Fiona’s Corner

Planning for the Long-Term Care of Your Pet

Sheltering with Your Dogs

Eating Nasty Stuff

Planning for Long-Term Care of Your Pet

What would happen to your cherished pet if you are unable to care for them? This is a situation that animal control is faced with when they are called to a home where the owner has died or has to be hospitalized with pets left behind. Take some time and make a plan for your pets.
 
1. Ensure that your pets are licensed and micro-chipped for identification and wearing collar with tags. A photo of each pet if you have multiple pets.
 
2. Choose someone who is willing to take care of the pet if something happens to you.
 
3.Meet with a lawyer to set up a durable Power of Attorney document giving your chosen caretaker the authority to care for your pets and make decisions for medical care.
 
4.Make sure your pets are included in your estate plan.
 
5.Make a packet for each pet and their special needs, special toys/blanket.
 
6. List the vet practice, any health issues, medication they may be taking, food they eat along with the feeding schedule.
 
Having a plan in place that you created is essential for the future of your pet.
 
When a BREW adopter passes away or becomes unable to care for their beagle, BREW always takes the beagle back into its care. We are only a phone call or an email away. The beagle is checked over by one of our vets and placed in a foster home. The foster family works with them to find a new forever home.

Sheltering with Your Dogs

Okay Beagles, listen up. During these trying times with our hoomans in the house 24-7, we need to make sure we do our part in keeping them healthy and happy. Here are some tips and suggestions.
 
1. Make sure you get them out for a morning stroll before they sit down at the computer.
 
2. Blood Pressure. Help keep it under control by being available for cuddles, pets and belly rubs.
 
3. Cardio. Humans tend to get a little lazy and it is our job to get their heart rate up. Play “Grab and Go”. Find their favorite things, take them and make them chase you to get them back.
 
4. If you notice they are taking too many snack breaks, steal their snacks.
 
5. Demand a walk after lunch as it will help stimulate their brain and give you a break from their boring conference calls.
 
6. When they are participating in a video meeting, make sure you get some face time and offer up your opinion/suggestions. Everyone benefits from a cute beagle face and adorable aroos.
 
Putting a smile on their faces is a good thing. Remember the saying, “laughter is the best medicine”. Helping others is a good thing.
 
Stay safe, Stay healthy.
 
We will get through this.
 
Thanks, Fiona!!

Eating Nasty Stuff

No matter how much quality food your beagles get, they are always on the look out for inappropriate snacks while on walks or in the yard!  What to do?
  
Thank you for reaching out with your concerns and for providing your babies with nutritious food and treats. I understand how frustrating it must be to see your beagles participating in this nasty habit. It is a misconception that they do this because of a poor diet or poor health. No exact answer has been found for this behavior. However what we do know is beagles have a deeply rooted instinctual scavenging nature. They could also do this as a means to get attention, anxiety or boredom. When going on a walk, take some small yummy treats with you and when the beagles grab something you do not want them to have, use the swap method. Offer the treat and they should (operative word here is should) drop what they have and take the yummy treat. Try not to yell at them. They realize this excited voice means you are going to take the treasure from them. Calmly tell them no, offer the treat, placing it away from them so that they have to move away from the nasty item after they drop it to get the appropriate treat.
 
Thanks, Fiona!!