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Happy 4th of July

fear of fireworks

We have hosted many dogs who are terrified of fireworks. We thought that by following these tips from renowned trainer, Victoria Stilwell, your furry friend may enjoy this year’s 4th of July.

Tips for providing a safe July 4th for your Canine Household:

1 -Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day.
2 -Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it’s hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea.
3 -Provide a safe place inside for your dogs to retreat. When scared of sounds they can’t orient, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. (I once had a dog who climbed in the bathtub during windstorms.) If your dog is comfortable in a crate, that is a good option.
4 -If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.
5 -Make sure all your dogs are wearing ID tags with a properly fitting collar. Dogs have been known to become Houdini around the 4th of July.
6 -Leave your dog something fun to do – like a frozen Kong filled with his favorite treat.

Happy National Pets’ Day

Our sweet Buddy 9 years ago as a puppy. You're still as sweet as you were then!
Our Buddy

Happy National Pet’s Day

A few wonderful thoughts about our pets:

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude.” – Robert Brault

“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” – James Cromwell

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” – Immanuel Kant

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

Hosting

 

ladyonbedoldman dog

 

Dear Friends,

We are always looking for wonderful families to become hosts to our pet clients.
If you are a pet lover in the tri-state area, have experience raising a dog or cat now or in the past, have the time at home to be loving and caring to a visiting dog or cat, and would like to make some extra cash, becoming a host family with Buddy’s Sleepovers may be a really great option for you. Our families only host one dog at a time and are always free to decide when and who they will host. Contact us if you would like more info. And spread the word to your animal lover couplefriends.

snowy fun

Sasha couldn't get enough of playing outside in the snow
Sasha couldn’t get enough of playing outside in the snow

We’re so glad the dogs that we hosted this winter have loved playing in the snow. Boarding dogs in the winter can be tricky if your guests do not like being in the cold. But Sasha, the Westie, who is a frequent guest and Cali and Jolee, our visitors last week, wanted to play outside in our fenced in yard all day.

 

Cali and Jolee enjoying the snow
Cali and Jolee enjoying the snow

 

 

 

 

Our pal, Bisou, is going home.

bisou on pillowOur pal, Bisou, vacations with us every summer. We get ready for him in May and are always so sad to see him go in August. Bisou has become a little brother to Buddy, following Buddy around and hanging out with him. One of the greatest benefits of becoming a pet host is that even though your guests leave, they can’t wait to come back for a return visit.   We’re all sad to see  Bisou  go, but we know he will be right back here next summer. We’ll miss you baby Beezie!bisou on pillow

Uh Oh! Poison Ivy

Buddy in the bath
Buddy in the bath

Well, If you were affected by poison ivy or poison oak, I’m sure you don’t need to be told how horrible the rash can be. This summer, working so hard in my garden, I didn’t realize  I was vigiliantly weeding in a patch of poison ivy! It soon became apparent, however, when a terrible rash broke out all over my arms. After googling everything I could and speaking with my doctor, I found out that although dogs don’t usually get the rash, they can easily transfer the poison ivy oil from their coats to humans. It is possible for your dog to brush up against the ivy leaves and spread the “poison” when you pet your pooch. As soon as I found out about this possibilty, Buddy was in a bath, being scrubbed and looking rather handsome. And I had a professioal rid my garden of all the ivy. Now both Buddy and can enjoy the outside for the rest of the summer.