Archive for March, 2013
Thursday, March 28th, 2013
We were happy to read the news today that the last of the dogs made homeless by Superstorm Sandy has been adopted. A Rottweiller named Bruno has gone to a couple whose dogs passed away after a long and happy life. We’re glad to hear that Bruno has the chance to brighten someone else’s day.
It’s amazing how much of a difference having a good dog in your life will make. For those of us who are a little older, we know that life has its ups and downs. There are great days, and there are days that aren’t so great. A good dog will provide steady companionship and love no matter what is going on in your life. A dog doesn’t care how much money you have, or if you have the right job, or the best looks or the fanciest clothes. You can’t fool a dog with all of the trappings human beings are so obsessed with. A dog loves you for who you are.
In return, we need to provide our dogs with loving, nurturing care. A healthy diet, with fresh food and plenty of water, helps keep our dogs feeling great. Another factor in a dog’s health is exercise. Dogs need to have active lives. Regular dog walking with your Scituate dog walker can keep your dog feeling great.
The more time you spend with your dog, the easier it becomes to be aware of their mood. Dogs have complex emotional lives. A dog can be anxious, depressed, or bored. This happens often with a lack of exercise and mental stimulation. When dogs have exercise and mental stimulation – especially the chance to interact with other dogs – they exhibit other emotions. Happiness, most often, to a level that is infectious. When your dog’s tail is wagging, you feel better. Isn’t that amazing?
Monday, March 25th, 2013
If you’ve got a young, energetic dog, it’s easy to see the benefit in Marshfield Dog Walking. Giving your dog a way to burn off of some of that puppy enthusiasm during the day is a good idea. Bored dogs can be destructive. A dog can be just playing around, trying to entertain themselves, and you wind up with chewed up couch cushions, toppled tables, and worse!
But what about the older dog? I hear a lot of times from dog owners who have older dogs that they’re pretty sure their dogs get all the exercise they need. “My dog is the ultimate couch potato! I can barely get him to go outside to do his business! He’ll never want to go for a walk!”
Does this sound like your dog? Low energy levels and a couch potato lifestyle are signs that your dog will benefit the most from going for a regular walk. Dogs are like humans in many ways: if they don’t have to move, they might not – but just like human beings, dogs benefit tremendously from regular physical activity.
Lets talk about energy levels. When a dog goes for regular walks, their heart beats faster. This results in increased circulation throughout your dog’s body. They feel refreshed and rejuvenated by this. This boost in energy is often accompanies by a restoration of your dog’s flexibility. Muscles that were stiff and sore start to move a little easier. When it doesn’t hurt to move, your dog will want to move more often.
It’s important to understand that dogs get bored and depressed. How much fun is it to hang out on the couch and sleep all day? While we may welcome this as a change from our busy routine, it’s the day in day out reality for our dogs. Our dogs are intelligent, curious creatures! Regular walks with your Marshfield dog walker is a powerful counter to boredom. Your dog will experience different sights and smells. This boosts their mood and destroys depression!
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
After one last wintery blast (we’re looking at you, Winter Storm Ukko!) it may actually be spring time in our corner of the world soon. For pet lovers, that’s good news. Taking the dog out for a walk or just to play is a lot more fun when the temperature isn’t sub-zero! But what about our cats?
Cats love spring time. It’s at this time of year when migrating birds travel through, on their way to summer nesting grounds. Perhaps you’ve seen your cat watching them through the window. Even the most well-fed and pampered cats still retain some element of their hunting instinct. They can’t help but keep an eye on the action outside.
It’s a good idea to exercise extra caution at this time of year, as your cat may find themselves extra motivated to go outside. Be watchful when opening the door, and keep an eye on your windows. A loose window screen can be all it takes to let your cat outdoors. Even cats who normally show no interest whatsoever in going outside can change their mind when the first smell of spring arrives on the wind.
Pembroke Cat Sitting: Passover and Easter
Spring also brings us many celebrations. This is the time of year when we celebrate Passover, Easter, and of course, Spring Break! If your plans include traveling away from home, your Pembroke Cat Sitter can provide you with extra peace of mind and security by taking care of your cat while you’re away. ‘
In home cat sitting is vastly preferred by cats, as they can stay in their familiar home environment. They know where everything is, from the food to the litterbox! There are no changes or strange animals to stress them out. For older and nervous cats, this is an important consideration. Now is the time to make your cat care arrangements. The process is quick and simple! Give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.
Monday, March 11th, 2013
“I’ve always had dogs. Dogs, plural – I think that dogs are like potato chips. You can’t have only one.” Ruth laughed. For years, Ruth’s South Shore neighbors have seen Ruth walking her two Cocker Spaniels, Foxy and Beau. But this winter was unfortunately Foxy’s last. “Beau was not handling being alone very well,” Ruth said. “But I didn’t know how he’d do with a new dog. No matter what dog we wound up with, it wasn’t going to be Foxy.”
Introducing a new dog into the family after a beloved companion has passed away can be tricky. However, for the dog who has always lived with a companion, having a new dog join the pack can ease anxiety and depression. Dogs are gregarious pack animals, who thrive in the companionship of others.
Is it better to add a puppy to your family or adopt an older dog? There are two schools of thought on this subject. Your dog has nurturing instincts that may make them more tolerant of and accepting of a puppy. However, then you have a puppy in the household, and that can be challenging. “I’m 72 years old,” Ruth laughed. “There’s no way I’m going through housebreaking if I don’t have to!”
Older dogs often have a tougher time getting adopted than puppies do. Yet these older dogs can be great companions to you and your dog. As your South Shore dog walker, we’ve seen some great relationships flower between older adoptees and their new families. Talk to the shelter personnel: there may be a way for your dog to meet the prospective dog before any relationship is finalized. That way you can see if the two get along.
Whether you choose a puppy or older dog for your family, remember that time and patience makes everything easier. There will be adjustments for everyone, but things eventually work out!