Tuesday, September 11, 2018

May We Never Forget Bretagne, the Last Search and Rescue 9/11 Dog

In March 2016 Bretagne was still carrying her bag of treats in her mouth until Denise finally give in and opened it.
It was a very sad day for the men and women of the Cy-Fair Fire Department as they gave their final salute to Bretagne (pronounced "Brittany") who is the last known surviving 9/11 search and rescue dog. She would have turned 18 in August.

Sadly, she began experiencing kidney failure and was slowing down. When Bretagne failed to do her favorite thing for three consecutive days — eat — her owner Denise Corliss realized it was time to say goodbye.

"She was really anxious last night and she just wanted to be with me," Corliss told TODAY on Monday. "So I laid down with her, right next to her. When she could feel me, she could settle down and go to sleep. I slept with her like that all night." 

Even though Bretagnes's suffering ended at 5:00 p.m. last August she will forever live in the hearts of those who loved her best. 

I am heartbroken for her owner today, especially on this important day of remembrance of 9/11, and hope Denise finds comfort in the memories she shared with her.

Denise Corliss is pictured with Bretagne at Ground Zero in New York City in September 2001. It was their first deployment together.

Today the world will be remembering the tragedy and the aftermath of 9/11 so since this blog is about pets I thought I would honor a golden retriever named Bretagne who spent 10 days trying to find and save people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center.

This post below was published in June 2016 in remembrance of this kind soul and I hope you will take a moment to thank her for her service as I'm sure she is watching from above!

Bretagne, the last surviving search and rescue dog from 9/11, is walked by her handler Denise Corliss, past a flank of members of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, as she was brought into the Fairfield Animal Hospital, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Cypress, to be euthanized.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Tedy Bruschi and Shikari Enjoy TLC From Their New Pet Sitter!

Last Wednesday Tedy the Westie (my first Westie client in 12 years!) acted a bit down in the dumps (and he should have been because mom was on a mini-vacation) on his first visit so the following day I brought my own dog,

Daisy, to accompany him! As you can see from the picture, Tedy perked right up and was a happy camper throughout his walk with us! While Daisy was camera shy she certainly wasn't shy about getting to know this fella who was named after the former New England Patriot linebacker, Tedy Bruschi, while out walking on a lovely wooded trail! 

Once Tedy got settled in with a few treats and some fresh water I was thrilled to see 11 year old Shikari waiting on the couch for me! I was told he is normally shy around strangers so to have him beside me was a treat! 

If you live in or near Dover, NH, and are heading out of town for a short or lengthy vacation  please consider Teacher's Pet Sitting Service to take care of all of your pet's needs! Your pets will be happy you called!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

7 Tips to Take the Stress Out of Your Cat's Trip to the Veterinarian

If you're like most cat owners, taking your cat to the vet is one of the most stressful events that you dread just as much as your cat does but what if I told you that there were seven things you could do to make the whole ordeal (yes, I said "ordeal") less painful? 

As a cat owner myself I was especially appreciative of the tips of (A) holding the cat carrier close to the body to cause less motion and (B) placing pheromone infused bedding or your own bedding in the carrier to make your cat more comfortable! 

What was your favorite tip? What else have you tried to make the trip to the vet an easy one? 

I'd love to hear about your paw-sitive experiences so please share! Thank you!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day!

Buster, Daisy, and I wish all of our friends a happy, safe, and relaxing Labor Day!