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What to Look for in a Dog Friendly Apartment Rental

Mar 14, 2013

Dog friendly apartment tips for dog owners

One of the most frustrating things for any pet owner is finding an apartment that will accommodate their four-legged companion. While an individual might not have too much trouble, it is often the “No Pets Allowed” sign on apartment complexes that makes it difficult for a pet owner to find a home.

So, what should you look for in an apartment? Is there something special? Is there an easy way to go about finding one? Luckily, the online world has made it easier for pet owners to connect with one another, sharing ideas and theories concerning their pets and homes. So when it comes to finding an apartment, things are looking up for dog lovers.

Higher rent?

Initially, pet owners are always going to face higher prices when it comes to renting. The rationale behind this is: more inhabitants equals more rent. While some apartment complexes will allow pets, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll approve the idea of having dogs around. If they do agree to let the dog stay, the rent will be much higher, as will the deposit. The deposit is just in case there is extensive damage or failure to pay rent, and while some owners are sure their pup is well trained, the leaser isn’t as confident.

In this case, getting out of a security deposit (larger ones for pets) will take some finesse on your part. Don’t be shy about asking your leaser what you can do to avoid a higher deposit. For the most part, leasers will want to see records of shots, good behavior, and previous tenant recommendations. Putting together a portfolio for your dog is just as important as constructing one for yourself. You’d be surprised at how differently a leaser will act towards you and your stay with them.

As an extra option, it’s generally good practice to introduce your dog initially. Choose a neutral area where the leaser can meet your dog and become accommodated with them. If you’re going to be leasing an apartment from them, it’s a good idea to do this up-front so that your dog will know who is at the door when they show up (no barking or disturbing the neighbors is a big plus).

Pet guidelines

With the portfolio and meeting taken care of, you’ll want to get a feel for what is and isn’t allowed on the premises. What are the rules of the complex? Is there a curfew? Where can one walk the dog? It is good to know this, so you don’t feign ignorance when something bad happens. Remember, ignorance is no defense.

You also need be concerned with certain topics such as the leash laws. What are the laws of the city? Pet ordinances? Does your rental contract coincide with city rules and regulations? While the lease agreement may not mention some of these, not all cities are pet-friendly. Some may ban certain breeds, such as the pit-bull dog. Be aware of what the city ordinances state before moving into an area.

Finding a place

When it comes to locating these pet-friendly areas, things can seem like a hit-and-miss adventure. Luckily, the online world has made it abundantly clear how important our companions are to our living needs. These sites will hopefully help some of you pet owners out there that are searching for a friendly place to live.

• Peoplewithpets.com provides a large network of cities that are in general pet-friendly. You can locate hotels, apartment rentals, and even find a nice park to play in while on vacation. http://www.peoplewithpets.com/
• For the most part, cities are often inclined to promote their welcoming nature to the four-legged companion. Metro Animal is the St. Louis area pet-friendly guide for rentals in the entire area. http://www.metroanimal.org/rental/main.html
• Los Angeles also offers their own directory http://www.peoplewithpets.com/aptmetro.asp?metro=Los%20Angeles
• As does Portland, Oregon at Portland Pooch.com http://www.portlandpooch.com/directory/housing.htm

While not all cities will have their own directory, many of the larger cities- where finding an apartment can be extremely difficult in general- do offer a directory to make the search easier for you and the pup to find a good place to live.

If you’re looking to rent in the city, be sure to investigate the rules and ordinances applying to your four-legged companion. Also, be prepared to pay a little extra and invest some effort into proving that you’ll both make excellent tenants on your search for a new home.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – Alright, Who Stole My Bone!?

Mar 12, 2013

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Back in my cushion pile, I double check to see if any paws have been prying at my secret stash. Ball? Check. Fluff collection? It’s still here. Bone… Where’s my bone? Someone has been here. Someone has taken my bone.

Panic sets in at first. Who would have taken my bone? Who would know where it was hidden? No one knows about my stash, not even my best friends, Izzy and Buck. And surely, Christie and Debbie wouldn’t want it. Or would they?

I have to calm down. There are too many variables racing through my mind right now and all I’m doing is blaming everyone. But, it can only be one of them, so I have to find the clues that’ll lead me to my bone. Let’s see, the old man and I began our travels many days ago (I have since forgotten when it was that we left), and as far as I know, there wasn’t anyone else in the house when we left.

I dig in deep, sniffing all of my treasures to see if there are any trace elements of the perpetrator. There’s nothing on the ball, but I catch a faint whiff of something different stuck in the fuzz. Evidence? It’s not the old man’s scent, but it is somewhat familiar.

The fluff pulls apart easily, revealing a new item caught in the tangles. It smells fruity, and a little gummy, like those treats that Christie likes to snack on sometimes (she doesn’t ever share those ones). This is a great clue to start out with and gives me an excellent place to start investigating the whereabouts of my bone. But first, I eat the clue (just to make sure nothing is overlooked) and it isn’t that great.

It’s time to go check on some possible suspects. Down the hall and out into the yard (it’s nice to be able to go out whenever I want to again). I braced for a cold blast, but was met with a comfortably warm breeze. I can already smell the new grass beginning to grow and even the birds have begun hopping around in the tree again (though the leaves aren’t there yet).

Then I spot Buck, who is now sniffing around some new flower pots. He looks suspicious. It’s time to see what he knows.

“Hey, Buck,” I call out nonchalantly. “What are you doing?”

“Nothing!” he sharply responded, his leg hiked up halfway while he checked his surroundings. When he realized it was just me, he finished what he was doing and joined me at the fence.

It was time to get down to business. “Have you seen my bone?” I started. “You know the one that smells really delicious?”

“Not me,” Buck answered without hesitation. “Where was it?”

“Ha! Nice try, Buck. I’m not telling you where my secret hiding place is.”

“That’s okay. I already know where it is.”

“What?” I drew back in surprise. “Alright, where is it then?”

Buck shrugged confidently, “behind the third couch cushion after you pass the zipper on the left.”

How could this be? I’ve been hiding my things there forever, and suddenly everyone knows where it is. And I know that if Buck knows, every dog in the neighborhood surely knows. Then it hit me. Buck did have my bone. If he knew where it was, then it’s obvious that he took it.

“So it was you that took it!” I accused. “Why did you try to lie to me? You must’ve known I’d figure your scheme out in the end.”

“You asked if I had seen it. I didn’t. But Christie, she could smell it,” Buck chuckled to himself. “She went over there to take care of some things, and I heard her scream that she’d found something smelly.”

“She could smell my secret hiding place?” I was befuddled. Rarely could our companions appreciate a good sense of smell. But, she must’ve liked it so much that she took it for herself. And that’s just rude. “I guess it’s gone now. I really liked that bone too. It still had a lot of flavor stuck to it.”

“I don’t think she liked the smell, so I’m sure she didn’t keep it,” Buck assured. “In fact, I think it bothered her so much, that when she came back out, she tossed it out into the yard. And I don’t remember her picking it up.”

“So, it’s in the yard?”

“Probably, if the squirrels haven’t taken off with it yet,” Buck affirmed, but then turned away thoughtfully. “Those rascal critters, I think they stole the flowers out of the pots too.”

“I’ve got to go,” I cut him off before he started ranting on any further. He can drift off with his wild accusations and they’ll last for hours, especially when it comes to squirrels or bunnies.

I scanned the yard, searching for anything out of place. Zigzagging, I checked under sticks, leaves, and even some dirt. Then I caught a whiff of something.  It was strong and powerful, floating in on the breeze. I followed it right to the far edge of the fence, and uncovered my bone. Victory!

I knew I would find it. And now, it’s time to chew. Unfortunately, the smell was obviously less appreciated by others, and as soon as I returned it to its spot, the old man found it and replaced it with something new. And this one did taste a little better too.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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Under the Seat and Standing Up

Mar 7, 2013

dog in plane

Dog owners who are flying with their pups

Traveling tends to be one of the most difficult experiences for pet owners. Among the various ways to travel with your pet, air travel presents the most difficulty. Unfortunately, when you have to get somewhere fast, flying is your best option.

However, there are conditions for flying with a pup that you and every dog owner should consider before scheduling an air travel. Although, you need to remember that these conditions may differ from airline to airline. This is especially true for international regions, such as Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia. Therefore, you need to check with your choice airline for specific information.

9 Useful Tips on Air Travel with Your Dog

1. You need to acquire a health certificate for your dog.

All airlines require an array of different limitations, most of which have a few things in common. The first and most obvious is to have a clean bill of health certification from your veterinarian that was dated within the last thirty days.

2.  You have to consider the weight and size limitations.

Weight restriction for pets is about 10 pounds. This limits the cabin to smaller breeds. Do keep in mind that weight limitation may also include your dog and his kennel. This is often limited to approximately 20 pounds.

Dog carriers must be designed to fit under the seat in front of you. On average, it should be about 9 inches in height and 18 inches across. Virgin America has one of the highest dog weight limits, and reasonable size accommodations. It allows dogs up to twenty pounds to enjoy a cabin flight.

3. Your pup must be able to stand up and turn around in his carrier.

The rule designating your dog’s ability to stand up and move around is to ensure that your pup is comfortable. After all, you wouldn’t like it if you had to travel in a tight sardine can.

4. You need to hand-carry bare essentials for your dog.

Since you are bringing your pup with you, this means that it’ll likely be replacing your carry-on bag. This means you’ll have to check-in any other luggage you have. So, be aware of what you will need during your air trip – including water, food, and potty bags.

5.  There is often an extra cost for bringing your pup into the cabin.

You don’t have to pay extra for your average carry-on bag though. The extra fee varies radically but often ranges from $75 to $150. It is highly recommended that you shop around for the best deal.

6. Airlines may blackout dates for pet travel during the winter months.

This could be done unexpectedly, which means that last-minute plans aren’t always going to work out the way you wanted them to.

Many airlines are working to become more accommodating to pet owners and their furry friends. There are limitations to how much they can handle though. This means that there is a set number of pets per flight for many of these airlines. Jet Blue, for example, only allows four pets per flight. This is yet another reason why a pet owner needs to plan as far ahead as possible to make sure their pup can make the flight.

7. Many flights will not allow dogs to fly to Hawaii. 

Be sure you take into account your destination when you are planning your trip – especially if you’re traveling to another country, such as the UK, Europe, and even Canada. However, Air Canada has a dog-friendly pet policy.

8. Certain breeds are not allowed.

Snub-nosed pups have a difficult time breathing in certain atmospheric pressure. This is probably why they are not allowed. Be sure your pup can handle the flight safely.

9. Don’t forget to check your local and landing airport for dog handling procedures.

There may be certain areas and locations where you’ll need to go or travel through (where you may be able to feed and care for your dog’s needs).

Flying with your pup can be an adventure and a difficult challenge at the same time (unless you properly prepare for it). If you’re traveling with your pup, be sure to call ahead and schedule a flight early enough to ensure you don’t run into any hitches at the airport. Just remember that your dog isn’t an item you can stuff and cram under the seat in front of you. Make sure your dog will fly comfortably so he can enjoy the journey and his time with you.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – Headed Home

Mar 5, 2013

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

I peeked out my little window, and watched as the old man stared outside. The rumbling has since faded into a distant hum, so I can’t quite figure out what’s so interesting outside that window. The old man has been staring out of it for a while now, occasionally stopping to check on me. But he seems so intrigued about what’s out there.

There’s no way I can see it, though. Being stuck down here in my little box isn’t exactly fun, and the entertainment is fairly limited. Just me and my bone to pass the time, and since I can’t sleep, I’m pretty much up for the rest of the trip.

This isn’t much different from last time, except that there’s another rather furry creature in the seat behind the old man. I can see them moving around occasionally, offering a light whimper on occasion to let me know how things are going.

It doesn’t seem that boredom has this furry critter by the tail. Rather, it is fear. Perhaps it’s their first time travelling? I was so unsure about what was happening the last time I was in this situation, so I decided to offer some advice.

“Hey,” I whispered, “What’s your name?”

“Who’s there?” her voice shouted back.

“Keep it quiet.” I whispered back harshly, “They don’t like it when you start yelling. I’m Rocky, and this isn’t my first time in this place.”

“What are we doing here?” the voice asked, far more secretive in nature than before.

“We’re just here to hang out for a while, I guess. There’s not much to do but wait, but there’s really nothing to be scared about around here.”

“Are you sure?” the voice was a little anxious in nature, but still minimal in tone. “I heard some thunder earlier, and it sounds like rain outside.”

“I can’t see, but the good news is that it can’t get in here. I stayed dry last time, so no worries when it comes to the weather. Just be cool and everything is gonna be all right.”

“It’s good to have someone to talk to. My mama is asleep right now, so I’ve been trying to wake her up so we can chat.”

“They’ll do that, but it’s still hard for me to sleep here. It’s just too strange. I’ll talk to you though. We just have to keep it down,” I assured my new furry acquaintance.

“What do you think is outside that window?” the voice asked. “I think it’s an aquarium, like the one my mama keeps with all the fishies in it.”

“That might be true. My old man has been staring out there for a while now, so I guess there might be some fish outside. Or maybe, it could be a picture box that shows stories. The old man likes staring at that thing when we aren’t playing outside.”

“I like staring at the aquarium just because those fish do the funniest things sometimes. One time they go left. Then right. Then they swim into the cave and pop out the top. You never know what they’re going to do. Ah, it feels nice to talk to someone else. My name is Lucy. It’s very nice to meet you, Mr. Rocky.”

“It’s nice to meet you too…” I managed to say as the rumbling started again and that feeling of being tossed up in the air settled in my belly.

“There it is again!” my new friend cried out in a strange voice.

“It’ll be gone in a minute, wait and see,” I assured. And it was. After a few moments of shaking and tossing about in my cage, things calmed down. And it was time to go. The old man picked me up and we began to make our way out of the place.

Then we bumped into to someone. I heard the old man excuse himself, but for a moment, we were face to face with them and their companion. I stared out of my window and into hers, noticing her long whiskers and a very fluffy face. It was Lucy.

“Meow,” was all she said, thanking me for the company, even if it was only for a short trip back home. We wouldn’t normally have gotten along well in any other situation, but today was different. And we proved that to each other. So always be ready, because you never know where you might meet your next friend…or who they might be.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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GPS Tracking Your Pooch

Feb 28, 2013

Lost dog

GPS tracking systems for dog owners

Many pet owners have heard about the GPS tracking trend that is currently catching on quick. In this modern age of technology, it’s easy enough to find one of your friends by checking Google maps or by using one of your smartphone apps. Where once these devices were a preserve of the military and some government agencies, they have become commonplace, and are now being introduced to pet care.

GPS for your dog

GPS isn’t just for mountain climbers and explorers any more, it has found its way into our cars, computers and cell phones as well. And now, it’s made an appearance for dogs too. Just imagine being able to find your dog by calling them- on your cell phone. Though they may not answer, their location is handled by the many satellites that orbit the earth, and by far proves one of the most effective ways of finding a lost pooch.

These units utilize a long lasting battery unit which will need to be changed on a regular basis to ensure they work when you need them to. The device simply attaches to the collar, making it removable at any time. But, due to their increasing size, they can prove a burden to some smaller dog breeds. They are also going to be more expensive than a microchip as well, but the benefits may be better overall.

The benefits of instant tracking

One of the biggest issues with using a microchip is the fact that it has to be scanned by a shelter or veterinarian.  [tweet this]

While it’s common for dogs to wander out on their own on occasion, it means that an owner must wait until their dog is found before taking any action. In some cases, this can cost the owner valuable time, especially in cases where the dog has been stolen.

Contrary to this, the GPS tracking device allows an owner to immediately locate their lost pup. Access to a computer or smart phone will allow you to link up and locate your dog almost instantaneously. This is because your dog can be tracked anywhere in the world- or at least where there is internet or mobile access. It is even possible to find out where your dog has traveled in the past week, allowing you to examine their patterns and get a feel for where they’ve been and what neighbors’ homes they’ve visited (especially if they seem to be getting a little chubby on the sides). There is a sense of security with knowing exactly where your dog is, even when you can’t see them (they might just be snuggled up under the couch cushions).

On not in your dog

One of the more favorable aspects of the GPS unit is that it isn’t injected into the dog. For many owners, this is a great relief, especially if they feel that something foreign in their dog’s body might prove harmful. It also does not require a visit to the vet’s office either, which is often an additional cost not tagged onto the chip itself. So, it is reasonable to say that GPS is financially a better option.

Unfortunately, because these devices can be removed from the dog, it proves to be an issue when it comes to theft. Because it is tagged on your dog’s leash, it can be removed and discarded easily, even if they don’t know what the device is. However, the benefits of the unit is that it can record and track previous movement, offering a lead on potential culprits for the police to follow.

Using a GPS unit to track your dog has some extraordinary benefits that allow owners to instantly locate their pup as soon as they’re discovered missing. However, this does not vacate responsibility on the owner’s part. A good owner always knows where their pup is, even when they’re just out in the yard playing with their favorite stick or barking at the neighbor’s cat.

GPS has entered the pet arena, and more owners are beginning to see its advantages. While not every owner can afford such a device financially, it is always good to consider exactly how much your pup is worth to you. And for many owners, that value is priceless.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – Rumpus Rocky

Feb 26, 2013

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Things are definitely weird around here. The old man and I have been here for a while now, hopefully just visiting. The people-pups have been most entertaining to play with, but I haven’t really had much opportunity to get out and enjoy the lifestyle I’m accustomed to.

Usually, I would wake up, stretch my paws, and check on the old man to make sure he’s getting our breakfast ready (where he proves himself incredibly dependable). And then it’s out into the yard to check for any mail, trespassers, and empty myself out. But in this place, I’m basically stuck in our den. And there’s not much room to play around in.

There’s things under our bed, blocking me from investigating or even hiding some of my treasures I manage to sneak away with. The worst thing is that the door is always closed. Now in our house, there aren’t many closed doors. There’s one in the hall, which has the epic responsibility of keeping that noisy sucker-upper thing locked up so it can’t tear around the house (except every other week, when the old man makes the mistake of opening the door). There’s only another one that leads down into the basement, and I don’t care much about going down there.

But here, the one door in this den always stays closed. I’m always trapped in here, and only on occasion do I get visitors. Mostly it’s the old man, feeding me and then carrying me outside for a short walk so I can take care of my necessaries. Other than that, I’m pretty much just hanging out by myself. It’s really not that much fun, and I can’t wait until we get back to our own home.

Footsteps outside the door informed me that the old man had come to fetch me for a little time out in the sun, which I’m extremely grateful for. The door opened, and the old man popped in. But he wasn’t here to get me. A quick rummage through his bag and he was done, headed for the door. I stopped him at the door, telling him that I needed to go out, but he told me to get back. I had to go. I had to get out of here, even for just a moment.

The old man didn’t have a chance. As soon as the door was cracked and he had stepped through, I shot out like a lightning bolt. All that energy for the past few days had been stored up for this one magnificent romp through unknown territory. One door. Two doors. Then out of the hallway and into the big room.

The people and their pups were all seated on the couch, chattering away in their silly talk (which I won’t even try to make out this time). Then I was spotted, which was made clear by the high pitched yelps of surprise. The people-pups gave chase, and I led them in a fantastic game of tag. They were bigger than me, but not as cunning. Under the table and behind the desk I raced, evading their grasp with every dashing move I could muster.

Then the pair of them got smart and split up. We had been running circles, but now they were coming at me from both sides. I had nowhere to run but up, right into the lap of the lady-person. Because she wasn’t in the game I didn’t think she was going to play any part in the set-up, but perhaps that is what they wanted me to think. Sometimes these people can be so clever.

I was held fast in the trap. And then the rubbing started. It began on my neck and gave way to a little scratching behind my ear. That felt good. Then the people-pups joined in, and eventually the old man had settled down too and everyone was sitting on the couch, including me.

The only one not happy about the situation was man-person. He sat there, his arms crossed, eyeing me in a rather irritated manner. Perhaps he was upset because he wasn’t part of the game, or that his lady had won. He even tried to take me and give me back to the old man, but the lady shooed him away, as if he were a pesky squirrel. I think he was a little jealous, and with good cause too. After all, you don’t get much cuter than me!

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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Dog Owners Get Organized

Feb 21, 2013

dog with toys

Dog owner tips on organizing your home for your pup

Have you ever come home to find all your dog’s toys scattered around the house? You trip on a ball, squeak a toy under your shoe, or even find some extra stuffing on the ground. It is annoying to say the least. On some level, having a dog is just like having a kid around the house.

Dogs don’t exactly clean up all their stuff or put their toys away when their done. While this may be a nice trick to teach them, for the most part, we pet owners are responsible for putting their stuff away and keeping their things organized.

Time to play?

One of the biggest questions pet owners seem to come across is: What to do with all their toys? They’ll likely have a favorite ball, a stuffed squeaker toy, or even a favorite rawhide to keep them calm while you’re doing chores, watching TV, or on the computer.

No toys should be left out on the floor at random. Like anything else in the house, they should have their place. Having such an arrangement or storage place helps discipline your dog, since they’ll have to ask you for the toy before they can play with it.

Baskets are a great choice. It is just like a toy box, plus it’s easy enough to pick up your dog’s things and drop them back in while you walk by. Easy and convenient, they also allow your dog to pick and choose what they want to play with. And with a little training, you can also teach your pup to put their stuff back when they want another toy (so they’re not dragging everything out to play with at once).

Keeping your dog’s toys in a drawer would be another way to keep the house tidy, and ensure that your dog isn’t dragging out every toy all over. [tweet this]

This is perfect for puppies that want to play with everything and often eat just about anything (like the squeaker or fluff in their toy). For safety reasons, you’ll be able to control what your dog has and ensure they aren’t eating their play things.

Your pup’s food

When it comes to eating things, there’s nothing quite as humorous as finding your dog with their head in their food bag, sneaking a snack when they thought you weren’t looking. So, you’re left considering: What about their eats and treats? While they are good for your dog to consume, they should only have access to them when you say it’s okay. Using a sealed container to keep your dog out and away from their food is generally a good idea. Even if you keep it in a storage cabinet, it’s still a good idea to put them in something your dog can’t get open (such as a lock-top plastic storage bin). Some dogs can get clever about these things though, and will squeeze open cabinets or even pop off lids, so choose your container wisely. And on top of keeping your dog out, it also keeps the freshness in.

Safely stored medication

There’s one particular area, when it comes to keeping your dog out of places they shouldn’t be, that is crucial to their safety; the medicine cabinet. It is necessary to have a place for your dog’s medical supplies for their health. As a rule, their medication shouldn’t be stored with your own (to avoid confusion). So, use a special drawer for all of your dog’s special need items. These would include such things as toothpaste, flea and tick repellents, shampoo (you’d be surprised at what dogs will put in their mouths), and any medications including worm medicine and antibiotics. These should be in their own separate drawer or container, such as a lock box that your dog can’t open at all. Since they are medications, having them quickly available is essential, so be sure that you don’t hide it from yourself.

A little attire

For those that have doggy clothes to help keep their pups warm in the winter months, there is also the need to keep their outfits out of reach. Keep your dog-wear in its own drawer or on a closet hanger, just in case they decide it makes for a better play toy than a body warmer.

Pet owners and parents may not realize it, but dogs have a lot of stuff to think about. And because many of those rascals won’t pick up after themselves or wash their booties after a walk in the snow, it’s up to us to keep things in our home organized, and in due time, train the pup to try to pick up after themselves on occasion.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – Just Visiting

Feb 19, 2013

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventure

Well, the trip wasn’t what I had expected. While I couldn’t see anything out of my little window, I was sure we were headed down one extremely bumpy road for a while. But other than that, the road was smooth going uphill. Up and down we went, my ears popping on occasion which left this incessant ringing sound somewhere I couldn’t quite place.

But after we had arrived, and met the astounding number of new scents that it brought, it was back out to where I could see again. And that is a very good thing, since I’ve had a chance to potty since we first left. The old man plopped me out, leashed me, and set me to explore the new location.

That’s where I met them. The new people. They were a nice couple, but I had no idea who they were and they seemed not to care much for who I was either. They were just a couple of strangers. But it’s their people-pups I was more interested in. The pair of them took right to me, petting and rubbing and scratching behind my ears. Oh, I really like them.

So we went home with them. I had to stay in my little tent bag, but this time the trip was a lot smoother and it helped that my bladder was empty too. The whole ride along, the people-pups kept checking me out through my little window, occasionally putting their paws close enough so I could give them a sniff, mostly checking to see if they were handing me a treat.

When we finally arrived, I was unleashed upon the yard to explore the new scents and listen to the odd sounds. Everything was abuzz, from birds chattering about a twig and a nest, to a squirrel squeaking at me to get out of his yard. I didn’t and instead found a hole he had dug and pulled out some of the goodies he had stashed- just to let him know who the boss around here was.

The indoors were amazing, though there were rules for me to abide by. The people made that very clear to the old man and me. I could go here, but not there. I wasn’t allowed in their room or the kitchen or the other room. In fact, I wasn’t allowed much of anywhere at all. I was lucky enough to be able to bunk with the old man.

With the door closed and the old man’s things being unpacked, I decided to unpack my own stuff. My ball, my favorite fluffy that Christy gave me, and a treat I had stashed when no one was looking. I took it and hid it behind the bed post where the old man wouldn’t find it. I can’t eat it in front of him, since he’ll probably want some too.

After he had unpacked, the old man told me to stay and left me by myself. I tried to follow him, but he pushed me back with a firm “no.” Then he left. So I waited. Maybe he had gone to get some snacks for us. Perhaps he was just going potty. I don’t know and I couldn’t hear much of what was going on out there. Occasionally he laughed, but then it was quiet again.

That is until my door opened. The people pups had come to join me. Or rather, I had now joined them. The girl picked me up and carried me out and into another room. It was completely different in here, not to mention that there was a really strange smell. It was almost like the woods like that time we went camping. But there were no trees here. At least none that I could see.

Then I was introduced to the source. A small creature, fluffy and smelly, was wiggling through a maze of tunnels and burrowing in some wood chips. It was a strange critter that also seemed intrigued by me. Its little paws pressed tight up against the cage and its nose wiggled to catch a whiff of my scent.

“Who are you,” I asked, “and where can I get a cage like that for myself?”

The nose stopped and wiggled no more. Once it blinked. Then again. And finally it spoke.

“My name…is Sir Whiskers the Fluffy, and all that you see is my kingdom. There is none other like it,” the critter proclaimed. “You may leave me now, as it is time to run in the wheel of infinity.” Then the little critter turned and hopped into a wheel where he began to run. The funny thing is that it went nowhere. What’s the purpose in that?

With introductions out of the way, it was time to play. And that we did. Overall, today was a good day. Though the trip was a little bumpy, we met some new people and made some new friends, even if one of them is a little strange. I can’t wait to tell Izzy about this one.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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Dealing With Your Dog in Rented Places

Feb 14, 2013

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Dog owner tips when moving to a new rented place

One of the biggest challenges a pet owner faces is having a dog in rented digs. We don’t own it, and as a result, there are often many rules to abide by, and sometimes signs that state “No dogs allowed”.

But that isn’t to say you can’t find a place for you and your pooch to live in. As long as you know what to say, what to look for, and what to expect, you’ll be able to find a cozy place for you and the pup to enjoy life together.

Basically, finding a place to live isn’t that hard, when you’re by yourself. So, what changes when you have a dog with you? Well, most renters have likely encountered individuals that couldn’t control their pets. Some may have damaged the rental space, others may have been noisy (barkers), and some may have even had domestic troubles (pooping issues, biting, etc.). This means that you have to see the world from the renter’s view. In many cases, dogs can prove unpredictable to them. So, it’s up to you to prove that both you and the dog are trustworthy and will make excellent occupants.

Announce your dog

First of all, don’t hide the fact that you have a dog. It can lead to all sorts of trouble and break the trust between you and the landlord. Often times, the worst thing you can do is try to hide the dog. It often raises suspicions, makes people uncomfortable, and can even result in immediate eviction if they discover the pup and they aren’t allowed as per the lease agreement. Simply be upfront and ask about policies and regulations concerning dog owners. You’d be surprised at how much friendlier the landlord will be when you’re honest about it. Plus, not all “no dogs allowed” signs apply if you know how to talk nicely.

Prove you’re responsible

Simply announcing your dog’s presence isn’t enough, you’ll have to prove you’re a responsible owner too. [tweet this]

Because your landlord, most likely, doesn’t know who you are and therefore can’t vouch for your abilities and your dog’s level of obedience, you’ll have to use other sources. These sources, such as references from previous landlords or property management agencies, will make an excellent case to any leaser and ease their mind about trusting you.

Additionally, you’ll need to have your dog’s licensing and shot information up to date. A recent trip to the vet with a clean bill of health will make for an excellent source to provide for your potential leaser. It doesn’t have to be anything exuberant, simply make sure that they’ve had their most recent shots and vaccinations and that they are in general good health.

Introduce them

Because your potential renter doesn’t know your dog at all, it would be a good idea that they get to know them, especially if they’re going to be interacting later on (when the landlord visits or checks in). Offer to let the two (landlord and dog) interact. This will help them feel more secure about your particular pup and affirm that they will also be a good resident. Plus, it’ll be good for your dog, so they aren’t suddenly surprised when the landlord shows up one day.

There will likely be extra costs when renting with a pet, so don’t be surprised. These pet deposits are often up-front, but some may tack on a monthly addition to your lease. However, there are occasions where providing a good dog-resume will result in a waiver for the pet deposit.

Look before you sign

Before you sign anything, be sure to read over your contract carefully and know what your dog can and can’t do (such as curfew, leash rules, or potty locations): What will happen if you violate them? Will there be a fine? How many warnings do you get before eviction? These are important to note, because they are the rules that you are going to have to abide by while you and your pup live there. And because your dog probably isn’t going to be able to read, it’s your responsibility to make it clear to them.

Renting a space for you and your pup to reside isn’t an impossible task. If you can prove that you’re a responsible owner and that your pup is an obedient one, you’ll be able to gain the trust of your potential landlord and ensure that your stay there is something that everyone will enjoy.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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ROCKY ADVENTURE – Up, Up, Up and No Way!

Feb 12, 2013

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventures

Porch Potty: Rocky Adventures

Like I said before, I think I have to potty. Luckily, it’s just an “I think” for right now. It’s hard to tell if it’s just all the commotion around us or if I forgot to take care of business before we left. A little tingling compared to the mild shakes can be difficult to differentiate, especially if one were to find themselves as worried as I am.

I can hear all the voices and foot-steps echoing in this place (and a low rumble from somewhere I can’t quite put my paw on). I even catch the scent of some old leather shoes that seem to call out for a little nibbling, which would definitely help take my mind off the present situation. It helps when I imagine the old man’s shoe I hid away long ago, just for this type of occasion. Bad thing is, I can’t get to it right now and I doubt it would fit in this small tent with me.

Sure I can move around, at least as long as the old man is holding onto me. But as soon as I hit the ground, that blasted top comes down on me. And I would like to point out the fact that a good old game of blanket-hide and seek is fun, but not this time. Not a good time. Not a good place.

Right now I can hear the old man speaking and making his silly sounds, some of which I have yet to decipher. At this moment, what I would really like to hear is that it’s time to get out so we can get to playing. For the first time since we arrived here, I decided to speak, just to make sure that we were planning to play sometime soon.

All I got was a “hush!” from the old man. Not mad, but he was definitely a little upset. You’d figure that with all the commotion around us, nobody would mind if a pup spoke up about their playtime. But there was no sense in arguing. Once the old man hits the “quiet” button, I’d better keep my comments to myself.

The nice thing is that after enduring a bumpy ride in my box (the old man was definitely having trouble carrying me, and I probably should lose a few pounds), we started traveling like the kings we are. The car was quiet, simply rolling past other people with graceful speed. I could see them flash by through my little windows, which remained un-obscured as long as I kept the roof from plopping down too much.

When we stopped, I noticed something very peculiar. That rumbling, the one I mentioned before, was very near us. I could hear it, but it said nothing in particular. Just a low howl, almost lonely it might seem. So I howled a little, just to see what it would say. And just as the old man told me to hush again, the howl drowned to a whine. And I don’t like whiners, so I decided to ignore it.

Unfortunately, we were back to bumpy cruising. I tried to stay as flat on the floor of my box as I could, so I wouldn’t slide around, but it was a hard task set before me to do so. But eventually, we settled down. Well, my heart didn’t settle down, but the journey seemed to have come to a climax. The old man stashed my box on the ground, but I could still see him through my window. He looked calm, but I know that face. I could hear his heart going a little fast too. Whatever is going to happen, it’s got the old man excited. Must be a good thing we’re here.

“Hey,” I call out to the old man, “let me out if it’s time for the fun to begin.”

But once again, he hushed me. Such attitude. What could I have done to make him upset? I’m a good pup. So I turned to my squeaky for answers. It always comforts me in these times of confusion. The mellow consistency of the “squeak” is rarely appreciated by our companions, but I adore it. Makes me feel good.

I didn’t get to squeak for too long though. No one took it away from me. It wasn’t that at all. It was that once distant howl. It had turned from rumble to thunder. It was thunder I could feel in my very paws, and with it came the most amazing feeling ever. It felt like I was flying.

Author:

Jason Duron is a short story writer and author of several fiction stories.  Curious and lovable as dogs can be, the Adventures of Rocky give you a chance to see daily life from a “dog’s eye view” and share in their thoughts.  Please enjoy, and we hope that you’ll feel free to comment and give us insight into your dog’s very own “rocky” adventures.

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