Petsitters Needed

Good afternoon everyone! We are still looking for young single professionals and/or college students that are looking to make some extra spending money.
Instead of getting a dog or cat and have the expense of taking care of it. You can go pet sit for someone else and get paid for it.

Let us know if you are interested or know someone that might be interested!

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The Seeing Eye

Did you know that the first “Service Dog” organization, The Seeing Eye, in the United States, was established right here in Nashville? How great is that? They did later move to Morristown, NJ and are still there today.

Eighty-eight years ago, Mr. Morris Frank, who was blind, had read an article about dogs being trained as guides for the blind veterans, from World War I. He contacted Ms. Dorothy Harrison Eustis, who had been training German Shepherd police dogs in Switzerland and she had agreed to help him. Feeling confident about the training he and his dog, Buddy, received, they headed to New York City, to prove that Buddy was capable to maneuver Morris through the crowded streets.

Since “The Seeing Eye” has been established:
– They have matched more then 16,000 dogs with loving partners
– 500 puppies are born into the groups breeding program every year
– 3/4 of the dogs that begin their training, successfully complete it
– The dogs work an average of 8 years before they enjoy a well earned retirement

Of course stories like this just warm my heart!

When I heard about this organization, I was reminded of a gentleman by the name of Scott, that I used to work with at an insurance company many years ago. I didn’t know him really well because we didn’t work in the same department. He was legally blind and had a guide dog, a yellow lab, I don’t recall what the pups name was. Scott had been hired to work on our website and other software to make sure that it was accessible for the visually impaired.

Scott and the lab had been together for several years and you could tell by how he maneuvered Scott when they walked. It was really incredible to watch and you could see that they both completely trusted each other.

A few of years later, I noticed that Scott had a new pup. This one was a black lab, he had a little more pep in his step, although, he needed a little more training than his predecessor! Scott, was so patient with him, though. It really helped that Scott was familiar with this large company, so he could almost assist the pup when they ventured the wrong way. In fact, on at least one occasion, I found them on the elevator, needing some assistance. Apparently they had not gotten off at the right floor and ended up at the wrong desk. I’m not really sure if that would have been the pups fault though! 🙂

The pup would also try and nab some “stray” food that might have been too close to the edge of lunch table when walking by in the cafeteria. It was quite comical at times, but Scott would correct him and then they would move on.

The maneuvering around things was not as smooth as the yellow lab had been, but it was a new relationship. They would be fine!

I did ask Scott one time about the yellow lab, thinking that he probably had died. Thankfully, he was enjoying retirement at their home. Hopefully, the old lab was taking the newbie under his wing and doing some training as well!

Turnspit Dogs

I came across an article this morning that caught my eye. The article was titled, “The Best Kitchen Gadget of the 1600s Was a Small, Short-Legged Dog“. I think that title would catch most people! You need to read the article, but the cliff note version is, back in the 1600’s  up until the mid 1800’s, people used small dogs to walk in this wheel which would rotate the meat they were cooking. Can you imagine!!!

Cesar Millan, aka “The Dog Whisperer” always talks about how dogs need to be given jobs, I agree with that statement as well, however, I think  Cesar would disagree with this kind of job.

Check it out when you can!

Happy Halloween!

Halloween can be a fun time, filled with costumes, candy galore, caramel apples, haunted houses, etc… However, it can also not be a fun time for our best friends! Please take a moment to look at some Halloween Tips before heading out tonight or receiving trick-or-treaters!!!

Be safe out there!

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Tails of the Trail

Recently I have been introduced to “Meet Up” groups, which is an organized group that have a common interest in something. You like to kayak (like I do), they have a group, you like to go hiking, they’ve got one for that too! Pretty much anything you might be interested in, I’m sure they have a group for that!

In exploring some of the other activities out there, I came across a “humans hiking homeless hounds” section. There were several Meet Up groups involved with this. I decided to check it out and this past weekend, I had the opportunity to go to the local Rescue Animal Shelter and walk a pup through the Tails of the Trail Meet Up group.
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There were about 40 of us that signed up, we met at 8 am and were given our instructions. The organizers of the group didn’t know what the temperament of the dogs that they would be given, so the #1 rule was, stay 10 feet away from other dogs! I liked that rule a lot!

We all stood waiting in line, anticipating what kind of dog each of us were going to receive. There was also an option for those that were not interested in walking a larger dog, that they would be matched up with a smaller dog!

As the dogs started to come out one by one, you could see the excited of getting to be outside and getting to go on a walk. Some of them needed to be in more of a harness, their enthusiasm was a little too much for the handler, so the harness made them a little easier to control!

I got matched up with Ms. Reba McIntyre, no joke, that was her name! She was a black pit bull with some red brindle in her. She was very energetic, sweet and strong! She loved being outside and she loved receiving treats even more! We walked the trail close to the shelter for a little over an hour, maybe an 1.5 hrs.

I had talked to one of the organizers about Reba and unfortunately she has been at the shelter for awhile! I hate to see pups in a rescue shelter, however, I am thankful that there are rescue shelters available for pups that are abandoned.

I think I might try and make some visits out to the shelter and request walking Ms. Reba!

I would highly recommend that you check out if your community has meet up groups and see if they have the opportunity to walk rescue shelter pups. If not, I bet if you stop by your local shelter an ask about walking some pups, they would love that!

Thank you to the Tails of the Trail Meet Up group for organizing such a great event, I will definitely be back!