Sunday, February 19, 2017

Silly Cat Sunday

 It's never a good idea to think about adopting another cat without considering the consequences! Ha! Ha!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Why I Don't Recommend Dog Parks and Alternatives to Keep Your Dog Happy Instead

Shortly after adopting my coon hound, Daisy, eight years ago I took her to the dog park because (A) I wanted to give her the opportunity to make new friends (B) I wanted to show her off to as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time because I was proud to finally have Daisy in my life after decades of waiting but for a variety of reasons the park soon proved to be an unnecessary and unpleasant place to visit. 
Teacher's Pet Sitting Service client, Bebe, loved her walking breaks at a nearby paint studio on a regular basis!
When my clients ask for my opinion on taking their dog to the park I advise them to avoid dog parks altogether. Many clients are concerned that by avoiding the dog park their dog will miss out on opportunities to socialize with other dogs so I then point out that there are multiple opportunities to socialize and become stimulated by the sights and sounds throughout the neighborhood.

Another reason why I advise clients to avoid the dog park is because many dogs get little to no exercise because, for one reason or another, they prefer to view the sights from a distance! Why drive to the dog park when there are miles of territory to safely explore in the neighborhood instead?

Daisy takes a break on the Dover Community Trail in Dover, NH, with friends Emma and Delainey.
My other suggestion is to find safe, balanced dogs that your dog can play with or hike with in a safe on or off-leash environment. Bike rides or jogging with your dogs are also fun activities!

If, for some reason, you’re unable to utilize these other options and feel the dog park is a necessity for you and your dog, then here are a few tips to think about:
  • When you arrive, check out the atmosphere: Is it chaotic? Are there too many dogs in a frenzied state? Are there any dogs who are engaging in bullying behavior or anything else that makes you nervous? If so, honor that feeling and skip the park or wait until a time when you are certain the park will be less populated.
  • If your dog is being chased or bullied and appears nervous, insecure, or that the play doesn’t appear reciprocal, calmly go and intercept and get him/her out of there.
  • Monitor the situation as you would if kids we’re playing or wrestling!
Remember, it’s your job to advocate and protect your dog! Many owners use the dog park as a place for their ill-behaved dogs to run wild, and many other owners are totally unaware of what their dog is capable of and may not even be aware that their dog is dangerous. 

Once again, I don’t recommend the dog park, but if you going to use it, be sure to be as safe, aware, and prepared as possible!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Daisy and 

Buster hope you have the sweetest Valentine's Day ever! 


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Silly Cat Sunday

 If you live in New England like I do you're going to need to invest in a few more cats to help keep you warm this winter!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Four Dogs Who Weakened My Knees This Weekend


  The dogs you are about to view may make you feel weak, dizzy, lightheaded, and happy all at the same time so please proceed with the utmost of caution. Are you ready for the show?

From the time I walked into Diesel's house I was in love. In love with his huge paws, his wrinkly face, and his mismatched ears! Isn't he just a love?

When there's one adorable dog in the house there's bound to be another and here she is! Take a look at Diesel's sister, Coco, a two year old Boxer mix who has the most imploring eyes I've ever seen in my life! She really knew how to use those eyes to her advantage to get what she wanted from her pet sitter!

The third dog who had me shrieking in delight was Lola, a miniature poodle, who not only posed for pictures but also pranced, danced, and wiggled with excitement at each visit! She is the belle of the neighborhood; everyone knows her and greets her with an assortment of compliments as she walks down the street. I can certainly understand why Lola has captured everyone's attention, can't you?

The fourth cutie to take my breath away was Sheepie, Lola's long-haired chihuahua brother. I am sorry for the poor photo quality but Sheepie was camera-shy. 

Sheepie was hearing impaired from the moment he was born so he is a bit more cautious with strangers than usual. Still, Sheepie is extremely adorable, don't you agree?

So there you have it! These are the adorable dogs who weakened my knees this weekend!