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Norwich Bulletin - 3/4/2007


It's a fast paced world we live in and much of our free time should be spent with family, friends and pets and not doing boring, necessary errands. The internet has given us the ability to buy our clothes, furniture, groceries, prescription medications, books, movies and music without ever leaving home. There are also time saving ways to care for our favorite four legged friends too, even if you do not have access to the web.

For those of us who have dogs and long haired cats that require grooming every six to eight weeks, we have the ability to call a groomer to come right to our house. I recently took advantage of this service in my own town of Colchester, by calling Nancy's Mobile Pet Service. I had the six rescue Nebelungs that needed to be professionally groomed before adopting them out, as well as my two long haired cats and a thirteen year old dog that is too old to bring to a groomer.

Nancy made three separate trips to my house and took wonderful care of all my needs. This is the perfect way to get your animals groomed if you are very busy, have a tight work schedule or are not able to drive your pet to a grooming salon. And if you have a very shy or old cat or dog that needs some special TLC and would be stressed traveling and spending all day at a groomers, the answer is Nancy, or a service similar to hers.

You can also order your pets' food t be delivered right to your door. Quality food suppliers like Royal Canin have food services by mail, or you can get more personal service with a company like Colchester's Pet Pantry, a mobile service that will drive your food right to your door. Another way to save time so you can enjoy your pet's company instead of running errands.

When I was a little girl (here I am about to show my age), doctors made house calls. Well, today, one of the best de-stressers for your dog or cat and time savers for you, is the mobile vet. There are several in the area, one being Paw Prints in Colchester and Dr. Caltabiano in Westbrook.

Animals that are afraid to go out of the house, animals who are afraid of the vet's office, who are very ill or very elderly truly benefit from the mobile veterinary practices. And when it is time to help your pet over the rainbow bridge, how wonderful to allow your pet to leave this world comfortable and secure in their own bed, among familiar sights and scents. I always feel so depressed when I have to make that car trip to the vet's office with an old friend, knowing it will be for the last time.

And let's not forget T.E.A.M., the mobile spay and neuter van. While T.E.A.M. does not actually come to your door to offer their services, they do offer low cost alter and immunizations for cats. The van travels all across the state of Connecticut all month long, spaying and neutering ferals, strays and people's pets for $67 a cat! For those people on a budget, the mobile T.E.A.M. van is a great way to take care of your cat's initial veterinary care.

And don't forget our pet sitters. My own pet sitter in Colchester is my most valued find of all. I know when I go away for a weekend (or a week), my animals will have personal care in their own homes. They do not have to leave the security of their home just so I can go on a vacation. There are many great pet sitters in the New London areas to give you peace of mind.

Yes, this is a modern and busy world we live in today. We work hard and would like to have the ability to play hard too and in order to that we need some help in simplifying our ever day tasks. That's why we have so many mobile services available to us.

If you would like help in finding a local mobile groomer, veterinarian or pet sitter, and you do not have a computer, please fee free to write me at Helping Paws, P.O. Box 476, Colchester, Connecticut 06415 and I will be glad to help you. It could make a world of difference to not only you, but also to your pet.

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