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Walking the talk

For some of my clients, I recommend that they take their dogs to hydrotherapy.  Sometimes I recommend a water treadmill and, other times, a swimming pool is better.

And with some owners, it seems they are reluctant to give it a try.  I think it is because they question whether hydrotherapy for dogs is a ‘real’ thing or they just can’t imagine their dog doing it.

Today, I took Izzy swimming for the first time.  (My previous dog, Daisy, who passed away in 2014, was a regular at the pool for almost the last two years of her life).

Here is Izzy at the Dog Swim Spa.  The lifejacket gave her support and confidence and she did very well.

We are going to make it to the pool at least 3-4 times per year and will increase the frequency of visits as she ages and depending on her physical condition.  It is good variety for her fitness regime at the moment plus these visits will serve as added enrichment.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Izzy’s letter to Santa

Dear Santa

This is my first-ever letter to you, although I will soon be 8.

I was a racing dog until the age of 5 ½ when I came to live with mummy.  I was still settling in during our first Christmas together and, last year, you might remember that we had our photo taken together. 

Back then, I just thought you were a guy that was over-dressed for a warm summer day.  I wasn’t sure about sitting next to you but that’s what mummy wanted and so I did it to make her happy. 

Then someone told me that you are the one who brings presents at Christmas.

So I’m writing because for Christmas I’d like a bed; I already have a bed – this one is for mummy.

You see, I don’t think there’s enough room for both of us in my bed.  When mummy is in bed with me in the hot weather,  I get too hot.  So I’d like another bed for mummy.

But there isn’t enough room in our bedroom for another bed and I do like sleeping close to mummy so I was hoping you could arrange to make the bedroom bigger, too.

Now I know I’m asking for a lot, but everyone says that you are really good at what you do – getting around the world in one night and leaving everyone presents.  And it isn’t like you’ve heard from me for the last 7 years.  That should count for something.

I have faith in you, Santa. 

You got this.

Love,

Izzy

Priceless

Just a brief post and thought of the day.

Getting your dog food delivered….convenient

Having fun with the box afterwards….PRICELESS

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand

Izzy’s cabin fever

For the last few days it has been raining when we normally go out for morning walks.  And Izzy doesn’t like walking when it is really raining.  She prefers to do her business and head for home.

But those shorter walks (thankfully, the afternoon walks haven’t been affected by rain) have meant that she has excess energy.  This energy burst forth this afternoon when she had to play with a range of toys before she settled for dinner and a rest. This went on for over 30 minutes – most unusual for my sedate greyhound.

Here she is, in all her glory, playing with her basketball:

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Keeping a greyhound cool

It’s been a hot day.  Izzy and I are both feeling the heat.

I’ve kept the shades drawn today to help keep out the strong sunshine and Izzy is enjoying her fan.

Greyhound in front of fan

Izzy does her best to chill out in front of the fan

A bit later I will probably turn on the air conditioning to cool the house down for sleeping…and we’ll go for a short walk after the sun sets.

The lawn was mowed yesterday and so Izzy’s paddling pool isn’t filled right now – but luckily the forecast is for the weather to be cooler and more comfortable tomorrow.

We are both looking forward to that.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Izzy’s visit with Santa

I have made it a tradition that all my dogs get one official Christmas photograph.  Last year, Izzy had only been with me for about 6 weeks and was still adjusting to life as a pet.  I decided it was too soon for a visit with Santa.

This year is another story and so on Saturday, I took Izzy to a local ‘big retail’ pet store for a Santa photo.  I am glad we got there early and were first in line because the store was very cramped and with people rapidly lining up for photos, there was little room to move in the aisles.

Snarls and growls down the line were heard (often).

I think it is great that the store offered pet photos, but I think they could do more to welcome visitors by temporarily moving displays.  But, alas, let’s face it – Christmas is shopping season and no retailer will do this.

Izzy patiently waited her turn watching the photographer and his assistant, who were running late, set up.  And then she saw the cage of pet rats…she was very interested.

Izzy waiting for Santa

Izzy sees rats at the pet store

This is the unofficial photograph; we are expecting the official print portrait in a couple of days.   I’m looking forward to adding it to the family album.

Izzy the greyhound on Santa's knee

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Izzy’s eggplant

I’ve had to leave Izzy for a few weeks; we’re back together now.  I always like to buy her new things when I travel and her squeaky eggplant, a $5 bargain from Petco, has proven to be a good choice.

Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand