Instilling Good Dog Ownership From Young

After my storeroom has been “invaded”, I decided to give my storeroom a mini makeover allowing good chi to linger. During the course, I found a rugged yet tattered box fills with files of manuscripts written during my early days as a struggling writer, still very much so today. While I was riffling through those yellowish typing papers and badly cut magazine clippings, I found a few dog articles that I had written for some children and young teens magazines. Randomly, I pick this article and I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy republishing it.

Tips: One of the best ways to have kids take on more responsibilities and active roles on dog ownership, would to start them young (grade school) with easy tasks like feeding the dog and washing dog bowls. Show them how to groom the dogs with care and gradually proceed to bathing the dog.

A Young Entrepreneur

Lucky may not be a purebred dog but he had the most adorable droopy face any dog could possibly have. Not even Nicholas Cage can outclass that. Since I had lucky before I went to kindergarten, he quickly became my best playmate and buddy in no time. Lucky was a cross between a Great Dane and a German Shepherd, I think. Due to his enormous size, I was able to ride on him until I got too big and heavy.

Lucky had a long bushy tail like horses have. I had always wondered where it could possibly inherit from. Daddy had to trim his tail every couple of months before it got too messy. And I love watching Daddy doing this daunting yet attention grabbing task. Very soon, I began to master this fascinating skill; Daddy even taught me a few more tricks of perfecting it.

At about the age of ten, Daddy felt certain that I was capable to take on his role without endangering both the dog and myself, left it to my responsibility. Happily I took it with strife and modified it to my style and personality. Every weekend, I would spray paint Lucky’s tail with assorted colors and coordinate it with a handmade bowtie around his neck. After that I would parade him around the neighborhood park.

Barely a month, I was shot to fame and was labeled “Renee the Super Groomer”. Very rapidly, I started getting requests for grooming dogs’ tails.

It started with some neighborhood dogs doing two to three dogs per weekends. However as more and more satisfying customers I had, it went up to a maximum of twelve dogs per weekend. Some weekends, my daddy’s driveway would be flooded with dogs instead of cars. My big brother, Ben soon stepped in to help me with my little cash register and Mommy would take calls for appointments. Lucky, my superstar would guard the driveway for orderly manner making sure no dogs jumped queue.

My newfound business ran very smoothly for about two years and ended when I began my secondary school education. The workload and extra curriculum activities became too overwhelming for me to run my “dog grooming” business on a part-time basis.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed those entrepreneur days. I learned how to managed a business and leveraging it upon my family members. Today, I don’t spray paint my dogs’ tails any more but I give them therapeutic pawdicure instead.

Special note:

Please do not spray paint your dog’s tail or any other part of his body. This happened during the mid seventies, Internet was unheard of and not many books about dogs were written, so I was not aware of the danger of the chemical it could pose. Granted, this isn’t an excuse for not knowing. Also do not allow young children to ride on the dog. I was fortunate that Lucky was a very tame dog with a “marshmallow” heart otherwise I could have been bitten or attacked.

While certain dogs are ferocious to handle by nature of their breed, others are quite soft and docile despite having an intimidating size like the sheep dog but spraying paint can irk any of them up so it is better to avoid it even though the lethal effects of the chemical are better known now due to internet being a common thing in every household but this page would have definitely enhanced the knowledge of many individuals by now.


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