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?

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!

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!!*

One Month In…

Exactly one month ago, I started working at the kennels for the first time. Since then, I have already learnt so much about how a first job works, and also how different dogs are! This week, I got there, and the dogs were already in the day-care. I had to feed the two pugs, and a the golden retriever (who looks regal). Once  fed them; I had to put them all in the same bit, and open the door to the outside. I MANAGED IT!! THE DOOR OPENED AFTER TWO WEEKS AGO WHEN I COULDN’T MANAGE IT! I’m going to take it as a sign of me becoming more used to being there, and I know what I’m doing. Once I’d fed those three dogs, I had to walk two Labradors. I was going to walk them both at the same time, but I decided against that when one nearly escaped and the other nearly pushed me over. I us3d my common sense and walked them one at a time. They were both good, and actually quite easy to walk by themselves. Then I had to walk the two lovely ”twins” from last week. The staffie (who sounded like a pig) and the scottie. Once again; the staffie was as adorable as ever and stayed as close to me as possible; and the scottie tried to always stay in front. I took them the woodland way by myself which I was proud of because I didn’t get lost. Then I had to take a big bichon fries to the day care. He, unfortunately got out of his room and literally ran around the complex with me chasing him. It was very funny :D. I finally got him into the day care and he got to ”mingle” with the other dogs. Then I moved the lovely, but scared Lhasa Apse to the day care. Last week, she was very nervous around the other dogs. To solve this, we had to separate the big dogs and the small dogs. Next I had to clean out the kennels. This wasn’t too difficult as I feel like I mastered the techniques last week; or the week before. I had to make sure the last kennel was especially clean as a new dog was going to go in it. Once I had done that, I sat and played with all the dogs in day-care. I love this part, as it allows me to play with the dogs without doing too much hands on work – unless the dogs are in playful mood :).

New Faces, Same Routine

This week, started as last week, I got dropped off, and it was pretty daunting as no-one was in eye view. I then saw another lady, but it wasn’t the usual ”boss”. It was weird then I learnt that she was the lady in charge for the day. First thing I did, was bring a border collie puppy in from the play bit, after he had eaten. He was barking and his ears were flying everywhere. he was so lovely! Unfortunately, he was too overexcited to eat. Then I had to let out a big dulux-like dog into the grass area. After that, I had to start walking the dogs. First off, I walked an absolutely lovely Lhasa Apso. She looked really scared of the kennels and she was shivering in her room. I took her to the day-care first to see how she’d get on with the other dogs, and for five minutes she cowered in the corner. I took her for a walk, to try and make her feel better, and she was perfect on the walk. Then, I got her back to the building, and tried to get her to go back into day-care and nuh-uh. Not happening. I had to put her back in her kennel instead. Then I walked the Dulux-dog. That was very interesting. He was good and well-behaved, until we got to the pen. I decided that because he was quite a big dog. I would take him to the pen to run around and play. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. I let him off the lead, and threw around the tennis ball for a bit, and everything was fine. UNTIL, I wanted to clip him back onto the lead. He growled and bared his teethe at me. I t was quite terrifying to be honest and I’m not scared of dogs! I finally had to suck it all in, and tell myself that he was just playing with me. And just like that, he let me clip on the lead. It was weird.  Finally, my last dog to walk for the day, was with the other girl. I walked a staffie/bulldog and she walked a Scottie. To be 100% honest, the staffe made a sound like a pig, it was cute and funny to hear him snuffling on the ground. I learnt that there was a woodland walk behind the complex, and I look forward to trying that route next weekend!! After we had walked them, we were in the day-care. The staffie came again (the sheep, dolphin, monster noised one) and I was so happy to have him sit on my lap. Then the border collie and another shaggy brown dog (who was so light, she had so much fur)  were getting ”very close” if you know what I mean. I spent my last hour trying to keep these dogs from…  you know… I got paid again and I cannot wait till next week!!