Animals, Cats, Dogs

Dogs and the Art of Walking

I have been walking dogs for 6 years now and I never get tired of it. My clients range from tiny Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Shih Tzus, to large Golden Retrievers and Yellow Labs. Of course, there is always the lovable mutt, who always has a great personality and winning ways.

Simon, Golden Retriever, loves to walk in the snow.
Simon, Golden Retriever, loves to walk in the snow.
There is never a day that goes by that I don’t feel really lucky to be working in a profession where my clients give unconditional love, and never complain. We are outside walking, me and my furry friends – through various neighborhoods, taking in all our surroundings – a fun daily excursion! No matter what the weather, we go walking. I’ve learned to appreciate, snow, sleet, rain and of course, those beautiful sunny days which are few and far between in Minnesota. There is no weather that can’t be tolerated if you dress appropriately. Like mom always said, “make sure you wear a hat and mittens.”

I have also learned that dogs and cats are the most appreciative beings on the face of the planet. Pets will always give love and always accept you, just the way you are. Because of this, I know that I have the best job in the world.

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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.
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Dundee Goes for a Walk

Poor Dundee! It was minus 18 below zero when I woke up today. Dundee. An adorable Shepard, still needed to go potty, freezing weather or not. We went out for 2 walks today. He did his potties as quickly as he could. Once back inside in the comfort if his cozy home on Prior Lake, he flopped over and just wanted his tummy rubbed. I was happy to oblige.

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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?
Maureen

UPDATE:
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.