Our much loved furry friends can't tell us when they're feeling ruff! So it's good to know what to do to help them if they're feeling under the weather, or worse, if you have to help them in a medical emergency. I came across this really useful site, they're UK based too: PET FIRST AID ... Learn the skills you need to take care of your pet from a trained first aider. With online video training, it's like you're in the front row of class learning 1-on-1.
I can't believe I've left it so long for a chat! No excuse apart from being dog-tired when I get home from walkies with all my customer characters....
Poor Tom needed surgery on his sore bot-bot last week and he certainly DID NOT like his cone collar! Luckily he only needed it for a few days and was free to enjoy his sleep over with his best friends Harry & Archie when I dog-sat with them while their Daddies enjoyed a special Birthday night out. Here are the three King Charles Cavalier sleepy amigos:
Last week two of my cherished customers celebrated their first Birthdays. How do you celebrate your dog's birthday? Here's a fun article to help you plan a Pooch Party: http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Your-Dogs-Birthday-With-a-Party
Dognappings: organised gangs behind a surge of dog thefts across the country
Thousands of dogs are being stolen every year, many by organised gangs, and being sold on the black market in a trade increasingly driven by the internet. Read the Telegraph article It's advised to get your dog DNA'd as well as chipped, which will be a legal requirement in the UK in 2016.
What a manic week I've had! Bicycle stolen I've borrowed one from a lovely friend, but oh how the thigh muscles are screaming! I had to raise the saddle (even for my little legs!) But my gorgeous furry customers always make me forget the woes. Gus and Tom who I've helped look after since tiny tots are coming on beautifully and are an absolute joy :) I love my job!
THE DOG TRAINING SECRET provides some great information. Their latest advice reminds us how often we misinterpret doggy behavior and infer our human behavior on them. In the dog world it is called anthropomorphizing or giving them human traits that they really don’t have.
This article gives sound advice http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/give-kiss-understanding-dog-language/ including:
Keep your kids out of the face of other dogs!
Don’t ever let them hug or kiss a dog they don’t know, and be cautious about allowing them to get in the habit of doing it to your family pet.
Your dog may not mind; but their best friend’s dog may! So preventing the bad habit from forming is sometimes key!
My fluffy customers have challenged me this week! My bike-sore bum from all the cycling and aching feet from all the walking don’t deter me from my wonderful job.
The questioning and trusting eyes from every one of my pooches and their visible delight on our walks makes every second worthwhile.
Exhausted in Deptford Park last night I laid down on the grass in the sun with Tom and let him bounce and throw himself all over me, occasionally planting tiny kisses on my face and dropping his ball on my stomach to continue playing football with him; his delight made me reflect on my eventful week.
Hurtling on my rickety bike from one customer to the next, on Monday I found a 2lb opened bag of apples bitten into and arranged on every stair of the house! These were accompanied by little cardboard plant pots housing compost that was also obviously savoured – Oh no! I thought, diarrhea tomorrow. Sure enough, armed with plenty of kitchen roll and poo-bags Tuesday brought the squirts. In my haste to clear the mess from the pavement, still hanging on tightly to the dog’s lead, I cleared as best I could, only to discover the retractable dog-lead had found it’s way into the mess, then all over my hands. No problem, I found a tree with big leaves and got rid of the goo enough to get back and disinfect the lead and myself. Onto my next customer and would you believe it, after selecting a prominent place on the public footpath my next customer decided to squat and crap right in front of someone’s gate. She came hurtling out and shouted “I hope you’re gonna clear that mess, it’s going to stink like shit” – full of apologies, I cleared the mess, only to discover (once again) after I’d taken new hold, that the heavy leather training lead had also dropped in the crap and was on my fingers! No problem, the park we were headed for had a quiet little stream so I washed my hands and lead thoroughly then headed home at the end of our walk to disinfect and clean my hands and the lead once again.
Then came my one-off visit with a beautiful Sharpe who greeted me with nose-kisses.
What a wonderful week, I never get bored! Ah! The weekend – a little rest and recuperation ready for whatever pickles we get into next week. Have a good weekend all :) Maria