Okay, I love my dog and I would take him just about anywhere I could, but Disney World? Today I walked around EPCOT a Walt Disney World Park and there it was- a tiny Yorkie in his/her mother’s arms. I wish I had been fast enough to get a picture but alas I wasn’t.
It looked like a tiny pup to me. I can understand socializing your pup but in Walt Disney? Again, I have to wonder why the Disney Corporation would allow it.
Oh, I understand that some dogs are service dogs, but I am hard pressed to understand how a small tea cup Yorkie could be a service dog.
However, I stand corrected by someone I will not name. I have been informed that small dogs can be comfort dogs for people with anxiety. I guess I can believe that, but I also believe that the service dog scenario is being misused.
What are your thoughts on this? I would love to know.
Love, Live, Rescue…
I know, I know, it’s not that easy you say. I completely understand since I have four rescue Pomeranians who love me and miss me when I’m away. There have been many different articles on how to travel with your dog, but not so many on how to travel without your dog.
There are options for those of us with dogs. First, you can trade dog sitting with friends, family, and neighbors. If you have a dog (or two) the chances are you know someone with a dog that would be willing to trade off with you.
If trading dog sitting is not an option, you can find reputable dog sitters that will come to your home and stay with your dog. I do that when I go away and it has worked out great for me.
Another option would be to find someone you trust that will dog sit in their home. I am a dog groomer and provide in my home dog sitting.
Last, you can board your dog. I don’t like this option, but many times this is the only choice many of us have.
We’ve talked about the choices for your pet, but how do you deal with the separation? I can’t tell you how to deal with it, but I have my pet sitter send me random pictures. I know this may be a bit over the top but it seems to help me deal with being away from them.
Live, Love, Rescue…
The Furminator, interesting name isn’t it? What does the Furminator do? It terminates loose pet hair. As a professional groomer, I use a Furminator on a regular basis it’s an excellent tool if used properly. By properly, I mean it must be used with the growth of the pet’s hair growth, not against. When using the Furminator never work on one spot for a prolonged period of time – it can cause skin damage and possible bleeding.So, when using this tool be sure to take care not to injure your pet.
The Furminator can be used on dogs and cats without a problem. This tool is expensive, costing around thirty-five to fifty dollars and can be bought in any pet store, and on Amazon.
Live, Love, Rescue…
This is something that I’m sure many pet owners struggle with, I know I do. I have four Pomeranians in my home, they are double coated dogs that shed a lot. It’s one of the reasons I became a dog groomer, and as a dog groomer I have some advice to help you keep your home clean.
First, and most important – brush out your pet daily. Even dogs with short hair can benefit from a good brushing daily. This will help to cut down on the hair floating around in your home.
Second, and no less important than the first, regular grooming by a professional groomer. Owners of pets with short hair can go longer between grooming due to the short hair and lack of a double coat.
As a professional groomer, I can recommend a slicker brush and a furminator to help with home grooming.
On top of this, as I’m sure you know, regular house cleaning is very important. I use a Swiffer, a hand -held vacuum, and of course a regular vacuum. Recently, my husband and I decided to use laminated flooring all over the house to make things easier to clean. Carpets tend to hold the fur and therefore hold smells that are not appealing. Also, be sure to change the filter in your heating and air conditioning unit to help keep the hair down in your home.
The question remains, can it be done? The answer – it’s not impossible just time-consuming and a lot of physical work. My dogs are worth the work and I’m sure yours are too.
Live, Love, Rescue….
Do you know where your dog treats come from? With all the bad press about pet foods made in China wouldn’t it be nice to know just exactly what your pet is eating? Why would you make your own dog treats, or buy them from someone who makes them? The answer is easy, you love your dog and you want them to eat healthy!
Recipe for Apple Sause Dog Biscuits
3 cups of Whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup of no sugar added/organic Apple Sauce
1/2 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, mix all ingredients – roll out to a 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Bake for 40 minutes or until lightly brown.
Westies aka West Highland Terriers are beautiful dogs when taken care of properly. I know that some people like the long haired look but personally I think that makes them look unkempt.
As a pet groomer, I have had the privilege of grooming many of these beautiful animals. Some of them were grouchy and very opinionated, and some were loving sweet dogs I have to say the only dog that I’ve been bitten by was a Westie. However, I didn’t let that color my love for them.
I groomed a sweet boy today, he was cooperative and loving. The groom was a joy for me and him. Regular grooming is an important part of your pet’s health.