Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Paralyzed Dog, Lucy, Reaches Summit Of Mount Washington

A wheelchair did not stop Lucy, a 4-year old mixed breed whose back legs were paralyzed in a car accident when she was still a pup from reaching the highest peak in the northeastern United States, Mount Washington, on the morning of August 18, 2010.

Lucy's owner, Courtney Dunning, a 28-year-old nurse from Peterborough, N.H., her boyfriend, and her other dog, a chihuahua-dachshund mix named Topper, accompanied Lucy on the 4,500-foot ascent. A representative from Nashua, New Hampshire's and a filmmaker also climbed with them. Lucy made the climb with the help of a wheelchair that was donated to her from two years ago.

The rocky terrain or steep slope didn’t deter Lucy on the six-hour climb. Lucy's owner, a marathon runner, said she had prepared her dog for the climb all summer by training her on nearby mountains a little at a time until she thought her pup was ready for the challenge.

Courtney adopted Lucy more than two years ago after seeing her photo on an animal rescue website. Lucy, who was living in shelter in Puerto Rico using a hand-me-down wheelchair until a donated wheelchair arrived from Handicapped Pets shortly after.

Wednesday’s six-hour journey to the summit of Mt. Washington was no easy feat for Lucy, including several breaks for food and water (as well as one diaper change).

When they reached the 4000 feet marker, Lucy was tired but was determined to reach her destination and was ready to pose for the camera

at the 5000 foot marker until she finally  

reached the summit! Of course, Courtney was proud of Lucy, and thanked the Mt. Washington Auto Road and its employees for their support.

And since Lucy is a favorite of the Mt. Washington Auto Road employees, she enjoyed an extremely comfortable ride back to the base of the mountain with her owner and her supporters.

Ever since Lucy made the courageous climb to the summit she has been receiving a lot of fan mail and if you would like to send her a message you can join her on Facebook! Become her fan here and congratulate her for a job well done!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ten Tips To Help You Find Your Perfect Pet Sitter

As mentioned in my previous post, hiring a pet sitter to care for your companions in their own environment is a wonderful alternative to kenneling but I forgot to tell you HOW to find a pet sitter....until now.  

The following 10 tips will help you find your perfect pet sitter:

1) Make a list of everything you need in a sitter and a list of the needs of your pet.   

For example: Does your pet require medication? Would your pet be happier with a male or a female pet sitter? Do you want a pet sitter who will water your plants, take out the trash, etc, at no extra cost?

2) Ask pet owners in your neighborhood for recommendations.

3) Seek recommendations from your veterinarian and vet techs

Some vet techs provide pet sitting services for clients at a low cost. Many veterinarians, like those at Northside Animal Hospital, have a community bulletin board where pet services are advertised. 

4) Contact PSI (Pet Sitters International) for referrals

Pet Sitters International offers a certification program for qualified pet sitters.

Pawsitive Pet Nutrition, your one-stop-shop for pet nutrition, dog training, and pet care advice!

5) Speak with employees at your local pet store for recommendations.

6) Your local animal welfare or rescue organization may know of capable, caring, professional people who pet sit.

Patty had no problem introducing herself to her new pet sitter during her new client meeting!

7) Make sure your potential pet sitter insists on meeting you and your pet in your home before hiring him/her

We always meet new clients in their home because we want the pets to become familiar with us and we want to know where everything related to the pet's care is located.

8)Every pet sitter should arrive at your home with paperwork for for you to review and complete.  

If he does not have these available be sure to leave detailed notes pertaining to the care of your pets so that he can refer to them whenever necessary. Also provide him with contact information, phone numbers and addresses of your vet, and friends and neighbors who can help out if necessary.

9) Make sure he is licensed and bonded and has excellent references and experience.

10) Make certain your pet sitter is able to handle an emergency and is aware of the phone number and location of the nearest veterinary emergency hospital as well as your vet’s office.

If this information has been helpful, please leave feedback! I hope you find your perfect pet sitter just in time for your next vacation!

Friday, August 20, 2010

What Are The Advantages To Hiring a Pet Sitter?

Our 2006 pet sitting brochure featured our furry clients, Lucy, Buster, and Betty. Sadly, these pups moved away in 2007 and we miss them terribly! 
Caring pet owners know that most pets adjust better to their owner’s absence and experience less anxiety and stress when they can remain in their home environments. Pet sitters make this possible with visits to your home when you cannot be there.

What services will my pet sitter provide for my animals?

Our client, Garbo, munching on her favorite wet food, Fancy Feast!

In addition to meals,

Amos, my pet sitting partner, walking our Miss Daisy with our clients, Molly (to your left) and Cooper

       exercise is available for one visit per day or for multiple vacation visits with dog and cat clients

Amos rubbing Norton's belly while Norton's brother, Gus, looks for squirrels!

and playtime 

and cleaning litter boxes,  

 Amos is experienced in administering insulin injections for Chloe and other pets who are in need.

and professional pet sitters may also administer medications,

Our old kitty client, Fred, needed transport to the vet for hydration treatments.

and perform other pet-care duties such as transport to and from the groomer, the vet, or to doggie daycare.

Our King Charles Spaniel client, Gracie, gets one-on-one attention from her pet sitter.

That’s why in-home pet care is the choice of pet owners and the “pet-preferred” method of vacation and travel care.

What home care tasks will my pet sitter perform at no extra cost?

Pet sitters may also provide vital home-care services while you are away, including mail or newspaper pick up,

These plants are very imPAWtent to our pug client, Fenway!

                 plant care and watering,

Our Corgi-mix client, Dewey, loves helping us put the trash on the curb!

          placing trash outside for pickup

or rotating the lights and opening or closing the blinds to make your house look lived in. A professional pet sitter provides peace of mind for everyone.

What are the advantages for my pets?

Playful little Cali is very relaxed in her own home while her owners are away!

Reduced Stress: Your pet stays in its own familiar secure environment where all the sights, smells and sounds say “Home!”

Nugget, a cat who thinks he belongs to one of our clients, gets fed outside by "his" pet sitters at each visit.
Diet and Exercise: Customary diet and exercise routines are followed, with no interruption to upset your pet.

Health Concerns: With a pet sitter, there is minimal exposure to illness from other animals which was important for our former King Charles Spaniel client, Nellie, while she battled syringomyelia and other ailments caused from the disease.

Amos poses with former clients Amadeus and Morgan during a home visit.

T L C: Most importantly, your pet receives love and personal attention while you are away!
So tell me, friends, have you enjoyed the services of your pet sitter? If so, please share your stories! I'd love to hear all about it!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thankful Fur 3 Thursday - Blog Hop!

Welcome to Thankful FUR 3 Thursday! Why did I create this Thursday blog hop, you ask? Simply put, my three kiddos (Henry, Buster, and Daisy) want to meet three or more friends on their favorite day of the week and I thought their idea was pawsome!

This blog hop is FUR our loyal followers but it is also for NEW Google Friend Connect followers as well! If you are a NEW Google Friend Connect follower and if you want to be one of the 3 blogs to be in next Thursday’s SPOTLIGHT you need to leave a request in the comment box and please hurry if you are interested because only the FURst 3 requests count!

I like to keep things simple so here are the 3 guidelines FUR the blog hop:

1. To join in the Thankful Fur 3 Thursday, include your link in our list, follow the hostesses (The Teacher’s Pets and my lovely friend, Maggie Mae) in the first 2 spots and WE PROMISE TO FOLLOW YOU IN RETURN and then start blog hopping! Visit other blogs on the list and comment to give them some blog love. Then take a minute to follow them through Google Friend Connect – this is a good way to keep up with other blogs, but also lets us show support to each other! Please DO NOT list your giveaways here, links must be to either your homepage or your Thursday posting with your blog title. All others will be deleted.

2. When people comment on your blog and let you know they’re a part of Thankful FUR 3 Thursday, return the favor and follow them back. This way everyone gets traffic and followers out of participating, and it’s a win-win situation. We would think it was pawsome if you grabbed our Thankful FUR 3 Thursday button and post it on your blog and/or in a post but please don't feel obligated to do so! The more bloggers that find out about Thankful FUR 3 Thursday and participate, the better!

3. Remember, YOU can host the link list on your blog too! Just click “Get the code here…” at the bottom of the list.

And without further adieu, let's meet our 3 newest followers! I hope you will take a moment to introduce yourselves to all 3 of them soon!

1. To quote Cheri Bost, the hostess of Along Life's Highway: "I have two interests that are not related but define me. In no particular order: (1) Yard artistry: the collecting and displaying of lawn decorations small, mundane, large or astounding. (2) Reporting and scoring of these collections and sharing the Yard Art Game with whomever wishes to play." Cheri was also featured in the Home and Gardening Magazine for her love of funky lawn ornaments and her love for blogging about it. You go girl!

2. Meet Xia and my little brother's name is Augie. We are 2 pekes better known as the 2 Goobers. If you've sniffed around before you'd see that Xia has a book out titled, Angel in a Fur Coat.

3. Meet Amy's House of Cats! Amy was a photography major in college but now most of her picture taking is of her cats and I can see why! Her cats are adorable!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pre-Thankful Fur 3 News and Nods!!!

Just because my mom wanted to go wordless today doesn't mean I can't do some barking on a Wednesday, right? Glad you agree with me because I have a few things to tell you.....are you ready?


Furst of all, I want to apawlogize fur my mom because she totally forgot to play the THANKFUL FUR 3 THURSDAY game last Thursday! Well, the truth is that she thought no one would play the game with her butt she was pleasantly surprised to find that Maggie Mae tried to co-host THANKFUL FUR 3 last Thursday and my mom wasn't prepared to help! Embarrassing with a capital E fur my mom!

Luckily, Maggie Mae was gracious enough to offer her co-hosting services fur tomorrow and if anyone else wants to co-host please let me know by e-mailing me at coonhounddaisyATyahooDOTcom or you can just leave a comment below. I (not my lazy mom) will e-mail the official words to cut and paste fur tomorrow and I will add your name to the Linky Tool (we finally figgered out which Linky to use fur others to link to and carry to their bloggies) so that you are one of the furst blogs to follow. THIS IS A BLOG HOP and I think this could be A HOWLING SUCCESS with your help....the more co-hosts the better!


And you're never going to believe this but my dad and I have our very own travel blog called Driving Miss Daisy! It's kinda like the movie, Driving Miss Daisy, except I'm not an old lady and my driver is not a famous movie star but other than that I do get to ride around and ask my dad to take me all kinds of dog-friendly places in New England. So far, we've only been to two places butt that'll change because I'm starting to get bored with just walking around my neighborhood and stuff. I'm a born traveler, can't you tell? Woof! So please, for the love of dog, please follow our blog at because we need more than 2 followers! Woof!

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Bichon Comes To The Rescue!

Hello Dear Friends,

As many of Frankie's fans may know, it was a busy weekend for me because I was busy blogging on Daisy's behalf while she was busy hosting Frankie's virtual Ball and Chain Pawty and even though I am glad I participated I am also a bit exhausted. I felt as if I was really there with all of your wild and crazy dogs and I could not believe how everyone just "let themselves go" and had fun being creative and silly. I've been blogging since January and I must say that the Bachelor and Bachelor Party was the most fun I've had as a blogger!

As you may know, I am juggling time between blogging and pet sitting business and I've been able to keep my creative juices going until tonight because, after all, what can top two virtual parties, anyway? Well, I got lucky tonight when I checked my e-mail and found not one but two agility videos waiting for me in my inbox. Thank goodness for Mulligan's owner for sending them and thank goodness for Mulligan for making these videos so entertaining! Mulligan and his owner, Tina, are an incredibly talented team and here's the first video to prove it:

Time2Beat fastest clean dog in each height division wins! Mulligan was the 8"winner out of 9 dogs and the 7th fastest out fo all height divisions! Look at him go!


This video shows Tina and Mulligan in their second day (August 15, 2010) of competition at All Dogs Gym and Inn and once again they went 2Q's and 2 Blues!

Hope you enjoyed the shows! Have a great evening, everyone!
April and Daisy

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pre-Bachelor Pawty News and Nods Part 3!!!

After I drinking everyone under the table at the Bad Dog Tavern I headed over to Ruby and Penny's Bachelorette Pawty and then I rushed back to Wrigley Field to root for Pip's home team...the White Sox! To be honest, I paid more attention to boy-crushes, Grover and Remi, than the game (hee-hee) butt I confess that I couldn't keep my eyes off ......

Dude because I like a guy who keeps his head in the game and.....

or Hootie because he is always well groomed and .....

Mack because his Texan accent makes me swoon! Oh my!

Oh, and how could I furget to mention Dugan? Isn't he handsome? Better keep your paws off, ladies! I saw him furst! Hee-Hee!

And Frankie is a real catch butt he can't play the field anymore because his heart belongs to Ruby and Penny! I wonder who thinks I'm a real catch? *sigh*

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pre-Bachelor Pawty News and Nods Part 2!!!

Woof! Woof! It's me, Daisy, and I have a confession to make! According to my dad, I have a bit of a drinking problem and he insists I get pawfessional help (if you know what I mean) as soon as we get home! My dad says I drank everyone under the table but ...... 
I will let you be the judge...I mean, do I look like I'm under the table to you? And, I couldn't have had THAT MANY beers, could I? I think my dad planted those beer cans on the table to make me look bad in front of my sweetie, Grover, don't you? Grover and I haven't even started dating yet and here's my dad trying to ruin things! Grrrr! Maybe he's trying to keep me from heading down the aisle or somethin'!

Speaking of heading down the aisle, I overheard Frankie telling Taz that his paws are starting to get cold! That was the craziest thing I ever heard in my life beclaws it was soooo  H-O-T outside that my mouth was getting dry (another good reason to keep drinking those beers)! BOL!

And speaking of beers, my man Bailey had to take a sobriety test right before he left the tavern! Can you imagine? As you can see, he could walk in a straight line without teetering so he was good to go!

And speaking of teetering, I was surprised Indy could stand up at all and I'm not going to tell you how many beers he had....You know, it's a MAN CODE thing and since I'm in a man's world, I've gotta follow the rules!

And speaking of being in a man's world, I really thought Remi was quite the man and I don't think I'll be albe to keep my paws off him *wink*wink during the Chicago Bears game at 9:00 tonight!!! 

PeeeS.....Don't furget to check out what Pip has to say about the Ball & Chain Pawty too!