Animals, Dog Walking, Dogs, Pet Sitting

Jack – A Cocker Spaniel with a great spirit

I had the pleasure of taking care of Jack this past year, a wonderful Cocker Spaniel, who had an indomitable spirit. Jack was 16 years old (that’s 80 years old in human years) but so young at heart. He had to have surgery to remove a “bad” eye, but the thing about Jack is – he kept right on going. Jack inspired me with his ability to get up and get excited about going for a walk. He took me on many walks and especially loved to go behind his house – down the winding woodland paths.

Jack on his way to the woodland path.
Jack looked out and listened to the sounds of nature.

The path led to a pond and wildlife. He knew his yard like the back of his “paw”. He often started out a little slow but then all of a sudden he would start to trot as though he was a young man again. The sun would shine on his face, the Spring scents were in the air, the geese were honking – all was right with the world. Yes, Jack was very happy dog – a very special dog. I will miss him.

Happy Trails Jack.

Jack resting on his favorite bed after a long walk,
dreaming of his youth and running with wild abandon.
Animals, Cats, Pet Sitting

What to do if your cat is lost.

Teddy is a sweet tabby cat

These events are true. My customer’s cat, Teddy, ran out the door last week when she let the dog out in the evening, and they did not notice he was gone until the next morning. These tips on finding your pet are for Dakota County residents but could be applied in many places. Teddy was gone – now what?

Actual email to my customer:

Hi Heidi,

I just checked for where people might drop off a lost cat.

I called Lakeville Animal Control (which is the same as the police) 952-985-4800.

Long story short – I called them and they said if an animal is lost they recommend people bring it to Dakota Pet Hospital. So, I called Dakota Pet Hospital (952-469-1525) and they told me they only take in injured cats. Healthy cats are on their own and must depend on the kindness of strangers.

From what I can gather – if someone finds a cat – they will probably keep it or it could end up at a shelter.

I got the names and phone numbers of 3 possible shelters from the Pet Hospital.
Last Hope – 651–463-8747
Rainbow Rescue – 952–440-3824
Second Chance – 651–771-5662

So, our best course of action right now is to make a flyer and put around your neighborhood. I don’t know if there is an association there that could distribute a pdf but that might help. Is there a neighborhood email list?

I don’t want to overload you with info but wanted to get the options out there.

I’m going to go back over and check again shortly. I have to start my visits.

Talk to you soon. Let me know if you want me to make a flyer. If so, could you send me some copy for it?

Heidi made flyers and put them all over her development. I helped put flyers in people’s boxes and doors. One week to the day that Teddy left, a neighbor who had seen the flyer, called to say that he saw Teddy. Heidi met the neighbor at the location about 4 blocks from her house. Teddy came to her. He had lost weight and been living on his own for a week.

We never gave up on Teddy and the main thing I learned form this it to put a flyer out with your pet’s photo on it. Spread the word and people will help look. If it weren’t for the neighbor who had seen the flyer – Teddy would still be outside trying to survive as the weather was getting colder.