Eric A. Ewald

  • Amazing facts about dogs – Part 1 of 2

    Amazing facts about dogs – Part 1 of 2

    Amazing facts are incredible, thought-provoking, and fun. Sometimes, however, they may seem a little TOO amazing. So, with wild-eyed (and suspicious) wonderment, I filled in the blanks on a popular list of far-fetched, vague, or unqualified dog facts. A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion through the entire 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail – True… Continue reading

  • Pet Sitting Groups and Organizations

    Pet Sitting Groups and Organizations

    If your pet sitter belongs to an organization (or two), it is a good sign that you’ve found a responsible caregiver. Pet sitting organizations offer two principal benefits to members: pet sitting insurance and sound business advice. Pet sitting organizations are also useful to pet owners searching for quality sitters in their locality. Money-saving tip:… Continue reading

  • Are dogs color blind?

    Are dogs color blind?

    People love myths. The origins of myths are captivating, contentious, and contagious, and I quite frankly find them irresistible. Why would we even think dogs are color blind, and what does “color blind” really mean, and what in Sam Hill can we do about any of this? Well. I’m glad you asked. Why?In the 1930s,… Continue reading

  • Personalities and Playstyles of Dogs

    Personalities and Playstyles of Dogs

    We love dogs for several reasons, not the least of which being their astonishing range of invigorating personalities. Dog park visits are amusing and thought provoking when we notice the diverse dynamics that develop within pairs or groups of dogs in neutral territory. These adorable knuckleheads always seem to know whether it’s time to gang… Continue reading

  • People and Personalities in the Dog Park

    People and Personalities in the Dog Park

    Most people that attend the dog park are fun, dog-loving folks that follow the rules and pick up their poo. However, there are several remarkable character types to watch out for. Now, granted, some of these personality types may be found in any office, jobsite, or interpretive dance class, but the dog park has several… Continue reading

  • Free Sample Operating Agreement (Single Member LLC)

    Free Sample Operating Agreement (Single Member LLC)

    If you are looking for a FREE sample of an operating agreement for a single member LLC – congratulations! You’ve actually found one. I remember searching for free operating agreements back in 2011, but online legal tech companies require signing up for a “free” trial of their ministrations. Of course, getting out of those subscriptions… Continue reading

  • Pet First Aid and CPR

    Pet First Aid and CPR

    My Calc III professor liked to say, “The more you know, the better off you’ll be.” I have found this to indeed be very true (and ironic, since I haven’t used calculus in 50 years). Pet owners and sitters that are knowledgeable in pet first aid and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) are definitely going to be… Continue reading

  • Best quotes about dogs

    Best quotes about dogs

    I love quotes. Their unvarnished efficiency invariably serves to inspire, and quotes about dogs completely carry the day. Today’s post includes 22 of my favorites that I think everyone will enjoy. I even spent a few minutes verifying each one, so at the very least, we’ll know which correspondent is most recently responsible for reciting… Continue reading

  • Should pet sitters be licensed, bonded, and insured?

    Should pet sitters be licensed, bonded, and insured?

    Licensed, Bonded, and Insured! As awe-inspiring as this tagline may be, it’s important to qualify what it means in the context of pet sitting. LicensedWhen a pet sitter is licensed, it means they are registered with the secretary of state, or they have obtained a privilege license to do business in their local municipality, or… Continue reading

  • Are dog parks dangerous?

    Are dog parks dangerous?

    A well-managed dog park that includes fenced-in areas for large and small dogs is an outstanding place to exercise and socialize your dog. Going to the dog park does require risk management, because they CAN be dangerous, especially for small dogs. I love the dog parks we have in Cary and Apex, North Carolina. My… Continue reading

  • Pet Sitting – Sample Business Plan

    Pet Sitting – Sample Business Plan

    If you are intent on initiating a pet sitting small business, but aren’t sure what a business plan looks like, you’re in the right place! The following is the business plan I used when launching Eric’s Pet Sitting. A business plan is an excellent way to get organized and map out your very own concept… Continue reading

  • A day in the life of a pet sitter

    A day in the life of a pet sitter

    This post will be useful for the aspiring pet sitter, or my friends and relatives that wonder what I do all day, and clients that ask “how do you do it?” with regard to tiring out their relentless doggo-maniacs. Eric’s Pet Sitting provides walks, day care, and overnight stays for dogs that are members of… Continue reading

  • How much exercise does your dog need?

    How much exercise does your dog need?

    The answer to this frequently asked question is remarkably subjective. Exercise is fun and espouses a healthy lifestyle on several fronts. Benefits to a well exercised pup include: improved obedience training, restful sleep, and an increased likelihood that your shoes, furniture, walls, and flooring will not be clawed or gnawed to itty bits. I like… Continue reading

  • Do dogs reduce stress?

    Do dogs reduce stress?

    Well, let’s face it, life is just one kick in the pants after the next. I have noticed, however, that life is better with a dog (or three). Dogs are optimal companions, vigilant guardians, perpetual playmates, and even extemporaneous vacuum cleaners. Studies have demonstrated that these generators of joy actually reduce stress levels in their… Continue reading