Do you know the typical “Top 10” or “Top 100” lists of the “most popular” names for dogs, cats, babies and whatnot?!
First I wanted to go a similar route but then I was thinking “Why when we have come across quite some interesting dog names throughout the years in our pet sitting service business!” So the Top “…” most popular changed into “The most interesting, uncommon and unique dog names” !
Check it out:
- Ava Jane
- General Patton
- Lake Sparkle
- Molto Bella
- Petey / Petie
- Rohan, Ronan
- Tizzer McSqueak
Does your dog have a unique, interesting name? Drop us a line below!
It sure is true that it takes quite some maintenance to have a nice, presentable and usable GRASSY backyard with especially larger canine family members romping around, running along the fence to socialize or argue with the neighbor dogs and of course poo-ing.
I see dog owners at loss when their canines develop their habit of having a blast turning the yard into holey field…. you have a digging problem! And they sure have a different opinion of how the perfect hang-out area should look like.
So What To Do??
Always supervising them while outside? — That gets old fast and you wanna be able to do other things in the meantime and not restrict outside time to just a few minutes to go poo…
Scolding them? — Nah, that doesn’t work because bad attention is attention too and that’s exactly what your dog loves, attention from you…
Well, and praising him doesn’t make sense either lol
The “Quick” Fix
Covering dug up areas with chicken wire. I know.. It’s not pretty for the moment but keeps your pup from digging as it’s not comfortable and he is not getting anywhere with the chicken wire in place.
Just make sure that the cut edges are not poking upwards to hurt your pup. Your grass gets some rest to grow back or you want to spread some new grass seed out.
The Fun Zone
How about embracing what your dog loves so much?
A designated fun area! Just pick an area of your yard like off to the side but still in sight so your pup still feels like part of the party when you are out there too and fence off this partition.
You can really deck that out nicely with a fence style of your choice if you don’t like chicken wire, like wooden posts with robe or modern wire cables.
If you choose a corner of your yard, you can hang a sun sail in the corner for a shady area and even a cool dog house for nap time.
If the idea of building a cool dog house got your hooked,
check out these sites for building plans:
36 Free DIY Dog House Plans & Ideas for Your Furry Friend
15 Brilliant DIY Dog Houses With Free Plans For Your Furry Companion
You can keep a grassy area for going poo (lovely because the rest of your yard is not a land mine field anymore)
and to get back to the digging issue, you could have a good sized spot within this fun area covered with sand or even put up a large sand box like you’d have for two-legged toddlers …. overall you pooch is your fur kid, right?! 🙂
Now to add even more to the excitement, bury dog toys and/or treat bones in the sand and you can only imagine how much FUN this not only is for your dog but also for you watching him having a blast while enjoying YOUR area dig-(and poo)spot-free!
Got another idea to keep dogs from digging or have you built doggy haven in your backyard? Would love to hear from ya.
You may have noticed that your dog is often nibbling on his paws or licking in between his toes, even to the extend to were it gets all red and raw. Uhhh, I can imagine how it must be to have itchy hands and feet!
Seasonal And Food Allergies As The Cause
Often caused by seasonal allergies or food allergies which can be quite a process to find out the exact cause and lots of trial and error to find the perfect food without the ingredients causing the issues, there are some easy “home” remedies to give your pups some relief from the symptoms.
When you suspect seasonal allergies so pollen causing the discomfort, it is wise to rinse your dog’s feet when coming in from the yard or after a walk.
Especially grass and tree pollen are known triggers and of course stick to your dog’s feet and fur. Just look at your car in the spring time and you can imagine what is all stuck to your pup 😉
Either a garden hose or a small sized bucket to give a quick rinse will do the trick and of course a towel to dry off. Your pooch will get into the routine.
An Easy And Inexpensive Recipe
For irritation, itchiness and dry, cracked pads here is an easy and fairly inexpensive salve you can make from just two single ingredients:
[Best choice is always all organic ingredients]
2 Table Spoons Coconut Oil
10 Drops of Lavender Oil
[for bigger batches just multiply the amounts equally]
Heat up the Coconut Oil in the microwave or on the stove and mix in the Lavender Oil, then put in a container with lid and apply as needed to the entire paw, in between the toes and massaging into the pads.
The Coconut Oil salve will harden once cooled but it melts in your hands so it’s easy to apply.
A soothing and safe “paw conditioner” for your pup!
Drop me a line to let me know how you like it 🙂
All your bags are packed with excitement and looking forward to that long deserved vacation…. ahhh no stress, no work for the next two weeks! How awesome is that!!
Scenario 1: Your Friend – Your Pet Sitter
You prepared with putting the mail on hold with the post office, set up with your lawn care guy to come by a certain day and arranged with your friend who offered her help to look after Spike and kitty cat Lucy, so all good to go.
You even checked that enough food, cat litter and poo bags are set out to make it as easy as possible on your friend.
Scenario 2: Search Sites – Pet Sitters
You engaged with a pet sitter which you had found through craigslist.org, care.com or rover.com and feel really good after meeting with her and reading about all the good reviews. At the initial meeting you spoke about all the care details, filled out paperwork, exchanged the house key and agreed to the dates for the pet care visits. Your pet sitter also explained that she would send you a text once a day so you know everything is well at home with everyone.
Your flight went well and you didn’t even have any annoying person in the seat next to you, the hotel room is perfect and the drink you are holding in your hand while listening to the waves breaking the shore is simply fabulous tasting!
What wonderful first two days! Tomorrow you plan to explore the near by city and try some local foods!
Suddenly you see your friend’s phone number pop up on the screen… you’re not too worried about it, she probably just couldn’t find the extra cat litter in the garage. You pick up but your friend’s voice doesn’t sound too promising and just a minute later you find out that she needs to leave town because her father got admitted into the hospital and she booked the first flight out of town…..
You just realized that you haven’t received the promised text from your pet sitter with an update about your pets but since the day isn’t over yet you just try to be patient and wait for a few hours longer. At sun down you just can’t help it anymore but get nervous and send a short text to your pet sitter. Hours later with continued efforts to reach her via text and phone calls you find out that your pet sitter got severely sick with the flu and can’t even get out of bed……she’s still trying to find someone who could cover for her, she never thought of the possibility that she could ever not be able to do her work…..
Both very upsetting Scenarios which can end a happy, relaxed vacation very quickly!
- Does your Pet Sitter have a backup plan in place?
- Do you have a backup plan when utilizing friends, family members, a neighbor or a sole operating pet sitter from a search site for your pet care needs?
Can you leave town KNOWING that your pets are covered no matter what?…..
PS: EaseMyMind LLC Pet Parents DO KNOW that!
We receive a lot phone calls and messages each week from all over Killeen and Harker Heights, asking for boarding and pet parents hoping for extended hours and weekend office hours to pick pets back up from the boarding facility.
I’m Sorry We Don’t Board…
Just by these phone requests we could easily fill a pet boarding place! Instead, I keep repeating that we do not board, that we are indeed not a boarding kennel BUT we are mobile pet sitters- allowing pets to comfortably stay at home and giving pet parents the convenience this type of pet care service brings along and this already for now almost 9 years.
Often I hear surprise in the callers’ voices saying it is something they never heard of but it sounds appealing.
I can relate to that because when I first got here from Germany about 10 years ago, I had never in my life heard of pet sitters and had a big ? on my forehead when a friend said I should do pet sitting professionally since I had gotten busy watching friends and my husband’s co-workers pets.
Though I thought then it must be a widely known industry in the US.
Are You Guilt Stricken And Could Ball Like Me?!
I loved (and love) the idea of pets being able and allowed to stay home as I am, to be honest, guilt stricken and I could ball my eyes out when I’m just thinking of going out of town and dropping my feline kids off at a different place other then home. My head starts spinning with all these super uncomfortable thoughts….
- I can’t explain to them that it’s just for a temporary amount of time and for sure they are not abandoned by me! (you know.. my cats are all strays which had been left behind, never had a family or were put in the pound because they became a hassle for their previous owners)
- Oh my, of a sudden they are among howling, barking and the buzzing. I KNOW about my cats that they would be traumatized! They already hide when the doorbell rings!
- My cats in cages? Oh no, they are free spirits which like their lounge areas and hide-a-places… they are not used to be caged up or sitting in small rooms.
- I’m afraid that they might end up with kennel cough like it happened twice before after picking them up from getting them fixed and, of course, they had to be medicated for that.
- I would have to get them vaccinated for things I’m not really too fond of or of which I know they wouldn’t react good to.
- When I come back home on the weekend, I’d have to wait until Monday to get them back from boarding… so extra days they have to stay there and I’m really not talking about money…it’s simply the fact that they’d have to stay extra time while I’m already back home.
- Well and last but not least, we care for the neighborhood strays too so who would care for them while I’d be gone? I can’t explain to them either to just come back in X amount of days….
Ha, and did I say we got 10 cats?!? I would need to have reservations for half of the boarding kennel to fit all my felines 😉
My Own Conclusion To Tone Down Those Voices
So! Yes, I love me some pet sitters which come to visit my feline kids at their home where they are happy and comfortable, eat and sleep and play as they do every day and see in update pictures how content and happy they are with their human play buddies.
Now I have the advantage that I can hire my own staff, yay :)
You too though can join our EaseMyMind family of pet sitters and dog walkers, giving Peace of Mind not only for me but all the pet Moms and Dads in our main service areas of Killeen and Harker Heights but also other cities like Fort Hood, Copperas Cove, Kempner, Belton and Temple.
Give us a shout, I promise… you’ll LOVE it just like I do when I head out of town.
PS: not just for vacations or business trips but pups also LOVE LOVE LOVE our regular Walkercise! Dog Walks 😀
PPS: and pet parents LOVE LOVE LOVE their more laid back pups in the evening when they get home tired from work 😀