Resources for Pets and Their People

Below is a list of resources for guidance and advice about common behavior and training concerns for new and not so new pet owners. I hope these resources will give pet owners understanding and advice about their pet's and animal behavior to help them better care for and handle their pet’s needs. I share this information in hopes that this knowledge will help reduce the number of animals being surrendered to shelters that are at much higher risk of being euthanized in a shelter.

Professional Pet Portrait Artist Recommendation: If you are ready to have a beautiful hand painted portrait or sketch of your pet, I am excited to recommend Kristen of Sketchbook by Kristen. Her pet portraits capture the expressive personality of your pets in beautiful artistry. Are you seeking a meaningful way to honor or commemorate your beloved pets? Look no further than local artist Kristen Baker, who specializes in crafting custom pet portraits. Kristen's bespoke paintings and drawings skillfully capture the unique essence and personality of our furry companions. Added bonus, with each purchase, a portion of the proceeds is dedicated to supporting Compassion Kind's noble cause of animal rescues. Reach out to start a conversation about how she can capture their spirit together. Contact Kristen through or via email at You can also follow her creative journey on Instagram and Facebook: @sketchbookbykristen. Exclusive offer: Kristen is offering a special discount for pet portraits. Contact Sketchbook by Kristen and mention the code, BLUEMERLEPHOTO, and you will receive $5 off your purchase!

Farewell to Fido: Grief coaching for those experiencing the loss of a pet. Text: (303) 260-8216. Vibeke Seymour provides pet loss grief coaching services. Available by phone or zoom. Complimentary 20 minute session available.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT): FREE videos for Dog and Cat related training and behavior issues on their “Resources” page:

Jackson Galaxy's Blog on Cat Behavior includes Litter Box Tips and Cat Behavioral Concerns:

SPCA Tampa Bay has resources for budget friendly vaccinations, a free pet food bank, and many wonderful pets available for adoption and much more:

Cesar Milan's Website is full of resources on dog training and behavior, including a FREE e-book on Essential Commands to Teach Your Dog:

Dog Wise has countless resources and books on all things related to dog behavior, training, and even the evolution of dogs as a species:

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