This is my blog to share funny and serious anecdotes "Notes From The Field". I suppose you could say this blog resembles a "Life and times of Karina Paape the passionate pet sitter".

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Note to readers: The following blog post is an adaptation of two of 42 columns titled "For the Love of Cats" and originally published in the "Coastal Breeze" between December 2013 and March 2016. The by-line on those columns was shared by myself and a cat named "Naomi" who was officially known as "shelter supervisor" at a no-kill cat shelter in Marco Island.


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I’ve been pet sitting since 2003 and have had hundreds of strange and dangerous encounters with neurotic, frightened, and deranged dogs and cats. I’ve been cornered by a protection trained German Sheperd, growled at and bitten (by both dogs and cats) too many times, witnessed a vicious indoor dog fight between two pit bulls, been tackled by an off-leash dog, and even hospitalized with more than a dozen cat bites, all in the interest of minimizing the separation anxiety suffered (the underlying philosophy of pet sitting) by my employers’ pets when they leave town!

Feline Fear Aggression

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Fear Aggression in Cats

When talking about an aggressive pet we tend to assume we’re talking about a dog who barks, growls, lunges at, or even attacks, other dogs, on-or-off leash. This is especially problematic at dog parks and when walking your own or someone else’s dog around the block. I’ve lost track of how many times an owner has given me a list of neighborhood dogs their dog does not like and therefore should be avoided. With some dogs this can include every dog in the community.

Notes From the Field

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According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), pet obesity in the U.S. continues to rise, affecting nearly 59% of cats and 54% of dogs last year. These percentages equate to an estimated 41.9 million dogs and 50.5 million cats. Thats a lot of fat cats and dogs sharing our households!

Over-feeding is the number one culprit behind these staggering statistics, specifically the free-feeding of dry food and generous distribution of treats and table scraps. Yes, we want our pets to be happy, but at what cost?

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