If North could talk, every time someone asked him if he was hungry, he'd yip yes. Problem is, I don't want an overweight pooch. If you've got multiple people in your family, it's possible your Sig-O, children, or even the dog walker could be swayed by that fake famished face. This neat bone ($30) lets people know if your pet's actually been fed yet . . . with removable stickers to place next to each day. Put it out of paw's reach!

Or, pick up a matching magnetic pad of paper ($12 for two) – each sheet has seven days and spaces for four to-dos – great to give to a pet sitter with information on medications or walk and meal times/ amounts. It may make leaving a touch easier!