Archive for January, 2013
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
I learned something new today. Did you know that Ozzy Osbourne – Black Sabbath Ozzy Osbourne, star of MTV’s The Osbournes – once wrestled with a coyote to save his wife’s Pomeranian? This was many, many years ago, but still, what a cool story! The bond between people and their pets is so incredibly strong. We’re talking true love here. There are many stories of people who have done amazing, heroic things to save their dogs from harm: this lady saved her dog from an alligator. This man ran into a burning house to save his dogs.
Obviously, we want all of our readers to be safe. Please don’t wrestle alligators. Never run into a burning house: it’s dangerous for you, and it’s dangerous for the people who will have to rescue you. Bad situations can become horrible situations very quickly. The best strategy to keeping your dogs safe is avoiding situations where they’re going to get into trouble.
Easier said than done, right? As your Hanover puppy sitter, we can tell you that there are some dogs who are born with a great amount of curiosity. They wonder about the world. They want to see every inch of it with their own eyes – and they seem to have been born with no sense of fear. Some dogs will run away when they see an alligator. Other dogs will stroll right on up there to say hello!
Every dog has a unique capacity for mischief. However, all dogs need supervision. There are just too many hazards around in today’s busy neighborhoods. People aren’t watching out for dogs – some of those drivers seem like they’re not even watching the road! It only takes a second for something to go wrong.
When we walk dogs in Hanover, we’re always very aware of what’s going on in our immediate surroundings. You have to keep an eye open for any hazards or obstructions: sometimes road work or construction equipment can create danger zones in a place we’re used to being ‘safe territory’. During the winter, ice and snow make keeping steady, dry footing a priority, particularly for older dogs.
Friday, January 18th, 2013
Researchers have discovered that a cat’s brain is more like a man’s brain than a dog’s brain is. How do we know this? Well, apparently, cats never ask for directions either!
If you’re a cat lover, you know the special joys and challenges that come with sharing your life with a feline companion (or two! Or three! For some people, cats are like potato chips. There’s no way you’re going to have just one!) One of these challenges crops up when it’s time for you to travel for a vacation, for your job, or to respond to a family crisis or emergency.
Not all cats travel well – we’d even say most cats don’t travel well. They prefer to be in the comfortable confines of their home, where they know where everything is, and they feel safe and secure. Moving to a different setting, where there are unusual sights, sounds, smells, and perhaps even other animals, can be a huge source of stress and anxiety for your cats.
What happens when cats get stressed out? As your Pembroke pet care company, we can tell you we’ve seen it all. Behavioral issues are very common. Forgetting to use the litter box – or choosing the very center of your bed to do their business! – is very common, as are instances of shredding or clawing carpeting, furniture, and draperies. Other cats become depressed, sleeping far more than usual and losing interest in toys and activities that used to entertain them.
If your cat is older, has recently had kittens, or is not currently in the best health, traveling can make them more stressed than the typical cat. In home cat sitting is recommended in these cases. Cats are often fairly independent, but they need some human companionship and care. Leaving them to their own devices for the weekend or a multi-day trip can trigger feelings of fear and abandonment – pretty stressful stuff! Your Pembroke pet sitter will check in on your cats daily, make sure they have fresh food and water, and provide the loving, nurturing care and affection your cats need to be healthy and stress free.
Thursday, January 10th, 2013
“Sandy and Steve were litter mates, and I’ve had them since they were born,” Marcy said. “For almost 20 years, we’ve been a family.” Her voice broke a bit as she described how Sandy’s health failed rapidly. “She was in pain. She couldn’t walk on her own, and there was nothing the vet could do. I’ve got a great vet, a fantastic vet – there were tears in her eyes when she said, “Marcy, it’s time.” Letting Sandy go was the right decision, but I never realized the impact it would have on Steve.”
Steve was as traumatized by Sandy’s death as Marcy was. “He wouldn’t eat. He’d go around the house, meowing. He was obviously looking for her.” As loving pet owners, we want the best for our pet’s physical and emotional health. What’s the best way to help your pets cope with the loss of a beloved companion?
Spend Time With Your Pet
After a loss, your pet may need extra love and attention. Our cats and dogs derive comfort and security from our presence. Being there matters. Let your pet know that they are not all alone. Petting your cat lowers your stress level – but it lowers their stress level as well.
After the loss of a close companion, your pet may experience significantly increased anxiety when left alone. They feel abandoned, which can lead to panic and distress. It’s important to address this proactively. If you have to be away from home for an extended period of time, such as an overnight trip or weekend away, make arrangements so your pet is not left to fare for themselves. Boarding your pet is one option, or, if your pet is extremely aged, as Steve is, in home pet sitting is a better choice as it is less stressful.
As your Hingham pet sitter, we’re here to provide the loving, nurturing care your cats and dogs deserve. We understand that they need special care, especially in the aftermath of a traumatic event like losing a companion. Working together, we can help your family heal and adapt to the new normal. Call us to learn more. We’re here to help.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
When the weather outside is frightful, it’s really not delightful to be a dog! Setting aside the Alaskan sled dogs, Huskies, and Samoyeds who seem to get happier and happier with every inch of accumulating snow, many dogs really don’t like winter weather. Cold temperatures, icy ground, snow and slush all combine to make things very uncomfortable – and potentially dangerous – for your dog.
Many people don’t know that dogs can be hurt by being exposed for too long to cold temperatures. Prolonged exposure can lead to a condition known as frostbite, where your dog’s skin and underlying tissues become painfully damaged. The number one thing you can do to protect your dog from frostbite is to take care to keep them indoors and warm when the temperatures plummet. Our dogs weren’t raised to spend hours outside in sub-zero temperatures!
People often ask us about the value of dog coats and dog booties to protect against frostbite. We’re definitely in favor, especially for small, short haired dogs. Breeds that developed in hot environments, such as the Chihuahua, may need the extra layer of protection and warmth to stand up to the type of weather we have here in Hanover and Pembroke. Booties that protect the paws from ice, freezing water, and slush can be an awesome thing – if you can get your dog to wear them. That’s sometimes easier said than done: a lot depends on your dog’s individual personality and preferences here.
Hanover Dog Walking Services
Even during the cold weather, your dog needs regular vigorous exercise. Due to our busy schedules, many of us are walking our dogs after work, late in the day. That can be the coldest, stormiest part of the day – not great weather for dog walking! Your Hanover dog walking service can take your dogs out a time when it’s warmer and less stormy. This results in happier, healthier dogs!