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Sophie Says “Check Yourself!!”


This weeks post is dedicated to anyone who has been touched by the awful disease of breast cancer.  Whether you have suffered through the disease yourself or watched a loved one endure the hell of chemo & radiation, it seems we have all been affected by breast cancer in some way or another.

I thought I knew a lot about breast cancer until I sat down & started  gathering info for this blog.  The numbers are staggering and truly surprised me.  Don’t get me wrong, scientists have made huge strides toward fighting this disease but they still have such a long way to go.  Here are a few facts I learned:


The two most common risk factors for breast cancer are:

  • Being female
  • Getting older

All women are at risk for breast cancer. The risk of getting breast cancer increases as you age. Most breast cancers and breast cancer deaths occur in women aged 50 and older

No matter your age, you should know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any changes, see your health care provider.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.  About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

At Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters, LLC, we are not only worried about your animals being cared for properly but we also want our clients healthy & happy for as long as possible.  We would like every woman out there, regardless of race, age, creed, religion or finances, to be given the opportunity of a having a mammogram performed. We will be donating $5 from every new JGPS client in the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. We would also like to urge all women out there to know how to properly perform a self breast exam as this is where a majority of women realize something is wrong which leads them to get a mammogram done which could end up helping to save their lives.

Please follow this link from Johns Hopkins University to learn the technique for a breast self exam:,P00135/




I would love to have everyone who reads this blog to have a chance to remember someone you love who has had breast cancer whether they lost their battle, have been survivors for 10 years or are currently fighting for their life…please type the persons name & relation to you & feel free to share the story of how it affected you.  Knowledge truly is power and I am hoping I have helped at least one person reading this, as scary as it may be, to call & make that appointment for a mammogram because we can’t fix what we don’t know is broken, right?

Thanks for taking time to stop by our blog page.  Sophie will be back next week with more of her crazy puppy stories but in the meantime she says “CHECK YOURSELF” and remind your friends & loved ones to do the same.

Peace, Love & Paws, Cara








Good Times at Odenton Day!

We look forward to it every year, and this year really delivered! Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters rocked a table at Odenton Day 2014, hosted by Odenton Volunteer Fire Company.

Pet Sitter Becca fabulously represented our company at our Halloween themed table, giving away wonderful mini gift buckets of dog and cat toys.

Becca at Odenton Day '14



Gift bucket

Visitors stopped by for themselves and on the behalf of friends and family to ask about our amazing pet sitting services. Many were shocked at the large service area we cover and how custom their service can be.

Becca with Guest


Around the bend, there were dozens of other local business sharing their passions and services. Visitors could also hit a free historic tour and read information about the history and future of Odenton.

Odenton Day Tables

Volunteer Reading About Odenton


Not to mention free food, music and kid entertainment. These free fried Oreos given by the Crossroads Church were truly delish!

Fried Oreo


Children laughed and played as they created and raced DIY sailboats down this creative waterway. Of course, they couldn’t get enough of the fire engines either.

Kids Sailing

Fire Truck


The annual event also paid tribute to it’s late founder, Norman G. Meyers. A recognition ceremony was held for Meyers by the West County Chamber of Commerce.

DedicationFor all who made it out, thank you! I’m sure we all had a wonderful time. If you didn’t make it to Odenton day this year, don’t fret, you can still take advantage of our wonderful pet sitting services. During the month of Octobor we will donate $5 to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness foundation for every new client.