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My first TNR:   Me Evolving into My Final Form

By now, it should come as no surprise that I am indeed a crazy animal lady. When it comes to noses that need booping and ears that need scratching, I do not discriminate based on size, species or friendliness. Surprisingly, this approach to critters has kept me mostly unscathed. So when I discovered the South Philly TNR group on Facebook (Trap, Neuter, Release) I just had to join. I figured that I spent a lot of time outside so I could easily keep an eye out for strays or ferals that need to be fixed. (I also walk around with a bag of kitten food in my dog-walking supplies to give to those kitties I find during my travels. Yes, I am like a demented Mary Poppins but I feel no shame in my

Dog Walking in the time of Corona! (I should not take credit for this title because Gabriel Garcia

Whew! Now that I got the title out of the way, I can really get down to the nitty gritty of being a dog walker now. I am 4 days into TMM closing down because of the restrictions dictated by Governor Wolf. It is a bit scary because we don’t know how well social distancing is working (or if it’s being taken seriously) and if we will be up and running after the 2 weeks or if it's going to be longer. Our clients have been amazing and keeping our spirits up in this crazy time and for that we are forever grateful. But I am not here to write about fear or economic instability, I am here to talk about how I, Nikki Rockwell, have been handling social distancing without my beloved daily pups! And l

Closed until further notice

As of Monday, March 16, The Monster Minders has been closed until further notice. (We absolutely plan on jumpstarting services as soon as it's safe to do so and the shut-down is lifted.) We are complying with the City's mandate to close all non-essential businesses. To our clients, we know we are essential, but the unfortunate truth is "pet care services" in the face of a killer like Covid-19 is not considered essential. If you a potential new client and are interested in using our services AFTER the shut-down, you can absolutely still fill out a Minder Meeting request form. We are still maintaining office hours (at home) during the week and are happy to answer any questions you may have abo

COVID19 Preparedness Statement

All active clients have been emailed our preparedness statement about how we're approaching the next few weeks as COVID19 comes to Philly. If you are an active client, please check your inbox for an update from us (dated March 10th). We will be updating clients via email about any schedule changes or protocols in place, so please watch your inbox regularly. This is an uncertain time for us as a nation. We’re taking it one day at a time and we thank you for your patience as we work through a completely new experience for us as a small business. Wash your hands. Notify us if you're sick. Communicate about schedule irregularities. Thank a healthcare worker. We WILL get through this. And check y

Westminster: The Doggie Super Bowl!

Often I find myself questioning whether or not it is worth it to keep all of the cable that I currently have with my subscription. I am a big football fan and I definitely wouldn't want to miss any of my beloved Eagles’ games. (If you prick me, do I not bleed green?) However, this week I realized something that I never fully realized before. With my sports package I get to see something almost as great as an Eagles playoff game: The Westminster Dog show! Just in case you were all wondering if us dog-walkers get our fill of dogs while working with them day in and day out, the answer is. NO. In fact, the need for cold, wet noses and wiggly butts only intensifies while being in contact with t

Why Do PUGS come in Pairs?!

By now, many of us have heard of the most endearing law of all lands; that it is, in fact, illegal to own just one Guinea Pig in Switzerland! Despite their historically ambivalent approach to international affairs, (History Dad Joke inserted here!) their laws for animal welfare are quite firm. In 2008, it became the law that these chittering little pig fluffs (scientific term) must have a friend because they are pack animals and would get lonely otherwise. Taking this law and its worldwide adorability ramifications, and coupling it with the characteristics of Guinea Pigs, it brings us that much closer to answering the age old question: Why do PUGS come in pairs? Admit it: it is a rare case i