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In Grandma’s Words

A Dog and His Person

Ever since he was nine weeks old, he went to daycare while she went to work. He arrived each morning and went home with her in the evening. For seven years his Person came to get him after daycare. His Person did everything for him. She expanded his world with toys, puzzles, adventures with children,…
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Allie plays with toys on the couch

FIVE THINGS YOUR DOG WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS

Observing dogs at rest and play inspires Grandma to give you a list of the five things most dogs really, really like. Some of them you know but some may surprise you. These are not in order by price or preference because different dogs will choose different favorites. But over many years we have observed dozens of…
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WHAT GOES ON AT NIGHT

Do you know that your dog is left alone at night in most boarding facilities?  They have security systems for the building but if a dog is in distress they won’t know until the next morning. This really hit home recently when a boarding dog at Grandma’s became ill.  In the evening (after most workers…
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EVEN OUR SOCKS WERE WET

So it’s Monday afternoon and we are still drying out from the rain at Lucky’s Dog Festival yesterday. We have paperwork and supplies drying on every surface. I have dollar bills drying out that were inside my snapped billfold which was inside a bag under the canopy! We stayed in our booth until 4:15 p.m.…
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DOG LOVERS NOT QUALIFIED

People who apply to work for us just LOVE dogs. And that is usually their only qualification. Although we certainly want dog lovers here, we find the more they gush about how they love animals, the more we are turned off and so are our dogs. For one thing, dogs don’t respond well to overly…
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EMPATHY FOR A HOUSE-BOUND DOG

If you adopted a dog to make his life better then start doing it! Your dog needs walks, training, toys and games and if you aren’t providing those then reconsider your relationship. If you think all your dog wants is to watch TV, I have to tell you that is really Dumb. So get off…
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DOG COLLAR DAY

I’m declaring March 6 as Dog Collar Day. It’s a day to do a couple of things to make your dog safe and comfortable. Adjust the size of her collar. You should be able to slip two fingers (but no more) under the collar. Dogs outgrow their collars as they grow up or put on…
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KEEPING UP APPEARANCES

If you are like me, I put off brushing and baths even though I have a wash-and-wear Beagle. But, when he’s shedding, brushing is back-breakingly endless. Fine haired dogs don’t shed but they knot and matte. They need to be brushed every day or two. Mattes can get so bad under the arms that when…
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SEVEN FUN TOYS YOUR DOG REALLY LIKES

Grandma watches dogs play for hours every week so feels somewhat qualified to let you know which toys are the best.  At our daycare, these are the Never Fail entertainers over time.  Be advised that although a dog may not take to a toy at first that doesn’t mean it won’t be a favorite later.…
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BEAGLES TO THE RESCUE

About midnight, Baxter leapt up from my bedroom floor and raced downstairsbarking and baying. Kiyu waited a beat but figured this was an emergency so she followed, making her Beagles to the Rescue noises in full throat. Since they never bark at night, I rolled out of bed and stumbled downstairs, figuring something was on…
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