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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.





Sleeping with cat – true story January 23, 2012

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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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My love affair with Poodles January 22, 2012

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Ellie is my current standard poodle.

My love affair with poodles started my senior year of high school. It was literally like I woke up one morning and knew that that was the dog for me. It also didn’t hurt that my sister-in-law had just bought a teeny tiny black poodle and I loved it so much I just wanted to smoosh its brains out. Gah! Cuteness overload. So I asked my mom if I could have one. She didn’t say no. Good enough for me. I went and put a deposit down on one the next day. That marked the day my relationship with Sophie started. My very first toy poodle, and the most important relationship in the world to me. She was an apricot poodle, from a kennel, and not the most attractive thing in the world. But she was my world. Growing up, we had always had dogs ( mutts), and I loved them, because I loved animals. But none of them meant a 100 th of what Sophie meant. She was MINE. I took care of her, and most importantly, she didn’t love my brothers. The fact that I was 17 and also had a love of boys, Marlboro reds, and occasionally stealing my moms Chardonnay could probably explain why she wasn’t potty trained until over a year old and then only ever learned to sit when she felt like it. I have since given up my Marlboro and Chardonnay habits. Merlot is infinitely better. But never my poodles.

Anyway, I had Sophie for 7 years before she passed much too soon. During that time, I owned and fostered an assortment of poodles. There was Lilly, a cockapoo ( crazy, bad breeding), Sydney (one of Sophie’s babies and a dog everyone instantly loves), Charlie, another apricot poodle, Onyx, a black standard poodle, and Divo a very red toy poodle. All of these dogs were great, in their own way, but none compared to Sophie, and all went to various homes while Sophie remained steadfastly by my side. We lived in 7 houses, went through numerous boyfriends, and a couple of marriages before she crossed the rainbow bridge. The hardest day of my life was when she passed. I buried her under a dogwood tree, and left a piece of me there.

Soon after, I found myself in a new house, with a new life. and I knew I needed a new poodle. By this time Logan and the boys were in my life, and I was a little worried about getting a toy poodle. They can be the victim of bad breeding, and with that can come a nervous, yappy, nippy, frail thing that would never stand up to the abuse of three 5 year olds. My house is only two bedrooms, and maybe 1100 sq feet, so a standard poodle would be a big presence. But standards have not yet been subjected to over breeding the way toys have, and historically have a much more calm, relaxed demeanor. I began what would become a months long search. I looked at breeders, shelters, petfinder.com, and numerous other places.

Finally, I found Ellie. She was in a shelter in Kansas.

She came from a breeder and was originally intended to be kept for breeding purposes. My sweet little baby Ellie was almost destined  to have litter after litter, year after year. Luckily, as I know full well, Ellie doesn’t do anything unless its her idea. The kennel dropped her off at the shelter stating that she could not be “accustomed to the breeding lifestyle.” In other words, she doesn’t like being in a small cage where she can barely stand for 23 hours a day. She doesn’t like her feet and toes being spread apart by wire cages, and being  shuffled back and forth like cattle, from place to place. In fact, she prefers to lay on my queen sized bed. Alone. She prefers to lay on her chair in the office, with her head propped up on the arm.

And if she eats, she prefers it to be out of the trashcan.

 And like I said… she doesn’t do anything unless it was her idea…

My love affair with poodles will never end.. they are a joy. They are entertainment. They are a pain in the ass. They are protectors, lovers, and comforters. I have converted many a cynic, who now own poodles of their own. Stay tuned for more stories of my monster, there are plenty to tell.




A Day in the Life January 19, 2012

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We’ve got kittens!! Three of the cutest sweetest little white fur balls you’ve ever seen. But I’ll save all the details for a separate post. Today’s post is about a day in the life of a salon owner. Let me tell you, I took a giant leap of faith, and a major career change in order to pursue a life with animals and hopefully developing Posh Pets. Taking over Crystal Pet Parlor for a week was a great way to see the potential for my business, and what my life would be like if I were to open a salon that boards and grooms dogs. I will now proceed to eliminate any glamour or “Poshness” of this business.


I walk in the door of Crystal Parlor, and the dogs immediately start barking. They know its breakfast time! I usher everybody outside to go potty. Then I survey the area for any accidents and pee spots. Most of the dogs that come to a boarding facility are potty trained, but going from 5 pm to 8 am in a run free environment is a lot for even the most well behaved dog. Crystal Parlor does have kennels, and corrals, but these are mainly used to separate during feeding, and if an owner specifically asks for their dog to be corralled. Lots of dogs don’t get along with others, or are very fragile and owners do not want them running free with larger or more exuberant dogs. So I pick up any blankets or beds that have pee on them, and scoop any “other” accidents. Throw them in the laundry pile, and mop up anything on the floor.  Then I prepare the dog bowls. The four dogs currently living at the facility eat various amounts of dry food, but Dolly eats a special dry food with some wet food on top for her sensitive stomach. Shana is a pig and will try to eat everyone’s food. So after I get all the food bowls ready I close the pantry door and let everyone back in. Dolly goes in a corral to eat her special food, and looks at me like I am abusing her for locking her up. Layla eats in the pantry, and the others get their food in various corners of the room. But Shana gets hers first, because until she’s busy she will try and eat everyone else’s food. Now is probably a good time to mention that when Julie adopted Shana, she was extremely overweight- I think she’s still resentful about her diet. I watch closely while everyone eats. Because today we only have the one visitor everyone is pretty good, but I still watch to make sure no arguments break out. After everyone is finished I usher them outside for “number 2’s”.  While everyone is outside, I pick up all beds and toys and mop the entire floor. This helps keep things neat and clean and smelling fresh. Not only do you have dogs marking and accidents at a salon, but muddy footprints, hair, leaves, dog puke… ect.  I normally start my first of several loads of laundry now too. After the floor dries, I let everyone back in and they settle down and go lay on their various beds and blankets.  Refill water bowls.


Today Dolly is going home at 10:30 and her owners want a bath before she goes, so it’s time to start that.  I spent about 15 minutes de-shedding her, and then time to jump in the tub. Dolly is about 30 lbs and easy to bathe. When someone is paying you to bathe a dog, it’s a little more in depth than your average at home bath. Scrub in between every toe; make sure you get the ears, face, and hiney. And DON’T scrimp on the shampoo and conditioner. The most important part of a groom is the bath. Then we blow dry, its cold outside and you’ll catch cold going out with wet hair! During the blow dry you make sure to get out any knots, cut any matting, and clip around the eyes or potty area if needed. Once she’s all beautiful, I start gathering her blankets, toys, and food bowls for when her parents come. Dolly goes home, and Jenni and Chewbacca come to stay for a few days! Introduce them to the group, and let everyone out one last time to go potty before I go home for lunch.

11:00-12:30ish – lunch, errands, bank.

 1:00-2:00 – Let everyone out for potty/play time! Start another load of laundry, fold what’s in the dryer. I normally sit down for a bit now and brush someone, or play ball.  All of the dogs are lovers and will all try to sit with me at the same time. Shana is a lab and sheds quite a bit so I try to de-shed her every couple of days. Shadow is so playful (and could stand to lose a few lbs) so I try to exercise him some every day. Refill water bowls.

2:00-3:00 – its wintertime and gets cold and dark early, so I go out to the play yard to scoop poop. The play yard is on the west side of the building, so its shaded in the afternoon and I don’t like to freeze to death, scooping poop is bad enough without being cold. Remind myself to bring the leaf blower with me tomorrow so I can blow leaves into the woods.

3:00-5:00 – I vacuum in the afternoons. At a pet salon, it doesn’t matter if you mop or sweep first; there are always muddy footprints, and always hair and leaves to be vacuumed. So I mop in the mornings, vacuum in the afternoons. Sometimes I mop in the afternoons too if it needs it. Then I spend the afternoon doing some general cleaning. Clean the tub from Dolly’s bath, scrub food bowls, finish the laundry, wipe off doors with footprints on them, ect..

The pups know I am getting ready to leave, so they watch me warily… trying to make me feel bad. I normally spend some time loving on them and apologizing before I leave. I let everyone back out again for potty time before I leave. Refill the water bowls, and put anyone in a corral who likes to sleep alone. Turn out the lights, and say good night ya’ll!

All in all, it’s a huge job, and I stay busy All.Day.Long.  I don’t know how Julie does it; in addition she grooms dogs too! I hope to continue to learn from her, and gain valuable knowledge so that I may open my own salon one day!