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Rainbow Bridge

31 Jul

Shared in a few doodle groups today. Made me cry and I wanted share. I know what it feels like to lose a pet. I know how hard your heart and your head hurts processing the loss. Everyone heals at a different pace in a different way but I just want to say I can relate to what you are feeling…..

A Letter from the Rainbow Bridge

Hi, Mom

Now that I’ve been across The Rainbow Bridge for a couple weeks, they said I should write a letter home. Sorry, Mom but I’m so busy ‘across the bridge’ that I haven’t thought of home much. They said it’s okay and that you would understand. I hope you do. (I think you will.)

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Therapy Dogs at SeaTac Airport

11 Mar

Paws 4 Passengers - 2015 Team Photo

After we traveled to Sacramento last month and were greeted by the Boarding Area Relaxation Corp (BARC) team I knew I wanted to be involved in getting this to Seattle. I received a response today the manager of airport customer service at SeaTac and found out they already have a Therapy Dog Program at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. I was SO EXCITED to get this response:

  
During my search I connected with Debbie Harvey; Debbie is the person responsible for getting the program going in Reno as well as a few other airports. If you are in another state and somehow found my site, please contact me and I’ll get you in touch with Debbie. She is AMAZING. She is a retired pilot with flight priveldges and said she can travel anywhere to help, even if it is just to provide some support to get the program going. She is so dedicated to this program and she spent over an hour talking to me on the phone and gave me a lot of great advice. Debbie had already suggested that I contact Pet Partners for registration. Unfortunately I found out that one of the requirements of Pet Partners is that the dogs cannot have a raw food diet. I feel a little bit heartbroken over this because I really REALLY wanted to be involved in the program. I really have a strong belief in feeding raw and I’m not willing to change that. But if you are interested at all in this program, in reducing stress in travelers and making people feel GOOD then please let me know.

In addition to Seattle, here is a list of US airports with therapy dog programs:

Albany, NY
Albuquerque, NM
Augusta, GA
Buffalo, NY
Columbia, S. C.
Denver, CO
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Grand Rapids, MC
LAX   CA
Memphis, TN
Miami, FL
Minn. St. Paul, MN
Norfork, VA
Oklahoma City OK
Ontario, CA
Sacramento, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
San Antonio, TX
San Diego, CA
San Jose, CA
SFO   CA
Tampa, FL
Willmington, N. C.

There is also 3 Canadian airports that have the program also:

Edmonton, Canada
Regina, Canada
Saskatoon, Canada

I was also given a list with 10 airports that are in the planning stages of the program and I’m not totally sure if that was information I’m allowed to share so for now I’ll just say it could be coming to your area soon!

Debbie told me the program started in 2001 in San Jose, CA (SJC) by airport Chaplain Kathryn Liebschutz and her dog, Dolly the Dalmation. Liebschutz was a member of the airport’s Interfaith Chaplaincy and on the morning of September 11st all chaplains were summoned to the San Jose airport to help passengers stranded by grounded planes or console those just arriving who might have just heard of the attacks. On September 13th, commercial flights resumed but stress levels were high. I did not get to speak to Chaplain Liebschutz however the story that Debbie explained to me was that Dolly the Dalmation was already registered as a therapy dog so Chaplain Liebschutz brought Dolly with her to the airport to comfort stressed travelers and that is where the program began.

I know when I saw 3 dogs with signs that said PET ME it felt better than someone telling me to come over their way for some free money because you know there is always a catch – there was no catch with these dogs just a lot of love. You will have to donate a good amount of your time to get your dog ready for this program but what an amazing program!!!

 

*Photo from Debbie Harvey of her 2015 team.

Dear Santa

16 Nov

   
 
You have to know by now that I am obsessed with dogs. I’m working on my Christmas list for Santa and think both of these items are super cute! Are diamonds and doggies going overboard or a perfect fit? 😇❤️🐶💝

Himalayan Dog Chews

12 Sep

  
Look what arrived yesterday! Treats for my baby girls and puppies. I wanted to share a product that I buy (this has NOT been gifted to me for free in exchange for reviewing) and love! All of my girls are minis (goldendoodle and two labradoodles) and sometimes it is hard to find a natural product that fits a small mouth. These come in different sizes so if you have a big dog or small you’ll be able to get these too!

You might have seen this product on the TV show “Shark Tank” but we were already buying before we saw that, although I do love that show! If you have never heard of this product please check out their site and consider buying for your pup. This is a local Seattle company (Mukilteo to be exact) and it is a natural product – the ingredients in the dog chews are yak and cow milk, salt and lime…and that is it! 

I buy in bulk for my girls and for the puppies while they are here but I purchase the regular, commercially packaged product for my puppies to take home so their families know what to look for when they are at Mud Bay and other retailers (the people at Mud Bay have been kind enough to give me $off coupons for my new puppy families, thank you!)

  
They will chew on these sticks for hours which is fantastic for teething puppies! Here is a bit more information taken from the literature they included in my order

   
 
In addition to the sticks (referred to as “dog chew”) I also purchase the yaky puff which is just bite size pieces of the stick microwaved for about a minute. Same taste as the stick and still crunchy but my girls can enjoy this as a bite size treat without as much effort which is a good starter if your dog loses interest in the sticks. My puppies LOVE these! 

You can buy the nuggets and microwave yourself or boil to soften and add them in food if you have a picky eater

  
Or you can purchase your puffs already puffed 

  

Happy Birthday! We Have Puppies 7/25/15

25 Jul

We took Beyonce’s temperature before dinner last night and it had dropped below 100, she didn’t want to eat any dinner (she hasn’t been eating much lately) and she starting digging around the house so I thought last night might be the night but when it came time for bed I started to doubt myself because I was off last time with Shakira but I decided to sleep in the bathroom anyway and I’m so glad I did! 

We came upstairs around midnight and Beyonce could not get comfortable. We put a gate on the bathroom door so she didn’t wander too far, so with the kiddie pool and now me on the floor she didn’t have a lot of room to pace but she certainly tried. She also kept digging at the bedding and carpets. Around 4am I thought she might be getting close and I took her out for one final potty break. Around 5am she was sleeping on my feet and I felt her water break. She got up and scratched at the floor and jumped in the kiddie pool and had her first baby within about 2 minutes of getting in the pool. It is so amazing how much they do on their own. 

The first puppy came out at 5:34am and I made sure she broke the sac and the puppy was breathing before I went to wake up Andru. It took Beyonce about 12 minutes to completely chew the umbilical cord and I was starting to get nervous and googling for a refresher if I had to take over but everything worked out. This was our first black puppy and it looked kind of scary in the sac. I read somewhere that dogs prefer to keep the lights dim and I usually follow that but the black dogs looked like they had turned blue in the sac so I had to turn on all the lights to be sure everything was ok. I’m honestly still so nervous with every litter. When we got the X-rays the other day, I was sharing my fears with Dr Raja and starting crying because I was just so nervous. He said some people do this because they are passionate and some people breed dogs for business and I might be a little too passionate right now. He said “if one dog doesn’t make it then you have to think about the ones that do and focus on them”. Oh my gosh!! I can’t even imagine. I just need every puppy to make it. I’m surprised how many breeders I see posting about stillborn puppies and complications; I know this is always a possibility but I really do believe that with a record of 21-0 that the diet we feed our dogs has got to be the secret to my success. 

So it took about 3 hours and we now have seven adorable puppies upstairs in our master bath! Two girls and five boys. Beyonce did fantastic and all of the puppies are doing great. I try not to hold them too much in the beginning and I don’t weigh them or put collars on until day 2 so I’ll update with weights soon. We have 4 black puppies and 3 that are kinda of cream/apricot – we’ll see how they develop. I will post many pics along the way! We are so excited! Oh and we have 3 available puppies 😃🐶