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Saturday, August 29, 2015

4 Reasons Why Retractable Leashes Should Be Banned In Your Household


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.

3. The handles of retractable leashes are bulky and cumbersome making it next to impossible to hold two in one hand when you need to reach into your pocket for that important phone call.

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

Local School Mascot, Bubba, Gets His Own Student I.D. Card


Have you heard of Bubba the San Jose, California, neighborhood cat whose owner (Amber Marienthal) let him roam around near Leland High School and Bret Harte Middle School so much that the students adopted him and then 



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? 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Daisy and Henry's Sundae Surprise!


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

Daisy, Iggy, Lemmy, and Arty are Hot Tickets!


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!

Friday, August 21, 2015

When I Am Old


A friend of mine shared this lovely poem with me a few days ago and I am sure you will appreciate it is as much as I did!

When I am old...
I will wear soft gray sweatshirts...
and a bandana over my silver hair...
and I will spend my social security checks on my dogs.

I will sit in my house on my well-worn chair
and listen to my dogs breathing.
I will sneak out in the middle of a warm summer night
and take my dogs for a run, if my old bones will allow...

When people come to call, I will smile and nod
as I show them my dogs...
and talk of them and about them...
...the ones so beloved of the past
and the ones so beloved of today...

I will still work hard cleaning after them,
mopping and feeding them and whispering their names
in a soft loving way.
I will wear the gleaming sweat on my throat,
like a jewel, and I will be an embarrassment to all...
especially my family...
who have not yet found the peace in being free
to have dogs as your best friends...

These friends who always wait, at any hour, for your footfall...
and eagerly jump to their feet out of a sound sleep,
to greet you as if you are a God,
with warm eyes full of adoring love and hope
that you will always stay,

I'll hug their big strong necks...
I'll kiss their dear sweet heads...
and whisper in their very special company....

I look in the mirror... and see I am getting old....
this is the kind of person I am...
and have always been.

Loving dogs is easy, they are part of me.
Please accept me for who I am.
My dogs appreciate my presence in their lives...
they love my presence in their lives...

When I am old this will be important to me...
you will understand when you are old,
if you have dogs to love too.

-Author Unknown