The Puppy Mill Project’s Spoof of A Netflix Favorite Drives Attention to Important Cause

What do you get when you mix doggies with our favorite Netflix binge show? ..Our undivided attention!

Today is National Puppy Mill Awareness Day, an initiative started by The Puppy Mill Project to educate people on the tragic reality of puppy mills and to urge the public to help in abolishing the cruel practice.

To do our part in spreading awareness of the inhumane but still legal practice of puppy mills, we’re sharing this⬇ clever, cute and eye-opening video created by The Puppy Mill Project and Findster. The clip is a parody of the opening of a popular Netflix show (and one of our personal faves!) — Orange Is The New Black. We appreciate the smart choice here to use a current and well-liked pop culture staple as a way to reach a wider audience, grab their attention, and pull it in toward this important cause. Though the video opens with some light canine comedy (who could resist?), it is the message at the end that takes center stage.

Watch the video below and read more from The Puppy Mill Project here. Then, do your part to spread the message by using the hashtags

#EndPuppyMills

and

#PuppyMillAwarenessDay

on social media!

Peace and Love,

Duck & Turtle 🐥🐢

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Having a Pet Memorial Service for Your Beloved Baby and Other Ways to Honor Pets Who Have Passed

Many of us have dealt with the loss of a beloved animal companion at some point in our lives, and perhaps — not surprisingly — have had or wanted to have a pet memorial service for your departed friend because that’s simply how much they mean to us. I (JN) have experienced the loss of two beloved pets in my life: our little Olivia (pictured below)

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— our green-eyed female feline princess with attitude(!) — who, when we moved from an apartment to a house, ventured out the new doggy door to explore a neighborhood she wasn’t familiar with, and sadly, never made it back. Although we believe sweet Olivia to be still alive and bringing joy to a new family (and will always hold out a tiny bit of hope for her safe return), the loss, her absence, is equally as profound and heartbreaking as the death of my dear dog Rusty. Rusty, for whom I unfortunately never had a proper pet memorial service. Rusty, my chocolate Lab who uniquely holds the title of “My Last Childhood Dog/Brother.”😊❤ I did A LOT of growing up with him, and he saw me through a lot! Rusty fell ill and passed away while I was in college, so I never had the chance to say my goodbyes or give him the send-off I would’ve wanted to give him.

With today being National Pet Memorial Day, this got me thinking… how would I honor my beloved, departed pets? Would I make it an event and hold a formal pet memorial service for them? With my Rusty’s death being so long ago and with our unyielding small sliver of hope that Olivia might one day return, I probably would not, myself, do a formal pet memorial service. The beauty of honoring your pets, though, is that there is no right or wrong way to do so, no manner too understated or overstated. Here are some ideas that came to mind:

1. Pet parents can honor their babies who’ve passed with a beautiful, traditional pet memorial service. Start by sending out memorial announcements to all who knew and loved the deceased pet, everyone whose lives the pet touched — animals included. Choose a nice, relaxed, and quiet setting such as a private home or backyard, a secluded park, or an open courtyard on a campus such as a church or university. This can be a large or small gathering of family and friends. The pet memorial service can include remembrance speeches, poetry tributes, and light refreshments for after the service. It is likely a somber and respectful occasion out of sensitivity for the grieving. Yet, it can still remain lighthearted and even entertaining with reminiscing on and anecdotes about the pet.

2. Pet parents can organize a less formal event such as a play date with all the deceased pet’s siblings, cousins, and friends! Choose a spacious and safe location such as the pet’s favorite park or a private backyard. Get festive with decorations, include special treats like pastries from a dog bakery, have plenty of dog toys and even a wading pool if it’s warm out. Entertain your human guests with human food — have a barbecue or a potluck or a barbecue potluck! 😁 Display large photos, a collage, or a slideshow of the pet you’re honoring. Make a memorial keepsake banner in his/her name and have all your guests sign it with their handprint or paw print. ❤ Although a traditional pet memorial service can be just as much a celebration of your pet’s life, this type of send-off for your deceased pet emphasizes the celebration part! Yet, it is still equally as meaningful and loving as a traditional service. If it sounds like the kind of afternoon your pet would’ve loved and that reflects his/her spirit, then that is what counts!

3. A pet memorial service can certainly involve just you and your pet, or the token you’ve kept that represents your pet’s physical body. It can include just the immediate family — you, your spouse, your kids, the deceased pet and surviving pets. It can be as simple as a moment of silence, reflection, and saying goodbyes either separately or with everyone present. Take a long walk on a trail or at a park that your pet loved; reflect on your time together. Write down your reflections and keep it with mementos of your pet to read back upon later.

4. I mentioned above a memento, or a token you keep that represents your pet’s physical body. This can be an urn containing your beloved pet’s ashes, a shadow box memorial, a clay paw print, or a piece of jewelry with the pet’s paw print and name that you can wear everywhere. Rather than a pet memorial service, the memento itself can be the way you honor your pet, and it is beautiful! Again, there is no right or wrong way to bless up your departed companion, no manner too understated or overstated.

5. Finally… Create something! It’s cathartic! ..Write a poem about your beloved pet, for your beloved pet. Make a collage that celebrates their uniqueness as well as your time together! Or do both like I did for a great friend of mine, Professor! (see below).

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Paint a masterpiece inspired by them! Create an ofrenda (or offering) for them, a semi-permanent art installation, perhaps in your backyard. Incorporate their toys, beds, their house or crate, their gear, flowers, etc. Alternatively, make a temporary ofrenda to display during one of my favorite and most meaningful occasions, Día de Los Muertos. If you’ve never celebrated the ancient occasion and maybe you’ve had a loved one (pet or human) pass away recently, consider partaking this year (Oct 31 – Nov 2). It can be helpful in the grieving process and can help you stay feeling connected to departed loved ones. You may even decide to hold your pet memorial service during Día de Los Muertos, tapping into the sacred meaning and festive energy of the moment.

These have been my thoughts on how to give a pet memorial service and otherwise honor your best friend, and that is all for now, folks.

In closing, here’s to ALL the pets who have touched our lives over the years who have passed on or are otherwise no longer with us — thank you for spending the precious years of your life with us. We miss you. You will always be loved and never forgotten.❤ #NationalPetMemorialDay

Love,

Duck & Turtle 🐥🐢

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!!!

🐈❤🐈🐱💜🐾💙🐈💚🌍🎉🖒🤗🐈

Love,

Duck & Turtle 🐥🐢

What It Means When You See A Yellow Ribbon On A Dog’s Leash

If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or other yellow item attached to its leash, this signals a dog who needs his/her space and that you should not attempt to pet the dog or bring your own dog over for a greeting. Anyone who has ever owned or cared for an ill, unsocial, or elderly dog can appreciate this. There are many reasons why a dog may need space including health issues, being trained, being rehabilitated, and/or fear and reactiveness around other dogs.

The concept is quite simple, actually. A yellow ribbon or other yellow attachment on a dog’s leash is a subtle yet important notice that symbolizes, “Please do not approach this dog with your dog, please maintain your distance, and please give this dog and his/her owner time to move out of your way.” This precaution may seem rude or anti-social at first, but that is certainly not the intention. The idea stems not from a desire to simply be left alone when taking one’s dogs on an outing but more out of concern for maintaining a safe and friendly atmosphere for other pets and other people who, understandably, may not be aware of this dog’s condition and temperament. Another important reason many dog parents take this simple precaution is to reduce their dog’s risk and exposure to germs and pathogens that other dogs may be carrying.

The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for parents of dogs that need space. It has been introduced in 45 countries and has had its educational materials translated into 12 languages. It is a movement whose concept is long overdue.

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From those of us who own or care for these special dogs, THANK YOU!! We sincerely appreciate you making yourself aware of what the yellow ribbon signifies and respecting that, and we look forward to the day when this concept is widely embraced by the pet loving community.

You can visit The Yellow Dog Project to learn more.

Thanks for reading, and have a tail-wagging good day!!

~ Duck & Turtle

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Meet Our Family!

Hello All!

We are Jarrett and Daniel – partners and co-owners of Duck & Turtle Pet and Home Care in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are here to provide you with care for your beloved pet, property, and plants while you are away from home! We offer day visits/feedings to dogs, cats, birds, fish, and other exotics/pocket pets. We also offer overnight stays if your pet gets too lonely by themselves. As a Registered Veterinary Technician, Daniel has professional experience to medicate your pet for you and administer subcutaneous fluids to your pet as needed. Jarrett maintains Professional Pet Sitter Accreditation through Pet Sitters International and is well versed on the ins and outs, ups and downs of pet-sitting and home-sitting.

We started this business because we both have a deep love and respect for animals and because we know what it means to be homeowners and pet “parents” and how important it is to leave those most precious and irreplaceable things in the right hands. We LOVE to make sure our home and pets have all the proper care and attention they need and deserve, and we will bring that same love, care, and attention to your home and pets. You can rest assured that when you leave your home and pets under our care, things will run just as smoothly as if you had never left!

And now, we’d like to introduce you to our big little family!

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Hello!

A little bit about us…..

Daniel (left, dark blue shirt) is originally from Malawi, a country in southeast Africa, but was raised on the beautiful island of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, which he calls home. As a kid, Daniel loved everything about animals. He grew up with multiple cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, and birds in the home and spent much time building chicken coops and raising his own chickens. Upon graduating high school, Daniel moved off-island to attend college in Albuquerque, New Mexico — a place he had visited only twice in his life! He earned his Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Central New Mexico Community College in 2009 and passed the National and State Board exams to obtain his license. Through both his clinical rotations and employment, Daniel has experience working in several veterinary clinics in and around Albuquerque.

Jarrett (right, light blue shirt), is a longtime New Mexico resident originally from Roswell, New Mexico. He grew up with pets as part of his household since the time he was born, owning several dogs throughout his childhood, as well as cats, hamsters, birds, and a rabbit. After graduating high school, Jarrett moved to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico on a full-ride academic scholarship. He studied Music, Theatre and Dance, Creative Writing, and Media Arts and graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of University Studies. While studying at UNM, he maintained four to five regular home and pet sitting jobs, which he found to be quite fun and rewarding!

In the spring of 2009, Daniel and Jarrett became first-time homeowners and began to expand their brood. What started off as one dog and two cats has wonderfully become three dogs, two cats, and three box turtles!

Meet…

Murphy Lee!

Murphy Lee!

Murphy Lee (above, napping ☺) is our male tabby who just LOVES to be baby-talked. We adopted him from a close friend of ours who needed a good home for him when she could no longer keep him. He is our eldest and most outspoken. He will hide from strangers but will warm up to people when he has learned their voice and heard it several times.

Kourry

Kourry!

Kourry (above, in his Halloween costume) is our original Cruzan dog! He is a dachshund/terrier mix who hails from Daniel’s home in the Caribbean, St. Croix!! We met and fell in love with him during our trip to St. Croix in 2008. He was a shelter dog on an island inundated with strays. So, we brought him back to New Mexico with us. He was such a good boy on the 14-hour trip back to the states, and he has been our little “prince” ever since!

Matilda Squeeks!

Matilda Squeeks!

Matilda Squeeks (above, power napping) is our female muted calico. We adopted her from Animal Humane New Mexico when our previous female cat (Olivia) wandered away from our new and unfamiliar home, and Murphy Lee got lonely without a pal. Squeeks (for short) is quite sassy and independent but also very loving and playful. She’s never shy around strangers and LOVES a good massage!

Ruca!

Ruca!

Ruca (above, in her Halloween costume) is our original New Mexican dog! Her name is Chicano slang for “girlfriend,” which is fitting since she is from New Mexico and is Kourry’s first girl friend! ☺ She is a shepherd/heeler mix that we adopted from the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Shelter after she’d been returned a couple times for being “too aggressive.” She certainly has a lot of energy and is ALWAYS ready to go run and play outside but is not aggressive at all. In fact, she is a very gentle soul. She’s also very talkative and not shy about telling you what’s on her mind!

Sangoma!

Sangoma!

Sangoma (above, playing outside) is our most special dog! He is an Australian Shepherd who also happens to be a double merle (possessing two copies of the merle gene). Because of this, Sango (for short) was born with vision and hearing impairment.  He first came to us as a foster but quickly became a part of the pack. He has a fun-loving spirit and is full of life!

Tuddly Juan!

Tuddly Juan!

Tuddly Juan (above, looking skeptical) is our first box turtle who was given to us by a friend in 2010. We’re not actually sure of his(?) age or sex, but we love him anyway! ☺ He loves munching on strawberries and cooling off under the sprinklers. During the winter months he hibernates in the backyard and pops up every spring to join in on the family fun!

Update: Our brood has recently grown to include two more box turtles! Their names are Tuddly Deux and Tuddly Drie …pictures coming soon! 🙂

Thanks for getting to know us and our family! We look forward to meeting you and yours and serving your pet and home care needs!

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