The bleakest day of the year according to research by psychologists (Mon 14 Jan this year or ‘Blue Monday’), has just passed us this week and as you can see, smiley pup Cassie was undeterred by the gloomy prediction!
At Mel’s Pet Services we have quite a few dogs, cats and the odd budgie who require a ‘pet pop-in’ to keep them happy, fed, cleaned and watered. Cassie has a visit of half an hour for company at home on some weekdays while plenty of my cats like Molly and Mia below have an early evening visit for dinner and play.
If your are feeling blue this January then wrap up and get out with a doggy and brave the cold to have some fun - it's suggested that it can improve depression, anxiety and a number of other issues. Or if all else fails check out the vid below for a laugh!!
Mel's Pet Services is now 4 years old and going strong as Malmesbury's pets enjoy lots of attention, exercise and cuddles from Mel - there could be worse jobs :-)
Autumn, my favourite season, is once more closing in and the fields and lanes lay golden with leaves in the weakening daylight. Walking alone with dogs through the seasons really provides you with a special view of nature. From the birds preparing their nests for winter to the blackberries ripening on the bush - we are so lucky to live in this beautiful town with such richness in the natural world around us.
It helps to take a walk in nature whether you're a dog walker or not! Walking is good exercise for the body and mind, and helps you to not only bond with your pet but meet other people and socialise your dog/s with theirs.
I have learned that it is really important to understand the etiquette involved in dog walking and socialisation.
If you want your dog to have a great experience on their walk and for you to enjoy and take advantage of the benefits of a peaceful stroll in the countryside, it is important that a few basic guidelines are followed:
Plan your dog walk below:
In the four years we have been successfully running a dog walking/pet sitting business, I've learned so much and especially that your dog/s want a peaceful, happy life and having a regular walk with their owner who is calm and in control is part of that. This can really create a special bond between you. So make sure you have everything you need for a comfortable walk in the countryside and get out into Autumn - embrace the beauty of the season!
We are now into our third year of looking after the furry and feathery residents of Malmesbury and as the weather (almost) starts to heat up my attention is on making sure my pet clients are happy and enjoy their walks or visits with me through the hazy summer days, but I am also aware of the many dangers to pets posed by this time of year.
Heat can be a real problem to all animals and whenever I have a walk or a visit, I always ensure I fill up drinking bowls or carry a mobile water bowl on me for walks.
It shouldn't need to be said, but dogs really do die in hot cars and we can all share the advice from the RSPCA below to spread awareness. Summer is fun but has it's dangers so lets be happy but responsible with our furry friends!
Summer is heating up at Mel's Pet Services and we are mighty busy looking after all of Malmesbury's precious pets while our customers are enjoying holidays and day trips.
The heat has been a bit much occasionally and we have a policy of shorter walks in extreme heat and if it's just too hot then we have a pop in visit with water play in the garden for dogs.
The decs are put away for another year and chilly January is upon us! The fields and lanes are icy at the moment and Mel has been having fun skating across Daniel's Well with new client Currant Bun - it never puts her off a quick dip in the river though (Currant Bun that is), brrrrrr!!
Halloween or Samhain as was it's original name in the Gaelic pagan calendar may have become a night of scares and mischief these days but was originally a celebration marking the turning wheel of the year from the light of summer and harvest of autumn to the dark days of winter. Bonfires were lit, food offerings to the pagan gods were made to ensure a safe and successful winter season. This was also seen as a time when the veil between the two worlds was thinnest and fairies and spirits could more easily move into our world and communicate with us. Seen as a magical time so long ago, it still holds fascination for us, if very much removed from it's original meaning. A nice remnant of those days I follow is to light a candle in the window for any soul's (human and animal) loved and lost to you so their way is lit should they visit our world.
So remember to keep safe and look out for your pets during the festivities, we may like to be thrilled and frightened for fun but our pets do not!
Alfie, Hudson and Gorgeous George pictured below have all been looked after by Mel's Pet Services in the last week and can confirm that love, cuddles and the odd treat are all the magic they need :-)
This week got off to a great start looking after two gorgeous Cocker Spaniels, Dora and Meg. We spent a wonderful afternoon playing, chatting and fussing over these friendly dogs - to keep them company while their owners were out for the afternoon. One of the dogs can make a bit of a racket on her own due to separation anxiety - such a common problem for many dogs, there are things you can do to help your dog in your absence though. Leaving your dog with something to entertain and occupy them can reduce stress levels, try a Kong toy which releases treats but requires playing with to do this thus, entertaining and treating your dog at the same time, click here to visit the companies website.
Mel has also been studying up this week on leading Positively dog training expert Victoria Stilwell. She will soon be opening a dog behaviour training academy and we are excited to learn more about this with a view to Mel developing her services to provide positive dog behaviour training with the help of this renowned trainer. We'll keep you posted but in the meantime, visit Victoria's website to learn more.
As a birthday treat, Mel got pampered at her favourite local beauty salon The White House run by Sue King. We love this place as we get to see her lovely dog at the same time! Visit the website on the link above for more information, we recommend the full body massage for tired old souls! Mel's animaltastic birthday party went down well - we had giant rats, cats, foxes, elephants, you name it!! Incriminating evidence below!
This week we have loved taking on some new clients - two Tibetan Terriers, Honey and Bruno who have been showing Mel the ropes of wading through the new piles of autumn leaves decorating the streets and alleyways of Malmesbury town. They may not like to walk for too long but they sure have fun while they're out, sniffing the crisp autumn air and saying hello to other dogs in the park!
Mel's Animaltastic Birthday!
Final exciting news of the week is that Mel is celebrating her (20 something of course), birthday with an Animaltastic Fancy dress themed 80's party for family and friends! To celebrate the launch of Mel's Pet Services and to generally dress up like animals and dance to cheesy 80's music whilst eating pineapple and cheese on sticks!!!! Don't say you were not warned Malmesbury - incriminating photos to follow. Tilly (pictured) may keep Daisy the cat company in a quiet bedroom away from the music!!