The Copper Dog offers you personalized services for your pet.
I'll do pet walking, sitting and daycare and/or overnight stays at my
home. It can be 10 minutes a day to let them out for "bathroom" breaks
or month long stay overs (depending on how everyone gets along).
I like to think of myself as "Grandma", I come and spoil a
little, so they are happy to see me, but still happy to see "mom and
dad" come home!
Now let me introduce the team......
Bailey, The Copper
the name "copper dog"? When the
light hits Bailey just right, she's pure copper! And what happened to
her leg? The “story” we heard
off a table and broke her hip when she was a puppy. She was
taken to the vet and it was fixed, but when the pins came out the leg
didn’t heal correctly. We rescued Bailey from a family member
was neglectful and possibly abusive which is why she is a shy and
newest member of the family is Lucy, black and white lab/beagle mix,
that is our wild child. We rescued her last summer and let's say she
is "work in progress". She is the complete opposite of
Bailey; outgoing, no fear except of objects (weird).They are
polar opposite and perfect together. Lucy helps Bailey be more
friendly with people and Bailey teaches Lucy some manners. Lucy just
loves people and thinks it's her "duty" to greet everyone
she sees, everyone! Look out for the big black truck, or listen out, I
should say, Lucy loves to bark her way into the neighborhood in the
evening to make sure everyone knows she here!
I worked in retail for 25 years. In 2011, the store I managed
closed which left me job hunting. I wanted to spend my time devoted to
something I was passionate about I have always loved
animals and have always had animals. Growing up we had all kinds of
cats, birds and gerbils, oh and peacocks once and a rooster, who
thought he was a dog. I had a way with animals.They
were my first friends in life. So
here I am, our neighborhood pet sitter! I lived in High Point for 16
years and call the Emerywood neighborhood my home.
I've learned so much about caring for animals over the years,
here's some helpful hints for you.
When we first got Bailey, she was a very nervous dog. You
couldn't leave her alone, she would tear things apart, and she had
separation anxiety. I never had a dog like her before, I learned how to
help her by watching
the Dog Whisper and the power of the walk. It all made sense on
how to help her. The Dog Whisper said that dogs live in the
“now”, that feeling sorry for her wasn't helping her and he
right. We needed to stop thinking of her as a crippled dog and think of
her as just a great dog. She had never been walked before so her legs
didn't have much muscle tone ( you can see it on one of the pictures at
the top of the page) So we started with slow
and short walks. We started walking as a pack morning and night ,
everyday, rain or shine. Bailey transformed into a more confident
dog. She is more relaxed and at ease, she a happy dog! Now most
people don't notice her leg as we have built up her muscles
in both legs. A walk is powerful thing for a dog, it lets them know
who's boss, where their place is, and releases stress for them.
Having a big yard to play in is one thing but a walk is a totally
different thing. It's like you have the whole house to work out in yet
still go to the gym. A walk is a newsstand/internet,
with every sniff full of information and a mental and physical exercise
Sit and Stay
your pet stay at home reduces stress on them and you, no more
meeting deadlines for pick up. I try to keep your pets routine
as if you were home, so they are more relaxed and at ease. I try to
sense what your pet's "wants" are- playing ball, walking,
brushing, hugging, treats and /or chatting, so we have a fun and
comfortable time together.
trust her with my life" - Sally Henley
all pets should have collars with names, addresses and phone #'s, it'
all pets should be “chipped”, so they can safely be
all pets must have their rabies shots updated. We had a friend that
had to put his three
dogs down because he let their vacancies lapse.
make sure all your pets are getting their monthly heart-worm and
flea/tick meds It's going
to be a very bad year for bugs.
keeping our pets healthly and happy is our responsibility as pet
No! No! No!
plastic bowls! They can have tiny little scratches that hold germs,
so use metal or ceramic bowls to keep our pets healthy!
Making Meds Go Down
butter! We give Bailey and Lucy vitamins and flax seed oil so to help
them take their pills, we spread a little peanut butter on them and
down the hatch they go!
the right brush for our dog's coat and use it regularly. Plus, add a
teaspoon of flax seed oil for every ten pounds that your dog weighs and
in their food.
You should check your
dog’s ears once a week for signs of infection, parasites, or dirt
and debris. Take a look inside each ear. It should be a healthy,
fleshy-pink color and free of excessive wax buildup or dirty
discharge. The following are signs your dog has an ear infection:
inflammation or swelling in or around the ear canal
any type of dirty-looking discharge
strong, foul odor
ears are sensitive
Your dog may also
shake his head violently or rub his ears along the ground or scratch
at them. If you notice any of these symptoms, do
not attempt cleaning your dog’s ears!
Contact your veterinarian immediately for an appropriate treatment.
Ear infections that aren’t dealt with properly can lead to
permanent damage and even hearing loss. Visit the Washington State
University website for information on medicating
and cleaning a dog’s ears.
How to clean
If your dog's ears are
healthy but dirty-looking, you can clean them with a commercial dog
ear wash or you can make your own. It’s best to clean your
ears in the bathroom or where you won’t mind a mess.
Put a generous amount
of cleaner in each ear and massage the base of the ears for thirty
seconds. Then stand back and let your dog shake his head. Wipe the
visible part of the inner ears with a cotton ball or tissue to remove
any excess cleaner. Don’t use a Q-tip in your dog’s ear; it
damage his ear drum.
Here is a “make your
one part white vinegar with one part rubbing alcohol (50/50 mixture)
in a squirt bottle and shake well.
While dogs rarely get cavities, plaque and tartar on your
dog's teeth can lead to serious problems. Gum disease can be painful
and cause tooth loss, bone loss, bad breath and infection. The bacteria
that grows in an infected gum can also spread to other parts of a dog's
body and cause endocarditis (heart valve infection), kidney and liver
Before starting an at-home oral care regime for your dog, I suggest you
have a vet look at her teeth and determine what level of build-up is
present. If there is tartar build-up, they might remove it with a
scaler, usually while your pet is anesthetized. It is important that
you never try this at home as the vet removes plaque from both above
and below the gum line while at home you can only reach what they eye
After you are given the OK by your vet, you are ready to
start getting your dog accustomed to brushing.
Several different varieties of toothpaste are available.
read our cat's eyes, you have to watch closely.
Cats' pupils dilate when they are angry or on the attack, and
cats smile at us and other cat friends with appreciative eyes by
Your cat will slowly, almost, but usually not quite, close
her eyes and reopen them while looking at you. When almost closed, the
eyes are held at the lowest point for a second. You can return the
sentiment by gently squinting back, mimicking the cat's pattern. It
would be rude to do anything less.
If a cat closes her eyes all the way for more than a split
second, that is absolute trust in action.
If your cat "smiles" when looking at you, you are observing a
private contentment, expressed publicly in the same way you might give
a happy sigh in an empty room.
Contact me to discuss the services needed.
Point, NC 27262
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