I have a confession to make: I am a crazy cat lady. Actually, I am a crazy dog lady too, if you want to get technical. I am that pet owner everyone makes jokes about. I talk to my dog Taden and my four cats as if they were human beings, I use baby voices and give them ridiculous nicknames, I spoil them with gifts and treats and I was thisclose to buying them Halloween costumes last October. Yes, it is safe to say I love my pets, but taking care of them can sometimes be a challenge.
I got my dog Taden from a family friend when she was already about a year old. Although she was a good dog overall, I found that taking care of an excitable, 90 pound lab was a little more than I bargained for. In fact, I almost gave up at least once, but this was a living, breathing creature and I couldn’t just give up on her.
The first order of business was to figure out how I could walk her. She is a Black Lab Golden Retriever mix, and has that boundless energy that is typical of her breed. She needed the exercise not only for her health and happiness, but also for my own sanity. Unfortunately, the previous owner had not leash trained her. The first time I tried to walk her she yanked me out my front door so fast that I fell over, lost the leash and she took off running around the front yard like it was Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July.
I tried classes, but the other dogs distracted her. I tried the choke collar, but she didn’t seem to mind choking, and I absolutely refused to use a shock collar. I finally found a collar called the GentleLeader. It fits gently over her head and nose, keeps her from pulling. Instantly, she was a completely different dog.she walked calmly next to me. Now walking her is no longer dangerous, and we both enjoy it.
The cats presented their own problems, most notably their poop. Cleaning a litter box is no one’s favorite chore, but getting on the floor to change the litter was not only obnoxious, but also painful for me. Sometimes, I even got stuck. Getting stuck on your hands and knees with your face over a litter box is not an experience you want to have, I assure you.
There are about a million different products out there to help people with a litter box problem. I know many people that swear by those automatic litter boxes, but having four cats, I have be skeptical about whether they could handle the (for lack of a better word) load.
For me, the best solution ended up being the simplest and cheapest. A scoop with a long handle allows me to quickly clean out the cat boxes without getting down on the ground; which is awesome because needing to be rescued from getting a face full of cat litter sucks.
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