Posts Tagged ‘lap dogs’

“Cuddle-bug” dogs – Do you have one?

January 24, 2012 50 comments


I was thinking about “cuddle-bug” dogs the other day and pondering the fact that throughout all the dogs I have had in my life, I’ve never once had a full-time cuddle-bug dog. Do you know what I mean? The type of dog that just wants to be near you all of the time and would prefer to cuddle up on the couch with you when you’re reading a good book or watching TV or having a sick day.

Daisy likes to cuddle for a belly rub in the morning, but that’s pretty much it. Jasper likes belly rubs but would prefer to play ball. And then there’s Lady, my off and on cuddle-bug dog. Ever since she’s come home, she’s been more affectionate, often lying on the couch next to me as I pet her or give her a belly rub (Last week I gave her a body massage and now she’s really affectionate!). But, being a Sheltie, she doesn’t like to cuddle for too long because she gets too hot. So as you can imagine cuddle sessions are rather fleeting here at Casa del Mel.


Given that I’ve always adopted dogs who are not cuddle-bug type of dogs, it made me wonder… is this my preference or merely chance? What do you think? Do you have a cuddle-bug dog? Do you have a preference when it comes to dogs and their need to cuddle? It seems to me that little dogs are more likely to cuddle than the bigger dogs, but maybe I’m wrong. Do you have a large cuddle-bug dog?

Lap Dog? Not in MY car!

November 2, 2010 3 comments

As a pet sitter and pet owner, I always cringe when I see someone driving with their pet in their lap. Not only is it dangerous for those of us driving on the road with these owners, but it is dangerous for the owners and their pets.

When I first started my business, I would run across the occasional boarding client who insisted on riding in my lap. It always scared me because I happen to know that driving with a pet on my lap is not something I can do.

Now, all my clients are secured in my vehicle to ensure my safety… and theirs.

There is a new study out that backs up the dangers of allowing your pet to ride on your lap. Think “air bag” and you’ve got the gist of it. Here is a summary.

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