Happy International Cat Day!

It’s a little late, but I couldn’t let the day end without celebrating in some small way all the felines of the world… What would our earth be without all of you?? …Boring and a lot less cute, that’s what! 😀

So, here’s sending a special “MEOWT OUT” to ALL cats the world over! Lots of love to each and every one!

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY!!!

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Love,

Duck & Turtle 🐥🐢

A Happy Fourth to You and Your Kiddos! 

Hi there, our animal and human friends! 

Happy Independence Day to all!!!

As you celebrate with family and friends and fireworks and food, may you have a safe and fun holiday while making sure your pets have a safe and enjoyable one, too. 😀

Happy birthday, the good ol’ US of A! ⭐🔵⭐🔴⭐🔵⭐🔵⭐🔴⭐

Happy Valentine’s Day! …Spread Love!! ❤

We would like to wish all of our human friends, clients, and followers as well as ALL of our beloved furry, feathered, (bald), and finned friends a very Happy Valentine’s Day! 

There is love all around you — whether it’s love for your significant other, your human children, your animal children, your friends, your parents, your grandparents, your home, or (in the words of the late, great Whitney Houston) the GREATEST LOVE of all…love for self. See all the love around you, revel in it, and pay it forward.

Appreciate and take good care of ALL your loved ones whether old or young, near or far, furry, feathered, or bald!

Celebrate and spread love today and every day. For in the end: Love is all that matters. Love is all that will remain. Love is All. 💗 

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!! 💘

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The BIG TWO…. All Thanks To You!

Hi, folks!

I know it has been quite some time since we’ve blogged ..(understatement of the year!!). But we want you to know that we greatly appreciate your continued support and well-wishes. We thank you for keeping up with Duck & Turtle — for following our pages, for liking/commenting/sharing our posts, and for periodically stopping by our website (this website! 🙂 ) to see what’s new!

We apologize for the loooong gap in blog posts. We’ve been out and around doing what we love quite a lot this year — buzzing to and fro caring for the furry, feathered, and scaly friends who need us. 🙂 Needless to say business is healthy and progressing, and we are enjoying immensely both the entrepreneurial journey we are on and the important work we get to do to help people, their pets, and their homes.

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Many of you may not know this, but Duck & Turtle turns THE BIG TWO today, October 1, 2015. That is why we could not let this day go by without acknowledging the reason we have experienced the success we have and the reason we’ve made it this far — YOU! Therefore, we’d like to extend our deep and sincere gratitude to ALL of you — our clients, our community partners, our fellow pet business owners, our word-of-mouth references, and all of our followers and supporters. Sincerely, THANK YOU!

It is because of you that we are able to do what we love while at the same time making a difference in the lives of people and pets. It is because of you that we have learned so much and gained a deeper knowledge of people, pets, home ownership, small business ownership, and all the various aspects that accompany all four. It is because of you that we are getting to experience such growth, success, and progress. It is because of you that Duck & Turtle has made it to its 2nd “birthday.” It is because of you that we call ourselves blessed. 😀

Clients, thank you for calling on us and entrusting us to give the BEST care to your home and pets when you cannot. Clients (and pets) whom we have had to turn down at times, thank you for your understanding and for keeping us at the top of your list as your #1 choice for pet and home care. Community partners, thank you for your willingness and desire to include us in your events and publications whenever possible. Fellow pet business owners, thank you for allowing us space on your countertops and bulletin boards to display our business cards and flyers and for, thereby, affording us greater visibility as a business. To our word-of-mouth references, thank you for the glowing testimonials you give to your friends and relatives about us and for continuously sending folks our way — you are the lifeblood of our business! And last but not least, to all our followers and supporters, thank you for checking in on us from time to time, for ‘Liking’ our pages, commenting on our posts, and for sharing Duck & Turtle content across the interwebs whenever you can. ALL OF YOU ARE BEYOND GREAT!!!!

This may not be a long post, but it is most definitely from the heart. ♥

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We will close with this because it simply cannot be said enough…

…with the utmost humility, respect, and gratitude… a resounding THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

Please feel free to wish Duck & Turtle a happy birthday, either in the comments below or on Facebook or Google+

CHEERS to ALL of you!

~ Duck & Turtle

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Don’t Go It Alone: Seeking Help And Healing After Pet Loss

Pets are family, and just like losing a relative, the experience of pet loss is sad, profound and difficult. Because most companion animals have relatively short life spans, enduring the death of a pet is an inevitable part of pet ownership.

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Pet loss doesn’t always mean losing a pet to death, either. Mistakes happen, and pet loss can mean one of our babies inadvertently getting out, running off, or getting lost. And when neighborhood canvassing, posting flyers, and calling local shelters doesn’t turn them up, we must eventually work through the loss.

However, without the appropriate knowledge and resources, working through pet loss and properly processing our thoughts and emotions surrounding the event can elude us.

That is why I’ve enlisted the help of my friend, Pet Loss and Bereavement Counselor, Ann Beyke (pictured below). Thank you to Ann for answering some questions for us (her responses are in blue).

 

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What is the best way a friend or relative can help another in the immediate aftermath of losing a pet?

Be present for them. Ask them what they need or want and check in on them. After the loss of an animal companion we may tend to isolate ourselves. Don’t stop asking a person who is mourning the loss of an animal companion if they want to go for a hike, to the movies or have a cup of coffee. Your presence, with or without words, may be of incredible comfort.

My pet has been missing for some time, and I don’t think he/she is coming back. I can’t say for certain whether he/she is still alive, but I miss him/her nonetheless; is grieving and honoring their life appropriate in this situation?

Regardless of the circumstances of our loss, honoring our pet and grieving their departure from our lives can be a part of the healing process.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Being asked to share the journey with a person who has lost a cherished animal companion. Because I have had numerous losses myself, I understand the intense pain of losing a pet. To be there for others who are grieving is such a honor.

What’s your advice on the best way to work through pet loss?

Be gentle on yourself. Surround yourself with people who understand what it’s like to lose a best pal. Give yourself time and cry as much as you need to. Celebrate the incredible joy your pet brought you and let yourself laugh at the crazy things they did. Know that you will heal.

I’m afraid no one will understand my grief or, even worse, that I’ll be ridiculed; how can I bring up the subject of losing my pet and still feel safe and respected?

Sadly, not everyone understands what our pets mean to us and how their loss affects us. We know what’s best in terms of discussing it with people. In fact, in our social and work life, we may gravitate to those who have pets and they often provide needed support. Something as simple as, “I’ve had a recent loss,” may be all we want to say to others.

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Again, thank you, Ann, for letting us pick your brain!

Be sure to visit Ann Beyke’s website at http://petlosscounselor.com , and make sure to bookmark it so you’ll always have Ann as a resource (for yourself or for someone you love who may be dealing with pet loss).

Thanks for reading, everyone! ….Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!

~Duck & Turtle

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26 SUPER Cute Dogs With SUPER Cool Coats!

 

Hi, everybody!! Boy has it been a busy summer! We’ve gotten to hang out with lots of our furry buddy-ol’-pals from all around Albuquerque, we’ve had several special-needs pets to care for, several  gardens to tend to, and most recently, we’ve been caring for a fun brood of chickens (Daniel’s fave!). 😀

 

We appreciate you all keeping up with us, and thank you all for your likes, comments, and your overall support of Duck & Turtle!

 

We thought we’d share something fun and eye-catching this time around, something visually striking. This brought me to the idea of dog coats!

 

Dog coats have significance to us because our dog, Sangoma, is a double merle. This means that the same genes that gave him his unique and beautiful coat also left him hearing- and vision-impaired. Sango is a very sweet and special boy who quickly went from being our foster to being our third. ♥

 

Also, we were recently watching the movie Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey and were struck by how much in the wide shots the colors and coats of Shadow, Chance, and Sassy resemble our three, Ruca, Sango, and Kourry, respectively…. (Hahaha! Sorry, Kourry.) 🙂

 

Needless to say, I’ve had dog coats on the brain.

 

Here are 33 stunning dogs with strikingly unique colors and markings, some of which are the result of a rare genetic variation or condition…. all of which will leave you amazed!

 

Enjoy these most memorable and beautiful dogs….

 

…but don’t be bummed afterward because your pup doesn’t look like a super-cool masked superhero.

 

Remember: they are ALL unique and uniquely one-of-a-kind on the inside. 🙂

 

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A husky with designer shades.

 

 

Masked superhero pup.

 

 

I smell lots of LOVVVE! ♥ ♥ ♥

 

 

Puck, a beautiful Australian Cattle dog.

 

 

A Panda German Shepherd with what’s known as a piebald mutation.

 

 

An Akita pup who loves a good (two) pair of boots.

 

 

Nature’s lil’ work of art.

 

 

A doggy with a FIERCE fashion sense.

 

A camouflaged Rottweiler.

 

 

She hearts you. ♥

 

 

Bull, the Labrador Retriever.

 

 

Mustachioed Man’s Best Friend.

 

 

AWWWWWWWWW!!

 

 

Examples of a somatic mutation, which causes yellow labs to show black spots.

 

 

 

 

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!

 

 

Is he giving us the “side-eye”?

 

 

Pup sportin’ the “connoiseur”.

 

 

Another lil’ work of art.

 

 

A lil’ heartbreaker.

 

 

Another natural-born “connoisuer”.

 

 

Mudis, a rare Hungarian herding breed.

 

 

Pandas or puppies??

 

 

Much like our dog Sango, Zuma here, an English Cocker Spaniel, was born with genes that made him beautifully colored but also left him deaf and with a form of tunnel vision.

 

 

Awesome Bernese Mountain Dog.

 

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Thanks again!! 😀

 

~ Duck & Turtle

 

 

 

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Keep Calm And Celebrate Freedom: Ways To Reduce Stress For Your Pet During 4th Of July

Hello All, since tomorrow is a major (and majorly FUN!) holiday for the U.S., we thought we’d share some ways to reduce stress for your pet during 4th of July, so that they can have an enjoyable holiday too!

 

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Of course, we humans will be enjoying grilled food, music, fireworks, and parties. But for our pets, this can be a noisy and often frightening time of year.

 

You may be surprised to know that the 4th of July is the single biggest day of the year for pets to go missing! They tend to panic and run off due to the noise and commotion associated with the holiday.

 

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So here are some ways to reduce stress for your pet….

 

…because we all know firework-popping usually doesn’t begin or end on the 4th of July, but before and after.

 

Ways to reduce stress for your pet:

 

• Keep them indoors, even if the festivities are happening at your house. Give them a room that is just for them, off-limits to your partygoers, and well-insulated from sound (a basement works great!). Be sure to put their beds and plenty of blankets or towels in the room with them so that they can burrow and make their own “pet cave” for comfort. Turn the radio on with soothing music or leave a TV on at a comfortable volume to help drown out noise from firecrackers, and close windows and blinds. Give them plenty of toys and treat them often; this should not be a timeout for them. Also, be sure to leave a fan on and plenty of drinking water in the room in case they get too warm.

 

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• If you must keep your pet outside, keep them blocked from the view of passersby. People have been known to throw firecrackers near fences with pets to get a reaction, which can have a negative effect on your pet.

 

• One of the great ways to reduce stress in your pet is by hugging them. They love you, therefore, they love your embrace, and it makes them feel secure. Of course, you can’t spend your entire 4th of July holiday hugging your pet to death! They might actually get annoyed with you 😉 But you CAN try compression garments such as the Thunderhsirt  and the Calming Cap (which will help some dogs when nothing else will).

 

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• Use pheromone sprays, collars, and/or diffusers. There is Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats, which can help take the edge off for many pets. They’re safe and easy to use but work best as part of a program over time.

 

• Supplements such as Anxitane and Zylkene can be a great help to noise-phobic pets. Ideally, though, they need to be started a week or two in advance.

 

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• Since exercise is one the greatest ways to reduce stress, take your dog for a long walk or hike earlier in the day, before the festivities begin. If a dog has less energy, he’ll be less prone to panic during the evening.

 

• In thinking of ways to reduce stress for your pet, keep the following items as far away from them as possible, as they can pose serious risks to your pet:

– Firecrackers

– Lighter fluid

– Matches

– Citronella

– Insect repellent & sunscreen

– Holiday table scraps (there may be too big a variety of foods to be discerning)

– Glow jewelry

– Alcohol of all kinds

 

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• Lastly, you may ask your veterinarian for a prescription for alprazolam, the generic for Xanax. It’s the best of the prescription sedatives for noise phobias. You may need to have it compounded for your cat, so don’t leave it until the last minute.

 

That’s it for now, folks!…

 

For more information about our pet care and house sitting services, please give us a call at (505) 410-7954 or email us at info@duckandturtle.com

 

In the comment section, please leave your thoughts/ideas on ways to reduce stress for your pets! Thank you for “liking” and sharing this article, and please subscribe to our blog using the right sidebar.

 

Your pals,

 

~ Duck & Turtle

 

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Wishing everyone a festive, safe, and informed (on ways to reduce stress for your pet) 4th Of July!! Happy Birthday, USA!!! 😀