Home-Boarding with Heart
So we are practically neighbors! I have fashioned Happy Trails after my own personality and it seems dog lovers recognize the heart that has gone into this service. I just realized today that I adopt as family members the dogs who stay with us. It's not boarding, really, and I love that concept.
It sounds as if you're an individual after my own heart, and you love/raise your Fynnegan as I have our Frida. What a sweetheart you have! Thank you so much for the photos! He is beyond cute!
Frida also had a very sensitive stomach when she was a bit younger. I tried the best kibble and then started cooking for her, after which I went to a holistic vet who suggested Frida eat raw food (as well as lightly steamed vegetables etc.). This vet clinic (East York Holistic Veterinary Clinic) is truly inspiring; they patiently guided me with Frida's new diet, which she loves! I will watch Fynnagan;s food intake so it remains just as you have provided for him.
It will be a joy to have Fynnegan stay with us.
See you both on Monday!
Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
I forgot to put the change for the harness in an envelop. I had the money on the kitchen table and saw it there after Fido left. I must tell you that I cried before he left; he has a way about him, truly. While I was sitting with him and waiting, he rubbed his head on my lap. It was most unusual. He was so calm by the end of his stay here. I was really proud of him.
About the bones I sent--make sure you're around when he chews on bones. Also, the long ribs should be thrown out when he has chewed all the meat around them and loses interest in the bare bone. I would prefer the beef neck bones. You can buy these at Kennel Cafe. The large size would be fine.
He still has trouble staying still when I put on his harness, but I find it's easier when he's sitting in the front seat beside me in the car (just to slip the harness on). Frida veers away when she sees the harness. I talk to her while I'm putting it on and give her a treat right after. I also think it might be easier to teach Fido to walk beside you after he's had a good run. You might try putting the harness and leash on him and having him follow you back and forth in the yard (or even in the house). You would use treats (dried liver/chicken/small kibble bits from Kennel Cafe samples) as you teach him. Just keep a treat in your hand beside (or even slightly behind) your thigh. Reinforce all the time. I like to say "walk with me" or "stay close," because "heel" gets really boring.
How is he doing tonight? It must be hard adjusting first to being away from home and then, although loving his family, leaving his new human and canine friends. What a rewarding time! I miss him.
Best wishes, Janice
Founder and Caregiver
Happy Trails Dog Service
This is Tono. His owner was desperate to find a dog walker; he needed someone to walk Tono three times, something he usually did, but as he would be out of town, and so on. "Keep him on leash. Make sure no other dogs are around. And only take him behind the school (Dundas and Bloor) at night and early in the morning."
"Can I let him off leash if the gate is closed and no one is around?" I said. "And do you ever let him off his leash?"
The owner roller blades and bike rides with his dog in tow. Turbo is eleven years old and in amazing shape. I put a harness on him for our walks. He pulls and for an eleven-year-old dog, he's still powerful. Each time I visited, he was thrilled to see me. Of course I brought my organic dried lamb treats.
I walk and board dogs and I see their profound pleasure in playing with their own species. Tono deserves this. Neuter your dogs!
(The name Tono is a fictitious one.)
Janice is the founder of and primary caregiver at Happy Trail Dogs Service. She is also the founder of an arts-related non-profit and worked in the fitness industry for over two decades. She is an artist, editor, writer, and mother of two wonderful women and a glorious lab named Frida.