Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jilly Embraces Life and Leisure After Nearly a Year in the Shelter!


When I spotted Jilly's adorable but worried face on the Cocheco Valley Humane Society website last month I felt certain that she knew the odds were against her to leave the place she'd been living in for 270 days because 8 year old dogs with a skin allergy and the inability to get along well with other dogs are a hard sell to potential adopters BUT I've always held the belief that all dogs can be rehabilitated. 

I also knew that a client and friend of mine was ready to invite a new friend into his life after losing his golden retriever, Sandi, to cancer nearly a year ago so I practically begged him to meet me at the shelter and the rest, as they say, is history.

Soon after Jilly was adopted she became a shadow of who she once was and has flourished on the busy streets of Dover, New Hampshire, where she's had fun meeting Bob Dylan at Baldface Books, and

customers at Katz Deli and Market and

the Federal Savings Bank!

She also loves to walk to the nearby Park Street Park and then

pause for a water break at the entrance of Nicole's Hallmark

and inside 75 Broadway Laundromat

 Oh, and that thing about Jilly being unable to get along with other dogs is a myth because she immediately befriended my coon hound, Daisy,

and readily invited her into her home for a refreshment break without any issues whatsoever! 

At the end of the visit it is sad to watch her watch me leave but it is a comfort to know that she is finally in a stable home full of love and lots of downtown adventures! 

If you are hesitating on adopting a new best friend don't let a dog's past history stop you from adopting him or her because rehabilitation is possible and Jilly's story is one example of that!

Monday, July 18, 2016

10 Types of Dogs Who Will Benefit From a Mid-Day Visit

From left to right, clients Finley and Kobe look forward to their mid-day walk!

A break in the middle of your work day is the ultimate gift of love for your dog(s). Pet sitting companies such as mine, Teacher's Pet Sitting Service, offer mid-day breaks as well as morning, late afternoon, and evening breaks while owners are on vacation.
In a professional pet sitting company (see What to Look for in a Pet Sitting Company), a mid-day visit is comprised of a long walk along with the chance to play, interact with the public, and enjoy fresh water and treats prior to the end of the visit.

If you're wondering if your dog is a candidate for a mid-day visit refer to the list of ten types of dogs who need immediate attention:

Puppies who aren't housebroken need 1-2 breaks while you are at work. Puppies typically need a bathroom break about every 3 hours.

Elderly Dogs (7 years and older) may need to go to the bathroom more often.

Crated Dogs should be let out of their crates every 3-4 hours to stretch their legs.
 Dogs with any health issues need someone check on him or her during the day to give medication if necessary. 

Adopted dogs of any age need a visit to help them acclimate from a kennel environment where they were surrounded by lots of activity 24/7.

Destructive Dogs need to expend that energy in a constructive way so as not to destroy the house or something that may be harmful (such as electrical cords) to their well being.

Dogs with separation anxiety find a great deal of comfort from having a routine and a good place to start is with a mid-day visit. However, if your dog still exhibits issues he or she should be brought to a dog behaviorist for evaluation.

Dogs who are prone to bladder issues and/or urinary tract infections need a break because holding urine for long periods of time is unhealthy.

High energy dogs will benefit from an extended visit (this usually equates to an hour) or two visits per day because this routine this will produce a calming effect.
Overweight Dogs will avoid health issues such as  diabetes, heart and joint problems, arthritis and more simply from partaking in a routine mid-day walk .

If you live in the Dover, New Hampshire, area and would like to get your dog signed up for regularly scheduled walks, please contact Teacher's Pet Sitting Service today!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Four Reasons Why Litter Box Liners Are a Bad Idea

On the rare occasion that I spot a liner in a new Teacher's Pet Sitting Service client's litter box I inform the owner that I will remove it on the first visit because it simply isn't convenient for me or for the cat(s) for the following four reasons:

1. Liners don’t always fit perfectly and can fold back into the box as the cat uses her paws to cover her waste.

2. Cats can poke holes in the liners as they scratch allowing urine to seep through to the bottom of the litter box. If cats get their claws stuck in the plastic as they attempt to cover it can create an unpleasant association with the litter box and may choose to retaliate by defecating outside of the box.

3. If there are holes in the liner the litter will fall through in several tiny streams. If urine has leaked through the holes then you’ll have either wet or dried urine on the outside of the liner as well as on the bottom of the litter box.

4. Many cat owners think having liners gives them permission to change them once a week without any scooping whatsoever which is unfair to cats because they deserve a clean box on a daily basis. 

By removing the liner, your cat will appreciate having a litter box set-up that is appealing, clean, and won’t cause his or her claws to get stuck in plastic!


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Daisy Takes Her BFF's On a Road Trip!

Because it was such a hot and humid day yesterday Lemmy (on the left), Iggy,

and Arty 

Daisy asked them to join her on a road trip! The boys begged to know where they were going but to my great surprise Daisy was silent the whole way to 

Kaleida-Scoop on 7 Mill Road in Durham because she wanted her BFF's to be surprised and, doggone it, they were!  

When Daisy realized she forgot her wallet I was happy to pay for these doggie sundaes 

because it was fun to watch these buddies enjoy their cool treats!

These friends always attract attention so it was no surprise that many customers stopped to snap a few pictures but Daisy was too busy eating to pose for them!  

As you can imagine, the boys will never forget about this road trip and I'm sure Daisy will ask them to go on another one soon!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's Our 5 Year Doverversary Today!

Daisy frequently stops to admire her favorite mural located on First Street in downtown Dover, New Hampshire!
Early this morning a Facebook post alerted me that Daisy and I have been Dover, New Hampshire, residents for five years on this very day so I quickly looked up my first blog post about our travels in this great city! All of the shops have closed except Adelle's Coffeehouse but others have since been established and we have been delighted to introduce ourselves to the shop owners nearly every day!

I hope you enjoy reading this "vintage" post:


Moving to Dover, New Hampshire, was a dream come true for my treeing walker coon hound, Daisy, because so many shop keepers make sure her life is far from ruff!

For example, the Adelle's Coffeehouse baristas  make sure Daisy stays hydrated.


George of City Hall Market makes sure Daisy gets a good rub down and a treat at every visit!

She also loves to accessorize to her heart's content inside her favorite girly-girl store,

Lucy's Art Emporium, whenever she feels like it!

Moving to Dover may not be pawsible for you and your pooch but you can always shop here anytime you please!