Back on-line again

It has been a while, so long as a matter of fact, that I am really writing this entry to re-teach myself how to work this blog! My goal was, and still is, to bring information to my readers about all things dog, cat, bird and more. However, my most recent interest as been trying to perfect my nature (specifically bird) photography and I hope to have some photos worthy of sale with some of the proceeds going to a favorite animal-related charity.

This is testing new territory and so I’ve started with trying to create a store on the Zazzle website and just uploading a few photos to see how that all works. Seems to be a learning curve so advice and opinions are welcome. I put the link on the home page, but putting it here again: Zazzle Store

Emergency Preparedness

While I hate to be a downer on this website, I can’t help but think that there are many facets of animal life/care that are not all fluffy and happy, so there will be the occasional serious, or sad, post.

Being prepared for an emergency is helpful not just for our own animals who may get injured under our watch, but also for those we come across on our travels. Recently a friend was bitten by a dog who when trying to help a stray who had been hit by a car.  I stopped to investigate whether I could help another dog who I had found in the road. Being new to Florida, I had no idea who to call.  In this day and age of technology and “smart phones” it would have been helpful to have important vet and animal control numbers in my phone.

What should you carry in your car? I realize this may not be for everyone, but thoughts of some helpful items: a first aid kit, water, blanket or towel, leash (perhaps one with the collar built in for the collar-less animals we come across), gloves, crate (size- and/or car size-dependent), shoebox with holes for found birds or other small animals.

For you, and your petsitters, keep a list of emergency numbers: neighbors who may be able to help, your regular vet, the emergency vet(s), animal poison control, your animal’s medications, animal’s dietary restrictions, location of crate (if not readily available).

I am coming into my second ever Florida hurricane season – for areas where disasters are more likely to occur (and really for anyone anywhere), here is a helpful site:

There is a wealth of information on suggestions for how to handle emergencies with your animals, here are a few:

What about if you are bitten by a stray dog? My opinion is you should consider visiting an ER or your regular doctor depending on time of day – recently there was a story of two people who were harmed (one died) from bacteria from their own dog’s mouth. This may be super rare, but there is no reason to not protect yourself against the possibility of ANY bacterial infections making you ill, even if the likelihood of death is low risk. Have you had a tetanus shot? Do you know if the dog was rabid? Again, even if the risk of harm or death is low, do you want to be that one-in-a-million? Consider seeking medical treatment anytime you’ve been bitten by any animal unfamiliar to you.

Even if the animal is familiar to you, it may require antibiotics. I was bitten by a neighbor’s dog years ago and within a few hours, even though it wasn’t overly painful, there was quite a huge bump where the tooth had gone through my arm, which went away with antibiotics before an infection went too far.

As for the dog I stopped to help, the poor thing was already gone, but it was in the road and it was getting dark. I nice fella (who reminded me of a toothless Willie Nelson on a motorcycle) stopped to help. He was able to use a towel I had in my car to move the dog to the side of the road so it couldn’t cause a car accident. I had no numbers to call for assistance. Really an important reminder especially since I am relatively new to the area. I will put another towel in my car and be sure to have all sorts of important numbers available. As much as I hope there isn’t a next time, I suspect there will be and I would like to be better prepared.


As with all my posts, these are just my opinions I include links to other sites for informational purposes only and do not have any stake in them nor have I verified information included in them.


Should Children Be Walking The Dog?

I saw a post on Facebook earlier today on this topic. The main idea was that a woman was being investigated for allowing her eight-year-old daughter walk their Maltese around the block (USA Today article)).

The article centers around the idea of neglect and while I certainly feel this is an issue worth addressing — not for me here.  My concern is the safety of the child and the dog as it relates to the act of walking the dog. As a professional dog walker for over 12 years, I have seen adults incapable of walking a dog safely and to me, the idea of allowing a child to walk the dog alone is risky.

Now, that being said, I also recognize that this is a generalization and that many young children may be quite capable and I leave that decision to parents to determine based on a number of factors, including but not limited to the size of child and dog, the overall safety of the area, likelihood (although really unpredictable) of loose dogs, and how well the dog has been trained to walk on a leash.

Problems I’ve encountered/seen while walking dogs — the walker being distracted by the phone and dog pulls to go after a squirrel and the leash is dropped, the walker may fall. Other walkers with the ‘ole “my dog is friendly” approaching whether the other dog they’d like to meet is friendly and a fight ensues. Would you want your eight-year-old involved? I’ve broken up a dog fight or two and I cannot imagine a child having to deal with the fear and trauma of a dog fight.

Will the child pick up the poop (which is also another opportunity for the dog to surprise the walker and pull the leash out of the hands)?

I was curious about this topic and found some other websites addressing this topic:

I realize parents will decide, hopefully wisely, when it is safe for their children to walk the dog, but I do hope they recognize dog walking can be risky and consider the many outside influences that can determine the outcome of the walk.

Testing Email Notification

Wow, I guess I never thought that I would spent more time writing about how I’m figuring out how to make the website and blog work properly! I hope that this 3rd time (well, way more than 3rd) is the charm and I will be able to focus on the real intended content of this website! Dogs. Cats. Birds. Products. Tips. I thank viewers for their patience!

Figuring Out Blogging!

Learning to create a blog has been quite an undertaking! This page is to test the system to see if it will alert my subscribers (currently my sister and me!) to new blog entries.

Below meet Connor – the most recent pup to leave his noseprints on my heart. A doberman/rottweiler mix with a lot of character!