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DANJA'S DOGTAILS - CHAPTER 3

posted June 1, 2016

WOW! It's been a busy few weeks with many stories to tell. Let's start with the week prior to and the long weekend in May. We had two dogs that had stayed with us for a little over a week.

Biscuit and Cupcake, two Shnoodles arrived the day we still looked after Colby, a.k.a. Gramps, from our first Dogtail story. Colby is a twelve year old Yorkshire Terrier. I was forewarned that Cupcake can be a bit aggressive. However, Colby was not interested in any interactions with her and that took care of that. Biscuit and Cupcake were initially missing their family members as all our fury guests do, but quickly got used to us and our home. We had a great week together, went for long walks in the morning and walked them and played in a fenced-in area every evening. That is other than with the interruption on the Saturday after they had arrived the day before.

Indy, one of our Doggy Daycare clients arrived while I was at a trade show. So, Dan had to look after them on his own for part of the day and receive Indy. He and Cupcake were battling out who was Alpha amongst them. Cupcake attacked Indy right from the get go, but after a few unfriendly interactions, Cupcake gave in. Indy, the seven year old Golden Doodle/Poodle mix succeeded.

Round two of interesting companions arrived for the long weekend, Lilly and Dexter. Lilly, the five year old Bichon/Poodle mix, didn't care so much about interactions with either Cupcake and Biscuit, she looked more like she just tolerated them as she had to. However, when I arrived with Dexter on the scene, it all changed. Dexter was scared from the first moment he walked into the door. Dexter, an eight year old Russell Terrier/Poodle mix is also one of my regular dog walking clients. He and Cupcake and Biscuit didn't get along at all at first. I had them all in the backyard getting to know each other and keeping an eye on them. The two fury girls decided to come back into the house just when Dan arrived home from work. We talked for a few minutes and afterwards I went back into the backyard. To my astonishment, Dexter had gone missing. I ran to the front of the house looking for him, getting a leash and then following my neighbours' directions on where they saw him go. Dan followed me with his car. After several attempts to catch him, we finally succeeded thanks to some of our neighbours' help.

After I picked him up, he was on my arms shivering and didn't want to come back in the house. While I had left them unattended in the backyard, Biscuit and Dexter likely had a fight, and he must have slipped through the widest opening in our rod iron fence. We put his blanket and food and water bowls right beside the stove so that I could keep an eye on the other dogs and chase them away from him when they came close. Over the next couple of days everyone seemed to get acquainted and get along with each other. However, we put Dexter on a long leash every time we left him in the backyard.

But, the story doesn't end here, we have to continue with another fury addition to our home. To find out more, stay tuned for Danja's Dogtails, Chapter 4 and you can read about how the dogtails continue. Of course, we have to end today's story by saying how glad we are that we caught Dexter and bring him back into our care.

Danja's DogtaIls -Chapter 2

posted March 17, 2016

Another month gone by?! Oh my! Easter is coming up and in my home there won't be any Easter bunnies, not very likely. Unless someone wants me to look after their bunny while they are gone to visit friends or relatives. Most pet visitors to my home are dogs. And I love them all.

Just last week, we had Dexter with us. Dexter is a seven year old Bichon Frese and unfortunately there was a death in his family and his mom had to look for a pet sitter while the whole family went to the funeral for two days. Dexter was so well behaved and quickly took a liking to both me and my husband. The only trouble with a white dog was when I took him for a walk on a rainy day we came back not only wet, but poor Dexter was very muddy and needed a bath. I never had a dog that just stands so nicely in the laundry tub and lets me shower and wash him. It was an amazing experience! And when Dexter was towel dried he happily ran through the house showing off how clean he was.

We usually don't have dogs sleep on our bed, but Dexter decided after we where asleep to hop onto the bottom of the bed and make himself comfortable there. When Dan wanted to turn in the morning he felt something at the bottom of his feet. Well, then he realized Mr. Dexter was visiting. But, amazing enough, he is so calm that he didn't disturb us at all during the night.

Once we are ready to buy our own dog again, please let him be the personality of Dexter. What a great little lovable guy!


Danja's Dogtails - Chapter 1

posted Feb. 21, 2016                                                                                     

As I am writing this, Jimmy, the Night Terror is on my lap. He is my lapdog for the week, not my laptop! I am a dog walker and pet sitter. I board pets at my home, e.g. dogs are integrated into my family life at my home, instead of staying at a kennel. That puts my clients at ease when they are away for vacation or business.

On the weekend we had four dogs in our home, now I am down to two, from the same human parents. Jimmy is our Night Terror, a one year old puppy and his brother Colby, we named him Gramps is 12 years old, partially blind and deaf, and has only a few teeth left.

I love dogs, but still these two have been a bit of challenge. Colby, the 12 year old Yorkshire Terrier, doesn't go outside in the winter. Thus he uses pee pads. However, being blind he doesn't always hit the mark and the pee and poo sometimes ends up beside the pee pad.

Jimmy on the other side is still in full puppy behaviour, in need of some more training. He gets totally over excited, runs up and down the stairs, loves playing with toys and of course, his tiny bladder doesn't last through the night. So, he generally gets us up between 2 and 3 a.m. Yesterday evening, we gave him a good work out, played with him in the park and had him run back and forth between us. So, for sure, we thought he'll make it through the night. Not so, at 4:45 a.m. I had to take him out for a pee. His brother got up as well and then decided to whine for about an hour until I finally couldn't take it anymore and picked him up to let him sleep on our bed. Something, my husband and I are totally against. But, what do you do if you need your sleep? Finally, it was peaceful and we slept until the alarm awoke us at 6:20 a.m.

But, don't get me wrong, I still love them both, the Night Terror and Gramps. We are enjoying their company and the loving attention we get from them.


How often should you walk your dog?

A dog should be walked at least twice a day. How long depends on the size and type of your dog. Most dogs should be walked at least once a day for 30 to 45 minutes. The other walk can be shorter. It's great exercise for both your four-legged friend and you. When you have a smaller dog 15 to 20 minutes should be sufficient. However, if you don't like long walks or runs, don't get a Huskie!

You will be the best judge of how much your dogs enjoy their walks. I loved to walk our dog off leash at least two to three times per week. She enjoyed those walks a lot more as she loved the freedom of running back and forth and checking out the smells all around her. If your dogs are not used to off leash walks the best way to train them is with a very long leash and commands such as "stop", "come here" and so on. Treat your dog when it follows the command. But don't only use food treats. Sometime just reward them by saying "good boy" or "good girl".

Don't leave your dog longer than 6 hours without being relieved. Otherwise it can lead to bladder problems.

posted Jan. 9, 2016