It’s facelift time.

Okay, so I started this blog a while back, and now I have realised I actually want something different to what it has turned into. I am going to spend the next few weeks trying to completely change the site and making it better suited to what I want from this blog. In the meantime, I will still be working and I have my dog at home, so by the time the layout has been fixed, I will have lots of stories.

For example yesterday I was walking a spaniel cross at the kennels yesterday and while he was lovely in the kennel – he was happy and just wanted stroked. When we were outside he nearly caused me to fall and land face first in the wet muddy ground several times. No matter how much I talked to him and tried to be strong/ forceful with him he kept over powering me. Luckily I got back without falling, but I now know that I will never match up to the strength of a dog who has their mind set to do something. Does anyone else experience this?

*Tumbleweed*

This week I don’t have to work because apparently it is quiet. I suppose that makes sense since it’s the end of the Easter holidays. I am disappointed because I don’t have anything new to write about, plus I looooovvveeeee working!

So, instead of telling you about my experience I’d like you to leave (in the comments below) a story of the funniest/ worst/ best experience you’ve had with an animal. On Wednesday, I’ll write my worst(/ funniest for other people) experience with my dog!

I look forward to reading about your experiences!

IT’S PUPPY SEASON!!!!!!

Okay, so I’ve been MIA for absolutely ages and for that I apologise. I shall keep up to date, and let you know how it all goes.

So, In August I will have been working there for a year! Unbelievably huh! This week I hardly did any walking – in actual fact I did none. As the weather was horrible, it was pouring (I don’t mind the rain, but my boss didn’t want to make me walk in it, I got to look after the dogs in day-care.) Whoop whoop!

The first kennel I opened was a 6 month old Springer puppy! She was gorgeous! Then I opened the other kennels and there were a range of other dogs – Labradors to a dulux dog as well as Chihuahuas. On the other side there was a poodle and spaniel cross puppy who was 6 months old, and a Cavalier King Charles Puppy who was 5 months. She was beautiful and looked like a tiny teddy!

As per, I had to clean the kennels. I have definitely gotten into a regular routine: hoover, mop, hoover again if it needs it. However this week I had two left hands and knocked over the bucket twice so there was a massive wet patch on the floor. Oops :D.

Once, I FINALLY had my butter fingers under control and I managed to finish cleaning I had to go to day-care. I was supposed to watch the big dogs, but I found if the puppies were left alone they barked. Thankfully all the “big dogs” were behaving so I could just sit with the puppies and play with them.

My boss had to g for half an hour and she put me in charge of “the front of house”. I had to watch for any customers, and either give them back their dog, or take in their dog. Only one owner came, and I gave them their dogs back. I am loving working there, and even though I have been working there for a while, I still love it as much as I did the first day!

The day to finish a week of working.

So, today was the last day I was to work until next Saturday! I went straight to the kennels and started walking the dogs. Firstly I walked the Chihuahua (who smiles), he was brilliant, but I find it very difficult to walk small dogs as I am worried they will get under my feet and I’ll squash them!

After him, I walked the beagle while the other girl walked the deaf spaniel. The beagle decided he was going to sum up a typical beagle’s behaviour and be an ultimate PAIN to walk! He barked at everything, pulled the lead quite dramatically and drank out of dirty puddles! I was actually glad when the walk was over!

Next, I walked a VERY young Labrador. He likes to lick your hands and then bite them. It’s not a hard bite, in fact – it’s more like a nibble. I took him for a walk, and I got thoroughly pulled around the woods! I was grateful to walk him rather than the loud barking beagle though!

After that, I walked a spaniel! He was extremely keen pull- which I knew from the other day. I took him down to the pen with the warning that it would be difficult to put him back on the lead. As he didn’t like treats, I took two balls. I got into the pen and locked the gate, letting him off the lead. He raced around smelling all the smells and getting soaked in the morning water on the grass.  After a while of throwing the ball and getting no response I realised that I should put him on the lead and head back. Yeah – easier said than done. After chasing him around the pen for five minutes he began to tease me. I would get close to him. He’d lie down and I would reach out to clip him on and he’d dash away. Finally I managed to trick him by stroking him and then he was properly lying down and I clipped him on. I’m not taking him to the pen again!

Then I walked the flat-coated retriever. As the big lead was being used, I had to use her short chained lead. I didn’t like this as much as it encouraged her to pull a bit more than usual, but she was as good as always!

Then I had to walk an Arrandale terrier while the other girl walked the boisterous labradoodle. He was brilliant and barely pulled, whereas she pulled LIKE MAD! When we were about halfway the other girl swapped dogs with me, so I had to walk the labradoodle and get pulled off my feet.

Last to walk for the day was a big weimaraner and a Labrador. They were both very cute and had slip collars (I think they’re called that).I took the weimaraner and the other girl obviously took the Labrador. We took them down to the pen and they both really liked to play with the ball. They were also very easy to get back on the lead!

After that I went and sat in day-care for a bit, until my shift was over.

Just a few tails from a busy week!

This week, I have been working a lot. I worked Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday!!

I’m going to set it up a little  different to usual as there is so many dogs and days, and quite frankly it will become a little samey.

So to begin with: there was a Labrador in her kennel. I went in to open the middle door, and the minute I closed the outer door, I got growled at and then as I was trying to calm this dog, then she barked at me whilst growling. I wasn’t too sure about this dog as I’d never seen her before, and I didn’t really want to get bitten by a dog that is nervous.

The rest of the dogs were good and I was particularly fond about a little cocker spaniel. She was very energetic and I couldn’t help being fond of her as she reminded me of my dog when she was younger.

Eventually over the week the Labrador warmed to me. The little Chihuahua was there again (the one who smiles, but it looks like he’s baring her teeth) and he didn’t want to walk too much, so when he didn’t want to walk any more. He simply stopped walking and whimpered at you.

On Sunday, there was a miniature disaster. At the bottom of the kennels’ grounds there are four stables and a field for the horses. Behind this field – separated by fences and a big gate – is the cow’s field. Turns out there were fourteen cows in the field. The other girl and I had to try and either get the cows out of the field (via the gate which was left open) or get the horses back into the stables. After getting the head collar for the two horses and putting these on two out of the four horses the plan was that the other two horses would follow. This went to plan until the cows began to charge down the hill too. It was so annoying because we had all four horses there and then the fourteen cows that spooked them off. After spending ages trying to call the horses down whilst keeping the cows away., we just had to go up and get them. There was nothing we could do with the cows, but call the farmer. After this experience, I’m maybe rethinking becoming a livestock vet.

I went to the kennels at 4-6 on Tuesday, and as I hadn’t been at the kennels during the weekdays I have never gotten true sense of how busy the day-care is! There must have been about 20 dogs in the day-care and she when I went into the room to talk to the man. We couldn’t talk over the really loud dogs!

If anything else happens either today, tomorrow or Sunday, I’ll write another post!!

Not too ruff a day!!

Today was very awkward, and almost disastrous at one stage. I slipped more than a few times and I actually fell at one stage. I also nearly lost a dog…

I’ll start from the beginning…

First of all, I went in, and locked the doors I  their runs for two main reasons:

1. To let us clean their sleeping, ”main” rooms.

2. To wake them up, and give them a change of scenery.

As per usual, I was to ”pick a side” before the other girl arrived. After an incident with one of the dogs (she seemed ready to bite; but only now I realise she was just scared) I decided to take the dogs on the other side despite there being more dogs.

Firstly, I walked a little Westie. I originally thought she was a girl, but then when she went for a wee, she lifted her leg; so now I’m not too sure… She was absolutely no hassle and especially since she was such a small dog – very easy to walk. Saying that, I managed to slip and nearly fall on some mud heading back…

After her, I walked the mongrel and the collie who came in together, they’ve been in before and I have probably mentioned them. The collie is quite small for her breed, but she has to take tablets so I wonder if that has something to do with it. They were actually relatively tricky to walk. Not because of their behaviour, but because they tangled their leads and the two poo-bags I had to carry.

After them I had to walk my second collie of the day. She was actually HORRIFIC to walk! I was slightly arrogant, and I didn’t think I’d need the weird lead that you step into and it goes around your waist. [I was also worried that if she did pull, I’d face plant and be dragged around by this dog.] I’d had enough by the point where she was dragging me down the hill at a running pace. I got so fed up with her that after a few minutes, I just yelled at her to sit. And much to my surprise she actually sat. She seemed quite nervous – as she’d lifted her paw, but I was just glad that I had asserted my authority. But it didn’t last long. Unfortunately, when we started walking again she continued to pull me back to the kennels. I guess I didn’t do such a good job of asserting my authority!

I was next going to walk the German shorthaired pointer, but instead I put him into the stone play-area so he could ”let off some steam” before I took him for his walk.

Then, me an the other girl took the two collie ”brothers” for a walk. Luckily for me, my dog didn’t pull, and for both of us – nether dog was any hassle until we reached  steep slippery hill we had to descend. My dog was brilliant until I tried to get him to keep moving. Then he managed to get himself out of is harness. Luckily, the other girl grabbed him and I clipped him back on before I had to chase him for hours!

Lastly, I had to walk the pointer. As he was such a big dog, he decided where we were going, and at what speed. I took him down to the run, and when I was about two steps away from the gate, I slipped on some mud and fell. So I was cold and had a wet bum for the rest of my shift! So the motto is: WEAR APPROPRIATE SHOES!!

Once all the dogs had been walked, I tidied and cleaned my kennels. I then went into day-care and sat with the staffie who is always there! Unfortunately, he had conjunctivitis, so he couldn’t ”socialise” with the other dogs.

There were two other dogs in the other section of day-care. A young westie and my baby. The spaniel puppy!!! The spaniel puppy would cry if he was left alone and I honestly wouldn’t hesitate to take him home if need be!! After sitting with them for a bit, that was my shift over.

*PLEASE COMMENT IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING THAT COULD HELP ME OR EVEN IF YOU HAVE A FUNNY STORY AS I LOVE HEARING OTHER PEOPLE’S EXPERIENCES!!*