The great thing about writing a pet blog is I get to write about something I absolutely love and have loved my whole life- pets. I’ve been lucky to have worked different jobs that let share my love and knowledge with other pet owners- owner operator of a grooming shop, a veterinary assistant, a volunteer dog trainer for a local obedience club and a customer service representative for an online pet supply company. Pets are definitely my life.
A lot of pets have shared my life. Not just my own, but those I’ve met through my work. I’ll introduce you to a few that have helped shape me into the pet owner I am today and inspire my blog.
Whitney was my first dog. The dog I wished for. The dog I walked to the library every week or two so I could read anything and everything dog-related. The dog I trekked over town for so I could get the newest dog magazine. The dog who showed me how much fun training is and the bond it builds. We made it through parvo, separation anxiety and her fear of men. My proudest moment was showing her at a fun match and having her pass the stand for exam with a male judge. She showed how far trust can take you. She was the best first dog a person could ask for not just for what she gave, but what she allowed me to learn.
I did not need another cat. I didn’t need a sick cat. But I sure knew I could not let a 5 year old cat be put to sleep. Woody’s owner didn’t know cats could get diabetes and didn’t have the resources to care for one that did. Adopting this diabetic cat taught me that many people aren’t aware of the potential problems their pets could develop. I learned where to find reliable information online to help me with that duty. I learned (again, but this time I listened) what a difference a diet can make for a cat and my 2 current adopted diabetic cats are diet controlled, 1 after being on insulin for over 5 years. I learned about a wonderful group, Diabetic Cats In Need, that helps owners learn about the disease and keep their cats. If someone isn’t able to, they work to find a home for the diabetic kitty, no condemnation, just a goal to do the best for the cat. I learned their are many groups out there doing the same for other special needs pets.
I knew about ferrets. I’d met ferrets. But I never really planned on owning any until I started working at a company called The FerretStore, an online pet supply company. After talking to people all day about their little fuzzbutts, I decided to add 2 to my family. When I began researching their care, I was surprised at how many ferrets were surrendered to shelters and rescues. I had never thought about how many ferrets or guinea pigs or rabbits were given up, just the dogs and cats. Adopting Sugar and Spice opened my eyes to these small pets being surrendered and the need to educate people on their care before they add them to their household.
Just a few of the pawprints that have been left on my heart. Just a few of the pawprints that make me want to educate others as I continue to learn myself.
Who inspires your blog?