Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dead Mice in the Kitchen

At the start of a series of visits at Simon's house I read a note that said "Simon has been playing with mice that he finds behind the stove and refrigerator so don't be surprised if you find dead ones in the kitchen. When I find them I fling them into the back yard and sometimes I bury them but I will leave it up to you to decide what you want to do with them." 

As you can well imagine I was horrified by this information because I am not one of THOSE PEOPLE who is nonchalant when I see any dead animal. Instead, I scream and run or walk away from them as quickly as possible. I can't think of anyone who would react any differently. Can you?

Right after I read the note I checked every nook and cranny for mice but I was fortunate not to find any so I was able to play with Simon with relief. 

On the second day there weren't any in sight so I was able to relax while Simon tried to undo my shoelaces and eat his kibble.

but on the third day Simon looked as if he had something to show me so I braced myself for the inevitable

but as luck would have it, I found this little guy! Isn't he cute?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lemmy, Iggy, and Arty Join the Teacher's Pet Sitting Service Family!

From left to right are my friends Lemmy, Iggy, and Arty and my dog, Daisy.
Because Lemmy, Iggy, and Arty's parents travel so often Daisy and I have walked more miles than we could count and during our trips around town we've met many people who could not believe how easy it looked for me to keep them from pulling me to the ground but much to my surprise walking with them put a smile on my face every time!

And when we weren't walking I've been amused by Arty's happiness whenever I dropped leaves for him to chase and eat

 while Iggy barked and begged me to play a game of fetch but it was next to impossible for me to snatch if from his wrinkly jowls. 

Meanwhile, Lemmy quietly waited for me to toss his ball to towards the trees.

And when their parents were away for an extended period of time a box of new food was delivered to the door and Arty was especially happy about that! 

 As you can tell, at every visit the boys were as happy as could be to have me and Daisy keep them company when their owners were far away!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Why Do Dogs Bark Excessively In The Backyard?

Over the past 10 years I've listened to my clients say, "Almost as soon I open the door to the back yard my dog races to the fence to bark at the neighbor's dogs and then they either stand on their hind legs to get a closer look at them and worst of all, they start running up and down their fence barking excessively. Is my dog being vicious? Is he trying to get on my nerves by making so much noise? What should I do? Why is this happening?" 

According to Cesar Milan the Dog Whisperer, "Barking through the fence is his way of fulfilling himself with excitement outside his house, because in his house, he is not getting what he's looking for. Why is your dog so excited? Well, he's probably lacking in exercise. I'm not talking about backyard exercise; I'm talking about a nice, long walk. Why doesn't he come when you call? You're not fulfilling his needs - the neighbors outside with their dogs are!
If you don't engage him physically and psychologically every day, his excitement will take over. His needs at that moment are coming from a predator point of view, not a follower point of view."


 Time and time again I’ve watched owners get so frustrated with their dog's barking they command their dogs to go inside when, in fact, their dog was having fun with their neighbor and what makes me feel even worse is that the owners don't follow up by taking their dog out for a walk soon after retreating to the house. 

My client, a greyhound mix, Gibson, and my dog, Daisy, and I head out for long walk.
 As soon as my clients take my advice they remark that their dog is satisfied, happy, and quiet at home!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Silly Cat Sunday

Not only does my oldest cat, Henry, like to lie down on my copy machine but he loves it even more when it's moving and I cannot believe he doesn't fall off! 

Does your cat love sitting on your copier?