We've had a great week, with the first hints of spring starting to poke through the ground, and the weather being surprisingly mild!
We think the dogs had a great time too - as did the human furbaby ;)! Enjoy our wee video with a few of our highlights of what our gorgeous resident dogs, boarders and pals got up to in the Midlothian sun!
The Scottish Government are currently (until 13 May 2019) running a consultation on fireworks in Scotland. For everyone who has a nervous dog who reacts badly to the sight and sound of fireworks, this is your best opportunity to let your opinions known to the people who can change things.
We've met many dogs who are terrified of fireworks. Luckily, if you know a large display is going to happen, you can make efforts to lessen the impact it has, by going out for the day, or staying over somewhere else. We have clients who bring their dogs to us for a few nights, as we are in a quiet area.
Our stance here at HHDB is to stop the sale of fireworks to the general public. Large demonstrations are great, and if a community wants to get together to organise a display, brilliant! But the selling of fireworks to the general public coming in off the street should come to an end.
We’ve seen how irresponsible people can be with them, and even though you can only buy two packets of paracetamol at a time, you can buy as many explosives as you like - and even get them delivered to your door! It all seems very weird.
Let’s keep the fireworks solely for licensed events, that way everyone can get what they want.
FOR OR AGAINST FIREWORKS?
Whilst we don’t object at all to well planned and advertised firework events, what we don’t like and want banned is sale to the public. We don't think it should be permitted to allow just anyone to let off explosives in their back garden at any time of the day or night.
We don’t think it’s appropriate that for most of October and November, many dog owners live in fear of a firework being set off in a public park, causing their dogs to bolt and, possibly, killed on the road as a result.
We’ve had such an instance ourselves a few months ago. When walking in a wildlife reserve in broad daylight at 3pm, a loud firework went off somewhere close, and if we hadn’t had good control of our dogs they could have scattered to the wind.
Nobody out walking their dog in the middle of the afternoon should have to worry about potential explosions around us when in country parks.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Perhaps you have your own stories of your dogs being badly affected by fireworks? Let us know in the comments or over on our Facebook page, but please PLEASE fill in this consultation first and we can at least try to effect change.
Our basic points for the survey are:
Please let your opinions known at the Scottish Government Consultation Page.
We’ve already covered how we prepared our dogs for when Sam (our human furbaby) came home to stay at HHDB. It’s a really good read, you should check it out…!
What we haven’t spoken much about is how best to introduce a new puppy to a house that already has one or more resident dogs. For a dog used to being the centre of attention and able to do pretty much whatever he wants, having the addition of a new puppy to create havoc and cause chaos in every way imaginable can be quite stressful at best, traumatic at worst.
Finding the right home boarding environment for your furbaby isn't easy, and there are loads of options throughout Edinburgh, Midlothian and wider Scotland. So why should you choose us to home board your dog?
We're glad you asked!
We offer a loving and personal service, and care for every dog that comes through our doors like one of our own.
We've put together a short video explaining 5 reasons why you should board your dog with Happy Home Dog Boarding, and we hope you like it!
If you'd like to get in touch about bringing your wee pal to us, drop us an email!
New year, new resolutions that we can break as soon as possible.
If this happens to you, maybe you should try to be be more dog and start figuring out how they can be just so darned happy all the time!
Dogs wag their tails when they see you, run in circles before a walk and cosy in so tightly at night that there must be a way we can all be as happy as our pups. Here at Happy Home Dog Boarding we've started to learn from them ourselves, and we'd like to share our experiences with you.
Here’s five things we think we can all learn from our dogs to make us happier, whether it’s at the end of the year or halfway through the year - there’s never a better time to improve ourselves than right now!
Yes yes, it’s only November and we’re talking about Christmas. However it’s okay, because we’re not going to encourage you to buy some over-expensive electrical goods from a slightly fancy department store.
Instead, we’re going to encourage you to think forward about the needs of your dogs as the festive season starts to pick up and your routine changes. Perhaps you have people over for drinks or dinner? Or maybe you go travelling to visit family, or they might all descend on you. Whatever happens, now is the time to start thinking about how your dog might cope and how you can help.
Just as some dogs are fine with fireworks whilst others are terrified, many dogs are okay with noise, crowds, and change of routine, but there are those who find it scary, unsettling and even upsetting.
Here’s a few tips on what to do to help your dog stay safe and secure this Christmas.