Archive for May, 2013

Mothers Day

Brody & Calla

Brody & Calla

What a great week I’ve had pet sitting in Snohomish this past week.  I absolutely adore the two pups that I’ve been watching.  Brody is such a gentleman who loves to snuggle and Calla has the biggest personality all wrapped up in a tiny 8 lb. body!  It’s so much fun watching her play with her squeaky toys and when I open the door for her and Brody to go outside, she shoots out like a rocket, barking and chasing away any rabbits, squirrels or birds that dare come into the yard.

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Speaking of the yard, what a beautiful time of year it is with all the trees and bushes in bloom!

Just a small sample of all the beautiful blooms in the yard

Just a small sample of all the beautiful flowers blooming in the yard

My daughter Heather lives fairly close by so on Saturday we decided to meet at the Country Village just down the road in Bothell.  What a cool place!  It was such a beautiful, sunny day!  A perfect day for LJ to get to run around and play, and a time for Heather and I to catch up.

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He had so much fun playing on all the playground toys including a Pirate’s Ship, swings, merry-go-round, etc.  He also got to watch the ducks and chickens that were walking around.  There’s a cute pond and stream going along the back and there’s even a little train to take a ride on.

Fun at Country Village

Fun at Country Village

After taking a break at The Village Bean, where there was another little activity area for LJ to spend some energy, LJ and Heather took a ride on the train and then poured into the car and went home for a good nap :-).

On Sunday, Heather invited me out to lunch.  She had a bloody mary waiting for me when I arrived!  Oh how she knows her mamma!

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We had a really nice visit and some snacks!  I was so glad I got to spend Mothers Day with my daughter.  I haven’t been close enough for several years to do that.  It was especially nice because Heather’s expecting her second child so it was a special day for her too!  My son lives in Wenatchee so I wasn’t able to see him but I did hear from him so it completed my day!

Thanks Heather for creating the collages for me!

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May 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm Leave a comment

Introduce Your Dog to Your Baby

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This article is written by Cesar Millan on his Cesar’s Way website.  While I don’t always agree with his training techniques, I think this is a pretty good article about introducing your dog to your new baby.  I hope you agree.

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Our dogs are very in tune with us, so with an event as  monumental as a pregnancy, your dog has already sensed that something is up.  But just because  she has picked up on the new feelings hanging in the air,  doesn’t mean that she  understands what they mean.

Here are a few tips for  preparing your dog for the new arrival.

Focus on leadership.

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Nine months are more than enough time  to work through most issues and establish  yourself as  the unwavering Pack leader. Smooth out any small problems you may be having. Break her of unwanted  habits. If necessary, hire a professional to  work with you. You will appreciate the work you put in now when you bring your newborn home to a calm,  well-behaved dog.

Be aware of your energy.

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A pregnancy affects the entire household. You may feel excited, anxious, or worried. Remember, your dog will mirror your emotions.

Claim your baby’s scent.

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Bring an item that contains your baby’s scent, such as a burp cloth,  from the  hospital before bringing home the baby. During this exercise, it is crucial that you set clear boundaries. Challenge the dog to sniff from a distance, while you are holding the item. By doing so, you are communicating to your dog that the item is yours and then giving  permission for the dog to sniff. “This new item belongs to me, and you will  need to follow my rules when around it.” This helps start the process of  creating respect for the baby.

Establish boundaries around the nursery.

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I recommend starting with the nursery off-limits. Condition your dog to understand that there is an invisible barrier that she may not cross without your permission.   Eventually, you can allow your dog to explore and sniff certain things in the room—with your supervision. Then you decide when she needs to leave. Repeat this activity a few times before the baby arrives. This will let your dog know that this room belongs to a pack leader and must be respected at all times.

Control the introduction.

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Start by taking your dog on a long walk.  Be sure to drain all of your dog’s energy. Before returning, wait at the door step; make sure your dog is in a calm-submissive mode before inviting her in. Upon entering, your dog will instantly know there is a  new scent in the house. If you have already  introduced the scent, it will be somewhat familiar.

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The mother or father holding the baby must be in a completely calm-assertive state. The dog should be  allowed to sniff the baby, but at a respectful distance. During this first meeting, do not bring the baby too close. Eventually, the dog can be allowed to get closer and closer to the baby. By doing this, you are teaching the dog to respect the baby as another pack leader.

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Teach your baby.

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Once  your child is in the exploratory state, it is important to supervise all interactions between him or her and the  dog. This is a great opportunity to teach your child not to bother the dog,  yank her tail, etc. These lessons on mutual respect cannot begin early enough.  Too many children have inadvertently provoked an  otherwise peaceful dog, simply  because they were unsupervised or their parents  had not given them proper  instruction.

Don’t forget the dog.

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A dog does not need toys or special attention to feel important; you simply need to maintain the routine, providing daily walks and consistent leadership.  This will help your dog feel secure and allow her to relax about the new addition to the family.

Forget breed.

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Don’t assume your dog will not pose a problem based on breed alone, or vice versa.  Sure, babies have been bitten by Rottweilers and pit bulls, but they have also been injured by labs, chows, and mixed breeds. A baby in Rhode Island was killed by a cute little Pomeranian. What is the key? Leadership.

 

May 9, 2013 at 2:28 am 2 comments

Sammamish, Bella & Peep

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Peep

I’m in beautiful Sammamish taking care of a canary named Peep.  I have had such a good time watching him.  It brings me back to my childhood and my moms canary named Sugar Foot.  Peep has been taking baths in the morning when I bring him his fresh water.  He splashes all over the place and fluffs his feathers enjoying every minute of his bath time!

Peep taking his bath

Peep taking his bath

Every morning while I’m on my computer I turn on Pandora and listen to music.  Peep LOVES the music!  He sings along and makes beautiful music.  I think he likes Country music the best :-).  It’s a really nice way to spend my mornings!

I’m also watching a sweet little Italian Greyhound named Bella.  She’s had some issues with her hind legs and has recently had surgery so is a little weak.  Like all Italian Greyhounds, she loves cuddling and burrowing deep in the covers.

Where's Bella?

Where’s Bella?

Bella loves her nap time!

Bella loves her nap time!

We take a slow walk every day and she’s doing great!  You can never say that Bella doesn’t like to stop and smell the roses…and everything else.  She loves exploring everything!

Sweet Bella

Sweet Bella

And we have the most beautiful path to walk on just outside the back door.  It’s been so nice and sunny lately so the walks have been wonderful!

Is that a bird?

Is that a bird?

I wake up to this beautiful view every morning with the sound of birds singing and I get to spend my days with sweet little pets like Bella and Peep.

Outside my bedroom window

Outside my bedroom window

Every day I have to remind myself how lucky I am to have this wonderful job!  A big thank-you to all of my clients who put your trust in me to watch over your sweet little pups, cats, birds, etc.!  I’m so thankful to all of you!

 

May 3, 2013 at 10:42 am Leave a comment