Archive for June, 2008
While pet sitting this week, one of my clients in Scottsdale left this out on the counter for me to read. I thought it was funny, so I am passing it along! Enjoy!
FROM: THE DOG
Dear God: Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever,
smell one another?
Dear God: When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or
is it still the same old story?
Dear God: Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the
cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the rabbit, but not
ONE named for a dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We do
love a nice ride! Would it be so hard to rename the ‘Chrysler Eagle’ the
‘ Chrysler Beagle’?
Dear God: If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no
human hears him, is he still a bad dog?
Dear God: We dogs can understand human verbal instructions,
hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent ID’s,
electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths .
What do humans understand?
Dear God: More meatballs, less spaghetti, please
Dear God: Are there mailmen in Heaven?
If there are, will I have to apologize?
Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I
must remember to be a good dog .
1 . I will not eat the cat’s food before they eat it or after
they throw it up .
2 . I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc . , just
because I like the way they smell .
3 . The litter box is not a cookie jar .
4 . The sofa is not a ‘face towel’ .
5 . The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff .
6 . I will not play tug-of-war with Dad’s underwear when he’s on
the toilet .
7 . Sticking my nose into someone’s crotch is an unacceptable
way of saying ‘hello’ .< /STRONG>
8 . I don’t need to suddenly stand straight up when I’m under
the coffee table .
9 . I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the
house – not after .
10 . I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my
11 . The cat is not a ‘squeaky toy’ so when I play with him and
he makes that noise, it’s usually not a good thing .
I received some great information from one of my clients who actually just did an online course on this subject. I thought the information was great so I am passing it along as PART TWO of driving safe with your pets!
Use common sense! Keep the fur babies in the back! No matter how much the pet enjoys it. Do we allow small children to ride in the front seat? Pets in the front seat can be thrown into the dashboard or ejected from the vehicle during an accident or sudden stop. Pets will also climb on your lap and interfere with driving or fall down by the gas and brake pedals, risking an accident.
Airbags Launch at a speed of 150 – 200 mph in two-tenths of a second. In addition to the accident, the airbag impact alone can cause serious injury to a pet.
Safety restraints When driving at 35 MPH, an unrestrained, ejected 50 pound dog can cause an impact of over 2000 pounds to the driver (and itself) in the event of an accident. This can cause serious injury – or death – to both your pet and vehicle occupants.
The most common type of collision is on the front driver’s-side. This type of impact will throw everything in the vehicle straight at the driver, including pets, occupants or objects. It is imperative that pets be restrained in a vehicle at all times.
NOTE: During or following a collision, the risk of a pet escaping, running into traffic or worse is a very real concern. Animal owners can reduce this risk significantly through the use of a pet restraint such as a safety harness, cabin divider, or specially designed carry case. These can be purchased inexpensively at any major pet store. Unrestrained, frightened or injured pets can impede the ability of first responders to rescue vehicle occupants – and your pet.
The hot seat Even though you’ll only be gone ‘for just a second’, a few seconds is all it takes for the temperature inside your vehicle to climb to extreme levels, creating a potentially deadly situation for children and pets.
According to a General Motors study, temperatures inside a recently air-conditioned vehicle can exceed 122 degrees in 20 minutes on a 95-degree day, and continue to rise from there. Temperatures at this dangerous level will quickly overwhelm your pet’s ability to regulate it’s own body temperature, causing serious injury or worse. …and don’t even THINK about leaving a window slightly open or “cracked”, according to the same study, this will do little or nothing to cool your pet.
Information compiled by Scottsdale-based eLearning company, The Learning Design Group. www.TheLearningDesignGroup.com
Capone is one of the most lovable big dogs that Bella’s House & Pet Sitting cares for… Just this weekend while walking Capone, a Rottweiler, and his sister Lola, a Chihuahua, Capone wiggles his bottom when he walks more than Jessica rabbit! Capone snuggles up to you for all the love and ear rubs he can get, and always yells “Good Bye” right after I close and lock the front door. What a sweetheart!