One of the hard parts about being a pet sitter is being on duty during the holidays. While many are heading out of town to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with their families, we are hard at work caring for and cheering up their furry loved ones. This year I could not have been more blessed to spend Thanksgiving with some of the silliest, sweetest, and cutest little fur-babies ever.
Jack and Merlin filled my mornings with joy and laughter. Merlin’s affectionate greetings were an endless stream of dove-purring, elevator butts, and lots and lots of nuzzling. He could turn a heart of steel to mush. Jack’s goofiness and lovable antics are unrivaled, it was nearly impossible to pry myself away from his love, tummy rubs, and play time.
Joey’s exuberant enthusiasm made every day brighter. From dog park trips and belly rubs, to playing with me and his furry house-mates, every moment was a cause for unadulterated joy. His happiness was the best kind of contagious.
So today, in honor of a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend, we celebrated by heading off to explore a dog park we’ve never been to before: Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve. The car was filled with smiles and excited doggy-talk, and for good reason! With over 5 acres of fenced in dog park and more than 30 acres of off-leash hiking trails, it quickly became one of our favorite local destinations.
Dad comes for a visit. I’m making dinner and all of a sudden I realize I’m completely alone, a feeling I haven’t experienced since… ever. This is what I find. My dad says sheepishly “I wandered in to see the score of the basketball game, next thing I know I’m collecting dogs.” =)
It seems like only yesterday that Cinema was a tiny 10 pound bundle of adorable puppy love and a friend was telling me that I should treat her as though she was going to be 100 pounds. I politely declined to pay any attention.
When Cinema was little lots of things were cause for great distress: new people, rowdy dogs, the noise of the big city, and vacuums… her arch nemesis. Whenever she was scared she’d crawl up my legs and beg me to hold her and comfort her and protect her from all of the frightening things in the world. Many a night was spent trudging the half mile home from Damen & Milwaukee with a puppy in my arms because some kind soul wanted to pet her. At night we’d sit on the back porch and she’d curl up around my feet and wait to be picked up and carried inside. Even as the summer turned to fall rains, and then to winter’s bitter cold, she would always be there with me, waiting to be carried over the threshold. It was her nightly hug, a reminder that she was loved more than anything in the world.
I always thought that as she got older, and became the brave and outgoing little soul that she’s become, she would grow out of the need for a protector and would forget our tradition of midnight hugs. Now she’s a year old, 35 pounds, and nearly half of my body length, but to this day she sits with me every night rolled up in a little ball at my feet and waits for me to show her how much I love her. And to this day, I still get to be her savior whenever the vacuum gets pulled out of the closet. My back may regret it when I’m 60, but my heart won’t regret it for a second.
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I could hardly believe my eyes this morning when I looked out the window and saw snow! It was only days ago that we had wonderfully warm 60 degree weather but one thing is for certain, cold weather has definitely hit and for seniors (pets and people!) arthritis can become a serious issue. If left unchecked arthritis can cause permanent damage to joints and make life unbearable. Take control of your pet’s arthritis so that they can be happy and comfortable in the colder months.
Weight control! How many times do you hear that weight is a major factor in so many issues our pets have? It is true. If your pet has too many pounds to carry then their joints have to work that much harder. Cut back on food and treats. Don’t be a sucker for the sad face. Losing weight can be hard to do when your joints hurt. That brings us to our second tip…
Activity! Moving those arthritic joints is the best medicine. It can be a daunting task to get your arthritic pet up and moving, but it needs to happen. For your arthritic dog, take slow and steady walks around the block. Build up the amount of time you spend walking each day. An arthritic cat needs to get playing! Find what your kitty likes to play with and get them moving. Cat nip, laser pointer, jingle balls, whatever it takes!
Supplements can help repair damaged joints but they don’t work overnight. You need to start a regular regimen of supplements in order to make an impact. Keep in mind that supplements aren’t painkillers. In extreme cases medication could be used, but always consider the risks and side effects. While medication can ease pain, it isn’t a truly long-term solution.
Keep your pet warm. A toasty pet is a happy pet. If your pet is comfortable wearing sweaters then put one on them, especially when going outdoors. There are also pet-safe heated blankets and beds available. Two of our favorite bloggers, Will and his wonder-dog Eko of “Marking Our Territory“, absolutely love nights in front of the fireplace. If you have lots of tile or hardwood flooring, give your pet a nice corner full of plush blankets. They’ll thank you for it later.
Alternative medicine is available for pets. There are a number of professionals in the area that offer acupuncture, massage, and other therapies for the arthritic pet. Don’t shy away from these options if they seem unusual. Many pets and people have found relief using these methods.
For more tips for arthritic pets check out PetMD!
The Chicago Pet Show brings rescue groups together along with the vendors that have items that are pet related either service, veterinary, grooming, specialty shops as well as some of the pet food manufacturers and give attendees an opportunity to have some fun.
The Chicago Pet Show pet event is designed to encourage Pet Parents and potential pet parents to learn about all the choices there are out there to help with life quality techniques for their pets. They bring in as many different rescues as possible and introduce potential pet owners to some of these animals.
The goal of the show is to create a comfortable and friendly pet community that spans beyond the species. It doesn’t matter if it’s furry, feathered, or scaly. They are all part of this wonderful group called “Pet Lovers”. The show gives them an opportunity to highlight some of the best foods, supplies, services and vet specialist in the area so whether you already have a pet or are just beginning to look you can get started on the right foot with the Chicago Pet Show.
Demos, presentations, seminars, discussions for attendees are designed to create a pet community of awareness and to help everyone become aware of what sort of wonderful things are out there for their pets.
Whether you are looking for a forever friend, just want to take a peek at the wonderful world of pets, you’re a senior that wants a pet every once and awhile, or you are looking for ways of improving the lives of the pets you currently have the Chicago Pet Show is the place to be.
The Chicago Pet Show will be at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. I hope to see you there!
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Every once in a while you have a day that reminds you of why you work so hard, motivates you to keep on trucking, and validates all of your efforts. Yesterday was one of those days for me.
It started off with a morning at the park where my foster, Rolo, and I played his new favorite game… soccer. Rolo LIVES to play soccer. And he’s so good at it he could go pro if it wasn’t for the fact he’s furry and has the tendency to try to eat the ball between plays. He even has a favorite ball, a UCLA basket ball. I don’t have the heart to tell him it’s not regulation but I’m sure that even if I did he’d just look at me with a face full of smile and his little nub would wag furiously in anticipation. It’s mornings like these that I love being a foster, when the occasional inconvenient accident in the house pales in comparison to the enormous pride that comes with watching them thrive.
At work… well… Nothing makes me happier than seeing my pups and my clients having a ball together. Yesterday Cinema got to see her bestie, Murphy, for the first time all week. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them so happy.
After my last client for the day I dropped by Critters Pet Shop to pick up some items to donate to Grahamville Rescue and Sanctuary in honor of National Animal Shelter and Rescue appreciation week. I had just started filling my basket with toys when the owner, who I had met only briefly while campaigning for my Presents 4 Pets donation drive, approached me to ask if I needed any help. I explained that I was looking for items to donate and to my delight he started glowing about (and selling) the Presents 4 Pets donation drive. I was over the moon. We both had a laugh when he realized it was my initiative and then he proceeded to donate 8 collars and leashes to Grahamville Rescue and Sanctuary. With his help, I was able to put together a fantastic gift basket for a rescue that has seen a lot of hard times lately. I am so excited to present them today at the Kane County Fairgrounds’ Chicago Pet Show.
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The St. Charles Coldwell Banker office will be Raffling a Fully trimmed Christmas tree loaded with gifts! All proceeds will be donated to Helping A Hero, Windy City Habitat for Humanity, and the Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Last year over $6200 was donated to charity and Todd Johnson was the lucky winner of $5200 value in prizes, including an ipad!
Raffle ticket sales begin November 2nd and the winner will be announced December 8th.
We are so excited to have 3 great companies join our campaign to raise donations for Presents 4 Pets!
When I stopped by Woof Wash in Batavia, Dawn, the owner, was on the phone with a client whose senior dog was showing signs of serious medical issues. She talked through her observations, made recommendations for medical care, and then offered heaps of love and support. That’s customer service everyone should aspire to! I also got to see some beautiful dogs coming out with great haircuts. We are delighted to have them on board.
Woof Beach in Batavia offers grooming, training, and supplies out of an outstanding facility. The owner and staff were wonderful, knowledgeable, attentive, and excited to have the oppportunity to help local rescues. The place was beautiful and clean with a great atmosphere. The clients checking out were over-the-moon happy with the cuts their dogs received.
I am ecstatic to have Coldwell Bankerin St. Charles host one of our Presents 4 Pets donation drop-off boxes and deeply grateful to their agents for reaching out to their clients to let them know about this great cause. I have had the pleasure of meeting with several animal loving agents and staff from this office and highly recommend them for your real estate needs.