Pet Resources

This is a carefully cultivated list of some of our favorite pet service providers, product purveyors, and related resources.

Home Sweet Home Veterinary Housecalls :: Dr. Dawn Ziegler, DVM, offers quality, compassionate veterinary care in the comfort of your home.  Whether you are in need of annual exams, vaccinations, care with an ill pet, acupuncture, chiropractic, assistance with senior pet issues, or seeking a peaceful passing at home ... Dr. Dawn can help!               

AHVMA :: The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association is an organization whose purpose is to function as a forum for the exploration of alternative and complementary areas of health care in veterinary medicine. 

HealthyStuff.org :: Researching toxic chemicals in everyday pet products.

GreenPaws.org :: a green living initiative by the National Resources Defense Council.

Feline Nutrition Foundation :: An educational site where you'll find science-based nutrition and health information so you can make informed decisions regarding a species-appropriate diet for your feline friend.

SeeSpotLiveLonger.com :: Their premise is that an ancestral-type diet — high protein, balanced fats, and at least some fresh foods — is the healthiest approach to feeding most dogs.

ItsAmazingDogTraining.com :: Bring out the best in your dog and build a harmonious relationship with your dog that suits your lifestyle.

Professional Pet Sitting & Dog Walking:

Lena's Pet Care :: In-home care of small animals including yard and litter box clean-up and dog walking.

Nanny For Your Pet :: In-home daily care of small animals including yard and litter box clean-up and dog walking. Additional services include pet taxi and overnight care, plus special services tailored to your needs.

Pawprints Pet Sitting :: In-home care of small animals including yard and litter box clean-up and dog walking. Cat boarding services are also available.

Rescue groups:

Aussie Rescue on Facebook

Lab Rescuers

Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue

San Diego Animal Support Foundation

Good Reads:

Dr. Becker's Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats by Beth Taylor, 2013 See Spot Live Longer Paperback, by Steve Brown and Beth Taylor, 2004

Pukka's Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs by Ted Kerasote, 2013

Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet: Healthier Dog Food the ABC Way by Steve Brown, 2009

Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw, 2012

Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet by John Bradshaw, 2013

Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care by Chiclet T. Dog and Jan Rasmusen, 2006


Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz, 2009

The Nature of Animal Healing : The Definitive Holistic Medicine Guide to Caring for Your Dog and Cat by Martin Goldstein DVM, 2000 

Dog Parks:

Canine Corners :: La Mesa's favorite dog park, located at Harry Griffin Park, La Mesa.

Fiesta Island :: The entire island, located in Mission Bay Park, is an off-leash area as well as a multi-use park facility. Fiesta Island Dog Owners (FIDO) is a local group of dog owners concerned with keeping an open space, off-leash area for dogs and their people.

San Diego Parks & Recreation Dog Parks :: Information regarding designated off-leash areas within the city of San Diego.

Our Neighborhood Resources:

Mission Hills Business Improvement District :: Your source for information and events in the Mission Hills.

Mission Hills Town Council :: Serving the residents and businesses of Mission Hills.