Monday, August 22, 2016

When Is It Acceptable to Get Rid of Your Dog?

When I saw the above quote I immediately thought of the many dogs who are given away when they no longer fit into their family's lifestyle after having been the focal point of their lives when they were young and impressionable.

I also thought about the confusion, anger, and frustration that is sure to grip the minds and hearts of dogs who are given up for adoption after forming a strong bond with their family members. I also think of the dog's who sit day by day hoping those familiar footsteps will walk up to their kennel and take them home but it never happens and then they are left with no choice but to wait for someone else to love them.

My heart is broken when I read about dogs who are left to fend for themselves in the streets or in the wild because many get sick, injured, or worse because they aren't accustomed to that lifestyle.

From what I've learned from my own pets, Daisy and Buster, they love me unconditionally no matter what my mood, financial situation, or schedule may be so I cannot comprehend how someone could betray that love by abandoning them.

In my opinion, pets are family members forever but if owners think it is necessary that they can no longer live with them there had better be a very good reason for it! What reason(s) can you think of for giving a furry family member away?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

My First Tippi Hedren Experience With My Feathered Friend, Charlie

Based on my fear of low-flying birds after watching Alfred Hitchcock's horrifying movie, The Birds, I was concerned when Charlie's  owners told me he might try to escape while I filled his food and water bowls even though they assured me he would go right back in if I asked him to hop on my finger.

As you can imagine, I was very careful while I refilled Charlie's bowls but he viewed my arm as a bridge towards freedom!

 I thought it was cute at first to watch him prance on top of the cage but


when I tried to lure him back inside with a piece of lettuce he playfully nipped my finger because this was all just a game to him!


Soon after that, Charlie decided to recreate a scene from The Birds by flying throughout the kitchen! I tried not to scream or panic but when he flew just inches above my head I was terrified that he would come in for a landing on my head and possibly take a few chunks of my blonde hair along with him and start building a nest. The only way, in my mind, to prevent me from becoming another Tippi Hedren victim (yes, I'm exaggerating a bit) was to avoid his flying pattern and try to remain calm! 

It was a battle of wills by this point and I had only one more strategy left: I was going to focus my attention on "his" turtle and fish friends who no doubt were thankful for this change of scenery! 

Within minutes, Charlie swooped to the top of the cage for a bite of the lettuce that I'd left there earlier and then he ambled onto the inside pole just below him and then I quickly closed the gate! 

To be fair, Charlie was a gentle, playful little guy who was just having a little fun with his pet sitter and I can't say as I blame him! After all, he was accustomed to leave the cage every day and he thought I gave him permission to do so!

As I conclude this story, I wonder if any of my readers have an irrational fear of birds after watching The Birds?

Monday, August 15, 2016

What Overnight Care Means to My New Boxer Friends, Bo and Luci

One of the many services I provide for dogs is overnight care because I believe they are happier in the comfort of their own home lounging on their couch like my new friend Luci is doing rather than lie on an unfamiliar cot at a boarding facility.

 She and her brother, Bo, approved of their mom's choice to hire me to stay with them especially since I gave them

treats after every walk

or whenever they gave me "that look" that I found hard to resist! 

 The other bonus for Bo and Luci was the chance to make friends with my girl, Daisy, who quickly became a part of the pack! 

Daisy is such a polite guest at every home that she insists on bringing a gift to share with her friends and in this case it was a small bag of coconut flakes to sprinkle on their kibble!

Some friends refuse it for dietary reasons but these boxers loved it so much that they insisted on having it at every meal!

 If you have dogs who would rather wake up with their pet sitter in their own home rather than in a boarding facility, I can help! 

For more information about my services, please visit my website or my Facebook page today! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Silly Cat Sunday

 In some cases, long-distance relationships are FUR the best, right?