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Archive for December, 2010

Dogs: Proving Love is Recession Proof

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

As the year draws to an end, the media is full of stories about pets and their owners.  The holiday season makes us mindful of the blessings we have in our lives.  For many of us, there is no greater blessing than the unconditional love we receive from our dogs and cats.

It doesn’t matter what kind of day we’ve had: our dogs are happy to see us.  Dogs don’t care if we’ve gotten a great promotion at work — or if we’re just happy to have a job at all.  They’re not interested in how much money we make, or if we wear the right kind of clothes, or if we drive the latest model of the most fashionable car.  All they want is love and attention.

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Can we put a price on love and affection, unconditional acceptance and devotion?  Economic pressures have many pet owners facing that uncomfortable question.  Many of us have been forced to make hard choices. Every dollar we spend on our pets has to count.  That places a new premium on making decisions that help our pets live longer, healthier lives.

Dogs have simple needs. They need food, water, shelter, exercise and companionship.  Most of us have the first three under control.  Exercise gets a little tricky: we’re working almost every hour of the day, and that leaves our dogs at home, alone, cooped up inside the house.  Chances to run, play, and explore are scarce — and dogs learn quickly that if they do too much exploring within the confines of the house they’ll get in trouble.  Pembroke dog walking services get your canine companion the exercise he needs without breaking the bank: you’ll save on vet bills in the long run, not to mention the cost of possessions destroyed by a bored, energetic dog!

Making 2011 The Best Year Ever For Your Pets!

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Happy holidays to one and all!  Now that Christmas is behind us, many people are putting pen to paper and making a list of New Year’s Resolutions.  These promises we make to ourselves can help us improve our lives in many ways.  January 1 serves as a starting point to make the changes in our lives we need to be healthier, happier, and more at peace with ourselves.

The most popular resolutions people make are to get healthier and stop smoking.  These are both great ideas, not only for you, but for your pet! Obviously,  no dog or cat anywhere needs to smoke cigarettes, and luckily, most don’t!  What kind of resolutions can you make to help your pet have the healthiest, happiest 2011 possible?

Consider the following:

Get In Shape!

Americans live relatively sedentary lives, and so do our pets!  However, dogs weren’t meant to spend their entire lives cooped up inside the confines of the house.  They need exercise!  Healthy dogs run, play, and explore. Exploration is vitally important not only to a dog’s physical health, but to their mental health.  They need the stimulation of new sights, smells, and sounds.  Imagine what it would be like if you spent your entire life in your house, never traveling beyond a quick ten minute walk around the block?  You’d be bored to death — and so is your dog!

Dog walking services allow the busy pet owner to provide their dogs with the physical and mental exercise necessary to keep their dogs healthy.  Professional dog walkers take their charges on a variety of routes, exploring different terrains.  Dogs benefit from the attention of the dog walker, and the companionship of other dogs.

If you travel often, you may want to consider Hanover in home dog sitting services.  This ensures that your dog enjoys the comfort of familiar surroundings while getting the attention and exercise they need.

Should Michael Vick Be Allowed To Have Another Dog?

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Michael Vick wants to have a pet dog.  Normally, the fact that someone wants to bring a canine companion into their lives is great news.  Dogs add so much to our lives: happiness, companionship, a sense of play, and of course, unconditional love.  Those are great reasons for adding a pet to a family.

However, they aren’t the reasons that Vick kept dogs before.  As nearly everyone knows, the Eagles quarterback spent nearly two years in jail after being convicted in a dog fighting case.  He’s trying to rehabilitate himself and his image; he speaks to school children about why dog fighting is never okay.

The president of the Humane Society of the United States supports Vick’s desire to have a dog.  The judge overseeing Vick’s case has a different perspective, and at this time, there will be no dog for Michael Vick.

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People have strongly divided opinions about whether allowing Vick to have a dog is a necessary step in his rehabilitation or if he should never be trusted with the responsibility for a living animal again.  No matter where you stand on the issue, everyone agrees that dogs need to be treated with kindness, dignity, and respect.   Every effort must be made to make sure that their needs are met, from feeding and exercising to appropriate socialization and engagement with other dogs.

People who travel often (as Michael Vick surely does, during the football season) are often faced with a quandry when it comes to their dogs.  What should they do with their dogs while they’re on the road? Boarding can be very expensive, but leaving a dog (or any animal) alone for an extended period of time is not a good option either.  Dogs need food, water, and exercise — but they also need companionship.  Anxiety and stress can arise in a dog left too long alone, and this can lead to destructive behavior.  An in home pet sitter allows your dog to enjoy the comfort of familiar surroundings while all their needs are met.

John Lennon’s Cats: Marshfield Pet Sitting Services

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Music lovers of all ages have spent time this week remembering John Lennon, who was killed thirty years ago this week.  John became famous as a member of the Beatles. Everyone knows him as a talented writer and musician.  What everyone doesn’t know, however, is that John Lennon loved cats.

According to this website cats were always an integral part in John’s life. Like many of us, he developed a love for cats when he was a small child. He grew up with at least three, and then, as an adult, had ten cats of his own. Later, when he was married to Yoko Ono, his New York home was filled with cats, including Salt, Pepper, Misha, Shasha, and Charo.

John Lennon lead a busy life. He traveled extensively, especially during the time he was working with the Beatles. Performing, recording, touring, and promoting his work was a major commitment of time and resources. Yet his cats needed care while he was away.

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You don’t have to be John Lennon to have a busy schedule.  The obligations of a job, family, and community can keep us on the go, away from our homes, far more often than we may wish.  Vacations and business trips can mean days, even weeks, away from the house.  What does that mean for your cats and dogs?

Animals need attention.  Cats have a reputation for being anti-social, but the truth is that they enjoy human companionship.  Having the regular routine disrupted, by an owner’s abrupt absence, can create anxiety and stress in your cat.  Additionally, cats need to be fed and watered regularly.  Cats who have medical concerns need medication and monitoring.

One solution is to hire a cat sitter or a pet sitting service.  Hiring a professional is a more dependable option than relying on friends or neighbors — it’s far too easy for even the best friend to forget. You don’t want your cats to be lonely, hungry, or afraid when you’re on the road.  A cat sitter can solve the problem.

Are Dogs The Answer to America’s Obesity Crisis?

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Are dogs the answer to America’s obesity crisis? They may play a role in encouraging children to lead more active, healthy lives, according to this article in Science Daily Researchers in England studied a group of over 2,000 children and determined that the group who had dogs (approximately 10%) were more physically active than their counterparts.  Playing with and caring for their dogs gets kids up and moving, which is great for their physical and emotional health.

Interestingly, this result echoes the experience adults have. Bringing a dog into the family increases everyone’s activity levels.  Walking the dog, throwing the ball around the yard, and even wrestling the dog into the tub for its bath all add an element of exercise to our day — and often, we don’t realize it because we’re having fun at the time.

It’s fun for our dogs, too, who have their own needs for physical activity.  Running, playing, and moving freely are all critical components of a dog’s health.   This presents challenges in our modern life, where the demands of work, family, and community obligations often keep us away from home for hours at a time. During this time, our dogs are trapped indoors. They do their best to behave — our dogs are very invested in keeping us happy! – but boredom and anxiety sometimes lead directly to destructive behavior.

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When the kids are in school and you’re at work, a dog walking service can provide the exercise and socialization that your dog  needs to remain healthy and active.  You want your dog to be both fit and well behaved — after all, they’ve got to be able to keep up with the kids!  The healthier your dog is, the longer time you’ll have together, creating great memories and building family bonds.  And the healthier you and your kids will be — everybody wins!