What’s up today

Today is my last overnight stay with my pal Reggie. He is one of my favorite “boys.” His companion is Mugsy…Mugsy stays at Oxton Kennels when their “Mom and Dad” go out of town.  According to Reggie:

“Mugsy is a handful, very sweet, but very big and playful.  Sometimes he just doesn’t know how much space he takes up and how exuberant he is. So for my safety he gets to go play at Oxton. I kinda like that because I have Sharon’s full attention.  I get to sleep on the bed and we sit outside in the summer and enjoy ourselves.”

Several days later..gosh it is hard to sit down to write when I have so many great pets to hang out with.

On June 12 my best buddy Tj will be celebrating his, I think, 15 or 17th  birthday.  We became “master and owner”  in 2012 and Peace of Mind Rescue said he was 12 at that time. I am very happy to have him..he is a great companion and a good watchdog.

I have something VERY important to share with anyone who has a dog that travels in your vehicle.  As you well know dogs love to stick their heads out the windows luxuriating in a cool breeze and enjoying whatever scents they can pick up.  Or the little dogs who like to be close to Mom or Pop and feel they must help drive the car….oooh heaven! A dog sitting on our laps as we drive is a risky move.  Just as we cannot allow our 2 legged kids to do these things it is very important to make sure our dogs are safely restrained. Using a secured crate or quality seatbelt harness is a sure way to keep our pets safe and kept us from being distracted while driving.

A few reasons for restraining your pet was posted by PetExpertise and I want to pass this on to you:

  1. Prevent driver from distraction by the dog:  this causes more accidents than cell phone use.
  2. Protect your dog: a proper restraint could mean the difference between life and death to your dog.
  3. Protect others in your vehicle:in an accident a dog can be thrown with hounds of pounds of force.
  4. Convenience:You won’t have to worry about escape every time a window or door is opened.
  5. Can help dogs that get carsick or have a fear of being in a car, feel more secure and may help them be more calm and less nauseous
  6. Restraints for your dog may be required by law.
  7. Make it easier for rescue workers to help in the event of an accident-prevents runaways and daring escapes in the event of an accident
  8. NOTE: Check your local stores to see seatbelt harnesses..be sure to test and research the best recommendations.  Stay clear of plastic weight-bearing buckles that will not hold up in an accident.

These tips were taken from PetExpertise.com I would invite you to check out their website to get more great tips from them.

Its an usually warm day today and I was working out in my yard…forgot my sunscreen sooo..I want to remind you that our fur kids need sunscreen too.  If your dog is out during peak sun exposure hours apply sunscreen to their nose, around lips, tips of ears groin and belly.  Do this couple times a day, especially if they swim.  There are Canine Sun Screens, but in case you haven’t found any look for broad spectrum sunscreen for babies SPF 15 or higher. NO sunscreen with fragrance, zinc oxide or para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA). Best to keep out of the sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Remember these guys can get sun burn especially light colored dogs.  Especially those dogs staying outdoors while Mom and Dad are out working in a cool air conditioned place.

Well that is it for today.  I am on my way to visit two wonderful Pits, Maddie and Sydney.  Not sure of the name spelling, but they are wonderful.  They share the house with two kitties.  This morning the one kitty came and licked Maddies face while he was eating his breakfast.  Amazing!  These dogs are precious and well behaved. Their Mom and Dad should be very proud of their fur kids.

 

Website New Look

You may notice that this website has a new look. The old website got many positive comments, so the new website has the same basic style and organization. The main change is that the website now provides a better viewing experience for those using tablets or smartphones.

I also now have what’s officially called a Blog! My previous writings for “Tip of the Month” and “Featured Pets” are now part of this Blog, with a pull-down menu that lets you see articles for specific topics. That’s where you’ll now find “Featured Pets,” as well as “Advice & News” (which has replaced “Tip of the Month”). In addition, you can find articles that are relevant to cats or dogs in “Cats Corner” and “Dogs Depot.”

I hope you enjoy the website’s new look. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.

BLOAT

There are two types of bloat: gastric dilation and gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV). Volvulus means twisting of the stomach or the intestine. Information contained herein only briefly touches on this subject. Dogs especially prone to bloat are: deep chested dogs, Mernese Mountain dogs, Setters,Great Dane, Retrievers Labs and Goldens, St. Bernards and Standard poodles.  One of the most important things to remember is: Do not give food within one hour before or after vigorous exercise.  To further research this problem contact your veterinarian or e-mail Info@pettech.net.

2011 News

Well, here it is 2011.   Time flies and I have to bring things up to date.  An exciting thing happened in Nov. 2010.  I was nominated as Pet Sitter of the Year.  There were 70 nominations and I was in the top 5.  I didn’t win, however, I was very thrilled to have been nominated by my clients here in our area. Thanks a bunch to all that sent in letters to Pet Sitters Int’l.

I wasn’t able to go to our conference in Feb.  It was being held in New Orleans. Since 2010 we have added some wonderful pets to our client list. Our list now includes: baby peacocks, as yet un-named, 2 turtles,several more chickens,ducks, a massive Mastiff and a few horses.

A Note to Cat Owners

DID YOU KNOW LITTER BOX MAINTENANCE IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO ALL CAT OWNERS.  THE WAY A PET SITTER TAKES CARE OF YOUR PETS LITTER BOX CAN BE A “DEAL BREAKER’. WE WILL SCOOP THE BOX ON EVERY VISIT.  IF WE NEED TO DO EXTRA CLEANING BESIDE JUST SCOOPING WE WILL USE A PAPER TOWEL WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF SOAP OR DILUTED VINEGAR TO CLEAN THE EDGES OR SIDES.  VINEGAR NEUTRALIZES URINE AND IS NON TOXIC.  DON’T USE A CLEANSER WITH AMMONIA TO CLEAN UP.  NEVER USE A LYSOL OR PINE SOL TYPE OF CLEANER ON ANY SURFACE A CAT MAY COME INTO.  ALWAYS RINSE WELL AND WIPE DRY ANY SURFACE ON WHICH YOU HAVE USED ANY KIND OF CLEANING AGENT.