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Fireworks

29th October 2017
It’s that time of year again. The fireworks are out and it’s great fun for all the family… except the dog. No matter what you try (short of building a soundproof bunker…. but that’s a post for another day), your four-legged friend is going to hear those strange, loud bangs. Some dogs suffer worse than others, but I can’t say I’ve ever met a dog that liked fireworks. Whilst you may not be able to avoid them, you can take some steps to make things as stress-free as possible for your four legged friend. Some are quick and easy, others require a bit more planning – but are well worth investing the time and effort!   Exercise Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day. Those boots were made for walking, so get to it! Throw in a few games of tug or fetch. Whatever you can do to get your buddy as tired as possible before the evening’s events start. It’s hard to get stressed out when you’re fast asleep!   Companionship Keep your dog inside during the fireworks and, if you can, stay with them. Scary noises and flashes may be terrifying to your pooch – but it will be that much easier for them knowing you are there (and being able to sneak onto the sofa for a cheeky cuddle). Where possible, close the windows and curtains.   Safe Place Provide a safe place inside where your dog can retreat to. When scared of sounds they don’t understand and can’t find the source of, dogs often prefer small enclosed areas. If your dog is comfortable in a crate that’s a good option, especially if you can cover it with a blanket (this helps with the noise and any bright flashes, as well as making them feel safe).   Distraction Distract them with something fun. A Kong toy is always a good choice – just make sure you get the right size and fill it with something your little buddy loves. Maysie’s Pet Care recommends: Kong Classic Dog Toy   Sound Therapy This one may sound a bit new-agey for some – but stick with me! Sound therapy can work wonders with dogs. Gradually helping them get used to the sound of fireworks beforehand can be well worth the effort. Using audio recordings and gradually increasing the volume over time will get your pet used to the idea that loud bangs don’t have to signal the end of their little doggy world. Better yet, you don’t have to go out and hand over loads of cash for the right stuff; Dogs Trust have a few handy booklets and sound files you can download right here.   Thunder Shirts Dogs really respond to tactile sensations. Thunder shirts can work wonders during times of stress (such as fireworks night). The basic concept is that it’s a cuddle in jacket form, that provides instant therapy for many of the things your doggy is afraid of; storms, loud

Doggy Photography

11th June 2017
As some of you may know, Chloe and I tend to get a bit snap-happy where our doggy guests are concerned. We’ve spent plenty of time getting great shots of our canine pals (and some not-so-great shots of blurs that kind of resemble a dog…) In this post, we share some photography ‘Do’s and Dont’s’ for capturing your doggy at their best. Like most things, there are easier ways to photograph your pet, and ways to make things more difficult for yourself. I don’t know about you, but I’m all for making life easy, so we’ll start there: Doggy Photography Do’s   Get your dog comfortable with the camera First and foremost, it is much easier when your dog isn’t scared of the gadget you’re using to take photos with (or in some cases, trying to chew it thinking it’s a treat…) Let’s be honest, you don’t want a photo of your dog looking scared, or the inside of their mouth as they try to eat your camera/phone. Get them used to you holding your camera whilst you make a fuss of them. Give them a few treats to help them see the camera as a nice thing. Have some practice sessions; take a few quick photos, praising/treating them when they stay still or give you a good shot. They’ll be pro-posers like these boys in no time… Entrapment! You know your dog best. There will be something they just can’t resist. Stealing socks? Drinking out of the toilet? Rolling in leaves? A small pile of dog treats left mysteriously unattended in the middle of the living room? Get creative and you’ll find something too tempting for your pup to pass up. Once they’re engrossed in whatever trap you’ve laid for them it’s lights, camera, action! Give us a smile! This one works every time. Take Fido for a quick walk or play a few rounds of fetch. Make sure you get them good and excited. Direct them back to where you want your photo (bonus points for setting a trap!) By now, your little buddy should be panting up a storm, tongue dangling in the breeze with a particularly soppy look. Get snapping! (Don’t forget the water bowl too!) Get Sneaky If you just can’t get them to sit still long enough for that perfect snap, it’s time to initiate stealth-mode. Lose the shoes and sneak up whilst they’re sleeping. If you can catch them snuggled in a bed, on the sofa or under a blanket, all the better! If you pull it off, fantastic; you’ll have a sleepy shot worthy of framing. If not, at least you’ll capture the expression as your buddy realises they’re busted!   Get down! It may seem like a lot of effort, but trust me – it’s worth it. Get down on the floor, at your dog’s level. This enables different shots due to the angle, whilst also helping to put your dog in a more playful and cheeky mood (always good for

A Very Maysie’s Christmas

1st December 2016
We love a bit of Christmas here at Maysie’s Pet Care. As you’ve probably guessed, we also love having a houseful of doggies. We tend to get a little over-excited when the two are combined… gathering all sorts of doggie-themed bits and bobs (some Christmassy winners and some Scroogy losers!) To help you out this festive season, here’s a few recommendations to make your four-legged friend’s Christmas extra special. Woof! If you’d like to buy any of the following gifts for your pup, click on the image, and it’ll take you straight to the online store you can buy them at. CHRISTMAS ESSENTIALS Personalised Pet Santa Sack: 100% cotton sacks to bundle up all of your little buddie’s gifts. Let’s be honest, you’re going to need one after going through this list! Good Boy Dog Advent Calendar: Find a doggie chocolate drop behind each door – why should they miss out on all the festive fun? Good Boy Christmas Stocking: Give your pooch the perfect prezzie this Christmas. Stocking contains a yummy selection of treats and chews, with a toy to play with too! Doggy Christmas Dinner: Three Bird Festive Feast from Lily’s Kitchen. A wholesome and delicious Christmas dinner for your furry friend. Your doggie deserves a Christmas dinner too, right? Good Boy Mince Pies: It’s not a proper Christmas dinner without doggie mince pies! EXTRA SPECIAL GIFTS Houndworthy Luxury Christmas Dog Treat Box: For something a little more special this Christmas, the Houndworthy Box is a nothing short of exceptional. This personalised festive box contains a varied selection of British-made dog treats, the most sophisticated canine Christmas cracker on the planet, a super cute Christmas pupbake cupcake for dogs and an old-school leather bone dog toy. Put something truly special under the tree for your four-legged friend. Chances are they’ve earned it! Hottie Microwavable Warming Pet Bed: Ideal for the cold winter months. A few minutes in the microwave and the bed stays toasty for hours of snoozing. The gentle sustained warmth is ideal for keeping your pet warm and relaxed (Christmas time can be a little much for some doggies – especially if there are fireworks involved). TOYS Dog Life Stuffing-Free Turkey Toy: Has your dog got a tummy too sensitive for Christmas dinner and lots of treats? There’s no need for them to miss out on Christmas turkey with this festive Christmas Turkey toy! Christmas Ball Toys: Bring fun and games to your doggie this Christmas with these great soft-textured festive squeaky toys! CLOTHING Doggy Christmas Jumper: Everyone should have a knitted Christmas jumper – so why leave your pooch out? Let them spend Christmas in style with this snazzy Rudolph number! Christmas Bandana Collar: A festive Christmas collar for your little buddy. Yappy Christmas! Doggy Christmas Bow Tie: Want your pet to look festively dapper this Christmas? We’ve got you covered! What a smart doggy! Equafleece Dog Jackets & Jumpers: Specially made to keep your dog warm and dry on muddy winter walks, these clever

Maysie’s Brand New Garden

15th September 2016
Here at Maysie’s Pet Care, there’s always something going on in the background to upgrade the place for our four-legged friends. One of our bigger projects (a swish garden makeover) is finally complete and being enjoyed by our canine customers!   We pride ourselves as a holiday home for our doggy daycare and boarding guests. So a simple lawn and patio set-up seemed a little dull for our garden. Something needed to be done!   So, a team effort has been ticking over quietly behind the scenes -from Chloe’s design through to Dave’s (seemingly never ending) install work. It’s taken a while, but we think you’ll agree that it’s all been worth it.   From the lovely looks of our beach-hut styled edging and seaside pebbles, through to the rugged artificial lawn that puts up with all the rough & tumble our furry friends can throw at it – we’re really pleased with how things have turned out. And looking at the smiling faces in the photos below – I’d say we aren’t the only ones!     We always love to see what our guests get up to when they’re not with us. So if you have some lovely snaps of your furry friends playing in your garden that you want to share, or some great garden ideas to show off – pop them in the comments!

Maysie’s International

14th August 2016
This weekend Maysie’s Pet Care has been home to lots of doggies – So what’s new, you ask?   Here is the beautiful Kaya, an absolutely lovely new guest who is visiting us all the way from Holland! An international visitor is a first for us, so we would like to say a huge thank you to Kaya’s family for choosing Maysie’s Pet Care 😄 🐶💕✈️  

Bugsy Beagle’s Wedding Day

6th August 2016
We love our jobs here at Maysie’s Pet Care for lots of reasons. One of which is the people we are lucky enough to call our clients. Due to the services we provide, we tend to attract people who truly love their pets. As a result, we get to meet a lot of really lovely people that are a genuine pleasure to deal with. Today, two of our wonderful clients are off getting married (hooray!) and we’re lucky enough to be looking after their beloved pooch, and our good pal, Bugsy. We couldn’t have the Bugster missing out on an occasion as special as this, so the camera has come out and a certain Beagle is looking rather dapper! Huge Congratulations and Best Wishes to Chen and Jay, Dave, Chloe and (especially) Bugsy Xxx

Maysie’s and Dogs Unite!

17th July 2016
Here at Maysie’s Pet Care, as well as doggy daycare and boarding, we like to try and do our bit for charity. So obviously, being dog mad as we are, Dogs Unite! is right up our street. Every hour, someone in the UK goes blind. Dogs Unite! do some amazing work providing Guide Dogs to help individuals retain their independence (as well as getting a new four-legged best friend in the process!). Getting involved couldn’t be easier and we would definitely recommend doing whatever you can, whether it be a monthly donation, sponsoring someone at a Dogs Unite! event or even getting involved yourself. As well as doing a good deed (cue warm fuzzy feeling), you’ll have a lot of fun and make some great memories in the process! We had a fantastic time on the Dogs Unite! charity walk today. Frodo & Lola were absolute doggie heroes! With plenty of treats to eat, other doggies to meet and a nice long walk for good measure – I think they had an even better time than we did! A big thank you to everyone who donated and helped us smash our target. As a little token of our appreciation, we hope you enjoy some of the pictures below.

Maysie’s Pet Care

24th May 2016
Wow, what a busy few months! Earlier this year, we decided we were going to move house and turn looking after pets into a full-time venture. Cut scene to May (coincidentally) and Maysie’s Pet Care is born! So this is our snazzy new website (thanks to the wonderful Ben Farmer). At the top you will notice our very cute logo (thanks to the super talented Rose Smith). Visit us for regular blog updates, details of our pet care services and lots more exciting things to come! Maysie’s has grown from an inkling of an idea to a sparkly new adventure and we are so grateful for the support we’ve received from every waggy tail and happy owner so far. If you’re super keen to find out more, please drop us a line on the contact us page – we’d love to hear from you! Otherwise, sit tight, and we’ll be posting another update about the world of Maysie’s soon. Paws & Kisses, Chloe x
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