Recently I was written to by the folks over at PAW by Blackmores about a research study they had completed into modern pet owners (and they sent us some cool stuff to try as well!). You can read the results on the survey and my top tips for managing pet care with a busy modern life over in my article “An insight into modern pet owners“. I wanted to share some of your stories, tips, guilts and pressures around taking care of your pets in a modern life.
Frankie and Ernie wrote:
WHAT??????? No table scraps fur us!!!!! You Know that is just WRONG don’t you. We gotta have THOSE.. and TREATS and SNACKS (which are NOT the same thingys….. even when they ARE) and WAY more Play time and TRIPLE the Snuggle and Grooming… with DRY Brushes and Dry Furs ONLY… NO BAFFS…
I do like some of Frankie’s ideas! I do hope you are getting plenty of healthy treats though!
Gizmo‘s owner wrote:
I really try to be a responsible pet owner but my dog is so accommodating and willing to love me no matter what it’s sometimes easy to prioritize everything but the dog…i do stay vigilant about feeding nutritious food on schedule and limiting treats to those that are dog appropriate, meaning no scraps…So what am i guilty about? Baths…Gizmo really should have a bath about every ten days but I get lazy (he really hates baths) and it ends up being more like 3 weeks or a month … and walks…like everyone else, he is so non-complaining that walks are easy to postpone till later…or tomorrow…
I also have the same issue with walks. Cynder is happy just to play fetch in the yard for a while every night, which in itself is great, but I really enjoy the time we spend together on walks and I know how much she does as well. I am going to commit myself to walking her first thing in the morning from now on!
We adopted an older (12) rescue dog about six months ago, and the one thing I vowed is that he would be walked every, single day just because he LOVES it so much. As soon as I pick up my kicks he totally loses it.
According to Liz it’s been so far so good as well! It’s awesome to see that he is not letting his age stop him from really enjoying life to the fullest!
Kim, The Fur Mom wrote:
Carrots have been a life saver in our home. Our dogs love snacks and I love to treat them so we stock up on carrots, buying them in bulk at Costco. We don’t get to walk them daily, because we leave at night and come home at night and we live in a rural area, but they have access to their own fenced yard and when we come home, we play with them (in the dark and rain) outside. The house has lights all around so it’s fine.
Carrots are a great snack! My Border Collie, Cynder really loves them as well and you can have the peace of mind that you are treating them to something healthy! A great tip we once got was to roll the carrot in peanut butter and then put it in the freezer! Great for a warm day.
I also heard from Mango Momma who wrote:
One of the things I have to keep reminding myself is that a little training goes a long way. I’m not referring to what the dog actually learns, but the quality of the time together when training. Just five minutes brings me closer to Dex.
This is fantastic advice and something that I will try and remind myself everyday. I always feel like I’m letting us both down if we don’t train everyday, but really any time we have together to bond is great quality time for both of us and I owe it to Cynder to keep it fun and exciting.