March 2020 Newsletter
The Sit, Stay, Play Report
I absolutely adore my 2 dogs, Roo and Maggie! I love on them, give them kisses, dole out treats and, most importantly, STUDY them. Do you “study” your dogs? What I mean by that is can you tell what they are feeling, thinking or reacting to? I would like to challenge you this month to “study” your dogs! Pay attention to what their eyes look like, what their ears are doing and where their tail is being kept. I have come to realize that my dogs (and all dogs) are such emotional, relational and beautiful animals!! My relationship with them is much richer now that I better understand dog behavior and communication. I am currently reading a book called “Dog is Love – Why and How Your Dog Loves You” by Clive Wynne, PhD and I am encouraged with all the latest research that is happening around the globe on dogs. Not only is their cognitive ability being studied but the emotions of dogs is also being researched. Without getting too scientific or complicated, the author, a canine behaviorist and researcher, decided he wanted to find out what is truly special about dogs. Why do they give such unconditional love towards humans? How has this unconditional love and affection transpired through the centuries from their closest relative, the wolf? For years the scientific community has resisted the notion that dogs have “feelings”, warning against anthropomorphizing (putting human characteristics to a non-human species) our pets. This book is about how Dr. Wynne shows that affection is at the core of who a dog is. It is cutting edge research that is giving us new evidence that domestic dogs, in fact, show us LOVE… hence the title of the book! Just think about how your dog reacts to you when you come back from being gone for an extended period of time! That, my friends, is love.
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PET DAYS IN MARCH!
March 1 – 8: Professional Pet Sitters Week
March 13: K9 Veterans Day
March 23: National Puppy Day
March 23: Cuddly Kitten Day
March 28: Respect Your Cat Day
March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day
March Happenings here at MDP
You might see a new face around the Daycare. We would like to welcome Annie Reaves to the Mid-Day Play Staff. She will be training and working as a Dog Handler at the Daycare! If you happen to see her give her a warm welcome! Harmoni and Matt have also reached their ONE YEAR anniversary at the Daycare! Anne Davies has reached her FOUR YEAR anniversary with us Pet Sitting and Dog Walking.. WOO HOO! We are also sad to say Amber will be leaving us at the end of the month, she will be working full time for the United States Navy. We thank you for serving MDP and our Country! Give them a high give next time you see them!