Early this summer I received a call from Polly, a worried pet owner with a specific concern. Her little beagle, Piper, needed to have surgery on her leg and Polly needed help with post-surgical care. This care included bringing Piper in from the car on their trip home from the hospital and helping Piper go outside three times a day until she was able to walk on her own.
Piper had had surgery on the other leg two years before so Polly already knew what to expect and how to plan for Piper’s comfort. After discussing the details, I said, “Sure, we will be happy to help.” Polly was so relieved that she scheduled the surgery after our phone call and called me back with the dates.
Fortunately, Piper proved to be a cooperative patient. She was always happy to see us and did her business right on schedule. The Crockett’s Critter Care team gently moved her from her resting area to the yard and back on each visit. Initially, we carried Piper up and down the long ramp off of the deck and placed her gingerly on the ground. She remained leashed to protect her from doing anything that might jeopardize her recovery. As she healed, she was able to maneuver the distance from the house to the yard and back on her own.
We checked Piper’s incision regularly to make sure it was healing well. When it was time for the bandage to be removed, we were able to do so without any fuss. Piper’s progress was steady and uneventful – just what the doctor ordered! It was gratifying and rewarding for us to be a part of Piper’s recovery and to see her walking on all fours. We love getting calls that are out of the ordinary.
Happy pet, happy home.
Polly was appreciative of our help saying, “Cannot begin to express how grateful I am to Jeanne and her staff for the help they are to Piper and me. Wonderful.”
We believe that Piper will have a full recovery so she can return to the Beagle lifestyle that she was born into – sniff, stop, smell, roll, wag her tail, enjoy some treats, and gaze adoringly at her doting master.
One thing I love about summertime – the days are longer. That means I can take my dogs out for an early morning and late evening walk when the temperatures may be a little cooler and the daylight is stretched to the limit. It’s good for them and for me. There are more hours to explore new places. I know people who take their dogs to the beach or the river on a nice day.
I have found a new place close by to explore. It’s the Martin Marietta Park in New Bern. It’s still being developed and, sometimes, Davy and I have the park all to ourselves. Progress is being made with the boat ramp, restrooms and more. When this park is complete, it will have about 850 acres with activities for adults, children, and pets with forest, lake and river views. For now, even in the early phase of its development, it is pet-approved by Davy.
There is a 3.2 mile park loop that allows dogs on leash. Davy loves the exercise and the opportunities to sniff and smell. I love a good outing and the chance to see birds that I don’t get in my backyard. I can’t wait to see the birding activity that the fall migration will bring.
Short Leash = Safe Dog
When we are walking in the neighborhood, we spot a lot of squirrels, bunny rabbits, baby birds, and an occasional possum, or deer. I keep Davy’s leash short so he doesn’t have a snake encounter (they are out now too); I want to see exactly what is in front of his nose. My neighbor’s dog was frolicking in the park when she heard a yelp followed by her dog limping toward her. It turned out to be from a snake bite. If you have ever seen a dog swollen and whining in pain from a snake bite, you will think twice about letting your pup get too far ahead of you on the trails. A vet visit, pain meds, antibiotics, and time allowed her pup to fully recover.
On the Road…
Car rides are fun – now that they don’t always end up in the vet parking lot. Davy is happy to jump into his crate in the back of the SUV. An interesting side note: He knows by the direction I turn the car where he is likely to end up. When I drive him to school, he faces the back window; when we go to the park, he faces the front window. I can tell that he is happier going to the park!
Cats enjoy the summer too. They gravitate to their perch to watch the birds come to the feeder. Many of my clients have their feeders lined up with their cat trees by a window so the cats can get a bird’s eye view. Cats also love to find a sunny spot to snooze and summer provides them with comfy rays of sunshine almost every day. Kitties love to climb on the screen by the open window to get as close as they can to the flowers, animals, and scents on the other side.
Bird’s Eye View
I have a few clients who place their bird’s cage on the porch or patio on nice days so their birds can enjoy the scenery and the sun. I imagine that it feels good to a parrot, cockatiel, parakeet, and conure to have some wind under their wings and to hear our yard birds up close.
Your caged pets like bunnies, hamsters, gerbils, lizards, and your indoor cats are best left inside to stay out of harm’s way. They can have a fully enriched indoor space with toys, perches, hiding places, boxes and games where they can play in a safe and healthy environment.
Summer affords us a lot of extra daylight and nice warm temperatures to enjoy with our pets both inside and outside.
Despite his small stature, Duffy, a Yorkshire Terrier has a big personality and an abundance of love for all things human! Duffy has become a beloved staple within a New Bern retirement-home. As the pet of a resident, he puts a smile on the faces of many in the community.
The positivity garnered by keeping seniors and their beloved animals together is more than tangible in Duffy’s case. He provides heightened social activity and a loyal, familiar companionship for his owner. When he’s not on an adventure with Crockett’s Critter Care, he can be found practicing the arts of bone burying & lap sitting.
This furry friend overflows with enthusiasm while exploring the retirement-home grounds. He sniffs until his heart is content and hones in on anything we may encounter. Though Duffy is a passionate outdoors-man, he always leads the way back to his room & best friend – A strong reminder of the bond between pet and owner. Duffy exemplifies the bold, courageous, and affectionate traits of a Yorkie. By Nicholas Bailey.
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