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Friday, June 22, 2018

My Sweet Neighborhood Cat Friend, Noel, Has Passed Away



It is with great sadness that I announce that my next-door-neighbor friend, Noel, passed away two days ago after suffering for several weeks from what was thought to be cancer. I happened to talk to her mom yesterday to ask where Noel had been (if you read the following post from a year ago you'd know she was a nightly visitor and sharer of treats with my dog, Daisy) and with a heavy heart she informed me that Noel's stomach became distended for several weeks but thought it was due to her gaining weight. Also, in the past few weeks she had been losing the strength to climb onto her couch or to eat so her mom was not surprised to learn that she had cancer. I thought it was odd that I hadn't seen Noel once spring rolled around and instead stuck close to home so now I know I can put her bowl away (yes, I bought a bowl just for her) and can stop shaking a treat container to attract her attention. She was between 13 and 15 years of age and had a good life of prowling around the neighborhood snagging treats, meals, and pets on the head from neighbors while also enjoying the comforts of home but she is still going to be sorely missed!

The following is an old post that will give you better insight into her purr-sonality and I hope you enjoy reading it!

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Yes, I know that my blog is supposed to feature either my Teacher's Pet Sitting Service clients or my own pets but I'm bending the rules a bit by telling you that my next-door-neighbor friend, Noel, is technically mine so I'm giving myself pawmission to write about her! Isn't she cute?  


For nearly two years at any time of day imaginable Noel has been showing up at my doorstep for a kind word, a few pets, and, of course, a meal

from this folksy bowl I bought with her tastes (get it?) in mind because I figured she must love chicken! 


When I'm not with her she lounges on my lawn dreaming of the moment when she can see her other favorite visitor, 


Daisy, when she comes back from her many walks!
  

Believe it or not, the two seem to understand each other! Daisy knows that if she doesn't bark or attempt to chase Noel (she rarely tries because she doesn't like to be hissed at) I will
  


take Daisy on a trek upstairs (it's a trek because she doesn't want to leave Noel behind as you can see) to grab some treats for them to share! These buddies know that it is a literal treat to get snacks during the day because the usual routine happens at the end of Daisy's evening walk when the two share a few morsels together!



If you're wondering if I would adopt her if she wasn't already owned by the lady next door the answer is YES! She has reminded me that I still have room in my heart to adopt another cat after losing my dear Henry a little over two years ago! 



Do you have a neighborhood cat, dog, squirrel, etc, who visits you on a regular basis? If so, what has that experience been like? Please leave a comment below! I'd love to hear about it!








 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

How to Keep Short-Nosed Dogs Cool This Summer


Since it's the first day of summer I thought I would put out a safety warning for all owners of short-nosed dogs such as pugs, bulldogs, boxers, and Boston terriers because they have a more difficult time breathing in the heat than other breeds. Their respiratory distress is scientifically known as  Brachycephalic Upper Airway Obstructive Syndrome (an inability to conduct efficient air intake due to the shape and construction of their nostrils) making them susceptible to heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses?

All dogs have trouble adjusting to hot weather, because they don’t have sweat glands and all that fur makes the problem worse, so the only way dogs can regulate their body temperature is by panting. Now, the specific problem with Frenchies and heat is that, just like their relatives- Pugs and Bulldogs (which are also brachycephalic dogs) they all have short noses and therefore decreased air-intake ability. Because of that, warm weather that generally creates certain discomfort to all larger breeds and non-brachycephalic dogs, may turn out to be fatal to French Bulldogs. - See more at: http://www.frenchbulldogbreed.net/french-bulldog/french-bulldog-hot-weather.html#sthash.xUqsmCQR.dpuf
All dogs have trouble adjusting to hot weather, because they don’t have sweat glands and all that fur makes the problem worse, so the only way dogs can regulate their body temperature is by panting. Now, the specific problem with Frenchies and heat is that, just like their relatives- Pugs and Bulldogs (which are also brachycephalic dogs) they all have short noses and therefore decreased air-intake ability. Because of that, warm weather that generally creates certain discomfort to all larger breeds and non-brachycephalic dogs, may turn out to be fatal to French Bulldogs. - See more at: http://www.frenchbulldogbreed.net/french-bulldog/french-bulldog-hot-weather.html#sthash.xUqsmCQR.dpuf
All dogs have trouble adjusting to hot weather, because they don’t have sweat glands and all that fur makes the problem worse, so the only way dogs can regulate their body temperature is by panting. Now, the specific problem with Frenchies and heat is that, just like their relatives- Pugs and Bulldogs (which are also brachycephalic dogs) they all have short noses and therefore decreased air-intake ability. Because of that, warm weather that generally creates certain discomfort to all larger breeds and non-brachycephalic dogs, may turn out to be fatal to French Bulldogs. - See more at: http://www.frenchbulldogbreed.net/french-bulldog/french-bulldog-hot-weather.html#sthash.xUqsmCQR.dpuf
 
Unfortunately, short-nosed dogs do not have the ability to cool themselves by panting so my advice during the summer months is to shorten your companion's walks (15 minutes or less) when the heat is at its peak and keep them cool indoors with plenty of water nearby.

Please remember the catchy rule of "the shorter the snout the less they stay out" and please pass this post along to anyone who might need a reminder.
  
Thank you!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day, Everyone!


Whether you are a dad to a human or a cat (or both!) I hope your day is one to remember fondly!  

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 15, 2018

My Visit With Author, Tom Ryan, and His Dogs, Samwise and Emily


On Wednesday night I treated myself to a trip to Exeter Public Library in Exeter, New Hampshire, to see Tom Ryan, author of Following Atticus and his newest work,


Will's Red Coat because I'd been a fan for many years!


It was as inspiring to hear him speak and interact with the audience and his newly adopted dogs, Samwise


and Emily, as it was six years ago when I saw him at Water Street Bookstore when Atticus was still with him. Although it was sad to not see Atticus on the table or in Tom's arms watching the crowd it was heartwarming to hear him talk about his bond with his dear schnauzer.


 I am so glad I rearranged my day to be at the library (this was his last author talk until he publishes his next book) when I found out at the last minute that he, Samwise, and Emily would be in town and it was well worth the trip! 

When I went up to the table to get my book signed I was pleasantly surprised that he remembered me from so many years ago! I continue to be inspired by his writing and bond with his dogs by reading his books, his Facebook page, and blog! Please consider getting to know him and his dogs on these sites! I promise that you will not be disappointed!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Stu, Ava, and Their Kitties Join the Teacher's Pet Sitting Service Family


As soon as Stu's parents adopted


little Ava they knew she would need to 


be let out twice a day while they were at work and I was happy to help out because they both needed the companionship and the chance to stretch their short legs! 


The added bonus of seeing these cuties was to visit with their sweet and curious brother,Henry, and his new kitten sibling,

 

Maximus, 


who seems to think he's one of the dogs! Ha! Ha! 

If you have a puppy who needs to be seen twice a day or if you simply need your full-grown dog to be walked while you are at work or play please consider hiring Teacher's Pet Sitting Service to lend a hand. For more information please take a look at my website today!