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Suzie passed away.

I always wanted to write a blog, but I never realized that actually sitting down and doing it is such a challenge. I tell myself I have nothing to write about, but that is not true.

For starters our little pug dog Suzie passed away on March 6. Evil cancer took her. It was very hard to make the decision to let her go, but it was apparent that her suffering was too much for her to bare. The miracle is that she lived for a year longer than the vet gave her.

I think of her passing. It was so peaceful. We wanted Suz euthanized at home, but it was not to be. No vets were available on a Friday evening.  We ended up taking her to the Animal ER where they were very kind to us. I thought Suz was going to pass away in my arms on the way there, which would have been fine.

The vet at the hospital gave Suzie a quick exam and agreed it was time. The room we were in was quite nice. The vet gave Suzie the “Michael Jackson cocktail” As soon as he vet injected the Propofol, Suzie’s ears perked up her eyes widened as if she felt no more pain. Then she sank onto the table and closed her eyes. Then the anesthetic was applied and she was gone.

I hope that the end of my life will be as beautiful as our little girls was. I have no more words to write at the moment, but I am sure more will come. I will check in again very soon.

 

 

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Our pug has cancer

A couple of months ago we were dealt the devastating news that our  pug has cancer. She is 12 years old. We noticed that she has a lump on her side and took her to our vet. The vet took a sample of the lump and the result came back that she has an aggressive cancer in her lungs. The tumor is attached to her ribs making surgery challenging due to her age. We had the choice of further investigation of the type of cancer she has and also the option of chemo. We have chosen to keep Suz comfortable for the remainder of her life without putting her through any tests or chemo.

Suzie in Balboa Park

Suzie in Balboa Park

We have been proactive in keeping her as comfortable as possible. We changed her diet to raw food instead of kibble. She has not complained about the change! We have a cooling pad for her to lie on as she gets short of breath easily. We have a stroller so we can take her out for some fresh air and a change of scenery, and she still loves going for a car ride when it isn’t too hot.

Our commitment to Suzie has been to love her until the end. It’s a part of the deal of having a dog. We have decided that Suzie will cross the rainbow bridge at home in her favorite spot, eating a bowl of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

We took Suz for a check up last week. She is still eating, drinking, walking and her gums are still pink so we are not there yet. So, a day at a time we will love her and care for her until the time comes. Like I said, it a part of the deal of having and loving a dog.

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Man Friday Pet Care – Pit Bulls

Mongo& Aspen

Mongo& Aspen

Mongo & Aspen were the first Pit Bulls I had cared for since starting my business, Man Friday Pet Care. This was not because I avoided them rather nobody had approached me to pet sit them. When I was first contacted by their owners to inquire about my overnight pet sitting services, I was somewhat uncertain if I wanted to proceed. However, I decided to give it a go.

My first visit to Mongo & Aspen was my consultation with the owners and the dogs. I provide this service for free. I like to interact with the dogs (or cats!) find out about their feeding, walking & sleeping schedule. Where the food and leashes are kept. Any medications. What day does the trash go out, picking up the mail, moving cars if needed etc.

Mongo & Aspen were introduced to me. They were big dogs, 80 lbs or so. They immediately started to show off by rough housing with each other. The owner told me that all I needed to do to stop them was to say “enough” in a very loud manner. I did so and, to my surprise, it worked!

I agreed to care for the dogs for two weeks while the owners took a vacation. I would be providing in home overnight pet care, plus visits during the day to walk them

I have to report that I really enjoyed my time with Mongo & Aspen and I became very fond of them. Mongo (the brown dog on the right of the picture) was 80lbs of pure love. His main goal was to try to sit on my lap at every chance he got. Aspen, the female, would get very jealous (although she didn’t try sitting on my lap!) and demand equal attention.

Walking Mongo & Aspen required me to be extra vigilant about keeping an eye open for cats. When I saw other dogs approaching, I would always be sure to cross the road. Not because they would attack other dogs but because a professional dog walker always keeps safety in mind.

Mongo & Aspens owners re located to Northern California last year so they are no longer my clients. My experience with in home pet sitting Pit Bulls has changed since knowing them. The expression “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” springs to mind.

 

 

 

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Man Friday Pet Care loves cats as well as dogs!

IMG_0378I find myself talking about dogs a lot. Dog walking, overnight doggy care. I also care for cats.

The first cat I owned was named Rosie. She lived in a house behind us here in University Heights. Rosie was a little cat, no more than 8lbs with a broken tail. The kids in the house she lived in used to torment poor Rosie, so she would come and hide in our place. One day her owners left and left her behind. So we adopted Rosie. We treated Rosie like a princess, but she always maintained her alley cat attitude. She did not care for sitting on laps, would not use a litter box, and insisted on maintaining her status as an indoor outdoor cat. She couldn’t meow like a regular cat when she adopted us. She opened her mouth and nothing came out! Rosie found her voice living with us. Sadly, Rosie died of cancer some years ago, but we always remember her with very fond memories.

Man Friday Pet Care will take good care of your kitty cat in your absence. Services include feeding, changing water, litter box clean up as well as playtime and brushing.

The most recent addition to my my cat sitting clients is Little Guy. He is fitting in with his new brother and sister Max & 99, although 99 tends to want to be left alone while the boys play!

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Man Friday’s First Blog Post

San Diego pet sitter, Keith LanghornI’m a blog novice. So I decided it was time to change that. I read some info about blogging. Keep it interesting. It can be amusing are a couple of points I recall! So here goes. I’m going to give blogging a bash!

I’m a Londoner. I’ve lived in San Diego for 27 years. It’s beautiful here and you can’t beat the weather. It’s a great location to own a pet care business. I can walk dogs almost every day of the year.

One thing that I have noticed about my furry clients is that San Diego dogs seem to have a big problem walking in the rain! I usually bring a large golf umbrella with me on those rare inclement days. Not for me, but for them!

When I was a child we had a little dog named Ricky. He was a miniature Dachshund. Of course living in London it meant that rainy day walks were just a part of every day life. Little Ricky wasn’t terribly keen on wet walks but we always went for at least a spin around the block. I guess we acclimatize to our environment.

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