Fun Ways to Pamper Your Pet
Last time, we looked at some of the ways Richmond VA pet owners pamper their pets. We found so many, we had to split into two posts. Here’s Part 2!
If you want to have some fun, go online and look up “doggie clothes.” There are clothes for dogs and cats that range from around $10.00 to many thousands of dollars for one ensemble — absolutely beautiful clothes, leather jackets, designer dresses, winter wear and even summer bikinis!
And because the food we feed out pets is critically important, it’s no surprise that pet food companies have paid a lot of attention to and research on producing dog food that is of the highest quality, easily digested and contains all the nutrients necessary for your pet’s health.
You can go into just about any pet store and request a dog or cat food consultant and that person will talk to you about your pet — age, activity level, health issues — and recommend a food / diet that is optimally suited for your pet. Of course, you can do a home-cooked diet for your pets. We shared this recipe for our dogs’ favorite home-cooked meal on the blog last year. Bone appetite!
Hit the Road, Jack!
Because so many of us car travel with our pets, they need special car seats, harnesses, leashes, beds, travel bowls and a first aid kit to keep in your car.
Dogs love to go to places and more and more animals are welcome in stores, outdoor restaurants, malls, city streets and even some medical facilities. Here’s a good list for finding dog-friendly places in Richmond, VA. I even know of a dentist who lets anxious and fearful patients bring their pet to sit by them during dental procedures. These are not therapy dogs in the true sense, but they provide the owner with a sense of calm that all the local anesthetics in the world couldn’t!
Planning for Uncertainties
None of us knows what tomorrow brings, so it’s right to be concerned that if something happened to you, your animals would be provided for. We don’t consider this pampering your pet — it is just responsible pet care. According to Nolo.com’s article on Pets and Estate Planning:
“A sizeable percentage of people who go to lawyers about wills and trusts want to take steps to make sure that if their animals outlive them, they will be well taken care of. It’s a reasonable concern. Many animals end up being surrendered to shelters after their owners die, and many of them do not find new homes.
Usually family members want to ensure a better outcome for the animals, but simply may not be able to take care of them or find a suitable home. Especially if the pet is older, ill, or unusual.”
So it makes good sense that animal care and provisions for money and a guardian are being written into wills.
Personally, I don’t think that any of this is silly or over-the-top. When you adopt a puppy or adult dog, it becomes your responsibility to give it the best care and quality of life possible. Why? BECAUSE WE LOVE OUR PETS!
Carole Tomas is the owner and president of Pet Pleasers, Inc. She is a graduate of Ohio University and a Charter Member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. When she began Pet Pleasers in 1985, business was conducted Old School via a landline, snail mail and an answering machine the size of a breadbox. No internet, email, text messaging, digital photos, social media or mobile phones! What has remained constant over three decades: Carole’s love of animals and an unwavering passion for professional pet sitting.