Sunday, August 30, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Retractable leashes are popular primarily because they aren't as confining as regular leashes which allows dogs more freedom to sniff and poke around on walks but unfortunately these leashes aren't safe for the following 4 reasons:
1. The length of retractable leashes, some of which can extend up to 26 feet, allows dogs to get far enough away from their humans that a situation can quickly turn dangerous. It's much easier to regain control of (or protect) a dog at the end of a six-foot standard flat leash than it is if he's at the end of a thin string.
2. The thin cord of a retractable leash can break – especially when a powerful dog is on the other end of it. Not only can that put the dog and whatever he may be chasing in danger, but also the cord can snap back and injure the person at the other end.
Also, the plastic handle is slippery and it gets even worse when it's raining because it will be very difficult to hang onto when a dog suddenly pulls at the leash.
4. Because the leashes are so long the temptation is to let the dog be the leader on the walks when it should be the other way around.
The best dynamic is for dogs to be walking beside, slightly in front, or slightly in back of the owner. Dogs will respect the owner who is in charge of the walk and it will make for pleasant walks which is what every dog and owner deserves!
If a client leaves a retractable leash on the counter for me I head out to my car to grab a standard 4 foot leash and then we are all set for a leisurely, enjoyable, and safe walk!
I hope this blog post convinced you walk in the opposite direction from the retractable leash aisle at your neighborhood pet supply store!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
granted him with a high school student, I.D. card?
Well, now that you know you can become his virtual friend by reading about all of his school adventures on his Facebook page!
The description of his Facebook page is "This page is dedicated to informing Bubba's many admirers of his fascinating activities and legendary lifestyle."
So far he has 37,620 likes on his page and I'm one of his fans! Are you?
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Last night Daisy and I walked to the ice cream stand in town and were delighted to meet a blind beagle named Henry! Look at that adorable smile! What a cutie!
To celebrate the fact that Henry met a new and taller version of himself Henry's mom bought a doggy sundae for the two of them to share but in separate bowls, of course!
Henry had to have his eyes removed two months ago due to a series of horrible fungal infections and his mom said that he has adjusted very well ever since!
I suggested that he become a therapy dog at a program called Tales for Tails which gives young children the chance to read to dogs.
Daisy is going to become a certified therapy dog next month and is going to sign up for this program which takes place at Durham Public Library and hopefully the two will meet there soon!
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Ever since Daisy first met Iggy,
Lemmy (in the background), and Arty last July she has been quite the hot ticket because whenever she doesn't show up to walk with them her "boyfriends" are noticeably disappointed so when I found this toy on the floor I thought it fit their relationship perfectly!
If you ask me, though, these boys are also hot tickets! Believe me, it is very difficult to say no to these sweet faces!