Gus swims!

It has been very hot here in Seattle, and during our last trip to the Magnuson off leash park, Gus showed some interest in the water, so I decided to bring him back. Yesterday something amazing happened… Gus SWAM. Not just feet in, up-to-his-belly wet, we are talking swimming with the big pups. I was so proud. Enjoy!

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How to Avoid an Ear Infection

Gus is prone to ear infections. They first started after our camping trip last Labor Day weekend when we were down on the beach in Oregon. We came back and his left ear had mucus and an odor which prompted me to take him to the vet. I like to keep Gus active so we regularly attend BT meetups and a lot of the meetups take place in sandy areas or large, loose dirt enclosed fields which make keeping his ears clean a challenge. Now, after we come back from Boston Terrier Meetups, I usually give Gus a bath to clean him up and look presentable again!

It is commonly known that you want to avoid getting water down your dogs ears when giving them a bath. For a dog with such large ears that stand up straight, that is not an easy task. One day, a brilliant idea hit me and I’ve used this ever since: cotton balls! I wedge one cotton ball gently into each of Gus’ ears which prevents water from rolling into them. Once the bath is over, simply pull the cotton swab out and toss. Sometimes, if a little water makes the cotton swab damp, I use it to wipe any dirt out of his ears then follow up with his prescription ear cleaner. A simple trick which makes routine pet care that much easier.

Take Your Dog To Work Day

Gus comes to work with me everyday, so this is nothing new but today:

He sports his new Rover.com shades (he is a host after all!).

His daily duties Include:

  • Farting
  • Snoring
  • Sleeping
  • Sprinting after a good poop
  • Begging for treats
  • Jumping high for the ChuckIt stick
  • Sitting in my lap
  • Chilling on his dog sofa
  • Dreaming of Squish
  • Poop, pee, repeat.

stay classy gus…

Squish’s awesome mom bought him a tie dog collar but his neck was a little… big for it so Gus got the hand me down. These tie collars from Thwap are so fun and make Gus look like the true American gentleman he is! The perfect addition to dress up your pup for a party.

Experiencing the loss of a rover dog

Maggie

My very first booking through Rover.com was with Maggie, the Dachshund. As I had only watched the dogs of friends and family, she was the first dog who was completely new to me. I picked her up from her home and she rode shotgun the whole way home, immediately making her feel like my co-pilot who would warn me of any dangers along the way.

She was challenging. She hated wet grass. It rained the week I had her.

She liked to pull on the leash. She saw a bird and slipped out of her harness and ran all the way back to my front door.

By no means was she easy, but it put things into perspective for me. To be a successful, careful dog sitter I needed to take extra steps to make sure the dog was comfortable, and safe in my home. I immediately got her a new (adjustable) harness, and started taking her to areas with trees where the grass beneath was somewhat dry. Success.

As an old lady, she mainly hung out under my desk at work, and sleeping could have been considered her favorite hobby. When her stay with me was over, her family was so thrilled with the photos I sent and could really tell Maggie had a nice time. A few months later, Maggie’s owner wrote to let me know she was unable to make it out of an illness and had passed away. Such a great sadness I felt. Not only did I feel sadness for Maggie’s owner, I felt sadness myself thinking back on the bond that was formed with her, and every other Rover dog I host.

Oscar

As I took college classes with Oscar’s owner, I had seen photos of him for quite a while but had never met him until Michelle needed a dog sitter. Oscar was by far the largest dog I have hosted. A gentle giant of a Boxer he was a pleasure to have over with his dog-brother Beau. The two dogs were inseparable. On walks, they were side by side. On the couch, they were side by side. They even shared a crate. Since oscar was older, he mainly spent his time on the couch or resting. Gus grew very close to Oscar and often chose to share the same couch cushion as him. Oscar was a nice, warm cuddle buddy and Gus always loves a good snuggle.

After hearing of Oscars passing this week, it brought back the same sadness I experienced with Maggie. I thought of the special bond between Oscar and his owner and thought of how much Gus bonded with him as well.

Through dog sitting, I feel honored to be able to provide the same love and attention to dogs as they receive at home. If anything, I feel lucky that the owners choose me to share their dog with. I always form a bond with the dog no matter the challenges or frustrations I may experience and each and every dog has filled a special spot in my heart which, when their time comes, will be missed just as much as my own.

A tribute to a best friend

At my previous job I was not allowed to bring Gus to work, although I do admit sometimes I would sneak him under my desk. Gus was never used to being around other dogs all of the time so when I started working at Rover.com is was stimulus overload for him.

The week I started my current job, Lauren also started as the Social Media Manager. She mentioned her dog was around the same age as Gus, so I was excited for him to have a play mate. Little did I know, Gus would have a connection with Squish like a human has with their best friend. The first day Lauren brought Squish, Gus wasn’t sure about him and acted like a jerk. After about 2 hours, you couldn’t stop them from running up and down the hallway and having UFC style wrestle matches right in the middle of the office.

After that point, Gus and Squish became inseparable. They had sleepovers, shared beds at work and were almost always sleeping side to side. I’ve dog sat Squish many times, and feel as though he is one of my own. Sadly, a job opportunity presented itself to Squish’s dad in San Francisco and they moved away in February. Gus and I took the road trip down to San Francisco with Lauren and Squish (and Brando, their other dog!) and spent a few days helping them settle in. We flew back home after the weekend and Gus knew something was different. It took him a good month and a half to start playing with other dogs in the office again and he seemed to mope around my apartment. To help him out, I started taking him to the Boston Terrier meetups around the Seattle area and it really picked up his energy. No Boston is a replacement for Squish but it will do until they see each other again.

Here’s to Squish, the best dog friend a little Boston Terrier could ever have.

Why a Boston Terrier?

Many people ask why I chose to get a Boston Terrier, and the answer is simple. All Boston Terrier’s I have had the pleasure of meeting were spunky, fun, cuddly and to put it in one word: Amazing.

But… what those with Bostons didn’t tell me was about the snoring and farting. I learned of these, say… “gifts” while researching the breed. The moment I picked Gus up from the breeder at 8 weeks I thought to myself “Sure, they fart and snore but he WILL be the exception.” I was wrong. Not only does Gus snore, he has forced my boyfriend to sleep in our second bedroom on more than one occasion. Not only does he fart, he can completely clear out a conference room, or even worse – give those on the bus with us no option but to sit in the stink.

Sadly, I’ve become immune to it and even crazy enough to want another. What do you think? He sure is cute….