With Flying Colors

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A question I often get is “What do you do with Pippi?” Well, she usually is with us all the time, even on vacation. The only time we don’t take her with us is when leaving the US (she does go to Canada). In those rare situations we prefer to use a more hands on care service. I’m certainly not opposed to commercial kennels or daycares but why put a dog who likes people at a facility that has more dogs than people. What we prefer to do is go with someone whom has a daycare in their home. She gets lots of attention, the cost is lower and she can usually sleep with her sitters. Pippi does not have separation anxiety but we still want to make sure she is getting the best care possible. A few years back we used a service in Minneapolis ran by two wonderful ladies, they actually took field trips every few days. Pippi crowed up a storm and raced around the house when we came to pick her up, after that we were sold. In Atlanta our sitter will even met us at the airport to get Pippi between our connections.

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I bring all this up because we had to complete a daycare interview this weekend. For the parents of non-fur children the experience of a daycare interview is not a new thing but it was a first for us. We have found a service in Detroit that seemed like a good fit, a family with children and five years of experience. However we had to schedule an interview, to cover her history and let them see how she behaves. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous, what if they didn’t like her. I know, I know, who wouldn’t fall in love with Pippi. I am excited to say that she passed her interview and we have a daycare service in Detroit now. They will be caring for her while we are in Mexico next week. So not only do I have groomers in about six states I have dog sitters.

***This is part of a series of posts called “Travel Tuesday“, each covering topics unique to our lifestyle***

A Pug-tastic Week

As I mentioned Sunday we are watching Nathan’s (Josh’s younger brother) pug Chancho this week while he is on vacation. The timing worked out just perfectly. We were in the same town last weekend to get together for Holiday festivities with my family. We will then be passing back by that town on our way to Josh’s folks this weekend.

Chancho is a bit neurotic but we love him, I’m betting he is like most active pugs.  In addition Pippi and Chancho get along so well, like the best of buddies.  They are just a few months apart and have grown up from wee little puppies to wee little dogs together.

I sure to make a nice fort

It has been fun having two dogs around, Pippi is much more affectionate with another critter to compete with. Chancho gives the love away for free, but he also sheds like a….well a Pug.  Getting used to his furs all over the place has been an adjustment but how could you not love that face.

This has all been good for Pippi, she is not the most socialized dog and doesn’t always play well with others.  Chancho is patient and just keeps coming back for more.

Groomer Auditions

We are currently in the process of finding a new groomer, seems like everyone is doing that these days. I adore Pippi’s groomer Stacey but with the move of our office she is now almost two hours away. I just can’t swing that. I applaud it if you that do; I know a few whom drive at least that. So to start this all over again I’ve tried out a place close my office. The lead groomer has more than 20 years of experience and knows a Scottie cut. She let me know what she thinks should be done then asked what small changes I would like. I also like that this place does not require a laundry list of vaccinations. In my opinion we over-vaccinate Pippi, but because we use kennels there is really no choice. You have to do what they require. This groomer said “That’s up to the owner; I’m not going to tell you how to care for your animal”. With that in mind any owner whom takes the care to have her pooch groomed also cares for proper vaccinating. A few years back I read a blog post chastising pet owners for over-vaccinating; I commented that this is all well and good but those of us who use commercial facilities and groomers don’t have the choice to abstain. We don’t get to send our kids to school without the proper shots. I could argue till I’m blue in the face with kennel owners about my beliefs but in the end we need their services.

Sweet Jimmy

Last night my dear Aunt Vickie and her family helped their sweet Sheltie Jimmy cross the rainbow bridge. He was a noble and darling little guy. After the adorable little Pomeranian’s had a litter of puppies; Jimmy was on standby to make sure ever whimper and whine was attended to. He loved his girls too, never very far from my cousins. But his true loyalty was with my Aunt; he would keep her company in the kitchen; lay by her feet and make the rounds at night see to her comfort. Rest tonight without pain sweet Jimmy.