It’s a small world af­ter all

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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

El­iz­a­beth An­drews

Wally, who is four-and-a-half-years old, is a small breed dog with a big per­son­al­ity.

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