Windermere Pet Sitter Warns: Coyote Danger To Small Dogs & Cats

This week the Windermere Florida Mayor issued a warning for all pet owners to keep extra vigilant watching over your pets while outside.

Windermere Coyote

Owners of cats and small to medium-sized dogs need to be extra cautious. Coyotes have snatched at least one small poodle this week. Remains of a cat have also been found. Several pets have been reported missing this past fall and within the past few weeks.

The warning has only been issued in Windermere, however close by neighborhoods like Ocoee, Winter Garden and Dr. Philips should also take note.

What’s a Coyote?  

Coyotes are wolf-like wild dog. They are nocturnal animals but you may see them late into dawn or dusk. Daylight appearances could be a warning sign that the coyote is ill or injured. Make sure you secure all trash as you would to ward off any animal. Finally, make sure to keep your cat or dog indoors during the nighttime hours.

What do I if I see a coyote? 

Trying “hazing” the coyote by using a loud, authoritative voice to scare it away. Make yourself appear as large as possible. Trying throwing rocks or whatever is handy near the coyote to force it to flee. Do not run or allow your pet to run or chase the coyote.

If the coyote is not afraid and doesn’t seem bothered by you – contact Orange County Animal Control. It’s a hard thing to do, but a coyote that is not afraid of humans can become a bigger threat.

If the coyote becomes aggressive towards you, or attempts to attack you – call your local law enforcement immediately.

Pet First Aid & CPR: Help Your Pets & Help the SPCA

We’re very excited today to announce two special Pet First Aid and CPR certification classes.

photoThe classes themselves will train you in the same procedures for treating bleeding, choking or applying CPR. But these classes are special for one simple reason: all proceeds will be given to the SPCA of Central Florida.

The SPCA of Central Florida was established in 1937 with the purpose of educating the general public about the responsible human behavior towards animals. Since then their vision has been firmly established: to no longer be needed.

The SPCA only accepts surrendered pets and that makes them responsible for nearly 300 pets every single week. By years end they will have had more than 15,000 animals in their care.

But the SPCA’s responsibilities don’t end at re-homing pets. They offer a food program for low-income or unemployed pet owners, with food delivered right to their door. They offer low-cost vet service in their clinic, summer camps and of course training classes. That’s where Big Paw Pet Care comes in…

This summer we’ll be offering a couple of classes, one in SPCA’s Sanford location and one at their Orlando location by Millenia Mall. All proceeds from the class will go to the SPCA as they continue their mission.

If you’d like to join us for one of these classes, please visit the Pet First Aid Training page of this website to register.

If you’d like to make a donation to the SPCA of Central Florida or maybe even volunteer, please visit:

Memorial Day: Remembering Military Dog Teams

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US Military Malinois in Iraq

Many of us may spend the Memorial Day visiting grave sites or memorials for loved ones who have served their country. Others will take in a parade honoring our soldiers who have made the greatest sacrifice of all for their country. Each year, Big Paw Pet Care also takes a moment to remember the soldiers and dog teams of our military who work together to keep us safe and free.

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U.S. Army scout dog “Chief” on patrol in Vietnam.

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Originally called Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorating the Union and Confederate dead. But in the 20th century Memorial Day was extended to honor all Americans who have died serving the United States of America. The first official use of dogs for military purposes in the United States was during the Seminole Wars. The American Pit Bull Terrier was used in the American Civil War to protect, send messages, and as mascots in American World War I propaganda and recruiting posters.

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Dogs heading to the front lines of the Solomon Islands. Pacific, 1943.

In October 2013 the first National Monument dedicated to military so dogs debuted in San Antonio Texas. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument was created by sculptor Paula Slater and depicts the modern military handler and four dogs — a Doberman, German shepherd, Labrador retriever and Belgian Malinois, all breeds used in wars. The 5 figures stand on a pedestal, in front of a large granite wall. On one side of the wall there will be photos etched in black marble veneer showing dog teams in combat from the different wars.

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The Military Working Dog Teams National Monument at night.

The other side has an inscription written by John Burnam. Burnam is a veteran of the Vietnam war with the Army’s 44th Scout Dog Platoon. He worked with 2 different dogs during that period, Timber and Clipper and is the author of 2 books about his experiences, “Dog Tags of Courage” and “A Soldier’s Best Friend.”. “[Clipper] saved my life and saved the lives of others by alerting on ambushes, snipers and booby traps. I wanted to give something back to these animals that have done so much and asked for so little, except for food and water and the love of their handlers,” said Burnam.

The Military Working Dog Teams National Monument is located at JBSA Lackland and maintained by the Airman Heritage Foundation. For more information, please visit the monument’s Facebook page


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Dog Walkers All Around Orlando Head To Winter Park

Winter Park Dog Walk

Big Paw Pet Care at the Winter Park Dog Walk this Saturday

Dog walkers from around Orlando heading to Winter Park this Saturday May 18 for the second annual Winter Park Dog Walk benefitting the Lost Pets Foundation. Dogs of every size and shape will meet up at Cady Way park in Winter Park 8 AM Saturday May 18. The event lasts until noon at the Cady Way Trail phase 1 in Winter Park

Registration for the dog walk is $20. Your donation reserves you a spot in the walk, a goodie bag with samples, gifts full of coupons from various pet-related vendors. If you arrive early enough you may even get a free tee-shirt and free micro chipping. (Micro chipping is available first come first serve).

Of course there will be lots more fun with raffles, prizes, caricature artists and more for the whole family.

The Lost Pets Foundation was formed by in an effort to offer free or low-cost microchips, spay/neuter, ID tags, vaccinations, assist with medical emergencies,and continue to provide the pet community with free or low-cost alternatives to keep their pets healthy and safe.

When you pick up your goodie bag at the Winter Park Dog Walk. You will get a Big Paw Pet Care coupon good for “buy one get one free” on all pet sitting services and $10 off dog training sessions.

See you Saturday at the dog walk, Orlando!

Big Paw Pet Care at the 2013 Central Florida Home & Garden Show

2013 Central Florida Home & Garden Show

We’re very excited to be taking part in the 2013 Central Florida Home & GardenPet Care Services Discounts Show this year! It’s an amazing 3-day event presenting the latest and greatest home and garden improvement and more.

This year Big Paw Pet Care will be part of the “Pet Pavilion sponsored by Urban Pet Magazine and Stanley Steamer”, a pet-centric area of the Home & Garden show featuring the best in pet care services and products.

Discounted Pet Care Services

Stop by booth 860 (that’s us) and find special SHOW ONLY discounts on our services:


Discounted Home & Garden Show Tickets

Discounted Home & Garden Show TicketsThanks to our friends at the Central Florida Home & Garden show, we’re pleased to offer special discounted tickets. Click the badge to the right to take you to our exclusive link and enter the offer code “SAVINGS”.

See you at the show!


Save Money and Support The SPCA

Tails On The Town Benefitting SPCA of Central FloridaDon’t forget that the Tails on the Town promotion, supporting the SPCA of Central Florida, is running all summer long. For a $10 donation you can save everyday on your purchases at shops and eateries on Park Avenue in Winter Park.

For $10 you’ll receive a coupon which entitles you to these savings everyday through August 31, 2012!

Not visiting Winter Park anytime soon?

Well your favorite pet care service, Big Paw Pet Care, is offering an EXCLUSIVE Buy One, Get One offer. Buy any one service or training session and get the second equal or lesser value service  for FREE.

Still planning that summer vacation? Get your Tails on the Town card now and save on your pet’s care while you’re away. Need to refresh your dog’s training? You can buy one session and get the second session FREE!

For more information visit our friends at the SPCA of Central Florida by clicking here.