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Talking to the dog–am I the only one?!

Do you talk to your dog or I your cat?  How about your chickens?  Hi all, Amanda here.  This blog is about talking to the animals.  I don’t mean in a Dr. Doolittle way (although–how cool would that be?!).  Nope, I am talking about just talking to your precious pets as if they are your best friends.  They should be, by the way!

I was walking into a dog walking job the other day and when I opened the door I yelled, “Hello, Cooper!  Are you ready to take a walk?”  Then I walked over to the counter to check for a note and then Cooper and I were off on our walk.  While we were walking, I was talking to him about a few business decisions that had been weighing on my mind.  Now, I had already talked to a few human advisors about this same thing, but talking to Cooper allowed me to really get to the meat of the questions I had.

 The thing about talking to a pet is that they don’t answer back or interrupt.  Have you ever had an experience where you just want to tell someone what happened and they keep asking you questions?  I know that they are just trying to get all the information but really?!  I just want to tell you the story–would you let me already?!  

 Or what about this–you are pouring your soul out to your bestie and you can JUST TELL that they are only half listening because they are busy trying to come up with something witty and inspiring to say.  Now, first of all–thank you for caring so much that you want to make sure you say just the right thing.  But I would love you so much more if you would just hear me out!

Tick-nado hitting CT this year!

It has been a long time since I blogged and for that, Dear Reader, I apologize.  I have no excuse–I got busy with life 🙁  Hi all, Amanda here.  Today we are going to talk about something , that everyone is hoping for–warm weather.  Now I know that wishing it won’t make it so but I can try!!!  Warm weather means a lot of great things…short sleeves, flip flops for some (still too cold for me!) and windows open.  Fresh air and lovely walks in the sunshine.  It also means some not so great things–bugs!  More specifically, ticks.

 

We have had a really great winter as far as things go–it was warm most days.  We had some snow here and there but for the most part it has been mild.  Even though that has been great for your local pet sitter (thank you very much!) it turns out it has been a growing season for ticks.  Worse than that, Lyme disease ticks!  

 

Fear not, Dear Reader.  Let’s just be blunt–you have to be vigilant.  You have to check your dogs (and yourself!!!) when you come in from outdoors.  It takes about 12 hours to transmit Lyme disease so when ever you are in an area that is a known tick spot (high grass, lots of trees, etc.) just be quick to check Fido for ticks.  And for our feline friends–you aren’t off the hook.  Even though your friend probably didn’t go on a hike with you, they are still a carrier.  Check yourself.

 

Just because ticks are going crazy this year doesn’t mean that you can’t go on hikes with your furry friend(s.)  Just be careful!  Also worth noting–dogs don’t get the bullseye ring that humans get so please don’t wait for that!  If your dog seems off–bring him/her to the vet.

Below is a link to an article about the tick problems this year.  Not to scare anyone…just want you to be aware!

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Shaping-up-to-be-a-bad-season-for-ticks-11027659.php

Be safe, my friends!  Enjoy your walks and the soon-to-be warmer weather 🙂

 

Why is blogging so hard?

Hi all, Amanda here.  I have been putting off blogging for some reason–not really sure what?  However, with the new year  I figured I should just bite the bullet and do it.

I would love to talk about my new home office.  For the first time in 14 years, I actually have a place to call my office that doesn’t include my bedroom or living room couch.  I still have my exercise stuff in here, but that is a choice and not a necessity.  Woohoo!

I have been working from a desk that I made out of a table that was my great-Aunt Bert’s.  It is a prized possession and it is still what I work from.  If this desk could talk!

Fleas…no!!!!

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Even pet sitters have problems.  My problem is fleas.  Not personally, of course 🙂  My Lucy is in the unfortunate predicament.  Hi all, Amanda here.  I am writing from my new website…yay!  Of course, my email still doesn’t work 🙁  I don’t care–new website, yay!!!!

Back to the problem at hand, Lucy’s fleas.  My poor baby is suffering, truly.  She is scratching herself silly and taking of bits of fur.  This story begins with an adorable cat who, through no fault of its own, infested the house.  My daughter’s kitten spent a few weeks here while she was settling into a new place and Dexter brought fleas in with the cuddles and meows.  I saw the scratching and felt the bites of the fleas in her apartment while I helped her move.  I treated him with flea treatment, Maria gave him a bath and all was well with the world.

What I didn’t even consider was my dog, Lucy.  She had one of those flea treatment collars on that is good for like 8 months and since I had not had any trouble, I didn’t even think to watch her.   Unfortunately, the fleas in the world today are like super-fleas and my poor Lucy was a casualty of the war.  By the time I realized she had fleas in spite of the collar, she had already removed the fur and parts of the skin under her arms and neck.

I truthfully wasn’t too worried as I gave Lucy a bath in Dawn to kill the fleas.  She tolerates baths but is really not a fan of water.  After the two minutes, we rinsed off the suds and dead fleas and toweled off.  My poor baby kept scratching, regardless.  A few days later, she was still scratching.

Then I took off her collar, switched to one of those behind the head spot treatments, and gave her another bath.    Her scabs started to heal and her skin was red but clear.  I bombed my living area, washed everything I could find, put borax between the couch cushions and vacuumed it, and hoped for the best.  I aired the place out and we watched some tv.

The thing is, while I was sitting there, I saw another flea crawling on her back.  What the heck?!  The next day I went to the vets.  I told them what was going on and I got some chewable flea treatment.  They also gave me some Benadryl so she could stop scratching.  I brought her to the groomers to get a flea bath and brought her home.  So far so good.

Except today, I saw a flea on her.  The flea bath was yesterday!!!!  One of my clients told me about a flea collar they use and I think I am going to get one.  I am really desperate at this point and don’t know what to do.  Hopefully the new collar will work and in the meantime poor Lucy just has to scratch.  Ugh!!!!!