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Sue's Pet Friends-Our Tempe Pet Sitter

Sue’s Pet Friends

Sue Higbee, owner of Sue’s Pet Friends
Business Cell Phone: 480-628-6958

"I have been a professional pet sitter for over 13 years. I wouldn’t trade it for my life for any other profession. The kindness and love I get from animals keeps my life whole. My pet owners love to spoil their kids and I just follow along spoiling them the same. Having wonderful pet owners is the key to success. Communication is very important! That's why we leave notes or send text messages, especially with pictures! This is a great way to keep our clients happy and worry free.

This is Hansel Frederick, my very first client. I have just found out he has cancer. This is the part of my job that is hard. We love them like they were our own. I will be there to hold his paw and his Mom’s hand when the time comes.

We care for special needs animals. Caroline has scoliosis so she needs to be handled with care. We care for a lot of seniors who need medication daily. Including diabetic’s. We can transport your animal to the vet’s office when needed.


Playtime is a must to keep your animals from getting bored although some animals need a little more exercise than others.

Putting in the extra time to keep them happy and content is what is most important.

I have contractors that are caring and compassionate about what they do. I have just hired a new girl that has a lot of experience with animals. Please welcome Meredith to my team. She will help out with visits and overnights.

Dave has been with me for over 10 years still doing visits and overnights.

Jenn is also helping out part time. She’s been with me for about 6 years. I will only have her on my team for a few more months and then she will be getting married.

I will be looking for someone to hire next year in the Ahwatukee/Tempe area so if you know of anyone please send them my way.

We are Bonded and Insured for everyone’s safety.

We care for your animals in Tempe, Ahwatukee and most of Chandler. Chandler, only to Ocotillo and McQueen. We have daily visits and overnights.

We do accept new client’s last minute for your animals most of the time (upon availability and location) without charging extra. You can check out our prices on our website. www.suespetfriends.com.

In the end the gratitude from an animal is priceless!" Your friend and professional pet sitter, Sue.

Sue Higbee, owner of Sue’s Pet Friends
Business Cell Phone: 480-628-6958

National Black Cat Day

National Black Cat Day was November 18th. Why did we miss it?

First, I wanted to think long and hard about this before I posted anything, but then I realized, “What’s to think about?” Black cats are no different than any other colored cat! They are just as curious, cautious, finicky, hilarious, fun-filled creatures as any other cat! The only difference I can see? They’re black. So why is the stigma so high towards black cats and dogs?

Well for starters there are several very erroneous myths about both black colored cats as well as dogs. What a horrible misconstruction these poor souls suffer. Being black coated decreases their chances of adoption enormously. It’s heartbreaking that many good natured, amazing black pets go un-adopted simply because of the color of their hair coat.

Let’s clear up some of these myths.

First… it is NOT bad luck if a black cat crosses your path from right to left or good luck if it passes from left to right. That’s just silly. Reading that out loud, do you feel a bit ridiculous? I do. It’s no different than if a white or orange cat does the same thing.

Secondly, Black dogs are not “The ghosts of wicked souls.” Again, this is just silly. In fact, the Scottish believed that black cats signify prosperity and good luck! Now that notion, I like!

What is true that it’s much harder to photograph a black cat or dog which makes pet adoption more difficult than there lighter colored counterparts. Fortunately Shelters have come up with some very creative ideas to get past this. They find that by placing brightly colored bandanas around black dogs and cats necks and/or dressing them up with creative, colorful sweaters, hats and collars and more, have made them stand out more significantly than without any apparel or colored surroundings.

These efforts have increased black cat and dog adoption massively! But we do still have a problem with convincing many people that black is just black, and an animal in need of a home is still just an animal in need of a home.

So next time you are thinking about adopting a new pet please remember that Black is just black. I myself have a black cat and two black dogs, one is 5 pounds the other is 120 pounds, so there is no “Big Black Dog” Syndrome going on in my home. My big dog’s name is Reagan and he’s one of the kindest souls I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my life with.

As for Miss Charlie, my 5 pound pooch, she’s the funniest, most cuddly pup I’ve ever owned. She loves everyone and everything. Lastly, my black cat Merle… he’s your typical young cat who loves to play, run around the house like a panther, stalking all of his toys and he “Bats” his toys when you throw them up in the air. Dangerous? Bad luck? I don’t think so. Just black. Black is just Black. So please help us spread the news to everyone you know that adopting a new pet, no matter what color they are, the most important thing is that the pet fits their new home. The color doesn’t matter. Thanks pet friends! Onward my Black cat and dog friends!

"Adopt A Senior Pet Month" and November"National Animal Shelter And Rescue Appreciation Week"

Have you thought about adopting a Senior Pet?

How about a Shelter Animal?

November is "Adopt A Senior Pet Month" and November 3rd/9th is"National Animal Shelter And Rescue Appreciation Week"


November is a time where people involved in pet rescue can really showcase their efforts in finding forever homes for homeless and senior pets.
Let's address our senior pets first. Why are they important enough to dedicate an entire month to?
Because when people think of “adoption” they often think of adding a new, young pet, not a senior pet. That means many senior pets are held in shelters for many weeks, months and sometimes even years. At agencies who do euthanize, that means the senior pets who are overlooked ultimately face their death in the matter of days simply because of their age.
Why does everyone want a young pet?
Information shows that when people decide to adopt a new pet there are many reasons they opt for the younger dog or cat.
Here are a few of those reasons:
• We want our kids to grow up with a pet while it’s young and can grow with the family
• We’ve never owned a pet before so we want to start with a brand new youngster
• Older pets have too many health problems and are expensive to treat
• Old pets might have bad behavior problems that we don’t know about
• We don’t want to adopt an older pet because they will die too shortly after
• We want our kids to take responsibility of house training, feeding, etc. and you can’t do that with an older pet
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Actually, the entire list above can be  contradictory!
Children can still develop bonds with an older pet just the same as they would with a kitten or a puppy. They still learn compassion, commitment, unconditional love as well as what it takes to provide joyful, loving, last years to a senior pet.
Just because you’ve never owned a pet before certainly doesn’t mean it needs to be a young one. You might even find that older pets have already surpassed the tiring puppy or kitten stage, have already been corrected and taught “good” behavior habits. If you’ve never owned a pet before you may be unpleasantly surprised at how much work and dedication it takes to raise a youngster to be a wonderful, well behaved addition to your family.
Too often young pets, both dogs and cats, can develop undesirable habits and behavior early on. People bring them home thinking they are going to be the best pet; when in reality, behavior problems begin setting in right out of the gate! Many people don't or won’t dedicate the time or money into basic obedience training or behavior consulting and countless times the pet finds himself looking for a new home before they even get a chance to show what amazing pets they could be!
If you still want your kids to be in charge of house training, exercise, and feeding, they still can be! It’s unquestionably no different being in charge of diet, suitable places to eliminate and the need to get outside for some playtime and walks for an older pet, as it is for a young one!
So this month if you are thinking about adopting a pet please don’t pass by the senior pets! They might be just what your family is looking for!
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As for Shelter Animals, one of my beliefs is that people tend to think they don't know "what they're getting," in a shelter animal so they opt a different route to acquire a new pet. Too many people fear that the animal is at the shelter in the first place because of something bad they've already done, such as bitten someone, has separation anxiety and has torn up a previous homes furniture, etc., urinated inappropriately in the house, is animal aggressive, and the list goes on. On the contrary, many pets at the shelter are there because of irresponsible owners who let their pets run the neighborhood and don't bother to look for them, or because someone left a gate open and out of curiosity the pet went out to investigate surroundings outside of the back yard. Being at the "Wrong place at the wrong time" could probably account for half of these types of situations. Other people may adopt out of good intention and then life takes a turn, they can no longer afford to keep their pet and with heavy hearts, they feel the only place to take their pet to is the pound.
Many people have the false belief that "someone will adopt him, he's a great dog/cat," when in reality, the opposite is true. Their pet didn't stand a chance for survival the minute they handed him over.
Shelter animals can make just as good of pets, if not better, than any pet. Fortunately today there are many responsible shelters and pet organizations who take the time to learn the behavior of the animals brought to them and with that knowledge are able to place them in homes that fit each other.
There are many places you can go to on the internet to find shelters and rescue organizations in your area.
Below is a link to a site that can show you what type of research to do first before adopting a new pet.
http://theshelterpetproject.org/ and another on pet adoption tips: http://theshelterpetproject.org/about-pet-adoption
Once you've adopted your new pet we'd love to hear all about it! Please send us an email and tell us how, when and where you adopted, and why you chose the route and pet that you did.
Emails can be sent to kimimacc@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  1. Never, ever leave your dog in the car;
  2. Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;
  3. Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;
  4. Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;
  5. When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog's paws;
  6. If you think it's hot outside, it's even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;
  7. Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;
  8. Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats, and apply sunscreen to your dog's skin if she or he has a thin coat.


Household pet tip for dogs from Blue Ribbon K9 Academy:

Train your dog to use a pet door by putting a dab of butter on the bottom edge of the flap. Have another person hold the dog on the side with the butter and you stand on the other side with treats. Your dog will lick the bottom of the flap, pushing it open while you encourage it through and offering treats. Happy Training!

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