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!!*

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!!

My First Day!!!

Okay, so I FINALLY started working at the kennels today, and it was AWESOME!!!! I met the boss and two other girls who work there. They were both lovely, totally down to earth and so helpful. First, they explained how to clean out the kennels. And to be honest, it’s not as hard as one would think. I personally thought it would be much… worse… than it is. Then one of the girls and I walked some dogs :D. Together we walked ten dogs and I got to meet each one! First we walked a labradoodle and a boxer. They were both lovely, and full of energy. The labradoodle likes to dictate where to walk. Then we walked four little dogs. Bcause Penny (my dog) is such a big dog (a golden retriever), I am used to just clipping on the lead and, hey presto, being ready to go for a walk. t was particularly difficult to strap each dog into it’s harness, but we eventually managed. I walked a Jack Russell and a Bichon Frise. While the other girl walked a Chihuahua who was absolutely gorgeous, and another Bichon Frise. I found, funnily enough that dogs that are hyped up inside are really calm outside on walks. I can relate this to Penny and the Jack Russell. After these four, we walked a pretty white husky. And a small black collie. Well! She was ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!! I honestly fell in love with her when I saw her. Her eyes were literally beautiful. (May seem a bit weird that I fell in love with this dogs appearance, but she was soooooooo pretty!!) Then lastly we walked a mongrel and a collie. They were lovely. Before I could go and play with the day-care dogs (which I couldn’t wait to do), I had to walk the Golden Retriever by myself. She is a very regal looking version of Penny (Golden Retriever). She sits still and her long hair makes her look royal.

Finally, I could go into the day-care! There were a lot of dogs, and I didn’t get all of their names. My favourite (which I shouldn’t have, but I can’t help myself) was a little Labrador puppy. He nibbled my fingers and later had to go for a nap because he was so young! i was honestly so tempted to bring him home, I had to resist the urge to just steal him! Later, I got to sit myself with an utterly lovely staffie. He whines and talks to you and he hates to be left alone. He sounds like a dolphin cross bred with a sheep mixed with a monster. No joke. The sound comes from his stomach . Then, in order to get close to you, he sits right on your lap. It’s honesty heart warming. There was also a ‘whippet’ but she looks like a whippet and a staffie cross bred to have her. She is very demanding, and barks when you leave the room. Her and the staffie are also escape artists, if you open the gate to get to the door a fraction, they will be able to get through and look at you like: ”Where to now?” Then a ridgeback something. She is a young dog. When her owner left, she ran around the room, jumped on the barriers, barked and whined. It was so sad to watch because I couldn’t distract her. (Except for a few seconds when I gave her treats).

This has really inspired me, and made me realise that the old saying is true:

”If at first you don’t succeed. Try and Try again.”

I phoned this kennel so much over 8 months, and emailed quite a lot, that way, I made them realise that I am deadly serious, and I am not messing around. I want to work with animals, I always have, and if it takes a bit of effort, I’m willing to put it in if it will hep me to go where I want to in life.

I HONESTLY CANNOT WAIT UNTIL NEXT SATURDAY!!!!!