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Another day in Paranoia…. February 29, 2012

Filed under: Animals,Posh Pet Service — posh pet service @ 9:08 am

In the last four days, we’ve almost lost three lives… This is the story of life number one.

We will now be coming to you from our newly padded room, with no sharp objects, and only soft foods.

So it all started Saturday morning. Logan had the Saturday morning meeting for Wal-Mart, so I had Taekwondo duty. I had two dogs dropped off that morning, and had to get the boys dressed and fed to make the 8:30 class. Chaos ensued. Anyway, we got to class on time and on the way home I was discussing the plan for the day. 1. Get gas 2. go to the new house to clean the play room 3. if all went well, fun stuff for the afternoon.

 

So I stop at the Casey’s gas station to get some fuel. This particular gas station is on Central Ave in Bentonville, which is closed for construction for the most part. I notice a black lab running around  a little ways up, and wonder where he’s supposed to be. Didnt really think much else about him, finished filling my car up (and by filling up I mean putting $50 in because filling my car up right now is like donating plasma. Painful, not worth it). Get back in the car and turn down Central, the side that isn’t currently under construction. As I speed up to around 25-30 mph, the dog I noticed earlier suddenly SHOT out into the road, straight at my car. I swear its like this dog had never seen a car before or was trying to commit suicide. It was awful. I slammed on my breaks, said an expletive entirely too loud… and felt the bump as I ran over the dog. My blood literally ran cold. Not only because I am an animal lover and cry at the first three notes of that stupid Sarah Mclachlan song, but because I had all three boys in the car. These boys are total tree huggers. We scrape spiders onto a piece of paper to “release them in the wild”. We don’t kill snakes, bugs, squirrels, or any other varmint. One time Logan hit a bird in the car and it got stuck in the windshield wiper, it was bad. Amazingly, they apparently didn’t feel the bump and asked if we hit the dog. This elusive answer was the best I could come up with in my panicked state.

BOYS: Oh no! Did we hit him??

ME: ummm… im not sure, but I think I need to go back and check to see where his owners are.

BOYS: Why?

ME: Well, he’s running around in the street, and that’s not really safe.  (please stop asking me questions before I hyperventilate and screw up my vagueness)

 

Anyway, I quickly ran through the list of names i could drop the boys with in my head. Mom- out-of-town, Dad- In  the meeting, Papa- probably not at the house yet to work, Mimi- too far away. My friend Jenny lives just around the corner and i knew she was probably home. I hijacked her house and dumped the kids off with little more explanation than ” I need you to watch them for 15 minutes thankyoubye!!”

I saw the dog run away from the road, so I knew it was most likely alive… I just needed to find it. I knocked on a couple of doors, one lady said it wasnt her dog, but I might try the nursing home next door. Nursing home didn’t answer… so I gave up and got back in the car. There is one neighborhood near the gas station, and I thought I would try that and if I didn’t see the dog.. I would give up. If I was gone much longer, I would have to answer some questions from the boys that I didn’t want to have to make up. I turned into the neighborhood, and saw a black lab running around in a yard towards the end. I pulled up to the house, and got out to try and check if the dog was hurt… he didn’t appear to be by the way he was jumping around and apparently walking just fine. I walked up to knock on the door to see if this was the dog I hit. My stomach sank… there was blood everywhere. All over the doorstep, on the jam… it was horrific. I knocked on the door and as soon as they opened it I burst into tears.

ME: Is this your dog? (pointing to the apparently fine black lab running around in the yard)

OWNERS: Yes, why?

ME: I hit him! I am so sorry! (attractively wipe snot from running down my face)

OWNERS: (looks back in the room where the obviously hurt dog is) Oh! okay! thank you for stopping by.. I think he’s going to be okay, he just needs some stitches.

ME: (blubber blubber)… I am so sorry! I had to drop my kids off.. they were in the car… then I came to look for him…

OWNERS: it’s not your fault, he got out this morning and ran off..

ME: (blubbler, sniff, snot wipe). uughh.. I am so sorry, how bad is it?

OWNERS: its okay. my wife is a nurse, and I think he just needs some stitches, weve already called the vet, he’s resting. Where did you hit him?

ME: (attempting to pull myself together at this point)… At the Casey gas station, he ran directly at my car, I couldn’t stop…

OWNERS: ok..well thank you for coming by

ME: (sniffle sniffle).. im sorry… bye…

 

I’m willing to bet he had a broken leg… I ran over something. I felt the bump. ugh. But the owners were absolutely amazing, didn’t blame me at all. I am sure they were worried that if they said he was seriously hurt I would hold a vigil in their lawn that night. I was a mess. I have contemplated going back to check on him… is that weird?

So I left and went by and picked up the boys, and explained to Jenny why I dumped my kids off in her house…

They spent the rest of the day asking to go back to Ms. Jenny’s and play shuffleboard.

 

XOXO

Krystyl

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10 Days February 20, 2012

Filed under: Posh Pet Service — posh pet service @ 6:13 pm

Ten days since my last post…. ouch.

In my defence I have had a thing or two going on… finalizing house “things” … and moving. Oh, and the kittens are officially mobile. Roaming all over the house, meowing when they lose their way. Mittens is frantically trying to keep up with all of them and calm any scared kitties who can’t find their way back to their little rug in the linen closet.

I’ve also managed to work a little too. This is Buddy.

He is a Sharpe/Labrador mix.  I am walking him twice a day this week, and he luuurrvves his walks! He gets so excited when I come and dances in place while I put his leash on. We walk for 30 minutes, twice a day. He’s a very good boy. At the park where we walk there are lots of other dogs and bikers, and Buddy always stays next to me. He never pulls his leash, or does anything more than perk his head interestedly at passersby.

Cant we all have a dog like Buddy?

 

XOXO

Krystyl

 

Boarding at Posh Pets February 10, 2012

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This week I am boarding a Beagle mix named Dixie. I can’t tell you how excited Ellie gets to have someone to play with besides the cat. Dixie needed a little time to survey her surroundings before she was ready to run and play. She expressed her need by trying to chew Ellie’s face off for the next 20 minutes or so. Then she calmed down.

Mittens, however, has yet to calm down. it never ceases to amaze me that she can roll around and let Ellie drag her across the floor, yet acts like the world is coming to an end when another dog comes into the house. I’ve always wondered if she “knew how” to correct Ellie if she hurt her. She never ever uses her claws on Ellie and will yell out if Ellie bites too hard. But now I know… she took one look at Dixie, swelled up twice her size, spit, and went after her. Poor Dixie is probably scarred for life.

So a day  boarding at Posh Pets goes a little something like this….

7 AM- Ellie comes to the side of the bed and breathes in my face until i wake up and take her out. Take Ellie out to Potty. Get Dixie out of her crate and take her out to potty.

7:30 AM- Make coffee

8:00 AM- Took Dixie on a walk. Even the most house trained dogs have issues being in a house they don’t know. As a caretaker, I don’t necessarily know her signs, and there’s always the possibility my bones, treats, or stress could cause stomach upset. So I always give dogs lots of opportunity to do their business outside. That being said.. you can also relieve a lot of stress from being in a new place with new people by exercise. So a morning walk has multiple benefits.

9:00 Am – Check email, pay bills, update blog. All while Dixie and Ellie run through the house, knocking over tables, and leaving rugs askew throughout the house.

9:30 am- Both dogs drop to the floor, tongues hanging out, throughly exhausted.

Naptime with probably last a couple of hours. I have an appointment at 1 pm so I will likely wake up the pups and take them on another walk before I have to leave.

11:30-12:30- Long walk, more play time.

Because this is the first time I have boarded Dixie, I crate her while I am away from the house and at night. If she proves herself trustworthy, I will begin leaving her out for small increments of time until I feel its safe to leave her along. Her parents didn’t bring her in a crate, so i think she is probably out all the time at home.

3:00 PM- another short walk, just for a potty break.

3:30- 4:00 PM- More playing/Snoozing/Drinking buckets of water.

8ish- one last walk before bed.

They boys get home around 3 from school, and that brings three new playmates home for the dogs,  and they love to walk them/take them out to potty. So there is a lot of activity and stimulation until after dinner time. The first night I crated Dixie to go to sleep. The next morning when I was lounging around, she jumped up on the bed to make herself at home! So I decided I would give her a chance last night. She slept soundly right next to me ALL night. Didnt move.

And now they are back at it.

XOXO

Krystyl

 

Random-ness February 7, 2012

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This post will be full of randomness, in case you were a little fuzzy with the title.

So I’ll post a proper kitten update this week sometime, but for now, the little ankle biters are becoming mobile. I need help here readers (all 5 of you). I’ve got a baby gate up with a cat door in it, and its worked great until now. It kept the kittens in, and the dog out.  Mittens could come and go, and take care of her babies while the little monsters stayed where they belong. I’m only mildly concerned about Ellie being around them, she’s very good with them. My concerns are around her getting excited and trying to “play” with one of them. in all of her “playfulness” she would lift up a paw and sling one of their furry little butts against the wall. The kids would not be amused by kitten guts on the wall. Anyway, I digress. Now I walk into the bathroom and the kittens are scattered across the room, in all corners, looking at me like I am invading their turf. They will be able to easily fit between the gate bars once they venture into the mysterious beyond (outside the bathroom). Not to mention they are white, with blue eyes, and it is very likely one or more of them will end up deaf. Fabulous. Deaf kitten, standard poodle, and three seven-year olds in a house built for two, but currently holding the belongings of five. Cozy right?? That’s a whole other story….

Ellie had some god awful farts this morning. That’s another reason i love the baby gate. It kept her out of the cat food. Ellie has a “sensitive” stomach. In other words, anything but her dog food gives her explosive diarrhea, followed by two days of gag inducing dog farts. I have no idea what she had yesterday, but something that gave her a vegetable smelling ass.

In other news, I’ll be sitting a beagle mix tomorrow through Sunday. Lets add that to the kitty/kid/hoarding situation. Yay! Now I must leave, I have to start moving things into the garage before I go crazy.

XOXO

Krystyl

 

Give-A-Way February 6, 2012

Filed under: Posh Pet Service — posh pet service @ 10:37 am

Posh Pets is fortunate enough to be able to Host a Facebook Give a way every day this week! “Like” Posh Pet Services on Facebook to enter to receive a new collar for your pet! And just because I love seeing animal pics, post a pic of your loveable pet for me to drool over all day.

 

XOXO

Krystyl

 

NWA Information February 4, 2012

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I had to wake up early this morning to let the painters in at the house, and couldn’t go back to sleep after. So I was surfing a few dog sites and thought I would share some information for my local readers.

  • I found this information on Bentonville Licensing here

The City of Bentonville requires that all dogs, over 4 months of age, have the following:

  • license (purchased annually with a one year rabies vaccination or every three (3) years with a three (3) year rabies vaccination).

  • A Rabies vaccination certificate, not to expire in the next 90 days.

License shall be displayed on a collar worn by the dog at all times.

License fees:

  • $6.00 for sterilized animals

  • $12.00 for unsterilized animals

  • $1.00 for sterilized animals owned by any disabled person or anyone 62 years of age or older

NOTE: Owners of seeing eye dogs, guide dogs, or other dogs being used to aid the blind, is not required to pay an annual fee but is required to have/obtain a license.

Licenses can be purchased at the Utility Billing Office at City Hall (117 W Central)

Places to find your lost pet, or found strays:

    • Bentonville also posts a list of dogs found in the area bi-weekly. That list can be found here.

You can also search any number of facebook pages dedicated to reuniting lost or found pets.

  • Below are the ASPCA’s top ten tips for keeping your pets safe in the winter:

Top Ten Cold Weather Tips

Brrrr…it’s cold outside!  The following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.

1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

2.  During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

3. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm—dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

4. Thoroughly wipe off your dog’s legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice.

5. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

6. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

7. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

8.  Does your dog spend a lot of time engaged in outdoor activities? Increase his supply of food, particularly protein, to keep him—and his fur—in tip-top shape.

9. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.

10. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

 

Good News February 2, 2012

Filed under: Posh Pet Service — posh pet service @ 1:51 pm

So when  I first started blogging I was afraid that I would go back and read my posts and think I sounded like an enormous moron, delete them all, and cry myself to sleep. Good news folks, this is my 13th post and I dont hate myself yet. WOOT! ‘Ive had a thing or two going on lately.. so the posts arent as regular as I would like for them to be.

Lets make a list. I like lists.

Good things in my life:

The house is almost done! Almost moving time!

Tax returns- although small, its like free money!

With the house getting close to being done, I’m getting to do lots of fun crafty things, like paint beds, organize toys, and decorate.

Bad things in my life:

None of my pants fit. urg.

Business is slooooww.. only two dogs washed in the last week.

 

So the good things… are good. The new address is on all of my business cards, and will be very convenient for drop off’s during the week. Taxes are done, and my returrn was a third of what it was last year. Not cool. But again, free money and hopefully will go towards some much needed expenses. The bad things…. are bad. Since leaving Walmart my couch time has apparently increased a bit, which in turn has made my waistline increase. Ellie, get ready, were going a walkin!

I knew that this business venture would start out slow… but I am not a patient person. I recently ordered business cards, and am having flyers printed. Beware, you might have a Posh Pet Service flyer on your windshield soon! I’ve been pleased with my blog views, but it hasnt resulted in added business. The two dogs I groomed last week were word of mouth customers. A very old, very sweet Dotson, and a very sweet, toy Schnouzer. Milo was a HANDFUL.

Before:

and after:

What do you think?

 

XOXO

Krystyl