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In Grandma’s Words

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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LITTLE DOGS GET NO RESPECT

Please don’t think that just because your tiny dog has been putting up with it means he won’t bite you…or the kids.  What recourse does a small dog have?   We have a seven-pound daycare dog that is just now, after more than six months, getting past his fear of being grabbed and held for…
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CONFIDENCE CAN CHANGE YOUR DOG’S WORLD

  I have an owner in Manners Class that says the best thing her dog gets from training is Confidence. Confidence can make a fearful dog calm: It enables dogs to relax around other dogs, other people, and new situations: It may even make a reactive dog into one that takes life in stride.  (If…
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