Some Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets

Summer Safety Pets

Your pets are family. They deserve to stay safe and happy this summer. Take a look at some of our tips, but also do your own research. Find out what’s best for you and your dog, and keep them happy and healthy in this heat.

Please let me know if you find any of this helpful, so I can make more like this!

A Shelter Dog is My Favorite Breed…

We all love a good adoption story, picture, video, etc., and we all love a happy ending. Rover shared a beautiful article with me this morning portraying 8 dogs who were just too happy to be adopted. I hope this helps you get through the rest of your week. Happy Hump Day!

Find the whole article here.

My Favorite Time of the Day

I guess you all know how much I love my dog – he’s the light of my eye – but I never really delved into why I decided to start working with dogs and pursue veterinary school.

I go home for lunch every day because I work only 3 minutes away. When I get home, I see Zeus’s giant head staring at me through the back gate. I can only see his head, but from the way his head is moving, I can tell that his tail is going 100 miles a minute. His ears are perked so stiffly, that his head is practically a box. I stand still and just stare at him for 5 seconds. Sometimes this just agonizes him and he barks at me. After my 5 seconds of tormenting him is up, I bolt to the front door, and he bolts to the back door to meet me. When I open the back door, he runs circles around me; I think I saw him do a back flip once. He eventually calms down, and for my half hour lunch we hang out on the back patio while I eat my lunch and he suns himself. 

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“His ears are perked so stiffly, that his head is practically a box.”

When I get home from work later in the day, we do the same routine. I hang out for a little, grab a snack, relax. Then I ask Zeus if he wants to go for a walk. His ears perk up just a little, as if he’s telling me “I’m listening…” But then I go to put my shoes on, and he jumps up! He starts following me around the house. Then I go for the cabinet where we keep the leashes and his harness. He goes ballistic. He’s dancing around the kitchen. I’m not even kidding you, he’s dancing. I tell him to sit so I can put his harness on, and he sits for half a second before doing a full 360 turn. Then he realizes his harness is not on, and he really sits. I put his harness on and then his leash and we race to the front door.

When we get back from our lovely walk of perking our ears at birds and trying not to cry over the mean neighborhood dogs barking at us, we sit down and I give him a head rub or a belly rub. He immediately relaxes in my arms and leans into me, trusting me with holding up his whole 80 pound body.

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Me – I do things during the day; I work full time, I volunteer on evenings and weekends. But Zeus – he spends his whole day waiting for his people to get home. (I’m not his only people, I’m just his favorite people.) He spends the entirety of his day loving us more than any human words could express.

I don’t ever think about Zeus not being around, because that to me, is lifetimes away. I do know that I want to give him the best life possible, and I want to help other people give their pets the best life possible. By taking them out and showing them our world, we are showing them that we love them too and that we want them to see our world. We are showing them that we want them with us, inside the house and outside the house. I know that there are diets and foods that make a healthy pet, but I am convinced that love is what keeps them around longer. 

Happy March!

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March is one of my favorite months, for many reasons: although I’m no longer in school, it still signals the beginning of my favorite time of year (summer and longer days), the weather gets warmer (JK, I live in San Diego), Spring Break (yes, I realize it no longer means anything to me), and ST. PATTY’S DAY. This year, I will also get to see my little brother for a whole two weeks.

March is full of festivities, but we need to realize that our celebrations – though fun for us -can cause stress to our pets.  When celebrating this March, keep in mind that pets are often times scared by loud noises and bright lights such as parades or fire works, and will run off. If you are having people over, keep in mind that your pet needs space, and does not want dozens of people touching his/her face (unless you have a dog like mine, because he LOVES that.) Also keep in mind that things humans leave behind after block parties can be detrimental to your fur baby. Keep an eye on what they get their paws on.

Lastly, remember to have a wonderful March. To celebrate my second favorite time of year, I am going to have a little contest:

Email your favorite “St. Pawty’s Day” photo of your pet(s) to thepokypuppywalks@gmail.com. The winner will receive a free 30 minute walk (for your pet; I do not want to walk you.) *Sorry, North County San Diego residents only.*

Don’t forget to check out our services and rates when entering your precious pets.

It’s Time to Get Your Dog Walking

Are you aware of just HOW good it is for your dog when they are walked daily? Well “The Week” magazine is here to tell us why you need to make sure your dog gets his/her daily dose of exercise.

Walking your dog can literally save its life, according to a study presented in 2010 by dog-walking researcher Rebecca Johnson at the University of Missouri. Johnson’s team conducted a study of dogs at shelters: Half were randomly selected for five walks a week by elderly human volunteers, while the canine control group “sat glumly in their cages,” says Hal Herzog at Psychology Today. “The results were impressive,” if sad for the control group: 75 percent of the walked dogs were adopted into permanent homes, versus 35 percent of the not-walked; 9 percent of the walked were euthanized, compared with 27 percent of the control group. Elderly dog-walkers benefit, too, according to Johnson. They become fitter and healthier than those who don’t walk, and even those who walk with human friends.

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Read the whole article here.

Check out our affordable walk plans below or call us to find out more: (760) 696-5371

30 minute walk – $17 ($85/5 days a week)

45 minute walk – $20 ($100/5 days a week)

1 hour walk – $25 ($125/5 days a week)

15 minute in-home visit to feed, change water, let outside, etc. – $15

Morning/Evening Feed and 30 Walk – $25

*These prices apply if you schedule two or more walks a week. Find our one-time or once-weekly-walks prices here.