When we purchased the Neater Feeder, by Neater Pets, I was apprehensive that it would help us keep our cats feeding mess in one place. Our purpose in purchasing the Neater Feeder is to prevent both a mess on the floor of both dry cat food and water. After putting the Neater Feeder to the test in a household of three cats over six months we feel comfortable in recommending this to our Atlantic Pet Sitting family.
Before the Neater Feeder, our cats would chew on pieces of dry food and spit half of it on the floor. This caused us to clean up a mess every few hours. As you know, this gets old very quick. Enter the Neater Feeder.
We purchased the small variety of the Neater Feeder for $23 online. First impressions, we are very impressed with the quality of the feeder. The plastic around the bowls seems very durable, and we, of course, love the stainless steel in the bowls. Over the past 6 months, we have not seen any deterioration in the product.
How The Neater Feeder Works
The Neater Feeder is a very simple concept. Surrounding the stainless steel bowls is a collection tray. It catches the dry food as your pet spills or spits it out. When you refill the bowl, just pour the spilled food back in the bowl.
We really enjoyed the cutouts in the front of the collection tray. This allows any water which is spilled to go through to the bottom of the tray, and not on the floor. When you take the top off the base, it’s very easy to clean the second layer.
The Neater Feeder, by Neater Pets, also keeps the bowl slightly higher which we believe makes it easier for our cats to eat. It gets the bowls slightly higher up towards them so they don’t need to lean over as much.
Neater Feeder Options
The Neater Feeder comes in a variety of options for different pet needs. We are interested in testing out the larger variety for our large dog, Coleman.
We understand many of our pet sitting clients have dogs who enjoy a good slobber after drinking their water. We feel the Neater Feeder would be a great option in keeping this slippery water off your floors.
If you have a tried out the Neater Feeder please let us know your experience in your pet household.
We purchased the Roomba 960 a few months back, and now we’ve had the chance to give it a full review in a house full of pets!
Main Features Of The Roomba 960
The main reason we purchased the Roomba from iRobot was for convenience. As a busy family, we often don’t vacuum near as much as we should which leaves pet hair tumbleweeds rolling across the floor. We’re happy to report overall the Roomba does a great job of keeping our house cleaner. We are able to have the Roomba run 2-3 times per week which results in a cleaner home than we used to have.
The Roomba 960 is also very convenient. Besides emptying the dust bin, it really has become a sit it and forget it type of device. The Roomba 960 comes equipped with the app from iRobot, which allows us to schedule the weekly cleanings and see them while in progress. This is a great feature we are happy to have.
A feature of the Roomba we weren’t anticipating but it’s welcomed is its ability to clean under hard to reach locations such as our bed and dressers. These are areas which we most likely would not be keeping tidy with our regular vacuum. Great work Roomba. Another neat feature is cords don’t seem to bother the Roomba. It runs over my phone charging cord and it doesn’t get caught on it or destroy the cable.
As a pet owner, our pets are usually terrified of the vacuum. The Roomba, they seem to have become accustomed to and don’t run from it. We chalk that up to how quiet it is compared to our Dyson ball vacuum.
What We Don’t Like About The Roomba 960
Now let’s get to the negatives. The big elephant in the room is the price. We purchased the Roomba 960 for $529 in 2018, which is a big-time price for vacuum. iRobot does not vacuums which are slightly more or slightly less. We chose this particular model because it can clean multiple surfaces, multiple rooms, and we can schedule cleanings.
Another problem we have had with the Roomba is its propensity to get stuck. It has a way with shutting doors and can at times close itself in a room causing it to not complete a cleaning cycle.
You also need to be sure you are keeping this model cleaning and dumping the collection bin. Without a clean bin, it will not run the cleaning cycle. This takes a bit of planning, but it hasn’t seemed to be too inconvenient for us.
After almost a year with the Roomba 960, we are starting to see some durability issues with the brushes. With a vacuum of this price, we would hope to not have these issues at this point.
A feature we would love to see iRobot implement would be the ability to choose a room and just clean this room. Like most families, we have a certain room which getting dirty first so it would be nice to clean those rooms without running the entire cleaning cycle.
Overall, we find the Roomba 960 has accomplished our goal of having a cleaner house without us putting in more work. Yes, it is an expensive vacuum but for our family, it seems to be worth it. It has not replaced our Dyson which we use for a deeper cleaning but it does a great job on a weekly basis.
If you own a Roomba by iRobot let us know your thoughts in the comments!
With Fall upon us here along The Grand Strand, it is finally cooling off enough to have our dogs on the beach in Myrtle Beach. Taking our dog, and our clients’ dogs, to the beach, is a great way to unwind after a long day. It allows you and your pup to get some exercise and enjoy an area with less danger than a crowded street.
Rules Of The Beach
The first thing to be aware of when taking your dog on the beach in Myrtle Beach is the city ordinances. The current laws (Oct 2018) state you cannot have your dog on the beach in Myrtle Beach from 10am-5pm (May 1-Labor Day). Outside of those times and dates, your dog is free the enjoy the beach with you.
Another law to be aware of when taking your dog to the beach is they must be on a handheld leash not exceeding 7 feet in length and must be under the control of the pet owner.
Best Practices When Taking Your Dog To The Beach
We have also developed some best practices here at Atlantic Pet Sitting for ensuring a safe and fun day at the beach with your dog. Always be mindful of your dogs’ individual health and needs.
Our first tip is the avoid the hottest times of the day. Even in the Fall, it can be in the 70s and 80s here in Myrtle Beach. Keep an eye on the heat index and plan your beach visit in the morning or in the evening when the temperature is at its lowest.
When taking your dog to the beach be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your dog. When our dog Coleman gets thirsty his first instinct is to try and drink the ocean water. Do not allow your dog to do this. Keep water readily available and offer some to your dog throughout your walk.
If your dog is a swimmer, always be aware of rip currents. Like us, dogs are at risk for rip currents sweeping them out unexpectedly. Check local beach forecasts and only allow your dog to swim when it’s safe.
Come prepared for your trip to the beach with dog waste bags. Just like walking your dog anywhere else you should be picking up after your dog. Nobody wants to step in that with bare feet.
If you’re planning on spending a few hours at the beach with your dog make sure you provide them with shade. Even on the cooler days, the sun can get pretty hot in Myrtle Beach. Providing your dog with shade will give them the option to seek cooler temperatures if the sun is getting too hot.
Our last tip is to explore new areas. Myrtle Beach is a beautiful area with many hidden gems. Although it’s tempting to go to the same place over and over again, try a change to your routine. Dogs love to explore, and a new spot will keep their interest peaked on your next trip to the beach.
Where To Take Your Dog In Myrtle Beach
You don’t have to go far to find a beautiful beach in Myrtle Beach. Our favorite spots are right in the city.
We love taking advantage of the beach access points as a safe place to park for our beach adventure. Our favorite spot is 38th and 67th avenue since they have plenty of parking and a foot wash for post-walk. They’re also located in an area without hotels so you can have more room on the beach and bother less people. These sections of The Grand Strand are beautiful!
Another great spot for hiking and enjoying the beach is Myrtle Beach State Park. The same rules for having your dog on the beach still apply, but you can find the unspoiled section of beach and fewer beachgoers than in more touristy spots along Myrtle Beach. Ample parking and picnic facilities make this a favorite spot for us, and many other locals.
Whether you live here, or you’re just visiting, get out there and enjoy our Myrtle Beach beaches with your pooch.
Amanda has been with Atlantic Pet Sitting since the beginning. It all started with a camping trip and a dog. Amanda and Chris are avid campers and they were taking a weekend camping trip to McClellanville, SC.
While setting up the tent, Amanda and her friend saw a coonhound lurking in the woods. He was obviously starved and from the looks of it, he had been out there for a long time. Of course, Amanda started feeding the dog, and he stuck around the campsite all weekend.
At the end of the weekend, Amanda and Chris had already fallen in love with the poor coonhound and there was no way they were leaving him.
Upon returning back to Myrtle Beach, they took him to VCA where he was only given a small chance at survival based on his bloodwork. He was starved, had so many fleas he didn’t have any red blood cells and was extremely malnourished.
The good news was that Coleman made a full recovery, but there was one slight problem. Chris and Amanda had upcoming vacations planned and they weren’t sure what to do with Coleman. It was evident from the beginning they couldn’t take him to a boarding facility due to his severe anxiety.
This led them to go on the search for a reliable pet sitting company, but the search came up empty. They could find “hobby” pet sitters, but nobody who would commit to long duration trips.
For almost a year they sat on the idea of forming a pet sitting company like they would want to use until finally, they decided to go for it. This leads us to the creation of Atlantic Pet Sitting.
Amanda and Chris formed Atlantic Pet Sitting to be a reliable pet sitting company that capitalizes on all the modern features of a large company. As Amanda said, “We take the care of our clients’ pets very seriously because we know they’re family”.
Over 4 years into Atlantic Pet Sitting, Amanda still loves going out and doing pet visits. She also works with Chris in making sure they hire the best pet sitters around! Most of the time you can find her emailing and calling clients about upcoming reservations. She is instrumental in making sure Atlantic Pet Sitting runs smooth and each client receives the personalized care they’ve come to expect.
We’ve been walking dogs in Myrtle Beach, SC and along The Grand Strand since 2014, and it’s our most popular service we offer. A typical dog walking visit can be booked for either 15 minutes or 30 minutes.
Our Atlantic Pet Sitting professional pet sitters are experienced in working with dogs of all sizes and temperaments. Your dog will not be walked with any other dogs other than the dogs in your household.
Our free meet and greet gives you the chance to meet one of our qualified pet sitters who will be your primary pet sitter. During this meet and greet we will learn the route you walk your dog so you can be sure your dog is comfortable in their surroundings. If your dog is used to going out in your backyard, we’re happy to go outside and play with them.
Dog walking is an important activity for the physical and mental health of your dog. Walking your dog daily provides mental stimulation and exercise which has been proven to prevent behavioral issues, as well as add years to your dogs life.
Many of our clients use our dog walking service on a daily/weekly basis while they are at work. We are happy to come during the day to make sure your dog “takes care of business”.
Some of the dogs we care for need more exercise than their human is physically able to give them, which is where we step in! Our dog walking service is happy to work with you on a schedule that’ll make sure your dog is getting the exercise they need.
With Atlantic Pet Sitting, you are not locked into a contract that mandates you use us a certain amount per month for dog walking. Once you’re an Atlantic Pet Sitting client we are at your service. You can use us as little, or as much as you need.
We do offer weekly dog walking discounted rates, so please be sure to let us know the frequency your dog will be cared for.
We had the pleasure of hanging out with these two beautiful cats last week. It’s all about keeping cats comfortable while their humans are away and for these two that meant treats and toys!
We offer cat sitting options which allow your cats to stay where they are comfortable, in their own home. For many cats we come to visit 1-2 times per day, but are willing to work with your on a schedule which will work for the needs of your cat.
The typical cat sitting visit consists of feeding, playtime, and of course fresh litter. During our meet and greet process we get to know you and your cats so we can be sure they receive the care they deserve.
During a cat sitting visit, we are also more than happy to bring in your mail, administer medications, and water any plants you may have.
Having a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. This is probably why my wife and I have 3 cats (Mali, Zoey, and Yogi), and a dog (Coleman). Nothing can make you feel happier than waking up with a cat curled up at your feet, or your dog coming to greet you after a hard day of work.
However, it doesn’t take long to realize pets are also a big responsibility. This is usually most apparent when you are planning to be away for a few days, or typically work long hours. Our pets are such social family members, which makes leaving them for a few hours, or a few days, one of the hardest things to do.
I started Atlantic Pet Sitting because I feel residents along The Grand Strand need a safe, and affordable alternative to leaving their pets in a boarding facility. For a similar cost, I would much rather have my pets cared for in an environment they are comfortable in. This not only reduces their stress levels, but also mine.
Our goal at Atlantic Pet Sitting is very simple. To provide your pets with the same high levels of care which we provide our own. All of our plans are personalized with your pet in mind. We also want to keep you informed while you are away, because we know you are thinking about them.
You deserve the peace of mind in knowing your pets are happy and safe.
He’s the cutest poodle you’ll ever see, and he loves hiking The Hulk Trails in Myrtle Beach, SC. Creamsicle may seem like a pretty boy, but he can hike some trails with the best of them!
We take him to The Hulk trails to get some energy out while Mom & Dad are at work.
The Hulk trail, officially called Horry County Bike & Run Park, in Myrtle Beach is located off River Oaks Dr, right along the Intracoastal Waterway. It features close to 8 miles of trail, and is used by cyclists, runners, and hikers. When taking your dog to The Hulk, be sure to keep your dog on a close leash, don’t wear headphones (you’ll want to hear upcoming cyclists), and bring water for you and your pooch.
Creamsicle has been part of the APS Family for almost a year. Long hours left alone are tough for dogs, which is where we come in.
With our dog walking services we can personalize a schedule that makes sure Creamsicle isn’t left alone too long. With our custom dog walking app, Creamsicle’s family can also book online when they receive their work schedule.
While you’re at work, give your dog a field trip where they can get some exercise. We’re happy to work around a schedule that will meet your needs.
Anyone else have piles of toys your pet never played with?
Toys are an essential item for your pet since they help prevent boredom, and stimulate your pet. We all know a bored pet often gets into trouble, whether that means chewing up your shoes, or clawing up the furniture.