Back From The Country

Last weekend through Wednesday I spent 4 days in a nice country setting. The weather wasn't the best, a bit on the cool and rainy side but we did take advantage of the great outdoors when it was good. I kept the TV off until night and had the door open so I could hear all of the birds. Three dogs take their morning walk down the lane to get the paper. Two little dogs on one leash in one hand, and a ball launcher in the other hand for the bigger dog. The newspaper under the arm on the way back all takes a lot of coordination. I have never used a ball launcher before, but boy can they fly. And so does Daisy the cattle dog. I have never seen a dog run so fast for a ball.

In the afternoons we would go behind the house and launch more balls for her, and the little ones have a pile of toys to play with. I call this the toy boneyard. They stay out here for all seasons, some are even partially buried when the grass takes over.

The two cats were nice to have around but mostly made themselv…

Whatever Lola Wants

.....Lola usually gets. She breaks into bedrooms to steal socks, underwear, rubber balls, and whatever she can get her mouth wrapped around. She is a two year old Goldendoodle that has absolutely no training at all. None. She doesn't even know the basics of 'Sit'.

Oh she's adorable alright, but wild as can be. It was really a lot of work to watch her last week. Hubby and I tried to walk her the first day. We had to first wrestle her in a harness which she thought was just a game. Then we put on two leashes, one for each of us. She pulls and weaves and it took all we had to get back home safely. That was the only walk she had.

She couldn't be let free in the yard and thank goodness her family had a tie out cable we could hook her up to. I am definitely going to invest in one of those. She chases birds and will eat anything she can find in the yard. She jumps, bites, and plays too hard.

Then I got to thinking back to when Nellie was that age. Although she had trainin…

Loddy Dah

This is Loddy, the girl who was listed as a German Shepherd. I could see a bit of that I guess but she's cute nonetheless. She only stayed one night, this past Friday.

I admit I was nervous because she was quite skittish when we first met  her. Once her family left, she whined for about 4 hours. It got less and less as time passed and she started to relax. By bedtime she slept through the night without bothering anyone.

After I let her out in the morning, she was feeling more at home and totally pulled the stuffing out of a toy and destroyed two more. Nellie used to pull stuffing, not to eat, just to pull it all out. I had one toy I kept mending and mending until it became a round ball. I would save the squeaker to put in each new remodeled toy. I'll make a new little square toy with the stuffing and squeaker we saved from this one.

We all see a little bit of Nellie in every dog we get, so it makes them all special. Loddy came up to my chair and stuck her head in-between my l…

Ups and Downs

This past week has been pretty slow on the dog front, but things seem to be picking up now. The company I work with is called DogVacay. There is another one called Rover. Rover just took over DV and they will be merging soon. I couldn't get a straight answer on the timeline of the occurring so I joined Rover too. Many sitters do both, depending on how busy they want to be. I got my first request from Rover after only 3 days, had a meet and greet last Thursday, and will be watching the most adorable teddy bear of a dog (Goldendoodle) next week. We are so excited! The day after she leaves I will do a 4 night stay in a log cabin on 5 acres with 3 dogs and 2 cats.

A few weeks ago I woke up with a sore right foot, with no reasoning on how it happened. The top felt like it had been stepped on by a horse and the pain radiated down the entire inside edge to the toe. I told my Mom it might be Arthritis or I'mtoofatitis. But still that day I did about 2 hours of yard work which was a m…

The Flip Side

Pet Sitting is a funny business. I'm in a FB group for sitters and am learning something everyday. One thing that really stood out is that someone said 'all pet owners lie.' I don't really believe that; but in many cases I'd describe it more like little white lies.

When a person sets up an account, they have to describe their dog. There are further questions asked at a Meet and Greet with a sitter. Some are dishonest about the breed and if they have aggression issues. I have read so many horror stories about guest dogs attacking the home owner's pets. That's why I only take one dog at a time and never would have considered this job if Nellie was still alive.

The little wild dog I watched a few weeks ago was listed as a mixed breed. When the owner's Mom came to get her we were talking about how hard she is to handle. She said "That's the Dingo in her." Seriously? Is that even legal? I started looking up pictures on line and she sure fit the…

More Memes

I have no doggy stories this week and nothing else to really talk about so will throw some more Spokane Memes out there. Now I'm curious if your own city makes fun of itself with a meme page? I just love our Spokane Meme FB page; it keeps me smiling.


Last week was pretty busy. First we had a friend's dog just for the day. Her name is Angel and she's a 9 year old mixture of many things, but I'm sure a cattle dog is one of them. All she wants to do is chase a ball......all day long......She doesn't take walks, which I tried, but she just cowered so I gave up. The only time she rested is when we totally ignored her but then if we moved, she was up again. Nine hours of this; we were so exhausted when her family came to get her. They would like us to take her over Memorial weekend but I'm not so sure the rest of my family would be up for it.

The next day we had a sweet boy come to stay for 4 nights. His name is Koda and is 6 years old. His Mom has only had him for 3 months and he was a rescue. She gives him these calming treats for anxiety but we sure didn't see any of that behavior while he was here. He loves his walks and I have to admit that I haven't walked that fast in a very long time. He's an atte…