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How To Handle Dog Pee From Nervous Tinklers

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The Tinkler

The dog pictured above is Roy. I’ve mentioned Roy before in a previous post Loyalty Makes You Family And This Breed Has Great Devotion. He’s made a huge impact on my family and this time, I wanted to talk about something else that was going on behind the scenes. Roy tinkled (urinated) like crazy. His owner forgot to mention this when we had our meet and greet, our first time meeting. My husband and I found out when we stayed alone with him for the first night.

 

Everywhere he went, a trail of pee followed behind him. The house eventually started smelling like pee very strongly and I wanted to avoid that, so we mopped. We mopped like crazy. We mopped every 15 minutes it felt like. This way, we made sure there was no reason for the house to smell. It still did. It’s as if the pee sunk into the floor and stained it.

 

HOW WE GOT RID OF THE SMELL

Yes, we were able to get rid of the smell. It only took about an hour of steam mopping, GLAD Plug Ins, carpet cleaner and incense for about a few days.

The Glad Plug ins worked great for the entrance, but the rest of the house didn’t smelled as good. It mainly only protects the area it’s next to. We needed it to cover the entire house because the odor was so strong. We put one in front of the door because that’s where the odor was strongest. Roy would tinkle off of excitement and every time we came back home, he tinkled.

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This is the carpet cleaner we used to get most of the odor out of our carpet. Noticed how I said, “most.” I think we might just have to do it a couple more times to completely eliminate the odor. The cleaner smelled good and our vacuum works well, we have two.

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The vacuum on the left has a stronger hand power suction, (probably because the bottom doesn’t work anymore.) The one on the left works okay. We bought that vacuum brand new and it doesn’t work as well as we thought it would. Even though it’s specific for pets, the pet hair clogs very easily. My husband had to take a look inside of the hand piece because it was no longer suctioning. I was getting ready to send it back to the store but he refused and fixed it for me.

 

I couldn’t help but to think, “Maybe a Dyson vacuum would work better.” The commercials really sold me at least. I just wanted a vacuum that would suction most of the dog hair without trying so hard. We still have the two vacuums and our carpet is pretty clean.

 

TRYING TO AVOID ANY FURTHER DAMAGE

We asked Roy’s owner if they knew he tinkled and they said, “Yes. Normal.” We felt it wasn’t our place to tell an owner how to care for their pets so we took care of the problem while he stayed with us.

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We grew tired of slipping on and mopping Roy’s pee so we decided to make a purchase. We went to our local Pet Food Express and ask the front cashier where their diapers were. I thought we were going to buy the disposable diapers so we could throw it away after each use but after taking a quick look, we decided to go with the reusable diaper.

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The diaper worked great and caught all of his pee. No more urine smell! Well, kind of. Roy smelled like urine a little so where ever he went, the smell followed. That didn’t deter us from giving him unlimited love. We loved having Roy around and a little pee wasn’t going to get in our way.

 

In the picture below, you can see Roy showing off his new accessory. He didn’t seem to mind it at all and we didn’t mind changing the disposable pee pad we would add in there to avoid having to constantly wash the diaper. We did still wash the diaper to ensure all remnants of pee were gone.

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LOOKING FOR SAVINGS

You can make a considerable amount of savings from buying disposable human diapers. However, in order to make your dog comfortable, cut a hole where the tail will be. Some dog owners have even mentioned human diapers fit their dog better. The only difference with the human diapers is that they should be put on backwards. Meaning, the side straps should be on the back of your pet and not on the stomach area.

 

Here’s a detailed description on how to put one on:

 

  1. Put the back of the diaper with the tabs under your dog’s belly
  2. Pass the front of the diaper between your dog’s back legs and up over his back, passing the tail through the hole you made
  3. Then bring up the tabs from underneath and fasten over the dog’s back. You can secure it with tape if you feel it won’t stay attached.
  4. Make sure you can fit two to three fingers comfortably under the waistband around your dog’s belly. You want to ensure it stays on but doesn’t make your dog uncomfortable.

 

Give it a try and let us know how it works!

 

Avoid Diaper Rash and Discomfort
Just like babies, your dog’s skin can become red, irritated and sore from contact with urine-soaked diapers. Make sure that the lining of the diaper is soft and absorbent and not too tight to avoid chafing of the skin. Change the diaper every time you notice the dog is going potty and avoid leaving them to soak in it. If urine somehow gets in contact with your pet, disposable grooming wipes work great! We like to use the hypo allergenic wipes just in case a dog is allergic to something we’re unsure of.

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Live On And Adopt! Open Your Heart!

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MEET SHAMROCK

I’m going to tell the story of when I met Shamrock Powers. His story brings love, hope, and energy to this world and I hope by sharing his story, others will want to begin their own stories with a new pet in their home. That’s Shamrock in the picture above. That was the first day we met and our first of many walks together.

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THE MEET

The owner of the license plate above is a kind, loving, and caring man. His name, Ian. I met Ian during a meet and greet and how it went was memorable. I was on my way to his house and I always think, “How is this dog going to be?” There are so many dogs in this world and we are blessed to meet, walk, and board a small chunk of them. As I was walking towards the front door, I could hear heavy breathing and then I hear Ian’s voice welcoming me in. He opened the door and let Shamrock pounce on me. That was the first test. I knew he wanted to see how I would handle a big dog like Shamrock. Good thing I love dogs and didn’t mind all of the love Shamrock was giving to me.

 

I proceeded to walk into the house and Shamrock continued to show me love. I sat down and Shamrock brought me one of his toys. He didn’t want me to touch it, he just wanted to show me. I could tell he was happy so far with how I was handling a hyper dog like Shamrock. Not many people can handle a dog pawing at you strongly and pushing you while showing you affection. Ian and I started to talk and he told me what exactly he was looking for. He wanted to find Shamrock a consistent dog walker and I was up for the challenge.

 

He then finished telling me more about Shamrock and mentioned that he adopted him from the shelter. I then realized, that’s why he’s so protective of him. Shamrock was enclosed in a small section in a shelter and Ian wanted to make sure Shamrock lived a completely different life than before.

 

WHAT IAN WAS LOOKING FOR

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Ian was very precise in what he was looking for in his dog walker. He was looking for someone to love Shamrock as much as he does. I wasn’t Shamrock’s first walker. He told me what happened with his last dog walker and I thought it was crazy and hilarious. The last dog walker wanted to change who Shamrock was. Ian didn’t like that. She told Ian that Shamrock had behavioral issues and she was going to help train him. Ian told me he laughed when she said that and he said, “No. No you’re not going to train him.” She was then fired.

 

He loves who Shamrock is and doesn’t want anyone to “correct” him. I found that amazing and I was happy to hear him stick up for Shamrock. After that, Ian said, “ If Shamrock isn’t doing well and you feel you need to teach him something, bring him home first and then we can discuss it.” PERFECT! I was more than happy with that and glad to hear he would be open to the idea, if handled properly. Dog lovers love their pets, flaws and all, and Ian wasn’t going to let anyone change the dog he chose.

 

SHAMROCK’S TREASURE CLOSET

Shamrock is so loved, he has a closet of treats. Not just a bucket or a small box of treats, but a closet. Ian walked me over to the closet to show me and I was in awe. There was about ten different treats in there. Spoiled? I think so, and Ian wanted to make sure of it. I couldn’t believe how much love he had for this dog. It was beautiful. He wants to make sure Shamrock lives a great life and what’s a dog’s life without treats?

 

THE TEST RUN

Ian wanted us to take Shamrock on a test walk and told me he wanted us to avoid walking off-leash around neighborhoods. He mentioned his last dog unfortunately passed away from a car accident. I told him we NEVER let dogs go off-leash around cars exactly for that reason. We want to ensure the safety of our dogs and bring them back home safely to their families.

 

Ian showed me where his leash was and put it on Shamrock. He wanted to know if we crated dogs in the car and we told him we didn’t. We only cage off a huge portion of the van so they can roam comfortably. He was happy to hear that and off we went.

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CURRENTLY

Two months later, we are still walking him twice a week and he is currently boarding with us until July 12th.

 

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We just came back from Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline and it was so much fun. Shamrock needs these kind of walks and this place is a great to unleash all the energy he has.

Shamrock is the best at finding balls during his walks and tearing them up in seconds. He found two balls today. The picture below is from a past walk.

 

ADOPTED AND LOVED

 

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Here are couple of reasons an adopted pet might be a better choice:

Shamrock is an adopted pet. Being adopted can difficult for some and with the right love and care, they can be a great addition to you and your family.

 

  • You don’t have to waste time training, some are already fully trained.
  • Adopting a pet is cheaper than buying from a kennel
  • A mixed breed lives longer. More for your money.
  • YOU GET TO BE THE DOG’S BIGGEST HERO

Ian proudly wears this sticker on his car and so can you.

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Adopt Don’t Shop! There is so much love needed!

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It’s Not Just About Picking Up Poop – Open Your Eyes

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Walk Through YOUR neighborhood

Take a walk with your dog through your own neighborhood and get to know your neighbors a little more, some of them can be pretty cool. The picture above was taken during one of our walks with our clients this past week. The colors and statues in their side garden are an amazing site, I had to capture it. Something so simple as a walk and you get to enjoy the art and creativity that your neighbors have displayed. The gold, blue, pink and green colors keep your mind looking around. On these walks, you might notice at least two to three houses that stick out. These houses aren’t your typical green lawn, white or brown fence, and pretty flowers in the front. NO! They’re much more than that. They give you something to think about.

 

EVER NOTICE THE WIND CHIMES?

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How many of your neighbors have wind chimes?

Something so small and yet so beautiful! Wind chimes can be a great site to see, especially if there’s so many like these. The different colors and patterns can keep you looking for a while until you notice you’re standing on someone’s front yard and see someone looking out at you. (Giggles) I’m pretty sure the owners of some of these houses understand why people randomly stop on the front of their home. They’ve created art with their homes and it’s okay to appreciate the art displayed.

 

I know I’ve caught myself walking a client and then standing in front of someone’s home just appreciating what they have displayed in front of the world. Some people might think it’s weird and crazy to display such odd objects in front of their home, but it’s not weird! At least not to the people who appreciate the small things in life, like myself and my husband. I was on the walk alone with two clients during this walk and I know if my husband were there with me, we would’ve been talking for a long time about that one house alone.

 

LIKE COOL CARS?

Do you like looking at old school cars? I know I do. I don’t know much about them, or even anything at all, but I can appreciate a nice paint job and sick interior. Guys, don’t like looking at wind chimes and statues? Keep your mind open during your dog walk and see what kind of cars your neighbors have. Some of your neighbors will surprise you and bust out an oldie like the one pictured below.

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LIKE TO LOOK AT SOME ODD AND CREATIVE THINGS?

Your neighbors can have some unusual things hanging out in their front yard. Their car for example is no exception. The picture below is a truck that I saw when I was a walk with a different client. This person’s’ truck is something I’ve NEVER seen before. He created art with his truck! How cool is that? I stood there in front of his truck thinking, what made them want to do this? How did they decide, “Hey, let’s create a mural on our truck and put figurines on it”?

 

That’s the truck below. Pretty cool right?

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Look at all of the colors and broken glass used to create this moving art. Not everyone has the courage and boldness to do this to their car and this person did it. These are the thoughts that go on through my head while I am out walking a dog and I love it because it’s like reading a book without words.

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Check out the shark! Not sure what he’s about to eat but it looks awesome.

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ONE OF OUR FAVORITE SPOTS

This small stop during our walks makes our days. We love that this stop is on the way back home from our neighborhood walks. A couple of cool things about it; it has a little library that shares books with anyone in the community, it has a bench to rest on, and best of all, it has a water bowl for the dogs! My husband had the pleasure of meeting the owner of this beautiful house he said, “Oh, you didn’t find a kids book in there? I just put a couple in.” My husband laughed and told him we already took one a while ago. Very sweet man and even sweeter for thinking of others.

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KEEP YOUR MIND OPEN AND YOU CAN SEE SOME AMAZING THINGS.

 

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Why Are Pit Bulls So Misunderstood?

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“I’ll never get that kind of dog.”

Have you ever talked to another dog lover about what breeds they like and which one’s they don’t? I have many times. Being raised in Oakland, California, many dog owners own three kinds of breeds: Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Chihuahuas. The Chihuahuas are more for their alarming barks. The Pit Bulls and German Shepherds are meant to scare the life out of someone if they attempt to rob someone’s home. Walking through certain neighborhoods, you can notice that almost every dog will bark at you, some more aggressive than others.

CAN I CONVINCE YOU?

I’m a huge dog lover and love to see others appreciate breeds that are looked at as scary, dangerous and killers. All breeds are special in their own way. If treated kindly and with love, they can show you the same. In the picture below and above is a Pit Bull named Patrick. He stayed with us for a little over two weeks and we couldn’t have loved his stay with us any more. He was AMAZING! Definitely one of the most cuddliest, sweetest, most kindest dog we know.

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In the picture above, you can see Patrick taking a drink out of the same bowl as Max, one of our tiniest clients. We were told that Max didn’t do well with bigger breeds and here he’s enjoying a  drink with Patrick, a Pit Bull! From different homes, and far from the same size, but they can hang out without a problem. Don’t be afraid have both a bigger breed such as Pitt Bull and a small breed. Again, if treated properly, they can be both man and a dog’s best friend.

 

 They CAN Do It!

These breeds CAN do whatever you would like for them to do if you treat them  with the same love and respect you would with most other breeds. Believe in them and they will show you nothing but unlimited love and their loyalty.

They CAN be great with kids!

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They CAN go on pack walks!

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Give Them A Chance

If you think your dog doesn’t know how to socialize, they will think they don’t know how either especially if they’re never shown how. Start off small and allow your dog to go around dogs but make sure to monitor your dog at all times. Leave the leash on if needed and try a muzzle if your dog is a nervous biter.

 

They CAN socialize without worry!

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ANY Breed Can Be Scary

Any breed can be scary, vicious, and a killer if not treated properly. In some cases, even if a dog is shown love and care, something else on the outside of home could trigger a nerve and set a dog off. This tends to happen most often with adopted pets since they come from some of the worse backgrounds. In the picture above, the all black dog whose name is Shamrock, was adopted by his amazing owner Ian. (Another story for another time.) You can see that Shamrock is doing an amazing job and having the time of his life!

 

BANNED!

Unfortunately, Pitt Bulls are banned from many states and even countries. This link here has provided a map of places your Pit Bull is not welcome. It’s best to take take a quick peek just in case you live or are planning to visit some of these areas. Here’s A Map Of Where Your Pit Bull Isn’t Welcome

 

Here is a link that proves Pit Bulls can be one of the nicest dogs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/pit-bulls-_n_4151562.html

 

Take a peek and continue reading on how a Pitt is just a misunderstood breed and it just might be a breed that catches your eye.

 

 

Loyalty

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Loyalty Makes You Family And This Breed Has Great Devotion

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No man or dog left behind.

The German Shepherd breed is not to give affection easily. They’re known for their dignity and stature. German Shepherds show serious loyalty and fidelity, especially to the person who cares for him. When this breed is given a purpose, they’re no threat. With the proper guidance, they can be extremely loving, caring, and affectionate.

 

Currently, Nature’s Dog Walkers is taking care of a dog whose name is Roy. (Picture Below)

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Roy is a two year old German Shepherd and loves to be around others. Something interesting about Roy is his loyalty. If we go for a walk, he expects everyone who he came with to stay by his side or at least near him. Don’t even try to walk past ten feet from him, he’ll sense it. In order to make sure that the person holding him also notices the people that were with him have been left behind, he sits down. He adds all of his weight to the floor to make sure a tug doesn’t move him even a bit.

 

We went for a walk the other day and this happened. It was a late night walk to give the dogs a potty break before going to bed. The car was parked nearby and no one was out. We had the neighborhood to ourselves. Roy and Bubbaz walked around off leash as their recall skills are in tip top shape. Our walk was coming to an end and Roy and Vandy walked ahead of us.

(Picture below: Roy still getting over the fact we were so far from him.)

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Because Bubbaz is much older and can’t walk for long, he lingered behind. I like to stay with him during these walks to make sure he makes it back to our car safely. Vandy and Roy made it to the car first, so Vandy thought it was a good idea to already have Roy loaded in. Roy looked around and noticed Bubbaz and I weren’t in site. We were around the corner nearby, but not visible to him or Vandy. He began to whine and cry. That was his way of telling Vandy, “Let’s go back!” They walked towards us and Vandy said, “He wouldn’t go in the car because he didn’t see you guys.” I laughed. I thought it was the sweetest thing.

(Picture below: Roy happy we came back!)

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Roy likes to make sure that he returns with the same pack he left with. We think that’s a great quality to have because we feel safe and secure when we’re with him. We know that if something were to happen, he wouldn’t leave us behind. Better yet, we feel he might actually try and find help. Roy is very intelligent and we appreciate his love and care so much. We hope if you’re trying to own a German Shepherd, you find yourself a Roy.

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Nice Read

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The Adventures of Murphy!

 

My name is Murphy. I am a complete mutt. My momma calls me a Persian Llama Herder. I’m fairly certain I am greyhound, retriever and hound-whatever I am, I get lots of oohs and aahs. I have a furry brother, Camden, and furry sister, Matilda. We are paw-some. I spend most of my days trying to get pet…a lot. I can be whiny and needy, but I am so soft and cute I get away with it. My momma works from home so I am spoiled and get lots of walks. Sometimes she comes home smelling like other dogs (I think she visits other dogs all day long and gives them love too.) I don’t think about much, except for a making friends with other furry animals.

 

I think squirrels might be my favorite. Squirrels are everywhere. Front door, back door, on top of the porch, behind my fence…and I just can’t seem to get them. Every time I run to the fence, they run away. I just don’t understand. I am trying to tell them that I want to be friends, but they must not understand my howling. I’ve tried various approaches: the stealth approach, the bring my sister Matilda approach, and even the aloof “oh you’re in the yard” approach. But I cannot seem to make any progress. They scramble and jump up high on trees. If only momma would make me a cape! The best place to chase them is at the park. I can run and run and there are so many trees and so many of them.

 

I feel the same way about deer too. They smell so good. I’ve been known to make momma very angry and run over 8 miles to make friends with a couple of deer. I even got Matilda to come with me, but she bailed about ½ mile in. I was tired after that run. Took me almost a week to recuperate.

 

But the animal I most want to get to know is the cat. It just sits and sits and stares at me. It could care less that I am screaming my friendship to him at the top of my lungs. Not to mention, those cats can just sit outside without a leash, bask in the sun, right in front of me. Constantly taunting me. I had one encounter once. I was so excited I kept talking to it, but it must have been in a bad mood. It whipped me across the nose and it stung. That doesn’t deter me. I still want to make friends with cats.

 

One day I will succeed. I will make friends with my furry neighbors. Until then, momma will just give me the love and attention I need.

 

 

 

 

Blind Dogs Need Love Too

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Watch Out For The Blind Dog!

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Is a BLIND DOG a BAD DOG to own?

Absolutely not! A blind dog is not a bad choice. Why? They have other senses! They can still touch, feel, hear and smell.

How We Know

My husband and I cared for one named Morey. Morey was very smart in our eyes. By looking at him, you can tell in his eyes that he is in fact a blind dog. But, he is so much more than that.

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Touch, Feel, Smell, and Hear

Morey didn’t have the luxury of sight any longer but he did have his other four senses. He still managed to get around just fine by touching the floor in front of him the entire way until he reached his destination. He would use his sense of smell by sniffing around and checking to see if a certain place was familiar to him. For example, we felt Morey figured out how to use the doggie door that leads to our backyard by sniffing around it. He smelled the outdoors through the cracks of the doggie door and figured out that if he pushed the door with his nose, it would lead him to the outside. SMART DOG! We believe that his sense of hearing was also heightened. Any small little noise made his ears move. He was alert all of the time and didn’t need to see to be a happy dog.

A Dog and Nothing Less.

A blind dog is nothing less than a dog who can’t see. They can still give you all of the cuddles you need at night. They play fetch by smelling the ball before the toss and hearing it drop. They can still go on walks around the neighborhood and on trails off-leash. Remember, they can still hear you and smell if you’re near. Their recall skills are not as affected as you might think. Don’t be afraid to give a “Blind” dog a chance. They’re just as good, maybe even better to some if you enjoy a wonderful challenge.

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