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Recommendation for "Merle's Door"

by Peggy Huscher
April 1st, 2017

Merle's Door - Lessons from a Free Thinking Dog, by Ted Kerasote, is a story of a tight bond between the author and his dog. The relationship is one of mutual learning and respect. Intertwined in this story is information on canine history and research. I enjoyed Mr Kerasote's writing style and interpretation of what was going on in Merle's head. This book gives plenty to ponder on how we share life with our own dog. Not many of us can have the lifestyle that Ted and Merle had, but are we giving our dogs opportunity to be dogs and individuals? Are we taking away their ability to think and enjoy life to the fullest?

The story begins when they find each other on a rafting trip, and goes on to tell how they learned to communicate with each other, how Merle became the beloved “mayor” of a small town and well, I don't want to spoil the ending. ;) I enjoyed it so much that I have started the book that Kerasote wrote following this one (Pukka's Promise). I highly recommend Merle's Door and I give it 5 stars!

Have you heard of Leptospirosis?

by Peggy Huscher
March 2nd, 2017

Leptospirosis is an infection of bacteria that infects dogs. Did you know...
  • Lepto symptoms commonly include lethargy and vomiting.
  • Lepto can be found on rabbit poop and other wild animal droppings.
  • Lepto can be found in water.
  • Lepto can be fatal.
  • Lepto can be transmitted to people.
  • Lepto vaccine is initially a two-shot series and is 98% effective.
  • Lepto is challenging to diagnose.

When Bailey became lethargic and not wanting her meals, a visit to the vet was made. Because she didn't follow the textbook on symptoms, it took the vet too long to diagnose Lepto. When she got the diagnosis, it was too late. She died during the night at the vets. It was very heartbreaking and with the vaccine, preventable. Bailey was a long time regular at Always Home Daycare and we miss her greatly. Please get your dog vaccinated!

Recommendation for "Barking Buoys"

by Peggy Huscher
February 15th, 2016

I actually got a book read! It’s been a while. For the last few years I have resorted to listening to books while I drive. And now I prefer hearing the voices and sound effects that are a part of audio books. Anyway, the book I read: "Barking Buoys" by Talyah Kieterson.

She writes of her childhood, that was not at all the childhood of anyones dreams, and how she turned to her dogs as a way to get through the bad times. Her book was a bit of a downer, and I would have liked to gotten to know the dogs a little better. That being said, I think anyone living through stressful times or having lived through a tough childhood-would benefit from reading this well written book.

I have always known that dogs were saving graces. Dogs are such caring creatures. Last week, an over whelming sense of sadness came over me while I was reading something online. Wolfie practically hurled himself onto my lap, which is something he doesn’t do often when I am working at my desk. I wish everyone in the world the experience of a canine bond!

Price of a Pet-Sitter

by Peggy Huscher
November 17th, 2013

Up until now I have gotten all kinds of feed back on my prices. A few thought I was asking too much and others thought I was very reasonable, some felt I wasn't asking enough (they tipped extra special).

My business has grown a lot, so much that I don't have days off and I have missed special family events. I now realize that I can no longer keep the pace of working 24/ 7, no matter how much I love what I do. My husband has been a huge help, but it is not enough.

The next logical step of course is to hire help. This presented me with two problems. I am very picky about how things are done. (could I find someone to meet my standards? ) And second, I wasn't charging enough to pay someone. (salary and insurance) Now you know the point of this blog, I have no choice but to raise prices. And because I am a lucky person, after making this difficult decision (I dread losing any of my furry friends that I have come to love) the right person to help me has come along!

One final note, even after raising my rates, I am still far below my professional colleagues whose rates range between $20 and $33 per visit. Well worth it for excellent care of your precious family member!

On Leaving Your Cat

by Peggy Huscher
October 16th, 2013

When your pet sitter wants to check in on your cat every 24 hours (as opposed to every 2 or 3 days) believe it that it is not for the extra few dollars. She knows that there are a lot of things that can happen to a cat left alone. Remember cats hide the fact that they are ill until often it is too late. A urethral blockage for example, will keep a cat from urinating and the cat can die very quickly. Stories from fellow pet sitters include finding a cat well and normal one visit and dead the next. A daily visit might catch the problem in time and keep the cat from much suffering.

A curious cat can strangle himself (one lost his life to bedspread fringe). They can also do damage to a home such as loosening a water hose behind a washing machine. (this really did happen)

Also, cats are not as independent as people would like to think. They are social creatures and need plenty of love and attention. I see many cats, and I know this to be true. This is a very brief blog, I know you are all busy, but hopefully it will help you understand that if you hire me to care for your cat(s), you will be hiring me to check your friend every 24 hours.

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