A personal service

A St Albans pack walker recently cancelled all her walks due to the heat. With most pack walkers, dogs can be in the vehicle for up to an hour whilst all the dogs are collected, they then have their walk and then are in the vehicle for up to another hour whilst they are all returned. So obviously cancelling the walks was the best way to avoid heat stroke. But this doesn't help much with a toilet break for them or some company to break up their day.

With Pet Relief, your pet gets a personalised service, so in this heat, we can find a shallow stream, find the nearest woods or shade, walk them slowly and if we feel that they have had too much, then take them home, get them a drink, get some water to the back of their necks and sit or play with them for the remainder of the time. If you are worried, we can send you a text or a photo on Whatsapp or Instagram.

Stolen Pets

With the recent spate of dogs being stolen from homes, and an increase in the number of cats going missing, we would just like to reassure our clients, that we DO NOT (and never have) advertised our business all over our cars. Liveried vehicles not only indicate that the owner is most probably away from home, but also advertise when your dogs are out of the house.

We believe that the security of your pets and homes is more important than our advertising.

The Great Plastic Pickup

 Collected all this just from the small woods and the chalk pit area near my house, in an hour. Shocking as I always thought the woods were quite clean. (Yes that is an exercise stepper!)

On the plus side, I discovered 2 more badger sets that I didn't know were there. 

Every bit helps

Take a bin bag on your walks this weekend and pick up as you go.

Every little helps.

https://www.greatplasticpickup.org/home/2684

A sad farewell

I was very saddened to hear today that my old boss and brilliant Vet, Mr Bendefy, passed away at the weekend.

I was very lucky to have worked for him and he was the best boss one could ask for. He was a very kind and genuine man and I feel privileged to have known him. 

We are now on Instagram

We are now on Instagram. Please follow us on @petreliefuk for updates and cute pet photos.

Thank you.

A tip for getting urine out of the carpet

Somebody has given me this tip for getting urine out of the carpet, if your pet has a mishap.

My best tip is for pet potty spots on the carpet. I use good old white distilled vinegar and baking soda. The steps are the important part. Pour enough white distilled vinegar to soak the stain and THEN add a small amount of baking soda. If you do the reverse, you will have a noisy, bubbly mess. Do it the right way, and you can hear the recipe cackling away, telling you how it is cleaning and deodorizing without leaving any residue. You need to let the spot dry for a day or two before sweeping up and then vacuuming. We cover the spot with a bowl or plate so that we don’t have baking soda kicked from heck to breakfast. You can actually see the yellow color being absorbed up into your little mountain of baking soda. Works on old stains too! 

I haven't tried this yet so don't know if it works. If anyone tries it, let me know how successful it is.

NB: It is not supposed to change the colour of the carpet but if in doubt do a tester on a bit of carpet out of sight first.

Break in's

I have heard from clients and friends that there have been a spate of burglaries in St Albans recently. 
Westfields area was targeted before Xmas and Wiltshire Ave on News Years Eve. These are just the ones we have heard about.

Please be extra vigilant and leave lights or radios on if you are going out.

Oh Dear!

I can tell it's the end of our busy time and I am tired. Was trying to get into the wrong house this morning to feed a cat!

Luckily they were either out, or didn't care that someone was trying to break in! I was thinking "what's wrong with this stupid key"? - instead of "what's wrong with this stupid person"!