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Every time my family would attempt to take time away and enjoy a vacation, I felt I left a piece of me back home with our furry family members. I enjoyed my time away, but was always left wondering and worrying how our pets were handling the time away. And then I met Cindi and Manitowoc Pet Sitters...can you believe it? Vacations are now completely relaxing, for myself AND my furry family members. Quite frankly, I think they enjoy the break as they receive nothing but love and responsible care. Manitowoc Pet Sitters defines professionalism and I owe Cindi a debt of gratitude for allowing me to regain vacation mode again!


We have used Manitowoc Pet Sitters for almost three years now. From the start, I felt confident leaving my pets in their care. Cindi was so thorough in getting to know each individual pet's behavior, needs and routines. My pets love playing with her and Larry so much that they basically don't want to stop, even if I were to come home! Cindi and Larry feel like great friends who I can trust and confide in. They have been with our family through the heartache of losing our beloved golden retriever, Teal; they have helped when our dear cat Alice was missing for a short while, they agreed to stay over night on short notice when my mother was in the hospital, they give advice on how to help other animals in need who aren't even my own...the list goes on and on. I am so grateful to be a part of the Manitowoc Pet Sitters family. They are my peace of mind.

Mary Lueck

I had to have surgery and went through rehabilitation so I was gone from my home for two weeks. During that time Cindi did a wonderful job taking care of my cat Sunnie. She sent me pictures and/or videos every day which made me feel better seeing that my cat was doing fine while I was gone. It was also a great "piece of mind" for me knowing that I didn't have to worry about Sunnie and could relax and concentrate on my recovery. Thank you so much for caring Cindi!

Cathy Bacher


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Montreal’s New Law Threatens the Lives of Thousands of Innocent Dogs

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Late last month, Montreal’s city council passed legislation which will make it illegal to own a new pit bull within the city’s boundaries as of October 3, 2016. The new law requires the current owners of pit bulls to muzzle their dogs when they take them out in public, even if their pets have no history of biting or aggressive behavior. The law passed the city council by a vote of 37-23.




The breed specific legislation comes in the wake of a woman being attacked by her neighbor’s dog in her own backyard three months ago. The adult female died as a result of her injuries. A pit bull was blamed for the woman’s death even though police still have not received the results of the animal’s DNA results which will reveal the dog’s actual breed.
Supporters of the breed specific legislation claim it puts the safety of humans over the well-being of dogs. Opponents of the new law say it could lead to the destruction of thousands of innocent dogs, including puppies. Opponents also claim that other municipalities that have passed similar legislation in the past have ended up repealing their breed specific laws.



Under Montreal’s newly passed, discriminatory law, all dog and cat owners living in the city will have to get licenses for their animals. Current owners of pit bulls, pit bull-type dogs, pit bull mixes, and any dog that shares characteristics with pit bulls have until the end of this year to get a special permit to retain their pets. If a current owner of a dog targeted by Montreal’s new law fails to get a special permit for his or her family pet by December 31, 2016, the individual’s dog might be euthanized.
The Montreal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty for Animals estimates that almost one-third of the canines it takes in each year could be negatively impacted by Montreal’s new law. This means that the organization may have to stop accepting strays. Fortunately, the non-profit has already filed a lawsuit against the city of Montreal to force the municipality to repeal its discriminatory law.
Online petitions have sprung up in protest of Montreal’s breed specific legislation, including this one on Let Montreal’s city council members know what you think of its discriminatory law by signing at least one of these petitions today.

What Will Happen to Your Pets When You Die?

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If you’re concerned about what will happen to your pets if you’re no longer able to care for them, you’re not alone. The well-being of their pets is a concern for many pet owners, even if they have adult children who they think will tend to their pets if it becomes necessary.If you’re worried about your pets’ future, you can make plans for them now.

PetNet is an organization that “wants to make sure pet owners have a plan for their pet[s] when an unexpected life event happens.” PetNet partners with rescues and no kill shelters throughout the nation to rehome pets if something happens and their owners can no longer care for their furry family members on their own.

You can pay for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your pets will be rehomed humanely in one of two ways. You have the option of making a one-time payment of $749 per pet or you can enroll in a subscription plan. If you choose to enroll in PetNet’s subscription plan, you can pay on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or yearly basis. Your subscription fees will vary depending on the frequency of your payments and your age. Once you’ve paid $1,000 in subscription fees for a single pet, you will owe nothing more for your pet to be placed with a no kill rescue if you are unable to care for your pet any longer.

Unfortunately, you cannot transfer your account from one pet to another pet. This means that you cannot transfer the protection you have from PetNet from your dog to your cat if you dog passes away. Also, you cannot recover any of the money you’ve paid for a pet to be rehomed if the pet dies before you need to use PetNet’s rehoming service. You can cancel your PetNet account at any time without penalty.

For more information about PetNet and its services, visit

Is Your Drinking Water Harming Your Pets, Might Be

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10494778_317897818387516_6488304997776301597_nIs Your Drinking Water Harming Your Pets?

Founded by Darryl Rawlings, Trupanion has been helping pet owners pay for the care their pets need for more than ten years by offering affordable pet insurance.  The company recently released a report that shows a possible relationship between urinary health problems in pets and hard water ratings.

Trupanion’s report is based on information derived from more than 5.5 million data points related to more than 400 breeds of dogs and cats.  Trupanion collected this information beginning in 2000.

Trupanion’s study says that cats are 40 percent more likely to experience urinary problems than dogs are.  Owners of male cats are 150 percent more likely to submit an insurance claim for a urinary health issue compared to owners of female felines.

The urinary problems that cat owners file insurance claims for most often are urinary tract infections, cystitis, urinary obstruction, and crystalluria.  Trupanion’s report revealed that the owners of female dogs are 2 ½ times more likely to file an insurance claim for a urinary problem compared to the owners of dogs belonging to the opposite sex.

Trupanion examined the relationship between the frequency with which pet owners file claims and cities that have hard water ratings.  Hard water has more calcium and magnesium than water with a lower rating does.

The pet insurance carrier discovered that male cats in cities with an “extremely hard water” rating faced a noticeably higher incidence of urinary health conditions, particularly crystalluria.  They also were three times more likely to suffer from urinary issues when compared to male felines living in cities with lower water ratings, including “slightly hard,” “hard,” and “very hard.”

Tampa, FL has water that was rated as “extremely hard” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Compared to other cities that have softer water, more than ten times as many pet insurance claims are filed in Tampa for crystalluria in male cats.

While the results of Trupanion’s report are revealing, the insurer warns additional research is necessary to prove that there is a definitive link between urinary health problems in pets and the hardness of water.  Dr. Steve Weinrauch, BVMS, MRCVS, and Trupanion’s Chief Veterinary Officer, shared the following comment:

“Further study is warranted to identify a connection between hard water and urinary crystals in cats.  This information could help pet owners and veterinarians provide their pets with proactive approaches to screening for or avoidance of urinary conditions in their pets.”

Although additional study is needed, you still may be wondering what rating the water in Manitowoc, WI has.  If you are, you’re not alone.  Our local utility company describes this area’s drinking water as “moderately hard.”  For most Manitowoc residents, drinking water comes from Lake Michigan.  The water that comes from that source is softer compared to the well water that some residents have.  Water from Lake Michigan has a mineral content of 130 milligrams per liter while water from area wells typically has a mineral content of 300 mg/L.

While more research needs to be done to establish a definitive connection between drinking water and health problems in pets, it doesn’t mean you have to wait to take proactive steps to protect your pets.  Using a water softener may not be enough because many softeners have a high sodium content.

Although some may think it’s excessive, you may spare yourself an exorbitant vet bill…or several of them…down the line by giving your pets, particularly your cats, bottled water to drink instead of using tap water.


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