Beginning Again

So much has happened since the start of our first walk and its finish…
Murphy being diagnosed with nasal adenocarcinoma within weeks of our final mile and dying a damn hard death less than a year afterwards broke my heart beyond repair.  
And then I tried my best to live a normal life but I have a mission that beckons me back on the road.    
Come this May 11th, I’m walking again and if you’ve been reading this blog, you know the route: Canada to Mexico via the West Coast Seaboard.  
And as we begin making final preparations and training for it, I’ve realized that this is the way to portray the first walk.  
I’ll begin again.  

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There was never a Poodle grooming event in the Olympics

I try to validate the stories that I post. But there was this one time… It all started 128 days before the opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Yes, it was April Fools Day. In the newsroom of the UK Telegraph, they were compiling a countdown to the Olympics and someone wrote as an April Fools joke that in 1900 Poodle Clipping had been an event at the Paris Olympics. The story was…
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Your Pet is Microchipped


As a pet sitter, I’m finding some of my furry friends have been new to the area… and during my consultation with a new family, one of the questions I ask is if their furry baby is microchipped.  I then proceed to obtain the company through which the chip is registered and document the actual chip number.  But, to ensure the pet’s best chance of being returned home and reunited with its family, the most important detail is often overlooked…


Please be sure to immediately update the contact information for your pet if your telephone number and/or your address changes, even if it’s temporary!!!  A microchip is useless if you cannot be reached.

Another very important feature microchip companies offer is maintaining a photo in your pet’s file; therefore, if you report your pet is lost, a public alert will be sent out, including a picture of your pet, ONLY if you provided one, of course. Unfortunately, many families fail to ever provide a photograph!!!

Photos should be updated regularly… a long-haired kitty whom is shaved for the summer should have an updated picture on file after being groomed.   Through the years our animals age, and their appearance is quite different than their youthful puppy days.  As a result of illness or injury, physical appearances may change.   Again, I reiterate, if there are any physical changes, please remember:   Submit an updated photo of your beloved pet to the company with whom the chip is registered.

Every day I receive Lost Pet Notices… absent of a photograph!!!  If I see a furry baby’s face on my screen, with an announcement they are lost, that vision remains with me until I learn the pet is home safe and sound… months may pass; however, if I see a listing for a found animal resembling a pet in a notice I’ve previously received as lost, I’ll revisit the photo for updated info and check to see if it’s possibly that missing pet.

When your pet visits their vet for an annual wellness checkup, or even a sick visit, I highly recommend you request the chip be scanned to ensure it’s functioning.  Scanning is noninvasive and takes only a few seconds.  I’ve never known a vet, shelter, or rescue to charge for scanning.

If your pet did not receive their microchip at their current vet’s office, please be sure to provide their present doctor the company’s name with whom the chip is registered, along with the microchip number, so the information may be documented in your pet’s records.

In the best interest of your pet’s safety… please remember to update your contact information and provide updated photographs to the microchip company as often as needed… and replace all identification tags with updated information as well!!

Helping to keep beloved furry babies healthy and safe… and pet parents informed!



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Awesome App Alert: Pet First Aid

You’re on a walk with your dog. He looks tired. You don’t know if he’s just tired from the walk or if he’s showing early signs of hyperthermia. What do you look for?

Unless you have a lot of experience with dogs or happen to have an emergency medicine textbook on you, you might not know. But thanks to increasingly cooler and better apps, you can get some immediate reassurance from your smartphone.

The latest must-have app for dog and cat owners just came out, and at $ 0.99 there’s no reason not to download it right now. The Pet First Aid app from the American Red Cross was developed in conjunction with the vets at Penn, and offers concise, easy to navigate info that you can access in seconds. It’s worth the price just for the 18 second CPR videos covering three sizes of dog and a separate one for cats. (There have been some awful CPR videos out there on YouTube, just sayin’.)


I just bought it and put it on all the smart apps in the house. The pictures (dog with bee sting!) and videos (bulldog in respiratory distress!) are ones you can use to educate yourself, or for the vets out there serves as a quick and easy resource to show clients in the exam room. And it has quizzes (thank goodness I passed all the ones I took, that would have been embarrassing.)

Click here to view the embedded video.

Thanks Red Cross for another great- and affordable- resource!

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Pet First Aid at Google Play

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