7 Spring Dog Tips to Do Today!

7 spring dog tips

7 spring dog tipsJust last week I helped shovel 20 inches of snow. Today it’s 70! Are you ready for Spring?

Dogs are ready for spring and sniffing like crazy on walks. Both you and your dog will enjoy the wonderful, warmer weather after checking these spring dog tips:

  • ExerciseSlowly increase the distance and speed of your dog’s walks and play time. Like us, our dogs weren’t very active this long winter. He needs to slowly increase his endurance too! Years ago, I helped a collapsed dog on the first warm day of spring.
  • Heartworm Time – Does your dog need a Heartworm blood test? Hobbes takes heartworm prevention year-round and others take it from April to November. Ask your vet what is best for your dog.
  • Tick Season is here! Ticks come out at 40 degrees. They love the warm weather and wait for you and your dog to walk by. Protect yourself and check your dog and outdoor cats.
  • Water! Take water with you on long walks and car rides. My outdoor dog water dish is out next to the sidewalk with lots of dogs stopping for a drink. Hobbes’ dog friend is enjoying his wading pool to cool off.
  • Grooming – After a long winter, dogs enjoy feeling lighter after a great haircut or grooming. Time to start combing and brushing out the extra hair. A perfect time to bond with your dog.
  • Car Rides – Remember to open your car windows for your dog. Vehicles heat up quickly now.
  • Thunderstorms – Thunderstorm season is coming. Is your dog afraid? Start using these tips to make life easier for your dog.
    After our endless winter, let’s all get outside and enjoy.

Need more spring dog tips? Schedule your free 15-minute consultation and learn how I can help you and your pet.

Winter Olympics for Your Pet

Winter Olympics for your pet
Winter Olympics for Your Pet

Hobbes

[Updated February 15, 2018]

The Winter Olympics grab my attention and fill my evenings. One day while walking with Hobbes through the snow canyons of Minneapolis, I started laughing as I thought of Winter Olympics For Your Pet venues. Yes many pets can be Olympians – dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, and guinea pigs to name a few. So grab your best seat and cheer on your Pet Olympian! Events listed below. [Read more…]

7 Ideas for Pet New Year’s Resolutions

Pet New Year's Resolutions

Pet New Year's ResolutionsThe new year is approaching fast with the 2019 New Year’s celebrations. Many people think about their New Year’s Resolutions. Have you thought about your pet New Year’s Resolutions?

For 2018 I added Hobbes, my Wheaten, to the mix of resolutions or aspiring new intentions. Do you need ideas for pet New Year’s resolutions?

Here are some quick ideas for you and your pet New Year resolutions:

  • Sit quietly with your pet (cat, dog, bird, ferret, horse, etc.) and just spend time with him. No phone, tablet, television, or other distractions. Just be together for 5 minutes.
  • Check your dog and cat’s tags. Is the information up to date? Did you disconnect the landline and only have a cell phone? Is the collar in great condition? Order tags if needed.
  • Initiate play with your pet. He may be surprised!
  • With cold or hot weather, pets get as bored as we are in the house. Read some great ideas to bring joy into everyone’s life.
  • Does your dog need cold weather gear? After trying several types of dog booties, Hobbes likes PAWZ Dog Boots. He lifts each paw as I put on the boot. The thin, rubber boots are great for older dogs who slip on the floor.
  • Do you know exactly what your pet eats? Do you recognize all the ingredients? Ask your local, knowledgeable pet food store for ideas. Do what is best for you and your pet.
  • Go for a walk or add 5 minutes to your usual walk with your dog. Some cats enjoy walking with harness and leash too.

Most importantly, enjoy your pet with these pet New Year’s resolutions.

Ever wonder what your pet is thinking, or why she’s doing certain things? He may have ideas for his pet new year’s resolutions! Animal Communication will tell you – in your pet’s own words! Get a transcript of a conversation with your pet! Purchase an Animal Communication today! 

Sea Turtle and Manta Ray Animal Communications

Sea turtle and manta rays animal communications

Sea turtle and manta rays animal communications

My first sea turtle and manta ray animal communications happened on vacation in Hawaii. We escaped the first blast of winter 2017-2018!

Years ago, we spent time in Maui and missed the Road to Hana. It was on my To Do List!  We spent 2-1/2 days driving over 50 miles one way around 620 hair pin curves, 46 single bridges, and saw lots of waterfalls. It was worth the wait!

While exploring, I experienced a sea turtle and manta ray animal communications! It wasn’t planned. It just happened.
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Is My Pet Telling Me Something?

Is my pet telling me something?

Is my pet telling me something?

Do you wonder “is my pet telling me something?” or “why is he doing that?”

Recently Hobbes started limping on his front leg. I wasn’t sure what was going on. I checked his foot and didn’t find anything. I immediately made an appointment with his vet.

The next day at his appointment, the vet looked at his “sore foot.” He asked, “Do you clip his nails?” Guilt crept in — what did I do?
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Do Changes Affect Pets?

Do changes affect pets

Do changes affect pets

To me, September is the month of change. Schedules change, weather changes, routines change, amount of daylight changes. Do changes affect pets? I say yes!

What changes affect our pets? It can be a small — you walk out of the house to get the mail – or big – you leave for a long vacation. If the change is big to us, imagine what it’s like for your dog, cat, horse, etc.
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6 Tips to Bring Your Lost Dog Cat Home Faster

Bring your lost dog cat home

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[Updated 7/24/17]

Summer is in full swing. We love being outside and so do our pets. Unfortunately the number of lost pets seems to be increasing daily. Six easy tips to help you bring your lost dog cat home faster.

In the past week, I heard of 3 lost cats and 2 dogs in the neighborhood. I also heard of a lost dog that didn’t have it’s micro chip information updated. He went home with the person who found him!

During summer the doors are open more. It only takes a push with a nose to open some screen doors. Or someone forgets and leaves the gate open. And sometimes the cat or dog gets curious and gets lost.

As pet parents we must do all we can to help them get home!

When I see a pet without a collar and tags, I get sick to my stomach. My first thought is “How will I get it home?”

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9 Lessons Learned From Dog ACL Surgery and Recovery

Hobbes had dog ACL surgery

Updated June 19, 2017

What did I learn about Hobbes’ dog ACL surgery and recovery? Reflecting, I learned so much. At times it didn’t seem like it. I hope these lessons help you if you ever need them.

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Words Are Important to Pets and People

Words are important to pets and people

Yes words are important to pets and peopleYes, words are important to pets and people! How often have you told your dog “stop barking” and she keeps barking? Or you told your cat “stop peeing outside the litter box” and he keeps doing it. Ugh, the mess!

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Who Do You Call? Pet Poison Helpline Experiences

pet-poisonWho do you call? Your dog just ate the chocolate bunny! Your cat got into household cleaner! Do you call your vet or a best friend? Read these Pet Poison Helpline experiences.

This spring within one week, two very good friends who are dog savvy had pet emergencies. Each friend’s dog had eaten something. Fast forward — everyone is fine! And we all learned very important lessons in these real life Pet Poison Helpline experiences.

Here are the stories.
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