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October 31, 2018

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Top 10 worst foods for your dog

Human food can be harmful to pets and it is important to be aware of what these are and avoid them at all costs, or incur the vet costs or worse!

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7 things to know about Pet Loss

Why are people saying “its only a dog/cat etc”

People who don't understand a pet bond may not understand your pain but don't let others dictate your feelings. You are valid, your feelings are valid. Grief is grief and loss is loss. And remember, you are not alone, there are hundreds of pet owners have gone through similar grieving and mourning.

What do I do now?

The most important step you can take is, to be honest about your feelings. You have a right to feel pain and grief. Someone you loved has died. You have a right to feel anger and guilt too.

Some pet parents find it helpful to express their feelings and memories in stories, or letters to their pet, preparing a memorial such as a photo collage; and talking to other pet lovers about your loss. 

Who can I talk to?

Pet lovers! Friends, family, colleagues, anyone who loves their pet just as much as you did. It might be especially helpful to talk to someone who has lost a pet too. They will empathise. Don't hide your feelings in a misguided effort to appear strong or calm. There are also pet loss counsellors and support groups.

When is the right time to euthanize a pet?

This is one of the worst decisions you will hopefully never have to make in life but if it sadly comes your way then your vet is the best judge of your pet's physical condition. You are the best judge of the quality of your pet's daily life. If a pet has a good appetite, still responds to attention, still wants cuddles and/or walks you may feel that this is not the right time. However, if a pet is in constant pain, unresponsive to affection, unaware of its surroundings, and/or uninterested in life, then you may choose to end the beloved companion's suffering as much as it will hurt you deeply.

How should I tell my kids?

Honesty is important. Especially these days, children know a lot more than we do! If you say the pet was "put to sleep," make sure your children understand the difference between death and ordinary sleep or they may never sleep for you again! Try not to say the pet "went away," as your child may wonder what he or she did to make it leave, and wait, tormented, for its return. Don't assume a child is too young or too old to grieve. I find the Rainbow Bridge story is great for children and adults alike. It explains death but allows us to feel at peace, knowing our furbabies are happy and free.

Do other pets grieve too?

Pets often form strong attachments to one another while living in the same house/venue. The survivor of such a pair may grieve for its companion. You will notice small things and you may need to give your surviving pets a lot of extra attention and love to help them through this time.

How soon should I get a new pet?

This is an almost impossible question to answer as every family and person is different in their moments of grief. You need to take the time to fully grieve and evaluate your circumstances. If you do decide to get a new pet, some will advise you to avoid getting a "lookalike" pet, which makes comparisons all the more likely. Or that getting a totally different looking pet will also draw comparisons. But then we got a new pet in the form of our late dogs' granddaughter and we love that fact. It is entirely personal and a difficult question to advise.

My fortune and my calling...

I’m usually pretty good with words, whether its talking or writing but for some reason this blog has taken me a while to get down on paper and, even verbally, I have only told a few people even though I knew it was my duty (sounds bit harsh) to tell you about it because if youre reading this, you are more than likely a customer of mine, whether directly or indirectly. Most of my customers know my vibe and whther its that Ive done a piece directly for you and your furry friend or you are a vet or groomer or crematorium owner who I work with to get my message out, you know how soft and sentimental (and squidgy!) I am, so this story means a lot to me and hopefully will to you guys too.

 

Two months ago I found myself at crossroads in life, I was splitting my time between NYC and Dublin, I had friends and family in both and loved both cities dearly. One was home and one was quickly becoming home. I have a great relationship with my mom and we love to do fun acitvities together. One of those things is the occassional trip to a fortune teller, tarot reader or some such!

 

So we headed up to Dundalk to a fabulous woman called Romina. I walked in the door, made myself comfortable and, as she asked me to, allowed my aura and spirit to fill the room. When she sat down she told me that although she was a card reader and not a medium, she often had spirits visit who wished to communicate with the living person who was having the reading. This was happening to me. She said there was a gentleman who wanted to communicate with me but she also told me that something else unusual was occurring and that was a noise of dogs barking and cats purring and both were trying to communicate a message. Not once did I reveal the business I was in, or even that I had a business! The man said that the animals just wanted to convey a simple message, a message of thanks to me.

 

Needless to say I sat there and cried. I have a pretty good relationship with anyone who has directly become a customer of mine, it goes with the nature of what I do. Most of my customers are beyond grateful that I can help provide them with some form of solace in their time of grief and this humbles me in a way I can never express. It’s a privilage to do what I do but to know that the puppies and kitties that have passed on and passed through my care were thankful too? Well that just signed my ‘calling card’ that this bsuiness and this career is the vocation for me and I am so happy to tell all of my customer of time passed that your little furry baby was more than likely a part of this gang who sent a message and just so you know, they are happy and waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge, have no doubt about that! <3

Best dog cities in the USA

What makes a dog friendly city? Its not just the number of dogs but also the amenities available such as off leash dog parks, restaurants, accommodations and businesses that welcome and cater to dogs but also legislation that favors dogs.
  1. Austin, Texas – 18 dog friendly parks, a dogs only swimming spot, over 100 pet friendly hotels, a mobile canine specific food truck, loads of stunning hiking trails and even dog yoga or doga!
  2. Boulder, Colerado – youre not a pet parent here but a guardian.Hiking trails and a serious focus on outdoor pursuits their restaurants all welcome dogs on their outdoor patios.
  3. Crystal City, Virgina – Doggy date nights are the norm here with outdoor movie nights, weekly 5km runs, a Pups n Pilsner festival, a weekly Blues, Brews and Barks outdoor music event .
  4. Ithaca, New York – I mean if a doggy date night is on the agenda then I want it here because they offer dog friendly hotels, wineries, breweieres, apple picking farms, campsites and of course the hiking trails.
  5. Miami Beach, Florida – Miami has two beaches specifically designed for dog lovers and their furry friends and they also open their botanical gardens to our four legged friends.
  6. San Diego, California – They started the whole off leash park thing off in 1972 so it would be rude to omit this city. Theres even doggy kayaking and paddle boarding!! FUN!
  7. Sante Fe, New Mexico – An artist mecca that doesn’t exclude furry four legged friends opens up its art galleries to pooches and also offers countless doggy hotels, restaruants and holiday rentals.

doggy paddle boarding

Adoption - Know your facts - What's your breed?

  • English Mastiff - if you're ok with their slobber and their serious size
  • Dalmatian - perfect for the runner
  • Pitbull - Great for people who don't want to groom often. 
  • Shih Tzu - be prepared for serious grooming and teddy bear cuddles
  • Pugs - the perfect lap dog who love everyone and every thing!
  • French Bulldogs – great for couch potatos!
  • Poodles – great if you're a budding hairdresser
  • Jack Russells – perfect match if you want an active, assertive and smart dog
  • Golden retriever – do you have a big play area? Garden? Don’t mind dog hair? Like running?
  • Huskies – Best for serious outdoor types
  • Pinscher – has no fear and LOTS of energy – be warned!
  • German Shepards – respond well to training, intelligance and active owners
  • Dachshunds – will curl you around their….paws….butter wouldn’t melt!
  • Border Collies – Again active lifestylers apply – they need large running area
  • Terriers - perfect match if you live in a small space and like cuddles on the couch
  • Greyhounds - while known for their speed they do well in small spaces too

Dog Breeds for adoption

When considering adoption ask yourself

  • Whats your energy level?
  • What size will work for you and your home?
  • How much grooming are you prepared to do?
  • How much shedding can you bear?
  • Are kids involved/around?
  • What is your noise level tolerance?

Please note ALL dogs need adequate outdoor time, running, walks, rest, feeding, grooming

Adoption - know your facts. Seniors

When adopting a senior pet consider the following:

  • Ask about health and special needs.
  • Consider your budget as older pets will need more Vet visits.
  • Be patient with them as they will need time to adjust.
  • Be prepared for a short amount of time with them.
  • When adopting a senior pet consider the following:
  • Ask about health and special needs.
  • Consider your budget as older pets will need more Vet visits.
  • Be patient with them as they will need time to adjust.
  • Be prepared for a short amount of time with them.

Old dog love adoption