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News Release 7.27.20

Uncategorized Jul 27, 2020

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2020


Contact: Nyssa Gatcombe, Owner, Magic of Paws

Phone: 207-370-1269




Magic of Paws makes changes to keep clients, pets happy, safe amid pandemic

Local pet-sitting business Magic of Paws is offering a range of services to meet pet owners’ needs during this global pandemic.


North Yarmouth, ME (July 27, 2020) — With the new coronavirus forcing many to adjust their schedules to work from home and others to limit public contact, Magic of Paws is stepping up to offer much-needed services to pet owners.

All sitters and walkers are wearing masks in people’s homes, providing their own leashes, sanitizing hands and surfaces, and wiping dog’s coats with grooming wipes for each service. Magic of Paws staff have also achieved COVID-19 safety certifications from both FetchFind and Pet Sitters International.

“While our company has seen a...

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Lost Pet Prevention

Uncategorized Jul 16, 2020

July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month™! While we all like to hope that our pets will never go missing, the sad fact is that a pet goes missing in the United States every 2 seconds. That is 10 million pets a year or 1 in 3 pets in their lifetimes. Sometimes those pets come home within an hour other times they are never reunited.

That's why PetHub started NLPPM in 2014. They picked July because it is the start of a two-month increase in pets reported missing. A survey in 2015 found that Animal Control Services see a 30% increase in lost pets July 4-6, and only 14% of lost pets make their way back to their owners.

So what can you do to prevent your pet from going missing?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, that goes for pets too. One of the best things you can do is to cut down on the opportunities for your animals to get loose or escape.

One of the things that we have seen is animals pushing out screens to get out of windows or getting out of holes...

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Pet-Friendly Ice Cream

Uncategorized Jul 15, 2020

July is National Ice Cream Month, and our pets love to celebrate with us too! We decided to share some of our favorite frozen treats for our furry and feathered friends.


Peanut Butter + Banana Ice Cream

3-4 ripe bananas
32 ounces plain yogurt
½ cup organic peanut butter

Peel bananas and add to blender along with peanut butter and yogurt.
Blend until smooth, then pour into ice trays.

Cat Cream

Cat milk or lactose-free milk
Can of pate-style cat food (optional)
Salt (Kosher or Rock salt works best)
Two sandwich bags & 1-gallon freezer bag
Lots of ice!

Pour milk into a sandwich bag. Add half a can (more or less, depending on cat preference).
Seal bag tightly and put in the second sandwich bag and seal tight.
Pour salt and ice into the 1-gallon freezer bag. Add the sandwich bags to the freezer bag, seal, and mix for fifteen minutes (if you have an ice cream maker, you can use that instead).
Scoop out the ice cream and...

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Adopting a Cat

adoption cat Jun 19, 2020

June is National Adopt-A-Cat Month, and to celebrate, we are sharing some tips for picking the right cat and bringing them home.

What to consider when adopting a cat

  • Age - There are pros and cons to adult cats and kittens. With adult cats, what you see is what you get. They might be a little timid in a shelter environment but, in general, you know what their energy level and temperament are, and you know any health issues they have. The added benefit is that they (usually) are already litter box trained. Kittens, on the other hand, are more of a blank slate. You can shape their personality to some extent, but you also need to train all of the other behaviors you want, too.
  • Your home environment - Do you live alone in a quiet home or do you have a chaotic house full of people? Cats are really sensitive to the energy level inside a home, and you want to do your best to match energy levels. A low-key cat does best in a low-key home. A house that is full of life and energy needs a cat...
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Real Life Dog Training

training May 12, 2020

When was the last time you used a five-minute down stay with your dog? I'm willing to bet that it was the last time you practiced that in a training class.

There is a lot of stuff that is taught in training classes that seem contained just to the class. I have talked to a lot of people who have never used half of what they learned in their training classes after the course was over. That's crazy!

It is not their fault at all though. It is the fault of the class they took. Do I think they were learning things that were pointless? Not at all. I think they were being taught out of context.

I was guilty of this when I first started training. I would go over the mechanics of specific cues and that was it. A sit was a sit. A stay was a stay. I would show people how to do all of these things with their dogs but never took the next step of showing them how to actually use it.

Now, all of my training has a context. Sit is no longer just a command, it is a tool. We go over how we...

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We are back!

news May 05, 2020

We officially got our designation as an essential business from the Department of Economic and Community Development today!

That means we are back to being allowed to take care of any pets not just those belonging to essential workers.

What services are we currently offering?

  • Dog walks - walk around the neighborhood
  • Training walks - walk focused on manners on leash
  • Online dog training - full courses and private coaching
  • Visits are only available for essential workers at this time

What precautions are we taking?

  • We are sanitizing our hands before getting out of our cars and when we get back into them. That means we are sanitizing twice between appointments.
  • We will be using a new pair of gloves for each appointment while we have a supply of gloves. As with all protective equipment there is always the risk of a supply shortage.
  • We are providing our own leashes to reduce the risk of any viruses going either way.
  • Any staff member will take their temperature prior to...
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