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4 Reasons Why You Should Send Your Dog to Daycare

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If you are a dog owner, you likely view your pet as an important member of your family. And if so, you aren’t alone! The United States is home to over 75 million pet dogs—more than any other country—and of those, almost half of dogs in the U.S. sleep in their owner’s beds. As such, we’re all looking for ways to improve the quality and longevity of our pets’ lives: feeding them organic pet food, taking trips to the dog park, and jogging around the neighborhood.

But why not give your dog a little pampering, too? When you send your dog to a daytime pet daycare and groomer, you can help them feel healthier and happier. Below are the top four benefits to signing your pooch up for daycare.

1. Dog daycare isn’t just for overnight boarding.

In fact, daycare for pets comes with a variety of benefits for dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds. Your dog can play in an outdoor, open space, socializing with other dogs and exercising more frequently. Simply drop your pup off on your way to work in the morning, and then pick them up on the way home! You can also drop your dog off on weekends while you run errands.

Depending on the routine that you want to create for your pet, you can sign them up for daycare as often as you prefer. In addition to daytime care, overnight, cage-free boarding services are also available. Our services are designed to make your dog comfortable when they are in our care.

2. At daycare, a grooming company can give your pup a haircut.

If you or your family has a demanding schedule, bath time is one facet of pet care that often gets overlooked. In addition to general daycare, a grooming company is available on site. A professional grooming company can shampoo and trim your dog’s coat during their day of play. This saves you additional time, as well as another appointment or trip across town.

Grooming, in addition to daycare, is designed with your dog’s health and comfort in mind. At the end of the day, you’ll pick up a happy, clean cut pooch!

3. If you work long hours, daycare can help your pup stay on their routine.

Creating a consistent routine is an important part of maintaining your dog’s health. But if you have a long commute or a demanding work schedule, it can be difficult to walk, feed, and play with your dog on a regular schedule. At daycare, a professional team watches your dog and keeps their routine in mind, minimizing stress on both you and your pet.

With daycare services, you can trust that your dog—no matter their age—is being cared for by fun and qualified professionals.

4. Your dog can have extra room to romp around, leash free!

Socialization is another important aspect of your dog’s health that’s easily overlooked when you’re short on time. Daycare can give your dog plenty of space to play with other dogs. This can incorporate more exercise and socialization into your pet’s routine. They may also feel more comfortable with other breeds of dogs, making future trips to the dog park go smoother.

Remembering the Four Legged Heroes of September 11

We remember the heroics and sacrifices made by first responders on September 11, 2001, but the stories of the four legged heroes are not as well known.  In the hours and days after the event rescue dogs worked side by side with their handlers to find victims buried in the rubble. Although not as celebrated as their human counterparts, these brave dogs risked their lives to save those who were trapped.

 

The longest living rescue dog from that day was a Golden Retriever named Bretagne (pronounced Brittnay).  As a 2 year old Bretagne worked side by side with the other rescue workers for ten grueling days locating survivors.  After the events of 9/11/01, Bretagne also worked hard in search, rescue and recovery events after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ivan.  Formally retiring from search work at age 9, Bretagne continued to work as a goodwill ambassador and a reading assistance dog at her local elementary school.  Bretagne lived nearly 17 years, passing on June 6, 2016. As she entered to animal hospital local firefighter lined the sidewalk and saluted. Her life had such an impact in her community, there is currently a life-size bronze statue of her in a Houston suburb.  On days like today, people can visit the statue to reflect on what a good dog with a big heart can accomplish.

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Bretagne received her dog training from her owner, and handler, Denise Corliss.  Corliss, who was a volunteer firefighter, began training Bretagne at only 8 weeks old.

 

Coby and Guinness were two other dogs who used their extensive dog training to save lives on that fateful day.  These two labrador retrievers worked 12 hour shifts for 11 days straight, their only rewards being a nap or a chew toy.  Together they were able to locate the remains of dozens of people in the rubble and debris. These two dogs used their extensive dog training to bring closure to dozens of families, and for that we can never thank them enough.

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The story of Jake just might be the most heart warming of all the hero dogs of that day.  Found as a stray and suffering from several serious injuries to his hip and leg, Jake was nursed back to health by a first responder named Mary Flood.  Flood introduced Jake to extensive dog training, which he took to like a natural. On 9/11, jake worked for 17 days helping in the rescue, and eventually, recovery efforts.  In his later years, Jake helped train a new generation of rescue dogs as well as working as a therapy dog at a nursing home in Utah. Jake, the dog who was found hurt and alone, repaid the kindness shown to him by dedicating his life to helping people in trouble.  Although it took a great deal of dog training for Jake to fulfill his destiny, his story is a testament to all the dogs out there. Love, compassion, and effective dog training can allow even the forgotten dogs to become heroes.

 

On this day we rightfully celebrate the first responders who rushed towards danger in order to save lives.  However, during our reflection, let’s remember the hero dogs as well. Bretagne, Cody, Guinness, Jake, and hundreds of other brave dogs risked their lives in order to help.  These dogs worked tirelessly to find trapped civilians and even in the following years used their dog training to offer comfort as emotional support dogs and therapy dogs. As we remember and honor those who lost their lives, let us also remember and honor those dogs who stood by their side.

Life After That Day

The tragic events of that day showed us many things: the strength and resilience of the American people, the selflessness of the first responders, and the value of service dogs in search and rescue operations.  From their training, experience and breed, search and rescue dogs can be classified two ways: air-scenting and trailing dogs.  An air scent dog specifically locates human scent, whereas the trailing dog can be trained to focus on any specific scent, human or no.  A drug or bomb sniffing dog would be an example of a trailing dog as they are trained to focus in on the scent of those particular objects.  The dogs of 9/11 were primarily air-scenting, their dog training involved focusing in on human scents even through piles of rubble and debris.  Search and rescue dogs have since been used in instances of flooding, wildfire, natural disaster, avalanche, drowning and mass casualty events.  When the worst happens, man’s best friend is there to help.