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Nelle – A very special dog.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Nelle, a very special dog with soulful eyes, a winning smile and a friendly, exuberant demeanor.  She was a charmer, to say the least. Nelle’s mom and dad wanted to take a quick over night trip but needed someone to feed her, take her for walks, give her lots of loving attention, as well as some nice belly rubs. Nelle greeted me at the door with tail wagging and a happy smile each time I came and she would joyfully run around with a stuffed javelina in her mouth. We enjoyed going for walks and also watching the sun rise early in the morning – just hanging out, listening to the birds and savoring the day. She is truly a one-of-a-kind dog.

 

 

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A Trio of Cats

I often take care of  “cat siblings”, and by that, I mean multiple cats, living in one home. Whether the cats are “adopted siblings” or “blood siblings”, It is fun to see how they interact with each other and learn to get along. Some of them even start to look alike.

I think about my customers: Graeme, Lilith and Frankie, all beautiful blond and red kitties, and how nicely they have acquainted themselves with each other. Graeme and Lilith lived together for years and then Frankie was introduced to the home. It took a little while, but now Frankie is part of the group and everyone is very happy. Frankie still eats in a separate room because she is a much slower eater than the other cats – she likes to savor her meals. Graeme eats very fast; his hunter personality kicks in at mealtime, as he would love to go after Lilith’s dinner. Lilith, being the soft-spoken and polite kitty of the group, eats at a leisurely, slow pace.

I think it’s so cute that they actually compliment each other in both looks and temperament. It is true: the longer someone is together – the more they start to look alike. Graeme, Lilith and Frankie have all become very good friends and are happy and content to be “cat siblings”.

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Graeme – A large strawberry blond tabby cat who rules the roost with a “light paw”.

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Lilith – A petite blond and white kitty who is as sweet and precious as she looks.

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Frankie – A beautiful, red cat with amazing green eyes whose fur is as soft as a bunny.

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Walking in the Snow – Dogs Don’t Mind

It never ceases to amaze me, the resiliency of dogs. Here in Minnesota, we have been having some of the coldest temperatures of the decade. Minus 10 and 20 below zero, for weeks on end! On top of that, we have about 3 feet of snow on the ground! It has been challenging to walk dogs, to say the least. My customers all live within the same area, Lakeville, Prior Lake, Eagan and Savage. Suffice it to say, that I feel very lucky that I can wear layered clothing. But, all the dogs I walk, have nothing more than a stylish fur coat on. Yes, they all seem to enjoy being outside, no matter what the weather. We have a lot to learn from our good friend, the dog: Enjoy life no matter what the weather and just roll with the snow.

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Frannie and Ellie, The Labrador Girls from Lakeville, MN, enjoy their winter walk before dinner.
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Lovable Simon, Golden Retriever from Lakeville, MN, is impervious to the cold – he so enjoys taking long walks, no matter how cold it is.
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Sweet Daphne, funny, cute Corgi from Prior Lake, MN, loves rolling around in the newly fallen snow.
Animals, Cat Sitting, Cats, Pet Sitter, Pet Sitting

Jasper, a Gentle Spirit

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Jasper, a new cat client from Lakeville, relaxes on his carpet.
Jasper has a kind and gentle spirit. Even though he needed help eating, he was always purring, sweet and loving, throughout the entire process.

I had the pleasure of taking care of Jasper, a beautiful black cat with a silky smooth coat. His mom and dad were leaving for an out of town Christmas get-together. They were tentative about leaving Jasper though. You see, Jasper was not eating enough, and had to be fed two times a day with a syringe. I went over to my new client’s house, and learned how to feed Jasper. Everything went smoothly, while they were gone and I gave them daily updates on Jasper’s health. It turns out that Jasper was in great spirits and eating well. He even emptied out his regular food dish. Everyone had a very Merry Christmas, especially Jasper.