And so it goes

We are in one of our favorite places to visit, our friends cabin in Dahlonega Georgia.  I wrote about our adventures last year when we were here and had wondered if that would have been our last time to visit.  Our friend had the place for sale and good for us/bad for her she hasn’t sold it, yet.

It’s a quaint old log cabin that looks out over the Blue Ridge Mountain.  Peaceful, serene, secluded.  The perfect place to relax, rewind and rejuvenate.

Of course the dogs love it.  Acres of land to run, hikes, cool weather and thanks to global warming we are still able to enjoy the leaves changing so late in the season.

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Calming Essential Oils

For the past few days we have been diffusing Calm-a-Mile neat, an essential oil blend of German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Blue Cypress, Frankincense, Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang.  This oil is recommended  to create a calm and grounding sense in the dogs and is available from Animal EO.  I have used this oil when we have other dogs coming to visit, people coming to visit or when we were moving.

This weekend I am using it for Louie G who is terrified of the thunder and yes being 4th of July, fireworks.

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Louie G calm and happy
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Walter likes sleeping near the diffuser

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My Deaf Dog

Walter is 13 years old this year.  Not sooo old but no spring chicken either.  He actually is doing very well because 2 years ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and was never expected to be with us so long. Therefore we will take the deafness.

We started to notice the issue about a year ago.  He would be sleeping somewhere in the house and the other dogs would start barking and he would just continue to sleep.  At first I though this a great boon with him being such a talker and all, what the heck a little silence.  Then we realized it wasn’t him just being quiet it was him not hearing.

Other things that started happening were he would stand starring at a door while I stood near by calling to him.  He had no idea I was there.  One day I came home and he wasn’t with the pack to greet me.  Oh no, I thought that was it.  I looked all over looking where he might be.  Of course, he was sleeping in the most unusual place and had heard none of the commotion of me coming home.  It’s almost scary that I can walk up behind him and he has no idea I am there.  He has also taken to being even more of a velcro dog.  I suppose being that he can’t hear me he needs to be near me at all times.  And if he can’t see me he will start searching the house for me, room by room.  It almost feels like having a stalker.

Knowing he is having this problem I try to make things a little easier for him.  When I come home I will walk heavy to try and make some vibrations.  We use a lot of hand signals and I am learning it is useless to call or ask him to be quiet as “he can’t hear me”.  I need to make the extra effort to get in front of him so he can see me and we can communicate.  But all in all our time together is a blessing and we are just going to enjoy it for as long as we can.

 

 

Canine Massage Training

Canine Massage
Canine Massage

For several years I have been trying to complete my canine massage certification classes.  I have taken the prerequisite, “How to Massage your Dog” class twice in 4 years while trying to get the time to complete this program.  Well here I am!  Excited to be here and exhausted from all the learning.

For two weeks I entered into a very intense learning situation, for me at least  (it’s been a long time since I have been in school) it was overwhelming and amazing. The days were long, starting at 8 or 9 am till 6 pm at night.  But it wasn’t over yet, most nights I studied until I fell asleep. Continue reading “Canine Massage Training”

Rain Rain Go Away

Looks like another rainy day in Da Burg.  This of course can cause some problems or not.  Some dogs love the water and the rain is no big deal.  Other dogs, if they even see a rain drop will not step foot out side the door.  LOL.

We will always try and convince your dog it’s a good thing to go our and pee.  Unfortunately, even if we get them out, we cannot make them go potty.  If we deem the weather to be dangerous; i.e. thunder and lightning, heavy down pours, we will play inside with your pet and let you know the situation.  Although we would love to be able to rearrange our schedule to be at your home when it is not raining, alas, our crystal ball and our schedule will not always allow this.

In the event that we cannot get to your home due to flooded roads (we will not drive through standing water, if our cars die then everyone suffers) we will contact you immediately.

Please be courteous to your dog walker and leave them the tools they will need for a rainy day; your pets rain gear (if they use it) and towels to dry them off.

Thanks everyone we appreciate you help on these not so nice days in paradise.

Suzanne

Dog A Tude

Most experts agree that dogs cannot hold grudges or plan their revenge.  Well, I think that anyone who has lived with a dog, perhaps especially a terrier might have a different opinion.

Over the past 2 years I have been able to take my dogs with me or leave them with my brother when I  have had to go out.  Now my situation has changed a bit so I am working from home but may have to leave for short periods of time several times a day.  Well, Walter has taken exception to this new arrangement of being left alone.  Not only do I think he is not happy I believe he plots his revenge.

It started that he would knock his kibble all over the floor.  A pain to clean up but I didn’t really think much of it.  Then it progressed.   He started moving the kibble around the house.  I would find several piles of food through out the house.  This was starting to get annoying.  That forced me to start picking up the kibble when I left the house.  Seemed to solve the problem.  Maybe not.  Last night I left an empty kibble bowl on the floor.  Walter had to change his tactics.  And in all my years of being with dogs I have never seen this.  He peed in the food bowl.  Really, what dog pees in his food bowl?

I know what the experts say about this, but  from my personal experience I can only conclude that yes my dog does plan his revenge.