Dogs on the Bed

I have people constantly telling me that dogs are dirty and they don’t belong on the bed or the furniture. Well, good on them, they don’t need to allow their ‘pets’ on the bed. Why did I insist on my pups on the bed? Well, dogs supposedly have an innate desire not to ‘mess’ where they sleep. By having the dogs on my bed from the beginning it kept them from messing on the bed, but also helped me wake up to take them out to for a potty break. Both Nakama and Tomodachi nosed me when they needed to go from the time I brought both of them home. The bed isn’t huge, a full-size, but as neither could get off the bed in the beginning without assistance, it helped them easily night train. I still had to get up multiple times a night with Tomo, Nakama was older when he came to live with me, so he only needed one break a night from the beginning. Now, at four months, Tomodachi can make it through the night most nights, other times she needs one break, but she always wakes me. As for being on the bed or the sofa, they can cuddle with me on these pieces of furniture, and I want to have a bond with them, not treat them as objects. My fur-family, my choice. I chose their names intentionally, companion and friend. To me, they are not pets, they are family.

Vaccinations

Tomodachi had her third five-way puppy booster shot yesterday and is scheduled for a rabies tomorrow. I was told by someone in the village that getting their dogs vaccinated was difficult because of the remote area. My response: What have you tried or who have you contacted? I received no response. There are companies who will ship out the parvo boosters (for a fee, of course) to places in Alaska via USPS. I discovered this when I adopted Nakama. I also learned that there are places to take a dog for the rabies. I am lucky that my village has an approved rabies vaccinator at the police station. All dog owners (pet parent in my case; there is a difference) should learn how to vaccinate their dogs before even getting a dog. Sadly, most people in villages do not care enough to get their dogs vaccinated, and the ones that do are not willing to figure out how, so they just don’t bother. Such a mentality is poor judgement and vexes me greatly. I am grateful to the folks who supply the vaccinations and who learn to give said vaccinations to the village dogs. We are forever in your debt.