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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.




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.




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.


The Introduction. February 1, 2012

When the kittens were about two days old, I wanted to see how Ellie would act around them. It was probably my fault, but it was a disaster. She came in calmly, and knew something big was going down in that linen closet. She cautiously looked in, and I picked up a kitten for her to see. She sniffed it all over and licked its ear, I was so excited! I mean, shes totally the cat wisperer. Next, I was going to be taking pictures of her trying to feed them, making posts about her lactating and how I had to cover the babies in black and white polka dots so she didn’t mourn the loss of her never born children.  I picked up another and showed it to her- she promptly tried to eat it.

hmm… too soon.

After  about 7 days Mittens was going stir crazy in that tiny bathroom, so I installed a baby gate with a cat door in it. She could then come and go as she pleased and had easy access to the furry babes. Occasionally, when I went in to feed her I would leave the gate open, and Ellie would follow me in. She was always very calm, and with the exception of trying to eat the cat food, behaved herself wonderfully. The kittens weren’t alarmed by her… so I thought, ok. Lets do this again.

Dont you just love how she puts her head down on their level?? GAH! So cute.  They are getting so big, and don’t seem to be the slightest bit perturbed by Ellie. In fact… when Ellie got bored last night and decided to bring one into the living room for company… it hardly cried at all.





Kitten Update January 23, 2012

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Two of the sweeties have their eyes open, with the third about half-open.

If you notice in the picture above… they are getting grey around their ears. It seems like the skin is grey, but the hair on top is white… so who knows what it will end up looking like. But they are PRESH!!! Hopefully I didn’t blind their Sweet baby eyes with my camera.

It’s a preliminary guess, but i think we have two boys and a girl. The girl opened her eyes first… naturally.

Momma is already back to fighting weight.

Ignore the chew marks on the wall behind Jack. Those are from Ellie’s younger, less mature days. She’s so above that now.

I think the female has a home… but I am waiting to see who has the best personality before I start assaulting Logan’s ears about keeping one.





Sleeping with cat – true story

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Saw this on Kitty Blogger this morning. This is my house, except add a standard poodle fighting for space as well.

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Kittens January 20, 2012

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It all happened really quickly. We went from this:

To This:

In a matter of 3 hours. Thank you Mitty for making it happen in the middle of the day. My friend Jenny made me promise I would call her  when it happened and she would come over to watch. I would have felt real bad if I called her at 2 in the morning. And I totally would have. So it all started at around noon; there I was… “working”- ( laying in bed contemplating cleaning the kitchen, or taking a nap.) The nap was totally about to win, when Mittens came over and starting trying to lay on my face while I was sleeping. She used to do that all the time, but after a few nights of continuously throwing her off, she finally got the picture. Anyway, so shes laying across my neck, when I realize she’s breathing kind of hard. Didn’t I read the other day that if you paid attention, she would start breathing harder? For the record, the same article said if you shove a thermometer up her ass her temp would be 100 degrees the day of labor. I didn’t think the boys would appreciate me using their thermometer on the cats butt, so that was out. By this point, she’s crawled under the covers and is curled up next to me, I love it when she does that! Only this time, SHES TRYING TO HAVE THE DAMN KITTENS UNDER THE COVERS! Long story short, I raise my head only to realize her water has broken in the bed. All.Over.the. Bed. So while silently chanting to myself ” you can do this, just don’t think about the fact that you were just laying in amniotic fluid”  I jump out of the bed and grab Mittens. I run her into the bathroom, where we have had a bed made in the bottom of the linen closet. Thank you Logan for thinking ahead. Because I certainly am not in a position to think clearly as I am running through the house holding a “leaking” cat on her back, then rummaging through the kids arts and crafts before I finally find a pair of kid scissors with blunt ends, and Elmer’s glue stuck all over the blades. This is my surgical equipment.

Anyway, Mitty goes in and lays right down in her prepared bed. Whew. Then I start my frantic text messaging. I text Logan the word “Labor!” and leave it at that. Then I text Jenny and tell her its “happening”. I am not sure of the timeline but I will keep her posted. Don’t make plans for tonight. 45 seconds later I text her to get her butt over here because Mittens is contracting and pushing. My only job is to make sure she gets the kittens out, and that she gets the sack off the kittens face so they can breath. I turn the nightlight on, and keep the overhead lights off. I feel like I should light some candles and play some soft jazz, this is after-all, an at home delivery and I am the midwife. First kitten comes out face first and she does a great job! Poor girl is exhausted already, and its obvious she’s not done. You can plainly see the other kittens rolling in her belly, and that she’s still breathing hard. She cleans up the first kitten and tries to take a short nap in between. About an hour passes between each kitten. The other two come out feet first, and I help her by making sure the kittens faces are clear and that they are breathing. Jenny arrives just after the first kitten is born, and upon recognizing the stress of the situation, we decide its appropriate to toast Mittens bravery with a glass of wine. Yes its 1:00, no I don’t care. I’m under a lot of pressure, don’t judge me.

Now is probably a good time to mention, that I warned Logan that all I wanted was a little white kitten. If I got one he was going to have a hard time getting me to give it up. Since Mitty was knocked up by a neighborhood playa, we had no idea what to expect when the kittens were born.  So imagine my excitement, and his horror, when we got THREE little white kittens!! We are four days in and I think he is quietly resigned to the fact that we will be keeping a kitten. Although he has expressed his apprehension in the fact that if he lets me  keep one, he feels like I will do this to him the rest of his life. He says I will keep saying ” just one more, you wont even notice another cat/dog/hamster ect…  He might not be wrong. But for now, I am satisified with these sweet things.