with maintenance costs at about $50,000 annually, all with private sector dollars. The park includes separate small and large dog areas, doggie drinking fountains, a shaded seating area and lots of space.

“I oversee the Vero Beach Dog Park newsletter, which has 500 subscribers," Chandler said. "Recently, we had a fundraising event there, Bark & Brew, which brought over 2,000 people and over 800 dogs."

"We also have fundraisers at our monthly Sales for Tails events and at a springtime soiree at Costa D’Este," he added. "I’ve met people who actually choose to winter here because of the dog park. It’s a tremendous asset to our community.”

Local resident Gus Curren walks his dog, Lucy, a hound mix, to the Vero Beach Dog Park daily.

“It’s the most beautiful, clean, safe place," he said. "At times, there are over 50 dogs at the park, and they all play happily together. The vibe there is very friendly.”

Other dog parks

Along with the Vero Beach and the Sebastian dog parks, there are two other dog parks in the county.

A 2-acre park affiliated with the Humane Society, 6230 77th St. Vero Beach, costs $50 annually to be a member, and the 4-acre Dogs For Life Park, 1230 16th Ave., Vero Beach, is devoted to improving the quality of life for people and dogs through training assistance dogs and pet therapy dogs.

Osceola Bistro

Osceola Bistro owner Christopher Bireley said he pays a permit each year to the city to be pet-friendly.

"It allows us a section on the restaurant patio, about four or five tables, where we welcome pet owners and their dogs," he said. "We’ve even had a cat or two the past few years. We do keep a few doggy treats on hand. Being pet-friendly helps the economy of our area.”

Patio Seafood Tavern

Since people often vacation with their pets, Bill Brown, owner of Patio Seafood Tavern, has an area designated at the restaurant's outside patio for diners and their dogs.

“I think it’s great when customers bring their dogs to the outside patio," he said. "If you’re on vacation with your dog, we’re a good place to dine."

The restaurant is about to become more friendly toward furry friends with a dog menu.

"It’s going to be a fantastic menu," he said. "We’re talking ground sirloin, some type of rib eye bone, grilled chicken. It will be fun.”

Grind & Grape

Grind & Grape’s co-owner Ashlee Wykoff notes, “People love bringing their pets to enjoy the live jazz or blues music at night on our patio. It’s good for Vero especially beachside because people walk their dogs around the Farmers Market on the weekend, and then come by our patio for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.”

Capt Hiram's Hotel

Restaurants aren’t the only businesses to accommodate pet owners. In Sebastian, Capt Hiram’s Hotel offers lodging for travelers and their dogs.

Hotel manager Karen Lufkin said the business takes one or two dogs per owner up to 60 pounds.

"We greet them at the desk and give them a little goodie bag," she said. "So even though the city won’t allow dogs in Capt Hiram's restaurant, we’ve been a pet friendly hotel for about four years now.”

More pet-friendly restaurants

In addition to these pet-friendly locations, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce also recommends the following restaurants: Riverside Cafe; Mulligan's Beach House; Sammy’s Mediterranean Restaurant; Waldo's; Casey's Place; Bamboo Patio at Costa d'Este; Chive Patio; The Barefoot Café; the patio at The Kilted Mermaid; Bungalow Bar; Sunset Café on U.S. 1; and Village Sandwich Shop in Sebastian.

About the top five spots

Sebastian Bark Park: 245 Keen Terrace, Sebastian; 772-228-7054
Vero Beach Dog Park: 3449 Indian River East, Vero Beach; 772-234-2824
Osceola Bistro: 2045 13th Ave., Vero Beach; 772-569-1299
Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County: 6230 77th St., Vero Beach; 772-388-3331
Riverside Cafe: 3341 Bridge Plaza Drive, Vero Beach;(772-234-5550

Read More at TC Palm

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Wednesday, January 02 2019
New dog behavior program to be demonstrated at Sixth Annual Bark in the Park Event 1-12-19

Bark in the Park

What: Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County annual Bark in the Park

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12

Where: Riverside Park at 3200 Riverside Drive in Vero Beach

Cost: Free admission and parking

Information: or contact Maria Springer at for vendor information. 

A new dog behavior program called Play Dogs Play offered at the Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County will be showcased this year when the shelter sponsors its seventh annual Bark in the Park.

This fun-filled, free day for dogs and their owners is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Riverside Park in Vero Beach. 

Demonstrations of the Play Dogs Play program will be 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Development director Sara Smith said the Play Dogs Play program teaches dogs’ social skills, evaluates and reduces challenging behaviors and helps shelter dogs get adopted more quickly.

Program demonstrations will feature shelter dogs led by trained shelter volunteers, under the direction of Marcel Goncalves, pet behavior and enrichment manager.

“Most of the dogs we have at the shelter don’t come with any history,” Smith said. “Marcel has developed a whole behavior program that allows us to see how well the dogs interact with one another and what type of personality they have. We feel it makes our dogs more adoptable.”

Bark in the Park is one of three large fundraising events sponsored by the shelter each year and raises about $30,000 for shelter operations. All of the funds raised help the shelter care for the 7,000 homeless pets in Indian River County. Dogs available for adoption at the shelter will also participate in a meet and greet with prospective owners and go home the same day.

Dogs, their leash-holders and family members share the fun in the park, visiting with vendors and playing with other canine companions.

This year, there is an expanded “kid’s zone” with craft activities for children.

Other activities at Bark in the Park include a dog lure course; a demonstration by the world-famous Disc-Connected K-9 Frisbee team at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.; performances by Ultimate Air Dock Jumping Dogs at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.; and a demonstration from the Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers at 2 p.m.

Vendors will offer a variety of dog supplies as well as pet-themed shirts, gifts, jewelry and more. There also will be refreshments.

Local community organizations will distribute information about their services throughout the area. Donations of dog food will be accepted by the Love for Paws Sanctuary—a local pet food bank.

Read More at TCPalm

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Tuesday, December 25 2018

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Monday, November 05 2018

Dog Gets SO Excited To Go Hiking In Her Wheelchair | The look on this dog's face when she gets to go hiking just like any other dog. You can keep up with Noodle and all of his adventures on Instagram, noodsterscootster:

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Monday, November 05 2018

Whistle the Pet Tracker 


Protect your pet with Whistle tracking. Don't let your pet become a statistic.

Whistle 3 uses smart technology to track your pet’s location and activity. You’ll know more about your pet—and more about what they need—for a longer, happier life together.

Simply attach to your pet’s collar — you’ll be able to locate them in minutes and track their daily activity on your phone.

  • Track your pet nationwide on the AT&T cellular network
  • Location alerts by email, app and text
  • Activity & rest monitoring
  • Shock resistant & waterproof (IPX7)
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Sunday, November 04 2018
Protect your pet with the City of Vero Beach Police's pet tag registration program

From Treasure Coast dot com:

They find many dogs  on the streets of the city every week without a collar or any identifying tags.  VBPD Animal Control Unit is initiating this program in an effort to reunite  local pet owners with  their furry friends.


Go by the police department Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm, or request the Animal Control officer to respond to your residence for pet registration. You will be asked to fill out a short easy form with all your pertinent information. They will issue your pet a tag! Any pet can be registered – dogs, cats, ferrets, you name it!

Should your pet ever get lost, they will be matched up to you when located by calling the Humane Society and providing their unique registration number on the tag.

This can work in conjunction with, or in place of the micro-chip. This program is FREE of charge!

Their mission is to reunite you with your pet as quickly and efficiently as possible. So call VBPD at 772-978-4600 and come on by to participate in this great service!

Visit their page for more services offered to residents:

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Sunday, November 04 2018
Pet Friendly Activities & Restaurants in Vero Beach, FL

From Bring Fido:

From TC Palm:

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Thursday, November 01 2018
 ALL dogs love dog walks - even seniors!

My motto at Vero Beach Pet Sitters: "Birds fly, fish swim and dogs walk!"...Cesar Millan

It's a primal activity.

The greatest give you can give your dog is a DOG WALK. Not junk food!

The primary sense a dog relies on is NOSE. Scent. Sniffing. Not seeing. Not hearing. 

Dog walking is love. 

Senior dogs and handicapped dogs need love, too! 

Contact Cindy to arrange dog walking in Vero Beach, FL. for your best friend!

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Thursday, November 01 2018
Hey Vero Beach! Here's 6 tips for mastering the dog walk!

Dog walking in Vero Beach is popular! I work in all the neighborhoods and see an abundance of dogs walking their people. (lol). 

My motto at Vero Beach Pet Sitters: "Birds fly, fish swim and dogs walk!"

All dogs love walking. It's what they do. :) If you need help offering your dog enrichment with dog walks, just contact Cindy on 772-226-0738 for a demonstration on techniques to make your experience more fun or to schedule dog walks as a gift to your best friend! 

Here are some tips from Cesar Millan, the king of dog walks. Start with getting rid of your retractable leash! Your dog can't feel your energy on it and thinks he's free to sniff and wander aimlessly instead of getting his head in the game and WALKING which helps release pent up energy being stuck behind four walls all day. 

It starts before you leave the house. YOU lead your dog out the door not the other way around! Until your dog can drive a car or write a check he needs YOU to be the leader. Putting it on him is too much responsibility! 

Six Tips For Mastering The Dog Walk

By Cesar Millan

Here are six dog training tips on how to walk your dog and master the dog walk. When I’m out with my dog pack, I often walk about ten dogs at a time, sometimes even off-leash if I'm in a safe area. People are amazed by this, but it's simple: the dogs see me as their pack leader. This is why dogs follow me wherever I go.

1. Walk in front of your dog.

Walking in front of your dog allows you to be seen as the pack leader. Conversely, if your dog controls you on the walk, he’s the pack leader. You should be the first one out the door and the first one in. Your dog should be beside or behind you during the walk.

2. Use a short dog leash.

This allows you to have more control. Attaching the leash to the very top of the neck can help you more easily communicate, guide, and correct your dog. If you need additional help, consider the Pack Leader Collar. Always keep your dog's safety in mind when giving corrections.

Related: Top 5 dog walking problems solved!

3. Give yourself enough time for the dog walk.

Dogs, like humans, are diurnal, so taking walks in the morning is ideal. I recommend setting aside thirty minutes to a full hour. The specific needs of each dog differ. Consult your vet and keep an eye on your dog's behavior to see if his needs are being met.

4. How to reward your dog during the walk.

After your dog has maintained the proper state of mind, reward him by allowing him to relieve himself and sniff around. Then you need to decide when reward time is over. It should always be less than the time spent focused on the walk.

5. Keep leading, even after the walk.

When you get home, don't stop leading. Have your dog wait patiently while you put away his leash or take off your shoes.

6. Reward your dog after the walk.

By providing a meal after the walk, you have allowed your dog to "work" for food and water.

And don’t forget to set a good example by always picking up after your dog!

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