Six months ago, it was hard to imagine life without my special girl, Lulu. After a short battle with cancer, Lulu lost her life to the scourge inside her. It was undoubtedly the hardest and most devastating day in my life. Lulu should have lived another 5-10 years. Her life came to an abrupt end, and there was nothing I could do to help her. Six months have passed. The first three months were the hardest. Weeks after losing her, I would still weep uncontrollably at the unfairness of it all. Every room in the house conjured a memory. Every inch of our yard held vivid thoughts of Lulu walking, running, or being silly. Losing her left a gaping hole in my heart, and though my days have gotten easier, it’s hard to imagine what the next six months will be like. Some people say it’s easier to move on than to continue to mourn Lulu. I consciously choose not to move on from the memory of how my girl fought so hard. I choose to remember how the chemo made her feel terrible one day, and then feel good the next. I have to remember how she left me at 5:15 a.m. that morning but not without licking my nose one last time before taking her last breath. Remembering all of these seemingly devastating events helps me to keep Lulu’s spirit alive in my heart. Lulu’s loss helps confirm my decision to open Paws On Durham. I serve dogs, cats, turtles, fish, and other animals with humility and sensitivity. All are special in their own ways. All are loved and cared for by their owners without question. Caring for these special animals warms my heart and helps me to honor the memory of my special girl. I keep Lulu’s spirit, happiness, and struggles with me, and though she is at peace, Lulu is always in my heart and mind.
Six months ago, it was hard to imagine life without my special girl, Lulu. After a short battle with cancer, Lulu lost her life to the scourge inside her. It was undoubtedly the hardest and most devastating day in my life. Lulu should have lived another 5-10 years. Her life came to an abrupt end, and there was nothing I could do to help her. Six months have passed. The first three months were the hardest. Weeks after losing her, I would still weep uncontrollably at the unfairness of it all. Every room in the house conjured a memory. Every inch of our yard held vivid thoughts of Lulu walking, running, or being silly. Losing her left a gaping hole in my heart, and though my days have gotten easier, it’s hard to imagine what the next six months will be like. Some people say it’s easier to move on than to continue to mourn Lulu. I consciously choose not to move on from the memory of how my girl fought so hard. I choose to remember how the chemo made her feel terrible one day, and then feel good the next. I have to remember how she left me at 5:15 a.m. that morning but not without licking my nose one last time before taking her last breath. Remembering all of these seemingly devastating events helps me to keep Lulu’s spirit alive in my heart. Lulu’s loss helps confirm my decision to open Paws On Durham. I serve dogs, cats, turtles, fish, and other animals with humility and sensitivity. All are special in their own ways. All are loved and cared for by their owners without question. Caring for these special animals warms my heart and helps me to honor the memory of my special girl. I keep Lulu’s spirit, happiness, and struggles with me, and though she is at peace, Lulu is always in my heart and mind.
It was a great day for cats and dogs today at Urban Durham Realty's monthly "Swizzle."  The Durham APS was on hand with several adorable kittens and dogs that were available for adoption.   Businesses such as Paws On Durham, The Other End of the Leash Pet Boutique, The Durham Kennel Club, the Broadway Veterinary Hospital, and local artist Char Reed enjoyed a beautiful day and wonderful conversation with Durham pets and their humans.  Dogs of every size and shape enjoyed homemade treats from Other End of the Leash and several were lucky enough to walk away with toys and treats from Broadway Vet Hospital.  Paws On Durham, Broadway Vet, and Other End of the Leash all donated special prizes as giveaways to benefit the Durham APS. Raleigh artist, Char Reed was on hand to draw amazingly beautiful caricatures of some lucky pups!  Char uses an iPad as her canvas and a stylus as a pen to capture the character of her subject.  Once complete, Char forwards the caricature to the pet owner via email for future use.  Look for an upcoming collaboration between Char and Paws On Durham...Great things are on the horizon! Paws On Durham is happy to be part of such a pet friendly community.  We look forward to future pet friendly events...coming soon: Durham APS Walk for the Animals, May 17.  See you there!  
Paws On Durham team member Tiff S. is moving on to bigger and better things in her life.  Tiff joined the team in November 2013 and quickly embraced the ideals and mission of Paws On Durham...to provide exceptional pet care to Durham pets and their humans. Prior to Tiff's departure, I asked her to provide some insights on her experience a POD pet sitter. The words below provide a touching look into the world of a pet sitter. Tiff has been a great addition to the team, and we know she will continue to excel in all her endeavors!  Best wishes Tiff...You will be missed!   0152122444f7a1d8f5263091ec90c37c5ab7d85e75My one piece of advice to those of you who are joining this company: Run. Because you will need to rethink everything you thought you knew about caring for animals. You will need to meet standards of pet care that are not your own, for people you will likely only meet once, for animals that were not raised under your house nor your rules. Your schedules will be sporadically, and sometimes spontaneously, cut up and framed with visits to people’s houses. Your clothes will be covered in fur, or urine, or paw marks, or all three. I suggest you run. Before you find out what the word “trust” truly means, whether it is in the form of a stranger giving you keys to her house or having a strange dog willingly walk out the door with you. You will carry the stress of knowing that this dog, the one that is dragging you down the street, means the world to somebody. Run before you feel the true weight of the words “thank you,” because I warn you these owners say it with all their hearts. Run before you are sucked into a community of people, each unique with their own stories and hardships, before you are caught exchanging pleasantries with them, then conversations, then perhaps even friendships. I kid you not. The biggest mistake I made was deciding to stay. Because I found myself responsible for these homes, their animals, and this company. I found myself buying chews when a client’s existing stock ran out, just because I knew her dogs would enjoy them before she returned from her trip. I took it out of my own time to text an owner instructions for constructing a toy, just because I saw the drive in her dog and it inspired me. And I came to love those crazy dogs, cats, and people. I was silly enough to stay and now that it is time for me to go, it is hard. So run, you fools!