Kittens, puppies, toy animals, giant Great Danes – whatever size and shape they come in, our pets and we share a very special bond.…
Traveling has become an essential part of our lives – many of us have to travel quite frequently due to work commitments, while almost every single one of us would like to enjoy some time on a vacation once in a while. Regardless of the goals of our traveling, however, it is always tough to incorporate our loved pets into our traveling plans, as there are still plenty of places to which our pets simply cannot go for one reason or another. Thankfully, that doesn’t necessarily have to mean that our dogs would have to be worse off when we’re away. In this article, I am going to suggest the main options of ensuring your dog’s well-being even when you are away.
Neighbors and Friends
The very best option is to leave your dog with your neighbors or friends, especially if they have experience with pet-care. Two things need to be considered here – your expectations and their expectations. It is of the utmost importance for you to tell them what exactly you expect from them – do you expect them to play and spend free time with your dog, or do you just want them to keep an eye on your pet? If you can arrange these things beforehand, there will be no – often unfortunate – arguments and disputes later on.
Secondly, it is important to realize that you will be expected to provide something in return, so take the proactive approach and offer something on your own. For example, let your friends know that you are willing to return the favor by taking care of their pets when they are away. A small gift might also be in order.
As a Pug I am often associated with some of the least flattering stigmas of dogs. I am often cited as having “little dog syndrome” or being the spoiled, obese family pet of choice. I feel I am often misunderstood and seen as a small chuck of dog to feed and cuddle with. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy those things as much as any other dog. But my dream owner is not someone who just feeds me and tells me to lie down next to them. There are a few other things I need from an owner in order for me to be the best friend I possibly can to them.
- Owner that walks but doesn’t run: I may be genetically disposed to being fat but I actually do enjoy exploring the world and smelling different things. We Pugs are very free-spirited and curious dogs. While we definitely don’t like to fetch and exercise as much as some other dogs we do understand that exercise keeps us healthy but we are not racing in the Olympics anytime soon so an owner that likes small strolls but not 6 mile runs is much preferred.
Deciding to bring a new canine member into your family can be an exciting yet difficult task. With so many different types of dog breeds available, it’s no surprise that choosing the right pooch for your family can be challenging. As a long-standing business owner in the pet industry, I’m often asked to make breed recommendations. This request has never been met with an easy answer; from purebreds to rescue dogs, each personality is different. Even dogs of the same breed have such distinct mannerisms that choosing the right one may take some work.
Step One: Take a look at your lifestyle.
First, and probably most importantly, take a realistic look at your lifestyle. Determining your hours away from home as well as the type of activities you enjoy will greatly determine the type of dog that is best suited for your family. Questions you can ask yourself include: Do I work long hours? Travel a lot? Spend a lot of time outside hiking or running? Enjoy relaxing couch time? There are different dogs that can fit into each of these categories.
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Ted Kerasote has the ability to take boring research material and turn it into an engaging can’t-put-the-book-down reading experience by taking the reader on a journey. From losing his beloved Merle to the great search for Pukka, in Pukka’s Promise Kerasote takes us along on his quest for answers.
If you enjoyed Merle’s Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog and Pukka: The Pup After Merle as much as I did, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of his latest book . . . Pukka’s Promise: The Quest for Longer-Lived Dogs.