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December 2020

Boarding The Blind Dog

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I travel quite a bit, that is until Covid hit anyway,

Spirit doesn’t always come with me. I would rather board him than make him travel in the cargo hold of a plane. My concern is if this facility familiar with boarding blind dogs.

Spirit: I’m not sure how I feel about that. Why can’t I sit with you on the plane?

Them’s not my rules. But getting back to boarding blind dogs. As you know, blind dogs compensate for losing one sense by overdeveloping others such as scent and hearing. This can lead to a blind dog easily becoming overwhelmed and stressed in such a place. Loud barking dogs, attendants walking back and forth, and the strong odors of cleaners and disinfectants may simply be too much for when boarding blind dogs.

Spirit: Totally agree. So many smells and noises.

Are the kennel attendants soft spoken and gentle when feeding, taking them out of the kennel for a walk, or cleaning up after them? Blind dogs can be startled and fearful if they don’t know what’s coming next. In such cases, a blind dog may pose a bite risk.

Spirit:  All the ladies are so nice to me. They even let me hang out with them during the day behind the desk. I get to play with their dogs. It’s so much fun.

Do they play calming music throughout the day? It just isn’t for boarding blind dogs, all pets would benefit?

Spirit: Sometimes it sounds like a waterfall! Then I have to pee.

Will they indulge me? I want to bring their unwashed bedding as it smells like home. In addition, I bring a rather large chunk of rose quartz, which is placed out of their reach, AND I want the attendants to use my calming spray a couple times during the day.

Spirit: They always give themselves a spritz of the calming spray first. I always tell them if they give me an extra spray, I won’t tell on them. Hahahaha. Oops

I have so much to worry about when I travel, its peace of mind knowing my beloved dogs are well taken care of.

Mary is a business, wellness, and safety strategist who specializes in the pet industry. She has contributed to the professional pet industry as a consultant, speaker, writer, and progressive leader.

You can contact Mary by dropping a message or email her at Mary@PawsitivelyPretty.com


Who Steals From Blind Dogs

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Who steals from blind dogs?

That would be Cecil.

Spirit: Hey! That’s mine!

Cecil: It was just lying on the ground.

Spirit: I put it down for a second and it was gone!

 

The second Spirit puts down anything, off Cecil goes with it. Right to his stash.

Spirit: Hey! That’s my stuff!

 

Cecil! Stop stealing from blind dogs. Why do you do this to Spirit?

 

Cecil: It’s my hobby.

 

Before you all feel sorry for Spirit, he’s not exactly innocent either. Let’s talk about my roses.

 

A client of mine was moving and as a good bye gift, she picked some beautiful roses from her garden, placed them in a lovely vase, and gave them to me.

Spirit: Hmmmm. They smell good enough to eat.

 

I placed them on my kitchen countertop.

Spirit: That was your first mistake.

 

Don’t even think about it!

Spirit: Catch me if you can. I’m the wind. Munch munch munch.

I couldn’t catch him in the act. I would hear the munching and run over to the kitchen and all that was left was some petals on the floor.  I have two doors in my kitchen that I keep open at all times. You know, so the blind dog doesn’t run into them.

Spirit:Munch munch munch.

Bonk

 

Oh, did I close that door. Leave my roses alone.

Spirit: Totally worth it. By the way you need more roses.

 

 

You may not have any sympathy for Spirit if you’ve been in one of my pet first aid classes where he was in attendance. 

As you all know, Spirit was an integral part of our pet first aid classes. He is greeter and lover of all attendees.

Always available to take his pulse.

However, we have to start each class with a disclaimer. “While Spirit is a blind dog, his nose works very well. Please pick up anything off the floor you don’t want this blind dog rummaging through.”

Spirit: Ha ha ha! They don’t always listen do they. Yum!

 

Stay tuned for more epsisodes!!!!

Mary is a business, wellness, and safety strategist who specializes in the pet industry. She has contributed to the professional pet industry as a consultant, speaker, writer, and progressive leader.

You can contact Mary by dropping a message or email her at Mary@PawsitivelyPretty.com

 


Spirit's First Road Trip

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It was time to take this blind dog road tripping.

I teach pet first aid and other educational programs across the country at professional pet industry conferences. Ricky, my golden retriever, had always accompanied me on such trips.

Ricky lived to travel with me. However, he was getting older and you could see that he was tiring very quickly.

We began to bring Spirit with us during local classes to see how he would do.

Spirit: I did great!

Umm

Ricky: You need work, Son. I didn’t get this good overnight. I worked at it.

The Atlanta Pet Fair was coming up and we decided to take the blind dog on his first road trip. It’s a very large show and I felt that Ricky would need a break.

Ricky: I’ve got my work cut out for me. I will have him ship shape in no time. 

So, we packed up the car and hit the road to Hotlanta!

Spirit: Oh boy! This is going to be so much fun!

We had a dickens of a time getting this blind dog down to Hotlanta.  Spirit was under the impression that his travel crate was optional.

Spirit:  I cannot be contained. That is the nature of a husky.

We ended up having the opening of the crate up against the wall of the van.

Spirit: Phfffft!

I’m thinking it should have been called Cold-lanta.  It was freezing that year.

Anyway, we checked into the hotel, crated Spirit and left Ricky on the bed while we set up the room for the pet first aid class that was being held the following morning. As soon as we finished, we headed back to the room and what do you think was waiting for us when we opened the door?

Spirit: Ha! That’s right. You didn’t think a mere  ravel crate was going to keep this husky in, did you?

And Ricky was besides himself.

Ricky: Its not how we do things! You are supposed to stay in the travel crate. Not me. I EARNED the right to stay on the bed. You haven’t!

Sigh. Let’s hope Spirit can behave himself for his first big class the next day. My concern for Spirit is that this is the largest pet first aid class he’s participated in.

He’s done a couple of smaller classes and did well.

Spirit: I’ve got this!

I didn't want Spirit to become overwhelmed by the number of people, with all the scents and noises that go along with it. In addition, we are doing three classes in close proximately to each other time wise.

We start off with a long walk. A little tired will be a good thing. Then head over to the class a little early to finish setting up and give Spirit a chance to walk around and sniff everything before students arrive.

I fill his water bowl with SmartWater™ as it contains electrolytes. A stressed pet can dehydrate quickly because of those lost electrolytes. I don’t use anything flavored as it will probably contain artificial sugars which are deadly to pets.

In addition, I have aromatherapy sprays that are designed to combat stress. Spirit loves them and will request a spritz when he’s feeling a little overwhelmed.

Spirit: It’s true! I love those sprays. Especially Soul Support from Alaskan Essences.

So, how do you think he did during the pet first aid class?

Spirit: Piece of cake!

He slept the entire two-day ride home in his crate.

Mary is a business, wellness, and safety strategist who specializes in the pet industry. She has contributed to the professional pet industry as a consultant, speaker, writer, and progressive leader.

You can contact Mary by dropping a message or email her at Mary@PawsitivelyPretty.com


Spirit Meets A Skunk

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I have to admit that it never occurred to me that skunks might need a veterinary chiropractor.

That is until Reno came running in the house to tattle on Spirit.

Reno: Come quick! You’ll never believe what Spirit has caught.

I didn’t have to take more than a step outside to figure it out.

Yes, my blind dog caught a skunk and was waving it back and forth in his mouth. Spirit wasn’t doing much damage, other than some whiplash, because he is nearly toothless due to distemper. (That’s another story.)

Spirit: Who da man?

Fortunately for me, by the time I reached Spirit and forcibly removed the skunk from his mouth, there was no more spray.

Spirit: I’m da man!

The skunk, while a little disoriented, and now in need of a veterinary chiropractor, was fine, but couldn’t find his way out of the yard.

Reno: I have to say, I was impressed. Who knew he had it in him?

If you think the story can‘t get better, you’d be wrong.

Spirit needed to go to the emergency vet as he was scratched and possibly bit. I couldn’t take the time to get the skunk out of the yard. Sooooo, I had hubby do it.

Hubby was just home from a doctor’s appointment and except for the tie, was still in dress clothes. Now he didn’t want to get too close to the skunk and grabbed a sword off the wall and was using it to keep distance himself and the skunk.

To my utmost regret, I didn’t snap a picture.

As I was about to load Spirit into my car, hubby yelled over and said. “Just take my car.”

I love that man!

The next day, he had about a dozen of those little pine trees hanging all over his car.  LOL

Mary is a business, wellness, and safety strategist who specializes in the pet industry. She has contributed to the professional pet industry as a consultant, speaker, writer, and progressive leader.

You can contact Mary by dropping a message or email her at Mary@PawsitivelyPretty.com


His Eyes May Not Work, But His Nose Is Just Fine

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One of the questions I get a lot about Spirit is why he went blind. Spirit was born with glaucoma.

And as he will tell you, glaucoma sucks!

Spirit: My eyes hurt ‘cause I has the ‘coma.

Glaucoma occurs when there is high pressure in the eyes when the normal outflow of fluid within the eye is impaired.

Conditions that may cause it include:

  • Improper development of the eye’s filtration angles. (primary)
  • Eye diseases such as: primary lens luxation, inflammation of the tissues of the eye, eye tumor, or blood collection in the front of the eye from injury. (secondary)

 

Spirit: I was born with it.

Eye symptoms of primary and secondary glaucoma may appear in any combination of:

  • High pressure
  • Eye blinking
  • Receding eyeball
  • Redness
  • Cloudy appearance
  • Dilated pupil
  • Pupil does not respond to light
  • Vision loss
  • Enlarged eyeball (buphthalmos)
  • Visible debris
  • Constricted pupil
  • Iris sticking to either the cornea or the lens
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Change in attitude

Spirit:  My eyes were HUGE and my head hurt. All.The.Time.

So off to the Animal Eye Clinic in Wilton, CT where they tested his eyes with a tonometer and confirmed Spirit had glaucoma. He was initially prescribed special eye drops to reduce the pressure in his eyes.

When the drops proved ineffective, we opted to have Spirit’s eye’s removed. We could not allow him to live in constant pain.

Spirit: My eyes stopped hurting and the headaches went away! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

But let me tell you, his eyes may not work, but his husky nose is just fine!

This was an actual conversation between hubby and myself. Please bear in mind, we have always had dogs.

Hubby: What did you do with the cheese I left on the counter?

Me: What do you mean what did I do with your cheese? I did nothing with your cheese.

Hubby: You must have. I put some chunks on the counter and now they’re gone.

Me: Seriously. You put cheese on the counter and are wondering where it went.

Spirit: I don’t know why you’re looking at me.

Hubby: Ricky never takes anything off the counter and the other dogs are too small or blind.

Spirit: Must have been Ricky.

Me: Go smell the blind dog’s breath. That husky nose of his works just fine.

Spirit: Cheesssssse

Hubby: Dammit

Stay tuned for more epsisodes!!!!

Mary is a business, wellness, and safety strategist who specializes in the pet industry. She has contributed to the professional pet industry as a consultant, speaker, writer, and progressive leader.

You can contact Mary by dropping a message or email her at Mary@PawsitivelyPretty.com