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I support the 2nd Amendment as well as the rest of them…

Mar 09 2013 Published by under commentary, Safety

I support the 2nd Amendment and oppose any more restrictive gun laws.

You may ask yourself what does this have to do with dog walking? Well I’ll tell you. Dog walking is a risky job which requires you to be out in sometimes remote areas and at odd  and/or regular (predictable) hours and after dark. This opens you up to potential assault and victimization. If you are a woman (and many dog walkers are) the risks are obviously even greater.

We have enough laws on the books already and there is no evidence that these mass shootings would have been stopped by any of the currently proposed laws (the gunmen broke dozens of laws including murder). Capacity limitations? That sword cuts the other way as well, reducing the ability of a defender to adequately deal with a critical threat. There have been many cases where the assailant(s) was not stopped because the defender lacked adequate firepower even though they were armed, either because the rounds weren’t powerful enough, or they didn’t hit the attacker(s) in vital areas and ran out of ammo. Armed security in the schools is a better answer. Plenty of returning vets could perform this function with proper training.

We have stupid politicians telling women to “buy shotguns” and “rape whistles” and inferring that they aren’t capable of defending themselves. Funny, the political party that holds itself out to be “pro-women” and “equality” wants to ban the great equalizer. Have you ever seen a woman shooting a shotgun? It is way too powerful for many women to handle. An AR-15 on the other hand can be easily handled by almost anyone. See this video for some much needed perspective…

Enforce the laws we already have and look at other ways to secure our schools. Addressing mental health issues should be of prime concern. Disarming law abiding Americans is NOT the answer. The 2nd Amendment is NOT the Right to Hunt it is the right to defend oneself against attack, tyranny, and oppression.

“Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.” – Mohandas Gandhi, an Autobiography, page 446.

Yup. Even Gandhi. I feel good about the company I keep.

Rant off.

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Winter Storm Warning! Blizzard Warning!

Feb 08 2013 Published by under Business, commentary, Gear, Safety

North_American_blizzard_2010_Feb_6_0531_UTCAs the North East braces for one of the biggest storms it has seen in years, I feel it is always a good time to remember that our furry friends are not invincible to the elements. O.k. maybe the northern breeds like Huskies and Malamutes can take it, but most other breeds cannot.

I hope you have already  let your clients know when and if you will be cancelling service. If you haven’t heard from a client yet, be sure to call them and confirm. Many I suspect are already calling you to cancel.

If you absolutely MUST go out, be sure to be prepared with all-wheel drive, chains, a sleeping bag or very warm blanket in your car, a space blanket, energy bars, a full tank of gas, jumper cables, and LOTS of warm clothes!

If you can’t go out prepared, don’t go out at all! This storm is looking pretty bad.

Also, I hope you spelled out in your agreements your inclement weather policy 😀

Stay safe, warm, and happy!

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RECALLED: Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Biscuits with Real Chicken

Oct 13 2012 Published by under Health, Safety

Hey folks, I always pass these along when I hear about them.

Company Press Release can be found here:


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Dogwalker not guilty in dog pooper scooper trial

Nov 28 2011 Published by under Safety

Dogwalker not guilty in dog pooper scooper trial. What will they think of next? Seriously, don’t people, and courts have better things to do than police poop? Neighbors getting even by reporting each other to the poop police. Someone get me a pain killer…

This is why I devoted a section of my book to this subject. It’s even worse for professional dog-walkers. You wouldn’t believe the type of people who somehow want to “get even” with you for the fact that you have such a good job. They just resent the heck out of it and will report you faster than a substitute teacher. Even if the dog I’m walking has already pooped three times and squats one last time to drop a couple of Hershy’s kisses, I always pretend to lean down and “pick it up”. Otherwise you’ll have one of these busy-bodies harassing you all the way down the street, if not the poop police paying you a visit. Until people start to wise up and realize there are far more important things to worry about than hawking for your neighbors, things will only get worse.

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Much Ado About Poop

Nov 28 2011 Published by under Gear, Safety

There it is. You could hardly expect a blog about dog walking NOT to include a post about poop, could you? Of course not!

Well, aside from those sub-zero days where a bag of poop doubles as a temporary hand-warmer, it isn’t much fun to carry around poop. Also, if you have more than one pooch to manage, having a handful of poop (in the bag of course!) can be a little awkward. Well, finally some inventive folks have come up with the perfect solution and I have to say, I’m impressed, both by the simplicity of the idea, and the utility. The product is called DoggieDid and it is almost as good as having a 3rd hand.

Well, a picture is worth a thousand words so I’ll let this one speak for itself. If you are a professional dog walker having one of these is an absolute MUST.

Also, if you are thinking of gifts for your clients this Christmas (you should be, it was in my book!) then this one fits the bill. Your clients will love it as much as you do, and will think of YOU every time they use it. Maybe you can get these nifty little buggers imprinted with your company name??  For bulk orders you’ll want to visit and for single orders, Amazon has them in stock here Doggiedid.

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Professional Dog Walkers and Pet Owners To Take Precautions Against Lyme Disease

Jun 22 2011 Published by under Business, Health, Safety

Eileen Antell & Timber

Eileen Antell and her dog Timber

Summer is finally here, along with all of it’s anticipated goodies: radiant heat, buzzing bugs, summer crowds, ice cream and hot dogs! Yes, I mean the hot dogs you walk! I’m sure you know all about the dog days of summer, but in case you need a refresher on keeping your client’s dogs safe, I found an article on a great website that is veterinarian endorsed. Check it out, ten tips how to keep your pet safe in the summer heat.



Remember to ask your client if they are using a tick preventative this year. It is their choice to do so. If they have applied something like Frontline, do your part for the environment and try to keep the dogs out of small streams and ponds, lest you contaminate the water for local wildlife (like fish and frogs). If they have a bug repelling collar or scarf, make sure you don’t leave on your walk without it.

If they have not applied a pesticide on their dog, I think that is admirable! You never know what is causing cancer or seizures in our beloved pets these days. Help these particular clients succeed in preventing tick bites the natural way, by keeping their dog on a leash and staying centered on the trail. Avoid the tall grass along trail and sidewalk borders (because these are popular elimination and sniffing spots for all dogs big and small, the foliage on these sidelines are like bus depots for ticks, where they get dropped off and picked up all season long). Before you deposit the dog back in the house, look him over for any obvious ticks that have not yet penetrated their coats. Check around the face, behind the ears, the neck, the chest, each leg, and between the toes. Brush the dog lightly with your fingers or with a brush if it’s handy. It is very difficult to spot a tick on a black dog, so focus on prevention by avoiding wooded areas and tall grass, and check him carefully upon returning.

Lyme disease (carried by deer ticks) is a real concern. An eye opening documentary that I highly recommend for everyone (and for their dogs, for they contract the disease and experience symptoms just as we humans do) is named, Under Our Skin (2008). Netflix has it streaming. WebVet also has a great article that describes Lyme Disease symptoms.

Before your walk, apply insect repellent to your ankles and tuck your pants in your socks. Ticks are easy to spot on white socks and light colored pants.. After your walk, check yourself for ticks as well. Check your shoes, ankles, legs, and pants. When you get home, check your warm shady spots where ticks quickly head to: armpits, chest, back, neck hairline, and groin. If you find a tick, pick it off with your fingers. If it has bitten you and is attached, pull it off with it’s head intact and save the tick in a jar for identification. Be sure to call your doctor, s/he may want to see you, or the tick for treatment and/or testing. If the bite develops a bulls eye rash around it, take yourself and your tick to see a doctor immediately!

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Pet Food Recall

Mar 21 2011 Published by under Safety

Thanks to a reader for bringing this to my attention! Please read.

Copy of FDA Press Release Follows:

Jones Natural Chews Co Recalls Pig Ear Dog Chews Because Of Possible Salmonella Health Risk

Jones Natural Chews Co
877-481-2663 or 815-874-9500

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 8, 2011 – Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 2705 boxes of Pig Ears because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Jones Natural Chews Pig Ears were distributed in CT, IA, IL, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NJ, NM, NY, PA,VA, WA, and WI. They were shipped to distributors and retailers between September 15, 2010 and November 2, 2010 where they were available for purchase.

Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears 2pk bag with header card–item upc 741956001047 lot 2420

Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears bulk 100ct box-box upc 741956001139 lot 2490, 2560, 2630, 2700, 2840, 2910, 2980

Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears bulk 50 ct box-box upc 741956001504 lot 2490, 2840

Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears bulk 25ct box-box upc 741956001467 lot 2700

Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears 1pk shrinkwrapped-item upc 741956001146 lot 2700, 2840, 2420

Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears 10pk printed bag-item upc 741956001405 lot 2420, 2560, 2630, 2840

Blain’s Farm & Fleet Pig Ears 10 pieces bag-item upc 741956001405 lot 2560

Country Butcher Dog Chews Pig Ears 1pk shrinkwrapped-item upc 741956001511 lot 2630

Country Butcher Dog Chews Pig Ears 1pk shrinkwrapped-item upc 741956001146 lot 2420

Country Butcher Dog Chews Pig Ears 12pk bag-item upc 741956001245 lot 2910

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by Washington State Department of Agriculture which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has no product left in inventory from this batch of pig ears.

Consumers who have purchased any of these pig ears are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-481-2663.


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