Paws On Durham Holiday Special. I hope you will join us in providing Triangle children a happy holiday season and helping the Durham APS to accomplish their very important mission. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!
It’s been a year since our faithful and sweet pup Monty decided to leave us on that Monday morning last year. I was about to depart for work when I walked into his room and discovered his lifeless 15-year old body, still warm as if only sleeping and waiting for his morning to begin. He looked so peaceful…resting with no pain or worries. Losing a pup like Monty is heartbreaking. We mourned him for months and when we lost his sister, Lulu a short while later due to cancer, we were devastated about the loss, quiet, and disruption to our happy household. Our routines and daily life came to a screeching halt and the silence in the house was deafening. The only solace came from the fact that Monty left us with so many good thoughts which enabled us to live our days with sweet memories of our boy. The year has passed so quickly, but the thought of Monty is still fresh in our minds. His soft fur, the way he smelled of corn chips, and his sweet disposition have helped us cope with his loss this year. From the moment I brought him home the day he left home, Monty brought us joy and comfort and evolved into a most special part of our family Monty’s remains sit on our mantel, and he is greeted every morning and bid a good night every evening. He still lives in our minds and thoughts and will forever be a part of our family. Continue to run and play with your sister, Lulu, sweet boy…until we meet again. We will love you forever.
One of the many pleasure of owning my own business is the flexibility it lends me to take care of personal tasks as I need to. Although this week has been exceedingly busy, I found the needed time to pick up my wife at the airport. I was able to juggle several appointments in the morning in order to pick her up in the afternoon. That morning I met three new clients, two of which involved caring for a 12-week old Great Dane and an 8-week old black Labrador retriever. I also met with an older mixed breed dog and a home with two kitties. If there is anything I’ve learned about being a pet sitter and meeting new clients is to always have treats in my pocket to “greet” new doggy clients. It’s definitely a sure-fire way to make new friends! The Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is a nicely designed and easily accessible airport—easy in/easy out. I parked my car and walked into the terminal to wait for my wife’s flight to arrive. Since I came straight from my pet sitting appointments, I was wearing my company logo t-shirt and cargo pants. I made my way to the waiting area proudly wearing my company’s colors and feeling great about being a pet sitter!I was standing in the waiting area watching people when a few feet away from me, I notice a uniformed police officer and his working dog walking in my direction. I was standing there calmly when I notice the 4-legged officer slow and start walking towards me, 2-legged officer in tow. I thought nothing of it, but then the dog stopped in front of me and immediately started sniffing my left leg—very intently. I see the police officer eyeballing me and sizing me up. I took a deep breath and I complimented the officer on what a beautiful pup he has. He looked at me a little suspiciously as the dog continued to sniff my legs and said “thanks.” By that time I was becoming a little more uncomfortable and then I realized that the dog was now wagging his tail! I then realize the ever vigilant pup was sniffing all the wonderful puppy, dog, and kitty smells on my pant legs! I think the officer came to the same realization around the same time I did and actually noticed the Paws On Durham t-shirt I was sporting. A split second later, the vigilant pup was sniffing my right pocket very aggressively and wagging his very happy tail. I immediately realized that I still had several dog treats in my pocket from my morning’s visits. The highly-trained, drug and bomb sniffing nose honed in on what’s really important in a dog’s life…tasty peanut butter dog treats! I quickly offered to the officer that I was a pet sitter and I had some extra treats in my pocket. I chuckled loudly, though the officer barely offered a smile. However, the officer who does most of the really important work was still happily sniffing my treat laden pocket. I asked if the pup could have a treat (already knowing the answer), but the officer declined the offer…the pup was on duty after all. The two officers then continued on their way to ensure the safety and security of the travelers. When my wife arrived, I told her about my experience and we both shared a great laugh. I immediately know this was one of those special moments that only a pet sitter could experience. In my short stint as a pet sitter/business owner, I have memories of many sweet experiences involving dogs, cats, turtles, people, etc., but this is a definite keeper…to be eyeballed and sniffed up by armed to the teeth (pun intended) police officers. It’s good to know that our airports are being protected by the eyes, noses, and paws of such vigilant security personnel! Always Vigilant, Always Faithful, and Always Canine...
I recently had the pleasure of pet sitting for a family who spent Memorial Day weekend camping. I was responsible for the love and care of their ten pets! This lively bunch consisted of four dogs (Champ, Coco, Samantha and Sampson), five cats (Diego, Coon, Gato, Nala, and Simba) and a turtle (Turdie). They were quite an amusing group! During an evening visit I had completed my usual routine of providing all of the animals with fresh food and water. After tidying up inside, I headed outside to play ball with the dogs. Unbeknownst to me, these fur babies had other plans and coordinated a circus performance for me! ACT I: Bird Hunt A few minutes passed when I heard birds squealing like crazy in the very back of the yard. I ran over to the fence to find Champ with a small bird in his mouth! Champ is the “old man” of the group and suffers from arthritis, tumors, and poor sight/hearing. How he was able to find let alone, catch the bird is a feat in itself! He dropped it immediately, but it was so interesting but of course the other three pups had to join in on the fun. I was able to scoop up the bird and lay it to rest right before the other pups joined in. ACT II: Sandbox Scuttle Coco (5-year-old Dobie mix) and Samantha (1-year-old French Mastiff) decided they would keep me entertained by wrestling in the sandbox. As Coco plopped on her belly, Samantha figured it was the perfect opportunity to pounce.One large lunge forward was all it took and the two playfully went back and forth, rolling around and kicking sand everywhere. By the time play ended, it appeared they had spent the day at the beach! ACT III: Trampoline Bounce Have you ever seen a 200 pound French Mastiff try to jump on a trampoline? I have! Next up was Sampson (1-year-old French Mastiff), the biggest lap-dog of all time. He put his front paws on the trampoline, stood erect and looked me straight in the eye, as if to say, “Watch this!” As he desperately tried to kick his back legs up, I was keeled over and literally laughing out loud. Needless to say, I had quite an interesting night at the circus. Tired and panting, lying on the cool kitchen floor with their tongues hanging out, I thought to myself that they would get a good night’s sleep. What stinkers! It’s always great fun to experience the lives and antics of our clients’ pets. They all have such different personalities, quirks, needs, and wants, but one thing is constant with them all…They are all very special. This group in particular is full of life and they definitely require a strong "ring master" to keep them all in line. I look forward to the next time I'm able to care for this happy, crazy, and classy circus act!
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!