Now certainly, dogs are not human, we know this. Although, for most people today who truly view their dogs as part of the family I would venture to say that they call their dog their fur baby or their “kid” knowing full well that their canine is most obviously not a human. People use this expression as a way to truly express their outpouring love as being as large as it would be if their dog did indeed only have two feet instead of four! This term of endearment has a way of expressing that we do our very best as pet parents to provide the very best in care and education as we would if our dog were a human.

We Try Our Best to Provide the BEST

When we become parents we learn as we go. There really isn’t a guide book for your individual child because as we know all kids are different. I believe that as a pet parent the same holds true for our dogs. There really is no guide book, instruction manual, podcast or video all about your “dog kid” and how to offer the best education and care there is to give. We do our very best as pet parents to research, ask around, find and provide what we feel is best. The same as we would for our children.

Ups and Downs
Recently, my Godson had just gotten back from the trip of a lifetime.  He proposed to his longtime love of his life, Natalie. The trip – just like marriage and life, as it turns out, had its ups and downs. The planned vacation wasn’t what he had imagined. They weathered a few storms, literally. They avoided wicked wind storms, insane snow falls and unexpected road closures in Lake Tahoe and mud slides in Santa Barbara that you thought you would only see in the movies.

When it was all said and done Natalie was thrilled with the surprise proposal, even though they were “white knuckled” and petrified on the tight and curvy roads on their rental car ride the whole entire trip, she still had a gorgeous ring on her finger, so life was good!

Accidents Happen
When they got home to Arkansas, really all that mattered was beginning their new life as fiancé and future husband and picking up their dear Louise, their one-year-old mixed breed from her boarding center. Within a short amount of time, they discovered that Louise had a severe injury behind her ear. Being a long time owner of a boarding and training center in Michigan, they sent me a picture right away.  I immediately told them they needed to take her to their veterinarian and have the area shaved so the doctor could take a better look. Just as suspected this was a bite wound. It was so deep in fact that it required staples, pain medicines, the cone, and the whole nine yards. Accidents happen – even though we do our very best as pet parents to provide the best care there is to offer.

Communication is Everything
When Dennis called the owner of the boarding center he was quick to reimburse for the costs associated with the injury as though this was no big deal. At that time, in between chuckling over the phone at Dennis, he proceeded to tell him that he was overreacting and that he shouldn’t be treating his dog as a child. He went on to say that one day when Denny and Natalie have children they better prepare themselves for when their child perhaps breaks their arm. He basically told Dennis that he needed to lighten up and deal with it. Certainly, as we are well aware, dogs are not kids and they are not human. But, they are part of the family. Now I don’t know about you, but if this were my child and she was under the care of a person who noticed that her arm was broken and did nothing about it, did not seek medical attention and didn’t even bother to call to notify me – I consider that neglect and abuse. It doesn’t matter if it’s a dog, a child or a snake as far as I’m concerned, it’s abuse and neglect.

In life, we weather a lot of storms. In our careers and human relationships there are a lot of ups and downs and in parenting, it seems we are always unprepared to prepare for the unexpected. Ultimately, it’s the phone call or the communication that matters most. It’s the caring, kind, heartfelt consideration when another human being expresses genuine concern for another person’s loved one. Yes, just like children, accidents do indeed happen, this was about, among many other things, of course, the way the unfortunate situation was handled during and afterward. These aren’t the types of things you can predict when seeking care. All you can do is try your very best as pet parents to provide the best care there is to offer.

How to Find the Right Boarding Care for YOU and Your Dog
As pet parents, we always want to provide what’s best, this young couple had no idea what to look for when finding a boarding center or what questions to ask, most people wouldn’t. All we know is that they are real people, with a real family and real feelings. Not only will the memories of their trip and their beautiful engagement stay forever in their hearts, but this unforeseen event will also stay there too. The most unfortunate thing about this entire story is how it was handled, plain and simple. Dogs are family, they are indeed like our kids and finding a care center that will respect not only the fact that you treat them that way, but also treat your dog as they would their own, is what it’s all about.


To learn lots more about finding a boarding center and the likes and dislikes of the variety of care options available, follow the link here.

From Christine:
Thank you to my Godson, Natalie and sweet Louise for the inspiration for this blog. It’s #nationalloveyourpetday, I figured today was the perfect day to share your love and spread the word on the importance of finding #fearfree care when we love our dogs as much as you love Louise and each other.

Hang on for the “white knuckle” ride of life, I can’t make you any promises it will get any easier, but if you move back to Michigan we will be happy to board Miss Louise for you and ease a little of life’s unexpected turns for you for next time! XO –

About the Author Christine Fox, APDT, CTDI and a Pet Sitters International member, is the founder of Wag ‘N’ Tails Dog Activity Center with two locations in Michigan. She has been involved with many pet dog trainer certification initiatives, all based on learning techniques that involve humane practices and the latest in scientific research. Christine also raised a service dog for Paws With a Cause and plans to train her newest pup in therapy work. Through her work with dogs and their parents, Christine has developed many happy and healthy relationships with both humans and dogs in the community.

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