It’s a small world after all
My favourite ride at Walt Disney World has always been the It’s A Small World ride, and I must admit, my hockey playing, cycling-enthusiast husband also enjoys the ride. I laugh when I think about the two of us jammed into that little teacup spinning around the worldly exhibits. It truly is a small world. Now, try being a small dog in our big world.
Small dogs need to be cared for very differently than large dogs. They need to be treated like larger dogs and we must remember they are dogs, not ornaments. They need boundaries, training, socializing, exercise, toys and they especially need to be kept safe
We were at Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa last weekend with our friends Kevin and Margot Cameron. The cottage allowed dogs so we brought our big, goofy dog Porsche and the Camerons brought their sweet, little dog Daisy.
Introductions between the dogs went very well, but we did have to watch Porsche because she is relentless in her efforts to get Daisy to chase her and Porsche has about 60 pounds on Daisy.
The world can seem like a scarier place for little dogs. Jumping up on to the couch can be intimidating, long staircases can seem unending and the vacuum can look like Godzilla.
My friend Elizabeth Andrews owns a very small dog named Wally. Andrews has always owned large-breed dogs until recently, and she agrees; life with a small dog is very different. When she is away from her home, she puts Wally in a penned area so he is safe from her two large-breed dogs. Both of her large dogs are extremely friendly, but Wally is too small and delicate to be left to fend for himself if a game of chase or tug-of-war breaks out.
When Andrews is out for a walk with Wally, she will pick him up when a larger dog is approaching. Wally loves other dogs, but Andrews needs to ensure Wally does not get stepped on or knocked over if the other dog tries to engage in playtime.
I visited a doggy daycare in Halifax last month that exclus- ively caters to small dogs. An incredible woman, Cindy James, owns and operates the ingenious business called Petite Urban Pooch. Her logo simply states “Spoiling Small Dogs Since 2014” and boy oh boy, do they spoil small dogs.
“At PUP [Petite Urban Pooch], we want to send your dog home “dog-tired.” Whether you are a daycare client or a Dog Lounge visitor, your petite pooch will have the chance to interact with other dogs their own size, making him/ her more comfortable in our Petite Urban setting. We want PUP to send your dog into a bumswinging, tail-wagging, good time,” says James.
Please visit PUP and spend some quality time with James and the small dogs in her care. Everything at PUP is small, including the furniture, toys, bowls and the stairs. Your little dog will feel like royalty at PUP and please remember, it is a small world after all.
Please be kind to animals
Wally, who is four-and-a-half-years old, is a small breed dog with a big personality.