Archive for the ‘Pets’ Category

Have you ever thought that you would love to have your dog at your wedding?

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Well now you can.

Muttley Crew Petsitters can arrange to bring your dog to your wedding so they can be part of the service. We help you plan your special day and put in place the arrangements needed to make sure you four legged friend doesn’t miss out.

Maybe you want them to be part of the ceremony or you want them to be in the photos after the wedding. Maybe you want to dress them up for your special day. Whatever it is we can make that happen for you?

We make sure that every detail is covered, For example:

•Have you checked that your dog is allowed in Church?
•What are they like around crowds?
•Do they travel well?

Just like you might hire a Wedding Planner for your Venue, Menu, Invites etc. Why not hire someone to plan the role your pets will play in the wedding.

Typically we might do the following:
•Collect your dog early in the morning and take them for a walk to make sure they are relaxed and fresh for the big day.
•Possibly take them to the groomers for you – maybe get them dressed!
•Drive them to the ceremony where they will be walked and played with until their part in the wedding.
•Be available throughout the day for walking and feeding until it’s time for your dog to return home.
•Drive them home and settle them back into their bed.
•Many customers would then opt for our Overnight Pet Sitting Plus Service so they don’t have to rush back after their big day.

Whatever your needs we are here to make your special day as enjoyable as possible.

Tick-borne Diseases Lurking in your Backyard

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The Northeast is known for prevalence of ticks and the diseases they carry. Below is a little information about the most common diseases here in New York and how you can prevent and test for them.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted by the deer tick (often referred to as the black-legged tick). Signs of Lyme disease in dogs are difficult to detect, and warning signs may not appear until several months after infection. Signs may come and go and can mimic other conditions. Cases vary from mild to severe. In severe cases of Lyme disease, kidney failure can occur.

Most common signs of Lyme disease:

  • Recurrent arthritis/lameness that lasts 3-4 days, sometimes accompanied by loss of appetite and depression
  • Reluctance to move or a stiff, painful gait
  • Swollen joints that are warm to the touch
  • Pain in the legs or throughout the body
  • Fever, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes

Canine Ehrlichiosis is caused by the bacterium Ehrlichia canis and is transmitted by the brown dog tick. Like Lyme disease in dogs, warning signs may not be readily apparent. If left untreated, the disease progresses to a symptom-free phase, which can last days, months or years.

Mild signs appear to mimic a vague illness, the most obvious sign of which is weight loss. Severe cases of canine ehrlichiosis that go undiagnosed and untreated can end in death.

Most common signs of canine ehrlichiosis:

  • Fever
  • Runny eyes and nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Weight loss
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Eye disease
  • Retinal bleeding
  • Spontaneous nose bleeds
  • Bruising (petechiae) on gums and belly
  • Swelling of limbs

Screening for these diseases can be done annually with your heartworm test, often at no extra charge. Vaccination for Lyme disease is available as well as we recommend monthly topical protection year round to help protect your pet from these diseases. Lyme and Ehrlichia are treatable if detected early so call your vet and schedule your heartworm and tick disease testing today!

Dr Megan Skeffington, DVM
Lead Doctor
Banfield Pet Hospital

Muttleycrew, LLC (, is based in Clifton Park and serves pets and their owners in an area including Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs. Hiring a professional pet-sitter gives you peace of mind, whether you’re on vacation, business travel or just want daily companionship and exercise for your friend. Call today for your free consultation 331-5744. Muttleycrew is fully bonded and insured. We stay home so you don’t have to!

Spring has Sprung

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Many families are thinking about adding a furry friend to their family and that is great! But before you pick the first cute pair of eyes that say “take me home,” there are a few things you should consider. Picking out a pet for the family is a huge responsibility, and you’re in it for the long term, so there are a few things you should think about. First, especially if you are looking for a dog, is to research the breed you are interested in. Will your family be able to provide the exercise and training needs of this breed? Will your new friend need frequent grooming, and does this fit into your budget? Will you be able to commit the summer to potty training, and frequent visits to the vet? All of these questions should be on your list for determining if it is the right time for a puppy or kitten. Once you have answered these questions and picked out the new family member, the best thing to do is to take him or her right to the vet for their first checkup. You can plan on seeing your vet about every 3 weeks for the first couple of months to help provide the best preventative care and discuss the nutritional and training needs for your new best friend. It is important for your puppy or kitten to begin their vaccinations against devastating diseases such as parvo, distemper and kennel cough for dogs; and calici, herpes, leukemia and rhinotracheitis in cats. Puppies and kittens will also need routine de-wormings, something most young pets will come home with, but these things are easily treated. Also, you’re vet can discuss the best foods and training programs for your pet and your schedule. Around 5-6 months of age, your pet should be spayed or neutered to help control the pet population and ensure long-term health. A new companion is a big decision for your family, but with the right initial steps in healthcare and training, you will be on the right foot for many years of a healthy and happy pet!

Dr Megan Skeffington, DVM
Lead Doctor
Banfield Pet Hospital

Muttleycrew, LLC (, is based in Clifton Park and serves pets and their owners in an area including Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs. Hiring a professional pet-sitter gives you peace of mind, whether you’re on vacation, business travel or just want daily companionship and exercise for your friend. Call today for your free consultation 331-5744. Muttleycrew is fully bonded and insured. We stay home so you don’t have to!

Halloween Party at Benson’s Pet Center in Clifton Park

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Join us this Saturday for a Halloween Party at Benson’s Pet Center in Clifton Park!

Halloween Party
Saturday, Oct. 30
12 to 3 p.m.


Costume Contest
Pit bull Kissing Booth
Bake Sale
Dog Games
Halloween Harvest

Click here for full details!

Animal Protective Foundation Howl-oween for pets

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Join us at the Animal Protective Foundation’s pet Howl-oween at Riverview Orchards in Clifton Park this Saturday, Oct. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m.!

Bring your dog! This event features a canine costume contest with prizes, doggy hay rides, cider, donuts, pumpkins and lots of fun! Donation is $10 per dog, families are free.

Riverview Orchards is located at:

660 Riverview Road
Rexford, NY 12148
Click here for a map

Call 371-2174 for more information. We hope to see you there!

Muttley Crew Pet Sitting Service featured in Post Star

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

There was a great article earlier this month in the Post Star featuring Muttley Crew Pet Sitting Services Head on over to the Post Star’s website for the full article. Below is the text:

Jake and Sid were checking out the new girl. Jake was taken with her reddish hair and lively personality. She obviously thought he was cute, too, and gave him a polite swish of her tail.

Sid became jealous and kept trying to give her an affectionate sniff while tugging at his leash. Jolie could be such a tease.

“Let’s change places,” Barbara Ruccio said to her partner Pat Wrisley, who was now wrestling to balance two good-sized hound types vying for the attention of the Vizsla vixen.

The canines were out for their daily constitutionals at The Paddocks in Saratoga Springs with the professional dog walkers of Muttley Crew pet-sitting service.

The two women provide companionship and exercise for a variety of clients, mostly of the canine persuasion. Their “pawlosophy?” To dote on doggies and give them the same unconditional love their owners would give them.

“People who work all day usually want you to come in during the middle of the day and get (the dogs) out so they can exercise and poop and pee and do the dog thing,” Ruccio said.

Muttley Crew owner Wrisley, in business for six years, said she has more than 350 families who engage her dog services of walking and pet-sitting. Many clients live in her hometown of Clifton Park, but she is trying to add clients up the Northway and now reaches as far north as Wilton.

Burnt Hills resident Kristi LaValley made a career change after 17 years as a legal assistant to start Puppy Dog Tales in 2008, a firm that offers the same services as Wrisley and Ruccio but also photographs dogs at a couple of area shelters to help strays get adopted.

She did an internship at Best Friends, an “amazing” animal rescue sanctuary in Angels Canon, Utah, for six months and then became a certified dog trainer.

“It pretty much changed my life. I had to work with animals,” LaValley said.

Both businesses seem to be finding plenty of clients in the Saratoga Springs region who want their dogs to get out and about and have interaction in their absence.

Wrisley said she puts as much as a hundred miles a day on her car driving to her canine customers from her home in Clifton Park to about Exit 16 of the Northway.

That translates to about seven miles a day on foot walking others’ pooches.

Owners run the gamut of second-shift warehouse workers to busy professionals putting in long hours at the office. They want to be sure their beloved pets get plenty of mental physical stimulation.

LaValley, in particular, said she has a German short-haired pointer who really needs to be put through her paces.

“Her family actually wants me to run her in the woods because just being on a leash isn’t enough for her,” she said.

Both Puppy Tales and Muttley Crew conduct in-home consultations to ensure compatibility between client and dog walker.

As part of their fee of $16 per half hour, Wrisley and Ruccio clean the dog’s bowls, fill them with fresh water and always leave a treat to end on a good note.

Ruccio, 68, would like to eventually see the business expand to where she and Wrisley take care of marketing and scheduling and hire others to walk the dogs.

To these professional dog walkers, the most important prerequisite for the job is a love of dogs and a willingness to become attached to them and their families.

“I love it. I could be in a bad mood and as soon as I meet my doggy clients, they’re happy to see me — and I’m just as happy to see them. It sure beats sitting in a desk like I used to,” LaValley said.