Buffy (left) and Chipper (right) with their Senior Dog Care product.
Chipper, my twelve year-old cocker spaniel, has more energy when we go for walks than he did
this spring. He often leads the way as we walk around our neighborhood (as long as interesting scents don’t distract him), and he now chases squirrels—something he hasn’t done in years. Continue reading
Do you throw your dog’s waste in the nearest trash can? I actually plan my dog walks to go past several garbage cans so that I don’t have to carry the poop bag very far. Do you do this?
Do you take your dog to parks where they provide bags so you don’t have to bring your own? Continue reading
Do you pick up your dog’s poop using a plastic bag and then throw it in the trash?
Do you even pick up your dog’s poop?
When I was a kid, we didn’t pick up our dog’s poop. I’d take Chipper (the brown cocker I had back then) for a walk and nervously look around to see if anyone was watching while he pooped in someone’s yard. Continue reading
I once commented to my boss about how I would love a job where I could take my dog to work. She told me to try it. That was over two decades ago and I have had dogs at work ever since.
A positive experience is a must, or you may not get permission to bring your dog again. Continue reading
Just a simple walk around the block when it’s above 70° can leave my cocker spaniels lagging and panting, then I know it’s time for a buzz cut. Afterwards they abound with energy, want to play more, and can walk farther without tiring. But some veterinarians think it’s not a good idea to shave your dog, so should you? Continue reading
I’ve been paying 2010 prices and hiring friends or relatives. The pet-sitting market has changed dramatically since then—prices have decreased and services have increased.
But what do you really want in a dog sitter?
I definitely would if I had a young dog. Currently my two older cockers barely leave my side. They’re Velcro dogs. A young dog is more likely to wander. But even with an older dog, who knows what goes through their heads when they see, or smell an opportunity? Continue reading
When Cassie arrived at our house at just under 8 weeks of age, she woke me up every night, whining and scratching at her cage. I thought she had to pee, so I’d carry her out into the frozen backyard. Cassie refused paper training, having been house broken before I adopted her.
To warm her up, I’d put her under the covers in my bed with me for a few minutes before placing her back in her cage—a big mistake I know. But she was a tiny puppy and needed comforting. Every night, like clockwork, she’d wake me up. I expected this for the first week or two, but when it dragged on for a month, I wondered what was going on. Continue reading
Cassie, my Springer Spaniel, never liked my boss ever since he tried to pick her up incorrectly when he first met her. He placed his hands around her upper back by squeezing her chest under her front legs (the armpit method). Cassie jumped away from him and never let him even attempt to pick her up again. Although there may have been other reasons that she disliked him, her first impression stuck after that attempt to pick her up. Continue reading
Taffy, my sister Karen’s 14 year-old cocker spaniel, panted with rapid shallow breaths. Something was wrong with the old dog. Taffy refused to go outside or eat treats although she drank a bit of fresh water. Karen thought Taffy was suffering from the heat since it was a very warm day in northern California. But it had been this hot before and Taffy hadn’t had any problems. Continue reading