Archive by Author

National Wildlife Day

Photo from:

Today, September 4th, 2014, is National Wildlife Day!

It’s a day to appreciate and learn about wildlife and a day to educate yourself about endangered species and what you can do to help.

There are many ways you can celebrate National Wildlife Day. Here are just a few suggestions:

These are just some of the ideas I thought of, but there are many things you can do to help wildlife and celebrate National Wildlife Day.


I’ll leave you with a few wildlife photos that I have personally taken:

Posted on 4 September '14 by , under Pets. No Comments.

7th Annual West Fargo Parks Dog Show brought crowds!

It’s amazing how many little community events go on during the summer. I have been in Fargo since 2007 and I am always finding something new to attend.

Yesterday I went to the 7th Annual West Fargo Parks Dog Show!

It was a beautiful evening and a good turn out at the North Elmwood Park in West Fargo last night. People and dogs scattered around the park looking at vendor booths and practicing tricks for the show.

Dogs were judged and awarded for best dressed, best tricks, and  best groomed as well as the most unusual breed, cutest puppy, owner/dog look-alike contest, and the best of show. Registration for the show was free and took place from 5-6pm. The actual show started at 6:15pm and went until 7:30pm. A Search and Rescue demo took place at 5:30pm (I sadly missed the demo so don’t have any pictures from that). A list of the winners from last nights show can be found in this article by the West Fargo Pioneer.

But there was more to do than just show off your family pooch, a number of area pet businesses had informational booths set up, many with free treat or toy samples. Vendors included everything from local dog boarding businesses and shelters to independant design businesses for jewlery and dog collars.

A few of the vendors that I visited with were Natural Pet Center, Homeward Animal Shelter (otherwise known as the Fargo-Moorhead Humane Society), DogIDS, Ragom Golden Retriever Rescue, Minnesota Sheltie Rescue, JuJu Belle, Rover’s Playhouse, Sheyenne River Kennels, Chaising Tails, and 4 Luv of Dog Rescue. Shaggy’s Self Serve Dog Wash & Grooming and several other vendors that I wasn’t able to visit with also had booths at the show.

A free will donation food table was also set up with hotdogs and  beverages throughout the show.

It was a fun evening and I hope to setup a vendor booth of my own for “Hillier’s Critter Sitting“, my petsitting business, at next year’s West Fargo Parks Dog Show!

For more information on the Annual West Fargo Parks Dog Show or other West Fargo Park events visit or call (701) 433-5360.



(My computer isn’t letting me upload the pictures at this time but there will be pictures to go with this blog post shortly)


Posted on 20 August '14 by , under Pets. No Comments.

World Lizard Day! (Aug. 14, 2014)

Well today, Aug. 14, 2014 is World Lizard Day! So Happy World Lizard Day everyone!!

World Lizard Day is a day for those passionate about lizards to show off their scaly kids and those who may not be as familiar with lizards to learn a little about these fascinating creatures.

Here’s a fun fact for you: there are over 5,000 species of lizards known to exist today!

About half of the critters that I currently care for are lizards. I have always found reptiles fascinating but it wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I started rescuing, rehoming, and owning lizards. It all started with a female leopard gecko named Esmeralda that a friend gave to me. She was my very first lizard. She has sadly since passed away as she was an older lizard that my friend had rescued.

After Esmeralda I had a banded gecko named Mini Wrex, he has also since passed away. He escaped from his cage and my cat found him :(

My third lizard was a male African Fat tail Gecko who I named Grunt and got at a reptile expo. I still have Grunt, he is about 4 years old now as he was a year old when I got him.

My first bearded dragon was a male rescue dragon with only three feet that I named Tali. He started my interest in rescuing reptiles, bearded dragons in particular. It seems that bearded dragons are a common lizard that people purchase and then rehome after they understand that the cute baby lizard they purchased will soon be a large 18-24 inch lizard that requires at least a 40 gallon tank, will live to be 8-12 years old, and needs to be fed daily.

Overall bearded dragons are a low maintenance reptile but they do required large amounts of fresh vegetables and live insects to sustain them. Vegetables in general aren’t that pricy, especially if you grow your own when the weather allows, however, insects can get pretty costly at 14 cents a cricket or $10 for 50 worms which will probably last an adult dragon less than a week. To overcome some of these costs I now have my own roach and meal worm colony and dedicate an entire section of our garden to fresh dragon friendly veggies. However when you have at least 5 dragons at all time, more often well over 5, the costs still add up.

Over the last 3 years I have rescued well over 50 lizards of various kinds, some of which I grew fond of and adopted myself.

I could write an entire book just about rescuing and rehoming one type of lizard, such as bearded dragons. But for now I’ll just leave you with these pictures of the lizards that I am currently caring for. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about my lizards or their care :)



Posted on 14 August '14 by , under Pets. No Comments.