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What Pets Teach Us About Gratitude

This year has flown by, hasn’t it? We’re already planning Thanksgiving gatherings and getting apple cider and pumpkin pie cravings.

This is also the time of year when we reflect on what we are grateful for. Often our relationships are what reveal what’s rare and precious in life.

As we count our blessings this season, let’s also count the ways our pets add meaning to the experience of gratitude.

Appreciation for the Simple Things

Pets aren’t materialistic and image-conscious like humans can be. They don’t need expensive mattresses or a new fall wardrobe. They get excited at mealtimes for food that isn’t appetizing to us.

Pets are happy with the simple things. Like children, they will play with random things around the house rather than that new toy you bought from the pet store.

They teach us that it’s the little things that can be the big things. They set an example for being content with what you have which is what gratitude is all about.

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The Gift of Unconditional Love

While relationships between humans can be very complicated, the relationship between a person and pet is fairly simple.

While people in the home may be holding grudges or irritated at each other’s bad habits, an animal isn’t going to get into a row with you. They have no interest in holding onto the past nor in judging their humans.

They accept you as you are.

While humans tend to withhold love and trust in their relationships, animals are a shining example of loyalty.

Unconditional love between humans isn’t common, but with pets it certainly is! They inspire gratitude by meeting us with an unwavering love every day.

True Companionship

Have you asked your dog if she’s free tonight for an after-dinner walk? Have you asked your cat if he’s available for a fireside cuddle?

Pets don’t keep calendars, have schedule conflicts, nor will they flake on you last minute. They are the ones who are there for us when we need touch and presence. They aren’t too busy for you.

Pets show us what a faithful companion truly is. They show gratitude by showing up for us daily.

The Gift of Healing

Sometimes grief we bear just can’t be put into words. When we turn to others for help, the words of humans can make us feel even more alienated and misunderstood. Other times we just don’t want to feel that we are burdening others with the tough times we go through.

Animals are there for us as healers.

They won’t ask you questions you’d rather not answer.

You can talk to them without fear of saying the wrong thing.

They won’t think you’re being weird for hugging too long.

They don’t need to end the visit or phone call and go back to their lives. You are their life.

They teach us gratitude through healing in giving freely of togetherness.

 

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Amanda Sommers of Houston, TX shares the story of Ted, a rescue cat

A Homeless Cat Learns to Trust: “The beginning was rocky. This kitty only wanted to hide upstairs under the spare bed we had. We had to move all his stuff up there because he refused to come down. After about a month, he began to venture downstairs. It wasn’t long after that that our new kitty, whom we renamed Ted, was this very affectionate loving big furball that always wanted his belly rubbed.”

Amanda Saves Ted: “The firemen had to pull me out of the smoke filled house because I tried to crawl in after them. I could hear them crying for me and I couldn’t do anything. Luckily they were okay and I was able to retrieve them all. After that Ted couldn’t stand to have me out of his sight.”

Ted Saves Amanda: “I was back home with my Ted. He was pouty at first because I had left him but I know he could tell I missed him. After that, we only grew closer. He was my little rock through the divorce, through my depression when it got bad again”

Read More: Grateful for Our Local Pet Rescue Organizations

Daily Purpose & Routine

Sometimes it’s so hard to get the day started, especially if you have nothing planned for the day.

Some days you may wish someone would take the dog out to potty or serve breakfast to the cat, but having that push to get the day going can be beneficial for you.

Having a sense of purpose and routine is a way to stave off boredom and blues. Having pet counting on you to care for them can keep you going when you occasionally feel like giving up.

Through this experience of having creatures to care for every day, we gain fulfillment through responsibility. We can be grateful for the way they keep us going.

Every day is rewarding when your life’s purpose is caring for animals. Fur Star Pet Care is here to lend a hand from needing a Columbus area dog walker or in home pet care. Call or text us: (614) 439-1621.

The Receiving is in the Giving

When love and care are mutual, it is a rich experience. We care for animals and they care for us.

Sometimes the act of caretaking is how we experience the essence of love and the warmth of feeling needed. Gratitude is experienced in needing them just as much as they need us.

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“I realized how her neediness had changed my heart. I realized that her neediness was no different than my own, and that, by making sure her unique daily needs were being met, my needs were being met as well. Just as she needed constant reassurance that she was loved unconditionally, she, in her overwhelmingly quirky ways, was assuring me of that same unconditional love…. So, what has Dora taught me about gratitude? She’s taught me that, even though it’s easy to be grateful for the shiny, beautiful things we’ve been freely given, it’s equally rewarding to find blessings in the strangest, quirkiest, most unexpected places.”

The Virtue of Patience

Generally speaking, pets are so patient. They trust you will eventually fill the food bowl, the water dish, and take the daily walk.

They also require so much patience. They may potty where they aren’t supposed to, run off to make us chase after them, bark too much, or meow too early in the morning.

We can be grateful for the patience they grace us with as well as the opportunity to practice more patience with them.

At Fur Star Pet Care we are grateful for our loyal clients and every precious moment spent with these cherished pets.

Every day is like a holiday for a Columbus area dog walker. When we’re not loving every minute of in home pet care, we’re enjoying the variety of taking care of reptiles, rodents, pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs, and even horses! Lucky us. Call or text us: (614) 439-1621.

Read More: Fur Star Pet Care Serves a Variety of Pets

 

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7 Reasons Why It’s Important to Walk Your Dog

How often do you get exercise? The Center for Disease Control has found that only 23% of Americans are getting enough exercise.

Perhaps the general attitude toward exercise is that it’s just not necessary for everyday life. We’re overscheduled, exhausted, and distracted.

After a long day or week, the thought of even more activity can be so unappealing.

With exercise falling off a daily routine, this means dogs will often go without a walk as well.

What does it mean for a dog when they aren’t being walked on a regular basis?

In Their Biology

Dogs have a natural inclination to be on the move. This stems from their ancestors moving in packs in search of food. It’s in their blood to migrate.

Consider all the freedom you have to just go. Like if you’ve been cooped up with a cold all week and now that you’re feeling better, you have the urge to go shopping or to a restaurant. It’s likely that your dog would get “cabin fever” too.

Some animals end up being confined to their homes and unable to carry out the basic instinct of movement.

Working long hours? Schedule too full for a dog walk?

Dog walkers in Columbus, Ohio would love to give your dogs the exercise they need!

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The Special Needs of Breeds

The necessity for regular walking and physical activity increases according to breed.

If you have a sporting or a herding breed, they have even more of a primitive drive for movement.

The more your breed has been conditioned for strenuous tasks, the more they will need exercise for wellness.

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List of Sporting & Herding Breeds

Psychological Wellness

Getting Vitamin D from the sun is good for humans and it also benefits dogs. The benefit of serotonin can help them sleep better.

If you have a dog who is too active while you’re trying to sleep, making sure they get exercise during the day can help get them back on a diurnal sleep schedule.

Think of it this way. Humans can suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder from a lack of sunlight exposure. Making sure your dog is getting plenty of sunshine can help with mental wellness.

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Active Minds Need Sensory Stimulation

Put simply, dogs need sensory stimulation. Their senses are so much stronger than ours, so it makes sense that they require more environmental engagement.

Smelling is particularly important. Some dogs have a tendency to stop and urinate several times along the way.

While we’re thinking, “How much pee do you save for this?” they’re thinking, “I’m greeting all the dogs around here!”

Lifting a leg on that tree stump is like making a social media post. Dogs marking their scent everywhere is like their own social media network.

They need social engagement just like we do.

Read More: Top Rated Dog-Friendly Parks in the Columbus Area!

Continuous Manners Training

Also important to a dog’s social life is learning how to act around strangers; both other animals and other humans.

Taking your dog for a walk or to the park for exercise gives both you and your dog practice with discipline and control.

Also, it’s important to train your dog against pulling or zig-zagging. This puts them in control but the human needs to maintain control. When you maintain discipline, it mitigates for misbehavior among strangers.

Our professional dog walkers recommend body block and high-value treats as distractions from interfering stimulus (like other animals they want to get after).

A halti, a gentle leader, or an easy walk harness are products we recommend to help with getting walks under control.

Taking regular walks gives both the owner and the dog a chance to maintain good habits.

Walking a dog properly instills discipline in your pet. Professional dog walkers in Columbus Ohio will do it right!

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Strengthen Your Bond

Thanks to technology, we have a highly distracted culture. When we realize that life has taken time away from our pets, scheduling routine walks is a way to reclaim time with our dogs.

It’s an activity that makes them very happy and you get to share this experience with them. It’s quality time

Behavioral Issues

Is your dog barking too much? Are they tearing things up in the house? Chewing on things? Getting into the garbage?

Many of these behavioral issues happening in the home can be symptoms of being stir crazy.

After about a week or two of consistent walking, you may be able to tell a difference in your pet’s behavior.

Bonus: Benefits for You

Whatever they’re getting, you can get too. The exercise, the sunshine, the quality time are all benefits to you as well. You may both sleep better after an evening stroll.

What’s more, you will also be working out kinks with behavioral matters. This can reduce your frustration with naughtiness.

What seems like just a walk in the park turns out to be a vital part of a dog’s wellness.

Has it been a while since your pooch went for a walk? Professional dog wakers in Columbus, Ohio are here to lend a hand! Fur Star Pet Care really cares about doggies getting enough exercise and stimulation.

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9 Not So Obvious Things to Ask Your Veterinarian

There’s so much to keep track of when you have pets. Did you give them their meds today? Are they eating well? When was the last time they had a treatment for fleas?

Planning a trip to the vet can be a pretty involved process as well. There’s the scheduling and getting time off from work. Then you have to load up the car, drive there, and wrangle your pets in and out of the clinic.

Be it an annual check-up or a sick visit, there are other things you may want to ask while you are at the office.

If getting your pet to the vet is hectic, it may be good to have a list of your questions ready ahead of time. Here are some suggestions on what to add to your list!

1.) Will My Dog or Cat See the Same Doctor?

If your dog or cat needs special care or is uneasy around new people, it may be particularly important to see the same doctor each time.

Some clinics have rotating veterinarians which means your animal will be with whoever is available.

Knowing the clinic’s policy ahead of time can help you plan ahead.

2.) What Time Is Best to Schedule My Pet?

Usually, when scheduling an appointment, we are looking to synch times and find the time that is most convenient for the human’s schedule.

If you have a cat or a chihuahua, you may want to consider if they frighten easily.

If you have a pet who doesn’t respond well to loud noises like barking or doesn’t get along well with other animals, you might ask for a slot during a less busy time.

This will make things easier for you, the staff and more importantly for your animal.

If the best time for your pet to come in for an appointment is at a time that is inconvenient for you, don’t dismay! We can arrange transportation to the vet in Columbus. Call or text us at (614) 439-1621

 

3.) What Do I Do For Emergencies or Surgeries?

It’s good to plan for the “what-ifs.”

Ask your vet what emergency care facility your animal should go to if they don’t already have such a facility.

You may also want to ask where they refer patients for surgical care.

Work together on an emergency plan.

4.) How Can I Reduce Costs?

Money can be an uncomfortable conversation for people. However many families are on a budget.

It’s likely you aren’t the first person to ask about how to keep expenses low.

Ask about discounts, or what alternative treatments may be cheaper.

Sometimes medications intended for humans can be given to animals and wind up costing less. Ask the vet what safe, lower-cost substitutions are available.

You may be lucky and work with a clinic that has some money-saving tricks up their sleeve.

5.) Is This Normal?

Animals sometimes do strange things. Some of it may seem insignificant and we’ll just shrug it off.

However, some things we just assume are quirks could be signs of real issues that should be addressed.

Annoying behavior can also be discussed. It may seem like whining to you but think about it. If you can have less annoyance with your pets, you can enjoy one another’s company more.

If your dog barks too much, then mention it. There may be a simple solution that brings peace to both you and your neighbors.

For owners of aging animals, ask what kind of behavior changes you should be on the lookout for such as signs of senility. Also, ask about what additional care your senior pets will need in the near to far future.

6.) Can Anything Be Done About My Pet’s Bathroom Issues?

Smells seem to hit us at random times, don’t they?

You could be getting a stack of blankets off a shelf and smell cat urine all over them. How did he get in there?

Or you’ve settled into bed, your dog laying at the foot. As you read your book, suddenly that smell comes back. You don’t hear them coming, but you smell that flatulence immediately.

While these annoying things you’d rather just put out of your mind, there may be a fix for these foul odor problems that catch you off guard.

You’re not alone. It’s not a silly question. Ask what can be done to reduce these unpleasant surprises.

7.) Is This Store-Bought Product Okay?

Some vets advise against certain over the counter flea treatments as some products may cause seizures.

We may also make the wrong assumptions about other products we buy like shampoos, foods, and treats. Get your vet’s opinion on what products you are introducing to your animal.

Sometimes we make purchase decisions based on what a friend or store clerk says about the product. They may not be aware of certain adverse effects.

Better to be safe than sorry. Bring the package into the clinic or pull it up on your mobile device.

8.) What Should I Know About My Breed?

A packed schedule could mean that the vet staff is just trying to get through their bookings as efficiently as possible.

In this rush, issues that are unique to your animal may not come up.

If you have some information you’ve come across about your pet, go ahead and bring that up. Compare notes. Ask if there is anything else you need to know about your breed of animal.

Come to know what your vet knows. They know a lot.

9.) What Parasites and Pests Are a Problem In Our Area?

Allergists know what problems nature brings for the region they serve. Likewise, there could be a certain issue that is particularly cumbersome in your area.

Ask if there are pests and parasites that are a big problem for area pet owners. Ask what the best prevention is for these issues and what treatments are available should your pet be affected.

There might also be other notable trends going on in the pet community that you might like to be in the loop about.

Get the scoop!

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Some of you may only get into talk to the vet once a year during your annual visits, so this is a crucial time to regroup and get a gameplan together about what your pet’s needs will be for the coming year.
Get a pen and paper out and make your list. Tack in on the fridge so you know where it is. One less thing to worry about!