How many times in your life have you fallen in love?
There is no answer to that question…. or is there? Ask a person who has owned and lost an animal.
To loose an animal, heart break seems like it will last forever…. until. The next one comes along, and needs love, attention and a piece of that heart.
And the heart heals- what we shall now call “the cycle of the healing heart.”
We Blog about dogs, cats, pets and common sense. Why do we blog about common sense? Continue reading “Listen to Them” »
I love dogs. Always have, always will. I’m suspicious of people who don’t, claim a dog makes them sneeze, makes them uneasy, scares them. I don’t comprehend these sentiments and statements. As a child a doctor hinted to me I may be allergic to dogs, stay away from them and we’ll see if your recurring cough leaves you. I never saw that doctor again, lived with the recurring cough until my teens, gave up any and every food or drink recommended, but not dogs.
They are my kindred spirits and soul. Speaking to them is natural and heeding their advice mandatory. Its always the best advice. I grew up calling them dogs, the person that owned them was an ‘owner’, not pet parents, not keeper, caregiver. They were dogs, not fur babies, who went for a walk, ate, slept, got muddy, brought home ticks and fleas, which we sat on the floor tweezers in hand, bowl of water by our side and plucked a tick of the dog and dunked it into the water bowl.
We de ticked, bathed, fed, walked our dogs, what is now labeled hands on. We didn’t outsource pet care. Bathing the dog was not a trip to the groomer, it was a trip to the shower stall. Usually a hide and seek game, hide the towel behind your back on the way to setting up bath time. Spell out the word “bath” which you knew the dogs understood, everyone pretended they were bluffing the other- no one was.
Bath done, the task was keeping the dog from rolling around on the ground, or grass- futile.
So, you searched for “dog walker near me”, that makes sense if the dog walker is near you, he/she is near your dog. Here’s the dog walker challenge. You find one, the dog likes the walker and the walker appears to like the dog. Time to walk the dog, WALK the dog. Now here’s the challenge. Does you walker know how to walk a dog? One foot in front of the other is not a walk, because now one foot in front of the other has to co ordinate with 4 paws. Those paws will stop to sniff, smell, pee and poo. Walkers have to learn the dogs body language because each of those four actions has a look, a posture, a circling behaviour, and usually a favourite spot.
As a critical observer of the new trend of Dog walkers, here are a few observations and solutions, which come from years of walking our own dogs, because if you have a dog – walk the dog- thats more than half the fun of having one around. Dog walking is not an activity to be out sourced. Dog walkers should be supplemental walkers, not primary walkers. Teach your dog walkers to be patient, vigilant and kind to the animals they encounter on their walk. Please do not give them choke collars to use if you do not know the abilities of the walker. Drive or walk by once in a while and check if the dog and walker are sitting on a road side corner!
Write to us and tell us your dog walker stories, we’re always happy to hear from you and share your stories. See you on our next walk!
We travel with our animals, take them out to meals, take them on holiday, take them to pet events. There are few activities that exclude our pets. Lets face it, you’ve carried the water bowl (an easy to carry plastic box) and disposed it just before getting to your destination or when you are nearing home.
Now, thats plastic and a carbon foot print disposed. Oliver did that, and now Oliver doesn’t because we carry our biodegradable bowls. We carry them to the veterinarian (no risk of infection from shared bowls) , the pet friendly cafe down the street and road trips!
So lets make our canine carbon foot prints minimal.
We’ve humanised & urbanised them. Urban pets seldom get the opportunity to run, play, jump, romp ….. in short just be dogs.
Why are our pets falling prey to obesity?
Let’s call them round pets! Let’s be politically correct and not call them fat or obese! So, about that round pet in your house- they’re at risk of all the same diseases that humans are when they’re overweight (rounder than they need to be) Continue reading “5 Reasons our Pets are Obese” »
I asked myself why would any dog parent want a tracker? have we become so dependant on technology? I’d have scoffed at the idea. Think about it, our phones, smart and ‘unsmart’ connect us with our families, friends, and now pets. And I am here to tell you, YES! I’d invest in the product, “invest” is an odd term to use for pet products isn’t it? Continue reading “…..Find my dog” »
Why do you think we see so many over weight, out of shape dogs in cities? A common sense conclusion? Little understanding of what your breed needs. Lets talk about the Jack Russell Terrier (as former Terrier parent – yes, he was the smartest, handsomest dog ever!). Continue reading “Know your Breed” »