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Black Paw 101: Blog
An ongoing series of informational entries from our Monthly Chew Newsletter
Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Black Paw 101:
December 1, 2022
How are you to know what toys, chews and gifts are best for your pets?
Safety first! Make sure the toy you choose is non toxic, the right size for your pet, digestible and has all chock hazards removed. Stuffing, raw hides and small items can become a trip to the emergency room.
There so many toys out there to choose from, or if you are one who lets your pet decide, or do you craft your own…what are the best options?
We will go over some of the best dog toys on the market.
The Classic Kong and treat dispensing toys are great to keep them occupied.
Widely used now is interactive toys, such as puzzles to get treats are very popular. The puzzle keeps them busy, while they slowly get treats or food, but can also be a learning tool.
Plush toys are great for the dog who loves to carry or cuddle a “friend” around, although these are not best for heavy chewers. Plush toys need to be watch with your pet, as most of them had a squeaker inside that can be hazardous if swallowed. Most stuffing in plush toys is not digestible.
Chuckit! With the ball and thrower is great for the dog who likes to chase the ball, and the human who has to throw it! This company has furthered it product line to several types of balls for all size dogs.
The wishbone shaped chews (comes in flavors) and Nylabones are taking over raw hide chews. Pieces will come off of these chews, but in very small pieces. If your pup prefers a raw hide, be sure to toss it when it gets smaller and wet, as it can become a hazard.
The floss type tug rope is a popular toy. Be sure to supervise your pup while playing with a floss rope tug toy. Also, a danger if you have cats, as they can ingest the floss.
Let’s talk cat toys.
They like to hunt, so one thing I love to do is drop treats all around the house, behind furniture and under things. They think they have been on a scavenger hunt.
A must try… Dezi & Roo Cloud Nine Silver Vine + Little Puff. Catnip in small doses is good too.
Cats love a toy on the move, so a battery operated toy is always a pleaser for cats.
If you like to think out of the "litter" box and DYI then
a cardboard box filled with leaves
aluminum foil formed into a medium sized ball
boot laces tied together
toilet paper roll
tree stump scratch pad
***There is NO truly indestructible pet toy, so please supervise your pet and throw away toys as they become damaged to prevent a safety hazard!
Bobbi Wilson, CPPS since 2018
Adopt A Senior Pet Month
Black Paw 101:
November 1, 2022
There are so many reasons to adopt a senior pet…
First and foremost, all pets want love, attention and great care. In the early years of operating our rescue, we had an older man in a nursing home call wanting to adopt a puppy. I asked him why a puppy and not an adult to senior aged dog. He replied…” I do not want a dog that already has issues!” I had to chuckle, as well…we all know, puppies never have issues! I proceeded to explain the benefits of adopting a senior pet.
Senior pets in a rescue/shelter are there for many reasons, their human have passed away, and their owner couldn’t care for them, or abandoned them. Most senior pets have had some sort of structure to their lives, maybe training, a routine or a long term home life. They can be so adaptable, but need to be in a home setting again. Pets found on the streets, it is unknown what their history is, but most can be trained. The shelter or rescue foster volunteer should provide information on the pet’s behavior and how well they are adapting.
By adopting a senior pet out of a shelter, you are actually opening a spot for another pet in need to enter the shelter for a home. This is a two for one win! You see, it takes senior pets longer to get adopted, so you are helping other pets, not just the senior pet you adopted.
With a senior pet, you already know their size, personality, possible health issues and how trained they are. Senior pets will be calmer and laid back.
Let’s determine what defines a senior in age. Dogs are considered to be Senior in the last 25% of their lives. This is determined by the breed of the dog. Larger dogs live shorter lives than smaller dogs on the average. The general thought is a cat is determined a senior if over 11 years old. This proves if in good health, most senior pets will have several years of life left.
Unfortunately, even No Kill Shelters struggle to find a solution for senior pets, as they can be housed in shelters until the end of their life without a chance for a life ending home.
Harley is a prime example of a senior dog that was blessed with an exceptional family to live out his senior years! Harley’s Story as told by his owner Vanessa:
“Me and my husband went on a fundraiser bike run at Harley-Davidson. It was a bike run to support Unchained Melodies dog rescue. Loved what they stand for and did. 2 weeks later, my husband Eric had a co-work ask for a ride to feed a dog who was left by previous owner on a porch. His name was Harley. Harley was at least 8 yrs or older and never lived in a house or in a yard. He lived his life on that porch. Has been there all alone for months. Eric was asked to take the dog and he did. Brought him home. We already had 3 little Doxies. So I talked to the founder of Unchained Melodies. Melody was happy to take him on but fosters were low at that time. Asked if we could foster him. Said yes, she helped educate us on how to let a dog decompress, trust and eventually interact with our dogs which he did just great. While fostering Harley we noticed he had a lump on in his throat. Melody was quick to get him a vet appointment he got it biopsied it turned out to be thyroid cancer. They gave him six months to live. I told Melody that we were going to adopt him let him live his life out here. I had no issue with that because of his age he was easy to house train never chewed or tore up things didn’t have to go through that puppy stage. It’s like he knew as a senior that he was at his forever home. I have always got elderly dogs or older dogs because seeing them be comfortable in their senior years and having a healthy loving home makes me feel amazing. They are the sweetest, loving and loyal dogs you ever have. They always get bypassed in shelters for the cute puppies that grow up to be senior dogs and a lot of times people get rid of them because they’re not cute puppies anymore and they need a home too, so Harley now is a goofy funny loving senior dog at the age of 10. It has been 2 1/2 years since he had his diagnosis and he still going strong we would not have it any other way I love all of my senior dogs and fostering and adopting a senior dog is the only way to go for me. I just don’t have the time to put in to training a puppy when there are a lot of senior dogs that are already trained. Already have house manners.”
-Vanessa Lemons, I have 5 dogs, Peanut, Velma, Harley, Buddy and Red. All were adopted at the age 6 or older, except for one. I volunteer for Unchained Melodies for over 2 1/2 yrs now. I’m the Liaison for the nursery here, for the mothers and puppies.
Bobbi Wilson, CPPS since 2018
PLP...How did it happen?
Our First Blog Entry
February 1, 2022
Peace Love Paws Pet Sitters, LLC… How did that happen?
What was a desperate need for more income clashed with my desire (for YEARS) that turned into what PLP is today.
We all get caught up in life’s things! Thinking we know our direction and then…well, we have all been there. Some make it out okay, while others fight it. Scott and I seem to have this happen to us every so many years. Hence, how we jumped into Pet Sitting! I will back up a few years…
I wanted a Pet Sitting Business for several years, after stumbling across an online publication by Patti Moran (Now founder of Pet Sitters International) in 1998. Scott’s job just did not allow time for us to do it and I owned a lamp work bead/jewelry business, which kept me busy. We had adopted several pets from the CMHS and Second Chance, but our first real pet rescue was a Black Cat named Zena B.. She was a pregnant cat and living in terrible conditions when I found her. I brought her home and that was the first litter of kittens I had ever seen. (We have since helped with 6 more adoption litters over the years.) When Zena B. died, I wanted to honor her with a pet rescue. I thought how hard is it to set up a not for profit? Answer; Not as easy as one would hope. We ran it for eight successful years, while all the time I wanted to pet sit as a career. Still the opportunity to do so was not available, due to one thing or another. Life changed for us several times again over the next several years, and we become home inspectors. I know, still not in the pet sitting business...truth is, for 20 years, every neighbor in our neighborhood would ask us to pet sit. When we did… we would be "paid" with rocks from exotic places, or a souvenir from somewhere! We moved from that neighborhood and I missed pet sitting all the neighbor’s pets! Then the clash moment happened to us. The home inspection business took a turn for us, and we needed a second income quick. FINALLY, we knew being Professional Pet Sitters was what we should do!
Black Paw 101: Hold on to your dreams…your clash moment will come!
Bobbi Wilson, CPPS