Welcome everyone, to the #AtoZChallenge Blogging Extravaganza, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 30 days, one for each letter of the alphabet, covering a myriad of topics! “Dog Breeds & Anecdotes” is my theme. Click HERE to see all posts and HERE to view the participants. Please support our efforts by visiting, sharing and commenting. We have all worked long and hard on this project. Have fun and thanks for reading! ♥
TAILS AND TALES
In 1994, I started a pet care business, two years after being “downsized” (a nicer way of saying “fired”) from my corporate job and not finding a suitable replacement. It was born of desperation! We were apartment dwellers at the time, so I offered mostly house calls for cats, plants, birds, fish etc., plus dog walking, with a single boarder now and then. After about 10 years, the running around 7 days a week with no time to myself was wearing on me. I switched to providing home boarding for dogs only. (We had become home owners in the meantime and have a fenced back yard.) This has worked out well and my house is like a little “doggie commune”. The photo is from 1998 or 99 and shows JRs Saba, Maggie. Butler, my sweet Tasha (Mama’s second in command) and Bentley.
Some people think this is an easy job, but I’m here to tell you it is NOT. Dogs can have accidents, get sick, pick fights with others or be destructive, just like children. They may need constant grooming, require special diets or have complicated medication regimens. Then there’s the mud! Rain is the bain of all dog sitters’ existence. Imagine having to clean six muddy dogs all at once. That’s 24 paws to be wiped! Thank goodness I can count on hubby to help when things get crazy, like Spring Break.
In 2012, I started writing a book “Adventures in Dogsitting”, about the dogs I have cared for. What I didn’t consider was that reliving some of the sad endings (Chapter Seven in particular) would turn me into an emotional wreck. At the time, I was also dealing with the trauma of my father’s death and mother’s subsequent relocation. It was all too much to bear and I put the book aside after eight chapters. This A to Z Challenge has given me new enthusiasm to finish it. Chapters one, four and five were included in the “Read for Animals” anthology, published in 2014.
Would you be interested in reading such a book?
Looking forward to your comments!