(Welcome to the weekly pet column of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla, N.Y. A new article is posted each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)
With much of the nation staying at home, pet parents everywhere are sharing the fun, as well as the turmoil, that pets can bring. The nation’s leading home maintenance, repair and improvement franchise, Mr. Handyman, a Neighborly company, shows pet owners they are not alone by celebrating National Pet Month this May with the fourth annual “My ‘Pet’ Peeves” photo contest.
To enter the “My ‘Pet’ Peeves” photo contest, visit: https://neighborly-brands.app.do/mr-handyman-presents-my-pet-peeves-photo-contest and submit a photo of your own pet mayhem. Ideas include a pet’s yard damage, annihilated shoes, in-home destruction, getting into the snack drawer, or just their cute face by May 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, reptiles, bunnies, turtles, and more are welcome. Mr. Handyman will reward five random winners with a $250 PetSmart gift card to show that even though they can really get on our nerves, they are still loved!
“Pets are great companions that can help homeowners across the nation stick through stay-at-home orders, but sometimes that joy can be overridden by the effects they have on our homes,” said Mr. Handyman President J.B. Sassano. “Our professional Mr. Handyman technicians understand the importance of pets in so many peoples’ lives and have helped homeowners nationwide install pet doors, repair floors and replace trim and screens to help make pet ownership that much easier. We’re thrilled to bring back this photo contest for the fourth time during National Pet Month to allow pet owners everywhere to share photos and be entertained by each other’s pets’ crazy antics.”
Additionally, Mr. Handyman offers the following tips to assist pet owners with common pet problems:
- Repair Chewed Drywall: To fix drywall that may have been gnawed at by a puppy or anxious dog, scrape loose debris from holes or dents and cover with fast-drying spackle. Let dry for at least 24 hours and conceal repairs with a bit of touch-up paint. While small bite holes are easy to camouflage, years of covering damage can eventually lead to uneven drywall.
- Protect the Floors: Pets can damage hardwood flooring simply by walking on it. Protect hardwood by maintaining claw length and keeping area rugs around the house for pets to lie on. Fix minor scratches with floor cleaner and protective finish. Clean the scratch with a damp cloth, scrub the cleaner over the scratch, and repeat with a clean cloth to rinse away hardwood cleaner.
- Safeguard Wood: Wood is often a target for pets who chew or scratch. The easiest protection plan is to add plastic sheeting or PVC tubing around table and chair legs to prevent claw and bite marks. Save doors by adding clear, plastic sheeting.
To learn more about the “My ‘Pet’ Peeves” photo contest or to find other helpful tips from Mr. Handyman, visit www.mrhandyman.com/blog. You can review this year’s contest rules at: https://www.mrhandyman.com/pet-peeve-photo-contest/
(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)